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BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXIV TOWN MENACED BY HIGH WATER FOR TWO DAYS Flooded Basements are Most Serious Situation Reported Here Bluffton Fares Better Than Many Other Towns Thru out District Rampaging outside their banks for more than 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, Big and Little Riley creeks were at flood stage in the Bluffton district for one of the longest periods since the long-remembered 1913 inundation. Country roads were flooded and in many cases partially washed away, as water-choked ditches failed to carry away water fast enough as it fell over a 36-hour period beginning Sunday night and continuing until early Tuesday afternoon. Altho rainfall was steady it rarely reached the downpour stage, and despite the fact that creeks spilled over their banks late Monday after noon the water was carried away fast enough to keep the flood level reaching some of the high water marks of the last decade. Worse Elsewhere Bluffton fared better than most surrounding communities because of its favorable high-ground location. Serious floods were reported in Ada, Findlay and Ottawa on Tuesday. Schools continued their normal schedules here, but many in Allen, Putnam and Hancock counties were closed because of the flood. Mt. Cory Rawson schools were dismissed at noon on Tuesday because of water in the boiler room at the Rawson school, and many others in the dis trict also sent pupils home because of the high water. Many flooded basements were re ported in Bluffton, however, as the rain continued to fall thruout Mon day and Tuesday, but the situation was alleviating Wednesday. Water Soaked Ground More than three times the normal aJnuary rainfall total, followed by this week’s rainfall has thoroughly saturated the ground in the Bluffton area, and water runs off into streams as rapidly as it falls, to complicate flood conditions locally. Weather observers reported this indicated the Bluffton area water table level, seriously low last fall •probably has returned to normal as a result of the continued winter downpours. Since early January, Big and Little Riley creeks have flooded out side their banks here six times. In normal seasons that many floods in a year would be an exception. Masonic Fat her-Son Banquet Next Week Supt. of Schools Aaron B. Murray will be the speaker at the Bluffton Masonic Father-Son banquet com memorating the birthday of George Washington, Wednesday night of next week in the Masonic hall here. Supt. Murray’s address will fol low a banquet to be served at 6:30. Richard C. Lewis, master of the Bluffton lodge, will give the address of welcome, opening the program. A toast to the sons will be given by Coach A. C. Burcky, and the re sponse will be by his son, Bill Burcky, a Bluffton college student. Reservations for the banquet should, be made with Bertrand L. Swank not later than Saturday. Peace Institute At College This Week A peace institute sponsored by the Bluffton College Peace club will be held Friday and Saturday on the college campus. At the opening session, 9:35 a. m. Friday, C. J. Rempel, of Ontario, Canada, will speak on “The Individ ual’s Responsibility in the Way of Peace.” In the afternoon at 4 p. m. there will be a group discussion on “What’s Wrong With the 20th Cen tury?” Rev. J. N. Smucker of Bluffton will speak on “Peace of Mind” and Prof. Melvin Gingerich, of Goshen, Ind., will talk on “Christ: the Way to Peace” at 7:30 p. m. Friday. Topic for the concluding program at 10 a. m. Saturday •will be “How to be Effective Peacemakers Through Personal Living.” Speakers will be Rev. Smucker, Prof. Gingerich and Rempel. Colder Weather Curbs Danger of Flood Here Pirates to Meet Paulding in Class Meet on Celina Gym Floor Strong Delphos St. John’s Out fit Probable Foe in Second Round Bluffton High school’s bid to re peat basketball tournament successes of former years will be launched at 7:30 p. m. this Saturday when the locals tangle with Paulding in the annual Class exempted village and parochial tourney at Celina. Riding the crest of a six-game winning streak, the Pirates will go into the tournament with a season record of 12 victories and only four reversals. Paulding, first-round foe of the Bluffton team, has a 9-9 record, but pre-game information indicates the team will be one of the strongest in the meet. Early Test Whether this year’s Bluffton team will go far in tournament play like ly will be decided in the initial stages of the meet this season, for if the Pirates beat Paulding their second-round opponent in all likeli hood will be Delphos St. John’s, de fending State Class champs, who have lost only one game so far this season. The Delphos outfit drew Lima St. John’s as its initial foe, and is an odds-on favorite to win easily, for (Continued on last page) TRUCKS INCREASE TRAFFIC HAZARDS STREET Third Crash in Less Than Month is Caused by Through Trucks Parked Passenger Car Wrecked When Struck on South Main Street Bluffton’s third Main street traf fic accident in less than a month in volving through-bound trucks result ed in a wrecked automobile for James West, cashier of the Citizens National bank, at 7:20 P. M. last Friday. West's car, a Chevrolet coach, parked in front of his South Main street residence, was virtually de molished when it was struck from the rear by a pickup truck heading north. West lives in the Mellinger apartments. Struck on the right side, nearest the curb, by the truck, West’s park ed car was sent careening a distance of 180 feet north on Main street. It did not come to a stop until it had crossed the street and crashed into a fire hydrant in front of the E. C. Romey residence at the Grove street corner. Truck Off Street Gene Fangman, 20, of Lima, driv er of the truck, said he did not see the parked car. He claimed that he was not asleep, although the truck apparently was partially over the curb when it crashed into West’s automobile from the rear. High School Faces First Hurdle In Basketball Tourney Saturday Mr. and Mrs. West missed being (Continued on last page) Sixteenth anniversary of the Bluff ton Lions club Charter Night cele bration will be held in the dining room of the First Methodist church, where the original charter was pre sented, at 6:30 p. m. next Tuesday. Wives of members and guests have been invited for the celebration, and will hear Ed Ward, of Lima, district governor Merle Blue, of Dunkirk, deputy governor and Neil Parment er, of Lima, zone chairman. Paul Cramer, president of the club will preside. Forrest Steinman, of the local club, a past-district gover nor, will honor deceased members of the organization. Real Estate Deals Mrs. L. C. Hauenstein residing south of Bluffton has purchased the Walter Stratton property on South Main street and will occupy it next month. Mr. £nd Mrs. Stratton will move on 80 acres which they pur chased last month from Mrs. Hau enstein’s son Kenneth. The tract was formerly part of the 160 acre tract belonging to the late L. C. Hauenstein. Kenneth Reichenbach has pur chased the Geo. Read property on South Lawn avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Reichenbach are moving from the Norman Edinger property on Jeffer son street. Mr. and Mrs. Read are moving to a small farm which they recently purchased neaz- Arlington. ROBBERS FAIL IN ATTEMPT TO LOOT FARM CO-OP SAFE Handle of Safe is Twisted Oil by Burglars in Raid Mon day Night Second Robbery Attempt at Office of County Farm Bureau Near Town Charter Night Dinner To Mark 16th Anniversary Of Bluffton Lions Club Guests will be here from surround ing clubs including Beaverdam, Lima, Findlay, etc. Earl Lehman will be in charge of the music. The dinner will be served by women’s A second attempt within two months to burglarize the office of the Allen County Farm Bureau Co-op warehouse two miles south of Bluff ton on the Dixie highway failed Monday night when thieves were un successful in trying to force entrance into the safe. Handle of the safe which was twisted off in the fruitless attempt was the principal damage, it was reported by office workers who dis covered the depredation, Tuesday morning. Entrance to the office was gained thru the rear of the warehouse. Records and office furniture were disarranged but no loss was reported. A previous attempt to loot the of fice made last December was foiled when tear gas was automatically re leased when the safe was tampered with. Joe Bronson of near Cherry street also reported theft of a case of oil from his garage one night during the past week. One~Day Boy Scout Drive Here Tuesday A concentrated one-day solicitation campaign to raise funds for the con tinuation of the Bluffton Boy Scout program will be launched at a kick off breakfast in the Walnut Grill next Tuesday morning. The solicitation, made by represen tatives of local churches, will be completed by Tuesday night. Heading the local campaign com mittee are Rev. V. C. Oppermann, chairman Rev. J. N. Smucker, Rev. Paul H. Cramer, Rev. L. W. McIn tire and Rev. O. Merrill Boggs. Twenty4hree solicitors will assist in the drive. No campaign was held in Bluffton last year, and a good return is sought this winter to make it pos sible to carry out the varied Boy Scout program supervised by the Shawnee Area council, with which Bluffton scouts are affiliated. society of the Methodist church. Active charter members of the Bluffton club" include I. B. Beeshy, Dr. Gordon Bixel, N. E. Byers, Russell A. Lantz, E. S. Lape, A. E. Lichtenwalter, Paul W. Stauffer, A. J. B. Longsdorf and Forrest L. Steinman. The club now has a membership of 70. Officers are Paul H. Cramer, president Charles Emans, first vice president Franklin D. Rodabaugh, second vice-president Clair B. Fett, third vice-president Carl Lehman, secretary-treasurer Dr. B. W. Trav is, Robert Nonnamaker, Jesse Yoa kam and Harry Turner, Sr., direct ors A. Dwight Spayth, tailtwister Morris Triplett, Lion tamer A. J. B. Longsdorf, Jungle News Editor Earl Lehman., and Harvey Bauman, song leaders. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Price Cut Offsets Rise of One Cent Effective Since Last Fall Retail price of milk dropped one cent a quart in Bluffton Tuesday, with consumers now paying 18 cents for Grade A and homogenized grades. It was the first downward price revision since last April, when a similar 18-cent price went into ef fect, to continue until early Septem ber when a one-cent boost was made. The 18-cent price represents a post-war low, and is said to result from an Ohio surplus, for similar ‘downward trends in retail pricing is general thruout the northern part of the state this week. Coffee cream also is expected to follow the downward trend of milk prices, with retailers anticipating a one-cent cut this week. Cream now retails at 19 cents a half-pint. High mark of local milk prices since the war came in the fall of 1948 when it retailed here at 21 cents a quart. New Auto Tags Arrive Will Go On Sale March 1 FIFTEEN hundred new auto license tags for the Bluffton district have arrived here, it was stated the first of the week by Dave Reichenbach, deputy registrar. They will go on sale March 1 at Reichenbach’s garage on West Elm street. The new plates which have black numerals on yellow background have the same letters as in 1949, Y2, ZB and YY. s. BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 1950 MILK PRICE DROPS ONE CENT QUART Bluffton Housewives Paying 18 Cents Beginning Tuesday Morning Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stobbe, Ada, a girl, Joyce Lee, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Laurel Bracy, Pan dora, a girl, Rebecca Jean, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamman, Bluffton, a girl, Doris Ann, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balister, Mt. Cory, a girl, Belinda Jill, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Galen Basinger, Bluffton, a boy, Stephen Royal, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. John Stonehill, Bluff ton, a boy, Robert Joe, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Clum, La fayette, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Reichen bach, Bluffton, a girl, Wednesday morning. Rev. and Mrs. Mahlon Wenger, a boy, Samuel Allman, born in Bucy rus hospital, Saturday. Mrs. Weng er is the former Nadine Allman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. V. H. Allman. Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Diller, Alameda, Calif., a boy, Perry Diller II, born at that place, Feb. 3. Mr. and Mrs. Diller are former Bluffton residents. Burkhalter Violin Recital Here Sunday Laurence Burkhalter, Bluffton col lege instrumental music instructor, will present a violin recital at 7:30 p. m. Sunday in the First Mennonite Church. Included on the program will be Sonata No. 5 by Handel and Poeme by Chausson. Burkhalter will be accompanied by Miss Mary Maust, college senior. Burkhalter also is scheduled to play over Radio Station WOSU, Co lumbus, at 5 p. m. Sunday, Febru ary 26. Saddle Club Makes Polio Contribution Farley the Magician presented a program of magic at a meeting of the Bluffton Saddle Horse club last Thursday night in the Walnut Grill. At the session the club voted to contribute $25 to the 1950 Bluffton polio drive and made a contribution of a similar amount to the Hancock county campaign. Nation farm indebtedness increased about three-fourths if a billion dol lars during 1949. Three Injured In Mishap On Dixie Three Lima residents received first aid treatment at Bluffton Commun ity hospital Sunday night, following a two-car mishap on the Dixie high way near the Kermit Kibele resi dence at the north edgfe of town. Cars driven by Raymond E. How ard, 59, of Lima, and Maynard A. Amstutz, 23, of Sidney, were in volved in the crash, with the How ard auto leaving the highway and rolling down a ditch embankment. Howard, his sister, Mrs. Bessie Howard, 70, and Emerson Smith, 49, a passenger in the car, escaped with minor injuries. They were re leased following treatment at the hospital. SCHOOL BOARD HEARS ORANGE TWP. PETITIONS Copies Read at Meeting of Bluffton Board Held Tues day Night Board Signifies Willingness to Accept Territory if Transferred Copies of petitions signed by Orange township residents requesting transfer of their school territory from Mt. Cory-Rawson to the Bluff ton district were read at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education, Tuesday night. Following reading of the petitions the board indicated its willingness to accept the territory. No action of the Bluffton board is necessary at this time other than an indication of willingness to accept the territory if the transfer is made, school authorities pointed out. When the petitions are submitted, according to law, the county board of education, which in this case is the Hancock county board, must make a ruling before the first day of April, approving or rejecting the petition for transfer. In case the county board refuses to make the petitioned transfer, all information on the matter must be submitted by the board to the state department of education. If, on review, the state department is not in agreement with the county board, a hearing on the case must be held in the county prior to August 1. Polio Benefit Dance Here Next Wednesday A benefit dance with all proceeds going to Bluffton’s 1950 March of dimes polio drive will be staged un der auspices of the Bluffton Amer ican Legion post Wednesday night of next week in the Legion hall. Round and square dancing will be featured, and the public is urged to attend, to help support the polio campaign. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Will Steiner have moved from their farm west of Bluff ton to the Garau street property which they purchased from Delbert McGinnis. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Steiner are moving on the Steiner farm, vacat ing the property of the Misses Olive and Lydia Amstutz on Spring street. The Amstutz Sisters will mave here from Lima the first of March and occupy their property. Mild Winter. Proves Help To Fanners Of Bluffton Area Trained in artificial respiration and operation of the community’s resuscitator, Bluffton has a five-man emergency squad which quickly can swing into action in case of asphyx iations, drowning, etc. To obtain services of the group it is only necessary to notify the Bluff ton telephone office when emergencies occur, and the operator will take over from that point. On the emergency squad at pres ent are Lester Niswander, Loren Steinman, Al Ingalls and Gail Mum ma, Fred Martin, the fifth member, will be active again following his Trained Squad Ready For Action Here In Drowning, Other Emergencies Sufficient Coal on Hand for Town's Present Needs Wheat is Out of Danger from Winter Kill, Crlp Expert Declares Heavy Rains have Replenished Long Depleted Subsurface Moisture Mild weather, the absence of ice, snow and freezing temperatures, coupled with a surplus of rainfall, have been welcomed by Bluffton area farmers who have found this winter just about what they would order if they had control over the elements. City folks, threatened by coal shortages thruout the winter because of the mine situation, also will give a vote of approval to the umisual weather conditions which have pre vailed since mid-Nftvember. On the farms, the winter wheat crop, fourth most important cash income producer for the state's farm ers, is out of danger from winter kill, according to Dr. Robert E. Yoder, supervisor of field research at the Wooster Experiment station. Wheat Outlook “Being able to say early in Febru ary, with almost positive assurance, that Ohio’s winter wheat crop is out of danger from winter kill establish es some kind of record,” was Dr. Yoder’s comment on the situation. “Usually there is danger ahead from heaving and blowing but winter wheat planted last fall under un usually dry conditions rooted deep, good protection against heaving. Then came the early snow and rains in mid-November to give good top (Continued on last page) CORN ACREAGE CUT MAY CHANGE TYPE OF FARMING HERE Wheat Acreage Also Must be Cut by Farmers Expecting Federal Aid Farmers at Work Mapping Plans for Year as March 1 Deadline Looms Government allotments slashing wheat and corn acreage in Ohio along with other states in a crop reduction program for those who want to take advantage of federal subsidies will complicate planning of this year's operations by Bluffton area farmers. Federal allotments for wheat and corn were announced last week, with Ohio’s wheat acreage slashed better than 10 per cent, and the cut in corn acreage averaging more than 21 per cent. Complications in farm planning were seen because of the fact that March 1 is less than a month away, when farmers will have their opera tions mapped for the coming season. Not Compulsory Altho federal orders reducing acreage are not compulsory, farmers must comply with the program if they expect to take advantage of federal subsidies in the form of crop loans and parity prices, it was point ed out this week. The picture here is all the more complicated because of the fact that in this area and adjoining counties raising corn and feeding it to pigs comprises the backbone of farm operations. How much of a difference compli (Continued on page 4) return from a vacation in the west. In addition to being skilled in ar tificial respiration, the squad also is trained in operation of the fire de partment’s resuscitator, which is kept at the Bluffton Community hospital. Most of the volunteer workers also have training in first aid. Refresher courses are taken by the group twice a year, so that they may proceed with the best possible results when emergencies arise. Bluffton’s squad has been in oper ation for well over a year, and rep resentatives of the local group as sisted Ada in setting up a similar organization during the last year. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 44 LOCAL SITUATION IS SATISFACTORY SURVEY DISCLOSES Mild Weather has Served to Stretch Householders’ Supplies No Crisis Anticipated Except in Event of Long Strike at Mines With the national coal situation in a turmoil because of a miner’® strike despite government interven tion, Bluffton’s fuel picture for the most part was brighter than it has been at any time this winter. Barring a long layoff from coal production, local homeowners and in dustries will not feel too much of a pinch, a survey indicated here the first of the week. As the national situation assumed a critical aspect this week, Bluffton home owners for the most part had an adequate supply for current needs, and stockpiling in local coal yards was in fair shape. Rationing of retail deliveries was being continued by Bluffton dealers, and there arc indications that the present supply will be sufficient to meet demands for most of the re mainder of the winter unless unus ually cold weather should strike the district. One-Montii Supply Bluffton’s municipal light plant re ported a three to four weeks supply on hand, although there were indi cations that restrictions on the use of current will be put into effect un less the mine layoff is settled within the next week. Curtailment of service should it come will be dictated more by a pro gram to conserve fuel on hand than because of an immediate emergency, plant officials said. Central Ohio Light and Power Co. reported a two months’ supply at the Woodcock generating plant here, and’ only a protracted strike could cause trouble. Coal Supply Short Bluffton college, however, faced the possibility of shortage, for the mine shutdown found the institution with only a 10-days’ supply on hand, it was reported Tuesday. There is possibility,1 however, that coal for continued operation may be obtain able from retailers. Page Dairy Co. also faced the possibility of difficulties at its local plant in case of a drawn-out strike, with the plant coal reserve suffi cient for only about two weeks on a normal basis. Dairy Hormone Feed Meeting Here- Tues, Explanation of a new method of hormone feeding for dairy herds will be made at an open meeting to be held at 2 p. m. next Tuesday in the Bluffton High school auditorium. Special representatives of the Quaker Oats Co. will explain the de velopment of a thyro-active lactation stimulant and the results obtained from its use. This type of feeding has been tested for more than 10 years, and it is reported that feeding the cow small amounts of the thyroid hor mone greatly increases the use of food energy and milk production. College Orchestra To Give Concert Bluffton college orchestra will pre sent a concert Friday night in Ram seyer chapel, a new venture in the public appearances of the group. Laurence Burkhalter will direct the orchestra in the concert. Includ ed in the program will be Overture to. Stradella by von Flotow the First Movement of Haydn’s Military Symphony and Ballet Egyptianne by Luigini. Agriculture Classes See New Idea Plant Twenty-five Bluffton high school agriculture students were in Cold water, Wednesday, making an in spection tour of the New Idea plant manufacturer of farm machinery. Included in the number were mem bers of the veterans and vocational agriculture classes, together with Ralph N. Marshall, instructor in the veterans class. Hard wood makes better coals for a campfire than soft wood.