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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXFV TOWN TAKES ON YOLETIDE DRESS Gaily Bedecked Arches Span Main Street Thruout Down town District Bluffton Public Schools and College Will Close for Holiday Recesses Bluffton’s business district last week was dressed in its Christmas finery to provide a fitting and ap propriate setting for the approaching Yuletide season. Rounding arches in green holly, ablaze with gay multi-colored lights span Main street thruout the down town area, and store windows have taken on their customary Christmas atmosphere. Altho home and lawn decorations are not yet in evidence generally, the next week is expected to produce a colorful Yuletide setting in the resi dential district. Show Windows Colorful Show window’s of downtown busi ness places reflect the atmosphere of Christmas-tide, and holiday decora tions also are in evidence in the in terior of most shops. Opening Bluffton’s musical observ ance of the Yuletide, the Bluffton College Choral Society will present its thirty-ninth annual rendition of Handel’s Christmas oratorio, “The Messiah”, Sunday night, Dec. 17, in the high school auditorium. A chorus of more than 100 voices will assist the featured soloists in presentation of the oratorio. Prof. Russell A. Lantz is conductor of the chorus. Mail Early, Is Plea Early mailing of Christmas greet ing cards and parcels was urged this week by Postmaster Ed. R. Reichen bach, who pointed out that the rush of mail will grow heavier every day that the holiday draws nearer. A new feature in connection with Christmas shopping in Bluffton this year, will be the presence of Santa Claus in the downtown area each Saturday afternoon until the Yule tide. Another attraction will be free movies for children on the afternoons of Dec. 16 and 23. Two showings will be made on each day. Vacation for Students Students in Bluffton educational in stitutions already are looking for ward to approaching holiday re cesses. Christmas vacation will begin at Bluffton college Thursday evening, Dec. 21, and school will be resumed Wednesday morning, Jan. 3. Bluffton grade and high school stu dents will be dismissed for the holi days Friday afternoon, Dec. 22, and classes will convene again Tuesday morning, Jan. 2. 1939 Christmas Health Seals This is the 32nd annual Christmas seal sale held in the United States. Christmas symbols include Christmas trees and Christmas candles, Christ mas cards and Christmas seals. “To be happy is to be well”. Tubercu losis is the enemy of each one of us. Christmas seals help to wipe out and shield us from this public enemy No. 1 of the public health. For your convenience some Christ mas seals have been sent thru the mails. In case you wish more or someone desires to get some, you may buy them at either drug store, or the post office or phone me, 149-W. Our slogan is “To be happy is to be well”. By generous pur chase and use of Christmas seals we aid the sick and protect the well. Let’s buy now! Mrs. W. E. Diller, local chairman. Births Mr. and Mrs. Leland Frantz of Mt. Cory are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Friday. A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Wade Carroll of Beaverdam at the Bluffton hospital. Friday, died several hours after birth. Burial was in Woodland cemetery, Beaverdam, Saturday morning. Dr. and Mrs. M. A. Mulvania of Lima are the parents of a son, born Wednesday at Memorial hospital in that city. Mrs. Mulvania was for merly Miss Margaret Steiner, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Steiner, re siding west of Bluffton. Saint Nicholas will be Regular Visitor Here with Gifts For Children Free Picture Shows for Kiddies On Saturday Afternoons December 16-23 Santa Claus is coming to Bluffton early this year—his first arrival scheduled for Saturday afternoon of this week when he will be in the downtown district to talk to kiddies regarding the all-important item of Christmas presents and distribute gifts to all the children. LIQUOR SALES TO STOP ON DEC. 31 Extension of Deadline to End of Month will Eliminate Re fund by Town Saturday, December 30 Last Day for Selling December 31 is Sunday No public funds will be expended in the inauguration of a “dry” regime in Bluffton, it was decided at a meet ing of the town council, Monday night. To accomplish this end the council set the deadline for liquor sales at mid-night, Dec. 31, turning down a suggestion by the state department of liquor control that December 15 be designated as the date for discon tinuing the sales of intoxicants. By postponing until the end of the month the effective date of the dry mandate voted at the November elec tion, council members pointed out that any refund required to be made by the town would be negligible and pos sibly no refund at all would be re quired. Horse Entries In Fair Drop Over Last Decade Tractor Seen As Cause Refund Permit Holders In a communication received by Mayor W. A. Howe from state de partment of liquor control it was stated that the town would be requir ed to refund to the department ninety per cent of the unexpired portion of of all fees paid by local permit hold ers with exception of those which have less than thirty days to run. The department, in turn, will make a refund of this amount to holders of liquor permits here. In the communication received here from Jacob B. Taylor, director of the department of liquor control, it was stated that should the deadline be set for Dec. 1, a refund in the amount of $64.71 would be required. How ever, should the date be postponed until December 15 the required refund would be $33.44. Refund $2 Per Day Basing their computation on these two figures, council members pointed out that amount of the required re fund would amount to about $2 per day and that by continuing the pres ent setup until the end of the month any refund required from the town would be negligible. The state department will be no tified this week of action taken by the council and all licenses, excepting those for the sale of 3.2 beer will be revoked as of December 31. However, since this date falls on Sunday, liquor sales will stop at closing time on Saturday night, December 30. Sales of 3.2 beer which may be con tinued here accounted for about one third of Bluffton’s revenue from fees paid by local holders which aggregat ed $900 during the past year, accord ing to Corporation Clerk Carold Stein er. COUNTY RALLY HERE Young people, members of Ep worth League chapters of Allen county will hold their December rally at the Methodist church here next Monday night at 7:30 o’clock. Lions Protected Mountain lions and other preda tors are protected in the national parks. Bixel Motor sales 11 BLUFFTON FAIR OPENS WITH THREE DAY Santa also will be here on the two succeeding Saturday afternoons before Christmas, and his portly bulk will become a familiar figure to local Yule tide shoppers. His arrival this Saturday is set for 2:30 p. m., and kiddies may either talk to him about presents or give him their letters for later perusal. He will be in the business district and spend quite a bit of time on the streets. Another Christmas feature for children will be free movies in the Star theatre on Saturday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 23. Two shows will be presented each afternoon, be ginning at 2 p. m. Any child under 12 years of age may attend the shows without charge. The pictures to be shown will be com edies. Class Shows 28 Entries This Year as Compared with 40 Year Ago Number of Horses Shown Shows Progressive Decline In Past 10 Years What’s happening to the horse? That’s what more than one visitor was asking as the horse exhibit showed a continued decline in the number of entries at Bluffton’s Agri cultural fair, Wednesday. Decreasing entries each year in the horse department of the fair are interpreted by many district farm ob servers as evidence that the tractor is gradually replacing the horse on farms of this area. This year 28 horses are being shown in the fair, as compared with entries of 40 last fall. Ten years ago entries of from 60 to 70 horses were common. Fewer horses have been entered nearly every year over the last de cade, with the drop apparent in iha form of a gradual decrease from year to year. Widespread use of the tractor for today’s farming pursuits is the cause attributed by many for the dwind ling number of horses available for show purposes. The trend is seen by them as evi dence that the role the horse plays on the farm will continue to be of lesser importance, particularly so as further advancements are made in praetor engineering. Eastern Star Holds Public Installation Public installation of recently elected officers will be held by the Bluffton Eastern Star chapter, Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Mrs. Lena Soash will be installa ting officer assisted by Marjorie Wallace installing marshal, Emma Basinger, honorary marshal, Orpha Heckathorn, chaplain and Bernice Huber, organist. The following will be installed: Worthy matron, Dorothy Stratton worthy patron, Ross Bogart asso ciate matron, Kathryn Steinman as sociate patron, Orlo Marshall sec retary, Audrey Hofer treasurer, Emma Studler conductress .Theresa Slusser associate conductress, Eve lyn Beals chaplain, Hazel Todd marshal, Ruth Bowers organist, Marie Kennedy Adah, Theola Stein er Ruth, Carolyn Aukerman Esther, Laura Gotshall Martha, Helen Hauer Electa, Elsa Buck land warder, Blanche Hauenstein sentinel, Fred Hofer. Bluffton Youth To Be Heard On Radio Nelson Hauenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Campus Drive, a student in Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N. Y., will be heard in a radio feature “Mile stones in Music” to be broadcast from station WEAF of New York city, Saturday at noon. The Bluffton youth who is study ing flute at the Eastman school will be a member of an ensemble group to appear on the program. He will also play with the Eastman school band in a program broadcast Thurs day night at 9 o’clock over WJZ of New York city. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1939 SANTA CLAUS TO BE IN BLUFFTON EVERY Bluffton Youths In Army Air SATURDAY AFTERNOON UNTIL CHRISTMAS Force Have Surprise Meeting He’s Coming to Bluffton Where You Will Find Exhibits At Bluffton’s Fair Horses—Locher barn, Vance St. Dairy Cattle—Augsburger barn. Cherry street. Beef Cattle—Wilkins barn, Cherry street. Sheep and Hogs—Steiner Stor age garage (the old Stratton garage on E. Elm street). Poultry—Rear of Carmack build ing, S. Main street. (Rear of Western Auto Associate store.) Agricultural Products and Ladies Domestic Arts—Second floor. Hankish building. S. Main street. (Above Todd grocery.) School Displays—Bluffton High School gymnasium. Wedding Follows College Romance A romance that began while they were students in Bluffton college culminated in the marriage of Eugene Bigler of Cleveland, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bigler of this place and Miss Marjorie Bir chard of Windom, Ohio. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cheffee Birchard in Windom, Saturday evening at 8 o’clock. The single ring service of Evangelical church was used, the ceremony be ing performed by candle light before Sri improvised altar’^jth background of evergreen. Only the immediate families were present. The bride was gowned in blue vel vet for the occasion and was at tended by Miss Betty Locher of Cleveland, a former college friend. The bridegroom was attended by his brother, Elmond Bigler of Columbus as best man. Following a reception and wedding dinner, the couple left for Cleveland where a furnished home awaited them at 2672 East 130th Street. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton college in the class of 1936. Mr. Bigler was graduated from Bluffton college in 1933 and later studied at Ohio State university. He is now a member of the faculty of the Dyke School of Commerce in Cleveland. With The Sick Melvin Nusbaum, 18-year-old son of Jacob Nusbaum who was injured in a hunting accident has returned to his home after receiving treat ment in the Bluffton hospital. Nus baum, on a hunting expedition with Robert Klay of Lima received a badly shattered right ear wh^n his companion’s gun was accidentally discharged. The accident occurred while they were hunting near the Stratton school in Orange township. Albert Vermillion who is improv ing following two operations at Bluff ton hospital is expected to return to his home in Orange township this week. J. A. Rogers of South Main street received a painful scalp wound, Mon day, when he struck a heavy beam while loading hogs at his farm north of Bluffton. Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college continues a patient in Bluffton hospital with his condition improved. Mrs. Katherine Badertscher, Bluff ton nurse, is improving from injur ies received in a fall down a flight of stairs and may be removed to her home on South Jackson street soon. IN AUTO CRASH Miss Ruth Vermillion of Orange township and Mrs. Rozelle Link suffered minor injuries Saturday when automobiles driven by Miss Ruth Vermillion and Mrs. Link’s husband, Lawrence, collided at New Rochester, south of Perrysburg. It was a mutual surprise when two Bluffton youths, recent recruits in the army air service, met unex pectedly the first of the week at Patterson field, Fairfield, the army’s big air training school near Dayton. The two youths, Carlton Wilson and Americus Holden, Jr., enlisted within four days of each other at different recruiting stations. Neither knew that the other was enlisting. New Class, Shown for First Time is Surprise to Of ficials of Fair Berkshires have 22 Entries Poland Chinas 18 and Duroc Jerseys 13 Oldtimers just couldn’t believe their eyes Wednesday when it be came known that Berkshires, a breed virtually unknown here, were run ning away with the hog show at Bluffton’s Agricultural fair this week. In their first appearance in the Bluffton fair show ring, they led with a total of 22 entries, topping by margin of four their nearest competitor, the Poland Chinas with 18 entered. Durocs, which in years past dominated the hog exhibits have 13 entries. Strong showing made by the Berk shires was a complete surprise to fair officials and hog raisers gen erally in this district which has long been known as a Poland China and Duroc Jersey stronghold. The number of local Berkshire breeders is comparatively few but the quality of the exhibits is above average, observers stated. Berkshires, Little Known Here, Top Entries At Fair Hog Show A class for Berkshire competition was included in the premium list of the fair this year after having been omitted for several years. Fair offi cials said the Berkshire class was previously dropped because of ap parent lack of interest. The Berkshire type, fair officials said, tends toward the bacon type of hog, although this characteristic is somewhat modified to confirm to the lard type which is popular in areas such as this where corn is the prin cipal feed. Heart Attack Fatal On Way to Hospital A heart attack proved fatal to Solomon C. Baumgartner, 74, retired farmer as he was being taken to Bluffton hospital in the Diller ambu lance,Tuesday night. Mr. Baumgartner, who resided for forty-eight years on a farm near Pandora, had made his home for the past year with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Hall of near Beaverdam. He was a native of Wayne county. Funeral services will be held at Grace Mennonite church, Pandora, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. P. E. Whitmer officiating. In terment will be in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. The body will remain at the Diller funeral home here until time for the services. Surviving are one son Olin Baum gartner of Girard and five daugh ters, Miss Naomi Baumgartner of Toledo Mrs. Elmira Hankinson, Oklahoma City, Okla. Mrs. Almeda Auten and Miss Arville Baumgart ner both of Akron and Mrs. Hall at whose home he died. Also surviving are three sisters Mrs. D. C. Bixel of Bluffton, Mrs. David Steiner of Orrville, Mrs. Frank Shoup of Holmes county and two brothers Wm. Baumgartner of Pan dora and Peter Baumgartner of Smithville. Christmas Is Theme Of P. T. A. Meeting Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church will address the meeting of the Parent-Teacher association next Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock. The meeting will be held in the newly decorated auditorium at the Grade school. Christmas will be the theme of the meeting and the program will include community singing of carols and a program by grade school pupils. Both attended Bluffton high school at the same time. Wilson was grad uated in the class of 1938 and Hold en last spring. They are now undergoing the two weeks’ quarantine, a routine proce dure for all recruits. Wilson is as signed to the 1st Transport Squad ron and Holden to the 5th Transport Squadron. Their present address is care recruiting depot, Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio. SOY BEAN PRICE TREND UPWARD Star Performer of Farm Crops Touches Dollar Level on Bluffton Market Large Increase in Crop Acreage In This District Forecast For Next Year Soy beans which grabbed the spot light in farm products, continued to be the star performer with prices still on the upgrade. The beans were quoted on Bluffton markets at $1 per bushel the latter part of last week, which represented a high for the present market move ment. Quotation Wednesday morn ing was 95 cents, representing a one cent advance over the price of a week ago. Although the price is double what had been anticipated, the lack of offerings from farmers here points to the fact, dealers say, that the available stocks earmarked for sale have been already marketed. Present farm comment indicates that the coming year will see a large increase in soybean acreage, princi pally at the expense of wheat. Wheat prices have been particularly disappointing this year. Farmers here point out that yields per acre of soybeans generally may be estimated at about one-third more than wheat, with the cost of produc tion about the same and prospects for satisfactory price for soys en hanced by the industrial demand for the product. Surplus corn acreage occasioned by the government conservation pro gram will also be turned over large ly to soybean production, according to present indications. Man Fatally Hurt In Auto Accident William G. Guard, 35, of Ashta bula, was fatally injured in an auto mobile-truck collision near Logans port, Ind., Sunday according to word received here the first of the week. His wife, who survives, was the former Mary Lenore Frederick, only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. O. Frederick of Ashtabula, former Bluffton residents. Dr. Frederick practised dentistry here about thirty five years ago. Guard, a former Wittenberg col lege athlete, resigned two weeks ago as assistant secretary of an Ashta bula loan company to go into busi ness with a brother-in-law at Cam den, Ind., near Logansport. The family expected to move to Camden in the near future. Besides his wife he is survived by a seven-year-old son Frederick Guard and his parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Guard of Urbana. Funeral services held in Ashta bula, Wednesday afternoon were at tended by Mrs. W. E. Diller and son Sherwood Diller of Bluffton. Missionaries From Africa Speak Here Rev. and Mrs. Roy Yoder and Miss Fannie Schmallenberger, missionaries to the Belgian Congo, now on fur lough, will given an illustrated lec ture in the Bluffton college chapel, Thursday night at 7:30 o’clock. The lecture is held under auspices of the Defenseless Mennonite church which are holding services in the chapel while their church is being moved to Bluffton from its former location northwest of town. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 32 EXHIBIT ENTRIES CROWD EXHIBIT SPACE Displays Open to Public Wed nesday Afternoon Team Pulling Friday Parade on Friday Afternoon at 2:00 O’clock Will Close Annual Showing ith every livestock department but one showing an increase in en tries, the twenty-fourth annual fair of the Bluffton Agricultural Society opened here Widmsiiay morning for a three-day showing. Livestock departments in which en tries are heavier than last year in clude hogs, sneep, and beef and dairy cattle. In the horse depart ment the number of entries has fal len off somewhat. The poultry show, with 317 entries, is the largest in history. Favorable weather during the course of the fair is expected to bring a near-record turnout of spec tators, judging by the interest which has been evidenced thus far. Ex hibits will be open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This year’s fair will continue for three days, closing at 2 p. m. Fri day with the livestock parade thrq the downtown area. A feature of this closing event will be the child ren’s pet parade section. A feature of the school exhibit will be a series of puppet shows by pupils of the fifth and sixth grades to be given in the high school gym nasium Wednesday and Thursday nights. The shows will begin at 7 p. m. and each half-hour thereafter, the pupils using puppets which they (Continued on page 8) Former Bluffton Woman Is Married Announcement has been received here of the wedding of Mrs. Louella Geiger Schmitt, formerly of Bluff ton, now a resident of Monrovia, Calif., and William B. Temple also of that city. The ceremony took place on Thanksgiving morning in El Monte cito Presbyterian church at Santa Barbara. Officiating at the service was Rev. Haven Davis, pastor of the Monrovia Presbyterian church where the bride has been organist and choir director for twelve years. The couple’s attendants were Ken neth Schmitt who gave his mother in marriage Robert Temple who was his father’s best man and Tommy Temple, ring bearer. Following a ten days’ wedding trip the couple returned to Monrovia where they reside at 128 E. Palm avenue Mrs. Temple is prominent in musi cal circles in southern California during the residence there. She is the daughter of Mrs. Nancy Geiger of Findlay, formerly of this place. Directors Eleceted For Bluffton Fair Hiram Kohli, Clyde Klingler and Edgar Herr were chosen for a term of three years each as directors of the Bluffton Agricultural fair at the annual election of the fair organi zation held Saturday night. Kohli and Klingler were re-elected to membership on the board while Herr, serving the unexpired term of Levi Althaus was elected for the first time. Dwight Frantz was elected to serve for the two years remaining of Alt haus’ unexpired term. Althaus elected last year, did not qualify. Other members of the fair’s board of directors are: Ray Marshall, Carl McCafferty, Joe Powell, Harold Carr, Albert Winkler and Clyde Warren. Week Of Service Will Open Sunday A week of special services at the First Mennonite church will begin Sunday morning at 10 o’clock and continue each evening at 7:30, clos ing on Friday. General theme for the services will be “The Certainties of the Christian Faith”. Rev. A C. Schultz, professor of biblical literature at Bluffton col lege will be the speaker and special music is being arranged for the se ries of meetings. The public is in vited.