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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV ENROUTE HOME FROM EUROPE Former Bluffton Man on Dutch Liner to Land in New York Next Tuesday Dr. Emmet Harshbarger Tem porarily Stranded as Re sult of Threatened War Stranded in Europe during the past week when the threat of war resulted in cancellation of German steamer schedules, Dr. Emmet Harshbarger, former Bluffton high school instructor succeeded in booking passage on a Dutch liner and is expected to land in New York city next Tuesday. Word to this effect was received the first of the week by his wife and two sons who recently arrived here from their home in Bethel, Kansas, to visit her mother, Mrs. Sarah Geig er and the Rev. G. T. Soldner family on Cherry street. Dr. Harshbarger who has been in Europe for the past tw’o months had his return passage engaged on the North German Lloyd line when all sailings were canceled last week be cause of the prospect of war. Sails on Veendam One of the thousands of Americans stranded in Europe by the unexpected turn of events, the former Bluffton instructor obtained passage on the Veendam, a small Dutch liner. Dr. Harshbarger was one of eleven Americans granted fellowships to attend the Academic of International Law which met at The Hague, Nether lands ,this summer. Fellowships were given by the Carnegie Peace Endow ment. Dr. Harshbarger wil be remember ed here as an instructor in Bluffton high schOQ. fox Tour years, 1926-30. He is also a graduate of Bluffton col lege. For several years past he has been an instructor in Bethel college at Newton, Kansas and is one of the officers of the Kansas Institute of In ternational Relations. Mrs. Harshbarger and sons, togeth er with Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Fretz of Chicago who are visiting here will leave Thursday on a motor trip to Cambridge, Mass., where they will visit at the home of Mrs. Karl Nord strom, sister of Mrs. Harshbarger and Mrs. Fretz. From Cambridge they will go to New York city to meet Dr. Harshbarger next Tuesday. Matter-Armbrecht Wedding Saturday Marriage of Miss Ruth Matter, daughter of Mrs. Bertha Matter of Cherry street and Frank Armbrecht of Findlay was solemnized at the parsonage of the Reformed church here in a quiet ceremony Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock. The marriage service was read by Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of the church. The couple was unattended. The bride was attired for the oc casion in rofance blue satin with accessories and carried a lovely bou quet of roses and cut flowers. After the ceremony the couple left on a week’s wedding trip thru the southern states. On their return they will reside in Findlay. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1932 and has been employed in the office of the Page Dairy plant here. The groom is also an employe of the Page plant. Name Orange Twp. Candidates Monday Orange township candidates for the November election were named Monday night when Republicans and Democrats held caucus meetings at Orange Center. Candidates nominated were: Republican—Trustee, John A. War ren clerk, Harry Ream justice of peace, J. Harvey Gallant constable, Elbert Anderson. Democratic—Trustee, Henry Wilch clerk, Ralph Caris justice of peace, Gilbert Montgomery constable, Ralph Henry. Real Estate Deal Willis Cummins has purchased the building lot at the corner of South Lawn avenue and West Kibler street. The lot was formerly owned by the late Alvah Snyder who laid founda tion for a residence on the site. New Pastor REy Arthur Albro, new pastor of the Missionary church here. Rev. Albro together with his wife and three children will arrive here Friday from Elkton, Mich., and occupy the Mrs. F. L. Todd property on Cherry street vacated by L. A. Oberly. Rev. Albro succeeds Rev. C. L. Grabill former pastor of the church here who left Wednesday for Denair, Calif., where he has accepted a pastorate. SCHOOL HERE TO BUY NEW BUSES Purchase Will Be Made At Special Meeting This Thursday Night Number of Buses Operated Will Be Reduced From Six To Five Purchase of from one to three buses for transporting rural pupils to class es in Bluffton public schools will be considered by the board of education at a meeting Thursday night in the high school office. Altho the board has asked for bids on from one to three new vehicles, it has been indicated unofficially that the latter number will probably be bought. Buses purchased this year will be of larger capacity than those former ly operated, and the number of ve hicles in service will be reduced from six to five, members of the board have pointed out in discussing the matter. Larger buses, together with a de creased enrollment from rural areas, make it possible to operate satisfac torily with five buses during the com ing year, it was announced. Old bus es will be used this fall until the new one are delivered. Will Buy Coal In addition to the bus proposition, the school board will consider bids and let contracts for furnishing coal for the grade and high school build ings. Bids for the sale of state school foundation refunding notes in the amount of $11,000 will be received by the board at this session. These four per cent notes, held by the Citizen National bank, accumulated during the last year. They represent a direct obligation of the state school foundation fund. When foundation funds are due and the state lacks finances to make the distribution, certificates are sent to school districts authorizing them to borrow money on the strength of the certificate, it was pointed out. Another matter to be decided at Thursday's meeting is the hiring of an instructor for the new vocational trade school department, which was added to the school curriculum two weeks ago. Kindergarden To Be Privately Operated Kindergarden for pre-school age children operated as a WPA project last year will be continued this year as a private enterprise since there is no federal appropriation now available. Miss Ruth Lampson, in charge of the school last year announced she would continue the school after hav ing been requested to do so by a number of parents. Classes will open next Tuesday in the Grade building, a room having been provided for this purpose by the board of education. Hours will be in the morning from 9 until 11:30 o’clock. COUNCIL TO GET. SEWER ESTIMATE Cost of Intercepting Lines and Complete System Ready Monday Night Council to Set Machinery in Motion for November Elec tion on Question Final arrangements will be made at a special meeting of the town council next Monday night for sub mitting the proposed municipal sew age disposal system question to vote in the regular November election. Engineers will have estimates completed by that time, and com plete data will be turned over to the councilmen, permitting them to set machinery in motion to include the bond issue vote on the ticket this fall. Estimates are being prepared on an intercepting sewerage system, calling for the construction of main sewers along the banks of Big and Little Riley creeks, into which the present private lines would empty. In addition the cost of completely sewering the town will be presented. Vote On Intercepting Lines It is believed, however, that the cost of a complete new system will be prohibitive, with the result that the vote will be on the intercepting set up. Other lines thruout the town could be constructed later if desired. Estimates are being drafted by the Toledo engineering firm of Champe, Finkbeiner and Associates. It has been roughly estimated that an in tercepting system will cost approxi mately $300,000, and that 75 per cent of the total would be defrayed by the WPA. This will be the third time in recent years Bluffton voters have bal lotted on the sewage disposal question. In New Locations Rev. Carl Landis and family, oc cupying the residence at Cherry and Mound streets, known as the former Storer property will move Thursday to Chicago where Rev. Landis will have charge of a Mennonite mission and also study in a theological sem inary. During his residence here he was in charge of Bluffton college student work projects. He is also secretary of the Mennonite Peace society. L. A. Oberly and family will move Thursday from the Mrs. F. L. Todd property on Cherry street into the property vacated by the Landis family. Rev. Arthur Albro and family of Elkton, Mich., are expected here Fri day and will occupy the Mrs. Todd property vacated by the Oberly fam ily. Rev. Albro comes here to as sume the pastorate of the Missionary church recently resigned by Rev. C. L. Grabill. Rev. C. L. Grabill and family are vacating the Mrs. Minnie Patrick property on Riley street this Wed nesday and moving to Denair, Cali fornia, where he has accepted the pastorate of a Missionary church. They are making the trip by auto. Rev. Grabill, pastor of the Mission ary church here for the past ten years recently resigned. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Wells will move Friday from the South Jack son street property of the Misses Clara and Ella Geiger to apartments in the Mrs. Orpha Harris residence on South Main street. Mr. and Mrs. O. Greiner have moved from the Clymer farm north of Bluffton to the W. H. Stepleton property north of town on the Dixie highway. LIONS SPEAKER Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf who recently returned from a summer motor tour thru the west will ad dress the meeting of the Bluffton Lions club next Tuesday night at 6:15 in the Walnut Grill. WINDOW EXHIBITS A cluster of fourteen apples on on'* small branch attracted attention in th? News widnow display the past week. The apples were grown in the orchard of Rev. J. Norman King on South Main street and exhibited by Elijah Cramer who occupies the place. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1939 PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL OPEN HERE NEXT TUESDAY Kent Moser, 23, of San Francisco, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Moser of Aberdeen, Idaho, formerly of Bluffton, stopped off on a trans continental airplane flight from New York city to California to visit Sun day and Monday at the home of his uncle Ezra Moser and family north of Bluffton and also his grandfather, J. J. Badertscher -of East Kibler street. Wedding Solemnized In Service On Lawn In a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the home of the bride took place the wedding of Miss Edith G. Stein er, daughter of Mrs. Barbara Stein er, residing east of Pandora, and Walter Meigs of Warren, Ohio, Sat urday evening at 6:30 o’clock. The vows were exchanged on the front lawn of the home with a nat ural setting of evergreens, augment ed with baskets of garden flowers and tall candelabra as a background. Rev. P. E. Whitmer, pastor of the Grace Mennonite church, officiated at the impressive single ring cere mony. Preceding the ceremony a delight ful program of nuptial music was presented. Mrs. Oliver Steiner, sis ter of the bride, played two piano numbers entitled “Angels’ Serenade” by Braga and “Song to the Evening Star” by Wagner. “Reign Thou Su preme” by Reitz and “Oh Promise Me” by DeKoven were sung by the Misses Esther Niswander and Alice Jean Steiner, neices of the bride. Miss Lucille Niswander, another neice of the bride, favored with two violin solos entitled “Serenade” by Schubert and “Liebestraum” by Liszt. At the approach of the bridal pro cession “Bridal March” from Lohen grin, was played by Mrs. Steiner. The maid of honor, Miss Grace Steiner, sister of the bride, chose a lovely aqua net floor length dress fashioned with a tight bodice, and a full double net skirt trimmed with bows of grosgrain ribbon in peach shade. Her small halo hat of peach net was enhanced by a two tiered shoulder length veil. She carried a bouquet of talisman roses. David Hilty, nephew of the bride, acted as ring-bearer. The bride, escorted and given in marriage by her brother Lennis Steiner, was beautiful in a gown of mousseline-de-soie made princess style, standup collar and long, tight fitting sleeves, with her skirt sweep ing into a long train. Compliment ing her gown was a two-tiered fingertip veil, with scattered orange blossoms and fashioned from a tiara of orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses. Oliver Steiner, brother-in-law of the bride, attended as best man. The groom was dressed in conven tional blue. The ushers from the occasion were Walden Hilty, brother-in-law of the bride, and Myron Lehman. A reception immediately followed the wedding. Fifty near relatives and friends attended. Out-of-town guests included Mrs. Hattie Meigs, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Meigs and sons, Mrs. Cora Escott and son Raymond, and Miss Mildred Kingdom of Warren Rev. and Mrs. A. D. Welty and son James, Mr. and Mrs. F. Welty of Lima Mr. and Mrs. Walden Hilty and son David of East Orange, N. J., and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Steiner of Cleveland, Tennessee. Stops Here On New York To San Francisco Journey By Airplane Moser, employed at the San Fran War Scare May Change Bluffton Woman’s Plan For Study In Paris The bride, a graduate of Bluffton college, has been instructor of music in the public schools near Warren for the past four years. The groom is in business with a coal and build ers’ supplies firm at Warren. Mr. and* Mrs. Meigs left for a ten-day wedding trip to the hite Mountains in New Hampshire. For traveling the bride wore a costume suit of pigeon blue wool with brown accessories. After Sept. 5 they will be at home at 1565 Youngstown Road, Warren. “Thieves Steal Dogs in Hollywood” —The PUPKEEP there must be pretty high. FORMER BLUFFTON MAN NOW IN LONDON cisco airport of the T. W. A. lines recently went by plane to New York city. On his return he stopped at the Dayton airport where he was met by his Uncle Virgil Moser of that city who brought him here by auto. He left Dayton by plane Monday morning for Boulder, Colorada, where he will stop and motor to Aberdeen to visit his parents before returning to San Francisco, Hiss Catherine Gratz Scheduled To Sail Middle of October For France Mans for Year’s Study Before Leaving for Africa Mission Field Plans of a Bluffton young woman to study in Paris for missionary service in French West Africa may be disrupted by war clouds hovering over Europe. Miss Catherine Gratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratz, of South Jackson streets, is scheduled to sail from New York city on Oct. 19 for a year’s study in Paris, preparatory to going into the African mission field. What effect the war scare may have on her plans has not yet been determined, but at present American officials are warning all citizens to return from continental capitals and are discouraging others from going ovei seas. Miss Gratz, who recently resigned her position as a home missionary in Ft. Wayne, will leave for New York city on Sept. 19 where she is to spend a month in preliminary study of French and African native languages. On Oct. 19 she had planned to go to Paris for a year of advanced study. Following completion of her course she is to go to French West Africa where she will be located on the western border of the Sahara desert for four years. Miss Gratz will go to Africa un der the board of foreign missions of the Christian Missionary Alliance church. She will be maintained, however, by the Missionary church. Farewell services for Miss Gratz will be held in the Bluffton Mission ary church Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Auto License Gives Clue To Melon Raid Raiding of a farmer’s melon patch by sixteen members of the Bluffton high school football squad after “skull practise” Tuesday night came to grief when numbers on the license tag of one of the automobiles fur nished a clue as to the identity of the raiders. Dan Walters, Putnam county mel on grower said he obtained the li cense numbers of one of the cars whose occupants he claimed were in his melon patch and notified the Al len county sheriff’s office. Deputy sheriffs were here Wednes day morning working on the case and rounded up sixteen youths at the office of Mayor W. A. Howe. All of the youths are juveniles and the mayor said that a hearing would probably be held in the juvenile court at Lima Wednesday afternoon. TO TEACH AT COL. GROVE Miss Barbara Hauenstein, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauen stein, of Bluffton, has been hired as an instructor at Columbus Grove high school, it was announced last week. Miss Hauenstein will teach junior high scocial sciences, world history, senior English and American gov ernment courses. Birth Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Niswander of Jenera are the parents of a daught er born at the Bluffton hospital, Tuesday. Capt. Rene Studler is Military Attache to American Embassy Has Been Assigned to Present Post in England for Past Three Years In the midst of feverish British preparations for war, anti-air raid drills and nightly blackouts, a for mer Bluffton resident, Capt. Rene Studler, now in England is obtain ing a close-up view of world history in the making. Capt. Studler, son of Mrs. Paul Studler of South Jackson street is stationed in London as military attache to the American ambassy. He and his wife have been in London for the past three and one-half years. His mother had expected to visit in England and on the Continent this summer, but cancelled the trip because of the uncertain interna tional situation. Mrs. Studler has had no word from her son since a letter written on August 1, at which time conditions had not yet reached the acute stage. Capt. Studler and his wife visited in this country last fall, arriving in Bluffton the middle of October and accompanied by his mother went to California for a month. Previous to his London assign ment, Capt. Studler was stationed at Manila, Philippine Islands. WILL LEAVE NEXT WEEK FUR AFRICA Former Bluffton Woman and Husband to Sail from New York City Will Resume Mission Work in Belgian Congo in Interior Of Africa Missionary service in the heart of “Darkest Africa” will be resumed this fall by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seneff, who have been on a fur lough in the United States since the spring of 1938. Mrs. Seneff was formerly Miss Lillian Welty, of this place, daugh ter of John Welty, on Cherry street. On a visit with her father here at present, Mr. and Mrs. Seneff will leave for New York next week, from where they will shortly sail for Africa. Working under the African In land Mission, an interdenominational board, Mr. and Mrs. Seneff are lo cated in the highlands of Belgian Congo, deep in the heart of Africa. The Congo is approximately a third as large as the United States. Mombasa, seaport for the region in which the Seneffs are located, is 1500 miles from the mission station. Vocc(l Program At Mennonite Church Gordon and Marvin Hilty, Bluffton vocalists, will be heard in a sacred concert at the First Mennonite church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The Hilty brothers recently returned from an extended concert tour thru the west. In their appearance here Sunday night they will be accompan ied by James Bixel of this place. TO TEACH IN LAFAYETTE Miss Ruth Greding, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Greding has ac cepted a position for the coming year as instructor in English and Latin in the Lafayette high school. For the past four years she has been an instructor in the high school at Waterville, having resigned that position. TO TEACH IN BEAVERDAM Miss Rita Hankish, who has been teaching in the Gomer schools re signed at that place to accept a posi ’ion as instructor in music and English in Beaverdam high school for the coming year. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hankish of this place. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 18 BOARD CHANGES OPENING DATE Term Begins Earlier Than Pre viously Planned to Give Spring Vacation Vocational Trades Instructor to Be Hired Thursday 30 On Teaching Staff Bluffton public schools will open next Tuesday morning for the begin ning of the 1939-40 school term, a week earlier than date originally set by the board of education. Opening earlier in the fall will per mit a spring vacation for pupils dur ing the next Easter season, Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf pointed out in an nouncing the change. One vacancy on the teaching staff of the high school must be filled be fore the term gets under way, and the board of education will meet this Thursday night to hire an instructor for the new vocational trade school department which was added to the curriculum two weeks ago. 30 Teachers Addition of the vocational trades teacher will give Bluffton nine grade school teachers a staff of 15 in the high school and six special teachers and supervisors. Student enrolling in the high school for the first year are requested to register at the high school office from 9 a. m. until 4 p. m. next Friday, Supt. Longsdorf said. Enrollment in the new vocational trade school will be made at the same time, and the school head urged all those interested in the course to come to the office for conferences. Preceding the opening of school, Bluffton teachers will hold their first meeting of the term in the high school building at 7 p. m. next Monday. Mrs. Adella S. Oyer, fifth grade teacher, who underwent an operation last week will be unable to take up her duties for several weeks, and she will be replaced temporarily by Mrs. Mildred Hartman. Mrs. Hartman last year taught three ill children who were unable to attend regular class es. Grade School Teaching assignments for the com ing year in the public schools are: Grade school—Grace K. Cox, princi pal and first grade Meredith Steple ton, second grade Floy McBain, sec ond grade Lavada Balmer, third grade Sevila Bixel, third and fourth grades Minerva Hilty, fourth grade Mrs. Mildred Hartman, fifth grade Robert Ewing, fifth and sixth grades Theola Steiner, sixth grade. High School—Gerhard Buhler, prin cipal and science Wilhelm A. Amstuz, junior high mathematics and general science Harry F. Barnes, vocational agriculture Helen Mae Boss, Latin and French Edythe Cupp, vocational home economics: Arthur L. Daymon, general shop, mathematics 7. Dwight L. Diller, physical educa tion and coach Florence E. Duffield, commercial Wilbur A. Howe, Eng lish Wilford O. Geiger, science El eanor Leiter, physical education, Eng lish 7 Theressa Slusser, history, Eng lish 8 Sidney C. Stettler, mathemat ics and school treasurer: Wilma Non namaker, office secretary. Special teachers and supervisors in clude Ocie Anderson, librarian Sid ney Hauenstein, instrumental music Ruth M. Lambertus, vocal music Mrs. Russell A. Lantz, art Paul W. Stauffer, speech and Janet L. Hen derson, religious education. Miss Henderson’s salary is paid by the churches of the town and community. Assignment of school bus drivers also was announced as follows: C. A. Gratz, No. 1 Jerome Herr, No. 2 Aaron Messinger, No.3 Hiram Burk holder, No. 4, and Francis M. Basing er, No. 5. To Graduate From Ohio State Friday Wade Lape, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape of Grove street will be graduated from Ohio State univers ity Friday morning at commence ment exercises marking the close of the summer quarter. Lape is a senior in the college of commerce and has been specializing in marketing. Mr. and Mrs. Iape and daughter Betty will attend the graduation exercises.