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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV FOUNDATIONS ARE STARTED FOR TWO NEW RESIDENCES Farmers Grain Company Con sidering New Construction This Summer Building Activity Adds to That Started Earlier This Month Bluffton’s spring building upsurge reached expanded proportions this week, with excavations for two more residences and announcement of a proposed expansion program of the Farmer’s Grain Go. on its property adjoining the Nickel Plate railroad. Projects launched earlier this month, despite unfavorable weather, had seen the start of work on two additional houses and a business building expansion in the downtown district. Disclosure of Farmers Grain Co. construction plans came at a meet ing of the municipal council Monday night, when it was revelled that the firm which operates two grain elevators and a coal yard is consider ing additional building this spring. Grain Storage A series of large grain storage silos is planned at the rear of the former Bluffton Milling Co. elevator on the west side of the railroad, council men were told. Location of the buildings would be at the rear of the coal storage space back of the elevator. Silos to be constructed would be of metal, but no estimate was made of the expanded storage capacity which would be provided in the expansion LITTLE INTEREST LOCALLY IN MAY 2 PRIMARY ELECTION National, State and County Tickets on Ballot For Approaching Primary Only Local Offices Affected Will Be Election of Pre cinct Committeemen With political campaigning missing Bluffton for the most part in the race for nominations, little local in terest has developed so far in the May 2 primary election, now only 12 days away. Absence of local candidates from the ballot, with the exception of party precinct committeemen, also has add ed to the general apathy toward the approaching primary, in which candidates will be named for the fall election. In the May 2 primary, local elec tors will vote on a ticket including one nomination for U. S. senator and another for congressman-at-large a state ticket carrying candidates for all state officials including governor, and a county ticket for all Aller^ county offices. Bluffton party-precinct committee men will be the only local candidates on the ballot, and there is no inter est in the race because all nominees are unopposed. Precinct candidates include: Demo crats—Lloyd Brauen, A Fred Get ties, John Garlinger, and Clay Henderson, D. Republican nominees are John Thompson, A Armin Hauenstein, William Amstutz, and Forrest Mumma, D. Precinct candidates on both tickets are running for re-election. BUSINESS MEN’S MEETING Monthly meeting of the Bluffton Business Men’s association will be held Wednesday night, April 26 at 8 p. m. Old Pantries Old pantries can be converted into attractive and colorful powder rooms by the installation of a lava tory and a water closet Project Seen as Aid in Fight Against Spread of Summer Polio Boy Scouts to Distribute Blanks to Every Householder in Town Mobilization of Bluffton residents, business places, industries and organ izations in a concentrated municipal Cleanup-Paintup-Fixup campaign from Thursday, April 27, thru Sat urday, May 6, was nearing comple tion this week. In the drive aimed at making Bluffton a cleaner, more healthful community sponsors are mapping intensified efforts to guard against summer polio outbreaks and mosquito infestation. Community organizations, business men, industries and private individ uals are joining forces to cooperate in the 10-day campaign. Rubbish Pickup Regular April rubbish collection will be delayed until the end of the first week in May to give patrons of the municipal service an oppor tunity to participate in the cleanup drive before the village truck begins its usual rounds of the town. Rubbish will be hauled by the town only for those who subscribe for the municipal collection service. Cleaning of premises and homes, removal of papers and debris from gutters, etc., will give town employes an opportunity to keep catch basins clean and aid the flow of surface water in hard rains. Pupils Cooperate Grade school pupils will join the drive by cleaning up the school premises during the week, ana special high school participation also is being planned. A town-wide scrap paper drive has been set for the last day of the campaign by the high school F. F. A. Bluffton college students will establish a work bureau thru which help may be obtained by local resi dents or businessmen who have odd jobs for extra help. Community Sportsmen’s club mem bers have been invited to conduct their annual spring cleanup at Buck eye Lake park during the cleanup week, and a study is being made to determine if a Harmon field cleanup can be included on the program. Sponsored by the Bluffton business men’s association, the cleanup drive is headed by a committee consisting of Ed Chamberlain, chairman Paul Greding and Paul Emmert. To Operate Summer Camp In Michigan Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Mullenhour of South Main street will leave Friday for Cheboygan in northern Michigan where they will make preparations to open Norwood Resort, the summer camp which they operate at nearby Black lake. (j f) ffljo.l 33 K Bluffton’s Building Boom Expands to Include Homes and Industries program. Final decision in the matter will await approval of the board of directors it was stated by Eldon Tschiegg, manager. New Houses Excavations started this week for two more new houses were on the Dell McGinnis property in the Gar matter addition, and on a lot owned by John Herrmann next to the Preto property on Cherry street. Excava tion for a new residence on West Kibler street will be started by Dr. TOWNWIDE SPRING CLEANUP DRIVE TO START APRIL 27 Accompanying them will be Rich ard Fields who will assist in opera tion of the resort which will be open from June 1 to December 1. Insurance Man Wins Recognition H. F. Klingler, local representative of the Prudential Insurance com pany, will be in Cleveland from Mon day to Wednesday of next week at tending a three day regional confer ence of his company. To qualify for this distinction the agent must be one of the top 50 per cent of production of the Lima dis trict. B. W. Travis next month. Earlier this month, foundations were started for residences to be erected this spring by Everett Suter meister, Harmon road, and Ivan D. Johnson, on the Allen-Hancock county line road in the city limits. In the downtown area, a new cement block warehouse is being con structed for the C. F. Niswander farm implement and home appliance store on an alley site at the rear of the establishment. A displaced Hungarian family of four being brought to this com munity under the sponsorship of the Bluffton Presbyterian church, will arrive in New York city Sunday and are expected to come here next week. Head of the family', Forenc Fulop, 50, an electrical engineer, will be employed by The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., and he together with his wife and two children will live in the Mrs. Zoe Hauenstein home on Campus drive. In addition to Fulop, the family group includes his wife, Anna, 42 a daughter, Marianne, 17, and a son, Gabor, 8. A graduate electrical engineer, Fulop was employed for 16 years Practical experience in soap-mak ing is in store for a group of Bluff ton college students who will send the product to Europe to be distrib uted in relief areas. Announcement to this effect came with a call to Bluffton housewives to donate waste fats for that pur pose. Collection of fats will be made by the College Relief committee af filiated with the Student Christian association. Fats should be in containers on porches by Saturday noort. Con tainers will be returned when empty. Farmers this week welcomed the season’s first favorable break in the weather as an opportunity to get a belated start on spring tillage al ready considerably behind the usual schedule. Rain Wednesday with forecast of fair weather Thursday will not ser iously interfere with operations, farmers said. Preparation of ground and the planting of oats will be nearly a month later than last year, and plow ing of corn and other crops will be the latest in the last several years, because of an unbroken continuation of bad weather during February, March and the early part of April. Bluffton area farmers expect to see the start of oats seeding late this week, barring rainfall, but the crop will be late, and the acreage may be down because of lateness of the season. Even if farmers get a favorable break in the weather during the next week, oats yields will suffer be cause of late planting, according to Dr. L. E. Thatcher, associate chair man of the Wooster Agronomy de partment. Reduced Yield “Oats yields drop sharply for every day planting occurs after April 15, Dr. Thatcher explained. “It is safe to predict now that farmers al ready hatfe lost from six to 10 bush els per acre in yield and each day’s delay will add to the loss.” Plowing, too, is far behind sched ule, for weather conditions prevented any breaking of ground in February or March this year, and this week marked the first occasion that plow ing has been done since last fall. Winter wheat, hurt by March and April freezes, also is causing some concern among fanners, although it is too early at this date to determine if damage will be heavy. Displaced Hungarian Family Will Arrive Here Next Week College Students To Make Soap For Relief Project In Europe Farmers Get Start This Week On Belated Oats Plantings THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1950 One Mail Delivery Daily to Homes Here Four grass fires in less than 24 hours kept Bluffton firemen on thp jump Monday and Tuesday of this week and established a new frequency record for calls answered by the local volunteer department. Three of the alarms came within a four-hour period Monday and the fourth grass fire broke out at noon Tuesday. No damage was reported. All four fires were on property ad joining the Nickel Plate railroad, and with the largest electrical company in Berlin, prior to World War II. Arrive Next Sunday Enroute to this country by ship, the family will land in New York city, Sunday. They will come to Lima a few days later via the Pen nsylvania railroad, and will be met at the Lima station by a delegation from the local Presbyterian church. Selection of the Fulop family for the Bluffton assignment was made by the Joint Committee on Resettle ment of Displaced Persons which an nounced that Fulop and the son are members of the Reformed church ana Mrs. Fulop and daughter are Roman Catholics. The Fulops will be the first dis placed persons brought to this area. Offer Renewal Of Twp. Fire Contracts Cost of the service will remain at the same rate as previously, $250 per year, council decided. Richland Township Ranks Fourth In County Property Valuation Don Cossack Chorus To Sing Here Tuesday A concert by the world-famous Gen. Platoff Don Cossack chorus will be presented in the Bluffton High school auditorium at 8 p. m. next Tuesday under auspices of the col lege music department. The chorus is led by Nicholas Kostrukoff, himself a veteran Don Cossack officer of World War I. Featured in the programs of the 27-voice chorus are traditional Cos sack songs, hallowed anthems of the Green orthodox church, haunting Russian folksongs, boistrous regi mental songs, gay peasant dances, war songs, gypsy songs and special selections from the classics. An outstanding event of every concert is the series of authentic Cossack regimental dances, including military and national dances and the picturesque Cossack sword dances. The Cossacks sung their first con cert together 22 years ago in Czecho slovakia, where they were exiles from the Community regime in Rus sia. Their first concert appearance in this country was at the San Fran cisco World’s fair in 1939. More than 5,000 concerts have been given by them in America since that time. Junior Recital At College On Sunday Two juniors in the Bluffton college school of music will be presented in recital at Ramseyer chapel, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. They are Onnolee McClintock, soprano, stu dent of Prof. R. A. Lantz, and Jo anna Bowen, organist, student of Prof. Otto Holtkamp. Mary K. Bau man will accompany. Firemen Make Four Runs 1 In Less Than 24 Hours i Renewal of contract? for fire pro tection in Richland and Orange town ships has been offered to boards of trustees of the two political subdi visions by the Bluffton municipal council. firemen said the blazes were started by sparks from passing locomotives. Three of the calls were to the Howard Stager tract at the southern corporation line and the other was at the rear of the Lester Young resi dence east of town. A busy Monday afternoon for fire men was started at 3 p. m. when the fire was reported on the Young property. The first Stager fire alarm was sounded at 5 p. m. It was followed by another fire outbreak at 7 p. m. After extinguishing the second Stager blaze, firemen started a back fire and burned a considerable area of dry grass aiming to reduce the fire hazard. Despite their efforts, however, another grass fire broke out at the same location at noon Tuesday. Real Estate Deals Mr. and Mrs. Abe Baumgartner, formerly of this place, who recently moved here from Mountainair, New Mexico, have purchased the 72 acre farm northwest of Bluffton known as the John Augsburger place and later occupied by Sylvanus Welty. The Baumgartners who previously lived in Orange township left last fall for Mountainair, about 85 miles east of Albuquerque. Fred Martin has sold his property on West El mstreet to Rev. J. N. Smucker in a deal completed during the past week. Martin and his fam ily will leave Monday for Indian River in Northern Michigan where they have purchased the Dutch Mill restaurant on Route 27 which caters to a large clientele of summer vaca tion trade. They will go in a house trailer which will provide temporary living quarters in their new location. Rev. Smucker resigned as pastor of the First Mennonite church here to accept the editorship of The Men nonite, a leading denominational pub lication. His resignation becomes ef fective June 1 at which time he and his family will vacate the parsonage on North Jackson street. The con gregation last month extended a call to Rev. Alvin Beechy of Manchester, Conn., to fill the vacancy and is awaiting his reply. Americans used to freeze mince pies immediately after baking. Richland township is the fourth wealthiest in real estate valuation amon, Allen county’s 12 townships, according to a report made this week by County Auditor Russell L. Hire. With an aggregate valuation of $4,312,110, Richland is topped only by Shawnee, American and Marion townships in the county. Shawnee, which borders on Lima, has the county’s highest valuation, $5,633,240, the report shows. In the township valuation report nearby Jackson township showed a value of $1,712,240, and Monroe township valuation was $2,056,730. Township valuation figures include real property of municipalities with in the townships, the county auditor said. Figures, however, do not in clude tax values listed for personal and public utilities property. In connection with the township valuation report, County Auditor Hire also announced that the coun ty’s first-half 1950 personal and clas sified tax collection has reached a total of $351,010.22. Classified taxes represent $104, 955.84 of this amount, and personal taxes account for $246,054.38. Propose Change In Greyhound Bus Stop Proposal to change the northbound Greyhound bus stop from Vine street to a Main street location was ap proved by municipal council at a meeting Monday night in the town hall. Under the proposal the bus stop would be on the east side of Main street in front of the Bixel used car lot and the Bixel and Marshall home appliance store. Representatives of the bus lines are being contacted relatiae to mak ing the change. Chimpanzees sometimes perform a kind of dance, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Lester Niswander To Play Two In Checkers Lester Niswander, Bluffton check ers champion, will play Gene Zuber, former state champion, and Dr. Wel don Diller, of Rawson, in a dual match in the council room Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. Zuber, a former Bluffton resident, who now lives at Wharton, was state champion for eight years. Carl Burkhart will be time keep er and Former Mayor Homer Dor sey, of Findlay, will be judge. Niswander, who recently won the Bluffton championship, will play Zu ber and Diller at the same time. SWIMMING BANNED AT BUCKEYE LAKE FOR THIS SUMMER Council Continues Lease of Property for Park Picnic Grounds Utility Company, Owners ot Property Require High Water Level Continuation of a higher water level in Buckeye lake, required by demands of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., will make it impos sible to operate the municipal swim ming pool in the lake for the second successive summer, municipal council men were told at a meeting Monday night in the town hall. Altho council renewed the one-year lease on the Buckeye premises for park facilities, it appeared evident that swimming facilities again would be out of the question because of the utility’s needs to keep quarry water at the highest level in history. Last year, when the level of the Buckeye was raised for the first time, all the ground up to land on which the bath house rests was under water until late summer, and thick growths of algae in the shal lower depths were quite noticeable. Lease Renewed Walks were submerged under several feet of water, the floating beach was cocked in the air, and all approaches from land were cut off. Fences and a concrete walk which formerly bordered the water edge were under approximately three feet (Continued on page 12) Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Schroeder, Ottawa, a boy, Timothy Francis, Jr., Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Phillips, Rawson, a girl, Bothy Lee, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martin, Raw son, a girl, Brenda Lee, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brewster, Rawson, a boy, Carl Werden, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mericle, Bluff ton, a boy, Thomas Lynn, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schumacher, Pandora, a boy, Thomas Edward, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. David Reichenbach, Columbus Grove, a girl, Trina Kay, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rodabaugh, Ottawa, a girl, Linda Kay, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Coon, North Robinson, a boy in Bucyrus hospital, April 9. Mr. Coon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne B. Topham, Newton, Kansas, a boy, Roger Keith, at that place, April 12. Mrs. Top ham is the former Helen Soldner, daughter of G. T. Soldner. A new Wurlitzer two manual elec tronic organ, recently installed in the Methodist church will be dedi cated in a special recital program on Sunday evening, April 30 at 8:00 o’clock. Announcement to this effect was made this week following completion of arrangements for the dedicatory recital to be presented by Prof. Ed mund B. Wright, prominent organ ist. Methodist Church To Dedicate New Organ With Program April 30 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade Cut in Service Goes Into Effect at Once NUMBER 1 Bluffton Postoffice Awaits Orders Coming from Washington Other Slashes are Ordered by Head of Postoffice Department Mail service in Bluffton residential areas will be cut to one delivery daily, instead of two as has been the custom ever since city delivery was inaugurated here years ago. Announcement to this effect was made Tuesday by Postmaster General Jesse M. Donaldson according to press dispatches and postmasters are instructed to put the order into effect as soon as officially notified. Donaldson’s order was issued thru the department’s postal bulletin which will reach most postmasters by Thursday. Await Official Order Postmaster Ed Reichenbach said Wednesday morning that no official notice had been received here. De tails of putting the order into effect will be worked out following its ar rival, he indicated. Unofficial reports indicated Wed nesday that the order will continue two deliveries daily, except Saturday, in Bluffton’s business section. However, just what will be des ignated as the business section was not clear as Donaldson’s order report edly specified that mixed areas of neighborhood shops, professional of fices and residences shall not be classed as business districts for more frequent service. Seek Increased Appropriation The postmaster general’s order comes at a time when he is seeking increased postal rates and appropria tions from Congress. The order also specifies a general reduction in postoffice window serv ice, providing for closing of all windows at 6 p. m. or 5 p. m. where possible, also curtailment of Satur day postoffice hours and closure where possible. The Association of Letter Carriers issued a statement protesting the cuts and said that representations would be made to Congress. Newland Is Appointed Stevens College Dean Kenneth E. Newland, Bluffton col lege graduate and former Lima resi dent has been appointed dean of in struction of Stevens college of Co lumbia, Mo., one of the leading jun ior women’s colleges of the Middle West. Announcement of Newland’s ap pointment as made the first of the week. He previously hail been for several years division chief of the institution. Besides his college connection New land is also educational director for American Airlines with offices in New York City where he spends sev eral days each month and next week will be the guest of the Secretary of the Navy for a week’s cruise on a naval aircraft carrier. His wife is the former Virginia Trippiehorn, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I). R. Trippiehorn of South Main street. Dean and Mrs. .New land and their two daughters live in Columbia. Girl Wins Baton Twirling Award Carol Ann, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Moser of Thurman street won second place in a five-state baton twirling contest at Fairborne, Ohio, last Saturday. The Bluffton girl, one of 150 contestants, has placed first and third in pre vious baton twirling contests. Prof. Wright, instructor in organ at Baldwin Wallace conservatory in Berea is also organist at St An drews Episcopal church in nearby Elyria. He was graduated from Baldwin Wallace and Oberlin conservatories, a former pupil of Marcel Dupre of the University of Chicago and an associate of the American Guild of Organists.