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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXin POLICE OPEN DRIVE TO STOP OVERTIME MAIN ST. PARKING Three-Hour Limits and Parking In Alley Laws Will Be Rigidly Enforced Regular Police Checks Will Be Made to Curb Violations In Business Area Rigid enforcement of downtown parking regulations will be inaugur ated this week by Bluffton police as the result of complaints of violations which aggravate traffic and parking conditions in the business area. Regular checkups will be made to insure observance of the three-hour parking limit in the restricted section of Main street, and a crackdown also will be made on motorists who park in downtown alleys. Double-parking, creating traffic hazards especially on Saturday nights and other times when streets are crowded, also will come in for its share of attention in the police drive. In connection with the campaign, police officers again urged that busi ness men who drive to work park their cars on side streets or in parking lots, in order to provide more centrally located parking spaces for shoppers and others with business in the downtown district. P. T. A.~WiUHear Child Psychologist Dr- Maurice Newburger, executive psychologist of the State Bureau of Juvenile Research will be the speak er at a meeting of the Bluffton Parent-Teacher association at 8 p. m. next Monday in the high school cafeteria. Dr. Newburger’s subject will be “Your Child and His Problems.” The speaker has broad experience in his field, having served as psy chologist with the Cincinnati board of education, dealing principally with delinquent children later as psychologist for the Franklin county court of domestic relations, and then as a member of the State Bureau of Juvenile Research. Dr. New burger also teaches at Ohio State university as a lecturer in the de partment of psychology. Another feature of next Monday’s meeting will be election of new officers. Week's Conference At Ebenezer Church Dr. Paul R. Bauman of Winona Lake, Ind., will be the principal speaker at the Bible and Youth con ference at the Ebenezer church, March 13 to 20, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Howard Landes. Dr. Bauman is connected with Grace Theological seminary as ex ecutive vice president and professor of Bible and archaeology. He was formerly in Los Angeles where he served as dean of the Bible institute and interim pastor of the First Men nonite church. Sunday services will be at 10:30 a m. and 7:30 p. m. Services ©n other nights will be at 8 o’clock. The subjects are: Sunday a. m.—“The Biggest Little Book in the Bible.” (Exposition of Epistle to Philemon.) Sunday p. m.—“Why Doesn’t God Do Something About World Con ditions?” (Exposition of Haba kkuk’s Prophecy.) Monday—“How Fulfilled Prophecy Proves the Bible to be the Word of God.” (Illustrated with colored slides.) Tuesday—“Can I Positively Know I Have Been Saved?” (Exposition of I John.) Wednesday—“Testing Faith in the Laboratory of Experience.” (Ex position of the Epistle of James.) Thursday—“Archaeology and The Book of Jonah.” (Illustrated with colored slides.) Friday—“Living for Jesus—the Re sponsibility.” Saturday there will be no public meeting but a fellowship dinner for the Ebenezer young people will be held at 6:30 with Dr. Bauman as speaker. Sunday a. m—“Living for Jesus— Knowing the Way.” Sunday p. m.—“Living for Jesus— Accomplishing the Task.” Senior Recital At College On Sunday Mrs. Roger Howe, soprano and Claren Sommer, organist, Bluffton college music graduates this spring, will appear in their senior recital at Ramseyer chapel, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Religious Education Teacher Is Re-hired Mrs. Edna Lauby has been re hired by the Bluffton Council of Re ligious Education to teach classes in religious education in Bluffton public schools during the 1949-50 term. In addition to re-employing Mrs. Lauby, the council elected new offi cers, consisting of Nelson Steiner, president Gerhard Buhler, vice-pres ident, and Mrs. Armin Hauenstein, secretary-treasurer. Budget for the council during the coming year was set at a figure of $850. Eight Bluffton community churches cooperate in the council program. TELEVISION CABLE LINE WORK WILL START THIS SPRING Toledo to Cincinnati Right of Way Within Mile of Downtown Bluffton A. T. & T. Engineers Here to Complete Plans For Start of Project Work will be started this spring preliminary to installation of an A. T. T. branch television cable which will pass just outside the Bluffton city limits in a new hookup between Toledo and Dayton. This became known when repre sentatives of the company were here during the past fortnight completing arrangements for start of the work. One of the first moves in the pro gram will be running of tunnels under beds of rivers and streams some of which will involve drilling through rock strata. When actual laying of the cable will start will depend upon how speedily preliminary operations are gotten out of the way. One of the relay systems in the coaxial cable system will be located near Bluffton in a building to be erected on the Mrs. Sarah Motter farm, near the Grove street road. With the principal cable completed between New York City, Great Lakes cities and on to St. Louis, installa tion of the branch line running from Toledo to Dayton, Columbus and Cin cinnati may be completed this sum mer, according to present plans. Misses Town Limits Connecting Toledo and Cincinnati, the coaxial cable misses towns but will follow a route paralleling the Dixie highway. Its nearest approach to Bluffton will be on (he Harvey Gratz farm and Mrs. Sarah Matter farm, north and east of Maple Grove cemetery. The underground cable carrying television and radio programs as well as major telephone lines will pass within one mile of downtown Bluff ton, but so far as known there are no provisions for any sort of con nections possible for towns near which the route passes other than major cities where television broad casting stations will be operated. Farms near town on which the cable will be laid include those of Welty Brothers, Ed Lugibihl, E^zra Moser, Nelson Diller, Bigler Brothers, H. P. Huber, Guy Eikenbary, Harvey Gratz, Mrs. Sarah Motter and Lendon Basinger. Farmers are paid on a footage basis for right-of-way privileges. A. T. and T. representatives said the cable will be sheathed in lead and buried in the ground with a ditching machine. They expect no need of mainten ance and there should be no occasion to dig up the cable. Studying At Flora Stone Mather College Miss Alice Jean Bixel, daughter of Mrs. M. R. Bixel of Cherry street is enrolled as a freshman at Flora Stone Mather college of Western Re serve university in Cleveland. House-to-house solicitation was started Wednesday in Bluffton’s Red Cross drive to raise funds for the many phases of the organization’s relief activities. Forty-two member of the Ameri can Legion Auxiliary will handle the canvass under the direction of Mrs. Clarence Stonehill, drive chair man, it was announced by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, who is Bluffton campaign coordinator. Bluffton’s quota in the solicitation drive has been set at a mark of American Legion Auxiliary Begins Red Cross House-To-House Canvass Janice Welty May Queen BY HARR.Y L. HAli Editor’s Note—This is one of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. The Last Of The Inclines Motionless for months while the city and the street railway company fuss and bicker about which can best afford to further operate it, the last of the five wonders of Cincinnati may, like Coolidge but unlike Dewey and Bryan, never run again. The Mt. Adams incline, one of five which carried thousands from the city’s downtown basin to their hill top homes, is famous throughout the nation and has been ridden by nearly every Ohioan who remained in Cin cinnati long enough to do so—just for the novelty and experience of the ride. Built in 1875, its two stilted, cable-drawn platform lifted street cars, automobiles, wagons and pedes trians 268 feet from Lock Street, in the basin, to Celestial Street and Rockwood Place, on the top edge of precipitous Mt. Adams, whose base is in the heart of the downtown section of the city. Incline Track 945 Feet The incline track is 945 feet long and as the platforms ascend over housetops and past upper windows most passengers got a good view of intimate domestic activities as well as a panorama of the Ohio River and the Kentucky hills. That is, until (Continued on page 10) Marion Marquart Second In Showing Marion Marquart, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart, Richland town ship, won second prize in showman ship with a Shorthorn heifer at the Little International Livestock show at Ohio State university, last Satur day. Marquart is a student in the col lege of agriculture at the university. Bluffton Checker Tourney Monday Bluffton’s checker championship will be determined in a tournament at the Mayor’s office next Monday night beginning at 7:30 o’clock. All checker players are invited with no restrictions on play. Real Estate Deal Residence of the late Moses Am stutz on Grove street brought $6,725 when sold by Sidney Hilty, adminis trator, at public auction last Satur day afternoon. The purchaser was Clyde Sommer of the Staater apart ments at North Main and Church streets. $1000 and Allen county as a whole is expected to raise $27,585. The nation-wide goal is $60,000,000. Although the entire month of March has been designated by the National Red Cross for campaigns, a concentrated effort is being made to complete the Allen county drive during the first two weeks, includ ing Bluffton’s share of the drive, Mrs. Steiner reported. In their solicitation, American Legion Auxiliary members will call at every Bluffton residence. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1919 May Queen and Most Popular Man are Named by Bluffton Janice Welty and Robert Panna becker have been elected by the student body to reign over Bluffton college May Day activities this spring as May Queen and Most Popular Man, it was announced this week. Miss Welty, a senior campus lead er, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Welty of Pandora and I'anna becker is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Pannabecker, now of Chicago. Dr. Pannabecker until a few years ago was a member of the Bluffton college faculty. Maid of Honor and Queen’s Escort for the May Day program will be Elizabeth Brand Howe, of Bluffton, and her -husband, Roger Howe. Fred Leichty was elected May Day chair man. The May Queen has been active (Continued on page 10) New Aluminum Auto Qualities Of St Careful Handling of 19 4 9 License Plates Urged They Won’t Stand Abuse Cheer Up, If You Damage One Replacement Will Cost Only One Dollar Handle, those 1949 automobile tags carefully if you want them to last out the year, for they are made of thin aluminum instead of the heavy 24-gauge steel used in the past. Care has been recommended in bolting the new type tags to the family auto, for there have been re ports of the metal licenses “tearing” during the process. From other sources there have been scattered complaints that a high wind catching plates from the proper angle will riji them from Don’t throw away your old lags—use them to back up the new ones—that’s what some resourceful Bluffton motorists are doing and they, say it works fine. Get frames for the plates, use four bolts and slip a piece of cloth between the plates to prevent rattle. If you have only one of the old plates in good condition use the double plate on front of the car where it takes the hardest beating. However, if you can back up both, so much the better. your car, and although state offi cials put little credence in the rumor, it’s something else to cause concern. The aluminum license plates arc a substitute, Frank M. Quinn, state registrar of motor vehicles said this week. Conceding that the tags are not nearly as sturdy as those made of 24-gauge steel in the past, he said the Ohio penitentiary, which manu factures the tags, had to turn to aluminum because it could not ob tain the 1,400 tons of steel which would have been necessary to pro duce tags this season. Inmates of the Ohio penitentiary stamp out and paint the plates, and the state bureau of motor vehicles buys the tags from the correctional institution. Quinn said he doubted if the aluminum plates will take the pun ishment Ohio motorists give their licenses, but he pointed out that even when steel tags were used thousands were replaced each year. He said that if a tag is damaged sufficiently to be illegible, the own er may file an application for new plates and buy them for $1. Sale of new tags is moving slowly at the Troy Motor Sales, South Main street, Bluffton registration center Tag number sequences here this year are from 701 thru 999Y\ 51 thru 999YZ, and 51 thru 350ZB. Ohio’s new tags have a black back ground with yellow markings, ex actly a reversal of the color scheme of 1948 license plates. At Practitioners State Conference Dr. B. W. Travis, Bluffton physi cian, will return this Wednesday evening from Cincinnati where he attended the first state meeting of the American Academy, of General Practice the first of the week. The group is a newly organized body of general medical practitioners. Dr. Travis is secretary of the Fifth district. College Students Robert Pannabecker Popular Man Tags Lack Sturdy eel Licenses Of Past Sideswiping Auto Costly To Trucker Sideswiping an automobile driven by Robert Nonnamaker, of S. Jack son street, last Saturday night on the Dixie highway north of Bluffton, cost a Harrington, Pa., trucker $25 and costs in the court of Mayor Clifford E. Glathart, of Findlay. The accident occurred in Hancock county when a truck driven by Chas. L. Todd, 34, sideswiped Nonnamak er’s car. There was considerable damage to the automobile and minor damage to the truck. Pre-Easter Services At Mennonite Church Rev. A. E. Kreider of Goshen, Ind., formerly of Bluffton will be the speaker in a week of pre-Easter services at the First Mennonite church, March 13 to 20, it is an nounced by the pastor, Rev- J. N. Smucker. Rev. Kreider, former pastor of the church here and instructor in Wit marsum seminary is president of the foreign mission board of the Men nonite conference and recently re turned from a world tour in the in terest of relief and missions. He will show pictures of this tour each evening preceding his address. Sunday morning services will be at 10:30 o’clock and all evening services at 7:30. Program for the week: Sunday morning My Church Sunday evening Knowing the Truth Monday ..........Where Is Thy God? Tuesday ..... Jesus Christ, the Same Wednesday The Life of Faith Thursday The Son of Man Must Friday Who Is Sufficient Sunday, March 20— Morning Our Worldwide Faith Evening What Doth the Lord Require? College To Broadcast Series Of Programs Bluffton college will broadcast the first in a series of half hour pro grams Sunday afternoon at 1:30 over WIMA, Lima, when they pre sent the vesper choir under the di rection of Prof. Russell A- Lantz. Dr. Ramseyer, president of the col lege, will deliver a short address in augurating the series. The program is the first of ten to be heard weekly and will feature in dividuals and groups representative of college academic and extra-cur ricular activity. Wm. G. Burbick, speech depart ment head and Russell Lantz, head of the music department are in charge of the broadcasts assisted by students Marilyn Burkholder and Bill Paul. Kathryn Ann Hilty Rites Held Sunday Miss Kathryn Ann Hilty, 82, who lived in Bluffton as a child before moving to Chicago with her parents in 1891, died last Thursday in a Chicago hospital, following an ill ness of three months. She was born in Paulding county. Miss Hilty is survived by a sister, Mrs. A. L. Baumgartner, of Bluff ton and a brother, Fred Hilty, of Chicago, with whom she had lived for several years. She was a mem ber of the Grace Lutheran church in Chicago. Funeral services were held in the Basinger funeral home here last Sunday, with the Rev. V. J. Monk, pastor of the Lutheran church, offi ciating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. College Graduation Speaker Is Named Dr. Bernard C. Clausen, pastor of a Baptist church in Cleveland, will be the commencement speaker at Bluffton college graduation exer cises on May’ 30, it was announced this week. Specializing in campus religion and contacts with young persons. Dr. Clausen is the author of more than a dozen books. He has been a pioneer in radio broadcasting and now is experimenting in the use of television for religious broadcasts. Dr. Clausen served as a chaplain during World War II. PLAN TO ENLIST VOTERS’ SUPPORT OF COUNTY FAIR Fair to be Moved to Lima From Delphos and Held Under Tents Aug. 23-27 No Proposal for Fairground Levy Before Next Year, Say Fair Directors An intensive membership campaign will be launched this spring as one of the initial phases of plans now being drafted for the biggest Allen county fair in years, to be held next August 23 to 27 in Lima. In the drive to sell memberships at $1 each, the county fair board has a two-fold purpose—first, that of raising revenue and second, the equally important necessity of get ting Allen county residents fair conscious and interested in the an nual farm show. Altho a proposed tax levy to sup port the fair and provide permanent buildings was defeated at the elec tion last fall, fair officials ore opti mistic, according to Silas Diller. Bluffton merchant who is vice president of the fair board and a I member of the board of directoi s. Plan Expanded Fair Believing that much favorable sentiment can be created by’ a good fair, every effort will he made to insure that this year’s fair will be one of the best in history. “If we give them a good fair this summer, we believe it will be the biggest argument for a permanent fail grounds,” officials have been quoted as saying. By getting Allen county residents fair-conscious and putting on a top flight fair this summer, the fair board believes the stage will be set for favorable consideration of pass age of a fair levy at some date in the future. Altho the proposal will not be submitted at the polls next fall, 1950 is being mentioned unof ficially’ as possibly the time when it will next appear on the ballot. The one-mill levy for five years would produce an estimated total of $600,000, or $120,000 annually. Its showing in the election last full was considered good, for it polled 44' of the vote, lacking only seven per cent of the required majority. Fair Returns To Lima This summer’s county fair will be held in Lima, after being presented in Delphos for the last 27 years. Site for the farm event will be the Parks show grounds at Bellefontaine Avenue and Kibby Street, at the east edge of the city. Exhibits will be housed in tents because of a lack of buildings. Al tho handicapped by the fact they* have no permanent exhibit structures, undaunted fair officials are pushing plans for an outstanding show which may lift Allen county’s fair from comparative obscurity into the ranks of the state’s leaders. Fair officials say frankly that they regard the fair as being on trial with Allen county taxpayers. If the fair this summer justifies the proposed outlay they will vote for it, hence the effort for an outstanding show this year. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Emerick, Leipsic, a boy, Barry Edward, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rosenberg er, Leipsic, a boy, Larry Lee, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Murray, Fos toria, a boy, Jeffry Lynn, Friday’. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell, Findlay, a boy, Curtiss Perry, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Evan Soash, Alger, a boy, Bradley Eugene, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shulaw, Je nera, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Russel Hathaway, Ada, a girl, Coleen Kay, Tuesday BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 48 RAINS HALT EARLY SOWING OF OATS IN BLUFFTON DISTRICT Return of Favorable Weather Will See Resumption of Oats Planting Farmers Expect to Have Sowing Completed Month Earlier Than Usual Rains Wednesday morning inter rupted the stait of oats sowing in the Bluffton district which started the first of the week, the earliest in recent years. Resumption of oats seeding awaits only the return of favorable weather and farmers here say that barring unforseen circum stances, oats should be in the ground nearly a month earlier than usual. A lot of plowing was completed throughout the entire district last week, as hopes for an early spring looked more promising than ever. The earlier oats are seeded the better for crop prospects, so weather during the early part of this month will hold the key to what sort of yield may be expected this year. Larger Acreage Expected Reflecting the early ground prep aration ami planting conditions, the acreage sown to oats is expected to be materially larger, and a continu ation of present favorable factors could result in a near-record plant ing- Another reason for the rush to seed the crop earlier than usual is the fact sowing of oats has been de layed virtually every year for nearly a decade by heavy rainfall during the latter part of March and thru out most of April. The rainfall, in turn, cut down oats acreage because crop prospects are not nearly as good when planting is delayed until late in April Favorable weather also is helping other phases of the farm program, for a lack of severe cold has ma terially reduced normal losses expect ed in new pigs, lamb and chicken production and wheat prospects are continuing to look at least as good as usual. Levi Hochstettler Rites On Saturday Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday in the Em manuel Reformed church for Levi C. Hochstettler, 76, who was found dead in the garage at his Cherry street residence at 6:30 p. m. Thurs day. His death was caused by a heart attack, and the body was found by his wife. Hochstettler was born in Rich land township on July 23, 1872, the son of Isaac and Anna (Lauby) Hochstettler. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed churches, will officiate at the funeral service Saturday. Burial will be in the Emmanuel cemetery. Survivors include the widow, the former Amanda Balmer three daughters, Mrs. Albert Badertscher, and Mrs Reno Oberly, both of Bluffton Mrs. Cloyd Schick, of La Fayette and two sons, Walter M. and Andy A. Hochstettler, both of Bluffton. Also surviving are two brothers, John C. and Henry Hoch stettler, both of Findlay. The body will remain in the Paul Diller funeral home until time for the funeral rites. Methodist Young People Meet Here More than 100 Allen county Methodist young people will attend a county Methodist Youth Fellowship meeting in the Bluffton Methodist church this Wednesday night. Prof. John Klassen, Bluffton col lege art instructor, will show slides and speak on the subject, “Religion in Art Kay Berry is president of the Bluffton young people’s group enter taining the county meeting. Concert Here By Findlay Orchestra The Findlay Symphony orchestra will appear in a concert at the Bluffton high school gymnasium on Monday night, March 28, it was an nounced the first of the week- The 60-piece orchestra, directed by Clifford Hite, includes a number of Bluffton musicians. Its appearance here is sponsored by the Bluffton Pandora Association of Christian Laymen.