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A Good Place to Live
Allen County Group Takes
Physical Examination
Allen County Board Calls
Forty-one for Screening
at Toldo
Three Bluffton and Bluffton area
young men were among 41 prospec
tive draftees notified last Saturday
to take pre-induction physical exam
inations on Tuesday of this week,
in preparation for the resumption of
drafting of registrants on a wartime
scale, beginning next month.
In the group of 41 Allen county
young men selected as the initial
group from here to undergo pre
induction y s i al examination
screening were Laurel Bauman, Jr..
Charles B. Trippiehorn, a student at
Ohio State university, and Robert J.
Strotton of Route 1, Columbus.
As a student resident in Columbus,
Trippiehorn will take his physical
examination in that city. The
others were slated to go to Toledo
for the examination on Tuesday.
To Notify Others
Eighty-two additional young men
of the county will take similar pre
induction physical examinations later
this month, with 26 men scheduled
on Aug. 15 and other quotas going
to Toledo on Aug. 24, 22 men Aug.
30, 27 men and Aug 31, seven men.
September induction quotas have
not yet been announced, but Ohio
has been asked to provide more than
5,000 draftees in Sptember and
October. It has been estimated that
approximately six men will be draft
ed from Allen county in each of the
two months.
Draft procedure, established as a
nation-wide selective service induc
tion program, will be to call 25-year
old men first and then proceed down
the list of registrants in age-succes
sion, according to state officials.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Borkosky, Ar
lington, a boy, Dennis Duane last
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Tussing, Mc
Comb, a boy, Gary Lee, last Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kagy, Ada,
a boy, Roger Lee, Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wolfrom,
Rawson, a boy, Stephen Joe, Satur
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Wisda/i Mc
Comb, a girl, Ellen Kay, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kidd, Bluff
ton, a girl, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hochstet
tler, Columbus Grove, a girl, Tues
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Staley,
Bluffton, a girl, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Montell Bibler, Con
tinental, a boy, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Franklin,
North Hollywood, Calif., a boy, Ken
neth Gene, bom at that place, Fri
day. Mrs. Franklin was formerly
Miss Martha Niswander, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Quenzer,
San Miguel, Calif., a girl, Kathleen
Dianne, Thursday. Mrs. Quenzer is
the former Miss Marie Winkler,
daughter of Albert Winkler.
A concrete floor should not be
painted until it is at least six months
old. Concrete takes several months
to dry out completely and paint
applied before the concrete is dry
will very likely peel off.
Beaverdam voters will be asked to
approve a three-mill levy, to provide
additional funds for village operat
ing expenses over a five-year period,
at the polls in the November gen
eral election.
Petition asking that the levy be
placed on the ballot was filed with
the Allen county board of elections
Saturday by Clarence G. Fischer,
Beaverdam city solicitor.
A similar levy was submitted to
the voters last fall, but was turned
down when 65 per cent of the elec
torate failed to approve the measure.
The vote cast at that time was 100
Three Mill Levy For Current Expenses
To Be On Beaverdam Ballot This Fall
Two young women with Bluff
ton backgrounds will be compet
ing in the Miss America Beauty
pageant, at Atlantic City from
Sept. 4 through 11, giving the
town the unique distinction of
having two contestants in the
nation’s outstanding beauty
Four weeks after Miss Janice
Murray, daughter of Supt. of
Schools and Mrs. Aaron B.
Murray, was named Philadel­
Nineteen Year Old Georgia Boy,
Enroute Home, in Hospital
Motorcycle Skids in Stone near
Town After Being Crowded
Off Road
Injuries suffered last Wednesday
afternoon when he was thrown from
his motorcycle on the Dixie highway
near Gratz crossing hospitalized Billy
J. Brown, 19, of Dalton, Ga., with a
broken left leg and lacerations.
Brown was brought to Bluffton
Community hospital in the Diller
ambulance after a passing car crowd
ed his southbound motorcycle from
the highway. The injuries were sus
tained when the cycle skidded in loose
gravel at the edge of the pavement,
and upset in the ditch. The mishap
occurred near the Swiss Inn.
His condition was reported as good
at the hospital early this week.
Brown and a friend were enroute
to their homes in Georgia, after be
ing employed in Detroit. They had
bought an automobile and motorcycle
which they were taking south with
them, Brown riding the cycle and the
friend driving the car.
Sgt. Elmer Burkholder, Jr., Bluff
ton’s first casualty on the Korean
battlefront, is recovering in a mili
tary hospital in Tokyo, Japan from a
number of wounds suffered in action
late last month.
First details of the extent of the
Bluffton sergeant’s injuries were dis
closed in a letter from his wife, who
is in Japan with him, received here
this week by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Burkholder, Sr.
In the Korean fighting, Sgt. Burk
holder had bullet wounds in both
lower legs others in the upper right
leg and stomach mortar shell wounds
in his shoulder, and shrapnel wounds
in the neck and forehead.
Condition Good
Writing that he is out of danger
and that his condition is good, Mrs.
for the levy and 58 against it.
Under a new state law, a favor
able vote of only 60 per cent is suf
ficient to put a levy in effect.
If approved, the new levy will be
outside the 10-mill limitation. Pres
ent tax rate for the village is 16.50
mills—1.20 for the Beaverdam gen
eral fund 2.45 for the county 12.65
for schools and .20 for Richland
The proposed three-mill levy would
bring the village on additional an
nual yield of $1,133 on current tax
valuation of the town.
Richland Trustees Appoint Wade Bechtol
To Fill Vacancy As Township Constable
phia’s entrant for the Miss
America beauty title, another
contestant with a Bluffton back
ground was selected last week in
Arkansas when Mary ‘Tootsie”
Jennings, 18, became Miss Hot
Miss Jennings is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Jennings,
former Bluffton residents, now
living in Hot Springs.
While in Bluffton the family
lived in apartments in what was
Two Bluffton Area Girls Sall
From Seattle to Teach in Japan
WADE Bechtol of South Main
street has been appointed by the
Richland Township trustees as
township constable filling the
vacancy caused by the resigna
tion of John D. Garlinger, who
was elected to the office last
Action of the trustees in
naming Bechtol to fill the
vacancy was taken at a meeting
of the board, Saturday night.
New Harmon Field
Sandbox Is In Use
Sand has been put in the new
Harmon field sandbox by the Bluff
ton Junior Chamber of Commerce
in cooperation with the Bluffton Ce
ment Black Co.
The new sandbox added to the
playground area was made by con
verting a swimming pool float en
tered in the Frontiers day parade
by the Triplett Electrical Instru
ment Co.
Jaycees Contribute
$50 To Pool Fund
A Donation of $50 to the munici
pal swimming pool fund was made
last Wednesday at a meeting of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The money contributed was raised
by the organization through park
ing lot operations held in conjunc
tion with the oFurth of July rodeo.
In the parking concession, the
Jaycees raised $65^ and the other
$15 will be used to finance publicity
and promotion for the pool.
Burkholder continued, “I have a right
to be proud of him everyone says, be
cause he saved some of the men’s
Mrs. Burkholder, who had been liv
ing in Seabo, Japan, with her hus
band, before his regiment was sent to
Korea early in July went to Tokyo
as soon as she learned he was in the
hospital there.
She wrote that she is allowed to
visit him four hours a day—two in
the afternoon and two in the even
ing. “He believes he will be in the
hospital only a few more weeks”, she
“This police action in Korea, as
they call it, is even worse than World
War II,” Mrs. Burkholder wrote.
“They mow them down and they (the
North Koreans) keep right on com
ing. If we just had the men and
equipment—that is all they need—
especially men.”
Sgt. Burkholder, a bronze star
winner in World War II, was wound
ed in action on July 27. His 30th
birthday W’as Aug. 4. The Bluffton
man re-enlisted shortly after being
discharged after World War II, and
had been with the army of occupation
in^/Japan for three years.
Enroll For Florists
Course In Chicago
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Basinger of
Basinger’s Florist shop are in Chi
cago taking a special course for
florists at Bright’s School of Floral
Design. Emphasis is being laid on
arrangement of cut flowers to
achieve unique decorative effects.
Bluffton Sergeant Wounded in Action Being
Cared for in Military Hospital in Tokyo
Seek Volunteers for Civilian Defense
Two Contestants With Bluffton Backgrounds Win Preliminaries
and Enter National Beauty Pageant at Atlantic City Next Month
then the Charles Sheridan prop
erty on S. Jackson street, now
owned by Earl Lehman. They
moved from Bluffton two years
ago, after Miss Jennings had
completed her sophomore year in
Bluffton High school. Her broth
er, Jerry, was a junior here the
same year.
Father of the beauty Queen
contestant was employed here as
an electrical construction engin
eer in an expansion program at
To Teach Children of U. S.
Military Personnel in Oc
cupied Country'
Both to Sail for Far East
Latter Part of This Month,
is Plan
Two Bluffton young women, Miss
Lucille Hilty and Miss Dorothy
Locher, will leave late this month /or
Yokahoma, Japan, to teach in the
American school setup for children of
U. S. military personnel in the
occupied country.
Miss Hilty is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. C. D. HiRy, 'iiSpring street,
and Miss Locher’s parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Chris Locher, northwest of
The two teachers will sail for
Japan on the same ship late this
month, after undergoing a one-week
orientation program in Seattle, Wash,
from where they will start their over
seas journey.
Leaves for Seattle
Miss Hilty left Sunday evening for
Seattle. A teacher in Seattle last
year, Miss Locher already is there.
In Japan Miss Hilty will be a
teacher in the elementary grades and
Miss Locher will teach in high school
classes. Both young women will be
in Japan on a one-year basis.
Miss Locher is a graduate of Ohio
State university and taught in
(Continued on page 10)
Contract for a new automatically
controlled gas heating system for
village quarters in the town hall
was let Tuesday night at a special
meeting of the municipal "council.
The Greding hardware was award
ed the contract on a bid of $803.15,
including installation.
With completion of the heating
project, automatic gas heat will be
provided next winter for the mayor’s
office, council chamber* fire truck
room, firemen’s recreation room, and
men’s and women’s rest rooms.
All rooms are on the first floor of
the town hall, with the exception of
the council chamber.
Arrange Safe Driving
Demonstration Here
A safe driving demonstration will
be held on Wednesday afternoon of
next week at 4 o’clock on College
avenue it is announced by George
Te wk sb ary assistant safety director
of the Ohio Farm Bureau federa
tion, who will be in charge.
The demonstration will be held in
connection with a youth conference
on the Bluffton college campus spon
sored by the Ohio Farm Bureau.
Youths will drive a car over a desig
nated course to test their skill and
timing. In event of rain the demon
stration will be held the following
$803 Automatic Gas Heat System For
Town Offices Is Approved By Council
the Woodcock generating plant
of the Central Ohio Light and
Power Co. The family came to
Bluffton from Oak Ridge, Tenn.,
and went from here to Hot
Miss Jennings was graduated
last spring from Hot Springs
High school, and has talent as a
singer, which helped in her selec
tion as the Atlantic City beauty
contestant. In being named Miss
Hot Springs in a contest spon­
Leonard Smucker, son of Rev. and
Mrs. J. N. Smucker, who is in Eu
rope with a collegiate summer group,
has been assigned to “Agape,” a
Christian youth center among the
historically famous religious group,
the Waldesians, of Northern Italy.
This" new’ youth center is being
built by students from all parts of
the world, including the United
States, Holland, England, France,
Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary and
Spain. “Agape” is the New Testa
ment Greek word for “Love.”
Allen county’s wheat acreage for
1951 has been increased 3,447 acres
under the Federal Production and
Marketing administration (AAA)
program, it was stated by Clair
Patterson, county chairman and in
dividual allotments are expected to
be in the hands of farmers early
next week.
Total allotment for the county’s
1951 wheat acreage has been set at
29,224 as compared with 25,777 in
1950, it w’as learned by Patterson
w’ho added that allotments will be
set up for all farmers listed as
wheat growers under a U .S. sur
vey conducted last year.
The 1951 allotments will be based
on the farmers’ wheat acreage rec
ord in 1947, 1948 and 1949. The
1950 allotments w’ere based on 1945,
1946, 1947 and 1948 acreage rec
The county increase has resulted
from a nationwide boost in wheat
acreage because of the Korean wrar
developments, federal agricultural
experts said.
Know and obey all traffic laws.
Stop driving if you get sleepy.
Church Opens Week
Of Service Sunday
A week of special services will
open Sunday night at the Evan
gelical Mennonite church on South
Jackson street, it is announced by
the pastor, Rev. Marlyn Egle who
will be in charge, speaking every
evening except Saturday which will
be music night.
Services will be held at 8 o’clock
except on Sunday nights opening
and closing the series when the hour
will be 7:30 p. m. Special music
is being arranged.
Real Estate Deal
Robert Stratton has purchased
from Clyde Sutter and Mrs. Mabel
Herr the property in Garmatter ad
dition formerly occupied by their
parents, Mrs. Henry Sutter and the
late Mr. Sutter and later occupied
by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamman.
The deal was handled by Mrs. H.
W. Althaus. Mr. and Mrs. Stratton
have moved into the house.
When a table has been marked by
a hot dish, the white ring can usual
ly be removed. Put a few drops of
camphorated oil on the spot
let it stand for a few minutes
then polish with a hot cloth.
Leonard Smucker Assists With
Italian Student Work Program
Larger Wheat Acreage Allotments To Be
Given Allen County Farmers Next Week
sored by the Junior Chamber of
Commerce, she also won a $1,000
Miss Murray, the other beauty
queen competitor with a Bluffton
background, also won a $1,000
scholarship award wheat she was
named Miss Philadelphia, in
competition with 40 other young
women. She is applying the
scholarship to the further study
of music, and at the same time
is appearing professionally in
musical productions.
In the Waldesian project, it is
hoped that the cooperate Christian
youth center will further the inter
ests of peace and understanding.
Later this month, Smucker and
others assigned to the “Agape”
camp will join with the United
States groups now in other camps
and return to America by steamship.
The party will land in Quebec the
last w’eek in September.
Smucker also was fortunate in
seeing the w’orld-fanled Passion Play
performed at Oberamergau, late last
Twelfth House in Summer
Building Boom Started First
of Week
Employee at Woodcock Plant
Building Bungalow on North
Bluffton’s building boom continued
in high gear this week, with the start
of another new home, the town’s 12th
of the summer.
In the latest construction project,
Cecil Fitzpatrick, who came here
from Findlay to work at the Central
Ohio Light and Power Co. generating
plant, is building a bungalow-type
residence on the North Dixie high
way, north of the Kermit Kibele
Fitzpatrick, his wife and little
daughter will live in a house trailer
at the site until the house is com
pleted. The decision to build was
made after the family was unable to!
find a house after coming here from
Tight Housing
Despite the booming construction
program in the town, Bluffton’s hous
ing situation has continued as tight
as ever, with would-be renters avidly
seeking available accommodations.
Building projects launched during
the summer have included the follow
Everett Sutermeister, Harmon
road Charles Patterson, Garau
street John Herrmann and Ross
Irwin, Cherry street Ivan Johnson,
county line road D. A. McGinnis,
Garmatter addition Miss Dawn
Stonehill, S. Jackson street Joel
Kimmel,, S. Main street Howard
Stager, East College avenue Ed
Steiner, Spring street Dr. B. W.
Travis, W. Kibler street E. J. Wahlie,
S. Main street. Olan Lewis also is
excavating for a house on Harmon
Many Additions
In addition to the imposing list of
new residences there have been a
number of building additions to pres
ent homes including those of Norman
Triplett, Grove street Clifford Houtz,
Garmatter addition Norman Edinger,
Jefferson street, and Robert Lugin
buhl, W. Elm street.
Other new’ construction has includ
ed a recently completed double
garage at the E. C. Ludwig residence
on Poplar street, and the Harry
Ewing residence, Harmon road.
In the Bluffton community, Ernest
Bosse is building a new home on his
farm, one mile east of Bluffton, for
merly the Johnson place.
A Good Place to Trade
Harry Bogart, World War II
Veteran is Named Assistant
Richland Township to Register
in Bluffton and Beaver
Volunteers will be sought in a two
day registration campaign Friday and
Saturday for Bluffton’s Civilian De
fense program, organization of which
is being set up to serve the com
munity in case of wartime emerg
encies and other disasters.
Registration for the community
service project will be held from 11
a. m. until 9 p. m. Friday and Sat
urday in the office of Mayor Wilbur
A. How’e. Anyone 18 years of age or
older can volunteer.
In addition to CD volunteers from
the city, residents of Richland town
ship who vote in Bluffton also are
urged to register, as a part of the
community protection service. A
separate registration will be held in
Beaverdam for that village and the
southern half of the township.
Bogart is Assistant
As the community’s CD program
continued to take shape this week
with the drafting of volunteers,
Harry Bogart, World War II veteran
and a local postal employe, was
Inamed Bluffton’s Assistant Civilian
Defense Chief.
He will serve with Garnette Foltz,
who was appointed the town’s Civil
ian Defense Director last week, in
setting up Bluffton’s CD program as
a part of a coordinated county-wide
Following the registration of vol
unteers this week, the next step will
be in making assignments of workers
to some phase of the civilian defense
program locally. Announced goal of
the movement is to make each com
munity self-sufficient so far as pro
tection of civilians is concerned, in
disasters as well as in wartime.
Committee Operation
In completing Bluffton’s CD setup,
10 separate units will be organized
and trained on various phases of dis
aster work.
Volunteers obtained in the regis
tration the latter part of this week
will man the various phases of the
overall program, consisting of: com
munications, disaster squad, utility
and water supply protection, trans
portation, police and fire protection,
air observation crews, air raid war
dens, school protection, evacuation
and industrial plant safety units.
Governor Lausche
At Cairo Friday
A capacity crowd is expected in
Cairo Friday night when Gov.
Lausche dedicates the new Memorial
Park in that village. Grounds for the
park w’ere purchased by the Cairo
Recreation Assn, in 1941 and re
cently deeded to the village for a
playground and baseball field. Wel
come banners have been strung
across both entrances to the com
munity and arrangements have been
made to meet the governor’s en
tourage by an equestrian color
guard at the junction of Route 65.
The parade will proceed eastward
to the Memorial Park bolstered by
school bands from Elida and
Vaughnsville. The local Ameircan
Legion Post will conduct the flag
raising ceremony and following the
governor’s dedicatory speech a base
ball game between the Cairo Mer
chants and Botkins is scheduled to
begin at 8:30 p. m.
Former Opera Singer
At St. John Church
Rhea Marie Gershon, Russian-born
converted Jewess will be heard in a
program of gospel songs at St. John
Mennonite church near Pandora,
Sunday night at 8 o’clock. A form
er opera and concert artist she is
now devoting her talents to work in
the religious and evangelistic field.
Takes Position As
Electronic Engineer
Wilhelm Amstutz, Jr., has accept
ed a position with the Civil Aero
nautics administration as electronic
engineer in the Department of Com
merce, technical development and
evaluation center at Wier-Cook field
at Indianapolis. He will begin his
new work August 21.

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