A Good Place to Live
QUIET FOURTH OF
Airport and Trap Shoot, Buck
eye and Harmon Field Spots
Business Generally Will Be
Suspended No Deliveries
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Construction of Three Addi
tional Houses Starts
With Clear Weather
Two Other Homes Started This
Spring Now Are Ready
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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
He was born January 3, 1871, the
son of Peter and Catherine (Zer
bach) Niswander. On October 15,
1896, he married Catherine Stettler,
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Harry Yoder and family have re
turned from a vacation in Northern
Indiana. Harry left last Saturday for
central Illinois on a college business
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
Elma Ater to Handle Vocal
Music Wm. Burbick
Instructors to Get Average of
$300 Under New Pay
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
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
Of a total of $8,244 which the
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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
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
Mr. and Mrs. Arden Baker are on
a motor trip to New York city this
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
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
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Kenneth Oberly Named Direct
or of Shawnee Area Camp
Three Others from Here Are
His Assistants on Boy Scout
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No services will be held during
the period of remodeling which is
expected to be completed by the mid
dle of this month.
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
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
A Good Place to Trade
FOURTH TO SEE NO
OR WHEAT CUTTING
Farm Outlook Makes Amazing
Comeback, But Crops Will
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
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
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
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
Soybean planting, last item on the
major planting program in this area
probably wdll be completed this
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.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Redick, Je
nera, a girl, Donna Elaine, Satur
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.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Stratton of
Niagara Falls, N. Y., formerly of
Bluffton are on a vacation motor
trip thru Maine and Massachusetts
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
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
Mrs. Elmer Klay, son Harry and
John Bracy are spending the week
visiting in New York city.
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