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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
First Steps in $828,000 Plan for
Additions and Improve
ments Announced
Size of Building to be Doubled
And One-third Added to
Output, Report
First steps in an expansion pro
gram for the Bluffton generating
plant of the Central Ohio Light and
Power company were announced Tues-,
day by Francis K. Godwin of Findlay,
western division manager for the
company. The plant here is officially
known as the Woodcock generating
The expansion plan, aggregating
more than three-quarters of a million
dollars is still in the embryo state, ac
cording to Godwin who stated that no I
date had been set for starting con
struction work.
Broad outlines of the plan, accord-1
ing to well informed sources how
ever, will include doubling the size of pr(W?ram
the present plant on the Allen-Han
cock county line road at the eastern] S1OH
edge of Bluffton’s city limits. This]
will be followed by installation of ad-|
ditional equipment which will increaser
by one-third the plant’s generating] Institute
capacity. This
As a preliminary step to financing]
the program estimateed at $828,000,(
the company has been authorized by]
the Ohio Public Utility commission to|
sell $400,000 worth of per
Peter C. Steiner
He was
the son of
married to
bonds and 1,000 shares of six per cent Wed"“day .“d Thursday, Jan.
... I and 23, will feature discussion
’Current output of the Bluffton plant rural problems and talks
has increased steadily since it was by "“‘standing agricultural author
put into operation nearly three years I dies.
lai An independent institute will be
ago and the expansion program is I
understood to be a result of growing beld here thls year' was announced
demand from the territory thruout th» fir8‘ °f "eek
this part of the state served by the *’lans for ‘he two-day affair are
company near*n# completion. On the opening
Experts who viewed the plant here daJr men’s and women’s organizations
have declared its location to be ideal win hold Joint sessions, with the
for electric generating purposes and (groups meeting separately on Thurs
the station has been given one of the day
highest efficiency ratings in the| Speakers include Edgar Herr, hy
country corn sPecia^st» Windau,
(former farm agent
(county J. H. Warner, Allen county
-re I woman.
following a five weeks’ illness. I
Also surviving are three sons:]
Sidney of Charleston, W. Va. Haydn
of Toledo and Myron of Barberton.]
Four daughters surviving are: Miss-|
es Irma and Selina Steiner of Pan-1
dora, I
of Cridersville.
Brothers and sisters surviving are]
Samuel and Elias Steiner and Misses]
Barbara and Mary Steiner all of]
The body is at the Lehman & Ba-|
singer funeral home in Pandora and]
will be taken to the residence Wed-|
nesday evening
and 21
The robin was first sighted by
Mrs. Beidler and later some
neighbors also saw the bird.
Whether the feathered visitor
arriving here in the midst of
January winter weather was any
portent of an early spring is
not known however, many
Bluffton residents are hoping so.
HELD JAN. 22-23
for Two Days’ Ses
Here is Nearing
to be Independent
Year Speakers
Are Listed
(farm agent C. Clyde Jones, Ohio
I City livestock farmer, and Mrs. Pearl
Dies In Pandora E y ol. prominent Stark county farm
Peter C. Steiner 72, prominent offlccrs of are: Mcns
Pandora farmer and business man I ...
rwuuiffiau I group—Albert Augsburger, presi
died at his home at that place Wed-1 .,
dent Homer Gratz, vice-president
nesday morning at 5:20 o clock. I
,6. ,. Quinten Burkholder, secretary-treas
Death was due to a heart attack,!^ T, ...
A nZLJ urer Harry F. Barnes, Albert
.„ I Geiger, William Althaus and Henry
Funeral services will be held bat-1
urday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the executive committee. Wo
Grace Mennonite ehurch, Rev. Paul ™en P?81*
Whitmer officiating. Interment will|dent'’ Mrs. Ray Marshall, Mrs. Har
be in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. ,ey Marquart, Mrs. Chris Gratz and
He was a lifelong resident of Riley Mrs. C. F. Miller, local hostess.
township and a former school teach
er of that district. He was also a
former director of the First National
bank of Pandora and at the time of
his death was director of the Pan
dora Dry Goods & Clothing company.
Following two months illness with! bachelor farmer,
heart disease and complications, Mrs. I a. m. Monday in
Catherine Balmer, 85, lifelong resi-l ship home where he was bom. He
dent of Richland township, died! had been bedfast four days.
her home on I Rayl was known to many Bluffton
Sunday morning at
Lawn avenue.
Mrs. Balmer was a
Emmanuel Reformed
funeral services were held Tuesday I ways welcome,
afternoon. Rev. Emil Burrichter of-1 Funeral services were conducted
ficiated. Burial was at the Emman-I Wednesday afternoon in the Diller
uel cemetery. I funeral home at Bluffton. Rev. C.
Rehabilitation Work Among Juvenile
unirn Delinquents Described At Lions Meet
First Robin Of
Spring Is Seen
Here Tuesday
piRST robin of the coming
spring paid a call to Bluff
ton residents Tuesday morning
when the bird was seen in the
garden of Harvey Beidler on
South Jackson street.
rar™fs JnSt,t“te
of Putnam
Two Seeking Post To
Distribute Auto Tags
Two Bluffton men are seeking the
bom December 7, 1868,1 Positi“n of dcl'uty rePst™r the
Christian and Magdalena p^nbubon of autoreob.te 1.cense
Steiner. In 1893 he was £ere k,th'8 Spr,ngr, ™n.’
Elizabeth Bixel who sur. both Republicans are Clayton Bixel
and Robert Lewis.
Contest for the place which has
developed into a factional party
squabble, came into th^ open over the
week end. Lewis, who has been dep
uty registrar here for the past two
LilHan rf Wolter‘»d*SteUa|yea" 'i*-culated petitions locally,
1 seeking reappointment, while Bixel
was endorsed by the Republican
county ways and means committee
in a meeting at Lima, Saturday.
Appointment is in the hands of
State Registrar Wallace in Columbus
and is expected to be made within
the next sixty days.
William Rayl RitCS
Funeral For Mrs. Held OnWednesday
Catherine Baimer
Heart disease was the cause of the
Joseph Rayl, 71,
who died at 10
the Orange town-
I death of Wiliam
four days.
I people as owner of Rayl’s quarry a
member of the! popular summer picnic and recrea
church where! tion spot to which visitors were al­
Survivors include two daughters, I Kauffman, of Mt. Cory, officiated.
Mrs. Elmer Lauby, of Bluffton and I Burial was in the Candler cemetery
Mrs. J. E. Morrison, of Elwood City, I near Ada.
Pa. one son, Austin, of Toledo one! Born June 6, 1870, Rayl was a life
sister, Mrs. Lydia Stettler, of Bluff-1 long resident of Orange township,
ton, and a brother, Isaac Stauffer, of I Surviving is a brother, John Calvin
Fourteen grandchildren I Rayl and a sister, Mary Jane Rayl.
great-grandchildren also sure I The three lived on the Rayl farm
I one mile east of Bluffton.
Balmer’s husband preceded! Rayl was a member of the Bluff
death 22 yean ago. ton Odd" Fellows lodge.
Rehabilitation work among juve
nile delinquent boys at the Boys In
dustrial School at Lancaster, was de
scribed by Gerald Stahley, supervisor
of education at the school, at a meet
ing of the Lions club in the Walnut
Grill Tuesday night. Stahley is a
graduate of Bluffton college in the
class of 1926.
Preceding the address was a series
of musical selections by a group of
five boys from the school who sang
and played musical instruments.
The main purpose of the school is
rehabilitation and preparing the boy
to go back into normal participation
in society. The boy comes to
school with a court commitment
presents a definite problem.
The family plan is used in
treatment instead of confinement in
cells. This permits more normal re
lationships and the lads build up at
titudes more consistent with the wel
fare of the group, the speaker stated.
Of all of the delinquent boys in
A stir of excitement was
caused in the town Tuesday
night when a group of five boys
was seen on the streets attired
in natty uniforms. The mystery
was solved when members of the
Lions club leaving the Walnut
Grill explained that the youths
were musicians from the Boys
Industrial School at Lancaster
and had performed for the club
earlier in the evening.
the institution only three to five per
cent of them have had any religious
training, which fact shows that
church influence is lacking among
many boys who run afoul of the law.
The educational program is set up
not in terms of the traditional, ap
proach but from the point of view of
meeting the individual human prob
lems and needs of the growing boy.
A combination of work and schooling
has been found to be the most satis
factory approach. The boy goes to
school one day and works the next,
following this alternate plan thru
out the entire year.
The per capita cost of the school
is $275 per year which is consider
ably under most institutions of this
size and type, the speaker pointed
out in conclusion.
A Capella Choir At
Presbyterian Church
Appearing in a sacred concert will
be the Bluffton College A Capella
choir at the Presbyterian church,
Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Prof.
Russell Lantz, head of the depart
ment of music, will direct the or
Announcement of the concert was
made by Rev. Charles Armentrout,
pastor of the church. The
is invited.
Red Cross Asks
For Volunteers
Volunteers for knitting of sweat
ers and general sewing work are
wanted by the local chapter of the
Red Cross, according to announce
ment by the organization this week.
Supervision of the sewing will be
provided by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, of
South Main street, and the knitting
by Mrs. Paul Studler of South Jack
son street. Materials and instruc
tion will be furnished by either of
these persons.
Accept Resignation
Of Rev. Kliewer
Resignation of Rev. P. A. Kliwer
as pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite
church, west of Bluffton, was ac
cepted last Wednesday at the an
nual meeting of the church congre
Rev. Kliewer presented his resig
nation to the church several months
ago, to become effective on Easter
Sunday. His successor has nut yet
been named.
Church officers elected for the
present year include: Waldo Hof
stetter, president D. J. Basinger,
secretary W. J. Luginbuhl, deacon
Chris A. Gratz, deacon Geraldine
Grismore, pianist Mabel Amstutz,
assistant Chris A. Gratz, chorister
Francis Niswander, assistant Clif
ton Diller, treasurer of church aux
iliaries Albert Diller, William Alt
haus, Eldon Tschiegg and Clayton
Bucher, ushers.
Three Volunteer For
Year's Army Service
Three Bluffton youths, Willard
Dillman, James and Joe Birchnaugh,
volunteered for a year of army
training, it was announced the first
of the week. The three have taken
their preliminary physical examina
tions and are*awaiting directions as
to where to report for induction into
the service.
1 1 .-■■■
Municipal Officers Will Con
tinue in Office
of Bluffton’s Appointive
Mayor’s Appointment of Night
Police Limited to One Month
By Council
All of Bluffton’s munkipal appoin
tees will be continued in ofiice, it was
determined at the first council meet
ing of the year v nich was held
Monday night.
Appointments were uade by Mayor
W. A. Howe and ere confirmed
unanimously by the council. The
mayor’s appointment of Albert Reich
enbach as night watch was limited by
action of the council to one month.
All other appointments were for one
The confirmation of Reichenbach’s
appointment for a year was refused
when it was charged at the council
meeting that he violated the intent of
a municipal building ordinance in the
erection of a garage last summer on
the rear of his lot.
Wi/hin Ordinance Claim
It was stated at the meeting, how
ever, that Reichenbach had consulted
an attorney on the matter and was
advised that he was within the pro
visions of the law.
The council gave no indication as
to what disposition of the case will
be made at the expiration of the
month’s appointment.
Appointees named at the session in
Lee Coon, street commissioner,
$100 per month.
Albert Reichenbach, nightwatch.
3100 per month. Named for one
month from three applicants.
Members of the fire department—
H. E. Augsburger, Isaac Bro^eck, Ed.
Badertscher, Fred Martin, Les
wander, C. V. Stonehill. Haro1
hill and Charles Young, two_^__
per month and tw- .a •Pars p'e'AR’ri/'
Albert Benroth, caretaker of the
town clock, $50 per year.'
Appointments Remains
One other appointment remains to
be made, that of the caretaker of the
Maple Grove cemetery. This appoint
ment will be made by the trustees of
the cemetery.
Sveral appointments made last year
were for two years and no action by
i the council or mayor was necessary to
continue them in office. These in
cluded: Guy Corson, fire cheif,
per year.
Francis Durbin, city solicitor,
i per year retainer.
Standing committees of the
council will continue in the capacity
as last year, Mayor Howe announced.
These are:
Finance committee—E. W. Basinger
and Armin Hauenstein.
Street and roads committee—Menno
Badertscher and Ralph Patterson.
Fire and light committee—Munson
Bixel a'nd Cleon Triplett.
Mrs. Rilla Marshall
Rites Hdld Tuesday
Funeral service® were held Tues
day afternoon at the Stanley Ba
singer funeral home for Mrs. Rilla
Burns Marshall, 83, who died at 3
p. m. Sunday at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Ralph D. Rainey, in
Mrs. Marshall was born Sept. 25,
1857, in Iowa
township with
was six years
the township
when she moved to Bluffton.
and moved to Orange
her parents when
old. She lived in
until 20 years
Surviving are a son, Charles
Burns, of Bluffton, and two daugh
ters. Mrs. Goldie Battles, Orange
township, and Mrs. Rainey at whose
home she died following an illness
of seven months.
Mrs. Marshall was married to
George Burns, and later to Robert
Marshall. Both are deceased. She
was a member of the Olive Branch
United Brethren church of Orange
Rev. Paul Zimmerman, of Rawson,
Tuesday. Burial was in the Clymer
at the funeral services
Church Speaker
Presentation of the results of re
searches into Mennonite activities
will be made by J. Winfield Fretz, of
Chicago, who will speak at the First
Mennonite church Sunday night at
7:45 o’clock, it was announced by
Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor.
Fretz graduated from Bluffton col
lege in the class of 1934 and is fin
ishing a graduate course at the Uni
versity of Chicago thia year.
’Ians Are Made For Ice
Rink At Harmon Field
Ice skating may be a winter sports
attraction at Harmon field this year
if plans outlined Monday night at a
meeting of the municipal council are
put into effect.
A proposal to flood a section of the
recreation center for skating in case
of a prolonged cold wave was ap
proved by the council men at
Monday meeting.
Tentative plans were laid to put
the program into effect, with Fire
Chief Guy Corson consenting to use
the fire pumper and a fog-nozzle
spray in flooding the field and pro
viding a smooth skating surface.
iecord of Number Stopping in
Bluffton Kept by Marshal
Lee Coon
of 134 in April was
Largest Number in Any
One Month
Few law violators are placed be
hind the bars, however, the Bluff
ton jail serves as a busy hostelry
throughout the year for all of that,
Marshal Lee Coon reported Tuesday.
During 1940 more than 800 trans
ients stopped at the lockup for over
night lodging, doing their cooking on
the jail stove and sleeping on the
hard floor of the building.
Sometimes the “knights of the
road” carry their bedding with
them, but more often they sleep on
the floor with only a few scattered
newspapers between them and the
boards. Some use lumps of coal for
their pillows and the group would
appear to be anything but comfort-1
able when
On some
iter Nis
ei Stone-
P. T. A. Meet Changed!
This procedure is the same as thatlQE
PL onn tt i T. Iside and outside of the
over 80U Transients Had Night’ I
v i A *1 tt vr I
Lodging At Jail Here In Past Year
Seen and Heard at
Bluffton Post Office
Dedication Ceremonies
New Year’s Day
they bed down for the| piece construction. Most flag
of this size are sectional.
occasions all of them will|
foodstuffs and put them| Hats off to the snappy band
pool their
on one table, eating picnic style.| provided music for both the
Other times they eat separately,
ft 1
with winter weather breaking up I I c,. vn i
XL I .. land Mrs. Clarence Stonehill, left for
they dnft north dur,ng the two Almost every available square foot his „ew Tues(1 ay aftCTnMn.
early spring months. of space was taken inside the build- N„ r6ason ivcn for
Complete summary of the yearLng during the ceremonies. Most of transf according t0 the letter re
follows: January, 76 February, 96 the people present stood during the received by his parents Wednesday
Marsh, 128 April, 134 May, 40 I entire ceremony although some of mornjnK
June, 12 July, 4 August, 5 Septem-|the kiddies were seen sitting on the1
ber, 24 October, 50 November, 103,| edges of tobies and desks. The over
and December, 80. flow crowd was located in the lobby.
During the hot months of the sum-|
mer most of them sleep outside, ini Many people were puzzled as to the
fields or barns, accounting for the] meanjng of the black stripes at the| First week of 1941 at the Bluffton
low figures during July and August,] cornjce on the north end of the work] hospital ushered in something of a
Coon said. I room. These served to partially con-| record when it was announced that
ceal the peep holes through which in-1 nine infants were being cared for
spectors may observe the work of the on Tuesday.
post office when they pay un-announc-1 This figure represents the largest
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kempf, Pan-| other as they went from peep hole to|
dora, a girl, Janice Lane, Sunday. peep hole.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Borkofky,
Williamstown, a girl, Monday.
The following births at the Bluff-|ed visits to the Bluffton office. number of babies ever in the insti
ton hospital: The observation room is located at] tution in any one day, according to
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herr, Beaver-] an elevation which will give a view of Miss Helen Maxwell, superintendent,
dam, a girl, Donna Mae, Thursday.] the entire work room and the person
r. and
girl, Mary
r. and
Mr. and Mrs. Merrit I
Jenera, a boy, Tuesday. I■
Announcement has been made of] tion of the post office, in supervising]
the birth of a daughter to Mr. and] the setting up of the equipment and|
Mrs. Cleon Henry, formerly of| certain details of the dedication cere-|
Bluffton and now of Covington, Ohio,| mony.
Thursday. Mrs. Henry was form-|
erly Miss Della Groman. record for holiday cancelling was!
A son was born Saturday morning] set jjew Year’s day with a total of|
in Miller-McComb hospital at Me-] §47 gy way
Comb to Mr. and Mrs. Pratt Rey*|were 157 On Thanksgiving day and|
nolds. He has been named Thomas] ^74 on Christmas day.
Larry. Mrs. Reynolds is the former’
Miss Grace Augsburger. They re
side at Findlay.
To Wednesday Night *ndlpou,:he“the railroai depoU
Change of date of the Parent]
Teachers Association meeting from|
Tuesday to Wednesday night of next]
week, was announced this week by|
Mrs. Charles Hankish president of|
the organization. The meeting wi
be held in the high school auditor-]
ium at 7:30 p. m. I
The following program has been]
arranged: Invocation, Rev. E. G.|
Steiner music, instrumental depart-]
ment plays, “One Man’s Family”
and “Another Man’s Family” under
direction of P. W. Stauffer discus
sion, Family Relationships by Orden
Mrs. Nelson Steiner, a( nel of the post office may be observed hospital in the year 1941 came to
Margaret, Friday. (without their knowledge. The obser-| Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herr of Beaver
Mrs. W. H. Bridges,| vation room is sound proof and has| dam on Thursday when a girl, Don
a boy, Jerry Michael,( no lights. Access to the room is( na Mae, was born. Closely following
(gained through the office of the post-| Jusi midnight Friday morning,
another baby girl, Mary Margaret,
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Neuenschwan-| master.
der, a girl, Mary Stager, Sunday. Visitors who visited the observation] was b°rn to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman,] room complained about the darkness] Steiner of Bluffton.
a girl, Marcene Jane, Sunday. (and occasionally bumped- into each]
Credit should be given to Assist-1 M/ “nd Mr?, Marvm Bartz, Colure
Shaller, ant Postmaster Ralph Stearns, who buK ove Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herr
assisted in advising on the construe-1 and and Mrs. W
1 Beaverdam Mr. and
Kempf of Pandora
comparison there]
The spacious drive way and mail|
rural man carriers and to Howard I
Stager, who transports the mail sacks!
I to the post office.
used by hockey clubs in icing their|^" w w
Members of the Bluffton Ameri
can Legion post have volunteered to (Large Attendance at Cere
assist in making a section of the monies Opening New Fed
field ready for the ice rink, Mayor oral RniMinw
Wilbur A. Howe told the council.
Should the experiment prove a
success, it is likely to be continued,
in future years as an addition to (Structure Typically American
the community’s winter sports pro-| With Architecture of Early
gram. Bluffton has many skating Colonial Era
enthusiasts, young and old alike, and
the venture is expected to prove a
popular one.
Despite an overcast sky, porten- (building during the afternoon.
tious of inclement weather, a siz-] It was an interesting exhibition of
able crowd turned out to witness (typical democratic American partici
ceremonies dedicating Bluffton’s new Ipation in an event whose interest
$80,000 post office New Year’s Day. (shared by old and young, men
boys and girls, officials
consisting (citizens alike.
In impressive ceremonies held in-
The outside program,
of flag raising ceremonies, was in
charge of the Bluffton post of the Also
American Legion. Officiating in this (architecture of the building, pattem
part of the ceremony were Ralph |ed after the early American structur
Stearns, commander Quinten Burk-|®® the Colonial era. The whole
chaplain Millen Geiger and Irvin (monies seemed to be fused with the
Woods, color guards. (wholesome American spirit of free
|dom and beauty—all combining to lend
The flag pole, all in one piece of 11° Die occasion a fest
tapered tubing, is one of the few (a sense of dignity and solemnity,
one piece poles in the country. The| The program was carried out on
architects and builders indicated that (schedule with precision which in itself
this was their first contact with one|8P°^e ^or efforts of the various
poles| (Continued on page 8)
last year was the peak! was a select gre,.,. of mu£ici.nJLentl for seM|cl.
month for overn.ght callers. Dur,ng p.cxed from recent graduates of the sutes armv, ha8 been transferred
he month 34 took advantage of h.gh school and directed by Prof from Ft Benjamin Harrison in In
hejad s shelter, topp,ng a mark of Sidney Hauenstein, veteran hand|dja n In() Ft. K„o Ke„.
128 set in March. It is believed thatl leader.
times they eat separately. land autside ceremonies. The bandl johnStonehilUwhov0lunt«redre
Bluffton’s recently completed $80,000
post office, located at South Main
and Franklin streets, was formally
ldedicated on New Year’s Day, Wed
nesday afternoon.
I Climaxing nearly three years of ne
gotiations and building, the new
I handsome structure makes an impres
Isive addition to the buidings of the
I community.
I A large crowd, estimated at about
12,000, attended the dedication exer
Icises and were conducted through the
Colonial Architecture
typically American is
adjutant Ralph Henry, I setting of the building and the cere-
air perxaded
i Bluff ton Volunteer
Transf erred Tuesday
I tucky. Stonehill, the son of Mr.
Nine Infants At
Hospital Tuesday
The marble walls of the lobby at-1 deputy in the office of the clerk of
tracted considerable attention among (courts Monday morning.
the visitors, as the post office here is Huber took office as part of the
one of the very few in the country, so staff of the incoming clerk of courts,
equipped. The material used in phan-| Ernest Mills, republican, who was
(tasia rose from the Tennessee quar- eicetea to that post last November.
ries. Mills succeeds Leonard Schnabel,
The special cachet, symbolic of the|
dedication, stimulated stamp sales.
Many people in the community, who|
had no previous interest or exper-| iutlj
ience in collecting “covers” took ad-|
First arrival in Bluffton at the
In the hospital on Tuesday, the
peak day, were the babies of the
following parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wilch, Jenera
—j -_j
Bridges of
Mrs. Francis
Mr. and Mrs.
Vergil Borkofky of
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Steiner, Mr.
and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman
and Mrs. Edgar Neuenschwander,
of Bluffton Mr. and Mrs. Merrit
Shaller, of Jenera.
The entire group of babies was
photographed by Mr. Neuenschwand
er, Bluffton photographer, and father
I of one of the infants.
Deputy County Clerk
Joy K. Huber, residing south of
Bluffton, assumed duties as chief
Real Estate Deal
S. Faze fam
vantage of the opportunity in obtain-1 Monroe township.
(Continued on page 2) copied by Conner Stewart
unloading area will be a boon to the
The farm is oc-

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