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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV CIRCULATE LOCAL WTWN PETITIONS Seek to Vote on Ban of Beer And Wine in November Election Here Petitions Appear First of Week In Bluffton and Richland Township Bluffton and Richland township will vote on local option at the election in November if a sufficient number of signatures are obtained on petitions now being circulated. Circulation of petitions is in charge of local members of the Bluffton Col lege Y. .C. A. Officers of the Y. M. C. A. stated that although that or ganization was in sympathy with the movement, it is taking no active part in the matter, leaving the promotion work to those of its members who are Bluffton residents, since the question is a local issue. Petitions now being circulated in both town and township would seek to ban the sale of wine and beer of more than 3.2 alcoholic content. Hard Liquor Prohibited Sale of hard liquor is already pro hibited here, it was pointed out the first of the week as a reult of the 1933 election here when Bluffton voted against repeal of the state prohibition amendment and also the eighteenth amendment to the federal constitution. In order to obtain a place on the ballot in the November election the petition must bear signatures of elec tors equal in number to at least 15 per cent, of the total number of votes cast in each respective subdivision at the last gubernatorial election. The petitions must be filed with the county board of elections next week in time to be certified not less than thirty days before the November elec tion. The local option issue, it is said, would appear on a separate ballot at the election and would require a ma jority vote to carry the measure. Under the Ohio law a vote on this phase of local option cannot be held oftener than one in four years in any given political subdivision. Open College Music Course Here Oct. 4 Three outstanding musical pre sentations will be brought to Bluff ton this year in the Bluffton College Concert Series, Prof. Russell A. Lantz announced Wednesday. Opening offering of the year will be presented Wednesday night of next week, Oct. 4, in the high school auditorium. Virgilio Lazzari, basso of the Metropolitan and Chicago Opera associations, will be featured in the concert. With him will be Olga Trevisan, daughter of the director of the Chi cago municipal opera, a well known soprano. Charles Lurvey will be the pianist. In the second portion of next Wed nesday’s concert, Lazarri and Miss Trevisan will appear in costume, de picting scenes from the opera, “The Barber of Seville”. Other numbers selected for the regular concert season will bling to Bluffton Gilette and Micari, duo pianists, who have played here pre viously, in January, and the Contin ental Gypsy Ensemble in March. Season tickets will be sold for the three concert presentations. In addition to the regular concert series, the college music department is planning to sponsor additional features during the winter. The first of these will be in February when the Westminster choir will be presented here, and in April it is planned to bring the Little Sym phony of Chicago to Bluffton. 25th Anniversary Of Eastern Star Chapter Observance of the twenty-fifth an niversary of the order here, Bluffton Eastern Star chapter will hold a special meeting at the Masonic hall Friday night at 8 o’clock. Worthy Grand Matron, Mrs. Mary Woller man of Toledo will be here for the occasion. The chapter' was founded here in 1914 and its twenty-fifth anniversary finds it in a flourishing condition. All members are expected to be in attendance at the meeting Friday night. Births Announcement has been made of th? birth of a son to Rev. and Mrs. George Agin of Midland, Mich., formerly of this place. No Word From Brother Of Bluffton Woman Since Three Pound Catfish Largest Caught This Season Hooked Here rpiIIS is the story of a big fish that didn’t get away—that catfish weighing over three pounds and measuring 19 and one-half inches that Dallas (Jack) Berry, Bluffton postal clerk, hooked at the National Quarry last Friday night. Berry, who is something of an amateur angler could scarcely believe his eyes when he hauled the big fellow from the water at the end of his line baited with a large minnow. MAN IS BURIED BY EARTH SLIDE Ross Gottshal is Seriously In jured When Sides of Ditch Cave In Bluffton Man in Hospital at Millersburg Possible In ternal Injuries Crushed under a cave-in of earth while working in a ditch, Ros Got shall, 40, residing on South Main street is in a hospital at Millersburg apparently seriously injured in the chest and back. Whether he sustain ed internal injuries in the accident could not be determined by attending physicians, Wednesday morning. The Bluffton man was the victim of an accident which occurred last Fri day afternoon at Killbuck in Holmes county where he was engaged in making repairs at a property which he owns. Gotshall, assisted by a neighbor, Vernon Berg, had completed excava tion for a sewer line from the prop erty to the street and was engaged in making the connection when sides of the ditch caved in. Gotshall, bending over at the time was crushed under the weight of the earth while Berg was standing erect, was near ly waist-deep but uninjured. Gotshall Rescued Assistance hastily summoned suc ceeded in extracating Gotshall from under the mound of earth and he was rushed to the hospital at Millersburg, a short distance from Killbuck. Because of severe chest injuries, he was placed under an oxygen tent tem porarily. X-ray photographs taken shortly after the accident were re ported unsatisfactory and attending physicians expect to take more pic tures the latter part of this week if his condition permits. Mrs. Gotshall who was at their home here at the time of the accident left for Millersburg, Friday night and expects to remain at that place in definitely. Mr. and Mrs. Gotshall have resid ed here for several years. He is em ployed in the Buckeye Pipe line pump station at Mt. Cory. War Blocks Plans For Study Abroad The present European war has blocked plans of Dr. Calvin Kiels meier and Mrs. Kielsmeier for study abroad, it was learned here the first of the week when the couple ar rived here to spend several days at the home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer of Grove street. Dr. and Mrs. Kielsmeier who re side in Butte, Montana, had planned to sail this fall from New York City to Europe where he expected to do graduate medical study at Bern, Switzerland. Whether they will be able to make sailing arrangements later in the year is not yet known. Findlay Writer To Talk Here Friday Dr. T. Richard Dunham, of Find lay, author, publisher and church leader, will talk on “Russia and Germany in Bible Prophecy”, at a meeting at 8 p. m. Friday in the St. John’s Reformed church. Dr Dunham’s appearance here is sponsored by the Brotherhood of the Reformed church. The meeting is open to residents of the town and community. Dr. Dunham is a prominent church leader in Findlay where he serves as pastor of the Calvary church, writes religious articles and conducts his publishing ventures. Bombing Of Warsaw Clinton Schlaak, Brother of Mrs. Cloyce Baine, Resident Of Polish City Former Arlington Resident Is Foreign Representative of Ford Motor Co. Anxiety is being felt over the safety of Clinton L. Schlaak. brother of Mrs. Cloyce Bame, of Bluffton, from whom nothing has been heard since the de struction of war struck Warsaw, Pol and, where he has been located for the last 10 years. Schlaak also is a brother-in-law of Ray J. Patterson of iFndlay, formerly of Bluffton. Relatives of Schlaak have been un able to contact him since German planes first bombed Warsaw. A rep resentative of the Ford Motor Car Co., Schlaak has been located at the Ford plant in Warsaw for 10 years. He planned to return to America this summer, but last June he wrote that his trip had been cancelled be cause of unrest abroad. When he first went to Europe 18 years ago he was located in Denmark, and his let ter last June came from Copenhagen. Relatives have seen in this some pos sible indication that Schlaak may not ha\e been in Poland when the war broke out. Members of the family have cabled Copenhagen in an effort to locate him, but no word has been received as yet. Schlaak is a native of Arlington, but has been connected with Ford en terprises in Europe for the last 18 years. Schools Here Will Close For Putnam County Fair Oct. 5 TJLUFFTON high and grade schools will be closed on Thursday of next week to give pupils an opportunity to attend the Putnam county fair at Ottawa. On account of the many absences of those attending the fair, the schools here have closed for one day for the past several years. The day lost at this time will be made up at the end of the year. “Bird Girl" Features Lions Ladies Night Juanita McComb, entertainer, known professionally as the “bird girl” will be a feature of ladies night program of the Lions club to be held at the Walnut Grill next Tuesday evening at 6:15 o’clock. Miss McComb, an adept at imi tating the calls of birds and animals will give an exhibition of her skill and also do clay modeling and a chalk talk in connection with her talk. Reared in Colorado and Nebraska, Miss McComb has specialized in na ture study and has done much hik ing in various parts of the country. Besides her scheduled appearance before the Lions club in the evening, she will give a demonstration before pupils of the grade school next Tues day afternoon at 1:30 o’clock and at the high school at 2:30. To Talk Here On Summer In Europe Highlights of the International Christian Youth conference held in Amsterdam, Holland, during the past summer and other European experiences will be the subject of an address by Miss Roberta Chapman of Columbus who will speak at the Methodist church here Sunday night, October 8 at 6:30 o’clock. Miss Chapman of the Columbus Y. W. C. A., was a delegate from Ohio to the Amsterdam conference and her address here will be a fall feature of the District Christian En deavor program. All young people are invited. PIANO RECITAL Elma Schifferly will present a num ber of her pupils in a recital at the St. John’s Reformed church, Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock. The public is invited. Appearing on the program are Margery Klay, Wanda Niswender, Virginia Miller, Treva Kempf, Julee Garmatter, Miriam Diller, Lavon Bur richter, Mary Ellen LugaMll, Marilyn Hofer, Meriam Hannawald, Margaret Niswander, Christine Miller, John Moser, John Schumacher and Alfred Basinger. 11 IK BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT EHESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1939 LAY PIPE LINE HERE, REPORT Construction of Line from Lima To Cygnet, Thru Bluff ton, Indicated VIen Seen at Work on Buckeye Pipe Line Right of Way Here Tuesday Reports that the Buckeye Pipe Line company will lay a ten inch line thru Bluffton this fall for transportation of oil products between Lima and Cygnet were current here the first of the week. The reports, while believed to be reliable, could not fbe substantiated. An official speaking r- the com pany’s Lima office refused to confirm or deny the reported project, Tues day afternoon. Indications lending credence to the reports occurred here Tuesday when a group of workmen were observed digging and prodding along the pipe line company's right -f way near the Nickel Plate railroad depot. The men, it is belived were mapping out a course for the proposed line. Expect 100 to 200 Men Here According to current reports the work is to start shortly and a crew of between 100 and 200 men will be here soon, possibly within the next week or two, and will make Bluffton their headquarters while constructing this part of the line. The new* line, it is understood, will be located on the company’s present right of way east of the Nickel Plate tracks and running parallel to the railroad right of way thru Bluffton. Construction of the line from Lima to Cygnet would cover approximately 46 miles. It may be continued lat er to Toledo, according to some re ports. Enlargement of the company’s pump station at Mt. Cory was completed recently, and a large volume of oil is handled by pipe lines thru this sec tion. Second Pipe Line Construction Construction of a pipe line between Lima and Cygnet Ihis fall would be the second project of its kind in the Bluffton area within the past fifteen months. A pipe line for trasportion of gas oline between Fostoria and Lima was laid east of Bluffton in July of last year. The line traversed a right of way thru Union and Orange townships coming nearest to Bluffton at the Bertsche farm on the Allen-Hancock county line. The reported line to be built this [fall is said to have no connection with the leasing of land north of Bluffton where Bowling Green and New York interests are planning to put down a test well before next spring. Missionary From India To Speak Rev. John Thiessen, returned mis sionary from India, will speak at the Presbyterian church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock under auspices of the Women’s Missionary society. Rev. Thiessen and his family re cently returned from India on a year’s furlough and are now resid ing in Bluffton His work in India was under auspices of the Mennon ite church. For many years engaged in mission work in the Far East he brings a first-hand knowledge of affairs in that part of the world. The public is invited. In New Locations Harold Ruggley and family have moved into the Mrs. Mary Ludwig property on North Main street. They vacated the former A. D. Gratz property on South Main street which has been purchased as the site for Bluffton’s new post office. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Basinger have moved from Mt. Cory into their home on North Main street, the former W. P. Agin property. Rehearsals For “Messiah" Start Rehearsals for presentation of “The Messiah" on Dec. 17 were started Tuesday night by the Bluff ton College Choral Society. Everyone interested in singing in the oratorio is invited to attend, and Prof. Russell A. I^antz, conductor, said it is not too late to report at the next meeting. Rehearsals will be held every Tuesday at 7:30 p. m. Rendition of “The Messiah” this winter will be the first observance in a series of special events marking the celebration of the fortieth an niversary of the founding of Bluff ton college, Prof. Lantz announced. Farmers in the Bluffton district eyed their calendars skeptically the first of the week—observed that fly free date for wheat sowing is past— but evinced no hurry about swinging into action with the grain drills. Although the official fly-freee date is past, many farmers declare that fields are still infested with Hessian fly, due to hot, dry weather of the past month. For this reason wheat sowing will be later than usual this year, it is indicated from results of a survey the first of the week. nauguration to be Held on October 20, Day Preceding Homecoming Representatives of Ohio Colleges And Church Leaders to Attend Affair Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, who took over the reigns of Bluffton college ad ministration last winter, will be form ally inaugurated as president of the institution at ceremonies on the cam pus, Friday, Oct. 20. Representatives of Ohio colleges, other institutions and Mennonite church leaders have been invited to the inaugural sendee. President Kenneth I. Brown, of Hir am college, president of the Ohio Col lege association, will be the speaker at the inauguration, with President Ramseyer giving the inaugural re sponse. Special music will be provid ed by the college vesper choir. A number of honorary degrees will be conferred as a part of the cere mony, the recipients to be announced later. The inaugural program will be held in College hall at 4 p. m. It will be followed by a banquet in Ropp hall at 6:15 p. m. Prof. Maurice E. Troyer, of Syracus univrsity, and a mmber of the college board of trustees, will be in charge of the banquet program. Climaxing the events of the day an evening concert will be presented in the First Mennonite church by the college orchestra and the vesper choir. Inaugural ceremonies will be on the day preceding the annual college home coming observance. Burial In Maple Grove Cemetery Remains of Charles B. Wilcox, 60, residing south of Lima were brought here Monday forenoon for interment in Maple Grove cemetery. Arrival Of Fly Free Date For Wheat Finds Farmers Skeptical Inaugural Ceremonies For Dr. Ramseyer As College Head Here Mr. Wilcox died suddenly at his home early Saturday morning. Surviving are his wife, the former Lulu Gustwiller of Bluffton, one son Charles of Lima, one granddaughter and one brother, W. Wilcox of Co lumbus. Funeral services were held in Cridersville, Monday morning with Rev. John Zuiderhook of near that place officiating. Following the funeral services the remains were brought here for interment. Many Auto Drivers Without Licenses Many Bluffton motorists have failed to purchase their new driver’s licenses, it was stated by Robert Lewis, deputy registrar of motor ve hicles in charge of issuing the per mits here. All motorists are required to have their new licenses by midnight Sat urday night and such licenses must be produced on request of the state highway patrol or other officers. County Corn Husking Contest October 21 Harry F. Barnes, vocational agri culture instructor at Bluffton High school, is a member of the committee laying plans for the third annual Allen county corn husking contest. Competition this year will be at the James C. Begg and Son farm, Columbus Grove Route Two, on Sat urday, Oct. 21. In addition to the contest, there will be a colt show and a farm machinery display. Hybrid corn will be husked from a 125-acre plot in the contest. Barnes is on the corn husking com mittee with W. H. Teegardin, Henry Prior, Karl Riker and N. C. Griffith. “F. D. R. Turns Down Southern Planters”—Bet they won’t COTTON to him now. Rains and cooler weather Tues day and Wednesday brought some indication of more favorable weather conditions but farmers stated that much more moisture will be needed. Prospective acreage for wheat sow ing has increased sharply since the rise in the market price of the grain during the past month. Dealers in commercial fertilizer who reported no demand for their product until early this month are reported well nigh swamped with orders. LEASING OF OIL LAND IS SLOWER ’ressing Farm Work is Delay ing Activity in District North of Town Comparatively Little Acreage Has Been Added During Past Week Leasing of oil rights in a district four miles north of Bluffton where oil was first discovered nearly half a century ago is slower this week be cause of the rush of fall work on farms in the area. Drilling for oil is to be revived soon in the section, according to Bowl ing Green and New York interests who last week announced that oil op tions had been taken on 685 acres of farm land. Comparatively little additional ac reage has been added during the last week because of busy activity on farms, but it is expected that leases may be taken on as much as several thousand acres before negotiations are completed. The search for oil in the abandoned field near here is said to be a part of a general nation-wide movement, which finds operators leasing and drilling in fields which 50 years ago were not considered good enough to pump. Changed conditions are belived to make such pumping profitable now, however, and as a result old fields are being re-opened all over the country. Factors entering into the changed situation are the current price of oil, as compared with that of half a cen tury ago, and improved marketing facilities. Today crude oil is bringing 90 cents a barrel, in contrast to the price range prevailing 50 years ago when 15 cents a barrel was paid. In ad dition, oil can be marketed near at home now and transportation facili ties can easily be arranged. College Vesper Service Sunday Opening vesper service of Bluffton college will be held in the chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock when Rev. John Thiessen, missionary to India now home on furlough will be the speaker. Rev. Thiessen will deliver an ad dress on the subject of “Making Choices”. Special music will be pro vided by the Vesper choir directed by Prof. R. A. Lantz. Following the vesper service the faculty will hold a reception in hon or of parents of students in the Musselman library. Open house will also be observed in both Lincoln and Ropp halls, dormitories for men and women. Homecoming Of Riley Creek Church Sunday Riley Creek Baptist church of Orange township will hold its an nual homecoming Sunday. The morn ing program will begin with Sunday school at 10 o’clock followed by church services at 11 a. m., with Rev. Fred Schneider of Sunbury de livering the sermon. A basket dinner at noon will be followed by an afternoon service at 2:30 o’clock. Numbers on the after noon program will include devotion als by Rev. Doyle Snow of Lima church history by W. J. Lewis and a sermon by Rev. Raymond Mer riett of Hillsboro. Special music will be furnished by the Riley Creek Men’s quartet and the men’s quartet of the New Stark church. Rev. Maurice Harlow is pastor of the Riley Creek church and Edgar Pifer superintendent of the Sunday school. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 22 MARKETS STEADY AT LOWER LEVEL Hogs and Wheat Prices Stabil ize at Quotations Under War scare Tops. Food Prices Here are Showing Gradual Decline from Hoard ing Levels. Bluffton’s livestock and grain mar ket have steadied after their initial flurry as a result of the European war scare, it was indicated in a sur vey here the first of the week. Food prices, likewise which went haywire on the outbreak of overseas hostilities showed a gradual decline, although still at generally higher levels than those of a month ago. From a top of $9 per hundred pounds for hogs, three weeks ago, top quotation here Wednesday morning was $7.20. Wheat likewise, which went from a record low of 59 cents a bushel last summer to a top of 85 cents early in September is now sta bilizing at lower levels. The current price here is now 82 cents. That Sugar Scare Sugar, bought up by housewives in a nation-wide hoarding spree is now about one cent a pound above the pre war price. Due to the forward buy ing of sugar the volume of sales of this commodity has slumped sharply and dealers indicated that they ex pect a further decline in prices within a week. Flour, which was also included in the hoarding program with resultant price increases is following largely the course of the sugar market. Butter and eggs have shown in creases generally and the same is al so true of potatoes. Dealers, however, stated that increases in price have re sulted more from seasonal changes than from war influence. Bread, coffee, tea and milk have continued with prices generally un changed. Former Resident Dies In New York Armin Herman, 75, retired New York City pharmacist and former Bluffton resident died in a hospital at New York, Saturday, following a three weeks illness. Word of his death was received here the first of the week. Mr. Herrman was born in New Riegle and came here with his par ents as a youth. His father, Dr. Franz Herrman, was a pioneer Bluff ton physician. Young Herrman served his ap prenticeship as a pharmacist under the late Andrew Hauenstein and in 1883 left here for Cincinnati where he entered a pharmacy school. After completing his course he went to New York where for fifty years he was engaged in business as a pharmacist and at one time op erated two drug stores. In 1897 he was married to Lillian Brueck who together with one daugh ter Miss Hope Herrman, both of New York City, survive. Surviving in Bluffton are one niece, Miss Lil lian Reehling and two nephews, Syl van Herrman and Frederick Herr. Mr. Herrman was the last of his family. He was a brother of the late Frank Herrman, Mrs. S. P. Herr and Miss Minna Herrman all of this place. Funeral services were held in New York City, Monday followed by bur ial at that place. Ask Inspection Of Buses Be Delayed Request for delay in the annual inspection of Bluffton’s school buses hals been sent to the state highway patrol by Supt. of Schools A. J. B. Longsdorf. Supt. Longsdorf pointed out that two of the three new buses pur chased by the board of education will not be delivered in time for the inspection scheduled for next Mon day morning These buses are ex pected here about the middle of October. All school buses of the county are inspected annually by the highway patrol which checks on the drivers’ fitness for service as well as on the mechanical details of the buses. WINDOW EXHIBITS S. F. Nonnamaker, Bluffton shoe repair man is also something of a fruit grower in his spare time. An exhibit of a cluster of six large Stark Red Delicious at the end of a small branch which he placed in the News window is attracting much at tention. The apples were grown on Nonnamaker’s lot on Spring street.