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Rev. Forrest Musser Accepts Grace Charge Rev. Forrest Musser, graduate of Bluffton college in the class of 1929, has accepted a call to the Grace Mennonite church of Pandora, it was announced here the first of the week. Rev. Musser has been pastor of the First Congregational church in Port land, Connecticut. Rev. and Mrs. Musser and their two daughters, will arrive in Pan dora about June 1, when he will as sume his new duties, according to Rev. Paul E. Whitmer, retiring min ister. Both Rev. and Mrs. Musser are graduates of Bluffton college in the class of 1929. They continued their studies at Hartford Theological Sem inary, where both received B. D. de grees in 1932. Local Man's Auto On Fire In Lima Quick action on the part of two Lima firemen who were off duty last Wednesday helped save the automo bile of Samuel Blosser, of near Bluffton, which caught fire at the edge of Lima on the Dixie highway. Oil and grease about the carbure tor were aflame when the two fire men stopped at the scene, obtained a pan of water in a restaurant and extinguished the blaze. Damage was slight. One Conscientious Objector In County Only one Allen county young man of draft age has so far been placed in the 4-E classification for conscien tious objectors, it was announced last week from state selective service headquarters. Allen county’s lone objector was from Board No. 1, and none have been reported yet from Boards 2 and 3. In Ohio’s 330 draft boards there have been only 222 objectors so far, the report showed. Of these 60 were from Holmes county where there is a large Amish settlement. National draft officials have indi cated that objector camps, similar to those of the CCC, will be set up for the objectors. No military training will be given at the camps, but men must serve the one-year service period prescribed by the selective service act. Mayor's Notice Beginning next week garbage col lections will be made twice a week, every Monday and Thursday, as was the procedure two months previously. The regular rubbish collection will be made Friday of this week. Patrons are urged to have their receptacles in order. Quarterly payments are now due and may be made to the mayor or to Lee Coon, marshal. Service will be discontinued if payments are not made in full. W. A. Howe, Mayor MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D. Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M. 1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M. Office, 118 Cherry St. Phone 120-F Bluffton. O. Francis Basinger, D. D. S. Evan Basinger, D. D. S. Telephone 271-W Bluffton, Ohio It’s an Opportunity-- that may cud cMte cufoict! rrn ii Lost in antiquity is the origin of All Fools Day which every April 1 brings a renewal of amiable tricks and tomfoolery from the young in years and the young in spirit. The event this year wfll occur next Tuesday. One old theory takes the custom back to the time of Noah and the Ark, claiming it arose from Noah’s action in sending the dove out be fore the water had abated. It is claimed this occurred on the first day of the Hebrew month corre sponding to our day of April. However, the most plausible con jecture is that which attributes the origin of the custom to France. Change New Year’s Date This nation was the first to ob serve the beginning of the New' Year on Jan. 1, instead of March 25, which for years had been the custom. Prior to the change in the celebra tion of the New Year, the New Year feast had culminated on April 1, when visits were paid to friends and gifts were bestowed. With adoption of the reformed calendar in 1564, New Year’s Day was carried back to Jan. 1, but pre tended gifts and mock ceremonial visits were made on April 1, with I The Bluffton college Y. M. C. A. ’and Y. W. C. A. were guests of the Findlay college “Y” groups last Thursday evening. The visiting group of approximately 40 students presented a variety program as Findlay had done last year when they were entertained on the Bluff ton campus. Livingroom Suites in handsome vel our, well made and an exceptional selection—as low as...........$49.50 Furniture prices will be higher--buy now, before prices advance. Basinger Furniture Store The Bluffton college music depart ment will be host to the North western District Orchestra contest, Friday. The contest will be in charge of Prof. Russell A. Lantz of the music department and is spon sored by the Ohio Music Education Association. Prof. Lantz, will address the Ohio Music Teachers Association on the subject of “Choral-conducting”. The meeting will be held next Tuesday BMBB BLUFFTON GIRL IN BOWLING GREEN PRODUCTION Reformed Calendar In 1564 Brought Adoption Of All Fools Day In France A Bluffton girl, Vera Welty (sixth from right) is one of sixteen co-eds, shown above, members of the cast of “Pride and Prejudice,” student dramatic production to be presented by the University Players of Bowling Green State University this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. From left to right they are: Virginia Patterson. Bowling Green Carol Fruth, Fostoria June Smith. Edgerton Janet Carino, Wellington Clarabelle Sekinger, Marion Ione Geiscl Elyria Lois Mayfield. Bowling Green Elizabeth Hamlin, Bowling Green. Dorothy Fisher, Toledo Harriet Mc Knight, Bowling Green Vera Welty, Bluffton Mary Lou Shelton, Wakeman Marian Archibald, Fre mont Mary Crahill. East Liberty Peggy Hiltz, Norwalk Hildreth Slater, Bowling Green. the view of making fools of those who might have forgotten the change in date. Custom Spreads Once started, the custom con tinued and soon became very pop ular in the entire country. From France, the observance spread to England, and thence to this country and to many other parts of the world. In England, April fooling did not make its appearance until the early part of the eighteenth century, but it became very popular there in short order. One of the most famous of all April Fool jokes was that played about 1860 by a group of humor loving spirits. April Fool Joke Impressive invitations bearing a seal cast by an inverted coin for official effect were sent to many prominent families of London. The invitation read: “Tower of London—Admit Bearer and Friend to view the annual ceremony of washing the White Lions on Sun day, April 1. Admittance only at the White Gate.” Needless to say there was no white gate and no washing of the lions, but a large crowd turned out for the affair, nevertheless. Bluffton College Notes at Hotel Barr, Lima, Ohio. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, Dean of the school of music, "was adjudicator at the Western District choral con test at Wittenberg college, Spring field. Boys’ and girls’ glee clubs and mixed choruses of 17 high schools participated. Other adjudi cators were Prof. Monk of Baldwin Wallace and Prof. W. C. Christ of Capital University assisted by Prof. Lantz. On March 21 and 22, Prof. Lantz assisted as sight-reading adjudica tor at the Northeast District choral contest. Over 50 high school bands, 17 orchestras and 50 choruses parti cipated in this two day session held on the Kent State campus, Kent, Ohio. Prof. Jacob Evanson of the University of Pittsburgh, Prof. J. E. Thackeray of Ohio University and Prof. J. P. Kennedy of Bowling Green State University were other judges. Farewell Party riends and neighbors recently gathered at the home of Jesse Welty and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon King and family to give them a farewell party. The evening was spent in playing ping pong and Chinese checkers. Music also proved to be a special feature and refreshments were served at the close of the evening. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Moyer and sons Keith and Kent, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rogers and sons John and Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ander son and son James, Mrs. Nevada Cronin, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Frantz, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jones and children, Martha Jane, Clarence, Jr., Ruth and David. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Harper, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kempf, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Balmer and children, Evelyn, Kathryn and Donald, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Adams, Philip Flath, Mr. and Mrs. Raybern Rupright and daughter Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Carr and children Mary Lou, Joan and Darrell. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Haas and daughter Lenna, Miss Marilyn Reiter and honored guests Jesse Welty and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon King and daugh ter Virginia and son Rolland. News Want-Ads Bring Results. Melville D. Soash, M. D. The Commercial Bank Bldg. Bluffton, Ohio X-RAY FLUOROSCOPE Telephone 254-W THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO A e Church Speaker s An investigator of Fifth Column activities in the United States, Dr. Dan Gilbert, Washington, D. C. journalist, will be the speaker at a seven-day series of meetings open ing next Monday at the Pandora St. John Mennonite church. Talks On 5th Column At St. John Church Dr. Dan Gilbert, Washington, D. C. journalist, associate editor of the National Republic magazine, will be the speaker at a -even-day series of evening meetings in the Pandora St. John Mennonite church, beginning next Monday. Sessions will held each night at 7:45 p. m. until Sunday, April 6, inclusive. He will also speak at 2:45 p. m. on Sunday, April 6. In his addresses, Dr. Gilbert is ex pected to present inside facts re garding fifth column activities in the United States. He is recognized as an authority on radical movements in this country and has assisted in work of the famous Dies committee. Rev. P. J. Boehr, pastor of the St. John church, is in charge of ar rangements for the series of meet ings, which also is being held under auspices of the World’s Christian Fundamentals association, of which Dr. Gilbert is secretary. Community Council To Meet April 18 Next meeting of the newly formed community co-ordinating council will be held at the high school cafeteria Friday night, April 18, at 7:00 o’clock, it was announced this week by A. J. B. Longsdorf, chairman. Discussions will be in charge of Dr. H. W. Nisonger, professor of adult education at Ohio State uni versity and Harrison Sayre, Gover nor Bricker’s appointee to the chair manship of the Ohio commission for democracy. The meeting scheduled for last Sunday was postponed due to the death of Mrs. Longsdorf. Charles Wesley Charles Wesley was the author of more than 6,000 hyrpns. More than 500 hymns of John and Charles Wes ley arc in common use today. HOLLYWOOD THEATRE OTTAWA Where America’s Most Promi nent Stars Appear_ FRI.SAT. Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains “Lady With Red Hair” SUN. MON. TUES. Return engagement at small prices "GONE WITH tiii? 1 JHUn WIND” Continuous Shows on Sunday beginning 12:30 noon. Monday and Tuesday nights show begins at 7:30 PRICES: 12:30 to 5:00 p, m. on Sunday Adults 40c Children 25c After 5 p. m. all tickets 55c With basketball now definitely out of the picture at Bluffton High school, thoughts of the students this week turned to the matter of spring musical and forensic contests. Bluffton ranked tops at the North western Ohio district choral contest held at Bowling Green State univer sity Saturday. Wanda Diller reach ed the semi-finals in the district ex tempore speech contest held at Fre mont Saturday. Betty Steinman, who had planned to enter the decla mation contest at Fremont, was forced to cancel her entry due to a sore throat. The Government class is planning to visit the Court of Common Pleas at Lima Tuesday where they will be privileged to witness an accident trial. This fits in with the discus sion of the jury system which the class is having under the direction of Dale Reichenbach, student teacher from Bluffton college. Bluffton High School Notes “Seasonal Astronomical Pheno mena” was the title of the talk giv en by Sidney Stettler, high school instructor in mathematics, at the regular meeting of the science club held in the chemistry room Tuesday night. Mr. Stettler discussed the magnitudes, motions and distances of the heavenly bodies in their or bital revolutions. The Future Farmers of America of Bluffton will entertain their brother organization of Columbus Grove in the agricultural room and gymnasium at the high school Wed nesday night. The Recorders, graphic arts club of the high school, will hold a pot luck supper at the general shop room, Thursday night, it was an- Rockport Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Sylvester and family of Ft. Wayne, Ind., were week-end guests of relatives in this vicinity. Mrs. Stewart Berryhill who has been ill for several months was able to take dinner in the home of her brother, Mr. Glen Zimmerly, one day last week. Mr. Loren Van Meter and daugh ter Ann of Lima spent Saturday with Mr. Harley Van Meter and other relatives in this community. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Steiner and Mrs. Jacob Reese of Pandora were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Huber apd daughter Jeanette and Mrs. Mary Sylvester attended funeral services in Kieferville Saturday afternoon nounced by Maynard Badertscher, president of the organization. A short business session will be held afterward. The wiring project at the grade school will be completed this week by the boys of the vocational elec tricity class under the direction of George Sigg, instructor. Members of the class undertaking the project are: Bob Watkins, Jim Martin, Bill McCafferty, Eugene Newlan, Clyde Fisher, Gerald Bow ers, Francis Marquart, Don Clark and Fred Fritchie. Basketball letters will be awarded to the players of the highly touted Red and White aggregation at a special assembly to be held Friday morning. The Ford Motor Company’s business has always been to serve the needs of the American people. In providing them with low-cost transportation for the past 38 years, we have devel oped one of the country’s larg est and most useful industrial units. During a national emer gency, we feel that these facili ties should be devoted without reserve to our country’s needs. Toward that end we started rolling months ago, with these results: 1 A $21,000,000 Ford airplane en gine factory, started only 6 months ago, is nearly completed. Production will start with an initial order for 4,236 eighteen cylinder, air-cooled, double-row, radial engines. O We are building a new $800,000 School will be dismissed Friday afternoon for the Northeastern Ohio Orchestra contest to be held in the gymnasium in the afternoon and evening. The Bluffton orchestra is preparing for the event. Ford magnesium alloy foundry, one of the few in the country. It is already producing lightweight air plane engine castings. O Army reconnaissance cars mili tary vehicles of an entirely new type are rolling off special Ford assembly lines at the rate of more than 600 a month. We have produced Army staff cars and bomber service trucks. 4 The busses will make their reg ular routes leaving the schools Fri day noon at 12 o’clock. Principal Gerhard Buhler has as signed various home rooms to serve as centers for the different schools entering the contest. The senior scholarship contest will be held at Lima Saturday morning. The students are tested for general knowledge and comprehension of high school subject matter. Two films will be used in the visual aids program this week: “The Romance of Glass” and a March of Time news reel. for Mr. Leo Sylvester who died Wednesday night from a skull frac ture received earlier in the day when he fell under a moving tractor at his home. Mrs. C. D. Mounts, Mrs. E. L. Michael, Miss Edythe Cupp, Mrs. L. J. Lemley and Mrs. Regina Lemley of Pandora were guests at a meet ing of the Profit and Pleasure club held in the home of Mrs. Harold Marshall last Wednesday after noon. Miss Jean Marshall who is attend ing Miami University in Oxford is expected home the latter part of the week to spend the spring vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall. Elizabeth Campbell and Kenneth Marshall students at Ohio State University Columbus are spending the week with their parents in this vicinity. Herbert Marshall, Jr., The government has given the "go-ahead” and work is now under way for the fast construction of an $11,000,000 Ford plant to produce bomber airframe assemblies by mass produc tion methods. A REPORT to America 5 FORD MOTOR COMPANY THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 1941 ACCEPTS CALL Rev. P. A. Kliewer, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church west of town, who has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Grace Mennonite church at Albany, Oregon. Rev. and Mrs. Kliewer will leave Bluffton April 14 and enroute to their new post they will visit their children at various points of the journey. completed his work there this semes ter and was among those who graduated last Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cupp and family and Mr. and Mrs. Coy Kohli and family attended family night for members of the Pastime Club of Columbus Grove and their fam ilies at the high school building in Columbus Grove last Thursday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Guy C. Mayberry entertained at their home Sunday in honor of the birthday anniversar ies of their daughters Nancy Anne and Joan and Mrs. Mayberry’s father, Mr. F. R. Mason of Colum bus Grove. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Porter and son Billy of Marysville, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Mason of Columbus Grove and the Misses Mary Jane Mayberry and Ruth Mayer both students of Bluff ton college. The annual congregational meet ing of the Rockport Presbyterian church will be held Wednesday evening, April 2, with a covered dish dinner at 6:30. The reorgani zation of the Sunday school will be held Sunday morning. Among those from here who ac companied their school groups to Bowling Green last Friday to parti pate in the contest for choral groups were: Nancy Anne and Franklin Mayberry, Richard Cupp, Robert and Rebecca Marshall, Ruth Freet, Ruth Price, Zerrene Kidd and Dolores Bowers. D. C. BIXEL, O.D. GORDON BIXEL, O.D. Eyesight Specialists Office Hours: 8:30 A. M----5:30 P. M. 7:30 P. M----8:30 P. M. Citizens Bank Bldg., Bluffton Several months ago w’ork -was started, on our own initiative, on an entirely new 1500 horsepower air plane engine especially designed for mass production. This engine is now in the test stage and plans are being developed for producing it in large quantities when and if needed. A Ford aircraft apprentice school has been established, to train 2000 students at a time. That is a report of progress to date. The experience and facilities of this company can be used to do much of the job which America now needs to get done in a hurry. Our way of working, which avoids all possible red tape, en ables us to get results and get them fast. This benefits users of our products and workers who produce them. We are ready to make any thing we know7 how to make, to make it to the limit of our capacity if need be, to make it as fast as we can go, and to start the next job whenever our country asks us to. And to this end, we know we have the full confidence and loyal support of the workmen throughout our plants.