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A Good Place to Trade VOLUME LXXIV POLICE FIND LYING IN PATH OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC Truck Careens to Stop as Driver Remembers to Set Emergency Brake Fumes from Motor Seeping in to Cab Held Responsible for Accident James Mash, 25, Cleveland, com mercial truck driver for the Mohawk Lines, overcome by carbon monoxide motor fumes leaking into, the cab of his truck was saved from possible death by the prompt action of Night Policeman Albert Reichenbach Thursday morning at 4 o’clock Main street in downtown Bluffton. The Bluffton police officer founa the truck driver lying unconscious in the middle of the highway directly in the path of oncoming traffic, seconds after he had seen the huge transport truck skid to a crazy emergency stop. On regular patrol, Reichenbach was near the southbound truck when its wheels suddently locked with a loud squealing of brakes. The vehicle swung to a stop with the huge trailer well out in the street. No One In Cab Approaching from the sidewalk, Reichenbach found no one in the when he reached the vehicle. On other side of the truck he found driver lying unconscious Jn street. cab the the the Dragging the man to the walk, Reichenbach moved the truck to the curb then got the driver to the mayor’s office in the town house. When revived there, the driver said that he felt the effect of the motor fumes just as he was going under. He recalled jerking the air brake emergency lever and reaching for the door handle, but could remember nothing else. Thrown Into Street Apparently he had also released the handle of the door and toppled out into the street as the truck careened sideways to a stop. Shortly after reviving, the driver again lapsed into unconsciousness, and Reichenbach called Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh who provided treatment. The driver had been unhurt by the fall into the street. The truck operated by Mohawk Truck Lines was taken on to the Lima terminal by a substitute driver brought from Lima by the manager. The overcome driver was taken to Lima by the manager in his car. He was reported fully recovered on Fri day. Business Men's Assn. Elects New Officers Silas Diller has been elected presi dent of the Bluffton Business Men’s association for the coming year. Other officers are: vice pres., Hi ram Huser sec., Harlan Swank treas., Albert Ingalls. Committees: Publicity and busi ness, Joe Swank membership, Mau rice Fett grievance, Raymond Greding solicitation, Chas. Auker man. Aceordion Band At Pandora Saturday The Zuercher Accordion band, a Berne, Indiana, musical organization of some forty performers will be heard in concert at Pandora high school Saturday night at 8:30 o’clock. Hiram Wenger, of Kibler street, was a guest at a reception in Mc Allen, Texas, for British Consul Gen eral and Mrs. J. Thyne Henderson, of Houston, last week during the time Mr. and Mrs. Wenger were in Texas for a visit with relatives. “The Messiah,” Trad Music Offering Gara Paroled From Federal Prison Joins Wife Here Today Larry Gara, 27, former Bluff ton college instructor was re leased from the federal correc tional institution in Milan, Mich. Tuesday, after serving six months of an 18-month term for inter fering with the peacetime selec tive service. He was released to the custody of the U. S. probation officer at Detroit and will report there monthly until the expiration of his term next December. He arrived in Bluffton Wed nesday morning to join his wife who has been living here. They expect to move shortly to Wyan dotte, Michigan. He will be em ployed there as a bricklayer, pro bation authorities said. TREE SNAPPED OFF AS TRUCKS CRASH ON MAIN STREET Both Trucks Damaged as Re sult of Collision on South Main Street One Trucker Arrested and Fined for Failure to Have Driver's Permit Bluffton’s second accident in two days on South Main street occurred Thursday morning at 9:50 o’clock when a large transport truck collided with a Lima roofing concern’s work truck as the latter attempted to turn into an alley between the properties of Frank Batterson and Jegse Strat ton. Both vehicles were northbound, with driver of the small Lima truck claiming he gave a signal before at tempting to turn left across Main street into the alley. Driver of the larger truck, who had pulled out to pass, told investigating officers he saw’ no signal. Force of the impact carried both vehicles diagonally across the street and over the curb where a large maple tree was snapped off in the boulevard lawn strip in front of the Jesse Stratton residence, next door to the Batterson property. Hiram Wenger Attends Reception For British Consul General On Texas Visit The reception for the British con sular official was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steiner, former Lima residents, who now live in McAllen. The British Consul Gen eral and his wife had been guests during the week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steiner. Also at the reception were Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brauen, of Me Al- A large limb on a tree in front of the Stratton house also was broken off in the mishap. Trucks Badly Damaged Altho both drivers escaped injury, the two vehicles were badly damaged in the crash. The smaller Lima truck was wedged under the loaded transport truck. It was afternoon before the small truck wTas pried free, and the larger truck’s load was not transferred until late Thursday night. The small truck, owned by the Asbestos Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., of Lima, was driven by Howard Quickie, 32, of Lima. Driver of the large truck, owned by Bridgeways Trucking Co., Detroit, was driven by Clifford Peterson, 42, Detroit. Patrolman M. T. Hedleston, of the state highway patrol, who investigat ed, arrested Quickie for failure to have a driver’s license. The Lima man was fined $£0 in Bluffton mayor’s court, with $10 of the fine suspended on condition that a license be obtained promptly. A well-equipped farm shop selves as the center of activity for a great variety of farm repair and construc tion jobs. len, former until they ago. and residents south of 'town moved to Texas three years Mr. from Texas of a month in Houston, des. Harold is proprietor of a gro cery store in Houston and Donald is superintendent of a school for vet erans at Mercedes. Both formerly lived here. Mrs. last with and Wenger returned week after a visit their sons, Harold, Donald, in Merce- On Tuesday of this week, Henry Steiner, at whose home the reception was held, visited in Bluffton with relatives, including Mr. and Mrs. Wenger. He is here on a short bus iness trip. tional Bluffton To Be Sung Sunday Visiting Artists, 175-Voice Chorus To Appear In Handel’s Well Known Masterpiece Celebrated Christmas Oratorio Given By Bluffton College Choral Society A Bluffton Christmas tradition since its first rendition here back in 1905, Handel’s celebrated oratorio, “The Messiah’’ will be presented by the Bluffton College Sunday night at 8 Bluffton High school Choral Society o’clock in the gymnasium, choral produc solo artists, a Appearing in the tion will be visiting chorus of 175 singers and a 25-piece orchestra. It will be the 52nd rendi tion of the oratorio since its initial local performance in 1905. As has been the custom in past years, the audience will join in the singing of the Hallelujah chorus. Soloists for the holiday oratorio will include: Soprano—Beulah Tem ple Nietz, Walbridge, Ohio. Mrs. Colored Oleo To Be Fod Stores W Oleomargarine colored by the manufacturer will make its initial appearance in Bluffton stores within the next few days at a price at least 10 cents higher than the un colored product. Increase in price is due to a 10 cent government tax on the colored commodity, store operators advised. Those who object to the higher price, however, may continue buy ing the uncolored product it was pointed out. Several large companies will pack age their output in quarter-pound units when sale of the colored mar garine starts, and one manufacturer will wrap, his product in aluminum foil lined with parchment. Sale of colored margarine in Ohio was made possible in the November general election when Ohio voters by a wide majority approved legis lation removing a ban on factory coloring of the product. Coloring before purchase will be welcomed by housewives who in the future can escape the chore of mix ing color into the margarine after they get it in their kitchens. Sharp Price Drop And Scarcity Muskrats Cut Into Trapping Here of Surplus of Raccoons Continues As a Problem, But Price For Pelts Is Low Muskrat prices this year are at about $1 a pelt, and they prime at that. Last winter was $1.75, in comparison 1945 high of $3.50. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Trapping Activity Sags In Area As Fur Volume And Prices Fall Off and coon hunting done thruout the Bluffton area war years have ebbed to Trapping extensievly during the near an all-time low this winter be cause of a combination of sagging prices, muskrat shortage and favorable weather’s effect on condition of furs, few in the prime class. un the are of which must be the price with the Muskrats Scarce Muskrats also are scarce, and veteran trappers said muskrat broods need replenishing. The combination of scarcity and low prices is keeping many trappers out of the field this winter, for except for high school youths there is the feeling the in come is not enough to pay for the work. Raccoon, the other principal fur bearing animal taken in this area, are very plentiful but the price dropped to a low of $1 a pelt, these must be prime furs which stand shearing. Last yerfr the coon price was $1.50. pelts brought $3.25. has and will rac the In 1945 been doing are plentiful, however, are Coon hunters have well, for the animals Some of the hunters, going out just for the thrill of the I chase and once the coon is treed they call off the dogs and start look- BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. S, 1919 Trucker Overcome By Gas Topples Unconcious BOARD ASKS COURT Streets Colorful In Out of Cab Onto Street In Downtown Section Nietz received her B. S. M. degree from Bluffton college is a member of the society. Contralto—Marian man, Toledo, a graduate of berg university. She is a voice instructor in Toledo. Farm workshops should be ar ranged and equipped to systematical ly overhaul, repair and possibly re paint farm machines during the winter. ing for another trail. Many Raccoon One of the reasons for the abund ance of raccoon in this area is at tributed to the extensive re-Rtocking programs carried on in past years. Their numbers already are great enough to present a problem for farmers who the last several years have reported heavy damage to young corn and garden crops. Behind the increasing depreda tions of raccoon is a change in the fashions, for women no longer wear raccoon furs, and the slap-happy col legians who 20 years ago sported raccoon coats long have disappeared from the scene. In those days, brought in excess decided difference quoted this year. the far below furs in 1944 In addition to being peak prices paid for and 1945, pelts this year also are bringing considerably less than last season. TO OF She in 1938. Toledo choral Board Pugh Blake Heidel- private Colum Bluffton Bass—Samuel Burkhard, bus, who graduated from college in 1927. ter of music at Indianola Presby terian church and an instructor of voice at Capital university. Burkhard is minis- Blind Tenok Tenor—Carlton Eldridge, blind singer from Springfield, Ill., who will be making his third solo appearance here in “The Messiah.” An out standing professional singer, El dridge also is professor of music at Springfield Junior college. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head of the Bluffton college department of mu sic, will be tion for the rendition. director of the produc 20th time in this year’s will be Mrs. Pearl for 29 years has been Assisting Mann, who piano accompanist for the rendition. Laurence Burkhalter, of the college music staff, will direct the orchestra. As orchestra director he replaces the late Sidney Hauenstoin who for 36 successive years appeared as orches tral leader for “The Messiah.” In Bluffton’s ithin Next Few Days Hiram Kohli Buys Choice Merino Flock __ Hiram Kohli, nbrth of Bluffton, one of the leading Iferino sheep rais ers of the Mid-west has purchased one of the choice/.Mei ino flocks in the east from John M. Stickney of Whiting, Vt. This is the las^flock of Merinos in Addison county, Vermont, which a century ago produced more wool than any other ^unty in the coun try in proportion to its size, it was reported here. Harold Webster delivered .the flock to Kohli who was an old friend of Webster’s father, Uhe late L. A. Webster, fed^r oc the Am er-1 ican Sheepbreeder and liv ist. :k art- top raccoon furs of $22 per pelt, a from the $1 price Slower Fur Demand Lower prices for furs generally represent fur coats, left little days and felt the pressure. the slipping demand for High costs of living have money for luxuries these the fur coat market has In addition many persons shy away from the fur coat purchases because of a tax situation which finds a 20 per cent federal tax and a three per cent sales tax represent ing roughly one-fourth of the final cost of a coat. Duck Dinner Thursday Dy Sportsmen's Club A covered dish duck supper open to the public will feature the annual rally of the Bluffton Sportsmen’f club at 7:30 p. m. in the Legion Post the town hall. s this Thursday club rooms in mallard ducks Wild- Forty-one roasted will be served at the dinner, life motion pictures also will be shown. Germs that cause brucellosis in livestock are responsible for undulant fever in humans. DISMISS SUIT EX-INSTRUCTOR Files Answer in Common Pleas Court Denies Suit Allegations nstructor Seeking Reinstate ment Got Disability Pay, Is Board Claim Answer of the Bluffton board of education to the suit of Mrs. Russell Lantz for two year’s salary and re instatement as a teacher in Bluffton public schools was filed by County Prosecutor Anthony Bowers Saturday in Allen county common pleas court. The board asked that the suit be dismissed by the court. Date of the hearing has not been set. In the board’s answer it was denied that there was a violation of the teacher’s tenure act when Mrs. Lantz’ contract was not renewed in discon tinuance of the school art department as an economy measure. Also featured in the answer was the statement that Mrs. Lantz has been receiving on her own applica tion a monthly disability allowance of $56.42 from the State Teachers Retirement system based on an presumed to be permanent. illness allow Lantz’ Acceptance of the disability ance would make invalid Mrs. suit for reinstatement and two year’s pay in the amount of $4,884, the board declares. In the complete answer the board listed 10 grounds on which they be lieve the Lantz suit should be dis missed by the court. Will Map Winter Recreation Program Organization of the winter pro gram sponsored by the Bluffton Recreation committee will be effected at a meeting in the Bluffton High school gymnasium, next Monday night. Everyone interested in participa tion in the winter schedule of events is urged to be at the session, it was announced by Ed Badertscher, presi dent of the recreation group. Former Bluffton Man Industrial Executive Wilbur Lauer, Jr., former Bluffton college student, has been named a vice president of Sharpe & Dohme, Inc., a Philadelphia drug and chem ical company of which he was di rector of industrial relations, it was learned here this week. A photo graph of Lauer appeared in a re cent edition of the New York Times in connection with his elevation to executive position n the company. Lauer and his family reside near Lansdale, Pa., a Philadelphia sub urb. Mrs. Lauer is the former Lu cille Niswander, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Niswander of South Jackson street. Plan Deer Hunting Trip Over Weekend Four local area hunters will spend the weekend in Pennsylvania on a deer hunting expedition. They are Roy Rogers of Bluffton and Lehr and Merritt Green and Ray Peterson of Mt. Cory. They expect to be on hand for the close of the season which ends for bucks on Friday. In some counties where a surplus of game exists there will also be a one-day season on does Saturday. They will return Sunday. The party will make headquarters at Tionesta, Pa., about 265 miles from Bluffton where a hotel has several thousand acres of hunting territory under lease for guests. Two weeks ago the same group spent two days hunting deer in Forest and Warren counties, Pa. During that time they saw 23 does and spike horn bucks which are not legal game. A spike horn is a year ling, the hunters explained. Bluffton Minister Is Supply At Arlington Rev. J. Paul Clark of South Main street has been designated as supply for the Arlington Methodist church until a new pastor is obtained, it was announced this week. Rev. Hugh Liggett, former pastor of the Arlington church has been transferred to Toledo. Real Estate Deal Lorain Basinger of Col. Grove, new instructor in vocational agri culture at Bluffton high school has purchased the residence of the late Otto Bigler on South Main street and will occupy the residence. Mail Xmas Cards Early, Postmaster Reichenbach Urges MAIL those Christmas cards early, Postmaster Ed Reichen bach urged this week. And remember that third class postage rate, for unsealed print ed greeting cards is now two cents instead of one and one half cents. Payment of first class 3-cent postage is recommended to ob tain best service, including for warding if addressee has chang ed location, or return is un deliverable and sender’s address is shown. Air mail rate for greetings Is 6-cenfs an ounce anywhere in United States or possessions, also Army A. P. O., Canada and Mexico. TWO AGRICULTURE COURSES OPENING AT BLUFFTON HIGH tegular High School Course In Vo-Ag Is Reinstated Thursday Night Classes For Veterans Open This Week Under Federal Program Two vocational agriculture courses, one for high school students and the other for veterans interested in farming, have opened at Bluffton High school during the current week. Reinstatement of high school classed in agriculture after their suspension in 1948 became effective last Thursday with Lorain Basinger, of near Columbus Grove serving as the instructor. Basingei" was hired early this month by the board of education at a salary of $300 a month for the remaining seven months of the 1949 50 agriculture school year. Large Enrollment A total of 24 boys is enrolled for the course, a larger class than two years ago when instruction was dis continued, school officials pointed out this week. Basinger is a former agriculture instructor at Willard High school, and is a veteran of World War II. Night courses to provide training in agriculture for ex-service men opened at the high school on Monday, with a class of upwards of 20. Course For Vets Ralph Marshall, formerly of Rock port, will be instructor for the course. Marshall, a graduate of the college of agriculture at Ohio State university, has been for several years manager of a large farm near Don nerail, Ky. He and his family have moved from Kentucky to Rockport, on the farm of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marshall, who are living near Alger where they operate a large farm. The veterans course will be con ducted in the high school agriculture department which has sufficient equipment and facilities for instruc tion, according to Supt. of Schools Aaron B. Murray. To Set Time First meeting of the group was held at 8 p. m. Monday. Meeting nights for the course will be est ablished to suit the class. Under the program, the class will meet two nights each week, two hours each night. Courses under the program run a minimum of two years in a standard setup now offered by many Ohio schools. Registration is open to veterans only. All costs are paid from federal veterans administration funds thru the state department of vocational education. Return From Month Trip To California Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue have returned from a month’s western trip attend ing the National Retail Lumberman’s convention in San Francisco. They also visited Canadian scenic spots including Banff and Lake Lou ise, lumber mills in Washington and Oregon, Yosemite National park, Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon. Enroute they spent several days visiting at the home of Mrs. Steinman’s sister, Mrs. Stanway Jacka in Platteville, Wis. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live Gay Holiday Setting NUMBER 34 GREENERY AND LIGHTS PROVIDE CHRISTMAS AIR laurel Arches and Colored Lights Span Streets of Business Section Santa Claus to Make Second Appearance Here on Satur day Afternoon Providing an attractive setting for the Yuletide holiday season, colorful Christmas decorations are going up this week in Bluffton’s downtown business district. Arches of laurel rope have been put up across Main, Church and Cherry streets, and lines of colored lights will be strung at intervals to highlight the decorative them^ Garlands of laurel also will be wrapped on boulevard light standards throughout the business district. Santa Claus will make his second appearance of the pre-Christmas season here on Saturday afternoon. The holiday decorations are spon sored by the Bluffton Business Men’s association, with Arthur Amstutz and James West heading the committee in charge of the program. Erection of the lights is being handled by regular crews of the municipal light plant. In the meantime, the Christmas shopping trade rush is being ex perienced in Bluffton stores, which last week began remaining open on Thursday afternoons, until after the Yuletide. Stores also will be open until 9 p. m. during the week immediately preceding Christmas. All places of business plan to close at 6 p. m. on Christmas eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. Rites In Findlay For Matthew E. Wahl Matthew E. Wahl, 65, equipment maintenance man for the American Telephone and Telegraph Co., died of heart disease at his home in Findlay, Saturday. He had been seriously ill for more than a year. Wahl, well known here, married Lydia Kohler, formerly of this place, on Nov. 23, 1921. There are no children, Funeral services were held Mon day in Findlay and burial was at that place. Orange Township Ditch Work Asked Improvement of the Lee Main ditch in Orange township was peti tioned last week by Stanley C. Weid man, with Friday, Jan. 6 set by Hancock county commissioners as the date for hearing on the proposal. Gleaning, deepening and widening of the ditch, repair of tile and con struction of additional drainage structure are asked in the petition. The project would begin on a farm owned by Charles and W. Bormuth and continue thru a farm owned by Emerson and Marie Lugibihl, then downstream to the outlet in Tawa creek. Eastern Star Leader Is Mrs. Rauenbuhler Mrs. Herma Rauenbuhler has been elected worthy matron of Bluffton Eastern Star chapter with George Rauenbuhler as worthy patron. Other officers are: associate ma tron, Evelyn Steiner associate pa tron, Clayton Harkness conductress, Louella Stauffer associate conduct ress, Donna Henderson treasurer, Emma Studler secretary, Charlotte Marshall trustee, Carolyn Auker man. Officers will be installed De cember 20. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ingalls, Bluff ton, a girl, Cheryl Lynn, this Wed nesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Harland Swank, Bluffton, a girl, Candace Sue, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Doyal Butler, Leip sic, a girl, Diana Lynn, last Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marshall, i Pandora, a boy, Dana Michael, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Grismore, Pandora, a boy, Gary Dean, T**es [day.