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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXTV SNOW CRUISER STARTS EAST Big Vehicle* Leaves Gomer Early Wednesday After Three-day Tie-up Huge Crowds View Juggernaut Lying in Small Stream Near Gomer Admiral Byrd’s giant 37-ton snow cruiser destined for Antarctic wastes which for three days lay with its nose hurried in the bank of a small stream near Gomer, resumed its journey from Chicago eastward over the Lincoln highway early Wednesday morning. The lumbering juggernaut passed the Bentley road intersection four miles south of Bluffton at 7 o’clock. Although early in the morning a num ber of spectators were on hand to see it. Bluffton area residents jittery since early last week because they were afraid they might not see the cruiser—mad plenty of time to look it over after it left the road and bog ged down in Pike run, a creek on the Mrs. Cleo Watkins farm a quarter mile east of Gomer, Saturday after noon at 1:10 o’clock. Crowds estimated at upwards of 100,000 people saw the cruiser from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday night and the traffic regulation over the Lincoln highway, main east and wast travel artery proved a big task for state and county authorities. The cruiser w*as lifted from the creek, largely’ under its own power late Monday, and was back on the Lincoln highway again Tuesday, ready for resumption of its journey follow ing the completion of temporary re pairs. Many Await Arrival Bluffton’s interest in the gigantic vehicle first reached fever-point Tues day of last deek when it was falsely rumored that the cruiser was to pass thru Beaverdam. Many motored to vantage points on the Lincoln on that day, only to learn later that the snow cruiser was not scheduled to leave Chicago until Thursday. There was another flurry of excite ment Friday when reports were wide spread that the snow cruiser would pass thru Beaverdam at noon. Many carloads of Bluffton residents again took up their vigil, but again no snow cruiser. It developed that the vehicle was not then out of In diana, a monor collision with a truck having delayed it. Nears Beaverdam Came Saturday, and word that the ponderous machine, 55 feet long and 20 feet wide, was traveling over the Lincoln and drawing nearer Beaver dam. It was not fated to reach the town that day, however, for a quarter mile east of Gomer, the snow cruiser, scraped the northeast corner of a bridge, in some fashion the high com pression steering line was cracked, and the juggernaut ,out of control, left the highway and plunged into the creek. Hundred saw the vehicle as it rest ed helplessly in the mud Saturday afternoon and also during the even ing, among them many from Bluffton who had heard of the mishap. Crowd of 50,000 The real turnout came on Sunday, however, when it was estimated that more than 50,000 persons gathered at the scene of the crash. Anticipating the rush, a small army of state highway patrol men and spe cial deputies had thrown up a cordon around the entire area. Gomer was insolated to automobiles and the thousands of sight-seers found thew were compelled to park their cars from one and one-half miles to four miles from the locality. Altho the highway was closed to au tomobiles, it was lined with a steady stream of person, moving to and from the creek bed where the cruiser rest ed. The great machine virtually extri cated itself from the creek, despite damage to it, and the only work that had to be done was to block one of the wheels up to level with the others. Then, the vehicle backed out to the highway under its own power. Temporary repairs were effected, permitting the cruiser to continue its journey. In Pennsylvania two of the Diesel-powered motors which damaged will be rebuilt, and repairs will be made. LIKE ATTENTION were other FIRST SNOW SATURDAY First snow of the season fell here Saturday, when a few flurries were noticed here. The snow melted as quickly as it fell. The snow ac companied an overnight change to colder weather. Temperatures fell from a high mark of 72 degrees Fri day afternoon to 39 Saturday morning. uurnig uie wiuwsi i uecucu, **vwx**.*»s 0/. Couple Is Wed In Findlay On Sunday Miss Eleanor E. Kern, only daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kern of Bluffton became the bride of Oliver C. Spaeth, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Spaeth of Arlington, Sun day afternoon at 2 o’clock. The quiet single ring ceremony was solemnized at the home of the officiating minister Rev. T. C. Biddle of Findlay, former pastor of the Rawson United Brethren church. The bride’s parents witnessed the ceremony. The bride was attired in a street length dress of sea moss green wool crepe with brown accessories and wore a corsage of yellow chrysanthe mums. The bride is a graduate of Rawson high school in the class of 1936. bridegroom attended Arlington school. UPTO'THEVOTERS It’S EHere Here'A^ain It’s Again the cat with the proverbial nine lives, Bluffton voters will find the sewer question again on their doorstep when they go to the polls next Tuesday. Four times in the past thirteen years the issue has been turned down. The fact that it continues to come up would indicate that instead of deciding the question these defeats have only postponed the day when the town must adopt some method of disposing of its domestic and in dustrial wastes. Bluffton—a growing community—cannot continue to ignore the sewage problem which clamors for solution. Present means of handling sewage are a menace to public safety and comfort. Hordes of mosquitoes, in themselves a potential health menace, bring an unmistakable warning every summer that speaks for itself. Fortunate as we have been in past years in the matter of public health, its continuance should not be left to chance. Neither may we presume too much on the for bearance of landowners down stream who have endured a disagreeable situation thus far without complaint. Bluffton has committed itself in the past for construc tion of paved streets, schools, electric lights and water works—all essentials of a modern municipality—none of which, however, is more important to public health and well-being than sewage disposal. Cost of a complete system, as proposed, would be of reach except for federal aid now available. This portunity may not present itself again. Bluffton should vote yes on the question of sewer bonds next Tuesday. No Time To Hesitate has been called—and rightly so—to the two proposed Bigelow constitutional amendments which will appear on the ballot next Tuesday. These two proposals are fraught with the gravest danger to the wel fare of the state—the results of which no man can foresee. Uncertain scores of millions would be added to Ohio ans’ tax burden to finance old-age pensions, whether needed or not, wrere the Bigelow amendment No. 1 adopted next Tuesday. The process of writing future amendments into the constitution would be simplified for any crackpot group with a few sharp pencils and an ax to grind, were the Bigelow amendment No. 2 approved. It is no time for hesitant attitude by voters. Both of these amendments must be defeated. The high pres the on The couple will reside for the ent with the bride’s parents on Bertsche farm east of Bluffton the Allen-Hancock county line. To Oppose Bigelow Plan In Talk Here Speaking against the proposed Bigelow amendments, Frank B. Pauly representative of the Ohio Emergency committee will address a public meeting in the high school auditorium, Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Pauly who is making a tour of this part of the state speaking against the Bigelow plan, spoke be fore the Lions club here on that subject several weeks ago. Brotherhood Hears Talk By Lima Pastor Speaking at a meeting of the Bro therhood of the Reformed churches, Tuesday night in the Emanuel’s church, Rev. Paul Graeser based his talk on word pictures drawn from real life. Rev. Graeser, an interesting speak er, is pastor of the First Reformed church of Lima. Forty-six attended the meeting. Hospital Tag Sale Here Election Day Hospital tag day will be held here next Tuesday, election day, when tags will be sold for benefit of Bluff ton hospital. The tag sale is under auspices of the Womans Auxiliary and all proceeds will go to the hos pital. KJ a '7od- BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1939 .... .... .. 26 In Five Church Peace Contests Prince of Peace Declamation con tests will be held churches Saturday nights. in five and Bluffton Sunday church will will re be Winners in each ceive a bronze medal, and eligible to compete in the Allen county elimination contest scheduled for early in December. Twenty-six high school boys and girls will compete in the church con tests .four of which are to be held on Sunday, and the other Saturday night. Prince of Peace Declamation con tests are sponsored in the state every year under auspices of the Ohio Council of Churches. Local competitors are as follows: Reformed church, 7:30 p. m. Sat urday—Louise Dunifon, Wanda Dil ler, Dorothy Greding, John Stettler, Harlan Swank, Charlotte Santschi and Billie Bechtel. Presbyterian church, 7:30 p. m. Sunday—Alberta Sumney, Bettye Murray and Harriette Biome. Methodist church, 7:30 p. m. Sun day—Gerald Augsburger, Madlyn Isham, Bettye Steinman, Jeanne Baumgartner, Ralph Short and Caro lyn Stonehill. First Mennonite church, 7:30 p. m. Sunday—Herbert Klassen, Arthur Thiessen, George Myers, Helen Sold ner and Doris Jean White. Defenseless Mennonite church, 7:30 p. m. Sunday—Phyllis Steiner, Dale Grismore, Doris Garmatter, Veldean Moser and Marjorie Stratton. Amateur Night At College Saturday Bluffton college will hold amateur night Saturday with a the chapel at 8 p. m., nounced the first of the resentatives of all four program in it was an week. Rep classes and the faculty will participate mixed program, details of were being arranged the first week. in a which of the Lions To Discuss Community Service How the Bluffton Lions club may best serve the community will be the topic for the club meeting on next Tuesday night. The club will meet at the Walnut grill at 6:15 o’clock. A program for discussion is being outlined aid an opportunity will also be given members to bring up any project which in their opinion the club should be interested. I THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY IVOTERS HERE TO GET SIX BALLOTS Large Number Marked by 1 Tickets to be ctors Next Municipal and Township Tickets Local and State Issues Included Bluffton voters will have a sizeable job on their hands when they go to their polling places pext Tuesday and accept the six ballots which will be turned over to them to mark. For an off-year election six different ballots are decidedly unusual, and it is believed that the aumber will set a new local record. Three of the ballots will carry the names of candidates for local offices. Two of these will include the Bluffton village ticket on which are listed nom- VOTING PLACES NEXT TUESDAY A—Mayors office. B—High ’“‘School Library. C—Fire Dept. Room. Bluffton out op- .. Bluffton Bluffton Richland North—Township room. Bluffton. Richland South—Townhouse, Beaverdam. Beaverdam—Townhouse. inees for municipal posts and Richland township ticket for trustees and other township officers. Bluffton’s vote on the w*et and question will be obtained on a separ ate local opinion ballot, which if ap proved by electors will ban the sale of beer and light wines with excep tion of 3.2 beer. A state amendment ballot, with four suggested amendments, also will be presented. This includes the two highly controversial Bigelow amend ments—that providing for a new sys tem of old age pensions, and the one proposing to change the initiative plan for submitting amendments and laws to direct vote. The Bigelow amendments will be the second and third on the amend ment ballot. The first will be a con stitutional amendment, submitted by the legislature, which provides for the creation of a state board of education. The fourth and last proposition on the state ballot is the referred bill to re organize the state civil service com mission. To Sail For African Mission Field Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Senff, missionaries to Africa who have been in this country on furlough for the past eighteen months will sail from New York City on returning to resume their work. Sunday, mission part of Mr. and Mrs. Senff spent their furlough here visiting at the home of her father, John Welty on Cherry street. Their journey which begins Sun day will end about the Christmas holiday season when they are sched uled to arrive at the African Inland Mission at Maitulu, Belgian Congo, near the equator in Central Africa. They will sail from New York City on the S. S. Vulcania to Lis bon, Portugal. From there they will sail November 24 on the S. S. Quanza for Matadi, Belgian Congon, arriving there on December 5. From Matadi, on the coast they will travel 3,000 miles over gravel roads to their mission station at Maitulu in the interior. Methodist Men To Hold Waffle Supper A waffle and sausage supper will be enjoyed by the Men’s Brother hood of the Methodist church in the church dining room Monday night at 6:30 o’clock. G. R. Bogart is chair man of the committee in charge. Principal add res of the evening following the supper will be by Rev. E. L. Arthur of Arlington. The nominating committee wil also pre sent names for election to Brother hood offices for the coming year. (Candidates For Bluffton And PET 01V DAI I OTO Richland Township Offices REPUBLICAN Munson Bixel Carl Cahill Wm. Edwards Armin Hauenstein Harold Kennedy Cleon Triplett Eli Deppler A. E. Kohli E. S. Lape Waldo Hofstetter Norman Triplett Henry Huber Clayion Bixel Frank Barber R. E. Griffith the Controversial Measures A third ballot will carry names nominees for the Bluffton board education. of of Controversial measures that have evoked plenty’ of comment in Bluff ton in recent weeks are listed on the other three ballots. One of these is to record sentiment of the town with respect to authori zation of a municipal sewage disposal system. It calls for a 65 per cent vote in approval of an $80,000 bond issue, which would represent a part of the town’s share of cost of $400,000 project. the Local Option Vote dry Rev. Albert Hager, 49, native of Pandora, who w’as until recently a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, told authorities that Winnie Ruth Judd, convicted trunk slayer who fled from the Arizona state hospital at Phoe nix had confided to him several weeks ago she planned to escape. Rev. Hager, who lately moved to Pekin, Ill., made his statement to Illinois authorities, following the sensational escape of the Judd woman last week. For Mayor While the rest of the campus was preparing for an all-college party, Bluffton college seniors left unan nounced and unsuspected last Satur day night on their annual "Sneak Day” jaunt. Accompanied by Coach and Mrs. A. C. Burcky, the class advisors, the seniors went to Detroit where they spent Saturday and Sunday nights. They did not return to Bluffton un til late Monday. In Detroit, the seniors made their headquarters at the Hotel Detroiter. On Sunday night the students at tended the broadcast of the Ford Sunday Evening Hour in a group, after sight-seeing thru the city. Monday’s highlight was a trip thru the famous Dearborn village. While in the original laboratory of Thomas Edison, the class heard the man in charge, said to be the only living co worker of Edison, making arrange ments with MGM officials for a forthcoming motion picture dealing with the life of the noted inventor. The trip to Detroit was made by automobile. Postpone Opening Red Cross School Opening of the Red Cross first aid school in Bluffton scheduled for Thursday flight has been postponed until next Monday night at the high school cafeteria at 7:30 o’clock. Twenty from Bluffton and vicinity have enrolled for the course ac cording to a report given the first of the week by those in charge here. Instruction in first aid work will be given by two instructors from Lima under sponsorship of the Bluff ton Red Cross chapter. Births Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter, Marsha Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. John Hartz ler, Jr., of Ashland, formerly of Bluffton, October 16. Mr. and Mrs. Cleland Amstutz of Pandora are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Friday. A son was bom at the Bluffton hospital, Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Reichly of Rawson. W. A. Howe A. D. Wells For Clerk James West Carold Steiner For Treasurer Ralph Badertscher Samuel Bixel For Marshal Carl Burkhart For Council (Six to Elect) For Board of Public Affairs (Three to Elect) For Board of Education (Two to Elect) For Richland Twp. Trustees For Richland Twp. Clerk For Richland Twp. Constables (Two to Elect) The minister said he wras her “spiritual adviser’ until about a month ago when he left Phoenix to become pastor of the Groveland Mis sionary church near Pekin. He held a pastorate near Lima before he went to Phoenix six years ago. Escaped Trunk Slayer Confided In Pastor, Former Pandora Man Seniors See Sights In Detroit On Week-End Sneak Day Jaunt DEMOCRATIC Lee Coon Menno Badertscher Arden Baker Evan Basinger Fred Hofer Ralph Patterson Jesse Stratton Cal Balmer A. C. Burcky Wm. Luginbuhl Homer Gratz Elmer Short Rev. Hager who made a voluntary statement to the authorities, said that Mrs. Judd told him she wanted to flee "because of her treatment and because she had not received a’ fair trial.” The former Pandora man, a form er teacher in the rural schools and well remembered in this vicinity is the eldest son of the late John Hager. His younger brother Levi Hager, former Pandora painter, is also now in the west. A sister, Miss Zelma Hager is engaged in mission work in New York City. Mrs. Judd, after six days of free dom was recaptured Monday night and returned to the Arizona institu tion. Hold Last Rites For Former Local Woman Funeral services for Mrs. I. B. Stith, 73, formerly of Bluffton were held at the Methodist church here Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the church officiated and interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery. Mrs. Stith who resided near Lima died in a Toledo hospital Sunday night from a heart disease. The re mains were brought here Monday. Surviving are her husband, also five daughters, Mrs. Rose Herrman and Mrs. Beatrice Conaway both of Bluffton Mrs. Molly Price of Cleve land Mrs. Ella Shine of Lima and Mrs. Alice Pfeifer of near Beaver dam. Also surviving are two sisters Mrs. Guy of Oak Harbor and Mrs. Frank Urban of Ludington, Mich. one bro ther Ed Crates of Ada fifteen grandchildren and one great-grand child. Gravy For Farmers Coming Thursday Checks for Richland township farmers who participated in the fed eral soil conservation plan will be distributed here Thursday, according to word received here the first of the week. Distribution will be made at the township room by representa tives of the soil conservation gram in Allen county. pro- CLINIC POSTPONED Diphtheria immunization clinic of the Beaverdam schools scheduled for last Friday has been postponed until Friday of this week. At that time an opportunity will be given for im munization of pupils without charge. The treatment is given with consent of the parents and sponsored by the Beaverdam Parent-Teacher associa tion. BROTHERHOOD BANQUET Annual banquet of the Men’s Broth erhood of the First Mennonite church will be held on Thursday night, Nov. 9 in the church dining room at 6:30 o’clock. Rev. Neal Dow Newlin of Lima will be the principal speaker. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade is Allen Grismore N. W. Basinger Leonard Gratz E. C. Heller NUMBER 27 ——................ ..............—- LOCAL CAMPAIGN NEARING CLOSE Principal Interest Centers on Sewer Bonds and Bigelow Amendments Campaigns of Town and Town ship Candidates Entering Final Stretch elec been pri- With less than a week until tion, local politics which has largely hibernating since the mary is stirring into action. Candi dates are showing increasing signs of activity and something reminis cent of the old-time campaigns may be seen before the ballot-casting day comes around next week. The campaign thus far is running true to form with the principal con test manifested in the race for mayor and marshal positions. ity dates. Little activ- evidenced by council candi- school board and board of affairs contest may develop The public week end activity continuing up to election day, according to predictions of some local observers. Interest On Issues Principal pre-election interest has centered on issues, rather than can didates. Of these the local issue of a bond issue for a proposed sewerage system and the state Bigelow amend ment issues have been the focal points of attention. The local option issue on which Bluffton will vote has brought little notice in the way of a campaign for or against the measure. Likewise other state issues besides the Bige low amendments have received scant attention here. A mass meeting here Thursday night when Frank Pauly represent ing the Ohio Emergency committee will speak against the Bigelow’ a mendments and distribution of lit erature explaining the sewer issue the latter part of the week is ex pected to close the campaign on and ex per- day, issues. Candidates for town township offices, however, are pected to continue their work of sonal solicitation until election next Tuesday. Completes 48 Years 4 s Livestock Buyer It was forty-eight years ago Wed nesday that A. E. Lugibill, pioneer livestock buyer went into business in Bluffton. Nearing the half-cen tury mark in his business career here, Mr. Lugibill was receiving con gratulations from friends and asso ciates Wednesday morning as he went about his routine duties of ing daily market quotations at stockyards here. list the the Those were the days when work of a livestock buyer was any thing but easy, Lugibill mused as he recounted early days in this com munity. With no telephones or automobiles, livestock men made their rounds thru the country with a horse and buggy and after having purchased a carload of cattle and ing the stock yards here. hogs assisted in driv over the roads to the those days was the Bluffton in shipping center for the entire farm ing district between this place and Pandora railroad possible standard since the "narrow gauge” thru Pandora made it im to switch cars onto the gauge lines. Mr. Lugibill was at first associat ed with the late Lewis Waltz and afterward with A. D. Hall whose death occurred several years ago, both of whom were widely known thruout this section. For the past years he has been Bluffton representative of Brady Bros., large livestock dealers thru out Northwestern Ohio. With The Sick Mrs. Sibyl Mollett is recovering from the effects of a broken left arm as the result of a fall at her home on South Main street recently. A number of cases of chicken pox are reported principally in the cases are home of Tschiegg. M. M. on South in the public schools, the grades. None of serious. Davidson is ill at the daughter, Mrs. Amos Mrs. B. F. her Bogart is ill at his home Main street. Jesse Stratton who became serious ly ill while working in. Lima early last week is convalescing at his home here on South Main street. Mrs. H. T. Unruh is convalescing at Bluffton hospital following a major operation last Wednesday.