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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 1959
Presenting Your
Helen Tschantz (D)
Helen (Mrs. Fred) Tschantz
is our woman 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
president. She served as presi
dent of the PTA for two years,
has headed the Cancer Drive
locally and assisted in UF and
other drives. She is a member
of St. John’s United Church of
“I think the two most pressing
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.
Long range planning should in
clude efforts to attract desirable
new industry, zoning restrictions,
and provision for wholesome rec
reation for youth and adults.”
Lois Basinger (D)
Nominated by the Democratic
caucus for the office of village
treasurer is Miss Lois Basinger,
well known as a teller at The
Citizens National Bank.
This will be her first experience
in municipal politics and she is
supported with the other women
candidates by the Business and
Professional Women’s associa
She makes her home at 103
East Kibler street.
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Fred Reichenbach (D)
His full name is Frederick H.
Reichenbach, but space on the
ballots made it necessary for
him to be listed more briefly as
Fred. Reichenbach. At Bluffton
college he is known as building
and grounds superintendent, and
for a number of years prior to
this he was employed at the Lima
Ordnance Depot.
He and Mrs. Reichenbach and
their three children live at 130
North Spring street.
Active in community affairs,
Fred is a past commander of the
American Legion. He is serving
on the Boy Scout Troop Com
mittee and is currently secretary
treasurer, and president of the
Boy Scout auxiliary. He and
his familybelong to the First
Mennonite church.
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Robert M. Neiswander is seeking
re-election as Richland township
trustee. He is now completing his
second four year term in that
post. He lives on a farm with his
wife and one child on Rural
Route 2, He has attended North
western School of Commerce,
Lima. He is engaged in farming.
He is a member of the Allen
county Trustees and Clerks as
sociation and the Ohio State
Trustees and Clerks association.
He has served for two years as
secretary of the Allen County
Advisory Health council.
He is a member of the Ohio
Guernsey Breeders Association
former director of the Allen
County Dairy Service unit.
Neiswander is past master of
Bluffton Masonic Lodge and
member of the Toledo Consistory
as a 32nd degree Mason.
Neiswander reports “Roads,
ditches, and cemeteries are in
fairly good condition. The main
problem coming up will be zon
ing but it will be up to the
people of Richland township to
decide if they want it now.”
Maynard Badertscher (D)
A well-known Bluffton builder,
Mr. Badertscher is associated
with his father A. O. Badertscher
in the construction business, and
has helped build many Bluffton
residences and business build
ings. He is both carpenter and
He and Mrs. Badertscher and
their two children live at 455
Cherry street.
A member of St. John’s United
Church of Christ, Mr. Badert
scher has served on the church
consistory for six years, is a
former treasurer of the church
and served as chairman of the
building committee when the new
church school addition was erec
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
are major problems before the
community,’’ he says.
Greater cooperation between Bluffton Council and Board of
Public Affairs, and between Council and Richland Township
Permanent street improvements instead of temporary
Elect Them November 3rd
Candidate For
Harold F. Klingler (D)
Harold Klingler may be a
newcomer to municipal politics,
but is far from unknown in civic
affairs of the community. He
is best known as a congenial
agent for the Prudential In
surance company in the Bluffton
area. He lives at 126 Poplar
street with his wife and their
three children.
He is president of the Bluff
ton-Richland Township United
Fund which has just completed
its 1960 campaign, and is active
in welfare work as chairman of
the local Salvation Army service
unit. He is a past president of
the Bluffton Lions club and is
serving as vice president of the
Bluffton Community Hospital
board. His church membership
is with St. John’s United Church
of Christ and he is a member of
Bluffton Post American Legion
and of the Blnffton Business
Men’s association.
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.
He believes the major problem
of Bluffton is to bring about non
partial, courteous cooperation be
tween the various departments of
village government. All citizens
have an investment in public af
fairs and their interests warrant
the same care and protection by
sound and skillful management
as is given the investments of
individuals in private businesses.
Continued progress depends upon
the application of judicious and
competent management tech
niques in administration of pub
lic affairs.
Wayne Matter (D)
Mr. Matter, a timekeeper at the
Ex-Cel 1-0 Corp, plant in Lima,
resides with his wife and five
children at 116 Riley street.
He is a past master of Bluffton
Masonic lodge No. 432, a past
master of the Richland Grange,
serves as treasurer of Emman
uel’s United Church of Christ and
president of the Men’s Brother
hood of St. John’s and Emman
uel’s United Church of Christ.
Mr. Klingler calls on 300 Bluff
ton homes monthly and this gives
him opportunity to sample pub
lic opinions on local issues.
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
gion Post 382.
Keeping up with the expansion
of the village Is the most im
portant task before the board, he
Better traffic control and public safety measures.
More equitable water and sewer charges.
Further progress of Bluffton's village planning commission
Suitable public rest rooms for public convenience.
Richard II. Jordan (D)
At 25 Richard H. Jordan is
Bluffton’s youngest candidate for
council. Recently having com
pleted his army service, he is
employed as a financial reporter
for Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. at the
Lima office. He lives with his
wife at 209*6 South Jackson
Mr. Jordan is junior steward at
the Bluffton Masonic lodge, past
synod president and national
representative for Northwest
Ohio to the Youth Fellowship of
the United Church of Christ.
He believes that financing need
ed capital improvements while
still providing usual village serv
ices with the least financial
strain to village funds and tax
payers is the problem before
Dale Reichenbach is assistant
cashier of the Citizens National
Bank, and is completing his sec
ond four-year term as clerk of
your township. He resides with
his wife and four children at 312
West Elm street, Bluffton.
A member of the First Men
nonite Church, he is active as a
Sunday School teacher. He is a
veteran of World War II and a
member of the local American
Legion post. He has been active
in the Swiss Male Chorus and
serves as treasurer of the local
Circle square dance group.
“An important challenge to
local governments in the present
day is to keep control and admin
istration in the hands of the local
residents,” he states.
This Advertisement Issued By BLUFFTON DEMOCRATIC PRE­
CINCT COMMITTEEMEN Gerald Swank, committeeman
James W. Benroth (D)
An assemblyman in the Pure
Pak division of the Bluffton Ex
Cell-0 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
Norman Edinger (D)
Norman Edinger is the Demo
cratic candidate for village clerk,
an office which has been held for
many years by A. J. B. Longs
dorf, who refused to run for an
other term.
Mr. Edinger lives with his wife
and two sons on East Jefferson
street, Bluffton.
He is well known as manager
of marketing services at the
Triplett Electrical Instrument
company, and is a member of
St. John's United Church of
Christ, serving presently as a
deacon and treasurer of the

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