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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV EARLIER RULING OF AUGUST 31 TO BE DROPPED Protests of Parents Brings Re vision of New Age Limit Set for This Year School Board, Giving Unofficial Approval, Plans to Act at Next Meeting When Bluffton’s schools open for the coming year on Tuesday, Sept ember 6. children who will be six years of age up to and including December 31 of this year will be admitted to the first grade. This will cant el a decision made in 1948 by the board of ednea tion to change the traditional rule and set up August 3 1 as the determining date for enrolIment. That’s the way the situation ap peared tlfis week, alt ho the entire matter is as yet unofficial and probably will remain so until after school begins when formal action is expected to bo taken by the board of education at the next regular meet ing in September. However all quarters concerned appear to be agreeable to a return to the December 31 deadline. A survey revealed the following at titudes: Teachers favorable. Parents enthusiastic. Superintendent and Board agreeable. August 31 Deadline Orphan In fact no one appeared to favor August 31 as a deadline for admit ting children to the first grade, particularly after a number of par ents of children protested vigorously against a change-. in -the ruling. Machinery to restore the December 31 deadline was set in motion at a meeting last Wednesday when 12 teachers meeting with Superintend ent of Schools Aaron Murray adopt ed a resolution by a unanimous vote recommending the change. Superintendent Murray said he saw no objection to the change and Leland Diller, president of the board of education said the board likely would concur and make official the December 31 entrance date, since the change originally was initiated by teachers when the matter first came up last year. Parents Object to Change Objections of parents who have children coming six years of age after August 31 this year were responsible for the change in teacher sentiment as most of them apparent ly want their children in school this fall instead of waiting for another year. When the change was set up in the spring of 1948 to become ef fective this fall, teachers recommend ed a November 1 deadline but the board of education moved the date to August 31. Eight From Here On Jury Venires Eight Bluffton area residents are anwng the 120 Allen county resi dents named as grand and petit jurors for the September term of court, it was announced Tuesday by Clerk of Courts Clarence N. Breese. Among those drawn' for grand jury duty are Robert D. Young, Lona A. Triplett and Lida L. Burk holder, all of Bluffton and C. K. Burns, of Beaverdam. In the petit jury venire are Don H. Martz, Guy Scudder, A. D. Grats and Clara Andrews, all of Bluffton. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. James Oberly, Bluff ton, a girl, Deborah Joyce, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Mowery, Con tinental, a boy, William Michael, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Crist, Je nera, a boy, Wayne Allan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Nusbaum, Pandora, a boy, Paul Dale, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. John Nusbaum, Pan dora, a girl, Carlene Anne, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. David Slane, La fayette, a girl, Cheryl Adele, Sun day. Rev. and Mrs. Frank Harder, Pandora, a boy, James Bruce, Sun day. Children Aged Six Before January 1 May Enter First Grade This Fall An attraction-studded program will feature day and night sessions of Allen county’s enlarged fair, which will open on the East Kibby street grounds in Lima, next Tuesday. Headlining the five-day fair will be hundreds of farm exhibits by both adult and junior fair entrants midway attractions will entertain fairgoers night and day, and bands from Allen county high schools will have featured places in the program. In addition to scheduled band ap pearances at each fair session, a massed band concert will be held on Thursday night under the direction of John McGinley, of Lima. ARRESTS LOOM FOR DOUBLE PARKING IN BUSINESS DISTRICT Crackdown Warning Follows Painting of Yellow Lines In Downtown Area Lines Will Help Curb Reckless Driving on Downtown Main Street “No passing” lines put on Main street pavement Monday between Elm street and College avenue will bring to an end all double-parking in the business district, Police Chief H. L. Coon warned this week. Rgular patrols will be made ip the area, and violators will be ar rested, the police chief said, as the only means of restricting motorists from crossing the center line in the four-block stretch of the street. Marking of the street with the yellow, double “no parking’’ lines was made by the state highway de partment, at the request of village officials. The “no-passing” ban in the busi ness district is an additional traf fic safeguard, for it will prevent reckless driving, principally by through traffic, in the form of rac ing around slower moving autos in the downtown area. With the lines in place, the crack down on 'double parking is neces sary, for a parked car will make it necessary for cars approaching from the rear either to cross the yellow line or come to a standstill thereby creating a traffic jam. Presbyterian Minister And Family Move Here Rev. Leonard McIntyre, new pas tor of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches, together with his wife and little daughter, moved here Tuesd^r from Olena, Ohio, and are occupying the manse on Cherry street. He was given a call to the pastorate of the two churches last June. Rev. McIntyre, a graduate of Oberlin Theological seminary, pre viously served a church at Olena, near Norwalk. Dwight Spayth Is On Navy Cruise Dwight Spayth, Bluffton High school instructor and a lietenant in the U. S. Naval Reserve, on a two weeks training cruise from New Orleans to Cuba, will return home early next week. He and other naval reservists on annual active duty training left New Orleans last week and arrived in Cuba Monday. Following two days in Cuba, the group will return to New Orleans. Reservists are on four U. S. Navy ships for the training cruise. To Teach In South Dakota State College Everett Hiestand, formerly of Bluffton, has accepted a position on the faculty of South Dakota State College at Brookings, South Dakota, as instructor in chemistry for the coming year. During the past year he was a student in the department of chemistry of the Ohio State uni versity graduate school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Hiestand of Orange township. Allen County Fair, Opening Next Tuesday, To Have Many Features Grove Near Proposed Mennonite Home To Be Made Into Picnic Ground And Park Another interesting feature will be a talent show for which entry blanks may be obtained from Radio Station WIMA in Lima. Complete schedule of the night shows is as follows: Tuesday, August 23—Vaudeville show with Chuck Selby’s orchestra. Wednesday, August 24 Hillbilly Jamboree. Thursday, August 25 Band fes tival all bands in the county in vited. Friday, August 26 Talent show. Saturday, August 27—Horse show presented by the Allen County Horse association. Tables and Fireplace Will be Installed on Grounds This Fall Men From Five Churches Co operate to Remove Ac cumulated Debris Transformation of a box elder grove into a picnic grounds and park -will be effected this fall on the old Fox Farm site, purchased last year by five Mennonite churches as the location for a Mennonite Home for the Aged. Announcement that the beautiful little grove at the crest of the hill on the nine-acre tract will be con verted into a park came this week, after nearly 100 volunteers gathered last Thursday and Saturday to clear the grounds. A sealed well, last used when the Fox Farm was operated on the site 17 years ago, was opened last week by the Bluffton Fire Depart ment, and a new pump has been installed. Picnic Grounds Picnic tables will be installed in the park, outdoor fireplaces will be constructed, and toilet facilities will be provided, with work schedul ed for completion this fall. ood alreadyha s been cut for use in the fireplaces. Entrance to the park grounds will be off the road which is the continu ation of Riley street at the north west edge of the town. In clearing the grove grounds, in preparation foi* the start of con struction of park facilities, a crew of 72 volunteers worked all day last Thursday, and 36 reported on Sat urday to complete the work. Bring Tractors Nine farm tractors were brought by the volunteers, to aid in pulling brush and small trees. It was a hot job, and the Thursday after noon thundershower, which promised some degree of relief from the 90-in the-shade temperature, simply added to the humidity and caused tractor wheels to spin in the damp soil. Axmen chopped away roots and smaller shrubbery which were tossed on waiting wagons and hauled away to a roaring brush fire. Qualifying as the most popular man on the job in the oppressive weather was Rev. Howard Landes, pastor of the Ebenezer church, whose duties as water boy kept him on the run. In addition to clearing the grove for park use, volunteer workmen also cleaned up grounds where the large home will be erected, just in front of the grove. 20-Room Home Although plans for the home have not yet been completed, it is planned to erect a 20-room structure, over looking the village. There will be ample ground for additional build ing improvements. No date has been set for the start of construc tion. Members of the committee in charge of clearing day activities were Elam Suter, Grace Mennonite church, gen eral chairman Willard Moser, St. John Mennonite church Ezra Moser, Ebenezer church D. W. Bixler, First Mennonite church, president of the improvement David Burkholder, First Mennonite church, Lima and Miss M’Della Moon, representing the Trenton Mennonite church. Women of participating churches served noon meals for the volun teers on the Thursday and Saturday work days. Crops of apples, peaches, pears, cherries and plums are above aver age this year. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG ST 18, 1919 POLIO VICTIM AT HER HOME HERE MUCH IMPROVED Mrs. Albert Ingalls Returned From Lima Hospital Tues day Afternoon No Other Cases Reported Here as Total in Area Continues Higher Mrs. Albert Ingalls, 27', Bluffton’s only polio case this summer was removed from Lima Menuirial hosptt al to her home here Tue■sday after noon with her condition reported much improved. She had been a patient in the hospital at August 5. Lima since She and her husband, a Bluffton businessman occupy an a]partment in the Mrs. Ada Miller Bentley road. roperty on With nearly two weeks elapsed since the first appearaiice of the .disease here and no add: tional cases reported, officials are hopeful that Bluffton again escape for the second summer a serious outbre Meanwhile, however,.th 1 nvmbpr of cases in the area is stea-[ iiv ing with a total of 53 ca. «r the summer as havim treatment in Lima hospit reported in two years. rnniinf- Bluffton officials said 'the first of the week that the prograin of spray* ing creeks to keep dow n flies and mosquitoes will be contin rd unabat ed until late in the fall. The spray ing of creeks, eliminating: insects is believed to tie in with the low num ber of polio cases here, two being SEWER SYSTEM TO COST HOMEOWNER ABOUT $37 YEAR Council Gets Estimate of Cost Spread Over Twenty Year Period. Engineer Places Cost of Disposal Plant and Interceptors at $450,000 Installation of a sewage disposal plant and intercepting sewers at this time would cost the average Bluffton property owner between $35 to $40 a year for 20 years, municipal councilmen were told Monday night at a meeting in the council room. This figure would include his share of the operating cost of the system. On the basis of figures studied at the meeting the sewage dis posal system each year would cost owner of a house valued at $4,000 a property tax of $16 sewer tax a minimum of $12 to retire revenue bonds, and a special property assessment of $9, for a total of $37. The estimate was made by H. L. Strout, of the Toledo engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis and Strout, who attended the meeting at the request of councilmen, in considering the advisability of presenting a bond issue for sewage disposal construc tion at the polls this fall. Legislation for a bond issue must be authorized by the council and filed with the County Board of Elec tions 60 days before the November election. Debate Vote Now Whether the issue will be submit ted to voters was undecided, how ever, for high cost of construction and the problem of working out satisfactory methods of retiring the debt apparently are major stumbling blocks in the way of getting a workable program under way, councilmen said. Strout told the council that on the basis of present costs, construc tion of the sewage disposal plant and intercepting sewers along the banks of Big and Litth Riley creek would entail an expenditure of $450,000. Of this total, $159,000 could be financed by general obligation bonds which would have to be approved by voters at the polls. The $159,000 figure is the largest amount which could be voted and remain within the five per cent limitation for general obligation bonds. Retirement of lhe bonds would cost property holders an average of approximately $4 for each $1,000 ot property valuation, or $16 per year for a house appraised at $4,000. Additional Levies Needed In addition, revenue bonds and special assessments would be re (Continued on page 8) I Whether Bluffton’s natural gas rates may go higher was the sub ject of discussion here this week, following announcement that the Ohio Fuel Gas Co., supplier of West Ohio Gas Co., the local utility, has requested the U. S. Power Commis sion for permission to make rate increases. In addition to Bluffton, West Ohio Gas Co. provides gas for Lima, Ot tawa, Leipsic, Columbus Grove and many other cities in this area. It is the third largest patron of the Ohio Fuel Gas Co., which has headquarters in Columbus. Rate increase requested by the Ohio Fuel Gas Co. would amount to about 4.2 cents per thousand cu bic feet, it was announced. The rate increase is said to be one of the largest ever proposed to the federal Also listed in the budgetary break down are actual receipts and costs for the last year and estimated re ceipts and expenditures for the coming year. $10,321 Decifit This year’s deficit of $10,321 par tially is accounted for in the form of a $3,200 expenditure to ^repair a break in the heat line at the high school building. This is presum ably a no-recurring expense. Among the larger items of ex penditures listed in the budget are: Salaries, administration (superin tendent, clerk of board and office secretary), $7,300 teachers’ salaries, etc., $59,000 transportation of pu pils, bus drivers, etc., $6,560 oper ation of school plant, $15,350 school maintenance, $8,470. Principal sources of revenue for school operation include: General property tax, $50,491 school found ation, $28,302: and classified and personal property tax, $8,081. Next January 1 will find Bluffton’s bonded debt for the high school building down to $19,000. The build ing debt in 1930 was $165,000, with bonds issued for a 22-year period. This bonded indebtedness will be re tired in 1952, with $9,500 being paid toward retirement of the debt dur ing the current year. Tax valuation of the Bluffton school district, including a part of Richland township and a small sec tion of Monroe township is $5,673, 535. Remodel Building For Produce Station The McCabe egg and cream in terests, Attica, Michigan produce firm, which recently purchased a lo cation on Vance street is remodel ing a barn there to serve as a pro duce station. The McCabe company this sum mer sold their North Main street building adjoining the town house to Clayton Bixel who is remodeling the building into a home appliance salesroom. Bluffton Youth At Hi-Y Camp Bluffton Natural Gas Rates Will Go Up If Utility Request Is Approved Bluffton School District To Be Free Of Bonded Debt I Deficit of $10,000 Indicated in Current Operations, Es timates Show Tax Valuation of Bluffton School District Stands at Over $5,500,000 Cost of operating Bluffton schools for the current year will be $102, 960, an amount $10,321 greater than anticipated receipts, according to the 1949 budget adopted last week by the board of education. Receipts for 1949 are estimated at $92,634.04, falling $10,321 short of the aggregate amount necessary to operate the schools here duiing the current year. The school budget, which furnishes a basis for determination of school tax levies, is based on actual ex penditures for the first six months of 1949 and estimated expenditures for the last six months. Lynn Carmack, vice president of the .Bluffton Hi-Y club is spending the week as representative of the local organization at Camp Nelson Dodd, state Hi-Y summer camp on the Mohican river in Knox county. About 200 junior and senior high school boys are in camp there. Former Teacher Sues School Board Wants Job Here and Two Years Pay commission, and amounts to a total of $1,228,568 per year. In the area served by West Ohio Gas Co., the increase would be $122,916 annually. Ohio Fuel Gas claimed the rate boost is necessary because unpre cedented postwar demands have re quired changes in the sources of gas and have necessitated large pur chases of gas from the southwest. The claim further stated that new production and transmission amount ing to about $25,000,000, and the cost of gas purchased by the utility has been boosted about three cents per thousand cubic feet. Substantial increases in labor and material costs also have been exper ienced, the company added. Ohio Fuel Gas asked permission to make the new rates effective on September 6. 1 1952, Budget Shows HOUSING FOR MEN PRESENTS MAJOR COLLEGE PROBLEM Campus Rooming Accommoda tions Still Adequate for Women Students With All Trailers Engaged, Married Students Also Seek Housing Housing facilities for men stu dent and married couples will be a major problem at Bluffton college this fall. With the opening of school four weeks in the offing, all campus ac commodations for men already have been taken, including Ropp hall, the principal dirmitory, the Lehman and Hirschy houses, similar dormitories, and the Carl Lehman house, a pri vate residence. In view of the shortage of ac commodations, arrangements are be ing made to quarter approximately 18 men in rooms about town, and if the number of men is increased by late enrollment additional rooms must he found off the campus. All accommodations in Beaverburg, the trailer camp for married cou ples, also have been taken, and at tempts are being made to obtain housing in the town for several married couples with children. Rooms for women still are avail able on the campus for coeds, who are quartered in Lincoln hall. Although college officials say it is too early to make accurate esti mates, indications are that this fall’s enrollment will be approximately the same as last year when a new rec ord was established. First event on the college program this fall will be the arrival of fresh men for orientation courses from September 9 through 12. Upper classmen will register on Sept. 12, and the class work will begin Thurs day morning, Sept. 15. Men's Chorus At Ebenezer Church The Ebenezer Men's chorus will give an open program of sacred music at the church, Sunday night at 8:15 o’clock. The concert will include chorus and special numbers. Waldo Hofstetter is director and Mrs. Vincent Bucher pianist. Hold Homecoming At Beaverdam Saturday Carnival events will feature a Beaverdam Homecoming program to be held in that village Saturday night beginning at 5:30 o’clock. Proceeds from the homecoming will go to the Beaverdam Fire de partment. The event js sponsored jointly by the fire department and the community fire association. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.67 com $1.12 oats 56c. Poultry—Heavy hens, 23c leghorn hens 20c heavy rock fryers 28c heavy red fryers 27c leghorn fryers 21c. Eggs—Large white 58c large brown 57c medium white 48c medium brown 47c pullets 38c. Butterfat—60c. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live Ohio tea The pc attorney that the an arbitr derogator NUMBER 18 NO WORD FROM BOARD PENDING OFFICIAL NOTICE Mrs. Mabel Umtz, Former Art and Grade School Instructor Files Action Suit Seeks $4,884 in Pay To gether with Reinstatement in School System Mrs. Mabel Lantz, alleged dis charged Bluffton school teacher has brought suit in the Allen county common pleas court against the Bluffton board of education and superintendent of schools seeking two years’ pay and reinstatement in tool der tenure act filed Mond nee Fisch board’s action ry abuse of disc to the teacht i and ights Defendants Cited Named as defendants are the five members of the board of education, Leland Diller, Paul Diller, Carl Derringer, Levi Althaus and Nor man Triplett and Aaron Murray, superintendent of schools. Board members said Tuesday there would be no statement pending offi cial notification of filing of the suit and an opportunity to study the charges. The defendants probably will be represented in court by An thony Bowers, Allen county prose cutor, legally designated for that purpose. The petition for order of man damus states that Mrs. Lantz was employed by the Bluffton school board in 1931 as a part-dime grade school teacher with the remainder of her time to be devoted to art supervision in the grade schools. Art Course Dropped Later, the petition states, the supervisory work was extended to include junior and senior high school art classes. On March 26, 1948, she received a letter stating that art courses were to be dropped, but was assured she would be re tained as a grade school teacher. However, on May 26, Mrs. Lantz was informed that her contract was being suspended for the 1948-1949 school year and her services would not be required. Similar notice was given for the 1949-50 term. The petition claims that under the teachers tenure act this notice, to be legal, would have to have been given before April 1, 1948. Since that time two additional teachers have been added to the system but Mrs. Lantz has remained out of work. Parked Car Leads To Arrest Of Pair A 1947 Cadillac sedan taken from a Chicago garage found parked near Swiss Inn, south of Bluffton led to f*»rest of two alleged automobile thieves who are being held in the Allen county jail in Lima pending arrival of extradition papers from Cook County, Illinois. The men who gave the names of William Martin Carr, 27, Detroit, and Patrick Allen Scott, 23, Chica go, were booked for investigation. According to Cpl. R. L. Doebel of the state highway patrol, the men had been seen driving the car which has been returned to the owner, Mrs. Theresa Rosenwasser of Chicago. Both men have past criminal records, Cpl. Doebel said. Gets Awards At Toledo Glad Show Kermit Herr, Bluffton floricultur ist won four first, three second and four third awards in open competi tion at the third annual Northwest Gladiolus show at Toledo, Saturday and Sunday. Two firsts were won with 12 entries in each class. The Bluffton grower also showed 17 blooms at the Eastern Interna tional Gladiolus show at Binghamton, N. Y., Tuesday and Wednesday and will have an exhibit at the Allen County fair, August 26 through the county men’s garden club. Supplies of all kinds of meat, ex cept lamb and mutton, are higher than a year ago.