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Basketball season is just around
the corner for Bluffton fans, and the
town’s scholastic and independent
teams are drilling religiously for
their opening contests. Bluffton
Boosters, an independent outfit, will
be the first to get in action. They
will play Thursday night of next
Xveek in Lima league play, opposing
Bradfield Center. The high school
Beason will open Friday, Dec. 1, in
a tilt at Vaughnsville, and Bluffton
college will swing into action Satur
day, Dec. 2, when the Beavers enter
tain Bowling Green on the Bluffton
Two players from this section are
among Ohio’s leading high school
grid scorers, according to a compila
tion announced last week. Eldon
Bluffton High eagers will play 17
games during the 1939-40 cage sea
son, opening on Dec. 1 at Vaughns
ville and making their first home ap
pearance on Dec. 9 against Rawson.
For the most part the schedule is
made tip of familiar foes, but two
Bluffton High Cogers Will Play
17 Games During 1939-40 Season
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Bash, of Mt. Blanchard, is in third
place, with a total of 123 points, and
“Taters” Basinger, Pandora High’s
star was fourth high with 119 points.
Basketball play is under way in
earnest among Allen county teams.
In last week’s games Lafayette top
ped Beaverdam in a thriller 21 to 19,
and Harrod won from Elida, 26 to
Mt. Blanchard blasted Mt. Cory
last Friday, 39 to 0, to win the
championship of the Hancock county
Little Nine league for the second
year in a row. The Mt. Blanchard
outfit, coached by Howard Yawberg,
formerly a mentor at Rawson, has
been unbeaten in league play for the
last two seasons. Rawson lost to
Arlington on the same day, 34 to 6.
new opponents appear on the card.
Salem Centralized, of near Upper
Sandusky, will play here on Dec. 13,
and on Feb. 24 the Bluffton outfit
will journey to Gallipolis for a game
with a team coached by Gar Griffith,
form Bluffton High mentor.
The schedule, announced this week
by Faculty manager Sidney C. Stet
tler, is one of Bluffton’s heaviest in
several seasons.
It is as follows:
Dec. 1—at Vaughnsville
Dec. 8—at Lima South
Dec. 9—Rawson here
Dec. 13—Salem Centralized here
Dec. 20—at Ada
Jan. 5—at Wapakoneta
Jan. 6—Shawneee here
Jan. 12—Celina here
Jan. 13—at Willshire
Jan. 19—North Baltimore here
Jan. 23—Columbus Grove here
Jan. 26—at St. Marys
Feb. 2—Bellefontaine here
Feb. 9—Ada here
Feb. 16—at Van Wert
Feb. 23—Wapakoneta here
Feb. 24—at Gallipolis
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Opening their 1930-40 season, a
strengthened Bluffton Boosters cage
team will meet Bradfield Center in
Lima recreational league play at
Lima, Thursday night of next week.
The Boosters will compete this
year in the American league, one
of the divisions in the Lima recrea
tional winter program. Games will
be played each Thursday night at
the Lima South gymnasium.
In addition to Lima league compe
tition, the Bluffton Independent team
is scheduling inter-city games to be
played at home and on foreign
An impressive lineup is assured by
the return of seven veterans from
last year’s squad, in addition to
seven newcomers. What is believed
to be one of the tallest teams in
About six weeks ago the Pandora
and Bluffton Mennonite churches ex
tended a call to Rev. Otto Lichti, one
of the abest and best instructors in
the Theological Seminary of Bloom
field, N. J., to come and be the pas
tor of the two orgranizations, which
he has accepted.
On Monday morning bright and
early George Feltz, Allen county au
ditor, will turn over the keys of his
office, which he has handled for the
past six years, and Prof. E. C. Aker
man, of Bluffton, elected last fall,
will accept the county trust.
Among the properties that changed
hands last week were the Zehrbach
property on Railroad street, pur
chased by Frank Scott, for a consid
eration of $1000, and the R. B. Day
property on Riley street, purchased
by Henson Good for $900. The deals
were made thru Real Estate Agent
F. A. Eaton. D. S. Burkholder sold
his Mound street residence Monday
to Noah Diller. Consideration, $2,
Gilboa people have signed a peti
tion with enough names to call for
a vote on local option, and will have
an election soon. Gilboa was a dry
town a good many years until two
years ago when it went wet.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos
Steiner, on Jackson street, a daughter
was welcomed, Saturday morning.
E. A. Armentrout and wife are
rejoicing over the arrival of a new
baby boy, which came to their home
Born, to John Moser and wife, a
fine boy Sunday.
Miss Fairy Slusser and Mell Bush
ong entered school at the O. N. U.,
Tuesday. Harry Niswander, Harry
Baumgartner and Miss Lois Niswan
der also resumed their work there.
Eli Hartman has the foundation
laid for a new house on Jefferson
street, near the L. E. and W. cross
The most elegant electric car that
ever passed thru Bluffton passed thru
Sunday afternoon. It was bound for
Columbus from Toledo and was the
first to run between these two cities
Nation’s Thanksgiving
Observance History
(Continued from page 1)
From the time of Washington to
Lincoln, however, there was no cus
tomary procedure. President Thomas
Jefferson, for example, who felt that
religious observances had not part
in activities of the state, refused to
designate any such holiday during
his years in the White House.
President Madison, on the other
hand, proclaimed four Thanksgiving
Days in his term—but set them all
in different months. In addition to
the traditional November date,
Thanksgiving have been observed by
the United States in July, April,
May and October.
Custom prescribes that the date
of Thanksgiving shall be set by a
special proclamation of the Presi
dent. However, it remains for each
state to stamp it as a legal holiday,
and if governors of states so desire
they may not follow the President’s
to Governors
This is the situation this year,
with the President’s proclamation,
but in other cases, governors are ad
hering to custom and have set No
vember 30 as Thanksgiving Day in
their states.
The celebration of Thanksgiving
has a long and curious history. Days
set aside for special Thanksgiving
were known to the Israelites and are
mentioned in the Bible. Such ob
servances also were common in
England, particularly after the Re
North America’s first Thanksgiv
ing was held in 1578 on the shores
of Newfoundland by an English min
ister named Wolfall. The earliest
record of a similar observance with
in the present territory of the Unit
ed States was held by the Popham
colony on the coast of Maine in
August, 1607.
First Pilgrim Thanksgiving
It remained for the Pilgrims in
Plymouth colony, however, to give
us the basis of our present day ob
servance. Following the plentiful
harvest of 1621, Governor Bradford
Bluffton Boosters Open Cage Season
Next Week With Tilt In Lima League
News Our Grandfathers Read
From Issue Of October 18,1906
this section will be placed on the
floor by the Boosters. They have
two complete teams which will aver
age well over six feet.
Last year’s veterans include Herb
Kindle, Dwight Dille r, Marion Fish
er, Bert Swank, Bob Murray, John
Stonehill and Evari Soash. New
comers are Jim Mon ison, Jim Miller,
Hank Detwiler, Piml Todd, Sam
Trippiehorn, Jack Clark and Willie
Trippiehorn. Charles Steiner is
managing the team again this sea
Bluffton will play in the American
league against Equity Union, Jack’s
cafeteria, Westinghouse, Vaughns
ville and Bradfield Center.
Flashy new uniforms were do
nated for the independent team this
year by Bluffton merchants.
in one continuous trip. It was ele
gantly furnished ind consisted of
three separate parts: a sleeper, a
diner and a parlor car.
T. J. Cornwell, w
Al Waltz returned to Celevland,
Sunday evening after a few days’
visit with his mether. Mrs. M. A.
David Miller and family, of Desh
ler, will move to Bl iff ton in the near
Frank Swank, of Robinson, Ill., re
turned here Tuesday. The following
day Mr. and Mrs. Swank stored their
household goods and for the present
will make their home with the lat
ter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Back.
Miss Hazel McKinley, who is em
ployed as compositor in The Clip
per office at Columbus Grove, was
home Sunday.
Charles Danner .recently of St.
Louis, Mo., returned home Saturday
evening ,and is clerking in his fath
er’s grocery store.
David Steinbrenner and family
moved on a farm near Spencerville
the latter part of last week.
Gid Oberly has rented the Althaus
Oberly farm, just north of town, and
will farm it the ensuing season.
Mrs. W. B. Low ry and children of
Ada are visiting at the home of the
former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.
J. Owens, before leaving for their
new home in Duluth, Minn.
George Montgomery, of Newport,
Ky., a former Bluffton resident, left
for his home Tuesday -morning, after
a pleasant visit here for several
The Reformed churches will cele
brate their annual Harvest Home and
Mission festival next Sunday. A spe
cial program will be rendered. Rev.
B. Huff, of the Orphans’ Home of
Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Abraham
Schneck, a former pastor, will take
part in the exercises.
proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving
on December 13 (old style) of that
The turkey made his appearance
at that first truly American Thanks
giving—hunters having shot many
of them in their search for meat for
the banquet tables.
At the break of dawn on that
Thanksgiving Pay, one of the can
non on the hill top thundered forth
a salute and residents of the colony
gathered in the meeting house.
Three-Day Celebration
Friendly Indians came for the din
ner, and before the observance was
ended, the period of Thanksgiving
had stretched into three days instead
of one. Entertainment was varied
ranging from religious services and
the singing of psalms and songs to
war dances by the savages and ex
hibitions of military drilling by Cap
tain Miles Standish’s well-trained
soldiery. Games and sports also
found their way into the program.
Observance of Thanksgiving was
common thruout New England from
that early start, but it was slow in
spreading to the rest of the country
The first impetus for a national
observance proclaimed by the Presi
dent was launched by Mrs. Sarah J.
Hale, of Boston, who brought the
matter to the attention of President
Abraham Lincoln in 1863, following
the Battle of Gettysburg. At her
suggestion President Lincoln set
Thursday, August 6, as a day of na
tional Thanksgiving.
In the next year Thanksgiving was
observed on the last Thursday in
November, following the example of
President Washington’s precedent,
and that date has been observed
since then, with the exception of
President Johnson’s slip in 1865,
which resulted in a December cele
Longest Beach
Longest ocean beach in the world
is said to be 28-mile long Long Beach
in the state of Washington. It is one
of the principal recreation centers
on the Pacific shoreline of Wash
left Van Wert
some time ago, and located at De
fiance, where he enp aged in the hard
ware business, later removing to To
ledo, is again a resident of Van
Wert, having accepted his former po
sition with the Jon es and Tudor Co.
Auache Agent
HEN, in 1873, old-timers In
Arizona learned that a twenty
two-year-old Easterner, fresh from
Rutgers college, had been appointed
agent for the San Carlos reserva
tion, a gale of laughter swept that
section or the Wild West. “Why,
them Apache devils will skeer that
tenderfoot out inside a week,’’ they
guffawed. But they didn’t know the
stuff that was in John Philip Clum.
Taking charge at San Carlos, he
decided that the “terrible Apaches”
weren’t so terrible if they were
treated like hpman beings instead
of animals, as the Spaniard, the
Mexican and the American fron
tiersmen had regarded them. So
he made them self-governing by
founding the first body of Indian
police ever organized to keep or
der on the reservation and by estab
lishing courts, presided over by In
dian judges, to try offenders. He
made them partially self-supporting
by teaching them the arts of peace
instead of war and paid them for
the work they did. And above all
else he proved to them that he was
one white man who didn’t “speak
with a split tongue.”
As a result Clum, within three
years, was ruling 5,000 of these In
dians, who had been regarded for
300 years as “untamable,” without
the aid of a single soldier. A physi
cian and a commissary clerk were
the only other white men on the res
Next he was given a bigger job—
that of capturing a party of hostile
Apaches, led by the notorious Ge
ronimo. WiTh a selected party of
his loyal Apaches, he marched 400
miles across the deserts and moun
tains of the Southwest, trapped Ge
ronimo and his followers in New
Mexico, captured them without fir
ing a shot and marched them back
the whole 400 miles without a sin
gle one escaping. This was the only
time Geronimo was ever forcibly
captured. Several times later he
voluntarily surrendered but John P.
Clum was the only man who ever
took him prisoner when he didn’t
want to be a captive.
Clum’s career of usefulness as
agent for the Apaches ended in 1877
when politics brought about a crisis
which forced him to resign. He later
won fame as an editor and public
official in the town of Tombstone
but until his death in 1932 he was
proudest of the record he made when
he was “Apache Agent.”
Western Newspaper Union.
By Elmo Scott Watson
AN old-time schoolbook, used in
early days of the repub c, the
importance of proper punctuation was
illustrated with this verse:
Every lady in this land
Hath twenty nails upon each
Five and twenty on hands and feet.
And thia is true without, deceit.
Every lady in this land
Hath twenty nails: upon each hand
Five and twenty on hands and feet
And this is true without deceit.
Now, test your skill on the following
bit of nonsense (from the same source)
which becomes sensible when punctu
ated properly:
I saw a pigeon making bread
I saw a girl composed of thread
I saw a towel one mile' square
I saw a meadow in the air
I saw a rocket walk a mile
I saw a pony make a file
1 saw a blacksmith in a box
I saw an orange kill an ox
I saw a butcher made of steel
I saw a penknife dance a reel
I saw a sailor twelve feet high
I saw a ladder in a pie
I saw an apple fly away
I saw a sparrow making hay
I saw a farmer like a dog
I saw a puppy mixing grog
I saw three men who saw these too,
And will confirm what I tell you.
Western Newspaper Union.
By Elmo Scott Watson
Double Meaning
FIRST appeared in a Philadelphia
newspapei in 1776 thus:
Hark! hark! the trumpet sounds, the
din of war's alarms,
O’er seas and solid grounds, doth call
us all to arms
Who for King George doth stand, their
honors soon shall shine
Their ruin is at hand, who with the
Congress join.
The acts of Parliament, in them I much
I hate their cursed intent, who for the
Congress fight.
The Tories of the day, they are my
daily toast.
They soon will sneak away, who Inde
pendence boast
Who non-resistance hold, they have my
hand and heart.
May they for slaves be sold, who act a
Whiggish part
On Mansfield, North, and Bute, may
daily blessings pour,
Confusion and dispute, on Congress
To North and British lord, may honors
still be done,
I wish a block or cord, to General
It was reprinted in many other Col
onial newspapers. “That’s fine!’’ said
British army officers and Tory offi
cials. “The man who wrote that is
certainly ioyal to His Majesty and he
has very wisely condemned this foolish
If any Patriot heard one of them
say that, he must have smiled to him
self. For it be_wns “in on the^know,”
he didn’t read the poem as It is
printed above. He read each line as
far as the comma in the middle, then
he read the next line the same wi .’
and so on. Or lie began reading at tlie
comma in tie first line, then dropped
down to the comma in the next and
so on.
That gave the poem a very different
meaning indeed. Try it and see for
yourself why the Patriots read it that
Western Newspaper Union.
Radio Club Grants
Honorary Membership
Robert Gleanson of Van Wert was
awarded the 1939 honorary member
ship of the Bluffton Amateur Radio
club at its meeting Monday night.
Gleanson, active in amateur radio
circles, on several occasions has been
a guest speaker at meetings of the
club here and is well known among
radio men in Bluffton.
The honorary membership award
is conferred annually by the Radio
club on the one who in the opinion
of the membership has contributed
the most toward advancement of
amateur radio in this locality.
New Tax Rates Will
Be Lower
(Continued from page 1)
mill limitation as apportioned among
the various taxing units of the town
and school district:
Inside Outside Total
County ............. .. 3.35 3.90
Township ........ .. .35 .00 .35
School ............... 3.05 6 95 10.00
Corporation __ 3.25 1.50 4.75
10.00 9.00 19.00
School District—
County ............ .- 3.35 .55 3.90
Township ____ .. 1.30 .00 1.30
School ............... .. 3.05 6.95 10 00
7.70 7.50 15.20
Pandora Gridders
Enjoy Dinner Here
James Miller, coach of the Pan
dora High school football team, en
tertained senior members of his
squad at a dinner last Sunday at his
home on South Main street. Coach
ing at the school for his first year,
Miller developed a team that gave
Pandora its most successful season
in years.
... By “Window Conditioning”
THURSDAY, NOV. 23, 1939
Recreation Center
City ^pin-pong tournaments to de
termine champions in boys, girls, men
and women’s classes have been an
nounced by Dale Davidson, Bluffton
recreational director. The tourna
ments will be played in the recrea
tional rooms in the grade school build
ing. Plaques made by Davidson will
be presented to the winners.
Opening tourney play will be next
Tuesday night and will feature boys
competition in two classes. One age
group will be for boys in the first
six grades, and the second group for
youths of junior and senior high
school age.
Tournament play for girls in the
same age classifications, and also for
men and women will be held in the
recreation center Thursday night of
next week ,to conclude the series.
Gene Zuber, who was senior recre
ational director in Bluffton for the
last tow years, now’ is serving as re
gional supervisor over four counties.
He directs recreational activity in
Allen, Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert
Dr. Hess
Poultry Pan-a-min
Poultry Worm Powder
(a flock treatment)
Thanksgiving Shoot
Stock Tonic (a good condi
tioner for all live stock)
Hog Special (a splendid
tonic for hogs)
Louse Powder
Dip and Disinfectant
Sidney’s Drug Shop
Wednesday Evening
Win A Chicken, Ham or Bacon
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