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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV NEUTRALITY ACT SUPPORT URGED Present Law Should Remain Unchanged Congressman Tells Audience Representative Jones of Fourth Ohio District Speaks Here Tuesday The present neutrality act should stand without change, Congressman Robert Jones of Lima declared in an address before the Bluffton college student body, Tuesday, as he out lined the position of the United States in relation to the war in Europe. Jones, Republican, representative in congress from the Fourth Ohio district and former Allen county prosecutor spoke to the student body of the college at the morning chapel exercises. Jones who lined up at the last session of congress with the majority opposed to provisions of the Neu trality act as advocated by President Roosevelt, indicated in his speech here that he has not changed his position and will remain w’ith those standing for provisions of as previously enacted w’hen reconvenes this w’eek. Commenting on the danger of in vasion in case the totalitarian states win in the present war, he pointed out that America can produce more steel products than the entire group of nations “over there” in case we have to. Also, our geographical po sition makes it practically impossible for outsiders to attack us success fully. The congressman concluded with a statement that too many persons are “blind to the blessings of free America in the enjoyment of those inestimable rights and privileges of a free people, a precious heritage from our forefathers.” Named Health Nurse In Montgomery County Miss Besse Patrick of Dayton, formerly of Bluffton has been ap pointed to the staff of the Montgom ery County board of health as pub lic health nurse in district. the Miamisburg Miss Patrick is Bluffton high school 1933 and the Miami School of Nursing in 1936. past three years she has active nursing in Dayton, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Min nie Patrick of North Jackson street. a graduate of in the Valley i the law congress Plea Support Present Law, The congressman pleaded for strict support of the present Neutrality act so as not to “plunge ourselves into a war to make the w’orld safe for democracy” and then end it with another “unfair treaty”. “Freedom”, he declared, “is on the shores America”. of the the Warning against propaganda, speaker declared that “during next fewr months the inflow of prop aganda will make the 1914 cam paign seem like a trickle”. Foreign propaganda agencies are already set up in this country, he said. class of Hospital For the been in She is Hold Mennonite Song Festival Sunday Night A union song festival will be held in the St. John Mennonite church Sunday night at 8 o’clock with the musical talent of four Mennonite churches included on the program. Besides the St. John church, other participating churches will be the Bluffton First Mennonite, Ebenezer and Grace church of Pandora. Besides special vocal and instru mental numbers there will be group singing by the entire audience led by Harold Reusser of Ohio State university, Columbus, formerly of Bluffton college. Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Holden. Bluffton, a daughter Diana Mary belle, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Sommers, Li -a, a daughter, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs Clair Herr, Pandora, a daughter, Tuesday. he Cherry Tree Here Bearing Second Crop Tpi) Steiner, of South Main street, has the second crop of cherries ripening on a tree in his back yard, altho he expects that frost will come too soon to permit harvest of the fruit. A month or so ago a fire built near the tree scorched the leaves. They withered and fell from the tree, but during the recent warm spell new leaves sprouted, fol lowed by blossoms, and now cherries are growing on branches for the second time this year. ASK STATE AID IN PAVEMENT REPAIR It’s Hard Life For Poor College Frosh—This Is Initiation Week mergency Exists with Brick Loose on Main Street, Councilman Says Conference to be Arranged this Week with State High way Chiefs Bluffton town council will seek state aid this fall in repairing the Main street pavement which it is said will be badly damaged if allowed to go thru the winter in its present con dition. Deceision to seek state aid came Monday night at the council meeting after the street committee of that body* pointed out that large numbers of the brick in the pavement have be come loose, allowing water thru to the street’s concrete tion. to seep founda- member Councilman M. M. Bogart, of the street committee declared that to go thru a winter season of freez ing and thawing would work almost irreparable damage to the pavement in its present condition. Want “Hot Mix” Top For Street In applying for state aid in main tenance work on the street, the coun cil will seek to have a tar binder used to hold the brick in place and a “hot mix” asphalt top placed over the en tire street, including the concrete strip and abandoned traction line track in the center of the highway. Arrangements are being made for a conference this week w’ith O. C. Kohli of Lima, state resident division highway engineer at which time the entire council is expected to take up the matter and later go to Columbus if necessary. The tar binder and hot mix surface treatment, it is said, will put the street in serviceable condition for a number of years to come. Laid Twelve Years Ago The present pavement laid twelve years ago has been subjected constant ly to the heavy day and night traffic which goes over the Dixie highway. The pavement is ten inches in depth consisting of a six inch concrete foun dation, one inch sand cushion and three inch brick top, with asphalt binder poured over the top. War Cancels Plan Study In Paris To Plans for a Bluffton young woman Paris in preparation for service in Africa have the pres- to study in missionary been cancelled because of ent European war. daughter Gratz, of Miss Catherine Gratz, of Mr. and Mrs. Peter South Jackson street, was notified last week that she is not to sail from New York City bound for Paris, on October 19, as she had originally planned. She was told, however, that she should be in readiness to go later if satisfactory arrangements can be made. Pending further notification Miss Gratz is returning to Ft. Wayne where she will resume her former work as a home missionary. On October 19 she had planned to leave fur Paris where she was to spend a year in advanced study of French. Following completion of the course she was going to French W est Africa where she would have been located in a mission station on the western border of the Sahara desert. Freshmen Put Thru Queer Antics by Members of Sophomore Class First Year Students in Grotes que Garb Seen on Streets Down Town Pity the poor frosh—this is initia tion w’eek for mote than 8(f Bluff ton college freshmen and life is any thing but easy. Sophomores who are in active charge of the initiation laid down the weeks program at a meeting Monday morning at 6 o’clock to which all Freshmen were sum moned. Just to give the first year stu dents a view’ of the seamy side of life they were commanded to wear their clothing inside out all day Monday. First year men w’ith their trousers pockets dangling outside were seen parading thru the busi ness district during the day. Tuesday found a new’ program ar ranged by which freshmen were at tired in grotesque garb—one was seen in the afternoon wandering thru the campus with a pair of dark glasses and carrying a lighted lan tern while another had a blind man’s tincup for alms suspended from his neck. Sophomore girls had their inning Wednesday when freshmen coeds w’ere notified to appear for classes with double makeup. Just in case there was an insufficient quantity of makeup the second year w’ere ready to add plenty more it suited their taste. Shaving is forbidden from Mon day morning until the close of ini tiation season on Thursday night. Each freshman—both boys and girls —must ask a sophomore for a “date” during the week. On Monday and Tuesday nights freshmen boys captured and blind folded by sophomores were taken into the country in automobiles w’here they were let out to find their way back on foot. One car containing three freshmen and three sophomores driving north on the College road failed to take an “S” curve at the Henry Huber farm and overturned at the side of the road. No one w’as seriously hurt, altho Todd, freshman from Delta and end on the football squad received a shoulder bruise which will keep him out of the Bluffton-Kenyon football game next Saturday. Old Skating Rink Building Changed Bluffton’s old skating ing is being changed marking the passing of erected some thirty-five when roller skating was dey. rink build this week, a structure years ago in its hey- building, a at the rear Second floor of the large barnlike structure and owned by E. of the post office G. Steiner of the and Master Feed moved as part of gram under way to better house the hatchery apd feed jnill. Steiner Hatchery mill is being re a remodeling pro- Besides its use as a skating rink, the second floor of tji^ building was the playing floor of Blufftpp^ first basketball team which made history about that time. Among those who played on the team giving the town its first taste of basketball were Dr. J. S. Steiner, Sidney Hauenstein, Isaac Geiger, of Minneapolis C. C. (Jolly) Woods, of Geiger, oLuis Cleveland, and Elmer (Sam) burger of Lima. Bluffton girls until for The freshmen are hoping warm weather on Thursday as all first year students are ordered to appear in full dress from the waist up—and wear gym shorts or slacks to make up the remainder of their costume. Augs- More Leave To Attend College Paul Kliewer, student at Wheaton college, Wheaton, Ill., for the past two years is enrolled in the forestry school of Oregon State college at Corvallis, Oregon. Kenneth Stover, graduated from Bluffton college last spring has. en rolled in Bonebrake Theological sem inary in Dayton. Miriam Steiner, Stella Augsburger, Helen Schumacher and Harold Welty have enrolled in Ft. Wayne Bible institute. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE^NT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1939 LAND LEASED FOR OIL OPERATIONS NEAR TOWN Real estate activity in Bluffton centered on Grove street this week w’ith the starting of construction of two residences and the prospect of a third being built this fall spring. Start Building Two Houses On Grove Street May Build Third next or resi- of Norman Contracts for construction dences have been let by Triplett and Jack Remde, both con nected with The Triplett Electrical Instrument company here, tion is scheduled to start nesday, with the houses completed early in November, Excava- this Wed- on Grove Both houses will front street occupying all the building lots on the south side of the street be tween the S. V. Heckathorn resi dence and that of Mrs. Edna Bader tscher at the corner of Grove street and College road. Remde will build on the lot ad- SEWER BALLOT TO 8E SEPARATE Will Not Appear On Same Ticket as Municipal Candi dates, Nov. 7 Proposed Installation Would Eliminate Stream Pollu tion, Claim Former Bluffton Man Home From Europe Gets iLast Ticket On Boat Bluffton’s proposed sewage bond is sue which will be decided at the fall election will be one of forty-one or more different ballots to be issued to voters of Allen county on Tuesday, November 7. Ballots containing the sewage bond issue proposal will be separate from the ticket containing names of can didates for municipal offices. Arrangements for placing the mat ter on the ballot and submitting the proposal to a decision of electors were made by the town council following protests received from local residents during the summer complaining of the condition of Riley’ creeks said due to stream pollution. Eliminate Pollution and Odor, Claim Installation of a sewerage system will eliminate the present stream pol lution and odor, it is said by repre sentatives of Champe, Finkbeiner and Associates, Toledo engineering firm who appeared before the council in the matter. Sewage disposal, under the system proposed by the Toledo engineers would effectually do away with dis comfort caused by domestic and dairy wastes now poured into the streams, it is asserted. The proposed system, it is also de clared, will make the present cess pools unnecessary and do away with cleaning and maintenance costs. Decrease Mosquitoes While the proposed sewage system would not entirely eliminate Bluffton’s mosquito nuisance, it is declared by engineers that the trouble would be materially lessened thru a cleanup of the streams. Of the estimated cost of the system, placed at $400,000, one-fourth would be paid by the town on condition of three-fourths being supplied thru fed eral WPA funds. Present plans for financing the town’s share is to authorize $80,000 in bonds at the November election to be met thru a tax levy and $20,000 in bonds to be paid thru a service charge of approximately fifty cents per month by each property’ tapping into the system. A part of the service charge paid by property owners would also be used for operating purposes. In order to carry at the election, however, the $80,(MM) proposed bond ‘ssue must receive not less than 65 per cent of the total vote cast. WINDOW EXHIBITS A bumper pear, weighing one pound is an attraction in the News window exhibits this week. The pear was raised by Grover C. Devier on South Main street. CHANGE DATE OF FAIR HERE TO DEC. 6 8 joining that of Mrs. Badertscher Tripletts residence will occupy two remaining lots adjoining Heckathorn residence. The third residence, now in pros pect is that of the Misses Bertha and Mary Lugibill who have pur chased the Lysle Baumgartner build ing lot on Grove street adjoining residence of Rev. P. A. Kliewer posite the Heckathorn residence, definite decision on building has been made, it was reported Tuesday. The Lugibill sisters now reside with their uncle Amons Neuenschw'ander, w’est of Bluffton. the Triplett and will make three Schumacher addi The other property Construction of Remde residences home built in the tion this year, being that of Harry Bogart front ing on College road and now near ing completion. mmet Harshbarger Crosses Atlantic on Liner Crowded With Americans ’Ians Changed when German Line Cancels Sailing Lands at Hoboken news and the the the op* No yet Dr. the the she How’ a former Bluffton man, Emmet Harshbarger, obtained last ticket sold for passage on Dutch liner Veendam before sailed from Europe crowded with Americans fleeing the war zone, be came known Tuesday as the first word was received from him by rela tives here. Ho ago and Dr. Harshbarger arrived in boken, New’ Jersey, two weeks w’here he w'as met by his wife two sons. The family left imme diately for Newton, Kansas, where he is an instructor in Bethel college. Word of his safe arrival was re ceived here this week by Mrs. Hash barger’s sister, Mrs. G. T. Soldner of Cherry street. German Line Cancels Schedule Dr Harshbarger returned to the United States on a small Dutch liner, The Veendam, after a North German Lloyd line on which he had booked passage cancelled its sailings because of the prospect of war. Stranded in Europe by the change of events, Dr. Harshbarger had dif ficulty in arranging for his return passage and w’as fortunate to obtain booking on the Veendam According to w’ord received here he obtained the last ticket sold. Dr. Harshbarger was one of eleven Americans who attended the Acade mic of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands, during the past summer on fellowships granted by the Carnegie Peace Endowment. Dr. Harshbarger was an instruct or in Bluffton High school for four years, from 1926 to 1930. For sev eral years he has been in instructor at Bethel college. Mrs. Sarah Geiger, of this place, mother of Mrs. Harshbarger, W’eni East with her daughter, and has re mained there to visit another daugh ter, Mrs. Carl Nordstrom, of Cam bridge^ Mass. She will return here l^ter in the fall. Birthday Greetings Sent To Frank Scott Frank Scott, pioneeer Bluffton resident, observed his ninety-second birthday anniversary last Saturday. In rememberance of the occasion he received a large number of greeting cards from friends here, for which he expressed warm appreciation and thanks. r. Scott, banker and manufacturer here is now* retired. dent of Bluffton for some sixty years and resides on East Kibler street adjoining the home of his daughter Mrs. Elmer Ewing on South Main street. He was also for many years president of the board of public affairs in charge of Bluffton’s municipal electric light and waterworks plant. a former merchant, He has been a resi Change in the date of Bluffton’s annual agricultural fair from the middle of October to the first week in December was announced Tues day night following a meeting the fair’s board of directors. of in to in The fair this year will be held a three day showing, Wednesday Friday, December 6 to 8. Change the date of the fair is due to the fact that the middle of October finds many farmers too busy with fall work to enter exhibits, it was ex plained. The fair was previously held in December until the past four years when the date was advanced to October. SI,300 IN BRIDGE REPAIR PROGRAM Commissioners Authorize Work On Cherry and Grove Street Spans Both Bridges Badly in Need Repair Crew of Six Doing Work of A bridge repair program in Bluff to undertaken by the Allen county commissioners will involve an esti mated expenditure of $1,350 it was stated the first of the week. Two bridges being repaired here are the Cherry street bridge over Big Riley creek and the Grove street bridge spanning Little Riley. A bridge repair crew of six men working out of the office of County Engineer Walter Neidhart has been here for the past two weeks engaged in the repair job. $1,000 Repair at Cherry Street H. G. Bickel, foreman in charge estimated that the repairs on the Cherry street bridge would amount to I $1,000. The bridge, said to have been baldy in need of repairs now has new sidewarlks, new angle iron underlying supports and guard rails together with a pointing up of the foundation. A repair project on the Grove street bridge included pointing up of foun dation, new sidwalk and guard rails. Both bridges have been given a coat of aluminum paint, which besides be ing waterproof will be more easily distinguished by motorists at night. Roadway of both bridges will also be given a tar chip top as soon as other work on the structures is completed. Former Bluffton Jeweler Is Dead Adolph Lee, 72, former Bluffton man, died at his home in Odem, Texas, recently, according to w’ord received here by relatives the first of the week. He died September 1 following a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at Odem September 3 fol low’ed by burial at that place. Mr. Lee operated a jewelry store and watch repair business in Bluff ton some thirty-five years Later he moved to Texas where he operated a cannery for a number of years. ago. His w’ife, of Odem, who survives w’as formerly Rosa Amstutz of this place, a sister of Mrs. Otto Am stutz south of.tpw’n and Mrs. Walter Marshall AUY^r^nge'tbwnsWipf Also surviving are two daughters Mrs. Clayton Mohle of Brownsville, Texas, and Mrs Harold Baylor, of Odem two sons Raymond of Wis consin and John of Odem. A half sister, Mrs. Eugene Tschiegg near Beaverdam also survives. of With The Sick Mrs. I. N. Harris is ill with a heart ailment at her home south of Bluffton on the county line. Ray Kern who has been a patient in the University hospital, Colum bus, receiving treatment for a stom ach ailment, has been removed to his home at the Bertche farm on the county line. Miss Gertrude Hilty who recently underwent an operation at a Lima hospital has been brought to the Bluffton hospital for treatment. Kenneth Hilty has been removed from the Bluffton hospital to his home in Pandora where he is con valescing w’ith a broken leg. Frank Dray, patient in the Cleve land clinic the past week has been removed to his home east of town. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade LEASES SIGNED FOR 685 ACRES Test Well to be Put Down in District North of Is Plan lllness Is Fatal To Young Mother Funeral services for Mrs. Robert Edinger, 24, of Lima, formerly of Bluffton were held Wednesday after noon at the Diller funeral home here. Rev. Hilliard Camp of Olive Branch United Brethren church east of Bluffton officiated Interment was made cemetery. ■V- NUMBER 21 Bluffton. Territory Found Ago Revive Drilling in Where Oil Was Half-Century for oil will be revived a district between three miles north of Bluffton Drilling shortly in and four where some of the first oil was found in this century ago. half a area nearly known the reports from first of reliable This became the week thru sources that 685 acres of farm land had been leased by Bowling Green and New York interests which are now said to be several thousand tion. seeking options on acres in this sec- already leased is College road north The territory principally along of the Amstutz cannery, located in Putnam and Hancock counties. Leases on the land have been signed during the past three weeks sinc^ the first of September. Farms already leased are those of Homer Zimmerly, 40 acres Arden Zimmerly, 80 acres Leonard Zim merly, 80 acres Will Carr, 120 acres Roy Hauenstein, 40 acres William Habegger, 45 acres Alva Yenner (on Peter Geiger farm), 80 acres: Sam Welty, 80 acres, and John Boehr, 120 acres. Drill Test Well A test well will be put down on one of the farms before spring, ac cording to present plans. Location of the well has not yet been deter mined. The interests leasing the prospec tive oil field near Bluffton now' have two wells near Dupont in the north west corner of Putnam county, ap proximately 35 miles northw’est of (Continued on page 5) at the services, in Maple Grove Sunday evening Mrs. Edinger died in Bluffton Community hospital from a kidney ailment and meningitis fol lowing a six weeks illness. Mrs. Edinger, the former Kathleen La Donna Bluffton, daughter Steele. Steele was born south of September 29, 1914, the of Mr and Mrs. Lawrence She was married in 1931 to Robert Edinger who survives together with two sons James Lee aged four and Jerry Scott, six weeks. A brother Donald Everett Steele also survives. Takes Position With State Welfare Dept Carl Smucker, formerly of Bluff ton, has accepted a position with the state department of public wel fare and will be engaged in work dealing' with juvenile delinquency, it was stated the first of the week. Mr. Smucker, second son of Mrs. B. D. Smucker of South Lawn ave nue has been engaged for several years in work in this field in Stark and Columbiana counties. He and his wife will move from their present residence in Alliance to Columbus where he will take up his duties with the state agency on October 15. College Enrollment Shows Increase Enrollment in Bluffton college for the current year is 213, according to a statement from the office of the registrar, Tuesday morning The total last year one w*eek after regis tration w’as 208. Of the regular students enrolled this year, 81 are freshmen, as com pared with 68 freshmen last year. Three special students are enrolled in the conservatory with this num ber expected to be materially in creased by late registrations.