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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV ORANGE TOWNSHIP YOUTH INJURED IN TWO CAR ACCIDENT Marvin Miller Receives Back In juries in Collision Monday Night Two Structural Steel Workers in Crash Were to Work on College Gym Three men were hospitalized in the Bluffton area’s most serious holi day mishap when two cars on the Lincoln highway collided Monday night at 11 o’clock at the Dally school corner in Orange township, six miles east of Beaverdam. Treated in the Bluffton Community hospital following the crash were Marvin Miller, 22, Bluffton Route 1, and Orville Harter, 40, and Chester Crump, 31, structural steel workers. All three were hospital patients. Crump’s condition is reported as fair. He suffered severe scalp lacer ations and bruises of the back and .shock when he was thrown from the car in the mishap. Miller has severe lacerations of the back and Harter suffered lacerations of the face and head. The condition of both is good. Both were discharged from the hospital Wednesday. In the car with Miller were his two younger brothers, Max, 17, who was driving and Jerry, 11. They escaped unhurt. The three are sons of W. J. Miller, or Orange township. When the crash occurred both cars were eastbound on the Lincoln high way. The Miller auto was struck as it was turning left at the corner. The two structural steel w’orkers had been employed at Oakwood and were enroute to Marion w’here they were going to work on a new job. Later this Summer, both were scheduled to do steel work on the new Bluffton college gymnasium. Following the crash, the three in jured men were taken to the Bluffton hospital in the Paul Diller am bulance. Large Delegation At Council Meeting Bluffton municipal council at its meeting Monday night entertained one of the largest delegations in re cent years when a group of nine persons from new additions on Har mon road attended the session to air their troubles. An error in plans originally sub mitted to the village when the Mrs. Caroline Matter addition was plat ted resulted in difficulties over the sidewalk lines, w’hich were solved without too much trouble. It was a different matter, how ever, when a request was made to vacate four unopened alleys in the addition Council finally decided against vacating the alleys, but agreed to grade and stone them back into lots as far as the entrance to garages on the various properties. Firemen’s Meeting Pay Is Increased Bluffton volunteer firemen in the future will be paid $4 for each monthly meeting, as the result of a new wagescale established Mon day night by municipal council. The boost from the previous rate of $2.30 was partially occasioned by the recent increase in telephone rates. Firemen’s pay for attending monthly meeting also includes an allowance for charges for telephone service. The first fighters are no tified by phone in case of fires. Beaverdam To Hold Festival July 12-15 Beaverdam will hold its annual homecoming, Wednesday to Saturday July 12 to 15, inclusive with a street carnival every afternoon and evening. Special restricted areas on the town’s thorofares will be reserv ed for the carnival attractions which include rides, concessions and re freshments. The affair is sponsored by the Beaverdam Volunteer Fire depart ment and all net proceeds will be used to purchase fire equipment for the department. Auto Crash in Fourth of July Traffic Lands Three in Hospital Continuing a general community vacation period for the seventh con secutive year, most Bluffton residents who plan to take time off from work this summer are on vacation this week, either at home or out of town. Success of a Fourth of July com munity vacation week collaboration procedure, inaugurated in 1944 dur ing World War II, has found the plan continuing into the post-war period just as popular as ever. To make it a semi-official vacation week for the town, two of the prin cipal industries are at a standstill and a number of retail business operations have closed their doors for the same period. Industries Close Industries suspending operations Freakish aspects of this year’s weather were in the news in Bluff ton this week, ranging from the season’s first ripe tomato on June 21 to frostbitten tomato plants on the morning of July 1. First Attraction of Its Kind in Nearly Two Decades Draws Big Crowd Attractions Locally Manned with Proceeds Going to Swimming Pool Fund Bluffton’s first carnival in nearly two decades was a hit with residents of the town and community during its three-night stand on the grade school grounds last Thursday thru Saturday for benefit of the munici pal swimming pool fund. Sponsored by the Bluffton Recrea tion committee, the carnival gained its largest measure of public appro val from the fact that it was man ned entirely by local operators rep resenting various organizations in terested in the drive to raise funds for the pool. Despite its local flavor so far as operation was concerned, the gala three-day show embodied all the fa miliar carnival attractions. In addition to the usual gamut of booths for the adult trade, Bluffton kiddies found the carnival a mecca of pleasure, with its pony-ride, mer ry-go-round, airplane ride and ferris wheel. Concession operators came up with some new ideas of their own dur ing the course of the carnival, one of the most popular of which gave participants a chance to take home a live duck for dinner, if he could be successful in tossing a ring around the neck of one of several swimming around in a water tank. Joining with the Recreation com mittee on conducting the carnival for the benefit of the swimming pool campaign was the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Mother’s club, school groups and other interested in the venture. Motorist Injured As Auto Strikes Bridge Dan Walter of near Pandora suf fered a hand injury when a car driven by Willard Dillman of Bluff ton hit a bridge on the Base Line road, three miles southeast of Gilboa at midnight, Monday. Industries And Stores Close This Week In Community Vacation Plan Dizzy Weather—Early Tomato Ripens In June! July Frost Hits Later Crop Limiting purchases was necessary, BLUFFTON TAKES FLING AT THREE CARNIVAL for the next two weeks in the vaca tion observance are The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Boss Glovee Co. In some business places which remain open, operations are on a curtailed basis, with many members of the usual staffs of workers tak ing their vacations at this time. With the holiday falling on Tues day, a few business places which are not closing for the week suspended operations from Saturday night until Wednesday morning. Many of those who left on vacation got away from Bluffton last Friday or Saturday, to squeeze a few extra days into their schedule, and there was another exodus from the town on Wednesday morning, following Tues day night’s gala rodeo. Bluffton’s first home grown to mato of the summer was picked on June 21 in the garden of Edgar Chamberlain, who later sold it to Dave Risser, local restaurateur for (Continued on page 10) War Scare Starts Run on crowd, ladies, Don't A Korean war-scare run on sugar by jittery housewives brought in formal rationing by Bluffton grocery operators the first of this week, to keep sufficient supplies on hand for legitimate canning needs. the shop keepers reported, because it simply would have been impossible to get replacement sugar rapidly enough from wholesalers’ ware houses to keep up with the demand. There is plenty of sugar in store houses but the transportation prob lem of getting it here offered com plications, especially with the rush coming during the holiday season. Most grocers were regarding the buying rush with amusement, for The war scare has shoved up prices on the Cleveland livestock market, where most of the hogs raised in the Bluffton area are sold. Quotations the first of the week were the highest in a year. In July 1949 they hit $24. Monday’s figure on mixed butch er grades were only 25 cents less per 100 pounds. they said the national supply of sugar is quite adequate for all needs, and that the war-scare de mand was not only premature but unnecessary. Out-of-town buyers were among those besieging Bluffton grocers with demands for large-scale purch ases, indicating that many persons are foraging the country to hoard sugar as a safeguard against the possibility of wartime rationing. One grocer told of carrying a large sack of sugar to a car for a woman purchaser, and found she already had several sacks in the back seat which she had bought elsewhere. -Despite the buying rush, sugar prices were continuing to hold steady, with a 25-pound sack selling for $2.29. A pickup in demand for coffee also has been noticed by storekeep ers, and the price has gone up two cents a pound in the face of the rush. Other merchants reported an in creased interest in tires and other auto accessories, perhaps due to the war scare. Scouts Benefit Ice Cream Social Saturday Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 56 will hold an ice creiyn social Saturday night. Tickets are being sold this week by the Scouts in a house to house canvass. Proceeds from the social will be used to help finance a summer camp trip for the local troop. Oil Fire Follows Pipe Line Break The Bluffton fire department was called Wednesday morning at 9:15 o’clock to the Dr. V. H. Allman farm one mile south of town to ex tinguish a fire fed by oil from a break in a line of the Buckeye Pipe Line company. There was no property damage reported. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Rodeo Draws Big Fourth o£ July Crowd12NUMBER Five baby pheasant chicks hatched by a hen on the Harley Marquart farm, four miles north west of Bluffton, afe attracting a lot of attention this week in The Bluffton News window. Mowing clover on his farm last month, Marquart ran over two pheasant nests, fatally in juring the mothers. There were 20 eggs in the two nests, which he put under a sitting hen, and five pheasant chicks were hatch ed Monday. These apparently were from one of the nests, farther along than the other at the time the mishap occurred. Marquart plans to feed the chicks until they are large enough to release, and thinks he will have others for the hen is continuing to sit on the rest of the eggs. For the time being the hatched chicks will remain on display in the News Window. While mowing in the same field, Marquart ran over a rab bit’s nest, and noticed that the mother did not move. Later when in the field with a buck rake he again noticed the mother rabbit on the nest and investi gated. The mother hopped a short distance away when he approach ed, and Marquart found eight baby bunnies in a for-lined shal low depression. He put some hay over the nest and later the mother returned aryl is raising the babies unmolested. PARADE ATTRACTS HUGE CROWD FOR COLORFUL EVENT Line of March 10 Blocks Long Witnessed by Estimated 7,000 Here Bands, Floats and Horsemen Provide Gala Spectacle on Main Street A crowd of more than 7,000 spectators crowded the 10-block long Main street parade route last Satur day evening to witness a variety spiced Frontier Day parade, ac claimed by all as one of the out standing events in Bluffton history. Both sides of Main street were lined with spectators along the en tire line of march, and lawns and porches in the residential sections were turned into improvised grand stands and filled with chairs and campstools. Even the weather cooperated with the frontier days flavored event, one of the major features of Bluffton’s holiday weekend, with mild tempera tures and an unclouded twilight sky providing a perfect setting for the 14-block long parade of entertaining attractions. Many Features It was a display of sparkling bril liance, as good as anything produced in this part of the state, with variety marking the long procession of paraders in their route thru the downtown area. Cheers and applause from specta tors punctuated the snappy tempo of band music at what seemed to be an interminable procession of costumed frontinersmen, rumbling prairie schooners, gaily bedecked floats, horsemen and other entries marched along the jammed parade route. Attracted by the reputation Bluff ton has in these parts for putting on an outstanding Fourth of July parade, three radio stations were here to broadcast descriptions of the event. WIMA, WLOK and WFIN each had a separate broadcast plat form in the downtown sector, near the judges’ stand in front of the Presbyterian church. Prize Winners Galore With 61 entries in the parade, some of which had several units, it took more than half an hour for the colorful procession to pass the judge’s stand. Unable to narrow down outstand ing competitors to the five prizes (Continued on page 4) BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1950 v ___________________ Five Baby Pheasants Hatched By Hen Find Home In Bluffton News Window BURGLARS CRACK SAFE FOR $350.00 AT FARM BUREAU Succeed in Fourth Attempt to Loot Office Near Town, Thursday Night Robbers By-Pass Combination of Safe Connected with Tear Gas Bomb Persistence finally paid off last 1 hursday night for burglars who cracked the safe at the Allen Coun ty Farm Bureau Warehouse, two miles south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway, and escaped with $350 in cash, after having failed in thi*ee previous burglaries two months apart. Operating on a schedule which has spaced burglary attempts at two-months’ intervals since last De cember, safe crackers were balked on their first three tries by an auto matic locking device and exploding tear gas bombs which were set off when the combination knob was dis turbed. Last Thursday’s safe-crackers, however, indicated they had learned from experience when they disre garded the combination knob, which would have again flooded the office with tear gas, and opened the safe by prying the huge door off the front. In most other respects the latest burglary followed the same patteern as its predecessors. Burglars broke into the warehouse from the rear, by prying the corrugated steel sid ing loose from wall post§. Force Door Once inside the warehouse they forced their way into the office thru an inside door and being careful to leave the “booby-trapped” com bination knob undisturbed, pried the heavy safe door open. First attempt to loot the Farm Bureau office was made late last December to be followed by a sec ond try in February. The third safe-cracking venture was in April. On all three of the first attempted robberies, burglars were routed by the choking tear gas which filled the office when the combination knob was knocked loose. In the April attempt, the burglars took $1.50 in cash from a soft drink vending machine, which up until last Thursday night had repre sented their only monetary return from the sortie of burglaries aimed at the establishment. INFANT DIES An infant son born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Guzman of Pandora at Bluffton hospital last Wednesday died seven hours after birth. Bluffton’s campaign to raise funds for a new municipal swimming pool received a substantial impetus dur ing the week end with the receipt of more than $1,100 .representing proceeds from the Bluffton Recrea tion committee’s three-day carnival held last Thursday, Friday and Sat urday. Other unexpected financial contri butions to the fund came when a number of parade entry winners contributed their cash prizes to the pool fund. Among those who turned over pa rade awards to the pool fund were N. P. Steiner and Son, the Amer ican Legion, The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., Moyer Refrigera tion and Heating, and Geiger & Dil ler. In addition to contributions al ready received, a part of the pro ceeds from the rodeo held Tuesday night will be turned into the swim ming pool drive, and all fees from parking concessions operated Tues day by the Junior Chamber of Com merce will go into the fund. Committees in charge of the car nival and rodeo Wednesday morning extended their thanks to all who as sisted in sponsoring the various events and for the near-record turn out of participants and spectators. Births Mr. and Mrs. James Gratz, Bluff ton, a boy, Reed Howe, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fenster maker, Jenera, a boy Paul Alan, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Augsburger, Bluffton, a girl, Martha Jane, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs .Chas. Lemley, Pan dora, a girl, Joan Marie, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson, Rawson, a girl, Linda Lee, Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Houtz, Provo, Utah, a boy, Larry Robert, born June 19 at- that place. Mrs. Houtz is the former Helen Schnegg of Bluffton. COUNTY EARMARKS $12,883 FUND FOR TOWNSHIP ROADS Commissioners Approve 19-MiIe Program for Richland Twp. Highways Township and County Funds Pooled to Reach $20,883 for Improvements Richland township will get a break from Allen county authorities in the allotment of funds for work on town ship roads this summer, county of ficials disclosed this week with the announcement that $12,883.53 is ear marked from the county road fund for work on 12 roads in the town ship. Total cost of the program, embrac ing improvement of more than 19 miles of township roads, is estimated at $20,883.53. Of this the county will pay $12,883.53 and the township $8,000. Cooperative road pre Trams in the county’s 12 townships Manned for this summer, find Richland’s $12,883.53 project second only to a $13,924.18 program set for Perry township, the county report shows. 13 Improvements In the extensive Richland township program there will be 13 re-surfacing projects on 12 roads. Projects planned for the summer are as follows: Bentley road—1.02 miles of seal surface, from Route 30N to Jackson township line. Rockport road—2.05 miles of seal surface from Route 696 to the Phil lips road. Schifferly road—1.02 miles of seal surface from Hardin county line to the Bentley road also 2.33 miles of mat surface from Bentley road to the Phillips road. Yant road—1.77 miles of mat surface north from Route 30N. Lugibihl road—.75 mile of mat surface east from Route 696. (Continued on page 10) Carnival Proceeds Add $1,100 to Fund for Bluffton's Swimming Pool Reminiscent of the days when Bluffton’s Main street was a streak of mud or a cloud of dust, depending on the weather, and downtown stores were little frame structures with false-front second floors, a series of window displays in the business dis trict over the last weekend vividly recreated the Bluffton of 75 years ago. With virtually every downtown place of business cooperating in the antique display, relics harking back to the pioneer days in this community provided a fitting setting for the Frontier Day parade and rodeo dur ing the Fourth of July season. All in all, it was one of the most complete shows of early Bluff toniana that the community has ever seen, and a tour of the business section gave an excellent picture of what life was like here three-quarters of a century ago. Original Treatment Prizeed antiques owned by the many collectors in this community were drawn on for some of the dis- 4,000 See Feats Under Harmon Field Lights Bluffton 6f Old Days On Parade In Window Displays Of Business Section BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade Seventh Annual Attraction of Horsemanship Staged Here Tuesday Night Fireworks Adds Zest and Diver sion to Gala Northwest Ohio Horse Show Closing Bluffton’s holiday weekend celebration, the most successful old time Wild West rodeo ever held here attracted a crowd of more than 4,000 spectators at brilliantly lighted Har mon field Tuesday night. In the sixth annual Fourth of July rodeo presentation, the weatherman again lent his fullest cooperation, for skies were fair after threatening weather early in the day and despite the fact that a heavy rain Sell in Beaverdam while the show was in progress. Temperatures were in the upper seventies, hot enough to make area residents glad of the chance to see the gala outdoor presentation. Rain never has spoiled Fourth of July rodeo plana her in fact this was the first year in v nich there has been as much as tl 'eatening weather on rodeo day. Crowd Field Attracted by the gala horse show and the added attraction of a fire works disfky, all available seating space was taken and hundreds lined the fence around the arena for the night-time spectacle which proved it still holds plenty of appeal for com munity residents. With typical Fourth of July tem peratures prevailing, the crowd kept concessionaires on the run in dispos ing of huge quantities of ice cream and cold drinks. A pony ring for kiddies was another popular attrac tion for those who came with chil dren. In the nine-event rodeo, $280 in cash, trophies and ribbons were pre sented to competing horsemen from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and a single competitor from Colorado Springs, Colo. 100 Horses in Entry There was a total of 100 horses in the Grand Entry, a new record for the Bluffton rodeo. The balloon race, always a feature of the rodeo here, was first, seen in this area at Harmon field, and since has been widely adopted. Continuing Bluffton’s reputation for organizing and presenting one of the finest rodeos in Northwestern Ohio, new chutes built by Herr Bros, were in use, and Bill Watkins, of Ft. Wayne, was here with a portable horse shoeing outfit. Rodeo Prize Winners Rodeo event winners included: GRAND ENTRY Plain Tack, Booger Red, Toledo, first Pee Wee Ketner, Bowling Green, second Jackie Dailey, Toledo, third Dewey Baker, Toledo, fourth Silver Mount ed, Guy Foltz, Ft. Wayne, first Wanda Breda, Lima, second Ott Reimund, Findlay, third Beverly Spurbeck, Lima, fourth. GREAT PLAINS PONY CLASS— R. A. Nichols, Ft. Wayne, first Ivan (Continued on page 10) plays, and cherished relics in the homes of residents also were contri buted for showing during the holi day period. Photographs of early Bluffton also added their bit to recapturing the early history of the town, and many window displays showed well handleed touches of originality, add ing to the popularity of the showing. First prize in the window display competition was won by Rice Dry Goods Shop which had on display an old-fashioned black wedding dress owned by Mrs. Albert Benroth a coverlette, sewing baskeet, high-back rocking chair and rag rug, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bogart an old time small hand sewing machine owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Combs, and an old lamp with fancy iron base and globe owned by Mrs. Harold Montgomery. The prize wag provided by Greding Hardware Co. Truck crops producers in general have received lower prices for their crops this year than last year.