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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV 46 TO TAKE TEST FOR RURAL MAIL CARRIER THURSDAY Examination to be Held at High School Building in Morning At 8:30 O’clock Two Jobs at Postoffice Here Will be Filled from Com petitive List Forty-six Bluffton area aspirants will crowd the Bluffton High school study hall Thursday morning to take the civil sen-ice examination for two rural mail carriers’ positions which will be open at the local post office within the next year. The competitive examination will start at 8:30 a. m., and those ranking highest will head a certified list from which appointments to the jobs w-ill be named. Everyone taking the ex amination must receive his mail from Bluffton. Rural carriers’ jobs are among the highest salaried at the Bluffton post office, and among those seeking the two appointments are local business men .teachers, college students and postoffice employes. 46 Qualify Only those presenting admission cards can take the examination. These cards have been sent from the Civil Service Commission at Washington, D. C„ to the 46 who qualified in pre liminary applications filed two weeks ago. Papers of those competing will be graded in Washington, and the regis ter of the standing determined by the examination will be in effect for at least three years. Only rural carriers jobs will be filled from the register, however, and should other vacancies occur at the post office there will be another examination. Ralph Stearns, assistant postmast er here and secretary of the local board of U. S. Civil Service examin ers, will be in charge of the examin ation. The study room in which the examination is to be given is adjac ent to the library-. Vacancy in Fall First vacancy on Bluffton’s rural routes will be next fall when G. R. Bogart retires. Clyde Yerger, car rier on the other rural route, also is to reach retirement age within the next year. Appointments to both positions will be made from the list of eligibles cer tified by the Civil Service Commis sion following this week’s examina tion. Salary of rural route carries is $1, 800 annually for a 30-mile route, with $20 annually additional for each extra mile. Bluffton’s two routes are 62 and 67 miles each. In addition to the salary an allowance also is made for maintenance and equipment. Local Man Treasurer Of Ohio Church Group Richard Mumma of Bluffton was named treasurer of the newly or ganized Ohio Presbyterian Youth Synod council which was formed at Wooster, Tuesday. The youth group, patterned after the adult synod now in session in Wooster is designed to infuse a youth viewpoint into church affairs has the endorsement of the adult body. Organization of the Ohio youth synod council Tuesday, marks the ninth Presbyterian synod to adopt this plan. It is planned that the youth group shall conduct its affairs and plan cooperation with the adult church group with only a minimum of supervision from the older body. It will meet annually at the same time and place of as the regular synod. The youth body as organized Tues day represents 7,766 young people of twelve of the fourteen Ohio Presby teries. The group is making plans to include a potential membership of 20,000. Other officers elected Tuesday were: Moderator, Ralph Kipp, Cin cinnati vice moderator, Geo. Cole, Toledo clerk, Olive Jones, Alliance. Commission chairmen are: Faith and life, Harold Sauer, Middlepoint mis sions, Dorothy Endsley, Coshocton social education and action, Arthur Smith, East Liverpool stewardship, Margaret Stainthorpe, Montpelier. Swift’s Heretics In Swift’s “Guliiver’s Travels,” the Bigendians w-ere a party in the empire of LlUiput, who made it a matter of conscience to break their eggs at the big end. They were looked on as heretics by the ortho dox party, who broke theirs at the little end. Post Office Men Hook Big Bass In Buckeye Lake T1LUFFTON anglers are not particularly superstitious, but there is apparently some mys terious affinity between post office employes and big bass— anyway here are the facts: Gene Benroth. auxiliary clerk carrier in the Bluffton postoffice caught a 20 inch small mouth bass at Buckeye lake, Sunday afternoon using a fly rod with chub minnow for bait. The fish weighed 3 pounds and 9 ounces. Robert Sommers, assistant postmaster at Pandora, also fish ing at the Buckeye last Sunday hooked a 13 inch rock bass mea suring 11*4 inches in girth. Sommers used a softshell craw fish for bait. FORMER COLLEGE STUDENT FATALLY INJURED IN CRASH Clyde Eigsti is Third to Die in Auto-Truck Accident at Montpelier Succumbs in Hospital with Fractured Skull and Broken Back Clyde Eigsti, 23, student in Bluff ton college until the 1939 spring term, died Saturday night in a Wauseon hospital, the result of in juries received Friday evening in an automobile crash at Montpelier, O. Eigsti’s home was in Flanagan, Ill., but he had been working in Pioneer, O., as truck driver for a bakery. He was a student in Bluff ton college during the 1935-36 and 1936-37 terms, and also was enrolled for the first semester of the 1938-39 term. Eigsti was driving the truck near Montpelier when it was involved in a collision with the automobile of Lyle E. Knepper, 19, also of Mont pelier. Knepper and his companion, Miss Ho Mansfield, of Runkle, also were fatally injured. Eigsti received a fractured skull and a broken back in the crash. He had been working in Pioneer for about a year and was the fiance of Miss Pauline Miller, of Pioneer, who was graduated from Bluffton college a year ago. With The Sick John J. Badertscher who has been quite ill is improving at his home on Kibler street. Albert Vermillion of Orange town ship has returned to the Cleveland clinic where he will undergo another operation. Word has been received here that Dr. Peter Epp formerly of this place is seriously ill in a sanitarium at Columbus. Dr. Epp who was an instructor in Bluffton college left here to accept a position on the faculty of Ohio State university. Prof. E. J. Hirschler is spending several weeks in Toledo taking tieat ment at Robinwood hospital. Will Harding, native of Orange township, is seriously ill at his home in Ada. Mrs. Mattie Morrison of West Elm street is a patient in Bluffton hos pital. Quartet Will Sing On Saturday Night A program of sacred songs will be given by the Asbury Radio Male quartet of Wilmore, Ky., at the Mis sionary church, Saturday night at 8 o’clock. The quartet comes here under aus pices of Asbury College and Theo logical seminary, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. A. F. Albro. Jobs in the Bluffton district were going begging for someone to fill them the first of the week as farm ers sought help for the big cherry crop in the offing. With regular farm hands tied up from dawn to dark trying to handle the record hay crop or busy culti vating corn, there is little time to THE BLUF What To Do With Record Hay Crop Is Problem For Farmers Many Cherry And Berry Picking Jobs Now In Bluffton District A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT Mow Space in Barns Reported Wholly Insufficient for Big Harvest Some Give Away Hay in Field To Anyone Willing to Har vest Stand This year’s hay crop in the Bluff ton area will be the heaviest in the memory of the oldest farmers, it was reported Tuesday by well informed farm observers. Plenty of rain and abnormally cool days have provided excellent growing weather for hay, and farmers al ready are attempting to determine what they will do with the bumper crops the harvest will bring. It is a forgone conclusion that barns will not hold all the hay that is to be cut this summer, and with an abudance of forage crops avail able it was reported this week that some farmers are offering to give the product of a part of their fields free of charge to anyone who will cut the hay. Rain, altho beneficial in setting the stage for bumper yields, also has had an adverse effect on the first stand of alfalfa, farm observers reported. Coarse Alfalfa Heavy precipitation of the lart week has prevented harvest of the first crop of alfalfa when it reached maturity, with the result that the stand is rather coarse. Second and third alfalfa cuttings, however, are expected to be of top quality, and will more than make up for the deficiencies of the first crop. Timothy and red clover are not yet ready for cutting, altho in a few cases harvest has been started. With the right kind of weather during the next week, hay making will be in full swing, however, and bumper yields are in sight on every farm. Mow Space Lacking With an abundance of hay indi cated, and with some farmers anti cipating a shortage of mow space, there were reports this week of farmers attempting to dispose of portions of their crops at nominal prices. One farmer is reported to have offered 20 acres of hay for $36, and in another instance a large quantity is available to any-one willing to harvest it. Cornerstone Laying On Sunday, July 21 Laying of the cornerstone for Bluffton’s new $80,000 post office has been postponed from Sunday, July 14, until Sunday, July 21, it was announced this week. An elaborate program for the cornertsone ceremonies is being plan ned by the Bluffton Masonic lodge, which will be in charge of the event. Bluffton’s downtown area will be gaily decorated for the day, and Masonic bodies from the surrounding district will attend, including lodges and uniformed Commandery organi zations. Local Masonic committees are working with representatives from Bluffton educational institutions, the post office and civic organizations in planning the cornerstone ceremonies. W. Dillon Crist, of Alliance, Grand Master of Ohio Masons, will be here to lay the cornerstone, and Port master General James Farley has been invited to take part in the pro gram. In New Locations Victor Gerber and family of Dal ton have moved into the John Kohler property on West Elm street. Roy- Pogue and family are occupy ing their new remodeled property on Jefferson street. Their property at the corner of North Main and Jeffer son streets which was purchased by Fred Gratz will be occupied oy Mr. Thomas and family w-ho are moving here from Marietta. Mr. Thomas is employed at the Buckey-e Pipe Line company’s pump station near Mt. Cory. give to taking care of the bumper cherry crop which will be ready for picking within the next few days. Farmers are offering cherries to anyone willing to pick on shares, as was done during the past two weeks at the height of the strawberry sea son. Jobs picking gooseberries and other small fruit are also said to be available. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1940 WINDSTORM DOES MUCH DAMAGE IN BLUFFTON AREA Barns Unroofed, Hayloaders Upset and Silos Blown Down in Heavy Storm Farm District North of Town Sustains Heaviest Loss Sunday Evening A sudden cloudburst accompanied by a severe electrical storm and a high wind left a trail of damage in its wake thru the Bluffton area early Sunday evening. Heaviest damage Was Suffered in the farm district north of Bluffton, altho a strong wind in the town ripped off tree limbs and disrupted electric service in some sections for about 10 minutes. Striking about 5:30 p. m., the storm was of comparatively short duration, but damage was severe immediately north and west of Bluff ton. Roofs Damaged At the Ezra Moser farm, sections of slate roofs were ripped from the house and an implement shed. Moser’s barn was about half unroof ed, and the tin sections torn loose by the wind were hurled against the silo causing further damage. A barn on the Harley Marquart farm in the path of the storm was also partially unroofed. A shingle roof was badly damaged on the house at the Elam Welty farm, and several fruit trees were uprooted. Two silos were blown down on the Nelson Diller farm, and windows of the house were broken. Silos Blown Down At the Alden and Cyrus Steiner farm a silo was blown over and there was considerable damage to roofs on the house and other build ings. Silo on the Menno Schumach er was considerably damaged. Windows were blown in at the house on the Zanna Staater farm, occupied by Reno Oberly, and also on the Arthur Badertscher farm. Hayloaders, which had been left setting in fields during haying opera tions, also suffered. Stanley Bixel’s loader was blown over and damaged. A loader owned by Dan Badertscher was wrecked, and Ezra Moser’s was moved about 300 feet across a field by the wind, but was not damaged. Trees Uprooted Trees were blown down in many wooded plots, and there was con siderable damage to orchards over a wide area. Quite a number of telephone lines were down following the storm, in an area north and west of town. It required all of Monday and Tuesday to repair the damage and resume un interrupted service. Most of the damage resulted from falling trees and limbs. One of the poles on the electric high tension line running north of town from the municipal plant also was blown down near the Henry Huber farm. In Bluffton the high wind caused a short circuit in electric wires out side the house of Lester Binkley on Railroad street. Bluffton firemen were called and soon had the blaze under control. Ebenezer Church Special Services Special services are announced for the Ebenezer Mennonite church on next Sunday night and also Tues day and Wednesday nights of next week by the pastor, Rev. P. A. Klie wer. On Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock Rev. and Mrs. E. Hamilton Sturte vant will give an illustrated lecture “Heathen America” dealing with home mission work in rural Amer ica, principally in Kentucky and New Jersey. Next Tuesday and Wednesday nights a group of four young men, members of the Students Foreign Missions Fellowship will conduct services. Kenneth Neuenschwander of this place, student at Columbia Bible col lege is a member of the group. Others are Neil Haw-kins, Dallas, eTxas Thomas Fountain, Moo res town, N. J., and James Smith, Wheelersburg, Ohio. All are plan ning to enter the foreign mission field. Parent-Teacher Co-operative In more and more schools, par ents are helping teachers to plan and develop educational experiences tor their children. OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ON NEWS Her long veil fell in a billowing of white flowers and she carried a mass of misty tulle from a coronet bouquet of orchids and white roses. The bride’s only accessory was a strand of pearls with a diamond clasp, a gift of the groom. The bridal party stood before a setting of white gladioli and ferns against a background of burgundy velvet drapes. Preceding the ceremony Mr. H. Walton Alderfer of Lancaster, Pa., (Continued on page 8) Many Come To Attend Dedication Of Church Dedication of the Defenseless Men nonite church on South Jackson street was largely attended Sunday with many coming from a distance to attend the services held in the afternoon and evening. The church, formerly located north west of Bluffton was moved here early last spring and has been re modeled and redecorated. Rev. E. G. Steiner, the pastor, has served the congregation for the past ten years. The dedicatory sermon was deliv ered in the afternoon by Rev. N. J. Smucker of Berne, Ind. Elder E. M. Slagle of Archbold delivered the evening sermon. Attends National Hi-Y Conference John Stettler, high school senior, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stettler of North Main street at tended the third national Hi-Y Con gress at Oberlin over the week end. He represented the Bluffton Hi-Y club at the conferences attended by upwards of 1,000 students. Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Murray left Monday night by train for Phila delphia where they will attend the Republican National convention to nominate candidates for president and vice-president of the United States. Murray, a life-long Republican leader in Bluffton, has not missed a national convention of his party dur ing the last 40 years. Bride In Church Wedding MKS. DONAVIN GRATZ edding At First Mennonite Church In a beautiful June wedding on Sunday afternoon took place the marriage of Miss Gayle Amstutz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Am stutz and Donavin Gratz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gratz. The nup tials were solemnized at the First Mennonite church at 2:30 o’clock with the service read by Rev. H. T. Unruh. The bride, who was given in mar riage by her father, wore white bro caded satin, the gown following prin cess lines, with a high waistline and the upper part embroidered with seed pearls. Exquisite simplicity and graceful contour were the dominant features of the model, which stressed long tapering sleeves and an extremely full skirt which flared to form the train. RESURFACING OF COUNTY LINE IS $10,000 PROJECT Five Miles of Allen Putnam County Road Improvement Is Approved Work to be Completed this Summer, Plan Each County To Pay Half Re-surfacing of the Allen-Putnam County line road between Richland and Riley townships at a cost of $10,000 was approved last week by coommissioners of the two counties and trustees of the townships. Five miles of the road will be stabilized and re-surfaced beginning at the Bluffton-Pandora pike, and continuing west. M. M. Murray At G. 0. P. Convention To Preserve Record Of 40 Years Widening of the highway- also will be effected. Present width of the road is 12 feet in some places and 14 feet in others. The new roadway will be 16 feet wide. Authorities hope work can be started on the improvement within a month or six weeks. Plans have been made on the assumption that work on the program will be com pleted this summer. Initiative for the improvement was taken by Allen county commission ers. After they notified Putnam county of their willingness to help finance the project, an agreement was reached in which each county is to pay $5,000 toward the work. Births Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Montgomery of Orange township are the parents of a daughter born at the Bluffton hos pital, Wednesday morning. Rev-, and Mrs. Robert Diller of Prospect are the parents of a daugh ter born at the Marion hospital, Wednesday- morning. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Thomas of Dearborn, Mich., at the Bluffton hospital, Mon day. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter Lucy Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Neiswan der of Adrian, Mich., at the hos pital in that city. Mrs. Niswander was formerly Miss Frieda Criblez of this place. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Peterson of Ada are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Tuesday. Attendance this year will preserve his record which is looked upon as unique in this district. Murray is a former mayor of Bluffton and served as postmaster here from 1924 to 1934 under Pres idents Coolidge and Hoover. He has served longer than any other post master with the exception of Andrew Hauenstein who held the office for 13 yearn. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 9 FEW PLACES TO HANDLE FOURTH OF JULY GOODS Bulk of Former Sales Banned Under Present Municipal Ordinance Sales Limited Principally to Sparklers and Colored Lights With a new municipal ordinance outlawing all fireworks except spark lers and colored flares, few Bluffton business places will handle the sale of pyrotechnics this year, a survey indicated early- this week. Limited stocks will be carried by those who plan to handle items which have been listed as of a harmless nature by’ the ordinance. No noise-making devices of any kind may be sold or discharged, in cluding fire crackers, torpedoes, bombs, caps for toy pistols or any other devices “intended to produce a visible or audible pyrotechnic effect by combustion, explosion, deflagra tion or detonation.” Bluffton’s ban also applies to the more spectacular fireworks reserved for night-time, including sky rockets, roman candles, pin wheels and the like. Sparklers May be Sold Sparklers, colored flares, black snakes and non-explosive novelties are the only items which may be sold or discharged within the city limits, according to provisions of the ordinance. These can be placed on sale at any- time, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe a. unced this week. On special occasions the mayor is authorized to grant permission for the display of fireworks at public gatherings if reasonable precautions are assured for the protection of life and property. Otherwise, the day of noisy Fourth of July celebrations, fraught with danger, has passed into history so far as Bluffton is concerned. For conviction of violation of any section of the ordinance, a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $100 will be assessed. Evening Nuptials At Ebenezer Church In a ceremony at the Ebenezer Mennonite church took place the wed ding of Miss Sevila Bixel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Bixel and Morris Niswander, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Niswander, Saturday evening at 5:30 o’clock. Rev. P. A. Kliewer read the double ring ceremony in the presence of about 150 relatives and close Iriends. Palms, ferns and summer flowers banked the chancel which was light ed with white tapers in tall candela bra. The pews were marked with pink and white corsages. Preceding the ceremony Francis Niswander sang “Because” and “O Perfect Love”. Dwight Niswander of Findlay sang “We Promise Thee”, after the briday party had entered. Miss Ruth Bixel played several se lections and the traditional wedding marches. The bride who was given in mar riage by her father wore a floor length gown of white net and lace. Her finger tip veil of tulle fell from a tiara of net and seed pearls. Her shower bouquet was of white bride’s roses and pink sweet peas. The bride’s sister, Magdalene Bixel, who was maid of honor, wore a blue dress and a large brimmed hat with streamers. Her flowers were pink roses and delpheniums. Dwight Bixel, nephew of the bride carried the rings in canterbury bells. Marilyn Amstutz, the bride’s niece, was dressed in pink and strewed rose petals in the bride’s path. The groom appeared in a dark suit with a white gardenia bouton niere and was attended by his bro ther Francis Niswander. The ushers were John Nusbaum and Phares Bixel. The mothers of the couple wore corsages of roses. A buffet supper followed at the bride’s home for the bridal party and immediate families. The bridal table was centered with a four tiered wedding cake. Later Mr. and Mrs. Niswander elft on a trip to Washington, D. C.» and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The bride was graduated from Bluffton High school and Bowling Green State University and has taught in the Bluffton Public schools. Mr. Niswander was graduated from Pandora High school. The couple will reside at the home of the brides’ parents for the present.