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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV FIFTY-SIX SENIORS IN BLUFFTON HIGH GRADUATING CLASS Nineteen Boys and Thirty-seven Girls in Of Schutz Tentative List Graduates Exercises will be Graduation Held May 23 J. Raymond Schutz Speaker A class of 56, composed of 19 boys and 37 girls, will be graduated from Bluffton High cording to a this week by dorf. school this spring, ac tentative list released Supt. A. J. B. Longs- their four years of activity, graduating eceive their diplomas Concluding high school seniors will at commencement exercises Thurs day evening, May 23, in the school gymnasium. Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, of Indianapolis, formerly of Manchester college, be the North Manchester, Ind., will commencement speaker this A native of Pandora is well knowm here. This year’s graduating 56 has two less members class of 58 which received last year. In 1938 there graduating seniors, and the class 1937 had 50 members. Dr. ince he has Manchester college insurance been associated with an firm. Other events of the commence ment season will include baccalau reate services May 19 presentation of the senior class play, May 20 and 21 Senior class night, May 22 and the alumni banquet, May 24. class than diplomas were the 72 of This year’s graduates include: George Burkholder, Donavin Dun bar, Fred Fritchie, Homer Gratz, Paul Greding, Herbert Klassen. Elbert Kohli, Wayne Luginbuhl, Carl Marshall, Paul Martin, Robert McCune, Charles Montgomery. Victor Moser, Dale Reichenbach, Ralph Short, Weiss, Noah Zuercher. Gareth Todd, Aldine Zimmerman, Romanus Amstutz, Josephine Mary Ann Augsbwrger, Mary Allen Bame, Mar garet Basinger, Jeanne Baumgart ner, Eleanor Berky. Mary Ellen Burkholder, Naomi Burkholder, Harriet Cooney, Mary Ellen Davidson, Louise Dunifon, Genevieve Fett. Dorothy Garmatter, Marcene Gar matter, Elen Griffith, Donna Hager man, Mary Alice Howe. Alice Kohler, Dorothy Long, Ma Donna Lugibihl, Victoria Moser, Kathleen Nisw’ander, Jo Ann Patter son, June Reams, Marcele Reichen bach. Sommer, Stonehill, Schultz, Marcile Steiner, Jo Ann Stratton. Mary Phyllis Marvel Alberta Sumney, Betty Doris Jean White, Janet Marie Zuercher, Mary Alice Geiger, Ruth Moser. Weinhold, Young, Twenty From H. S. In District Contest Twenty Bluffton High musicians will represent the school in the Northwest Ohio district vocal and in strumental contest for solo and en semble competition, at Bowling Green university this Friday. Winners in the district contest will be eligible to compete in the state finals to be held later in the month at Oberlin. Most of the Bluffton competitors will be in One vocal soloist and one vocal en semble will enter. the instrumental division Bluffton’s representatives include: Violin, Mary Alice Howe cello, Betty Steinman cornet, Ralph Short flute, Raymond Schumacher clarinet, Donna Hagerman xylo phone, Barbara Jean Triplett vocal solo, Phyllis Steiner, alto. Instrumental ensembles are: String quartet, Marie Zuercher and Phyllis Steiner, violins Helen Soldner, viola and Arthur Thiessen, cello String trio, Mary Alice Howe, violin Betty Steinman, cello Jean Ann Steinman, piano. Clarinet quartet, Donna Hag erman, Josephine Augsburger, James Stratton and Robert Amstutz. The vocal ensemble includes Mary Alice Howe, Ralph Short, Roger Howe, Dale Grismore, Jeanne Baum gartner, Margaret Basinger, Bill Am stutz and Phyllis Steiner. Judge In H. S. Music Contest Prof. Sidney Hauenstein of the Bluffton college department of music was judge of the string solo and en semble numbers at the West Central Ohio district high school contest of orchestras and bands held at Witten berg college, Springfield, Saturday. War News Sends Wheat Market Up Here Wednesday OPREAD of the European war was reflected in the wheat market Wednesday morning when quotations on the board here reached the dollar mark, an advance of three cents bushel. Lease of Small Quarry Obtained From Bluffton Hatchery And Page Dairy Work of Fitting up Location Be Started Soon, Sports man Club Savs Will Build Dike Separation of the hatchery from the rest of the quarry will be effected by constructing a dike the full width of the water-filled basin. At the other end of the quarry is the town dump, but it will not interfere with the fish hatchery. Enlargement of the area selected for the hatchery will require work by a steam shovel, in addition to con struction of the dike. Fresh water for the hatchery will be obtained by means of a line run un der the railroad tracks from the Bluffton Stone Co. Overflow’ water w’ill be emptied into the w’ater works quarry. Water from this quarry’ is used for boilers at the municipal plant. Three Kinds of Fish Three kinds of fish will be raised at the hatchery according to present plans. These will be biuegills, cat fish and crappies. All fish raised lo cally will be distributed in waters of the immediate vicinity, principally in the National and Buckeye quarries. It requires about tw’o years for hatchery fish to reach legal limit size, officials of the sportsmen’s club point ed out this week. A long-term lease has been taken by the sportsmen’s group on the area designated for the fish hatchery for $1. The lease was given by the Bluff ton Hatchery Co. and the Page Dairy Co. Announcement also has been made that the state conservation depart ment plans to stock the old water works quarry’ with bluegills, crappies and catfish as a part of the conserva tion program in this area. In New Locations Clayton Murray and family moved Wednesday from the Med Murray property at Thurman and Jefferson streets to the Eli Amstutz property street. The Amstutz on West Elm property was recently purchased by Joshua Beery, father of Mrs. Mur ray who makes his home with his daughter and family. The Eli Amstutz family recently moved Wm. ats Of Old Tannery Uncovered In Excavation On Jefferson Street per was rise since last week 97 cents and the cents in one day, an Wheat steady at of three unusual advance, was attributed by dealers to the war situation. FISH HATCHERY SITE SELECTED BY LOCAL CLUB to Establishment of a fish hatchery in Bluffton was assured this week with announcement that the Community Sportsman’s club has completed ne gotiations for a site at the rear of the Bluffton Hatchery Co. A portion of the small abandoned quarry situated at the rear of the hatchery building and the Page Dairy Co., between the two plants and the Nickel Plate railroad, will be used for the fish hatchery, officials of the sportsmen’s club disclosed. Construction of a pool approximately 150 by 50 feet will be started within the next month, with location of the hatchery planned at the northern end of the old quarry. the on by are from West Elm street to Wallace street formerly occupied heirs property Richard Bixel and family now occupying the Wallace Geiger and Cherry streets. who home at returned Med Murray who has from Marietta where he spent the winter will move into his property on Thurman street now occupied by Burrell Barber and family. Mr. Barber is employed at the generat ing plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company here. Bluffton Tannery was One of Leaders in Its Field 70 Years Ago Twenty-four Vats Operated in Curing Leather for Pioneer Shoemakers One of Bluffton’s pioneer indus tries, long since forgotten in the hurried onrush of a new era, was brought to mind this week with dis covery of the old tannery vats on Jefferson street. Digging a basement for the house he is moving across the alley from the lot he formerly corner of North Main street, Roy Pogue un- owned on the and Jefferson covered the old vats used by the tannery. Pogue has sold his resi dence on the corner to Fred Gratz. That the old tannery operated on a large scale is seen in the that there are 24 vats, six square and six feet deep. They constructed of “two by twelve” tive oak planks, all of which ar good condition. Pioneer Industry William Agin, a the father purchased about 70 years ago. who had been a 1 came to Bluffton, to his son. pioneer settler, and Bert Agin, of Silas the tannery for Silas The elder Agin, tanner before he taught the Real Estate Deals Fred Gratz, purchased the at North Main Bluffton clothier, has Roy Pogue property and Jefferson streets. In making the deal Pogue reserved another dwelling at the rear of the lot occupied by Clarence Henry and facing Jefferson street. This property will be moved east on Jefferson street across an alley onto a lot which he purchased from Edwin Badertscher. Pogue expects to occupy the property early in the summer. Couple Is Wed In Church Ceremony In a ceremony at the First Men nonite church took place the wedding of Miss Fern Hilty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilty of Orange township and Harold Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Young of Raw son, Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock. The single ring service was read by Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of bride, in the presence of the mediate families and relatives. The chancel of the church decorated with ferns and lilies the occasion. the im- was for two Preceding the ceremony were organ numbers “The Rosary” and “I Love You Truly”, by Miss Elvira Niswander, cousin of the bride. Miss Maxine Young, sister of the bride groom sang “To You”. The bride was attired for the oc casion in a pink creation with cor sage of gardenias. Her only orna ment was a necklace which had been worn by her grandmother. She was attended by her sister, Miss Rosann Hilty who wore blue for the occasion. The bridegroom was attended by Loren Redd of Jenera as best man. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held at the home of Mjr. and Mrs. Robert Ewing on Grove street. Mrs. Ewing is a sister of the bride. The ceremony Friday night also marked the thirty-second wedding anniversary of the bride’s parents. Out of town guests attending the wedding included: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilty and son David of Columbus Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Good of Ar cadia and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Young and Mrs. J. C. Callahan of Findlay. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1935 and has been employed at the Trip lett Electrical Instrument company here. The bridegroom, is a graduate of Rawson high school in the class of 1932 and is engaged in farming near Rawson. The couple will reside on a farm near that place. FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, CENSUS COUNTS TRANSIENTS IN Six Spending Night in Jail are Included in Enumeration Taken Monday Census Takers Report Meeting With Cooperation and Courteous Response Bluffton’s floating population—those persons living in hotdls. tourist homes, and even the itinerants who find over night lodging in the village jail—were counted last Monday nit. est United States census. All over the nation a sim vey was made on Monday order to definitely establish data on those who have no established place of fact Homer Bracy, Blufft erator, found six intintrants ii when he made his survey Mo na in in The tannery, one of the feu Northwest Ohio, was first opened here more than 70 years ago. With the passage of years, name of the founder has been forgotten, but the tannery obtained its greatest prom inence under the Silas Agin. management of trade was pretty Altho Bluffton of a backwoods town in those hides were brought here from around. were unimproved tically impassable but settlers made (Continued much days, miles town prac- Roads leading to the and were in many seasons, their way to the on page 8) Illness Slowb Count Illness the first of the week ed the continuation of regula activity in the town i ti Bracy but he expects groups. (Continued on page Approximately 550 of the 620 pupils in Bluffton grade and high school are taking tuberculin skin tests given by the Allen county board of health un der auspices of school authorities and Bluffton Parent Teacher Association. Testing by the Vollmer patch meth od was started on Monday for the ma jority of the pulic school students. Another reading was made Wednes day, and the final checkup will be on Friday. Tuberculin testing of members of the senior class was completed about three months ago, and students in the other 11 grades are receiving the at tention on this occasion. Two nurses from the county board of health are conducting the program here. Test For 90 Per Cent School officials disclosed that more than 90 per cent of the public school enrolment will have received the test when they are completed, permission was obtained parents of each student testing was done, it was 1910 BLUFFTON AREA night in cens TUBERCULOSIS TEST GIVEN TO SCHOOL PUPILS Over 500 in High and Grade Schools Here Given Tests By County Nurses Consent of Parents is Obtained For Pupils Undergoing Test for Disease Written from the before any pointed out. recommend- Tuberculin testing was ed earlier in the year by the localPTA group, with the program conducted by the county board of health. Vollmer Test In giving the Vollmer patch test, a piece of adhesive ta squares of filter pa is fastened to the s filter papers contaii and the third dried and the test area s at any time during ing the investigation. ape to which three aper are attached, skin. Two of the n dried tuberculin glycerin. The tape should not be wet the period of mak- A positive test is indicated if the area turns red. Positive indications do not mean that the subject is dis eased, but it does mean that further careful investigation should be made at once to determine if tuberculosis germs are present. A negative test indicates that there no need for further investigation. is Births Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reichenbach of North Lawn avenue are the par ents of a s$n, Ralph Philip, born at Bluffton hospital, Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lewis are the parents of a son bom at their home on North Lawn avenue, Friday. Word has been received here of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nique of Findlay. Mrs. Nique was formerly Miss Cleora Matter of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Deitrick of Mt. Cory are the parents of a daugh ter born at Bluffton hospital, Sun day. A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weber, of New York City. Mrs. Weber was formerly Miss Madeline Gaiffe, of this place. There will be no Harmon Field day observance by the public schools this year, it was stated the first of the week by A. J. B. Longsdorf, sup erintendent of schools. The decision to drop the observ ance of Harmon field day this spring following a recommendation to that effect from the mittee of the sociation, Supt. program for th Bluffton high sc tion to be held rules and procec Principal ch by the committe* of the dinner and Four Bluffton churches cooperating in sponsoring his appearance here are Missionary, Church of Christ, Defenseless and Ebenezer. Dr. Zoller is heard in the “Amer ica Back to God” crusade over De troit radio station times weekly and it that the same theme in his addresses here. Harmon Field Day Observance Will Be Dropped This Spring room mothers com Parent-Teacher as Longsdorf said. day, observed here Harmon Field for some twenty years past, was an Special Alumni Committee Drafts Reports at Meeting Held Monday Night Other Changes Advocated in Outline to be Submitted to Executive Committee Recommend Dinner Be Dropped At High School Alumni Reunion usual May 24, if recom pecial committee on ire are carried out. Yges recommended are the elimination rom the evening’s program and more attention to be given to informal reunions of class (Continued on page 8) Radio Pastor Speaks At H, S. Auditorium John E. Zoller, Detroit radio preacher will speak in Bluffton at the high school auditorium on Thurs day and Friday nights at 7:30 o’clock, it was announced the first of the week. WJR several is announced will be used The radio preacher came into prominence during the depression when with the cooperation of Gen eral Motors corporation which turned over to him hundreds of acres of good farming land which they owned near Flint, Mich., Dr. Zoller direct ed the work of unemployed men cul tivating these farm acres with tract ors and modern machinery. Bluffton Man Falls 20 Feet To Sidewalk Sillas Diller, 28, clerk at the Fred Gratz clothing store on North Main street is a patient in Bluffton hos pital as hanging noon. the result of a fall an awning Tuesday while after- was standing on a ie store’s display Diller ledge window making preparations to hang the awning which had been in storage during the winter when he fell to the sidewalk, a distance of about twenty feet. He was removed to the Tuesday night. Hospital said Wednesday forenoon examination disclosed no hones. Whether he was otherwise in jured could not be determined at A hospital attaches that an broken Neon Sign To Direct Traffic To Hospital n sign to direct traffic to Bluffton Community hospital will be placed at the corner of South Main and Garau streets, it was announced the first of the week. The sign is the gift of the Wom an’s Auxiliary of the hospital. The hospital is located one block off the Dixie highway at the corner of Garau street and Harmon road. The Auxiliary has also presented the hospital with a walnut office chair to desk at nounced zation. match the walnut receiving the hospital, by officers of it was an the organi- Probate Judge To Address P, T. A. Here “Problems of Adolenscence” will be the subject of an address by Probate Judge Raymond Smith of Lima who will speak before the Parent Teacher association here next Tuesday night at the high school auditorium at 7:30 o’clock. sses in grade dismissed and occasion when al and high schools an outdoor May held on the recreation field, featured by music, games and folk dancing with a cafeteria the noon the first or second Friday in May. communitv served tables at hour. The day was usually The decision to discontinue observ ance of Harmon field this year was attributed to the fact that popular interest in the affair appeared to be waning, Supt Longsdorf said. NEW BOY SCOUT TROOP PLANNED FOR BLUFFTON Second Unit to be Organized Next Month Further Plans are Made En Twenty-one Bluffton Men listed in Committee to Promote Campaign Activity leading to the establish ment of a second Boy Scout troop in Bluffton was planned Tuesday night at a meeting in the high school build ing, attended by local men interested in the proposal. Organization of the new scout troop is expected to be effected early in May and it is tentatively planned to main tain headquarters in the St. John’s Reformed church. Opening the local scouting expan sion program, a sustaining member ship drive is being conducted this week, seeking adult contributions for the work in the Shawnee area district. The drive will continue thru Wed nesday, with a committee of 21 Bluff ton men in charge of activity. It is hoped that at least 100 local persons can be enlisted in the campaign. Bluffton’s present Boy Scout troop, one of the most active in the Shawnee area council, has 22 members. Karl Gable is scoutmaster. He is assisted by Paul Wingate. Ten counties make up the Shawnee Area Council and Allen scouts are among the most active in the organ ization. Kenneth A. Connelly, scout executive, who has headquarters at Lima, was here for the meeting Tues da. In addition to establishing a second scout troop here, it is planned to shortly organize a senior patrol, and later to form a Cub pack for boys from nine to eleven year of age. Assisting in the movement to ex pand scouting in Bluffton are: Ralph Stearns, chairman Stanley Basinger, Edgar Chamberlain, Eugene Benroth Forrest Steinman, G. R. Bo gart, Walter Gratz, Gordon Bixel, A. J. B. Longsdorf, Gerhard Buhler, E. S. Lape, Ralph Badertscher, Wiliam Edwards, James West, Wilhelm Am stutz, Sidney C. Stettler, C. A. Stauf fer, John Tosh, Dr. J. S. Schultz, Mayor Wilbur Howe, and Forest Mumma. Couple Fly By Plane To Marry In South Miss Eleanor Barnard, former music instructor in the Bluffton schools was married to Herbert F. Thornblade of New York city in a wedding ceremony which took place at Charleston, South Carolina, March 30, according to word received here the first of the week. Miss Barnard, daughter ai.d Mrs. J. E. Barnard of is teaching music this year• honey from Following her graduation Oberlin college in 1928, the was music instructor in the Bluff ton public schools for six years. She resigned her position here to accept a similar place in the Marion schools. Mr. Thornblade, a graduate of New York university, is an engineer employed by the Edison company. The couple will make their home in New York city. Occupy New Home The Misses Mary and Bertha Lugi bihl moved Tuesday into their newly completed home on Grove street. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 50 PLAN FOR GROUP HOSPITALIZATION INSURANCE HERE Annual Fee System to be In augurated by Bluffton Hos pital Next Month Rates Would Include Three Weeks Hospital Service With General Expenses Ho, Any hospitalization insurance available in the Bluffton about May 15, it was an this be week as plans took junced lape for the Northwestern County il Service association, with the Bluffton community hos affiliated. of five or more his employes, or ed for the purpose lization can make nefits of the plan, ally for a single i and wife and verage may be icludes hospital together with details of the insurance letup may be obtained from Paul J. vnch, executive secretary of the lospitalization association, who will ■stablish offices in the Cook Tower, Jma, next week. Lynch, a former executive of the ’ittsburgh Plate Glass Co., has had previous experience in group hos pitalization activities. The Northwest District hospitali zation association is a non-profit organization, and the executive retary is the only receive a salary. employed. sec will are official who No agents of Becker, the associa- Attorney Fred Lima, is president tion Wesley F. Thomas, of Findlay, is vice-president, and Attorney James J. Weadock, Jr., of Lima, is of N. E. Byers and G. R. Bogart are Bluffton representatives on the board of directors. Former German Prisoner To Talk prisoner’s experience in a Ger concentration camp will be de A man scribed at a dinner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club, at 6:15 p. m. next Tuesday in the Walnut Grill. Dr. H. H. Selo, of Findlay, who was held in a German concentration camp before he succeeded in making arrangements to come to the United States, will be the speaker. His talk will of the present and the type of government which Hitler has set up in Germany. be on various phases European situation, Double Funeral Is Held For Sisters —Mrs. Samuel Balmer and Mrs. Hamilton Berry—were held at the Methodist church Wednesday after noon. The sisters succumbed within two hours of each other, Sunday evening. The day was Mrs. Balmer’s birthday. Mrs. Balmer, 78, died at her home four miles southwest of Bluffton fol lowing an extended illness at 6:50 o’clock. Mrs. Berry, 61, died at her home on Cherry street at 8:45. She Officiating at Rev. J. A. Weec Methodist church Burrichter, pastor church. Interment was in Maple Gr Mr Oberlin, in Miss at I?rinceton, New Jersey. The couple went by plane from New York city to Charleston they are spending a brief moon. services were pastor of the id Rev. Emil the Reformed Mrs. Berry cemetery and Emanuel’s Re tery south of formed church Bluffton. Mrs. Balmer was born in Fulton county and Mrs. Berry in Richland township, the latter on May 28, 1878. They were daughter of John C. and Mary (K iene) Burkholder and had been for many years. residents of this community On February 8, 1883, Mrs. Balmer was married to Samuel Balmer who survives together with two daugh ters, Mrs. John Chidester and Mrs. Solomon Steiner, both of Bluffton. Mrs. Berry was married on March 29, 1900, to Hamilton Berry who survives with three daughters: Mrs. Opal Stauffer of Columbus, Mrs. Fairy Musselman of Mt. Gilead and Mrs. Mildred Yoder of Middlebury, Ind., and two sons Dallas Berry of Bluffton and Donavan at home. Brothers of Mrs. Balmer and Mrs. Berry are: Frank, John T., Peter and Samuel all of Bluffton and Enos and David Burkholder, both of Lima.