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VOLUME LXXII NEED $75,000 TO COMPLETE LIGHT PLANT EXPANSION Aggregate Cost of Improve ments to be $230,000, Say Consulting Engineers Board of Public Affairs Funds Aggregate Only $155,000 for the Program Bluffton’s new board of public af fairs must find means of borrowing an additional $75,000 to complete the expansion program launched 14 months ago at the municipal electric light plant, members of the board and the town council were told at a joint meeting, Tuesday. Estimate of additional cost of improvements, for which no funds are available, was made at the ses sion by R. H. Marker, of the Toledo firm of Marker, Emory and Marker, -engineering advisors to the board. Purchase of an additional turbine to increase the plant’s electrical generating capacity and the need of an enlarged building to accommodate the new boiler contracted for last summer were cited by Marker as the principal factors resulting in the need for more money. Also, contributing to the shortage of funds for the expansion program is the steadily rising cost of building materials and labor, both of which continue on an upward trend. $125,000 Loan In 1946 When the board of public affairs borrowed $125,000 in revenue bonds in October, 1946, it had an expansion fund aggregating approximately $155,000 including a balance of $30,000 in the boards treasury. Cost of the new boiler with attach ed forced draft stack, contracted for last summer, will be approximately $95,000 to $100,000, with an exact estimate impossible, because of -escalator clauses in the contract, and “the fact that the cost of installation is not estimated in the contract. Since original plans were made for the expansion, it later was found iteeessary to add another turbine at the plant, total ocst of which will be approximately $50,000, including in metallation, Marker estimated. Also the board now must build an addition to the plant to house the new boiler, for all attempts to find a place for it in the present building have been unsuccessful. Estimated cost of the building addition fs $35,000. Total Cost $230,000 In addition, the board also has contracted for stokers, ash handling equipment, water softeners and other equipment needed with the new boil er, to further increase a total outlay of expenditures in the expansion program. Phenomenal growth of the local demand for electrical service provid ed by the plant is responsible for the aggregate estimated cost of $230,000 for improvements, Marker said, and altho the funds needed at this time bulk large in dollar volume, it actually has a favorable aspect for the plant has a vastly increased in come from the greater volume of current sold. Construction of the addition to the plant first came into the limelight in the summer of 1946 when the municipal council refused to approve plans, on the assumption there was sufficient space in the present build ing for the new boiler. No Room For Boiler Marker said his engineering firm has exhausted every possible avenue in attempting to comply, but that it is physically impossible to house the boiler in the present structure. The only alternative to building •would be to remove the two old boilers, now used as standby, and place the new one in that spot. To follow such a course would entail contracting for standby current from a private utility, and cost of such a procedure on the basis of a proposal made last summer by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. would cost far more than constructing the building addition, the engineer said. Early in December, the municipal council tabled another board of public affairs proposal to advertise for bids for the addition to the build ing, because of the problem of financing, and out of that action cafne this week’s joint meeting of the council and the old and new board of public affairs. The matter will come up again next Monday night at the re organization meeting of the council, together with a discussion of means of attempting to obtain finances covering the additional $75,000 in expenditures. Board Of Public Affairs Organizes Edgar Conaway was elected presi dent of the board of public affairs at its organization meeting, Tuesday. Conaway, appointed last spring to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late Harry Barnes is the only member of the outgoing board to continue in service. Harvey Beidler was elected vice president of the board and Forrest Steinman is the third member of that body. NINETEEN ELECTED LAST FALL WILL TAKE OFFICE HERE New Terms in Municipal and Township Governing Units Will Begin Jan. 1 Mayor W. A. Howe Is Retiring After Serving Five Terms in Office Re-organization of municipal and township governmental bodies with arrival of the new year will find 19 officials elected last November taking office at the first January meetings of the various units: In Bluffton Mayor W. A. -Howe will retire after serving five terms as the town’s principal executive office, and will turn over the position to Arden Baker on New Year’s Day. Other village officials taking over their duties at the first of the year include Charles Emans, village clerk Sidney C. Stettler, re-elected treasur er Harvey Beidler, Edgar Conaway and Forrest Steinman, board of public affairs. Conaway is the only holdover on the board. On the board of education Levi Althaus, incumbent, and Carl Der ringer will start new terms. Council, to Organize Organization of the new municipal council next Monday will include the following: Charles Aukerman, Armirr Hauenstrin, Wilford Geiger, Ddh Patterson, Chester Stauffer and Frank Todd. Todd, Stauffer, Patter son and Aukerman were re-elected, and Geiger will be shifting from town clerk to the council. Hauenstein a former mayor and councilman, is returning to public office after an absence of several years. In Richland township Albert Augs burger will be inducted as township trustee, and Ray Hilty as township clerk. C. D. Amstutz will be justice of the peace, and R. E. Griffith and Charles Lora will take office as constables. Both Griffith and Lora now hold the same office. Hold Union Prayer Services Next Week Annual w’eek of prayer services will be observed in Bluffton churches beginning Sunday, it is announced by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Services will be held every night from Sunday through Friday at 7:30 o’clock except on Thursday when the service Will begin at 8 o’clock. Local pastors will lead the services, each in a church other than his own. A service will also be held at the chapel exercises of the high school next Wednesday morning at 8:30 o’clock. This is the 151st annual observ ance of the Universal Week of Prayer according to the Federal Council of Churches and a “Week of Prayer’ booklet will be distributed in connection’ with the services here. Place, speaker and theme for the week’s service follow: Sunday—Methodist church, speak er, Rev. J. N. Smucker. Prayer Hon ors God. Monday—Presbyterian church, the speaker, Rev. Edgar Shady. Prayer Changes Things. Tuesday—Church of Christ, the speaker, Rev. E. N. Bigelow. When a Man Prays. Wednesday—Evangelical Mennon ite church, speaker, Rev. Victor Monk. The Power of Prayer. Industrial And Business Expansion Highlights Review Of Past Year Here Friday—Lutheran church, speaker, Rev. V. C. Oppermann. Jesus Pray ed for His Disciples. Wednesday—High school, speaker, I Rev. Paul Cramer. Jesus Taught Us to Pray. MARRIAGE LICENSE A marriage license has been issued to Dale Altman, Findlay and Lavaun Augsburger, Bluffton, Rt. 2. New Industrial Plant Built Also 14 New Homes Are Added Here Power Plants Expand Capacity Early June Flood Worst in Years Bluffton is heading into 1948 with a continuation of the revitalized in dustrial, business and residential ex pansion programs which got under way here shortly after the close of World War II, back in 1945. Widespread building -activity reach ing into all three fields, and herald ing the growth of a larger and bet ter Bluffton, easily qualified as the most noteworthy events of the past 12 months, just as they did a year ago. Residential building continued to boom, despite widespread material shortages. Fourteen new homes either were completed or in the pro cess of being completed at the year end, oddly enough the same total as reported in 1946. New Plant Here Industrial expansion was marked early in 1947 by completion of the new two-story, $25,000 brick-block plant of the Bluffton Cement Block company. The new industry went into operation last March, and has represented a busy addition to the town’s industrial interests. To keep pace with the town’s ex panding needs for electrical current, the municipal light and power plant is installing an 18,500 KW turbine, purchased at a cost of $24,720. Also ordered during the year for the plant by the board of public affairs was a new boiler, de livery of which is expected, in 1948. Central Ohio Light and Power Co. also added a new turbo-generat or to its generating plant located in Bluffton, and its rating of 10,000 KW gives the utility a gei capacity of 32,000 KW. Installa tion of the new generator is part of a one and one-half million dollar im provement program, launched at the local plant 14 months ago. Possibility that Bluffton may have a new addition soon at the Com munity hospital was pointed up by a survey completed in December and forwarded to the Ohio hospital sur vey committee. If the plans are ap proved and certified by the state group, federal funds will be avail able to finance one-third of the cost of the structure. Business Expands Building expansion was marked by the completion of an addition to the C. F. Niswander farm implement business in downtown Bluffton. In the new structure are a 40 by 60 repair shop and a 22 by 80 ware house. Principal business real estate transaction of the year was sale of the Zehrbach block on Main street to Roy Hauenstein, who plans to open a bakery in the building early in 1948. Church modernization programs completed during the year included installation of a new pipe organ in St. John’s Reformed church, and cathedral windows in the Church of Christ. Principal news caused during the year by the weather was an early June flood, the worst here since 1913, with local streams going on a 24 hour rampage before subsiding. Bluffton had no traffic fatilities or other accidental deaths during the year, one of the few in history. Church Of Christ Minister Resigns Rev. C. D. Reed, pastor of the Bluffton and Bethel Churches of Christ has resigned as pastor of the Bluffton church, it was an nounced here Tuesday. However, he will continue his connection with the Bethel church in Orange township, the announcement stated. Christmas Was White After All Bluffton’s White Christmas was pretty much of a “tattle-tale” gray variety last Thursday, until an early evening snowfall gave the town and countryside a new white blanket more than two inches deep. For the earlier part of the holi day, the only snow was the remnants of a heavy snow* which came 10 days earlier, and altho there wasn’t much more than a dirty, soot-specked cover ing of it, plenty of ice remained to make driving hazardous. The two-inch snowfall on Christmas eve further added to the ice menace, and with cold weather continuing streets remained slippery and danger ous five days later. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 1. 1948 BLUFFTON PLANS TO GREET THE NEW YEAR WITH GAIETY Watch Parties and Bands of Carolers Will Greet 1948 Wednesday Night Business Places and Industries To Suspend Operations On New Year’s Day Climaxing the Yuletide holiday season of unrestrained gaiety, Bluff ton will usher in the New Year at midnight Wednesday in traditional fashion with ringing bells, shrieking whistles and tooting horns. Watch parties in many homes will add color and cheerfulness to the New Year’s observance theatre parties are planned by some, and in other cases the passing of the old year will be observed by staying quietly at home and listening to radio music in keeping with the season. Bands of merry carolers are plan ning their traditional rounds of the town and countryside, to sing the favorite songs of yesteryear, as an other colorful featur marking the debut of another new year. Holiday Thursday New Year’s Day Thursday will be observed as a general holiday, with business and industrial activity of the town suspended generally. As usual there will be no postal deliver ies on town or rural routes. With the passing of 1947, the gai ety of the holiday season comes to a close, and its color and cheer soon will be absorbed in the rush of every day affairs. Yuletide decorations will come down for another year, and the Christmas trees will be discarded, symbolizing the end of another cele bration of the community’s favorite holiday season. Bluffton High and Grade school ndents will return to their classes nCAt Monday morning, and Bluffton college will resume regular classwork on the following day. Aid At Lima For Income Taxpayers Representatives..froj, the office of Yhe Ctfilector of internal revenue will be at the post office building in Lima daily except Saturday and Sunday, January 2 to 15 inclusive to aid federal income taxpayers who must file tax returns by January 15. The January 15 deadline must be observed principally by farmers who have not filed previously an estimat ed tax for 1947, persons who desire to amend their 1947 tax estimate and for final payments on 1947 esti mated income tax. Service formerly given by the in ternal revenue bureau will be great ly curtained this year due to the fact that the field division staff has been reduced 50 per cent. Aid will be given to taxpayers only at offices regularly maintained by the depart ment, it was state by John J. Quin livan, head of the Toledo district of which Bluffton is a part. Wage earners with less than $5,000 income can use the simple withholding tax form to file their 1947 tax returns and have until March 15 to file without penalty. After the withholding form is filed the tax collector will compute the tax and send a refund if too much has been paid, or a bill if more tax is owed. All persons whether single or mar ried who had a gross income for 1947 of $500 or more are required to file returns. Legion Banquet Monday Night Members of Bluffton American Legion post will hold a dinner at the Walnut Grill, Monday night at 6:30 o’clock. Following the dinner Clair Bowersox of Findlay will show pic tures and give a talk on his extens ive trip through the west. Maurice Fett, post commander, will preside as toastmaster. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $2.88 corn $2.40 oats $1.25 soys $3.80. Poultry—Heavy hens 27c leghorn hens 19c heavy springers, 33c leg horn springers, 20c stags 13c. Eggs—Large white 48c large brown 46c medium white 44c medium brown 42c pullets 38c. Butterfat—89c. A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and sincerity. a Ceainnina comeilt NEW YEAR, LIES AHEAD A YEAR. THAT DEMANDS POSITIVE ACTION OF ALL OF US A YEAR TO BE FACED WITH HIGH RESOLVE. Sportsmen’s Club Provides Scratch Feed For Song Bird Feeding Here Free feed provided by the club is in The Bluffton News window, and householders interested in feeding the birds in their neighborhoods may get all they want simply by stopping for it. Put up in five-pound sacks, the scratch feed consists of cracked corn, ground oats, wheat and other small seeds. Feeding of pheasants in country districts also will be started this week from a truck load of com provided by the Ohio Department of Conservation. The corn is being distributed from the Albert Garmatter residence on West Elm street. Persons who know of pheasant concentrations and wish to obtain grain for them may do so by obtaining a permit from Donald Ramge, Bluffton game protector, whose headquarters are at 118 Poplar street, telephone 177-R. Soloist In Denver's “Messiah” Concert Gordon Hilty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hilty south of Bluffton, who is prominent in musical circles in Denver, Colorado, was tenor soloist for the annual rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” at the city’s municipal auditorium during the current holi day season. An audience of more than 5,000 was in attendance. This is the second successive year that Hilty has appeared as a soloist in the concert and the Denver Post referred to him in this connection as “Colorado’s well known tenor.” Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Cox, Pan dora, a boy, James Clifford, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crawford, Sr., Ottawa, a boy, Paul Bryan, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sutter, Pan dora, a boy, Lonnie Eugene, Tues day. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Wiseley, Al vada, a boy, George Anthony, Tues day, at Findlay hospital. Mrs. Wise ley is the former Murial Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gid Stein er. WE AMERICANS MAKE AND CARRY THROUGH THE FAR-REACHING RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE CALLED FOR THIS YEAR AT THIS PARTICULAR SEASON 'Jill' oooJ end. a PROVE#* WILL BECOME BETTER CITIZENS THROUGH FULLER ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. RESPONSIBILITIES* WE WILL BECOME MORE FULLY ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS THROUGH STRIVING TO REACH OUR HIGHEST CAPACITIES. WE WILL, IN OUR FAMILY AND NATIONAL LIFE, ACHIEVE GREATER, HAPPINESS AND SECURITY THROUGH UNDERSTANDING, THROUGH PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF OUR RESOURCES FOR THE NEEDS OF THE DAY ANO MJ, 1/ -ANO FROM OUR GOOD BEGINNING WILL COME A FURTHER STRENGTHENING OFOUR DEMOCRACY. Song Birds And Pheasants Facing Starvation Will Dine On Free Feed Corn For Pheasants Made Avail able Here By Department of Conservation Bluffton song birds, which soon may face starvation because of con tinued ice and snow, will dine on scratch feed during the winter season if area residents cooperate in a feeding program announced this week by the Community Sportsmen’s club. BY HARRY L. HALB Editor’s Note—This w ons of a aeries of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. The Indian Navy It isn’t much of a stream—just a short branch splitting off the Sci oto River near Piketon, Pike county, and winding through its self-named valley on towards Chillicothe. That is Pee Wee creek and its story is two centuries old but known to few. It got its name from the letters “P. P.” carved on a big tree early settlers found on its bank. The in itials of some early Irish backwoods man, pioneers said, and let it go at that. They knew no more. Overlooked by most historians and unknown to college professors and laymen, there once was an attempt to settle the Ohio country that failed —three years before the reputed first settlers arrived at Marietta, Columbia, Cincinnati, Gallipolis, or Manchester. And as a monument to it there is only Pee Wee creek and the story of the initials. Journey on Flat boats It was early in April, 1785 when four families from Pittsburgh float ed on flat-boats down the Ohio to the mouth of the Scioto, where Portsmouth now is and decided that spot would make an excellent home. The name of but one of the families is known. It was the wife and children of Peter Patrick. The others do not matter. The quartet of families cleared a little land, built cabins and put in corn and pumpkin seed, hoping that the Indians would understand their peaceable dispositions and let them alone. The savages, they argued, would behave if they were treated right. Then one day the four men went up the Scioto to get a better look at the wonderful country which was to be their future home.The beautiful hill-bound river bottom excelled all their expectations. It was a veritable wildnerness paradise. Carves Initials Patrick was so impressed with it that he carved his initials on a big beech tree, just a sort of sign that he was the first white man to set foot on the creek bank. Then the four pioneers built a fire and peacefully went to sleep. The Indians’ attack that night was so stealthy that two of the settlers never again awoke. The other two escaped and eluded pursuit until they made their way back to the Ohio River. One of those killed was Pat rick. The camp fire and the attack was on the spot where Piketon now is. Pat Continued on page 8) Happy New Year NUMBER 37 TOWN’S NEW ROAD SCRAPER ORDERED IN 1946 IS HERE Delivery of Scraper Means Ex pansion of Street Repair Program Newly Added Subdivisions and Maintenance Work Make Move Necessary Bluffton’s new eight-foot blade road scraper, ordered in September, 1946, was delivered last week, and for the first time in many years the town street department next spring will be adequately prepared to handle the expanding needs of street and alley maintenance here. Delivery of the new motor scraper also will make it possible to com plete alley and curb grading in several new additions to the town’s residential districts. Cost of the 30 horsepower scraper, purchased from the Galion Iron Works, was $2,873, the 1946 price, despite the fact that the same scraper now sells for more than $4,000, village officials pointed out. Addition of the scraper to street department equipment also will permit local street maintenance crews to handle initial preparation of streets for re-surfacing, thereby reducing the expense of the town’s street improvements. During the two-year period elaps ing since the order was placed with the Galion concern, a used scraper was loaned to the town by the firm .on a cost-free basis. Former Resident Is Dead In California Mrs. Mary Mollett Jennings, 58, native of the Swiss Settlement west of Bluffton and wife of Roy Jen nings, died December 21 at her home in Turlock, Calif., according to word received here. Death came following a brief illness. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Mollett living three miles northwest of Bluffton, she left for California abodt 40 years ago. For many years she and her husband were engaged in mission work among the Klamath Indians in California. Surviving are her husband and six children, Benjamin, Mary, Louise, Paul, Mark and Betty all of Turlock and vicinity two sisters Mrs. Lena Imbach of Greenfield, Oregon, and Mrs. Josephine Miller, Pasadena, Calif., and a brother Walter Mollett, Van Nuys, Calif. Funeral services and burial were in Turlock. Bell Ringer At Riley Creek Church Sunday Wilbur Fish of Columbus, known as the Joy Bell Ringer, will present a program of music at the Riley Creek Baptist church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’colck, it is announced by the pastor, Rev, Robert Turner. One of the specialties of the even ing will be the use of ordinary water glasses to produce music. The program will be held in connection with the monthly singspiration of the church. Funeral Monday For Mother Of Dr. Soash Mrs. Rosa Soash, 79, mother of Dr. M. D. Soash, Bluffton physician, died at her home in Bowling Green, Friday following an extended ill ness. Funeral services were held in the Croll Funeral home in nearby Ton togany, Monday afterioon. Besides her son of this place she is survived by her husband, Eber J. Soash, Bowling Green another son, E. Glenn Soash, Wilmington, Del. two sisters and three brothers. Three From Here On Jury Venires Three Bluffton persons were among the 120 named last week on grand and petit jury venires for the January term of Allen county com mon pleas court. Those from here in the group are Gail Patterson, Cherry street F. C. Marshall, Bluffton Route 2, and Cora. M. Grismore, Bluffton Route 2. Dairy cows produce more milk per year if milking time for the herd averages three minutes per cow. Cups of mechanical milkers should be re moved promptly when the milking is completed. Cups should be dipped in clean water and in a chlorine solu tion between cows.