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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV YULETIBE SPIRIT QUICKENS TOWN Santa Claus and Free Picture Shows for Children Sat urday Afternoon Approach of Christmas Reflect ed in Stores and Holiday Decorations Christmas decorations in the down town district, the arrival of Santa Claus last Saturday, hosts of shop pers in local stores, and a general quickening in the public pulse all bespeak the approaching Yuletide with its mixture of religious por tent and the gaiety of celebration. Bluffton’s business has been show ing the stimulus of Christmas shop ping for the last five days, with the peak expected this Saturday and the next week. Show windows and shop interiors in the downtown district reflect the atmosphere of the Christmas-tide and the streets are dressed in Christmas lights and finery in keep ing with the season. Altho home and lawn decorations are not yet in evidence generally, the next week is expected to produce u colorful Yuletide setting thruout the entire residential district. Oratorio Sunday Opening the town’s musical ob servance of the Yuletide, the Bluff ton College Choral society will pre sent its annual Christmas rendition of Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah”, this Sunday night in the hig hschool gymnasium. Prof. Russell A. Lantz will direct a chorus of 175 voices, which will assist featured soloists in presenta tion of the oratorio. The Christmas mailing rush is be ginning to make itself felt at the post office, but the heaviest influx of incoming mail is not expected until the latter part of next week. Santa Claus will be in the down town district this Saturday after noon, and on Saturday of the follow’ ing week to talk to kiddies regard ing the all-important item of Christmas presents. Free movies for children will be shown each Saturday afternoon in the Star theatre with the first show starting at 2 p. m. Lions To Hear Of War Seme On Sea An unscheduled mystery cruise on a German liner sailing the high seas at the outbreak of the present Euro pean war will be described at a din ner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club at 6:15 p. m. next .Tuesday in the Walnut Grill. Father Robert Maher, pastor of the St. Marys Catholic church of Bluffton, will be the narrator. Father Maher had embarked on a German owned vacation cruise liner just before the war broke out and the ship was far from its New York port when hostilities opened. To avoid possible capture by British ships, the passenger boat steamed about for several days, far off regulai’ passenger lanes, and finally landed its passengers in Cuba, instead of at a United States port With The Sick Miss Ruth Lambertus, instructor in public school music here is ill at her home in Toledo. She expects to resume her teaching duties after the holidays. During her absence work of her department will be carried on by student instructors from Bluff ton college. Mrs. G. T. Soldner who has been critically ill at her home on Cherry street following a paralytic stroke two weeks ago was reported some what improved Wednesday morning. Mrs. G. W. Combs is recovering from injuries as the result of a fall from a step ladder at her home on South Main street recently. Mrs. Katherine Badertscher a pa tient in the Bluffton hospital for the past eight weeks as a result of in juries received in a fall down a flight of stairs, was removed to her home on South Jackson street, Sat urday. Pandora Man Champ U. S. Sheep Shearer Roland Burkhart, 27, of Pandora, a left-hander, won the national sheep shearing contest held in connection with the International Livestock ex position at Chicago, last week. Burkhart won the state champion ship this fall, and went on to win the national title in last week’s meet. He received a prize of $100. 4—. College Choral Society In 37th Season Has First Snow’ Of Holiday Season Seen Wednesday ONOW—the first of the holiday season, fell in Bluffton, Wed nesday morning, after a pro longed period o springlike weather. Altho melting as rapid ly as it fell, the snow is believed to be the first indication of tra ditional Christmas weather dur ing the pre-holiday season. Seen and Overheard at Bluffton Fair Glimpses, Notes, Gossip and Ob servations Among Exhibits and Exhibitors Weather—that extremely uncerta n factor which so profoundly influences human affairs and enterprises, was kind to Bluffton’s Agricultural fair this year. With exception of a heaxy fog on Wednesday morning, the open ing day of the fair, the weather con ditions were ideal—in fact the warm afternoon sunshine on Friday, the closing day, was more reminiscent of spring instead of the first week of December with Christmas a little more than twro weeks in the offing. A fine Guernsey calf was born Thursday morning in the Guernsey herd exhibited at the fair by Homer Gratz, who operates a dairy farm near Bluffton. The calf, a bit wob bly on its legs, was one of the at tractions of the dairy cattle show and was the center of interest espe cially for children. And speaking of warm weather the pet parade with kiddies in gala attire Friday afternoon reminded one of Harmon field day, when the schools close up shop for one day about the (Continued on page 6) Club Here Combats Radio Interference The Bluffton Amateur Radio with the cooperation of the munici pal electric light plant is making a campaign to eliminate radio inter ference conflicting with the reception of broadcasts of Christmas pro grams. A committee from the club, con sisting of Maynard Geiger, Lloyd Brauen and James Benroth with the cooperation of Edgar Root of the municipal plant recently eliminated a bad case of interference prevalent in a large section of town. Anyone having radio interference of a general nature is invited to notify Maynard Geiger or any mem ber of the Radio club which will un dertake to locate the trouble with out charge. Last Rites Monday For Mrs. D. W. Fox Funeral services for Mrs. D. W. Fox, 68, were held at the Diller fun eral home, Monday afternoon. Rev. A. K. Beisheim of Bucyrus, former pastor of the Reformed church here and Rev. J. A. Weed of the Meth odist church officiated at the funeral. Interment was made in Maple Grove, was in Maple Grove cemetery. Mrs. Fox died Saturday morning of a heart ailment at her home on South Lawn avenue following a five months’ illness. She was a member of the Methodist church and also the Maccabee and Rebekah orders. Surviving are her husband of this place, son Cleo Smith of Lima and daughter Mrs. Augusta Davidson at home. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ura David and a brother, Arthur Fensler, both of Los Angeles, Calif. Appreciation To all those who in any way so kindly assisted in making the 1939 Mid Winter Fair a success, the Board of Directors wish to express their deepest appreciation. A splendid spirit of cooperation was shown by all of our business men throughout the entire session of the fair. Dues to the excellent accommoda tions afforded us and the fine equip ment so generously furnished for the comfort of all buildings in which the exhibits were kept the fair was made possible. We sincerely hope that all who at tended the fair may feel that the event was worth while Colorful Background Group Will Present “The Mes siah” in Traditional Rendi tion this Sunday Society was First Organized in 1902 Many Presentations Since Then Thirty-seven years of tradition will be back of the Bluffton College Choral Society’s annual rendition of Handel’s celebrated Christmas ora torio, “The Messiah”, Sunday night at 8 o’clock in the Bluffton High gymnasium. Organized in 1902, the Choral So ciety has played a prominent role in Bluffton musical circles since that time In this year’s presentation of “The Messiah” Prof. Russell A. Lantz will direct a chorus of 175 voices, one of the largest in the history of rendi tions here and four well known vocalists will sing the solos. Prof. Lantz said his soloists will be IxiRean Hodapp, soprano, of the Westminster Choir school, Princeton, N. J. Ola L. Moser, contralto, Day ton concert singer, formerly of Bluff ton John Gaius Baumgartner, basso, of the Westminster Choir school, Princeton, N. J. and James Horton, tenor, concert singer now on tour under management of Harry Cul bertson, Inc., Chicago. Organized in 1902 Organization of the Choral So ciety has an interesting history from the date of its organization on No vember 12, 1902, and with each pass ing season it has become more firm ly entrenched in community tradition. The solicitation committee in charge of organization of the group in 1902 was made up of Helen Am stutz, I. B. Beeshy, then head of the college commercial department Os win Hilty, Sara Ann Burkholder and Edith McPeak, instructor in Latin and dean of women at the college. First officers were D. F. Jantzen, president D. C. Welty, secretary C. D. Hilty, treasurer and A. J. Gerber, N. C. Hirschy and Oswald Hilty, business committee. Prof. Guy C. Latchaw, of Findlay college, was director of the group and he served in that capacity until 1904. Sidney Hauenstein, professor of instrumental music at the col lege now, made his first appearance with the group in 1904 as a violin 1W5 First presentation of “The Mes siah” was made on Jan. 25, 1905, with a chorus of 31 and no orches tra. Soloists were Mrs. Leah Pick ett, Miss Millie Sonntag and John F. Jones. Edgar Hauenstein was the accompanist. John F. Jones directed the choral society from 1905 until 1909, and during that time many oratorios and cantatas were presented. In Han del’s “Judas Maccabaeus”, given in 1908, Miss Zanna Staater was a soloist. Mark Evans took over the director ship in 1910, and was conductor un til 1913. “Elijah” was presented by (Continued on page 5) H. S. Seniors To Get Tuberculosis Test Tests for tuberculosis will be avail able without cost to each member of the Bluffton high school senior class it was announced Monday night when the Bluffton board of education adopted a resolution approving the procedure. The tests will be made by the Allen county health commissioner and are sponsored by the Allen County Tuberculosis and Health as sociation, which conducts the sale of Christmas seals each year. Harry Meredith, Lima attorney and president of the organization appeared before the school board Monday night, explaining the pro posal. Consent of the pupil’s parents will be required before the test is given and forms authorizing such consent are being sent to parents for their signature this week. The tests will begin shortly after the holidays according to present plans. Because of limited funds, the tests are now open only to the senior class however they will be available to all pupils in the schools as soon as possible. Births Mr. and Mrs. Milo Lora of near Columbus Grove are the parents of a son born at the Bluffton hospital, Monday. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rogers north of Bluffton at the hospital here, Tuesday. THE BLUFBTUN 1NEW5 A NEWSPAPER DKVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY *5 BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1939 0 ..... ..... STRAW SELLS AT HAY PRICE LEVEL Former Farm By-product of Little Market Value Now Equal of Hay Decreased Supply and Increased Industrial Demand Result In Rise Straw—long regarded pricipally as a farm by-product with ittle or no cash value—has suddenly abandoned its minor role and is selling in the markets on a cash level comparable with that of hay. Prices for both commodities are now in the neigh borhood of $7 per ton. Just how far the pendulum has swung toward higher prices was dem onstrated at Bluffton’s fair last week when exhibitors were reported to be paying around forty cents a bale for straw for bedding livestock exhibits. This is more than double the price of a year ago. Within recent years straw has sold as low as two cents a bale, farmers declared. New Products Arise The variation in the price of straw, it is pointed out is another manifesta tion of the topsy turvy condition of the farm market situation which is seeing new products taking a large part of the place formerly held by the old-time standard crops of wheat, corn and oats. Soybeans, little more than an ag ricultural novelty not so many years ago will bulk large in acreage during the coming year due to market de mand and resultant high price. Just what will happen to straw, farmers as yet are not so sure. Its present price level is due to scarcity, it is admitted, together with an indus trial demand for the commodity that is steadily increasing. However, whether this situation is as easily met as will be the demand for soybreans, remains to be seen. Wheat Restrictions Hit Straw Present farming practices, together with the federal program of restrict ed wheat arcreage have combined to make a drastic cut in the supply of straw. Curtailing of the straw crop, a nat uarl result of the restriction of wheat acreage, has been further aggravated by combine harvesting of wheat which leaves the straw ig the field. z The industrialism: "d for straw comes prTcFpatTy from the growing de mand for the products in the making of boxboards and paper cartons. With 1 many factories engaged in the manu favture of this commodity in northern Ohio and Michigan, buyers have been scouring this section for available straw. Buyers Seek Straw Supply Farmers in this vicinity are being offered a price of about fifteen cents a bale for straw in the stack with a variation of price upwards for new’ straw’ of good quality. As a result this demand, the straw stack, always a familiar part of the barnyard scene, has in many instances disappeared. Such stacks as now re main are there presumably, because the owner has refused to sell. Some fanners already short of straw for winter bedding for livestock are re ported as having considerable difficul ty in obtaining an available supply. Louise Dunifon Wins Allen Peace Contest Louise Dunifon, Bluffton High school senior, w’on the Allen county Prince of Peace declamation contest in competition at Lima last Sunday. Her victory marked the second successive year that Bluffton has had a winner in the county. Last year Herbert Oyer qualified for the dis trict meet. Jeanne Baumgartner, also a Bluff ton senior, placed second in county competition. She is tfie alternate in the first bracket, the ^unty contests having been held in two divisions this year. District competition will be the second week in January. Husband Of Former Resident Succumbs Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in. Lima for Wilbur Nye, 45, whose wife, Opal Akerman Nye, was a former Bluffton resident. Nye, employed in a Lima bank, died at his home in that place Thurs day morning following a stroke which he suffered two days previous. His w’ife will be remembered here as the daughter of the late Clyde Akerman superintendent of the Bluff ton public school from 1900-06. Besides his wife, he is survived by two half-brothers. The old John Keim property which stood for years at the corner of North Main and Washington streets is being torn down to make way for a gasoline filling station. The residence, one of the land marks remaining from the days of early Bluffton is said to be one of the town’s oldest dwellings. Known as the John Keim residence, it was occupied for many years after his death by his daughter the late Miss Contributions Asked For Xmas Baskets Christmas baskets to needy fami lies in the Bluffton district will be sent this year by the Federated Women’s clubs, it w-as announced by Mrs. Guy Corson, president of the federation. Donations of foodstuffs, toys and money are needed, Mrs. Corson said. All contributions should be left at the Mayor’s office not later than noon on Saturday, December 23. Bring Remains Here For Burial Tuesday Remains of Mrs. Ruth Dukes Mohler of Lima, formerly of Bluffton w-ere brought here Tuesday after noon for burial in Maple Grove cem etery. Mrs. Mohler died at her home in Lima following an illness of tw’o years. Her husband, Harry Mohler, Lima florist, was also form erly from Bluffton. Funeral services w-ere held in Lima Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Clarence Grauser of Trinity Metho dist church of that city officiating. Services were in charge of the Lima Eastern Star chapter of which Mrs. Mohler was a member. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Gathlyn at home and Mrs. Joseph Uhl of Lima also two sisters, Mrs. G. W. Combs of Bluff ton and Mrs. Ralph Spellman of Co lumbus one brother, Lewis Dukes of Pandora stepmother, Mrs. L. S. Dukes of Findlay and two grand sons, David and Joe Uhl. Early Bluffton Home Disappears To Make Way For Filling Station Pet Parade Is Outstanding Attraction At Close Of Fair Orange Red Cross Roll Call Nets $85 The sum of $85.03 was received from Red Cross memberships in Orange township in the roll call canvass completed the first of the week it was announced by Mrs. J. A. Warren, township chairman. Contributions from various dis tricts were: Main district—Alma Schaller, so licitor, $10.33. Black district—John Koch, Mrs. A. S. Pifer, $8.80. Stratton district—J. A Warren, $13.60. Ew’ing district—Mell Long, $11.70. Center district—Mrs. Fred Bout well, W. O. Bigger, $10.25. Baptist—Mrs. Edgar Pifer, $10.35. Punkinhook—Mrs. Harvey Gallant, $6.25. Owlsburg—Mrs. Park Slusser, $5.25. Dally—Clyde Klingler, $8.50. Funeral At Pandora For Elizabeth Hilty Funeral services for Miss Eliza beth Hilty, 28, daughter of Christian C. Hilty of Pandora will be held at the Grace Mennonite church at that place on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Miss Hilty died in a Detroit sani tarium, Tuesday morning following an extended illness. The body was brought to the home of her father, Wednesday. Rev. Paul Whitmer will officiate at the funeral services and inter ment will be in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. She was a graduate of Pandora high school in the class of 1930 and a member of Grace church. Surviving are two brothers: Fred of Chicago and Walden Hilty of East Orange, N. J., and two sisters, Mrs. Edwin Schutz of Pandora and Miss Gertrude Hilty at home. Wedding Announced Announcement has been made of the recent marriage of Gerald Hu ber, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl K. Huber of this place to Miss Idonne Eyer of Lima, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Eyer of Kalida. The couple will reside in Lima where he is employed. Linda Keim who was a sister of Adam Keim, pioneer Bluffton cob bler. The real estate was recently pur chased by the Gulf oil interests who will erect a filling station on the site. Contract for construction of the station is held by Kenneth But ler, Dayton contractor. John E. Steiner is in charge of tearing down the house which will be completed this week. Gaily Bedecked Animals and Little Folk are Feature Friday Afternoon More than 100 Children from Grade Schools Participate In Event Gaily bedecked kittens, dogs, tur tles, goats and chickens—not to men tion a host of story-book characters were seen in the pet parade which closed Bluffton’s annual Agricultural fair, Friday afternnon. The pet parade, inaugurated last year, is rapidly becoming one of the outstanding attractions of the fair and follows the regular parade of livestock thru the downtown business section. Crowds packed the side walks to view- the children. More than 100 youngsters from kindergarden to the upper grades participated and the judges consist ing of Mrs. Harry Bogart, William Edwards and Forrest Steinman found it difficult to decide the winners. The following prize winners were named: First Grade—1st, Ann Basinger (rabbit) 2nd, Carol Sechler (dog) 3rd, Sue Risser (two turtles). Second Grade—1st, Jane Risser (puss in boots) 2nd, Lorine Reed (white dog) 3rd, Paul Pursell. Third Grade—1st, Robert Neuen schwander (collie pup) 2nd, Treva Althaus 3rd, Janette Finton. Fourth Grade—1st, Donald Herr (dressed as hunter) 2nd, Marilyn Fett 3rd, Kenneth and John Bracy. Fifth Grade—1st, Joe Bronson and Robert Coon (had pigeons) 2nd, Paul Don Bixel and Richael Reagan 3rd, June Sechler. Sixth Grade—1st, Junior Moser and Elise Chamberlain (drawing girl wo decorated wagon) 2nd, Margaret and Morris Gromann 3rd, Donald Root. Seventh and Eighth Grades—Peggy Finton (dressed as a cat) 2nd, Rob ert Gratz (mule and buggy) 3rd, Miriam Schaublin. Grand prize—Junior Moser and Elise Chamberlain. Six From Here On County Jury Panel Six Bluffton area persons were in cluded in the panel of grand and petit juries selected during the past week in the common pleas court room by Jury Commissioners R. R. Schryer and B. B. Harsch. Sidney Huber, Route 2, Bluffton, was included in the grand jury panel. Among the petit jurors were Allen Beeshy, Bluffton Clara Jennings, Beaverdam A. J. Watt, Lafayette, and Albert Althaus, Route 2, Colum bus Grove. In New Locations Reno Oberly and family have moved from near Ottawa to the Miss Zanna Staater farm, known as the Hews farm, north of Bluffton in Union township. Aldine Weiss and family have moved from the Althaus heirs prop erty on West Elm street to the property formerly occupied by Ed Zweibel and family of Riley street. The Zweibel family recently moved to Knox, Pa., where they will reside. Oda St. John of McComb who pur chased the Gid Kempf farm north of Bluffton in Union township moved on the place Tuesday. Lloyd Van Meter who occupied the Kempf farm moved Tuesday to the Kiene farm east of Pandora. Oren Core who occupied the Kiene farm has moved to the E. J. Miller farm north of Pandora. Red Cross Roll Call The Red Cross Roll Call will re main open this week and anyone wishing to contribute may leave same at Sidney’s Drug shop. The committee wishes to thank the solicitors and those joining the membership roll call. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 33 CHRISTMAS MAIL RUSH IS HERE Holiday Mail at Postoffice Earlier Than Usual, Post master Says Many Parcels Being Sent From Bluffton Greeting Cards Already in Mail Campaigns of past years urging early Christmas mailing are bearing fruit if the early pickup in business at the Bluffton post office can be taken as a criterion, it was pointed out this week. Postal employes here have report ed a noticeable increase in the vol ume of first and third class mail, and many Christmas packages are being handled daily. Queer as it may seem, Christmas cards already are being received here for delivery, and many are be ing mailed, altho the principal rush at the present is in handling pack ages. Heaviest Rush Coming Last year most of the Yuletide mailing rush was concentrated in the four days immediately preced ing Christmas, and it is hardly likely that the situation will vary greatly this season. Thus far, the greatest increase in holiday mailing has been reflected principally in outgoing parcels and letters. The heaviest rush in Bluff ton deliveries will come the latter part of next week, altho the volume of incoming mail is increasing daily. This year the post office depart ment is stressing the advisibility of mailing Christmas greeting cards by first class mail, instead of third class. Advise First Class In addition to adding dignity to the measure, first class mail assures preference in delivery, makes it possible to include written messages, and there is the assurance that the envelope will be forwarded if the addressee has moved, or the address is incorrect. Many cards sent at third-class rates are disposed of as waste each year because they are undeliverable as addressed, and such greetings are not entitled to free forwarding priv ileges, the post office department an nounced. For those who find they have de-» layed over long in mailing parcels' or cardf, vpecial delivery and air mail service is offered by the post office, Postmaster Ed R. ^Reichenbach said. As a final reminder to those who have not yet completed their mailing, it was urged this week that all let ters, cards and packages be care fully addressed and mailed with suf ficient postage. It will facilitate handling mail at the local post office if first and third class mail are separated when being mailed. Former Resident Succumbs In Lima Mrs. Mary Meier John, 57, former Bluffton resident and sister of Mrs. Minnie Nicholson and Mrs. Emma Amstutz of this place died at her home in Lima, Sunday morning fol lowing an illness of ten months. Mrs. John was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Meier, early Bluffton residents. The family lived on West Elm street where Post master Ed Reichenbach now resides. She is survived by her husband, N. G. John, son Jesse at home and two stepsons, Richard of Lima and Harold John of Tiffin three daugh ters Mrs. Kenard Spees, Mrs. Mary John DeLong and Mrs. Lester Hol land all of Lima. Besides her two sisters of Bluffton she is survived by a sister Mrs. Clara Evans of Maywood, Calif., and one brother Robert Meier of Ligion ier, Indiana. Funeral services were held in Lima, Tuesday followed by burial in Shawnee cemetery. Christmas Health Seals To friends of good health, just a word. Buy now the penny Christ mas Health Seals and so get and give good health, as a gift this Christmas. Christmas seals pay dividends throughout the year in protecting your home and your family from tuberculosis. Buy the Christmas seals today, for use on Christinas packages and letters. A Merry Christmas and healthy New Year for us all.