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VOLUME LXXI VILLAGE SUED FOR $5,000 BY WOMAN AFTER ACCIDENT Damage Suit Brought by Mrs. Ho Isham to be Heard Next Tuesday Injuries Alleged Suffered Fall When Leaving Elec tion Polls in Suit for $5,000 in damages brought hy Mrs. Ho Isham, former resident here, against the village of Bluffton for injuries alleged to have been sustained in a fall at a precinct voting place here is set. The hearing will be held common pleas in the Allen county court next Tuesday, on which the suit is The incident basei1 is Saiid to have occurred on election day November 5, 1940 at the fire department room in the town hall. Mrs. Isham at that time lived in BlufTton and later moved to Limai where she now resides. She is being represented in the case by Meredith & Meredith, Lima law firm a:nd the municipality is reprtisented by D. R. Trippiehorn, city cnl ici tor Claims Injuries Isham’s suit alleges that as of the fall her “nervous has been impaired and bi as a further result to malor and jaw a thickening or unnatural has taken place on and jured and cf said injury bones growth around said malor bone causing said injury to be permanent and causing plaintiff to lose the feeling in the region of said injury.’’ The mishap is said to have occur red when Mrs. Isham fell over a cement block used to hold open one of the swinging doors at the polling place. In the fall her face struck the pavement, breaking her glasses and the right right upper she alleges. She abrasions and arms and body, and injuring her face malor bone and the jawbone of her face, also suffered cuts, biuises on her legs, her petition states. answer respon- In the village’s sibility for the block being placed in the doorway is attributed to board of election officials rather than to the municipality. Village Denies Responsibility The municipality in its reply also alleges that the block was not in the doorway at the time the premises were turned over to the board of elections and the village disclaims responsibility for any action w’hich may have been taken by election workers in placing it there. During the time the polling place was in use, the village was not in a position to exercise any authority ever actions of election workers, the defendant points out. In the village’s answer it also is stated that the approach to the fire station is by a lawful cement walk eight feet wide and that entrance to the station has no step or sill. ‘The opening is equipped by tw’o doors which swing outw’ardly and that the entrance is wrell lighted, both outside and inside. Failure to see the block is attribut ed by the town as due to careless ness and negligence on the part of the plaintiff and as an evidence of carelessness and disregard for her own safety in failure to observe ordinary care. Real Estate Deal Kenneth Luginbuhl has purchased the Lester Niswander property on South Main street in a deal closed the first of the week. Niswander who purchased, the former Wm. Lewis property at Vine street and North Lawn avenue last summer ex pects to build another Mouse portion of the lot. on a of a shop, resi- J. A. Leatherman, operator South Main street sheet metal has traded his Cherry street dence to Galen Thomas for the lat ter’s residence in Findlay. The two householders moved over the week end. Leatherman will continue to operate his shop here and expects to open an establishment in Findlay. Thomas is employed at the Steinman Bros. Lumber company here. Prof, Klassen Has Exhibit At Columbus Wood carvings by Prof. John P. Klassen, director of the Bluffton college department of art, are fea tured in a special showing which opened last Saturday at the Colum bus Gallery of Fine Arts. The exhibition featuring the work of the Bluffton artist will continue through March 27. Flu Not Serious In Schools Here Illnesses which have assumed epi demic proportions in a number of Northwestern Ohio cities and towns resulting in closing of schools, is not prevalent here and there is no pros pect at this time of closing schools in Bluffton, it was stated by Supt. R. S. Lanham, Wednesday noon. Absenteeism is averaging less than three per cent, he said, which is considered satisfactory. The high school reported a total of 12 absen tees on Tuesday and 18 on Wednes day, the majority of which it was assumed were influenza cases. One case of scarletina was re ported from the grade schools as of Wednesday noon, Supt. Lanham stated. Because of illness prevalent at this .season, parents have been requested by the superintendent to exercise additional precautions in regard to their children and call a physician if any unusual symptoms develop. Influenza in Lima assumed propor tions of a mild epidemic the first of the week and has resulted in clos ing of the school there. Lima school officials reported a 22 per cent of absenteeism, as compared with less than three per cent in Bluffton. FORMER BLUFFTON WOMAN KILLED IN CROSSING MISHAP Mrs. Mildred Sterrett, Former Mildred Pratt, Dies as Auto Hits Train. Two Killed in Mishap Near Van Wert Family Formerly sided Here. Mrs. Mildred L. Sterrett erly of Bluffton, was killed road grade crossing crash Wert aarly Monday. Re- 32, form in a rail near Van Mrs. Sterrett, the former Mildred Pratt was the* gounger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pratt. She was graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1932. The family liv ed here until about 13 years ago at the corner of North Lawn avenue and Washington streets in the house now' occupied by Clarence Henry. Mrs. Sterrett died instantly when the automobile she was driving was involved in a collision with a Penn sylvania railroad train, one mile west of Van Wert. Edwin Lampert, 22, who was rid ing with Mrs. Sterrett, died 30 min-1 utes after the crash in the Van Wert hospital. Lived With Sister Mrs. Sterrett with her children, Ronald. 12 Kay 10, and Tommie, 9, had gone to Van Wert to spend the weekend with relatives. She had been living with a sister, Mrs. Joseph* Naylor, the former Myra Pratt, near Dola. According to train crew’ members, the automobile, traveling south, col lided with the center of the locomo tive and was carried 350 feet from the scene of the mishap. She is survived by her three child ren and the sister, Mrs. Naylor. Funeral services were nesday Christ, George in the Cory. held Wed Church of Ada. Burial in the Jerusalem six miles north of Clapp officiated. Rev. was Mt. Clymer cemetery, near Special Services At Ebenezer Church Addison C. Raws of Keswick Grove, N. J., conference speaker and cornetist will conduct a series of meetings at the Ebenezer Mennonite church next week it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Howard Landes. The services will open next Sun day and close on the following Sun day, March 23. Afternoon meetings will be held at 2:30 from Monday to Saturday, inclusive on the topic Practical Praying. Meetings at 8 o’clock every evening beginning next Sunday until the following Sunday will be on the topic The Victorious Life. rHE BLUFF Bread And Gasoline Prices Go Up In Latest Flurry Of Increases Bluffton High School Basketball Ace Named On All-State Class Team Schmidt, Bluffton high ace basketball forward was on the first team all Ohio Neil school’s named Class team selected by the Asso ciated Press, it was announced Wed nesday morning. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTER Bread in Most Groceries Reflect Price Boost of One Cent Per Loaf Gasoline Goes Up One and One half Cents Butter Price Weakens Over Weekend Bluffton area consumers were rocked this week by another wave of price increases which added one and one-half cents a gallon to the cost of gasoline and one cent a loaf to the price of bread at most grocers. In the meantime, butter prices which had gone up from 64 cents a pound to a high mark last week of 82 cents, receded slightly to quota tions of 76 cents Wednesday. Increase in gasoline prices, an nounced a day in advance found Bluffton filling stations packed with motorists on Tuesday night. With the start of operations on Wednes- Wheat quoted at $2.55 a bushel on the Bluffton market Wednes day morning was the highest in recent years, dealers said. Corn also made a new high at $1.60 a bushel. Soybeans also touched a high of $3.40 a bushel. day, the one and one-half cent boost brought 21 cents a gallon for regu lar gasoline and 23 cents a gallon for premium grades. Bread prices on Tuesday advanced one cent for a 20-ounce loaf to a mark of 15 cents, with the exception of one store which continued to at 13 cents. Wheat prices have gone up 50 cents a bushel in the past seven weeks, with flour hiked along the line to correspond with the increase in grain trading. Bread heretofore has escaped price raises because bakers were using flour purchased before the current advance. Purchases of wheat and flour by government agencies for shipment to food deficit areas abroad were considered primarily responsible by grain experts for the sharp price advance of late winter. The short age of box cars is another contribut ing factor, aggravating a grain, as mills scour the to make purchases. BLUFFTON, OHIO THU OCCUPANi HOMELESS APARTME sell for for the Increases of 25 cents a barrel crude oil and 50 cents a bushel wheat were given as reasons for price hikes of gasoline and wheat, in announcements made by process ors. Butter prices were dropping from last week’s high of 82 cents, be cause of sharp weaknesses develop ing in Chicago and ets, after cost of risen from a low vailing the latter part of February. New York mark the product had of 64 cents pre Last general increase in gasoline prices before Wednesday’s one and one-half cent boost was a one-half cent increase last November 28. ‘Soaring wheat prices were reflect ed in the one-cent advance in the cost of bread, with the grain bring ing its highest mark since 1920 at major terminals. scarcity country flour a- Shipments of w’heat and broad in the 12 months ended June 30 will total 350,000,000 bushels, cording to a government report leased last week. ac re- Special Services At Missionary Church Rev. J. A. Ringenberg of Ft. Wayne will conduct special services at the Missionary church here begin ning Sunday night and closing the following Sunday night, March 23, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Robert Welch. Services at 7:30 o’clock every night except Saturday. Rev. Ringenberg is president of the Missionary church organization. Lenten Services At The Grace Church, Pandora Rev. Marion Tinsler of Ohio Northern university, Ada, will be the speaker at a week of pre-Easter services at The Grace Mennonite church, Pandora, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Bohn. Services beginning next Sunday and closing the following Sunday, March 23, wifl be held every night except Saturday at 7:45. Also services at 10:30 o’clock both Sun day mornings. Schmidt led the Western Buckeye league in scoring the past season with a total of 430 points, an aver age of nearly 23 points per game. Schmidt was in the lineup in 19 Bluffton’s 20 games, being out one game because of injuries. of of ARE HER FIRE Damage in Excess of $8000 at Biederman Apartments South Main Street. on Firemen Battle Midnight Blaze in Three-Story Structure For Two Honrs. A midnight fire8* in the Biederman apartment building at South Main and Kibler streets Sunday night made homeless occupants of three apart ments and caused damage estimated in excess of $8,000 to the house and contents. Discovered by 'a passing motorist, who notified the tenants, the blaze was one of the most stubborn Bluff ton firemen have been called on to battle in recent years. Cause of the fire was undetermined. Flames had burst thru the long sloping roof of the three-story frame structure in several places when the alarm was sounded at midnight, and by the time the fire was brought un der control two hours later apart s occupied by Mr. and Mrs. E^- gar Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Charles ter and the Misses Florence Grieser and Alice Lewis had been made untenable.. One Apartment Lis able A fourth apartment at the rear of the lower floor, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Garland Basinger, was undam aged except for smoke, and they are continuing their residence in the building. Principal fire damage was suffered in the two upstairs apartments oc cupied by Mr. and Mrs. Cook and Miss Grieser and Miss Lewis. Fur niture, clothing and other household equipment were virtually a complete loss in those cases. The Steiner apartment on the low er floor suffered from water damage, and fallen plaster. Some of the Steiner housefurnishings jvere remov ed, but much of it also was dam aged. Made homeless by the fre, Mr. and Mrs. Cook are living temporarily room for them in their apartment. The Steiner family is with Mrs. J. S. Steiner, of South Main street. Miss Grieser and Miss Lewis, both nurses’, are living in the nurses’ dormitory at the Bluffton Community hospital. The apartment building is owned by Mrs. John Boehm, of Rawson, the former Dr. Rosella Biederman, of Je nera. Remodeled into a ment dwelling about 10 the building was the old homestead. four-apart years ago, Biederman Benefit Concert To Aid College Fund Additional support for Bluffton college’s new $250,000 gymnasium auditorium will be provided by the Lions club in donating to the build ing fund all proceeds from a benefit concert to be presented in the Bluff ton High auditorium at 8 March 28. Appearing in the concert sponsorship of the Lions will Bluffton Vesper Choir. p. m. under be the A program of popular and semi classical selections will be sung by the two groups under the direction of Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head of the college music department. Ticket sale will be conducted by the Lions club, and all proceeds will be added to the building fund, which passed the $50,000 mark in a com munity drive held here in February. Beaverdam School Operetta Friday “Peter Rabbit,” an operetta, will be staged by the music department of the Beaverdam school in the Beaverdam high school auditorium Friday night at 8 o’clock. The operetta, in three acts will be presented by pupils of the first six grades under direction of Miss Mabel Amstutz, instructor in public school music. the operetta will instrumental and Preceding program of numbers. be a vocal Alarm Sounds When Grass Fire Spreads A grass fire spreading thru a vacant field near the Nickel Plate siding and the new factory building of the Bluffton Cement Block com pany brought a call for the fire de partment Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The flames were extinguish ed and no damage reported. Origin of the blaze is unknown. ON NEWS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Y, MARCH 13, 1947 New automobile license plates are making their appearance on Bluffton area cars this week, after 1947 tags went on sale Monday at the Bixel Motor Sales Co. With the sales period concentrated in three weeks this year instead of the usual month, many motorists are buying their auto tags earlier than usual in the hope of avoiding a last minute rush, according to Clayton Bixel, Bluffton deputy license regis trar. Bluffton tags this year are in the usual YZ and ZB series. The com plete YZ series from ,51 to 950 will he distributed locally, and ZB tags will run from 51 to the local registrar complete ZB series the YZ tags. Sportsmens and Lions Groups Seek to Avoid Last Sum mer’s Impasse View Possibility of Spraying Town with DDT from Low Flying Plane An Mosquito control measures will be discussed at the session by J. D. Cherry, representative of the Sher win-Williams Co., who will show color-sound motion pictures of the use of DDT insecticide and 240 w’eed killer Talk Spray Motorists Have Only Three Weeks To Get New Auto Tags This Year Civic Clubs To Cooperate With Town Council In Mosquito Control Program answer to the impasse that forced discontinuance of Bluffton’s mosquito control program last sum mer is Sought by the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s Lions club in action municipal officials in tion to the problem. club and the taken to assist finding a solu- Latest development in the late win ter movement aimed at revival of mosquito control measures during the coming summer will be a com munity meeting sponsored by the Sportsmen’s club, at 8 P. M. this Wednesday in the organization’s meeting room at the town hall. from Airplane Following Cherry’s appearance on the program there will be open dis cussion on the possibility of spray ing Bluffton with DDT from low flying airplanes as a means of con trolling mosquitoes during the ing summer season. com- con pro- The community meeting for sideration of mosquito control posals follows by one week action taken by the Bluffton Lions club naming a committee to convey the towm council a formal offer the club’s willingness to cooperate attempting to iron out the impasse in mosquito control here. in to of in On the committee are C. B. Fett, Rev. Paul Cramer and R. A. Lantz. Control Goes by Default Bluffton last summer was without a mosquito control program for the first time in seven years because town officials found it .impossible to employ anyone to take the unpleas ant job of spraying creeks and other bodies of water within village limits For the three preceding summers Mayor W. A .Howe had shouldered the responsibility of conducting the control program, after no one else could be found to do it, but he de clined the task last summer and Bluffton’s mosquito situation was right back w'here it was eight years ago when there were no measures to prevent the summer infestation. With no control program in oper ation, mosquitoes last summer were worse in Bluffton than for nearly a decade, and one year of control re laxation was sufficient to demon strate that spraying during the pre ceding seven summers had been a worthwhile and necessary program. In New Locations Clarence Diller and family have moved from Pandora to the former Boothhy property at South Jackson and High streets which he purchased last year. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Amstutz who recently trip to home in ment at South Main street. returned from a wedding Florida are making their a newly furnished apart the Ben Amstutz home on High School Students In Scholarship Test Five Bluffton high school students were among who took 600. Last year distributed the and a part of since 1941, mo- For the first time tori sts are receiving two tags, for display on the cars. Deadline motor vehicles plates is April front and rear of for the operation of with 1946 license 1. In an announcement this week, Bixel reminded motorists it is neces sary to bring the certificate of title buying new tags. 83 from Alien county the senior scholarship tests last Saturday at Lima Central high school. Those from Bluffton taking the examination were Mary K. Bauman. Betty Bixel, Lyman Hofstetter, Lie nor Linden and Alice I’annabeeker. vere sent to and making Results of Examination papers Columbus for grading of state comparisons, the examinations for which the up per 40 per cent of senior classes were eligible are expected to be re ceived within the next week. Supervising the examinations were Harvey Badertscher, superinte of Lafayette-Jackson sc chairman of the committv S. Lanham of Bluffton Steiner of Lima Central and George Bonar, school. Masonic Father-Son Banquet Next Week A varied concert of sacred music will be presented in the St. Johns Evangelical and Reformed church Thursday night at 7:30 by the 36 voice A Cappella choir of Mission House college, Plymouth, Wisconsin. During the present spring concert season the choir is appearing in per formances in Wisconsin, Illinois, In diana, Ohio and Ketucky. Selections by the recognized mas ters of choral music make choir’s sacred program, numbers between the three of choral presentation will selections by vocal artists. up the Special sections include The young men and women in the choir are students at Mission House college and come from every section of the college formed of the country. A denominational of the ^Evangelical and Re church, Mission House is one younger institutions estab lished by the Reformed fore its merger with the church. church be Evangelical as a school Established primarily to prepare young men for the min istry, it is now a recognized co educational liberal arts college. The choir is‘directed by Prof. W. H. Ellerbusch, head of the college department of music. Bluffton Hospital To Advance Rates An advance in room rates at Bluffton Community hospital, effect ive March 15 was announced by Miss Sylvia Biederman, hospital superintendent, Wednesday morning. With The Sick W. Carder who was ill at his W. home on South Main street has been removed to Lima Memorial hospital. Condition of Mrs. M. M. Kibler who underwent an operation Bluffton hospital early last week reported satisfactory. Mrs. Florence Sechler at her home on Railroad daughter, Mrs .Glen Findlay spent Sunday here. at is ill is quite street. Her Switzer of Mrs. M. Murray and Mis. Lydia Ewing, ill with effects of paralytic strokes continue patients in Bluffton hospital with little change in their condition. Edwin Niswander has been remov ed from 1 ima Memorial hospital to his home »n the county lint north of Bluffton. A Good Place To Trade auction is la from active 1 a magician will Entertainment by feature the program at a Fat he by :30 banquet to be held Masonic lodge at 6 nesday night of next lodge hall. the Bluffton p. m. Wed week in the will the Other features showing of pictures on the Orient-by Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh special music and a short address by Clarence Zangline, prominent Findlay Masonic leader. Preceding the program a dinner will be served in the recently re decorated dining room of the lodge by the Eastern Star. Robert Neiswander, master of the lodge, is directing arrangements for the affair. Mission House Choir Sings Here Thursday NUMBER 47 FARM MACHINERY CONTINUES SHORT FOR FIFTH YEAR Despite Fantastic Prices For Used Equipment Virtually None Available Farmers Hesitate to Sell Old Implements Because of Slow Delivery of New With the shortage of new farm machinery virtually as critical as dur ing war year, fanners in the Bluff ton area this spring are carefully husbanding all that they have avail able and would-be buyers find little power driven equipment for sale at any price. Realization of the difficulty of ob taining replacements has practically dried up the market for used ma chinery. The number of public sales this spring has dropped sharply and rgely by those retiring Although used implements w’ill bring prices ligher than during the war when OI’A ceilings were in ef feet, there is little sales activity be cause sellers are not certain when replacement terns will be available through dealt•rs swamped with tre mendous back logs of orders. When price ceilings were in effect more farm nachinery was offered for sale than at the present when the seller can set virtually any price he w’ants for used equipment. FARMERS EXPECTED NEW MACHINERY This appari?nt paradox has arisen from the fact that farmers assumed there would 5e plenty of new ma chinery available within a few months after the war had ended. Now they are faced by the fact that virtually all dealers have equal ly as long waiting lists for new equipment as during the war, and the uncertainty of when the situa tion will be remedied results in the decision to keep equipment the farmer would like to sell. Make Old Equipment in view )f existing conditions, antiquated and broken-down farm machinery is being overhauled and put into shape on Bluffton area farms, for another year. Any implement that can serve as a makeshift will be pressed into service by farmers who cannot ob tain new equipment from dealers to serve their needs. With spring plowing in progress farmers are faced by the task of getting into shape the equipment they have on hand, and to depend on it to see them through another year of all-out production effort. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. O’Dell Alspach, Dayton, a girl, Linda Lee, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Emerick, Lafayette, a boy, Michael Ray, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bell, a boy, Thomas Orton, Monday. Mr. and rs. Leland Gossard, Beaverdam, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Holman, Lafayette, a boy, Tuesday. Youth For Christ Rally Next Month First of a series of Youth for Christ rallies will be held in Bluff ton, Saturday night, April 26, it was announced this week. The rallies will be monthly on the fourth Satur day night alternating between Bluff ton and Pandora, it was stated. Mt. Cory P. T. A. To Meet Tuesday Night Mt. Cory Parent-Teacher associa tion will hold its monthly meeting next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock in the school auditorium. The public is invited. After the business session the following program will be given: Devotionals---- Mrs. Wright Klingler Music—Pale Moon Logan Oh, What a Beautiful Morning —Rodgers H. S. Girls’ Ensemble Book Review—Wheels in His Head ...... ..... ........ .... Musselman Mrs. H. Ward Grieb Music—One Alone Romberg Syncopated Lullaby Simm H. S. Girls’ Ensemble Proper adjustments of the car buretor and spark plugs on the tractor can reduce fuel bills by 10 per cent or more. The tractor will work better and cost less.