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Schools in the Western Buckeye
league, of which Bluffton High is a
member, had a fine record in 1938-39
competition with non-league schools,
according to a summary compiled by
SidkvV C. Stettler, Bluffton faculty
manager of athletics.
In football play last fall with, non
league schools, the six Western
Buckeye schools scored 17 victories,
one tie, and had only five losses
chalked up against them. League
schools scored 314 points to their op
ponents’ 107.
Teams defeating league schools in
football were top-notch outfits in
every respect. They were Sidney,
Lima Central, Lima South, Ada and
In football play against non-league
teams, Van Wert, Bellefontaine, and
St Marys ended the season with
clean records. Van Wert had five
victories, scoring 112 points and
holding their opponents scoreless.
Western Buckeye League Schools
Have Fine 1938-39 Season Record
Basketball play against non-league
teams found Western Buckeye
schools scoring 26 wins and losing
25. Bellefontaine with eight vic
tories in nine games and Bluffton
with five victories in seven starts
headed the parade.
Among the schools that defeated
league teams were Willshire, Cold
water, Lima Central, Bryan, Dayton
Fairview, North Baltimore, Berne,
Ind'., Fort Recovery, Defiance and
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Some of the schools defeated by
league teams were Sidney, Kenton,
Lima South, Ada, Urbana, Upper
Arlington, Delphos Jefferson, Miam
isburg and Ohio City.
On the basis of football and
basketball records, Stettler said Bel
lefontaine emerged as the strongest
outfit in the loop. Van Wert was a
close second.
Bluffton’s record gave the local
school third place Wapakoneta was
fourth St. Marys fifth and Celina
sixth. Bluffton is the only Class
school in the league.
Steinman Bros. Lumber Co.
Disease Control on Wild Life
Disease control on wild life was
first practiced in a hoof and mouth
epidemic in deer in the Stanislaus
National forest in California.
Community Swimming
Buckeye Lake for Everybody
Enthusiastic response is being given to the
Community Auction Sale to be held
Friday, April 28th.
The following articles are typical of the many different types of goods and
services already donated:
I Lamps, canned goods, pies, oil stove, dishes, 5 ton crushed stone, furniture of
I all kinds, dishes, clocks, roller skates, labor, radios, range stoves, musical instru
ments, chickens, chicks, pigs, goats, lambs, wheat, hams, potatoes, refrigerator,
bird cage, paint, mirror, tricycle, camp cot, oil, lawn mower, vases, bucksaw, gard
en plow, bookcase, electric motor, new swim suits, overalls, shoes, shirts, gloves and
hundreds of other articles too numerous to mention.
Anyone Not Having Articles to
Donato, Cash Will De Accepted
In order to raise the thousand dollar quota, many more articles are needed.
Farmers and others in the community who have articles to donate are urged to
notify M. M. Bogart or any other member of the Lions Club.
Auctioneers are Clyde Warren, Isaac Neuenschwander and William Amstutz
who are donating their services.
Board Decides In
Favor Of Dancing
(Continued from page 1)
function where dancing is included
the program.
Results of the questionnaire as an
nounced by Leland Diller, clerk of
the board were: 68 yes 21 no 4
neutral 22 not returned.
Board's Vote
In reaching its decision the vote
in the board stood:
Yes—Niswander, Steinman and
No—Gratz and Tosh.
The majority of the board based
its position on results of the poll
which they said indicated that par
ents of three-fifths of the two classes
were in favor of including dancing
on the program one-fifth opposed
and one-fifth not voting. Their ac
tion, irrespective of personal opinion,
was in keeping with the wish of the
majority of parents, they stated.
The minority, strongly dissenting,
declared dancing in the schools is
wrong and should be excluded and
said they could not vote for the
measure under any circumstances.
Action of the board,, they held,
leaves the door wide open to dancing
in the schools. The policy 61 danc
ing in the schools, if continued,
might bring about his resignation
from the board, Tosh stated follow
ing the vote.
Makes Restrictions
Conditions attached to the board’s
majority decision, however, require
that dancing at the banquet be
properly supervised and that attend
ance be limited to juniors, seniors
and members of the high school
faculty. No member of either class
will be permitted to invite any out
side guests.
Decision Monday night was the
first vote of record on the question
of dancing in the Bluffton schools
to be taken by a local board of edu
cation. The matter was brought
to a head last week when a group
of parents and officers of the two
upper classes appeared at the regu
lar meeting of the board and asked
that dancing be included in the pro
gram of the annual junior-senior
A suggestion was made by the
board at that time that an expres
sion of parents of the pupils be ob
tained in regard to the matter and
the board agreed to hold a special
meeting Monday night to again take
up the question.
Present Returns of Poll
Presentation of the returns was
made to the board by Ralph Short/
president of the junior class at the
opening of the meeting in the cafe
teria Monday night.
Following this, discussion contin
ued for more than an hour on both
sides of the question. Also resolu
tion.' were read from councils of the
Ebenezer and First Mennonite
churches discouraging dancing in the
The junior-senior banquet held dur
ing the commencement season is the
outstanding social function of the
school year at which the juniors en
tertain the graduating class.
Dancing previously has not been
included in the even ng’s program,
although it is said that numbers of
those attending the banquet in form
er years left afterward to dance out
of town.
Following the board’s decision
Monday night, Sujt. of Schools A.
J. B. Longsdorf suggested that a
committee composed of parents fa
voring dancing and those opposed be
organized to work with the program
committee of the junior class in an
effort to work out an evening’s en
tertainment which would be mutually
High School Third
In First Track Meet
Bluffton High’s inexperienced track
team trailed Findlay and Lima
South in a triangular meet at Find
lay last Saturday afternoon.
Fimllay *'tbpfied the scoring with
94 points Lima South was second
with 41, and Bluffton had 14. i
Bluffton tracksters captured one
second, two third and five fourth
places in the meet.
Events in which local athletes
placed were: 220-yard dash, Mumma,
fourth shot put, King, second, and
Burkholder, fourth high jump,
Fisher, fourth discus, King, third
mile-run, Klassen, third 220-yard
low hurdles, Mumma, fourth.
It was Bluffton’s first meet of the
year, and with competition staged in
a steady drizzle of rain Coach
Dwight Diller was unable to get a
true picture of the strength of his
untried squad.
One of this year’s track features
will be a district Class meet on
the Bluffton field May 6. Invitations
have been sent to Oak Harbor, Ada,
Columbus Groye, Pandora, Ottawa,
Leipsic, Sycamore and Mt. Cory
High schools.
Overcast Skies
Obscure Eclipse
Amateur Bluffton sky gazers were
disappointed Wednesday noon when
overcast skies depried them of the
opportunity of viewing the first
eclipse of the year.
A partial eclipse of the sun was
scheduled from 11:35 a. m. to 12:28
p. m. About one-fourth of the sun,
the northern quarter was covered by
the disc of the moon when the
eclipse v^as at its maximum.
The Golden Rule is the most use
ful of all measurements.
Navy Officers
Get in 4Swini’
At Annapolis
Prepared by National Geographic Society,
Washington. C.—WNU Service.
To b” a midshipman at the
United States Naval academy
is the ambition of many an
American youth. But it takes
dogged persistence to become
From every state and terri
tory of the United States
come the young men who
aspire to commissions as
naval officers. When you ar
rive at the academy a num
ber of your future classmates
join you lads from Massa
chusetts, Arkansas, Hawaii, and
even from the Philippine islands.
Before 1845, midshipmen were ed
ucated solely by experience at sea
and by such “book learning” as the
individual chose to acquire, with the
aid of ship “school masters.”
George Bancroft, secretary of the
navy under President Polk, early
recognized the desirability of estab
lishing a naval school ashore.
Obtained Army Fort.
Eventually Secretary Bancroft ob
tained transfer to the navy depart
ment of Fort Severn, an outmoded
army fort near Annapolis, and
founded there the naval school.
Commander Franklin Buchanan,
the first superintendent, had about
40 students and 7 instructors.
From this slender beginning, the
naval academy has gone splendidly
forward, training officers for the na
val service. The original naval
school has disappeared, but the
present group of 16 imposing build
ings, begun in 1898, has risen on the
foundations of the old. Now there
are about 2,000 midshipmen at the
academy. A graduate of the acade
my, describing his early experience,
“I had hardly stowed the mass of
gear issued to me at the midship
men’s store, and shifted to my new
white uniform, when I prevailed
upon my roommate to guide me
around the Yard. From his vast
experience of three weeks at the
academy he could explain every
“We strolled across Farragut field
to the seawall and looked out over
the bay. A Chesapeake bugeye, with
raking masts and sails glistening in
Stroll Through Grounds.
“Facing about, Bancroft hall tow
ered above us in massive solidity.
My roommate pointed out the arm
ory, Dahlgren hall, where midship
men keep their rifles and drill in
foul weather, and Macdonough
hall, the gymnasium, where the fu
ture admirals do ‘stoop falls’
and ‘knee bends.’
“We strolled through Thompson
stadium, scene of many a gridiron
battle, and passed under the ter
race to Stribling walk. There the
Indian chieftain intrigued me.
‘Who’s the old gent?’ I inquired.
‘Ssh!’ He put his finger to his
lips in mock fear. ‘Don’t let him
hear you. That’^ Tecumseh, god
of the 2.5. Don’t get him down on
you, or you won’t be long around
these parts.’
“He explained how midshipmen
are marked in class and at exami
nation on a basis of 4 for perfect
(equivalent to 100 per cent), and
that 2.5 is the passing mark. Any
score below that minimum, he said,
was ‘bilging,’ in academy parlance.
“We moved down Stribling walk
from Bancroft hall past the Mexi
can monument to the academic
group (Sampson, Maury, Isherwood,
and Mahan halls). This path mid
shipmen tread thrice daily, always
in military formation, to their stud
Plebes Get ‘Deflated.’
Midshipmen from Annapolis are shown at Portsmouth, England,
receiving a lesson in battle strategy during last summer’s cruise on
the U. S. S. Texas and the V. S. S. Wyoming. The ships were
manned largely by midshipmen and ratings undergoing training.
the fading sunlight, came flying into
the harbor on the last of the sea
breeze. She was loaded to the gun
wales with fresh oysters.
“As we strolled back across the
terrace to our room, a bugle sound
ed formation and a gong clattered
in the hall. ‘Better step out to for
mation,’ my roommate said, and
he ran toward our company pa
Early pasturing does not put
much fat on livestock and it reduces
the total amount of forage that a
field would produce annually if the
livestock was kept in the bam lot
until the grass had time to get a
real start.
Scientists from the United States
Department of Agriculture report a
new manufacturing process which
A pleasent task at Annapolis.
Midshipman Elton L. Knapp of
Monroe, Mich., in command of
the third company, receives a kiss
from Miss Ruth Scheidinger, also
of Monroe, after she presented
him with the colors, the feature
event of the annual spring dress
“Bancroft’s broad corridors rang
to our voices during that all too
short summer, while we new plebes
became acquainted with the rudi
ments of military drill, seamanship,
small arms target practice, and
physical training. Yet in those care
free days we dreaded the return of
the upper-classmen away on their
summer cruise.
“Quite naturally, a plebe comes
to the academy somewhat overim
pressed with his own importance.
The inevitable deflation is some
times abrupt.
“Even yet, I cannot recall with
out a shudder that first day of aca
demic year. I was ‘steering a prop
er course’ down the middle of a cor
ridor when a voice behind me spoke:
‘Where headed for, mister?’
‘The midshipmen’s store, sir.’
‘Sound off.’
“I was silent for a moment. A
first classman moved around into
my field of vision.
‘Good Lord!’ the stern voice
cried. ‘Don’t you know “sound off”
means to tell me your name and
state? Well then, what did Lawrence
“I remembered Perry’s battle
flag, the navy’s most historic ban
ner, preserved in Memorial hall.
Rough white letters on a faded
blue background spell Captain Law
rence’s last words as he lay dying
on the deck of the Chesapeake.
‘Don't give up the ship, sir,’ I
blurted out.
‘Well now, that’s better.’ The
voice was more kindly. ‘What did
Dewey do?’
‘See here, mister, you’re terri
bly ignorant of naval history and
tradition. Report to my room at
9:30 tonight for instruction. Savvy?’
‘Yes, sir.’
‘Shove off.’ Such was my first
encounter with an upper-classman.
‘Your Brace Is Terrible.’
“At dinner formation, standing
stiffly erect in the rear rank, eyes
riveted on the back of the midship
man’s neck in front, I believed I cut
a perfect military figure. But some
one growled behind me. ‘Pull your
self together, mister. Your brace
is terrible.’
“I stiffened to a more rigid posi
tion. Presently we marched off to
music played by the ‘hell cats,’ as
the midshipmen drum and bugle
corps is called by the regiment.
From the regimental commander
came the order, ‘SE-ATS!’ Two
thousand chairs scraped in uni
son and a roar echoed through the
huge white mess hall.”
It is a busy life. During a nor
mal day, a midshipman attends sev
en military formations, recites three
times, and drills once. He is in
spected frequently, both for person
al appearance and for cleanliness
of his room, for which he and his
“wife,” or roommate, are jointly
produces an interesting substance
from whey. The substance resembles
rubber in some ways but is trans
parent. It is somewhat like glass
but is softer and is flexible. There
are six billion pounds of whey avail
able annually in the United States.
The man who lets a 10-cent argu
ment lead him into a $10 bet de
serves to lose.
Recreation Center
i tiluttton’s ping pong team lost to
Lima Westinghouse players last Wed
nesday night at Lima by a score of
12 to 3. Bluffton players included
Jim Miller, Gene Zuber, Bob Watkins,
James Claik, Tony Wilson and Evan
Soash. Local players lost to the
same team a week ago by a score of
8 to 7.
1 I I
a Bluffton Checker
club was effected-at a meeting of 19
players from the district last Thurs
day night at the home of John Diller.
Those at the session were from Lima,
Findlay, Pandora and Bluffton. Offi
cers named by the group included
Homer O. Dorsey, Findlay, president
John Diller, vice-president, and Gene
Zuber, Bluffton, secretary-treasurer.
The newly organized group will be
known as the Northwest Ohio Check
er club and a clubroom will be estab
lished in the Albert Steiner residence.
This week’s meeting will be there on
Thursday night.
“35 Battles—35 Victories”
OVERNOR of the state of Frank
VJ lin six terms governor of
Tennessee four times elected to con
gress a projector and hero of King’*
Mountain: 35 battles- 35 victories his
Indian war cry was: ‘Here they are*
Come on, boys, come on!’
Such Is the inscription on one side
of a monument in Knoxville, Tenn.,
and it sums up the career of one of the
most romantic figures in frontier his
tory—that of John Sevier, ‘‘Noll
chucky Jack.”
Born in Virginia in 1744 of a French
Huguenot family, Sevier emigrated to
James Robertson’s Watauga settlement
In eastern Tennessee in 1773. Almost
Immediately the young Virginian be
came a leader in various forays against
hostile Indians. By his audacity and
the swiftness and unexpectedness of
his attacks on the Indian towns, he
broke the spirit of the Cherokees and
their allies and prevented their being
used by the British in a rear attack on
the colonies during the Revolution.
He used the same tactics In one of
the most brilliant victories over the
British during that war. He was one
of the leaders of the mountain men in
their swift dash to trap Colonel Fer
guson and his troops at King's moun
tain before they could receive aid
from Cornwallis, and thus contributed
to the victory at Yorktown.
After the Revolution the Watauga
settlement became an orphan. Neither
North Carolina nor the new federal
government seemed to want It. So in
1784 the settlers organized the Inde
pendent state of Franklin, a common
wealth unique in American history,
and elected “Nolichucky Jack” as their
governor. When North Carolina tried
to assert its authority over the region
again, the settlers resisted.
Their governor was singled out for
punishment, treacherously betrayed,
captured and placed on trial at Mor
gantown, N. C., for high treason. Ahd
at once more than 1,000 of the moun
tain men assembled to rescue tfieif
beloved “Nolichucky Jack.” A civil war
seemed Imminent. But Sevier made a
spectacular escape From hts captors
and a short time later his people
elected him to the North Carolina lei?
islature. There was some protest over
seating him but eventually he was al
lowed to take office.
From that time on he was never
long out of public life—as congress
man from North Carolina, as the first
governor of the new state of Tennes
see. and then repeatedly re-elected,
and thrice re-elected to congress. He
died as he had lived—in the harness
and in the field. The end came in 1815
in a tent on a surveying expedition for
the government, surrounded by his
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