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VOLUME LXXV (X? 3 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live BOY RIDING BIKE ON FISHING TRIP FALLS IN QUARRY Jerry Yoakam Pitched Into Buckeye When Bicycle Strikes Washout Lester Hahn Racing Boat to Scene Plunges Overboard to Effect Rescue Quick action of a motorboat oper ator saved an 11-year-old youth from drowning in water of the Buckeye quarry where he had gone to fish Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. While riding his bicycle on the dike, a narrow ledge between the quarry and Big Riley creek, Jerry Yoakam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Yoakam, living two miles northwest of Bluffton, struck a small gully washed out by spring rains and was thrown headfirst into 30 feet of water at the north end of the quar ry opposite the shelter house. Clothes Weigh Down Although only about 10 feet from the bank, young Yoakam weighed down by his clothing was unable to swim when his struggles attracted attention of Lester Hahn taking off from the opposite bank in an out board motorboat. Racing his boat across the quarry to the scene of the accident Hahn dove overboard, grasped the youth and swam with him tt the bank. The bicycle which failed to go into the quarry when the rear wheel caught in the limb of an overhang ing tree, together with his fishing tackle were retrieved by Hahn who returned the youth to his home, ap parently none the worse for the ex perience. COLLEGE PLANS FESTIVITIES FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY Special Observance to be Held June 2 to 5 During Com mencement Week Seventy-one Seniors, Largest Class in School’s History, to Graduate Bluffon College’s Fiftieth anni versary commencement, with an em phasis on gains made by the insti tution during the last half-century, will be featured by a program of many features in a four-day observ ance opening Friday, June 2, and continuing through the following Monday. In addition to the traditional May Day program, baccalaureate, com mencement, and other events related to college graduation week activity, an expanded program will be this year’s Golden anniversary observ ance. One of the new features of the season will be a Swiss Day, set aside for all persons of Swiss des cent, which is expected to draw visi tors here from Swiss communities in all parts of Ohio and surrounding states. Swiss Day activities are scheduled for Friday, June 2, and will include a noon luncheon on the campus. May Day Program for Saturday, June 3, will include Varsity breakfasts the aluinni baseball game class re unions, the box ceremony, and an afternoon anniversary program, fol lowd by the colorful May Day ex ercises featuring crowning of the May Queen. In the evening, the alumni ban quet will be held, followed by an open-air presentation of Shakes peare’s “Macbeth.” In addition to the baccalaureate on Sunday, June 4, at which Presi dent L. L. Ramseyer will speak on The Golden Age,” the day’s pro gram will include an anniversary rendition of Handel’s "Messiah” in which graduates will join with this year’s Choral Society in singing of the traditional Christmas offering in an outdoor night concert. Commencement exercises Monday Continued on page 10) Honoring Bluffton’s soldier-deaa of four wars, Memorial Day exercises here next Tuesday will include the traditional parade and outdoor cere monies at Maple Grove cemetery, under auspices of Bluffton post, American Legion. Opening the holiday observance, the parade will form at the town hall at 9:30 a. m., and move to Maple Grove cemetery where* ritualistic ser vices will be held at 10 a. m. over the grave of Jos. P. Owens, veteran of World War I and former Mayor of Bluffton. Weather permitting, the Memorial Day address will be made at the cemetery by Rev. Paul Cramer, post chaplain. In case of rain the address will be in the Legion hall. Enroute to the cemetery, the Me morial Day parade will move down Main street from the town hall to Grove street, and thence on Grove street to the cemetery. Band to Lead Parade Bluffton High school’s uniformed band will lead the line of March, fol lowed bj' members of the Legion and Legion Auxiliary, other war veterans, Bluffton Boy Scouts, members of civic organizations, etc. Grade school children are urged to decorate their bicycles, and also join in the pro cession. Rev. Cramer, the Memorial Day speaker, served as chaplain with the U. S. army for four years in World War II. He was overseas in the European theatre. For the last four Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Cuppies, Mt. Cory, a boy, Jack Bruce, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Scoles, Bluff ton, a boy, Raymond Lehr, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Huston, Bluffton, a girl, Linda Kay, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Rymond Crawford, Findlay, a girl, Patricia Ann, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kirtland, Bluffton, a girl, Kathleen Ann, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Schneider, Bluffton, a boy Christhomas Paul, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williamson, Benton Ridge, a girl, Eloise Pearl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Cansto Castillo, Pan dora, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Basinger, Findlay, a girl, Barbara Joyce, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. James Griffith, Ken ton, formerly of Bluffton, a girl, Kimberly Ann, bom Saturday at McKitrick hospital, Kenton. Mrs. Griffith is the former Zitella Get ties, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Getties. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reynolds, Kermit, Texas, a boy, Roger Gene, bom Monday in Kermit hospital. Mrs. Reynolds is the former Jose phine Augsburger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Augsburger. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Augsburger, Lima, a girl Joan Marie, bom last Wednesday at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima. Mrs. Augsburger is the form er Virginia Neuenschwander of Pan dora. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Farns worth, Seattle, Wash., a girl, Eliza beth, bom Friday at Swedish hos pital, Seatie. Mrs. Farnsworth is the former Mary Alice Geiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millen Geiger. Mrs. Geiger left Tuesday by plane for Seattle where she will spend several weeks. John Owens Dies At Home Near Ada John Owens, 63, died at his home 3 miles west of Ada, Wednesday morning at 2 o’clock. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Surviving are his wife, Blanche Thomas Owens daugher Mrs. Eliza beth Seig and granddaughter Mary Jane Seig of Kenton. Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. C. D. Fisher, Pandora Mrs. Thos. Conway and Mrs. Esther Wagner of Eustis, Florida. Funeral arrangements are incom plete. Col. Grove Pool Opens Col. Grove municipal swimming pool will open Memorial day for the summer season Maily from 1 to 10 P. M. Motorboat Operator Rescues Drowning Youth Bluffton to Honor Departed Veterans in Memorial Day Exercises Tuesday Morning years he has been pastor of the Bluff ton Methodist church. In preparation for Memorial Day, graves of war veterans will be dec orated by Bluffton Legionnaires in Maple Grove and Jefferson street cemeteries in Bluffton Zion and What action, if any, on the propos al for increased telephone rates in Bluffton was undetermined here Wednesday. Hearing on the application for higher rates filed by the Bluffton Telephone company was scheduled to come before the Utilities commission in Columbus, Tuesday. Maurice Mahoney, local manager of the company said Tuesday night that he had no information as to what had transpiied in Columbus. Likewise, no representative of the town administration attended the meeting following an airing of the matter at a meeting of the town council in which City Solicitor John Romey informed council that the commission’s decision on rates would be based entirely on results of a study of invested capital of the utility and its rate of earnings. Romey’s opinion came following circulation of petitions through the business section by the Merchants association opposing increased rates on the basis of unsatisfactory serv ice. Silas Diller, president of the association said no plans had been made to have the organization rep resented at the hearing. HIGH SCHOOL TO GRADUATE CLASS OF 45 THURSDAY Commencement Exercises for Graduating Seniors to be in Gymnasium Former Detroit Minister and Newspaper Columnist Is Class Speaker Climaxing a week of varied com mencement activity, graduation exer cises for 45 Bluffton High school seniors will be held Thursday night at 8 o’clock in the school gymnasium. Presentation of diplomas symboliz ing the completion of 12 years of public school activity will come as the concluding event of a busy week for the graduating seniors, including the baccalaureate last Sunday ,and the senior class play the first of the week. With the exception of the annual alumni banquet and dance, set for Friday night, graduation exercises Thursday will bring commencement week activity to a close. Class Speaker Rev. Edgar DeWitt Jones, D. D., Litt. D., a former president of the Federal Council of Churches in Christ in America, will deliver the class ad dress at commencement services. For 26 years Dr. Jones was pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church in Detroit, and at the same time con ducted a column on a Detroit news paper. Dr. Jones also is a well known writer, and is one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln scholars, his latest book being entitled, “Lincoln and the Preachers.” Ranking scholastic honor students, John Howard Bauman and Ada May Oyer, will deliver the valedictory and salutatory orations, respectively, as a part of the program. Ruth Irene Diller, a member of the graduating class, will play a piano solo, and Kay Berry, also a graduate, a trumpet solo, as the feature music offerings of the even ing. Present Diplomas Rev. V. C. Oppermann, president of the board of education, will pre sent diplomas to the graduating seniors. Rev. O. Merrill Boggs will ask the invocation and Rev. R. R. Welch will pronounce the benediction. Town Awaits Outcome Of Hearing On Application For Higher Phone Rates Included in the class roll of 45 Continued on page 10) Bluffton College Celebrates Golden Anniversary THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, MAY 25, 1950 Trio Sought Alter Plane Crashes Here Ebenezer cemeteries Gratz cemetery and two cemeteries in Beaverdam. Business and industry will be sus pended in the town on Tuesday in observance of the holiday. There will be no mail deliveries and windows at the post office will be closed. COUNCIL TALKS OF BUYING THREE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS Replacements Needed for Lights Now In Operation Here On Main Street Cost of New Traffic Control Signals Estimated At Ap proximately $500 Purchase of three new traffic lights to replace the present signals in operation on Main street for more than two decades at College Avenue, Cherry and Elm streets, was dis cussed Monday night at a meeting of municipal councik Proposal to buy new lights was made following nearly a month of trouble with the present traffic con trol installation. For time lights were out of commissi* at Cherry street and College avenue intersec tions, but the Cherry eet light has since been restored. New traffic lights considered Mon day night by councilmen would cost the town approximately $500 and installation could be made by work men from the municipal light plant, it was pointed out. They may be set in here on a trial basis to determine if they are satisfactory for local use. Trouble in Cable Major proportion of traffic light trouble here this spring has been caused by breakdown of the cable which runs to the signals from a control box in the city building. New-type lights considered by the council Monday do not require a cable, and each signal has its own control from which connection can be made to the town’s regular electric current lines, councilmen said. On the basis of preliminary estimates there is indication that pur chase of the three new lights would cost less than replacing the cable, it was pointed out at the meeting. Bluffton Legion post will decorate over the week end 177 graves of veterans in 10 cemeteries in the Bluffton area, it was announced by officers of the post. A flag and marker designating the conflict in which the veteran par ticipated are placed on each grave by a committee headed by Armin Hauenstein and Ralph Henry who have been in charge of this project since shortly after the first World War. Graves of two Revolutionary vet erans are those of Hezekiah Hubbel on the Andrews farm near Richland Center and Samuel DeFord in the Old Cemetery on Jefferson street. In addition to these there are 120 graves of Civil war veterans six from the Spanish-American war 40 of World War I and nine from World War II. Cemeteries are: Maple Grove Old Cemetery, Bluffton Ebenezer Evan gelical Mennonite Zion Hubbell plot Pleasant Hill Beaverdam, and Woodlawn and Gratz. Library Summer Hours Beginning next Monday the li brary will be open daily from noon until 5 p. m. and Monday and Sat urday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 o’clock. It will be closed on Me morial day. Legion Decorates Graves Of 177 Veterans In Bluffton Area For Memorial Exercises Piano Recital On Sunday Afternoon Miss Ruth Irene Diller will appear in a piano recital Sunday afternoon in the College chapel at 3 o’clock. She will be assisted by Miss Ada May Oyer at the second piano. 30 Mayors at Aviation Meeting Here Closed Next Tuesday The Bluffton News office will be dosed all day next Tuesday, Memorial day. AH news matter, correspondents’ letters and adv tisements should be in the office by 3 p. m.. Monday, for publica tion in next week’s edition. Orchestra Concert At Mennonite Church Because of a conflict in arrange ments the Bluffton College orches tra concert will be given in the First Mennonite church Saurday night at 8 o’clock instead of the high school auditorium as previously an nounced. With The Sick Wherevalor Proudly Sleeps from Concord "Bridge to Sanjuan Hill, from 1* landers Field to Iioo Jima, sleep tke brave uko fought the gooJ fighF, that this free nation might remain free. Proclamation Asks Support For Poppy Day Here Saturday MAYOR W. A. Howe in a proclamation issued the first of the week urged public support for Poppy Day, next Saturday when memorial poppies will he sold on the streets here. Sale of poppies is sponsored here annually by the Legion Auxiliary and all proceeds are used for rehabilitation of veter ans. The crepe paper poppies sold here are made by hospitaliz ed ex-service men. Cal Steiner of Poplar street is a surgical patient at Lima Memorial hospital. His condiion is reported satisfactory. Charles Stratton of East Elm street is a patient in Bluffton hos pital. C. D. Hilty of Spring street is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Condition of Will Huber, 91, a patient in Bluffton hospital is re ported unchanged. He sustained a broken hip, fractured rib and other injuries in a fall at his home on Washington street on May 6. TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOL DIE FC Deep in our hearts,on this ATlemorial Day, burns the hope that, in the future, men need not die that freedom maj live. "But only if the living are infused with the indomitabli spirit oj those Americans who have faced death in war, can the ideals of Our "Democracy hold fast Displaced European Family Living Here Appears Before Presbyterian Assembly A displaced Hungarian family living in Bluffton who were brought to this country through good offices of the Presbyterian church appeared before the denomination’s highest governing body, the General As sembly meeting this week in Cin cinnati. The family consisting of Ference Fulop, 50 his wife Anna, 42 daughter Marianne, 17, and son Gabor, 8, together with Rev. Leon ard McIntire, pastor of the Pres byterian church here were in Cin cinnati, Tuesday, on invitation from the Assembly’s committee in charge of displaced persons. The denomination has taken an active interest in bringing displaced Europeans to this country and the appearance of the Bluffton fartlily at the Cincinnati meeting was ar ranged to promote this movement. The Fulop family arrived here a montha go and is making their home for the present with Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Campus Drive. Fulop is employed at the plant of the Trip lett Electrical Insrument company. STATE LAW SAYS TOWNS MUST PUT UP AIR MARKERS Heads of Three Government Agencies Address Group at Airport Advantages of Compliance with Statute Pointed Out Tues day Night Obligations of municipalities to erect air markers, and the value of thea irplane as an aid to agriculture, were presented to officials and repre sentatives of some thirty towns at the Bluffton Airport Tuesday night. The Bluffton Flying Service, in co operation with three government agencies, sponsored the meeting as a public service. Realizing the importance of identi fying sky routes, the Civil Aeronau tics Association, Ohio Aviation Board, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have joined forces in a pro gram to present these facts to the public. C. E. A. Brown, Director of Aviation of the Ohio Aviation Board, cited a law passed by the state legis lature in 1945 requiring each munic- Continued on page 10) 1950 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 6 THREE MEN VANISH AS RENTED CRAFT HITS FARM FENCE Detroit Plane Damaged in Be fore Dawn Takeoff on For rest Herr Farm State Highway Patrol and Of fice of CAA Launch In vestigation Mysterious disappearance of three men who vanished after an airplane crash at dawn on a farm near Bluff ton is being investigated by the State highway patrol and the Toledo office of the Civil Aeronautics administra tion. The trio, riding in an overloaded 2-passenger plane rented from a Detroit concern crashed in attempt ed take otl at Forrest Herr’s farm one mile south of Bluffton on Bent ley road early last Thursday morn ing. Since then nothing has been learned of their whereabouts. The pilot, identified as Michael B. Benson, 29, and a passenger, Guy Payne, 35, both of Detroit and a third unidentified passenger, all ap parently uninjured, abandoned the craft after it struck a fence on the Herr farm. Rented Plane in Detroit State Patrolman M. T. Hedleston of the Lima post said Benton had rented the plane from the Wolverine Aviation Corporation of Detroit at 5:30 p. m. Wednesday for an hour’s local flight. A forced landing was made on Herr’s farm that night at 8 o’clock and the trio asked for gasoline. Herr said he supplied 8 gallons of auto mobile gas filling the plane’s 12 gallon tank to overflowing. After that Herr said he drove his car into the field so the headlights would enable the fliers to see to take off but the pilot decided to wait until Morning. The trio spent the night in the plane and at 4:15 Thursday morning attempted to take off when tho plane crashed into a fence and nosed over, damaging the left wing tip, landing gear, propeller and bottom of the fuselage. Local pilots said following the ac cident that difficulty in taking off was due to the fact that the plane a two-passenger 1946 Piper J-3 was heavily overloaded. When it failed to return to the home airport an all-night search was begun which ended on Thursday when the Bluffton airport reported a grounded plane answering description of the missing craft. The damaged plane, bought by the Bluffton Flying Service, is undergo ing repairs atth e airport shop here. High School Alumni Dinner Friday Night Annual reunion and dinner of Rluffton high school almni will be held in the high school cafeteria, Friday night at 6:30 o’clock. Robert Ewing, president and toast master will welcome the incoming class with Eugene Hankish giving the response. Speakers will include: A. R. Whis ler of Oceanside,* Calif., speaking on the occasion of the fiftieth annivers ary of his class of 1900 and Harold Bixel speaking for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his class of 1925. Supt. A. B. Murray of the class of 1923 also will speak. Musical numbers will include group singing led by Julia Burns Herr piano solo by Ruth Irene Dil ler vocal solo, Christine Day cor net solo, Kay Berry vocal duet, Dean Niswander and oJanne Verc ler. Deaths during the past year in clude: Mrs. U. M. Shappell and Mrs. E. C. Akerman, wives of former superintendents Isaac Geiger, ’96, Sidney Hauenstein, ’98, Elgar Eaton, ’00 J. P. Owens, ’02, Ola Pepple Murray, ’87, and Marilyn Stratton, ’48. Following the dinner will be danc ing in the gymnasium to music of Dick Ford’s orchestra. Appraise Nusbaum Estate At $25,679 Valuation of of $25,679 was placet^ on the estate of the late David Nus baum of Richland township in an appraiser’s report filed in the Allen County Probate court, Tuesday. The estate consists of $24,161 in stocks and securities and $1,518 in accounts receivable.