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VOLUME LXXIII 44 SENIORS WILL BE GRADUATED AT HIGH SCHOOL HERE Commencement Exercises Will Be Held in Gymnasium, Thursday Night Dr. Willis A. Sutton, Former NEA President, Will Be Class Speaker Climaxing a week of varied com mencement activity, graduation ex ercises for 44 Bluffton High school seniors will be held Thursday night at 8 o’clock in the school gymnasium auditorium. sym years come busy Presentation of the diplomas bolizing the completion of 12 of public school activity will as the concluding event of a week for the graduating seniors, which included the baccalaureate last Sunday and staging of the senior -class play on Monday and Tuesday. With the exception of the apnual alumni banquet and dance on the following night, graduation exercises Thursday will bring commencement week activities to a close. Class Speaker Dr. Willis A. Sutton, superintend ent emeritus of the public schools, and a dent of the National sociation, will be the at commencement exercises. Atlanta, Ga., former presi Educaticn as class speaker A well-known popular lecturer on educational problems, Dr. Sutton also is an author of books on boy life (Continued on page 8) Central Ohio Plant Open House May 27 The Central Ohio Light & Power company will hold open house at its Woodcock Electric generating plant in Bluffton on Thursday, May 27, ac cording to an announcement by Emory 1). Erwin, executive vice pres ident and general manager of the company. Hours will be from 10:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. and the public is invited •when guides will conduct visitors through the plant and explain the various operations of the plant in the generating and supplying of elec tric current to its network of pa trons through this area. The company recently completed a substantial expansion program at its plant here including installation of a new fourth boiler and turbo-gen erator unit, adding materially to •efficiency of the station which al ready has established records among power plants throughout the country. The new boiler measures 67 feet high and weighs over 363 tons. It holds 8 tons of water which pro duces steam at the rate of 120,000 pounds per hour. new turbo-generator is unit in the plant and is 10,000 kilowatts. Five The The group will leave from Lima at 5:45 p. m. from the Baltimore and Ohio station, and will arrive in Washington the next morning, where they will register at Hotel'. Class Speaker Dr. Willis A. Sutton, superintend ent Emeritus of Atlanta, Ga., public schools, and a former president of the National Education association, will be the speaker at Bluffton High school commencement exercises Thursday night in the gymnasium. A well known lecturer on educational problems, Dr. Sutton also is an author of books on boy life and boy psychology. PETITIONS SEEK TO BAN COMICS SAID UNFIT FOR YOUTHS Organized Drive Would Ban 66 Different Comic Magazines Mayor Says Mimeographed Petitions parently Have Been Widely Circulated In Village were the the rat flat largest ed at cars were required to move the parts for this machine to the plant. Com pletely installed it weighs 108 tons and, is supported by a concrete reinforcing steel base weighing tons. and 922 High School Seniors Going To Washington Climaxing five months of varied activities, Bluffton High School sen iors will leave for a four day trip to Washington, D. C., next Monday. Forty-three of the forty-four grad uating seniors will go on the post graduate tour accompanied y Dwight Spayth, class advisor, and Miss Theresa Slusser, faculty mem ber. the Annapolis will take the National Cem Tomb of Un- Sight seeing tours students to Arlington etery, Lee Mansion, known Soldier, Mount Vernon, Na tional Airport, Jefferson and Lin coln Memorials. In a tour of the city, the students will visit the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Pan American Build ing, White House, Old and New Na tional Museums, U. S. Capitol, Li brary of Congress, Supreme Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Gallery of Art. A special tour takes the class to Annapolis to visit the U. S. Naval Academy. The trip costs $55 per person, $28 of which each student pays his own. The class has raised the remainder of the cost by bake sales, paper drives and other activities. This in cludes all expenditures except for refreshments, incidentals, and even ing entertainment. petitioners are asking for more extensive ban, the mayor In Michigan, 15 comic magazines barred from newsstands, Bluffton group have added others? to the list. Fifteen of number listed on the petitions unfit for sale have the same char acters as comic strips in newspapers circulated here. 0 ly Town Police Crack Down On Reckless Motorists And Scooter Operators Ap- Comic magazines alleged unfit for children drew the fire of Bluffton citizenry this week, as petitions in what appears to be an organized campaign, began coming into the mayor’s office through the mail. Asking a ban on the sale of 66 comic publications a considerable majority of those sold in Bluffton newsstands, the petitions are mimeo graphed and apparently have had widespread circulation. So far, petitions bearing the names of 32 persons have been received. Altho apparently motivated by action in several local much said. Michigan cities but 51 the as The mayor said that before presenting the matter to council he felt a more specific basis of objec tions should come from petitioners, particularly in the matter of widely read newspaper comic strip charact ers such as “Red Ryder,” “Steve Canyon,” “Terry and the Pirates/ “Tarzan” and “Dick Tracy” others which have been read newspapers by many families years. and for the Historians say that women in Middle Ages used cosmetics, women in the middle ages still use them! —Ray De Boer And Watching a freak tornado whirl thru Pandora within a few hundred feet of where he stood was an un forgettable experience for Guy Cor son, Bluffton Fire Chief, last Friday evening. Standing in the yard at the home of his sister, Mrs. Virginia Davis, where Jie was visiting. Corson saw the miniature funnel-shaped twister dip into nearby Riley creek, scoop up a volume of water and mud and carry it some 40 feet into the air. When he saw the funnel approach ing, Corson first thought it was a flight of birds then saw it was a tornado cloud carrying debris from roofs, limbs from trees, etc. In addition to scooping up the water and dumping it over nearby properties, the tornado damaged roofs, broke glass in the Basinger greenhouse and caused other damage. Many persons in Bluffton reported seeing the funnel-shaped cloud north west of town as it passed thru Pandora. Fines And Suspended Driving Privileges Are Meted Out In Mayor’s Court Police Also Instructed To Nab Youths Shooting Fireworks In Village Bluffton police this week cracked down on speeding and reckless oper ation of motor vehicles, with fines and suspended driving privileges in the offing for violators hailed into mayor’s court. Teen-agers bore the brunt of cam paign in its earlier stages, with one automobile driver and two motor scooter operators taken before the mayor on charges of reckless driv ing. Fines and suspension of driving privileges for 21 days, meted out in two cases, are lenient compared with Teenagers who have been shooting firecrackers and dis playing burning sparklers also will be in plenty of trouble if apprehended by Bluffton police, the mayor said Tuesday. State and village ordinance prohibit the sale of or discharge of fire works of any kind. Police have orders to place any violators under arrest. what is to come if more sensible op eration of cars and scooters immediately apparent, the warned. Fire Chief Corson Sees Tornado Scoop Up Water From Riley Creek is not mayor of the Hope of setting up a patrol town’s principal streets to control speeding also was voiced by the mayor, but he pointed out the prin cipal obstacle is the lack of a police car and insufficient funds to buy one. In the meantime, although local police officials will be doing their best to control unsafe driving conditions under a handicap, con victed operators will feel the full force of stiff sentences in court. Plan To Sell 2,000 Flowers Poppy Day Sale of 2,000 poppies in Bluffton on Poppy Day, Saturday, May 29, is announced as its goal by the American Legion Auxiliary in charge of the project. Selling poppies on the downtown streets of the business section be members of the Auxiliary, to gether with high school Giri Re serves and F. H. A. will The poppies are made of crepe paper by disabled war veterans proceeds go for the benefit of veterans and their families. and the Day Official designation of Poppy was made in the following mayor’s proclamation issued Tuesday: “Whereas, citizens of Bluffton served gallantly in defense of their country in two world wars, many sacrificing their lives, and “Whereas the memory of those who so died will always be held in honor and a source of patriotic in spiration, and “Whereas this memory is brighten ed each year and honor paid to the war dead by the wearing of the Me morial Poppy on the Saturday before Memorial day, now “Therefore, I, Arden R. Baker, mayor of Bluffton proclaim Satur day, May 29 to be Poppy Day in Bluffton and urge serve the day 'by morial Poppy. all citizens to ob wearing the Me R. Baker, Mayor' Arden High School Alumni Reunion Friday Night Bluffton high school alumni re union will be held at the high school Friday night with a dinner and pro gram at 6:30 followed by dancing. Presiding at the after dinner pro gram will be James F. West, alumni president who will deliver the wel come address followed with the re sponse by Donald Herr, president of the incoming class. Other numbers include invocation by Ralph Stearns, group singing led by Mrs. Mabel Steiner vocal trio, Jean Burkholder, Mary Ann Smack er and Ada May Oyer accompanied by Harriet Burkhart Memorial, Mrs. Tfcdith Mann Fifty Years Ago, Sidney Hauenstein Piano solo, Ada May Oyer Twenty-five Years Ago, Aaron B. Murray, Washington Court House Address, Atty. Ralph Locher, Cleveland marimba solo, Barbara Jean Triplett. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1948 ORANGE TWP. BARN HIT BY LIGHTNING BURNS TO GROUND 81,0.00 Loss In Sunday Evening Blaze on Ralph Henry Farm, Southeast of Town family Away From Home at Time Fire Discovered By Neighbors Fire set by lightning during an electrical storm at 7:45 p. m. last Sunday razed a frame bam on the Ralph Henry farm, five miles south east of Bluffton. Loss was estimated by Fire Chief Guy Corson at $1,000 including farm implements, tools, an electric motor and a sheap-shearing outfit. It was partially covered by insurance. The Henry family was absent at the time and Eugene Staley and Harold Marshall, neighbors, who saw the burning bam called the fire department, Bluffton arrived, a mass hope of By the time the fire truck however, the structure was of flames and there was no having any part of it. was 18 by 36 feetlnd an attached shed, 18 by 12 feeti also was lost. The bam Mr. and Mrs. Hehry had gone to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reichenbach, ‘-north of Bluff ton, and their car, ordinarily kept in the bam, was not bicluded in the loss. Henry said? he will not re build at present. EXPERTS VEERING TOWARD EARLIER CORN PLANTING Trend is Toward Grandfather’s Rule of May 10 As Ideal Time i Early Fall Frosts Have Nippec Corn Planted Last Part of May knew Grandfather apparently something about farming and agri cultural experts who up until this year advised delaying corn planting until May 28 are falling in line with the pioneer axiom of getting seed into the ground as near May 10 as possible. With this area’s corn crop caught by early fall frosts for the past several years, experts now regard the middle of May the ideal time to complete planting, and weather per mitting this week will major portion of the crop ground. the the find in Approximately 90 per cent district’s corn crop will be by next Saturday night if favorable weather prevails throughout the week, reliable farm observers point ed out Tuesday. Some com already has been plant ed, especially by those subscribing to the theory that seeding should be done between May 12 to 20. Another school of thought favors a May 15 to 25 dateline, but both are veering nearer to grandfather’s May 10 date in actual practice. Weather Big Factor Whether seeding will near comple tion by the close of this week will be dependent on the weather, a facor of importance inasmuch as consider able plowing remains to be done. Although farmers got aw’ay to an early start with their tillage, inter mittent rains the last two weeks much of the time have made the soil too wet for working. With favorable weather this week and next, com planting will not present too big a problem for the area’s mechanized farming opera tions. Acreage is expected to be about average, with no incentive for farmers to extend their usual plans. Factors working against expanded corn acreage hinge on the outlook of livestock to which the crop can be fed, a reflection on the uncertainty of future markets, rising costs and shortage of labor, a situation carry ing with it a potential shortage in event of unusual demand. Student Recital Final public student recital of the Rluffton college department of music will be hei4 in Ramseyer chapel, Fri day night at 8 o’clock. Appearing on the program will be Alice Oyer, voice Roberta Manges, cello, and Arlene Hartzler, piano, students of Professors Sidney Hauenstein, Mrs. H. P. Mann and Russell A. Lantz. Bluffton Students Receive Cacheted Envelopes In ?irst and Second Graders Make Tour of Post Office to See Mail Process "lying Service Provides Envel opes for Students to Pub licize Campaign An airmail mailing program among students in Bluffton public schools and Bluffton college, including a free cacheted envelope for each pupil and a tour of the post office for first and second graders, will mark Bluff ton’s observance of-national air mail week, which closes this Friday. Pupil participation in the pro gram highlights local post office de partment activities in connection with the 30th anniversary of air mail, inaugurated on May 5, 1918. In connection with the Bluffton program each student received a free airmail envelope, imprinted with a special cachet, which they are to mail out during airmail week. The airmail observance is spon sored by the Bluffton Flying service, operated by Clayton Bixel Harold Carey. On Wednesday morning, first second graders were taken on a and and con ducted tour through the post office, mailing his envelope at that time, and watched it processed for mail ing. The air letters mailed by the pupils are taken by rail to Toledo and other cities for dispatch by plane. Talks were made to the group by Assistant Postmaster Ralph T. Stearns, Dallas Berry, Byron And erson and Eugene Benroth. Edward R. Reichenbach, Bluffton postmaster, urges the public to use the cacheted envelopes and help swell the local office’s outgoing volume of mail during the observance. Envelopes with the cachet imprint ed are available for the general public at the post office. Wins Architecture Award At Miami IZ Carlton Wilson of Bluffton, a junior in the college of architectural engineering at Miami university, Ox ford, has been awarded the Fred erick Mueller contest prize for plans of a modern elementary school build ing, it was announced the first of the week. The prize carries with it a cash award of $15. Entry in the contest is open to all students of the department and judges were from the American In stitute of Architects of Cincinnati. They are on exhibition at the Uni versity of Cincinnati. Wilson is a graduate of Bluffton high school and served in the Army Air corps during the war. is the place. Win the of seeded His wife former Betty Lape of this Standings In State Contest Bluffton high school stu Three dents have qualified for standings in the state scholarship contest held re cently. John Bauman placed fifth in biology and Theo. Bauman and Ruth Diller received honorable men tion for standing in the top 25 per cent in social science and English respectively. 12:00 M. Airmail Anniversary Booster Concert To Be Presented May 28 Blufft field will Concert, Bluffton College Friday, May 28 6:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. 8:00 A. M. 2:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 6:00 P. M. 8:30 P.M. 4:15 P.M. 7:30 P.M. 10:00 A. M. college music graduates gone into the professional be featured in a Booster supplanting the usual Booster banquet, to be presented in Ramseyer chapel on Friday, May 28. appear in Among those who will the concert are George tenor, minister of music minister church, Detroit Hilda Amstutz Thomas, formerly of Pandora Ola Moser, Contralto, who has the Chicago Civic Opera Moon Kopra, of Chicago, Ill., a teacher and soloist her husband, Weikko Kopra, baritone and Wil helmina Bixel Fuller, organist at the Broad Street Congregational church, Columbus and Laurence Burkhalter, violinist. Thomas, at West his wife, contralto, Luginbuhl sung with Co. Lila Ill., In charge of plans for the event is a Booster concert comqaittee con sisting of Gerhai-d Buhler, chairman Prof. Russell A. Lantz, program Wilford Geiger, and N. W, Soldner, Pandora. Harry Yoder is in charge of ticket sales, and Carl Smucker is directing publicity. DRIVE OPENS FOR BETTER LIGHTING ON HARMON FIELD Community Progress Associa tion Sponsors Campaigh to Raise $2,000 Present Lighting System Out dated And Replacement Said Necessary lights for the Harmon field sought in a May New football stadium a campaign sponsored by the Com munity Progress association to raise $2,000 for replacement of the present lighting system. In the drive, community organiza tions are being contacted for con tributions, and interested individuals are requested to make donations to help reach the goal. Speedy conclusion of the campaign is sought to permit the new lights for softball play, which first week in June. installation of this summer’s will open the Present lights at the field are out dated and at least 40 per cent in efficient, according to surveys made here this spring by lighting engin eers. High school athletic officials at the same time pointed out that altho 10 years ago Bluffton had one of the best lighted fields in Northwest Ohio, the local setup now is the poorest lighted in the area. Commencement Activities May 28-31, 1948 A well-lighted field is essential to a variety of local activity, it was pointed out, including high school and college football, summer soft ball, the rodeo and the Recreation committee’s football preview. BUILDING BARN Ira Moser is building a bam, steel construction, 40 by 80 on his farm south of Bluffton in Orange town ship. Pi Delta Banquet Walnut Grill Booster Concert Ramseyer Chapel Saturday, May 29 Women’s Varsity Breakfast Baseball Diamond Men’s Varsity Breakfast Walnat Grill 10:00 A.M. Alumni Baseball Game Alumni-Varsity Tennis Matches Luncheon for Everyone Campus^ Class Reunions ’38, ’28, ’18, ’08 1948 Class Program Ramseyer Chapel 1948 and 1938 Box Ceremony College Hall Crowning of May Queen Campus Alumni Banquet Ropp Hall The Taming of the Shrew Rich School Auditorium Sunday, May 30 9:30 A.M. 10:30 A.M. Church Services 3:00 P. M. Sunday School in the Churches Baccalaureate Services Ramseyer Chapel Address: “A More Erotllent Way” (I Cbr. 12:31) Pres. Lloyd L. Ramseyer President’s Reception President’s Home Vesper Choir Concert First Mennonite Chureh Monday, May 31 Commencement Program Ejrst Mennonite Church Address: “Education in a Changing World” Dr. C. C, Ellis, President Emeritus Juniata College A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 5 38 WILL RECEIVE COLLEGE DEGREES HERE THIS SPRING Commencement Exercises At Bluffton College Will Be Held Monday, May 31 Busy Commencement Week Pro gram Will Include Bacca laureate on May 30 Reflecting the post-war upturn in collegiate enrollment, 38 Bluffton col lege seniors will be graduated, at commencement exercises on Monday morning, May 31, in the First Men nonite church auditorium. The degrees to be conferred on the 1948 graduating class are varied, in cluding seven classifications. Of the seniors, 18 will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees six Bach elor of School Music four Bachelor of Science three Bachelor of Science in Home Economies three Bachelor of Science in Education two Bach elor of Science in Nursing one and one Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business. Presentation of diplomas to gradu s the climax to a of commencement class reunions, alumni 29, and y, May weekend and th May May D: banquet on Saturday Graduates who will this year include: Bachelor of degrees Arts Jenera Mary Pa. Carold V. Blosser, Agnes Burkhard, Orrtanna, David Dudley Dean, Jr., Bluffton James Frey, Archbold, O. Annette Grolimund, Mulhouse, France Cly menia Hannah Hamman, East Green ville, Pa. Howard Floyd Herr, Bluffton Stanley F. Hostetter, Dalton Wil liam Echard Keeney, Bluffton Paul P. Klassen, Bluffton Evelyn Nunne maker Krehbiel, Bluffton Paul Moser Martin, Bluffton Alice Locher Neu enschwander, Pandora Anne Louise Ptapp, Wapakoneta Barbara Ann Sprunger, Berne, Ind. Russell L. Stewart, Lima Freda Yoder, Bluff ton Treva Zuercher, Hatfield, Pa. Bachelor of School Music Lois Susanna Oyer, Bluffton Eliza beth Frances Waterstraw, Fairport, N. Y. Mabel Amstutz, Bluffton Arlene Jane Hartzler, Goshen, Ind. Roberta June Manges, Bluffton Alice Virginfa Oyer, Bluffton. Bachelor of Science Richard K. Bergy, Bluffton Ron ald Lee Rich, Washington, Ill. Wall is Allen Turner, Antwerp, O. Robert William Crites, Lima. Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Harriet Jean Schertz, Metamora, Ill. Genevieve Elaine Buhler, Bluff ton Nova Joan McCarty, Waynes field. Bachelor of Science in Education Herbert John Klassen, Bluffton Howard E. Krehbiel, Bluffton Marie Winifred Smith, Kalida,tO. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Jean Yoder, Wawaka, Ind. Willa dene H. Keeney, Bluffton. Bachelor of Science in Social Service Jean Harrison Gilbert, Dayton. Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Lloyd Earl Hunsberger, Wads worth, O. Births The following births at Rluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fry, Ada, a boy, John Richard, last Wednesday. and Mrs. Ralph Waltz, Mt. a boy, Michael Allen, Thurs- Mr. Cory, day. Mr. ton, a boy, William Charles, Satur day. and Mrs. Lloyd Graff, Bluff- and Mrs. Wilbur Neill, Bluff boy, John Rollin, Saturday. and Mrs. Larry Baier, Ada, a Mr. ton, a Mr. girl, Sharon Lynne, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Augsburger, Bluffton, a boy, James Dale, Wed nesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Patterson, Columbus, a girl, Carol Ann at Grant hospital, Columbus, Saturday.. Mrs. Patterson is the former Carol Cookson of Bluffton. Rev. and Mrs. E. H. Neuensch wander, Compton, Calif., a boy, Je rome Mack, April 14. Rev. Neuen schwander is formerly of Bluffton. Graduated From Bible Seminary Earl Dean Luginbuhl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Luginbuhl of West Elm street was graduated Thursday from Cincinnati Bible seminary. He has accepted a pastorate in Wheat land, Ind. Attending the graduation exercises were his parents and sis ter Dor* Jean.