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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV PUBLIC SCHOOL ATTENDANCE 610 Registration at Grade and High Schools 38 Less Than Last Year Drop in Enrollment Particularly Marked in First Six Grades Report Shows Enrollment in Bluffton public schools showed a decrease for the third consecutive year when classes opened Tuesday morning for the 1939-40 term with an attendance of 610. This figure represented a drop of 38 from last year’s opening day reg istration of 648, Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf announced. Attendance in 1937 was 669. A marked decrease is most ap parent in the first six grades which have an enrollment of 283, as com pared with 310 last year. In high school, 327 are attending fall. Registration in 1938 was the this 338. More Girls Enrolled Enrollment in the grade school in cludes 150 boys and 133 girls. In junior and senior high school there are 153 boysvand 174 girls. This is the third consecutive year in which Bluffton public school en rollment has shown a decrease, and this year’s registration of 610 is 114 less than in 1936 when 724 students reported on the opening day. In the high school this year, the largest class is the sophomore with 72 students. There are 45 freshmen, 53 juniors and 52 seniors. All high school classes are larger in enroll ment than this year’s first grade class of 34 pupils. Fewer in Grades Fifth graders top the grade school enrollment with a mark of 60. In the second grade there are 54 pupils and the sixth grade has an enroll ment of 53. Enrollment in the kindergarten, which is being conducted this year by Miss Lucille Lamson as a private venture, is 15, the same as last year. Kindergarten classes meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a. m. Eleven students have registered for the new vocational trade school department, which was added to school curriculum this year. Complete enrollment totals nounced Supt. Longsdorf i GRADEI the an by Wednesday morning are as follows: SCHOOL Boys Girls Totals First Grade Mrs. Grace Cox 16 18 34 Second Grade Meredith Stepleton 12 14 26 Floy McBain 14 14 28 Third Grade Lavada Balmer 13 16 29 Sevila Bixel 7 5 12 Fourth Grade Sevila Bixel 7 5 12 Minerva Hilty 18 13 31 Fifth Grade Mrs. Hartman 18 22 40 Robert Ewing 12 8 20 Sixth Grade Robert Ewing 11 3 14 Theola Steiner .. .. 12 15 37 Totals 150 133 283 HIGH SCHOOL Boys Girls Totals Seventh Grade 25 32 57 Eighth Grade 20 28 48 Freshman 24 21 45 Sophomore 38 34 72 Junior 27 26 53 Senior 19 33 52 Totals 153 174 327 With The Sick N. W. Cunningham who has ben ill at his home on South Jackson street for several months is report ed in a critical condition. Frank Dray, residing three miles east of Bluffton is a patient in the Findlay hospital suffering from a blood clot on the brain. Dray was injured last winter when the limb of a tree fell, striking him on the head. Mrs. Lida Gallant of Grange town ship is a patient in the University hospital, Columbus. Mrs. Mary Ann Folet, who has been a patient in the Bluffton hos pital for the past month is improved and has been removed to her home south of town. Mrs. Edgar Chamberlain of Cherry street is a patient in the Bluffton hospital. PERSISTENT rumors that sugar sales were being re stricted and that consumers could purchase the commodity only in limited quantities were denied by grocers here the first of the week. Sugar can be purchased as usual in any amount desired, dealers stated. THREE SCHOOL BUSSES BOUGHT Bluffton Board Buys New Vehicles at Meeting Last Thursday Night George W. Sigg Named Teacher Of New Vocational Trade School Department Three school buses were purchased and an instructor was hired for the new Bluffton High school vocational trade training department at a meet ing of the Bluffton board of education, last Thursday night. Bus purchases were made from three local dealers, with older being traded in as part of the payment. Delivery will be made in October, and present equipment will be used until that time. Ford bus was bought from Bixel Motof Sales, with a Ford bus taken by the firm on a trade-in basis. Steiner Chevrolet Sales sold the board a new Chevrolet bus, and an older car of the same make was traded. C. F. Niswander, Bluffton Interna tional dealer, accepted two old Inter national busses as part of his sale of a new bus to the board. Operate Four Buses Following delivery of the new ve hicles, the Bluffton board of education will operate only five buses, as com pared with the six used in previous years, it was announced by Supt. A. J. Longsdorf. George W. Sigg, of Toledo, was hired by the board to head the new vocational trade school department. He received a one-year contract at a salary of $1,500, half of which is to be paid by the state department of vocational training. In setting up the new department and hiring an instructor, the board of education announced that equipment and tools will be furnished by The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., in cooperation with the board of educa tion. 20 Years Experience Sigg will come here from Toledo university where he recently complet ed a course in vocational education. He has about 20 years electrical ex perience and has been serving as su pervisor of installation for Winters Electric Co., of Toledo, an electrical construction company. Previously he served as personnel director of Greer college, a Chicago electrical trade school. Sigg is married and his wife and two children will move here from To ledo. State school foundation refunding notes in the amount of $11,300 were sold by the board at last week’s meet ing to Gillis and Russell, of Cleveland. The bonds bear 2% per cent interest. The bonds represent a direct obli gation of the state school foundation fund. When foundation payments are due and the state lacks funds for the distribution, certificates are sent to school districts authorizing them to borrow money on the strength of the certificates, it was pointed out. Army Captain Is Advanced To Major Rene Studler, formerly of Bluffton and for a number of years an army captain has been advanced to the rank of major, it was learned here the first of the week. For the past three and one-half years he has been in England as military attache of the American embassy in London. He is the son of Mrs. Paul Studler of South Jack son street. r. French Relieved By Declaration Of No Basis To Rumor Current That Sugar Sales Are Limited War, Belief Of Bluffton Woman Harriet Criblez Says French Were Tired of War Nerves And Uncertainty Traveler Spends Three Days in Paris Before Returning From Europe Belief that the French people were actually relieved by the declaration of war was expressed this week by Miss Harriet Criblez, who spent three days in Paris before returning home to Bluffton late in August after studying and visiting in Europe during the summer. Miss Criblez said her impression in Paris was that the French were tired of war nerves and the strain of continual crises, and that they were ready to welcome war as the possible final solution to a situation that had grown more unbearable month by month. Trade and industry were at a standstill in Paris because of the war scare, she said. Most of the industrial plants were operating only two or three days a week, princip ally to conserve coal. From her observations, Miss Crib lez does not believe there is much of a chance that Italy will fight with Germany in the present war. At the University of Lausanne in Switzer land where she studied during the summer a large number of both Ger man and Italian students were en rolled. Little love was lost between the two races, and in fact they were at odds practically all of the time. Miss Criblez sailed to Europe last June on the Normandie. She met Mary Pickford, Buddy Rogers, Nor ma Shearer and Ignace Paderwski as the result of being the first pas senger to sight land as they ap proached France. After visiting relatives in Switz erland she attended school for one term at the University of Lausanne. From there she went to Paris where she spent three days before return ing to America on the Ille de France. She also spent a short time sight seeing in Italy. Miss Criblez is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Alfred Criblez, of south of town. Bucher-Basing er Nuptials Friday Miss Martha Bucher and Leland Basinger were married Friday morn ing at 8 o’clock in a quiet ceremony at the home of the officiating min ister, Rev. P. A. Kliewer of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. The wedding vows were exchanged in a single ring service. The couple was unattended. The bride wore for the occasion a frock of navy blue silk with match ing accessories. The groom was at tired in oxford grey. The bride is the daughter of Gid eon Bucher residing west of town. Mr. Basinger is the son of Mrs. Martha Basinger, also of this place and is employed at the Master Feed mill. The couple will reside with the groom’s mother for the present. Bluffton college will open for the fall term of school next Tuesday and Wednesday which will be devot ed to registration of students. Stu dent prospects are reported favor able and an enrollment of 80 fresh men is expected, an increase of ten over last year’s number. Ropp hall, women’s dormitory is reported filled to its capacity of fifty-five, with several more to be accommodated elsewhere. Bluffton College To Open For Fall Term Of School Tuesday Vacancy in the teaching staff of the French department has been filled, it was reported Tuesday, by Miss Geraldine Evans of Hanover, Ohio, with a master’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware. Miss Evans succeeds Miss Louise O’Brien who taught the subject last year. Other changes in the faculty pre viously announced are: Miss Mar jorie Poston, instructor in business and economics and George Hench in FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1939 $80,000 SEWER BOND ISSUE IS UP TO VOTERS First grade enrollment in the Bluffton public schools dropped nearly 33 per cent this year, 34 pu pils registering for the fall term Tuesday as compared with 51 last year. The unprecedented decrease gave Bluffton its smallest fi .-t grade class in years. It marked the third con secutive year the number of first year students has dr ped, there having been 60 studei i 1937, 51 in 1938 and 34 this fall. Enrollment in the public schools also has dropped for three years, NAME RICHLAND TWP. CANDIDATES Democrats, Republicans Nomi nate for Township and School Board Posts Tickets Filled by Each Party At Caucuses During Last Week Republicans named their nominees at a meeting in the town hall last Thursday night. Nominations for the Democratic ticket were made at the caucus Friday night at the same place. Candidates named by the two parties are as follows: Republican Bluffton board of education (tw’o to be elected), Waldo Hofstetter and N. A. Triplett trustee, Henry Huber clerk, Clayton Bixel and Constables Frank Barber, Rich nd North and R. E. Griffith, Richland South. Enrollment In First Grade Drops One-third Smallest Class In Years Food Prices Begin To Show Effect Of War As Housewives Hoard Staples Completing the alignment of party lines for this fall’s election, Richland township Republicans and Democrats held caucuses last week to name can didates for six elective offices. Each party filled its ticket thereby assuring contests at the polls in No vember for two posts on the Bluffton school board, two township constables, one township trustee’s office and the township clerk’s post. Democratic Bluffton board of education (two to be elected), Homer Gratz and Elmer Short trustee, Alb n Grismore clerk, N .W. Basinger Censtatbles, Leonard Gratz, Richland N th and E. C. Hel ler, Richland South. Dr. Allman Heads Church Conference Dr. V. Allman, of south of Bluffton, was relef.ed superintendent of the Sandusky Conference of United Brethren church at the 107th annual meeting last week in Bowl ing Green. Dr. Allman’s reelection was nearly unanimous among the 149 voting pastors. He was first elected to the post in 1938. physics. Miss Poston succeeds Francis Babione who will return to Ohio State university for a year of grad uate study and Hench succeeds Har vey Beidler who resigned to accept a position as head of the municipal electric light plant in Celina. Only unfilled position on the fac ulty is that caused by the recent resignation of Dr. M. C. Lehman in the department of philosophy. 4 Births Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Geiger are the parents of a daughter born at Bluffton hospital, Monday. A daughter, Jane Harriet was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Griffith of Van Buren, formerly of Bluffton. Mrs. Griffith will be re membered here as the former Miss Ellen Criblez. HOG AND WHEAT PRICES SOAR ON MARKET with the decrease of first-grade stu dents contributing in no small way to the general decline. With only 34 in the class, the first grade is the smallest in the grade school. In the second grade there are 54 pupils, the third grade has 41, the fourth 43 and the fifth grade tops any other with 60. Sixth grade enrollment is 53. In previous years two teachers have taught first grade students, but only one instructor is needed this fall because of the one-third drop in registration. Grocers Swamped by Heavy Purchases of Commodities First of Week Sugar, Beans, Flour and Canned Goods Show Marked Pickup in Sales Fears of a sugar shortage similar to that of World war days resulted in large scale purchases of that com codity in Bluffton stores the first of the week. The European war situation to gether with a false rumor that sug ar could be purchased only in limit ed amounts were believed to have been the underlying causes of one of the largest day’s volume of sugar sales seen here in years, Tuesday. This situation was further aug mented by the fact that the canning season is now at its height, which normally shows a considerable in crease in sugar buying. Plenty' of Sugar Dealers here stated that sugar was available to consumers in any quantity w’hich they might wish and there was no w’ord of any impending limitation in purchases. Prices, how’ever, show’ed some ad vance over last week and if nation wide buying of foodstuffs continues on a larger scale than usual, further advances are expected in beans, flour, canned goods and other pro ducts. Flour prices nationally are said to have advanced 40 cents a barrel, the best grades now selling at $6.40 per barrel. Beans, a staple war-time commodity, have gone up one cent a pound generally thruout the nation, and beef and pork prices are expected to climb shortly. Demand for canned goods has been quite heavy in many cities and whole salers have announced that if “hoard ing buying continues,” prices undoubt edly will be forced higher. There is said to be a great surpus of food commodities and the ordinary laws of supply and demand do not warrant in most cases an increase in prices. Farmers are likely to get higher prices for their corn this fall because of the war than they otherwise would have received, observers commented. If such is the case beef and pork prices also will run higher than what might normally have been expected. To permit a study of the market, national sugar refiners last week withdrew completely from marketing activities, and the only stocks avail able were in wholesalers’ warehouses and retail stores. Refiners said they would remain off the market until conditions settle and enable them to determine a policy. Drivers' Licenses Go On Sale Tuesday Thirty driver’s licenses w’ere sold by Robert Lewis, Bluffton distribut or, Tuesday, the first day the 1940 permits were placed on sale here. All motorists must provide them selves with the new licenses before October 1. Lewis has established headquarters for sale of the certifi cates in the Steiner Chevrolet ga rage. In applying for new licenses, mo torists must present their 1939 cer tificates. This is to make sure that any convictions for violation of motor vehicle laws may be readily seen by the registrar. Lewis also has chauffeur’s licenses for sale, he announced. Top Porkers Quoted at $7.50 Wheat 78 Cents Wednes day Morning 1 Hogs Tuesday Stage Biggest Single Day’s Advance in Twenty Years Spurred on by war psychology’, prices for farm products staged a spectacular rise the first of the week. Hogs Tuesday made the greatest single day’s advance on the central markets in more than 20 years. Top prices for prime quality pork ers on the Bluffton market Wednes day morning was $7.50, an advance of $1 per hundred pounds since the market opened Tuesday morning after the Labor day holiday’. Offerings were normal and live stock shippers here said that the phenomenal advance of the market has tended to diminish sales, farmers (Continued on page 8) FRAUD CHARGED IN SCHOOL CASE Hancock County Board Files Answer in Orange Town ship Controversy Hearing Before Court of Ap peals in Findlay Set for September 21 A charge of fraud was hurled by the Hancock county board of educa tion in its answer filed Tuesday ask ing the court of appeals to dismiss the petition for mandamus filed by Jesse Anderson and others, repre senting a group of Orange township residents who seek to be trans ferred to Bluffton school district. The answer of the county board avers that petition asking transfer “never had signatures of 75 per cent” of the electors of that area and that “there was no such district in the State of Ohio as the Bluffton Richland School District to which such territory could be transferred.” Hearing To Be Sept. 21 Filing of the answer by the coun ty board will bring to a hearing be fore judges of the court of appeals, sitting in the court house in Findlay on Thursday, Sept. 21, the matter of the long controversy. Anderson and others, through A. G. Fuller, Findlay attorney, filed a petition Aug. 2 in the court of appeals ask ing for a writ of mandamus to compel the county board to make the transfer. On Aug. 4 the court of appeals issued an alternative writ of mandamus, ordering the transfer to be made on or before Sept. 5 or to show cause why such transfer had not been made. The answer was filed on the last day provided. The county board in its answer admits that “a paper writing pur porting to be a petition by Ander son and others” was filed March 28, 1938, and that another “purporting to be a supplement to the original petition,” was filed April 14, 1938. The answer points out that on April 6, 1938, the Union township board of education called for an elec tion on the question of “centraliza tion” of the district and that in the election held April 19 the vote was 445 to 15 in favor of centralization. Says the petition: Misrepresentation Charged “This respondent says that at the regular meeting of the county board of education held on Saturday night preceding said election, to-wit, April 16, 1938, certain signers of said paper writings, above set forth here in, appeared before respondent while in session, en masse, headed and rep resented by Francis Durbin, an at torney of Lima, Ohio, and demanded the transfer of said described terri tory forthwith. That said petition ers—the relators herein—at said time falsely and fraudulently repre sented to the respondent board, and the members thereof, that said pe titions contained the valid signatures of more than 88 per cent of the qualified electors of the territory sought to be transferred, and falsely and fraudulently represented that there was a school district known as (Continued on page 8) BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 19 SI00.000 COST TO TOWN, ESTIMATE $20,000 Over Amount of Issue Would be Met by Reve nue Bonds Plan Would Provide for Com plete Sewerage System Thruout Town Bluffton electors will vote this fall on a proposal to issue $80,000 in bonds to finance the major portion of the cost to the town in the construc tion of a $400,000 municipal sewage system and disposal plant. Should the measure carry at the polls an additional issue of $20,000 in special assessment revenue bonds will be authorized by the town council to provide a total of $100,000 which the municipality will be required to con tribute toward the project. Balance of the project’s cost, $300, 000, would be provided by federal funds thru WPA. Members of the village council de cided at a meeting Tuesday night to present a bond issue for completely sewering the municipality including intercepting sewers along the creek banks and also new sewers thruout the entire town. Earlier it had been anticipated that only the intercepting system would be installed, but engineer’s estimates submitted at a special meeting of the council last Friday showed that the town’s share of the cost in building a complete system would be only $20, 000 more. The estimates were sub mitted by the firm of Champe. Fink beiner and Associates of Toledo, who had been employed for that purpose by the council. Cost of the intercepting system, with disposal plant, would be $240, 000, the councilmen were told. Under the WPA setup, however, the village would be required to stand the cost of (Continued on page 8) In New Locations Rev. John J. Thiessen and family, returned missionaries from India are occupying the John Kohler prop erty on West Elm street. Rev. Thiessen was formerly engaged in Mennonite mission work in India and is here on a year’s furlough. Prof. Francis Babione, instructor in Bluffton college last year, is leav ing with his family the latter part of this week for Columbus where he will spend a year in graduate study at Ohio State university. Ralph Blosser, Bluffton college field secretary, has rented the Babione property on North Jackson street. The lesidence property adjoining the murtc hall on the college campus now occupied by Blosser may be used for a girls’ dormitoy if neces sary to accommodate any overflow from Ropp hall. Glen Steiner and family have moved from the Mrs. Gertrude Gage apartments in the Oberly property on West College avenue to apart ments in the Mrs. Wm. Lewis prop erty on North Lawn avenue. Ira Roth and family have moved from their farm on the Dixie high way north of Bluffton to another farm he recently purchased on the Jenera-Rawson road. Leon Hauenstein and family have moved from the Kaufman property on Mound street to the Geiger sis ters’ property on North Jackosn street vacated last week by Nelson Wells. Boy Is Struck By Bolt Of Lightning Jackie Koontz, thirteen-y ear-old son of Mrs. Frank Dray was stunned and received painful burns when he was struck by lightning Monday morning at 8:30 o’clock. The accident occurred at his home three miles east of town during a thunderstorm as the boy was doing chores about the barn. The accident was seen by Reno Gratz, a neighbor, who took the boy to the house and later summoned medical aid. An examination dis closed that his condition was not serious and he started to school Tuesday morning. Wright Klingler, residing two miles south of the scene of the ac cident reported a sheep killed by lightning during the same storm.