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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI' SENIOR CLASS OF 36 TO GRADUATE AT COLLEGE HERE Dr. Arthur E. Holt, of Chicago, Class Speaker at Exercises Next Tuesday- Five Additional Students to Receive Degrees at End of Summer Term Bluffton college will graduatte a class of 36 seniors at the annual com mencement exercises to be held in the First Mennonite church next Tues day morning at 10 o’clock, according to an announcement from the regis trar’s office. Of this number four will receive music degrees and 32 bachelor of arts degrees. In addition to the 36 sen iors graduating at this time, will be five more students who will receive degrees at the end of the summer quarter the middle of August. Speaker The commencement address will be delviered by Dr. Arthur E. Holt, pro fessor of social ethics of the Chicago Theological seminary at the gradua tion exercises. Dr. Holt is widely known as an author, lecturer and leader in the social action group of the Congrgeational church. He has specialized in rural religious life and is an authority in the field. The commencement season will be opened on Saturday with various alumni activities dominating. The Baccalaureate services will be held on Sunday with the sermon by Pres. L. L. Ramseyer at the chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock. The an nual Bluffotn Day celebration will be observed on Monday. Graduating Class Members of the graduating class at the commencement exercises are: Virgilene Allman, Mary E. Amstutz, Eugene Basinger, Rachel Criblez, Carol Diller, Magdalene Geiger, Do neta Good, John Luginbuhl, Dale Reichenbach, Racine Warren of Bluff ton Richard Baker, Sebring Harvey Bauman, Quakertown, Pa. Myron Brown, Sycamore Julia Culp, Akron. Frieda Ehresman, Trenton Dale Francis, Troy Florence Geissinger, (Continued on page 8) Pre-school Clinic At Grade School, June 12 Complete medical and dental exam inations will be given to every child entering school for the first time in the annual pre-school clinic to be held at the Bluffton grade school Thursday morning, June 12, begin ning at 9 o’clock. Most of the parents of the Bluff ton school district have been notified and if any have been missed they are requested to come nevertheless. The Bluffton physicians, county nurses and Dr. Gail Miller, Allen county health commissioner, will be present to conduct the examinations. A complete report of each child will then be given the parent. Local arrangements for the annual clinic have been in charge of a com mittee from the Parent-Teacher as sociation under the direction of Mrs. Charles Hankish and Mrs. David Ris ser. Anyone desiring more informa tion may obtain same by communicat ing with committee. Swiss Yodelers Here On Thursday Swiss yodeling, folk music and flag throwing will be featured in an offer ing of the popular Studer Brothers at 8 p. m. this Thursday in the Bluff ton High school gymnasium. The troupe appear in their native colorful Swiss costumes, and carry with them special Alpine scenic ef fects. Two From Here To Get Degrees Friday Two Bluffton persons will be in a class of 199 graduating from Bowl ing Green State university in annual commencement exercises Friday af ternoon of this week. Those from here who will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees include Vera Welty and Robert McVey. John Lloyd Will Graduate At Tiffin John Lloyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. €. A. Lloyd, of South Main street, will be graduated from Tiffin uni versity, Tiffin, Friday night Lloyd, who has completed his work in an executive secretarial course al ready is employed at the Niles office of the City Loan Co. He is a grad uate of Bluffton High school. Speaker TAR. Arthur E. Holt, NEW WATER LINE TO RELIEVE CITY SUPPLY SHORTAGE Connection from Bluffton Stone Quarry to Page Dairy Plant Nearly Finished New Source of Supply Will Have Capacity of 400 Gallons Minute Installation of a new water line from the quarry of the Bluffton Stone Co. serving the Page Dairy Com pany’s condensing requirements is ex pected to be completed this week by •.ha Bluffton waterworks. Piping water from the stone quar ry to the dairy plant will relieve the water works of nearly one-third of its daily output from wells, and avert any possiblity of water shortage dur ing extended periods of drought. Laying of a six-inch water line 325 feet in length is nearly completed and work will be finished this week if the new centrifugal pump with a ca pacity of 400 gallons per minute is delivered as promised. Town Owns Line The new water line will be owned by the board of public affairs and pumping will be under supervision of the municipal plant. A meter in the pump house will measure the flow of water. Water will be stored in a 25,000 gallon tank at the dairy, with an auto matic control regulating operation of the pump. Water from the quarry will be used by the Page for condensing and wash ing purposes, it was announced. It will be pumped directly to the dairy plant and will not be mixed in any way with the -town’s water. Largest Wter User Between 80,000 and 120,000 gallons of water are used each day by the Page plant, making it the water works’ largest single patron. Re quirements of the dairy represent about one-third of the town’s daily output of 300,000 gallons. Nearly 1,000,000 gallons of water a day are pumped from the stone quarry this time of the year. It is given to the town for the pumping, and the water in turn is sold by the town to the dairy. Several Hundred Graves In Old Mennonite Cemetery To Be Identified This Summer Ph. D., LL. D., D. DM professor of social ethics at the Chicago Theological seminary, who will address the Bluffton college commencement exercise, to be held at the First Mennonite church, next Tuesday morning. Another line direct from the water works to the Page will furnish the plant with drinking water. Other wise, all water used in the future will be from the stone quarry. Stores Here To Close Thursday Afternoons The following Bluffton business places will be closed on Thursday afternoon during June, July and August: Citizens bank, Ruff’s, Todd grocery’, City Market, Economy store, E. C. Ludwig, M. M. Bogart, Suties, West ern Auto Supply, Pat’s Barber shop, Helen’s Hat shop, Siefield bakery, Lape Co., Steiner & Huser, Com munity Market, Fred Gratz, Fett’s hardware, Shalley’s, Kib’s News, Swank barber shop, Basinger meat market, Biglef meat market, Bad ertscher’s grocery, W. H. Gratz, A. & P. store, Barnes grocery, Gred ing hardware, Dr. Soash, Peter Gratz, Dr. Steiner, Drs. D. C. & Gordon Bixel, Dr. M. R. Bixel, Dr. Travis, Steiner grocery, Lewis bar ber shop, Basinger furniture store. THE BLUFI/ION A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE »JTERESTS Committee, headed by W. A. Amstutz, Historian, to Mark Graves Old Bluffton Cemetery on Washington Street Also to Be Marked Later Identification of scores of almost forgotten graves in the old Men nonite cemetery four miles northwest of Bluffton will be a project to be undertaken this summer by a com mittee being organized by W. A. Amstutz, Swiss Settlement historian and instructor in the Bluffton schools. The cemetery, oldest in the Set tlement and one of the very first in this district is located on Riley creek a short distance south of the Reformed Mennonite church and ad joining the site of the former De fenseless Mennonite church which moved to Bluffton recently. The cemetery, opened in 1840 con tains an estimated number of be tween 300 and 400 graves of Settle ment pioneers. There have been no burials in the cemetery for the past twenty years, Amstutz stated. One Acre Tract Land for the cemetery, a one acre (Continued on page 8) Sigg Resigns As High School Instructor George Sigg, head of the depart ment of vocational electrical courses at Bluffton high school resigned Wednesday morning as an instructor for the coming year. Sigg stated that he will leave the first of next week for Toledo and later will go to Des Moines, Iowa, to acept a position with the C. E. Erickson Co., manufacturers of Dei sel generators and electrical units where he was previously employed. His resignation was tendered to the board of education and unless a special session is called, will come before that body for formal consid eration and acceptance at its next Regular1 meeting to oe held July 14. Sigg came here from Toledo two years ago and has been in charge of instruction in vocational electricity since the courses were added to the curriculum at that time. Rev. Weed Returns For Fourth Year Rev. J. A. Weed was named pastor of the Bluffton Methodist church for his fourth year, as a result of pastor assignments at closing sessions of the annual Ohio Methodist conference in Columbus, Monday. Rev. W. H. W. Webster, a former minister at Houcktown, was assigned to the pastorate of the Beaverdam church. Rev. E. E. Mosslander is the pastor at Pandora. Mt. Cory’s Methodist congregation has been merged into a charge with those of Rawson and Benton Ridge. Rev. Clayton Landes, former Rawson pastor, will serve all three. Rev. E. I. Obee, pastor at Mt. Cory last year, was assigned to a church in the Chillicothe district. Rev. Richard Black will serve the Lafayette church. At Forest, Rev. Valentine Hainen was re-assigned for his fourth year. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. John Nusbaum, a girl, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bixler, Pandora, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur George, Pan dora, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Beech, Raw son, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Thomas, Raw son, a girl, Wednesday morning. Saturday, June 7 11:45 A. M.—Varsity “B” Men Luncheon Walnut Grill 2:30 P. M.—Baseball Alumni vs Varsity 6:00 P. M.—Alumni Banquet Ropp Hall 9:30 P. M.—Senior Recital Ethelyn Oyer BLUFFTON, OHIO, JILRSDAY. JUNE 5, 1941 RAILROAD PATROL GUARDS LINE HERE AGAINST SABOTAGE Bluffton Section Crew of A. C. & Y. Maintains Twenty four Hour Watch Men on Gasoline Motor Car Cover Eight Mile Stretch Of Right of Way Continuous patrolling of the Bluff ton section of track of the Akron, Canton & Youngstown railroad has been in progress during the past week. Although no official comment on the activity could be secured, it was reported that the local patrol was part of the nation wide plan to pro tect property vital to national de fense from suspected sabotage. Section Crew- Routine working operations on the section have been temjrorarily dis continued is was learned as the Bluff ton section crew is patrolling an eight mile line in three eight hour shifts. Members of the iecetion crew doing patrol duty are: William Clark, fore-' man Aldine Weiss, Paul Shulaw/ Glen Nonnamaker, Noah Geiger and Elmer Klay. On each eight hour shift two of the men operate the gasoline motor car in patrol duty. It is reported that the men have been instructed to look under bridges, to keep a watch for packages and loose dirt. It is believed that the entire line of the A. C. & Y. railroad is being pa trolled in a similar manner. The Bluffton section extends from near Pandora to about four miles east of town. First Patrol This is the first time that patrol activity of such a nature has been put into effect. It is recalled that during the World War in 1918 that many large bridges and railroad in tersections were carefully guarded. But at no previous time has there ever been such an v .Vie patrol system as the one reported to be in operation at the present time. Patrol of the A. C. & Y. railroad aroused speculation among observers as to whether the’ recent activity of the road might not be a prelude to general railroad patrol being institut ed in the area. Grocery Will Enlarge Its Present Quarters The Badertscher grocery occupying a room in the Mrs. Zoe Zehrbach block on Vine street will enlarge its present quarters, it was stated by Menno Badertscher, proprietor, the first of the week. Arrangements have been completed whereby the grocery will also occupy the adjoining room, formerly occu pied by Suties cleaners. Carpenters are making necessary changes and the room is expected to be ready for occupancy this month. Stolen Auto Found Near Dayton Friday The stolen car, belonging to Paul Detwiler, of the Fett apartments, was recovered in an undamaged con dition near Dayton Friday. The car was stolen Thursday night as it was parked in front of Detwil er’s apartment on North Main street. The contents of the car consisting of tools and a small rifle were taken. Otherwise everything was returned in good condition. Detwiler accidentally left the keys in the car Thursday night at 10 o’clock and when he got up early in the morning for his milk route, he found the car missing. The car was located by the Dayton police. Bluffton College Commencement Cleondor College Chapel Sunday, June 8 3:00 P. M.—Baccalaureate Service Sermon by Pres. Lloyd L. Ramseyer College Chapel 4:15 P. M.—Reception to the Senior Class Alumni and Friends of the College The President’s Residence 6:00 P. M.—Joint Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. Service College Campus 7:30 P. M.—Vesper Choir Concert First Mennonite Church Monday,, June 9 6:15 A. M.—Varsity “B” Girls Breakfast Walnut Grill OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Plans of Miss Barbara Hauen stein, daughter of Prof, and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Campus Drive, to sail next month for Tehran, Iran, were cancelled the first of the week when she received notice from the state department in Washington that no passport would be isued owing to the unsettled international situation. Miss Hauenstein was under ap pointment for a four year term as ^n instructor in the community school at Tehran sponsored by the board of foreign missions of the Presbyterian church. Open House On 25th Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett will hold open house at their home on Campus Drive, Sunday afternoon and evening in observance of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, it was announced the first of the week. Friends are invited to call in the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 5 o’clock and in the evening from 7 to 9. The couple were married June 8, 1916 at the home of Mrs. Triplett’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Lantz in Carlock, Ill. Mrs. Triplett, the former Miss Etta Lantz, was at that time instructor in home economics at Bluffton college. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Mr. Triplett is president of the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany, Bluffton’s major industry and one of the nation’s largest producers of precision electrical measuring in struments. Their two sons are Morris and Ropp Triplett, students in the Uni versity of Cincinnati two daughters are Mrs. Roland Bixler of New Hav en, Conn., and Barbara Jean Triplett at home. Garden Club Will Show Flower Display Annual flower display of the Bluff ton Garden club will be presented at the Bluffton High school library next Wednesday from 2:00 to 10:30 p. m. Purpose of the project is to famil iarize Bluffton gardeners with the numerous varieties of flowers grown in the community and also to show trends of flower arrangements. Entries will be received at the li brary Wednesday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 o’clock. The public is in vited. James Bixel Will Graduate In Music James Bixel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bixel of South Main street will be graduated from the Cincin nati Conservatory of Music at com mencement exercises, Thursday. Bixel will receive the degree of Master of Music. He was also re cently elected to membership of Kap pa Lambda, honorary music society, at the conservatory. Ruth Amstutz Is Heidelberg Graduate Ruth Amstutz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra G. Amstutz, of Pan dora, will receive the degree of Bach elor of Arts in the eighty-eighth an nual commencement at Heidelberg college, Tiffin, next Monday. Miss Amstutz also will receive a teaching certificate and plans to en ter that field. In college she was president of the Women’s Athletic association and was secretary of the campus chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, national honorary education society. 10:00 A. M.—Tennis Alumni vs Varsity 10:30 A. M.—Softball Faculty vs Seniors 12:00 M.—Class Reunions and Luncheons 12.15 P. M.—Pi Delta Luncheon Walnut Grill 1:30 P. M.—Class of ’41 Activity Hour College Chapel 2:45 P. M.—Class of ’31 Reunion Ceremony College Hall 4:00 P. M.—Crowning of Queen College Campus 5:15 P. M.—Luncheon on Campus 7:15 P. M.—Orchestra Concert College Campus 8:30 P. M.—Taming of the Shrew- Thespian Dramatic Society P. W. Stauffer, Director College Baseball Field Tuesday, June 10 10:00 A. M.—Commencement Exercises Address, Dr. Arthur E. Holt First Mennonite Church 12 .-00 M.—Commencement Luncheon NEWS Bluffton Woman Refused Passport To Iran As Near East War Flares Fifty-three High School Seniors Get Diplomas At Commencement Exercises Ropp Hall Action of the state department is believed to have been prompted by growing apprehension that the Near East soon may become a major theatre of war in the present world conflict. Iran is located near Iraq w-here British and Nazi forces may battle for possession of rich oil fields. The Bluffton woman was sched uled to sail July 3 from San Fran cisco for Tehran, making the jour ney by way of Manila, Singapore and Bombay. The school to which she was assigned includes pupils of nineteen nationalities and seven re ligions. Bluffton Graduates Appear in Maroon Caps and Gowns At Gymnasium Raymond J. Jeffreys, Speaker From Columbus, Delivers Class Address Diplomas were presented to 53 maroon gow-ned seniors at Bluffton High school commencement exercises held at the school auditorium Thurs day night. Included in the graduating ensem ble w-ere maroon caps with white tassels which with the gowns made an imposing appearance as the entire class w-as seated on the stage. Speaking on the subject, “Above the Clouds’’, Raymond Jeffreys, of Columbus, delivered the class address. The speaker pointed out that despite the many complexities in the present national emergency, there are oppor tunities today for outstanding serv ice. As a bit of personal philosophy the speaker recommended the optimistic point of view, indicating that if problems are faced one at a time they are solved much easier than if approached in their totality. No matter how drab things may seem in the routine of every day liv ing, if the individual can learn to put his thoughts above the clouds, life can be much more meaningful, the speaker stated. The address was illustrated with many experiences of the speaker as a World War aviator, journalist and world traveller. Special recognition was given to the tw-o seniors with the highest scholastic ranking, John Stettler, valedictorian and Lois Schaeublin, salutatorian, both of whom present ed short talks. A declamation “Christianity or War” was given by Wanda Diller a cello solo was played by Betty Steiaman and selections were played by the Bluffton High school orchestra under the direction of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein. The diplomas were presented by Forrest L. Steinman, president of the board of education, who gave a short talk in which he advised the gradu ates to make use of their talents in constructive activity for the benefit of the community. Esther Ramseyer Weds James Miller In an impressive lawn w-edding, Miss Esther Ramseyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ramseyer, of Smithville, became the bride of James F. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller, of South Main street, last Sunday afternoon at the home of the bridge. The vows w-ere received by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of Bluffton college, before a floral altar in a shrub-bordered corner of the lawn. Preceding the ceremony piano selec tions were played by Miss Christine Miller, sister of the groom, and vocal selections w-ere offered by Mrs. Irene Musser, sister of the bride. Miss Frances Ramseyer, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid Miss Helen Thutt, a friend of the bride in Bluffton college, was Matron of Hon or Donald Wenger, of Bluffton, w-as best man, and Alva Tetlow- and Alvin Ramseyer, brother of the bride, w-ere ushers. Follow-ing the ceremony, refresh ments w-ere served at the bride’s home. The young couple left Sunday evening for a tour thru the Smoky Mountains. They expect to live in Bluffton this summer, and will go to Mechanicsburg this fall where Mr. Miler is football coach. Both are graduates of Bluffton college, and the bride was honored by 1 being selected Bluffton Day Queen in i her senior year. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 6 LOCAL FARMERS TURN DOWN WHEAT MARKETING QUOTA Majority of Wheat Farmers in ountry Favor Proposal Refused Here Allen County Farmers Reject National Marketing Plan Nearly 3 to 1 Reflecting sentiment of the smaller wheat growers in this state, Bluffton district farmers as w-ell as the ma jority of Ohio tillers Saturday failed to approve the federal government’s proposal to create national wheat marketing quotas. The local vote, however, was not in line with the national trend in whcih 80.5 per cent of the producers polled in the 37 wheat producing states in dicated a preference for the plan. This is considerably more than the two thirds majority required to put the plan in operation throughout the contry. Allen County Vote Allen county farmers cast 134 “yes” votes and 353 “no” votes. There w-ere 48 challenge ballots, it was reported by Clair A. Patterson, county AAA chairman. Richland township reject ed the plan more than two to one (Continued on page 8) Lillie Gratz Dies Funeral On Friday Miss Lillie Mae Gratz, 43, died at the home of her brother, Harvey Gratz one mile west of Bluffton, Wednesday morning. Death followed an illness of two and one-half years from a heart ailment. Funeral services will be held at the First Mennonite church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. H. T. Unruh officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. Miss Gratz was born Feb. 23, 1898, the daughter of the late Louis and Sarah (Thut) Gratz. She was grad uated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1916 and received the A. B. degree from Bluffton college in 1922 and M. A. degree from Co lumbia university in 1933. She was an instructor in home economics in Berea college, Berea, Ky., as w-ell as in high schools in Ada, Sw-anton and Tontogany, and was a member of the American Asso ciation of University Women and the First Mennonite church. The body will remain at the Diller funeral home until Friday morning when it will be removed to the home of her brother, Harvey Gratz. Roland Swank Named Elida Superintendent Roland Sw-ank, formerly of Bluff ton and son of the late Mrs. Linda Sw-ank of North Main street, has been named superintendent of the Elida public schools, it was an nounced this week. The Elida board of education gave Swank a two-year contract. Sw-ank has been principal of the high school for the past 10 years and has been teaching social science there since i 1929. He has also been football coach for the past 10 years. The Elida school system is cen tralized and has both grade and high schools in one building. There are 600 students and 22 teachers in the system. Sw-ank will continue tec ail ing social science but will give up his coaching duties. Swank graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1925 from Bluffton college in the class of 1929 and received his Master’s de gree from Ohio State university in 1938. He is taking work at the uni versity at the present time on his doctor’s degree. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wilch of Kenton are moving into the Jacob Hochstettler property on High street recently vacated by Chris Schnegg. Wilch is a mason by trade. Mr, and Mrs. O’Dell Alspach and family expect to move from the Fett apartments to the Mrs. Benedict Liechty property on Thurman street. Mrs. Liechty is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Marsh all Parker in Lima. Final Concert The final concert of the year by the Bluffton college Vesper choir will be presented at the First Mennonite church Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The program will also include sev eral organ numbers by Prof. Otto Hoitkamp. The public is invited.