A Good Place to Live
NEW THREAT TO
Belated Corn Crop In Need
Of Moisture As 17-Day
Bluffton Residential Water
Consumption Doubles In
Threat of drought damage was
added to an already doubtful out
look for Bluffton area crops, set
back last spring by unusually wet
weather during the planting season,
as a heat wave of unbroken intensity
went into its third consecutive week
Farmers who welcomed the start
of the 17-day dry spell as a boon
in the harvest of wheat, rye, alfalfa
and oats, this week were beginning
to eye the skies for promise of a
downpour especially needed by the
belated corn stand.
Altho the two and one-half week
drought thus far has not caused
serious damage, rain must come soon
or the outlook for crops will be
affected, farm observers reported
No Rain In 17 Days
Dry weather which set in two
weeks ago last Sunday when the
last rain fell in this area was a
blessing to farmers in harvesting
wheat and other crops. With the
drought continuing, cutting of oats
is being rushed, for farmers are
fearful the high straw may be beat
en down by heavy rainfall and high
winds that usually mark the end of
an extended summer dry spell.
In town, the effect of prolonged
hot weather without rainfall is
evidenced by parched lawns and
gardens, despite the efforts to halt
the effects of drought thru steady
use of sprinklers.
Last week's 100-degree weather
has not been equalled for the past
six days, but the mei-cury has been
with a high degree of humidity, as
the heat wave continued its hold on
the area. Most nights have been
cool, however, to afford some
measure of relief.
Water Consumption Up
With the heat wave and drought
continuing their hold, Bluffton
householders have doubled their con
sumption of water.
During the last week, the muni
cipal water works has been pump
ing approximately 800,000 gallons
of water daily, 400,000 gallons of
which are going to residential users.
This is double the normal output of
The other half of the 800,000
gallon load is water used by the
Page Dairy Co., a fairly constant
Three wells are in operation 24
hours a day to meet the increased
demand for water, but with one well
in reserve and a full supply in
reservoirs there are no contemplated
restrictions of water use in sight,
spokesmen for the board of public
Many Expected At
Farm Bureau Picnic
Russell Huber of Bluffton, presi
dent of the Allen County Farm Bu
reau announced that plans have been
made to handle a record turnout at
the annual picnic to be held at La
fayette City park, Friday.
In event of rain shelter houses
are available, it was stated. Farm
Bureau office here will be closed
Ladies ready to wear departmen'
of the Lape company has been mod
ernized and equipped to give bette
service to its clientele, it is an
nor"nced by E. S. Lape, manager.
New display racks have been in
staiied to make merchandise more
accessible for inspection and sever?
*’vete fitting rooms have been add
ed. A new lighting system also ha.
Wednesday Morn ng
Grain (bushel prices) Whea1
r'?5 corn $2.30 oats $1.05 soys
Poultry—Heavy hens 25c leghorn
hens 21c heavy -vers, rocks, 29c
heavy’ friers r**ds 27c leghorn fry
trs 2H 1-bfci. up 25c.
Eggs—Large white 52c large
brown 51c medium 45c pullets 30c.
In the improvement program, all
plaster surfaces will receive two
coats of paint and will be repaired
where needed. Two coats of var
nish will be applied to some wood
work, and other woodwork will be
Repairs to roof of the building
also are included in the contract.
Work is to be done in 120 working
In addition to work at the post
office, the Bexley Co. also has the
contract for re-decoration of the in
terior of the First Mennonite church
which will be done this month.
DEBT WILL BE CUT
TO $12,000 JAN. 1
Largest Issue Is $6,000 In
Bonds For Purchase Of
New Fire Truck
Other Bonds Are For Water and
Light Plant, and Main
Bluffton village’s bonded debt by
next January 1 will be cut to a low
of $12,000, only $6,000 of which is
to be retired by taxes outside the
10-mill limitation, according to a
report sent to the Allen county
budget commission by Town Clerk
W. O. Geiger.
Bonds outstanding at present are
in three categories: Water and
Light plant bonds, $2,000 Main
street pavement bonds, $4,000, and
Fire apparatus, $6,000.
Df-'the threeonly ’the fire
apparatus bonds are outside the 10
mill tax limitation. They were
authorized by voters during war
years for the purchase of a new fire
truck and other equipment.
Water and light plant bonds
carry an interest rate of five per
cent, and date back to 1917 when
they were issued to finance improve
ments in the municipal plant.
Main street pavement bonds, is
sued in 1945, pay four per cent
interest and the interest on the fire
apparatus bonds is three per cent.
Altho the town is in good shape
financially, so far as its bonded in
debtedness is concerned, its general
fund has been in straitened cir
cumstances since 1943 when it was
necessary to borrow $2,080 from the
Citizens Natklnal bank for an out
of-court settlement of two sewage
The debt finally was repaid by
the town in 1946, but by that time
the village had incurred another
$2,500 obligation, representing funds
borrowed in 1945 to permit re
surfacing of Cherry street. Of that
debt, only $50 has been paid on the
principal, with a balance of $2,450
Hurt In Accident
Richard Vandemark, 25, of Con
tinental, employed on the crew who
are constructing an automatic signal
system on the Nickel Plate railroad
lere received a fractured left elbow
.nd lacerations about the head when
he section workers’ motor car on
vhich he was riding overturned last
The accident occurred three miles
’outh of Bluffton where a driveway
’rom the Dixie highway to the An
rew Gratz farm crosses the rail
oad. Stones on the tracks are said
o have derailed the motor car.
John Gary of Findlay with Van
emark at the time of the accident
Vandemark was removed to Bluff
in hospital in the Diller ambulance
’here he remained a patient until
unday when he was released.
Stager Tract Will Provide Location
For Three Wells for City Water Supply
Post Office Starts
Re-decorating of the Bluffton post
office on a $2,000 contract was start
ed this week by a sub-contractor em
ployed by the Bexley Decorating Co.,
of Columbus, low bidders on the job.
Ohio U Graduate
Robert M. Morrison, son of Mrs
’ertrude Morrison, north of Bluff
on on the Dixie highway, was om
158 graduates who received de
Tees at the conclusion of the sum
ler term at Ohio university, Ath
ens, last week.
Morrison, an officer in the Navy
during the war, received the degree
v4. ux &c4viice in education.
One Well to be Drilled This
Fall Two Others When
Board of Public Affairs An
nounces Plans to Provide
The Howard Stager tract of land
south of the corporation line may be
the principal source of Bluffton’s
future city water supply.
This became known when the
board of public affairs which re
cently leased the tract for the pur
pose of drilling a well this fall an
nounced the first of the week that
provision has been made for sinking
two additional wells there in the
future if and when needed.
The tract located some 300 feet
south of the corporation line be
tween the Dixie highway and the
Nickel Plate railroad is removed
from any potential source of con
tamination and has received pre
liminary approval by O. C. Singer,
representative of the state board of
At present there are plans for
drilling only one well, water from
which would be subject to approval
by the state board of health before
being run into the city supply.
The town’s water supply comes
from three wells, besides a fourth
which is operated independently to
furnish water used for cooling pur
poses at the Page Dairy plant.
Of the three wells, one, in the
Mrs. Caroline Matter addition has
not been used for nearly a year
when residential building started in
that area and is now being held in
reserve for emergency use.
Rites In Findlay
George W. Caughman, 55, presi
dent three years ago of the Findlay
city council, father-in-law of the i
former Lois Swank, of this place,
died unexpectedly at 11:50 a. m.
Monday in the apartment "of his’’
father in Findlay.
Death was the result of a heart
attack, suffered as Caughman was
driving his car in downtown Find
lay. He parked the auto when he
became ill and went to the apart
ment of his father where he died a
few minutes later.
He is survived by two sons, Rich
ard L. Caughman, Greenfield, Ind.,
husband of the former Lois Swank,
and J. Caughman.
Funeral services were held Wed
nesday in Findlay.
Stepleton Twins At
Two sets of twins of Mr. and
Mrs. T. E. Stepleton, of Lima, form
erly of Bluffton ,were among only
three double sets attending the 13th
national convention of twins held
last weekend in Columbus.
The twin children of Mr. and Mrs.
Stepleton are Roberta Ann and Rob
ert Allen, 14, and Ted and Jim, 18.
Three hundred sets of twins were
registered for the convention.
armers-M er chants
Picnic At Ada Aug. 20
Fred J. Milligan, Ohio secretary
of commerce, will be the speaker at
the 34th annual Farmers and Mer
chants picnic at Ada, next Wednes
day, August 20.
One of the new features of the
all-day event will be a model air
plane contest, with $250 offered in
prizes. A hobby show also will be
held, in addition to many other fea
tures retained from previous years’
Wilf ord Gratz Is
Wilford (Bus) Gratz, umpire for
night ball games at Harmon field
this summer, is one of the staff of
arbiters assigned to softball tourna
ment games in this area.
Gratz worked tilts in the Allen
county meet last week, and is call
ing them this w’eek for the district
tournament being played at Lima
St. Marys Church
Picnic On Sunday
Annual pien’e of St. Marys Cath
olic church will be held Sunday a'
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Nusbaum near Pandora with dinner
at noon. Those attending are asked
vu uiu.g tueir own tabie service.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 1947
Trailers Loaded With 8,000 Gal
lons of Gas Hooked to
Beaverdam Figures in Two Ac
cidents Monday Truck
Crashes into House
Trucks traversing the Dixie high
way, Route 25, figured in two un
usual accidents at Beaverdam, Mon
day, fortunately without any in
In the darkness of early morning
at 3:20 a. m. a big tractor trailer
assembly loaded with 12 tons of
soap crashed into the residence of
Harry Mumper on Vertner’s curve
moving the house a foot off its
foundations and throwing Mumper
and his wife out of bed.
About 12 hours later in the after
noon, about a block away from the
scene of the first accident an oil
refinery transport truck with two
trailers loaded with 8,000 gallons of
gasoline caught fire on the Main
street of the village.
Quick action prevented an ex
plosion of the cargo of gasoline
which it is believed would have
wiped out the entire business dis
The truck which struck Mumper’s
home was owned by the Midwest
Transit company of Chicago and
driven by James Williams 43, of
Williams, northbound, coming into
Beaverdam, is reported to have ap
proached the curve at the south
edge of the town at approximately
40 miles an hour when his brakes
failed to function andJhe was un
able to make the turn.
In the crash which fallowed the
Chicago driver was unhurt as were
also Mr. and Mrs. Mumper. Their
property, however, was badly dam
aged with wallpaper plaster off
the walls, dishes hurled from cup
boards and contents of the house
Gas Truck on Fire
The cab of the oil transport truck
caught fire as it had stopped for the
traffic light at the junction of the
Dixie and Lincoln highways shortly
after 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
George Peters, 38, of Findlay was
driver of the truck which was own
ed by the Refiners Transport &
Terminal corporation with two
trailers each loaded with 4,000 gal
lons of gasoline enroute from Find
lay to Convoy.
R. W. Lutterbein, co-operator of
a filling station at the northeast
corner of the intersection saw flames
leaping from a belly tank on the
tractor and shouted a warning to
Flames Gain Headway
Peters was unable to disconnect
the tractor from the first trailer
and the flames had gained too much
headway to enable him to curb them
with a fire extinguisher.
Calls to Cairo and Bluffton
brought both fire departments. The
Cairo firemen arriving first brought
the fire under control with chemicals
The tractor was badly damaged
and paint on the first trailer was
scorched, but there was no explosion
of gasoline, due to the fact, Peters,
said, that the tanks were full,
leaving no room for accumulation of
fumes, which touch off explosions.
The incident is reported as having
given impetus to a campaign
previously under way in the village
to raise money for the purchase of
fire fighting equipment
Surprise Marks 40th
Mr- and Mrs. Eli Deppler of
South Main street were honored with
a surprise party on the occasion of
their fortieth wedding anniversary
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Diller near Bluffton, Thursday night.
Mrs. Diller, formerly employed at
the telephone central office here had
as her guests employees who were
associated with the company when
Mr. Deppler was manager of the
Following an informal evening, re
freshments were served, including a
'arge wedding cake.
Enjoying the affair were Mr. and
Mrs. Deppler, Mrs. Walter Stratton,
Mrs. Harry Turner, Mrs. Levi Gable,
Mrs. Garland Basinger, Miss Rhoda
Matter, Mrs. Lida Burkholder, Mrs.
Elizabeth Lehman, Mrs. Helen Moore
’nd Mrs .Martha Burkholder, and
he host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs.
Slight earth tremors were felt in
the Bluffton area shortly before 10
o’clock Saturday night when a minor
earthquake shook Northern Ohio and
other parts of the Midwest.
The tremors noticed here were so
slight that only those persons in
quiet surroundings reported the oc
currence. There was no damage to
property or injuries to persons any
where in the state.
Saturday night’s tremors rocked
parts of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana
and Illinois, with Chicago reporting
principal damage, consisting of sev
eral broken windows. Center of the
shock, however, was indicated by
seismographs as about 200 miles east
Effects of the tremor were slight
in this area, with most reports com
ing from the lower Michigan pen
insula, although the principal dam
age was in Chicago.
To Broadcast Grid
Game Friday Night
The Ohio all-star high school foot
ball game scheduled at Canton, Fri
day night will be broadcast, accord
ing to word received from Kent Cot
terman, Bluffton high school athletic
coach who is attending a special
coaching school held in Canton this
week in connection with the event.
Stations carrying the broadcast were
not identified by Cotterman.
The Bluffton high school mentor
says that Neil Schmidt, backfield
ace of the Bluffton Pirates undefeat
ed 1946 football team is making a
good showing in practice this week.
The contest is a top flight athletic
event arranged each summer in
which two teams of football stars,
one from the north half of the state
and the other from the southern
half are pitted against each other.
Schmidt is the only Class Ohio
high school football player ever to
be selected as a squad member for
this event. A large number of
Bluffton sport followers are plan
ning to attend the game Friday
Wedding of O. E. Dudgeon of
Bluffton and Mrs. Susie Anspach of
Ada took place in a ceremony last
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at
the home of the officiating minister,
Rev. J. L. Guthrie, pastor of the
County Line Church of the Breth
ren south of Bluffton.
Attending the couple were Mrs.
Dora Elwood of Windsor, Ohio, sis
ter of the bride and Mrs. Lloyd Mc
Carthy of Bluffton, daughter of Mr.
A reception and buffet dinner for
40 guests was held in the evening
at 7 o’clock at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Anspach in Ada. Mr.
Anspach is a son of Mrs. Dudgeon.
The couple are at home at the
Dudgeon residence on Cherry street
and expect to leave the latter part
of this week for an extended trip
Here On Saturday
Members of the Y-Teen club,
formerly the Girl Reserves, will
gather old newspapers and maga
zines Saturday afternoon. Paper
should be bundled and placed on the
front porch or curb by 1 o’clock
where it will be collected.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson,
Mt. Cory, a girl, Jill Eileen, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Diller, Pan
dora, a boy, Edward Dietrich,
Rev. and Mrs. Lester Clum, Bluff
ton, a girl, Darlene Jane, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Price, Mt
Blanchard, a boy, James Larry, Sat
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blosser, Wi’
liamstown, a girl, Doris Anne, Sun
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fett, Bluffton
a girl, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Driver, Lima,
a girl, this Wednesday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Panna
becker, Chicago, a boy, Philip Floyd
bom July 22 in Mercy hospital, Chi
cago. Mrs. Pannabecker is the
former Wanda Suter of Pando^.
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Bunn of Fre
mont, a girl, horn Sunday at 1
Mrs. Bunn is the
former Gladys Basinger, daughter of
Uw »ate Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Basing
er of Bluffton.
Slight Earth Tremors Which Rocked
Midwest Felt Here Saturday Night
Mark Garmatter Hurt
In Midget Auto Race
Mark Garmatter, 31, formerly of
Bluffton, w’ho races under the name
of Jimmy Garmatto, suffered a frac
tured skull and other injuries last
Sunday as his entry in a midget
auto race at the Allentown speedway
overturned when it crashed into a
His condition was reported as
fair at Lima St. Rita's hospital
w-here he was taken for treatment.
Garmatter, a driver for Kenny’s
Auto Wrecking Co., of Lima, was
making a bid for second place in
the home stretch when a front wheel
struck the fence and his midget
Junior Nine Wins
Two And Loses One
By Laurel Bauman, Jr.
After losing a game to Findlay
last Thursday 15 to 10, the Bluffton
Junior baseball team came back to
cop two decisions in a row, spilling
Findlay, 11 to 3, and Columbus
Grove, 12 to 1, in tilts on Saturday
Bluffton 10 Findlay 15
In the defeat at Findlay, last
Thursday, the Bluffton team never
was in a position to overcome an
early Findlay lead.
Bucher did a good job of hurling,
but could not come in on the pinches.
Highlights of the game were a dou
ble by Dwayne Hauenstein in the
fourth inning, and a triple by Char
ley Bucher in the 6th.
Bluffton got ten hits, while Find
lay had 12, five of them by Yaw
berg, center fielder, who got four
doubles and one single in five times
Bluffton 11 Findlay 3
With Don Schmidt pitching a five
hitter, the Juniors combed the of
ferings of Switzer and Koehler for
11 hits. Schmidt struck out five
6ahd walked four. Bluffton’s hitting
was showing that they could wield
a mighty stick in this game.
Dwayne Hauenstein collected a tre
mendous triple as did Jim Bader
tscher. Robert Wenger threw two
more men out at second base, and
now is starting to show promise of
being one of Bluffton’s best catchers
in many a year.
Bluffton 12 Col. Grove 1
Bluffton put a big display of
vaunted hitting power which has not
been matched for a long time. Dick
and Dave Baumgartner’s sticks did
the home run hitting, as both boys
hit for the circuit.
A lot of credit for the win goes
to Jim Badertscher who again came
through with another great pitching
masterpiece, as he allowed only three
hits, striking out five and walking
Bluffton also got their 12th double
play of the season in the game,
which was another high light of the
Leading hitters for Bluffton were,
Wenger who got four for four,
Dave Baumgartner, three for four.
Also hitting was Dick Baumgartner,
Jim Dray, Carmack, Cramer, Bad
ertscher, Rogers and Dilly.
The next game is with Huntsville
on the home diamond Thursday,
game starting at 2:30 P. M.
The 9-11 year olds play their first
game Friday with Columbus Grove
Friends of Mrs. Bernard Winget
gathered at her home in Orange
township Sunday in honor of her
19th birthday anniversary. A picnic
tinner was enjoyed and Mrs. Winget
received many lovely gifts.
Present were: Jacob Ruck, Mr. and
Mrs. Reymond Zwiebel, Mr. and Mrs.
Imos Winget, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
nond Winget, Mr. and Mrs. Willis
^chroer, Donna Mae Zwiebel, John,
Donald, David, Larry and Shirley
Vinget, Mary Schroer, all of Wa
Ralph Lockwood, Mr. and Mrs.
John Winget and son Neil of St
Marys Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Young.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Harshman and
-'hildren Judith and William and
Olin Young of Cridersville.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fry and sor
■'obert, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hari
'nd Mrs. Frank Maurer of Limn
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Taylor and
-hi’dren Fobert, Thomas, David and
Patricia of Oklahoma City, Okla.
M^s. Unyal Downey. Jolr
Rayle, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thomp
son and chPdren Norman, Norleer
and louis: Mr. and Mrs. Bernard
and daughter Bonita of
A Good Place to Trade
WILL OPEN FALL
TERM ON SEPT. 11
Record Enrollment of 300 Is
Expected Freshman Class
Limited to 125
Freshman Enrollment Set For
Sept. 5 Upper Classmen
Register Sept. 6
Bluffton college classes will con
vene for the fall term on Thursday,
Sept. 11, with an estimated record
enrollment of 300 students expected
during the preceding week of
Registration for freshmen is set
for September 5, with upper class
enrollment coming on September 8,
according to the fall term schedule
announced this week by Dr. J. S.
Schultz, dean of the school.
This year’s freshman class enroll
ment will le limited to 125 students,
Dr. Schultz said. A few more fresh
men still may be enrolled, but the
class quota is expected to be filled
before registration week.
Last year the school had a record
freshman class of 145, but the num
ber of first-year students will be cut
down for the current school term
because of the larger sophomore
Anticipated enrollment of 300
students will top last year’s student
body of 289, which was the largest
in the college’s history, Dr. Schultz
A shift in dormitories made last
year will be continued for the com
ing school term, with women
quartered in Lincoln hall and men
in the smaller Ropp hall. Other men
will be in Hirschy cottage, formerly
the H. W. Berky residence, and
Lehman cottage, the former Geiger
residence. Any men who cannot be
accommodated with rooms on the
campus will live in homes in the
Trailers in Bea very village wiH be
filled to capacity again this year by
married students, and the college’s
pre fabricated homes also will be
taken. In addition several new
students plan to bring trailers of
their own, in which they will reside
while in school here.
Triplett Loses To
Findlay, 6-0 Score
Ken Altman’s old jinx over Trip
lett softball teams paid off again
for Findlay National Refinery play
ers Tuesday night when they elim
inated the Bluffton nine in the first
round of district softball tourna
ment play at Lima by a score of
6 to 0.
For five innings, the tourney tilt
was an air-tight pitchers’ battle, as
Gene Beach matched Altman’s prow
ess, each team getting only two hits
over the stretch.
All of Findlay’s runs then came in
the sixth when three of the first
four men walked two attempted
fielder’s choices to nip runners at
the plate failed, following which
there were two hits and an error.
In the seventh frame, Beach then
set down the Findlay crew in order,
but the damage had been done, for
the best Bluffton could collect off
the offering of Altman were three
The box score:
Moser 2 0 0
Swank ________ 3 0 0
Gratz_________________3 0 1
Wilch 0 0 0
Herrmann .—.----------.— 3 0 0
Miller------------- ..-------3 0 0
lEleach 3 0 1
Burkholder----------2 0 0
King -------------------------2 0 0
Totals ---------------24 0 3
Findlay —^31 6 6
The Black school reunion in
Orange township will be held Thurs
day, Aug. 14. Pres., Thos. Koontz
Sec., Helen Pifer.
Twenty-second reunion of the
Christian Hilty family will be held
at Hilty park, New Stark, Sunday,
Aug. 17. Pres., Herman Hilty Sec.,
Forty-second reunion of the Ros
enberger family will be held at Riv
erside park, Findlay, in Shelter
house No. 4, Sunday, Aug. 17. Pres.,
Milford Schmidt Sec., Mrs. Ed
The Sutter-Welty family reunion
will be held Sunday, August 24 at
the Pandora school building.
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