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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV QUIET PRIMARY IS ANTICIPATED No Interest Is Evidenced As Election to Settle One Contest Draws Near Democratic Candidates Have No Opposition Only Contest On G. O. P. Ticket What is expected to be one of the quietest primaries in Bluffton’s his tory will be held next Tuesday when the town goes thru the routine of a regular election to determine one con test on the Republican ticket. Otherwise Republicans and Demo cratic nominees have no opposition, and with little interest evidenced in the election it is expected that the vote will be one of the lightest of all time. The sole contest is for nomination of Republican candidates for the board of public affairs, four candidates seek ing the three nominations. Little ac tivity has been noticed and it is ex pected that the primary will come and pass as quietly as any in the memory of Bluffton electors. One Contest In the race for the contested nom inations are Eli Deppler, A. E. Kohli, E. S. Lape and Chas. Lloyd. With no contests on the ticket the Democratic vote undoubtedly will be very light, inasmuch as it is only a matter of formality which resulted in presenting the ballot. Altho all indications are to the ef fect that voting will be dispirited, board of elections officials are taking no chances, and have ordered 400 Re publican and 575 Democratic ballots. Complete Tickets Complete list of candidates as they will appear on the two tickets is as follows: Republicans—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 marshal, 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. H. S. Instructor Gets Year’s Absence Leave Orden Smucker, Bluffton high school instructor, will receive a year’s leave of absence to take grad uate work and also teach at Ohio State university in Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Smucker will leave the middle of next month for Colum bus where they will reside during the coming school year which (Tpens October 1. His work as instructor will in clude teaching freshman and sopho more sociology classes and also edu cational sociology to advanced un dergraduates in the department of education. During this time he will carry a half-time program of courses for the Ph. D. degree in the department of sociology and also some work in journalism. He will continue his contract here as adviser to the publication of “The Cutlass”, Bluffton high school stu dent paper. There was no indication the first of the week that any instructor will be employed to fill Smucker’s place on the high school faculty here dur ing the coming year and his classes will probably be taken over by mem bers of the present teaching staff. Attend Convention At Portland, Oregon Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bogart of Cherry street and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. French of Washington, C. H., left Wednesday afternoon on a motor trip to Portland, Oregon, where they will attend the National Rural Let ter Carriers convention, August 15 to 18. Mr. Bogart, president of the Fourth Congressional District Letter Carriers association will attend the national convention as a delegate from the Ohio state organization. Mrs. Bogart will be the delegate from Ohio at the meeting of the Women’s auxiliary. Following the convention Mr. and Mrs. Bogart and Mr. and Mrs. French will visit the San Francisco exposition and other points of in terest. They expect to be gone for one month. Mosquito Swarms Force Change In Church Services TN order to circumvent the swarms of mosquitoes which have been disrupting Bluffton’s Sunday evening union church services, the Ministerial associa tion announced that the meeting next Sunday night will begin at 7 o’clock, one-half hour earlier than usual. Services wili be dismissed be fore dusk when mosquitoes are most prevalent. The meeting Sunday night will be held in the Methodist church. Rev. Chas. Armentrout of the Presbyterian church will be the speaker. RULES ON SCHOOL AREA TRANSFERS Ruling from Attorney General May Effect Orange Twp. Controversy Board Required to Make Trans fer if 75 Per Cent Petition Therefor A new development which may have a profound effect on the Orange township school controversy appeared from Columbus the first of the week when Attorney General Thomas J. Herbert ruled that county school boards no longer have authority to revamp boundary lines of school dis tricts. This authority under the law of 1935 ended with the plan adopted by the Legislature for the school year 1938-39, he said. A school board is now required to transfer a district to an adjoining exempted school district on petition by 75 percent of voters in the district seeking transfer .Herbert ruled. Expect Showdown With the Orange township sutua tion apparently headed toward a showdown just what effect the ruling from the attorney general would have could not be immediately determined. Three petitions seeking transfer of portions of Orange township from jurisdiction of the Hancock county board to the Bluffton school district are now on file in the office of the board in Findlay. Sponsors of the petitions claim they bear the required 75 per cent of the voters in their re spective districts. Petitions are those filed by Jesse Anderson, Joe Powell and W. W. Scothorn and others. Territory cov ered by the Anderson petition lies contigious to the Bluffton district while area represented by the Powell and Scoihorn petitions lies east of the Anderson petition tract and is separ ated from the Bluffton district by that area. No Action on Petitions No action was taken by the Han cock county board of education at its July meeting looking toward transfer of territory as asked in the petitions. Following the meeting it was stated that A. G. Fuller. Findlay attorney, retained as legal counsel by the Or ange township group seeking trans fer of the territory, was making a study of the case. Action on the mat ter is expected before the opening of the fall term of school in September. New Owner Takes Over Dairy Here Paul L. Detwiler of Souderton, t»a., who was graduated in June from Bluffton college has purchased the Hy-Grade dairy from Homer Gratz. Announcement of the deal was made Tuesday when Detwiler took over the management of the dairy which Gratz has operated for the past ten years. As a result of the deal, Gratz will devote his entire time to the opera tion of his fart v west of Bluffton. Detwiler who. has been here for the past month becoming familiar with the details of the business has also taken over the milk depot at the rear of the Hub restaurant. The new owner announced that the dairy would continue to pas teurize all milk products and main tain the same service as under the former resige. Hog Market Lowest In Recent Years Wheat Stages Recovery OATS CROP IS HEADACHE, DEALERS SAY Top of $6.20 Quoted for Prime Porkers on Bluffton Market Tuesday Wheat Rallies from Seven Year Low to 63 Cents Here Wednesday Hogs on the Bluffton market dip ped to the lowest price level re corded here for several years past when top prime quality offerings were quoted at $6.20. Top price Wednesday showed an increase of five cents per hundred pounds over Tuesday’s figure. Local livestock shippers said that not in recent years has the price dropped to Tuesday’s level. Reason for the sagging prices on the hog market is attributed to an increase of hogs on farms throughout the country and also large surpluses of pork and lard in cold storage. Surplus of Pork The shippers quoted July 1 govern ment estimates to the effect that there are now 80 million pounds more pork and 20 million pounds more lard in storage than a year ago. In addition to this it is pointed out that the spring hog crop is now starting to the market and it is esti mated that there are eight million more hogs than a year ago. In contrast to the slump in the hog market, cattle were reported as holding fairly steady, with no marked variation in quotations. Wheat Recovers With the hog market scraping bottom, the wheat market which touched a seven-year low at 59 cents early last week showed a sharp recovery with quotations at 63 cents per bushel here Wednesday morning. Sharp drop in wheat marketings following the price crash last week was given as one of the reasons for the recovery. Wheat at the present price is within one cent of the high est quotation for the grain which prevailed for a short time during the harvest season last month. Notwithstanding the recovery in wheat and drop in hogs, reports are current that a sizeable portion of the wheat crop held on farms in this district is being fed to porkers being finished for the September market. St. Mary’s Lawn Fete On August 9 Annual lawn fete for benefit of St. Mary’s Catholic church will be held on the church grounds, Lawn avenue and Elm street, Wednesday night, August 9, it is announced by Rev. Robert A. Maher, general chairman of the affair. Lawn fetes sponsored by the church have been largely attended in past years and preparations are being made to handle a large crowd. In addition to Bluffton residents, many will attend from Lima, Find lay, Ottawa and other surrounding places. A number of new features will be included in the program next Wed nesday night, it was announced the first of the week. Committees in charge are: Ice cream and cake tickets—Ed Reagan, Mrs. Verne Dardio. Ice cream—Chas. Hankish, Andrew and Ed Herrman, Elmer Nusbaum, David Fisher, Irvin Herrman. Cake,s—Mrs. Dale McGinnis, Mrs. Frank Zuercher, Mrs. Elmer Nus baum, Mrs. David Fisher, Mrs. Jack Fisher, Mrs. John Rogers, Mrs. For rest Beemer, Mrs. Wm. Underwood. Serving cafeteria style—Miss Ida Owens, Mrs. Geo. Schmidt, Mrs. Landolin Kindle, Mrs. Esther Wag ner. Coffee—Mrs. Wm. Jackson, Mrs. Pearl Schmidt, Mrs. Clarence Bur well, Mrs. Daniel Myers. Harry Turner, Richard Nusbaum, Romanus Zuercher, Chas. Hankish, Jr. Sandwiches—Mrs. Harry Turner, Mrs. Ed. Reagan, Mrs. Chas. Hankish, Mrs. L. H. Foltz, Mrs. Joe Gerdeman, Sr. Mrs. Rose Herrman. Lights and Grounds—Wm. Jack son. Clarence Burwell. Soft drinks—Lewis Fisher, Jerome Zuercher, Landolin Kindle, J. F. Herrman, Verne Dardio. Serving tables—Mrs. Jos. Gerde man, Mrs. Herman Schmidt, Mrs. 11. Heffner, Mary and Marjorie Zuer cher, Mrs. Reid, Mary and Adelaide McGinnis, Mildred Leffler, Rita Nus baum, Josephine Pence, Geneva and Ruth Hankish, Evelyn and Ruth Gerdeman. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1939 Wide Variation in Quality Re sults in Corresponding Price Spread Much of Grain is Damaged by Rains Quality of Crop Below Average Bluffton grain dealers are finding a lot of headaches in the oats crop this year. It’s all because there are a lot of different kinds of oats— not including wild oats. Not in years dealers say, has there been such a variation in the quality of the oats crop—and as a result a correspondingly wide spread in the price. Quotationson oats at the Bluff ton market, Wednesday morning fluctuated within a range of ten cents with dry oats bringing a top price of 32 cents per bushel. From that figure quotations on marketable oats ranged down to 22 cents. Quality Below Average An unusually large portion of the crop this year is damp and quality suffers accordingly, dealers stated. Quality of the crop as a whole is below average. The oats crop has been plagued wnth a jinx since early last spring when heavy rains during the plant ing season made it impossible to get a large part of the crop in the ground. As a result of this condition much of the acreage earmarked for oats was diverted to soybeans. At har vest season, too, heavy rains inter fered with the cutting of the crop, much of the grain being damaged as a result. 0. K, ON BUDGET Will Cost $67,568 to Operate Municipality in 1940, Estimate Shows Budget for Coming Year I.ower than Estimate for Present Year The 1940 budget is slightly lower than anticipated expenditures of $67, 859 for 1939. In 1938 considerably more was spent, an aggregate $92. 516.20, but approximately $15,000 of the sum was re resented in cost of the construction an addition to the water works plant and installation of a new boiler. The proposed budget of $67,568 for 1940 is slightly her. however, thai expenditures in 1H-.7 when a total of $64,561.53 was distributed the town clerk pointed out. New Budget Figures In the new 1940 budget, $6,918 has been alloted to the general fund $2, 000 for street maintenance and re pair $50.00 for the waterworks and electric light fund, and $8,650 for bond retirement. Anticipated receipts for the coming year have been estimated at $96, 299.06 This figure includes General fund. $13,302 street maintenance and repair, $2,099.01 gasoline tax street repair fund, $4,598.05 water works and electric light fund $69,000, and general bond retirement fund, $7,300. Bluffton’s estimated tax valuation for 1940 is $2,266,675, according to Steiner’s budget report. In addition it is expected that about $1,300 will be obtained as the village’s share of the classified property tax during the coming year. Bring Remains Here For Funeral Services Andrew Althaus, 74, former Bluff ton resident, died at Toledo hospital Monday morning. Death was due to a heart attack. Mr. Althaus was born in Bluffton June 13, 1865, the son of the late Rudolph and Barbara Althaus, pioneer Bluffton residents. He was a painter by trade and has been in Toledo for many years. One sister, Mrs: Fred Hahn of West Elm street is the only sur vivor. The remains were brought here for services at the Diller funeral home, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Emil Burrichter of the Re formed church officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. *1 is A budget estimating municipal ex penditures during the 1940 calendar year will amount to $07,568 has been approved by the Bluffton village coun cil and will be submitted by Town Clerk Carold Steiner to the Allen county budget commission. Former Bluffton Woman was Nurse at Peiping Hospital For Three Years Now N. Meets Niece rived Meet From Ends Of The Earth MISS Elizabeth Moser (left) and her niece, Miss Elizabeth 1 Martin (right) who met Saturday at the home of Prof, and Mrs. G. A. Lehman in Rochester, N. Y. Mrs. Lehman is a sister of Miss Moser and an aunt of Miss Martin. Miss Moser has just returned from China where she was surgical supervisor in a Peiping hospital. Miss Martin, reared in the interior of Brazil, South America, where her father is a mis sionary. is a student in Wooster college. In the above picture. Miss Moser, showing Chinese curios, is demonstrating the use of a fingernail guard. Elizabeth Moser, Home From War Torn China To Arrive Here Soon Visiting in Rochester. Y. Will Motor Here Middle of August Miss Elizabeth Moser, former Bluffton woman who arrived in New York city last Thursday after three years in China as surgical super visor in the Peiping Union Medical college is expected here the middle of this month to visit at the home of her brother, Ezra Moser family north of town. and late now Miss Moser, daughter of the Noah Moser of this place, is spending two weeks in Rochester, N. Y., at the home of her sister, Mrs. G. A. Lehman and family. She will motor here with her brother, Alford Moser and son Jimmy of Chicago who met here in New York city last week and are now her in Rochester. with from Brazil An unusual incident occurred at the home of Prof, and Mrs. Lehman at Rochester, when Miss Moser ar was there Saturday where she (Continued on page 8) Remains Brought Here For Burial Burial services for Levi Messinger, 56, native of Bluffton, were held at Zion Mennonite cemetery three miles west of town, Sunday afternoon. Mr. Messinger died suddenly Wed nesday night at his home in Middle to a had bury, Indiana. Death was due heart ailment from which he suffered for several years. Mr. He left Bluffton about forty ago living in New Stark and and later moving to Indiana. here The remains were brought Sunday and brief funeral services were held at Zion cemetery Rev. G. T. Soldner officiating, lowing the service interment made at that place. with Fol was Messinger, son of the late Mes farm David and Angeline (Ream) singer, was born on the home three miles southwest of Bluffton now occupied by his brother Aaron and sisters Ella and Ruth singer. Mes- years Lima Surviving are his widow and son Silvan of Hiddlebury, Ind. daugh ter Mrs. Zelma Lochen of Prescott, Arizona two brothers Ami of Elida and Aaron of Bluffton and two sis ters Ella and Ruth Messinger of this place. Rev. Grabill Resigns Local Church Charge Tendering a farewell to Rev. Clif ford Grabill, who will leave his charge at the Bluffton Missionary church on Sept. 1, members of the congregation gathered Tuesday night at the home of Elijah Cramer on South Main street. In the farewell program short talks were made by Esther Welty, representing the young people of the church Sylvia Fett, of the mis sionary society, and Harry Welty, representing the Sunday school. Rev. and Mrs. Grabill also spoke briefly. to A studio couch was presented the retiring pastor and his wife the congregation as an evidence their appreciation of his services here. by of Rev. Grabill’s resignation is effect ive Sept. 1, but he is not yet sure where he will go from Bluffton. An nouncement will be made at the an nual church conference in two weeks at Ft. Wayne. Arthur Albro, now of Elkton, will be Rev. Grabill’s suc here, and w-ill take up his Rev. Jan wav Miss Moser left Peiping last uary coming to this country by of India and Palestine. While in India she visited Mennonite mission stations at Champa and Janjgir where Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Bauman and Miss Martha Burkhalter, former Bluffton college students are located. Mich., cessor new duties on Sept. 1. Leave Monday For Hawaiian Islands Miss Evelyn Niswander of Cleve land, daughter of Mr. and Noah Niswander of South avenue will leave Monday for Hawaiian Islands where she has cepted a teaching position for coming yeaer. rs. Lawn the ac the She will be accompanied as far as Los Angeles by her father and mother together with her brother Rheuel Niswander and his daugh ter Patricia of Sylvania. The party will make the trip to California by auto, leaving Monday morning. Miss Niswander will sail from Los Angeles, August 18 on the liner Lurline. She will begin her teach ing duties September 1 at Maunaolu seminary, a private boarding school for girls on the Island The island, one of the group, is a night’s ocean Honolulu. of Maui. Hawaiian trip from same boat on which Miss sails will be Mr. and Geiger formerly of this are returning to their On the Niswander Mrs. Wm. place, who home in Honolulu after a summer’s visit with relatives here. Mr. Gei ger is an instructor in the schools in that city. Miss Niswander has previously been engaged in social work in Cleveland. The institution in Ha waii where she will teach is sup ported largely by a wealthy Cleve land family. Her father and mother together with her brother and his daughter expect to visit places of interest in the west before returning to Ohio early in September. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 14 ASSERT BARBERS’ ORDINANCE LEGAL Letter Received Here from Sec retary of State Board of Barber Examiners Opinion Expected from City Solicitor for Meeting of Council Monday Legality of city ordinances in Ohio regulating hours of barber shops has been upheld in the courts, it was stated by Paul Flavin, secretary of State Board of Barber Examiners in a letter to Ralph Patterson, Bluffton barber shop proprietor. Flavin’s letter was written in re ply to an inquiry sent him by Patter son following the meeting of the town council a week ago when the question of regulating hours of barber shops was brought up. In effect in Ohio at present are about 60 ordinances regulating bar bers hours, according to Flavin. For Council Consideration Information received from the sec retary of the state board will be pass (Continued on page 8) Returns To Mission Work Among Chinese Steiner, formerly of will leave this week work as a missionary year’s furlough in Rev. J. F. near Bluffton, to resume his in China after a this country. Steiner and and Geneva two Rev. and Mrs. daughters Betty been living in Wooster since arrival here last summer. The ily will remain in Wooster for the present while Rev. Steiner will start the last of the week on his return to the Far East. have their fam Enroute he will stop at the home of his brother-in-law, Rev. Armin C. Steiner of Pandora, Saturday to bid farewell to his relatives and friends in this district. On Sunday he will leave Lima for San Francisco from where he will sail August 11 on the liner President Pierce for the island of Hainan off the coast of China where he is sta tioned in a Presbyterian mission. For the past twenty-five Rev. Steiner mission work was wrested the invading February. The were unharmed during the fighting. years has been engaged in on the island which from the Chinese by Japanese army last mission buildings Last Rites For Mrs. T. A. Kitchen Monday Mrs. T. A. Kitchen, 84, Bluffton resident for many years, died at her home on Cherry street, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Kitchen suffered a broken hip two years ago and had been confined to time. her bed since that the former Irene in Putnam county She has resided in her marriage to fifty-six years ago. she was an active Mrs. Kitchen, Clark, was born near Ottawa. Bluffton since Thos. A. Kitchen For many years member of the here and also the missionary so ciety. Methodist church Surviving are her husband and thee sons Dr. Clyde Kitchen of Delaware Coral of Kokomo, Ind., and Oliver of Pittsburgh. Funeral services were held at the Diller funeral home, Monday after noon with Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Return To Hawaii After Summer Visit Mr. and Mrs. William Geiger of Honolulu, Hawaii, who spent the summer visiting relatives here will leave the last of this week, return ing to their home in the islands. They will sail from Los Angeles on August 18 on the liner Lurline. On the same boat will be Miss Evelyn Niswander of Bluffton who will teach in Hawaii during^ the coming year. Mr. Geiger, who formerly lived northwest of Bluffton, has been an instructor in the schools at Honolulu for a number of years. He is a graduate of Bluffton college. His wife, the former Magdalene Frank houser of Wayne county, also grad uated from college here. Births The following births at Bluffton Community Mr. and Beaverdam, hospital Mrs. Marvin Reigle of a son, Sunday. Mrs. Robert Edinger of Mr. and Lima, a son, Tuesday.