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A Good Place to Live
VOLUME LXXV DEBRIS LEFT BY TWISTER BEING CLEARED AWAY Barns, Demolished, Houses Un roofed and Trees are Up rooted by Wind Woodlot Near Former Ewing School Bears Marks of Gale’s Fury _______ Orange township residents near Bluffton this week still are effecting repairs to buildings and cleaning up debris left in the wake of a tornado which cut a swath of damage five miles long and approximately 300 yards wide in a semi-circle around Bluffton early Wednesday evening of last week. Headed northeast from the Harry Moore farm, on the Allen-Hancock county line road, the tomadic wind was a second edition of a one and one-half-million dollar tornado which had ripped Lima about an hour earlier on the same day. The local storm finally blew itself out on the Milton and Howard Benroth farm, five miles away on State Route 103. Carpenters and roofers still were busy on homes, bams and other build ings this Wednesday, a week after the storm hit, and woodlands which suffered heavily in the windstorm will be a mass of debris for months. Crops Damaged Riddled com fields, where mud bespattered stalks are stripped much as in a hail storm, are making an attempt to effect a comeback, but most of the crop in the stricken area will be stunted and the yield will suffer accordingly. It was nearly 24 hours after the storm struck before all roads in its path were re-opened. In some cases the resumption of traffic was made possible by shoving fallen trees to one side of the highway where they will remain until there is time to remove them later. Orange township trustees assisted by farmers working with tractors in opening the blocked roads and farm-1 ers whose homes escaped damage helped neighbors in putting tempor ary roofs on buildings and effecting other repairs. Dead Pheasants and Rabbits In heavily damaged woodlots, a lot of dead rabbits and pheasants could be found, leading to conjecture that the storm had come up so quickly that the game birds and animals had no chance to find shelter. Before dipping down into Orange township on its trail of destruction, the same tornado struck near the Dr. Foust farm, one mile southwest of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway, and levelled a barn on the Homer F. Weaver farm. Weaver, buried in the debris, escaped with bruises, but a son, Melvin, who was outside the bam received a broken leg when he was struck by a flying barn door. In the same area it blew' down a number of trees at a large roadside park near the Foust home. The Deeds barn south of Beaverdam and the Fett barn east of Beaverdam were also completely demolished. The tornado ripping thru this area, however, was apparently a different one than that which ravaged Lima more than an hour earlier. It struck here shortly after 6 p. m., while the Lima tornado occurred at 4:50. Trail of Destruction Between Beaverdam and its major path of destruction in Orange town ship, the tornado dipped briefly at the Edgar Herr farm on the Bentley road, and again at the Rollie Moser farm on the Allen-Hancock county line, where Moser’s bam wras badly damaged. From there, how’ever, the wind (Continued on page 10) Scientific farming is beginning to enter a new phase these days as hormones, the body chemicals which doctors are using in their war on disease, have successfully passed tests branding them as a means oi boosting the farmers’ cash income. Insulin and “ACTH” hormones, used against diabetes and arthritis in the medical field, now also are "helping to turn out livestock and poultry products at lower cost. Cows eating feed treated with 70 9, Tornado Sweeps Path of Destruction Through Orange Township Mennonite women from churches of the denomination throughout the midwest will convene for a four-day spiritual retreat on the Bluffton college campus opening next Mon day evening and continuing through the following Thursday. Since this is the first project of its kind to be organized among Men nonite women, definite estimates of the anticiuated attendance were lack ing the first of the week. However, preparations are being made tenta tively for 100 women. They will live in college dormitories and take their meals in the dining hall. Miss Edna Ramseyer is chairman of the general committee on ar rangements and Mrs. Edison Diller of Pandora, secretary. Committee members are: Mrs. Ben Amstutz, Mrs. Gerhard Buhler, Mrs. Milford Haas, Mrs. Herman Hilty, Mrs. Arthur Schumacher, Mrs., Sidney British Parents In August to BLUFFTON’S FIRST POLIO CASE TAKEN TO LIMA HOSPITAL Denver Zimmerly is Reported Seriously III in Memorial Hospital Stricken Suddenly While at Work at Central Ohio Power Plant Here Denver Zimmerly, 39, w*ho lives one mile from Bluffton on the Bigler road, last week became Allen coun ty’s first 1950 polio patient, and is in serious condition in Lima Me morial hospital. Zimmerly first became ill w’hile working at the Bluffton generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. where he is employed. He was taken to the Lima Me morial hospital for observation Fri day and positive diagnosis of the case as polio was made at 10:30 a. m. last Saturday morning. Zimmerly was the first Allen county polio case of the year, altho there have been five from Auglaize county. The Bluffton man has a wife and four children. Install New Pastor At Mennonite Church Rev. Alvin J. Beachy, who recent ly assumed the pastorate of the First Mennonite church will be form ally installed at services, Sunday morning. He and his family moved here twTo w’eeks ago from Man chester, Conn. At the installation service the charge to the congregation will be given by Rev. P. E. Whitmer. Rev. E. J. Bohn of Pandora, president of the Middle District conference will give the charge to the pastor. The installation ceremony will be conducted by Rev. G. T. Soldner who served as interim pastor of the congregation since June 1 when the resignation of Rev. J. N. Smucker, former pastor, became effective. Building Addition Norman Triplett has started build ing an addition to his residence on Grove street. one type—thyroprotein—reportedly are producing 15% more milk and from 20 to 25% more butterfat than the ones which do not obtain hormones in their diet, according to the Quaker Oats Co., largest pro ducer of this hormone-fortified feed. Fishel Products Co., of Kingsbury, Calif., mixes the same hormone in its new hog feed “Swine-Dine”. Fishel reports that pigs fed thyro protein at Purdue university gained 1.57 pounds a day on ordinary feed Mennonite Women’s Spiritual Retreat Opens On College Campus Next Monday Hormones Spark Scientific Farming—’May Turn Steiner, Mrs. Melvin Zimmerly. Besides the formal program, ar rangements have been made to have Miss Bertha Fast of Mountain Lake, Minn., a former worker in European relief with the Mennonite Central Committe, give an outline of what is being accomplished in that field. Attendance at the sessions is open to all women interested. Local wo men may register for 50 cents daily, plus 60 cents for dinner and 40 cents for lunch. Registration for the retreat will open next Monday evening at 5 o’clock followed by supper and in formal evening. Daily schedule on Tuesday, Wed nesday and Thursday is announced as follows: 8:25 a.m.—Committees and Service 9:00 a.m.—Our Missionaries, Who and Where?—Mrs. S. F. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cullen. British parents of Mrs. Harry Shrid er, Jr., Harmon road, will leave their native England early in August to make their future home in the Bluff ton community. Parting from relatives and friends in their home city of Grimsby, 180 miles north of London, Mr. and Mrs. Cullen will sail for the United States on August 10. It will take about 10 days for them to cross the Atlantic by ship. Mrs. Shrider is the only child of the Cullens ,but they are leaving his mother rind her mother in Eng land. Both of them, however, are glad to see their children come to the United States for a new start. By profession a clerical worker and accountant, Mr. Cullen had been with the London and Northwestern railroad for 30 years. For the last five years he has been head pay master for the road. When they land in New York City, the Cullens will be met by Mr. and Mrs. Shrider and Shrider’s brother in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Basinger, also of Bluffton. For the present, the Cullens will make their home with the Shriders on Harmon road. Altho the English couple had planned to sail from Liverpool, Eng land, on July 31, their departure has been deayed until about August 10 by crowded overseas travel to this country. Woman Fractures Shoulder In Fall Tripping on a signal hose at a filling station, Mrs. Albert Deppler of South Main street fell and sus tained a fractured right shoulder. The accident occurred while she and her husband were visiting in Find lay, Saturday evening. She was removed to Bluffton hos pital where her condition is reported satisfactory. This is her fourth mishap to sus tain broken bones as the result of falls previously she suffered a brok en arm, broken leg and fractured hip Hearing On Richland Ditch Set For Aug. 5 Final hearing on a proposed drain age ditch in Richland township will be held August 5, it is announced by the Allen County commissioners. The project to be located near Beaverdam south of Route 30 is pe titioned by Harvey C. Suter. the gain averaged only 1.30 pounds. I Pigs on the hormone diet ate 405 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds gained. It took 417 pounds of regu lar feed for the same job, it was reported. Another hormone finding partisans among farm folks is “Stilbesttrol,” which turns roosters into capons by chemical instead of surgical means, and does it at lower cost. Inasmuch as hormonized birds also have fewer pin feathers than ordinary capons, tov lu.TTFFTON of Bluffton Woman Arriving Make This Their Future Home NEWSk BLUFFTON# OHIO THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY Bluffton Mobilizes for Civilian Defense Farm Land School Here To Open On Sept. 5 For Fall Term BLUFFTON’S public schools will open on Tuesday, September 5 for the fall term, it was stated by Supt. A. B. Murray, this week. Pannabecker. 10:00 a. m.— Tues.—This is My Fath er’s World—Pref. H. W. Berky Wed.—Using Our Hymn ary—Prof. R. A. Lantz Thurs.—You and Your Family Panel Discus sion—Mrs. Harry Yod er, Presiding 11:00 a.m.—Teachings of Jesus— Mrs. Olin Krehbiel 2.00 p. m.—Activity period—M.C.C. relief cutting room, crafts and cooperative work for the college. 7:15 p. m.—Vesper services 8:00 p. m.—Evening program. RODEO PROFITS TO RUN $2,200 FIRST REPORT INDICATES Accounting Made at Meeting of Participating Groups Tues day Night Fourth of July Project this Year One of Most Profitable in Decade Bluffton’s 1950 Fourth of July rodeo, one of the most successful in the history of the annual events, will net the four sponsoring organi zations approximately $2,200, ac cording to preliminary reports made at a meeting of the groups Tuesday night. Aggregate receipts from the ro deo, including concessions, etc., amounted to $4,677.04, with expenses of $2,470.35 reported. This leaves proceeds of $2,206.69, the report show’s. Attendance at the gala Fourth of July show was up this summer, with $1,569.41 reported from the sale of admission tickets. Eating conces sions had a total income of $418.48, a new record. Proceeds will go to the four spon soring organizations: The Bluffton Saddle club, Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club, Bluffton Business Men’s association and the Bluffton Recreation committee. The town’s unique Fourth of July program has an unusual record in never having been rained out in nearly a decade of yearly show’s. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crist, Jenera, a girl, bom Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kennedy, Benton Ridge, a boy, bom Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walters, Arlington, a boy, bom Sunday. Mr.and Mrs. John Van Atta, Je nera, a girl, bom Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis D. Risser, Jr., Pandora, a boy, bom Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rausch, Wil liamstown), a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Downey, Beaverdam, a boy, born Tuesday. Mrs. Downey is the former Lavon Wilch. they bring premium prices on mar kets, amounting to from two to five cents a pound wholesale. It is estimated that this year, American farmers will spend ap proximately one million dollars for these two synthetic cousins, both of which hav been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug administration since shortly after World War II ended. On a strictly experimental basis, researchers already have discovered 27, 1950 DRAFT AND NAVAL RESERVE CALL TO SUMMON MEN SOON Selective Service Prepares to Process Draftees for Mili tary Duty First of Allen County’s Naval Reserve Called 200 Ex pect Call Wartime enlargement of the nation’s armed forces will reach into the Bluffton district in a dual phased program early in August as the first group of prospective Allen county draftees reports for prein duction physical examinations at about the same time that naval reservists are being called back into active service. Under the selective service induc tion program, 60 young men from the county soon will receive notice to report for physical examinations on August 8. The initial draft call is set tentatively for early Septem ber. Reserve officers in the naval forces will start going back into naval service immediately, with an an nouncement Tuesday indicating that 200 will be called from the Allen county area, all of whom will be on active duty before Nov. 1. Draft To Start Physical examinations for the 60 prospective draftees from Allen county will be given at Toledo, with the group making the trip from Lima by chartered bus. All men called for the physicals will be in Class 1-A, born between November, 1924, and September, 1927, it was announced. Many of the first group to be call ed had passed previous physicals in 1948 and 1949, but were never in ducted into the armed forces. They must be re-examined now, selective service officials state. Anyone who believes his draft status has changed since he was classified 1-A is asked to contact the draft board immediately on receipt of notice of physical exam. This will apply to men who have married or acquired dependents since being classified. Reserves Called In the call of naval reserves, 200 men from this area will be ordered to active duty within the next three months, according to Lt. Commndr. G. J. Bishop, officer in charge of the Lima Naval Reserve Training Center. Trained men in the surface divi sion of the local naval unit are scheduled for 12 months active duty. Only officers, petty officers and leading seaman will be called, Bishop reported. All rates are involved in the call, in which 86,000 naval and marine reserves thruout the country will go. About 10 per cent of the 200 are scheduled to leave next week, and another 10 per cent the following week. Real Estate Deals Mr. and Mrs. Garland Basinger have purchased the residence ‘of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Lahr of Har mon road. Possession will be given September 1 when Rev. and Mrs. Lahr will move to Denver, Colorado, where they have purchased a resi dence property in suburban Bonnie Brae. Mr. and Mrs. Basinger are now occupying an apartment in the F. L. Todd residence on South Lawn avenue. Wm Klass has recently sold his home north of Bluffton on Route 25 to Eugene Werner. Mr. and Mrs. Werner will take possession next month. Mr. and Mrs. Klass will move to Lima. other ways in which hormones can1 help the farmer boost his production1 or lower his costs. For examples, one college labora tory has found that thyroprotein will make wool grow on sheep 137% faster. It also claims to have made chickens lay more eggs, and turkeys grow faster’. Another hormone, “Thiouracil” has been used to make hogs lazier than usual, so the pork ers could turn more of their feed in to meat. Three Former Bluffton Residents Were In Midst Of Lima’s Tornado Three former Bluffton resi dents were among those whose homes suffered damage in Lima’s destructive tornado late last Wednesday afternoon. Robert Motter, whose apart ment was unroofed, received minor injuries and was treated in Lima St. Rita’s hospital fol lowing the twister. His wife, the former Esther Gratz, and son, were in the basement of their home during the height of the storm. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Basinger was damaged so badly in the blow that the family was forced to move out, while repairs are being effected. A garage at the Wayne Yerger home was demolished in the tornado. LIGHTNING HITS BARN IN STORM BURNS TO GROUNU Building and Contents on Cook Farm near Rockport Total Loss Barn Burns in Midst of Near Cloudburst During Heavy Thunderstorm Struck by lightning during a severe electrical storm at 5 p. m. last Wednesday, a large bam on the Peter Cook farm, one and one-half miles southwest of Rockport, burned to the ground. Altho Bluffton and Beaverdam fire departments made hurried runs to the scene, they were unable to do anything toward controlling the blaze, which was a raging inferno within seconds after a lightning bolt hit the structure. Despite a heavy downpour of rain accompanying the electrical storm, the conflagration raged unchecked, with its rapid spread aided by large quantities of hay and straw stored in the structure. Any possibility of flames spread ing to other nearby farm buildings was prevented by the near-cloud burst, however, Fire Chief Guy Cor son reported. Sheep Escape A few sheep n the bam managed to make their escape, but in addition to the hay and straw Cook lost a quantity of farming equipment, in cluding corn shredder and corn binder." In the house when the storm struck, Cook knew the lightning bolt had found a mark nearby Looking outside shortly after the crash of rumbling thunder which followed the bolt, he saw smoke rolling from all sides of the bam. The barn destroyed by fire was one of two on the Cook farm. His other, which was not damaged, is about 100 yards from the razed structure. Called to the scene when the alarm was sounded, the Bluffton fire department made the run in a torrential downpour of rain. Valuation Placed On Two Estates Valuation was placed on two es tates in Allen county probate court recently. Estate of John Owens of near Ada was appraised at $13,954.50. Of this $11,678.50 was real estate and $2,267 personal property. Estate of William W. Huber was valued at $45,480 of which $32,000 was personal property and $13,480 real estate. His son, Earl Huber of Findlay was appointed executor. Bulls Into Cows, Then Into Steers “We may learn to use hormones to convert bulls into milk cows be fore we get through,” was the state ment of the research director for one feed firm. “Then, when the cows get too old for good milkers, we may be able to turn them into beef steers with another hormone.” Biochemists—the men who work with hormones—don’t seem to think this remark is particularly far fetched. For example, they have re ported that scientists at the Univers PAGE THRES lib A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 15 CALL COUNTY WIDE MEETING AT LIMA THURSUAY EVENING Mayor W. A. Howe Will Ap point Head of Defense Force in Bluffton Organization to Act as “Defense Against Enemy Action and Disaster” Mobilization of Bluffton’s civilian defense forces is in the making this week, with preliminary activity pointing toward a completion of *preparations for immediate action to safeguard life and property in case of a wartime emergency. Groundwork for establishment of the civilian defense program here will be laid at a steering committee meeting in Lima Thursday night of this week for mayors of Allen county cities and villages, and other county officials. Bluffton’s civilian defense prepara tions will be part of a state-wide master plan, to be explained to town officials at the session Thursday night and organization of local forces is expected to follow soon. Mayor Appoints Each city will have its own civilian defense director, appointed by the mayor, plus a complete complement of committee heads in charge of various phases of the overall pro gram, under the proposed civil de fense regulations for Ohio, which cleared Gov. Frank J. Lausche Tues day. The regulations will have the ef fect of law when the governor signs them, for "filing with the secretary of state. In their authorization by the last legislature, the regulations were cited as “a defense for the people of the state against enemy action and other disasters.” For efficient operation, volunteers in the civilian defense setup will be grouped under divisions of personnel, information, training, operations and supply. Multi-Phase Program Included in the personnel division will be law enforcement, evacuation and housing, legal and personnel work and welfare organizations. Under information will be air raid warnings, information and records. Training and operations will include communications, chemical work, training and plans. Under supply operations will be transportation, fire departments, utilities, public works, supply and health, medical and hospital services. In addition to the notice of this week’s meeting to map general county-wide plans, Mayor W. A. Howe said he also has received a notice for the state relative to establishing an air-watch group in Bluffton. Former Resident Dies In Canada Calvin M. Fett, 56, former Bluff ton resident, died at his home in Port Kells, British Columbia, Can ada, Sunday evening, according to word received by relatives here. News of his death came unexpect edly as there has been no previous word of his illness. There were no details as to funeral arrangements. He was a graduate of Bluffton high school and left here about thirty-five years ago. At the time of his death he operated a poultry farm. Previous to that he had en gaged in farming near Pennant, Saskatchewan. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elias Fett of this place. Surviving are his wife Ethyl and daughter Joyce of Port Kells step mother, Mrs. Elias Fett of Bluffton sister, Mrs. Willis Welty of Bluff ton and Mrs. A. F. Bartels of To ledo and two brothers, Alvin Fett of Pennant, Sask., and Geo. Fett of Lima. ity of Missouri have made a buck rabbit produce milk by injecting the proper hormones, and other re searchers have used hormones to get cows to give milk without first be coming mothers. Based on experience thus far, there likely will be a vaster broader potential use of hormones on the farm, as uses are found for others of the 20 different ones now known. Don’t smoke around the bam.