The Advertising Medium, for
Bluffton Trade Territory^
VOLUME NO. LXIV
NEW FLOATS AT
Town Council Authorizes Con
st ruction of Tw o “Floating
Construction to be Started at
Once Will be 30 by 60
Two new “floating beaches” will
constructed for the Buckeye Lake
sw. .lining pool, which will be taken
over this summer by the municipal
ity- it was decided Monday night at
a meeting of the town council.
Decision to construct new floats
was reached by the council, after an
inspection of the old floats revealed
that their condition would not justi
fy expenditures for. repairs. ^Cost of
construction^ of .“the Hew floats is
ated* iij $092.
Report on’ the condition of the aid
floats was made by Albert Gar
matter, who was in charge of rais
''-ing the structures, and members of
tfie^ council who inspected them. Cost
of. attempting to repair the 14-year
old floats was reported prohibitive.
Estimate Cost §992
.". floats authorized by the:
t" /Kil will be 3t by ,6V ^fUet, with
p?o]s two feet 'and four feet iq
depth. Albert Garmatter,’ who will
supervise the construction, estimated
the cofe will approximate 8992.
Y lifsz.-.ervice. a- ^Aperv isor^md
qiiipir*ent he.will pr?»vid*
I-’.. i.- lu. receive 8fl VTifig .j
hit was fcfyed dV
Addi tional 1 a \v 111 "i'malSby1
I, Coon, marshaL^aiid fstix^t’com-’
mis-.oner, who was T.named by the”
council to be in charge of this part
of the program.
Want Labor Donations
Funds now available for .the im
provement work aggregate ’$880,1
with some additional labor donated.
All those willing to work without
change on the project are requested
contact Coon. It has been point
edtout that labor donations will as
sist materially in cutting the cost
of building the floats.
Fu ids now available include $450
appropriated by the council, $400
raised by the Lions club thru their
unity auction and $30 donated
by the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club.
After inspection of the old floats
last week, they were again lowered
into the quarry. When the new ones
are completed, the old structure will
be towed to the far end of the
quarry, and with the supporting
barrels removed it is believed the
water-soaked x’ood will sink.
Floats are Heavy
Garmatter estimated the 14-year
old floats weigh approximately 100
tons, and all the wood structure is
water-soaked, including large logs,
one and one-half feet in diameter,
which support the floor.
The Buckeye quarry, owned by
the Central Ohio Light and Power
company has been leased to the
municipality for recreational pur
poses under terms of a five year
agreement at nominal rental.
Maynard Coon, son of Town
Marshal and Mrs. Lee Coon has been
appointed by the town council as
manager of the place. Coon, who
teaches in the high school at North
Robinson, Ohio, expects to be here
the last of next week for the sum
Former Resident Is
Dead In New Orleans
Gideon Steiner, 76, former Bluff
ton resident and well known to older
Bluffton people, died in New Orleans,
April 26, according to word received
Mr. Steiner, pharmacist by profes
sion, was for many years the
New Orleans representative of Park
Davis & Cc, pharmaceutical manu
facturers. He had retired from ac
tive business for some time previous
to his death.
He was born north of Bluffton on
the farm now occupied by John
Boehr. His father, Isaac Steiner
was a pioneer minister in the Church
of God denomination.
His apprenticeship as a pharma
cist was served in the store of the
late A. Hauenstein, pioneer Bluffton
druggist. Later he was graduated
from the University of Michigan col
lege of pharmacy.
Although he lived in New Orleans
for many years, he frequently visited
in Bluffton and Lima where he was
Surviving are his wife and three
sons, Gideon, Frederick and Allen
all of New Orleans and two brothers,
Drs. Frank and Oliver Steiner both
of Lima. Five grandchildren also
Morning and Afternoon Pro
gram with Picnic Dinner
Affair will be Postponed Until
Next Tuesday in Event
Parades, games, contests, a picnic
dinner, general all-around gaiety and
sunburp are in store for students of
Bluffton public schools this Friday
when^they'gather at the local re
creation center for the annual ob
servance of Harmon field day.
Parents of pupils and members of
the grade, and high school faculty
will join.: the pupils in the colorful
outing, of the high spots of each
year's school program.
Festivities will be opened with a
parade through the business section
to the recreation field. The parade
is to get under way at 10:15 a. m.,
led by the high school band.
At the field, flag raising exercises
will be held, officially opening the
program of the day. A band con
cert will be presented at 11:10 a. m„
during which, decorated bicycles and
costumed students -will‘ parade in
front of The stadium before judges.
Prizes^will be awarded to winners.
i Serving of the picnic dinner will
be started at 11:30 a. m. One of
thk features will be designation of
special tables for the various classes,
o In the afternoon athletic events,
‘in^uding^.games, contests and field
hipbjjts.' will be enjoyed.
’■•In. 'case of rain, the observance
will »b( postponed until Tuesday of
next week. Should rain interfere
for the second time, the outing will
not be held this year, school authori
In Church Ceremony
In a church wedding at 3 o’clock
Sunday afternoon in St. John Men
nonite church northwest of Bluffton,
Miss Eileen Amstutz, daughter of
Mrs. Ellen Amstutz, of Bluffton be
came the bride of Richard Reiter,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Reiter,
of Mt. Cory.
Relatives and close friends wit
nessed the exchange of vows before
an arch decorated with spring blos
soms and candelabra in a single ring
ceremony with Rev. Hillard Camp
of Rawson officiating.
She was given in marriage by her
brother Monroe of Pontiac, Mich.
Richard Kistner of Pontiac, nephew
of the bride served as ring bearer
which also marked his fifth birthday.
The bride was attended by Miss
Glenna Mae Reiter of Mt. Cory, sis
ter of the bridegroom. Miss Eudora
Amstutz, twin sister of the bride,
was maid of honor.
Flowers girls were Marilyn Ann
Kistner of Pontiac, Barbara Jean
and Mary Ellen Hilty of Pontiac,
nieces of the bride, and Betty Green
of Mt. Cory niece of the bridegroom.
The bridegroom was attended by
Charles Bowers of Mt. Cory as best
man. Ushers were Clarence Reiter
of Mt. Cory, a brother, and William
Cox of Pandora.
Following the ceremony a recep
tion for 50 guests was held at the
home of the bride. Late in the
evening the couple left on a 10-day
wedding trip to Michigan after
which they will reside in Mt. Cory
where he is employed at the elevator.
Return From Motor
Trip To California
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Marshall who
were married on Easter Sunday, re
turned Friday night after a month’s
motor trip to the Pacific coast. They
visited points of interest enroute and
spent some time with Mrs. Marshall’s
two aunts, Mrs. J. B. Huff and Mrs.
M. L. Huff, both of Modesto, Calif.
Traveling 7,000 miles, their itiner
ary took them thru fifteen states
and also Old Mexico where they
visited historic Juarez.
They also visited the Grand Can
yon, Boulder Dam. Los Angeles,
Yosemite National Park, San Fran
cisco Exposition, Salt Lake City,
Denver, Lincoln, Neb., and Peoria,
Mr. and Mrs. Marshal are making
their home for the present with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. William
son of Orange township.
VISIT ART MUSEUM
Twenty-one members of the Bluff
ton high school art classes accom
panied by their instructor, Mrs. R.
A. Lantz visited the Toledo Art
Museum, Wednesday. The trip was
made in a school bus.
Harmon Field Day, Communitv
Outing, To Be Held On Friday
With The Sick
Miss Zitella Getties, Bluffton high
school senior and daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Getties is convalesc
ing at the Bluffton hospital following
an operation for appendicitis, Friday
Dr. J. S. Steiner who was a pa
tient at the Bluffton hospital the
past week has been removed to his
home where he is recovering from
complications following an attack of
David Wenger, who has befen mak
ing his home with his daughter,
Mrs. E. E. Miller northwest of Bluff
ton is a patient in the Community
Mrs. Melvin Williamson, a patient
in the Findlay hospital for the past
eight weeks was removed to her
home near Mt. Cory, Monday.
The condition of Miss Marjorie
Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Clark remains unchanged. She
h^s been ill for some time with
heart trouble at her home on Grove
Mrs. Agnes Warkentin, pneumonia
patient in the Bluffton hospital is re
covering and will be removed to her
home in Pandora, Friday.
Oliver Locher, Bluffton bank clerk,
has been in St. Luke’s hospital,
Cleveland for observation the past
week on account of a kidney ail
ment. His wife and daughter Nan,
accompanied by the former’s par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Diller of
Pandora left Wednesday morning for
Cleveland to spend several days with
Mrs. Lillian McConnaughey of the
Ohio Soldiers and Sailors home in
Xenia is convalescing at the home
of her mother Mrs. Bertha Woods on
West College avenue following a ma
jor operation which she underwent
at Lima Memorial hospital.
Mrs. O. D. Lora of South Main
street and College avenue is still
confined to the Findlay hospital
where she underwent a major oper
ation three weeks ago. Her condi
tion is reported satisfactory consid
ering the seriousness of the opera
Condition of Mrs. A. E. Lugibill,
critically ill at Bluffton hospital for
more than a month with heart trou
ble and complications is unchanged.
Mrs. P. C. Herr is recovering at
her home north of Bluffton following
a recent paralytic stroke.
Mrs. Wilson Hawk is improving at
her home on South Jackson street
after several weeks treatment at
Last Rites For Mrs.
Med Murray Monday
Funeral services for Mrs. Medlow
Murray, 7, of Thurman street, were
held at the Church of Christ, Mon
day afternoon with her pastor, Rev.
Lee Remaley officiating.
Members of the Bluffton Legion
Auxiliary of which she was a mem
ber, attended in uniform. Follow
ing the services interment was made
in Maple Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Murray died at her late
home Saturday morning following a
four months’ serious illness of heart
Mrs. Murray, the former Anna
Breyman, was born September 14,
1871, at Mifflinsburg, Pa., the daugh
ter of William and Rebecca Brey
man. In her early youth she re
sided with her parents in Mt. Cory.
Later the Breymans resided on the
Griswack farm in Orange township
before moving to Bluffton.
She was married on April 16,
1889, to Medlow Murray, one of the
Murray triplets. For forty-nine
years she was a member of the
Church of Christ here and took an
active part in church affairs.
Surviving are her husband four
sons Melvin and Dwight Murray of
Findlay Clayton and Nile of Bluff
ton and Dwain of Marietta and
three daughters Mrs. Grace Amstutz
of Bluffton, Mrs. Jessie Woods and
Mrs. Treva Crawford of Findlay.
Also surviving are one brother,
Frank Breyman of Arcadia and
three sisters Mrs. Emma Curry, Mrs.
Elsie Alspach and Jane Breyman of
ENTERTAIN S STU DENTS
Miss Eiiz.abeth Bixel, instructor in
the Grover Hill high school, enter
tained a group of twelve seniors
of the school at the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bixel
of South Main street, Sunday.
These students were members of
a cast which presented an operetta
recently given by the Grover Hill
school chorus and directed by Miss
During their stay here the group
visited Bluffton college and several
of them are planning to attend
school here next year.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1939
In Campus Fete
college senior who has been
chosen by the student body as
maid of honor for Bluffton day,
the annual open air campus fete
held during commencement week
at’ the college. The event will
take place this year on June 12.
As maid of honor, she will
crown Miss Esther Hamseyer
queen of the Bluffton day fete.
Miss Hartzler has been active in
campus affairs and popular with
the student body. Her home is
in Goshen, Ind.
Barn Is Burned In
Fire Tuesday Night
Fire of unknown origin totally de
stroyed a barn owned bv M. L. j|.
bert, four and one-half miles east of
Bluffton on Route 103, Tuesday
night about 8 o’clock.
The barn is located on a one acre
tract and the place was occupied.
With the exception of a few tools
the barn had no contents. The loss
is covered by insurance.
Gilbert resides seven and one-half
miles southeast of Bluffton on a
farm which he recent ij purchased
from Ira Kimmel.
Bluffton Pupils High
In Scholarship Tests
Sixteen of thirty-six Bluffton High
students competing i.i district schol
arship tests at Bowling Green last
Satin day placed am the high
ranking ten in their respective sub
jects, earning a rating of honorable
mention for the school.
Bluffton pupils competed ii Divis
ion II for schools with enrollment
of less than 400.
Bluffton students placing in th*
select group were as follows:
Biology—Richard Berky, second.
Chemistry—Eleanor Berky, fifth.
General Science— Wilhelm Am
Physics—Wade Mumma, seventh
Richard Wenger, eighth.
Algebra I—Neil Xeuenschwander,
Plane Geometry—John Stettler,
Latin I—Carol Baine, seventh.
Latin II—Ixis Schaeubiin, tenth.
French 1—Phyllis Steiner, eighth.
French II ■—Adelaide McGinnis,
first Betty Weinhold, seventh.
English 10—Harriet Biome, tenth.
Typewriting I—Dale Reichenbach,
seventh Marcele Sommer, third.
Bookkeeping I—Robert Luginbuhl,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Martz of Co
lumbus Grove are the parents of a
daughter born at the Bluffton hos
A daughter, Rose Marie, was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Welty of Plain
City, Ohio, Friday, according to word
received here. Mr. Welty is a form
er Bluffton resident, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Welty north of town.
Corn Planting To
Start This Week
Corn planting in the Bluffton dis
trict, delayed by the late spring, is
expected to be well under way by
the latter part of this week.
Warm weather over the week end
gave an impetus to spring work
and tractors and teams have been
busy with field tillage.
Excessive rainfall which halted
farm operations a month ago has
been lacking and showers which fell
Tuesday were generally welcomed as
providing moisture for soil which
was rapidly becoming too dry.
M. E. BROTHERHOOD SUPPER
The Men’s Brotherhood of the
Methodist church will hold its last
meeting of the season next Monday
night. A covered dish supper at
6:30 o’clock will be followed by a
short business meeting and special
program. Committee in charge con
sists of F. A. Babione, D. R. Triple
horn and James West. All men are
Dr. Rodolphe Petter internationally
known linguist and authority on the
Cheyenne Indian language accom
panied by his wife visited Monday
night at the home of Dr. and Mrs.
S. K. Mosiman on Grove street.
The couple who have been engaged
in mission work among the Indians
in Montana for more than a score
of years were enroute to New York
city from where they will sail Sat
urday on the liner Isle de France to
visit his native country, Switzerland.
Glee club competition will be in
Anderson, Ind., May 12 and 13, and
orchestras will play in Indianapolis,
Ind., May 17 to 20. Schools from
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan
Sidney Hauenstein, director of the
orchestra, and Miss Ruth Lambertus,
supervisor of the glee club, an
nounced that their groups will not
compete in the national meet because
of conflicting schedules at the local
school. Certification of the two
groups was on the basis of the
school’s showing in state competition
Area Lions Clubs
Forrest Steinman, Bluffton civic
leader, this week attended meetings
of Lions clubs at Fredericktown and
Northfield in eastern Ohio in his
capacity as district governor in the
Ohio Lions organization.
He was at Fredericktown Monday,
accompanied by E. S. Lape and Dr.
Gordon Bixel, members of the Bluff
ton club. Mrs. Steinman accompan
ied her husband to the meeting in
Northfield, Tuesday night.
Heard In Radio
Talks On Crime
N. E. Byers, former Bluffton col
lege instructor and Orden Smucker,
instructor in Bluffton high school
were heard Sunday on the Collegiate
Roundtable, a weekly radio feature,
on the subject of crime.
The Collegiate Roundtable is a fea
ture broadcast from Lima station
WLOK each Sunday at 2:30 o’clock
under direction of Milburn Diller,
Bluffton college junior. Various sub
jects of general interest in the social
fields are discussed.
Season Opens Friday
A busy season of pre commence
ment musical activity at Bluffton
college will be opened this Friday
night with presentation of the first
of a series of senior graduating re
Fred Baumgartner, baritone, a
graduate of the Westminster choii
school, will appear in the recital at
8 p. m. Friday in the college chapel.
This weekend the choir will make
three concert appearances in Indiana.
On Saturday the group will sing at
Topeka, and concerts will be given
at Nappanee and Goshen on Sunday.
High School Nett er s
Win First Match, 5-0
Bluffton High’s green tennis team
scored its first victory of the season
last Thursday afternoon in Lima by
drubbing Lima South, 5 to 0.
Results of singles matches were:
Howe (B) defeated Gatton 6-2, 6-1
Clark (B) defeated Slechter, 6-0, 6-4,
and Berky (B) defeated Hoffman,
6-2, 6-3. In doubles Howe and
Clark defeated Gatton and Hoffman,
6-2, 6-2 and Lloyd and Short
teamed up to defeat Slechter and
Lindeman, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.
Hold School Music
Program On Sunday
Buffton high school vocal and in
strumental musical organizations will
appeal in a joint program in the
high school auditorium, Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Noted Linguist And Authority
On Indian Language Visits Here
Dr. Petter first became interested
Orchestra, Glee Club
Eligible For Contest
Bluffton High officials were noti
fied this week that the school orch
estra and the boys glee culb are
eligible for regional contests in In
diana later this month.
The vocal groups will consist of
the glee clubs under direction of
Miss Ruth Lambertus instructor in
vocal school music and the sen inl
and junior orchestras directed by
Sidney Hauenstein, instrumental mu
sic instructor in the schools.
in the Indian language some thirty
years ago when he visited Canton
ment, Oklahoma, where Dr. Mosiman
was superintendent of the govern
Dr. Petter later went to Montana
where he worked among the Chey
enne tribe and reduced their dialect
to a written language, providing a
grammar and dictionary. He also
translated the New Testament and
portions of the Old Testament into
School Keeps Watch
Precautions against a possible out
break of diphtheria among pupils in
Bluffton high school are being taken
this week, it was announced by
Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf following
a report that students who took
scholarship examinations at Bowling
have been exposed to diphtheria.
Fifty students who took the gen
eral science examination in the
scholarship test were declared to
have been exposed to diphtheria by
Dr. H. P. Powell, Wood county
Dr. H. J. Powell, Wood county
health commissioner, said he received
official diagnosis from Seneca county
authorities that Clarence Potson, Fos-1
toria pupil, took the tests while suf
fering a “very had” sore throat.
A check on the situation revealed
that Norman Beidler and Wilhelm
Amstutz, II, represented Bluffton in
this branch of the test. The exam
ination, however, was given in two
separate rooms and whether the two
Bluffton students were in the same
room with the Fostoria pupil could
not be determined.
Preventive measures against ant
outbreak of the disease are being
taken under direction of Dr. G. E.
Miller. Allen county health commis
sioner it was stated by Supt. Ixmgs
Hold Funeral For
David G. Neiswander, 74, residing
three miles northwest of town died
in the Bluffton Community hospital
Sunday morning following a month’s
His death was due to infection be
lieved to have developed from a
minor wound on his hand.
Funeral services were held Tues
day afternoon at the Reformed Men
nonite church with Rev. Peter Stein
er of Lima officiating. Interment
was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Neiswander came from one of
the oldest families in the Swiss Set
tlement, his grandfather, Michael
Neuenschwander being the first set
tler in that district. His father,
Michael Neuenschwander, Jr., was
born on the high seas .aboard ship
enroute from Germany to New York.
Surviving are his wife Lydia two
daughters, Mrs. Levi Waltz, Mt.
Cory Mrs. Charles Criblez, Arm
strong, III. four sons Eugene, Ad
rian, Mich. Robert at home Nor
man of Convoy and Walter of Bluff
Two sisters, Mrs. Mary Basinger,
Columbus Grove and Sarah Basinger,
Pandora, and a brother Joshua Neis
wander of New Stark also survive.
Bluffton Lions To
Forrest Steinman, district gover
nor of Lions International, will be
honored at next Tuesday’s meeting
of Bluffton Lions, his home club
and of which he is a former presi
Program of the evening will in
clude a ladies night dinner in the
Walnut Grill at 6:15 p. m. At the
session, Steinman will present the
program he has been conducting in
his capacity as district governor at
Lions meetings in the area under
Local Checker Club
Defeats Bryan Team
Defeating Bryan by a score of 22
to 2 last Sunday afternoon in the
Bluffton club rooms, the Northwest
ern Ohio checker club, made up of
players from this area, engaged in
its first inter-city match contest
since formation of the new orgainza
tion which has its headquarters here.
Members of the team representing
the local club were Gene Zuber and
Carl Burkhart, of Bluffton Homer
O. Dorsey, mayor of Findlay Perry
Gray, Ft. Jennings, and Dr. Weldon
Diller, of Toledo.
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
Hater Service no Longer Shut
Off' for Entire Town,
Another Month will be Requir
ed to Complete Cleaning
Of City Lines
In cleaning the remainder of
Bluffton’s three-mile network of
water mains, it will not be necessary
to shut off the water supply for the
entire town, Supt. John W. Swisher
For the past three weeks the city
water supply has been shut off for
four nights each week for the re
pairing of valves and cleaning of
the principal water mains leading
from t'.e mvni‘ innl p'a.nt.
With the completion of work on
these mains, water service will be
discontinued from now on only in
that section of townv in which the
cleaning is being done. Approxi
mately another month will be re
quired to complete the cleaning pro
Cleaning to Start at 4 P. M.
Cleaning will start about 4 p. m.
until midnight as previously. Crews
will work on the project each Mon
day, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
In cleaning mains between Poplar
and Cherry street on Main street,
workman removed more than a truck
load of lime and sulphur deposits.
Work will be continued this week
on mains to the north end of Main
street, and afterward from Kibler
street south, Supt. Swisher said.
Following the completion of work
on Main street lines will be cleaned
in other parts of the town.
Cleaning of the city’s water mains
will improve the water pressure in
addition to resulting in a cleaner
water supply, according to the plant
Mrs, Krohn Dies At
Home Of Daughter
Funeral services for Mrs. M. E.
Krohn, 86, native of Pandora, were
held at the Methodist church at that
place, Wednesday afternoon with her
pastor Rev. C. O. Good officiating
assisted by Rev. Chas. Armentrout
of Bluffton, pastor of the Rockport
Mrs. Krohn died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Orlo Marshall of
Rockport, Sunday evening, follow
ing an extended illness.
She was born in Pandora. January
8, 18.33 and was a lifelong resident
that place until the past several
1 ars when she made her home with
Her parents, Almon and Margaret
(Winters) Ransom, w re pioneer
Pandora residents. She was married
December 27, 1877, to Mai tin E.
Krohn who preceded her in death
fifteen years ago.
She was a membet of ti Pandora
Methodist church and for many
years was active in church and Sun
day school work. She was also a
member of the Bluffton Eastern Star
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs.
Marshall granddaughter Ethel Jean
Marshall sister, Mrs. Emma Eisen
bach of Phoenix, Arizona, and bro
ther, A. E. Ransom of Adrian, Mich.
Interment was made in Pandora
Last Rites For
Mrs. Emma Bailey, 62, native of
Rockport, died at her home at that
place Thursday morning following a
two weeks’ illness.
Funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at Rockport Methodist
church with Rev. E. A. Leeson,
former pastor of the church officiat
ing. Interment was in Rockport
Mrs. Bailey was born in Rockport,
August 7, 1876, and resided there all
her life. She was married to Geo.
Bailey who preceded her in death
fifteen years ago.
Surviving are one son John Bailey
of Rockport two daughters, Mrs. C.
A. Snyder and Mrs. J. M. Slusser
both of Lima one brother, A. F.
Fullerton of Rockport, thirteen
grandchildren and three great grand
Real Estate Deals
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hofer have
purchased the residence property on
East Mound street which they now
occupy from Mrs. Paul Weaver of
Pottsville, Pa., a former Bluffton
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