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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV WHEAT HARVEST IS AT PEAK ON FARMS IN BLUFFTON AREA Crop is Week to Ten Days Late First Cutting in Dis trict Saturday Chinch Bugs Will Not be Menace this Summer, Farm Survey Discloses Wheat harvest, the latest in recent years, is at its peak in the Bluffton district this week with all hands busy from dawn to dusk. First cutting of the crop in this district took place last Saturday af ternoon when a field was opened on the Bertsche farm on the county line east of town, occupied by Ray Kern. There was also some cutting Satur day in the Hilty school section west of Bluffton and south of town near Lafayette. Early indications are that the crop this year will be generally of good quality. Yields, while not expected to be unusually heavy will average from 20 to 25 bushels per acre, it is anticipated. In some quarters, however, consid erable rust is being found. This is due probably to excessive precipita tion of the past several months. Wheat at the present time is being cut by binders with the probability of combines being used early next week. Chinch Bugs Tests made in this district have in dicated that chinch bugs will not be a serious pest this year. It is ex pected that few fields will be infested, especially if wet weather continues. The bugs are especially numerous during dry sasons and appear a few days before wheat cutting. A survey in Putnam cotinty has in dicated that no control work will be necessary at this time. If it is ne cessary at a later time to control the insect, it will be possible to secure creasote to control the progress made by the insect. Several western states are reporting using control measures this year Hay Cutting Although the first cutting of hay is practically over, there is still con siderable activity in hay making in this area. The warm weather of the past several days has been a special boon to hay cutting. Alfalfa and clover hay are being cut and hauled to the bam and farm ers in this locality are reporting that timothy hay is ready now for cutting. Many farmers are putting their hay into silos and other who do not have silos are thinking seriously of con structing them before another year rolls around. The hay is unusually heavy this year due perhaps to the large amount of rainfall. Com fields are quite generally in need cf cultivation but difficulty is experienced in getting at this work due to the press of time involved in the harvesting of other crops. Last Rites For Mrs. Magdalena Steiner Funeral services for Mrs. Magda lena Steiner, 86, a pioneer resident of this section were held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, Satur day afternoon. Rev. P. A. Kliewer, pastor of the church officiated at the services following which interment was made in the church cemetery. Mrs. Steiner died at her home southwest of Bluffton last Wednes day afternoon following an illness of two weeks. She was the widow of the late Alexander Steiner who died 17 years ago. Anative of Canton Bern, Switzer land, Mrs. Steiner came to this coun try at the age of three years and has resided in this community since that time. She was a member of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Surviving are three sons, John and Solomon both of Bluffton and Allen of Toledo two daughters Mrs. Chas. Keiffer of Bluffton and Mrs. J. R. Stewart of Columbus Grove one bro ther S. W. Luginbuhl of Bluffton twenty grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Local Man Receives Embalmer9s License Harold Beals of §outh Jackson street who successfully passed the state examination for embalmers held recently in Columbus, received his license to practise the first cf the week. Although not regularly employed in this field he has assisted local funeral directors here for a number of years and has had considerable experience in this line of endeavor. While most corn in this section was barely knee high by the Fourth of July, a patch of field corn on the Jacob Amstutz farm four miles southwest of Bluffton measured five feet in height and is already in silk and tassel and “shooting ears”. The patch is attracting much at tention of farmers thruout this dis trict and Amstutz is kept busy with explanations. School To Open For Fall Term Tuesday, Sept. 3 T^ALL is coming—a sure indi cation that it will not be long any more came Monday night when the Bluffton Board of Education set the date for the opening of the fall term of school. School here will open on Tuesday morning, September 3, the board ordered. TURBO-GENERATOR IS INSTALLED AT MUNICIPAL PLANT Concrete Pillars Placed in Quarry to Support Lines of Cooling System Water to be Discharged Thru Spray Heads Work Con tinues on Power Unit Installation of the 750 K. W. Tur bo-Generator and preliminary con struction and foundation for spray outlets have been completed at Bluff ton’s municipal power plant, but con nections of steam lines remain to be made. Concrete for 11 big supporting foundations for the spray heads of the cooling system has been poured at various points in the now dry quarry. The cooling system will con sist of 44 spray heads, four on each of the eleven concrete supports. This will cool the water discharged from the plant, after it has been used in the form of steam to drive the gener ator. In addition, lines will be run into the quarry from the Bluffton Stone Co., through which a continuous sup ply of cold water will be available to assist in controlling the temperature of the water in the quarry of the municipal plant. Connection Not Made Yet Although the turbo-generator has been installed, all of the connectng materials and equipment has not yet been secured. Once obtained, it is estimated that at about four weeks will be required to make the connec tions. Steam connections also must be made from the boilers of the plant to the new turbine, following which adujustments will be required. The generator, already installed and in place, was provided complete vrith direct-coupled exciter and surface condenser. It had previously been used for several years at Penn State College, State College, Pa. Installation of the new equipment will give the Bluffton municipal plant its first turbo-generator unit. Cur rent heretofore has been generated by a battery of three Skinner engines, two with rating of 300 K .W. and one 150 KW. Electric Iron Starts Blaze At Home Here Bluffton’s quiet Fourth of July was interrupted by a fire alarm which sounded Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock. The fire, at the home of A. E. Lichtenwalter on South Lawn avenue was caused by an electric iron inadvertently left connected by Miss Clara Schumacher, sister of Mrs. Lichtenwalter, while she was absent from the house for a short time. Five Foot Corn In Tassel And Silk On Richland Township Farm Local Missionary To Use Unusual Facilities To Reach Destination The ironing board and some clothes which she was ironing were burned. Other damage was small. Births Mr. and Mrs. Daryle Weaver of Lafayette are the parents of a daughter bom at Bluffton hospital, Wednesday morning. The corn, he says, is an early ma turing hybrid variety popular in the northwest. He received a small quantity of the seed last fall from his niece, Mrs. Joseph Urbach of Elliott, North Dakota. Amstutz is preparing to check carefully its yield this fall, with a view of planting more of this va riety should it prove satisfactory. Hannah Bracy Sails from New York City for Third Term In Northern Rhodesia Will Travel 1000 Miles Inland From Capetown, Africa to Reach Mission Station Transportation facilities ranging all the way from a huge modem cargo freighter to that of being personally carried by native Rhodesian Africans will be utilized by Miss Hannah Bracy who left last week for her des tination, a mission station in North ern Rhodesia, Africa. Miss Bracy, an ative of this com munity ,is a sister of Jesse and Hom er Bracy. She expects to sail from New York City in January but due to war condi tions was unable to leave. She left unexpectedly, only because one of the passengers booked on the freighter relinquished his passage booking. She is one of 12 passengers on the freight er. After arriving at Capetown, Africa, adventursome experience will begin in earnest as it will be necessary to travel more than 1000 miles inland to reach the mission station. The first 800 miles will be travelled by train and the last 200 miles of trans portation will be furnished by donk eys, river canoes paddled by natives and by being carried by the natives themselves over the roughest terrain. Miss Bracy is returning to northern Rhodesia for her third term, having served two previous terms of seven years each. She has been here on furlough for the past 18 month. Her work is under the auspices of the In terdenominational Mission Board. Northern Rhodesia is a British prov ince. Bishop Jones To Speak At Lions Bishop Paul Jones, L.L. D„ D. D., will address the Lions club at its regular meeting in the Walnut Grill Tuesday evening at 6:15 o’clock. Dr. Jones will speak on the subject, “The Relation of America to the World War”. Dr. Jones has served as the bishop of the Utah Diocese and Southern Ohio Diocese of the Episcopalean church of the United States. At the present time he is college pastor and professor of religion at Antioch col lege, Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has received degrees from Yale university and the Episcopal Theo logical school at Cambridge, Mass. He has travelled extensively in Europe and comes well equipped to discuss problems relating to the in ternational situation. Theola Steiner To Fill H. S. Vacancy Miss Theola Steiner, sixth grade teacher in Bluffton Public schools, will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss Eleanor Leiter, former physical education teacher in Bluffton High school. She will teach in the high school on a part time basis, devoting the lest of her time to departmentalized work in the elementary school. At the present time she is enrolled at Bowling Green State university where she is completing special work which will equip her for the high school position. Hog Market Hits Eight Month Peak Hog prices hit an eight month peak on the Bluffton market Monday when porkers brought a top figure of $6.70 per hundred pounds. Farm ers who had watched a steadily de clining price level took heart and a demand for feeding stock was in evidence. Prices Wednesday morning on the market here registered a top of $6.40, a decline of thirty cents from Monday’s peak. THE BLUFFTON NEWS __________ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ________ BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, .HLV 11, 1940 BOX OF ARCHIVES TO BE SEALED IN POSTOFFICE WALL Small Copper Container to be Center of Interest at Ceremonies Records Depicting Present Day Bluffton Will Be Placed In Box A small copper box hermetically sealed, will be one of the chief cen ters of interest at ceremonies mark ing the laying of the corner stone of Bluffton’s new postoffice building on Sunday, July 21. This box, to be embedded in solid masonry of the building, will con tain records depicting Bluffton as it was in the year 1940 and will show as far as possible the town’s civic, educational, industrial and commer cial activities. Just how to accomplish this object so that some future generation on opening the box may obtain an accurate conception of present day Bluffton is the problem facing the committee on archives consisting of Ralph Stearns, E. C. Stultz and Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf. Committee’s Task The box measures 12 inches in length, 10 inches in width and 3% inches in height. How best to utilize this limited space is the task which the committee has been con sidering for the past, month. Final decision on what will be included in the archives to be preserved in the box has not yet been announced. The box is being made by Stultz, a member of the committee who is also a local tinner and sheet metal worker. After the box is filled the copper lid will be soldered on and the con tainer placed in a niche in the brick wall at the rear of the corner stone. Agnes Hilty W ed In Pandora Ceremony Miss Agnes Hilty of Bluffton and Edward Harris of Perry, Ohio, were married Sunday noon at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Paul Whitmer, pastor of Grace Mennonite church, Pandora. The wedding vows were received by Rev. Whitmer using the single ring ceremony. Present were the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hilty and daughter Lucille of Bluff ton, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hickman of Painesville and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hilty of Rising Sun. The bride wore for the occasion a pink crepe creation with fitted jacket and hat to match, together with a corsage of sweet peas and roses. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride on Spring street. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton college in the class of 1934. For the past two years she has been teaching in the schools at Perry, east of Painesville. Previous to that she taught in the schools at Alger. The couple will reside at Perry where Mr. Harris is communications operator of the Civil Aeronautics Authority at the Perry airport. Thief9s Name Might Have Been Ferdinand His name might have been Fer dinand—anyw’ay he evidently liked flowers so well that one of Med Murray’s porch boxes was missing Wednesday morning. While remodeling the porch at his residence on Thurman street, two perch boxes were removed to the fiont lawn and placed on trestles. One of the boxes filled with growing flowers and plants was stolen Tues day night. Med says that one porch box wil not dn and asks the thief either tc retirn the one that was stolen or come back and take the other one. Missionary From Tibet Union Service Speaker Rev. R. A. Peterson of Lima, a returned missionary from Tibet will be the speaker at Bluffton’s union service at the Methodist church, Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock. Rev. Peterson spent several years in the Far East under auspices of the Missionary board of the Church of Christ. Special music for the Sunday night service will be provided by the Young People’s and Senior choirs of the Methodist church.- It may fall to the lot of Neil Baumgartner, Bluffton youth em ployed for the summer at Lakeside, to receive Mrs. Franklin D. Roose velt, wife of the President when she stops at the Lake Erie summer re sort to fill a speaking engagement this Wednesday night. Baumgartner is host at the hotel dining room where Mrs. Roosevelt and her party are expected for din ner. In the evening Mrs. Roosevelt Speakers of National Promi nence to Address Sessions At State Conference ’ublic Invited to Attend Meet ings of Conference Spon sored by F. O. R. Speakers of national prominence will be in Bluffton to address sessions of a state wide peace conference ar ranged by the Fellowship of Recon ciliation on the Bluffton college cam pus July 15 to 20. The conference will be attended by church delegations in Ohio and other groups interested in problems rela tive to war and peace. Opoprtunity will be given for discussion, study and private conference in addition to the regular lecture sessions. Group worship and meditation periods are being arranged by the committee in charge of activities. London Woman to Speak A partial lir.t of the speakers in clude: Muriel Lester well known writer and speaker from London Harold Fey, authority on Oriental problems, who has just returned from a trip to China and Japan Dr. Chas. F. Boss, Jr., noted peace leader, Dr. Shirharani, Indian peace leader Rab n Abraham Cronbach of Cincinnati Harold Gray, author of “Character Rad and D6h" Smucker, former Bluffton resident now of Chicago, new mid-west secretary of the Fellowship Reconcilliation. Many other Work ers and leaders of this area will be present for conference sessions. The conference will use the dormi tory, classrooms and chapel facilities of the college. Dr. Edwin Brown of Cincinnati is chairman of the com mittee in charge of arrangements for the local conference meeting. Other members of the Ohio F. O. R. com mittee include Rev. Carl Landis, form erly of Bluffton and now in Chicago and Miss Joan Warnhuis of Cleveland. The general public is invited to at tend the sessions. Guyneth Bish Is Bride On Fourth A quiet wedding solemnized on the Fourth of July united in marriage Miss Guyneth D. Bish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everad Bish, of Bluff ton, and Frank B. Haner, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. B. Haner, of McComb. The marriage took place at 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning in the home of the groom’s sister, Mrs. Carl Twining, of Findlay. The vows were exchanged before the fireplace decorated with a pro fusion of summer flowers. Rev. Ray Strouse, of McComb, received the vows in the single ring ceremony. The attendants were Mrs. Carl Twining and Stanley Burson, Jr. The bride was attired in a street length dress of dusty rose with white accessories and a corsage of gardenias. Mrs. Twining wore a pastel blue dress with white accessories and a corsage of yellow roses. After the ceremony the couple left on a short wedding trip and upon their return will reside in Lima. Bluffton Youth May Receive Mrs. Roosevelt In Hotel At Lakeside State Peace Conference To Be Held On Bluffton College Campus July 15-20 The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school and is employed by the Triplett Electrical Instrument company here. The groom attended McComb high school and is employed by the Lima Armature works in Lima. New Standard Oil Station Under Way Work has been started on the construction of a new and modern servicenter by the Standard Oil company here. The structure will occupy the site of the present sta tion at North Main and Jefferson streets, the junction of Routes 25 and 103. The latest in up to date service and accommodations for motorists will be embodied in "the new station which is expected to be ‘completed late this summer. is scheduled to speak on the Lakeside Chautauqua program on the subject “The Relationship of the Individual to the Community.” She will appear at the Central auditorium with a seating capacity of more than 4,000. The Bluffton youth, a sophomore at Miami university, Oxford, last year, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Baumgartner of Cherry street. This is his second summer of em ployment at Lakeside. This Baby Has Two Great Grandmothers Beverly Anne, week-old daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Irwin has already laid claim to an un usual distinction—that of having two great grandmothers to wel come her arrival. The great grandmothers are Mrs. Susan Amstutz and Mrs. Florence Kepner, both of Bluff ton. PARADE PLANS FOR P. 0. CORNERSTONE BEING COMPLETED Uniformed Knight Templar Commandery Organizations To Participate Downtown Area to be Gaily Decorated for Community Celebration Final arrangements are being com pleted for the parade to be held in connection with gala carnersfone lay ing ceremonis for Bluffton’s new $80, 000 post office on Sunday afternoon, July 21. The parade will start at 2:30 p. m. forming at the town hall and proceeding south on Main street to the new postoffice building. The committee in charge of parade arrangements has announced the fol lowing plans for assembling the var ious participating units: The Amer ican Legion will assemble in the lo cal Legion hall. The Knight Temp lar Commanderies will assemble in full uniform at the high school cafe teria. Conmmandery organizations are expected from Findlay, Lima, Fostoria, Marion, Kenton, Van Wert, Montpelier, Bryan and Defiance. The high school band will assemble in the high school music room. The general headquarters will be in the local Masonic hall. The committee working on parade arrangements includes C. G. Coburn, Forrest Steinman, Dr. Evan Basing er and Rolland Stratton. A meeting of all the committees will be held at the Masonic hall Thursday evening in order to com plete and integrate final arrange ments for the cornerstone celebra tion. Downtown area of Bluffton will be decorated with flags, banners and var ious other decorations and the com munity will have the appearance of a gaily bedecked city appropriate to the occasion. Sales Tax Man In Town Next Tuesday A sales tax examiner will be in Bluffton next Tuesday afternoon at the Mayor’s office from 1 to 4 o’clock to assist vendors with their semi annual sales tax reports for the first half of the current year. Announcement to this effect was made by Frank H. Hill, manager of the Lima district office of the de partment of taxation the first of the week. All vendors must file a report on or before July 31 or be subject to a $1 a day penalty on delinquent re ports. Reports may be filed at the dis-’ trict office, 1004 Cook Tower, Lima, or mailed to the Department of Tax ation, 68 E. Gay street, Columbus, any time during July. Real Estate Deal Faye Isham has purchased a dwel ling on Mound street from the Catherine Amstutz estate. The Isham family have moved into the property, 'Vacating one of the Hauenstein aparhnepts above the Lape store. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 11 SHOP COURSES FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE MAY OPEN MONDAY Local Participation Contingent On Minimum Enrollment of Ten Students Applicants Must be Registered For Course by Friday Night to Qualify Bluffton’s public school system will cooperate with the state wide pro gram of industrial training in the interest of National defense if suffi cient interest is shown in local regis trations. The program is contingent on a minimum enrollment of 10 stu dents by Friday night. The local program was outlined and presented to the board of education at its meeting Monday night and was given approval subject to the mini mum outlined. Under present plans the program would start next Monday and would continue for seven weeks. George W. Sigg instructor in the school’s new vocational electrical engineering shop, will be hired by the board to take charge of the instruction. 200 Class Hours Hours of instruction will be ar ranged according to the individual needs of the enrollees. The course will consist of 200 class hours consist ing of six hours a day, five days a week for a total of seven weeks. There will be two classes of enroll ees, the employed and the unemploy ed. The unemployed wil Ibe required to enroll in the unemployment office in Lima to be officially classified as unemployed. Then application should be made at the high school. Workers already employed in in dustry and who wish to improve their skill will apply at the office of the superintendent at the high school. No one under 18 years of age will be accepted for training. Meet Needs of Students The program of techincal education is not rigid and adjustments will be made according to the needs and in terests of those applying. Opportun ity for instruction will be given in the various aspects of shop work, technico drawing and design, pattern making and training in various me chanical operations. Whatever the students want will be given chief consideration. Tuition will be free to those select ed for the courses. In addition all textbooks, materials and complete in struction will be paid for by the state. No expense at all on the part of the student would be involved in the course. Present plans for the course de veloped as a result of a conference between Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf, of the local school and state educational officials at Columbus last week. Sinclair Station Changes Hands Change in the ownership of the Sinclair filling station at South Main street and College avenue became ef fective the first of the week when H. E. Shrider & Son purchased the interest of Nelson Wells. Wells has operated the station since it ■was op ened here several years ago. Shrider who formerly operated a filling station in Bluffton has been liv ing in Arlington for the past several years. The family recently moved here and are occupying part of the Oberly property on West College avenue. Shrider’s son Harry is as sociated with him in operation of the station here. Bluffton Graduate Elected Principal Peter A. Wiebe, Bluffton college graduate in the class of 1926, has been elected principal of Willard High school. Wiebe had been in structor in industrial arts in the school for the past ten years. After leaving Bluffton college Wiebe did graduate work at the Uni versity of Minnesota, Bowling Green and Kent State colleges and com pleted his M. A. degree in education in 1934 at Ohio State university. Before going to Willard he taught at Pandora and Mt. Cory. The current issue of the Willard Times in commenting on Wiebes’ ap pointment says, “The new principal has been a popular and successful teacher and has helped the students in many of their activities.” Mrs. Wiebe, the former Naomi Stettler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stettler of this place, is well known in this community.