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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV COLLEGE HOLDS COMMENCEMENT Senior Class Graduated Exercises in Mennonite Church, Tuesday at ‘‘America is on the March”, Speaker Says in Address To Graduates America is on the march—going ahead to conquer new frontiers—and unless you would be trampled under foot or left standing by the side of the road, you must join the proces sion. This was the admonition given to the graduating seniors of Bluffton college at the commencement exer cises Tuesday morning by Dr. L. A. Pechstein, dean of the teachers col lege of the University of Cincinnati who delivered the class address. Rain which seldom interferes with Bluffton college graduation exercises, fell in a steady downpour Tuesday morning and detracted somewhat from the customary pageantry asso ciated with the academic procession of commencement day. Notwith standing the unfavorable weather the lower floor of the large church audi torium was almost completely filled. Youth Looks Ahead Taking for his subject “Youth Looks Ahead”, Dr. Pechstein pre sented in a scholarly address the problem facing the college graduate today with the world in a state of dynamic upheaval where strange philosophies and stranger cults seek to enthrall bewildered humanity searching in vain for some guaran tee of security. The static social order which an older generation knew is gone and the oncoming generation faces a changed world with problems that are new, challenging and different. (Continped on page 8) Heart Attack Fatal To luff ton Man Karley L. Good, 61-year-old engin eer- for the Nickel Plate railroad, with headquarters in Lima, died last Wednesday afternoon at the home of his father, William Good, in Bluffton. Death, which was sudden, was caused by a heart attack. Besides his father, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Lucci, Buffalo, N. Y. three sisters, Mrs Grover Davidson, Pandora Mrs. Adam Shil ling, Lima Bluffton and Bluffton and California. Mrs. Mae Schifferly, two brothers, Dewey, Charles of San Jose, Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday in the Salem church near Elida with Rev. O. C. Good, of the Pandora Methodist church offi ciating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. To Be Missionary In French Africa Miss Catherine Gratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratz of South Jackson street, has resigned her po sition as a home missionary in Ft. Wayne and will enter the foreign mission field in French West Africa. Miss Gratz will spend the summer here, leaving in September for New York city where she will spend a month’s time in preliminary study of French and native languages. Later in the fall she will sail for France for a six to nine months’ study of French. Following completion of that course she will leave for a term of from three to four years in French West Africa, being located in a desert mission station at the edge of the Sahara maintained by the sionary Alliance association. route where terest vention of association. Mis- Leave On Summer Trip To Alaska and Mrs. B. F. Biery are en on a they and Mr. month’s trip to Alaska will visit points of in attend the annual con the National Editorial The party consisting of some 250 newspaper publishers and wives, left Chicago Saturday night for Seattle from there they sailed north Tues day aboard the chartered steamer Aleutian through the scenic inside passage for Skagway. From there they will go to Seward on the Gulf of Alaska and north by rail to Fairbanks, a short distance from the Arctic circle. While in Fairbanks next Wednesday, the long est day of the year, they will wit ness a baseball game played at mid night without artificial lighting. Two From Bluffton See King And Queen While In Washington TWO Bluffton women, Mrs. Carl Cahill and her sister, Miss Mae Steinman of Jefferson street had tunity of and Queen ington last State Department of Education Withholds $2,000 from Bluffton Schools Non-payment of Tuition Pay ment by Orange Twp. Pupils is Cause Two Bluffton manufacturers, the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany and the Readrite Meter works are showing displays in the National Radio Parts Trade show at Chicago this week. The show is an annual affair where manufacturers of radios and allied lines exhibit the latest ideas in that field and is attended by radio spe cialists throughout the country. Representing the two Bluffton com panies at the show are: R. L. Trip lett, N. A. Triplett, F. E. Wenger, A. R. Baker and Jack Remde. With The Sick Fred Hodel who has been ill home of Gideon Lehman Rain Makes Changes In College Commencement eek Schedule the unusual oppor seeing King George Elizabeth in Wash week. Mrs. Cahill and Miss Steinman are guests of their sister, Mrs. Russell Magee for two weeks in Washington and were among the throngs who saw British royalty in the American capital, accord ing to word received here the first of the week. DEDUCT MDNEY FROM SCHOOLS did Because the board of education not collect tuition from 37 Orange township pupils living outside the Bluffton district who attended school here during the 1937-38, the Bluffton schools will lose $2,000 in payments from the state school foundation fund during the present fiscal year. This became known the first of the week when the Ohio supreme court ruled that pupils attending schools outside their own district must pay transportation and tuition expenses. Several years ago when the Orange township rural schools were abandon ed and the territory transferred to the Union township school district, a number of Orange residents who ob jected to the policy sent their child ren to the Bluffton schools. Paid Transportation Not Tuition During the time they attended (Cont in ped on page 8) the Meter Works At Chicago Radio Show suf- Harold Schultz who has been fering from serious eye trouble is reported definitely improved at Cin cinnati where treatment for Schultz was a University of obliged to give us his college work on account of his ailment. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz of South Lawn avenue. he has been taking the past ten weeks, former student in the Cincinnati but was Report of continued improvement in the condition of G. A. Lehman at Rochester, N. Y., was received here the first of the week. Several weeks ago he left a Rochester hospital where he was critically ill with heart trouble. He has been given a leave of absence as director of the school of music of Rochester-Colgate Divinity school and will attend Co lumbia university, New York city. Lehman was formerly director Bluffton college department of of the music, at the near Beaverdam is considerably improved. Mrs. Peter Oberly, aged Bluffton resident, is ill at the home of her son, L. A. Oberly on Cherry street. Robert Oyer of South Jackson street is convalescing following an operation for appendicitis at Bluff ton hospital. Oyer, a member of the senior class of Bluffton college was unable to attend graduation exer cises Tuesday morning on account of his illness. Albert Benroth is confined to his bed at his home on North Main street ceived struck Main night. as the result of injuries re to his left knee when he was by an automobile at North and Elm street, Saturday Crowning of Queen is Held Monday Evening Because of Afternoon Shower Graduation Festivities Are Well Attended Notwithstand ing Two Days Rain Rain which rarely interferes with Bluffton college commencement fes tivities was a factor to be reckoned with this year and resulted in sev eral last minute changes on the scheduled program. Notwithstanding the rain which fell intermittently throughout Mon day and Tuesday, large numbers of visitors were on the campus and the various affairs incidental to gradua tion week were well attended. Crowning of Miss Esther Ramsey er as Bluffton day queen to haxe been held in the afternoon was post poned until early evening on ac count of rain. The Thespian society play, Shake speare’s “Merchant of Venice” and the College orchestra concert which were to have been open air campus attractions Tuesday night were transferred to the high school gym nasium. Rain also fell Tuesday morning at the time of the graduation exer cises at the First Mennonite church, but skies cleared by noon for the commencement luncheon at Ropp hall which closed the week’s program. Former Local Man Dies In Indiana Paul Steiner, former Bluffton resi dent and father of Rev. E. G. Stein er of this place died at his home in Woodburn, Ind., early Monday morn ing. He was aged seventy-one years, six months and two days. His death followed an extended illness. He was born and lived on the old Abraham Steiner farm three miles west of Bluffton until 1907 when he moved with his family to Woodburn where he farmed until he retired in 1922. Surviving are his widow Hannah Gerig Steiner three daughters Amanda and Mrs. Mary Gerig of Woodburn and Mrs. Rose Wagler of Pekin, Ill. two sons Ezra of Wood hum and Eli of Eluffton. Also sur viving are two brothers N. F. and S. W. sisters, Grabill, Ind. of Bloomington, Ill. Steiner of Bluffton and two Mrs. Maryan Lugibill of and Mrs. Lydia Rupp Wed Men- Funeral services were held nesday afternoon at Woodburn nonite church of which he was a member. Officiating at the services were the pastor Rev. H. I. Fraker assisted by a former pastor, Rev. E. J. Oyer of Lafayette, Ind. Receive Degrees At Ohio State Monday Three Bluffton men received de grees at graduation exercises of Ohio State university in Columbus, Mon day afternoon. Degrees conferred were as follows: Cleon Althaus, Master of Arts James Steiner, A. B., agriculture and William Wells, A. B., architec ture. Also graduated was Miss Christine Davy of Cleveland who received the A. B. degree the daughter ward Davy, and Bluffton. in education. She is of Mr. and Mrs. Ed formerly of Pandora Last Rites For Mrs. Emil Garau Tuesday Funeral services for Mrs. Emil Garau, lifelong Bluffton resident were held at her late residence on South noon, mony ciated interment at Maple Grove cemetery. Main street, Tuesday after Her pastor, Rev. W. L. Har of the Lutheran church offi at the services followed by Mrs. Garau, aged seventy-five years, two months and twenty days, died at her home Sunday morning at 12:15 o’clock. She had been bed fast since last December when suffered a fractured hip as the suit of a fall. she re and She was the daughter of Mr. Mrs. Anthony Huttinger, Bluffton residents. ried to Emil Garau in 1889, the couple attaining their Golden Wed ding anniversary on Monday, June 5. She was a faithful memliei of the Lutheran church here and active in the work of women’s societies. pioneer She was mar- Surviving are her husband, daugh ter Mrs. Earl Heckathorn of Spring field and son Raymond Garau of Rishville, Ind. One sister, Mrs. Mary Mitchell and six grandchildren also survive. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE MIDDLE DISTRICT CONFERENCE HERE Mennonite Congregation of Five States to be Represented In Sessions Sunday Afternoon and Evening Meetings in High School Gymnasium Mennonite congregations of five Middle West states will be repre sented in the Middle District Men nonite conference which will meet in Bluffton from Saturday until Tues day. The conference nieeis here on the invitation of the First church which will bp in local arrangements "and ment of the visitors. Chicago Pastor to Speak Principal speaker at the confer ence sessions will be Dr. Rufus D. Bowman, president of Bethany Theo logical seminary, Chicago. Meetings of the conference will be in the First Mennonite church exception of the Sunday after and evening meetings to be in the high school gymnasium held with noon held to accommodate the larger attend ance anticipated at that time. The Sunday afternoon session will consist of a song festival opening at 1:30 o’clock, when choirs of the var ious churches of the conference will provide a program.'’ In the evening at 7:30, Dr. Bowman will speak un der auspices of the educational com mittee of the conference. Opening Session Saturday The conference will officially open on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at which time preliminary recom mendations of conference committees will be presented. supper will be served on the Bluffton college campus followed with a ser mon by Dr. Bowman in the Men nonite church Saturday night at 8 o’clock. Dr. Bowman will also speak at the Sunday morning service in the First Mennonite church at 10 o’clock. Routine business of the conference will be held on Monday and Tues day including appointment of com mittees, reports of various churches, church boards and missionary organ izations. The conference will close on Tues day afternoon after electing officers and selecting a meeting place for next year’s gathering. Wedding Of Couple Is A nnounced Here Announcement has been made of the wedding of Harold Badertscher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bader tscher residing south of town on Bentley road to Miss Margie More head, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clin ton Morehead of Lafayette. The wedding took place June 3 at the home of Rev. Emil Burrichter of the Reformed church. The bride is a graduate of Lafay ette high school in this year’s class. The groom was graduated from Bluffton high school in 1936. The couple will reside at the home of the bride’s parents for the present. Wedding Of H. S. Seniors Announced Wedding of two high school seniors which took place last fall was dis closed the first of the week with an nouncement of the marriage of Omar Welty of this place and Miss Mari lyn Franks of Van Buren. The wedding too place September 3 of last year in Maysville, Ken tucky. Welty at that time was a senior in Bluffton high school from which he was graduated last month. His bride, likewise was a senior in Van Buren high school where she was graduated this spring. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gallant of Van Buren. Welty is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Welty of this place. The couple are making their home for the present with the groom’s parents in West Elm street. Start New Residence Harry Bogart, Bluffton postal em ploye, who recently purchased a building lot in the Schumacher edi tion will start excavating for a basement this week preparatory to building a new residence on the site. 5. 1939 Mennonite charge of entertain- States represented in the confer ence are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Final preparations for the conference are being made by various committees of the church here it was stated Wednesday morn ing by the pastor, Rev. H. T. Unruh. Flags were flying in Bluffton, Wed nesday when the town joined in the national observance of Flag day. It was 162 years ago, June 4, 1777, that the Continental Congress passed a resolution giving birth to the American flag. The first flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes. Until 1818, a stripe and a star were added for each new state. That year, however, Congress decreed the stripes should represent only original states, but that each new state Work is Started on Dismantling Historic Brick Building In Orange Twp. To Bluffton Displays National Colors On Flag Day Wednesday Ewing School To Be Torn Down And Re-built On College Campus be Erected by Bluffton College to House Student Work Projects The Ewing school, which served Orange township as an educational center for more than fifty years will continue its career on the campus of Blufftn college where it will serve to house student work projects. The brick building was recently purchased by the college from Mrs. Dora Montgomery and is now being tom down and the material hauled by truck to the campus where it will be erected during the summer, of dimantling the building was ed Wednesday morning. Work start- work Rev. Carl Landis, student project director, stated the first of the week that he expected to have the structure ready for occupancy and a work project arranged by next fall. (Continped on page 8) Bluffton GM Is Married In Texas Kathleen and Mrs. The marriage of Miss Stauffer, daughter of Mr. C. A. Stauffer of South Main street to K. H. Dickerson, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Dickerson of Bradford, Pa., took place at the manse of the First Presbyterian church in Wells, Texas, last Saturday noon. Mineral at high read by The marriage service was Dr. Bryan H. Keathley, pastor of the church. The bride wore a sheer sachet rose colored dress. Her large straw hat was of white with matching acces sories. She carried a nosegay of roses and sweet peas. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Bray. Following the ceremony a luncheon was served in the Crozy hotel dining room. Miss Stauffer who left here the middle of last week arrived in Min eral Wells Friday evening to meet her fiance who is employed at Possum Kingdom Dam project of Brazo River authority. the the has For several years the bride secretary at the high resigning her position been office school here, last spring, ployed here the generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power company. Mr. Dickerson was em in the construction of The couple will reside at 613 N. W. 7th Street, Mineral Wells, Texas. ATTEND WEDDING of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Edwards Spring street were at Oberlin, Tues day attending the wedding of his cousin, Thomas Edwards and Miss Eleanor Zellers. The ceremony took place Tuesday evening in Fairchild chapel of Ober lin college, both having been students of that institution. Mr. Edwards is an instructor at Elon college, Elon, North Carolina. His bride is from New Jersey. Orange School Patrons Seeking Transfer See Favorable Sign Orange township residents seeking transfer of their school territory to Bluffton received encouragement in the action of the Ohio supreme court at Columbus which has denied an applicati foi rehearing of the Marion township school district con troversy in Hancock county. The court recently held in favor of the Marion township petitioners and commanded the Hancock county hoard of education to transfer to Findlay school district that portion of Marion township which had been transferred by the county board to should receive a star. The first widespread celebration of a “flag day” was the centennial ob servance in 1877, with several cities participating. There were then 38 states. The flag has been unchanged since 1912, when the last two states Ari zona and New Mexico—were admit ted. flag has gone without new stars. Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska all have been mentioned as possibilities for the 49th state. It is the longest period the SERVICE PLAN Hospital Care Available to dividuals for Nominal Monthly Fee In for Arrangements to be Made Meeting Here to Discuss Local Plan Bluffton area may have the oppor tunity to participate in a district hos pitalization service plan under which subscribers receive full hospital care on the basis of nominal monthly pay ments. Temporary organization of a dis trict committee was effected at a din ner meeting in the Argonne hotel at Lima last Wednesday night, which was attended by four Bluffton repre sentatives. A meeting to discuss the benefits of the service plan is to be held here soon, it was announced following the session in Lima. Includes Seven Hospitals I The new district hospital service as sociation will include the two Lima hospitals and institutions in Bluffton, Van Wert, Sidney, Kenton and Find lay. Judge Fred Becker, of Lima, who was named chairman of the tempor ary organization will appoint a com mittee to assist him in the completion of plans for the service program. This will consist of two representa tives from each of the Lima hospitals and one from each of the other insti tutions. Hospitalization service plans are operated under the direct supervision of the Ohio State Insurance commis sion and have proved successful in other areas, it was reported at last Wednesday’s meeting. To Present Plan Here Details of the Lima district plan will be explained at the meeting here. In other areas with similar programs subscribers as a rule are enrolled as groups from various industries. Rates entitling the subscriber to full hospit al service range from 60 cents a month for a single person to $1.25 for husband, wife and all unmarried children. Representing Bluffton at a meeting in Lima last week were Mrs. John Warren .member of the board of trus tees of the Bluffton hospital Wilbur A. Howe, mayor Miss Helen Maxwell, assistant superintendent of the hos pital and N. E. Byers, president of the hospital board of directors. Births Mr. and Mrs. Russell Leiber are the parents of a son Dwain Leroy born at their home south of Bluffton. A son, Gareth Lynn, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lendon Basinger their home in Orange township. The trouble with the milk human kindness is that it sours quickly. Vanlue. Subsequently legal counsel fo: the county board requested a rehearing of the case which was denied by tin supreme court bringing the case ap parently to its ultimate conclusion. Orange township school patrons who are seeking transfer of their school territory to Bluffton, which has been opposed by the Hancock county board of education, state the two cases are decidedly similar. It is said that the Marion township decision may have bearing on the Orange township controversy. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 7 HOLD REPODLICAN AUGUST PRIMARY Four Candidates Seek Three Nominations for Board of Publici Affairs Democrats with No Contests on Ticket Will Have No Summer Primary An August primary—for Republi be held in Bluffton in cans only—will order to determine the party’s candi dates for board of public affairs at the November election. The development arose shortly be fore the deadline for filing last Fri day when the petition of Chas. Lloyd as a Republican candidate for the hoard of puplic affairs was filed with the county board of elections. Lloyd’s entrance in the field of can didates gives the party four aspirants for the three places on the board which, under the new Ohio law will require a primary to determine which three of the four candidates shall ap pear on the party ticket next fall. The other three candidates for board of public affairs whose names appeared on a ticket drafted two weeks previous by local Republican leaders are Eli Doppler, A. E. Kohli, and E. S. Lape. Kohli Denies Withdrawal Kohli denied reports the first of the week that he contemplated withdraw ing from the ticket and stated that he had no intention of so doing. The primary to„ be held here in August will be only for the contested board of public affairs race and will not include other offices on the Re publican ticket. Cost of holding the primary is estimated at $165, while the contested position on the board of public affairs pays $25 per year. Democrats will not participate in the primary as there no contests on that ticket. Bluffton Tickets Personnel of the two tickets fol low Republican—Mayor, W. A. Howe clerk, James West marshal, Carl Burkhart treasurer Ralph Badertsch er: council, Munson Bixel, Carl Cahill, Wm. Edwards, Armin Hauenstein, Harold Kennedy. Cleon Triplett board of public affairs, Eli Deppler, A. E. Kohli, E. S. Lape, Chas. Lloyd. Democrat—Mayor, A. D. Wells clerk, Carold Steiner treasurer, Sam uel Bixel, marshall, Lee Coon council, Menno Badertscher, Evan Basinger, Fred Hofer, Ralph Patterson, Orden Smucker, Jesse Stratton board of Public Affairs, Cal Balmer, Wm. Lug inbuhl, A. C. Burcky. To Graduate From Michigan University Miss Margaret Triplett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett Campus Drive will be graduated at the commencement exercises of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, Saturday night. Miss Triplett, who specialized in speech, will receive the A. B. degree from the college of education. Mr. and Mrs. Triplett and daughter Bar bara Jean will attend the gradua tion exercises. Graduates From Law School In Cleveland Ralph Locher, formerly of Bluff ton, was graduated Wednesday from the Western Cleveland. Locher is at of too Law school in Reserve Locher and mother while lege. They moved to Cleveland eral years ago when he entered school. Eph his col sev- law the son resided attending Bluffton of rs. here with His marriage to Miss Eleanor Worthington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Worthington of Spring street will take place in the Bluff ton college chapel next Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Youth To Attend State Legion Camp Ralph Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Short of South Main street the last of the week for to attend the Boys’ State annual gathering spon- will leave Columbus camp, an sored by throughout the state, as a representative of the Bluffton post. American Legion posts Short will go The camp held on the state fair grounds, is attended by more than 800 boys from high school junior classes. Instruction in procedure of government is stressed, including election by the boys of their own officers during the camp period.