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A Good Place to Live
Additional Sum of $75,000 Is
Made Available For Im
Sale of Bonds to Toledo Firm
Approved by Council Mon
day Night
Financial stringency of the muni
cipal light plant was solved Monday
night at a joint meeting of the town
council and the board of public af
fai rs, when councilmen approved a
board recommendation to accept a
proposal of Stranahan, Harris and
Co., of Toledo, providing for a sup
plemental issue of $75,000 in revenue
"bonds to complete an expansion pro
gram at the plant,
plant from its elec!
Income of the
ric current pro-
duction is pledged for payment of
the bonds and interest.
Contract for the additional $75,000
in bonds vill be the same as that
under whii*h Stranahan, Harris and
Co. in 19^16 underwrote a $125,000
revenue bond issue, with the excep
tion that the new bonds will bear
a 3% rate of interest. The previous
issue of $125,000 had an interest rate
of 2%.
of the additional bonds is
as the plant’s net
possible inasmuch
earnings n production of electric
current in 1945, 1946 and 1947 ex
needed $20,000 each year, a spokes
Tn an for tlre Toledo bond firm said.
Complies With Contract
Under provisions of the contract
for the $125,000 bond issue, addition
al money could be borrowed at any
time that earnings in electric cur
rent production for the preceding
three years showed a 140 per cent
earnings J•atio, so far as payments
-on bonds and interest were concern-
In considering the earnings factor
of the plant for revenue bonds, only
light plant operations are reckoned,
and the financial status of operation
-of the municipal water works i" not
The new bond issue of $75,000 will
be retired in 15 years, on the
lowing schedule: $4,000 for
years $5,000 for seven years,
$6,000 for four years.
Has Ability To Pay
Peak-expenditure on the bond
in any one year will be $14,010 ni
1950, including principal and interest
payments amounting to $8,140 on
“the $125,000 issue and $5,870 on the
375,000 issue. This figure of $14,010
is considerably under the three-year
plant earnings average in excess of
$22,000, it was pointed out.
The higher interest rate of 3% on
the new’ issue
cent more than
of $125,000, is
terest trend in
was explained.
of $75,000, one per
for the original issue
due to a higher in
the bond market, it
Issued as supplementary bonds
under the same contract covering the
original issue in 1946, it was un
necessary to advertise the bonds
under the Ohio law regulating
revenue bonding.
Cost of the legalities involved
prior to bond issue, printing of the
bonds etc., will be paid by Stranahan,
Harris and Co.
Proceed With Improvements
With the additional issue of $75,
D00 available, the board is in position
to proceed with improvements at the
plant, handicapped by lack of
Now that the money is in process
of collection, contract can be let for
construction of
to house a new
cd in April.
a building addition
boiler, to be
of the
Low bid for
building submitted H. B.
Lima contractor, was $30,800.
Need of the enlarged building and
purchase of an additional turbine to
increase the plant’s electrical gener
ating capacity were cited in
December by R. H. Marker, of the
engineering- firm of Marker,
and Marker, as the principal
resulting in the need of more
for the plant expansion pro­
New Caretaker Is
Hired At Hospita
Harry Thomas of McComb was
hired as caretaker and maintenance
man for Bluffton hospital at a meet
ing of the hospital board of trustees,
Tuesday night.
He will move here and occupy the
Cherry street home of his son Galen
Thomas which will be vacated next
week when Galen and his family
leave to make their home in Idaho.
South American M.
E. Bishop Is Here
Bishop and Mrs. Arthur Wesley
of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who
are in this country to attend the
quadrennial general conference of
the Methodist church this spring
were entertained at the home of Rev.
and Mrs. F. J. Batterson aid family
of South Main
Monday night.
st church
3 will atte
his wifi
conference of
meets in Boston
Jarn on
a on tl
A larg
’rocessing Bonus Applications Will
Delay First Checks Until Late April
street at dinner,
and Rev. Batterson
a number of years
Bishop Wesley
were co-W’orkers
ago when the latter was engaged in
mission work in South America.
Also present at the dinner Monday
and Mrs. Paul
local Methodist
evening were Rev.
Cramer of the
is bishop of the
Dr. Wesley, who
Methodist church for
turn to
he will
of South America
Bluffton on April
speak at the Bluffton college
exercises and also at the
Later he and
the quadrennial
Harley Redick Farm
Jenera Destroyed
Tuesday Night
Structure Built Four Years Ago
on Site of Barn Which
Burned Down
as complet
ick farm
destroyed by fire of
origin Tuesday night.
Lost in the fire -were a team
horses, four head of young cattle, a
manure spreader, cultipacker, corn
shredder, and a quantity of hay.
The barn, located three-quarters
of a mile north and a half mile
west of Jenera, had been built four
years ago after a fire had destroyed
another barn on the Redick farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Redick were at the
home of Mrs. Redick’s father,
Charles Hartman, who lives a quart
er of a mile east of the Redicks,
when the fire started,
and 8:15 p. m. they saw
in flames.
Between 8
the bam
The fire had too great a
any livestock or machinery
moved from the building.
start for
to be re-
The Jenera volunteer fire depart
ment answered the call and was able
to save a nearby shed. By 9:30 the
barn was in smoldering ruins but
the other buildings were out of dan
The barn was at least partially
covered by insurance.
Prof. Lantz Will
Judge Contests
Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head of
the Bluffton college department of
music, has been named adjudicator
for a series of music contests and
auditions during the spring months.
On Tuesday of this week he served
as judge for the Hancock county
music auditions held in McComb in
the afternoon and evening.
He will also be an adjudicator for
the northwest district solo and en
semble auditions at Bowling Green
State university March 13, for the
northeast district solo and ensemble
auditions at Bald win-Wallace college
on March 20, and for the state final
choral contest in Columbus at Ohio
State university on May 7.
Mr. Lantz has been with the Bluff
ton college music department since
1927 and is the director of the a
capella choir. He has served as ad
judicator of many vocal events and
has been host to various contests
and music festivals in this district.
Mr. Lantz together with Sidney
Hauenstein, professor of instrument
al music in the college, will attend
the Music
ference in
April 22.
Educators National con
Detroit from April 17 to
Plan New Veterans
Organization Here
Plans to organize a post of Vet
erans of Foreign Wars in Bluffton
were announced this week by Charles
D. Shick, of Van Wert, chief of
staff Of the second district. Shick
said he would be in Bluffton to con
fer with veterans Saturday.
Ohio Bonus Payments to World
War II Veterans Still Six
Weeks Away
’recessing of Applications Will
Be Handled On Three-Shift
24-Hour Day
Distribution of state bonus checks
for World War II veterans, who
last W’eek began mailing applications
to Columbus, will not be started un
til late in April, according to an an
nouncement by Maj. Gen. Chester
Goble, Ohio bonus director.
Thousands of applications already
are in the hands of the state bonus
administration, but much remains to
be done before mailing of the checks
can be started, it was explained.
The lengthy procedure involved in
approving an application
payment was explained ias
are cli
for bonus
are opened,
aed to each
which then
to prevent
As soon as envelopes
is assig
returned tc
•stats are
and the
e applic
the pho'
,’ith th
ill work 24 hours a
)stat machine, turn
estimated 15,000 copies
Examiners next will review’ the
applications, checking authenticity of
verifying papers and computing the
amount of bonus due. From exam
iners the papers go to the auditing
department where six check writing
machines will make the bonus pay
Order in handling applications is
determined by drawing each applica
tion from the day’s mail, and assign
ing it a number. Of the first group
drawn, Everett L. Kitchen, Rawson,
ranked No. 5, and will receive the
fifth check mailed if his application
is in order.
Abraham Amstutz
Rites Held Sunday
Funeral services were held at 2
p. m. Sunday in the Basinger funer
al home for Abraham C. Amstutz,
83, retired carpenter of Bluffton
Route 1, who died at 2 a. m. Friday
in the Community hospital.
Amstutz had been seriously ill
after suffering a fall in
a week before his death.
his home
in Riley
on March
Born October 9, 1864,
township, he was married
23, 1895, to Emma Meyer, who sur
vives with seven children
They are Mrs. Estella Mahren
holz, Seattle, Wash. Mrs. Pauline
both of Chicago Mrs. Helen Rob
inson, Cleveland Mrs. Josephine
Main, Ada Harry C. Amstutz, Pu
eblo, Colo., and Raymond G.
stutz, Bluffton.
and Mrs. Edythe Schaffter,
Also surviving are four
brothers and sisters: Mrs.
Geiger, Miss Lydia Basinger, N. W.
Basinger and David Basinger, all of
Amstutz had worked in Lima as
foreman of a construction crew for
10 years,
of the
He served as custodian
Bluffton school building for
years before his retirement.
John Steiner, Lima, officiat
the funeral rites Sunday.
ed at
Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery­
Sister Of Bluffton
Man Dies In Jenera
Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Schaller, 56,
of Jenera, sister of Harry Gehrisch,
Bluffton, w'as found dead last Wed
nesday in her home by her husband,
William H. Schaller.
Dr. Howard Kelley, Hancock coun
ty coroner, said death was the re
sult of heart disease.
In addition to the husband she is
survived by three daughters, a son,
one sister and the brother.
The following
Mr. and Mrs.
girl, Cheryl Lee,
births at Bluffton
Floyd Hartman, a
Adelbert Schaller,
Mr. and Mrs.
Jenera, a boy, Nelson Anthony, Sun
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fairchild, Ot
tawa, a boy, Richard Eugene, Mon
lat Increase Given All Teach
ers At Meeting of Board
Of Education
ncreased Pay Effective For
Current School Term To
Cost $1,275
Part-time teachers
the salary increase
ro-rata basis, deterr
the number of hours
A salary increase of $60 per y
for the current school term
authorized for Bluffton grade
high school teachers Monday
at a
neeting of the board of educa-
The salary increase for 21*4
teachers on the public school
will cost $1,275 a ye
Lanham said.
schedule on a
they teach,
the increas
school prin
Among those receivir
vere teachers, the higl
jipal and superintender
plained. Salaries of jar
With the salary increases applying
for the current school year ending
next August 31, teachers will receive
the full payment of $60 spread over
the intervening six-months period.
OF 44 ON MAY 20
Graduating Class Will Include
23 Boys and 21 Girls,
Superintendent Says
Harriet BurkFart Named Vale
dictorian Dora Jean Lugin
buhl Ssdutatorian
Bluffton High school will graduate
class of 44 seniors at commence
ment exercises on Thursday night,
May 20, it was announced this week
by Supt. Ralph Lanham.
In the graduating class of
year, one of the smallest in
decades, there will be 23 boys
21 girls.
Harriet Burkhart, daughter of
and Mrs. Carl Burkhart, will
valedictorian, Supt. Lanham said.
Class salutatorian will be Dora Jean
Luginbuhl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gideon Luginbuhl.
Dr. Willis Sutton, former super
intendent of schools in Atlanta,
and at one time president of
National Education association,
be the commencement speaker
Graduation exercises on May 20
will come as the climax to a busy
week of commencement activity, in
cluding the baccalaureate service,
presentation of the senior class play,
and other activities and followed by
the alumni reunion.
Lions List Plans
For Two Meetings
Programs have been annouced for
the next two meetings of the Bluff
ton Lions club.
At the meeting next Tuesday night
the group will visit the Boss Glove
factory where Manager Charles
Lloyd will explain processes of the
manufacture of canvas gloves which
is a specialty of the Bluffton plant.
On April 6 the club will entertain
the high school football and basket
ball squads, together with cheerlead
ers, managers and coaches. Tippy
Dye, Ohio State basketball coach will
be the speaker.
High School Juniors
To Stage Class Play
“Second Childhood,” a comedy
be staged in the second of a
night run this Wednesday in
high school auditorium by the junior
class. The plot revolves around a
professor who thinks he has discov
ered the elixir of youth.
In the cast are Beatrice Leiber,
Lois Marquart, Lee Hursey, Roger
Linden, Colletta Badertscher, Treva
Althaus, Janet Finton, Lois Lehman,
Sam Buhler, Bob Niswander, Darlyn
Garmatter and Jerry Jennings.
Other juniors assisting include
William Burcky as stage manager,
Ralph Dunifon, business manager,
and Norman Marquart, working crew
ligh Costs Will Cur
Street Progral
on Thorofares to
Limited by Soaring Mainten-lJ
ance Figures
Now Has Debt of
Old Cherry Street
facing Job
construction costs, which al-
ready have resulted in an abbreviat
ed Richland township road improve
ment program this summer, likely
will also cut into the amount of w’ork
that can be done in 1948 on Bluff
ton’s streets, a spokesman for the
village administration said this week.
With road and street building
costs up from 80 to 90 per cent
above 1940 figures, according to
national estimates, street w’ork here
may have to be restrict
barest essentials in view'
ited town finar
be drafted
pects are
the mun
et debt oi
90, which i
iced from
rowed fi
bank. 1
nprovements will
late spring, but
ed by
sbt W:
un street to
ad on money
Citizens Nati
debt was
interests, and
by pnv
made on the princi
less than
?d recently
A national survey show
hat thruout the country
ire forcing cutbacks in
street construction, similar to
ocal situation.
Open House Sunday
For Golden Wedding
In honor of their Golden
anniversary, Mr. and Mr
Emerick will hold open
their home north of Beaverdam, Sun.
day afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock
when friends are invited to call.
The open house will follow a fam
ily dinner at the noon hour.
The couple were married in Pauld
ing county near Grover Hill, March
13, 1898, and lived in that vicinity
until 1920 when
len county.
they moved to Al-
parents of three
Lafayette Clayton
They are the
sons: Marcus of
of Holland, Ohio, and Gerald of Co
lumbus. They have 11 grandchild
ren and two great grandchildren.
The date of their wedding, March
13, also marks the birthday of their
son Marcus and his daughter Rosa
lee Emerick.
Magician At Legion
Meeting Next Monday
Reeder C. Hutchinson, Defiance
city solicitor and a prominent ama
teur magician, will present a full
length program at the next meeting
of Bluffton post, American Legion,
next Monday night at 8 o’clock.
Entertaining features in the pro
grams presented by Hutchinson are
those parts devoted to Kasmir, the
Java Dove, and Oscar, the Magic
The magician accompanies
rapid-fire tricks with a steady
tern of sparkling conversation,
though a lawyer, Hutchinson
has been an active amateur magi
cian, and serves now as Territorial
Representative for the International
Brotherhood of Magicians.
ail Bluffton’s
i To Bare Necessities
New Bakery On North
Main Street Is Open
the Ha
first baking establishment since the
war has be.
Main street
jun operation on North
in the business building
purchased 1 ast fall by Roy Hauen
ste»n from Mrs. Zoe Zehrbach.
The room, formerly occupied by
the Barnes grocery has been extens
ively remodeled since the grocery
wa£ moved
ery will bt
early in February.
of operation of the bak
Roy’s brother, Harry
an experienced baker
In charge
formerly ernployed in the Siefield
bakery here Siefield closed his es
when shortsige
here during the war
of materials became
1. M. Murray 80-yea
■st master
if at Blufftc
ispital for the
showing some
reported Wedi
"ivil Aeronautics Adminis
tion Beacon In Orange
Township Involved
Tax-Free, Air Beacon Property
Must Have Special Arrange
ment For Protection
in Orange township is a probl
be worked out this month by
^Aeronautics Administration,
IM the installation, and trust
Admission to the program, limited
to American Legion members, will
be a paid-up 1948 dues card, Legion
officers announced.
Edward Caris Dies
Sisters Live Here
Funeral services were held Mon
day in Ada for Edward Caris, 72,
who died Saturday afternoon at his
home in that place of heart disease.
He was born Nov. 27, 1875, in
Orange township, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. F. Caris. He was married
July 25, 1900, to Maude Harshe,
who survives. There were no child
Among other survivors are Mrs.
Idessa Henry and Mrs. Mary Marsh
all, both of Bluffton and two broth
ers, Andrew Caris, Ada Route 3, and
Caris, Findlay.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$2.25 com $2.10 oats $1.05 soys
Poultry—Heavy hens 33c leghorn
hens 22c.
Eggs—Large whites 43c large
browns 42c.
the township in which it is located.
i Construction of the beacon was
launched in 1946, and altho it has not
yet been placed in operation an in
stallation of considerable value has
been completed, for which fire protec
tion is desired.
Representatives of the CAA two
w’eeks ago contacted Bluffton city of
ficials and Orange township trustees
regarding arrangements that might
be made for fire protection, inasmuch
as the federal property is tax-free.
Town-Township Contract
In view of the fact that the town
has a contract with Orange township
to provide fire protection for that
area, councilmen decided arrange
ments for coverage should be taken
up with the trustees by the CAA.
What arrangement is made between
the township and the CAA will be
satisfactory with the town, under the
contract now in force.
In the Orange township radio bea
con installation, a 12-foot square
metal building 30 feet in the air on
a steel tower now’ is visible from
Route 103.
Another metal building, 15 by 36
feet, at the base of the tower will
house an electric generator and gaso
line motor, w’hich automatically will
provide current in case of failure of
pow'er line service. This will assure
uninterrupted operation of the beacon
in any kind of weather.
Guides Air Traffic
When in operation the beacon will
provide a radio signal to aircraft,
whereby a pilot can tell if he is on
course. In effect the equipment is to
air craft w’hat road signs are to
Plans are being made, it is report
ed, to establish a radio beacon about
every 75 miles along principal air
lines. The “crossroads of the air” lo
cation on the Gehrisch farm marks
the intersection of principal air routes
south from Detroit and east from Ft.
Health To Be Topic
At P. T. A. Meeting
Health will be the topic for the
meeting of the Parent-Teacher asso
ciation to be held at the high school
auditorium next Monday night at 8
Mrs. George Linden will preside.
A talk of genera] health of school
children of the Bluffton area will be
given by Dr. B. W. Travis together
with a report of visual examination
of pupils by Mr. Herrick.
Other numbers on the program are
a playlet by pupils of the 5th and
6th grades and election of officers
for the coming year. Refreshments
will be served.
A Good Place to Trade
With Plans Completed, Council
Puzzled By $teps Next To
leplacement of’Present Sewers
In Town Daily Becomes
Greater Problem
Altho plans aajd specifications have
?n completedl ready for a stifcrt on
uffton’s sewage disposal system at
y time that funds may be avail
le, the next i step in the program
rtojor problem for the
11 pos
the Imth of
further action^ at this time is the
fact that hoped-for federal financial
aid is not yet available, and launch
ing an unassisted construction pro
gram would represent a tremendous
debt for the town in view of today’s
high building costs.
A bill that would provide one
third of the cost of sewage disposal
projects, similar to that of Bluffton’s,
has been pending in Congress for
two years, but so far has not come
up for a final vote.
Estimated Cost $300,600
At todayjs prices it is estimated
that the cost of the sewage disposal
treatment plant and intercepting
sewers, along Big and Little Riley
creeks, would cost in excess of
$300,000 and the town’s out-moded
inter-city network of sanitary and
storm water sewers still would have
to be re-worked in addition to con
struction of the interceptors and the
An alternative method of pro
cedure might be to do as other
cities, including Ottawa in Putnam
county, where bond issues have been
submitted and approved bv voters,
with the understanding that con-
.1 build
The advantage of massing a bold
issue prior to any set date of start
ing construction, is to have funds
available, so that work can im
mediately be started when the
proper time arrives. It also is be
lieved that such projects will receive
preferred action if and when govern
ment financial aid is forthcoming.
Too Late For May Vote
Should a bond issue be voted here
this year, it is too late to submit it
to the voters in the May primary
and the matter would have to wait
until the general election next fall.
In addition, councilmen are worried
over constantly growing complaints
about the overloaded condition of
the town’s present out-moded storm
water and sanitary sewers.
New subdivisions, in which homes
are being built as the town expands,
cannot find satisfactory’ sewer out
lets, and in nearly every section of
the village there are overloaded
sewers which cause trouble as water
backs up during heavy rains.
Last Of New-born
Triplets Dies Here
The last surviving triplet bom
four months ago to Mr. and Mrs.
Paul E. Boehm, of Jenera, Emily
Melinda Boehm, died at 2 p. m. last
Saturday at Bluffton Community
A brother died seven hours after
birth, and a sister expired seven
days later.
Private funeral services were held
Monday at the residence in Jenera.
Rev. Walter Voss officiatd.
Birthday Dinner
In honor of her birthday anni
versary, Mrs. Wm. Fox was honored
with a dinner at her home on South
Lawn avenue Tuesday evening.
Present were:
Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Smith, Mrs.
Clara Bougham, Mrs. Zade Broshes,
of Lima Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Garau
and son, Mrs. Alta Garau, Mrs. Na
omi Steiner and children Paul David
and Marilyn Ruth, Mrs.
stein and Mr. and Mrs.
Levi Hauen
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wilkins who
recently sold their farm north of
Bluffton to Ernest Bauman and
household goods at public auction
are leaving for a trip through the
southern and western states.
Sen York Power Belt
New York city receives its eleo
trie power from 38.000 miles of un
derground transmission lines, rep
resenting more than 220,000,001
pounds of copper.-

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