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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 1959
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84 YEAR NO. 28
20 Blocks Of
Street Work
Approximately 20 blocks
Bluffton streets were treated with
an asphalt sealer and stone chips
this week, completing the village
street maintenance program for
this year.
Street Commissioner William
Gaiffe said that the program
would exhaust approximately $4,
700, all the village has available
v for street repairs.
The tar and chips were laid
by Cliff Cossett, Findlay road
contractox Earlier in the sum
mer the village crew consumed
6,200 gallons of tar and a quan
tity of stone chips in patching
holes in the streets.
Mayor David L. Risser
plained that some of the village’s
better streets were sealed in or
der to preserve them from de
terioration caused by water en
tering small cracks, freezing and
disintegrating the surface. Other
streets, which seem to be in poor
er condition, must await major
repairs when more adequate
funds are available.
Council’s street committee
feels it would be a waste of mon
ey to surface treat some streets
which lack adequate foundation,
especially since there are not
sufficient funds to surface treat
all of the streets. It is a matter
Of trying to save the best streets,
they say.
Streets resurfaced include Col
lege avenue east of the rail
road Geiger and Mound streets
College to Cherry Grove street,
Main to Kibler College avenue,
Main street to Little Riley
bridge, and Thurman street,
Route 103 to Elm street.
The downtown parking lot was
also to be tarred and chipped
and as much of Main street was
to be sealed as remaining ma
terials permitted.
Dayton Pastorlone,
To Speak At
Harvest Home
The Rev. Harold H. Jung,
pastor of Central United Church
of Christ in Dayton and former
president of the Southwest Ohio
Synod of the Evangelical and Re
formed church, will be the guest
minister at St. John’s annual
Harvest Home Festival Sunday
The annual festival service is
scheduled for 10:45 Sunday morn
Combined choirs under the di
rection of Mrs. Robert Stratton
will sing the thanksgiving an
them, “Praise the Lord, O Jeru
salem” by J. H. Mauder. Miss
Margaret Groman will play the
The harvest motif will be car
ried out in the church chancel
decorations prepared by church
school classes of Mrs. Clarence
Brunn and Norman Edinger.
Gifts of jellies and canned fruit
will be offered to the Fort Wayne
Children’s home and the Upper
Sandusky Home for the Aged.
Emmanuel church congregation
will be special guests at the
festival. Visitors are also invited
to the church at the corner of
College avenue and Jackson
Move To Improve
Curriculum In
Junior High
Bluffton’s seventh grade
dents will study Ohio history,
geography and government and
the seventh and eighth grade stu
dents will receive special guid
ance attention for the first time
this year, according to an an
nouncement by R. E. Schmunk,
high school principal.
The improvement in the school
curriculum was made possible
by the employment of Mrs. Jean
Triplett on the high school faculty
to replace Louis Lorenzen, who
resigned in September.
Students will become acquaint
ed with Bluffton government or
ganization and the History of the
local area. Mrs. Triplett expects
to bring
into the
several Bluffton citizens
class to talk with the
concerning these sub-
The Junior High guidance pro
gram will also be under the di
rection of Mrs. Triplett. Several
periods each week will be de
voted to vocational and scholas
tic guidance on the feroup and
individual level.
Know The Candidates
Clayton Bixel (R)
Janies B. Heininger (R)
Only three members of Bluff
ton’s present village council are
candidates for re-election for an
other two-year term when bal
lots are cast in November.
For the most part all seven of
the other candidates are new
comers to municipal politics.
None have held public office of
any kind with the exception of
who served on the Board
of Public Affairs.
To assist voters in becoming
better acquainted with all of the
candidates, The Bluffton News is
publishing the photographs and
information about each candidate
supplied from questionnaires
filled out by the candidates.
This week the photos and iden
tifications of eight of the 12 can
didates follow. Next week the re
mainder will be carried together
with the candidates for Mayor,
Clerk and Treasurer.
Clayton Bixel (R)
A former automobile dealer,
Mr. Bixel is now busy erecting
a new super market store build
ing on Vance street, which will
be occupied by Urich’s IGA
market. He also has an interest
in the Bluffton Airport and Bluff
ton Flying Service, and has long
been active in the Business Men’s
He and Mrs. Bixel live in their
new home recently completed on
South Main street.
Mr. Bixel lists a number of
matters which he deems to be im
portant problems before the city
to keep
as possible, he stated. He also
would urge council to use its in
fluence to obtain a business route
through the city maintained by
the state. He regards the lack of
adequate surface drainage sewers
in many parts of town as a
major problem and advocates
better platting of sewer locations.
Better police communications is
another improvement in village
service, he suggests.
Efforts should be made
Bluffton from becoming
from new U. S. 25 by
as many access points
Janies W. Benroth (D)
An assemblyman in the Pure
Pak division of the Bluffton Ex
Cell-O plant, James W. Benroth
lives with his wife and one son,
Jan, at 220 W. Elm street.
Mr. Benroth served for a per
iod on the board of public affairs.
He has also served as chairman
of the board of trustees of the
United Presbyterian church of
Bluffton and on the church’s
God & Country Boy Scout award
committee. He is presently scout
master of Bluffton Troop 256, a
member of the Bluffton Radio
club, Sportsmen’s club and Amer
ican Legion. He has served as
adjutant and is now historian of
the Legion post.
“Major problem of the village,
it appears to me, is financing
the many improvements which
are seriously needed. I feel that
the adoption of an adequate build
ing code and zoning regulations
are uppermost among the prob
lems.” i
Betty Stratton (R)
Mrs. Stratton, a former school
Village To Elect New Council November 3
James W. Benroth (D)
Wayne Matter (D)
teacher, is now a homemaker for
her husband, Robert
sixth grade teacher,
two children at 111
and their
at St.
She is president of
an’s Republican club a
Fellowship director and
and Junior Choir Director
United Church of Christ.
Associate Matron, Order
Eastern Star and Girl
Day Camp Director the
She is
of the
past two years.
The problems of a small com
munity such as ours are always
many, says Mrs. Stratton. We
need better streets with curbing
and sidewalks. The control of
of storm water is important in
many sections of the village. Of
course all of these things require
money, and it is easier to see
the needs than to accomplish a
Helen Tschantz (D)
Helen (Mrs. Fred) Tschantz
is the other women candidate for
village council. Secretary at the
Triplett Electrical Instrument
Co., in charge of export orders,
she also makes a home for her
husband and three children at
507 North Main street.
In civic affairs, she has held
various offices in the Bluffton
Business and Professional Wom
en’s club and is currently vice
presideint. She served as presi
dent of the PTA for two years,
has headed the Cancer Drive
locally and assisted in UF and
other drives,
of St. John’s
“I think the
problems are the condition of our
streets and the needs of our
water department. I understand
ways must be found for financing
both these projects in a fair and
equitable way.
She is a member
United Church of
two most pressing
Long range planning should in
clude efforts to attract desirable
new industry, zoning restrictions,
and provision for wholesome rec
reation for youth and adults.”
James B. Heinlnger (R)
The Rev. James B. Heininger
is pastor of the Bluffton First
Suffers Injury
To Three Fingers
In Mower Mishap
Loren Core, thirteen-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Core of South Main street, suf
fered severe lacerations of three
fingers on his left hand last Sat
urday afternoon while operating
a power lawn mower at the farm
residence of his sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
David Myers, south of Bluffton.
Young Core was attempting to
unclog cuttings from the blower
at the side of the mower when
his fingers came in contact with
the rotating blade.
He was taken to Bluffton Com
munity hospital where the badly
battered fingers were treated by
Dr. B. W. Travis. Early this
week it appeared that the fingers
would be saved.
Betty Stratton (R) Helen Tschantz (D)
Charles M. Hankish Jr. (R) Richard II. Jordan (D)
Methodist church and active in
many phases of village life. He
lives with his wife and two chil
dren at 110 North Jackson street,
He serves as secretary of the
weekday religious education
council, chaplin of the American
Legion, president of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce, a di
rector of the Lions club and
board member of the United
Fund. He has also served in the
past as chaplain of the Masonic
lodge president of the Bluffton
Ministerial association and ad
visor of the Bluffton Youth Fed
Rev. Heininger lists as the im-
Hallowe’en Street Celebration
Date Changed to Saturday, Oct. 31
The Bluffton community Hal
lowe’en celebration, originally
announced for October 30, will
be held instead on
ning, October 31,
nounced this week
Clyde Ernsberger.
Saturday eve
it was an
by Chairman
The program again to be spon
sored by the Business Men’s as
sociation will be held in the down
town business section. Permis
sion to close Main street from
Church to Elm street for the
costume parade will be asked of
village council. The street would
be blocked from 6:30 until
Mr. Ernsberger said that
parade would start at
o’clock. The Modern Woodman
Insurance cofnpany will contrib
ute 1000 magic blackboards and
five major prizes for the pro
gram. A $3 gift certificate will
also be awarded by the Business
Men’s association for the most
original and most comic costume
in each of three age divisions.
The age divisions are: 1. Chil
dren of pre-school ages includ
ing kindergarten. 2. Grade school
children grades one through 10.
3. Senior high school and adults.
BHS Open House
Set November 10
There are good schools, and
there are better schools. How
does Bluffton high school
Principal Roy E. Schmunk
suggests that you visit the
high school. Sit in on some of
the classes. Talk with the
the principal, the
there is
ment, see
If you feel that
room tor improve
what you can do to
Mr. Schmunk suggests that
you visit your schools at any
time, but urges that the visit
be made especially
American Education
10, has
Tuesday, Nbvember
been set aside as a
open house day at the high
portant local problems: 1. curb
ing and street repair. 2. Need of
Youth Canteen- with stress on
crafts. 3. An auxiliary water
pump for the community in case
of natural or international dis
4. A community disaster
Wayne Matter (D)
Matter, a timekeeper at the
Ex-Cell-O Corp, plant in Lima,
resides with his wife and five
children at 116 Riley street.
He is a past master of Bluffton
C^asonic lodge No. 432, a past
master of the Richland Grange,
serves as treasurer of Emman
uel’s United Church of Christ and
(See “Know Candidates” p. 10)
A special prize of $3 will also
be awarded to the best cos
tumed group.
will be on Vine
separate registra
each division. If
street with a
tion desk for
rained out, the celebration will
be cancelled.
Committeemen in charge are:
Clyde Ernsberger, general chair
man Harold Balmer, judges
Robert E. Stratton, parade mar
shal, assisted by Robert Nonna
maker William Edwards, pre
sent petition to council Gene
Benroth, decorating business sec
tion William Edwards, registra
tion chairman Robert Crow,
treats Maurice Fett, public ad
dress system Ronald Anderson,
Charles Hilty
Named to GOP
Central Comm
Charles Hilty, associate editor
of The Bluffton News, has been
appointed, to the Allen County
Republican Central Committee, it
was announced this week by Kent
B. McGough, chairman of the
executive committee.
Mr. Hilty will be Republican
precinct executive in Bluffton’s
Precinct B, a post held for many
years until his death by Armin
He will serve by appointment
until the May primary electior”
when indications are that he wil
be a candidate for election to th[
Central Committee from
Sutermeister To
judging committee.
Di i_»i
To B. S. Jamboree VbbIb
Everett A. Sutermeister, Blufi
ton scoutmaster, has been name
one of six Boy Scout leaders fror
the Put-Han-Sen area who wii
accompany 74 boys from thi
rado Springs. Nine Bluffton scout:
are among the 74 registered tc
make the trip in July. I MAIN ST
Councilman Charles Hankish, I dill
chairman of the street commit- [fJT
tee, pointed out that council has
been meeting all needs of village I
operation on the same tax rate
1TT1 4*4*.
Prizes Awarded
In BS Model Show
A model sailboard constructed
by Gene Lehman won first prize
in the Boy Scout model show held
Tuesday evening at a Parents
Night meeting in the First Men
nonite church. The prize was a
model plane gasoline engine.
Second prize, a plastic model
plane kit, went to Lee Cookson
for his model of the U. S. Con
stitution third prize, a plastic
model plane, went to Richard
Little who exhibited a model
space ship and fourth prize went
to Thomas Brauen, on his model
racing car. Stanley
were two Go-Kart racing cars ex-1 son basso. Julian Parris is the
sa (stage
Bloodmoblle Visits
Lima October 27 P-?-’
I 1
The Red Cross Bloodmobile I done by Mr. Dewey with a back
Unit from the Ft. Wayne Region-1 ground of authentic music re
al center will be in Lima Tues-|corded ‘n Africa.
day, October 27. I Wildlife, tropical flowers
The center of operations will (primitive natives open the pic
be in the auditorium of the Al-1 tore and prepare the audience
len County Historical Museum, I for the main picture story. Some
620 West Market street, from 101 of the stops include Johannes
a. m. to 4 p. m.
UF Drive Gets Flying Start
Hits 28 Pct On Opening Day
Street Committee
Urges Levy Support
The adoption of the proposed I bear, he said. Ivassers were advised by UF Ex
two mill extra tax levy would I The other member of the street Iecutive Secretary Woodrow Lit
enable Bluffton to put practical-1 committee is Wilbur Amstutz. Itle 11131 slightly over $2,000 in
ly every street in town in good [They met Monday to determine Icasb and pledges had been turn
condition within the next five [how far approximately $4,700 |ed 1® from the partially com
years, Mayor David L. Risser I would go in the village street [pieled industrial and business
said Monday at a meeting of I maintenance program this fall (canvass.
council’s street committee. I Some money was spent earlier
The mayor added that he be-1 in the summer for street patch-Icouraged to do their utmost to
lieved, if the village were to con-ling. Commissioner Gaiffe report-1leave 00 focal home unvisited
tinue the levy for a second five-1 ed that the village crew had con-1and to see 11131 110 individual
year period, curbs and gutters I sumed 6,200 gallons of tar and|rnissed 0,6 opportunity of shar
could be installed in most parts I the necessary stone chips in theling in financial support of
of the town. I patching work.
“We’re going to talk up the I Passage of the ______ __
levy as much as possible, but I levy would provide an addition
we’re not planning to ring door-I al $13,000 per year for the street
bells or conduct any organized (program, bringing the total to
campaign,” Mayor Risser said. [more than $18,000 annually.
“We feel that our citizens rea-l
lize the need and we are hope-1
ful they will support this means T}
of meeting the problem.” I V i IT1
which has been levied for years.
“We’re falling short only on
street maintenance. And there
we need some help,” Mr. Hank- (village as outsiders view it when
ish said. [WIMA-TV presents a “Special
Bluffton residents will see the
Councilman Ed Chamberlain I Bepo,rt
advocated that the future street I
program should aim at recon-1 ,r _____ ___ ____ _________ __
struction from the base up as |cover churches, factories, [the National °Polio Foundation
was done recently on High street (schools, the business district and |and American Cancer Society ex
between Lawn avenue and Ropp|Blufft°n college. Many historical Lending an invitation to join the
hall. (photographs will be used. (i960 campaign.
October 29 at 7:30 p. m.
The street was torn up com-1 WIMA cameramen and news-1 “The people of the Bluffton
pletely and a heavy bed of |men have been here several (community strongly support a
crushed rock laid before the sur-ldmes in P381 weeks preparing (unified campaign where there is
face was completed. Uor die program. The scripts will [but one annual house-to-house so-
Street Commissioner William Ibe written by WIMA-TV news-Licitation with little campaign
Gaiffe noted that the problem is Imen Gene Rockwell and Hank I and administrative expense,” the
solved only by laying a heavy I Harv ’eyr, with Rockwell doing the I letters stated.
base. Our streets were never Inarration- I Officials of both organizations
built for the heavy truck loads! Many Bluffton businessmen are I again answered that it would be
they are now called upon to I cooperating to present the pro-1 contrary to their national policy
Friday evening at 8:30 in Ram- (campaign,
seyer chapel the Continental -1 Solicitors
Aires, a negro male quartette, Lunds and
will present a program appealing [headquarters temporarily set up
.to all tastes. I at the Leland Diller Insurance
asingeri The group includes Clinton Hol-1 agency.
™adeJth!„^^nUtlOn for the|land, tenor Brooks Alexander, ______
rw i 4. I •^n3r’ Wanza L. King, baritone-1 A vprao*p
Of special interest to the boys lnarrator and j. Wayland Jack-1
hibited by Burke Neville of thelvoca] arranger and accompanist. I The averaee dailv attendance
Neal Machine and Tool Co.,| Tuesdav evenin'* October 27 I- average daily attendance
irnn I i uesaay evening, October Z7,|in BIuffton spools as of Octo-
A Good Place to Trade
A1,ce and *rth“r Dev"V aP- ber 9 was 810. Superintendent A.
pear on the Ramseyer chapel Murray ed ,Q the
of education.
to present their latest col-
lored film. “Africa, Land of Con-
ne running commentary is
I burg.
South African metropolis
According to Lima Red Cross (Pretoria, capital of the Union of
officials, “0” type donors are es-1 South Africa a drive down the|dy* The addition of a kindergar
pecially needed at this time, I Cape of Good Hope dancing ofFen toree years ago has aided in
with either the positive or nega-1 colorful Zulus and a visit to their [increasing the attendance figures,
five RH factors. [reservation.
you ever drove
See your local authorized Chevrolet dealer
BY MAIL |3.««
Off to a headstart this year
with early industrial and business
solicitation, the Bluffton Rich
land Township United Fund drive
had actually reached the 28 per
cent mark before the official
kick-off Monday evening.
Volunteer door-to-door can-
I solicitors were
I the community’s health,
I Bluffton LF
Special filmed sequences will (letters had again been sent to
Series Brings
Two Features
tax|and youth organizations. Ten dif
Iferent agencies are supported by
I the
single campaign.
UF Campaign Chairman Rich
ard Cookson emphasized the need
I for making
sure contributors re-
lalize they are supporting many
I calls for assistance. “Give Your
I Fair Share” is the slogan for the
11960 drive.
“In many places
in the united effort
an hour’s pay per
Cookson reminded
a fair share
is considered
month,” Mr.
his co-work­
Better local employment situ
ation and general prosperity and
assurance of good business pros
|pects provide a good outlook for
Th =3 l^e success of the campaign, UF
officials noted that
t0 accept the invitation, that they
must conduct separate drives.
This year the local UF direc
tors have allocated $200 of drive
receipts to Medical Research
Program. This agency has the
approval of local physicians and
health workers.
The Bluffton Hospital auxiliary
will also receive $1,000 from the
United Fund and has discontin
ued its annual membership drive.
I Two attractions have been I Total 1960 budget is $8,119.22,
booked within the next week for Ibut goal of the current drive is
the Bluffton college Music Lee-1 only $7,392,
tore Series. I taken from
the remainder being
surplus of last year’s
are turning in their
reports to the UF
Now 810 in Schools
study of average atten
In a
Murray’s records
it is nearly double
in the school year
the attendance
what it
1943-44 when
and |ordy ft bad been at an
^time high of 706 in 1936 37,
dropped off when the school
trict lost some of its rural area
in the Cory-Rawson consolida
Since then it has grown stead-
The following births were re
corded at Bluffton Community
hospital during the past week:
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Falk,
Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Ray,
bom Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Powell,
Findlay, a
girl, Patty Jo, bom
Mrs. Larry Ream,
girl, Kathy Rene,
Mr. and
Findlay, a
bom Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Alt, Pan
dora, a girl, Elizabeth Ann, bom
I Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas R. An-
[derson, Bluffton, a girl, Nancy
Jo, born Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bad
ertscher, Bluffton, a boy, Rich
ard Deane, born Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. William Boehr,
a girl, Christine Elaine, bom Sat
urday in Detroit, Mich. Mr. and
Mrs. John Boehr of Bluffton are
BLUFFTON the paternal grandparents.

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