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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade' Territory VOLUME NO. LXIH INVESTIGATE FIRE PROTECTION HERE Bluffton Council Plans to Scrutinize Set-up This Spring Conference Started by Council Committee Expect to Make Tests The matter of general overhauling of the present fire protection set-up will be under direction of the coun cil’s fire and light committee con sisting of Armin Hauenstein and E. W. Basinger. Fire Protection Program Results from the conference tests are expected to form the basis for a program of fire protection for the municipality to be pushed by the council. 1 present be the investi- Whether Bluffton has at .adequate fire protection will subject of a thorough-going gation by the town council this spring, according to plans now be ing made. Scope of the investigation, it is understood will include the entire present fire-fighting equipment, best practices in its use, the question of water supply and pressure and re commendations for improvement looking toward a strengthening of the town’s protection against fire. Dr. Conferences Under Way Preliminary conferences on matter have already been held Fire Chief Guy Corson. Other meet ings in the future will be arranged with the Board of Public Affairs in charge of the municipal electric light and waterworks plant which fur nishes water for fire fighting. the with With the opening of spring weath er tests in various parts of town will be made to determine the ade quacy of present fire fighting fa cilities, from street as nearly which would with a fire. Plans are to run hose lines hydrants and duplicate as be possible conditions met in actual coping tests special atten- During these tion will be given to the matter of a sufficient water supply and pres sure. It is possible that a repre sentative of the State Board of Underwriters may be invited to participate in the tests. Fire here and Action of the council in investi gating fire protection here followed the presentation of a petition sev eral weeks ago from residents of Bentley road, asking better fire pro tection. The petition brought to a head the matter of fire protection for out lying districts within the corporate limits which residents of these lions claim is inadequate. sec- Mrs. Henry Gratz Funeral Saturday Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Gratz, residing three miles south west of Bluffton were held in Emmanuel’s Reformed church of which she was a member, Saturday afternoon. Rev. W. H. Lahr of Ada a former pastor, and Rev. Emil Bur richter present pastor of the church officiated. Mrs. Gratz died in Toledo hos pital, Thursday morning, aged sixty nine years, eleven months and twenty-two days. She had been ill for seven years. Following the fun eral services, interment was made in the church cemetery. She is survived by her husband one son Levi Gratz of Quincy, Flor ida two daughters, Mrs. Lena Cox and Miss Helen Gratz, both at home five brothers, John and Adolph Bad ertscher of Bluffton Gideon of Ft. Wayne Jacob of Bloomington, Ind., and Peter of Lafayette. Also sur viving is one sister, Mrs. Peter Mat ter, of Bluffton. Tax Collectors Here March 9, 10 Deputies from the office of County Treasurer Byron H. Dershem will be in Bluffton on Thursday and Friday, March 9 and 10, it was announced last week. They will have quarters in the Citizens bank during their two-day stop here to assist in listing personal and classified taxes, and to collect personal, classified and real estate taxes. SACRED CONCERT The Bluffton College Vesper choir will appear in a sacred concert at the Ebenezer Mennonite church west of Bluffton, Sunday night at 8 o’clock. The choir is directed by Prof. R. A. Lantz, of the college conservatory. One Horse Open Sleigh Is Going Modern Nowdays gpHEY have even streamlined the old one-horse open sleigh—and left off the horse. Old-timers could scarcely be lieve their eyes last Sunday afternoon after the heavy snow fall when some of the gay young blades were joy-riding up and down Main street old fashioned open sleigh ed onto the rear bumper auto. New Used Beginning March 10 Deadline April 1 Robert Lewis New Bluffton Distributor: Headquarters At Steiner Garage Same Letters The Bluffton has received 1,350 sets of tags for passenger cars. These bear YT and YU letters, the same as those now in use. ing of the tags for local tion begins at 51 YT and 1000, then changes to YU. First Church In Richland Township Was Built In 1840 in an hitch of an And so times change. AUTO TAGS GO ON SALE HERE License Plates May be to Sale of auto tags scheduled start in Bluffton, Wednesday morn ing was delayed temporarily when the license plates failed to arrive here, it was announced by Robert Lewis, local deputy registrar in charge of distribution. Lewis stated that he had been in communication with state head quarters in regard to the non-ar rival and delivery of the tags is pected by Wednesday night. ex of by Headquarters for the sale license plates will be maintained Lewis in the Steiner Chevrolet Sales room on North Main street. New tags may be used by motor ists any time beginning March 10, and all autos in operation must have the 1939 license plates by April 1. Number distribu- goes to This year’s tags are blue and white in color. Plates bearing two numerals are 10 inches in length, and those with three numerals are 12 inches long. Application for truck and trailer licenses also can be made thru Lewis, but the tags are forwarded directly from Columbus, it was an nounced. Lay Covers For 100 At Father-Son Dinner An attendance of one hundred is anticipated at the annual Father Son dinner of the Bluffton Masonic order to be held in the lodge dining room this Wednesday night, it is an nounced by Harold Kennedy, master of the lodge. The dinner will be at 6:30 o’clock. Speaker for the evening will be Rev. C. C. Shedd, pastor of the First Methodist church in Findlay. He will speak on the subject “George Washington as a Man and Mason”. Rev. Shedd ranks high in masonic circles and has held important state offices in the order. Hand Is Burned As Blow Torch Flares Wendell Duffman, 21, suffered painful burns on his left hand when a gasoline blow torch which he was using at the Steiner Chevrolet garage flared Monday afternoon. Duffman was engaged in making adjustments to the torch when the accident occurred. His jumper jack et caught fire and was pulled off with the assistance of garage em ployes. He is the son of Merl Duffman of North Main street. His burns are not expected to prove serious. SPEAKS AT PERRYSBURG in “The Social Aspect of Music Home and Community” was the subject of an address by Prof. Sid ney Hauenstein who spoke before the Parent-Teacher association at Perrysburg, Tuesday night. The speaker is instructor in instrumen tal music at Bluffton college and Bluffton high school. Myron Gerber, Bluffton college graduate has been instructor in public school music at Perrysburg for the past nine years. Swiss Mennonites Erect Small Structure Fashioned from Hewn Timbers Church Built South of Town by Reformed Congregation About 1860 The Bluffton News presents the twenty-sixth installment of the “Centennial Series" dealing with early Bluffton history and published in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of Bluffton's founding.—Editor. 1840, seven years after the settlers entered the township, first church in Richland was In first the built, all the denominations represented in the township held Sunday services in the cabins of one of their mem bers. This end, as well township. Before that the pioneers of was true of the south as the north end of the church was built by the This first Swiss Mennonite people, and was located on the David Neuenschwand er farm. It measured 30 by 40 feet, and was made from (Continued on page 8) hewn High School Coach Married At Lima Dwight L. Diller, Bluffton high school instructor and athletic coach and Miss Hanna Wilkins were mar ried Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Zay in Lima uncle and aunt of the sided. bride, with whom she re- per the marriage service was in the living room by The formed Rev. S. M. Davidian, pastor of the Central Church of Christ, before the fireplace which was banked with huskleberry blossoms and white flowers, and lighted with cathedral candles in wrought-iron candelbra. The bride, who was given in mar riage by her uncle, wore a teal blue crepe afternoon frock made simple lines, and her flowers a corsage of bride’s roses freesia. along were and Betty The maid of honor, Miss Solt, of Findlay, wore a shade crepe street-length dress, and her flowers were a corsage of Johan na Hill roses. Lamont Diller, bro ther of the bridegroom, was the best man. Members of the immediate families witnessed the ceremony and attend ed a breakfast immediately following the service. An all white effect was used at the table which was cen tered with a gaily decorated wed ding cake garlanded wdth white flowers. Tall white tapers lighted the table, while place cards and favors were in keeping. Mr. and Mrs. Diller left for a week end wedding trip, the bride wearing for traveling a brown and gold ensemble with browm accessor ies. They arrived in Bluffton the first of the week and are occupying an apartment at the R. K. Cooney home on South Main street. Mrs. Diller, who is the daughter of Mrs. Marion Warren, of Findlay, has been employed in the offices of Dr. H. M. Crawford, Lima dentist, for the past three years. Mr. Diller, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Dil ler, of this place, is a graduate of Bluffton high school and Central Missouri State Warrensburg, Mo., and is coach physical educational director Bluffton high school. Teachers college, and at Husband Of Local Girl Gets State Job Bluffton people will be interested in the appointment of John Robert Jones, 30, Columbus attorney, to the position of secretary of the state public utilities commission. Jones’ wife is the former Lucille Balmer, Andrew ton. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Balmer residing near Bluff- was appointed to the secre- Jones tarial post last week by Governor John Bricker. Jones is a graduate of the law college of Ohio State university and secretary of the Franklin county Republican executive and central committees. Lima Pastor Will Speak At Vespers Rev. EaH Rowe, pastor of Trinity Methodist church, Lima, will speak at the Bluffton college vesper service, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Spe cial music will be provided by the College Vesper choir, directed by Prof. R. A. Lantz. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1939 TOWN HAS HIGH WATER TUESDAY Big and Little Riley Creeks Overflow Banks: Traffic Is Halted Operation of College Heating Plant Interrupted Wed nesday Morning Big and Little Riley creeks which suddenly overflowed their banks late Tuesday afternoon and just as quickly subsided early Wednesday morning gave Bluffton its nearest approach to flood conditions in recent years. So suddenly did the water rise that the situation unexpectedly de veloped serious aspects for a short time. Service from the Bluffton college heating plant was suspended from midnight Tuesday until 9 o’clock Wednesday morning on account of failure of the pumps at the heating plant. These pumps are operated during high water periods to pump water out of the plant which seeps in from Little Riley creek. Resume Heat Service Wednesday Because of interruption of the service, college buildings, dormitories and several private residences served by the plant were the middle of the nesday. without heat until forenoon on Wed- service resumed. With heating regular class schedules were started Wednesday morning at 10:15 o’clock, it was stated by college officials. College road for several when water The was closed to hours Tuesday over the road bridge on the one mile north traffic night just north of the Henry Huber farm of town made travel conditions haz ardous. The road was open Wednes day morning. Harmon Field Inundated Harmon field, Bluffton’s summer recreatibn spot and athletic field was completely under water Tuesday night as was also the East College avenue road approach to the field. The concrete stadium on the field stood like an island above the muddy swirling water. No damage was re ported. flood which covered lowlands both creeks came from the snow which fell Sunday and rapidly with the coming of The Rosalie along heavy melted warmer weather, Tuesday, weather Tuesday night served to af fectually check the flood condition and Wednesday both creeks were again flowing nearly normal. Colder A. C. Spangler, Former Mayor Here, Succumbs Funeral services for Abram C. Spangler, deputy Allen county treas urer and former Bluffton mayor were held in the Methodist church, Tues day afternoon with the pastor, Rev. J. A. Weed officiating. The court house in Lima was closed for the afternoon as a mark of respect to the departed deputy and county officials attending in a body were among those who filled the church here to capacity. Mr. Spangler died at his home on Geiger street early Saturday morn ing from complications, having been ill since last fall. He was aged seventy years, eleven months and twenty-five days. A lifelong resident of Bluffton, he held many offices in political and fraternal circles here. He had com pleted ten years as deputy in the office of the county treasurer when he became ill last fall. Previous to that he served as mayor of Bluffton from 1922 to 1924. He also served as Richland township clerk and a member of the Bluffton town coun cil. He was an active member of Methodist church here and was a number of years teacher in Sunday school. He was secretary of the Bluffton Odd Fellow lodge and a member of the Maccabees. the for the His wife, Eliza Anderson Spang ler, survives. The couple celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniver sary last Christmas day. Also sur viving are two daughters Mrs. Lida Burkholder of Bluffton and Miss Ora Spangler, instructor in Van Buren high school and one son Byron Spangler, superintendent of schools of Mercer county. Two brothers surviving are David of Stanton, Nebraska, and Clem of Denver, Colorado. Five grandchild ren also survive. Interment was made in Cannons burg cemetery east of Bluffton. Regarded Honey Bee in Omen The Indian regarded the honey bee as an ill omen: “Too much like white man.” Influenza which has assumed epi demic proportions in many parts of Northwestern Ohio, resulting in the closing of a number of schools, is not serious in Bluffton public schools or Bluffton college, it was learned Tuesday. Officials of both institutions stated Tuesday that they believed the peak of the number of cases was reached the latter part of last week and that the menace was definitely on the wane. Unless unexpected de velopments occur there will be closing of schools or college, it stated. Sudden One-Day Thaw Results In Flooded Lowlands in Town and Area Bluffton during the perienced a wintry brought the heaviest most severe cold wave Influenza Situation Not Serious In Bluffton Schools Or College no is be The illness is said to not of a virulent type. Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf stated Coldest Weather, Deepest Snow Vanish With One Day Of Spring 1 .......... lai my Weather u e s a Breaks Cold Wave That Brought Record Snow last week ex assault that snowfall and of the season, of winter had Then after the grip been felt here for nearly a week, there was a sudden reversal of weather conditions on Tuesday, and a spring-like atmosphere together with a drizzling rain within a few hours removed all traces of what had been a record six-inch snow. The sudden thaw brought flooded conditions in all lowlands, and early Tuesday evening the Big and Little Riley creeks left their banks in the lower parts of Bluffton. All of Harmon field was under water, and about six inches of water stood over College avenue road ad jacent to the field. Parts of the Bluffton college campus also were flooded. Colder weather which came Wed nesday morning has been predicted for the remainder of the week, but conditions are not expected to re turn to those that prevailed during last week’s frigid wave. Near-zero weather, the coldest of the year, struck the town and sur rounding area last Wednesday night and continued thru Thursday and Friday. It was coldest on Thursday morn ing when the mercury dropped* to two above zero, the lowest reading I in Bluffton of the last two winters. Rain and sleet which preceded the cold snap left most roads in a treacherous condition altho the main highways were clear. A real wintry setting was provid ed on Saturday and Sunday when the heaviest snowfall since the bliz zard three years ago swept the area, snowed hard Saturday after and intermittently thruovt the (Continued on page 8) It noon Name Romey Deputy County Treasurer John Romey, who was recently graduated from Ohio State univers ity, has been appointed deputy in the office of Allen County Treasurer Byron Dershem at Lima and has taken up his duties at that place. Romey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Romey of South Main street, was graduated from the university’s college of commerce in December and recently returned from a motor trip thru the west to take the posi tion. His appointment fills the vacancy in the office caused by the illness and death of A. C. Spangler, Bluff ton resident, who was deputy in the office for the past ten years. Dr. Bauman Next Speaker At Lions Irwin W. Bauman, instructor Dr. in social science at Bluffton college, will be the speaker at a dinner meeting of the Lions club at 6:15 p. m. next Tuesday in the Walnut Grill of the Pine restaurant. Dr. Bauman’s subject has been announced as “Capital Punishment”. Bluffton Boy On Broadcast Sunday Robert Niswander, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Nis wander, will appear in an amateur program over Radio Station WLOK, Lima, from 1 to 1:30 p. m. Sunday. The local youth will the Hawaiian guitar on the gram. that Tuesday’s absences of 100 con sisted of 45 in the high school and 55 in the grades. This, he said made 17% absences, not all of which are due to illness, he added. Aver age absences run about 2%. J. H. Loganbill, Bluffton college dean of men stated that there were “eight or nine ill in Lincoln hall, men’s dormitory and several girls in Ropp hall, women’s dormitory”. Also there are three students in the Community hospital, one of Laurel panee, monia. ported whom Nap- Mullett, freshman ,of Ind., has developed pneu Mullett’s condition is satisfactory. re- AREA CHORAL CONTEST HERE Northwest Ohio High School Festival to be Held Friday, March 17 Five Competition Will be in Classes Glee Clubs and Choruses to Sing High school singers representing more than 30 schools are expected to compete in the Northwestern Ohio chorus festival to be held in Bluff ton, Friday, March 17. Boys and girls glee clubs and mixed choruses representing schools from five classes will participate and entries are expected to be received within the next week from many schools in the district Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be held in the Bluffton High gymnasium. The event is be ing sponsored by the Bluffton col lege department of music, and I*rof. Russell A. Lantz, director department, will serve as chairman. of the festival Five Classes Competition will be in five with the grading based on ment. Class CC will include sorority is scholarship, and faculty next play pro classes, enroll schools with less than 100 pupils Class C, 100 to 250 Class BB, 250 Class B, 500 to 750 Ciass or more. 500 1000 to A, com- Bluffton will enter Class petition in all three events, boys and girls glee clubs and the mixed chorus, according to present plans. Winners and runnerup in the local contest will be eligible to compete in the state contest that will be held later at Columbus. Choral competi tion here will be one of a series of meets scheduled for Ohio high schools. Bluffton Girl In Honorary Society Harriet Balmer, Bluffton student at Ohio State university, Columbus, has been initiated into Theta Sigma Phi, honorary professional journalis tic sorority, it was announced the first of the week. She is the daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Balmer, residing near Bluffton and a gradu ate of Bluffton high school. of candidates for the made on the basis of journalistic enterprise recommendation, Selection The Bluffton young woman is pne of four chosen for membership this year. She was also recently initiat ed into Alhpa Xi Delta, social sor ority and was chosen chapter cor respondent for the national sorority journal last week. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. George Kimmel moving from a farm near Ada to farm south of Bluffton formerly cupied by A. E. Vandemark. are the oc- Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Warren and fam ily are moving from near Ada to the farm of the late Calvin Ewing of Bluffton. east and Fett Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Graham family have moved from the apartments to the Mrs. Zoe Zehrbach apartments. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Mann have moved from the V’. S. Dearth prop rety on North Main street to the Mrs. Wm. Herr property at North Jackson and Elm streets. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gable have mov ed from apartments in the Paul Dill er property on South Main street to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Gable on South Jackson street. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 44 TOURNEY PLAY OPENS THURSDAY Bluffton High Will Meet Lucasi Champion of Richland Co., Thursday Night ifteen Teams Entered in Carey Tournament Bluffton One Of Favorites Tournament time is here again, and Bluffton High eagers—with a fine season record—will be followed by a large crowd of partisans when the I irates go to Carey this Thursday night to meet their first tourney foe. Bluffton's opening round assign ment is against Lucas .champion of Richland county, a team that has won 13 and lost five during the season. The game will be played at 8:30 p. m. on the Carey high court. If successful in their first start, the Dillermen will play again at 7:30 p. m., Saturday, meeting the winner of the Republic-Fostoria St. Wendelin contest. Semi-final rounds will be played next week. 15 Teams Fifteen teams are entered in the Carey tournament and the winner will be eligible to compete in state competition at Columbus. Trophies, however, will be awarded to the win ner, the runnerup, and the victor in a consolation tilt played between the losers of the two semi-final games. Bluffton has one of the best records of the competing teams, 10 victories and with cock bye: lie and Fostoria St. Windelin. three defeats. In the bracket the Pirates are Arcadia, of Han county, which drew a first-round Chatfield, Salem, Lucas, Repub- Ada, tranfered to the Carey tour nament with Bluffton last fall, is in a bracket with Holmes Liberty, Carey, Butler, Van Buren, winner of the Hancock county tourney Harpster, Tiffin Calvert and Thompson. Foes are Tall Bluffton’s first-round opponents, from a small school near Mansfield, are reported to be playing their best ball of the season at present. Al tho they finished third in the Richland county league, the team romped thru the county tourney to cop the cham pionship. On the team are four six footers. Bluffton and Ada are playing in the Carey tournament for the first time this winter, having been tranferred from the Shawnee area where they have competed for nearly two dec ades. It means driving a little farther for Bluffton partisans, for Carey is 31 miles from here on State Route 103, but there is some consolation in pre tourney gossip that competition is not as difficult in the new area. Transcontinental Honeymoon By Plane A transcontinental honeymoon trip by airplane was completed the latter part of last week by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Frederick who flew from Ash tabula, Ohio, to their Burbank, California. new home in employed at several years Frederick who was the Meter Works here ago was married in Oakland, Calif., on February 12. His bride, the former Kay Ann Campbell was a hostess for the United Air Lines. Following their marriage the cou ple flew east to visit his parents, Dr. and Mrs. H. O. Frederick of Ash tabula. Dr. and Mrs. Frederick formerly resided in Bluffton where he was engaged in the practise of dentistry. Harold is their youngest son. College President On Eastern Trip Dr. Lloyd Ramseyer, Bluffton college president was in Cleveland, Wednesday attending the annual meeting of the American Association of School Supervisors. From there he will leave Wednesday night for a trip to New York city and various points in Pennsylvania in the in terest of the college. Births A daughter, Jeanne Arlene, was bom to Rev. and Mrs. Chas. Armen trout cf Cherry street at the Com munity hospital, Saturday night. Word has been received here of the birth of a son to Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Augsburger of Albany, Ore gon, Feb. 19. Rev. Augsburger, formerly of Bluffton, is the son of Elias Augsburger of South Jackson street.