Mrs. G. T. Andrews returned
home Thursday after visiting her
son, Earl Andrews at Leipsic the
past six weeks.
Miss Joan Rader is spending the
week with her grandparents. Mr.
and Mrs. Guy Rader at MeCw.K
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bowers
Payne spent Friday with the Ri
mer’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. .Vte
Mr. and Mrs. Harold The u
daughter of Jenera were ev.
day guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Sherries
Akron were Tuesday dinner
of Mr. and Mrs. F- C. Ffe
Mr. and Mrs. E ar*. Sxe:*. cz
Findlay were Friday visitors cf the
latter’s mother. Mrs. Mayne Yaat
C. A. Stoodt is spend the
with Mr. and Mrs. Lester a:
Mrs. C. D.
with her st.s. Russ. .•
Underwood at Toledo.
Mrs. Henry Augsburger
past week with Mr. ar.d Mrs. I?.-. e
Augsburger at Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. Helen Wert of Lima was a
Friday visitor of her mother, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Arnold enter
tained as Sunday dinner guests Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Arnold and son Ken
neth, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Arnold
and son Roger, Mr. and Mrs. Willis
Arnold all of Cairo.
Raymond Huber of St. Clairsville
was a week end visitor of his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Huber.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Williams,
daughters Nancy Jane and Helen
Ann spent Sunday with Mrs. Will
iams' parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D.
Koontz at Findlay.
Mrs. Clara Burden of Lima was
a Thursday dinner guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. Burden.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gierhart
and son Gary of Germantown spent
the week end with Mr. and Mrs.
Elizie Gierhart, and Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Amstutz and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Amstutz and
daughter of Akron were w’eek end
visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Am
Kenneth Younkman of West Unity
is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Mrs. Catherine Ross and son John
are spending the week with relatives
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Amstutz at
tended the graduation exercises at
State college Mississippi on May 20
where their son, Warren was a
member of the class in Business
administration receiving a Master
Rev. and Mrs. E. J. Arthur, Miss
Adda Yoakum, Mrs. Russell Brack
ney, Mrs. G. T. Arnold, Mrs. Russell
Wolfe, Mrs. Everett Rowland, Mrs.
Orville Huber, Mrs. Wm. Younkman
and Mrs. Ed Cook attended a Mis
sionary meeting at Bellefontaine,
Herbert Stewart and Maynard
at W. H. Gratz
Every Wednesday Evening
Until Further Notice
Jewelry, watch, and clock
repairing. Leave work
FACE to FACE
"IfRS. George Schmidt, one of
the first to be baptized at
St. Mary’s church 72 years ago
and her granddaughter, Theresa
Nan Schmidt, baptized at St.
Mary’s less than a year ago, be
coming the fourth generation of
her family in the parish.
Brackney attended the concert given
by Marian Anderson, contralto at
Lima, Monday night.
Mrs. Margaret Davis, Mrs. Laura
Davis, daughters Donna and Juanita,
Mr. and Mrs. Wallice Brenneman,
daughter Joyce Ann of Elida, Miss
Mary Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Wolf of Wapakoneta were Sunday
visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Wolf and family.
The members of the Senior class
returned Friday after a motor trip
to Washington, D. C. and other
points of interest.
A musical program will be given
by the “Sims” family at the Church
of Christ Sunday, June 2 at 8:00
Mrs. Lourence Ludwig, Mrs. S. M.
Vertner and daughter Martha, Mrs.
Lester McElwain and Miss Ruth
Durkee attended inspection of the
Eastern Star at Lafayette, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Stirn are en
I joying a week’s motor trip in the
George Moser of St. Clairsville
was a week end visitor of his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. John Moser.
Mrs. Jim Etta Edgecome returned
Sunday after having spent the
winter with Mr. and Mrs. R. G.
Goble at Lexington, Kentucky.
To Attend Summer
As in former years, Bluffton col
lege will again be represented at the
Geneva Y. W. C. A. Conference this
summer. This annual student Y. W.
gathering will be held at College
Camp on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin,
from June 19 to June 27. Misses
Betty Amstutz, president of the
local association, Esther Niswander,
vice president, and Frances Ram
seyer, social chairman, plan to at
The theme of the Conference this
summer is “Exploring Christian At
titudes”. There will be meetings of
the entire group, commissions, and
gatherings for specific officers to
discuss various aspects of this
problem. Afternoon are free for
participation in all types of recrea
tion, including swimming, boating,
hiking, biking, horseback riding,
tennis and softball.
AXD HOW you could use it... $100 to
pay bills and debts... $200 to trade for a
better car at a bargain sale ... $50 for new
clothes .. $100 for home furnishings
$50 for dental or medical care.
AND HOW you could pay it.. about
one-tenth of your income is all that’s re
quired to make the monthly payments. So
list the things you would like to do with
extra cash right now then call on us for
a private, cooperative Joan from $10 to
$1000 on your own signature and personal
security. It’s easy to get the money.
Cor. Market & Elizabeth Sti., Phone Main 7351, Lima, Qhio
Prof. M’Della Moon, head of the
college department of biology, has
been made a fellow of the Ohio
Academy of Science after a recent
meeting of that body on the Ohio
State University campus May 10.
She has been a member of that or
ganization since 1923. Miss Moon
had the honor conferred upon her
in commemoration of the large
number of graduates from her de
partment who have entered into
biological studies at the graduate
school at Ohio State.
The Ohio Academy of Science is
composed of the most outstanding
scientists in the state.
Mrs. George Snyder, a returned
missionary, will bring a message at
the Emanuels’ Reformed church Sun
day morning at 10:45 a. m. Every
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Badertscher
called on Will Freyman at the St.
Rita hospital of Lima, Sunday after
Frank Moorman of Spencerville
spent last week with Mrs. Elda
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and
sons spent Sunday afternoon with
his parents Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Paul Rhoads spent the week-end at
the Otto Amstutz home.
Mrs. Lydia Lora and daughter
Clara were Sunday dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Tschiegg and
Rev. and Mrs. Norman Hershey
and son of Pennsylvania were guests
at the Amos and Francis Basinger
Mr and Mrs. Ed Marquart and
son Melvin spent Sunday evening
with Mr. and Mrs. Russell Leiber
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Diller and
family and Adah Lehman spent
Thursday evening with Mr. and Mrs.
Eldon Tschiegg and family.
Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Emory Ba
singer a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Roily Moser and son
spent Sunday afternoon w’ith Mr.
and Mrs. Levi Hauenstein and son.
Grandma Keiner is quite ill w’ith
double pneumonia and asthma.
Mrs. Albert Kohler underwent an
operation for gall stones at the
Bluffton hospital Saturday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Bailey of
LaRue spent Sunday evening with
Mrs. Mary Matter.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Reynold and
son David Ray spent the past week
with Mrs. Mary Matter.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gratz and
family of Sidney, Mr. and Mrs. Ken
neth Gratz and Mrs. Richard Core
and daughter of Lima, Mr. and Mrs.
J. L. Gratz and sons James, Mr.
and Mrs. Reno Gratz and daughter
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
This Thursday people of the
United States will honor their dead
in the seventy-third annual observ
ance of Memorial Day.
PROMINENT IN DIAMOND JUBILEE OF ST. MARY’S CHURCH
Decoration Day was first observed
in 1868. Early in May of that year
General John A. Logan, as command
er-in-chief of the Grand Army of the
“The Good Old Days” still remain
the best days so far as taxes are
concerned, and Norval Scoles, Jack
son tow’nship farmer, has a 91-year
old tax receipt to prove it.
Dated Oct. 30, 1849, the receipt is
made out to his father, John Scoles,
for payment of tax assessments on
80 acres of land now known as the
Norval Scoles farm.
Half tax on the 80 acres in 1849
wras only $1.28, the receipt shows.
Altho the paper is nearly a century
old it is in good condition and still
is legible. T. K. Jacobs, Allen coun-
Distribution of nearly a million
dollars in state and Allen county tax
revenue was started last Saturday by
the county auditor’s office, with
Bluffton, Beaverdam and Richland
township sharing in the allotments.
Funds being released included the
first-half 1939 real estate tax settle
ment totalling $811,717.51 inheri
tance taxes amounting to $12,270.27
May sales tax receipts of $8,524.38
state school funds, $94,338 relief,
$3,643 and auto license fees, $61,
^T. Mary’s Catholic church in Bluffton which celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this month received its first impetus from the
family of James and Sarah Owens, converts, whose granddaughters, present parishioners, are shown in the top picture. Left
to right are Miss Ida Owens, Mrs. Dale Owens McGinnis and rs. Esther Owens Fisher. The letters they hold were written in
1863 by their uncle, Paris Owens from a Civil war encampment in Georgia where he died, bequeathing money for purchase of the
land on which the church now stands.
Inset are the pastor and the three parish councilmen. Left to right they are: C. D. Fisher, husband of Mrs. Ethel Owens
Fisher, the Rev. Robert Maher, William Reagan and Andrew Herrmann.
One reason for the selection of May
30 as the official date for the ob
servance is that this was the date
on w’hich the last Union volunteer
soldier of the Civil War was “mus
Originally the date was set aside
for the decoration of the graves of
Civil War soldiers. Later the ob
servance wasnvidened in scope to in
clude all military dead.
Memorial Day Thursday Will
Be Seventy-third Observance
Republic, issued an official order that
every post of the organization should
hold “suitable exercises and decorate
the graves of their dead comrades
Much praise was given southern
women by such men as Chauncey
Depew, when only a few* years after
the close of the war they strewed
the graves of both northern and
southern soldiers with flowers as a
91-Year-Old Tax Receipt Shows Taxes
Weren’t Bad In “The Good Old Days”
In the real estate tax settlement
Bluffton will receive $3,542.45 and
Beaverdam will get $97.84. Richland
Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gratz
w’ere Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. W. F. Gratz.
A Union county 4-H club is grow
ing roasters as a poultry project this
year. The chickens are brooded
under homemade electric hens, w’hich
are boxes heated by light bulbs set
in tin tubes. The boxes have wire
Testing cow’s for production was
at an all-time high in Ohio at the
time of the last monthly report,
with 60 herd improvement associa
tions operating. Reports were made
on more than 21,000 cows. High
herds for the month w’ere in the
North Mercer and in the Lorain No.
More recently the soldiers who
served in later wars have gradually
taken the place of the blue-clad Civil
War veterans. The familiar red pop
pies are Memorial Day symbols
which came into use following the
Bluffton, Richland Twp. And
Beaverdam Receive Tax Funds
ty treasurer, in 1849, signed the re
Scoles believes the receipt to be the
first one his father received after he
took over the land, which was prac
tically all woods at that time. It is
thought that the elder Scoles was
engaged in clearing the land for
farming when the $1.28 payment fell
Since clearing of the land was
started, the farm has been in the
possession of the Scoles family,
Norval Scoles acquiring it from his
township’s share was announced as
Bluffton schools will receive $18,
962.23 from the same source. A
total of $5,228.43 is allotted to
In the May sales tax distribution
Bluffton’s share is $137.58 Beaver
dam gets $24.34, and Richland town
ship will receive $80.96.
Automobile license fee distribution
will give Bluffton $725 and Beaver
dam is to get $106.25.
Bluffton and Beaverdam will not
share in the inheritance tax settle
ment, but Richland township will re
ceive 14 cents, the report shows.
Joint “Y” Meeting
Is Panel Discussion
On last Wednesday night the Y.
M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. held a
joint panel discussion in the Y. W.
C. A. room.
The main topic discussed was,
“Campus Problems”. The panel
consisted of Dale Francis, Duane
Tway, Alvin Beachy, Elnore Burt
chin, Josephine Mohr, and Margaret
Shelly, The discussion was led by
Margaret Berky and Gayion Thomas.
The group discussed such prob
lems as the merits of freshman ini
tiation, the honor system, chapel at
tendance, chapel programs, and pro
jects for next year’s Student Council.
News Want-Ads Bring Results.
Bluffton Man Named
To Committee Office
Raymond G. Conrad, of Bluffton,
was re-elected secretary of the Allen
County Democratic Central commit
tee at a meeting of the group last
week in Lima.
J. I. Luginbuhl, of two miles south
of Bluffton, was one of three elected
vice-chairmen. Attorney James J.
Weadock, Jr., of Lima, is chairman
of the group.
News Want-Ads Bring Results.
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1940
Choir Will Give
The “Rose Maiden”
Completing a successful season,
the Bluffton College A Capella choir,
under the direction of Professor
Russell A. Lantz, will present its
final full length concert of secular
music at the First Mennonite
church on June 9th.
As is traditional, all alumni of
the organization present for this
program will be asked to join the
chorus in singing “Beautiful Savior”
and “Send Forth Thy Spirit”.
The choir is also planning to
present the “Rose Maiden”, a can
tata by Frederic H. Cowen, in the
College Chapel on June second.
Soloists will be Dorothy Burner,
Ethelyn Oyer, Herbert Oyer, and
Wilson Jones. Miss Bettye Lewis
will accompany the chorus at the
The coming year’s social program
of Bluffton college will be headed
by Frances Ramseyer, a sophomore
from Smithville, Ohio. Miss Ram
seyer has been prominent in social
activities of the campus as well as
a capable leader in the extra-curric
An active member of the A Capel
la choir, serving as secretary to the
Girl’s Varsity “B”, and heading the
social committee of the Y. W. C. A.
for next year well qualifies her for
She will succeed William Snyder,
senior from Altoona, Pa., who filled
the position during the past year.
Two New Teachers
Changes in the faculty in the
Beaverdam public schools were an
nounced this w’eek by Allen County
Superintendent Herschel Litherland.
If you want to be sure that the crystal you give or
is perfectly acceptable, select our “American”
pattern. This stunning handmade crystal is a Fostoria
recreation of a favorite colonial pattern so coveted by
great grandmothers. Today, it is again America’s most
George Bowers has been hired for
the 1940-41 term, replacing Carson
Marshall, who recently was hired at
Lafayette. Magdalene Bixel will fill
the vacancy left by the marriage of
Its sparkle catches every eye. Its colonial simplicity
is in harmony with every setting. Its rugged quality is
ideal for everyday use. Its good taste recommends
“American” for smart entertaining.
Teachers rehired at Beaverdam in
clude Clifford Paul, superintendent
Wilbur Byerly, Madeline Smith, Rita
Hankish, Wendell Crider and Mabelle
And “American” is very inexpensive. In fact, some
pieces cost as little as 50c each. Selection is practically
unlimited over 200 separate pieces are available. For
gifts, for keeps, be sure to see our “American” displays.
Several Ohio farmers each year
sacrifice a hand because they try to
push a jammed ear of corn through
a sheller with the hand instead of
with a second ear of corn.
Basinger’s Furniture Store
Famous Floor Finish by the
makers of JOHNSON’S
Slo-Coat for your floors—
iking many friends right
Bluffton. Easily applied,
uces a lasting and beauti
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