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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXTV ASK COUNCIL TO SET "DRY” DATE December 15 May be Fixed by Council at its Meeting Monday Night Town Required to Refund Un expired Portion of Liquor Permits Here Date when the sale of intoxicating liquor shall be discontinued in Bluff ton is expected to be fixed by the town council at its meeting next Monday night. Announcement that the matter will be presented to the council was made by Mayor W. A. Howe the first of the week after receiving a communication from the state de partment of liquor control. To make effective the dry man date voted at the election here early in November the department will cancel existing liquor permits and refund to the holders thereof the fee for the unexpired portion of the permit. Refund from Town The town, however, will be re quired to refund to the department of liquor control ninty per cent of the unexpired portion of all permit fees now in force, with exception of those which have less than thirty days to run on which no refund is required. Since the procedure involves the expenditure of public funds the mayor indicated that it would be within the province of the council to set the date for cancellation of ex isting local liquor permits, from which date the amount of refund to the holders thereof would be com puted. Permit holders are entitled to operate under their permits until such refund has been made, it was stated by Jacob B. Taylor, director of the department of liquor control in a letter to Mayor Howe. Sets Proposed Refunds Refund in the amount of $64.71 would be required if cancellation of permits is to become effective on December 1. If the deadline is de ferred until December 15, the amount required to be refunded will be $33.44, Taylor’s letter stated. The mayor indicated that no special meeting of the council will be called to consider the December 1 date and since the next regular council meeting is on Monday, Dec. 4, consideration of December 15 as the deadline date will be taken up at that time. During the past year the corpora tion has received from the state ap proximately $900 from fees paid by local permit holders, according to Corporation Clerk Carold Steiner. Steiner estimated that about one third of this amount represented fees paid for permits for the sale of 3.2 beer which may continue to be sold here. Money received from liquor license fees is placed in the town’s general fund and any refund for unexpired portion of liquor permits would also be made from that fund, Steiner stated. With The Sick Mrs. G. T. Soldner is ill with com plications at her home on Cherry street. Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college who is ill with a kidney ailment and compli cations continues a patient in Bluff ton hospital with little change in his condition. Clyde Yerger, rural route mail car rier, is ill at his home on South Jackson street. Condition of Albert Vermillion of Orange township who underwent a second operation at Bluffton hospital is reported somewhat improved. Condition of Mrs. D. W. Fox who has been quite ill at her home on South Lawn avenue continues un changed. Mrs. Katherine Badertscher, regis tered nurse, is slowly improving at Bluffton hospital from effects of a fall down a flight of stairs at her home on South Jackson street last month. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bell and fam ily will move soon from the Show alter sisters’ farm near Mt. Cory’ to the Mrs. Linda Bogart farm near Columbus Grove. Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Snyder and family will move shortly from their farm near the Hillville, south of Bluffton, to the school house on the Geo. Hutchinson farm south of Beaverdam. Beans are Quoted at 94 Cents On Market Here Wednes day Morning Large Crop is Raised in this District Price Nearly Double Expectation Soybeans—formerly regarded as an agricultural novelty by many farm ers and at best a minor factor in agricultural operations—are proving the bellwether of farm crops this year. Prices of the beans which have been steadily rising touched a top of 94 cents a bushel on the market here Wednesday morning to the surprise and satisfaction of growers who still hold a marketable surplus in their bins. Current price is about double what TOWN’S FISCAL OUTLOOK GOOD No Shortage in Prospect for Corporation or School Dis trict Coming Year Lower Tax Rate Here is More Than Offset by Increase in Tax Duplicates Although tax rates in both Bluff ton corporation and the school dis trict will be lower during the com ing year, officials of the two taxing units expressed themselves the first of the week as well satisfied with the financial outlook. Town officials declared that the corporation’s finances are in the best condition they have been for years while those in touch with fiscal af fairs of the school district said the present tax setup would provide ade quate funds for all normal needs. Although the tax rate has de creased 60 cents per thousand dol lars of taxable property in both the corporation and school district, in creases in the valuation of duplicates of the two taxing units have more than offset decrease in the rate. New Plant Hikes Valuation Increase in valuation, $367,000 in the town and $360,000 in the school district are attributed largely to the new generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power company lo cated within the corporation limits, whose buildings and equipment are on the tax duplicate for the first time. Bluffton corporation for the com ing year will have a valuation of $2,266,675 for taxable purposes, ac cording to figures approved by the town council and the county audi tor’s office. Total valuation subject to taxation for the past year was $1,899,675. In the school district the valua tion of $3,701,364 during the past year has increased to $4,061,364 on which taxes will be levied during the coming year. Foreign Missionary At Ebenezer Church Rev. O. Bartcwitz, veteran of the foreign mission field will deliver a series of three addresses in the Ebenezer church over the week end. He will speak Friday evening at 7:45 and Sunday at 10:30 a. m. and 8:15 p. m. Rev. Bartcwitz, aged 86, was for sixteen years a missionary in Chile, South America, and pastor of churches in that country for a num ber of years. During the World war he was engaged in hospital work in Europe and has made six trips to Germany, Czecho-Slovakia and Po land in the interest of missionary work. He returned from his latest trip to these countries last June. Program Of Sacred Music Sunday Night Mild Mannered Grandmother Is Crack Toledo Policewoman A special music program of vocal and instrumental numbers will be given at the First Mennonite church Sunday night at 7 o’clock under auspices of the music department of the church. The public is invited. SOY BEANS ARE SURPRISE OF MARKET AS BIG CROP DEMANDS HIGH PRICE was expected by7 farmers last sum mer in view of the large crop being raised. A price for the crop at about 50 cents a bushel was gener ally anticipated. As a result of this expection of a fifty cent price level, the crop was heavily sold by growers in the Bluff ton district when the market rose from 75 to 85 cents early this fall. Dealers here say that the bulk of the crop earmarked for market has already been moved from the farms. The continued demand for soy beans is attributed to a heavy export trade, which may be due to war conditions abroad. The demand, ac cording to dealers, shows no pros pect of abating. The fact that soy bean acreage during the past year was unusually large was attributed indirectly to the government’s conservation program. Many farmers cutting down on other crops to qualify for benefit payments turned the surplus acreage over to soybeans. Speaker at Meeting Here Tells Of Problems of Battling City Crime Men are Easier to Arrest Than Women, Teachers Audience Here is Told A mild-mannered and soft-spoken grandmother, an expert with a pistol and a dead shot revealed intimate de tails of how authorities are battling crime of the city underworlds in an address here Monday night, when teachers of the public school enter tained the Bluffton college faculty at the high school cafeteria. The speaker, Mrs. Margaret Slat er, is head of the woman’s division of the Toledo police force. She has been a member of the force for the past eighteen years and has under her direction ten women, adept at detective work whose principal duty it is to protect women and children from- human wolves and leeches which congregate in cities the size of Toledo. Smart and resourceful are the women of Mrs. Slater’s division who are called upon to take up all kinds of roles just as a part of the day’s work. A complaint of molestation of some patron in a theatre—-and an attract ively dressed policewoman is on the spot in a few minutes keeping a sharp lookout for the offender. A call for dancing chorus girls may be answered by a comely police woman who could hold a job behind the footlights in any theatrical pro duction—just to satisfy the bureau that the advertisement is bona fide and not a lure of the underworld. Armed with pistols, the police women are trained to use them should the ocasion demand and in marks manship competition, Mrs. Slater has proven herself equal to the keenest eyed men of the police force. Men, Mrs. Slater said are easier to arrest than women. In proof of this she said that she had never suffered injury in arresting a man, but had received several black eyes while taking women into custody. Mrs. Slater, head of the bureau, is on duty nightly about the city traveling in a police cruiser until 3 a. m. when she turns in and calls it a day—unless there is a prospect of need of her services after that hour. Thanksgiving Eve Wedding At Church Wedding of Miss Norma Lugin buhl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Luginbuhl and Myron Luginbill, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Luginbill was a quiet event of Thanksgiving eve at the Ebenezer church in the pres ence of immediate families. Preceding the ceremony Mrs. Ola Moser of Dayton and Miss Esther Luginhihl, sisters of the bride pre sented a quarter-hour musicale. The Rev. P. A. Kliewer performed the ceremony before an altar of ferns and pom pom chrisanthemums lighted by two tall candelbra. The bride was attired in como blue crepe with wine accessories. Her corsage was baby chrisanthe mums and tea roses. The couple was unattended. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents. Following a short eastern trip the couple will reside in their newly furnished apartment on Riley street. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1939 Pheasant Comes To Town—And Leaves Under Own Power a pheasant has come to town tucked away in the game bag of some hunter, but there’s one pheasant which came to town—and left—under his own power after seeing the sights in Bluffton's business dis trict. It all happened Monday morn ing at 7 o’clock when Rolland Stratton heard a rustle in the hedge of the Presbyterian church yard bordering the sidewalk at Main and Cherry streets and a handsome cock pheasant took off and flew over the top of the church in less time than it takes to tell it. The pheasant apparently felt that the center of town was the safest place during the hunting season. Wedding Solemnized In Home Ceremony Wedding of Miss Vernice McElroy, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. McElroy and Richard J. Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland M. Davies of Vaughnsville was sol emnized at the home of the bride’s parents on South Main street Fri day night at 7:30 o’clock. Members of the families and friends were present to witness the impressive single ring service read by the Rev. R. C. Hurley, pastor of the Elida Methodist church, formerly of Vaughnsville. Preceding the ceremony Robert Davies of Vaughnsville, brother of the bridegroom sang two vocal num bers “Thine Alone” and “I Love You Truly”. He was accompanied by the bridegroom’s aunt, Miss Amelia Jones of Vaughnsville who also gave two piano numbers “The Old Re frain” and “Sylvia”. Lohengrin’s wedding march played by Miss Jones marked the entrance of the bridal party. The bride en tered the living room on the arm of her father who gave her away. She was gowned in white satin with veil. Her bouquet was of white roses and carnations. The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Clyde Evans of Bing hamton, N. Y., who wore a gown of tea rose taffeta for the occasion. Her bouquet was of talisman roses and asters. The bridegroom was attended by his brother Byron Davies of Bloom dale as best man. The glow of cathedral candles pro vided illumination for the nuptials which took place before a background of ferns and tall baskets of chrys anthemums. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held after which the couple left on a week-end trip motoring thru southern Ohio. The bride, a graduate of Bluffton high school and Bluffton college, is an instructor in Vaughnsville high school. Mr. Davies, who was gradu ated from Vaughnsville high school is employed in the state highway de partment. The couple will reside in Vaughnsville. To Tell Of Life In State Penitentiary Life of inmates and routine of penal institutions will be depicted in an illustrated lecture before the Bluff ton Lions club next Tuesday night at their luncheon meeting in the Walnut Grill at 6:15 o’clock. The speaker will be J. J. Boggs of Columbus, former Ohio penitentiary inmate. Boggs spent nine years in the institution before it developed that he had been wrongly convicted. Since his release he has been speaking on life in the penitentiary. Subject of his address will be “Life in the Big House”. Pictures will also be shown in connection with his talk. Boggs will also speak in the high school auditorium in the afternoon addressing high school pupils at 1 o’clock and pupils in the grade school at 2:15. Services At First Mennonite Church A series of special services will be held at the First Mennonite church during the week of December 10 to 15, it was announced the first of the week. Rev. Arnold C. Schultz, pro fessor of Biblical literature at Bluff ton college will be the speaker. Spe cial music will be provided. The public is invited. Obstacles encountered in plans to move the Defenseless Mennonite church building to Bluffton will mean that the structure twice will have to be taken thru fields and ford streams because of bridges too narrow to per mit passage. Moving of the building consequent ly cannot be started until the ground is frozen, but it is hoped that an early arrival of real winter weather will permit the start of the trip to town. From its present location, three miles northwest of Bluffton, the church will be taken thru the bottom land on the Roy Hofer farm, across I Little Riley creek, then back on the road, over which it will move south Large Volume of Offerings Com ing on Market Wipes Out War Boom Rise Large Scale Feeding Expected To Continue Because of Low Corn Price Hog prices, which dropped last week to a five-year low are expected to remain at present levels for some time. Qualified observers believe that the nation’s supply of hogs is one of its largest in many years, and that as a result there will be little possibil ity of pronounced price advances in the near future. Average hog prices this week were about $5.45 per hundredweight, as compared with $7.70 a year ago, and the pre-drought low of 1932 when quotations were under $3. The 1932 prices preceded the government’s slaughter program. Large corn crops during the last threee years, coupled with the fact that hogs were bringing from $8 to $11 on the average, prompted in creased production. This is reflected in today’s large supply that has brought prices sharply downward. With feed abundant in most of the important hog production areas, the Bureau of Agricultural Econ omics recently predicted a possible further increase in the number of pigs raised during the next year. Corn is bringing 44 cents a bushel and many farmers feel that despite low hog prices they will get a great er percentage of profit by feeding their corn and selling pork. Present hog prices mark the elim ination of the last vestige of the war boom which lifted hog prices about $2.50 in a single week last September—the sharpest rise in the history of the Chicago stockyards. W. H. P. Huber Dead Bring Remains Here W. H. P. Huber, 63, formerly of near Bluffton, died at his home in Elgin, Ill., Tuesday morning at four o’clock. His death came after an ex tended period of failing health. The remains will be brought to the home of his brother, George Huber, south of Bluffton, Thursday after noon. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Pleasant Hill church followed by in terment in the church cemetery. Mr. Huber, a native of this vicin ity was the son of the late Solomon and Melisa Franklin Huber, pioneer residents. He taught in the Elgin high school for the past twenty-two years, but was unable to resume his teaching duties last fall. Surviving are his wife of Elgin and two daughters Frances and Alice Huber at home and three brothers George of Lafayette Glenn of Co lumbus Grove and W. B. Huber of Mansfield. County Brotherhood Meeting Here Dec. 6 Allen county Methodist Brother hood organizations will hold their monthly county meeting at the Methodist church on Wednesday night of next week. The meeting will be opened with a dinner at 6:30 o’clock served by women of the church. Dr, C. C. Shedd, pastor of the First Methodist church, Findlay, will be the prin cipal after-dinner speaker. Special music is being arranged. Men of all churches of the community are invited. Births Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Burkhart of Pandora are the parents of a son bom at Bluffton hospital, Tuesday. Bridges Too Narrow For Moving Church Will Ford Two Streams Little Prospect Of Marked Rise In Hog Prices In Near Future to the Ebenezer church corner. The structure will be brought east toward Bluffton on the Columbus Grove road, and in order to miss the bridge over the Little Riley at the edge of the corporation, the movers will cut across the lowlands on the Mrs. S. S. Motter farm, and cross the creek about 100 yards south of the bridge. In moving the building, the struc ture will be place on three large flat bed truck trailers, and pulled by a tractor. Excavation on the former A. S. Faze lot on South Jackson street has been started to prepare the site for the church. HOLD BLUFFTON FAIR NEXT WEEK Three Day Exhibit of Farm and Domestic Art Opens Next Wednesday Livestock Entries Will Close Next Monday Night at Nine O’clock With nearly $1000 in prizes as the attraction, Bluffton’s 24th annual ag ricultural fair is expected to draw an unusually heavy number of entries for the showing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. Opening of the fair is only a week in the offing and entries already are numerous, with inquiries indicating there will be many more before the deadline next Monday night. Following a precedent established last year, 9 p. m. next Monday will mark the official closing date of en tori ng in exhibit classes, officers an nounced this week. An earlier clos ind date gives more time for the prep aration of adequate accommodations for poultry’ and livestock. Nine Departments Residents of Allen, Hardin, Hancock and Putnam counties are eligible to compete for fair awards in the three day showing. Nine departments have been announced, including: Horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, grain and fruit, domestic science, fine arts and the junior fair. In addition to the regular showing by departments, special features will be the pulling contest, pet parade and the livestock parade, which for years has closed the fair. Tentative assignments of building for the fair were announced this week by fair officials, as follows: Assignment of Buildings Horses—Locher barn, Vance street Augsburger bam, Cherry street. Cattle—Wilkins bam, Cherry street Schmidt’s Blacksmith shop, Vance street. Sheep and Hogs—Steiner Storage garage (the old Stratton garage on E. Elm street). Poultry—Real of Carmack build ing, South Main street, (rear of West ern Auto Associate store). Agricultural Products and Ladies Domestic Arts—Second floor Hankish building, South Main street (above Todd grocery), Tentative. School Displays—Bluffton H. S. gymnasium. Judges Named Judges have been selected for every department but that of dairy cattle, Harry F. Barnes .secretary of the fair board said. The adjudicators will be: Horses, Harry Hoewisher, of Sidney Beef Cattle, Elam Suter, of Pandora Hogs, Dale Lewis, of Tiffin Sheep, R. P. Smith, of Arlington Poultry, E. G. Trout, of Fostoria Agricultural Pro ducts, Ralph Brooks, of Columbus Grove Domestic Arts, Mrs. Kathryn Ferris, of Hicksville. Wedding Solemnized At Home Of Minister The marriage of Miss Marcella Basinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Basinger of near Bluffton and Isaac Neuenschwander of Columbus Grove took place last Wednesday night at 6:45 o’clock. The service was read by Rev. P. A. Kliewer, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church at his home here. The bride is a teacher in the Beaverdam school and Mr. Neuensch wander is engaged in farming. After a short trip the couple will live on a farm near Columbus Grove. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 31 SIX CULLEGES IN PEACE TALK HERE Ashland, Earlham. Goshen, Manchester and Wilming ton Groups Coming Speakers to Address Meetings Friday and Saturday on College Campus Bluffton college will be hosts to a historic Intercollegiate Peace confer ence participated in by six institutions this Friday and Saturday on the cam pus here. Student representatives from Ash land, Earlham, Goshen, Manchester, and Wilmington will join with Bluff ton in the meetings. All lectures will be open to the public. Reports on peace work in the vari ous colleges will be made at the open ing session at 4 p. m. Friday. Bert Smucker will be the speaker for Bluff ton. A dinner meeting will be held at 6 p. m., with a program following it to be opened with devotions conducted by Dr. I. W. Bauman, Bluffton profes sor. Talks On War Relief Robert W. Balderston, relief worker for the Friends church in Europe un til recently’, will deliver the main ad dress. Preceding his talk a peace or ation will be given by Charles Ain sley, of Goshen college, winner in a national peace oratorical contest. Saturday’s program will open at 8:15 a. m. with Dr. Harold Bender, dean of Goshen College, speaking on “The Pacifist Position in Case of War.” Dr. C. Henry’ Smith, of Bluffton col lege, will lead a discussion on pacifist beliefs and positions at 9 a. m. Sayre to Talk Another feature address will be at 9:40 a. m. with John Nevin Sayre, chairman of the Fellowship of Recon ciliation, speaking on “The Role of the Church in Wartime.” Sayre has been an active peace worker for 20 years and was president of the national I peace conference from 1935 to 1938. Following the luncheon at noon, the conference will be adjourned, but the peace program will be continued into Sunday by Bluffton college, with ar rangements having been made for Sayre to speak at vesper services at 3 p. m. Sunday afternoon in the col lege chapel. Three church denominations will be represented in the meeting here. Ashland and Manchester colleges are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren Bluffton and Goshen col leges are Mennonite schools, and Earl ham and Wilmington are sponsored by the Friends church. Lectures will be open to the general public, but discussion groups will be reserved for delegates from the par ticipating colleges. Most of the meet ings will be in the college chapel. Couple Is Wed On Thanksgiving Day In a Thanksgiving day ceremony, Miss Jean Zimmerly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zimmerly of Pandora and Dale Moore of Detroit, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Moore of Orange township were married Thursday morning. The ceremony took place in Raw son at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Hilliard Camp, pastor of the United Brethren church of that place. The single ring service was used. The bride wore for the occasion a street length rose dress. Attending the couple were Evan Amstutz of Bluffton and Miss Ruth Shoup of McComb. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride’s parents attended by mem bers of the immediate families and Miss Juanita Weiss of Bluffton. The couple will reside in Detroit where Mr. Moore is employed by a steel corporation. The bride is a graduate of Pandora high school and the bridegroom was graduated from Bluffton high school. College Choir At Pandora On Sunday The Bluffton College A Capella choir will make its first appearance of the season in a concert at the Grace Mennonite church in Pandora, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. This will be the first of a number of concerts to be given by the choir this season. The choir of sixty voices is under direction of Prof. R. A. Lantz. Moon Craters Thirty thousand craters are visi ble on the moon.