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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI GALA WELCOME IS GIVEN GOVERNOR JOHN W. BRICKEI State Administrative Head Ad-* dresses Bluffton College Booster Banquet Governor Cites Importance of Small Community as Founda tion of Government 4 v Integral to the nation and state are Small communities like Bluffton, was The opinion expressed by Governor John W. Bricker, who addressed the •third annual Bluffton college Booster Banquet held at the high school gym nasium, Monday night. Approximately 250 persons turned Wut for the banquet and program on Which the governor was the principal Mtpeaker. On several previous tfons Bluffton audiences have occa been Gov- Honored by the presence of the •mor. I My res Y. Cooper, James M. ■nd Frank B. Willis have addressed Bluffton groups during their terms of office and Marttn L. Davey spoke be fore Bluffton audiences on several oc casions prior to his occupancy of the executive office. Cox Greeted Here The Governor arrived in town short ly after 7 o’clock and held an inform al^ reception at the high school build ftp in the office of A. J. B. Longsdorf, preceding the banquet. Here he was greeted by business, industrial and civic leaders. *7The executive came from Columbus unaccompanied by any administrative •Hes. He arrived in town in the large limousine of the state depart ment. He wore for the occasion a blue business suit with an American Legion button in the lapel. ’rrominetly mentioned in the Re publican National convention at Triadelphia as a presidential candi dine, Governor Bricker continues in national limelight as an outstand ir^leader of his party. Eloquent Orator An eloquent orator, Governor Bricker has a delivery that varies from rapid fire to deliberate weighing of words and phrases. Thoroughly democratic, the executive has a pleas ing bearing and many school children came up to shake hands with him. In opening his address on “The Re lation of the Community to the State and Nation,” Governor Bricker point ed out that spiritual leadership of church sponsored higher education ■will be instrumental in bringing san ity to this world of chaos. The chief executive lauded the work of the small community and empha sized its importance to the state and nation. The small community like Bluffton is very essetnial to the foun dations of the country, the Governor stated. Huge Debts In analyzing present govermental and economic problems the Governor pointed out that wars and huge debts being piled up by state and national governments are beginning to threat en the capitalistic system. If democ racy is to survive, however, the capi talistic system must be maintained, he declared. American ingenuity will see the way clear to provide for tthe emergency and preserve essential individual librties. The first 10 amendments to the con stitution—the bill of rights—are what really give heart and soul to our gov ernment, Governor Bricker asserted. Every evidence today points to in creasing federal control which means the lessening of state rights and the decline in power of the local commun ity. Spiritual Resources In concluding his address, Governor Bricker emphasized the fact that hu man ingenuity can go only so far and then man comes to the realm of spir itual resources for the solution and understanding of manifold problems confronting mankind. Toastmaster for the evening was E. S. Lape who also introduced the Governor. Serving with Lape on the committee instrumental in making arrangements for the banquet were Ezra Moser and Dr. W. M. Niswan der. Other numbers on the program in cluded: Invocation, Rev. Paul Whit mer music, college trumpet trio wel come, Pres. L. L. Ramseyer music, college a capella choir under the di rection of Prof. Russell Lantz. Dur ing the dinner, music was furnished by a college instrumental ensemble. Real Estate Deal Wilbur Sumney has purchased the 40 acre farm of Frank Williams west of Beaverdam and will take possession the first of next Septem ber. The deal was handled by H. W. Althaus. Conditions Reported Favorable For Corn Planting This Year pORN planting occupies the center of farnr interest this week with planting conditions most favorable in several years. Intermittent light rains the past week have provided sufficient moisture without packing the seed bed, farmers say. Warmer weather forecast for the last of the week should further enhance favorable planting conditions. Others hurt in the mishap, all occupants of the car in which Mrs. Neely was riding, were Julia Neely, 21 Edward Neely, 19, and Isabelle Miller, 23, all of Lima. Edward, son of the mishap victim, was driver of the car in which the Lima party was riding. Survivors in addition to the parents and two children in the accident, in cluded the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Harold Shappel of Tiff in Mrs. Robert Knepper, of Warren Miss Iness Cramer, Mrs. Lewis Krouse and Willard Cramer, all of Lima. Funeral services were held Wednes day morning in the Diller funeral home here. Rev. Winn, of Toledo, of ficiated. Burial was at Gilboa. Dr. J. E. Hartzler To Talk Here Next Week Dr. J. E. Hartzler, former presi dent of the Witmarsum Theological seminary Bluffton morning, ing tour Bluffton Farming Land Beautiful And Well Kept Is Comment Of Gov. Bricker ICAL COUPLE'S UGHTER HEADON KILLED CRASH of Lima. Eva Neely lighter of Elijah Cramer Fatally Injured Acadent Occurs South of Bluff ton After Visiting Parents Here Sunday A Lima woman, daughter A I-ima woman, daughter of a Bluffton couple, was fatally injured and ^ve other persons were hurt, one critically, in a headon automobile col lision^on the Dixie highway, five miles southwest of Bluffton near the T. J. Bryan,farm, early Sunday night. Mrrf Eva Neely, 44, of Lima, the misha victim, was the daughter of Mr. afaJ Mrs. Elijah Cramer, of Bluff ton, wi|h whom she had been visiting Sunday'.and from whose home she was enroute to Lima when the crash oc- curred. She the Bluffa a crusl^d Five early Monday morning in Community hospital from chest and internal injuries. e Others Injured persons were injured ih he coi^.oji, four of whom remain ft the Community hospital here. In critical condition is Mrs. Wesley Dickens, 36, of Fostoria, who suffered a crushed chest, fractured nose and broken right leg. Her husband, driv er of the car which crashed with that in which Mrs. Neely was riding, re cevied minor injuries and were releas ed from the hospital Monday morn ing. here, will speak at the college chapel Wednesday May 21, while on a speak in this area. Dr. Hartzler is now professor of systematic theology at the Hartford Theological seminary at Hartford, Conn., for two quarters a year and lives at Goshen, Indiana, the re mainder of the time. His speaking schedule in this area follows: May 18, Grace Mennonite church, Pandora May 19, Lima Rotary club May 19, Liberty Township High school commencement May 20, Raw son High school commenencement May 21, Bluffton college chapel May 21, Findlay Kiwanis club May 21, First Presbyterian church, Findlay, men’s dinner. Foundations To Be Poured At Plant Pouring of concrete for the found ation of the new addition to Woodcock generating plant of Central Ohio Light and Power will te started this week, it was nounced Tuesday. the the Co. an- Construction of forms for the sub foundation are completed, and altho steel necessary for sleeves and an choring has been delayed in arriving delivery has been promised about the middle of the week. Governor Hunts Pheasants Usually in Findlay and Bowling Green Area Smilingly Accedes to Requests For Autographs After Banquet Monday “Bluffton farming land certainly is beautiful”, was the repeated comment of Governor John W. Bricker to his liveried chauffeur, as he drove into town on Route 103, to address the Bluffton College Booster banquet at the high school gymnasium Monday night. Particularly impressed was the Governor with the well kept farms and residences of the community, ac cording to the chauffeur who drove the Governor’s car for the Bluffton engagement. in the the The chief executive arrived town about 7:00 o’cock and with clear sky and setting sun tinting attractive landscape with a golden hue, he saw the Bluffton area in nature’s best dress. The Governor’s car traveled over Route 31 and then turned off at Arlington, coming into Bluffton on Route 103. The Governor came in the state car, a large Buick sedan, used for all out of town trips. In Columbus he usually drives his own car, the chauffeur stated. The state car can be recognized by the license number series, but there is nothing to indi cate that it is the “He’s as common as an old shoe, and a swell fellow to work for,” stated the chauffeur. Exceedingly democratic, the Governor shook hands with a group of admiring youngsters as he entered and left the high school building. He obligingly autographed many programs and papers during his Bluffton stay. Governor’s car. quite a sports He often comes Bowling Green The Governor is man, it was learned, to the Findlay and areas to hunt pheasants, fisherman, he takes time off from his busy routine to Ash at various points along Lake -Erie. Also as a If the scenery is not particularly attractive he takes advantage of the opportunity to catch up on his read ing. Also durng travel he will turn on the car radio, usually preferring news broadcasts The Governor occasionally will bit of relaxation the highways. his chauffeur said, seldom smokes, but light his pipe for a as he travels along Questioned as to his most frequent comment as he travels the chauffeur stated that the Governor speaks again and again of the beautiful scenery that is Ohio’s. With duties of his office confining him to Columbus a good deal, he has not been traveling very much this winter and spring and has accepted only the most pressing engagements, according to the .chauffeur. As the Governor was leaving the high school building he met a group of youngsters around his car. He shook hands with each and inquired as to their names. One of the boys asked him for an autograph. Unable to see in the dark the Gov ernor said, “I’ll tell you what I’ll do, kids. You write to me at the state house and I’ll send each of you my autograph on a card with an official Ohio seal.” Smilingly tipping his hat to the group he said, “Good bye everyone.” That is democratic America. Johnson Bulk Station Sold To Farm Co-op The gasoline bulk station of ’.he Johnson Oil company located here has been purchased by the Allen County Farm Bureau cooperative it was announced by representatives of the latter organization, Wednesday. The bulk station, used for gaso line storage is located near the in tersection of the Nickel Plate rail road and East College avenue. It will be used as a source of supply for members of the farmers coopera tive in the county, estimated to rum ber 100 families. Possession will be given June 1. Robert Sherer, manager of the county cooperative, resides in Bluff ton, occupying apartments .Mrs. Gage residence, the property, at West College and South Jackson street. in the Orerly a'enue Hold Style Show At College Friiay style show open to the public be held Friday night in the will College chapel at 8 o’clock sponsored by the home economics department. Various types of clothing will shown and refreshments wll served. be be THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1941 SPRING RESIDENCE BUILDING BOOM IS WELL UNDER WAY Five Houses are Now Under Construction in Bluffton, Survey Shows Volume of Building May Equal Record Number Of Fourteen Last Year With the fifth new house started Monday in Bluffton’s spring building program, this year may equal the all time residential construction boom of 1940 when 14 new homes were erected in the town. Excavation for the fifth house started here this spring was com pleted Tuesday on the lot owned by Lester Hahn between the John Kohler and William Burkholder properties on W’est Elm street. Hahn will pro ceed immediately with the building. Four other new structures are in varying stages of completion, con struction of all having been started since weather permittted early in the spring. Interior work will be started soon on residences being built by Rev. Levi Mellinger at the rear the Mrs. Alma Bixel property on South Main street and Rev. Eli Steiner in the last block on South Jackson street. Foundation is being poured for a new home being erected for Miss Ocie Anderson on South Mam street, and the foundation will be started soon for the R. A. Dunifon house in the McGinnis addition opposite the hos pital. Continuation of this year’s building at the pace set since March may equal the 1940 construction marked by the erection of 14 residences. boom new Dr. J. R. Thierstein Succumbs In Kansas Funeral services fpr Dr. J. R. Thierstein, of Newton^ Kansas, and a former Bluffton college faculty member, were held at the Bethel College Mennonite church near New ton, Monday afternoon. In failing health for several months Dr. Thierstein died at his home in Newton, Thursday night. At the time of his death he was editor of “The Mennonite”, publication of the General Conference of Mennon ites of North America. Previously he was a member of the Bethel college faculty. Dr. Thierstein left Bluffton college about 20 years ago to accept the Bethel post. At Bluffton college he served the insti tution as professor of German. Preceding him in death was an adopted son Novalis who died about 10 years ago. Surviving are his wife and a brother, Christian Thier stein of Whitewater, Kansas. Bluffton Musicians At National Meet Eight Bluffton High school musi cians and their accompanists will compete in the national regional solo and ensemble contest to be held at Flint, Michigan, Friday. The group will leave Bluffton Thursday afternoon accompanied by Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf, Miss Eliza beth Higley, instructor, and Mrs. R. L. Triplett. The Bluffton musicians won the right to compete in the national meet as the result of the superior ratings leceived at the solo and ensemble contest at Columbus recently. The Flint contest will include win ners from four states: Ohio, Michi gan, Indiana and Illinois. This re places the earlier system of having one national contest. Entering the national meet from Bluffton are: Betty Holtkamp, solo Roger Howe, Roger Howe, Norman Lugibill and Wilhelm quartet. mezzo-soprano baritone solo Beidler, Leroy Amstutz, boys Betty Steinman, cello solo Bar bara Jean Triplett, marimba solo. Street Oiling To Start Next Week Oiling of a portion of Bluffton’s streets will likely start next week, it was stated by Lee Coon, town street commissioner. The amount and loca tion of the oiling will depend upon the progress made this week in the town street improvement program. The prime coat of oil was applied on College avenue from Main to Jackson streets Wednesday afternoon. Tar chips will be applied to this por tion Thursday morning. Huber street will be ready for tar chips the fore part of next week, Coon said. Social Committee at College Ar ranges Activities to Make Males Accessible Girls to Abandon Prerogative Of Being Pursued by Turning Tables on Men It’s Leap Week at Bluffton college —open season for co-eds to go out after the males of their choice with no holds barred—when the gals call up for dates, pay for movies and sodas and then see the boys safely returned to their quarters at Lincoln hall. While Leap Week doesn’t officially open until Friday night and lasts through Monday, they do say since that some of the Ropp hall co-eds, awaiting the opportunity since last Lysle Cahill Honored By Willard Battery Lysle Cahill, of Cleveland, recent ly was honored by being named sec ond highest of the 58 inventors em ployed by the Willard Storage Bat tery Co. In recognition of his achievements the former Bluffton youth has been promoted to take charge of the elec trical engineering department of the company. Cahill, with other leading experimental men of the firm, was honored at a banquet last Friday night. The youth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill, of East Jefferson street. Bluffton Boy Heads College Social Group Charles Hankish, Jr., student at St. Joseph’s college, Collegeville, Ind., has been elected president of Raleigh club of the college for coming year, it was announced first of the week. The Raleigh club is the largest so cial unit on the campus and one of the most progressive with member ship open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Bluffton youth, a member of the junior class, served as club secre tary the past year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hankish of South Main street. H. S. Music Program Sunday Afternoon A musical program consisting of selections by the high school chor uses, band, orchestra and solo and ensemble numbers will be presented at the Bluffton High school auditor ium Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The presentation will be in charge of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein and Miss Elizabeth Higley, music instructors. The public is invited. Works Of Stephen Foster At Chapel Works of Stephen Foster will be presented by a group of music stu dents at Bluffton college at the chap el Thursday night at 8:15 o’clock. The program open to the public, will be sponsored by the Peace Ac tion club of the college. The Foster numbers will be presented as solo and ensemble features. Singers will be: John Boehr, Esther Niswander, Dorothy Burner, Pauline Sprunger, Lucille Steiner, Ruth Ann Rupp, Eugene Weed, Delbert Gratz, Lau rence Burkhalter and Prof. Russeil Lantz. Former Area Resident Succumbs At Oberlin Mrs. Ethel Kitch Yeaton, 57, a cousin of Harl Mann of Bluffton and a native of McComb, died at Oberlin Tuesday morning. Mrs. Yeaton was formerly a professor of philosophy at Oberlin college. She was a roommate of Mrs. Waldo Diller of South Main street while attending Oberlin college as undergraduates. She is survived by her husband, Prof. Chester Yeaton, of the mathematics department. TO TEACH MUSIC Dating Procedures Will Be Reversed At Bluffton College During Leap Week the the the be Miss Ethelyn Oyer who will graduated from Bluffton college this spring has accepted a position as music instructor at the Salem Town ship centralized school near Upper Sandusky beginning next fall. Mrs. B. D. Smucker of South Lawn avenue is visiting for ten days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smucker of Wadsworth. fall, jumped the gun and already have their date books filled for the week-end. Leap week is a tradition at Bluff ton college and the student social committee has mapped out a sched ule which is going to make it a tough season for girl-shy males. Social Events While it is recognized that the vast majority of dates will be informally arranged twosomes, the social com mittee is taking no chances and has arranged formal entertainment for those who like it that way. For an opener on Friday night will be a style show in the chapel by the Home Ec. girls. Comes Saturday night and the Y. W. girls are put ting on a penny carnival in the col lege gym, and on Sunday, of course there’s church. Monday night will be movie night with milady footing the bill, walking on the outside and seeing the boys home at an accepted hour. Thus goes Leap Week. Last Rites For Former Resident Funeral services for Mrs. Anna (Amstutz) Herr, 76, former native of Bluffton, were held in a funeral home at Canton, Monday afternoon. She died of a stroke Thursday after noon. A daughter of John S. Amstutz, she moved from Bluffton about 35 years ago. Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving is one son, David, of Canton two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Bixel of Bluffton, and Mrs. Margaret Reardon of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida four brothers, Eli, Moses, and Otto Amstutz of Bluffton, and Joshua Amstutz of Pandora. Attending the funeral from here were: Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Amstutz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Moser and family, Mrs. Sarah Herr and Mrs. Samuel Bixel. Brice Ewing Dies At Home In Lima P. Ewing, 5S, native and former resident of Orange died Monday afternoon at in Lima after suffering a tack earlier in the day. township, his home heart at* be held Funeral services will Thursday afternoon in the Diller funeral home at Bluffton. Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, pastor of the Lima South Side Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in the Ada Woodlawn cemetery. Ewing was born Aug. 27, 1887, the son of Zophar and Harriet (Peppell) Ewing. He suffered the heart attack which later proved fat as he was returning home from work at the S. and S. Products al, his Co. the of Christ. The deceased w’as a member of Orange township Bethel Church Survivors include his widow, the former Clara Wingate a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Gast, of Lima two sis ters, Mrs. Corda Ryan, of Bluffton, and Mrs. Samuel Amstutz, of Bluff ton, Route 1. Former Bluffton Boy Is Married Announcement has been received here of the wedding of Raymond Hixon, formerly of Bluffton, to Miss Georgeanna Ambrose of Hillsboro. The wedding took place in the Hillsboro Methodist church with the pastor Rev. F. J. Malzard officiating, Thursday evening, May 1. Mr. Hixon has been instructor in science at Hillsboro high school for the past four years. He is a gradu ate of Bluffton high school and Bluff ton college. The bride is secretary to the Highland county superintend ent of schools. The couple will reside in Hillsboro where they are building a new home. Smith New President Of Bankers Group C. Henry Smith, president of the Citizens National Bank, of Bluffton, has been named chairman of Group Two, Bankers Forum, which con vened recently in Ada. Nine Northwestern Ohio counties are included in -Group Two. Smith will serve as head of the organiza tion for the next year. Loganbill Charman At Post Office Here Fernan Loganbill has been ap pointed charman at the Bluffton post office, it was announced Tuesday by Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach. A maximum of five hours daily in a custodial capacity is allowed for the charman, who is appointed under civil service. BLUFFTON| A Good Place to Live and i Good Place to Trade num: LIVE IN DURING CHINA Mrs. Floyd Children Arrive in Wednesday American Consuls Have Ordered All Workers to and ma in But of hqpilitiee mna Jluff- Here for the duration in the Far East, Mrs. Floyd becker and children, arrived i ton, Wednesday afternoon. The famil will reside temporarily with Mrs. Pannabecker’s mother, Mrs. J. H. Tschantz, of Kibler streat, Al ice, 10, will attend grade school here Robert, 15, will be in Blufftw High school and Richard, 19, will enroll as a Sophomore at Bluffton college. Advised to Leave Advised to leave China by Ameri can diplomatic representatives thru out China, all women and children ni Chinese mission stations are evacuat ing the country. Mr. Pannabecker together with his twin brother, Dr. Lloyd 1’annabecktr will continue work at the mission station located at Kai Chow in the province of Chihli. Mrs. Lloyd Pannabecker and family who also returned to this country from China, will make their home with her father, Dan Both of Gibson City,Ill., for the duration of the Sino-Japanese conflict. Sailed April 8 The Pannabeckers sailed from Shanghai on April 8 and arrived in San Francisco, April 23 on the S. S. Pres. Cleveland. The crossing was considered unusual fast. Although there were twice as many people on board as usual, they had little difficulty in booking passage. Reason for this can be found in the desire of the government to facilitate trasportation of the evacuees. Cdtocern was felt for the Panna beckers last fall M’hen considerable province. Although the missionaries saw much evidence of the bombings they escaped injury’- Uncertain Status At the present time, the Panna beckers have no idea how long they may be separated. It may be for years, but on the other hand the government may order even the men mission workers out of the country at any time. The Pannabeckers have been work ing in the mission field under the board of General Conference of Men nonites. Floyd Pannabecker has been engaged in the educational phase of the work and Dr. Lloyd Pannabecker is director of the Mennonite hospital at Kai Chow. To Graduate Friday From Nurse’s Training Miss Wilma Welty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Welty of West Elm street is a member of the nurse’s training class to be gradu ated from the Lutheran hospital in Ft. Wayne at commencement exer cises to be held Friday night. Miss Welty is a Bluffton high school grad uate. In New Locations Francis Devier and family have moved from the Biedermann apart ments on South Main street to the M. M. Murray property, the former Siddall property, on Riley street. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hilty are moving this week from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stratton to apartments in the Mrs. Josephine Carnahan property on South Lawn avenue. The Carnahan apartment was re cently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wingate who have moved to the home of his father, Leonard Wingate on Mound street. Waldo Schaublin and family are moving this week to Rawson where they have rented a property. They are vacating their farm south of Bluffton recently sold to John Glancy of Columbus Grove who will occupy it. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schnegg who recently purchased the property of the late Mrs. Kate Balmer on South Lawn place Jacob street avenue expect to occupy the next week, moving from the Hochstettler property on High near Ropp hall. and Mrs. Henry Wilch will Mr. move here from Kenton the first of next week to occupy the Hochstettler property vacated by the Schneggs. Wilch is a carpenter by trade. Richard Schumacher and family residing in the Deppler property at South Majn and Poplar streets ex pect to move to Dayton the last of this month where he is employed.