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VOLUME LXXII A Good Place to Live i______________________________ STORM WATER IS MAJOR PROBLEM IN 17 AREAS HERE 10 of Districts Lie West of Main Street Between Elm and Grove reation of Private Sewer Dis tricts Held As Best Reme dial Procedure Bluffton has 17 residential areas an which major sewer drainage problems are being experienced, 10 of which lie in.a district west of Main street between Grove and Elm streets, members of the town council learned in a survey made last week, ■climaxed by discussion at a public meeting Monday night in the high school building. More than 30 residents appeared at the session as spokesmen for householders experiencing troubles from sewers in their respective -areas. In addition to explaining their problems, they learned from village officials that under the town’s present setup of unplanned private and storm water drainage sewers there are no municipal funds avail able to cope with the situation, or to provide a workable plan of pro cedure. Create Sewer Districts Major hope held out to house holders in attempting to bring order to the jumbled sewer program and afford relief to affected areas would be in the organization of sewer dis tricts, under which properly en gineered sewers would be installed by the town, with assessments to cover the cost levied against property holders affected. Creation of the sewer districts would be particularly appropriate where considerable areas are ex periencing problems, those attending the meeting were told. Major areas in which the sewer district plan probably would best answer existing problems would be that section west of Main street, bordered by Elm and Grove street a considerable area east of the Nickel Plate railroad ■where a main trunk sewer running down Cherry street handles drainage for most of the surrounding area, and a district on Route 103 east of the railroad also carrying drains from the north ern end of Mound street. The survey made last week by village officials, and completed at Monday’s meeting, for the first time provides a detailed analysis of the extent of the town’s sewer problems. jMore than 40 questionnaires were filled out by affected property own ers in the survey. Bluffton Youth Is Called To Pastorate Earl Dean Lu gin buhl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Luginbuhl of West Elm street who will be graduated from Cincinnati Bible seminary in May has been called to the pastorate of the Christian church at Wheat land, Ind. He began his duties there last Sunday. During the past two years he has carried on a weekend student minis try at the Cane Creek Christian church of French Lick, Indiana, in connection with his seminary studies. He plans to continue his studies at Vincennes (Indiana) college next fall. Brothers 6 and 9 To Give Concert Wilson Lee and Grayson Terry Augsburger, aged 9 and 6 years respectively, sons of Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Augsburger of Wheaton, Ill., will appear in a sacred-classicaP con cert in the St. John Mennonite church near Pandora, Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Their father, formerly of Bluffton, ns pastor of Westmont Baptist church in Wheaton. Wilson Lee is an accomplished •pianist, vibra-harpist and composer and studying piano and musical composition. His brother, Grayson Terry, is regarded as possessing un usual vocal talent. Hancock County Chorus Coming The Hancock County Chorus will appear in a union service at St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The service is sponsored by the Bluffton Minis terial association. The chorus has appeared here before large audiences on several occasions. South American Bishop To Speak Bishop Arthur F. Wesley, of East ern South American Methodist churches, ■will be the speaker at a special service in the Bluffton Meth odist church, at 8 p. m. this Thurs day. Bishop Wesley is a personal friend of Rev. and Mrs. F. J. Bat terson, of this place, and will be their guests while in Bluffton. He served in South American missionary work with the local couple. While in Bluffton, Bi^iop Wesley also will speak at Bluffton college, and will be guest of the Methodist church at its Fellowship supper, pre ceding the public service, Thursday. GYMNASIUM FUND AT COLLEGE PAST HALF-WAY MARK Contributions, Pledges Amount to $133,000 Toward Pro posed $25,000 Building Another Major Gift of $10,000 Is Announced Building to Wait Until Goa] Reached With contributions and pledges nearing a figure of $133,000, Bluffton college’s drive to raise $250,000 for the construction of a new gymnasium on the campus has passed the half way mark in the first 15 months of solicitation. Among recently announced major gifts, is a $10,000 fund contributed by Mrs. Henry Stauffer, of Palm, Pa., as a memorial to her late husband. Owner of a general store and glove factory .in Palm, Stauffer was a member of the Upper Milford Men nonite church near Zionville, Pa. The $10,000 gift will be used in the gymnasium building program, and a special part of the structure wall be designated at the Henry Stauffer Memorial. A total of $132,906.42 has been contributed or pledged in the drive to date, college authorities announc ed in the March Alumni Bulletin. Of the aggregate, $115,372.49 represents cash on hand. Remodel College Hall Altho the gymnasium building program will not be launched until the goal of $250,000 has been at tained, extensive construction work on the campus this 'summer will ef fect the remodeling of College hall, affording complete re-arrangement of all offices and the college-operated book store. In proposed major "alterations, of fices of the president, dean and the general office of the college will be moved from the second floor to the first floor of the building. Second-floor quarters now devoted to office space and the book store will be remodeled into classrooms. The book store will be moved into larger quarters on the first floor. When alterations are completed, the main floor of the structure will be given over to Ramseyer chapel, principal college offices and the book store. Class rooms will be on the basement level and the second and third floors. College hall was the original build ing on the Bluffton campus, erected in 1903. Until 1929 when the new Mussellman library was erected, it housed the college library on the second floor. Among major later revisions was the construction of a modern chapel shortly before the war. H. S. Music And Speech Program Bluffton high school music and speech departments will present a spring concert and program in the high school auditorium, Monday night at 8 o’clock. The program will include orches tra and band numbers directed by Harold Hurter, vocal numbers di rected by Miss Elma Ater and se lections by the speech class directed by Wm. Burbick. Autos Must Have New Tags Thursday Motorists must display the new 1948 license plates Thursday or be liable to prosecution, was the warn ing issued the first of the week. Drivers displaying 1947 license plates on the highways any time after March 31 are liable to a fine of $25. Unusual Manufacturing Processes To Be Seen In Triplett Open House Tour Local Plants Will Be Viewed in Operation Thursday of This Week Products of Bluffton Concern Allied to Latest Scientific Development An industry launched 44 years ago in a backstairs, one-room location here, and which today is one of the world’s leaders in its field, will be thrown open for inspection of Bluff ton community residents Thursday of this week, in open house observ ance at local plants of The Triplett Electrical Instrument 'Co. Conducted tours will start from the general offices of the company at its plant on Harmon road at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p. m. Everyone is welcome. Going through the four major operating plants of the company on conducted tours, interested visitors will see every step in meter and tester manufacture, including work on unusual instruments representing the latest ‘developments in all fields of science. Normally employing upwards of 500 persons, the Triplett plant reach es into 24 surrounding community addresses for its working staff, with a majority of those working here coming from Bluffton, Pandora, Ot tawa, Columbus Grove, Mt. Cory. Arlington, Jenera, Leipsic and Ada. The fact that R. L. Triplett, founder and president, was a native Bluffton youth resulted in location of the instrument factory here, and under his direction it has grown to one of this area’s major industrial plants. Founded In 1904 Following his graduation from Bluffton High school, Mr. Triplett went to Chicago where he was as sociated for some time with electrical instrument manufacturers in super vision of production. In 1904 he returned to Bluffton to organize his own company, and the original assembly room was located in an upstairs room in the downtown area. Initial products of the concern were pocket-type meters, the first compact size instruments made in the field, and used principally for battery testing. In 1905 the concern moved into a small plant building on College Avenue, and as the business expand ed additions were made, including a 1928 building program that doubled (Continued on page 2) Concert Pianist Here Wednesday Appearing as the final presenta tion on the Bluffton College 1947-48 Concert series, Jerold Frederic, one of the outstanding pianists of the younger generation, will be present ed at 8:30 p. m. this Wednesday in the Bluffton High school auditori um. In addition to appearing as a popular concert artist, Frederic serves on the faculty of the Ohio State university. He is presenting 80 concerts in a coast-to-coast tour this season. Of singular interest is the unique way in which Frederic has solved the shipping of the Steinway concert grand piano he uses exclusively on his tours. A specially built auto trailer of his own design provides a safe, all-weather conveyance for transportation of the musical instru ment. Juanita Bame Wins Scholarship Honor Juanita Bame, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oloyce D. Bame, of Jefferson street, is one of 38 students at Bowling Green State university who received all “A” grades last se mester. Miss Bame, a graduate of Bluffton High school, is a junior at the uni versity. Student Recital The Bluffton College department of music will present in recital stu dents of Mrs. Pearl Bogart Mann, Otto Holtkamp and Russell A. Lantz in Ramseyer chapel, Sunday after noon at 3 o’clock. The public is invited. Business Men’s Meeting Monthly meeting of the Bluffton Business Men’s association will be held at the Geiger & Diller store this Wednesday night at 7:30 o’clock. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APR I. 1, ISIS START EXCAVATION FOR BOILER ROOM AT LIGHT PLANT Excavation for Building Addi tion and Boiler Will Be Put in Soon Lima Contractor Then Will Stop Work Until New Boiler Is in Place Here Excavation was starts‘d Tuesday for a new building additi on to house a boiler being added to generating facilities of the municipa1 light and power plant, the final step in an expansion program laun‘hed nearly two years ago to handle increased demands of local electric current con sumers. A power shovel was be the excavation work by tlle ing used in construc- tion crew of Herbert Tuttle, Lima contractor, whose bid of 30,800 was the lowest submitted for erection of the building. The new boiler house. situated in line with the plant’s present boilers, will be 25 by. 60 feet, and 40 feet high. It will be of brick harmoniz ing with the present stru u re After foundations for the building and the boiler are poi red Tuttle will stop work until the new boiler arrives and is set in placeJ. Delivery of the boiler is expectei1 in April, from the Barberton, O firm of Babcock and W’ilcox. When the boiler is in place, the new building will be constructed around? it, according to Supt. John Swisher, of the Bluffton plant. Funds needed for construction of the building, and to complete other phases of the plant’s expansion pro gram were made available two weeks ago, when the board of pi sold $75,000 worth of jblic affairs additional revenue bonds to the Toledo bond firm of Stranahan, Haris and Co. An earlier issue of $1 25,000 had been sold to the Toledo irm at the start of the improvement program. Payments on bind reti rement and interest will be made from receipts of the plafit. -r Fifty-FiftlTwedding Anniversary Sunday Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkins of Cherry street celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the home of their son John W. Wilkins east of Arlington, Sunday. There was an attendance of 56 at the dinner, all of their 13 children being present except one daughter, Mrs. Treva Chrisbaie of Toledo, who was absent because of illness. A large cake topped with a gold bell and “55” centered the buffet table. Mr. Wilkins is aged 82 years and his wife, the former Mary Ann Barkimer, 72. The coupe were mar ried at Findlay March 28, 1893. They spent 45 years farming near Bluffton, first living on the former A. J. Owens farm, now the Bluffton airport and later for 24 years on the farm southeast of Bluffton now owned by their son Delbert Wilkins. Fourteen years ago they retired moving to their present home on Cherry street. Present for the observance Sun day were: Mr. and Mrs. Luke Scoles, Walter Scott Scoles, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Basinger and family, Pandora Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hanna and fam ily, Benton Ridge Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Mauk and family, Lima Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wilkins, Pauline Bilby, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Clapper, Ada. Rudy Wilkins, Bethel, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Wilkins and son, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Wilkins and family, Marvin Crawford, Clarence Bilby, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Badertscher and family and the honored couple Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkins, Bluffton, and the host and hostess Mr. and Mrs. John W. Wilkins and family. Many gifts and congratulatory cards were received by Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Duff man, Bluff ton, a girl, Joyce Elizabeth, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James Suter, Pan dora, a boy, Frederick David, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bucher, Ada, a boy, John Albert, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. John Ribley, Lima, a boy, Thomas Edward, born March 21 at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima. Mrs. Ribley is the former Esther Fett of near Columbus Grove. Sixteen Year Old Girl with Knowledge of English Ap peals for Aid Bluffton Woman Sends Clothing in Response to Refugee's Letter Listing of her name and address in “The Christian Science Journal,” last week brought to Mrs. Emma Studler, of S. Jackson street, an in teresting letter of appeal for aid from a 16-year-old Hungarian girl who had found the book in the war strewn wreckage of a private library. With her family left in destitute circumstances in the aftermath of the war, the girl requested clothing for herself and her parents. She said food was quite plentiful in the area where she lived. In response to the appeal, Mrs. Studler last week sent to the girl a large bundle of warm clothing for men, women and children. I he interesting lettei” is repro duced in part: “Dear Unknown Madam: “Before continuing this letter any further, how I got ahold of your name and address. An elderly lady lived in our village who died about 10 years ago and who had a large library. When the Russians occupied ur village, Jtier librui'v was dp •troyed by the fighting soldiers and nany books were scattered about the park. “Rain and dust covered these books for several weeks and one day I happenled to come across a volume which was printed in English. I found your name in it. This book was a reiisrious one because I could read ssome sf its pages and there we re nice ia rtic les in it. It was “The purpose of my letter writing is to ask you for help. I am a 16-year-old girl. I have a sick mother and a war-invalid father and a brother who still is in Russian captivity. My parents are not able to work, and I do various work in this. large village, and until my brother returns home I have to earn our living. “We are very, very poor. We could not buy any clothes since the war ended, during which we too were robbed of everything by the fighting armies. We have almost the only clothes which are on us day by day, so may I ask you to help with some used clothes, if it is possible, please? “Here in the country there is much food. It is only the clothing that we need so badly. It is impossible for people like us to buy any cloth ing here in Hungary. I am very sorry for my parents and only broth er. I love all of them very much, and although you are quite a strang er to me, I turn to you for help. May God reward you for it. “I hope you understand my Eng lish. I know some. I went to a secondary school during war years and learned English there.” Retugee Finds Bluffton Woman’s Name In At ar-M recked Library In Hungary Magda Domonkas BOGART IN HOSPITAL M. M. Bogart of South Main street, member of the Allen county board of elections is a patient in Bluffton hospital since the first of the week. Mayor Baker has proclaimed April 5th to 30th as cancer month in Bluff ton. Cooperating with the Ameri can Cancer Association the City Fed eration of Women’s Clubs is spon soring a drive to raise money to be spent for research, education and medical service of cancer. At a meeting held last Wednes day the City Federation president, Mrs. Herman Hilty, assigned various responsibilities in connection with the campaign. The Century Circle will contact industry and take charge of the distribution of coin boxes to the stores throughout the community. The Travel Class is sponsoring Tag Day to be held April 10th. The Poinsetta Club is responsible for contacting various organizations in town for special gifts and cooperat ing with G. L. Carmack in theater contributions. The Alpha Gamma Club is in charge of publicity. The American Cancer Assn, is a non-profit organization with central headquarters in New York and di visional offices in each state thru out the United States. April 5th at 8:00 p. m. Mr. L. E. Herget, divis Mobile X-Ray Unit In Bluffton Schools The of All Blufft Blufft stretching ba decade Bluffton Organizes For Nationwide Observance Of April As Cancer Month the I Monda Approximately 200 persons re ceived the x-ray, those in grades six, seven, 'nine, and eleven, and all new students and teachers in the cur riculum this year. Patch tests were given in the grade school earlier in the year and those having positive reactions to the test were also x rayed. This service is sponsored free of charge by the Allen County Tuber culosis association to the schools in Allen county. RAILROAD ASKS TOWN PAY HALF OF COST OF SIGNALS Nickel Plate Claims Warning Signal Lights Unnecessary at College Avenue Installation Will Be Made if Town Shares Expense with the Railroad A Nickel Plate railroad offer to install electrically operated warning flashers at the College Avenue cross ing if the town pays half the cost this week represented the newest development battle for in the municipality’s C* TOSS 1T1 ck over more than a 1 ‘refacinir the offer matIp in n letter to Mexyor Arden R. Baker, the communitnation stated “1It is our thought the amount of use of this crossing does not warrant aidditional crossing protection “However, if the city of Bluffton is desirous of installing flashing light signals actuated from track circuits as added crossing protection the railroad conipainy will provide the cost of maintenance and operation, providing the city of Bluffton wouId be willing to con tribute one-half of the cost of in stalling the signals.” First Acknowledgment R. D. Maloney, superintendent of the Lake Erie and Western division of the Nicke Plate, was v’titer of the letter, the first acknowledgment of municipal requests for action in the matter since the new council took office lasit January. Attempts o the town to fliniinate what officials term a serious traffic hazard at the College avenue cross ing go back over a period of more than 10 yean With furthi?r centralization of in dustrial and jusiness activity in the area just east of the railroad. municipal officials renewed requests for the lights again this winter. In March, 1947, the railroad con ducted a two-day survey of triffic at the intersection, showing the cross ing was used by 598 automobiles 109 trucks 42 other vehicles 66 pedestrians 29 freight trains and four passenger trains. ional managing director of Cleve land, will be in Lima to conduct a meeting to establish the Allen Coun ty Unit. The meeting will be held at Lima Memorial Hospital Nurses’ home. All Bluffton doctors and nurses and others interested are urged to attend. Half of all funds collected in Al len county will remain and be used within the county. The first activity of the Allen County Unit will be to establish an information bureau. The establishment of this information bu reau is the first step toward the founding of a fully equipped detec tion center. These detection centers serve all people who wish to have a periodic check-up as a safe guard against the hidden symptoms of can cer. In light of the present knowl edge of cancer one of the most im portant steps toward the control of the disease and reduction of the death rate is the detection clinic. At present the nearest clinic is in Marion, Ohio. Bluffton can help establisch this clinic and light can cer by giving funds. The Bluffton area will be able to use any and all of the facilities made available by this campaign. i BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 50 STORM RAVAGES FURTHER DELAY SPRING TILLAGE No Plowing Done at Time When Oats Seeding Usually Is Nearing Completion Inclement Weather and Wind storm Damage Delay Start of Spring Plowing With the start of s] layed by the unfavoi"•able de of wl the ring plowing weather February and Ma jo were beginning to way work has pile mth of April have replications entering 1 e aftermath of the roared through arly two weeks ago. wllich rch, farmers worry about up for the found new he picture as near-tornado this district Delay in spring tillag e is a matter especially to flans for this as oats impleted the or early in rm operators whose ar included oats acn’age, .ter part of March Inclement weather so far has kept elds, and ar not only •al of the first of April Pandora schools w ill open a half-hour earlier in the mbrning in order that pupils may have more time to help with spring farm work in the afternoon after the close of school it was announced this week. Action to change school hours was taken by the board of education at the request of parents. The new schedule will continue for the remaining six weeks of the school term. finds no oats seed in the ground but no indication as to how soon seeding (Continued on page 10) Teacher Plans To Remain In School Although art instruction in the Bluffton schools will be dropped from the curriculum next fall, Mrs. R. A. Lantz* instructor in that department said she will continue on the teach ing staff under provisions of the teacher tenure statute. Her statement came following ac tion of the board of education last week in which high school depart ments of art, speech and agriculture were dropped as an economy move to offset added cost of two more teachers in the grade schools because of anticipated increase in enrollment next fall. Mrs. Lantz, who has been head of the art department also holds a pro visional grade school teaching cer tificate, it was stated. No action has been takn by the board of edu cation in the matter of hiring the additional teachers. Swiss Color Film Here This Friday Color motion pictures of Switzer land’s most famous beauty spots will be featured in an illustrated lecture to be given at 8 p. m. this Friday in Ramseyer chapel on the Bluffton college campus by Count Byron de Prorok, famous archaeologist and ex plorer. Beauty in the high Alps, gorgeous mountain scenery, rare Alpine flora, wild animal life and shots of the eternal snows and glaciers are fea tured in the colored films of Wil liam Tell country and the Matter horn. The film was made under the offi cial auspices and collaboration of the Swiss Federal government and Count de Prorok, who was educated in Geneva, worked for the League of Nations and was with the Swiss Red Cross in four wars. The pictures are highly recom mended, especially for persons of Swiss descent interested in that country, according to Mrs. Bertha Goetsch, formerly of Bluffton, who saw the film in Cleveland. MOVING TO OREGON Mr. and Mrs. Robert Potts and family of North Spring street expect to move this spring to Salem, Oregon, probably early in June. Mr. Potts recently returned from a trip to Oregon where he purchased a 17 acre tract of land near Salem. WASTE PAPER COLLECTION The Bluffton high school senior class will have a waste paper collec tion Saturday morning beginning at 9 o’clock. Proceeds will be used to help the class finance a trip to Washington after the close of school this spring.