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BLUFFTON A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII Construction Fund Stands at $150,512, President Ram sey er Says Trustees Give Go-ahead Signail at Meeting Here Friday I Afternoon I Construction of the proposed audi-l torium-gymnasium for Bluffton col-1 lege will begin in the late spring| of next year, it Friday afternoon of the Bluffton Trustees. It is units of the proposed building mayl be in shape and ready for service some time during the next school year. The Board was unanimous in its affirmative decision and the building committee has been authorized to appoint a licensed architect as soonlg^g Funeral as possible, to work with him, and I __ then proceed in letting the contract.! The next meeting of the building committee has been tentatively set for December 2. Near Science Hall I son street ie time of the completion of I Tuesday building is still indefinite since! o’clock. the construction will proceed as fast as I by Mr. funds will permit. It will be lo-|and fam cated at the proposed site near Sci ence Hall. I stove in a The Building Committee is made! M.,ofEJ W. BaubZrtner““ Oliver D. Diller, Wooster, OhioJ William Mohr, Bethlehem, Pa. Wal ter Yoder, Bloomington, Ill. D. W. Bixler, Bluffton, Ohio and Rufus Rich, Washington, Ill. M. Bogart M. III In Hospital} M. Bogart, chairman of the! Allen county Board of Elections! and director in the Citizens Nation al bank here is seriously ill in Bluff-1 ton hospital. Bogart suffered a ce-l rebral hemorrhage at his apartment on South Main street last day afternoon as he and were making preparations the winter in Florida. Drops Edward Kempf Dead At Home Here services will be held at Friday in the Paul Dil home for Edward Kempf,’| 2:30 p. m. ler funeral •64, who dropped dead at noon Tues-1 day while carrying water to cattle at his farm home, one mile east of town on Route 103. His death was unexpected, for he had been in good health. The, body was discovered by his wife shortly after he had collapsed. Bom Oct. 29, 1884, near Bluffton, he was the son of Christian and Katherine (Klay) Kempf. He was married in April, 1926, to Lillian Marquart, who survives. Other survivors include three children, Mrs. Treva Elizabeth Clark, Benton Kempf, Bluffton Miss Verna Kempf, at home, ter, Mrs. Edith Staley, of Ada. Surviving brothers and sisters are Albert Kempf, Kempf, Rawson, and Miss Kempf, Toledo. Kempf, died six months ago. Bluffton Gideon Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of St. John’s Reformed church, of which Mr. Kempf was a member, will officiate at the last rites Fri day. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. Work on New College QUIET OBSERVANCE Gym Starts in Spring 0 THANKSGIVING IN PROSPECT HERE I A brother, Births The following hospital: Mr. and Mrs. ton, a girl, Thursday. Milk Price Is Stabilized At 21 Cents Here I MILK was revealed last after a meeting College Board of hoped that some prices in Bluffton which showed the first indication of breaking from last summer’s record high level were stabilized this week at 21 delivered. This is the former price. cents a one cent quart, under larger One of Bluffton’s two suppliers of home delivered milk dropped the price to 21 cents last week and the second fol lowed Monday. Some quarters said that reduc tion in price may be only temporary because of the cur rent plentiful supply of milk. Cold weather may cut production and result in a higher price, dairymen said. Starts Fire In Wash House Interior of a wash house at the| with Rev. G. T. Mrs. Eph Geiger property on Jeffer-lE. J. Batterson was damaged by fire I musical features morning shortly after 8isented and an The latest financial figure, which I cent to the dwelling. was presented by Dr. Lloyd L. Ram-1 fire department extinguished seyer, president of Bluffton College,! flames and protected the house and I going mail will be made up and in his report to the Board of I other buildings from the fire. Trustees reached a total of $150,512.1 loss is estimated at about $350, Wednes-| his wife FuneraJ to spendI I BODY OF SOLDIER iKILLED Remains of George Burkholder in Columbus From Overseas Arrive Arrangements W ill Await When the body arrives in Bluffton, it will be taken to the Paul Diller funeral home where it will remain until time for the re-burial service. time of his death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burkholder, residing three miles west ton. university. I births at Bluffton Jam I Hilty, Bluff- Catherine Louise, Mr. and Mrs. ory, a boy, Donald Lee, Thursday.! Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cookson, Ben-1 ton Ridge, a girl, Eva Charlene,! "Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hoch, Rawson, .a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cole, Mt. Blanchard, a girl, Susan June, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Fleming, Ada, a girl, Janet Elaine, Monday. Rev. and Mrs. Robt. Welch, Bluff ton, a boy, James Edward, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Mabry, Pan dora, a girl, Lana Sue, Tuesday. Union Service To Be Held At First Mennonite Church Thursday Morning Traditional Family Dinner Is Focal Spot of Interest For Family Circles The I patched as usual. I Community Football iBanquet For IN FRANCE IS ENROUTE HERE I Arrival of Body in I Bluffton I I With an Army liason unit, Burk-| holder was on a flying mission when he met death in France. Ridge Herbert ames| He was inducted into the service Maelon March 17, 1943, and went over-1 and a step-daugh-| seas in April, 1944. When he was 'inducted into the army he was in his second year at Bowling Green The body of George Burkholder,! Bluffton Recreation committee, co-1 former Bluffton High athletic star,! sponsors of the event, presented al who was killed in action in France! highly interesting program that met! on Sept. 22, 1944, was among 7,5721 with enthusiastic reception. A to-1 soldier-dead returned to this country! tai of 270 were served at the ban-| this week on the U. S. Army Tians-P port, Carroll Victory. It is now in Columbus. Burkholder was 22 years old at the Diana! A graduate of Bluffton High school I Dr. L. .Ramseyer, president of Calvin I in 1940, Burkholder was an outstand-1 the Lions club, made the opening re- star. ing football and basketball AlthaUS Fnrm^r/i/ Dies Lilted formerly LtlVCU flCF Wilbur R. Althaus, 59, denly of a heart attack at his home I in Ijewisburg, Tuesday. family Kibler Charles Hilty. For Lloyd Huston, Alt.I I many years identified with I the stone at the time of his death employed! Board, as a bookkeeper at the Marble Cliff! Geiger quarry in Lewisburg. by the traditional at noon, Bluffton’s Thanksgiving this be a quiet one, in Highlighted family dinner observance of Thursday will keeping with the age-revered cus tom of family gathering amid a general cessation of business and industrial activity. Public observance of the holiday will be centered in a union Thanks giving church service at 9:30 a. m. in the First Mennonite church, un der auspices of the Bluffton Minis terial association The residence is .occupied I ceived for the CROP relief program, and Mrs. Howard Carman! Bluffton’s business establishments ily. I The’source of the fire was an oilltions for the holiday stove in a small outbuilding adja-lwill be no mail delive The Bluffton! or rural routes. Windows at the! post office will be closed, but Thanksgiving serv V. C. Oppermann Soldner and Rev. assisting. Special also will be pre offering will be re Speaker at the ice will be Rev. and industries will suspend opera- and there s on town the out dis- (Concluded on page 10) Town’s Teams IDraws Crowd Of 270 Varied Program Features Ban quet Honoring High School and College Teams Purdue-Notre Dame Movies Ini Which Bluffton Youth Star- red Are Shown squads, Bluffton Lions club and the! Varied features were included on the program highlighted by motion pictures of this year’s Purdue-Notre Dame football game, in which Neil Schmidt, former Bluffton High ace, was one of the stars. Schmidt, a guest at the banquet, cap-1 com-1 otre Dame a running and Paul Lillis, 1 tain in 1939, gave Bluff-1 mentary on the game as the pic-1 gavel tures were shown. Lillis also a short talk, drawing on his remin iscences as captain of one of the nation's top-flight grid teams. Norman Triplett was master of ceremonies, and a tribute to the two Bluffton teams was given by Forrest L. Steinman, by Coach A. college, and of Bluffton cial musie was provided by a mfen’s fjprplquartet frora B,uffton colle^ and Cl Rluflrton High school clarinet trio.a (Continued on page 10) died sud- Ivan Geiger Named To T. C. A. Board A native of Bluffton, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Althaus of South Main street. The home, at South Main and! The Technology Christian Associa-I streets 'is now owned byltion recently announced the appoint-1( ment of chusetts quarry industry, he was! Athletic I His wife, formerly Vida Amstutz! and the son of the late Mr. and of Bluffton, survives. Also surviv-|Mrs. Cal Geiger, of this place, ing are two sons James Althaus ofl The nine-member Advisory Board Akron, Judson of Great Lakes, III.,I includes leaders from faculty, ad and a daughter, Mrs. Kermit Howell I ministrative, and alumni groups and of Lewisburg. Also one sister, Mrs.I advises the policies of the T. C. A. E. T. Paul of Liberty, Indiana. lone of the greatest Christian Asso- Funeral services will be held Sat-Iciations in the country. I urday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Lew-1 Geiger was formerly associated isburg followed by burial at that! with the Hancock County schools in I place. I Ivan J. Geiger, Massa Institute of Technology Director, to its Advisory is a graduate of Bluffton High school and Bluffton college, Van Buren. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY I I One of the largest dinner turn-1 outs in the town’s history made an I outstanding success of Bluffton’s! first football banquet honoring! Bluffton High school and Bluffton! college grid teams, Tuesday night! in the high school building. I I Paying tribute to the two football! BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 1948 or our counl “thanksgiving5 '♦W u ike Lay anJ tlie corn an tie wkeai fliat is reape J, fertile laLor well Jone an tlie Larns dial arc For lite trade anJ tlie skill and tlie tueallk in our land, .e cunning an Holland Bulb Grower Calls On Trade Here HARRY Verdegaal of Sassen heiin, Holland, grower of tulip and other spring flowering bulbs was a dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cherry, owners of Skip’s Nursery, Rt. 2, Colum bus Grove. Verdegall, a exporter of bulbs, makes annual trip® to this country taking orders one year in vance. to call on his trade, ad- ast Rites For Peter D. Geiger Funeraf services for Peter D. Geiger, 70-year-old farmer were held at the Stanley Basinger funeral home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. John Steiner officiating, in the Reformed Mennonite northwest of Bluffton. Burial was cemetery home on of Bluff- Mr. Geiger died at his College road one mile north ton Saturday night following a six months’ illness. He was born in Riley township, Putnam county, February 9, 1878, la son of Benjamin and Marie (Dil- 1901 he was married to Julia Basinger, who survives _| Kether with a daughter Marcille Dayton and two and Indianapolis Cleveland, sons. sons, Francis Leslie Geiger two grand- are There are Mrs. Also surviving Mrs. A. E. Kohli, Mrs. ,T. Greding, and Miss Ella Geiger all of Bluffton, and three brothers, Albert Geiger of Bluffton, Responses were voiced Edward R„ of Brookville and Hom C. Burcky, of Bluffton I er Gei^er of Cleveland. Coach Richard Lowry, High school. RADIO TIME CHANGED The Gospel of Grace, broadcast conducted by marks, and" there wer7 comment by I wiU be heard Saturday morning at James Howe, captain of the 19471 8:30 instead of 12.45. Bluffton High football team. Spe- n w’»t .ing mans rotn sea to sea, td that is knotvn as the land oj the yree, 5kanksgiuing 1 CJkanlcsgiuinq1 -anonymous Increased Cost of Turkey And Chickens Partially Offset By Drop Otherwise Shortage of Turkeys Also Ap parent, Particularly In 8 18 Pound Bracket Although the price of turkeys is sharply higher, between 15 to 20 per cent, this Thanksgiving, the in crease in cost of the traditional hol iday dinner centerpiece partially is offset by a proportionate drop in the cost of the 42 toms These of of of those as a greatei pound. four sisters, A. S. Diller, who pl substitute Lima radio Hal Reed Cost Of Turkey Is Up 20 Per Cent But Most Of The Trimmings Are Down trimmings. turkeys this year a fairly wide price Oven-dressed may be had in range, depending on customers’ pref erences. Heavy young toms weigh ing 20 pounds and over are retail ing at 63c, with prices grading suc cessively higher to fancy young Chickens Cost More Thanksgiving dinner turned downward with last year. (Continued on S the traditional day of Thanksgiv ing approaches, our thoughts incline, as in previous years, to the richness of our blessings. The spiritual endowments of our country are undiminished we may, as al ways, walk as free men unafraid. Our Harvests have been bountiful, our produc tion of goods abundant. Our resources have permitted us to aid the needy and helpless of other lands. “We are privileged to participate in in ternational efforts to advance human wel fare. We are profoundly grateful for the existence of an international forum where differences among nations may be submitt ed to world opinion with a view to harmon ious adjustment. “We pray this year not only in the spirit of thanksgiving but also as suppliants for wisdom in our approach to tiro n^oblems TOWN AND SCHOOL GET MONEY FROM TAX DISTRIBUTION Corporation Receives Schools committee, tion of Decern be 8 avr from cents a pound on lo id quotations to farm ssale buyers range fr cents markets s are up approximately over last year, and an to turn to chicken will find even a in the cost per this week iund, an Chickens, liveweight, are bringing 45 cents a po increase over the holiday, a pound. of more than 50 per cent preceding Thanksgiving Farmers receive 38 cents other hand, the cost of On the trimmings has in comparison page 10) THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION President Truman’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation $1,078 Benefit in Sum of $4,474 Public Library From Classified Taxes Bluffton’s $2,000 Bluffton village and Bluffton schools $4,474.62 the last-half 1948 distribution personal taxes, it was announced last Saturday by the office of Al y Auditor Russell L. Hire, same time the county dis classified tax amounting At the tributed to $200 for the municipality $637.06 for Bluffton schools and $2,000 for the Bluffton public library. In the personal tax distribution, Beaverdam village $44.96 LaFay ette $29.15 Monroe township $40.19 Jackson township, $57.59 Beaver dam schools $366.07 and Lafay ette-Jackson schools, $378.39. In the classified tax distribution Beaverdam got $3.11 Beaverdam schools, $258.45 LaFayette-Jackson schools, $366.71. EDW. BADERTSCHER NEW RECREATION COMMITTEE HEAD Ralph Reichenbach Is Named Vice-President of Local Recreation Group New Over Officers Will Take Duties Soon Active Win ter Program Starts Jef new Edwin Badertscher, of East ferson street, has been named president of the Bluffton Recreat and will take over dir the organization early in connection with the of var the tc sociated creation Associated with Badertscher in guiding the recreation committee will be the new vice-president, Ralph Reichenbach, of Lawn avenue. Both Badertscher and Reichen bach have been serving on the re creation committee, and also worked actively on many other munity projects. In addition Badertscher has served (Continued on page 10) confronting this nation. Believing in the dignity of man and his right to live in freedom and peace, we ask Divine guidance in helping to safeguard these gifts for our selves and other peoples of the earth. “Now, therefore. 1 Hany S. Truman, President of the United States of America, in consonance with the joint resolution of congress approved December 26, 1941, designating the fourth Thursday of Novem ber in each year as Thanksgiving Day, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 1948, as a day of national thanksgiving and I call upon our citizens to observe that day by giving thanks to Almighty God for the bounties which jjave been bestowed upon our nation and by resolving to render general assistance to the hungry and home less in other lands, thus renewing our devo tion to the cause of good-will among men.” BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade Firemen Fight Two Blazes at Same Time arrived at Maj Amor Tiffin. Sever have com- Previous Experience Badertscher was a member of the central committee which directed last summer’s successful rodeo and Reichenbach for several years has been an officer in the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s club. Both men were prominently associated with direction of this fall’s football pre view at Harmon field. NUMBER 32 One Truck and Crew Battles Fire in Farm House South of Town Second Truck and Firemen Make Run to Extinguish Burning Auto Bluffton’s fire department had a last Wednesday when time in history there fight two fires at the for the first were calls to While the firemen and one of th® impeFtrucks were battling a $7,000 aze that destroyed the Wayne Moser farm residence, five and. one wuth of town, a second sounded when an auto ■d by a on the oad near Tht red deft fi fire tive blaze. Deshler man Allen-Hancock the Mrs. Clara iimper, man left in town, run to the second fire and extinguished it group of fire-1 to the station. before the first s had returned Starts In Roof the Moser residence was at 4 p. m., and aJtho the furnishings were saved, house oyed. When the fire department the blaze, said a shingle roof e, had reached the »ry. Water was pump arby creek in fighting the conflagration. The Moser residence recently had been re-sided and re-decorated. It was the second fire at the site, a previous residence fire having occur red several years ago when the home was occupied by the Ivan Irvin Made Homelet Made homeless by th« and Mrs. Moser tempora ing with his father, Ira 1 Mr. Route The second alarm, sounded at 5:15 p. m., came when an automobile own ed by Ralph Pearsell, Deshler, caught on the county line road. Defec for the was blamed Aldine Lester Niswander and Weiss answered the alarm town’s second tinguished the blaze with chemicals. Motor of the automobile was badly damaged. with the and ex fire truck ollege Crowd Home For Thanksgiving Bluffton young people at college are expected home nksgiving and the week end. these are: State university. Eleanor Linden singer, the latter classmate Morley field, Minn. Marcielle Wal- schmidt, Purdue university, fayette, Ind. Howe, Northwestern uni Evanston, III. Stearns, Heidelberg college, in Reserve eland. James Fett, School of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh. Wilhelm Amstutz II, Robert Coon, Michael Reagan, Ohio Northern uni versity, Ada. Sarah Amstutz, Miami university, Oxford Alice college, Newton Elmer Bethel Ruth Pannabecker, Kansas. Stonehill, Bowling Green and Malcolm Ba accompanied by a Russell, of North Elaine Colum- Steiner, Betty Bliss Business college. Deeds, bus. Jean holder, piehorn., holder, Virgil Basinge Nelson Hiestand, O. i bus. Burk Trip- Burk Good, Ann Burcky, Ellen John Althaus, Charles Hugh Hilty, Robert Dale U., Colum- School Thanksgiving Program Wednesday Thanksgiving program of was held First Mennonite church, afternoon. Annual the Bluffton grade school, in the Wednesday Business Men Meet Meeting of the Bluffton Business Men’s association has been post the Thanksgiving 24 to Wed 7:30 o’clock at the t«wn poned because holiday from November nesday night, Dec. 1 at in the council chamber hall. be open on until after All retail stores will Thursday afternoons Christmas. Regular store hours will be resumed at that time.