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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LX1V PLAN BUILDING NINE HOUSES THIS SUMMER Building Program is Started With Excavation for Two Residences Plans are Under Way for Erec tion of Seven Other Dwellings Here Bluffton’s residential building boom, which has brought the construction of 13 new homes in the town since 1938, will continue thru the spring and summer months of this year. Present prospects point to the con struction of nine more new homes this year, two of which already are under way. Launching an early-spring build ing program, excavations have been started for two residences. One will be built for Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Geiger on Cherry street. The other home on Jefferson street will be for Mr. and Mrs. Allen McCluer. Mr. and Mrs. McCleur were mar ried Friday, the bride being the former Miss Vedabelle Cahill, daug ter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill, of this place. Seven other new residences which are expected to be built are reported in various stages of preliminary preparation. In some instances pros pective home builders are negotiating for sites, and in other cases tenta tive “staking out” for the structures has been completed. Considerable activity is reported in the sale of proposed building sites, with quite a few desirable locations involved. In most cases the cost of building lots averages about $400 it is reported. Bluffton’s residential building boom first blossomed in 1938 when eight new homes were erected. In 1939 construction activity continued, with •five more houses being erected. H, S. Girls Glee Club At Columbus Friday Competing in state high school choral finals for the second successive year, the Bluffton High school girls glee club will go to Columbus Friday to seek the Ohio title in their divis ion. In the Northwestern Ohio contest held in Bluffton on March 15, the Bluffton glee club won a rating of “excellent”, to qualify for the state meet. At the Columbus contest all clubs must sing a required selection: “Celtic Lullabye”, an Irish air. Bluffton’s selected number is “Sap phic Ode”. Miss Elizabeth Higley is director of the club, and will accompany the group on the trip to Columbus. Members of the singing •organiza tion are: First Soprano: Jeanne Baumgart ner, Dorothy Garmatter, Doris Jean White, Mary Alice Geiger, Harriet Biome, Doris Garmatter, Georgia Fisher, Harriet Burkholder, Ruth Hankish, Marcene Stonehill, Dorothy Anderson, Alice Oyer. Second Soprano: Mary Alice Howe, Marie Zuercher, Helen Soldner, Betty Steinman, Carolyn Stonehill, Hildred Eversole, Virginia Geiger, Betty Holtkamp, Marjorie Niswander, Eloise Sommer, Mary Elizabeth Stearns, Mary Ellen Luginbuhl, Wil ma Steiner, Barbara Jean Triplett, Marjean Todd. Alto: Margaret Basinger, Jo Ann Patterson, Marcile Sommer, Phyllis Steiner, Carol Bame, Dorothy Jen nings, Adah Lehman. Supt. Of Light Plant Undergoes Operation John Swisher, superintendent of Bluffton’s municipal electric light and waterworks plant underwent an operation at Lima Memorial hospital last Thursday afterhoon because of a torn tendon in his right upper arm as the result of an accident at plant here several weeks ago. The operation was performed Dr. T. R. Tillotson of Lima and J. S. Steiner of this place. the by Dr. Swisher was removed to his home on South Main street Tuesday after noon. It will be several weeks be fore he will be able to resume his duties at the plant here. During this time Hiram Wenger, chief engineer will be in charge. The accident occurred when Swicher was struck by a heavy fall ing timber while putting in the foundation for the new turbine gen erator unit to be installed at the municipal plant here this spring. lain Halts Spring Work Oats Acreage Here To Be Short TTEAVY downpour of rain Wednesday morning, follow ing a return of winter weather the latter part of further delayed work already far dule. With the latter Head of Toledo Diocese to Visit St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, May 19 Vent Will Mark Seventy-fifth Anniversary of Founding Church Here Recreational Program Refugee From Germany’s Nazi Regime Addresses Lions Club last week has spring farm behind sche- part of April in this one of Only a acreage of the at hand, oats acreage district promises to be the smallest in years, fraction of the regular has been sowed. Much unused oats acreage is expected to be put out in soy beans. BISHOP ALTER AT BLUFFTON CHURCH DIAMOND JUBILEE the Recreational celebration of 75th anniversary will be marked by a card party to be held Tuesday evening, May 7, in the parish hall. In his appearance here on May 19, Bishop Alter will officiate at confir mation services for a class of child ren and adults. He will be assisted by visiting clergy, and the public is invited. Among those assisting in the services will be Right Reverend Mon signor James S. Elder, dean of the Lima district Rev. James Hebbeler, S. T. D., who served as pastor of the St. Marys church from 1932 to 1938 and Rev. Robert A. Maher, present pastor. New Windows Installed In improving the appearance of the St. Marys church building, new leaded art glass windows are being installed. The windows are of structural design forming a Gothic arch and each will carry different symbolic medallions in color. They will perpetuate old family names of the Bluffton parish. A new floor has been laid in the church, and new wiring and light ing fixtures have been installed thru out. In the sanctuary a new deep blue carpet has been laid. Redecoration of the church interior has been completed. Walls are in buff color and the ceiling is light blue. ceiling A gold border enchants the of the sanctuary. Altar Illuminated altar is enamelled in white The with a gilded trim, and it is illum inated by a new indirect lighting ar rangement. Installation of a new air condition ing unit has been completed, which (Continued on page 8) Award Contracts For Cemetery Care Contracts for the care of six cem eteries in Richland township were awarded by the township trustees at their meeting, Saturday. The contracts have been awarded as follows: Old cemetery, Bluffton to Dan McCafferty for $32.50. Old Mennonite cemetery to Wayne Yoakam for $40. Gratz cemetery to W. C. Schaub lin for $24. Old cemetery, Beaverdam to Max McCafferty for $65. Woodland cemetery to Max McCaf ferty for $53.50. Pleasant Hill cemetery to Hiram Reichenbach for $41.50. "indlay y s i i a n Twice Thrown in Prison During Anti-Jewish Movement Hitler Formerly Regarded Political Crackpot, Uses Ruthless Methods ame of Marking the Diamond Jubilee St. Marys Catholic church, founded in Bluffton 75 years ago, the Most Reverend Karl J. Alter, D. D., Bishop of the Diocense of Toledo, of which Bluffton is a part, will offi ciate at special services in the church here Sunday evening, May 19. It will be the second time in the last 50 years that a Bishop ciated at rites in the church. has offi Bluffton In preparation for the Diamond Jubilee observance, the church has been completely renovated, and many improvements have been made beautifying the structure and church fittings. in the as Hitler’s hold on the German public and the ruthless measures he em ploys to assure it were described at a dinner meeting of the Lions club Tuesday night Walnut Grill. Bluffton in the a prac who Selo, now in Findlay, Nazi prisons, was Dr. Herbert L. ticing physician twice was held in the speaker, and his account of con ditions in Germany was interestingly related. Chancellor Hitler maintains his control of Germany by ruthless tac tics that bring about the elimination of all opposition, Dr. Selo said. On the first day that the Nazis into power, every leader in other German parties or anyone who had at anytime voiced criticism of the movement were imprisoned. Prisons Overflow many were taken into custody prisons were filled to overflow Rnd concentration camps came existence. Practically all of So that ing, into those originally arrested remain im prisoned, and other have been added. All prominent Jews were arrested at the same time, and Dr. Selo imprisoned with others. was that one It was fortunate, however, the chief Nazi in his city was of the patients of Dr. Selo, and thru his intervention the doctor was re leased. Because he was a world war vet eran, Dr. Selo was permitted to con tinue his practice, altho practically all Jews were barred from profes sional activity as soon as Hitler took over the reins of government. Imprisoned Again the anti-Jewish drive of 1938, Selo was imprisoned a second In Dr. time, sons surrounded his home one morn ing, Raising an uproar and Nazi po lice took him into custody “for pro tection”, he told his audience. A crowd of about 2000 per Influential friends again obtained his release from prison, but Dr. Selo (Continued on page 8) High School At State Music Meet Bluffton high school will have six entries in the state music contest at Oberlin college on Saturday, April 27. Entrants qualified for the state competition after winning at the Northwestern Ohio district contest held at Bowling Green university, Saturday, when more than 500 stu dents representing 52 high schools participated. Those entered from Bluffton high school in the Oberlin contest are: Clarinet quartet Donna Hager man, Josephine Augsburger, James Stratton, Robert Stratton. Xylophone solo Barbara Triplett. Cello solo—Betty Steinman. College Choir To Broadcast Thursday The Bluffton college a capella choir of 43 voices on a spring tour of the Middle West will be heard Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock in a radio program broadcast from Chicago station WJJD, 1130 kc. Word received here the first of the week stated that the choir has re covered from illness which followed eating of chicken sandwiches at Normal, Ill., on Sunday night, April 7. Almost all of the choir became ill and twelve members were unable to appear at a concert on the follow ing night at Washington, Ill. PIANO RECITAL FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL IS, 1910 ASK BIDS FOR HAULING ASHES, CANS, GARBAGE Council to Consider Proposals At Next Meeting on Mon day, April 29 Will Jean Flute solo—Raymond Schumacher. Vocal ensemble—Ralph Short, Dale Grismore, Jeanne Baumgartner, Mary Alice Howe, Margaret Basinger, Phyllis Steiner, Roger Howe, Wil helm Amstutz, II. String quartet Marie Zuercher, Helen Soldner, Arthur Thiessen, Neil Neuenschwander. Sys- xpect to have Election tern in Opeytion by Middle of May Decision to inaugurate a municipal system of collecting and disposing of garbage and rubbish, starting May 15, was voted Monday night at a meeting of the town council. Bids are now being received by Corporation Clerk James F. West, with the deadline for filing set at noon, Saturday, April 27. Bids be opened at a meeting of the co Monday, April 29. Bidding will be on two prop and contracts will probably be 1 the basis of low figures. Under this system it is po, that separate contracts may for the collection and disposal of bage, and for gathering and disp of tin cans, ashes and rubbish. Collection Twice Week Garbage is to removed twice each week under the proposed system. Collection of tin cans, ashes and rub bish will be once each month. This entire service will be available to householders for $2 per year, pay (Continued on page 8) BLUFFTON WOMAN FROM NEW SAILS YORK Enroute to equatorial a Schifferly will present of pupils in recital at St. Reformed church Sunday Elma number John’s afternoon at 2 o’clock. Appearing on the program are: Wanda Niswander, Marilyn Steiner, Mary Ellen Luginbuhl, Sarah Am stutz, Marilyn Hofer, Miriam Diller, Christine Miller, Gertrude Lugin buhl, Margaret Niswander, Alfred Basinger, John Schumacher, John Moser. The public is invited. at Serve for Four Years Mission Station Near Sahara Desert Africa where she will spend four years as a worker in a mission station, Miss Catherine Gratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratz of South Jack son street sails this Wednesday from New York city. Because of a disruption of steamer schedules due to war conditions her original plan for sailing on a Dutch steamer has been cancelled and she is making the voyage on a U. S. freightei- Humhau. Routing of the boat has also been changed and instead of landing in Portugal and then re-embarking for Africa, she will go direct to French West Africa. In French Guinea From there she will go inland to Mamou, French Guinea, where she and two other missionaries who make up the party will be stationed at the Christian Missionary Alliance school. Others in the party are Miss Prudence Ge formerly of Pand wood, who is ret tion after a furloi iber of Ft. Wayne, ra and Miss Sher jrning to the sta igh in this country, .tion and school is ge of the Sahara The mission st: located at the e desert, south of Timbuctu, the prin cipal city of that region, the equator. It is near will spend the French After her arrival she some time learning both and native languages before taking up her duties in the mission school. Hog Market Shows Brisk Price Rise Hog prices showed a brisk and sustained rise on the Bluffton market the first of the week. Quotations which had been sagging under five cents for the past month did a sud den about-face and crossed the line for a top of $5.20 Wednesday morn ing. Wednesday’s top price was ten cents above Tuesday’s maximum and twenty cents over Monday’s high mark. RE-HIRED AT LAFAYETTE Miss Ruth Grading, nf Bluffton, is one of 13 instructors in the La fayette-Jackson school system who were re-hired last week at a meet ing of the district board of educa tion. She teaches English, lan guages and physical education in the high school. More than a day was required to get a 100-ton Nickel Plate freight locomotive back on the tracks of a siding serving the Page Dairy plant, after the engine was derailed dur ing switching operations last day morning. Pulling into the Page plant siding to pick up an empty coal car, the 100-ton engine broke the rails in several places and was off the 1■lorida ible FOR AFRICA Gratz Embarks Wed- Catherine nesday on Freighter Bound To French Colony VI reck Crews Summoned As Big Locomotive Goes Off Track Thurs tracks The locomotive jumped the at 9:30 a. m. Thursday, and late Friday before a wrecking crew of some 20 men, working with a crane, had it ready for service. Game And Fish Re-stocking ackrabbits and Cottontails are Released Here by Sports men’s Club Raccoon are Being Ship ped Here for Propagation Purposes An extensive fish and game re stocking program launched this spring by the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club is aimed at making hunting and fishing in this area bet ter than at any time in recent years. Game propagation has been helped by the purchase of cottontail and jack rabbits, Florida raccoon, fox squirrels, gray squirrels, chukker partridges and other game birds in cluding Black Mongolian pheasants. Seeking to better fishing facilities in the area, the club has leased a site behind the Bluffton Hatchery Co. on which a modern fish hatchery is to be built this summer. Fish obtained from the hatchery will be released in waters in and around Bluffton after they reach maturity. One dozen jack rabbits and two dozen cottontails were purchased by I the club and released near Bluffton recently as one of the first moves in the propagation program. Twelve full-grown raccoon are be ing imported from Florida. Half of the animals bought are females it was announced. the re-stocking pro Mongolian pheasants near the town. A Inaugurating gram, 40 Black were released pair of large also have been obtained for breeding purposes. These birds have brown backs, wings barred in contrasting brown, and have a crooked band of black, lined in red, across their eyes. Chukker partridges Several pairs of fine fox and gray squirrels are being obtained from Minnesota, and will be released in different places in the community. the sale of the club are purposes in All proceeds from membership tickets in used for conservation this district. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Russell Montgomery have moved from the erty on North Main Harold Montgomery Washington street. Dearth prop street to the property on Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trippiehorn who occupied the Harold Montgom ery propery have moved into the Dearth property. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Harris and daughters have moved from the Wm. Wallace heirs property on Cherry street to the home of her mother, Mrs. Eli Fett on Bentley road. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stager and family have moved from the Mrs. Walter Huffman property near Bluff ton to the Wm. Stepleton property north of town on the Dixi° highway. Mr. and Mrs. Neal Duff man and family have moved from the Swank heirs property on Mound street to the Ralph Vermillion house on the county line south of town. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ripley and family have moved to the Albert Vermillion farm near Bluffton. Name Coon Manager Of Buckeye Lake Maynard Coon, who last year managed Buckeye lake, Bluffton’s municipally operated swimming pool, was again appointed to that posi tion by the council, Monday night. Coon who will be manager and lifeguard at the place will receive as his compensation one-half of the receipts together with concession lights. He expects to take up his duties next month following the closing of school at North Robinson where he is teaching. Coon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Coon of South Jackson street. tracks by about a foot It was reported the locomotive evi dently was too heavy for the com paratively soft ground, and was too long to negotiate the sharp curve in the siding. It was one Plate freight drive wheels Lighter switch engines generally are used on the siding. of the large Nickel engines with eight that left the track. Arriving here Thursday afternoon, the wrecking crew worked through Thursday night and most of Friday before the derailed locomotive was able to continue its journey. Started In Bluffton District BLUFFTON SHEEP GRAZE ON HIGH UPLAND IN PERU Merinos Raised by Kohli Near Bluffton Arrive South America Bros, in rominent Peruvian Raiser Sends Autographed Photo to Local Man Two fine Merino sheep raised on the farm of Hiram Kohli, well known breeder north of Bluffton, are thriv ing in their new home in the uplands of Peru, according to a letter receiv ed this week by Kohli. Acknowledment of safe arrival, of the sheep and a description of their new South American home were con tained in a letter written by J. C. Romero Oblitas, of Nunoa, Peru. Kohli shipped two sheep, a Merino ram and ewe, to Oblitas late last September, and the animals arrived in good condition on Sept. 20. The South American breeder has extensive grazing lands in tainous area of Peru. In stances the plateaus on sheep feed are as much feet above sea level. the moun many in which the as 12,800 In his letter to Kohli, dated March 15, Oblitas said he had written as soon as the sheep were received but the previous correspondence appears to have been lost in the mails, his last letter he included an graphed photograph. “I have recommeneded the quality of your Merinos to some of my friends who have probably ten you,” Oblitas stated in his to Kohli. With auto good writ letter about One of these friends located 40 miles from Oblitas’ ranch, already has contacted Kohli relative to pros pective purchases. Kohli’s shipment to Oblitas was-his fourth to South America. In the three preceding instances, however, the sheep were sent to Lraguay. Funeral For Oscar Bogart In Florida Oscar Bogart, 53, former Bluffton resident, who resided In Orlando, Florida, for the past six years, died in a hospital at that city, Thursday night. Death came aftei- several months of failing health. Florence P, He was the son of Mn Bogart and brother of Mrs. H, Mann, both of South Jackson sti Funeral held at Orlando, Sunday afternoon followed by interment at that place. Mrs. Bogart and Mr. and Mrs. ,-ar.n who attended the funeral returned home Tuesday night. During his it Mr. Bogart was ing a number of tions and also a bulk plant. He was previously engaged in this business in Indiana before moving south. For many years he was actively engaged as a layman in evangelistic work and was frequently called upon to fill pulpits in various churches un til failing health obliged him to give up this activity. Besides his mother and sister, he is survived by his wife, formerly Etta Biery and one son Robert of Orlando and two daughters Geraldine Johnson of Orlando Mrs. Catherine Mustin of Ft. ley, Ga. Also surviving are grandson and two granddaughters. Mrs. and Val one Stores Open Bluffton retail stores will be open this Wednesday night and continue every Wednesday evening during the spring and summer. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 51 200 TEACHERS ARE ASKED TO SPEECH CLINIC Meeting to be Held in Bluffton High School on Saturday, April 27 State Speech League Head and University of Michigan Man on Program Instructors and students from more than 200 educational institu tions have been invited to the North western Ohio speech festival and clinic to be held in Bluffton High school Saturday, April 27. Discussion and demonstration ses sions on various speech activities will be held during the day, and in the evening a program will be pre sented to which the public is invited. Bluffton High school and Bluffton college will be hosts to representa tives attending the clinic. As a part of the day’s programs demonstra tions will be made by students from participating schools. State Director to Speak Principal address of the afternoon E. R. Moses, of the Ohio High school will be given by Dr, director speech league. announced as: “Speech High School Student.” Sheep His subject has been Needs of a in ^various Conference sessions fields of speech activity will be con ducted as another phase of the day’s program. Dramatics instructors and direc tors of plays will conducted by C. Fostoria. Debate and Public attend a clinic D. Leiter, of Speaking Debate and public speaking are being supervised by John Lima South High school coach. Panels panels Stipp, debate In speech correction and teaching methods, discussion leaders will be Dr. Henry T. Moser, of the Univer sity of Michigan speech correction clinic, and George Ager, chairman of the National Forensic league’s dis trict organization. Couple Are Wed In Ceremony At Forest Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill, of East Jefferson riage of belle, to and Mrs. ette. street, announce the mar their only daughter, Veda Allan McCluer, son of Mr. William McCluer, of Lafay- The ceremony took place at 8 o’clock Friday evening in the Meth odist church in Forest. Rev. Valen tine Hainen officiated using the single ring ceremony. The bride was attired in a navy blue silk crepe dress trimmed in white with matching accessories. Her shoulder corsage was of sweet peas and bridal roses. She was attended by Mrs. Kenneth Jackson, who was dressed olive green coat dress with ing accessories. She wore a er corsage of sweet peas. an match should- Kenneth Jackson attended Mr. McCluer as best man. Following the ceremony the couple left on a short wedding trip through southern Ohio. After their return they will reside with the bride’s par ents until their new home is com pleted on East Jefferson street. Births The following births at Bluffton Community r. and Bluffton, a Mr. and Mt. Cory, :sidence :n Florida engaged in ope rat gasoline filling sta- Bluff- Mrs. Dale Scoles Est \V*dnes.lay. Mrs. Delbert Wilkins, son, Thursday. r. and rwood Powell, Thursday. Mrs. Boy Scout Drive Continuing Here Continuing Bluffton’s Boy Scout sustaining membership drive, adult sponsors this week are seeking con tributions for scouting executive ac tivity in the Shawnee area district. A committee of 21 local men are in charge of the campaign, and ini tial results have been reported very satisfactory. ACCIDENT COSTS FINGER J. R. Fisher of Geiger street em ployed at the Balmer saw mill lost the first finger of his right hand at the middle joint when it was caught in a mechanical log turner, while at work Friday.