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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV -.—.... ....... ... —. CITY SOLICITOR OUTLINES CASE TO COUNCIL HERE Public Utilities Commission to Hear Application at Columbus Decision to Hinge on Determin ation of Fair Return on Capital Bluffton telephone company’s ap plication for an increase in local rates will be heard next Tuesday in Columbus by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, it was an nounced Monday night at a meeting of the municipal council. Despite widespread local objec tion to the proposed rate boost, evi denced in the form of petitions signed by parons, there is no likeli hood at present that spokesmen for the objectors will appear at the hearing. Petitioners requested the village council to take the leadership in an organized movement to oppose the increase in service charges, but in tervention by the town was ruled out at a meeting of the council Monday, upon advise of City Solici tor John Romey. Service Not A Factor Meeting with councilmen, Romey pointed out that local petitions wide ly circulaed and bearing hundreds of signatures would not have a bear ing on the utility commission’s rul ing on the matter because they were based on charges of unsatisfactory service provided by the company. Romey told councilmen, that the final decision on rates will be based entirely on results of a study of in vested capital of the utility and its rate of earnings. Service provided by the company for local patrons in no way will have a bearing on the commission ruling, and there is no reason to present an objection on such a basis, the city solicitor said. Rates Proposed Higher rates proposed by the telephone company range from 50 cents for residential users on four party lines, to a boost of $2.50 for business places. Percentage-wise, the increases would be from 25 per cent to 83 per cent. New rates sought by the telephone firm are as follows: (Not including federal excise tax.) One-Party Line Business—Pres ent rate, $3.50 proposed rate, $6 an increase of 71 per cent. Two-Party Line Business—Pres ent rate, $3 proposed rate, $5.50 an increase of 83 per cent. One-Party Line—Residence—Pres ent rate, $2.25 proposed rate, $3.50 an increase of 55 per cent. Four-Party Line, Residence—Pres ent rate, $2 proposed rate, $2.50 an increase of 25 per cent. Rural Party Line Business Present rate, $3.50 Proposed rate, $4.50 an increase of 30 per cent. Rural Party Line Residence Present rate, $2 proposed rate, $2.50 an increase of 25 per cent. Name Poppy Poster Contest Winners Winners in the Poppy Poster con-1 test conducted under auspices of the Legion Auxiliary were announced the first of the week. Contestants were 48 pupils of the grade school art class taught by Miss Theola Steiner. Judges were Mrs. F. T. Lauriat, Mrs. Ralph Rammel and Mrs. Harold Montgomery. Winners of cash awards were: 1st, Carolyn Garmatter 2nd, Jean Ann Frick 3rd, Rebecca Frankhauser 4th. Annabelle Amstutz 5th, Jo Ann Niswander 6th, Shirley Burry 7th, Jean Ann Kempf. Flags were presented to 41 other contestants. The prize-winning posters will be exhibited in the window of the Rice Dry Goods store. Change Date For Orchestra Concert Bluffton college orchestra will present its spring concert in the high school auditorium on Saturday night, May 27 at 8 o’clock. Date of the concert was changed because of a conflict with the high school alumni dinner on Friday night. The orches tra of 24 pieces will be directed by Laurence Burkhalter of the College department of music. ah Th. /I fhj 27'%2/z-■ be Heard Next Tuesday Speaker For B. H. S. Commencement May 25 ....... Speaker for Bluffton High school Commencement exercises Thursday night May 25 at 8 o’clock will be Rev. DeWitt Jones, well-known lecturer, writer and for 26 years pastor of Detroit’s Central Woodward Chris tian church. In addition to his work in the church, Dr. Jones also served as a columnist a»d foreign corres pondent for “The Detroit News.’’ EGG MARKET DROPS TO NEW PRE-WAR LOW Dealers Quote Top Buying Price of 24 Cents Here Wednesday Morning. Mounting Supplies Far Outstrip Demand, Despite Govern ment Support. Eggs on the Bluffton marrket drop ped to the lowest level since before the war Wednesday morning, when dealers were quoting a buying price on top quality large white eggs of 24 cents a dozen. From this top price, quotations scaled down to 19c a dozen for me dium size brown eggs. The current market averages about one cent below the pre-Easter quotations when the market took a bad break early this spring. The present drop in egg prices, dealers attributed to drying up of the demand by hatcheriees which are winding up their spring hatching season, together with increased re ceipts in the large marketing centrs. “There are just too many eggs in the country,” was the way one dealer summed it up. Although the federal government continues to support the market by purchases of dried eggs, dealers here explained that lack of egg drying establishments in this section has caused prices to sag below support levels because of expense invovlved in transportation of eggs to these processing centers. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Young, Leip sic, a boy, Timothy Joe, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cole, Ada, a boy, William Nelson, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Birchnaugh, Bluffton, a boy, Kelly Eugene, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sommer, Pan dora, a boy, Jonathan Lee, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Searfoss, Jenera, a girl, Mary Ann, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Herr, Bluff ton, a girl, Mary Anna, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Diller, Ben ton Ridge, a girl, Rebecca Grace, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Theron Bibler, a girl, Colette Ann, at Morton Brant hospital, Clearwater, Fla. Mrs. Bibler is the fonner Pauline Carr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Carr of Bluffton. College Men's Glee Club In Concert Bluffton College Men’s Glee club will appear in its third annual con cert at the high school auditorium on Wednesday night, May 24 at 8:15 o’clock. The concert will include secular, light and sacred numbers and instrumental selections, a marim ba solo and brass quartets. H. S. Baccalaureate Next Sunday Night Opening Bluffton High school commencement week activity, bacca laureate services for the graduating class will be held Sunday night at 8 o’clock in the school gymnasium. Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the Bluffton Methodist church, will preach the class sermon, taking as his subject, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Also appearing on the program will be Rev. J. N. Smucker, Rev. L. W. McIntire and Rev. Howard Landis. The processional and re cessional will be played by Joan Gratz and Janet Althaus, and spe cial music will be provided by the high school mixed chorus. Nominate Officers For Legion Post Rluffon Legion post will hold its annual election of officers on Tues day, June 5, it was announced this week following the report of the nominating committee. Officers nominated are: Commander—Gerald Swank, John Stonehill. Adjutant and treasurer Walter Green, James Stonehill. Color bearers—Charles Hankish, Jr., Charles Conrad. Service Officer—Stanley Basinger. Historian—James Benroth. Chaplain—Rev. Paul Cramer, Q. E. Burkholder. Sgt.-at-arms—Paul Geiser, Al In galls, Harry Anderson. Anyone knowning of any ex-serv ice men in veterans hospitals or bed fast please notify Denver Augsburg er, adjutant of Bluffton post. Recital At College Next Tuesday Night A general student recital featur ing vocal and instrumental numbers will be presented at 8:30 p. m. next Tuesday night in Ramseyer chapel on the Bluffton college campus. Students of Prof. Russell A. Lantz, Otto Holtkamp, Laurence Burkhalter and Mrs. Pearl Bogart Mann will appear on the program. School Music Program Friday Some 280 grade school pupils will appear in a music program in the high school gymnasium, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The program will depict develop ment of the country through its music including Negro spirituals, mountain music, Indian war dance, Maypole dance and folk games. It will be directed by Miss Elma Ater, instructor in vocal music together with grade school eachers. Bluffton’s first-grade enrollment, which has been on the uptrend for the last several years, is due to de cline about eight per cent when school opens next September, according to registration at last week’s annual pre-school clinic, usually a fairly accurate barometer of the following fall’s school attendance. In the clinic at the grade school building last Friday morning, regis tration of 41 children indicated a Car Overturns But Continues To Run A car which overturned several times on the Dixie highway one half mile south of Bluffton early Sunday morning was apparently lit tle worse for the eposide as it land ed on its wheels and the driver, Justin Johnson, 24, of Lima, drove it to Bluffton hospital for treat ment of injuries. Johnson suffered only minor facial cus however, Mrs. June Trippie horn, 29, of Bluffton, who was rid ing in the car was hospitalized until Tuesday with lacerations of the left foot. Former Local Flyer Trains Missionaries Paul M. Wertheimer, former chief pilot for the Bluffton Flying Serv ice, has been named flight examiner for the Civil Aeronautics Adminis tration in Chicago, where he now is flight instructor for the missionary technical course at Moody Bible In stitute. Before becoming associated with the Bluffton flying concern, follow ing the close of World War II, Wertheimer built and operated the Ada airport. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1950 Petition for Higher Phone Rates CITY WATER MAINS Richland Township Contracts for Here to ARE EXTENDED ON COUNTY LINE ROAD Project of Laying 1,000 Feet of Pipe Is Completed This Week Fire Protection Provided for New Residential District in Area An extension of Bluffton’s net work of city water mains was com pleted this week for a distance of 1,000 feet along the Allen-Hancock county line road north from Jefferson street intersection. In the project, water and fire pro tection service was provided for a new residential building area opened up along the road this spring. Water works employes laid 400 feet of four-inch mains 200 feet of two-inch mains and 400 feet of one inch mains in the program completed this week. A fire hydrant also was installed on the county line road about 350 feet from the intersection with Jefferson street. Service for Residence In the extension program, water service will be provided for a new house being built on the county line road by Ivan Johnson on a lot pur chased from Ezra Basinger. The water main also was extended beyond the home site to near the Nickel Plate railroad tracks to pro vide water for the A to Z Market slaughterhouse. This is the second year there has been a water main extension in the eastern part of the town. Last sum mer, new mains were extended on Cherry street to the county line, and 300 feet north on the county line. Former Teacher Dies In Kansas ... Lewis Steiner, 85, ,w taught in he Bluffton schools more than fifty years ago died at his hom^ in Win field, Kansas, Tuesday^/ Death fol lowed a heart attack. He was a brother of the Misses Susan and Elizabeth Steiner and Gideon Stein er of this place. The family resided in Winfield where he was instructor in mathe matics at St. John’s Lutheran college for forty-five years from which he later retired. Besides relatives here he is sur vived by his wife in Winfield also five sons, Robert of Topeka, Kansas Harold, Dallas, Texas Richard, Conway, Conn. Waldo at home and John of Stuttgart, Germany also two grandchildren. e Funeral services will be held in infield, Thursday followed by bur ial at that place. Pre-School Clinic Attendance Forcasts Fewer in First Grade class of about that size for next fall’s school term. This is a drop of eight from the 1949 first-grade enrollment of 49, a decline of about eight per cent. At the clinic, prospective first grade students received physical ex aminations conducted by Dr. Gail Miller, Allen county health commis sioner, and the county health nurse. No serious defects were discovered in any of the children, it was re- On County G. O. P. Executive Board Three Bluffton and Beaverdam precinct committeemen were named to the Allen County Republican ex ecutive committee at a meeting of the county central commit'tee held in party headquarters at Lima, Monday night. They are: John Thompson and Armin Hauenstein of Bluffton and Stanley Vertner of Beaverdam. Selections for the 37-member ex ecutive committee were made from caucuses of committeemen from the various townships and Lima city wards. Moving To Lima Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geary of the Zehrbach apartments, on Vine street will move to Lima this sum mer where they are building a new home, now nearly completed. Mr. Geary is employed by the Buckeye Pipe Line company. Mrs. Geary who has been home economics instructor in Mt .Cory high school recently resigned her position, effective at the close of the current school year. Mrs. Lauby To Teach Religious Education Mrs. Charles Lauby, instructor in religious education i n Bluffton schools for the past four years was re-hired for the coming year at a meeting of the Bluffton Council of Religious Education, Tuesday night at the high school building. She will give instruction in week day religious education in the first six grades and also a class in the first year of junior high school on an elective basis. Officers of the Religious Educa tion council recently elected for the coming year are: Pres., Rev. L. W. McIntire vice president, Clarence Diller sec.-treas., Rev. O. Merrill Boggs. Senior Class Play Monday And Tuesday “January Thaw” Bluffton high school senior class play will be staged in a two night run in the auditorium next Monday and Tues day at 8 o’clock. The play depicts what happens when a modern New York family and old fashioned Connecticut Yank ees live together in the same house. Antagonism grows until a fire, funeral and elopement the constable is called in to help settle the matter. The cast includes Sara Badertsch er, Rosella Moser, Roderick Balmer, Mary Jean Ramseyer, Raelene Camp bell, Janet Stover, Marilyn Amstutz. Kay Berry, Ada May Oyer, Dorothy Amstutz, Mary Balmer, Don Schmidt, John Bauman, Jane Risser, Lena Preta, Howard Landes, Eugene Hankish, Mickey Gleason and Kenny Parish. The production is directed by Prof. W. A. Howe with Dorothy Hardwick and June Habegger in charge of state properties and Ruth Diller and Jane Risser in charge of publicity. Neighbors Plow For Farmer, III Outlook for the summer became brighter for Harold Schick and family south of town when a group of 15 good neighbors came in and plowed and worked down 22 acres of ground for Schick who is ill. Included in the group were Don Sommers, Harold Badertscher, Carl ton Emerick, Ortho Cotner, Bob Klingler, Kirt oYunkman, Chancey Spallinger, Cloyd, Victor and Ralph Schick, Marcus Emerick, Bud Mc Carty, Kenneth Chidester and John Manahan. Schick, recently hospitalized for surgery will be restricted from rid ing a tractor for some time. Others who have given aid recent ly are Ralph Hall, Martin Burk holder, Gerald, Howard and Don Spallinger and John Chidester. ported. On the basis of the health clinic registration of 41 first-graders, Bluff ton’s school attendance for all grades next fall is expected to be approxi mately 500. To offset the graduating class of 45 high school seniors there will be the 41 first-year students. Attendance on the opening day last September was 502, the first time in eight years that enrollment for the 12 grades has topped the 500-mark. Plan Street Carnival Here Municipal councilmen Monday night granted permission to the Bluffton Recreation committee to close Church street between Main and Jackson sreets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 29, 30 and July 1, for a community car nival to be held on those dates. Concessions, rides and other car nival features will be set up in the area, and operated by local men, to raise funds for the community recreation program. Bluffton Youth In State F. F. A. Band Richard Bucher, member of Bluff ton high school chapter of Future Farmers of America has been invited to play in the Ali-F. F. A. band dur ing the state F. F. A. congress to be held at Ohio State university June 1 to 3, it was announced this week. All members of the band will be F. F. A. members and Prof. C. J. Fair of the 0. S. U. school of music will conduct. Bucher is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bucher, of Bluff ton. Fire Protection from Class Speaker At Bluffton College Dr. D. Elton Trueblood, professor of philosophy at Earlham college, Richmond, Ind., will be the speaker at Bluffton college commencement exercises Monday morning, June 5. Dr. Trueblood is a widely known educator, lecturer and author. RAIL STRIKE END SPEEDS MAIL AND FREIGHT SERVICE Railroads Here Only Indirectly Affected by Six-Day Shut Down Parcel Post and Periodicals De layed by Congestion in Mails Delayed mail, parcel post and ex press shipments hit Bluffton hard during the six-day-old railroad strike before it reached a settlement stage Tuesday. Trains on the Nickel Plate and A. C. and Y. railroads were not affected by the strike, and operated as usual thru the town during the layoff period, but nation-wide dis ruption of mail service particularly resulted from the strike action. Delivery of periodicals and news papers was far behind schedule dur ing the strike action, and the mag azines usually delivered prior to the week end did not reach the local post office until early this week. Most first-class mail came thru on a fairly prompt schedule, but parcel post was delayed because of disrup tion of train schedules. Railway ex press shipments also suffered heavily while the strike was in progress. Altho striking trainmen were re called to work on Tuesday, it likely will require a few days to clear up the jam created on a nation-wide scale by the cessation of work. Baccalaureate At St. Mary's Church Baccalaureate services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic church, here Sunday morning at 9 o’clock for members of the church who are graduating from area high schools this spring. Among them are Lena Preto, Mar gery Stratton, Eugene Hankish and Don Schmidt of Bluffton Ursula Nusbaum, Pandora, and Arthur Recker, Beaverdam. Following the services the gradu ates and church members will be guests at breakfast served by the Alter and Rosary society. Scholarship Honor To Beaverdam Girl Barbara Joan Fett, pupil in the Beaverdam schools and daughter of Mrs. Otis Fett, south of Bluffton was one of five from the Allen county district schools receiving superior rating in the annual statewide eighth grade scholarship tests. Superior rating was given to one percent of the 44,627 pupils who took the .tests thruout the state. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat, $2.15 corn, $1.39 oats, 80c soys, $2.66. Poultry—Heavy hens, 22c Leg horn hens, 17c heavy fryers, 27c Leghorn fryers, 21c heavy stags, 11c Leghorn stags, 10c. Eggs—Large white, 24c large brown, 22c medium white, 20c medium brown, 19c. Butterfat—No. 1, 57c No. 2, 52c. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 5 Beaverdam ACTION FOLLOWS CONTRACT MADE WITH BLUFFTON Rural .Residents Can Call Either or Both in Event of Fire Arrangement with Beaverdam Seen As Bnefit to South End of District Richland township rural sections in the future will get fire protection service from both Bluffton and Beaverdam, an enlargement of the senice formerly provided by the Bluffton department alone. Contracts have been signed with both villages by the township board of rustees, and in case of a rural blaze firemen may be called from either Bluffton or Beaverdam, or both towns, it was announced this week. This is the first time the town ship has had an agreement with the Beaverdam deparment, and the aug mented service was established large ly for the added protection of resi dents in the southern part of the township, who live near that village. No Complaint Trustees said there was no dis satisfaction with service provided in the past by the Bluffton department, and that he supplemental contract was signed principally' because of the advantages of an expanded protec tion program. Under terms of the agreement with Beaverdam, a flat fee of $200 is paid by the township for all calls answered by the department during a one-year period. Bluffton’s con tract with the trustees provided for a $250-a-year payment for the next two years. Beaverdam has a new motorized Chevrolet fire pumper purchased about two years ago. Cal Luginbuhl Dies Funeral Saturday Calvin Luginbuhl, 66, farmer and carpenter, residing three miles south west of town, died Tuesday night at 11:30 at Bluffton Communiy hos pital with a ruptured appendix. He was taken to the hospital May' 7 and had been showing improvement. His death was unexpected. Funeral services will be held at Ebenezer Mennonite church Satur day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. Howard Landes officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer ceme tery. He was born March 12, 1884, near Bluffton the son of John U. and Kathryn (Hilty) Luginbuhl, and was married March 8, 1908 to La vina Bucher who survives. Mr. Luginbuhl was a former mem ber of the Bluffton board of educa tion and a trustee of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Besides his wife he is survived by a son Delbert of Bluffton and five daughters: Mrs. Ola Moser, Spring Lake, Mich. Mrs. Vera Feiker, Co lumbus Mrs. Norma Luginbill and Mrs. Edna Sommers, both of Bluff ton and Mrs. Esther Niswander of Pandora. Also surviving are 14 grandchild ren a sister, Mrs. Emma Burkhold er of Lima and four brothers: Eli, Ocean City', N. J. Oswin, Lima, Rt. 4 and Homer and Oscar of Toledo. The body will remain at the Paul Diller funeral home until time for services. Beaverdam Native Dies In Ft. Wayne Lee Scoles, 71, native of Beaver dam and brother of Alva Scoles of Bluffton, died at his home in Ft. Wayne, Tuesday morning following a six months’ illness. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Scoles of Beaverdam. He lived in Ft. Wayne for many y'ears and was employed as a truck driver. Besides his brother of this place he is survived by his wife, three daughters and another brother, How ard Scoles of Loveland, Colorado. Funeral services will be held in Ft. Wayne, Friday morning follow ed by burial there. Secretary At High School Hospitalized Mrs. Jackson Koontz, office secre tary at the high school is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Las week she prsented her resignation to the board of education effective June 1.