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A Good Place to Live
VOLUME LXXV 243 Ballots Cast Out of Esti mated Total Vote Here of 1,300 Lack of Contests and Pre Primary Campaign Finds Voters Apathetic About one Bluffton resident out of five took the trouble to go to the polls and cast a ballot at Tuesday’s pri mary election, it was disclosed fol lowing a count of the vote. There were 243 votes cast in Bluff ton’s four precincts, according to a complete unofficial tabulation as posted by precinct counting boards which finished their work early in the evening. It is estimated that Bluff- ton has a total of 1,300 votes. Vote cast by precincts: Rep. Dem. Total Bluffton A 32 34 66 Bluffton 56 30 86 Bluffton 28 16 44 Bluffton 26 21 47 Total 142 101 243 Correspondingly light was the vote in Richland North precinct where farmers attempting to make up for time lost in spring work took little interest in primary election affairs. The tally sheet showed a total of 34 votes cast, divided equally between Republicans and Democrats. Precinct election boards had little to do during the day which passed virtually unnoticed as far as election and politics was concerned. With no local contests and com paratively few contests in county and state tickets, together with general lack of pre-primary campaigns by candidates, there was little to at tract attention of the average voter. Repubicans, with a total vote of 142 in Bluffton’s four precincts did better than the Democrats which polled only 101 votes. Observers pointed out in this connection that there were no county contests for nominations on the Democratic ticket. One contest on the Republican ticket for state representative may have accounted for the larger number of votes. Funeral Rites For William J. Lugibihl Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the First Mennon ite church for William J. Lugibihl, 68, local shoe repair shop operator, who died in his home at 259 N. Lawn avenue at 3 a. m. last Friday. Death was due to a complication of diseases, and followed illness of five weeks. Son of Abraham and Anna (Loch er) Lugibihl, he was bom April 23, 1882, in Riley township, and spent his entire life in the Bluffton com munity. Survivors include his widow, the former Zelma Amstutz, whom he married in 1908 seven children: Mrs. Cora Younkman, Cleveland Mrs. Elva Montgomery, Ft. Recovery Mrs. Marie Zerbe, Toledo Mrs. Dor othy Musser, Lima Francis Lugi bihl, Bluffton Wayne Lugibihl, En glewood, Calif. and Norman Lugi bihl, Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lugibihl and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lugibihl were here for the funeral. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Amstutz and Mrs. Noah Steiner, Pandora and Mrs. J. J. Suter, Lima. Rev. J. N. Smucker officiated at the funeral rites Tuesday. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge cemetery, near Pandora. Film And Discussion At Church On Sunday Showing of the film “Prejudice” followed by a panel discussion at the Church of Christ here Sunday night at 7:30 is announced by the Pastor Lev. O. Merrill Boggs. The picture is produced under co operation of the Protestant Film commission and Anti-Defamation league and is brought here by the Christian Youth Fellowship of Bluff ton-Beaverdam parish. Participating in the discussion will be Carl Smucker of Bluffton college, Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed churches here and Rabbi Myron Movsky of Lima. Rev. Boggs will serve as chairman. High School Glee Club Wins Honor Bluffton High school girls’ glee club received top rating in State Class competition held in Spring field, last Saturday, by placing in the No. 1 division of the meet. Bluffton band and orchestra re ceived No. 2 ratings. One Out of lluffton Votes at me y Her e Tuesday A massed band of 200 members and an 80-member orchestra com posed of high school musicians from Ada, Mt. Cory-Rawson, Pandora, Columbus Grove, and Bluffton high schools will present a concert at Har mon Field Wednesday evening, May 10, at 8 o’clock. The bands from the five schools will march through Bluffton at 4:30 in the afternoon. Orchestra practice will start at 1:30 p. m. and band rehearsal at 3:00 p. -m. Bluffton’s first Junior Chamber of Commerce will be organized at a meeting in the hall above the Bluff ton News office, Friday night at 8 o’clock. Announcement to this effect was made following a preliminary meet ing last Thursday night when the proposal to organize was endorsed by a good sized group interested in the project. Assisting in the organizaion on Friday night will be four members of the Lima Junior Chamber of Com merce, when committees will be ap pointed to draft constitution and by laws and take care of other organi zational details. Membership in the organization is open to farmers, students and pro fessional men between ages of 21 and 35, as well as business men. Aims of the organization are to aid in civic projects and to provide leader ship and to promote civic aims. Everyone within the age group in terested in objectives of the organi zation is invited to join. Auxiliary Sponsors Poppy Poster Contest A Poppy Day poster contest is beig sponsored by the American Le gion auxiliary here with grade school pupils of Miss Theola Steiner’s art class competing for prize. The contest will close May 12. Judges are Mrs. F. T. Lauriat, Mrs. R. Rammel and Miss Joan Harmon, it is announced by Mrs. James Ben roth and Mrs. Harry Triplehorn, co chairmen of the auxiliary. Religious Education Program On May 14 Bluffon’s monthly Sunday night union church service will be held in the First Mennonite church, Sunday night, May 14 at which time pupils of the week day religious education classes of the grade schools will pre sent a program, it is announced by the Bluffton Ministerial association. This will mark the 25th anniver sary of he inauguration of week day religious instruction in the schools here. Bands An I Orchestra From Five Schools In Concert On Harmon Field May 10 The music directors of the dif Junior Chamber Of Commerce To Be Organized Here Friday Night Clean nests mean fewer dirty eggs. Bluffton’s concentrated spring Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up campaign will come to a close this Saturday following a nine-day period of com munity cooperation to make the city a cleaner, healthier and more at tractive place to live. Clearing weather the first of this week gave local householders a chance to complete the cleanup of their premises, and although the drive has another three days to go the bulk of work planned for this spring already has been completed. Joint community participation in the cleanup campaign marked the kickoff last Thursday when business men sw pt streets and sidewalks in the downtown area firemen washed down the streets with the fire hose, and a large crew of volunteer work men completed the cleanup of Sports men’s park at Buckeye lake. A regular April rubbish collection, postponed because of the cleanup driye, was started at midweek, and in its rounds of the town this time the truck will pick up rubbish from both patrons and non-patrons of the service. Bluffton retail stores are cooper ating in promoting the cleanup drive by advertising special items and em phasizing the advantages of united community-wide effort to assure suc cess of the program. Bluffton Cooperates In Townwide Cleanup Campaign Ending Saturday ferent schools are Orlo Sprunger, Ada Raymond Zuercher, Mt. Cory Rawson Roberta Manges, Pandora William Steiner, Columbus Grove and Earl Lehman, Bluffton. Laurence Burkhalter, from Bluffton college will conduct the orchestra, and Director Ecker from Bowling Green university will conduct the band. Kay Berry, president of the Bluff ton band, is overall chairman. Other chairmen are John Bauman, equip ment Louise Reichenbach, tickets, and Jane Risser, publicity. ROBBERY ATTEMPT IS FOILED AGAIN AT FARM BUREAU Third Attempt in I^ast Five Months Fails at Warehouse South of Town Tear Gas Bomb on Safe Routs Burglars Office is Found Disarranged Persistence has failed to “pay off” for burglars who three times in the last five months have made unsuccess ful attempts to loot the office safe at the Allen County Farm Bureau Coop warehouse, two miles south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. Automatic locking device of the safe and an exploding tear gas bomb blocked the third burglary attempt a week ago last Friday night, the third time since last December that burglary attempts have met with failure. In most respects the latest burglary attempt followed the pat tern of its predecessors. Burglars broke into the warehouse from the rear, and after gaining entrance to the office knocked off the handle and combination of the safe. Tear Gas Boinb As'iH- the two previous attempts, the attempt to force the safe was a failure, because of an automatic locking device, plus setting off of a tear gas bomb when the handle was knocked loose. Records and office furniture were disarranged, but the only loss re ported was the theft of approximate ly $1.50 from a soft drink vending machine. First attempt to loot the office came late last December and was followed by a second burglary at tempt early in February. In all Cases the attempts to crack the safe were not discovered until employes reported for work the following morning. Sunday School Convention May 7 Five Orange township Sunday schools will hold their semi-annual convention at Olive Branch church next Sunday afternoon and evening. Rev. Earl Leist of Mt. Cory E. U. B. church will be the principal speak er at the afternoon session opening at 2:30. Rev. Pummell of Riley Creek Baptist church will lead de votions and Rev. Purdy of Bluffton E ,U. B. charge will pronounce the benediction. The film “Now I See” will be shown at the evening session at 7:45 presented by Ralph Stager of Riley Creek Baptist church. Rev. Bate man of Bethel Church of Christ will lead devotions. Musical selections will be given by the five participating schools. Russian Authority Is Lions9 Speaker Conditions in Russia today were described at a dinner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club Tuesday night by John D. Shiraef II, lecturer and world traveler. The teeting was held in the Walnut Grill. TH'• 3LUFFTON NEWS PER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY I, 1950 MAIL DELIVERED ONCE DAILY ON BLUFFTON ROUTES Trial Run Last Friday is Put on Regular Basis Here This Week City Mail Carriers to Start on Rounds in Morning at 8 O’clock Bluffton’s one-trip-a-day postal de livery service in residential and busi ness districts was being continued this week, after a trial last Friday indicated it w’as the best readjust ment possible under the post office department’s national curtailment program. Under the new city delivery sched ule, aything mailed in Bluffton for the day’s delivery must be in the post office before 7:30 a. m., and the same is true of mail from outside coming into the town. City carriers are going to work earlier in the morning to sort the preceding day’s arrival of mail, plus what is brought in on the morning train. Anything received at the post office later will not be delivered until the following day. Begin at 8:00 A. M. Regular rounds are started by the city carriers about 8 a. m., and the day’s work schedule is completed at approximately 3:30 p. m., after al lowing 30 minutes for lunch hour at noon. On Saturday carriers will deliver only first-class mail and newspapers, and will complete their rounds at noon. Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach said that a system of relays is being put into effect which should improve delivery service under the new pro gram, especially for magazines and periodicals. 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 p. m. Monday thru Friday and until 1 p. m. on Saturday. No Cut in Force Postmaster Reichenbach said there would be no layoffs in post office personnel here as i result of the I new program, although there may be some reduction in working hours. Nation-wide readjustment ordered by the post office department to bring operations within operating revenue are necessitating curtilments that will offect virtually every pa tron of the office, it was announced by national heads of the department. Permanent schedules embodying drastic cuts must be in effect by next July 1, but every local post master has time to work out the final details. Accepts Call To Mennonite Church Rev. Alvin Beachy, student in Hartford Theological seminary, Hart ford, Conn., has accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Mennonite church here, it was announced by local church officials this week. He will succeed Rev. J. N. Smuck er who resigned the pastorate to be come editor of The Mennonite, a leading church publication. His res ignation becomes effective the first of June Rev. Beachy, who is pastor of a church in Manchester, Conn., in ad dition to his seminary studies will arrive here late in the summer, ac cording to present plans. Rev. Smucker and family will con tinue to live in Bluffton, having purchased the Fred Martin property on West Elm street. They will va cate the church parsonage on North Jackson street and move into their property next month. Summer Camp Of Church Of Christ The Church of Christ denomina tion will operate a youth camp near Magnetic Springs, Ohio, this sum mer it was announced by Rev. O. Merrill Boggs, pastor of the Bluff ton-Beaverdam parish .following his return from a meeting held Monday at the new camp site. The camp will accommodate about 200 youths according to present plans, with a new group arriving each week. It is located in a wooded area with stream at one side. Fa cilities of the camp include base ball field, tennis courts, gymnasium, and large concrete swimming pool, he said. Rev. Boggs will be a mem ber of the camp staff. Church Supper Family potluck supper will be held at the Presbyterian church, Thursday night at 6:30 o’clock, spon sored by the Young Adults. All members of the congregation are in vited. Middle District Conference of Men nonites, including four churches in this area, has purchased a 40-acre frontage on Shavehead lake in In diana, and plans to develop the grounds as a summer retreat loca tion. Announcement of the lake develop ment came this week following the 61st Middle Districtn conference meeting in Wadsworth, last weekend. Grounds for the retreat site have extensive frontage on the 300-acre Shavehead lake, about 25 miles north of Goshen. Price of the site was $3,500. Near the retreat grounds and on a one-half mile peninsula extending into the lake is a site for 500 build ing lots, sale of which will be limit ed to Mennonites interested in the retreat project. At last week’s Middle District con ference meeting, Rev. E. J. Bohn, of Pandora, was re-elected president Rev. Irvin Rickert, Dalton, vice president G. T. Soldner, Bluffton, secretary N. N. Soldner, Pandora, treasurer and D. W. Bixler, Bluff ton, a trustee for three years. Churches in this area affilii ted with the conference include Bluff son First and Ebenezer and Pandora Grace and St. John. National hospital day next Monday highlights interest in Bluffton’s Com munity hospital which serves an ever-widening area. The present structure on Garau street built in 1936 as a WPA pro ject, replaced a former building at South Main street and College avenue. The Community Hospital associa tion owns the furniture and equip ment and leases the building for $1 a year. Anyone contributing $50 receives one share of non-profit stock and has one vote at the association’s annual business meeting. There are at present 110 stockholders holding 275 voting shares who elect the board of directors. The directors, in turri choose the superintendent who is in charge of operation of the institution Present superintendent is Miss Sylvia Biederman, who has been head of the hospital for the past eight years. Middle District Mennonites Buy Lakefront Summer Retreat Site The present hospital, including building, lots and equipment is valued at $80,000, hospital officials said, Tuesday. Of this sum $50,000 was allotted by WPA, $12,000 raised by canvass in the community and $18,000 realized from sale of the former building and reserve funds. Deed for the real estate is held by the town council and the board of public affairs furnished free heat and electricity during the period from 1936 to 1944. At present the town provides nothing towai*d its up keep or operation. Hospital Day Next Monday Centers Interest In Bluffton Institution Among recent additions to the Genevieve Burkholder and Joan Montgomery, Bluffton High school juniors, received their F. H. A. State Homemaker degree at the annual Future Homemakers of America state meeting held on the Ohio State university campus, last Friday and Saturday. Both girls are completing their third year in home economics at the local school. Miss Burkholder is president of the local chapter and Miss Montgomery is parliamentarian. The two girls have completed their junior and chapter degrees and were well qualified to receive the Home maker degree, highest honor con ferred by the state organization. The State Homemaker degree is the highest degree granted to F. H. A. girls, next to the American Home maker degree, which up to the pres ent has been conferred on only three girls. In honoring the two local students at the state meeting las week, they were guests at a formal banquet, feauring an elaborate ceremony. At last Saturday’s meeting Miss Burkholder gave a speech on the fourth purpose in the F. H. A. in stitution, “To work for good home and family life for all.” Others attending the state meet ing last week included Marilyn Ober ly, Marian Bell, Janice Henry and Shirley Derringer. The Bluffton group acted as voting delegates for the local chapter. Louise Reichenbach ,who is vice president of the state organization, presided during the two-day meeting. Mrs. Ray Reichenbach, club mother, and Miss Jean Vore, chapter advisor, accompanied the girls. Two Bluffton Girls Receive High State F. H. A. Degree At Columbus Merchants Offer Weekend Bargains Promoting Bluffton as a trading center, merchants here are offering a wide selection of extra special week end bargains to Friday and Satur day shoppers. The first of these week end features appears on Page 5 of this issue. Shoppers will find many real money saving values list ed each week and will find it well worth while to plan shopping in Bluffton to take advantage of these outstanding bargains. Limit Trout Derby Catch To Two Daily A limit of two fish daily in Bluff ton’s trout derby was announced by the Sportsmen’s club Wednesday noon. The announcement came after fishermen who thronged the banks of Buckeye lake beginning at dawn Wednesday reported catches far larger than had been anticipated. One angler, Ross McDonald of Ada, had five large trout weighing up wards of three pounds by 10 a. m. hospital equipment are laundry equipment representing an invest ment of $1,500 a heating plant $8,000 and $1,000 in laboratory equipment donated by Mrs. Bertha Roethlisberger Newman of Washing ton, Bluffton native, in memory or the late Mr. and Mrs. S. V. Hecka thorn, former residents. The Ladies Hospital Auxiliary furnishes linens and has donated equipment for the kitchen and nurses’ dining room. Mid-Ohio Tennis Tournament Here Bluffton college will be host to other Mid-Ohio league schools in the circuit tennis tournament on the lo cal campus Friday and Saturday. Competing in play here will be Bluffton, Ashland, Findlay, Defiance, Cedarville and Ohio Northern. Bluffton’s golf team will meet Ohio Northern in a match on the Kenton links next Tuesday. Rites Held Thursday For Main Infant Graveside services were held last Thursday in Maple Grove cemetery for Infant Main, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Main, North Main street, who died one hour following his birth in Community hospital on the same day. Surviving, in addition to the par ents, is a sister, Charlene Rae. High School Junior Goes To Girls9 State Genevieve Burkholder, the daugh ter of Mrs. Edith Burkholder of Bluffton, has been elected by the Bluffton American Legion auxiliary to represent them at Buckeye Girls’ State this summer. The conference will be held on the campus of Capi tal University, Columbus, from June 18 to 25. Miss Burkholder, a junior at Bluff ton high school, is president of the Senior Future Homemakers of Amer ica and also is on a national re creation committee of the FHA. She is the secretary-treasurer of the junior class, and is active in GAA, Y-Teens, Glee club and mixed chorus. She has also been a cheerleader for three years. Margaret Stratton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stratton of Bluffton, was chosen as alernate for Buckeye Girls* State. Mrs. Elgar Eaton Dies In California Mrs. Jeanette Phelps Eaton, 64, widow of Elgar Eaton, died suddenly at her home in Berkeley, Calif., last Wednesday according to word re ceived here. Funeral services were held in Berkeley, Friday. She had not been ill and her death came within three weeks after the death of her husband who succumbed to a heart attack. Mr. Eaton was a former Bluffton resident and brother of Mrs. Mabel Bogart of this place. ...................... BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 3 FARMERS ADANDON OATS SOWING PLAN AS MAY ARRIVES Lateness of Season Makes it Impractical to Sow Oats This Year Many Farmers Hold That Weather Cycle is Changing Here in Ohio Uncertain weather this spring pre vented virtually all traditional April planting of oats in the Bluffton area, and farmers report they cannot recall a spring season in which nature has remained at a standstill for so long a time. Weatherwise, April was a repeti tion of March and February—wet and chilly—keeping farm work at a standstill and also retarding the bud ding of trees and other evidences of advancing spring. April showers which came Bluff ton's way in frequent doses pushed the rainfall for the month to a total of 4.52 inches, nearly an inch and one-half more than the 16-year aver age. Wet Year Aggregate rainfall for the first four months of this year is 23.23 inches, 12.94 more than normal. Rainfall over the weekend again kept farmers out of their fields as May bowed in on Monday, and most local farmers regretfully junked their plans for oats planting and be gan seeking a substitute crop for the acreage they had tentatively ear marked for April seeding. Adding to discussion of this spring’s unusual weather conditions is the claim from many farm observ ers that there is evidence the weath er cycle for this part of Ohio is ex periencing a revolution. Seasons Changing? Although meteorologists may not agree, many farmers will tell you the seasons are changing. For a matter of seven years since 1942, springs in this area have been later. Win ter has lingered into late March or April. Summers, arriving tardily, have run rather true to form, although the customary summer droughts have been more prolonged. Although rainfall records indicate precipita tion for the years involved have been about as normal, observers say the pattern is different—more rain in winter and spring, less in summer. But it all comes back to the fact that this year is perhaps the most unusual in the seven-year cycle. Altho there have been other springs in which wet weather has delayed oats planting, and even the seeding of corn, virtually everyone is agreed that nothing like this spring ever has happened to us within the mem ory of the oldest residenter. Beaverdam Pre-School Clinic Next Tuesday A pre-school clinic will be held at Beaverdam next Tuesday for child ren entering the first grade of school next fall. The clinic will be held in the school building beginning at 9 a. m. Each child is to be accompan ied by a parent or guardian. Real Estate Deal Howard Stager has sold his resi dence property at Grove street and College road to Morris Triplett of East Kibler street and will give pos session in the fall. Stager expects to build a home this summer on his lot facing East College avenue at the rear of the Sinclair service sta tion. Noted Clergyman To Speak May 11 Du George Buttrick, pastor of Madison Avenue church, New York, prominent clergyman and author will speaker in the First Mennonite church Thursday night, May 11 at 8:15 o’clock. His subject: “Our Shaken World.” He comes here un der auspices of Bluffton college. Births Following births at Bluffton hos pital Mr. and Mrs. Warren Briden baugh, Pandora, a boy, Daiyl Jay, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Fellers, Bluff ton, a girl, Kathleen Anne, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hearne, Bluffton, a girl, Pamela Sue, Thurs day. Rev. and Mrs. Robert Weber, Ko komo, Ind., a girl, Mary Jean, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Myron L. Ripley, Sr., Mt. Cory, a boy, Myron Lozelle, Jr., Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Watkins, Pan dora, a boy, Roger Dale, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fett, Beaver dam, a girl, Rosemarie, Tuesday.