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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII HOSPITAL ADDITION SURVEY MAY HELP GET FEDERAL AID Bluffton Hospital Group Seeks Financial Assistance For Additional Wing One-Third of Cost of Building Additional May Come From Federal Grant First step in an attempt to qualify for federal financial assistance in building a new wing at the Bluffton Community hospital will be taken this week, with submission to the Ohio hospital survey a locally made survey showing the need of the ex pansion program. Decision as to whether the local hospital will receive a grant from federal funds amounting to one-third the cost of building an addition to the institution will be made on the basis of the survey. funds are Allotments of fedenal made by the Ohio Hosi group, which has charge tering $2,692,000 annually for Ohio hospital expansion purposes. The hospital survey is a division of the sta+e board of health. admir If the local survey is approved, the Bluffton hospital will receive a grant of $1 for every $2 provided by the community in the expansion program, thereby assuring that one third of the cost of the project would be financed by federal funds. On the local survey committee are D. W. Bixler, Woodrow Little and Mrs. J. S. Steiner Their report, which must be in the hands of the state group no later than Saturday, will cover the need of an addition to the Bluffton hospital. An addition to the hospital by building a new wing at the north end of the present structure was authorized four years ago by the hospital board. Architects plans completed at that time included an estimate that the cost would be ap proximately Later, building plans were shelved because of the scarcity of materials and labor, and there has been no move to revive the project because of the rising costs of construction. Local Teachers Hear Lima Superintendent Bluffton College faculty and mem bers of the Bluffton board of educa tion were guests of Bluffton grade and high school teachers Monday night in the high school cafeteria. Supt. Gordon Humber, of the Lima public school system, was the speak er for the evening. His subject was “Future Trends in Secondary Edu cation. Special features included a violin solo by Mary Ann Smucker music al selections by the high school girls glee club and choir, and a reading by Miriam Bixel. Install Sight Saving Machine The sight saving machine recently p" -chased by the Bluffton Lions dub for examination of Bluffton school pupils has been installed in the high school. All pupils in the high and grade schools will be test ed annually for visual defects. Former Monroe Twp. Resident Succumbs A. L. (Lafe) Sherry, 56, of Har bor View near Toledo, died Monday at Toledo Riverside hospital follow- ing a two years’ illness, born in Monroe township, county, July 9, 1891. He was Allen Mrs. Oliver Basinger of Columbus Grove, Rt. 2 is a sister. Also surviving are his widow, three daughters and one son. Funeral services were held Wed nesday at the Bay Shore Methodist church and burial was in Middle creek cemetery near Grover Hill. College Cagers Lose To Toledo Bluffton college cagers dropped a 77 to 34 decision to Toledo univers ity's powerhouse at Toledo, Tuesday Slight, as the second tilt in a double header. The Bluffton crew pressed Toledo all the way throughout the first half, and was trailing at the intermission by only nine points, 27 to 18. Scor ing for Bluffton were Rich Gratz, 11 Frost, 6 Schertz, 7 Leichty, 4 Howe, 5 and Smucker, 1. In the firrt came of the twin bill the Toledo Rockets humbled Assump tion college, 75 to 26. Gasoline Prices Go Up Third Time Since July Gasoline prices were increased for the third time since last July, Tues day morning when Bluffton filling stations put into effect a H/2-cent boost on regular and premium grades. Following the latest increases, prices in effect here Tuesday were 24% cents for regular gasoline, and 26% cents for premium brands. Furnace oil and kerosene prices also jumped upward in the price Number 3 furnace oil, used was hike. for most household heating, boosted to 13% cents. Previous gasoline price increases over the last five months included a one-cent advance on July 9, and a 1%-cent boost on October 24. Standard Oil Co .spokesmen said a 50-cent advance per barrel in the price of crude oil was responsible for the increase. PRICE OF MILK AT ALL-TIME HIGH OF 20 CENTS A QUART Second One-Cent Increase Since Early Fall Goes Into Effect Here This Week Boost In Price Caused By Short age of Fluid Milk, Dairy Operators Declare Milk is selling in Bluffton this week at a record-breaking retail price of 20 cents a quart, as local dairies announced a one-cent increase from the previously prevailing price of 19 cents. Extreme shortage of milk, with consequent higher prices to producers is the principal reason for the one- men. Altho the 20-cent price is the high est ever in effect here, the new rate is in line with prices in Lima, where thruout spokesmen said. This is the second one-cent increase in the price of milk since early fall, a previous one-cent boost being made last October 7, which took the price to the highest mark since the "twenties.” Dairy spokesmen said they are faced with an ever-increasing short age of milk, and under the present marketing volume must pay more to producers or Jose their trade to buyers out of the area. Because of attractive offers, a considerable volume of fluid milk already is being trucked to eastern markets, pointed out. Santa Claus Will Greet Kiddies In Business Area Next Saturday Saint i n they Gamble Store Here To Be Closed Closing of the Gamble store on South Main street is announced by the proprietor, Ralph Smith, and Mrs. to return Richmond, Mr. Smith and family expect to their former home in Indiana. Install Officers At Masonic Lodge Bluffton Masonic lodge installed Monday night the following officers to serve for the coming year: Master, Wilbur Amstutz Sr. warden, Edgar Cook Jr. warden, Richard Lewis treas., Evan Basing er sec., Ralph Stearns Sr. deacon, Kent Amstutz Jr. deacon, Robt. Ewing tyler, Ben Whisler trustee, Robert Neiswander chaplain, Paul Cramer Sr. steward, Chas. Steiner Jr. steward, Carl Marshall. Xmas Trees Can Be Fireproofed Easily Simple fireproof precautions can be taken with Christmas trees, if they are purchased several days before being decorated, it was pointed this week. Fireproofing the tree can be complished by soaking it in an monium sulfate solution for or two. Nick Will Be in Town the Afternoon at 2:00 O’Clock Large Tree Community Christmas is Erected for Holiday Season Santa Claus will hold a gala party for Bluffton kiddies in the downtown business district Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, officially ushering in the Christmas season here. Parading up and down Main street thru the shopping district, Santa will distribute candy to children, and listen to their requests for the toys they hope to get at the Yuletide. Santa’s visit is sponsored by the Bluffton Business Men’s association, which also is planning an innovation in downtown holiday decoration procedure this year. Instead of the customary illuminat ed arches spanning Main street, the setting will be laid for the Yuletide iting a large Christ- this year by mas tree in yard, lighted, the errophasi recently increased Findlay and else the state, dairy Presbyterian church will be brilliantly pot for he be and will i on associ Chri Mas* with adca hall next door Triplett On Jury For Murder Trial C. A. Triplett, of S. Main street, is alternate on the jury hearing the first degree murder trial of Lester Nichols, 42, of Silver Lake, Ind., in Allen county common pleas court, this week. A jury of five men and seven women, plus the alternate, was seat ed on Monday, following five days of examination. Messiah Soloist At Findlay Sunday M«.' Vijsgil Moser of Spring Lake, Mich. formerly Luginbuhl of near Bluffton will be one of the solo ists in Handel’s Messiah to be given in the first Presbyterian church at Findlay, Sunday afternoon. Oliver Schumacher, also native of the Bluffton district will be concertmast er of the orchestra. Shower Of Stars Will Be Seen Here Shooting stars will flash across the skies this Friday and Saturday nights, but it won’t be necessary to stay up late to see the heavenly dis play. This will be one of the few’ meteor showers that best can be seen early in the evening. o Falling stars will com from the constellation of Gemini, the twins, and will radiate from a point near the bright star, Castor, in the east. At 10 p. m., Castor will be about halfway between the horizon zenith. and will the The Geminid shower probably be one of the most brilliant of year. At its height, a meteor may be expected to brighten the sky every minute or two. The moon will be new and will not interfere with the meteor shower. Births births at Bluffton The following hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Bluffton, a boy, day. Mrs. Fenty is the former Martha Edgecomb. Joseph Fenty, Sr., Joseph, Jr., Thurs- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Potts, Bluff ton, a girl, Faviann, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Stahl, Bluff ton, a boy, Tommy Joseph, Friday. Mt. Cory, day. Mr. and lington, a day. Mrs. Raybern Ruppright, a girl, Karen Rae, Fri- Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wilson, Ar boy, William Lee, Satur- Mrs. Kenneth Hauenstem, a boy, Edward Lewis, Mr. and Lafayette, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Steiner, Findlay, a boy, James Richard, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Comb, a boy, Richard nesday. out ac- am day a Four pounds of ammonium sulfate should be dissolved in three of water in a galvanized steel pail. A short length of the base of the tree should be cut off, after which the tree is to be stood in the solu tion for a day or two. quarts Hoy, Ada, a Shively, Mc Allen, Wed- Student Recital The Bluffton college department of music will present in recital at the chapel next Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock, students of Professors Holt kamp, Mann and Lantz. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 1947 ANNOUNCE GIFT OF $25,000 FOR GYM FUND AT COLLEGE Second Gift Received From Mrs. C. H. Musselman And Daughter of Pennsylvania Donors Also Contributed $25,000 Last Year Gym Fund Now Stands At $110,000 A second gift of $25,000 from the Musselman family of Pennsylvania, announced this week by Bluffton college authorities, boosted the cam paign to raise a quarter-million dollars for a new gymnasium to a mark of $110,000. Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college, said the gifts consisted of $20,000 from Mrs. C. H. Mussel man, and $5,000 from her daughter, Mrs. Luella Arnold, both of Bigler ville, Pa. Last December, the two Pennsyl vania residents made identical gifts, and the $50,000 contributed by them in two years have given powerful impetus to the gymnasium campaign. In 15 months gymnasium fund ing the halfway the Halfway Mark of canvassing, the of $110,000 is near mark. Goal set in $250,000. Fund Near NEW NICKI TRAFFIC donors are of the late owned and processing area. The The two Pennsylvania the widow and daughter C. IL Musselman, operated large apple plants in the Biglerville family has contributed generously to Bluffton college, the library on the campus being named in their honor. New Apparatus is Through Bluffton This Week In”. Traffic On This Section To Controlled From Lima Tower Remains Here Be Central traffic control of a 40-mile stretch of the Nickel Plate railroad between Lima nad Arcadia will be put into operation this week, con cluding an improvement program launched in September, 1946, by a crew of- specialized workers who have lived for more than a year ir rail road cars at the Bluffton siding ad joining the old National quarry. Installation and final testing of the new traffic control system have been completed, and the new apparatus is being "cut in” this week, beginning at Arcadia and continuing to Lima, thru Bluffton. It is expected to be in complete operation by Saturday. The traffic control system is a modem railroading innovation provid ing centrally located electrical opera tion of signals controlling the move ment of all trains in a division. The signalling is almost entirely auto matic and is said to represent the highest possible degree of safety. Traffic signalling control in the Lima-Arcadia section will be from a station in Lima. AU tower at the intersection of the Nickel Plate and A. C. and Y. rail roads in Bluffton will be continued after the new system is in use, to provide right-of-way trains on the two roads. Operation of the signals for Installation of the new traffic Control system on this section of the Nickel Plate is part of an overall plan to use the same method of controlling rail movement between Arcadia ance of and Frankfort, Ind., a dist 186 miles. September of last year, a about 20 specialized work- Since crew of men, living in railroad cars on the Bluffton siding, have been working on the new signal system. Mrs. Margaret Lewis Rites In Beaverdam Funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon in the Beaver dam Church of Christ for Mrs. Mar garet L. Lewis, 77, wife of W. Scott Lewis, who died last Thursday at the family home in had been seriously of a heart ailment. Beaverdam. She ill for 60 days bom in Putnam 1870, to Colvin Mrs. Lewis was county August 22, and Cordelia Fruchey, and had lived her lifetime in this community. Besides her husband she is sur vived by two children, and sister and two brothers. Burial was in Wood land cemetery, Beaverdam. R. L. Triplett and N. A. Triplett, of The Triplett Electrical Instru ment company, returned this week from New York City where they at tended a series of industrial meet ings. R. L. Tripltt, president of the lo cal industry, is chairman of the in struments and test equipment sec tion of the Radio Manufacturer’s Association, and presided at a meet ing of the group in the Hotel New Y orker. Representatives from 21 companies from all parts of the country at tended the RMA session. Mr. Trip lett recently was re-appointed chair man of the instrument section for his third successive term. While in the east the two local men also attended a conference of the Scientific Apparatus Makers of America, and the NAM Congress of American Industry. Outstanding Guest Soloists Will Appear With Chorus of 200 Here Prof. Russell Lantz Is Direct ing Rendition For Nine teenth Season Appearing in their 43rd rendition of Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah,” the Bluffton College Choral Society, augmented* by outstanding guest soloists, will present the music mast erpiece at 2:30 p. m. next Sunday in the high school gymnasium. Soloists for the performance this year will be Clarence R. Ball, To ledo, tenor Wilson Jones, New York City, basso Ruth Notzka, Toledo, contralto, and Masako Ono, Bowling Green, soprano. Bail will be making his 188th ap pearance as a Messiah soloist, in cluding- performances wifh’Mhe Min neapolis, Cleveland,"New York, De troit, Chicago, St. Louis and Indian apolis symphonies. He is head of the voice department at Toledo Con servatory. Jones, a former Lima singer, and who has appeared here previously as a Messiah soloist, now is soloist for the Church of York City. R. L. Triplett Heads R. M. A. Industry Section For Third Successive Year 43rd Rendition Of “The Messiah” Will Be Given Sunday Afternoon Heavenly Rest, New well known concert member of the music Miss Ono, a performer, is a faculty at Bowling Green university and Miss Notzka is soloist for the Toledo Collingwood Presbyterian church. A 200-voice chorus directed by Prof. Russell Lantz will be the larg est to appear in the annual presen tation since pre-war days. A 30 piece orchestra will play under the direction of Sidney Hauenstein, who has conducted since 1912. Pearl Bogart Mann, pianist, has been the accompanist since 1910. Organized in 1902, the College Choral Society presented “The Mes siah” for the first time in 1905. Since 1905 annual renditions of the oratorio have been given. Prof. Lantz is in his 19th year as director. Announces Opening Of Clinic Here Mrs. Chester Huber announces the opening of the Bluffton clinic at her home on South Main street for treatments in physio-therapy and massage. Mrs. Huber, former regis tered nurse who has taken work in this field will be assisted by Mrs. Virginia Wilson of Benton Ridge, also a trained nurse. Steam baths will be available soon, it was stated in connection with an nouncement of the opening. Treat ments are given by donation only. Swiss Chorus At Mt. Cory Sunday The Swiss male chorus will give a program at the Evangelical Unit ed Brethren church at. Mt. Cory, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Allen county commissioners will vote "no” on inclusion of the county in the proposed Maumee Conservan cy district, if they follow sentiment voiced last Saturday in an after noon meeting at Lima Memorial hall. Opinion expressed by a majority of the 75 persons attending recom mended that commissioners spend more time for study of the pro posal, it was reported after the ses sion. 60 Children To Be On P. T. Program Sixty grade and high school pupils will appear in a CHtstmas program to be presented at meeting of the Bluffton Parent-Tejjuiher association at 8 p. m. next Monday in the high school cafeteria. I A Christmas play, "A King Reign,” will include in its aft: Richard Kohler, Nancy Frankhautfer, Lois Lehman, Lott Mfrquart, Mary Jane Burkholder Mnd*Colletta Bad ertscher. William Burbick, high school speech instructor, has directed the play. Pre-school bands from the foarth, fifth and sixth gtades, and the fifth and sixth grade violin classes will play. Harold Hunter, music in structor, directs the musical part of the program. BODY OF VETERAN ARRIVES MILITARY FUNERALSATURDAY ist Rites For Pfc. .Tame Amstutz to be Held at Em manuel’s Church Bluffton I^egion Post Will Take Part in Final Services Here Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday afternoon ir the Emmanuel Reformed church south o'” tluffton, for PK. James Amstuti, graduate Feb. home from Europe 10 days ago, ar rived in Bluffton Tuesday night on the Nickel Plate railroad with Cpl. Albert Stoekard as military escort. It was taken to the Alger residence of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Amstutz, former Bluffton residents and on Thursday will be returned to the Diller funeral home in Bluffton where it will lie in state until p. m. Saturday. 1:30 of as- Rev. V. C. Oppermann will ficiate at Saturday’s services, sisted by Rev. Paul Cramer, chap lain of Legion, manuel cemetery, with the Legion conducting military rites grave. Pallbearers will be Deppler. James Reichenbach, Stratton, John Herrman, Fritchie and Harold Crouse. Blufftdn post, American Burial will be in the Em- at the James James Byron Pfc. Amstutz was bom in Bluffton, completed high school here, and be fore entering military service was employed the City Electrical by the Bluffton Stone Co Market and The Triplett Instrument Co. Recreation Chairman Nominations Made Election of a new chairman for the Bluffton Recreation committee will be featured at the December meeting of the organization, sched uled for Friday, Dec. 19. Nominated to succeed N. A. Trip lett as chairman are W. A. Howe, Harry Bogart and Paul Diller. The committee will be reorganized at the January meeting. Business Place Changes Hands Sentiment At County Meeting Opposes Conservancy District Mrs. Della Clark who operated the Clark Hat South Main ness to C. Erwin, Jr., pleted the past week. also operate a women’s shop in Clyde, Ohio. and Dress shoppe on street has sold her busi R. Erwin and Carl R. of Lima in a deal com- The Erwins L. Dale Jennings, Allen county commissioner, speaking at the meet ing, questioned flood control, recrea tional facility, water table, power and soil conservation advantages to the county. He said he believed soil conservation problems here are on an individual fai-m basis, rather than a county level. Other speakers protested conserv ancy district powers as nullifying those of local governments. A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 34 HOWE TO PLAY IN STATE GRID GAME NEXT AUGUST 13 Neil Schmidt, Jim Howe Only Class Men Ever Chosen For Select Group Bluffton Player Named On All Star Football Squad For Second Year Bluffton’s prominence in Ohio Class sports circles was emphasized again last Saturday with selection of Captain Jim Howe, of the 1947 Pirate grid squad, as one of the lineman to play in next sur South high sch In the history snly two qualified group Last r’s annual North all-star game at of the all-star classic, player players the select come from ed sn repre- •star the rn half Only one other player from this area qualified for a berth on the all star team Dick Thomas, Lima South guard. George Neiter, Wapakoneta backfield ace, named as an alternate is the only other representative from luckeye league, of which the W Bluffton is a member. Next summer’s all-star classic will be played at Canton on August 13, and Howe will work out with the Northern squad at that place for 10 days preceding the em squad will be Strobel, coach of defeated 1947 team. ,ilt. The North ached by Harry Barberton’s un Barbara J. Triplett Miss Barbara Jean Triplett, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett, Campus drive, was dinner music Lima night, ployed company. soloist at a meeting in the Barr hotel last Saturday honoring 10 to 25-year em of the Lima Gro-Cord Rubber Miss Triplett has made many con cert appearances as a marimbist. She is a music instructor in Van Wert. Couple Is Wed In Rawson Saturday Wedding of Miss Mary Lou Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young of Bluffton and John Cookson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cookson of Benton Ridge took place Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at the home of the officiating min ister, Rev. Lenhart of Rawson. The bride wore for the occasion a pink W’ool dress with gre. ac cessories and a corsage of white car nations. The couple was unattended. The bride, a graduate of Bluffton high school is employed at the West inghouse plant in Lima. The groom is a graduate of Raw son high school and employed at Adrian, Michigan, where the couple will reside after a short wedding trip. Peter Suter Rites Held At Pandora Funeral services were held eWd nesday afternoon in Pandora Grace Mennonite church for Peter A. Suter, 87, retired farmer and a former member of the Riley township school hoard, who died last Sunday at the home of a son, Elam Suter, in Pan dora. A lifelong resident of the Pandora area, he was married in 1886 to Elizabeth Hilty, who died Nov. 17, 1909. Survivors include the son, Elam a daughter, Mrs .Sylvia Irish, De Witt, Mich. a brother, Jacob Suter, Pontiac, Mich., and a sister, rids. Sarah Bucher, Lima. Interment was in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $2.85 com $2.45 oats $1.10 soys $3.70. Poultry—Heavy hens 22c leghorn hens 18c heavy springers 31c leg horn springers 20c stags 13c. Eggs—Large whites 62c large browns 59c medium whites 50c medium browns 48c pullets 42c. Butterfat—87c.