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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIII 58 TO GRADUATE AT HIGH SCHOOL Former Urbana School Head Will Speak at Class Exercises. May 25 Graduating Class Smaller Than That of 1938 Has 33 Boys And 25 Girls A class of 58, made up of 33 boys and 25 girls, will be graduated from Bluffton High school this spring, ac cording to the tenative list announced this week by Supt. A. J. B. Longs dorf. As a climax to their four years of high school activity, the graduating seniors will receive diplomas at com mencement exercises Thursday night, May 25. Charles Cookson, formerly superin tendent of the Urbana public schools, will be the class speaker this year. His subject has been announced as “Building Character.” Other commencement week activi ties include the junior-senior banquet, May 19 senior class night, May 24 and presentation of the senior class play. May 22 and 23. Smaller Cass This year’s graduating class is considerably smaller than that of 1938 when 72 received diplomas. In 1937 a class of 50 was graduated. Members of the senior class includ ed on the tentative graduating list in clude: Ivan Agin, Elias Augsburger, Jr., Walter Badertscher, Marlowe Bish, Jack Clark, Kenneth Gable, A. R. Hol den, Jr., Wm. Holtkamp, Berdell Hu ber, LaVern Huber, Wade Huber. Joel Kimmel, Walter King, John Lloyd, Fernon Loganbill, Howard Luginbihl, Darvin Luginbuhl, Robert Luginbuhl, Ralph Motter, James Mos er. Richard Mumma, Wade Mumma, Mark Niswander, Herbert Oyer. Herbert Brooks, Edward Schultz, Paul Soldner, Jason Trippiehorn, Sam Trippiehorn, Milford andemark, Lloyd Vermillion, Omar Welty, Rich ard Wenger. Alice Mae Amstutz, Lavaun Augs burger, Elene Basinger, Cleora Burk holder, Dorothy Burkholder, Bonita Clark, Betty Coon, Zitella Getties, Berda Gratz, Hope Kincaide, Dorothy Klingler, Gladys Klingler, Mary E. Lape. Wilma Lehman, Bettye Lewis, Mar cele Lora, Edna Luginbuhl, Adelaide McGinnis, Lauretta Mahan, Wilma Nonnamaker, Magdalene Oyer, Betty Patterson, Betty Reichenbach, Esther Reichenbach, Lora Schultz. Masonic Memorial Service On Sunday Members of Bluffton Masonic lodge will attend in a body a special me morial service at the Lutheran church, Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. The service will be in memory of the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as presi dent of the United States at which time he was also Master of the Masonic lodge at Alexandria, Va. Members of the Bluffton lodge will meet at their hall at 8:30 a. m. pre paratory to marching to the church. Rev. W. L. Harmony, pastor of the church will deliver the address. Births Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerber re siding west of Bluffton are the par ents of a daughter born at the Bluffton hospital Saturday. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Stratton of near Mt. Cory at their home Tuesday morn ing. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lawrence of Harrod are the parents of a son born at the Bluffton hospital, Satur day. Mrs. Lawrence was formerly Miss Elvira Gratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratz of South Jackson street. Twins, a son and daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shmerl of Chicago, in a hospital in that city last Thursday night. Mrs. Shmerl is the former Miss Sylva Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watkins of Spring street. The twins have been named Russell Lowell and Sylva Alice. Bluffton Youth At Nebraska Army Post Robert Potee, 19, Bluffton youth, has enlisted in the army, according to word received here the first of the week, and is stationed at Ft. Rob inson, Nebraska. Potee is expected home on a fur lough in July. He is the son of Rell Potee of this place. Manv Trades Which Sixty Years Blacksmiths, Wagon Makers, Carriage Painters and Shoe makers Plentiful Twenty-one Carpenters and Two Tanners were Among Local Tradesmen The Bluffton News presents the twenty-seventh installment of the “Centennial Series” dealing with early Bluffton history and published in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of Bluffton’s founding.—Editor. Memories of Bluffton in the eighties—a small country town still struggling against the wilderness— were recalled this week in a perusal of the listing of Bluffton residents of sixty one years ago, in an old Allen County Directory published in 1878. That it was an age far different from the present is indicated by many of the trades flourishing at that time. Those were truly the “horse and buggy” days and employment in re (Continued on page 8) Sportsmen Will Lease Big Quarry Fishing privileges in the large National quarry now owned by the Central Ohio Light and Power com pany will be leased by the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club, it was announced Wednesday morning by George Swank, president of the club. Arrangements for taking over the quarry’s fishing rights under terms of a lease from the utility company were made at a meeting of the club Friday night. The club voted Friday night to take out liability insurance to cover accidents and the lease will be signed as soon as the insurance pol icy arrives,. Swank stated. Trustees elected by the club who will execute the lease for the Sports men’s organization are: Mayor W. A. Howe, Jesse Mangus and Harvey Garmatter. Former Local Girl Married In Indiana Announcement has been received here of the wedding of Miss Mary Griffith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Griffith of Van Buren former Bluffton residents to Homer Clifford Lung, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lung of Garrett, Ind. The ceremony took place at Hun tertown, Indiana, April 8. The bride is a former Bluffton gill who graduated from Van Buren high school in the class of 1937. She later attended Bliss college at Co lumbus. Probate Judge To Address Men Here Judge Raymond P. Smith, of the Allen county probate court, will be the speaker at a Father-Son banquet sponsored by the Brotherhood of the St. John’s and Emanuel’s Reformed churches at 6:30 p. m. Thursday in the St. John’s church. All men and boys of the two con gregations are invited to the meet ing, one of the high spots of the year’s program. STUDENT RECITAL High school pupils studying in the Bluffton college school of music under Professors Sidney Hauenstein and Mrs. Pearl Bogart Mann will appear in a student recital next Monday night at 7 o’clock in the college chapel. Cooperation on the part of resi dents of the town and community in the Lions club community auction sale Friday afternoon is being urged by civic and municipal leaders. Funds for the improvement of bath ing facilities at Buckeye Lake are be ing sought thru the unique community auction sponsored by the Lions club. The sale will be held at 1 p. m. Fri day on the parking lot on South Main street south of the post office build ing. Additional donations of items is sought by members of the club, and those with contributions are asked to notify M. M. Bogart. Materials which have been donated thus far will be collected by trucks on Thursday after noon and Friday morning. Flourished Ago Now Vanished Annual Harmon Field Day Here Friday, May 12 DLUFFTON high and grade schools will observe Harmon Field day on Friday, May 12, it is announced by Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf. Classes will be dismissed for the day at 10:30 a. m. at which time pupils will march to the field. After flag raising and band program a community pic nic dinner will be held at noon. A program of athletics will be arranged for the afternoon. STATE REPORT ON CITY WATER Results of Investigation Con tained in Letter from Board of Health Measures Recommended o Combat “Wrigglers” Found in City Supply Results of an investigation of Bluffton’s city water supply made recently by the board of health are contained in a letter received by Edgar Hauenstein, clerk of the board of public affairs the first of the week. Investigation by the state board followed the discovery of “wrig glers” in the city water. The board recommends that the reservoirs be cleaned and the elevated tank screened. Recommendation is also made that the present aerating system be revamped. The letter written by F. J. War ing, chief engineer of the depart ment of health, presents a compre hensive survey of Bluffton’s city water situation and Superintendent John Swisher of the municipal waterworks plant stated that prepa rations are being made to comply with the state board’s suggestions. Identify Wrigglers Wrigglers in the water which somewhat resemble a small angle worm are hatched from eggs of a fly “Diptera Chirononous”. The fly is somewhat similar in appear ance to a mosquito, excepting that it has smooth wings. Community Auction To Be Held Friday For Buckeye Lake Benefit In opinion of the state board eggs of this fly are laid in the aerating basin or the storage reservoir. The two large storage reservoirs are covered with a concrete top and the flies are believed to have obtained entrance thru the exposed aerating basin. Cleaning of the reservoir, aerator and elevated tank and thorough brushing of the walls to remove all cocoons is recommended. Recommend Coke Type Aerator Remodeling of the present aerator or substitution of a coke tray type, such as now used at Bowling Green is also recommended. Flies would probably be prevented from laying eggs in a coke tray type aerator because the water is agitated con tinuously over the entire area cov ered by the aerator, Waring’s letter stated. Screening of the elevated tank to prevent birds from getting into the water is also recommended. A fine mesh screen to keep out flies may also be required, it was stated. DEADLINE MAY 1 May 1 is the deadline for Ohio farmers to complete and sign farm plans for participation in the 1939 federal farm program. Those in charge of the drive an nounced Wednesday that many resi dents of the community have made cash contributions. Items donated thus far have ranged in nature from bucksaws to goats, and include household items, tools, farming implements, etc. Response to requests for donations has been enthusiastic, but many more items are needed if the goal of $1,000 is to be reached. All proceeds derived from the auction are to be turned over to the town for improvement of the swim ming center. Three auctioneers have donated their services for the sale, Clyde War ren, Isaac Neuenschwander and Will iam Amstutz. II IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1939 PROPOSE ROAD IMPROVEMENT $40,520 Re-Surfacing Project Proposed as Summer WPA Program Iluffton-Columbus Grove Road. Hard Surfacing Will Be Completed Improvement of nearly four miles of the Bluffton—Columbus Grove road at an estimated cost of $40,520 is expected to be approved as a WPA program for the early part of this summer. Application has been made for WPA funds to permit improvement of the highway which consists of the Bluffton-Columbus Grove and Jen nings-Mayberry roads in Richland and Monroe townships. Proposed construction work would complete the improved highway run ning a distance of nine miles be tween Bluffton and Columbus Grove. In the project now under consid eration, 1.82 miles of the road would be surfaced with waterbound ma cadam with a bituminous seal coat, and 2.10 miles would have a stabi lized base with bituminous road, mix top. As a WPA project it would pro vide 398 man-months of labor, or work for 130 men for a period of three months. Estimated cost has been an nounced as $40,520, including $26,137 as the federal government’s share for labor and materials, and $14,383 as the county’s share for equipment, labor- and materials. Bluffton Physician In Auto Collision Dr. Munson R. Bixel, of this place, and two out-of-t he-state motorists were injured in an auto crash at the intersection of the Lincoln highway and the Alien-Hanc :k county- line road four miles sou of Bluffton early last Thursday evening. Most seriously hurt of the three was Robert Fontecchio, 55, of Iron Mountain, Mich., who received head and neck injuries. He was riding with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Leo Fontecchio, 26, of Green Bay Wis. The Fontecchios remained in Bluff ton community hospital until Mon day when they left for Johnstown, Pa., by train. They were enroute to that city, traveling east on the Lin coln, when the crash occurred. Dr. Bixel was released from the local hospital after receiving treat ment. He suffered a head laceration and a wrenched shoulder. All three were brought to th? institution by ambulance. Both cars were badly damaged, it tVas reported. Dr. Bixel was on a professional call, traveling south on the county line road when the acci dent occurred. Husband Of Former Local Woman Dies Rev. Philip inkey, known to many Bluffton people, died at Glen dale, Calif., last Thursday night, ac cording to word received here the first of the week. His wife, who survives, was formerly Miss Rhoda Lugibill of this place. Rev. Hinkey’s death followed an operation for gall stones which he underwent about two weeks pre viously. He and his wife were for many years engaged in mission work in China. In New Locations Claude David has moved from the Mrs. Grace Wilson property at North Jackson and Vine streets into the Biederman property un South Main and Kibler streets. Chas. Conrad has moved from the Mrs. Eva Patterson property on South Main street into the property vacated by David. Mrs. Lou Eaton expects to move from the Mrs. Zoe Zehrbach apart ments into the apartment vacated by Conrad. Chas. Emans has moved from the Rupright property on Mound street to the W. S. Dearth property on North Main street. Carl Devier will move the last of this month from the Biome property on North Main street to Findlay where he is employed. Kenneth Chidester will move from the Rohrbach farm, formerly the Gratz farm, south of town into the property vacated by Devier. Millard Herrs who are making their home with his mother, Mrs. Alice Herr on Bentley road will oc cupy the place vacated by Chidester. Bluffton high school contestants won awards in speech and music con tests over the week end. In the annual Wittenberg college speech contest held Saturday at Springfield, Bluffton with three prize winners from classes of Prof. Paul Stauffer was awarded sweepstakes. Herbert Oyer, senior, placed first in the oratory division with his ora tion entitled “The Bunds”. Jeanne Baumgartner, junior, speaking on “War Referendum” also placed first in extemporaneous speaking. Zitella Attitude of England. France and U. S. Leads to Conflict Says Speaker Kirby Page Advocates “Mutual ity” as Cure for Domestic And World Ills Mutuality—a system which will place paramount the love of God and fellowman was advocated as a cure for domestic and international ills by Dr. Kirby Page, nationally known lecturer on social and econ omic problems who spoke in the high school auditorium, Monday night. Dr. Page, on a nation wide tour, stopped here Monday for a day of public addresses and student confer ences under auspices of the Bluffton college Y. M. C. A. Morning and afternoon addresses were given at the college to student groups. The evening address to the general public was on the subject “What Kind of a World can be Built of the Raw Stuff of Human Nature”. Condemns National Policies The speaker foresaw the proba bility of war in Europe unless pres ent policies of England, France and the United States are changed. The policies he described as self-centered and nationalistic. A change in these policies to one of mutuality would show Germany, Italy and Japan a better way of living and peaceful attainment of their ideals. The speaker denounced the Ver sailles treaty following the World war as unfair and unjust and one of the causes for the present con dition of Germany, Italy and Japan which he said was desperate. 31uffton High School Wins In Speech And Musical Contests Speaker Sees Probable European War Unless Policies Are Changed The doctrine of mutuality—mutual endeavor, mutual concern and mu tual sharing—would likewise cure many domestic ills. The speaker recommended consumer cooperatives similar to those in Sweden. Present Order Unchristian The present economic order he said is unchristian and should be changed by peaceful means—a vio lent change, likewise, would be un christian, he declared. Change in the established order would include government ownership of coal mines, railroads and sources of electric energy, with present own ers being paid a fair price for their properties. Private ownership of property used and consumed by the individual was advocated by the speaker. In this classification were food, clothing and shelter. Property, however, which carried with it economic power such as mines, railroads and financial in stitutions should be owned mutually, he said. Place Scholarship Memorial Fund The sum of $25, raised by the Bluffton Federated clubs in memory of a former president, Mrs. Wm. Wallace, will be turned over to Bluffton college this week to be used as a loan fund. Members of the federation stated Wednesday that they expected to add to the fund from time to time. The amount will be available as a loan to some senior in the institution. A gray mother rabbit who chose a flower bed under the big elm tree in the Presbyterian church yard as the nest for her family of five baby rabbits has evidently decided to move to the country for the summer. At least that is the conclusion of a group of local men who have been watching the little family and en deavoring to keep away dogs and other hazards which ordinarily men ace youthful rabbits. Getties ,senior, was third in the dramatic reading contest. In the state high school orchestra contest at Ohio State university, Sat urday, the Bluffton high school group directed by Prof. Sidney Hauenstein was awarded a one rating of su perior on sight reading and a rating of two or excellent in their required selection. In the state vocal contest at Co lumbus, Friday the boys and girls glee clubs directed by Miss Ruth Lambertus each received a rating of two or excellent. You Can’t Always Believe In Signs IT caused a mild furore in 1 Bluffton Friday morning—that formidable looking placard on tJM^mtside door of the high C^^^library with a notice in big hlack letters “Exposures to Contagious Diseases”. It was only a student prank, high school officials explained, stating that the card had evi dently been obtained from the Lima state hospital when a class visited the institution a short time previously. With The Sick Harold Schultz, student in the University of Cincinnati and son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz of South Lawn avenue is a patient in a Cin cinnati hospital taking treatment for eye trouble with which he has been afflicted for several weeks. His con dition is reported somewhat im proved. N. W. Cunningham is ill at his home on South Jackson street, it was reported the first of the week. G. A. Lehman of Rochester, N. Y., formerly of Bluffton college faculty, :s seriously ill in a Rochester hos pital with heart trouble. The ail ment has been reported coronary thrombosis. His condition was some what improved the first of the week. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a month. For several years past he has been director of choir music in the Colgate-Rochester Divinity school. Homer Green is ill at his home north of Bluffton following a paraly tic stroke. John Fett who has been seriously ill at his home near Beaverdam is reported improved. Improvement is reported in the condition of Fred Hodel who has been quite ill at the Gideon Leh man home near Beaverdam. Mss. Oscar Lora of South Main street is slowly convalescing in the Findlay hospital where she under went a major operation last Thurs day morning. Mrs. E. I*. Davis of Rushmore is convalescing at the home of her sister, Mrs. N. P. Steiner northwest of town, following an operation at the Bluffton hospital. Mrs. A. E. Lugibill continues critically ill with heart trouble at the Bluffton hospital with no change in her condition. Mother Rabbit Moves Little Family From Business District David G. Neiswander continues seriously ill at the Bluffton hospital with infection in his right hand. H. B. Adams continues critically ill at his home on South Lawn avenue with no change in his con dition. Mrs. Hamilton Berry who has been a patient in Bluffton hospital for the past year has been removed to her home on Railroad street. Ray Kern is slowly improving at his home on the Bertsche farm on the county line following a major operation for stomach trouble which he underwent in the Findlay hos pital. A pedestrian is a man whose wife is using the car. The rabbits, born about two weeks ago in the flower bed enclosure sur rounded by a small wire fence were a thriving lot and the mother rabbit was seen frequently about the church 3■■■■■■■■■»*» One morning the latter part of last week, however, the place was found deserted and the family had vanished, bag and baggage, without any clue as to their whereabouts. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade "I NUMBER 52 START CLEANING OF WATER LINES Work on Three Miles of City Mains Expected to Begin First of Next Meek Water to be Turned Off Thurs day, Friday, Monday and Tuesday Nights Repairing of valves, preparatory to cleaning Bluffton’s three-mile net work of water mains, will be contin ued this week, John W. Swisher, sup erintendent of the municipal water works plant, announced Tuesday. In connection with the program, city water will be shut off this Thurs day and Friday night from 9 p. m. until midnight, and patrons are re quested to make preparations accord ingly. Cleaning of the mains will be start ed early next week, and the first work will be done on Monday and Tuesday nights when the main line from the plant to the first set of valves is be ing cleared of deposits. All the town’s water supply will be shut off on those two nights also, but after cleaning to the first valve is completed service will be discontinued only on the section of mains that are being worked, it was pointed out. Clean at Night Cleaning will be at night for the greater part, as it is necessary to shut off the supply of water in the district where work is unden’ay. Repairing of the valves has been nen -ssary v permit shutting off the water supply by districts. Cleaning of the mains will be done under contract by the National Water Main Cleaning Co. of New York Citv. A representative of the company ar rived here this week to prepare for the work. He will hire five common laborers to assist him in the program which he estimates will require about three weeks. In the project, workers will dig down and cut the main every ItMM i feet, clean the section of pipe, then again connect the main. It will be the first time Bluffton’s water mains have been cleaned since the lines were laid 40 years ago. Es timated cost of the project is $2,000. Baseball Film To Be Shown Tuesday “One Hundred Years of Baseball”, a 45-minute motion picture, will be shown free to the public at 8 p. m. next Tuesday in the Bluffton High school auditorium. Arrangements for Blufftffon show ing of the film were made by Coach A. C. Burcky, director of athletics at Bluffton college. Prior to the public presentation, Coach Burcky will show the same film at a dinner meeting of the Lions club in the Walnut Grill, start ing at 6:15 p. m. In connection with the Lions pre sentation the Beaver mentor also will conduct a 15-minute normal session of his baseball theory class, comprised of students studying base ball with the thought of coaching at some time in the future. The film will be somewhat similar’ to that presented here last year dur ing the clinic conducted by Roger Peckinpaugh, Coach Burcky said. Baseball squads from high schools in neighboring towns, and everyone interested in baseball, have been in vited to see next week’s presenta tion. H. S. Ensemble At Oberlin Saturday Bluffton high school musicians, winners in the district contest held at Bowling Green, will compete in the state finals for solo and ensemble classes to be held at Oberlin this week. The Oberlin contest will be held on Saturday, instead of Friday as previously announced. Bluffton winners in the district meet who will appear at Oberlin are: Bonita Clark, alto solo Barbara Jean Triplett, xylophone solo Rich ard Mumma, sousaphone solo Wil liam Holtkamp, flute solo Herbert Oyer, tenor solo Junior Augsburger, bassoon solo. Woodwind quintet: William Holt kamp, Joel Kimmel, Junior Augs burger, Genevieve Fett and Herbert Oyer. Mixed ensemble: Mary Alice Howe, Jeanne Baumgartner, Phyllis Stein er, Bonita Clark, Ralph Short, Her bert Oyer, Paul Soldner and Ken neth Gable. Lora Schultz is alternate in violin solo.