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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM ON TUESDAY MORNING Second Grade Teacher is Re employed by Board, Friday Night Few Changes In Staff of In structors Teaching Assign ments Made Bluffton public schools will open for the fall term with a full day of class work, starting at 8:30 a. m. next Tuesday morning, it was an oounced this week by Supt. Ralph S. Lanham. Enrollment this fall is expected to show little change from that of last year, with a total registration of ap proximately 480 according to advance estimates. School will open with a full corps of teachers on the grade and high school faculty. The last vacancy was filled last Friday night at a special meeting of the board of education when Mrs. Dwight Spaythe was hired as second grade teacher. Mrs. Spaythe taught in the same capacity last year, but resigned last spring. Her husband is instructor in high school industrial arts. Mrs. Spaythe’s salary will be $2,060 per year. Martin Schmidt Hurt In Fall Of 18 Feet Martin Schmidt, lineman for the municipal light plant, escaped ser ious injured at 10 a. m. Tuesday when he fell 18 feet to the ground while working on a rural line near the Edgar Montgomery farm, four miles southeast of Bluffton in Orange township. In the fall, occasioned when a pole on which he was working snap ped off at the base, Schmidt sus tained bruises about the head, el bow and left leg. Following treatment at a physi cian’s office, he was taken to his home on Cherry street. It is ex pected that he will be off work ap proximately a week. After the fall, Schmidt was brought to town by Forest Mumma and Edgar Root, other members df the line crew, who were with him when the mishap occurred. Stroke Fatal To Boyd Clapper, 71 Private funeral rites will be held Friday afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral home for Boyd Clapper, 71, who died at 7:30 a. m. Tuesday in his home at 431 Cherry street., Clapper’s death followed three weeks of illness since he suffered a stroke on August 9. A retired farmer and turkey rais er, he was bom August 11, 1876, in Gibsonburg. He was a member of the Jerusalem Church of Christ in Orange township. Survivors include the widow, Edith, to whom he was married April 24, 1905 a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Walker, San Antonio, Texas two sons, Boyd Clapper, Jr., Ada and George Clapper, Bluffton and a sister, Mrs. Daisy Owens, Woodville, Ohio. Burial will be in the Clymer cem etery. Garden Club Plans Flower Show Sept. 10 The Bluffton Garden club will hold a flower exhibit at the Methodist church, Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 10 p. m. The club invites anyone interested in displaying specimen flowers, min iatures or other bouquets to enter exhibits Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 o’clock. Three Weeks Heat Wave Is Broken Break in the heat wave which gripped Bluffton for three weeks was broken with cooler weather and showers Monday afternoon and Tues day. The cool weather continued Tuesday night with drop in temper ature to the upper sixties early Wed nesday morning. Somewhat warmer weather is forecast for Thursday. Real Estate Deal Dwight Spaythe, manual arts in structor in the Bluffton schools has purchased the Cliff Elliott residence on West Kibler street. Possession will be given the latter part of Sep tember. Elliott and his family ex pect to move to California. The New Mexico Mishap Victims Coming Home Mr. and Mrs. Orton Stratton, of Bluffton, and Mrs. Daisy Pifer, of Rawson, who were in the New Mex ico automobile crash that took the life of Mrs. Elvira Sutter Perry, former local resident, were more seriously injured in the mishap than first reports indicated. On Friday night of this week they expect to leave the Tucumcari, New Mexico, hospital, and traveling in a Pullman compartment will arrive in Lima at 2 a. m. Sunday In a let ter received Monday by Raymond Stratton, a son of the injured Bluff ton couple, they asked that they be met by an ambulance, and that res ervations be made for them at the Bluffton hospital. Stratton, who sustained a painful arm injury and chest injuries, has been in a wheel chair at the hos pital. His wife and Mrs. Pifer also have been patients in the hospital. MAN KILLED IS THIRD BROTHER TO DIE IN ACCIDENT Francis J. Luginbuhl Meets In stant Death Operating Electric Welder Second in Family to be Electro cuted Funeral Wednesday Afternoon The third of his family taken by accidental death in the last 13 years. Francis J. Luginbuhl, 30, son of Mrs. Mary Luginbuhl, of Bluffton, was killed instantly at 9:15 a. m. Monday while operating an electric welder in an Ada farm service shop. Eleven years ago, a brother Har ley, was fatally injured when two automobiles collided at Grove street and College road in Bluffton. Another brother, Quentin, was electrocuted 13 years ago when he was climbing a tree and came in contact with a live wire. In Monday morning’s mishap, Luginbuhl’s death occurred when he was working alone in the Mallow Farm Service shop at Ada. His body was found slumped over a beet loader which he had been weld ing, and it is supposed that in some manner the electric current became grounded. A veteran of World War II, Lug inbuhl served with the U. S. Armv in the Asiatic-Pacific campaign. Dis charged in December, 1945, he was taking on-the-job training at the time of his death. He lived on Route 3, Ada, with his wife, the former Susannah Lugibihl, whom he married Jan. 8, 1946, and a five-months-old son, Frank Wilson Luginbuhl. Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Mary Luginbuhl, Bluffton Route 2 a brother, Maynard, and a sister, Alberta. The welding mishap victim was a member of Ebenezer Mennonit0 church where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Howard Landes, pastor, officiated at the rites. Burial was in the church cemetery. Last Rites Held For Former Teacher Here Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Basinger fun eral home for Mrs. Lavina Hilty Marr, 82, former Bluffton teacher, who died last Saturday at her resi dence in Chicago. Mrs. Marr’s death followed a six months’ illness from complications arising from a fractured right arm and shoulder. After graduating from Bluffton High school in the class of 1883, Mrs. Marr taught school in Bluffton and vicinity for five years. In 1889, she was married to William Marr and moved to Chicago. She was an active civic worker, ■’prved on committees of the World’s Columbian exposition, and worked for the women’s suffrage cause be fore the Illinois state legislature and before the United States Congress. She was an organizer of the Luth eran Women’s league, and had great interest in art, music and literature. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Albert Baumgartner, Bluffton, and Miss Kathryn Hilty, Chicago, and a brother, Fred Hilty, Chicago. MARRIAGE LICENSE A marriage license has been is sued to Charles D. Hartman, 29, of Williamstown and Ruth Johnson, 24, of Bluffton. Transportation In Bluffton School Buses Will Be For Rural Pupils Only Pupils Living Inside Corpora tion Cannot Be Transported To and From Schoo! Only Exception To Rule Will Be For Physically Handicapped Children School buses transporting pupils to and from school in the morning and evening will be for rural resi dents only and will haul no pupils living inside the Bluffton corporation limits it was decided by the board of education at a special meeting last Friday night. Declaration of the new policy was announced after a number of re quests had been received from resi dents in outlying districts within the corporation, seeking transportation to and from school for their child ren. The only exception to the policy the board ruled, will be in cases of physically handicapped children. Buses Are Full In announcing the ruling on pupil transportation, spokesmen for the board said the four busines now op erated by the schools are filled to capacity with pupils living in rural districts. To include children residing with in the corporation limits, it would be necessary for buses to make addi tional trips thereby increasing the cost of ^us operation. Board members pointed out that bus transportation originally was in tended only for the transportation of rural pupils who have longer dis tances to go, and if the practice of hauling pupils within the corpora tion is started, transportation should be available to all town residnts. In the past, a few pupils in out lying areas near corporation limits have been transported to and from school ,but in the future such serv ice will be discontinued. A number of requests for pupil transportation inside the corpora tion have been received this year from the South Main, West Elm and East Jefferson street districts. Organ Here For Reformed Church A large pipe organ purchased by St. John’s Reformed church arrived here Wednesday morning and prep arations are under way for its in stallation which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. The instrument is manufactured by the Kilgen Organ Co., of St. Louis, Wm. Miller, a representative of the company will supervise its in stallation. Regular services will be resumed next Sunday at the church which has been closed for the past two months for interior remodeling. Lydia Ewing Dies In Hospital Monday Mrs. Lydia Eleanor Ewing, 70, 252 South Lawn avenue, died at 9:35 p. m. Monday in Bluffton Com munity hospital, where she had been a patient since suffering a stroke last February. A lifelong resident of the Bluff ton community, she was brought here by her parents, West and Jose phine McClain, shortly after she was born in Upper Sandusky. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Gail Schaeublin, Columbus, and a sister, Mrs. Will Althauser, Upper Sandusky. Mrs. Ewing had two grandchildren and one great-grand child. bne was a member of the Bluffton Church of Christ. Services will be held at the Stan ley Basinger funeral home Thurs day aiternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. E. J. Penhorwood of the Lima South Side Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove ceme tery. Moving From Dlu£ton Mr. and Mrs. Don Wenger and family have moved to Mission, Tex as, in the Rio Grande valley citrus belt where a number of Bluffton eople have located during the past year. Wenger will teach in the high school there and also serve as as sistant to his brother-in-law James Miller, high school athletic coach. John Martin, who resigned his po sition as music instructor in the schools here moved Tufesday with his family to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he has accepted a rmaFHnn as public school music in structor. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY MISHAP DISRUPTS CENTRAL OHIO'S ELECTRIC SERVICE Generating Capacity Cut Off When Spade Cuts Into 7500-Volt Cable Bluffton Man Digging Trench Escapes Electrocution In Freak Mishap S Electrical service provided by the Rluffton generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power comp any was disrupted for nearly two hours Monday afternoocin a freak accident which knoct'M out the plant’s largest unit and*a Bluffton workman, Roy Hofer, Jr., 20, almost miraculously escaped electrocution on the plant grounds. Hofer was digging a trench near the generating plant when his spad* struck an underground cable carry ing 7,500 volts from 'the power house to the plant’s yard-station. He escaped with singed hair and eyebrows, but damage to the cable cut out the plant’s largest generat ing turbine, and the two smaller generators were unable to carrjF the load. Findlay station of the company went on the line immediately, but was unable to provide a full load, and for an hour and three-quarters part of the south circuit in the Wapakoneta-Minster-Coldwater area was without electrical service. Repair Damaged Cable Bluffton’s generating plant went back on the line Monday afternoon after temporary repairs had been made to the cable. After midnight Monday, the plant’s large irbine again was shut down while repairs were completed. Hofer was taken to a local physi cian, but was found to have e^aped injury. Plant attaches said that if his foot had been in contact with the metal part of the spade when it struck the cable he would have met instant death. Hofer is employed at the plait by the Maxon Construction Co., which has the contract for work on im ex pansion program under way e for the last year. There was no uamage to v H\arge turbine when the cable was shorted in the mishap, because of an auto matic cutout which immediately shut down power generation. Youth Injured In Cycle-Auto Crash Tom Burkholder, 19, of Pandora, was slightly injured at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday when the motorcycle he was riding figured in a crash with an automobile driven by John Raymond Shromquist, of Lima, at the West Elm-North Spring street intersection here. Burkholder was traveling west on Elm street, and Shromquist’s car was northbound on Spring street. The motorcycle was badly damaged in the crash. Bluffton Exhibitor Wins In “Glad” Show Kermit Herr, of Bluffton, who grows gladioli as an avocation, won awards at the Northwestern Ohio Gladioli show held at Toledo, Satur day, where gladioli growers thruout this section exhibited the top pro ducts of their flower gardens. Of twelve entries the Bluffton man won seven first awards, two seconds, three thirds and a sectional cham pionship. Stores Will Close Here On Labor Day Labor Dry will be observed in Bluffton next Monday with business places and industries generally vic for the weekend holiday. There will be no mail deliveries and w.ndows at the post office will be osed from Saturday at 1 p. m., until Tuesday morning. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grieser, Jenera, a boy, Eric Lynn, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Burkholder, Bluffton, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James Landis, Bluff ton, a boy, James Lynn, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martinka, Findlay, a boy, Wednesday morning. Mrs. Martinka is the former Kath erine Mull who was previously em ployed here. BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 1947 4 Thirty hours after he boarded a huge trans-Atlantic plane in Brus sels, Belgium, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of Bluffton college, was walking the streets of Bluffton, at the conclusion of an air hop which again emphasizes the relative un importance of distance in this mod ern age. Arriving here at 10 a. m. Tuesday, Dr. Ramseyer had been in the air only about 24 hours. On the trans Atlantic flight, he made brief stops at Newfoundland, New York City, Cleveland and Toledo, then came the rest of the way home by auto. The Bluffton college president had been in Europe this summer with a college group studying post-war con ditions in nations on that continent. After arriving here at 10 a. m. Tuesday, he left at noon for Berne, Ind., to attend the Mennonite Gen eral conference in session at that place. Rev. J. N. Smucker to Continue Head of Group For Three Year Term Two Other Bluffton Men Elect ed to Office at Meeting in Berne, Ind. Rev. J. N. Smucker of Bluffton was re-elected president of the Gen eral Conference of Mennonites which closed its 31st triennial meeting at Berne, Ind., Wednesday. Rev. Smuck er is pastor of the First Mennonite church here. The General Conference is the largest group of the Mennonite de nomination comprising a number of district conferences and meets once every three years, serving as a clear ing house and forum for discussion of problems and projects common to the various churches and branches of the faith. Two other Bluffton men elected to office were Rev. Andrew Shelly and Rev. Harry Yoder, members of the church unity committee. All officers will serve for a three year period. Forty-two churches have been add ed to the membership of the General conference since the last meeting, officials announced. Total membership of the confer ence as of January 1, 1947, was given as 43,504 communicant mem bers with a constituency of 70,579 whic^j latter number includes child ren and affiliating worshippers. A. C. & Y. Motor Car Rams Into Auto A Carey man was injured at 4 p. m. last Thursday when an A. C. & Y. motor-powered section car crashed into an automobile driven by Ted Stettler, of Bluffton, at the Col lege road crossing, one mile north of Bluffton. In the mishap, John Nye, 50, of Carey, suffered a dislocated left shoulder and cuts and bruises. He was taken to the Bluffton hos pital for treatment, then to his home in Carey by the Stanley E. Basinger ambulance. Other members of a track repair crew riding on the railroad car leaped to safety before the crash. Nye, the driver, remained on the car. The crew members are living in cars near the A. C. & Y. station while repairing tracks in this vicin ity. Stettler, driver of the auto, escap ed injury. His car sustained minor damage. Man Injured When Team Runs Away Robert Staley, farmer living on the Sandusky ro^d south of Bluffton is convalescing from severe bruises and other injuries received in a run away accident when a team of horses which he was driving became frightened by a herd of hogs. Will Teach Musi" In Bethel College James Bixel, formerly of Bluffton has accepted a position as instructor in piano and theory of music at Bethel college, Newton, Kansas. He and his wife who have been visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bixel of South Main street left last week for Kansas. En route they will ston at Kalamazoo, Michigan, to visit her parents. Dr. Ramseyer Flier From Belgium To Bluffton In 30 Hours This Week Bluffton Minister Re-elected President Of General Conference Of Mennonites Bluffton High Grid Workouts Started Grid candidates for this year’s Bluffton High school team have been working out twice daily at Harmon field under the direction of Coach Kent Cotterman, since practice was started Wednesday of last week. With Bluffton’s first appearance slated for the town’s football pre vue here Friday night of next week, the Pirate mentor has only two weeks of practice sessions to get his team into shape for its 16-minute prevue assignment against Forest. Coach Cotterman has been work ing with a squad of 33 candidates in the twice-daily sessions. Present indications are that this year’s Bluff ton team will have a heavier line than that of last season, but that backfield candidates will be consid erably smaller. UY HARRY L. HAtB 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 issues. Miss Fay’s Little Paupers Faded into obscurity through the lapse of time the name Catherine Fay Ewing ought to stand blazoned in every one of Ohio’s 88 counties. It was she who 90 years ago opened at her own expense the little two room bethel which grew into the state’s great system of County Children’s Homes. Miss Fay always had liked child ren, though she never had one of her own. A farmer’s daughter, born in Westboro, Mass., in 1822, she moved with her parents to Washing ton County, Ohio, 11 years later, where she taught school in an Indian mission. Her salary was $100 a year and her “found.” She stuck to the job 10 years, saved up $200, then quit. Once at the mission she had seen a child killed accidentally during a drunken brawl by several Indians. Later on a visit to the Washington County Poor House, Marietta, she found a number of small children living in the squalor and degradation of that institution. It was not the sort of place where children should receive their first impressions of life. So Catherine Fay decided to found a home for them. Gets Little Aid The best deal she could get out of the directors of the infirmary was their agreement to supply a new suit or dress to each child when she took them pay one-half the cost of medical attendance and all the burial expense if a child died and pay $1 a week for the food, shelter, care and entire subsequent support of each of the children. It was little enough. To her $200 savings Miss Fay added the $160 legacy she had received from her parents, borrowed another $100 from a trusting friend and launched the first of Ohio’s Children’s Homes. She bought a ramshackle two-room house on twelve acres along a mud road on Moss Run, 10 miles east of Mariet ta and on April 1, 1858, moved in with the nine children the Poor House had given her. Eight of them were boys and all were under the age of ten. Four of the children were babies. In just a month, May 1, the dis trict school would onpn—and five of Catherine Fay’s little paupers were of school age. The writer does not term those little waifs pauners in derision but in tenderness—and to the shame of the shades of some 16 Washington Countv snobs whom He who said— “the least of these” must have fore warned St. PiYer to throw back down the hill should thev ever have the temerity to peep in at the Pearly Gates. Waifs Barred Fro”i School It was the 16 men who waited for Catherine Fav at the schoolhouse door when she arrived with her five Ibtle proteges on the first dav of school and told her “You e«n’t •’ke those little nanners into the school among our children”. When Miss Fay appealed to the Coneinued on page 8) BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade ____________y NUMBER 19 FIND UNCONSCIOUS BLUFFTON WOMAN IN AUTO WRECKAGE Kathleen Niswander, Accident Victim Is in Findlay Hospital (ar Strikes Bridge Abutment on Putnam-Hancock County Line Kathleen Niswander, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Niswander residing north of Bluffton on the county line road is a patient in. Findlay hospital with injuries as the result of an accident when the car which she was driving struck a con crete bridge abutment on the Putnam-Hancock county line road about six miles north of her home late Thursday night. She was found unconscious in the wreckage by nearby farm residents awakened by the crash. Taken to the hospital in a Findlay ambulance summoned by the state patrol her injuries were found to consist of a broken jaw and fractured left knee cap. She still is confined to the hospital. Returning alone from a visit to Defiance, Miss Niswander apparently lost control of the car as it ap proached a bridge on the Putnam Hancock county line, seven miles north of the Dixie highway inter section. The car southbound, struck the abutment on the left side of a con crete bridge over the Hancock County Brick and Tile ditch, and toppled the heavy concrete railing into the stream. Wrecked in the crash, the car stopped crosswise in the road. Farmer Hears Crash R. A. Wherly living about 40 rods south of the bridge, heard the crash, and found Miss Niswander uncon scious in the wreckage. He sum moned Robert Cook, a neighbor living north of the bridge. Telephone lines to Bluffton, Pan dora and Ottawa were out of com mission because of a heavy storm last Thursday, but Wherly was able to get thru to the state highway patrol at Findlay on the only avail able connection while Cook drove to Pandora to summon Dr. Milo Rice. They recognized the license as one from Allen county, and Mrs. Wherly and Mrs. Cook drove to Bluffton in an attempt to identify the car. No papers could be found to establish identity of the driver. Meanwhile the state patrol sum moned a Findlay ambulance and she was removed to the Findlay hospital. The automobile, a Ford sedan owned by Miss Niswander’s brother, Lyle Niswander, wrecked in the crash, is at the Bixel Motor Sales garage on Cherry street. Called To Arkansas By Death Of Brother Dick Troy of Thurman street was calk'd to Batesville, Arkansas, early Friday morning by the death of his brother Neil, 42, of that place. He was accompanied by another brother W. M. Troy of Lima Rt. 6. They returned Tuesday afternoon. Cathedral Windows At Church Of Christ New stained glass cathedral win dows will be installed in the Church of Christ next fall in an improve ment project directed by a commit tee of which Mrs. Helen Wells is chairman. Eight windows in the church will be replaced in the program, sched uled to start in October. In financ ing the project, assistance from former members and friends of the church will be welcomed, it was pointed out. In addition to Mrs. Wells, other committee members include Mrs. Arthur Amstutz, Mrs. Swan Stone hill and Mrs. Ralph Patterson. Library Hours Beginning September 1: 8 a. m. to o p. m. daily except Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesday hours—8:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. Saturday hours—12 noon to 5:00 p. m. Evening hours—Monday, Wednes day, Saturday 6:30 p. m. to 8 p.m. DR. BIXEL HOME Dr. M. R. Bixel, Rluffton physician who has been a patient in the hospi tal here since June ill with a heart ailment has been removed to his home on Cherry street. His condition^ is reported improved.