A Good Place to Live
YOUTHS CRASH IN
STOLEN AUTO AT
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Officers elected for the coming
Pres., E. A. Sutermeister vice
pres., W. O. Geiger sec., Mrs. T. F.
Prosser treas., Wm. Gaiffe com
munity progress representative, May
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 &
Arthur Amstutz, the proprietor
has announced a number of special
ties for the opening day.
Brice Main Drops
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
PUT IN SERVICE ON
A. 0. & Y. RAILROAD
First of New Oil Burning Loco
motives Goes Through
Nickel Plate Expected to Begin
Operation of Diesels This
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
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
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.
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$2.85 corn $2.50 oats $1.25 soys,
Poultry—Heavy hens 27c leghorn
hens 19c stags 13c.
Eggs—Large whites 43c large
browns 41c medium whites 39c
medium browns 37c pullets 34c.
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
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
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
Heavy Snowfall Tuesday Night
Preserves Wintry Setting
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
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
climbed above the freezing mark
for the first time in 14 days, and
milder weather continued through
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
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
$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
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB.
MAY START FIGHT
IN LOCAL POLITICS
Opposition Develops to Demo
cratic Committeemen in Two
Situation May Herald Pre
primary Factional Split in
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
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.
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:
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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
The Scioto Cave
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
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
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 w’as a great ledge
of rock projecting eight or ten feet
(Continued on page 10)
The following births at Bluffton
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
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weih
rauch, Jenera, a girl, Marilyn Lou
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.
A Good Place to Trade
HIT CATTLE MEN
Gattie Feeding in Bluffton Area
Drops to New Low Mark
Farmers Abandon Feeding Pro*
gram as Possibility of Pro
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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