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VOLUME LXXIV Bluffton Gets Lower Cut of 121/2 Per Cent for Home owners Here is Now Effective Efficient Fire Fighting Record Here Drops Insurance Costs Lower fire insurance rates for Bluffton, announced last week by the Ohio Inspection Bureau, will result in savings of approximately 12 pei- cent in the charges for dwelling coverage, with slightly ductions established for properties. Reductions in rates lor insurance on business properties will be some what greater than those applying to dwellings, local insurance men said. No rebates will be made on the premiums paid for policies written prior to January 23, it was an nounced this week. The lower rates will become effective on the next re newal date of the policies. In re-rating by the Ohio Inspection Bureau Bluffton was placed in Class Six. For years the town had been rated in Class Eight, which is con sidered a good rate for a village of this size. Good Fire Protection Few’ other small towns in Ohio qualify for the sixth classification, in which Bluffton now’ is rated, local insurance underwriters said in com menting on the change. In announcing the low’er insurance rates, Glenn W. Knorr, Lima, super intendent of the Ohio Inspection bu reau, said that performance of Bluff ton’s new’ fire pumper may have been responsible for the rate drop. Inspection of w’ork of the pumper and the local fire department at three critical fires here gave the vil lage an excellent record, it wras pointed out. These were the fires in the Mrs. Edith Mann business block, occupied by the A to Z Mark et, the Fred Badertscher apartments and the Biederman apartments ing the last three years. Fire Insurance Rates greater re commercial Fire insurance for residential properties with non-combustible roofs drops from $1.60 per thousand to a new rate of $1.40, a reduction of 20 cents per thousand. Homes with good shingle roofs will have a new rate of $2.00 per thousand, a drop of 20 cents from the previous schedule of $2.20. No Premium Rebate® dur- Bluffton Couple Is Married Sixty Years Mr. and Mrs. John M. Badertscher will observe their sixtieth wedding anniversary at their home at 145 South Lawn avenue, Sunday. There will be a family dinner at the noon hour followed by open house in the afternoon from 2:30 to 5 when friends and relatives are invited to call. One of Bluffton’s oldest married couples, they were wed at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Schaublin, February 1, 1890, by the Rev. Peter Greding of the Emman nuel’s Reformed church. Mr. and Mrs. Badertscher are 82 and 79 years of age respectively and lifelong residents of this community. They halte lived in town since 1935 when they retired from the farm. Of their thirteen children, twelve now living are: Walter, Homer, Clara and Mrs. Helen Reid all of San Francisco Orville of North Manchester, Ind. Mrs. Lydia Lugibill, Pandora Mrs. Edna Gratz and Edwin Badei-tscher, Bluffton. Mrs. Louise Lugibill, Col. Grove Mrs. Martha Mills, Green Camp Levi, New Washington, and Mrs. Neva Detwiler, Souderton, Pa. Also living are 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Brothers and sister of Mr. Bader tscher are: Mrs. Sarah Matter, Bluffton, and Jacob Badertscher of Bloomington, Ind., and Peter Bader tscher of Lafayette. Mrs. Badertscher’s brothers and sisters are: Mrs. J. I. Lugibihl, Mrs. Roy Pogue, Mrs. Andrew Gratz, Walter and Elmer Schaublin, Bluff ton Cal Schaublin, Rising Sun Raymond of Cleveland and Harry of Santa Rosa, California. u Race Relations Is Union Service Topic Next Sunday, designated as Race Relations day will be observed in a union evening service at St. John’s Reformed church at 7:30 o’clock sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Appearing on the program will be a group of Bluffton college students including Miss Joanna Bowen who was employed in social service work in New York City’s Harlem district and Misses Pauline Holman4* and Esther Berky connected with Brad field Center, colored recreational pro ject at Lima. K BRANNAN PLAN FOR PRICE SUPPORT TO BE DEBATED HERE United States Secretary of Agri culture Will Uphold Plan Merits Program One of Features At Rural Life Association Meet ing On College Campus Panel discussion pro and con of the Brannon Farm Price Support plan, in w’hich United States Secre tary of Agriculture Charles Brannan w’ill take part, will be one of the highlights of the annual conference of the Rural Life Association, to be held on the Bluffton college campus March 16, 17 and 18. In debating merits of the plan, the Secretary of Agriculture may be op posed by Allan Kline, of DesMoines, low’a, president of the American Farm Bureau federation, who also has been invited to appear. Panel discussion of the Brannan plan has been set for Friday even ing, March 17. Third member of the panel, to present the consumer viewpoint, will be Jerry Voorhis, of the Cooperative League of Chicago. Many Features Many rural life subjects are on the program for the three-day ses sion of the association, including a session devoted to rural education for high school youths. and college age meeting here in session, is spon- The association, its eighth annual sored by Quakers, Brethren, Men nonites and other church groups. Conference programs will begin Thursday afternoon, March 16, the closing session will be held following Saturday afternoon. and the the All meetings will be open to general public. Delegates from out of-town will make arrangements meals through Bluffton college. for Well Known Speakers Speakers will be of national portance, and Dr. Lloyd L. Ramsey er, president of Bluffton college, will be chairman of the conference. im- Among others scheduled to speak are: Baker Brownell, professor of phil osophy of Northwestern university Richard Eastman, field secretary, General Conference Friends in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Stanley Ham ilton, executive secretary of the Rural Life Association, Richmond, Indiana the Rev. Russell Hoy, rural minister, farmer and chaplain of the Ohio State grange, Coshocton Carl R. Hutchinson, educational director, Ohio Farm Bureau Dr. I. W. Moomaw, missionary Ramseyer, lege the Mennonite Sugar Creek, Ohio. former agriculture in India Dr. Lloyd president of Bluffton col- Rev. William Stauffer, minister and farmer, of Schools Contribute $125 In Polio Drive Bluffton public school pupils con tribute a total of $125.49 in the March of Dimes campaign, through a special school solicitation. Grade school receipts and in the high school tributions amounted Eighth graders led the contributors. were $78.74 classes con to $46.75. grade school Shy, retiring Mr. Groundhog, who makes but one appearance each year as a fabled weather prophet, will do his best this Thursday to unravel the topsy-turvy scheme of this year’s “off again-on again” winter. Right at present Bluffton has one of the winter’s rare cold snaps, complete with snow and ice, following close on the heels of un seasonably warm weather in which daffodils burst into bloom and other spring flowers broke through the ground. Whether winter will continue or give way to spring will be determined Thursday on Groundhog Day. Tradition has it that if the Groundhog sees his shadow Thursday there will be six more weeks of winter. If, however, he cannot find his shadow when he emerges from his burrow spring is just around the corner. Snow, ice and cold weather this week were in marked contrast to a warm spell the mid part of last week during which the thermom- Baby, It’s Cold Outside If You’re In North Dakota Warm birthday greetings tele phoned from frigid North Dakota where it was 30 degrees below zero surprised Albert E. Lugibill, of S. Lawn avenue, last Thurs day night, on his 81st birthday. The telephone call was from his son, Waldo, who lives on a large farm near Hope, N. D. Weather 30 degrees below zero at the North Dakota farm was in marked contrast to the spring like temperatures prevailing here, which had established a January record of 70 degrees only a day before the birthday greetings were telephoned. North 6 thru unable On the He is a former winner of Atwat er-Kent auditions in New York and later was connected with the Detroit Civic Opera association and guest soloist with the Detroit Symphony orchestra. Oberlin Graduates Robert B. Marshall Robert B. Marshall, sen of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marshall of Rock port was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts at midwinter commencement exercises of Oberlin college, Wednesday morning. Marshall, a graduate of dam high school and a war took a pre-medical course in Beaver veteran college, of Ohio President Arthur Fleming Wesleyan university delivered the class address in Finney chapel. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schaller, Raw son, a girl, Jeanette Lee, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Lavoid Eagleson, Leipsic, a boy, Randall Dean, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Triplett, Bluffton, a girl, Ann, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Henry, Bluffton, a boy, James Neal, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Sumney, Lafayette, a girl, Judith Lynn, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. John Young, Beav erdam, a girl, Carol Ann, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boehm, Raw son, a boy, Wednesday morning. Mi’, and Mrs. Oliver Collar, Pan dora, a girl, Roberta Joan, Wednes day morning. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Botchlett, Kenton, a boy, David James, at Mc Kitrick hospital of that city, Satur day. Mrs. Botchlett is the former Dorothy Long of Bluffton. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 1950 Orange Township Area Petitions £or Transfer to Bluffton School District Bluffton Rocked by Topsy-Turvy Weather Awaits Final Answer on Groundhog Day Three Enumerators Will Be Take Census Here Named to Two Dakota farm 16 the family to get out of were blocked from Jan. had been the house, roads with snow, and the only connec tion with the outside world had been via telephone and the radio, the elder Lugibill was told. Baritone On College Music Course Feb. 8 Andrew B. White, baritone, will appear as the second number of the Bluffton college concert series in Ramseyer chapel, Wednesday night, February 8 at 8:30 o’clock. RESIDENTS APPOINTED LOCAL TO IF THEY QUALIFY BE Enumerators to be As signed to Richland Twp. One in Beaverdam Eighty Enumera4c*s to Cover 114 Districts ul Alien County Apply Now Applications to take the examina tion now are being received at the Lima headquarters, enumerators will be the number of calls eter set a new all time record by mounting to a mark of 70 degrees. Snow Monday night, followed by sleet, gave Bluffton a white setting Tuesday, and with temperatures in the low twenties throughout the day it was one of the few times this winter that snow has remained on the ground for more than 24 hours after it had fallen. Spurred by warm weather daffodils last Sun day were in bloom in the yard at the home of Harry Shrider, Jr., on Harmon road. In his flower bed tulips were up to a height of more than two inches. Cloudy and overcast skies were predicted for Thursday, giving hopes that the groundhog may not see his shadow and remain abroad to welcome an early spring. Conservationists, however, say that it will not be his first trip outside. Because of the mild weather the wood chucks have actually been in and out of their winter quarters more frequently than in many recent winters. take the beginning with all Three enumerators will national census in Bluffton the first week in April, canvassing in the three districts to be completed in a three-weeks pro gram. In Richland township two enum erators will work in two districts, and one enumerator will handle all of Beaverdam. Local residents will be appointed enumerators if there are enough ap plicants for Bluffton and Richland township districts who pass an exam ination to be given at census head quarters on East North street in Lima. Date of the examination has not been announced. Prospective on the basis of made. be divided into census enumera- Allen county will 114 districts for the tion. The canvassing, however, will be handled by only 80 enumerators, with some working in more than one district. Census Setup In addition to the 80 enumerators there will be five district supervisors, each of whom will be in charge of 20 enumerators. District enumerat ors will report daily to their super visors. Taking of the census in Bluffton and Beaverdam is to be completed within three weeks after its start during the first week of April. Farmers, however, will have addi-, tional time to complete their reports. Census blanks for those who operate farms will be mailed to them before enumerators start mak ing calls, in order that the informa tion can be prepared in advance. Town residents, however, will not get blanks preliminary to the calls made by the enumerator. Explain Census Here for a head school Arrangements will be made representative from census quarters to visit each high in the county before the canvassing is started by enumerators. An ex planation of the census will be made to members of faculty and to pupils may take to their parents. Editor’s Note—This of a series of articles to in the Bluffton News with early Ohio history, will appear issues. .qA- one appear dealing Others in forthcoming Yarn of the Knitted Sox The two Kentucky maidens who boarded at the old American House, Columbus, in the early 1840 s were in a dither—students at the classical Worthington Female Seminary, 9 miles away, they were learning to knit and now’ had a job at their new accomplishment. Lyne Starling, wealthy young bachelor who also lived at the inn, had promised each of them $25 if each would knit him a pair of sox. Starling had big feet but plenty of money. Widely known as “the founder of Columbus,” he too, was a Kentuckian huge, fond of horses and Bourbon whisky, very eccentric and had to have his sox custom made— no ready-made ones ever to fit him. Starling was that he owmed and had extra-sized carriage. were found so immense to use an knew less The Kentucky belles about knitting sox than they admitt was necessary for them to ancient dames, learned the of turning the heels and the toes and finally had ed. It consult niceties tipping two pairs finished. $50 for Two Pairs Sox the the big The demure young belles sent sox by a colored waiter to the man’s room, each ped in a napkin panied by a note, returned with his two envelopes, each containing $25. pair neatly wrap- and both accom Soon the waiter tray. On it were Elated and feeling rich with the thought of future sox to knit for the man who couldn’t find them else where, the maids made a foray on Columbus dry goods stores, milliners and boot shops. Twenty-five dollars in the old days was a lot of money. Starling was equally pleased. The comfort giving sox put him in sucD a generous frame of mind and he was so appreciative that he made his will and left each of the girls $8,000. On thinking it over however, he can celled those bequests. Maybe a toe had poked its way through the sock —or maybe the whole job began to show big holes. Anyhow, Starling had a revulsion of feeling and (Continued on page 10) Byers Floyd the high school students, so that information home be counted on one Transients will special day thruout the entire nation, during which enumerators will visit hotels, tourist homes, etc., including those in college dormitories and hospitals. (Continued on page 10) cut To Head Indiana Dairies Byers of Goshen, Ind., of Bluffton and son of E. Byers was elected presi- formerly Prof. N. dent of the Indiana Dairy' Products association at the thirty-second an nual convention of the group in In dianapolis, recently. Byers is head of the Goshen Milk Condensing company and one of the leaders in the Indiana dairy indus try. He was previously chairman of the state association’s milk products division. Territory Now In Mt I Real Estate Deals Mrs. Geneva Badertscher has pur chased the Wayne Amstutz property on West Elm street and has moved there with her family. She recently sold her Poplar street residence to John Weaver of the Bluffton college business office. In a real estate deal involving an exchange of residences, Eugene Ben roth has acquired the property of the Misses Dora and Stella Kirch hofer on South Jackson street and the Kirchhofer sisters have obtained the Benroth property on South Lawn avenue. They plan to move early in the spring. SCHOOL TRANSFER PETITIONS SIGNED BY 94 PETITIONERS Anderson-Marshall Petition Carries Names of 43 Qualified Voters Signatures On Beagle Petition Number 51 Both Comprise Large Majorities of 94 Orange township seeking transfer of the which they live from the Names residents areas in Cory-Rawson to the Bluffton school district appear on the tw petitions filed during the last week with the Hancock county board of education. Both petitions are reported to con tain signatures representing a large majority of residents of the territory affected. Petition of Jesse Anderson and Harold Marshall, filed last Wednes day, is voters, signed by 43 of 48 qualified as follows: E. Anderson, Truman Bixel, Jesse Levada Bixel, Arthur Swank, Edith Swank, Pearl L. Anderson, Dorothy J. Anderson, Carl D. Marshall, Ber della J. Marshall, Myron R. Triple horn, Mary E. Triplehorn, John Triplehorn, Maggie E. Ewing. Bernice Klingler, Amos E. Kling ler, Robert E. Klingler, John A. Anderson, John A. Warren, Edna M. Warren, Mel Long, Nelson M. Hie stand, Nellie A. Hiestand, Harry D. Anderson, Lillian M. Anderson, Clara M. Long, Harold W. Marshall, Adah P. Marshall, Samuel F. Carrie Amstutz. Amstutz, Fisher, Wilkins, Roma Fisher, Charles Waldo Wilkins, Blanche Ralph Henry, Delbert Wilkins, Mar vel M. Wilkins, Russell Amstutz, Lamoile Amstutz, Bernard H. Win get, Alvina Winget, Elbert Ander son, Iona Marshall and Ray Mar shall. Beagle Signatures The second petition, filed by Wil liam A. Beagle, Monday, bears the signatures of 51 of 50 qualified voters, as follow’s: William A. Beagle, Lola Beagle, Noah M. Geiger, Emma V. Geiger, Harvey G. Shine, Leslie M. Heigh way, Nettie Nusbaum, Jacob Nus baum, Edith Nusbaum, Albert Kempf, Howard Nonnamaker, Alma Nonna maker, D. D. Williamson, Bertha P. Williamson, George Kimmel, Bernice Kimmel. Adrian S. Pifer, Leota A. Pifer, Helen M. Pifer. Daniel A. Krichbaum, Marquart, Florence Scothorn. Krichbaum, Clara I Dorothy Klingler, Maggie Fred Marquart, Mabel M. Albert Marquart, Emma quart, Maud M. Fisher, Fisher, Walter P. McDaniel, Mareia McDaniel. Marquart, M. Mar James W. William J. Burkholder, Helen Camper, Lloyd Arnold, Paul F. Eikenbary, Everard L. Bish, Metta V. Bish, Mildred B. Klingler, James L. Scott, Columbus W. Klingler, Kenneth Schaublin. Faery L. Nonnamaker, Marlowe P. Bish, Lillian Kempf, Enos P. Steiner, Clarence V. Young, Eulalia Warren. Ethel G. Young, Clyde Warren and Paul Shulaw. “Topcrop” is the name of a new snapbean which the U. S. Depart ment of Agriculture calls a gold medal winner. A Good Place to Trade Cory-Rawson District NUMBER 42 Two Petitions are Filed with Hancock County School Board State Department of Education May Make Final Decision in Case Another attempt by residents of nearby Orange township area to re join the Bluffton village school dis trict from which red back in the this week with Hancock County Findlay, of two that a block of territory be taken from the Mt. Cory-Rawson school district and assigned to Bluffton. they were transfer thirties materialized the filing with the Board of Education, petitions requesting Both petitions reportedly have been signed by 85 per cent or more of the qualified voters in the affected territory. Signatures of 75 per cent are required by law before transfer of school territory can be considered, and petitioners must’ have voted in the previous November election. Filed as individual petitions cover ing two separate areas, the papers are said to have total signatures of 43 of district other. 48 qualified voters in one and 51 of 60 voters in the Proposed Boundaries Boundaries of the area in which the petitioners live follow’ an ir regular route extending as far north as the Union towmship line and south to a point one-half mile betw’een the Rayl road and the Lin coln highway. On the east the farthest point is one-half mile be yond State Route 69. Western boundary is Bluffton school district, either along the County or one-half mile east from spots. Line road, it at other portion of Altho in the northwest the township the affected area ex tends to the Union township line, the greater part of the northern boundary extends along Route 103. From the intersection of Route 103 and Route 69 the eastern boundary runs one-half mile east of Route 69 for a distance of one and one (Continued on page 10) Harkness Golden Wedding Sunday Mr. and Mrs. William Harkness will celebrate their Golden wedding at their home in Mt. Cory, Sunday, with a family dinner at noon fol lowed by open house in the after noon from 2 to 4 o’clock when rela tives and friends are invited to call. The couple are lifelong residents of Hancock county, Mrs. Harkness being the former Ada Vickers of Cass township and Mr. Harkness a native of Pleasant township. They were married February 3, 1900 and Bloomdale when they and moved active in church affairs. have lived near years ago the farm since until twelve retired from to Mt. Cory. are Both son and They have three children a Clayton Harkness of Bluffton two daughters Mrs. Ruth Linhart of McComb and Mrs. Opal Watkins of iFndlay. Mrs. Harkness has one sister, Mrs. Olive Tinkcom of Oakland, Calif., and Mr. Harkness has one sister Mrs. Irene Routson of McComb and two brothers Al and Lewis Hark ness both of Findlay. Columbus Speaker To Address PT A George E. Jenny, supervisor of education of the Ohio State Museum, Columbus, will address the Bluffton Parent-Teacher association meeting, Monday night, February 13, it is announced by officers of the organi zation. Beaverdam Lions To Hear Railroad Man M. H. Markworth, industrial agent for the Nickel Plate railroad will address the dinner meeting of the Beaverdam Lions club on Wednesday night, February 8, it is announced by club officers.