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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXI THIEVES DISCARD BEAVERDAM LOOT IN ORANGE TWP. Tri-County Investigation Fol lows Discovery of 22 Mis cellaneous Items Discarded Loot from House Trailer Included Radio, Clothing, Annual Sheriffs of Allen, Putnam and Hancock counties are cooperating in an investigation this week aimed at solving the riddle of why 22 miscel laneous items stolen from a Beaver dam trailer home Sunday night were found strewn over a lonely field in Oranjje township an Moriday niom* ing. The discarded hot, raritrinsr from clothi ig and shoes o a rsidio and a 1941 Bluffton collecre annual, were disco\ ered by Geoi'Re Moi■rison. in a field 300 yards nc rt of the Betnel churc 1 in Orange towns!lip. His find was rejsorted Lo HarTCOCK County Sheriff Or a A. vopu r, and the rtuous threa1 or ir got under way when Sheriff Cfoner co Hee ed the item radiuc of some 3( squa»* and leame he had silints. n suits. top C(ats, shoes, u" oves. e is, a hot Tlate, radio, foldin 5 carnera, cedar chest, two decks of pls vine? cards, mirror and the Bluffton an* nual. Stationery (Jives Clue Among the recovered loot was a sheet of stationery with the name, Wilma Everett, Columbus Grove, en graved across the top. Also found was a statement from an oil firm, bearing the name of Charles Lora, Lima Route 3. Putnam County Sheriff Arnold Potts, investigating the Everett angle, turned up information that Miss Everett is now married to Lora, and thatlthe couple lives in Beaver dam. Then from Allen County Sheriff W. R. Dailey came the report that the trailer home of the Lora’s adjacent to the Hi-Speed Sendee station in Beaverdam, was looted Sunday night, and the items recovered in Orange township were taken by the thieves. A window was broken in the trailer to gain entrance. It was reported that a car with a Pennsylvania li cense was parked at the service station about the time of the robbery. Beyond that, there have been no other leads. Robert Byers In Engineering Firm Robert Byers, son of N. E. Byers, of this place, has become a member of the firm of John Paul Jones and Associates, Cleveland consulting en gineers. For same years Byers has worked for the firm, which designs heating, lighting and plumbing systems for architects. He is now specializing in the new field of panel heating, a system whereby buildings are heated by placing hot water piping in the floors and ceilings, thereby dispens ing with radiators Several of Byers’ heating projects have been described in national trade journals. At the annual con vention of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers he participated in a forum on panel heating. Man Injured When Stepladder Breaks Peter C. Herr, farmer, received a dislocated left shoulder as the re sult of a fall when a stepladder broke on which he was standing while trimming trees at his farm north of Bluffton on College road, Friday morning. He was removed to Bluffton hos pital in the Basinger ambulance for examination and later returned to his home. His condition is reported satisfactory. Grandson To Return Front Pacific Area CpI. Halstead Stettler, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stettler who has been in the Pacific area for the past year, recently spent a week in Tokoyo after wllich ihe flew to Guam where he is aw aitmg return to the CpI. Stetiler serve•d as a weather liaprv"PF 511 Giu Saipan and I wo Jiina. He i the s,on of Mr. and rs. Theodore Stettler of Cleveland and vk'as a ist tulent in Western Rc serve univensity of that city before entering military service Each motorist will receive two tags this year for the first time since 1941. New license plates must be on all cars operated after March £1. Color combination of this year’s tags is white on green, according to Edward T. Fogo, state registrar of motor vehicles. UNBEATEN PIRATES MEET ST. ROSE AT ADA ON THURSDAY Bluffton Cagers Hurdle First Foe To Advance To Semi Final Round Pirates Point For Chance To Play In Sectional Tourney Next Week Spurred by the memory of pre ceding Buffton teams which ordinar ily showed their peak form in tournament play, Bluffton High’s un defeated cagers are set for a tilt with Lima St. Rose at 7:30 p. m. Thursday, in the second round of the District Class cage meet at Ada, after hurdling over Delphos Jeffer son, 66 to 25, in their first start. Most observers look on the Ros arians as the toughest foe the Pirates might be called on to face in the tourney, if the game this Thursday should be a repetition of the one played here in mid-season when the Pirates topped the Lima outfit, 52 to 47. That five-point margin was the narrowest in Bluffton’s impressive win streak now standing at 17, and in only two games during the year did the Pirates make less than the 52 points to which they were held by St. Rose. i Semi-Final Round Thursday’s game will represent the semi-final round of district play, and the winner will play in the championship finals at 8:30 p. m. Saturday. Both teams competing in the final round will go to the section al tournament opening next week at Celina. Bluffton and St. Rose both ad vanced in Monday night’s tournament play, the Pirates with their 66 to 25 conquest over Delphos Jefferson, and St. Rose with a 54 to 41 win over Delphos St. Johns. St. Rose’ 54-point total represented the second high score run up by any competing crew in the tourney, altho Ada’s improving Bulldogs had drubbed Wapakoneta St. Joe, 51 to 26, in play in the other bracket. Hicksville, the defending tourney champion, won its first start with a 46 to 35 decision over Lima St. Ger ard. On Tuesday night, Lima St. John, which had drawn a first round bye, met Hicksville, with the latter team winning by a score of 39 to 35. This puts Ada and Hicksville as the other two semi-finalists with the game to be played at 8:30 p. m. Thursday, following the Bluffton-St. Rose melee. Charter Night Is Observed By Lions Pleading for more public interest in the advancement of education, Clarence D. Jenkins, of Mt. Vernon, district Lions governor, addressed a charter night meeting of the Bluff ton Lions club Tuesday evening in the Walnut Grill. Public education stands as a safe guard of human liberties, and it is to America’s interest to make our educational system stronger and bet ter, he told his listeners. In these troubled times the start ing point of a program to bolster our educational forces rests in ad vancing the salary level of teachers, the speaker continued. In discussing the role Lionism plays in community life of the country, Jenkins told his audience Lions clubs now nave more members than any other s organization. Nine new men bers were inducted at the meeting, Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh, Clair Fett Clayton Harkness, Rich a rd Cookson, Ura! Ellenberger, Roy Hauenstein, Han-y F. Barnes, John Martin and Harry Turner Drive For $250,000 Bluffton College Gymnasium Is Under Way This Week 1947 Auto Plates On Sale March 10 Automobile license plates for 1947 will go on sale March 10 at the Bixel Motor Sales, it was announced this week by Clayton Bixel, who ■will be deputy registrar for the Bluffton area. New Structure on Campus Woulc} be Ideal for Basket ball Tournaments Used As Auditorium, Building Would Have Accommoda tions for 1,800 House-to-house solicitation of the Bluffton area was well under way this week in a two-week campaign for local contributions to Bluffton College’s $250,000 gymnasium-audi torium building fund. Teams made up of 138 volunteer workers are making the canvass un der the direction of a solicitation committee made up of ,W. Bixler, chairman Rev. Paul Cramer, Armin Hauenstein, Rev. V. C. Oppermann With its" largest enrollment in his tory, and operating free of debts, the college has planned the gymnas ium-auditorium as the first step in an expansion program required to keep pace with the growth of the in- Three major functions served by the building will be its adaptability itudent seat 1500 persons for its, making it an ideal location for basketball tournaments, etc., in addition to serving for col lege sports needs. Used as an auditorium there will be seating space for 1800, answering a need for performances such as the annual college Messiah concert, com mencement programs. The larger auditorium also would permit bringing scholastic musical (Continued on page 8) /. O. Biome Dies Suddenly In Home John O. Biome, 59, died unexpect edly of heart disease at his resi dence, 314 N. Main street, at 3:00 P. M. last Mondry, although appar ently in good health up until the time death occurred. A night-shift employe of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., he had worked the preceding night, and had not complained of ill health during the day. Death came as he was sitting in his home following a meal. Cause of death was certified as coronary thrombosis. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P. M. Thursday in the Presby terian church. Rev. E. N. Bigelow will officiate. Burial will be Jn Maple Grove cemetery. Biome was born Nov. 11, 1888, in Millersville, Pa. He was married to the former Hazel McGriff, who sur vives with two daughters, Harriett Biome, of Chicago, and Florence Ann Biome, of New York City. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Corine Butcher, of Evansville, Ind., and a brother, Dawson E. Biome, of Reading, Pa. The body will be at the Basinger funeral home until the funeral.. To Observe 50th Anniversary Sunday Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Meyers re siding on the Fred Badertscher farm southwest of Bluffton will hold open house Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock in honor of their Golden wed ding anniversary Preceding the afternoon open house a reception will be held in the basement of St. Marys Catholic church Sunday morning at 10 o’clock following mass. At noon a family dinner, will be held at the Walnut Grill. The couple were married in Leip sic, February 24, 1897. Their four children are: Daniel Meyers at home Mrs. Chas. Fruchey, Colum bus Grove Mrs. Harvey Sylvester, Ft. Wayne, and Miss Mildred Leffler of Bluffton. There are six grandchildren and Mr. Meyers has two brothers John of Toledo and Isaac of Temperance., Michigan. No Mail Delivery On Next Saturday There will be no mail delivery on Bluffton city or rural routes on Sat urday, Washington’s birthday, a legal holiday, it is announced by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach. Win- for the day however, mail will be received and dispatched as usual. The Citizens National bank also will close for the entire day. Other business will be operated as usual. 1HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, FEB. LANHAM GETS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT AS HEAD OF SCHOOLS Present Superintendent is Re tained by Board of Education Will Complete First Three Year Term in Bluffton Next Summer Supt. Ralph S. Lanha was re hired to head Bluffton’s piiiblic school system on a five-year conitradt, at a meeting of the board ol’ education last Wednesday night. A three-year contract entered into in 1944 when Supt. Lariham came here from Mt. Victory expires on July 31,, of this year. New Contract Starts Aug. 1 The inew five-year cointract will become effective on next August 1. It is at the present salar y of $3,500 a year. Before» coming here, Sujst. Lanham had heaided the Mt. Vidlory public scnooi s The five-year contract ,vas offered by a tour to one vote of the board nf pdurflition. Voting for tne contract were L»vi Althaus, Lei.and Diller, Waldo Jlofstetter and N. A. Triplett. A negalLive vote was casst Diller. hv Paul Basinger Funeral Home Plans Opening The Stanley Basinger funeral home is nearing completion and the date of the formal opening will be an nounced soon. It is considered one of the most modern in this section, with every facility and convenience found in city mortuaries. ig has been entirely remodeled office and reception rooms, chapel, family room and display section. The chapel is carpeted from wall to wall, and 'provided controlled lighting and temperature. A driveway around the building offers convenient loading facilities. In commenting on the new funeral home Mr. Basinger said: “We are equipped to give the best in funeral and ambulance service and to meet the needs of a bereaved family re gardless of distance, personal re quirements, or financial standing. It is a community institution and its only purpose is to serve.” Two Trucks In Crash At Beaverdam Curve Two trucks were damaged in a mishap at Beaverdam at 6:30 a. m. Tuesday when one of the vehicles skidded on the curve on the Dixie highway at the northeast edge of the town's corporation limits. The skidding vehicle, operated by Joseph Dunlap, 41, of Detroit, left the road and crashed into a truck parked at a service station lot at the intersection of the Dixie and Lin coln highways. The back wheels of the parked trucked were torn off, and the front end of Dunlap’s vehicle was dam aged. Driver of the parked truck was John B. Cassidy, 29, of Middle- Following the crash, Dunlap was held by authorities for failure to have a truck operator’s license. Real Estate Deal Mrs. Adeline Graber, residing south of Bluffton has purchased the South Jackson street property owned by John Amstutz of Norwalk. The deal was bandied by Mrs. H. W Althaus. It has been occupied by Mrs. Eli Amstutz and daughters Misses Rhoda and Eunice Amstutz who will move this spring into the James Elvin property on Poplar street purchased recently by John Amstutz. Former Resident, III, Taken Off Locomotive Earl Good of Lima, Bluffton na tive, was in a Meadville, Pa., hos pital the past week as the result of a suddent attack of stomach ulcers while he was engaged in delivering a railroad locomotive from Lima to New York city. Good employed by the Lima Loco motive Works was taking the newly built engine east when he suddenly became ill and it was necessary to remove him to the hospital at Mead ville and obtain a relief engineer to continue the run. His condition is reported satisfactory. parable of the talents as a model for church financing inaugurated by the Bluffton Presbyterian congrega tion two weeks ago has spread to Lima where it has been taken up by the First Evangelical and United Brethren church. At a meeting of the Lima church Tuesday night 100 new $10 bills were distributed to the congregation by the pastor Rev. Gerald H. Coen with in structions that the maney be “put to work’ ’for benefit of the church. Eugene Benroth, member of the Bluffton church who conceived the idea addressed the Lima meeting Tuesday night on the subject “Par able of the Talents Applied to the Church of Today.” Forum for Discussion of Youth Center Under Consideration by Organization Rev. V. C. Oppermann was re elected president of the executive committee of the Bluffton Com munity Progress association in re organization of the group for its second year of municipal improve ment activity, at a meeting lest Wednesday night in the high school building. Other officers include Woodrow Little, vice-president James West, secretary, and Mrs. Augusta Steiner, who was re-elected treasurer. Membership of the executive com mittee .which directs activity of the association, is made up of represent atives from 11 panels. New membership consists of Rev. V. C. Oppermann, church organiza tions Albert Augsburger, farm organ Nations Dr. J. S. Schultz, educational groups Forrest Stein man, industry Roger Howe, youth groups Woodrow Little, government al department Silas Diller, business Mrs. Augusta Steiner, clubs and societies Wilford Gratz, labor groups and James West, financial institutions. A member has not yet been elect ed by the health groups of the town, to complete the committee’s mem bership. Plans were discussed at the organ ization meeting for an open forum discussion of the need for a youth center here, based on a survey which will be made among the young people of the town. Observe World Day Of Prayer Friday World day of prayer will be observed with union services at the First Mennonite church, Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The services are sponsored annually by mission ary societies of the churches of the town and are open to the public. Mrs. I. W. Bauman will preside and there will be special music by Miss Elizabeth Brand. Former Resident Is In Kansas Hospital Mrs. Sarah Geiger, former Bluff ton resident, is a patient in the Bethel Deaconess hospital, Newton, Kansas, with a fractured pelvis, the result of a fall. The accident occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Harsh barger of nearby North Newton with whom she lives, when her heel caught on a rug. Her condition is reported satisfactory. 198 Hancock Dog Tags Sold Here Hancock county dog tags were sold to 198 dog owners by the Bluff ton Community Market, according to a report made this week by Han cock County Auditor Charles E. Simpson. Zehna Ingalls Trippiehorn, proprietor registrar. Talent Idea Spreads Lima Church Distributes $1,000 To Congregation Benroth outlined how the plan has Group Working on Community Betterment Reorganizes for Coming Year of the market, is deputy BLl Wednesday FFTON ARK E Morning Grain (bushel $2.25 cora, trices) oats, 83 Wheat, $1.25 Poultry—Heavy hens, 27c springers, 27c leghorn her stags, 14. Eggs—Large whites, 38c browns, 36c mediums, 32c. Butterfat—70c. heavy is, 15c large congregati 1 with the •s meanwt from Mattfi 19 which narrates given talents to be master’s absence ar counting when he xiernized version applied to churc i widely publici the current ed Rev. Oppermann Re-elected President Of Community Progress Association viOitirie farmer, id called •eturned. of the y, leading church nee to it i Gottfried Frankhauser Dies Funeral Friday a ranxnauser, reiirea ed at the home of his son Willard Frankhauser of South Jack- o'clock 1 leath due to heart trouble roll owed ji six months’ illness. Funeral services will be held Fri day afteriroon at 2:30 o’clock at the rau miler chapel with Rev. Howard the Ebenezer Mennonite church officiating. Interment will be 1 n the E trenezer cemetery west of Bluffton. He was born in Canttfn Bern, Switzerlan d, May 10, 1865, the son of John a nd Magdalene Frankhauser and came to this country July 14, He was married to Anna Gasser who died May 15, 1945. To this un ion were born 12 children, 10 of whom are living. Sons are: Willard and Levi of Bluffton John and Al bert of Li ma and Chris of Sylvania. 1 laughters are: Mrs. Carrie Neuen sen wander and Mrs. Rose Ricker, both of Lima Mrs. Fanny Augs burger of Pandora Mrs. Emma Lug inbuhl and Miss Elizabeth Zimmerly H1DUI11 UI1U of Blufftbi Also surviving are 25 grandchild ren and six great grandchildren. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barkimer, Columbus Grove, a boy, Michael Al len, Thursday. Mrs. Barkimer is the termer Mary Ellen Burkholder. Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Reichenbach, Columbus Grove, a boy, James Rus sell, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Zimmerly, Bluffton, a boy, Ray Gene, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Moser, Ada, a girl, Sharon Lynn, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Wil liamstown, a girl, Rita Kay, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Davis, Ada, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jacobs, Columbus, a boy, Daryl Lynn, Tues day Mr. and Mrs. Glen Morgan, Syl vania, a girl, Jane Richards, born Saturday at Toledo hospital. Mrs. Morgan is the former Eleanor Nis wander of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooney, Jr., Union City, Michigan, a girl, Janine Louise, born at Community hospital, Coldwater, Michigan, Saturday. Mrs. Cooney is the former Joan Patterson of Bluffton. Opening of the Lenten season, in preparation for Easter, began this Wednesday in an observance known in the religious world as Ash Wed nesday. The Lenten period is a fast of 40 week days observed by the Roman Catholic church and many of the Protestant denominations. It was not until 1840 that the date was fixed for the fast to start on Ash Wednesday and to continue through Holy Saturday. The name Ash Wednesday has a general reference to the penitential sackcloth and ashes so frequently spoken of in the Old Testament. In the Roman church there is a rite observed on this day in which the priest places ashes on the forehead of the communicants as they kneel at the altar rail. BLUFFTON A Good Place To «Trade Lenten Season In Preparation For Easter Begins (This Ash Wednesday As he does this he says, "Memento, homo, quiva pul vis es, et in puferem reverteris” (Remember, man thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.) The ashes are obtained by burning palm branches consecrated in the church on the Palm Sunday of the year previous. Gradually it came to be the cus- NUMBER 44 MORE TRACTORS IN PROSPECT WAITING LIST IS STILL LONG No Chance to Get Tractor Un less Name is Already on Dealer’s List Hoi se Drawn Equipment Un wanted as Trend Continues Toward Power Altho delivery of farm tractors is being stepped-up in a steadily in creasing tempo, dealers have such a huge backlog of orders that a farm er cannot hope to get a tractor this spring unless he put his name on the list before the close of the war, A survey of the tractor situation made this week by The Bluffton News showed there’s no chance to Priorities no longer have a bear ing on who may get a tractor and when, except under very unusual circumstances, such as when a war veteran burns out and a few other extremely unlikely situations. No Priorities Generally speaking, however, prior ities do not enter into the picture, but dealers who made up long lists during the priority period are filling their orders from the same backlog listing. This means that any farmer who wants to order a tractor today starts at the bottom of the list, and there can be no assurance of when he may expect delivery of the vehicle. Despite the continued shortage of tractors and tractor-drawn imple ments, apparently no one wants to return to horse-drawn equipment which is virtually going begging at public sales. Horse Drawn Equipment Plentiful In contrast to the scarcity of motor-powered farming tools, the farmer who is willing to handle his work as the\ did in grandfather’s day, relying on horses for his motive power, will find it comparatively easy to set himself up in farming, at a cost comparable to what it was several generations ago. Based on prices now being paid for horse-drawn machinery, an ag gregate outlay of approximately $600 would permit a start in farm ing. This would include a good team at $100 grain binder, $25 farm wagon, $10 harness, $10 breaking plow, $5, and mowing machine, $90. In the opinion of farmers there is no prospect of a reversal of the present trend away from farming with horses, unless the farm labor supply becomes more plentiful at lower prices. Only thru that devel opment would it prove profitable to use a slower method of farming with lower capital investment. SHORTS AND MIDDLINGS Dormant sprays on Ohio fruit trees should be applied when temper atures are above 40 degrees Fahren heit. Meadows can be used for spring pasture on farms where plenty of hay is in sight. Moderate, early "•razing w:’l delay haying a week or longer, which sometimes is an advan tage. tom of friends and relatives to manifst their humility by joining the penitents, expressing a similar contribution in their outward guise and offering their foreheads ter the ashes. In time the number grew’ so large that it was made necessary to ad minister the ashes to the whole con gregation in a single rite, the form used at the present time. Ash Wednesday was not always included within the Lenten period. In the fifth and sixth centuries Lent began with the succeeding Sunday and lasted six weeks. Omitting Sun day this would be 36 days. The ad dition of* four days to this period makes the fast exactly 40 days in duration and therefore accords with the fast of Jesus as well as the fasts of Moses and Elias, The use of ashes in the eremony lias generally been discontinued tli' reformation. The entire Christian world, however, starts the Ash Wed- no^'ay even though the form of the celebration varies in the different re ligious groups.