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A Good Place to Live
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$2.13 corn, $1.30 oats, 75c beans,
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,
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
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
The concert artist also has been
active in inter-racial programs.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A Good Place to Trade
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
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
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
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.
The following births at Bluffton
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
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
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.

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