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BLUFFTON NEWS The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXTV FLIES ATLANTIC ON CLIPPER SHIP Former Bluffton Resident Radio Officer on Trans-Atlantic Air Line Winton “Slim” Modin on America to Portugal Hight Of Pan-American Line Winton “Slim” Modin, who was employed here at the plant of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. until late in 1938, is a radio officer on one of the Pan-American Clipper ships flying between Baltimore and Lisbon, Portugal. Modin has been associated with Pan-American airways nearly a year, but last week he completed his first round-trip flight to Europe as a member of the crew of one of the Clipper ships. In the future he is expected to make regular trips as one of the two radio operators assigned to each giant plane. A radio officer must be on duty constantly during the ocean crossing, and the two operators al ternate at the radio board. Pan American air flights between Baltimore and Lisbon have not been disrupted by the European war, altho the northern route that took planes to London was discontinued after the outbreak of hostilities. All Clipper ships making European flights now have very large Ameri can flags painted on each side of the cabins to denote the nationality of the ship and prevent any possibility of being fired upon by warships or attacked by other planes. With conditions as they now are in Europe, more passengers are carried from Portugal to the United States than from this country to Portugal. During the time he was in Bluff ton, Modin was an active member of the Bluffton Radio Club. He came here from Chicago. Family Night At M. E, Church Monday Family night will be observed at the Methodist church here next Mon day evening beginning with a cov ered dish supper at 6:80 o’clock fol lowed by a program. Everyone in any way connected with the church is invited to attend the dinner and program which is be ing held as part of the observance of Fellowship week by churches of the denomination. The program, consisting in part of special musical numbers will be unique in its presentation of a num ber of Methodist notables in proxy on the witness stand for questioning by a hearing committee. A feature will be a skit portraying work among the Mexicans given by three men and two women of the church. Presbyterian Services Close Friday Night A week of special services now be ing held at the Presbyterian church here will close Friday night. Var ious ministers of Lima Presbytery are speaking each evening at 7:30 o’clock. Rev. Chester Armantrout of Co lumbus Grove will be the speaker this Wednesday night. Speaker on Thursday night will be Rev. Ray mond Bair of Rockford and Rev. Robert Bowman of Ottawa will speak on Friday night. Masonic Lodge Elects Officers Officers to serve for the coming year were chosen by the Bluffton Masonic lodge at the annual election of the order, Monday night. Those elected were: Master, B. R. Herring senior warden, Chas. Aukerman junior warden, Stanley Basinger sec., G. R. Bogart treasurer, Ralph Stearns senior deacon, Fred Wenger junior deacon, Donavin Conrad tyler, J. A. Thompson trustee, Fred Mueller. In New Locations C. B. Kuhn and family have moved from the Central Ohio Light & Power company residence on the county line to the Battles property on Cherry street. John Dunbar and famliy have moved to the former M. L. Perkins farm east of Bluffton which they re cently purchased. Mr. and Mrs. Alva Morrison who occupied the Harry Morrison farm in Union township have moved to Bucyrus. Concern was expressed by relatives and friends here Wednesday for the safety of two former Bluffton people residing on Lake Maracaibo, Vene zuela, one of the world’s largest oil producing centers when according to press dispatches a film of oil cover ing water of the lake caught fire and destroyed the town of Lagunillas, built on stilts on the edge of the lake Tuesday with a loss of from 500 to 800 lives. The two former Bluffton people are Walter Locher, 28, employed by the Lago Petroleum corporation, South American subsidiary of the Standard Oil company of New Jersey and his mother, Mrs. Eph Locher of Cleveland who has been visiting at the home of her son at Lake Mara caibo since last summer. Word from them is being anxiously awaited BLUFFTON FAIR DECEMBER 6-8 Dates Announced for Annual Three-day Showing Early Next Month Premium Lists Ready Commit tees Busy with Arrange ments for Showing Premium lists are being distributed and plans are nearing completion for Bluffton’s 24th annual agricultural fair on Wednesday, Thursday and Fri day, December 6, 7 and 8. Residents of Allen, Putnam, Han cock and Hardin counties are eligible to compete in the three-day farm show that is widely recognized as one of the best in this area. Entries will close at 9 p. m. Monday, Dec. 4. Showing this year will be in nine departments, including the junior fair and total awards offered aggregate nearly $1,000. Divisions in which competition will be open are: Horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, grain and fruit, domestic science, fine arts and the junior fair. Features Planned Arrangements for places of exhibit and the selection of adjudicators will be completed within the next week, it is believed. Among features will be a pulling contest, pet parade and the livestock parade closing the fair. For the three last preceding years, the Bluffton fair has been held in Oc tober, but this summer the board of directors voted to hold the agricul tural show in December, as customary’ in the first 20 years of the fair’s ex istance. Officers of the fair board include: Hiram Kohli, president Clyde Kling ler, vice-president Harry’ F. Barnes, secretary and Ray Marshall, treasur er. On the board of directors are: Hir am Kohli, Clyde Klingler, Ben Am stutz, Ray Marshall, Carl McCafferty, Joe Powell, Harold Carr, Albert Winkler, Clyde Warren and Edgar Herr. Department Superintendents Superintendents in charge of the various departments of the fair have been announced as follows: Buildings—Hiram Kohli and Ray Marshall. Horses—Ray’ Marshall and Joe Powell. Pulling Contest—Ray Marshall and Joe Powell. Cattle—Clyde Klingler and Clyde Warren. Hogs—Ben Amstutz and Carl Mc Cafferty. Sheep—Harold Carr and Hiram Kohli. Poultry—Albert Winkler and Will iam B. Luginbuhl. Agricultural Products—Francis Ba singer and Edgar Herr. Domestic Art—Mrs. Joe Powell and Mrs. H. F. Barnes. Junior Fair—Harry F. Barnes and Miss Edythe Cupp. Women From 21 Churches Coming For Missionary Meet Thursday Auditing Committee—Albert Wink ler, Joe Powell and Ben Amstutz. Chicken Dinner For College Grid Squad Members of the Bluffton college football squad and Coach A. C. Burcky will be the guests of Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Bixel at a chicken din ner served in the Bixel home this Thursday evening. Dr. and Mrs. Bixel entertain the college and high school grid squads on alternating falls, following the close of regular scheduled play. I VENEZUELAN OIL BURNING LAKE HOME OF TWO FORMER BLUFFTON RESIDENTS here. The town, destroyed by flames, is said to be inhabited principally by natives employed in the oil field. Whether Locher’s residence was in or near this place could not be im mediately determined. Flames Spread Quickly The flames were assumed to have spread quickly over the oil film on the lake in which hundreds of der ricks stand. The fire roared thru some 2,000 dwellings which had been built out over the water as homes of the oil workers of the great Mara caibo field. Conflicting reports were given as to the origin of the fire. Some were that it started after a warehouse ex plosion, while another stated the ex plosion of a kerosene lamp in a bar (Continued on page 8) Fall Session of District to be Held in Presbyterian Church Here Work Among Southern Moun tain Folk to be Told by Afternoon Speaker One hundred women from the mis sionary societies of twenty-one Pres byterian churches of this district are expected in Bluffton, Thursday to at tend the fall meeting of Lima Pres byterial. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the Presbyterian church here. The Bluffton meeting is the first of a two day session, the second day’s meeting to be held in the Presbyterian church at Vaughns ville. Churches which will be represented at the meetings include Ada, Blanch ard, Bluffton, Celina, Columbus Grove, Delphos, Enon Valley, Fair view, Findlay, Gomer, Lima, Mc Comb, Middlepoint, Rockford, Rock port, Sidney, St. Marys, Van Buren, Van Wert, Venedocia and Zion. The Thursday morning session here will open at 10:30 o’clock with Mrs. Thad Moorhead of McComb presiding. Routine business will be transacted in the forenoon. Lunch eon will be held in the church dining room at noon. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:30 o’clock will be open to the public at which time Miss Ruth Hudson of the Asheville Farm School, Swannanoa, North Carolina, is to be the guest speaker. Her subject will be “Men to Match Our Mountains”. Miss Hudson, a graduate of Mount Holyoke college, has also done grad uate work at Columbia university in the field of religious education and is prominent in work among the southern mountaineers. To Hold Religious Education Program Religious education classes in the public schools will hold their annual thankoffering service in the First Mennonite church on Wednesday afternoon of next week at 2:30 o’clock. The public is invited. The program will be under direc tion of Miss Janet Henderson, re ligious education instructor in the schools here. Donations of fruit and vegetables brought by the pupils will be given to the Bluffton hospital following the program. Thankoffering Meet At Reformed Church Miss Ruth Heihnflller of Cltvfel^bd, will be the principal,at, the annual thankoffering service to be held at the St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Miss Heinmiller is secretary of the Girls Missionary Guild of the Gen eral Synod of the Reformed church and has traveled extensively in Ja pan and China. The meeting will be under auspi ces of the Woman’s Missionary so ciety and the Gertrude Hoy Mission ary circle of the church here. Announce Schools9 Holiday Vacation Holiday vacation for the Bluffton high and grade schools will begin on Friday afternoon, December 22, and continue until Tuesday morning, January 2. Dates for the holiday recess were fixed at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education, Mon day night. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1939 Hunter Bags Red Fox On Farm In Union Township First red fox of the season to be bagged in the Bluffton district was killed on the Earl Frantz farm in Union township by a party of Bluff ton hunters Wednesday morning. The fox, a young female, was shot by Forrest Harmon of South Lawn avenue. With Harmon on the hunt ing expedition were Fred Hofer and Raymond Conrad. The fox was located by dogs in a clump of brush on the Frantz farm and shot by Harmon before it could make a getaway. Foxes are rare in this vicinity. TURKEY PRICES SRbW DECLINE Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Next Week Will be Less Than Year Ago Turkeys and Chickens Lower Prices of Other Foodstuffs About the Same Thanksgiving dinners in 1939 will be cheaper for Bluffton families who are bound by tradition to serve either chicken or turkey as the main dish on the holiday table. With a large number of first-grade turkeys on the market the demand is brisk, but prices are three cents less a pound. It is the lowest price since 1934. Chickens also are cheaper, two cents less a pound than last season. The cost of geese and ducks is slightly lower, also. Turkeys 20 Cents Turkeys, which sold on the retail market at 23 cents a pound alive last year, are bringing 20 cents a pound this fall for choice birds. Farmers are getting from 16 to 18 cents a pound. Chickens, priced nt 18 cents a pound last Thanksgiving, may be bought for 16 cents alive retail this year. Prices paid farmers are 13 cents a pound. Light breeds bring farmers from 8 to 10 cents a pound alive, and sell at 11 and 13 cents. Supply Adequate Supply of chickens and turkeys is quite adequate for the Thanksgiving trade, altho many turkeys are re ported not far enough along to be marketed before Christmas. Quality of both types of poultry is reported excellent, and the demand as a re sult is expected to be active. With this year’s poultry prices generally lower, and the cost of other foodstuffs no higher than last fall as a rule, advancing costs will not mar the Thanksgiving dinner picture. Cost of side dishes and garnishes for the holiday repast will not vary greatly from those prevailing in the past few years. It is estimated that a full course turkey dinner for a family of five will cost considerably less than five dollars, including everything. Former Orange Tup. Boy Is Bridegroom Announcement has been made of the wedding of Richard R. Crawford of Shelby, formerly of Orange town ship,, and Miss Eilene Bernice Rob inson, of Tiro. The wedding took place in the Methodist Episcopal church at Ply rnouth, Ohio, Sunday, November 5. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crawford of Orange township. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson of Tiro, Ohio. STUDENT RECITAL A student recital of the College de partment of music will be held at the chapel next Monday night at 7 o’clock. Appearing on the program will be high and grade school pupils of Mrs. H. P. Mann and Prof. Sidney Hauen stein. The public is invited. GRID DINNER SPEAKER Coach A. C. Burcky was the speaker Tuesday night at the Colum bus Grove High school football ban quet, held at the school. Columbus Grove ended their 1939 season last Saturday when the team lost to Pandora. Shooting at a hawk while hunting pheasants brought surprising results for George Combs, Bluffton funeral director, in a hunting expedition on the Harold Carr farm in Union township last Saturday. Unsuccessful in his day’s hunting, Combs was about to return to Bluff ton when he glimpsed a hawk flying high overhead. Although he thought the bird was out of shooting distance, Combs fired at it, and before his astonished eyes the hawk appeared to be falling to pieces. The hawk went flying on, however, but what at first had appeared to Meeting of Ohio and Indiana Institutions Scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2 Two Mennonite, Two Friends And One Brethren School To Send Delegates Bluffton college will be host to a Historic Peace Church Conference, represented by the five area denom inational colleges, tentatively set for December 1 and 2. Two Mennonite colleges, two Friends colleges, and one Bretheren college will be present for the meet ing, the first of its kind ever to be held on the Bluffton college campus. The Mennonite institutions will be represented by Bluffton, the host, and Goshen college, located in Goshen, Indiana. Earlham college, situated at Richmond, Ind., and Wilmington college, of Wilmington, Ohio, will represent the Church of the Friends. The Bretheren denomination will be represented by Manchester college of North Manchester, Indiana. Both faculty members and students will be present with a ratio of ten stu dents to five faculty members from each college participating. The two-day conference will be de voted to lectures by leading peace leaders and group discussions on varied peace topics. Peace programs of the various colleges will be pre sented the first day of the meeting. Some subjects to be taken up at the meeting include: “The Christian Philosophy as the Basis of Pacifism”, “Ways and Means to Preserve Peace”, and other related topics. Several outstanding men will be on the campus to deliver the main addresses of the conferences. Ar rangements are being made to get J. N. Sayre, president of the Fel lowship of Reconciliation, and one of the outstanding peace leaders of the nation. R. W. Balderston, a mem ber of the Friends Service Commit tee, will lead discussions on relief work in war areas. He has had wide experience in this field of the peace movement. Other prominent peace speakers and leaders are being contacted for resource purposes in the conference. Several meetings will be open to the general public. Other sessions will be held by the delegates and the respective leaders. The repre sentatives will also meet in small seminar groups, according to present plans. Purpose of the conference is to unite the peace activities of the re spective colleges of the Historic Peace church group, according to President Lloyd L. Ramseyer, who is making arrangements for the meeting. It is very likely that the conference will be made an annual meeting. Many To Attend H, S, Home Economics Meet Members of high school home economics classes from Hardin, Put nam, Hancock and Allen counties will be held Saturday to attend the annual Home Economics club round up at Bluffton high school. The program will open in the morning at 10:30 o’clock when Miss Harriet Criblez who spent the past summer in Europe will speak in the auditorium on the subject “Home Life in France”. Hawk Shot By Bluffton Hunter Drops Hen Pheasant In Flight Five College To Participate In Bluffton Peace Conference Also appearing on the program will be club members from Colum bus Grove, Liberty, Spencerville, Rawson, Arlington,Kenton and Dun kirk. Luncheon will be served at noon in the cafeteria by members of the Bluffton club. In the afternoon the group will make a tour of Bluffton’s new houses and also enjoy a recrea tional program. be a part of the bird came fluttering to the ground. Combs went to a bean patch in which it fell and found a crippled hen pheasant, which the hawk had been carrying away for his dinner. The pheasant was alive, but un able to fly because of injury suffer ed from the talons of the hawk. Combs left it hiding in the grass in the hope that it would recover. It is believed the shot of the local hunter hit the hawk smartly enough to make it drop its prey, thereby giving the hen pheasant a welcome reprieve from eventual death at the hands of the larger bird. Hunters Home From Canada With Two Deer BRINGING with them two deer, a buck and doe. three Bluffton big game hunters re turned home Saturday after two weeks in Canada where they hunted in the wooded district of northern Ontario. The hunters were Dr. J. S. Steiner. Leland Sechler and Rol land Stratton. Enroute home their car was damaged when it skidded on an icy road and over turned. None of the occupants, however was injured. Talk To Solicitor On Liquor Ban Here Mayor W. A Howe stated the first of the week that a conference will be arranged with Bluffton’s City So licitor Francis Durbin of Lima to outline procedure in carrying out the mandate against liquor sales which was voted here in the election a week ago. Attorney Durbin was absent from his Lima office the first of the week end and definite date for the con ference will be arranged as soon as he returns, Mayor Howe said. The vote here last week which banned liquor will not effect the sale of 3.2 beer which was not an issue at the election. “Squatter” Family In Trailer Moves South Richland township’s “squatter” family who resided in a house trail er on the old Hilty school ground four miles west of Bluffton have left for the south. The family, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Strait and eighteen-year-old daughter Alice, originally from Lima who lived for the past year in their trailer are headed for Bradentown, Florida, according to reports from neighbors. Strait, a jobless Lima machinist, deserted the city last fall and with his family in their auto trailer, took up residence on the Hilty school grounds now owned by Levi Althaus and Melvin Hilty. For the past year he had worked intermittently on farms in that vi cinity. The family’s trailer-home was heated last winter by a wood burning stove. Strait kept his auto mobile in the abandoned school house during the coldest weather, but the remainder of the time it was outside. With The Sick Mrs. J. J. Sutter, former Bluffton resident, now living in Wooster is convalescing in Wooster hospital from an operation which she under went in the hospital at that place. Her husband, Dr. J. J. Sutter, form er Bluffton physician is health com missioner of Wayne county with headquarters in Wooster. Mrs. H. T. Unruh who underwent a major operation at Bluffton hos pital has been removed to her home on North Jackson street where she is convalescing. M. M. Bogart who has been ill at his home on South Main street for the past month is improving. Mrs. D. W. Fox, who has been quite ill at her home on South Lawn avenue is showing improvement. Albert Vermillion is a patient in the Bluffton hospital. Oliver Locher who is convalescing at his home here following an opera tion in Cleveland, expects to leave the latter part of this week for Tampa, Florida, where he will spend the winter. His wife, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Edwin Diller of Pandora, left Monday for Tampa to make arrangement*. 1 BLUFFTON A Good Place tn Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 29 plan’orservance FOR THANKSGIVING Union Services in Morning at St. John’s Reformed Church Public Schools and College Will Dismiss Classes Over Week End Thanksgiving—one of America’s best-loved holidays—will be observed in Bluffton, Thursday of next week, with the traditional dinner at noon the high spot on the program for most of the families in this area. An early-morning union church ser vices will attract many to the St. John’s Reformed chruch at 8:30 a. m., the meeting being held an hour earl ier in the morning this year in order not to interfer with the holiday din ner. Rev. Chester Armentrout of the Columbus Grove Presbyterian church will be the speaker. Bluffton’s retail stores will be closed generally thruout the day, but will re main open late Wednesday night to accommodate the unual holiday trade rush. Business activity will resume Friday monring. No mail will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day in the town or on rural routes, Postmaster Ed R. Reich enbach announced. Outgoing mails, however, will be made up and dis patched as usual. Students Get Vacation Students in Bluffton High and grade schools and Bluffton college will enjoy vacation over the holiday week end. Classes will be dismissed Wednesday night in the three insti tutions and will not be resumed until the following Monday morning. With evidences of fairly moderate weather and no indication yet of ice and snow, many Bluffton residents are making arrangements to motor out of town to the homes of relatives and friends for the day. Others are pre paring to entertain guests in their homes. Thanksgiving is being celebrated early this year, as a result of Presi dent Roosevelt’s decision to set up the date of the holiday one full week. According to tradition, Thanksgiv ing would have been celebrated on Nov. 30, the last Thursday in the month and incidentally the last day. By moving up the date one week, however, seven days remain in the month following the holiday. High School Has “No Smoking” Signs “No Smoking” signs made their appearance in corridors of the high school building this week. School officials explained that the notices were intended for adults attending athletic contests and other evening gatherings in the building. There has been no smoking in the building by school pupils, they said. Tuberculosis Hospital Head To Speak Here Dr. E. W. Laboe, superintendent of the District Tubercular hospital at Lima will present an illustrated lecture at the dinner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club at the Walnut Grill next Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Chimney Sparks Start Roof Fire Sparks from a chimney started a fire on the roof of the residence of Gideon Locher on Cherry street, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The fire department responded and ex tinguished the blaze. Damage was negligible. Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Williams of Jenera, a daughter, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cramer of Findlay, a daughter, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Welty of Bluffton a daughter, Monday. Red Cross Roll Call Opens Here Annual roll call of the Red Cross opens in Bluffton this week. Solici tors have been appointed to cover the various sections of the town can vassing for one dollar a year mem berships. The work of soliciation will continue until the last of this month. A portion of the funds col lected are used in local work of the Bluffton Red Cross chapter w’hich is in charge of the roll call here.