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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXII TORNADO SWEEPS EAST OF BLUFFTON FINDLAY HARD HIT Twister Skips Over Orange Township and Jenera District Tuesday Many Bluffton Motorists See Wreckage Strewn Findlay Streets A swirling tornado which swept east of BlufftoA, Tuesday afternoon over Orange township and Jenera district without any reported dam age dipped down and struck Find lay with terrific force at 4 p. m., causing injury to 22 persons, three of whom were hospitalized and did extensive property damage estimated at more than $100,000. Striking the west part of Findlay the twister followed a northeasterly course across the heart of the city, unroofing dwellings and business blocks, uprooting numerous shade and fruit trees, levelling small frame buildings, shattering windows by the score and damaging automobiles and homes with falling trees and heavy branches. While the storm’s path was within a few miles of Blufftort, there was no apparent atmospheric disturbance and residents here received their first warning that something was amiss when state highway patrol cars with sirens screaming dashed through town northbound on the Dixie highway. Motorists Report Storm A short time later motorists ar riving here from Findlay gave first hand accounts of the fury of the storm which lasted only a few min utes and was accompanied by a heavy downpour of large hailstones. Following the storm the skies bright ened momentarily. Many Bluffton motorists drove to Findlay, Tuesday night to view the wreckage-strewn streets. Rain which had been falling Tues day morning and early in the after noon subsided toward the latter part of the day and at the time when the tornado struck Findlay, skies here were clearing. Rain began falling again in the evening shortly after 7 o’clock but at no time during the day was there any appreciable wind. Utility Crews Busy One of the hardest hit spots in Findlay, which bore the brunt of the storm was the Bellette Trailer camp just east of the city limits which was directly in the path of the twister. Many trailers were overturned pin ning women and small children in the wreckage, many of whom were unable to extricate themselves. Sev enteen victims caught in the trailer camp were rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment while oth ers were removed to homes of rela tives and shelter provided in private homes through efforts of the Red Cross. Funeral Is Held For Peter Wilson Funeral services for Peter Wilson, 90, retired farmer living west of Jenera were held Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul Lutheran church of which he was a member. He died at his home Saturday afternoon of pneumonia following an illness of two months. A lifelong resident of the Jenera community in Orange township, he was married to Katherine Bormuth who preceded him in death April 20, 1931. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Harry Gehrisch at the family resi dence. Also surviving are two broth ers Fred and Adam both of Jenera. His pastor, Rev. A. W. Bauman officiated at the funeral and burial was in St. Paul’s cemetery. Makes Trip Here By Plane From Hawaii Mrs. S. T. Reeder, the former Evelyn Niswander arrived in Bluff ton last week to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswander of South Lawn avenue, making the trip by plane from her home in Hawaii in forty-eight hours. Enroutd here she flew the Pacific from the airport at Maui, Hawaii, and landed in San Francisco and made stops at Omaha, Denver, Mil waukee and Toledo where she was met by her brother Reuel Niswander of Sylvania. Mrs. Reeder expects to spend sev eral weeks here. Her father, a re tired Bluffton merchant who under went an operation at Bluffton hos pital in March is now at his home here. Food Distribution Problem, Speaker Sa Principals in College May Day Fete Phyllis Hartzler, Goshen, Ind., Maid of Honor /CAMILLA Gorby of Rawson who will be crowned queen and her maid of honor, Phyllis Hartzler of Goshen, Ind., will be central figures in the thirty-thii-d May day fete of Bluffton college on Saturday, May 31. Announcement of the identity of the queen and the maid of honor was made over the week end after a tally of votes at a student election. The election is held every spring and the senior girl receiving the highest num ber of votes is acclaimed queen and the runner-up maid of honor. May day, the most colorful fete of the commencement season is an out door affair and this year will be fol lowed by an evening presentation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It’’ on a stage fitted up on the baseball dia mond. Started in eVi I Camilla Gorby, Rawson, May Queen 1914 May day as the annual spring fete of the college was inaugurated in 1914 and continued each year since that time. Queens who have presided over the colorful ceremonies are: 1914—Viola Welty 1915—Nettie Moser 1916—Christine Habegger 1917—Mary Schumacher 1918—Olga Kennell 1919—Ruth Strubhar 1920—Lelia Roth 1921—Elizabeth Moser 1922—Rebecca Hoge 1923—Magdalene Baumgartner 1924— Alta Smith 1925—Lorena Birky 1926—Helen Baughman 1927—Mabel Williams 1928—Martha Gerber 1929—Mabel Geiger 1930—Treva Stepleton 1931—Martha Moser 1932—Edna Ramseyer 1933—Dolores McCarty 1934—Martha Partch 1935—Evelyn Pifer 1936—Marcella Steiner 1937—Alma Hilty 1938—Emma Detwiler 1939—Esther Ramseyer 1940—Carol Cookson 1941—Elizabeth Mohr 1942—Lucille Tschantz 1943—Ruth Neuenschwander 1944—Wilma Mumma 1945—Lois Sommer 1946—Mary K. Ramseyer 1947—Camilla Gorby Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Traucht, Wil liamstown, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hathaway, Ada, a girl, Drena Rae, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Don Patterson, Bluffton, a boy, Don Allen, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Guider, Har rod, a boy, Richard Wayne, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Olin Beck, Vanlue, a boy, Linden Joe, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Reel, Jenera, a girl, Ruth Ellen, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wynkoop, Pandora, a boy, Dennis Kevin, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Walters, La fayette, a girl, Lois Ann, Friday. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTE 11 Be Post-war rs At Booster Dinner How Much Food Can America Consume?, Subject of After dinner Speech. Upwards of 200 Attend College Booster Affair in High School Gymnasium Food which proved a vital factor in winning the war may prove a troublesome problem in time of peace, it was pointed out by L. L. Rummel, dean-elect of Ohio State university college of agriculture, who delivered the after dinner speech at the Bluffton college booster ban quet here Monday night. His sub ject was “How Much Food Can America Consume?” The booster dinner, the first since early days of the war, drew an at tendance of upwards of 200 at the high school gymnasium. Toastmaster was Dr. Oliver Diller, of the Ohio Experiment farm at Wooster and a member of the college board of trustees. A welcome was given by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer presi dent of the college and music was provided by the vesper choir directed by Prof. R. A. Lantz. Pointing out that the American farmer is producing the greatest volume of food in its history, about one-third more than before the war, [the speaker said that the problem of [surplus is one w’hich must be solved if agriculture is to prosper. This country with a surplus of food may Jind itself in the midst of a hungry world so impoverished by war that it has no money with which to buy food exports. However, a prosperous industrial community will do much toward pre venting a surplus since when wages in cities are good, there is a marked tendency to buy larger quantities of more expensive foods, the speaker said. Ohio, he declared is in a strategic position agriculturally since its big city markets are almost next door to the farm and a network of im prove droads make easy access to markets. Farmers here have gone in for modern improvements and 1 there are more farms in Ohio wired for electric current than in any other state, the audience was told. Two Cars Sideswipe In Dixie Accident Two automobiles were considerably damaged in an accident on the Dixie highway north of town near the Roy Rogers farm when they sideswiped, Sunday night shortly before mid night. Robert Brock, 19, of Findlay, driver of one of the cars was treat ed in the Bluffton Community hospital for minor injuries. Driver of the other car was W. J. Ingoldsby, 38 of Pitcairn, Pa., temporarily living here while being employed by the Central Ohio Light and Power company. Two other youths riding in the car driven by Brook were Russell Warner and Robert Roether, both of Findlay. Brook was removed to the hospital in the Pau! Diller ambu lance. Announce Pledges to College Fraternities Jean Ann Steinman, Bluffton student in Baldwin-Wallace con servatory of music at Berea was recently pledged to Mu Phi Epsilon, national honorary music organiza tion. She is also a pledge of Beta Sigma Omicron sorority. Robert Burkholder, Bluffton stu dent at Ohio State university, Co lumbus has been pledged to Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Open House Marks Silver Wedding Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the First Mennonite church and Mrs. Smucker quietly observed their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Sunday. The couple held open house in the afternoon at their home on North Jackson and Vine streets when they received congratulations from parishoners and friends in the community. Beaverdam Girl In Graduation Recital Marian Pugh of Beaverdam sen ior at Heidelberg college, Tiffin, will appear in her graduation recital in voice Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in Rickly chapel, it was announced the first of the week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pugh of Beaverdam. BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, MAY COMMENCEMENTAT BLUFFTON COLLEGE MAY 30 TO JUNE 2 May Day Ceremonies May 31 and Baccalaureate June 1 Program Highlights Prominent Pittsburgh Minister to Deliver Commencement Address June 2 Highlighted by colorful May Day ceremonies, presentation of a Shakespearean play, the graduation of seniors and many other tradition al events, Bluffton college’s 47th an nual commencement program will start on Friday, May 30, and con tinue thru Monday, June 2. Opening events of the^busy four day period of activity will be the Pi Delta banquet and an orchestra con cert on Friday, May 30. Activities of the following day in clude the ever-colorful May Day procession and program, class re unions, the 1947 class program, an Complete program for com mencement week appears on Page 2 of this issue. alumni banquet, and staging of the Shakespearean play, “As You Like It.” Name May Queen Coronation of Miss Camilla Gorby, of Rawson, as May Queen, in the gay outdoor May Day presentation will be one of the features of the afternoon program. The Maid of Honor is Phyllis Hartzler, Goshen, Ind. On Sunday, June 1, the bacca laureate sermon will be preached by President L. L. Ramseyer, on the subject, “Thou Shalt Teach Them.” Other events of the same day include the President’s reception, and a con cert by the vesper choir. Commencement exercises on the following day will be addressed by Dr. Clarence E. Maccartney, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Pittsburgh. His subject is “The Greatest Thing in Last Rites For A. T. Worthington Funeral services largely attended were held for Arthur T. Worthing ton, 62, at Basinger funeral home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Paul Cramer pastor of the Methodist church officiating. He died suddenly at his home on South Main street early Saturday evening the victim of a heart attack. He was alone at the time and his wife discovered the body a short time afterward as she returned from a neighborhood errand. For 25 years he owned and oper ated the Star moving picture thea tre and was widely known here where he was also a member of the Bluffton Masonic lodge. In recent years he was employed at the Lima Locomotive works. A son of Charles and Clara (Fens ler) Worthington, he was bom at Hanging Rock, Ohio, January 31, 1885. He is survived by his wife the former Helen Moyer and a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Locher and granddaughter Virginia Lynn Loch er of Shaker Heights. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Bender, Los Angeles Mrs. Carl Knerr, Lima, and Mrs. Grace Bell, Greenville, Pa., and two brothers Edward of Alger and Charles Worthington of Chillicothe. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. Bluffton Man Wins Swiss Cattle Prize Sixty-four head of cattle were ex hibited at the annual Brown Swiss Canton I show of Northwestern Ohio held at the Napoleon fair grounds, Saturday. Grand champion bull was shown by Maurice Criblez, Bluffton grand champion cow was shown by Calvin Eis, Jr., Holgate and junior cham pion female going to Rakestraw & Parrot of Findlay. Baccalaureate At High School Sunday Opening the events of high school graduating week, the baccalaureate exercises will be held in a union service in the gymnasium Sunday night at 8 o’clock. Rev. Howard Landes, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church will deliver the class sermon speaking on the topic “The Lamps of Educa tion.” Special numbers will be pro vided by high school musical or ganizations. OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY 15, 1947 Bluffton housewives who have been skimping on short sugar supplies were cheered Tuesday by the news that sugar ration stamp No. 12 for individual consumers will become valid June 1 instead of July 1 as originally planned. It will permit purchase of 10 pounds. This is the second to be designed as a 10-pound sugar stamp. The first was No. 11 which became valid April 1. Supplies of sugar from this stamp must last until October 31, it was stated by the federal agriculture de partment, at which time prices and rationing controls will expire un less extended by congress. The June 1 date was set for No. 12 stamp in order to move sugar from a big Cuban crop which is pil ing up in eastern refineries, while railroad transportation is available. A shortage of freight cars to move sugar is expected to develop after this country’s bumper wheat crop starts moving to market late next month. Declining Number of Pupils Complicates Public School Financing Program Decrease of 28% in School En rollment Brings Resulting Cut in Funds Prospect of a further shrinkage in Bluffton’s public school enrollment next fall, together with uncertain ties as to the outcome of state finan cial aid for schools, virtually have stymied financial planning of the Bluffton board of education for the coming year. Sugar Ration Stamp No. 12 To Be Good For 10 Pounds June 1 10-Year Drop In School Enrollment To Continue Next Fall, Survey Shows On the basis of last week’s pre school clinic and first-grade enroll ment survey, it was indicated that only 38 children will start to school next fall. This presages further re duction in Bluffton’s public school en rollment figure, for a senior class of 55 will graduate this spring, and prospects are that total registration next fall will be in the neighbor* hood of 469 as compared with last September’s 486 pupils. Declining school enrollment furth er aggravates the complicated financ ing program of Bluffton’s public schools, for under the state school foundation program funds are allo cated on the basis of number of pu pils and days they attend classes. From the fall of 1937 school en rollment has fallen off here from a 1 mark of 669 to the present figure of 486, or nearly 28 per cent. Concur rently this has meant a decrease in state funds, and with the school registration suffering another set back next fall another cut from this source of revenue is imminent. Although board of education mem bers are hopeful that proposed in creases in state financial aid may more than offset the amount they will lose by having 17 fewer students next fall, the funds made available likely will in no respect make up the cut brought by the 28 per cent re duction in enrollment over the last decade. In only one year of the 10-year period since 1937 has the downward trend in school enrollment been re versed. This "was in the 1945-46 school term when there was a gain of 11 students over the preceding year, but school registration drop ped again last fall, as the cycle of fewer children of school age con tinued here. Top enrollment in the grade school this year was in the third grade where there are 50 students. In the second grade there are 49, but first grade school enrollment dropped to 32. Spring plowing which got under way Monday following clearing skies over the week end was stopped early Tuesday morning by resumption of rains which already delayed farm work for more than a month. Bluffton Girl Named Scholarship Alternate Mary Kathryn Bauman, Bluffton high school senior has been selected fifth alternate for a $300 scholarship of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as the result of a scholarship test taken last March. The test was taken by 4,968 select ed high-ranking students, all senior members of the National Honor society. To each of the first ranking ten, a $300 scholarship was awarded, while the next ranking 26 were named alternates. The Bluffton girl was fifth in the alternate group. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Bauman. Alice Ruth Pannabecker, who also took the test ranked 121 and was awarded a certificate of merit. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. F. Pannabecker of Chicago. College Seniors In Two Music Recitals Two evening recitals presenting Bluffton college seniors in the de partment of music have been an nounced by the faculty to be held in Ramseyer chapel at 8 o’clock. Appearing this Friday will be Miss Marguerite Jones in piano and voice and Ralph Balmer, piano. Accom panist for the vocal numbers will be Miss Elizabeth Waterstraw. On Friday of next week will ap pear Laurence Burkhalter in violin and voice and Ralph Balmer, piano. Miss Mary Maust will accompany Mr. Burkhalter’s violin selections. Announce Ranking In H. S. State Tests Ranking in state high school scholarship tests of the Bowling Green district held at Ada, May 3 have been announced. Bluffton, in division three, placed ’as follows: John Bauman, science, 2nd Mal colm Basinger, senior social studies, 2nd Jane Risser, Latin I, 8th Marilyn Fett, English XI, 19th Mary Jean Ramseyer, English IX, honorable mention. Band, Orchestra Concert, May 21 The Bluffton high school band and orchestra will be presented in a concert at the high school auditorium next Wednesday night, May 21 at 7:30 o’clock. The string quartet and woodwind quintet will also be featured. Gene Bish Weds Massachusetts Girl Wedding of Gene Bish, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everard Bish of Bluffton to Grace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Richardson of East Lynn, Mass., was announced the first of the week by the parents of the bride. The couple met in Boston in 1941. Late Spring Tillage Will Restrict Expansion Of Corn Acreage 111 Area There was, however, appreci able progress made Monday when tract ors were busy in the fields front' early morning until dark as farjmers feverishly pressed for every '^vant age the momentary break in the weather. With6 the middle of May at hand, farmers with at least half/ of their spring tillage remaining urtdone, are expecting to plant little more than an average corn acreage, /because of In July the bride and groom will spend a delayed honeymoon in Maine after which they will make their home in Ohio. Mrs. Bish is a registered nurse at the Lynn hospital. Mr. Bish is em ployed by the Triplett company in Bluffton. Farmers held 1,296,000,000 bushels of com on April 1, and there were 537,000,000 bushels of oats in sight on the same date. The feed grain sup ply is above average. n weather limitations. Any surplus acreage which was earlier intended for oats will prob ably be ej .marked for soybeans which may be planted next month. Sq^ar beet raisers, also point oat that lateness of the season thus fa? Jg*s not upset their planting sched Hies. Prospects for fruit in the Bluffton district still are believed to be favor able, despite frosts the latter part of last week. Early cherries, appar ently were hardest hit. Apples and pears, however, apparently were lit tle damaged. This year’s fruit blos soms are about three weeks later than last year, growers say. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 4 NEW BRIDGE BEING BUILT ON RT. 103 EAST OF BLUFFTON New Two-Lane Bridge Will Re place Outmoded Structure In Highway Project Course of Stream to be Changed for 250 Feet on Each Side of Bridge Approach The first state highway road im provement program of the season in the Bluffton district is under way on Route 103, five and one-half miles east of Bluffton where a new, two-lane concrete bridge is being constructed over Ottawa creek. The work is being done under contract by Wade Stev ens of Galion. In addition to replacing an outmod ed, one-lane iron bridge, formerly at the site, the course of the creek is being straightened at each approach to the bridge, to facilitate the flow of water during flood periods. Workmen have removed the old bridge, and piers for the new struc ture are now being poured. Construc tion and straightening of the stream, however, will not be completed until late summer, according to present plans. Temporary Bridge A temporary road and a plank bridge spanning the creek are in use to accomodate traffic while the im provement is in process. No detour is involved, with the temporary road only a few feet off the main highway. Work on the creek will include the straightening of its course for a dis tance of approximately 250 feet on each side of the bridge. On the south side of the bridge is the Harry Gehrisch farm. Tracts owned by the J. J. Gillen estate and F. H. Powell are on the north side. A crew of 10 is working on the project, and a power shovel is being used in straightening the course of the stream. H. S. Senior Play Monday And Tuesday “The Patchwork Quilt,” Bluffton high school senior play will be pre sented in the auditorium next Mon day and Tuesday nights. Action of the play revolves about a love-thwarted woman who kept a diary of her life in the form of a patchwork quilt. The play is direct ed by Mrs. Edna Cramer. The cast: Diane.-------------------- Joanne Buhler, Joanne Clark Young Diane Wanda Tschiegg, Jean Ann Burcky Mama Chloe--------------- Kathe Bohn, Harriet Amstutz Polly---------.------- Imogene Wenger, Alice Pannabecker Rue.---------------- _.Sara Jane Huser, Mary Bauman Celeste Helen Burkholder Pierre— James Lewis, Malcolm Basinger Emile Paul Bixel Raul Morris Groman, Lyman Hofstetter Maurice Lyman Hofstetter Morris Groman Antoinette Betty Bixel, Patsy Schmidt Adolphe John Althaus Get One Ratings In State Contest State instrumental solo and en semble contest was held in Columbus last Saturday. Those who received one ratings in the district contest at Bowling Green were eligible for the state contests. The woodwind quintet consisting of Paul Don Bixel, Eleanor Linden, Alice Rupi Pannabecker, MalColm Ba^iager, and Joanne Buhler and the string quartet, with Mary Ann Smucker, Betty Bixel, Mary Kathryn Bauman, and John Bauman, both re ceived one ratings. Paul Don Bixel received a three rating in the flute solo competition. I’rano solos by Eleanor Linden: and Mary Kathryn Bauman will also be entered in statewide competition next Saturday. 1 Remove Steel From Eye Of Gilboa Boy Jerry Lee Steinman, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gladden Stein rrtfcn pf Gilboa was removed’ to Bluff ten hospital Saturday morning for removal of a piece of steel from his left eye. The steel had been in his eye for several days and the parents did not know how the boj^ was injured. He will not lose his eyesight.