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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII BLUFFTON PLANS BUSY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Air Show And Rodeo Will Mark Official Observance Of Holiday Monday Business Generally Will Be Suspended No Deliveries Of Mail Here Offering two organized holiday at tractions in addition to the town’s usual assortment of holiday recrea tional facilities, Bluffton’s Independ ence Day observance next Monday will be one of the most elaborate in the history of the community. Two of the major features on the day’s program will be the air show held in connection with dedica tion of Bluffton’s airport in the afternoon, followed by a gala rodeo 5n the evening, featuring some of the best horsemen from Northwestern Ohio The swimming pool at Buckeye lake, Harmon field and local picnic spots will be popular places for family gatherings, weather permit ting, over the holiday weekend. In addition, many local residents will be out of town for vacations during the week. Business generally will be closed for the holiday observance on Mon day, altho the Fourth of July falls on Sunday this year. There will be no delivery of mail on town or rural routes The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Boss Glove factory, two major industrial plants, will suspend operations for vacation periods be ginning Friday night, and a num ber of other local business places will be closed for the coming week. Farmers generally will take little time off for the holiday continuing work in fields, if weather permits, because of press of seasonal farm work. As for nearly the past decade, Bluffton’s Fourth of July observ ance will be without firecrackers, continuing a transformation to the ‘‘safe and sane” variety that started in 1940 when a municipal ordinance was passed prohibiting the discharge of fireworks within the corporation limits. The same regulation was continued in 1941, and the following year a state law was adopted with provisions similar to those incorpor ated in Bluffton’s code. Rites For Mrs. Nora Stratton Saturday Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in the Olive Branch church for Mrs. Nora Stratton, 74, wife of Myron Stratton, who died last Thursday morning in the family home four miles east of Bluffton in Orange township. Daughter of William R. and Nancy (Coulter) Bell, she was born in Han cock county, June 14, 1874, and married Mr. Stratton on Sept. 2, 1894. Survivors include the husband and eight children: Mrs. Mildred Klinger, Bluffton Mrs. Olive Christman, Route 4, Findlay Mrs. Opal Kldetz ly, Salem, Ohio Mrs. Flo Clymer, of near Mt. Cory Leland Stratton, Long View, Texas Bernard Strat ton, Bluffton Russell Stratton, Gal loway, Ohio and Ralph Stratton, Waynesfield. There are 22 grand children and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Thomas Bell a sister, Mrs. Koontz... and three half-brothers, Orton, Os car and Orland Bell, all of this com munity. Rev. Walter Purdy officiated at the funeral rites. Burial was in the Clymer cemetery. Sportsmen, Triplett Nines Play This Week ^Following two games this week, fter-city softball play at Harmon Id will taper off until the week of Lly 12 when Triplett and Sports men teams will resume competition. This week’s tilts will match the Sportsmen against Pandora on the local field this Thursday night, fol lowed by a contest between Triplett and Fostoria Moose on Friday night. In the past week, the Sportsmen lost to Findlay Cooper Tires by a score of 8 to 1, with Ken Bracy the losing hurler. AT CELINA CAMP Nancy Wells, Richard Patterson and Bruce Hauenstein, together with Rev. E. N. Bigelow are attend ing the Presbyterian junior high camp on Lake St. Marys near Celina this week. Authorities Study Control Measures Following Polio Minard Deeds Rites To Be Held Saturday Services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday in the Paul Diller funeral home for Pfc. Minard Deeds, Bluff ton college graduate, who was killed in action while serving with the Fourth Marine division on Saipan in 1944. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs Dwight Deeds, North Main street residents w’ho lived near Rawson when Deeds was a student at Bluff ton college. Pfc. Deeds saw action in the Marshalls and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gal lantry in action on Saipan that cost him his life. He entered the serv ice in 1942 shortly after graduating from Bluffton college where he star red in football. Rev. Hilliard Camp, of North Baltimore, will officiate at the serv ice Saturday, with Bluffton Post, American Legion in charge of grave side rites at Clymer cemetery. The body arrived in Bluffton Tuesday evening, after being re turned to this country from a Ma rine cemetery on Saipan. In addition to his parents, Deeds is survived by two sisters, Betty and Bonnie, both at home and a brother, Donald, of Lima. COUNCIL MAY BUY NEW CAR FOR USE OF TOWN’S POLICE Delivery and Price of Auto May Affect Final Decision in Matter Complaints of Residents Pre cipitate Consideration of Buying Cruiser Considering the advisability of purchasing a police cruiser for use in routine police patrol and traffic checks, municipal council men Mon day night voted to advertise for bdis to be considered at the next meeting on Monday, July 12. Decision in purchasing the vehicle largely will hinge on delivery and price factors and a further con sideration as to how badly a cruiser is needed, it was indicated following Monday’s session. Widespread complaints of speeding and reckless operation of motor vehicles precipitated consideration of the question, together with a long standing recommendation that a police car is needed here, particularly by the night man. Discussion of the question at Monday’s meeting disclosed that many smaller communities have been forced to operate police cars, includ ing Ottawa and Ada in this vicinity. Bids will be opened at the next meeting of council on Monday, July 12. Glove factory Closes For Week's Vacation The Boss Glove factory, closed for vacation this week will resume oper ations next Tuesday morning it is announced by the manager, Chas. Lloyd. Of the plant’s 60 employes, those with one to five years service will be paid for one week’s vacation and those over five years for two weeks. A new wage scale provid ing for an eight per cent increase will go into effect next Tuesday, Lloyd said. Bluffton Pastor On Committee Of Synod Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of St. John’s and Emmanuel’s Reformed churches here was named Tuesday as a member of the Northwest Ohio Synod’s special committee on min isters’ salaries. Appointment was made by Dr. H. L. V. Shinn, synod president. The committee has been instructed by the synod to make an exhaustive study of the matter of pastors’ sal aries and report to the synod next May, having in mind a minimum of $2,500 plus parsonage. This committee also has been em powered to act upon findings in ap proaching congregations. SUGAR SHOOT A sugar shoot will be held Sun day afternoon at the Gossard filling station north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway, it is announced by the Bluffton Gun club. Outbreak In District Four Cases From Adjoining Putnam County, One From Lima Reported So Far One Gilboa I?oy Dies All Cases Are Children From Ages Three To Nine Allen county health authorities this week were keeping a sharp lookout for the spread of polio (in fantile paralysis) following an out break of the disease in adjoining Putnam, county and one case in Lima. Four cases have been reported in Putnam county, two from Gilboa and two from Ottawa, following which the Allen county case was isolated last Thursday night. All are child- The Christian Gratz family reunion scheduled for July 11 at Pandora has been cancelled, it was announced by officers of the reunion, following a ban by Putnam county health authori ties on public gatherings because of the polio outbreak. Pandora-Bluffton Youth for Christ picnic scheduled for Mon day has been postponed in definitely at the request of Putnam county health authorities because of the polio situation. ren, ranging in ages from three to nine. One of the Gilboa children died last week. All cases are receiving the Sister Kenney treatment in Lima Memorial hospital. Although no formal statement has come from Allen county health au thorities, physicians are keeping a careful check on suspected symptoms. In Putnam county, the board of health has asked parents to restrain children from visiting public gath erings, including movies, picnics, swimming pools, etc. The board also has warned that all fruit and vegetables be washed thoroughly before being eaten un cooked, and that in cases of acute illness the family physician should be called. Children should rest in bed each day after lunch and avoid extreme fatigue. To Attend Kansas City FHA Meeting Bluffton Future Homemakers of America, a high school group will be represented in the first annual national FHA convention next week by Miss Elizabeth Ann Mohr, club adviser and instructor in home economics. The convention will be held in Kansas City, July 5 to 9. Rosemary Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Montgomery of Orange township, a sophomore at Mt. Cory high school will attend as a representative of her school. She will accompany her sister Miss Wanda Montgomery’, home economics instructor in Marysville schools who is also taking with her two of her pupils. Swimming Films To Be Shown Wednesday Two moving picture shorts will be shown at 8 p. m. Wednesday in the Bluffton High school auditorium by the Allen county’ chapter of the American Red Cross, in connection with the local community’s swimming program for this summer. Preceding the movies, a short talk will be given by Everett E. Ballard, water safety instructor and co-man ager of Buckeye swimming pool, whose subject will be “Swimming Is Serious Fun.” The movies are well-produced films packed with entertainment and in struction in water safety and life saving methods. FAMILY MOVES HERE Clarence Brunn, operator of the A to Z meat market has moved his family from Lima into the former Mrs. Lydia Ewing property on South Lawn avenue which he pur chased from the Ewing estate. ESTATE VALUE $11,500 Estimated valuation of $11,500 has been set on the personal proper ty in the estate of Mrs. Sarah Geiger, late of Bluffton. Letters of administration have been issued to W. O. Geiger, of Bluffton, a son. BUSINESS MEN TO MEET A meeting of the Bluffton Busi ness Men’s association will be held in the town council room this Wed nesday night at 7:30 o’clock. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY AIR SHOW, RODEO DOUBLE-FEATURE PROGRAM MONDAY Elaborate Holiday Celebration Monday Will Attract Many Here Air Show Marks Airport Dedi cation 12-Event Rodeo In Evening An afternoon air show in connec tion with dedication of the Bluffton airport and a gala night-tinie rodeo under the floodlights at Harmon field will mark Bluffton’s doubk-feature Independence Day program next Monday. In addition to the two Monday at tractions, a gigantic pre-rodeo pa rade, replete with floats, horsemen and many other features, will be held in the downtown district on Saturday night as the initial event ■....... 11 ....... ................ ........... .. First, second and third cash prizes will be awarded for the best float or other entry in the parade Saturday night. in the holiday w’eek-end observance. A band concert will precede the pa rade. Dedication of the airport in a two and one-half hour program starting at 1:30 p. m. next Monday will in clude a parade of aircraft, P-10 pre cision acrobatics, a helicopter dem onstration by U. S. Army air forces clown air antics, formation' flying, a clown act and parachute jump Professional Fliers Professional fliers will be featured in the star-studded program of air acts offered by the Bluffton Fying service, operators of the field. Following music by the high school band at the start of the air show, the airport will be formally dedicat ed by Mayor Arden R. Baker. The State Highway Patrol’s 3eech craft Bonanza, ar, air patrol' plane, will be flown here for the meet, and many other aircraft will be here for inspection during the afternoon. Rodeo Features In the rodeo on brilliantly lighted Harmon field, starting at 7:30 p. m., 12 feature events will be presented with priv.es aggregating $250 for participants. Some of the outstanding horse men in northwestern Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will compete. Events include the Grand entry: Brone riding, pony class, musical keg (boys and girls), steer riding, balloon race, obstacle race, men’s musical keg, women’s musical keg, steer riding, ladies pleasure horse, calf roping and western stock horse. Emerson DeTray, Defiance, will be the judge Clyde Warren, Bluffton, announcer Martin Breda, Cairo, ring master Art Swank, Bluffton, timer, and Millard Herr, Bluffton, parade marshal. Roy Rogers is general chairman of the committee sponsoring the two day program with Silas Diller and Ed Badertschier as co-chairmen. Woodrow Little is secretary and James F. West, treasurer. Program and entry chairman is Forrest Herr. Resigns Position In Findlay School Paul Hochstttler, formerly of Bluffton who for 21 years was in structor in history and social science in Findlay high school has resigned his position to take over management of the J. Hochstettler Coal com pany of that place of which he is proprietor. Hochstettler was formerly grade principal in the Bluffton schools and later served as principal and super intendent of the Wayland, Iowa, schools and also taught in Elyria. Congregational Youth Conference Is Here Sixty young people from Congre gational churches of Northwestern Ohio are holding a youth conference at Bluffton college this week. H. S. Seniors View Class Trip Movies Bluffton High school’s graduating class of this year brought its scho lastic activity to a close last Friday night at a special program for mem bers, friends and relatives in the high school building. Motion pictures of Washington, D. C., visited by the class following graduation were the feature at traction, shown by Dwight Spayth, class advisor. Refreshments were served. I, 1948 INDEPENDENCE DAY observe the anmuersar merican to earn an. um un Many Complaints Received Re garding Killing Songbirds, Property Damage Laws Prohibiting Shooting of Song Birds Will Be En forced Here Depredations of teen-agers armed with air rifles drew fire at a meeting of municipal council Monday night, after councilmen reported widespread complaints from virtually all sec tions of the village. Killing of songbirds and careless shooting endangering pedestrians and causing damage to property com prised the principal basis of com plaints. Dead song birds have been report ed in many areas following visits by air-rifle-aimed youngsters, and the mayor warned after the meeting that state laws prohibiting killing of song birds would be enforced to put a stop to the practice. The mayor also instructed police officials to check carefully into com plaints regarding careless handling of guns in cases where pedestrians are struck by bullets and where dam age is done to property. Cooperation of parents in properly instructing their children in the use of air rifles was asked as another means of helping control the situa tion. With The Sick Condition of Harl P. Mann who underwent an operation at Bluffton hospital is reported good. Mrs. Wilbur Niswander of South Jackson street is a patient in Bluff ton hospital with a heart ailment. Mrs. Francis Basinger is improv ing at her home on South Lawn avenue following a fall in which she fractured her upper left arm. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bauman, Bluffton, a boy, Blaine Elwood, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. James Comely, Ben ton Ridge, a girl, Patricia Jane, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Howell, Mt. Cory, a boy, Ronald Eugene, Friday. Mr. and Mrs^ George Lighthill, Ar lington, a girl, Jean Marie, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis, Co lumbus Grove, a girl, Barbara Lou, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bridges, Lima, a boy, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bernard, Carey, a boy, Thomas Gregory, bom June 16 at Findlay hospital. Mrs. Bernard is the former Marcella Steiner of Bluffton. penaence. le spirit o| an achievement* ependence om as ive know is a responsibility and a priuife^e we must continue rametvorh our democratic princi leen-Age Depredations With Air Guns Under Fire At Council Session S' &Y HARRY U HAL* 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 issues. Tale Of Two Towns All forenoon the 507 Piketonians on the east bank of the Ohio and Erie Canal prinned gleefully and gloated at the discomfiture of Waverly, all around them but mostly on the other side of the ditch—wait ing for the water. And from sun up till noon the ditch was dry. That was 113 years ago—Waver ly’s big celebration of the opening of the canal but had any of these residents of Piketon remained alive until today the memory of these six arid hours still would have been a pleasant one. Five hundred and seven was Piketon’s population then and that day all of them were over at Waverly, just four miles to the north. Piketon then was the county seat of Pike County—an honor which Waverly coveted and finally got. Actually, from the beginning Wav erly got about everything that Pike ton wanted and Piketon wanted everything that Waverly got. It should have been Piketon’s canal. It had been surveyed to go right through Piketon instead of Waverly. And Piketon’s general store keeper, Robert Lucas had been elected to the House of Represnta tives—in fact he was speaker of the House and at that moment was run ning against Duncan McArthur, in cumbent, for the governorship. Lucas was a Democrat and McArthur a Whig. Canal Route Changed However, Piketon overlooked the fact that Lucas owned a lot of land around Waverly and Jasper, a few miles south of it. So when tfie canal was dug it jiggled off at an angle to pass through Waverly, Jasper and Lucas’ land and left Piketon high and dry. That September 6, 1834, was a gala day in Waverly. Great tables were spread for outdoor dinners bands had been brought in Waver ly's four stores and two churches were decorated with bunting every body in the neighborhood had con gregated and both Lucas and Mc Arthur were there to make speeches —Lucas to the Democrats and Mc Arthur to the Whigs. But the water did not come and on its arrival the festivities hinged. Water had been turned into the canal that morning as per schedule but for long stretches through the Pee Pee Valley, between Waverly and Chillicothe, the canal bed was gravelly and the water seeped thru before it passed such spots. Not (Continued on page 8) BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 11 CORN HERE WILL BE ABOVE KNEE HIGH BY FOURTH Hot, Humid Weather And Inter mittent Showers Bring Phe nomenal Growth Corn Crop Prospects To Date Are Best In Many Years, Farmers Say Practically all com in the Bluffton area will be more than the tradi tional knee-high stage by the Fourth of July, and with humid weather and almost continuous rainfall of the last 10 days giving the crop plenty of moisture prospects are the best in many years. Phenomenal growth of com in the last week is the result of unusually favorable weather, and with a good supply of moisture in the ground farmers see every prospect of the crop continuing to shoot upward. Traditionally com should be knee high by the Fourth of July if the country is to have a good harvest, and most fields will be well beyond that stage before the holiday ar rives this year. Previous to the last 10 days, com, altho seeded early, had barely made average progress, due to several weeks of warm days offset by cool nights. Weather of last week, how ever, hot days with intermittent showers, is described as ideal for com. The Bluffton area’s com acreage will be about average this season. In the meantime, wheat is turning rapidly thruout the district. Except for a few scattered operations where binders are used, however, most wheat cutting will be delayed until after the Fourth, with harvest ing expected to reach a peak by mid-July. Last Rites Held For Wm, Kincaid Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon for William Henry Kincaid, 83, retired railroad section hand, who died at 12:15 a. m. on the preceding Friday in Bluffton Com munity hospital after an illness of three years. Mr. Kincaid had been an employe of the A. C. & Y. railroad before quitting to be on the Nickel Plate railroad section crew out of this place. In addition to his widow, Maude, of Route 1 Bluffton, he is survived by a brother, Thomas Kincaid, of San Diego, Calif. Funeral services were held in the Basinger funeral home, with Rev. R. Welch, pastor of the First Mission ary church, of which Mr. Kincaid was a member, officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Bluffton Race Driver Is Injured At Celina Mark “Jimmy” Garmatter, midget race driver and son of Mr and Mrs. Albert Garmatter, suffered body bruises Sunday afternoon in the fea ture race at the Mercer county fair grounds, Celina, when his car went off the track and overturned. He was removed to Otis hospital in Celina for examination and x-ray and later removed to Lima for treatment. He races under the name of Jimmy Garmatter. Reunions Sixteenth annual reunion of the Christian Stettler family will be held at Richland Grange hall, Sun day with picnic dinner at 1 o’clock. Pres., Russell Criser sec., Florence Smith. 12 Three Bids For Light Plant Pump Three bids have been received by the board of public affairs for a 3,000 gpm centrifugal pump to be added to municipal plant equipment. No contract has been let, pending further study of the three proposals. CUSTODIANS RE-HIRED Wade Bechtol, Paul Clark and Harry Gratz were re-hired as custodians of the high school and Levi Gable as grade school custodian at a meeting of the board of educa tion, Friday night. ATTEND INSTITUTE Carol Carmack and Paul Cramer are attending the Methodist inter mediate institute at a camp near Sabina this week.