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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII COLD WAVE SENDS MERCURY TO LOW MARK FOR WINTER Temperature Here Drops to Five Above Zero Wednesday Morning Clearing Weather Tempers Se verity of Season’s Record Cold Snap Bluffton area Wednesday was in the grip of the coldest weather of the winter as a frigid wave borne on the wings of a sharp northwest wind swept into Bluffton Tuesday night and dropped the temperature to a low of five degrees above zero. The wind, however, was of com paratively short duration and sub sided after midnight Tuesday. The cold snap brought to an abrupt end a period of comparatively mild weather in which temperatures aver aged from twenty to thirty degrees. Tuesday night’s cold snap was preceded by three inches of snow falling intermittently throughout the day gradually tapering off as the temperature dropped. A bright sun and clearing weather Wednesday tempered the cold wave and although forecasts indicate a continuance of sub-normal tempera ture the weather situation is not ex pected to become critical. Streets and highways covered with snow and ice present a traffic hazard and some north and south country roads are reported to be drifted but passable. Alaskan Color Films Will Be Shown Here Color motion pictures of .beauty spots in Alaska and the Arctic will be featured in a lecture to be pre sented at 8:30 p. m. this Thursday in the high school auditorium as an offering on the Bluffton college lec ture series. Presenting ,the program will be Constance and Bud Helmerick, who received ‘"hation-wide publicity in “Life” magazine last spring when several pages of natural-color photo graphs taken by them in the north ern area were reproduced as a spe cial features The Helmericks have established a permanent home in a beauty spot in the far North, after spending 26 months on their initial trip there to make a photographic record of the district. Toledo Youth Wins Peace Contest Here Philip Hall of Toledo won first place in the district Prince of Peace declamation contest held in the Methodist church here Sunday night. Esther Wolpert of Marysville was named alternate. Declamations of the eight contest ants were judged by Wm. Burbick, Rev. P. E. Whitmer and Richard Alderfer, all of Bluffton. Winner of the Bluffton contest will compete for state honors in the semi-finals in Columbus next Sunday and winners from this group will appear before the Pastor’s conven tion January 26 through 29 at Co lumbus for final judging. Bluffton Woman Is Teaching in Pandora Mrs. Charles Lauby has accepted a position as instructor in religious education in the Pandora schools it was announced the first of the week. She began her work there Monday teaching in grades 3 to 8. Mrs. Lauby is teaching for the second year in the Bluffton schools as instructor in religious education in grades 1 to 6. She will continue her classes here in the afternoon Tuesday through Friday and be in Pandora all day Monday. Real Estate Deal The 80-acre tract in Union town ship known as the Harris farm owned by Mrs. Ruth Moyer, Miss Naomi West and Mrs. Eddyth Frid ley has been sold to Ellis Hauen stein. The purchaser will move a house on the place this winter and occupy the farm. Hancock County Youth Chorus At ML Cory The Hancock County Youth Chor us consisting of 30 voices directed by John Taylor will give a concert in the Mt. Cory Methodist church Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Residents of the community read 20,178 volumes loaned to them by the Bluffton public library during 1947, the annual circulation report issued by Librarian Ocie Anderson showed this week. During the year, there was an in crease in the reading of fiction, the librarian reported. No record is kept of books used in the schools. During 1947, a total of 693 new books was added by purchase and donations. The library now’ has 13, 868 volumes and receives 72 maga zines and six newspapers. RAILROAD SIGNALS ON COLLEGE AVE. AGAIN REQUESTED Decade-Old Campaign for Nickel Plate Lights at Crossing Re-opened Again Traffic Check Made Last Year By Railroad. But No Action Followed ______ Bluffton’s decade-old campaign for electrically operated warning signals at the Nickel Plate railroad’s East College avenue crossing has been re opened again by the village admini stration. Attempts of the town to eliminate what officials term a serious traffic hazard at the crossing go bacV over a period of more than 10 years. With further centralization of in dustrial and business activity in the area just east of the railroad, muni cipal councilmen have approved action by the mayor in re-opening the case, following his recommenda tion at last week’s meeting. Traffic Survey In March, 1947, the railroad con ducted a two-day survey-of traffic at the intersection, but no further ac tion was taken by the road relative to the signals. The traffic check showed traffic at the intersection for the two-day period to be as follows: 598 auto mobiles 109 trucks 42 other ve hicles 66 pedestrians 29 freight trains and four passenger trains. With the Bluffton stock yards, Farm Bureau bulk plant and the new Bluffton Cement Block plant located in the area immediately east of the railroad, the crossing is heavily traveled, and railroad cars on ad jacent sidings generally completely block a view’ of the main line tracks. Armed Forces Of Fo Other In Vienna, Vienna, capital of Austria and one of the world’s potential danger spots is described by Bertran Smucker, son of Mrs, B. D. Smucker who is in that city with the foreign relief serv ice of -the Mennonite Central Committee.—Editor Vienna is perhaps the most inter national city in the world today, having a good percentage of the 11,000 members of the U. S. occu pation forces located here, a greater number of Russian troops, and a fair percentage of French and Brit ish troops. This, of course, can be duplicated in Berlin, Germany, but Berlin has always been rather solid ly Germanic in its make-up, whereas Vienna for centuries has been the crossroad of eastern and western Europe. For example, if one looks through a typical list of Viennese names, one will notice that well over half of them are of non-Germanic origin, coming from Czechoslovakia and from a great number of the Balkan countries. This is easily under standable when one remembers that Vienna was long the center and cap ital of the Austro-Hungarian empire which embraced the largest areas of eastern Europe. One can see in the people’s physi cal appearance that they certainly are not typical of the Hitler theory of the so-called pure, Aryan race. The swarthiness and dash of the Latins has been mixed with some of the solid and sturdy nature of the Germanic race to produce many handsome and beautiful people. The influence of the East may be seen in the architecture as well. Thus with the four-occupying powers plus the historical background of being an East-West crossroad, Vienna is truly Program Of Variety At Community Institute Next Wednesday, Thursday Library Circulation 20,178 During 1947 Discussions of Community Prob lems Will Be Stressed in Two-Day Meet Wednesday Night Sessions with Many Features Highlights of 1948 Program Offering a varied program of in structive lectures, discussion ses sions and variety features, Bluffton’s annual two-day community institute will be held Wednesday and Thurs day of next week, in the Bluffton High school auditorium. Complete program appears elsewhere in this issue. Continuing last year’s successful innovation, morning programs will be eliminated, and the institute of ferings will include afternoon and evening sessions on the opening day, and an afternoon gathering on Thursday. Heading the impressive array of speakers at the institute will be Joseph Fichter, of Oxford and Co lumbus, and Mrs. Lottie Randolph, of Columbus. Fichter is master of the Ohio State Grange and a member of the faculty of Miami university. Start ing as a teacher in rural schools, Fichter advanced through county superintendent of schools to serve at one time as assistant state director of education. Mrs. Randolph was assistant di rector of agriculture from 1939 to 1944, and is a Master Farm Home maker. She is an active church, P. T. A., Grange, Farm Bureau and women's club worker. Headline attraction of the two-day institute will me Wednesday night’s program offering varied features. Mrs. Randolph will speak on “Ohio Department of Agriculture Serves the Producer, Distributor and Consumer,” and Fichter’s subject for the session will be “Sharing for Peace.’ A minstrel will be presented by Richland Grange, and special music will be provided by the high school band the RU«y quartet, and a trumpet solo bV Ray Foil as. All ‘meetings wiff be held ffi the Bluffton High auditorium, with after noon sessions starting at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday’s evening program will get under w’ay at 7:30 p. m. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $3 com $2.50 oats $1.25 soys $4.20. Poultry—Heavy hens 27c leghorn hens 19c heavy springers 35c leg horn springers 20c stags 13c. Eggs—Large whites 45c large browns 43c medium whites 40c medium browns 38c pullets 35c. Butterfat—83c. ur Powers Eye Each rites Bert Smucker an international city. Devastated by Two Wars Old Vienna was without a doubt a city of rare beauty with its exotic national blends, the beautiful blue Danube, the easily accessible Vienna Woods, stately buildings, and great tradition of music. However, with the devastating effects of two wars and the almost constant strife in be tween, the old European capital no longer casts out a sheen of glory, but rather a blanket of gloom and despair. World War I hit Austria very hard because it meant that she no longer could live from the riches and possessions of the countries of the Empire. Thus Vienna, the large head of the Empire, found herself in the position of a distorted dwarf —a very large head with a small supporting body. Between the two World wars there was much political strife with actual civil violance at times. While the political parties struggled, Hitler in sidiously edged his way into this small and proud country. Democracy Makes Gains In all fairness one must say that democracy had made great strides in Austria through the work of the Social Democrats. One must also point out that all too many people for expediency’s sake joined forces with the Nazis. Strong party poli tics has been and is a great curse in this country, as in many other European countries. A man is judged too much by his party connections, rather than by his personal qualifications. Party af filiation goes much deeper than in America, because there is a definite ideological connotation inherent in each party. Thus because of intern al political strife Austria never had (Continud on page 10) THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. FIRE DESTROYS DWELLING AND ALL CONTENTS Three Room Home of Don Crites, Grove Street, Burns to Ground Household Furnishings and Clothing Lost in Blaze Tuesday Night Fire believed to have originated from a newly installed heating stove gutted a three-room frame dwelling occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Don Crites on Grove street and destroyed house *hold furnishings and clothing of the couple Tuesday night at 9:10 o’clock. The Crites dwelling is only a few yards from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark. Damage estimated at $1,500 is cover ed by insurance. The fire occurred during one of the stormiest nights of the winter with a high wind, falling snow’ and rapidly dropping temperature usher ing in a cold waV and adding to the difficulties of fire fighting. Building in Flames When the Bluffton fire department arrived the entire building w*as in flames and before the fire was under Bluffton firemen set a record in answering Tuesday night’s fire alarm at the Crites home. When the call came they wert holding their monthly meeting in the fir® department room. They were on their way to the blaze within one minute after the telephone operator notified Clarence Stonehill, clerk of the fire department. control everything had been destroy ed but the charred sidewalls of the structure. A heating stove had been newly installed in the dwelling Tuesday afternoon and Crites and his father in-law Paul Clark had built a fire in it only a short time before the blaze was discovered. After starting a fire in the stove the two men went to the Clark home and a short time* afterward Crit&s returned to his home to look after the stove. Finding everything satis factory he returned to Clark’s home where his wife was staying until such time as their home would be warm. Looking through the window some five minutes later Crites saw his own home in flames with fire breaking through the. roof of the dwelling. By that time the fire had made such headway that none of the house hold furnishings or personal property could be removed. The dwelling was built last sum mer by Crites, who came here from Spencerville to enroll in Bluffton college where he is a junior. Gold Star 4-H Club Wins State Contests Gold Star 4-H club of Orange town ship has won first place in two state contests, one for health improvement and the other for safety, it was an nounced at a meeting of the Han cock County Safety Council. A check of $20 was turned over to Mrs. Frank Montgomery repre senting the girls’ club for winning one contest and the other check will be sent soon. Members of the club won the con tests with their health activities in cluding physical examinations, cor rection of defects, chest x-rays, dent al care, first aid and safety demon strations, preparing first aid kits, county and state fire prevention demonstrations, checking homes for safety hazards and work on a nutri tion program. Father Of Bluffton Fire Chief Succumbs Cassius C. Corson, 88, died Mon day morning at 2:30 o’clock at his home in Pandora following a week’s illness. Death was attributed to heart disease. He was the father of Guy Corson, Bluffton fire chief. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Davis, Pandora, and Mrs. Magdalena Wilson, Dayton one brother Edward Krohn, Pandora eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Pandora Church of Christ, Wednes day afternoon with Rev. Lee Re maley officiating. Burial was in Pandora cemetery. Inspect Electric Cords Electric extension cords should be inspected from time to time to be sure the insulation has not cracked, frayed or worn thin. 15, 1948 Prices of wheat, corn and soybeans were at all time record highs on the Bluffton markets this week, a check of current quotations revealed Wed nesday morning. Wheat hit the top level Tuesday when it was quoted at $3.03 a bush el. The price Wednesday morning was three cents off, at an even $3. Com and soybeans, following in the wake of the wheat market hung up top prices Wednesday with com at $2.50 a bushel and soys at $4.20. Notwithstanding the soaring grain markets, poultry and egg prices con tinued in a listless manner which is bringing complaints from poultry men because of high feed prices. Poultry prices were almost iden tical with last week’s quotations for heavy hens, top of the market continuing at 35c. Eggs, however, were down with producers receiving from three to four cents a dozen un der last week’s prices. Bluffton Lions Club Sponsor of Campaign Opening Here This Week Half of Funds Raised Retained in County for Assistance of Ixcal Cases Funds for infantile paralysis treat ment will be sought in the annual March of Dimes campaign, launched here this week under the auspices of the Bluffton Lions club, with D. W. Bixler, president of the club, serving as general chairman of the drive. Assisting Bixler are Cloyce Bame and Harry Yoder heads of the club’s finance and health committee respectively. Half of the proceeds from the Al len county drive, with a quota of $10,000 set this year, will be retained in the county for treatment of cases here,^regardless of the finirwial con dition of families stricken by the dis ease. One case in the Bluffton area, that of Rodney Habegger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Newlin Habegger, west of town, received assistance from the county fund in the amount of approximately $800, it was pointed out this week. Rodney is the grandson of John Ha begger. Since November, 1945, the Allen county chapter has expended nearly $6,300 for care of infantile paralysis cases in the county. Opening this week, the drive will continue until January 30. Contribu tions may be placed in receptacles which will be placed in town business places and other establishments and institutions by the Lions club. Checks made out to the campaign may be turned over to the Lions club. Recreation Committee To Be Re-organized Re-organization of the Bluffton Recreation committee will be effected at the January meeting of the group at 8:30 p. m. next Tuesday in the offices of The Triplett Electrical In strument company. Other officers will be named at the session to assist Woodrow Little, chairman of the group, for the com ing year. All sports-minded citizens of the town are urged to participate in the winter program, now under way, in cluding men’s basketball on Mon day nights in the high school gym nasium men’s volleyball on Tuesday nights in the college gymnasium, fol lowed by a women’s volleyball and basketball group on the same night, starting at 8:30 p. m. and boys and girls basketball on Saturday morning in the high school gymnas ium. Bluffton college tennis courts will be flooded for ice skating, as soon as weather permits, to round out the winter program. Scandanavian Songs, Talks At P. T. A. A program of Scandanavian vocal music and folk songs together with talks on “Education in Denmark and Sweden” will be featured at a meet ing of the Bluffton Parent-Teachers association at 8 p. m. next Monday in the high school cafeteria. Bowling Green university stu dents, Miss Upsakcr, Mr. Tobiassen and Mr. Moen, whose homes are in Denmark and Sweden, will appear in the program. They will be ac companied by an instructor from the university. Prices Of Wheat, Corn, Soys Go To Record Highs On Market Here War On Infantile Paralysis Will Be Aided By March Of Dimes Drive Bank Directors Are Re-elected For Year Shareholders of the Citizens Na tional bank re-elected the entire board of directors for the coming year at the annual meeting at the bank Tuesday night. Declaration of a dividend at the rate of $5 a share for the second consecutive year was announced to the stockholders by Dr. C. H. Smith, president of the institution. Directors re-elected are: C. H. Smith, E. C. Romey, Edwin Amstutz, M. M. Bogart, H. P. Huber, C. F. Niswander and Adam Steiner. At1 the organization of the directors* following the stockholders meeting Smith was elected^ president and Romey vice president and cashier. RICHLAND FARMERS BUSINESS GROWS Risks Aggregate $2,683,530 Total of 487 Policies Are in Force Mutual Insurance Organization Names Director, Treasurer and Appraisers Expansion of insurance coverage of the Richland Township Farmers’ Insurance Co. was announced last Saturday at the annual meeting of the organization in the council room of the Bluffton town hall. Insurance li'Jr-? aggregating 2 ,683,530 are cifcHrted by the socid^^M a four-county area, with the principal emphasis on farm coverage. Counties in which insurance is in force include Allen, Putnam, Hardin and Hancock. Coverage shows a gain of $39,170 over the amount in force during the preceding year, and the number of policy holders on Dec. 31, 1947, ag gregated 487, three more than a year earlier. Losses $3,356 Losses during 1947 amounted to $3,356.01, of which $2,079.21 was at tributed to fire. Other losses were lightning, $635.97, and storm, $640.83. Aggregate loss for 1946 was slight ly higher, $3,491.16 being the total re ported a year ago. The annual report showed a two mill levy during the past year to cover losses. This is the second as sessment in three years. At Saturday’s meeting, Alfred Mueller was re-elected director for a three-year term Wayne Zimmerman and Marden Basinger were re-elected appraisers for one-year terms, and Quentin Burkholder was re-elected treasurer for one year. In organization of the board of di rectors, Alfred Mueller was named president Walter Hochstettler, vice* president, with Ezra Moser serving as the other director. The directors re-appointed Earl Matter secretary for one year. Grocery Is Moving Bakery Will Open The Barnes grocery will open for business next Tuesday in the Hank ish building on South Main street recently occupied by the Gamble store, it is announced by the pro prietor Arthur Amstutz. The store will be closed Monday while stocks are being moved from the former Zehrbach building on North Main street. In connection with the change to a new’ location, announcement was made of a change of name. In the future the business will be known as Art Amstutz Gro cery. The room vacated by the grocery establishment will be occupied by the Hauenstein bakery, a new enter prise to be launched by Roy Hauen stein, Bluffton businessman, who purchased the building from the Zehrbach interests. Redecorating of the room will be started next week and the bakery is expected to be in operation by the first of February, Hauenstein said. His brother, Harry Hauenstein, an experienced baker will be in charge. News classified ads. Where buyer and seller meet. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 39 1ENN0NITE AID INSURANCE SETS RECORD MARK Organization Has §4,869,070 of Risks in Force Increase of Nearly Half Million Policies Carried by Insurance Society Number 915 Offi cers are Re-elected Insurance risks aggregating ,$4,869,070, a gain of nearly 'half a million dollars over the ’eceding year, are carried by the Mennonite Mutual Aid society, a locally owned and operated insurance organization specializing in farm protection, it was reported Saturday afternoon at the annual meeting in the Pandora High school building. Reports show the mutual society has 915 policies in force in Allen, Hancock and. Hardin counties. This total is th/ same as at the close of 1946. Aggregate risks covered by the or ganization, $413,795 r.ore than in 1946, represent its largest coverage since the society was organized on June 5, 1866. Th is! year’s figure was $4,869,070,* hs compared with $4,455, 275 in 1946. Altho the n/umber of policies in force was the/same as last year, the total of 915. includes 36 new mem bers. This vs due to some previous members combining policies, and others discontinuing their coverage. $12,668 Loss Total fosses suffered by policy holders during 1947 amounted to $12,668.2X), about twice the volume of loss in/ the preceding year. Of the 1947 idss, $10,344 resulted from fire, and tfhe remainder from lightning and storm. The* organization closed the year with & cash balance of $10,483.29, ac cording to a report made at the meet ing. Officers were re-elected in organi zation of the board of directors, in cluding E. E. Bucher, president Llewellyn Geiger, vice-president Al bert a?.'inkier, secretary Max Craw fis, assistant secretary, and Ray S. Hilty.j treasurer. Appraisers for the society during the coining year will be Fred C. Bad ertsch^ir, Calvin Garmatter, Llewel lyn Geiger and Max Crawfis. Bad ertscheif is a new member of the board off appraisers, succeeding Amos Tschiegjt, who was not a candidate for re-election. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and ^Mrs. Frank Blackstone, Jr.„ Lima, at boy, Dean Frank, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Plummer, Ada, a boy, Monday. 1 Mr. and Mrs. John von Stein, Bluffton, a gii^l, Katherine May, Monday. Mr. and Mrs.. Herbert Traucht, Rawson, a boy, ,-egory Karl, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Marshall, Bluff ton, a boy, Robert Ray, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Tidier, Bluff ton, a boy, William Ernest, Jr., Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. John Yovkng, Beav erdam, a girl, Wednesday morning. Twins, a boy Will1|tm Todd Franks and girl, Martha Ann, were born January 2 to Mr. 'and Mrs. Wm. Musson of Columbus vat Grant hospital in that city. The brother is the former Patricia Denison, daugh ter of Mrs. Bessie Todd ^Denison, formerly of Bluffton. A girl, Karen Ann, was 90m to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bradtmiiler of Ft. Wayne, Dec. 22. The mother is the former Jean Ann Strahm, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. von Strahm of Lima, former Bluffton residents. Feeding Program Aids Birds In Cold Snap Feeding program inaugurated by the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club is proving a timely aid to birds during the present cold snap w’hen usual sources of food are covered by snow. Some 200 sacks of a mixture of wheat, oats, cracked com and weed seeds prepared by the Master Feed Mill in the Sportsmen’s club project and sacked by members of Boy Scout Troop 56 have been placed in the Bluffton News window. As long as the supply lasts the feed is free for the asking to any one who will distribute it to the birds. Lose something? A News Want Ad may find it.