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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV PLAN FRONTIERS DAY SETTING FOR GALA EVENT HERE Parade to Portray Periods in Life and Development of Bluffton Bluffton Residents to Operate Carnival Proceeds to Swim ming Pool Fireworks, a three-day street car nival and an old-time rodeo and pa rade with the accent on a frontier atmosphere will make Bluffton’s Fourth of July celebration this year one of the most spectacular in the history of the town. With the three-day carnival on Thursday, June 29, the observance for the Fourth will move thru a feature-studded program including a gigantic Saturday night, July 1, pa rade, followed by the rodeo and fire works display on the evening of the holiday. Added to the Independence Day at tractions this year are the carnival and the fireworks display and more features than ever are planned for the pre-rodeo parade which is emerg ing as one of the highlights of the holiday season. Frontier Atmosphere Emphasizing the early history of the Bluffton community, the Frontiersday setting for the holiday celebration will include displays of antiques and items of historical interest, and the parade theme will further carry out details of the pro gram. Window’ space in downtown places of business will be filled with dis plays of antiques, old pictures of the town and community and other items (Continued on page 12) Attends Girls State Held In Columbus Genevieve Burkholder, daughter of Mrs. Edith Burkholder is in Colum bus this week participating in activi ties of Buckeye Girls State. She is sponsored by the Bluffton Legion auxiliary. There are 425 girls sponsored by Legion auxiliaries from various parts of the state who are given an opportunity to learn of the problems of government and the contribution women can make thereto. The Bluffton girl, a high school junior last year is president of Senior Future Homemakers of America and a member of the na tional recreation committee of F. H. A., secretary-treasurer of her high school class, active in Girls Athletic association, Y-Teens, glee club and mixed chorus. Forest Choir Will Give Concert Sunday Forest Wesley choir of the First Methodist church of Forest will ap pear in a sacred concert in St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday night at 8 o’clock. The concert is sponsored by Youth Fellow’ship of Emmanuel’s and St. John’s churches. The choir consisting of 35 voices is directed by Ralph Balmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Balmer of Bluffton, instructor in music in the Forest schools. Dad, who is supposed to be king for a day on Father’s day, got off his throne and hustled into overalls to fire the furnace Sunday when Bluffton wras caught in the grip of unseasonably cold June weather which dropped thermometers to a low of 48 degrees early in the morning. The abrupt change in temperature came following a spell of hot, humid weather which sent the mercury to ninety last Friday. Relief from the cold wave which set in last Saturday did not come until Tuesday afternoon, and the un seasonable weather kept Blufftonites shivering during the three-day in terim. King For A Day? Not Father— He Fired The Furnace Sunday A Consternation in Bluffton’s business section was caused by a stranger, apparently demented, who ran amok Tuesday afternoon about 5 o’clock. The man, dressed in overalls and work cloth ing appeared to be suffering from a hallucina tion that he was being pursued by persons in tent on harming him. He first attracted attention when he dashed into the office of Dr. Gordon Bixel, South Main street optometrist and announced that he wanted to put in an emergency call to his mother in EXCAVATION FOR THIRD HOUSE IS STARTED IN TOWN Ten Building Projects are Under Way in Bluffton This Summer Farmers Improving Dairy Barns to Qualify for Higher Milk Price With construction of tw’o more new houses and excavation for another launched here during the last week in a continuation of Bluffton’s 1950 building boom, the number of ne-w residences started since early April reached a total of nine. In the latest additions to the building program, Ross Irwin is building a home beyond the turn on Cherry street and Howard Stager has started construction of a house adjacent to the Bluffton city tennis courts on East College avenue. Excavation was started during the week for a new home to be built by Olan Lewis on Harmon road. His lot adjoins the Lahr property on the west side of the street. 10 Building Projects Other new’ residences started in Bluffton during the last tw’o months include those of Everett Sutermeister, Matter addition, Harmon road Chas. Patterson, Matter addition, Garau street John Herrmann, Cherry street Ivan Johnson, county line road D. A. McGinnis, Garmatter ad dition Miss Daw’n Stonehill, S. Jack son street, and Joel Kimmel ,S. Main street. In addition to the residential building program, C. F. Niswander has constructed a new’ warehouse at the rear of his farm implement and home appliance store in the down tow’n district. Another business construction project will be the erection of a new automobile showroom and garage on the former American House site on North Main street by Miller Buick Sales. E. S. Miller, head of the company, said the old hotel has been completely dismantled and an entire ly new structure will be built. In the rural area around Bluffton, contractors and carpenters also are busy with building and remodeling programs. Much of the emphasis in the rural district is on dairy barn construction and remodeling to conform to regu lations required for marketing of Grade A milk, which rates a higher price at milk buying centers. After setting the record low of 48 early Sunday morning, thermom eters climbed little during the day, and the high mark for Father’s Day was 60 in the afternoon. Bluffton Youths On Scout Camp Staff Two Bluffton youths, Don Bader tscher and Joel Joseph of Boy Scout Troop 56 are on the staff at Camp Shawnee at Defiance for a six week period of camping. Don is in charge of the camp canteen and Joel is in the commissary department. The Bluffton troop will leave July 16 for a w’eek’s camping at that place. THE BLUFF Bluff ton’s New Census Fireworks, Street Carnival, Rodeo and Parade to Highlight July 4th Weekend A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTE1 Stranger Runs Amok in Business Section Attempting to Flee Imaginary Pursuers Begin Building Two More Homes Five young men and women will represent Bluffton college in a group of college students and alumni tour ing European war-ravaged countries this summer. In the Bluffton delegation will be four students and one alumnus, con sisting of Leonard Smucker, Bluff ton Richard Hostettler, Smithville Joanna Miller, Corry, Pa. John Stutzman, Carlock, Ill., and Irma Ramseyer, Columbus. The group left New York City last Friday, flying by chartered plane to Luxembourg where they landed Saturday. Forty-five pass engers wrere carried by the large plane on the overseas hop. Arrangements for the trip w’ere handled by the Youth Argosy Ex change. In Europe the group will work in Mennonite Central Commit tee camps in addition to touring France, Germany and other coun tries. They will be overseas until September 9 when they will land in Quebec after making the return trip by boat. An orientation program for the group was held last week at Mes siah Bible college, Grantham, Pa., with President L. L. Ramseyer and Dean of Women Edna Ramseyer of the Bluffton college faculty among the instructors. Both local educa tors have been to Europe with pre vious groups. A unified state, county and local government crackdown on retailers violating Ohio’s anti-fireworks law has been promised for this year in a drive to make this the safest Fourth of July in the state’s history. In connection with the campaign, it was pointed out by Albert A. Woldman, state director of industrial relations, that all retail sales of fire works in Ohio are illegal. The only fireworks which can be sold are for public exhibitions in connection with celebrations, fairs, etc., and written permission must be received for such events. Director Woldman also called at tention to the stiff penalties in the fireworks law which make violations punishable by a fine from $25 to $500. Bootleggers Sought Most violations, it was emphasized, occur in a coverup or bootlegging manner. Last year in Ohio, at least 26 children suffered serious injuries from fireworks, State Fire Marshal Harry Callan pointed out. BLUFFTON, OHIO, TH Chattanooga, Tenn. Marshall Lee Coon was summoned who found the stranger cowering in a corner at the rear of the office and muttering incoherently. Papers found in his possession identified him as James Floyd Cross, 29, of Richmond City, Tennessee. Pleading with the marshal to protect him from his imaginary pursuers he was locked up in the jail until early evening when deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s office arrived and removed him to Lima. Bluffton College Students Fly To Europe On Summer Service Mission Crackdown Is Aimed At Ohio Bootleg Dealers In Fireworks Another question pertaining to the Ohio fireworks law that had been un answered since its adoption in 1931 was clarified in April, when the At torney General ruled that visible ef (Continued on page 12) Clinician For Summer In Texas Orphanage Beverly Biery of Bhiffton, student in the graduate school of psychology of the University of Texas at Aus tin has accepted a position for the summer as clinician in the state orphanage at Corsicana, Texas. MOVE TO LIMA Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geary moved Tuesday from the Zehrbach apart ments on Vine street to Lima where he is employed. Summer Arrives In Bluffton Officially Wednesday Evening SUMMER arrives officially in Bluffton this Wednesday evening at 6:37 o’clock. At that time the sun will be at its farthest point northward and Wednesday is one of the longest days in the year. Summer will officially end and fall will begin on September 23 at 9:44 a. m. Real Estate Deals Earl Jorg, Bluffton hatcheryman, has purchased the Kinsinger proper ty at North Lawn avenue and Elm street occupied by Chas. Kinsinger. Mr. and Mrs. Kin'Inger and fam ily will move *itc'*Zhe Mrs. Viola Hochstettler property on Spring street, now occvjAd by Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wahlie. Mrs. Hochstettler will occupy an apartment in the house this winter while her daughter Anna Louise, instructor in home economics at McComb high school last year, en rolls at Bowling Green university this fall for advanced work. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd King, Jr., Mc Comb, a girl Kathy Ann, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hauenstein, Rawson, a boy, Timothy Edward, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hubbell, Ada, a girl, Mary Catherine, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Patrick, Leipsic, a boy, Robert Samuel, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Good, Logans port, Ind., a girl, Elizabeth Anne, born at Logansport hospital, June 11. Mr. Good is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Good of Bluffton. Teacher Summer Course At Defiance Miss Geneva Hankish is teaching commercial subjects in the summer term of Defiance college. After more than half a decade of bumper wheat crops, only an average harvest is anticipated this year in the Bluffton area because of damage sustained by the wheat stand in the unseasonably cold w’eather of last March. Where yields during the last six years have ranged from 30 to 40 bushels to the acre, this year's crop at the best is expected to run 20 bushels, accepted as about the aver age for this district. Straw and heads of this year’s wheat are short, and the yield will be considerably less than anticipated ON NEWS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY •AY, JUNE 22, 1950 COUNTY FORGETS RICHLAND TWP. IN ROAD FUND DEAL Only $1,786 of $98,941 is Allot ted Here by County Commissioners Richland Trustees Say County Roads Here Badly in Need of Improvement Richland township, one of two largest of Allen county’s 12 town ships, turned up this week as the forgotten step-child in the allocation of funds for the 1950 county road improvement program. It will be promoted as a Frontier Days fete. A swelling flood of complaints here followed disclosure that despite its size, Richland will get work projects amounting to only $1,786.51 in an Unofficial reports from a usually well informed source in dicate that Richland township will fare somewhat better on the township road program this sum mer. The Allen County Commis sioners, it is said will allocate $20,883.56 for road improvement in the township. Of this sum (he county will pay $12,883.50 and the township $8,000. overall program in which $98,941.45 will be spent in the 12 townships this summer. This means that less than two per cent of the funds set up for work on the county road network will be inside Richland township’s borders despite the fact all other townships except Marion are smaller. Richland and Marion are the same size, local township officials said. Politics Charged Richland township’s role as the slighted step-child was blamed by many on the fact that the township for years has not been represented on the county board of commission ers, and that a majority of the present board’s membership is from the other end of the county. In contrast to the pittance of $1, 786.51 allowed for the Richland pro gram, Marion township which with Richland tops all other townships in size, will benefit from a road pro gram aggregating $9,721.18 in total cost. Richland trustees said this week they arc unable to understand why their share of the county road funds is so low this year, inasmuch as county roads here are in very bad shape and in need of extensive im provement. Only Two Projects Only two work progrms are slated in the township: an improvement on the Napoleon road from Beaverdam to the Jackson township line, at a cost of $298.20, and a $1,488.31 im provement to the Hillville road from Route 25 to the Phillips road. Despite its size and population, Richland township has not had a member on the county board of com missioners for many years, perhaps one of the factors in the present situation. There also are complaints that the township’s location in the extreme northeast sector of the county is too far from the county seat in Lima to receive the considera tion that other subdivisions get. The program bringing this week’s furore is for county roads, paid en tirely by county funds. No announce ment has been made yet regarding the township road program in which cost is shared by the township and the county. last fall when prospects looked un usually good. Wheat Hit Hard Following a wet January and February, the crop outlook was dim med considerably when unseasonably cold weather arrived in March, resulting in damage to the stand at a time when winter kill is not ex pected. Altho ordinarily it is cold in January and wet in March, the weather was reversed this year, with wheat suffering accordingly. Altho oats this year are of good quality, the straw is short and the acreage is somewhat less than usual Wheat Yield in Area This Summer Will Be Lowest Sinee Before Last War, Estimate Population 2,415 Name New Site For Summer Ice Cream Socials Bluffton’s ice cream socials this summer will be held in a space blocked off on Cherry street and the sidewalk adjacent to the A. Hauenstein and Son drug store, municipal council decided at a meeting Monday night. With the Presbyterian church lawn no longer available for the socials, a new space will be provided by blocking off the park ing space on the south side of Cherry street along the Hauen stein property. Tables will be set up in the parking space and on the walk. Flow of traffic on Cherry street will not be disturbed, it was an nounced. BLUFFTON BONDED SCHOOL DEBT NOW DOWN TO $15,000 Retirement of Building Indebt edness Will be Completed in 1952 Bonds Issued to Finance Con struction of High School in 1931 Bluffton board of education has $15,000 in outstanding bonded in debtedness, representing the balance due on an issue to finance the new high school addition constructed in 1931. Retirement of the building debt will be completed by March 1, 1952, when the final bonds in the issue fall due with other payments slat ed for Sept. 1 of this year, March 1, 1951, and Sept. 1, of the same year. Schedule of bond retirement an nounced this week by the board is as follows: Sept. 1, 1950, $3,500 March 1, 1951, $4,000 Sept. 1, 1951, $3,500 and March 1, 1952, $4,000. Interest Additional In addition to the principal re maining unpaid in the school’s bond ed indebtedness, interest amounting to $855 was due as of May 9 of this year, with money in the bond account to make payments as due, according to school officials. The bonds bear an interest rate of four and one-half per cent, the report shows. When final bonds are retired early in 1952, the public school system here will have no outstanding bonded indebtedness, the report showed. Bridenbaugh Market Changes Hands Here Paul Basinger and Francis Reich enbach have purchased the Briden baugh Meat aMrket on South Main street, it was announced the first of the week and will take possession July 1. The market was opened here a year ago by Mr. and Mrs. Clark Bridenbaugh who came here from Ada. They have announced no plans for the future. BAUMBARNTNER IMPROVED A. L. Baumgartner who has been ill at his home on South Main streer following a stroke three weeks ago is reported somewhat improved. due to wet weather experienced at planting time which made it difficult to get into the ground last spring. Dry weather in May is blamed for the short condition of the straw. Hay and alfalfa also are short and the clover stand is thin, another reflection of the May drought. Hay cutting and baling, started last week, has been delayed by wet weather, but so far there has been no damage to crops. Pastures, which also showed the effects of the dry weather in May, have been revived by recent heavy rainfall and are beginning to get A Good Place to Trade Town’s Gain of 17 Per Cent Highest in County NUMBER 10 Official Preliminary Report Made by District Census Head Tuesday Bluffton Shows Gain of 338 Over Total Population Ten Years Ago Completed count in the 1950 Bluffton census shows a population of 2,415 in the town, a gain of 338 over 1940, according to an official preliminary report made Tuesday by Grover C. McDaniel, district census supervisor. Bluffton’s census figure of 2,415 represents the complete tabulation recorded by the district office, altho there may be a few minor revisions. The final announcement will come later from the Director of the Census in Washington, after a check is made of the district tabulation. Beaverdam census figures have not yet been announced, but the popula tion figure will be at least as large as previously estimated, 453. Any alterations will be persons missed or counted elsewhere and ultimately credited to Beaverdam. Richland township figures also are not ready for release at this time, the district supervisor said. Leads County Gain With Bluffton’s population increase of 338 representing a 17% gain over the 1940 census figure of 2,077, Bluffton’s increase during the last decade is greater proportionally than in any other Allen county municipal ity, the district reports show. Lima inside the city limits has a population of 49,425, according to re ports. Outlying districts not inside the corporation comprise an addition 10,890 persons. Total population of Delphos, Allen and Van Wert counties, is set at 6,269. McDaniel was in Bluffton Tuesday afternoon to deliver his report to Mayor W. A. Howe, as required by law. This was the first report of the complete record by the district office. Were You Missed Complete tabulations will be draft ed soon, and anyone missed in the village enumeration is requested to promptly contact the district office, 114 N. West street, Lima, so that final returns will give a true picture of the town’s population. All enumeration portfolios are to be shipped to Washington, D. C., by the end of this month. Outside of Lima and Delphos, Bluffton is the largest town in the county. Spencerville ranks next to Bluffton with a population of 1,826. Peter Schmidt To Coach At Genoa Peter Schmidt, son of Mrs. Anna Klapp, of Cherry street, has been hired as new football coach at the Genoa, Ohio, high school, and will also coach track and assist with basketball coaching at the school. Schmidt was graduated this spring from Bowling Green State univers ity, where he starred on the Falcon football team for two seasons. He is a graduate of Bluffton high school. Stettler Gets Degree At Ohio University John R. Stettler, of Bluffton Route 2, received a bachelor of sci ence in education degree, last week, in -commencement exercises held at Ohio university. Stettler is a grad sate of Bluffton High school. into good condition generally thru out the area. Corn prospects so far are satis factory and the “knee-high by Fourth of July” adage will hold generally true thruout the area. With abundant rainfall in early June, a few fields already are knee-high Potatoes are in blossom, and large commercial growers in this area are expecting a good yield from this year’s crop. Soybean acreage is up thruout the area, with seeding stimulated by the good market demand which has sup ported a consistently high price.