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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV GRADUATION IS IMPRESSIVE AT COLLEGE HERE Dr. Wilson Compton Gives Ad dress to Class from Busi nessman's Viewpoint Degrees are Conferred at Close Of Service at Mennonite Church Tuesday Like the Pilgrim forebears who, facing a hostile wilderness, went to their fields with a musket in one hand and a hoe in the other, present day America may henceforth be obliged to make its progress in peace ful pursuits under the shadow of a huge national defense program. This was the warning expressed by Dr. Wilson Compton of Washington, D. C. who delivered the address to the graduating class at the commence ment exercises of Bluffton college, Tuesday morning. The First Mennonite church was fill ed for the occasion and the speaker read his address, entitled “On This Rock” from a prepared manuscript. Although .a distinguished scholar and an instructor in George Washing ton university, Compton told his au dience he was speaking not as a teacher but as a business man. Prominent in Business The speaker was thoroly at home in his business role, having been for many years secretary of the Nation al Lumber Manufacturers’ associa tion, and known thruout the country in commercial circles. He appeared for the occasion in a (Continued on page 8) Former Hluffton Man Dies In West Relatives here have received word of the death of Frantz Stauffer, 40, native of Bluffton, who died suddenly at his home in Hawthorne, Calif., May 19. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Stauffer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stauffer who formerly resided on South Lawn avenue. The family left about thirty-seven years ago for Blackwell, Okla., later mov ing to California. The father died at that place some six years ago. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lydia Frantz Stauffer of Hawthorne, and three sisters, Mrs. Edith Wright of Calhan, Colorado Mrs. Nina Stroup of Blackwell, Okla., and Mrs. Chloe Lair of Los Ageles. He was never married. Eighth New Home To Be Begun Soon Building of another new residence in Bluffton will be begun soon, it was learned the first of the week folowing announcement of the pur chase of a building lot by Mrs. Jose phine Carnahan. The lot, located at the comer of West Elm and Spring streets was purchased by Mrs. Carnahan from Postmaster Ed Reichenbach. An nouncement of the building makes eight houses in Bluffton’s summer building program, either under con struction or ready to be started shortly. Car Driven By Man Near Town Hits Tot A two-year-old Ada child, Charlene Greenawalt was instantly killed last Wednesday night when struck by a car driven by Kenneth Hauenstein, 22, son of Lewis Hauenstein of Jack son township south of Bluffton. The accident occurred as the child and her mother, Mrs. Gerald Greena walt were crossing a street intersec tion. The child ran ahead of the mother directly into the path of the automobile. K. W. Preston, Hardin county cor oner returned a verdict of acci dental death and exonerated Hauen stein of any blame. The coroner said witnesses told him the car was not going fast. Heavy Rain Leaves Fields Under Water A considerable number of fields southwest of Bluffton in the Beaver dam area were reported under water Tuesday following Monday night’s heavy downpour. Many of the fields were planted to com which is just beginning to show signs of growth following a late spring. The rain Monday night, one of the heaviest this summer followed an erratic course. South of Bluffton in the Lafayette district, comparatively little rain fell. Graduates And Weds Tuesday 1IJRS. Wm. Tisdale, the former Miss Vivian Heck of Wil lard, Ohio, who was graduated from Bluffton college Tuesday morning and married in a cere mony in the college chapel in the afternoon. Her husband was graduated from the college a year ago. LOCAL WOMAN IS THOUGHT IN WAR RELIEF OVERSEAS Lulu Sommer, Daughter of Abr. Sommer of Beaverdam, Be lieved in Belgium. Last Heard From in Brussels in April Previously Located in Central Europe. Rising concern is being felt for the safety of Miss Lulu Sommer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abr. Som mer of Beaverdam, who is believed to be in Brussels, Belgium, engaged is in w-ork among war refugees. Last word received two months ago by her parents consisted of a heavily censored letter in which only meager details were available. However, she stated that condition* were bad and that she and others engaged in mission work at Eupen, Belgium, had been forced to evacuate that place and go to Brussels. In the absence of any later word from her it is presumed that she is engaged in war relief work among the refugees in Brussels. Miss Sommer has been in Belgium for the past three years as a mis sionary working under the Baptist church of Grand Rapids, Mich. Previous to that she spent another three year term of service in mission work in Czecho-Slovakia, Germany and Hungary. Couple Is Wed At Dayton, Thursday In a ceremony at the home of the bride’s uncle, Rev. William Motter of Dayton last Thursday morning, took place the wedding of Miss Leona Motter, daughter of Albert Motter of Orange township and Verl Reich enbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Reichenbach of Bluffton. The wedding vows were received at 7 o’clock by Rev. Motter, using the single ring service. The couple was unattended. Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served by the bride’s aunt after which they left on a short trip thru the southern states, re turning Saturday night. They are now residing at the home of the bride’s father. Red Cross Reports Contributions Here Bluffton and community have con tributed a total of $117.50 to the Red Cross fund, it was reported by Mrs. Edith Mann of the local chap ter, Wednesday morning. Bluffton’s quota, originally set at $150 has been increased to $300. It was a lucky mistake when Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Herr of Bluffton got on the wrong route while re turning from a motor trip to Akron last Sunday afternoon. Had they not accidentally followed on the wrong road they would have been directly in the path of a de structive tornado which swept a dis trict near that city. Downward Enrollment Trend In Schools Expected To Continue Bluffton Motorists On Wrong Route By Error Miss Tornado The Bluffton couple were enroute Forty-five to Enter First Grade In Fall 56 Graduated from High School Enrollment in Schools Here May Drop Below 600 Mark, First Time in Years Bluffton’s downward trend in pub lic school enrollment is likely to con tinue next fall, on the basis of reg istration for the pre-school clinic for the first grade, which was held last week. A further decrease is apparent despite the fact that first-grade en rollment for next fall is expected to be 11 more than in 1939 when 34 started to school. It is estimated that 45 first year students will be in classes here in the fall, but altho this number is greater than the enrollment of 1939, it lacks 11 of equalling the number lost from the school in this spring’s graduating class of 56. On the basis of pre-registration in dications, and assuming that enroll ment in classes other than the first grade will remain static next fall, Bluffton’s public school enrollment may drop below the 600 mark for the first time in many years. Last fall’s total enrollment here was 610. At the pre-school clinic last Thurs day 32 prospective first-graders were examined and it was reported that 13 others were unable to attend. This places next fall’s first-grade en rollment at 45. College Chapel Is Scene Of Wedding A romance which began while both were attending Bluffton college cul minated in the wedding of Miss Vivian Heck of Willard and William Tisdale of Amherst in the college chapel, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. A. C. Schultz of the college faculty officiated in the doub’e ring ceremony. The wedding which took place following the commencement lunC!Tf»nn was attended by many alumni, former students and visitors who were here for the graduation festivities. The bride was attended by Miss Marjorie Lecrone of Bucyrus, a class mate. The bridegroom also chose for best man a classmate, John Gregg of Genoa. Miss Frances Jones pre sided at the organ. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held at Ropp hall after which the couple left on a short wed ding trip. Mr. Tisdale who has been teaching at Boliver, Ohio, the past year will return to that place for the coming year where the couple will reside. Akron Speaker To Be Heard At Lions Meet F. Dougas Rea of Akron, deputy district governor of the Lions inter national, will be the principal speak er at the ladies night meeting of the Bluffton Lions club at the high school cafeteria next Tuesday at 6:15 p. m. His subject will be “Cut Your Own Wood”. Mr. Rea, executive secretary of the Goodwill Industries of Akron, has previously appeared here. Special music will be provided by Russell “Sonny” Oberlin, nine-year-old boy soprano widely known thruout the state. Installation of newly elected offi cers of the Bluffton club will also be included on the program. Three Graduated At Bowling Green Three Bluffton young women, Eloise Alspach, Letha Niswander and Annabelle Weed were members of the class graduated at Bowling Green State university, Monday morning. Each received the Bache lor of Science degree. home from a day’s visit at the home of Hr. Herr’s sister, Mrs. Ralph Martin and family when they dis covered they were on the wrong route. As they retraced their way, they saw the tornado sweeping across the route which they should have taken. The Bluffton couple obtained a number of good pictures of the twister which are being admired by local camera fans. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1940 MAKING OF BUCK RAKES BLUFFTON'S NEWEST INDUSTRY Manufacture Carried on in Garage Here with Capacity Of Two Rakes Weekly- Ten Rakes have been Made this Season by Bluffton Man, Pioneer in Industry Bluffton’s newest industry is the manufacture of auto buck rakes, the outgrowth of a home-made mechan ism built two years ago by Philip Hilty to speed “hay-making” on his farm near Bluffton. Widespread interest was evidenced in Hilty’s development, and this year the local man had gone into the manufacture of the buck rakes. Ten units have been turned out so far, all mounted on used automobile chasses. Hilty is manufacturing the buck rakes at the Harley Augsburger garage here and is equipped for a production of two rakes each week. Speeds Haymaking With the special-built auto buck rakes, farmers can quickly gather up a jag of hay, then speed away across the fields to the barn with the load. Besides all kinds of hay it handles straw, cornfodder and green feed for filling cilos, Hilty said. In adapting a used car for hay making purposes, a large buck rake is attached to the rear of the auto, after the back half of the body has been removed. This rake consists of a number of long prongs, which gather up the hay and crowd it back on the rods until about a sling-load of hay is being carried. It is necessary to run the car backward during the loading process. Operation of Buck Rake When a load has been gathered, the prongs are raised and the car speeds away, in a forward direction, to the barn. In unloading, the hay is dropped on slings and quickly whisked into the mow. Altho a wagon will hold more hay, the old method is much slower and the work is harder to handle. Average cost of an auto buck rake of the type being built by Hilty ap proximates $150, depending largely upon the value of the used car on which the rake is attached. In addition to building buck rakes on cars to order, Hilty also offers complete sets of blue prints for those who wish to build their own outfits. Six From Here At Peace Mobilization Six Bluffton college delegates at tended a peace mobilization meeting in Washington, D. C., last Friday under auspices of the National Council for the Prevention of War and other cooperating organizations. Those from Bluffton who went to Washington were Prof, and Mrs. Russell A. Lantz, Prof. N. E. Byers, Prof. J. P. Klassen, Misses Dorothy Schumacher and Barbara Joyce Hauenstein. Delegates from all parts of the country attended the mobilization. Its purpose was to express opposi tion to the defense program now be ing rushed thru congress. Graduates At Western Reserve In Cleveland Miss Kathryn Fenton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fenton of South Lawn avenue, was graduated from Western Reserve university, Cleve land, at commencement exercises held Wednesday. Miss Fenton received the master’s degree in social science administra tion from the university’s school of applied social science. She is now employed in Cleveland by the Insti tute of Family Service, a division of the Associated Charities of that city. Six From Here At Chicago Radio Show Six representatives of the execu tive staff of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. are in Chicago this week, attending the National Radio Parts Trade Show, at which the lo cal concern is an exhibitor. The show opened Tuesday in the Hotel Stevens, and will continue un til the close of the week. Representing the Triplett company at the show are R. L. Triplett, presi dent N. A. Triplett, salea manager Ropp Tripett, Jack Remde, F. E. Wenger and Arden R. 'Baker. Would you like to have a job as rural mail carrier? If you would, you are no different from a lot of other Bluffton people, it has been disclosed during the past week. A lively interest in the rural mail carriers job, one of the best salar ied in the local postal service, was manifested here following the an nouncement in the News last week that a competitive civil service exam ination will be held from which an applicant will be selected to fill the position now held by G. R. Bogart who will retire this fall. Clyde Yerger, carrier on Bluff ton’s other rural route will also re tire during the coming year. Rain Brings Change College Cam Crowning of Queen Takes Place Between Showers in Afternoon Heavy Downpour Forces Change Of Play from Campus to H. S. Gymnasium For the second successive year, rain was a factor to be reckoned with in connection with Bluffton college commencement activities, but a carefully planned schedule permit ted crowning of the Bluffton Day Queen in the colorful outdoor cere mony, between showers on the cam pus Monday afternoon. Rain seldom interferes with college commencement festivities, but for two years in a row the outdoor pro gram for Bluffton Day has been changed because of precipitation. Crowning of Miss Carol Cookson, of Bluffton, as Bluffton Day Queen, in the traditional ceremonies, was held on schedule Monday afternoon, atho a heavy shower preceded the colorful event and rain fell again shortly following its completion. Despite threatening skies, a large audience was on hand to see the Queen receive her crown from Miss Helene Stonehill, of Lima, Maid of Honor. Escort of the Queen was William Snyder, who had been elect ed the college’s most popular man. Presentation of a Shakespearean play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, scheduled for the ampitheatre on the campus, had to be transferred to the Bluffton High gymnasium because of rain in the evening and during Mon day night, and several other minor outdoor events were cancelled. Weather for commencement week has been quite warm this year, with rain on Saturday and Monday. Des pite these conditions there have been large crowds of visitors on the cam pus, and out-of-town attendance at the various events has been as great as in any preceding year. Settle Post Office Labor Differences Labor differences between union and non-union men relative to com mon labor on Bluffton’s new post office building now under construc tion have been ironed out, it was an nounced by Mayor W. A. Howe, fol lowing a conference with represen tatives of the American Federation of Labor building trades, project foremen and Sheriff Wm. Daley. Under the agreement as worked out, nearly all of the common labor jobs will go to Bluffton men, the mayor stated. An agreement worked out at the conference specified that all regular common labor jobs shall be filled by union members while all irregular common labor jobs will go to non union men. Of the four regular jobs in this classification, three are held by Bluff ton men who are union members. All skilled labor and crafts working on the building will be union. The conference was called at the mayor’s office after union men asked the sheriff for “protection” declaring that they were informed that Bluff ton townspeople would picket the project if A. F. of L. leaders con tinued in their demands that only common laborers belonging to the union be employed. Work on the project stopped last Thursday pending negotiations, was resumed Friday morning. The con ference held at the office of Mayor Howe last Thursday afternoon after A. F. of L. representatives objected to the presence of newspaper report ers. FLAG DAY FRIDAY Bluffton will participate in the nationwide observance of Flag day, Friday. It has been requested that flags be displayed in observance of the day. ., Many Bluffton People Aspire To Job Of Rural Mail Carrier Just how many will take the exam ination cannot yet be determined since applicants have until Friday to file. However, a canvass of the sit uation the first of the week disclosed that among those expecting to com pete in the test are local business men, teachers, college students, em ployees of the post office here and others. Date for the examination has not yet been determined. Salary of rural route carriers is $1,800 annually for a 30 mile route with $20 annually additional for each additional mile. Bluffton’s routes are approximately 60 miles each. Be sides the salary there is an allow ance for maintenance of equipment. At Bluffton )us Fete On Monday BLUFFTON HARMON FIELD SUPERVISOR IS DROPPED HERE Dale Davidson Relieved of Posi tion Because of Shortage Of WPA Funds Possibility Seen of Reinstate ment at Beginning of Fiscal Year July 1 Bluffton is without a Harmon field supervisor for the first time in many summers, as the result of un expected action taken this week in the reduction of WPA recreational personnel in the area. Dale Davidson, recreational direc tor here since the spring of 1938, was laid off indefinitely in the cur tailment program. If finances are available, Davidson may be re-instated at the beginning of the next fiscal year on July 1, it was reported this week by Eugene Zuber, of Bluffton, who is supervisor of WPA recreational activities in Allen and Auglaize counties. No Definite Plans No definite plans have been an nounced, however, and re-instate ment likely will depend largely on the amount of funds available for recreational work in the new year. Layoff of Davidson leaves Bluff ton without a Harmon field super visor at the opening of the always busy summer season. Since 1938 the director for the recreation center has been paid by the WPA. Prior to that time the Bluffton board of education hired the supervisor. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the school board took no action relative to hiring a supervisor for the field because of a shortage of funds, and also because of the possibility that Davidson may be re instated at the first of July. No Supervisor As matters now stand, the field will be without supervision for at least the rest of this month, and possibly all summer. In commenting on the staff reduc tion, Zuber said that shortage of funds had resulted in the layoff of supervisors thruout the Toledo dis trict, wherever it was deemed least harmful. In addition to the layoff of David son, Lima, with 14 supervisors, lost one. Delphos and Beaverdam, with one supervisor each, were not af fected. Special Permit For Radio Field Trials Special permission has been ob tained from the Federal Communica tions Commission for radio amateur field trials to be held on June 22 and 23 by the Bluffton Radio club, despite a new federal regulation prohibiting the use of mobile or portable transmitting equipment. Restrictions on rigs that can be moved from place to place have been put into effect to control the possi bility of foreign spies using radio for communications within and be yond the borders of this country. Permission was granted to the Bluffton club for its field trial pro gram, which entails the use of port able equipment, following communica tion with the FCC. Radio amateurs can continue to use transmitters in their homes and at the club radio station, but mobile and portable rigs are prohibited in th* future under the new restric tions. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 7 WONDER WORLD OF MODERN RESEARCH SPEAKER'S THEME “Science in Your Senice”, Sub ject of Address by Re search Worker More than 1,000 Attend Open Meeti ig of Meter Works, Friday Night A glimpse into the wonder-world of modern scientific research wras given to a Bluffton audience which heard Dr. Harrison E. Howe of Washintgon, D. C., nationally7 known scientific authority who addressed an audience of more than 1,000 people at the high school auditorium, Fri day night. His subject was “Science in Your Service”. Dr. Howe was the principal speak er at the open meeting of a three day sales conference held by the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany and the Readrite Meter Works. He is editor of the technical maga zine “Industrial and Engineering Chemistry”. “I firmly believe that modem scientific research has done more to break up monopolies than all the anti-trust legislation ever passed”, declared the speaker as he held up a vial of synthetic camphor. Research Breaks Monopoly Camphor, he explained to his audi ence, originally came from the Far East in its natural state. During the World war a Japanese monopoly forced up the price of camphor to fantastic heights with the result that research laboratories the world over started on a search for a synthetic substitute which they succeeded in finding. "It may be almost laid down as a general principle that when the price of any product goes to un warranted levels it tempts someone to find a substitute,” said the speak er. The synthetic camphor was one of several dozen samples of drugs, fabrics and other materials, made synthetically equai and in some in stances superior to the natural products. Many Attend In attendance at the meeting in the gymnasium were employees of the Triplett and Readrite companies, residents of Bluffton and surround ing area and visitors. In the audience also were regional sales representatives of the two companies who had come to Bluffton from all parts of the United States, Canada and South America to wit ness the advance announcement of new 1941 models in radio testing equipment and electrical measuring instruments manufactured by the Meter Works. Special musical numbers on the program included xylophone selec tions by Barbara Jean Triplett vocal trio numbers by Kathryn Patterson, Mabel Steiner and Car olyn Romey and a trumpet trio, Virgil Bartz, Robert Zigler and Richard Howenstine. See Plant in Operation A feature of the program was a (Continued on page 8) Births Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bailey of Forest are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Friday. A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Neff of Jenera at the Bluffton hospital, Saturday, died shortly after birth. Word has been received here of the birth of a son, Douglas James, born to Mr. and Mrs. James Det weiler of Lansing, Mich., Friday. Mr. Detweiler is the son of Rev. I. R. Detweiler of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Bluffton. Mrs. Detweiler was the former Dorothy Wiebe, a sister of Mrs. John Boehr of this place. Mayor’s Proclamation Emphasizing the need of more lib eral Red Cross contributions, Mayor W. A. Howe has issued the following proclamation: In every hamlet, village, and city in our great country the Red Cross is making a special appeal for funds with which to relieve suffering in war torn Europe. The same appeal comes to us who live in Bluffton or nearby. Thus far the response has been negligent and delinquent Local Red Cross officials ask Bluffton citizens to give now and to give freely. Leave your contributions at either drug store or the Citizens bank. W. A. Howe, Mayor.