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THURSDAY, OCT. 15,
Harold Bogart. t0 Live 84 YEAR NO. 27 Support for 10 community or ganizations will be sought in the three day Bluffton-Richland Township United Fund campaign opening next Tuesday. More than 100 volunteer work ers will meet Monday evening with campaign chairman Dick Cookson for the drive “kick-off.” Solicitation in local homes, in dustries and businesses will be held from Tuesday, October 30 to Thursday, October 22. This year’s goal is 7,392, al though fund requests from the 10 member agencies exceeds this by 727. They have indicated a need for 8,119.22 in 1960. United Fund leaders plan to pay the difference from nearly 2,000 sur plus built up in the first two local United Fund drives. Only new member of the United Fund this year is the Bluffton Community Hospital Auxiliary. The United Fund will serve as a collection agency for member ship dues and no house-to-house canvass for Auxiliary member ship will be made this year. United Fund contributors auto matically become Hospital Auxil iary members. Most agencies made only slight increases, although the 1,000 allocated to the Hospital Auxiliary doubles the amount re ceived by the Community Hos pital itself during the 1958 cam paign. The Girl Scout fund re quest is 142.81 less than last year's. Mr. Cookson said that solicitors for the campaign would be noti fied by their majors. One major will be in charge of the cam paign in each precinct. The majors and the precincts they will have charge of are: Gerald Huber, A Gene Benroth, Paul King, John Gilbert, Wade Huber, Richland Area 1 Mrs. Nelson Diller, Richland Area 2. Arden Baker will be in charge of employe solicitation at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., and Don Lytle will conduct the campaign at the Ex-Cell-O Corp. In the business section William Edwards and Harold Balmer, who have conducted the solicitation the past two years, will again be in charge. FUND REQUESTS Red Cross $1,450.00 Heart Fund 600.00 Girl Scouts, Brownies 1,245.22 Boy Scouts, Explorers, Cubs 1,825.00 Salvation Army 825.00 CROP 325.00 Bluffton Hospital Aux. 1,000.00 YMCA (Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y) 165.00 USO 84.00 Administration 400.00 Medical Research 200.00 Total 8,119.22 1 Harvey Bauman Republicans and Democrats each offer a full slate of candi dates for the three-man board of public affairs to be elected November 3. The board is re sponsible for the operation of the village water system and the sewage disposal plant. All three Republican candi dates are presently members of the board. They are: Harvey Bauman Mr. Bauman resides at his home at 417 South Main street with his wife and three children. He is employed as assistant property supervisor for the City Loan Co. He is completing his second UF Campaign Opens Tuesday Combines 10 Gifts Into One Oilers Plot Overthrow of BC Grid Dynasty Saturday The Findlay Oilers will attempt to strip their second Mid Ohio league crown of the year from Bluffton college Saturday night at Harmon field. Last spring the Oilers defeat ed BC in the conference track meet, upsetting the Beaver string of eight consecutive MOL cham pionships. Findlay is a slight favorite to reach their second goal of the year and blast the Beavers out of the league lead where they have been entrenched the past three and a half seasons. None of the Findlay players have played in a winning foot ball game against Bluffton, which probably gives them an even greater goal, BC coach Ken Mast points outs. Four deep at many positions, the Oilers were odds-on summer favorites to push Bluffton off the throne. After a disappointing opener against Otterbein they have come along to win their next three games. Halfbacks Ed Jordan and Ron nie Rahe are probably the best duet in the MOL since Bluffton was springing the Dubenion-Tay lor combination all over the land scape from 1955 to 1957. Transfers have boosted the Oil ers considerably since last year, when they lost only to Bluffton in the league. Robbie Hayden, a transfer from Duke, is one of three good quarterbacks. Jim Lavrich, who tossed for a touch down in last year’s Bluffton game and John Smilo also work cap ably at the head of the T. Passing and swift running of Jordan and Rahe are bolstered further by power running full back Bill Good, who transferred from Heidelberg. Protection for their flashy Go-Kart Racers Meeting Tonight The Bluffton Go-Kart Racing association will elect officers at a meeting tonight, Thursday, at 7:30 in the home of Roger Ed wards at the corner of Spring and Franklin streets. Membership cards will also be distributed in the group recently' incorporated by Attorney John Hamishfeger. It is expected that the O’Neal Machine and Tool Co., Lima, will have one of its new racing karts on exhibition at the meet ing. The association is presently making arrangements to find a location and build a track. All persons interested are invited to attend the meeting. Three of These Candidates To Be Clayton Harkness term of office as a member of the board of public affairs and has been an advocate of improv^-, ing the system with the installa tion of new pumps in a modem pump house and service building. In church work, he serves as head usher at the First Menpo nite church. «, Clayton Harkness Mr. Harkness, president of the BPA, is also serving his second term. He lives with his wife and two children at 321 South Main street and operates the Farmers Produce company, buyers of cream, eggs and poultry. He has served as master and secretary of Bluffton’s Masonic backfield comes from a strong line headed by Stan Lounder, Rich Progar, Frank DeFrench and Herb Alexander, all success ful veterans of MOL battles. Bluffton as usual, will have a (See “Oilers” p. 8 BC and Findlay Share League Lead Bluffton college and Find lay college, who meet in the Mid-Ohio league game of the year Saturday at 8 p. m. at Harmon field, share first place in the league with 2-0 records. BC has defeated Ohio Northern and Ashland, the Oilers have marked up wins over Defiance and ONU. Village To Invest Idle Funds Investment of up to 32,000 in idle village funds was approved at Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Six thousand dollars from the water fund and the same amount from the sanitary sewer fund will be invested in five per cent Treasury notes which were re cently authorized by the federal government. Council also authorized invest ment of as much as 20,000 from the permanent improvement fund, if suitable investments can be found. State law limits village investments to purchases of federal, state or municipal gov ernment issues. The permanent improvement fund still contains a $55,000 balance from the sale of the old municipal light and power plant. $50,000 of this was invested in the village’s own swimming pool bonds, but $15,000 has already been retired, leaving a total of $20,000 for re-invest ment. The money cannot be used for operating expenses. The money has been lying idle, but council voted to invest it and receive the interest until a use develops locally. Mayor Risser, clerk A. J. B. Longsdorf and solicitor Malcolm Basinger, according to state law, form a committee to control the investment of the money. They will check the bond markets to i select issues available for local) government. 9 W Donald Ream lodge and is a member of the official board of the Methodist church. “The size of the corporation makes it necessary for public of ficials to serve as best they can. for the benefit of die community and not for any financial re turns,” he says. Donald Ream Mr. Ream, also completing his second term as a member of the board, lives at 123 S. Mound street with his wife and son. He is parts manager at Brooke Mo tor Sales. In ptfblic office, he has also served two terms on city coun cil, and served for two years as Sunday School superintendent of THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 1959 ROBERT SIMCOX Mr. Simcox, who is presently a member of the board filling the unexpired term of the late Har vey Burkholder, resides on old Route 25 just south of Bluffton with his wife and seven children. He is employed as branch manager of the Diamond Ferti lizer Co. in Ottawa. He has held no other public office but has served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, president of the Bluffton College Alumni association, and as a Sunday School teacher in the First Men nonite church. “I consider the number one problem facing Bluffton schools to be the necessity for reviewing and expanding the school cur riculum to keep our schools and its students competitive,” he said. WOODROW LITTLE Mr. Little, his wife and tow sons, live at 183 West Kibler street. He is employed at the Bluffton Post Office as one of two rural mail carriers. He is presently superintendent of the Presbyterian Church School and executive secretary of the Bluffton-Richland Town- (See “B. of E.” p. 8 Jaycees Announce Visitors’ Night A special “Visitors’ Meeting” will be conducted by the Bluffton Junior Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, October 20, at 8 o’clock at the Brooke Motors showroom on Cherry street. All young men of the Bluffton area between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to attend the meet ing. A special program is plan ned by the executive committee. Communion Service Bishop Henry Fisher of Lan caster, Pa., will officiate at the semi-annual communion service of the Reformed Mennonite church Sunday morning at 10 a. m. 'X.." Il Charles P. Main the Lutheran church and as a member of the church’s official board. „a “The replacement of our worn out pumps is the most urgent problem before the board,” he observes. ». The three Democratic candi dates are: Charles P. Main Mr. Main, stationary engineer at the Ford Motor Co., Lima, lives at 118 E. Jefferson street with his wife and two children. This would be'his first public office, if elected. In civic af fairs he has served both as commander and as vice com mander of Bluffton American Le- Three On Mark in School Board Race Robert Simcox Woodrow Little Dr. Howard M. Shelly This is one of a series of articles to acquaint Bluffton voters more completely with the candi dates for public office in the November election The series will include photographs of the can didates, identification, experience in public office, church, lodge and professional offices, and a statement from the candidate, if he chooses to make it, regarding what he deems to be the princi pal problem before the community as it would affect his office. Two members to the Bluffton board of education are to be elected from the three candidates pictured above. Peter Diller New President of Swiss Community Historical Soc. Peter Diller, Route 2, Bluff ton, well known local collector of Indian lore, was elected pres ident of the Swiss Community Historical society at a meeting Monday evening in the Bluffton college chapel. He succeeds Ez ra Moser. Other new officers of the so ciety are Gene Benroth, vice president H. W. Raid, secre tary D. W. Bixler, treasurer and Harry Bogart, curator. Sev en directors elected were Leland Gerber, Wilhelm Amstutz, Del bert Gratz, Hiram Kohli, Philip Hilty, Ezra Moser and Archie Diller. The group heard an informa tive talk by the new president on Indian artifacts collected in and around the Bluffton com- Several Spots Open in Adult Homemaker Class Bluffton area homemakers will have another chance to join the adult evening course conducted by the Bluffton high school home economics department, but if suf ficient interest is not shown the course will be dropped. The organizational meeting will be held Tuesday night, October 20, at the high school. Classes will be held every Monday night for the next 12 weeks. An enrollment of at least 15 is necessary for the class to be giv en. It is open to anyone over 16 who is not attending public school. Instructions on how to make drapes, slip covers, refinish fur niture and select accessories will be included in the program, to be taught by Mrs. Allan Pitcock, local home economics teacher. The program is sponsored un der the supervision of the State department for adult education. Elected to Board of Public Affairs r? K, Edwln Badertscher gion Post 382. Keeping up with the expansion of the village is the most im portant task before the board, he believes. Edwin Badertscher Mr. Badertscher, who has been in the milk hauling business as a hauling contractor for the last 30 years, lives at 315 West Elm street. He and Mrs. Badertscher are parents of three children. He has served two terms on village council, and was a mem ber of the building committee for the new addition to St. John’s United Church of Christ. “Lack of funds for village maintenance and building sites munity. He also exhibited part of his collection. A. J. B. Longsdorf also spoke on the early history of the com munity and on courthouse re search on the early platting of the town to determine historic landmarks. He said that his work deter mined the location of the first business [dace, mill of Joseph DeFord erected in 1834, and the first church, which still stands on Thurman street as the resi dence of Grover Boutwell. The first parsonage is also located nearby and is occupied by Rob ert Murray. The possibility of marking these historic buildings will be considered by the society. John Keller of the Allen County Historical society also attended the meeting and made comments on the Bluffton effort to preserve historical items. Grover Soldner reported there are now 26 members of the local society and five student mem bers. The new addition should be completed in 30 days. Contractor is Harry Mericle. Lumber storage and supply storage buildings have already been built by Skylark since they moved to their rural location last April. Completion of the new facili ties, to be used primarily for as sembly of trailers, boosts the plant capacity to seven trailers at a time. Present capacity is four trailers. Only three trailers could be under construction at one time when the company oc cupied its old facilities in Beaver dam. Increased employment will fol low the completion of the new addition, Mr. Jackson said. Busi ness conditions will regulate the changes in employment, he said. The company has begun con struction of 10 foot wide trailers, completely replacing the line of small travel trailenr which they concentrated on after organizing in 1957. The 10 foot trailers, the newest width for trailers which are in tended mainly as permanent homes, are 37 feet long. Skylark will continue manufacturing the standard eight foot wide trailers. PLAT FILED Plat of a seven lot subdivision in Richland township to be known as the Amstutz subdivision has been filed with Allen county re corder Morgan Davis. Emma Amstutz is owner of the subdivi sion. Open House Set Oct. 17-18 GENE MERICLE, Bluffton builder, will hold “Open House Saturday and Sunday at the new home recently com pleted by him at 132 East Jefferson street. The bouse has been awarded the Gold Medallion by the Ohio Power com pany for being equipped electrically for heating as well as with full housepower for today’s modern living. The three-bedroom home of contemporary design has an Homer Gratz are major problems before the community,” he says. 'Homer Gratz Mr. Gratz operates a farm south of the village and is now making his home at 291 South Lawn avenue. He and Mrs. Gratz have four living children. He has not served before in public office, but has been pres ident of the Lions club, served two terms as president of the Allen County Farm Bureau fed eration, a term on the Farm Bureau Co-Op board, president of Lima Chapter National Food as sociates, and vice president of the Men’s Brotherhood, First (See “Three” p. 8) exterior of brick veneer with white wood trim. The interior is in mahogany trim with mahogany cupboards in the kitchen. Alunininum windows are featured and copper plumbing is used throughout. The new home is com- pletely decorated and furnish ed for the showing. Bluffton area residents are urged to attend the open house to be- come acquainted with the latest in modern home con- struction in the moderate price range. Births The following births were re corded at Bluffton Community hospital during the past week: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Rayle, McComb, a girl, Jill Ann, bom Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Wagner, Mt. Cory, a girl, Cynthia Kay, bom Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Merwyn Rock hold, Alger, a boy, Dennis Dean, bom Saturday. T' Mr. and Mrs. Max McCaffer ty, Bluffton, a girt, Nancy Marie, bom Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kolsky, Lafayette, a boy, bom Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Falk, Bluffton, a boy, bom Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Don Kuhn, a boy, James Richard, bom last Thursday in Arvada, Colorado. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Kuhn and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nonnamaker, of Bluffton. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade SINGLE COPY 8c Skylark Constructing 3,500 Square Foot Plant Addition Doubling its facilities in less than six months after moving to a new location, the Skylark Trailer company has begun con struction of a 3,500 square foot addition, owner Kenneth Jackson announced this week. The cement block addition is being added on the northeast side of the property which Skylark acquired from the Allen county Farm Bureau late last March south of Bluffton on the Old Dixie highway. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION BY MAIL SS.M Youth Minister Named by Church James Smith The Rev. Robert Dye Sr., pas tor of the First Missionary church, has announced the re cent appointment of James Smith, a Bluffton college stu dent, as youth minister by the local church board. Mr. Smith, a pre-medics stu dent at the college, has been li censed by the Missionary Church association, and has been placed on the missionary candidate list. After completing his training as a missionary doctor, he will be considered for one of the fields of the association. Mr. Smith’s home is in Mur ray, Iowa. He was graduated from the Prairie Bible Institute after four years’ attendance, and attended Biola college for one year before coming to Bluffton to complete his science courses. After two more years of study here, he plans to enter medical college. While attending school here, he has secured employment with one of the Lima hospitals. Window Photos To Replace Treasure Hunt A photo identification program will replace the old Treasure Hunt as one phase of the Christ mas promotion program of th^ Bluffton Business Men’s associa^ tion. Pictures will be taken the day after Thanksgiving xrith the photographer snapping crowds of shoppers at random. At least 100 pictures will be taken according to tentative pbAs. One individFv in each group photo will be picked and his pic ture encircled and these photos will appear in merchants’ win dows on Window Shopping Night. Gifts will be given to the per sons whose pictures are encir cled. Window Shopping Night will probably be held on Friday, De cember 4, the merchants decid ed. The merchants also agreed to sponsor the downtown Christmas lighting and hold a Christmas party for area youngsters, as they have done in recent years. Store hours for the Christmas stopping season were also set. They will be open every Thurs day in December prior to Christ mas Window Shopping Night when the date is finally set Mon day, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week and two earlier Wednesdays in the month, De cember 9 and 16. Regular Satur day evening store hours will al so be observed. Shoe Repair Shop Changes Owners Roily Koontz, who for several years has operated Koontz’s Fixit Shop on South Mound street, this week purchased Rayl’s Shoe Repair shop on North Main street. Mr. Koontz said that he plan ned to operate the shoe shop during the day and will continue work at his Fixit shop in the evenings. If a suitable room should become available in the business section, he may com bine both businesses, he said.