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b"l~ufft A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXIV TRUCK OVERTURNS BLOCKING TRAFFIC IN ACCIDENT HERE Big Semi-Trailer Transport Goes out of Control After Strik ing Car Loaded with Frozen Fish En route from Boston to Dallas, Texas Traffic over half of Bluffton’s North Main street was blocked for more than four hours Friday after noon when a huge semi-trailer trans port truck, the largest ever involved in an accident here, overturned near the bridge over Riley creek, as the vehicle jacknifed following a collision with an automobile. The 35-foot-long carg trailer load ed with frozen fish enroute from Boston to Dallas, Texas, proved too much for heavy-duty wrecking equipment from Lima and Findlay, and it was necessary to unload the fish before the vehicle could be right ed on its wheels. Weight of the trailer was so great it was feared that steel cables around the vehicle would have cut thru the top and sides. Left Turn Mishap Stage for the mishap was set at 1p.m. when Noah Habegger, 77, farmer residing north of Bluffton, started to make a left-hand turn in to the service station on North Main street operated by his nephew, Dick Habegger, as the truck attempted to pass. Both vehicles were traveling south on Main street when the accident occurred. The truck struck Habegger’s car, (Continuedon page 5) Luginbill Golden Wedding Sunday Golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Luginbill will be celebrated at a family dinner next Sunday at their farm home, four and one-half miles northwest of Bluffton, where they have lived for the last 40 years. Because of the ill health of Mrs. Luginbill, the day’s observance w’ill be restricted to members of the im mediate family. Mr. and Mrs. Luginbuhl were mar ried Jan. 30, 1900, at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. John Moser. She was Bertha Haas, bom in Switzerland, and who came here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Haas. Mr. Luginbuhl is son of John and Anna (Zingg) Luginbill. Both are members of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Children of the couple include Mrs. Waldo Hofstetter, near Bluffton Mrs. Earl Diller, Pandora John L., Seattle, Wash. Milton, Columbus Grove David, Cincinnati Myron, Bluffton Mrs. Orville Ruesser, Co lumbus Grove, and Francis, Findlay. There are 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Luginbill has two brothers, David L., Pandora, and Philip, La fayette, Ind. Brothers and sisters of Mrs. Luginbill are Sam Haas, Bluff ton John Haas, Ft. Myers, Fla. Mrs. Mary Riggenbach, Columbus Grove, and Mrs. Gid Nusbaum, Bluffton. Anderson Golden Wedding Observed Golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Anderson, life long residents of Orange township, was celebrated last Wednesday in their farm home. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were mar ried January 18, 1900, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Owens, by Rev. E. T. Dailey, Methodist minister, who was pastor of the Pleasant Hill church. Mr. Anderson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, pioneer set tlers of Orange township. Mr. Anderson was 77 years old last December and Mrs. Anderson observed her 70th birthday this month. There are three children: Edgar L. Anderson, Lima Route 5 Elbert M. Anderson, Bluffton Route 1 and Mrs. Rath Basinger, Findlay Route 3. Living are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All the children and grandchildren were present at a family dinner in honor of the occasion on Jan. 15 at the Anderson home. tup Hyacinths in bud, dandelions blossoming, crocuse are breaking thru the ground, the grass is turning green and the thermometer hit a mark of 62 Wednesday noon in the latest re newal of unseasonably warm temperatures right at the time when the grip of midwdnter should be its severest. In addition to being easy on the coal pile, the warm temperatures were beginning to bring the usual harbingers of spring long before their usual debuts. Orrville Basinger reported hyacinths in bud at his home on West Elm street and Henry Dave Reichenbach Endorsed For Auto Tag Handling Here DAVID Reichenbach, Bluffton garage operator of West Elm Street was endorsed for appoint ment a s deputy registrar of motor vehicles at a meeting of the Allen County Democratic Ex ecutive committee in Lima, Tues day night. Endorsement by the county committee is tantamount to ♦ap pointment to the position by state headquarters in Columbus. H. M. “Dick” Troy handled the issuing of tags here last year. He has since moved his business to Findlay. FIND UNCONSCIOUS HIGH SCHOOL BOY IN WRECKED AUTO Passing Motorists Rescue Cleo Ray Diller from Scene of Accident Car of Bluffton Youth Crashed into Guard Rail on Route 25 Near Town Cleo Ray Diller, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Diller, northwest of Bluffton, was found unconscious in his wrecked automobile at 2:30 a. m. on Monday 45 minutes after the car had crashed into a guard rail, two miles south of Bluffton. Suffering from brain concussion and bruises, young Diller, a Bluffton High school football player, did not regain consciousness until later in Bluffton Community hospital, where he still is a patient. He is a senior in the Bluffton school. Authorities placed time of the ac cident at about 1:45 a. m. and Dil ler lay unconscious in the wrecked vehicle until 2:30 a. m. when two Bluffton college students returning here from a visit to their homes in Indiana stopped at the crash scene. The youth was taken to the hos pital by the two students, Fred Leic hty and Jackson Lehman. His condi tion was reported improved Wednes day morning. The accident apparently occurred when the automobile went out of control and struck the guard rail. SHORTS AND MIDDLINGS Home economists have found you don’t need to give dry navy beans a long soaking before cooking. The trick is to boil them for two min utes and then let them cool to room temperature. “Pre-examination jitters” was the word from Bluffton college faculty quarters in commenting on charges of friction existing in the Beaver varsity basketball camp, aired in the current number of The Witmarsum, student newspaper. College Students’ Gripe Is Attributed To Bad Case Of “Pre-Examination Jitters” Just before examinations you can look for anything to happen, was the comment from one faculty source as tension among the student body increases in the face of the semes ter’s final tests. Charges made in the student newspaper that friction between Coach Walter Zimmerman and his men was undermining the morale of the athletic program, reflected mount ing rumblings of dissatisfaction among the student body in the face of a disastrous season in which the team halfway through its schedule Hyacinths and Dandelions in Bloom Temperature Zooms to 62 Wednesday ASK PHONE RATE RAISE TO MEET NEW WAGE LAW Boost in Federal Minimum Wage Rate Figures in Company’s Application Conjecture Here Centers on Ac tion of Town Council at Next Meeting Rate increase request filed by the Bluffton Telephone Co. with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio partly has resulted from the new federal 75-cent hourly minimum wage law, according to an announce ment last week by a commission of ficial. The statement by Edward E. Knaub, chief accountant for the commission, later was confirmed by Maurice Mahoney, manager of the Bluffton telephone firm, who said that the new minimum wage scale will particularly boost local central office costs. According to the commission ac countant’s announcement, the Bluff ton Telephone Co. request for a rate increase is intended to yield $6,851 more per year, to handle $3,433 in additional wages and to raise its return from 2.16 'to 3.78 per cent. What Will Council Do? In the meantime, conjecture was rife as to what action will be taken by municipal council at its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, to satis fy objections of local telephone pa trans to the increase, which boiled over in the form of petitions ad dressed to the council, a week ago. Council at that time postponed ac tion on the matter, to await addi tional petitions which, they were in formed, were being circulated. 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 to the coun cil at their next meeting. Real Estate Deals George Read of South Lawn ave nue has purchased a small farm near Arlington and will get posses sion the first of March. Fred C. Badertscher of South Main streeth as purchased the Lawn avenue residence of the late D. C. Bixel and will remodel it into apart ments. has lost all of the 9 games played. Sparking the editorial charges in the Witmarsum was the handling of the Ohio Northern-Bluffton basket ball game last week when prospects for a Bluffton victory in ti*e third quarter were snuffed out in the final period. While not denying the possibility of some basis in fact fo/r the news paper’s charges which ‘included fa voritism and half-way disciplinary methods, faculty sources took a dim view of the situation and said it was vastly overdrawn. Zimmerman, a. senior, will be graduated this spring. For the past two years he jias been basketball coach in additi^zn to his college work. Previously he, served in the Navy during the last World War where he was an athletic director. JL JL V—X JL JL JL Xh-XX ^1 ^1 V V K-Z Flooded lowlands following Monday night’s heavy rain also provided a spring-like setting as Big and Little Riley creeks again overflowed their banks in full-scale flood conditions for the second time this month. Colder weather again is predicted in weather forecasts, but so far this winter no cold wave has been able to hold out for more than four days against the unseasonal warm winter. Proceeds From Sale Of Old Spinning Wheel To Add To March Of Dimes Here Bluffton’s fund-rasing activities in the annual March of Dimes cam paign to raise money for the war on infantile paralysis will reach a peak this week, it was announced by Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh, who heads up the committee sponsoring the drive. Local collections this year are less than the rate of the preceding cam paign, a situation which is bad in view of the fact that the county dis tribution headquarters has more than $3,000 in unpaid bills from the last year. In addition to the unpaid bills, the national foundation has ad vanced Allen county nearly $25,000 to assist in the war on polio here. An unusual feature of the Carma theatre collection of donations will be the sale of an old spinning wheel, more than 100 years old. Donated by Albert Vermillion and now on display at the theatre, the wheel will be sold to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to the March of Dimes campaign. In conducting the January solicita tion campaign, the Bluffton Lions club is serving as local sponsor for the third successive year, and there are hopes of bettering last year’s local contribution of $1,464.04. Coin boxes, in which donations may be placed, can be found in all business places and industries, with special collections also planned at Bluffton college and in the Bluffton public schools. ni TTFRTON NFW^ BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 1950 Secretary of Agriculture To Speak Here Habegger found a dandelion in bloom at his yard on Riley street. Tulips and othei' spring flowers are shooting thru the ground, and the grass is turning green and losing its brown cast. Mail Campaign Too Grade school pupils have received slot cards, which will hold five dimes, and contribution cards have been mailed to homes, with slots sufficient to hold as much as $2 in dimes. The cards comprise a self mailer, which will be returned to the local Lions committee simply by dropping it into the mail box. Special collections all week at the Carma theatre also will mark the closing stages of the campaign, with a total of more than $200 contribut ed to date. Members of the Lions club take up the collections at each showing. Money raised in the campaign is the sole source of funds for the continuing wAr on polio. Through the annual drives funds are made available for local victims of polio, with assistance provided as soon as the disease strikes. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Willis Mayberry, Columbus Grove, a girl, Grace Ann, last Wednesday. Rev. and Mrs. Myrton Packer, La fayette, a boy, Douglas Merlin, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Weih rauch, Rawson, a boy, John Frank Ijn, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher, Bluffton, a boy, Dale Lee, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sommer, Bluff ton, a girl, Connie Sue, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Redd, Ada, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lehman, Bluff ton, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Benroth, Bluffton, a girl, Patty Lou, Wednes day morning. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thomas, Williamstown, a boy, David Alan, Wednesday morning. Opera “Don Pasquale” At College February 3 Donizetti’s opera “Don Pasquale,” will be presented in English in Bluff ton college chapel, Friday night, February 3. The production will be given by the New Lyric Stage Opera company and sponsored by Bluffton college and Ohio Northern univers ity, Ada. Aged Woman Breaks Knee While In Bed At Home In Ada Miss Ida Owens, 81, is a patient in Bluffton hospital with a fractured left kneecap. The injury was sustained while in bed at her home in Ada. PRECINCT POLITICS SHOWS NO SIGNS OF OLD SQUABBLES Vo Indication of Inter-party Strife as Local Committee men File Deadline for Candidates Set for Next Tuesday Night at 6 O’clock Filing of candidates for Bluffton party precinct committeemen, mark ed by two contests two years ago as the result of inter-party differences, apparently will be a quiet matter of routine this winter, it appeared Wednesday with less than a week re maining for the filing deadline. All petitions of candidacy for the precinct posts, the only local offices to be filed! n next May’s primary, must be in the hands of the board of elections by 6 p. m. next Tuesday. So far, there have been no indica tions of contests, bringing conjecture that Democratic differences which burst into the open in two precincts back in 1948 finally have been reconciled. Incumbents File All Democratic incumbent commit teemen have filed for re-election, in cluding: Lloyd Brauen, Precinct A Fred Getties, Precinct John Garlinger, Precinct and Clay Henderson, Precinct D. Three Republican committeemen also have filed for re-election: John Thompson, Precinct A W’illiam Am stutz, Precinct and Forrest Mum ma, Precinct D. Armin Hauenstein, incumbent for Precinct B, said he intends to file. For the Democrats in Richland North, Albert Winkler also has filed for re-election. In next May’s primary, the precinct committeemen will be the only local nominees. County, state and national officers are to be nominated, how ever, in the ballotting. Swiss Chorus Concert Here On Sunday Night A sacred concert will be present ed at 7:30 p. m. Sunday night in the First Mennonite church by the Swiss Male Chorus, made up of men singers in the Bluffton and Pan dora area. Featured in the Sunday evening presentation will be chorus numbers, quartets and solos. The chorus, or ganized more than 20 years ago, consists of 32 members. Earl Lehman, Bluffton high school music instructor, is director of the chorus. Charles Coach is the ac companist. Officers of the Swiss chorus are Dean Niswander, president Clayton Bucher, business manager Evan Welty, librarian and Harvey Bau man, secretary-treasurer. A Two Chickens In Every Pot Is Aim Of Promotion In National Chicken Week Defenses of Alaska present a sor ry picture with only a pitiful amount of men and equipment there, was the way Evangelist Edgar Bun dy, former captain in Army intelli gence summed up the situation in the United States’ far northern out post. Rev. Bundy is in charge of the services being conducted here night ly in the Bluffton high school audi torium under auspices of the Tri County Evangelistic association. Continuing his summation of the Alaskan situation he said that Rus sia has her eye on that region and he believes that in event of war the Reds would see to capture rather than to destroy the U. S. bases there. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Chicken Former Tops on Dinner Table Now Priced Under Hamburger National Chicken Week Seeks to Remedy Deplorable Situation The topsy-turvy state of today’s economic conditions succeeded in completely turning normal conditions upside down this week when chicken, once reserved for only holiday and Sunday menus, sold for less than hamburger at Bluffton meat stores. It was a state of affairs that left Mr. Average Citizen bewildered and upset as he tried to grasp the im port of retail prices of chicken on about the same level as that com manded by weiners, and lower than the cost of beef steaks and roasts, or even lowly hamburger. Calling attention to fowl as a table delicacy, the last week in Jan uary, currently has been designated as National Chicken week—with the objective of restoring chicken to its time honored spot as a toothsome morsel of the American dinner table. Best grades of dressed chicken are bringing only up to 45 cents in the weekend melee—while at the same time hamburger was quoted at 55 cents, 10 cents higher. Beef roast (Continuedon page 5) MENNONITE AID INSURANCE HITS RECORD FIGURE General Farm Prosperity Is Re flected in $5,465,350 Insurance Coverage Mennonite Mutual Insurance So ciety Has Best Year Since Founding in 1866 Insurance risks aggregating $5,465,350, largest coverage since the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society was organized in 1866, marked the locally owned and operated insurance as sociation’s 1949 year end report at a meeting of stockholders Saturday afternoon in the Bluffton High school building. Alaska Vulnerable To Attack From Russia, Evangelist Here Declares Turning to the other side of the picture he said that Alaska is a wide open field for Christianity and Record business conducted by the mutual insurance society is another reflection of continued prosperity on the farm, and related wholesale farm improvements in buildings and equip ment. Principal emphasis in the insur ance coverage of the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society is on farm property in the four-county area served by the group. Insurance held by the association is in force in Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin counties. Record Coverage Record insurance coverage of $5,465,350 at the start of a new year’s business the firpt of this month represents a gain of $153,765 over the figure of $5,311,585 in force a year ago. Policies in force at the close of 1949 numbered 882, a decrease of 26 from 908 a year'ago. There were (Continued on page 10) a challenge to the best missionary efforts that can be put forth. Large audiences are attending the services here which will continue this week, closing next Sunday night. In the services, starting at 7:30 p. m. Capt. Edgar Bundy is the featured speaker. Music is directed by Rev. and Mrs. Iner Basinger, of Parkersburg, Pa., former Pandora residents. Rev. Basinger is a form er editor of The Pandora Times. Special nights planned for this week’s series of services include Family Night on Wednesday public school night, Thursday, with Bluff ton, Rawson, Beaverdam schools and Riley Creek Baptist church partici pating church workers night on Fri day, and youth night, Saturday. Music is provided each night by Rev. and Mrs. Iner Basinger, Mrs. Bundy and a 60-voice choir. A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 41 CHARLES BRANHAN TO GIVE ADDRESS FRIDAY, MARCH 17 U. S. Cabinet Member to Ap pear at Bluffton College Conference Brannan Will Participate in Support of His Farm Price Plan United States Secretary of Agri culture Charles Brannan will be in Bluffton Friday, March 17, to ap pear as one of the speakers at the annual conference of The Rural Life Association to be held on the Bluff ton college campus on March 15, 17 and 18. In his speaking appearance here, the United States cabinet officer will appear in a panel discussion of the Brannan Farm Support Plan. Allan Kline, president of the American Farm Bureau, has been invited to take part in the same panel. Secretary Brannan’s appearance on the program will be one of the highlights of the three-day confer ence of the Rural Life Association, which is sponsored by the Quakers, Brethren, Mennonites and other church groups. Many Delegates Here National headquarters of the asso ciation is in Richmond, Ind. Dele gates from all parts of the nation w’ill attend the annual conference here, and all speakers will be of na tional importance. Conference programs will begin Thursday afternoon, March 16, and the closing session is to be held the following Saturday afternoon. All meetings are open to the gen eral public. Those from out of town will make arrangements for meals and lodgings through Bluffton col lege. Featured Speaker In addition to Secretary Brannan, other speakers for the three-day ses sion include Dr. I. W. Moomaw, edu cational secretary of the agricultural missions of the Church of the Breth ren and Rev. Russell Hoy, chaplain of the Ohio Grange and contributor of a column to the “Ohio Farmer” magazine. A Bluffton college graduate, Rev. William Stauffer, of Sugar Creek, Ohio, well-knowm in soil conservation circles, also will be one of the speakers. Rev. Stauffer, a native of Pennsylvania, was graduated from Bluffton college in 1932. Aaron Welty Drops Dead On Bigler Boad Aaron Welty, 75, a retired car penter who resided here on North Lawn avenue, was found dead along the Bigler road, north of Bluffton, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by William Badertscher, who lives on the road. When Badertscher discovered the body it was about 400 feet from the Denver Zimmerly farm home. Later it was learned that Welty was en route to the Zimmerly residence for a visit. Dr. J. E. Talbott, Allen county coroner, said that death was caused by coronary thrombosis. The coro ner w’as told that tithough the re-' tired carpenter had not been in best of health he had attended church services in Bluffton Sunday morn ing. The son of Christian and Mary Ann (Klay) Welty, he was born in Putnam county Nov. 9, 1874. He made his home on North Lawm ave nue w’ith a niece, Miss Adeline Welty. He had never married. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Amos Reichenbach, of near Bluffton and two brothers, Theopholis Welty, To ledo and Enoch Welty, Salem, Ore. Funeral services were held Tues day in the Paul Diller funeral home. Rev. R. R. Welch, pastor of the First Missionary church, officiated at the rites. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Conservation Talk At Brotherhood Meeting Foster Roszman, of Ottawa, con servation extension agent for North western Ohio, will speak and show motion pictures at the Brotherhood meeting of the Reformed churches at Emmanuel’s Reformed church Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Movies to be shown will be the latest issued in the state conserva tion program.