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Bt. #2 Bluffton, Ohio Jan.60 BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live 84 YEAR NO. 26 The wrappings were removed last week end at Homecoming from plans of Bluffton college trustees for a new campus de velopment program involving the expenditure of nearly a million dollars on new buildings and facilities. The 10-year plan was unfolded before an enthusiastic alumni audience at the Homecoming banquet last Saturday evening by Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, presi dent of the college. It is aimed at an ultimate enrollment of 500 students. Ground breaking for a new $180,000 music hall Saturday morning was the first phase of the program, Prexy told his audi ence. He added that $145,000 of the amount is already on hand through special gifts. By the time the contractors complete the new building, it is expected that there will be sufficient funds to pay for it. At the ground breaking Presi dent Ramseyer declared that the plans are in the hands of the con tractors. Contracts will be let this month, and it is hoped that the first building in the new ex pansion program will be com pleted for use next fall. Other improvements included In the $900,000 objective will be an addition to the library and equipment at a sst of. about $100,000 a women’s and men’s dormitory, each providing space for 60 occupants and each esti mated to cost $250,000. Provision would also be made to spend approximately $120,000 to remodel many of the existing facilities, either to adapt them tor more efficient use or to modernize them to meet the de mands of a contemporary educa tional program. Named to head the corflmittee charged with raising funds for the program was James West, executive vice president of the Citizens Bank, Bluffton. Howard Baumgartner, Berne,. Ind., ►at torney, will be national church chairman for the drive and Ralph Locher, director of law for the City of Cleveland, is national alumni chairman. Other members of the develop ment committee are L. L. Ram seyer, Elmer Baumgartner, Berne, Ind., chairman of the board of trustees Don Gundy, Grabill, Ind., president of the is*-, (See ‘WrW’ p. 12) w JAMES WEST, executive vice president of Citizens National Bank, has been named chairman of the Bluff ton College Development Committee with sights set on $900,000 worth of new' build ings and equipment in the next 10 ytars. Fractures Both Knees in Crash Karl Gable, Bluffton painting contractor, suffered two frac tured knees last Friday morn ing at 7:50 in an auto accident at old Route 25 and the Allen-Han cock County Line road. He faces a seven-week siege, in.leg casts until the fractures knit. Mr. Gable was driving north on the old Dixie when car driven by Mrs. Harry Burkholder crossed in- front of him, headed south on the county line road. She was on her way to work at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. The Gable car struck the Burkholder auto in the middle. Both autos are total wrecks. The impact struck Mr. Gable’s knees against his dash causing the fracture which was not dis severed until early this week in X-rays. Mrs. Burkholder was treated I by bar physician. Unfold Plan for $900,000 College Development Program I I I i FC I I I “Bluffton college’s new Music hall, for which ground w as brok en last Saturday morning, will stand as a memorial to Russell A. Lantz, Mrs. Harl Mann and other consecrated teachers who have shown that there are more important things in life than ma terial things.” Thus Elmer W. Baumgartner, chairman of the Bluffton college board of trustees, addressed an audience at the ground breaking ceremony just across the campus drive from College hall. Mr. Baumgartner said that the closeness of the new building to the college’s first edifice is sym bolic of the fact that the college has not lost its original vision. The Bible is often quoted that sins of the parents are visited on the third and fourth generations, Two possible well sites for the proposed Beaverdam water sys tem were suggested at Monday evening’s Beaverdam council meeting. One site is open ground owned by Stanley Vertner at the north east corner of the village. A far corner of the school recreation grounds is the other spot which may be available, mayor Robert Snodgrass said. Any site selected must have a 300 foot safety margin free from possible sources of pollution, al though the actual site does not have to be that large. A 50 by 50 foot section can be purchased from the school board for about $100, tyfr. Snodgrass said. Allen county prosecutor An thony Bowers has advised Bea verdam school officials that the land cannot be donated. Consulting engineer Francis Connors is preparing contracts for customers of the proposed water system. Attempts will be made to get a guaranteed -list of subscribers before selmg bonds to finance the system^ After consultihg with several bonding companies tty? engineer has advised the mayor that ‘/t may be necessary to hh\fe fed- Local AviatHx Sixth in Race Dorothy Anderson, instructor at Bluffton Flying Service, placed sixth last Saturday in the Fourth Annual Southern Michigan All Lady’s Lark air race. She flew a Piper PA-24 180 The course was from Bay City over Fowlersville and then to Benton Harbor, a distance of 187 miles. There were 34 planes i the race it n WITH COLLEGE HALL in the background, official ground breakers for the new Bluffton college Music hall pose for a photo on the site of the proposed new building. Man with the shovel and happy smile is Prof Russell A. Lantz, director of the music department. Others left to right: Ebner Baumgartner, chairman of the board of trustees Mrs. Harl Man, music de partment Don Gundy, .Alumni president, and Dr. L. L. Ram seyer, College president. New Music Hall “Memorial” To Consecrated Teachers but it should also be remembered that good goes forth into thous ands of generations, he said. In a time when so much em phasis is being placed on sci ence, it is important that music and other studies, which provide the balances in life, not be smoth ered, the speaker continued. He challenged present day mu sic students to produce new mu sic to match the message of the great oratorios. Following his talk, Mr. Baum gartner broke the ground with the first spade of earth, followed by Russell Lantz and Mrs. Harl Mann of the music department, Don Gundy of the alumni asso ciation, James Miller represent ing the music students, and Pres ident L. L. Ramseyer, represent ing the administration. Two Well Sites Suggested Dumping Law Passed by Beaverdam Council eral assistance in selling the bonds to construct the water plant. If plans for the system are ap proved by the government it will also guarantee to submit a bid when Beaverdam sells the bonds to build the system. Crackdown on unauthorized persons using the village dump was also authorized by the coun cil. Permission must bj obtained from the village refuse collector before removing or dumping junk in the junkyard. Violation of the new law carries a maximum of $50 fine. A number of non-residents have been using the dump. Careless dumping by residents and non residents has become a problem and the council hopes to control this with the new law. Tea To Honor Hospital Head An official welcoming recep tion and tea in honor of Mrs. Carl Stuckey, new superintendent .of the Bluffton Community hos pital, wiU be held Tuesday, Oc tober 13, at the annual fall meet ing of the Bluffton Hospital Auxi liary. The tea, which is open to the public, will be held from 2 until 4 o'clock. Because the Auxiliary has be come a part of the United Fund no membership drive will be made next year, but officers have expressed the hope that in dividuals will indicate their will ingness to become members at the auxiliary when the UF solic itor calls for the commitment. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 1959 Plan UF Drive For $8,119 October 19-22 Plans were drafted at a meet ing of Bluffton Richland United Fund directors Monday evening at the Ex-Cell-O company of fices for the annual four day campaign to meet a goal of $8,119. The kick-off meeting has been set for the opening day of the drive, October 19, at a place to be announced later, UF Presi dent Harold Klingler said. Although the 1960 goal has been set at $8,119, part of this will be made up from surplus left from last year’s campaign, and it will be necessary to raise only $7, 392, he added. The single drive is aimed at raising funds for 10 participating UF agencies. These are the USO, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, Heart Fund, Salvation Army, Red Cross, CROP, Bluffton Hospital auxiliary and the Medical Re search program. Richard Cook son is campaign chairman. Attending the Monday evening planning session were Mr. Klin gler^ Mr. Cookson, Ralph Steams William Edwards, Miss M’Della Moon, Robert Logan, Garnette Foltz, Darrell Huber, Don Lytle, Mrs. Wilbur Neuenschwander, Woodrow Little, Harold Balmer, Mrs. Robert Simcox, Mrs. Nel son Diller, Mrs. Burdell Huber and Mrs. Merlin Zimmerly. Passenger Service Ends October 17 Local railroad passenger serv ice will become an item for the Swiss Community Historical so iety after October 17. The Ohio Public Utilities com mission has ended a year and a half of hearings and studies by granting permission for the Nick el Plate railroad to discontinue passenger service between Cleve land and the Indiana line. Application to discontinue the trains was filed in the summer of 1958 but a strong protest move ment organized by Bluffton and other communities and the rail road unions delayed the action for a year. In the first hearing the PUCO disapproved the request for a continuance but after Indiana and Illinois allowed the trains on the same line to be dropped Ohio fell into line. Train number nine, the eve ning train from Cleveland to Coldwater, and number ten, the morning train from Coldwater to Cleveland will both be discon tinued after October 17. This marks the end of nearly a century of passenger service for Bluffton on the line. The first trains on the Nickel Plate, then known as the Lake Erie and Louisville, came in the late fall of 1872 and the commun ity has had passenger service for the past 87 years. The AC&Y pro vided passenger service from 1883 to 1951. PTA Opens New Season Oct 13 Classroom meetings of parents and their chl^ren’s teachers have beeh« arranged as part of the program for the opening meeting of the Bluffton Parent Teacher association next Tues day evening, October 13, in the elementary building at 8:00 p. m. After a general meeting in the all-purpose room, parents will assemble in the rooms of their children to discuss problems with the teachers. A question and-answer period will be con ducted in each room. Parents of high school stu dents will meet with their home room teachers in rooms assigned in the elementary building. Mr. and Mrs. Ropp Triplett are co-chairmen of the meeting. BUS HITS AUTO An account in last week’s Bluffton News on the auto-school bus accident Monday of last week at Route 30-S and the County Line road stated that the Ezra Amstutz auto shoved the bus from the road. This was in correct, according to Mr. Am stutz, who reports that his car went through the stop in front of the bus when his brakes failed to hold. The bus struck the front of his car, but neither bus nor car were shoved from the highway by the impact. HOMECOMING ROYALTY BEVERLY BENROTH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Benroth, 319 Jackson street, was elected 1959 Homecoming queen by the student body Monday. She will be crowned at the Pandora-Gilboa game Friday evening and will reign at the Homecoming dance afterwards. Her attendants are Karen Mumma, (right) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Mumma, 103 Riley street, and Betty Stratton, (left) daughter of Mrs. Helen Stratton, 116 Thurman street. Bluffton Faces P-G In Homecoming Tilt Only one touchdown from a winning season, the Pandora-Gil boa Rockets will bring their best team in several seasons to Bluff ton’s Homecoming Friday night at Harmon field. A last minute touchdown gave Spencerville a 20-14 win over the Rockets in the opener, then P-G bounced back to hand Grand Rap ids a 30-0 lacing. Leipsic, still unbeaten, evened out the spiral by clipping the Rockets 22-0 last week. In the McComb preview, and again in their early games, the Rockets showed a more coordi nated attack than in the past two years, when they have haunted the basement of the Northwest conference. Perhaps their most effective runner is Rol Etter, an elusive halfback who can mean much trouble for the Pirate defense if he can make his way around the Bluffton ends. Bluffton’s 14-0 win over Elida last Friday made them one of the strong favorites to cap ture the NWC title and also boost ed them to the front as the maj or target for each club for the rest of the season. Improved backfield perform ance was the major factor in the Pirates’ victory. Sluggish in their first two games, all three Pirate starters benefited from intense work by coaches Frank Osborne and Joe Harris last week. Re sults were immediately apparent, as Marshall, Marshall and Logan hit the holes with speed and pre cision. Bluffton will be near their full strength for the first time since the opener against Lafayette. Rudy Steiner will still be some what hobbled by a crushed toe and Cal Oppermann is still on the doubtful list but the other members of the cast are in good shape. Pandora Gilboa is classed as Keith Baker Semifinalist In Merit Exams Keith Baker, Bluffton high school senior and son of Mr. and Mri. A. R. Baker, West Kibler street, has been named a semi finalist in the 1959-60 National Merit Scholarship competition. Announcement was made this week by Roy E. Schmunk, prin cipal of Bluffton high school. Keith is among 10,000 of the highest scorers on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test was given in over 14,500 high schools last spring. The semifinalists outscored over 550,000 classmates, and are the highest scorers in each state, prorated according to state popu lation. Baker and the other semi finalists now face another rigor ous three-hour examination, the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board, which will further confirm their high scores on the NWSQT. This test will be given in testing centers throughout the U. S. on December 5, 1959. Those who re peat their high scores on this second test will become finalists in the competition. It is esti mated that 95 per cent will get over this hurdle. (See “Baker” p. 12) /ir '. I fWwl one of the lighter games on the Pirate slate and Osborne may finally get a chance to throw some developing sophomores in for some varsity experience. The truck then returns from Findlay office, leaving there at 7 a. m. and returning to Lima by way of Benton Ridge, Rawson, Mt. Cory and Bluffton. It ar rives at the Bluffton office at 8 a. m. and then continues on to Lima. This provides an extra dispatch of mail each day bound for Lima distribution. The evening truck route has been readjusted to serve the smaller post offices also. It leaves Lima at 4:15 p. m., stop ping at Bluffton at approximately 5:10 and arriving at Findlay at 6:10, where the mail will again be distributed and transferred to routes out of there. The truck will leave Findlay at 8 p. m. on a return trip to Lima, stopping enroute at Bluff ton at 8:45 p. m. before going on to the Lima Post Office where the mail it conveys will be trans ferred to star routes, trains and Births The following births were re corded at Bluffton Community hospital during the past week: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Cardwell, Col. Grove, a boy, Philip Leroy, bom Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. James Kimber ly, Rawson, a boy, Keith Alan, born Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dukes, Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Jay bom Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Wilkins, Mt. Cory, a girl, Kay Ann, bom Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Parish, Bluffton, a boy, Stephen Lynn, bom Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. John Castello, Rawson, a girl, bom Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Damon L. Bow man, Mt. Cory, a girl, Debrah Lyn, bom Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Um phress (Janice Wingate), Ada, a girl, Laura Jean, bom Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stacy, Bluffton, a girl, bom Wednesday. WASTE COLLECTION The next village waste collec tion has been set for Monday afternoon, October 12, according to Street Commissioner Wiliam Gaiffe. Covered containers are to be placed at the regular pick up points by noon of the day of collection. SINGLE COPY 8c The unusually, high ceiling of Bluffton's old municipal light and power plant has made it uniquely adaptable for the assem bly of certain parts for atomic power equipment by the build ing’s lessee, the Ex-Cell-O cor poration, it was learned this week. The old building, used for several years by Ex-Cell-O for storage purposes only, is now being used in the erection of banks of control rods used in the nuclear equipment. The equip ment consists of a bank of 10 control rods some 25 feet long actuated by a device which travels them 30 inches up and down at slow and rapid rates of speed. The rods are in a verticle posi tion and workmanship of the components must be such that, in spite of radiation, they will not fail. The verticle erection and test ing of these control rods is what determined Ex-Cell-Os decision to do the work at the Harmon road building. A high ceiling and an opening into the cellar below gives ample operating room. In a manager’s report to em ployes, Bluffton plant people were told that the field of atomic equipment is a promising one “inasmuch as the use of atomic power for peaceful purposes as well as defense weapons is ac celerating daily. It is also one which demands the best in qual ity from the supplier.” Bluffton Gets Outgoing Mail Service Sundays, Holidays The discontinuance of passenger trains on tlie Nickel Plate railroad effective October 17, has already resulted in improved Bluffton mail service. Postmaster Ralph Stearns has announced that a new truck route has been set up by the Post Office department to replace the train service. For the first time in the com munity’s history, Bluffton hast.... outgoing mail service on Sun days. The mail truck leaves Lima at 4:15 a. m., arriving in Bluffton at approximately 5:30 a. m. After unloading mail here, the truck continues to Findlay, arriving there at 6 a. m. bus service out of all post offices in Allen county. The Findlay office services in the same capa city for Hancock county. Closing time for mail at the Bluffton post office will be as follows: 7:30 a. m. for mail en route to Lima 4:30 p. m. for mail enroute to Findlay and 6:30 p. m. for mail enroute to Lima. Outgoing mail service will also be given to Lima two times on Sunday and holidays with closing time at 7:30 a. m. and 6:30 p. m. This is the first time that Bluff ton has had outgoing mail serv ice on Sundays. BLUFFTON* A Good Place to Trade S?nLail Old Light Plant Used For Assembly Of Atomic Equip. is1L.“c*UIT'*N Employes were challenged to seek more economical methods in order to meet strong competition. The order in tne nuclear field was described as a small assem bly, erection and try-out order. Men’sCongress Meets Sunday At St. John’s^ The Key. Charles Hartman, pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the principal speak er at the Sunday afternoon ses sion of the denomination’s Men’s Congress for Western Ohio being held at Bluffton’s St John church. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall college and Yale uni versity Divinity school, he re ceived his master's degree from John Hopkins university. Rev. Mr. Hartman has served on several national boards of the church and is active in Fort Wayne church and civic affairs, serving as a director of the Child Guidance Center and is one of a staff of four ministers heard on the Pastor’s Study pro gram over WOWO on Sunday evenings. W. O. Geiger, of the Bluffton high school faculty, is president of the Men’s Congress and will preside at afternoon and evening sessions. The program will begin at 3 p. m. after registration. Supper will be served from 5 to 6, and the program will resume at 6:30. L. F. Warbington, Sidney, will deliver the principal address of the evening. Approximately 200 laymen ar expected to attend the event. WHERE’S THE FIRE? $ 4m $ THESE AUBURN HAIRED candidates for the title, “Miss Flame”, are publicizing Jaycee-sponsored Fire Prevention Week in Bluffton and the need for ridding the community of fire hazards. One of the girls will be honored at the Bluffton-Pan dora-Gilboa football game Friday evening. The girls oa the ladder, top to bottom, are Deanna Beach, Carol Sue DeVler, Marylin Dillman, Paula Greding and Carol Schmidt. At the left, armed with a fireman’s axe, is Jayne Barnett. They are all pupils of Bluffton school.