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The Advertising Medium for^ Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV AUGUST PRIMARY IS POSSIBILITY Contest for Municipal Offices May Develop Before Friday Deadline. Primary Election Required in Event Contests Arise on Party Tickets. Politics always uncertain ap peared to be running true to form in Bluffton, Wednesday, as the pos sibility of contests on party tickets for municipal offices developed. In event of contests it will be necessary to hold an August pri mary to determine the party candi dates for the disputed places. Rumblings following the drafting of a Republican ticket a week ago and the Democratic ticket Tuesday night, gave indications that although the two slates had the endorsement of local party chieftains, all was not peace and harmony within the ranks. Deadline Friday Whether or not contests will de velop in one or both of the two local political camps probably cannot be determined until after the deadline for filing of candidates, Friday. Party leaders were non-committal Wednesday morning and political ob servers have adopted a wait-and-see attitude. Off the record forecast, an August primary to settle intra-party disputes would not be a surprising development Under the new state law, pri maries will not be held here on off years when there are no contests for nominations. Should one or more contests develop, a primary election will be called to determine candidates for the disputed places. Wedding Held In Youngstown Church The Woodland Avenue Lutheran church of Youngstown was the scene of an attractive June wedding Saturday afternoon when Miss Ruth Huber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Huber of Bluffton became the bride of Paul C. Deitler of Gilboa. Rev. Paul A. Adams, uncle of the bride and pastor of the church was the officiating minister. The couple was unattended. The bride was attired in a blue crepe frock with cerise trimming and her accessories were in white. She wore a matching corsage of sweet heart roses. Preceding the ceremony, the bride’s aunt Mrs. Paul Adams, at the or gan, played “To a Rose’’. For traveling the bride wore a biege and japonica dress with matching acces sories. Mr. and Mrs. Deitler are at home in their newly furnished home in Gilboa. Mr. Deitler is employed here at the plant of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company. In New Locations Jesse Basinger, Bluffton barber located on West Elm street has pur chased a shop in Jenera. Mr. and Mrs. Basinger have moved to that place. Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Kramer have moved from the Zanna Staater prop erty on South Jackson street to the J. Norman King property on South Main street. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ramer and daughter have moved into the Die fendeifer property on Mound street recently vacated by A. R. Holden and family who moved to Toledo. The Ramer family vacated the form er A. D. Gratz property on South Main street which has been pur chased as part of the site for Bluff ton’s new post office. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Montgomery of Washington street have moved to the M. L. Gilbert property consisting of residence and one acre of ground east of Bluffton on Route 103 which they recently purchased. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have moved to the forty acre farm southeast of Bluffton which they recently pur chased from Ira Kimmel. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trippiehorn have moved from the Wm. B. Augs burger property on West Elm street into the Washington street property vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Montgomery. Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers have moved from their farm northeast of Bluffton on the Dixie highway to their property on South Main street. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nonnamaker and daughters will move from the Franz farm near Mt. Cory to the Rogers farm. Commencement Speaker TYR. L. A. Pechstein, dean of teachers college University of Cincinnati, who will deliver the class address at the Bluff ton college graduation exercises in the First Mennonite church next Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. He will speak on the subject “Youth Looks Ahead”. NEW BRIDGES ON RUAD PROGRAM ?our New Structures to be Built and Others Widened On Dixie Highway mprovement Program Includes Bridge Near Beaverdam, Scene of Fatal Crash Construction of four new bridges between Bluffton and Lima on the Dixie highway will be included in a $175,000 highway program for Allen and Van Wert counties which O. C. Kohli, chief engineer of the Lima di vision of the state highway depart ment, announced has been proposed for completion this summer. Four new bridges would be built and four or five smaller bridges and culverts would be widened, according to present plans. Suggested improvements are expect ed to greatly reduce driving hazards along the 15-mile stretch of the Dixie between here and Lima. One of the bridges to be widened is located about one mile south of Beaverdam near the Dr. Fred Foust farm where two persons were killed last winter. Preliminary survey already has already been started along the route, Kohli reported. Members of the de partment’s regular maintenance crew are at work widening the smaller spans. Also included in the Allen county proposal is the improvement of four mile strip of the Lima-Spencerville road, starting at Spencerville and continuing four miles east of the town. The road is to be windened and re-surfaced. LIBRARY TO CLOSE The Bluffton public library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Satur day of next week during which time the librarian Miss Ocie Anderson will be on a week’s vacation at her home in Pennsylvania. South America has adopted mod ernistic architecture much more widely than we have in the North ern American continent, R. L. Trip lett told members of the Bluffton Lions club at a dinner meeting Tues day night in the Walnut Grill. Week To Be Filled With Program Of College Graduation Events Triplett, president of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., made a two-months’ trip through South American countries last winter. Fol lowing a short talk he showed pic tures taken on the tour. Modernistic Architecture Prevalent In South America, Lions Are Told Many buildings extremely modern istic in design are found in the prin cipal South American cities, and the style has affected home, business and factory construction. Rapid growth is characteristic of cities in the countries visited. Buenos Aires, largest South Ameri can city, reports an increase of 400,000 population during the last President Ramseyer to Deliver Baccalaureate Address in Chapel, Sunday Commencement Exercises to be Held in First Mennonite Church Next Sunday Events honoring the Alumni will open a crowded four-day commence ment program on the Bluffton col lege campus, this Saturday. Baccalaureate services will be the feature of Sunday’s schedule, and Monday will bring the ever-popular Bluffton Day ceremonies with crown ing of the May Queen and the at tendant colorful festivities. As a climax to commencement week, diplomas will be presented to a class of 45 graduating seniors next Tuesday morning. Dr. L. A. Pech stein,'dean of the teachers college, Cincinnati university, will be the class speaker, taking as his subject, “Youth Looks Ahead”. Alumni Program Saturday’s program has been plan ned principally for the alumni. Out standing events of the day’s pro gram include the Varsity luncheon at noon, a baseball game in the afternoon between the varsity and alumni, and the alumni banquet in the evening. Ralph Locher, ’36, will be toastmaster. President Lloyd L. Ramseyer will deliver the baccalaureate address at 3 p. m. Sunday in the chapel. His subject is “Foundation Stones”. Final concert appearance of the year will be made at 7:30 p. m. Sunday by the vesper choir, singing under the direction of Prof. Russell A. Lantz. The concert will be given in the First Mennonite church. Crown May Queen Bluffton Day exercises on Monday will bring the traditional colorful ceremonies on the campus, in the opinion of many the outstanding fea ture of commencement week. In the attractive ceremony, hal lowed by tradition, Esther Ramseyer will be crowned May Queen. Donita Hartzler is Maid of Honor. Many other events are scheduled for Monday, including class reunions, senior exercises, an informal music hour, presentation of a concert by the college orchestra and in the evening staging of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”, in the ampi theatre. Following graduation exercises Tuesday morning, the events of com mencement week will be ended with the commencement luncheon. New Peas From Bluffton Garden Second Of June NEW peas from a Bluffton garden on the second day of June established what is believ ed to be a record for early peas in this locality. The peas were raised by I. W. Welty at his home on West Elm street where he has a flourish ing variety of garden truck and vegetables. Wittenberg Graduates Former Bluffton Girl Miss Mary Elise Heckathorn, former Bluffton high school student was graduated from Wittenberg college, Springfield, at the commence ment exercises held Monday. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Heckathorn of Springfield, who formerly resided here. two years. In Sao Paulo, third largest city, a new residence is be ing completed every hour, an indi cation of the rapid expansion of the metropolis. United States firms have a virtual monopoly on electrical lines in South America, Triplett learned. In gen eral South Americans feel German products are inferior, and when they are purchased it is only on a straight price basis. American automobiles are assem bled in South American plants, parts being sent there from here, and in Buenos Aires more than 45,000 men gain their livelihood as auto assemb lers. Reports on the state Lions con vention in Cleveland were given pre ceding Triplett’s talk by N. E. Byers, Homer Gratz, Ed R. Reich enbach, I. B. Beeshy and M. M. Bogart. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1939 TICKET FILLED BY DEMOCRATS No Contests Develop at Party Meeting Held Tuesday Night A. D. Wells as Mayor and Lee Coon as Marshal Head The Ticket Democrats at a party meeting Tuesday night filled the municipal ticket, and no contents developed for any of the 13 office^. Republican nominations also were uncontested last week and if no one else enters the field wfore the filing deadline this Friday there will be no August primary. A. D. Wells, nominee for mayor, heads the Democratic ticket. Nom inees also were nmned for clerk, treasurer, marshal, cwncil and board of public affairs. The complete ticket is as follows: For Mayor—A. D. Wells For Clerk—Carold Steiner For Treasurer—Samuel Bixel For Marshal—Lee Coon For council—Evan Basinger, Or den C. Smucker, Menno Badertscher, J. R. Stratton, R. AjPatterson and F. A. Hofer. For Board of Public Affairs—Cal Balmer, William Luginbuhl and A. C. Burcky. RAINS BREAK DROUGHT HERE Corn and Potato Stands Show Marked Improvement as June Showers Appear Wheat Crop is Maturing Earlier Than Usual: Yield Pros pect is Uii&rtain Rain last week, the first of any con sequence in more than a month, was seen as a great benefit to all crops, especially those sowed late in the season. Wheat and oats, in some cases hurt considerably by the long drought, are too far along to be helped materially by the rain, but the moisture was a real blessing for other crops, particu larly corn and potatoes. Wheat is ripening earlier than usu al, and the straw is quite short. Con flicting reports are received relative to the yield. Some farmers report the heads will be well filled, but oth ers are not so optimistic in view of the long spell of dry weather. Timothy Crop Short Oats prospects are not at all good, and the yield is expected to much be low’ average. Timothy hay, now head ing, is short and the crop will be light. The first stand of alfalfa was not so good, but should rains continue regu larly the second cutting may be bet ter. Corn and potatoes received the most benefit from the rain, and both give evidence at this time of producing pumper yields. An indication of the prolonged spell of dry weather is seen in the fact that more rain fell on the first two days of June than thruout the entire month of May. Gardens and lawns which were reflecting the lack of rain look materially better since the showers of ast week. With The Sick Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college was at Huron Road hospital, Cleveland, for observation, Tuesday. Miss Alice Ludwig who has been at the home of her nephew, Dr. David Steiner in Lima taking treat ment for an eye ailment has return ed to her home on Poplar street with her condition improved. Albert Deppler is ill at his home on South Main street. Mrs. Emil Garau who has been ill at her home on South Main street for several months was reporter in a critical condition, Wednesday. Mrs. J. J. Esau who underwent an operation at the Bluffton hospital recently is convalescing at her home on South Main street. Quinten Burkholder is convalesc ing at his home north of Bluffton following an operation which he underwent at the Bluffton hospital. David Wenger who has been a patient in the Bluffton hospital for the past month is improving. 1ENNE1H Mennonite Middle District Meet Will Open In Bluffton Saturday, June 17 Addresses and Sermons On Program for Opening Day’s Sessions Most Popular College Man Possibility of the re-establishment of a Mennonite seminary will be one of the subjects discussed at a three day meeting of the Middle District Mennonite conference in Bluffton, June 17 to 20. Since the Witmarsum seminary on the Bluffton college campus was closed, the church has had no sem inary and it is understood that a memoranda will be submitted from the General Conference committee relative to the matter. More than 100 delegates from five states, in addition to those from the Bluffton and Pandora areas are ex pected to attend the meeting here. Opening session of the conference will be held on Saturday afternoon. Sermons and addresses will be featured on Sunday’s program, and matters of conference business will be discussed on Monday and Tues day. Meals will be served each noon and evening during the course of the conference in the Methodist Episcopal church. Preparations for visitors attending the conference meeting are nearing completion. States which will be rep resented are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. E. J. Hirschler, Bluffton college professor is president of the confer ence. Other officers include Rev. Mullett, Napannee, Ind., vice-presi dent Gerhard Buhler, Bluffton, sec retary and E. A. Lugibihl, Berne, Ind., treasurer. Prof. Hirschler and Rev. Mulllett will preside at the conference ses sions. Local Man To Head Celina Light Plant Harvey Beidler, Bluffton college in structor and former superintendent of the Bluffton municipal electric light and waterworks plant has been employed as superintendent of the municipal electric light plant at Ce lina. That Beidler had been selected for the Celina position became known the first of the week when he re signed as instructor in physics and mathematics at the college. The resignation becomes effective at the close of classroom activities the end of this week. Beidler will take up his new duties at Celina on Monday. The family will continue to reside here on South Jackson street for the present. 1 Beidler was superintendent of the Bluffton municipal plant from 1921 to 1923. He was later in charge of the heating and lighting plant of a large Toledo retail store. During the past year he was a member of the college faculty here, taking classes of Prof. E. J. Hirschler who was obliged to give up some of his work on account of illness. Altier, Bluffton college senior who has been voted by the student body as the most popular man on the campus. Thd selection as most popular man carries with it the honor of escorting the May Queen, Miss Esther Ramsejer. who will be crowned next Monday amid colorful ceremonies on the campus. Altier has been prominent in collegiate activities, particularly athletics and student government. His home is in Girard. Ohio. Re-establishment Of Seminary To Be Discussed At Conference Here INISH WATER MAIN CLEANING blueprint of Lines will be Drafted from Data Ob tained in Cleaning Manholes will be placed Above Mr,ery Valve in Municipal Water Mains Cleaning of Bluffton’s water mains will be completed the latter part of this week, bringing a close to the pro gram which has been under way here for the last six weeks. Following completion of the pro ject, detailed blue-prints of the net work of water lines will be drafted, the first in the town’s history, Supt. John W. Swisher said. If there have been previous blue prints they have been lost, Supt. Swisher pointed out. Unless draw ings are made at this time knowledge of the mains gained from the clean ing program will be lost as present employes leave the municipal system. Nearly four miles of mains have been cleaned in the six-weeks pro gram, and workmen have found nine valves which waterworks officials did not know existed. They were in bad condition, some only partly open and all in need of repair. Difficulty also was experienced dur ing the cleaning program in deter mining where junctions had been made of different size mains. Data relative to this also will be incuded on the blue prints, to aid in future work. After the cleaning program is con cluded, a manhole will be placed above every valve in the water system. Each valve will operated every 30 days to make sure they are kept in working condition. Mains on W. College avenue now are being cleaned and the work will be concluded the latter part of this week bringing the extensive program to a close. After the cleaning has been ended about 30 days will be required to put the streets back into first-class con dition, it was announced. Bluffton Couple Is Wed In Lima Wedding of Miss Vivian Patterson and Rolland Guider, both of Bluffton was solemnized Saturday afternoon at the home of Rev. Snow in Lima. The couple was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Runser, brother in-law and sister of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Patterson and a graduate of Bluffton high school in the class of 1937. Since her gradu ation but ilrtb viupluVed ii» tl'.C plant of the Triplett Electrical In strument company. Mr. Guider, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Guider residing near Bluff ton, is a graduate of Ada high school in the class of 1937. The couple will reside on the Roy Rogers farm north east of Bluffton. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 6 NEW CITY WATER AERATUR IN USE Apparatus Recommended by State Health Board in Operation Here Estimate Aerator will Require Five Tons of Coke Every 90 Days With the new coke-type aerating sy stem in use at the Bluffton muni cipal water works, the local planf^ is nearing the completion of a prtf1 gram to comply with changes s^r gested last spring by the state board of health. A fine niesh copper screen win be built around the aerator within the next week as a protective measure, following which the covered reser voirs will he cleaned. Walls of the reservoirs will be scraped and washed down by work men to eliminate any possibility of larvae of midges hatching in the water. It was believed that small wrigglers found in the water supply during the spring were larvae of the midges, and that eggs were laid by the small flies in the pre vious aerating system. In the new aerating procedure the water is sprayed in the air and in falling runs thru three coke-filled trays. Much of the sulphur and lime content of the water adheres to the coke. Approximately five tons of coke are used in the aerator, purchased at a cost of about $50. Sulphur and lime deposits eventually will fill the coke and replacement will be re quired. It is difficult to determine how long coke will remain usable, but Supt. John W. Swisher estimates that the supply will have to be changed about every 90 days. Coke taken from the aerator will be wash ed, dried and then burned. Last Rites For Eli Fett Held Wednesday Succumbing to a heart attack, Eli Fett, 78, died suddenly at his home on Bentley road Monday morning. He had been in apparent good health and had just returned from a trip to town. He was a pioneer resident of this community and widely known here. In denominational affiliations he was a member of the Defenseless Men nonite church, Funeral services were held Wednes day afternoon in the Ehenezer Men nonite church with Rev. Ci iiford Gra bill of the Missionary church officiat ing. Interment was in the Defense less cemetery. Surviving are his wife of this place three sons Alvin and Calvin Fett, both of Pennant, Saskatchewan and Gerhardt Fett ■$ Lima three daught ers Sylvia at home, Mrs. Lydia Bar tels of Toledo and Mrs. Amerlia Wel t\ of Bluffton two step-children Mrs. Christina Harris and Dwight Stotts, both of Lima two brothers, Ed of Beaverdam and Albert of Ashley, Mich. and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Fenton and Mrs. Catherine McCoy, both of Bluffton. Amstutz-Matter Nuptials Sunday Wedding of Miss Doris Amstutz and Robert Matter, both of Bluffton, took place in Van Wert, Sunday morning. The wedding vows were received at his home by Rev. L. C. Davis, pastor of the Van Wert Church of Christ. The bride iq the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Amstutz, southeast of Bluffton and is a graduate of Bluffton high school in the class of 1938. Mr. Matter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Matter of near Bluff ton and is a graduate of Bluffton high school in the cTass of 1935. Births Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Wilkins are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Saturday. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schumacher of Ottawa at Bluffton hospital, Sunday. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Culp of Pandora at Bluffton hospital, Saturday. Mr. and MYs. Maurice Kohli an nounce the birth of a son, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Triplett are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Monday.