The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
VOLUME NO. LXIV
No Changes in Bluffton's
Appointive Offices for
Incoming City Administrative
Officials are Seated at
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
Lee Coon, street commissioner,
$100 per month. Named for one
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
month. Named for one
Durbin, city solicitor, $100
retainer. Named for two
appointment of standing
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
PRICE OF HAY
Quotations More Than Double
Those of Last Fall as
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
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
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
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
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
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
Had dandelions blooming in Feb
ruary and cherries ripening in Sep
Went through a $165 August pri
mary to decide the nominee for a $25
a year job on the board of public
Was visited by the worst tornado
to strike this area in more than two
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
To War, Speakers
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
upset business stability,
the past two post-war
their effect on business
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
R. Lugibihl, former Bluffton
hardware merchant, is seriously ill
at his home in Beaverdam with
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
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
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
Plans for Building About One
fourth Completed, Donahey
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.
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.
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
Senator Donahey, in his
Getties, said he had been
by the post office department
(Continued on page 8)
of Mr. and Mrs. S. S.
invited to call at their
and one-half miles south-
east of Pandora, Sunday afternoon
when the couple will hold open house
in observance of their fortieth wed
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
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.
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
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
IT ALL HAPPENED IN BLUFFTON IN 1939
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Officers named at the session in
cluded Hiram kohtfr prerident Al
bert Winkler, vice-president Harry
F. Barnes, secretary, and Ray Mar
Other members of the board are
Carl McCafferty, Joe
Carr, Clyde Warren,
Financial report of the 1939
appears in detail elsewhere in
issue of The Bluffton News.
Address P. T. A
John Thiessen of Bluffton
returned missionary from
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 &
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
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
Cold Wave Continues Unabated
For Four Days Relief
Slow in Coming
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
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.
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
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.
Legalized Sale of Light Wines
And Beer Ends on New
Dispensers Have Until Wednes
day Afternoon to Dispose
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.
Revoking of the licenses puts into
effect a ban on liquor sales voted
the November election. The sale
3.2 beer is not affected and may
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)
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
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
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,
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
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.
mission field will
and her work in
talk is sponsored
by the Women’s Missionary society
of the church here. The public is
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.
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.
xml | txt