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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV METER WORKS TO HOLD THREE DAY SALES GATHERING Representatives from U. S., Canada and South America Convene Friday Program Open to Public at High School Gymnasium, Friday Night Bluffton will be host this week to regional sales representatives of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Readrite Meter Works, who will come here for a three-day conference opening Friday at the local plants. Nearly 30 area representatives from the United States, Canada and South America will be in Bluffton for the three-day session, which will comprise one of the most comprehensive sales meetings ever held by the two Bluff ton concerns. Advance announcement of the new 1941 models in radio test equipment and electrical measuring instruments of the Triplett and Readrite compan ies will be made at the conference. Widespread interest among tech nicians is evidenced annually in the release of new models, for the Bluff ton plant is the second largest organ ization of its kind in the world. Discuss Sales Problems Primary objective of the conference is a technical discussion of instru (Continued on page 2) Wed In Ceremony On Memorial Day In a Memorial day ceremony took place the wedding of Miss Juanita Weiss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Weiss of Bluffton and Dwight Zimmerly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon ard Zimmerly of Pandora, Thursday afternoon. The nuptials were solemnized in the single ring service at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Hil liard Camp in Rawson at 12:30 o’clock. The couple was unattended. The bride was attired for the oc casion in dark blue suit with white accessories. She also w’ore a should er corsage of sweet peas and roses. Her only ornament was a string of pearls, a gift from the mother of the bridegroom. The groom also wore a dark blue suit. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1938 and has been employed at the plant of the Boss Manufacturing Co. The groom was graduated from Pandora high school in 1935 and is employed by the Nickel Plate railroad. They will reside for the present with the groom’s parents near Pandora. Local Man Secretary Of State Convention Lester Niswander of Bluffton has been named secretary of the conven tion committee of the Buckeye Hay Baler’s association which will hold its first annual meeting in Columbus on Thursday, June 13, at the state fair grounds. Arrangements for the convention are proceeding satisfactorily and a large attendance is anticipated, Nis wander stated. Invitations to at tend the gathering have been sent to 1,800 hay balers thruout the state. A basket dinner will be served at noon and a program of addresses and entertainment will take place in the afternoon. Roy W. Roof, Ken ton attorney, will be one of the speakers. A machinery exhibit will be held in connection with the convention. James Moody of Mechanicsburg is chairman of the convention commit tee. College Orchestra Concert On Monday Bluffton college orchestra, under direction of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein will present its commencement week concert next Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the college gymnas ium. Harold Thiessen, member of the orchestra will appear in a violin solo number. The program follows: Pomp and Circumstance Elgar Concerto No. 7 de Beriot A'Jegro Maestoso Andante Tranquillo Allegro Moderate Harold Thiessen Intermezzo from “Naila” Ballet Delibes Symphony No. 11 G-Major Haydn Adagio, Allegro Allegretto, Menuetto Finale-Presto Noted Scientific Journal Editor To Give Address £)R. Harrison E. Howe, of Wash ington, D. C„ author and lecturer, who will be the speaker at a public program in the Bluffton High gym nasium at 8 p. m. Friday, in connec tion with the three-day sales conven tion of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co. and the Readrite Meter Works, is one of this country’s best known industrial and engineering authorities. He is in popular demand as a speaker because of his interesting presentation of new developments which are rapidly revolutionizing many industries. Altho scientific in nature, his addresses are couched in terms that the layman can grasp. Dr. Howe has been editor of Indus trial and Engineering Chemistry magazine since 1921, with head quarters in Washington. Prolific Writer He is a prolific writer in many fields, and among many books is The New Stone Age, which became a popular seller. Dr. Howe also has written chemistry text books for schools, and nature and science read ers for children. Previous to assuming the editor ship of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Dr. Howe served as chair man of the research division of the National Research Council. He also has been prominent in many scientific societies and move ments. Among other offices he has served as a director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 44 Are Expected At Pre-School Clinic Forty-four children are scheduled to attend Bluffton’s annual pre school clinic to be held at the Grade school building this Thursday morn ing beginning at 9 o’clock it was stated by officers of the Parent Teacher association which is spon soring the project. Bluffton physicians, dentists and optometrists are cooperating with county health authorities in the ex amination. Parents with children who are entering school in the first grade next fall are urged to bring their children for this free exam ination. Graduates At Tiffin Business University Miss Jemima Lugibihl of Bluffton will be graduated from Tiffin Busi ness university at the commencement exercises, Friday, receiving the execu tive secretarial diploma. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Lugibihl residing west of town. Harold Maag and Joseph Smith, also of this vicinity are members of the graduating class. Red Cross Quota Here Is Doubled Bluffton’s quota of $150 for European relief has been doubled, according to word received by of ficers of the local chapter, the first of the week. Raising of the quota is believed to be due to the Euro pean crisis which developed during the past few weeks which have made additional relief outlays necessary. Failing in an attempt to tear out a sparrow’s nest in a hard-to-reach spot under the eaves of an imple ment shed, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Purcell, residing four miles west of Bluffton, Tuesday morning struck on a new idea- why not burn it out. The idea worked fine—he succeed ed in firing the sparrow’s nest—but an unforeseen complication arose Boy Sets Fire To Barn In Attempt To Burn Bird’s Nest EXPECT MANY FOR GRADUATION WEEK AT COLLEGE HERE Alumni Reunion Saturday Baccalaureate Service Sun day Afternoon Concert Sunday Night Bluffton Day Monday Commence ment Tuesday Events for Alumni participation will open a crowded four-day season of commencement activity on the Bluffton college campus, this Satur day. Baccalaureate sendee will be the feature of Sunday’s schedule, and Monday will bring the ever-colorful Bluffton Day ceremonies with crown ing of the Bluffton Day Queen in the traditional picturesque open-air cere mony. Climaxing the season, commence ment exercises will be held for a class of 28 graduating seniors, Tuesday morning. Dr. Wilson M. Compton, of Washington, D. C., will be the speak er. His subject will be “On This Rock”. Alumni Day Saturday Saturday’s program has been plan ned principally for the Alumni. Out standing events of the day include the Varsity “B” luncheon at noon a baseball game in the afternoon be tween alumni and varsity teams and the alumni banquet in the evening. President L. L. Ramseyer will de liver the baccalaureate address at 3 p. m. Sunday in the chapel. He will speak on the subject: “Looking For ward.” Other events on Sunday’s program include a concert by the vesper choir at 6:30 p. m. in the First Mennonite church, and a pageant of Bluffton col lege activity during the last 40 years to be presented at 8 p. m. in the same place. Bluffton Day exercises Monday af ternoon will follow class reunions at noon. Crown Queen To many the colorful presentation on the campus, ending with crowning of the Bluffton Day Queen, is the out standing event of commencement week. Miss Carol Cookson, Bluffton, will reign as Queen this year. The Maid of Honor is Miss Helene Stone hill, Lima. Monday evening will bring presen tation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsum mer Night’s Dream” in the ampithea tre on the college campus. A Shakes pearean play is presented each year by the Thespians as one of the com mencement features. Graduation exercises will be at 10 a. m. Tuesday in the First Mennonite church, with Dr. Compton’s address preceding the presentation of diplom as. The commencement luncheon at noon will close the four-day observ ance. Beaverdam Woman Succumbs Wednesday Mrs. Lillian Sawmiller, 66, of Beaverdam wife of Irvin Sawmiller, died in Lima Memorial hospital Wednesday morning at 8:40 o’clock. Death was due to cerebral hemor rhage. Surviving are her husband of Beaverdam and by a previous mar riage a son D. F. Cotner of Findlay. Also surviving are a half-brother Kenneth Wingate of Eastland, Texas and three grandchildren. The body was removed to the Diller funeral home here Wednesday noon. Funeral arrangements are in complete. Bluffton Broadcast Heard Friday Night Radio listeners who had their dials tuned to Station WCKY, Cincinnati, Friday night at 10:30 o’clock, re ceived what is believed to have been the first broadcast pointing out Bluffton’s municipal advantages. when the shed roof caught fire and the flames threatened to spread to a large barn adjoining the shed. Neighbors were hastily summoned by telephone and the Bluffton fire department made a hurryup run to the Purcell farm shortly after eleven o’clock. The neighbors who formed a bucket brigade, however, had suc ceeded in extinguishing the blaze just as the fire pumper arrived. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS ____________________________A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1940 To Receive Crown In Co|lege Campus Fete Next Monday CHANGE IN ROUTE 25 TO ELIMINATE HAZARDOUS BRIDGE Highway Near Beaverdam, Scene of Many Fatal Crashes To be Straightened Three New Bridges will be Con structed on Dixie Highway By State Elimination of the “death-trap” bridge at the Dr. F. L. Foust farm, two miles south of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway, will be accomplished during the coming year. Bids for straightening the high way and constructing a new concrete bridge at the spot where many fatal accidents have occurred are being asked by the state highway depart ment. Opening of the bids will take place at Columbus on Frirfajr, June 14, and completion of the road improvement is scheduled for July 31, 1941. In addition to work near the Foust farm, two smaller bridges also are to be built between that place and Five Points, the highway department announced. Engineers’ estimate of the cost of constructing the three bridges and the three .472 of a mile of highway is $55,800. All three of the new bridges will be 28 feet in width, according to the highway department’s announcement. That at the Foust farm, with a span of 40 feet, will be the largest. One of the others will have a 30-feet span and the third will be 18 feet. In straghtening the highway to the Foust bridge approach, width of the pavement will be 22 feet, with a roadway of 42 feet wide. Two More Residences Will Be Started Soon Building of two more homes will be started in Bluffton shortly it w’as learned the first of the w’eek. Residences are those of P. W. Stauffer and C. W. Elliott who have purchased lots in the tract belong ing to Mrs. Will Triplett on Kibler street near the Grove street inter section. Stauffer is an instructor in speech at the high school and college and Elliott is employed at the Triplett plant. With the starting of these resi dences, Bluffton will have seven new homes under construction, five hav ing been started previously this spring. Summer's Here With Temperature Over 90 Summer weather arrived here the first of the week with slacks and bathing suits springing into popu larity. Temperature Tuesday after noon passed the ninety degree mark for the first time this season. Continued warm weather prevailed Wednesday. Farmers hailed the ar rival of seasonable weather after a cold and late spring. Corn planting, delayed since early in May, is ex pected to be largely completed this week. Bluffton-made Instruments Have Uses In Widely Diverse Fields I i /^AROL Cookson, Bluffton col lege senior, who will be crowned queen Monday after noon at Bluffton day festivities, the picturesque campus fete of the college graduation week. Miss Cookson, prominent in scholastic and extra-curricular activities, is the daughter of Mrs. Mabel Cookson of South Jackson street. Of Prime Importance in Avia tion New Development for Army Bombers Triplett Instruments Found in Beauty Parlors Also on Atlantic Clippers Unusual instruments representing the latest developments in many var ied fields of science are manufac tured at The Triplett Electrical In strument Co., Bluffton’s major in dustry, which is holding a sales con ference for representatives from the United States, Canada and South America, opening Friday. Altho a greater part of the local industry is devoted to the manu facture of electrical measuring in struments and radio and industrial test equipment of more common usage, many of the firm’s production items are keeping pace with the lat est scientific trends and as a result are not generally known. Electrical instruments made here are used in mechanisms to match colors, grade fruit, sort cigars, measure speed and temperature, test the solidity of rivets and for a number of other almost unbelievable purposes. Television Testing In pace with new developments, the Triplett company already manu (Continued on page 2) Bluffton non-union men will be eligible for half of the common la bor jobs on the post office building now under construction here it was stated by the superintendent in charge of the work in a conference with Mayor W. A. Howe, Wednes day noon. Bluffton Labor To Get Jobs On New Post Office Building The superintendent’s statement came following an earlier conference between Mayor Hove and repre sentatives of the American Federa tion of Labor’s building trades, Wed nesday morning in which the union held out for a closed shop arrange ment in the construction here. As the situation stood Wednesday noon, however, the common labor will be divided half union and half non union men, according to the state ment issued by Mayor Howe, follow ing the conference with the con struction superintendent. Two Bluffton men are reported to be employed on the project now, which consists principally of exca vation. In the conference with Mayor Howe, Wednesday morning, the A. F. of L. representatives insisted that all workers employed on the building join their union. Cost of union mem bership would be $15 initiation fee and $2 monthly dues, it was stated following the conference. Majority of labor now employed on the job consists of out of town union members. Excavation for the building is now almost completed and forms for the concrete foundations are now being built. The James I. Barnes Con struction company of Springfield is the general contractor. Announce Rural Carrier Exam Here Announcement that an examina tion will be held for the position of rural letter carrier on the Bluffton postal routes, was made the first of the week by Postmaster Ed Reichen bach. As a result of the examination an eligible register will be established from which it is expected that certi fication will be made for filling the vacancy in the position of carrier on the rural routes here as they may occur in the future unless it is found to be in the interest of the service to fill a vacancy by rein statement, transfer or promotion. Date for the examination will be announced later provided there is no reinstatement, transfer or promotion. Applications must be on file with the U. S. Civil Service Commission at Washington prior to the close of business on June 14. Real Estate Deal Edgar Chamberlain has purchased the Mrs. Jean Murray property on Cherry street and will remodel it in to a two-family apartment house. Mrs. Murray expects to move to Findlay where she will make her future home. Concern Felt For Safety Of Local Woman In France I- ■J £JONCERN was expressed here for the safety of Miss Edna Ram seyer, former Bluffton college dean of women, now supervsor of a camp of Spanish refugee children in southern France, when press dis patches the first of the week told of bombing air raids by German planes over Marseilles. Miss Ramseyer is known to be lo cated near Marseilles where she has been stationed since she arrived in France four months ago to assist in caring for refugee children from the late civil war in Spain. Work of caring for these children, originally under direction of the French government was taken over by the Friends Service committee after France became involved in the present war. Miss Ramseyer sailed from New York city late in January for a year’s service in France with the Friends organization. She resigned her position at Bluffton college to accept the overseas service. Sacred Concert By Noted Tenor Sunday Eivin Bjomstad, noted lyric dra matic tenor will appear in a sacred concert at Ebenezer Mennonite church Sunday night at 8 o’clock, it is an nounced by the pastor, Rev. P. A. Kliewer. Bjornstad has appeared here pre viously when he was particularly well received. He is a native of Oslo, Norway, and has toured Europe, appearing in the principal cities. Two Hurt In Dixie Crash Near Town Two Detroit residents received treatment at the Bluffton Community hospital Saturday after they were injured in an auto-truok collision a short distance south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway at 3:10 a. m. Warren Bates, 20, driver of the automobile, sustained body bruises, cuts on his cheek and an injured wrist. His sister, Mrs. Blanche O’Neil, 27, received facial cuts and body bruises. State highway patrolmen reported that Bates' 1938 sedan, traveling south on the Dixie, was involved in the collision with a truck owned by the National Transit Co., driven north by Arthur Winings, 32, of Lima. Enroute to Detroit, the truck was loaded with tobacco and general mer chandise. Authorities estimated loss to the truck and its cargo was $1,000. The sedan driven by Bates was demolished. Lewis Foltz, Jr., of Bluffton, brought the two injured Detroit er sons to the Bluffton hosital in his automobile. Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ruel Suter, Pandora, a daughter, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hauenstein, north of Bluffton, a son, Friday. Dr. and Mrs. Weldon Diller, Raw son, a daughter, Friday. Word has been received here of the birth of a daughter, Farin Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Kliewer of Billings, Montana, Sunday. Mr. Kliewer is the son of Rev. and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer of Grove Street. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Carol, to Mr. and Mrs. Waldon Hilty of East Orange, N. J., formerly of this vicinity. Mrs. Hilty was before her marriage Miss Wilma Steiner. Addresses Churches On War Relief Need Prof. N. E. Byers of this place spoke in Goshen, Ind., Sunday, be fore a gathering of representatives of Mennonite churches of northern Indiana on the subject of European war relief. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 6 CONFER DEGREES ON CLASS OF 28 COLLEGE SENIORS Bachelor of Arts to 24 Bache lor of School Music to Four, Tuesday Dr. Wilson Compton of Wash ington to Deliver Address To Graduates Diplomas will be presented to 28 graduating seniors at Bluffton college commencement exercises in the First Mennonite church, at 10 a. m. next Tuesday. Twenty-four seniors will receive A. B. degrees, and four others have qualified for B. S. M. (Bachelor of School Music) degrees. Class Speaker Dr. Wilson M. Compton, of Wash ington, D. C.. a member of the na tionally known Wooster family, will deliver the class address to graduat ing seniors. In addition to the 28 who will re ceive diplomas next Tuesday, four other students are expected to grad uate at the close of the summer term. A. B. degrees will be conferred up on the following at commencement, Tuesday: Richard Backensto, Allentown, Pa. Mason Blosser, Lima Evelyn Burk haard, Orrtanna, Pa. Elnore Burtch in, Lima Carol Cookson, Bluffton Wanda Eversole, Bluffton Stanley Fretz, Lansdale. Pa. Wayne Good bar, Lima Donald Gundy, Meadows, Ill. Theda Hankish, Bluffton Vivian Heck, Willard Eugene Hilty, Lima Margaret Hobson, Damascus Della Krebill, Donnellson, Iowa Alice Ole wine, Allentown, Pa. Elizabeth Ras mussn, North Tonawanda, N. Y. Karl Schultz, Bluffton. William Snyder, Altoona, Pa. Gen i evieve Stein, Genoa Ruth Steiner, Bluffton Helen Stonehill, Lima Dale Suter, Columbus Grove Robert West, Bluffton, and Paul Wimmer, Hatfield, Pa. Bachelor of School Music degrees will be conferred upon Virgil Bartz, Columbus Grove Roger Hauenstein, Bluffton Herbert Jones, Grover Hill and Margery Lecrone, Bucyrus. At the close of the summer term the following are expected to qualify for degrees: Charles Suter, Pandora and Eugene Zuber, Bluffton, A. B. and Victor Gerber, Apple Creek, and Emma Kohler, St. Marys, B. S. M. Last Rites For Eli Locher Held Monday Funeral services largely attended were held for Eli Locher, 65, at his home four miles south of Bluffton on the Bentley road, Monday afternoon. Rev. H. T. Unruh of the First Men nonite church officiated and inter ment was made in Maple Grove cem etery. Mr. Locher died in the Bluffton Community hospital, Friday after noon following a year’s illness. A native of Riley township, Put nam county, he was born February 27, 1875, the son of Christian and Verena Locher. He was a lifelong resident of this section where he was widely known in business circles. He was active in oil field opera tions here during the boom in this section some forty years ago. He was also engaged for a number of years in buying horses and was in terested in the Citizens National bank here. A prominent farmer, he recently retired from active farm work. Surviving are his wife, the former Estella J. Sharpie one sister, Mrs. Mary Diller and five brothers, Gideon and Hiram of Bluffton, Samuel and Christian of Pandora and Milton Locher of Washington, D. C. Two brothers, Eph and Cyrus pre ceded him in death. Attend Graduation At Cincinnati U. Harold Schultz, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz of South Lawn avenue will be graduated in mechanical en gineering at commencement exercises of the University of Cincinnati, Fri day. Dr. and Mrs. Schultz, son Kar! and daughter Lora Schultz together with I. I. Bargen of Mountain Lake, father of Mrs. Schultz, will attend the exercises. Mr. Bargen will re main here to attend commencement exercises of Bluffton college next Tuesday when Karl Schultz will be graduated from the college of liberal arts.