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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV FRANK SCOTT DIES FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE THURSDAY Retired Manufacturer, Banker And Business Man, Aged 93, Dies Tuesday Served Twenty-two Years as Member of Bluffton Board Of Public Affairs Frank Scott, 93, retired manufac turer and former banker, business man and municipal official, died at his home on South Main street early Tuesday morning. Death was due to infirmities and complications. Although he had been in a serious condition since Saturday afternoon, his illness was not generally known and news of his death was unexpect ed. The body is at the Stanley Basing er funeral home where services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. W. L. Harmony, pastor of the Lutheran church, offi ciating. Interment will be in a maus oleum at Lafayette beside the remains of his wife. Senior Member of Firm At the time of his death he was senior member of the firm of Scott & Ewing, manufacturers of gear and wheel pullers and widely known in industrial circles. His death brings to a close a long and many-sided career as an indus trialist, financier and public official. During the sixty-eight years of his residence in Bluffton he exercised to a marked degree an influence on the development of the town. However, following the death of his wife, twenty-seven years ago, he re tired more and more from public af fairs and lived quietly at his home ad joining that of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ewing. A man of marked business acumen, he combined with it integrity in pub lic and private life together with ex traordinary physical vitality which enabled him repeatedly to shake off grave illnesses and infirmities during the past twenty years which might well have conquered one of less reso lute determination and stamina. In Bluffton Sine 1872 Bom in Delaware, Ohio, September 16, 1847, the son of William and Nancy Scott, he came to Bluffton in 1872 at the age of twenty-five years and entered the mercantile business, operating the “red front” dry goods store, which he later left to engage in a pioneer grain elevator project here. In 1887 he founded the Commer cial Bank & Savings company, which operated until nine years ago when it closed its doors and later was liq uidated. For twenty years he served as president of the institution but in 1906 he severed his connection to be come associated with the firm of AI thaus, Ewing & Co., manufacturers of threshing machines and other farm equipment. This was later reorgan ized to form the Scott & Ewing com pany. He was at various times a member of the town council and board of ed ucation. His outstanding public serv ice, however, was the twenty-two years of membership on the board of public affairs in charge of Bluffton’s municipal electric light and water plant, during most of which time he was president of the board. Plan Flourishes A lifelong advocate of efficiency and honesty in public office, he devot ed the same efforts and attentions to his public charge that he gave to his private business. During this period the plant expanded in equipment and service and at the same time main tained a strong and solid financial position. Of a mechanical bent, he was as a voung man an avid bicyclist and par ticipated in the wave of bicycle riding which swept the country in the eight ies. Continuing along this line he was the owner of Bluffton’s first automo bile at the turn of the century in 1900, and took a keen interest in motor cars. Hunting was one of his early avoca tions and for many years he kept a fine bird dog. His wife was the former Emma Looney of Piqua who preceded him in death May 11, 1914. ■Besides his daughter, Mrs. Ewing of this place he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Burcham of Brownville, Ind., and a brother Charles Scott of Portland, Oregon. LEGION MEETING “What We Live By” is the subject to be presented by Rev. Chas. Ar mentrout, pastor of the Presbyterian church, at the meeting of the American Legion in the club rooms Monday night at 8:00 o’clock. (2 ,/. Passes TWO BOYS GO TO CAMP IN FEBRUARY ARMY DRAFT CALL Herbert Kindle and George Duffman Sent in Allen County Quota Bluffton Draftee with Hancock County Quota Rejected at Toledo, Tuesday Allen county’s early February quota of 32 draftees was filled dur ing the last week, with two Bluffton men included in the group conscript ed for army training. Herbert Kindle was one of 15 men who left Lima Saturday morning, traveling to the Toledo induction station via C. and L. E. bus. Kindle’s contingent w-as immediate ly sent to Gamp Shelby, Miss., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Augs burger received a telegram from that place announcing his arrival there on Monday morning. In a group of 17 that left Lima Monday morning for Toledo was Geo. W. Duffman, of Route 1, Bluff ton, a volunteer. Kimmel Marshall who left Tuesday with the Hancock county contingent was rejected at the army induction center in Toledo. Drafting procedure in the county will be speeded up considerably with in the next month, with the likeli hood that even faster conscription will prevail throughout the spring months. Three new draft calls were issued last week from Columbus, specifying 14,700 more Ohio trainees between March 2 and April 10. These calls will bring to 29,825 the number of trainees furnished by Ohio under the conscription act. Allen county registrants without dependents with numbers as high as “1400” stand an excellent chance of being inducted into the army before next July 1, in view of the speedup in conscription, it was announced (Continued on page 8) Mrs. Watkins Rites Held Here Saturday Mrs. Susanna W. Watkins, 88, resident of Bluffton for many years, died last Thursday morning at the Cook Convalescent home in Elida. She had been in failing health for a number of years, and ill tw’o weeks from influenza. Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in the Stanley Ba singer funeral home here, with Rev. J. A. We'ed, pastor of the Bluffton Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in the Clymer cemetery. Survivors include three sons, Bert and John Watkins, of Bluffton, and Pearl Watkins, of Klamath, Ore gon two daughters, Mrs Ollie Fish er, of Fremont and Mrs. Dorris Hu ber, of Lima -a half-sister, Mrs. Ellis Bibler, of near Arlington 18 grandchildren 27 great-grandchild ren and two great-great-grandchild ren. Mrs. Watkins was born in Han cock county Sept. 6, 1852, and was married on Nov. 4, 1869, to William Watkins, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Christian Union church, once near Mt. Cory, now disbanded. 3 School Vocational Electricity Class To Re-Wire Grade School Building 4|!| T^RANK Scott retired Bluffton manufacturer, also a former banker, municipal official and business man who died at his home on South Main street, Tuesday. The above likeness is taken from a photo as he ap peared at the height of his active career of more than a half century. Nine Boys Under Direction of Instructor to Undertake Project Re-wiring Necessary Due to In creased Load of Added Equipment Complete re-wiring of the grade school building on Jackson street will be effected in the near future as a class project to be undertaken by the Bluffton High school class in voca tional electricity under the direction of George Sigg, instructor. The project was approved by the Board of Education at its meeting Monday night. Materials for the re wiring will cost about $400, accord ing to estimates made at the meet ing. Re-wiring w’as made necessary be cause of increased current consump tion in the building which has caused the present lines to be overloaded. The building was wired about 25 years ago with the result that the present wiring is outmoded and in adequate, it was reported to the board by Sigg after a survey of the situation. Class is Experienced Members of the class have already had considerable experience and training in the installation of elec trical equipment and wiring in the present high school building and in the stadium, Sigg reported. In the grade school building the boys will get experience in pipe bending, installation of service and feeder wires, the distribution of cabinets and other activities neces sary in a project of that nature. The work will be done during the regular shop periods and will not in terfere with the classroom work which is devoted to discussions and general electrical theory, Sigg stated. The present program in vocational electricity devotes equal time to theory and practical application. Members of the class undertaking the project are: Eugene Newlan, Don Clark, William McCafferty, Francis Marquart, James Martin, Robert Watkins, Clyde Fisher, Gerald Bow’ers and Fred Fritchie. Wayne Deppier Is Married At Findlay Marriage of Wayne Deppier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Deppier of South Main street, and Miss Esther Ellen Bishop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Bishop of Findlay took place in a wedding at the home of the bride’s parents Sunday after noon at 3:30 o’clock. The wedding vows were received by Rev. L. E. Ames, pastor of the First United Brethren church of Findlay in a single ring ceremony. The ceremony which was per formed before a fireplace banked with spring palms was witnessed by members of the immediate families and a few’ close friends. The bride descended the stairs on the arm of her father. She was at tired in an ash rose dress with street length skirt with which she wore black accessories and a corsage of gardenias. She was attended by her sister, Miss Helen Bishop. Kenneth Deppier, of Columbus, at tended hit) brother as best man. The men of the bridal party wore white carnation boutonnieres. A wedding reception followed the ceremony with a three tier wedding cake being cut by the bride. The couple left on a two-weeks’ trip to the west travelling as far as Oklahoma. Upon their return the couple will reside in Sidney where Mr. Deppier is employed as a service center manager. He is a graduate of Bluffton High school in the class of 1933 and at tended Bluffton college. Mrs. Dep pier is a graduate of Findlay High school and college. She has been employed in the Hancock county pro bate court for the past four years. Masonic Banquet Next Wednesday Extensive preparations axe being completed for the Washington’s Birthday Father-Son banquet of the Bluffton Masonic lodge to be held Wednesday night of next week in the lodge hall. Frank Warner, of Lima, European traveler, will be the speaker. His address will be on “Washington as a Mason”. Also on the program will be the address of welcome by F. E. Wenger the response by Richard Wenger music by the Hauenstein string trio and the invocation by Ralph Stearns. Charles Aukerman, master, is di recting arrangements for the fete in observance of the birthday of the nation’s first president. THE BLUF ON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT E STS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY IIO, THURSDA BRI ARY BLUFFTON, O 13, 1941 ORANGE SCHOOL CASE DECIDED BY SUPREME COURT Transfer of Territory from Mt. Cory to Bluffton Not Mandatory- Orange Pupils Previously School Here Continue in Classes in Despite a ruling by the supreme court in which the Hancock county board of education was upheld in its refusal to transfer certain Orange township territory to the Bluffton school district, school child ren of the area in question who have previously been coming here are still attending the Bluffton public schools, it was announced here this week. Ohio The 43 children of Orange town ship are continuing to come to Bluff ton in a school bus provided by resi dents of the area under private ar rangements with Robert Frick em ployed as driver of the bus. This arrangement, it is understood, will continue during the present school year. Six Year Controversy decision of the top court cli six years of controversy in Jesse Anderson and others The maxes w-hich sought to compel the Hancock county board of education to transfer 5% square miles of Orange township territory to the Bluffton school dis trict. The territory' had been pre viously attached school district. to the Mt. Cory action, seeking to to irtake the trans The mandamus compel the board fer, was filed directly in the court of appeals at Lima and the appellate judges on last May 4, rendered a decision ordering the transfer to be made as petitioned by Anderson and others. From that decision the county board appealed to the state supreme court where the case was argued last December. Decision of last week. Children Still Come The decision, however, did change the law which provides all residents living more than (Continued on page 8) Klay-Burkholder Wedding Saturday Miss Josephine Klay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Klay, of Mound street, became the bride of Richard Burkholder, son of Mrs. Lida Burk holder, Geiger street, in an impres sive single ring ceremony First Reformed church of last Saturday afternoon. in the Lima, of the Rev. E. P. Graser, pastor church, a friend of the groom and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder, of Lima, was the ciating minister. Enos offi- wore For the ceremony the bride a street length gown of aqua crepe, a matched turban and a corsage of pink gardenias. Attendants of the couple were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lewis, of Cherry street. Mrs. Lewis w-ore a black and white crepe gown and a corsage of yellow roses and pink sweet peas. Following the wedding the bridal pair left for a trip to Cleveland and Detroit. Follow-ing their return on Wednesday they will reside in the Chamberlain apartments on Cherry street. Both were graduated from Bluff ton High school, the groom in 1935 and the bride in 1937. They are employed at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., the former as fore man of the tester department and the latter in the office. French Pianist To Play Here Monday Three appearances will be made here next Monday by Maurice Dum esnil, celebrated French pianist, who is being brought to Bluffton under auspices of the Bluffton College Music Course. High-lighting the day’s program. Dumesnil will present a full-length .concert at 8 p. m. in the newly re modeled college chapel. Other appearances include a short program at a dinner in the Walnut Grill at 6 p. m., attended by dents, members of the faculty music also a college noon. stu and and the friends of the college, presentation at one of music classes in the after Dumesnil recently returned from a successful South American tour, and is resuming a concert schedule in the United States, where previous offer ings have been enthusiastically re ceived. Reminiscent of their wedding 50 years ago, the icy wintry blasts lift ed almost as by magic bringing a warm and beautiful spring day for the Golden Wedding anniversary cel ebration of Mr. and Mrs. John Bix ler, residing four and one-half miles northwest of Bluffton, Wednesday. When the couple was married 50 years ago Wednesday the honey bees were out and the dandelions were booming. With o|d man weather flirting between the zero and freez ing marks last week, the prediction was made that the anniversary date would be greeted with freezing tem peratures. Survey Shows 1397 Scouts, 73 Troops in Shawnee Area Of Ten Counties rr* Balmy Weather Wednesday Reminiscent Of Spring Wedding Day 50 Years Ago Almost as if trying to show that Boy Scout Week Being Observ ed by Local Troop in Win dow Display Here Bluffton Boy Scout Troop Given Many Distinctions In District Scouting in Bluffton troop is participating the celebration of Boy Scout Week continuing through Thursday, it was announced this week by Karl Gable. Scoutmaster has been at of scouting the window Considerable attention traded by the display activities and crafts in of the C. F. Niswander Implement store. The local troop, sponsored by the First Mennonite church, has won a number of distinctions and awards in the scouting program of the area. During 1940 the troop here was the only troop in the district to re ceive all of the awards The follow ing awards were received: 10 year program award 100 per cent Boys Life banner commissioner award award at Big Island camp budget plan seal. troop not Shawnee Council Shawnee council, of which the The that 1% Bluffton troop is a part, consists of ten counties including: Allen, Aug laize. Defiance, Paulding, Fulton, Hardin, Henry, Mercer, Van Wert and Williams. 1397 scouts and 73 area. There are only patrols in the area is in Bluffton also There are troops in the two explorer one of which only two troops in the district re ceived the ten year program award, one of which went to Bluffton. The local troop had many service activities during the past year in which considerable time and effort were donated to the community in 21 projects which contributed to civic betterment. Some of these activities are: Dis tribution of war relief posters for the Red Cross distribution of hand bills for the American Legion on Memorial Day raise the American flag at the high school every day assistance in the distribution of Christmas baskets distribute grain for squirrels at college campus for sportsmen’s club. 23 Scouts in The of the Life Star Floyd Oberly, Schumacher Troop following boys are members troop: scout—Kenneth Oberly. scouts Wilhelm Amstutz, Herr, Richard and Robert John Schmidt, Raymond First class—Norman Beidler, Otto Klassen, Varden Loganbill, Denard Loganbill, Bill Mericle, Harry Minck. Second class—Gordon Bixel, Rich ard Berky, Maurice Kohli, Robert Stratton Tenderfoot—Donivan Augsburger, Robert Fisher, Evan Herr, Richard Minck, Charles Trippiehorn, Niswander. Dean are: Win- Assisting Scoutmaster Gable Assistant Scoutmaster, Paul gate Jr. Ass’t. Scoutmaster, Ken neth Oberly Sr. Patrol Leader, Bifl Amstutz Quartermaster, Robert Ob erly Ass’t. Quartermaster, John Schmidt. Buglers, Dean Niswander and Bill Amstutz News reporter, Floyd Herr scribe, Norman Beidler Quarter master, Raymond Schumacher. Visit Triplett Plant Members of the vocational training classes of the national defense course at Bluffton High school visited the plant of the Triplett Electrical In strument Co., Tuesday night. Fred Wenger, purchasing agent, conducted the class of 43 young men to the various divisons of the plant and explained the operations. The group was accompanied by the instructors A. L. Daymen and George Sigg. so memorable an occasion could be greeted again with balmy weather, the mercury started to rise Tuesday with a very' fair and sunny' day' at hand Wednesday. Several people have reported see ing robins as well as dandelions. It remains to be seen w-hether the weather will change again as it did 50 years ago. Only a the wedding the weather enough to provide snow good sleighing activity. week after turned cold and ice for The warm weather enabled many relatives and friends to visit the couple and extend congratulations. Open house was held Wednesday afternoon preceded by a family din ner at noon. When Spring And Winter Meet It’s In Mid-February OPRING and winter met in Bluffton this week with some of the very best ice skating of the season being enjoyed at Buckeye lake on bright moon light nights Sunday and Monday. Warmer weather Tuesday and Wednesday brought with it all evidence of spring. Farmers state that a continuance of the present warm spell will take the frost out of the ground suffici ently to start spring plowing by the last of the week. With The Sick Marjorie Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street, is critically ill with rheumatic fever at her home on Grove street, jorie is a student in the grade class at Bluffton High school. Mar- eighth Condition of Prof. E. J. Hirschler, Bluffton college mathematics instruct or, remains unchanged. Prof. Hirsch er was taken ill last week and has been confined to his bed at his home on Elm street. Mrs. A. L. Daymon, of North Main street, is ill with appendicitis and complications. N. R. Elzay is ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. S. Filer, near here. the Mrs. Mary Ann Follet is ill at Bluffton Community hospital. Mrs. Gotlieb Frankhouser is ill her home west of town. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade at Lewis Wyncoop, who recently un derwent an operation for appendicitis at the Bluffton hospital, has been taken to his home north of town where he is reported improving. Mrs. A. J. B. Longsdorf is ill at her home on South Jackson street. Oliver Locher, Bluffton resident who w-ith his wife and family are spending the winter in Clearwater, Florida, is convalescing from an op eration which he underwent at Mease hospital, Dunedin, Florida, early last week. His aunt, Mrs. Mary Diller of Cherry street who is with the Locher family will remain for several weeks until he has cuperated from the operation. re- Lions Ladies Night For District Meeting Ladies night will be observed at the district meeting of the Lions club to be held at the Bluffton High school cafeteria Tuesday night at 6:30 o’clock. District Governor Howard Hender shott and District Secretary Paul Carter, both of Cleveland, represent ing district 13-A will be among the speakers present for the occasion. Possibility that Carl Sorrick, In ternational Lions president, may be here, it Stauffer, club. Many W. was announced by P. president of the Bluffton clubs in the district are to send delegations to the meeting, it was reported. planning Bluffton In addition to the speakers various entertaining features have also been arranged by the program committee. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Myron Trippiehorn, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Nonnamaker, Lafayette, a girl, Monday. Announcement has been received here of the birth of a son, Fred Stuart, Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Means of Charlotte, North Carolina, Thursday. Mrs. Means was the former Miss Marietta Lichenwaiter, of Chicago, daughter of A. E. Lich tenwalter of South Lawn avenue. Mrs. Lichtenwalter will leave Satur day for Charlotte to spend several weeks with the Means family. NUMBER 42 COUNCIL FORMED TO CO-ORDINATE ACTIVITIES HERE Permanent Organization Will Serve as Clearing House for Community Problems Plan Suggested at Meeting of Civic Leaders Called Last Week for Defense Formation of a permanent commun ity coordinating council is the likely result of the public meeting on com munity and national defense called by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of schools, at the high school cafeteria Friday night. Following an open discussion by leaders of various civic, industrial, church and educational organizations, the suggestion w’as made that a per ment organization of a similar nature would have definite advantages in terms of community cooperation and civic welfare Although details of the organiza tion remain to be worked out, the general plan of the council would be to serve as a clearing house for com munity problems and to provide op portunity for discussion of possible methods for the solution of difficul ties. Coordination At the present time there is no organization in the community at tempting to coordinate activities of the various clubs, churches, industrial groups and other organizations. The council would be composed of the leaders or elected representatives of these community groups Whether the council would have regular monthly meetings scheduled or whether it would be subject to call only as community problems arise would be a detail to be worked at the organization meeting of group. out the the the Main topic of discussion at Friday meeting of the group was matter of national defense as i related to the local community Opin ions were expressed as to what is being defended in the present emer gency and the nature of the local par ticipation in the total scheme. Delegate Selected In order to give further clarifica tion to the local problems a delegate was selected to attend the Ohio val ley and Great lakes conference on “Adult Education, the Community and National Defense” to be held in Col umbus, Thursday through Saturday. Orden Smucker, instructor in social science at Bluffton High school, was named as representative of the local group. Supt. Longsdorf has called another meeting of the group to effect the organization of the coordinating council and to listen to reports of the Columbus convention. Likely time of the meeting will be Friday, February" 21, Longsdorf stated Temporary" organization .of the group was effected with Supt Longs dorf named chairman and N. E. By ers chosen secretary. Organizations Present at the Friday meeting were representatives of the Board of Ed ucation, Parent-Teacher association, W’oinen’s Federation of clubs, Travel class, Orange Township Farm Wom en’s club, hospital auxiliary, Amer ican Legion, American Legion aux iliary-, Ministerial association, Busi ness Men’s association, Bluffton col lege, Bluffton Public School Teachers’ association, Municipal government, Allen county tuberculosis seals as sociation, the Citizens’ committee, Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and youth organizations. Real Estate Deals The North Lawn avenue property occupied by Albert Garmatter has been sold by the Mrs. John Matter estate to Dan Badertscher, residing near Bluffton. Badertscher pur chased the property for an invest ment and Garmatter will continue to reside in it. The V. E. Green property on Spring street has been purchased by Chas. Gazette. The deal was made by H. W. Althaus. The property, formerly occupied by Roy Berry w-as vacated recently when Berry moved to the property of the late Mrs. Mat tie Morrison at Elm and Spring streets. In New Location Clarence Henry has moved from the Chas. Dillman property on North Main street adjoining the Bluffton Tire shop to the W. S. Dearth prop erty on North Main street recently vacated by Russell Trippiehorn. Triflplehorn is now occupying the Paul Faze property on North Lawn avenue.