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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV SINGLE DELIVERY TO RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS SECTION Postoffice Here Seeking to Give Best Service Under New Regulation Offices Must Have Change Over to New Basis Completed by July 1 Bluffton post office will inaugurate one-trip-a-day delivery service in the residential and business districts of the town Friday, it was announced Wednesday by Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach. Curtailment in the mail service, however, will be on an experimental basis, it was pointed out, in an at tempt to work out the most satis factory arrangement possible under the readjustment program ordered by the postoffice department. Permanent schedules embodying the drastic cuts must be in effect by next July 1, but each local post master has time to work out the final details before setting up a definite plan of curtailed delivery. Window Service Unchanged No immediate changes are con templated in window service at the local post office, which for the pres ent will remain open daily until 6 m. Monday thru Friday, and until 1 p. m. on Saturday. Nation-wide readjustments ordered by the postoffice department to bring operations within operating revenue will necessitate curtailments that will affect virtually every patron of the office, it was announced last week by national heads of the department. Every effort will be made, how ever, to maintain reasonably good service, and each postmaster will work out his own plan of readjust ments to best suit his local condi tions. Must Follow Orders Local postal officials have no alternative but to follow strictly departmental instructions to curtail service as long as the emergency ex ists. Perferential treatment, however, will continue to be accorded to first class mail and newspapers, but other second-class matter (magazines, etc.) likely will be delivered as manpower is available. Two Girls To Get Homemaker Degrees Genevieve Burkholder and Joan Montgomery, Bluffton high school juniors, will receive State Home maker degrees at the annual state convention of the Future Home makers of America in Columbus, Friday. Both girls are completing their third year in home economics. Degrees will be conferred in a ceremony at University hall on the Ohio State university campus, Fri day night and followed by a formal banquet. State Homemaker is the highest degree attainable with exception of the American Homemaker degree which is rarely conferred. World Series Movies To Be Shown At Stag Motion pictures of the 1948 World series baseball games between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Braves will be shown at a stag fish fry at 8 p. m. this Friday on the third floor of the town hall. Lake Erie pickerel fillets fried by Herb Rupright will be served at the stag party, and there will be other entertainment feaures in addition to the movies. Bluffton’s town hall, valued today at nearly $75,000, was built in 1888 at a total cost of less than $10,000 as a three-party project sponsored by Bluffton village, Richland town ship trustees and the I. O. O. F. lodge, then very active in this com munity. Interesting highlights relating to the background of the building pro gram are gleaned from a historical paper prepared in the “thirties” by the late N. W. Cunningham, a pioneer resident and prominent here America—the land where everyone has an automobile, was a source of constant wonder to the Ferenc Fulops, displaced Hungarian family which arrived in Bluffton, Tuesday afternoon. The family which landed from overseas in New York city, Sunday, arrived in Lima shortly after noon, Tuesday. There they were met by Rev. Leonard McIntire, pastor of the Bluffton Presbyterian church together with a group of parishioners, and brought here where they will make their home with Mrs. Zoe Hauenstein on Campus drive. Altho they knew that automobiles were not uncommon in this country, they marvelled to see them everywhere in what appeared to be Nickel Plate’s Cleveland Train On New Schedule CHANGE in schedule of the Cleveland-St. Louis (rain is an nounced by the Nickel Plate road, beginning Sunday. The Cleveland-bound train will leave Bluffton at 5:25 a. m. in stead of 5:50 arriving in Cleve land at 8:30 a. m. instead of 8:55. Returning in the evening the trajn will leave Cleveland at 6 p. m. instead of 6:30 arriving in Bluffton at 9:11 .m. instead of 9:41. LITTLE ACTIVITY IS MANIFESTED BY CANDIDATES Jght Vote is Anticipated in Balloting in Bluffton and Township L.ate Spring Season will Keep Busy Farmers from Polls in Rural Areas With virtually no interest engen dered in next Tuesday’s primary election to name candidates for state and county offices, one of Bluffton’s lightest vote turnouts in history is expected by local political observers. To begin with, the primary this year is coming at an especially poor time to expect a heavy voter turn out. Farmers, rushing to making up time lost in this spring’s continued bad weather will not take time off to go to the polls if it is a nice day for outside work. Neither will city gardeners whose backyard plots are (Continued on page 8) Real Estate Deal Real estate of the late Mrs. George Miller consisting of a residence on College road and 13 acres of land was sold by Atty. John Romey, ad ministrator of the estate to Harvey Gratz at the appraisal of $9,500. The sale, however, is subject to confirmation by heirs of Mrs. Miller who was killed in an automobile ac cident last fall. The land adjoins Gratz’s farm and if confirmed by the heirs, the prop erty will be occupied by Gratz’s son Delbert who has accepted a position as Bluffton college librarian next fall. The younger Gratz and his family are expected to arrive here this summer from Switzerland where he has been studying in a univers ity. for many years. Need of the present building to transact business of the growing village first found expression in 1886, and township trustees and the Odd Fellows lodge decided to cooperate in the program. At that time the village town hall was a small frame building on North Main street the trustees had a township house four miles south of here in the country and the Odd Fellows met on the second floor of a building at the corner of Washing America Land of Automobiles is Wonder to Displaced Family Here Hitchhiker At Wheel Winks Car A hitchhiker at the wheel took forty winks and an automobile was wrecked when it crashed into a cul vert on the Lincoln highway near the Henry O. Hilty farm one mile each of the Allen-Hancock county line intersection, Sunday morning at 7:45 o’clock. Michael A. Norton, 29, of Balti more, Md., enroute to Ft. Wayne picked up hitchhiker Francis R. Bres gal, 18, Spokane, Wash., and asked the latter to drive while he, Norton, took a nap. Taking over the wheel, Bresgal, too, became sleepy and as he dozed the car went out of control and Bluffton volunteer firemen had their busiest week in history last week, in answering six fire calls, four of which were in the same locality, near the intersection of Bentley road and the Nickel Plate railroad, just south of the Bluffton corporation line. Two alarms last Saturday topped off the busy week which had started with two calls on the preceding Monday and another pair on Tues day. Five of the six fire department runs were occasioned by grass fires, and the other was a roof blaze at the North Main street property oc cupied by Merl Duffman, between Dillman’s News stand and the Stauf fer Pure Oil gasoline station. Sparks from the chimney set off the Duff man fire at 11:45 a. m. Sat urday, but the blaze was quickly Construction of a fifth house in Bluffton’s springtime building boom was launched this week with the start of work on a new residence being built on South Jackson street by Miss Dawn Stonehill. The Stonehill home is being built on a lot between the E. S. Miller and Mrs. Kate Beals properties. Bluffton Clean-Up Paint-Up Fix-Up Week April 27 Interest Lacking Here in Tuesday’s Primary THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Fire Department Making Six Runs In Week Sets All Time Record Construction Of Fifth House Is Started In Spring Building Boom Other new residences started in Bluffton this month include those of Everett Sutermeister, Harmon road John Herrmann, Cherry street Ivan Johnson ,county line, and Dell Mc Ginnis, in the Garmatter addition. In addition to the residential con struction program, C. F. Niswander is building a new warehouse at the rear of his farm implement and home appliance store in the down down district. Poise is defined as the art of rais ing the eyebrows instead of the roof. ton and Main streets. Purchase Site Site of the new city hall, two lots at the corner of Main and Elm streets, was purchased by the town in January, 1887, and later in the month J. C. Johnson, of Fremont, was employed as architect for the new structure. Under the contractual agreement the village paid three-fifths of the cost the township two-fifths and the lodge added the third floor at its own expense. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1950 Bluffton Mobilizes For Clean-up Drive Announce One Mail Delivery Plan to be Tried in Bluffton Friday MERCHANTS TO unbelievable numbers. The Fulops were brought under sponsorship of the local Presbyterian church thru the Joint Committee on Resettlement of Displaced Persons, an interdenominational group. The family consists of the 50-year old father, his wife Anna, 42 daughter Marianne, 17, and son Gabor, 8. The father, a graduate electrical engineer, was employed by a large electrical concern in Berlin, Germany, for 16 years prior to the last World War and is now employed in the plant of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company where he began his duties Wednesday morning. Takes Forty Crashes Into Culvert crashed into the culvert. Norton who suffered injuries to both knees was taken to Bluffton hospital in the Diller ambulance. He was released the following day. Bresgal, enroute to his home in Spokane sustained only minor facial cuts. Singspiration At Rockport Church A singspiration will be held at Rockport Methodist church, Sunday night at 8 o’clock with talent from various churches. The M. Y. F. of the Methodist church will be in charge of the program. extinguished. There was little dam age. 2nd Saturday Alarm Saturday’s second alarm came at 9:45 p. m.when another grass fire broke out along the Nickel Plate railroad right of way, just off Bent ley road. A big Saturday night crowd went out from town to watch firemen extinguish the blaze. It was the fourth grass fire in the same area during the week, and fire men were glad to see heavy rain over the weekend finally bring an end to the hazard. Sparks from passing locomotives are said to have caused the fires. The other grass fire Monday of last week also had been along the Nickel Plate, but at the east side of town where a blaze broke out near the Lester Young home. Three Bluffton High School Students Win State Music Awards THREE Bluffton high school girls won recognition at the state solo and ensemble contest at Capital university in Columbus, Saturday. They were: Ruth Diller, 1 in Class A piano solo Kay Berry, 1 in Class trumpet solo Ada Mae Oyer, 3 in Class piano solo The Bluffton students qualified for the state contest by previous ly winning superior ratings at the district auditions held April 1 at Bowling Green. Marked Dedication of Bluffton’s New Town Hall Back in 1888 Grand Ball Contract for the building was let on June 27, 1887, to John Deppler and Ed Romey, who were one of four bidders. Total cost to the town and township for the first two stories amounted to about $6606, with the I. O. O. F. paying an unknown amount for the third floor addition. Construction started in 1887 was completed the following year, but the date of its formal dedication no longer is known. Grand Ball A grand ball which marked the Dedication Program At Methodist Edmund B. Wright TpDMUND B. Wright, instruc tor in organ at Baldwin Wallace conservatory, Berea and an associate of the American Guild of Organists will dedicate the newly installed electronic organ at the Methodist church here in a public recital Sunday night at 8 o’clock. The program follows: Two Chorales from “Das Orgelbiichlein” ................ Bach In dir ist Freude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ Passacaglia and Fugue in minor ............................... Bach Chorale Prelude: Ach bleib’ bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ ............... Delamarter Magnificat: Gloria ............... Dupre Morning Hymn .................. Peeters Choral*, No. 2, minor....... Franck CENSUS COUNT IN BLUFFTON TO BE DONE THIS WEEK Enumerators Here are on Re peat Calls as End of Work Nears Tabulation in Bluffton Expected to be Completed by Sat urday Night Bluffton’s census enumeration is expected to be completed this week, bringing to an end four busy weeks of “nose-counting” launched the first of the month. Enumerators completed their initial round of the town last week and now are working on repeat calls necessary to get data on families where no one was found at home on the firet time around. Barring loose ends represented by continued failure to establish contact with householders, the census report will be entirely completed by Saturday and will be turned in to district of ficials. Bluffton’s enumerators in the 1950 census count have been Mrs. Elmer Short and Mrs. Aaron Murray. Mrs. Short has the district west of Main street, and Mrs. Murray is working in the sector north of the street. Faster Count National census officials announced this week that the 1950 census is proceeding much more rapidly than the last preceding one taken in 1940. The principal obstacle to complet ing the census this month is the (Continued on page 8) Business Men Meet Meeting of the Bluffton Business Men will be held this Wednesday night above the News office at 8 o’clock. dedication is described by Cunning ham as follows: “I brush away the dust from the past and see the elite of Bluffton at that dedicatory dance, and the busy fans among the gaily dressed and perfumed ladies, “fluttered like but terflies among the flowers.” “There was dancing—three square dances to one round—the round, the waltz and the merry scottische. An organ, and a fiddle and all hands round. In those days many of us could work all day, play ball until For New Organ Church Sunday Night In New Locations Mrs. Joel Amstutz who recently purchased the Herbert Devier prop erty on North Lawn avenue has moved into the residence from her former location on a farm near Co lumbus Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Devier and family have moved on a 45 acre farm which they purchased near the Allen Coun ty home. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hochstettler and two children have moved here from Savannah, Ga., on the 40 acre farm southwest of Bluffton which they purchased from Mrs. Jacob Am stutz now residing in California. The plate for many years was known as the Jacob Amstutz farm near Hill ville. SWISS DAY WILL BE COMMENCEMENT WEEK INNOVATION Bluffton College Includes Gath ering on Golden Jubilee Graduation Program Observance For Persons of Swiss Descent Will Be First In Ohio History Observance of Swiss Day will be a Bluffton college commencement week innovation this spring, and will come as one of the highlights of a feature-studded 50th anniversary graduation program. The Swiss Day celebration during the Golden Jubilee commencement program the first week in June will afford an opportunity for all Swiss persons in this and other communi ties to meet on the Bluffton campus. It is the first meeting of its kind in Ohio where there are many (Continued on page 8) Paper Collection Drive On Saturday A town-wide paper collection will be made this Saturday by members of the Bluffton Future Farmers of America chapter in connection with the annual Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix up drive opening this week. Townspeople are asked to have papers and magazines on the curb, tied in bundles, by 9 a. m. Saturday. Tractors and wagons provided by club members will be used in picking up the paper. Approximately 75 nurses from six hospitals in this area will bo guests of the Bluffton Community hospital nursing staff at a meeting in Ram seyer chapel on the college campus at 7:30 p. m. next Monday. Scenic slides of Bluffton will be shown as a feature of the program. Special music will be presented by college students. The session here is a regular meet ing of nursing staffs from hospitals in District 13, comprised of Allen, Hardin, Hancock and Van Wert counties. 75 Nurses Will Attend District Hospital Staff Meeting Here Monday Hospitals in the district organiza tion include Kenton McKitrick, Ken ton San Antonio, Lima Memorial, Lima St. Rita’s, Findlay, Van Wert and Bluffton hospitals. It will be the second meeting of the group held in Bluffton. dark, and then dance until the little stars like little children went to bed. and the moon stuck it out until we all went home with the gals in the morning. “The second floor hall was useful and much used. There were an kinds of public meetings political, religious, lectures, theatres, medicine men, farmer’s institutes, soldier’s re unions, shows, exhibitions and even funerals. Also there were literary societies, packed to the middle of the streets, and great debates.” May 6 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 2 SWEEP MAIN ST. ON THURSDAY Waterworks Whistle to Summon Street Brigade at 11:30 A. M. Town-wide Movement for Paint up and Fix-up Gains Momentum Bluffton’s nine-day concentrated campaign to make the village clean er, healthier, safer and more attrac tive will be launched this Thursday morning as the town's annual Clean up-Paintup-Fixup drive gets under way here. Private householders, community organizations, businessmen and in dustries have been urged to cooperate in the campaign extending thru Saturday of next week. Adding to the incentive for all Bluffton to complete the spring cleanup at the same time, special work bureaus have been established at Bluffton college and Bluffton High school to provide extra help during the cleanup week. Help Available Those who have extra work to be done can obtain '.’rip by calling the college placement reau, phone 246 Y and Bluffton High school seniors can be (b‘uinea f*’r cleanup jobs by notifying Paul Grilling, Phone 228-W or Paul Em-.i.'rt, Phone 176-W, working with Edgar Chamberlain, chairman of th*-* general committee. Funds raised by college students in the work program will be donated (Continued on page 8) Junior High Operetta Next Tuesday Night “Polished Pebbles,” tuneful oper etta /will be presented by a junior high school cast in the high school gymnasium next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. Appearing in the cast are Bill Ramseyer, Daryl Badertscher, Paul Fritchie, Vonda Burkholder, Edith Yoder, Lois Lauby, Joann Rodabaugh, Roberta Basinger and Jo Ann Hor sey. Accompanists will be Wilma Jorg, Sondra Berry and David Tschiegg. The production will be directed by Earl Lehman, instructor in public school music. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Graymire, Lima, a girl, Vicki Elaine, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rossman, Arlington, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. John Parker, Mt. Cory, a boy, Michael Allan, Tuesday. Junior Commerce Unit Will Re Organized Organization of a Junior Chamber of Commerce is planned at a meet ing to be held at 8 p. m. this Thurs day in the Bluffton Business Men’s association rear room above The News office. All men between the ages of 21 and 36 are invited to the organiza tion session. Membership is open to business and professional men, students, farmers and all others interested, it was announced by those sponsoring the movement. The local branch will be affiliated with the National Junior Chamber of Commerce organization. J. H. Patterson, who served two terms as mayor from 1886 thru 1900, was in that office when the structure was built. On the building committee were A. Hauenstein, L. J. Siddall, J. D. Bentley, William Oberly, A. Augs burger, M. W. Rounsaval and W. A. Triplett, clerk. Richland township trustees at the time of the building’s erection in cluded John Amstutz, Jr., J. R. Dray, J. J. Conrad and Charles Gustwiller, clerk.