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A Good Place to Live
Democrats Draft Full Ticket
Republicans Lack Three
Nominations Are Made At Party
Caucuses Held In High
School Last Friday
Candidates for five Richland town
ship offices and two places on the
Bluffton board of education were
named at Democratic and Republican
caucuses, last Friday night in the
Bluffton High school building.
Democrats named a full ticket for
the November ballot, but Republican
leaders announced Tuesday evening
that three places remain unfilled.
Deadline for filing is August 6.
Missing from the Republican
ticket are nominees for township
clerk, justice of the peace and one
constable post.
*the tickets are as follows:
For Trustee—Walter Schaublin.
For Clerk—Ray S. Hilty.
For Justice of the Peace—C. D.
For Constable—Charles Lora, Wil
liam Lutterbein.
For Board of Education—Levi Alt
haus, Earl Matter.
For Trustee—Albert C. Augsburger.
For Constable—R. E. Griffith.
For Board of Education—Augusta
Steiner, Carl T. Derringer.
Former Insurance
Official Expires
Leonard G. Phillips, 64, for many
years an officer of the Mennonite
Mutual Aid society died at his home
in Gilboa, Friday morning of a heart
Besides his connection with the in
surance company, he was a member
of the Odd Fellow order and a
seventh degree member of Gilboa
Surviving are his wife, the form
er Pearl Leona Harris one daugh
ter Mrs. Grace DeVore, Gilboa, and
two sons, John and Harvey Phillips,
both of Gilboa.
Funeral services were held at his
residence Sunday afternoon with
Rev. L. R. Foltz officiating. Burial
was in Harmon cemetery, Gilboa.
Cadet Stettler At
Ft. Sheridan, III.
Cadet John R. Stettler, son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. R. Stettler, of Bluffton,
a graduate of Bluffton High school
in 1941, is now at Fort Sheridan,
Ill., for a six-weeks course in anti
aircraft artillery.
Cadet Stettler is taking a course
in electrical engineering at the Uni
versity of Cincinnati. During World
War II he served for 28 months in
the European theatre of operations.
Mt. Cory Girl Is
College Assistant
Miss Pauline Simkins, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Don Simkins of Mt.
Cory will be graduate assistant in
the English department of Bowling
Green State university beginning
with the opening of school in Sep
tember, it was announced the first
of the week.
Chorus To Present
“Holy City" Sunday
Mixed choir of St. John Mennonite
church will present Gaul’s “Holy
City” at the church, Sunday night.
Earl Lehman is director of the 45
voice chorus. Among the soloists
are Mrs. Milo Lora, soprano and
Laurence Burkhalter, baritone, both
of Bluffton.
Lions Club Picnic
Next Tuesday Night
Annual picnic of the Lions club
members and their families will be
held next Tuesday night at 6:30
o’clock on the College baseball field.
Bring lunch and your own table
service. Coffee, tea and ice cream
will be furnished by the club.
The Monroe township Democratic
caucus will be held in the township
house Thursday night at 8:30 o’clock.
The Cairo Democratic caucus will
be held in the town hall this Wed
nesday night at 8:30 o’clock.
Two From Here In
University Concert
Two Bluffton girls will participate
in the summer choral concert to be
presented at Bowling Green State
University Friday.
They are .Carol Bame, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Bame, Jefferson
street, and Lucille Hilty, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Christian D. Hilty
of Spring street.
The group under the direction of
Dr. James Paul Kennedy, will pre
sent varied choral selections includ
ing arrangements by Fred Waring,
a nursery rhyme suite, and a jazz
Critically Ill
Oscar Lora who has been in fail
ing health is critically ill at his
home on South Main street.
Elevator Here Ready to Ship
Seven Carloads of New
New Rural Residential Building Site
Adjacent To Lake Appears In Making
Average Yield Around 28 Bu
shels Price Lower on
Market Here
Shortage of railroad boxcars, a
situation which is hampering move
ment of the wheat crop thruout
Northwestern Ohio, is being felt in
Bluffton, it was stated by a spokes
man for the Farmers Grain comp
any, local shippers, Tuesday.
As yet there is sufficient elevator
space here to store wheat brought
in from farms in this area. How
ever, how long this situation will
continue will depend upon the supply
of boxcars.
Five carloads of grain were
shipped Monday and there is now in
storage wheat sufficient to load
seven cars more, it was stated late
15,000 Bushel Capacity
Total elevator capacity here is
about 15,000 bushels of grain and
after the bins are once filled ad
ditional grain can be purchased only
as shipments are made. Cars loaded
here generally carry from 1,500 to
2,000 bushels.
The growing practice of combining
wheat leads to a more conc*\itrated
marketing peak, as the grain is
ready for the elevators as soon as
it is cut.
Under the former method of
harvesting by binders the crop is
shocked and several weeks usually
elapse before threshing, each farm
er taking his turn as the threshers
make the rounds.
Yield Averages 28 Bushels
Yields are averaging around 28
bushels per acre, it was stated,
which is somewhat less than last
year’s figure estimated at an aver
age of 35 bushels. Tests are run
ning from 57 to 61 pounds to the
The price was down sharply, Tues
day, dropping from $2.20 to $2.10
per bushel which some quarters in
terpreted to mean a larger wheat
crop than had been anticipated.
Wednesday morning showed a partial
recovery to $2.12.
Wheat raised here, the soft winter
variety used mostly in the manu
facture of crackers, is shipped
principally to Toledo and Fostoria
mills. It is better adapted for that
use than the hard spring wheat of
the west which is used mostly for
bread baking.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$2.12 com $2.20 oats $1.08 soys
Poultry—Heavy hens 26c leghorn
hens 21c heavy rock fryers 4 lbs.,
and up 32c heavy red fryers 4 lbs.,
and up 30c leghorn fryers 2 Mr lbs.,
and up 25c.
Eggs—Large whites 50c large
browns 49c.
Condition of Mrs. Clara Papadis
cos, 24, of Brooklyn, N. Y., a pa
tient in Bluffton hospital for the past
ten days is reported improved. She
sustained a fractured collarbone and
pelvis in a headon collision of the
car in which she was riding and a
truck on the Lincoln highway west
of Beaverdam.
lome Site Near New Farm Bu
reau Operations, South of
Man-Made I^ake Is Being Creat
ed By Excavation For Farm
Bureau Grading
A rural residential building loca
tion overlooking a man-made one
acre lake appears in the making this
summer one and one-half miles
south of town near the new center
of operations for the Farm Bureau
on the Philip Hilty farm.
One new home already is planned
at the site, and with Farm Bureau
operations centered within easy
walking distance, there are prospects
that other residential building may
be expected.
Location of the lake borders on
land owned by Philip Hilty, Paul
Emmert and Herman Hilty on the
Lugibihl road, near Little Riley
Creek bridge, about one-half mile
from the new Farm Bureau site
between the Nickel Plate railroad
and the Dixie highway.
The lake is being created by ex
cavation necessary to obtain earth
for the completion of grading of
the Farm Bureau building site, a
nine acre tract now being put into
shape by a Springfield contractor.
Just south of the bridge on the
Little Riley creek, the lake will be
separated from the stream by a dike.
Surface water drainage from the
surrounding land will provide the
water for the lake.
Emmert, owner of a four acre plot
of land adjoining the lake on the
east, plans to erect a residence on
the site, at some future date.
Editor’s Note—This is one
of a series of articles to appear
in the Bluffton News dealing
with early Ohio history. Others
will appear in forthcoming
Bob McKee Struck Oil
Grunting with disgust Robert Mc
Kee, an early pioneer of Noble
County, moved his home-made drill
ing rig away from the well where
only black, greasy stuff came out
and started another hole. He got the
same result.
After repeated drillings McKee got
what he was after—pure salt-water,
unspoiled by the black, oozy mess.
That was on the bank of Duck
creek, within a mile of Caldwell in
1816. He did not know it and he did
not want it, but Robert McKee had
struck oil. It was the first oil well
drilled in Ohio and many believe, the
first in the world.
Abandon Oil for Salt Well
McKee abandoned the oil wells and
continued to evaporate salt-water
and soil the salt. Salt was hard to
obtain and then sold for $2 a bushel.
A few neighboring settlers tried to
use the oil in their lamps but found
it too smoky and odorous. Several
peddlers bottled the oil and sold it
door to door as “Seneca Oil,”
guaranteed to cure all aches, pains
and internal disorders.
Much later when McKee’s son,
David, was on Oil creek, Pennsyl
vania, where E. L. Drake had found
oil and local businessmen were much
interested in it, he told them
“There’s plenty of that stuff on
Duck creek, where I live” and agreed
to send them a bottled sample. A
company then was formed to develop
the new region.
The company’s first paying well
was drilled by James Dutton a mile
and one-half southeast of Macksburg.
The strike was made at 67 feet,
bringing mixed oil ond water but no
gas. That well produced 100 barrels
a day when at its best. Oil then was
selling at from eight to ten dollars
a barrel.
Oil Boom
There was intense excitement
thruout the Duck creek valley and
soon the west fork of the creek
-bristled with derricks from Macks
burg to where Caldwell was laid out
in 1857.
Oil usually was struck within 300
feet of the surface and when it was
not reached at that depth the well
was abandoned.
One well, drilled near Slocum vill
age, reached oil at 89 feet and flow
ed sx, perfectly that it filled every
container obtainable and poured oil
out over the bottom into the creek.
Thousands of barrels of oil were
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Frank Neuenschwander In
Hospital After 35-Foot
Plunge to Ground
Lima Painter Climbs Rope to
Safety on Roof at School
One painter was plunged 35 feet
to the ground and another dangled
precariously in mid-air as he climb
ed a rope to the top of the building
and safety when one end of the
scaffold on which they were working
suddenly gave way, while working
on an outside painting job on the
College avenue side of the high
school building Saturday' morning at
9:30 o’clock.
Frank Neuenschwander, 60, of
North Main street, is in the Bluffton
hospital with six fractured left ribs
and badly bruised left shoulder as
the result of his fall from near the
top of the gymnasium wing of the
building where he was preparing to
paint the trim at the top of the
Working with him on the scaffold
was Charles Tritch, 67, of Lima,
veteran skyscraper painter, who
averted a similar plunge when he
seized a rope at his end of the
uptilted scaffold.
Hangs in Mid-Air
Euspended in mid-air, Tritch
climbed hand over hand up the rope
a distance of some four or five feet
to the top of the building where he
edged over the cornice to safety.
The two men were working on a
10-foot long box-type scaffold known
among the painting trade as a
“stage", suspended by ropes and
pulleys so it could be maneuvered
up and down.
At the top of the building the
scaffold harness was anchored by
I two planks projecting over the wall
I with bags of sand on the, back end
of the planks to serve as a counter
weight for the scaffold.
Sandbag Gives Way
When one of sandbags gave
way, permitting trre back end of the
plank to fly up, it dropped one end
of the scaffold throwing Neuen
schwander to the ground. The path
of his descent was marked by a
streak of white paint spilled from a
falling bucket and splashed on the
red brick wall of the building.
Neuenschwander was taken to the
hospital by the Stanley Basinger
ambulance. Basinger had just driven
into the garage at his funeral home,
across the street from the scene of
the mishap, when he heard calls for
an ambulance from spectators who
had gone to Neuensch wander’s as
Doctor Nearby
Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh, who also
has an office across the street,
happened outside just as the mishap
occurred, and gave immediate treat
ment to the victim. Hospital at
taches reported his condition satis
Remaining work on the high
school painting contract will be
supervised by Neuenschwander’s son,
Wayne Neuenschwander, Lima man
in a plumbing partnership with
Edgar Frankhauser. He assists his
father as a side line.
Also working on the school con
tract job are Tritch, Walter Stannus,
and three sons of Clarence Diller,
Alfred, David and Mark.
Application of the first coat of
paint had practically' been completed
1 on the high school contract when the
accident occurred. Four of the la^ge
windows on the College avenue side
I of the gymnasium remained to be
painted, after which work on the
second coat would have been started.
Neuenschwander, local painting
contractor, received a contract three
weeks ago from the board of educa
tion for painting window frames,
doors and other outside wood and
metal work on the high school build
Defenseless Church
Evangelistic Meetings
A series of evangelistic meetings
will be conducted at the Defenseless
Mennonite church, August 1 to 10
by Prof. Willis J. Dunn, director of
public relations and professor of
sociology at Taylor university, Up
land, Ind. Services, with special
music will be held every night at
8 o’clock.
Prof. Dunn is heard on “Your
Fellowship Hour,’’ radio broadcast
from station WCBC, Anderson, Ind.,
each Saturday afternoon from 2:30
to 3 o’clock.
A western vacation trip by Mr.
and Mrs. Hiram Augsburger, of Ft.
Wayne, will have a sad ending
when he arrives home the last of
this week to learn that his father,
Eli Augsburger, of South Jackson
street, died in a highway mishap
north of Beaverdam, Monday of
last week.
Funeral rites for the accident vic
tim were delayed until last Saturday
W’hile authorities endeavored to no
tify Augsburger, but no contact
could be made in the Yellowstone
National Park area where he is be
lieved to have been.
Early this week, the family re
ceived a card mailed from South
Dakota by Augsburger, but there
was no indication where he was go
ing, or how he cofild be reached.
Rev. Howard I^&ndes officiated at
funeral rites in Ebenezer Mennonite
church last Saturday afternoon.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
The elder Augsburger died in
Bluffton hospital Monday night of
last week from injuries sustained at
dusk when an automobile struck a
wagon he and two sons were en
deavoring to hitch to his automobile.
Midsummer Temperatures This
Week Prove Powerful
Abundance of Subsoil Moisture
Aids Current Recovery
Son Of Local Man Will End Vacation
Trip Unaware Of His Father’s Death
Ideal corn growing weather, the
first of the summer, is being exper
ienced in the Bluffton area this
week when temperatures have con
sistently registered daily high marks
in’ the upper eighties.
Ideal Corn Growing Weather Aids Crop
In Overcoming Handicap Of Late Start
With an abundance of subsoil
moisture, the sudden arrival of typ
ical mid-summer weather has proved
a powerful stimulant to the corn
crop which has made rapid strides
in recovering much of the ground
lost last spring when unfavorable
weather delayed the planting season.
Arrival of warm weather this
week is in contrast to unseasonal
temperatures last week when a low
mark of 49 degrees was recorded.
Farmers Optimistic
Farmers here are revising upward
estimates of the corn crop. Although
there is overhanging the entire pic
ture the possibility of an early frost
this fall, sentiment, generally, thru
the rural area has undergone a
marked swing toward optimism.
Sale on the market of a limited
amount of corn of last year’s crop
which farmers have held in reserve
for possible emergency is believed to
reflect the improved outlook. The
unusual situation marketwise with
corn commanding a higher price
when wheat is offering an attractive
inducement to sell.
Corn, which ordinarily sells at a
lower price than wheat was quoted
on the market here at $2.20 a bush
el Wednesday morning while wheat
was $2.12.
Parable Of Bluffton
On Radio Broadcast
“The Parable of Bluffton,” a radio
dramatization of the talent project
of the Presbyterian chuirh will be
heard on radio broadcasts this Wed
nesday and Thursday nights, being
featured on the program of “The
Ohio Story.”
Broadcasts are scheduled as fol
Wednesday, 6:30 P. M.—WJMO
Cleveland WSPD Toledo WHIO
Dayton WBNS Columbus WHKK
Wednesday, 9:30 P. M.—WSTV
Wednesday, 10:15 P. M.—Cleve
Thursday, 6:45 P. M.—WHIZ
Ruth Vermillion To
Teach At Arlington
Miss Ruth Vermillion, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vermillion, of
east of Bluffton, has been employed
as home economics teacher at Ar
lington High school for the coming
E. J. Wiahlie, co-owner and mana
ger of the Amstutz hatchery is in
Columbus attending a school for
study of poultry diseases and pre
vention and methods proving most
successful in modem poultry health
James Davis, Former
Resident, Succumbs
James P. Davis, 84, former Bluff
ton resident, died Tuesday after
noon at 2 o’clock at the home of his
son, LeRoy Davis in Findlay.
Mr. Davis, a retired farmer, re
sided in Bluffton for a number of
years Jiving at the corner of South
Jackson and Grove streets. He had
been in failing health for the past
four years and a year ago moved to
Findlay to the home of his son.
During his residence here he was
a candidate for marshal. He was
also a member of the Mt. Blanchard
Masonic lodge arid the Findlay K.
of P. order.
Funeral sendees will be held Fri
day afternoon at. 1:30 o’clock in the
Coldren funeral home in Findlay.
Burial will be at Rockport. The
body will remain at the funeral
home until after the services.
’Surviving are his son LeRoy and
granddaughter, Miss Nina Walter
WILL COST $31,347
Expenditures in 1948 Will Be
$4,401 Less Than for the
Current Year
Budget Prepared by Town Clerk
Is Approved by Municipal
Bluffton’s municipal expenditures
during the 1948 calendar year, ex
clusive of light plant and water
works, will aggregate $31,437.09, ac
cording tp the pew budget prepared
by Town Clerk Wrlford 0. Geig&t
and submitted to the Allen county
budget committee.
Expenses in 1948, according to the
budget estimate, will be approx
imately $4,401 less than funds ear
marked for expenditure this year. In
1947 actual expenditures for the
first six months and estimates for
the last half year indicate an ag
gregate outlay of $35,838, approxi
mately $10,000 more than funds
spent in 1946.
The figure of $35,838 for 1947,
however, runs higher than normal
because of $4,000 in a government
loan which will be spent this year
to complete drawings and specifica
tions for an intercepting system of
sewers for the town.
Expenditures for 1948 are broken
down as follows, with 1947 figures
in parenthesis: General fund, $17,233
($21,538) Street maintenance and
repairs, $4,004.09 ($4,100) Gasoline
tax for street repairs. $3,900
($3,900) Bond retirement and in
terest, $6,300 ($6,300).
In general fund expenditures for
1948 the greatest outlay is $4,000
for street repair, $2,900 for police,
$2,000 for sewer and drain work
and $1,700 for cemetery.
The budget, approved by the
municipal council, has been sub
mitted to the Allen county budget
commission for their review and
Bluffton Estate
Inventory Filed
Estate of the late Mrs. Fiana
Steiner of Bluffton is valued at
$33,116.33 according to an inventory
filed in the Allen county probate
court by Naomi Hause, executrix.
Of this amount real estate is listed
at $30,920.
Work Injury Appeal
Dismissed By Court
An entry of dismissal has been
filed in the Allen county common
pleas court in the appeal of Charles
Burkholder of North Jackson street
from a claim denial by the Ohio In
dustrial commission.
The claim was disallowed on re
hearing on grounds that the record
contained no proof that the heart
condition from which Burkholder
suffers resulted from an injury .in
curred while he was employed by
the Fanners ’Grain company prior
to April 6, 1945.
A Good Place to Trade
Reflecting Record Enrollment
New Teachers Will Join
Faculty In Fall
Two Will Divide Teaching
Duties Between College and
Bluffton High School
Five new’ instructors will be added
to the Bluffton college faculty for
the opening of the fall term next
September, further reflecting the
transition from the handful of stu
dents on the campus during war
years to last fall’s record enroll
New members of the teaching
staff will include Howard D. Reid,
economics William Burbick, speech
Dora M. Soldner, German and Lat
in Elma Louise Ater, vocal music
and Fred Davidson, psychology and
assistant football coach.
Of the five instructors, two will
be engaged at the college only half
time, serving the remainder of the
day in the Bluffton publie school
system. They are Burbick, who will
direct the high school speech de
partment, and Miss Ater, who will
be in charge of public school vocal
Broad Experience
Reid, rom Donnelson, Iowa, has
an M. S. degree from Ames col
lege and also five years of public
school teaching and administrative
experience. He has studied toward
a Ph. degree at Iowa State uni
versity, holding an assistantship for
part of that time. He will teach
courses in economics and business
in Bluffton.
Burbick, a Bluffton college gradu
ate, since has received a Master’s
degree at Ohio State university. In
addition he had one year’s teaching
experience before the war. Teach
ing speech at the college on a half
time schedule,, he will spend the re
mainder of the teaching day on the
high school faculty.
Miss Soldner, a native of Berne,
Ind., received her A. B. degree from
Bluffton college and an A. M. from
Indjajia muxersity*., She .(Also, has an
equivalent of two years graduate
work at several schools. She has
taught in public schools, Freshman
Junior college and Wheaton college.
She comes here to be instructor of
German and Latin.
Teach Part-Time
Miss Ater, of Columbus, has a
B. S. in education and A. M. from
Ohio State university, and now is in
her third summer of graduate study.
She has taught for nine years in
public schools of Ohio, Maryland and
North Carolina. Miss Ater will
teach vocal music in the high school,
as well as on the campus. In addi
tion she will live in Lincoln hall and
assist Miss Edna Ramseyer, dean
of women, in dormitory duties.
Davidson, a former Bluffton col
lege student who is a native of New
Jersey, received his A. B. degree
from Allegheny college, and an
A. M. from Temple university, Phil
adelphia, where he has virtually
completed residence requirements for
a Ph. D, degree. In addition to
teaching psychology, he will assist
Athletic Director A. C. Burcky in
football coaching.
Gideons Hold Dinner
Meeting Monday Night
Lima Camp of Gideons enjoyed a
chicken dinner followed by their
monthly meeting at the Walnut Grill,
Monday night. Present were 69
members of the Lima camp together
with guests from seven Northwest
ern Ohio counties. Rev. Spaulding
of Waynesfield was the principal
speaker on the subject "The Hidden
Myste ries of God’s Word.”
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Stewart,
Lima, a girl, Diana Faye, last Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Porter, Ar
lington, a girl, Susan Kaye, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cunning
ham, Ada, a boy, Larry Dean, Sat
Mr. and Mrs. Fremont Dodds, Mt.
Blanchard, a boy, Wayne Engene,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shulaw,
Bluffton, a boy, Daniel Lee, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Freed, Jenera,
a boy, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Spallinger,
Lima, a hoy, James Samuel, Tues

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