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if? Happy New Year VOLUME LXXI _____________ Board Discards Revised Schedule Adopted Early in December This rate was announced by the board of public affairs following the board’s decision to discard a revised schedule of electric rates adopted early in December. New and high er water rates adopted at that time will remain in effect. Under the latest plan of rate in creases, future bills for electric service will be computed at the old schedule which has been in effect here for a number of years which a flat 15% increase will added. This form of computation will This form of computation will re sult in a uniform Io% advance in charges for current provided to every user in every classification, members of the board announced, and eliminates variations which had been new bills been three per cent and others would have paid up to 20 per cent more for cur rent. 4S JANUARY 1 LIGHT BILLS WILL SHOW_ ADVANCE OF 15% Flat Increase Here Is An nounced by Board of Pub lic Affairs Rate to be found in the now discontinued schedule of rates whereby the of some consumers would have advanced only approximately Lack of uniformity in the schedule set up early in December when the rate increase first was announced was the principal factor causing the change in plans, members of the board said. Higher rates for water service will remain the same as announced at the board’s first December meet ing. These rates provide for an in crease of nearly 40% in the mini mum charge for the first 1,500 cubic feet, and a 20% boost in the cost of water used in excess of minimum. Raise Applies to December Bills Increased rates for both electric current and water will apply to De cember bills, making them effective as of December 1. Members of the board also said that a further revision of rates for electric service is contemplated some time within the next year, whenever there is an opportunity to make a careful study of the overall picture in each classification, and then set up a new rate schedule based on the survey. Rate Schedule time rates for electric be on the following Until that current will schedule: Domestic KWH 5c per KWH next 4c per KWH next 40 First 30 30 KWH KWH 3c per KWH next 100 KWH 21ic per KWH over 200 KWH 2c per KWH. Flat 15% will be added to total of the bill computed at above rates. Commercial KWH 5c per KWH next 4c per KWH next 200 First 30 120 KWH KWH 3%c per KWH next 150 KWH 3c per KWH 2c per over 500 KWH KWH. 15% will be bill computed Flat of the added to total at above rates. General Power per KWH per KWH KWH KWH KWH. First 500 KWH 4c next 2500 KWH 2^c next 5000 KWH 2c per 1200 KWH 14c per 20,000 KWH lUc per next over total Flat 15% will be added to of the bill computed at above rates. Water Rates (Old Rate) First 1500 cu. ft. $2.25 per quar ter next 23,500 cu. ft. $1 per 1000 cu. ft. per quarter over 25,000 cu. ft. 75c per 1000 cu. ft. per quarter. Water Rates (New Rate) First 1000 cu. ft. $2.50 per quar ter next 24,000 cu. ft. $1.20 per 1000 cu. ft. per quarter over 25,000 cu. ft. 90c per 1000 cu. ft. per quarter. Dog Tar Sale At Community Market Mrs. Zelma Ingalls Trippiehorn, at the Bluffton Community Market, will issue dog tags for Allen and Han cock counties again this year, it was announced this week. Deadline for the purchase of li cense tags without penalty has been set for January 20. Prices are the same as in previous years: males and spayed females, $1 females, $3, and kennel license, $10. Scout Movement Raises $398 Here The sum of $398.50 was raised in Bluffton, Monday, in a one day can vass for support of the Shawnee area Boy Scout organization which Bluffton is a part. Announcement of results of th campaign was made Monday nighy after the scout alumni meeting of' Troop 56 at the church, attended men, present and First Leo Gruss of which !n Bills for electric service Bluffton consumers will receive the mail on Thursday morning for current used during the month of December will show an increase of 15% over the former rates. Yuletide decorations will come down for another year, and the Christmas trees will be discarded, symbolizing the end of another cele bration of the community’s favorite holiday season. Bluffton High and Grade school students will return to their classes Thursday, Jan. 2, ending a 12-day vacation, but Bluffton college will not resume its regular scholastic schedule until Tuesday morning of next w’eek. Marriage Licenses The following marriage licenses were issued during the holiday sea son Leonard A. Lombardy, 41, Lima, artist, and Dortho McCullough, 36, Bluffton, electrical worker. Wilbur Dillon, Lima, laborer and LaDonna Oberly, Bluffton. William Burrage, Bluffton, labor er and Lucille Gruber, Findlay. Miss Catherine Gratz, daughter of Mrs. Peter Gratz, of South Jack son street, will leave New York City via airplane next week to return to the mission field in French Guinea, French West Africa, where she previously spent five and one-half years as a missionary. Preceding her departure next Mon day from Bluffton, where she has spent the last year on furlough, Miss Gratz will be honored at 7:30 P. M. Sunday at a special service in the Bluffton Missionary church. Her work in Africa is supported by the church, and the special serv ice set for by Rev Wayne, Church Year W111 Be)Sung By Serenaders Mennonite boys and scouts. by 40 former Lima, Shawnee Council executive showed moving pic tures of Camp Defiance, scout sum mer camp and Kenneth Oberly, Bluffton scoutmaster spoke on win ter activities at the camp. BLUFFTON PLANS TO GREET THE NEW YEAR WITH GAIETY Watch Parties and Bands Carolers Wil! Greet 1947 Tuesday Night of Coming as a climax to a st ason unrestrained holiday gaiety, ringing bells, shrilling whistles and tooting horns will usher in the arrival of the New Year in traditional fashion at midnight Tuesday. Watch parties in many homes will add color and cheerfulness to the New’ Year’s observance theatre par ties are planned by some, and in other cases the passing of the old year will be observed by staying quietly at home and listening to ra dio music in keeping with the sea son. Bands of merry carolers are plan ning their traditional rounds of town and countryside sing favorite songs of yesteryear, as other colorful feature marking debut of another new year. the the an the General Holiday will New Year’s Day Wednesday be observed as a general holiday, with business and industrial^ctivity of the town suspended. As* usual there will be no postal deliveries on town or rural routes. With the passing of 1946, the gai ety of the holiday season will come to a close, and its color and cheer soon will be absorbed in the rush of everyday affairs. Charming Old Custom to be Observed in Bluffton Area, Tuesday Night One of Familiar Songs is Said to Have Had Origin in Set tlement Here Singing the traditional of Business Places and Industries to Suspend Operations on New Year’s Day The songs—there are only two of them—are the same ones that have been sung all thru the many years, as young people, and older ones too, have greeted the passing of the year in song. A bit old, perhaps, but like so many of the treasured things in life, the carols are always new at the New Year’s season, and the passing years have found them losing none of their charm. Written in the Swiss-German language, they are ideally adapted to four-part singing. They have no counterpart in the English tongue. The two carols, “Stimmt Lieder an” and “Neujahrs Lied,” are at tributed to one David Rothen, who is (Continued on page 10) Week Of Prayer To Open Sunday Catherine Gratz Will Return To African Mission Post By Airplane Sunday will be conducted J. A. Ringenberg, of Ft. president of the Missionary Association. After leaving here next Monday, Miss Gratz expects to begin the air plane flight to Africa later in the weak. Out of town speakers will appear in pulpits of Bluffton churches dur ing the annual week of prayer which opens next Sunday night. Services will be held at 7:30 o’clock every night except Saturday and end on the following Sunday night, Janu ary 12. The project is sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association which has announced the following sched ule of meetings: Sunday—Methodist church, Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor. Speaker, Rev. John Schmidt of St. Paul’s Evan gelical and Reformed church, St. Marys. Monday Defenseless Mennonite, Rev. Edgar Shady, pastor. Speaker, Rev. Kent Welty of the Missionary church. Tuesday—Church of Christ. Speak er, Rev. Harry J. Scheidemantle of the Presbyterian church, Col. Grove. Wednesday Missionary church, Rev. R. R. Welch, pastor. Speaker, Rev. Frank Harder of St. John Men nonite church, Pandora. Thursday—St. John’s Reformed church, Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pas tor. Speaker, L. L. Ramseyer, Bluff ton college. Friday—Presbyterian church, Rev. Speaker, Lutheran E. N. Bigeloxv, pastor. Rev. E. A. Lehman of church, Leipsic. When she came to this country for a one-year furlough last fall, she also made the trip by plane, flying 1000 miles from her mission station inland, at Kankan, to Mi ami, Florida. Because the war had disrupted normal transportation facilities, the Bluffton woman had remained at her mission station 18 months long er than the regular four-year term of service. Her post in Africa is with the only Protestant mission at Kankan, a sizable citv and the major trading point in the operated by ary Alliance keeper in th* NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERE .. -..........- ..... ..... 1"" New Year’s carols in the Swiss language, one of the oldest customs of the vi cinity, bands of serenaders Tuesday evening made their rounds of the town and countryside, to provide a fitting musical setting for the wel come of 1947. New Year’s caroling is a custom at present observed in only a few American communities, and Bluff ton’s tradition is a unique one. Altho the singing of Christmas carols is almost universal, the custom of heralding the New Year with songs is rare. Bluffton’s New Year serenading is the survival of an ancient Swiss custom settlers century pioneer their own against the encroachments of modem life. brought here by the first of that nationality nearly a ago and is one of the few traditions that have held Songs Are Old BLUFFTON, OHIO TUESDAY, DEC. [31, 1946 WOMAN MAKES TRIP BY PLANE FROM GERMANY Mrs. Wayne Yoakam Arrives Here After Trans-Atlantic Flight Body of Late Husband, of Accident Expected Week Mrs. After spending Christmas Day at the home of Lt. Yoakam’s parents, Mrs. Yoakam then went to her home near Jenera Wednesday night. She was the former Luella Smith, of that place. Upon her arrival here, Mrs. Yoakam confirmed information pre viously given in a letter that internal injuries suffered when a jeep he was driving was struck by a train at a railroad crossing caused the death of Lt. Yoakam at an Army hospital in Kitzingen, Germany, where he was stationed with American forces of occupation. Mrs. Yoakam’s trip home was delayed when her plan* was held up at Labrador for two days because of bad weather. the air only 23 hours u its trip fnrn Frankfort to Spr $F eld, Mass., from where Mrs. Yoakam made rail road connections to return home. Her death Mennonite Sunday, Jan. 12—First church, Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor. Speaker, Dr. J. Ira Jones of Trinity Methodist church, Lima. is area. The mission the Christian She works a office. Mission a book- Natives of the region are well proportioned and very French is the official language the region, altho the natives speak several dialects. large, black. The plane was in. Remains Enroute From Los Angeles Mrs. Emma Scoles, 93, widow of the late Rev. W. H. Scoles, former residents of the Bluffton area, died on Christmas Day in Los Angeles, where she has made her home in re cent years. she suffered The body for burial, ments will be completed after its arrival here. Services will be held at the Pleasant Hill Methodist church, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Iler husband, who died 19 years ago, also is buried there. When they were residents of this area, the Scoles family lived Beaverdam on what is now the Leatherman farm. OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Victim This waiting Three weeks of ar. „ous to return to home and relatives fol lowing the accidenu death in Germany of her husband, whom she had joined there last May, ended at midnight on Christmas Eve for Mrs. Wayne Yoakam when she arrived at the home of his paunts, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yoakam, northwest of Bluffton. Yoakam returned to this via Army Air transport, Frankfort, Germany last then came by railroad from country leaving Friday, Springfield, Mass., to Lima where she arrived late Christmas Eve. When she left Frankfort Friday night, the body of her husband, Lt. Wayne Yoakam, was at Bremer haven, Germany, to be shipped home by boat. It is expected here this week, she said. near Bert Paul a Survivors include a son Scoles and daughter Mrs. Zoe Scott, both of Los Angeles. Clayton Bixel New License Registrar Clayton Bixel, Bluffton automobile dealer, has been endorsed by the Allen county Republican executive committee as deputy registrar of motor vehicles, and will handle the sale of automobile tags for this area during the coming year. Among other recommendations made by the Republican committee last week was that of O. C. Kohli, of Lima, as state highxvay engineer for the second district. This will restore Kohli to the position he held during the administration of the last Republican governor, John W. Bricker. Bixel also was deputy license reg istrar during the last two terms of the Bricker administration, and was succeeded by Harold Montgomery when Frank Lausche was elected governor. K i nsi ng er Leases Produce Station Charles Kinsinger announced the first of the week the leasing of his North Main street produce station and Robert M. Reynolds to Kemp B. of Jackson The new firm will take over oper ation of the establishment on Janu ary 1 and the business will be oper ated as a partnership, has announced no plans ture. Center and Newark. Kinsinger for the fu- //v New Year's Day in Russia and Greece Comes on Janu ary 13 Celebration of Arrival of Year Goes Far Back History New Year's Celebrated At Different Times Thruou History Of Mankind New in Year’s Uniform celebration of New Day on January 1 throughout the world is a phenomenon of rather an cient historical development. However, the uniformity has cer tain exceptions as in the case of Russia and Greece, which use the Julian calendar instead of the Greg orian calendar commonly used in most of the remainder of the world, the Gregorian calendar, the of January is 12 days earlier in the Julian calendar, and In followed a fall in which a fractured hip. is enroute to Bluffton and funeral arrange- first than hence Russia and Greece celebrate New Year’s Day on what to us is January 13. Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians and Persians began their year at the autumnal equinox, on September 22, and the Greeks of the time of Solon nt the 21. winter solstice, on December Roman Celebration Romans reckoned the The begin inter ning of the year from the solstice until the time of Julius Cae sar, who in his reform of the cal endar changed it to the first day of January. The Jews began, and still begin, their civil je-ar with the tir.-t of the month Tiser, which roughly corresponds to our month of Sep tember. In England, December 25 was New Year’s Day until the time of William the Conqueror. His coronation hap pened to occur on January 1, hence (Continued on page 10) Funeral Sunday For John Manges services were held at the Christ Sunday afternoon W. Manges, 89, former Funeral Church of for John state legislator from Allen county, for two terms speaker of the house of representatives in the Ohio Gen eral assembly and former mayor of Beaverdam. Officiating at the funeral services was Rev. Grant Speer of Toledo and burial tery. was in the Beaverdam ceme- Manges died at his township east of Mr. He was a former Northern university, school for 17 years at one time as u Beaverdam town township clerk, tru board member. He was of the Church of Christ he home in Bluffton, Union Thursday evening. He was born March 1, Perry county and married Elizabeth Plowright. Following her death he married Margaret Jane Ewing, also deceased. 1857 in student at Ohio taught served of the and was a school member He ala.a i member council Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Flo Cunningham, Bluffton, and three sons, Layton, at home Byron of iiffton ami George of I’indlay. A brother, Charles Manges of Bluffton ami .-won grandchildren also sur- •W MOVING DWELLINGS INTO TOWN EASES HOUSING SHORTAGE Houses Moved Here Principally from Rural Districts in Past Year Expedient Provides Economical Answer to Quick Housing Problem Buying houses already built on sites outside the town, moving them here and remodeling to fit them for occupancy is a new development in Bluffton’s housing shortage situation that gives evidence of becoming al most as popular as erecting fabricated homes. V X—■ the Principal advantage of “moving-in” practice is the fact that the builder not only avoids scramb ling for hard-to-get materials, but also there is a tremendous saving in labor in these days of high-priced carpenters. Empty Houses Elsewhere Houses being purchased are ready built, usually of modest sizes, and standing emptj in areas they can fraction of the ing into a new al- the rural be purchased at a cost involved in go building. make moving of simple matter, there Good roads houses a fairly are no delays in obtaining lumber, and the only thing necessary is to put in a foundation and set the house on it. Once the house is in place, re modeling of the interior can be done either before or after the family moves in, depending on individual circumstances. Quick Housing Expedient As soon as it is set on the founda tion, the house represents a place to live, for it is complete except for a heating furnace a stove niceties toilet facilities can await availability of materials without barring oc cupancy of the structure. plant and plumbing. If the isn’t immediately available, will serve, and the modem of bathroom, lavatory and Speed in getting a roof overhead is another advantage of the plan, for it is necessary only to wait for construction of the foundation before the occupants can take over. A growing tendency toward con verting barns, en houses combining structures, the same required arrives. idsheds and chick- b: sometimes three sn variation into homes two or represents idea, altho more work before “moving-in” of is day HOSPITAL of South Main patient in Lima because of a REMOVED TO Donavon Conrad street is a surgical Memorial hospital recurrence of a former stomach ail ment. NEW YEAR TO SEE LITTLE CHANGE IN TOWN OFFICIALS Majority of Officeholders Will Begin Second of Two Year Terms Appointments at Council Meet ing Monday Expected to Continue Incumbents In contrast to the dilemma of a year ago when Bluffton’s municipal office picture was in a highly unset tled state, the advent of 1947 will see no major changes and only a few minor ones in the makeup of Bluffton's official family. With all elective, municipal offi cers seated for two-year terms last January and with many appoint ments for the same length of time, most town officials automatically will enter a second year of service. By contrast, the situation a year ago found the entire municipal office picture in an unsettled muddle. There were many new incoming offi cials, and in addition the problem of who would fill the mayor’s position was an unanswered question that (Continued on page 10) Betty Steinman Home From Japan Jan. 15 Miss Betty Steinman, enroute to this country from Japan is expected here about January 15, according to word received by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue. She sailed December 18 from Yokahoma on the liner Arcadia and will stop enroute at Honolulu, Seat tle and San Francisco, the said. Miss Steinman has Red Cross service in Japan past year. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Augsburger, Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Everett, Tuesday. Rev. and Mrs. George Klinefelter, Mechanicsburg, Pa., a girl born at that place, Friday. Mrs. Klinefelter is the former Josephine Niswander, daughter of Mr. Niswander north -*A I NUMBER 37 message been in for the Births Bluffton The following births at rht»pitaU Mr. and MrtT .Clair Withrow, Findlay, a girl, Barbara Jean, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Shook, Ada, a boy William, Jr., Thursday. Mrs. Mr. and pre Ben here Started early last summer by Shafer, who moved a house from Benton Ridge, the idea is being adopted by an increasing number of Bluffton families desper ate for a place to live. Wayne Lehman, Wayne, Jr., Sat- a boy, Beaverdam, urday. Mr. and Lima, a boy, Jerome Lester, Satur day. Mrs. Jack Graymire, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brodine, Ben ton Ridge, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. David Houtz, Lima, a girl, Monday. and Mrs. Edwin of Bluffton. Marjorie Buckland Weds David Scudder Marjorie Buckland, daughter of Mrs. Elsie Buckland, North Main street, became the bride of David B. Scudder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Scudder, South Lawn avenue, in a double-ring ceremony Friday after noon at 4:30 o’clock in the home of the bride’s mother. Receiving the vows of the con tracting parties was Rev. A. B. Mc Daniel, church bride, before with white and yellow pompoms and evergreens and flanked by candela bra. of the United Brethren of Maumee, a cousin of the The ceremony was conducted an improvised altar banked A program of musical numbers by Mary Katherine Bauman included “The Lord’s Prayer,” “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” and “I Love Thee.” The bride was given in marriage by her uncle George St rock of Water loo, Indiana. Joan Buckland, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Paul Mc Daniel, of Bowling Green, attended the groom. For the occasion the bride wore a street length dress of rose wool, with tight-fitting bodice, high neck line, side drape and three-quarter length sleeves ial bouquet of white pompoms. She carried a colon- supper was A wedding buffet served for 25 relatives and friends cen cake used who attended. The table was teggd by a four-tier wedding and the Christmas theme was in decorations trip, Following a short wedding the couple will reside at Bowling Green where the groom is a student at Bowling Green university.