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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV ESTIMATE COST OF PROJECT WILL RUN $20,000 Newly Organized Junior Cham ber of Commerce is Promot ing Proposal Representatives Confer with Council on Details at Meet ing Monday A drive will be launched early this summer to raisef unds for con struction of a new municipal swim ming pool here, members of the Bluffton council were told Monday night by representatives of the newly organized Junior Chamber of Com merce. With the Jaycees spearheading the campaign, all community organiza tions will be represented in planning of the pool, selection of the site and the solicitation program, it was an nounced. Approximate cost of the pool will range from $20,000 to $40,000, de pending on the size and facilities provided, spokesmen for the Junior Chamber of Commerce said. Trustees For Funds Councilmen were requested to co operate by naming one member of a board of trustees to receive and handle the funds, and appointed James F. West, cashier of the Citi zen’s National Bank, as their repre sentative. Two other ti-ustees also will be named: One by the board of educa tion and the other by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Details of the solicitation cam pa’Jlgn will be announced within the next few weeks and the drive will get under way sopn, the council was told. Representing the Jaycees at the meeting were Robert Simcox, Charles Hankish, Jr., and Paul Reichenbach. Swank Elected As Legion Post Head Gerald Swank was chosen com mander of Bluffton Legion post for the coming year at the annual elec tion of officers held Monday night. Other officers are: Vice commander, John Stonehill adjutant and treasurer, James Stone hill chaplain, Rev. Paul Cramer as sistant, Quinten Burkholder service officer, Stanley Basinger Sgt.-at arms, Paul Geiser color bearers, Chas. Hankish, Jr., and Charles Conrad. 115 In Vacation Church School Enrollment of 115 is reported in the community vacation church school which opened Monday morn ing in the grade school building. Sessions are being held daily starting at 9 a. m. Activities of the opening day were devoted to regis tration, division into class groups and othei* preliminaries. In addition to the regular church school staff a number of young peo ple are assisting as helpers in the program, and others are invited to participate. Recreation for the students is di rected by Robert Hearne, Bluffton recreation director for the summer season. Addresses State Lions Convention Dr. Gordon Bixel, Bluffton optom etrist ,was one of the speakers at the state convention of Lions clubs held at the Gibson hotel, Cincinnati, Sunday and Monday. The Bluffton man addressed the meeting Sunday afternoon on the subiect of Telebinocular Technique. Those from Bluffton attending the convention were Dr. and Mrs. Bixel, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman and Dwight Spayth. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat, $1.97 com, $1.40 oats, 85c soys, $2.95. Eggs—Large white, 27c large brown, 25c medium white, 22c medium brown, 21c pullets, 19c. Poultry—Heavy hens, 19c Leghorn hens, 16c heavy fryers, 28c Leghorn fryers, 22c heavy stags, 11c Leg horn stags, 10c. Butterfat—No. 1, 56c No. 2, 51c. Bluffton’s population in the 1950 census climbed to a mark of 2,411, a gain of 334 over 1940, according to incomplete, unofficial figures re leased Saturday. With the population increase of 334 representing a 17% boost over the 1940 census total of 2,077 Bluff ton’s gain during the last decade was greater proportionally than in any other Allen county municipality, the unofficial report shows. The bride’s father will perform the open ceremony at 4:30 p. m. and a reception for relatives and close friends of the family will fol low in the Musselman Library im mediately after the ceremony. In event of rain the wedding will take place in the college chapel. The ceremony will be open to friends ot the family. Miss Helen Burgess will be maid of honor, and bridesmaids will be Mrs. Robert Blank and Mrs. Jerome Herr, sisters of the bride, Miss Paul ine Shaw, and Mrs. John Clark, sis ter-in-law of the bride. Flower girls are to be Barbara Lamphier and Paulette Clark, nieces of the bride elect. Robert Sommers will be best man. Jerome Herr and Robert Blank, brothers-in-law of the bride-eject, Samuel Buhler and Lester Kliiger will serve as ushers. David Blank and Robert Blank, nephews of the bride-elect will be the ring bearers. Song Recital At Findlay College Mrs. Don Winterrowd will pre sent Margaret Diller and Robert Sinsher, both college seniors in a song recital Thursday at 8:30 p. m. in the Findlay College auditorium. Advanced students appearing on the first half of the program at 8 p. m. are David Wagner, Keith Mil ler, Charlene Young, Robert Weaver, Don Sutton, Peggy Paul and Bon nie Wedge. Accompanist for Miss Diller will be Jean Ann Szabo. Miss Diller will sing: Lascia ch’io pianga Handel Caro Mio Ben Giordani Still Wie Die Nacht-... Bohm Solvejg’s Song Grieg Lullaby Scott Four Ducks on a Pond Needham Do Not Go My Love .....Hageman Love Went-a-Riding Bridge Couple Weds In Methodist Church Wedding of Miss Carolyn Stone hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clar ence Stonehill of South Main street and Richard Bucher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Bucher of Lima took place in the Methodist church here Saturday afternoon* at 2:30 o’clock. The pastor, Rev. Paul Cramer, offi ciated. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ruggley. Following the ceremony the couple 'eft on a short wedding trip after which »they will reside at 84712 W. Spring street, Lima. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school and employed in the office of the Lima Ordnance plant. The bridegroom is employed at Fol land-Hall auto sales, Lima. Hearing On Lantz Case Is Postponed Court hearing in the Mrs. Mabel Lantz suit to collect back salary and obtain reinstatement as a teacher in the Bluffton public school system was delayed again this week with post ponement of a scheduled trial in Allen county common pleas court. Originally set for Monday morn ’ng of this week, the trial was re scheduled for 9 a. m. Monday, June 26. The postponement was made by Judge Tudor, of Kenton, who will hear the case, following a request in which attorneys representing both narties in the case agreed. Summer Campaign for Swimming Pool Fund Based on incomplete returns from Plan Outdoor Wedding Sunday Miss Carol Jane Clark, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Clark, of South Main street, will become the bride of Lewis R. McPheron next Sunday afternoon at 4:30 on the Bluffton college May Day grounds. The bridegroom is the son of the late Nelson McPheron and Sylvia May Putnam of Cleveland. Bluffton s Gain of 17 Per Cent in Population is Largest in County !the town’s two enumeration districts, the Bluffton population total is subject to revision upwards when final tabulations are completed, ac cording to census workers. Were You Missed? Complete tabulations will- be draft ed within the next week, and anyone missed in the village enumeration is requested to promptly contact the county census office, 114 N. West street, in Lima, so that final re turns will give a true picture of the town. All enumeration portfolios are to be shipped to Washington D. C. by the end of this month. In the incomplete returns, Beaver dam’s population count was set at 453, a gain of 76 during the last 10 years. Cairo’s population of 490 represented a gain of 56. Lafayette gained 32 residents for a total of 443. Outside of Lima, population 49,100, and Delphos, population 3,415 (Allen county portion), Bluffton is the larg est town in the country. Spencer ville ranks next to Bluffton with a population of 1,826. Bob Burkholder To Coach At Jackson Robert Burkholder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burkholder, west of Bluffton, and a guard last winter on Ohio State university’s Big Ten chamiponship basketball team, has been named head basketball coach at Jackson, Ohio, high school. In addition to his basketball du ties, Burkholder also will serve as baseball coach and assistant football mentor at the school. An outstanding athlete at Bluffton High school, Burkholder went from here to Ohio State, where he was a varsitja basketball guard for three seasons Last winter he received honorable mention on the all-con ference team. Last year Burkholder served as Harmon field recreation director, and had been rehired for the coming season. He resigned last week. Real Estate Deal Roger Berky has purchased the Weldon Deppler property on Bent ley road. Mr. and Mrs. Berky and family will occupy the residence and Mr. and Mrs. Deppler and family will move to the Chamberlain apart ments. The transaction was band ied by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Triplett Softball Teai Jenera Here To fill an open date in their league schedule, the Triplett soft bail team will play a non-loop tilt with Jenera under the lights at Harmon field next Tuesday night. The contest will start at 8:30 p. m. In a Tri-County league game last Tuesday night, the Triplett nine copped a 2 to 1 decision frpm Co lumbus Grove Jeeps, at Columbus Grove. Gene Beach, of the Bluffton out fit, had the better of a pitcher’s bat tle with B. Parsons and came up with his second win of he season. Beach gave up only three scattered hits in the seven-inning game, while his mound opponent was granting six. Winning margin of the Bluffton team came as a result of the heavy clouting of Coach Red Lowry, play ing in the outfield who pounded out a home run and a double in three official chances. Score by innings: Bluffton 011 000 0—2 Grove 000 001 0—1 Bluffton’s outdoor summer recrea tion program got under way Tues day after Robert Hearne, a 1950 graduate at Bluffton college, had beeg hired a srecreation director for the next three months. Hearne’s appointment to the recreation position came within a week after the resignation of Robert Burkholder, director of playground and field activities last summer. He resigned on May 27 after being named head basketball coach at Jackson, O., for the coming winter. In this summer’s recreation pro gram launched Monday, morning activities will be conducted on the THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1950 Higher Telephone Rates Now in Effect POST OFFICE WILL MAKE MORE MAIL SERVICE CHANGES Two Deliveries in Business Section Will Start Next Monday Windows to lose at 530 p. m. Last Outgoing Mail Closes at 6:30 Additional changes in Bluffton’s postal service, to comply with a nation-wide campaign to reduce post office department expenditures, were announced this week by Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach. Beginning next Monday, windows at the local office will close one half hour earlier Monday thru Fri day, at 5:30 .m. instead of 6 p. m., as in the past. Windows will close on Saturday at o’clock noon, instead of 1 ,m. as in the past. Business Deliveries Twice-a-day deliveries will be resumed in the business district, after a once-daily trial period during the last five weeks. The residential district, however, will continue to receive mail only once a day. The business district in which there will be deliveries twice daily except Saturday is north on Main street from the post office to Mil ler’s Buick garage and the Steiner Chevrolet garage at the Elm street intersection, it was announced. Last collection of outside mail for dispatch on the evening train, begin ning next week, wifi be at 6:30 m. instead of 7:30 .m., as previously. Hours Reduced Hours of extra employes at the postoffice will be slashed as a re sult of the curtailment in local delivery service. Nation-wide curtailment in postal service was ordered by the Post master General to reduce postal ex penditures, and the final program is to be in operation in all communities by July 1 of this year. SERIOUSLY ILL A. L. Baumgartner is seriously ill at his home on South Main street following a stroke ten days ago. n To Play Next Tuesday Night Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hutchinson, Lima, a girl, Judith Ann, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hilty, Pan dora, a boy, Jeffrey Alan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rosebrook, Ottawa, a girl, Jennifer Ann, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Rankin, Dunkirk, a boy, Thomas Reed, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Patterson, Fincftay, a girl, Linda Suzanne, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haban, Jr., Bluffton, a girl, Catherine Ann, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Short, Lima, a girl, Diane Allyn, born at St. Rita’s hospital May 30. Mr. Short is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Short here. Program Opens at Harmon Field grade school grounds. Afternoon recreation at Harmon field is schedul ed from 1 to 4 .m. for children. Softball Leagues An attempt will be made to organize a softball league for boys of high school age, and Recreation Director Hearne also is investigating the possibility of setting up a league for men, to play under the lights. Anyone interested is urged to con tact Hearne, and if there are enough players the league will be launched. Swimming trips by bus to Schoon over lake in Lima are planned, be ginning late rin the month, with the starting date set for June 20. Free transportation for youngsters will be Class Speaker Tells Commence ment Audience Faith and Ideals Still Stand America. World’s Richest Na tion Filled with Anxious Fear-ridden People Reliance on faith and ideals rath er than material things to rescue the world from its present morass of international relations was recom mended by Dr. D. Elton Trueblood in the class address at Bluffton col lege graduation exercises in the First Mennonite church, Monday morning. His subject was “The Responsi bility of the Enkindled.” Dr. Trueblood, president of Earl ham college, Richmond, Ind., and a distinguished author and speaker spoke to an audience which jammed to capacity the church auditorium. Appearing in a light summer suit without academic robes, the speaker looked the part of a successful busi ness executive who might have been outlining a new commercial venture to a group of associates. Presents Quaker Viewpoint Himself a Quaker, coming from a line of Quaker ancestry and head of a Quaker college he gave a mas terful presentation of the position of his denomination as he indicted na tions for their failure to achieve peace on the basis of material re sources. All the more damning was his in dictment because of the dispassionate and factual presentation of his evi dence as he pointed to successive failures which he charged stemmed Five Man Panel Named by Director of Education to Hear Case Bluffton, Orange Township and Hancock Board Members Represented Petitioned transfer of sections of the west half of Orange township to the Bluffton school district has been taken under advisement by the Ohio Department of Education, following a hearing Wednesday of last week in Columbus. The petitioned transfer, which earlier had been refused by the Han cock county board of education, was heard by the Ohio assistant director of education, R. M. Eyman, and four members of the state department. During the hearing, representa tives of the petitioners presented a map of the affected districts for consideration by the state depart ment. After consideration by state school officials, the matter will come to a conclusion without action if they agree with the Hancock county board of education’s refusal to transfer the affected areas to the Bluffton district. Should the state board decide there should be further investigation of the merits of the case, a hearing will be ordered to be held in Orange township during the summer. Among those at the Columbus hearing last week were Supt. A. B. Murray and Rev. V. C. Oppermann, president of the Bluffton board of education Hancock County School Supt. H. S. Joseph, and a group representing Orange township peti-i tioners including Jesse A. Anderson. Carl Marshall, Truman Bixel, Amos Klingler, Harry Anderson, Will Beagle, Evered Bish, C. W. Klingler and Adrian Pifer. provided each Tuesday and Thurs day. College Grad Hearne, who graduated this week from Bluffton college, is a resident of Beaverburg, where he lives with his wife and one child. A veteran of World War II, he played football and baseball at Bluffton, and was in charge of col lege intra-mural sports for the last two years. In employing Hearne for the com ing summer season, the Bluffton Recreation committee, sponsor of the program, set his salary on an hourly basis. He will receive $1 per hour, not to exceed 40 hours a week. Money And Guns Have Failed To Solve World’s Problems, Says College Speaker State Department Hears Petitions For Transfer Of Orange School Area from a reliance on guns and money. “America,” he said, “most modern nation in the world, richest in his tory, with all the food we can eat, all the cars we want, education free for the asking, more clothing than we can wear and winners of the big gest war in history—not happy and contented but full of anxiety and looking apprehensively to a third world war.” Russia Wins by Preaching Conversion of China to commun ism he termed as especially tragic— the country with its millions that looked for generations to this coun ry as their example is now lost to the western world. “We tried to block the spread of communism with money and guns— we failed—Russia did it by preach ing its ideals and won,” the speaker said. “The world thinks of us as stodgy old people, protectors of privilege and upholders of the status quo. This is not our position—Americans have traditionally been preachers of faith—not dispensers of guns,” he continued. Directing a challenge to the record class of 70 seniors, Dr. Trueblood emphasized that the institutions of learning and faith—schools and the church—are the only ones which can “build up” a world-wide moral responsibility. “Irresponsible men anywhere on the globe can jeopardize the lives of the world’s population, and absolute power without moral responsibility can mean the end of the world,” the class speaker declared. Combat Materialism “The central core of communism is not the politics but its philosophy of direlect materialism,” he continued. (Continued on page 10) ZVeic Traffic Light Cost To Be $191 Replacement of Bluffton’s three downtown traffic lights on Main street saved the town approximately $1,100 by purchasing new signals instead of attempting to repair the existing lights, it was pointed out this week. Total cost of the three new lights, including installation, will be $494.35. To repair the old system, includ ing remodeling lights and installa tion of a new cable, would have en tailed an expenditure of $1,654.10. With the new light system, a separ ate cable is not required and the control is attached to the regular Main street lighting circuit. Installation of an automatic block ing device to turn all lights red in case of fire runs, which has been considered, would cost extra. Waste Paper Drive To Be Held Saturday Bluffton Boy Scout Troop No. 56 will conduct a waste paper collec tion drive in Bluffton next Saturday morning, and householders are re quested to have papers ready for the tiucks early in the morning. Proceeds from the drive will be used to help finance the scout camp ing period this summer. It is planned to start the collec tion of paper at 10 a. m. and com plete the drive as near noon as pos sible. New Walk For Jefferson Bridge New planks in the walk across the Jefferson street bridge will be put into place this week by the town street crew, and repairs are to be effected to the walk on the College Avenue bridge across Big Riley creek. Alhough the county maintains the floor for vehicular traffic on Bluffton bridges, responsibility for the walks is the town’s. Reunions Spallinger-Garmatter 20th annual reunion at Ada park, Sunday, June 11. Basket dinner at 12:30 p. m. Pres., Eli Garmatter sec., Leland Basinger. Augsburger family’s 23rd reunion at Lafayette Park, Lafayette, Sun day, June 11. Pres., Milton Bader tscher Sec., Dale Grismore. Annual Haas reunion will be held Sunday, June 11 at Pandora high school building. Melville Basinger, Sec. The 22nd annual reunion of the Nicholas Schaeublin family will be held Sunday, June 18 at Richland Grange hall.* Pres., Emma Gratz Sec., Evelyn Gratz. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 8 NEW SCHEDULE OF CHARGES ON MONTHLY BILLS Bluffton Patrons Get First Notice of Change in Billing Wednesday Monthly Increase in Rates Will Range from 50 Cents to $2.50 The State Public Utilities Com mission has granted the increase in rates sought by the Bluffton Tele phone company and patrons who re ceived their monthly statements in the mail Wednesday morning were billed at the higher rate. First news of action of the com mission in Columbus came when official word to that effect was re ceived by* Mayor W. A. Howe and read at the town council meeting Monday’ night. The telephone company’s current billing for the month of June at the higher rate followed action of the commission dated May 31, making possible the June billing at the advanced schedule. Manager Here Not Advised Maurice Mahoney, local manager for the company’s properties here said that he had received no word of action in regard to the higher rates until he received copies of the month ly billing Wednesday morning. Findings of the commission stated that the rate increase is justified since the previous changes were “in sufficient t» provide the applicant (Telephone company) with an ade quate return on the value of its prop erty* used and useful in the furnish ing of said service”. Present rates show an increase in monthly Willing from 50 cents for residential users on four-party lines to a boost of $2.50 for business places, an increase from 25 to 83 pe cent. 4 New Rate Schedule New rates now in effect (not in cluding federal excise tax) are: One party’ line—Business $6 for merly $3.50. Two party’ line—Business $5.50 formerly $3. One party line—Residence $3.50 formerly $2.25. Four party line—Residence $2.50 formerly $2. Rural party line—Business, $4.50 formerly $3.50. Rural party line—Residence, $2.50 formerly $2. Altho there was widespread objec tion from patrons who signed peti tions claiming that the poor service facilities provided by the company did not justify the advance rates, the town council was advised by’ City Solicitor John Romey that this would not be a factor in the decision of the state commission. The commission’s decision, Romey pointed out, would be based entirely on a study of invested capital of the utility and its rate of earnings. At the hearing held by the com mission in Columbus on May 23, there were no representatives of Bluffton groups opposed to the rate boost. Karl Huber Hurt In Auto Accident Karl K. Huber, 71, of Route 1, Bluffton, is in the Community hos pital with injuries suffered at 4:30 p. m. last Saturday in a two-car collision three miles east of Beaver dam on the Lincoln highway. His grandson, Darrel L. Huber, suffered a loceration on the left eye lid and was released from the hos ital following treatment. Howard Noble, 40, his wife, Thel ma, 41, and Miss Lillian Watkins, 26, all of Ft. Wayne, passengers in the other car, received treatment at the hospital and later were taken in an ambulance to their homes in Ft. Wayne. State patrolmen said Noble was traveling west on the Lincoln and Huber was going south on the Bent ley road when the cars collided. The elder Huber received a bump on the head and shock. Both cars were badly damaged. Graduates From Case School In Engineering Norman Beidler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beidler of South Lawn avenue was graduated Saturday from the Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland. He will be employed by the Ohio State highway’ department June 16 with headquarters at New Phila delphia.