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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII ONLY 6-YEAR OLDS CAN ENTER SCHOOL IN FALL OF 1949 Board of Education Moves En trance Birthday Deadline To August 31 New Policy Will Not Become Effective Until School Opens In Sept. 1949 Bluffton schools will adopt an August .31 deadline for admitting six-year-old pupils into the first grade with opening of the 1949 school term, a year from this coming September, the board of education decided at a recessed meeting, last Saturday. No change in entrance require ments is contemplated for this fall, as a concession to parents who sent children to kindergarten during the current school term, and pupils who will be six before next January 1 will enroll as usual for the fall term. A year from next September, however, only those pupils whose sixth birthdays fall on or before August 31 will be admitted to the first grade. Parents have expressed themselves as satisfied with moving the entrance deadline from January first until cpening of the school term, except for the fact they believed there should be a delay in putting the new* policy in force until a year from next fall. Some of the children who will have their sixth birthday in Novem ber and December this year were sent to kindergarten last fall, pre suming they would be enrolled in the first grade for the 1948-49 school term. If those children can’t enroll in the first grade next fall, parents will have to send them back to kindergarten again, or keep them at home for a year between kinder garten and the first grade. Altho the board of education met 5n a special meeting last Saturday afternoon., the, time largely was spent in making an Inspection of school buildings and grounds to determine the extent of maintenance work which will be required this summer. No further consideration was given to the problems resulting from board decision to drop art, speech and agriculture departments from the curriculum for next year, altho school heads said a part of those teaching duties w’ould be transfer red to other teachers. It was proposed that speech and dramatic activities w’ould be taken over by W. A. Howe and Dwight Spayth and W. O. Geiger will con duct shop and science classes allied with agriculture training. In reliev ing those teachers of some of their present duties to accommodate the revised schedule, Supt. Ralph Lan ham and Principal Gerhard Ruhler will take classes. College Orchestra Concert On Sunday The College Orchestra under the direction of Professor Sidney Hauen stein will present a concert on Sun day ’afternoon at 3 P. M., in the College gymnasium. There will be ■no admission charge, but an offering will be taken and it is to be added to the College Gymnasium Fund. Included on the program will be the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony I, the Sleeping Beauty Waltz, by Tschaikovsky Incidental Music from the Operetta “Hansel and Gretel,” by Humperdinck A Hungarian Dance, by Brahms, and a modern selection, “Enchanted Castle” by Henry Hadley. Bluffton Band And Chorus Win Honors Bluffton High school band and girls chorus won the right to repre sent Northwestern Ohio schools in state music competition at Columbus on May 7 and 8 as the result of ratings earned in a district contest at Ada, last Saturday. Playing in Class BB, the uffton High band won a rating as excel lent and the girls chorus, compet ing in Class C, was judged superior. Lafayette-Jackson school boys and girls choruses also won the right to compete in the state meet, and the Pandora boys chorus also will enter the state contest. Sidney Hauenstein, veteran Bluff ton music instructor, was one of the adjudicators in the instrumental di vision of last Saturday’s contest. Don't Set Fire To Gas Leaks In Streets Children were warned this week of the explosion hazard in setting fire to gas vapors escaping from natural gas mains in an announcement by Ralph Read, district manager of the West Ohio Gas Co. Reed said many minor leaks show up in street mains in the spring, and that children setting fire to the gas where it bubbles through to the sur face is a serious accident hazard. Any leaks discovered should be re ported promptly fA the local office of the gas company. MAY PRIMARY TO SETTLE BLUFFTON DEMOCRATIC FEUD Committeeman Contest in Two Precincts Stirs Political Interest Party Split Reportedly Stems From Last Fall’s Municipal Election A feud which has been brewing since last November’s general elec tion in Bluffton’s Democratic party ranks will come to a head at the primary election to be held here on Tuesday, May 4, in the balloting for office of central committeeman in two of the town’s four precincts. Altho this is the presidential primary when candidates for nomina tion to national, state, district and county offices will be selected by both parties, interest in those candi dates is running a poor second tq the local issue which has split the local Democratic party into two factions. Precinct committeemen usually are selected without contest, and appear ance of opposition in the two voting districts here is attributed by local political observers to last fall’s writein campaign for mayor. Contests in Two Precincts Competing candidates in Precinct A are Lloyd Brauen, present com mitteeman up for re-election, and George Rauenbuhler. In Precinct D, candidates are Homer Bracy, the present office holder, and Gerald E. Swank. Observers said the opposition en countered by Brauen and Bracy stems from a situation here last fall when they were identified with a bi partisan group seeking to re-elect W. A. Howe, Republican, as mayor in a write-in campaign. Candidates as central committee men in the other town precincts are unopposed on the Democratic ballot, and none of the four Republican candidates have opposition. George Sigg Dies Of Heart Disease George Sigg, 54, former vocational education instructor in Bluffton High school, died of a heart attack at his home in Toledo, Monday afternoon. Home alone at the time of his death, Sigg called to a neighbor just before his collapse, but was dead on arrival of a physician. Earlier he had complained of being tired after working in his yard. Nickel Plate Fast Trains Will Continue To Stop In Bluffton Survivors include his wife, Fran ces, and a son, Robert, of Davenport, Iowa. Funeral services will be held in Toledo, Thursday at 2 p. m. at Worth Klegg funeral home, 522 E. Broadway. Sigg was instructor for two years of a vocational education department in electricity at Bluffton High school from 1939 to 1941. After leaving here, he taught in several high schools and a college, before returning to his native city of Toledo last year as a sales en gineer for the Bennington Brothers Co. Local Optometrist At Cincinnati Meet Dr. Gordon Bixel, Bluffton optom etrist, was a delegate to the Ohio Valley Optometric congress held in Cincinnati, Sunday, through Tues day. Topic of the meeting was visual problems of the retarded reader with emphasis placed on enhancement of achievement levels through various methods of visual training. Dr. Bixel, who is program chair man for this area, returned last night. Morning Eastbound Train Will Leave One Hour Earlier At 4:30 A. M. Fliers Will Continue To Make Regular Stops Here Despite Previous Rumors Bluffton will continues as a regu lar stop for the Nickel Plate rail road’s east and west-bound flyers when a new fast-run schedule is put into effect on Sunday, between Cleve land and St. Louis. An earlier stop here in the morn ing and a later arrival time at night will be provided in the new schedule, but Bluffton will continue to benefit from the through service despite earlier rumors than the fliers would no longer pick up or discharge pas sengers here. Under the new schedule, becoming effective Sunday the morning east bound train will leave here at 4:30 A. M., instead of the present time, 5:25 A. M. The evening west-bound train will arrive here from Cleveland at 9:41 P. M. It now gets into Bluffton at 9:35 P. M. Running on a faster schedule and arriving in Bluffton almost an hour earlier than it now does, the morn ing train will arrive in Cleveland at 7:40 A. M. The westbound night train is scheduled to depart from Cleveland Union station at 6:30 P. M. Earlier reports that local trains would operate through here to Fos toria also proved unfounded in the announcement of the new schedule. UY HARRY L. HAli 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 Story Of The Three Bears It’s not the bear story mothers tell but the one about the bear John Min ter, Radner, Delaware County, fought hand-to-hand that which John Gil let, Mill Creek township, Williams County, let get away and the one which 16-year-old William Cloe, Portersville, Crawford County, beat to death with a club. It is a real triple-barreled bear story. Everybody likes bear stories—that is the reason we begged grandfather to tell us another and the reason the little tent show of Mexican Pete, which played small towns back in the early 90’s always was crowded to the side-walks—it ended with a bulldog and bear fight. The bear’s claws were clipped and the dog’s teeth filed but we w’ho gave up our dime to get in did not know this. Always the fight ended when Pete stuck a stick under the dog’s collar and twisted it so tight that he was choked into letting go of the bear’s neck. Nohing ever got hurt. The animals put on their fight every night and roared their dislike of each other from their cages in the day time. Old Time Shows There are a lot of Ohioans, should they reminisce a bit, who will recall that Mexican Pete show—like Hi Bumbi, the torch-light auctioneer Doctor White Eagle, who sold Semin ole Indian Tunah and the Bailey Twin Sisters. Mexican Pete had the smallest—and the worst—show of the lot. Minter was a brother-in-law of Col. William Crawford, who was burned at the stake near Carey by the In dians in 1782. Hunting alone one day in 1804, he fired his old-flint-lock at a full-grown bear and the bear drop ped. Minter reloaded, walked to the bear and pushing the gun muzzle against the animal’s head was about to fire again to make sure of the kill when the bear jumped up and rear ing on its hind legs started to close in. Minter’s next shot inflicted only a flesh wound and more enraged the bear. The hunter then threw his hatchet at the animal but missed. As the bear came on Minter clubbed it with his unloaded rifle but only broke the gun to pieces. Drawing his hunting knife he made a thrust at the bear’s heart but the animal par ried the stroke and knocked the knife into the bushes. Then, locked in tight embrace the man and the bear rolled on the grass in a desperate fight for life. It meant death for either to re lease his hold. The bear was trying to crush the (Continued on pafe 12) THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1948 FARMER PINNED HALF-HOUR UNDER UPSET TRACTOR Albert Gibbs, Former Bluffton Resident, In Hospital With Injuries Mishap Occurs When Tractor Overturns Averting Collision With Auto Pinned beneath his tractor for 30 minutes when it upset on a road near his home, one-half mile south of Rawson, Monday noon, Albert Gibbs, former Bluffton resident, is in Com munity hospital here suffering from severe head lacerations and fractur ed ribs together with ni bruises. It was nearly half an hour the mishap before students teachers summoned from High school, half a mile awa rived to remove the heavy from the injured man. An attempt to avoid a co with an automobile operated by Mr Robert Geary, of Vine stree ton, resulted in the mishaj occurred near the Nickel Pla ing, one-half mile south of son school. t, Bluff me n he Raw- Gibbs on the tractor was nearly at the lane leading to his honle when he met the car being drivan from Rawson to Mt. Cory, where Mrs. Geary is high school home e instructor. lonomics Woman Sounds Hor He is said to have failed to notice the approaching car, because of his interest in plowing being dona in a field bordering the road. When Mrs. Geary sounded her auto horn, Gibbs is reported to have first looker i behind him before he mt iced the cixr approaching from the front. As he sharply cut the tractor wheel when he finally saw tlie car, an a xle snapped in the left rear wheel and the tractori overturned at the s de of the road, pinning Gibbs beneath it. The car and tractor did not collide. Mrs. Geary and Gow*-’ wife were unable to free him from the wreck, and Mrs. Geary went to the Rawson school to summon aid. He was re moved to the hospital here in the Otto ambulance, of Rawson. Gibbs, 34 years old, formerly lived here in the Harris property on South Main street, about 10 years ago. He was employed in Lima at that time, and his wife worked at The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Rev. Bigelow Head Of Lima Presbytery Rev. E. N. Bigelow, pastor of Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches was elected moderator of Lima Presbytery at the spring meet ing of that body in Van Wert, Mon day. The moderator who is elected for a one-year term is the presiding offi cer of the presbytery, district gov erning body of the Presbyterian church. There are 27 churches in Lima Presbytery. During the past year Rev. Bige low was recording clerk of the Presbytery and two years ago was elected to the office of vice mod erator. Illustrated Lecture At Ebenezer Church Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Lambie, re turned missionaries from Ethiopia and Palestine will give an illustrated lecture at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Dr. Lambie, a medical missionary and specialist in tuberculosis treat ment, built a hospital for Haillie Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia while in that country and now has plans to erect a tuberculosis hospital in Palestine. Luginbuhl Harmon Field Caretaker Gid Luginbuhl has been employed by the board of education as care taker for Harmon field grounds dur ing the coming spring and summer season. He will be employed on a seven month basis, from April 15 until No vember 15, and will receive a salary of $50 a month for his services. Library Closed The public library will be closed all day Thursday while the librar ian, Miss Ocie Anderson, is attend ing a meeting in Columbus. Farmers Rush to Take Advant age of Favorable Weather For Plowing ’’arm Machinery Situation Con tinues Tight with Deliveries Uncertain Spring tillage swung into high gear on Bluffton area farms during the last week after almost continuous rainfall the first half of the month had given way to clearing weather making possible the first steady period of field operations this spring. Plowing, which previously had been completed literally between showers, got under way almost uni versally last Friday and over the weekend tractors were busy in fields. Some farmers, eyeing the calendar and taking advantage of settled weather, continued their work thru Sunday, and a major portion of the spring tillage for oats and com is expected to be completed this week if favorable weather prevails. Seed ing for oats is nearing completion, and plowing for corn is under way. The machinery situation, a bug bear in fa mi operations for the past six years, is eased somewhat but still remains far from satisfactory. Altho the shortage was beginning to show some improvement, ths supply is expected to tighten again as a shortage of steel, in the wak« of the coal strike, begins to make itself felt in manufacturing centers. That farmers are none too optimis tic over the machinery situation is apparent in the fact that equipment in good condition is bringing higher prices at farm auction sales than It cost when new. A case in point occurred at e. public sale last week when a new combine, never used, brought $1,700. When purchased from the dealer it had cost $1,500. Amateur Program Next Friday Night Varied offerings including vocal and instrumental music, tap dancing, baton twirling, a one-man mand, tap dancing and impersonations will be included in the Amateur Night pro gram for Bluffton area entertainers to be held at 8 p. m. Friday night in the Bluffton High school gym nasium. The entertainment is sponsored by the senior class of the school, as one of their many projects to as sist in raising funds to help finance a class trip to Washington, D. C.» at the close of commencement week. Contestants who will appear in the Amateur Night program include the following: Duet, Barbara Sue and Lanella Manahan vocal solo, Bob Bowers piano solo, Robert Lacock vocal solo, Jo Ann Hayes quartet, Sonja Clay, Jeanne Dodge, Janet Welsh and Phil Grismore. Whistling solo, John Rowersox one-man band, Robert Fellers Girls trio, Barbara Schumacher, Eloise Steiner, Mary Joe Steiner: vocal solo, Dwight Steiner boys quartet, Richard Boehr, Roger Diller, Tom Burkholder, Nolan Diller accordion, Sherrill Dean Burkholder. Barbershop quartet, Ralph Read, Rudd Hart, Maurice Hogan, Richard Paper electric guitar, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fisher baton twirling, Carol Ann Moser Five Shades, Claren Sommer, Roger Howe, Alford Diller, James Hilty, Dean Niswander duet, Roger Linden, Ralph Dunifon. Vocal solo, Genie Marie Wilch vocal solo, Treva Althaus piano solo, David Tschiegg vocal solo, Sam Buhler acrobatic dancing, Ceacle Rose Potee tap dancing duet, Barry Corson and Jean Anne Frick impersonations, Stanley Stauffer tap dance, Sue Montgomery. Spring Tillage In High Gear With Tractors Running Day And Night Five radios will be awarded as prizes to the five winners in the am ateur competition. Graduating seniors plan to leave on May 24 or the escorted tour to the national capital. Each senior will pay half the cost of the trip, with the class working as a group to raise the remaining funds. So far this spring the seniors have held scrap drives, paper drives, bake sales, farm sales, box socials and corn cob sales in the fund drive. Plans for the remainder of the year include the amateur night program, the senior class play, sale of a cook book, work days and car wash days. Antique Furniture If you have furniture that was made before 1831 you may sell it as antique, according to a U. S. treas ury department ruling. However if you have Egyptian furniture made in 1500 B. C., you have the first furniture made, according to pres ent knowledge. Hospital Lease Is Renewed By Council The Bluffton Communitly Hospital board’s lease on the town-owned hos pital was renewed or another 10 years by municipal council at its meeting Monday night. The lease is on a rent-free basis on a contract which vests full auth ority for operation of the hospital on its board of directors. Although operated as a mutual community venture, the hospital own ership was transferred to the city in the “thirties” in order to qualify for WPA assistance received in building the modern structure. NORE-APPRAISAL OF REAL ESTATE IN ALLEN COUNTY Action Deferred Pending Ap praisals Front Adjoining Counties lluffton Properties Appraised at 43 Per Cent of Selling Price Although Bluffton real estate in the past two years has been selling at more than twice its appraised value, no re-appraisal of real proper ty is planned in Allen county during the current year, it was learned this week. Despite earlier reports that all county property would be appraised at higher levels, county officials are said to have deferred any re-apprais al this year and will make a further study of the situation before taking action. In the meantime, however, a report covering the period from April 1945 to April 1947 disclosed that in 64 sales inside Bluffton corporation, properties appraised at $157,350 sold for $363,720. Appraisal 43.26U of Sale Price On the basis of these figures, it was pointed out that the appraised value was only 43.26 per cent of the selling price, according to informa tion prepared by L. W. Wertenbakcr of the county affairs division of the Ohio Department of Taxation. Allen county farm properties dur ing the same period were appraised at only 42.70 per cent of their sell ing price. In 226 transactions farms in the county brought a total of $2,479,120 as compared with ap praised valuation of $1,058,590. Plans for re-appraisal of Allen county real estate, however, have been deferred pending new apprais als being made this year in Han cock, Hardin and Putnam counties. These counties, reportedly have had considerably lower valuations than those assessed in Allen county and officials here plan a study of the revised schedules in the three adjoining counties before deciding what action to take here. Name Middle District Conference Delegates Delegates from the First Mennon ite church to the annual meeting of the Middle District confrence will leave this Thursday morning for Wayland, Iowa, where the conference will convene Thursday evening. Del gates named are Rev. B. D. Smucker, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Bauman, Dr. J. S. Schultz, Harvey Bauman, Carl Leh man, G. T. Soldnfcr and Leland Ger ber. Real Estate Deals Ray Mumma has purchased the Wilbur Risser residence on Thurman street, known as the former Leichty property. Mumma expects to move next month and Risser plans to move on a farm. Rev. E. N. Bigelow and family who occupy an apartment in the Mrs. Harold Carr property on South Jackson street will move in June into the Presbyterian parsonage to be vacated by Mumma. Interior re modeling of the parsonage is plan ned while the property is vacant. Cloyce Bame has sold his Jefferson street property to Gerald Mericle residing on the North Dixie highway near the county line intersection. Posession will be given in June. Mericle has sold his property to Wm. Klass w’ho occupies an apart ment at the Noah Zimmerman, Jr., residence on South Mound street. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 1 SWIMMING POOL TO BE OPERATED ON COMMISSION BASIS Minimum of $600 Guaranteed To Cover Operation Of Buckeye Pool Management Will Share In All Proceeds Over $800 Hire Manager May 3 Contract for the management of Buckeye Lake swimming pool will be let on a commission basis for the coming summer, members of the municipal council decided at a meet ing Monday night in the town halt. A minimum contract salary of $600 will be allowed by the village for management of the swimming operations .including payment of life guards and other help, but manager of the pool will share in all receipts over $800 and will receive all income from concessions and rental of baskets in the bath house. In addition swimming receipts in excess of $800 to $1,000 will be divided equally between the town and the pool manager and 100% of all receipts over $1,000 will be the manager’s, the council decided. Manager Hires Help The contract also will specify that the pool be open daily from 1 until 9 .m. and that a life guard must be on duty at all times. The mana ger will hire his own assistants and pay them from the funds he receives for operation of the pool. Contract provisions also provide the manager must keep grounds and buildings clean and grass mowed. Applications for the pool manage ment will be considered at the coun cil at their next meeting, Monday, May 3, and anyone wishing to apply should see the mayor before that time. In the meantime, the council is wrestling with the problem of ef fecting needed repairs to swimming center facilities on the limited budget available for the work. Cancer Coin Boxes For Contributions Bluffton’s cooperation in the na tional drive to raise funds for the war on cancer has been marked by the distribution of 100 coin boxes in business and industrial establish ments, in which contributions may be deposited. All clubs and organizations also are being contacted for special con tributions, and collections are being taken at the Carma theatre this week in support of the campaign. April 25 has been designated as cancer Sunday in the drive, and in connection with the national cam paign special radio programs are being presented daily over Radio Station WLOK in Lima. In the coin box distribution, Mrs. Ed Lape and Mrs. Frank Todd di rected the work handled by the Cen tury Circle and the Alice Freeman club. Th drive for special contribu tions is sponsored by the Poinsettia club, with Mrs. Clarence Stonehill as chairman. Husband Of Former Bluffton Woman Dies J. E. Pickering, retired Santa Fe railroad employe died at his home in North Hollywood, Calif., April 8, according to word received here the first of the week. Surviving is his wife, the former Anna Jones, an early Bluffton resi dent. She was the daughter of the late Ed Jones, pioneer Bluffton fur niture dealer. Births The following births at Bluffton hoscpital: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Dorman, Mt. Cory, a boy, Donald Gene, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eikenbary, Bluffton, a boy, Larry Joe, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Way, Find lay, a girl, Linda Kay, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Piercefield, Ada, a boy, Danny Lee, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jacobs, Arlington, a boy, Darwin Ray, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Karhoff, Pandora, a girl, Deborah Ann, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. James Wolford, Ar lington, a girl, Patricia Lynn, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Pickett, Wharton, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fenster maker, Jenera, a boy, Merle Ray. Tuesday.