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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV Joint Sessions for Men and Women Held at High School Wednesday Separate Programs on Thurs day Will Close Two Day Institute Featuring a two-day discussion of modern farming methods and rural community problems. Bluffton’s an ual winter farm institute opened on Wednesday morning and will continue thru Thursday. Speakers well qualified in the fields they represent are appearing on the institute program, and many enter taining features also are included. Joint sessions are being held on Wednesday’ in the Bluffton High school auditorium, with a capacity audience expected for Wednesday night’s program. Separate meetings will be held on Separate meetings will be held on Thursday, with the men’s institute convening in the auditorium and the women gathering at the St. John’s Reformed church. Thursday after noon meetings will close the institute. Heading an impressive list of speakers for this year’s institute are C. Clyde Jones, Ohio City livestock farm and Mrs. Pearl E. Boli, promi nent Stark county farm woman. They were selected frbm the state list of farm institute speakers. Others appearing on the program in speaking roles include Edgar Herr, hybrid com specialist J. W. Windau, former farm agent of Putnam coun ty, and J. H. Warner, Allen county farm agent. Wednesday evening’s program, starting at 7:30 p. m., will include music by’ the high school band and addresses by’ Jones and Mrs. Boli. Robert Marshall will play’ a flute solo and Eleanor Amstutz an accordion solo. Two Plays Offered In addition two pl^bys will be offer ed. An Orange township cast will present, “When the Wife’s Away,” with Harry Anderson, Mis. Fame Fett, Carl Marshall, Mrs. Mabel Jen nings, Mrs. Carrie Stratton and Clyde Warren appearing as characters. “One Man’s Family” and “Another Man’s Family,” will be staged by a Bluffton High school cast. Characters will be portrayed by Robert Cooney, Harold Crouse, Norman Beidler, Rich ard Augsburger, Marcene Stonehill, Eileen Wenger and Hildred Eversole. Morning and afternoon meetings will be held by both men and women on Thursday. Sessions are to be held at 10 a. m. and 1:15 p. m. by the men in the high school auditorium, with the women meeting at 9:30 a. m. and 1:30 p. m. in St. John’s church. Hold All Day Farm Machinery Show Here An all day demonstration of farm machinery and equipment will be held here on Thursday, January 30, it s announced by the Bluffton Im plement & Harness company. I’aim ers are invted to attend. Talks on farm topics will be given at the store in the morning by manu facturer’s representatives followed by a dinner on the second floor of the Hankish building above the West Ohio Gas company office and the Todd grocery. Talking pictures will be shown in the high school auditorium in the afternoon. Arrangements have been made for five films, the sponsors here stated. With The Sick Mrs. John Swisher is ill with pneu monia and her mother, Mrs. Idessa Henry is ill with influenza at their home on South Main street. Albert Niswander is ill at his home on South Jackson street with a heart ailment. Miss Ruth Steiner, instructor in the high school at New Washington is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Steiner of Poplar street suffering from an ear ailment following an attack of influenza. Wade Finton, engineer at the mun icipal electric light and waterworks plant is ill at his home on Cherry street. Chas. Oehrli is confined to his home on Poplar street because of heart trouble. Miss Carol Cookson, instructor in the high school at Burbank, was ill at her home here the past week with an attack of influenza. Wilbur Steiner who was seriously ill with heart trouble at his home on Kibler street is improving. FARM INSTITUTE IS Turke Ln^r Snaps Into 20th Century Stride OPENED HERE WITH GOOD ATTENDANCE Bluffton Schools Not Hit By Flu Epidemic Prevalent Elsewhere yyiTH many schools closed be cause of an influenza epi demic, attendance figures given out by the Bluffton public schools Wednesday indicate that absences are considerably less than usual. Attendance totals Wednesday morning showed 7 pupils absent from the grade school and 11 from the high school. With 15 absences from each school con sidered normal, the present fig ures would indicate that old man flu has left little trace of his ravages here. Local school and health of ficials, however, are alert to check any possible spread of the disease. DRAFT CONTINGENT LEAVING FOR CAMP EARLY THURSDAY Seven From Bluffton Included In Group Called for Year’s Training Local Quota to be Sent from Toledo to Camp Shelby in Mississippi Seven Bluffton yourfg men are included in the group of 37 from Allen County Draft Board No. 3 who are to leave Lima Thursday morning at 7:30 enroute by C. & L. E. bus to Toledo where they will be in ducted into the United States army for a year’s military training. Bluffton’s contingent includes Wil lard D. Dillman, Joseph Cooper Birchnaugh, and James F. Birchnagh, volunteers and Ralph Augsburger, Route 2 Herman Kenneth Lugin buh*., Route 2 Merlin Dwain Burk holder, Route 2, and Merl Henry Habegger. Accompanying the group to Lima as an alternate will be Herbert Raj Kindle, also of Bluffton. Others drafted from this part of the county are: Charles E. Lhamon, Lafayette Lloyd B. Cook, Route 2, Columbus Grove Gerald D. Holman, Lafayette William Henry Cupp, Route 2, Columbus Grove, and Free man Wilson Basinger, Route 1, Pandora, an alternate. Go to Mississippi From Toledo, the draftees will be sent either to Fort Hayes, Columbus, or Fort Thomas, Ky. The next change will be to Camp Shelby, Miss., where all 10,000 Ohio men called in the January draft ultimate ly will be quartered. Army kitchen facilities will be taken along with troop trains on the trip to Mississippi, giving the boys a taste of the grub they will be eat ing for the next 365 days or so. The train menus are typical of army camp food. For breakfast, the draftees will get prunes, scrambled eggs, fried ham, bread, butter and coffee. Hash A Favorite The dinner menu includes hot dogs, potatoes, cole slaw, tomatoes, bread, butter, coffee or milk, apples and fig newtons. Supper will bring corn ed beef hash (a constant repeater), cream peas, hominy, bread, apple sauce, coffee or milk, pickles and in dividual pies. At the close of his first day’ in camp the draftee will be clad in an army uniform and cbmpletely classi fied according to his aptitude and occupational experience. A corporal will greet him at ihe tent he will share with five others He’ll find w-aiting for him a cot, a mattress, two blankets, one comfort er, four sheets, two pillow cases, a pillow, a mess kit, a recruit set, hand and bath towels. The rude awakening wiH be at 5:30 the next morning when he’ll get the shock of his life. A bugle will shatter his slumber with “first call” and a band will blare in his ear giving notice that he is to be fully dressed and standing in line at a quarter to six. Red Cross Knitting And Sewing Ready Supplies for Red Cross knitting and sewing have been received here and are available to volunteer work ers. Those interested in knitting should see Mrs. Paul Studler, South Jackson street and those taking up sewing see Mrs. J. S. Steirter, South Main street. Bluffton College Instructor?, For mer Resident of Turkey, Tells of Change Turks Now Wear Straw Hats in Place of Fez School At tendance Compulsory Revolutionary westernization of Turkey in little more than a de cade, was described by Prof. Rich ard Honig of Bluffton college, in an address to the Bluffton Teachers as sociation at the regular monthly meeting of the group held at the high school cafeteria Monday night He came to Bluffton college last fall as instructor in physics. Prof. Honig lived in Istanbul, Turkey, for many years where his father was an instructor in Roberts college at that place. After gradu ating from the engineering depart ment of Roberts college Honig came to this country in 1938 where he enrolled in the graduate school of physics at the Massachusetts Insti tute of Technology’ in Boston. Illiteracy Under leadership of the Sultans the country was very backward and as in many other Oriental countries only five per cent of the population could read or write. Education was a luxury limited only to the upper classes. Even these private schools for the select few were very back ward teaching only reading, writing and selected bits of Turkish litera ture. With the advent of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, the rough and ready dictator who came to power in 1924, the processes of westernization were immediately set in motion. One of his first actions was to issue a de cree abolishing the fez, long a sym bol of Oriental culture. Hanging was the penalty for any one violat ing the decree. As a result the west ern straw hat was substituted over night for the red felt fez. Ataturk brought in hundre.ls of engineers from Britain and Germany and set up factories in an attempt to make Turkey a strong industrial nation. Dictatorial Decrees Hundreds of decrees were issued (Continued on page 8) Red Cross Training Will Be Given Here Training in first aid and health problems will be given here in an ac credited Red Cross school starting during the early part of February, it was announced this week by the local unit of the Red Cross. Instruction will be under th? di rection of Miss Elizabeth Tiefenthal er, a registered nurse, who has also been teaching the Religious Education courses in the Bluffton public schools. Upon completion of the course, which will be 20 to 30 total hours in length, a Red Cross certificate will be granted by national headquarters. Quite a few civil service positions and other public and private jobs ask for the Red Cross certificates. The class will be limited to 17 years of age and over. Those interested in enrolling for the courses are requested to com municate with Mrs. Ora Wetherill or Mrs. Edith Mann, local officers of the Red Cross. Hog Prices Drop $8 Top Wednesday Hog prices took a sharp drop on the Bluffton market Wednesday morning when $8 was the top paid for choice offerings. This represents a decline of 40 cents since Monday when the market touched the highest point since the outbreak of the war in Europe in September 1939. Decline in the market it is said, followed reports of a falling off in consumer demand for pork in the large urban centers after the sensa tional price rise the past week. Notwithstanding the high levels of the hog market, receipts here have been comparatively light, local buy ers said. Play At Presbyterian Church Sunday Night “Diana of the Ephesians”, a radio drama by William Manley, will be presented at 7:30 p. m. Sunday in the Presbyterian church under aus pices of the Tuxis organization of the church. In the cast are Richard Mumma, Wilma Nonnamaker, Ropp Triplett, ^Rosalie Barnes, Eugene Benroth, Wade Mumma and Wilbur Sumney. Special music also will be pre sented. JL JL JL JLJJ JLZ JL-/ LA V-Z A ^1 A N 1 V IJF COUNCIL ASKS TO MEET WITH BOARD IN PLANT SHAKEUP Conference is Sought this Week On Proposed Changes at Municipal Plant No Action Taken on Approval Of Board’s Resolution at Council Session Shakeup in the management of Bluffton's municipal electric light and waterworks plant, proposed by the board of public affairs, met with a critical reception when submitted for approval of the town council at its meeting Monday night. Instead of routine approval of the resolution, the council postponed ac tion and ordered a request be sent to the board for a joint meeting to go over the matter in detail. Some councilmen indicated there were details which they wished to iron out in a conference with the board while others said they knew nothing of the matter until the board resolution was brought up at the meeting and more information would be required. Board’s Recommendation The board’s resolution as submit ted to the council, would transfer John Swisher, superintendent, to the plant’s staff of engineers. Swisher and Hiram Wenger, designated as first and second engineers would re ceive a monthly -salary of $165 each and act as joint superintendents of inside management of the municipal plant. Other provisions of the resolution fixed the salary of the fifth engineer, F. R. Ludwig at $125 per month and the salary of Forest Muinu.a, desig nated as superintendent of outside management also at $125 per month. Third and fourth engineers, Wade Finton and Noah Zuercher, not in cluded in the resolution, new receive monthly salary of $125^eacK No Responsible Head, Claim In an extended discussion in the council chamber at Monday night’s meeting councilmen charged that under the proposed setup there would be no single responsible head at the municipal plant. This appeared to be the principal objection to the plan. Arrangements for a conference be tween the council and the board were indefinite Wednesday morning, al though council members Monday night indicated that a meeting would be held this week if agreeable to the board of public affairs. Approval by the council of the board’s resolution will be necessary before it can become effective, since the council exercises final control over payment of salaries. The board of public affairs, in adopting the resolution two weeks ago pointed out that under the pro posed plan the plant would have five engineers instead of four which would give each man a six day work week instead of the present seven day week. Town Lighting On Campus Approved Request for municipal lighting on Bluffton college campus to be placed at intervals between College avenue and College hall and between the College library and Ropp hall was approved by the town council Mon day night. The requests were made by the Federation of Women’s clubs through Mrs. W. E. Diller and Mrs. A. C. Burcky acting as representatives of the organization who appeared be fore the council. Mayor W. A. Howe indicated that he would consult F. W. Durbin, city Solicitor concerning the legality of giving free public lighting service on private grounds. Sales Tax Examiner To Be Here Friday Temporary headquarters will be established in the mayor’s office this Friday afternoon by a sales tax ex aminer sent to Bluffton to assist lo cal vendors in making out their sales tax reports. The examiner will be here from 1 to 4 p. m. and during his stay he will assist Bluffton business men in making returns. All reports must be filed before January 31, or be sub ject to a penalty of $1 per day. Completed reports may be mailed to the department of taxation in Columbus or to the district office, 1004 Cook Tower, Lima. I—I TE^ RT TPBLUFFTON NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTJOF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ________ BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1941 i Bluffton area dog owners pur chased tags for 478 canines prior to the.deadline for license sales Mon day, Menno Badertscher, deputy dis tributor for Allen and Hancock counties, announced Tuesday. Of the total, 292 were for Allen county dogs and 186 were purchased by Hancock county residents. Two kennel licenses were sold. Last year, aggregate tag sales amounted to 461, with 294 in Allen county and 167 in Hancock. Oldest dog registered by Bader tscher was 19 years of age, and the largest number of tags bought by an individual purchaser was five. City Garbage Collect Serves Mt Volume of Garbage in Summer Is About Twice That of Winter Months Garbage Collected in Bluffton is Hauled to Gilboa and Fed To Hogs Starting with 257 customers last May, the municipal garbage removal service now numbers more than 41)0 patrons taking advantage of the bi weekly collections, according to Russel Trippiehorn, local truck oper ator in charge of the service. The garbage and rubbish collection service was inaugurated here last May 13, after local sentiment had been determined by Mayor W. A. Howe in a canvass of Bluffton resi dents by reply post cards. Returns showed 80 per cent of the residents in favor of the plan. Difficult in Winter Garbage collection has been made somewhat more difficult in freezing weather especially when the water in the garbage pails causes the con cents to freeze to the sides of the •ontainer. If customers would place rhe garbage in sacks and see that no water gets into the container it would considerably facilitate the task af removal and help the service, Tripplehorn stated. Despite the fact that removals in winter are about half of what they ire in the summer, the freezing in .he containers more than compen sates in labor for the lower amounts. In the summer a day’s collections often came to 60 barrels while it seldom goes over 30 during this part of the year. Double Volume The doubled volume in the sum mer is due principally to the refuse from fresh garden vegetables and (Continued on page 8) Real Estate Taxes May Be Paid Here Deputies from the Allen county treasurer’s office will establish tem porary quarters at the Citizens Na tional bank in Bluffton on Thursday and Friday, Feb. *6 and 7, to receive payments of first-half 1940 real es tate taxes. Announcement of the deputies’ schedule was made last Saturday by County Treasurer Byron Dershem Deadline for payment of first-half taxes has been extended from Jan. 20 to March 1 by the state tax com mission. Collections to date total $253,261.52, of whicn $97,760.96 was paid last week. Sales tax receipts ’ast week amounted to $4,770.89, a total of $4, 770.89 since January 1. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Karl Aukerman have moved from the Mrs. Jennie Althaus property on North Jackson street to the Harry Gratz property on West College avenue. The Gratz prop erty was recently vacated by P. W. Stauffer and family who are occupy ing their new residence on Kibler road. Harry Shrider and family have moved from the Mrs. Gertrude Gage apartments in the Oberly property at College avenue and Jackson street to the Mrs. Althaus property vacat ed by Aukerman. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Warren will move soon from the Cal Ewing farm east of Bluffton to the Rev. Motter farm recently vacated by Leonard Henry. Mr. and Mrs. John Palter, residing south of Rockport will oc cupy the Ewing farm. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hefner have moved into the new residence prop erty of Mrs. Bertha Balmer on South Jackson street. They moved from the Hauenstein apartments over the Lape store. Bluffton Area Dog Owners Purchase 478 Licenses 292 In Allen County One small boy paid for the tag for his dog with pennies. Leading breeds were terriers, mixed and collies, in the order named. Collies principally are owned by farmers. In the terrier classification were Scotties, Toy, Fox, Rat, Faun and Wire Haired terriers. There were Screw Tail, Toy, Boston and English Bull Dogs Irish, English, Lewellyn and Gorden Setters. Among the more unusual breeds were Pomeranians, Pekingese, Doeb erman Pinscher, Cocker and Spring er Spaniels and Spitz. on System re Than 400 Patrons COUNCIL VOTES TO KEEP SEWER AID AVAILABLE W. ip. A. District Office Indi cates Possibility Federal i Aid for Sewer Plant Bonds Could be Issued Making Legality Contingent on I Federal Assistance Although not committing them selves tk any definite policy, mem bers of Ft he town council indicated approvali of a plan to keep the op portunity open for federal assistance in the Construction of a municipal sewer Zystem at some future date, it was glecided a a meeting of the body/Mondey n elit. Mpch preliminary engineering wonk had been done in previous J'eW preparatory to presentation of the^®«-wer issue at the polls. A let received recently by Mayor W. A. we fr .n W. B. Schmuhl, district a nagger the Works Progress Ad mit ist.Ration, at Toledo asked what dis ration the council wished to make! of the plans, drawings and speHreVitions. Federal Assistance The (letter also indicated that fed. rai assistance would be available should the council decide to bring the matter again to a vote. Members of 1 the counlcil pointed out that it would not be feasible at this time to pre sent the issue to the voters again. The sentiment was expressed, how ever, tl|at it would be wise to keep th? matter open for a more oppor ture tim.e. lAifftum voters have turned down propo s to construct sewer systems five fferent times during a 13 year period le most recent instance was ’in vember 1939 when a pro posed .000 bond issue for the constr.. on of a municipal sewer system was defeated by a margin of three per cent of the required 65 per cdni minimum preserbed by law. Advance Approved The district W.P.A. office indicated a willingness to give an advance ap proval to a plan for the construction of a sewer system here. With this pre-approval the council indicated that they would be less reluctant to place the issue at some future date before the voters. Several members of the council questioned the advisability of at tempting to place the issue before the voters in the near future as long as the National Defense program loomed so large on the horizon. This is in itself might cause the defeat of the issue at this time, members said. Mayor Howe pointed out that bonds could be issued making their legality contingent on the federal as sistance. In case W.P.A. funds were not provided the bonds would auto matically become void. A letter to the district W.P.A. office was prepared by the mayor in dicating a desire of the council to keep the opportunity open for W.P.A. funds at some future date. The let ter was read by the mayor and ap proved by members of the council. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Preto, a girl, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burkhart, Findlay, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Verl Reichenbach, Ada, a boy, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cuppies, Wayne, Mich., a boy, this Wednes day. A Good Place to Live an Good p| Trade 34 ENROLLED FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE TRAINING COURSES Enrollees Come from Bluffton And Surrounding Towns For Course Classes are Scheduled to Open At High School Next Monday Night With thirty’-four enrolled in the school for vocational instruction in connection with the national defense program, classes are scheduled to open in Bluffton high school next Monday night, it was announced by A. J. B. Lonsdorf, superintendent of schools and chairman of the local ad visory’ council. Final approval of the setup here is expected this week from state and federal authorities who have been working with the Bluffton board of education and the advisory council in planning the course. Thirty-four young men between the ages of 17 and 25 who enrolled for the eight weeks of instruction are equally divided between the two cours es offered—that of practical electric ity and general metal working. 34 Enrollees Enrollees planning to take the prac tical electricity course are: Marlowe Bish, Jack Clark, Maurice Criblez, Ralph Matter, Gene Mericle, Richard Mericle, Melvin Nusbaum and Harold Santschi of Bluffton Wilbur Bormuth, Rawson Delbert and Nelson Harter, Richard Kiene, Columbus Grove Sherwood Huser, Robert and Wayne Sutter, Pandora Raymond Crawford, Mt. Cory. Those signed up for the general metal working course are: Fred, Harold and Robert Andrews, Harley and Wade Augsburger, James Burk holder, Kenneth Gable, Russel Grein er, Wayne Niswander, Fred Tschantz, and Lawrence Weller of Bluffton Maurice BurWholder, Beaverdam Ross iClum, Ada Herbert Bowel),t Eric Schumacher, Paul Schutz, Pandora Robert Moyer, Mt. Cory. Pre-employment Both courses are of the general pre-employment type and designed to provide fundamental knowledge in the fields in which demands for skilled labor are being made by industries engaged in the manufacture of pro ducts for national defense. The class sessions will be three hours and 45 minutes in length and will be given four time a week start ing Monday at 6 p. m. and lasting until 9:45 p. m. The course of study will continue eight weeks, according to present plans. Instruction will be given in the elec trical course by George Sigg and met al working byr A. L. Daymon, mem bers of the high school faculty pro viding instruction in these fields in the regular high school course. State Employment Aid Each enrollee completing the course will be given a certificate and his name will be registered with the state employment agency whose records will be available to industries need ing men for national defense produc tion. Instructors in the course will be paid from federal funds appropriated for that purpose. Approval of all ex penses for instruction, materials and administration probably will be given by the federal government. The lo cal board of education may have to share a minor portion of the expenses, it was stated. 5. S. Training Course Will Open Thursday A five weeks leadership training school for Sunday school workers will open Thursday night in the Bluffton High school building. All courses will be given in classrooms located on the second floor. Four courses are being offered, with class sessions scheduled each Thursday night over the five-week period. Instruction will start at 7 p. m. and will continue nightly every Thursday until February 20. Courses, leaders and room num bers are: “A Brief Survey of the New Testament”, Mrs. W. E. Diller, Room 303 “Teaching Juniors”, Mrs. P. W. Stauffer, Room 306 “Youth at Worship”, Mrs. Lenore Myers, Room 300 “How Jesus Developed Leaders”, Prof. H. W. Berky, Room 301. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the Methodist church, is dean of the school. House Plants Plants grown in houses should be watered thoroughly and then not wa tered again until the surface of the soil is somewhat dry.