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VOLUME LXXIII A Good Place To Live ______________________________ PRIMARY BALLOTS NEXT TUESDAY TO BEAR MANY NAMES Republicans Must Mark Choices From Field of 73 In May Primary Election Democrats, With Fewer Con tests, Will Have Ticket With 63 Prospective Nominees Republican voters will receive a ballot bearing the «-names of 73 candidates, and Democrats will vote on 63 prospective office-seekers in next Tuesday’s May primary to select delegates to the national political convention and nominees for state, district and county offices. Altho each voter will receive only one ballot, it will be a man-sized one, especially in the case of the Republican party whose members must mark their choices from a field of 73 aspirants. Plenty of spirited contests for nominations are reflected in both ballots, with the exception of the Democratic ticket for county offices which have no contests. Harold E. Stassen’s bid for Repub lican nomination as president is reflected in the Republican ballotting for delegate and alternate to the national convention. With nine delegates to be elected, the ticket finds nine candidates pledged to Robert A. Taft, and one pledged to Stassen. Consequently, •Carrington T. Marshall, the Stassen man, will be running in hope of un seating one of the Taft pledged delegates. Elsewhere on the Republican ballot, there are contests for offices of governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, judge of the su preme court and state senator. On the county level of the G. O. P. ticket, there are contests for county commissioner, prosecuting attorney, (Sontinped on page 3) Where You Will Vote At Primary On Next Tuesday Bluffton A—Grade School. Bluffton B—High School Library. Bluffton C—Rauenbuhler Plumbing Shop. Bluffton 1)—Mayor’s Office. Richland N—Township Room, Bluff ton. Richland S—Town House, Beaverdam Beaverdam—Town House. High School Honor Rail Is Announced Bluffton high school has announced the honor‘roll for the fifth grading period as follows: Seventh grade—David Beery, Gene Wells, Shirley Derringer, Mary Lou Lewis, Kaye Matter, Joan Moser, and Sue Risser. Eighth—Don Trippiehorn, Robert Wenger, Joan Gratz, and Alice Hochstettler. Ninth—Maryin Holtkamp, Ruth Anna Lee, Louise Reichenbach, and Margaret Stratton. Tenth John Bauman, Howard Landes, Marilyn Amstutz, Ruth Dil ler, June Habegger, Wanda Hoch stettler, Imajean Klass, Rosella Moser, Ada Mae Oyer, Lena Preto, Mary Jean Ramseyer, and Jane Risser. Eleventh—Coletta Badertscher and Jo Haller. Twelfth Ted Bauman, James Ewing, Keith Moore, Norman White, Harriette Burkhart, Marilyn Fett, Norma Klapp, Dora Luginbuhl, and Marilyn Stratton. Grange To Observe Rural Life Sunday Richland Grange will observe Rural Life Sunday with a basket dinner at the grange hail at noon followed by an afternoon program at 2 o’clock to which the public is invited. Rev. Paul Cramer, member of the national grange will be the principal speaker. He will also be heard in a radio broadcast over Lima WLOK Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in a grange program in coinnection with Rural Life Sunday. Organ Recital At College On Friday Miss Elizabeth Waterstraw, senior in Bluffton college department of music, will appear in her graduating recital at Ramseyer chapel, Friday night at 8 o’clock. Pre-School Clinic Here On May 11 Physical examination of Bluffton children who will enter the first grade next fall will be conducted in a pre-school clinic to be held here on Tuesday, May 11. Children who will enter school for the first time will have their height and weight checked, in addition to being given preliminary physical ex aminations. Smallpox vaccine and diphtheria toxoid also are being given. Beaverdam’s pre-school clinic will be held Friday, May 7, and Lafay ette’s this week. Clinics will begin at 9 a. m. on scheduled dates. IMPASSE LOOMS IN OPERATION OF BUCKEYE POOL Prospective Managers Shy A way From Contract On Com mission Basis of Payment Condition of Buckeye Water Draws Censure Clubs Won’t Contribute To Operate Whether a dilemma is in the making so far as operation of the Buckeye Lake swimming pool is con cerned for the coming summer sea son will be determined largely by whether any applications as manager of the pool are received before next Monday’s meeting of the municipal council, it appeared this week. Already harrassed by a lack of finances to repair and maintain facilities at the municipal swimming center, town officials this week ap peared to be faced by a lack of interest in managership of the pool on a commission basis, the mayor said. Condition of the water in the pool soems to be the principal factor contributing to existing conditions, it appeared this week, with prospec tive managers hesitant to take the responsibility for the project on a commission basis as long as they anticipate many local swimmers will continue to go out of town. In the meantime considerable pressure also has been applied on municipal officials arguing against penalizing other town sendees by the transfer of funds to the swim ming pool operation. Won’t Swim Here A common complaint voiced by many residents has been the state ment, “I won’t permit my children to swim at the pool as long as the water is in its present condition,” the mayor said. Further evidence of dissatisfaction with local swimming facilities was refusal to further contribute finan cial support to the Buckeye pool by one local service organization which in the past has helped finance swim ming operations. Altho the water is not believed to be dangerous to health, the mayor said it in no way compares with the clear condition of water in artificial pools now operated by virtually every city in this area. Apparently, the condition of the water in the Buckeye has been grow ing worse each year, and candidates for the job as manager feel that represents something beyond their control in attempting to operate the pool at a profit on a commission basis. W’ater Stagnant That Buckeye water has grown stagnant has been evidenced during the last two summers when large quantities of fish could be seen on the surface of the pool in late sum mer, gasping for air. Many fish (Continued on page 10) Real Estate Deals You Can Expect To See Democracy Peacefully Slumbering Next Tuesday Omer Welty, residing south of Bluffton purchased the 72 acre tract known as the Sylvanus Welty farm for $9,500. The farm, sold at public auction, Saturday, is located one and one-half miles northwest of town at the intersection of the Augsburger and Fett roads. Clair and Edith Staley of Ada purchased the 80 acre tract known as the John Motter farm in Orange township at the intersection of Routes 30-N and 69. The real es tate, appraised at $8,000, was sold at sheriff’s sale Saturday for $7,100. The sale followed a partition action filed in the Hancock county common pleas court by Roy Park Motter against Leona May Reichenbach. Most Voters Will Be Too Busy —or Too Tired—To Go To Polls Lack of Local Issues Presages Unusually Light Vote in Primary Next Tuesday’s primary election will provide a pattern of Democracy not at work, if the Bluffton area vote follows the usual trend of pri mary balloting. If primary interest follows the pattern of other years a majority of the voters will be too indifferent to go to the polls, despite the fact that voting will be preliminary to next fall’s general election with its im portance to this country and the world. Veteran political observers this week pointed out that primaries held in May may bring even lighter vot ing than the notoriously slighted pri mary elections which previously were held in midsummer. Housewives now are busy with their spring house cleaning, and farmers who are working from dawn to dark to put out their spring crops will not take time out to go to the polls. Another circumstance pointing to a light vote is the fact there are no contests on the county democratic ticket, and no local issues are coming up for decision by Bluffton or Rich land tow-nship voters. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Westall, Mt. Cory, a girl, Kaye Annette, Thursday. Mrs. Westall is the form er Joann Battles. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Dudgeon, Bluffton, a boy, Harold Eugene, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Takacs, Find lay, a girl, Betty Jo, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. James Punches, Leipsic, a boy, Paul Edward, Fri day. Mrs. Punches is the former Cordelia Hiestand. Mr. and Mrs. George Stultz, Find lay, formerly of Bluffton, a boy, David Clair, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stobbe, Ada, a girl, Jane Mary, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Basil Fisher, Col lumbus Grove, a girl, Sandra Sue, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Armstrong, Pandora, a girl, Phoebe Ann, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hutchinson, Lima, a girl, Linda Elizabeth, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Bower, Jenera, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Marquart, Jenera, a girl, Ruth Elizabeth, Tues day. Mr. and Mrs. Evan Steiner, Bluff ton, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bixler, Pan dora, a girl, Dorothy Louise, Wed nesday morning. Charles Miller of South Main street, sion, Texas, a boy, Monday. Mr. Miller is the son of Mr. and rs. Charles iller of South Main street. Brother Of Bluffton Man Dies In Toledo Darrell Dene Deitler, 32, died sud denly at his home in Toledo, Monday following a heart attack. He was a brother of Paul Deitler of Bluffton. For many years he made his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Carr southeast of Pan dora and was graduated from Pan dora high school. He moved to Toledo six years ago where he has been operating a serv ice station. Funeral services will be held in Toledo Thursday morning at the Abele funeral home at 10:30 o’clock (EDST), followed by graveside rites at Pleasant Ridge cemetery near Pandora at 11:30 o’clock (EST) Thursday morning. The casket will be opened at the cemetery. Rev. Walter Purdy, past or of Rawson Evangelical United Brethren charge will officiate at the cemetery. Besides his brother of this place he is survived by his wife Rita whom he married a year ago: two other brothers and two sisters. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $2.25 com $2.15 oats $1.15 soys $3.60. Poultry—Heavy hens 30c leghorn hens 22c. Eggs—Large whites 42c large browns 40c. Butterfat—84c. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APR 29, 1948 ELECTRIC CURRENT WILL BE OFF NINE HOURS ON SUNDAY No Electric Service Here From 6 to 11 A. M. and From 1 to 5 P. M. Current Suspended To Permit Making Connections For New Boiler Bluffton’s electric current will be shut off for nine hours next Sunday moming and afternoon, while work men complete preliminary installa tions involved in adding a new boiler to generating facilities at the mu nicipal light plant. Housewives who cook with elec tricity will have only a limited amount of time to prepare their Sunday noon meal, for the current will be off continuously from 6 until 11 a. m., and again from 1 to 5 p. m. Suspension of electric sen-ice for the nine-hour period is necessary to permit necessary installations that must precede setting the new boiler in place at the plant, spokesmen for the board of public affairs said Wednesday. Foundations for the boiler and the building addition to the light plant have been practically completed by Herbert Tuttle, Lima contractor. After the foundations are com pleted, the contracting firm will stop work until the new boiler ar rives and is set in place. Boiler delivery is expected soon from the Barberton, O., plant of Babcock and Wilcox. BY HAR.R.Y U HALfc Editor’s Note—This is one of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio ’hitery. Others will appear in* forthcoming The Backwoods Tavern Bell Its voice still is clear and young, like the tinkle of falling silver, and the overtones of its peal whisper strangely of the wash of much water gone over the wheel. The tongue of the old tavern bell which hangs in the American Legion Hall, Perrys burg, Wood County, seldom wags but when it does it speaks of a long and eventful past. When he finished building it in 1823, Samuel Spafford’s little tavern lacked but one ‘‘modern advantage” —a dinner bell. And in those early days an inn without a dinner bell on top w-as no inn at all. Such bells were scarce. There was none in Perrysburg, then but seven years old and made up of a few cabins and a store, mostly log, and Spafford’s new tavern. But in Detroit, then a frontier settlement in the Territory of Michigan, was a bellsmith. So Samuel Spafford made the long horseback trip up the bridle-path to Detroit to have his bell made. Silver Dollars Cast in Bell When the little foundry w-as ready to cast the bell it was discovered that there was not enough metal to make the cast. Spafford emptied the thirty six Spanish milled dollars out of his pouch and threw them into the molten mass of metal. He had to have that bell. Back in Perrysburg Spafford hung the bell which nearly w-as worth its weight in gold in a tree beside the inn where all who passed could see, hear and admire it. And the silvery new bell did receive the admiration (Continued on page 9) Byron Filhart Is New A. C. & Y. Agent Here Byron Filhart, formerly of this place w-ho has been station agent of the A. C. & Y. railroad at Jenera for a number of years has been transferred to Bluffton, it was an nounced the first of the w-eek. Filhart succeeds John Radabaugh, former A. C. & Y. agent, who has been assigned to Columbus Grove. Filhart’s family w-ill remain for the present in Jenera. STUDENT RECITAL The College department of music will present grade and high school students of Mrs. Mann and Mr. Hauenstein in public recital at Ram seyer chapel, Saturday night at 7 o’clock. New Law Permits Citizens To Re-Affiliate By Sworn Statements Generally Speaking You Must Be Member of Party To Vote Its Primary If you want to switch parties at next Tuesday’s primary election, the law provides that you may do it under certain conditions. A new law covering the voting for this year provides that if you are a registered Democrat you may vote in the Republican primary providing you state under oath that you didn’t vote at a previous general election and wish to become affiliated with the Republican party or vice versa. Generally speaking, the law pro vides you must be a member of or affiliated with the political party whose primary election ballot you desire to vote. “Membership in or political affili ation with a political party,” the law says, “shall be determined as to one w-ho has voted in a previous general election, by his sworn statement as to how he voted in the next preced ing general election at which he voted.” The law also makes provision that a voter asking for a primary ballot may be challenged on the ground that he is not a party member. All a challenged voter has to do is to state under oath that at the pre ceding general election he voted for a majority of the candidates of the party in whose primary he wishes to vote. Election officials also pointed out there was no way checking up on the accuracy of a voter’s statement as to how he voted in the preceding elec tion. Ohio Voters Can Switch Parties At Next Tuesday’s May Primary Youth For Christ Really On Saturday Dr. Clem Hershey of Marion, Ohio, converted dance band leader and former radio artist will be the prin cipal" speaker at the Youth for Christ rally in Bluffton high school auditorium, Saturday night at 8:00 o’clock. He also will be heard in musical numbers on the piano accor dian and Belgian piccolo bells. Dr. Hershey has traveled extens ively in interest of the Youth for Christ movement w-hich he estab lished in Alaska three years ago. Last spring he took an extensive trip through Mexico, South Amer ica and the West Indies in the in terest of this cause. He inaugurated Youth for Christ in Nicaragua and the Panama Canal zone and re established the Radio Youth for Christ in Ecuador. Gerald Gerig of Ft. Wayne, song leader at the Dr. Wells meetings last winter w-ill direct the singspiration and Harlan Wright, young Ft. Wayne baritone also will be heard in several numbers. The rally Saturday night w-ill mark the first anniversary of the Youth for Christ movement in the Bluffton and Pandora area. Knights Templar At Church Here Sunday Knights Templar of Findlay Com mandery in uniform of the order will attend the morning w-orship service at Bluffton Methodist church, Sunday at 10:30 o’clock in observ ance of Ascension day. Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the church and a member of the order will deliver the sermon. Besides the Findlay Commandery members of other Masonic orders will attend the service. Heavy rains w-hich began Tues day afternoon and continued into Wednesday brought to an abrupt end unseasonably warm w-eather the first of the w-eek when temperatures rose to a high of 90 degrees on Sunday and Monday. Hail was reported in various parts of the state, especially in the vicin ity of Washington Court House w-here it was said to be a foot deep in some areas Tuesday afternoon. Although there was no hail in the Bluffton area, the effects were felt here in the sudden drop in tempera ture w-hich registered 48 degrees Wednesday morning. Continued cool weather is predict ted with a rising trend evident by Thursday afternoon. High School Alumni To Be Held May 21 Heavy Rains Bring 40 Degree Drop In Temperature After Hot Spell Here Annual reunion and dinner of the Bluffton high school alumni associa tion will be held Friday night, May 21, it is announced by the president, James F. West. Tickets, $1.50 for dinner and dues will go on sale Saturday and may be obtained at either drug store or from Mary K. Bauman, alumni sec retary until May 14 at p. m. No tickets will be obtainable after the May- 14 deadline, one week be fore the alumni, as preparations for the.dinner w-ill be made on the num ber of reservations at that time. SPRING TILLAGE IS WELL ALONG WITH BREAK IN WEATHER Farmers Have Nearly Two Weeks of Uninterrupted Plowing and Tillage Night Plowing A Thing of Past Here As Farmers Get Work Well In Hand Bluffton area farmers have made big inroads into the backlog of de layed spring tillage during favorable w-eather of the last 10 days, and have their work better in hand at present than for several years past. Occasional show-ers w-hich have fallen during the last two weeks were needed to keep the ground in workable condition, and caused no delays in fields as moisture dried rapidly, permitting uninterrupted work. Operation of tractors at night, a situation frequently encountered at the beginning of the season two w-eeks ago, largely is a thing of the past, now that farmers are well on their way toward getting spring plow ing and tillage out of the way. At first, farmers were fearful of a repetition of last year’s «•*. spring, and were utilizing every opportunity to work their land, but work now is far enough along that night plowing generally has been discontinued. Lower Market Affects Acreage Repercussions of the steady trend toward lower livestock prices are re flected in spring acreage plans on many farms. Apprehensive of a sur plus of feed crops, farmers apparent ly are seeing little incentive for big production records in the face of a contracting volume of livestock. A survey of farm opinion the first of this w-eek disclosed that while acre age will be average there will be no efforts to break records, and an average production of feed crops, such as corn and oats, probably w-ill represent a surplus at the end of the season. With a prospect of feed command ing lower prices because of antici pated reduction in livestock and poultry, farmers are not anxious to put high-priced seed into the ground this spring, and many will do little planting beyond what they- figure their own needs may present. Ft. Wayne Choir Here Sunday Night The Men’s chorus of Ft. Wayne Bible Institute w-ill appear in a sac red concert of vocal and instrument al numbers at the high school audi torium, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The chorus, directed by Oliver Steiner, formerly of Pandora and music instructor in the institute is making a spring tour through the east. With The Sick Otto Bigler, former meat market operator is improving at his home on South Main street following a re ported heart attack, Saturday. John Jorg, 76, father of Earl Jorg, Bluffton hatcheryman, is in a critical condition at Lima Memorial hospital following an extended illness. Cloyce Bame, Bluffton real estate operator, ill with a heart ailment, is a patient in Bluffton hospital. M. M. Bogart who w-as a patient in Bluffton hospital with an asth matic condition w-as on the street the first of the week. M. M. Murray, patient at Bluffton hospital is reported as improved. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 2 GRADUATION AT COLLEGE WILL BE MONDAY, MAY 31 Busy Four-Day Program of Commencement Activity Will Open May 28 Dr. C. C. Ellis, President Emeritus Juniata College, Class Speaker A busy four-day program of Bluff ton college commencement activity opening on the campus Friday, May 28, will be climaxed by graduating exercises for the senior class Mon day morning, May 31, it was an nounced this week. Varied features of time-establish ed interest will be included in com mencement-week activities. Among them will be a Booster concert, crowning of the May Queen in the usual colorful setting, presen tation of a Shakespearean play, the alumni banquet, baccalaureate serv ices and commencement exercises. Open events on May 28 include a Pi Delta banquet and the Booster concert. The following day w-ill present a busy schedule of activity highlighted by class reunions, May Day festivi ties, the alumni banquet, and presen tation of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Baccalaureate sen-ices on Sunday afternoon, May 30, w-ill be addressed by President Lloyd L. Ramseyer. In the evening a concert w-ill be presented by the college vesper choir. Class speaker for commencement exercises on May 31 w-ill be Dr. C. C. Ellis, president-emeritus of Juan iata college. Preliminary to the commencement season, a series of graduating recitals w-ill be presented by college senior music students during the next month. Opening the series will be an organ recital at 8 p. m. Friday of this week in Ramseyer chapel by Miss Elizabeth Waterstraw. fit on Ag i oing To E Calvin Leimbach, instructor in vo cational agriculture in Bluffton and Beaverdam schools has been hired as a full time instructor in the Beav erdam schools for the coming year. Announcement to this effect was made the first of the w-eek by Paul Stoodt, superintendent of the Beav erdam schools. Leimbach a graduate of Ohio State university is teaching and dividing his time equally betw-een Bluffton and Beaverdam this year. He w-as hired at Beaverdam fol lowing action by the Bluffton board of education in dropping vocational agriculture for the coming year. Leimbach previously notified the board here that he was unwilling to continue the present part-time teach ing arrangement for the next year. His salary for the coming year of $3,100 together with $400 for travel ing expenses will be the same as the amount he receives this-year. Beav erdam has 24 vocational agriculture students and is expecting the same number next year, Supt. Stoodt said. Last Rites Held For Ira Kimmel Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Paul Diller fun eral home for Ira J. Kimmel, 66, re tired Orange township farmer, who died at 2:30 p. m. last Saturday in Bluffton Community hospital. Cause of death was announced as complica tions of diseases. Born in Hardin county, Kimmel was married August 9, 1900, to Ger trude Welsh, who survives. Also surviving are the following children: Mrs. Helen Caris, Ada Mrs. Marcella Fiser, Lima George W. and Carl E. Kimmel, both of Bluffton. A sister, Mrs. John Wat kins, lives in Bluffton. Kimmel was a member of Bethes da Church of Christ, east of Bluff ton. Rev. Robert Turner officiated at funeral services here Tuesday. Bur rial w-as in the Thompson cemetery. Order Lloyd Murray House Sold May 29 South Main street residence of the late Lloyd Murray will be sold at sheriff’s sale, Saturday, May 29 un der an order of sale in partition from the Allen county common pleas court issued the first of the week. The property is appraised at $6,500^.