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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV $4000 PROGRAM OF STREET REPAIRS TO START THIS WEEK Largest Program Since War Will Include Resurfacing of Seven Streets Preliminary Patching and Grad ing Has Been Completed by Town Street Crew Bluffton’s largest street repair program since the close of World War II will get under wray here late this week, with major re-surfac ing projects planned for seven streets and minor work scheduled for other parts of the town’s thorofares. More than $4,000 will be spent on the improvements, with 11 blocks of Mound, Spring, Elm and Garau streets, College and Lawn avenue and Harmon road comprising the principal phase of the work, Street Commissioner H.L. Coon announced Tuesday. Preliminary patching and grading in preparation for the finish coat of stone chips rolled into tar have been completed by an augmented village street repair crewr As in past years the town’s crew of workmen also will participate in the street re-surfacing program, handling the hauling and spreading of stone, thereby reducing the cost of improvements. Major re-surfacing programs an nounced by the Street Commissioner include the following: Mound street from Huber street to College avenue. College avenue from the Little Kiley Bridge to College Road. Lawn avenue from Grove to Kib ler street. Spring street from Elm street to the Big Riley bridge. Elm street from the Little Riley bridge to College road. Harmon road from Poplar’street to the Bentley road. Garau street from Harmon road to Main street. Following the completion of work on the summer street improvement program, town workmen will in stall new curbs in the business area, and it also is hoped to con struck a new concrete sidewalk in front of the town hall property. Aid For Filing Sales Tax At Court House A sales tax examiner will be lo cated at the Allen county court house in Lima, July 25 to 30 in clusive to assist vendors in making out their tax returns for the period between January 1 and June 30, it was annouced the first of the week. E. A. Geithman, district manager, advises vendors who wish assistance in making out their reports should take with them necessary records such as, a copy of last report, sales records, and vendor’s purchase ord ers for prepaid tax receipts. If a deficiency is indicated on the report, due to failure to cancel suf ficient prepaid tax receipts to offset tax due, remittance should accom pany the report in the amount of the deficiency, made payable to Don E. Ebright, Treasurer of State. Vendors Sales Tax Reports for the period between January 1 and June 20, must be filed with or mailed to Don H. Ebright, Treasurer of State, P. O. Box 1799, Columbus, Ohio, before August 1, in order not to be delinquent. Athletic Coach Youth For Christ Speaker Ted Wehling, Jr., athletic coach at the Northwestern schools, Minne apolis, will address the \outh for Christ Rally to be held in Pandora high school gymnasium, Saturday night at 8 o’clock. Rev. Arnold Schmidt of Pandora Missionary church will be in charge of music with special numbers by Bluffton young people. In addition to his coaching activities, Wehling is a Bible teacher and comes well recommended as a speaker. To Head Vocal Music In Van Wert Schools Herbert J. Jones, instructor in mu sic at the Carrollton schools has re signed his position there to become head of vocal music instruction in the Van Wert public schools. He and his family will move to Van Wert soon. Mr. and Mrs. Jones and family were here during the past week visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beidler of JSouth Jackson street. To Organize Men's Garden Club Here Meeting of Bluffton area men interested will be held in the high school cafeteria this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock to organize u men’s garden club. Besides organ izational procedure there will be shown two sound films “Death to Weeds” and “Treasures of the Sda.” All men interested are invited. BIGGEST CORN CROP IN YEARS MATURING HERE Ideal Growing Weather Spurs Crop Nearly Two Weeks Ahead of Schedule Stand is Generally Uniform, Regardless of Planting Dates Prospects for a bumper corn crop are the best in years in the Bluffton area, a survey showed the first of this week. Notwithstanding the handicaps of late planting, heavy corn borer infes tation and almost continuous rains late in June which made it difficult to keep weeds under control, the crop generally is from 10 days to two weeks ahead of its normal schedule. According to the old rule-of-the thumb adage corn should be knee high by the Fourth of July, but this year the stand was anywhere from waist to shoulder-high on the holiday. Abnormally warm, humid weather throuout the first two weeks of July provided ideal growing conditions, and as a result the stand in the Bluff district is generally uniform, ir respective of planting dates which varied widely during the first three weeks of May. Discount Borer Damage Despite heavy corn borer infesta tion, farmers generally discount the idea that it may materially damage the crop. Admitting that borer depredations will be felt, they point out that new varieties of hybrid corn, bred to combat the borer and increase pro duction, have stepped up yields far beyond the most optimistic expecta tions of the “old days.” Standing corn also can be treated to control borer infestation, but little is done in this area in the way of preventive measures. The most ef ficient way known of destroying the borer is to spray standing corn with DDT or a preparation known as Ry ania. Church Conference To Open At College A two-weeks youth conference sponsored by the Ohio Churches of Christ will begin at Bluffton college next Sunday. It will be one of five conferences to be held at Ohio col leges this summer. Roberta Klingler and John Rogers will represent the Bluffton Church of Christ at the meet and Marilou Amstutz will be delegate from the Beaverdam Church of Christ. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hilty, Pandora, a girl, Ruth Anne, last Wednesday. Nickel Plate Makes New Proposal To Town Council On Crossing Flashers Mr. and Mrs. Don Crites, Wapak oneta, a boy, Scott William, Thurs day. Mrs. Crites is the foimer Joan Clark of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Leo McGowan, Findlay, a girl, Cynthia Ann, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Pandora, a boy, Michael Lynn, Sat urday^ Mrs. Anderson is the form er Esther Schumacher. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goeminne, Findlay, a boy, Vincent Peter, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Paugh, La Fayette, a girl, Sunday. Mrs. Paugh is the former Jeanne Sumney of of this place. Mr., and Mrs. Quentin Elsea Findlay, a boy, Tuesday. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.72 corn $1.30 oats 54c$ soys $2.15. Poultry—Heavy hens 22c leghorn hens 19c heavy rock and red fryers 28c leghorn fryers 20c. Eggs—Large white 52c large brown' 51c medium white 45c medium brown 44c. Butterfat—58c. Signals on College Avenue if Cherry Street Watchman Can Be Dropped Council Takes No Action on Proposal at its Meeting Monday Night New development in the decade old controversy over erection of flash er lights at the College avenue cross ing of the Nickel Plate railroad was presented to the municipal council Monday night with a Nickel Plate proposal that the crossing watchman on Cherry street be discontinued in a trade for College avenue warning signals. Councilman, however, took no im mediate action on the matter, and tabled the letter proposing the trade, for further consideration. In.the message from division head quarters of the -road, it was pointed out that by relieving the Cherry street crossing watchman the rail road would be able to erect flasher signals at College avenue, thereby remedying conditions which have brought many complaints. Cherry street would not be unpro tected in the move, for flasher lights now at that crossing would be con tinued, altho the standard would be moved from the middle of the street where it now stands, and new lights would be erected at each of the street, the railroad proposed. Watchman Since 1914 A crossing watchman is maintained on Cherry street under provisions of an I. C. C. ruling dating back to 1914, providing for watchman service from 8 a. m. until 4 p. m. Present watch man is Joseph Fisher of South Jack son street. Town legislation authorizing re moval of the watchman would be re quired to initiate the move, the let ter from the railroad explained. More than a decade ago, consider ation of discontinuance of watchman duty at the crossing was flagged by protests from residents east of the railroad who felt presence of the watchman was a safeguard for school children who cross the tracks four times a day. Complete Week Of Twirling School A week’s instruction in baton twirling held at Bluffton college was completed last Saturday with com petition in tne various classes at Harmon field. Instructor was Victor Faber of Findlay, national twirling champion and 38 students enrolled were from Lima, Findlay, Minster and Alliance and California, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Carol Moser, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Moser of Thurman street was the only Bluff ton enrollee. She will appear with a number of other twirlers at the Lima Soap Box derby this summer and in connection with a game of the Cleveland Browns, professional football team, next fall. Gar a Files Appeal To Higher Court Larry Gara, 20, Bluffton college instructor, convicted in the U. S. District court, Toledo of advising a student not to register for the peace time draft has carried his case to the U. S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District. Gara, sentenced by Judge Frank Kloeb to IS months imprisonment, is now in the federal penitentiary at Milan, Mich. The appeal-, is based on th" contention that the trial judge charged the jury improperly. Takes Teaching Position At Ada Miss Ruth Hankish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hankish, will teach commercial subjects in Ada high school, it was announced this week. She will succeed Miss Fran ces Deitrick who resigned. Miss Hankish was instructor in the Wau seon schools last year. Last Rites For Former Resident Funeral services for Clarence Drye, 86, former Bluffton resident were held last week at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs .Warren Balmer of Bar boursville, West Virginia. Drye died of a heart attack July 8 in Mojave, Calif., where he was serving in the U. S. Air corps. He made his home with the Balmers about 15 years ago when they lived in Bluffton. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1949 FARMERS STORING LITTLE WHEAT FOR GOVERNMENT LOAN Rains During Early Harvest Cut Grain Test Below Re quired Minimum Lack of Storage Facilities and Dislike of “Red Tape/’ Also Factors Comparatively little wheat is be ing stored on Bluffton district farms under this year’s government loan program, with deteriorated quality of the crop, lack of adequate storage facilities and dislike of governmental “red tape” combining to convince area farmers that the best procedure is to market the crop right from the field. High quality wheat, the best in many years, was general in early marketing, but heavy rainfall two weeks ago bleached the grain and brought about drastic cuts in tests. At present, marketed grain generally is testing between 54 and 56 pounds to the bushel, and No. 3 wheat (56 pounds test) is the lowest which will be accepted for govern ment loans. On this grade of wheat, an Allen county farmer may receive a loan of $2.05 a bushel, as compared with the present marketing price of $1.71. Many Lack Acceptable Storage However, to qualify for govern ment loans, the wheat must be stored either in warehouses (.r on the farm, and in many cases acceptable stor age facilities are lacking. Of those farmers in this district planning to store wheat under pro visions of the loan program, virtually all appear to favor storing the grain on their farms rather warehousing it. In most cases, however, farm stor age space is at a premium, .and a large part of the wheat held on the farm is being put way for farmer’s individual requirements, rather than to take advantage of the govern ment’s loan offers. Farmers needing ready money are selling on the present market, since more than a month is required to get the cash from the government under the loan program. This results from the fact that wheat stored on the farm must be in the bin at least 30 days before tests are made for moisture and grade determination. Former Fluff ton Woman Succumbs Mrs. Ava Yoi native, died at Tuesday afterm She was the Mr. and Mrs. pioneer Bluffto sister of Carl mg Roe, 76, Bluffton her home in Portage, :on at 4:15 o’clock, aughter of the late hn Mahoning Young, n residents and a Young of this place, rother residing here, by her husband, four Glenna Bollman ami Irin of Fremont and Besides her she is survived daughters rs. Mrs. Mary Ben Misses Ida and and three sons 1 Dennie Roe of Roe of Bowlir.. Joan Roe at home, Guy Roe of Haskins Sylvania and Robert Green. Also survivir Mrs. Nettie Springs, Colo.: Ramer of Mt. ig are two sisters enkins of Colorado and Mrs. Grace Cory. ces will be held at in Portage Friday :,0 o’clock. Funeral servi her late home afternoon at 2 Gets Summer ROTC Training In Texas Raymond Bame, son of Mr. and rs. Raymond Bame of Tarazana, Calif., former Bluffton residents, is one of 300 advanced ROTC students who will attend camp this summer at 13 army posts throughout the country, it is announced by the de partment of military and air science at Ohio State university, Columbus. Bame, a pharmacy corps student, will train at the Brooke army medi cal center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Saddle Club Picnic And Outing Aug. 14 The Bluffton Saddle Horse club will hold its annual picnic and cut ting at Fox Hill, Sunday, August 14, according to plans made last Thursday night when club members were entertained by Mr. and Mrs Roy Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Arth ur Swank at the Rogers home north of Bluffton. Committee in charge of the picnic is Arthur Swank, Albert Ingalls and Forrest Herr. Basket dinner will be at noon with watermelon, ice cream, pop and coffee furnished by the club. Motion pictures of the picnic will be taken and a trail ride is planned for the afternoon. A breakfast flight and spot land ing contest will be held Sunday morning at the Bluffton airport by planes from flying clubs in nine Northwestern Ohio cities, under sponsorship of the Buckeye Pilots league. Fliers will breakfast in Bluffton, following which the spot landing contest will begin at 10 a. m. Com petitors will be here from Jackson Center, Piqua, Celina, Lima, Find lay, Ottawa, Pandora and Ada. The public is invited to witness the demonstration which is attract ing crowds of flying enthusiasts at neighboring airfields. Arrangements for Sunday’s pro gram have been made by Bluffton Sky Pilots, which has a membership of 34. Editor’s Note—This is Then one evening in summer the pig sty was empty. No pig put in its appearance and after a few days Brownlee became worried about them. He searched diligently for the lost hogs, then gave them up as lost. Lost Hogs Found Weeks later Brownlee went back to Washington County to harvest the wheat he had left growing. There he found his swine, with an addition of eight or ten more to the family and not one was missing. Finishing his harvesting, Brownlee drove the hogs ahead to the river, where they swam across without urging and themselves, took the direct route to Coitsville and to their sty. They had been away several months. It is a tall tale but a good story, maybe true. As this writer admits, he wasn't there. David Stewart, later 'a neighbor of Brownlee’s subsequently brought his own hogs to Coitsville. At the Ohio River he drove the hogs, with other stock, onto the ferry boat and pushed off into the stream. One hog jumped off the boat and swam back to shore from midstream. Stewart did not try to recover the hog and Went on to Coitsville. Airplanes From Nine Cities In Spot Landing Contest Here Next Sunday ant of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. Some Old Ohio Pig Tales Pork is one of those viands which must be eaten with a bit of salt. And hog stories accordingly, through their origin of species, may be taken with a grain of salt. You may believe this one if you wish, but as to its authenticity—that is hear-say. The writer was not present. The accredited first hogs which came to Ohio were a sow and six five-month-old pigs, brought to Coitsville, Trumbull County, in the spring of 1806 by David Brownlee from his farm in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Despite the ravages of bears, panthers, wolves and other wild pork eaters in the Ohio wilderness, the swine appeared happy in their new Buckeye home and were in their sty every evening and at their troughs at feeding times. Brownlee licked his lips as he thought of the lusty hams, flitch, spare-ribs and sausage to i come. The second night after they crossed the river Stewart put up at Amos Loveland’s cabin at Coitsville and put liis hogs in an adjacent roadside pen. Next morning the missing hog was lying outside the pen in which its mates were enclosed. Stewart thot it must have realized it was lost, swam the Ohio River and followed the cold track of the herd persistent ly until, tired and hungry, it over took them. In 1850 a strong syndicate of men with much money was formed in an attempt to corner the stock hog market all over Ohio and it came nearly doing it. With headquarters Two low-flying airplanes sprayed Mt. Cory with a DDT preparation Wednesday morning shortly after 6 o’clock. The dusting was ordered by the town council as a polio pre ventive. The town has had no polio cases this season. The spraying required about a half-hour and left the town covered with a fog caused by the dust which slowly settled to the ground. The dusting was done by an Ot tawa firm. A number of North western Ohio towns are following this practice as a polio preventive measure. in Columbus, the syndicate spread all over the country. Its agents went everywhere and rapidly obtained control of all the young hogs in the market. The syndicate was especially suc cessful in southern Ohio and before the magnitude of its operations was discovered, had acquired nearly every stock hog in sight. “Corner" Hits Feeders The corner in hogs nearly ruined the Emmitt & Davis distillery at Waverly, Pike County, which always needed stock hogs to feed its distil lery slops. In desperation Emmitt got track of a nice bunch of young hogs which could be bought in Franklin County. They were held at a high price but the distillers bought them anyhow and Davis, mounted on his little gray mare, began to drive the herd of swine the 60 miles back to Waver ly. When night came the hogs were quartered in an exposed field by the side of the road. A heavy rain had fallen and had changed to sleet which covered everything exposed to it with a thick veneer of ice. When Davis went to the field next morning he kicked hog after hog in an attempt to make them get up but few of them got to their feet. The others were dead—frozen stiff. They had been exposed to the full fury of the storm. It had been a terrible trip and Davis arrived at Waverly with only a small number of the hogs he had bought. Old accounts relate that though “an old man, he complained little about the hardship he had undergone.” “Rail Splitters” First Ohio hogs were known as ‘rail splitters”—about the same va riety which in woodland parts of Arkansas still are called “razor backs.” They were tough so tough that they barely could be eaten and were able to put up a good fight against wild animals which killed and loved pork. No other kind of hog could have survived in the early days nor lived on what fell from forest trees. Cincinnati, in its own early days became the greatest pork market in the country’ through processing and shipment of meat from the rail-split ters. Flat-boats, keelboats and later, steamers, went down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans laden with barreled pork and, other than the flat-boats, came hack loaded with other merchandise for the North. The flat-boats were built for one-way travel—downriver. At New Orleans they were broken up and their timber too, sold. While pork was once the richest industry in Cincinnati, it also was the cause of much of its sickness ami numerous early epidemics of cholera. Sanitation and cleanliness were un heard of in the old butchering days and pigtails, feet, pieces of scrap pork and other refuse littered the sidewalks and grounds, openly decaying. Mt. Cory Gets Dusting From Airplanes Wednesday Morning As Polio Preventive No Sanitary Regulations hi Ohio, Berkshire, Chester White, Irish Graziers. Chinas, Neapolitans, Essex and Suffolk hogs were not in troduced until the latter part of the 1Son’s. The Poland Chinas were brought in by the Shakers, at Shaker town, now Otterbein University Ex periment Station. Warren County. The first exhibition of Ohio swine was at the first Ohio State Septembe 11, 12 and 1.'!, 1856, at Cinchmat With few exce|itions. thev were “ra 1 splitters.” But with au thent city in disregard, agriculturists get a thrill from tracing the gene alogy of the Ohio hog back to Brown lee's sow, her six pigs and dozen grand-piglets up in Trumbull County. Band Concert Concert will lie given by the Bluffton band directed by Miss Janet Bigler on the Presbyterian church lawn Saturday night at 8 o’clock in connection with an ice cream social sponsored by the Band Moth ers. College Graduating Recitals On Friday Bluffton college department of music presents two seniors in grad uating recital in Ramseyer chapel, Friday night at 8 o’clock. They are Mrs. Carol Simon Shelly, organist, pupil of Otto Holtkamp, and Walter Treadway, baritone, pupil of Rus sell A. Lantz. Mrs. Shelly and Treadway are completing their work this summer for the Bachelor of School Music degree. The public is invited. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 14 HEAVY MARKETING OF WHEAT FLOODS LOCAL ELEVATOR Farmers Grain Co. Open Nights To Accommodate Long Lines of Waiting Wagons Plenty of Freight Cars Availa ble To Carry Bumper Crop To Grain Terminals Bluffton’s grain elevator, operated by the Farmers Grain Co., has been open nights during the last week to unload wheat from an almost endless line of tractor-drawn farm wagons filled with grain, as harvesting in the Bluffton district reached its peak over the weekend. The long string of waiting wagons and the peak aspects of this year’s crop is reflected in the fact that up wards of 109,000 bushels of wheat already have been handled by the elevator. For the first time in many years there have been enough freight cars to haul the grain, and nearly 50 cars have been loaded and dispatched to terminals at Toledo, Buffalo and Fos toria. Price Holds Steady Altho the quality of this year’s wheat deteriorated following heavy rains two weeks ago, the price has held steady at around $1.71 per bu shel. Heavy marketing has brought large sums of money into the Bluff ton farm district, in most cases rep resenting the first sizable crop in come of the summer for farmers. In addition to wheat, marketing of oats is under way on a smaller scale, since beginning early last week. Oats yields this year generally run from 30 to 40 bushels to the acre, growers say, approximately 20 bu shels less than the average for this district. Low yield is attributed to» hot weather and too much moisture at critical periods. The test, however, is fairly good, ranging from 27 to 32 pounds per bushel. Price is around 52 cents a bushel this week. Nominate Bluffton Girl For FHA Post Genevieve Burkholder, daughter of Airs. Edith Burkholder, was nominat ed Ohio’s member for the National Future Homemakers of America committee, last week at the National Regional F. H. A. meeting held in Columbus. Genevieve is a junior in the Bluffton High School and is president of her local F. H. A. chapter. Louise Reichenbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Reichenbach, made the introduction speech for Genevieve at the Sub-Region business meet ing. The girls were chaperoned by Miss Elizabeth Mohr, high school home economics instructor at Bluff ton during the past year, and Miss Jean Ellen Vore, high school home economics instructor for the coming Vuu r. Leave For Summer Travel In Europe Mr. and Mrs. Hana■y Gratz, north of Rhjffton left by ane from New i ork City, Mon day night, foi Eu rope •y will spend two mon tlis in travcd. 3'hey landed in Engl and Tuesda Besides visiting 1'01nts of interest they will spend seve al we»ks with their son Delbei•t, a student i n the graduate school of the university at B■rn, Switzi■riand Del ert was ’ormerly engaged in Euro ican relie work under the Mennonite Central committee. He and his wife aiid son are livi ng in Bern while he i s in school there. Mr and Mrs. Gratz expect to re turn home by boat in Septt■mber. During their absence Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yoakam are occupying their home north of town. Rodeo Windup This Wednesday Evening Business meeting to wind up af fairs of Bluffton's Fourth of July Rodeo will be held at the Mayor’s office this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. Any outstanding bills should be presented to James F. West, treasurer. Ada Meat Market Is Moving To Bluffton Clark Bridenbaugh, operator of a meat market in Ada for the past four years has moved his equipment here to open a market in the Ed Chamberlain room on South Main street formerly occupied by the Washette.