The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
VOLUME NO. LXV
BE GIVEN TO 40
OF NIGHT SCHOOL
Formal Presentation to be Made
To Men Finishing National
Graduation Exercises Will be
Held in Auditorium Wed
nesday Night, April 23
Certificates signifying completion
of the national defense training
courses which closed here recently,
will be presented in graduation exer
cises to 40 men at the high school au
ditorium, Wednesday night, April 23,
at 7:30 o’clock, according to an
nouncement made this week by A. J.
B. Longsdorf, superintedent of Bluff
ton public schools.
Norman A. Triplett of the Triplett
Electrical Instrument Co. will speak
at the meeting which, will mark the
completion of the three months’
courses in national defense. Formal
presentation of the certificates will be
made by Forrest L. Steinman, presi
dent of the board of education.
Two courses were presented at the
night sessions, one dealing with metal
working under the instruction of A.
L. Daymon and the other in vocation
al electricity taught by George Sigg,
both high school instructors.
All of the men receiving certificat
es are registered at the Ohio unem
ployment bureau in Lima which has
branch connections throughout the
state. The government does not
promise employment but exerts every
effort in placing the men in either a
commercial or private job for which
he is most suited.
Men finishing the course of instruc
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 Cans and James Clum
of Ada Wilbur Bormuth of Rawson
Raymond Crawford of Mt. Cory Rob
ert Borgelt of Ottawa.
Metal Working, A. L. Daymon, in
structor—Harold and Robert An
drews and Robert Green of Beaver
dam Leland and Lester Badertscher
and Herbert Howell, of Pandora
James iNusbaum of Ottawa Robert
Moyer of Mt. Cory James Burkhold
er, Marion Fox, Kenneth Gable, Walt
er King, Wayne Niswender, Fred
Tschantz, Eugene Augsburger, Ray
Schumacher, Omar Welty and Harley
Augsburger of Bluffton.
0. S. U. Professor At
Bluffton’s newly formed com
munity co-ordinating council will be
addressed by Dr. H. W. Nisonger,
assistant director of the Bureau of
special and adult education at Ohio
State university, in a meeting to be
held at the high school cafeteria
Friday night at 7:15 o’clock.
Prof. Nisonger was formerly
junior dean in the college of agri
culture at Ohio State and at his own
request was transferred to the posi
tion in which he could devote more
of his time to adult education.
Harrison Sayre, chairman of Gov.
Bricker’s Commission on Democracy,
will also be present at the meeting.
The speakers have no prepared ad
dresses but will informally discuss
problems connected with the organi
zation and operation of the council,
it was announced by A. J. B. Longs
jdorf, president of the group.
Left To H. S. Class
Arrangements for the program of
the annual junior-senior class recep
tion at Bluffton high school will be
left to members of the entertaining
junior class, it appeared following a
meeting of the board of education,
At its meeting a month ago the
board suggested that a professional
entertainer be engaged for the after
dinner program as a substitute for
At the Monday night meeting, how
ever, the board after a discussion took
no action on the matter of an enter
tainer and indicated without record
vote that arrangements for the pro
gram be left in hands of the class.
Majority sentiment in the board ap
peared not to favor dancing.
Dancing at the high school junior
senior reception has been subject of
sharp controversy since it was intro
educed here two years ago.
U’ORREST L. Steinman, man
ager of the Bluffton office of
the Steinman Brothers Lumber
company, which is marking its
Golden anniversary. Besides his
business connections here, Stein
man is president of the Ohio as
sociation of Retail Lumber
Its appearance here is an unusual
phenomenon in that its habitat is
farther north and also in places of
large bodies of water. Sailors on the
ocean and Great Lakes often sight
bird far out at sea especially about
The bir dhas a wolf like cry and
typifies the untamed savagery of
wilderness. It is an excellent diver
and feeds largely on fish. The bird
is seldom seen in flocks and is known
usually as a solitary bird.
The loon, infrequently sighted on
land is forced to keep well off shores
frequented by men to insure its safe
ty. Probably few but cripples ever
land on shores when people are any
The bird found in Orange township
has feathers of glossy black apear
ance with white spots and a neck of
velvet appearance.. It has a long
beak and webbed feet and is very
definitely streamlined for high speed
It appearance in the Bluffton area
is due proably to a migratory jaunt
to another body of water ocasioned
by the change in season. The bird
probably became exhausted from con
tinued flying and lack of food, Prof.
Geiger pointed out.
The bird will be mounted by J. O.
Basinger, former Bluffton barber and
taxidermist of Jenera and will then
be placed in the high school science
laboratories for permanent keeping.
Two From Here On
Miss Edna Ramseyer, dean of
women at Bluffton college, and Dr.
V. H. Allman, of south of town on
the Dixie highway, were speakers at
the MinisteriH Institute of the San
dusky Conference of the United
Brethren church, in the Rawson U.
B. church Wednesday.
Theme of the all-day institute was
“Mobolizing the Christian Forces for
Tomorrow.” Special music was pro
vided by the Rawson choir.
League Meets Here
Epworth League of Allen county
held a rally Tuesday evening in
Bluffton Mehodist church, with
league of the church here hosts
Varied Activities Mark Work Of Airline
Stewardess, Beaverdam TWA Hostess Says
A series of lectures
demonstrations open to
public and of special interest to
prospective home builders and
craftsmen is being sponsored by
the company this week.
Found in a stunned or exhausted
condition, a huge water bird identi
fied as a common loon, was picked up
on the county line near the Lincoln
highway, Sunday afternoon by Elmer
Fett, Jr. of Orange township.
The bird, weighing ten pounds and
measuring thirty inches in length,
was taken home and died several
hours later. It was brought to the
high school Tuesday morning by Har
riet Fett, a sister, where it was iden
tified by W. O. Geiger, science in
structor, as a common loon.
Huge Water Bird Identified As Loon
Found In Dazed Condition Near Here
Announcement was made at the ral
ly of a county Epworth league roller
skating party at the Lima rink on
Wednesday, April 23. Funds from
the event will be used to finance the
county league program.
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THU1
Occupation Has Many Exacting
Training & Personality
Miss Jean Arthur, Daughter of
Beaverdam Minister, Tells
Duties of an airline hostess range
all the way from preparing formulas
for babies to pointing out scenic spots
enroute, according to Miss Jean Ar
thur, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. E. J.
Arthur of the Beaverdam Methodist
church, who visited recently at the
home of her parents.
Miss Arthur has been employed for
two years as an air hostess for’the
TWA lines with headquarters at
Flushing, N. Y. She made applica
tion for the position at Flushing and
was one of two selected from 70 ap
Most of the air lines call their girls
“stewardesses” but TWA has always
used the term hostess in referring to
theirs. The requirements for an air
hostess are rigid. She must be a
graduate registered nurse and in ad
dition have personality qualities of
cheerfulness and tact.
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On the 77th birthday of the bride’s
grandmother, Mrs. John White of Mt.
Cory, occurred the marriage on East
er Sunday afternoon at the Pleasant
View United Brethren church of Miss
Mary Louise W’hisler, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Whisler, four
miles north of Bluffton, and Robert
McVey, son of Rev. and Mrs. McVey
of Elyria, formerly of Mt. Cory.
Rev. McVey, former pastor of the
Mt. Cory Evangelical church, officiat
ed for his son’s wedding using the
double-ring ceremony. The bridal
party stood before the altar with a
background of white satin and gar
lands of arborvitae and baskets of
gladioli flanked by palms, ferns and
hydrangeas and lighted cathedral tap
ers in two floor candelabra. Open
church was observed.
A reception for the immediate fam
illies followed in the home of her
parents. One of the wadding cakes
was baked by Mrs. White, 77 year old
grandmother of the bride.
Both the bride and groom are grad
uates of Mt. Cory High school in the
class of 1936. Mrs. McVey is em
the Triplett Electrical In
Co. and Mr. McVey is a
Bowling Green State uni
In Double Wedding
Two Bluffton area sisters were
the brides in a double wedding Sat
urday evening in the Rawson United
Misses Dorothy and Opal Edinger,
daughters of Scott Edinger, of near
Bluffton, took the vcrws in the im
pressive ceremony, at which Rev.
Paul Zimmerman officiated.
Miss Dorothy became the bride of
Harold Bell, of Tiffin, son of
Thomas Bell, of Ada and Miss Opal
was wed to Frederick Hoffer, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hoffer, of Bluff
ton. The two couples attended each
other in the ceremony.
Both the brides wore rose colored
dresses. Dorothy had tan acces
sories and Opal wore black. Each
had a corsage of roses, forget-me
nots and sweet peas.
For the present both couples will
make their home with the brides’
father. The two sisters are em
ployed by the Triplett Electrical In
strument Co. in Bluffton, and both
grooms are truck drivers.
To Tax Committee
A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent
of Bluffton schools has been reap
pointed to the committee on tax
education of the National Education
association, it is announced at head
quarters of the association in Wash
The committee to which Superin
tendent Longsdorf is named serves
as a clearing agency on tax educa
tion and carries on a systematic
program for public enlightenment as
to taxation for social needs.
LHE BLUFFTON NEWS
The Versailles treaty was a great
mistake because it did not keep Wil
son’s 14 points and because of the
huge amount of reparations Germany
was forced to pay, the speaker point
The Lausanne conference attempt
ed to settle the reparations problem
by trying to show that Germany
could not pay more and at the same
time the Allies insisted that Germany
pay four billions more. The evils in
Europe today are due largely to those
four billions, was the opinion
He used exactly thg same policy
against nations, starting with the
weakest and then one at a time tack
ling the stronger countries. When
the Munich Pact gave Hitler the Su
detenland area of Czechoslovakia he
immediately enjoyed immense stra
(Continued on page 7)
Floral Lecture At
College On Friday
An illustrated lecture on “Wild
flowers of the Appalachians” will be
presented by Miss Alta Schrock at
8 p. m. this Friday in the Bluffton
college chapel, for the benefit of the
student activity fund.
Miss SchrocU is instructor in bi
ology at the college.
More than 100 beautifully colored
slides of the Appalachians and views
of the Alpine meadows of the Rocky
Mountains will be used to illustrate
the lecture. Miss Schrock and Presi
dent Paul R. Stewart, of Waynes
burg college, Waynesburg, Pa., took
the photographs and the slides were
hand-colored by Miss Schrock.
The slides have been widely recog
nized as, among the best in the
United States pertaining to nature
Miss Schrock has been lecturing
and writing on nature subjects since
Last Rites For
Mrs. Halla Carr
Funeral services for Mrs. Halla
Hews Carr, 72, life-long resident of
Union township were held at Mt.
Cory Evangelical church, Sunday
afternoon. Rev. I. O. Kauffman,
pastor of the church officiated and
interment was in Clymer cemetery.
Mrs. Carr died Friday morning at
her home several hours after suffer
ing a heart attack. She had been in
failing health since fracturing a leg
in a fall last September.
She was the daughter
and Sussanna Hews and
on Nov. 1, 1868. Her
ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
Y, APRIL 17, 1941
reparations conference been success
ful Hitler very likely would still be a
house painter, according to thte point
of view expressed by Dr. Bruno
Furst, Czechoslovakian refugee, who
addressed a district meeting of the
Ohio Retail Lumbermen’s Association
at the Walnut Grille, Tuesday night.
Dr. Furst, for many years a pro
fessor of law in Masaryk college at
the Hague, was a member of the
Lausanne commission as a delegate
from Germany at the turning point
in Hitler’s life.
Widespread discontent was
by these reparations demands
was easy for a rabble rouser, promis
ing everything, to win the people.
Believing that conditions could not be
worse the people followed Hitler hop
ing for even a slight chance of im
He came to power in 1933 at which
time he won 51 per cent of the people.
As his first step all opposition parties
were eliminated.”' He kept going step
by step wiping out the Social Demo
crats, the Jews and other groups
starting with the weakest.
Ending a long spring siege of in
clement weather, last Sunday was
the warmest Easter in the 48 years'
records have been kept by weather
observers in this section.
Maximum temperature recorded
on the day was 85 degrees and the
weather was reminiscent of mid
summer. The official reading was
three degrees higher than the warm
est previous Easter in 1927.
Responding to the balmy weather,
Bluffton residents did the things
they generally do in mid-summer.
They sat on their porches and
strolled the streets. Everyone had
a rare opportunity to parade their
Partners Obtained Funds to
Buy Jenera Mill by Work
ing in Brick Yard
Business Began in 1891 with
Manufacture of Screen
Lumber for more than 400 homes
and many more barns and other
buildings has been provided by the
Steinman Bros. Lumber Co., of
Bluffton and Jenera, in the 50 years
the firm has been in business. The
firm is celebrating its Golden An
niversary this week.
The establishment was started at
Jenera in the fall of 1891 and has
continued uninterruptedly since that
time. Originally in the firm were
Charles, John, Joseph and Jacob
Steinman and a brother-in-law, Ira
Smith. Jacob died in 1906
John Steinman bought a lumber con
cern at Arlington which he still
operates as the John Steinman Lum
Thomas J. Carr, died 18 years ago.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs.
Clarence Reiter, and a son, Harold
Carr, both of Union township also
six grandchildren and one great
Mrs. Carr belonged to the Mt. Cory
Evangelical church and for many
years was a Sunday school teacher
there. She was active in W. C. T.
U. work and was a former president
of the Mt. Cory organization. In ad
dition, she belonged to the Evangeli
cal Missionary society.
First Made Screen Doors
Originally started as screen door
manufacturing plant, the Steinman
brothers expanded operations
(Continued on page 7)
Bluffton Parades Its Finery On
Warmest Easter In Half Century
Many Changes Witnessed In Half Century
Of Business By Steinman Bros. Lumber Co.
Charles and Joseph Steinman are
still active in the
the present time,
is the father of
since 1932 and Emerson Stein
manager of the Jenera firm.
firm at Jenera at
Forrest L. Stein
the Bluffton com-
Moser, the son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Noah Moser and a brother of
Ezra Moser three miles north of
Bluffton, graduated from Bluffton
college in the class of 1924. He did
graduate work at Ohio State uni
versity and Chicago university and
is an instructor at the River Forest
a graduate of Illinois
has been teaching in
schools. The couple
The bride is
the Oak Park
will make their home at 628 South
Austin boulevard, Oak Park.
Missionary From Far
East to Speak Here
Dr. Henry Lampe recently re
turned missionary from Chosen
(Korea) will speak at the Presby
terian church Sunday night at 7:30
o’clock. Dr. Lampe has been in the
Far East for the past thirty years
and is well versed with conditions in
His address Sunday night will
touch on political and social condi
tions as well as the religious and
missionary outlook in that country.
There is more than one homesick
boy in an army camp wondering why
he doesn’t get any mail from home—
and home folks are wondering why
their boy in camp doesn’t answer
their letters—all because the mail
to their soldier-boy is improperly ad
This was the statement given out
by Postmaster E. R. Reichenbach
Tuesday morning after returning
from a district postmasters’ meeting
Monday night, where this new phase
of the jJbstal service was widely dis
Complete Address Is Important
When Writing Men In Army Camp
Easter finery in the bright sunshine.
Perfect weather also prevailed for
the ever-popular Easter Egg
for kiddies at Harmon field on
Many contrasted the Easter
ting with that of last year when the
minimum temperature was nine de
grees above zero and the highest
reading of the day was 23. Easter
last year fell on March 24, however,
nearly three weeks earlier.
Buds on trees and shrubbery have
pushed forward noticeably in the
unseasonably warm weather of the
last few days, as Nature did its best
to keep step with the Easter parade.
News To Publish
Addresses Of Men
In Army Training
BEGINNING next week the
Bluffton News will publish
of men from the
area now in army
camps. This is being
an effort to facilitate
of mail to those now in
Relatives are invited to send
in addresses carefully checked
for correctness and complete
ness. All addresses must reach
the office not later than Tuesday
noon for publication in the cur
rent week’s edition.
Wava Fisher Wed
At Lima Sunday
Marriage of Wava Fisher, daugh
ter of Mrs. Jeanne Fisher of Riley
street, and Harold Poe, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Oscar Poe of Lima took
place at the home of the bridegroom
attired in a blue
the ceremony was
present of the im-
The bride was
street dress and
performed in the
ated from Lima South High school in
the class of 1935 and the bride was
a junior at Bluffton High school.
Mr. Poe gradu-
The couple will reside at Cold
In New Locations
Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Wentz have
moved from the Max Miller prop
erty on North Main street to the
Mrs. Zoe Zehrbach apartments on
The apartment of
was recently vacated
bill and family who
the T. A. Kitchen
Marriage of Alford
River Forest, Illinois, and Miss Lou
ise McCarty of Oak Park, Illinois,
took place at the home of the bride’s
sister, Mrs. Ewald Schenkler, of Oak
Park, Saturday, March 29, according
to word received here.
by Earl Lugi
have moved to
Jesse Welty has moved from his
farm north of Bluffton on the Dixie
highway to his newly built property
on Cherry street. Rev. A. F. Albro
and family are occupying the Welty
farm, having moved from the Ezra
Basinger property on Jefferson
Ezra Basinger and family are oc
cupying their property vacated by
the Albro family and Mr. and Mrs.
Don Cuppies are occupying the prop
erty on Cherry street vacated by Ba
singer which they recently purchased.
The following births at the Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Hilty, Swan
ton, a boy,
Mrs. Cleland Amstutz,
Jenera, a boy, Sunday.
Mrs. Harvey Gallant,
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Cherry, Pan
dora, a girl, Sunday.
Paul Mairiot, Con
Eugene Wilch, Je-
nera, a boy, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Higley, Gilboa,
a girl, this Wednesday.
Pointing out that some army camps
contain as many as 50,000 men, it
that no detail
which it takes
plete address may mean days or even
a week’s difference in the time it
takes to deliver the mail”, the post
of the address be
few minutes extra
to look up the com-
All addresses should be written
with pen and ink or typewriter—
never with an ordinary lead pencil,
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
LUMBER CO. HAS
Firm Sponsoring Meetings in
Observance of Half-Cen
Demonstrations and Lectures
On Building and Home
Celebrating 50 years in the retail
lumber business, the Steinman Bros.
Lumber Co. of Bluffton and Jenera,
is sponsoring a series of meetings
ary are in charge of Forrest L.
in the building
owners and pros
in Bluffton this
Golden Ann i vers-
manager of the Bluffton
of tradesmen and lay
have been attending ses
viewing the building and
material exhibits on the second floor
of the Hankish building, above the
West Ohio Gas Co. and Todd’s
Grocery on South Main street, where
most of the meetings are being held.
Contractors, carpenters and other
building tradesmen will attend the
sessions and see the displays of the
Friday afternoon and evening—
Todd Grocery and West Ohio
by Carl Koeppen interior
show and moving pic
to be held on second
Hankish building over
new types of construction and ma
terials being used in residential
building at the present time at the
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Esther Gratz Wed
To Robert Motter
In an Easter morning ceremony
solemnized in the St. John’s Reform
ed church by Rev. Emil Burrichtef,
Miss Esther Ann Gratz became the
bride of Robert Motter.
The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A. D. Gratz, of Bluffton.
Pink gladioli, ferns and palms
adorned the chancel and altar for the
seven o’clock ceremony.
Preceding the vows, Miss Bettye
Lewis played “Clair-de Lune” by De
bussy and “None But the Lonely
Heart” by Tschaikowsky. Thruout
the ceremony Schubert’s “Ava Maria”
was played by Miss Lewis and Harold
After the benediction Miss Lucille
Hilty and Miss Janet Bigler sang
“Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” The
Lohengrin wedding march marked
the entrance of the bridal party, and
the Mendelssohn march served as
Dressed in a floor length gown of
white silk marquisette trimmed with
chantilly lace, the bride was given in
marriage by her father. The dress
was fashioned with sweeheart neck
line and puffed sleeves and the bride
also wore white lace mitts. Her veil
of illusion was held with a braided
tiara of the same material and she
carried a white testament showered
with white iris and sweet peas.
Mrs. Eugene Firestone, sister of the
birde, who served as matron of honor,
was dressed in & pink organdie floor
length gown. She wore a Dutch cap
of organdy and carried a colonial bou
John H. Romey, of Columbus, was
best man and ushers were Janies
West and Charles Montgomery, Jr.,
the latter a nephew of the bride
Mrs. A. D. Gratz, mother of the
bride, wore a black and white esem
ble with black accessories and a cor
sage of gardenias. Mrs. Charles
Montgomery, Sr., was in a gown of
navy and white sheer crepe with
matching accessories and a shoulder
corsage of spring flowers.
A breakfast for the families and
close friends was served at the home
of the bride’s parents where a pink
and white color motif prevailed in
floral and table decorations.
Mr. and Mrs. Motter left for a
southern trip following the ceremony,
and will be at home after April 28
in Lima. The bride has been employ
ed at the City Loan and Savings Co.
in Lima, and the groom is an em
ploye of the National Bank in Lima.
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