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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXI WOMEN’S NYLONS ARE CHIEF LOOT IN TWO BURGLARIES Georgia Yerger, Clinton Balmer Residences Looted in Day time Robberies Thirteen Pairs Of Nylons Bulk Of Loot Personal Posses sions Taken Women’s nylon hose were the principal loot in two daylight burglaries of farm homes in the Bluffton area reported over the weekend. Thirteen pairs of nylons and per sonal possessions were carried away by burglars who broke into the homes of Georgia Yerger, three and one-half miles southwest of Bluff ton in Richland township, and Clin ton Balmer, two and one-half miles north of town in Union township, according to reports made to au thorities. Miss Yerger told deputies front the Allen county sheriff's office that looters entered her home thru a basement window while she was in Lima, last Saturday afternoon. House Ransacked Personal possessions valued at $60 "were taken including 10 pairs of nylon hose, a black onyx ring and two bed sheets. A door at the top of the basement stairs was forced open and the house was thoroly ransacked, with contents of desk and bureau drawers dumped on the floor, While the Balmer family was at a picnic Sunday afternoon, prowlers ransacked their home in the same fashion, according to a report made to the Hancock county sheriff. Burglars broke into the house tthru a rear door and took three pairs of nylons received thru the mail on Saturday, some peaches, women’s dresses and accessories. Similarity of the two burglaries has been responsible for conjecture they were the work of the same band. Lima Man Buys Elk Restaurant C. G. Mullenhour of Lima has pur chased the Elk restaurant on North Main street from Don Cahill and will take possession Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Cahill, who came here from Ottawa have operated the restaurant since last November. Their future plans, they say, are indefinite. Stores Will Close Here On Labor Day Labor Day will be observed here quietly next Monday, with most business places and industries sus pending operations for the weekend holiday. There will be no mail deliveries and windows at the post office will be closed from Saturday at 1 P. M., until Tuesday morning. Many residents will take advant age of the last holiday of the sum mer season, coming as it does over the weekend, to make vacation trips and visit relatives. Bluffton Girl Will Enter School In West Miss Barbara Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Butler left Tues day for Bellingham, Wash., where she will enter high school this fall as a member of the junior class. She attended Bluffton high school for the past two years. Her father is employed in govern ment service in that region and she will make her home with relatives. Her mother will remain in Bluffton for the present. Reflecting this year’s upsurge in general college attendance a class of 125 freshmen is expected at Bluff ton college this fall. It will Be the largest first-year class since before the Avar, accord ing to college sources, and registra tion of upper classmen also is ex pected to show a marked upswing from the limited numbers enrolled here during hostilities. Freshmen will arrive on the cam pus Friday, September 6, for three days of orientation activity. Upper class students will register on Tues day, Sept. 10, w’ith freshmen regis tration following on Wednesday, September 11. Bluffton College Freshman Class Of 125 Largest Since Before The War Regular classroom work will be- Farmer Slashes Foot Hewing Logs With Ax Fred Welty, 45, farmer, is in the Bluffton hospital with a deep cut in his left foot which he accidentally slashed with a broadax, Monday morning. The accident occurred on his farm, the former Sam Welty place two miles north of Bluffton while he was hewing logs to be used for barn timbers. The ax slipped and sever ed the large tendon just above the heel. His condition is reported sat isfactory. ..r SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM TUESDAY MORNING ______ Schools Will Start Tuesday With Full Schedule of Glass es, Superintendent Says With Few Changes In Staff Of Instructors, Teaching Assign ments Virtually Same Bluffton public schools will open for the fall term with a full day of class work, starting at 8:30 a. m. next Tuesday morning, it was an nounced this week by Supt. Ralph Lanham. Enrollment this fall is expected to show little change from that of last year, slightly under 500, and with few teacher resignations there will be a minimum of changes in schedules of instruction. New students enrolling in the school for the first time, and others who want to make changes, may obtain interviews with school officials at the office from 9 a. m. until 4 p. m. Thursday or Friday, the superin tendent said. Schedule cards for all students will be available on Thursday or Friday during the same hours. A teachers meeting to be held Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock has been announced by Supt. Lanham. High school teaching assignments for the coming term are as follows: Supt. Ralph Lanham—business arithmetic. Prin. Gerhard Buhler—physics and general science. Harry Barnes—agriculture (half time—mornings only afternoons in Beaverdam.) Florence Duffield—shorthand, typ ing, bookkeeping. Wilford Geiger—Science 7th & 8th grade, chemistry, biology. W. A. Howe—sociology, English, government, economics. Mildred Keel—English, Latin. Elizabeth Mohr—home economics. Theresa Slusser—history, social science. Sidney Stettler—mathematics. John Martin—music, vocal and instrumental. Kent Cotterman—boys and girls physical education and coach. Mrs. Mabel Lantz—art (mornings only, afternoons in grade school.) Mrs. Paul Cramer—speech & dramatics (afternoon only). Dwight Spayth—industrial arts, mechanical drawing. Ocie Anderson—library science. The grade school teaching staff includes: 1st—Meredith Stepleton 2nd—Mrs. Dwight Spayth. 2 & 3rd—Mrs. Clayton Murray. 3rd—Minerva Hilty. 4th—Robert Ewing. 5th—Mrs. Adella Oyer. 6th—Theola Steiner. John Martin—music supervisor. Mrs. Lantz—art supervisor—after noons only. gin Thursday, September 12, for the fall term. Reunions The Peter and Elizabeth (Neuen schwander) Hilty reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 1 on Bluffton college campus. The Montgomery reunion will be held Sunday, September 1 at Orange Center Community house. Pres., Merwin Garwood Sec., Meredith Edinger. Hearing Aid One out of every 300 adults in the United States now wears a hearing aid. Charles Hankish Leaves For Visit To Syria After Absence Of 42 Years Bluffton Man Will Sail This Week Enroute From New York City Local Confectioner Established Business Here In 1907, Shortly After Landing A visit to his homeland which he last saw 42 years ago when he left to come to America will be started this week by Charles Hankish, Bluff ton confectioner, who will sail from New* York City enroute to Syria. Hankish left Monday for Toledo where he joined a party of three men, one of whom is his cousin, for the overseas trip. They will land at Beirut, Syria, about 25 miles from Hankish’s home town of Zlee, which he left as a youth 42 years ago. A visit of from three to six months is planned, altho no definite arrangements have been made. Hankish has one surviving brother in his native city. He wrote relatives some time ago that he might return on a visit, but told them nothing definite of his plans and his arrival will be a surprise. He came to this country as a youth of 19, being attracted by re ports sent back from other former residents of Zlee who had established themselves in America. In 1907 he came to Bluffton and w’ith his elder brother, Peter Han kish, established his present fruit, ice cream and confectionery busin ess. The establishment has been in its same location since that time. The brother later returned to Toledo where he died a number of years ago. Real Estate Deals Woodrow Little, Bluffton rural route mail carrier has purchased the residence recently built by Wm. Lahman on South Main street. Mr. and Mrs. Little and family expect to occupy the property soon, moving from the R. L. Triplett farm four miles northwest of Bluffton where they now live. Leland Sechler who recently pur chased in the Fred Mueller addition on Jefferson street tw’o lots east of the Eph Geiger residence sold one adjoining the Geiger property to Wayne Lugibill who recently re turned here from California. To Teach In Eastern School For Girls Miss Roberta Biery.w’ill leave next Tuesday to assume her duties as in structor in Latin in the Northfield School for Girls, a private school at East Northfield, Massachusetts. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Theron Ridinger, Columbus Grove, a boy, Robert Eugene, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas W. Lora, Lima, a girl, Nancy Ann, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thompson, Bluffton, a boy, Louis Raymond, Jr., Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Niswander, Bluffton, a girl, Rosemary Elise, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schnegg of Plymouth, Mich., a girl, Gail Paula, bom at Northville hospital, North ville, Mich., last Wednesday. Mrs. Schnegg is the former Cletus Adams, daughter of Wm. Adams of near Mt. Cory. Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCain of Roxana, Ill., a boy, James Albert, bom at Alton Memorial hospital, Alton, Ill., August 20. Mrs. McCain is the former Elizabeth Balmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Balmer south of Bluffton. Spends Summer At University Of Mexico Miss Phyllis Heckathorn, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Royal Hecka thorn of North Baltimore, former Bluffton residents, arrived by plane in Cincinnati the latter part of last w’eek from Mexico City w’here she attended the National University of Mexico the past tw’o months. She will return next month to Oxford to begin her senior year at Miami university. Mr. and Mrs. Heckathorn motored to Cincinnati to meet their daugh ter and spend the week end at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Yoder, the latter being a sister of Mrs. Heckathorn. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 1946 COUNTER PROPOSAL DRAFTED IN LIGHT PLANT BOND ISSUE Municipal Officials And Bond Buyers Negotiate Over Contract Terms Foreclosure Clause And Guar anteed Franchise Earnings Main Objections An impasse continued this week in the issuance of $125,000 in reve nue bonds to finance improvements at Bluffton’s municipal electric light plant, as the town council and board of public affairs negotiated with Stranahan Harris and Co., Toledo bond buyers, in an attempt to iron out contract differences. Stalemated action in proceeding w’ith the bond issue came unexpect edly last week when the council balked at signing the contract pre sented by the Toledo firm, which had been low bidders for the $125, 000 issue. In what was to have been routine procedure in the final steps of legis lation necessary to authorize the bond issue, councilmen objected to terms of a stringent foreclosure clause in the contract, and to a pro jected 20-year franchise with guar anteed earnings of no less than eight per cent on reproduction cost w’hich was to be effective should foreclosure be instituted. Solicitor Represents Town In the negotiations with the To ledo firm of bond buyers, the coun cil and board of public affairs is being represented by City Solicitor Dan R. Trippiehorn. With the deadlock continuing into the second week, the board of public affairs has been unable to proceed with advertising for bids on the cost of installing a new boiler and build ing a new’ stack at the municipal plant. Bluffton’s counter proposal to the Toledo firm was drafted Monday night at a joint session of the coun cil and the board of public affairs, and whether an answer will be avail able by next Monday’s regular meet ing of the council is uncertain. Bluffton Man's Grandfather Dies Gerald W. Clever and family of South Main street w’ere in Lexing ton, Ohio, Thursday to attend fun eral services held for his grandfath er, George Clever, 81, w’ho died at his home in Kissimee, Floreda, on Monday of last week. Mr. Clever resided on a farm northeast of Lafayette until about five years ago w’hen he and his wife moved to Florida. Surviving are his wife, two child ren, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Others from this vicinity attend ing the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Orvan Wirt of Lafayette and Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Wirt of Ada. Two Will Teach In Rawson School Two Bluffton teachers, Miss Mary Stearns and Mrs. Magdalene Oyer Suter will teach in Rawson at the opening of school next week, it is announced by R. K. Derrickson, superintendent of schools of that place. Miss Stearns will teach music and English and Mrs. Suter will teach English and Latin. Virgil Borkosky of Bluffton Route 1 will be janitor of the school. Two of last year’s teachers, Bettye Lew’is of Bluffton, instructor in mu sic and Margie Weimer of Findlay expect to teach in Florida and will leave the middle of September for West Palm Beach. With Service Men Two Bluffton men, Frederick Tschantz and Charles Steiner w’ho have been in the army of occupation in Japan are reported enroute home. Both have been stationed in Japan since shortly after the close of the war. Sgt. Richard Fett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pleyel Fett of Col. Grove ar rived home Saturday after receiving his discharge from the Army at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland. He spent 20 months in the service. Robert F. Beemer, BM 2/c, of 106 Riley street has re-enlisted under continuous service in the Navy. Beemer has four years naval serv ice, the majority of w’hich w’as spent in the Pacific area. The second fatality in six months struck a power line construction crew of which Robert Kohler and William Klass, both of Bluffton are members, making the life of Carl Lamb, 59, of Delaware, who lived here at the Pine hotel last winter while new electrical installations were being made for the Central Ohio Light and Power company be tween Bluffton and Findlay. Lamb died in a Wooster hospital last Friday as the result of electrical burns received four days previously when he came in contact with a high tension line carrying about 4,000 volts at Marshallville in Wayne county. At the time of the mishap Kohler and Klass were working with Lamb and the fatality recalled a freak ac cident which affected the same crew employed by the O’Rourke lectrical Service company of Mt. Vernon while it was working for the Cen Barbara Hauenstein Writes Of Trip From Beirut to Eng land Via France Boats And Trains Overcrowded Delays In Customs And Money Exchange Difficulties in traveling through Europe’s post-war madhouse of con fusion are detailed in a letter to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein, of Campus drive, from Barbara Joyce Hauenstein. Her experiences were connected with a journey completed on August 14 from Beirut, Syria, to England w’here she is to be married in Edin burg, Scotland soon to W, M. C. Todd, a British army officer she met in the Near East during the course of the w’ar. On the first leg of her trip she was on a boat with a missionary friend, a Mrs. Koch, enroute to Geneva to put her two children in school, and Alice Magarian, w’ho is (Continued on page 2) Bluffton Woman's Brother Succumbs Mr. and Mrs. Frank McElroy of South Main street attended funeral services held at Forest, Sunday afternoon for her brother, William H. Ropp, 71, w’ho died at San An tonio hospital in Kenton, Friday afternoon. Besides his sister of this place he is survived by another sister Mrs. Ella Spearman and a brother Harley Ropp, both of Dunkirk. Burial was in the Hueston cemetery at Forest. Lima Pastor To Speak At Brotherhood Meet Rev. J. Harmon Dutton of the High Street United Brethren church w’ill be guest speaker at the annual family night meeting of the Broth erhood of the Reformed churches to be held at St. John’s church here Thursday night at 8 o’clock. A musical program is also being arranged and refreshments will be served. All members of the two congregations and their families are invited. A Shorthorn steer raised and ex hibited by Harry Burkholder, Bluff ton high school youth, was judged grand champion of the Allen county fair at Delphos, Thursday afternoon. The animal, sold in the annual livestock auction, brought $425.60 or 38 cents a pound, being purchased by a Delphos bank. Burkholder, the son of Mr. and Quinten Burkholder living north of Bluffton on the county line was graduated last spring from high school here where he had been an agriculture student and member of the Future Farmers of America. In addition to the cash return, Burkholder will receive a free trip to the National Livestock exposition at Chicago next December. Other prize winners in the junior show at the fair who have received trips to the Chicago exposition are Marilu Amstutz and Roy Reichenbach of Beaverdam. Bluffton Man Witnesses Two Power Line Electrocutions In Six Months Rigors Of Traveling In Post-War Europe Described By Bluffton Woman Bluffton Youth’s Prize Winning Steer Brings $425 At Auction Arthur Nisw’ander of-Bluffton re ceived an award of a special show halter for neatness of exhibit and ability to show. tral Ohio Light and Power company on a contract basis here last Febru ary. Killed in the accident here was Frederick F. Zimmerman, 37, who was struck with a high tension wire broken by flying rocks from a blast he had set off to make a hole for a new power pole. The accident oc curred near the Central Ohio pla. Kohler was working with the crev.' when Zimmerman lost his life, and again was present last week when Lamb came into contact with the line and was electrocuted. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kohler. Klass, recently discharged from the Navy, is a new’ member of the O’Rourke crew. Mr. and Mrs. Al bedt Klass, of w’est of Bluffton, are his parents. Kohler ws one of the pall bearers at Lamb’s funeral in Delaware, last Monday. RE-SURFACING OF FOUR STREETS IS COMPLETED HERE Work Done On Parts Of Kibler, Cherry Streets College And Lake Avenues Hard Surface Also Put On Grade School Grounds And Under Harmon Stadium Re-surfacing parts of four Bluff ton streets and hard surfacing Bluff ton grade school grounds and the area under Harmon field stadium was completed during the past week in the town’s first stone chip-tar as phalt treatment program since early in the war. Improved in the street program were Kibler street from Main to Grove street College avenue from Jackson street to the College road Cherry street from the Nickel Plate railroad to the County Line road Lake avenue from North Main street to the A. C. & Y., and the alley at the rear of the Community hospital from Main street to Har mon road. Applied in the improvements to streets were 7,800 gallons of tar as phalt preparation and 275 tons of stone. Grade School Grounds Hard surfacing of the grade school grounds and the area under the stadium took 6,500 gallons of tar asphalt and 150 tons of stone. Work on the school grounds and at Harmon field was a part of the town’s revived recreational program sponsored by the recreation commit tee of the Business Men’s associa tion. Application of the stone chip-tar asphalt surface was made by Leo Cossett and Son, Findlay road con tractor, w’ith the Bluffton street maintenance crew’ assisting. Breeding Misunderstood No aspect of animal husbandry is less understood generally than that of breeding, or reproduction, of farm animals, it is said. Horses, cattle, sheep and swine are considered. Hancock County Fair Next Week Featuring a rodeo, livestock, farm and home arts exhibits, a team pull ing contest, machinery displays and grandstand attractions the Hancock county fair will open at Findlay Wednesday of next week for a gala showing continuing thru Saturday, September 7. The fair, annually one of the best in this area, will be open day and night during the four-day period. Clyde Warren, of Orange towm ship, is one of the trustees of the fair board. Other from this area include Levi Welty, Route 1, Mt. Cory and E. E. Hartman, Rawson rural route. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) —Wheat $1.89 corn $1.60 oats 73c soys $2.15. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 19 NO MEAT PRICE CHANGE EXPECTED UNTIL RE-CONTROL Prices Probably Will Remain As Now Until Resumption Qf OPA Control September 9 New Prices Set For Meat Ex pected Near June 30 Levels When OPA Was Dropped Retail prices in Bluffton meat markets will remain steady until the September 9 deadline set for resump tion of OPA control, operators of local establishments indicated this week. Barring undue fluctuations of livestock prices, no drop in meat prices can be expected thru the intervening week and one-half period of free trading. W'hat prices will be after re control becomes effective on Septem ber 9 is largely a matter of con jecture this week, altho reports from Washington where the OPA and the Department of Agriculture are work ing on new ceilings indicate meat will revert to prices near June 30 levels. —v With the resumption of OPA price control, meat subsidies in effect on June 29 also will be re-instated. Meanw’hile meat market operators say farmers are planning unusually heavy marketing this week before the September 1 deadline. Of this volume of livestock a portion w’ould not be marketed until late fall under ordinary circumstances, but selling now is favored while the market remains free of controls. In again slapping controls on meat, which represents about 19 per cent of the average family’s food budget, the board said that prices had risen unreasonably above June 30 ceilings plus subsidies. Other OPA developments of the last w’eek brought an 18-cents a ton boost in soft coal prices, and 30 cents a ton on anthracite. Evangelistic Meetings At Missionary Church A two weeks’ series of special services will open Sunday at the Miaatonary church, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. R. R. Welch. The Walker & Pike evangelistic party of Ft. Wayne w ill be in charge and meetings will be held at 7:30 o’clock every night except Saturday. Draft Board Is In New Location Allen county draft board No. 3 w’ill move this week to new’ quarters on the third floor of the Barr hotel in Lima, it was announced Tuesday. The board will transact business in its new’ location beginning Septem ber 3. It was previously in the Lima National Bank building. Former Resident Opens Fourth Store Ralph West, formerly of Bluffton, opened a new’ sporting goods store in Chicago last Saturday, according to announcement received here the first of the w’eek. He and his fam ily live in nearby Wheaton, Ill. West, who for many years was employed by the Spaulding organiza tion, manufacturers and dealers in athletic supplies has recently en tered the field on his own account. The Chicago store is his fourth others are located in Columbus, Kansas City and Milwaukee. Presbyterian Picnic At Harmon Field The Presbyterian Sunday school will hold a picnic at Harmon Field, Thursday afternoon and evening to which all members of the congrega tion are invited. Games w’ill begin at 4 o’clock, in cluding pony and motor scooter rides followed by a picnic supper at 6:30. Each family is asked to bring one hot and one cold dish and sandwiches. Former Resident Is Victim Of Accident Mrs. Lloyd Murray of South Main street has received word that her sister, Mrs. Charles Bleam, formerly of Bluffton is in a serious condition at Sisters hospital, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Mrs. Bleam is suffering from in juries received recently w-hen she fell and fractured her leg three places just below the hip.