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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV MAYOR MAKES APPOINTMENTS No Changes in Bluffton's Appointive Offices for Coming Year 13 Incoming City Administrative Officials are Seated at Meeting Tuesday ap- All of Bluffton’s municipal pointees will be continued in office for another year, it was determined Tuesday night at the first meeting of the town’s new’ council in munici pal chambers at the town hall. Appointments made by Mayor Wil bur A. How’e were confirmed unani mously by -members of the council, as the first official administrative action of the new* year. Appointees named at the session include: Lee Coon, street commissioner, $100 per month. Named for one year. Guy Corson, fire chief, $200 per year. Named for two years. Members of the fire department— H. E. Augsburger, Isaac Brobeck, Ed Badertscher, Fred Martin, Lester Niswander, C. V. Stonehill, Harold Stonehill and Charles Young. Albert Benroth, caretaker of the town clock, $50 per year. Named for one year. $100 per year from Francis per year years. Reichenbach, nightwatch, month. Named for one five applicants. Durbin, city solicitor, $100 retainer. Named for two Albert appointment of standing In his committees for the council, Mayor Howe selected the following: Finance committee—E. W. Basing er and Armin Hauenstein. Street and roads committee— Menno Badertscher and Ralph Pat terson. Fire and light committee—M. R. Bixel and C. A. Triplett. In organization of the new council, C. A. Triplett, serving his first term, was elected president. One other appointment remains to be made, the term of J. A. Thompson as a member of the board of trustees for Maple Grove cemetery having expired. Other members of the board are E. L. Diller and Mrs. W. E. Diller. Preceding seating of the new •council, retiring councilmen met briefly and adjourned sine die, mark ing their official retirement from the affairs of the municipality. Pianist To Present v Concert On Tuesday Appearing in the second Bluffton college music course offering of the season, Franz Bodfors, brilliant pianist,will present a concert in the college chapel at 8 p. m. next Tues day. Bodfors comes from a prominent American musical family, and after intensive training in this country he studied abroad as the student of sev eral of Europe’s leading pianists. One of his instructors abroad the great Arthur Schnabel. was Hold Funeral For John R. Marshall Funeral services largely attended were held for John R. Marshall, 88, at the Rockport Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. Officiating at the services was J?ev. J. Norman King of Dayton, a former pastor assisted by Rev. Chas. Armentrout, present pastor of the church. Burial was in the Rockport cemetery. Mr. Marshall, a prominent retired Monroe township farmer died at his home west of Bluffton Sunday morn ing after an extended period of fail ing health. He was for many years a leader in the Rockport church, serving as an elder and also a member of the building committee when the church was built in 1903. He also served on the boards of trustees of Rich land and Monroe townships and the school boards of the two townships, was a director of the former Com mercial Bank & Savings company of Bluffton and once had taught school. A native of Mahoning county, he was the son of Cyrus and Mary (Reed) Marshall and lived in Rich land and Monroe townships since he was six months old. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. J. O. Cupp and Mrs. J. C. Begg both of near Columbus Grove and Miss Elnora Marshall at home two sons Harold and Herbert Marsh all both of near Columbus Grove and a brother Albert Marshall of near Beaverdam. Zero Weather, First In Four Years Is Here ^ERO weather—the first in four years—swept down or the Bluffton district Wednesday. The cold wave which sent ther mometers down to zero Wednes day morning came after three days during which the tempera ture stood at about ten degrees above the zero mark. The cold wave arrived Saturday night accompanied by snow. Slowly rising temperatures are forecast for Thursday. PRICE OF HAY CLIMBS HIGHER Quotations More Than Double Those of Last Fall as Shortage Develops Top Grades Bring $14 Ton, But Farmers with Hay Hold For Higher Price With a scarcity of hay unexpectedly developing almost overnight, prices commanded in the Bluffton district by forage crops have more than doubled over last fall’s quotations. Buyers are paying from $8 to $14 a ton to farmers for hay at present, but little is being sold altho reports from farm observers indicate a large quan tity is stored in mows thruout the area. Most of the present available crop is being held for higher prices that are expected, and in other cases the hay is needed for winter feeding pur poses. Last fall, hay sold for as low as $5 a ton with $6.50 the peak. For a long time straw brought prices the equal of those being paid for the forage crops. Prices Climb Hay quotations jumped upwards rapidly within a period of a few weeks in December, with the demand sud denly exceeding the available supply. Alfalfa is commanding a top price of $14 a ton at present. Red clover hay is selling at $10 a ton from the farm, and timothy brings about the same price. Straw is practically unobtainable in the Bluffton district and before the snowfall there were several reports of uncut fields of old alfalfa being cut for bedding and for other purposes generally i equiring the use of straw. Shortage of straw this year likely will result in less harvesting of wheat by combine in the Bluffton area next fall. In combining, straw' cannot be reclaimed, and the demand of this year will make it advantageous for farmers to harvest, then thresh their crop next fall. Golf Course May Be Laid Out Here Possibility of establishing a golf course in the Bluffton area this coming summer is being considered by local interests. A meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 15 in High School study hall to w’hich golfers and others inter ested in the game are invited. Do you remember that Bluffton, during the year of Our Lord Nine teen Hundred and Thirty-Nine: Had its w’orst flood in a quarter century Found wrigglers in the city water system and an extensive preventive program was required Experienced its coldest July in 21 years and the hottest September on record Had dandelions blooming in Feb ruary and cherries ripening in Sep tember Went through a $165 August pri mary to decide the nominee for a $25 a year job on the board of public affairs? Was visited by the worst tornado to strike this area in more than two decades Business Outlook Brighter Barring War, Lions Told At Dinner Meeting Flood, Tornado and Explosion Experienced Here—Cold Weather In July—Heat Wave in September—Dandelions Bloom in February These are only a few of the un usual headline events that the pass ing show’ of 1939 brought to the R. L. Triplett Talks to Club at Session Attended by ing Lions Visit- Industry Unalterably To War, Speakers His Audience Opposed Tells industrial America’s business and outlook is definitely brighter, bar ring the possibility of war or fur ther governmental encroachment on private enterprise, R. L. Triplett, president of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., told the Bluffton Lions club at a dinner meeting Tues day night in the Walnut Grill. Members of the Lima Lions club were guests of the local organization at the session, and a crowd of ap proximately 70 heard the talk. A sincere desire to stay out of war has been advanced by industry of the United States. This country’s engage ment in warefare would undoubtedly result in private industry being tak en over by the government, and might eventually mean an end to our present system of free enterprise, the speaker said. War Curtails Liberties Personal liberties, too, would be sharply curtailed in case of war, and industry is eager to promote the cause of non-intervention. War also never fails to bring a period of inflation, followed by de pression and Triplett told upset business stability, his audience. the past two post-war their effect on business Events of decades and and industry were analyzed by the head of Bluffton’s major industry, who has been in charge of the direc tion of a business conducted here on an international basis since 1904. Triplett also briefly reviewed the December meeting of the Congress of American Industry held in New York city. Outlook of the Congress was optimistic provided government does not encroach further on the rights of industry, and there is closer operation between the two in next few years. With The Sick H. R. Lugibihl, former Bluffton hardware merchant, is seriously ill at his home in Beaverdam with heart complications. Mrs. Maude Coon of Mound street is a patient in the Bluffton hospital. Word has been received here that Miss Minnie Zoll, former Bluffton resident, is critically ill in a Toledo hospital following a paralytic stroke. Miss Zoll was a teacher in the grade schools here about forty years ago. Condition of Dr. S. K. Mosiman, patient in the Bluffton hospital con tinues unchanged. Jesse Hummon who received injur ies to his left forearm in a corn shredder accident two weeks ago is improving at the Bluffton hospital and is expected to be remoyed to his home in Union township during the coming week. Mrs. Chester Huber, patient at Bluffton hospital following a stroke, is somewhat improved. Miss Sylvia Fett of Bentley road is a patient in the Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Emmet Harshbarger of New ton, Kansas, and Mrs. Winfield Fretz of Chicago are at the bedside of their sister, Mrs. G. T. Soldner who continues critically ill at her home on Cherry street. town—happenings of major import ance at the time, but quickly for gotten in the rush of everyday affairs. Flood in March The flood, bringing Bluffton’s high est water in 26 years, caused thousands of dollars of damage, isolated areas in the town adjacent to streams, swept into the plants of three local manufacturing and indus trial concerns, and washed away small buildings and roadbeds. It struck the towm last March, and altho it subsided quickly the result ant damage was extensive. Nature showed its destructive side again in August W’hen a Saturday afternoon tornado, unequalled in 21 years, ripped up and maimed trees, blew’ down power lines, damaged homes, barns, other buildings and hurt crops in its path. Wrigglers found in Bluffton w’ater FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1940 BIDS IK MARCH Government Will. Accept Bids For New Federal Building In Bluffton Plans for Building About One fourth Completed, Donahey Writes Bids on Bluffton’s new post office building are expected to be accepted in March of this year, idicating that construction likely will get under way in early summer after more than a year of inactivity following the selection of a site. That was the gist of information received the first of the week by Fred Getties, president of the Bluff ton Lions club, in letters Senator Vic Donahey and the States post office department. Friends co the from United at the Since a site was selected corner of Main and Franklin late in 1938, no further local has been taken by the post office de partment, beyond the completion of a preliminary survey last January. action Plans Started In response to a letter written by Getties, the post office department replied in part as follows: “The Federal Works Agency, which has charge of preparation of plans and specifications for the pro posed building, advises that tentative drawings and cabinet sketches have been approved, and that work has been commenced on the drawings.” detailed reply to informed that Senator Donahey, in his Getties, said he had been by the post office department (Continued on page 8) Fortieth Wedding Anniversary Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. invited to call at their and one-half miles south- King are home one east of Pandora, Sunday afternoon when the couple will hold open house in observance of their fortieth wed ding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. King are among the prominent residents the Pandora district, residing at their present lo cation ever since their marriage. Mr. King was also born on that place. They have seven children living: Mrs. Monroe Lora, Warsaw, Ind. Mrs. Harry Hauenstein and Mrs. Richard Thrapp both of Pandora and Lester King, Dearborn, Mich Eldon of Bluffton, Oliver of bridge and Ellis at home. Cam- Fred Mrs. King has one brother, Badertscher of Dalton. Three sisters of Mr. King Mrs. Fred Lehman northwest of Bluffton, Mrs. Elizabeth Amstutz of South Lawn avenue and Mrs. Anna Spallinger of Columbus Grove. First Baby Of New Year Is Born Here Monday Afternoon IT’S a girl—Bluffton’s first baby to be reported in 1940. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Conner Stewart of Columbus Grove at the Bluff ton hospital, the new arrival was officially recorded as having ar rived Monday afternoon at 5:05 o’clock. IT ALL HAPPENED IN BLUFFTON IN 1939 Remember It? Additional reviews of Bluff ton’s activity during the past year appear on Page 2 of this issue of the Bluffton Newrs. last spring finally brought an inves tigation by the state board of health and resulted in construction of a new type aerator at the w’ater plant, and cleaning of the towm’s three-mile network of water mains. Freakish Weather Freakish weather wras the rule thruout the year. After the town had its coldest July in 21 years, it experienced in September the hottest w’eather on record for that month. Early winter months also were un usually w'arm, and Christmas Day rivalled one in spring so far as the weather was concerned, to be suc ceeded by a cold wave with the mer cury at a minimum of 1 degree above zero the last day of the year. Plant life, too, contributed to the oddities of the year. Last February Woman, 93, Reads The Bluffton News Without Glasses I he Bluffton News every week without the aid of glasses is the unusual feat of Mrs. Mary E. Zeiders of Beaverdam. Not only is Mrs. Zeiders one of the oldest readers of the Bluffton News, but she has been a constant subscriber since the early days of the paper. Not withstanding her advanced age she takes an active interest in community happenings and is en joying good health. DATES SET FOR 1940 FARM FAIR Mid-Winter Showing Again this Year Dates Will Be Dec. 4, 5 and 6 Hiram Kohli Named President Of Fair Board at Organi zation Meeting Bluffton’s annual agricultural fair will be presented as a Mid-Winter offering again in 1940, officials of the board of directors announced this week after comparing the popularity of the 1939 December showing with late October fairs held and 1938. Board Organizes Saturday Organization of the board of rectors for the 1940 season was fected at a meeting last Saturday night in the town hall. Near-Gale Brings Severe Cold Wave Into Area For Advent Of New Year 93 years and reading in 1936, 1937 re-establishes the fair dur- Their decision again the custom of holding ing the winter season, a precedent that was broken in 1936 when Bluff ton’s first fall showing was held. Dates set for the 1940 fair are Dec. 4, 5 and 6, almost the same as those of last month’s presentation which was one of the most success ful in the history of the fair. di ef- Officers named at the session in cluded Hiram kohtfr prerident Al bert Winkler, vice-president Harry F. Barnes, secretary, and Ray Mar shall, treasurer. Other members of the board are Clyde Klingler, Powell, Harold Edgar Herr, Dwight Frantz. Carl McCafferty, Joe Carr, Clyde Warren, Ben Amstutz and fair this Financial report of the 1939 appears in detail elsewhere in issue of The Bluffton News. week’s Rev. Thiessen To Address P. T. A John Thiessen of Bluffton returned missionary from Rev. college, India will address the Bluffton Par ent-Teacher association meeting in the high school cafeteria next Tues day night at 7:30 o’clock. Theme of the meeting is “Fathers”. Real Estate Deal The Mathewson property on Cherry streeth as been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Patterson, it was an nounced the first of the week. The deal was made by the Althaus & Collins agency. L. H. Foltz found a dandelion bloom ing bravely in the heart of the win ter. Ed Steiner in September picked his second crop of cherries from a tree in his backyard. Sidney Stettler grew peanuts and cotton in his back yard. An event that brought out most of Bluffton last May, was an explo sion at the local plant of the Page Dairy Co. Damages estimated at $5,000 resulted w’hen a 7-ton milk filled condenser exploded in the early evening. No one W’as hurt. The year 1939 also will be remem bered as the year in W’hich first grade enrollment in the public schools dropped to its lowest mark in many years. Only 34 first-grade pupils registered, a drop of 33 per cent from the previous fall. In con trast the senior class has 52 students. George Combs had a surprise dur ing hunting season when he took an Pick Cherries in Fall—State Checker Title Here—Fewer Children in Bluffton—Hunter Shoots at Hawk And Gets Pheasant Zero Weather On Sunday Ends Unusually Warm Early Winter Period Cold Wave Continues Unabated For Four Days Relief Slow in Coming the last it a al winter weather swept out of west with unexpected severity Saturday night, bringing with zero temperatures for the the New Year. the wake of a near-blizzard, Bluffton district has been held ii icy grasp very much in contras the unseasonably warm w*i weather of the preceding month A roaring wind brought the urday night, and the mercury st ed falling early in the evening. On Sunday morning thermometers in the area a low of seven degrees above zero. Weather thruout the day was very little warmer, and the cold wave continued unabated thru Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday morning the thermometers stood at zero, the coldest mark of the winter. Weather predictions indicated the possibility of some relief late Wed nesday, but at noon there had been no definite indication of a trend toward higher temperatures. Ice and snow during the last four days have given an opportunity for Bluffton residents to brush up on the technique of driving on treacherous Streets and keeping their equilibrium on slippery walks. Despite plenty of ice and snow, there were no fa tal crashes in the area, and few mishaps of any kind were reported. Carolers Brave Cold Near-zero temperatures made New Year’s Eve caroling anything but a pleasant diversion last Sunday night, but bands of bundled-up singers traversed the town and countryside on their traditional rounds despite the inclemency of the weather. Hundreds of motorists were caught without the necessary preparations for winter, and filling stations ported brisk business during the hour holiday period. A Good Place to Li Good Place to in re 72- Leaving Thursday For Air College James Basinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Basinger of South Lawn avenue, will leave Thursday for St. Louis where he will enroll in the Parks Air college for an executive and maintenance course. The Bluffton youth has been a leader in model air plane building activities here from gliders to gas models and has also completed a course in flying at the Lima airport. He has attended Bluffton college for twoy ears, preparatory to enrolling in the St. Louis air school. The St. Louis course, which will require approximately four years, prepares its students for operations manager’s duties at one of the na tion’s many airports. Frog Business Frogs give every indication of eventually becoming “big business” in the West. One company capital ized at $200,000 has filed articles of incorporation for the opening of 20 frog ranches near Modesto, Calif. offhand shot at a hawk, flying high above him. He was more than sur prised when the bird, probably stung by the shot, dropped a crippled pheasant which it had been carrying and which he had not seen. Other happenings found the town going dry by a majority of 96 in the November elections Bluffton college installing a studio connected with direct w’ires with a Lima radio broadcasting station Gene Zuber winning the state checker champion ship and bringing it to Bluffton by defeating a three-time title holder in the Ohio tournament finals and re sidents of southwest of tow’n report ing seeing a deer cavorting in their pasture lands. These w’ere some of the highlights of 1939—a year of strange contradic tions and unusual events interwoven with the everyday life of a small town in the warp and W’oof of time. CANCELLED HERE Legalized Sale of Light Wines And Beer Ends on New Dispensers Have Until Wednes day Afternoon to Dispose Of Stocks Legalized sale of light w’ine and beer of alcoholic content exceeding 3.2 per cent ended in Bluffton on Monday afternoon, New Year’s day w’hen county liquor control authorities revoked licenses of four dispensers in effect here at that time. At the time when the licenses were revoked, permit holders were notified that they would be given until Wed nesday afternoon to dispose of all re stocks, according to municip 'ities. Any liquor found on ises after that time will be confiscation by the state, it is reported by officials here. aut Revoking of the licenses puts into at of be effect a ban on liquor sales voted the November election. The sale 3.2 beer is not affected and may continued. Await State’s Report Mayor W. A. Howe stated Tuesday that he had not yet received any re port from the state board of control relative to its action (Continued on page 8) liquor in re- Cleon Althaus Weds In Monroe Ceremony Cleon Althaus, son of Mrs. Wil liam Althaus, of Jackson street, was married Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Mon roe, Mich., to Miss Albina Master marco, of that place. In the morning ceremony the bride was attended by her sister, Anne Mastermarco, and the groom by his brother, Hiram Althaus, of Bluffton, and the brother of the bride Victor Mastermarco. Following a wedding dinner and reception in the Mastermarco Mr. and Mrs. Althaus left on ding trip. Following their they will reside in Monroe the groom is an instructor public School system: Miss Haas, who from the African speak of the life that region. The home, a wed return where in the Among those attending the wed ding were: Mrs. William Althaus and Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Althaus, of Bluffton Miss Bernice Althaus, of Doylestown, and Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Huber and daughters, Jean and Joan, of Wooster. The groom was graduated from Bluffton High school and Bluffton college. He has been teaching in Monroe for three years. Mrs. Alt haus is a graduate nurse, and until her marriage was with the Monroe city hospital. Illustrated Talk On Africa Here An illustrated talk on Africa will be given in the Bluffton Presbyter ian church Sunday at 7:30 o’clock by Miss Mary Haas of Pandora. recently returned mission field will and her work in talk is sponsored by the Women’s Missionary society of the church here. The public is invited. Open Bible Training School On Thursday The Bluffton Community Leader ship Training school will hold its first session this Thursday night at the high school. Registration will be completed from 7 to 7:30 follow ing which classes will begin. “Survey of the Old Testament,” taught by Prof. A. C. Schultz, and “Understanding Youth,” taught by Mrs. Lenore Myers, are the twro courses scheduled for the first period. The devotional period (8:20 to 8:40) will be in charge of Rev. H. T. Unruh. Second period classes (8:40 to 9:30) are—“The Children We Teach,” by Miss Meredith Ste pieton, and “Improving the Adult Class,” by Rev. John Thiessen. Not only Church School teachers and workers, but also parents and others interested in the fine art of Christian living, should find these courses, of great personal value. This will be an accredited school, for the earning of credits, either with your own denominational Board of Education or with the Interna tional Council of Religious Education. I But any one not seeking credits, may enroll and attend classes. Registra tion fee, 25 cents.