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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXII PLAN SURVEY OF TOWN’S NEEDS IN ELECTRIC SERVICE Each User to Get Postal Card From Board of Public Affairs. Results to be Aid in Determin ing Expansion Program of Plant. Analysis of the electrical require ments of Bluffton domestic consum ers, in a survey to lie made this month by the Board of public af fairs, will be used in mapping the expansion program of Bluffton’s municipal light and power plant, spokesmen for the board said this week. What Bluffton' households have in the way of electrical home appliances and what they plan to add to their equipment in the near future will be determined in the board’s survey, the first of its kind made here since 1939. A postal-card inquiry, on which electrical equipment is to be listed, will be mailed within the next week to all domestic consumers, with the request that the card be marked and returned to the board’s office when the next electric light bill is paid. A copy of the card appears in a board of public affairs advertisement appearing in this week’s issue of The News. Ask Users To Cooperate Answers of domestic users will be helpful in determining future policy of the board in installing equipment for increased generating capacity at the municipal plant. The last preceding survey of this type was made by the board in 1939, which provided data that remained substantially unchanged thruout the war years when electrical appliances were hard to get. Now that appliances are beginning to be generally available, an indica tion of additional home installations is needed by the board to adequately make plans for future electrical load demands. Industrial users regularly keep the board of public affairs posted on what their needs may be, but in creased household demands can be determined only thru surveys, it was pointed out. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Stratton, Bluffton, a boy, Rolland Kipton, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Dearth, Ada, a boy, John Russell, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Noah Zimmerman, Bluffton, a girl, Mary Ann, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shakelford, Sr., Williamstown, a boy, Ralph Levi, Jr., Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kear, For rest, a boy, Warren Gene, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm Amstutz, Jr., Bluffton, a boy, Larry Dean, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne B. Topham, Newton, Kansas, a boy, Thomas Barlett, born at that place April 16. Mrs. Topham is the former Helen Soldner, daughter of G. T. Soldner. She was formerly a nurse at Bluff ton hospital. Rev. and Mrs. Russell Mast, Wadsworth, a boy, James William, born at that place. Mrs. Mast is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hilty of Spring street. Ft, Wayne Girls Chorus At Pandora Girls chorus of Ft. Wayne Bible institute will appear in a program at the Pandora Missionary church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. They will also have charge of the youth fellowship meeting at 6:45. The chorus is directed by Prof. C. A Gerber, instructor in voice at the institute and accompanied by Prof. R. L. Pfundstein, instructor in piano, organ and theory. Music Program At High School Friday Vocal and instrumental numbers will be heard on a program of Bluff ton high school musical talent at the auditorium, Friday night at 8 o’clock directed by John Martin, music su pervisor. On the program will appear num bers by boys and girls glee clubs and a mixed chorus together with those solo and ensemble groups which ap peared in the northwest district mu sic contest held at Bowling Green last Saturday. Sail Thursday From New York For India Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Steiner and daughter Nanette and Rev. and Mrs. Chas. Warren and daughter Beth Ann will sail from New York, Thursday enroute to India where they will join Rev. and Mrs. Ezra Steiner, formerly of this place, en gaged in foreign mission work. Dr. Steiner, a physician, and Mrs. Warren the former Anita Steiner, are the son and daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Steiner. Rev. Warren and family spent last summer here when he was supply pastor at the Ebenezer Mennonite church. After sailing from New York on the freighter Flying Enterprise, they will be on the water about 28 days. After .landing in India they will be gin a long overland trip north to the Tibetan border, a wild and moun taineous region, the last 100 miles of which must be made on foot or horseback. For many years Rev. and Mrs. Steiner have been engaged in mis sionary work among the natives of that district. SPRING BUILDING BOOM GETS OFF TO EARLY START Three New Houses, Under Con struction Excavations for Four Others Activity Centers in West Elm and East Jefferson Street Districts Stolen Bluffton Car Found At Wapakoneta A Chevrolet coupe belonging to William Edwards, manager of the Basinger furniture store stolen here Monday morning was found undam aged at Wapakoneta in thQ after noon. The car disappeared shortly after Edwards had parked it on Vine street near the side entrance to his place of business. Continued Rains Prolong Delay In Spring Tillage Already Month Late With three new houses started in late winter in various stages of com pletion, and excavations completed for four other structures, present indications are that this spring and summer will see BlufTtva’s most act ive building boom since the pre-war era when the town’s residential ex pansion program was in high gear. Acute shortage of houses in the tdwn, plus the availability of car penters now’ rather than later in the season, has precipitated an unusual (Continued on page 2) Harold Montgomery, wrho operates a newsstand on North Main street reported seeing three youths furtive ly examining cars a short time be fore Edwards’ coupe disappeared. Wapakoneta police w’ho found the Bluffton car abondoned reported a Wapakoneta car was missing, indi cating that thieves who took the coupe here continued their flight in another car. College Announces Graduation Speaker Dr. Clarence Macartney of Pitts burgh will deliver the class address at the commencement, exercises of Bluffton college on Monday morning, June 2, it was announced the first of the week by Dr. Lloyd Ramseyer, president of the college here. Dr. Macartney, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of that city for the past twenty years is prominent in the denomination also as an auth or and lecturer. Plans for the latest proposed resi dential building addition to the town struck a snag this week, with decis ion by the municipal council that the depleted condition of the village treasury will not permit shouldering an extensive financial outlay re quired in filling in two deep ravines for a street thru the Mrs. Sarah Matter subdivision, running east from the bend of Kibler street. Starting at the Kibler street curve, the proposed addition would consist of 13 lots, 60 feet wide and 175 feet deep, along the line fence on the Matter farm. A street fol- Farmers Await Clearing Weath er to Begin Long Overdue Plowing. Oats Acreage Facing Drastic Cut Large Acreage Planters Hard Hit. With the spring tillage season al ready delayed more than a month by the inclement weather of March and April, farmers who had taken on additional acreage for this sum mer’s operations were busy revising their crop plans as it became ap parent all of this year’s plowing must be gotten out of the way in a comparatively short period of time. Filling Required For Street Causes Hitch In Plans For Matter Addition Altho the late spring has compli cated work schedules on all area farms, those hardest hit have been farmers who rented additional land, banking on a season similar to that of 1946 when there was an early spring. Now, with tillage barely started, except in especially favorable spots, farmers with a lot of acreage are busy re-mapping their crop schedules to suit the seasonal complications that a late spring has brought. Oats Acreage Cut That little oats will be sowed is a foregone conclusion, and ground intended for the grain will be used instead as meadowland or for com or soybeans, farm observers pointed out this week. Once a break in the weather per mits farmers to get into their fields, tractors will run day and night, in an effort to make up some of the time lost, but operators who have extended their operations this year will find themselves hard-pressed to keep up with the rush of concentrat ed spring work. Patricia Huber Weds Olin Herr Miss Patrician Joan Huber, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Huber, of near Bluffton, became the bride of Olin Herr, of Bentley road, in a quiet ceremony restricted to the fam ily last Sunday afternoon in the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church. Rev. Vernon C. Oppermann, pastor of the church, officiated at the dou ble-ring ceremony. Attendant of the groom was James Lewis, a nephew, and Miss Dorothy Lugibihl was bridemaid. The bride entered on the arm of her brother, Wade Huber, who gave her in marriage. Miss Margaret Groman played nuptial music and the wedding march for the ceremony. Donald Herr, another nephew of the groom, sang. The bride wore a two-piece aqua crepe dress and a white rose cor sage, and the bridesmaid was in a dusty rose crepe dress, with white rose corsage. Following the wedding a recep tion was held at the home of the bride’s parents. After a short wed ding trip, the young couple will make their home in Lima where both are employed. Heermann Trio To Play Here Tuesday Appearing as the final presenta tion in the 1946-47 Bluffton College Concert series, the Heermann trio will present a concert at 8 p. m. Tuesday night of next week in the Ramseyer chapel. In the celebrated trio are Emil Heermann, violin Walter Heermann, violincello, and John Quincy Bass, piano. Emil Heermann is concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony orches tra and his brother occupies first stand in the Symphony. All three musicians who will appear here are on the faculty of the Cincinnati Con servatory of Music. lowing the fence would be joined with Jackson street, under the pro posed plan for the subdivision. Action taken by the council was in the form of an alternative pro posal whereby the building addition would be accepted if the owner would agree to do all filling required for the street, with the council to do finish grading and surfacing. It was pointed out at the meeting that the town’s financial condition does not permit expenditure of funds for streets in new building additions over and beyond the finish grading and surfacing. IHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1947 2,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMING FOR MUSIC MEET Northwest District Audition at High School Here This Saturday. Forty-one Schools Are Sending Delegations to Music Contest. Approximately 2,000 students representing 41 high sch-.ols will be in Bluffton Saturday for competition in the annual Northwestern Ohio High school music auditions, to be held in the Bluffton High school building under auspices of the Bluff ton college department of music. Entered in the various classifica tions are 53 choruses, 20 bands and three orchestras. Three sessions will be required for choral group compe tition, with the start of programs set at 8 a. m., 1 p. m. and 7 p. m. The morning and afternoon sessions will be in the high school auditorium, and the evening program in the gymnasium. Morning and afternoon competition is scheduled for instrumental groups in the gymnasium. 75 Piece Band Largest groups expected to appear in the all-day session will be the Lima South band of 76 pieces, and the Toledo Libbey chorus of 67 voices. Bands appearing will be in uniform, with an average of 50 musicians in each unit. Choruses will average 50 voices, and orchestras have an average of 35 players. School competition will be in Classes A. B. BB, and CC, depend ing on enrollment, it was announced. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, director of the college music department, said here has been a high school music contest here every spring for the last 15 years. Competing schools and music directors of the institutions include the following: Bluff ton,, JphpH. Swriin 1’andora, Earl Lehman, Bluffton College grad uate Ada, Orlo O. Springer Col. Grove, Betty Lusk Rawson, Mary E. Stearns McComb, Frank Spirk Vanlue, Ralph Balmer, Bluffton Col lege Student, Senior Continental, Pauline Spuser Delta, Richard W. Damback Ohio City, Melvin R. West Wren, Richard E. Weldon i Deshler, Ruth Burkhard, Bluffton College graduate Ottawa Hills, Carl L. Snyder Holgate, C. M. Wilson Hicksville, C. W. Zimmerman Con voy Dorothy Hofner Malinta, Hoyt C. Sprow. Haviland-Scott, Richard M. Cof felt Ottawa, Winnifred M. Jones Grand Rapids, Harold L. Will Ris ing Sun, Margaret Clifford Tontog any, Josephine Davis Wayne, Mar jorie Engle Libbey, Harold Mc Clure Mt. Blanchard, Ralph Balmer Delphos, Max Brillhart Leipsic, Charles H. Garster Lafayette, Doyt Yoakam Shawnee, Homer Mitchell Van Wert, Harold E. Mohr Galion, F. A. W. Liddell. Kenton, Herbert A. Murphy Crestline, Mrs. Gregg Pennington Fostoria, Richard Downes Kalida, Janet Bigler Perrysburg, L. B. Peters Vaughnsville, O. C. Reihl Lima, Harold Clark, Lima Central I Lima, Charles E. Luoma, Lima South Hoaglin-Jaekson, Owen Rob erts Union Township, Owen Roberts. Swiss Folk Program Here Friday, May 2 Swiss songs and stories will be featured in a Swiss evening program to be presented in the Bluffton High school auditorium at 8 p. m. Friday, May 2. The entire program will be con ducted in the Swiss language, with Swiss songs and stories featured on the program. Accordion music will be another feature of the presenta tion. On the committee making plans for the evening are Hiram Kohli, Philip Hilty, Levi Althaus and Wil helm Amstutz. Real Estate Deals John Klingler has purchased the Gazette property at North Main and Washington streets and is remodel ing the residence. Carl Devier of Lima, formerly of Bluffton, has purchased the Rolland Stratton property on South Main street and will move here in June. The Stratton family will move to Lima. Tea Leaves All tea, green and black, grows on the same kind of bush. Different varieties result from differences in climate, location, soil and methods of processing the leaves. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Hawk, pio neer Bluffton residents will observe their 65th wedding anniversary at Uleir home on South Jackson street, Sunday. A family dinner will be held at noon in honor of the occa sion. Mrs. Hawk, the former Electa Hall, is aged 83 years and her husband 88. The couple were mar ried at her home near Lafayette on April 27, 1882. Both are natives of the Lafayette area. They have lived in Bluffton for 60 years, the last 53 of which were at their present location. For many years Mr. Hawk was engaged in the livery business and also operated a bus service. The couple have two sons, Guy Hawk of Belvidere, III., and Edmund of Bowling Green and one daughter, Mrs. H. H. Huser of Bluffton. Mrs. Hawk has one sister, Mrs. Florence Bogart of Bluffton and two brothers, B. F. Hall of Lafayette and J. C. Hall of San Antonio, Texas. New Auto, Tractors, To Be Sold A Sale Here on May 3 Will Be Largest of Kind Held In This Area. Many Scarce New Items and Long List of Used Merchan dise Will be Sold. House-to-house solicitation for used items to be offered in Bluffton’s Com munity Auction sale, which has grown to huge proportions, will be started this Friday by campaign workers representing the Presbyter ian church talent program, sponsor of the auction. Bluffton Couple Will Observe Sixty fifth Wedding Anniversary Sunday Articles will be sold at the auction on Saturday, May 3 on a commission basis, or as a donation, whichever plan is agreeable to the contributor. A telephone canvass of the rural area also will be made by the church workers. Many hard-to-get new items, still on the post-war shortage list, will be features of the auction offering, including a new automobile, two new tractors, a new refrigerator, wash ing machine, electric range, etc. As plans for the auction took final steps this week, the sale com mittee also was receiving contribu tions of used merchandise, and there was every indication the sale will be the largest of its kind ever held in this area. A partial listing of the many items which will go to the highest bidder is in this week’s issue of The Bluff ton News. Endorsement of the auction as an advertising medium and sales pro motion venture for the town has been made by the Bluffton Business Men’s association, and merchants are cooperating in the consigning of merchandise to be .offered for sale. Participation is open to all resi dents of the area having new or used items for sale, including furni ture, livestock, farm produce, house hold appliances, etc. Items to be offered for sale are to be listed with Clair Fett, chairman of the auction committee. 200 Women Attend Presbyterial Here More than 200 women from 26 churches in Lima Presbytery attend ed the annual spring meeting of Lima Presbyterial held in the Pres byterian church here Wednesday. Morning and afternoon sessions were held. Principal speaker at the afternoon session was Dr. Emilio Rodriguez Busto, superintendent of Presbyter ian school in Cuba who spoke on educational conditions in that coun- try. Three Bluffton High school stu dents received “superior” ratings, and four others were classed as “excellent” in Northwestern Ohio district solo music auditions held last Saturday at Bowling Green university. Students rated “superior” in the competition are eligible to compete in state finals at Columbus next month. Bluffton students in the “superior” class included Paul Bixel, flute solo, and Eleanor Linden and Mary K. Bauman, piano solo. College Booster Banquet May 12 Bluffton college booster banquet, an annual affair which was dropped during the war, will be resumed this spring with the first post-war dinner to be held in the high school gym nasium on Monday night, May 12. Announcement was made by Hi ram Diller of Pandora, chairman of the committee on arrangements. Other committee members are Armin Hauenstein and Edwin Amstutz of Bluffton. L. L. Rummell of Cincinnati, pub lic relations director of the Kroger company and dean-elect of Ohio State university college of agricul ture will be the after-dinner speaker. Rummell was formerly editor of the Ohio Farmer, an agricultural publi cation. Toastmaster will be Dr. Oliver Dil ler of the Wooster Experiment Sta tion, Bluffton college alumnus. Refrigerators Community Auction ROGER HOWE IS NAMED AS HARMON FIELD SUPERVISOR Three Months* Playground Sea son from June 1 to Sept. 1 Announced Community Recreation Com mittee Outlines Plans for Coming Summer Plans for a continuation of organ ized recreational activity at Harmon field during the coming summer sea son were mapped last week by the Bluffton Recreation committee, a group sponsored by the Bluffton Business Men’s association, which last year revived the program after several years of inactivity. Roger Howe, Bluffton college athlete and a veteran of World War II, was named recreation director by the group, and will head up the three-months’ summer program. Howe is a graduate of Bluffton High school, and since his return from military service has starred on Bluffton college sports teams. Kent Cotterman, Bluffton High school coach, who served as recrea tion director last summer, was not a candidate for the position this year. The field will be opened to child ren of the town, under direction of Howe, on June 1, with the summer program continuing a full three months until September 1. Organized play, however, such as softball leagues, etc., will not start until mid-June and will end about August 15, the recreation committee decided. Three Bluffton High Musicians Get Superior Ratings In District Meet Average daily attendance at the field last summer for children’s activities numbered 75, and about 100 men and youths of high school age participated in softball league play. To provide facilities for tennis, the Harmon field courts will be kept in shape this year. W. A. Howe was employed as caretaker. Hire Engineer For High School Building Bluffton board of education has hired Paul Clark of Grove and Jack son streets as engineer at the high school building at an annual salary of $1,800. Clark, who took up his duties at the school Monday, fills the vacancy caused by the death of Wesley Ever sole who died suddenly two weeks ago, the victim of a heart attack. Those in the “excellent” class were Mary Smucker, violin Treva Alt haus, alto solo Donald Herr, bass solo and Ruth Irene Diller, piano solo. Lyman Hofstetter was rated “very good” in the tenor solo class. Other awards in the district were: Jeanne Sumney, Lafayette, and Phyllis Lenz, Beaverdam, excellent in the alto solo class: Allan Lacock, Beaverdam, excellent in piano solo Robert Niswander, Richland, very good in baritone solo. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 1 HARRY F. BARNES DIES WAS ACTIVE IN CIVIC AFFAIRS BKilUon Agriculture Teach Also Served on Board of Public Affairs. Death at 1 a. m. Sunday Fol lows Third Attack of Heart Trouble. Harry F. Barnes, 53, member of tlid board of public affairs and Bluff ton High school vocational agricul ture instructor, died unexpectedly in his home Sunday morning at 1 oclock after suffering three heart attacks within a space of about four hours. Apparently in good health until Saturday evening, Barnes suffered the first attack about 9 p. m., anoth er at 10:30, and the third immediate ly preceding his death. An instructor in Bluffton High school for the last 18 years, he had been active in community affairs. He Was serving his second term as a member of the board of public af fairs, and was a candidatee for re election on the Republican ticket in next November’s election. He also was a member of the Lions club. Ha was also secretary for many years of Bluffton’s Mid-Winter fair. Honoring his services as an over seas veteran of the first World War, a uniformed squad made up of mem bers of Bluffton post, American Le gion, conducted military funeral ser vices at his grave in Maple Grove cemetery. Funeral Tuesday Funeral services w’ere held Tuesday afternoon in the First Presbyterian church, with school classes dismissed for the afternoon. Rev. Ernest Big elow, pastor of the church, officiated. Bom September 20, 1893, Barnes is survived by his father and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson A. Barnes, of Huntsburg, Ohio. Also surviving is his widow, the former Alice M. Kathary, whom he married December 24, 1917 and two daughters, Mrs. Rosalie Rakosky, of Bluffton, and Miss Rosemary Barnes, of Gallipolis. A brother, lives in Huntsburg. The municipal council will name a successor to serve the remainder of Barnes’ term on the board of public affairs. Expiration date of the term is December 31 of this year. A replacement candidate on the Republican ticket for next fall’s elec tion may be named by the party com mittee, under provisions of Ohio election laws. Mrs. Polly Painter, 88, Dies Here Monday Mrs. Polly Painter, 88, one of Bluffton’s oldest residents, died in her home at 8:05 a. m. Monday, fol lowing a short illness. Funeral services were held in the Paul Diller funeral home at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday, with Rev. E. J. fPenfiorwood officiating. Burial in the Hasson cemetery. Born in Orange township, she married Samuel J. Painter, who pre ceded her in death. I Sufvivors include four daughters: Mrs. Jennie Geiger, Bluffton Mrs. L. M. Grant, Hudson, Mich. Mrs. Ora Smith, Akron and Mrs. Nora Miller, Toledo and two sons, Frank Painter, at home, and Edward Painter, Lima. There are 33 grand children 112 great-grandchildren, and 39 great-great-grandchildren. Rev. Harmony Resigns As Lutheran Pastor Rev. W. L. Harmony, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran church, Bluffton, and the Findlay Trinity Lutheran church, for the last 14 years, has resigned to accept a pas torate in Springfield. Rev. Harmony’s resignation be comes effective on May 18, and his faintly will move to Springfield shortly after that date. He became pastor of the local church in June, 1933. Butter Drops To 61 Cents On Wednesday Butter retailed in Bluffton for 61 cent® a pound Wednesday, a drop of six cents under the price a week ago. Price of butterfat to dairy farm ers took a sharper drop. Wednes day morning’s quotation of 57 cents was 11 cents lower than the price of 69 cents one week previous. Dealers here said the price slump was nationwide, being a combination of anticipation of a larger supply of butterfat coming in May and June and also consumer resistance to high butter prices.