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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV WPA MAY OK SEWER ISSUE Council Approves Platt to Pre sent Application for Fed »eral Aid Project Defeated at Polls Here Last Fall is Still on WPA Books A sewer system for Bluffton, pro posed as a WPA project last fall and defeated at the polls in the November election, may be approved at Washington this spring and fed eral funds made available for the government’s part of the construc tion. Word to this effect was presented to the town council at its meeting Monday night by Carleton S. Fink beiner, senior member of the firm of Champe, Finkbeiner & Associates, Toledo engineers, which was in charge of drafting plans for the proposed sewer system here last fall. Finkbeiner who appeared before the council stated that the project is still being carried on the books of WPA as a possibility and that with several minor changes, it would fol low a routine procedure and be sub mitted for approval by federal au thorities. Federal Grant Conditional With WPA approval in Washing ton, government funds would be available for construction of the sewer system on condition that funds for the municipality’s share of the cost also were available. (Continued on page 5) Pre-Easter Services At Methodist Church A week’s series of Pre-Eastor evangelistic services will be held at the Methodist church beginning next Sunday and concluding on Palm Sun day, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Weed. Services will be held every evening at 7:30 o’clock excepting Saturday. Special music will be a part of each meeting. The following guest preachers will speak: Monday—Rev. C. R. Archer, Co lumbus Grove. -A- Tuesday—Dr. I. W. Bauman, Bluff ton college Wednesday and Thursday—Rev. A. B. Albertson, Lima. Friday—Dr. ,V. H. Allman, Bluff ton. The pastor will preach on Palm Sunday morning and evening. Pre-Easter Service At Pandora Church Dr. Edmund G. Kaufman, presi dent of Bethel college, North New ton, Kansas, will conduct the annual pre-Easter services at the Grace Mennonite church, Pandora, it is an nounced by the pastor, Rev. Paul Whitmer. The services will open Sunday morning and continue for a week, closing the following Sunday night. The Sunday morning services will be at 10:30 o’clock. Evening meetings will be at 7:45. The following subjects have been announced: Sunday morning, “God” Sunday night, “Creation” Monday, “Man” Tuesday, “Christ” Wednesday, “Prayer” Thursday, “The Bible” Friday, “The Church” Saturday, “The Kingdom” Sunday morning, “The Christian” Sunday evening, “The Future”. In New Locations W. W. Huber who moved to Ada a year ago has moved back to his farm south of Bluffton on the Bent ley road this spring. During the past year the place has been occu pied by Walter Fleming. Paul Amstutz who occupied the Amos Thut farm has moved to the farm of the Henry Diller heirs near Columbus Grove. Oliver Amstutz of Dunkirk has moved on the Thut farm. Rev. A. F. Albro is moving from the Todd property on Cherry street to the Lloyd Basinger property on Jefferson street. James Bowman will move this week from the Harrison Anderson farm in Orange township to a loca tion near Ohio City. A Parker fam ily from near Ohio City will move on the Anderson farm. Jacob Schnegg has moved from the Nonnamaker farm in Orange town ship to the Binkley property on East College avenue which he recently purchased. New Auto Tags To Make First Showing Sunday rUHOSE bright new blue and white auto tags will make their first appearance on Bluff ton’s streets, Sunday morning. The 1940 tags may be used not earlier than March 10. From that date until March 31, either this year’s or last year’s tags may be used. Use of the old tags after midnight, March 31 is illegal. Sale of tags thus far has been slow and a heavy last minute rush is anticipated by Robert Lewis, deputy registrar in charge of sales. Lewis has his office at the Steiner Chevrolet garage. FIREWORKS FOR 4TH PROHIBITED Council Passes New Ordinance Barring Sale or Use Of Fireworks Younger Generation Will Miss Delights and Dangers Of Father’s Day No more will roaring fire crackers, thundering torpedoes or plummeting sky rockets mark the passage of the Fourth of July in Bluffton. In trend with changing times, the village council Monday night passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale or use of fireworks in the town—and in the future the younger generation will miss out on the joys—and dangers—that marked celebrations of Independence Day when father was a boy. Sparklers, colored flares and non explosive novelties will be permitted, but the noise-making devices and more spectacular pyrotechnics com mon in previous years will be miss ing from this summer’s observance of the holiday. Cap Pistols Taboo Even the common cap pistol is barred, and Bluffton’s juvenile two gunmen next July must use weapons with neither “bark nor bite” as a result of the new municipal ruling. Also on the taboo list are rockets, roman candles, bombs, balloons, wKeels^ '^crackers, blank cart ridges, torpedoes, concussion canes and any other device “intended to produce a visible or audible pyro technic effect by combustion, ex plosion, deflagration or detonation.” In the new ordinances are pro-, visions prohibiting: First, the sale of fireworks in the village Second, the purchase of fireworks in the village, and, Third, the discharge of i fireworks in the village. Public Displays Not Barred On special occasions, special per mission may be granted at the dis cretion of the mayor, for display of fireworks at public gatherings, pro viding reasonable precautions are assured for the protection of life and property. Otherwise, however, the day of noisy Fourth of July celebrations, fraught with danger, has passed in to history so far as Bluffton is con cerned. For conviction of violation of the ordinance, a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $100 will be assessed. Sentiment for Safety Sentiment for a “safe and sane” Fourth has been prevalent in Bluff ton since last year’s celebration in which those discharging fireworks failed to comply with a “controlled” program suggested by Mayor Wil bur A. Howe. Discussion of the proposed ordi nance prohibiting fireworks was. one of the first matters taken up by the new council when it was organized in January, and a thoro study of the problem resulted in passage of the ordinance at last Monday’s meet ing. Speaker Home From Europe Coming Here George Blomgren, who has re cently returned from Europe will speak at the Ebenezer Mennonite church next Monday night at 7:45 o’clock, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. P. A. Kliewer. Subject for the lecture will be “Europe at this Hour in the Light of Bible Prophecy”, which will be preceded by sound motion pictures of the fall of Warsaw, capture of Dan zig and other features. Mr. Blomgren, an evangelist, lec turer and foreign news correspond end was also preacher at The Little Country Church of Hollywood, Calif. PLAN MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN HERE “Mosquito Day” with All Resi dents Cooperating May Open Spring Drive Annual Cleanup Day May Come Earlier This Year to Aid in War On Pests Assurance that Bluffton will have a scientifically planned mosquito control program this summer was voiced Tuesday night by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe. Patterned after the Ottawa Hills cleanup that effected a 90 per cent elimination of mosquitoes, Bluffton’s drive will be sponsored by the muni cipal council, the American Legion and the Lions club. An early step on the control pro gram was indicated Monday night at a meeting of the council when prelim inary plans were discussed in line with suggestions made a week ago when Louis H. Lewandowski, Lucas county sanitary engineer, speaking at a meet ing here, described the Ottawa Hills cleanup wnich he directed. Open Campaign Early Bluffton’s war on the swarm of mo squitoes that plague the town every summer will be open the latter part of this month and it has been sug ested that opening of the drive be des ignated as “Mosquito Day” with all residents of the town cooperating. (Continued on page 5) With The Sick Frank Scott, retired Bluffton man ufacturer, is ill at his home on East Kibler street Irvin Long, Bluffton restaurateur, has recovered from a recent illness. Mrs. J. A. Warren of Orange township is confined to her home on account of a sprained ankle, the re sult of a fall. Mrs. Dwight Diller has been re moved to her home here much im proved following a major operation at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima. Wm. Carr, north of Bluffton, is a patient in the hospital here. Real Estate Deals The May Steinman fam of 50 acres in Orange township has been purchased by Raymond Tuttle of Mt. Cory. The farm will be operated by a son of W. I. Moore of Orange township. The James Green farm of 60 acres near Rockport was purchased by Mrs. Clara Geiser the first of the week. The place will be occupied by Paul Geiser and family as soon as remodeling of the house is complet ed. Both deals were closed by the Althaus & Collins agency here. School Groups To Give PT A Program Various organizations of the grade and high school will furnish the pro gram at a meeting of the Parent Teacher association here next Tues day night. The meeting will be held at the high school at 7:30 o’clock. Annual election of officers also will bt held at this meeting. The following program has been arranged: Music Girls Glee Club A Capella Choir Puppet Show .....Sixth Grade Chorus .... Second Grade Folk dances Junior High Music. Campfire Girls Skit Girl Reserves Quartet Grade School Teachers Third Robbery At H. S. In Three Months Bluffton high schbbl tvas the scene of the third robbery in three months when the building was entered Sun day night and the office looted in what was apparently a search for money. A checkup Monday revealed that cash was obtained amounting to be tween seven and eight dollars used in operation of the school cafeteria. More serious, however, was damage to the building, which some esti mates placed as high as $50. Prin cipal damage was done to doors leading to the office. One door was forced by boring a large hole thru the panel with tools obtained from the school’s manual training work shop. Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf was in Lima, Monday morning conferring with the sheriff’s office and deputies were sent here to work on the case. Deputies from the sheriff’s office were assigned to each of the other two robberies here but no arrests were made. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1940 Former Bluffton Man Dr. Peter Epp Sees Horrors if Present Attack of Soviets Succeeds Relatives Imprisoned by Bol sheviks Died of Starvation He Declares Coments on the Russian invasion of Findland by Dr. Peter Epp, former Bluffton college professor now an in structor in German at Ohio State uni versity, received front-page promin ence on the front page of a recent is sue of The Columbus Sunday Dis patch. In the interview, Dr. Epp declared he felt “some miracle will keep the Finns from being defeated by the Rus sians, despite Russia’s superiority in man-power.” Dr. Epp’s assertions were based on his experiences in living thru Russian ruthlessness, characterized by him as “100 times more horrible than the present war.” When revolution swept thru Russia Seeing bargains advertised in the Dollar Day issue of The Bluffton News, thrifty Bluffton college coeds postponed their quadrennial Leap Year Date Night from Thursday, Feb. 29, to Friday, March 1, in or der to take advantage of Dollar Day specials offered by downtown refresh ment parlors. It was a victory for the pocket book over tradition, as the college lassies gave up February 29 dates which custom decreed they should make, and instead postponed their Leap Year observance to the fol lowing day. Northwest Ohio High School Choral Groups in Bluff ton March 15 More than 1000 Singers to Enter Contest Bluffton High to be Entry Representatives from more than 30 district high schools will compete in the Northwest Ohio Choral festival to be held in Bluffton .Friday of next week. Bluffton High school will be one of the competing groups, and will enter all three branches of eisteddfod com petition. Boys glee clubs, girls glee clubs and mixed choruses will sing in the local meet, and winners will be eligible to compete in the state contest to be held at Columbus in April. Competition here will be in five classes and entry will be determined according to the size of the student body of schools. Class divisions are A, B, BB, and CC. Prof. Russell A. Lantz is in charge of arrangements and will direct the all-day session. Sponsor of the event is the Bluffton college department of music, of which Prof. Lantz is direct or. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be held in the large Bluff ton High gymnasium, and it is esti mated that more than 100 students will be in Bluffton to represent each of the competing schools. Adjudicators will be Miss Faye Rees, supervisor of music, Wooster public schools Milton Rehg, director of music, Muskingum college, and Dale Gilliland, professor of music of Ohio State university. W. Oscar Jones, of Defiance, will be chairman. Dollar Day Wins Over Tradition As Coeds Postpone Leap Year Dates H. S. MUSIC CONTEST HERE Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Edwards of Spring street, a son, Saturday. Airplanes Bomb Chinese Village Home Of Former Bluffton Woman Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Wells of South Main street, a son, Robert Mollett, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. White of Mt. Cory, a daughter, Alice Marie, Fri day. Who putting the Bolsheviks in control, Dr. Epp was a yong teacher in the Rus sian Ukraine district. Relatives Tmprtsohed He saw’ his brother, brother-in-law’ and scores of other relatives arrested and sentenced to long ternis at hard labor because they were of the hated bourgeois class. His wife died three Despite unfavorable weather, Bluff ton’s first Dollar Day was a success, as merchants generally reported sat isfactory to flourishing business. Many people drove here from a distance to take advantage of Dollar Day bargains, with quite a few shoppers coming from towns in the surrounding area. Altho Dollar Day was a new ven ture here, Bluffton shop keepers handled the two-day program in big city style and with full cooperation on the part of the Business Men’s association excellent results were a chieved. Letter from Mrs. Floyd Panna becker to Her Mother, Mrs. J. H. Tschantz Twenty-three Civilians Killed As Swooping Planes Bring Rain of Death Experiences of a former Bluffton woman, now a missionary in China, when bombing planes, presumably Japanese, rained nearly 40 high ex plosive bombs on their village kill ing 23 people is described in a let ter from Mrs. Floyd Pannabecker to her mother, Mrs. J. H. Tschantz of Kibler street. Mrs. Pannabecker, the former Miss Sylvia Tschantz is located at Kai Chow’, China, some 250 miles south of Peiping. Describing the raid Mrs. Panna becker writes: As I stepped out of the house to go to Sunday school, on Sunday morning, January 7, I heard the drone of airplanes and looking up into the sky noticed six of them. I could tell they were bombers by the loud droning sound they made. Soon three of them went east and three w’ent west. I stopped to get Miss Etta Davis, one of our missionaries, to go along to Sunday school and slowly meand ered on, listening and watching. (Continued on page 8) /How a seventy-seven year old Bluffton w’oman has overcome the handicap of blindness to do her own housework, assist with cooking and sew for others also afflicted with blindness, was disclosed Sunday in connection with the observance of the fifty-sixth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Ludwig of South Jackson street. Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig are pioneer residents of this community and on their w’edding anniversary they were honored at the St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday morning. Following the Sunday school service they were presented with a bouquet of carna tions and a basket of fruit by W. A. Amstutz in behalf of the congrega tion. Fled Red Russia Feels Miracle Will Halt Finnish Invasion Dr. and Mn. Peter Epp Bluffton Woman, BLnd, Sews, i Cooks And Does Own Housework Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig have lived at their present location on South Jackson street for the past thirty six years and Mrs. Ludwig, altho IK months after coming to America be cause of privations she had suffered in the Ukraine. Dr. Epp’s brother and his sister’s husband never completed their prison sentences because they died of starva tion shortly after being sentenced, Dr. Epp said. (Continued on page 8) H. S. IN SECOND TOURNEY GAME High School Cagers Play Fos toria St. Wendelin Thurs day Night at Carey Dillermen Advance to Quarter Finals by Defeating Chatfield, 54-46 Seeking to gain another lap in the Inog, difficult road that leads to Sec tional Class honors, Bluffton High’s scrappy cage outfit will meet their second tourney foe in a tilt with Fos toria St. Wendelin, Thursday night in the Carey High gymnasium. The game is scheduled for 9 o’clock. Bluffton advanced thru the first round successfully last Friday in smothering Chatfield’s formidable five 54 to 46, in a free-scoring contest. Post©#* St. Wan deli n, the Jgirates* next obstacle in the path that might lead to a tournament championship, gained the quarter-finals by dispos ing of Lexington, Saturday night. Should the Dillermen be successful in their start against the Fostoria crew, they will be called upon to play again the following night at 9:30 p. The other semi-finalist from the lower bracket will be the winner of the Carey-Bettsville game. Both of these teams are top-notchers, Carey having spilled Salem, dending champs 21 to 20, and Bettsville won over Raw son, 42 to 19. Bluffton’s performance against the Chatfield team, in which the locals ran up the high tournament score with their 54-point sortee, marked the Dill ermen as a possible dark horse in the Class meet, but each test from now on out will be increasingly difficult. Male Quartet At Missionary Church A male quartet from Ft. Wayne Bible Institute will have charge of all services at the Missionary church, Sunday, it is announced by the pas tor, Rev. A. F. Albro. The quartet features gospel hymn singing. blind for several years does much sewing for inmates of institutions for the sightless. With assistance of her husband, aged 81, she does her own housework and cooking, Both are enjoying fairly good health. Mrs. Ludwig, the former Litisho Alice Hyne, is a native of Piqua county while her husband was born near Delphos. After their marriage the couple lived in Delphos for two years and then moved to Orange township where they resided on a farm for nineteen years after which they came to Bluffton where they have since resided. Mr. Ludwig has one sister living, Mrs. Mary Jane King of Fremont. Mrs. Ludwig has a brother, George Hyne, of Sterling, Colorado, and three sisters, Mrs. W. B. Kramer, Mt. Cory Mrs. Hattie Barkimer, Clinton, Mich., and Mrs. Maggie Wiley, San Diego, Calif. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 45 56 SENIORS TO BE GRADUATED Bluffton High Commencement Is Set for Thursday Night, May 23 Junior-Senior Banquet May 10 Will Open Pre-Commence ment Season Fifty-six Bluffton High seniors are expected to receive diplomas at commencement services for the class, Thursday evening, May 23. Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, of Indianapolis, formerly of Manchester college, North Manchester, Ind., will be the class speaker. A native of Pandora, Dr. Schutz is well known here. Since leaving Manchester college he has been associated with an insurance firm. Opening event of the annual series of pre-commencement events will be the junior-senior class banquet, scheduled for May 10. Seniors will be guests of the junior class at the event. Following the dinner a class dance will be held in the gymnasium. Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 19, the speaker to be announced later. On Monday and Tuesday follow ing baccalaureate, presentations of the senior class play will be made. This year the class will stage Mol iere’s “Imaginary Invalid”. Senior class night is to be held Wednesday, May 22, followed by commencement on May 23. Date of the alumni banquet has been set as Friday, May 24. Open House Sunday For Golden Wedding Mr and Mrs. Gideon Burkholder, of East College avenue, lifelong res idents of this community will observe their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday. Relatives and friends of the couple are invited to call on Sunday afternoon when the couple will receive congratulations at open house at the home of their daugh ter, Mrs. Paul Diller of South Main street. Preceding the open house, a fam I ily dinner will be held at the home of another daughter, Mr* Calvin 'Steiner of Poplar street. Both Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder are natives of the Swiss Settlement west of Bluffton, he being the son of the late Samuel Burkholder three miles north of Beaverdam. His wife, the former Anna Bixel was the daughter of the late Peter Bixel, two and one half miles west of Bluffton. Both are aged 75 years. The couple was married March 13, 1890, and resided on a farm five and one-half miles west of Bluff ton until eight years ago w’hen they moved to their present location on East College avenue. Their six children are: Mrs. Harry Gratz, Lima Alvin Burkholder, Findlay William and Harley Burk holder, Mrs. Steiner and Mrs. Diller all of Bluffton. Mr. Burkholder has one sister, Mrs. Sarah Diller of Bluffton and five brothers, Menno and Elias of Bluffton Samuel of Toledo John of Kidron and Reuben of Washington state. Mrs Burkholder’s brothers are: John Bixel, Lima Peter of Pandora Elias of Lima Samuel and Chris of Bluffton. Sisters are: Mrs. C. D. Amstutz and Mrs. D. J. Basinger of Bluffton and Mrs. Eli Diller of Lima. Name Bogart Head Of Election Board M. M. Bogart of Bluffton was named chief deputy of the Allen County Board of Elections at the organization meeting of the board, at Lima, Monday afternoon. Bogart was named last month as a member of the board, succeeding Atty. Neil R. Poling. Other mem bers are Clarence Mumaugh, Lima J. C. Jones, Gomer and Ralph Linde man, Delphos. Clerk of the board is R. G. Patterson and Gerald Rothe, deputy clerk. Ladies Aid Society Marks 50th Year A special program in th© St John’s Reformed church next Sun day night will mark the fiOth anni versary celebration of the Ladies Aid society of the Congregation. Special features have been planned for presentation at the evening meet ing.