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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII TOWN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE TO OPEN LABOR DAY WEEK Public School Classes Will Begin Fall Term on Tuesday September 7 College Registration To Start Same Day Classes Will Convene September 9 Resumption of Bluffton’s scholastic activity, always one of the major •events on the community calendar, is less than one month away, with the public schools and the college preparing to begin their fall terms during Labor Day week. Bluffton High and Grade schools ■will open for the new term on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and classroom ses sions will start at Bluffton college on Thursday, Sept. 9. A full complement of teachers has been engaged for the start of public school activity, Supt. Ralph S. Lan ham announced, and students will report for a full schedule of class room activity on the opening day of school. Fall football practice will get under way prior to the start of .school, with the first workout set for August 20 under Coach Richard Q. Lowry, new Bluffton High ath letic director. This will permit the team to be rounding into shape for its first competition of the season in the second annual Bluffton foot ball preview set for September 10. College Registration Altho Bluffton college classes will start on Thursday, Sept. 9, registra tion will be completed in the preced ing days of the week, it was an nounced by college authorities. Freshmen will report on Friday, Sept. 2, for registration and a week of orientation, and members of the upper classes will begin their regis tration on the Tuesday following Labor Day. Dormitories are fast filling, in dicating another record enrollment, it was announced by President L. L. Ramseyer. As for the past several years, men again will be quartered in Ropp hall and women in Lincoln nail. Extensive alterations being made in College hall where administrative offices formerly on the second floor are being moved to the first floor and classrooms shifted to the second story will be completed in time for the opening of the fall school term. Rites Here Tuesday For N. F. Steiner N. F. Steiner, 75, a former Bluffton college trustee, died at 3:25 a. m. Sunday in his residence, three miles west of Bluffton. A retired farmer and breeder of registered hogs, Mr. Steiner had been ill for 11 weeks. He was born Jan. 18, 1873, in Richland township, the son of Abra ham and Mary Ann (Kohler) Stein er. On Jan. 6, 1895, he married Susan Gerig, who survives. Other survivors include five daugh ters, Mrs. Albert Oyer, Mrs. Adella Oyer and Mrs. Earl Jorg, all of Bluffton Mrs. Harty Bertsche, Arch bold, Qhio and Mrs. Karl Gierman, at home and two sons, Nelson Stein er, of Bluffton, and Stanley Steiner, of Detroit. One sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Lugin bill, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., 14 grand children five step-grandchildren and three great-step-grandchildren also survive. Mr. Steiner was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite church of Bluffton. Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Bluffton Meth odist church. Rev. Eli Steiner, of Lafayette, Ind., assisted by Rev. E. J. Shady, of Bluffton, officiated. Burial was in the Evangelical Men nonite cemetery northwest of Bluff ton. Rev. Shady Accepts Pastorate In Iowa Rev. E. J. Shady, pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite church here for the past two years has resigned his pulpit to accept the pastorate of the Christian Union church at Milo, Iowa, it was announced this week. His successor has not been an nounced. Rev. Shady and family will leave the first of next week for their new location where he will take up his duties at once. The residence on the John Kinsinger farm northwest of Bluffton which they will vacate will be occupied by Mr. Styer of the Pandora bank. Girl III Of Polio In Columbus Hospital Sue, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Hauenstein of Mar ion, ill with polio, is a patient in the Children’s hospital, Columbus. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein of South Jackson street. The child who became ill a week ago was removed to the Columbus hospital on Friday. Her condition was reported satisfactory the first of this week. She is the younger of Mr. and Mrs. Hauenstein’s two daughters. Golden Wedding For Henry Habeggers Marking the Golden Wedding an niversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Habegger, Riley street, a family din ner followed by an open house ob servance for close relatives, will be held Sunday at the home of their sin-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Schafer, northwest of Benton Ridge. Mr. and Mrs. Habegger were mar ried on Aug. 25, 1898, at the home of the bride’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. Chris Zimmerly, west of Bluffton. Rev. John Moser officiated. Mr. Habegger’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Habegger ,pioneer Settlement residents. Both Mr. and Mrs. Habegger are 74. They have been residents of Bluffton for the last quarter century, moving here from north of Bluffton where they lived on w’hat is now the Roy Hauenstein farm. Living children who will joirretheir parents in the Golden Wedding cele bration include: Mrs. Marie Hector, McComb Mrs. Nell Flick, Bluffton Mrs. Vera Schafer, Findlay rural route Vincent Habegger, Rawson D. C. Habegger, Bluffton and Merl Habegger, Bluffton. There are nine grandchildren. Mr. Habegger has the following living brothers and "sorters: John, Joe and Noah Habegger, all of Bluff ton William Habegger, Pandora Isaac Habegger, Alta Loma, Calif.* and the Misses Nancy and Susan Habegger, both of Findlay. Mrs. Habegger’s surviving broth ers and sisters are Leonard and Arden Zimmerly, both of Pandora Homer Zimmerly, Bluffton Mrs. Caroline Augsburger, Mrs. Lavina Habegger, Mrs. Pauline Lehman and Mrs. Anna Amstutz, all of Pandora. The children, brothers and sisters of the couple will join with them in the family dinner next Sunday, and open house will be held from 2 to 4 p. m. for nieces and nephew’s. Harry Thomas Rites To Be On Thursday Harry Thomas, 64, a retired North Baltimore mail carrier, who had re sided on Cherry street in Bluffton since last March died last Sunday noon at the home of relatives in Wood county. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Thursday in the McComb Churc hof Christ, and burial will be at Leipsic. Survivors include his widow, and tw’O children, Mrs. Rolla Henry, of Leipsic, and Gayion Thomas, Colo rado Springs, Colorado. Thomas had been a member of the McComb Church of Christ since 1905, and served for 14 years as Sunday school superintendent. Triplett Plant Leads County Safety Drive With reports of the first five months completed, The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. and Allen county schools led the honor rolls in the 18th annual county industrial safety campaign, it was announced last week. The Bluffton industry is leading the industrial division w’ith 251,700 man-hours worked without a lost time accident, it was announced by the safety committee. Homecoming Set For Beaverdam Saturday A social and carnival will feature Beaverdam’s annual homecoming to be held Saturday evening starting at 5 o’clock. Attractions will include games for adults and children pony rides and round and square dancing. The car nival is sponsored by the Beaverdam Fire Dept, and the Beaverdam Com munity Fire association. Proceeds will be used to purchase firemen uniforms and additional fire hose. Four Foot Wire Fence Divides Directors Of Sportsmen’s Club Both Sides Heading for Show down at Next Meeting on August 26 Charges and Counter-charges Hurled as Issue Splits Club’s Board Directors of the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s club are divided by a four-foot wire fence in the first major split in the history of the 20 year-old club enrolling some 750 members and one of the largest groups of its kind in the state. This became knowm the first of the week as both factions were prepar ing for a showdown at the directors meeting on Thursday night of next week when the board’s full member ship of 51 is expected to attend. The issue of the cence which has been essentially an intraclub row came into the open this week as charges and counter charges were hurled and several directors’ resigna tions were reported in prospect. Difficulties started at a directors’ meeting June 24 when a majority voted to erect a fence at the club’s park at the north end of Buckeye lake as a safeguard for children. About half of the 350 feet of field fence had -been erected when at the next directors’ meting on July 29, a majority voted to remove the fence which later 'was done. Hazard for Children, Claim Ralph Reichenbach, club secretary, said this week that the park with out a fence constitutes a hazard for children since water is from 15 to 20 feet deep at the banks of the lake, an abandoned stone quarry. Aldine Kohli, ex-president of the club said both the president and vice president were absent at the June directors’ meeting which had no legally constituted chairman. More over, he added, the fence as original ly planned interfered with members’ fishing. Plans are now being made, he said, for children’s play areas at a safe distance from the water en closed by a fence more in keeping w’ith other facilities of the park than the former field fence. According to Secretary Reichen bach there are 51 votes in the board of directors as now constituted, all of which are expected to be repre sented at the meeting next week. Attendance at the two previous meet ings was reported as only slightly more than 10 directors necessary for a quorum. Beaverdam Woman Has Song Published Mrs. Harley iBshop of eBaverdam, author of several religious songs has had one, "Walking in His Footsteps,” published. She is under contract with a Chicago publishing firm, it w’as announced this w’eek. Moving To Findlay Mr. and Mrs .Francis Lugibill of Mt. Cory, former Bluffton residents, are moving to Findlay where they recently purchased a new brickcrete house the first of six to be built by Clayton Bucher of this place. Huber Reunion The 41st Huber reunion was held at Richland grange hall, Sunday with 100 attending. After a big dinner motion pictures w’ere shown by Henry Huber of the Huber fam ily and also some travel pictures. Will Huber, Bluffton resident who will be 90 on August 21 was the oldest member present. Officers for the coming year are: Pres., Karl Huber vice pres., Maurice Huber sec.-treas., Hazel Hess. WINS FLOWER AWARD Mrs. Kermit Herr of South Lawn avenue was awarded a sectional championship in the Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus association show’ at Toledo, Sunday. TRIP THRU WEST Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gossman, daughter Wanda and son Robert have returned from a trip through 20 w’estern states, visiting at the home of Mrs, Ray Pfeiffer, the form er Doris Klingler of Ada and niece of Mrs. Gossman. They also visited an 87-year old aunt, Mrs. Mary Marshall and daughter Lulu in Loma Linda. Calif., and stopped at Yellow’ stone park, Salt Lake City, Boulder Dam and the Grand Canyon, dam andt he Grand Canyon. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 1948 BELL AT GRADE SCHOOL MAY BE KEPT AS RELIC Sentiment Grows For Preserva tion of Bell As Memento of Ixng Service One Suggestion Is To Hang It At Harmon Field To Be Rung At Grid Victories A move to preserve Bluffton’s ven erable grade school bell as a relic was gaining in favor here this week, following announcement that as a safety measure it will be removed from the belfry where it has hung for 65 years. Sentiment for preservation of the bell crystallized among Bluffton resi dents, many of w’hom were former students in the school, immediately after it w’as learned that the rolling clamor no longer will be heard, mark ing the start of each school session. Members of the board of education who ordered removal of the bell a w’eek ago said that if prevailing senti ment indicated a popular demand to keep the bell some plan probably could be worked out for its preser vation as a relic. Offered Bell Free Previously the board had announced a plan to give the bell free of charge to anyone who would assume the cost of its removal. The board is scheduled to take up the matter officially as a special meet ing next Monday night, and whether there would be at that time a formal request to preserve the bell could not be learned the first of this week. Several plans for preservation of the bell as a relic have advanced in informal discussion. One group has favored placing the bell on the grade school grounds as a memento, and the other suggestion has been to hang it in a shelter at Harmon field, so it could be rung w’hen high school ftfctoatl teams register a victory. In event of a decision to retain the bell here for sentimental reasons, the board of education w’ould assume the cost of removing ia from the belfry. On the other hand, it is not known whether anyone will submit a pro posal to take down the bell in order to gain possession of it. In Use 65 Years Current interest aroused by the bell disclosed that it has hung in the bell tower at the grade school for 65 years. It replaced a smaller bell which had been installed when the building was erected seven years earlier. The bell, a holdover from the days when clocks w’ere none too plentiful and there was no modern radio or other means of keeping accurate time, is largely outmoded from a utilitarian point of view. Long years of hanging in the bel fry have resulted in an unsafe condi tion, and a large expenditure would be required to again make it safe in its moorings, members of the board of education pointed out. Jim Miller Resigns 4 s Coach In Texas James F. Miller, graduate of Bluff ton High school and Bluffton College, who has been head coach at Mission, Texas High school for two years, resigned that post on July 24, it was announced this w’eek. Miller’s grid teams won second honors last fall in his district, and two years ago he was selected as head coach of the annual All-State Valley high school bowl game. Herbert Klassen To Teach At Wharton Herbert J. Klassen, son of Prof, and Mrs. John P. Klassen, a gradu ate of Bluffton college last spring, will be a teacher at Wharton High school this fall. Announcement was made last week of Klassen’s engagement to Magrita Christina Anna Freie, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hendrik Freie, of Am sterdam, Holland. Miss Freie w’as a student of Bluff ton college last year, and this sum mer has been serving as a counsellor and instructor at a girls camp. Driver's Licenses To Go On Sale Sept. 7 Sale of 1949 automobile driver’s licenses will open in Ohio on Tues day, Sept. 7, it was announced this W’eek by Edward T. Fogo, registrar of motor vehicles. Names and locations of deputy registrars from whom licenses may be bought will be announced about two weeks prior to the start of sales. Sudden Cessation of All Crime ould Cause Serious Eco nomic Upheaval Dr. R. E. Bushong, Superinten dent of Lima State Hospital, Is Speaker Why do men commit crime? Dr. R. E. Bushong, superintendent of Lima State hospital for the criminal insane gave some of the answers in an address before the Lions club at their luncheon meeting in the Wal nut Grill Tuesday night. Principal factors contributing to criminal tendencies were listed by the speaker as poverty ,unemploy ment, poor family life, an appeal for easy money and for business reasons. If by any miracle there should be suddenly a complete end of all crime it w’ould cause a greater economic upheaval than any depression because all the many agencies to combat law lessness would be useless and their staffs out of jobs, Dr. Bushong de clared. Crime and cost of controls in the United States reaches the stupend ous total of $18 billion dollars every year. There are two million major and 20 million minor crimes commit ted annually, he said. During hard times, the trend is toward crimes against property and in prosperity most crimes are against persons, he painted out. The crime rate in this country is very low among Jew’s, the speaker said principally because of the strong ties of family life. Likewise, little crime is noticed among Japan ese because of their veneration for ancestors. Criminal violations among the foreign-born population of this country are three and one-half times greater than among native born Dr. Bushong dclared. He also said there is more crime in cities than in the country, altho the rural criminal rate has been climbing. Orange Twp. Pair Top Health List Rosemary Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Montgomery and Robert Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Warren, both of Orange towmship, were named healthiest 4-H girl and boy in the Hancock county elimination held in Findlay, Satur day. Rosemary is in her seventh year of club w’ork, a member of the Gold Star 4-H chib and has completed 26 projects. Robert is in his third year of club w’ork as a member of the Mt. Cory Blue Ribbon 4-H club. Silver Wedding Of Three Couples Silver wedding anniversary of three couples was observed at the Welty homestead, north of Bluffton. Couples were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Welty, Jr., of Toledo Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Amstutz, Bluffton, and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Welty, Col. Grove. At open house in the afternoon Mrs. D. W. Reichenbach and Mrs. W. G. Althaus served assisted by Misses Betty Reichenbach and Alice Welty. Moving pictures were taken by Emory Benroth. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Welty and daugh ter Rosemary, Jerome, Ohio Mrs. Bess Bleum, son, Bob, David Jones, Rossville, Ind. Mrs. Walter Good, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Althaus, Ash land Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Welty, To ledo. John Stover, Mr. and Mrs. Ken neth Welty, sons John and David, Misses Alice and Lois Welty, Colum bus Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trijrplehom, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Trippiehorn and son James, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Benroth, sons Richard and Roger, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Reichenbach, daughter Betty, Mrs. Edith Burk holder, daughter Genevieve, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Haas, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Lugibill, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mos er, Mrs. Sam Welty, Fred, Cleo and Cecelia Welty of Bluffton. Organ Recital At Pandora Sunday David amsey, organist of the First Methodist church at Anderson, Indiana, will appear in an organ recital of sacred music at Grace Mennonite church. Pandora, Sun day morning at 10:30 o’clock. He is a graduate of Arthur Jordan con servatory, Indianapolis, and has studied abroad. Nation’s Annual Crime Bill In Excess Of 18 Billions, Speaker Tells Lions With The Sick Med Murray is ill at the home of his son Nile Murray south of Bluff ton. Nello Steinman is a patient in the Veterans hospital at Dayton taking treatment for a stomach ailment. Mrs. W. M. Niswander is a pa tient in Lima Memorial hospital w’here she underwent surgery last w’eek. Harold Amstutz who has been a patient in Bluffton hospital since he was involved in an automobile ac cident has improved sufficiently to be removed to the home of his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Amstutz on the former Follett farm. Rites Here Thursday For Pvt. Otto Owens Military services 1 nducted at Maple Grove cei letery Tiursui.iv morning fr Pvt. Otto James Ow’ens, a grandson of the late AncIrew J. Owens, former ma\zor of E 1 uffton. Pvt. Owen s was killed in ac tion in Eastern rance on Nov. 10, 1944. The bod y of Pvt in Youngstown, home w’as Owens, w’hose is at tne Basinger funeral hoine awaiti ng fun eral services and bur ial. Rev Simon Glasl will officiate at rites in St. Marys Catholic church at 9:30 a. m. Thursday, with -the rosary recited the funeral home at 8:30 p. m. Wed nesday. Members of th.e Bluffton post, American Legion, w31 meet at post headquarters at 9 a. m. Thui sday to attend the ?es in a body and to conduct military rites at the grave. Pvt. Owen s was born at Man.sfield August 22, 1918, while his firther Dr. Otto .Owens, was serving rver seas in World Wai I. Dr. Owens is deceased, an survivors include the mother, Mrs. Otto J. Owrens, of Youngstown and two brothers, Dr. Andrew’ J. Owens and Dr. Francis J. Ow’ens, both of Detroit. Before entering military service, Pvt. Owens was employed as an elec trician by the General Firproofing Co., of Youngstowm. He was a graduate of Youngstowm East High school and had attended Ohio State university. The body arrived in Bluffton Tues day night on the Cleveland-St. Louis Nickel Plate train. Rites Tuesday For Mrs. Susan Miller Mrs. Susan Miller, 89, widow of David C. Miller and a formed Bluff ton resident, died at her home in Belmore last Saturday of heart dis ease. She had been an invalid for 11 years. Born near Bluffton in Hancock county, June 19, 1859, she w’as the daughter of David and Mary (To bias) Whisler. She w’as married in 1876 to Mr. Miller, w’ho died in 1932. Survivors include two sons, How ard, Garrett, Ind., and Carl, Lig gonier, Ind. a daughter, Mrs. Zoe Rupright, Belomer and tw-o sisters, Mrs. Ezra Shellar, Rawson, and Mrs. Ed Ferrall, San Diego, Calif. Funeral services w’ere held Tues day at Belomer. Burial w’as in the Clymer cemetry nar Bluffton. Cora Brenner Rites In Mt. Cory Monday Funeral services were held Mon day in Mt. Cory for Mrs. Cora Amanda Brenner, 73, wife of Charles Brenner, who died of coro nary sclerosis last Friday night at her home residence at that place. A lifelong resident of Hancock county, she was born March 14, 1875, in Union township, the daughter of Jacob and Eliza (Moyer) Ulrich. She w’as married to Mr. Brenner on December 14, 1899. In addition to her husband, sur vivors include tw’O daughters and a son. Rev. Irvin Kauffman officiated at the funeral rites. Burial w’as in the Clymer cemetery. Perry Driver Rites Are Held In Lima Perry M. Driver, 86, Lima insur ance agent and father of Mrs. Sher wood Diller, formerly of Bluffton, died last Thursday in Lima Memor ial hospital, following an illness of several weeks. His daughter, the former Phyllis Driver, attended Bluffton college, and now lives with her husband and fam ily in Alameda, Calif. Also surviv ing are the widow’ and three grand children. Funeral rites were held in Lima Sunday. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade ___________ NUMBER 18 FIRsTdRAFT MAY TAKE NONE FROM BLUFFTON VICINITY Initial Call Will Average One for Every 10,000 Popu lation Average Will Require About 8 or 9 Draftees From Allen County Bluffton, Beaverdam and Richland township may have no draftees in the first selective service call if it represents a fair proportion of the total population. The call which will go out about September 2 for 15,000 men will take about one draftee for each 10 000 persons throughout the country. Population of Richland towmship area, including Bluffton and Beaver dam, roughly 5,000, would rate one half a draftee, according to the na tional average. Eight or Nine from County Eight or nine draftees will be fur nished by Allen county on the basis of an estimated population of 82,466. Similarly initial draft calls w*ill take three men each from Putnarn and Hardin counties. Present indications are that the men will leave early in November for induction centers. Jim Howe Plays On Winning North Team Jim Howe, star Bluffton High football tackle last fall, was the lone representative from this area on the North team that defeated an aggre gation from the southern part of the state, 20 to 0, in the annual All-Star gridiron tilt at Canton, last Friday night. Howe, the second Class gridder to be named to the all-star squad in the three-year history of the game, played a good line game for the Northernerns Neil Schmidt, Bluffton High back field ace, on the North team last year, w’as the only other Class player ever to make the grade. Roger Howe Wins City Tennis Tilt Roger Howe, Allen county singles champion, won the Bluffton singles crowm in the annual city tennis tournament with a 6-2, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Dale Reichenbach in a match here last Sunday afternoon. To reach the finals Howe had de feated Woodrow’ Little, and Reichen bach won over Bob Simsox. Doubles championship of the two w’as w’on by Little and Reichenbach, who defeated Howe and Simcox, 7-9, 6-4, 6-3. No doubles matches were played, and the two seeded teams met in the championship round. This concludes city tournament play for the season, although several Bluffton players are planning to com pete at the Northwestern Ohio tennis tourney in Toledo over Labor Day weekend. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Wright, Ada, a boy, Howard Alan, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Diller, Lima, a girl, Francis Lou, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Edw’. Schumacher, Bow’ling Green, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graham, Lima, a girl, Janet Lynne, last Wed nesday at Lima Memorial hospital. Mrs. Graham is the former Gene vieve Fett, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ftt, Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pannabeck er of Chicago, former Bluffton resi dents, a boy, John Richard at Mercy hospital, Chicago, Thursday. Mrs. Pannabecker is the former Wanda Suter of Pandora. Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Kohli of Bal timore, Md., a girl, Cheryl Jan, Aug ust 10 at Baltimore. Mr. Kohli is the son of Mrs. Eva Kohli of Bluff ton. Returns Home After Summer In England Mrs. Harry Shrider, Jr., of Har mon road who spent the summer in England arrived home last Thursday. She was accompanied by her hus band who met her in New York. The Bluffton woman, a native of Grims by,, Lincolnshire, visited for three months at her former home in north ern England.