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84 YEAR NO. 31
Is Voiced To
Alley Vacation
Opposition to the proposed va
cation of an undeveloped and un
used alley right-of-way platted
between Jackson street and
Lawn avenue and extending south
from Kibler street, was raised
in Bluffton Council Tuesday eve
Kenneth Bracy, whose mother,
Mrs. Edith Bracy, owns two lots
on Lawn avenue north of the
alley under discussion, appeared
at the meeting to make a formal
protest against the vacation
ordinance pending before council.
Mr. Bracy said that vacation
of the alley would serve to de
preciate their property. He said
it would deprive his property of
alleyway egress southwardly. If
a garage were built at the rear
of his property, he would have
to go north to Grove street to
get out on the street even when
he wanted to go south.
All of the property owners
abutting on the “paper” alley
two weeks ago had petitioned
for vacation of that section of
the alley which had never been
paved or used. The petitioners
are: Mrs. Edna Gratz, Mr. and
Mrs. Don Patterson, Mr. and
Mrs. Ambert Basinger, Morris
Groman and Miss Margaret Gro
Council gave first reading to
an ordinance providing for vaca
tion of the alley when the peti
tion was received, but council
men insisted that the village re
tain easement rights to use the
ground for extension of power
lines, gas, sewer or water pipes.
When the ordinance was pre
sented Tuesday evening for its
(See “Opposition” p. 10)
New Ex-Cell-0
Products On
Way to Italy
The first shipment of Staude
paper processing machines, now
being assembled at the Bluffton
Ex-Cell-O plant, was shipped re
cently to Genoa, Italy, it was re
ported this week.
The equipment was sent for
Angelo Agnati, Italian printers
and bookbinders. The shipment
included two each of the Alpha
and Beta Wrappers, two Delta
selective Gluers and two Delta
non-selective Gluers.
Seven of the machines in the
Italian order had been assembled
at the E. G. Staude Company in
St. Paul. Some of the sub assem
bly work on these machines was
done here at Bluffton and the
eighth machine of the shipment
was the first Staude machine to
be completely built at the local
While the movement of parts
from St. Paul has not been com
pleted, there were some 45,000
parts already shipped here in
The Staude crib at the plant
has taken up more floor space
than was at first anticipated.
There is a possibility that the
entire area used by the main
tenance department will be util
ized for crib space as more parts
arrive at the plant.
There are said to be some 1,400
markets in the United States and
Canada alone for Staude products.
They are also in use in Italy,
Switzerland, Austria, Germany
and other countries.
Cub Scouts
To Operate
Country Store
Bluffton Cub Scouts will operate
an old-fashioned country store
complete with cracker barrels,
an old-fashioned stick candy
counter, baked goods, novelties
and produce Wednesday evening,
November 18, in the Methodist
church basement.
The country stor& will be the
theme of the monthly pack meet
ing, and pioceeds will go to the
local pack treasury.
Assisting with the country store
will be Pack Committee Chair
man Nelson Diller, Darvin Lug
inbuhl who will help with art
work, and Den Mothers including
Mrs. Nelson Steiner, Mrs. Maur
ice Triplett, Mrs. Robert Simcox,
Mrs. Eldon Berry and Mrs.
Wayne Amstutz.
Dr. Richard Weaver is acting
as cubmaster for the meeting.
Bluffton college students cele
brated the football team’s fourth
consecutive Mid-Ohio league
championship Monday.
Classes were dismissed at 9:30
a. m. and students and faculty
gathered in Founders hall 15 min
utes later to open the celebra
tion. Dean Robert Kreider acted
as master of ceremonies. Cheer
leaders and the college band as
sisted in the program.
Featured speakers at the
Founders hall meeting were Dr.
L. L. Ramseyer, president of the
college. Coach Kenneth Mast,
who introduced the squad and
graduating seniors Tom Fitz
patrick, sports writer for the
Lima News, Athletic Director A.
C. Burcky, and the Rev. James
Heininger, representing the fans.
Six seniors will graduate from
this year’s squad, having seen
service on all four championship
teams. They are Glenn (Duke)
Snyder of Girard Everett (Ez)
Springer, New Washington Ron
ald Lora and Jim (Spike) Berry,
Bluffton Harold Garverick, Gal
ion, and James Weaver, Girard.
Following the victory celebra
tion at Founders hall, the Home
coming Queen and her court, the
band and football team boarded
trucks for a parade through town.
McCulloch Announces Plans For
Taking 1960 Census in District
Plans for taking the 18th De
cennial Census of the United
States in the Fouth Congressional
District have been announced by
Congressman William M. McCul
loch. Lima, largest and fastest
growing city in the district, has
again been designated by the
Census Bureau as the district
census headquarters,
Mr. McCulloch explained that
a district supervisor will open
the Lima office in January, and
proceed to recruit some 320 tem
porary enumerators for the sev
en-county task. Five crew lead
ers and 92 enumerators will be
assigned to the job in Allen
Enumerators will receive $12
per day, and census officials es
timate that starting April 1, they
will work from two to four weeks.
The crew leaders will be em
ployed from five to eight weeks
at $15.50 per day.
Census officials have advised
the congressman that the dis
trict supervisor can expect four
months’ employment. The salary
will be approximately $460 per
In addition to the U. S. Con-
Chicken Dinner
To Aid Boy Scouts
To provide funds for camping
equipment needed by the Bluffton
Boy Scout Troop, the Parents
Auxiliary will hold its annual
Community Chicken Dinner Fri
day evening in the First Menno
nite church.
Proceeds of the dinner will be
used to purchase tents, camping
tools and handicraft tools.
A full chicken dinner will be
served at $1 and tickets may be
obtained from any of the Boy
Scouts or from their Scout
masters Everett Sutermeister or
James Benroth.
MID-OHIO CHAMPIONS for the fourth consecutive year, the Bluff
ton Beavers concluded their season with a 6-3 record, which was their
poorest since 1955. Their 20 game winning streak In league play has
doubled the old record set by Ashland college in 1954-55.
Back row: (l.-r.) Kenneth Mast, coach, Ron Hedden, Ken Swart
zentraub, Bud Mielke, Harold Garverick, Bill Lape, Jim Berry, John Weber,
Art Tuel, Glenn “Duke” Snyder, Jim Weaver, Ron Leatherman.
College Celebrates
Fourth Mid Oh io Title
The student body snake danced
through the Main street business
In the afternoon the varsity
squad demonstrated some of the
plays which brought them the
John Gilbert
Elected To Head
Masonic Lodge
John Gilbert was elected wor
shipful master of the Bluffton
Masonic lodge at the annual busi
ness meeting held Monday eve
ning in the Masonic Temple.
He will succeed Robert E.
Stratton, who was- elected to a
three year term aS lodge trustee.
Other officers elected include:
Richard Cookson, senior warden
Robert McCune, junior warden
Clayton Harkness, treasurer
Wayne Matter, treasurer Doni
van Augsburger, senior deacon
Charles Hilty, junior deacon
Gerald Yoakam, tyler.
Installation of the new officers
will be Monday, November 23 at
7:30 p. m. A potluck dinner at
6 p. m. will precede the installa
tion service.
stitutional requirements for this
census to apportion seats in the
House of Representatives, Mc
Culloch said, the results will re
veal valuable information as to
the size and characteristics of
our populations iq states and les
ser political subdivisions. These
figures will be a major element
in the formulas by which large
sums of money are distributed
from the federal government to
the states and from states to
local governments.
The 1960 census will affect the
composition of the legislatures of
many states. It will affect the
rights, duties, numbers of cer
tain officials, their salaries and
the number of licenses for partic
ular types of business. These of
ficial records will reveal impor
tant tshifts and spectacular in
creases of populations in certain
The following births were re
corded at Bluffton Community
hospital during the past week:
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Camper,
Lima, a girl, Kimberly May,
born Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Heck
athom, Forest, a boy, Jay Ed
win, born Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Caris,
Steubenville, a boy, Kevin Rich
ard, bom at Gill hospital Tues
day, November 3. Mrs. Caris is
the former Betty Triplett, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Trip
lett of South Main street, Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. John Triplehom,
Mt. Vernon, a girl, Marjorie El
len, bom Wednesday of last week
in Mt. Vernon. Mr. and Mrs.
Murray Triplehom of Bluffton
are the paternal grandparents.
_______________________________________________________ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY________________________
Triplett TV
Feature Slated
For November 22
The Triplett Electrical In
strument company will be
one of two industries fea
tured on the nation-wide
Drew Pearson television pro
gram Sunday, November 22.
WIMA-TV in Lima will
carry the program, beginning
at 1 p. m. on that day.
Triplett will be represented
by a 15 minute segment of the
half hour program and an
other industry will have a 15
minute share of the program,
Arden Baker, Triplett’s per
sonnel manager has an
Santa’s Visit
Nov. 28 Opens
Yule Shopping
Bluffton will officially usher in
the holiday shopping season the
Saturday after Thanksgiving,
November 28, when Santa stages
a free theatre party for the com
munity’s youngsters and the
Main street decorations will be
This year’s Christmas busi
ness promotions will include no
“Window Shopping Night,” the
Business Men’s Assocation com
mittee has decided.
Arrangements are being com
pleted for Santa’s visit by a
committee headed by Harold
Balmer. A special matinee for
children of school age and under
is being arranged November 28
for the afternoon of Santa’s
The street decorating commit
tee headed by Joe Browne in
cludes Don Lytle, Si Diller, Ed
Lape and Walter Beck. They
hope to turn on the Christmas
lights the evening of November
28. Several new displays have
been purchased including two
large illuminated signs offering
“Season’s Greetings” to be hung
over main arteries leading into
the business section.
Ronald Anderson will be in
charge of a program of Christ
mas chimes music to be played
over the Town Hall system.
Stores will not be closed on
Thursday afternoons during De
cember and will be open extra
evenings Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday nights the week
of Christmas and on Wednesday
evenings, December 9 and 16.
Open House
Marks Education
Week at Schools
Approximately 50 parents ac
cepted an invitation of Bluffton
high school last Tuesday to visit
the classes in session as a part
of the local observance of Amer
ican Education Week.
Heaviest attendance was in
seventh and eighth grade classes
with less interest in the upper
The evening open house in the
elementary school, however, at
tracted several hundred parents
to view work of the pupils dis
played in the classrooms and for
chats with the teachers.
Middle row: (l.-r.) Charles Carman, Bill Montgomery, John Lehman,
Joe Urich, Larry Hedden, Ron Lora, Everrett “Ex” Springer, Ted Clemens,
Ralph Reichenbach, Wallace Taylor, Gary Brown, Terry Innskeep.
Front row: (l.-r.) Gerold Burkholder, Mike Ewer, Larry Neal, Ken
neth Kauffman, Ron Hall, Ronald “Sandy” Yoder, Jim Benner, Peyton
Black, Willis Stemen, Ernest Hacker manager.
Hunting Season Opens Monday
For Pheasant and Rabbit
Opening of the pheasant and
rabbit season next Monday at 9
a. m. is expected to send hun
dreds of men into the fields and
woods in the Bluffton area alone.
Game observers in the area
and throughout the state predict
this year’s hunting yield will be
below last year’s. Compensating
for this will be the first open
season on quail since 1913. Quail
can be hunted only on state op
erated public hunting lands.
Pheasant counts in northwest
ern Ohio were 20 to 30 per cent
below 1958, officials of the Ohio
Division of Wildlife have report
Midsummer rabbit production
was also reported to be well be
low the 1958 highs. Even though
the take of rabbits will probably
dr^p below (he 1958 high, it
should be as good or better than
the 1951-58 average.
Game restocking activities car
ried on by the Bluffton Sports
men’s club should help the pic
ture locally, but the apparent
natural decline in pheasants will
still lead to a drop in the num
ber of hunters filling their game
Opening of the season comes
at 9 a. m. Monday for pheasant,
rabbit and quail. Pheasant and
quail season will run until De
cember 9. Rabbit season does
not expire until January 4, 1960.
Two Garmatter
Street Homes
Change Owners
Two Garmatter street residenc
es have changed ownership it
was learned this week.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Clif
ford Houts has been purchased
by Mr. and Mrs. James Loof
bourrow and the new home re
cently completed by Steiner
Building and Lumber Co. has
been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Mr. Loofbourrow operates
Loofbourrow’s Rexall Drug store
on North Main street. Mrs. Stuck
ey is the recently appointed su
perintendent of Bluffton Com
munity hospital. Her husband is
a school teacher and insurance
man in West Liberty.
The Houts family is moving to
Wapakoneta where Mr. Houts
has acquired a Shell auto serv
ice station.
Dr. Lutz To Work
In Alabama for
Next Two Months
A Lima chiropracter will keep
office hours in Bluffton for Dr.
Wayne Lutz while the Bluffton
chiropracter travels to Alabama
during the next two months.
Dr. Lutz, and another Lima
chiropracter, will be working to
qualify for a chiropractic
license under an Alabama law
which becomes effective January
Dr. John Homan will meet
patients at Dr. Lutz’ office each
Tuesday from 9 to 9, each Thurs
day from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. and
each Saturday from 9 to 5. Dr.
Homan is a former instructor in
two colleges of chiropracty.
The Lutz family will remain in
Bluffton while he is gone.
Daily bag limit for the quail
hunters will be six and the pos
session limit after the first day
will be 12. Pheasant and rabbit
limits are the same as they have
been in previous years, two birds
and four rabbits daily, with pos
session limits of four birds and
eight rabbits after opening day.
Plan Veterans’
Day Observance
At High School
The Rev. James Heininger,
pastor of the First Methodist
church of Bluffton, will be
the principal speaker at a
Veterans’ Day program to be
held in the high school
auditorium Friday morning
at the 8:40 assembly period.
Rev. Mr. Heininger is
chaplain of the Bluffton Amer
ican legion Post No. 382,
sponsors of the annual ob
Veterans Day is observed
as a national holiday on No
vember 11 and the schools
were closed for the day. The
Citizens National Bank also
observed the holiday Wednes
Leonard Shepler
Gets Temporary
P.O. Position
The Rev. Leonard E. Shepler
518 South Main street, has beer
employed by the Post Office De
partment as a substitute employe
to fill the part-time vacancy lefi
by the resignation of anothei
minister, the Rev. Robert Dye
Postmaster Ralph T. Stearns
announced that the appointmenl
is temporary, pending the estab
lishment of an eligible civil serv
ice register from which a per
manent appointee will be selected
Mr. Stearns said that he ex
pected an examination will be
held the latter part of Novembei
or early in 1960.
Rev. Mr. Shepler will probably
be employed through the holiday
season and well into 1960 before
a permanent appointment will be
made. He starts his duties today,
Thursday. He will substitute or
city mail routes and deliver par
cel post package and relays tc
the route men.
Farm Class To
Discuss Safety
“Farm Safety and Workman’s
Compensation” will be the topic
for discussion at the next Adull
Farmer meeting on November
16 at 8 o'clock in the Vocational
Agriculture Room.
E. E. Sawyer of the Industrial
Commission of Ohio will be
present to head the discussion anc
to show pictures concerning farm
Sixteen farmers attended the
last meeting to discuss farm in
surance. Future topics for dis
cussion will be selected at the
November 16 meeting and re
freshments will follow.
The bid also included painting
the wood cornice and 73 window
and door openings.
The contractor said that the
work would give the old building
a new appearance and prolong
its useful life for many years.
The Bluffton College Bible Lec
tures, traditional highlight of fall
religious events in this commun
ity, open Sunday and continue
through next Friday. Running
concurrently will be the annual
Mennonite Ministers’ Conference
and the Women’s Conference of
the church midway in the series
on Wednesday and Thursday.
Dr. H. H. Kai as, president of
Westmar college, LeMars, Iowa,
will be the speaker for this year’s
series. He will address morning
sessions Monday through Friday
at 9:30 o’clock in Founders hall.
Evening meetings over the five
day period will be held at the
First Mennonite church, Monday
through Friday after the series’
opener Sunday morning at 10:30
and the 7:30 evening service.
Dr. Kalas is a graduate of die
college he now heads. He also re
ceived a B.D. degree from the
Evangelical Theological semi
nary and an M.A. from North
western university.
He has been active in the
Evangelical United Brethren
church, having held a pastorate,
teaching in the Evangelical The
ological seminary and as director
of the National Teaching Mis
sion. He has also served as as
sociate executive secretary for
education for the National Coun
cil of Churches.
Dr. Kalas’ topics Sunday will
be "Pronouncing a Benediction,’’
and "Full Communion.”
His morning topics will be:
Monday, "An Event and an En
counter God in Prayer," Tues
day, "An Event and an Encoun
ter The Incarnation," Wednes
day, "An Event and an Encoun
ter The Atonement,’’ Thurs
day, "An Event and an Encoun
ter The Resurrection,’’ and
Friday, “Such We Are.”
Ministers* Conference
At the Ministers’ conference
Wednesday, the Rev. Virgil Ger
ig of Smithville, pastor-elect of
the Grace Mennonite church of
Pandora, will conduct a study of
the book of Amos. In the
afternoon the Rev. Reuben Short,
president of the Evangelical
Mennonite conference will pre
sent "The Approach of the Men
nonites to Social Issues: Drink-
Mary Smucker
Winner In
Peace Contest
Mary Smucker, a Bluffton high
school junior, was awarded top
honors in the Prince of Peace
Declamation contest Sunday af
ternoon at the Evangelical Men
nonite church. Jan Emmert was
awarded second place.
Mary chose as her subject. "A
Man on the Moon," and Jan’s
talk was entitled, "Enlist for
The Rev. William von Brauch
itsch, pastor of St. John’s church
and chairman of the contest com
mittee, announced the winners
and presented Miss Smucker with
a bronze medal. Other members
of the contest committee were
the Rev. W. J. Hannum and the
Rev. James Heininger, appointed
by the Ministerial association.
Mary is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Carl Smucker, 130 Col
lege View avenue, and Jan is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Em
mert, Route 2, Bluffton.
The winner will represent
Bluffton in the county contest to
be held before December 15 and
the second award winner will be
the alternate.
Others who participated in the
contest were Joan Emmert,
Rachel Hilty and Jackie
A Good Place to Trade
Council Hears Proposal
For Town Hall Renovation
A contractor’s proposal for renovating the exterior of
the aged Bluffton town hall at a cost of approximately
£8,000 was given an ear by the village council Tuesday
evening without action.
Members of the firm of Stansberry Exterior Con
tracting, Wheatfield, Ind., who are doing work in town,
submitted the bid through Mayor
David L. Risser. The company
proposed to dig out mortar be
tween the bricks to a depth of
half an inch, and then fill with
new white mortar. The surface
would then be sand-blasted and
waterproofed with a silicon base
annual subscbiptiom
A sample treatment of the way
the building would look was given
the Main street entrance.
Councilmen were impressed
with the appearance of the work,
but did not commit themselves
as to whether it should be done
or could be financed. Mayor
Risser said that the contractor
would permit payment over a
four-year period.
The matter, it appeared, would
be taken under consideration but
probably left for the new council
to act upon after January 1.
Annual Bible Lectures Open
Sunday at Mennonite Church
ing, Tobacco, etc.” and the Rev.
David Habegger, Allentown, Pa.,
will lead a discussion on the top
On Thursday the Rev. C. J.
Dyck, Elkhart, Ind., will present
“The Relation of Mennonite Prin
ciples to Our Task” and the Rev.
Paul N. Roth, Carlock, Ill., will
chair a discussion cm the topic.
Dr. Kalas will speak on "Success
ful Evangelism Methods of To
day” in the afternoon session
(See “Bible” p. 4)
Travel Expert
To Address
Local BPW Club
Carol Lane
Carol Lane, women’s travel di
rector of the Shell Oil company
and widely known authority on
auto travel, will be the guest
speaker at the November 16
meeting of the Bluffton Business
and Professional Women’s club,
Mrs. Gerald Huber, club presi
dent, has announced.
Special invitations are being is
sued to other women’s clubs of
the community, and all persons
interested in hearing Miss Lane
are invited to attend the meet
ing in the multi-purpose room of
the Bluffton Elementary school
at 8 p. m.
The speaker will discuss "Keys
to Family Fun by Car.”
As part of her talk, Miss Lane
will discuss how to budget a va
cation by car. She has promised
to give her famous demonstra
tion of how7 to pack a complete
two-week wardrobe in a single
k26-inch suitcase.
Often called "America's First
Lady of Touring," Miss Lane
travels more than 60,000 miles
each year for Shell Oil compa
ny, constantly studying better
ways for Americans to travel by
automobile. Her reputation as an
authority on motoring is largely
due to her original ideas for car
comfort, ranging from ways to
unclog radiators to entertainment
of children on long trips.
"Miss Lane has asked that club
members come armed with ques
tions about some of their own
travel problems,” Mrs. Huber
said, "and try to stump her with
them. If she doesn’t have the an
swers now, the problems will
form part of her future re
The annual Thanksgiving Card
Party sponsored by St. Mary's
Catholic church will be held
Tuesday evening, November 17,
beginning at 8 p. m. in the
church basement.
The monthly trash collection
will begin Monday at noon,
Street Commissioner William
Gaiffe has announced. Residents
of Bluffton are asked to place
covered containers at the regular
pick-up points by noon.

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