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A Good Place to Trade
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Budget for the council during the
coming year was set at a figure of
$850. Eight Bluffton community
churches cooperate in the council
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
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
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
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
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
The Last Of The
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
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
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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
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
$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.
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
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
The May Queen has been active
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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
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
The aluminum license plates arc a
substitute, Frank M. Quinn, state
registrar of motor vehicles said this
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Emerick,
Leipsic, a boy, Barry Edward,
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rosenberg
er, Leipsic, a boy, Larry Lee,
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Murray, Fos
toria, a boy, Jeffry Lynn, Friday’.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell,
Findlay, a boy, Curtiss Perry, Fri
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
A Good Place to Live
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
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
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)
Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of
the Reformed churches, will officiate
at the funeral service Saturday.
Burial will be in the Emmanuel
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

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