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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV NEW TURBINE AT MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANT NOW IN USE 2,000 KW Turbo Generator On Line For Test Run Tues day Afternoon New Unit Supplies Need For Additional Generating Capacity Bluffton municipal light plant’s new 2,000 HP turbo generator, in stallation of which was started about 12 months ago, was put on the line for a trial run Tuesday afternoon, and unless trouble develops will be in full-time operation the latter part of this week. in the test run Tuesday during wh^ch the new turbine carried the full load of the plant, a study of the generator’s performance was made by Supt. John Swisher and H. Wray Steiner, installing engineer. With the new turbo generator in. use, one of the major causes of power generation shortages at the local pliant will be eliminated, Supt. Swish er said. Before installation of the new generator, the Bluffton plant had a 1,250 KW turbine and a smaller 750 KW unit. With the town’s peak demand running about 1100KW, only the larger turbine could carry the lead, and when it was necessary to put the smaller unit on the line service to industrial users sometimes had to be on a limited basis. Larger Unit Now that the 2,000 KW generator has been added to equipment, the plant has two turbines either of which is sufficiently large to meet peak demands. Final phase of the plant’s expan sion program will be ended within the next 30 days, with completion of work on installation of a new 36,000 lbs. of steam per hour boiler, the plant superintendent said. Present operating equipment includes only one boiler large enough to meet peak demands. The turbine installed at the plant was a Navy surplus unit taken from a destroyer and rebuilt for local use. In connection with its installation, a water softening system to‘ provide soft water for steam generation also was installed. Uncal St. Bernard Wins Four Trophies A St. Bernard dog, "Joann,” from a nine-dog litter raised by Gus Bor kosky, Bluffton Route 1, and in whom Kermit Herr, of Lawn ave nue owns a part interest, this week won four trophies in the St. Ber rsaid Club of America Specialty show, held in Columbus. or a time, Herr was sole owner the dog, but she later was con tip ed to Clarence H. Huber, Co lumbus Grove, who exhibited her at show in Columbus. Bluffton Girl Named To District Office Louise Reichenbach, Bluffton high school student was elected vice resident of the Future Home Mak of Ohio Region West 2 at the s ate meeting in Columbus, Satur- Genevieve Burkholder will be Bluff it n delegate to the National conven tion in Columbus, July 12-13, and ,wan Gratz is Bluffton FHA repre sentative to the Allen County Fair board. Magic And Music Program Coming Reeder C. Hutchinson, magician, wi I present a magic program at the high school auditorium next Tuesday right at 8 o’clock. Interspersed will be numbers by the high school or chestra and boys glee club. The orchestra and glee club which received ratings of superior at the district contest at Ada early this month will enter the state finals at Springfield and Columbus respective ly and proceeds from next Tuesday night’s entertainment will be used to provide funds for entry fees. Estimate Kohli Estate At $6,500 Estateof the late Aldine Kohli is estimated at $6,500 according to papers filed with the Allen county probate court. Kohli, who died April 13 was a Bluffton insurance and real estate broker and member of the Allen 'County Board of Elections. With The Sick Mrs. E. C. Ludwig of Poplar street is in St. Rita’s hospital, Lima, for observation. Charles Fisher who was in Bluff ton hospital last week is convalesc ing at his home in Orange township from severe lacerations when a mo tor driven emery wheel shattered and pieces struck him in the face. Mrs. Clayton Murray, first grade teacher in the public schools is ill at her home on West Elm street with measles. Miss Helen Rickie of Bluff ton college is Aibstituting during Mrs. Murray’s absence. BUSINESS VOLUME OF POST OFFICE IS AT ALL TIME HIGH Bluffton Office Does Over $20,000 Business in Last Six Months Continuation of Present Rate Would Qualify For First Class Office During the last six months, com prising the final quarter in 1948 and the first quarter of 1949, the Bluffton postoffice did is biggest business in history, exceeding the $10,000 mark in each quarter, it was announced this week by Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach. Last quarter of 1948, including a record Christmas season, was the highest in the history of the local postoffice, with receipts of $10,631.79. Business amounting to $10,274.47 for the first quarter of this year showed only a slight slump from the record pace. Continued high receipts in the first quarter of this year reflects increased rates on money orders, parcel post, airmail, insurance, registry fees, C. O. D. fees, special delivery and special handling service. More Parcel Post In addition, Bluffton hatcheries and some other local industries have a greatly increased parcel post busi ness during the spring season. The mark of $10,681.79 in the last quarter of 1948 boosted the Bluffton office’s business for the year in ex cess of $33,000 and placed the office in the highest grade in the second class office classification. There are seven grades in second class ratings, and the Bluffton office now is in Grade 7, covering offices with receipts from $33,000 to $40,000. The next higher step would be a first class office with annual receipts run ning in excess of $40,000. Bluffton sends out considerably more mail than it receives, the report shows. In January 1,678 sacks of mail were dispatched from the local office and 1,414 were received. In February 1,672 sacks were dispatch ed, 1,340 received, and in March 1, 672 sacks were dispatched and 1,476 were received. Calendar year business of the post office in 1948 was 18 per ceir. ’eater than in 1947, postal records show. Return From Relief Service Work In Italy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamm and little daughter, who have been s rv ihg as relief service workers with U Metinmiiti Ceirral Gin in Europe, arrived in N- York Uity Thursday morning, follow.rg a re turn trip across the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth. Mrs. Hamman is the former Doris Garmatter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Garmatter, of near Bluff ton. Her husband is a Bluffton college graduate. The family ex pects to arrive here Saturday or Sunday to visit with her parents. Engaged in social service work un der the Mennonite Central Commit tee, Mr. and Mrs. Hamman had been stationed in Turin, Italy. Mrs. Hamman had been in Italy for two and one-half years, and her husband was assigned there for nearly two years. They plan to stay in this country and will not return to social service work abroad. Business Men's Dinner Meeting Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion will hold its quarterly dinner meeting at the Elk resaurant this Wednesday night at 6:30 o’clock. Mayor A. R. Baker will lead a dis cussion on Bluffton’s Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up campaign, May 5 to 12, with which the merchants group is cooperating. Giraffes grow as tall as 18 feet. KW In tun him buiidi 110-foot of brick he used •nted to xecut is e nanager ices in e plant lal con i 43 by will start work this In addition to W win, other company the ground-breaking eluded Harry O. Gray' a vice president Paul Martinka, of Findlay, former who is vice-president in charge of production, and Dan Riedel, a di rector. Bluffton resident, Assisting in the ground breaking ceremonies were J. II. Burckross, representative of Sargent and Lundy, Chicago consulting engineers who designed the improvement, and W. P. Jenks, of the Maxon Construc tion Co., Dayton. A large number of spectators, in cluding many from Bluffton, wit nessed the ceremony. Later, tours were conducted through the plant in the open house observance. Power and electrical service is provided by the local generating plant for a six-county area: Allen, Hancock, Wood, Van Wert, Auglaize and Shelby. Installation of the new turbo-gen erator will increase the plant’s gen erating capacity to 48,000 KW. BIG FISH catch Francis Kohli reported the of two 18-inch bass weighing and 3% pounds respectively. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Impressive Ground-Breaking Ceremony Marks Start Of Power Plant Addition Construction of Third Expan sion of Utility Plant to Begin Shortly High Officials of Central Ohio Light & Power Company Here Monday Ground-breaking for a $2,000,000 building and equipment expansion program of the Central Ohio Light & Power company’s Woodcock generat ing station in Bluffton were carried out with impressive ceremonies at the plant, Monday afternoon shortly after 2 o’clock. The addition, to be built at the north side of the plant, is the thiid since the original construction in 1937 and the occasion brought here many figures prominent in the util ity field. Floyd W. Woodcock, of Wilming ton, Del., president of the Central Ohio for the last 20 years, broke the ground for the building addition which will house a new 120,000 pounds of steam per hr ur boiler and a 12,000 .r'.' BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1949 $2-Million Dollar Expansion Program for Utility Plant Here PLOYD W. Woodcock (left) of Wilmington. Delaware, presi dent of the Central Ohio Light & Power Co., who tanned the first spadeful of earth Monday after noon for the addition to the company’s Bluffton generating plant, (above.) Emory D. Erwin (right) of Findlay, executive vice president who presented to the president a chrome-plated spade for the ground breaking ceremony which was witnessed by high officials of the company together with Bluffton residents and represen tatives of engineering and con struction companies holding con tracts in connection with the new building. T)AUL Martinka of Findlay, former Bluffton resident, who was elected vice president meeting of the company’s of directors. Wednesday, tinka, former!.’, assistant president, production, at a board Mar vice superintendent of Dr. J. A. Huffman Is Vesper Speaker Dr. J. A Winona La well known Bluffton college speaker at a v* seyer chapel i afternoon. the Witm Construction Co., f- .• the building to 1922, Dr. Hu of the divinity lege, Marion, I school of relig ity, Upland, I: Er for in 'codcock and officials here •emonies of Findlay, His subject Means to be a Special music the Bluffton ve-. nan, president of ool of Theology, on religious sub member of the culty, will be the .■ service in Ram o’clock Sunday Hancock horns At Union Church Service Music by the Hancock County In will be church in the terdenomi nation:. Chorus presented here at a union service Sunday night at 7:30 First Methodist church. chorus Annual appearance of the in Bluffton for the last several years is sponsored by the Bluffton Minis terial association. Starts Construction Of New Residence Jerome Herr has begun construc tion of a new residence in Sunny acres addition on the Allen-Hancock county line a short distance north of the Cherry street junction. Herr recently son and sold his property at Jack Elm streets. better tomorrow—Clean Up For a —Paint Up—Fix Up May 5-12.. o Editor’s Note—Thia of a series of articles to in the Bluffton News with early Ohio history, will appear in issues. out by Gen. William Lytle, early surveyor of the Northwest Territory, in 1795, contained only a few cabins all of cabins vacant Maybe with th for a courthoust io Williamsburg comings and -goi all parts of the residence there aiu at Marion col and dean of the Taylor univers- 3-MAN NAMED TOWN ’ll is one appear dealing Others forthcoming He Owned the Jail logs, a frontier store, Morris’! brought here an the two small empty log| Grove cemetery, closely adjoining it. The cabins belonged to Morris and part of his plan for the future of Williamsburg inn. future to the little the courthouse tavern it might the Morris Inn, It il be, “What ristian.” ill be provided choir. Wi-h the constant -fu w county and the tv And with I next to the I j’bf mean big things to! fl, t..t t00' I service: for County Seat I had competition in|Angleme? ciating. Competition Williamsburg its bid for the Clermont County courthouse. Bethel, a bit younger ,urg. being pinned in Addresses State Teachers Meeting SV^ersary\^^ Mt. Cory Methodist Sunday school will observe the 70th anniversary of its organization at a special service to be held following the Sunday school session next Sunday. The Sunday school dates from May 4, 1879. GROUP IS TO DIRECT RECREATION! Badertscher, Reichenbach and Chamberl iin Appointed To Controlling Body Altho Town Sponsors Recreation Program No Change In Committee Operation Ed Badertscher, one-year term year term. Badertscher is presi- Deep in thought, young Tomi for operation, as in the past. Morris smiled as he polished thel I pewter mugs on his back-bar untill for they shown as nearly like silver asl come from tax levies, municipal au powter can appear. Morris owned! thorities will not exercise anv the little log tavern in Williamsburg,I trol over the use of the funds, the only inn in town, and businessl had been none too good since he hadl sponsorship was to relieve committee opened the place. i ............ Now, the young innkeeper believed,! suits result from any phase of pro he had stumbled on a way to bothl grams to which the public is invited help the town and his own business.I as spectators, it was pointed out. The Maybe he could have his town made I town will carry insurance to safe the county seat of Clermont County,! guard against such contingencies, just being formed. That ta 1801, when William.- r) burg, then called Lytlestown, was! A7 only six years old. The town, lail| I will Lontinue raising its wnJund.J Remains *of Paul M. Riding? rmer Bluffton I I Ridinger died Wednesday morning at his home in Detroit following several years’ illness of a heart ail- He I I I I BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live I The present Methodist church was I constructed some months following) Healthful Town organization of the Sunday School I and several persons still living in Mt. Cory and vicinity attended the Spraying of Creeks For Mosqui eariv sessions. I I I Transition of the Bluffton Recreu-I Regular April rubbish collection ition Committee to village sponsorship I win delayed until May 12 to give was completed this week with thelpa|rons of municipal service an mayor’s appoinment of a municipal I opportunity to participate in Clean commission to control the committee’s I up week before thc village truck be_ program of organized recreation inlgjn5 rounds of the town. Rub the emmunitj. I Named to the commission were I I Ralph Reichenbach, two-year. week. term and Ed hamberlain, three- I I I RematlS Here or Burial undi Saturday 10 o’clock with Rev. Re.hurlal Services For Soldier Saturday} 1 .‘.O', also had aspirations to become" the county seat. In its town plan Obed Denham, its founder, had in cluded a public square, donatedl Funeral services for Sgt. Frank I and especially to hold the Clermont I Houston. 22. who died New Gui-| Jenera, twins, County courthouse. And Bethel was I r. a, September 28, P..»44, will iw I Wednesday, growing faster than Williamsburg,I held at the Paul Diller funeral home too. Batavia, present seat of Clermont County, was then wilderness and theldist town not even contemplated. Bethel I will be in Maple Grove cemetery. I a g,rif bom Friday at Elyria hos appeared to have the edge on Wil-1 The Bluffton American Legion postlpjta[ liamsburg. It was at the intersection I will of the blazed road from the Cin-lgrave. cinnati settlements across Ohio to I rLh'?^y conduct a resident will be burial in Maple Saturday morning. Warn. The 1 A Michigan, ive at the ay night home Fr r. and NUMBER 2 CLEAN-UP NEXT WEEK WILL COVER WIDE RANGE Cleanup Campaign Allied With Community Drive For More I ,, __ ________________________ to and Fly Control To Be Started Soon i n residents, organiza municipal cam- Mobolization of Bluffton businesses, industries and tions in a concentrated lean-up Paint-up Fix-up paign from May 5 through 12 was nearing completion this week. In the drive aimed at making Bluffton a cleaner, more healthful community, sponsors are mapping intensified efforts to guard against a repetition of last summer’s polio outbreak. Community organizations, business men, industries and private individ uals have been urged to cooperate in the campaign by cleaning up their premises during the week. Rvbbisii Pickup Delayed bis’n will be hauh-d only for those who subscribe for the municipal col- lection service, the mayor said this dent of the Recreation committee Iters also will give town employes an and Reichenbach is the group’s lopportunity to clean out vice-president. I No change in the committee’s) up drive. Accumulations program or its membership is involv-|also will be cleaned up ed in the group’s new community-sponsored activity. Cleaning of premises and keeping sticks, papers and debris from gut basins, in connection with -talus as a I workmen wherever the flow of sur face water is affected. Retail stores here are cooperat- Recreation Committee Members Members of the commission all are|ing in promoting the cleanup cam inembers of the Recn’ation committee| paign, advertising special items and land will continue working with the| emphasizing the advantages of unit I same group. In the committee’s! ed community-wide effort to assure request for municipal sponsorship.I success of the program, spokesmen told council men the group all catch the clean in gutters by town Prpi.s Cooperate Grade school pupils will assist in a cleanup of the school giounds dur- Inasmuch as the money expended I ing. the w.etkf W-Jth /tluients dis recreation purposes does not I missed at intervals from class to ’laid in the program. Supt. Ralph con’| Lanham said. I The Community Sportsmen’s club 1 rincipa! reason for the change in I bas invited to conduct its an 'Inuai spring cleanup of the park it members of Jiabiiitj should damage Spnnsors af Buckeye Lake during the clean-up week, and a study is being made to determine field clean-up can be week’s program. if a Harmon included in the will be another Spraying of creeks phase of the program aimed at pro viding a community. quito and cleaner, more healthful Direction of the mos :’.y control program has again to W. A. it a I Beaverdam, day. r. and •Williamstown offi- Mr. Jenera, Saturday afternoon at 2:80 o’clock. gjrif Linda Diane, this Wednesday. Rev. Paul Cramer of the Metho church will officiate and burial ‘uri'Xaihner:t tThUeln-iMennonites (Continued on page 10) I evening and eral home until services. A native of Virginia, Houston was married to Marjorie Stratton, who I The Mennonite Middle District survives. There are no children. I conference held at Pandora over the Prof, and Mrs. H. D. Raid and|ward of Beckley, W. Va., two broth-1 next year at Wadsworth, April 27 daughter Elizabeth Ann spent Sat-|ers, Jesse and William Houston of I to 30. urday in Columbus where he ad-1 McArthur, W. Va., and a sister/ dressed a session of the Ohio State I Miss Bessie Houston of Leek, Va. Business Teachers association con-1 vention held in Columbus, Friday! Clean Up here, Paint Up there, Fix and Saturday. Up, Plant Up, everywhere. Also surviving are his father Ed-1 week end adjourned Sunday to meet Howe, s been highly suc inaugurated the ng tenure as may- horn and eks will be started of warm weather, litoes an i riers i Births Mr. where morn J. J. Friday. Downey, un- andra Sm Wayne Roger Pat, Mrs. Robert Beemer, Bluffton, a girl, Roberta Elaine, Sun day. Mrs. Kenneth Winkler, girl, Phyllis Ann, Sun- Mrs. Howard Traucht, boy and girl, this Mr. and Mrs. Wm Weick, Lima, a Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hallett, Elyria, military rites at the|Rita Hankish of Bluffton. Mrs. Hallet is the former Meet At Wadsworth Next Year Officers elected for the coming year are: President, Rev. E. J. Bohn, Pandora vice president, Rev. Irvin Rickert, Dalton secretary, Carl Lehman, Bluffton.