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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII BLUFFTON CASTS HEAVY VOTE IN PRIMARY TUESDAY 360 Ballots in Four Precincts About One-fourth of Town’s Total Vote Republicans Support Taft and Herbert Democrats Vote Strongly for Lausche In a vote considered heavy for a primary election, Bluffton’s four town precincts polled a total of 360 ballots Tuesday, about one-fourth of the town’s estimated total vote. Republican voters came out strong ly for Senator Robert Taft for presi dent and Thomas J. Herbert for gov ernor. Democrats gave Frank Lausche a thumping big majority in his bid for the governorship, the only hotly contested office in the party primary. Republicans in Bluffton’s four pre cincts cast a total of 201 votes as compared with 159 Democratic bal lots. In Ricvhland North precinct Republicans and Democrats each cast 26 votes. Republican Contests The larger number of Republican votes presumably reflected a number of contests on the county ticket, ■while Democratic candidates for nomination to county offices ran with no opposition. Local Republicans gave Carring ton T. Marshall, delegate at large io the national convention pledged to Harold Stassen, a total of 72 votes as compared to 129 for the lowest of the nine delegates pledged to Taft. In Richland North the lowest Taft vote was 11 as compared to 9 for Stassen. Democrats Back Lausche Bluffton Democratic voters sup ported Lausche by a majority of more than four to one in the gover norship nomination race over his principal opponent Ray T. Miller. Vote in the four precincts was: Lausche, 120 Miller, 26.’ In Rich lam! North the vote stood: Lausche, 15 Miller 3. In Democratic committeeman con tests in two Bluffton precincts Lloyd Brauen, running for re-election in precinct A was returned to office. The vote: Brauen 26 Geo. Rauen buhler 23. In Precinct D, Homer Bracy, up for re-election, was de feated by Gerald Swank. The vote: Bracy 10 Swank 22. Woman Injured In Fall From Bicycle Mrs. Harold Badertscher, residing three miles south of Bluffton on the Fett road sustained a fracture of the right leg above the ankle when she fell from a bicycle Tuesday morning. She was riding the bicycle down the lane from her home to the mail box on the highway when the acci dent occurred. She was removed in the Diller ambulance to Bluffton hos pital for medical attention. Beaver Track Team Gets Six Firsts In their second track meet of the year, Bluffton college thinclads last Saturday were defeated by Findlay, 75*4 to 42 on the Findlay field. Winners for Bluffton were Frost in the lOOyard dash 11.1 Yoder the mile run, 5:47.5 Stauffer, the 220 yard low hurdles, 29.7 Leeson, high jump, 5 feet, 4 inches and Schertz, discus, 121 feet, 5 inches, and in the broad jump, 18 feet, 5 inches. Commencement Set At Beaverdam, LaFayette Commencement services will be held on May 17 at Lafayette High school and the following night, May 18 for graduating Beaverdam seniors, it was announced this week. Rev. Morris White, Lima, will be the Beaverdam class speaker, and Dr. A. W. Elliott, Delaware, will give the Lafayette class address. Checkers Exhibition At Columbus Grove Dr. Weldon Diller, of Rawson, and Eugene Zuber, former Bluffton resi dent who also is a former state checkers champion, will take part in a checkers exhibition at Witteborg*s Blue Room Thursday night in Co lumbus Grove. Many prominent Bluffton players will appear, as also will Newell W. Banks, of Detroit, blind-folded check ers champion, and a former world’s champion. They were Ralph Lewis, 64, who suffered a fractured right collarbone, his wife Edna with several frac tured ribs and their 19-year-old daughter Karen with severe head lacerations and possible internal in juries. The accident occurred on Route 30-N three-fourths of a mile west of the intersection of Route 69 near the Ira Moser farm. The family was eastbound returning from an extend ed motor trip when the car got out of control and left the road. The father was found in the ditch, the daughter lying on the highway and the^dM^g|«till in the car. They were taken the Bltfffton hospital in the DiUer^ambulance. By Tues day the fatherland mother had suffi ciently recovered to ride in a car to Lima, but sendees or the ambu lance were required for the daughter. Bluffton Pastor To Attend Synod Meet Rev. V. C. Oppermann of St. John’s and Emmanuel’s Evangelical and Reformed churches will attend a meeting of the North West Ohio Synod of the Evangelical & Reformed churches in Toledo, Thursday and Friday, where he will serve as chair man of the committee reporting on evangelism. Death Visits Family Twice In One Week Mrs. Iva Grace Miller, 52, of Lima, mother of Darrel Dene Deit ler, for whom funeral services were held last Thursday, died at 10 p. m. last Saturday after a short illness. She also was the mother of Paul Deitler, of Cherryy street. The two Duller, street. The two their home with their aunt and un cle, Mr. and Mrs. William Carr, northwest of Bluffton. Funeral services for Mrs. Miller were held Tuesday afternoon in Lima. In addition to the son of this place, Mrs. Miller was survived by two daughters and two sons. Softball League Meeting Monday Organization of a summer soft ball league, with teams sponsored by organizations or other groups of the community will be completed at a meeting with Coach Kent Cotterman, summer recreation director, at 8:00 p. m. next Monday in the Bluffton high cafeteria. County Republicans Support Taft And Herbert Democrats Vote For Lausche Three Are Injured In Highway Crash Three motorists who were pa tients in Bluffton hospital as the re sult of injuries received in an acci dent last Thursday afternoon were taken to Lima, Tuesday and placed on a train returning to their home in Greenwich, Conn. Organizations planning to enter teams in the league are requested to name managers before the Monday meeting, so thy can be in attend ance at the session. Players who are not on a team but who want to play are to give their names to Coach Cotterman. Martinka Officer Of Central Ohio Utility Paul D. Martinka, former Bluffton resident, who joined the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. during con struction of the Woodcock generatiug plant here, last week was elected as sistant vice-president of the organi zation. Martinka will continue to serve as superintendent of production, a post he has held since he returned from Navy service during World War II. Before entering naval service he had served as efficiency engineer at th Bluffton plant after assisting in the engineering involved in its con struction. Bluffton High baseball team came through with its first victory of the season last Friday afternoon on the Harmon field diamond by downing Lima St. Gerard, 9 to 8, but lost to St. John of Lima, Monday, 7 to 0, as Keel hurled a no-hit game for the Johnnies The Pirate victory over St. Ger ard was made possible in the last inning when the locals broke an 8-8 deadlock with no one out. Bluffton’s hitting assault was paced by Klay who banged two hits, one a home run in four chances Linden who had a double and a single in three tries, and Ted Bauman who got a double and single in two times Bluffton High Nine Tops Lima St. Gerard, 9-8, For First Win ADen County G. O. P. Rolls up Total of 6,698 Votes for Governor Democrats Support Lausche by Margin of More Than Two to One Allen county Republicans voting in Tuesday’s primary supported Taft-pledged delegates to the nation al convention, gave Thomas J. Her bert a big majority in his race for nomination for a second term as gov ernor and settled a number of con tests for nomination to county offices Unofficial returns from all of the county’s 112 precincts showed Her bert with 6,698 votes Payne, 308 and White 662. On the Democratic ticket, the more hotly contested race for the gover nomination showed Frank J. Latnlb running more than two to rme'Tfiead of his opponent Ray T. •Unofficial vote from the county’s 112 precincts showed: Lausche 2,635 Miller, 1,037. Concert At First Mennonite Church Choir of the First Mennonite church will appear in a sacred pro gram Sunday night at 7:30, includ ing a selection of hymns and spiri tuals. The choir of 40 voices is di rected by Prof. Otto Holtkamp with Claren Sommer, organist. Soloists are Misses Elizabeth Brand and Joanna Verckler, soprono, and Freda Yoder, alto, together with a male quartet composed of James Hilty, Dean Niswander, Alford Dil ler and Roger Howe. To Sail Monday For Summer In England Mrs. Harry Shrider, Jr., of Har mon road will sail from New York, Monday for England where she will spend ^e^ummer visiting at h^x former home in Grisby, Lincolnshire. She came here two years ago as a British war bride, having first met her husband, a Bluffton serviceman, while the latter was stationed in Grimsby with a U. S. army air unit. Four airfields were represented in the breakfast flight to Mansfield early last Sunday morning as twenty-one planes from Bluffton, Ada, Pandora and Findlay congregated at Bluffton and Ada airfields for the flight. Seven ships owned by Bluffton air port and a Stearman, privately own ed, made the trip from the local air field. Ada was represented by three planes, Pandora five and Findlay five. At Mansfield airport, pilots and passengers making the flight, congre gated at the Sky club for breakfast. A light rain encountered on the return trip proved no handicap and all craft made the return flight in good time. One plane, the Stearman biplane, had an open cockpit. The pilot did not get wet because the windshield and speed of plane kept the rain from blowing in on him. Breakfast flights are scheduled for each Sunday morning throughout the summer months. All participating aircraft will travel to flying fields about an hour’s flying time away. Planes are airbourne at 6 a. m. with all craft scheduled to return to Bluff ton airport by 9:00 a. m. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana airports will be visited. Plan Trip to Urbana Next Sunday morning aircraft from flying fields at Ada, Pandora, Jackson Center, Wapakoneta, and Bluffton will congregate here for a hop to Urbana. Harold Carey and Clayton Bixel, operators of Bluffton airport expect at bat. Bluffton held a 6 to 3 edge going into the fifth when the visitors got to Schmidt, starting Pirate hurler, and Moore who relieved him for five runs. The Cotterman-coached out fit. then tied up the score in their half of the same frame, and went on to victory with a seventh-inning tally. Bluffton batsmen were helpless against Keel’s offerings on Monday, however, and Lima St. John got the first no-hit game of the season in this area. Keel struck out seven. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Twenty-one Planes Made Early Sunday Morning Hop To Mansfield AB Bluffton __ 28 9 7 St. Gerard _______ 1 28 8 5 BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1948 County Results in Contested Offices Following are complete unofficial returns from all of Allen county’s 112 precincts in contested offices in Tuesday’s primary. All contests were on the Republican ticket, Demo cratic candidates running without opposition. Republican Ticket Representative, Gen. Assembly— Floyd Griffin, 5855* Emery Kent, 1374 Commissioner— Jess Cochran, 649 Cliff Long, 1932 Harry Mason, 3313 Frank McClain, 3679* H. T. Morris, 3428* Prosecutor— Anthony Bowers, 3904* Clarence Fischer, 3657 Sheriff— Bernard Clark, 268 William R. Dailey, 4352* Clifford Heller, 347 Marion McGinnis, 643 Dewey Miller, 566 Earle Plaugher, 803 George Terhark, 830 Recorder— Samuel Burke, 2U93 Morgan Davis, 4838* Engineer— John Breese, 5546* Worthy Gahman, 1616 Nominated. Dancing To Follow H. S. Alumni Dinner Dancing in the gymnasium will follow the high school alumni din ner in the cafeteria, Friday night, May 21, it is announced by the pres ident James F. West. Tickets for the dance will be $1.50 per couple including tax and may be purchased at the door. Tickets for the dinner, however, must be obtained not later than May 14, as preparations will be made for only the number of tickets sold at that time. Alumni secretaries this week were unable to send invitations to mem bers of seven classes because of rec ords missing from the files. These classes are: 1897., ,,1902, .1905, 1913, 1914, 1915, 191-6. Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of these records or able to supply the names of the graduates is asked to contact Presi dent West or Miss Mary K. Bau man, alumni secretary. more than twenty-five ships to be on hand for the trip. Ari Korn, manager of Korn Flying Service at Jackson Center, and Chas. Finkenbine, manager of Koneta Fly ing Service at Wapakoneta, both plan to send a number of ships owned by their airfields and have extended in vitations to other plane owners in their communities to make the hop. All airmen from the counties flanking Bluffton are invited to participate in the flight. Ada and Pandora airports will participate. Citizens of Bluffton and area GI’s interested in seeing the mass forma tion of planes are invited to be on hand at the local airport to witness the activity. Many types oi aircraft will congregate here for the flight, weather permitting. Fly to Mansfield Two weeks ago on Sunday morn ing 18 planes made a breakfast flight to Adrian, Mich. Last Sunday the following made the trip to Mansfield: From Bluffton in planes owned by Bluffton airport, Paul Mackaman, St. Marys and Hannon Falkel, Bluffton, flying a Piper Cub Mr. and Mrs. Vir gil Haas, Bluffton, Taylorcraft Mr. and Mrs. James Slechter and friend, Lima, Aeronca Richard Simmons, Bluffton College, Aeronca James Hilty, Bluffton College, Aeronca Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nesbitt, Lima, Er coupe Harold Carey, Dorothy Ander son, William Paul, all Bluffton and Paul Wertheimer, Ada, Stinson Fly ing Station Wagon Eldon Carey, Lima and Howard Post, Spencerville flew a Stearman biplane owned by Carey. From Findlay: Allan Thomas and Edward Paige in a Piper Super Cruiser Leo Lenard and Edward De Puy in a Luscombe Silvaire Charles Stump and Robert Farrell in an Aer onca Champion Robert Seifried and James Chain in an Aeronca Cham ion, and Mr. and Mrs. William Ul mer, Carey, in their Globe Swift. Findlay air port is operated by Ed dy Flying Service, which owned all the ships participating except the Swift. From Ada two Aeroncas and a Ryan made the flight. Pandora was represented by five Piper Cubs. Ada airport is managed by Paul Wert heimer and Pandora airfield by Em ery Russell. Area Residents Invited to Visit Hospital In Observance of Hospital Day Local Institution Sets New Record For Handling Patients Last Week, Head Says Bluffton Community Hospital, which carried its heaviest all-time patient load during the month of April, will hold open house for resi dents of the area Wednesday of next week in conjunction with the local observance of National Hospital Day. Miss Sylvia Biederman, superin tendent of the busy Bluffton hospital, said that open house tours of the institution will be made from 1:30 to 4:00 P. M. and from 7:00 to 9:00 P. M. She also reported that a new daily record for the number of patients accommodated .was set last Saturday, when the register showed 14 babies and 27 adults The hospital was designed for ca pacity accommodation of 10 babies and 24 adults. During the month of April there were 39 births at the hospital, another new record. Under Miss Biederman’s direction at the hospital there are 12 regular nurses and six part-time nurses. Clubi, £odaei and Societies Farm Bureau Farm Bureau council No. 11 will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hilty, Friday night, May 14 at 8 o’clock instead of May 7 as originally planned. Bluffton Community Hospital Will Hold Open HouseNext Wednesday Legion Auxiliary The American Legion auxiliary will meet in the Legion hall next Tuesday night. Richland Grange Richland Grange has arranged a Mother’s day program for their meeting next Tuesday night. Masonic Lodge Meeting Monday night at 7:30 with work in M. M. degree. Refresn ments. Beaverdam 4-H Club Officers and advisor of the Beaver dam Stitch and Stir 4-H club attend ed a county meeting at Elida last Wednesday night. May Wedding Wedding of Robert Stratton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Stratton of East Elm street and Miss Betty Meyer, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. O. Herbert Meyer of Philadelphia will take place Saturday afternoon May 22 at 3:30 o’clock in the Evan gelical and Reformed church in New Knoxville, the former home of the bride’s family. Both Mr. Stratton and his bride-elect are Bluffton col lege sophomores. Mrs. Meyer, mother of the bride-elect is the former Betty Kunst who attended college here. Alpha Gamma Club Alpha Gamma club members will enjoy a Mother and Daughter ban quet in the Methodist church dining room, Friday night at 6:30 o’clock. Mrs. Mabel Koch is chairman of the committee in arrangements. Attend Conference A group of women of the St. John’s and Emanuel’s Evangelical and Reformed churches attended the Indian Lake Regional conference at New Bremen, Tuesday. More than 400 women were present. Mrs. W. A. Amstutz of Bluffton is the retir ing president and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of this place was elected first vice president. June Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Levi Welty of Mt. Cory announce the coming wedding of their daughter Thelma May to Robert Dean Bowersox, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bowersox, also of Mt. Cory. The wedding will take place at St. John Mennonite church, near Pan dora, Friday evening, June 11 at 7 p. m. Open church will be observ ed. Officiating will be Rev. Richard Bowersox of Arville, Ind., brother of the bridegroom assisted by Rev. Frank Harder, pastor of the bride. Richland Community Circle Richland Community Circle will observe guest day, Thursday after noon, May 13 with Mrs. Walter Schaublin hostess. The program: Devotions, roll call, introduction of guests: piano solo, Louise Green: Poem “Mother Saw the Sunny Side’’ Sticktricks sur prise feature, Mrs. Addie Graber. Busy Bee 4-H Club Bluffton Busv Bee 4-H club has elected the following officers: Pres., June Hochstettler vice pres., Mar garet Stratton sec.-treas., Vida Diller asst, sec.-treas., Shirleen Klass recreation leaders, Betty May and Doneta Amstutz news reporter, Shirley Derringer club adviser, Mrs. H. H. Huser. Officers and adviser attended the Allen county 4-H club conference at Elida last Wednesday night. Plan Poppy Day Here On May 29 Bluffton ■will observe Poppy day on Saturday, May 29, it is announced by the American Legion Auxiliary in charge of the project. Poppies which will be sold under direction of the Auxiliary are made by disabled veterans and proceeds are for benefit of these veterans and their families. A poppy on every coat and remembrance in every heart is announced by the Auxiliary as their aim. David Stearns Is Home From Navy David Stearns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Steams, of Spring street, has returned home after completing 22 months service as a radio man in the United States Navy. Stearns had been stationed at a Navy air base in Puerto Rico prior to receiving his honorable discharge. He intends to enter college next fall. Inventory Filed In Murray Estate Estate of Mrs. Edna Murray, de ceased widow of the late Lloyd Mur ray of South Main street is valued at $10,132 in an inventory filed in the Allen county probate court. Real estate worth $7,500 and $2,213 in ac counts and debts receivable are list- Nanie Promotion Group For July 5 Representatives from the Bluffton Saddle Horse Club, Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s Club, Bluffton Business Men’s Association and the Bluffton Recreation Committee held a joint meeting at the town hall Tuesday night to organize and plan Bluffton’s Independence Day celebra tion for Monday, July 5. Scheduled for the celebration will be a flying circus performance and dedication of Bluffton airport in the afternoon followed by. a Rodeo on, Harmon Field under the lights. Roy Rogers was elected by the group as general chairman for the celebration Dick Troy, vice chair man. Other officers were: Woodrow Little, secretary E. A. Sutermeister, assistant secretary Thomas Prosser, treasurer A. E. Kohli, assistant treasurer. Members of the central committee named to organize and promote the attraction are: Saddle Club—Roy Rogers, chair man Martin Breda, Lima Floyd Williams, Leipsic Forest Herr, Gene Benroth. Sportsmen’s Club Dick Troy, chairman R. V. Kirtland, Silas. Dil ler, A. E. Kohli, Russell Montgom ery. Business Men and Recreation Com mittee: Thomas Prosser, chairman Ed Badertscher, E. A. Sutermeister, Wood row Little, Dave Risser. Bluffton Airport—Clayton Bixel. For the rodeo performance on Harmon Field, Emerson DeTray, De fiance, Ohio, will act as judge. College Nine Will Play Two Contests Bluffton college baseball team will attempt to repeat victories over Ce darville and Wilberforce in games to be played at those places during the next week. The Beavers will tangle with Wil berforce this Friday and will jour ney to Cedarville next Monday for the tilts. Student Recital Bluffton college department of mu sic will present in public recital Fri day night at 8 o’clock in Ramseyer chapel students of Miss Elma Ater, Mrs. H. P. Manb, Profs. Sidney Hauenstein, Otto Holtkamp and Rus sell Lantz in voice, violin, cello, piano and organ numbers. College Netters To Play Here Thursday Bluffton college tennis team will open 1948 season home play this Thursday when the local racquet swingers entertain Bowling Green on the Bluffton courts. On Saturday, the Reaver netters will be at Toledo university. Beaverdam Senior Play On May 14 Beaverdam high school seniors will present their play “The Ghost Chas ers” at the high school, Friday night, May 14. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 3 GARBAGE SERVICE PAYMENTS TO BE DUE NEXT WEEK Standardized Collection Date for All Users Will be Put Into Effect Payments for Municipal Service to be Made to Town Clerk, May 12 to 20 Payments for municipal garbage and rubbish collection service will be made during a one-week period from Wednesday of next week, May 12, until May 20, under a new system being put into effect this year by the village administration. Payments will be made at the board of public affairs office with Town Clerk Charles Emans handling the collection. Bills will be sent within the next week to all patrons and if payment is not made before May 20 service will be discontinued. Re-instatement will be made on payment of sendee in arrears, one year’s service in advance, plus a penalty fee of $1. Send Notices to Patrons In the notices to be sent within the next week, patrons will be billed for the coming year ending, May, 1949, plus any amount in arrears up to May of this year. In the future all payments will be on the basis of the one-year period from May to May, or any part thereof. Principal advantage of the new system of collection will be elimina tion of the uncertainty in patron’s minds as to when payment is due, for all collection dates will come at the same time. Patrons will be notified by card instead of attempt ing to keep track of due dates on their own calendars. Householders receive garbage and rubbish collection service here for $3 a year, one of the lowest rates in the state, and the local service also has proved one of the most satis factory in this area. H. S, Musicians In State Contest Bluffton high school musicians will compete in state contests at Colum bus this week, the girls’ chorus on Friday morning and the band, Sat urday morning. The two organiza tions won the privilege of enterting the state competition by virtue of their rating in district contests last month. Pre-School Clinic Here Next Tuesday Pre-school clinic for children who will enter the first grade here next fall will be held at the Grade school building next Tuesday morning. The clinic is sponsored by the Parent Teacher association in conjunction with county health authorities. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Worstine, Mt. Blanchard, a boy, Ray Dennis, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schumacher, Pandora, a girl, Beth Elaine, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Harley Traucht, Ar lington, a boy, Joe Lynn, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kohli, Bowl ing Green, a girl, Candace Nan, Fri day. Mrs. Kohli is the former Mar ci le Reichenbach. Mr. and Mrs. Montell Bibler, Con tinental, a girl, Nancy Lee, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lehman, Pan dora, a boy, Gene Alan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hilty, Pandora, a boy, Daniel Lee, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Traucht, Bluff ton, a boy, George Laverne, Tues day. Mr. and Mrs .Gene Crawford, Ot tawa, a boy, Joel Stephan, Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Don Wenger of Mis sion, Texas, former Bluffton resi dents, a boy, Steven David, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs .Wayne Luginbuhl of Medway, Ohib, former Bluffton resi dents, a boy, David Wayne, Friday. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $2.27 com $2.10 oats, $1.10 soys $3.60. Poultry—Heavy hens 29c leghorn hens 23c. Eggs—Large whites 41c large browns 39c. Butterfat—82c.