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BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live volume lxxii RETAIL PRICE OF MILK DllOPS TO 17 CENTS QUART HERE Quarts Are Now Selling Two Cents Under Peak Price of Last Fall $3.25 for Milk Paid to Dairy men Is Off 50 Cents Since April 1 Lower retail milk prices are in effect in Bluffton this week with quarts selling at 17 cents, a drop of one cent under the price a week ago and two cents under the peak price of 19 cents established last fall. Dealers said they did not know how long this price would be main tained, but would probably hold through the summer months. Other retail prices of allied pro ducts also were lower this ■week, coffee cream selling for 17 cents a half-pint, off one cent and whipping cream at 36 cents a half-pint, off two cents. Dairymen Get $3.25 Hundred Lbs. The lower prices for milk reflected settling market prices for raw milk to producers in the Bluffton area. Prevailing base price of milk posted Tuesday which dairy farmers will receive for their production the first half of May is $3.25. 1 This represents a drop of 25 cents under the price for the.last half of April and 50 cents under $3.75 which was quoted for the first half of April. Heavy rains this spring have re- suited in lush pastures and this con dition together with the seasonal spring upsurge in production has re sulted in particularly heavy milk in take at processing plants in this area. Butterfat prices .likewise, have been dropping to lower levels. It was quoted at 62 cents here Wed- i nesday morning. Retail price of butter is around 63 cents a pound. Couple Weds In Church Ceremony Miss Mary Elizabeth Stearns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. .Ralph Stearns of Spring street became the bride of John Robert Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis Moore, of Dover, Ohio, in a double ring wedding ceremony solemnized at St. John’s Reformed church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Rev. Gerhard Gebhart of Ft. Wayne, college classmate of the bride’s mother officiated because of the illness of Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the bride. Miss Jean Brian of Cleveland, pianist and Miss Cleo Gooding, of Tiffin, vocalist, favored with a pro gram of pre-nuptial music together with Lohengrin’s wedding march for the processional and Mendelssohn’s wedding march music for the recessional. The bride entered the church on the arm of her father. She wore a gown of white nylon marquisette over taffeta with sweetheart neck line and fingertip veil of illusion. Her only ornament was a strand of pearls the gift of the groom. Her maid of honor, Miss Ruth Alice Miller of Shelby wore a gown of pale blue net over silk.* Bridesmaids were Miss Gwendolyn Hilbish of Akron and Mrs. Elise van den Bergh of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Chicago. Miss Hilbish wore frosted blue organza over blue taffeta while Mrs. van den Bergh wore frosted pink organza over pink taffeta. Master Joe Labb of Dover was ring bearer. Best man was Robert Weihtenmay er, of Chicago, classmate of the groom. Ushers were David Stearns, S 1/c, of San Juan Puerto Rico, and Dick van den Bergh of Johannes burg, South Africa and Chicago. For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Stearns wore an aqua dress with white accessories and gardenias. The bridegroom’s mother wore blue with white accessories and gardenias. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held at the home of the bride after which the couple left for a short honeymoon at Camp Minnewranca, near Shelby, Michigan. For her going away costume the bride wore a suit of sand gabardine with pink accessories. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school and Heidelberg col lege, Tiffin. For the past year she has been employed as music instruct or in the Rawson schools. Mr. Moore is a graduate of Dover high school and attended Heidelberg college. He is a veteran of World War II and is now attending college in Chicago. The couple will reside in the Nikolas hotel in that city. Speaker For H. S Commencement TAR. J. E. Hartzler, Bluffton resident while he served here as president of Witmarsum Theological seminary, will be the class speaker at commencement exercises for 55 Bluffton High school seniors Thursday night in the gymnasium. His subject will be “A World Without Head lights.” NEW WATER MAIN CONSTRUCTION TO START HERE SOON Bids for the pipe, including 3,500 feet of four-inch size and 2,000 feet of six-inch size, will be opened by the board on June 11. Cast iron or class 150 cement pipe will be considered. In the overall extension program, new lines will be laid in six parts of the town, according to plans an nounced this spring by the board. Negotiations under way for a site on which a new well will be estab lished to serve the waterworks also will entail the laying of a consider able amount of new water lines, it was announced by the board. Serve New Additions To serve the new building subdiv ision opened by Harley Burkholder, 1,000 feet of six-inch line will be laid on Cherry street to the county line road. Water for the Matter and King ad ditions will be provided by 1,000 feet of six-inch mains on Harmon road to Bentley road. A connecting line of 500 feet of smaller pipe will be laid on Garau street from Main street to Harnion road, replacing an overload ed one-inch line- Continuing expansion of water ser vice in the same vicinity, 400 feet of mains will be laid from Harmon road fire hydrant will be the same district. Major David Kliewer Receives Silver Star Medal And President’s Citation in Public Affairs for 5,500 Feet of Board of Market Pipe for Projects Work Will Start on Overall Program of Lines in Six Districts program Bluffhon building Preparing for a summer involving the extension of water mains to serve new subdivisions and to eliminate exist ing unsatisfactory installations, the boar’ of public affairs is advertis ing for 5 500 feet of four and six inch pipe to be used in proposed pro jects. on Bentley road east, and a new installed to serve Replace Old Lines Another 1,000-foot project is plan ned on Spring street from Elm to Riley, where existing two-inch are to be replaced by larger lines. A new main also will be laid to the Harmon field stadium by running 500 feet of pipe from Railroad street. Two extensions serving districts outside the corporation also have been proposed. In one, a 600-foot line will be laid on South Main street, south from the corporation line. The other involves laying 600 feet of line on West College avenue to College read, and 500 feet on College road, at the rear of the campus. Spokesmen for the board of pub lic affairs have announced the vari ous projects represent an overall pro gram which will not be entirely com pleted this summer because of other demands on water works employees’ time. It is expected that work on the pro gram will be started soon after pipe is received. LIBRARY TO CLOSE The public library will be all next week it is announced by Miss Ocie Anderson, librarian. Bluffton High Graduate Who Became Wake Island Hero Gets Military Award Flier, Now in Harvard Medical School, Sank Jap Submarine Unassisted Major David Kliewer of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve and a Bluff ton high school graduate was pre sented with the Silver Star medal and a Presidential^ citation for the gallant role he played in the heroic defense of Wake Island in the early days of World War IL The ceremony took place Friday in the Marine barracks at the naval base in Boston with Col. Wm. Orr, commanding officer, presenting the award. Citation accompanying the award was signed by James For restal, secretary of the navy. Taken prisoner by the Japanese f.vhen the island fell to the enemy, Major Kliewer, then a second lieu tenant flier attached to the Wake garrison, was held a prisoner in Japan for three and one-half years. Major Kliewer now is a member of the first-year class at the Har vard Medical school, fulfilling an ambition he decided upon while in the hands of his Japanese captors. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer, of Albany, Oregon, former Bluffton residents who lived here while Rev. Kliewer was pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Receives Medal Award of the Silver Star was the result of Major Kliewer’s heroic ac tion in sinking a Japanese subma rine with fragmentation bombs drop ped from his fighter plane in the fierce battle of resistance put up by the Wake garrison. the The citation accompanying medal award, read as follows: “For conspicuous gallantry intrepidity as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in a Marine Fighting Squad ron during an attack against enemy Japanese submarine vicinity of Wake Island, on cember, 1941. “Conducting a lone patrol near the island in an aircraft armed only with four fifty calibre machine guns and two one hundred pound fragmentation bombs, Second Lieu tenant Kliewer sighted a fully sur faced enemy submarine and, despite the extreme danger of attempting an attack, promptly maneuvered to a striking position. “Fiercely aggressive, he plunged relentlessly on his target and, re leasing his bombs at perilously low altitude, scored two direct hits on the hull of the underseas craft which caused it to sink rapidly. “With his plane riddled by frag ments from the explosion as he ef fected a sharp pull-out from his dive, he succeeded in maintaining control of a crippled craft and, by his superb flying ability and daunt less perseverence, brought his ship back to the base. “By his daring initiative, unwaver ing zeal and bold tactics in the face of tremendous odds, Second Lieuten ant Kliewer accounted for the de struction of an important hostile vessel, and his heroic conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.” and an in 15 the De mission Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Leon Boedicker, Ot tawa, a girl, Shirley Ann, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Racine Warren, Ken ton, a girl, Constance Joan, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kimmel, Bluffton, a boy, Stephen Carl, Thurs day. lay, a Mr. Lima, Gesler macher. Mrs. Guadalue Mara, Gil Paulita P. Celestine, Mon Mr. and boa, a girl day. Mr. and girl, Ruth Ilene, Wednesday. Mrs. Harold Myers, Find and Mrs. Richard Gesler, a boy, William Lynn. Mrs. is the former Vivian Schu- Mr. and Mrs. Morris Morton, Muncie, Ind., a boy born May 13. Mrs. Morton is the daughter of Mr. and ton. Mrs. Frank Zuercher of Bluff- BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat 60 corn $1.70 oats $1.00 soys $2.75. Poultry-Heavy hens hens 21c heavy fryers fryers 25c heavy stags stags 11c. closed 41c large Eggs—Large whites browns 39c. Butterfat—62c. $2. 30c leghorn 31c leghorn 13c leghorn THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY 4 55 SENIORS WILL BE GRADUATED AT HIGH SCHOOL HERE Commencement Exercises to be Held in Gymnasium, Thurs day Night J. E. Hartzler, Former Bluffton Resident, Will Be Class Speaker Climaxing a week of varied com mencement activity, graduation exer cises for 55 Bluffton High school seniors will be held at 8 p. m. Thurs day night in the school gymnasium. Presentation of diplomas marking the completion of 12 years of public school work will come as the con cluding event of a busy week for the graduating seniors, in which were included the baccalaureate on Sunday and presentation of the sen ior class play on Monday and Tues day nights.* Only remaining mencement season reunion, followed Friday night in building. event of the com will be the alumni by a dance, this the high school Dr. Hartzler Speaker Dr. J. E. Hartzler, resident Bluffton when he served here president of W’itmarsum Theological seminary, will be the class speaker at commencement exercises this Thursday. of as A well known and popular lectur er, Dr. Hartzler will take as his sub ject, “A World Without Headlights.” The speaker now lives in Indiana. Goshen, students Bauman Ranking scholastic honor of the class, Mary Kathryn and Alice Ruth Pannabecker, will de liver the valedictory and salutatory orations respectively, and musical se lections by members of the class will include a piano solo by Eleanor Lin den and songs by a senior girls dou ble trio. Wado Hofstetter, president of the board of education, will present di plomas to the graduating seniors Rev. V. C. Oppermann will ask the invocation and Rev. E. N. Bigelow, the benediction. Music also will be presented by the high school orchestra. Class Roll The complete class roll includes: Harriet Ann Amstutz, Bernice Lu cille Bauman, Mary Kathryn Bau man, Elizabeth Ann Bixel, Joanne Arline Buhler, Jean Anne Burcky, Joan Burkholder, Helen W. Burk holder, Catherine Ellen Bohn, Phyllis Joan Clark, Colleen Rae Goodman, Bonnie Gene Grismore, Joanne W. Harmon, Sara Jane Huser. Marjorie Louise Klay, Esther Ruth Kohler, Wanda Al^ne Lehman, Elea nor Linden, Peggy Jane Martin, Sara Mae Oberly, Alice Ruth Pannabeck er, Pauline R. Pursell, Elizabeth A. Schmidt, Patricia Ann Schmidt, Gloria June Sechler, Wanda Marie Tschiegg, Imogene E. W’enger. John J. Althaus, Harold Edwin Amstutz, Malcolm Basinger, Howard Eldon Beery, Paul Don Bixel, Keith Brauen, Harry James Criblez, Rob ert N. Coon, Ray Edward 'Crouse, Kenneth Lane Finton, Don Jamie Fritchie, Karl Nelson Frick, Morris Joseph Groman, Bill Herbert Haller, Lyman Keith Hofstetter. Ronald Keith Kirtland, Richard A. Kuhn, James Hubert Lewis, Rolland Ray Luginbuhl, James Emerson Mes singer, Larry Miller, Richard De Wayne Newlan,' Maynard Pogue, Michael H. Reagan, W. Wayne Som mer, Cornelius Schmid, Richard Kent Stonehill, Robert Edwin Wil«h. To Appear on NBC Radio Broadcasts Miss Barbara Jean Triplett, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive is marimbist with the symphony or chestra of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N. Y., which will be heard in two Saturday afternoon concerts to be broadcast over the NBC network, it was announced this week. The first program will be heard this Saturday and Saturday, May 31. are at 2 p. m. the second on Both concerts senior, will be Eastman school Miss Triplett, a graduated from the at commencement exercises, June 16, with the degree of Bachelor of Music and will receive a perform er’s certificate and supervisor’s certi ficate in public school music. She appeared last Wednesday njght as marimba soloist chestra in the second of her ing recitals. Those from tending the program were L. Triplett, Mrs. Ropp Mrs’ Ed Rice and Miss Alice Oyer. with or graduat- here at- Mrs. R. Triplett, BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1947 ____________'________ _____ ■____________ 1. _____________ NUMBER 5 With rain falling in a steady downpour Wednesday, at least there was no indication that it might turn to snow by Thursday morning as it did 64 years ago. J)ldtimers recall that it was on May 22, 1883 that the Bluffton area was covered with a foot of and to make matters worse an early spring with corn up in the foliage. Buckeye I^ake Swimming Pool to be Opened at Same Time Busy Season Planned Roger Howe, Bluffton college ath lete and a veteran of World War II, will be recreation director of the Harmon field program this summer, and organized play for youngsters and adults will get under way dur ing the first week in June. Directing operations at Buckeye lake will be James Gratz, also a war veteran and college student, who has assisted in supervision of the swimming pool in previous seasons. Working with him at the Buckeye will be James Howe. Business Group Sponsors Program The Harmon field program is sponsored by the recreation com mittee of the Bluffton Business Men’s association, which pays the salary of the recreation director and provides facilities for the summer play sea son. New playground equipment, order ed last year but not delivered in time for use, will be put into place this month, and will provide a mod ern playground for the community’s kiddies. A new playground site, nearer the College avenue entrance to the field, will be put into use this summer, it was announced by Nor man Triplett, chairman of the re creation committee. Operation of Buckeye lake is financed by the municipality, which pays salaries and takes care of up keep at the pool. Fees charged for swimming largely defray the expense of operation. Triplett Softball Meet This Wednesday Plans for the coming season of inter-city play will be laid at a meeting of The Triplett softball team at 8 p. m. this Wednesday in the Triplett office. All former Triplett squad members and any interested residents of the community are invited to attend. Practice workouts likely will be started within the next week, with inter-city play starting early in June. College Senior Music Recital Friday Night Graduating recital of two Bluffton college seniors in the department of music will be held at Ramseyer chap el, Friday night at 8 o’clock. They are Laurence Burkhalter in violin and voice and Ralph Balmer in piano. Late Spring But It Might Be Worse— A Foot Of Snow Fell Here 64 Years Ago snow— it was coming in full fields and trees So heavy that it was the snowfall limbs of trees. Some of broke down the youngsters of that day celebrat ed the event by taking a bobsled ride through the country where apple trees were in blossom. The snowfall, however, disappeared rapidly and did no material damage. Organized Recreation Program Will Start at Harmon Field on June 2 Summer Recreation Activity Will Get Under Way Here Early In June Re-appointed To Library Board Here Edgar Hauenstein, member of the board brary year, seven feet was taken at a meeting of the board of education at its meeting last Wednesday night. of trustees of the public li board whose term expires this has been re-appointed for a year term. Action to that ef- Pastor Ill Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the St. John’s and Emanuel’s Re formed churches is ill at his home on South Lawn avenue with pneumonia.1 trol you. High School Alumni Reunion Friday Night Annual reunion of the Bluffton high school alumni association will be held dinner o’clock, for the either drug store the committee said. Friday night opening with a in the cafeteria at 6:30 A limited number of tickets dinner are still available at The occasion will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the class of 1897. Will Romey of Richmond, Ind., mem ber of the class will appear on the program representing the golden an niversary graduates. The dinner will be followed with dancing in the gymnasium to the music of Hank Armantrout’s band. 21 WILL RECEIVE COLLEGE DEGREES HERE THIS SPRING Eight Other Graduates Get Degrees at Close Summer Term or get Blufftdn’s summer program of ganized recreational activity will under way the first week in June with opening of Harmon field and Buckeye lake, the town’s principal recreation centers. Esther Will of Bluffton College Commence ment Exercises to be Held June 2 Degrees will be conferred upon 21 graduating seniors at Bluffton col lege commencement exercises on Monday, June 2, in the First Men nonlte church auditorium, with eight other members of the class receiving diplomas at the conclusion of the summer term. Of the 21 graduating this spring, 11 will receive A. B. degrees eight B. S. degrees, and two B. S. M. de grees. Graduates receiving degrees are as follows: Bachelor of Arts Arlene Bohn, Pandora June Burkhard, Orrtanna, Christine Pa- Paolo Gustavo Comba, Genova, Italy Henry B. Grimm, Lima Frank S. Harder, Pandora Phyllis June Hartzler, Goshen, Ind. Angela P. Meyer, Leipsic Wade Arthur Shook, Bluffton Vera Louise Soldner, Berne, Ind. Arthur D. Thiessen, Chicago Calvin Bruce Workman, Lima. Bachelor of Science Robert J. Blough, Middlebury, Ind. Margaret N. Chase, (Bachlor of Sci ence, Home Economics) Toledo Or lin Frederick Frey, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Camilla Gorby (Bachelor of Science in Home Economics), Raw son Betty Joan Hilty, Lima Robert Kennel Simcox, Cincinnati Pearl La vonne Sommer (Bachelor of Science in Home Economics), Kidron Agnes Suter, Pandora- Bachelor of School Music N. Laurence Burkhalter, Bluffton E. Marguerite Jones, Columbus Grove. (Degrees to be awarded at the close of the summer term are as fol lows: Bachelor of Arts Lois Jean Hoover, Rittman Joseph W. Stahl, Lima Richard E. Wenger, Bluffton. Bachelor of Science Geneva Elizabeth Hankish, Bluffton Willadene Hartzler, (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Chicago Fer nan C. Loganbill, Lima Elvina Nue feld, Chicago. Bachelor of School Music Ralph C.’Balmer, Bluffton. Bluffton To Observe Poppy Day Saturday Bluffton will observe Poppy day Saturday, which has been designated as such by a mayor’s proclamation issued by Mayor W. A. Howe the first of the week. Sale of poppies will be in charge of the Legion Auxiliary with Mrs. Alice Triplehorn chairman of the committee on arrangements. Proceeds from the poppy sale will go to the care and rehabilitation of the nation’s disabled and needy vet erans, their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased vet erans. Poppies for the sale are made by disabled veterans and are replicas of wild flowers tiefields of fought over which grew on the bat France and Belgium in two World wars. momentary madness, so Anger is control your passion or it will con —Horace BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade FARMERS SUCCEED IN PLOWING MUCH ACREAGE FOR CORN Push Tractors to Limit As Weather Clears Monday and Tuesday Continued Rains This Long Spring Similar to Condi tions in 1943 Farmers pushing mechanical till age equipment to the limit made the most of two days of fair weather, Monday and Tuesday following a week end of clearing skies. A good sized portion of ground for com has been plowed, although no corn has yet been planted in the Bluffton district, early dark being make time to catch up on tillage already more than a month late. With no rain from Monday morning until after Tuesday night, tractors were operated usually in shifts to the utmost use of valuable In some instances tractors equip ped with headlights ran all during Monday night. Rain which started falling Tuesday shortly after night fall concelled plans for another all night operation. Rain which con tinued to fall Wednesday has put an. end to field work until this week at least. the last of But Good district will Oats Acreage Small Oats acreage in this be negligible farm observers de clared. However, they added that the small acreage which a few farm ers succeeded in planting last March Reflecting an anticipated short age, oats were quoted at $1 a bushel on the Bluffton market, Wednesday morning. This rep resents a rise of 15 cents since the first of the month. has had the benefit of ideal grow ing conditions through the cool and wet months of April and May and should yield heavily. Statewide esti mates place this spring’s oats age at about half that of a ago. acre yea area, Farmers in the Bltiffton however, are still expecting to plant an average corn acreage, it was in dicated in a survey of the situation. They point out that May 24 has been cited by agricultural experts as the date best suited over a per iod of years for corn planting. Notwithstanding that the release of acreage originally earmarked for oats has placed a strain on the seed supply, stocks of seed corn appear fairly adequate. Soy Bean Seed Scarce This situation, however, does not carry over into soybeans, especially in the early maturing varieties, and hope that frost will hold off un til fall. The current critical seed shortage in soybeans was aggravated last fall when soybeans soared to around $4 a bushel in the open market and many same bring farmers sold seed stock. The beans it is estimated would $6 today. Consider Sugarbeets Sugarbeets are also being consid ered by some farmers as an alterna tive to take up the surplus acreage. The crop, it is said can be safely planted in June. Some growers in the Bluffton district said that re fineries which contract for acreage grown each year are not yet up to capacity. Farmers who keep records of weather conditions point out that this spring is similar to that of 1943 when wet weather carried the farm ers right into June. Much of the corn and soybean crop was planted after June 1 and with the advantage of a late fall matured into good yields. Triplett Fire Found By Employes Monday Cost and inventory records valued in excess of $2,000 were lost in an early morning fire in a small office building on the Plant 1 grounds of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., last Monday. Discovered at 7:40 a. m. when fac tory employes arrived for blaze destroyed all office in the two-room building damaged the structure. work, the equipment and badly It was estimated that about half of the company’s cost records can be salvaged. Firemen believed an overloaded electrical circuit was responsible for the blaze. Guy Scudder, head of the com pany’s cost accounting department, discovered the fire when he arrived for work.