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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Two Candidates for Mayor
Both Tickets in Summer
Marshal to be Appointed
Mayor Under New State
Three spirited contests have been
assured for Bluffton voters when they
go to the polls on August 12 for the
primary election.
Four candidates are in the field for
mayor, two on each ticket. Seeking
the Republican nomination are N. E.
Byers and Wilbur A. Howe, the lat
ter now serving as mayor. Demo
cratic mayoralty candidates are John
E. Steiner and Russell L. Magee.
The other contest is for village
clerk on the Republican ticket, with
James F. West and Zelma Ingalls
seeking the nomination. Wilford O.
Geiger is the Democratic nominee for
Full Democratic Ticket
With six councilmen to be elected,
the Republicans have only five can
didates in the primary and they also
filed only two nominations on the
Board of Public Affairs, with three
posts open. Democrats have a full
slate for both.
For council, the Democratic nomi
nees are Fred A. Hofer, Gerald E.
Swank, Jesse
Todd, Homer
W. Yoakam, Frank L.
L. Bracy and Frank
council candidates are
Cleon A. Triplett, C. E. Aukerman,
Kermit Kiibele, E. S. Lape and Will
iam Amstutz.
No Marshal Nominees
Candidates for Board of Public Af
fairs include. A. C. Burcky, William
Luginbuhl and Oswin Luginbuhl,
Democrats, and Peter Gratz and Clay
ton O. Bixel, Republicans.
For treasurer Samuel Bixel, Demo
Sat, has no opposition.
Altho the post of marshal will not
be filled by choice of the voters, two
candidates, Lee
Schaueblin, both
Coon and Elmer
Democrats, filed pe-
state law, effective
5, marshals in the
Under a new
next September
future will be appointed by the mayor
and candidates will not appear on the
ballots. Coon and Schaeublin knew of
the law had been passed by the last
session of the legislature, but it was
was not signed by the Governor until
two weeks ago.
Bernice Matter Wed
To Robert Deerhake
In a quiet ceremony at the par
sonage of the St. Paul’s Reformed
church in St. Marys, last Saturday
afternoon, Miss Bernice Matter,
daughter of Mrs. Bertha Matter, of
Cherry street, became the bride of
Robert Deerhake, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Deerhake, of South Main
Rev. George P. Kehl, pastor of the
St. Marys church, received the vows
of the contracting parties.
For the occasion the bride wore a
white rayon jersey street-length dress
with matching accessories and a cor
sage of pink roses and baby breath.
Mr. and Mrs. Deerhake will make
their home at 367 Cherry street. The
bride is a secretarial worker in the
office of The Triplett Electrical In
strument Co. and the groom is em
ployed at the Page Dairy Co.
A Sunday evening buffet supper in
honor of the young couple was held
Sunday evening at the home of the
bride. Guests included: Mrs. Bertha
Matter, Rolland Matter, Mr. and
Mrs. Francis Stevens and son Dale,
of Lafayette Mrs. Howard Nique
and son, Charles and Mrs. Frank
Armbrecht, of Findlay Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Deerhake, of Bluffton,
and Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Deerhake,
Louis Deerhake, Jr., Kermit Deer
hake and Miss Edith Campbell, all of
St. Marys.
Flower Show Held
By Garden Club
Over 30 varieties of perennials and
many different roses were attractive
ly displayed in the annual flower
show of the Bluffton Garden club,
last Wednesday in the high school
In a popular vote the folowing
awards were made: First place, Mrs.
Russell A. Lantz, single rose, Dainty
Bess second place, Mrs. Paul Stud
ler, American flag made of blue corn
flowers, orange blossoms and crimson
rambler roses third place, Mrs. Men
no Schumacher, pink rose and Mary
Wallace Climber.
In place of the resounding crack
of ash against horse hide, the pulpit
is now the focus of attention for
Rev. A.
career in
he made
ministry years
also instructor
42 to Enter First Grade in Fall
53 Graduated From High
School in May
Bluffton Figures in Line wjth
Nation-wide trend of De
creased Enrollment
Rev. A. C. Schultz Once Was Ace Slugger
In Chicago Semi-Professional Ball Clubs
C. Schultz, pastor of the
Mennonite church near
who gave up a promising
professional baseball when
his decision to enter the
in Bible
Rev. Schultz is
at Bluffton
grew up
in the sand
of Chicago
Rev. Schultz
lots on the south side
and played his first organized base
ball with the church leagues and
from there entered semi-professional
ball in the city. Playing in the
semi-pro leagues, Schultz played with
numerous players who later became
luminaries of the big leagues. He
recalls particularly playing with and
against “Goose” Goslin of the Wash
ington Senators “Artie” Neff of the
New York Giants “Red” Etans of
the Cleveland Indians.
Schultz’s favorite position was
short stop but his particular forte
was wielding the stick. He was
to maintain a batting average in
semi-professional competition of
ter than .400. He broke into
semi-professional ball by substituting
for a player who was ill and from
that day on he stuck with the game
until his decision to enter the min
Bluffton Young Men Learn Industry’s
Problems As Workers At Ford Motor Co.
Continued downward trend
Bluffton public school enrollment
a likelihood, on the basis of regis
tration for the pre-school clinic for
the first grade, which was held last
It is estimated that 42 first year
pupils will be in classes here in the
fall, but altho this number is great
er than the enrollment of 1939, it
lacks 11 of equalling
lost from the school in
graduating class of 53.
the number
this spring’s
is the same
on the dif-
By coincidence, this
figure given last year
ference between the first and twelfth
grade enrollments. Last year there
was a class of 45 first graders and
a graduating class of 56.
The smallest enrollment in years
was in 1939 when there were only
34 first graders. The present figures
seem to indicate that temporarily, at
least, a plateau has been reached. It
will be necessary to show consider
able increases to bring the senior
classes up to the figure usually in
the range of to 70 students.
On the bj^is of pre-registration
indications and assuming that en
rollment iff Makses other than the
first grade will remain static next
..fall, Bluffton’s public school enroll
ment may drop below’ the 600 mark
for the first time in many years.
Decreased school enrollments are
by no means a local phenomenon.
Educational statistics the country
over have been showing steadily de
creasing enrollments. Some of the
larger cities have found it neces
sary to close some of the schools by
the consolidation of various units.
At the pre-school clinic last Thurs
day 31 prospectice first-graders were
examined and it was reported that
11 others were unable to attend.
This places next fall’s first grade en
rollment at 45.
Game Officers See
Angler At Quarry
Catch Eight Bass
TN the short time while three
A game management officials
were inspecting thi National
Stone quarry, Donald Rupright,
formerly of Bluffton and now of
Ney, hooked 8 bass. The of
ficials, J. J. Johns, Allen county
game commissioner from Elida
Foster Roszman. fish manage
ment agent of Ottawa and O. H.
Neumeyer, district game man
ager from Ottawa, were quite
impressed by the success of the
The games were scheduled for Sat
urday and Sunday and he
paid around $100 for the
was often
two days’
Big league scouts were
on hand at the semi-professional
games to enlist talent. Goslin, Neff
and others broke into the “big time”
through this method. It was also
this technique that provided the big
league nod to Rev. Schultz. A scout
for the outfit spotted Schultz as a
promising youngster and prevailed
upon him to try out for the White
Although the opportunity was very
tempting, Schultz decided to go into
a life work basically of a service
motivation. He then entered Wheat
on college, transferring later to the
University of Chicago and Northern
Baptist seminary.
Occasionally Rev. Schultz feels the
urge to get the feel of the bat in his
hands again at the Bluffton college
ball diamond, but finds that years of
study have somewhat impaired the
accuracy of his vision. Timing is
tremendously important in batting,
Rev. Schultz stated.
Although he still enjoys the game
of baseball, Rev. Schultz has indicat
ed that he never for a moment has
regretted his decision to enter the
larger field of service afforded by the
College Students Given Oppor
tunity for Summer Work
At Regular Wages
Plan Established by Ford
1923 to Give Students
Factory Experience
Those from Bluffton working in the
Ford College Men’s Industrial Forum
Darvin Luginbuhl, son of Mr.
Mrs. Will Luginbuhl Charles
(Continued on page 8)
Nuptials Sunday
Under an attractively decorated
arch constructed by her father, Miss
Mabel Luginbuhl, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Gideon Luginbuhl of West
Elm street, became the bride of Rev.
Gerald D. Bright, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Bright of Akron at the
Church of Christ Sunday afternoon.
The wedding vows were received
by Rev. C. L. Cohagen of Toledo,
former pastor of the Bluffton church,
before an altar decorated with ferns,
roses and snow balls,
candles were placed in
Tall white
Robert Luginbuhl, brother of the
bride, was best man. Ushers were
Ray and Wayne Luginbuhl, also bro
thers of the bride.
Pianist at the wedding was Mrs.
H. B. Adams, the bride’s former
March as they left.
teacher, who played Lohen
Wedding March as the bridal
came into the church auditor
and Mendelssohn’s Wedding
Preceding the ceremony Miss Clara
Schumacher sang “I Love You
Jruly” and “This Day of Golden
wedding she sang “O Jesus I Have
promise”. At the conclusion of the
posed of Luella and Earl Dean Lug
promised”. A violin cella duet com
inbuhl, sister and brother of the
bride ,also furnished music at the
Mrs. Bright graduated from Bluff
ton High school in the class of 1930
and has been employed at the Trip
lett Electrical Instrument Co. Rev.
Bright is a graduate of Akron High
and the Grayson Normal
in Kentucky and later at
Akron university.
Bright has been serving the
pastorate of the East Liberty Cjiurch
of Christ which he recently resigned
to accept the Bluffton and Beaver
dam charges.
The couple will make their home
at the Hineman apartments on North
Main street.
They will be I
induction center
physical examiu
there assigned to
Registration Ofl
have become 21
will be made al
boards on July
officials announce
that approximate!
in Allen county.
Transition from academic pleasan
tries to the hard headed realities of
the world’s largest single industrial
unit is biting experienced, by five
Bluffton boys who left town the fore
part of the week to take employment
at the River Rouge plant of the Ford
Motor Co. at Dearborn, Mich.
Men Who Have Become 21
Since Last October Must
Register for Service
Two Bluffton Men to Leave
Friday for Selective Ser
vice Training
Activity of the selective service
board during the last week included
and announcement that all young
the age of 21 since last Oct. 16
must register at draft headquarters
on Tuesday, July 1.
drafting of two Bluffton men
of the area who have reached
Of 11 men to be taken from Allen
County Draft Board No. 3, on Fri
day, are two from Bluffton. They
are R. Emerson Niswander and
Samuel Vinton
mt to the Toledo
on that day for
tion, and from
aimy camps.
young men who
since last Oct. 16
their local draft
selective service
It is estimated
£-40') will register
Registrants will sign up with
draft board officials between the
hours of 7 a. m. and 9 p. m. at
places to be specified later. Pro
cedure has been changed slightly,
but for the most part the principles
will be the samegas that
October’s registration.
Virgilene Allman And
Clayton Bucher Wed
In an impressive candle light serv
ice in the First United Brethren
Church in Lima, the manage vows
of Miss Virgilene Allman, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. V. H. Allman of
Bluffton, and Clayton Bucher, son of
Dan Bucher of Bluffton, were re
ceived by the bride’s father last
Wednesday night.
The ceremony took place before an
altar beautifully decorated with
roses, other garden flowers, aspara
gus fern, palms, and tall white ca
thedral tapers. Above the altar was
a lighted cross.
lighted Jay
for last
Announcement ajso was
here this week that Gayion
of McComb, whe
spring from Bluffti
listed for a four-y
vice in the United {States Navy.
graduated this
.college, has en
period of ser-
i the navy from
e Swank, son of
near town and
Also enlisting i
this place were J'
The windows were
candles surrounded by
fern and mock orange
at 8 o’clock was a half
white roses
Carrying a bouquet of
and blue delphinium, the bride was
lovely in a gown of white chiffon and
a finger tip length veil. She wore
her mother’s necklace. Miss Allene
Stuber of Lima was Maid of Honor
and wore a light blue gown of net.
She carried a bouquet of pink roses
and yellow daisies.
hour of organ music, played by Mrs.
Roscoe Allman, Clarksburg, West
Va., an aunt of the bride. This was
followed by baritone solo, “O Prom
ise Me” and “Because”, sung by
Francis Niswander, Bluffton, a friend
of the groom, and accompanied by
Mrs. Vinton Bucher of Bluffton.
The bridal party entered to the
strains of Lehengrin’s Wedding
March. The bride, given away
(Continued on page 8)
Rites Monday For
David S. Beeshy
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon in the Diller funeral
home for David S. Beeshy, 88, re
tired Bluffton carpenter and cabinet
maker, w’ho died from a heart ail
ment in his home on Riley street.
Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the
First Mennonite church, in which
Beeshy had taught a Sunday school
class for more than 50 years, offi
ciated at the rites. Burial was in
Maple Grove cemetery.
Surviving Beeshy are a daughter,
Mrs. Florence Hilty, of Lima, and
three sons, Allen Beeshy, with whom
he resided
street, and
I. B. Beeshy, of Spring
Eli Beeshy, of Marshall,
died 21 years ago.
His wife
Mr. Beeshy was prominent in the
civic affairs of the community hold
ing every public office in town ex
cept those of marshal and mayor.
He was a member of the Bluffton
school board for 16 years.
He was born in Waterloo, Ontario,
Canada, in 1852, but lived in Bluff
ton most of his life.
Burial was made in Maple Grove
Bride In Church Wedding
layton Bucher who, before her wedding last Wednesday
night, was Miss Virgilene Allman. The wedding vows were
received by her father. Dr. V. H. Allman at the First United
Brethren church in Lima, after which a reception was held at the
home of her parents south of town on the Dixie highway.
Old Spanish Coin Found On Farm Near
Bluffton During Plowing Operations
Dudgeon Finds Rare
Piece at Mrs. Moses
Steiner Farm
The boys
on June 26
that place.
Fisher of Riley street,
will leave for Cincinnati
for the naval station at
and English Money
in America Prior
1790 by Traders
Finding of an old Spanish
with Latin inscriptions and dated
1775 at the Moses Steiner farm, four
miles northwest of town, aroused con
siderable speculation here the fore
part of the week as to how the coin
ever found its way to this part of the
The coin was buried about a foot
under sandy loam and turned up dur
ing plowing operations by Melvin
Dudgeon, tenant at the farm, who
first did not even bother to pick it
up. After passing it several times,
Dudgeon picked up the piece and upon
cleaning it recognized it as
some probable worth.
a coin of
Good Condition
half dol
and the
The coin is in excellent
and is about the size of a
lar. It is a silver alloy
markings are all clear and distinct.
The face side of the coin has the fol
lowing inscription: Carolus III Dei
Grattia 1775. The reverse side con
tains the following identification:
Hispana Et Ind. Rex.
These inscriptions give clues to the
coin’s location in the Bluffton area.
Charles the III was King of Spain
(Continued on page 8)
Lapes Celebrate
Silver Wedding
Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary
of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape was
celebrated last Sunday at the Lape
home on Grove street.
Relatives from out-of-town here
for the event included: Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. Wenger and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Wenger and family Mr.
and Mrs. D. W. Wenger and Mr. and
Mrs. David Eberly, all of Orrville
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Wenger and
family, of Goshen, Ind. Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Wenger, Jr, all of Akron
Dr. and Mrs. S. T. Miller, of
hart, Ind. Carl Miller and
Irma Miller, of Cleveland.
Sunday evening visitors were
and Mrs. H. T. Unruh and Dr. and
Mrs. C. Henry Smith
Bluffton Residents
Are Looking Forward
To Summer Saturday
TF it’s a dear day, Bluffton
residents who like to be out
of-doors should enjoy next Sat
urday, the longest day of the
year. Saturday also marks the
beginning of the summer sols
tice, and as such it will officially
be the first day of summer.
One-half Mile Stretch from A.
C. & Y. Crossing to County
Line Road Included
About Five Weeks Will be Re
quired to Complete WPA
Road Project
Re-surfacing of a one-half mile
stretch of the Dixie highway from
the A. C. and Y crossing at the north
endge of town to the Allen-Hancock
county line road was started Tuesday.
Workmen are tearing up present
hrick, preparatory to turning them
over on a new sand cushion in the
improvement program, here. All
damaged brick are being replaced
with new ones.
WPA Project
The project is being financed ir
conjunction with the WPA. All of
the local WPA workers, to the numbei
of five, are working on the project
The entire force of 53 men is from
this area.
Traffic is not being detoured dur
ing the course of the work, the crew
working on one side of the road and
permitting the passage of vehicles on
the other half.
The project will be completed likely
in about five weeks, according to O.
R. Pristap, forman of the job. It has
been the policy of the federal and
state highway commissions that when
four percent of the brick
condition, improvement is
is in bad
Tar Binder
up a new
After the brick is taken
three quarters of an inch cushion of
asphalt lime sand is placed over the
concrete base. The brick is then
turned over with the bad pieces re
placed and then re-laid on the cush
ion. A- tar binder is then poured
over the brick which serves to keep
the pieces in place.
Considerable progress was made on
the first day of work here, with more
than 400 feet of pavement taken up.
Improvement of the Dixie here is
in line with an xtensive improvement
program launched last summer on the
highway between Bluffton and Lima.
As a part of the project, the Dixie
was re-surfaced from Beaverdam to
Five Points, about five miles this side
of Lima the highway was improved
at the Gratz crossing “S” curve, and
bridges between here and Lima are
being widened.
The following birth at the Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Marquart,
Williamstown, a boy, this Wednesday
A Good Place to Live and
Good Place to Trade
Offer of §150 for Old Reo Fire
Truck to Apply on New
Hose Made to Council
Additional Equipment Required
If Runs to Country are
To Be Made
Plans to improve the facilities and
equipment of the Bluffton fire depart
ment are under consideration this
week by the town council, following a
discussion of the matter at the meet
ing of the body Monday night.
A representative of the General
Fire Truck Corporation of Columbus
appeared before the town council at
the Monday meeting
several aspects of
and discussed
the equipment
made an offer
The representative
to the council to allow $150 for the
more than 20 year old Reo fire truck
still o#ned by the town, to apply on
500 feet of new fire hose. An alter
native to this offer was $120 for the
Reo on 400 feet of hose. Price of
hose being considered by the council
is 00c per foot.
Fire Committee
Dr. Munson Bixel and Cleon Trip
lett, members of the fire committee
of the council, are investigating the
proposition and will report to the
(Continued on page 8)
Lucille Niswander
Weds Wilbur Lauer
Before an altar of madonna lilies,
greenery and lighted tapers, Miss
Lucille Niswander, daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. W. M. Niswander, of Jack
son street, was united in marriage
to Wilbur Lauer, Jr., of Philadelphia,
Pa., last Sunday afternoon in the
First Mennonite church.
.Vows of the bride and groom in
the impressive single-ring ceremony
were received by Rev. H. T. Unruh,
pastor of the bride.
Preceding the ceremony, Miss Lu
cille Steiner at the organ played a
program of nuptial music including:
‘Air for the G-String” by Bach
“Ich Liebe Dich”, by Grieg “Largo”,
by Handel “Nocturne”, by Chopin
“Andante Cantabile”, by Tschaikows
ky “Believe Me If All Those En
dearing Young Charms”, “Through
the Years”, and the hymn “Love Di
vine All Love Excelling”.
“At Dawning” and “Because” were
sung by Glenn Morgan.
To the strains of the “Briday
Chorus” from Lohengrin, the bridal
party made its way to the altar
along an aisle marked by roses tied
with white satin ribbon. Escorting
the bride was her father.
For the occasion the bride wore a
gown of white organza, fashioned
with a sweetheart neckline and flar
ing at the back to form a graceful
train. A large tiara of orange blos
soms held in place a veil of bridal
illusion. Her bridal bouquet was of
white roses and delphinium.
Miss Eleanor Niswander, sister of
the bride and maid-of-honor, wore a
gown of blue net over peach colored
taffeta. Two bridesmaids, Miss
Esther Niswander and Miss Margery
Niswander, sisters of the bride, were
i dressed in yellow organza. Miss
Anna Ruth Steiner, cousin of the
I bride, and Miss Florence Wray,
friend of the bride, were attired in
pink organza.
Rollin Moser, college friend of the
groom, served as best man, and the
ushers were Elwood Lauer, brother
of the groom, and Robert Oyer,
friend of the groom.
Following the ceremony a reception
was held at the home of the bride’s
parents. Out-of-town guests at the
affair included Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur
Lauer, daughter, Evelyn and son El
wood, and Mrs. William Holcomb, all
of Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Meigs, of Warren Mr. and
Mrs. Oliver Steiner, of Cleveland,
Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Cotter
man, Miss Florence Wray, C. W.
Wray, Miss Mary Ellis and Miss Lee
Pfost, all of Alger Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Neuensch wander and sons
John and Frederick, of Akron, and
i Paul Hopple, of Republic, Ohio.
Quiet Fourth Is
Anticipated Here
In line with a municipal ordinance
prohibiting use of fire crackers and
other explosives on the Fourth of
July, a quiet celebration is anticipat
ed in the Bluffton area.
The same plan of enforcement and
control as used last year will be in
operation again thia year, it was
stated by Mayor W. A. Howe.

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