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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV FRUIT PROSPECTS HERE DEALT HEAVY BLOWjBY FREEZE Temperature Drop to Thirty Degrees, Freezes Ice Wed nesday Morning Extent of Damage Will Not Be Known for Several Days Fruit Men Say Ezuit prospects in the Bluffton area took a sharp drop Wednesday following a heavy freeze Tuesday night. Farmers examining apple, cherry and peach trees which have been in bloom during the past week were uncertain Wednesday morning as to the extent of the damage. The temperature dropped to a low of 30 degrees during the night and froze ice to one-eighth inch in thick ness on stock watering tanks, it was reported. Tops of automobiles left standing outside garages were white with frost Wednesday morning. A wind which rose early Tuesday evening dropped about midnight and the sky was cloudless under a bright moon nearly full. For several years fruit crops in this area have been blighted by frosts occurring after the trees were in full bloom. The freeze this year followed the usual pattern, coming after mid-summer temperatures es tablished a high of 93 degrees the latter part of last week. It will be several days before an accurate appraisal of the frost dam age can be learned, fruit growers said. Rising temperatures Wednesday followed the freeze with fair and warmer weather forecast for the latter part of the week. Speaks On Postwar Germany And Korea Miss Hanna Scharpff, native of Germany who for the past 30 years has been engaged in foreign mission worCin Korea'will speak on postwar conditions in Europe and the Far East at the Missionary church Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Miss Scharpff, on furlough from her work in Korea the past year, spent six weeks in Germany with her brother Dr. Paulus Scharpff, super intendent of the Frankfort district of the Methodist church in that country. Her German background together with her missionary work in Korea give her an unusual opportunity to present the postwar situation both in Europe and the Far East. Graduating Recitals On Friday Evening Three Bluffton college seniors graduating this spring from the de partment of music will present their graduating recitals in a joint pro gram, Friday night at Ramseyer chapel at 8 o’clock. They are Claren Sommer, organ and piano Elizabeth Brand Howe, voice, and Ruth Porter, violin. Walter Treadway and Carol Si mon, also seniors in the department who will complete their work in voice and organ respectively this summer, will appear in graduating recital in July. Former Local Man Makes Rotary Record Alvin Whisler, formerly of Bluff ton who for many years has lived at Oceanside, Calif., was recently hon ored by the Oceanside Rotary club for a perfect record attendance at meetings for 25 years. Whisler and his wife accompanied by Miss Ethel Boyer of Covena, Calif., arrived last Thursday to visit relatives at Rockport. When absent from Oceanside, Whisler keeps his Rotary attendance intact by attend ing meeting of the club elsewhere. During the 25 years it is estimated that he has attended 1,300 consecu tive weekly meetings. With a variety of major expansion projects either under way or about to be launched, Bluffton this spring will be the center of an industrial construction and institutional building program on a scale unsurpassed in the history of the community. Booming construction activity on the spring and summer program here include: 1—Start of a $2,000,000 build ing and equipment expansion pro gram at the generating plant of High School Junior Is Named To Boy's State Don Schmidt, Bluffton high school junior has been named as Bluffton representative to Buckeye Boy’s State to be held June 18 to 28 on the Ohio Wesleyan university cam pus at Delaware, it was announced Tuesday. Selection was made by Bluffton Legion post, local sponsor. The Boy’s State is an annual affair de signed to give boys of high school age an insight into civic and govern mental affairs. Boys from through out Ohio will be in attendance. MAN IS SLUGGED AND ROBBED IN TAVERN HOLDUP Two Negro Gunmen Assault Wilmer Gratz, Operator of Beer and Wine Store Victim Unable to Identify Two Suspects Rounded up by State Patrol Monday Two nattily dressed negro holdup men this week remained the object of an intensive search throughout northwestern Ohio, after slugging and robbing Wilmer Gratz, 49, oper ator of a carry-out beer and wine store, one mile north of Bluffton shortly before 10 o’clock Saturday night. Before fleeing with $75 taken from the cash drawer of the establishment, the two gunmen forced Gratz to ac company them about 30 feet to the rear of the building where they club bed him with a board left on the scene by carpenters, who built the new structure about five weeks ago. Gratz, who fell to the ground and feigned unconsciousness when struck over the head, remained at the rear of the building until he heard the two bandits start their automobile northward on the Dixie highway to ward Findlay. Taken To Hospital As he re-entered the building, he was met by two customers who came in the front door. One of them took him to Bluffton Community hospital where four stitches were required to close a long cut in his scalp. The other customer telephoned state high way patrolmen from a neighboring farm. Gratz returned to work after being treated at the hospital. Choosing a lull in the busy Satur day evening operation of the estab lishment, the two negroes entered the building just after a customer haa driven away. Gratz who was busy arranging stock turned to find the shorter of two negroes covering him with a pistol. After the gunman’s accomplice took $75 from thp' cash drawer, the holdup pair took Gratz’ wallet con taining $4, and escorted him to the rear of the building where he was slugged. Gratz said that he fell to the ground and remained quiet, and after the two men waited a few seconds, one said, “Well, we’d better get out of here.” They made their escape in an automobile which had been left with motor running, north of the tavern along the Dixie highway. Stop For Water Reports that two negroes had stopped three places between Bluff ton and Rawson to request water for a leaky radiator in their car about the same time the robbery was re ported led to the belief that the pair were having trouble with their car. The automobile was described as about a 1936 or 1937 model. Altho state highway patrolmen established road blocks, no trace of the two holdup men was discovered, but the search was continuing this week. Approximately two dozen state highway patrol cruisers, manned by 30 patrolmen, set up the blockades, and the manhunt was augmented by (Continued on page 10) the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. in Bluffton. 2—Plans to begin a $250,000 gymnasium-auditorium on the Bluffton college campus early in June. 3—Installation of a new 22 inch trunk line south and east of Bluffton by the Buckeye Pipe Line Co., of Lima, a $6,000,000 project. 4—Laying of an underground coaxial cable connecting Toledo Bluffton College To Have More Than 30 In Student Relief Work Programs Bluffton Delegation Will Work Overseas This Summer In Relief Projects Student Volunteer Group Larg est From Local School Since Start of Program More than 30 Bluffton college students will be engaged in summer relief work in Europe and America this year, the largest delegation from the local educational institu tion since the post-war program of activities was inaugurated. In this summer’s European relief work program, there will be student work projects at Suttgart, Frank fort, and Hanover in Germany, with Bluffton students participating in the program. Before going overseas,- the stu dents will attend an orientation pro gram from June 10 through 12 at Messiah Bible college in Pennsyl vania. President L. L. Ramseyer and Miss Edna Ramseyer, dean of women, two Bluffton college faculty members who have been overseas in connection with previous student work pro grams, will be instructors on the orientation school staff. Summer relief work gives students an opportunity to earn money and at the same time serve needy per sons, it was pointed out. Dr. Guy Hershberger, of Goshen college, will serve as leader of the European summer program from July 19 to August 16. Tickets On Sale For Alumni Dinner, Dance Tickets went on sale this week for the annual Bluffton High school alumni reunion and banquet, fol lowed by a dance, to be held Friday, May 27, in the school gymnasium. Reservations for the banquet must be made by Friday May 20, it was announced this week. Tickets may I be obtained at the two Bluffton '’drug stores, or from Harriet Burk hart, secretary of the association. Dance tickets will be sold at the door, following the banquet, or may be purchased in advance at the Pine restaurant, Basinger’s Furni ture store, Pat’s barber shop, Ris ser’s Sandwich shop and Suties dry cleaning etsablishment. Glee Club Concert On Tuesday Night Bluffton College Men’s Glee club will present its spring concert at the high school auditorium next Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. The club is directed by Otto Holtkamp of the college conservatory and Claren Sommer is accompanist. Appearing in special numbers will be Mrs. Elizabeth Howe and the College Men’s quartet. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Biery, Mt. Cory, a boy, Dale Edward, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert McClelland, Findlay, a boy, James Allen, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Powell, Rawson, a girl, Judith Kay, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. George Pierman, Pandora, a girl, Kathleen, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. David Hohenbrink, Ottawa, a boy, Keith Alan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Allison, Ada, a boy, James Allen, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Oyer, Bowl ing Green, a boy, Joseph Hurly, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tracewell, Rawson, a girl, Sandra Marie, this Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Plotts, Bel more, a boy, Donald Lee, this Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Goes, Lima, a girl, Linda Lou born last Thursday at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima. Mrs. Goes is the former Mary Elizabeth Habegger of Bluffton. and Cincinnati, which will pass west of Bluffton just outside the corporation limits. A repeater station, to magnify signals car ried by the line, is being built on the Mrs. Sarah Motter farm, just outside the village on the Grove street road. Utility Expansion Ground breaking ceremonies for the $2,000,000 Central Ohio Light and Power Co. addition were held recently at the plant, and con THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1949 COLLEGE TEACHER GETS PRISON TERM UNDER DRAFT LAW Larry Gara, History Instructor Sentenced to 18 Months by Federal Judge Refuses to Relinquish Previous Stand to get Release Under Bond Larry Gara, 27-year old Bluffton college history instructor and dean of men is in the federal jail in Toledo after being sentenced last Friday by Judge Frank Kloeb in the district court at that place to 18 months imprisonment for violation of the selective service law. Gara will be held in jail while his attorneys Francis Heisler of Chicago and Stanley Robinson of Columbus prepare to take the case to the sixth, District Court of Appeals. Robinson, it was stated in informed quarters replaces Gustavus Ohlinger of Toledo, one of Gara’s legal counsel who re portedly has withdrawn from the case. Appeal in the case was filed by Gara’s counsel in the District Court at Cincinnati, Monday. Gara was found guilty by a jury in the federal court at Toledo last March and since that time has been out under bond. Convicted of hav ing counselled Charles Rickert, form er Bluffton college pre-ministerial student not to register for the peace time draft, the case has attracted widespread attention as the first violation of its kind and is being closely watched as a legal test of the new act. Rickert is now serving an 18 months sentence in the federal prison, at Milan, Mich. Bond Denied In imposing sentence, Judge Kloeb denied bond for Gara after the latter refused to agree to relinquish his stand against registration if freed under bond during the time required to appeal his case. Until the? crtirt of appeals hands down a decision as to whether the Bluffton man may be released under bond, Gara will continue in custody of the federal prison system. Gara elected not to begin receiving credit towards the 18 month prison term until a decision on the appeal has been given. Cites Previous Prison Term Judge Kloeb, before imposing sen tense cited Gara’s previous conviction and prison record for non-registratfon under the 1940 draft act. The judge I told Gara that prison psychiatrists had classified him emotionally, physi cally and socially immature and I recommended that Gara first be sent to the U. S. Medical Center, Jeffer son Barracks, Mo., for medical exam ination. Until he was summoned to appear in court to receive his sentence, Gera I continued to meet his college classes here. This is his first year as an instructor in Bluffton college. The slightly-built red-haired Qua le er, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania came here with his wife at the open ing of college last September. The couple resided in Ropp hall where he served as dean of men and his wife is enrolled in the senior class. They have no children. Gara is a graduate of Penn State college and during the past year he has been active in the cause of European relief. Appeals Court rules give Gara’s counsel 40 days in which to file an appeal record and within 30 days after filing of the record the court is to set a date for argument on the appeal. It is not likely that a deci sion in the case will be handed down before next flail, court officials said. However the Appeals Court may issue a speedier decision on whether Gara can be released under hond during the appeal if his attorney re quests such action. MARRIAGE LICENSE A marriage license has been is sued to Nome Mathey Huff, car re pairman of Caseyville, Ill., and Doris Maxine Fisher of Bluffton. Record Industrial and Institutional Expansion Program in Bluffton District is Under Way This Spring struction of the 110 by 43-tfoot build ing addition will get under way this spring. Latest expansion of the plant, the third since original construction in 1937, will give Bluffton one of the largest plants of its kind in North western Ohio. Bluffton college’s $250,000 gym nasium-auditorium building program will be started on the campus in early June, following ground-break ing cermonies held in connection with Steven Kent, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Basinger of North Lawn avenue who was injured in a fall from his parents’ automobile was brought to his home Tuesday from a Decatur, Indiana, hospital where he was rushed following the accident early Sunday evening. The accident occurred near Will shire as the Basinger family was returning home after visiting Mrs. Basinger’s grandmother at Ft. Re covery. Steven and his seven-year-old sis ter, Kathryn, were playing in the rear seat of the sedan when the door became unlatched and he fell from the car striking his head on the pavement suffering scalp lacera tions. He was rushed to the nearby De catur hospital where stitches were required to close the wound and he remained unconscious until after re ceiving treatment. His condition Wednesday was reported satisfact ory. Pickup of Trash And Rubbish Marking End of Drive Starts Thursday Individuals, Organizations, Bus iness Men And Others Co operate in Campaign Bluffton’s eight-day concentrated Clean-up Paint-up Fix-up cam paign to make the city a cleaner, healthier, safer and more attractive community will come to a close Thursday with the start of regular rubbish collection rounds by village trucks. Householders, community organiza tions, business men and industries cooperated in making Bluffton’s first participation in the national clean-up —paint-up—fix-up campaign a suc cessful venture, and the mayor this week expressed the thanks of town authorities for the work accomplish ed. In the drive-aimed at making Bluffton a cleaner, more healthful community, sponsors mapped intensi fied efforts to guard against a repe tition of last summer’s polio out break. Business Interests Cooperate Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion endorsed the program and finan ced most of the publicity, with re tail stores also cooperating by ad vertising special items and empha sizing the advantages of united ac tion to assure community-wide suc cess in the venture. Bluffton Sportsmen’s club also took part by launching a clean-up campaign in Sportsmen’s park at the lower end of Buckeye lake, which soon will be a mecca for family picnics and informal gatherings. Cooperation of Bluffton public schools was marked by dismissing grade school students at intervals to aid in clean-up of the school grounds. An employment service was run by Bluffton college to pro vide workers needed for assistance in homes of the town. In connection with the start of rubbish collection this Thursday, the mayor pointed out that this will be the last time rounds of the town will be made before payment is due for another year’s service. Unless bills due in May are paid before May 20, service will be discontinued. Three Place In Scholarship Tests Three of the 13 pupils entered by Bluffton high school in the district state scholarship tests at Ohio Northern university, Ada, Saturday, placed in the top ranking 25 in the various subjects, it was announced here the first of the week. Placing were: John Bauman, third in chemistry Margaret Stratton, seventh in biology and Ruth Diller, 18th in English XI. Four-Year-Old Child Is Injured In Fall From Parents’ Automobile Success Marks Bluffton’s First Clean-Up—Paint-Up—Fix-Up Camaign commencement week the last of May. Pipe Line Installation Work on the pipe line installation here will be completed within the next few weeks, as workmen proceed with laying of a new 22-inch main connecting Lima and Toledo. Route of the Buckeye Pipe Line runs thru Richland and Orange townships fol lowing a new right of way, crossing the Allen-Hancock County line at the Greding farm a short distance south Two New Houses Are Being Built Here Prospects for residential building in Bluffton and vicinity which have been looking up for the past several weeks received an additional impetus this week with the laying of found ations for two more new houses. Maynard Steiner is building on his lot on Harmon road south of the hospital and Abram Rickert is pre paring to build on a location on the former Santschi farm on the Dixie highway south of Bluffton. Red Cross To Elect Officers On Monday Bluffton’s Red Cross Chapter will hold its annual election of officers at a meeting in the high school li brary Monday night at 8 o’clock. RENEW CONTRACTS WITH TOWN FOR FIRE PROTECTION Orange and Richland Township Trustees Act to Continue Arrangement Bluffton Provides Rural Dis tricts Service for Annual Fee of $250 Bluffton village’s fire protection contracts with Richland and Orange townships have been renewed for the coming year and payment in ad vance for the service has been made by the board of trustees of each po litical subdivision. Under contract term the Bluffton fire department answers all calls at a flat rate annual fee of $250 for each township. Renewal of the Orange township contract served as an indication that a supplementary agreement worked out last winter between the town ship and Ada was not a reflection of dissatisfaction with fire protection service from Bluffton. Under the supplementary arrange ment, the Ada fire department will also answer calls to the extreme southern portion of the township, laying beyond the Lincoln highway. Township spokesmen said this week that the contract with Ada was drafted only because that part of the township was much closer to Ada and not because there was any dissatisfaction with the service pro vided by Bluffton. Better protection for the isolated section also is assured, it was point ed out, for trucks from both fire de partments will be called to areas where the coverage contracts over lap. Pastor To Speak At Church Centennial Rev. Howard Landes, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church is one of the speakers at the 100th an niversary of his home church, The Deep Run congregation near Phila delphia, this week. Rev. J. Herbert Fretz is pastor of the church which has arranged programs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Rev. and Mrs. Landes will also spend some time in Philadelphia and among members of their former charge at Germantown, Pa. Ohio Conservation Field Days and State Plowing Matches, August 23 and 24, at Apple Creek State Farm in Wayne County. of Cherry street intersection. In the television cable construction program, work already has started on the repeater station, a small building of concrete blocks, located on the Grove street road, just beyond Maple Grove cemetery. The under ground cable will be installed this summer by a crew which started at Dayton and is working north. In addition to the four projects slated for this summer’s program, there also has been a lot of interest BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 4 BACCALAUREATE TO OPEN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WEEK Baccalaureate At Union Church Service Will Be Held Sunday, May 22 Commencement Exercises Thursday, May 26, Will Mark Week’s Culmination A busy six-day program of Bluff ton High school commencement week activity will be opened Sunday night, May 22, with baccalaureate services for the class at a union church serv ice in the school gymnasium. Other events in the busy schedule planned for the week will be two presentations of the class play, com mencement exercises and the annual alumni dinner and dance, it was an nounced this week. Speaker at baccalaureate services, opening event of the week, will be Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of Gt. John’s and Efiimanuel’s Reformed churches. Members of the graduating class will stage their annual class play in two appearances on Monday and Tuesday nights, May 23 and 24. Dr. Clyde Hissong, state director of education, will be the speaker at commencement exercises in the gym nasium at 8 p. m. Thursday, May 26. Diplomas will be presented to 29 graduates, the smallest Bluffton High graduating class in many years Closing event of the week will be the alumni dinner and dance on Fri day night, May 27. Mrs. D. C. Bixel Funeral Thursday Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the First Mennonite church for Mrs. Delilah Bixel, 82, wife of David C. Bixel, who died at 3:35 p. m. Tuesday at the residence on North Lawn avenue. Jn poor health £qr name time, Mrs. Bixel had been bedfast fortne last six weeks. She was born in Orrville, Ohio, January 1, 1867, the daughter of Peter and Barbara (Lehman) Baum gartner, and married Mr. Bixel De cember 3, 1891. Survivors include the husband, three daughters, Mrs. Millard Oberly and Misses Dora and Fern Bixel, all of Bluffton, and a son, Dr. Gord on Bixel, also of this place. Also surviving are two brothers, William Baumgartner, Pandora, and Peter Baumgartner, Orrville and two si/ters, Mrs. Clara Steiner, Orrville, and Mrs. Frank Shoup, Beach City, Ohio. A member of the First Mennonite church, Mrs. Bixel was active in church activities. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the church, will officiate at the fun eral rites Thursday. Burial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. The body will remain at the Basinger funeral home until time for the services. The family has announced that memorials to religious and charit able institutions will be accepted. Five Shades Appear In Colorful Program The Five Shades, men’s vocal or ganization of Bluffton cqllege stu dents will appear in a program at Ramseyer chapel this Wednesday night at 8:30 o’clock. Members fo the group are James Hilty, Dean Niswander, Al Diller, Roger Howe and Claren Sommer, accompanist. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. Choir Program At Mennonite Church Choir of the First Mennonite church will give a program Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Assisting will be Claren Sommer, organ Mary Lou Rich, soprano Joanne Vercler and Dean Niswander in soprano and tenor duet and the College Men’s Glee club quartet. locally in a proposed bill in the Ohio legislature calling for construction of an east-west super-highway, similar to the Pennsylvania turnpike, proposed route of which would pass near Bluffton. In the bill, the turnpike is slated to run between Route 224, which passes thru Findlay and Ottawa, and the Lincoln* highway which goes thru Beaverdam. Conjecture has put ten tative route of the super-highway on Route 103 which touches Bluffton.