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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV TURBINE ARRIVES AT LIGHT PLANT Thirty Ton Unit Shipped in Two Freight Cars is LTnloaded Saturday Concrete Foundation Now Under Construction to be Finished Next Month Bluffton’s 750 K. W. turbo-genera tor recently purchased by the Board of Public Affairs was unloaded Sat urday at the municipal light and power plant where it is expected to be put in operation about the middle of April for the generation of electric current. It was shipped to Bluffton from State College, Pa., in two box cars. Aggregate weight of the turbine is approximately 30 tons. Foundation for the unit will be completed in about three weeks, after which the turbo-generator will be put in place and adjusted by Westing house engineers. Concrete foundation for the gen erator will be 12 feet deep, and will be sunk one foot into the rock to give adequate support for the heavy unit. Plant’s First Turbine Installation of the equipment will (Continued on page 8) Bluffton. May Get 9-Hole Golf Course Initial steps in a movement to as sure a golf course for Bluffton and the surrounding area were taken at a meeting Monday night in Patter son’s Barber shop. Committees were named to solicit membership, and more than half of the quota needed to assure the pro ject already have subscribed. Outlook for the program appears bright, and present plans call for the construction of a nine-hole course on the F. E. Wenger farm, two miles south of town on the Dixie highway. Educator To Speak At Vesper Service “Some Differences Between Major and Minor League Players”, will be the subject of an address by Dr. Wilbur Miller of Columbus who will address the Bluffton college vesper service in the chapel, Sunday after noon' at 3 o’clock. Dr. Miller is as sistant superintendent of the Colum bus schools. Special music will be provided by the College Vesper choir. Thompson Returned To Cemetery Board J. A. Thompson, whose term as trustee of Maple Grove cemetery ex pired at the end of December was re-appointed as a member of the cemetery board by Mayor W. A. Howe, Monday night. The appoint ment, for a term of six years was confirmed by the council. Other members of the board are E. L. Dil ler and Mrs. W. E. Diller. Union Twp. Couple Wed Sunday Morning Edmund W. Hummon and Miss Blanche N. Fisher, both of Union township, were married Sunday morning at 9 o’clock at the home of Rev. G. W. Lilly of Port Clinton. The ring service was read in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hummon of Toledo and Mrs. Lilly who witnessed the ceremony. The officiating minister was a former pastor of the Rawson United Brethren charge and the Hummons were members of the Peasant View church. Mr. Hummon, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hummon, is employed by the Ohio Oil company at Findlay. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fisher. The couple will reside at the Hummon home for the present Sales Tax Man In Bluffton Jan. 25 A sales tax examiner will be in Bluffton on Thursday, January 25 at the Mayor’s office from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. to assist vendors with their semi-annual sales tax report for the period July to December 31, 1939, it is announced by Frank M. Hlil, manager of the Lima district office of the department of taxation. All vendors must file a report on or before January 31 or be subject to $1 a day penalty on delinquent reports. .------.-------------------_--------------- _! Vice President TpORREST L. Steinman, Bluff ton lumber dealer who was elected first vice president of the Ohio Association of Retail Lumber Dealers at its annual convention at the Hotel Biltmore, in Dayton, Wednesday morning. Steinman last year was second vice president of the association. He is also prominent in Bluffton civic affairs, being president of the board of education, past dis trict governor of the Lions club and active in Masonic circles. FARM INSTITUTE SPEAKERS NAMED Two-Day Farm Meeting Will Be Held in Bluffton On Jan. 26 and 27 Four Agricultural Speakers, Many Other Features on Program Here Preparations are nearing comple tion for Bluffton’s two-day Farm Institute to be held here Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27. Joint men’s and women’s sessions will be held on the opening day in the high school auditorium, with programs in the morning, afternoon and evening. On the second day, separate meet ings will be held by the two groups. Men will meet in the auditorium, and the women in the high school gymnasium. Four well known speakers will ap pear on the two-day program. They include Clarence Goller, of Ney, De fiance county Mrs. M. C. Rosselott, Buford, Highland County J. H. War ner, Allen county agricultural agent, and Elam Sutter, Master Farmer, Pandora. Officers of the institute organiza tions include the following: Men’s Institute—Jesse E. Ander son, president Albert Augsburger, vice-president Quinten E. Burkhold er, secretary-treasurer executive committee, Harry F. Barnes, Melvin Zimmerly, Edgar Herr, Chris Gratz, Albert Geiger and Lloyd Van Meter. Women’s Institute—Mrs. Lloyd Van Meter, president Mrs. Russell Huber, vice-president Mrs. Calvin Burkholder, secretary executive com mittee, Mrs. Raymond Stratton, Mrs. Harry Anderson, Mrs. Charlotte Marshall and Mrs. Harvey Gratz. Heart Attack Fatal To Bluffton Man Funeral services largely attended were held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church Tuesday afternoon for Hiram Burkholder, 34, Bluffton school bus driver and clerk at the Kibele news stand, victim of heart attack. Mr. Burkholder was found dead at 5 o’clock Sunday morning by his wife in the bath room of their home on Spring street. He had complained Saturday night of feeling ill and had visited a physician. How’ever he had been at work daily and his death was unexpected. He w’as bom west of Bluffton in Richland township the son of David and Lydia (Augsburger) Burkholder. Another Misconception Blasted— Eskimos Don’t Live In Ice Igloos Surviving are his mother his wife, Martha four children, Joan, Jean, Donald and David all at home three brothers C”rus of Beaverdam, Calvin and Albert of Bluffton and four sis ters, Mrs. Allen Grismore, Mrs. Ella ters, Mrs. Cora Grismore, Mrs. La vina Marquart, Mrs. William Alt haus and Miss Ella Burkholder, all of Bluffton. Rev. P. A. Kliewer, pastor of the Ebenezer church and Rev. H. T. Unruh, of the First Mennonite church, officiated at the funeral service. Interment was in the Ebenezer cemetery. Lions Club Hears Address On Life and Customs in Northern Alaska Former Eskimo Director of Education is Speaker Also Shows Pictures Contrary to popular conception, Eskimos live in underground huts rather than in ice igloos, members of the Bluffton Lions club were told at a dinner meeting Tuesday night in the Walnut Grill. Dr. Clark M. Garber, who spent 10 years as superintendent of Eski mo education in the Bering Strait area of Alaska, was the speaker at the session. Chief food of the Eskimos is meat principally that of seal, walrus, reindeer, moose and bear, the speak er said. Clothing is fashioned from the skins of fur-bearing animals. Dr. Garber told the club the area in which he was stationed was the cradle of the Northwest Indian race. First inhabitants in Alaska are be lieved to have crossed the Bering Straits from Asia. Those who set tled there eventually evolved into the present Eskimos, and those who went farther south became the fore runners of the northwest Indian tribes. Alaska is of tremendous strategic and industrial importance to the United States. Rich mineral depos its make the area a valuable acqui sition to any country, and for that reason it is being eyed with desire by over-populated Asiatic nations. Realization of the situation on the part of the United States govern ment is evidenced by extensive work on fortifications in the last few years, Dr. Garber pointed out, the first erected since this country pur chased the land from Russia. In connection with his lecture, Dr. Garber showed pictures illustrating Eskimo life and Eskimo customs. A unique phase of his w’ork in Alaska as educational superintend ent was the fact that a part of his duties also included supervision of the reindeer. It was under his di rection that a count of all deer was taken. Remains Brought Here For Burial Remains of Mrs. Bertha Greding Rhoda, 66, of Lima, a former Bluff ton resident, were brought here for burial in Maple Grove cemetery Sun day afternoon following funeral services held at the First Reformed church in Lima. Mrs. Rhoda died Thursday after noon at Lima Memorial hospital where she had been a patient since December 25 when she suffered a broken hip as the result of a fall at her home. She was born in New Philadelphia, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Peter Greding but spent most of her child hood in Bluffton where her father was for many years minister of the Reformed congregations here and prominent in affairs of his denom ination. She moved to Lima thirty-six years years ago. In 1919 she was married to William Rhoda of Lima who died three years later Surviving are her brother, L. T. Greding of Bluffton and three sis ters, Mrs. Wm. Huber of Ada, Mrs. Noah Diller of Bluffton and Miss Amelia Greding of Lima. Substitute Drives School Bus Route Eldon Tscheigg, substitute school bus driver, has taken over the duties of Hiram Burkholder, regular driver, who died suddenly at his home on Spring street, Sunday morning. Tscheigg began his duties as driver on the route Monday morning. He will continue as substitute driver on the route until action is taken by the board of education in the appoint ment of a regular driver. The next scheduled meeting of the board is on February 12. With Tscheigg driving Burkholder’s route, A. E. Oyer, janitor at the Grade school building is the only remaining substitute driver in the employ of the board here. Indications the first of the week were that the board at its next meeting will consider the mat ter of employing additional substitute drivers. VISITS IN FLORIDA Mrs. Florence Bogart of South Jackson street is making an extend ed visit at the home of her son, Oscar Bogart and family in Orlando, Florida. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1940 HDNOR BLUFFTON LUMBER DEALER Forrest Steinman Elected First Vice President of State Association Convention with 2,000 in At tendance Takes Action at Dayton Wednesday Forrest L. Steinman, Bluffton lum ber dealer and prominent in civic affairs here was elected first vice president of the Ohio Association of Retail Lumber Dealers at the annual convention of the association at Day ton, Wednesday morning. Sessions of the convention are being held at the Biltmore hotel in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Steinman left Tues day night for Dayton to attend the three day session of the convention. They are expected to return home Friday night. The state association which has elevated the Bluffton man to the (Continued on page 8) SPRING IS PLAN Operations Expected to Start in District Leased North Of Bluffton Leaseholders Now Have Two Wells Producing Near Du pont, Putnam County Drilling for oil is expected to be started early this spring in a district four miles north of Bluffton where some of the first oil was found in this area nearly half a century ago. Bowling Green and New* York in terests last fall leased the oil rights to 685 acres of farm land in Putnam and Hancock counties north of the Amstutz cannery on the College road. Proximity of whiter is said to have delayed the start of oil drilling last fall, but word this jveek^indicated operations will get under wray early in the spring. Leaseholders of the prospective field near Bluffton now have two pro ducing w’ells near Dupont in the northwest corner of Putnam county, approximately 35 miles from here. Oil was first found about 45 years ago in the 685-acre tract, leased in the vicinity of the Amstutz cannery last fall, and drilling in the spring will re-open an old field here. The search for oil in the abandon ed field is said to be a part of a nation-wide movement, w’hich finds operators leasing and drilling in fields which half a century ago were not considered good enough to pump. Changed conditions, including much better prices, are believed to make the pumping of such fields profitable in these days, and as a result old fields are being re-opened all over the country. Today crude oil brings approxi mately 90 cents a barrel, in contrast to the price range prevailing 50 years ago when 15 cents a barrel was paid. In addition oil can nowr be marketed near home and trans portation facilities are much improv ed. Woman, 82, Is Great Great Grandmother giRTH of a son last week to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Runser of Ada makes Mrs. Rilla Mar shall, 82 year old Bluffton wo man, a great great grandmother, the oldest of a five generation line. Mrs. Marshall was the mother of the late Mrs. Ira Troxel who in turn was the mother of Mrs. Ralph Patterson. Mrs. Patterson is the mother of Mrs. Runser, the former Miss Maxine Patter son of this place. Besides her great great grand son, Mrs. Marshall was the mother of five children, grand mother of 14 and also great grandmother of 14 children. HIGH MASONIC DEGREE George Klay and Harold Wenger left Tuesday for Toledo where they are receiving the Scottish Rite thirty-second degree in the Masonic order. They will return Friday. Both are members of the Bluffton Masonic lodge. Bluffton’s contribution to the na tional campaign to fight infantile paralysis in connection with the President’s Birthday party on Jan. 30 will consist of the sale of “March of Dimes” buttons sponsored by the local Lions club. Buttons will be for sale in the business places of the town and the public schools from now until the close of the month. Two days will be set aside for pushing sale of the buttons on the streets, Fred Getties, president of the Lions announced. Members of the Eastern Star To Hol Meeting Sixteen Chapters to Send Dele gations Here for Annual Session Some 250 Members to Attend Instruction in Ritualistic Work Delegations from sixteen Eastern Star chapters will be in Bluffton to attend the annual meeting of the Eighth Ohio district to be held in the high school gymnasium, Satur day morning and afternoon. About 250 members of the order are expected here for the sessions which will consist largely of a school of instruction in the ritualistic work of the order. Chapters which will be represent ed here include Lima, Ottawa, Will shire, Van Wert, Delphos, Paulding, Kalida, Antwerp, Lafayette, Payne, Continental, Spencerville, Ohio City, Columbus Grove, Leipsic and Bluff ton. Mrs. Gwladus Thomas of Niles, Worthy Grand Matron of the order will deliver the principal address at the afternoon sessions. Other state officers who will be here include Mrs. Lois Ridenour of Delphos, grand representative Mrs. Netta Sullivan of Lima, grand warder and Mrs. Bessie Tickle of Willshire, deputy grand matron. A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintend ent of schools will deliver tKe'weL come address at the morning session which will open at 9:30 o’clock. Re sponse will be by Mrs. Ilo Parker of Van Wert. The afternoon session I will open at 1:30 o’clock. Give Adult Course In Home Problems The first of a series of discussions and demonstrations on problems re lated to homemaking will be held Monday night at 7:30 o’clock at the home economics rooms at the high school. At this time the subjects for dis cussion and the duration of the course will be decided by a majority vote of those enrolling. Edythe Cupp, vocational home ec onomics instructor at the school will lead the first discussion on the topic “You are What you Eat”. Enrollment is open to all over School age interested in home prob lems. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gratz, a daughter, Martha Faith, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Nile Murray, a daughter, Marilyn Marie, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Burry of Findlay, a daughter, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schutz of Pandora, a daughter, Virginia Mae, Thursday Word has been received here of the birth of a son, Eugene Lewfis, to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schetter at Mercy hospital, Tiffin, Jan. 7. Mrs. Schetter was formerly Miss Thelma Griffith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Esmond Griffith south of Bluffton. “March Of Dimes” Buttons Sold Under Auspices Of Lions Club Ushered in by biting winter winds, near-zero temperatures are prevail ing in the Bluffton district this week. High winds Sunday, which blew off branches of trees and caused other minor damage preceded tem peratures which dropped to around ten degrees above zero the first of the week, accompanied by snowfall. A further drop of the mercury to a minimum of six above zero was re corded Wednesday morning. Sharp Winter Winds And Near Zero Weather Sweep District club will sell pins in the downtown •, area on January 25 and 26 during the two-day meeting of the Farm Institute here. Buttons are sold in most small towns this year because of the diffi culty of arranging birthday balls where attendance will be restricted. All proceeds go toward fighting in fantile paralysis. Details of sale of buttons wil be handled by the activities and finance committees of the Lions. Chairman of the two units are Woodrow Little and Homer Gratz. District In Bluffton Saturday COUNCIL STUDIES FIREWORKS BAN Two Ordinances Under Consid eration Ban Sale, Shooting Of Fireworks Council Likely Will Decide On Future Policy at Next Regular Meeting Ordinances banning the sale and discharge of fireworks in Bluffton next Fourth of July are being consid ered by the municipal council, and fi nal decision in the matter is expected to be reached at the next regular meeting of the group in three weeks. At last Monday’s session the council requested City Solicitor Francis Dur bin to prepare an ordinance banning the sale of fireworks, and another pro hibiting shooting or discharging fire works in the town. Each ordinance will be considered separately by the council, it was indi cated at Monday’s meeting. Prohibiting the sale of fireworks here will be considered first when the matter next is brought up, and it has been intimated that of the two or dinances it has the better prospect of being approved. I Seek Public Reaction I Under present*' circumstances there 1 is no certainty that either ordinance will be put into effect and it appears that the council is principally interest ed in sounding out public opinion on the question. Town officials said, however, that there is quite a bit of sentiment fav oring a ban on local sale of fireworks. Prohibiting use of fireworks in the town may not be as well supported. Last year there was said to have been some objection to the mayor’s request that discharge of fireworks be confined to the residential district. Many residents felt that if fireworks were sold in the business district it was unfair to have their discharge in the residential area, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe told the councimen. Couple Married In A rlington Friday Wedding of Miss Bettye Mumma of Bluffton and Raymond Walters of Pandora took place in Arlington, Friday night at 8 o’clock at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. L. B. Remaley, pastor of the Bluff ton Church of Christ. The couple was unattended. The nuptial service was read by Rev. Remaley using the single ring ceremony. The bride was attired for the occasion in dark blue crepe and wore a corsage of talsiman roses. Following the ceremony the couple left Saturday for a week end wedding trip to Cleveland. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gail Mumma, was graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1936 and is employed at the Triplett plant here. Mr. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Walters of Pandora, is a grad uate of Pandora high school and is employed aS truck driver by a pro duce firm at that place. Annual Meeting Of Farmers Grain Co. Annual meeting of the Farmers Grain company stockholders and in vited guests will be held at the Walnut Grill this Wednesday night. Business of the meeting will include election of directors and receiving of yearly reports. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 38 RICHLAND FARM INSURANCE MEET Mutual Association Carries Risks Aggregating $2,192, 905 in This Area Policies in Force Number 531, Report Shows Veteran Officer Retires Insurance risks aggregating more than two million dollars are carried by the Richland Township Farmers Mu tual Insurance Co., a rural mutual or ganization operating in the Bluffton area. Report of business transacted by the company in 1939 was made at the an nual meeting in Bluffton last Satur day afternoon to effect organization for the coming year. At the session it was disclosed that the Richland township association has policies in force amounting to $2,192, 905. This represents a gain of $233, 000 over the preceding year when risks were $1,948,265. 531 Policy in Force A total of 531 policies are in force, 42 more than in 1939. Elmer Lauby was elected as a new member of the board of directors for a three-year term at last Saturday’s meeting. He takes the place of Peter Matter, veteran officer, who is serious ly ill at his home in Bluffton. Other directors serving unexpired terms are Eli Augsburger and Jacob Schick. Officers elected for this year in clude: Eli Augsburger, president Ja cob Schick, vice-president Earl Mat ter, secretary H. .Huber, treasurer, and Charles Lora, appraiser. Organized in 1885 Altho the Richland township com pany does not include professional in surance men in its directorate, it has continued in operation successfully for more than a half a century. The society was oganized in 1885 for the primary purpose of insuring farm property on a mutual basis. Business originally was conducted in a comparative restricted neighbor hood but in the last decade or so op erations have been generally extend ed to include surrounding counties. Legion To Sponsor “Jamboree”, Feb. 7 Cast of the “Boone County Jam boree”, headline WLW radio attrac tion, will appear in Bluffton on Wed nesday night, Feb. 7 in the high school gymnasium, it was announced the first of the week by officers of the Bluffton post of the American Legion which is sponsoring their ap pearance here. The cast will be headed by “Lazy Jim” Day in person, well known to radio fans who tune in on weekly Saturday night programs. With The Sick Chas. Mangus is a patient in the Bluffton hospital with a broken right hip which he received in a fall at his home on Railroad street, Fri day. Irvin Steiner, son of E. P. Steiner east of Bluffton, is in the hospital at Willoughby, near Cleveland, with an attack of pneumonia. His condition is reported improving. Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college, a pa tient at the hospital here is some what improved. Peter Matter continues seriously ill at his home on Spring street. Mrs. Harvey Beidler who recently underwent an operation at the Bluffton hospital is convalescing at her home on South Jackson street. Miss Sylvia Fett who has been a patient in the Bluffton hospital is convalescing at the home of her sister, Mrs. Willis Welty on South Main street Jesse Hummon whose left forearm was badly injured when caught in a com shredder four weeks ago has been removed from the Bluffton hos pital to his home in Union township where he is convalescing. Condition of Mrs. G. T. Soldner, critically ill at her home on Cherry street, remains unchanged. ENROUTE TO CALIFORNIA Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Worthington who left here in December on a motor trip to St. Petersburg, Florida, are now enroute to Los Angeles, ac cording to word received here the first of the week. LEAVE FOR FLORIDA Mr. and Mrs. Albert Deppler of South Main street have left for St. Petersburg, Florida, w’here they will spend the winter.