A Good Place To Live
Construction Fund Stands at
$150,512, President Ram
sey er Says
Trustees Give Go-ahead Signail
at Meeting Here Friday I
Construction of the proposed audi-l
torium-gymnasium for Bluffton col-1
lege will begin in the late spring|
of next year, it
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
The Board was unanimous in its
affirmative decision and the building
committee has been authorized to
appoint a licensed architect as soonlg^g
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
Near Science Hall I son street
ie time of the completion of I Tuesday
building is still indefinite since! o’clock.
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
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.
Dead At Home Here
services will be held at
Friday in the Paul Dil
home for Edward Kempf,’|
2:30 p. m.
•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,
Kempf, Bluffton Miss Verna
Kempf, at home,
ter, Mrs. Edith Staley, of Ada.
Surviving brothers and sisters are
Kempf, Rawson, and Miss
Kempf, died six months ago.
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
Work on New College QUIET OBSERVANCE
Gym Starts in Spring 0 THANKSGIVING
IN PROSPECT HERE
Mr. and Mrs.
ton, a girl,
Milk Price Is
21 Cents Here I
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.
One of Bluffton’s two
suppliers of home delivered milk
dropped the price to 21 cents
last week and the second fol
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,
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,
his wife FuneraJ
BODY OF SOLDIER
Remains of George Burkholder
in Columbus From
Arrangements W ill
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
births at Bluffton
I Hilty, Bluff-
Mr. and Mrs.
ory, a boy, Donald Lee, Thursday.!
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cookson, Ben-1
ton Ridge, a girl, Eva Charlene,!
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hoch, Rawson,
.a boy, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cole, Mt.
Blanchard, a girl, Susan June, Satur
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
Traditional Family Dinner Is
Focal Spot of Interest
For Family Circles
The I patched as usual.
Community Football iBanquet For
IS ENROUTE HERE
Arrival of Body in
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
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-
ing football and basketball
formerly LtlVCU flCF
Wilbur R. Althaus, 59,
denly of a heart attack at his home I
in Ijewisburg, Tuesday.
Lloyd Huston, Alt.I
many years identified with
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
be a quiet one, in
keeping with the age-revered cus
tom of family gathering amid a
general cessation of business and
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
The residence is .occupied I ceived for the CROP relief program,
and Mrs. Howard Carman! Bluffton’s business establishments
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
V. C. Oppermann
Soldner and Rev.
also will be pre
offering will be re
Speaker at the
ice will be Rev.
and industries will suspend opera-
s on town
(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,
and Paul Lillis, 1
tain in 1939, gave
Bluff-1 mentary on the game as the pic-1
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
by Coach A.
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)
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(
quarry industry, he was! Athletic
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
Ivan J. Geiger, Massa
Institute of Technology
Director, to its Advisory
is a graduate of Bluffton
High school and Bluffton college,
THE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
One of the largest dinner turn-1
outs in the town’s history made an
outstanding success of Bluffton’s!
first football banquet honoring!
Bluffton High school and Bluffton!
college grid teams, Tuesday night!
in the high school building.
Paying tribute to the two football!
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 1948
or our counl
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
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
Verdegall, a exporter of
bulbs, makes annual trip® to this
taking orders one year in
to call on his trade,
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.
Mr. Geiger died at his
College road one mile north
ton Saturday night following a six
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
Mrs. A. E. Kohli,
,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,
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-
rotn sea to sea,
td that is knotvn as the land oj the yree,
5kanksgiuing 1 CJkanlcsgiuinq1
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
A. S. Diller,
Cost Of Turkey Is Up 20 Per Cent
But Most Of The Trimmings Are Down
turkeys this year
a fairly wide price
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
with last year.
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
“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
cents a pound on lo
id quotations to farm
ssale buyers range fr
s are up approximately
over last year, and
an to turn to chicken
will find even a
in the cost per
are bringing 45 cents a po
of more than 50 per cent
Farmers receive 38 cents
other hand, the cost of
President Truman’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
Benefit in Sum of
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
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
Ralph Reichenbach Is Named
Vice-President of Local
Officers Will Take
Duties Soon Active Win
ter Program Starts
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
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
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.”
A Good Place To Trade
Firemen Fight Two
Blazes at Same Time
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.
One Truck and Crew Battles
Fire in Farm House South
Second Truck and Firemen
Make Run to Extinguish
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
the Mrs. Clara
left in town,
run to the second fire and
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,
the blaze, said
a shingle roof
e, had reached
»ry. Water was pump
arby creek in fighting
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 homeless by th«
and Mrs. Moser tempora
ing with his father, Ira 1
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
Lester Niswander and
Weiss answered the alarm
tinguished the blaze with chemicals.
Motor of the automobile was badly
ollege Crowd Home
Bluffton young people at
college are expected home
nksgiving and the week end.
singer, the latter
schmidt, Purdue university,
Howe, Northwestern uni
Stearns, Heidelberg college,
James Fett, School of Mortuary
Wilhelm Amstutz II, Robert Coon,
Michael Reagan, Ohio Northern uni
Sarah Amstutz, Miami university,
and Malcolm Ba
accompanied by a
Bliss Business college.
holder, Virgil Basinge
Nelson Hiestand, O. i
Ann Burcky, Ellen
John Althaus, Charles
Hugh Hilty, Robert
Thanksgiving program of
First Mennonite church,
the Bluffton grade school,
Business Men Meet
Meeting of the Bluffton Business
Men’s association has been post
24 to Wed
at the t«wn
holiday from November
nesday night, Dec. 1 at
in the council chamber
be open on
All retail stores will
Christmas. Regular store hours will
be resumed at that time.
xml | txt