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12 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXH YOUTHS CRASH IN STOLEN AUTO AT BEAVERDAM LIGHT Canton Boy Hurt Seriously As Car Hits Three Autos, Truck And Pole Highway Patrolmen Pursuing Car Arrest Second Boy West of Beaverdam *After Crash Attempting to escape from pur suing state highway patrolmen, two Canton youths wrecked a stolen automobile in Beaverdam about 9 P. M. Tuesday whrin the skidding vehicle struck three parked cars, then finally crashed into a telephone pole. Both youths were apprehended by paXrolmerihjgUowing the crash. One who su^wW.- internal injuries was taken iftto custody at the scene of the mishap, and the second was picked up' about one hour later while attempting to hitch-hike a ride on the outskirts of Beavetdam on the Lincoln highway. The highway patrol I said names giveh them by the teeif-agers were Darrell Lathuro, 16, andfLen Lieber, 15, both of Canton, who are charged with having stolen the, car which they, were driving, a 1947 Mercury seda», earlier in the day at Wooster. In Hospital Lathuro is in Limal Memorial hospital with internal injuries suffer ed irfe the crash, and Lieber was taken to dsitrict patrol headquarters at Firidlay for questioning^ Lathuro was treated following the faishap at the Beaverdam office of IJr. W. C. Laycodk, and was later removed to the Lata hospital in the Paul Diller ambulance, of Bluffton. Highway patrolmen picked up the trail of the stolen car early Tuesday night, After the boys had stopped at an Upyer Sandusky filling station and left without paying for gasoline. The station operator reported the occurrence to highway patrolmen, and a paired car on the Ll^c^n highway spotted the stolen car short ly after it crossed the Hancock county line about 8 p. m. Knowing they were pursued, the youths went into Beaverdam at a high rate of speed, and their car got out of control as they attempted to stop when a truck in front of them was halted by the traffic light. Skidding into tree parked cars, the automobile careened into the truck and then smashed into a telephone pole, completely wrecking the vehicle. Lieber admitted being a partner with Lathuro in three previous stol-i car jobs in Canton but they had i been released to go home. After be ing in school for two days, Lieber said the stole a car in Canton, aban-i doing it in Wooster where they stole the car they wrecked. Reorganize Business Men's Association Revitalizing and reorganization of the Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion is under way this week follow ing a dinner of the organization held at the Walnut Grill last Wednesday night. Fifty-six representatives of Bluff ton retail and industrial firms at tending the dinner signified their willingness to cooperate in expand ing the program objects of the as sociation. Officers elected for the coming year are: Pres., E. A. Sutermeister vice pres., W. O. Geiger sec., Mrs. T. F. Prosser treas., Wm. Gaiffe com munity progress representative, May nard Geiger. Speaker of the evening was Mil lard Saul, director of public rela tions of the Ohio Oil company who was an aide of General Marshall during the war and accompanied him on his mission to China after the close of hostilities. To Hold Opening In New Location Formal opening Saturday in its new location on South Main street has been announced by the Art Amstutz grocery, formerly operating under the name of Barnes grocery. The store wM recently moved from its previous location on North Main street into the Hankish room recently occupied by the Gamble store adjoining the Hauenstein & Son pharmacy. Arthur Amstutz, the proprietor has announced a number of special ties for the opening day. Brice Main Drops Dead Wednesday Brice Main, 55, Orange township road supervisor, died suddenly of a heart attack in the .kitchen at his home in Orange tertvnship, Wednes day morning at 11 o’clock. A lifelong resident of Orange township, he Wa^born Dec. 10, 1893, the son of Coy and DIESEL ENGINES PUT IN SERVICE ON A. 0. & Y. RAILROAD First of New Oil Burning Loco motives Goes Through Town Thursday Nickel Plate Expected to Begin Operation of Diesels This Spring Inaugurating the transition period ending the reign of steam-powered engines linked with railroading for more than a century, the A. C. and Y. railroad has put its first diesel electric locomative in operation on a regular run through Bluffton. Local residents here became aware of operation of the powerful diesel locomotive when they heard the hoarse blast of Jts whistle and the throbbing of its motors, as went through Bluffton on a freight run, last Thursday. Used on freight and passenger runs between Akron and Delphos, and passing through Bluffton, the A. C. and Y. diesel is the first of a fleet which will be in operation on the road as soon as manufacturers can deliver others. Oil burning diesels also will be used on the Nickel Plate railroad through Bluffton, beginning early this spring, according to present plans. First use of the diesel locomotives will be on the Cleveland St. Louis fast train which pass through here in early morning and late evening. In preparing for the switch to diesel-powered trains, the Nickel Plate operated a diesel locomotive through Bluffton on a demonstration run, late last summer. Noted Quartet Here In Free Program The Farmers Grain company is sponsoring a repeat appearance here of the noted Greenville Kiwanis quartet at the high school auditor ium on Wednesday night, February 11 at 7:30 p. m., it was announced by officials of the company the first of the week. With the quartet will also appear Al Heiby, minstrel man, in a comedy role. The group appeared here a year ago and drew a capacity house and a similar attendance is anticipated next Wednesday night. Admission is free and everyone is invited. The entertainment will follow the annual stockholders meeting of the Farmers Grain company to be held in the high school auditorium next Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $2.85 corn $2.50 oats $1.25 soys, $3.85. Poultry—Heavy hens 27c leghorn hens 19c stags 13c. Eggs—Large whites 43c large browns 41c medium whites 39c medium browns 37c pullets 34c. Butterfat—89c. Man has learned to deal with near ly all nature except human nature. He has explored the universe but does not know himself. Temperature Tops Freezing Mark Monday For First Time In 14 Days Aj^i (Cunning ham) Main. He was married to Gladys Leath ers who died in 1934. Five years later he was married to Mrs. Min nie Marquart Main who survives to gether with two step-sons, Charles of Arlington and Harold at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Willard Fisher and Mrs. Ros-* coe Blakesley, both of Bluffton. The body is at the Paul Diller funeral home where services will be held at a time not yet determined. Rev. Irwin Kaufman will officiate and burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. Thomas E. Dewey It is with man as with horses those that do the most prancing make the least progress. Baren de Strassart Grip of Protracted Cold Wave Broken First Of Week Another Predicted Heavy Snowfall Tuesday Night Preserves Wintry Setting Locally Warm weather Monday and Tues day of this week brought a welcome respite from a cold w’ave that for two weeks drove the mercury to marks near or below zero daily, al though heavy snowfall Tuesday night and predictions of another gold wave maintained Bluffton’s wintry setting. A semblance of return to normal winter weather came Monday after noon w’hen Bluffton temperatures Followers of the Groundhog weather forecast got small comfort Monday when a bright sun signalled six weeks more of winter, according to the tradi tion. climbed above the freezing mark for the first time in 14 days, and milder weather continued through Tuesday. Effects of the sustained cold wave, however, were in evidence the first of the week as municipal water works employes found themselves busy thawing out frozen water lines. Freezing mains gave little trouble during the coldest weather, but after abatement of the weather set in frost driven deeper into the ground resulted in frozen ’pipes, principally near the end of mains. Frozen water lines on farms were the cause of bewilderment in local hardware stores during the last week when the sale of garden hose suddenly began booming. The ex planation was that farmers are us ing the hose to run whter from their house pumps to water tanks, after frozen lines in* the ground made it impossible to pipe the water to the tanks. Tuesday night’s snowfall, begin ning shortly before dusk, left an other thick blapkel on the ground. Driving was hazardous on streets covered with an icy coating remain ing from the Saturday blizzard of 10 days ago, as the snowfall added to traffic hazards. High School Junior Class Play Coming Preparations for the coming high school junior class play got under way this week with the first rehear al called Monday night. The Juniors will present a farce early in March entitled “Second Childhood” by Zel lah Covington and Jules Simonson which promises to be a highly humorous and laugh-provoking affair. Try-outs were held last week for the eleven roles and the cast now includes the following students: Treva Althaus, Lois Marquart, Bea trice Leiber, Robert Niswander, Col letta Badertscher, Sam Buhler, Jo Haller, Jerry Jennings, Janette Fenton, Roger Linden and Lee Hursey. The play will be under the direction of William Burbick, in structor of speech. Bob Burkholder Is Star In O. S. U. Win Ohio State eagers knocked the University of Michigan out of the lead in the Big Nine championship race Monday night with an inspired 70 to 66 victory at Columbus in which Bluffton’s Bob Burkholder was a star performer for the Buckeyes. Hitting on midfloor shots from his guard position, Burkholder notched 15 points. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burkholder, west of Bluffton. $10,000 In Taxes Is Collected Here Bluffton owners of real estate paid approximately $10,000 on the December tax, according to incom plete reports, it was stated by deputies from the Allen county treasurer’s office who were at the Citizens National bank Tuesday and Wednesday to receive payments. Boy Scouts To Have Window Display Here In observance of national Boy Scout week, Feb. 6 to 12, Bluffton troops will have a window display in the business section featuring the work of scouts and objectives of scouting. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. PRECINCT CONTEST MAY START FIGHT IN LOCAL POLITICS Opposition Develops to Demo cratic Committeemen in Two Precincts Here Situation May Herald Pre primary Factional Split in Party Organization Contests for the office of demo cratic committeeman in two Bluffton precincts may touch off a sharp in tra-party political fight here which has reportedly been brewing since the election last November. At the office of the Allen county board of elections it was disclosed Tuesday that two candidates for com mitteeman in Bluffton precincts A and D, have filed for the May 4 primary. Candidates in Precinct A are Lloyd Brauen present committeeman up for re-election and George Rauenbuhler. In precinct D, candidates are Homer Bracy, present committeeman, up for re-election and Gerald E. Swank. Party Opposition Political observers said that the op position encountered by Brauen and Bracy stems from .a situation here last fall when they were identified w-ith a bi-partisan group seeking to re-elect W. A. Howe, republican, as mayor in a write-in campaign. Precinct committeeman usually are selected without contest and appear ance of opposition in two of the town’s four precincts pointed up the possibility of a democratic factional split during the three months before the May primary when the issue will be decided at the polls by voters in the two districts. Candidates will have until this Wednesday- night to file for the May primary. Barring any unexpected last minute developments, candidates for committeemen here are: Committeeman Candidates Democratic Precinct A, Lifted Brauen, Geo. Rau^Mder Pre^m® Fred Getties Preftinc‘ C. John'Gar linger Precinct D, Hemer Bracy, Ger ald E. is wank Riema nd" North, Al bert Winkler Richland South Sol. Steiner Beaverdam, Ruth Durkee. Republican—Precinct A, John A. Thompson Precinct B, A. E. Kohli Precinct C, Wm. Amstutz Prcinct D, Forest Mumma. Woman Found 111 Dies In Hospital Mrs. Adelaide Butler, 49, of the Staater apartments on Church street died at Bluffton hospital Wednesday morning at 3:05 o’clock. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. She had been critically ill since friends found her unconscious in her apartment on Wednesday night of last w-eek after which she was re moved to the hospital. She was born in New Brunswick, N. J. and came here during the w-ar w’hen her husband, Roy Butler, was stationed here as a government in spector for industrial production. Mrs. Butler remained here when her husband later w-as located at Anette Island, Alaska, in connection with an airfield there. Besides her husband she is sur vived by a son James of Chardon, Ohio, and daughter Barbara Louise of Friday Harbor, Washington. Services will be held from the Dil ler funeral home, Thursday after noon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. J. N. Smucker of the First Mennonite church officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. March Of Dimes Campaign Extended Extension of the March of Dimes campaign to raise funds for the treatment of infantile paralysis thru February 9 w-as announced this week by the Bluffton Lions club, sponsor of the drive locally. Decision to extend the collection period is effective throughout all of Allen county because of a late start in launching this year’s campaign. Bluffton Youth Is State Museum Aide Chas. Trippiehorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Tripplehom, who is a member of the junior class at Ohio State university has begun his third year as assistant to Dr. Edward S. Thomas, curator of natural history of the Ohio State museum in Colum bus. Dr. Thomas is widely known as the author of articles on natural history appearing every Sunday in the Columbus Dispatch. The Bluff ton youth has had a wide experience in the field of reptilia. Lions Club Observes 15th Charter Anniversary At Celebrating their 15th Charter an niversary, Bluffton Lions club Tues day night entertained a group of1 more than 100 including women guests at a dinner meeting in the Walnut Grill. Eleven new prenbers were induct ed into the riuobj’ Dwight Murray, of Findlay, former Bluffton resident who is District Lions govemof. Other district and state officers were here. Forrest L. Steinman w-as toast master for a program which inelulti ed an address by Mack Sauer, hu morist and editor of the Leesburg, (^ouncilmen Will Make Inspec tion Tour Of Building At Feb. 16 Meeting All Municipal Facilities Will Be Inspected by Couneil In Their Tour .Bluffton councilmen will make an inspection tour of the town hall as the principal item on the agenda for their February 16 meeting, to make recommendations for improvement and renovation of the various fa cilities in the building, it was de cided at this week’s council "meeting, Monday night. Principal emphasis in the inspec tion program likely will be centered on the cleanup 6f and improvement to rest room facilities and the con dition of the jail, both of w-hich were under fire at Monday’s session. On the tour, the council also w-ill inspect fire d^gaatment rooms, ga rage facilities^, the mayor’s office, heating and plumfiing installation, fine -escapes, and the general condi tion of the building. Need of repairs to the town clock installation also will be studied, on the basis of a report marie by James Benroth, clock caretaker. Following the ihspbetion tour, a complete report of recommendations will be drafted by council for action by city authorities. Rites Here Tuesday For Edgar Jackson Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Stanley Basing er funeral home for Edgar Burr Jackson, 59, a native of Bluffton, who died last Saturday morning in a hospital at Belvidere, III., where he had been a patient for several years. Jackson for 25 years was an em ploye of the Bluffton Manufacturing Co. in Bluffton and Findlay, and more recently had operated a laun dry in Rockford, Ill. He was born in Bluffton Nov. 30. 1888, the son of Bartlett and Elida Alice (Huber) Jackson. He was married to Marie Blunk in Bluffton on Nov. 11, 1915. Survivors include the widow one daughter, Mrs. Betty Jane Myers, of Belvidere and four sisters, Mrs. Herma Rauenbuhler and Mrs. Flo Herrmann, both of Bluffton Mrs. Metta McClish, of Rawson, and Mrs. Helen Bourger, of Ottawa. The body arrived at the Basinger funeral home on Monday. Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the First Metho ist church, officiated at funeral rites Tuesday. Burial w’as in Maple Grove cemetery. Former Resident Dies In Chicago Hod Waltz, a native of Bluffton and the son of Hiram Waltz, a pi oneer Bluffton stock buyer, died un expectedly last Sunday at his home in Chicago, according to wmrd re ceived here this week by a cousin, M. M. Murray, of Cherry street. The Waltz family formerly lived in a home on the present site of the Bluffton post office, and mother of the deceased was a sister of George Tipton, former Bluffton band master and restaurant operator. Waltz w-as found dead Sunday in the bath tub of his Chicago home. AT PLUMBERS CONVENTION Mr. and Mrs. George Rauenbuhler of North Main street are in Youngs town this week attending the 56th annual state convention of the Ohio Master Plumbers. Mrs. Rauenbuhler is representing members at large on the state board of the Ladies Aux iliary. Improved Rest Rooms, Jail May Come From Council Inspection Of Town Hall vtuo weekly newspapw^ Group singing was led by RusSeJj At Lantz and Rev. Paul Cramer asked the in vocation. ■vent. Officers of club include D.-W. Bixler, president L. L. Ram seyer, first vic^-p resign Robert Ttfonnamaker, second vice-president Stanley third vice-prcajr dent Paul Cramer, secretary-treas urer Clair Fett, tail twister, and A. Dwight Spayth, lion tamer. BY HARRY L. HAIB Editor’s Note—This is one of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. The Scioto Cave dweller The skull is large and smooth and cold and it grips ironically at you there on th® study table of Dr. G. W. Heffner, oldest physician in Circle ville. It alw’ays is cold because human bones never warm—not even when you lay the^p out in the sunshine. Th£ gritt ia ironical only wheh’you know the story behind the ’Skull. It is that maivwho thought so little of his Wltows'’that he had ividBqt whatey^ir tO'Mo with them and so be came’ a 'hermit. After 157 years of seclusion in life and death the skull still Is a hermit—resting far from its thousands of fellows in southern Ohio cemeteries. When William Hewitt came to Ohio at 26 he was an imposing and pictur esque fjgure. Six feet two, with broad shoulders and deep chest, the youth was as straight as an Indian arrow’ and weighed more than 200 pounds. He had long, curling black hair and flashing black eyes. Dressed in Buckskin Tradition, handed down through generations in Jackson and Pike counties, relates that he w’as dressed from head to foot in buckskin, w’ore moccasins, leggins, a hunting shirt and always carried a gun, tomahawk and hunting knife. That was in 1790 just tw’o years after the first boat loads of settlers had arrived at Marietta and Cincinnati. Tw’o stories were told as to the reason for the young giant’s becom ing a recluse. One was that back in Virgina, because of his wife’s infidel ity he had killed her paramour and fled. The other, that he had quarreled with his family over the disposition of his father’s estate and disgusted by the avarice of his relatives had sought solitude in the w’ildernss. The latter, related by his relatives in 1832 after Hewitt had been lost to them for more than 40 years, appears most probable. Hewitt first found a cave in what now is Jackson county and moved in to it. When settlers and traders be gan to arrive and the game was growing scarce, he moved over into Pike County and found another cave. Beside the Scioto Trail, on US Route 23, about 5% miles north of Waverly, Hewitt’s Cave still remains. A monument erected above it by la borers when the Columbus-Ports mouth road was being built in 1840 42, has weathered nearly a century. Hewitt’s Cave Hewitt’s Cave w’as a great ledge of rock projecting eight or ten feet (Continued on page 10) Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rusmeisel, Lima, a girl, Mary Jo, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffith, Ada, a boy, James Alan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Basinger, Columbus Grove, a boy, James Alan, Saturday. Mrs. Basinger is the former Harriet Burkholder of Bluff ton. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weih rauch, Jenera, a girl, Marilyn Lou ise, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Olan Herr, Lima, a boy, David Wayne, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Farns worth, Laramie, Wyoming, a girl, Jane, at Laramie hospital, Friday. Mrs. Farnsw’orth is the former Mary Alice Geiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millen Geiger of Bluffton. BLUFFTON 1 A Good Place to Trade MARKET HAZARDS' HIT CATTLE MEN Gattie Feeding in Bluffton Area Drops to New Low Mark This Winter Farmers Abandon Feeding Pro* gram as Possibility of Pro fit Vanishes _____ ♦. Cattle feeding is at its lowest ebb in years on Bluffton area farms thia winter, another evidence of farmer unwillingness to gamble on feeding high-priced com' to livestock at a time when he can obtain an excellent cash return simply by marketing the grain. Feed Inta were not as heavily stocked wnth cattle to begin with last fal 1, but the In.•estock population is dwir dling rapid y as the winter progresses be of talk of ration and farm anxiety over not wanting cattle cn hand if govem niPDt C(mtrols ai■e applied. As a consequt’nee, «q$he normal Bliwebn area ftinning practice of Hiring corn in the summer and (peding it to hogs and c»We in the winter las been almost-1 completely reversed ttiis year. Cattle Average $21'# 425 N With prices paid to^Rlrmers for cattle averaging from $21. to &>5 per hundred, the pric^ of #ed is out of line, farm observer^, point out, and stockmen w’ho Started the w’inter with herds are selling^Rem as soon as animals are marketaree. The $40 cattle mentk^d in news-* paper headlines cann^^e confuted j^ith prices the averafl^Mfrner ob tains, it further was gj^ied out. for^ surveys show that ppc® paid* for choice lots comprise less than one half per cent of all receipts at markets, Price of $40 per hundred is for premium grades only, and no one around here receives payment even approaching that figure except •'calf club boys who spend! a lot of tizpe on their feeding project*. By and large 21 to 25 cents covers the bulk of cattle marketed locally. Feed Too High This represents an inadequate re turn for the risks involved, in the opinion of most farm operators, who point to high feed prices represented by corn at $2.50 a bushel oats at $1.25 wheat at $3, and mixed hay at $20. Pointing out the hazards involved in high-priced feeding programs, older operators recall w’hat happened in 1932 when livestock prices broke, and feeders lost heavily because of high-priced initial investment in buy ing stock, plus an additional loSs on costly feed. Altho the cattle population is at an all-time modem low level, cur tailment of cattle feeding has not been as pronounced as the decline in hog production, since it is more practicable to feed the soft corn of last fall’s crop to cattle. Immature corn can be handled in cattle feeding much better than with hogs, and those with sizable quanti ties of soft corn have maintained cattle herds as a means of utilizing the grain to their advantage. In the meantime, consumers also have taken heed of talk of impend ing meat rationing, and those with frozen food lockers have been mak ing heavy purchases to build up a supply. Most lockers are reported jammed to capacity in anticipation of any rationing move that may be made by the government. Five Register For Scholarship Tests Five high school seniors will take scholarship tests Saturday offered at Lima Central high school. Marilyn Fett, Norman White, Harriet Burk hart, Ted Bauman and Dora Jean Luginbuhl will take comprehensive examinations in mathematics, science, English, social science and current events. Those attaining a certain level will receive scholarships to one of the several state universities. Principal Gerhard Buhler will ac company the local entrees and assist in administering the tests. Mail Service Lincoln's Birthday Bank Closes Mail will be delivered and windows at the postoffice will be open as usual on Thursday, February 12, Lincoln’s birthday, it was stated by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach tti» week. The Citizens National bank, however, will be closed for the day.