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century, was a
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Place To Live
rt to Reach Strata at 1,200
Foot Depth Last of
Proceeds Day and
With Three Crews
at Work
Shifts of continuous drilling
dns, another attempt to locate
I district three miles west of
i on the College road is ex
to reach oil-bearing rock
this week,
ng of the well
hour &
oil ini
pec ted]
.strata I■ate
three crew-s on eight-
was started
W. G. Can
road in a
August on the
lust off College
at the turn of the
major oil producing
was delayed for a
Altho work
time last week by a leak in the
casing when the well was down to
a depth of 500 feet, 24-hour-a-day
drilling has been resumed, and inter-,
ests financing the venture are hope
ful that they will have the answer
as to whether oil will be found be
fore the end of this month.
Oil-beating rock strata, expected
to be reached this week, will be
found at A depth of about 1,200 feet,
drilling operators said.
cond Test Well
on the Carr farm is the
financed in the same district
the last year by Findlay and
fa|, a 1,325-foot well was
put down jpn the John Boehr farm,
about one^half m*le south of the
Carr location. Gas and a trace of
oil were fibund, but the well never
was shot.
Two good wells were near the
Carr farm during the oil boom of
1899. One was on the adjacent farm
of Chris Zimmerly, now owned by
Homer, Leonard and Arden Zimmer
ly. The other was a gas-producing
-well on the Isaac Habegger farm.
Location of this year’s test well is
between the two pumped at
•of the century, and not far
-old Zimmerly well.
the turn
from the
Findlay and Toledo
financing the test wells of this year
.and last have leased drilling rights
to some 1,500 acres of farmland in
the district where their operations
are being conducted.
Legion Elects Al
Ingalls Commander
Albert Ingalls was elected com
mander of Bluffton American Legion
post at the annual election of offi
cers, Monday night.
Other officers elected were: vice
commander, Donald Reams adjutant,
James Benroth treasurer, Jack
Clark service officer, Stanley Ba
singer Sgt. at arms, Melvin Long,
Jr. historian, Omar Welty chap
lain, Rev. Paul Cramer color bear
ers, Garnett Foltz, Robert Dillman.
The newly elected officers will be
installed at a meeting of Bluffton
post, Monday night, October 4 and
serve for one year.
Woman Badly Burned
Hospitalized Here
Mrs. Peter Badertscher, 81, is a
patient in Bluffton hospital with
second and third degree burns about
the body when her clothing caught
fire from corn fodder which she was
burning in the garden at her home
on Poplar street, Friday afternoon.
Her condition is reported serious.
With The Sick
Jesse -Anderson of Orange town
ship is a patient in Lima Memorial
hospital where he underwent sur
gery, Saturday.
Charles Lauby is reported ill at
Jiis home on South Jackson street.
Mrs. Jacob Schnegg of East Col
lege avenue who has been ill with
pneumonia for the past ten days is
somewhat improved. Her daughter,
Jtfrs. Harvey Wilch has been caring
George Grismore, Bluffton high
school student who is ill with polio
at Lima Memorial hospital is re
ported considerably improved.
Mrs. E. G. Griffith of North
Baltimore, former Bluffton resident
is a patient in Findlay hospital, ill
with undulant fever.
A two-cent jump in thocost of
half-pints of milk from laB spring
to this fall was cited by scliool offi
cials as one indication of thit general
price increases affecting o tion of
the cafeteria. Milk in ha nt bot
tles last year cost four:Jfents, as
compared with this yearWprice of
six. Milk served is 3.5 percent but
Although Bluffton schools are re
ceiving increased financial aid this
fall for its school cafeteria program,
lunches cost students five cents more
per meal because of the general ad
vance of foodstuff prices.
The regular student lunch served
at noon in the cafeteria sells for 30
cents and for grades one, two and
three the cost is 20 cents. Last
year the comparative meals cost 15
and 25 cents.
In the cafeteria an avafipe of 120
to 135 lunches are served every noon.
Much of the federal laid is pro
vided in the form of foyi#. including
dried fruit, raisins, prugite, peaches,
fruit juice, tomato juiee* potatoes,
onions, peanut butter, ete.
Included on the school lunch menu
are a meat serving or meat sand
wich, salad, vegetable,
milk. Lunches in both pri
include the
are smaller
federal aid
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian
Welty, he was born Dec. 31, 1870, in
Putnam county, near Pandora
was married
died in 1910.
Bucher, who
High Cost Of Living Hits School
Lunches Despite More Federal Aid
rt and
ne thru
same items, bu
for the grades
gives the school a total
cents for every meal served wfth milk,
and five cents for meals iwithout
milk. Last year the gowrnment
provided four cents for riels with
out milk and five and one-hftf cents
for lunches with milk.
Man Fatally ifurt
In Fall From Tree
Injuries sustained when he fell
from a tree at his home, 349 Cherry'
street, proved fatal at 8:20 a. m.
Saturday in Bluffton Community
hospital to John D. Welty, 77, a re
tired carpenter.
Welty’s death occurred from in
ternal injuries received the previous
day in a fall while he was trim
ming a tree on his property.
Bumper Commercial Tomato Crop Is
Problem For Producers And Canneries
to Mary Schaublin, w*ho
Later he married Mary
also is deceased,
include two sons, Lee
and Hany Welty, both of Pandora
and three daughters, Mrs. William
Seneff, Belgian Congo, South Africa
Adeline Welty, at home, and Mrs.
Ella Ross, Toledo.
A sister, Mrs. Amos Reichenbach,
lives in Bluffton, and there are three
brothers, Aaron, Bluffton Theophi
lus, Toledo, and Enoch Welty, Pra
tum, Oregon.
Mr. Welty came to Bluffton from
Pandora 26 years ago. He was a
member of St. John Mennonite
church, Pandora, and attended the
Missionary church in Bluffton.
Funeral rites were held Monday
afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral
home, and burial was in the St. John
cemetery. Rev. R. R. Welch, Mis
sionary pastor, officiated, assisted by
Rev. Frank Harder, St. John pastor.
Organize To Promote
County Fair Levy
An Allen county fair promotion
committee will be organized at 8
p. m. next Monday in the Lima post
office building, to promote a one-mill
tax levy which will be on the ballot
this fall for fair purposes.
The proposed one-mill levy will be
for a five-year period, and would
help finance a new fairgrounds and
construction of a field house.
Anyone interested is invited to at
tend the Monday meeting at which
“Put” Sandies, former head of the
Ohio Junior fair, will be the speaker.
Kohli Delegate To
G. O. P. Convention
A. E. Kohli, of Bluffton, will be
one of 13 Allen county delegates to
the state Republican convention to
be held in Columbus this Thursday
and Friday.
Stanley Vertner, of Beaverdam, is
an alternate.
Beaverdam Man Etuis
His Life Wednesday
David D. Zimmerman, 31, ended
his life by hanging at his home
near Beaverdam, Wednesday morn
ing at 6:30 o’clock. The body was
found by his wife in the corncrib
shortly after he
ing chores.
had done his niorn-
Coroner Lewis was
rendered a formal
Allen County
summoned who
verdict after which the body was re
moved to the Paul Diller Funeral
home here where it will remain until
the funeral.
Zimmerman who operated a small
farm near Beaverdam was employed
in Lima. He had been in ill health
and w'as believed to have been de
Funeral services will be held at
the Paul Diller funeral home Friday
afternoon at 2 30 o’clock with Rev.
L. D. Fauver of the Reaverdam
Methodist church officiating. Burial
will be in the Evangelical Mennonite
cemetery northwest of Bluffton.
Surviving are his wife, the former
Mary Frances Spicer together with
one son Kent, 10, and daughter
Jane, 4.
Also surviving are four sisters.
Mrs. Willis Simmons, of Stryker
and Mrs. Hiram Reichenbach, Mrs.
Andrew* Hochstettler and Miss Ber
nice Zimmerman of Bluffton.
Seven brothers surviving are Ray
mond and Glen of Beaverdam Hi
ram, Toledo Dennis, Findlay Or
ren, Ada Oliver ana Noah, Bluffton.
Supply of Pickers and Cannery
Help Short of Needs to
Handle Yield
All Commercial Production Rec
ords Broken By This Sum
mer’s Bumper Crop
and after a summer in
was plenty of moisture
intervals frost held off
mitting all of the crop
Unusually favorable weather
ditions during the summer have
duced the best commercial tomato
crop in the history of this area, and
the supply of labor has been unable
to cope with either field harvesting
or cannery activities.
Round-the-clock operations in can
neries have been the rule in an at
tempt to process the
the crop coming from
despite urgent calls
help enough workers
wered to permit handling the entire
huge bulk of
the fields, but
for additional
have not ans-
Most of the bumper yield is being
harvested and processed, however,
and although all-time production
records already have been surpassed
more tomatoes are continuing to flow
into the canneries.
located north of
Columbus Grove,
Leipsic and Del-
With canneries
Bluffton, also in
Pandora, Ottawa,
phos, tomatoes have assumed a role
of increasing importance as a major
farjn cash crop in this area and the
1948 yield
has proved the best in
ly perfect
conditions were practical
for this year’s tomatoes,
which there
at frequent
so far, per
to ripen.
Observers reported this week that
virtually ail of the yield will mature
before frost stops the harvest sea
son, giving this season’s tomato
growers a rare advantage.
Thieves Get $125 At
Orange Twp. Store
Burglars who broke into the Ervin
Vandemark grocery at the intersec
report made to Hancock County
Sheriff Orla A. Cooper.
of State Route 69* and the Lin
highway in Orange township
Thursday night escaped with
loot of $125, according to the
Hunting license funds in the
amount of $25 were included in the
loot, Vandemark reported.
The robbery was discovered early
Friday morning when William
an employe, opened the store,
trance was gained by forcing a
'No merchandise was taken.
Re-Surfacing Planned For Parts
of Jackson, Thurman, Elm
Spring Streets
Eight Blocks Will Be Improved
In Program Planned to Start
In Next Week I
Re-surfacing of parts of four
Bluffton streets will be started this
week in a late-summer improvement
program to eight blocks of the town’s
A hew tar-chip surface will be ap
plied to parts of Jackson street,
Thurman street, Spring street and
Elm street in the improvement pro
gram, it was announced by Street
Commissioner H. L. Coon.
A tw’o-block stretch of Jackson
street will be re-surfaced from Grove
street to College avenue and a new*
surface will be placed on Thurman
street from Washington street to
Main street.
New Surface:
On Spring street, a new* surface
will be applied from High street to
Franklin street. In preparation for
the improvement program, existing
surface of both Thurman and Spring
streets was torn up with the new
town road scraper.
The Elm street improvement will
embrace widening of the thorofare
from the curve at the Gid Luginbuhl
residence to the Berryhill residence
near the bridge over Little Riley
creek. The present street will be
widened 10 feet in front of the new
residences erected during the last two
years along the 200-ytrd stretch.
Work on the re-surfacing program
is to be started wAhin the next
week, with workmen expected to
complete the four-street project in
a few days. The work will be done
by next month.
Cherry Street Debt
Finally Is Retired
Bluffton’s five-year-old Cherry and
Church street debt, retirement of
which has plagued succeeding coun
cils since $3,000 was borrowed to
permit re-surfacing from the Nickel
Plate railroad to Jackson street,
finally has been wiped off the books.
Municipal councilman Monday night
authorized the payment of $2,548 to
complete retirement of the original
$3,000 debt. The loan, originally
made by the Citizens National bank,
later was taken over by Rolland
Although retirement of the debt
?ut heavily into this year’s muni
cipal income, councilmen pointed to
the necessity of clearing up the debt
because of its place as a major com
plication in municipal financing.
Community Open
House At College
Bluffton college will hold open
house for residents of the town and
community Friday afternoon and
evening, October 8, it was announced
this week.
The public will be invited to visit
the various college halls and dormi
tories to see the college in its routine
operation as well as inspect special
displays which will be arranged for
the occasion.
The proposed open house is one
angle of a program for closer rela
tions between the college and com
Carl Smucker of the college facul
ty is chairman of the general com
mittee in charge of arrangements.
Others on the committee include Mrs.
Harl Mann, W. G. Burbick, Armin
Hauensrein, Minerva Hilty, Ray
Hamman, Paul Stauffer and Presi
dent L. L. Ramscyer.
County Line Church
Revival Opens Sunday
A two weeks’ revival service at
the County Line Church of the
Brethren will begin Sunday evening,
with meetings every night at 8
Rev. Arthur Dodge of Defiance
will be in charge and special music
will be a feature. The two weeks
services will conclude with the an
nual church homecoming Sunday,
October 10.
Last year
Mathematics Make Spectacular
Comeback With 407f Gain
In Students
Commercial and Industrial Arts
Classes Continue Popular
With Students
Continuing a trend in evidence the
last several years, commercial cours
es and industrial arts rank high in
the preference of Bluffton High
school students, but the most inter
esting development of the year has
been the comeback of mathematics.
The following rates for the coming year do not include proposed tax
levies to be voted on at the November election. These are a five mill
levy for five years in the Beaverdam school district and a three mill levy
for two years in LaFayette village.
only 47 students took
courses, but enroll
high school classes this
a figure
nient in four
gain of 40 per cent.
At the same time,
summary of enrollment
continuation of the marked improve
(Continued on page 8)
however, the
totals showed
Auto And Truck
Crash At Corner
car driven by Walter Basinger
of South Main street and a Kenton
truck driven by Kenneth Young
were badly damaged in a collision at
the Ezra Amstutz corner four miles
northwest of Bluffton Monday after
Basinger was taken to Bluffton
hospital for cuts about the head and
released after being
giv$n first aid
the truck was
the St. John
Young, driver of
traveling south on
church road and Basinger was east
bound on the county line when the
accident occurred at the intersection.
There is standing corn on the north
west corner of the cross road.
following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schmehl,
Rawson, a boy, Charles
last Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Lima, a boy, Russell
Mr. and
Leipsic, a
Mr. and
Bluffton, a
Charles Nash
Charles Everett,
Franklin Steiner,
girl, Jane Diane, Thurs-
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Stouder, Muncie,
Ind., a girl, Chyerlin Ann, Sunday.
Mr. and
Col. Grove,
Mrs. Francis Williams,
a girl, Joyce Ann, Tues-
Mrs. Emerson Lugibihl,
boy, Tuesday.
Mr. and
Bluffton, a
Bluffton Village
Corporation____________________ .____ ___ 1.95 1.80 3.75
Schools ____________________________ _—... 5.40 7.40 12.80
Township _________________________ ____ .20 .20
County_______ __ ______________ ___ 2.45 .60 3.05
Total______________ _________________ ___ 10.00 9.80 19.80
Bluffton School District
Schools_____________________________ 5.40 7.40 12.80
Township __________________________ _----- L55 1.55
County _________________ ________ ___ 2.45 .60 3.05
—.... ’—•—.
Total________________ _____________ ___ 9.40
Beaverdam Village
Corporation______ __________ ._________ 1.35 3.00 4.35
Schools _____________________________ 6.00 4.60 10.60
Township __________________________ .20 .20
County .____________ ____ ___ ___ 2.45 .60 3.05
Total ________________ __________________ 10.00 8.20 18.20
Beaverdam School District
Schools __________ ______ ___________ ___ 6.00 4.60 10.60
Township ___________________ ___ 1.55
County __________ __ __ ____ ___ __ ___ 2.45 .60 3.05
—•..‘. 1
Total _____________________ ___ ___ ........... 10.00 5.20 15.20
LaFayette Village
Corporation .................... ............................... ___ 1.35 1.35
Schools _------- ___ 5.70 4.30 10.00
Township _____________ _______ ___ ___ .50 .50
County ...._....................... .... ....................... ___ 2.45 .60 3.05!
Total ___ ____ ._____ .______________..........___ 10.00 4.90 14.90
LaFayette-Jackson School Dist.
Schools __ ________________ .............___ „.... 5.70 4.30 10.00 i
Township.................. .................................... ___ 1.85 1.85
County ____________ ____________ ___ 2.45 .60 3.05
Total .......................................................... ....... 10.00 4.90 14.90
Commercial, Vocational Subjects
Again Favored By H. S. Students
10 Mill
Glen Long Dies
At Home In Lima
Glen B. Long, 61, former owner
and operator of a Bluffton restau
rant, died at 5:45 a. m. last Friday
at his home in Lima. He had been
ill for several months.
A native of Bluffton, Long at one
time owned and operated the Elk
restaurant here. He
about 20 years ago,
operating a peanut
Lima public square.
went to Lima
and has been
stand in the
Long was a member of the Lin
South Side Church of Christ.
include the widow, Ger-
a daughter, Mrs. Dwight E.
of Lima, and two brothers,
and Carl, both of Bluffton,
also is a granddaughter.
held in Lima
with Rev. E. J.
Funeral services wer
Sunday afternoon
Penhorwood officiating. Burial was
in Maple Grove cemetery here.
Two Auto Mishaps In
Beaverdam On Friday
Four persons were injured in two
automobile crashes at Beaverdam
within three hours of each other,
last Friday night.
Both mishaps occurred when driv
ers failed to negotiate turns in the
highway, according to reports of the
state highway patrol.
Following the first
curve on Route 25 at
Mi*, and Mrs. Philip
mishap at a
11:30 p. m.,
Schroyer, of
Findlay, received treatment in Bluff
ton Community hospital.
Schroyer sustained bruises and
ehin lacerations, and his wife suf
fered lacerations and a possible
head injury. They were brought to
the hospital here in the Paul
Their car was demolished.
In another mishap, three
later an automobile driven by Basil
Akers, 24, of Trilby, rammed thru
a guard rail, tore a tree loose
landed on the front porch of
Stanley Vertner residence.
Akers received cuts on his
and hands, and a companion, Chas.
Armbrust, of Sylvania, suffered lac
erations of the arms and face. Arm
burst was thrown from the car into
a ditch.
College Student Is
Church Pastor Here
Kenneth Bauman, Bluffton college
student l)as been named pastor of
the Evangelical Mennonite church
here, it was announced the first of
the week. He succeeds Rev. Edgar
Shady who resigned last summer to
ant to
a pastorate in Milo ,Iowa.
Treadway, also a student in
here has been named assist
the pastor.
A Good Place To Trade
School Lew Mav Add
to Beaverdam’s Rate
Village Levy May Add 3
to Lafayette’s Rate of
Bluffton s tax rate for the coming
year will be $19 80 per $1,000 worth
of taxable real estate, an increase of
60 cents over last year, according
to a report released this week by
the Alien county budget commission.
will apply on
made in
The $19.80 rate
real estate tax collections
December, 1948, and June,
under the new schedule.
The foregoing rate does
i a proposed one mill
for five yean
the November election,
not in
to be voted on at
Funds from
vy would be used to proride
new county fairgrounds. The
measure, if carried would add one
mill to the rate of each taxing sub
division in the county. Start of col
lection however, would be delayed
Included in the $19.80 rate are
$10 per thousand inside the 10-mill
limitations and $9.80 in special levies
outside the limitation. The Bluffton
school rate included in the $19.80
figure is $12.80, including special
Bluffton corporation, which last
year had a rate of $3.60 for opera
tion of the city government, the low
est in the county outside of Cairo,
will gain 15 cents per thousand in
the coming year’s iax collection.
The village’s share pfAhe new rate
is $3.75.
County Gains
Principal benefactor of the 60
cents per thousand tax increase will
be Allen county, which will have a
new' rate of $3.05, in comparison
with last year’s rate of $2.60.
Bluffton’s new tax rate of $19.80
is broken down as follow’s: Schools—
$12.80 Bluffton corporation—$3.75
County—$3.05 Township—.20.
Richland township in the Bluffton
school district also will have a high
er rate for the coming year $17.40
which is 60 cents higher than last
year’s figure of $16.80.
Vote on Special Levies
Final determination of tax rates
in Beaverdam school district includ
ing Beaverdam, and also Lafayette
village will depend upon the out
come of special levies to be voted
at both places in the November elec
Beaverdam school district will vote
on a proposed special levy of five
mills for five years while Lafayette
village will vote on a proposed three
mill levy for two years.
Excluding the proposed levy the
Beaverdam village rate will be $18.20
per thousand, an increase of 60
cents over last year’s rate of $17.60.
That portion of Richland township
in the Beaverdam school district will
have a new rate of $15.20, up 60
cents from last year’s $14.60 rate.
Excluding the proposed levy, the
Lafayette village rate for the com
ing year will be $14.90, a drop
from last year’s mark of $17.30. The
Lafayette-Jackson school district rate
of $14.90 for the coming year is 60
cents higher than last year.
Morning Cleveland
Train Changes Time-
Effective Sunday morning, the
Nickel Plate train on the St. Louis
to Cleveland run will change time,
it is announced this week.
Under the new schedule it will
leave Bluffton at
rive in Cleveland
der the present
here at 4:30 a.
Cleveland at 7:40 a. m.
5:45 a. m. and ar
at 8:55 a. m. Un
schedule it leaves
m. and arrives in
Schedule of the evening train will
remain unchanged, leaving Cleveland
at 6:30 p. m. and arriving in Bluff
ton at 9:41 p. m.
Barbers Raise
Haircut Price
Bluffton barber shops have an
nounced a raise in the price of hair
cuts to 75 cents, an advance of 10
cents over the former rate. Shaves
remain unchanged at 35 cents.

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