Industrial And Business Outlook
In Bluffton Is Bright For 1940
Continued activity and expansion in
Bluffton’s industrial and business pro
grams during the last 12 months pro
vides a bright outlook for 1940 inso
far as the town’s progress is con
Industrial and business conditions
in the village during 1939 showed in
disputable indications of a continua
tion in the uptrend, with the town
and surrounding community reaping
the greater share of the benefits.
Employment in private industry
was well sustained thruout the year,
particularly so in the last five or six
Reflecting promising conditions in
Bluffton, the post office reported fis
cal year receipts of $25, 737.38, high
est in history. This marked the fifth
consecutive year of gains in fiscal re
Business growth of the town is in
dicated by the opening here during
the last year of an automobile ac
cessories store, the first in Bluffton’s
history, and the addition of another
filling station, one now being under
construction at Main and Washington
A third feed mill for the town was
completed in November, making the
conversion of the unused, long aban
doned roller skating building into a
modern industrial structure.
Industries of the town were busy
generally, and altho there were no
expansion programs practically all of
Two solar eclipses, one visible in
the United States, will occur in the
year 1940, according to Dr. B. F.
Yanney, College of Wooster mathe
matics professor and a recognized au
thority on astronomy.
The first will come April 7 and will
be visible over North America and
the second, October 1, will be seen in
South America. The area included in
the first eclipse lies over the Pacifiic
Ocean, North America and the At
lantic ocean adjacent to North Amer
ica, and the extreme northern edge
of South America.
The path of the eclipse starts a lit
tle south of the equator, extends north
easterly, crossing the United States
at or near Austin, Houston and San
Antonio in Texas, Baton Rouge and
New Orleans in Louiana, Savanah in
Georgia, Pensacola and Jacksonville
in Florida. The ath is 150 miles
In Ohio, this eclipse will begin over
Columbus at 3:30 p. m. and end at
6:13 p. m. Over Cincinnati, it will
begin two minutes earlier and end one
minute later. At Cleveland, it will
begin two minutes later than at Col
umbus and end two minutes earlier.
The second eclipse will not be visi
ble in the United States, except on
the peninsula of Florida. Most of
South America, the Atlantic ocean
and southern Africa. The narrow
path of total eclipse crosses northern
South America, the Atlantic ocean
and the southern tip of Africa.
Both January and October will have
phases of the moon for 1940, said the
Wooster professor. Over the globe,
Farm crops and farm prices during
the year 1939 had their “ups and
Perhaps the most unusual in a year
of unusual events were the fluctua
tions of prices paid for hogs and
wheat, with a “war-scare” factor en
tering into the picture in early fall.
Quotations for hogs jumped to an
abnormal high mark of $9 in Septem
ber, shortly after the outbreak of the
European war, but within a month
and a half the price was $5.45, a five
Wheat, altho never commanding
particularly fancy figures, advanced
to $1.03 a bushel in December after
a seven-year low of 59 cents had been
established in July. Yield from area
wheat fields was average.
Soy beans came into their own as
a major farm crop in the Bluffton dis
trict last year. Altho regarded as an
agricultural novelty only a few years
Notice is hereby given of the an
nual meeting of shareholders of the
Bluffton Community Hospital corpor
ation of Bluffton, Ohio, at the high
school cafeteria, Bluffton, Ohio, on
Monday, Jan. 8, 1940, at 7:30 p. m.
for the purpose of the election of
three trustees and the transaction of
such other business as may properly
come before the meeting.
36 Calvin Balmer, Sec.
them reported worthwhile gains over
1938—the recession year.
Output of the electric generating
plant of the Central Ohio light and
Power Co., located here a year and
a half ago, was doubled early in 1939
with installation of a second 5,000
Completion of the program gave
the plant a capacity of 15,000 HP, and
it took over the responsibility of sup
plying most of the current sold in this
area by the utility.
Property Change Hands
One of the principal real estate
transactions of the year was the sale
of the M. M. Bogart building and site
at the south end of the business sec
tion to Dr. M. D. Soash. The real
estate involved had a frontage of 40
feet on Main street and a depth of
Prices Of Soy Beans And Straw
Are Surprises Of Farm Market
The building now houses Bogart’s
harness shop and automobile agency,
the E. C. Ludwig shoe repair shop and
E. C. Stultz tin shop.
Two businesses changed hands in
1939. Homer Gratz sold the Hy
Grade dairy7 to Paul Detwiler, and
Ralph Diller bought the former L. H.
Foltz filling station on South Main
Retail trade was helped and hous
ing facilities were taxed during No
vember, when the Buckeye Pipe Line
Co. quartered more than 150 men here
while they were working on a new
10-inch pipe line being laid in this
area by the concern. The line runs
from Lima to Cygnet.
One Eclipse Of Sun
Will Be Visible In Bluffton
where standard time is used, the al
manacs show only three phases for
February and five for March. All
other months will have four phases.
The sun’s apparent journey north
has already begun. The vernal equi
nox will be reached March 20 at 1:24
p. m., the summer solstice at 8:37 a.
m. June 21, the autumn equinox on
September 22 at 11:46 p. m., and the
winter solstice December 21 at 6:55
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
begin the year as evening stars. Mars
and Jupiter will interchange positions
January 7, Mars and Saturn make the
shift February 13, Venus and Jupiter
change February 20 and Venus and
Saturn March 8.
Jupiter will be in conjunction with
the sun April 10, Saturn April 24,
Venus June 26 and Mars August 30.
All will then be morning stars. Early
in November Jupiter and Saturn will
again be evening stars while Venus
and Mars remain morning stars until
the end of the year.
“The calendar for 1940 is just the
same as for the leap year 1912,” said
Dr. Yanney. “The year we have the
one of seven leap year patterns which
begins on Monday.”
The Wooster educator is a strong
advocate of calendar reform. He be
lieves that the so-called World Cal
endar has the best chance of adop
tion. This calendar divides the year
into four equal three-month periods,
adds an extra day in a common year
at the end of the calendar to be konwn
as “Year-End Day” and the extra day
for leap year is placed after June 30,
to be known as “Leap-Year Day.”
back, there was plenty of acreage de
voted to the beans last year.
Most surprising of all, however, was
the price commanded by the product.
Despite the fact that the yield was
heavy, beans were bringing over $1
a bushel in December making the
crop an excellent investment.
In early winter developments found
straw selling for as much as hay,
both bring about $7 a ton. At the
turn of the year, however, there was
no more straw7 available, and a short
age of hay had developed, sending the
price to around $14 ^ton for alfalfa.
Bluffton area farmers had bumper
corn crops, but the price was such
that in most cases the com is being
fed to hogs or steers.
This last year also saw a greater
number of Ricland township farmers
switching to compliance with the AAA
program. More than 200 farmers, 60
percent of those in the township,
The annual meeting of the Men
nonite Mutual Aid society of Put
nam, Allen and Hancock counties,
Ohio, will be held in the high school
building at Pandora, Ohio, on Sat
urday, January 6, 1940, at 2 p. m.,
for the purpose of transacting any
business that may properly come be
fore the meeting. All members are
requested to be present.
36 D. J. Basinger, Sec.
Homer Bates of Kinsman called on
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. White recently.
Mr. and Mrs. C. .Whisler and dau
ghter Mary Louise and Robert Mc
Vey were Christmas dinner guests in
the White home. Mr. and Mrs. Carol
Steiner and Doris Jean White of Bluff
ton and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fill
wock of Leavitsburg were afternoon
Mrs. Hattie Zerbe, Mrs. Will Apell,
Mrs. Henry Apell and son Carl of
Sandusky were Thursday evening sup
per guests of Mr and Mrs. W. S.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Naylor and Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Naylor and daughter
Carolie were Christmas dinner guests
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Poole and family in Lima.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Reiter enter
tained their children and grandchild
ren Christmas day.
Mr. and Mrs. V. M. Wooley of Li
spent Sunday afternoon and evening
with Mr. and Mrs. V. T. Wooley and
Mrs. W. S. Longbrake and Mrs. D.
H. Buchanon called on Mrs. Cal Stein
inger ,Frida yevening.
Edward Altman of Bellingham,
Wash., and Mrs. Samuel Light were
supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Renninger New7 Year’s day.
On last Thursday evening the pray
er meeting at the Evangelical church
the election of officers for the Sunday
school was held with the following re
sults: Supt., Mr. S. Steininger asst.,
supt., W. A. Nonnamaker secretary,
Ruth Bowersox assistant seretary,
Lynn Cuppies treasurer, W. B. Kra
mer Class leader, Mrs. .H. Bower
sox, asst. Class leader, Mrs. A. E.
King trustee, J. O. Kinstle. After
the election the E .L. C. E. held their
election. Those elected were Pres.,
Norman King vice pres., Louise King
secretary7, Ruth Bowersox assistant
secretary, Betty McVey, treasurer,
Mrs. A. E. King pianist, Louise King
chorister, Dorothy McVey.
Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Miller and
sister of Detroit called on Mr. and
Mrs. N. V. Turner New Year’s day.
They were returning home from Mi
ami and Key West Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Reiter, sons Geo.
and Donald and daughter Buanna and
Miss Helen Hare of Lykens, were
Sunday dinner guests of Rev. McVey
and family. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mc
Vey were over night guests.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. White called on
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Crow7 on Tuesday
afternoon of last week. Mr. Crow is
improving after an illness.
Mrs. Anna Keel and Richard Bow
ersox spent last Friday with Mrs.
Sarah Steinman of Dunkirk. Mrs.
Steinman is in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Marion Bushong.
Dr. and Mrs. A. E. King entertain
ed the following for Sunday dinner:
Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Altman and son
Howard of Westerville Mr. and Mrs.
Ed. Altman of Bellingham, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Light, Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Reiter and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Lehr Green and daughter Betty Lou
and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reiter and
Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Wolfrom and dau
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Naylor spent
New7 Year’s eve with Mr. and Mrs. C.
Rev. and Mrs. A. E. McVey and son
Ralph, Walter McVey and Bernadine
Steininger visited in Lancaster for a
few days with relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Naylor were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moyer
at Waynesfield last Thursday.
The Home Builders* class of the
Methodist church entertained in hon
or of Rev. and Mrs. D. F. Wood worth
of Cincinnati on Tuesday evening at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hen
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bibler of Li
ma and Mr. and Mrs. Oren Bibler and
family of Wharton were New Years
supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. L. D.
Crawford and son Raymond Dale.
Mr. and Mrs. Erenst Coon of Lin
den, Mich., spent the holiday week
with their daughter, Mrs. Russell Keel
and daughter Marlene. They return
ed home Sunday morning accompan
ied by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Keel.
Eugene Keel spent the week with his
uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Stearns
Orr in Flint, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Whisler and dau
ghter Mary Louise were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
White. Mrs. Pearl Jordan was an af
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Filwock of
Leavitsburg visited her mother, Mrs.
Pear Jordan over Christmas. Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Frantz and daughters of
Toledo were Sunday visitors in the
home of Mrs. Pearl Jordan.
Miss Mary Lou Henning entertain
ed the Christian Endeavorers of the
Methodist church on Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Gale Herbert of Maumee, Ev
erette Doty of Columbus Mrs. Pearl
Jordan and daughters Thelma and
Ruth were Friday night dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Doty.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Steininger spent
Saturday evening with Mr .and Mrs.
A. E. Reiter.
Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Coon of Lin
den, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Keeel and daughter Marlene were Sat
urday evening dinner guests of Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Henning and
BLUFFTON HIGHLIGHTS OF 1939 PASS IN REVIEW
Building in Bluffton during 1939
marked by the construction of five
modern houses, all concentrated in the
vicinity of a new sub-division opened
on Grove street late in 1938.
Resulting from an acute housing
shortage that has prevailed here for
the last several years ,the five new
residences will represent an invest
ment of approximately $25,000 when
Building in 1939 continued an ex
sion program launched in the preced
ing year when eight new homes were
erected and gives the town a total of
13 houses in twu seasons. Excellence
of construction, rather than size, is
the rule that has been followed in
New homes built in 1939 are con
centrated around the intersection of
Grove street and College road, with
three of the houses going up in the
Schumacher addition, which lay out
side the town limits until late in 1938.
The other two residences are just
across the street from the addition.
A meter manufactured by The
Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and
sent to the local plant for repairs
early last summer has brought an
exchange in correspondence between
Robert Potts, Bluffton embloye of the
concern and a Belgian who lives with
in a few miles of Pott’s native city
Potts left Belgium with his parents
to come to this country when he was
14 years old, but he clearly remem
bers the locality in which he spent
the early years of his life.
He noticed when working on the
meter sent here for repairs that it
came from Edegem, a small town
within a few miles of his former
home. The coincidence resulted in
Potts writing a letter to the owner of
the instrument advising that person
making the repairs originally came
daughter Mary Lou sent Sunday even
ing in the L., Crawford home
watching the old year out and the
new year enter.
Gene Keller of Bowling Green was
a Monday afternoon caller on his
aunt, Mrs. Viola Wyer.
Mrs. Paul Hugus and family of
Portsmouth, Ifld., spent their vacation
with Mr. and Mrs. James Hugus and
Mrs. James Sommers of Pandora
spent New Year’s day with her par
ents Mr. and Mrs. W. A .Otto.
Mr .and Mrs. Ransom Thomas have
moved from their home on the comer
of Kelly and Main streets to Find
Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Peterson spent
their Christmas vacation w’ith the lat
ter’s parents in Marathon, N. Y.
Miss Wilma Neighswander return
ed home Sunday after spending the
week in Ft. Wayne visiting relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willoby and
family spent the week end with Mr.
and Mrs. A. W. Sherick and family
Mrs. Ella McClelland spent Christ
mas day with Mrs. Inez Woods.
Myron Shaffer, of Fremont spent
the week end with Mr. and Mrs. For
est Flora and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert McDill of
Chillicothe spent the week end with
Mr. and Mrs. George Crozier.
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Guin spent New
Year’s day with Mrs. Mae Dennis and
Mrs. Emma Guin.
Olive Willoby spent a week with her
aunt, Mrs. William Bemenstedfer of
Miss Betty Light returned with Mr.
and Mrs. O. A. Peterson to spend a
week with them.
Our Want-ads bring results.
Melville D. Soash, M. D.
The Commercial Bank Bldg.
MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D.
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton, O.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
D. C. BIXEL, O. D.
GORDON BIXEL, O.D.
Citizens Bank Bldg., Bluffton
Savings & Loan Bldg., Ada
Owners of the new places of resi
dence are: Harry Bogart, College
Road N. A. Tripplett, Jack Remde
and Lugibihl sisters, all on Grove
street and College road.
Other construction programs in the
town during 1939 included erection of
a works project building on the Bluff
ton college campus ,and remodeling
of the old skating rink building in the
business district into a feed mill.
Bluffton Man, Native Of Belgium
Gets Greeting From Former Home
Bluffton’s shortage of housing fa
cilities that became particpularly
pressing during the last three years
will be somewhat alleviated by the
completion of the 1939 home building
Housing Shortage Stimulates Municipal Improvements Make
Residence Building Program Bluffton Better Place To Live
With 13 new houses erected in two
years, the pressing need for living
quarters likely will be alleviated to
some extent. Principal factors in the
lack of houses resulted here from ex
pansion of the Meter works in recent
years, plus the location in Bluffton a
year and a half ago of the Woodcock
generating plant of the Central Ohio
Light and Power Co.
from the same locality in Belgium
where the owner of the instrument
Potts received a reply this week,
translated as follows:
“I noticed that a Belgian repaired
my meter. It is now working all
right, and many thanks. How did
you get way out there?
“Anyway, I think times are much
better over there than they are here.
We are living in some dark days right
now since Hitler has begun upsetting
things. I hope he gets stuck in all
his weapons and cannons.
“All the young boys have been call
ed to the army in these parts. That’s
all I have room for now, so I’ll wish
you a Merry Christmas and a Happpy
The message, sent on a European
postal card, required $1.5 in Belgian
currency for postage.
PUT INTO THREE PRICE GROUPS
Bluffton has benefitted materially
ing the past year from extensive mu
nicipal improvement projects, and the
program is such that it will be con
tinued on into 1941.
Improved senice and economies in
operating cost of the municipal light
and power plant are anticipated as a
result of two extensive programs, one
of which has been completed.
A new addition was added to the
plant building last spring, following
which a new 350 H. P. boiler was in
stalled. Placed in opering in late
spring, the new unit gives the plant
a total boiler capacity of 850 H. P.
Cost of the building and equipment,
including the boiler, coal conveyor and
silo, was approximately $34,512. The
town paid only sixty per cent, howev
er, and the federal government pro
vided the other forty per cent under
In December, the board of public
affairs purchased a 750 KW turbo
generator for the power plant, and
work on the foundation for the unit
has already started.
Net cost of the unit will be $14,000,
and its installation will mark a
changeover in operation procedure at
the local plant. Heretofore Skinner
uniflow engines have been used for
the generation of current, but a stead
ily inceasing demand makes it feasi
ble to change to turbine equipment.
Economies of approximately $5,000
a year, represented in fuel savings,
are expected to be realized by installa
tion of the turbo-generator.
Cost of both improvements are be
ing paid from the plant’s net balance,
and in addition a reduction in light
rates was made last July. It result
ed to an average savings of 30 cents
per month to 500 patrons.
Water Mains Cleaned
Bluffton’s three-mile net work of
water mains was cleaned during the
summer, for the first time in 40 years
at a cost of $2,000. Wrigglers found
in the city water supply and the de
sirability of increased pressure for
fire protection resulted in authoriza
tion of the cleaning program.
Steiner & Huser
January Inventory Sale
Topcoats & Suits
Onr Entire Stock of Topcoats and
Overcoats priced $20 to $27.50 in
cluding Bradley’s are (Pl A
in this sale, now only plO.Jv
SUITS 20% OFF
Big Reduction—Suits Reduced 20%. Take your pick of any
suit on the rack. 20% off.
In connection with the same pro
gram, a new type area ting system was
installed at the water plant. Hie
water now runs thru screened, coake
filled trays in the aerating process.
A $1,300 bridge repair program was
completed during the summer. Bridges
on Cherry street over Big Riley creek,
and on Grove street across the Little
Riley were repaired and painted.
Improved Fire Protection
Auxiliary sources of water for the
town’s fire protection system were
provided in another program launched
A stoned drive was constructed
from the Augsburger garage to Big
Riley creek, making it possible for a
fire department pumper to drive up
to the creek in case water should be
needed from it in fighting a major
In addition, two fire cisterns on
Main street, one at Cherry and the
other at Jefferson, were checked and
made available for use. Later it is
planned to construct an approach to
Little Riley creek on the Bluffton col
Three new school buses were bought
last fall by the Bluffton board of ed
ucation, and five up-to-date buses in
first class condition now are being
used to transport rural pupils to and
from school here.
Buckeye Lake, owned by the Cen
tral Ohio Light and Power Co., was
leased by the town last spring and
was used during the summer as a
municipal swimming pool and picnic
grounds. The new floats, 30 by 60
feet was constructed for the pool.
Altho the site for Bluffton’s new
postoffice had been selected there was
no work on the project during the
year. Construction is expected to be
started next summer.
Proposal for a new sewage system
for the town and a modem sewage
disposal plant were turned down by
voters at the polls in November.
Bluffton acquired another church
during 1939, members of the Defense
less Mennonite congregation voting to
move their building from west of
town to a new site on Jackson street.
It’s no news that the
cost of woolens is higher.
Already wholesale prices
have reflected this up
trend, and when the
spring season opens there
is no doubt the prices
will be somewhat higher.
We assure you, however,
that our increases will be
absolutely no more than
you can supply your
needs now—at prices that
are well below the origi
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