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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV VOCAL GROUPS FROM 32 HIGH SCHOOLS HERE Northwest Ohio Choral Meet to Be Held in High School Gymnasium Sessions will be Held During Morning, Afternoon and Evening Bluffton will be host Friday to one of the largest music festivals ever held here when more than 1500 stu dents representing 32 schools in this district gather for the Northwest Ohio Choral contest in the high school gymnasium. Competition will be conducted on an all-day schedule, opening in the morning and continuing thru the af ternoon and evening. All classes in high school and grades will be dis missed. Boys and girls glee clubs and mixed choruses will compete in four classes, with two winners in each classification earning the right to represent the dis trict in state competition at Columbus in May. Entries have been received from 32 schools, Prof. Russell A Lantz, chair man of the festival, announced Tues day. Four Classes Competing schools will be in four classes: B, BB, and CC, the chair man said. No Class A schools will sing here this year, Lima Central and Bowling Green, the only entrants, be ing certified for the state meet with out competiting. Bluffton High will enter all three events in the BB section, with the boys and girls glee clubs and the mixed chorus all scheduled to sing at the Friday night session. In the morning competition, open ing at 9 a. m. Class CC schools will sing. Entries include Vaughnsville, Tontogany .Beaverdam, Risingsun, Ot tawa, Malinta, Grover Hill and Havi land. Class competition will be in the afternoon, beginning at 1 p. m. This class has the largest entry list, with singers coming from Pioneer, Grand Rapids, Pandora, Continental, Colum bus Grove, Lake Township, Hicksville, Ridgeville Corners, Arcadia, Harrod, Spencerville, Wayne, Delta, Liberty Township, Holgate, Bloomdale and Arlington. Bluffton Sings at Night At the evening session, scheduled for 7:30 p. m., Class competition will be continued, to be followed by Class BB and offerings. In Class BB with Bluffton are Bry an, North Baltimore, Perrysburg and Ada. The lone Class entrant is Lima Shawnee, which will compete in mixed chorus only. Each competing group will be re quired to sing two numbers. One of these is the assigned competitive se lection and the other may be chosen by the school. Adjudicators for the all-day event will be Miss Faye Reese, supervisor of music in the Wooster public (Continued on page 8) Births Announcement has been made of the birth of a son, Kennion Junior, to Mr. and Mrs K. K. Kauffman of Chicago, last Wednesday. Mrs. Kauffman was the former Miss Mag dalene Baumgartner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Baumgartner of South Main street. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W. Steiner of Toledo, former Bluffton residents, are the parents of a son, William Samuel, born March 1. Rev. and Mrs. Emil Burrichter are the parents of a daughter, Lorene Esther, born at the Bluffton hospital, Thursday. Real Estate Deals Joshua Beery has purchased the Eli Amstutz property on West Elm street. Mr. Beery together with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Murray and family ex pect to occupy the property this spring and vacate the Med Murray property at Thurman and Jefferson streets where they now reside. Bluffton Coach With Green Team First In District Coach Dwight Diller, who built a green team into a sectional cham pionship winner this season, for the second time is going to the Ohio Coach Diller Class basketball tournament at Co lumbus in search of a state title for Bluffton. Back in 1931 Diller was the vars ity center on a strong Bluffton High team that won sectional honors, and dropped a one-point decision to Con nelsville in their first Columbus tourney start. This year he will return to the state tournament wars as coach of the scrappy team representing his Alma Mater. He has been in charge of coaching here since the fall of 1937, following his graduation from the Missouri State Teachers’ college at Warrensburg, Mo., where he was an ace athlete. MYSTERY SHOT FIRED BY HIGH POWERED RIFLE Steel Jacketed Bullet Narrowly Misses Orange Township Woman Shot Fired from Woods Near by Inch Long Missile in News Window A mysterious shot from a high powered rifle that narrowly missed Mrs. John Anderson while she was going about her barnyard chores last Wednesday evening has had Orange township residents aroused for the past week. While Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were in the barnyard of their farm, three miles southeast of town in Orange township, about 5:30 p. m. they heard the loud report of a firearm coming from the Dudley Gallant woods, now owned by J. A. Warren. Simultaneously with the report a steel bullet whistled past Mrs. Ander son, struck the chicken house and richocheted back toward Mr. Ander son, a distance of about 15 feet. Anderson picked up the missile and found it was a steel tipped bullet about one-inch in length. Authorities on firearms advise it was fired fropi a high-powered rifle and that it is a type that would carry for more than a mile. It is 90 rods from the Anderson barnyard to the woods from which the shot was heard. No trace could be found of the per son firing the shot and no other re ports were heard, further adding to the mystery of circumstances sur rounding the shooting. The bullet is on display this week in the window of The Bluffton News. Committee Starts W For Active Five Sub-Committees are Nam ed to Put Control Measures Into Effect Personnel Named to Direct Bluffton’s Campaign Against Pests This Summer Preliminary plans for a municipal mosquito control program were mapped Monday night at a meeting of a citizens’ committee in the town hall, marking the first step in a campaign that is expected to elim inate Bluffton’s annual summer mos quito problem. Futher details will be drafted at next week’s meeting of the town council, and sub-committees named at the Monday session will proceed with initial work in mobilizing the entire town for assistance in con trol work. Five sub-committees were named (Continued on page 8) More Than 1,500-High School Pupils to Attend Contest Friday SCHOOLS IN THREE TOWNS ARE CLOSED Classes Dismissed at Bluffton, Pandora and Mt. Cory all Day Wednesday Too Hazardous for School Buses Say Authorities All Out doors Ice-covered Schools were closed, trees and tele phone lines down and traffic on al most deserted highways proceeded at a snail’s pace when a sleet storm swept this area Wednesday morning coating all outdoors with ice from a quarter to half-inch in thickness. Because of the hazards in sending buses over their routes, schools at Bluffton, Pandora and Mt. Cory were closed all day Wednesday. Several lines of the Bluffton Tele phone company were reported down Wednesday morning because of the heavy coating of ice. Electric lines of the municipal plant here, however, w’ere all intact, according to a re port shortly before noon. Likewise lines of the Central Ohio Light & Power company were functioning without trouble, according to a re port from the Woodcock generating station here. Worst This Winter Wednesday’s sleet storm was the worst of the winter, which has been particularly bad in this respect. Rain which started falling early Tuesday evening continued all night, freezing as it fell. Traffic jams on the Dixie highway north of town near the Brundige farm and south of Beaverdam at the Foust bridge were reported Tuesday night when trucks skidded off the road. No injuries were reported. Windshields of automobiles were coated with a heavy covering of ice. Country roads were reported as extremely hazardous and for that reason school authorities here order ed buses not to go out Wednesday morning and dismissed classes for the day. Mail carriers on Bluffton’s rural routes expected to meet plenty of trouble and delay in making their rounds as they left the post office here Wednesday morning. Slowly rising temperatures Wed nesday noon brought a promise of some relief to the situation with the mercury several degrees above the freezing point. Speaker To Talk On Life Of John Wesley “The Life of John Wesley” will be the subject of an address by George Goslyne of Defiance who will address the monthly Brotherhood meeting of the Methodist church here Wednesday night. The address will follow a potluck supper at 6:30. ork On Plans Anti-Mosquito Drive Lions Seek Talent For Revue April 2 Amateurs specializing in novelty and musical acts will have an oppor tunity to compete for $25 in prizes at the Bluffton Lions club revue to be held in the high school gymnas ium, Tuesday night, April 2, it was announced the first of the week. Entry in the competition is open to any amateur and prospective con testants should notify P. W. Stauf fer or Gordon Bixel not later than March 26. Mission Broadcast Saturday Afternoon Bluffton radio listeners will hear Saturday afternoon a broadcast of the Christian Foreign Service Con vocation, an interdenominational meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York city. The broadcast will be heard here from 2 to 3:30 o’clock over the NBC network. FI IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1940 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM SEEKS STATE TITLE Starting Lineup Announced for First Game on 0. S. U. Floor, at 4 P. M. Team Will Have Headquarters At Neil House During Stay In Columbus When Bluffton high school’s bas ketball team leaves Thursday morn ing at 9 o’clock for Columbus in quest of the Ohio State basketball title in Class competition, it will mark one of thef**Ynost unusual events in local sport annals. An inexperienced team, a major ity of whom are sophomores which lost four of their first five games staged a sensational reversal of form to snatch the sectional Class crown at Carey last week, bowling over four favorites and upsetting all advance calculations of seasoned sport experts. Bluffton suddenly became basket ball conscious as the team zoomed from obscurity to cop the finals at Carey, Saturday night in a whirl wind finish that surprised even its most optimistic supporters. BLUFFTON IN) GRIP OF WINTER’S WORST SLEET STORM K Basketball Main Topic Basketball is virtually the sole topic of conversation in restaurants, recreation centers and other public gathering places this week where the team’s prospects are discussed at length. School will be closed Thursday noon and all day Friday, it was an (Continued on page 8) Schools Here Close Thursday Afternoon And All Day Friday OLUFFTON high and grade schools will be closed Thurs day afternoon and all day Fri day it was announced following a meeting of the board of educa tion Monday night. Announcement of the Thurs day afternoon dosing followed requests from a large number of the student body who desired to see the team in action in its first game at the State basketball tournament at Columbus. The closing on Friday had been previously scheduled on account of the Northwest Ohio Choral festival here on that day. Speaker On Foreign Affairs At College Dr. Syud Hossain, professor of oriental civilization and lecturer on world affairs at the University of Southern California will speak in the Bluffton College chapel, Friday morning at 8:50 o’clock, it was an nounced the first of the week. Dr. Hossain, a native of India and of Persian lineage, recently returned from the Sino-Japanese war zone and other countries in the east. A world traveler, he was also a former newspaper editor and magazine writ er. His subject probably will be “The Deadlock in Palestine—What the Arab and Jewish Leaders Told Me”. The public is invited. Bluffton High Team Which Seeks State Title rSL K i's ai" _______ Front row, left to right—J. Herrmann. R. Howe. P. Schmidt, N. Beidler, R. Cooney, G. Burkholder, C. Fisher. R. Zuercher. R. Short, Russ Gratz. Back row—J. Clark, manager P. Klassen, J. Gratz, I). Clark. Coach Diller, Rich Gratz. J. Schmidt, B. Fritchie, A. Ingalls, manager. Pirate Squad of Eleven Will Embark Thursday Morning in Quest of State Title 1.0.0. F. LODGE HALL SOLD TO TOWNANDTWP. Council and Trustees Take Over Order’s Interest in Town Hall Here Fraternal Group Owned Third Floor of Building More Than Fifty Years Bluffton corporation and Richland township authorities, acting jointly, purchased the interest of the Odd Fel low’ lodge in the Bluffton town hall when the fraternal order’s holding in the real estate wras sold at Lima, Mon day to satify taxes due the county. The sale price of $196.66 represent ed the amount of delinquent tax. There was no other bidder for the property For more than fifty years the order owned the third floor of the town hall, having been granted permission for its construction at the time the hall was built. Three Own Building Since that time ownership of the building has been divided between the municipality ,the township and the lodge. Although the sale at.Lima, Monday, formally marked the end of the lodge’s half-century tenure, it is said that regular meeting have not been held for more than a year. Mayor W. A. Howe stated Monday night that following the sale no ac credited local representative of the order had appeared to claim its para phernalia and that disposition of the furnishings and regalia would await word from state officers of the lodge. Prominent Many Years For many years the Odd Fellow lodge held the largest membership of any fraternal order here and about the turn of the century exerted a pow erful influence in the life of the com munity. Its large lodge room which occupied the entire third floor of the tow’n hall was the scene of many bril liant and colorful social events. In recent years, however, interest in the order dwindled Old records at the mayor’s office in dicate that permission to construct a third story’ onto the town hall was giv en by the council and a lease granted by that body to the lodge on April 18, 1887. Ordinance granting the lease was signed by J. .Patterson as mayor and Will A. Triplett as clerk. The lodge property sold Monday w’as one of a number of real estate items offered at public auction by Floyd B. Griffin, county auditor in a move to wipe out tax delinquencies. Deed for the lodge’s former interest in the town hall here will be held jointly by the town council and the township trus tees. Pirates, Under Dogs At Opening Of Season Are Tourney Surprise “Cinderella” Team, Formerly Disregarded, Wins Sec tional Crown at Carey Inexperienced Bluffton Team Downs Four Strong Con tenders to Win Trophy A “Cinderella” team............ That is the surprising Bluffton High school basketball aggregation that bounced back from a disastrous early-season start to win the sec tional Class tournament champio ship at Carey last week. Averaging 4 points a game in their four tourney starts, the scrappy Bluffton outfit that scintillated at Carey was an entirely different crew than that which at the opening of the season lost four of their first five games. Prospects appeared black at that time, but Coach Dwight Diller kept hard at work with his willing, if comparatively green team, and as the winter progressed Bluffton im proved. Showing Improves By the end of the season, the Pi rates had an impressive record, finishing second in the Western Buck eye cage league, the championship of which was won by a Bellefontaine team that this year goes to the state tournament as a Class A sec tional champion for the second con secutive year. Despite Bluffton’s improved show ing, fans were a little jittery when tournament time approached, espe cially when the strong Chatfield team was drawn as opening round opponent. There was no stopping the deter mined aggregation wearing the Crimson and White, however, and they forged thru a difficult four game schedule to add another sec tional trophy to the school’s already impressive array. Win Four Assignments Chatfield fell by the wayside a week ago last Friday, 54 to 46, as the first victim of the Dillermen. Continuing their victory, the Pi rates crushed Fostoria St. Wendelin 47 to 33, Thursday of last week, and on the next night won over Betts ville, 51 to 26. It was a tired Bluffton outfit that took the floor Saturday night against Tiffin Calvert, one of the best crews in the meet, and a team which had an advantage of an additional night’s rest over the Pirates. Determination carried the locals thru to the title, however, and the team rallied in the closing minutes to wrest a 31 to 28 victory after Tiffin had overcome an eight-point disadvantage at the third quarter to take a one-point lead momen tarily. In New Locations Carl Devier moved the first of the week from apartments in the post office building to Fremont where he is employed. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and s. Good Place to Trade NUMBER 46 BLUFFTON IN OHIO TOURNEY FOR 5th TIME Pirates will Play Strong Mid vale Team at Columbus, Thursday Afternoon Midvale Aggregation Defeated Bluffton in State Meet Three Years Ago For the fifth time since 1.923 Bluffton lh :li school is sending a sectional championship basketball team to compete in the state tourna ment at Columbus. Five sectional championships in 17 years is a record in Class high school bas ketball competition. Bluffton’s name, as a result, will be a familiar one to those who fol low the Ohio tournament wars when the surprising Pirate outfit takes the floor this Thursday afternoon to meet Midvale, of southeastern Ohio. Starting time of the contest is set at 4 p. m. Once before Bluffton tangled with Midvale in the state tournament. In the second round of 1937 tourney play, a hot Midvale outfit, led by Fiankie Baumholtz who captured Ohio intercollegiate scoring honors this year and last year, edged the Pirates by a score of 39 to 32. Formidable Foe Despite the fact that Midvale will bring a record of 23 victories and only four losses to Columbus this week, Bluffton has high hope^ of gaining revenge for the setback of 1937 and thereby keep in the run ning for Ohio honors. Should the Dillermen beat Mid vale, their second opponent will be the winner of the Smithfield Germantown contest, in a tilt at 2 p. m. Friday. Smithfield is one of the tourna ment favorites. This crack quintet has the state’s best record, having won 29 consecutive victories without once going down in defeat. Semi-final contests at Columbus will be played Saturday, at 1 p. m., with the championship assignment coming at 8 p. m. May Meet Willshire In the upper bracket with Bluffton are Midvale, Smithfield, German town, Willshire, Marysville, New Carlisle, and Waynesburg. Of these Willshire, which won the Lima Shawnee tournament, was a Bluffton opponent during the regular season. Should both be successful in their first two starts they would meet in the semi-finals on Saturday. Bluffton’s five trips to the State Class tourney establishes a new state record, and puts the local school in a class all by itself. The Pirates first competed in the state meet as a sectional champion in 1923, the first year of organized competition. Wellsville was victor over the crew in the first round that year. Beaten in Finals Again in 1929 Bluffton was a challenger for the crown and the team went to the finals before be ing eliminated by an inspired Akron St. Marys crew. Bluffton was back in the running again in 1931, and dropped out in the first round when McConnelsville captured a one-point decision. The team’s last trip to Columbus was in 1937 when the Pirates got to the quarter-finals before being elim inated by Midvale. Named On State Music Committee Miss Elvira Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander of South Main street has been appoint ed a member of a state committee to outline a course of instruction in public school music, it was announced the first of the week. Miss Niswander, instructor in mu sic in the Pandora schools will serve on the girls’ glee club committee un der the senior high school division of vocal music. Chairman of the committee is Professor Joseph A. Leader, head of vocational music instruction of Ohio State university. Plans are under way for a course of study in music for junior and senior high schools in Ohio.