The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
VOLUME NO. LXV
Reed Painter on Santschi Farm
Accident Victim Wednesday
Rear Drive Wheel Passes Over
Body Rushed to Hospital
Reed Painter, 24, residing on the
Santschi farm two miles south of
Bluffton was badly injured Wednes
day morning at 11 o’clock when he
■was run over by the rear drive wheel
of a farm tractor.
Painter was rushed to the Bluff
ton hosital where the extent of his
injuries could not immediately be de
termined. His condition, however, is
believed to be serious as
wheel passed over the
side of his body.
The accident occurred
engaged in plowing a field, walked
around the tractor which slipped into
gear with the motor running. He
was at the side of the tractor at the
time and was struck by the rear
drive wheel. As the machine moved
he was thrown to the ground and
the heavy wheel passed over his
Guy Reed, a relative, and W. C.
Painter of Rawson who wrere in the
field at the time stopped the
and rushed the injured man
The Painter family moved
Santschi farm this spring. Painter
is married and has two children.
Hospital Service Head
Here Next Tuesday
Paul J. Lynch, executive director
of the North western Hospital Serv
ice association will address the Lions
at 6:15 p. m. at the Walnut Grill,
club at their next meeting Tuesday
He will explain the service plan and
will be ready to make appointments
with groups who wish to consider
enrolling in the association.
The first such group to make ap
plication to sign up for the service
are employes of the public schools.
Mr. Lynch will meet this group at
4 p. m. next Tuesday.
He will address the annual meet
ing of nurtes staff, physicians staff,
trustees and officers of the Ladies
Auxiliary at the hospital at 8 p. m.,
Any men interested in the service
plan are invited to meet with the
Lions club Tuesday at 6:15 p.
Reservations for the dinner can
made with the secretary, I.
John F. Battles
Rites On Saturday
John F. Battles, 61, life-long resi
dent of Orange township, died at
1:30 a. m. last Thursday in his home
five miles east of Bluffton, following
an extended illness of one year.
Funeral services were held Satur
day afternoon at the Olive Branch
U. B. church, with Rev. H. D. Camp
officiating. Burial was in the Cly
Mr, Battles was born July 4, 1878,
the son of Edward and Matilda
(Pepple) Battles. On Dec. 14, 1904,
he was married to Goldie Bums, who
Other survivors include a son, Dull
Battles, of Rawson three daughters,
Mrs. Neva Hickman, Dayton Mabie
and Merilyn, both at home two bro
thers, Harley and Lewis Battles,
both of Lima and two sisters, Mrs.
Fairy Beil, of Crescent, Okla. and
Mrs. Bertha Wetherill, of Weston,
Mr. Battles was a member of the
Olive Branch U. B. church, in which
the funeral rites were held.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Amstutz
Columbus Grove are the parents
a daughter bom at Bluffton hospital,
Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Basinger
residing west of Lima are the par
ents of a daughter
at Lima Memorial
Mrs. Basinger was
Elmer Anderton of Orange township.
Linda Lou bom
the former Ruth
of Mr. and Mrs.
Twin daughters, Judith Ann and
Jane Eleanor were bom to Mr. and
Mrs. Woodrow Luginbuhl of Goshen,
Ind., May 2, according to wurd re
ceived here. Mrs. Luginbuhl was the
former Mary Ebersole Of Goshen,
Ind., who attended college here. Mr.
Luginbuhljs the son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. I. Lugibuhl south of ’Bluffton.
Mr. and Mrs. Harley Kohler of
Rawson, formerly of this place, are
the parents of a daughter.
1LTOST Reverend Karl J. Alter,
D. Dm Bishop of the Diocese
of Toledo, who will officiate
Sunday night in confirmation
services at the Diamond Jubille
marking the 75th anniversary
of the founding of St. Mary’s
Catholic church here. This will
be the second occasion in fifty
years of the visit of a bishop
jDEV. Robert Maher, pastor of
St. Mary’s church under
whose direction an extensive im
provement program has recently
YVHEAT on the Bluffton mar
ket took one of the sharpest
drops in recent years when the
price declined 12 cents per
bushel Wednesday morning. Wed
nesday’s price was 90 cents
as compared with $1.02 Tuesday
morning. Livestock markets
were also weak. Dealers here
attributed the market perform
ance to unsettled war conditions.
Real Estate Deals
Orden Smucker has purchased from
J. A. Hochstettler a building lot on
College View drive opposite the Dr.
C. H. Smith residence. Smucker, a
Bluffton high school instructor who
was on a years leave of absence to
attend Ohio State university, Colum
bus, expects to return here next
Mrs. Frank Danner of Lima sold
her Bluffton property on South Lawn
avenue to Mrs. Josephine Carnahan
of Plymouth. Mrs. Carnahan will
move here and take possession July
1. The property is now occupied by
Harry F. Barnes, high school voca
tional agriculture instructor. The
deal was made by H. W. Althaus.
Diamond Jubilee services of St.
Marys Catholic church next Sunday
in which Most Reverend Karl J.
Alter, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese
of Toledo, will participate, recalls the
early days of the church.
Established 75 years ago, the con
gregation has served an important
role in the religious life
munity since that time.
Hen Jumps From Plane Uses Wings As
Parachute To Land Unhurt Near Town
of the com-
back to the
History of the small
local congregation dates
middle of the last century when an
overnight visit by a traveling French
missionary established a contact that
later resulted in founding of the St.
HIE BLUE FT
TO HOLD DIAMOND
The coming of the Bishop next Sun
day will mark the second time in
fifty years that the Buffton parish
has been honored with a visitor of
that rank and the largest gathering
of ecclesiastical dignitaries in the
history of the congregation is expect
ed to assemble in the auditorium of
the church at North Lawn avenue and
West Elm street.
Bishop Alter visited the Bluffton
parish six years ago when he officiat
ed at a confirmation sen-ice. He will
again officiate Sunday night at the
confirmation of a class numbering
seventeen. The public is invited.
Comes Here From Lima
Bishop Alter will arrive here Sun
day evening shortly before the open
ing of the sen-ices, coming from Lima
where he is scheduled to deliver the
class address at graduating exercises
for the nurses’ commencement at St.
Rita’s hospital in the afternoon. He
will be accompanied by Rev. Janies
Hebbler of Toledo, former pastor of
the church here.
The Diamond Jubilee service Sun
day night is a significant occasion in
the history of St. Mary’s church
which traces its inception to the
chance visit of a missionary priest
who stopped for shelter overnight at
the home of James Owens near Bluff
ton some eighty-four years ago.
(Continued on page 8)
An adventurous White Leghorn
hen—sans parachute—jumped from
an unidentified airplane and made a
forced landing in the barnyard of
Alfred Criblez, four miles south of
Bluffton, last Saturday aftemoofi.
Using her wings to break her fall,
the chicken this week appeared none
the worse for her unusual experi
ence. She landed on loose straw
dose to the strawstack which also
helped to protect her from injury.
Criblez was working in his garden
when he stopped to watch an air
plane passing high overhead.
While he was looking he noticed
something white flutter from the
plane, and fall toward the ground
in long swooping circles.
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF Bjn
Karl J. Alter of Toledo
Officiate at Evening
Here for 75th Anniver
sary of Church
Diamond Jubilee of St. Marv’s
Catholic church, founded in Bluffton
three-quarters of a century ago will
be observed Sunday night at 8’clock
with the Most Reverend Karl J. Alter,
D. D. Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo
as a distinguished visitor.
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY K
Baccalaureate Service Sunday
To Open H. S. Graduation We^
At first he believed it to be
piece of paper, but when it fell
his barnyard he found it to be
fine White Leghorn hen.
•Thfe chicken was stunned and
dizzy* fofr several hourt following its
landing, but within a few days it
had fully recovered and wis bbsfly
scratching and foraging with the
rest of the Criblez flock.
It is believed that the hen escaped
from the airplane while being trans
ported to a poultry show, or to
some place to be used for breeding
purposes. It is said to be an almost
It was in the year 1856
missionary priest, Father
chant, stopped over night
home of James Owens, on
now the Lincoln highway.
As the result of this contact,
entire family later was instructed
and received into the Catholic ehurch,
forming the nucleus of the first con
gregation here. Later this family
and a few others in tje area formed
a small group cared for by priests
from New Reigle and Findlay.
Because of the difficulty of travel,
(Continued on page 6)
Senior Class Play to be
Monday and Tuesday Class
Opening a crowded week of com
mencement activity, baccalaureate
services will be held at 7:30 p. m.
Sunday in the Bluffton High gym
nasium for the class of 56 gradu
Rev. John Thiessen, furloughed
missionary, of Basna, C. P., India,
will be the baccalaureate speaker.
His subject is “Expanding Horizons”.
Rev. H. T. Unruh, Rev. Emil Bur
richter and Rev. E. G. Steiner also
will take part in the service.
Other features in next week’s busy
program include presentation of the
senior class play senior class night
exercises graduation exercises and
the annual alumni meeting and
Moliere’s costume play, “The Imag
inary Invalid”, will be presented on
Monday and Tuesday nights, with
senior class night
Former Sub Squalus Newly Re
conditioned will be
In Service May
Rev. John Thiessen. Retur
From India, to Deliver
following on Wed-
week for the 56
Climax of the
graduates will be
ercises next Thursday night. Dr. J.
Raymond Schutz, formerly of Man
chester college, will be the class
The alumni meeting and dance will
be Friday night, May 24, to con
clude the busy week of graduation
MAN KNOWN HERE
TO COMMAND ILL
Mumma, Jr*, Nephew of
plunged to the bot
last May carrying 26
death was recom-
tom of the sea
men to their
missioned as the Sailfish, on Wed
nesday with the nephew of four of
Bluffton’s residents in command.
Press dispatches from Portsmouth,
N. H., Tuesday revealed that Lieut.
Commander Morton C. Mumma, Jr.,
would be in command of the vessel.
Lieut.-Commander Mumma is a
nephew of Ray, Carl, Forest and
Gail Mumma of this place. He is
the son of Coi. M. C. Mumma of
Beverly Hills, Calif., and a grand
son of E. L. E. Mumma, for many
years a Findlay attorney. The
Findlay attorney was a brother of
the late Z. T. Mumma and Joseph
Mumma of Bluffton, fathers of the
four Bluffton men.
Thirty-five Years Old
Lieut.-Commander Mumma, now
aged 35, was graduated from the
U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
in 1925. For the past two years he
has been instructor in ordnance at
the Academy and also taught there
from 1932 to 1935.
The submarine, being recommis
sioned as Sailfish ba* been recondi
tioned and re-equipped and will un
dergo trials this summer over the
same course off the Isle of Shoals
upon which the Squalus sank during
a test dive last May 23.
members of the
Squalus’ crew were saved in the
navy’s rescue bell and many of them
have been assigned to duty as mem
bers of the crew of the Sailfish.
Another son of Col. and Mrs.
Mumma, also a nephew of the four
Bluffton members of the Mumma
family was graduated from the naval
academy in 1926 and now at the age
of 33 is in charge of the engineering
division at the naval research base
in Washington, D. C. He formerly
chief engineer on a destroyer.
A recital of grade and high school
pupils of Mrs. Pearl Mann and Prof.
Sidney Hauenstein of the College
music department will be held Sun
day afternoon in the college chapel
at 3 o’clock. The public is invited.
Sweet Potato Starch
Sweet potatoes are becoming im
portant as a source of starch, which
in addition to usual applications can
be made to yield desirable sirup,
says “Industrial and Engineering
Mr. and Mrs. Will Hall of Har
rod spent Wednesday afternoon with*Bp*,%
Mrs. Hall’s sisters, Mrs. Mayme
Whisler of Ocean Side, Calif., and ^W|^k
Miss Ethel Boyer of Covena, Cal if., W
who were guests in the W. E. Mar- w
shall home last week.
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Marshall an*
son Robert were in Battle Creei
Mich., Wednesday for the \atioiy__
High School music contest whel
Robert competed in the flute solo.
Mrs. Alvin Whisler of Ocean Si
Calif., was a Wednesday night gu
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edg„
Chamberlain and family in BlufftC"
Miss Elnora Marshall is at
home again after spending seve|
months in assisting in the care I
the late Mrs. Martha Radabaughl
south of Bluffton.
Miss Beatrice Cupp, student
at the State Hospital in Toledo^B
an over Sunday guest of he^K
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W’alter
Mrs. Orlo Marshall spent S^^
night and Sunday wi*h- havnehiii
f'rtean at M,on, Bluffton col
lege senior, will be crowned
queen at Bluffton day festivities
on Monday, June 10, the pic
turesque open air fete of the
college graduation week.
The queen is selected each
spring by a vote of the entire
student body and is accepted as
indicating the most popular girl
in the graduating class. Miss
Cookson is the daughter of Mrs.
Mabel Cookson of South Jackson
The queen will be crowned by
Helene Stonehili, maid of honor,
also a member of the senior
class. Miss Stonehill’s home is
TAKE STEPS TO
Board of Education Plans Re
trenchment Program for
Teaching Corps is Re-employed
At Meeting Monday No
Faced with a deficit in operating
funds during the coming school year,
the Bluffton board of education at
its meeting Monday night took
initial steps in a policy of retrench
ment by which it hopes to balance
Although following the usual cus
tom Monday of employing teachers
for the coming year at the regular
May meeting, no salaries were fixed
pending a further study of the
Some reduction in the pay of in
structors appeared a distinct pos
sibility. Whether this pay cut would
extend to janitors and bus drivers
could not be determined. Special
services performed by teachers out
their regular classroom
(Continued on page 8)
With The Sick
Albert Vermillion of Orange town
ship who has been ill since last
ter will leave Thursday for
Cleveland Clinic where he will
treatment for several weeks.
Mrs. Clyde Evans of Lima is con
valescing from an emergency opera
tion for appendicitis which she un
derwent at the Bluffton hospital Sat
urday night. Mrs. Evans, the form
er Marjorie McElroy became ill while
visiting Saturday at the home of her.
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Elroy of,South Main street.
Oliver Locher who is convalescing
from a serious kidney ailment is in
a Cleveland hospital for observation.
Richard Berky, Bluffton high
school sophomore received a broken
left leg last Thursday while play
ing ball in gymnasium class,
the son of Prof, and Mrs. H.
Berky of West College avenue.
Up Army Uniforms
Legionnaires of Bluffton post will
brush up their old army uniforms
for a party at the Legion hall,
that to be
Luginbuhl, Bluffton accordionist, will
be a feature of the meeting with
many old army airs. Refreshments
Officers stated this
eligible to attend
must wear his
some part of it.
Dogs running at large have been
frightening small children and also
damaging gardens. All dog owners
are hereby notified to keep their dogs
on their respective premises.
4 W. A. Howe, Mayor
“TOO BUSY” TO
Twenty-five Percent of Bluff
ton’s Vote is Cast at
Light Vote Attributed to Farm
Work, Housecleaning and
Lack of Issues
Bluffton and Richland township
residents were too busy with individ
ual duties to go to the polls Tuesday,
and the result was the area’s lightest
primary vote in recent years.
With a multiplicity of circumstan
ces combining to keep voters away
from the polls, the 355 ballots cast
in Bluffton’s three precincts Tuesday
was about one-fourth of the town’s
total vote. In Richland North pre
cinct a total vote of 66 was register
The vote by precincts:
Bluffton A 67 44
Bluffton 69 63
Bluffton 65 47
Richland N. 49 17
Beautiful spring weather was
coined by farmers as an opportunity
to attempt “catching up'
long delayed by a late
as a consequence there
any rural vote at all.
In addition, there was no local of
fice contest on the ballot, and only a
few candidates were listed for county
nomination. Only a handful of all
the competing candidates known here,
and there were no issues, local or
state to attract voters.
Live In Los Angeles
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Worthington
are leaving this week for Los An
geles where they expect to make
their future home. The couple now
visiting at the home of their daugh-
Miss Helen Boss, Bluffton
school instructor is ill with a se
vere attack of asthma and will be
unable to finish the school term.
Her Latin classes are being taught
by Mrs. Clyde Warren, former in
The residence on South Spring
street vacated by Mr. and Mrs.
Worthington is occupied by Prof, and
Mrs. R. G. Whisler who moved from
th6 Martha Steiner property on
South Lawn avenue. Prof. Whisler
is on the College faculty here.
Two houses on the site of Bluff
ton’s new post office will be moved
within the next two weeks, marking
an active start on the $80,000 fed
ral project which has been delayed
for nearly two years following its
Med Murray, Bluffton house wreck
er, Monday afternoon bought the
buildings now standing on the post
office site, with the contract stipu
lating that the structures must be
removed within 14 days.
He made the purchase from the
James I. Barnes Construction Co., of
Springfield, Ohio, the concern that
last week received the general con
trkrt for construction of the new
post office on a low bid of $45,250.
W recking of the brick house, form
erly the A. D. Gratz residence, was
started Tuesday by Murray, and
razing of the building is expected to
be completed by the end of the week.
In the town and also in
housewives were busy with
lime to go to
and few women found
go to the polls.
Voting was further discouraged by
the fact that everyone knew they
would baiie to mark a long ballot, ex
tremely complicated to the average
elector, because of the presidential,
party delegate and party committee
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
NOMINATE CANDIDATES IN
LIGHT BALLOT TUESDAY
of the week
Mrs. Ralph Locher
expected to return
and leave the last
On their arrival in
Mr. Worthington will take a position
in the office of the Douglas Aircraft
Mr. Worthington was for many
years proprietor of the Star theatre
here. After selling the motion pic
ture house here last year he and his
wife spent the winter in Florida and
Approximately 11,000 Votes
Are Cast in Allen County
Results From All of County’s
104 Precincts Candidates
Allen County Candidates
Clerk oe Courts
In a light
primary vote, Tuesday,
voters who went to the
polls expressed their choice for state
and county candidates who will ap
pear on the ticket at the November
Approximately 11,000 votes were
cast in the county and work of elec
tion boards was finished early Tues
Complete unofficial results from
Allen county’s 104 precincts are list
ed for following officers:
Davey 3828 Bricker
Lehman 3975 Failor
Los Angeles 858
Layton 2040 Jones
Clerk of Courts
3175 Barnett 4238
Bowers 1684 Myers 5933
Kuhn 4571 Landis
Neidhardt 4423 Mumaugh
Hibbard 4530 Lews
Clear Two Dwellings From
New Post Office Building Site
Murray is negotiating at present
with several persons interested in
purchase of the former Mohler resi
dence, a frame structure, which may
be moved to one of the town’s vacant
lots and used as a home.
All or any part of the Mohler
house will be sold and moved, Mur
ray announced. If there are no
buyers by the end of the week,
wrecking of the building will be
started next Monday.
A representative of the Barnes
Construction Co. will be located here
during the time the wrecking pro
gram is in progress.
LAST CENSUS CALL
Any Bluffton person who was
missed in the federal census enumer
ation is asked to see Homer Bracy,
local enumerator at once. The final
report on the census here will be
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