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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIII The high waters, reaching a crest at 11 a. m., blocked four Bluffton streets, stalled automobiles, washed ■out portions of two roads and a segment of a railroad right-of-way swirled into the buildings of several of the town’s principal manufactur ing and industrial plants, marooned a few residences and inundated hundreds of acres of farm land in the vicinity. Altho several houses were com pletely surrounded by water it was unnecessary dents after Sudden Rise of Big and Little Riley Creeks Brings Acute Flood Menace in Bluffton, Sunday Morning. Industrial Plants and Homes Near Creeks Sus tain Damage on Account of High Water Flood Subsides Quickly. Torrential rainfall that fed Big and Little Riley creeks over the weekend reached a climax shortly before noon on Sunday when Bluffton experienced its worst flood since the disastrous 1913 inundation. to evacuate the resi- because the water fell rapidly it reached its peak. almost steady downpour of thruout Saturday, continuing An rain into Sunday, brought the first indi cation of flood conditions at 5 a. m. Sunday when Big and creeks water by 11 worst. Little Riley banks. The rapidly and was at its went over their continued to rise a. m. the flood k Subsides Quickly Within the next hour, however, the water had begun to fall notice ably and the flood continued to sub side almost as quickly as it had risen. By Monday morning both creeks were again within their banks and Bluffton was engaged in clean ing up the muddy deposits that rep resented the aftermath. Altho approaching the 1913 record, this year’s flood brought a little less water. Total damage also was less this year, principally flood was of shorter was said. because the duration, it the 1913 in In comparison with undation, Sunday’s flood was said to have lacked from four inches to one foot of being as deep, according to those who had records to making their estimates. check in entrance the town From the point of its into Bluffton until it left the Big Riley looked more like a lake than the peacefully flowing little stream accustomed. 200 to which Bluffton is Yards Wide lay in a particularly The water wide swath from the eastern edge of Harmon field to Jefferson street, flooding everything within an area more than 200 yards wide. Looking from the Nickel Plate railroad bridge toward College ave nue a real flood picture was pre sented, for the broad expanse of Harmon field lay under five feet of water, with the concrete stadium rising like an island ing, muddy The edge from the swirl- current, of the field to of Railroad street. w’ater extended the east within On beyond the a few feet the other side the water was across Harmon road in spots and the Triplett plant’s parking lot was under water. At cherry street the width of the flood had narrowed slightly, but even at that point it stretched from the Harry Trippiehorn residence on the west to the Steinman Lumber yard at the east. Vance street look ed like a river with a swiftly mov ing current sweeping toward Jeffer son street. Higher ground near •Jefferson street, however, turned the water back toward the regular chan nel, and the flood at that point went out of the creek on the other side. Blocked and Cherry streets but cars were able Streets College avenue were impassable, to traverse Jefferson street altho water was flowing over the road to a depth of about six inches. The water at that point was pouring in to the large National quarry now owned by the Central Ohio Light and Power preventing of flood conditions as other two streets. North Main street most serious traffic a swift current of the possibility bad as at the presented the problem when water swept across the pavement for a stretch of about one hundred yards between the Big Riley bridge and the A. C. & Y. railroad tracks. and With water up to the bumpers (Continued on page 8) STREAMS OVERFLOW RANKS BRINGING HIGHEST WATER IN TWENTY-SIX YEARS One-Act Play Meet Here This Wednesday groups of contestants will in a one-act play contest at m. this Wednesday in the Three compete 7:30 p. Bluffton mine the winner in an Allen county elimination program. High auditorium to deter- Among the contestants will be a Bluffton group representing the Na tional Thespians organization Bluffton High school. They will sent “The Happy Journey”, Thornton Wilder. of pre by Get- In the local cast are Zitella ties, Mark NiSwander, Bettye Lewis, James Landis, Lora Schultz and Paul Soldner. P. W. Stauffer is di recting the production. The play is the same the cast pre sented Tuesday night in a one-act play contest at Clyde where the Bluffton players won second place. Two groups from Lima also will compete in the meet here Wednes day, presenting different productions. Special music will be provided dur ing the intermission periods by the Bluffton High orchestra directed by Sidney Hauenstein. Winner of the elimination contest here will be eligible to compete in the Northwest Ohio district meet at Toledo next week. The series of con tests is being sponsored as a part of the Federal Recreation program. Real Estate Deals the has the Chas. Danner of Lima, one of heirs of the late C. P. Danner, purchased from the other heirs Danner property on Grove street. The property is occupied by Wade Bechtel, employe of the Central Ohio Light & Power company here. It is reported that Donner, a Lima plumber, expects to build a residence on the rear of the lot facing Lawn avenue. He recently purchased the 120 acre farm of Adam and Barbara Amstutz west of Bluffton. Mrs. Chas. Sterrett has purchased the interest of her sister, Mrs. Joe Naylor in the North Lawn avenue property of their father, the late J. N. Pratt, formerly of Bluffton. A. D. Gratz has purchased the Hall residence on South Lawn ave nue from heirs of the late A. D. Hall. Gratz expects to do some re modeling before occupying the prop erty. Gratz sold his property on South Main street last fall as part of the site for the new post office building here. Noted Tenor Coming To Ebenezer Church Eiven Bjornstad, noted European tenor, will be heard in a program at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, Thursday night, March 23, at 8:00 o’clock it was announced the first of the week. The singer, formerly in European and New York grand opera, aban doned his operatic roles for a career devoted to sacred music. For sev eral months he has been appearing in an itinerary which includes some of the largest churches in the coun try. INFANT’S FUNERAL THURSDAY Joan Marie Lehman, aged two months, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lehman of Pan dora died at the home of the par ents Wednesday morning. Death came following a three days’ illness of influenza and complications. Funeral services will be held in Pandora Thursday afternoon at the home of the grandparents, David Lehman’s at 1:30 followed by servi ces in Grace Mennonite church at 2 o’clock. Rev. Paul Whitmer will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. a try /o ____ Spring’s Coming Robins Reported Here This Week J^OBINS, unfailing harbing er of spring were seen in considerable numbers here the first of the week, according to several Bluffton residents. In spite of recent floods and cold weather, spring’s really on the way. Flotsam and Jetsam from Bluffton’s Flood Sunday In the vicinity of Cherry street last Sunday’s flood lacked about one foot of being as deep as the 1913 inunda tion that is rembered by many Bluff ton residents. In 1913 approximately two feet of water stood in the Scott and Ewing Plant, adjacent to Big Riley creek. This year depth of the water was only about one foot. Al bert Benroth also pointed out that during the 1913 flood, water was run ning freely between the old George Benroth property, now occupied by Gid Locher, and the Mabel Jones property. Last Sunday water came up only as far as the alley between the Locher residence and the Harry Trippiehorn property, one lot nearer the Cherry street bridge. Along Marsh run at the edge of town, the flood came nearer approach ing the 1913 level. Charles Matthey who lives on the Allen-Hancock county line near Marsh Run said he made a mark near his home when the 1913 inundation was at its crest, and that this year’s flood lacked only four inch es of being as high. Flood damage was not nearly as great as might have been expected, due probably to the sudden rise and fall of flood stage. Big and Little Riley creeks left their banks about 5 a. m. Sunday, the flood was at its peak at 11 a. m. and it was subsid ing noticeably at noon. By Monday morning both creeks were again with in their usual courses. A few small er outbuildings on properties border ing the Big Riley were washed away, but in the manufacturing and indus trial establishments where water stood, the principal expense will be involved in cleaning up the mud and silt deposits that were left. At the property of the Bluffton Stone Co., the Big Riley overflowed its banks and completely filled the quarry which had winter to permit work this spring, manager, said it three weeks to pump out the quarry. He reported, however that there was no damage to equipment altho the w’ater was within one inch of enter ing the office of the concern. been kept dry’ all an early start of Raymond Conrad, will require about Water from the Big Riley had the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany’s lot on Harmon road entirely submerged, and water was coming in the basement of the electric light and w’ater works plant. City water pumps and the municipal heating plant are located in the basement, and employ es were kept hard at work in an effort to pump out the water. The water was not deep enough to interfere with the water supply, but the heating plant could not operate at peak ef ficiency because of the cold water flowing around the outgoing heat lines and thereby cutting the temper ature of the outgoing steam. Altho damage was confined prici pally to the paint and plating depart ments at the Readrite Meter Works, the plant did not operate Monday to permit a cleanup of the premises. More than a foot of water stood in the departments, leaving the usual deposit of mud. At the crest of the flood, water lacked about two inches of getting room. into the main assembly field, under five feet of Harmon water Sunday at the height of the flood, presented a dismal appearance Monday morning. Driftwood, straw and other debris were scattered over the broad expanse of the recreation center and most of the fences had been torn down at the north boundary of the field. Across the street the municipal tennis courts were badly damaged, the clay surface having been washed out in many places. At the peak of the flood water was up to the lower edge of the switch boxes on (Continued on page 8) II IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1939 1500 TO SING IN FESTIVAL HERE Choral Competition Here Fri day Will Be Largest Fest Ever Held in Bluffton Morning, Afternoon and Even ing Sessions Scheduled Five (lasses of Competition Bluffton this Friday will be host to the largest music fest ever held here when more than 1500 students repre senting 33 schools gather for compe tition in the Northwest Ohio chorus festival. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be held in the Bluffton High school gymnasium. Boys and girls glee clubs and mixed choruses representing schools in five classes will participate, with the win ners and runnerup in each class eli gible to compete in the state contest later in the spring. 33 Entered Entries have been received thus far from 33 schools, and several others are expected, Prof. Russell A. Lantz, director of Bluffton college depart ment of music .who is. chairman of the festival, said Wednesday morning. NO SCHOOL FRIDAY There will be no classes at the high or grade school here Friday because of the North west Ohio Music contest to be held in the high school gym nasium. Competition is in five classes: A, B, BB, and CC. Bluffton High singers will enter in two events in the class BB ratings, the boys and girls glee clubs, it was announced. In the morning session, opening at 9 a. m. Class CC boys and girls glee clubs and mixed choruso- will com pete. Present entries include Ottawa. Alger, Tontogany, Rising Sun, Havi land, Oakwood, Florida. Haskins and Dola. Afternoon Session Class competition will be featur ed in the afternoon, with the session opening at 1 p. m. Among the com peting groups will be singers from Liberty Township, Dt'shler, Delphos, Spencerville, Continental, Lake Town ship, Grand Rapids, Delta, Paulding, Pioneer, Wayne, Hicksville, Arling ton, Rawson and Malinta. Two Class events also will be run in the afternoon with the Maumee girls glee club and the Brayan mixed chorus appearing on the program. In the evening session, opening at 7:30 p. m. Pandora, Ada and Shaw nee will compete for Class honors in all three events. Bluffton High in the evening pro gram will be the only entrant in Class BB girls and boys glee club events, and Perrysburg will enter a Class BB mixed chorus. Closing competition will be in Class A, with mixed chor uses from Bowling Green, Findlay and Lima Central competing. Judges Named Adudicators for the meet include: Louis E. Pete, superintendent of mu sic in the Ashland public schools Dr. Frank C. Biddle, director of music in the Cincinnati public schools and Mrs. Sarah Cline, of the music education department, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Competition is being sponsored thruout the state by the Ohio Music Education Association. Sidney Hau enstein of this place, is chairman of the Northwest Ohio district of the as sociation. Many of the competing schools have music directors trained in the Bluffton college department of music. In con ducting this year’s contest Prof. Lantz, as chairman, has present stu dents in the music department ap pointed as assistants. Murray Is Named Deputy Auditor Nile Murray, former Bluffton cor poation clerk, was named one of the deputies in the office of Floyd grif fin, new Allen county auditor, last Saturday. Griffin, together with eight new deputies, including Murray, took over the auditor’s office Monday, follow ing a three-term tenure served by C. A. Rusler, Democrat. Two of Rusler’s former deputies will be held over in the office until the new staff becomes acquainted with the duties, it was announced. Griffin, the first Republican elect ed auditor in 64 years, named as his first eight deputies: Murray, of this place C. T. Clantz, Spencer town ship E. E. Edmiston, L. E. Zim mer, B. E. Tabler and Grace M. May, all of Lima Donovan S. Mc Kinney, Auglaize township, and Bea trice Gating, Delphos. Pinned against a concrete wall by a bull, Ray Griffith, 27, formerly of Bluffton, was painfully bruised at his farm near North Baltimore last Wednesday. Although his injuries were so se vere that Griffith has been bedfast since the accident, his condition is not believed to be serious. Chas. Cookson of Troy will liver Class Address on “Building Character” (lass of 58 Seniors will Receive Diplomas at Annual Com mencement Event Graduation exercises of Bluffton high school will be held this year on Thursday night, May 25 in high school auditorium, it was nounced the first of the week Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf. The bride chose for her matron of honor her sister, Mrs. Wood row Lug inbuhl. The best man was Richard Yoder. Little Anne Garman was flower girl and Robert Garman and Don Rutt ushers. The bride who was given in mar riage by her father, wore a white satin gown trimmed with lace with finger-tip veil. Her arm bouquet was of bride’s roses. Her sister wore a pink net over taffeta with an bouquet of Johanna Hill roses sweet peas. ?ormer Bluffton Man Is Thrown Against Concrete Wall By Angry Bull the an by de on Chas. W. Cookson of Troy will liver the class address speaking the subject “Building Character’’. The speaker has been prominent for many years in Ohio educational circles, being formerly superintend ent of Schools at Troy and and also superintendent of of Franklin county. Urbana schools of the a With the announcement date for graduating exercises, schedule for other commencement week events is now being arranged. A class of about 58 seniors will re ceive diplomas this year. Former College Girl Weds In Goshen, Ind. Of interest to many Bluffton friends is the wedding of Miss Anne Ebersole, former Bluffton college stu dent, and Kenton Garman, both of Goshen, Ind., which took place at the Eighth Street Mennonite church in Goshen, Friday night at 7:30 o’clock. Miss Ebersole, who was graduated from Bluffton college in the class of 1937, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Ebersole of Goshen. arm and Rev, The officiating minister was George Stoneback, a Bluffton college graduate. Following the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents for members of the imme diate families and close friends. Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Berry of Bluff ton. Will Graduate At Ohio State Friday Stanley F. Steiner, of this place will be graduated from the indus trial engineering department of Ohio State university, Columbus, Friday. His father, E. P. Steiner and sis ter Miss and Mrs. lay will exercises. them to spend the week end here. Mr. Beulah Steiner and Mr. Geo. Manges of near Find attend the commencement Stanley will return with Births Mr. and Mrs. Dale Davidson of Cherry street are the parents of a son born at the Bluffton hospital, Monday night. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. street day. Jesse Weiss of West Elm at the Bluffton hospital, Sun- and Mrs. Earl Jorg of St. are the parents of a son, Paul Johns Allen, born at Lima Memorial hos pital, March 2. Mrs. Jorg was formerly Miss Alma Steiner, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Steiner, west of Bluffton. VISITS HERE William for Doriot of Chicago, Bluffton visited friends Friday. Doriot, youngest is merly of here last son of the late Julian Doriot, connected with the Barrett Roofing company. Griffith was attacked by the ani mal in the barnyard near his home and was thrown twice against the concrete wall before he was able to escape. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Griffith formerly of this place, and a Bluffton high school graduate. His wife was the former Ellen Criblez of near Bluffton. raduation Exercises At High School Will Be Held Here May 25 De- Fongsdorf Is Given Three Year Contract A. J. B. Longsdorf, head of the Bluffton high and grade schools for the past fourteen years, was given a renewal of his contract for a three year term at the meeting of the board of education, Monday night. Supt. Longsdorf’s present contract which was period, will rent year, newed at $2,700 a year. also for a three year expire during the cur The contract was the present salary re of the Supt. Longsdorf came here in fall of 1925 from North Baltimore where he was head of the system. During his term as intendent here new courses struction have been added curriculum and the school plant larged. school super of to la the en- With The Sick op- Cliff West who underwent an eration for hernia at Bluffton hos pital last Thursday is convalescing at his home on South Lawn avenue. Miss Marjorie Clark is ill with heart trouble at her home on Grove street. S. P. Herr who was removed to the Bluffton hospital last Thursday suffering from an attack of gall stones has returned to his home on South Main street much improved. Louis Risser of Pandora underwent an operation at the Bluffton hospital for hernia, Monday. Mrs. Med Murray who has been critically ill at her home on Thur man street with heart trouble is slightly improved. Mrs. Coza Rauenbuhler is improv ing following an illness from influ enza. Dr. J. F. Rudy, former Bluffton physician, is reported quite ill with influenza and complications at his home in Rawson. Condition of Robert Marshall, ser iously ill at his home in Orange township, remains unchanged. Oliver Locher, employed at the Citizens National bank here will un dergo an operation for kidney stones at Huron Road hospital in Cleveland, Thursday. He has been in the hos pital there for the past week. His wife left Wednesday for Cleveland where she will remain for several days. Mrs. E. A. McCune of Carnegie, Pa., who has been a patient in the Bluffton hospital since she was in jured in an automobile accident neai Bluffton last August, will be removed Thursday to a hospital in Allegheny. Pa., near her home. Susan Nusbaum And Wayne Galloway Wed Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Susan Nus baum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nusbaum of East Kibler street and Wayne Galloway of this place. The wedding ceremony was per formed by Rev. Otis Harter, pastor of Lima Olivet Presbyterian church at his home in that city, Friday night. The couple was unattended. Mr. and Mrs. their home in Harvey Jones Main street. Galloway will make apartments in the residence on South Habegger-Doty Nuptials Sunday In a ceremony at the home of the officiating minister, took place the wedding of Miss Reva Habegger, daughter Habegger and Oren Roy Doty of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph residing north of Bluffton Doty, son of Mr. and Mrs. of near Mt. Cory. The wedding vows were received by Rev. H. D. Camp of Rawson U. B. church, Sunday afternoon. Attending the couple were Miss Margaret Ha begger, sister of the bride and How ard Habegger, the bride’s cousin. Mr. and Mrs. Doty will reside in their newly furnished home on the Ridge road near Benton Ridge. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 46 AAA CONTRACTS SIGNED BY 150 armers Will Have Chance to Sign in Last Meeting Here Thursday ndividual Calls to be Made by Committee: Nearly 40 Per Cent Have Signed Contracts for compliance with the 1939 Federal AAA Farm Program may be signed this Thursday at the town hall in Bluffton in the last of a series of meetings held for Rich land township farmers, it was an nounced Wednesday by Amos Moser, chairman of the township committee. In closing the campaign for con tracts, however, members of the committee will make a canvass of the township, contacting all indivi duals who have not signed under the program. Approximately 150 contracts have been signed thus far, most of them for full compliance, Moser said. This represents about 40 per cent of the township’s 375 farms, about the same number as signed last year. Limit Wheat, Corn Acreage Major provisions of AAA compli ance provide for the limiting of wheat and corn acreages (soil de pleting crops.) However, other fac tors also enter into the final deter mination of benefits. Under maximum compliance, bene fits may amount to as much as $2.50 per crop acre, Moser stated. Last year approximately 40 per cent of the Richland township farmers com plied with the program. of the Richland AAA include: Amos Moser, Sol. E. Steiner, Fred Members committee chairman Mueller, Willard Jennings and Virgil Bowers. Funeral Service For Former Twp. Trustee Funeral services for J. C. Guider, 76, former Richland township trustee were held at his home four miles south of Bluffton, Wednesday after noon. His pastor, Rev. A. E. McVey, of Liberty Chapel Evangelical church officiated. Burial was in Dunkirk cemetery. Mr. Guider died Sunday evening at his late residence following a month’s illness from cerebral hemorrhage. He was widely known thruout this vicinity. Besides serving as town ship trustees for six years he was also a former member of the Allen county board of health. In denomin ational affiliations he was a member of Liberty Chapel church and also for the past forty-eight years member of Bluffton Odd lodge. was a Fellow county the son (Orth) He was born in Hardin near Dunkirk, June 4, 1862, of August and Margaret Guider and following his marriage to Marian Roberts he moved to Al len county where he as since resided. His wife preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons: Ray Guider of Ada and Charles of Grand Rapids, Mich. two daughters, Mrs. Carl McCafferty of Bluffton and Miss Margaret Guider at home. Also sur viving are one sister, Mrs. E. J. Rambo of Lima and a half-brother, Lewis Kahler of Ada, eight grand children and three great grandchild ren. A nnounce Wedding Of Last Holidays A wedding which took place at Findlay last December 21 was an nounced here the first of the week when Miss Margaret Wells, employed at the Long restaurant resigned her position. Miss Wells who was married to Cecil Swanson of Bowling Green will leave Saturday for that place where the couple will reside on farm. The bride is the daughter Clarence Wells of Findlay and sister of Mrs. Kenneth Jackson this place. of a of Bluffton Man Judges Music At Wittenberg Prof. Sidney Hauenstein, instruct or in string and wind instruments at Bluffton college and supervisor of instrumental music at Bluffton high school will judge music competition at the West Ohio high school dist rict instrumental contest to be held at Wittenberg college, Saturday. The Bluffton music instructor will place the awards in the string solos and ensemble numbers and will also serve as one of the orchestral judges.