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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXI $50,000 MARK IS PASSED IN DRIVE FOR COLLEGE GYM Incomplete Returns Show Bluff ton Area Contributions Are $16,688 Building Plans Changed to Seat 2,200 May Revamp Athletic Staff Bluffton college passed the $50,000 mark in its campaign to raise $250, 000 for construction of a new gym nasium-auditorium on the campus it was disclosed Tuesday night by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the in stitution and general chairman of the finance* committee. The total in cash and pledges, ac cording to incomplete reports stood Tuesday night at $53,993.55, accord ing to Dr. Ramseyer. In commenting on the progress of the campaign he described as partic ularly gratifying the response of the Bluffton area which has contributed thus far a total of $16,688.55. Many Voluntary Subscriptions Of this amount the sum of $8, 384.00 was raised during the cur rent two weeks’ drive which closes this Wednesday, while an almost equal amount of $8,304.55 was re ceived in voluntary contributions pre vious to the organized solicitation Final reports of solicitors which will be made following the close of the local campaign are expected to increase substantially the total con tributions of the local district. Together with announcement of progress of the campaign Tuesday night came the additional announce ment of plans for enlarging the seat ing capacity of the new gymnasium nt To Seat 2,290 Original plans for a total seat ing capacity of 1,500 spectators in the gymnasium have been revised to ac commodate a maximum of 2,200. Changes in plans for the building incorporate provisions for additional seating space at each end the play ing floor where locker and storage rooms were located in preliminary architects’ drawings. Another change at the rear of the building where the stage is located also will make other seating avail able at little, if any, additional cost. This would make Bluffton unexcelled in Northwestern Ohio for basketball tournaments and other indoor sports events, it was pointed out. Expandf Athletic Personnel In the announcement relative to the expanded coaching staff, it was point ed out that Athletic Director A. C. Burcky last fall proposed personnel changes in the physical education and coaching department be considered by the college administration. Details of an overall plan, discuss ed at a meeting of the college board of trustees last November will be further examined at the board meet ing this spring. In the meantime a study is being made of the entire athletic program with respect to qualified department personnel, according to President Ramseyer. Union Revival At Olive Branch Church Union revival meetings of the Evangelical United Brethren church es consisting of Bethesda, Liberty Chapel and Olive Branch are being held nightly at the Olive Branch church. In charge of the-services are the pastors Rev. Irwin Kauffman and Rev. Walter Purdy. The services will close on Sunday, March 9. Spe cial youth services will be held every Friday night during the re vival. Berne Men's Chorus Here Sunday Night The Berne Men’s Chorus of Berne, Ind., will give a sacred concert at the Bluffton high school gymnasium, Sunday night at 7:80 o’clock. Their appearance is sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association. man Burkhalt with the chon eration and ir traveling expe Total annual production of on Ohio blue grass pasture v reduced materially by grazir early. ....... n Noah Niswander Sells Implement Store Here Bluffton Implement & Harness company, a North Main street busi ness establishment was sold by Noah Niswander, owner, to Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Prosser of near Beaverdam in a deal closed the first of the week. The building in which the store is located was also included in the deal, the amount of which was not announced. Possession will be given March 1, and operated under the name of Prosser & Prosser. The new owners announced that they expect to remodel the interior of the business place and enlarge the store’s present lines of Firestone products and farm accessories. Niswander, who has been in the retail business in Bluffton since 1912 has announced no plans for the fu ture. Both Mr. and Mrs. Prosser were formerly traveling representa tives for the Quaker Goats company. MAPLE SUGAR CAMPS TO BE OPENED SOON Small Tracts in Bluffton Area Provide for Individual Farmer's Needs Volume Not Sufficient to Pro vide Commercial Supply: Price $5 Gallon Prospects for increased sugar al lotments to local families will not in terfere this spring with operation of Bluffton area maple sugar camps, ex panded during the war to supply maple syrup for home consumption. sponsible for the revival of many small sugar camps on farms in the area, and announcement last week that more sugar will be available this year for every ration card holder will have no effect on this spring’s maple syrup., operations. Before the war, many mapie groves were disregarded by owners because their operation was unprofitable when sugar was plentiful and when maple syrup could be purchased in stores for as low as $1.50 a gallon. Sugar shortages, however, brought ’heir revival, for operation permitted the farmer to serve his own individ ual needs, as well as giving him as surance of high prices for the surplus he might have for sale. High prices and the pressing de mand made operation of sugar camps a profitable wartime basis, and it is expected there will be little change in the situation this spring, even though more sugar has been promis ed thru regular channels. Inasmuch as area farmers do not have enough capacity to make syrup commercially, there has been no es tablished price for their products, and the limited quantities sold have brought prices as high as $5 a gal lon. Albert Althaus Ex Resident Retires Albert E. Althaus, Bluffton native, who for the past 45 years operated a photograph studio at Wellington, Ohio, has disposed of his business interests and retired, according to word received here the first of the week. March First Moving Day Tradition Is Spoiled By Shortage Of Housing He was born on a farm near Bluffton, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chris Althaus. He taught in a rural school near Lima for three years before going into photog raphy. His retirement was dug to ill health. To Tell Of Post-War Farming In Europe Mrs. Harold S. Robi son of Kings ville, Ohio, will be the guest speak cr at the annual meeting en Farm Bureau Coope elation to be held in the Mrs, ivooibon, «i of the Al- Bii high school auditorium next I ues- sheen svmic exhibitor, was one of the Bureau’s eight delegates to Europe last fall to stu war. agricultural situatic Ohio Farm dy the n thei post port I have storage plan i will Government price sup turkey growers who stil of their 1946 crop in been announced. The create a market whic part has pay growers the equivalent of nearly 28 cents liveweight. Rush of Moving, Normally at Peak Early in March, Is Missing This Year Traditional Moving Date for Farm Families Fails to Create Activity March 1, long accepted as tradi tional moving day, finds prospective movers in thq Bluffton area facing a bottleneck in lack of housing ac commodations. Many local families hoping to move to new locations, either from choice or necessity, are facing the bald fact that for the fourth straight year there is no place to go. Consequently, in view of the con tinued tightness in housing accom modations, March 1 this year will lose much of its traditional status as community moving day and so far as activity of that nature is concerned it will be just another date on the calendar. With Bluffton families resorting to emergency measures including living in trailers, garages, etc. it is it wa.l before the war. Few Changes On Farms In rural areas where March 1 now remain right on the farm and rent their fields to neighbors who are anxious to take on more land because the trend of recent years toward mechanized farming no long er restricts an operator to the 80 or 100 acres which a generation ago was a man-sized job to handle. In town moving is done only on an "if or when” basis, and altho there are plenty oi laruuies seeKing euner a new place of residence, or just a nlace to live, there is little indication Probably not until there has been a general relaxation in the shortage of residential properties can the early part of March be expected to gain its time-honored custom of marking e Funeral Home Opening Saturday And Sunday Stanley Basinger, Bluffton morti cian, will hold formal opening of his newly completed funeral home at College avenue and Jackson street on Saturday and Sunday, he an nounced the first of the week. During the two days the establish ment will be open to the public for inspection of the modernly equipped mortuary including a commodious chapel and service facilities. A program of organ music has been arranged and souvenirs will be presented to all visitors. Louise Dunifon Is Married In Chicago Louise Dunifon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dunifon, of Garau street, became the bride of Charles T. Quick, native of Chippewa Falls, Wis., last Thursday in Chicago, it was announced the first of the week here. The ceremony was held in the par lor of the Bethany Reformed church, with Rev. H. W. Dinkmyer receiving the vows of the contracting parties. For the occasion the bride wore a gray gabardine suit with gray straw bonnet, with gray and white acces sories and an orchid corsage. The couple were unattended. Mrs. Quick is a graduate of Bluff ton High school and attended Ohio State university and DeForest School of Electronics in Chicago. She is now employed in the office of Rowey’s Inc., Chicago. The groom is superintendent of the C. B. Rich Dial Co., Chicago. Woodwind Ensemble Concert Here Friday The Oberlin Woodwind ensemble will appear in a concert at Ramseyer chapel Friday at 8 o’clock sponsored by the Bluffton college department of music. The ensemble comes from Oberlin conservatory and is directed by Prof. George Wain, nationally known au hority on woodwind music. The Members of the group are Marion Wagner, flute Don Wells, oboe Estelle Perkins, clarinet Elizabeth Snook, French horn Mary James, bassoon, and Daniel Block, piano. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 1947 I pREEMAN Burkhalter, director of the Mennonite Men’s chorus of Berne. Ind., which will appear in a concert at the Bluffton high school gymnasium, Sunday night. Precedents Broken As Pirates Go Undefeated in Football and Basketball Skeds Teams from Local School Win Two Western Buckeye Loop Championships Altho Bluffton High eagers came to the end of the victory trail in Ada tournament play last week, the record established during the school year by Pirate football and basket ball teams likely is due to stand for a long time. All precedents were shattered during the year as Bluffton’s foot ball and basketball outfits went un defeated in regular MMson play, and at the same time -won Western Buckeye league chagipi inships in both sports. Rarely do high school teams go thru any season undefeated, and when Coach Kent Cotterman’s pro teges were unbeaten hi football and basketball in the e School year Blufft established v record that never has been squa.’F by any team in this part of Ohio, Win uBp League Titles In winning Western Buckeye league grid and cage titles outright, Bluffton teams were the first in history to notch a dual-championship in the same year, to establish an other precedent. During their regular season, Bluffton High gridders chalked up eight straight wins-without defeat or tie. Bluffton eagers notched 16 victories in a row without setback in their regularly scheduled play. A handsome trophy, emblematic of Bluffton’s grid crown, was received last week, and will be put on display this week. The basketball champion ship trophy will be presented to the school later, after it is suitably en graved. Receives Degree In Music A Michigan Nelson Hauenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney auenstein of Campus drive, a student in music education at the University of Michigan re ceived the degree of Master of Music at the university’s mid-year gradua tion exercises held at Ann Arbor the past week. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Page, Lima, a girl, Elaine Sue, Sunday. Mr and Mrs. Glen Smith, Harrod, a boy, Dwayne Lee, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. James Redd, Ada, a girl, Barbara Jean, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Steiner, Bluffton, a boy, Ronald Joe, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bishop, Ar lington, a boy, James Michael, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Coon, North Robinson, a girl, hnrn -it RllCVrUS hospi Janis C3 1 Elaine, Friday. Mr. Coon is the son cf v« Mr. and Mi-s. Coon of Blufft on. Mr. jmd Mrs. Raymond Seig Ken ton, a girl at Antonio hospital Ken ton, Saturday. Mrs. Seig s the former Elizabeth Owens of A ia BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Gr**. n (bushel prices)—Wheat, $2. 30 corn $1.30 oats 80c soys $3. Poultry—-Heavy hens 27c heavy springers 27c Leghorn hens 15c stags 14c. Eggs—Large white 39c large brown 38c medium 32. Butterfat— 75c. Automobile license 1947 will go on sale in uffton at Bixel Motor Sales, Monday morning, it is announced by Clayton Bixel, re“CtMjt ly appointed deput' motor vehicles. Despite Tourney Setback Bluffton High Teams Have Unusual Record Two plates will be issued for each car this year for the first time since 1941, since w Meh time only one tag has been provided because of wartime shortages. The possibility that Ohio motorists may have to get along with one li cense plate again in 1948 arose re cently when it was disclosed that there was much difficulty encoun tered in obtaining sufficient sheet steel to turn out the two-plate sets for this year. Norman Beidler Is Student At Case Norman Beidler, ex-service man and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beidler of South Jackson street has enrolled in Case School of Applied Science for the spring term. Beid ler, a former Bluffton college stu- Real Estate Deal Chester Huber has purchased the South Main street property of the late Ed Scheele. Mr. and Mrs. Hu ber will move here in the spring and open in the location an establishment for light therapy and massage treatments. Auto Licenses To Go On Sale Monday May Be Last Year Of Two Tags For Each Car ivgisirar of The new license plates may be used at any time aftJr purchase and must be on all cars operated after March 31. Color com bination o this year’s tags is white FIRST MENNONITE CHURCH J. N. Smucker, pastor Thursday— 6:30 H. S. Group Bible study. 7:15 Choir rehearsal 8:15 Bible Study group Sunday— 9:30 Sunday School Carl Smuck er, Supt. classes for all ages. 10:30 The Worship service. 6:30 Intermediate C. E. 7:30 Union evening service in the High School Gymnasium. The fam ous Men’s Chorus from Berne, Ind., will present a sacred concert, to which the whole community is invit 'd. BETHEL CHURCH OF CHRIST C. D. Read, Pastor Sunday— 10:15 Bible School. Clyde Hart man, Supt. 11:00 Worship service. Sermon subject, "The Law and the Gospel.’’ Bible study every Wednesday, starting with the book of Galatians, 7:45 p. m. U invited. CHURCH OF CHRIST C. D. Read, Pastor 9:15 Worship service. Sermon subject, "The Law and the Gospel.” 10:00 Bible School. Robert E. Luginbuhl, Supt. Bible study every Tuesday, 7:45 p. m. beginning with the book of Galatians. U invited. EBENEZER MENNONITE CHURCH Rev. Howard T. Landes, Pastor Thursday— 7:30 prayer and Bible study. Sunday— 8:30 Choir rehearsal Sunday— 9:30 Sunday school, Joseph Thompson, Supt. 10:30 Morning worship “A God-Given Revival”. No C. E. program or evening serv ice. We will join the union service in town. THE BLUFFTON EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Rev. W. L. Harmony, Pastor Sunday school 9:00 a. m. Worship service 7:30 p. m. Sermon theme, "Let Not Mine Enemies Triumph Over Me.” There will be a Council meeting following the evening service. DEFENSELESS MENNONITE CHURCH Rev. E. J. Shady, Pastor Thursday— 7:30 Mid-week service. Sunday— 9:30 a. m. Sunday school. Levi Mellinger, Supt. 10:30 Mornng worship. Junior church. 7:00 Children’s meeting. Senior C. W. B. Adult C. W. B. 7:45 Evangelistic service. Don’t stay at home because com pany comes bring them. (Continued on page 4) Clubi, CpdgeA and Societies Alpha Gamma The Alpha Gamma club wil I meet with Miss Edna Ramseyer, Friday at 9 p. m. Mrs. Ruth Dilk»r will give a talk and demonstrate New Gadgets. Red Cross The Red Cross business meeting has been postponed until Friday night at 7 o’clock at the high fchool library. $ $ Richland Grange Richland Grange will meet Tues day night of next week at 8 o’clock. will be in charge of and February treat Presbyterian Social Club The Presbyterian Social club will meet Thursday night at 8 o’clock with Miss Ocie Anderson. Assistant hostesses are Misses Dawn Stone hill and Leia Frick. Open House Postponed Open House to have been held at Lincoln hall, Bluffton college dormi tory, Saturday has been postponed. The occasion will be observed on Amico Club The Amico club will meet Thurs day night at 6 o’clock at the Elk restaurant for dinner and theatre party. High-Low Club The High-Low club met at the home of Mrs. Robest Dillman last Wednesday evening. Mrs. George Schumacher held high score of the the hostess. Gertrude Hoy Circle The Gertrude Hoy Missionary cir cle will meet Monday night at 8 o’clock in the high school science room. Hostesses will be Mrs. Betty Niswander and Mrs. Edna Mae Craw fis. The film “We Bear Witness” will be shown, Eastern Star Bluffton Eastern Star chapter will meet on Tuesday night of next week. A good attendance is desired. Lutheran Week of Prayer The second meeting in the Luther an Week of Prayer series will be held at the home of Mrs. E. C. Stultz, Thursday night at 7:30 o'clock. Mrs. Gilbert Fett will be leader. Delta Kappa Gamma The Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Allen county teachers society will meet at the home of Mrs. R. A. Lantz on Saturday afternoon for dessert luncheon. Assistant host esses will be Miss Edna Ramseyer and Mrs. Lenore Myers. The following program has been arranged: Physical Fitness, Miss Theola Steiner Preparation to Meet Present Problems, Miss Lucile Ritchie Emo tional Poise and Adjustment to New Situations, Miss Laura Jamison. Jfc Orange Twp. Farm Women The Orange Township Farm Wo man’s club will meet at the home of Mrs. O. C. Hursey on Thursday after noon, March 6. Devotionals will be led by Mrs. Mary Triplehorn and members will answer to roll call with i "my pet peeve.” Bridal Shower Honoring Miss Kay '1 hutt of Elida, a coming bride, Mrs. Herman Hilty entertained at her home with a mis cellaneous show, Friday night. Dur ing the evening the date for Miss Thutt’s coming marriage to Edgar Schumacher of Milford, Delaware was announced as April 6. Games, contests, visiting and rem iniscing were enjoyed by the guests after which the guest of honor was presented with a “bridal bouquet” made of clothespins. Into this bou quet were fastened clues, directing the reci pie the houi Refi hostes the Gue Richard Davies, Silas Diller, Leland Gerber, Oliver Zimmerman, Clayton Murray, Don Patterson, Carl Smuck er, Misses M’Della Moon, Naomi Prernrman, Edna Ramseyer, Dora kirchhofer, Meredith Stepleton, Mi nerva Hilty, Mabel Amstutz and Vi della Herr all of Bluffton. Mrs. Arthur Schumacher, Ottawa Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwander, Colum bus Grove Mrs. James Suter and Mrs. Edgar Geiger, Pandora Mrs. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 45 PLENTY OF OTHER MEATS AS SUPPLY OF PORK TIGHTENS Meat Markets Here Maintain Pork Chop Prices Are Unchanged Beef, Veal and Poultry Remain Plentiful with Market Steady With me it' esiocK market foir hogs at all-time beiirhts the first the week, prk chop pri ces in loca meat markets were holdi ng steady, and meat miirket operatejrs said the•y had no plans at the present time tc raise Drices. Retail price of pjrk chops in the Bluffton markets is around 69 cents a pouncL Pork chops in local mar gets art from home•-killed hog’s and butcher shops here indicated that they* had on hand a sufficient supply of live hogs bought at lower price levels which would serve as a buffer against immediate increases in retail prices. Other Meats Plentiful how long the present situation in regards to pork will continue, op erators of meat markets here were unwilling to hazard a forecast. The present prices they pointed out would be sufficiently attractive to bring the large! possi hie hog shipments to Aigo the faict that offerings nf oth er m•at are holding at noi’mal lev els—t•eel. vea 1 and poultry—will have a steadying effect on runavvay pork prices. Housewives, it is pointed out can put a ceiling on pork prices any time they wish by switching to other kinds of meat, of which there is plenty Settlement Mrs. Edna Schumacher purchased the home in Pandora from Ray I Sheidler formerly known as the Mc Bride home. Lawrence Amstutz is to ojerate her farm Donald Steiner returned home I after several weeks visiting relatives in Ontario, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kohli and Mary Ellen Kohli, who is a student at Bowling Green University, spent the week end in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer J. Kohli at Chat ham, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Elam Suter were hosts to the Advisory Council No. 2 Monday evening. Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Steiner and daughter, Nanette are to be here over the week end. Dr. Stein er is to speak at the St. John church Sunday evening. Rev. Alvin Becker of Woodburn, Indiana, representative of the North ern Bible Society whose headquart ers are at Duluth, Minn., spoke at St. John Sunday evening. The Kiene farm east of Pandora on route 12 was recently sold to William Miley of Belmore. The Rerne Male Chorus is to pre sent a program at Bluffton, Sunday evening. Judith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rowers, was recently admit ted to the Memorial hospital in Lima. Mr. and Mr s. Vinton Bucher and son wen visi ors i n the home of Mr. and evening. Mrs. Ezra Rucher Sunday’ Mrs. V i FriIley is spending Watervil e, Oh Mr a week end and dauj with her mother at nd the v’sited ir rs. Fidwin Luginbihl of Mr. and Mrs. Harry iic’inbijhl MmnsiV evemner Mr. Er in Bei Augslmrger spent the n. i who are assisting in the home of he■r narents. Her mother convn escine frorr her recent op eration. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Diller and Ol iver Locher and family of Lake Worth, Fla., visited over the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bayless (Martha Diller) of Bradenton. Fla. LIBRARY TO CLOSE The public library will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6 while the librarian and library trustees will attend the annual, meet ing of the Ohio Library association in Columbus. Ed Evans, Gomer Mrs. Richard Thutt. I i- a ai’d th- honored guest, Miss Thutt. Regr.fls and gifts were sent by Amstutz, Delphos Mrs. Hira'n Diller, Pandora and Mrs. Har ry Bogart and Miss Cn iyn Romey, Bluffton. Trave! Class The Travel class will meet on Wed nesday afternoon of next week with Miss Naomi Brenneman, hostess at Lincoln hall lobby. Jitsu Tau Club Mrs.’Swan Stonehill will entertain the Jitsu Tau club at her home on Wednesday evening, March 5 at 8 o’clock.