The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
VOLUME NO. LXFV
TOWN TAKES ON
Gaily Bedecked Arches Span
Main Street Thruout Down
Bluffton Public Schools and
College Will Close for
Bluffton’s business district last
week was dressed in its Christmas
finery to provide a fitting and ap
propriate setting for the approaching
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Free Picture Shows for Kiddies
On Saturday Afternoons
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
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
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
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.
Mountain lions and other preda
tors are protected in the national
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eastern Star Holds
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
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
Horses—Locher barn, Vance St.
Dairy Cattle—Augsburger barn.
Beef Cattle—Wilkins barn,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Christmas will be the theme of
the meeting and the program will
include community singing of carols
and a program by grade school
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
Star Performer of Farm Crops
Touches Dollar Level on
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
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
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.
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
Displays Open to Public Wed
nesday Afternoon Team
Parade on Friday Afternoon at
2:00 O’clock Will Close
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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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
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