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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV STATE DIRECTOR IN COLUMBUS TO GET CASE WEDNESDAY Orange Township Backers and Bluffton School Officials in Attendance Petitioners Seek to Transfer Territory from Mt. Cory Rawson to Bluffton Clyde Hissong, state director of education will hold a hearing in Columbus this Wednesday afternoon on petitions of Orange township residents for transfer of territory from the Mt. Cory-Rawson school district to the Bluffton school district. Jesse Anderson of Orange town ship who was instrumental in circula ting the petitions said Tuesday he had received a notice of the hearing. Anderson said he expected to at tend together with Will Beagle and probably Harold Marshall, both of Orange township who were active tn the project. Also attending will be A. B. Murray, superintendent of the Bluffton schools and Rev. V. C. Op permann, president of the Bluffton board of education. Two Petitions The hearing in Columbus followed circulation of two petitions in the western portion. of Orange township asking for transfer of a block of territory from Mt. Cory-Rawson to Bluffton school district. The petitions said to have been signed by 85 per cent or more of the qualified voters in the affected ter ritory were filed with the Hancock County Board of Education in Find lay late. last January. The Hancock county board last ’"*March refuted to grant the petitions were ^|hen forwarded to the stateMepartment of ed#atioji as- re quired by law, for further considera tion. Construction of a new high school building for the Mt. Cory-Rawson district is scheduled to begin this week. Jack Clark O. N. U. Pharmacy Graduate Jack Clark, formerly of Bluffton was graduated in pharmacy at com mencement exercises of Ohio North ern university, Ada, last Sunday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street. Attending the commencement exercises were his father and brother James Clark and family. He recently accepted a position as pharmacist in a drug store in Ravenna. BLUFFTON COLLEGE 50th Anniversary Highlights (Condensed Calendar) Friday, June 2 10:00 A. M. Assembly of Swiss—-Chapel 12:00 Noon Swiss Day Luncheon—Baseball Field 2:00 P. M. Swiss Program—Ramseyer Chapel 7:30-9:30 P. M. Faculty Musicale, Swiss and Art Display- 8:15 P.M. “Macbeth”—H. S. Auditorium Saturday, June 3 10-45 A. M. Box Ceremony—Classes 1950, 40, 30—College Hall 11:30 A. M. Luncheon—Baseball Field 1:15 P.M. Anniversary Program—Chapel 3:30 P.M. Crowning May Queen—Baseball Field* 5:30 P.M. Alumni Banquet—Ropp Hall 8:15 P.M. “Macbeth”—H. S. Auditorium Bluffton’s pioneer hostelry, the American House, a North Main street landmark for more than 100 years and a leading hotel in this area in the gay nineties will be largely dismantled and remodeled into a garage this summer. Announcement of razing of the old hotel, used in past years as an apartment building, came this week when E. S. Miller, local Buick deal er, said he had bought the structure preparatory to converting it into an Sunday, June 4 1:30 P.M. “Messiah” Practice—Baseball Field 3:30 P.M. Baccalaureate Service—Baseball Field* 4:45 P. M. President’s Reception—President’s Home 8:00 P.M. “Messiah” Concert—Baseball Field Monday, June 5 10:00 A. M. Commencement Exercises—First Mennonite Church 12:15 P.M. Commencement Luncheon—Ropp Hall In High School Gymnasium if weather is unfavorable. Against the floodlighted verdant setting of the Bluffton college base ball field, a mammoth 400-voice chorus of returning graduates and former students will join this year’s college Choral society in a 60th an niversary rendition of Handel’s celebrated oratorio, “The Messiah”, at 8 p. m. Sunday night. Presentation of the music feature, traditionally presented at Christmas, will be one of the outstanding events on the feature-studded program plan ned for the Golden Anniversary com mencement schedule at the college. A crowd of more than 2,000 per sons, one of the largest ever to wit ness an offering of this kind is expected for the outdoor rendit under brilliant floodlights. Plenty seating accommodations will provided. Graduates Return In the gigantic 400-voice chorus will be graduates and former stu dents representing most of the class es in the 50-year existence of the college, joining with this year’s Col lege Choral society in the 53rd rendition of Handel’s famous “Mos- JOLLY SWISS TO THRONG COLLEGE CAMPUS FRIDA' Antiques to be on Display Basket Picnic Dinner on Ball Field at Noon Native Costumes to be Features Afternoon and Evening Events Planned It will be Swiss as Swiss cheese— that “Schwietzer Dag” on the Bluff ton college campus Friday when Bluffton, Pandora, Berne and W County delegations take over the day. It will open in the morning at 10 o’clock with exhibits of Swiss an tinques and heirlooms in the College library picnic lunch at noon on the baseball fifld afternoon pro gram at 2 o’clock in the chapel and evening art display in the library. Town people planning to attend Swiss day meetings will be given free transportation to and from the campus in the College bus. It is scheduled to leave the campus 45 minutes before each session and any- Orange Twp. School Petitions Up For Hearing Chapel and Library Walk automobile salesroom and garage. Although there is no record as to when the American House was con structed, it is known to be well over 100 years old, according to M. M. Murray, 82, former Bluffton post master and the oldest native-born resident of the town. Back in 1868 when John Dray op eraed the hostelry, then known as the National hotel, it was a busy stopping place because of its situ ation halfway between Lima and College Celebrates Golden Anniv Chorus of 400 Voices to Sing Messiah in Open Air Campus Rendition Sunday Night siah.” With approximately 400 voices as sured for the choraL numbers, the rendition here will be all the more outstanding because it will feature the largest chorus ever to appear in this part of the state, it was an nounced this week by -.Prof. Russell A. Lantz, conductor, who has handled arrangements for the commencement week feature. An augmented orchestra of more than 40 pieces will provide the musical accompaniment for the oratorio. Outstanding Soloists Former Bluffton college students also will appear in the solo roles for the rendition, including a number of outstanding artists who previously have appeared here. Soprano soloists for thq event will be Estelle Lugibill WoRmann, of Freeman, S. D., daughter of A. E. Lugibill, of Lawn avenue and a member of the class of 1920 Mildred Agner Hilty, of Bowling Green, of the class of 1925 Mabel Williams Badertscher, of Sebring, O., class of 1927 and Beulah Temple Nietz, of Walbridge, O., class of 1938. Contralto soloists will include Opal Berry Stauffer, of Columbus ,class ot 1922 and Lois Oyer, of Elida, class of 1947. Both are former Bluffton residents. Tenor Soloists In the group of tenor soloists will be Carey Steiner, of Bryan, class of 1930, a former Bluffton resident Orlo Sprunger, Ada, class of 1933, and Herbert Jones, Van Wert, class of 1938. Bass soloists will include G. A. (Dad) Lehman .Rochester, N. Y., former director of the college de partment of music Samuel L. Burk hard, Columbus, class of 1927 and Walter Treadway, Bluffton, ctass of 1949. Dress rehearsal for the gala Sun day presentation will be held on the college baseball field Sunday after noon from 1:30 to 3 o’clock, it was announced by Prof. Lantz. In case of inclement weather, the rendition will be in the Bluffton High school gymnasium. one wishing to ride may flag the driver at any point along the route. Bus stops to the meetings will be made on the following schedule: A. M. P. M. P. M. Main & Elm 9:20 1:20 6:50 Jefferson & Huber 9:25 1:25 6:55 College Av. & Main 9:35 1:35 7:05 Main & Bentley Rd. 9:40 1:40 7:10 Main & Kibler 9:45 1:45 7:15 Lawn & Grove 9:50 1:50 7:20 The afternoon program: Es Lied—Ich weis Einen Strohm Russer, Harold leitn Es Zither Solo Hahn, Berta, Bluffton gs Schwietzer Stuchli Habegger, Martha, Bern Es Solo Althaus, Janet, Bluffton Continued on Page 8 H. S. Graduates Class Of 45 Seniors Diplomas were presented to a class of 45 seniors at the close of com mencement exercises of Bluffton high school in the gymnasium last Thurs day night. A large audience was in attendance. Class address was delivered by Dr. Edgar DeWitt Jones, former Detroit pastor and newspaper col umnist speaking on the subject “The American Dream.” Representing the class, the vale dictory address was delivered by John Bauman and the salutatory by Ada May Oyer. Music included solo numbers by Ruth Irene Diller and Kay Berry and the orchestra under direction of Earl Lehman. Graduating seniors were: Lowell Keith Amstutz, Roderick Lynn Balmer, David Edward Basing er, John Howard Bauman, Donald H. Burkholder, Cleo R. Diller, Mickey D. American House, Bluffton’s Century Old Pioneer Hostelry To Be Findlay. In those days, mud roads slowed travel and travelers found the half way stopping place in Bluffton rep resented just about a one-day jour ney from either town. The hotel was filled each night with those en route between the two towns. The hotel was in the brick portion of the combination brick and frame building. In the frame wing at the north was the Langan bank, Bluffton’s first banking institution. THE BLUF 'ON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1950 Harmon Field Summer Program Hits Snag As Burkholder Resigns Opening of Bluffton’s summer program at Harmon field and the grade school playground may be delayed somewhat by the resignation last Saturday of Robert Burkholder as recreation director for activities sponsored by the Bluffton Recreation com mittee. Burkholder, who last year directed an unusually successful program of recreation activity, had been rehired by the commit tee for the coming three-months* schedule of activity. He resigned last Saturday because of other arrangements for the summer. No successor has been announced. TOWN REPLACING TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON MAIN STREET New Lights are Taking Place of Old Traffic Signals in Down town Area New System to Cost $1,500 Plan Fire-AIann Control of Lights Later y-' Replacement of Bluffton's 25-year old traffic signals completed this week in the dowmown area and the new lights are expected to be in operation before the close of the week. One of the new traffic signals al ready is in operation at Main street and College avenue, and the two other lights are to be erected this week at Main street intersections with Cherry and Elm streets. Decision to buy the new signals was made early this month, after a long siege of trouble with the lights in use at the three street intersections for the last quarter of a century. Individual Controls Each of the new signals will have an individual control, and after the new installation is completed trouble with one light will not affect the others. It is planned to later install a fire alarm control system w’hich would permit turning all traffic lights red when the fire truck is making a run. After five minutes, the red lights would automatically be shut toff, and normal operation of the lights would be resumed. Cost of the new light system will be approximately $1,500. Gleason, Peter Eugene Hankish, Charles Dwayne Hauenstein, Dwight G. Hauenstein, Charles Evans Joseph, Donald James Kuhn. Howard James Landes, Roger Gene Lehman, Larry Lewis Mathewson, Kenneth Dean Parish, Don Herman Schmidt, Donald Eugene Shumaker, Edgar E. Wenger. Dorothy Rae Amstutz, Marilyn I. Amstutz, Josephine Miriam Augsbur ger, Sara Lee Badertscher, Mary Louise Balmer, Winifred Joyce Bau man, Virginia Kay Berry, Miriam Arlene Bixel, Marilyn F. Brunn, Doloras Anne Burry, Raelene Joyce Campbell, Ruth Irene Diller, June Elizabeth Habegger, Dorothy Lee Hardwick. Willa Ann Hilty, Wanda Mae Hoch stettler, Imajean Irene Klass, Carolyn Mae Matter, Charleen Rae Miller, Rosella Jean Moser, Ada May Oyer, Lena M. Preto, Mary Jean Ramseyer, Jane Risser, Janet Anne Stover, Peg gy Ann Young. After moving uptown about 1877 when the present business section was launched, the bank later failed in a financial crash that created one of the outstanding early Bluffton situations. Stable Busy A livery stable at the rear of the hotetedid a thriving business, for all travel was by horse and buggy. A fajniliar sight to the Bluffton of that day were the big “sample wag ons” of the traveling salesmen, ve St------------------------- X________ _______________ ___ _________________ __________________________ Exercises are Held at Maple Grove Cemetery on Tues day Morning Business and Industry Suspend ed Fair Weather Swells Motor Traffic Pledges of rededication to the na tion’s security were added to reverent tribute paid to the soldier-dead of four wars in Bluffton’s Memorial Day exercises, Tuesday moaning in Maple Grove Cemetery. Across the grave of Joseph P. Owens, veteran of World War I and a former mayor here, Rev. Paul Cramer, chaplain of the Bluffton American Legion post, reminded his audience in the cemetery observance of the example of supreme sacrifice and devotion rendered by those who have laid down their lives in the de fense of their country. Fair weather which prevailed over the weekend and until shortly after nightfall on the holiday helped swell the Tuesday morning crowd which viewed the parade and followed it to Continued on Page 8 School Board Hires New Clerk-Secretary Miss Mary Kathryn Gratz, an of fice employe at The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reno Gratz, has been employed as clerk of the Bluff ton board of. education and office secretary for the high school build ing, it was announced this week by Supt. Aaron B. Murray. Salary for the combined duties to be handled by Miss Gratz was set at $160 monthly by the board. She was hired last Wednesday night. In her new position, Miss Gratz will succeed James F. West as clerk of the board of education and Mrs. Donna Koontz as office secretary at the high school building. Decision to combine the two positions was reached this spring when both Mrs. Koontz and West submitted their resignations, effective at the close of the school term. New Physician To Locate In Bluffton Dr. Walter Donaghue, physician, will locate in Bluffton, it was learned the first of the week. He will ar rive here in July and occupy the office of the late Dr. M. R. Bixel on Cherry street. Dr. Donaghue is now completing his internship in a Dayton hospital. He is married with one child. hicles which transported both the salesman and his wares from town to town. In front of the hotel big arm chairs lined the sidewalk, a popular gathering place for guests of the hostelry and native alike. News of the day could always be obtained at this center, and at night gay dances and parties made the hotel the so cial center of the town. Because of the hotel’s strategic location, all the big circuses of the (Couple Chosen To Reign At Bluffton College May Day Campus Fete Saturday LOIS RICH she'll he queen Reigning over open air May day festivities Saturday afternoon, most picturesque of Bluffton college com mencement events will be Lois Rich of Washington, Ill., queen and Fred Liechty of Berne, Ind., most popu- Pledge Rededication To Nation’s Security In Memorial Day Services FRED LIECHTY most popular man lar man. The queen will be crowned with elaborate ceremonies on the baseball field at 3:30 o’clock. The queen and most popular man are selected by a vote of the entire student body. PRESBYTERIANS TO OBSERVE FOUNDERS DAY HERE SUNDAY Morning and Afternoon Services to Mark 101st Anniversary of Church Original Scenes ii Founding of Church Over Century ago to be Re-enacted Dramatization of early events in the history of Bluffton’s First Pres byterian church will mark the 101st anniversary celebration at morning and afternoon services next Sunday. Sunday school at 9:45 will open the day’s program followed by morn ing worship service at 10:55 o’clock. At a noon luncheon program, a dramatic presentation will be enacted of the original meeting between Rev. R. H. Holliday and Rev. John’ Mc Kinney to plan establishment of the church here. In re-enacting the historical event, Rev. Holliday will be portrayed by Continued on Page 8 Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Hearold Weirauch, Sr., Arlington, a boy, Hearold Ed ward, Jr., Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Rollan Rader, Har rod, a boy, Shadwick Lyn, Sunday. Mrs. Rader is the former Marilyn Holmden of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Gail Rakosky, Bluff ton, a boy, Arden Wilson, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kline, Leip sic, a girl, Roberta Mae, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Green, Ar cadia, a boy, Jeffrey Bernard, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Niswander, Bluffton, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Beach, Ar lington, a girl, Dorothy Jeanne, Mon day. Dr. and Mrs. W. R. Evans, Col. Grove, a girl, Nata Ann, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. David D. Amstutz, a boy, James Dean, born at Lima Memorial hospital, Wednesday. They were formerly of Bluffton. Rev. and Mrs. Arthur E. Killam, Joliet, Ill., a girl, Joy Ellen, May 17. Mrs. Killam is the former Dorothy Bixel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Bixel. day stopped in Bluffton overnight, while enroute between Lima and Findlay. Often, the traveling shows would put on a performance here to pick up a little extra change and among those playing in the little country town which then was Bluff ton was the great Adam Forepaw circus. Another traveling show, the G. G. Grady circus, established more du bious notoriety here, however, when it broke up in Bluffton because of a BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 7 ilsary LARGEST CLASS IN FIFTY YEARS WILL RECEIVE DEGREES Brilliant Feature-Studded Pro gram Arranged for Over Weekend Here Baccalaureate Service Sunday Afternoon Graduation Mon day Morning With emphasis on its Fiftieth an niversary celebration, Bluffton col lege’s feature-studded commencement program over the coming week end will be climaxed by graduation ex ercises for a record class of 71 seniors at 10 a. ni. next Monday in the First Menonite church. Presentatin of diplomas to the Presentation of diplomas to the largest class in the school’s history will mark the closing phases of an elaborate four-day program in ob servance of the college’s Golden an niversary. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Rev. A. E. Kreider of Newton, Kansas, former pastor of the First Mennonite church here and Rev. A. S. Rosenberger of Quakertown, Pa., former president of the college and for a time pastor of St. John Men nonite church near Pandora. In addition to the traditional com mencement week features including May Day festivities next Saturday the alumni banquet on the evening of the same day, and the baccalaure ate Sunday, the fiftieth anniversary celebration also will include an out door rendition of “The Messiah” Sunday night by a mammoth chorus of more than 400 voices. Baccalaureate Sunday Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college, will preach the bac calaureate sermon Sunday afternoon, taking as his subject, “Th# Golden A^a.” At commencement exercises next Monday, the class speaker will be Dr. D. Elton Trueblood, professor of Continued on Page 8 Set Lantz Case Hearing Monday Suit of Mrs. Mabel Lantz, former teacher, against the Bluffton board of education has been set for hear ing in the Allen county common pleas court at Lima next Monday morning at 9 o’clock. The case will be heard by Judge Tudor of Ken ton, it was reported here. Subpoenaed by the plaintiff are Leland and Paul Diller, former members of the board of education A. J. B. Longsdorf, former superin tendent of schools Gerhard Buhler, high school principal James F. West, former clerk of the board, all of Bluffton and Ralph dJanham, former superintendent of schools here, now head of* the schools of Ashtabula Harbor. Mrs. Lantz is suing for two years’ salary and restoration to her teaching position. The board of ed ucation claims that she is on total and permanent disability retirement. The case was continued since last March following pleadings of attor news before Judge Moran B. Jen kins. Clarence Fischer is repre senting Mrs. Lantz and Thos. Guern sey, assistant county prosecutor rep resents the board of education. With The Sick A. L. Baumgartner .is ill at his home on South Main street follow ing a light stroke, Sunday. Calvin Steiner, a surgical patient at Lima Memorial hospital has been returned to his home. Mrs. Paul Clark who was in Bluff ton hospital the latter part of last w’eek has been returned to her home on Grove street. C. D. Hilty has been removed from Bluffton hospital to his home on Spring street. Miss Gail Basinger is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Dismantled lack of funds. To Remodel In his remodeling program, Miller plans to dismantle the frame part of the building. Interior partitions of the brick structure will be re moved in converting it into the auto showroom and garage. In the real estate transaction, completed last week, Miller bought the 60-foot lot frontage on North Main street from Elmer Burkholder, former owner.