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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV FARMER CLAIMS WATER OF CREEK FATAL TO CATTLE Council Takes Steps to Make Adjustment with Land owner Pollution of Creek Makes Bot tom Land Unfit For Graz ing, Claim A municipal offer to pay for any livestock which may die as a result of drinking sewage-polluted water from Little Riley creek this week marked the latest development in a claim for damages made against the town by Myron Matter, whose farm lies adjacent to and partially inside the southwestern corporation limits of the town. In charges at a council meeting two weeks ago, Motter claimed that Bluff ton sewage emptied into the stream has made useless 51 acres of creek bottom pastureland, because livestock previously had been lost after drink ing water from the stream. Altho Motter had indicated he ex pected payment of damages resulting from inability to use the pastureland for grazing, council’s concession de cided at Monday’s meeting was re stricted to an offer to reimburse the farm operator for any livestock dy ing as a result of drinking from the stream. Offer Protection In case Motter should lose live stock in the future, a veterinarian’s report will be accepted to determine if the death is due to drinking pol luted water, councilmen agreed in their offer. When making his claim for dam ages at the meeting two weeks ago, Motter was accompanied by his at torney, Dan R. Trippiehorn, a former city solicitor. Altho no definite figure for dam ages was mentioned by Motter, he charged that the sewage-polluted con dition of the stream had made it im possible for him to use 51 acres of land for grazing purposes, and set the rental value of the land at $15 an acre. New Stage At Grade School Auditorium A Parent-Teacher association pro ject of replacing the present stage and curtain at the grade school auditorium was started Tuesday night when men of the association took out the old stage. Another work period has been ar ranged for next Saturday after noon when a new stage will be built. Committee of the association in charge of the project is Mrs. Gerald Berry, Mrs. Harold Crawfis, Harlan Moser, Lorain Basinger, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schiffke, Mrs. Robert Benroth and Wm. Edwards. Dr. Hartzler Speaker At College Vespers Dr. J. E. Hartzler of Goshen, Ind., former Bluffton resident and world traveler will address the Bluffton college vesper service in Ramseyer chapel Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. His subject will be “Europe and the New World.” Material for his lecture was assembled by the speak er last summer while on the Sher •wood Eddy study tour of Europe. Time of the service has been changed in order to permit Dr. Hartzler to fill an evening speaking engagement in Wayne county^. Rare Night Blooming Cereus Opens Tuesday A night blooming cereus plant blossomed at the Carl Cahill home on Jefferson street Tuesday evening. It opened shortly after dusk, un folding in a rare display of white loveliness and closed Wednesday morning. The plant blossomed last July, for the first time in more than 25 years and two blooms in one season is considered a rarity. The ce^us is of the cactus family of which Mrs. Cahill has a large collection. fit 4 Town Offers to Pay Damages Due to Pollution of Stream Bluffton householders, farmers and business men can draw on a labor force consisting of upwards of 250 Bluffton college students for any odd jobs or extra labor they need next Wednesday in the annual fall college work day program, it was announced this week. All wages earned by students in the morning and afternoon work program will be donated to the col lege gymnasium fund. In last year’s workday program, more than $800 was earned for the gymnasium. In addition to being available for any type work around homes, fac tories or business establishments, the work committee also will have a large contingent of qualified work ers available for farm labor. Reservations for student workers can be made beginning now until next Wednesday by telephoning 246- Y. Gene Suter, Pandora sophomore, is general chairman of the work day committee. OPEN FORUM TO DISCUSS LEVIES ON BALLOT HERE Public Meeting to be Held in High School Auditorium, Tuesday Night Voters are Invited to Present Questions on Three Special Issues Open forum discussion of the three special levies tcr be on Bluffton bal lots at the Nov. 7 general election will be featured at a community meeting in the high school auditor ium at 7:30 p. m. next Tuesday night. Sponsored by the Bluffton Lions club, the session will feature short explanatory talks on the need for the three tax levies, followed by open forum discussion from the audience. College Work Day Next Wednesday Will Take Care Of Town’s Odd Jobs Under consideration at the meet ing will be Bluffton’s $180,000 sew age bond issue, a five-mill school levy (renewal) and a one-mill issue for the Allen county fairgrounds. Silas Diller, a member of the county fair board, will explain the fairgrounds issue Supt. Aaron B. Murray will talk on the school levy, and the sewage bond issue will be explained by Mayor W. A. Howe and a representative from the con sulting engineering firm of Fink beiner, Pettis and Strout, Toledo. All Bluffton voters are urged to attend the session, which will be Bluffton’s first “town meeting” dis cussion of municipal problems in many years. The open forum is planned for both women and men voters. Bluffton Lions, sponsor of the unique meeting, have endorsed the three issues and are working toward their approval at the polls. College Homecoming Draws Weekend Crowd Bluffton college graduates and stu dents of other years thronged the campus last Saturday and Sunday for annual Homecoming activities held in a setting of perfect fall weather. Opening with a “College and Life Conference” and coronation cere monies of the Homecoming Queen Saturday morning, the day’s events moved through a busy morning and afternoon program. In the traditional tug-of-war at noon, this year’s freshman class was hauled through Riley creek, dooming the frosh to continue wearing their green caps until Thanksgiving. Following the Homecoming foot ball game in the afternoon, won by the Beavers, 18 to 0, over Olivet of Michigan, the annual Homecoming banquet was held in the evening. ?. H. “Wifty” Sprunger, of Berne, Ind., was chairman of the banquet program, with the address being given by Al Bohrer. Parents Day on Sunday featured open house in the dormitories, and an afternoon vesper service at which Rev. William Stauffer was the speaker. 3 o 9" __ Aaron Geiger Dies Funeral On Friday Aaron Geiger, 91, believed to be Bluffton’s oldest resident, died at his home on South Main street Wednesday morning at 1 o’clock fol lowing a brief illness. Death was due to senility. Funeral services will be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church of which he was a member, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. How ard Landes officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. The body is at the Diller funeral home until time for services. Mr. Geiger, retired farmer and cabinet maker, was born in Riley township, December 3, 1858, the son of John and Anna (Steiner) Geiger. He was married to Anna Moser who died four years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Lydia at home Mrs. Clarence Gris more, Pandora Mrs. Ellen Knight, Sheridan, 111., and a son Monroe Geiger, Pandora, together with 14 grandchildren and 12 great grand children. Also surviving are a brother Peter Geiger, Bluffton, and sister, Mrs. Leah Liechty, Pandora. Man Injured In Fall Improving Condition of E. J. Wahlie, Bluff ton hatcheryman who was injured in a fall a week ago is reported im proved. Walie received neck and spinal injuries in a nine foot fall from the attic to the first floor at his new South Main street home un der construction. He is a patient at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima. Movie On Japan To Be Shown Sunday “Japan Welcomes the Word,” a documentary film on post-war Japan, will be shown at an evening meeting in St. John’s Reformed church Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock. Photographed in natural color, the picture will be shown here by K. C. Carman, a member of the field staff of the Pocket Testament league. Apart from its central theme dealing with post-war missionary en deavor in Japan, the movie also has high entertainment value as a travelog. It depicts the natural beauty of the Japanese countryside and moun tains, and also the vast rubble heaps which once were Hiroshima, Naga saki and other bomb-flattened cities. Evangelistic Meetings At Missionary Church Special services conducted by Rev. Forest Kuhn, evangelist, will be held in the Bluffton Missionary church beginning Sunday and continuing until Nov. 5, it was announced this week by Rev. Robert R. Welch, pas tor. In the series of evangelistic meet ings, services will be held at 7:30 p. m. each day except Saturday. Rev. Kuhn will be remembered by many as the young man who held meetings in a large tent on the Bluffton grade school grounds at the inception of the local Missionary church. Lions Make Plans For Football Fete M. M. Triplett, vice-president in charge of engineering at The Trip lett Electrical Instrument Co., de scribed the growth of television at a dinner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club Tuesday evening in the Wal nut Grill. Also given at the session was a brief description of the reasons for supporting the Allen county fair grounds one-mill levy in the No vember general election. Speaking for the issue was Silas Diller, a member of the fair board. Follow ing his talk, the Lions club en dorsed the issue as a necessary coun ty project. Initial plans for a football ban quet honoring Bluffton High and Bluffton college grid squads also were laid at the meeting. The ban quet will be held on November 7 in the Ropp hall dining room on the college campus. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 1950 Council Buys Auto for Police Department DRIVER DIES IN CAB TRUCK GOES INTO CORNFIELD Semi-Trailer Stalls 500 Feet From Road North on Dixie Sowing Green Trucker Believed to have been Heart Attack Victim Donavan Monahan, 35, Bowling Green, was found dead in the cab of his truck in a cornfield on the farm of Joe Slusser, 4 miles north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway, Wednesday morning. The Findlay state patrol post which investigated the accident said his death was probably due to a heart attack as there was no evi dence of injury. Final verdict will be given by Hancock County Coro ner, Dr. B. F. Voorhees. The semi-trailer with Monahan slumped in the cab was discovered by Slusser at 7 o’clock when he was doing morning chores. The family heard a crash about a half-hour be fore but at that time attributed it to noise of heavy traffic on the high way. Monahan, driving northbound, without cargo, is believed to have suffered the heart attack and lost control of his truck which angled off the roadway and crashed through Slusser’s cornfield for a distance of 500 feet before the motor stalled and came to a stop. The body was removed to the Perry Miles funeral home in Find lay. Rev. Beisheim Here For Lecture Thursday Rev. Arthur K, Beisheim, former pastor of Bluffton £t. John^s and Emmanuel’s Reformed churches, will present his illustrated lecture on the Oberammergau Passion Play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the St. John’s church. Rev. Beisheim visited Oberammer gau in Germany this spring and spent a full week visiting and tak ing pictures of the community, as well as having personal interviews with some of the main characters in the world-famous drama. In addition to the pictures he took on his visit, he also will show some 60 official pictures of the play. Rev. Beisheim also is preparing a book to be published under the 1 title, “The Old, Old Vow of Ober ammergau,” showing the origin and development of the world famous event as recorded by the camera. I He has twice seen the Passion Play. I The Passion Play is presented I every 10 years in fulfillment of a vow made back in 1634. Thursday’s presentation is spon sored by the Men’s Brotherhood of the St. John’s and Emmanuel’s churches, and all residents of the community are invited. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Spallinger, Lafayette, a son, Wayne Melvin, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Green, Bluff ton, a boy, Donald Dow, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Domer Smith, Raw son, a girl, Sheila Elaine, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Vinton Bucher, Pan dora, a girl, Devon Jo, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brauen, Pan dora, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Glover Webb, Bluff ton, a boy, William Lee, Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. James Hilty, Truckee, Calif., a girl, born at a Reno, Nevada hospital, October 13. Missionary Church Conference Opens A local missionary convention will open Wednesday of this week at the Bluffton Missionary church and con tinue through next Sunday. Speakers for the series of meet ings will be: Rev. Daniel Dyck, of Dominican Republic, 7:30 p. m. Wednesday Rev. Chris Gerig, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 7:30 p. m. Thursday Rev. Kenneth Rupp, Sierra Leone, Africa, 7:30 p. m. Friday with I both Rev. Dyck and Rev. Gerig speaking on Sunday. Motion pictures of the Dominican and African Missionary fields will be shown on Wednesday and Friday. A gala community Hallowe’en party complete with free refresh ments, liberal prizes for costumes and stage entertainment by profes sional talent will be held under the lights at Harmon field Tuesday night, Oct. 31, under auspices of the Bluffton Business Men’s Association and the Junior Chamber of Com merce. Everyone is welcome and every thing will be free to those cooper ating by appearing in costume. It will be a repetition of last year's successful party, which was the first organized Hallowe’en observance here in many years. The evening’s program will feature fast-moving entertainment for young and old alike. One of the top at tractions will be the grand parade with all participants in costume. Nine cash prizes will be awarded in Pickerel Fish Fry For Community Men Lou Klewer, well known conserva tionist and outdoor editor of The Toledo Blade, will screen and nar rate a color motion picture “The Land of the Shining Mountain,” a trout fishing expedition in Montana and Wyoming, at a pickerel fish fry for all men of the community at 8 P. M. next Monday in Bluffton Sportsmen’s clubrooms in the town hall. In addition to the color film to be shown by Klewer, a sound color movie, “Ohio Waters” will be shown by C. F. Blakeman, of Tiffin, pub lic relations representative of the Ohio Department of Conservation. Bluffton’s 1951 “thousand dollar” trout derby also will be outlined at the session. Trout for the derby which will begin next spring are on order, and the event will be vastly expanded over the successful derby conducted last spring. The session is sponsored jointly by the Sportsmen’s club and the churches of the community, with a part of the emphasis of the program on a nationwide interdenomins.tion movement to strengthen religion in American life. Rev. L. W. McIntire will briefly outline the movement, which carries the endorsement of the Bluffton Business men’s association. Admission to the program is free to all men of the community. A lunch concession featuring fried pickerel will be operated by the Sportsmen’s club. District Meeting Of Legion Auxiliary Here Delegates from seven counties will attend a district fall conference of the American Legion Auxiliary Wed nesday of next week in the Bluffton Legion hall. More than 200 representatives from 38 units in the seven counties are expected here for morning and afternoon sessions which will be closed with a tea at 4 p. m. Noon luncheon will be served in the First Methodist church. Reservations for the dinner should be in the hands of Mrs. Vernal Corson, 124 South Mound street, by this Saturday, it was announced. Presiding at the sessions will be Mrs. Linus Schmelzer, of Delphos, district president. Principal speak er will be Second District Legion Commander Elwood Young, of Sid ney, with other talks by Mrs. Arthur Palmer, department vice-president, of Columbus, and Mrs. Lee Moore, department secretary, of Zanesville. Counties in the district include Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert. Former Janitor Gets Deferment Robert Fisher, former Bluffton grade school janitor who was called back into service as a navy reserv ist in September, was discharged from the navy last week on a de pendency deferment. Free Cider and Donuts at Community Halloween Party Walter Sommer, who replaced Fisher as janitor at the grade building, will continue in that posi tion, and Fisher has accepted a job at the Bluffton Cement Block fac tory. Bluffton Youth Joins Air Force Karl Frick, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Frick of Mound street en listed in the Army air force it was announced Tuesday. After final physical examinations at Toledo he will be sent to Texas for training. three costume classifications—three top awards to each division. Big Stage Show- Entertainment will be provided by professional talent, and music for the grand parade and at other times during the evening will be played by the Bluffton High school band. Refreshments consisting of cider and doughnuts will be free to every one attending. Sponsors of the project are urg ing all planning to attend to be in costume, as the measure of success of the party will depend on the participation of community residents. Committees Make Plans General chairman of plans for the event will be Paul Emmert. Ar rangements for prizes and advertis ing are being directed by Ed Cham berlain. On the special entertainment com mittee are Francis Marquart, chair man William Edwards and Maurice Fett. Paul Basinger is chairman of the refreshments committee, and is as sisted by Charles Main, James Dailey and Robert Hursey. PROPOSE NEW MARKERS FOR STREETS HERE Junior hamber of Commerce Gets Approval from Council Monday Total Cost of Providing All Metal Markers is Estimated at $700 A campaign to erect new all-metal street markers was launched this week by the Bluffton Junior Chamber of Commerce. Representatives of the Jayceew re ceived municipal council permission for the drive at a meeting of the town governing body Monday night, and active campaigning for contributions to help defray expenses will be started at once. In addition to approving the move for new street markers, the council contributed $200 toward the $700 estimated cost of purchasing the en graved metal signs. Jaycees at Meeting Jaycees were represented at the council session by Robert Simcox, club president, and Ropp Triplett. Bluffton's present street markers consist of metal standards with wood signs. Names of streets are painted on the markers, and an annual pro gram of re-painting is necessary to make the signs legible, it was ex plained at the meeting. Donations to defray the cost of purchasing new markers will be solicited from businessmen and resi dents of the community. Installation of the signs will be handled by the Jaycees, councilmen were told. Real Estate Deals Miss Lillian Dillman has purchas ed from Dave Reichenbach the form er Dillman property on North Main street between the Dillman News Stand and Stauffer service station. It is occupied by Merl Duffman. James Oberly of Riley street has purchased the Justin Gratz property on Railroad street and will take pos session next month. The deal was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Winkler Licensed As School Fireman Albert Winkler, maintenance em ploye at the high school has passed the state examination for fireman’s license, it was announced the first of the week. A license is required to operate the 60 and 70 horsepower steam boilers of the heating plant in the high school building. Bluffton Man Heads Agriculture Teachers Lorain Basinger, instructor in Bluffton high school was elected president of the Allen county voca tional agriculture teachers associa tion at a meeting at Lima, Saturday. He will serve for the coming year. Number of animal units to be fed is expected to be about the same as last season. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 27 NEW PATROLMAN WILL BE ADDED TO OPERATE CAR Crackdown is Planned on Speed ing and Reckless Driving Here Car Will be Put Into Service as Soon as it Can be Delivered A municipal crackdown on speed ing and reckless operation of auto mobiles over streets of the town was assured Monday night when Bluffton councilmen purchased a Ford police car to, be used for patrol duty as soon as it can be delivered. In adding police patrol protection, the council purchased a two-door, six cylinder Ford from the Bixel Motor Sales. Cost of the car was $1,259, plus $57.40 for a heater. The Bixel firm also had submitted a bid of $1,319 for providing an eight-cylinder ca r. Only other bidder was the Steiner Chevrolet Sales, which submitted a bid of $1,150 for a six-cylinder two door special sedan and a bid of $1,210 for a two-door deluxe sedan. To Add Patrolman Council discussion prior to the de cision to purchase the police car in dicated that an additional uniformed patrolman will be added to the police force for operation of the car. Police Chief H. L. Coon, who also serves as service supervisor, is busy enough with other details of his posi tion to make it impossible for him to be available for regular patrol duties, it was pointed out by councilmen. All cars on which bids were sub mitted were specially designed for police patrol work, including high charging generators. Bring Remains Here For Funeral Service Body of Mrs, Estella Amstutz, 77, former resident of this place, and widow of the late Jacob Amstutz will arrive here Thursday from Ramona, Calif., where she died last Saturday following a year’s illness. Services will be held in the Paul Diller funeral home Saturday after noon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. How ard Landis officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. Surviving are two foster children, Mrs. Josephine Newland, Lima, and Noel Fruchey, Beaverdam a brother, Frank Coon of Santa Mo nica, Calif., and four sisters: Mrs. Alta Van Pelt, Ramona, Calif. Mrs. Hallie Reynolds. Mrs. Margaret Bu sick and Mrs. Nora Petit all of Los Angeles. 220 Enrolled As Members Of PT A Bluffton Parent-Teacher associa tion has a membership of 220 is was announced the first of the week by officers of the organization. The goal is 300 of the 309 families rep resented in the schools, it was stated in connection with the announcement. The membership committee, Mrs. Silas Diller chairman, will receive dues at the next association meet ing, November 13 at the grade building. College Junior Play In Two-Night Run Lorraine Ferguson, White Pigeon, Michigan, and James Reusser, Wil liamsport, Pa., play the leading roles in “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Cow ard’s successful Broadway hit which will be presented this Friday and Saturday by the Bluffton College junior class. The three-act production will be staged in the Bluffton high school auditorium, with both performances beginning at 8:15 p. m. It is under the direction of Addison Myers, a junior and a dramatic student at Bluffton, who is directing in the ab sence of William Burbick, professor of speech, now doing graduate work at Ohio State University. Corrinne Kamp, of Washington, I Ill., portrays the “blithe spirit” in this entertaining three-act farce. Others in the cast of seven include Burtis Meyer, Bern, Kansas Mar garet Salzman, Upland, Calif. Do lores Bolen, Souderton, Pa. and Robert Riley, Vaughnsville. 1 Production details are under the management of Norman White, Bluffton, as stage manager, and Iris Sauder, Grabill, Ind., business man ager.