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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXIV BOLT OF LIGHTNING HITS LIGHT PLANT 2ND TIME IN WEEK Municipal Plant’s Largest Tur bine Put Out of Operation By Bolt Monday Prompt Action By Plant Engin eers Prevents Disruption of Service Lightning striking the Bluffton municipal light plant for the second time in a week, Monday evening put the establishment’s largest turbine generator out of operation and burned a hole in the condenser, re sulting in a flooded basement. Prompt action by plant engineers and Supt. John W. Swisher, who was nearby when the bolt struck, pre vented any disruption of service to the town. Supt. Swisher, working with high voltage in the cascading water from the damaged condenser, succeeded in making circuit adjustments without the necessity of cutting off current. Only noticeable effect on service sa far as light plan patrons were concerned was* a town-wide dimming of lights for a matter of about five seconds after the mishap occurred about 9:45 .M Flooded Basement Jumping around lightning arrest ers on lines to the outside, the bolt punctured and grounded cables lead ing from the new General Electric turbine to the switchboard in the basement, it jumped from the cable conduit to the turbine con denser and burned a hole three inches in diameter in the water tubes, resulting in a flooded base ment as water poured from the break. Standby turbines, cut into the line, carried the own’s'load while repairs w’ere being effected. Plant crews working on the damage steadily had replaced burned wires and the large turbine was ready for emergency use within 12 houca after the bolt had struck. Ellenberger Rites To Be Held Friday Laura May Ellenberger, mother of Ural and William Ellenberger, Bluff ton business men, died at 8:30 a. m. Thursday at her home in Beaverdam, following a two-weeks critical ill ness Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday in the Beaverdam Church of Christ with Rev. O. Mer rill Boggs, pastor^ officiating. Burial will be at Rockport. Born Oct. 19, 1869, in Hardin county, Mrs. Ellenberger was the daughter of Benjamin and Matilda Lambert Parker. Survivors include her husband, William H. Ellenberger, Sr., Beaver dam three sons, Ural and William B., Jr., both of Bluffton and Clay ton E., Lima and a daughter, Mrs. Josie Tooley, Rawson. The body will be taken to the Beaverdam residence Wednesday from the Paul Diller funeral home. Bank Directors Fete Romey On Birthday Directors of the Citizen’s National bank staged a birthday surprise for Elmer Romey, bank president, Tues day night following a meeting of the group. Romey, whose birthday is this week, was the honor guest at a light lunch in the Elk restaurant. On the table set for the surprise occasion wras a large bouquet of roses and a birthday cake. Arrangements for the affair were handled by Adam Steiner and Henry Huber. Everett Golden Wedding Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Everett of Rockport, retired, passed their fif tieth wedding anniversary Tuesday, April 4. No special celebration was planned for the occasion. Former residents of Bluffton, liv ing on Riley street, the couple were married by the late Rev. “Goodwill” Nash. Mrs. Everett was formerly Cora B. Adams. At the time of their marriage, Floyd Everett was a water well drill er, later going to work as chief en gineer at the Bluffton Light plant, the first light plant to be built in Bluffton. At that time the engineer worked twelve hours a day seven days a week and earned $42 per month stated Everett. The couple have four children liv ing: Milfred and Paul Everett of Rockport, Mrs. Evelyn Holtz, Flor ida, and Mrs. Joyce Martin of Lima. One son, Delmar, died a number of years ago. Packing Company Truck Upsets At Jinx Locale When Steer ing Gear Breaks Three Mishaps At Same Loca tion In Last Two Months Two Others Earlier Emerging as a major Bluffton traffic “hoodoo”, North Main street in the vicinity of the bridge over Big Riley creek last Friday morning was the scene of the third truck accident during the last two months. In the latest of the series of re occuring mishaps, a Kay Brand Packing Co. truck enroute south from its Findlay headquarters upset in the driveway entrance to the Habegger filling station at the north approach to the bridge. Driver of the truck, James William Roberts, of Route 3, Findlay, lost control of the vehicle when the steer ing mechanism broke, according to a report by Police Chief H. L. Coon, who investigated the mishap. The crash occurred at 6 a. m. Upsets Near Station Careening eastward across the street when the driver found himself unable to guide the vehicle, the truck upset in the filling station drive, nar rowly missing the gasoline pump is land and the building. Roberts, who suffered back in juries, was returned to his home near Findlay. Two other truck accidents have occurred in the same vicinity since the end of January’, and the locality now has been the scene of five ac cidents during the last 10 months. Scene of Five Mishaps In late February, half of the west balustrade of the bridge was de molished w’hen the heavily-loaded trailer of a large semi broke loose and careened into the structure. The truck wras owned by the National Transit Co. of Lima. This was only a few yards from the scene of another truck accident on Jan. 20 when a big semi-trailer overturned just before reaching the bridge, after grazing an automobile driven by Noah Habegger, of near Bluffton. Habegger was attempting to turn into the Habegger filling station, operated by his nephew, when the accident occurred. Last December, a large truck load ed with cheese overturned at the North Main street A. C. and Y. railroad crossing, within 150 yards of the bridge, when it swerved from the highway to avoid an approaching train. The fifth accident in the series occurred last spring when a Bowl ing Green automobile crashed into a slow-moving A. C. and Y. freight train at the crossing. P. T. A. To Elect Officers Monday The Bluffton P. T. A. will meet Monday evening, April 10 at 7:30 in the high school auditorium. The annual business meeting will be con ducted including the election of offi cers for the coming year. The Grade School chorus will provide special music. The special feature of the program will receive special an nouncement through the school. Course In Selling To Meet Again Tuesday “Answering Customers Objections” and “Suggestion Selling” will be con sidered at the fourth meeting in the Bluffton course in modern selling at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday in the high school library study hall. North Main Street Bridge Scene Of Fifth Traffic Accident In 10 Months Bluffton kiddies will scatter in the wake of the Easter rabbit in the an nual Easter egg hunt to be held in the American Legion hall under aus pices of the Legion Auxiliary at 2:30 P. M. Saturday of this week. Separate hunts will be arranged for children of pre-school age and those from the first four grades, it was announced by Mrs. Clarence Stonehill. Contests also will be stag ed, and kiddies who find prize eggs in the hunt will earn special gift awards. _____ Legionnaires and members of the Auxiliary each are asked to donate one dozen colored eggs, which are to be left at the Community Market not later than 1:30 P. M. Saturday. This year’s egg hunt has been planned for the Legion hall instead of Harmon field, the usual locale, because of continued bad weather. Three More Union Holy Week Services Services Wednesday and Thursday night and Good Friday afternoon will conclude Bluffton’s Union Holy week observance sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Wednesday’s service will be in the St. ohn’s Reformed church, with Rev.. P. H. Cramer speaking on “The Power of Silence—Then and Now.” A union communion service will be conducted in the First Methodist church Thursday night by Rev. V. C. Oppermann. Good Friday services will be in the Presbyterian church from 1 to 3:30 P. M. Bluffton stores will be closed during the service. Seven pastors will participate in the Good Friday observance, includ ing the Revs. L. W. McIntire, O. M. Boggs, V. C. Oppermann, P. H. Cramer, R. R. Welch, Paul Shelly and J. N. Smucker. Organist for the service will be Edgar Hauen stein. SPRING BUILDING UPSURGE IS UNDER WAY IN BLUFFTON Business Building Expansion And Residential Con struction Starts Carey Niswander To Expand Business Location Everett Sutermeister Building Bluffton’s spring upsurge in build ing activity got away to an early start this week, despite unfavorable weather, with the start of business building expansion in the towirtown district and excavation for a new home on Harmon road. Easter Egg Hunt For Kiddies In Legion Hall Saturday Afternoon Clearing of the site for a new 40 by 60-foot warehouse to be built by Carey Niswander for his farm im plement and home appliance business marked the downtown business build ing program. On Harmon road, excavation was started for a new residence to be erected by Everett Sutermeister, and the start of several other homes is reported to be awaiting only a fav orable break in the weather. Business Expansion The new Niswander business build ing, a one-story cement block struc ture, will be erected across the alley from the rear of present operations on land purchased last week from Hiram Huser. A barn on the site has been dis mantled and builders are ready to start work on he foundation. Niswander’s modern new sales building was erected in 1937, and two years ago he added a new shop to the rear of the structure. This year’s building expansion will mark the firm’s third construction program in the last four years. To Curb Parking On Main, Poplar Streets A week-day curb on Main street parking between College avenue and Kibler streets and on the one-block stretch of Poplar street was passed Monday night by the municipal coun cil. An ordinance approved at the meeting provides for two-hour park ing in the restricted area between the hours of 6 a. m. until 6 p. m., except on Sunday and holidays. The legislation followed complaints of residents regarding parking of factory a workers. Rites Tuesday For Andrew Caris, 79 Rites were held Tuesday afternoon in the Basinger funeral home here for Andrew J. Caris, 79, a retired farmer who died Sunday in his home in Orange township from infirmities of age. He had been seriously ill three weeks. Besides his wife Cora Ewing Caris, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Hartman, Rawson Mrs. Pearl Criblez, Jenera Mrs. Ethel Cobb, Cincinnati, and a son, Ralph Caris of Orange township. Mr. Caris was a brother of Mrs. Idessa Henry, Bluffton, and Mrs. Mary Marshall, Orange township. A brother, John Caris lives in Findlay. The deceased was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ in Orange township. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1950 EASTER WILL BE OBSERVED SUNDAY IN AREA CHURCHES Church Serviced, New Ward robes to Mark Event In Bluffton District Union Good Friday Services Planned Business Places To Close Easter will be observed here next Sunday in its traditional role as one of the outstanding events of the church calendar and one of the Bluff ton community’s most widely cele brated holidays. Special services in churches, new Easter wardrobes and the kindling of interest in home gardening, stem ming from the holiday’s traditional relationship with spring, all are link ed with the town’s observance of the Easter season. Easter trade, slowed for a long time by the inclement weather of March, has made a decided come back during the last two weeks, with the rush expected to continue thru the coming weekend, as shoppers hope to complete their holiday ward robe' in time for next Sunday’s observance. As a climax to special services in Bluffton churches marking Holy Week, Good Friday union services will be held in the Presbyterian church from 1:30 p. m. to 3:30 p. m. Special music will be presented at the same time. Stores Close Business operations will be sus pended during the Good Friday union church meeting, and down town stores will be closed while the services are in progress. A series of evening church services will be closed this Thursday, on the eve of Good Friday, with a union meeting in the First Methodist church, with Rev. V. C. Oppermann conducting a union communion service. Bluffton public schools will be dismissed on Good Friday, but stu dents will return^*™ classes next Monday morning, despite earlier an nouncement that Monday also would be observed as a part of the Easter vacation period. Bluffton college students are on a one-week vacation, which started Wednesday and will be continued until Wednesday of next week, when classes will be resumed. Amos Luginbuhl Rites Wednesday Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon in the Ebenezer Mennonite church for Amos Lugin buhl, 77, who died at his home four miles southwest of Bluffton at 1:15 a. m. Sunday. Luginbuhl had been in poor health two years and had been seriously ill two weeks. He was a sawmill em ploye for many years. Son of John U. and Katherine (Hilty) Luginbuhl, he was bom in Richland township on Sept. 7, 1872. On Sept. 7, 1893, he was married to Sarah A. Zurfluh, who survives with the following children: Mrs. Ella Dillman and Mrs. Edna Neuenschwander, both of Bluffton Mrs. Alice Sharpe, Norwalk Mrs. Cassie Yerks, Lima, and a son, Wel don Luginbuhl, at home. One son Lloyd, died. There are six grand children and five great-grandchild ren. Surviving brothers and sisters in clude Eli, Ocean City, N. J. Calvin, Bluffton Oswin, Allentown Homer and Oscar, of Toledo and Mrs. Em ma Burkholder, Lima. Luginbuhl was a member of the Ebenezer church where rites were held. Rev. Howard Landis officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Funeral was handled by the Diller funeral home. Detroit Pastor, H. S. Graduation Speaker Dr. DeWit Jones, popular Detroit pastor and lecturer, will be the class speaker for Bluffton High school commencement exercises on Thurs day, May 25. Dr. Jones is well known in this area. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $2.13 corn, $1.30 oats, 75c beans, $2.45. Poultry—Heavy hens 24c leghorn hens 18c heavy fryers 32c heavy stags 14c leghorn stags 12c. Eggs—Large white 33c large brown 31c medium white 28e med ium brown 27c. Butterfat—No. 1, 59c No. 2, 54c. College Booster Concert On Tuesday Rosa Page Welch, negro mezzo soprano, will be guest soloist at the Bluffton College Booster concert at 8 p. m. next Tuesday in the First Mennonite church. Because of the drive for gymnas ium funds in the Bluffton district during the last year, admission to this year’s booster event will be without charge, college officials an nounced. An offering will be taken, and proceeds in excess of expenses for the concert will be used to finance the construction of new asphalt walks on the campus between Col lege hall, Ropp hall, Lincoln hall and Science hall. Mrs. Welch is a concert artist of nation-wide fame and critics have praised her interpretations of both formal and sacred music. A feature of her programs usually is the in terpretation of negro spirituals, which she sings without accompani ment. The concert artist also has been active in inter-racial programs. EGG PRICES DROP DESPITE A HEAVY EASTER DEMAND Market Quotations Three Cents Lower Despite Buying For Weekend Holiday Drop Preceding Easter Unusual Price is 12 Cents Under 1949 Level Despite the heavy pre-Easter de mand for eggs, prices dropped three cents a dozen last week on Bluffton markets at a time when they usually are holding firm because of holiday trade. Choice top-grade white eggs were quoted at 42 cents a dozen in retail stores here early this week, off three cents from the prices of a w’eek ago and down 12 cents from the price level of a year ago. Local egg buyers likewise were quoting to farms on a basis of 12 cents under a year ago, with quality whites commanding a price of 33 cents. Brown eggs were being bought for 31 cents, and the retail price in stores was 40 cents. Decline Unusual Last week’s drop in egg prices was unusual, coming at a time w’hen the market usually holds firm in the face of the increased demand for eggs ap parent during the Easter season. In receding three cents, however, the price remained eight cents high er than the low marks prevailing in late February and early March, it was pointed out by dealers and re tailers. Answering Census Questions Will Take 10 Minutes In Bluffton Homes Present prices are expected to stay firm until after Easter, espe cially with the respect to top-quality whites which have a greater appeal as dyed Easter eggs. Dealers say that actually there is no difference in white and brown eggs beyond appearance, but that the preference for white shells generally permits a selling price of from one to two cents more per dozen. White eggs are laid by Leghorn varieties and brown eggs generally are laid by the heavier breeds. Native Of India Is Lions Speaker Nilkanth Chazre, native of India and an authority on international af fairs addressed the local Lions club Tuesday evening in the Walnut Grill. A special dinner was provided with the wives of members present as guests. James Zsabo entertained violin selections as a part of the program. 1,500 New Auto Tags Sold Here Sales of 1950 passenger automobile tags reached the 1500 mark here at mid-week, it was announced Wed nesday by David Reichenbach, local registrar. The totals do not include licenses sold for trailers and trucks. Dead line for use of 1949 tags was last Friday at midnight Two New Bluffton Bridges In Allen County Program Enumerators Begin Rounds of Town This Week Two On Local Canvass Census Taking In Bluffton Will Be Completed Within Next Two Weeks Census laking, under way since Monday in Bluffton, will take about two weeks work on the part of a two-woman team of enumerators, with the average family answering questions which will require a 10 minute stop. In rural Richland township the census canvassing may require a a slightly longer period because of the complexities of agriculture ques tionnaires. Enumerators for the Bluffton census are Mrs. Aaron B. Murray arid Mrs. Elmer Short. Census in Beaverdam and Richland township is being taken by Edith Wolfe and Ila Hall is the Lafayette enumerator. There are 76 enumerators in Allen county. 20 Questions Most householders will be required to answer about 20 questions pertain ing to themselves and families. Every fifth person, however, will answer 40 questions, and in addition most families will be asked 30 additional queries about their housing condi tions. Agricultural forms cover housing, crops, husbandry, status of farm equipment, etc. Altho there are a total of 334 questions on the farm census sheet, the average farmer will answer only about 100, according to his crops or type of farming, census officials pointed out. All information received is confi dential and will be available to no other city, state or federal offices. “Not eVen the F. B. I. or Bureau of Internal Revenue can get at the census records,” it was announced by district census heads. Must Answer Persons who refuse to answer census questions are liable to fines of $50 or 30 days in jail, or both, so don’t slam the door in the census taker’s face or refuse to cooperate in answering his questions. Apart from its original value as a study of population progress when it originally was established by Congress in 1787, the census provides statistics of inestimable value to businesses and for industrial develop ment in the country. The controversial family income date, incorporated in the census this year, is said to provide an overall picture of how* America lives for the benefit of the nation’s businessmen, educators and government planners. Won’t Miss Many The census taker won’t miss many. He will visit jails, hospitals, hotels, shacks, rooming houses, tourist courts, and even morgues and hobo camps along railroad sidings. This year Bluffton college students living here away from home will be included in the town’s population figure for the first time, a change in enumeration which is expected alone to add approximately 200 persons to the village’s total of residents. In previous years, college students rooming at schools were counted in their home town enumeration. About 140,000 persons will be working on the nation’s census pro gram, with the cost expected to be $80,000,000, twice as much as in 1940. Each enumerator will cover about 1,110 persons. Following the census taking, the job of tabulating, coding and cross indexing begins. The actual count is expected to be in President Truman’s hands by about Dec. 1, but other complete data will not be available until about mid-year 1951. Family Fish Fry By Sportsmen's Club A pickerel fish fry for members and families of the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s club will be held Thursday night of next week in the Bluffton town hall. Herbert Rupright, program chair man, plans to have plenty of fresh Lake Erie pickerel fillets on hand for all attending the spring mixer. Hunting and fishing motion pic tures of Canada and several come dies for the children will be shown by C. E. Neuman, well known out doorsman from Spencerville. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 51 •_______ STREETS WILL BE WIDENED AT TWO SPANS OVER RILEY Filling Completed For New 60 Foot Approaches On Grove St. and College Rd. County Plans To Install Two Lane Bridges Over Little Riley in Program Widening of approaches to bridges over Little Riley creek on Grove street and the College road was completed during the last week, as the first step in a program to replace existing spans over the stream with new two-lane bridges. Earth fills on both sides of College road and the south side of Grove street were involved in the project, completed by the Allen county road crew. When the fill has settled new hard-surfaced approaches, 60 feet in width, will be constructed at both bridges. Ordinarily earth fills are permitted to settle for more than a year before roads are built on them, county officials said. Roadbed Built Up In preparing the berm for the new College road bridge approach, fills were completed on both sides of the road from the north edge of the bridge to near the Cyrus Schu macher residence, a distance of 500 feet. On Grove street, a fill was requir ed only on the Myron Motter farm side of the road, extending 500 feet from the bridge to a point opposite Maple Grove cemetery. North side of the Grove street road did not require filling. Earth for the fills was obtained from grounds of the Bluffton Stone Co., where a county power shovel was in operation. The earth way hauled by county trucks. New Bridges Later Altho construction of the new two lane bridges is not scheduled for this summer, they may be included on the 1951 county road and bridge program. The new structures will be of con crete and will alleviate congestion at the two bridges, both on heavily traveled roadways. Widening of the approaches to 60 feet will nearly double the present width of both roads, and will eliminate the hazard which the present bridges represent. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCullough, Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Edward, March 30. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Major, Find lay, a girl, Susan Jean, March 31. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Deitler, Bluff ton, a boy, James William, April Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fox, Ar lington, a girl, Deborah Sue, April 3. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wiechmann, Jenera, a boy, Kevin Martin, April 3. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gallagher, Findlay, a boy, Roger Wayne, April 5. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schumacher, Lafayette, a girl, Phyllis Lynn, April 2. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Preston, Al ger, a boy, Ronald Lynn, April 3. Mr. and Mrs. Harry' R. Minck, Jr., Bluffton, a son Randal Lyn, bom April 3 at Lima Memorial hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Mar quart of Norfolk, Ya., are the par ents of a daughter Dianne Sue bom March 27. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cuth erall of Richmond, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart of Ada are the grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. George Balmer of Harrison, Mich., a son, John Patrick, bom March 17. Major and Mrs. Daniel R. Clark of Washington, D. C., announce the birth of a son, Dennis Keith, weigh ing 7 lbs, 1 oz., at the 155th Station Hospital in Yokohama, Japan, re cently. Major Clark is formerly of Bluffton. To Hold Sunrise Service Sunday The Bluffton Youth Federation is sponsoring a Sunrise Service Easter morning at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. An Easter film in full color will be featured and everyone is invited to attend.