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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIII POSTOFFICE DOES RECORD BUSINESS Receipts for Past A ear Go to New High Mark, Post master Announces December’s Total was Largest for Any Single Month in Office’s History Total receipts of the Bluffton post office for the past year of 1938 went to a new high mark, it was announced the first of the week by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach. Total for the past year’s business $25,190.12 represented an increase of $1,660.88 over the business of the previous year of 1937 which was the largest at that time. Reflecting an upsurge in Bluffon’s industrial and commercial activity, the two closing months of last year show ed the largest volume of business of any similar period in the history of the postoffice. Monthly, Quarterly Records November with receipts of $2,813.60 established an all time record for any single month only to be surpassed by December with a total of $2,837.36. Receipts for the last quarter of 1938 totaling $7,720.06, also hung up a new high mark for any three months’ bus iness in the office here. Total receipts of the Bluffton office for the past five years are: 1938—$25,190.12 1937—$23,529.24. 1936—$23,136.02 1935—$20,922.06. 1934—$18,029.24 With the increased volume of busi ness present quarters for Bluffton’s postal service are cramped, the post master stated and the construction of a new building affording better facil ities will enable the office here to give improved service to its patrons, he said. Vocational Night Classes Open Here A three month’s vocational night school course opened at the high school here with the first meeting on Tuesday night. M. R. Marshall of the state board of vocational ed ucation was here Tuesday making arrangements for the course which is being held under the Smith Hughes vocational training act. The course will be along electrical lines and will be open to those em ployed in that field, or formerly in that field and now temporarily un employed. Classes will meet for two hours twice each week. The course will consist of one class in shop drawing, diagrams and blue print reading under direction of George Klay and one class in ap plied shop electricity taught by Jack Remde. Both instructors are con nected with the Triplett Electrical Instrument company, Klay being superintendent of the machine shop and Remde an engineer in the lab oratory for development and re search. Hold Short Course In Home Economics The first meeting of the short course in home economics will be held in the home economics rooms at the high school next Monday night at 7:30 o’clock. At this time plans will be made for the subjects to be discussed dur ing the course. Tentative plans in clude demonstrations of vegetable cookery and cooking electrically, a speaker on furniture and room im provement, tours of new and re modeled homes, a program by the Home Economics club- and movies on food and nutrition. Meetings will be held each Mon day night for ten weeks. All women in the community who are interested in home betterment are invited to attend. ORANGE TWP. RED CROSS The sum of $76.30 was raised in Orange township in response to the annual Red Cross roll call which closed recently. Announcement of this sum was made by Mrs. J. A. Warren, township chairman. The total represents an increase over last year’s figure of $64.45. TO ADDRESS BROTHERHOOD Rev. G. T. Soldner will address the Men’s Brotherhood of the Methodist church at its monthly meeting and covered dish supper at the church next Monday night at 6:30 o’clock. Music will be provided by a male quartet. Early Spring Plowing Starts On Farms Here VITA RM and dry weather of the past week has resulted in ex tensive spring plowing on farms throughout the Bluffton district. Horse teams and tractors have been busy, almots without inter ruption. Temperatures which made a high mark in the middle sixties over the week end dropped some what the first of the week but not sufficiently low to interfere with spring tillage operations. ASK ORDINANCE TO HIT PEDDLER Bluffton Merchants Request Action from Council at Meeting Monday Would Bar Out of Town Ven dors Unless Specifically Invited to Call Request for enactment of an anti peddler ordinance for Bluffton was made by a group of local business men who attended the meeting of the town council Monday night. Action on the proposal was deferred pend ing a conference on the matter with City Solicitor Francis Durbin. Draft of an ordinance which the petitioners said had proven effective in many other municipalities was submitted for consideration of the council. While there was no specific business designated, it developed dur ing the discussion that the major cause of complaint was in dryclean ing and pressing lines. Much of this business, it was charged is being taken by out of town competition thru the medium of lower prices and resultant inferior workmanship. There also appeared to be some objective from the grocery lines. Must Be Invited To Call Draft of the ordinance submitted would make it a misdemeanor for any solicitor, peddler or transient vendor to call at any residence with in the corporation for the purpose of selling merchandise without having been specifically invited by the house holder. Violators would be subject to a fine of $25 to $100 for each of fense. In this discussion, it was pointed out by council members that enact ment of such a measure would bar farmers of this vicinity from door to door retail selling of their products in town. Under the present arrangement any farmer is free to sell from door to door within the corporation any produce of his own raising. For produce not his own, a license fee of $2 per day or $10 per year is charged. Bixler Will Speak Ot Lions Meeting Roland Bixler, managing editor of The Exchangeite, nationally distrib uted magazine of The Exchange club, will be the speaker at a din ner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club, at 6:15 p. m. next Tuesday in the Walnut Grill of the Pine res taurant. The son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bixler, of Kibler street, Bixler was graduated from Bluffton High school and Bluffton college. He now is lo cated in Toledo. Herb Oyer Second In Peace Contest Herbert Oyer, representing the Defenseless Mennonite church of Bluffton, one of Allen county’s two Prince of Peace Declamation contest winners, captured second honors in the district contest held at Ada last Sunday. First place in the district meet was won by James Long, of Pros prk *■, Marion county. Winners from A en, Shelby, Auglaize, Union, Lo gan and Marion counties competed. ATTEND INAUGURAL A number from Bluffton were in Columbus, Monday attending the in augural festivities of Ohio’s new governor John W. Bricker. Included in this group were: Mrs. J. A. War ren, Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein, Aldine Kohli, Herbert Siefield, Robert Lewis, J. A. Thompson, Supt. and Mrs. A. J. B. Longsdorf, Mrs. Lysle Baum gartner, Miss Marcella Niswander and Racine Warren. CITIZENS BANK ANNUAL MEETING Reports to Stockholders Tues day Night Reflect Growth Of Institution Dividend of $4 Share is Paid on Common Stock Preferred Holdings Reduced Reports of business during the past year were submitted to stockholders of the Citizens National bank at their annual meeting, held in the bank lob by, Tuesday night. Statement as of December 31 show ed total footings of assets and liabil ities as $1,108,026.49. A cash dividend of $4 per share on the common stock was announced. Earnings for the past year were $24,887.90. Of this amount $10,767. 90 was added to the undivided profits and reserve account valuation of the banking house and lot showed $3,775 written off $1,000 added to surplus and $5,400 of government holdings of prefrred stock paid off and $3,945 al located for dividends. Of the dividend fund $3,840 will go for the payment of $4 a share on 960 shares of common stock and the bal ance $105 for payment of dividend on the preferred. President’s Report Report of Dr. C. Henry Smith, pres ident of the institution showed that the original $30,000 in preferred stock held by the Federal Reconstruction Finance corporation has been reduced to $7,000. It is the intention of the bank management to reduce this still further early this year with the re tirement of $3,000 of the preferred stock. Surplus of the institution at the close of the past year stood at $41,000 the report disclosed. Undivided profits were $26,128.41 and reserves $13,336. 86. The entire board of directors re elected for the coming year are: C. H. Smith, E. C. Romey, Hiram Locher, Noah Basinger, L. .Greding, Edwin Amstutz and Henry P. Huber. The bank has a total of 99 stockholders. Mayor Re-appoints Present Incumbents All of Bluffton’s appointive offi cials whose terms expired at the close of the old year will be contin ued in their former capacities for the present year it was disclosed Monday night when incumbents were re-appointed by Mayor W. A. Howe and confirmed by the council. The list included Albert Reichen bach, night police, $100 per month Lee Coon, street commissioner, $100 per month, and Albert Benroth, caretaker of the town clock, $50 per year. Former standing committees of the council were continued. They are: Finance—Soash and Romey. Streets—Bogart and Badertscher. Fire and Light—Hauenstein and Basinger. Firemen recommended by Chief Guy Corson and re-appointed by the mayor were: C. V. Stonehill, H. L. Augsburger, Fred Martin, Lester Niswander, Chas. Young, Harold Stonehill, Isaac Brobeck and Edwin Radertscher. Former Well Known Hay Buyer Is Dead James L. Turner, 77, widely known thruout the Bluffton district for many years as a hay buyer, died at his home in Columbus Grove Mon day morning at 7:30 o’clock follow ing a six monthsr illness. Funeral services were held at the Columbus Grove Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Chester Armentrout, pastor, officiat ing. Burial was in Truro cemetery. He was born near Columbus Grove and resided thruout his life in that vicinity. During his early years he taught in the Putnam county schools. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and various Masonic bodies. Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. M. L. McKercher, both of Columbus Grove. Real Estate Deal A tract of 27’2 acres located south of the Bluffton corporation, line on the Dixie highway belonging to the late Cha.'. Steingraver has been purchased by Howard Stager. The land was sold by E. C. Romey, administrator of the estate at the appraisal of $2,600. The sale was made subject to approval of the pro bate court. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1939 Bluffton’s annual farm institute will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, it was announced the first of the week. The institute this year will be independ ent instead of state aid. Three speakers announced for the institute will be Mrs. C. I. Lau of Swanton for both days and L. L. Rummell of Columbus and Rev. R. Wobus of Sidney for one day each. 101 Births, 231 Operations, 28 Deaths Reported by Superintendent Directors Organize at Annual Meeting: Officers are Re-elected In the Bluffton Community hospital during the last year there were 101 births, 231 operations and 26 deaths. These figures were included in a report made by Miss Stella Burkhold er, superintendent, at the annual hos pital meeting last Saturday afternoon in the Bluffton high school cafeteria. Total number of patients for the year was 454, an average of 14.4 per day. Capacity of the hospital is 19 patients, but the biulding is designed that it can be arrangtxl to accommo date a maximum of 22. Income of the hospital during 1938 was $17,521.18, and expenditures amounted to $17,007.41, Miss Burk holder reported. This leaves a bal ance of $513.67. In organization of the board of di rectors, the four officers who served last year were re-elected. They in clude N. E. Byers, president Dr. S. K. Mosiman, vice-president Cal Balm er, secretary and Edgar Hauenstein, treasurer. Three directors were named at the meeting, Balmer and Hauenstein be ing re-elected. Mrs. J. A. Warren was elected to fill the place caused by the expiration of Mrs. C. H. Smith's term. Mrs. Smith requested not to be re-elected. Other directors are Mrs. R. L. Triplett, S. S. Bixel, Gid Schumacher and Menno Schumacher. Announce Wedding Solemnized Last Fall Announcement has been made of the marriage of Wayne Hutchinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hutch inson of near Beaverdam and Miss Mary Condon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Condon of Toledo, which took place last October 26, at De catur, Indiana. The ceremony was performed by I Rev. R. W. Graham, pastor of the Decatur Methodist church. The couple was unattended. Bluffton Farm Institute Will Be Held Here February 3 And 4 Movies Play Big Role In Winning Friendship 454 PATIENTS AT HOSPITAL IN 1938 Both bride and groom are gradu ates of Lafayette high school. After March 1 they will reside on a farm near Lafayette. Reported Gambling Draws Mayor’s Fire Violators of anti-gambling sta tutes here will find W. A. Howe, Bluffton’s new mayor hard boiled, it was indicated Monday night. Re ports at the council meeting of gambling in connection with card games in local recreation spots drew caustic comment from the mayor. Mayor Howe said that he would inflict the maximum penalty of $100 provided by the state law on any offender found guilty. The maximum penalty of $300 he said, would also apply in case of conviction of selling liquor to minors. Duties as head of an orphan’s home are at least never monotonous and Carl Smucker. head of such an institution at Alliance, Ohio, is ad ding another to his list of exper iences this week. Bring Runaway Negro Girl From Chicago Back To Ohio Smucker, accompanied by his wife stopped here Monday at the home of his mother, Mrs. B. D. Smucker, as the couple were enroute by auto Mrs. Lau will be remembered as one of the speakers at the institute here two years ago. She was asked to return last year but was unable to come. Mr. Rummell, agricultural counsel for the Ohio council of retail mer chants and Rev. Wobus of the St. Paul’s Evangelical church for the past twenty-seven years have pre viously spoken before Bluffton audi ences. Of South Americans Natives of Peru, Mixed Indian Descent, Copy Latest Holly wood Styles Youths of Teen Age Pick Up English from Motion Pic ture Sound Tracks Hollywood movies are proving to be open sesame of the United States in South America, according to May nard Mann, former Bluffton resident, who recently returned from a busi ness trip thru the South American continent by airplane. So popular are movies made in Hollywood that they are practically standardizing the Western Hemi sphere, Mann pointed out in an ad dress delivered at the annual guest night of the Travel class, Bluffton woman’s club, at the home of Mrs. W. E. Diller last Friday. In Peru, for example the popula tion is dominantly Indian, the citi zens have Indian ways of thinking and acting—but all of them dress as we do in this country, the result of going to the movies. All the women copy the latest Hollywood styles. English Sound Track Practically all movies shown in South America are made in the United States and retain the cus tomary sound track in English. However, the South American thea tres also have ingenious methods of providing for Spanish interpretation. Youths in their teens and younger children, however, generally can speak and understand a smattering of English in all cities where thea tres are located, because of the cus tom of retaining English sound tracks. Unfortunately, the movies leave a few unfavorable impressions, espe (Continued on page 8) Births A son, born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grant of Ada at the Bluffton Com munity hospital, Friday, was the first 1939 baby to be reported in this vicinity. Mrs. Grant was the former Kathleen Luginbuhl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl, south of Bluffton. Word has been received here of the birth of a daughter Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gier man of Chicago. Mrs. Gierman was formerly Miss Ada Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Steiner re siding west of Bluffton. Announcement has been received of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dally of Haw thorne, Calif. Mr. Dally will be re membered as formerly of this place. Word has been received of the birth of twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schaaf of Salem, Mich. Mrs. Schaaf was formerly Miss Evelyn Schnegg of this place. HOLD FUNERAL SERVICE Funeral ervices for Guy Brown, 51, former Bluffton resident, were held at the Diller funeral home Fri day afternoon with Rev. E. G. Steiner of the Defenseless Mennonite church officiating. Interment was made in the Clymer cemetery. Brown died at the Allen county home near Lima on Wednesday of last week. mobile to Chicago to take charge of a runaway negro girl. The girl who escaped from the orphan’s home in Alliance was picked up by Chicago police last week. After learning her identity, Smucker was notified. On her re turn to Ohio she will be placed in the state girls industrial school at Marysville. Patterson Is Again School Board Head Ralph Patterson, president of the Bluffton board of education for the past year was re-elected head of the board at the annual organization meeting Monday night. Peter Gratz, vice president, was re-elected to that office. Other members of the board are Dr. W. M. Niswander, Forrest Steinman and John Tosh. The board re-elected Leland Diller clerk. MENNONITE FARM INSURANCE MEET Mutual Aid Society Carries Over Three Million in Risks, Report Shows Association has 840 Policy Hold ers Losses During Past Year $7,363 Annual meeting of the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, an insurance organization covering much farm property in this section, was held at Pandora last Saturday. Reports submitted at the meeting showed a total of $3,947,660 of risks carried by the organization at the close of the past year. This figure represented an increase of $100,000 over the total of a year previous. Losses paid during the year were $7,363.94. The organization also has a total of 840 policy holders, an increase of twelve during the past year. Report of the treasurer showed a cash bal ance of $352.57. Three directors whose terms ex pired, re-elected for a three year term each were: D. J. Basinger, Albert Winkler and L. G. Phillips. Organization of the board was as follows: Pres., Jerry Basinger vice president and appraiser, E. E. Buch er secretary, D. J. Basinger as sistant secretary and appraiser, Albert Winkler treasurer, A. S. Hilty appraisers, Gideon Schumacher and L. G. Phillips. Elizabeth Moser Is Enroute From China Miss Elizabeth Moser, formerly of Bluffton who for the past three years has been on the nursing staff of the American hospital at Peiping, China, is enroute home, according tc word received here the first of the week. Miss Moser left Peiping last Wed nesday for India where she expects to spend two months at Janjgirl visiting a former Bluffton college classmate Miss Martha Burkhalter, a Mennonite missionary at that place. Miss Moser will also do nurs ing duty in the Mennonite hospital at Janjgir during her stay there. She will return home by way of Palestine and is expected to arrive here in June. Miss Moser, former head surgical nurse at the hospital in New York city operated by the Rockefeller foundation, has for the past three years held a similar position in the American hospital operated by the Rockefeller foundation at Peiping. She is a graduate of the nursing school of Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. Gideon Bibles Will Be Used In Schools Bibles recently dedicated to the Bluffton public schools by the Gid eon’s organization, a non-sectarian laymen’s group, will be used prin cipally in religious education classes it was indicated by Bluffton board of education acting at its meeting, Monday night. The board in a resolution reaf firmed its previous policy of permit ting scripture reading without sec tarian comment. However no spe cial period has been designated for such purpose and the matter of scripture reading will be optional with each teacher. Sales Tax Man To Be Here Thursday Ross Turner, sales tax district manager, announced that a sales tax examiner will be in Bluffton at the mayor’s office all day Thursday to assist vendors in filing their semi annual tax reports. Attention is called to the fact that the sales tax law provided a delin quent fine of $1 per day for failure to file within the specified time. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 37 NEW POSTOFFICE SITE SURVEYED Construction Engineer to Make Further Investigation of Property Work Will Not Be Started On Building Before Early Next May or June Preliminary survey of the site se lected at Main and Franklin streets for Bluffton’s new postoffice buiiding was made here Monday and Tuesday by a construction engineer from the procurement division of the public buildings branch of the United States Treasury department. J. D. Levin, the engineer in charge has established temporary headquart ers at Paulding, where he is supervis ing the construction of a new post office building. After completing preliminary sur veys Monday and Tuesday, he an nounced he will be here intermittently for a period of about two weeks. Detailed Investigation During that time he will make a detailed investigation of the site that hsas been purchased, embracing the lots of Edgar Chamberlain and A. D. Gratz. He will take photographs of the location, gather information rela tive to sewers, etc., and make tests of the soil and sub-soil to a depth of about 15 feet. Levin said his instructions from Washington contained nothing rela tive to any additional purchase of land. Local civic organizations have sent telegrams and letters to the capital suggesting the Mrs. Clara Geiser prop-rty, which adjoins that of Gratz on the north, also be added to the site. It is their belief the present lo cation, with a frontage on Main street of 86 feet, is not sufficiently large for requirements. Let Contracts in Spring Contracts will be let for the work, and construction will be started before ,the close of the government fiscal year, June 30, the visiting engineer announced. Work on the structure likely will be under way early in May, and 300 days w_i be allowed for completion of the building. However, in most cases, work is enoded within seven months. Labor Controversy Is Settled Here Settlement was effected this week in a labor controversy of nearly two years standing between The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., the Read rite Meter Works and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Work ers of America. The agreement was worked out thru the National Labor Relations Board. Of the number of former employes involved in the controversy, the two companies have agreed to re-instate 12 who are not now on the payroll, providing they wish employment. In settlement of claims for back wages, a compromise sum of $5,000 has been paid to the union. Claims that the union should be recognized as a bargaining agent were waived in the agreement, and under terms of the settlement no employe organization has authority to act as a collective bargaining agent. Makes Long Trip For Golden Wedding Motoring from Belmont, Massa chusetts, near Boston, Mr. and Mrs. David Diller, Jr., arrived here Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock just in time to take their places at the family dinner which marked the Golden wedding of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David D. Diller. The arrival of the son and his wife from Massachusetts was a sur prise as they had not been expect ed here for the event. The family dinner marking the Golden wedding was held at the home of the couple’s daughter, Mrs. Edward Lugibihl, south of Pandora. Mr. and Mrs. Diller’s six children, all living, were present for the din ner. They were: Mrs. Lugibihl, Mrs. Aldine Amstutz of Columbus Grove Waldo of Cairo Mrs. Alvin Burkholder, Findlay Paul of Bluff ton and David, Jr., of Belmont, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Diller are lifelong residents of this vicinity. Mr. Dil ler is aged 75 and his wife 71. They reside four miles west of Bluffton. One hundred and eighteen guests called at the Lugibihl home in the afternoon to offer congratulations and well wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Diller.