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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII ALLEN COUNTYTO HAVE ONE BOARD TO HANDLE DRAFT Single Board Will Administer Registration August 30 to Sept. 15 Three-Man Committee Named to Recommend Personnel for Draft Board Allen county including Lima, which operated during World War II with three selective service boards, will have only one board to handle the entire area in the drafting of youths under the new Selective Service act. This became known the first of the week in connection with announce ment of a three-man committee named to nominate members of the Allen county board which will handle registration of all 18 to 25 year old men from August 30 through September 15. On the nominating committee for Allen county are Common Pleas Judge Moran B. Jenkins, Probate Judge Raymond P. Smith and A. D. MacDonnell, Lima banker. 127 Boards in State Adj. Gen. Chester W. Goble, state director of selective service said there will be 127 draft boards in operation in Ohio this'time, compar ed with 330 used previously. A ratio of one board to each 100,000 population is being followed throughout the state. Under this rule, 78 Ohio counties will have single boards. The remaining 10 counties will have two or more boards. Each board will consist of three members as compared with five member boards which functioned during the war. Members for the new draft boards must be at least 30 years old and cannot be members of the armed forces or any reserve, National Selective Service head quarters announced. Committee Personnel Recommending committees in all counties of the state consist of the probate and common pleas judges and a third member named by Governor Thomas J. Herbert. Recommendations for board mem bership will be submitted to Govern or Herbert, who in turn will submit the nominations to President Tru man. In Hancock county the recommend ing committee consists of Judges Chester Pendleton, Judge Paul R. Capel and R. L. Heminger, publisher of the Republican-Courier. Putnam county’s nominating com mittee includes Judge A. A. Slay baugh, Judge William George and C. B. Millham. Personnel of the new draft boards will be announced in August. Sails For Summer Tour Of Europe Peter C. Luginbuhl, of Lakewood, brother of Sam C. Luginbuhl, south west of town, will sail Friday on the Queen Mary for a visit to. Europe where he will spend some time visit ing the various points of interest in Switzerland including Geneva, Bern, Interlaken, Basle also Paris, Avig non, Nice, French Riviera, Monaco, Grenoble in France Luxembourg Belgium Holland and London, Eng land. He will return in September and hopes to bring back with him a photographi* story of his trip. While Mr. Luginbuhl is in Europe, Mrs. Luginbuhl will stay with their daughter, Kathryn, in Washington, D. C. Voice Recital At College On Friday Summer voice students of Prof. Russell A. Lantz will be presented in a recital open to the public, Fri day night at 8 o'clock in Ramseyer chapel on the Bluffton college cam pus. Appearing in the recital will be students from Latty, Pandora, Beav erdam, Bluffton and Lafayette. Notice Because of increased produc tion costs the following subscrip tion rates to the Bluffton News *ent anywhere in the United states will become effective August 1, 1948: 1 Year, $2.50 6 Months. $1.50 3 Months, $1 single copies, 7c Monoxide Gas Makes Bluffton Family 111 Mrs. Paul Emmert of North Jack son street was a patient in Bluffton hospital Friday night as the result of monoxide gas poisoning which af fected her husband and children to a lesser degree. The family became ill while taking an auto ride last Friday evening with the windows closed when ex haust gases from the motor reported ly seeped into their car. They were given medical attention at the office of Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh from where Mrs. Emmert more af fected than the others was removed in the Basinger ambulance to Bluff ton hospital for overnight observa tion and treatment. A. C. RAMSEYER, COLLEGE TRUSTEE, STRICKEN AT SEA Jonor of Ramseyer Chapel At Bluffton College Dies Enroute To Europe Master Ohio Farmer Had Been Trustee of College Here For 20 Years Alvin C. Ramseyer, 68, widely known potato raiser at Smithville, Wayne county, for many years a Bluffton college trustee and donor of Ramseyer chapel on the campus here, died suddenly of a heart attack Friday aboard the steamship Mauretania enroute to Europe. He was with a party of Wayne county people making a summer tour which included the Olympic games in London. There was no other member of his family with him. On arrival of the ship in England, the body will be returned by plane to his home in Smithville where funeral services will be held in Oak Grove Mennonite church, probably Saturday. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Officiating at the funeral will be his former pastor, Rev. J. N. Smuck er now minister of the First Men nonite church of Bluffton. Ramseyer who had experienced previous heart attacks died suddenly while resting in a deck chair after a game of shuffleboard, according to radio reports from the ship. Daughter Flying Home His daughter, Miss Edna Ram seyer, dean of women of Bluffton college, who is working with a Men nonite relief unit in Germany this summer, is enroute home by plane, after being notified of the death. Bluffton Man Makes Trip To Alaska In One Day’s Flight By Army Plane One of the largest potato growers in the Midwest, Ramseyer, an Ohio Master Farmer, at one time farmed more than 1,200 acres of potatoes. His present operations, however, embrace approximately 800 acres, principally around Smithville. In ad dition, he has some acreage in Pennsylvania uplands where he grew his own seed potatoes. In addition to potato farming, Ramseyer also held extensive inter est in citrus lands near Mission, Texas, where his daughter and son in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James F. (Continued on page 8) Remains Coming Here For Burial Body of Leonard Nusbaum, 52, of Lima, native of the Bluffton area, will be brought here for burial in Maple Grove cemetery Thursday afternoon. Nusbaum died of a heart ailment in Lima Memorial hospital Tuesday morning. Death followed a three years’ illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Lewis funeral home at Lima, Rev. Paul Runk officiating. He was born May 9, 1896 in Mon roe township, the son of David Nus baum, Bluffton, Route 2. His wife is the former Florence Lambert of Bluffton and one of four brothers is Elmer Nusbaum of Bluffton. A resident of Lima for 32 years, Nusbaum was chief engineer for the Lennox Furnace Co. in Lima. Survivors include the widow two sons, Charles and Ralph W. Nus baum, both of Lima his father, David Nusbaum, Route 2, Bluffton four brothers, Harley, Columbus Grove Gilbert, Route 3, Lima Elm er,, Route 2, Bluffton and Robert, Lima and two sisters, Mrs. Louie Wagner, Ada and Mrs. Merlin Jones, Columbus Grove. "red Wenger Traverses 3,100 Mile Stretch from Dayton To Fairbanks Rugged Highway Baffles Previous Attempt to Travel By Automobile Fred Wenger, of Beaver street, forced to return from a projected motor tour to Alaska 10 days ago by impassable roads, Tuesday left from Wright field, Dayton, in an army plane, on a government busi ness trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. Leaving Wright field at 7 a. m., the plane, a C-47 cargo ship, makes only one stop on the 3,100-mile aerial flight to Fairbanks. It lands at Whitehorse, in Yukon territory, 12 hours after take-off, and then continues on 600 miles to Fairbanks, arriving at midnight. Cargo planes make a bi-weekly trip from Wright field to Fairbanks. Leaving Dayton every other Tuesday, the plane stays in Alaska until the following Tuesday, when it returns. Wenger expects to return on the plane next Tuesday. Heads Division The Bluffton man is chief of the components development branch, elec tronics division, at Wright field, and the trip to Alaska is related to his work. Originally planning to make an automobile trip to Alaska with mem bers of his family over the Alcan highway, Wenger turned back after encountering impassable roads be fore reaching the highway. Most of the difficulty in driving is experienced on a 550-mile stretch from Edmonton, Alberta, to Dawson Creek, start of the Alcan highway. The -Edmonton to Dawson Creek road is unimproved and is largely made of boulders. Much of the route is thru swamp territory, in which a roadbed was made by laying logs, then covering the base with rocks and gravel. Boulders in Road Rains wash away the gravel, leav ing boulders, and natives shunning automobiles, use a wagon with two horses for travel. Wenger said he saw a Buick with a broken crank shaft and two Pontiacs with broken shock absorbers, laid up along the highway. The Wengers had covered about half the route from Edmonton to Dawson Creek, but turned back when natives said the road they had come over was the “good stretch,’’ and the remaining distance had washed out weeks earlier, with no one able to get through since that time. He said that loose boulders, hard on tires, slowed travel to such an extent that in one stretch it re quired 12 hours to drive 64 miles. Poor Highway In maintaining the 264-mile stretch of road where the bed has washed out, there were two little roadscrap ers at work repairing the damage. Residents of the area say it will be at least five years before the road is reasonably passable for auto travel. No trucks operate in the area, and everything shipped in comes by a “hit-or-miss” fashion on a small railroad line. In Calgary, the AAA discourages tourists from attempting the trip by car, principally because of the condi tion of roads to starting point of the Alcan highway at Dawson Creek. Although the Alcan roadway is not hard-surfaced, it is graveled and is fairly good, however, there are plenty of ruts. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Spallinger, Lafayette, a boy, Gary Lee, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Wagner, Mt. Cory, a boy, David Howard, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Serge Warren, Wil liamstown, a boy William oseph, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Von Stein, Bluffton, a girl, Carol Sue, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Clark, Ar lington, a girl, Onalee Kay, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Santiago Rangel, Ottawa, a girl, Elida H., Wednesday, Chief Gunner’s Mate Donald Nus baum and Mrs. Nusbaum, a boy, born at Waukegan, Ill., Monday. Mr. Nusbaum is formerly of Bluff ton. Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Kochner, Buf falo, N Y., a boy, Curtis William, born in that city July 20. Mrs. Kochner is the formei- Marie Lahr, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Lahr of Harman road. THE/BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY. JULY 29, 1948 ROUTE 30 WILL BE WIDENED EAST FROM BEAVERDAM lids For 4^ Mile Improvement Program To Be Opened August 17 Jncoln Highway Will Be Im proved in Village And East From Town Widening and re-surfacing of the Lincoln highway, U. S. Route 30, in Beaverdam and east more than four miles into Richland township is plan ned in a state highway department improvement program on which con tractors may bid until Tuesday, Aug. 17. That the improvement likely will not be completed this summer is seen in specifications in the notice to bidders setting Aug. 31, 1949, as the deadline for completion of the work. 22 Feet Wide The contract notice calls for im provement of 4.675 miles of the high way by “grading, construction drain age structures and widening and re surfacing with asphaltic concrete.” Width of the new pavement will be 22 feet. Estimated cost of the project has been set at $168,00 by state high way department engineers. With re-surfacing of the highway in Beaverdam and east of the town corporation, the highway department will be continuing a program launched in the area last summer when the Lincoln was improved between Beaverdam and Cairo. Auto Crash Victim's Condition Unchanged Condition of Harold Amstutz, 21, auto crash vicitim who has been a patient in Bluffton hospital since the accident 18 days ago is reported un changed. Amstutz was removed from the scene of the accident in an uncon scious condition and since has re covered consciouRiiess only at brief intervals. He is the son of William Amstutz Irving southwest of Bluffton on the former Follett farm. The accident occurred Sunday July 11 in a two-car collision at the intersection of the Columbus Grove road and State route 696, known as the Hilty school corner four miles west of Bluffton. Amstutz was eastbound on the Col. Grove road while Virgil Leman, 39, of Lima, driver of the other car, was southbound on the state route. Both were riding alone. Laman was not injured. Two Bluffton Men Hurt In Accident Two Bluffton men were slightly injured at 5:45 p. m. last Thursday when the automobile in which they were riding struck a utility pole and overturned in a wheat field three miles south of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway. Injured in the mishap were James Stonehill, 21, driver of the car, and James Birchnaugh, 23. Stonehill was treated in Lima St. Rita’s hospital for a deep cut on the left leg and shoulder injuries. Birch naugh received minor cuts and abrasions. The automobile .was demolished in the crash. According to state patrolmen, Stonehill lost control of the car when it started skidding, while driving south toward Lima. Kenneth Oberly Takes State Engineer's Exam Kenneth Oberly, son of Millard Oberly, Bluffton, was among 815 graduate engineers who took the re cent state examination at Columbus, it was announced this week by Dr. T. J. Smull, chief examiner of the state registration board. Oberly took his enginneering degree at Ohio Northern university. Opens North Main Service Station Harold Vance of Beaverdam has re-opened the Gulf service station on North Main street, it was announced the first of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Vance moved recently from Detroit to Beaverdam where his wife opei ates a beauty parlor. Establish Bone Bank A “bone bank” to provide a con stant supply of bone for grafting operations has been established at Geisinger Memorial hospital, Don ville, Pa. Beaverburg, Haven of Married G. I. Students, Will Be Larger Than Ever Wives In Student Families Learn Housekeeping And Take College Work Beaverburg—Bluffton college trail er camp which came into existence two years ago as an answer to one phase of the housing shortage is preparing for its third and biggest year when college opens for the fall term in September. The evergrowing colony of trailer families, a post-war development on the college campus, affords a wide contrast to the era prior to 1945 when married college students com prised a negligible percentage of the student body. Today, th married veteran with a wife who takes care of housekeeping and often pursues studies herself, has become a fixture in campus life, with the population of the trailer colony climbing with the opening of each school year. Organized in 1946 when the hous ing problem for G. I. students with families was pressing, Beaverburg consisted of seven occupied trailers and two prefabricated houses. Colony Larger This fall, arrangements already have been completed to accommodate 14 trailer families in the colony, plus foui* families living in prefab ricated homes. More trailers can be accommodated if others wish to en roll, college authorities said. Cost of living in the trailers is about $20 per month for each fam ily, including electricity, fuel oil for heating, use of the utility house with hot and cold showers and laun dry privileges. Beaverburg residents can do their own cooking, or eat in the college dining hall, as they prefer. Most of them, however, prepare their own food, with the G. I.’s bride often learning cooking and housekeeping at the same time the couple pursues regular college courses. Bluffton College Trailer Village To Grow In Population Again This Year Elects Own Mayor Beaverburg has its own mayor and self-government. Wayne Ho stettler, of Elkhart, Ind., a senior next year, is present mayor, and will continue in office until the annual election next January. Beaverburg’s population varies, and the most reliable information as to last year’s number of residents was a sign erected at homecoming time “29 Humans—Plus One Dog— Plus Coming Attractions.” A re vision last spring added another dog to the list. The growth of Beaverburg was as sured when college dormitories proved unsuited for the flood of married G. I.’s, many of whom have child ren and were unable to find housing in the town for their families. And with the advent of married students, baby .buggies, a rarity on the campus in pre-war days, now are fairly common. WITH THE SICK Mrs. Minnie Lewis is quite ill at her home on North Lawn avenue. Satisfactory progress is reported in the condition of Charles Bucher, 14-year old Bluffton youth who is a polio patient in Lima Memorial hospital. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Bucher of West Elm street. The June index of prices paid for goods by farmers was 10 per cent higher in June, 1948, than in the same month of 1947. Interest and taxes rose 1 point in the month preceding June 15, 1948. Elimination of the sales tax on all sales under 41 cents will become ef fective when Governor Herbert signs the new state law, July 31^ it was stated by C. Emory Glander, tax commissioner. Beginning August 1 all sales of less than 41 centos will be exempt. On purchases of 41 cents and over the former tax rates will apply with No Trace Found Of Missing Man No trace has been found of Jacob Warkentin, 22-year-old Columbus Grove roofing contractor and former Bluffton resident who has been miss ing since early last week when his abandoned automobile was found near Port Clinton not far from Lake Erie. A note which he left stated that his body would not be found and a search by sheriff’s deputies in con junction with coastguardsmen who dragged the lake in the vicinity of Port Clinton failed to uncover any clues. The family stated that Warkentin had been doctoring and that he may have wandered off while suffering from a lapse of memory. FARMERS REVERSE HARVESTING OATS CUT BEFORE WHEAT Rainfall Delays Harvest of Wheat Oats Now Being Combined Bumper Oats Crop Being Cut Because It Shatters More Easily In Field Reversing the usual procedure in farm harvesting operations, oats are being combined on Bluffton area farms during this week while farm ers delayed completion of the bumper wheat harvest. Continued rainfall at a time when both wheat and oats are ripe has caused the shift in harvesting pro cedure, with farmers changing their plans because oats shatter more easily in the field and due to the fact that the moisture content of wheat has been increased greatly by i the rains. Ordinarily, wheat harvesting is out of the way before oats have ripened, but intermittent ranfall in the past week caused delays in handling this year’s wheat crop. Oats, when dead ripe, shatter easily and with wheat better able to 1 wait for cutting, many farmers hastily changed harvesting plans and are taking the oats crop off first. Yield Is High Yield in an average oats acreage this year is unusually good, with early cutting indicating 80 bushels or more to the acre. Preliminary tests have shown about 36 pounds to the bushel, as compared with the standard of 32 pounds. With the bumper oats harvest flowing through elevators to big city markets, Allen county farmers are assured of about $573,000 for the 1948 oats crop, no matter what hap pens to the commercial market, it was learned this week. No Sales Tax On Purchases Under 41 Cents Beginning August 1 tax receipts with respect to taxable sales. Vendors who wilfully fail to give stamps to customers will con tinue to be subject to prosecution and also to suspension or revocation of their licenses, Glander said. This is the result of the county support price, announced by the U. S. Department of Agriculture on the basis of an anticipated normal pro duction. Support price has been set at 75 cents per bushel as the accepted loan rate on oats grown in the county, the same as the rate in Hardin, Hancock and Putnam counties. Garden Club Plans Flower Exhibit Here Plans for a flower exhibit to be held in the Methodist church parlors, Friday, September 3 in the after noon and evening by the Garden club were announced by club officers the first of the week. Enroute Home After Summer In England Mrs. Harry Shrider, Jr., of Har mon road is scheduled to sail from Hull, England, this week returning to her home here. She left Bluffton early in May to visit at her former home in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, in northern England. Mrs. Shrider came to this country two years ago as a British war bride, having first met her husband, a Bluffton serviceman, while he was stationed at Grimsby with a U. S. army air unit She is expected to arrive here early in August. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 15 THREE TEACHERS NEEDED FOR FIRST GRADE THIS YEAR ?irst Grade Attendance To Jump From 44 Last Year To Estimated 65 Grade School Enrollment Will Be Larger High School Registration Smaller Three first grade teachers—two handling first grades exclusively and anoth?r with a mixed grade will be assigi ed to direct the activities of six-year-olds who will enter school for the first time this fall. Thi sis the largest number of in sti*uctors ever assigned to a single in the schools here, Supt. Ralph Lanhiim said this wee] in cnTtiwiATifaL11VVzAlIlIIC. tng o n the flood of fit st-graders ex pectec when class room activity on Tuesday moiming, Sept. 7, Altliougn plans are subject to ad justment when schoc1 opens, the superintendent said the tentative teaching program calls for two first gradei3 of 27 pupils each, with the balance in a mixed first and second grade class. Heavy influx of first-year pupils will rsquire the use of two additional class rooms in the grade school buildiiig which have been vacant since enrollment begs n falling off here i n the past decacle. More In Grades Altllough enrollment at the grade school will increase iis fall, as a result of the first-grade situation, h^gh school registration is expected to be smaller than last year. The incoming class from the grade school to junior high school this fall will be only 38, in comparison with last spring’s graduating class of 44 seniors. Last fall there were 44 first-grad ers at the opening of school in Sep tember. To handle the 44 there was one class of first-graders and one mixed class of first and second year pupils. In preparation for the opening of the school term, now only a little more than a month away, the inter ior of the grade school building is being redecorated. Light Plant Engine Basis Of Court Suit An outmoded Skinner engine in the municipal light plant, sold two weeks ago by the Bluffton board of public affairs, is the basis of an $8,350 judgment suit brought in Al len county common pleas court against the purchaser of the engine. Plaintiff in the action is the In ternational Power Machinery Co., of Cleveland, on the basis that it locat ed the engine here for Tretolite Co., Inc., of St .Louis, successful purch aser of the engine at a price of $6,200 in open competitive bidding. The Cleveland firm alleges it was solicited by the defendant to locate machinery, and entered into negotia tions with the boafd of public af fairs here relative to purchase of the Skinner engine for the St. Louis company’s needs. In the meantime, an opinion by City Solicitor Dan R. Trippiehorn resulted in advertisement for open, competitive bidding in sale of the engine, in which the Tretolite bid was high. Two causes for action are listed in the suit against the St. Louis firm: For the commission lost thru bypass purchase of the engine and for cost of the plaintiff in locating it. An order of attachment against the engine also is sought. The engine still is in the Bluffton plant. Real Estate Deals Richard Davies of Harmon Road has purchased the C. F. Niswander property on South Main street. Pos session will be given in the fall when the Niswander family will oc cupy their new residence now under construction on South Main street be tween Bentley road and the corpora tion line. Sale of the property was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Berdell Huber has purchased the Rev. J. J. Esau property on Cherry street and will occupy the residence. Rev. Esau and family left Friday for Omaha, Nebraska, where he has accepted a call to the pastorate of the United Mennonite church, be ginning August 1. Earl Jorg, local hatcheryman, has purchased the property of the late A E. Temple consisting of a one acre act and house at Vance and Jefferson streets.