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VOLUME LXXI 14 ARE APPOINTED TO VILLAGE POSTS FOR COMING YEAR Only Vacancy in Municipal Gov ernment Occasioned by Res ignation of Nightwatch Samuel Bixel Is New Clerk of Cemetery Board Council Confirms Appointments Mayor W. A. Howe’s recommenda tions to fill 14 appointive municipal posts were confirmed by Bluffton councilmen town’s governmental organization took shape for the coming year at a meeting Monday night in the Toom. as the fabric of the Thursday St. church, Rev. V. C. tor. Speaker, Dr Bluffton college. council vas a Maple etaker Appointed at the session new clerk-trustee for the Grove cemetery board the c# of the town clock, and 12 members of the volunteer fire department. mains to be filled, the has One position as the result resignation of R. E. Griffith who served as nightwatch here for last seven months. No successor appointed. Nightwatch Changes Griffith’s resignation became effec tive with the close of his tour of duty embracing Monday night and late Tuesday morning, and Albert Reichenbach, who formerly served as nightwatch for more than a decade was on the job Tuesday night by temporary appointment, pending the next meeting of the council. A clerk-trustee vacancy on the Maple Grove cemetery board was filled by the appointment of Samuel Bixel, former municipal treasurer. Bixel is serving the one-year unex pired term of Elmer Diller, who died late last fall. His salary as clerk is $150 a year. Other members of the cemetery board are John Thomp son and William Edwards. James Benroth was re-appointed town clocck caretaker, a post held for many years by his father, the late Albert Benroth. The salary is $50 a year. Twelve firemen were re-appointed, including C. V. Stonehill, John Stone hill, Charles Young, Aldine Weiss, Jr., H. E. Augsburger, Richard Augs burger, Edward Badertscher, Robert Dillman, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Fred Martin and Lester Niswander. Fire Chief Guy Corson was appointed for a two-year term last January. of the town’s employes were action at the Salary schedules regular municipal boosted by council meeting Monday night. Marshal Lee Coon’s salary was in creased $15 per month, giving him $115 as cheif of police and $75 as service supervisor. The nightwatch salary was upped from $145 to $160 per month. Skilled labor in the fu ture will be paid 85 cents an hour instead of 75 cents, and common bor will receive 75 cents an hour stead of 65 cents. /Veic Minister Called By Church Of Christ Rev. Read and his family will move Thursday into temporary quar ters arranged by his Orange town ship parishioners until a new par sonage is built adjoining Bethel church, it was stated Tuesday. 2-DAY INSTITUTE TO BE HELD HERE ON JAN. 22 AND 23 Discussions of Community Prob lems Features Music and Drama on Program Two-Day a Community Gathering Will Feature Joint Sessions Jan. 22 Bluffton’s annual two-day com munity institute, a feature attraction each winter season, will be held this year on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 22 and 23. Offering a varied program of in structive lectures, discussion sessions and entertaining features, the in stitute will follow the usual pattern of joint sessions on the opening day, followed by individual meetings of the men’s and women’s organizations. Women’s la in- Hold Union Prayer Services This Week Universal week of prayer services which opened last Sunday night are being held in Bluffton churches this week each evening at 7:30 o’clock. Remaining services are: Wednesday Missionary church, Rev. R. R. Welch, pastor. Speaker, Rev. Frank Harder of St. John Men nonite church, Pandora. John’s Reformed Oppermann, pas L. Ramseyer, Friday—Presbyterian church, Rev. E. N. Bigelow, pastor. Speaker, Rev. E. A. Lehman of the Lutheran church, Leipsic. Sunday—First Mennonite church, Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor. Speaker, Dr. J. Ira Jones of Trinity Metho dist church, Lima. To Tell Of Work In European War Relief Henry Detwiler of Souderton, Pa., will address the Bluffton College vesper service Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. He returned last Novem ber from Europe where he spent several years in war relief as a rep resentative of the Mennonite Central committee and will speak from per sonal knowledge of what is being done in Egypt, Italy and northwest ern Europe. Detwiler was a former student in the college here and his wife is the former Neva Badertscher of Bluff ton. Previous to his entrance into war relief work he was connected with a Souderton building and loan company. Trans-Atlantic Trip Home By Air Enjoyed By Bluffton Business Man of Cleveland has pastorate of the Christ and Bethel in Orange town Rev. C. D. Read been called to the Bluffton Church of Church of Christ ship, it was announced the first of the week. Heading the list of speakers will be Rev. William Stauffer, of Sugar Creek, O., a Bluffton college gradu ate in 1932, and Mrs. Arnold Steva, of St. Marys. Varied features on the Wednesday night program are expected to a capacity audience from the munity, and likely will be the line attraction of the two-day ing. Paul E, Men’s Institute: Rev. Whitmer, president Albert Augs burger, vice-president Harvey Gratz, secretary-treasurer Homer Gratz, Harry Anderson, Ezra Moser, Willard Jennings and Harry F. Barnes, executive committee. Institute: Mrs. Chris president Miss Margaret Gratz, Guider, vice-president Mrs. Howard Stager, Gratz, Mrs. Evan Basinger and Mrs. Wilford Geiger, executive committee. secretary Mrs. Harvey Sechler Takes Over Pine Restaurant Leland Sechler, owner of the Pine restaurant has taken over operation of the establishment after it had been operated during the past year by Herbert Siefield under terms of a lease. Sechler who was a patient in Bluffton hospital last summer is much improved and expects to be active in management of the taurant. res Moser Beaverdam School Board Head In re-organization of the Beaver dam board of education for the com ing year, Clair Moser, Route 2, Co lumbus Grove, last Monday night was named president. William Stephens, Route 2 Colum bus Grove, was elected vice-presi dent. Other board members are Alvin Lamb, Clarence Downing, both of Route 2, Columbus Grove, and Roy Herr, Route 5, Lima. Eunice Smith, of Beaverdam, is clerk of the board. Regular meet ings of the group will be held the second Monday of each month. Bluffton has headed into a new year after picking up, during 1946 where it left off before the war so far as revitalized industrial, business and residence expansion were con cerned. Widespread building activity reach ing into all three fields, and herald ing the growth of a larger better Bluffton, easily qualified the most newsworthy review of the old year. and as a events in in Completed and in operation early fall was the beautifully equip ped and furnished Carma theatre, the newest motion picture showhouse Charles Hankish Comes Home from Syria in 28 Hours of Flying Time Trip Over by Boat Took Days U. S. Crime, Lynch ings Overplayed refuse draw com head- meet- Institute Officers Officers of the institute tions, who are completing the meeting, include: organiza plans for 15 Home from his first visit to his land in 42 years, Charles was of to of of native land 42 years, Hankish, Bluffton confectioner, enthusiastic about the advantages air travel ■which brought him America from Syria in 28 hours flying time in contrast to a trip 15 days by boat in going there last fall. The Bluffton businessman returned home by air after finding it impos sage by ship, and fere at such a took two months accommodations 1 premium that it for him to obtain Accommodations easily may be obtained to get to Europe, Hankish said, but transportation companies may In ?r and three town of Zahl months ago. One cousin, George Abde, of Toledo, returned with him, and the other two will come later. ian idea of the United badly distorted by lurid newspaper accounts of strikes, lynch ings and crime, Hankish said on his return. Sensational news about the more unfavorable aspects of our society are publicized widely seas, and Hankish’s relatives surprised when he told them occurrences were the exception er than the rule. is While overseas the Bluffton visited Jerusalem, Damascus, bek, Nazareth and Bethlehem. over those rath- man Baal- Syria, formerly under French rule, now is independent, altho everyone expects that control will pass on to England, he said. The Bluffton man’s return trip by air was in two stages. He and his cousin left Zahle on Christmas Day to go to Beirut. From there they left on the next day in a small six passenger plane for Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo they waited until Tues day of last week, when they took off at 4 a. m. in a luxuriously fur nished 40-passenger plane with com fortable seats. On the homeward bound trip, the plane Athens, Rome, Geneva, and Paris. stopped at Switzerland, plane span flying New plane From Paris the giant ned the Atlantic in 13 hours, above the clouds, by way of foundland and Labrador. The landed at Boston last Wednesday night when a landing scheduled at New cause of He and home by Bluffton York City was cancelled be a snowstorm at that place, his cousin then came on train, Hankish arriving in last Friday. Births following births at Bluffton The hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Major, Find lay, a girl, Beverly Jean, Thursday. Mrs. Major is the former Mary Jane Worthington. Mr. and Mrs. Brice Darbyshire, Columbus Grove, a girl, Kathleen, Friday Mr. and Mrs. Willard Dunson, Mt. Cory, a boy, Rev. and Bluffton, a Saturday. Saturday. Mrs. Robert Welch, boy, Richard Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Keely, Ada, a boy, John Jeffrey, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. James Moser, Bluff ton, a boy, Larry Lee, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. David Hostetter, Tocsin, Ind., a girl, Judith Kay, born Jan. 1. Mrs. Hostetter is the former Ruth Albro Her father, Rev. A. F. Albro was formerly pastor of the Missionary church here. Industrial, Business and Residential Construction in this area, and one of the finest in any town of Bluffton’s size in the state. Nearing completion is a new $25,000 plant to be occupied by the expanded interests of the Bluffton Cement Block Co., and a $10,000 building addition to the Bluffton Stone Co. is well under way. On the eastern fringe of Bluffton a fine new airport, built and operat ed by Clayton Bixel, was put into operation in late fall. At the generating plant of The Central Ohio Light and Power Co., located within the Bluffton city limits, a million- 11 IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BL BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 194 NORMAN TRIPLETT Bl IS NEW MEMBER OF SCHOOL BOARD Industrial Executive Selected By Other Board Members to Fill Vacancy Re-organization of Board Com pleted by Re-electing Waldo Hofsteter President Norman A. Triplett, industrial executive, was seated on the Bluffton board of education at a re-organiza tion meeting, Monday night, to serve the unexpired term of Donavon B. Conrad, whose death last week a vacancy on the board. left was four Triplett’s election to the post by unanimous vote of the other members of the board. He will serve the remaining three years of an un expired term of four years, started by Conrad a year ago last January 1. At the same meeting, ames West was re-appointed clerk for a three year term. In organization of the board, Waldo Hofstetter was re-elected president, and Levi Althaus, vice president. Althaus and Paul Diller were appointed to the grounds com mittee, and Leland Diller and Trip lett were named to the fyiance com mittee, with President Hofstetter as ex-officio member. Monday night’s meeting was for re-organization only, and no other business was transacted by group. the Doctors To Speak At P.T. 4. Meeting Drs. D. W. English and Walter Yingling, members of the -biitod the Allen County Tube culosis as sociation will address toe Bluffton Parent-Teacher associati n meeting next Monday night at o’clock* at the high school cafeteria. Dr. English, an x-raf technician, will speak on tubercuhois and Dr. Yingling will talk ui^’'ti«e topic “Deafness in Children.” A hour and refreshments will the meeting. social follow Leaving New York Jan. 15 For Africa Miss Catherine Gratz, Bluffton missionary who was scheduled to leave here Monday enroute to Africa has received word of postponement of the date for her departure. Under the present schedule she will leave Bluffton Friday for New York city where she will board a plane next Wednesday for a trans Atlantic flight. Her destination is French Guinea, French West Africa, where she previously spent five and one-half years as a missionary. The station is operated by the Christian Mission ary Alliance and she serves as book keeper in the business office. Real Estate Deal The Matter purchased by Bentley road place after it AND VICINITY The Bluffton area op Wednesday went into its seventh consecutive ice bound day, with sidewalks and streets remaining hazardous because of a treacherous icy coating, and with all but main traveled highways virtually impassable in the rural area. 4 Warmer weather on Tuesday, how ever, finally’enabled trees and shrub bei y to shake off the icy coating they wore from Thursday night of last vere to shake off the icy coating week, when an unusually se ice storm struck this district. With temperatures consistently re maining below the freezing point, there was no relief from til late Tuesday. and at was insufficient thawing remove the treacherous Prominent in Fraternal Orders Funeral at Methodist Church Bluffton paid a final tribute to one of its leading civic and fraternal leaders Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist’’® church, at largely attended funeraj service- for Donavon B. Conrad, 4f, a member of the Bluffton ard of1 Education and a former 1 councilman. A tireless betterment, Mr president of the Progress associ same position with the Recreation committee at the tizrie of his death. Active the Jerome Herr has purchased Willis Althaus property, the former Mrs. Grace Wilson residence at Jackson and Elm streets and will occupy the place this spring, deal was transacted by Mrs. Althaus. The H. W. acres, Moser Follas Herr sold his farm of 80 better known as the Amos farm south of Bluffton to Joe who will move on the place this spring, vacating the Mrs. Henry Matter farm on Bentley road which he tenanted. farm of 60 acres was Sam Badertscher of who will occupy the is vacated by Follas full in of ten Farm buyers should obtain formation about legal rights ants who are living on the property Tenants and landlords sometimes have oral agreements. dollar expansion program is under way, with its completion ear-marked for the coming year. To keep pace with Bluffton’s rapidly expanding industrial, busi ness and residential demands for electric current, the board of public affairs cover plant. has sold $125,000 in bonds to equipment additions to the old landmark passed, when One the Cal Balmer sawmill, operated here for 45 years, was razed, after being out of operation for several years. A major business transac tion was involved when the Bluffton i Area Still Is Seeking Recovery From Severe Ice Storm the ice un that there weather to ice-coating Member of Board of Education and a Former Town Coun cilman Donavon Conrad, Bluffton Civic And Community Leader Succumbs in comnmnity ton Community and held the Bluffton He served on the Community Progress association as executive (committeeman of the Industry panel, on which he represented the Bluffton Stone Co. and the Central Ohio Light I and Power Co. He was a director Lad assistant secreiary-trcaMurer of the Stone company, and was employ ed in the Findlay office Central Ohio firm as head accounting department. Active In Masonry in Masonic circles, past-master of the an of of Conrad Bluffton was a Masonic Lodge, and a member of the higher Masonic bodies including the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Toledo valley Findlay Chapter No. 58 R. A. M. Findlay Council No. 10 R. and F. M., and Findlay Com mandery No. 40, Knights Templar. Uniformed members of the Knights Templar lodge served as an honor guard for the casket during the funeral procession, and the Masonic committal rites were conducted at the cemetery. Death came to Mr. Conrad at 2:15 p. m. last Thursday in Lima Mem orial hospital where he was a surgi al patient, after ill health of ap proximately two weeks. Cardiac (Continued on page 8) Returns To Mission Station In Africa Returning to the African mission field where she formerly served four and one-half years, Miss Viola Welty, daughter of Mrs. Jacob Haas, of Pandora, will leave New York City on Jan. 20, to make the trip via airplane to Liberia. From there she will go 800 miles inland to the Sudan Interior mission post near the equator. The mission is an interdenominational unit in a British colony. Before she left to come home for a furlough a year ago, Miss Welty was in charge of the mission schools. A step-sister, Miss Mary Haas, also is engaged in African mission work, 100 miles south of Miss Welty’s station. She is the daughter of Jacob Haas, of Pandora. Milling Co. sold its interests to the Farmers Grain Co., and the two concerns were combined into one unit. Residential building really boomed here, despite widespread materials shortages, and some of those who could not immediately find materials compromised by building garages and living in them, or woodsheds and chicken gether. Completed that glazed streets, highways and walks. Despite treacherous driving condi tions, no motor vehicle mishaps of any consequence ■were reported in the immediate area. Power lines in rural areas north and west of town, snapped during the ice storm, in some cases could not be repaired until two days or more because’of the continued pres ence of ice on wires. Electric serv ice had been restored in all districts by the weekend. Heavy damage to trees was avert ed during the six-day period the ice clung to them only because there were no windstorms of any conse quence. Mrs. Mary B. Schick Dies Funeral Friday Mrs. Mary Belle Schick, 65, of Beaverdam, died at Bluffton hospital Wednesday morning at 5:30 o’clock following a one day’s illness. She was the widow of the late George Mrs. Schick, who had been appar ently in good health, was found in bed unconscious Tuesday morning by her sister, Mrs. Effa La Rue of near Beaverdam when she stopped in for a visit. Mrs. La Rue summoned her brother, Jacob Wingate, living next door and the unconscious woman was removed to Bluffton hospital in the Paul Diller ambulance. Mrs. Schick was the daughter of 4X .’fi’hibdore Perry and Mahalia (Shull) Chidester, pioneers of this Section. She was married to Geo. Shick who died June 7, 1941. She was a member of Richland grange, the Farm Women’s Improve ment club and the West Point Meth odist church and the ladies aid so ciety. Surviving are three sons Doit of I Columbus Coral of Ada and Harold of Bluffton a sister Mrs. LaRue of Chidester, Cleveland, John Chidester and Jacob Wingate of Beaverdam and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at West Point Methodist church Fri day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. Arthur officiating. Burial will be in West Point cemetery. The body, now at the Paul Diller funeral home will be removed to the home of her son Harold Thursday morning where it main until time for the services. in Bluffton Highlights Past Year in putting coops to- completed or virtually building boom were 14 in addition there are in the 1946 homes and seven other houses in various stages Schick, will re funeral Mt. Cory Woman Dies In Ambulance Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon in the Mt. Cory Methodist church for Mrs. Elizabeth Watkins, 60, who died early Monday afternoon in an ambu lance en'rciite to the Bluffton Com munity hospital from her home in Mt. Cory. Ailing from diabetes, Mrs. Watkins had undergone amputation of her left leg five weeks ago. She went into coma about 12 hours before the /decision was made to return her to Ihe hospital. Survivors include her husband, Jamts Watkins, of Mt. Cory, whom she’married in 1903 one son, Wayne of Mt. Cory one sister, Mrs. Rose Moore, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and two brothers, Edward Blaksley and Louis Blaksley, both of Ft. Wayne. Mrs. Watkins was born April 1, 1886, in Allen county, the daughter of James and Regina (Sig) Blaks ley. Rev. Lenhart, of Rawson, will offi ciate at the funeral rites. Burial will be in the Clymer cemetery. The body will be in the Paul Dil ler funeral home until time for the services. of construction. Four other citizens solved the housing shortage by buying houses in other communities and moving them here for remodeling to suit their purposes. told there are seven other All families living In garages erected as a temporary housing expedient until their homes can be built. With the town’s residential areas expanding in all directions it was necessary for the board of public affairs to lay 4,150 feet of new 4 inch water mains during the sum mer. To Good NUMBER 38 SCHOOL BOARD TO GET NEW SCHEDULE FOR TEACHERS PAY 4^. Plan Worked Out During Holi days Slated for Considera tion by Members Schedule Will Determine Overall Amount for Salaries and Distribution 1 A solution to the much-debated question of how much will be set aside for teachers’ salary adjust ments out of the special two-mill levy passed at the polls last fall— and how it will be divided among the members of the public school teach ing staffs—is expected to be propos ed by the Bluffton Board of Educa tion at a meeting this Wednesday night. Following a special meeting of the board on December 20, a spokes man for the group said that work on the proposed schedule of teachers’ pay adjustments would be completed over the holidays, and come up for final approval at the next regular meeting, this Wednesday. Consideration of a plan for salary adjustments was deferred at the December meeting because of the ill ness of Donavon B. Conrad, member of the board’s finance committee, and his death since that time has made it necessary for the board to draft the new schedule with a membership. depleted Nothing Announced schedule pending Provisions of the new have not been announced, final discussion by the board at this week’s meeting, but informed sources said the plan appears in shape to be finally adopted, altho there is always the possibility it may be temporarily held for further revision. Drafting of the new salary schedule on a basis that will prove passably satisfactory to all teachers has been a difficult assignment, for instructors in the schools have been divided into two factions of widely divergent viewpoints as to how in creases are to be given.* In one faction are the teachers with longer tenure on Bluffton teaching staffs, and the other group consists of those more recently hired, particularly within the past year or (Continued on page 8) Betty Steinman Lands In Seattle Miss Betty Steinman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue enroute home from Japan landed in Seattle, Wash., when the liner Arcadia docked at that port Monday night. The boat was delayed for two days because of She will receive her discharge at San Francisco this week from the Red Cross with which she has been affiliated in overseas service for the past year. She is expected to arrive iu Jfiufftpn next week. £. If. Neuenschwander Ordained To Ministry Edgar H. Neuenschwander II, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Neuensch wander I, who operated the Neu-Art studio during their residence in Bluffton, was ordained to the minis try of the Missionary Church Asso ciation, central district, Indiana, last week at Yoder, is serving Missionary Rev. Neuenschwander as pastor of the Yoder church, where the ordination was conducted by Rev. Chris J. Gerig, district superintendent, and Rev. B. F. Leightner, general secretary of the Missionary Church Association. The newly ordained minister grad uated from Ft. Wayne Bible Insti tute, Ft. Wayne, Ind., in 1945. He graduated from Bluffton High school in 1938, while the family resided here. His parents now live in Compton, California. Flick Returns From UNRRA Poland Trip Robert Flick, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Flick, of Union township, returned home last Friday from a six-weeks trip to Poland, as attend ant on a ship carrying a cargo of 1,500 horses to be distributed in that country by UNRRA. This was his first trip overseas, and he was in Europe four days, while the horses were being unload ed. His ship sailed from Newport, News, Virginia. Flick was graduated last spring from Mt. Cory High school.