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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV POLITICS STIRS AS PARTIES HERE EYE SUMMER CAUCUSES Tickets Must Be Filed With Board of Elections by August 10 Three Terms Expire on School Board Two on Richland Trustees Bluffton’s political cauldron began simmering again this week, as Democrat and Republican leaders drafted preliminary plans for party caucuses required by August 10 to name candidates for the village board of education and Richland township offices. Headlining Bluffton interest in the caucuses, of course, will be the selection of candidates for the board of elducation, to which three members will be elected next fall. Terms expiring will be those of Leland Diller, president of the board, Paul Diller and Norman A. Triplett, the latter serving the unexpired term of the late Donivon B. Conrad. On the Richland township board of trustees, the terms of Chairman Fred Badertscher and Watson Stein er are expiring. Candidates also are needed for township constables, to replace R. E. Griffith and Charles Lora, whose terms in office end next December 31. Two justice of the peace berths will be open on each party ticket. The term of Stanley Vertner, Beaverdam, is expiring, and party leaders also will be seeking to give the township a full complement of justices for the first time in four years, by being sure of getting at least two candidates. During the last four years, Vert ner has been the only justice in the township. Four years ago, he was the only candidate, and the second man elected two years ago failed to be sworn into office, and no replace ment could be obtained. Beaverdam and Lafayette also must hold caucuses to name village board of education candidates, and draft tickets for the town offices, in cluding mayor, councilmen, etc. Oscar Kibele, Former Resident, Succumbs Funeral services were held in Columbus, Friday morning for Oscar Kibele, 81 year old resident of that city who as a youth was reared in Bluffton and a brother of the late Hector Kibele of this place. Kibele, for many years a promin ent building contractor in Columbus, lately retired, died at his home fol lowing an extended illness. He was the last of a large family, well known in Bluffton about fifty years ago, exceptionally talented including architects, mechanical engineers and industrial plant and oil field super visors. Kibele was the contractor who erected College hall, the first build ing of the present Bluffton college. Plans for the building were drafted by his brother Kuno at that time an architect in Muncie, Ind. At the time of his death Kibele was a director of the Clintonville Federal Savings & Loan company. Surviving are his widow and one son Oscar, Jr., of Columbus and two daughters, Mrs. L. O. Walcutt of Hilliards and Miss Helen Kibele at home. Bluffton Residents9 Grandson Is Injured Donavin Baumgartner, Jr., 19, eldest son of Dr. and Mrs. I). A. Baumgartner of Cleveland is in St. Luke’s hospital, that city, as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. His grandparents living in Bluff ton are Mrs. J. S. Steiner and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Baumgartner, all of South Main street. The accident occurred at a Cleve land street intersection in the col lision of a retail milk delivery truck operated by Baumgartner and a se dan laden with picnickers. Baumgartner received a com pound fracture of the upper right leg together with numerous lacera tions and bruises. His condition re ported serious following the accident was said to be improved Tuesday night. SERIOUSLY ILL Mrs. Gideon Burkholder is serious ly ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Calvin Steiner on Poplar street. A business property changed hands in a real estate deal closed this week when Clayton Bixel, Bluffton automobile dealer, purch ased the McCabe building on North Main street adjoining the town hall. The place is operated by the Mc Cabe interests of Attica, Mich., as a cream and egg station. Possession will be given the last of this month and Bixel said he ex pects to remodel the business place into a modern salesroom for home WHEAT MARKETING RUSHED TO BEAT RUMORED EMBARGO Most Wheat Is Being Marketed This Summer Little Held By Farmers largest Yield Reported is 40 Bushels Acre Quality Continues Good Bluffton area farmers during the last week have been rushing wheat to market as rapidly as it could be combined, in order to get the grain off their hands before rumored em bargoes of freight shipments might be put into effect to relieve jammed terminals. Despite heavy marketing, the price has held fairly steady at about 81.78 per bushel, comparing with a $2.10 price paid last summer. Little wheat is being held on farms, except for what the farmer needs, or plans to store under the govern- Government loan rates on wheat now being harvested in the Bluffton area hae been an nounced as follows: Allen county $2.08 per bushel Putnam county $2.06 Hancock county $2.07 Hardin county $2.08. This is for No. 1 wheat testing 60 pounds per bushel. If the fanner keeps the wheat on the farm until April 20, 1950 and then sells it to the govern ment, he will receive an addition al seven cents per bushel for storage. ment loan program. In most cases, however, the grain has^noved to market in a steady stream. Bluffton’s sole wheat shipping point, the Farmers Grain Co., has received no indication of an embargo notice from Buffalo, Toledo or Fos toria, where most of the Bluffton wheat is shipped. Eldon Tschiegg, manager of the Farmer’s Grain, also said that so far there have been plenty of freight cars to handle the grain. Wheat marketed here has continued of good quality, testing less than 14 per cent moisture content and around 60 pounds to the bushel. Highest test was 62 la, Tschiegg said. Largest yield reported was 40 bushels to the acre, with the average yield from 30 to 33 bushels. Bluffton Girls At State FHA Meeting Bixel Buys McCabe Poultry Building On North Main Street To Remodel Soon Patriotic Societies Honor Bluffton’s Founder And Revolutionary Soldier Genevieve Burkholder, daughter of Mrs. Edith Burkholder and Louise Reichenbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Reichenbach, both of Bluff ton high school, are in Columbus at tending the Central Regional meet ing of the Future Homemakers of America, an organization of high school home economics students. The girls are chaperoned by Miss Elizabeth Mohr, high school home economics instructor here during the past year and FHA adviser. The meeting which opened Tues day will continue until Thursday, with delegations present from Illin ois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan attending besides those from Ohio. Miss Burkholder will be Ohio’s candidate for a member of the Na tional committee and will compete for this honor with representatives from the four other states in an election to be held at the Columbus meeting. She will be nominated in a speech by Miss Reichenbach. Adult Church Of Christ Conference An adult conference sponsored by the Churches of Christ in Ohio will be held at Bluffton college next week, July 17 to 23. Rev. O. Mer rill Boggs, pastor of the Bluffton and Beaverdam Churches of Christ, will represent the local charge at the conference. A similar confer ence will be held at Hiram college, Hiram, Ohio, August 7 to 13. applicances. Bixel, associated with Kimmel Marshall now operates a home appliance business from the Bixel Motor Sales on Cherry street. A vacant North Main street lot adjoining the McCabe building which Bixel purchased last month from George Carmack will be fitted Up as a used car lot, Bixel stated. The place has been leased by the town as a parking lot. Allen County Sons and Daugh ters of Revolution Hold Service Here Joseph DeFord, Original Settler, Was Soldier in War of Independence Joseph DeFord, founder of Bluff ton and soldier in the Revolutionary war was honored with impressive patriotic ceremonies at his grave in the old cemetery on Jefferson street Sunday afternoon marking the dedi cation of a headstone of gleaming white Georgia marble attesting to his services in the War of Inde pendence. Conducting the memorial were the Lima chapters of Sons and Daugh ters of the American Revolution, to gether with a color guard from Shawnee Boy Scout Troop. Participating in the service Sun day were Mrs. George Jenkins of Fremont, director of the Northwest Ohio D. A. R. district Miss Mary Belle Linnell, acting chaplain of Lima D. A. R. chapter Mrs. Grace Johnson, regent of Lima chapter Mrs. John Breese, past regent of Lima chapter Clarence Breese, pres ident of Lima S. A. R. chapter and Thos. Gallagher, director of Allen County Soldiers and Sailors Relief. According to data collected by the Allen County Historical society, DeFord, Bluffton’s only Revolution ary soldier, came to this country from France with Lafayette and served in the war with the 5th Maryland regiment. Following the war he went to Boston and from there to Pittsburgh where he came by boat down the Ohio river to the mouth of the Scioto. Here he built a raft and went up the Scioto river to Ross county from where he is said to have traveled overland into North western Ohio and settled at Bluffton in 1832. Tradition has it that DeFord was seeking a place to build a grist mill and stopped here because he found in Big Riley creek crossing the In dian trail, now the Dixie highway, a likely source of water power to operate hs little corn cracker. Other families settled here in the westward surge which followed the opening of the Northwest territory and in 1937 DeFord is said to have platted the village of Shannon, con sisting of 16 building lots centering around what is now Riley creek bridge on North Main street. Restock Pheasants In Game Reserve Fifty mature pheasants have been restocked in the Howard Rickly game reserve south of Bluffton on Bentley road, it is announced by Donald Ramge, Allen County Game protector. Release was in the proportion of one cock |ird to five hens. To date 168 mature birds have been released in Allen county in good cover and Ramge expects to obtain additional supplies for stocking from the Ur bana game farm. As a protection to nesting pheas ants the conservation division has leased 10 acres of timothy grass from Rickly which will not be mowed until after the nesting sea son. Contract for the unmolested cover will run until this Friday. Rickly’s entire farm is now under lease as a game reserve and his woodlot is leased under the state forest program. Studies Spanish In Cuba This Summer Miss Sara Jane Huser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Huser, 115 S. Jackson street is attending the University of Habana at Habana, Cuba, for six weeks for the study of Spanish. She will be a junior at Bluffton college this fall where she has had two years of Spanish lan guage courses. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON. OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1949 Oats Crop Light Quality Is Cut By Recent Hot Spell OATS in the Bluffton district will be light this year, according to reports from early marketings here. Hot weather of the past three weeks is believed to be largely responsible for the condi tion, local dealers said. 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 issues. The Newmarket Devil Tough? Wicked? Reckless? Jim mie Finley was all three with a sprinkle of other things thrown in. The writer recalls an old backwoods adage of his own youth about some preachers having bad boys—and Jim mie Finley was a preacher’s kid. Born in 1781 in North Carolina to Rev. Robert W. Finley and his bride of a year, Rebecca Bradley, James B. Finley was cradled in civil war and nurtured on bloodshed. Neighbor massacred neighbor. Tories tried to exterminate the Whigs. All of Rebec ca Bradley Finley’s brothers died in the struggle. One brother was killed at General Gates’ defeat another was murdered by four Tories at his own door—shot with his own rifle a third died on a prison ship. Jimmie’s own father and his congregation were waylaid and shot at on their way to church. One member was killed by a shot fired through a window when at prayer. Reverend Finley received a ball through the breast of his coat as he stepped out of his own door. Much of such as this Jimmie Finley saw. Rough Life of Backwoods One Tory leader collected all the wives of Whigs he knew into one house and hanged them by the neck until nearly dead—in an attempt to make the women disclose the where abouts of their husbands. In retalia tion the ’teen-age sons of the women took the Tory’ by night to a swamp and gave him 20 lashes each for the mothers he had hanged. Then they tarred and feathered him and ducked him into the swamp. The Tory never again was seen. Backwoods boys were brought up that way—and Jimmy’ Finley learned to play a good hand at cards was passionately fond of dancing: went on many a spree was a fluent “cus ser” and fought like a wildcat when angry. The boy’s Presbyterian father was a Princeton graduate who had studied for the ministry and became a mis sionary in the wilds of North and South Carolina and in Georgia. Be cause of Indian dcpridations the Fin leys moved to Bourbon County, Ken tucky, where the father had two con gregations—one at Cane Ridge and the other at Concord. When Janies B. Finley was seven he met both Simon Kenton and Simon Girty, the Indian renegade. The boy drifted into Highland County, Ohio, where he hunted, fished and fought near Newmarket, south of Hillsboro. It was there he got the nickname, “The Newmarket Devil.” About that time a great religious revival broke out in Kentucky, ac companied by that strange phenome na, “the jerks.” In August that year a big camp meeting was held at Canp Ridge, Kentucky, his father’s old congregation, and James Finley, with a few rowdy companions, went to see it and the place of his boyhood. Flees Revival Scene “It was an awful scene,” Finley later related. Fully 25,000 persons milled around there the noise “was like Niagara and it was a sea of humans agitated as by a storm.” He counted seven preachers, all preach ing at once from stumps, fallen trees and wagons. Some were singing, others were praying many were piteougjy crying for mercy and more were shouting wildly in joyful hilarity. Nearly everybody was “jerking.” Young Finley felt weak at the stomach and fled to the woods. After a time he returned to the scene and found the waves of excite ment still higher and wilder. Finley got on a log to see better. “It was a surging sea of humanity,” he related. “At one time I saw at least 500 swept down in a moment as if a battery- of a thousand guns had opened on them. And almost immediately there follow ed shrieks and shouts that rent the very- heavens.” Finley’s hair stood up and he chilled. The young fellow again fled to the woods and “wished he had stayed at home,” he said. This time he went to a tavern a half-mile away and asked for brandy-. That, he felt, would help him. There (Continued on page 8) Ten Bluffton youths of Boy Scout Troop 56 are spending a week at Shawnee Council camp near Defi ance. In camp from Bluffton are John Triplehorn, Don Badertscher, Bruce Hauenstein, Frederick Habegger, Don Triplehorn, James Henderson, Joe Joseph, James Green, Marl Wat kins and Dean Badertscher. They- are accompanied by Morris Groman as group leader who also will assist on the adult staff at the Showers and Hotter Weather Make Ideal Conditions For Mosquito Breeding Cooperation of Residents Is Needed to Make Town’s Program Effective Intermittent rains and warm weather during the last two weeks have made ideal conditions for mosquitoes, and residents of the town must cooperate with the munic ipal prevention program now under way if this summer’s mosquito con trol system is to be completely satisfactory, according to an an nouncement this week by the mayor. Bluffton at present is virtually free of mosquitoes, and with co operation of the public in addition to the town’s mosquito control activities the situation should be kept well in hand, the mayor added. Belief that the mosquito prevention program here last year prevented a polio epidemic here, similar to that in area surrounding Bluffton, is an added incentive for every household er to do his bit again this summer. W. A. Howe, who has previously been in charge of previous success ful mosquito prevention programs here, has taken over the project again this summer, and a regular schedule of spraying creeks, catch basins and other bodies of water has been under way for the last two months, to destroy mosquito larvae. Need Aid of Householders Arrival of warm weather, however, together with scattered showers, have made it more imperative than ever that householders cooperate to prevent the possibility of mosquitoes hatching on private premises. Among the more prolific breeding places for mosquitoes on private property are cisterns, especially those unused plugged eavespouts and old tin cans in which stagnant water may lay following rains. Mosquitoes from those sources can be eliminated, however, by spraying with oil or a commercial prepara tion. Persons desiring information on control measures may consult Howe for the best measures to fol low. Bluffton Boy Scouts Spending Week At Shawnee Council Camp Near Defiance Summer Rains, Hot Weather Bring Plea For Public’s Aid In Mosquito Control The mayor also praised coopera tion of village residents in the May Cleanup-Paintup-Fixup campaign In giving the town an excellent start in helping control mosquito infesta tion this season. Entertains Guest From Philippines Mrs. Carrie Wolfe of Manila. Philippine Islands, was a week end guest of Mrs. Helen Wells of South Main street. Mrs. Wolfe, mission ary of the Church of Christ and Mrs. Wells were intimate friends when the latter lived in the Phil ippines 42 years ago. This was their first meeting since that time. Mrs. Wolfe ,in this country on furlough, will return to her mission work in January. She and her hus band, in the Philippines during the war, were interned in a Japanese prison camp and the latter died shortly after as a result of priva tions suffered at that time. Will Attend Lions Meet In New York Rev. Paul Cramer, president of the Bluffton Lions club will attend the International Lions convention to be held in Madison Square Gard en, New York. City,. July £4 to 27. He will preach on Sunday morning, July 24’• in Christ Tresbyterian church in that city where his form er army chaplain’s assistant, C. Spaulding Wilkes is minister of mu sic. Mrs. Cramer and children Paul, Jr., and Joyce will accompany him and preceding the New York meet ing the family will enjoy a motor trip through the New England states and Canada. camp. 'Wade Shook, formerly of Bluffton, now field executive of the Shawnee area is in charge of the camp, which this week has 290 boys in attendance. Because of the large attendance the Bluffton troop has been assigned the task of breaking in a new camp site. Parents of the local boys will attend the Indian Order of the Ar row campfire this Wednesday night and also a group campfire on Fri day night. DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH BLUFFTON RIDER LITTLE HURT Robert Coon, Hitch-Hiking from Findlay Escapes With Minor Injuries wo Autos Are Demolished in Three-Car Accident on Dixie Highway s Robert Coon, 20, youngesUiJfc of Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Coon of South Jackson street, student at Ohio Northern University. Ada, who was hitch hiking a ridff from Pmaiay to his home here escaped with minor injuries in an automobile accident Saturday afternoon in v hich the driver of the car was fatally injured. William Basinger, 23 enroute from Sandusky to his home in Lima who picked up Coon while passing thru Findlay, became involved in a three car crash a short time thereafter on the Dixie highway just southwest of the Findlay city limits. The state patrol reported that while attempting to pass an automo bile driven by Alvie Daugherty, 43, of Lima, Basinger's car skidded and collided with an approaching north bound car driven by Harrison Halsey, 54 of Flint, Mich. Basinger was driving a Buick and Halsey u Mercury, both late models, demolish ed as a result of the accident. Some damage was caused to the Daugherty car. The Lima man unconscious when removed to the hospital, died Sunday night without regaining conscious ness. Coon was given first aid treat ment at the hospital for minor in juries and returned to his home here. Others in the Findlay hospital are Halsey with compound fracture of the right leg Mrs. Halsey, com pound fracture of the left arm and fractured right leg James Barton, 51, Detroit, passenger in the Halsey car, lacerations and bruises and his wife Lorica, chest and shoulder in juries. Basinger’s body was removed to Lima where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon in the Davis-Miller cathedral chapel with Rev. T. C. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery at that city. Remains Brought Here For Funeral Funeral services for Benjamin H. Matter, 61, retired farmer, were held at the Paul Diller funeral home Tuesday afternoon followed by burial in the Emmanuel's ceme tery south of Bluffton. Rev. Op permann officiated. Mr. Matter, formerly residing south of Bluffton, died in the Allen county hospital Sunday afternoon following a long illness. He was a member of Emmanuel’s Reformed church. He was born February 28, 1888, in Richland township a son of Elias and Anna (Balmer) Matter. He was married in 1916 to Della Stettler who survives. Also surviving are two daughters Dorotha and Treva Matter both of Dayton and two sons Ralph and Dean Matter both of Rawson three sisters, Mrs. Calvin Leiber, Lima Mrs. Edna Leiber and Mrs. Calvin Stettler of Bluffton three grand children and two brothers Orville and Chester Matter both of Bluff ton. DOCTOR MOVED OFFICE Dr. M. D. Soash has moved his office from the Hankish building on North Main street to his residence at 561 South Main St. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 13 ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS FOR FAU TERM IS STARTED New School Superintendent, Will Be Here Part-Time During July Hiring of Two Replacement Teachers One of First Problems Organization of Bluffton’s public school system for the coming year will get under way this month altho the term of Aaron B. Murray, new school superintendent, officially does not begin until August 1. Supt. Murray announced this week that he will be in Bluffton on a part time basis during July to confer with former Supt. Ralph S. Lanham, who will come here from Ashtabula Har bor, where he will be head of the pub lic school system during the next year. One major problem in which Supt. Murray will be concerned will entail conferences with the. board of edu cation in the matter of hiring replace ments for two resigned instructors. Mathematics, Grade School Vacancies Teachers who have left vacancies on the school staff are Sidney C. Stettler, high school mathematics in structor and Mrs. Faye Herrick, grade school teacher. A third vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss Elizabeth Mohr, head of the high school economics department, was filled with hiring of Miss Ellen Jean Vo- Supt. and Mrs. Murra move here next month ington Court House, __ has been head of the system at that place, k Charles Day, I Resident, Sir Charles S. Day, 88, 4® here, died at his hom?* in Saturday morning. Hg was a forfif er Bluffton resident, 4*d brother i the late R. B. Day/of this place. He was born in pandora, January 31, 1861, a spn of Russell B. and Mary (MeI4rtde) Day. He married Catherine Keim January 5, 1882, who preceded him in death, Octo ber 16, 1946. The family moved from Bluffton to Findlay in 1890. He was a member of the First Lutheran church in Findlay and for 50 years was a member of the Ma sonic and Odd Fellow orders. For many years he owned the business building on North Main street here occupied by Waitermire’s store. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Hallie B. Decker and son Jerome Day both at home, grandson and great grandson and a sister, Mrs. 1-T. A. Goodnough of Eugene, Oregon. Services were held at the Coldren funeral home in Findlay, Monday afternoon followed by burial in Findlay Maple Grove cemetery. Wind no For Rodeo Next Wednesday Final meeting to wind up affairs of Bluffton’s Rodeo celebration will be held at the Mayor’s office Wed nesday night of next week at 8:00 o’clock. All persons indebted to the rodeo for advertising may settle accounts with Silas Diller at Geiger & Diller store. Those having bills should pre ~“i them to James F. West, rodeo treasurer at the bank. Distribution of rodeo profits will be made to the four sponsoring or ganizations, the Bluffton Saddle club, the Bluffton Recreation committee, Community Sportsmen’s club and the Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion. All committeemen and others in terested are invited to attend. Dis cussion and plans for next Fourth of July will be aired at the meeting. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Olen Businger, Ar lington, a girl, Mary Christine, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Vertner, Beaverdam, a boy, David Stanley, riday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hamman, Bluffton Beaverburg, a boy, Wil liam Robert, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hartman, Wil liamstown, a son, Robert Dale, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Lucas, ML Vernon, Ill., a girl Julia, born Wed nesday morning at Mt. Vernon hos pital. Mrs. Lucas is the former Mary Margaret Basinger of this place.