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A Good Place To Live
Temperature Tumbles to Two
Degrees Above Zero Wed
nesday Morning
No Relief
from Two-Day Cold
Until Thursday
The frigid wave which struck with
appalling suddenness Tuesday morn
ing after an extended period of mild
spring-like weather, showed no sign
of abatement Wednesday
peratures creeping up to
gree mark at noon.
A drop to around zero
for this Wednesday
with tem
the 10 de-
is forecast
night with
slightly moderating temperatures by
Thursday afternoon.
Snow squalls accompanied winds
reached a maximum of 50 miles
an hour which ushered in the cold
wave about 7 o’clock Tuesday morn
ing and added to driving hazards of
traffic on the Dixie highway. Schools
at Beaverdam and Cairo were closed,
altho classes at Bluffton high and
grade schools were continued with
out interruption.
Wind Drops Wednesday
Altho temperatures Wednesday
morning remained near the zero
mark, the wind had dropped, making
the intensity of the cold less appar
ent. Because of the extreme cold
weather, construction work on the
new addition to the Central Ohio
Light & Power company’s generating
plant here was suspended and offi
cials of the farm institute were ap
prehensive that weather conditions
would affect attendance at the even
ing session this Wednesday night.
Severity of the cold was empha
sized by contrast with Sunday’s mild
48-degree temperature. Whipped by
strong winds from the northwest the
cold penetrated the warmest of gar
ments and made difficult the heating
The sharpest drop in temperature
here came Tuesday morning between
7 and 9 o’clock when the thermom
eters dipped 11 degrees in two hours
from 23 to a reading of 12.
The readings gradually slipped
throughout the day until a reading
of three above zero was registered
at midnight with a further one-de
gree drop early Wednesday morning.
Readings over the state generally
•were the lowest of the season after
30 days of abnormally warm Janu
ary weather with an average of
about 36 degrees or seven degree?
above normal.
Legion To Discuss
Scout Troop's Status
Future of Legion-sponsored Boy
Scout Troop No. 82 will be dis
cussed at a special meeting of Bluff
ton Legion post on Wednesday night
of next week at 8 o’clock in post
headquarters, it was stated by Com
mander Frederick Reichenbach.
Recent resignation of the troop’s
scoutmaster and other conditions
have raised the question as
-whether the troop should be
banded, Reichenbach said.
Mrs. Carl Stuckey
Dies In Illinois
Mrs. Florence Schumacher Stuckey
61, former Bluffton resident and
wife of Carl Stuckey died last
Thursday in the Mennonite hospital
at Bloomington, Ill., where she had
been a patient for the
months. The
past five
in nearby
family lives
the second
the late Jacob Schu
the family lived on
avenue in what is now
She was
daughter of
macher and
South Lawn
the Emil Amstutz property.
Mrs. Stuckey was graduated from
Bluffton college and taught music
in the Pandora schools. Her hus
band was formerly in the insurance
business here and for a time was
registrar of Bluffton college.
Funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at Carlock followed
by interment at that place.
husband she is sur
son James, at home
Menno Schumacher of
three sisters, Mrs.
Besides her
vived by one
also a brother
Dayton and
Elmer Basinger, Summerfield, III.
Mrs. Hulda Morse, Upland, Calif.,
and Mrs. Homer Luginbuhl, Toledo.
Betty Steinman
Home From Japan
Miss Betty Steinman, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of
South Lawn avenue has arrived
home after spending 16 months in
the Philippines and Japan where she
as a Red Cross staff assist-
left Japan only
the tidal wave
the wings of a roaring
Borne on
northwest gale, a cold wave, most
severe of the winter, held the Bluff
ton area in its icy grip Wednesday
with temperatures tumbling to a
new seasonal low of two degrees
above zero.
a few days
that devas-
tated parts of the islands and took
a high death toll. She received her
discharge from the Red Cross serv
ice at San Francisco. A graduate
of Ohio Wesleyan university, Dela
ware, she has announced no plans
for the future.
Retail Sales Expected to Lag
Until Tax Cut Takes Ef
fect July 1
Caution Marks Fur Buying
Local Market Grading
More Critical
However, since the 50% reduction
in tie amount of excise tax paid wilt
not become effective until next July
1, furriers anticipate that prospec
tive purchasers will wait until after
that time to buy, especially now that
the holidays are over.
Slows Demand for Raw Furs
This in turn would slow the de
mand for furs all along the line and
tend to further depress the raw fur
market, which dropped from last
year’s record high marks to pre-war
levels at the opening of the season
this winter.
Bluffton buyers said the first of
the week that they have received no
advance notice of market changes,
but buying is proceeding at a more
cautious pace and grading of furs
has become more critical.
General opinion in local fur mar
ket quarters sees no prospect of an
advance in the market in the face of
the tax-reduction developments and
the most optimistic note is a hope
that prices will continue to hold at
present levels, rather than register a
sharp drop.
Fur Market Glutted
Declining fur prices this season in
directly were attributed to last year’s
record catch, with many pelts still in
warehouses, plus the fact that im
ported furs again are coming onto
the markets in quantities, principal
ly from Russia and China.
Warehouses were jammed with
surplus furs at the close of last
year’s trapping season, many of
which have not yet moved into the
hands of manufacturers, and big buy
ers have done little purchasing of
pelts during the current season.
Ih-ices paid here for muskrats, the
principal item on the Bluffton mar
ket, have held at roughly one-half of
last year’s peak of $3.25 during the
current season.
Other fur prices have not declined
as drastically, but the level general
ly is considerably lower than last
year. Raccoon in early 1946 sold for
$3 to $3.25 and this year bring $2.50.
and there is no market at ail for op
Albert Reichenbach
Named Nightwatch
Mayor W. A. Howe’s appointment
of Albert Reichenbach as Bluffton
nightwatch was confirmed by the
municipal council at Monday night’s
meeting in the town hall.
Reichenbach, who previously serv
ed for 16 years, has been on tem
porary assignment as nightwatch
since Esmond Griffith resigned on
January 6.
Rural Community’s Place In Changing
Era Discussed At Bluffton Institute
Local market prices for raw furs,
which returned to pre-war levels
early this winter, may drop even low
er as aq aftermath of President Tru
man’s proclamation of the official
end of the war, which will bring a
10% cut in federal excise tax on fur
garments next July 1.
Local trappers with pelts on hand
following the close of the trapping
season January 15 are now faced
with the alternative of selling on
the present market or holding them
in hope of a better price at some
future time.
A 20% tax has applied to all pur
chases of fur coats and other fur
wearing apparel since the wartime
revenue act was drafted in 1943 to
provide additional funds for hostili
ties. With discontinuance of the rev
enue act, the excise tax will drop
from 20% to 10%.
A——i i iimwm————
Agricultural Trend Has Been
Toward Specialization in
Farm Practices
Meeting Wednesday Night and
on Thursday Win Bring
Institute to Close
Community problems from the
consumers and from the farm pro
ducers angles featured discussion at
the opening session of Bluffton’s
two-day community institute which
got under way Wednesday afternoon
in the high schools uditorium.
During the two-day gathering pro
grams will center about the place of
the rural community in a changing
world, with highlights touching on
community problems resulting from
present-day marketing and consum
ing trends, modern labor-saving ma
chinery, inflationary land prices, etc.
Specialization in today’s farming
pursuits reaches into every phase
of endeavor—the care and manage
ment of livestock, soils, crops, ma
chinery and marketing, it was
stressed in the opening session of
the institute. An ability to fore
cast with a reasonable degree of
accuracy coining market trends is
particularly of importance in these
Wednesday Night Program
Wednesday night’s institute pro
gram in the high school auditorium
will be one of the highlights of the
two-day meeting. Featured on the
program will be talks by state
speakers, special music, dramatic of
ferings and other features.
Heading an impressive list of vis
iting speakers this year are Rev.
William Stauffer, of Sugar Creek,
Ohio Mrs. Ruth Arnold Steva, of
St. Marys, Ohio, the state speakers,
and Mrs. Paul Clark, of Cridersville,
who gives chalk talks.
Rev. Stauffer, a Bluffton college
graduate in 1932, has been active in
agricultural activity and now is co
owner-operator of 300 acres, experi
menting in re-building three womout
On Thursday of this week, the
closing day of the institute, men’s
and women’s organizations will meet
in joint session to hear the state
speakers at an afternoon sessions
ie two groups will be
Funeral Home Is
In New Quarters
Stanley Basinger, funeral director,
has moved his establishment to his
newly completed funeral home at
South Jackson street and West Col
lege avenue, vacating the G. W.
building on South Main
where it was previously lo-
new location is on the site
formerly occupied by the Mrs. Eliza
beth Oberly residence which Basing
er purchased some time ago. Work
on the present structure was started
Resigns Post On
Ohio State Faculty
Prof Oscar Rickly, Bluffton native
who has been a member of the Ohio
State university faculty in Colum
bus since 1919 has resigned that
position to become manager of the
L. H. Marshall company of Colum
bus, manufacturer of pyrometric
equipment, it was announced this
Rickly, an instructor in the uni
versity’s department of industrial
engineering, was on the staff of the
Jeffry Manufacturing company, Co
lumbus industrial concern, before
coming to Ohio State. He is mar
ried and father of six children.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rinehart,
r. and
lington, a
a boy, Steven Lynn, Fri-
Mrs. Leo Musgrave, Ar
boy, Michael Lynn, Fri-
Mr. and Mrs. Armin Launder,
Forest, a girl, Marilyn Jean, Mon
In New Locations
Harold Balmer and family are
moving into the property of the late
Mrs. Anna Gromann of
son and Kibler streets, vacating the
former Wm, Booth by
South Jackson and High streets.
South Jack­
property at
Clarence Diller who purchased the
Boothby property last summer will
occupy the residence soon, moving
here from Pandora.
blufiIton, OHIO JAN 23, 1947
Butter Selling
in Stores
Sharp Break
Sc Pound
Butter which led skyrocketing food
prices last fall is n|w heading the
downgrade movement, It was quot
ed at 69 cents a pound in retail
stores here Wednesday morning, a
drop of 11 cents from the 80-cent
level ten days ago.
Butterfat, likewise lower, pro
ducers receiving 66 cents on the
market here Wednesday morning as
compared with 72 cents last week
and 81 cents ten days ago.
Oleo, also has joined the move
ment to lower prices, being quoted
at 42 cents a pound in stores here
Chickens Drop
A sharp decline in poultry prices
came here the first of the week with
the entire list dropping on an aver
age of 4 to 5 cents? The drop fol
lowed a break of 10 cents in the
Cleveland market far dressed poul
try which depressed the market for
live poultry.
Heavy springers, commanding the
top price on the local live poultry
market were quoted at 27
Wednesday morning* 5 cents
last week. Heavy hens
ped from last week's price
cents to 22 cents. Smallest
was leghorn stags,» quoted
cents, one cent under last
received in an arihuwnt. is expected
to arrive in New York this week.
Members of the family here re
ceived a telegram a week ago stat
ing that the body was being sent by
boat from Bremerhaven, Germany,
which gave rise to unfounded re
ports that the remains had already
arrived in New York.
However, the army transport Gen
eral Hershey which sailed from
Bremerhaven last week is due in
New York this Wednesday and it is
believed likely that it may be bring
ing the body of the dead soldier.
Lt. Yoakam, serving with the U.
S. .Army of Occupation in Germany
died in a hospital in Wurzburg, Ger
many, December 8 from internal in
juries received when the jeep and
trailer which he was driving was
involved in a collision with a train
at a grade crossing.
Following her husband’s death,
his wife, the former Luella Smith
of Jenera who was with him in Ger
many, came home by plane, arriving
here Christmas eve.
On its arrival here the body will
be taken to the Paul Diller funeral
home and later removed to the home
of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ver
non Yoakam northwest of Bluffton.
Funeral services will be held in
the Good Hope Lutheran church at
Arlington, where the couple was
married January 7, 1945. Rev.
Arthur Rismiller will officiate at the
services, the day and hour of which
will be announced following arrival
of the body here. Burial will be in
the Arlington cemetery.
Real Estate Deal
Ed Waitermire, Bluffton retailer,
has purchased the Paul Whitmer
property at South Jackson and
Franklin streets. The property is
now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. Steven
Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Waitermire
expect to occupy the latter apart
ment. The transaction was handled
by Mrs. H. W. Althaus.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat,
$2.17 corn, $1.20 oats, 77c soys,
Poultry—Heavy hens,
springers, 27c leghorn
stags, 14c.
Butterfat, 66c.
for Live
Further drops in food prices
cheered Bluffton housewives while
dealers on the other hand were ad
justing prices to lower levels and
speculating as to whether further
declines are coming.
of 26
at 14
Body Of Lt. Yoakum
Is Due In New York
Body of Lt. W oakam 29,
22c heavy
bens, 14c
88c large
Eggs—-Large whites,
browns, 36c medium, 32c pullets,
Two Additional Building Subdivisions
Reflecting Bluffton’s continuing
residential growth plans for two ad
ditional building subdivisions were
accepted at Monday night’s meeting
of the municipal council.
One of the new residential con
struction areas is the Ewing addi
tion, owned by Harley Burkholder,
facing on Cherry street and the
County Line road.
The other is the Ezra Basinger
addition, beginning at the County
Line road and fronting on Jefferson
street. There are nine lots in the
Basinger subdivision west from the
county line, each 60 feet wide and
120 feet deep.
In the Ewing addition, platted by
Burkholder, there are seven lots on
Cherry street, east from the County
Line, and nine additional lots north
from the Cherry street corner along
the County Line road. Lot widths
range from 57 feet to 90 feet.
24-Bed Hospital Had Daily
Average of 25.1 Patients
Last Year.
come of $43,769 in 1946
Expenses $38,595.
Pressing demands for more space
at the Bluffton Community hospital
highlighted the report of Miss Sylvia
Biederman, superintendent of the in
stitution, at the annual business
meeting of hospital
Monday night in the
pital, the institution has increased
its capacity to 24 beds by interior
changes and revamping, but addi
tional space still is badly needed.
Nursery accommodations also are
overcrowded, Miss Biederman re
ported. Designed to accommodate
seven cribs, the nursery now oper
ates with 10 cribs under a special
permit from the state department of
Income of the hospital last year
was $43,759.93 and expenditures
$38,595.79, the superintendent’s re
port showed.
939 Patients During Year
There were 939 patients admitted
during the year, 936 discharged, 267
births, 49 deaths, and 282 opera
tions. A total of 6,833 patient days
for adults and 2,338 patient days
for infants were shown.
Of the patients cared for during
the last year, 80 had hospitalization
insurance coverage.
A welcome addition to hospital fa
cilities was the Heckathorn Memor
ial laboratory now in operation as
the result of a $1,000 gift to the
institution by Mrs. Bertha Newman,
Washington, D. C., a foster-daughter
reared by the late Mr. and Mrs.
S. V. Heckathorn.
Trustees Re-elected
Trustees re-elected at Monday
night’s meeting for three-year terms
were D. W. Bixler, Mrs. R. L. Trip
lett and Hiram Wenger. Members
on the board serving unexpired
terms include Ross Bogart, Mrs.
Charles Hankish, Edgar Hauen
stein, Waldo Hofstetter, Mrs. Reese
Huber and Ezra Moser.
In organization of the board D.
W. Bixler was named president
Mrs. R. L. Triplett, vice-president
Waldo Hofstetter, secretary, and
Ross Bogart, treasurer.
A new touch of color will be add
ed to the setting for the
Ada basketball game on
Jan. 31, when the 40-piece
High school band appears
long-awaited flashy new
white uniforms.
Ketiect I owns Residential Growth
Need Of More Space At Hospital
Highlights Superintendent’s Report
Institution Had In­
high school
that the 24
had a daily
Her report disclosed
bed hospital last year
average of 25.1 patients, with peaks
as high as 29 patients being accom
modated temporarily in emergencies.
Addition of a wing to the present
building, to accommodate more pa
tients, has been under consideration
for more than a year, but no action
thus far has been taken by the hos
pital board relative to getting the
expansion program under way.
in their
red and
Of fine, all-wool whipcord, the
new Navy-style uniforms are bright
red, trimmed in white, with fancy
epaulets and shoulder insignias.
Thirty-six of the uniforms ar
rived on Monday, and four more are
Former Pastor And
Wife Go To Tibet, ...
Chas. Warren who served as
pastor of the Ebenezer Men
church west of Bluffton last
Boiler With Blower-Equipped
Will be Considered by Plant
week by
Decision to consider
proposal was reached
yard, aft^r it had reji
Retain Present Stack
probate court:
Robert Vick, 20, and Juanita Cline,
18, both of Bluffton.
Roland Snare, 21, Ada and Doro
thy Jean Ream, 22, Bluffton, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ream.
Stunning New Bluffton High Band Named To Honorary
Uniforms Will Be Seen At Ada Game
A Good Place To Trade
summer will leave in April for Ti-1 Committee Organizes to Seek
bet to engage in mission work.
He will be accompanied by
wife and the couple will join
parents, Rev. and Mrs. Ezra B. I
Steiner who have been engaged in I Contributions of the Bluffton com
mission work in that country forlmanity toward the new $250,000
many years. I Bluffton college gymnaaium-auditor-
Since leaving Bluffton, Rev. and ium will be solicited in a two-weeka
Mrs. Warren
Ill. He will
church here
10:30 o’clock
the Tibetan Frontier Mission.
have resided in Pana, I campaign opening here on February
speak at the Ebenezer 112.
Sunday morning at I Plans for the local drive are being
as a representative of I completed by a community committee
organized last week, which will be
in charge of directing a house-to
house canvass during the last two
weeks of February.
Alternate Bids Requested After I ium and social recreation facilities
Original Proposals Were provided.
Rejected I ^he main gymnasium floor will be
1100 by 58 feet, and at one side will
Under the original plan providing
for a new boiler "and a concrete
stack to replace the present brick
stack, a total of $104,408 would I Bluffton public school teachers this
have been expended for that phase I week received their first checks un
of the work alone. Of this aggre-1 der a revised salary, schedule ap
gate the boiler bid was $71,908 and I proved 10 days ago by the board of
the stack bid $32,500. I education and providing salary in-
For the entire expansion program, I creases retroactive to January 1
the board has $125,000 obtained last I through the remainder of the pres
summer through the sale of revenue I ent school year.
bonds to be retired from plant earn-1 Pay boosts representing a flat in
ings over a 20-year period. I crease of $100 for all teachers plus
Bids requested by February 11 un-|one per cent of the previous salary
der the alternate proposal now be-1 for each year of service in the local
ing considered are
tion of a complete
unit consisting of
er, soot blowers,
cooled furnace walls, stoker, forced! full year’s salary,
draft fan with drives, air ducts and! school year ending
other auxiliary equipment. I iusted compensate n
1 eight-months’ basis.
The following marriage licenses! ow before the gtate legislature pro.
ha™^n .^Uedby the AHen COUnty |viding for additional school funds.
However, the board said teachers are
assured of maintenance of at least
current pay levels for the opening
of the next school year, regardless
of what action is taken by state
Funds to purchase the uniforms I elected to membership in Delta Phi
were raised thru a campaign of I chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, national
community contributions, sponsored I honorary society in the college of
by the Band Mothers club, assisted I education. Membership requirements
by other organizations, and Supt. I are based on scholastic standing and
R. S. Lanham Tuesday expressed I personality.
school appreciation of the public I Miss Hahn, also a member of
cooperation. I Alpha Chi Omega sorority, is the
Two-Week Bluffton Community
Solicitation Will Start On
Feb. 12.
Local Contributions For
College Building.
The drive will officially open with
a solicitation dinner in the Bluffton
college dining hall on February 11.
Brick Structure
The new gymnasium will be a
regency style co
160 by 155 feet,
of Science Hall,
the present out-
brick structure of
lonial architecture,
located at the rear
and to the left of
moded gymnasium building.
Three major needs will be served
by the quarter-of-a-million dollar
structure, with gymnasium, auditor-
I be permanent bleachers for 1,000. A
stage at the other side will permit
temporary seating for 500 more spec
tators. There also will be a smaller
gymnasium floor for girls marked
out on the stage.
Working on a modification of orig-1 Uaed o an au(Htorium with tem
inai plans for an extensive expan-1 porary seuts on the gymnasium floor,
sion program at the municipal lightlthe building will seat 1,800 persons,
plant, the Bluffton board of public I large recreation room will be pro
affairs will open bids on Tuesday, I vided under bleacher section.
February 11, for consideration of I .................
the possible purchase of a new boil-!rest
er and additional steam generatingI
apparatus including a
ped stack.
Seats 1,800 As Auditorium
blower-equip-I offwd
There also will be locker rooms,
Ms, .a lunch room, showers,
a utility room and
of the building
addition was
|HBjtagfton Com-
ilant l|the building would serve from a
resulted! pUre]y community basis, as well as
plus a new stack for the
Rejection of the bids
from board belief that proposals its contribution to college activities,
submitted represented too
expenditure of money, and a boiler! the Bluffton solicitaion are D. W.
with a blower-equipped stack is be-1 Bixler, chairman Armin Hauenstein,
ing considered with the hope thatlRev. V. C. Oppermann, Rev. Paul
considerable saving can be effected. I Cramer and Carl Smucker. Eugene
great an I On the committee in charge of
Its ac-
I Benroth and Arden Baker are on
Under this plan, the present stack publicity committee. Norman
would be retained for operation „f Triplett “rv,n» ,n an »dv‘80ry
the existing boiler, which will be I cal,aclty
used as a standby after the new
boiler is put into use.
Teachers Are Paid On
New Salary Schedule
to cover installs-1 school system, up to a maximum of
steam generating! 14 years, were included in checks
boiler, superheat-1 distributed for January.
furnace, water-! The pay increases
are based on a
and with the
in August ad
will be on an
The revised salary schedule was
described as temporary by the board,
pending the outcome of proposals
Each uniform cost $40.50, a total I daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard
expenditure of $1,620. I Hahn of Findlay.
College Society
I ReJean Hahn, granddaughter of
on order to completely outfit the I Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn of West
band. Three drum majorette outfits I Elm street and a junior at Bowling
are included. I Green State university, has been

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