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BLUFFTON NEWS
The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory’
VOLUME NO. LXV
WOODROW LITTLE
IS NAMED CARRIER
ON RURAL ROUTE
Resigns Position at Store Here
To Take Up Duties on
Route 1, Monday
Other Appointments Expected
To be Announced by Post
master This Spring
Appointment of Woodrow Little as
mail carrier on Bluffton Rural Route
No. 1 was announced by Postmaster
E. R. Reichenbach the first of the
week.
Little, who has been manager of
a variety store in Bluffton for the
past five and one-half years resigned
his connection with the esablishment
to take up his duties on the mail
route Monday morning.
Vacancy in the store management
was filled by Ralph Patterson, who
took over Little’s duties at that place
Monday. Patterson for many years
was associated in the operation of a
barber shop here.
Replaces Veteran Carrier
As carrier on Route No. 1, Little
replaces Clyde Yerger veteran rural
carrier who has been in the service
for the past twenty-eight and one
half years. Yerger has been unable
to carry mail since the first of the
year because of ill health and the
route has been covered by Mel Long,
substitute carrier.
Little’s appointment was made from
a list of three top ranking candidates
who were certified by the federal civil
service commission following a com
petitive examination here last sum
mer.
The appointment is one of several
which are expected to be made at the
post office this spring. Among these
appointments now pending are those
of carrier for Rural Route No. 2, jan
itor, assistant janitor and ckannan
and an additional postoffice e’erk.
Postmaster to Name Personnel
Appointments to these positions
v.’ill be made by Postmaster Reichen
bach from lists of eligible candidates
furnished by the civil service com
mission. Personnel for these posi
tion. an expwted to -be announced
as soon as routine requirements have
ben met.
Mail on Rural Route No. 2 has been
carried since last fall by Ralph Pat
terson serving as temporary carrier
filling the vacancy Ross gait
who retired. Patter son will continue
his duties on the rural route together
with his new connection at the store
unii a regular carrier is named.
Two More Bluffton
Men Called In Draft
Selective service draft calls this
week will take two more Bluffton
boys for a year’s service in the
United States army.
Donivan Berry of Cherry street
was inducted by Board No. 3 and
left for Toledo Tuesday. Robert
West of South Lawn avenue left for
the Toledo induction center Wednes
day.
West did not go on call from
Board No. 3 as he has been employed
in Toledo at the Garner Funeral
home and was inducted by a Toledo
board. His brother, James West,
town clerk, is expected to leave with
a Board No. 3 quota later this
month.
Sportsmen’s Club
To Meet Tuesday
Moving pictures on game problems
and a lecture on the same topic will
be presented by O. H. Neimeyer,
game management agent of Ottawa,
at a meeting of the sportsmen’s club
to be held at Gaiffe’s grove Tuesday
night at 8 o’clock, it was announced
by Silas Diller, president of the or
ganization.
Also on the program will be a
discussion led by Dr. Gayle E. Mil
ler, Allen county health director, who
will speak on pollution problems in
and near Bluffton.
Triplett Plant Leads
In Safety Campaign
The Triplett Electrical Instrument
Co. Tuesday stood at the head of
the honor roll w’ith release of the
report for the second month of the
sixth Allen county industrial safety
campaign.
In the local plant, a total of 140,
204 manhours was completed with
out a reportable accident.
Others on the honor roll included
the Colonial Finance Co., Diesel
Wemmer-Gilbert Corp., Allen County
Schools, the Ohio Power Co., Lima
Telephone and Telegraph Co., The
Leader Store and West Ohio Gas Co.
Name Queen For
Outdoor Campus
Fete At College
Josephine Mohr, Queen
Loreen Peters, Maid of Honor
Josephine Mohr of Bethlehem, Pa.,
Bluffton college senior, was chosen
by the student body as queen for
the annual Bluffton day festivities,
picturesque outdoor campus fete
during commencement week.
She will be crowned by* Loreen
Peters of Defiance, also a senior.
The event will take place* on Mon
day, June 9.
Both the queen and maid of honor
are prominent in campus activities.
Joe Mumma Is Wed
At Columbus Grove
Announcement of the wedding of
Joe Mumma, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Forest Mumma, of Mound street, to
Miss Hilda Schaad, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Jacob Schaad, of Columbus
Grove on March 8, was made here
this week.
The wedding took place at the
home of the officiating minister, the
Rev. Bradley, pastor of the Colum
bus Grove Methodist church.
Mr. and Mrs. Mumma are living in
Bogota, New Jersey, where he is
employed at the Riley Stoker Co.
Mr. Mumma graduated from Bluff
ton High school in the class of 1935
and Mrs. Mumma is a graduate of
Columbus Grove High school.
Lions Revue Given
At School Tuesday
A large crowd attended the an
nual musical revue of the Lions club
held at the high school gymnasium
Tuesday night. Amateur musicians
and entertainers from the Bluffton
area appeared on the program and
received $36 in cash prizes awarded
for the best performances.
An audience vote determined the
prize winners. Prizes, awarded in
three divisions, were as follows: Ju
venile—Cecile Potee, acrobatic danc
ing Adult music, Ann Rollins, dra
matic soprano of Findlay, a fresh
man at Bluffton college Adulty nov
elty, Bernard Kerchner, a comedy
dancer from Lima.
Second place in the adult novelty
division was won by Dale Francis,
Bluffton college senior, who did imi
tations of important political person
alities.
In the adult musical division, sec
ond place was won by an instrument
al quartet composed of Lawrence
Burkhalter, Arthur and Harold Thies
sen and William Holtkamp, all Bluff
ton college students.
Second place in the juvenile divi
sion was won by Mary Kathrine Bau
man, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. I. W.
Bauman, with her piano solo.
Proceeds of the event will go to the
Lions club community betterment
fund.
Church To Receive
Flag From Veterans
The Veterans of Foreign Wars
will present a musical and miscel
laneous program at the Pleasant
Hill church this Sunday morning at
9:30 o’clock. The organization will
present the church with a beautiful
silk American flag at this time. The
public is invited to attend. The
church is located 4 miles South on
Bentley road to the Lincoln, then
west to the first road and south one
half mile.
Trippiehorn Named
Carbage Collector
Russell Tripplehom will continue
as Bluffton’s garbage collector. Trip
plehom who was employed by the
council a year ago for the work was
re-employed for tse coming year at
the meeting of the council, Monday
night.
His term of service will begin in
May. The present rate of pay, $1,
300 annually will be continued un
changed.
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HOUSING SHORTAGE
MAY .MAKE ALLEY
INTO NEW STREET
Alley Adjoining Triplett Com
pany May be Converted
Into Thorofare
Property Owners Consider
Plans to Remodel Barns
Into Dwellings
Construction of a residence at the
rear of the Mrs. Alma Bixel property
on South Main street has given im
petus to a movement tq convert into
a street the alley on which the new
property will face.
Connected with the movement to
establish a street on the site of the
present alley is Bluffton’s shortage
of housing accommodations. A num
ber of South Main' street property
owners, the rear of whose lots face
the alley are said to be considering
proposals to remodel into dwellings
the barns and garages at the rear of
their properties.
The alley extends north from Pop
lar street and merges with Harmon
road a short distance before the lat
ter’s junction with East College
avenue.
Desirable Location
For the greater part of the distance
the alley adjoins the property of the
Triplett Electrical Instrument com
pany and overlooks Harmon road.
This location, it is pointed out would
be a most desirable location for ren
tal dwellings for Triplett employees.
Mayor W. A. Howe stated the first
of the week that no formal applica
tion had been presented to him. How
ever, the mayor stated that he be
lievde that such a proposal would
meet with favor, should it be pre
sented.
Construction of the first residence
to be built facing the alley w'as
started a week ago by Rev. Levi Mel
linger who recently purchased the
rear portion of the lot from Mrs. Bix
el.
Rev. Mellinger and family moved
here from Lafayette, Ind., last No
vember and have since been occupy
ing an apartment in the home of
Mrs. Bixel.
Churches Cooperating
In Good Friday Meet
Union services will be conducted
by the Bluffton ministerial associa
tion at the Presbyterian church dur
ing the afternoon of Good Friday on
April 1^, it was announced by Rev.
Charles Armentrout, president of the
association.
Seven Bluffton ministers, represent
ing the ministerial association, will
speak at the services in observance
of Holy Week. The federation of
church young people will hold a
candle lighting service at the Pres
byterian church in the evening at
7:30 o’clock.
The young people will also hold
an early Easter morning service.
H. W. Berky, Bluffton college in
structor, will be the speaker.
Last Rites Held For
Ray Kern Tuesday
Funeral services for Ray T. Kern,
52, Orange township farmer, were
held at the Stanley Basinger Funeral
home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock.
His death occurred Sunday morning
at 2:45 o’clock at the Bluffton Com
munity hospital after an illness of
two years. He had been bedfast
since the last of August.
Mr. Kern, who resided east of
town, was born in Bluffton on Feb.
18, 1889, the son of Isaac and Mary
(Long) Kern and resided all of his
life in the Bluffton vicinity.
He was married on Sept. 2, 1917,
to Mary M. Burkett, who died last
December 18.
Surviving are a daughter, Trs.
Oliver Spaeth, at home four sisters,
Mrs. Edgar Root, Mrs. Carl Burk
hart, and Mrs. Wilbur Fish all of
Bluffton and Mrs. Albert Leckey of
Findlay.
Mr. Kern belonged to the Bluffton
Odd Fellows lodge and to the United
Brethren church at Rawson.
The funeral services were in
charge of Rev. Paul Zimmerman pas
tor of the Rawson U. B. church and
burial was in the Maple Grove ceme
tery.
Spring Vacation At
College Thursday
Spring vacation at Bluffton college
will start Thursday afternoon at
four o’clock and will continue until
Monday noon, April 14, it was an
nounced this week by college officials.
PHE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1941
Although not directly involved in
war, Switzerland, surrounded by em
battled nations is feeling the impact
of the struggle scarcely less than
the warring countries themselves.
This was the message conveyed in
a letter received the first of the week
by Chris Santschi of East Kibler
street from his brother Gottfried
Santschi of Canton ^Bern, Switzer
land.
Taxes are high and living costs,
especially food, are rapidly mounting
Detroit Woman in Bluffton Hos
pital with Injuries from
Head-on Collision
Big Semi-trailer Truck Slips In
to Ditch Near Allman
Farm Monday Night
A Detroit woman is in the Bluffton
hospital recovering from injuries sus
tained as two highway accidents oc
curred near the Bluffton corporation
limits Monday night 8etween 5:30
and 9:00 o’clock, the fesult of slip
pery pavements and obscured vision
due to mist.
The most serious of the accidents
was a head-on collision between cars
driven by Mrs. Ethel Zimmerman, 44,
of Detroit and Ellis Hughes, 37, of
Cleveland, just south of the corpora
tion limits at 5:30 p. in.
Slippery Pavement
The Zimmerman auto was heading
north and the Hughes ear was trav
eling south when the Zimmerman
automobile skidded qnfthe slippery
pavement into the path of the
Hughes’ car. Both autos were com
pletely demolished in the crash and
the occupants were taken to the
Bluffton hospital.
Also in the Zimmen$an auto was
a sister-in-law, Mrs. Madeline Zim
merman, 36, also of Detroit. Hughes
was traveling alone. Most seriously
injured was Mrs. Ethel Zimmerman
who suffered a fractrrr Wt wrist
and bruised chest. Mrs.- Madeline
Zimmerman received a severe cut in
the jaw and minor bruises. She was
released shortly after the accident
and returned to her home in Detroit.
Hughes Released
Hughes received a scalp cut and
was released at the hospital shortly
after treatment.
No injuries were sustained in the
truck accident several hours later
which w’as also caused by slippery
pavements when a semi-trailer truck
slid off the highway into the ditch
near the Rev. Allman farm south
of town.
The truck accident was partially
responsible for two other mishaps at
the scene of the accident. A pas
senger car headed north also skidded
into the ditch when brakes were ap
plied as the car approached the
stalled truck.
Car Damaged
A state highway patrol car parked
at the scene of the accident had the
left front fender torn off when an
other automobile in coming to a
stop at the scene of the accident
skidded into the officer’s automobile.
In recent months numerous acci
dents have occurred on the stretch
of pavement extending for about a
mile south of town on route 25. Road
experts are puzzled as to the reason
for the prevalence of accidents at
this point.
Swiss Feel Pinch Of War, Says
Letter Received By Bluffton Man
Several Auto Accidints Occur On Route
25 Near Corporation Limit South Of Town
In New Locations
Francis Devier and family have
moved from the Eugene Benroth
property on North Lawn avenue to
the Biderman apartments on South
Main street.
Earl Lugibill and family have mov
ed from the Mrs. Zehrbach apart
ments on Vine street to the home of
T. A. Kitchen on Cherry street.
E. T. Reagan and family are occu
pying their newly completed resi
dence on West Kibler street. Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Bruce will move from
rooms in the A. L. Baumgartner res
idence on South Main street into the
Mrs. Moses Steiner property on West
Kibler street vacated by the Reagan
family.
Rev. A. F. Albro and family have
moved to the Jesse Welty farm north
of Bluffton on the Dixie highway.
Eldon King who formerly occupied
the place has moved to Mt. Cory.
Ezra Basinger and family are oc
cupying the property on Jefferson
street which he recently purchased,
vacated by the Albro fartiily. Don
Cuppies is moving from south of
town into the property on Cherry
street which he purchased from Ba
singer.
to fantastic figures. There is a con
tinuous scarcity of coal which is be
ing rationed in such small amounts
that there is scarcely enough to keep
warm. “You are much better off in
America than we are in Switzer
land”, he said.
Significantly, «the letter which was
opened by the censor, said little di
rectly concerning the war. .Letters
which formerly required about ten
days in transmission now take nearly
three months, Santschi said.
With The Sick
Richard Augsburger, high school
junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. H.
E. Augsburger of North Lawn ave
nue underwent an operation for ap
pendicitis at the Community hos
pital Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Maver Mull of Continental
who is recovering from injuries re
ceived in an automobile accident last
January has been removed from
Bluffton hospital to the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Paul Martinka in the
Hauenstein apartments. The acci
dent in which Mrs. Mull was injured
occurred near Jackson, Mich., where
she spent several weeks in a hos
pital. She was later brought to the
Bluffton hospital where she was a
patient for four weeks.
Condition of Mrs. Emma Diefen
deifer who is bedfast at the home
of her daughter remains unchanged.
Mrs. Harold Carr of Union town
ship is recovering at the Bluffton
hospital following a major operation.
Glen Ramer of Mound street is a
patient at Bluffton hospital.
John Weller, Jr., residing on the
McClure farm south of Beaverdam
is ill with pleurisy and complications
at Bluffton hospital.
Harriett Fett, high school sopho
more is ill with mumps at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Fett.
Mrs. Cecil Kuhn has been removed
from the hospital to her home on
Cherry street.
Mrs. Mary Follet has been re
moved from the hospital to her
home near Bluffton.
Final P. T. A. Meet At
Cafeteria Tuesday
Mattei-s pertaining to religious ed
ucation will be discussed at the final
meeting of the Parent-Teacher asso
ciation to be held at the high school
cafeteria Tuesday night.
Religion in the Home w’ill be dis
cussed by Mrs. Charles Armentrout.
Music will be presented by the Jun
ior High girls choir. Refreshments
will be served.
Religious Movie At
Emmanuel's Refomed
“The King of Kings”, sound movie
presenting the life of Christ will be
shown at the Emmanuel’s Reformed
church next Wednesday night at 8:00
o’clock. The movie will be given as
part of the pre-Easter program of
the church. The picture is owned
and circulated by the Ohio Council of
Churches and Religious Education.
The public is invited.
1,200 Auto License
Tags Are Sold Here
With April first the deadline date,
1,200 auto license tags were sold in
Bluffton, it was announced Wed
nesday morning by Clayton Bixel,
deputy registrar for motor vehicles.
Although a few auto owners are
still securing licenses there was noth
ing comparable to the usual last
minute rush, Bixel stated. During
the past month the purchase of the
licenses was evenly distributed.
Births
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Grif
fith of Van Buren, a son, Saturday.
The following births at the Bluff
ton hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lugibihl, a girl,
Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Hauenstein,
Marion, a girl, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Basil Fisher, Lafay
ette, a girl, Wednesday morning.
Real Estate Deals
Emanuel Leichty of Mt. Blanchard
has purchased the 80 acre farm in
Orange township from his father
Benedict Leichty. The place was
occupied Noah Leichty and family.
Successful Operation
For Appendicitis On
Ten-Day-Old Infant
"D ECOVER Y of the ten day
v old infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. Russell Schaublin. residing
on the Oliver Locher farm
northwest of town, is taking
place at the Bluffton hospital
following a successful appendi
citis operation said to be very
unusual in medical circles.
The operation, performed by
Dr. B. W. Travis, of Bluffton,
is believed to be the only case
of its kind in this area. Appen
dicitis in infants is a rare medi
cal phenomenon and diagnosis
is difficult due to the fact that
a baby can not assist the sur
geon in determining pain loca
tion.
The infant is getting along
nicely, hospital attaches indicat
ed Wednesday morning.
DEFENSE CLASSES
AT NIGHT SCHOOL
MAY DE CONTINUED
Federal Funds Available for
Continuance of Vocational
Courses Here
Local Defense Advisory Board
To Determine Need for
Further Participation
Possibility of continuing the night
classes of the national defense train
ing courses which came to a close
last week, was seen in the announce
ment from Columbus headquarters
that federal funds would still be
available if it should be shown that
a need for further training exists
here.
A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent
of Bluffton public schools, has been
conferring with state and federal of
ficials on the matter. The local ad
visory committee is waiting for word
from officials before proceding on
the matter.
New Courses
A number of other men of the
area have indicated an interest in
having additional instruction in shop
work and in addition some of those
who recently concluded courses
would probably enroll for the new
instruction likely to be offered.
An entirely different line-up of
courses would be offered should the
approval go through, it was stated
here the first of the week. There
has been considerable demand for
instruction in radio and some of its
allied fields.
A class of forty finished the
courses under the instruction of A.
L. Daymon and George Sigg. These
men will be presented with certifi
cates showing completion of the
work at a meeting to be arranged
by the advisory committee in the
near future.
Men Register
All of the men finishing the course
are registered at the state unem
ployment bureau in Lima which has
branch connections thruout the state.
The government does not promise
employment but exerts every effort
in placing the man in the job for
which he is most suited.
Men finishing the course of in
struction were:
Vocational Electricity
Vocational electricity, George Sigg
instructor—Jack Clark, Maurice and
Robert Criblez, Gene and Richard
Mericle, Richard, Ralph and Dean
Motter, Elmer Burkholder, Marlowe
Bish, Raymond Spangler and Marion
Fisher, all of Bluffton Sherwood
Huser, Wayne and Robert Sutter, of
Pandora Delbert and Nelson Harter
and Richard Kiene, of Columbus
Grove Gerald Caris and James
Clum, of Ada Wilbur Bormuth, of
Rawson Raymond Crawford, of Mt.
Cory Robert Borgelt, of Ottawa.
Metal Working
Metal Working, A. L. Daymon, in
structor—Harold and Robert An
drews and Robert Green, of Beaver
dam Leland and Lester Bader tscher
and Herbert Howell, of Pandora
James Nusbaum, of Ottawa Robert
Moyer, of Mt. Cory James Burk
holder, Marion Fox, Kenneth Gable,
Walter King, Wayne Niswander,
Fred Tschantz, Eugene Augsburger,
Ray Schumacher, Omar Welty and
Harley Augsburger, of Bluffton.
Stores Open
Starting this Wednesday night the
stores of Bluffton will be open every
Wednesday night during the coming
spring and summer shopping season.
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
NUMBER 49
TOWN PLANS TO
CONTINUE DRIVE
ON MOSQUITOES
Allotment Made in Municipal
Budget for Funds to Wage
Fight this Summer
Aid of Householders is Asked
In Cooperation with Muni
cipal Campaign
Successful beyond expectation in
its first year, Bluffton’s anti-mosquito
campaign will be continued this
spring and summer, Mayor W. A.
Howe announced Tuesday.
Funds for spraying Big and Little
Riley creeks and other bodies of water
where mosquito larvae may be found
have not yet been voted by the coun
cil, but an allotment has been set
aside in the budget for the require
ments, the mayor said.
Spraying and a campaign including
precautions on the part of each in
dividual householder will be inaugur
ated as soon as weather makes the
program necessary’.
Early Start Essential
One of the essentials of successful
mosquito eradication is an ealy start
on the control program, Mayor Howe
declared.
Every Bluffton resident must coop
erate if the fullest benefits are to be
enjoyed, and control this year should
be easier than last if everyone living
within the town limits will do his part
it was pointed out.
Principal breeding places of mos
quitoes about homes include cisterns,
barrels, tubs and buckets of water,
shallow wells, pools of water from
rains, leaky pipes, leaky hydrant
valves, tin cans, uncovered cesspools,
plugged roof gutters and downspouts,
damp cellars and piles of rubbish.
Householder Can Help
Householders can help make the
control program a success by keeping
their premises clean and watching
every possible breeding place.
Bluffton’s municipal garbage and
rubbish collection system inaugurated
last summer also is believed to have
helped control mosquito infestation
and it will be continued another year
on the basis of present indications.
Bluffton Orchestra
Given High Rating
Excellent was the rating given to
the Bluffton High school orchestra in
the northwest Ohio district contest
held at the high school gymnasium
Friday afternoon.
This rating gives the Bluffton or
chestra the right to enter the state
contest to be held at Columbus in
several weeks. Bluffton was enter
ed in the contest in the class di
vision although the size of the school
would normally be for class com
petition.
Prof. Sidney Hauenstein is con
ductor of the orchestra.
Other schools competing here which
won the right to participate in the
state contest were:
Class A—Findlay.
Class BB—Shawnee.
Class C—Ada and Spencerville.
Class CC—Haskins and Ft. Jen
nings.
The rating of I was superior and
II was excellent. There also were
ratings of III and IV. Only schools
receiving the rankings of I and II
were entitled by the judges to com
pete in the state orchestral contest
at Columbus the latter part of April.
The contest was sponsored by the
Bluffton college department of music
under the chairmanship of Prof. Rus
sell A. Lantz, head of the depart
ment. Judges were Prof. Arthur
Williams and Prof. Don Morrison of
Oberlin college.
Heidelberg Students
In Play At Church
“St. Claudia” religious drama will
be presented at the St. John’s Re
formed church Thursday night at
8:00 o’clock by student players of
Heidelberg college, Tiffin.
The plot is built around the con
version of Claudia who leaves Pilate
after he “washed his hands” and de
livers Jesus to the executioners. A
cast of 11 students is appearing in
the. production.
Remodeling Residence
Eugene Benroth is remodeling his
property on North Lawn avenue
formerly occupied by Francis Devier
and family.
Miss yZanna Staater is remodeling
her South Main street residence in
to a two-apartment dwelling.
Nelson Herr has started remodel
ing of his home on North Lawn
avenue.

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