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at, n Bluffton, Ohio BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live 84 YEAR NO. 38 ,V Thirty-eight Bluffton merchants will join (jpgcther to salute the first baby of the new decade with a shower of gifts, ranging from talcum powder to car polish to an engraved silver spoon. The royal welcome for the first baby of 1960 to be born in Bluff ton Community hospital has been planned by the Bluffton Business Men’s association. In charge of the contest are Dr. B. W. Travis, Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh and Dr. Howard Shelly. Rules adopted for this year’s Derby provide that the winning baby’s parents must live within 12 miles of Bluffton unless the mother is a regular patient of a local physician and has been pre viously scheduled to come to the local hospital for delivery. Time noted on the baby’s birth certificate will be used to deter mine the winner. Parents of the Andre Trocme New Clerk, Two Councilmen Take Beaverdam Office Two councilmen and a new village clerk will move into of fice when the Beaverdam village government reorganizes next week. Patricia Bushong will be the clerk-treasurer, replacing Mau rice Burkholder, the incumbent who was defeated in a race for re-election. New councilmen taking their seats will be Allen Hancock and Robert Wheeler. Sitting with them will be incumbents William Parkins, Robert Welch, Harold Crawfis and Bruno Maroscher who were all re-elected in Novem ber. Robert Snodgrass, the choice in November, will be starting his first full term after succeeding the late Donald Barber. Biggest problem facing the council is their proposed munic ipal water system. They must find a means of financing the system which will be acceptable to the village, yet attractive enough to please prospective bid ders. FIVE BLUFFTON BOY SCOUTS, all members of the United Presbyterian church, were pre sented with their “God and Country Awards” last Sunday morning during the church’s regular worship service. One of the most coveted awards in Scouting and relatively new, it is rare when five awards are presented in one group. The boys were supervised in their work and study for an entire year by the Rev. W. J. Hannum and by a special committee of lay people representing the Christian Education department of the church. They recently appeared for final examinations before the district supervisor of the God and Country program in Ottawa. The boys, left to right, receiving final instruction from Rev. Mr. Hannum before the service, are Jan Benroth, John Travis, Tom Benroth, Greg Emans and Tom Edwards. 38 Bluffton Merchants Join To Offer Prizes to First-Born of the New Decade winning child will be required to contact Maurice Fett, president of the Business Men, before pick ing up the gifts coming to them. This year’s winner will suc ceed little Alan Titus, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Titus, La fayette, who was born on Janu ary 2, 1959. Prizes donated by Bluffton merchants include: Basinger Furniture Store, $5 gift certifi cate Plain View Dairy, gallon of ice cream Bucher Sohio, $3 of Boron gasoline Waitermire’s, baby blanket Leiber Jewelry Store, solid gold baby ring: Erns bcrger Jeweler, silver baby feed ing spoon Crow’s 5-cent to $1, gift package. Treva’s Beauty Shop, free shampoo and set to mother Ger ber’s Studio, mounted nutone por trait Luginbuhl Plumbing and French Pacifist To Discuss Tasks Of Christianity, Democracy Today Current problems of churches, countries and continents will be the theme of two open lectures to be delivered next week at Bluff ton college by the Rev. Andre Trocme. “Colonialism, Com unism, Christianity and the Future of Democracy” will be the title of his lecture to be given Tuesday, January 5, at 8 p. m. in Ram seyer chapel. Wednesday morning he will discuss “Nonviolent Action for Young Nations of Africa” dur ing the college chapel hour. Rev. Trocme is the traveling secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and is director of its Maison de la Reconciliation. His travels have taken him to all the main countries of Europe, to North Africa, the Near East, Orient and inside the Iron Cur tain. Among his most recent visits have been trips to Japan and Russia. A leading pacifist, he has tested non-violence in the Ger man occupation of France, the French occupation of Algeria, in contacts with Moslems and in the cold war between East and West. He earned his B.D. and S.TH.D. degrees at the University of Paris and Union Theological Seminary in New York. Pupils To Share In PTA Program Bluffton high school students will join in the program to be presented at the PTA meeting next Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium. The program begins at 8 p. m. A student panel will discuss manners and conduct, with prin cipal Roy Schmunk serving as moderator for the discussion. Music will be provided by the junior high school band, under the direction of Miss Jo Souder. Co-chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Arden Baker. BPA Purchases Used Pickup Truck Purchase of a used truck for the village water department was approved by the Board of Pub lic Affairs last week. They have acquired a 1954 Chev rolet six cylinder truck, replacing a 1946 model which was nearly on its last legs, Heating, $2 cash Fett Hardware, electric alarm clock A. Hauen stein and Son, Johnson baby gift box Rice Dry Goods, $5 in wear ing apparel. Hauenstein Bakery, decorated cake Niswander Newsstand, tal cum powder, two plastic nursing bottles and baby soap Hilty Flowers, bouquet for mother and baby Stauffer Pure Oil, five gal lons of gas Blanche Roberts Shop, hand woven throw rug Brooke Motor Sales, lube job and oil change for family car. Bluffton Farm Equipment com pany, hydraulic pump oiler for the father Hauenstein Plumbing and Heating^ nursery birds set Charles Company, baby hottie sterilizer W. H. Gratz, gift cer tificate for mother Bluffton Stone Company, $5 for mother Farmers Grain Company, $5 to parents Geiger and Diller, in fant Weather Bird shoes. Bob Williams Chevrolet, Inc., $5 savings deposit for baby Dix ie Marathon Station, rainbow pol ishing cloth and can of car polish for family car Lugibihl’s News stand, box of candy Herr Gar dens and Greenhouse, floral ar rangement Clark Buick, $5 mer chandise certificate. Western Auto Associate store, baby seat for car Basinger Fu neral Home, free ambulance service for mother and baby C. F. Niswander and Son, toy Farm all tractor Loofbourrow Drugs, engraved silver baby spoon and Plumbing and Heating, set of Walt Disney pin-ups Badert scher Grocery, box of groceries Vida-Vidella Shop, box of hosiery Community Market, box of baby food. Men were busy in Bluftton dur ing 1959 but they were forced to share the news headlines with several acts of God. Probably the biggest supply of important news for the town came from the Ex-Cell-0 corpor ation. Closed at the start of the year while union and manage ment were deadlocked in a strike, the company dropped a bomb shell late in January when they announced plans to close the lo cal plant. A sudden break in the strike, with each union bargaining at its local plant instead of on a national level with the company, led to a new contract for the Bluffton plant. With this in hand, the management re-opened the plant and employment began to climb rapidly. Bolstering their employment picture was a new contract to manufacture nuclear equipment. Next came an announcement that Ex-Cell-O had acquired a Minne sota factory specializing in box ing and packaging equipment, with plans to tranfer the entire operation of that company to its Bluffton plant. Water Everywhere Water in such unlikely places as the highest point in town on South Main street created sur prising problems in the village. Flash floods in the unseason able months of January and Feb ruary pushed Riley creek waters THE BLUFFTON NEWS ____________________________A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 1959 Employment Reaches Top Point in Years Employment in Bluffton’s two major manufacturing industries is at one of the highest points in recent years, representatives of the Triplett Electrical Instru ment company and the Ex-Cell-O corporation said this week. Jaycees Open Nominations For Awards Plans for the fourth annual awards honoring two outstanding young men from the Bluffton community are being made by the Bluffton Junior Chamber of Commerce, it was announced this week. Deadline for entries for the Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Young Farmer award will be announced next week, according to the Rev. James Heininger, president of the Jaycees. Nominations for both awards may be made by anyone. An anonymous judging committee will make their selections from entries submitted by the public. Distinguished Service Award candidates are judged on leader ship ability, personal and busi ness progress, and contributions to community welfare through church, civic and fraternal or ganizations. The young farmer award is made on the basis of outstanding accomplishments in agriculture and community service during the past year. Donivan Augsburger, former Bluffton scoutmaster who has gone on to make Scouting a career, received the DSA last year. Earlier winners were Joe Harris and Paul Basinger. Last year’s outstanding young farmer was Robert J. Stratton. Winning the award in the first two years of the contest were John Warren and Walter Badert ,sehyr County Museum To Host Bluffton Bluffton will be honored next Monday evening at the Allen County Historical Mus eum in Lima with a special tour arranged by the Swiss Community Historical so ciety. The tour is open to the pub lic. Transportation will be arranged if necessary. Per sons needing transportation to Lima are asked to con tact Silas Diller. The program will start at 7:30 p. m. with a presenta tion of slides showing the early days of Allen county. Tours will start at 8 p. m. and be completed by 9 p. m. No admission will be charged for the evening’s activity. Weather Tricks, Industrial Fluctuation, Nw Celebrations Mark ?59 to their highest level since 1913. Not once but twice the officials of the Bluffton Stone Company held their heads in horror as the creek burst far beyond its banks and flooded the 40 foot deep quar ry from bottom to brim. Holding their heads in Octob er were village oficials when a long and cold rain worked under a newly laid surface on South Main street, causing it to stick to the tires of passing traffic. With a village tax levy for street improvements less than a week away, the officials feared disas ter, but they were rewarded when the tax levy passed by a thin margin. Visitors Activities of the churches cre ated news in 1959, with the tri ennial conference of the Gener al Conference Mennonite church bringing 1,500 visitors from all points in North America. Conducting the business of the church in a changing world, they met many problems during their nine day session. Council’s Worries Those harassed people, the vil lage councilmen, had their share of problems in addition to the de-surfaced re-surfaced street. Faced with a problem of whether to sell the old light plant building or lease it to local in dustry, they voted by a split 4-2 margin to reject sale of the plant Triplett employment has mush roomed in 1959. The December, 1959 working force is fully 20 percent larger than the level of December, 1958. ”We are now employing more people in Bluffton than at any time since the height of our war boom in 1943,” Arden Baker, Triplett personnel manager, said. While Triplett’s growth has gone relatively unnoticed, the Ex Cell-O picture presents a big con trast to the 1958 picture when the plant was closed by a strike. Re-opened in February, after threats of a permanent closing, Ex-Cell-O began their work with a slender working force of 38. "We are now approaching the highest employment we ever had at the Bluffton plant, which came several months before the strike which began in 1958,” personnel manager Don Lytle said. He went on to say that local em ployment at the company could set a new record in 1960. Landing a nuclear equipment contract, transfer of a new oper ation from Minnesota to Bluffton and the opening of a second op eration in the old municipal light plant building have been com bined to shove Ex-Cell-O back to its top level. First Missionary Repeats Win in Church Lighting The First Missionary church won first place in the annual church lighting contest of the Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion for the second straight year, the judges decreed Tuesday eve ning. Second place went to St. John’s United Church of Christ. The Missionary display was built around the new arrowhead front added to the building in the past year. A giant Christmas wreath was centered in the large window at the front of the addi tion, with gentle blue lights flood he front of the church, point simplicity!of tit wreath. use oi lighting also cifcarlfcterized thd second place winner. The waliLpf the church whs bathed in blue light, with spotlights picking out the simple front of the church with the words "Peace On Earth” over the main entrance. First prize in the contest was $10, second prize $5. Four Bluff ton churches were entered. Births The following births were re corded at Bluffton Community hospital during the past week: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kempf, Bluffton, a boy, born Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller, Pandora, a boy, Dean Alan, bom Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ernsberg er, Bluffton, a girl, Kathy Eliza beth, born in Blanchard Valley hospital, Findlay, Saturday, De cember 26. for Bluffton for $22,500. High cost of a new building fo*p water department headquarters swayed the men who voted against the sale, but the pros and cons of both sides were thoroughly discussed for several w'eeks. Keeping Busy New promotions came on the scene as the Bluffton Business Men’s association introduced one innovation after another follow ing the cancellation of their ro deo. An Industrial Exhibit, and Air Fair and a Historic Car Festi val appeared for the first time and brought thousands of visi tors to the community. A continued attraction was the Miss Buckeye bathing beauty contest held at the annual busi nessmen’s picnic with attractive blonde Pam Miller winning this year’s title as the fairest of the local belles. Christmas decorating contests, a community Hallowe’en party, the Baby Derby, a clean up campaign and the annual Trout Derby all were sponsored by the busy merchants. 1959 saw the completion of a two year community campaign to pay for the bathhouse slab at the municipal swimming pool. Heading the effort wpre die Jay cees. Payment of this bill open ed the way for a new campaign to build a bathhouse at the pool. SINGLE COPY 8c Strengthened by a tax increase granted in No vember, Bluffton’s newly elected council faces the problems typical of a growing community. One of the problems, ironically, is the result of the fatter pocketbook promised by the tax boost. The campaign for this two mill increase was based on a promise of organized street repairs, leaving the new council to face the ticklish prob lem of selecting the streets to be fixed. An expected $65,000 will be available during the five year life of the levy. One of council’s first problems will be that of priority, selecting the streets which must be rebuilt and resurfaced during the first summer’s work. They must also decide what type of surface to apply to the streets and the amount of re building which should be done. By summer they must be sifting through bids from highway con tractors in the area. Steady village has pfised the problem of bulking a* zoning regulatioi First steps towards a'zoning ordinance were taten by the village’s first Planning Commission, set up under the retiring administration of mayor David Risser. Cooperation of the areas on the fringe of Bluff ton will be necessary before planning and zoning can work. Officials of Orange and Richland town ships must work hand in hand with the Planning Commission or all the benefits of local zoning can be strangled. Before fading the problem of rural cooperation, the new council must find someone willing to lead the program and face the intense questioning which will follow the first zoning and building proposals. Payment of the old debt for the bathhouse slab at the municipal swimming pool has opened the way for construction of a permanent bathhouse. One of retiring mayor Risser’s pet proposals is financing the building with interest payments from bonds held by the village permanent im provement fund, with much of the construction & .. I A it —1 —TT- A. O. BADERTSCHER is shown above with two pine cones which are among the decorations on his Christmas tree. He and Mrs. Badert scher brought, them home from their West Coast trip this summer. The smaller cone is from the famous General Grant Sequoia, one of the oldest living things in the world which reaches 250 feet high in Sequoia National Park and is estimated to be 4,000 years old. Oddly enough the larger pine cone comes from a smaller tree in the west. WITH A REFLECTIVE LOOK, Bluffton’* new mayor Wilbur B. Amstutz take* the oath of of fice from village solicitor Malcolm Basinger at the December 22 council meeting Mr. Amstutz will swear in the new members of the village’s official force at the first meeting of the year on January 12. Incumbent councilmen Charles Aukerman and Charles Haakish Jr., will be joined by newcomers Maynard Badertscher, Clayton Bixel, Wayne Matter and James Hein inger. A new clerk, Norman Edinger, and a new treasurer, Lois Basinger, wiU also take office. Re turning to office will be the present Board of Public Affairs, Don Ream, Harvey Bauman and Clayton Harkness. The trouble Mr. .Amstutz was probably considering as he took the oath of office wiU begin offi cially tomorrow when he replaces David L. Risser, who retires after two terms In Bluffton’s highest Street Repairs, Building Zoning Code Chief Trouble Spots Facing New Council Bluffton college, by far, has re ceived the greatest number of students seeking to further their formal schooling. Thirteen mem bers of the class are reported en rolled at B. C. with five in other colleges, one in nursing and one in busipss training school. Seven members have thus far taken positions in industry, four are in the armed forces, two are in retail establishments, two are at home an dthere is but one lone farmer. Those reported to be enrolled at Bluffton college include Pa mela Berry, Darrell Hul?er, Lau ra Diller, Ruth Frankhauser, Ed ward Niswander, Susan Hauen stein, Donita Luginbill, Joenita Shetler, Carole Herr, Ronald Ha begger, Judy Frankhauser, Hel en Geiger and Mary Steiner. Those attending other colleges included David Little, College of Wooster Larry Smucker, Grin nell college Sallie Jordan, San Diego State college, San Diego, Calif. Norman Hochstettler, Ohio Northern university and Ramon Lewis, Miami university. Attending other shools are Vicki Davidson, St. Rita’s school of nursing Sharon Johnson, Northwestern School of Com merce and Mary Lou Kaufman is employed at the same school. The seven members of the class now busy in industry are: Sue BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION BY MAIL »3.»« being donated by local residents. The new coun cil must put this into effect or find another way of financing a bathhouse before many more years pass. The village trunk sewer system is in good shape but the feeder system, planned and built for tum-of-the-century sewage, causes new prob lems each year. Facing towards the future, the council may be forced to meet immediate repair needs while still building for the future. Viewed as a serious problem when the retiring council took office in 1958 was the acquisition of more land for Maple Grove cemetery. The ceme tery is not filling as fast as had been expected and the problem is not as acute now as it seemed two years ago. Expansion of the present ceme tery or creation of a new one must come, with accompanying money problems, but this problem may stay out of reach in the next two years. Tiie always unpopular job of asking for more money may come up, perhaps within the first year of the new council. When sewer rates were raised last summer the BPA also dropped several hints that water rates might be climbing soon. When the new route 25 is expanded to a four lane highway Bluffton will be cut off with only two access points, one a mile east of town, the other three miles southwest. Bentley road access has been a key desire of the Business Men’s as sociation. When this fight is carried to the state highway department, the council will certainly be asked to carry their share of the burden. Other problems to be faced by council some of them brought out in the election campaign this fall are organized recreation for local youth, a police radio system, improved public rest rooms and better traffic control. Not all of these problems can be solved in two years, and some of them may not even develop, but the councilmen will face enough of them to justify their $5 a meeting. Half of BBS Spring Graduates Continue Formal Schooling More than half of the members of the Bluffton high school spring graduating class are continuing their education in colleges or other schools, a survey of the 37-member Class of ’59 has re vealed. CrawTis, Ohio Oil Donna Basing er, Triplett Co. Ann Zimmerly, Ohio Oil Marcene Zimmerman, Peerless Glove factory Conner Stewart, Page Dairy Co. David Hauenstein, Ford Co. Ronald Badertscher, Cooper Tire Co. The four reported to be serv ing in the armed forces or re cently completing their service are: Dennis Smith, Marines from Army Edwin Kohli, Army. Larry Mumma, Army Gordon Mathewson, recently released In the retail trade are Jane Al spach, who assists her parents in the Alspach Dry Cleaning busi ness and Owen Ziessler, Urich's IGA market. Assisting at their homes are Sherlyn Moser and Eugenia Kib ele, and the Class of ’59’s one and only farmer is Rodney Stratton, who is operating his father’s farm. Christmas Prizes Won by Adults Christmas prizes donated by Loofbourrow’s Rexall were won by two adults, but the grand prize winner quick ly solved things by passing his prize on ta some children. Howard Stager won an electric train set, then pre sented It to the three boys of Lysle Niswander, an em ployee of Mr. Stager. Winner of the large doll given by the druggist was Mrs. Marden Basinger.