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The Advertising Medium for Rlnfftnn T'rarln TTprrifnrv VOLUME NO. LXVI IMPROVEMENT OF 22 MILES OF TWP. ROAD IS PLANNED Richland Township Trustees Announce Program for Coming Summer Three-fourths of Roads in Township will be Improved When Work Ends Plans for improvement of 22 miles of Richland township roads were an nounced by township trustees the first of the week in outlining the highway program for this summer. Completioon of the program this year will find improved more than three-fourths of the township’s 80 mile network of roadways, it was stated in making the announcement. Some 20 miles of roads remaining un improved are largely less frequented thorofares. Cost of sixteen miles of the im provement program will be paid by the trustees and county comifirssion ers. The remaining six miles, repre sented by the Napoleon road project is being financed thru the state high way department. In the program seven miles of road way will be asphalt surfaced and sev en miles will receive an application of oil, the cost of which will be shared by Richland township and Allen county. Extensive Program Cost of stabilizing two additional miles of roads will be paid for by the county commissioners. To complete the program the state highway de-1 partment will complete improvement of six miles of the Napoleon road be ginning at Beaverdam and continuing to the Putnam county line. Asphalt surfaces will be placed on portions of six township roads which received oil base treatments either last year or the preceding year. The roads on which this improvement will be made include: Lugabill Road—from Monroe Twp. line to Napoleon road, 1 mile 12 ft. wide. Grismore Road—from Monroe Twp. line east to Pandora road, 2 miles 12 ft. wide. Pandora Road—from Putnam Co. line to Grismore road, 1 mile 14 ft. wide. Rockport RpwHCrom. ^QPioe Twp. line to Napoleon road, 1 mile 12 ft. wide. Shifferly Road—from Hancock Coo. line road to Bentley-Bluffton road, 1 mile 10 ft. wide. Pewee Road—from Jackson Twp. i line to Lincoln Highway, 1 mile 12 ft. wide. For Heavy Traffic Stabilized roads with an asphalt top and a more permanent base for heavier traffic are planned for the Yant road ,on the Monroe-Richland township line, starting at the Lincoln highway and continuing north one mile and for the Pandora road, from Bluffton-Columbus Grove road, one mile to the Grismore road. Stretches of three roads are recom mended for oiling this year, putting them in condition for asphalt-surfac ing next year should funds be avail able. They include: Rockport Road—from Napoleon road to Dixie highway, 3 miles 12 ft. wide. Fett Road—Lincoln highway to Dixie, 2 miles 12 ft. wide. Swaney Road—Jackson Twp. line to Dixie, 2 miles 12 ft. wide. Recommendations for a summer program embracing the above pro jects have been made by Richland township trustees to the county com missioners, who have indicated they will approve the proposals. All work except the Napoleon road program will be directed by the county road department, with the start tentatively scheduled for early summer. Concert At Church The Motet singers of Goshen, Ind., will present a sacred concert at the First Mennonite church at the regu lar Sunday evening meeting on June 1, at 7:30 o’clock, it was announced by Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor. The choir appeared here last year and was favorably received in the con cert. H. S. ALUMNI TICKETS Tickets for the Bluffton high school alumni reunion will go on sale at both drug stores next Mon day. The following prices have been announced by the executive com mittee: banquet and dance $1 ban quet only 75c dance only 75c. Dues are included in these prices. Soy Price Of $1.21 Is Record Hogs Are Highest Since 1938 OOY bej^ns and hogs were the star performers Wednesday in the upswing of prices for farm products on the Bluffton market. Soys, quoted at $1.21 per bushel were the highest in history of the market here, dealers stated. Wheat quota tions also advanced to 96 cents. Hogs, which have been push ing upward since early spring made a top price of $8.90, the highest since the fall of 1938, livestock buyers announced. The price Wednesday represented an advance of ten cents per hun dred over Tuesday’s top. Not withstanding the high price, offerings were reported light. To Graduate From Osteopathy College Miss Jeanne Diller will be gradu ated at commencement exercises of the Kansas City College of Osteo pathy to be held in Kansas City, Fri day. Her mother, Mrs. W. E. Diller of South Main street left Wednesday morning to attend the graduation ex ercises. Infantile Paralysis Fails to Deter Ambitions of Miss Betty Leeson Outlook Bright as Physical Con dition Improves and Her Schooling is Ended A courageous battle to regain health and to earn a college degree despite an attack of infantile pa ralysis is nearing the two-fold goal set by Betty Leeson, daughter of Rev. E. A. Leeson, former Methodist at exercise ment to and her will be climaxed this June China Rendered Unstable By Communists From Within And Japanese From Without improve condition, education when she have resulted in the girl’s physical desire for higher is graduated from Bluffton college. Betty enrolled as a freshman at the college in 1936, and attended classes for two school years. She is remembered by many as “the girl in the wheel chair”. Following the close of the second term she went to Chicago for treat ment in a clinic, and during the time she was there Bluffton friends remembered her at Christmas with a donation of funds to help her con tinue her treatment. Courses by Correspondance During the time she was at Chi cago and after she returned home, the courageous girl has continued her college work by correspondence and will receive her degree this summer. In addition to her college corres pondence work, she has for many months been delivering sermons for her father at his church at Bethany, Ohio, near Middletown. Rev. Leeson has been bed-ridden by a heartail ment, altho he writes the sermons given by his daughter. Betty no longer uses the wheel chair, for since treatment she can stand upright and walk with the aid of a cruth. Her condition is ex pected to improve further as she con tinues to exercise. She suffered the attack of infan tile paralysis while attending high school at Beaverdam Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Niswander of Pandora, a boy, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hilty of Pandora, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kennedy, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Brice Watkins, of Orange township, are the parents of a son, Harry Albert, born April 24. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Locher of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Mr. Locher is employed by the Standard Oil company as an electrical engineer at Maracaibo. He is the son of the late Eph Locher of this place. Mrs. Floyd Pannabecker and Family to Live in Bluffton During War in China Rural Areas of Japanese Oc cupied Northern China Con trolled by Communists Rendered unsafe by ruthless com munistic activity in the rural areas and strong Japanese military domin ation in the cities, the situation in China has become unstable enough to necessitate wholesale evacuation of all women and children missionary workers, according to Mrs. Floyd Pannabecker, recently returned mis sionary from Kai Chow, China, in the province of Chihli. Mrs. Pannabecker, and three child ren in China for the past six years, arrived here last week and will re side in Bluffton for the duration of hostilities in the Far East, staying temporarily at the home of her moth er, Mrs. J. H. Tschantz, of Kibler street. Mr. Pannabecker together with his twin brother Dr. Lloyd Pan nabecker will continue work at the mission station in Kai Chow. Advised “Girl In The Wheel Chair” To Get Her Degree From Bluffton College to Leave All women and children of the American mission stations in China were advised by United States diplo matic representatives to leave the (Continued on page 3) Four School Youths In Automobile Crash Four Bluffton High school youths were injured, two of them seriously, when their car collided with two other automobiles, on the Dixie high way, two miles south of Lima, short ly after midnight Sunday morning. Injured were Clayton Weiss, 17,’ son of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Weiss, scalp injury Byron Fritchie, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie, facial lacerations Evan Burkholder, cuts and body bruises James Stein er, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Steiner, minor bruises. They were treated at St. Rita’s hospital, Lama. Earlier ft the evwnmg the yodths had attended the annual junior-senior banquet at the high school. Return ing home from Russell’s Point on In dian Lake by way of Lima, the acci dent occurred as the driver, James Steiner, made a left hand turn. An Airport cab driven by William Johnston, 23, of Lima, enroute north, collided with the Steiner car as the turn was made. Also involved was a car driven by Robert Monroe, 25, of Lima, going south. Most seriously injured were Byron Fritchie, who is still confined at the Lima hospital, and Evan Burkholder, who is recovering at his home. Weiss and Steiner returned to school Mon day morning. The Steiner auto and the Lima taxicab were badly dam aged in the mishap. Date And Purpose Of Poppy Day Memory of America’s war dead in the first orld V\ ar will be honored here on Saturday, when everyone will be asked to wear a memorial poppy in tribute to their service and sacri fice. Plans for the observance of Poppy Day are being completed by the Bluffton Unit of the American Le gion Auxiliary under the leadership of Mrs. Harry Turner, Poppy Day Chairman. The memorial flowers, made by disabled war veterans, will be offered on the streets throughout the day by the Auxiliary women. “This year, with the threatening shadow of a new World War falling across America, the memorial poppy has new significance”, said Mrs. Turner. “It shows that America still remembers and honors those who fell in its defense twenty-three years ago that Americans still believe that America’s free way of life is worth any sacrifice, and that the spirit of patriotism still burns strongly in American hearts. “The poppies which the Auxiliary wiil distribute here have been made by disabled veterans at Sandusky Home. All Poppy Day workers will serve as volunteers and all of the money contributed to them for the flowers will go into the welfare funds of the Auxiliary to carry forward the Auxiliary’s work for the disabled, their families and the families of the dead during the year ahead.” THE BLUFFTON NEWS ___ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1941 GRADUATION WEEK AT HIGH SCHOOL TO OPEN SUNDAY Class Sermon to be Delivered By Rev. Soldner at Gym nasium, Sunday Night Seniors to Present Play Monday and Tuesday Class Night On Wednesday Baccalaureate services Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock will open com mencement week exercises of Bluff ton high school. The class sermon “Life’s New Day” will be delivered by Rev. G. T. Soldner, whose daugh ter Helen Soldner, is a member of the graduating class. “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come”, senior class play, will be presented in the auditorium, Mon day and Tuesday nigW at 8 o’clock. Costumes and staging are in charge of the dramatics pla^p and rehear sals have been under direction of Prof. P. W. Stauffer. BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT WEEK MAY 25-to Sunday, 7:30 p. m. Baccalaureate Gymnasium Monday and Tuesday. 8:00 p. m. Senior Play, Auditorium Wednesday, 8:00 p. m.—Class Night, Gymnasium. Thursday. 8:00 p. m.—Com mencement, Gymnasium Friday, 6:30 p. m.—Alumni re union, Gymnasium Class night exercises are schedul ed for Wednesday night in the gym nasium at 8 o’clock. The program will consist of introductions of class members, a pageant, comedy skit and musical numbers. Graduation exercises will be held in the gymnasium Thursday night, May 29 at 8 o’clock with Raymond J. Jeffreys of Columbus delivering the class address. He will speak on the subject “Above thes Clouds”. The alumni reunion will be held on Friday night, May 30, in the high school gymnasium with a banquet at 6:30 o’clock followed by an after-dinner program and danc ings Senior Play Monday And Tuesday Nights The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, a three act play by Charles George, will be presented by the senior class of Bluffton High school, in the auditorium Monday and Tues day nights at 8:00 o’clock. The entire action of the play cen ters around the activities of Chad, the little shepherd, who is kicked around from family to family and finally is re-united with his former sweetheart. The play is carefully costumed and staged in the authentic and col orful manner of the southern set ting. The high school dramatics class has been working on the cos tumes and staging for the past sev eral weeks. The cast follows: Chad, Ray Nis wander Nathan Cherry, Harold Santschi Betsy, Olive DeCamp Me lissy Turner, Marjorie Stratton Ma jor Buford, Harlan Swank Lucy Buford, Wanda Diller and Doris Garmotter Old Tom, Dale Grismore Thanky, Winifred Fett Mrs. Caro line Dean, Helen Soldner Margaret Dean, Harriet Biome Richard Hunt, John Stettler Nellie Hunt, Betty Steinman Jennie Overstreet, Carolyn Stonehill. Nam# Special Police For Power Plant J. F. Herrmann and Charles Mat they were appointed special police officers by Mayor Howe the first of the week and assigned to duty at the addition to the generating plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company now under construction here. Appointment of the special police was made at the request of the util ity company which will reimburse the town for the cost of extra police pro tection. The men will be on duty during the time construction of the addition is under way. Special Meetings At County Line Church A two weeks’ series of revival meetings in charge of Rev. Oliver Deering of Calhoun, Ill., is in prog ress at the County Line church, 7 miles south of Bluffton. The public is invited. Summer really arrived in Bluffton, Wednesday morning when tempera tures passed the ninety degree mark for the first time this year—and slacks and even bathing suits came to mind. Wednesday’s high mark in the nineties passed the previous top of 86 degrees which was registered on Tuesday and also twice before this spring. Farmers hailed the warm weather as ideal for corn planting and de clared that there is sufficient mois ture in the ground from rains of the past week for present needs. Natural Ally of Turkey is Russia, Speaker at Lions Meeting Declares Axis Attempts to Create Arabic Revolt Against British Unsuccessful Belief that Turkey will repudiate agreements with England due to close ties with Soviet Russia, was ex pressed by Maurice Boyajian, Detroit attorney of Armenian extraction, who addressed the Lions club at the Wal nut Grill, Tuesday night. Boyajian came to this country from Armenia 25 years ago at which time he made application for citizen ship and became a naturalized citi zen five years later. Having lived under the cruel persecutions of Turk ish aristocrats for 25 years the speaker pointed out that by way of contrast he was in a special position to appreciate the democratic freedom enjoyed in this country. Armenia Armenia is located in the north eastern part of the near east with part of the country lying in the Balkan area. Of the 2,500,000 Armenians in the near east 1,500,000 of them live in Russia, the speaker declared. Born and reared under the Turk ish flag the speaker pointed out that the hereditary aristocracy, composing only three per cent of the population, looked upon the rest of the country as chattels. Sixty per cent of fhe population was forced to work for the pleasure of the aristocratic group. Often prominent people of position and some wealth were thrown into prison for an imaginary offense trumped up by a petty official. Their property would be confiscated and their wives and daughters carried off to Turkish harems. Turkish Attitude Commenting on the Turkish atti tude towards Great Britain the speaker declared that not much in the way of Turkish loyalty could be expected. Russia is their natural ally and that is where the country’s sympathy lies. In the last great World War, Turkey joined with the Central pow ers and when Germany lost, Turkey suffered heavily in the division of the Turkish empire. This weakened the Turkish imperial regime and paved the way for the rise to power of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, the ruthless dictator, responsible for the revolutionary westernization of the country. Iraq Iraq, now very much in the inter national limelight, was a part of the Turkish empire before the last World War. In Biblical times Iraq was a country with a teeming population of (Continued on page 8) Bluffton High school musicians won highest honors at the national regional music competition in Class by winning superior ranking in instrumental and vocal numbers at Flint, Mich., Friday and Saturday. Summer’s Here With Temperature At Highest Mark Of Season Wednesday Turkey To Repudiate Ties With England Due To Russian Influence, Speaker Says High School Wins Highest Honors At National Music Meet In Flint, Mich. Winning top honors for Bluffton were the superior ratings received by Barbara Jean Triplett for the ma rimba solo and by Roger Howe for the baritone solo. Ratings of excel lent were given to Betty Steinman in the cello solo and to the boys vo cal quartet consisting of Norman Beidler, Leroy Luginbuhl, Roger Howe and Wilhelm Amstutz. Betty Holtkamp, mezzo-soprano, re ceived a rating of very good. Ac companists were Jean Ann Steinman and Mary Margaret Basinger. Con testants received instruction from Prof. Sidney Hauenstein and Miss New Town Clerk Takes Over Duties Wilford Geiger, who has been named deputy town clerk in the ab sence of the regular clerk, James West, took over the duties qf his new office at the council meeting Monday night. West, who was elected to the office, has been drafted for army service and will leave next week. Geiger, an instructor in the high school here will fill the unexpired term until the end of the current year. SPECIAL MORNING EXERCISES HERE ON MEMORIAL DAY American Legion Plans Include Decoration of Soldiers’ Graves in Area Parade Will be Followed by Services in Cemetery and At High School Decoration of the graves of war veterans and commemorative exer cises at Maple Grove cemetery and the high school auditorium will fail ure Bluffton’s observance of Memorial Day, Friday morning, May 30. Preceding American Legion ritual istic services at the cemetery, a pa rade will be held thru downtown Bluffton. Special music and other features will be included on the pro gram. After exercises at the cemetery, a Memorial Day service will be held in th high school building, with Rev. Charles T. Martz, pastor of Rose wood Presbyterian church, Toledo, de livering the address. Another feature of the Memorial Day observance will be the decoration of the graves of Blufftoxuaxea’s *3ol dier-dead. Arrangements for the day’s pro gram are being made by Bluffton post, American Legion, with the as sistance of the Legion Auxiliary. Commander Ralph Stearns is direct ing work of committees. Noah M. Niswunder Rites Held Tuesday Noah M. Niswander, 79, prominent retired Richland township farmer, was found dead at 5 a. m. last Sun day at his residence, three miles south of Bluffton. Death was caused by heart disease. Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in Emanuel’s Re formed church of which he was a member. Rev. Emil Burrichter, pas tor, officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Born in Richland township Oct. 18, 1862, Mr. Niswander was the last of a family of 17. He was the son of John M. and Magdalin (Lehman) Niswander. Mr. Niswander was married 55 years ago to Sarah Kohler, who sur vives, with two children, Mrs. Russell Huber, south of Bluffton, and Edwin Niswander, north of Bluffton. Elizabeth Higley of the high school faculty. With a ruling made by the North Central Association of Secondary schools to be made operative next year, national music competition in eight regions has been eliminated. Region No. 3, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, was among those eliminated by the com mittee. The administrative heads of Ohio secondary schools have been request ing such a move for a number of years. In addition to being difficult to finance, national contests take so many of the students out of their classroom routine, that scholarship often suffers, it is claimed. State competition in the future will represent the highest bracket to which high school musicians may aspire. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 4 FISH, TREES AND SHRUBS RECEIVED HERE FROM STATE 1-arge AUottment in Re-stock ing Program from Conser vation Department Seedlings Planted on Woodlots And Roads 3,000 Fish in Quarries Bluffton last Friday received a load of trees and shrubs, more than 3000 breeder crappies and 36 dozen pheas ant eggs, the largest re-stocking al lotment ever consigned to this area by the state department of conserva tion. Distribution of the items was made locally by represenatives of the con servation system, assisted by Harry Shalley, Silas Diller, Dwight Worth ington and Aldine Kohli, all of the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club. A full truck-load of breeder-size crappies was released in three Bluff ton quarries, assuring better fishing in future years for local anglers. More than 3.000 fish made up the consignment. Fish in Three Quarries The fish were distributed in equal amounts between the National, the Buckeye and tlm Water Work quar ries, among tjte area’s favorite fish ing spots. Trees and shrubs distributed locally in line with a* expanding pro gram of the con,serration department, with the seedlings going to farmers for planting in their Woods. Others w?re set out along roadsides and oth y public grounds in the district. Among the trees were many oaks, elm, chestnuts and others native to the district. Harry F. Barnes and W. O .Geiger, Bluffton High School faculty members, assisted in the planting program. The trees and shrubs were received from a C. C. C. conservation camp near Dayton. An allotment of 36 dozen pheasant eggs were distributed among farm ers who volunteered to hatch them with hens and raise them in pens that have been built under the auspices of the Sportmen’s club. Pre-School Clinic To Be Held June 12 Plans for the annual pre-school clinic are being formulated by the Allen county health commissioner for Bluffton children to be held at the grade school June 12. School nurses will be present to advise parents on health problems said other matters relating to the starting of the child in school work will be discussed. Notices will be sent to the parents with information for getting their children ready for the meeting. The local participation in the coun ty program will be under the direc tion of Mrs. David Risser and Mrs. Chas. Hankish. Chinese Evangelist At Area Churches Andrew Gih, well known Chinese evangelist, will speak at the St. John Mennonite church, near Pandora, Friday night and at the Pandora Missionary church Saturday night. Both meetings are at 8 o’clock. The evangelist will also show mo tion pictures depicting missionary work among the Chinese. The meet ings are open to the public. Brotherhood Plans Family Night Here Family night will be observed at the brotherhood meeting of the St. Johns and Emmanuel Reformed churches to be held at the St. Johns church Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Rev. Robert Diller, of Prospect and son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Diller of Jackson street, will be the speaker. Mrs. W. A. Amstutz will be in charge of devotions. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. Huber Street Will Be Oiled Friday With grading completed and stone chips spread on the surface of Huber street, the final application of tar and oil will be applied Friday, it was stated by Lee Coon, Street com missioner. Oiling of College avenue and Franklin street between Main and Jackson streets was completed last week. The remainder of the oil in the big tank truck was then applied to various alleys in the town, also in cluded in the town’s street improve ment program.