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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV WORK IS STARTED ON FOUNDATION OF GENERATING PLANT Pouring tion of Concrete for Addi to Utility Here to Begin Soon Contract for Construc General tion is Held by Hamilton Company Foundation for the $750,000 addi tion to the Woodcock generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. will be poured within the next ten days, it was announced Tues day. Construction of forms for the con crete foundation was started a week ago, but work has been progressing slowly because of d^ays in obtain- ing materials. The addition north side of the present structure and will face the Dixie highway. It is expected that the structure will be completed by the middle of the sum mer. ts being built at the Schedule Operation testing to four be the Placing of equipment and likely will require from three months and it probably will end of the year before the new cur rent generating setup is in use. Wherever possible Bluffton men will be hired for work on the new ad dition, according to announcements made by supervisors of the work. General contract for the new build ing is held by the F. K. Vaughn Build ing Co., of Hamilton. S. P. Herr Dies At Hospital Tuesday S. P. Herr, 74, Bluffton insurance man, died at the Community hospital here Tuesday night at 9:55 o’clock. Death was due to complications. He had been in failing health for the past two years and last Thurs day became seriously ill at his home on South Main street. He was re moved to the hospital Sunday night Mr. Herr was a lifelong resident of this vicinity, being born in Rich land township, May 1, 1867, the son of John and Mary (Schifferly) Herr. In late years he was engaged in the insurance business here. Prev iously he was a teacher in the public school and also in the grocery, ice and coal business For several years he was deputy collector of internal revenue attached to the Toledo office. He was a member of the Lutheran church and a former superintendent of the Sunday school. He was also a member of the Bluffton Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias. He was married September 20, 1893, to Miss Tillie Herrmann who preceded him in death December 7, 1931. Surviving are two sons: Franz of Toledo and Frederick of Bluffton, and three daughters Mrs. R. W. Cluin Haines City, Florida Mrs. D. Friedley, Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. R. Martin, Akron of C. E. Also surviving are five brothers Charles and Calvin of Lafayette Walter and William of California and Dr. Albert Herr of the U. S. Army and three sisters, Mrs. C. M. Contris, Lafayete, Mrs. Emma Sheilander of California and Mrs Katherine liams of Lima. Funeral arrangements are incom plete awaiting word from his daugh ter Mrs. Clum of Haines City, Flor ida. Rev. W. L. Harmony of the Lutheran church will officiate at the service and interment will Maple Grove cemetery. be at Give Certificates In Defense Courses Special exercises signifying com pletion of the national defense train ing courses will be held this Wed nesday night at the high school audi torium at 7:30 o’clock, it was an nounced by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of Bluffton public schools, who will preside at the meeting. Vocational record cards and certifi cates will be presented to the 40 young men who completed the course by Forrest L. Steinman, president of the Bluffton board of education. Norman Triplett, sales manager of the Triplett Electrical will address the maxes the three national defense. Inst. Co., meeting that cli months’ course in advisory committee Members of the will be the special guests of the ex ercises. These include: Norman Triplett, C. A. Lloyd, C. B. Fett, Waldo Hofstetter, Homer Gratz, Elmer Short, John Tosh, Charles Hilty and Dr. W. M. Niswander. The public is invited. Mosquito Control To Start In May Preliminary work on Bluffton’s summer mosquito control program will be started in May, with control work similar to that of last summer scheduled for June. Robert Oyer, who handled the stream spraying last summer, will be re-employed again this Mayor W. A. Howe said, however, will not take up his until June, and preliminary will be done by other municipal employes. Cases of Men Deferred Until Close of School Will Come Before Local Boards Decision Relative to Further Deferment Will be on Basis Of National Needs Bluffton college men Wednesday were studying a statement from state draft headquarters relative to the fu ture status of students in respect to army training after the close of the present college term. Students here, together with those of other Ohio colleges, are now in the 1-D classification. Training of these men was post-, poned under the Selective Service Act until the end of their present college year, and available not later than July 1, 1941. With the closing of col leges in June, local boards will de termine immediately whether these men are available for military service or whether they will be deferred, as is the case with other registrants. Local boards face a difficult task in this respect, Lieut. Sol. C. M. Goble, said. These boards will have to decide whether there is shortage of Ren in the field for which the reg istrants is educating himself, and de termine whether the man is qualified and will fit himself to take a place in this field. “It must be borne in mind that there are no blanket deferments,” Col Goble said. “Each case must be con sidered on its individual merits and final determination is a matter of board discretion.” “In certain fields such as medicine, dentistry, and engineering it is defi nitely known that there is a short age of trained men,, a shortage which will make itself increasingly felt. In these fields boards may feel that it is not desirable to interrupt the educa tion of qualified men. In other fields not so vital, boards may not be justi fied in giving deferments for train ing. “It must be rememebered such de ferment will not be granted in the in terest of the individual registrant. Instead such deferments will be in the interest of the government and the country at large. “Therefore, the question does not turn on whether or not a break in some man’s college career will be in convenient but whether or not there is a demand for men in the field for which he is training and whether there will be a critical need for his services as a trained civilian rather than a trained soldier. “In many cases, the boards may de termine, on the basis of the man’s performance in college. Whether he is really getting an education or is just going to college.” Rites Monday For Benedict Liechty Infirmities aggrevated by a para lytic stroke that left him a semi invalid for five years, early last Sat urday morning resulted in the of Benedict Liechty, 92, at his in Bluffton. Mr. Liechty had lived here he retired from farming 21 ago. THE BLUF High School Glee Clubs Given Highest Honors In State Music Meet At Columbus year, Oyer, duties work COLLEGE STUDENTS STUDYING FUTURE STATUS IN DRAFT death home since years at the Monday Unruh, Funeral rites were held First Mennonite church afternoon, with Rev. H. T. the pastor, officiating, in the Ebenezer cemetery, a member of the Ebenezer church. Burial was He was Survivors include the widow, Mar ian, to whom he had been married 66 years five daughters, Mrs. Paul ine Liechty and Mrs. Kate Sprunger, both of Berne, Ind. Mrs. Caroline Parker, of Lima Mrs. Lena Schiff ler, of Muncie, Ind. and Mrs. Chris tina Basinger, of Pandora two sons, Emmanuel, of Mt Blanchard and Noah, of Bluffton 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Unusual Performance Qualifies Girls Glee Club for Na tional Competition School Orchestra Given High Very Good Rating in In strumental Contest Highest ranking in the state in the class BB section, was the honor accorded the girls and boys glee clubs of Bluffton High school at the annual chorus competition sponsored by the Ohio Music Educational asso ciation in Columbus Friday. Miss Elizabeth Higley, high school music instructor, was director of the two groups. At the Saturday meeting of the music competition, the high school orchestra, under the guest direction of Nelson Hauenstein, student at the Rochester School of Music in New York, received a rating of very good. His father, Prof. Sidney Hauenstein, the regular director of the orchestra was one of the judges in other classes of orchestra competiton. The girls glee club was given a superior rating, the highest possible score, in the four divisions of per formance. This unusual rating qual ifies the girls group for competition in the national music chorus competi tion to be held in several weeks. The boys glee club was given a rating of excellent, which does not qualify them for the national con test. School authorities indicated that due to difficulties that would be en tailed in financing such a project it would be practically impossible to send the club to national competition. The following numbers were used by the three competing groups: Girls glee club—Smiling Handel My Mother Bids My Hair by Hayden In Homeland by Trunk. Dawn by Me Bind My Own Ships by Lights Boys glee club—Song of Flagler When Morning Awake by Bach As Off to the South We Go. Orchestra—Adagio Pathetique by Godard Minuetto Overture to Nor ma by Bellini. The various musical units of the high school will be presented to the public in a concert during May it was announced the first of the week. Samuel Welty, 82, Dies At Farm Home Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in St. John Mennonite church near Pandora for Samuel Welty, 82, pioneer resident of this section, who died last Saturday afternoon at the farm on which he was born. He had been in ill health several years. Boehr officiated at the Rev. A. M. Ross assist was in the St. John Rev. P. J. service, with ing. Burial cemetery. Survivors include the widow and 14 children, Ed, Plain City Eph, Gilboa Mrs. Persis Good and Mrs. Bertha Althaus, Ashland Oliver, Columbus Grove Sam, Toledo Mrs. Lucy Reichenbach, Mrs. Sylvia Trip plehorn, Mrs. Huldah Amstutz, Mrs. Edith Burkholder and Mrs. Cleona Benroth, all of Bluffton, and Cecelia, Fred and Cleo Welty, all at home. There are 10 grandchildren. Real Estate Deals Mrs. Grace Hughes has purchased the two and one-half acre tract of Brice and Minnie Main township. The deal was H. W. Althaus. in Orange handled by sold his 40 Waldo Schaeublin has acre farm south of Bluffton to John Glancy of Columbus Grove. Posses sion will be given in May. Schaeub lin expects to follow the carpenter trade. Moses Amstutz, residing south west of Bluffton has purchased the residence of the late Chas. Stein graver on Grove street from the Mrs. Margaret Adams estate. Am stutz expects to occupy the proper ty this summer. It is now occupied by T. J. Schultz and family. Soash Is Manager Of Buckeye Lake Evan Soash will serve as manager of Buckeye Lake, Bluffton swimming center, for the coming summer sea son. Soash’s appointment was made at this week’s meeting of the municipal council. Councilmen also authorized the construction of a concrete walk from the bathhouse to the lake, with the worjc to be completed before the sea son opens. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT TS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Council When SDAY, APR BLUFFTON, OHIO, T1 24, 1941 WILFORD GEIGER COUNCIL’S CHOICE FOR CITY CLERK Preference is Called Indic Clerk For Army Service Carold Steiner ed as Deputy ed Employe ormerly Nam lerk Report at Dayton Wilford O. Geiger, Bluffton high school instructor is slated to fill the office of corporation clerk when James West, present clerk, is drafted for military service. This became apparent Monday night at a meeting of the town coun cil when results of an informal straw ballot disclosed that Geiger had the support of a majority of councilmen for the position. Action of the council looking toward filling West’s post came after it was reported at the meeting Steiner who was named a month ago had left where he is employed. tion, however, had been received from Steiner and therefore no form al council action was taken. that Carold to the place for Dayton No resigna- Majority Favors Geiger Results of the straw ballot taken at the council meeting Monday night showed four votes for Geiger and (Continued on page 8) SPRING WEATHER STIMULATES PRODUCTION FARM HERE Cattle to Farmers Will Turn Pasture Fields Ahead of Usual Time Increased Farm Production Prospect with Favorable in Warm weather of the past week together with much needed rainfall giving farmers an opportunity to catch up with delayed spring tillage, teams and tractors are in the fields from dawn to dusk and in some instances are running on night shifts. Patures are flourishing and reports from the countryside are that many farmers are planning to turn their cattle into the fields by the first of May, about two weeks ahead of the usual time. Wheat is making a good stand with execellent prospects thus far also the prospects for clover are promising and weeds, likewise appear to have gotten an- early start. Farm Prospects Good With market prices generally high er and an increased demand for farm produce due to national defense needs the prospects for a profitable farm ing season are bright. Several new factors are in the local farm picture this year for the first time. With the establishment of a tomato canning factory in Pandora, a new demand for tomatoes is seen in this area. Contracts for 100 acres of tomatoes are being closed with farmers to pro vide sufficient tomatoes to pack 25, 000 cases. More than 270,000,toma to plants will be planted here the lat ter part of next month. With soy beans above the dollar mark, many farmers are considering additional production in this line as a source of added farm income. Potato acreage, too, is being in creased in this section with dealers reporting a heavier than usual de mand during the past four weeks for seed potatoes. Funeral For Fomer Bluffton Minister —Funeral sendees were held Tues day at New Knoxville for Rev. Wi liam Settlage, 72, pastor of the Bluffton St. John’s and Emmanuel’s Reformed churches about 25 years ago. Rev. Settlage died last Friday in Lima Memorial hospital. He was re tired. His widow is the former Miss Alice Mueller, of 'this place, a former Bluffton college professor. Other survivors include two daughters, Phoebe, of Nevada, Mo. Mary Eliza beth, at home, and a son, Dr. Arnold Settlage of Minnesota. Rev. D. A. Bode, pastor of the New Knoxville Reformed church, officiated at the funeral rites, assist ed by Rev. William H. Lahr, of Ada, also a former Reformed pastor here. ON NEWS Bluffton’s annual summer dust nui sance in the business district will be alleviated if a project proposed Mon day night at a meeting of the muni cipal council is carried thru to com pletion. Flushing of streets with water from fire hydrants is being consid ered as a means of eliminating traf fic dust. In the past this condition has brought many complaints from World’s First Processing Plant Built Only Eighteen Years Ago Food Products, Paints, Lac quers and Soaps are Among Many Uses Soy bean market quotations over the dollar mark once again has fo cused national attention on a major farm crop unknown in this country less than two decades ago. America’s first soy bean processing mill was built only 18 years ago, pri or to that time there was no place in the country where beans could be sold except as seed. Ever-increasing commercial appli cations and need for soy bean by products to day makes the once un known bean one of the nation’s ma jor farm crops, States producing more than a third of the world’s supply. Later the oil went into oleomar garine and salad dressings, and uses so far as food is concerned still are broadening. Analysis of the soy bean shows it is 40 per cent protein and 20 per cent fat, from which the oil is obtained. Of oil produced in this country, 85 per cent goes into human food pro ducts and the remainder into paints, lacquers and soaps. About 95 per cent of the meal is used as livestock feed. Another new commercial applica tion is in the making of plastic ar ticles, opening up an entirely new field. This year’s prospects are for a crop in excess of $100,000,000, and there is likelihood that the crop will continue growing in scope to keep pace with expanding commercial us age. Masonic Inspection Here Next Monday Annual inspection of the Bluffton Masonic lodge will be held next Mon day at a regular meeting in the lodge rooms here. The second degree will be confer red before the inspecting officer. This Thursday night Masonic em ployes of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co. will fill all the chairs at Rawson when an employe of the firm receives the third degree. Richard Caris Passes State Phamacy Exam Richard Caris, who is employed at pharmacy in Findlay, passed exam inations of the state pharmaceutical board, according toword received here the first of the week. a Caris, a graduate in pharmacy at Ohio Northern university took the state examination last month. wife is the former Miss Betty Trip lett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Triplett of South Main street. Main Street May Be Flushed To Eliminate Summer Dust Nuisance Soy Beans Top Dollar Mark To Focus Attention On Major New Farm Crop with the United In the early days in this country farmers raised the beans to enrich the soil by adding nitrogen to it to use the plants for hay, forage fertilizer. and and was First soy bean procesing mill built in 1922 by an Illinois starch concern at the suggestion of Eugene Staley. At first, domestic soy bean oil and meal was used to replace im ports. Oil was used in paints and lacquers and the cake and meal for feed. His Orange Sunday School Meet At Riley Church Spring meeting of the Orange township Sunday school convention will be held at the Riley Creek Bap tist church on Sunday, May 4. Rev. E. J. Haldeman, of Fostoria, will be the speaker for the occasion. Special musical numbers from the local churches will be presented. The evening session will be ad dressed Toledo, evening quartet by Rev. Q. S. Johnson from A special feature of the session will be the Star male from Lima. Bluffton merchants. Approval to use water for the flushing program has been requested of the board of public affairs by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe. In washing the dust from streets, fire hose would be used, with Street Commissioner Lee Coon supervising the project The section to be treat ed would be Main street from Wash ington street to College avenue. BLUFFTON STARTS SPRING PROGRAM OF STREET WORK Grading of Huber Street, New Thorofare Under Way This Week Resurfacing of Kibler Street From Jackson to Grove Is Scheduled Inaugurating an extensive spring and summer street improvement program, work was started this week on opening Huber street from Mound to Cherry street. Grading of the new street is under way, to be followed with a crushed stone top. Huber street will way from Jefferson to Cherry street, coming out on by the Mrs. property. When completed continue all the the latter thorofare William Underwood has ended in the Huber street past at the point of its intersec tion with Mound street near the Fred Hofer residence, and many have one Bluffton persons in the past considered the two streets as thorofare. Resurface Kibler Street Other work on the summer program will include from provement surfacing Jackson to im re- of Kibler street Grove street. project entails the Another grad from ing of South Jackson street Kibler street south to the end of Jackson, a distance of approximate ly 400 feet. A WPA sidewalk construction pro gram also is scheduled for the sum mer months, with individual prop erty owners paying for materials and the WPA furnishing free labor. Five Plays Will Be Given Here Next Week Four short one-act plays and an hour length play will be presented by the Bluffton High school English and speech departments in the school auditorium Monday and Tues day nights at 8 o’clock. On the program Monday night is Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a one-act play “Things”. Three one-act plays, “Julius Caesar,” “Not Quite Such a Goose,” and “Those Husbands of Ours” will be given Tuesday night. Rehearsals for the productions have been held under the direction of P. W. Stauffer, instructor in speech and dramatics at the high school. Seek Conference On Tax Settlement Here Mayor W. A. Howe indicated the first of the week that he would seek a conference with County Audtor Floyd Griffin to determine the reason for an alleged cut of $1,400 in the amount due the town in the Febru ary real estate tax settlement. Acording to Howe the tax settle ment of approximately $2,100 after deductions should have been $3,500, the amount received last year and which he stated was requested in the budget for this year submitted• by the towm and later approved by the county tax commission. New Bridge Here Nears Completion Work on the Jefferson street bridge over Big Riley creek likely will be completed within the next week, weather permitting. Installation of new girders and a new floor for the bridge has been completed and a few more days work will mark completion of the project The improvement is being made by the state highway department BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and Good Place to Trade NUMBER 52 TALK FOX FARM SITE FOR SEWAGE DISPOSAL PLANT ict as Well Suited as Present Land on Which Town Has Option igineer Presents Report on Two Locations at Council Meeting Monday Bluffton’s much- debated sewage disposal system was in the public eye again this week, with the municipal council taking under consideration a proposal to purchase a five acre tract at the former Fox Farm site as a possible plant location. Purchase of the land was proposed to prepare for the likelihood that a municipal sewage disposal system ultimately will be constructed here. With the same thought in mind, the council now holds an option on another site. This is a five-acre tract of land at the north edge of town owned by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. A $1 consideration was involved in taking the option which will expire next April. Site Proposed The newly proposed site of five acres is a part of the former Bluffton Fox farm, now owned by J. E. Stein er. An inspection of the site has been made by Carlton S. Finkbeiner, of Champe, Finkbeiner and Associates, Toledo engineers. Finkbeiner ap peared at Monday’s meeting of the council and reported that the land would be suitable for a plant location. Each of the two sites involved have advantages, the councilmen were told. Adavantages Each Way The Fox farm site is higher than the other and consequently no pro tection would be needed against spring and fall floods. However, the sawage would have to be pumped to a higher level, requiring more elec tric current. Finkbeiner estimated that about 3000 to 4000 extra KW would be needed annually. Less current would be required for pumping should the Central Ohio site be purchased, but protection against floods would have to be worked out because of the lower land level. Advantages and disadvantages of the two locations balance each other, in the opinion of the engineer, which means therefore that price would be the major consideration in making a decision. Matter Being Considered In previous transaction discussions, a price of $2000 was put on the Cen tral Ohio site. No cost has been an nounced relative to the fox farm lo cation, which would require approval of the state board of health before it could be used as a sewage disposal site. The Central Ohio site is at the western edge of Buckeye lake, bound ed by the Bigler road, the A. C. and Y railroad and the western edge of the quarry. It is the triangular strip on which the old “dynamite house” is located. Purchase of either site likely will be dependent on the availability of funds, members of the council re ported. Births The following birth at the Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Spaeth, a girl, last Wednesday. daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kern. Mrs. Spaeth is the and Mrs. J. M. Born to Mr. Springer of Peora, Ill., a boy Satur day morning at the Methodist hos pital. Mrs. Springer was formerly Miss Treva Stepleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Stepleton of this place. Announcement has been made of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Welty of Dayton. Mrs. Welty was formerly Miss Vera Locher, daughter of Samuel Locher of near Bluffton. Religious Education Classes In Program A program of religious musical, dramatic and recitation numbers will be presented by the classes in re ligious education at the high school auditorium Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock, it was announced by Miss Elizabeth Tiefenthaler, instructor. Each of the grades from one to eight will present a short religious play, musical number and hymns or concerted reading of scripture. A. J. B. Longsdorf, president of the coun cil of religious education, will speak briefly of the religious education pro gram carried out in the Bluffton schools.