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VOLUME NO. LXTV YOLETIDE SPIRIT PERVADES TOWN Lights in Homes and Streets Reflects Gaiety of the Holiday Season Program of Christmas Music Is Broadcast: Stores Open Every Night Dressed in colorful Yuletide rai ment, Bluffton this week entered a fortnight of holiday gaiety that will continue thru the celebration of the New Year. Homes, lawns and the business dis trict of the town are resplendid with the traditional color of the season, and proride a perfect setting for the observance of Christmas. In the downtown area, illuminated arches span Main street, and the seas onal decoration further adds to the holiday atmos phere. Interiors and exteriors of homes are ablaze with the traditional Yuletide trappings, including trees and lighted Christmas wreaths. of shop windows Church Programs Yuletide programs in churches of the district beginning on Christmas Eve, together with the traditional community caroling will bring to a climax a busy season of pre-holiday activity. Opening event in the musical ob servance of Christmas was last Sun day with rendition of Handel’s ora torio, “The Messiah,” by the Bluffton College Choral Society. Nightly reditions of Christmas mu sic comprise the open air broadcast from large speakers in the tower of the high school building. Recorded music and selections sung and played by Bluffton musicians are included in the programs that will continue until Christmas. The broadcasts are suffi ciently amplified to be heard thruout most of the town. Remaining open each night this week, Bluffton places of business have been experiencing an increasing vol ume in holiday trade. Last Saturday was a big day for most Christmas shoppers, but brisk business is con tinuing this week. Santa Claus will be in Buffton on Saturday afternoon and evening with candy for all the children, it was an nounced the first of the week. The free picture show for children largely attended last Saturday will also be continued on Saturday afternoon of this week. School Recess Christmas vacation at Bluffton col lege will begin with the close of class room activity on Thursday, and students will not return until Wed nesday morning, Jan. 3. Bluffton grade and high school stu dents will be dismissed for the holi days Friday afternoon, and classes will convene again Tuesday morning, Jan 2. The customary Christmas mail rush is under way at the post office, and for the convenience of Bluffton pat rons, Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach announced that stamp windows wall be open Thursday and Friday nights of this week. Business generally will be suspend ed in the town on Christmas day, and there will be no regular mail deliver ies. Torch Club To Hold Dinner Meeting Here Dinner meeting of the Lima chap ter of the Torch club, a national or ganization of professional men, will be held in Bluffton at the Walnut Grill this Wednesday night at 6:30 o’clock. Speaker of the evening will be Benj. S. Conner, director of the Fed eral Reserve Bank of Cleveland and President of the First National bank of Ada. Mr. Conner’s subject will be “The Federal Reserve Bank and Its Functioning.” An attendance of thirty is expect ed. Members of the Lima chapter include Dr. C. H. Smith, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer and Prof. N. E. Byers from Bluffton. Tell Of Central American Mission Rev. and Mrs. A. Aglesias, mis sionaries to the San Blas islands, off the coast of Central America, will give an illustrated lecture in the Ebenezer Mennonite church, Thurs day night at 8 o’clock to which the public is invited. Rev. Aglesias, a native of these islands, together with his been for the past year college, Willmore, Ky. Blas islands are said to tremely difficult field for work. wife, have at Asbury The San be an ex missionary Bluffton people were interested Tuesday in hearing a well known radio commentator state that weath er records thus far show this to be the mildest winter since 1889. The record bears out the forecast made by Charles Burns, Bluffton weather prophet. In Burns’ annual forecast published in the Bluffton News on November 23, he stated “Predictions for this year tend to POSTOFFICE TO OPEN EVENINGS Windows to be Open Thursday And Friday Nights Until Nine O’clock Will Sell Stamps and Receive Parcel Post and Letters For Mailing The heavy voume of mail has re sulted in some delay in delivery on town and rural routes, and the parcel post delivery department has been op erating at top gpeed. A long line at the windows of the post office has kept clerks busy with the sale of stamps and in receiving parcel post. College Students Home For Holidays Bluffton young people attending college are returning home this week for the Christmas holidays. Among them are: Ohio State university Harriet Balmer, Barbara Carr, Paul Rhoads, John Romey, Mr. and Mrs. Orden Smucker, Harold Schick, Evan Som mer, Wayne Yoakam. Bowling Green State university— Letha Niswander, Annabelle Weed, Mary Marshall. Miami university Ethel Jean Marshall, Neil Baumgartner. Eastman School of Music—Nelson Hauenstein. University of Cincinnati—Morris and Ropp Triplett. Oberlin college—Roberta Biery. Heidelberg college—Josephine Nis wander. Mary Manse college Adelaide McGinnis. Wheaton collet—June Burkholder. Western Reserve university—Mil burn Diller. St. Joseph’s college—Chas. Hank ish, Jr. Case School of Applied Science— Richard Wenger. Cincinnati Conservatory of Music —James Tiffin Lloyd. Bixel. Business university John IN NEW HOME Mr. and Mrs. Jack Remde are cupying their newly built home Grove street. THE BLUF Weather Sharps Confirm Local Man’s Forecast Of Mild Winter giving With Christmas mailing every indication of topping previous records, Postmaster Ed R. Reichen bach announced this week that stamp and parcel post windows at the post office will be open Thursday and Fri day nights until nine o’clock, to ac commodate patrons. In his announcement, the postmast er pointed out that service during evening hours will be restricted to the sale of stamps, and to receive parcel post and letters for outgoing mails. Patrons are requested not to call at the window for mail or parcels during the evening hours, as these will be de livered by the regular carrier sen-ice. Volume Increases Bluffton post office attaches report that first class mail is showing an in crease over the normal volume, but that the most marked uptrend is in the third class mailing, which includes greeting cards with 1 cents postage. All first class mail is being cleared from the postoffice on schedule, Post master Reichenbach said Wednesday. At times, however, handling of third class mail may be delayed slightly be cause of the heavy volume. Increasing Mail Heavy Incoming mail began to pick up early last week, but the greatest rush is expected on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Saturday’s mail also will be heavy, but if the trend in past years continues, the peak will be past before that day. oc on Three other homes on Grove street, those of Norman Triplett, Lugibill Sisters and Ed Smith, now under construction, are nearing com pletion. indicate the winter will be similar to that of 1889”. In that year, Burns said, there were only three and one-quarter inches of snow. He also predicted an early spring in 1940. Burns bases his predictions by the markings on the furry coat of cater pillars and for several years his forecasts have proved unusually ac curate. abor Trouble Here Is Aired In NRLB Washington Inquiry of ormer Regional Director Labor Board Testifies at Investigation No Election Held at Triplett Plant After CIO Opposes Step, Miller Says Charges that partiality was shown to the CIO by the National Labor Relations Board in a labor contro versy at the Bluffton Plant of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. were made last Saturday by James P. Miller, former regional director for the NLRB in this area. Miller’s statement figured promin ently in testimony taken last Satur day in Washington by congressional investigators. Miller had jurisdiction in labor disputes in this district, including that at the Bluffton plant, during 1937 and 1938. In accusing the NLRB of wilfully showing partiality to the CIO, Miller is reported to have told investigators that in the case of the Triplett com pany he was asked to confer with CIO leaders to learn if they wanted an election held at the local plant. Election Refused said CIO officials told him did not want an election, and eventually the labor relations He they that board certified the CIO union at the plant as bargaining agent, altho there was no election to determine a majority of the employes as its members. It was recalled here that in a hearing in the summer of 1937, the NLRB ruled that the Triplett com pany should recognize the CIO union as bargaining agency for the plant. No election was held, altho the com pany and an independent union, The Bluffton Electrical association, had several times requested that an elec tion be conducted. Feeling the order was unfair and that a majority of the workers were not members of the CIO, the Trip lett company refused to comply with the NLRB ruling. No attempt was made by the board to enforce the matter in the courts thruout 1937 and 1938, a delay that labor observers have said was almost without precedent in customary NLRB procedure. Settlement Made was and Early in 1939 a settlement effected between the company the NLRB, with no recognition being accorded to the CIO group. In ruling that the CIO had a majority of workers in its union here, the NLRB based its decision on a purported membership list sub mitted by union officials. This, the company asserted, was largely ficti tious. Miller told investigators at Wash ington that he was advised to make industry fear him and the board. He was dismissed as regional di rector of the board last spring. He told investigators the reason given for his dismissal was that he had attended a champagne dinner given in New York by a lawyer who cases pending before him. had Couple Is Married At Home Of Minister Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Carrie Frank houser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Frankhouser residing south of Bluff ton, to Wayne Neuenschwander, son of Mr. and Mrs Frank Neuensch wander of Pandora. The wedding took place in Lima, December 8, at 7:30 p. m., at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, pastor of the Lima South Side Church of Christ and a former Bluffton pastor. The single ring service was used, couple was unattended. Following a week end trip to To ledo the couple returned to Lima where they will reside. The bride is a graduate of Bluffton high school with many friends here. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFF'D N, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1939 SCANT P80SPECT FOR WHITE XMAS Blizzard Brought Bluffton’s Last White Y’uletide Four Years Ago ’ifteen White, 13 Green Christ mas Days Here in Last 28 Years Mild weather, hailed with delight by Bluffton area residents so far this winter, wasn’t quite so popular this week as it appeared Christmas may come and go without the tradi tional blanket of snow that adds so much to the atmosphere of the Yule tide. With only one light flurry of snow recorded thus far in an early winter period of unseasonably warm weath er, indications are that Bluffton will have its eighth green Christmas in the last 12 years change decidedly days. “Will Bluffton Christmas?”, is a unless in the grownups and children alike, with the odds favoring a green Yule tide the prospect is none too well liked. In the last 28 years, Bluffton has had 15 white and 13 green Christ mases, records reveal. But in the last 12-year period, beginning with 1928, there has been snow for only four holidays, and on one of those occasions it was pretty scant. Last year, a heavy snowfall ar rived 24 hours too late, and Bluffton celebrated a green Yuletide. Not since 1935 when the entire district was swept by a blizzard has Bluffton had snow for Christmas Day. Following a family dinner at the noon hour, the couple will hold open house in the afternoon from 2 to 4 o’clock at which vited to call. time friends are in Boothby were mar December 25, 1889. that city for seven Mr. and Mrs. ried in Lima, After living in years they moved to Bluffton where they have since resided. Mrs. Booth by was formerly Miss Emma Rath bone. Mr. Boothby, youngest of eleven children, is the last of his family. He was employed here for many years as a stationary engineer. The couple have six children liv ing: Clair, Lowell and Donald of Lima, Charles of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Oscar Luginbuhl of Toledo and Mrs. Fay Isham of Bluffton. Mrs. Boothby has two brothers, Dell Rathbone of Kelleyville, Okla., and David Rathbone of Los Angeles and one sister, Mrs. Frank Whitmer of Cleveland. Bluffton Girl Is In Oratorical Contest Phyllis Steiner, Bluffton High school senior, will compete with rep resentatives from seven other Allen county schools in an oratorical con test on tuberculosis this Wednesday night in the Beaverdam High school auditorium. Dorothy Fett, of Beaverdam, will be one of the eight speakers. Other schools to be represented are Elida, Gomer, Harrod, Lafayette, Shawnee and Spencerville. The eight competitors were win ners in a recent essay contest on tuberculosis, sponsored by the Allen County Department of Health. Prizes of $10 and $5 will be the best orations. meeting will be It will start at The public. The ^7/ u^.v -s'-.Li/ conditions next few snow for for and have favorite topic of Here is the actual record ground conditions on Christmas the last 28 years: 1911, no snow 1912, no snow 1913, trace of snow 19J4, seven inches 1915, three inches 1916, 12 inches 1917, seven inches 1918, trace of snow 191$, one inch 1920, no snow 1921, nq.finow 1922, trace of snow 1923, ifrlow. 1924, five inches 1925, one inch 1926, three inches 1927, no snow 1928, one inch 1929, five inches 1930, no snow 1931, no snow 1932, no snow 1933, no snow 1934, three inches 1935, eight inches 1936, no snow 1937, no snow 1938, no snow. for To Observe Golden Wedding Xmas Day Married fifty years ago on Christ mas day, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Booth by will celebrate their Golden wed ding anniversary at their home on South Jackson street, next Monday. for awarded the open to 8 p. m. Births Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Galloway are the parents of a daughter bom at the Bluffton hospital, Thursday. Rev. Robert Maher Describes Life on Board Steamer as War Broke While Rev. Robert Maher, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic church here, was relating to the Bluffton Lions club Tuesday night his thrilling and unanticipated adventures on the North German Lloyd liner Colum bus at the outbreak of the Euro pean war last September, the magni ficent luxury steamer was sinking in the Atlantic, the latest victim of ruthless sea warfare. At the same time in which Rev. Maher was addressing the Lions din ner meeting in the Walnut Grill here, Lowell Thomas, radio news commentator was describing the sinking of the ship. Rev. was unaware of the strange dence until after his talk. NEWS German Liner Sinks As Speaker Relates Adventures On Boat uxury Steamer Scuttled in Mid-Ocean at Time of Ad dress Here Tuesday Maher coinci- Maher The Columbus with Rev. played a game of hide and seek for several days in the Caribbean sea at the outbreak of the war seeking (Continued on page 2) Christmas Brings Demand For Geese Approach of the Christmas holi day season has materially strength ened the market for geese, Bluffton poultry dealers said Tuesday. With goose favored by many as the principal item of the traditional Christmas birds have past week. the the dinner, prices for become firmer within in the Bluffton area Farmers are the two receiving 12 cents a pound for general run of live geese, from to three cents less per pound than last year. 15 cents. Retail prices are around are retailing at 15 and pound, with farmers re cents for choice heavies, the turkey supply was Chickens 16 cents a ceiving 12 Bulk of disposed of at Thanksgiving, and both the demand and the number available for the Christmas holidays is slight, dealers reported. Producers are getting 20 cents a pound what turkeys are being sold, and market price is around 23 or cents. Friends made at Bluffton college who rallied to the help of Betty Leeson last Christmas with a Yule tide donation to assist in her battle against the ravages of infantile paralysis, are pleased to learn that this holiday season finds her well on the road to recovery. Miss Leeson is remembered in Bluffton as the girl in the wheel chair who was a junior in the local college three years ago. A Merry Christmas To All Christmas Programs Lutheran—Sunday 9 a. m. Church of Christ—Sunday 9:15 a. m. Methodist—Sunday 10 a. m. Presbyterian—Sunday 7 p. m. St. John’s Ref’d.—Sunday 7:30 p.m. Missionary—Sunday 7:30 p. m. Defenseless—Sunday 7:30 p. m. (College Chapel) EbenezeRt—Sunday 7:30 p. m. First Mennonite—Monday 7:30 p. m. Emanuel’s Ref’d.—Monday 8 p. m. Mrs. Lou Eckels Dies In Arkansas Mrs. Lou Eckels, 61, former Bluff ton resident, died at her home in Blytheville, Arkansas, Thursday, ac cording to word received by friends here. Her death followed an ex tended illness. Mrs. Eckels was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Grindell, pioneer Bluffton residents. She was born in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada. For twenty-two years she was con nected with the National Handle company of Blytheville and later rmove4 to.Memphis, Tenn., where she was connected With the American Fork & Hoe company. Funeral services were held in the Blytheville Methodist church, Satur day morning followed by interment at that place. Surviving are three sisters: Mrs. H. R. Brandon, Mrs. A. E. Huntley and Mrs. G. G. Hubbard all Blytheville. W. W. Carder who has been ill his home on South Main street improving. Former Bluffton Girl Winning Her Fight Against Paralysis She went to Chicago following the close of the school year to take treatments, w’hich have been contin ued over the three-year period. Last Christmas former classmates at Bluffton college, members of the faculty and residents of the town raised a fund of $200 and sent to Miss Leeson to assist in continuing her brave fight. of With The Sick at is Mrs. G. T. Soldner who has been critically ill at her home on Cherry street following a stroke, is improving. at her Mrs. at the fer Eggs are selling at low prices this time of the year, largely because of mild weather which production from flocks, eggs are bringing the and 20 cents a dozen in here. slowly heart street. Wilbur Steiner is ill with ailment at his home on Kibler Mrs. Chester Huber residing south of Bluffton is a patient pital here as the result lytic stroke. in of the hos a para- in the con No change is reported dition of Dr. S. K. Mosiman who has been seriously ill at Bluffton hospital. Wm. Hartman is seriously ill home in Orange township. Mary Ann Follet is a patient Mrs. for the 24 Bluffton hospital. Wayne Hauenstein is improv her home near here following Mrs. brings good Top grade farmer 18 the markets ing at injuries sustained in a recent automo bile acicdent. M. M. Bogart has recovered from a recent illness at his home on South Main street. She is the daughter of Rev. E. A. Leeson, former Methodist minister at Beaverdam, who was later trans ferred to Pandora. Miss Leeson suffered the attack of infantile paralysis while attending high school at Beaverdam. Altho she recovered, she was badly crip pled, and attended college classes here in a wheel chair. Notwithstanding her physical handicaps, she ranked high in her studies, and her unfailing cheerful ness and sunny disposition made her a favorite among students and fac ulty. This year, word from her reports continued improvement in her condi tion, and she also has the satisfac tion of Bluffton hope to covery. knowing that a host of friends look forward with her eventual complete re Merry Xmas NUMBER 34 XMAS BASKETS FOR INDIGENT Mayor Centralizes Community* Activity to Make Sure None be Missed Boy Scouts Will Distribute} Baskets to the Needy on Saturday Afternoon Every needy family in Bluffton will be remembered at Christmas this year and uletide cheer will be spread among the indigent by the distribution of Christmas baskets. In a systematic program to make sure that every one in need is reached, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe this week named Mrs. Guy Corson chairman of a municipal program to plan and di rect the distribution of baskets. He asked the cooperation of all community groups planning Christ mas welfare programs in correlat ing the activity under one general committee. By so doing, there is less chance that any needy families will be missed entirely while others receive help from more than one source, Mayor Howe said. Contact Chairman Any organization planning to make Christmas distribution is asked to con tact Mrs Corson. Donations of foodstuffs, toys and money are needed to make the pro gram a success, Mrs. Corson announc ed Tuesday, and will help in making Christmas more real for the needy. Contributions may be left at the mayor’s office until noon on Saturday. Baskets will be prepared shortly af ternoon and distribution will be made before evening by Bluffton Boy Scouts. Farmer's Arm Badly Mangled In Shredder Jesse Hummon, 54, Union township farmer is a patient in the Bluffton hospital with a badly mangled left forearm as the result of an accident while shredding cornfodder on his farm five miles north of town Tues day afternoon. Hummon’s arm was caught in the shredder and severely tom before he was released. Dr. J. S. Steiner, at tending physician, said he believed the arm could be saved. To Observe Golden Wedding Tuesday One of the events of the holiday season of interest to many friends here is the Golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Noah J. Basinger to be held way, Columbus Grove, next Tuesday. at their home 205 South Broad Mr. and Mrs. Basinger who resid ed for the past thirty-five years on the homestead six miles west of town sold their place last fall and moved to Columbus Grove. Observance of the day will include a family dinner followed by open house in the afternoon from 2 to 4 o’clock when the couple will be pleased to meet their many friends. Five generations may be repre sented at the Golden wedding if the health of Mrs. Basinger’s 91-year-old mother, Mrs. Isaac Burkhart of Pan dora permits of her attendance. Others in the five generation line are Mrs. Basinger’s daughter Mrs. Waldo Hostettler of Lima the latter’s daughter, Mrs. Gordon Bogart of Vaughnsville and 10 months old Carol Ann Bogart. Mr. and Mrs. Basinger, members of pioneer families of this district were married in the Zion Mennonite church three miles west of Bluffton on December 26, 1889. The Christian Zimmerly officiated. Basinger was the former Miss Anna Burkhart. Rev. Mrs. Their six children living are: Mrs. Hostettler of Lima Mrs. Albert Gar matter, Bluffton Mrs. Philip Wood, Cortland Mrs. Russell Kidd., Colum bus Grove Otis Basinger, Bluffton and Marc Basinger, Lima. Mr. Basinger has one brother, C. J. Basinger of Mountain Lake, Minn. Sisters of Mrs. Basinger are: Mrs. Harry Roth, Goshen, Ind. Geo. Leh man, Miss Mary Burkhart, both of Pandora and Mrs. J. B. Smith, Elida. LIBRARY HOURS and the open continu Bluffton from 2 Beginning Saturday ing thru next week, Public library will be *to 8 p. m. daily except on Christmas day when it will be closed all day, it was announced by Miss Ocie i Anderson, librarian. The library will be closed all day i on New Year’s. Regular library hours will be resumed on January 2.