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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV OTTO BIGLER DIES HERE WEDNESDAY FUNERAL IS FRIDAY Associated for Many Years in Meat Market of Bigler Brothers Last Rites to be Held at Metho dist Church Burial at Maple Grove Otto Bigler, 73, for many years a partner in the firm of Bigler Brothers Meat Market, died at his home at 551 South Main street Wed nesday morning at 5:15 o’clock. Death was due to a heart ailment. He had been seriously ill for the past 18 months and recently was re turned to his home from Bluffton hospital. Funeral services will be held Fri day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Methodist church of which he was a member. The pastor, Rev. Paul Cramer will officiate and bur ial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. The body will be at the Paul Diller funeral home until time for serv ices. He was born in Bluffton, Febru ary 21, 1876 the son of Frederick and Anna (Schaublin) Bigler and at an early age became associated with his father in retail meat busi ness here. He and his brother Godfrey continued to operate the business after the death of their father until three years ago when they sold their interests to Swank Brothers. In public life he served as Rich land township treasurer and was a member of the Masonic and Medern Woodman fraternal orders. His wife, the former Elsie Bigler and one daughter Geraldine, preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons, Elmond Bigler of Cincinnati and Eugene Bigler of Kent, and two daughters, Mrs. Neva Zeller of Cleveland and Mrs. Janet Burkholder at home also one brother Godfrey of Bluffton and two sisters Mrs. Cal Kohli, Ft. Wayne and Mrs. Minnie Kim mel of Bluffton. COLLEGE ENROLLS 245 STUDENTS AS FALL TERM OPENS Total is Expected to be Swelled by Late Arrivals on Campus Mark 50th Anniversary of School at Homecoming Game October 29 A drop of 50 students from last year’s record enrollment marked the opening of Bluffton college’s 50th year of operation when fall term activities got under way on the cam pus last week. Student enrollment reported at the beginning of this week stood at a mark of 245 in comparison with registration of 295 at the same time last fall. Further increase in enrollment is expected this week, however, for total enrollment in 1948 eventually reached a mark of 344 aft^r opening at 295, college authorities said. Enrollment of students attending college under the G. I. Bill of Rights also declined this fall, with this year’s coupt showing 40 in compari son with the 1948 total of 60. Beaverburg Filled Bcaverburg, the campus trailer village for married students and their families, is filled to capacity again this year. Dormitories also have all accommodations taken, but fewer students are staying in private homes off the campus this fall, college authorities said. Observance of Bluffton college’s 50th anniversary will mark all events during the coming year. Homecoming on Oct. 29 will be the first occasion to officially celebrate the anniversary. One of the features during the homecoming football game will be a parade of floats represent ing each decade in college history. In the grid tilt the Beavers will tangle with Taylor university, of Up land, Ind. Another important event this year will be construction of the new $250,000 gymnasium auditorium, work on which is now under way at the building’s location at the rear of Science hall. Do yourself a good turn. Work safely. Fall Late This Year Will Get Here On Friday FALL will arrive officially at 4:06 a. m., Friday, being a little late this year, since our calendar does not exactly agree with the sun. Early Friday morning will be the moment when the sun crosses the autumnal equinox, an imag inary line 23!i degrees north of the equator. Thus far the Bluffton area has experienced no frost, giving a large corn crop ample time to mature. Average date for the first frost here is September 24. COAL STRIKE IS ON BUT BLUFFTON HAS NO FUEL SHORTAGE Householders and Industries Have Enough Coal For Immediate Needs Many Homes Have Entire Win ter’s Supply of Coal On Hand Shutdown of the nation’s coal mines in the newest walkout of the United Mine Workers union is not expected to have any immediate re percussions so far as Bluffton users are concerned, a survey of the local situation showed this week. Practically all homes heated by coal have at least a partial winter’s supply on hand, and all Bluffton dealers have stocks of fuel in their yards sufficient to handle any emer gencies. Large stockpiles at the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. and the municipal light plant will be suffi cient to keep both in operation for several weeks, the survey showed. In addition, the municipal plant received one car of coal Tuesday, and they have shipping notices show ing that three others are enroute to Bluffton. Approximately 25 tons of coal are used each day at the muni cipal plant. Bluffton college and Bluffton pub lic schools also have enough coal on hand for immediate purposes, and the mine shutdown will have no ef fect on their operation. Harvest Home At Emmanuel's Church Congregations of Emmanuel’s and St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed churches will observe their annual harvest home and homecoming fes tival at the Emmanuel’s church in special services, Sunday morning and afternoon. Principal speaker will be Rev. Elmer Fahringer of St. Peter’s Re formed church of New Bremen, formerly of Pennsylvania. His sub ject will be “God’s Farmhands.” A basket dinner will be held in the church dining room at noon. MOVING TO COLUMBUS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Diller and family are vacating the Clyde Reams property on South Mound street this week and moving to Columbus where he will enter the college of agricul ture of Ohio State university. Gil Dodds, holder of the world in door mile record, will be the prin cipal speaker at a Youth for Chirst rally at the Pandora stadium, Fri day night following the Pandora Forest high school football game. Dodds, who is track coach at Wheaton college, Wheaton, Ill., will be accompanied by James Diller, Bluffton student at Wheaton and a member of the track team. They will give an exhibition run at 8:45 o’clock, preceding the rally. Also appearing will be members of the Pandora high school track team. Dodds with a mile track record of 4:05.3 minutes Avon the coveted Sullivan trophy in 1944 and was un defeated in 37 matches before retir ing two years ago. Since that time, in addition to his coaching duties he has spoken ex tensively for the Youth for Christ international group of Chicago in rallies throughout the country. Two weeks ago he returned to this country after two months speaking tour in Norway and Sweden with other Youth for Christ leaders. Included in Friday night’s program will be selections by the Pandora and Forest high school bands and numbers by a Bluffton high school girls’ octette. Gil Dodds, Holder Of World’s Track Record To Speak At Youth Rally Friday YOUTHS IN STOLEN CAR ARRESTED ON MAIN STREET HERE State Highway Patrol Appre hends Pair at Traffic Light Stop Tuesday Escaped from Michigan Correc tional Institution Monday Night Two youths, ages 16 and 17, driv ing a stolen car were arrested in the Bluffton business district by State Highway Patrolman Dwight Carey, Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. The pair, according to their story, escaped Monday night from Boys’ Republic School, Farmington, Mich., a correctional institution, and stole the car in Wayne, Michigan. Patrolman Carey trailed the Mich igan car from Findlay and appre hended the boys on Main street as they stopped at the Elm street traffic light. Sell Tire, Ti re to Raise Cash Action of the pair aroused sus picions when they sold a tire, tube and wheel for $2 worth of gasoline at a Findlay service station and the incident was reported to the high way patrol. The youths were apparently en route to Dayton to the home of one of the boys’ parents, then expected to proceed to Ft. Worth, Texas, to see the other boy’s mother. The 16-year-old was doing time for breaking and entering and the older youth for auto larceny. Both admitted a series of previous es capes. The Dayton youth was released from the Hancock county jail Tues day night to the custody of his par ents and the case will be taken to court there. The older boy was re leased to Detroit authorities Wed nesday. Foltz Heads Legion For Coming Year Garnet Foltz was elected com mander of Bluffton Legion post for the coming year at the annual elec tion of officers for the coming year held Monday night. Other officers elected were: Vice commander, James Stonehill adjutant and treasurer, Denver Augsburger service officer, Stanley Basinger Sgt. at arms, Ralph Augs burger historian, Mel Long chap lain, Rev. Paul Cramer asst, chap lain, Quinten Burkholder color bear ers, Wm. Stonehill and Gene Mer icle. Newly elected officers will be in stalled at the post meeting on Mon day night. October 3. Millen Geiger will be installing officer. Files Answer In Teacher Lawsuit County Prosecutor Anthony Bow ers, representing the Bluffton Board of Education, has filed an answer in the Allen county common pleas court to the suit against the board brought by Mabel Lantz of Campus drive. Mrs. Lantz, a former teach er in the schools here seeks two years’ salary and reinstatement un der the teacher tenure act. Date for the hearing has not yet been set by the court. Home After Summer Travel In Europe Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gratz resid ing north of Bluffton returned Sun day night from a 60 days’ European trip. They visited England and countries on the continent besides spending several weeks with their son Delbert Gratz, a student in the graduate school of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Delbert was formerly engaged in European relief work under the Mennonite Central committee. He and his wife and little son are liv ing in Bern while he is in school there. Mr. and Mrs. Gratz made the trip to Europe by plane and returned by boat. During their absence their farm was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yoakam. TAKE TEACHING POSITIONS Mr. and Mrs. Roger Howe, Bluffton college graduates are living in Marseilles where he is high school coach and instructor in social sciences. Mrs. Howe is music in structor in the Marseilles and Harp ster schools. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 1949 Dr. Hazen G. Werner Resident Bishop of Ohio BL ANNIVERSARY SPEAKERS I I Dr. John M. Versteeg Superintendent, Limit District -----------------------------7 MAY ASK SCHOOL BOARD TO REVIEW ATHLETIC POLICY Bluffton's Victory Over Kenton, League Ch imp, Sparks Opposition Faculty Committee Standing Pat on Original Decision to Withdraw Adding fuel to a controversy set off last week by Bluffton High’s withdrawal from the Western Buck eye league, the local high school’s stunning 12 to 6 victory over Ken ton’s defending champions last Fri day night brought assertions that protests over the resignation will be carried to the board of education be fore the matter is ended. Just what may happen if the sub ject gets to school board level ap peared indefinite, however, for ordin arily the board does not interfere with operations of the school’s ath letic program thru the faculty com mittee. It was the faculty committee which last week made the decision to with draw from the league, a move an nounced last Wednesday after the resignation had been submitted at a league njeeting the preceding night. Protests Come Protests over the withdrawal and the surprise victory over Kenton Fri day night have not changed the faculty committee’s views, a spokes men said this week. It was pointed out that high school athletes themselves have argued against continuing membership in the league which is made up entirely of Class A schools with the exception of Bluffton. Several football veterans have not reported for play this year to avoid the possibility of injuries which would keep them from playing basketball, which they prefer. On the other hand, objections to the withdrawal appear headed by former Bluffton High athletes whose contention is that dwindling high school enrollment and small football squads are something encountered in the normal “ups and downs” of athletic play. It is principally from this source that protests to the board of'education are being considered. Win Over Kenton Bluffton’s victory over Kenton last Friday marked a conquest over one I of the schools that likely would have been eliminated from the Pirate Methodist Church Dignitaries Coming for 115th Anniversary Here Sunday ft S Rev. Pall H. Cramer Pastor, General Committee Chairman Bluffton Asked To Join In Emergency Campaign For Polio Funds This Week Dr. F. Bringle Macintosh President,* Ohio Northern University Bluffton residents this week will be asked to join the rest of the na tion in an emergency drive to re plenish depleted funds in the treas ury of the national polio foundation. Last year’s infantile paralysis campaign organization is handling the emergency drive, with Dr. B. W. Travis, chairman of the March of Dimes campaign, again serving in the came capacity. Cards and envelopes will, be dis tributed this week to every resi dence, and Bluffton citizens are urged to cooperate with the rest of the nation in raising funds to (‘li able the national foundation to cope with this year’s epidemic, one of the most critical in history. Although the immediate Bluffton area has not been as hard hit this year as it was last summer when an epidemic raged in nearby Putnam and Hancock counties, there have been 94 cases reported in the Lima hospital area. In Allen county there have been 15 cases during the summer. Contributions may be placed in envelopes provided and mailed to or left at the Bluffton post office. New Minister Addresses Lions Rev. Leonard McIntire, who re cently assumed the pastorate of Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches addressed the Lions club dinner meeting at the Walnut Grill, Tuesday pight, speaking on the sub ject “Jeremiah.” Supt. of Schools Aaron Murray also spoke explaining necessity for support of the proposed three-mill school levy to be voted on in No vember. Rev. Paul Cramer, newly elected president was in charge of the meeting. schedule as a result of resignation from the league. Preliminary plans had called for a continuation of football scheduling with Wapakoneta, Celina and St. Marys, the three smaller A schools in the loop. Chances are that the teams to be dropped are from the larger schools of Van Wert, Kenton and Bellefontaine. For the present, Bluffton is remain ing in the league for basketball play, and the withdrawal will affect only football scheduling until such a time that a new loop member is chosen. However, cage schedules only being drawn on a one-year basis instead of the usual two-year card, to prepare for the ultimate severence of play on a league basis. Carelessness is a major factor 90 percent of all farm fires. Six known causes account for three-fourth of all farm fires. Marking its 115th anniversary as one of the focal centers in Bluffton community religious activity, the First Methodist church will celebrate an anniversary re-dedication in special morning, afternoon and even ing services next Sunday. Methodist church dignitaries head ed by Bishop Hazen G. Werner, of Columbus, will join leaders of the Bluffton congregation in the many fold activities scheduled for the an niversary celebration. Bishop Werner, Ohio resident bishop, will preach the sermon at the morning anniversary worship service, beginning at 10:30 a. in. following the usual Sunday school period. His subject will be “The Place of the Church in the Drama of Today.” Methodist Dignitaries Also appearing on the morning program will be Dr. John M. Versteeg, Lima district superintend ent Rev. Frank J. Batterson. retired History of the Bluffton .Metho dist church and program of next Sunday’s services appear on Page 9 of this issue. Ohio conference minister Rev. J. Paul Clark, now residing in Bluffton and who is on sabbatical leave from the conft rence and Forrest L. Stein man, lay leader and trustee of the Bluffton church. A basket dinner at noon will be followed by the anniversary dedica tion program beginning at 2:30 p. m. The dedication service will be led by Dr. Versteeg, and the afternoon sermon will be preached by Dr. F. Bringle Macintosh, new president of Ohio Northern university, at Ada. Former Pastor Here Rev. J. H. Butler, now living at Lakeside, a retired pastor, who had the Bluffton charge from 1910 to 1913, also will appear on the after noon program. Rev. Butler drew up the plans for the present church building. A union anniversary service at 7:30 p. m. Sunday will be addressed by Rev. Paul Niswander, pastor of the Nelsonville, O., Methodist church. Rev. Niswander is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Niswander, of Bluffton. Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, president of Bluffton college, also will take part in the service. Special music will be presented at morning, afternoon and night serv ices ,with a vocal duet by Mrs. Char les Steiner and Mrs. James West marking the evening program. Church Board Rev. Paul Cramer is pastor of the First Methodist church, and the of ficial board of the church is made up of Rev. Frank .J Batterson. Rev. J. Paul Clark, Forrest L. Steinman, lay leader and trustee A. J. B. Longsdorf, chairman of official hoard and trustee Charles Aukerman, chairman of board of trustees G. Ross Bogart, Dr. Franklin Roda baugh, Robert L. Artman, Slewart Berryhill, Albert Augsburger, Forest Harmon and Edgar Cook, trustees. Clayton Harkness, treasurer Mrs. Frank Todd, financial secretary Miss Eileen Haller, secretary Mrs. Cliff West, honorary steward .lames F. West, steward and chairman of ush ers Mrs. L. M. Thomas, Mrs Bertha Hahn, IL IL Huser, Mrs. Edith Mann .Mrs. Albert Augsburger and Mrs. Charles Steiner, stewards: Nelson Steiner, church school super intendent Mrs. Forest Harmon, president of the woman’s society of Christian service, and Lynn Carmack, president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. Bluffton College Gr Open Season At With less than two weeks of prac tice behind them, Bluffton college gridders will swing into action for the fall season in a tilt with Wil mington at that place this Saturday night. In rounding his squad into shape for the early opener, Coach A. C. Burcky not only has been plagued by lack of practice time but also faces the necessity of building an almost entirely new eleven for this fall’s schedule. Prospects which looked fairly promising prior to the opening of school took a turn for the worse when practice sessions got under way and it was found that a num ber of lettermen would not be can didates for the team this year, al though back in school. Wilmington, on the other hand, has a rugged team of veterans, and the Beavers will have a difficult as signment in their first tilt on the eight-game schedule. Following this week’s contest at Wilmington, the Burckymen will make their first home appearance the fol lowing week in a night game here with Findlay College Oilers. Four of Bluffton’s games this fall BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 23 GATES PROPOSED AT CHERRY STREET GRADE CROSSING Nickel Plate Offer to Council Contingent on Dropping Watchman Fisher, Present Watchman, Would be Eligible for Find lay Job Nickel Plate railroad representa tives at a meeting of the municipal council Monday night offered to in stall electrically operated traffic flashers at the unprotected College Avenue crossing and a new warn ing system complete with automatic ally operated gates at the Cherry street crossing—if the town wifi agree to dispense with watchman service at the Cherry street crossing. In addition to College Avenue warning signals, a city demand for more than a decade, the railroad’s proposal also provided what its spokesmen termed "completely new 24-hour protection” for the Cherry street crossing. Changes which would be made at Cherry street would include installa tion of automatically operated gates, plus a new system of warning lights installed at each side of the street, eliminating the existing standard in the center of the street. The new circuit also would be actuated so that cars standing on the track during switching opera tions would not lower the gate or cause the lights to flash, and warn ing precautions would go into oper ations only when the locomotive would approach either crossing, council was told by Trainmaster G. A. Hecker, who appeared at the meeting with Bluffton Stationmaster Raymond Holden. Acceptance of the railroad pro posal by council would result in automatic protection devices at all Nickel Plate crossings inside the corporation limits, it was pointed out. Installation of the gates, however, would eliminate the need of a cross ing watchman at Cherry street, councilmen were told, and the muni cipal government was asked to agree to the railroad proposal that the post be abolished. Discontinuance of the watchman’s Job would not mean that Joe Fisher, who has served there for 16 years, would be out of yvork, the railroad official said. Fisher’s seniority is such that he can take a watchman's job in Findlay, the council was told. Councilmen are taking a week to consider the proposal, and will make a decision at a special meeting next Monday night in the council room. Union Church Service Next Sunday Evening Bluffton's monthly union church service will be held Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock at the Methodist church in connection with its 115th anniversary program, it was an nounced this w&ek by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Rev. Paul Niswander of Nelson ville, formerly of Bluffton, will be the speaker at the service Sunday evening which will take the place of the regular October union service. The next regular evening union service will be held the first Sunday in November. Good housekeeping is good safety. dders Will Wilmington Saturday will be against foes in the newly organized Mid-Ohio league. In loop competition, the Beavers will play Findlay, Defiance, Ashland and Ce darville. Real Estate Deal Supt. of School Aaron B. Burray purchased the residence of the late John Welty on Cherry street at public sale, Saturday. Consideration $5,300. Mr. and Mrs. Murray will occupy the 'property next month, moving from the Leland Sechler property on Jackson street adjoining the high school. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Max Klingler, Ada, a girl, Nancy Darlene, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Wilcox, Mc Comb, a boy, Larry Eugene, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mikesell, Beaverdam, a boy, Thomas Gordon, Sunday.