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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXTV LIGHT PLANT TO INSTALL TURBINE 750 KW. Turbo-Generator is Bought for Bluffton's Municipal Plant Council Authorizes $14,000 Ex penditure for Equipment to Replace Unit Purchase of a 750 K. W. Turbo Generator unit for the Bluffton mun icipal power plant at a net cost of $14,000 was authorized Monday night at a meeting of the town council. With approval given by the council the board of public affairs will pro ceed with arrangements to acquire the equipment which is expected to be in operation here early in the spring. Cost will be met from the plant’s cash balance and no bond issue will be required. W’estinghouse-made, the turbo-gen erator will come complete with a di rect connected exciter and surface condenser It was installed as a new unit at Penn State college, State College, Pa., and was discontinued from service in 1938. Investigators report the equip ment has been well maintained and is in first-class condition electrically and mechanically. Purchase price, freight allowed to Bluffton, is $15,500, but the local plant will receive a credit of $1,500 on a 150 K. W. Skinner Uniflow Engine Generator set. This makes the net cost to the town $14,000. First Turbo Generator Installation of the new equipment ■will give the Bluffon plant its first turbo-generator unit. Current prev iously has been generated by a bat tery of three Skinner engines—two with ratings of 300 K. W. and one 150 K. W. It is now necessary to run the two 300 K. W. Skinner units much of the time to cary Bluffton’s load. Purchase of the turbo-generator is from the Pow*er Plant Equipment Co., of New York City, which guarantees the equipment electrically and me chanically for one year. Supt. John W. Swisher, of the Bluff ton plant, has checked the unit in its present installation and recommended it to the council. Former Resident Dies In Indiana Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zehrbach of this place and Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Schifferly of Mt. Cory were in De catur, Ind., Saturday attending fun oral services of Mrs. Henry A. Fuhr man, 71, former Bluffton resident. Mrs. Fuhrman died at her home in Decatur, last Wednesday follow ing a five months’ illness. She will be remembered here as the former Miss Maggie Schifferly, a sister-of the late Mrs. J. E. Lugibill. She was employed as a saleslady in the Lugibill dry goods store here some forty-five years ago. Surviving are her husband of De catur one son Herbert Fuhrman of Waterloo, Iowa, and three daughters: Mrs. Herrman Baumgartner, Ft. Wayne Mrs. Joe Livers, Bozeman, Montana, and Mrs. Mason Hoyt, Hollywood, Calif. Also surviving are one brother, Wm. Schifferly of Kenville, Mani toba, Canada one sister, Mrs. Sadie Moore of Van Wert and five grand children. Borden Company To Continue Business The Midway Fountain, operated by H. E. Graham at the corner of North Main and Vine street which was closed the first of the week will be re-opened shortly, it was an nounced Tuesday. The place was closed when Gra ham moved with his family to Mar ion. The Borden milk interests which have a lease on the business location are expecting to re-open it under new management as soon as invoicing and other routine matters are completed. Former Bluffton Man Is Ordained Rev. Victor Augsburger, formerly of Bluffton, recently called to the pastorate of the Community church of Kasbeer, Ill., has been formally ordained as pastor of the church. Present for the ordination service was Rev. Augsburger’s father, Elias Augsburger and also Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Augsburger and Junior Augs burger all of this place. Rev. Augs burger is the third of the family to be ordained to the ministry. Levies in Corporation and School District 60 Cents Thousand Less New Rates, Effective for De cember Tax Approved by Local Bodies Tax rates in Bluffton corporation and also in the school district will be lower during the coming year it was announced the first of the week following conferences of representa tives of the town council and school board w-ith County Auditor Griffin. BUCKEYE PIPE LAYS NEW LINE Seventy Men Quartered Here Double That Number Com ing Next Week Rooming Accommodations Will Be Taxed by Influx of Con struction Crews With laying of a new’ 10-inch pipe line under way in the Bluffton area, approximately 70 workers employed by the Buckeye Pipe Line Co. now are quartered in Bluffton, and the number of employes staying here likely will be doubled within the next week. Rooms will be at a premium in the town when work in this area is at its peak, for reports Tuesday were to the effect that within another week ap proximately 150 Buckeye workers will be puartered here. With a heavy influx of men seeking lodging, Bluffton’s customary rooming facilities will be taxed, and many pri vate homes which ordinary do not take roomers likely will offer their service. The peak crew of about 150 men is expected to stay in Bluffton for at least tw’o or three weeks. The new 10-inch crude oil pipe line is being laid from the Adgate Pump ing station, near Lima, to Cygnet. This is a distance of approximately 46 miles. Present right of way of The Buck eye Pipe Line Company thru Bluffton, which the new line will follow, runs east of and parallel to the Nickel Plate railroad tracks. Former Trustee Of College Succumbs Maxwell H. Kratz, 64, Philadel phia attorney and former trustee of Bluffton college, died Sunday in Byrn Mawr hospital, Philadelphia suburb, after a month’s illness. Kratz was a member of the board of trustees here for eighteen years from 1914 to 1932 and was promin ent in laymen’s activities of the Men nonite church. He was well known in Bluffton and delivered the class address at the graduation exercises of Bluffton college a number of years ago. A native of Frederick, Pa., he was educated at Princeton and the Uni versity of Pennsylvania Law school. He was also a former member of the Pennsylvania board of law exam iners and a trustee of Perkiomen school. Funeral services were held at Philadelphia, Wednesday. Surviving are his wife and two children. Former Bluffton Girl Married In Cleveland Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Margaret Ruhl of Cleveland, formerly of Bluffton, to Dr. Victor B. Yahner, Kent dent ist. The wedding took place at St. Augustine’s parish house in Cleve land last Wednesday. Present Day Demand Is For Smaller Thanksgiving Turkey Since her graduation from Bluff ton College in 1929, the bride has been engaged in social service work in Cleveland where she was director of Herrick House Day Nursery, for several years. She was also presi dent of the Cleveland Association of Housemothers whose membership in cludes everyone in institutions of that city coming in direct contact with children. Dr. and Mrs. Yahner will be at home after December 1 at 531 Earl avenue, Kent, Ohio. NEW TAX RATES WILL BE LOWER TOWN RATE $19 SCHOOL DISTRICT $15.20 Rate in. Bluffton for the coming year will be $19 per $1,000 worth of taxable property. This is a de crease from the present rate of $19.60, a drop of sixty cents for each thousand dollars’ worth of property on the tax duplicate. Rate in the school district for the coming year will be $15.20. This rate likewise is a drop of sixty cents per thousand from the present rate of $15.80. The rates approved by council and board of education will go into effect with the December tax collection which will be made early next year. The following table shows rates in mills inside and outside the 10 (Continued on page 8) Trend Toward Smaller Families Is Reflected in Market For Birds Turkeys from Eight to Twelve Pounds Most Popular, Dealers Say Trend toward smaller families— and likewise fewer gathered around the table for Thanksgiving dinner— is strikingly reflected in the market demand for smaller Thanksgiving turkeys, dealers here stated the first of the week. Instead of 16 to 18 pound gobblers cherished in father’s day, the de mand now is for turkeys in the eight to 12 pound class. In by gone days they wanted their Thanksgiving fowls heavy but today a 12-pound live turkey is about the largest for which there is a demand. Local produce dealers said that a fully developed hen turkey will weigh 15 pounds, and a full grown tom will weigh upwards of 30 pounds. Few turkeys have reached the full stage of their growth at this time of the year, however. The Thanksgiving appetite gener ally has changed but little in the last several decades. Pumpkin pie still remains the favorite, with mince a close second in the desert class. Cranberries always are associated with Thanksgiving, and few tables are without the tart red berries on the holiday. Thanksgiving Day for years has been one of the nation’s largest oyster-eating days. Dressings, pud dings, garnishes and side dishes gen erally are the same now as they were in Father’s and Grandfather’s time. Crash Injury Fatal To Fred Stauffer Injuries received in an automobile accident near Bluffton on October 8 resulted in the death late Monday of Fred Stauffer, 63, of near Wil liamstown. Stauffer, who sustained a frac tured rib and severe cut above the left ear, was in the Community hos pital here until two weeks ago. His wife, injured in the same crash, also was a patient in the hospital until recently. One man was killed instantly in the crash at the Ebenezer church corner on the Grove street road October 8. The car in which Mr. and Mrs. Stauffer were riding with their son, Harold and family, of Findlay, was involved in an accident with an auto carrying four Lima fishermen. One of the four was killed instantly and the others were seriously hurt. Funeral services for Stauffer were held Wednesday afternoon at the Combs funeral home, w’ith Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in the Bluffton cemetery. In addition to the widow, Stauffer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kate Beals, of Bluffton Mrs. James Ham mon, of Columbus Grove and the son, Harold, of Findlay. Master Feed Mill Holds Opening Here Opening of the newly remodeled quarters of the Master Feed Mill was held here Friday and Saturday. The former skating rink building at the rear of the Steiner hatchery, oc cupied by the mill has been extens ively remodeled during the past sum mer and is now completely equipped to handle farm grains and other products, it W’as stated by E. G. Steiner, the proprietor. THE BLUFFTON NEWS I A nr*n TAnirnmnn mA rruv T\.’T I'llPOTO nt? T*T tTnmv\»T xtt\ tnzvriTMr.. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1939 1620 1939 Hog Prices Lowest In Five Years TTOG prices on the Bluffton market Wednesday morning stood at the lowest point in five years when $5.70 was quoted for top offerings. The drop in prices wiped out the last vestige of the September “war boom” which lifted hog prices about $2.50 in a single week—the sharpest rise in the history of the stockyards. Large corn crops during the past three years when hogs were ranging from $8 to more than $11 has stimulated increased production which is glutting the market, dealers stated. TO BE HOLIDAY HERE Columbus Grove Minister to Address Union Service Thursday Morning No Mail Delivery on City or Rural Routes Stores Open Late Wednesday Bluffton’s observance of Thanks giving this Thurwiay will be a quiet one—with the traditional dinner at noon the feature event of the day for most families in the area. In the morning a one-hour union church service will be held in the St. John’s Reformed church, at 8:30 a. m. Rev. Chester Armentrout, pastor of the Columbus Grove Presbyterian church, will be the speaker. It will be the only public observance of the day. Bluffton’s retail stores will be closed thoughout the day, but they will re main open late Wednesday night to accommodate the usual holiday trade rush. Business activity will be re sumed Friday morning. No Thanksgiving Day mail service will be provided on town or rural routes, Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach said. Outgoing mails, however, will be made up and dispatched as usual. Holiday week end vacations are in store for pupils in Bluffton public schools and Bluffton college students. Classes will be dismissed at all insti tutions Wednesday afternoon. With fairly moderate weather evi denced by present conditions, many residents are making arrangements to motor out of town for the day. Others are making preparations to entertain guests in their homes. Rural Church Is Moving To Town Purchase of the A. S. Faze lot on South Jackson street by’ the congre gation of the Defenseless Mennonite church will bring another church to Bluffton this fall. Announcement was made Tuesday of purchase of the site, and the church building will be moved to town shortly from its present lo cation four miles northwest of Bluff ton. Excavation will be made for a basement on the new site before the building is moved onto the location, it was announced by church officials. Until the church is ready for oc cupancy the congregation will hold services in the Bluffton college chapel. Rev. E. G. Steiner is pastor of the church, which has a membership of about 50. Real Estate Deal Mis Ocie Anderson, librarian in charge of the public library here has purchased a building lot from Mrs. Eliza Fett on South Main street. A mild winter with the coldest weather in the forepart of the season is predicted by markings on the furry coat of the caterpillars, Charles Burns, Bluffton weather prognosticator, said this week. Burns determines his weather fore casts by studying the black bands and thickness of the furry covering of cat erpillars. For the last two years since he started announcing his predictions publicity, he has been unusually ac curate in forecasting winter weather conditions, during the three months period, December 21 to March 21. Burns said the caterpillars* coating shows this winter will be warmer than that of last year, which was one of Changing of Date from Last Thursday in Month Does Not Set Precedent Observance Held on Many Other Days One President For got Proclamation President Roosevelt’s decision this year to advance the date of Thanks giving from Nov. 30 to Nov. 23, generally followed thruout the coun try, has not as popularly supposed established a precedent. President Andrew Johnson, in 1865, forgot or neglected to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation, and took no action until a church delegation called upon him. Then it was too late to observe the holiday on the customary last Thursday in November, and as a re sult President Johnson set Dec. 7 as Thanksgiving Day. Since President Abraham Lincoln’s last year in the White House, how ever, 1965 was the only year in which the last Thursday of the month was not observed, until Presi dent Roosevelt changed the date this fall. First National Observance President George Washington was the first to declare a national day of Thanksgiving, observed on Thurs day, Nov. 26, 1789, at the suggestion of Congress. (Continued on page 8) To Spend Winter Season In Arizona Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Welty of Min neapolis, former Bluffton residents, left the first of the week on a motor trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where they will spend the coming winter. Mrs. Welty, who became seriously ill last winter in the southwest, is improving nicely, according to word received by friends here. Mr. Welty, a former Bluffton farm implement dealer who continued in that line has retired after spending thirty-eight years in that business. He has announced no definite plans for the future. Births Announlement has been made of the birth of a son, Michael Edmund to Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lockwood of Solvang, Calif. Mrs. Lockwood w’as formerly Miss Lena Sinkowitz of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Dahl Predmore of Findlay are the parents of a son. Mr. Predmore was formerly manager of the City Market store here. A son was bom to Mr. and Mrs Don Kirtland of Bluffton at the hos pital here Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Warren, Bluff ton are the parents of a son born at the hospital here Monday. A son was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Rader of Bluffton al the hospital here. LIBRARY TO CLOSE The Bluffton public library will be closed all day Thursday, for the Thanksgiving day holiday, it is an nounced by Miss Ocie Anderson, li brarian. The library will also be closed all day Saturday for cleaning. It will be open all day Friday. HERE FROM MEXICO CITY Egon Mabardi, of Mexico City, was at the plant of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. Tuesday on business. Mr. Mabardi is a member of the firm of Mabardi and Von Richter, sales representatives of The Triplett Co. in Mexico. Bluffton Weather Prophet Sees Mild Winter In Annual Forecast Nation’s Thanksgiving Observance Has Varied And Colorful History I the mildest in recent years. We lik ely will experience our coldest weath er during the latter part of Decem ber. Predictions for this year tend to indicate the winter will be similar to that of 1889, Bums said. In that year, he pointed out, there were only three and one-quarter inches of snow. With open weather prevailing Burns recalled that he hunted all winter, and caught 76 raccoon. An early spring is predicted in 1940, on the basis of Bums’ forecast, and he said that plans can be laid now’ to make garden early in the season. Farmers can start their spring work after the first cold snap if the weath er forecasts is borne out in its ntirety for the third successive year. NURSE KILLED IN AUTO CRASH Early Morning Accident Proves Fatal to Hazel McCune Of Bluffton Headon Collision with Stone Truck on Highway South Of Beaverdam An early morning highway crash was fatal to Miss Hazel McCune, 40, of Bluffton, a private nurse, and she died at 8:20 a. m. Friday in Lima Memorial hospital less than two hours after her automobile crashed headon into a heavily laden stone truck, two miles south of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway. The mishap occurred near the ill fated Foust bridge, which has been the scene of many fatalties. Miss McCune was enroute to Lima to go on duty at Lima Memorial hospital. In the crash she suffered several fractures of the pelvis bone, 10 frac tured ribs and a broken right leg. Shock xvas believed the cause of her death. The stone truck involved in the col lision w’as owned by the American Stone Co., of Lima, and was driven by Warren Stauffer, 21, of Limit. It was northbound. Stauffer w’as unin jured. Harry Wolfe, of Findlay, bound to ward Lima at the time of the crash, told state highway officers that Miss McCune had passed him just prior to the mishap. Because of poor visibil ity that early in the morning, he was unable to explain how the accident occurred, however, Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Diller funeral home. Rev. J. A. Weed ,pastor of the Bluff ton Methodist church, officiated. Bur ial was in Maple Grove cemetery, Findlay. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McCune, of Geiger street, a sister, Mrs. Byron Stratton, Niagara Falls, *N. Y., and a brother, Burdette McCune, McFadden, Wyoming. The mishap victim was graduated Bluffton High school in 1916, and from the Lima City hospital nurses training in 1923. With The Sick Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college who be came suddenly ill with a kidney ail ment and complications was removed to the Bluffton hospital Sunday night. His condition which was re ported serious is considerably im proved. Albert Vermillion residing east of Bluffton is convalescing following an operation at Bluffton hospital. Sylvan Herrman of East Elm street is recovering from an attack of rheumatism. Mrs. Noah Moser residing north of Beaverdam underwent an opera tion at Bluffton hospital the first of the week. YOUNG PEOPLE’S SPEAKER Dr. C. Henry Smith of Bluffton will be one of four college speakers who will address the sixteenth an nual convention of the Ohio Federa tion of Baptist Young People to be held in the First Baptist church of Lima from Friday to Sunday. Dr. Smith is head of the department of history of Bluffton college. Approximately 500 young people are expected to attend the conference which will open Friday afternoon and close at noon on Saturday. Place No Tents to be Used This Year Pulling Contest and Parade Are Features Final plans for Bluffton’s 24th an nual agricultural fair, to be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 6, 7 and 8, likely will be completed at a meeting of the fair board this Saturday night in the town hall. Distribution of premium lists, started last week, is continuing at a rapid pace, indicating early and wide-spread interest in the mid winter showing. Entry in the three-day fair is open to residents of Allen, Putnam, Han cock and Hardin counties. Deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 4. Arrangements have not been com pleted for buildings and judges, but it is expected that final plans will be drafted by the end of the week. It was decided at the opening of the season that no tents will be used this year. ,, Fair showings will be in nine de partments, including the junior fair, and awards offered aggregate near ly $1,000. The departments include: Horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, grain and fruit, domestic science, fine arts and the junior fair. In addition to the regular showing by departments, features will be the pulling contest, pet parade and the livestock parade, which closes the fair. H. S. Cast To Stage "Robinson Crusoe" I NUMBER 30 COMPLETE PLANS FOR WINTER FAIR Final Arrangements to be Made At Directors Meeting Saturday Adventures of Robinson Crusoe on a desert island will be portrayed in the play of that name to be pre sented by the speech department of Bluffton high school Tuesday and Wednesday nights of next week at 8 o’clock. Simply a tale of island life would hardly make an interesting play, so the author has introduced some more shipwrecked people into the play to provide a clever plot of romance and intrigue. All in all the play should be one of the outstanding entertain ments of the Bluffton dramatic sea son. For the first time in the history of the school a squad system of play ing is used. Instead of the usual double cast, several players are re hearsing the same role, but they will not be assigned to the public per formance until the afternoon pre ceding the play. In some instances the shift may be made between acts if the director deems it justifiable. The tentative cast is as follows: Robinson Crusoe, Herbert Klassen Friday, George Myers and Ray Nis wander Mrs. Drake, Helen Soldner and Madelyn Isham Emily Drake, Doris Jean White Ethel Cartwright, Wanda Diller and Doris Garmatter Ben Hawks, Ralph Short Jeff Sny der, John Stettler and Harlan Swank Frederick Salvatore, Arthur Thiessen and Harold Santschi Don na, Bettye Steinman and Harriette Biome Meta Robinson, Charlotte Santschi and Marjorie Stratton El len Robison, Carolyn Stonehill and Billie Bechtel Mrs. Robinson, Dor othy Greding and Georgia Fisher. Will Open Auto Accessory Store Opening of a Western Auto store in Bluffton was announced the first of the week by Millen C. Geiger who will operate the establishment. The store will be located on the first floor of the George Carmack build ing, part of the former Bluffton Manufacturing block on South Main street. Geiger, a native of Pandora, has been in Medina for the past seven years and is moving with his w’ife and daughter from that place this week. His daughter, Mary Alice, en tered Bluffton high school as a mem ber of the senior class, Monday. The store here will handle auto accessories, electrical and sporting goods and allied lines, Geiger stated. Arrangements are being made for an opening early next month. For the past sixteen years Geiger has been connected w’ith the Sinclair Oil company, the past seven years of which he was commission agent of the company with headquarters in Medina.