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A Good Place to Live
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices Wheat
$1.94 com $1.23 oats 70c soys
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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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
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.
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
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
Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh heads up the
Lions committee sponsoring the cam
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
During their stay here the depu
ties will establish headquarters in
the Citizen’s National bank, as us
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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
A Good Place to Trade
Pending Boost Draws
Fire of Town CfJX
Petitions Prest
phone Patron’fwj
Increase in
by Pre
siting for
to a
vjf 11
by the Bluffton^
over in the
protest presenj
meeting of th«
Sendee ren
company was
discussion af’lce”
the system
early in
Altho it ear.
nounced rates -priced to sell for
boosted in more
schedule of rate
was cited by MayivBB
who was on the cou»^
the boost became effet
time rates were increat.
to 75 per cent.
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.”
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCarty,
Bluffton, a boy, Dennis Clare, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gilbert,
Bluffton, a girl, Wanda Lee, Satur
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Helms, of
Vaughnsville, a girl, Deborah Ann,
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Augsburger,
Pandora, a girl, Judy Lynn, Tues
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller, Harrod,
ia boy, Wednesday morning.

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