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VOLUME LXXIII Representatives of Industries Here Asked to Meet With Council Householders in Bluffton residential districts who have complained bitter ly against fly ash and smoke for yearsr placed their objections before the town council Monday night in the form of petitions asking that necessary legislation be enacted to upetHionr«ahich were circulated residents pany to “ppear Elm street. PROTEST INDUSTRIAL FLY ASH AND SMOKE Some 2501 Petitions Signed by Residents Filed With Town Council during the past week are reported! to bear signatures of some 2501 Harry Burkholder, 19, The petitions point to Bluffton sustained Tuesday afternoon at 5 industrial plants as the source of fly o’clock when he was struck on the ash and soot and after accepting thepead by a timber from a barn which petitions the council directed Charles was assisting in tearing down at TJmans, corporation clerk, to request the farm of his father, Quentin representatives of the 1---- Electric Light and Waterworks plant,!county line'. His condition the Central Ohio Light & Power! Ported satisfactory Wednesday, company and the Page Dairy com-1 at the meeting on Monday nignt, vet. Jo. I Hope to Reach Agreement At that time local administration! officials said they hoped to work out! a basis for an amicable adjustment! of the differences without having to resort to restrictive legislation. I I Thg fly ash situation, householders! here aver, has become progressively Similar To Fine Sand I worse ip recent years as morel generating equipment has been added! at both the municipal plant and the! Woodcock plant of the Central Ohio! utility to take increasing demands for electric cur-1 Commodity Credit Corporation rent. I Fly ash, one of the major sources! Putnam Counties of complaint, is a brown powderyF substance blown by forced draft from smokestacks and carried by the wind. Settling on porches it crunches like fine sand when walked on. It sifts into houses and adds materially to the cleaning work of housewives! and together with soot and smoke,! Bluffton area farmers learned last soon discolors the exterior of newly! Saturday that the Commodity Credit painted houses. I Meat Price Is Due For Slump Here This Week Sources conversant with the situa-| bushel on properly stored corn in tion declared this week that smoke-! Allen county, as the support price stacks can be equipped with appli-l on the com crop now being harvest ances to eliminate fly ash and sootled. at comparatively modest cost. I Putnam county loan rate also was ____________ I Rev. Bigelow Resigns Church Paslorafesl 1 ill in-1 Births QIZABLE reductions in retail meat prices following re cently tumbling wholesale quo tations are due to cheer Bluffton housewives this week. Lower prices for choice cuts may run upwards of 10 cents a pound, it was forecast here. These prices reflect current lower livestock quotations which have marked cattle down $1 to $3 per hundredweight and hogs down around $2 per hundred pounds. I Youth Injured In I *on Accident On Farm js Bluff Hospital with scalp lacerations Municipal Burkholder north of town on the His condition was re- .. Floyd Herr Wins Scholarship At Oak I Ridge In Atomic Radiation Research GOVERNMENT CORN LOANS FIXED AT $1.47 PER BUSHEL Sets Price in Allen and Figure in Hancock and Hardin is $1.48 Farmers Busy Building Storage corporation will loan $1.47 per set at $1.47 a bushel with Hardin. and Hancock county farmers receiv ing $1.48 per bushel under I I The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Conner Stewart, Bluffton, a boy, Michael Clair, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, Je nera, a boy, Peter Michael, Friday. I the loan Theg Commodity Credit I tion’s corn-loan program is Rev. E. N. Bigelow, minister ofl tooj of government in eupporting the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyter-1 price of the 1948 corn crop, ian churches has resigned his charge! -pbe applicable loan rate for here to accept the pastorate of the|countieg in this area reflects a sup Presbyterian church at Norwalk, ef-l pOr|. prjce of 90 per cent of parity, fective November 7. His resigna-1 ag rcquire(i by law. tion was announced at services ofl Proper Storage Required the two churches, Sunday morning. I jn connectjon with announcement Rev. Bigelow assumed the pastor-1 (Continued on page 8) ate of the Bluffton and RockportF churches in 1942 following his grad uation from Yale Theological semin ary. During the war he was on leave of absence for overseas service as an army chaplain. 1 spring attracted widespread attention in inI auguration of the “talent” 1 as a means of raising funds. Real Estate Deals William Gaiffe, residing on A nXZiJw* +K»I Bigler Bros, farm north of Bluffton of'"1947 “hiT Bluffton chu«hlha8 I'U«Us«l the Steven Smith the property on East Elm street. The project! Pr°Perty has ^een vacant since Smith moved to Carrollton, Ohio, to take a I position with the Farnj Bureau. He was formerly connected with the Farm Bureau here. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Blosser, Bluff-1 will be the feature of the Open ton, a girl, Connie Sue, Friday. I House at Bluffton College Friday Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Hall, Pan-1 afternoon and evening of this wet k. dora, a girl, Candace Lynn, Sunday.! Sonip thirty picked students have I I been rehearsed in directing towns- Mr. and Mrs. Paul Whaley, De-1 people about the campus and ex* troit, a girl, Linda Ellen, born Sep-1 plaining the various facilities, tember 23 at Grace hospital, that! The open house program, indorsed citv. Mrs. Whaley is the former! by local businessmen, is designed to June Burkholder, daughter of Mr.I give Bluffton citizens the opportunity and Mrs. Wm. Burkholder of West! to inspect the complete college plant. Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Heineman,! summer, will display its new office Put in Bay, a boy, Norman Adelbertl space on the first floor and the class bom at Magruder hospital, Port! rooms arranged on second floor. Clinton, Tuesday. Mrs. Heineman is! Ropp Hall will be open to those in -the former Adelaide McGinnis,! terested in a view of ddrmitory life daughter of D. A, McGinnis ofl as well as to afford a glimpse of Garau street. Ipewly acquired dining room facilities. College Hall, remodeled during the On Ohio Oil Board ngs Hardwick, pHARLES Z. 7 Findlay, Bluffton High school graduate, who started with the Ohio Oil Co. as clerk in a small field office, last week was elect ed to the board of directors of the concern. In 1945, Hardwick was named vice-president in charge of marketing and refining division of the company. He is the son of r.and Mrs. Ed Hardwick of Bluffton. Fellowship Research Will Be At The Oak Ridge Atomic Energy laboratory Bluffton College One of 15 te Wins H. Floyd Herr, son of Mr. anc Mrs. Nelson Herr, of .Lawn avenue has been awarded a research fellow ship in graduate study of the effect! of atomic radiation, under a program established by the Atomic Energj Commission and the National Re seach Council. The fellowship provides for free tuition and a $2,000 living expense allowance for the one year course in atomic research laboratories at the gigantic Oak Ridge, Tenn., atomic energy plant. Herr, accompanied by his wife, will leave for Oak Ridge early in November. The course in study oi the effects of atomic radiation will feature preventive measures. One corpora the chief of 15 from Ohio The research fellowship earned bj Herr was one of 15 granted in Ohic on the basis of scholastic attain ment and research. Herr graduated from Bluffton col lege this summer, continuing hii schooling after receiving his honor able discharge from the army at th close of World War II. During hostilities he served 21 months in the infantry and ordnano divisions. He was month in Fiance and discharged with the poral. laboratories. ,• Conducted Tour Of Buildings Will Feature Bluffton College Open House A conducted tour of the buildings SIX overseas Germany, rank of he majored in chemist At Bluffton college biology and minored He plans to enter medical school lowing graduate work at the Ridge Eight Eyed Spiders Most spiders have eight eyes ar ranged in rows across the head. Science Hall boasts a splendid equipped home economics kitchen w worth viewing. In addition are chemistry and physics laboratory botany and zoology rooms and gree house where various mal specimens may students’ own Snack thi$ building. plant and Shop is also Musselman I Many will see the brary for the first time. Possessii one of the finest reading rooms of i size in the state, the library is pride of the community as well of the’college Faculty members and student a sistants will be on hand to answ questions and explain methods ai equipment. TEE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7,1948 GAS AND OIL FOUND IN TEST WELL NORTH OF TOWN I FOR DR. R. BIXEL dcian Succumbs After Long Illness With Heart Ailment ist Rites Held for Civic Lead er at Mennonite Church Wednesday attended funeral services Wednesday afternoon in Largely ere held e First Mennonite church for Dr. unson R. Bixel, 52, practicing lysician and civic leader here for years, who died at 4:45 a. m. onday in the BluffWn Community Dr. Bixel had been a patient in e hospital for more than a year, heart ail- from a serious A son and Eliza was bom 1896. He 11, 1928, to it Bluffton on July T19, as married on Ji allie Moser, who\gurvives. Dr. Bixel was a graduate of Pan ra High school and Bluffton ed ge. He taught school for four ars before entering Cincinnati Hectic Medical college. Always active in'Community and ivern mental activities, Dr. Bixel at e time of his death was a member the board of trustees of Bluffton liege, and vfce-jhWBident of the lien county board of health. War Veteran He had served several terms on e Bluffton village council, and was i the staff of ^.the Community stricken. A hospital before veteran of Wot member of the I, he was a n L°gion. He wife, Dr. Bixel children, Alice In addition to his survived by two ?an and Paul Bixel, both at home. Iso surviving are two sisters, Mrs. rancis C. Marshall, Bluffton and Madeline Bixel, Fostoria. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the irst Mennonite church, of which r. Bixel was a member, officiated last rites Wednesday afternoon, urial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Pallbearers were Ezra Moser, John oehr,.Ed Lape, Dr. Evan Basinger, C. Burcky and Russell Lantz. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. M. Soash, Dr. B. W. Travis, Dr. F. Rodabaugh of Bluffton Dr. H. A. liswander and Dr. M. B. Rice of andora Dr. Glenn Jones and Dr. !. B. Pedlow of Lima, Dr. Weldon Filler of Rawson and Dr. J. R. Treece Arlington. Two cattle from the Brown Swiss lerd of Maurice G. Criblez, near Bluffton, were chosen to be exhibited vith 14 other Ohio champions in the Jhio Brown Swiss entry at the Na ional Dairy Cattle congress, which jpened in Waterloo, Iowa, this week. There will be more than 1,700 top iairy animals, all breeds, shown at :he national congress. Chosen from Criblez’s herd is a two-year-old bull which was senior grand champion at the State Brown Swiss show, held in connection with the Ohio State fair this year. The same animal was Junior champion of the state show, last summer. The other Criblez entry is a 12 months-old heifer which placed sec ond in a class of 43 animals at the state show this year. The herd of 16 top Ohio Brown Swiss cattle was shipped from Ken ton by train to the national dairy congress, last week. To Teach In Church Seminary In Canada Rev. Richard Mumma, formerly of Bluffton and pastor of the Presbyter ian church at Little Britain, N. Y., is leaving for Montreal, Canada, to lecture for six months in Presby terian Theological seminary affiliated with McGill university of Sara Bracy Attendant OIS Marquart, popular that city, leave of for that of which He has been given a absence from his church period at the termination he will resume his pastorate. During this time his wife, the former Wilma Nonnamaker of this place and their daughter Judy will remain at Little Britain. Bluffton College Plans Gala Weekend Program For Re turning Grads Football Games Saturday After noon and Alumni Banquet Area Features HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING QUEEN AND HER COURT Lois Marquart Quesn In Saturday morning’s principal event, Martha Lee Yoder, of Topeka, Ind., will be crowned Homecoming Queen at 10:30 a. m. in ceremonies on the .baseball field. (Continued on page 8) Brown Swiss From Criblez Herd Shown At National Dairy Congress Legion Auxiliary Installs Officers Bluffton High school Homecoming Queen and will reign over homecoming activities in con nection with the Bluffton-Celina football game here on Friday night, October 15 at Harmon field. Miss Marquart was elected by the student body, which also chose as her attendants, Sara Bracy and Treva Althaus. The Queen and her court will be enthroned at the field prior to the Homecoming game, and crowning of the Queen will be by Dean Sommer and Ray Lee Wilch, co-captains of the football team. Active in scholastic activity, Miss Marquart is president of the Y Teens secretary-treasurer of the Student Senate and photography editor of The Buccaneer, high school yearbook. Miss Althaus is art ditor of The Buccaneer and mixed chorus and Miss Bracy, the other attendant, is G. A. A. and active in the F. H. A. Members of the committee planning Homecoming Roger Linden, chairman Colletta Badertscher, Carolyn Matter, Sam Buh ler and Norman Marquart. They will work with Coach owry in pre paring the program. Three-Day College Homecoming Program Includes Many Features Highlighted by a busy three-day program of varied activity, Bluffton college’s annual Homecoming week end beginning Friday and continu- expected to attract one of the largest crowds in history, college authorities said this week. Friday’s activities will be marked by a campus “Open House” in the afternoon and evening. Focal points in Saturday’s pro gram will be coronation of the Homecoming Queen, the traditional tug-of-war between freshmen and sophomores opposing each other on the banks of the Little Riley an afternoon football game with Cedar ville and the alumni banquet in the evening followed by an observance of Parents’ Day on Sunday. Mrs. Robert Dillman was installed as president of Bluffton Legion Aux iliary at a meeting of the organiza tion in the Legion hall, Monday night. Other officers installed were: 1st vice pres., Mrs. Jame^Benroth 2nd vice pres., Mrs. Jack Clark sec., Mrs. Garnet Foltz treas., Mrs. Theo. Schultz sgt. at arms, Mrs. Harry Tripplehorn chaplain, Mrs. Homer Zimmerly historian, Mrs. Bud Mc Carty musician, Mrs. Don Reams color bearer, Mrs. Sam Tripplehorn banner bearer, Mrs. Don Corson. In observance of their 60th wed ding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. C. 1’. Amstutz, of South Jackson street, will hold open house for relatives, friends and neighbors Sunday after noon at the home of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. U. S. Amstutz, Grove street. Open house will be held from 1:30 to 6 p. m. in connection with the anniversary celebration. The cdtole were married on Octo ber 11, 18R8, in the Ebenezer Men nonite church, west of Bluffton, with Rev. John lloser officiating. Before her marriage Mrs. Amstutz was Fan nie Bixel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tr»»a Althaus Attendant senior, has been elected president president of the of the activities include ORANGE TOWNSHIP YOUTH BLUFFTON’S FIRST POLIO DEATH Roderick Nonnamaker Succumbs in Lima After Three Days’ Illness Iron Lung at Hospital Proves Unavailing to Check Disease This year’s raging polio epidemic claimed the first life in the Bluffton community last Thursday evening when Roderick O. Nonnamaker, 20, died in Lima Memorial hospital. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nonnamaker, of Bluffton on Route township. tu’o miles east 103 in Orange of last week, was diagnosed He was Stricken Monday Nonnamaker’s illness as polio on Wednesday, placed in an iron lung after being taken to the Lima hospital, but died early last Thursday evening. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a younger sister, Kaye, at home. Born in Orange township on May 9, 1928, he was graduated from Mt. Cory’ High school in 1946. He had been employed as a draftsman at the Tractomotive Corp, in Findlay. Funeral Saturday Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in the Stanley Basing er funeral home here. Rev. Walter Purdy and Rev. H. D. Camp officiat ed at the rites. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Nonnamaker was a member of the Olive Branch E. U. B. church. Altho the polio epidemic has been heavy’ all summer in adjoining Put nam and Hancock counties, the im mediate Bluffton area has been fortunate. Of three cases reported in this vicinity, only one was of a Bluffton resident, and Nonnamaker’s resulted in the first death. Always do right—it will some and astonish the rest. Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary Of Bluffton Couple On Sunday please Peter Bixel. pioneers of this com munity Mr. Amstutz was aeUvv in poli tics for many years in the Bluffton Community. He served two succes sive terms as mayor, and in addition was township treasurer and three terms village councilman. He was superintendent of build ings and grounds at Bluffton college for many years, until his retirement. Surviving daughters are Edith Amstutz, at home Agnes Amstutz, Sunmount, N. Y. and Mrs. W. Althaus, Lewisburg, Ohio. There are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 25 RESUME DRILLING AFTER SHOOTING CARR FARM WELL of 1,294 Oil at Well Shot at Depth Feet Seek More Deeper Level •’avorable Showing Brings Pros pect of Reviving OH Activity Here to Further drilling in an e reach more oil at a deeper It started this week in a test well on the W. G. Carr farm, three miles north of Bluffton, after shooting of the well at 1,294 feet last Friday morning produced oil and gas. Interest in the possible revival of abandoned oil fields in this district was growing following the showing made by the Carr well, with high hopes that oil deposits long consid ered exhausted still may be suitable for pumping. When shot at 9:30 a. m. last Fri day, the Carr well produced con siderable gas and some oil. The gas was in sufficient quantity to supply the needs of several homes, it was reported. Prospects are reported favorable for oil in considerable quantity at deeper levels, leading to the decision to resume drilling this week, observ ers reported. Test Well Watch Outcome of With additional oil well drilling in the area largely dependent on the outcome of the Carr well, many oil interests reportedly are closely watching developments. Leasing activities are being pushed by several groups, altho drilling rights to some 1,500 acres of land surrounding the Carr location are held by Findlay and Toledo interests financing the test well. Two good wells were near the Carr farm during the oil boom here shortly before the turn of the century. One was drilled in 1889 on the adjacent farm of Chris Zimmerly, now owned by Homer, Leonard and Arden Zimmerly. The other was a gas-producing well, put down in 1895 on the William Habegger farm. Last fall a 1,325-foot well was put down on the John Boehr farm, about one-half mile south of the Carr loca tion. Gas and a trace of oil were found but the well never was shot. Parent-Teacher Assn, to Meet First meeting of the Bluffton Parent-Teacher association will be held at the high school cafeteria next Monday night at 8 o’clock. A program in charge of Wood row Little has been arranged to acquaint parents with the activities. town’s recreational program will be a which parents will Following the social period in have an opportunity to meet teach ers. Refreshments will close the evening. Mrs. Paul Cramer is chair man of the program committee and Mrs. Nelson Steiner the social com mittee chairman. With The Sick C. Henry Smith, Bluffton Dr. banker, is a patient at Lima Me morial hospital. Condition of Mrs. Peter Bader tscher, patient at Bluffton hospital is reported unchanged. Mrs. Bader tscher is a patient as the result of burns which she sustained at her home, September 17. Continued improvement is reported in the condition of George Grismore, Bluffton high school student, who is a polio patient at Lima Memorial hospital. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bluffton. Grismore, northwest of Mrs. A, if Geiger C. Spangler patient street is a pital. Med Murray who Bluffton hospital to Lima Memorial in Bluffton hos- was a patient in as been removed hospital. is a surgical pa nk hospital in Mrs. .-d Hofer MALE CHORUS The Swiss Male chorus will hold its first meeting Monday night at 8 o’clock in the Pandora school building. A cordial invitation is ex tended to all former members and any others who wish to join the or ganization.