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BLUFFTON NEWS The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV SANE FOURTH PROGRAM FAILS Firecrackers Roar in Business District Violating Mayor Howe’s Request Action Dealing With Future Celebrations to be Recom mended to Council Bluffton’s experiment with a mod ified Fourth of July celebration with out legislation to enforce provisions of the plan bogged down Tuesday. Firecrackers roared thru the for bidden area of the business district intermittently during the day while Tuesday night took on all the aspects of the old-fashioned wide-open Fourth of July as an unrestricted celebration was in full swing which at times took on the semblance of a miniature can nonade until well toward midnight. As a result of the breakdown of the plan in which voluntary coopera tion of the public was requested, Mayor W. A. Howe stated Wednes day morning that he would recom mend to the council one of three courses relative to Fourth of July ob servance: ONE OF THREE PLANS 1. Abolishing of the present plan for a restricted Fourth of July celebration and return to the former unrestricted basis. 2. Incorporation of the pre sent plan in an ordinance with adquate provisions for its en forcement. 3. Abolishing the sale and discharge of fireworks. Plans for bringing this matter of ficially to attention of the council have been worked out in detail, the mayor stated, however, it was indi cated that developments would take place in the near future. The present arrangement for a Fourth of July observance with public cooperation on a vonluntary basis was tried out experimentally for the first time a year ago. Results at that time proved generally satisfactory and the same course was followed this year. Recommend Plan Dropped In view of the failure of the plan to work out this year, however, Mayor Howe will recommend that it be dis continued at least in its present form without suitable legislation to enforce its provisions. When the plan was first adopted it was advanced frankly as an experi ment with the mayor’s statement at that time that if voluntary coopera tion failed more drastic action would be substituted. Magician To Get Rabbits From Hat Rabbits—real live ones—will be produced from an empty hat at a free magic show here this Wednes day night by R. W. Kauffman, billed as “The Vagabond Magician”. The show will be held on the park ing lot on South Main street adjoin ing Risser’s Sandwich shop and is sponsored by the Bluffton Merchants association for the entertainment of the Wednesday night crowd of shop pers. Rabbits produced at the show will be given to children in the audience, officers of the Merchants association stated the first of the week. Sails To Visite Her Son In Venezuela Mrs. Eph Locher, formerly of Bluffton, now living in Cleveland, is enroute to Venezuela, South America, to visit here son Walter Locher em ployed in that country by the Stand ard Oil company. Mrs. Locher sailed last week from New York city on one of the com pany’s tank steamers. She expects to be gone for several months. Her son Walter Locher, electrical engineer, has been in the employ of the oil company for several years being stationed at Maracaibo, on the Venezuelan seacoast. Mennonite Youth Meet At Pandora Young people of the Mennonite churches of the Ohio and Indiana districts will hold their annual con ference at the Grace church, Pan dora, Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, it was announced the first of the week. Afternoon and evening sessions will be neld. Representatives of sixteen Men nonite churches are planning to at tend. Miss Mabel Amstutz of the Ebenezer church is president of the organization and general chairman in charge of arrangements. Former Neighbors Meet For First Time In 68 Years THEY were neighbors in A Orange township 68 years ago—W. W. Scothorn and Ed Karst—but they ’had not seen each other since that time until last Sunday when Karst and his family called at the Scothorn home east of Bluffton. Karst, now living at Landeck, near Delphos, formerly resided in Orange township on what is now the Henry Wilch farm. Scothorn at that time lived on the adjoining place, now the Wright Klingler farm. MAN RON OVER BY GRAIN BINDER Clyde Klingler, Orange Twp. Farmer Thrown Under Runaway Team Man They were preparing to “truck” the binder to take it to the Mont gomery farm when one of the horses became frightened as Klingler’s son approached rolling one of the of the truck. Revolutionary War Hero Lies In Simple Country Grave Near Town Badly Cut and Bruised Escapes Fatal Injury in Harvest Field Thrown under a runaway team of three horses and run over by a grain binder, Clyde Klingler, Orange town ship farmer escaped with compara tively minor injuries in an unusual harvest season accident near his home four miles south of Bluffton, Friday morning. As details of the accident became known farmers generally expressed amazement that fatally hurt. Klingler was not was severely cut and suffered from Although he about the head bruises and a badly sprained hip, Klingler, now at his home on the Allen-Hancock county line, is ex pected to recover without complica tions, according to the attending physician. There is no evidence of broken bones or internal injuries, it was stated. Accident on Neighbor’s Farm The accident occurred about 11 a. m. on the Matthew Perkins farm one-fourth mile south of Klingler’s place where he had a field of wheat. Klingler had just finished cutting the wheat, being eighteen year old gether with Chas, neighbor and Ben visiting at the Montgomery home. assisted by his son Junior, to Montgomery, a Dally of Toledo, wheels to the Kling- As the horses, still bitched binder, started down the field ler attempted to stop them but lost his grasp and fell under the three horse team and the platform careening binder, in over his body. at the The team came to far end of the field was hurriedly loaded mobile and taken to his home, condition the first of the week reported satisfactory. a stop while Klingler into an auto- Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Biery returned Sunday afternoon from a three weeks’ trip to Alaska with a group of newspaper publishers comprising the National Editorial association. The party went north by steamer from Seattle thru the picturesque “inside passage” stopping enroute at Ketchikan, Juneau and other ports. From Skagway, historic mining center of the gold rush of the nineties, the party went across the Gulf of Alaska to Seward, then north by rail thru the scenic portion of Alaska to Fairbanks, near the Artic circle. Their itinerary, cov ering 10,000 miles, included sight seeing trips to Mt. McKinley, high est peak in the western hemisphere and also a visit to the large Colum bian glacier and other points. CHILD CLINIC HERE Parents having children entering school in the first grade next fall are urged to bring them to the pre school child clinic at the Grade school building Thursday morning from 9 to 11:30 o’clock for health checkup. The clinic here is sponsored by the Parent-Teacher association in con junction with local physicians and health authorities. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1939 Hezekiah Hubbell is Buried on Farm He Wrested from Wilderness Soldier Under Washington Set tled Here One Hundred Years Ago an he Beneath a small grassy plot in obscure corner of the little farm wrested from the virgin Ohio wild erness, in a grave all but forgotten, lies the body of Hezekiah B. Hubbell, the only Revolutionary buried in this vicinity, rence of Independence interest on this grave. Only war veteran The recur day centers he came and Who he was, whence his antecedents have the details of been forgotten in the dust of a cen tury. Those might have given information passed away long before the memory of Hubbell age. who knew him and attained its rightful herit- a flat, white headstone, as the life lived by this simple hardy pioneer, remains to mark the last resting place of the patriot, and mutely testifies recognition served in that defied to his claim for one of those who Revolutionary army British in 1776. as the the Quiet Grave The grave is on the old Benedict Andrews farm, near a country road, (Continued on Page 8) “Hansel And Gretel” At Pandora Friday Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” will be presented at the Pan dora high school auditorium Friday night at 7:30 by the Albert Schu macher family of Berea, Ky., form erly of Bluffton. Miss Janet Schumacher, talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Schu macher will appear in the title role of Gretel. All characters of the opera will- be taken by members of the family, two girls, two boys and Mrs. Schu macher playing the part of the mother in the play. Morning Nuptials Held At Pandora a morning nuptial ceremony, Adah Neuenschwander, daugh- In Miss ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Neuensch wander of Pandora became the bride of Harold Marshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marshall of Orange township at 7 o’clock Saturday. The wedding took place at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Paul Whitmer, pastor of the Grace Mennonite church of Pandora, single couple bride’s The of the passed gear, They His was HOME FROM ALASKA Mr. and The The the ring service was used. were accompanied by parents. bride wore for the occasion a w’hite formal sheer gowm and carried a bouquet of spring flowers. Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was held at the Neuensch wander left for of Mr. wander home after which the couple a week end visit at the home and Mrs. Robert Neuensch in Lafayette, Ind. returned Tuesday night and are making their home for the pres ent with the groom’s parents. Later they will occupy their home on North Lawn avenue, the Weiss prop erty, which they recently purchased. The bride is employed at the Meter works here and Mr. Marshall is a painter. HERE FROM HAWAII Mrs. Wm. Geiger of Honolulu, Hawaii, are spending sev eral weeks with relatives and friends here. Mr. Geiger formerly resided northwest of Bluffton and following his graduation from Bluffton college accepted a position in Honolulu. His wife, the former Magdalene Frankhauser of Dalton is also graduate of the college here. a RECEIVES PROMOTION Kibele of Toledo visited first of the week with his Kermit Kibele and other Elbert here the brother, relatives, the employ of the S. S. Kresge com pany for a number of years will be transferred this week to Indianapolis where he will be assistant manager of the company’s store. He has in Toledo for the past two and half years. Kibele, who has been in been one- CRITICALLY ILL ill with Otis Basinger is critically heart trouble at his home Steinbrenner farm south of on the Allen-Hancock county line. on the Bluffton I THE BLUFFTON NEWS MARKETED HERE First of Crop Sold Monday Be lieved Record for Early Marketing First Sales Report Yield of 31 Bushels to Acre: Test Is 58 and 60 First wheat of the new crop sold on the Bluffton market Monday, es tablished what is believed to be an all-time record for early marketing in this district. Farmers generally declared they cannot recall of wheat ever being marketed in the Bluffton area before the Fourth of July. Each of Bluffton’s two grain ele vators received new wheat Monday afternoon. Price paid was 65 cents per bushel. Wheat from the farm of Homer Gratz ,Bluffton dairyman, residing two miles southwest of town was sold to the Bluffton Milling company. The grain harvested from an eighteen acre tract, made a yield of thirty-one bushels per acre and tested sixty. Threshing was done by Eldon Tscheigg. First wheat received Monday by the Farmers Grain company was sold by Chas. Fisher residing north of Bluff ton on the Brandige farm. The grain tested fifty-eight. Figures on the yield per acre were not available, attaches stated Crop Matures Rapidi'y Heavy rains early in Jun’e, follow ed by unusually warm weather matur ed the crop rapidly and harvest seas on arrived unexpectedly early. Independence day which generally finds wheat harvest at its' height in this section, saw the greater part of the crop cut this year as the stand matured about a week earlier than usual. The fields remaining uncut are mostly those intended to be “com bined” which cuts the wheat and threshes it all in one operation. In recent years harvesting by the com bine method has te&ip Increasingly popular in this district. Average Crop in Prospect The crop this year, will be about average, according to opinion of growers, with production generally around twenty bushels to the acre. The test is expected to average or above. Rains which played havoc with farm Rains which played havoc with farm routines during the first three weeks of June disappeared last week giv ing an opportunity to finish haymak ing, get the wheat harvest well under way and do some belated corn cultivating. Price for wheat this year is ex pacted to be a little better than last year when 61 cents a bushel was paid for early marketings by dealers here. Stauffer •‘Diller Nuptials In Ada In a quiet ceremony solemnized Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home of Rev. W. H. Lahr of Ada, Miss Geraldine Stauffer, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stauf fer, became the bride of Ralph E. Diller of this place. Before an improvised altar decor ated with garden flowers Rev. Lahr officiated in the single ring cere mony. The bride wore a sacha rose Faconne over satin, white large hat and white accesories. Her flowers were sweet peas, delphenium and baby breath. Mr. and Mrs Stauffer, parents of the bride, attended *»e wedding, Rev. Lahr having officiated at their wed ding twenty-three years ago. Her twin sister Kathleen, wearing an identical dress and accessories was married June 10 at Mineral Wells, Texas. Following the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Diller left for an eastern trip. Mrs. Diller printed dress. wore a tootal linen and Mrs. Diller are Both Mr. graduates of Bluffton High school. Mr. Diller is proprietor of the John son Oil station on S Main street. After July 12th they will be at home to their many friends at the Stauffer home on South Main street. In New Locations Harley Kohler and family have moved from the Kohli property on South Jackson street to Rawson. Harold Beals and family have va cated the Mrs. Williams property on South Jackson street and are occupy ing the Kohli property. Mr. and Mrs. Karl Gable expect to occupy the Mrs. Williams prop erty. Bride In Garden Wedding Nuptials Solemnized In Outdoor Ceremony Miss MRS. ROLAND BIXLER With the natural setting of a garden as the background, wedding vows were exchanged between Miss Margaret Mabel Triplett and Roland Bixler, o’clock Saturday evening, at 6:13 at the home of the bride. Triplett is the eldest daugh Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett ter of of Campus Drive, and Mr. Bixler, Toledo, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bixler of East Kibler street. Rev. J. Norman King of Dayton, former pastor of the Presbyterian church in Bluffton, officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Preceding and during the nuptials, Miss Mareen Bixler, sister of the bridegroom, played the electric organ that had been installed for the wed ding. The musical program included “In a Monastery Garden”, “I’m Get ting Sentimental Over You”, “I Promise You”, and “I Love You Truly”. During the ceremony, Miss Bixler played, “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms”. The rendition of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March marked the entrance of the officiating minister and the groom accompanied by the best man, Harrold Johnson of Orrville. The bride entered the garden with her father, who gave her in marriage. She was attired in a gown of white lace and knit over a satin slip. The gown was of a princess style with a long train. The bride wore her mother’s finger tip wedding veil, that was held to gether with lilies of the valley she also carried a handkerchief that both her grandmother and mother had carried at their respective weddings with the handkerchief she carried a white prayer book with a spray of lilies of the valley. Her only acces sory was a string of pearls given to her by the groom. She chose for her bridesmaids, Miss Letha Niswander of Bluffton and Miss Alice Himes of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a former college roommate at the University of Mich igan. The bride’s attendants wore a pastel shade of blue net trimmed in pink velvet over a taffeta hoop skirt and also tiaras caught with lilies of the valley, bouquet of daisies. They carried a colonial roses, sweet peas, and Jean Triplett, sister of Barbara the bride, was junior maid-of-honor. She was attired in a gown of pink taffeta, trimmed in blue velvet and wore a small blue hat. She carried a colonial shower bouquet of roses, lilies of the valley and sweet peas. The two flower girls, Mary Eliza beth Tschantz, Warren, Ohio, the groom’s cousin and Mary Louise Rich, Washington, Illinois, the bride’s cousin, wore white chiffon dresses and carried baskets of roses that were Mrs. wore with mother of the groom, wore a gowi of pink chiffon also with white ac cessoiies. strewn over the bride’s path. Triplett, mother of the bride, a blue and white silk gown white accessories. Mrs. Bixler, n Ushers for the occasion were Mor ris and Ropp Triplett, brothers of the bride. (Continued on Page 4) Lugibihl GIRL ON BICYCLE FATALLY INJURED Ten Year Old Marilene Wilkins, North of Bluffton Dies In Hospital Girl and Companion are Struck By Automobile While Rid ing in Findlay Marilene Wilkins, ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wilkins, residing north of Bluffton was the victim of a fatal accident in Findlay last Thursday when the bicycle which she was riding was struck by an automobile. She died of a fractured skull in the Findlaj hospital a short time after the accident. Also one hip was broken besides other injuries. Her companion Ann Thompson, 11, of Findlay who was also on the, bicycle at the time of the accident received a slight skull fracture but is recovering at the Findlay hos pital. The accident occurred as the two girls on the bicycle rode out of an alley onto Main street where they were struck by an automobile driven by Nelson Mahron, 27, of Arlington. Both girls were hurled to the pavement while the bicycle became tangled underneath the car and was carried down street. It was remov ed only after a number of men lift ed the car free of the wreckage. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins, parents of Marilene, reside on the Sherman Wilkins farm on the Putnam Hancock county line road and are well known here. Funeral services were held at Gilboa M. P. church, Saturday morn ing with Rev. D. J. Unruh of Pan dora officiating. Interment was in the Gilboa cemetery. At Cleveland For World C. E. Meet Rev. H. T. Unruh of the First Mennonite church will leave Thurs day for Cleveland to attend the In ternational Christian Endeavor con vention. Rev. Unruh, a trustee of that or ganization will preside at two divis ional meetings of youths of high school age Saturday morning. He will be accompanied to Cleve land by his daughter Miss Mildred Unruh and Miss Betty Lape from the First Mennonite C. E. society. Night Police Is Hospital Patient Albert Reichenbach, Bluffton night police, is convalescing at the Bluff ton hospital following an operation which he underwent Sunday. His condition is reported satisfactory. Chas. Stratton has been appointed temporarily as night police during Reichenbach’s illness, it was an nounced by Mayor W. A. Howe the first of the week. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 10 OUNCIL COOL TO PWA SEWER AID ’ossibility of Obtaining Federal Funds Arouses Little Interest ’roposed Projects With Gov ernment Aid Twice De feated at Polls Here The question of federal aid in construction of a sewage system for the town, twice defeated in the past by residents of the village when they voted on bond issues, is again being considered here. Presentation of the matter was made at a meeting of the Bluffton council, following the receipt of cor respondence relative to the matter from a Toledo engineering firm stat ing that federal aid was again pos sible. No action was taken by the village governing body, but in informal dis cussion it appeared that council was only lukewarm in favor of the pro posal, manifesting little interest. Their attitude likely was guided by the vote of the town when bond issues were rejected in 1935 and 1936 after there had been consider able sentiment for a municipal sew age system. Issues Defeated Twice In 1935 a project that would have involved the expenditure of $104,500 was defeated by electors. Actual cost to the town for the work would have amounted to only $44,000, and the federal government would have provided the remaining $60,500. The matter was considered again in 1936 when a special election was held on a $111,000 Bluffton’s share of have been $61,000, federal funds. sewage project, the with cost would $50,000 in last bond issue, per cent a 65 per In defeating the Bluffton electors voted 59.7 in favor of the project, but cent vote was required. to the Correspondence presented council was from Champe, Fink beiner and Associates, of Toledo, who advised that $125,000,000 is available for new PWA projects, and that the Bluffton sewage program would be eligible for consideration should the town wish to avail itself of federal aid. The Toledo engineering firm pre pared preliminary plans and esti mates for the proposed sewage system previous to the vote in 1935. Heart Attack Fatal To Former Resident Charles DeWitt, 29, former Bluff ton resident, died suddenly at Syra cuse, N. Y., Thursday evening while attending ft reception given in his honor, according to word received here over the week end. His death was due to a heart attack. Mr. DeWitt, an instructor in American government at Syracuse university for the past three years had recently resigned that post to accept the professorship of local gov ernment at St. Lawrence university, Canton, N. Y., beginning July 1. Popular with faculty and students alike, a farewell reception was ar ranged in his honor at the home of Miss Elizabeth Allen, Cazenovia, N. Y., near Syracuse in the pictur esque Fingerlake region. While attending this function he succumbed to a heart attack. Altho his trouble had been of long stand ing, physicians had recently pro nounced his condition much im proved, relatives here stated. born in Bluffton, the son of the Herman DeWitt, of Bluffton high Mr. DeWitt was January 22, 1910, late Mr. and Mrs. He is a graduate school and Bluffton college. Follow ing the completion of his college course here he was granted a fel lowship at Syracuse university where he received his M. A. degree. At the time of his death he had all his work, including his his doctor’s degree. completed thesis for wife w’ho He is survived by his before her marriage was Juanita Kissel of Toledo also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Farl Sampson nf Findlay and Mrs. Garnie Powell, Rawson. Funeral services were held at the Allen summer home in Cazenovia, N. Y., Sunday afternoon after which the remains were cremated. Births Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Herr, south west of Bluffton are the parents of a son born at the Bluffton hospital, Wednesday morning. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Locher at the Bluffton hos pital, Thursday.