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9 A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV All Trails Lead to You'll find the latchstring out at Bluffton over the Fourth of July week end and you and all your friends are invited in for the biggest celebration ever staged here. With all the open-handed hospitality of pioneer days, Bluffton will welcome everyone to the big com munity-wide observance of frontier days. AU roads wiU lead to Bluffton, pardner, and right now is the time to get ready to hit the trail. Principal events in the double-feature Forty-Niner PIONEER EMPHASIS IN TOWN'S BIGGEST PARADE SATURDAY Prairie Schooners, And Floats Featured in Forty-Niner Parade Cash Prizes Amounting to $105 For Best Entries In Gala Community Event Prairie schooners, surreys, buck boards, horse-drawn hearses and other conveyances of the pioneer era will join with Wild West Forty Niner Gold Rush parade at Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock. The gigantic parade, with an em phasis on a revival of the days when Bluffton was a backwoods pioneer settlement, will be the biggest com munity event ever staged here, and will draw’ a crowd that is estimated in the thousands. Business window's filled with antiques and relics of early Bluffton bearded businessmen clerks in busi- Al! business houses will be closed during the parade. ness places dressed in pioneer garb and parade features dating back to frontier days will provide a fitting setting for the unique celebration. Many Features In the biggest parade ever staked here, the old-time conveyances will vie for attention with gaily bedecked floats, old-time decorated bicycles new and old automobiles tractors, pioneer and modem farm imple ments old-time threshing machines, and horses which will be entered in next Monday’s feature-starred rodeo. An augmented Bluffton com munity band will lead the parade, and play a concert on the Presbyter ian church lawn following the pro cession through dow’ntown streets. Ban Parking To provide more room for the thousands of spectators expected here for Saturday night’s parade, parked automobiles will be ban ned on Main street between College avenue and Elm street after 6 p. m. Saturday. No parking will be permitted until after the parade has ended. Cash prizes amounting to $105 will be awarded for the best parade entries, spurring competition and assuring a greater number of en trants. First prize will be $50 second prize $25 third prize $15 fourth prize $10 fifth prize, $5. Parade Route Forming at Schmidt’s field, the parade will be routed down Cherry street to Railroad street, up College Avenue to Harmon road on Harmon road to Poplar street, thence to Main and north on Main street to the corner of Washington street turn and come back Main street to College avenue, and return on Main to the Town Hall, and then proceed to Schmidt’s field ria Elm street. Children with pets and decorated wagons or other features will not be permitted in the parade unless rid ing a horse or in regular floats. Presbyterians Give Call To New Pastor A call to the pastorate of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyteran churches was extended to Rev. Leon ard McIntyre of Olena, Ohio, by congregations of the two churches Sunday night The call was authorized by a vote of the congregations in a joint meeting after hearing Rev. McIntyre in a trial sermon earlier in the evening. Rev. McIntyre, a graduate of Ob erlin Theological seminary is pastor of a charge at Olena, near Norwalk. He is married and has a small daughter. His reply to the call ex tended this week is expected shortly. Fireworks Ban Means Just That M0?’ING BOARD DEADLOCKS IN SELECTION OF NEW SCHOOL HEAD Adjournment Comes Late Tues day Night After Fruit less Meeting Members Agree to Drop Two Candidates and Start Con sideration Anew Bluffton’s board of education, hopelessly deadlocked on tWo appli cants for superintendent of schools here adjourned shortly before mid night, Tuesday after agreeing to discard both candidates. Without a record vote the board agreed informally to consider two other candidates and a meeting for that purpose will be held this Wed nesday night. From a field of 25 candidates the board by a series of elimination voting reduced the number to two: G. S. Hammon of Plain City and Harold Pfaff of Urbana. Deadlock for into action with arrests and fines, Bluffton village of ficials this week warned that municipal and state bans on fire works, cap guns and sparklers mean just what the laws say and violators will find that their fun can be of a costly variety. One teenager last week drew a $25 fine in mayor’s court, with $15 of the fine suspended on good behavior, and further violations will be handled on an equally severe basis, the mayor warned. Parents are requested to assist in protecting their children and others by insisting that they not buy or discharge bootleg fireworks which apparently are being peddled in this area. Special police are patrolling the town to pick up violators of the ban, and a rigid patrol will be exercised during the parade Saturday night to make sure that discharge of fireworks will not frighten horses and perhaps cause an accident. Bluffton Of 75 Years Ago On Parade In Window DisplaysiOf Business District Two Nights From that point, however, a dead lock developed Monday night with two votes in the board for each of the candidates and a fifth member not voting. The same deadlock con tinued on two ballots Tuesday night. All voting was by ballot with James (Continued on page 11) Births The following, births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Bame, Ar lington, a boy, Marvin Lawrence, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harshe, La Fayette, a girl, Brenda Lee, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sommers, Pandora, a girl, Sharia Fay, Thurs day. Mr. aftd Mrs. Daniel Long, Ada, a boy, Richard Allen, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Devier, Bluffton, a boy, Gary Lynn, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Byron Anderson, Bluffton, a girl, Connie Joan, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Bormuth, Je nera, a girl, Sunday. Mrs. Bor muth is the former Alverda Dilts of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Ernest, Lima, a boy, James Edgar, Sun day. Mrs. Ernest is the former Edna Huber of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cunning ham, Ada, a girl Barbara Jean, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Triplett, Bluffton, a boy, Timm Ashford, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Augsburger, Pontiac, Mich., a girl, Phyllis Ann, born Tuesday morning in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Heiks, Colum bus, a boy, James Robert, bom June 21 in that city. Mrs. Heiks is the former Elizabeth Bixel of Bluffton. Gold Rush celebration will be a gala parade Saturday night, followed by a cororful Wild West rodeo on Monday night. With the emphasis on a revival of pioneer days, the community wiU recreate a frontier setting—featured by bearded business men, business district displays of relics and conveyances and farm machinery of yester year. The pioneer flavor wiU permeate both the parade and rodeo, and with Bluffton's celebration the chief BLUFFTON TO CELEBRATE WITH BIG PARADE Most Complete Display of Early Blufftoniana Attracts Large rowds Exhibits Provide Fitting Back ground for Bluffton’s ’49-er Weekend Reminiscent of the days when Bluffton’s Main street was a streak of mud or a cloud of dust, depending on the weather, and dow’ntown stores were little frame structures with false-front second-floor, a series of attractive window displays in the business district this week have re created the Bluffton of 75 years ago. With virtually every downtown place of business cooperating in the antique display, relics harking back to the pioneer days of this commun ity provide a fitting background for the Forty-Niner parade and rodeo over the coming weekend. It’s the most complete show of early Blufftoniana that the commun ity has ever seen, and a trip around the business section will give an ex cellent picture of what life was like three-quarters of a century ago in addition to providing an absorbing 45 minutes of entertainment. Prized antiques owned by the many collectors in this community have been drawn on for some of the displays, and cherished relics in the homes of residents also have been contributed for showing during the pre-holiday period. Original Treatment Many window displays also show well-handled touches of originality, adding to the popularity of the show ing. In one large window the interior of a pioneer log cabin is faithfully reproduced together with antique chairs, rope bed, hand-hewn cradle, muzzle-loading rifle, furniture of the (Continued on page 12) Picked up Along A covered wagon that actually rolled westward during the Califor nia Gold Rush is on display in down town Bluffton this week and will provide a realistic touch to the Forty-Niner Gold Rush parade and rodeo over the holiday weekend. The 101-year-old prairie schooner rolled west with a Mormon family, accord ing to Adolph Nordhaus, Glandorf, Ohio, an automobile body shop own er who purchased it five years ago in Salt Lake City and shipped it home. It is complete with a grace ful canvas top and is painted in the original steel gray color, with golden eagles on the front and back tail gates. A similar parade entry will be the 85-year-old Conestoga wagon own ed By Frank Coleman, heavy equip ment mover of Findlay. Chief dif ference is that the wheels are broad er on the Conestoga, for travel in soft ground. Adding a further touch of realism to the pioneer celebration, a team of oxen with long horns capped with brass knobs will pull a prairie schooner being built by the Herr Brothers, Commuhity Market and Art Swank in the parade and also THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1949 Bluffton, Saturday Night', Podner The k--: REAL 1849 PRAIRIE SCHOONERS TO BE PARADE FEATURE Two Pioneer Covered Wagons Are Attractions on Main Street Here Will be Seen at Parade Satur day Night and Rodeo on Monday Night Two covered wagons, reminiscent of the days of the ’49 gold rush are attractions on Bluffton’s Main street. Arriving here the first of the week they form the vanguard of the big gest array of oldtime conveyances ever seen in Bluffton which will be a feature of the Fourth of July pa rade on Saturday night and the Fourth of July rodeo on Harmon field Monday night. First of the wagons, a prairie schooner, was unloaded Monday. It is from a collection of Adolph Nord haus, operator of a body shop in Glandorf, Putnam county, collector of antique vehicles. On Tuesdaj afternoon arrived an 85-year-old Conestoga wagon owned by rank Coleman, heavy equip ment mover from Findlay, horse fancier, who collects antique vehicles as a hobby. (Continued on page 12) organized Fourth of July feature in this area the dou ble-barreled holiday program likely will attract the largest influx of visitors ever seen here. Special police will be assigned to handle traffic on both nights and to patrol the crowds in making sure that fire crackers are not discharged, thereby running the risk of causing a panic among rodeo horses and perhaps causing serious injury to spec tators. Prairie schooners, covered wagons, buckboards. the Trail of Bluffton's '49 Gold Rush at the rodeo. The oxen are being brought here from a Kentucky lum ber camp. Those excellent pioneer windows recreated in virtually every down town business place will not go un rewarded. A prize of* $5 and a ribbon will be awarded by Guy Scoles and Son, custom weed spray ers. Bristling beards which have mark ed Bluffton business men’s pre-cele bration contribution also will pay off. Free haircuts will be provided until the end of this year by Swank’s Barber shop for the best beard. Howard Rickly will provide three five-gallon strained honey prizes: one for the best beard one for the best goatee and one for the best mustache. The town’s bearded gentry will be preserved for posterity in a photograph to be taken at 7 p. m. Friday in front of the Neu-Art studio. All who raised beards are urged to be there. Judges for the beard contest will be Charles Lloyd, chairman Postmaster Ed R. Reich enbach and Fire Chief Guy Corson. You’ll See It Rolling In The Parade Saturday Night ADOLPH NORDHAUS OF GLANDORF WITH PRAIRIE SCHOONER WHICH ONCE WENT WEST. Evening Rodeo to Highlight Independence Day Business Suspended No Mail Delivery on Holiday Monday to Mark Start of Vacation Week Bluffton’s Independence Day cele bration next Monday will offer the usual assortment of recreational facilities, plus an old-time western rodeo on the night of the Fourth to climax the gala holiday weekend. With no other organized attrac tions, the holiday weekend will find local picnic spots popular places for family gatherings, weather permit ting. In addition, many local resi dents will be out of town for vaca tions during the week. Business generally will be sus pended from Saturday night until Tuesday morning, and there will be no delivery of mail on town or rural routes next Monday. Plant Vacation The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., one of the town’s major indus trial plants, will close for summer vacation, beginning with the close of work Friday night, and a number of other local establishments will be (Continued on page 12) Two gold trophies will be added to other prizes to be awarded at the Forty-Niner rodeo next Monday night. One will be awarded by Buckeye Coach Co., of Beaverdam, for the best old-time conveyance in the exhibit at Harmon field prior to the rodeo. The other trophy will be presented by Jo Jo Harrison, of Toledo, for the rodeo contestant winning the most points. Harrison, who will lead the Grand Entry, will be remembered as the crippled youth who participated in Bluffton’s first rodeo and won several prizes. Merchants, parade participants and rodeo performers who are beardless also will get into the “beaver” class by wearing false whiskers supplied without charge by the celebration committee. All are urged to get their beards at Gaiffe’s Clover Farm market prior to the parade evening. Watch those fire crackers, boys. Town officials this week cautioned youngsters not to discharge fire works during the parade or rodeo, because of the possibility of causing injury to spectators in case horses are frightened by the noise. Crowds (Continued on page 11) Special Police To Enforce Ban On Firecrackers Over Fourth Of July .. NEW STATE LAW MAY FORCE ISSUE ON SEWAGE HERE Stream Pollution Control Act to Become Effective In Ohio August 25 Authorities Are Reported Ready to Force Compliance Thru out State Bluffton’s long-deferred sewage disposal problem, which has plagued succeeding village administrations for nearly two decades, may come to a head in early fall if a new state program is pushed on the schedule announced by the Ohio Department of Health. Possibility that 'impending state action is not far in the offing was seen last week in the announcement that Ohio’s new stream pollution control act will go into effect on August 25, and that the state will take immediate action to guarantee compliance by villages and cities. Under the new act, primary treat ment of sewage and industrial waste is required for all water discharged into Ohio streams and boundary waters. Hope For Aid Village officials in the meantime are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that legislation pending In Congress to provide one-third of the cost of sewage treatment installa tions may tie passed before the state moves in requiring action here. In some respects, Bluffton has an edge on many of the cities which will be affected by the new stream pollu tion control act, for all plans have been completed for installation of sewers and a sewage treatment plant here. Work on Bluffton’s plans and specifications were completed last year and everything is in readiness for the receipt of bids, once funds are provided for the project. Completion of plans was made pos sible through an interest-free federal loan, which will be repaid if and when a bond issue is passed to finance a sewage disposal program. Mrs. Edwin Amstutz has returned from Winona Lake, Ind., where she attended the School of Missions the past week as a representative of the Missionary society of the First Mennonite church. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live Latch String's Out horse-drawn hearses and other conveyances of the pioneer era, to be in the parade and shown at the rodeo will be the principal magnet attracting visitors, but Bluffton will put on a real pioneer show to go with the celebration. On Saturday night, clerks in downtown stores will wear pioneer clothing, women will be in sunbonnets and frontier costume and bearded business men will remind visitors of the day when Bluffton still was a backwoods community. NUMBER 11 RODEO RODEO TO BE TOP INDEPENDENCE DAY ATTRACTION HERE Some of Northwest Ohio's Best Horsemen to Be in Action Monday Night Elaborate Preparations Made for Gala Event Under Har mon Field Lights An old-time Forty-Niner Western rodeo, with contestants wearing pioneer garb and prairie schooners and other vehicles of earlier eras on display, will feature Bluffton’s Fourth of July celebration at Harmon field, beginning at 7:30 p. m. Monday night. In the Gold Rush rodeo on bril liantly lighted Harmon field, 12 feature events will be presented, with prizes totalling $246 offered to participants. A record crowd is anticipated since Bluffton’s night rodeo is the only organized Fourth of July cele bration in the entire area, and be cause of the unique pioneer items which will be on display on the grounds. Some of the outstanding horse men and horsewomen in Northwest ern Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will compete in the star-studded show, in addition to the many features of pioneer import to be shown at the field. 12 Events Events include a double-feature Forty-Niner Gold Rush Grand Entry Bad Lands Brone Riding. Great Plains Pony class, Wild Steer Rid ing: Golden Musical Keg in two divisions—men and women, and boys and girls. Homesteaders Obstacle Race Western Gal Pleasure Horses, Gold en Balloon Mill, Bag-O-Gold Special event. Gold Nugget Race, Open Prairie Calf Roping and Frontiers man Western Stock Horse event. Emerson DeTray, Defiance, who judged last year's rodeo here, will be the judge again this year. Clyde Warren will be the announcer For rest Herr is program and entry chairman, and Al Ingalls is general chairman of the gala show. Others on the general committee include Art Swank, vice-chairman Ralph Reichenbach, secretary James F. West, treasurer Roy Rogers, ring master Art Swank, timer and Ed Badertscher. parade marshal. Bristling beards raised by Bluffton residents to publicize the pioneer flavor of this year’s celebration will be matched by the false beards to be worn by all rodeo contestants, and all riders will be in pioneer garb, in keeping with the flavor of the show. Receive Degree Al O. S. U. Graduation Virgil Basinger, formerly of near Bluffton, was graduated at the com mencement exercises of Ohio State university, Columbus, recently re ceiving degrees of Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering and Mas ter of Science. He and Mrs. Basinger, the form er Sara Moyer, will make their home in Cincinnati where he has accepted a position with the Cincinnati Mill ing Machine company. Elected President Of Music Teachers Herbert Jones, supervisor of music in the Carrollton, Ohio, high school was recently Elected president of the eastern district of the Ohio Music Educators association. Jones is a Bluffton college graduate. His wife is the former Ruth Beidler, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beidler of South Jackson street. Making a Rainbow In creating a rainbow droplets of rain act as prisms, splitting sun light into its color components of the spectrum.