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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXV DRIVER IS NOT YET NAMED BY TOWN COUNCIL Traffic Patrol of Bluffton’s Street Expected to Start This Month Delivery of Car Anticipated Here Within Coming Week, Dealer Says With delivery of Bluffton’s new police car promised the early part of this month, traffic patrol of city streets probably will be In effect be fore the first of the year as a curb to speeding and reckless operation of automobiles. Altho city council authorized the purchase of a Ford six-cylinder car for patrol purposes nearly two months ago, delivery of the automo bile was delayed by municipal auth orities, awaiting the release of 1951 model cars. Representatives of the Bixel Motor Sales, from whom the car is being purchased, notified the council Mon day night that delivery from the fac tory has been promised within the next week. Details for operation of the patrol car have not been completed as yet, with a patrolman-driver of the auto mobile still to be selected. Purchase of the automobile fol lowed continued complaints from resi dents regarding hazards resulting from speeding and reckless operation of cars on city streets. Install Masonic Officers Monday Installation of recently elected offi cers of Bluffton Masonic lodge will take place next Monday night, pre ceded by a potluck supper at 6:30 in the lodge dining hall. Installed will be: Master, Kent Amstutz senior warden, Robt. Ewing junior ward en, Chas. Steiner treas., Evan Ba singer secretary, Ralph Stearns senior deacon, Carl Marshall junior deacon, Hubert Troy tyler, Oscar Wenger chaplain, Paul Cramer senior steward, Clayton Harkness junior steward, Wilford Gratz, trustee, Richard Lewis. Installing officers: Presiding, Wil bur Amstutz grand marshal, Bert rand Sw’ank grand chaplain, Armin Hauenstein. Bluffton Hospital NOVEMBER 30 Discharged—Mrs. F. D. Lewis, Col. Grove Mrs. Arthur Rantz, Rawson. DECEMBER 1 Admitted—Gideon Lehman, Pan dora. Discharged—Mrs. John Long, Ada Mrs. Harold Radabaugh, Mt. Cory. DECEMBER 2 Admitted—Mrs. Gerald Yarger, Continental. Discharged—Mrs. Evan Leiber and daughter, Beaverdam Mrs. Chas. Kimmet and son, Leipsic Mrs. Har old Klingler and son, Bluffton Mrs. Ropp Triplett and daughter, Bluffton Mrs. John Berryhill and son, Bluff ton. DECEMBER 4 Discharged—Mrs. Ralph Niese and daughter, Leipsic Mrs. Howard Ha begger and son, Bluffton Kathy Ione Pifer, Williamstown. DECEMBER 5 Admitted—Margaret Knepper, Pan dora. DECEMBER 6 Admitted—Vernon Suter, Pandora. Discharged—Mrs. James Morton and daughter, Bluffton Mrs. Chas. Williams and daughter, Findlay Margaret Knepper, Pandora, Susan Steiner, Pandora. Town to Get New Police Auto Soon Completion of a $2,200,000 ex pansion program at the Bluffton generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. was announced this week by Emory D. Erwin, president of the utility. Test runs of a new turbo-generator installed at the plant now are be ing made, preparatory to tying in with transmission lines of the system. This new unit, which is the fifth installed at the plant, has a rating of 12,000 kva. This makes the total effective capacity of the plant 45,000 Bluffton Couple Lands In England Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hankish, Jr., of North Jackson street arrived in England last Friday, according to word received here Tuesday. The Bluffton couple sailed from New York City, November 23 to spend 10 weeks visiting at the home of Mrs. Hankish’s parents in Tet bury, Gloucestershire, about 100 miles south of London. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Evan Leiber, Beav erdam, a girl, Lois Nadine, born November 27. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Starliper, Findlay, a boy, David Lloyd, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Niese, Leipsic, a girl, Ruth Ann, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. James Morton, Bluffton, a girl, Jane Iris, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Williams, Findlay, a girl, Carol Jean, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. John Bracy, Jr., Leipsic, a girl, Jean Ann, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Niswander, Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Ray, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hefner, La fayette, a boy, Wesley Andrew, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Cleland Amstutz, Pandora, a boy, Mark V ayne, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zuercher, Pandora, a boy, Gregory Charles, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Gratz, Bluff ton, a girl, Donna Marie, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth' Diller, Bluffton, a boy, Colvin Dean, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Devier, Blufftdh, a girt, \alerie Frances, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lauck, Mc Comb, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stauffer, Findlay, a boy, William Charles, bom at Findlay hospital. Emmet Stauffer of Bluffton is the paternal grandfather. Mr. and Mrs. Elton Beery, Se ville, a girl, Anna Jean, bom at Medina hospital. Mrs. Beery is the former Margery Niswander of Bluff ton. Announce Varsity Basketball Schedule Bluffton college eagers will play a 17-game schedule this winter, with contests carded again some of the best small-school quintets in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kansas. A newcomer on the Beaver sched ule will be Bethel college, of New ton, Kansas, another Mennonite in stitution, which will play here De cember 19. Ten of the 17 games will be in Mid Ohio league competition, with the Beavers tangling twice in the loop with Ohio Northern, Findlay, Defiance, Ashland and Cedarville. Season schedule for the Beavers was announced by Athletic Director A. C. Burcky as follows: Dec. 4—Bluffton 29 Toledo 78 Dec. 8—at O. N. U. Dec. 11—Wilberforce, here Dec. 13—at Findlay Dec. 19—Bethel, here Jan. 5—Open Jan. 8—Detroit Tech, here Jan. 10—at Defiance Jan. 16—at Ashland Jan. 20—Cedarville, here Feb. 1—at Cedarville Feb. 6—O. N. U., here Feb. 8—at Wilberforce Feb. 14—Ashland, here Feb. 16—Defiance, here I Feb. 19—Huntington, here I Feb. 26—Findlay, here Record Crowd In Bluffton Attends Opening Of Holiday Shopping Season kilowatts which provides adequate capacity to take care of the addi tional business contemplated and meet any emergency resulting from the war effort that might develop in this area. The plant addition to house this new turbo-generator unit was started on April 25, 1949 with a ceremony which saw Mr. Floyd W. Woodcock, Chairman of the Board for the Company, turning over the first spade full of dirt. A great man local and out of town visitors were present on this occasion. Curiosity-seekers at Bluffton fires drew the criticism of muni cipal councilmen at their meeting Monday night, and brought a request from Mayor W. A. Howe asking that only authorized mem bers of the fire department enter homes and assist in fighting the blaze. Many complaints have been re ceived from home owners regard Bluffton’s window shopping observ ance, a pre-Christmas innovation here this year, launched the town’s Yuletide gift shopping season with a record turnout of young and old folks alike here last Friday night and Saturday. A crowd estimated at more than 3,000 persons jammed the business district in a record turnout of shop pers. Milling crowds thronged the streets lured by the dual attraction of free gifts and the official arrival of Santa Claus, who made an ap pearance here on the grade school grounds Saturday afternoon. Although a mixture of rain and sleet, beginning at about 9 p. m. Friday night, kept many from the streets as the downtown window shopping observance opened, the weather on Saturday was favorable for window shopping, greeting Santa or doing your Christmas shopping. Residents of the area took advant age of the first favorable break in weather conditions for more than a week, and while milder temperatures and a warm south wind melted the snow, the streets were thronged with jostling crowds. Buying Heavy Merchants were jubilant over Sat urday’s sales volume, for cash regis ters were worked overtime as the crowd proved to the satisfaction of everyone that they were here to buy, as well as to look. Kept away from stores for more than a week by the 12-inch snow fall, Christmas shoppers more than made up for lost time when they descended on local stores in the wake of the window shopping ob servance. Many buyers virtually completed filling their Christmas lists, making no secret of the fact that they were afraid of shortages or the possibil ity of higher prices. Others just wanted to get their Yuletide shop ping out of the way early, and since they were downtown anyway went right ahead with the job. In the meantime there were count less hundreds milling around on the streets outside stores trying to find the lucky numbers in the windows which entitled them to free gifts. Presentation of the gifts, one by each place of business, was a popu lar feature with shoppers and mer chants alike. Winning numbers from stubs distributed by Bluffton business men were on display with the gifts. Some gifts still are un claimed, following a second drawing Saturday night, but the present numbers will continue in effect until this Saturday. Tickets for the gifts were dis tributed free of charge in every business place, and it was unneces sary to make a purchase to get a chance. Main street Christmas decorations, the most elaborate in the town’s his tory, also were unveiled over the weekend, adding to the Yuletide atmosphere. The plastice ovals are anchored to light standards with metal brackets. Mile Of Nickels Stands At $400 The Mile of Nickels drive now stands at $400, it is announced by the Band Mothers club. The total represents an increase of $150 over last week’s gure, it was stated by Mrs. Henry Green, club treasurer. New Boiler In the plant addition, which measures 110 ft. long and 43 ft. wide, is also housed a new 120,000 lbs. of steam per hour boiler togeth er with all the auxiliary equipment. This new boiler was completed ana placed in operation on June 11, 1950. According to Paul Martinka, Vice President and Superintendent or Production for the Company, this Is the third addition which has been made since the original construction in 1937. In 'addition to the expan sion of the plant, a new laboratory ♦UFF A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Curiosity Seekers Told to Keep out of The Way and Out of the House at Fires ing curious onlookers who barge into residences on “sight-seeing” tours after the fire has been ex tinguished. The mayor’s plea urged resi dents of the community to re spect property rights of indivi duals in whose homes fires occur, and pointed out that the fact a blaze has occurred does not con stitute an invitation for “open house” for those gathered at the scene. $500 ESTIMATED COST OF CLEARING STREETS OF SNOW Nearly One Week Required to Dig Out of Record Snow fall Here Return of Warmer Weather Aids in Work of Cleanup Over Weekend Cleaning up last week in the wake of the record November blizzard was the most costly snow-removal pro gram in Bluffton’s history, Street Commissioner H. L. Coon announced Monday. With nearly a week required in digging out from the 12-inch snow fall, the cost to the municipality carried a price tag estimated at $500, the street commissioner said. BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 1930 Major emphasis in the cleanup program was in the downtown dis trict where 750 tons of snow were scooped into trucks and hauled to the Harmon road banks of Riley creek, where it made an impressive mountain of snow, much of whicn weathered the warm temperatures of last weekend. Plow Streets, Alleys In addition to the removal of snow from the business area, all streets in the town were plowed out in a program which continued.' thru Thurs day of last week. Principal alleys also were opened by the town crew, in combatting one of the heaviest snows in recent years. It was near the week end, however, before automobile travel in town en countered conditions which represent ed a return to normalcy, then mucn warmer weather Friday night ana Saturday virtually erased all traces of the snow within a 24-hour period. The sudden thaw brought high water in Big and Little Riley creeks, but conditions were no worse than in usual heavy rains, and colder weath er Sunday eliminated most of the danger of flood damage. Country Roads Blocked Many country roads were blocked until late in the week, and after Bluffton schools had operated on Tuesday and Wednesday, they closed for the remainder of the week, while the snow cleanup was continuing. The decision to close came Wednes day when classes were dismissed in early afternoon when drifts began forming again on roads which had been opened. Bluffton’s garbage and month-end rubbish collection service also were casualties of the weather and the garbage pickup Monday of this week was exactly one week late. Rubbish collection, which normally would have started last week, will get under way at noon this Thursday, Mayor W. A. Howe announced. With Maple Grove cemetery also snowbound during the emergency there were no burials until last Sun day. BLUFFTON MARKETS Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $2.08 corn $1.58 oats 91c soys $2.72. Poultry—Heavy hens 22c leghorn hens 19c heavy fryers 28c leghorn fryers 20c heavy stags 13c leghorn stags 12c. Eggs—Large white 56c large brown 55c medium white 45c medium brown 44c pullets 35c. Butterfat—No. 1, 61c No. 2, 56c. Utility Completes Expansion Project of Over Two Million Dollars in Bluffton has been installed and several rooms added in the basement to provide better storage space. The growth of the plant also necessitated other major changes. The original coal unloading and con veyor system, having a capacity ot 50 tons per hour, has been replaced with a new system having a capacity of 100 tons per hour. The plant burns over 300 tons of coal per day. A settling basin, consisting of two ponds approximately 50 feet by 550 feet each, was also made in the area north of the plant so that cinders Sometimes the curious and “would-be” helpers do not wait until the fire is extinguished to start their activities, and firemen often complain of their work be ing handicapped by unauthorized interference. In urging residents of the town to refrain from misguided as sistance, the mayor called on on lookers to stay back of fire lines and help firemen only when re quested to do so. Emphasizing the importance of a colorful setting for the Yuletide sea son, all residents of Bluffton have been urged to participate in the Junior Chamber of Commerce Christ mas lighting and decoration contest. In stressing a community-wide program of decorative imaginative creativeness, Jaycee officials in charge of the program this week submitted the following suggestions for cooperation: Shrubbery offers an excellent theme for outdoor lighting. The use of flood and spot lights help to cre ate contrast. When shrubbery does not lend itself to the lighting theme, the display may utilize the architec tural lines of the house, gable ,porch and other vertical lines. Windows provide beautiful frames for Christmas trees, stars, signs and other window decorations. Stores are full of many types of display ma terial, of course, the things we cre ate ourselves are the ones that give us a satisfaction that is lacking with other types, according to Robert Hamman, chairman of the Jaycee committee. Colorful windows and doorways reflect the hospitable spirit within your home. With such inexpensive materials as bulbs, foil, scrap wood and greens, novel and attractive dec orations can be fashioned in a few hours. Many types of these holiday I lighting decorations are also avail iable commercially. A novel treatment of the wreath decoration is to frame the entire doorway in a wreath made from poultry netting covered with layers of evergreen. Dot the wreath with berries or red bulbs. In every home the center of at traction will be the Christmas tree. In this particular field we all have our own ideas. May personal cre ativeness reign and be reflected in our very creations. Announce Messiah Concert Soloists Soloists for the annual rendition of Handel’s Messiah were announced: the first of the week by Prof. R. A. Lantz. The concert is an annual event presented by the College Choral so ciety under direction of Prof. Lantz. The concert this year will be given in the high school gymnasium, Sun day evening, December 17 at 8 p. m. Soloists are: Hilda Ohlinger, Chi cago, soprano Helen LeClair, New York, contralto Dwight Weldy, Goshen, Ind., tenor Warren Allen, Bowling Green, bass. Special Services For Bible Reading Sunday Bluffton churches will observe Universal Bible Sunday with special sermons and litanies in services next Sunday morning, it is announced by the Ministerial association Elsewhere in this issue appears a reprint sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association of the poster announcing Universal Bible Sunday. The local pastors urge Christian in Bluffton to follow the outline of Bible readings which are recom mended by the American Bible so ciety this year. Copies of the Bible reading bookmarks are available in churches here. Immediately after straining milk put lids on milk cans tightly. Interest Mounts In Christmas Home Lighting Contest To Be Held Here and fly ash could be removed hy draulically from the plant’s two largest boilers. The coal storage area has also been enlarged and it is now possible to keep at least a four months’ supply of coal on hand if required. At pres ent the company is maintaining ap proximately 100 days reserve. Improve Service A second high voltage bus has also been installed in the plant’s outdoor switchyard to insure an uninterrupt ed flow of electric energy from the station generators to the company’s Show Film At Church Of Christ On Sunday A colored sound film “Stewardship of Jeannie” will be shown at a union service of Bluffton-Beaverdam parish in the Church of Christ here Sunday night at 8 o’clock, it is an nounced by the pastor, Rev. O. Mer rill Boggs. The service will open with a hymn sing and Mrs. Don Martz, vocalist, will sing a soprano solo. Window Shopping Winners Listed Winners who have claimed prizes so far in the free gift program op erated in conjunction with Window Shopping Night are: Mrs. Lyle Everett, won the slip given by Rice Dry Goods & Tot Shop Alvin Lee, cake given by Hauenstein Bakery Godfrey Bigler, clock, from Waitermire’s Mrs. Herb Haller, ham, from Swank Bros. Meat Market Mrs. Arden Baker, lamp, from Basinger Furniture store Ross Irwin, sack of flour, from Clover Farm store. Otis Fett, ham, from A to Z Meat Market Mrs. Harold Beals, Parker pen, from Sidney’s Drug shop Rol land Guider, 5 qt. of oil, from Stauf fer Pure Oil Station Luke Lugibill, defroster fan, from Steiner Chevro let sales Miss Bertha Miller, Bluff ton college, pitcher and glass set, from Marshall & Bixel Carol Moser, box camera, from Montgomery News. Bert Swank, $5.00 in trade, from Geiger and Diller Ronnie Geiser, gold picture frame, from Neu-Art Studio Mrs. Otto Badertscher, elec tric clock, from Mumma Electric shop Mr. and Mrs. Byron Spalling ier, dinner for two, from Elk Res taurant. Barbara Diller, men’s gift set, from A. Hauenstein Son Vidella Herr, basket of groceries, from Amstutz Grocery Jesse Anderson, 12 giant candy bars, from Risser’s John Rhodes, Bluffton college, 6 free passes, from Carma Theatre Mrs. Kenneth Moser, fruit cake, from A & store eJan Ann Frick, string of pearls, from Leiber’s Mrs. Wm. Wiebe, bouquet of mums, from Ba singer Florist. Bluffton Business Men’s association reminds the public that tickets are still good until Saturday night and 27 firms still have unclaimed prizes on display. On Window Shopping Night 50 firms had free gifts on display. Remaining prizes in win dows all have new numbers. Lions Hear Talk On Postal Service Reviewing development of postal service from the days dating back to the century before the Christian era when the only means of com munication was by couriers serving royalty alone, Assistant Postmaster Ralph T. Stearns spoke at a meeting of the Bluffton Lions club Tuesday evening in the Walnut Grill. Modern postal service available to day at reasonable cost to Bluffton residents as well as elsewhere in the country is the outgrowth of the cen turies intervening since that begin ning, Stearns said. In commenting on the extent of service provided by the Bluffton post office, Stearns told the group that a staff of 14 is employed here in handling the mails. Next meeting of the Lions will be a Christmas party, Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the Walnut Grill. Student Recital Public school pupils of Pearl Bo gart Mann and Laurence Burkhalter of the college music faculty will ap pear in recital Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock in Ramseyer chapel. The public is invited. two main transmission lines. A fly ash precipitor has also been installed for the purpose of removing the very fine furnace dust from the gases leaving through the stacks. This will remove practically all air borne particles thereby freeing the area around the plant of smoke nui sance. With this construction now com pleted Central Ohio has one of the most modern and efficient power plants in the country today. Cus tomers of the company are served by two 34.5 Kv transmission* lines run BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade Complaints on Phone Service Given Airing NUMBER 34 LOCAL CENTRAL OPERATORS BACK AFTER WALKOUT State Utilities Makes Investi gation Following Township Protest Telephone Company Representa tive to Meet Richland Trustees Here Mounting complaints against Bluff ton’s telephone service, some of long standing, appeared this week to be headed for a full dress airing with the state public utilities commission and Richland township trustees tak ing leading roles. The showdown was touched off last Thursday when three women operat ors at the local central office walked off their jobs. The walkout, of short duration, was reportedly in protest over working conditions and manage ment of the Bluffton exchange. Tele phone service was not interrupted as a result of the controversy. Maurice Mahoney, local manager of the Bluffton system, said Tuesday that the operators who left their posts at the central exchange on Thursday had returned to work the following day after differences had been ironed out in a conference with officials of the Telephone company. George Quatman, of Lima, company president was reported here Thurs day to confer with the operators. PUCO Investigation In the meantime, an investigation of local service by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made in mid November culminated another phase of dissatisfaction. The PUCO investigation stemmed from action taken by the Richland township board of trustees, protest ing alleged unsatisfactory service rendered by the telephone company, especially as it related to rural fire protection. In their complaint, the trustees pojnted to annual payments of $450 for fire protection contracts with Bluffton and Beaverdam, and alleged the condition of rural lines was such that telephone calls for help in farm fires were subject to unreasonable de lay. Lines Out President Quatman said he has a PUCO report showing that when the investigation was made here on No vember 15 a few lines were out of order due to rain, but that these were back in service by noon the next day. The PUCO report is said to have further informed Quatman that the complainant who requested the in vestigation agreed that “service is more reliable” in Bluffton now than when the complaint was filed. In vestigation of the complaint was made by Luther Leggett, of Marys ville, a PUCO engineer. Further airing of the township complaint will come at a special call ed meeting of the board of trustees this month, with J. P. Coleman, per sonnel manager of the telephone com pany. Date for the meeting has not yet been set, according to Ray Hilty, township clerk. In the vote on the protest motion precipitating the PUCO investigation Trustees Albert Augsburger and Jesse Yoakam voted “yes” with Fred Badertscher third member of the board not voting. Long Distance Mixup Last week’s airing of the service situation also again brought up the question of additional long distance lines for Bluffton patrons, which were promised at an early fall hearing be fore the PUCO in Columbus. P. W. Stauffer, who represented pa trons at the hearing, was notified by Quatman on November 21 that two additional long distance lines soon would be in operation, but Mahoney said Tuesday that the new facilities were not yet in use. ning the entire length of the system. Electric energy from the Woodcock Plant provides power for the custom ers located in the five county area served namely A 11 e n, Hancock, Wood, Van Wert and Auglaize. The management of the company has indicated that an open house is contemplated in 1951 so that the pub lic will have an opportunity to visit and view this modern electrical gen erating station. Announcement of the open house will be made to the general public when such plans have been completed.