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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Commencement Exercises to be
Held in Gymnasium at
Eight O’clock
J. Raymond Schutz of Indian
i*apolis, Well Known Here to
Deliver Address
Diplomas will be presented to
class of 56 seniors as the climax
Bluffton High school commencement
exercises in the school gymnasum
Thursday night. The program will
open at 8 p. m.
Graduation exercises for the sen
iors will conclude a busy five-day
program making up the fifty-ninth
annual commencement season of the
Bluffton school.
Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, of Indian
apolis, formerly of Manchester col
leges and a native of Pandora, will
deliver the class address.
Ranking scholastic honor students,
Eleanor Berky, valedictorian, and
Mary Alice Howe and Phyllis Stein
er, salutatorians, will present ora
Special music for the exercises will
be provided by the Bluffton High
orchestra, directed by Prof. Sidney
The program is as follows:
Processional Orchestra
Invocation Rev. H. T. Unruh
Salutatories Phyllis M. Steiner
Graduating members of the class
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
Gareth Todd, Aldine
Zimmerman, Romanus
Amstutz, Josephine
Mary Ann
Augsburger, 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, Ellen Griffith, Donna Hager
man, Mary Alice Howe.
Alice Kohler, Dorothy Long, Ma
Donna Lugibihl, Victoria Moser,
Kathleen Niswander, Jo Ann Patter
son, June Reams, Marcele Reichen
Mary Alice
Mary Alice Howe
Music —Orchestra
Valedictory ...Eleanor J. Berky
Class Address----------------------
Dr. J. Raymond Schutz
Presentation of Diplomas
Forrest L. Steinman,
President, Board of Education
Music ........ Orchestra
Benediction Rev. Chas. Armentrout
Schultz, Marcile
Steiner, Jo Ann
Alberta Sumney, Betty
Doris Jean White, Janet Young,
Marie Zuercher, Mary Alice Geiger,
Ruth Moser.
New Religious
Education Teacher
Miss Elizabeth Deifenthaler of
Chicago was named as instructor in
religious education in the Bluffton
schools for
the Board
the coming year it was
following a meeting of
of Religious Education,
Miss Deifenthaler who will begin
her work here next fall, succeeds
Miss Janet Henderson instructor here
for the past two years whose recent
resignation becomes effective at the
close of this school year?
Miss Diefenthaler is a graduate of
Northern Baptist seminary of Chi
cago, holding bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from that institution, and
has had previous teaching exper
ience in this field at summer schools.
She is also a graduate nurse and
has had experience in Chicago hos
pitals as well as with the American
Red Cross.
The Board of Religious Education
under which she is employed is made
up of representatives of various local
churches which cooperate in a pro
gram of week day religious instruc
tion in the public schools. The work
is supported by the cooperating
Build New Residence
Construction of a new residence on
North Jackson street has been start
ed by Miss Maxine Amstutz of this
place who is employed at Lima.
rpOP ranking students of the
Bluffton high school
class who will appear
commencement program
day night.
St. Mary’s Church Celebrates
Its Seventv-fifth Anniversary
Lead In
on the
Benefits Pointed Out by Execu
tive Director in Address
Here Tuesday
Group Insurance Plan is Fol
lowed in Set up for Hos
pital Service
Insurance benefits offered by the
Northwestern County Hospital Ser
vice association, with which the Bluff
ton Community hospital is affiliated,
were explained
dinner meeting
Paul J. Lynch,
the association.
Tuesday night at a
of the Lions club by
executive director of
Three hospital insurance plans are
provided, and subscribers are eligi
ble for free service in any of the eight
cooperating hospitals in this area or
any other non-profit hospital in the
Insurance for a single subscriber
may be obtained at a rate of 75
cents a month. For husband and wife
the charge is $1.45 monthly, and the
service covering husband wife and
unmarried children between the ages
of four months and 19 years is avail
able at a rate of $1.75 per month.
Benefits include 21 days of hospital
care for each subscriber general
nursing service bed, meals and die
tary service use of the operating
room all ordinary drugs and dress
ings routine laboratory service and
maternity care after the contract has
been in effect for 12 months.
No physical examination is required
for insurance protection but the sub
scriber can join only as a member of
an appropriate group.
As a general rule, groups are se
lectd on the basis of the place of
employment. In such cases the em
ploye must be a member of an organ
ization employing five or more.
If five persons are employed, all
must join. If five to 10 persons are
employed, 80 per cent, not less than
I seven, must join.
For forces of from 11 to 20 persons,
70 per cent, not less than nine, must
join. Organizations employing from
21 to 40 persons must have groups
of not less than 60 per cent of the
total, or not less than 14.
Coooperating hospitals in the as
sociation include Bluffton, Findlay,
Celina, Lima Memorial, Lima St.
Rita’s, Kenton McKitrick, Kenton
San Antonio and Sidney.
Bluffton directors on the board
N. E. Byers and G. R. Bogart.
Library Closed
The Bluffton public library will
closed next week from Tuesday until
Friday for cleaning, it was stated
by Miss Ocie Anderson, librarian.
hurch Established Here
1865 Observes Diamond
Jubilee, Sunday
Ji shop Karl J. Alter of Toledo
Delivers Address and
Marking the seventy-fifth anni
ersary of its founding, St. Mary’s
Catholic church celebrated its dia
mond jubilee, Sunday
church was filled for
with members of the
visiting clergy and
heard Most Reverend Karl J. Alter,
D. D., Bishop of Toledo deliver the
address of the evening and Officiate
at the confirmation service of a
class numbering 27, consisting of
17 children and 10 adults.
night. The
the occasions
friends who
Although it has been modernized
and enlarged under direction of the
present pastor, Rev. Robert Maher,
the white painted frame church at
North Lawn avenue and West Elm
street is the same structure erected
three-quarters of a century ago on
land purchased with funds be
queathed for that purpose by a
Union soldier who died in a Georgia
encampment during the Civil war.
The growth of the church here is
comparable to that thruout the dio
cese of Toledo during the past tlyee
(Continued on page 2)
Red Cross Asks $150
From Bluffton Area
The European war was reflected
in Bluffton when a call for $150
from the Bluffton area was made
the Red Cross for war refugee
Bluffton’s quota was annouced
local Red Cr
that the amount contributed here
would become part of the funds to
be raised by the Allen county chap
ter of that organization.
officers who stated
Funds contributed for the Red
Cross may be left at either drug
store or the bank, it is announced.
Assistance thru the Red Cross will
go to women and children and many
others in the war zone who are in
great need and entirely dependent
upon the charity and generosity of
others for their food and clothing.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herr of Pan
dora are the parents of a daughter
born at Bluffton hospital,
day mornng.
made of
Mr. and
Announcement has been
the birth of a daughter to
Mrs. B. D. Morgan of Middletown on
May 12. Being born on National
Hospital day, the infant was pre
ented with a complete layette by the
hospital staff. Mrs. Morgan is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester
Thompson of Orange township.
Announcement has been made of
the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Luginbuhl of Cleveland, May
8. Mr. Luginbuhl is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl south of
Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Murray of
Marietta, former Bluffton residents,
are the parents of a daughter Ruth
Dana born at Marietta last Wednes
Teaching Jobs For
Bluffton Graduates
Miss Carol Cookson who will be
graduated from Bluffton college in
June has accepted a teaching posi
tion in the high school at Burbank,
Wayne county.
Philip Merrill, graduated from
Bluffton a year ago who has been
taking graduate work at Ohio North
ern university, Ada, the past year,
has also accepted a teaching position
at Burbank.
Miss Helen Stonehill, who will be
graduated from the college here next
month has accepted a teaching posi
tion in the high school at Bellevue.
Real Estate Deal
Irvin Long has purchased the
Walter Stratton property on Garau
street it was announced the first of
the week. The property is now oc
cupied by Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Suter
meister who will continue to live
A recital of students in the college
music department will be held in the
chapel, Friday night at 8 o’clock.
A man’s will can be a fortress.
Make it formdable—be the uncon
querable in your own tower.
Work On Bluff ton
New ted-l or foi4
era! Building to Begin I byterian
Next Wednesday IIran
Dwellings One wrecked, I Hauenstein indicated that she
Other Being Moved I
Wrecking of
merly the A.
was completed
the base
that work
James I.
An immediate start
ment excavation indicates
will be pressed by the
Barnes Construction Co., of Spring
field, O., which received the general
contract for construction
of the
a brick house, for
D. Gratz residence,
last week by Med
One wing of the large frame I
house, known as the Mohler prop-1
erty has been wrecked, and the rest
of the building has been purchased1
by Edwin Badertscher. He will have
the house moved this week to
lot at the corner
Thurman streets.
of Jefferson
to be
Construction of
post office, an
project, is expected
within the next five months,
would mean the structure would be
ready for occupancy sometime in
November or early December.
Masons Propose To
Lease I. O. 0. F. Halil
A proposal whereby the Bluffton I
Masonic lodge W'ould acquire the!
former Odd Fellow lodge quarters on I
the third floor of the town hall un-l
der a long term lease was read be-ll
fore the town council at its meetingll
Monday night.
In presenting the matter to thel
council, Mayor W. A. Howe stated!
that any action on the proposal!
would require consent of the council!
and Richland township trustees!
which jointly have control of the!
property which is owned by the town!
and township. I
The communication from the lodge!
stated that that body would be in-1
terested in a long term lease provid-1
ed possession could be had by the!
middle of June and a heating system!
installed in the building. I
The entire third floor of the town!
hall was formerly owned by the Odd!
Fellow order until early this spring!
when it was sold to satisfy claims!
for delinquent taxes. The real estate!
was purchased jointly by the town!
council and the township trustees.
Howe stated that he would
to arrange a meeting be
end of this month of the
township trustees and a
fore the
committee from the lodge to con-1
sider definnite terms of a lease
agreement acceptable to all three
With The Sick
Miss Elma Schfferly received a
fractured collarbone as the result of
a fall down a flight of cellar stairs
at her home on Poplar street, Thurs
Mrs. O. D: Brehman, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Agin of Mound
street who has been seriously ill in
the Covina, California hospital for
several weeks has recovered and re
turned to her home in Glendora,
Calif. Mrs. Brehman and her daugh
ter Cecil Ramona visited in Bluffton
last fall returning to California the
first of December.
Mrs. Clyde Evans of Lima who
underwent an operation for appen
dicitis at Bluffton hospital ten days
ago is convalescing at the home of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
McElroy of South Main street.
Miss Helen Boss, Latin and French
instructor at Bluffton high school
who has been seriously ill with
asthma left the first of the week for
her home in Thornville, near Colum
in New Locations
Chas. Patterson and family moved
Monday from South Main street to
the former Mathewson property on
Cherry street which they recently
Leroy Traucht of Jenera who re
cently purchased the South Main
street property vacated by Patterson
will move into the house shortly.
Miss Barbara Joyce Hauenstein,
daughter of Prof, and Mrs. Sidney
Hauenstein of Campus drive has re
ceived an appointment as an instuct-
a three year term in the Pres­
Excavatior. for the basement of I tropolis, and includes grade and high
Bluffton’s new post office will be I school classes. It has an enrollment
started Wednesday of next week, ....... —.. ... —■■■...
following completion
tailed in removing
houses from the site.
of work en
two former
mission school in Tehran,
I Word of the appointment was re
I ceived Tuesday night from the New
o.. rn York office of the Presbyterian
Site Being ^are^ of Two I Board of Foreign
Grain is Quoted on Bluffton
Market at 78 Cents Wed-
nesday Morning
and I ”r*ces Here are Pegged by
Government at Minimum
Of 75 Cents
Wheat prices on the Bluffton mar
ket have dropper 24 cents a bushel
within the last wek, the sharpest de
cline in grain quotations since World
War days.
Other grain prices also have been
affected, but not so severely. Oats
Wednesday commanded a price of 38
cents a bushel, and corn was quoted
at 56 cents.
Less Pressure on Hogs
Hog prices are slightly lower, fall
ing off from a top of $5.50 last week
to a top of $5.40 this Wednesday.
Unsettled European war conditions
are blamed for the market perform
ance. It is
tributing factors has been heavy sell90
ing on the part of foreign speculators
who hold wheat on the Chicago mar­
First of a series of sharp breaks
in wheat came Wednesday of last
week, when quotations dropped to
cents. The decline has continued,
and Tuesday’s price this week was
80 cents, to be followed on Wednes
day with quotation of 78 cents.
With wheat prices decling at a diz
zy pace, the federal government last
week took steps to control the drop.
Price on the Chicago market was
pegged at a bottom of 79 cents.
Bluffton markets operate on a basis
of slightly more than four cents un
der the Chicago price, which will
make the minimum here 75 cents.
Mission and Miss
I years ago in Tehran, Persian me-
felt that one of the con-
To Speak Here On
Child Evangelism
Mrs. Stella Young, state director
of the Child Evangelism Fellowshp
will speak in the Ebenezer Mennonite
church Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock.
Announcement of her coming here
was made by Rev. P. A. Kliewer,
pastor of the church.
ship is an international organization
with an objective of reaching twenty
seven million unchurched children
under the age of twelve.
Bers*a ^Bss’on School
of 110 students consisting of child
ren of missionaries, European
cials and natives.
Annual Reunion to Open
Program in Auditorium
7:30 O’clock
On Tuesday of last week, price
wheat here was $1.02. Wednesday
this week, the market opened at
cents a bushel, within three cents
the 75-cent minimum pegged by fed
Ieral regulations.
Blilffton high
class of 1920
The fellow-
Bluffton High commencement sea
sons of bygone years were recalled
by a display of old graduation pro
grams placed in The Bluffton News
window this week by Mrs. Linda
Swank, of North Main street.
Among them is the program for
the first graduating exercises of the
school on June 3, 1881, in
Exhibit Of Old Programs Recalls
H. S. Graduation Of Yesteryear
the Meth­
the senior class of
Minna Herrmann,
that year
Helen F.
Lillie M.
Barnes, Emma Lugabill,
Clark, Rolla A. Hickey and Willis V.
Next in the series of programs is
that for the fourth commencement
held May 23, 1884, in Keim’s Hall.
S. C. Patterson was superintendent
of the school at that time.
Fifth annual graduation exercises
were held on May 22, 1885, in
Herr’s Opera House then the show
i place of the town.
The school opens for its fall
the first of September and
Hauenstein will leave early in Aug
ust. Her route of travel will depend
on developments in the European
war situation at that time.
For the past year she has been an
instructor in Columbus Grove high
school, which position she will resign
to accept the Persia appointment.
She is a graduate of Bluffton college
and later spent a year in graduate
research work in social sciences at
Washington, D. C.
I The school was established seventy
High School Alumni To Drop
Traditional Banquet Friday
Informal Class Reunions
Dancing Arranged for Later
in Evening
A custom of more than four dec
ades will be discontinued at the an
nual meeting of the Bluffton High
Alumni association, this Friday
night in the school building.
No banquet has been planned for
this spring, the first time in more
than 40 years that the program has
not followed a plan identical in most
respects to that started in the early
days of the association.
The reunion this year will open
with a program and business meet
ing in the high school auditorium at
members of the
school graduating
are expected here
the twentieth class annivers
on Saturday night. A din
and program will be held at
Walnut Grill.
class reunion was ar
to be held on Saturday
following the regular
reunion on Friday.
7:30 o’clock. This will be followed
by informal class reunions. Refresh
ments will be served during the even
Following the opening portion of
the program, an alumni dance will
be held in the gymnasium, with par
ticipation limited strictly to alumni
members. Each unmarried alumni
member will be permitted to bring
one guest.
The 75-cent fee of former years
for dinner and dues has been re
duced to 40 cents to cover dues and
refreshments to be served during
evening. For those dancing an
ditional fee of 25 cents will
charged. Tickets are on sale
both drug stores.
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
With The Sick
Eugene Weed, son of Rev.
Mrs. J. A. Weed is a medical
tient at Bluffton hospital.
Oliver Locher returned home Tues
day night from Cleveland where he
has been taking hospital treatment.
Miss Sarah Moyer of Mt. Cory,
Bluffton college student, is a patient
in the Bluffton hospital.
Mrs. Chas. Disbrow, former Bluff
ton resident, is reported seriously ill
at her home in Lyons.
Glenna Kohler who underwent an
operation for appendicitis is conval
escing at the home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Kohler west of
Program for the Tenth Annual
commencement shows the exercises
were held on May 3, 1890, in the
town hall, which had been completed
less than two years previously. U.
M. Shappell was superntendent.
Seventeenth commencement exer
cises were held in the opera house,
May 21, 1897, and
shows more elaborate
was being presented at that time.
Outside orchestras were brought in
to appear on the program, and com
mencement exercises were quite an
event. B. F. Biery was superin
the program
Other programs include those for
1898, 1900, 1902 and 1909.
After the turn of the century ex
ercises were held in the city hall,
following abandonment of Herr’s
Opera House as a public gathering
plaie. The 1909 exercises were held
in the Bluffton college chapel.
Exercises in High School
torium After Ritual
Carl W. Smith of State
Service Commission
Honoring the soldier-dead of the
area, Memorial Day services will be
held Thursday morning of next week
at Maple Grove cemetery and in the
Bluffton High auditorium.
Arrangements for the program are
being directed by the Bluffton post,
American Legion, and the decoration
of soldiers’ graves, a parade and the
dual exercises are planned.
Brief ceremonies will be conducted
at the cemetery, the feature of which
will the Legion ritual at the grave
of Dr. Otto Owens, veteran of the
Spanish-American war. The sendee
will start at 10 a. m.
Following the cemetery obsenance,
a public meeting will be held at 10:30
a. m. in the Bluffton High school
Carl W. Smith of Kenton, member
of the Ohio Civil Sendee Commission
will be the speaker,
presented by the Bluf
Mayor W. A
Legion, i
Music will be
on High band..
Howe will act as chair
Fett, commander of the
charge of program ar-
Members of the Legion will assem
ble at the town hall and march to
the cemetery for the brief rites there.
Decoration of graves of war veter
ans in the Bluffton area will be in
charge of a committee directed by
Armin Hauenstein and Ralph Henry,
Poppy Day Will Be
Observed Saturday
Tribute will be paid by millions of
Americans Saturday to
World War dead. The
Poppy Day throughout
and little red poppies
patriotic sacrifice will
thousands of cities and
year, w’ith trenches again dug in the
poppy-studded fields of France, the
American public is intensely war
conscious, also, as never before, of
the blessings of our country and are
being moved by stronger sentiments
of patriotism. With our poppies we
are offering them a means of ex
pressing their feelings for those who
died in war to defend the things
they value so highly today, and
aid those who still are suffering
a result of patriotic service.
“It is a real sacrifice for many
these women to serve on Poppy Day.
They must leave their homes and put
in hours of hard, unaccustomed work.
Their only reward will be to see the
poppies blooming on every coat in
tribute to the nation’s heroic dead
and to feel their coin boxes grow
heavy with contributions for the
war’s living victims. I am sure
everyone in Bluffton and community
will appreciate what they are doing
and will respond gladly to their ap
peal to wear a poppy,” it was stated
by Mrs. Monroe Amstutz, president
of the Legion Auxiliary.
the nation’s
day will be
the country
symbolic of
be worn in
towns. Thia
Spring Flower Exhibit
Here Saturday Night
The Bluffton Garden club will hold
a display of spring flowers Saturday
evening in the lobby of the Citizens
National bank from 4 to 10 p. m., it
was announced by officers of the
club the first of the week.
The public is invited to visit the
display. Since the organization of
the club ten years ago it has spon
sored several public flower exhibits.
Mrs. C. H. Smith is chairman of the
committee on arrangements for the
exhibit, Saturday evening.
Formal Opening
Of Funeral Home
Formal opening of the Stanley
Basinger Funeral Home on South
Main street will
day and Sunday
residents of the
vited to visit the
be observed Satur
of this week, with
town and area in
Opening of the funeral home is
being held in connection with a na
tion-wide observance of Funeral
Home Inspection week. Favors will
be given to those attending.
Quarters of the establishment have
been redecorated and refurnished.
Equipment is modem in every re
spect, including a public address sys
tem. In addition to the reception
vestibule, there is the main parlor, a
family room, the show room and the
preparation room.

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