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VOLUME LXXIII AREA FARM CROP PROSPECTS BEST IN RECENT YEARS Bumper Wheat, Oats, Corn Hay, Potato And Soybean Yields Seem Assured Plenty of Livestock Feed Will Be Available, But Stock Shortage Continues best a recent of a s Bluffton area, this week. Following the pattern set excellent wheat yield, better average corn, and ba ments i their best yea rs Fai outlet Helds wi ^ginning high in age but ticipated unusu some more Potat than factor the Bumper farm crops in one of 11-around growing seasons in years was the summing arvey of crop prospects in up the y an than crops are predicted for oats, )tatoes, soybeans rring unfavorable aimers should hav a generation. nearing raged a and nd hay, develop one of With the wheat harvest ave acre the yield 1 bushels to quality has been good. A better than average assured in this summer’ crop 4 oats gems har- to start soon with compar mall acreage about average. •servers say that the corn this time of the year been better, and in many of town the stand be tassel out is about head- the fields, a high yiel Acreage is aver 1 per acre is an- prospects good, growers repo Potato this sea n are t, and diggings have produced 400 bushels to the acre, heavier another the favor of growers. bean prospects also are very but the acreage is down in ea, generally speaking. There th acreage this year i usual for the district jgood, the a has been a heavy stand of hay, al though spoilage due to heavy rains at the peak of the harvest. farmers experienced some Abundance of Feed With every indication of bumper crops, farmers are predicting an abundance of livestock for the com ing winter but are wondering if there will be sufficient livestock to permit heavy feeding programs. Feeding cattle are high in price, with prospects of further advances, which means the farmer’s initial commitment this fall is going to re quire a lot of money. Feeders now are been quoted around $3.50 per hundred, and with initial investment in that range, many are hesitating to embark feeding programs. With high-priced meat in prospect and abundant grain and potato crops in the making, consumers may well see their eating habits under going a change this winter. Non meat menus likely will grow in pop ularity, with breads, cereals and po totoes the mainstay of the family menu. Nickel Plate Buys 10 Steam Locomotives Reversing what had been an ap parent trend toward diesel locomo tives, the Nickel Plate railroad this week placed an Hamilton Corp, engines to be her, Rai of the order with the Lima for 10 steam freight delivered January, ials plans the west from Frankf here much it was poi in Decern 1949. and bough :omp. Lima ord- om the ue of th er aggregates $2 The engines wi roller bearings, be 64,100 pounds tive will weigh more that effort To Teach In College At Freeman, S. Dakota Richard Berky, son of Prof, and Mrs. H. W. Berky, who was gradu ated from Bluffton college last May has accepted a position as instructor in mathematics and chemistry in Freeman Junior college, Freeman, South Dakota. He and his wife, the former Agnes Suter of Pandora, whose marriage occurred recently will live on KSoHetre farm near Freeman. the REAL ESTATE DEAL Cna.-. Emans has purchased buildi Rober a lot on Spring street from Potts who is moving with is family to their new home in outh Salem, Oregon. Rodeo Profit Over $1,800 Checkup Shows Bluffton’s Independence day rodeo wiJJ show a profit of between $1,800 and $1,900, according to incomplete returns it was stated by officials of the rodeo, the first of the week. Final accounting is expected to be computed within the next ten days. Profits of the rodeo to be used for community improvement projects will be divided one-third to the Saddle club one-third to the Sportsmen’s club and one-sixth each to the Com munity Recreation committee and the Business Men’s association. TOWN’S OPERATION WILL COST $35,038 DURING NEXT YEAR Expenditures In 1949 Will Be $3,035 Less Than For The Current Year Budget Prepared By Town Clerk Is Approved By Munici pal Council Bluffton enditures during elusive of In general fund expenditures for 1949, the greatest outlay is for the town street repair $2,500 on retirement of loans for police $2,500, sewers and age $1,750 for Maple Grove tery and $1,200 for firemen. Bluffton’s Only Polio Case Making Satisfactory Recovery At Lima ight plant and water aggregate $35,038, ac lew budget prepared cording to the by Town Clerk submitted to the Allen county budget committee Charles Emans, and Funds available for expenditure in the coming year will be $3,035 less than ture funds earmarked for expendi this year. |948, actual expenses for the six months and estimates for last half year indicate an ag gregate outlay of $38,073, approxi mately $6,000 more than funds spent in 1947. In first the for 1949 are broken s, with 1948 figures fund, $20,- Expenditures down as follow in parenthesis: General 363 ($24,673) Street Maintenance and Repairs, $3,400 ($3,200) Gaso line Tax for Street Repairs, $5,000 ($4,500) Bond Retirement and In terest, $6,275 ($5,700). $3,500 crew $3,000 drain ceme- Bluffton’s tax valuation shown the budget estimate is $3,061,700. in Ex-Army Chaplain St. Mary's Pastor Yeager, former been appointed Catholic church J. Alter of To- Rev. Clarence J. Army chaplain, has pastor of St. Mary’s here by Bishop Karl ledo, it was announced this week. The appointment will become effect ive July 30. In addition to his duties here Rev. Yeager will serve as chaplain of St. Rita’s hospital, Lima, cancies in the Lima hospital caused by the death of Rev. James Nett, June 17. ger for the past two years return from military duty as pastor of St. Fr. Ye since his has been Patrick’s be succeeded Reynolds, also a the rt, Ind., to lly country He fills va- church here and the ars Bascom. He Rev. Thon former Army Bluffton High Girls Are At Y-Teen Camp Five will high s and each locomo 400 tons. Is, officers of the Bluffton 1 Y-Teen club are spend reek attending the conference of Y-Teen clubs at Camp Pittinger. They are: Lois Marquart, presi dent Ruth Irene JDiller, vice pres. Darlene Garmatter. secretary Ada May Oyer, music chairman, and Treva Althaus, service chairman. Real Estate Tax Deadline Saturday Approaching deadline for payment of last-half 1947 real estate taxes was reflected by heavy collections amounting to $223,919.68, last week. This Saturday will mark the final date for payment of taxes without the assessment of penalties, it w-as announced In the first-half collection last De cember, a record of $1,004,002.19 was established. lectible including and penalties, is Total amount col taxes, assessments $2,036,400.36. Disease Causes Death of Son of Former Mt. Cory Coach, James Morrison One Additional Allen County Case In Last Week Comes From Cairo 14-year-old son of Charles Bucher Mr. and Mrs. Elm street, polio, is making satisfactory prog ress at where he has been a patient for the last 11 days. Clair Bucher, of West Bluffton’s only case of Lima Memorial hospital Bucher’s case is reported as a mild one, and he is said to be responding to the Kenny pack treatment which he is receiving at the hospital. In he meantime no additional have been reported in polio case the Bluffton area, although one addi tional Allen county case was found last week in Cairo two more Han cock county cases developed, and one additional case was reported in Put nam county. Latest victim of the disease from this section was Michael James Mor rison, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Morrison, well known here. Mor of Bluffton High rison, a graduate school and son of son, was a former High school and ployed in the Electrical Instrument Co. here. Mrs. Alva Morri coach at Mt. Cory his wife was em office of The Triplett Their son died Monday night at the Maumee Valley hospital, Toledo, after undergoing treatment for five days. Private services were held in Findlay Tuesday’. The boy had been living with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Overholt, in Findlay. his R. Ada Man Salesman For Aircraft Here Paul W ertheimer, former manager of Ada Airport, Inc., is district sales man for Stinson aircraft, represent ing the Bluffton Flying service, it was announced the first of the week. Wertheimer is now appointing as sociate dealers throughout the ter ritory which includes airports in the area bounded by Dayton, Ft. Wayne, Toledo and Bucyrus. Leaving For New Home In Oregon Mrs. Robert Potts and children of Spring street are leaving this week for South Salem, Oregon, where they will make their future home. Mr. Potts has been there for several weeks and has purchased a 17-acre fruit farm and will also be em ployed in the building trades. The Potts property on Spring street was recently purchased by Ed gar Cook who with his wife and family will occupy the residence. 100 Miles Of County Roads Are Improved More tlAn 100 miles of Allen county and township road improve ments have been completed so far this summer, with work continuing on 60 additional the program, it week by County M. Mumaugh. miles included in was reported this Engineer Start of this slummer delayed approximately one extensive spring rains and expensive road patching rquired in recent years, the said. E Hobart s w the most program engineer Most of the remaining 6( improvements is heavy mat work Total cost of the basic gram of 163.392 miles of rovemen will be $213,051 89 miles of roads are in the system, with the remainder work.on township roads. Mr. and .Mrs. Clayton Bixel are on a motor trip to Wilberforce l.ake, Canada, where he will make a sur vey of possibilities of developing a landing field for aircraft. The lake is a popular fishing re sort and visited by anglers throughout number of Bluffton ported interested in cabins. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Pop the BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1948 FORMER BLUFFTON MAN MISSING CAR FOUND NEAR LAKE Four Days Search Fails close Whereabouts Jacob Warkentin Family Says Columbus to Dis of Grove Man May Have Suffered Loss of Memory 22, Seach for Jacob Warkentir Columbus Grove roofing cont: and former Bluffton resident went into its fourth day Wednesday with out uncovering man who was afternoon. of the any trac last seen about Port where his s found on centered Erie The search is Clinton on Lake abandoned automobile wai Route 2 near the Por bridge. In the car were glasses, some clothing and billfold containing $1. Also in the found a note addressed to and family saying goodbye s he was "sorry.” his wife 1 that Warken that he m- The family stated that 1 tin had been doctoring and may be suffering from lapse of ory. The note found in the car in red pencil on Warkentin Bros., a Columbus firm, was unsigned. Anothei found among Warkentin’s eff his shop in Columbus Grove, Mon day, said the car would be found in Port Clinton. Writing of both was identified as that of the missing man. a letterhead of Grove The search was started Sunday by Ottawa county sheriff’s office in con junction with Sheriff Potts of Ot tawa and coastguardsmen began dragging operations and patrolling the shores of Lake Erie near Port Clinton to determine whether his body might be in the lake. The Warkentins have two children, three years and 18 months. His wife is the former Frieda Fritchie of Bluffton. She told officers that her husband had paid several bills Satur day and left herktVM) with which to buy groceries before leaving home Saturday afternoon in working clothes on a business trip to Lima. who was in military since been working as engaged in roofing and buildings and erecting Warkentin service, has a contractor siding farm metal corncribs. He is described as 5 feet, 9 inches, 140 pounds, light hair, blue and high forehead. Slight improvement has been re reported in the condition of Harold Amstutz, injured 11 days ago in an automobile crash on the Columbus Grove road, four miles west of Bluff ton. In the Community hospital since the crash, Amstutz is reported to be conscious only at brief intervals. He suffered deep lacerations about the head when his car turned end over end, after being involved in a mishap with another automobile at the intersection of the road with Route 696. Ada Man To Open Electrical Store Findlay. 948 pro county of the-1 To Survey Airfield Landing In Canada many parties of the summer. A parties are re the purchase The lake, some 750 miles north Bluffton by highway travel could reached in about five hours by plane, it is estimated. At present, how ever, there are nc landing facilities Increasing Raccoon Populatior Is Reflected In Depreda tions In Fields Change In Fashions Gives Little Incentive For Trapping and Hunting of Animals This area’s growing raccoon popu lation is comprising a new menace to the district’s stand of corn which in years past has surmounted dam age wreaked by corn borer worms, drought and numerous obstacles. Raccoon depredations on sweet corn already have been ported, continuing a major trail of damage that assumed sizable pro portions a year ago. With the ani mals having the time of their Jives eating the succulent corn, a major problem that is expected to get worse instead of better is facing area farmers. e increasing depredations is a change in fashions, no longer wear raccoon he slap-happy collegians rs ago sported cc iger have an intei as a part of their no ried on its offering hunters bonus for eyes Auto Crash Victim Slightly Improved and Mr. and Mrs. James Ferrell mily of Ada have moved into eppler property at South Main vacated and by ved 5 to op appiiar A FFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning bushel prices) $2.10. -Heavy hens 3 heavy broilers eghom broilers $2.09 corni Poultr hens 28 ur 79c Butt :a Don’t tion costs tion rates sent States will becom August 1. 1946: 1 Year. S2J5G 6 Months, $1.56 3 Months, $1 of of be Single copies, 7c iiave evei the rest F. Swift. let the best you the standard for life. Gustavus done be Notice Because of increased produc* the following subscrip to the Bluffton News anywhere in the United i will become effective ually $1 above market price for males and $1.50 for females. These animals then were penned and fed until the end of the open season and again released. Raccoons are protected by game laws and the hunting season is com paratively short. Bluffton May Queen County Home Agent Miss Joan McCarty, Bluffton col lege May Queen last spring has ac cepted a position as Hardin county home agent, it was announced this week. Her headquarters will be in Kenton. Miss McCarty, who majored in home economics, was graduated from Bluffton college in May. Her is in Wapakoneta. Two Are Injured In Auto Accident Farmers Are Mad, Hunters Are Sad, And Raccoons Happily Feast On Corn Crop lonskin rest in wear- accoon skin, formerly’ nand, has dropped to fo fur marketing, follm opposum and skunk in place musk and for a number ious, raccoons have been the Bluffton area by the stocked in Community with little take them molested. s raccoon numerous by motori The are become so often seen ways at night, and they are commonly fields. Whether they will be re-stocked again by the Sportsmen's clnb will not be decided until this fall, when the club’s tee is to gram. game restocking commit complete its year’s pro- years, the club has car i re-stocking program by and trappers a raccoons taken alive, us In past slightly injured Herbert Clum, Bluff- Two persons v when cars drive Ada, and Duncai ton Route 1 wen cident on State I east of Bluffton, Saturd Injured were Sharon leghorn bs. and Miss Roberta Manges of near Mt. Cory has been hired by the Riley township board of education as in structor in music in the Pandora schools for the coming year. She was graduated from Bluffton college last May. caused by the resignation of Earl Lehman who has accepted a position as music instructor in the Bluffton schools the coming year. Flying Lions See Town From Air Bluffton Lions g)t a free view of Bluffton from the tlir Tuesday night as an unexpected feature of a meet ing in the Walnu Grill at which Harold Carey, man ager of the Bluff ton airport, was the speaker. Following his ta k, Carey invited the members to the airport as guests of the flying service in an aerial trip over the tow•n. Each of 20 Lions who accepted the invitation was treated to a 15-minute aerial tour in the Stimson station wagon. Knapp disc bridt Henry id loo) de. Hi Knapp club, Sportsmen incentive 1 they have ‘or trappers multiplied hole Willis ht nsor Roberta Manges To Teach At Pandora will fill the vacancy Mrs. Sarah Geiger Estate Is Valued Valuation of $11,664.14 is placed on the estate of Sarah Geiger, late of Bluffton. It lists $9,624.09 in ac counts and debts receivable and $2,040.05 in stocks and securities. it Route Regarding it ruck th backing addl of the been iged had thou elf The cot back to Kalida fr Columbus Grove wl :anie mired on the nodern hard surfa een Kalida un- has population that they sts along high farmers report found in their dirt road, now ed highway be i Columbus Grove Continenta the Mennonib Indiana which, laid out in to Bluffton after rived, in honor of the from which most of them had come. town Knapp was editor of the Kalida Venture, county seat weekly news paper founded by James Mackenzie in 1841. It was in the late 184(»’s when the mud puddle episode occurred and in that week’s Venture there was a scathing editorial from Knapp’s vit riolic quill about what he thought Northwestern Ohio dirt roads general. of Paper Moved to Ottawa The paper, called by opposition was moved with ed- itors “the Vulture,' the county seat in 1866 to Ottawa, where George D. Later it became the Putnam County Sentinel—still existent. Knapp lived to write "The History of the Mau mee Valley,” in 1872, which he dedi cated to Rutherford B. Hayes. “Ex Governor of Ohio.” Kinder ran it. The muddy dirt roads in Allen and Putnam counties before the Civil War were traditional. The mud puddles were so deep and so close together that a new industry5 them—that of mud was bom from hole rescue. various taVems ided themselves of Landlords of the along the roads prr" with extra yokes the travelers home ten to rescue immigrants— pass the suc- -mostly could not cessive small i paid. The were Williamson, two of For that a e and gladly deep puddles, charge was ma rescue business bt itized that the righ the mud holes nea nd th especial dilig brought him, s hi $5—probably the only transact its kind on record. When horses’ hoofs and 1 wheels failed to create enougl holes dence of a rods Pleasant township, in bus Grove an unexplained upheaval of the earth formed a ridge four feet high and 30 feet wide which dammed a creek from bank to bank. in the district, nature or provi helped them. Old accounts tell low piece of ground some 20 wide in Putnam County’s which Colum loeated, where in 1845 William Turner, who owned the ground cut a channel through it to let out the water and thus had a great mud been road hole of his own. It would have worth a small fortune had the run a little closer to it. Edge of Black Swamp Just what was under ground in that country or why so much mud no early settler knew nor could imagine. On the edge of the Black (Continued on page 8) A Good Place To Trade With farmer one Editor’s Note—This of a series of articles to in ths Bluffton News with early Ohio history, will appear appear dealing Others forthcoming The Columbus Grove Road tood for a moment NUMBER 14 HEAVY MARKETING MARKS CURRENT WHEAT HARVEST Larger Proportion of 1948 Crop Is Being Sold Than At Any Time In Decade Factors Which Formerly Im pelled Farmers To Hold Crop Are Missing Now year’s to mark- narvest season le, according to a survey made ners and mark- heavily as st, the close nominal ed with y of the irmers to grain in season. 30 farms is the and of an 1 bay. jeeable emer- are cautious vhat future md there is th crop for ay previous to What th price wheat may be v is anyone’s farmers, but increases has been hurt by promising world wheat production foi Price this year. Satisfactory farmers feel present In addition prices are satisfactory, and conse quently are marketing directly from combines, as less labor is entailed than if the wheat is put in storage, and handled a seennd time. Im mediate selling also eliminates any possibility of loss or deterioration in storage. Fourteen cars of wheat had been shipped from here by The Farmers Grain Co. by the end of last week, and loading was continuing this week following heavy marketing. So far, there has been no local shortage of freight cars to handle grain shipments, a direct contrast from last year’s situation. In caring for the ‘rush of marketing the ele vator is running day and night. Price dropped to $2.10 the first of the week, but following rain early last week grain content of wheat rose from 13% to around 15*^%. Here From Hawaii To Care For Mother Mrs. S. T. Reeder, the former Evelyn Niswander, is here from Hawaii caring for her mather, Mrs. Kate Niswander of South Lawn Mrs. P- undisputed Niswander has been vinter. Mrs. Reeder engaged in school in Hawaii. formerly Births at Bluffton Kenr Pand Thun Mr. i Mrs. Paul Weirauch, oy, Paul Thomas, Friday’. Mrs. Warren Kline, Leip Lowell Warren, Friday. sic, a boy Mr. an a girl, Nancy Eileen Mrs. Janies Redd, Ada, Saturday. Galen Basinger, a girl, Linda Suzanne, Sat- Mr. and Mrs. Pandm urday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bronson, Jr., Col. Grove, a boy, Michael Eugene, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. R. Lee Shackelford, Williamstown, a girl, Linda, Mon- Mr. and Mrs. Corel Henry, Carle ton, Mich., a girl, Varelia Sue, Mon Mr. and Mrs. Don Thornton, Limal boy, Donald Evan, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Snow, Union City, Mich., a boy, Richard Thomas, Jr., Saturday. Mrs. Snow is the former Harriet Cooney of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sims, Ft. Wayne, a boy, Robert Ellsworth, June 29. Mrs. Sims is the former Mary Amstutz of Bluffton.