Old-fashioned, noisy celebrations of
the Fourth of July, with cannons
thundering at daybreak and giant
fire crackers roaring thruout the day,
remain only as a memory as Bluffton
this year rigidly clamps the lid on
the sale or discharge of fireworks.
Cannon roared a salute at the
crack of dawn in those days, fire
crackers popped all day long, and in
the evening it was customary to
have a gigantic fireworks display.
Old Fashioned Wide Open Fourth
Now Remains Only As Dim Memory
This will make the celebration of
1940 in direct contrast to that our
fathers knew when the holiday was a
paradise of bedlam for the young
sters and a day of uproarious enjoy
ment for the grownups.
Parades were synonymous with
Fourth of July celebrations in those
days, and the line of march would
wind a tortuous path thru packed
streets. In the processions were
gaily decorated pony carts, bands,
white and blue costumes.
Pink lemonade stands banked the
Daughter Of Pearl
Watkins Visits Here
When an automobile with Wash
ington license plates pulled up in
front of his residence on Cherry
street last Sunday afternoon, John
Watkins was puzzled as to whom
his callers could be.
His puzzlement turned to surprise
when he learned the young woman
who stepped from the car was a
daughter of his brother, Pearl G.
Watkins, who left Bluffton 36 years
ago to move to Washington.
In the western state, Pearl was
married and reared a family of five
girls and one boy. During the span
of more than three decades neither
John nor Bert, his brothers of this
place, have seen none of the western
family, and the visit of Pearl’s
daughter on Sunday marked the
first contact since her father went
Watkins’ niece, Mrs. Duke Stein
braugh, and her husband had been to
Detroit to purchase a new automo
bile, which they are driving to their
home in Klamath, Wash. They live
about six miles from her father, •who
is located in Oregon City, Wash.
Enroute on their way to the west
coast, Watkins’ niece had planned to
stop in Bluffton, but they drove
thru the town Saturday afternoon
without identifying it.
In Lima, they visited at the home
of an aunt, and on Sunday they re
turned to Bluffton to see Uncles John
streets, always surrounded by a
crowd. Spread-eagle oratory was ex
pected and always was available,
following which the big baseball
game of the season was played.
In those days there were no auto
mobiles, so everybody stayed home,
and since the celebration was one
worth going miles to see, everyone in
the entire surrounding area came to
Sometimes the railroad ran an ex
cursion to Cedar Point over the
Fourth. These tours were so uni
versally popular that there seldom
were enough coaches for everyone,
and the aisles were jammed with
those who had to stand.
The moving finger of time, how
ever, has wrought changes in all of
this and the hectic celebrations of
that other era now live only in the
memory of a few of the older folk
who recall when “anything went” on
the Fourth, and safe and sane cele
brations would have been hooted in
to the background.
and Bert. They left later in the
same day on their return trip.
When he left Bluffton 36 years
ago, Pearl was 22 years old, and he
never has returned from the west
coast since locating there. Prior to
leaving here he had served as book
keeper for the Scheid Plumbing Co.
and attended Bluffton college.
His daughter reported that he is
in excellent health.
Rainfall In June
Was Above Average
Heavy rainfall was recorded on 12
days during the month of June, and
there were several other days on
which there was a trace of precipi
Total rainfall for the month was
5.98 inches, which is two inches more
than the average for June. Also,
precipitation during the past month
is 2.74 inches heavier than recorded
In last Friday’s early morning
rain, accompanied by a rolling thun
der storm, .79 of an inch of rain
fell in a period of about three hours.
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Market & Elizabeth Sts., Phone Main 7351, Lima, Ohio.
Heaviest June rainfall in the last
decade w’as recorded in 1937 and
1939, weather records disclose.
In 1937, precipitation was 8.37
inches, and the rainfall in 1939 was
Just in time for summer...
There are about 700,000 different
kinds of insects known to exist.
Our Big Sale on
regularly priced at $1.50 and over
at HALF PRICE
The late season has left us with a big selection
of this year’s hats and presents a wonderful array of
values in new, modish up-to-the-minute straws at
prices you can’t afford to pass by.
See these Hats—Waterproofed and Durotized.
Steiner & Huser
SHAWNEE STATE FOREST
The Ohioan who enjoys camp
ing, picnicking or hiking in pri
meval forests can do no better
than spend all or part of his va
cation in “The Little Smokies of
Rolling, hilly country, heavily
forested, deep, narrow ravines,
rushing streams, and a beautiful
lake, feature Ohio’s largest forest
reservation, a combination of the
Shawnee State Forest and the
Theodore Roosevelt State Park
and Game Preserve.
i These two reservations total ap
proximately 43,000 acres, a little
less than 70 square miles. Located
just north of the Ohio River in
Scioto and Adams counties, por
tions of Shawnee and Theodore
Roosevelt Park can be reached
over virtually any of the Federal
and State Highways traversing
this part of Ohio.
Once a favorite hunting ground
of the Shawnee Indians, this re
gion is unlike any other portion of
the State in that there is mile
after mile of forest, broken only
with an occasional catch
Mr. and Mrs. Print Kilgore of Col
umbus were Sunday visitors of the
latter’s mother, Mrs. Mary Ziders.
Mary Lou Strauss of Youngstown
is visiting with Dr. and Mrs. W. L.
Lacock and family.
Mrs. Mary Troxel is spending the
week with her son, Fred Troxel and
family at Arcadia.
Mrs. Glads Williams of Michigan
is visiting at the home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John Huber and Miss
Miss Diana Miller and Mrs. Albert
Gratz of Bluton were Tuesday even
ing callers of Mrs. Antha Fackler.
Warren M. Durkee of Columbus
spent the week end with Mrs. Carrie
Durkee and daughter, Ruth.
Mrs. Henry Augsburger is visiting
with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kennel and
family at Hamilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Edgecomb and
family of Akron and Miss Virginia
Goble of Louisville, Ky., visited the
past •week with Mrs. Jim Etta Edge
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bogart, Mrs. An
tha Fackler and Miss Addiie Yokum
were Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Turner.
Miss Edna Gail Williams of Perry
township W’as a Friday visitor of Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Zimmerman and fam
Helen Ann Williams visited at the
home of her grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Koontz at Findlay several
days the past w’eek.
Mrs. Mary Steele is spending sev
eral days with her daughter, Mrs. W.
W. Faber at Lima.
Wilbur Clark of Dallas, Texas, is
visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
The Y. M. P. C. of the Church of
Christ met at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Grant Barber, Thursday even
Phillip Piper has been employed by
the N. P. Railroad at Findlay the
Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Downey at
tended the V. F. W. convention at
Akron last week
Miss Olive Yeoman and Miss Naomi
Shepherd of London, were Saturday
dinner guests of Mrs. Abbie John and
Walter Barber attended a confer
ence of the Production Credit corpo
ration at Louisville, Ky., last week.
Miss Ruth Durkee attended a lunch
eon at the home of Mrs. M. D. Soash,
Tuesday in Bluffton.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bittner of Syl
vania spent the week end w-ith the
latter’s brother, Paul F. Stoodt.
Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Ridenour and
daughter Betty of Mansfield were
Sunday visitors of Mrs. Emma Bar
Warren Amstutz left Saturday for
Boston, Mass., where he will enroll
in a class of Meteorology at the In
stitute of Technology.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Keiffer and
daughter Marilyn of Cuyahoga Falls
were week end guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Edw’ard Brinkhert,
Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Winfred Kollars,
Miss Betty Ortman and Melvin Dari
of Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Rose McHenry
and son Joe were Sunday dinner
guets of Mrs. Pete Duldner.
Professor J. H. Gourley, horticul
ture department, Ohio State Univer
sity, reported upon his return from
the annual meeting of the National
Apple Institute at Rochester, New
York, that a concerted interstate
effort is under w’ay to reduce orchard
acreages to a point w’here surplus
fruit production will not be a fre
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON. OHIO
vated land in the narrow valleys,
by erosion, which has also carved
out valleys 500 and 600 feet deep
in what was once a part of the
Follow State Route 125 from
National Route 52, traveling north
and west of Friendship, and one
reaches a 175-acre park area sur
rounding a small lake formed by a
dam. This area is notched into the
great 9000-acrc Roosevelt Game
Preserve, where motor roads and
foot trails thread a maze of steep
hills and deep, narrow ravines,
all densely covered with young
forest. In this forest arc thou
sands of deer and other wild life.
The lake itself, one of five sim
ilar lakes in the forest, is heavily
stocked with fish, which may be
caught after July 1st. On the
bathing beach a lifeguard is em
ployed during the season, and
nearby are a shelter nouse, table
and ovens. In both the Shawnee
State Forest and the Theodore
Roosevelt State Park camping is
permitted for families and groups,
after securing permission from
the appropriate agency.
Nature students will find these
Ohio’s forest problems were dis
cussed at a dinner meeting of the
Lions club Tuesday night in the
Walnut Grill by Dr. Oliver Diller,
associate forester at the Wooster
Agricultural Experiment Station.
Dr. Diller is a native of Pandora,
and was graduated in 1930 from
Ohio has 3,000,000 acres of good
farm woods, Dr. Diller declared.
Preservation of the woodlands does
not necessarily mean that none of
the trees can be cut, but selective
cutting is urged by the Ohio forestry
Under this program, trees removed
Enrollment in Bluffton college for
the summer term is 60, according to
figures released last week from the
larger than the
registration at the
This is slightly
Ramseyer, president of
is teaching in the de
education at Ohio State
this summer. He is
Dr. L. L.
offering three courses on visual aids
A picnic was held on the college
farm last Saturday afternoon for
students enrolled in the summer
school at the local institution.
Dr. I. W. Bauman, head of the de
partment of sociology at the college,
is employed for the summer in the
Henry Ford Trade School, Dearborn,
Prof. E. J. Hirschler, of the de
partment of mathematics, is a pat
ient in Robinwood hospital at To
ledo, where he is taking treatment
for a kidney ailment*
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz and
family and Mrs. Walton Alderfer and
daughter Shirley of Lancaster, Pa.,
w’ere Monday evening dinner guests
at the Samuel Bixel home.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hirschfield and
son Billy of Lima were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mar
quet and sons.
Mrs. Ella Dillman and son Robert
and Miss Joann Stonehill were Sun
day evening supper guests at the
Amos Luginbuhl home.
Mrs. Guy Scoles and daughter and
Mrs. Twin Taylor and family pent
Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Wilmer
Badertscher and family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Lugihbuhl and
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Coon left Mon
day for a weeks vacation to Washing
ton, D. C., New York and Cleveland.
Mrs. Elda Hoffman spent Sunday
evening with Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Francis Gratz of Sidney spent Sun
day with Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gratz
and family. Mrs. Gratz accompanied
him home after spending the past
week at the Ernest Gratz home.
Mr. and Mrs. David Rich of Wood
bum, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Marne
and Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Bibler and
two park areas a rich field to
further either a hobby or serious
study. Wild life of many kinds
abounds, and there is also a rich
variety of trees and plants.
Former Pandora Resident In
Forestry Service Speaks Here
If our stock of native timber is
be continued into the future, it
imperative that these woodlands
protected from livestock, the speaker
continued. Otherwise young trees
will be killed, and our forests will
from woodlots alw’ays are replaced
by young stock, which assures a
Selective Cutting Urged
Woods that yield a good income
can be maintained under the select
ive cutting program. Dr. Diller
cited the example of one farmer in
the Bluffton area who has obtained
$1,150 from his w’oodlands during the
last 10 years, by following a select
ive cutting schedule.
In many cases where selective cut
ting is the practice, it is unnecessary
to plant new stock, for nature will
take care of
the propagation in
is good lumber and
not at all inferior
most cases is
w’oods imported from other states,
the speaker declared. Dr. Diller told
of one hill-billy farmer in the south
ern part of the state w’ho constructed
a $4,500 house for $1,015 by using
native poplar and black cherry tim
ber from his own farm.
daughter of Arlington, Mr. and Mrs.
Dean Myers and family of Mansfield,
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bame and Mr. and
Mrs. Marion Mochstettler were Sun
day callers at the Amos and Robert
Kaye Matter, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Matter had her tonsils
removed last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz, Mrs.
Walton Alderfer and daughter Shirley
and Miss Mae Belle Amstutz were
Sunday guests of Mrs. H. A. Stevens
and family of Upper Sandusky.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Luginbuhl
and daughters Judith and Jane of
Goshen, Ind., were week end guests
at the J. I. Luginbuhl home. Sunday
callers were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde
Grant and son Garey ,Mr. and Mrs.
Menno Geiger and Mr. and Mrs. Wal
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gossman and
family and Mr. and Mrs. John Mar
quart and family spent Tuesday even
ing with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher
and son, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Bad
ertscher and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Wayne Zimmerman and daughter and
Carol Jean Frantz were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bad
ertscher and son. Evening callers
were Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and
Mrs. Earl Frantz.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strahm of
Lima, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaub
lin and daughter Patsy Ann, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Schaublin and daughter
w’ere Monday evening guests
Mrs. Charles Stryker of
Dillman and son Robert,
Luginbuhl, Joann Stone
hill and Glenna Swick spent Sunday
afternoon with Mrs. Lydia Zurfluh
and Katie Lory of Lima.
Lyman F. Baker, agricultural
agent in Madison county, advises
farmers in that pork producing sec
tion to cull out brood sows that have
not produced large, thrifty litters.
He says that litters of less than
eight pigs are too small for maxi
mum profits and that litters of more
than 12 usually contain too many
Cause of Honey Dew
Honey dew, the sacchrine exu
date found on the leaves of many
plants in hot weather, is sometimes
caused by the punctures of aphids
or scale insects and sometimes pro
duced by fungi. It is eagerly sought
for as food by ants and also used
by bees, wasps and other insects.
Political conventions nowadays
aren’t w’hat they used to be when
the proceedings were strictly a stag
affair, with only men in the delega
That is the opinion of M. M.
“Dode” Murray, who returned last
week from the Republican national
convention in Philadelphia. Murray
hasn’t missed a G. O. P. presidential
nominating convention in 40 years,
and can be considered an authority
Women are assuming increasingly
important roles in the convention,
Murray declared, and every state del
egation includes a number of the
Must Consider Women
Like the barber shop and other in
stitutions at one time ruled by men
only, political conventions now have
had to adopt themselves to the in
fluence of women.
Nowadays it is nothing unusual to
Ralph Marshall who is attending
the summer quarter at Ohio State
University, was a week end guest of
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
The Misses LaDonna and Elizabeth
Campbell made a business trip to
Troy, Friday, where LaDonna will
teach music in the schools the com
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Begg and
sons, Ted and Bill, of Toledo, were
Thursday visitors in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Begg.
Joan Mayberry was a week end
guest in the Theron Amstutz home in
Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Geiger and dau
ghter Mary Alice of Bluffton were
Friday evening guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Orlo Marshall and daughter
After spending two weeks in this
vicinity, Mr. H. C. Eisenbach of Phoe
nx, Ariz., and Mrs. Walter Eisenbach
and children, Bob and Betty of Cass
Grande, Ariz., have gone
some time with friends in
and Akron and Mrs. H. C.
left Wednesday with her
mander J. A. Saunders for a visit in
his home in Chevy Chase, Md.
Attorney and Mrs. L. E. Ludwig
of Lima were Sunday guests in the D.
C. Campbell home. Mr. Campbell has
been on the sick list the past week
with heart trouble.
Mr. and Mrs. James Jacob and son
Junior of Lima and Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey Hyman of Ada were Sunday
i dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Guy
Mayberry and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Humphreys
and son of Columbus Grove spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence
Begg and family.
Mrs. W. E. Marshall attended a
luncheon Tuesday in the home of Mrs.
M. D. Soash in Bluffton when mem
bers of the Bluffton Past Matron’s
club O. E. S. entertained the Past Ma
tron’s club of Van Wert.
A Van Meter reunion was held at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Van
Meter near Findlay, Sunday. Among
those present were: Mr. Harley Van
Meter, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Van Me
ter, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Begg and
sons John and William, Mr. and Mrs.
Lloyd Van Meter of Pandora, Mr. and
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1940
“Powder Puff Vote” Big Factor In
Political Conventions, Says “Dode”
see the strange sight of smart cam
paign managers putting on bridge
paities, afternoon teas, etc., in an
effort to line up the “pov-der puff”
Mr. and Mrs. Murray had no dif
ficulty in getting seats at the con
vention. “We were sitting about 50
feet from the speakers”, said “Dode”.
We Want You to Have One
Murray reported that the break in
the convention came on the fifta bal
lot, when the support of much of the
Dewey faction swung to Willkie, as
suring his nomination on the sixth
Mrs. Murray, also long active in
Republican politics, is believed the
only Bluffton woman ever
attended a nominating convention.
Following the nomination of Will
kie, the Murrays left for New York
City early Friday morning, attended
the New York World’s fair, and
came home Friday evening.
Mrs. Loren Van Meter and daughter
Ann of Lima, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark
Van Meter and family of Delphos.
Miss Ruthanna Friedly of Lima and
Messrs Bob Barette and Allen Allion
of Waterville were week end guests
of Miss Mary’ Marshall. Sunday af
ternoon the group attended the wed
ding of a Bow’ling Green university
college friend in Defiance.
Mrs. Ben Kidd will be hostess for
the July meeting of the Presbyterian
Missionary society, next Wednesday
afternoon. The following program
has been prepared: Worship service,
Mrs. J. O. Cupp Foreign Topic, Mrs.
Mrs. J. C. Begg Southern Mountains,
Mrs. Guy Mayberry Report of the
Synodical meeting in Wooster, Mrs.
Edgar Begg Year Book of Prayer,
Mrs. Glen Mayberry.
While on a business trip to southern
Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marshall
called at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
David Core near West Liberty'.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Jaggers and fam-«
iy of Fredericktown were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Cupp and family.
The Christian Endeavor society will
have an outdoor meeting at the home
of Miss Edythe Cupp
evening. All members
are urged to
Mrs. Glen Mayberry
Rose Leigh, Mrs. Earnest Freet, Mrs.
Cloyce Kidd, and Mrs. Chris Gratz of
Bluffton were Friday dinner guests of
Mrs. Anna Bowers and Mrs. Grace
Jones in Lima.
The National Apple Institute at its
meeting in Rochester, New York,
recommended legislation to require
that apples sold in any state not
meeting established grade require
ments be marked culls.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
On Bluffton Corporation Budget
General Code 5625-22
Notice is hereby given that on the 15th day
of July, 1940 at 8 ’clock P. M. a public
hearing will be held on the Budget prepared
by the Council of the Village of Bluffton,
Allen County, Ohio, for the next succeeding
fiscal year ending December 31, 1941.
Such hearing will be held at the Council
Chamber, Bluffton. Ohio.
JAMES F. WEST, Clerk.
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT
The State of Ohio, Allen County, «s.
Estate of Samuel K. Mosiman, Deceased.
Kmilie H. Mosiman, 210 W. Grove St.,
Bluffton, Ohio, has been appointed and quali
fied as executrix of the estate of Samuel K.
Moeiman, late of Allen County Ohio, deceas
Dated this 27th day of June, 1940
RAYMOND P. SMITH.
12 Probate Judge.
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