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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXIV WIFE OF WORKER HERE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASH Construction Employe On Cen tral Ohio Power Co. Expan sion Hit By Tragedy Wife Dies After Traffic Mis hap in Lima Couple Were Living There The wife of a construction work man employed in a building expan sion of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. generating plant in Bluff ton became Lima’s first 1950 traffic fatality in an accident last Friday in the county seat. Dead following the mishap was Mrs. Margaret F. Vaughn, 27, wife of James Vaughn, who is employed as a boiler maker by the Riley Stoker Co. in expansion work now under way at the Central Ohio utility plant here. Vaughn has been working here for two weeks, but he and his wife have been living in Lima. Fractured Skull Mrs. Vaughn died at 5:35 a. m. Friday from a brain concussion and fractured skull received in a two car collision at Elm and West streets about 11:20 p. m. on the preceding day. Police reported the car in which Mrs. Vaughn was riding was driven by Mrs. Eva Spain, also of Lima. Their auto was involved in a colli sion with one driven by Richard Sanderson, also of Lima. Both cars then careened into a building at the intersection. Mrs. Vaughn is a native of Ten nessee, and funeral services were conducted Monday in Nashville. The only survivors in addition to the husband are her father and mother who live in Nashville. Mrs. Ola Murray Dies After Long Illness Mrs. Ola Murray, 81, a patient in the Bluffton Community hospital since Nov. 20, 1946, died at 10 p. m. last Thursday of cerebral hemorr hage. She wras the wife of M. M. Mur ray, Cherry street, former Bluffton mayor and postmaster. Bom Nov. 14, 1868, in Orange township, Mrs. Murray was a life long resident of this community. She was the daughter of Mr. arid Mrs. Warrick (Laura Ewing) Pep pell, and was married to Mr. Mur ray on July 28, 1889. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Albert Reichenbach, of North Main street. Two children, a boy and a girl, died in infancy. Mrs. Murray was a member of the Bluffton Church of Christ where fun eral services were conducted Sunday afternoon. Her pastor Rev. O. M. Boggs officiated, assisted by a form er pastor Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, of Lima. Burial was in Maple Grove ceme tery. The body remained in the Basinger funeral home until time for the service. Soldier Gets Second Good Conduct Award Sgt. Elmer E. Burkholder, Jr., Bluffton soldier now serving with the 34th Infantry regiment on Kyu shu, Japan, has been awarded a clasp in lieu of a second good con duct medal by his commanding offi cer, it was announced by regimental headquarters. The order, announcing the award stated in part: “Sgt. Elmer E. Burkholder, Jr., is hereby awarded the clasp in lieu of the good conduct medal in recogni tion of, exemplary behavior, efficien cy and fidelity in the performance of his duties.” Sgt. Burkholder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Burkholder of West Elm street arrived in Japan in February, 1948. Prior to entering the army he was employed by the Cooper Tire Co., of Findlay. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices Wheat $1.94 com $1.23 oats 70c soys $2.10. Poultry—Heavy hens 21c leghorn hens 15c heavy springers 20c heavy stags 14c leghorn stags 12c. Eggs—Large white 26c large brown 24c medium white 21c medium brown 20 pullets 18c. Butterfat—60c. Jean Ann Burcky, Bluffton student at Ohio State university, Columbus, is one of 11 candidates for the title of “Campus Sweetheart”, is was announced this week. She is the daugh ter of Coach and Mrs. A. C. Burcky of Grove street. Coeds vying for the campus title will be presented to the public by the university’s Y. M. C, A. and Y. W. C. A. at the University theatre, Friday night. The Bluffton coed represents Pi Beta Phi sorority. Dr. Emsy Crous, a leading Men nonite educator in Germany, will teach classes on the Bluffton college campus from January 28 until mid March, as a phase of an exchange program conducted under auspices of the Council of Mennonite and Af filiated Colleges. The German professor and his wife have been in this country since last fall. He taught during the first semester at Goshen college, Goshen, Ind., and from here he will go to Bethel college, West Newton, Kansas, as an instructor during the spring quarter. At Bluffton Dr. Crous will teach Mennonite history and advanced Ger Situation Here Shows no Turn for Worse Despite Gloomy National Picture Additional Shipments of Coal During Past Week Bolsters Supply Locally Additional coal shipments received during the past week by local deal ers have served to bolster Bluffton’s coal situation which has been serious for the last ten days. While several cars of coal received here over the week end have not been sufficient to end the emergency, nevertheless the overall situation loc ally is no more critical than it has been, which is viewed as encourag ing in the face of a steadily de teriorating condition nationally be cause of the strike-ridden mining operations. Continued fairly mild winter weather is doing much to prevent a crisis, dealers pointed out and total stocks now, estimated at somewhat in excess of 150 tons are held suffi cient for all immediate needs. A scale of rationing, however, will be continued in order to spread the existing supplies with deliveries to patrons limited to one and two-ton loads. Local industries have sufficient supplies of coal on hand for their immediate requirements, it was in dicated the first of the week. German University Professor Is Coming To Teach At College Here Bluffton College Will Include Marriage Course In Curriculum NO IMMEDIATE CRISIS IN COAL FOR HOMES HERE SHORTS AND MIDDLINGS “When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.”—Dr. E. C. Stak man, University of Minnesota. At a re-organization meeting of the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club for the coming year, Rolland Koontz last week succeeded O. C. Hursey as president of the group. Dana Mathewson was elected vice president, to fill the office vacated by Koontz. Other officers include Bernard Fish, secretary Hiram Huser, treas urer Carl Mamma, membership sec retary Herbert Rupright, program chairman Jesse Manges and Edgar Root, restocking department. Rolland Koontz New President Of Community Sportsmen’s Club 7 W jo Bluffton Coed May be Chosen "Campus Sweetheart'* at Ohio State University man or history courses. While here he and his wife will reside in the Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein residence. Dr. Crous is vice-chairman of the German Mennonite conference and was the German Mennonite delegate to the Amsterdam world conference. His schooling was in Real Gymnas ium in Frefeld. and the Universities of Warburg, Munchun, Berlin and Bonn. Major subjects of the visiting German educator are history, history of philosophy and history of religion. Dr. and Mrs. Crous arrived in America last summer and will return to Germany at the close of the spring school term. Eight Weekly Lectures are Scheduled for Upperclass Students Here Course is Planned to Cover Practical Phases and Prob lems of Marriage Bluffton college’s ninth bi-annual marriage course, one of the first col legiate classes of its kind in the country, will be offered on the campus during the next semester to give students a preliminary back ground in the practical phases and problems of married life. Eight weekly lectures are includ ed on the course program, scheduled to begin Feb. 7 when Rev. A. M. Romig, of Lima, will speak on the subject, “The Background of Modern Marriage.” Enrollment in the course in mar riage is restricted to junior and senior students, altho freshmen and sophomores may attend the Feb. 7 and March 7 and 28 classes. The series of lectures cover the more important phases and problems of married life, and the approach is definitely from the Christian view point. Each lecture will be followed by a period for written questions. Popular Course Altho no college credit is given, the marriage course always has been popular with students, and enroll ment of more than 50 is expected this year. Fees are $2 per person, or $3.75 for married couples. After course expenses are paid surplus funds are invested in books on mar riage and the family for the library. Following Rev. Romig’s opening lecture, other subjects in the series will be: “The Legal Viewpoint of Mar riage”, Judge Raymond P. Smith, of Lima, Feb. 14 and “The Economic Adjustment of Marriage,” Cart Kreider, Feb. 21. Other subjects include “The Phys ical Basis and Qualifications of Mar riage”, “Problems of Courtship and the Wedding”, “Sexual Adjustment in Marriage”, “Religion in the Home” and “Practical Family Prob lems from a Parent’s Viewpoint.” Gilbert Montgomery will be in charge of working out plans for better cooperation between farmers and sportsmen, and plans were dis cussed relative to improvement of the club park maintained at Buckeye lake. License sales are being directed by C. V. Stonehill, and license dealers for hunting and fishing permits in clude Dillman’s News stand, Steple ton Recreation hall, Mumma Electric shop, Waitermire’s, Van’s Service Comer, Gossard’s Grocery and Snodgrass Market at Beaverdam. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 1950 Protest Proposed Raise in Phone Rates Selection of the winning candidate will be made by Howard Duff, screen and radio actor, from photographs which have been submitted to him. The winner, chosen as Campus Sweetheart will be introduced at the annual Sweetheart dance to be held Saturday night in the Men’s gymnasium on the campus under the sponsor ship of the two “Y” groups. Proceeds will be donated to the University’s Displaced Persons’ fund for support of displaced students attend ing the university. STORK BRINGS BOY IN BABY DERBY 12 DAYS AFTER START Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCarty Wins Delayed Baby Derby Prize Fathers of First Boy and Girl Work Here For Triplett Instrument Co. Another winner in Bluffton’s 1950 Baby Derby was chalked up last Thursday morning with the birth of Dennis Clare, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCarty, who live about five miles southeast of town on Route 2. The first boy born in the Com munity hospital in the new year, little Dennis received a $5 cash gift ......................... .....—............. ... A boy, the second since New Year’s day, was born at Bluffton hospital Wednesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller of Harrod. Since January 1, how ever, seven girla been born at the hospital »e% from the Vance service station. Mrs. McCarty is the former Ruby Dudgeon. Winner of the major prizes in the derby was the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Habegger, of W. Elm street, first 1950 Bluffton baby, who made her debut on Sun day, Jan. 8, following a widely publicized holdout by the stork dur ing which births took a holiday at the local hospital. Both Habegger and McCarty are employed by the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and work in the same department. i Another prize remains to be claim ed in the Baby Derby, however, a $10 award posted by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Vance for the first 1950 set of twins. Prior to the birth of the McCarty boy last Thursday, four girls had been born at the hospital. March Of Dimes Drive Under Way Bluffton’s participation in the na tion-wide March of Dimes campaign to raise funds for the fight against infantile paralysis was well under way here this week and will con tinue until the end of the month. Sponsored by the Bluffton Lions club, an effort is being made to at least equal last year’s local contribu tion of $1,464.04. Coin boxes have been placed in all business places and industries, with special collections also planned in the public schools and at Bluffton college. Members of the Lions club also will receive donations at the Carma theatre from Jan. 20 thru Jan. 31, a period in which the theatre will exhibit three popular movies. Money raised in the campaign is used entirely for the war on polio, and the annual appeal is the sole source of funds through which the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis and its county affiliates can carry on activities, it was an nounced. Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh heads up the Lions committee sponsoring the cam paign. Tax Collection Here Jan. 31 And Feb. 1 Deputies from the Allen county treasurer’s office will be in Bluffton on Wednesday, January 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1, to receive pay ments of first half 1949 tax collec tions. During their stay here the depu ties will establish headquarters in the Citizen’s National bank, as us ual. Aid In Compiling Sales Tax Returns At Lima Jan. 23-31 ASSISTANCE for vendors and others making out sales tax returns will be provided by a sales tax examiner at the Allen county courthouse in Lima Jan uary 23 to 31, it is announced by E. A. Geithman, district manager. Sales tax returns for the period between July 1, 1949 and December 31, 1949 must be filed before February 1 to avoid the delinquency deadline. Vendors seeking assistance in making out reports should have with them all necessary records including a copy of last report, sales records and vendor’s pur chase orders for prepaid tax receipts (pink copy). Reports should be filed with or mailed to Don H. Ebright, Treas urer of State, P. O. Box 1799, Columbus. Application of the “good neigh bor” policy will provide fire wood this winter for Cecil Hartman, who has been bedfast from a paralytic stroke at his home four miles south of town on the Bentley road Name 11 Members Of Fire Department Mayor W. A. Howe’s appointment of 11 members of the volunteer fire department was confirmed by muni cipal councilmen at a meeting Mon day night. Fire Chief Guy Corson had been appointed for a two-year tferm at the first January meeting of the group. Appointed Monday night were Ed Badertscher, Charles Young, C. V. Stonchill, John Stonehill, Aldine Weiss, Lester Niswander, Robert Dillman, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Fred Martin and Loren Steinman. Steinman is a new member of the department. C. V. Stonehill also was named assistant fire chief. Named Delegate To Cancer Clinic Miss Doris Diller, nurse at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore, is one of 30 nurses selected on a nation wide basis to attend a three weeks’ convention and clinic of the National Cancer society opening in Minne apolis next week. Miss Diller, enroute to Minneapo lis, stopped here Wednesday to spend several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Diller of North Jackson street. Good Neighbors Cut Winter Firewood For Cecil Hartman, Victim Of Stroke iqr the last five weeks. Twenty-one neighbors of the Hart man’s descended on the homestead Tuesday without advance warning to “buzz” eight loads of wood for the family. Hartman had been engaged in cut ting wood on the Earl Hilty farm when he suffered the stroke five weeks ago. The neighbors finished the job for him Tuesday. Hartman will be in bed for at least two more weeks. Those who assisted in Tuesday’s wood cutting operations included: Oscar Zimmerman, Edgar Herr, Edgai- Huber, Robert Stratton, Mau rice Criblez, O. P. Hartman, Jay Hartman, Lamar Basinger, Cleo Garau, Ray Hirschfeld, Willard Jennings, Howard Rickly, Carl Kim mel, H. L. Weaver, Harry Huber, Russell Huber, Carl McCafferty, Leonard Gratz, Maurice Bell, Ray Blosser, Hiram Reichenbach. Tuberculosis tests for 283 pupils in the first six grades will be con ducted this week in Bluffton public schools, it was announced by Dr. Gail E. Miller, Allen county health com missioner. The patch-test method will be used here, Dr. Miller said. This is the familiar test in which an adhes ive bandage, containing a small square of gelatin impregnated with a germ-free substance called tuber culin is applied to the skin. The bandage is left on 48 hours, then 60 Piece Accordion Band Here Saturday The sixty piece Zuercher Ac cordion band of Berne, Ind., will ap pear in a concert at the Bluffton high school gymnasium, Saturday night at 8 o’clock under sponsorship of the high school senior class. The band is a unique organization and consists of an unusually large ensemble of talented accordionists. Special scenic and lighting enhance program effects. The band which travels extensive ly through the Mid-west recently ap peared before a large audience at Pandora. They will present an en tirely different program here, it was announced this week. Thursday Is Deadline For Tag For Fido MARK it on your calendar— getting a dog tag for Fido— better see about it on Thursday or it will cost you an extra chit. You can get them in Bluffton from Mrs. Zelma Tripplehorn at the Community Market or from O. E. Bowers at the Farmers Elevator in Beaverdam. Tag for female dog is $3, for male, $1. A kennel fee of $10 will provide tags for 5 dogs. FARM PROSPERITY IS REFLECTED IN INSURANCE TOTALS More than Quarter Million Dol lars Gain Reported by Richland Mutual Losses for Past Year Take Sharp Drop from Preceding Year’s Level Reflecting continued prosperity on the farm and its effect on homes, barns and farming equipment, insur ance coverage of the Richland Town ship Farmers Insurance Co. climbed to a $3,236,270 total during the last year, according to a report at the annual meeting of the organization Saturday afternoon in the council chamber at the town hall. 283 Bluffton Grade School Pupils Will Take Tests For Tuberculosis Policies in force at the close of the year’s business represent a gain of $251,255 over the previous year’s total of $2,985,015, the report dis closed. Principal emphasis in the insur ance coverage of the mutual organ ization is on farm property in the four-county area served by the group. Counties in which insurance is in force include Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin. Good Times On Farm Good times on the farm are evidenced by the increase in insurance coverage, for ready money has led to wholesale farm improvements in buildings and equipment. Residences have been modernized, particularly with respect to the in stallation of new bathrooms, modern kitchens, modern heating plants, etc., all of which mean increased property (Continued on page 10) removed. When the patch is removed the children will be inspected. If a raised red surface is observed, the test will be considered “positive.” “A positive test, however, is no cause for alarm, “Dr. Miller de clared,’ ’for all it means is that some time the germs which cause tuberculosis have entered the child’s body. To be sure no damage has been done, every child with a posi tive patch test should have a chest x-ray. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade Pending Boost Draws Fire of Town CfJX NUMBER 40 Petitions Prest phone Patron’fwj Monday Increase in by Pre Objections siting for B^ra to a vjf 11 by the Bluffton^ over in the protest presenj meeting of th« U^UGrdillCS Sendee ren company was discussion af’lce” claims ipt the system early in Altho it ear. nounced rates -priced to sell for boosted in more schedule of rate was cited by MayivBB I who was on the cou»^ the boost became effet time rates were increat. to 75 per cent. ’Ilgs Action Deferred Councilmen delayed action matter, awaiting the filing o ditional petitions which were pro ?d following the initial presentatu but discussiop at the session indicat ed the council will align itself with objecting telephone patrons in the fight against the proposed increase in rates. More than 150 names of subscrib ers were on the lists requesting council action, and spokesmen for the movement said additional peti tions will be presented before the next mating yrf the vili«l*r govern ing body. It was pointed out at Monday’s (Continued on page 10) angelistic Series Opens Here Sunday Evangelistic services sponsored by e Tri-County Evangelistic associa being held this week in the St. ihn Mennonite church near Pan ra, will open in the Bluffton High hool auditorium, beginning next inday night. Services each night during the se es here will begin at 7:30 p. m., id conclude with a Sunday evening eeting on January 29. This year Capt. Bundy, formerly ith the Alaskan Air command, will •eak each night during the two eek campaign. He also is a widely lown lecturer, traveler and journal- Assisting in the services are Rev. and Mrs. Iner Basinger, former Pandora residents, who will conduct the music. Rev. Basinger is a former editor of The Pandora Times. The following special delegation nights have been announced: Friday—Pastor’s night. Saturday—Youth night. Monday—Church night, delegations from Findlay and Arlington. Tuesday—Women’s night. Wednesday—Family night largest family and the one coming greatest distance will receive special recog- Thursday—Public school night delegations from Bluffton, Pandora, Mt. Cory, Rawson and Beaverdam. Friday—Church workers’ night. Saturday—Youth night. Special subjects to be discussed during the meetings: “The Dynamite of God” and “Alaska, America’s Front Door Wide Open.” Colored films taken by Capt. Bundy will be used to illustrate this latter lecture. Also “God’s Indictment Against the Human Race.” Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCarty, Bluffton, a boy, Dennis Clare, Thurs day- Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gilbert, Bluffton, a girl, Wanda Lee, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Helms, of Vaughnsville, a girl, Deborah Ann, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Augsburger, Pandora, a girl, Judy Lynn, Tues day. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller, Harrod, ia boy, Wednesday morning.