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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Building Program is Started
With Excavation for Two
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
A gold border enchants the
of the sanctuary.
Altar Illuminated
altar is enamelled in white
with a gilded trim, and it is illum
inated by a new indirect lighting ar
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
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
has offi
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.
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.
in the
a prac
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
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
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.
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
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
the reins of government.
Imprisoned Again
the anti-Jewish drive of 1938,
Selo was imprisoned a second
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
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
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
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.
Council to Consider Proposals
At Next Meeting on Mon
day, April 29
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.
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)
Enroute to equatorial
Schifferly will present
of pupils in recital at St.
Reformed church Sunday
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.
Serve for Four Years
Mission Station Near
Sahara Desert
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
Wednesday’s top price was ten
cents above Tuesday’s maximum and
twenty cents over Monday’s high
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
Gratz Embarks Wed-
nesday on Freighter Bound
To French Colony
VI reck Crews Summoned As Big
Locomotive Goes Off Track
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
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
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
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
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
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
Merinos Raised by Kohli
Near Bluffton Arrive
South America
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.
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.
He was the son of Mn
Bogart and brother of Mrs. H,
Mann, both of South Jackson sti
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.
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
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,
speech league.
announced as: “Speech
High School Student.”
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
Dramatics instructors and direc
tors of plays will
conducted by C.
Debate and Public
attend a clinic
D. Leiter, of
Debate and public speaking
are being supervised by John
Lima South High school
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
riage of
belle, to
and Mrs.
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.
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.
The following births at Bluffton
r. and
Bluffton, a
Mr. and
Mt. Cory,
:sidence :n Florida
engaged in ope rat
gasoline filling sta-
Mrs. Dale Scoles
Est \V*dnes.lay.
Mrs. Delbert Wilkins,
son, Thursday.
r. and
rwood Powell,
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
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.

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