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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXIV MRS. A. B. MURRAY AND MRS. ELMER SHORT APPOINTED Mrs. Edith Wolfe in Beaverdam and Richland Twp. Ila Hall, Lafayette Neva Schick, Jackson Twp. Cyrus Schumacher, Wm. Lutterbein in Monroe Census enumerators for Bluffton and other districts in the northwest ern area of Allen county were ten tatively announced Wednesday morn ing by G. C. McDaniel of Lima, District Supervisor of the Census Bureau for the Fourth Ohio Con gressional District. Appointments as announced by the supervisor are: Bluffton—Delia Murray and Elizabeth Short Beaverdam & Richland Twp.— Edith Wolfe Jacxson Twp.—Neva Schick Lafayette—Ila Hall Monroe Twp. North—Cyrus Schumacher Monroe Twp. South—Wm. H. Lutterbein In connection with the announce ment McDaniel said that altho the assignments are believed to be sub stantially correct, it is possible that some last minute shifts may be necessary. Start Saturday Work of the census takers will start on Saturday, April 1, when first contacts will be made by the field enumerators. Following this will be held a conference of enumera tors at the county headquarers for Ironing out of questions or diffi culties. Bluffton’s two census enumerators, together with others in the county were in Lima Wednesday afternoon receiving instructions on procedure and obtaining their credentials which they will carry for identification purposes when they make their calls. College Booster Concert April 11 Rosa Page Welch, Chicago negro concert soloist, will be presented in a Bluffton college booster concert in the First Mennonite church Tuesday evening, April 11. Sacred music will be featured in the program sponsored as this year’s offering of the College Booster com mittee. Mrs. Welch has been well received in two previous Bluffton concert appearances. Because of the drive for gymnas ium building funds in the Bluffton district during the last year, admis sion to this year’s booster concert will be without charge. An offering will be taken, and any proceeds in excess of expenses for the concert -will be used to finance the construction of new walks on the campus between College hall, Ropp hall, Lincoln hall and Science hall. Course In Selling To Meet Again Tuesday “Personality, You and Your Cus tomer” will be the subject for the third meeting in the Bluffton course in modern selling at 7:30 p. m. next Tuesday in the Bluffton High school library study hall. Instructor for the course, which has an enrollment of 60, is Douglas Avery, distributive education coordin ator in Findlay High school. Showing of motion pictures and film slide strips are used in addition to Avery's lectures, The course is open to Bluffton business men and their sales staffs. Cooperating in sponsoring of the course are the Bluffton Business Men’s association, the Bluffton board of education and the state depart ment of vocational education. Beaverdam Class Play On Thursday Beaverdam High school juniors will stage “Alibi Ike” as their an nual class play at 8 p. m. this Thursday in the school auditorium. Appearing in the cast are Kenny Young, Mary Lamb, Katie Kupper, Carolyn Moser, Charles Neal, Law rence Stechschulte, Bill Palte, Joe Briggs, Burke Moser and Delbert Mall. Why is April first April Fool’s Day? That's the $64 question for which no one apparently can provide a certain answer. It’s just one of those customs which have been hand ed down from generation to gener ation—and doubtless will continue until the end of time. Although there is no definite clue, many present-day researchers into old customs and practices lean to the “calendar” theory as the most likely. According to this theory, it start ed back in 1564 when King Charles of France adopted the reform cal endar which decreed that the new year would begin on January first. Before that time, New Year’s ob servance was associated with the first of April. Two Are Named to Take Bluff ton’s Census Union holy week services sponsor ed by the church of Bluffton will be opened Sunday evening with rendi tion of an Easter cantata, Stainer’s “The Crucifixion,” at 8 p. m. Sun day in the First Mennonite church. Choir of the First Mennonite church will be featured in the can tata. Schedule of services for the re mainder of the wreek will be as fol lows Monday—Church of Christ “A House of Prayers,” Rev. J. N. Smucker, speaker, 8:00 P. M. Tuesday—First Mennonite church “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” cantata presented by the Bluffton Why Is It April Fool’s Day? We Dunno, But Here’s A Guess Churches Plan Special Holy Week Services Beginning Sunday Night With only two days remaining un til the April 1 deadline for use of 1949 automobile license plates, the customary last-minute rush for tags is expected Thursday and Friday at the Reichenbach garage, local regis trar. Although 1950 tags already have made their appearance on many Bluffton area cars, quite a number of others motorists have not yet bought their new plates. Deadline for use of 1949 tags is midnight this Friday. After that any motorist driving with old license plates is subject to arrest. Cadle Tabernacle Head To Speak Here Last-Minute Rush On In Buying 1950 Auto Tags Deadline Friday Rev. B. R. Lakin, pastor of Cadle tabernacle, Indianapolis, Ind., will speak at 7:30 p. m. this Friday in the Bluffton High school auditorium, under auspices of the Bluffton-Pan dora Association of Christian Lay men. Rev. Lakin’s subject has been an nounced as “Evangelism.” Soloists for the musical section of the pro gram will be Irvin Royse, music di rector of the Cadle tabernacle. Cancer Tag Day Here On Saturday Cancer tag day to raise funds for furtherance of the national and Al len county programs in the war on cancer will be held in Bluffton Sat urday. Sponsor of the tag day observance here is the Bluffton Federation of Women’s Clubs, and members of the group will handle the sale. Mayor Wilbur A. Howe has issued a proclamation proclaiming the tag day movement. Methodist Council Meets Here Sunday Lima district Methodist youth council consisting of 25 leaders and their advisors will meet at the First Methodist church in Bluffton Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Miss Lois Hauenstein and Rev. and Mrs. Paul Cramer, all of the Bluffton church, are members of the group. Plans for district activities in 60 churches are made by the council. While most people accepted the new style calendar, some Frenchmen there were, who objected to having their year changed and they contin ued to observe April first at the be ginning of the year. These objectors were made the butt of many jokes by those who had accepted the new’ calendar. Mock gifts were sent, pretended calls w*ere made to homes of the tardy cele brants and fake invitations were sent for New Year’s eve watch parties on March 31. Those who refused to accept the change in the calendar thereby be coming recipient of the mock gifts and invitations may have been the first “April Fools” in history. It is, say historians, as good an explana tion as any you are likely to hear. College Vesper Choir 8:00 P. M. Wednesday—St. John’s Evang. & Reformed church, “The Power of Silence—Then and Now,” Rev. Paul H. Cramer, speaker 8:00 P. M. Thursday—First Methodist church, Union Communion service, conducted by Rev. V. C. Oppermann 8:00 P. M. Friday afternoon Good Friday service, First Presbyterian church theme, “The Words from the Cross 1:00 to 3:30 P. M. Speakers for a special series of high school assembly meetings in connection with holy week activities will be Rev. Paul H. Cramer, Rev. J. N. Smucker, Rev. O. M. Boggs and Rev. L. W. McIntire. Farmers Pit Wits Against Government Crop Control Ebenezer Church Youth Conference Fourteenth annual youth confer ence of the Ebenezer Mennonite church will be held over the week end it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Howard Landes. Principal speaker will be Rev. J. J. Esau of Omaha, Nebraska, form er pastor of the Ebenezer church here, now serving as field secretary of Grace Bible Institute in Omaha and pastor of the United Mennonite church of that city. He will speak here following a fel lowship dinner at the church Satur day night w’hich will mark opening of the conference. Music will be by the King’s Couriers quartet of Grace institute, tw’o members of w’hich are Allen Tschiegg and Ly man Hofstetter of Bluffton. Rev. Esau and the quartet will be heard again on Sunday morning. Ebenezer young people will be in charge of Sunday night’s program when a film “Out of the Night” will be shown, portraying work of the Pacific Garden mission on Chicago’s notorious Skid row. The public is invited to all serv ices excepting the dinner w’hich is reserved for young people of the church. Mrs. Huser Honored At State Luncheon Ten years as an Allen county 4-H club advisor brought special recogni tion to Mrs. H. H. Huser, of Bluff ton, at a luncheon honoring state wide advisors last Thursday in Co lumbus. Mrs. Huser was one of nine Allen county advisors honored, but was the only one with 10 years service. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilson, Je nera, a boy, James Alan, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowden, Ada, a girl, Elizabeth Jane, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shirk, Col. Grove, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cox, Ken ton, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Burkholder, Lima, a girl, Wednesday morning. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1950 Health Board Seeks Tighter Sanitary Code CIRCUMSTANCES OF BURKHOLDER CASE REMAIN MYSTERY Wisconsin Coroner Rules Acci dental Death In Fall From Train Funeral Service 5 Held Here For Bluffton Native Enroute Here For Visit Circumstances surrounding the death of Reuben T. Burkholder, 69, native of the Bluffton area, re mained a mystery this w’eek, altho the coroner in Prairie du Chien, Wis., ruled the man enroute here for a visit had fallen to his death from a Burlington train near that city early in March. Burkholder’s lifeless body was found Monday of last wreek by rail road section worker in an ice-cover ed pool along the Turlington right of-way. He had fallen from the train on March 4 while enroute to Bluffton for a visit with relatives. The coroner’s verdict of accidental death by falling from the train was predicted on the fact that there was no evidence of foul play. Bruises about the head apparently resulted in the fall from the train, the coro ner said. Mysterious Circumstances Mystery, however, continued to surround the circumstances for there was no reason for the door of the railroad coach to be open at a time when the train was traveling at (Contin»»«d on*page 10) ___________________________________ All Through North And South America MODERN FARM METHODS STEP UP ACRE YIELD Farmers Out-smarting Planners by Growing More on Less Land Potato Growers do it by Closer Planting Corn Boys Use Hybrids Increased per-acre production of corn and potatoes was seen this week in national farm circles as a way in which the nation’s farmers are winning a battle of wits in the federal government’s “planning” program to cut down output by decreasing production. Whether the government’s planned economy method of attempting to control production can be turned in to a nightmare may well be deter mined on the outcome of this year’s attempts to trim further corn and potato production, both of which are major crops in the Bluffton and Pandora areas. So far, most of the tricks appear to have been taken by the farmer, for government cutting of planted acreage has been outrun by whole sale boosting of pre-acre productivi ty, particularly in potatoes, which have been hardest hit by government controls to date. Increased Production In the contest of wits, farmers have gone along with government reduction of acreage allotments, and received cash bonuses for participa tion in the program. Then they figure out how more corn and pota toes can be raised per acre, as their way of trumping the government’s tricks. Emphasis on more com production per acre is seen in hybrid seed com advertising this winter, in which the farmer is told how new corn develop ments will grow more bushels per acre. Increased use of fertilizer is seen as another move in stepping up the per-acre yield in the continuing battle of wits. Principal emphasis on increased com production is in the Bluffton area, with stepped-up potato output (Continued on page 10) First Year t0 Biggest census Counting of Population o Range from Alaska to Cape Horn Census Here Next Month to Start Program Other Na tions Follow When the census taker stops at your home early in April to ask you a lot of nosey questions about whether you have a kitchen sink and television receiver—how far you went in school—how much money you earned last year, etc.—don’t get mad. It may help to keep your blood pressure under control at the time if you keep in mind that the same kind of questioning is happening all over this part of the world—not only in the United States, but in all parts of North and South America from Alaska to Cape Horn. The 1950 All-American census, the first of its kind, will cover 22 coun tries in this hemisphere, some of which have areas where no accurate population count ever has been made. Starts in April Although the entire All-American census drive is being coordinated, there will be 22 separate census re ports, each taken nationally. Cen sus-taking in the United States por tion of the program starts on April 1, with that in other countries fol lowing during the remainder of the year. Results of the hemispheric census will provide information a lot of people in the United States would like to have. Exporters could use the data, military men want a sur vey of the resources of the hemis phere, and planners of President Truman’s four-point program want I facts on where aid for underdevelop ed areas most is needed. Nearly a decade of planning will go into the All-American census, and it still is puzzling how’ some infor mation that will be sought in the 22 nations can be made comparable. For instance, how does one compare the housing facilities of an igloo with a California ranch-style dwell ing or the income of a Hudson Bay family whose income is in pelts with that of a Mexican laborer paid in pesos. for Some Of the 22 participating countries neither Eucador or Haiti ever has had a national census. Guesswork has governed census taking in many of the other nations. So far the central committee has agreed on five questions which Will yield comparable answers in English, Spanish, Portugese, Mayan and other tongues. These concern age, sex, literacy, place of birth and naturali zation. Five other questions to be asked in all countries include “relationship to the head of the family,” “marital status,” “mother tongue,” “gain fully-occupied” and "educational lev el.” Many countries, of course, will col lect data which won’t be sought in others, but the 10 basic questions will be asked in one form or an other in each of the 22 countries. With The Sick Charles Stratton is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Elmer Anderson sustained a broken right forearm as the.result of a fall at her home in Orange township recently. Mrs. Sarah Geiger of North New ton, Kansas, former Bluffton resi dent, broke her left arm in a fall recently. The accident occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Harshbarger, with whom Mrs. Geig er resides. Mrs. Anna Jane Siebenaler, form erly of Bluffton, is seriously ill with Hodgkin’s disease at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoch stettler in Findlay. Homer Moser Studies Farming In Ecquador Homer Moser, formerly of Bluff ton who is an agricultural mission ary under the board of foreign mis sions of the Presbyterian church is in Ecquador, studying South Ameri can agricultural practices. Mr. and Mrs. Moser, now living in Princeton, New Jersey, on a year’s furlough expect to return to resume their work in Mexico City where they have been stationed for several years past. Previous to their work in Mexico, they operated an agricultural mis sion station in Matto Grosso, Brazil. NEW PROCEDURE THIS SPRING ON TOWNSHIP ROADS Commissioners to Get Overall Report from County Be fore Action Richland Township Program Is Delayed As Complaints Increase Richland township trustees are being plagued by increasing com plaints regarding deteriorated condi tion of township roads at the same time that suggested plans for sum mer road improvements are clouded by uncertainty as to what part Allen county will take in the 1950 program. The delay in bringing road plans to a head has been brought about this spring by a new county pro cedure in planning its share of the road work done cooperatively each year with the various townships, it was announced by the Richland township board of trustees. Trustees representing townships in the county were told last week in meeting with the countv commis sioners that this spring the county engineer will make an inspection of all roads and then the trustees of the various townships will be told what program the county proposes during the summer. Delay In Planning Under this procedure it likely will be at least late April before deci sions can be made relative to what roads will be repaired, and in the meantime complaints regarding the condition of township roads likely are to continue. Hopes that this summer’s township road improvement program may be sizable is seen in the fact that ma terials are slightly cheaper, and that the trustees will be able to allot about the same amount in fund-3 as spent on roads in 1949. However, definite drafting of re pair plans will be delayed until the county contribution to the costs ot the program can be determined. Last year Allen county paid 58 per cent of the cost of all work on township roads, with the township paying the remaining 42 per cent. Pikes In Bad Shape Richland township’s hard-surfaced roads suffered little damage during the past winter, but all stone-pike roads are reported in very poor condition. Progress in repairs to the stone roads is slow because the township road scraper is about worn out, and work is help up to effect needed repairs. County road grading equipment is being borrowed when ever possible, but not too much help is available from that source be cause of the busy schedule establish ed for the county work crews. Beaverdam and Bluffton school authorities also have made com plaints regarding conditions prevail ing on township roads, over which buses operated by the two districts must travel. Particularly bad ac cording to Supt. Paul Stoodt of Beaverdam are the Hutchinson road, east of Beaverdam, and the Carl and Walter Amstutz road between Beaverdam and Bluffton. Lantz Case Taken Under Advisement Judge Moran B. Jenkins of the Allen County Common Pleas court has taken under advisement the case of Mrs. Mabel Lantz vs. the Bluffton board of education. Announcement to this effect was made by Judge Jenkins following a hearing last Wednesday morning when pleadings of attorneys were heard, Clarence Fischer representing Mrs. Lantz and Thos. Guernsey, as sistant county prosecutor represent ing the board of education. Mrs. Lantz, a former teacher in the schools here is suing for two years’ salary and restoration to her teaching position. Mrs. Harry Yoder On County Council Mrs. Harry Yoder, of Bluffton, has been named first vice-president of the newly formed Allen County Council of Parents and Teachers. Mrs. Yoder is president of the Bluffton Parent-Teacher association. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 50 BLUFFTON’S TOWN COUNCIL IS ASKED FOR LEGISLATION Want Regulations on Septic Tanks Ban Sewage in Storm Sewers Action Recommended in Bluff ton is in Addition to State Crackdown Municipal regulations governing the installation and inspection of septic tanks and prohibiting the dis charge of sewage in surface drain age sewers will be set up by the Bluffton village council if it follows new recommendations of the Allen county district board of health. Passage of municipal ordinances on the two subjects was recommend ed to all villages in the county by the county health board, in an effort to stem present unsanitary methods reported in some of the towns. County board of health action in the matter was taken after a recom mendation had been made by the advisory council which consists of mayors of villages and chairman of township boards of trustees, Dr. Gail Miller, county health commis sioner said this week. Ordinances Recommended Sewage carried in storm water sewers and unsanitary installations of septic tanks and cesspools drew the fire of the advisory council at a meeting early this month, and resulted in recommendations on the matter by the board of health. County efforts to better sewage disposal facilities are in addition to a state crackdown which has follow ed passage last fall of a new Ohio law barring the discharge of un treated sewage into rivers and streams of the state. The new Ohio law provides that every municipality must have a sew age disposal plant, but the state so far has moved slowly in compelling immediate construction of plants un less complaints are made, it was announced last week by the state health department. At the same time health depart ment officials said that when legal action becomes necessary to compel compliance, it is expected that en forcement will be started with larger cities first. Motorist Fined In School Bus Crash An automobile driven by Paul Hollowell, 30, Lima, crashed into the rear of a Bluffton school bus operat ed by James Landis, 23, on the Dixie highway at the north edge of town last Thursday morning in the first accident in which a Bluffton bus has figured in years. Although the front of the Lima car was demolished, there was little damage to the bus, and no children were injured for the bus was empty, having just stopped to pick up the first passenger on its regular morn ing run. The accident occurred near Dray’s hill, with the bus headed north, where it had stopped to pick up pupils. Hollowell and Landis both escaped injury. The bus continued on its regular run following the mishap. State highway patrolmen, who in vestigated the crash, cited Hollowell for arraignment in Lima Municipal court, bn a charge of reckless oper ation of a motor vehicle. Minor Damage From Bolt Of Lightning Lightning struck electric w’ires near Bluffton’s municipal electric light and water works plant during a thunderstorm Sunday morning at 4 o’clock. The bolt followed the wires into the plant causing minor damage, it was stated by Supt. John Swisher. The damage was soon re paired with no interruption in serv ice. Bluffton Firm Low Bidder On Ditch The Clark Dredging company op erated by Paul Clark of South Main street was lowest of three bidders on contract for the Ruck Run ditch in Hancock county when bids were taken Tuesday by County Engineer John M. Stough. Clark’s bid of $3, 194 was considerably below the esti mate of $4,334.20.