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VOLUME LXXII SCHOOL BOARD TO SET NEW TEACHERS SALARY SCHEDULE Fund of $6,250 Earmarked for Bluffton Teachers in New State Aid Bill Increases Must Be on Basis of Salary Schedule None Here Since Last January A new salary schedule for 17 full time and three part-time instructors in the Bluffton public school system will be worked out at a special meet ing of the board of education this Wednesday night, in appropriating $6,250 earmarked for local teacher increases in the new state aid bill passed 10 days ago by the state leg islature. Under terms of the law, distribu tion of the funds must be made ac cording to a salary schedule, and the money is to go only to teachers or administrators who teach part-time. Janitors, maintenance men and bus drivers are excluded from sharing. Since last January 1, the Bluffton system has not been operated on a salary schedule, it was announced by Sup’t. Ralph Lanham, and the first step in alloting increases to teachers will be the drafting of a new sched ule. Salary Schedule To complete work on a new sched ule before the July 1 deadline when teachers must be told what their sal aries will be for the coming year, the board of education may meet in a aeries of special sessions, the school head said. With the state legislature’s act re quiring a salary schedule, training and experience, the two factors ap plying in a former schedule in effect here, likely will serve as the base in determining a new set-up for the public school teaching staff. This likely means the salary boost will not represent a straight, of each ________ Band Concert Saturday Night the season First band concert of will be given on the Presbyterian church lawn Saturday night by the Bluffton band directed by John Mar tin, public school music instructor. An ice cream social sponsored by the Band Mothers club will be held conjunction with the concert. Takes Position With Marion Radio Station Miss Betty Steinman, eldest -daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue has accepted a position with Marion radio station WMRM. Miss Stein man, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, specialized in the field of radio during her college course. Later she served for a year with the Red Cross in the Pacific theatre of war. Junior Nine Edges Cairo, 11-10 Score Scoring their second win of the season, the Bluffton junior baseball team edged Cairo by a score of 11 to 10, Tuesday night on the Bluff ton college diamond. Bluffton’s seven-run uprising in the third inning clinched the decis ion, one of the features of which was a home run by Dick Baumgart ner with two men on board. Cramer went all the way on the mound for the winners, giving up 10 hits. Condittion Satisfactory Condition of Dr. M. R. Bixel, Bluffton physician who is a patient in the hospital here was reported satisfactory, Wednesday morning. He was removed to the hospital days ago after suffering a heart attack at his home on street.. Births The following births at Bluffton lospital: Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Stettler, Bluffton, a boy, Robert Lynn, last Wednesday. hi Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boehm, Dun kirk, a boy, Franklin Harvey, Fri day. lay, a Mr. Alger, and Mrs. Kerwin Fry, Find girl, Cheryl Ann, Friday. and Mrs. Bernard Preston, a girl, Kay Jean, Friday. and Mrs. Robert Orwick, Mr. Mr. Williamstown, a boy, Thomas De Vird, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ripley, ML Cory, a girl, Sunday. Mr and Mrs. Wm. Snyder, Akron, Pa., a girl, Margaret Jean, born Sunday at the Ephrata, Pa., hos pital. Mrs. Snyder is the former Lucille Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Steiner of Poplar street. Mr. and Mrs. Donavin Gratz, Sou derton, Pa, a girl, Jane Kay, born Friday at Grandview hospital, Sel lersville, Pa. Mrs. Gratz is the former Gayle Amstutz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz near Bluffton. Funeral Monday For Mrs. Fianna Steiner Mrs. Fianna Steiner, 75, widow of Moses Steiner, died at her home on West Kibler street, Thursday night. Death was due to a heart attack following a three weeks’ illness. Funeral services were held Mon day afternoon at the First Mennonite church of which she was a with her pastor Rev. J. N. officiating. Burial was Ebenezer cemetery. She was born November at daughter of John macher Althaus. April 10, 1938. Samuel Althaus, Toledo, grandchildren also survive. in twelve serious Cherry CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their aid and sympathy extended in the illness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Fianna Steiner also Rev. Smucker who of ficiated at the funeral, the singers and all those sending flowers. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Hause Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Luginbuhl Mrs. Wilbur Steiner Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Barnard A sensible girl is one who is more sensible than she looks because a sensible girl has more sense than to look sensible. fG 0 National Interest On Successful Of Talent Program Completion member Smucker in the 14, 1871 Apple Creek, Wayne county, a and Anna Schu Her husband died Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Naomi Hause, Rawson Mrs. nbuhl, A son Wilbur died April 19, 1944. Two sisters and a brother living are Mrs. N. W. Basinger and Mrs. Philip Steiner both of Bluffton and Five Night Softball Play Suspended For Week Bluffton’s last night game for 13 days will be played here at 8:45 p.m. this Thursday with Bluffton Sports men meeting Rawson under the lights at Harmon field. Triplett softball team will play at Upper Sandusky this Thursday night, their last tilt prior to Com munity vacation week over July' 4. With vacation week coming up, night softball play at Harmon field will be suspended for a 13-day period. Following the layoff, the Sports men will tangle here Monday, July 7, with an Ottawa team, and the Triplett outfit will appear here the following night against Delphos Pitzers, last year’s district cham pions and one of the finest teams in the state. Reunions Owens school reunion Grange hall, Sunday, Basket supper 6 p. m. secretary. at Richland June 29. Mae Huber, Third annual reunion of the LaRue school will be held at Lafayette park, Sunday, June 29. Basket din ner at noon. Mrs. Mabel Hawk, sec. New Probate Deputy Comes From Bluffton Miss Bernice Althaus of North Jackson street began her new duties as a deputy clerk in the office of the Allen county probate court at Lima, Monday. She is a graduate of Bluffton col lege and succeeds Mrs. Paul Spyker, the former Eileen Amstutz who re signed before her recent marriage. Miss Althaus previously taught school at Daylestown and more cently was employed as a clerk the State .Highway Department vision office in Lima. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) $2.45 corn $2.10 oats $2.75. at di* Wheat $1.05 soys Poultry—Heavy hens 26c leghorn hens 21c heavy fryers 4 lbs. and up 30c fryers 3 to 4 lbs., 28c leg horn fryers 24c. Eggs—Large whites 44c large browns 42c. Butterfat—66c. ’resbyterian Church Crowded Sunday As Ingathering Totals §9,873.70 Project Here Believed First Application of Biblical Parable of Talents That the biblical parable of the talents is still a powerful influence in faithful stewardship was demon strated by the Bluffton Presbyter ian church Sunday morning when it brought to a successful culmina tion a “talent” project modeled after accounts as narrated in the scriptures. church which distributed “tal of ago at The ents” weeks 873.70 Sunday. $2,000 in $10 bills 20 received a return of “ingathering” day $9, last bor- After paying the $2,000 of rowed money used to set up the program the church realized a net balance of $7,873.70. All of this amount was in cash with exception of $421 representing estimates from those with uncompleted projects such as raising farm crops and live stock for which a final accounting will be made later. Reports not yet received from a handful of parish members are cer tain to push the project well over the goal of $8,000, it was stated by Ropp Triplett, chairman of the finance committee. Adventure in Faith “It was a wonderful adventure faith,” was the comment of the tor, Rev. Ernest N. Bigelow pointed out that results of the gram rested solely upon the science of the individual. pas who pro con- Return of talents and their in crease was entirely ananymous with the currency enclosed in plain en velopes and no one had any way of knowing what anyone else gave. The largest amount returned in any envelope was $320. program rep fort, to demons of the parable in modern times, suc cessful culmination of the campaign captured widespread public interest. In the crowded church auditorium for the ingathering Sunday were newspaper photographers, together with interested visitors from points as far away as Racine, Wis., Colum bus, and cities in this area including St. Marys, who joined the congrega tion to hear the final accounting re port. Photographers Here As members of the church passed in single file to deposit their tal ents in plain unmarked envelopes on a large tray in front of the pul pit newspaper camera bulbs flashed as pictures were taken by a repre sentative assigned ing and principal of the Associated Press, here to cover the ingather also make photographs of talent projects. Pictoral coverage of the event for other newspapers was made by Cliff Elliott, of Bluffton, who served as official photographer for the talent program altho he is not a member of the church. Newspapers and magazines, at tracted by the unusual aspects of the application of the parable, wired for details of the ingathering, and full coverage of the event are ap pearing leading in many of the nation’s publications. Start Inauspicious the program was launched When early in February there was little thought that it would create any more than local interest Members of the congregation were surprised at that time when following a ser mon on the parable of the talents by Rev. Bigelow, ushers distributed $10 bills to members of the congre gation who were told to go out multiply’ them. and pro dis- The unusual aspect of the gram attracted national tributing agencies which ly followed its progress for flash reports Sunday results of the project nounced at the close of the morning service. news have close and asked as soon as were an- Following the announcement and checkup by the finance committee in charge, the money was received by E. C. Romey, caschier of the Citizens National bank and placed for safekeeping in the bank’s vault Sunday noon. Community Project Although the Presbyterian church is only one of nine in Bluffton, the entire community cooperated in mak ing the program a success. One of the principal features of the talent drive was a successful community auction, which attracted a large crowd here more than a month ago. Proceeds will be used in repairing the church organ, providing new THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITYr BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1947 ARM OUTLOOK IMPROVES AS SKIES CLEAR ?armers Greeted With Week of Rainless Weather Push Operations Markets, However, Edging into Higher Ground Still Are Skeptical the first week of rainless since spring work opened, in the Bluffton district are With weather farmers making the most of the opportunity, late though it is, for getting crops into the ground. Mechanical farm equipment on which farmers are relying to win their battle this year against terrific odds, is being pushed to the limit and on many farms tractors were busy all day Sunday to take advan tge of the first continuous spell of favorable weather seen here since the latter part of last March. Altho admittedly late, sentiment in the farm area has shown marked improvement as corn and soybean planting are going ahead with hopes of getting somewhere near a normal acreage and hoping for a late fall to give them time to mature. Market Skeptical Grain markets, failed to reflect a view taken commodities ground. Wheat at Unfavorable weather and high feed prices have materially slowed the baby chick business, hatchery men reported as they closed their books this week for the current sea son. The combination of unfavorable factors has caused many farmers to cut down the size of flocks while others raised no baby chicks this year. The current situation points defini tely to higher egg prices next winter, and poultry which has cur rently been sold to avoid higher feed prices will be generally scarce, hatchery operators predicted. Soybean Acreage Uncertain What will be the effect on late spring on the soybean acreage in this area is problematical. Bluffton district, according to figure! from the 1945 agriculture, is in of the nation’s growing sections. Alpha Gamma Club Annual pic ma club will at 7 o’clock Mary Emma own service. have however. more favorable farms as major into new high on the edged in $2.45, com at $2.10 and oats at $1.05 were all five cents above last weeks’ tops. Corn which is especially sensitive to the crop outlook is currently registering the highest prices in 25 years., Notwithstanding the fact tijat this is still the period for flush milk production, butterfat at 66 cents Wednesday morning was two cents higher than the figure a week ago. Milk Receipts Uter Highest reported from Pa milk it is re daily receipts from the Bluffton dis trict are averaging 108,000 pounds, a decrease of some 8,000 pounds from the season’s maximum. Current price of milk to producers $3.25 per hundred pounds is unchanged since the first half of May. the The !S official census of the center of one leading soybean According to the report issued by Director J. C. Capt, bureau of census, department of commerce, 13 Ohio counties are among the 100 leading soybean growing counties in the United States. Of these 100 counties Putnam ranks 34, Hancock 42 Hardin 47 and Allen 95. Former Beaverdam Resident Drowned Harry Lee, 53-year-old Lima car penter and building contractor who was drowned Saturday when a boat capsized while fishing at Lake St. Marys formerly lived in Beaverdam. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lee were Beaverdam fore moving to Lima. residents be- of a party of six in two boats upset first one Lee was one fishing on the lake when a sudden squall boat and then the other, the men were became exhausted and were unable to cling any longer to the overturned boat. Four of vned when they floors and effecting repairs to the parsonage. Widespread attention in the pro gram launched by the local church has since found many counterparts in other churches throughout the nation, including three in this part of Ohio. ic oi tne Aipna uam-i spend the summer »e held Friday evening] law and daughter, at the home of Mrs.| M. C. Tod. Mrs. Triplett. The Royal Neighbor lodge will] meet Friday night at 8 o'clock. Engagement Announced To Attend Wedding Miss Nadine Allman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. V. H. Allman who has returned home after completing ai year in Otterbein college at Wester- Ville will leave thia week for New v/rs. Gold Star 4-H Club Fifth meeting of the Gold Star] four daughter 4-H club was held Friday afternoon, were honored five birthdays. They Trippiehorn, Twila Hamilton, Marilyn Marilyn Flick. Hostesses were and Jackie Smith and their mother,! children. Mrs. Carl Smith. I Henry, Gallant Thirty members will go on the! Hardin-Hancock tour to the Cincinnati! J? zoo and Coney Island, Wednesday.! Accompanying the group will be Mrs. Frank Montgomery, adviser Mrs. Leonard Henry, Mrs. Leroy Willeke, Mrs. Howard Benroth, Mrs. Present were the Misses Sylvia] Biederman, Ruth Boaz, Alice Lewis,\BrUig Clara Lora, Janice Hoffman, Lillian] Bluffton Couple Are Flying To Scotland r. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein Drive are scheduled to York this Wednesday i on a trans-Atlantic plane where they will with their son-in- af Campus Council I Mr. and Mrs. Hauenstein left Sun Advisory council] day afternoon for New York, being son Nelson Farm Bureau Farm Bureau No. 1 will meet at the home of Mr.l accompanied by their and Mrs. Edgar Herr, next Tuesday] who will spend the summer study night at 8 o’clock. ing music at the Boston Symphony orchestra’s Camp Tanglewood in the Royal Neighbors Berkshire mountains. The 40 from Bluffton will be di Busy Bee 4-H Club |vided into groups of 20 from The Busy Bee 4-H club will meet|Grades 2 and with 20 more at the high school G. R. room Fri-|^rom Grades 4 through 6. Registra day afternoon at 2 o’clock. Miss|Gon blanks are in this week’s issue Ruth Winner, Allen county home|0^ The News. demonstration agent will give a] Bluffton church school teachers sewing machine demonstration. ]and Parcnts also are invited to at tend the conference sessions and laboratory school. Dates of school will be July 10 through with adults reporting a day earlier. Mr. and Mrs. W. Tod, the former Bring yourl Barbara Hauenstein, and her hus I band live at Galashiels near Edin I burgh. Bluffton Children In Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Montgomery] of Orange township announce the| Registration in a vacation labora engagement of their daughter] school is open to 40 Bluffton Geraldine to James L. Steiner, son|cbddren as one *be features of of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Steiner of|an adult church workers conference North Jackson street. Miss Mont-|to held on the Bluffton college gomery is a graduate of Mt. Cory|camPus 9 through 16 by the high school and Mr. Steiner was|®hio Conference of Congregational graduated from Bluffton high school.| Christian churches. Laboratory School 1 Hold Funeral For York city where she will be brides-1 _____ maid at the wedding of a classmate,] Servicea were held at Basinger Miss Pat Green of that city to|funeral home Wednegday afternoon Marvin Wolff of St. Louis. for MrS. Florence Elzay Sechler, 80, The wedding will take place at the|U£elong Bluffton resident. Rev. Paul St. Moritz hotel, Sunday evening at Cramer of the Methodist church offi 5:30 o’clock. The bride, daughter] ciated and interment was in Maple of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Green of I Qrove New York city was graduated this] She died at her home here Mon_ spring from Otterbein college where[day morning following a year’s ill she was prominent in campus acti-l ness Death wag attributed cere_ vities and vice president of Taut bral hemorrhage. I Delta sorority. I gbe was the daughter of David The couple will live ip St. Louis and -Marguerite Keller Elzay and where Mr. Wolff is a student in|rxvas married to John Sechler who Washington university. I preceded her in death 18 years ago. at Orange Center] and Mrs. Agnes Birchnaugh of Bluff At the meeting] ton, and Mrs. Ethel Matthews and members having] Mrs. Rhoda Switzer of Findlay, were Iva May! Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Betty] Maggie Gilliland, Findlay brother, andl James Elzay, Seattle, Wash., 10 Bettyl grandchildren and eight great grand- FUftCral For MrS. Carl Smith and Mrs. Robert Turner.]noon Riley Creek Baptist church At the next meeting, July 7, club| which she was a member, with members will make triangular band|Rev- HartY Turner officiating. Bur ages and applicators for their first] was *n Hassen cemetery. aid kits and Marilyn Flick and Ann| ^er death which occurred Friday Montgomery will give safety dem- evening in the Lyle Convalescent onstrations. |home in Ada was due to eomplica- The club will hold a bake sale at|tions blowing a fall 22 months ago. the C. F. Niswander implement] She born in Oran*e township, store in Bluffton, July 3. February 18, 1868, the daughter of Shower Edward Boutwell who died in March April and May birthday girls] 1941. Hospital group were hostesses] Six sons surviving are Charles miscellaneous shower, Thurs-|and George, Lima Burley, Jenera Bridal The of the at a day evening, honoring Mrs. Donald] William, Ada Balmer, the former Dorothy Burk-|and Ward Boutwell, holder. land five daughters Mrs. The dining hall in the nurses’] Murray, quarters was decorated for the oc-|Lima casion and after a social evening,] Ruth Mrs. Balmer was presented with] Potts, many lovely gifts. Reichenbach, Florence Grieser, Carol] _____ Blosser, Marcene Ransbottom, Sophia] Remains of Noah N. Basinger, 70, Augsburger, Marie Kennel. retired Orange township farmer who Mesdames Katherine BadertscherJ djed in Tucson, Arizona, were Stella Huber, Helen Naas, Elvena] brought here for services in the Paul Heldman, Virginia Augsburger, Bet-] Diller funeral home, Sunday after ty Cookson, Helen Topham, Clorinda] noon followed by burial in the Green, Ella Dillman and the honored] Thompson cemetery. Rev. Roy Long guest Dorothy Balmer. necker officiated at the funeral serv- Regrets and gifts were received] jceg from Dorothy Amstutz, Betty Eding-| Hjs deatb, due to a heart attack er, Rebecca Hofstetter, Ramona] occurred Thursday morning follow Reid, Elizabeth Zimmerly, Jean] aa extended illness. Diller and Mesdames Ellen Johnson,| Melvena Whisler, Anna Marie Gall ant and Treva Elsea. Concert By Ebenezer Men's Chorus SundayX the the Florence Sechler Surviving are two sons, Asa, of Columbus and Leland of Bluffton Mrs. Lula Dillman 11 nil ZOO CM DOUlWeU Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza beth Boutwell, 79-year-old Bluffton resident were after held Tuesday Peter and Kathleen (Flagler) Zehr bach. Her husband was the late Arthur, Wataca, Wis. Indianapolis Florence Detroit Mrs. Etta Frick, Mrs. Mabel Kimmel, Mrs. Nonnamaker and Mrs Alda all of Bluffton. Remains From AriZOUCt F(V Burial church ---------I A son of The Ebenezer Men’s chorus will] (Neuenschwander) Basinger, he was appear in a sacred concert at thelborn February 21, 1877 in Riley church, Sunday night at 8 o’clock I township, Putnam county. His wife, The group, consisting of 30 voices islthe former Catherine Elizabeth Pi directed by Waldo Hofstetter withlfer, died in 1943. Surviving is one Mrs. Vinton Bucher accompanist. I son Adrian on the home farm. the He had been in Arizona for past two and one-half years for ben efit of his health. Previous to he was widely known as a br Poland China ber of the seder of a mem Baptist hogs. He was Riley Creek Jonathan and Marian A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 10 BUSY RECREATION PROGRAM SET UP OR THIS SUMMER Recreation Participation At All-Time High As Fund Drive Is Made his Summer’s Busy Program Reflects the Revival Of Organized Activity One of Bluffton’s busiest summer recreation programs of all time, well under way here with the weather finally clearing up, was pointed out this week as tangible evidence of the community’s revived interest in recreation, and for which the second annual house-to-house solicitation for funds is under way this week. Canvassing for donations to finance the year-around program will be completed this week, with the goal of the drive set at $3,000. Spokesmen for the recreation committee pointed this week to an unusually busy summer program as proof that only one year of organiz ed recreation direction was necessary to revive Bluffton’s interest. Two traveling softball teams are playing under the lights at Harmon field a junior baseball team is in a tri-county league, and 11 adult and children Harmon teams are playing- in the field recreation program. Playground For Children activity includes full-time at Harmon field under a New Other recreation director, plus the interest evidenced in a new children’s play established at the field, represents a complete revers conditions prevailing here war years when organized vas discontinued, and facilities dropped to an it was pointed out. and further expan ground This al of during activity recreation all-time low, Continuation sion of the recreation program de pends on the community’s response in the drive necessary to finance ex penditures. In addition to summer activity, the recreation program last year In cluded winter basketball and volley ball play for adults and kiddies and establishment of an outdoor ice skating rink on the college campus. Harmon field’s unused tennis courts also were re-worked and pro vide a popular play center the new playground for kiddies was estab lished, and the grade school play ground was hard-surfaced, making it suitable for wet weather activity. Hold Youth For Christ Rally Saturday Night Monthly Youth for Christ rally of the Bluffton-Pandora area will be held at the Bluffton high school aud itorium Saturday night at 8 o’clock. Principal speaker will be Rev. Marvin Lewis of Marion, graduate of Bob Jones college, co-director of the movement in Marion. He recent ly returned from an extended tour through Mexico and South America in interest of youth for Christ and child evangelism movements. Other features of the evening will be a Bible quiz and musical num bers including group singing led by Arnold Schmidt, marimba and xylo phone numbers by the Musical Mu maugh family of Lima and a vocal number by Miss Arville Geiger, stu dent in Grave Bible Institute, Oma- Real Estate Deal Miss Iness Kramer of Lima has purchased the Stough property on Cherry street now occupied by Mrs. Maude Stewart and Miss May Stough. Possession will be given next month when it will be occupied by the new owner’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Kramer now living in the Lester Niswander property at North Lawn avenue and Vine street. The deal was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Presbyterian Youth Group To Meet Here More than 100 young people from ian churches in North Ohio are expected for a conference to be held on the Bluffton college campus next western summer that The program includes classes and discussion groups in the morning and recreational activities in the afternoon. Rev. Robert Bulkley of Bowling Green will be head of the school which opens next Monday and continues until the following Mon i day.