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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI 53 SENIORS WILL GRADUATE AT HIGH SCHOOL THURSDAY Diplomas to be presented to Graduating Class in Com mencement Exercises Raymond J. Jeffries, Speaker From Columbus, to Deliver Class Address Diplomas will be presented to 53 seniors at Bluffton High school commencement exercises to be held in the school gymnasium Thursday even nig at 8:00 o’clock. In addition to the 53 seniors, a di ploma signifying completion of the cqurse in vocational electricity, will be presented to Frederick Fritchie, a graduate of last year’s senior class. Graduation exercises will come as a climax to a busy five day program marking the 60th annual commence ment season of the Bluffton public schools. The class address will be delivered by Raymond J. Jeffreys, well known speaker from Columbus, who will talk on the subject “Above the Clouds.” Special recognition will be given to the two seniors with the highest scho lastic average, John Stettler, valedic torian and Lois Schaeublin, saluta torian. The remainder of the program is as follows: Processional, High school orchestra Invocation, Rev. Emil Burrichter Dream Pantomime, High school or chestra Delamation, “Christianity or War,” Wanda Diller Cello solo, Bet ty Steinman Presentation of diplom as, Forrest L. Steinman, president of the board “Sunset at Sea,” High school orchestra Benediction, Rev. A. C. Schultz. The graduates are as follows: Gerald Augsburger, Harold Augs burger, Maynard Badertscher, Don Clark, Maurice Fett, Clyde Fisher, Dale Grismore, Kenneth Hartman, Clyde Clingler, Charles Lora, Norman Lugibihl, William McCafferty, Francis Marquart, James Martin, George My ers, Eugene Newlan, Ray Niswand er. Kenneth Oberly, Herbert Reichen bach, Harold Santschi, John Stettler, Harlan Swank, Harry Turner, Robert Watkins, Arthur Thiessen, Billie Bechtel, Harriet Biome. Betty Bracy, Fairy Bronson, Mar jorie Buckland, Dorothy Burkholder, Ruth Core, Olive DeCamp, Wanda Diller, Winifred Fett, Georgia Fisher, Doris Garmatter, Dorothy Greding, Geneva Hankish, Treva Harris, Mar ilynn Hofer, Mae Huber, Madlyn Isham. Grace Miller, Veldean Moser, Bette Murray, Charlotte Schaeublin, Helen Steinman, Carolyn Stonehill, jorie Stratton, Freida Vandemark, Frederick Fritchie. Santschi, Soldner, Lois Betty Mar- McGeorge Rites Are Held On Monday Injuries*suffered in an oil field ac cident 18 years ago were contribut ing factors in the death of Wallace B. McGeorge, 71, last Friday after noon in his home on Mound street. McGeorge suffered a broken back while working in the oil fields for the Ohio Oil Co., 18 years ago. Pre vious to the accident he had been an oil worker for 30 years. In the 18 years following the mis hap, he was bedfast most of the time. Death last Friday was brought on by a heart attack which he failed to survive. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Diller fun eral home. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. E. G. Steiner, of the Defense less Mennonite church, officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. McGeorge was born in Collins, Maine, July 1, 1870. He was a member of the Bluffton Methodist church. Survivors include his widow, the former Estella Bittinger and six children, Mrs. Hazel Hess, Toledo Bertrand, Mrs. Mae Millerand Mrs. Lawrence Baldwin, all of Adrian, Mich., and Miss Winifred McGeorge and Cecil McGeorge, both at home. Sisters and brothers surviving are Mrs. Jennie Parkins, Jennings, Okla. Clarence, Artesia, N. M., and Ina Mason, of Saco, Maine. Mrs. LIBRARY CLOSED The Bluffton Public library will be closed on Memorial Day and also next week from Monday through Wednesday, for cleaning purposes, it was announced by Miss Ocie Ander son, librarian. Class Speaker I. RAYMOND J. Columbus who will deliver the class address high school commencement ex ercises, Thursday night. He will speak on the subject “Above the Clouds”. at Bluffton Bluffton Honors Soldier Dead On Morn AUGUST PRIMARY CONTESTS APPEAR FOR CITY OFFICES Byers Files as Candidate for Mayor Howe Also Will Seek Re-election be Marshal’s Office Appears to 1 Developing as Democratic Hot Spot Municipal politics which has been apathetic all spring this week shook off ftr don’t-care attitude as indica tions multiplied in both parties that the coming August primaries will see some spirited old-fashioned political rivalry. Touching off the situation was the filing of Noah E. Byers as a candidate for mayor on the Republican ticket. Byers is a former Bluffton college professor and was for many years daan of the institution. He is run ning for the office at the behest of friends it was stated the first of the week. Although no other declarations have been filed, it was stated in in formed quarters that Wilbur A. Howe present mayor would be a candidate on the Republican ticket for re-elec tion. Howe is an instructor in the high school here. Petitions Circulated Activities in th Democratic camp appear to center about the office of marshal, where the principal contest is expected to develop, according to predictions from politically posted sources. Lee Coon, present marshal, is ex pected to be a canditdate for re-elec tion, however it is understood that Elmer Schaublin is circulating a pe tition for the same spot on the ticket. Albert Althaus Dies Wednesday Morning Last rites for Albert Althaus, 66, prominent retired Monroe township farmer residing five and one-half miles west of Bluffton, will be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Death came early Wednesday morning at 3:25 o’clock at the Lima Memorial hospital following an ill ness of eight months. Mr. Althaus was born on Sept. 5, 1874, in Richland township, the son of Gotthardt and Elizabeth (Steiner) Althaus. He was united in marriage to Sarah Geiger who survives. Active in affairs of the community, Mr. Althaus served for several years as a trustee in Monroe township. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irene Hall of Harrod and Mrs. Leia Ford of Ft. Wayne, Ind. two sons, Loren of Lafayette and Henry of Columbus Grove two sisters, Mrs. Johannah Basinger of Columbus Grove, Mrs. D. P. Diller and a bro ther John Althaus of Bluffton. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church, will conduct the funeral services and bur ial will be made in the church ceme tery. The body will remain at the Diller funeral home until Friday morning when it will be removed to his home until time for the services. Two persons known in Bluffton were among the 140 Americans who became .Nazi prisoners when the steamer ,the Egyptian boat Zamzam on which they were passengers, was sunk by a German raider in the South Atlantic last week. Mrs. George Belknap, formerly Miss Marguerite Ford, of Bluffton, and Dr. Merle Schwartz, a student in Bluton college from 1929 to 1933 were among those landed by the Ger mans at St. Jaen de Luz, in occupied rance. With Mrs. Belknap was her hus band and their one and-one half-year old daughter. Dr. Schwartz was ac companied by his w’ife. Enroute to Africa Both couples were enroute to Af rica to serve as missionaries, and how much their plans will be disrupted by the sinking of the Egyptian vessel remains a matter of conjecture. According to news dispatches, the Germans have forecast a speedy re- ng Of Memorial Day Legion Ritual will be Held at Maple Grove Program at High School Toledo Pastor will give Prin cipal Address Veterans’ Graves Decorated Opening with a parade of local patriotic and civic groups, Bluffton will honor the soldier-dead of the area Friday morning in two Me morial Day services sponsored by the Bluffton post, American Legion. At the conclusion of the parade, brief ceremonies will be conducted in Maple Grove cemetery. The parade will start from the town hall at 10 a. m. and follow a line of march down Main street to Grove street and from thence to the burial grounds. Following the cemetery observance, a public meeting will be held at 11 a. m. in the Bluffton High auditor ium, with all residents of the town and surrounding community invited to attend. Rev. Charles T. Martz, pastor of the Rosewood Presbyterian church, Toledo, will be the speaker at services in the high school. the To Decorate Graves for Special music will be provided both services by the Bluffton High school uniformed band and the Bluff ton College Trumpeters. Another feature of the Legion’s observance of the day will include the decoration of the graves of all war veterans in cemeteries in the Bluff ton district. All ex-servicemen have been urged by Legion Commander Ralph Stearns to take part in the parade. Other groups planning to march include the Legion Auxiliary, Bluffton Boy Scouts and local civic groups. The parade will form at 9:45 a. m. at the town hall and will be led by the Bluffton High band. Bluffton business and industrial ac tivity will be suspended generally in observance of the day. The post office will be closed and there will be no delivery of mail on town or rural routes. Mrs. Wetherill Rites On Monday A stroke of paralysis suffered 16 months ago was a contributing fact or last Friday afternoon in the death of Mrs. Louisa Wetherill, 85, resi dent of the Bluffton area for more than 60 years. Her death occurred at the home of a brother, William, of North Main street, with whom she has lived for the last five years. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Methodist church, of which she was a member. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn ceme tery’, Beaverdam. Born in Wayne county, June 12, 1855, Mrs. Wetherill came to Bluff ton while still a young girl with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ruggly. She was married on July 29, 1873, to Eugene Beuche, who died in 1919. She was married again in 1923 to Thomas Wetherill, who died eight months later. Survivors include Fred Ruggly, Emporia, Kansas William Ruggly, Bluffton Robert Ruggly, Columbus Grove, brothers Mrs. Eva Mont gomery, Ada, a step-sister, and Wil liam Bloom, Garretsville, Ohio, a step-brother. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 29. 1911 Two Former Bluffton People on Ship Sunk by Nazi Raider lease for all Americans on the ship for return to the United States thru neu tral countries. Whether this meant missionaries will not be permitted to proceed to Africa consequently cannot be ascertained. A total of 322 passengers and .crew members are being held by the Nazis We Honor Their Memory UTILITY TRACT IS BEST FOR SEWAGE DISPOSAL PLANT Health Board Recommends Five Acre Site Containing “Dynamite House” Municipality Now Holds Option For Purchase of I^and for Sewage Disposal Investigation by the state board of health of proposed sites for Bluffton’s much-debated sewage disposal plant has resulted in recommendation of the five-acre tract ownej by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. at the north edge of town. Oft three sites inspected, the trian gular shaped piece of land on which the town holds an option best answers all requirements, Chief Engineer F. H. Waring, of the health board, wrote Mayor W. A. Howe. Waring outlined in his letter reasons for favoring the Power sight over the Fox Farm tract at west end of Riley street and a pro posed location in the bottom ’land between Riley creek and the Company plot. the Co. the Power Isolated Site site is is iso- Altho the Power Company close to the village proper, it lated from present built-up areas and no construction of homes is expected in that district. Topography of the land is “well adapted to construction of a sewage disposal plant of the type proposed (Continued on page 8) Hold Opening Of Golf Course Friday Opening of Bluffton’s new golf course, located on the Fred Wenger farm, two miles south on the Dixie highway, will be held all day Friday, Memorial Day. The public is cor dialy invited. No charge will be made for play ing golf on the opening day and for those not having clubs, the equipment may be rented at the caddy house, it was announced by officers of the organization. A contest will be held in which every one may participate free charge. of Paint Found In Pasture Field Fatal To Cows gpwo cows belonging to Fred Mueller north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway are dead and nine others ill of effects of lead poisoning after eating the con tents of a discarded pail partly filled with paint which the herd found on a refuse dump in their pasture field. The cows were pastured by Muller in a field belonging to the Central Ohio Light & Power company on the Allen-Hancock line near the site of an addition now being constructed by the utility. Discarded materials from the construction work are thrown on the dump. One of the cows died Monday, another Wednesday morning and little hopes are held for a third cow. in occupied France. Some of the pas sengers were American ambulance drivers enroute to Africa. Included in the Zamzam's cargo were ambu lances for free French forces in the Dark continent. 150 Missionaries Of 203 passengers, fully 150 were missionaries representing 20 differ ent denominations. Dr. Scwartz, with his bFIde of re cent months, was enroute to the Bel gian Congo to enter mission service under the Mennonite church. He was to serve as a physician for a mission post, with his nurse, assisting. bride, a registered Belknap w’ere going Mandate territory Rev and Mrs. to the Belgian where Rev. Belknap was to serve as a missionary under the National Holi ness Missionary Society of Chicago. Faily Lived Here Mrs. Belknap is remembered here as the daughter of Al Ford, deceased, who operated a blacksmith shop at the rear of the Barnes grocery 30 (Continued on page 8) Most Serious Spring Drought in Many Years Brings Anxiety For Local Crops Lack of Rain Cuts Hay Yield Corn Recently Planted Needs Moisture Blistering May weather, coupled with Ohio’s most severe spring drought in many years, is worrying Bluffton district farmers and bring ing anxiety to local householders alarmed by the condition of their gardens and. lawns. Agricultural observers stated Tues day that last week’s rains probably temporarily saved corn and hay crops which were in poor condition. Total rainfall .for the first foui months of 1941 has been only 5.30 inches, compared with the normal fall of 12.27 inches. Carol Cookson Weds In Home Ceremony Miss Carol Cookson, daughter of Mrs. Mabel Cookson of South Jack son street became the bride of Charles Patterson of Plain City in a quiet wedding at the home of the bride’s mother, Sunday afternoon. The nuptial vows w’ere received by Rev. Frank Patterson, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Plain City and father of the bridegroom in the presence of the immediate families. The single ring service was used. The bride wore for the occasion an afternoon dress of powder blue al paca with corsage of roses. Following the ceremony the couple left on a week’s motor trip thru the eastern states. The wedding is the culmination of a romance which began while both were students in Bluffton college. The bride was graduated with the class of 1940 and for the past year has been instructor in the schools at Burbank, in Wayne county. The bridegroom was graduated in the class of 1938 and holds a clerical position in the post office at Plain City. He was recently called for army service and will leave next Tuesday. A Capella Choir Will Give Secular Cantata “The Rose Maiden”, a secular can tata, will be presented by the Bluff ton college A Capella choir at the college chapel Monday night at 8:00 o’clock. Soloists are: Esther Niswander, Dorothy Burner, Pauline Sprunger, sopranos Ethelyn Oyer, alto Her bert Oyer, tenor Harvey Bauman, Laurence Burkhalter, Russell Oyer, baritones. Bettye Lewis is the pianist and Prof. Russell Lantz, conductor. Severe Drought Worries Farmers Rainfall 37 Per Cent Of Normal March and was 37 per is less than During February, April, Ohio’s rainfall cent of normal, which in any other state during the same period. Looking at weather records for the spring months shows February was the driest since 1895 March was the driest since 1910, and April was the driest since 1915. Lack of rain and blistering weath er have resulted in scorched pastures and powder-dry farmlands, all in need of moisture. Streams and res ervoirs are at mid-summer low levels. Hogs Quoted At $9 Top On Bluffton Markets Soys Off JJOGS commanded a top price of $9 for choice offerings on the Bluffton market. Wednesday morning. The current price is a raise of a dime over last week’s figure. Soys which have been staging a sensational performance still continue at high levels, however the current quotation of represents a decline cents from the price a ago. $1.18 three week of how com- In both hogs and soys, ever, offerings are small in parison with the high market price. In soys especially, deal ers report that farmers bins are practically bare as the bulk of the holdings were disposed of when the market started its up ward climb several months ago. Market for wheat and corn continued relatively steady to strong, with prevalent unseason ably warm and dry weather dimming prospects for bumper yields in the Bluffton district. LOCAL FARMERS TO VOTE ON WHEAT MARKETING QUOTA Balloting at Designated Places On Saturday from 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. Quotas Require Two-thirds Ma jority of farmers voting in Referendum Bluffton area fanfie/s 6f Richland and Orange townships will vote on the national wheat marketing quota referendum to be held at the Rich land Grange hall and the Orange township house on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00 p. m., it wasr announced this week. Purpose of the marketing quota is to attempt to keep production with reasonable bounds and thereby con trol the prices, it was stated. In or der to approve the quotas it is ne cessary to have two-thirds majority of the farmers’ votes. If the marketing quota is approved the farmers who have planted within 1941 wheat allotments are not affect ed. They may market or feed any or all wheat grown within the allotment. (Continued on page 8) Last Rites For Mrs. Mary Moser Friday Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (Augsburger) Moser, 76, who has been living at the home of her daughter Mrs. Isaac Lugibill, west of town, will be held ezer Mennonite church noon at 2:30 o’clock. at the riday Eben after- Mrs. Moser Ill since February, died at the Bluffton Community hos pital Tuesday afternoon at 2:15 o’clock. She was born on March 21, 1865, in Richland township, the daughter of John and Barbara (Neu enschwander) Augsburger. She was united in marriage in 1884 to Peter J. Moser, who preceded her in death. To this union were born three children Harvey and Ir win Moser and Mrs. Isaac Lugibill of Bluffton. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. D. H. Burkholder, Mrs. Amos Thutt and Mrs. Menno Badertscher of Bluffton 19 grand children and three great grand children. The body will remain at the Stan ley Basinger funeral home until Thursday afternoon when it will be removed to the home of her daugh ter, Mrs. Isaac Lugibill. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church, will offi ciate at the services. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Rawson, a Mrs. Walter Rausch, boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Scoles, Ada, a boy, this Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ignat of Painesville,a boy, David Walter, Sunday, May 18. Mr. Ignat and Mrs. Ignat, the former Mary Nord, are both recent Bluffton college grad uates. Wednesday morning. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 5 THREATENED CITY WATER SHORTAGE BELIEVED AVERTED Supply from Bluffton Stone Quarry to be Piped to Page Dairy Plant Mater from Quarry Used for Cooling will Relieve Drain On City Supply Prospects of a serious city water shortage here this summer were be lieved to have been averted thru ar rangements completed the first of the week to pipe an additional sup ply from the quarry of the Bluffton Stone company to the Page Dairy plant which uses large quantities of water for cooling purposes. Of a total of from 250,000 to 300, 000 gallons of water pumped at the municipal plant daily, there is now supplied to the Page dairy approxi mately 120,000 gallons. The Page plant is by far the town’s largest water consumer and arrangements to meet this demand with water from the quarry are ex pected to alleviate the threatened shortage. Construction Started Construction of a pipe line of some 800 feet from the quarry to a reservoir at the municipal plant and thence to the dairy plant adjoining (Continued on page 8) Last Rites For Prof. Hirschler On Sunday Funeral services for Professor Ed mund J. Hirschler, 65, instructor in mathematics and astronomy at Bluff ton college for 38 years, were largely attended at the First Mennonite church Sunday afternoon. Bedfast since early February when he was stricken by paralysis at the college, he died at his home on West day afternoon day after his versary. at 2:00 o’clock, the 65th birthday anni- Throughout his entire teaching career here, Prof. Hirschler was also active in church and community af fairs. He was superintendent of the First Mennonite Sunday school for 25 years and served many years as deacon of the church. He was teach er of the Men’s Bible ciass until three years ago. Active also in the work of the General Conference of Mennonites he served as president of the body for two years. He also served for many years as secretary of the business committee of the conference. He was formerly a member of the Bluffton Board of Education for sev eral years and served on the com munity religious education council. He traveled abroad in 1928. In the academic world Prof. Hirschler was a man of high attain ments. He was listed in the Ameri can Men of Science and belonged to the American Association for the Ad vancement member of Sigma Xi, cieties. of Science. He was a the Phi Beta Kappa and honorary scholarship so- highly respected by the The He was students and his colleagues. Ista, annual student yearbook of the college, is dedicated to him this year. He was born on May 21, 1876, in Franklin, Iowa, the son of Rev. John S. and Christine (Schmidt) Hirsch ler. He was married to Amanda Elida Zepp on July 14, 1908. He received the A. B. degree from Kansas University and his master’s degree from the University of Chi cago in 1917. He attended Yale in 1927-28. Prof. Hirschler first taught school in Kansas, going from here to Rose Polytechnic Institute, Terre Haute, Ind., in 1901. He remained there un til 1903 when he came to Bluffton to assume a professorship at the college here. In addition to his widow, he is survived by a son, Dr. Alfred E. Hirschler of Ridley Park, Pa. a daughter, Mrs. Celia Ingmire, Lima and the following brothers and sis ters: Mrs. Anna Linscheid of New ton, Kansas Mrs. Marie Voigt of Ann Arbor, Mich. Mrs. Amanda Hostettler of Long Beach, Calif. Arnold of Hillsboro, Kansas Dan of Emporia, Kansas, and Otto of Los Angeles, Calif. A son, Paul, died 10 years ago. Officiating at the services Sunday were Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church, and Dr. L. L. Ramsey er, president of Bluff ton college. The body lay in state at the church from 12:30 o’clock un til the conclusion of the services. Burial was made in the Maple Grove cemetery.