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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII TO CLOSE JACKSON STREET AT GRADE SCHOOL EACH NOON Town Also Requests State High way Patrol of Main Street to Curb Speeding Council Acts on Eight Traffic Proposals Presented by Citizens Group Acting on recommendations for improved traffic safety presented at last Monday night’s meeting of the municipal council by a citizens group, councilmen made the following deci sion on eight proposals: 1—Set up to bar all vehicular traffic in front of the grade school on Jackson street between Vine and Franklin streets, every noon hour ■when school is in session. 2—Authorized Mayor W. A. Howe to request that the state highway patrol conduct a 30-day campaign on Main street in Bluffton to curb speeding and reckless driving thru the town. Ask Greyhounds to Curb Speed 3—Decided on a letter to the Greyhound Bus lines requesting the curtailment of excessive speed of buses operated within the city limits. 4—Placed renewed emphasis on a program to replace STOP signs where needed at street intersections. 5—Ordered a daily check of all traffic signals so that prompt re placement of burned out lights can be made. School Zone Markers 6—Took action to provide street SCHOOL ZONE markings at the grade school similar to those painted last week at the high school on Main street by the state highway depart ment. 7—Set up to study the replacement and renovation of street markers. 8—Tabled for further investigation a request to prohibit parking in the first stall on each side of the Frank lin street intersection on Main street, to provide better view of on coming traffic which cars coming off Franklin street must avoid,. Spokesmen for the citizens group, which presented the eight recom mendations, were Woodrow little and Norman Triplett accompanied by Supt. Ralph Lanham and Waldo Hofstetter, representing the board of education. Bar Noon Traffic Barring traffic on Jackson street from 11:45 a. m. until 1 p. m., urged by school officials, will help safeguard the lives of school young sters crossing the street to the school yard and those who play during the noon hour on the school grounds, it was pointed out. Barriers will be erected on Jack son street at Franklin street and Vine street, closing off to vehicular travel a two-block stretch of the street. On Church street, a barrier will be placed at the alley by the Niswander and Herring office. State highway patrol cooperation in patrolling Main street, heavily traveled by Dixie highway traffic, was requested on the assumption that highway patrolmen can be assigned for that purpose. The request for re-marking of stop streets followed by several weeks a program of replacement started by the town, after a survey showed many signs had been knocked down in accidents or destroyed through vandalism. New signs have been ordered by the town, but delivery has been delayed. Adequate street marking of school zones, as requested, was assured Tuesday when Mayor W. A. Howe was told by officials of the state highway department that they would cooperate in doing the work, avith the town paying for expenses entailed. Further study of the proposition asking for action to bar parking near the Franklin street intersection on Main was required because discus sion disclosed that heavy traffic coming out of alleys throughout the business district face equal hazards. To bar parking at all such spots would remove parking space already at a premium. Among proposals informally dis cussed by the council to eliminate those hazards were sugges+ions to permit traffic in allevg only away from Main street, with no vehicles to come onto the street from them, or perhaps to permit onlv right hand turns, so that cars rould not turn left across traffic. Real Estate Deal Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Sutter are occupying the recently built residence in Garmfttter addition which they purchased from Albert Gar matter. However, attending physicians said that it would be some time before his eyesight becomes normal. The accident occurred when Han kish struck a match to light a cigaret which ignited fumes from the anti-freeze which he had just finished putting into his father’s car. COUNTY BOARD TO RECOUNT VOTE FOR MAYOR THURSDAY Official Recount Scheduled to Begin in Afternoon at 1:30 O’clock Outcome of Recount is Expected to Hinge on Status of Dis puted Ballots Recount of the vote for mayor cast in Bluffton’s municipal election November 4 will be made by the Al len County Board of Elections at the office of the board in the court house at Lima, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Requests for the recount were filed by two divergent groups, one which reportedly supported Mayor W. A. Howe in the write-in campaign ask ing for a recount in precincts B, and D, and another consisting of a bi-partisan group which supported the caucus-nominated candidates, Arden Baker, democrat and Paul Stauffer, republican, asking for a recount in precinct A. Tt^e official count showed Baker elected mayor by a vote of 349 Howe second with 273 votes as a result of the write-in campaign and .Stauffer third with 206 votes. 90 Disputed Ballots Outcome of the recount is expect ed to hinge upon the status of 90 reportedly disputed ballots. Howe, as runner-up in the electin could conceivably be the winner should he gain 77 votes without any gain for Baker. Under the Ohio election law, one representative of each group re questing the recount and one repre sentative of each of the candidates may be present when the recount is made. These representatives may be ac companied by legal counsel if they desire. Boy Scout Drive Here On Monday Friends of Scouting in Bluffton will conduct a campaign next Mon day to raise funds toward the sup port of scouting in Shawnee Council. Citizens will be asked to contrib ute so that scouting may continue to prosper in this community. Goal of the drive in 35 communities is $25,348. The Campaign Advisory Commit tee composed of Rev. Ernest Bige low, Rev. J. N. Smucker, Rev. V. C. Oppermann, and Rev. Paul Cramer, has announced the drive will start Mondav morning and be completed that night. Committee and solicitors will meet for breakfast in the Wal nut Grill/ and report that evening at the First Mennonite Church. Rockport Union Service Sunday Union Thanksgiving service will be held in the Rockport Presbyter ian church, Sunday night at 7:30. Rev. Ernest Bigelow will preach and Rev. Dow Fauver will lead the wor ship. Special music will be provided by members of both churches. Births Business Establishments And Industries Will Close Here On Thanksgiving Day Man Is Recovering From Severe Burns Chas. Hankish, Jr., who was severely burned about the head a week ago when fumes from volatile anti-freeze ignited, is much improved. He was taken to St. Rita’s hospital, Lima, following the accident on Tuesday night of last week where he remaified until Monday when ho was brought to the residence of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hankish, Sr., on South* Main street. The following births at Bluffton hospital: Dr. and Mrs. B. W. Travis, Bluff ton, a boy, David Wilson, Friday. Mr.' end Mrs. John Beagle, Raw son, a boy, William Edward, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bracy, Benton Ridge, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Stillberger, Vanlue, a boy, Monday. Union Church Service Thanks giving Morning Will Open Holiday Observance Bluffton Public Schools Close Two Days College to Have One-day Holiday Opening with a morning union church service, Bluffton will observe Thanksgiving as a general holiday Thursday of next week, with schools, business establishments and in dustries of the town suspending operations for the day. A union Thanksgiving service, sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association, will be held at 9:30 a. m. on the holiday in the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church. Rev. Paul Cramer of the Methodist church will be the speaker. Special music also will be presented. Bluffton’s business establishments and industries will be closed for the day, and there will be no mail deliveries on town or rural routes. Windows at the post office will be closed but outgoing mail will be made up and dispatched as usual. Bluffton public schools will observe a two-day Thanksgiving holiday, with no classes on Thursday and Friday. Pupils will return to the regular classroom schedule on the following Monday. Bluffton college students, however, ■ill have only a one-day holiday hursday only. Classes will be asumed Friday morning. Bible Lectures Will Continue Thru Friday Marked by the largest attendance in many seasons, Bluffton college’s annual series of Bible lectures ad dressed by Dr. Charles T. Fritsch, assistant professor of Old Testa ment at Princeton Theological sem inary, will continue through Friday. Daily lectures are given by Dr. Fritsch at 9:30 a. m. in the Bluff ton college chapel, and at 7:30 m. in the First Mennonite church. Thursday’s subjects will be: 9:30 a in., “Children of the Covenant” and 7:30 p. m., “The Foolishness of God,” and on Friday Dr. Fritsch will speak on “The Christian Mis sion,” 9:30 a. m., and “The Sunrise of Glory,” 7:30 m. In connection with Bible lecture week a minister’s conference will be held on the campus Wednesday and Thursday with a Mennonite Wo men’s conference meeting on the same days. Truck Collision On Main Street Two trucks were damaged in an early morning collision Saturday on North Main street at the Vine street junction. Trucks involved were own ed by the Lima Packing Co., driven by Lon Oliver Ghaster 24, Lima and Commercial Freight, Findlay, driven by Harry Spencer 33, of that city, both headed north. Police said the accident occurred when the Lima truck attempted to make a left turn onto Vine street and was struck by the oncoming Findlay truck. None was injured. Bluffton Girl Has First Prize Paper Miss Eileen Moser of Bluffton was awarded first prize on her paper “Health and Happiness”, read before the convention of the Ohio State Dental Assistants 'association at the Cleveland hotel, Nov. 9 to 12. There were five entries in the competition. Eighty dental PRRi^nnts attended *hp convention and Miss Moser whn is emnloyed at i^a, was one of four from +he Nrr+hwestern Dental Assistants association. Rawson Hi^h School Junior Play Nov. 2G “Glamour Girl”, three enmodv will be staged by a cast from Raw son high school junior class in Rr w son high school auditorium, Wdnes day night, November 26 at 8 o’clock. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (Bushel prices) Wheat $2.9$ corn $2.35 oats $1.10 soys $3.50. Poultry—Heavy hens 21c leghorn hens 17c heavy rock fryers 31c heavy red fryers 30c leghorn fry ers 20c. Eggs—Large whites 58c large browns 54c medium whites 44c medium browns 41c pullets 36c. Butterfat 82c. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ii i .....................—— BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOV TURKEY PRICES LITTLE CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR Thanksgiving Bird Has Not Joined Procession of High er Living Costs Prices on Bluffton Market Range from 35 to 40 Cents Per Pound Turkey, traditional centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, will be more popular than ever this year, with Bluffton families welcoming an un usual condition in which they can feast on the bird commonly associat ed with the holiday and at the same time economize on food expenditure. In the prevailing topsy-turvy food price spiral, turkey is one of the few food items which now costs no more than during war years. Despite the general trend of soar ing food costs, turkey prices have varied little in the last three years. Ceiling ■grice under OPA, back in 1944, was 35 cents a pound, and this year the birds can be bought for 40 cents a pound alive. Dealers are reported bidding 35c per pound aver age for turkeys in quantities nt the farm. Chickens also are holding steady at prices about the same a? last year. Heavy hens this week were quoted at 22 cents, the same as a year ago and one cent under the 1945 price. Other poultry costs also are un changed materially despite higher feed costs. On the basis of liveweight price a dressed turkey, ready for the oven, will cost about 60 cents a pound, and prices of choice meat cuts are considerably higher, without excep tion. Religious Education Program Next Week The annual Thanksgiving program will be held by children enrolled in the classes of Religious Education next Wednesday at 2:00 p. m. at the Methodist church. Approximately children will participate, including the six grades of the elementary school. Thanks giving of the Old Testament, as in stituted by Moses ,will be drama tized by the fifth grade. The sixth grade will dramatize the hymn “America the Beautiful.” There will also be interesting exhibits of the children’s work. The program will reflect apprecia tion for the German and Swiss founders and builders of this com munity. A German hymn will be sung in German by Esther Louise Hofstetter and Janice Diller. Friends parents, and relatives of the child ren will appreciate their earnest ef fort in building the program. Food contributions for the Bluff ton hospital are to be brought to the Methodist church for delivery after this program. Youth For Christ Rally At Pandora Rev. E. S. Brinkman, pastor of Gospel Tabernacle, Dayton, will ad dress a Youth for Christ rally at Pandora high school auditorium, Saturday night at 8 o’clock. Singing will be led bv Mr. and Mrs. Walter Treadway and numbers will be provided by Richard Baum, marimbist and the Ebenezer young men’s quartet. A Bible quiz for young people has also been arranged. Bluffton Youth In Automobile Crash p9ger Mullenhour, 19. of South Main street was hospitalized at Lima Memorial for head intones as result of an accident early Fri day. A state highway patrolman said the Bluffton youth’s car went off the ’•oad south of Beaverdam on U. S. Route 25 and crashed into a con crete abutment. He was removed to Memorial hospital in a Lima am bulance. Form Independent Basketball League An independent basketball league of local teams is being formed to play at Bluffton college gym on Wednesday nights starting the first week in December. An organization meeting will be held at the college gvtn this Wednes day night at 8 o’clock All interest ed rre invited to attend or contact Wayne Ams+utz, 417 S. Main street. Phone 206-W. ....... ..... ................... 20, 1947 Pheasant and rabbit hunting in the Blufl'ton district is the poorest in nearly two decades, nimrods de cided on the opening day of the sea son last Saturday when hundreds of them trooped home empty-handed and only a few were fortunate enough to flush a bird. Confirming pre-season predictions, only a fortunate few succeeded in getting bag limits of either pheas ants or rabbits, and conditions are so bad that only a handful of hunt ers can be seen in the field this week, despite the shortened open season on pheasants, closing next Saturday. Even the weather was against hunters on the opening day, with a drizzling rain that fell throughout most of the morning and al! the preceding night snaking the ground to the extent that game sat tight and hunters soon were drenched to the skin. More land was posted than ever, but the barring of hunters by farm ers had no serious effect, for there were fewer hunters than usual. Only a fraction of the hundreds of foreign hunters who have come here in past seasons showed up this year, and the customary rush at eating places, hotels and rooming houses was missing. Couple Badly Burned 4 s OH Can Explodes Fred Miller of Geiger street was called to Logan, Ohio, following an accident in which his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Perry were seriously burned. The accident occurred last Thurs day when a coal oil can exploded in their home and the house and all of its contents were destroyed. Beaverdam Cagers Down Kalida, 42-34 Beaverdam High school opened its basketball season last Friday night with a 42 to 34 victory over Ka lida, in a game on the Beaverdam court. Bowers, Beaver center, set the scoring pace for his team with 14 points. Fett had 10 Wenger, 6 Recker, 4 Boop, Johnson, and Foltz, each 2 and Lowe and Gratz, each 1. Enjoys Birthday Mrs. M. M. Murray who has been in Bluffton hospital one year today, is not much improved however she 'lid eniov her birthday anniversary with flowers, cake, candy and fruit, together with letters and cards from her m?»nv relatives and friends for which she is very grateful. CONDITION CRITICAL Dr. M. R. Bixel, Bluffton physician continues critically ill with a heart ailment in Bluffton hospital. Mayor’s Notice Collection of ashes and rubbish will be made next Tuesday, Novem ber 25. Have everything in contain era and placed where it may be easily loaded. i W. A. Howe, Mayor Swiss Yodlers The Tremp Tio, famous Swiss yodlers and instrumentalists of Toledo will appear in concert at the Bluffton High school audi torium, Saturday night, November 29, at 8:00 o’clock. This program marks the first appearance of these talented musicians in our locality. Many of our local people who have heard their program elsewhere speak of it in highest terms. All lovers of real Swiss music will be thrilled by the evening’s performance. Admission fifty cents. Nimrods Braving Elements Find Poorest Hunting In Two Decodes J/rs. Alva Scales Dies On Saturday Funeral services were held at Ba singer funeral home, Tuesday after noon or Mrs. Lillie A. Scoles, 72, wife of Alva Scoles, of Cherry street, who died of complications at 9:50 ,m. Friday in Bluffton Com munity hospital. She was a member of the Bluffton Methodist Episcopal church. Rev. Paul Cramer of the Methodist church officiated and bur ial was at Pleasant Hill cemetery. Mrs. Scoles had been ill three years and was in the hospital four weeks preceding her’ death. I Daughter of Aaron and Mary I Jane (Montgomery) Dally, she was |born in Orange township, Hancock [county on Feb*. 24, 1875. She lived in Bluffton most of her life and was married to Mr. Scoles in February, 1894. In addition to her husband, she Us survived by two daughters, Mrs. Roy Green, Findlay, and Mrs. Nile Murray, Ada three sons, Glenn .Scoles, Denver, Colo. Dale Scoles, Bluffton and Robert Scoles, Yonk ers, N. Y. two sisters, Mrs. Mervin Diefendeifer, Bluffton, and Mrs. Hat tie Huffman. Arizona and a brother Francis Dally, Michigan. Here From West Mrs. Chas. Jenkins, Jr., of Colora do Springs and her sister Mrs. Frank Roe of Portage, together with their niece, Mrs. Marguerite Klein of Tampa, Fla., members of a pioneer Bluffton family were here Tuesday visiting Carl Young, brother of Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Roe and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Jenkins has lived in the west for the past thirty years and Mrs. Klein is the daughter of the late Mrs. Emma Young Ershick. Mrs. Roe has resid ed in Portage for many years. Grange Elects Officers Richland Grange has elected the following officers for the coming year: Master, Wilford Gratz over seer, Roily Moser lecturer, Mabel Jennings steward, Wayne Matter asst, steward. Bob Stratton chaplain, Emma Trout gatekeeper, Edgar Huber sec., Earl Matter tr°as., Howard Moser Ceres, Pearl Gratz Flora, Kathryn Bell Pomona, Carrie Stratton lady asst, steward, Janet Matter business agent, Williard Jen nings trustee, Morris Bell pianist, Leah Matter. Annual Thanksgiving supper wall be held in the Grange hall next Tues day night at 6:45 p. m. Youth Fellowshop Elects Youth Fellowship group elected the following officers at a meeting in the First Mennonite church, Monday night: Pres., Winifred Fett sec. treas., Gordon Bixel, Jr.: advisers Rev. Paul Shelly and Rev. Paul Cramer. Young people interested are invited to the Methodist church Sun day night at 8:30 p. m. Anyone having games to donate take them to your church or give to the officers. The downward trend in production of meats is not likely to change be fore the spring of 1949. Farmers and ranchers want to see a reassuring crop of feed grains harvested. A Good Place to Trade Dumber 3i LLOYD MURRAY OLDEST NATIVE BORN SUCCUMBS Stricken With Heart Attack hile Raking Leaves Tues* day Afternoon Was Prominent Here for Many Years: Funeral Services Friday Afternoon Lloyd Murray, 81, Bluffton’s oldest native born resident, died suddenly at his home on South Main street shortly after 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. He was stricken with a heart attack while raking leaves and succumbed shortly thereafter. Funeral services will be held Fri day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Paul Diller funeral home with Rev. John Hummon of. Findlay of ficiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. The remains may be vijwed at the funeral home. A lifelong resident of Bluffton, until his ret rement two years ago he u as inti mately identified with activi ties of .he town and in earlier years had 1teen employed at the Bluffton Milh ton Manufacturing ng company, the BlufT company and also server as nijjht police and clerk in the pYstonice In later years he was a pat tner in the Bluffton Cement He was birn July 28, 1866 the son of osen and Elizabeth (Dep pier) Murra On September 15, 1895 ho Tied Edna Ramsey of McCoinb, wh survives. For ^ears he was a member of the Lutheran church and also was the Odd Fellow order. wife he is survived by ides his one sm Robert Murray, Bluffton and two s, Mrs. Dorothy Palm, Bel me nt 'Tass. and Mrs. Ruth Hess, Tiffin and tw o grandchildren Robert Murra v Jr Bluffton and Miss Betty Murra y, Detr Alsi survh ing are a sister, Mrs. Fred Triblehorn and two brothers, M. Murray and Medlow Murray, both of Bluffton. Talent Program On NBC Hookup Sunday Bluffton’s widely publicized Par able of the Talents campaign con ducted last spring by the Presbyter ian church will be featured on the “Harvest of th® Stars” Thanks giving program at 2:30 p. m. next Sunday afternoon over the NBC radio hookup. Also featured in the program will be James Melton, tenor, and Frank Black with the International Har vester orchestra and chorus. Hal Steck, an NBC writer, ar ranged the dramatic sketch regard ing the local church’s talent drive. Don Hancock will announce. Riley Creek Church Homecoming Sunday Marking the completion of re modeling of the church basement, members and friends of Riley Creek Baptist church, of Orange township, will hold a dedication service and homecoming next Sunday. Morning and afternoon services will be held, with a basket dinner planned at noon. A newly organized choir will sing at both services. Rev. Fars Laman, of Spencerville, will speak at the 11 a. m. worship service, and the afternoon service at 2 p. m. Rev. Robert C. Turner is pastor of the church. Boy Scout News TROOP 56 Bruce Hauenstein opened this week's meeting with the Scout Oath and law, following which Scout post ers on the finance campaign to be conducted locally were distributed to Scouts. First aid instruction was given by Scoutmaster Robert Oberly, after which games were played. The local financial drive will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 24, to raise funds for the support of scout ing in the Shawnee council. IN VETERANS HOSPITAL Sidney Garau of Cherry street ill with hernia complications was re moved to the Veterans hospital in Dayton in the Basinger ambulance Tuesday night. BAND MOTHERS Meeting of the Band Mothers at the high school next Monday night. It igOwice as hard to ex u a half troth as a whole lie.