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A Good Place to Live
VOLUME LXXV TO DECIDE POLICY AFTER CONFERRING WITH ENGINEERS Fast Work Required to Get Measure on Ballot Before Deadline If Authorized This Would be Third Special Levy at Fall Election Bluffton’s town administration will confer with their consulting engin eers within the next week to de termine the advisability of putting r, bond issue for a sewage disposal system on the ballot for the Novem ber general election. Decision to this effect was reached at a meeting of the town council Monday night. Should the question of issuing sewage disposal bonds be taken to the voters this fall, all preliminaries must be completed and filing effected 60 days prior to the election. This finds municipal authorities facing a Sept. 5 deadline in making a decision on the bond proposal, ana the next two weeks will be busy ones for the council should they decide to go ahead with the issue. Confer With Engineers Preliminary study of the situation will be made in a conference between councilmen and representatives of the Toledo engineering firm of Fink beiner, Pettis and Strout, which has prepared the plans for the village’s proposed sewage disposal system. Should a decision be made to proceed with a vote on the question this year, the amount of the bond issue will be decided, likely on the basis of the full amount which can be voted in relation to the town’s (Continued on page 10) THIRTY DRAFTEES OF FIRST PANEL ARE CLASSED 1-A Physical Examinations Being Stepped up Anticipating September Cail Additional Groups of Eligibles to be Called this Month for Screening Thirty of the first 48 Allen county men who have taken preinduction physical examinations have been classified I-A, for military duty, ac cording to word released this week by the Allen county draft board. At the same time, the rate of physical examinations is being step ped up in preparation for fall draft calls, scheduled to begin in Septem ber. Additional squads of potential draftees who will be called for the preinduction screening this month include the following groups: August 24, 22 men August 30, 27 men, and August 31, seven men. Although no draft calls have been announced as yet for September, the first month in which induction will start, it is expected that the total number of draftees expected from Allen county will be about seven to 10. With the preinduction physical examination pace to be stepped up in September, the October draft call may be larger than that expected next month, altho draft board of ficials have been non-committal on what orders to expect. Crash Demolishes Light Standard A boulevard light standard in front of the Mrs. W. W. Carder residence in the 300 block on South Main street was demolished about daylight Wednesday morning. The standard, apparently struck by a passing car or truck was torn from its base and dragged about 100 feet north to the lawn strip in front of the Mrs. John Rogers prop erty. MR■M■!ng a-g. Council May Order Vote on Sewer Issue at November Election Here Beaverdam Youth Reported Missing On Korean Front Pvt. Wayne A. Johnson, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archer L. Johnson, of Beaverdam, is re ported missing in the Korean battle area, according to an an nouncement last Friday by the U. S. Department of Defense. The Beaverdam youth was a member of Co. L, 21st infantry, which had been stationed at Kumamo, Kyusku, Japan, for more than a year. Young John son entered the army in Febru ary, 1949, and was sent overseas in May. Relatives said the last letter received from Pvt. Johnson was dated June 23. The family previously lived in Lima where the war victim at tended Lima Central High school COUNCIL MARKS NINE STREETS TO BE RESURFACED Eighteen City Blocks will be Included in Summer Pro gram Here Findlay Contractor will be Given Contract for Streets and Alleys Eighteen city blocks of nine Bluff ton streets will be resurfaced in a summer improvement program to be launched here within the next two weeks, it was decided at a meeting of the municipal council, Monday night. In addition to the street program, a number of alleys also will be hard surfaced. Contract for the street improve ments will be let to Cossett and Co., of Findlay, road contractors who have handled Bluffton’s resurfacing proj ects for the last several years. Preparation of streets for the im provement program is being done by city street workmen under the direc tion of Street Commissioner H. L. Coon. Preliminary grading on streets involved also is being done before the start of resurfacing. Nine Projects Included in the street program are the following projects: Lawn avenue—Franklin street to College avenue and Grove street to High street, two blocks. Spring street—College avenue to Elm street, three blocks. Franklin street—Main to Spring street, three blocks. Vine street—Main street to Lawn avenue, two blocks. Railroad street—Cherry street to College avenue, one block. College avenue—Railroad street to Geiger street Little Riley bridge to College road Main to Jackson street, three blocks. Lake avenue—Main street to the County Line road, two blocks. Geiger street—Cherry street to College avenue, one block. Elm street—One-half block adjac ent to the town hall. New Residence Property Joe Bronson is remodeling for residential use a barn at the rear of his lot on South Mound street. The family now occupy a house trailer on the site. Condition Improved Charles Kinsinger, Bluffton pro duce dealer who has been ill with pneumonia for the past two weeks is improving at his home on oSuth Spring street. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Shafer, Leip sic, a girl, Susan Elaine, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Rogers, Ot tawa, a boy, Timothy Stephen, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Luginbuhl, Bluffton, a girl, Martha Allene, Tuesday. TWO TEACHING VACANCIES IN GRADE BUILDING No Instructors for Third and Sixth Grades Former Teacher Back Positions are All Filled in High School Teaching Person nel Here Two vacancies remain to be filled on the Bluffton grade school teach ing staff, with school officials facing the task of making arrangements for instructors inthe third and sixth grades before the opening of the fall term on Sept. 6, only 10 days away. Vacancies remaining to be filled are those resulting from the resig natiqns last spring of Ralph DeVore, fifth and sixth grade teacher, and Miss Genevieve Beagle, second grade instructor. Arrangements to fill two other grade staffva cancies have been com pleted this month. Mrs. Levada Bixel,wh o resigned last spring as a second grade teacher, has consented to return for another school terwm. A vacancy in the fifth grade re sulting from a one-year’s leave of absence granted to Mrs. Adella Oyer will be filled by Mrs. Paul Cramer, who has assisted in the schools pre viously as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Cramer finished the latter part of the last schoolte rm in Mrs. Oyer’s place. Grade Assignments Teaching assignments in the grade school announced this week by Supt. Aaron B. Murray are as follows: Meredith Stepleton, principal and first grade Mrs. Ruby Murray, first and second grades Mrs. Levada (Continued on page 10) Key personnel to head the various phases of Bluffton’s Civilian Defense organization will be announced at a community meeting to be held Tues day night, Sept. 5, in the American Legion hall. Additional registration of volun teer workers also will be completed at the meeting. Another feature will be explana tion of the local program and its relationship to county and state activities by Allen county Civilian Defense officials who will be here for the session. All phases of CD activity will be explained. 127 Register Bluffton’s registration for civilian defense sendee is one of the best in the county, with the local mark of 127 second only to Lima in the number volunteering. In addition Bluffton’s turnout is the largest proportional to population in the county. Ted Heiser, Allen county civilian defense director, who will be here for the September meeting, has ex pressed satisfaction with the Bluff- Bluffton’s Civilian Defense corps, now in the process of being estab lished, will be part of an overall Ohio CD setup made up of more than 8,000 volunteers to serve in case of emergencies and disasters. First information on how the gi gantic state-wude civilian defense program will operate was revealed last week by the state executive di rector, Dr. William E. Warner, of Columbus. The inter-related state corps of 8,000 volunteers will be broken down into 16 battalions of 500 persons each. In addition to serving as a mobile reserve to aid stricken areas, the group will serve in emergencies in case the. Ohio National Guard is called for federal duty. 800 Posts In establishing the air raid warn ing network as a part of the Civil ian Defense program, 800 observa tion posts will cover the entire state. y A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ■■■. MM— BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 24,1950 Utility Proposes Supplying Current Here Building Brisk bidding for Bluffton’s rapidly diminishing list «f de sirable building sites is the latest development in this sum mer’s residential building boom, which has brought the start of 12 new homes inside corporation limits since late spring. Skyrocketing prices for build ing lots also have marked the construction boom, with an avid demand for sites. There appar ently is no letup in residential building plans of local residents. With 12 new homes started this summer, that number of de sirable building sites have been taken off the market, narrowing the available number and result ing in an uptrend in prices asked by owners of the remaining building locations. Bluffton merchants will sweep the street andwa Ik in front of their business establishments each Friday morning in the future, under a new cooperative program to be launched this week under auspices of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The downtown cleanup each Fri day is aimed at providing a spotless settingin the business district for each weekend. All businessmen are urged to take care of their street sweeping assign ments at the same time, with 11 a. m. set as the starting time for the project. All sweepings are to me deposited in new rubbish con tainers recently placed throughout the downtown area by the Jaycees. To remind merchants of the street sweeping kickoff, the Jaycee jeep will roar through the business sec tion at 11 a. m. each Friday, with its horn blowing loudly. A similar street sweeping pro gram was a success during the an nual municipal cleanup campaign last spring, leading to the Jaycee decision to sponsor it as a weekly event. Announce Key Personnel of Civilian Defense at Meeting September 5th Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shrider, Jr., of Harmon road, are in New York City to meet her parents, Mr. an Mrs. Frank Cullen, enroute here from their native England to make their future home in Bluffton. They are expected here Thurday. Parting from relatives and friends in their home city of Grimsby, 180 miles north of London, Mr. and Mrs. Cullen saile for the United ton response in CD activity. An appeal likely will be sounded later for additional volunteers here, 18 years of age and older, with county officials stressing that “any American worthy of the name will volunteer for the most important service any civilian might be called on to perform—that of saving the Civilian Defense Here Ties Into State Setup Between 15,000 to 18,000 air raid wardens would be involved in case of an emergency. In the warning system there will be 16 centrally located points where warnings will be received from the air force control centers, then trans mitted to siren control centers, us ually by way of police chiefs. Ra dar also will be used in the protec tive network. Surveys by local authorities will be necessary in plants employing 100 or more persons. Results will be kept secret. Listed for emergency use will be the state’s 872 fire departments. Only two-thirds of those available, however, have national standard threads for hose and hydrant con nections. The State Higway Patrol auxil iary system will provide 3,300 train ed men to further bolster the CD setup, and heads of business and Jeep Will Rally Merchants Here For Street Sweeping Friday Morning British Parents Of Bluffton Woman Enroute To Take Up Residence Here Retums From North Canada Canoe Trip Prices Soar as Buyers larket for Desirable Locations Double In Price Lots which last year generally were selling in a $200 to $800 range roughly have doubled in price this summer, with a few now bearing tags over the $2,000 mark as those who plan to build bid for choice locations. The owner of one desirable lot said this week that he is contact ed almost daily by would-be pur chasers, but so far has refused to sell. At the same time there is little indication that additional sites will be on the market soon, thru opening new residential building subdivisions, largely because of the Korean war situation. No New Additions Normally the scarcity of build- Don Badertscher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Badertscher of South Jackson street returned Sunday from a two weeks’ Canadian canoe trip in the Blind River region in Ontario. The Bluffton youth was one of 16 Boy Scouts and four leaders from Shawnee area, some of whom were associated in operation of Camp Shawnee near Defiance this sum mer. The group, with a specially built trailer for their canoes, motored to Blind River, northeast of Sault Ste. Marie, their base camp and from there made a three day canoe trip from Lake of the Mountains and various other lakes of the region and an overnight canoe and fishing trip to Lake Lauzon and an auto trip to the northernmost lumber camp in Canada including visits to saw mills in the Blind River region. While there they attended Sunday services in a small Mennonite church in that area. lives of his family and neighbors. States in mid-August. Mrs. Shrider is the only child of the British couple, but they are leaving Mr. and Mrs. Cullen’s moth ers behind them in England. Both mothers, however, are glad to see their children come to this country for a new start A clerical worker and account ant by profession, Cullen has 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 landed in New York City, the couple were met by Mr. and Mrs. Shrider, who will bring them to Bluffton. On their arrival the Cullens will make their home with the Shriders on Harmon road. professional women’s clubs have of fered the services of their 8,400 members. All municipal and county organi zations also will be lined up for as sistance in the overall program. Red Cross training for all CD workers will be provided to prepare the volunteers in first aid, care of sick and injured, and howto pro vide food, clothing and shelter on a mass basis during emergencies. Blood banks also will be established, and blood typing will be general. Civil Aviation Ohio’s civil aviation is fast and dependable. The state has 300 land ing fields, 4,500 private-type air planes and 25,000 trained airmen. Limited helicopter and water air craft also are available. Aircraft facilities will be invalu able in case of enemy action, it was pointed out, especially in areas where transportation is immobilized. ing lots would have opened the way for suburban development outside the corporation, but action has been curtailed because of the Korean situation and the possibility that government con trols may be invoked to limit the volume of available building supplies. Lumber and other building materials also have been advanc ing in price thereby increasing the cost of residential building for those now planning to erect homes. So far, however, there has been no indication of a slackening in construction plans, with the war scarce shortage stimulating prospective building rather than bringing a slump to the present boom. ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HOLD FLOWER SHOW ON SEPT. 9 Bluffton Garden Gubs Making Arrangements for Attrac tive Event Showing of Flowers Will be Held in Bluffton High School Gymnasium Bluffton’s largest flower show, withexhib ition classes also included for vegetables and fruits, will be held Saturday afternoon and even ing, Sept. 9, in the Bluffton High school gymnasium. A joint venture of the men’s and women’s garden clubs of the com munity, the show will have a special division for amateurs as well as the familiar open classes. No entry fees will be charged, and I entries will be open to any interested person. First, second and third prize ribbons will be awarded in each class. Entries will close at 10:30 a. m. on the day of the show, at which time exhibits are to be in place. Free Admission Admission to the show will be free, with exhibits open to the pub lic from 1:30 p. m. until 10 p. m. In the amateur division of the show, there will be 30 flower classes COUNTY FAIR RIBBONS The following Bluffton exhibit ors received awards Tuesday at the Flower show at the Allen County Fair: W. A. Amstutz, 1st, single dahlia 1st, best display any flower (gladioli and dahlias). Karl Gierman, 1st, dozen asters 1st, dozen mixed gladioli. Kermit Herr—1st & 2nd, doz en 1 color gladioli 1st, 6 large dahlias 2nd, single dahlia. and four for vegetables. Prizes are offered for gladiolus, dahlia, mari gold, zinnia, roses, asters, crysanthe mums and dephiniums. Additional amateur awards are provided for flower arrangements and a vegetables and fruits class. In open competition there will be 32 classes for dahlias, including showings of specimen blooms plus vase and basket showings. A cham pion dahlia, with open and amateur competing, also will be chosen. Open Classes In the gladiolus division there will be showings in 52 classes, including displays of 10 or more in a vase or basket. There will be four classes open for delphiniums. Forty different vegetable exhibits are planned, with a complete com plement of garden produce common to this area. Among the entries will be beets, cabbage, carrots, sweet corn, popcorn, cucumbers, squash, beans, pumpkins, turnips, musk melons, etc. There will be 20 classes offruits, with apples, peaches, pears, grapes, quinces and plums included in the showings. An unusual sidelight in the showings will be the most comical arrangement of any flower or vege table. Kermit Herr and Mrs. Cal Steiner are co-chairmen of the show. Thistle Salad An odd dish prepared in south ern France is a salad made of Al pine thistles. Served with a pepper sauce, the hearts of this plans are considered as tasty as artichokes. ^ftTnr fl—'■» III'......Uh,I ............Ill' III .......... .. A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 19 PROPOSE MEETING WITH LIGHT BOARD AND TOWN COUNCIL Central Ohio Light & Power Company Letter Read at Council Meeting Meeting Would Also Discuss Supplying Current to Bluff ton Farm Area The Central Ohio Light and Pow er Co., which has its major generat ing plant located in Bluffton, has proposed a meeting with Bluffton village council and the board of public affairs, to discuss the possi bility of supplying the town with electric current and power. It was read at council meeting, Monday night. A bid to take over electric service now provided by the municipal light plant was one of three proposals made by the utility firm in a letter directed to the mayor, city council, and the board of public affairs. The letter signed by Emory D. Erwin, president and general mana ger of the utility requested an early meetin with the two Bluffton govern meeting with the two Bluffton gov ernmental bodies for a discussion of the situation. Propose Discussion In addition to the question of providing electric service for the town, the utility also indicated it wanted to discuss at the session requests for current from farm resi dents who now get their electricity from the municipal plant and also bring to a head protracted negotia tions over a site near Buckeye lake which the village has sought to pur chase as a site for the town’s pro posed sewage disposal plant. The letter pointed out that the I utility has requests for service from farmers now getting their current from the Bluffton plant, “inasmuch as our rates are approximately 20 ppr cent lower than they now are paying.” Erwin’s letter also indicated that efforts made in. the past to buy the proposed site at the north edge of the Buckeye as a location for a sewage disposal plant might be resolved at this time, another reason for the proposed meeting. Proposal On Service In disclosing that the utility wish ed to reopen the question of provid ing electrical service for the village, Erwin wrote: “We have also in the past in dicated our willingness to discuss with you the benefits which might accrue to the village of Bluffton should we be in a posi tion to serve your village with electric light and power.” In discussing the utility firm’s request, councilmen Monday night indicated they would be willing to participate in a joint meeting, pend ing a check with the board of public affairs. Forrest Steinman, chairman of the board of public affairs, said the group has had no meeting since receipt of the letter and no action has been taken as yet on the pro posal. Next regular meeting of the board will be Tuesday night Septem ber 5. Two Mexicans Are Held For Deportation Two Mexicans illegally in thia country were arrested last Sunday in Beaverdam and turned over to Toledo immigration authorities for deportation. The men, Rudolpho Morales, 28, and Antonio Benitez, 26, both of Vera Cruz, Mexico, were apprehend ed in Beaverdam after they were reported loitering near a service station. They told Allen County Deputy Sheriff Harold Williamson they crossed the border at Laredo, Texas, July 6, and remained in this country illegally. Two On Honor Roll At Ohio Northern Don T. Crites and Janice Hank ish, both of Bluffton, received honor grades for the summer quarter at Ohio Northern university, according to word from the university this week. Both were students in the elementary education department. Not being able to understand women wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t understand men.