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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII BLUFFTON SCHOOLS HAVE ENROLLMENT OF 485 THIS FALL Student Registration Off For Tenth Time in Last Eleven Year Period. Grade School Total is Up With 258 Mark High School Drops to 227 Total Bluffton’s public school registration for the opening day of the fall term Tuesday was 485, one less than in 1946, marking the 10th time in 11 years there has been a decrease in the number of students in local grade and high schools. A marked decline was apparent this year in junior and senior high school enrollment, while at the same time there was an increase in pupils in the first six grades. From the seventh grade thru the twelfth there are a total of 227 stu dents this fall, as compared with 239 last year. In the first six grades, however, registration increased from 247 to 258. Another drop in the upper grades may be expected next fall, for a class of 47 seniors will be graduated next spring, and the sixth grade which will advance to junior high in an other year numbers only 40. Decline Strarted in 1937 Bluffton’s downward trend in en rollment started in the fall of 1937 when the public schools here had 669 pupils. This represents a total of 184 more than the schools have this fall. Top enrollment in the grade school this fall is in the third grade, where there are 49 pupils. In the high school the sophomores have 50 stu (Continued on page 8) Coaching Assistant Hired At College Walter A. Zimmerman, 29, Akron, who had three years’ wartime ex perience as a physical education di rector in the Navy, has been em ployed by Bluffton college as an as sistant to Coach A. C. Burcky, it was announced this week by Dean J. S. Schultz. An upper class student, Zimmer man also will complete his college work while serving on the coaching staff. The new coaching assistant is a graduate of Akron Buchtel High school, where he captained the bask etball team from 1935 through 1937. Master's Degree at Ohio State U. Charles Suter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elam Suter of Pandora received his Master of Arts degree from Ohio State university, Columbus, at the August convocation, Friday. His wife, the former Magdalene Oyer of this place and his parents attended the exercises. Mr. Suter has resumed his duties as supervisor of art at Fostoria high school and the couple have moved into their newly furnished apartment in that city. Mrs. Suter has resigned as Latin and English instructor at Rawson to accept a similar position in the Arcadia high school. Apple Blossoms And Fruit On Same Tree Apple blossoms and ripening ap ples on the same tree is an attrac tion in the orchard of Menno Schu macher northwest of Bluffton. A branch of the tree was brought to the Bluffton News office Wednesday by Noah Diller where it is being exhibited in the window. While fruit trees occasionally have a few blossoms while fruit is ripen ing, a large number, such as this tree bears, is said by orchardists to be unusual. Real Estate Deals Dale Trippiehorn’ has purchased the A. R. Scheele property on Spring street. Mr. and Mrs. Scheele have moved to Lima where they have purchased a home. The deal was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Frederic Andrews has purchased the Clenna Donald property in Beav erdam, formerly occupied by Wm. Lutterbein who purchased the Cora Weaver property. Mrs. H. W. Alt haus handled the transactions. Kindergarten To Open Kindergarden classes will open at the Grade school building, Septem ber 15. Hours 9 to 11 A. M. Orange Club Wins State Fair Awards Gold Star 4-H club of Orange towmship was one of the winners in competition at the State Fair in Columbus last week, receiving awards for three dresses and three canning exhibits. Winners in the dress classes were: Virginia Criblez, sports costume dressup dress, Judith Montgomery school dress, Rosemary Montgomery. Canning exhibit winners were: Violet Bales, vegetables Juanita Keller, fruit Rosemary Montgom ery, complete dinner Also participating in demonstra tions at the fair were: Sarabelle Willele and Edith May Henry in fire prevention and Marilyn Gallant in dairy foods. CHLORINE IS ADDED TO CITY WATER NO CHANGE IN TASTE No Noticeable Difference Is Found Since Chlorination Started Week Ago Equipment Purchased Last Fall Put Into Operation At Municipal Waterworks Chlorination of Bluffton’s city water supply was started last week at the municipal waterworks plant and, as indicated previously in board of public affairs’ statements, there has been no noticeable difference in the taste of the water. Approximately two pounds of chlorine gas are being added daily to the water flowing thru city mains, a sufficient quantity to assure safety without any apparent change in taste. Ordered Year Ago Operation of the new chlorinator was started last week, approximately a year after its purchase from Wal lace and Tiernan Co., Inc., of Newark, N. J., at an installed price ’of $1,531. Contract was let last October. Night Softball In Brilliant Harmon Field Setting Popular With Fans Bluffton’s city water supply always has rated satisfactory in tests, but installation of chlorination equip ment was the result of orders from the State Board of Health as a safe guard against possibility of contam ination. Delay in delivery of critical com ponents in the equipment, following which the board of public affairs was unable to obtain chlorine in quanti ties resulted in the overlong period of time marking the start of opera tion. i Chlorination equipment is housed in a separate building erected over the main lines, near the water works building. Ends Controversy Installation of the chlorinator fol lowed a long period of controversy between the board of public affairs and state board of health. While it was admitted by state i health authorities that Bluffton’s city water has always been found satis factory it was pointed out that w’ater taken from wells in the im mediate vicinity of the plant is near potential sources of contamination. Heavy chlorination treatment is not required, but the amount could instantly be increased should con tamination appear at any future date. Whent acreage in the Bluffton district may establish a new record this fall if the proper breaks in the weather come during the seeding season this month, a survey of farm planning indicated this week. Much more plowing than usual is in evidence everywhere in the area, as farmers rush their work in pre paration for getting the winter crop of wheat in the ground, and if the com crop is out of the way in near normal time a greatly increased acreage devoted to wheat will be in evidence. Unusually w*et weather last spring is a contributing factor in trend toward the expansion of w'heat acre age, for fields which farmers now are getting into condition for seed ing represent land they were un able to till during the late spring period of continuous rainfall. On nearly every farm there were fields which were permitted to grow up in grass as grazing ground for Turnout For Games Greater Than In Pre-War Years Interest Expands Mood Of Relaxation Apparent In Those Who Follow Home Teams Organized recreation activities at Harmon field were tapering off this week, after a busy summer program featured by a resurgence of inter est in night softball play. With two local teams engaging in inter-city competition on a three nights a week schedule, night soft ball play has attracted the largest spectator crowds in history. On many nights, the large sta dium was filled to overflowing, with townspeople lured by the prospects of good ball, plus the fact that the verdant greensward glistening under the brilliant lights provided a pleas ant setting for an evening of relax ation. Spectator turnouts for some of the night softball contests have been virtually as large as those attracted by the high school football team, but the spirit of those in the stands is marked by an entirely different sort of attitude. Good Relaxation Instead of the tense and belliger ently partisan mood that keeps a football crowd on edge, softball spec tators are good natured and relaxed. Although there is the natural desire for the home team to win, no one gets all “hot and bothered” about the game’s outcome, with the result that good plays can be cheered re gardless of who makes them. Harmon field’s physical equipment for night play is distinctly above the average, and the equal of any thing Lima of Findlay can provide. The lighting system is excellent, and the spacious stadium provides plenty of seating space. Plowing Under Way For Fall Wheat Acreage Which May Set New Record Elsewhere at the field, other ac tivities also were popular through out the summer. Particularly of in terest was the new playground es tablished for kiddies adjacent to Col lege avenue the field tennis courts organized activity for children thru out the daylight hours, and evening softball leagues for men. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Triplett, Bluffton, a girl, Pamela K., Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Agner, Ot tawa, a girl, Doris Maxine, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Miles Hefner, Beav erdam, a boy, James Lee, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Nonnamaker, Bluffton, a girl, Sue Ann, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Shulaw, Lafayette, a boy, William Phillip, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Moser, Columbus Grove, a girl eray An nette, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Withrow, Rawson, a girl, Judy Lynn, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weller, Ada, a boy, Larry Robert, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Long, Ada, a girl, Patricia Lee, Tusday. Mr. and Mrs. Orland Willke, Ada, a girl, Wednesday morning. HEADS MINISTERIAL ASS’N Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the Methodist church was elected presi dent of the Bluffton Ministerial as sociation for the coming year at a meeting Tuesday morning. cattle, and in some cases farmers just let land lay idle for the sum mer season. Plentiful rainfall in August, an unusual circumstance, has softened the ground, putting it in excellent condition for working. With no crops on them there has been noth ing to hinder plowing for wheat seeding in early fall. Indeterminate factor in the size of the area’s w-heat acreage, how ever, is the question as to how soon the corn crop can be gotten out of the way. Altho most corn was planted quite late last spring, it now- looks as if fields generally are as far along toward maturity as in normal seasons, and if so the usual acreage should be available for wheat. Preparation of corn land for the seeding of wheat is a simple matter once fodder is removed, for discing soon can complete tillage of a siz able acreage. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 1947 EIGHT TEAMS IN FOOTBALL PREVIEW HERE FRIDAY NIGHT Blurt’ton, Pandora, Mt, Cory, Rawson, Col. Grove, Lafay ette, Ada, Forest Here Proceeds from All-Star Presen tation for Town’s Recrea tion Program An action-studded presentation is in store for area grid fans Friday night at Harmon field, when eight crack Class elevens tune up for their fall campaigns with competi tion in Bluffton’s first football pre view-. In the preview- schedule there will be four 16-minute games, as follows: Mt. Cory vs LaF.ayette Pandora vs Rawson Ada vs Columbus Grove Bluffton vs Forest Stadium seating space is at a pre mium for the all-star classic, with each of the eight competing schools allotted 100 reserved seats. There will be a sufficient supply of general admission tickets, however. All tick ets sold prior to the game are sub ject to a 10-cent discount. In Bluffton, tickets‘are being sold at the high school office, and are go ing rapidly after being put on sale Tuesday morning. Of the competing elevens in Bluff ton’s first preview, Fo’est, Pandora, Lafayette and Columbus Grove are members of the Northwest Confer ence of Class teams Rawson and Mt. Cory play in the Hancock Coun ty Little Nine Bluffton is defend ing champion of the Western Buck eye league, and Ada is an independ i ent. Coach Kent Cotterman has only (Continued on page 8) Girl Falls Out Of Car And Breaks Arm Mary Margaret 6-ye old daugh ter of Mr. and MriL'Nelson Steiner of North Lawn avenue sustained a broken upper left arm when she fell out of a car in which she was rid ing while on a vacation motor trip with her parents Tuesday of last week. The accident occurred near Cook son, Minnesota, w-here they had stop ped along the road to view a scenic spot. In attempting to open the car door the girl, unaware it was partly unlatched pushed against it and fell out of the car as the door suddenly swung open. She was given medical attention at a hospital where she remained overnight and the family returned to their home here last Saturday afternoon. Robert Pannabecker Ends Work In China Robert Pannabecker, Bluffton High school graduate, and son of Dr. and Mrs. S. F. Pannabecker, of Chicago, is enroute home after spending the last year training Chinese farmers to operate tractors and other mech anized equipment as a part of the United Nations relief program in China. When Pannabecker went to China last year he first was assigned to the agricultural machinery operation management office to help expedite supplies to the war devastated in terior. Later he was transferred to Ho nan province in North China, where he w-orked as an instructor in var ious tractor projects in areas which had been flooded by the Yellow river when the Chinese broke the dikes to stop the advance of the Japanese in 1938. The area is one of great ag ricultural productivity. Trio In New Mexico Auto Crash Return Mr. and Mrs. Orton Stratton liv ing south of Bluffton and Mrs.. Daisy Pifer of Raw-son returned here early Sunday morning from Tucumcari, New- Mexico, w-here they were hospitalized following an auto mobile accident which claimed the life of Mrs. Elvira Sutter Perry, former Bluffton resident. They made the trip east by rail, arriving at the Pennsylvania station in Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Stratton were removed in the Paul Diller ambulance to Bluffton hospital and Mrs. Pifer to her home in Rawson. Mr. Stratton left the hospital here for the home of his son Raymond Stratton south of Bluffton and his wife is expected also to be removed to the home of her son Raymond, this week. Tellers at the Cit bank here w ere busy Tuesday as many veterans of the Bluffton area presented thei terminal leave bonds to be exchang•ed for cash. While there was no lineup of ex service men iwaiting their turn at the cashiers’ windows, there was a steady stream of veterans through out banking 1lours Tuesday present ing their bonds for greenbacks. The bonds yielding 2’fc per cent interest a yea for five years repre sent pay for unused leave accumu lated by ex-service men. They were entitled to 30 days leave a year but in wartime few- got that much. It was stipulated originally that the bonds could not be cashed for five years but congress changed the regu lation with Tuesday as the first day for the exchange privilege. Bluffton Area Veterans Cash Terminal Leave Bonds At Bank Here Tuesday As Corn Prices Go, So Goes Cost of Meat, Dairy Pro ducts, Poultry Corn in This Area Making Ec ceptional Progress Despite Late Start With corn making exceptional progress to offset some of the handi caps of late seeding, midsummer prospects indicate a near-normal crop in the Bluffton district next fall, providing killing frost will hold off until late September. Similar improvement in the com outlook thruout the nation has resulted in a revision upward in yield estimates, altho the big “if” in the situation generally is the same as here—“when will frost come?” Improvement in corn prospects locally have brought optimism from farmers for the first time this sea son, as they see a brighter outlook for large-scale operations in raising corn and feeding it to hogs, long a major farm operation in these parts. Corn Affects Prices Com—principal crop in the Bluff ton area—is one of the vital key stones to the country’s entire food structure, a fact often overlooked in (Continued on page 8) Wade Mumma On Scholarship List Wade E. Mumma, son of Carl Mumma, of Bluffton, was among 1,620 students in the distinguished scholarship rating list for the sec ond semester of the 1946-47 school year at Purdue university. To at tain this honor a student must have an average of five points or better in all subjects carried. David Little Struck By Auto In Toledo Injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile in Toledo, Sunday afternoon kept David Little, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wood row Little, of South Main street, from enrolling in the first grade of school here on Tuesday. Playing in front of the Toledo residence of Mrs. Little’s sister, the Bluffton boy was struck as he step ped into the path of an oncoming car in an attempt to see past a parked automobile. Thrown beneath the parked car by the impact, David received a broken collarbone and numerous bruises. He was taken to Mercy hospital where he remained until Tuesday afternoon when his parents brought him home, where he is confined to bed. Gets Master’s Degree From Seminary Karl Schultz, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz received his Master of Arts degree from Chicago Theologic al seminary, affiliated with the Uni versity of Chicago, Friday. He will be here next week for a short visit after which he expects to leave for further study in the University of Southern California. Returns From Two Weeks Duty In Navy Gayion D. Thomas of the Stein man Bros. Lumber company has re turned after two weeks active duty with the Navy. Thomas, a member of the organized reserves served four and one-half years during the war in the submarine service in the southwest Pacific. Missionaries Coming Home From Africa Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seneff, mis sionaries who have served for the past eight years in the African Con go region are enroute to this coun try on furlough. They are expected here the latter part of this month or early in October. Mrs. Seneff is the former Lillian Welty of Bluffton, daughter of John Welty of Cherry street. They left their station in the interior of Af rica on June 20, starting on their return journey. Mr. and Mrs. Sen eff work under direction of the Af rica Inland Mission, an interdenom inational board. mproved Corn Prospects Renew Hopes Of Holding Food Price Line N) VOTE ON SEWER BOND ISSUE HERE BEFORE NEXT YEAR Hope Entertained That Con gress May Make Federal Aid Possible Could Vote on Measure at Three Regular Elections Next Year Altho final plans and specifications for Bluffton’s proposed intercepting sew-erage system and a sewage dis posal plant wil 1 be completed by early fall, there is little possibility of a bond issue to finance the pro ject being presented at the polls this year. It already is too late to hope to get the issue on the ballot for this fall’s general selection, and spokes men for the village administration have pointed out factors favorable toward delaying a vote at least un til some time next year. Principal advantage of waiting until later for a vote is the pos sibility that federal aid for installa tion of the sew-age disposal system may be made available in the next session of Congress. Federal Aid Possibility Under legislation proposed in Congress more than a year ago, but which has not yet come up for vote, it would be possible for the village to obtain federal funds to cover ap proximately one-third of the cost of the system. There are three regular elections next year, spaced at three-months intervals, at which the sewage bond issue could be presented .to voters, thereby eliminating the cost of a special election for that purpose only. The regular elections will fall in the spring, summer and fall. First will be the May presidential pre ferential balloting next comes the state and county primary in August and the third will be the Novermber general election. Plans Near Completion In the meantime the completion of plans and specifications for the oft deferred sewage disposal system marks the first step toward com pletion of any phase of the work in nearly two decades. Proceeding with plans for the proposed system has been made pos sible thru an interest-free $8,000 loan from the Federal Works Agen cy, which is to be repaid if and when a bond issue for the project is approved by voters. Plans and specifications for the system of intercepting sewers were completed last week by the Toledo engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis and Strout, and completion of work on the sewage disposal plant specifications is set for early fall. Girl Hurt In Crash To Be Brought Home Kathleen Nisw’ander, who has been in the Findlay hospital for nearly two weeks following an automobile accident is expected to be biDught to her home the latter part of this week. Miss Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Niswander, resid ing north of town on the county line was badly injured when the car which she was driving struck a bridge abutment. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 20 PRICE OF HOUSES SOARS AS COST OF BUILDING GOES UP Last Spring’s Budding Boom Withered by Higher Costs This Summer Older Houses Coming On Market At More Than Double Pre-War Price Altho construction of one more new house is under way here and an other residential structure has been moved into town for remodeling, Bluffton’s summer building boom has tapered off to a program of little activity, following a promising start spring. High cost of building is held re sponsible for the drastic curtailment in local construction activity, a de velopment that has been particularly unexpected in view of the fact that last spring’s building activity indi cated a boom of record proportions over the summer months. Instead, soaring costs of materials and labor have cut into the home construction program, to the extent that the start of a new' residence last week marked the first new building program in nearly two months. Starts New House The new house launched last week will be a tone and one-half story Cape Cod structure, in the King ad dition on Harmon road. It is being built for Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Roda baugh, who now porary quarters site. are living in tem on the building Rodabaugh’s ho crete blocks with is expected that me will be of con a stucco finish. It the home will be (Continued on page 8) Teachers Leaving To Assume School Duties A number of Bluffton teachers are leaving to assume teaching duties in various schools and colleges for the coming year. Among these are: Dorothy Schumacher, public school music instructor at Wyoming, a Cincinnati suburb. James Basinger, instructor in air craft, Purdue university, West La fayette, Indiana, Barbara Jean Triplett, public school music instructor in a Van Wert school. Rita Hankish, public school music instructor, Whittier school, Lima. James Griffith, instructor in po litical science, Kenton high school. Roberta Biery, instructor in Latin, Northfield School for Girls, East Northfield, Mass. Theda Hankish, instructor in home economics, Lima Central high school. Marceille Steiner, instructor in home economics, Salem hijjh school, Upper Sandusky. Geneva Hankish, commercial in structor, Defiance high school. Esther Berky and Helen Greding, instructors in primary grades, Tur tle Mountain Indian reservation, Bellecourt, North Dakota. Nelson Hauenstein, instructor in music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ruth Hankish, commercial in structor, Wauseon high school. Edward Schumacher, instructor in industrial arts, Bowling Green State university. Adelaide McGinnis, instructor in. languages, Put-in-Bay high school. To Show Mennonites Migration to Paraguay Actual scenes taken during the migration of 2,311 Mennonite refugees from occupied zones in Germany to their new’ home in Para guay, South America, will be shown tat the high school gymnasium, Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dyck, European relief workers. The pictures will be shown in con nection with an illustrated lecture to be given by Mr. and Mrs. Dyck who have recently returned from the war stricken districts of Europe. Their appearance here is sponsor ed by Mennonite churches of the Bluffton-Pandora area which have been active in support of the relief program. Because of the widespread interest in this work, the meeting will be held in the high school gym nasium in order to accommodate the large crowd which is expected. The films will show many aspects of refugee work including life in Berlin and the exodus to Bremer haven, embarkation and life aboard the Dutch vessel Volendam, camp life after debarkation and life at Asuncion, Paraguay.