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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII VOTE FOR MAYOR IN ALL PRECINTS TO BE RECOUNTED Requests Filed for Recount Mayor's Vote in All Four Precincts the$ of to County Board of Elections Set Recount Date at Meet ing Thursday Recount of the vote for mayor cast in Bluffton’s municipal election last week will be made by the Allen County Board of Elections. This be came known the first of the week when petitions were filed at the office of the board in Lima making formal request for recounting the vote in all four precincts here. Request for a recount of the vote 5n precincts 6,' C, and was filed Saturday reportedly in behalf of a group which supported Mayor W. A. Howe for re-election in a write-in campaign. Board of Election offi cials said the request was signed by Gerald Berry, Brauen. Glen Wens. Homer Bracy, Lloyd Moser and ^-Charles a recount of the vote was filed Wednesday Request for in ptecinct A by a bi-partisan Democratic and Re publican group. the two parties preceding the elec tion had issued a statement asking voters to make their choice of mayor ality candidates from (he two cau cus-nominees, Arden Baker, demo crat and Paul Stauffer, republican. Signning the request were: Ralph Badertscher, Fred Getties, A. H. Hauenstein, George Rauenbuhler and Sidney Stettler. Committeemen of County Board Meets Thursday A meeting of the county board of elections is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at *4:30 o’clock at which time board memOMBS indicated a date •will be set for the recount. One representative of each group ^^questing the recount and one rep resMjjlive of each of the cancydates involvBl-may be present when! the ballots ar^recounted by the b^ard of elections, ^^ejiresentatives mav lesire. On the face of the official count Baker was elected mayor last week with a vote of 349 Howe second and Stauffer third with with 273 206. Ballots Disqualified a possible recount arose Report Talk of following- the election w-hen it was reported that 90 ballots were dis qualified because some had no check or “X” mark in front of Howe’s name and others with the name mis spelled or initials missing. Howe, runnerup on the official count, could still win the election by gaining 77 of the 90 disputed ballots. Meanwhile Baker and Howe, cen ters of the political dispute pro fessed disinterest in the entire mat ter, each having declined to ask for any recount of the votes. The two have been closely associated in muni cipal affairs during the past two years, Howe at present serving as mayor and Baker a member of town council. Aukerman was at that time a candidate on the republican ticket for council to which he was also elected. He refused the mayor’s post, however, and chose to remain on the council, which body persuad ed Howe, as winner on the republi can ticket to continue as mayor. Five Days to Request Recount Ohio election statutes provide that petition for recount of the vote may be filed not later than after certificate of the has beeq made. the fifth day official count requested by The recount may be any candidate voted for at the elec tion or any group of five or more qualified electors voting at the elec tion, by making an application in writing to the board of elections and by depositing with the board cash or bond in amount of $10 for each precinct in which a recount is requested. In event the recount shows a var iation of over two per cent from thi official count the money is refunded to the petitioner, otherwise it is re tained by the board and turned inb the county funds. The petitioners are entitled have the votes for any candidate oi candidates for the same office re counted in any or all precincts up on terms and conditions provided by the statutes governing such recount. the Arrive Here After Eight Years In Africa Rev. and Mrs. H. A. Seneff, who have been engaged in mission work in Africa for the past eight years, arrived here Wednesday at the home of her father, John Welty of Cherry stret, to visit for an indefinite time. Mrs. Seneff is the former Lillian Welty. Mr. and Mrs. Seneff work under direction of the Africa Inland Mis sion, an interdenominational board. They left their station June 20 to start on the return journey to this country. BODY OF JAMES AMSTUTZ COMING HOME FOR BURIAL Bluffton Soldier Killed In Ger many In 1945 Will Be Brought Home Soon Amstutz graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1942, and was a member of Emanuel’s Reform ed church. He was employed by the City Market before going into serv ice, and also had previously worked for the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Bluffton Stone Co. Mrs. Eli Amstutz, of Popular streets, is a grandmother, and Mrs. Rayon Boutwell, of near Bluffton, a sister of the soldier-hero, parents now live in Harrod. Bluffton Physician Is Seriously the has the This is the second time Howe figured in a write-in campaign, first being at the election two years ago when as a republican candidate for re-election he was defeated by Charles Aukerman, a write-in candi date. Doughty Little A. C. & Y. Line Gets Nationwide Recognition In Recent Book V... Be brents Notified Body Will Shipped Soon: Definite Date Indefinite Body of Pfc. James Amstutz, kill ed in action in Germany on February 9, 1945, will be brought home for burial soon, according to wpfd received by his parents, Mr. and Harry Amstutz, former Blui residents. Arrangements for bringing Bluffton High school graduate to country have Jot been completed, and the date -J arrival continues in definite awe ting the receipt of fur ther inforr ntidn. Inducted ‘jffto the-afrmy on 1943, Pfc, Amstut ffis b*Wc training fit Camp .4by, Misx lie went to England on July 5, 1944, arid first entered combat duty in t. e Aachen, Germany, sector, 1944. action ft was ssfv When he killed in owing FeJlgjurj he ing with the Ninth division of the First Army. He was 20 years old at the time of death. His III M. R. Bixel, Bluffton physician, is a patient in Bluffton hospital ser iously ill with a heart ailment. He was removed from his home on Cherry street to the hospital, Satur day, after suffering a relapse. His condition was reported unchanged Wednesday morning. The physician has been ill with a heart condition since early last sum mer. At that time he received treat ment in the hospital but later was removed to his hbme following im provement. Revival Meetings Revival meetings are being held at Liberty Chapel church, Orange town ship. conducted by Rev. C. W. Ruhl man of Columbus. Body of Staff Sergeant Allen Rob ert Wilson, former Bluffton resident who was killed in action in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge, January 31, 1945, will be buried in Benton Ridge cemetery, following funeral services at the Benton Ridge Evan gelical church, Saturday afternoon it 1:30 o’clock. He was a member if that church. Only Line in State Operating Mixed Freight and Pass enger Trains Important Link in East-West Transportation Hauls Many Auto Tires One of Bluffton’s railroads, the seven-train-a-day A. C. and Y. has qualified for an unusual distinctionf that of being the only line in Ohio operating a regular daily mixed freight and passenger train. Combination trains virtually have become extinct in this part of the country, member included altho our fathers can re the time when all railroads such runs in their schedules. C. and Y. operations, two In A. combination trains go thru Bluffton daily. No. 90, eastbound, leaves Delphos at 6:30 a. m. every morning, going through Bluffton at 9:45 a. m. and arriving in Akron at 4:30 p. m. The westbound No. 95 leaves Akron at 10:30 a. m., stopping here 4:45 p. m. and reaching Delphos 6:30 p. m. (Continued on page 2) Somehow, in most of those storied a medical college is involved. Now there was the Worthington Medical College, Worthington, Frank lin County, opened in 1830 under the first charter ever granted a medical school in Ohio. It thrived for 10 years and had more than 200 students but in 1840 had to close when in censed citizens found that several graves had been Body Of Soldier, Former Bluffton Man To Be Buried At Benton Ridge Saturday The body will arrive in Findlay, Thursday afternoon at 12:13 over he New York Centra) railroad. He s the first World War II casualty o be returned to Hancock county rom overseas and was 25 years of ige at the time of his death. Sgt. Wilson lived for a time on Cherry street Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia Waltz whom he married on September 15, 1939, and his parents, William and robbed. Willoughby, Lake so well of the Wil- Residents of County, thought loughby Medical 1834, that they changed the town’s name from Chagrin to Willoughby. It had nearly 200 students in 1843. But when the Widow Tarbell discov ered that her recently buried husband was not where he should have been— (Continued on page 10) w College, opened in Births following births at Bluffton The hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ortho Stratton, Findlay, a boy Stephen Ortho, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hamman, Bluffton, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Grove, a gene, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. fayette, a boy Sunday. Mary Elizabeth, Stanley Barber, boy, Walter Eu- Paul Dirmeyer, La Richard Leighton, James Bell, Lafay- Mr. and Mrs. ette, a girl, Wednesday morning. Ho (Foltz) Wilson of Findlay. Officiating at the funeral services will be Rev. E. T. Shepard, pastor of the Benton Ridge church and Ralph D. Cole Post of the Ameri can Legion, Findlay, will conduct military rites. Besides his wife and parents he -s survived by two brothers, Blaine and William of Findlay and two sis ters, Mrs. Chas. Knepper, Toledo, and Shirly Lou at home. The body will be accompanied on the train from Columbus by a mili tary escort, First Sgt. Jesse Gaines. On its arrival in Findlay it will be taken to the Coldren funeral home to remain there until time for the services. The parents request that friends call at the funeral home be tween the hours of 2 and 4 p. m. and 7 and 9 p. m. Bluffton at at BY HARR.Y HALS is oits appear is Editor’s Note—This of a series of articles to in the Bluffton News with early Ohio history, wifi appear issues. dealing Others in forthcoming The Motive For Murder They are gruesome tales, those stories of the grave-robbing era in Ohio, just before the Gay 90’s changed the state’s dirge-like tunes to more romantic ones—like “After the Ball?’ Mixed together and well told they make aiconcoction guaran teed, if ruad before? retiring, to bring dreams t.i jjVp^i.or wakffuD nesR to those who sleep none too well. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOV PLAN CHANGES TO ADAPT WATER OF BUCKEYE FOR FISH Crews of Volunteer Workers Salvage Fish from Oxygen depleted Quarry May Add Inlet From Marsh Run Other Plans Considered Committees by Fish population remaining in the lake this week was in no immediate durtger, as the result of remedial action in removiog many fish, plus aerating practices in,spraying water into the air, a procedure that was continuing this week. Of the thousands of fish removed front the Buckeye to the Water works quarry, only three dead ones were found later in the week, serv ing as proof that a lack of was the cause of large floundering helplessly on the and gasping for air. A committee studying the situation is composed of Edgar Root and Jesse Manges, of the club’s fish management staff, and Gerald Clever, who is Buckeye manager for the organization. Stores Close Hour On Armistice Day Bluffton retail estblishments were closed from 11 a. m. until noon Tuesday, as the town’s business ac tivity paused for a one-hour observ ance of Armistice Day, highlighted by a community program in the high school auditorium. Prof. Lawrence Freeman, of Ohio Northern university, was the speak er at the service, taking as his sub ject, “Americanism.” Special patriotic music was pre sented by the uniformed Bluffton High school band, directed by its conductor Harold Hunter. The Armistic Day observance was sponsored by Bluffton post, Ameri can Legion. In observance of the day as a na tional holiday, the Citizens’s Nation al bank and the Bluffton postoffice were closed throughout the day. Bluffton Physician Honored By Chinese Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh, Bluffton physician who was stationed in the Far East during World War II has received a citation from the Chinese National government awarding him the Special Breast Order of Yun Hui with Ribbon “for meritorious and outstanding services which aided China in the prosecution of the war against Japan,” it was announced the first of the week. The decora tion was received by Dr. Rodabaugh through the War department. Student Recital 13, 1947 Sportsmen’s club com week were studying Community mittees this means of re-conditioning water in Buckeye lake, after thousands of targe gamefish at the point of death were removed last week from the oxygen-depleted quarry. Crews of volunteer workers last Tuesday and Wednesday seined more than 30 tubs of large fish from the quarry, and thousands of others were released thru the dike outlet into Big Riley creek to meet a crisis that was threatening most of the fish life in the large body of water. Fish seined from the Buckeye were taken to the water works quarry. oxygen schools surface New Inlet Proposed Proposals to again fit the Buckeye as a popular fishing spot included the suggested installation of an in let iato the quarry from Marsh Run,, so that water in freshet stage couh be run thru the quarry. that a abandoned oil veil upstream on AJ tx.ii er suggestion ’arg* Marr Run he uncapped, to permit a jninuous flow c» .water from a spring that now feeds rara the oil well Rasing. This would keep Marsh ^Run^j^owing al[. it., was pointed out. ninuous flow c» water from a Sportsmen club directors also urged motor boat enthusiasts to continue operating on the lake, with the churning action of propellers credited with providing more oxygen in the water. A ban on motor boat ing was lifted last week, following the crisis. yea First student recital of the will be held this Wednesday night in Ramseyer chapel at 8:30 o’clock. Pupils of Pearl Bogart Mann, Ott H. Holtkamp and Russell A. Lantz will appear. The public is cordially invited. —i.- nii The accident occurred when Han kish after pouring anti-freeze in the radiator of the car struck a match to light a cigaret. He was takap to St. Rita’s hospi tal, Lima, following the accident for an examination to determine whether he had received any injury to his, eyesight. His condition, however, Plenty of Hunters and Scarcity of Game Forecast As Open ing Day Nears All Rooming Accommodations in Town Sold Out for Week End news Bluffton Man Is Burned When Anti Freeze Ignites From Lighted Chas. Hankish, 27, was painfully burned about the head when a light ed match ignited fumes of volatile anti-freeze which he had just finish ed putting in his father’s car at the rear of the Hankish confectionary on North Main street Tueafw evning at 6 o’clock. rabbit Although pheasant and shortages likely will make this the poorest hunting season in recent years, an army of nimrods will make the Bluffton area their center of operations for opening of the season Saturday morning at 9:00 o’clock. All hotel and tourist home ac commodations are said to be reserv ed for the hunting weekend, and rooms in private homes are at a premium in attempting to prepare for hunters expected here as the season opens. With the prospect of a heavy in flux of hunters from outside and game at a premium throughout the Plenty of supervision over hunters in the Bluffton district will be provided this year, with two game protectors establishing their residence at 118 Poplar street -Located Ramge, p'fotectur, supervisor counties. 177-R. here are Donald county game Keckler, Allen and Paul over protectors in 13 Their telephone is district, more farmers than ever be fore are posting “No Hunting” signs around their land. Although the majority of farmers readily give consent to friends hunting on their land, in recent years they have shied away from granting permission to strangers and those inexperienced in the of firearms. use will dec Pheasant hunting this year be the poorest in more than a ade, and much worse than that of the last two seasons. Four consecu tive wet spring seasons during hatch ing time are blamed for the short age of game, growing worse each year. Rabbit hunting also will not meas ure up to normal supply, and pre season indications are that hunters will have to work harder for the game they get. than ever this year of pheas- The abbreviated season give only one week hunting, from Saturday through following Saturday. Hunting be permitted only between the rul- will ant the will hours of 9 a .m. and 4 p. m. ing out all morning and evening hunting when many of the game birds are taken each year. Noted Outdoorsman Will Speak Here Albert Dixon Simmons, noted out doorsman and photography editor for Outdoors magazine will speak and show motion pictures of game and wildlife at a pre-hunting season mixer at the Community Sports men’s clubdooms this Wednesday night. Fifty-two roasted corn-fed mallard ducks will be served in connection with the affair which wlil start at 16:45 o’clock. A. E. Kohli, club president will announce the personnel of the nom inating committee for the annual election of officers. Room Is Damaged In Gas Explosion Furnishings of a room in the ome of Albert Oyer of North Lawn avenue were damaged in a gas ex plosion as Oyer was attempting to dean the pilot of a gas stove, Sun lay afternoon. Oyer said the pilot ght was not burning at the time and he is unable to account for the mishap. He was not injured. tch was reported satisfactory Wednesday morning and he is expected home later this week. .- Averting more serious consequences of the mishap is attributed to quick action by his father, Chas. Hankish, Sr., who ripped the shift off his son and smothered flames, about the young man’s head when ’the latter ran into the rear of th*' store. Hankish, Sr., was working in the rear room and acted instantly when he looked up to find tjps son with clothing on the upper’fe part of his body ablaze. The car was not damaged. Big Influx Of Hunters To (’ome Here For Abbreviated Pheasant Season LITTLE POULTRY MAKETED AFTER BAN IS REMOVED Moratorium o n .“Poultryless Thursdays” -Finds Few Fowls on Market Most Producer^ Believed to Awaiting Anticipated Higher Prices Be Marketing of poultry, un^ttally heuty here during tly one month ptfcervance of Pou Ln*y less Thurs dfeys”. tell off sharply this *wok, following the moratorium poultrx less days ann»uia y. by the Citizeis’ Food Committee. The slump in moving poultry xc the market is believed temporary, however, and results largely from producers awaiGi. v liighrr prices that Are Expected result from abandonment of the rfogrrni to cut down on the amount of poultry con sumed by the public.7 With pouitry held off the market, result of th« latest jnpve is running ^oj .cary to the* of conservation program—aimed prin cipally at conservation of grain. With poultry raisers keeping flocks intact, awaiting higher prices, birds are continuing to eat grain farms. live i on Selling Depletes Flocks Another factor in the slump poultry marketing is the general depletion of poultry flocks by heavy selling during the last month, which has materially cut down surplus und finds many raisers with a minimum of marketable birds. of Tn the meantime, local dealers said the first of this week that the market seems on “dead center”, a condition marked by no change in prices and with poultry* marketing at the vanishing point. In lifting the ban of use of poultry in the family menu, Charles Luck man, chairman of the Citizens com mittee, said the poultry industry had presented a substitute program of its own, showing where 56,91X1,000 bushels of grain could be saved. Aims of Program sub- The poultry industry, in its stitute program, pledges to: 1—Reduce the number of broiler chicks one-third below* normal sea sonal levels by Jan. 31 and baby chick production for all purposes by* 7 per cent between Feb. 1 and June 30 for a combined saving of 21,000, 000 bushels of grain. 2—Cut the turkey hatch 12 per cent compared with 1947 levels for a 4,700,000 bushel saving. 3—Reduce duck production 15 per cent compared with 1947, saving 350,000 bushels. 4—Cull U. S. chicken flocks from 536,000,000 to 400,000,000 birds by Jan. 1, saving 30,000,000 bushels. Remodeled Store Will Hold Opening Friday Formal opening of Waitermire’s store, recently remodeled, will be held Friday, it is announced bv Ed Waitermire, proprietor. The store’s quarters on North Main street have been enlarged and an illuminated sign added, making possible better and more efficient service to the trade, Waitermire stated. The open ing, Friday, will mark the first dis play of the stock of Christmas toys. Ebenezer Male Chorus At Rockport Sunday Ebenezer Men’s chorus of 30 under direction of Waldo Hof will give a sacred concert at The voices stetter the Rockport Methodist church Sun day night at 8 o’clock. A Good Place to Trade NEPHEW OF BOARD OF AFFAIRS CLERK DIES AFTER CRASH Twight Casteel, Son of Form er Mabel Emans, Receives Fatal Injuries Findlay Youth Fatally Hurt Iji Mishap Near Carey 4 Sunday Dwight Casteel, 21, nephew of Charles Einans, clerk of the Bluffton board of public affairs, and the former Mabel Emans, of died last Monday in Findtay of injuries received when his auto mobile struck a utility pole three miles west of Garey at 1:20 a. m. Sunday. The youth, who lived with his parents in Findlay, sustained a brok en back, complete paralysis of hips and limbs and a broken collar bone in the mishap. He was driver of the auto which state highway patrolmen said went into the ditch on the left side of the Charles Einans, clerk of the Board of Public Affairs here, re ceived a scalp laceration as the result of an automobile accident in Findla.K Tuesday. The acci dent occurred^when two cars, in one of which Einans was riding, collided at a street intersection, as the Bluffton man and, rela tives were enroute to a green house to get flowers for the fun eral of his nephew, Dwight Cas teel. Emans’ injuries are not serious. highway, then veered across to the opposite border of the road where it sheered off the pole and upset. The vehicle was demolished. Casteel’s companion, Glen Clark, 23, of Carey*, was thrown clear of the wreckage and suffered only slight injury. Tn addition to his parents, My, Amd Mrs.’J. Dwight Castc.el, of 'Findlay*, he is survived by two jjMers, Rosel 1en and Jeanette U4neel, both at home hi^ unc^t, Mr. Emans, and his •Mr*..***-1 ton. Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon in Findlay. Burial was in the Van Horn cemetery near Vanlue. i Casteel was a veteran of World War 11 and had been employed as an automobile mechanic in Carey. Deer Hunters Home From Canadian Wilds Three parties of deer hunters from Bluffton and Ada district returned from Canada the first of the week. A Bluffton group at Bruce Mines, Ontario, included Leland Sechler, Gerald Swank, Joe Birchnaugh, Alvin Stager, Weldon Lugibill and Dewitt Ewing. Birchnaugh bagged an eight point buck. Another Bluffton group at Bruce Mines included Wilbur Niswander and Earl Hilty, Bluffton Marion Moser, Findlay Merl Sites, Lima and Gilly Archer, Wapakoneta. The party brought back four deer, one of which a 6 point buck was shot by Niswander and another, yearling spike, by Hilty. An Ada party consisting of Frank Montgomery, Judson and Lewis Klingler is home from Espagnola, Ontario with several buck deer and a black bear. Mrs. Charity Frick Rites Held Friday Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon in the funeral home for Mrs. Frick, 78, who died last at her home on Cherry lowing a long illness. SI* 30 Bluff] Paul DiUer Charity B. Wednesday street, fol- Mrs. Frick had been bedfast since the Sunday preceding her death. Born August 14, 1869, in Marion township, she was the widow of Robert Clark Frick, who died in 1934. Survivors include three daughters: Miss Leia Frick, at home Mrs. Elnora Slenker, New Hyde Park, N. Y. Mrs. Margaret Boutwell, In dianapolis, Ind. and two sons, Rob ert A. Frick of Lima, A. Frick, of Bluffton. Also surviving are a Emma Risser, Maneno, brother, Merle Fensler, and George sister, Mrs. III., and a Lima. Mrs. Frick was a member of the Bluffton Presbyterian church, and Rev. E. N. Bigelow, pastor of the church, officiated at the funeral rites Friday. Burial was in the Clymer cemetery, near Bluffton.