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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Senior Class Graduated
Exercises in Mennonite
Church, Tuesday
‘‘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
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
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
Interment was made in the church
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.
vention of
Leave On Summer
Trip To Alaska
and Mrs. B. F. Biery are en
on a
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
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.
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)
Meter Works At
Chicago Radio Show
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
at the
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
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
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
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.
Grabill, Ind.
of Bloomington, Ill.
Steiner of Bluffton and two
Mrs. Maryan Lugibill of
and Mrs. Lydia
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
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
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 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.
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.
Mennonite Congregation of Five
States to be Represented
In Sessions
Sunday Afternoon and Evening
Meetings in High School
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
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
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
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
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
charge of
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.
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.
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
(Continped on page 8)
Bluffton GM Is
Married In
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
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.
Following the ceremony a luncheon
was served in the Crozy hotel dining
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.
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.
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
The flag has been unchanged since
1912, when the last two states Ari
zona and New Mexico—were admit
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
Hospital Care Available to
dividuals for Nominal
Monthly Fee
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
Four Candidates Seek Three
Nominations for Board
of Publici Affairs
Democrats with No Contests on
Ticket Will Have No
Summer Primary
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
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
Locher is
Law school in
Locher and
mother while
lege. They moved to Cleveland
eral years ago when he entered
the son
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
camp, an
sored by
throughout the state,
as a representative of the Bluffton
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.

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