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ESTIMATE 10,000 SAW BLUFFTON'S PIONEER PARADE Largest Crowd Ever in Bluffton Lines Streets Here Satur day Night Colorful Line of March One and One-half Miles Long Draws Cheers Northwestern Ohio never had a better parade than the variety-laden Forty-Niner Gold Rush which per fectly recreated a pioneer atmos phere as it stretched along its astonishing one and one-half mile length on Main street here last Saturday evening. And Bluffton never had a lai ger crowd than the turnout of more than 10,000 spectators who crowded every inch of the 10-block long parade route, jammed to overflowing this village of 2,500, and parked their automobiles all the way to the city limits. The parade started promptly at 7:30 from Schmidt’s field movirg east on Cherry street to Railroad street, up College avenue, over Har mon road onto Poplar street where it entered South Main street and moved north, passing the brilliantly illuminated judges stand in front of the Presbyterian church at 8 o’clock. Both sides of Main street were lined with spectators along the en tire line of march and lawns and porches in the residence sections were turned into improvised grand stands and filled with chairs and camp stools. Even the weather was perfect for the pioneer-flavored event which in augurated Bluffton’s holiday week end celebration. With the arrival of gtmdown, the heat wave abated somewhat, there was a cooling breeze, and a bright moon and twinkling stars beamed down from a cloudless sky as the big event swung down Main street on its final lap just at dusk. Cheers and applause from spectat ors punctuated the snappy tempo of band music as what seemed to be an interminable procession of cos tumed pioneers, rumbling prairie schooners, old-time buggies, hacks, sleighs, mounted horsemen and other featured entries marched along the jammed parade route. Many Features It was a display of sparkling brilliance which topped anything ever produced in this part of the state in the way of pioneer celebra tions, and it was by far Bluffton’s biggest and most outstanding com munity event of all time. Variety marked the one and one half mile long parade. There were I prairie schooners of every size and description, including two which actually made trips west, one 101 years old and the other nearing the century mark. One schooner was drawn by a plodding ox team: teams of heavy draft horses pulled the others, and there were two smaller entries drawn by ponies. In front of and following the lumbering wagons were bearded, costumed horsemen: mounted trouba dors riflemen and Indians. Prospectors With Burros Plodding along the search of the precious metal which provided the Gold-Rush parade theme were foot sore prospectors, leading and some times dragging heavily laden burros. Another outstanding feature was a gleaming black, horse-drawn funeral coach of the Nineties, fol lowed by a mourner’s hack, and with the drivers attired in the high hat formal black costume of that day. An old-time six-passenger sleigh dashed merrily along through a field of artificial snow on another large float, and there was another sleigh on wheels in another part of the parade. Buggies, hansoms, hackneys, car riages, buckboards and other convey ances of yesteryear also had featur ed spots in the parade and an un usual touch was one old-time buggy which rattled by, drawn by a two wheeled garden tractor. A lumbering medicine man 8 wagon’s sign reading in part “Dr. Hursey’s Marvelous Discovery. Drink Or Rub On” rivalled for cleverness the insurance firm’s entry showing gleaming hot coals, above which was emblazoned “Cold Cash for Hot Ashes.” Dude On Bicycle Bill Edwards as a dude of the (Continued on page 8) Scorching weather with temper atures hitting new record marks for early July, high humidity and a blistering sun have assaulted Bluff ton since a week ago Tuesday in an unrelenting heat wave that showed no indications of abatement as it went into its ninth day this Wed nesday. Since the blast of hot weather swept into the area nine days ago temperatures have topped the 90 mark every day and a high of 100 degrees was recorded last Saturday. Aaron B. Murray Succumbs O F. Sidney Hauenstein, Bluffton druggist and musi cian who died Monday following a five months’ illness. Funeral services were held in the Presby terian church Wednesday after noon. RITES FOR SIDNEY HAUENSTEIN ARE HELD WEDNESDAY Founder of Sidney’s Drug Shop Dies After Critical Five Months Illness ’rominent Local Musician On Bluffton College Faculty Since 1909 Funeral services largely attended were held Wednesday afternoon for Sidney Hauenstein, 68, prominent civic leader, business man and mu sician, who died at 6:20 p. m. Mon day in Bluffton Community hospital following five-months’ critical illness from a heart ailment. He founded Sidney’s Drug Shop here in 1908, a business in which he was associated with his brother, Armin, at the time of his death. Prominent in musical circles, Mr. Hauenstein had been a member of the Bluffton college music faculty since 1909, and he taught music in Bluffton High school from 1912 to 1944. He was an accomplished violinist and widely known as a successful conductor of high school orchestras and bands. Active in community activities, he was a former member of the village council was a past master of Bluff ton Masonic lodge and was a mem ber of the Bluffton Presbyterian church and clerk of the session. He was born in Bluffton on De cember 16, 1880, the second son of (Continued on page 8) Paper Drive Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 56 will have a paper collection Saturday afternoon. Have paper bundled and on the curb by noon. Proceeds will go toward financing a week’s camp outing for the troop. Best Window Display Basinger Furniture Store—$5.00 cash and blue rosette for pioneer log cabin interior. Beard Winners Best all-around beard—John Man ahan, Bluffton, free hair cut until Jan. 1, 1950, and blue rosette rib bon. Best Forty-Niner beard—Al In galls, five pound pail strained honey. Best Goatee—How-ard Stauffer, five pound pail strained honey. Best Moustache—Rev. Paul Cram er, five pound pail strained honey. Parade Winners First prize $50—Ox-drawn prairie schooner built by Herr Bros., Al Ingalls and Arthur Swank, all of Bluffton. jggg THE BLUFFTON NEWS Wednesdays Rain Fails to Break On Sunday the mercury climbed to 95 and the Fourth of July again brought temperatures near the 100 mark with a reading of 95 in early afternoon. Despite the sweltering heat, Bluff ton’s holiday weekend celebration went off without any indication that the hot weather was enough of a deterrent to keep spectators at home. Although the mercury hit 100 de grees Saturday afternoon, a record crowd of more than 10,000 persons jammed the towm for the evening NEW LIGHT PLANT BOILER IN USE FLY ASH IS GONE Completion of New 32.000 Lb. Per Hour Boiler Ends $225,000 Expansion New Turbine and Addition to Municipal Plant Building Also In Program Marking the completion of a $225, 000 expansion program launched 1946 and ending heavy fly ash in undations which for years have raised the ire of nearby householders the new 32,000 pound per hour high pressure steam boiler was put into regular use at the municipal light plant last week. Steel stack of the new boiler has a built-in mechanism to trap fly ash and no more complaints from that source should be occasioned, Plant Supt. John Swisher said. Completion of the boiler marked the final phase of an extensive ex pansion program which also includ ed installation of a new 2000 KW turbo-generator and the construction of a brick addition to the muni cipal plant. Installation of the new boiler gives the plant two high pressure units capable of adequately handling the town’s expanded electrical load, Supt. Swisher said. In addition to the new unit, the plant also has a 20,000 pound per hour high pressure boiler installed 10 years ago. Two old low pressure boilers, no longer capable of carry ing the load, will not be used, except as standbys in emergency. The new 2,000 KW turbine, a re built Navy surplus unit, was put on the line last spring. In addition, the plant also has 1,250 KW and 750 KW turbines, but the latter no longer is capable of carrying the normal peak daytime load put on the plant. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.72 corn $1.25 oats 58c soys $2.15. Poultry—Heavy hens 21c leghorn hens 18c heavy rock fryers, 3 lbs., and up, 24c heavy red fryers, 3 lbs., and up, 22c leghorn fryers 19. Eggs—Large white 49c large brown 48c medium white 42c medium brown 41c pullets and checks 32c. Butterfat—58c. Forty-Niner Gold Rush Contest Winners Second prize—$25—Funeral Coach and Mourners Cab of the Nineties entered by Stanley Basinger, of Bluffton. Third prize $15—101-year-old Mor mon Prairie Schooner owned by Adolph Nordhaus, of Glandorf. Fourth prize $10—Old-time Sleigh float entered by Stauffer’s Pure Oil station, Bluffton. Fifth prize $5—|Five-Way Tie) Two old-time prospectors Lester Niswander, Bluffton John Manahan, Bluffton High-wheeled bicycle, Bill Edwards, Bluffton Hursey’s Medi cine Man Wagon, D. C. Hursey & Sons, Bluffton and Buggy drawn by garden tractor, Geiger & Diller, Bluffton. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1919 Farmers Pass Up Holiday On Fourth As Wheat Harvest Begins Two Weeks Early PARADE ANDRODEODRAW RECORD HOLIDAY CROWDS parade featuring a Forty-Niner Gold Rush theme and approximately 3,000 were here for the Forty-Niner rodeo on Monday night. During the nine-day heat wave the town went without rain until Wednesday morning when a good shower fell at about 5:30 a. m. High temperatures and humidity continued unabated, however, and the weatheiman said no relief was in sight on Wednesday or Thursday. The only other indication of rain had been a light one-minute sprinkle Named as New School Head Bumper Crop Averaging 30 Bushels Per Acre (Jives High est Quality Test in Years First Grain Marketed Here Last Saturday Morning: Price At Elevator is $1.72 The Fourth of July was just an other working day for Bluffton area farmers who were busy in their fields all day Monday as the harvest of a bumper crop of wheat reached a peak stage from 10 days to two weeks earlier than usual. First wheat from this year’s harvest was unloaded at the Farm ers Grain Co. on Saturday by Will Steiner, two miles west of town, in augurating a steady procession of trucks and wagons loaded with gold en ripe grain. Price paid farmers the first of the week was $1.72 per bushel. Excellent harvest conditions on the Fourth found farmers passing up the holiday to keep combining going at top speed, and four carloads (8,000 bushels) of wheat were load ed at the elevator during the day. High Quality Test Hot, dry weather which has pre vailed here in early summer not (Continued on page 8) BOY KILLED BY CONTACT WITH RADIO AERIAL Charged Wire Fatal to Eight Year Old Bluffton Boy In Indiana Son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Moser Had Been Visiting (Jrandparent 19 Days Robert Lee (Bobbie) Moser, eight year-old son of Mr .and Mrs. Francis Moser, 137 Thurman street, was ac cidentally electrocuted while playing wjth cousins in the yard of his grandmother at Berne, Ind., at 4:30 p. m. Wednesday of last week. Death occurred instantly when the boy came into contact with a charg ed radio aerial attached to the house. The Berne fire department and a physician for two hours at tempted to resuscitate the child. The accident occurred as the child was playing a game similar to hide and seek with several other play mates. As he attempted to hide in some shrubbery he came in contact with the charged aerial. A lineman from the Indiana Michigan Electric company said fol lowing the accident that the radio to which the aerial wafc attached was apparently defective and threw the voltage of from 118 to 120 de grees into the aerial. The ground wet from recent rains and the fact that the boy was barefoot at the time made the shock powerful enough to kill him instantly. There were slight burns on one arm. Going to Berne shortly after the close of school, Bobbie had been visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Lena Eicher, for the last 19 days. An uncle, Lawrence Eicher, also lives at the same residence. Born on July 6, 1940, in Adams county, Ind., the boy would have been in the third grade next fall. In addition to his parents, Bobby is survived by a sister, Carol Ann, at home: and the paternal grand (Continued on page 8) Heat Wave Tuesday afternoon. Bluffton’s water supply has been adequate to meet the increased de mands brought on by sizzling hot weather, Supt. John Swisher an nounced Tuesday. The Bluffton plant has six wells, four of which are pumped for the city water supply and two for the ’age Dairy. During the current heat wave, it has been necessary to operate only two of the four wells for the city supply, Swisher said. BOARD UNANIMOUS N ITS CHOICE OF BLUFFTON NATIVE ll ead of Washington Court, House Schools For Past Eight Years Will Assume Duties as Superin tendent in Bluffton on August 1 Aaron B. Murray, 44, Bluffton native, for the past eight years head of the school at Washington Court House, Ohio, was hired as superin tendent of the Bluffton public schools at a meeting of the board of edu cation here Tuesday night. Final agreement between Murray and the board was reached after midnight in which the new school I head receives a three-year contract at an annual salary of $4,600, be ginning Aug. 1. The board which was nbpelessly deadlocked a week pre vious on two other candidates was late H. mother street. Tuesday unanimous in its action night. Although Murray has year to serve under his contract at Washington Court House, he said following the meeting Tues day night that he would take steps immediately to request his release. Since it is the practice of boards of education to grant releases from teaching and administrative con tracts when requested, there is no difficulty anticipated from that quar ter. another present First Native-Born School Head Murray will be the first native born superintendent in history of the Bluffton schools and also the first Rluffton high school graduate to head the schools here. He is the son of Mrs. H. G. Murray and the G. (Hod) Murray. His lives on North Jackson He was graduated from Bluffton (Continued on page 8) Bluffton Man Hurt In Auto Collision Albert Lugibill, 80, of S. Lawn avenue, escaped with lacerations of the left hand and leg, when his auto mobile was overturned in a collision one mile northeast of Bluffton on the Dixie highway at 4 p. m. Thurs day. A southbound auto driven by Paul S. King, 56, of Lima, collided with Lugibill’s northbound car when the Bluffton man is said tempted a left hand turn into a driveway. Property damage was extensive. to have at- Lugibill was treated by a Bluffton physician. Patriotic ceremonies at 3 p. m. next Sunday in the Old cemetery on Jefferson street will mark dedica tion of a gleaming white Georgia marble headstone erected in late spring to mark the all-but-forgotten grave of Joseph DeFord, founder of Bluffton and a soldier in the American Revolution. Marble Marker At Grave Of Town’s Founder To Be Dedicated Sunday Identification of the nearly for gotten grave of Bluffton’s first citi zen was effected last year with the assistance of the late Med Murray. The marble marker was placed next to a small boulder almost com pletely overgrown with grass which for years was the only idtentifica tion of the final the pioneer who small gristmill on resting place of in 1832 built a Riley creek, and A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY H-------------------------- Free Bus Trips Twice Weekly To Col. Grove Pool BLUFFTON youngsters didn’t mind the heat wave nearly as much beginning Tuesday when the municipally operated bus began making trips twice week ly to the Columbus Grove swim ming pool. With the Buckeye Lake swim ming pool closed for the season, village councilmen authorized bus trips to the Columbus Grove pool every Tuesday and Thurs day afternoon for the remainder of the season. The bus starts from the Grade School grounds. The 28-passenger Bluffton college bus has been chartered trips, and Robert Burk director of the town’s recreation program, will the bus and supervise for the holder, summer operate the groups. be made as necessary to take all children of grade or high school age interested. As many trips will There is no charge to youths for the service. DON AUGSBURGER CLERK OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS BOARD Donavin Augsburger Will Succeed Charles Emans When Latter Resigns Sept. 1 New Clerk, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Augsburger, Business Administration Student Donavin Augsburger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Augsburger, Tues day night was named new clerk to the board of public affairs and will succeed the incumbent, Charles Emans, when the latter’s resignation becomes effective next September 1. Augsburger’s salary was set at $200 -a month, the same as that received by Emans. The new board of public affairs clerk has been a student in tne Lluii ton college department of business administration for the last two years and has a background fitting him to assume duties of the position. Emans, who will leave next Sept ember 1, has not yet announced his plans for the future. He also in tends to resign as village clerk, a position to which he was elected in 1947. His term will expire at close of this year. the Accepts Call To Pastorate Here Rev. Leonard McIntyre of Olena, Ohio, has accepted a call to the pas torate of the Bluffton-Rockport Presbyterian churches, it was nounced the first of the week, expects to assume his duties early in September. He hen Mc trial A call was extended to Rev. Intyre after he preached a sermon here on Sunday of last week at a joint service of the Bluffton and Rockport congregations. He is now pastor of a Presby terian church at Olena, near Nor walk. Real Estate Deal on by The Ralph Dunifon property Garau street has been purchased Mr. Cole, retired mail carrier, it was announced this week. Possssion will be given November 1. thereby founded the village. Joseph DeFord is said to have come from France with Lafayette and served through the Revolution ary war in the Fifth Maryland regiment. The marble stone marking the grave is the standard marker pro vided by the federal government for the burial places of all Revolution ary war veterans. In charge of the service next Sunday will be Clarence N. Breese, president of the Allen county chap ter, Sons of the American Revolu tion and Mrs. Grace Johnson, re gent, and Mrs. W. V. Parent, chap lain, of the county chapter, Daugh ters of the American Revolution. NUMBER 12 NIGHT RODEO IS TOP FOURTH OF JULY ATTRACTION Sixth Independence Day Cele bration Attracts Skilled Horsemen Holiday Crowd Enjoys Widely Varied Attractions on Harmon Field Closing Bluffton’s holiday week end Forty-Niner Gold Rush celebra- tion, the biggest and most successful community event ever staged here, an old-time Wild West rodeo on brilliantly lighted Harmon field Mon day night attracted a crowd of up pards of 3,0(H) spectators. In the fifth annual Fourth of July rodeo presentation, the weather man again lent his fullest coopera tion, for skies were fair and temp eratures in the eighties were hot enough to make area residents glad of the chance to see the gala out door show. Rain has never spoiled Fourth of July rodeo plans here in fact there never has been threatening weather on rodeo day. Glad To Be Outdoors With the urge to escape the heat by being outdoors swelling the crowd, all available seating space was taken and hundreds lined the fence around Harmon field for the night-time spectacle that proved it still holds plenty of appeal for com munity residents. With typical Fourth of July weather providing temperatures in the eighties during the rodeo, the perspiring crowds disposed of huge quantities of ice cream and soft drinks, the largest sales ever made at the night event. In the 12-event rodeo, $250 in cash prizes were awarded to com peting horsemen from Northwestern Ohio, and the show was critically adjudged by experts as one of the best ever staged here. 67 Horses In Entry There was a total of 67 horses and riders in the grand entry par ade which opened the evening show, and 100 horses participated in the competition for prizes. The balloon race, always a feature of Bluffton’s rodeo, was first seen in this area on Harmon field and since has been widely adopted. Continuing the Forty-Niner Gold Rush theme of the week end cele bration, contestants were bearded and preceding the rodeo there was a field parade of many of the pioneer entries in last Saturday’s community parade. (Continued on page 8) Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ernest, Ben ton Ridge, a boy, Melvin Earl, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Williamstown, a Thursday. Charles Hartman, girl, Karen Sue, Dwaine Amstutz, Kenneth Dwaine, rs. Mr. and boy, Bluffton, a Thursday. Mr. and Bluffton, a day. rs. John Nonnamaker, Frederick, Fri boy, Joe Wingate, Bluff Kay, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul ton, a girl, Barbara Mr. and Mrs. Harold Basinger, Jenera, a girl, Elva Marie, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Luginbuhl, Sluffton, a girl, Muriel Louise, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Gerber, Bluffton, a boy, Garth Lee, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hartman, Bluffton, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Burkholder, Beaverdam, a girl, Wednesday morn ing. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wagner, Ada, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hauenstein, Ann Arbor, Mich., a boy, Thomas Edgar, born at University hospital, Sunday. Mr. Hauenstein is the son of Edgar Hauenstein, Bluffton phar macist. Organ Program At Methodist Church Prof. Otto Holtkamp, of the Bluff ton college school of music, will be the organist for services in the First Methodist church at 10:30 a. m. Sunday. A new Wurlitzer organ has been installed in the church for demon stration.