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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
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
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
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
Supt. Longsdorf i
Wednesday morning
are as follows:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Other changes in the faculty pre
viously announced are: Miss Mar
jorie Poston, instructor in business
and economics and George Hench in
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
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,
Democrats, Republicans Nomi
nate for Township and
School Board Posts
Tickets Filled by Each Party
At Caucuses During Last
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
SI00.000 COST TO
$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
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.

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