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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII BLUFfTON PLANS QUIET FOURTH OF JULY OBSERVANCE Airport and Trap Shoot, Buck eye and Harmon Field Spots Of Interest Business Generally Will Be Suspended No Deliveries Of Mail With many local residents out of town on vacations this week and banging firecrackers banned by state law, Bluffton is making preparations to celebrate a quiet Fourth of July, Friday. The swimming pool at Buckeye lake, Harmon field anl local picnic spots will be popular places for fam ily gatherings, weather permitting. The Bluffton Gun club will hold a trap shoot in the afternoon at Gos sard’s filling station north of town on the Dixie highway and there will be a flurry of interest in the after noon at the Bluffton airport east of town when planes/ participating at the dedication of the Ada airfield roar in for landings here in an Ada Bluffton-Ada air race. The 65-h. p. planes are scheduled to leave Ada at 3 o’clock with each contestant touching down ate the Bluffton airport before returning. No Mail Deliveries Business generally will be closed for over the holiday and there will be no delivery on mail on town or rural routes. The Triplett Electrical Instrument company suspended operations for two weeks of vacation beginning last Friday night and the Boss Glove fac tory together with a number of local business places, principally service establishments, are closed for the week. A rodeo which has been an evening attraction here for the past three years on Fourth of July was dropped this year. Busy Day for Farmers Farmers, generally will take little time off for the holiday, continuing work in the fields, weather permit ting, to help make up the weeks of time lo«Ml during the spring because of rains. Transformation of Bluffton’s Fourth of July observance to the present “safe and sane” variety started in 1940 when a municipal or dinance was passed prohibiting dis charge of fireworks within corpora tion limits. The same regulation was contin ued in 1941 and the following year a state law was adopted with pro visions similar to those incorporated in Bluffton’s code. Richland Twp. Farmer Leaves $19,000 Estate Estate of the late Albert S. Diller, Richland township farmer is esti mated at $19,000 according to pap ers filed in the Allen county probate court, Friday. Of this amount $18, 000 is in real estate. His widow Sarah, has been namd executrix. For the fourth successive year, the first week in July is being observed here as a general community vaca tion period for industry, and for quite a few business establishments who plan to take time off from work this summer. Four years ago, the community vacation collaboration plan was launched here as a wartime meausre, and so successful w’ere the results that the procedure is being continued this summer on an equally broad scale. Industry and business generally will slow down thruout the w’eek, with all plants of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. closed for a two-weeks summer vacation period The Boss Glove factory closed for one week and several retail stores, restaurants, beauty shops, dry clean ing establishments and other busi ness following suit. Under the vacation collaboration program, an exodus of hundreds of residents started from the communi ty over the last weekend, and all ac tivity in the town was on a quiet basis this week. Among the many Bluffton people now’ vacationing or planning trips later this summer are the fol lowing: Mr. and Mrs. George Linden and family are touring the east and plan to travel along the Sky Line drive, visit Washington, D. C. Mr. and Mrs. Millard Oberly, daughter Sara May and Misses Fern Bixel and Dora Kirchofer are on a ten days’ trip thru the Great Smoky mountains. Mosquitoes taking refuge in shrub bery on private lawns and in tall grass on vacant lots threaten to sabotage Bluffton’s mosquito control program, it was charged by Mayor W. A. Howe, Tuesday afternoon. The mayor who is in charge of the town’s mosquito control project stated flatly that streams, catch basins and public pools are free of all mosquito larvae as a result of a consistent spraying but private grounds furnish a harbor and breed ing ground from which comes a continuous stream of mosquito pollu tion. “People will have to get busy with spray and see that their premises are free of mosquitoes if the program is to be a success,” Mayor Howe stated. The new DDT spray is plentiful and available at many local stores, he added. THREE NEW HOMES ADDED TO TOWN’S BUILDING PROGRAM Construction of Three Addi tional Houses Starts With Clear Weather Two Other Homes Started This Spring Now Are Ready For Occupancy Revived activity in Bluffton’s sum mer residential building program, following a slump during unusually wet spring weather, this week finds construction of three additional homes under way. A new home being built on North Mound street by Paul Wingate is un der roof, and work is being started on foundations for two additional residences. The site of one is in the Berryhill addition on West Elm street where Lloyd Kroft, of near Ada, is building on the lot adjacent to a house erected this spring by Amos Reichenbach, Jr. The foundation has been com pleted and the framework will be started this week. Completes Excavation In the* other building program, Lester Niswander has completed the excavation for a house to be placed at the corner of North Lawn avenue and Vine street. Residents Must Spray Own Premises If Town Is To Be Free Of Mosquitoes The location is on a lot known as the William Lewis property pur chased last spring by Niswander. A house on the lot, occupied by Elijah Kramer, will remain standing. Nis wander has been living on the lot in a house trailer. In the meantime, two homes start ed last spring have been completed. Harry Shrider, Jr., is occupying a residence erected in the Matter addi tion on Harmon road, and Don Fru chey is moving into a prefabricated home completed in the Mueller addi tion on Jefferson street. Many Bluffton People Away Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis, Mrs. Amiel Amstutz, Richard and Arthur Lewis are vacationing at Five Lakes near Wolcottville, Indiana. They have a large cottage and will be gone a week. Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Elliott and children have left for Hollywood, Calif., to visit Cliff’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott. First time in fifteen years that Cliff has been home. Handyman Cliff constructed a special sleeping trailer to take with them. The family plans to camp out along the way and go by the southern route and come back the Northern route. They will be gone several w’eeks. Later this summer Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Kirtland and the Pleyel Fetts residing near Beaverdam plan to tour the east and travel up into Maine. Miss Shirley Galloway is visiting her grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Holden in Toledo. R. V. Kirtland, Norman and Don Kirtland journeyed to Muskegon, Mich., on a fishing trip the forepart of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Chamberlain spend w’eekends at their cottage w’hich faces both Devil’s Lake and Round Lake in Michigan. Ed recently purchased a new Chris Craft speed boat powered with a 121 H. P. Chrysler motor. Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz are vis iting Karl Schultz and family in Chi cago, Harold Schultz and family in South Bend, Ind., and their son in law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Rus sel Oyer and family at Battle Creek, Mich. The mayor also called attention to pools of stagnant waters and trash piles where empty tin cans are filled with water from recent rains. These, he pointed out are excellent breeding places for mosquitoes and should be sprayed or eliminated. In case of a vacant field or a spray ing situation too large to be handled individually, the mayor says he will cooperate if he is notified either at his home by telephone or thru H. L. Coon, street commissioner. Noah Niswander Funeral Sunday Funeral services for Noah Nis wander, 76, retired merchant and lifelong Bluffton resident, were held at the Basinger funeral home Sun day afternoon with his pastor Rev. V. C. Oppermann assisted by Rev. W. H. Lahr, a former pastor. In terment was in Maple Grove ceme tery. Mr. Niswander died Friday morn ing at his home on South Lawn ave nue. For 33 years he was identified with the Bluffton Implement & Har ness company, disposing of his busi ness interests early last spring be cause of failing health. During his active years he served two terms as a member of the town council, was a past president of the Bluffton Business Men’s association and an active member of St. John’s Reformed church. He was born January 3, 1871, the son of Peter and Catherine (Zer bach) Niswander. On October 15, 1896, he married Catherine Stettler, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Reeder, Hawaii, and three sons: Reuel of Sylvania Emerson of Columbus and Maynard of Bluffton. There are five grand children. Three brothers living are Will Niswander, Los Angeles Lewis of Pandora and Walter of Lima. Six sisters living are Mrs. Mary Neilsen, Bloomington, Calif. Mrs. Dora Lum bert, Peoria, Ill. Mrs. Sarah Huber, Ada Mrs. Gertrude Anderson, Den ver Mrs. Clara Kempher, Lafay ette Mrs. Bessie Edgecomb, Bluff ton. Fatally Injured When Struck By Street Car Mrs. Carrie O’Keefe, 70, of Dal las, Texas, was instantly killed when she wras struck by a street car in that city last Friday night. She was the mother of Mrs. Maynard Mann, formerly of Bluffton now living in Atlanta, Georgia. The accident occurred when Mrs. O’Keefe’s six year old grandson dashed into the street and the grand mother while attempting to retrieve him ran into the path of the on coming car. Funeral services were held Mon day at Dallas followed by interment at Lincoln, Nebraska, her former home. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Mann, she is survived by three other daughters and two sons. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ludwig, Frank Dray and son James have returned from a ten day fishing trip at the Muskegon river in Michigan. Fishing was fine, Doc says. Miss Mary Nicholas from Knox ville, Tenn., is visiting Mrs. N. W. Cunningham. Rev. E. N. Bigelow will be a lead er and vesper speaker all this w’eek at the Presbyterian Junior High Church camp at Celina. Dave Risser and family are plan ning a tour of the west states soon. They will be gone several weeks and plan to visit Lake Louise in Canada and national parks in the far w-est. Carl Mumma, Ray Mumma, Wade Mumma and Alva McCartney from Liberty Center will head for Thessa Ion, Ontario, Canada, in August. Rev. and Mrs. Richard Mumma and daughter Judy arrived in towm last Saturday from Rock Tavern, N. Y. Richard left shortly after for Grin nell, Iowa to attend a conference and will be back to spend the week end here. Harry Yoder and family have re turned from a vacation in Northern Indiana. Harry left last Saturday for central Illinois on a college business trip. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lingel and two children are spending a tw-o weeks vacation visiting relatives in Rich mond, Va., and New York city. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Fish, son Bernard and Robert Bixel left Wednesday for a two week’s fishing trip in Ontario, Canada. They were accompanied bv Albert Lecky and family of Findlay. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1947 SCHOOL HIRES TWO TEACHERS ADOPTS SALARY SCHEDULE Elma Ater to Handle Vocal Music Wm. Burbick Speech, Dramatics Instructors to Get Average of $300 Under New Pay Scale Two new half-time teachers, Miss Elma Ater of Columbus and William Burbick of Newton Falls, Ohio were hired for the coming year at a special meeting of the board of education, Monday night. Miss Ater, salary $1,200 will be in charge of vocal music and Bur bick, salary $1,100, wall be instructor in speech and dramatic coach. Both will spend the other half of their teaching time in similar departments at Bluffton college. Miss Ater who received her Master of Arts degree in music from Ohio State university later taught for two years in North Carolina. She will supervise vocal music in the grade and high schools while John Martin who handled all the music last year will continue in charge of band and orchestra. Bluffton College Graduate Burbick is a graduate of Bluffton college and following sendee in the army received his Master of Arts degree in speech and dramatics at Ohio State university this spring. He will succeed Mrs. Paul Cramer, instructor last year who has resign ed. The board at its Monday night meeting also adopted a teachers’ salary schedule as required for dis tribution of addition® school aid funds provided by the Ohio legisla ture. Of a total of $8,244 which the (Continued on page 8) Holden Will Be New Nickel Plate Agent Raymond Holden”, formerly of Bluffton will be agent at the Nickel Plate railroad here beginning July 7, succeeding Fred Hofer who held the position for 17 years and re signed due to ill health. Holden, now night telegraph oper ator for the Nickel Plate at Rawson is a former Bluffton youth. His father, A. Holden was car in spector here for the Nickel Plate for a number of years after which the family moved to Toledo. Hofer w’ho accepted the position as Nickel Plate agent at Rawson where duties are less arduous, began his work there two weeks ago. He succeeded L. E. Leavell who retired. Hofer will continue to live in Bluffton and Holden w'ho commutes to Rawson from Findlay, will live in the latter city for the present Leo Pavey of English, Ind., is in charge of the Bluffton office of the Nickel Plate temporarily until Holden assumes his duties here. Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Bixel and three children are on a week’s motor trip to Kansas and Nebraska visiting relatives. Prof. Klassen is instructor for an extension unit of Illinois State Uni versity located at Urbana, Ill. Miss Florence Greiser, receptionist at Dr. Travis' office, with a party of girls will vacation at Russels Point on Indian Lake during the week of July 20th. Mr. and Mrs. George Schumacher and little son accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Clark Wells of Ottawa are fishing at Pleasant Lake near Jack son, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stratton are also vacationing in Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Arden Baker are on a motor trip to New York city this week. Mr. and Mrs. Clair Leiber and three children left Saturday night for a week’s trip to Beckley, W. Va., where they are guests of Rev. and Mrs. Milburn Miller. Mrs. Miller is a sister of Mrs. Leiber. Mr. and Mrs. Herb Haller are planning a vacation trip into Michigan in August. Their son Bill Haller, Karl Frick and Junior Hof fer also plan to drive to Florida in August. Carl White and family will visit Niagara Falls on their vacation trip. Clair Fett and Murray Trippiehorn left for Cincinnati where they will board a plane for Jacksonville, Florida. As guests of Howard Tripplehom they plan to spend a week deep sea fishing and sight seeing. H.... .cjfto day unff Ge Gy succeeding generation a* tlic great anniver^atq ... dt ougGl to Ge sofemni ^ed ivitA panw and parade, ivit/u garner, Spaths, gun*, be£ti, Gonfirei, and iffummaUon*, ftovn one end of tfrU continent to tAe otAct from tAu lime Amvatd hnevez mote.. *9 -WRITTEN EY JOHN ADAMS /NA LLTTER TO H/S IWV, ON THE DAY Kenneth Oberly Named Direct or of Shawnee Area Camp at Defiance Three Others from Here Are His Assistants on Boy Scout Camp Staff Four Bluffton young men, former members of Boy Scout Troop 56 here, will comprise the senior staff of the Shawnee Area Council Scout camp at Defiance and direct activi ties there during the July and Aug ust camping season. Kenneth Oberly, present scout master of Bluffton Troop 56, and a graduate of Ohio Northern univers ity this spring, will serve as Camp director. A veteran of World War II, Oberly won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Three other Bluffton men assist ing him on the camp staff are Rob ert Stratton, a Bluffton college stu dent, provisional leader Don Augs burger, also of Bluffton college, the other provisional leader and Charles Trippiehorn, student at Ohio State university, director of nature activi ties. THE DECLARAT/ON OF INDEPENDENCE INAS DECLARED :JC/LV 4,/77&' Four Bluffton Men Will Direct This Week on Summer Vacation Harold K och and family left for Wisconsin on a fishing trip. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fox are touring the Great Smoky mountains this week. Supt. R. A. Lanham and family will leave for Virginia during Au gust to visit Mr. Lanham’s parents. C. V. Kuhn and family are at Morrison Lake, Michigan on a fish ing trip. Floyd Hardwick and family are touring the w’est for several weeks. James Miller and family of Mis sion, Texas are arriving here this w’eek for a vacation in Bluffton. Leon Hauenstein and family are enjoying a motor and fishing trip to places of scenic interest. Mr. and Mrs. John Maxon, daugh ter Carol and Colletta Badertscher are enroute on a motor trip to New Mexico and other points west. In New Mexico they will visit Bill Fears who formerly lived in Bluff ton, a friend of the Maxon family. Mrs. Martha Flick of Detroit is visiting Mrs. Charles Miller and other Bluffton friends. Treva Everett, Christine Harris and Mrs. Liza Fett are vacationing at Bradenton, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Gorham have returned from a two weeks vacation at Lake St. Marys, During their stay at the Lake Mrs. Charles Dill man, Mrs. Cliff Stratton, and Mrs. Albert Benroth spent several davs visiting the Gorhams at their cott age. Miss Mary Schultz is spending a week’s vacation in Florida. Summer Program At Scout Camp Program director at the camp will be Donaldson Poling, of Lima, to round out the staff. More than 550 Scouts from the Shawnee council, representing more than eight counties, have registered for the summer season at Camp De fiance. U July 13 to 20, with 20 boys in the camping roster. The troop will be accompanied by Assistant Scout master Robert Oberly. Church Here Closed For Remodeling Remodeling of the chancel of St. John’s Reformed church is under way with changes being made pre paratory to installation later of an organ for w’hich the contract has been let. No services will be held during the period of remodeling which is expected to be completed by the mid dle of this month. PHYSICIAN IMPROVING Condition of Dr. M. R. Bixel, Bluffton physician who is a patient in the hospital here because of a heart ailment is reported improved. Mrs. Albert Benroth has returned from Detroit where she visited her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. George Blackw-ood and family. Mr. and Mrs. Elton Bery residing on College road moved this week to Medina, w-here he will be field and office man for the Dairy’ Hard Im provement Association of Medina county. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Tschiegg plan to vacation in Canada where they will visit places of scenic interest and enjoy fishing. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Lichtenwalter and Miss Clara Schumacher left for California on a five week’s tour. They will stop at Chicago and Men neapolis to visit Mr. Lichtenw’alter’s relatives. They plan to visit Yellow stone National park and other places of scenic interest. Dr. B. W. Travis plans to attend the National Convention of the model railroad association in Oakland, Calif., the second and third weeks of August. During the forepart of July he and his family will vaca tion at a northern lake. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rice will tour the w’est states the last part of August. They plan to visit Yellow stone National Park. A group of girls Ruth, Verna and Hilda Steiner and Dorothy Wenger are vacationing nt Tower Hill Camp. Sawyer, Mich. They have a cottage at the lake resort. Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Bogart and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stultz are on a ten davs fishing trip at Wilberforce lake, Canada. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 11 FOURTH TO SEE NO KNEE-HIGH CORN OR WHEAT CUTTING Farm Outlook Makes Amazing Comeback, But Crops Will Mature Late Wheat Harvest, Ordinarily Un der Way on Fourth, Will Be Middle of Month Knee high corn and wheat harvest getting under way—usual accom paniments of the Fourth of July will be missing from the farm picture this year. Altho the general farm outlook has made an amazing comeback during the last two weeks, crops are maturing much later than in normal years because of an unusually wet spring. Wheat cutting which started the last week in June a year ago, will get under way this year about the middle of July. Corn Ixroks Good Com, much of which could not be planted until well into June also is far behind schedule but the stand generally looks good and has made unexpectedly rapid progress with good growing weather during the past w’eek. Continuance of favorable weather and a late frost are now needed to avoid harvesting much “soft” com this fall. Soft com—com that’s not fully matured—is now* in feeding quality. Soybean planting, last item on the major planting program in this area probably wdll be completed this week. In view of the rush to get soybeans into the ground, plus the fact that cutting of alfalfa is well under way with the start of the haying season, farmers will have little time for a holiday over the Fourth this year unless unfavorable weather inter feres with work in the fields. Hip In Fall From Cherry Tree John Moser, 69, received a frac tured right hip when he fell from a ladder while picking cherries at his home on North Main street Tuesday morning. He was removed to Bluff ton hospital in the Diller ambulance where his condition was reported satisfactory Wednesday morning. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Redick, Je nera, a girl, Donna Elaine, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Ura Dukes, Jr., Rawson, a girl, Jean Eileen, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cronkle ton, West Mansfield, a boy, Joseph, Thursday. Mrs. Cronkleton is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Fauver of Beaverdam. Trips Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gallant of Bucyrus are touring the western states with Pikes Peak and other points of interest on their itinerary. Their little daughter is staying here with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Kohli. Mr. and Mrs. Byron Stratton of Niagara Falls, N. Y., formerly of Bluffton are on a vacation motor trip thru Maine and Massachusetts this week. Millen Geiger left Monday for Laramie, Wyoming, to visit his son in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Farnsworth and family. Mrs. Geiger who has been there for the past month will return with him next week. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Cumnrns and family are on a motor trip thru Pennsylvania this wteek. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Lantz ac companied by her mother, Mrs. Frank Weber of Nappanee, Ind., are enroute to Oakland, Calif., to visit at the home of Ralnh Wc-ber, brother of Mrs. Lantz. While in the west they wall attend the International convention of Lions clubs in San Francisco, July 28 to 31. Mr. Lantz is a delegate from the Bluffton club. Mr. and Mrs. Aldine W iess and son Buddy are leaving thH week on a motor trip to Califo^mia. They w’ill visit relatives in Oklahoma and Texas and expect to be gone about two w’eeks. Mrs. Elmer Klay, son Harry and John Bracy are spending the week visiting in New York city.