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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV SCHOOL DEADLOCK STILL UNBROKEN Action to be Taken by Orange Group After Rejection of “Compromise” Conference to be Held with Findlay Attorney Case May Go to Court With the Orange township school situation still deadlocked and no compromise in sight, the controversy appeared the first of the week to be heading for the courts. This was the situation as a group ■of Orange township residents seek ing transfer of their territory from the Union township (Mt. Cory) school district to Bluffton viewed the matter after the Hancock county board of education had failed to take action at its meeting in Findlay, Saturday, relative to trans fer of the territory. Leaders of the Orange township group which have been at odds with the county board of education stated that a meeting will be held this xveek w’ith Attorney A. G. Fuller of Findlay when a course of action would be determined. In Previous School Case Attorney Fuller, retained as legal counsel by the Orange township pro testers, previously represented a group of Marion township residents in Hancock county W’hose suit to compel the county board of educa tion to transfer portions of that township to the Findlay school dis trict was recently upheld by the Ohio Supreme court. Atty. Fuller, together with Jesse Anderson and a number of other Orange township residents seeking the transfer of territory to Bluffton w’ere present at the meeting of the county board in Findlay, Saturday. Following the meeting it was re ported that Attorney Fuller is mak ing a detailed study of the case pending a conference the latter part of this week. At the meeting of the county board Anderson, together with other Orange tow’nship associates sought a revivor of action on a petition denied by the board in May 1938. The petition has sought the transfer of nearly six square miles of Orange (Continued on page 8) Woman Badly Hurt In Fall Down Stairway George Howe, of Tippe City, was seriously injured Mrs. canoe about one o’clock Saturday morning when she fell down a stairway at her Lome. In the mishap she suffered a pos sible skull fracture, a broken collar bone and body bruises, and her con dition is reported serious by attend ants at a Troy hospital to which she was taken. Mrs. Howe is the former Margaret Kimmel, of this place, and her hus band, a brother of Mayor Wilbur Howe, is well known in Bluffton, where he attended college. After the How’e family had retired for the night last Friday, Mr. Howe was awakened by a crash, and upon investigation he found his wife lying semi-conscious at the foot of the stairway. Mrs. Howe is the mother of a baby born May 25, and it is pre sumed she was walking to another room where the child was sleeping. Perhaps not being fully awake she may have made a misstep and plunged down the stairway which is adjacent to the bedroom door. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bracy, of this place, were called to the Howe home following the accident, and re turned to Bluffton the first of the week. Mrs. Bracy is a sister of Mrs. Howe. Births Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hart of Pan dora are the parents of a son born at the Community hospital, Thurs day. Announcement has been made of the birth of a son James Harry to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Whittemore of Birmingham, Mich., Saturday. Mrs. Whittemore will be remembered as formerly Miss Gladys Devier of place. this the and Announcement is made of birth of a son Samuel, to Mr. Mrs. Erwin Schrag of Pretty Prai rie, Kansas, Friday. Mrs. Schrag was formerly Miss Frances Mussel man, daughter of Mrs. S. M. Mus selman formerly of Bluffton. Her father, the late Rev. S. M. Mussel man was pastor of the First Men nonite church here for a number of years. You probably were cold last Fri-i day night—so was everyone else. The reason was that it was the coldest July weather in twenty-one years. The minimum temperature reading of 48 degrees equalled the record for July cold weather set in 1918. This Month Has Two Full Moons— Happens Rarely JULY the month Fourth, the heat and MISSIONARY TO SAIL FOR CHINA Rev. J. F. Steiner to Spend Day With Pandora Relatives Enroute West Will Return to Mission Station On Island Recently Taken Over by Japs Returning to missionary service in the war-torn island of Hainan, re cently wrested from China by invad ing Japanese forces, Rev. J. F. Stein er, well known in the Bluffton area and a native of the Swiss Settlement will sail for the Orient early in Aug ust. Rev. Steiner has been associated with a Presbyterian mission on the island for the last 25 years, but he and his family were forced to return to the United States about a year ago because of the fierceness of the fight ing as Japanese battled to take Hai nan from the Chinese. On Febrauary 10 the Japanese gained control of the island, and al tho considerable damage was report ed to have been done buildings escaped harm. Friday Night Coldest July Weather Here In 21 Years City Mail Carriers Walk 28 Miles Daily In Making Rounds of the unprece dented cool weather—has an other unusual feature this year—two full moons. On the first day of the month the moon was full, and on the 31st, a week from next Monday, the lunar orbit will repeat the performance. Two full moons in a month occur but rarely. the mission During the last year Rev. Steiner and family have made their home in Wooster, where Mrs. Steiner and dau ghters, Geneva and Betty, expect to stay w’hile Rev. Steiner returns to China. Enroute west, Rev. Steiner will stop off at Pandora on August 5 to visit his brother-in-law, Rev. Armin C. Steiner. On August 6 he will leave Lima by rail enroute to Chicago and San Francisco. He will sail on the steamer, Presi dent Pierce, on August 11, enroute for Hainan unless further fighting breaks out there in the meantime. Class A License To Radio Amateur Ropp Triplett, electrical engineer ing student at the University of Cin cinnati and son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett *of Campus Drive has been granted a Class A amateur radio license by the Federal Com munications commission. This is the highest type of ama teur license granted by the commis sion. The Bluffton youth owns and operates Radio Station W80WW at his home here and held a “B” type amateur license for several years. An airplane flight made by two Illinois brothers to see their mother who was visiting in Orange town ship led residents of that area to think the plane was in trouble and was in danger of crashing, last Thursday evening. Sons Fly Plane Here To Get Mother Visiting In Orange Twp. Myron and Denzel Morrison, of Salem, Ill., were the co-pilots of the plane, which they flew here to visit their mother, Mrs. Harry Morrison, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mrs. Morri son was a guest at the home of her brother, Myron Stratton, in Orange township. In seeking a landing place near A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT Last Friday’s minimum tempera ture represented a drop of nearly fifty degrees from the maximum of the heat wave during the preceding week. Cool weather and rains the first of this week are to be followed by fair and w-armer weather. Bluffton’s City and Rural Car riers Cover 36,900 Miles In Twelve Months Mail Nearly Twenty Tons of Delivered Annually on Bluffton's City Routes Carriers on Bluffton’s two postal routes walk approximately 8,200 miles year year to deliver nearly 20 tons of mail to residents of the town, it w’as learned this week. addition to the distance cov in town, mileaverage on the rural routes served from the post office is about 36,900 miles In ered two local every 12 months. In covering the two town routes mailmen w’alk a total distance of about 28 miles daily. Two trips are made each day with the exception of Saturday when afternoon deliver ies are eliminated. Each carrier walks about 14 miles per day on these tw’o trips. Computed on a yearly basis Bluff ton’s postmen trudge well over 8,000 miles to deliver mail to patrons. Average Load 30 Pounds The average load of mail taken from the post office by carriers is seldom less pounds per bag, and the much greater during the season. Bluffton’s than 30 weight is Christmas In a year it is estimated the two (Continued on page 8) Union Services Sunday Evening Union services will be held at the St. John’s Reformed church, Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock, it is an nounced by the Bluffton Ministerial association. The sermon will be livered by Rev. J. A. Weed of Methodist church. de the COMES DOWN TOWN busi- Frank Scott retired Bluffton ness man and manufacturer who has been ill at his home on East Kibler street was sufficiently recovered to come down town, Monday. Mr. Scott, aged 92 has been a familiar figure to successive generations of Bluffton people. LEAVES FOR ARKANSAS Chas. F. Miller of South Main street who was recently employed by the Bigley Electric company of Find lay left Thursday morning for Blytheville, Ark., where the Findlay firm is constructing a rural electrifi cation project. that also have three other REA under construction in the country. They projects part of ENROUTE HOME and Mrs. A. J. B. Longs- Supt. dorf, Misses Levada Balmer and Sevila Bixel and Sidney Stettler, teachers in the Bluffton schools, are expected to return the latter part of this week from a motor trip to California. They left the latter part of June for San Francisco where they atend ed the National Education associa tion convention, visited the fair and other points of interest enroute. the Stratton home the Morrison bro thers flew quite low over the neigh borhood and residents of the district were fearful that the airship was in difficulty and might crash. Unable to '■ight a suitable landing field, the brothers flew to Findlay where they left their plane at the air port and came to the Stratton home by automobile. the following day they took mother to Findlay, and she by plane with them to Salem, On their went Ill., where they are engaged in drill ing for oil. From Salem Mrs. Mor rison w’ent on to her home in Tulsa. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 20, 1939 Radio interference that pesky trouble that arises in the most inter esting part of your favorite program, may be eliminated if you will notify the Bluffton Radio club w’hich is making a campaign to eliminate in terference caused by faulty electrical connections. The local radio club, consisting of a group of amateurs, many of whom could qualify as experts, has offered its services without charge to elim inate as far as possible interference in Bluffton and vicinity. Harold Solt, president of the Radio club here has named Maynard Geiger chairman of the committee to handle this work and any radio set POSTAL RECEIPTS SET NEW MARK Record Year With Sales $25,737 Reported by Post Office Aggregate Receipts Show Gain For Fifth Consecutive Year Here Postal receipts in Bluffton reached new-all-time high during the last fiscal year, w’hen the local office tran sacted business amounting to $25, 737.38. a The aggregate represented a gain of $1,356.68 over the preceding year when the previous high'mark of $24, 380,70 was establkhu d. It marked fifth consecutive year in which postal receipts have shown a gain since Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach took office in 1934. The complete breakdown was as fol lows: First quarter, $5,442.73 sec ond quarter, $7,720.06 third quarter, $6,761.64 and fourth quarter $5,812. 95. That the gain in receipts is contin uing was seen in the postmaster’s re port that June, 1939, the last month included in the fiscal report, showed a gain of $190.16 over June in the preceding year. This year’s receipts in June aggregated $1,913.97, those of last June $1,723.81. FRESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Radio Interference? Radio Club Here Will Help You Eliminate It AlASIA Land of Midnight Sun—Glaciers and Bathing Beaches—Busy Industrial Centers and Ghost Towns—Visited by Newspaper Sales were heaviest in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, Post master Reichenbach reported. This represents the months of October, November and December, a period in which receipts aggregated $7,720.06. and Former College Students Married Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Margaret Ber ger of Amherst and Richard Thutt of Elida, former Bluffton college students. The wedding took place at Am herst, Saturday in the presence of immidate families and close friends. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton college in the class of 1936. Mr. Thutt, a member of the same class spent three years in college here and then transferred to Ohio State university where he was graduated. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. B. F. Thutt of Elida. The couple will reside in Lima where he is employed at the plant the Solar Refining company. of Argentine Youth At Meter Plant Here Teo DeGrand Pre, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, twenty-year-old son of T. C. DeGrand Pre, sales representative for The Triplett Electrical Instru ment Co. in Argentina and Brazil, arrived in Bluffton last week to work at the plant of the company for a short time. After obtaining a working knowl edge of the products of the concern he will return to South America where he will be associated with his father in furthering the sale of Bluffton-made instruments and test ers. He was accompanied here last week by his father, who has been in Bluffton on several previous occa sions. Mr. DeGrand Pre, senior, also expects to visit in Bluffton again before returning to the southern continent. BUMPER CORN CROP IS MATURING EARLY owner troubled with this type in terference is invited to notify Geiger or any member of the club or drop a postal card addressed to the club. The municipal electric light plant is cooperating with the radio club in the project and the Board of Pub lic Affairs has loaned the club a di rectional type radio receiver to lo cate the source of interference which has recently reached major propor tions. Any interference found in city lines will be corrected by the muni cipal plant here. If interference is caused by privately owned equip ment recommendations will be made to the owner as to how it may be corrected. Publishers of By B. F. Biery Alaska—a strange land of contra dictions—land of the midnight sun— of glaciers and bathing beaches—of thriving industrial cities and ghost towns, gaunt specters of the day of the ’98 gold rush—a land abounding in fish, game, minerals, a veritable treasure trove of natural resources w’hich has only in comparatively re cent years been appreciated by the public which previously thought of it as a barren, inhospitable and deso late region. This w’as the country in which Mrs. Biery and myself were privi leged to visit during the past month with members of the National Edi torial association comprising some 250 newspaper publishers and their wives. The trip, a twenty-three day tour, covered more than 10,000 miles. The special invitation for the com bined cruise and convention to Alas ka was extended to the National Editorial Association at their annual convention at Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, last year by the newspaper men and officials of Alaska. The vitation was heartily endorsed Alaska’s governor, J. W. Troy. (Continued on page 2) in by Hold Model Airplane Flight Contest Sunday About 15 gasoline powered model airplanes will compete in a Bluffton district contest at 4 p. m. next Sun day at the Homer Gratz farm, south west of Bluffton. Rubber powered smaller planes also will be flown in the air shows the first of its kind to be held here. Description of the flights will be made over an amplifying system. Prizes to be aw’arded winners in the contest have been made possible through the cooperation of 11 ness men sponsoring the air No charge will be made for wishing to view the events. busi meet. those group num- Bluffton has an aggressive of model airplane enthusiasts bering more than 30 and there are more gasoline powered planes in the town than in either Lima or Find lay, both of which are much larger. this fol gas Zip- The prize list, announced week by James Basinger, is as lows: First prize, Howard DG8 model kit second prize, Comet per kit third prize, Sevison coil fourth prize, pair of Voit wheels fifth prize, Austin air timer. Sponsors of the contest includes Midway Fountain, Sidney’s Drug shop, Bixel Motor Sales, Kib’s News Stand, Fett’s hardware, Steiner & Huser, Lape’s Dry Goods, Neu Art Studio, Citizens National bank, Gred ings hardware, and Basingers Fur niture store. Entrance in the contest is restrict ed to residents of Bluffton or vicin ity. Marion Burkholder is is charge of entries. Kohli Named State Fair Sheep Judge Hiram Kohli, residing north of Bluffton has been named one of the judges of sheep exhibits at the Ohio State fair this summer. He will judge exhibits in the Merino class. Kohli is one of the leading breed ers of Merino sheep and has for many years been an exhibitor in state and county fairs. He has also exported breeding stock to South American sheep raisers. TAX COLLECTOR COMING A deputy from the Allen county treasurer’s office will be at the Citiz ens Nationa bank on Monday’ and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 8, to receive real estate taxes now due. Stand in Bluffton District Ten Days to Two Weeks Ahead of Schedule Corn Cutting will Start Next Month on Farms in North western Ohio A bumper com crop from ten days to two w’eeks ahead of the usual grow ing schedule, is maturing in the Bluff ton district. The yield this year is Title for the largest wheat yield per acre claimed last week by Orange township goes to Rich land township this week. Melvin Hilty, residing west of Bluffton turned in a yield of 34 bushels per acre, topping the season’s previous high mark of 33 bushels. expected to be equal to banner crop, according prospects. last year’s to present tassel and With the com now in “shooting ears” farmers here are con fidently predicting that com cutting (Continued on page 8) AGAIN IS RELIEF UNIT Cases Now in Richland Four Clerk of Board of Trustees Reports Total to be Cared for Expected To be More Than Double In Winter After seven years of relief ad ministration that passed in turn thru the hands of the federal government, the state and the county, responsi bility for the care of the indigent came back again to the hands of Richland township trustees last week. When the township’s relief load was taken over by the trustees, they found there were four cases for which they were to be responsible, according to N. W. Basinger, town ship clerk. This figure undoubtedly will rep resent the low point of the year, Basinger said. During winter months relief cases are usually double or triple this number. Of the four now (Continued on page 8) Announce Addition To College Faculty Dr. M. C. Lehman, instructor at Goshen college, Goshen, Ind., for sev eral years, will be a member of the Bluffton college faculty this fall, it was announced last week by the col lege administrative office. Dr. Lehman will serve as professor of philosophy and psychology, and in addition may teach in the depart ment of Biblical education. Dr. Lehman received his Ph. D. degree from Yale university, with a major in philosophy. His past ex perience also includes several years as a missionary in India. Two members of last year’s staff already have left the college, it was announced. Harvey Beidler has gone to Celina as chief engineer of the municipal power plant, and Rev. G. T. Soldner is affiliated with an in vestor's syndicate. Lions Hear Talk On Photography Amateur photography, its phenom enal rise and significance were dis cussed by Prof. H. J. Singer of Bowling Green university in an after-dinner address before the Lions club here Tuesday night at the Walnut grill. The meeting was first in the new’ year of the Lions club and the in coming president Fred Getties out lined policies and objectives of the organization. Orphans Home Band To Present Concert Appearing in an evening concert, band from the orphans home main tained in Ft. Wayne by the Reformed and Evangelical churches will play on the Emanuel’s Reformed church grounds at 8 p. m. Thursday of of next week. a The band will be presented here under auspices of the Brotherhood of the St. Johns and Emanuel’s churches. Members of the congre gations of both churches are invited. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and Good Place to Trade NUMBER 12 TWO KILLED IN HIGHWAY CRASH Mishap Near Beaverdam Fatal To Chicago Mother and Her Daughter Father In Bluffton Hospital After Car Crashes Into Concrete Abutment A Chicago mother and her 12-year old daughter met instant death at 2:30 o’clock last Friday afternoon when the automobile in which they were riding crashed into a concrete abutment a mile and one-half east of Beaxerdam on the Lincoln highway. Rose Rifkin, 12, was killed instant ly and her mother, Mrs. Benjamin Rifkin, 38, died soon after, before she could be moved. Benjamin Rifkin, 50 husband and father of the two victims, was serious ly hurt and will be confined in the Bluffton hospital for at least another week with lacerations on the head and body and three fractured ribs. Enroute Home The mishap occurred on the Lincoln highway, one-fourth mile east of the Phillips school, six miles southwest of Bluffton, as the family was return ing to their home in Chicago after visiting relatives in Philadelphia and Newark, N. J., and viewing the New York World’s fair. Rifkin, w’ho was driving, is believed to have lost control of the car, and a report by the state highway patrol indicates the vehicle struck a guard rail and skidded 60 feet before crash ing into the concrete abutment of the bridge. Coroner Burt Hibbard reported that State Highw’ay Patrolman Charles Cain stopped Rifkin about five miles from where the crash occurred and warned him to “slow’ down.” This, Cain said, had occurred only a few' minutes before the fatal crash. Car Demolished After the mishap the car was turn ed around and headed east, with the right side demolished. All three oc cbpantst were thrown’ from W vehicle. Coroner Hibbard said Mrs. Rifkin suffered a crushed chest and a broken right thigh. Her daughter received a fractured skull, a broken right jaw and her left arm was severed, being found in a ditch almost 100 feet from the automobile. Bodies of the two victims were re moved to the Diller funeral home here and then taken to Toledo and cremat ed at the Woodlawn cemetery Sunday. The bodies were accompanied to To ledo by Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stein, of Philadelphia, Mrs. Rifkin’s brother and wife, and her sister and husband of Newark, N. J. Show Pictures Here Of Hawaiian Islands William Geiger, of Hawaii, form erly of near Bluffton, who is spend ing the summer here will show pic tures of the islands at the First Men nonite church on Thursday night, July 27 at 8:15 o’clock. Showing of the pictures will be in connection with a meeting Men’s Brotherhood of the and the public is invited. of the church arrived Mr. and Mrs. Geiger who here last month will leave the first week in August, returning to where he is an instructor schools. Mrs. Geiger the Miss Magdalene Frankhouser ton is a Bluffton college graduate. Hawaii in the former of Dal- Preceding the showing of pictures, members of the Men’s Brotherhood will enjoy a hamburger fry at the outdoor grill at the home of Paul Diller on South Main street. Will Teach In City Schools At Marion Miss Mae Belle Amstutz of this place has been employed as home economics instructor in the schools at Marion, according ceived here from C. superintendent of that to word re A. Hudson, place. resigned her Miss Amstutz has position at Eden Centralized school, Upper Sandusky, w’here she has been employed since graduating from Ohio State university two years ago. Band Concert On Sunday Afternoon An ojen air hand concert will be given on the Bluffton college campus Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. The band directed by Prof. Sidney Hauenstein will consist of about 35 members and is composed of college and high school students and others home for the summer vacation. The public is invited.