Tradition Holds That Similar
Weather Follows July 15
For 40 Days
St. Swithin’s Legend Indicates Forty
Days Of Fair Weather In Bluffton
Prediction Here Based On
And Pleasant Weather
Bluffton residents can now look
forward to 40 days of bright weath
er if the common belief concerning
St. Swithin’s Day is adhered to.
The tradition is that according as
it rains or shines on St. Swithin’s
Day, celebrated on July 15, the an
niversary of the translation of his
relics, the next 40 days will be
either rainy or bright.
Last Tuesday being a very fair
and pleasant day, one can now plan
for continued fair and warm weath
er for at least a month.
The legend contained in verse runs
“St. Swithin’s Day, if thou dost rain,
For forty days it will remain:
St. Swithin’s Day, if thou be fair,
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.”
This tradition is found on a leg
end that, before dying the humble
minded saint had begged to be in
terred in the open churchyard, and
not in the chancel of the church, as
was usual with bishops.
Here he remained for over a cen
choir. The 15th of July was ap
pointed for that purpose. But on
that day a mighty rain storm burst
forth, and continued without inter
mission for 40 days. The monks
took this as a sign of heavenly dis
pleasure, and instead of moving the
body they built a chapel over it
■where it lay.
the monks, thinking it
that so great a saint
so lowly a burial place,
move the body into the
Unfortunately for the legend, how
ever, it happens that the formal
tranlation of the relics of St. Swithin
from the grave in the church to a
magnificent shrine within the cathe
dral was in fact done on July 15,
971, only 109 years after his death
without any meteorological interfer
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Immediately, however, legends were
set alloat at the time prove that
this was done by the saint’s wishes
as expressed in visions. A few years
afterwards the church, which had
originally been dedicated to the apos
tles Peter and Paul, changed these
guardians for St. Swithin, who in
turn had to yield to Henry VIII’s
substitution of the Holy Trinity.
A story is told in England of an
old lady who when St. Swithin’s Day
opened bright and fair expressed her
belief in an approaching term of fine
weather, but a few drops of rain
having fallen in the evening, changed
her tune and annouced that the next
six weeks would be wet. Her pre
diction failed, the weather being re
markably fine. “No matter,” she
would say “if there has been no
has been during the night.”
rain during the day there certainly
The shrine of St. Swithin early
sprang into great repute. Worship
pers, sick folk, the maimed and the
halt, flocked to the shrine and left
behind them substantial evidences of
their gratitude. For centuries Swith
in was the most popular healing
saint in England. But at present
his chief popular fame aroscs from
the fact that he is a sort of Jupiter
Pluvius of the calendar.
One of the early literary allusions,
from “Poor Ribon’s Almanac” of
1697, refers to the saint’s powers as
a weather prophet as follows:
“In this month is St. Swithin’s Day,
On which if that it rain, they say
Full forty days after it will,
Or more or less, some rain distill.
This Swithin was a saint, I trow
An Winchester’s bishop also
Who in his time did many a feat,
As Popish legends do repeat
A woman, having broke her eggs,
By stumbling at another’s legs,
For which she made a woful cry,
St. Swithin’s chanced for to come by,
Who made them all as sound or more
Than ever that they were before,
But whether this were so or no
’Tis more than you or I do know
Better it is to rise betime,
And to make hay while sun doth
Than to believe in tales and lies
Which idle folk do now devise.”
May Be Expected
Shortages in book, writing and
some other kinds of paper are ex
pected by the Office of Production
Management, according to informa
tion announced this week in Wash
ington, D. C.
It was predicted that before many
months readers may fincL their maga
zines have a yellowish color, because
of curtailment of supplies of chlor
ine, which is used as a bleaching
agent in the manufacture of paper.
Deliveries of chlorine to paper
manufacturers already have been cut
about 10 per cent by voluntary agree
ment, and it is indicated that a fur
ther curtailment is necessary.
Newspapers will be little affected
by the shortage because very little
chlorine is used in making newsprint.
In addition, Canadian newsprint pro
duction is running ahead of demand
and no paper shortage is anticipated.
Shortages in other types of paper
pulp is said to be due principally to
increased demand. In addition im
ports from Norway have been cut off.
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JOHN DEERE QUALITY IMPLEMENTS
Proposal Open Yet
Four Putnam county villages are
awaiting an opinion from the state
attorney general on a statute which
may open the way for them to
finance their share of the cost of im
proving Route 65 between Lima and
Provisions of the statute in ques
improvements, whereby the village
pays its share of the cost upon requi
sition from the director.
to the effect that the state
of highways has the au
to enter into an agreement
village, pertaining to road
If this can be applied in the case
of the Putnam county towns, it is
probable that Ottawa, Belmore, Leip
sic and Columbus Grove will be in a
position to finance their share of the
These villages must purchase right
of-way other than the abandoned
roadbed of the Cincinnati and Lake
Erie Interurban line within their
boundaries, to make the improvement
Total cost to the villages will be
$31,800, of which the board of coun
ty commissioners has offered to pay
35 per cent.
Bluffton Group To
Fish At Lakeside
An all-day fishing trip will be en
joyed by a group of Bluffton fishing
enthusiasts at Lakeside on Lake Erie,
The group has chartered a 65 foot
launch with two decks, capable of ac
commodating 40 for fishing or 100
for cruising. About 40 fishermen
have signed up for the trip.
The group will embark from
Brown’s Boat Livery at Lakeside and
will leave Bluffton the town hall
at 5 o’clock in the morning for
early enga^-erent. Arrangement
the trip rare being made at
Risser San|lwf:h shop.
Half Of H. S. Class
At 20 th Anniversary
Twenty-two members of the class
of 1921 of Bluffton high school were
present at a reunion held at River
side park, Findlay, Sunday. There
were 45 graduates in the class when
diplomas were given on commence
ment night 20 years ago last spring.
Two of them have
It was planned to
union at Riverside
Sunday in July in
in the future.
died since that
hold another re
park the third
1946, five years
The following were present at the
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Conaway,
Mrs. Edgar Montgomery, Mr. and
Mrs. A. A. Hochstettler and family,
Rhoda Amstutz, Sylvia Biederman,
Mr. and Mrs. Joy K. Huber and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Koontz
and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bad
ertscher and family, all of Bluffton.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stauffer, Mr.
and Mrs. Art Hochstettler and sons,
Harold C. Bogart, Mr. and Mrs.
Norris Stultz and family, all of
Mr. and Mrs. Garold Arnold and
daughter, Lima Mr. and Mrs. Edgar
Anderson and family, Lafayette Mr.
and Mrs. Harold D. Althaus and
family, Toledo Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Hubei’ and family, Columbus Grove
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Baumgartner
and family, Orrville Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Green and family, Van Buren
Bernice Althaus, Doylestown Ruth
Murray, Tiffin Mr. and Mrs. Earl
R. Jorg and family, St. Johns Mr.
and Mrs. B. D. Morgan and family,
Chicken Supper At
St. Anthony's Church
Chicken will be the featured deli
cacy at the annual festival and sup
per at the St. Anthony’s church in
Columbus Grove Sunday and Mon
A chicken supper will be held Sun
day night from 4:30 to 8:30 o’clock
and a chicken noodle lunch will be
held Monday from 5:30 to 8:30, it
was announced by thf! pastor of the
In addition there will be other re
freshments and a variety of games
The second annual reunion of
Boutwell family was held at
Orange Township Community House,
Sunday. There were 100 persons who
enjoyed the basket dinner at noon.
A program in the afternoon includ
ed music and a history of the family.
Awards w’ere given Mrs. Agivail
Boutwell of Lima for being the old
est person present, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Boutwell, the couple married
the longest Mr. and Mrs. Rayon
Boutwell, the most recently married
couple Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Inbody
of Romeo, Mich., for traveling the
distance, and Lynn Ray
son of Mr. and Mrs. Rayon
for the youngest child
the business session Fred
Orange Twp., was elected
John Boutwell, Orange
Twp., was elected vice president, and
Mrs. Edgar Trippiehorn, Findlay,
FFTON NEWS, BLl FFTON. OHIO
County Officials To
Get Salary Boost
Allen county eh Ticials are
enjoying a pay boo year, the
result of the 1940 showing an
increase in the cou: s population.
Among others, the county treas
urer is due for a pay increase, but
Treasurer Byron H. Dershem won’t
Instead, the boost will be made in
the salary of Treasurer-Elect Ray
W. Barnett, who is due to take office
Sept. 1. He will receive $4,418.34 a
year, instead of the $4,290 now paid
It’s all because of a state
which provides that salaries of
tive county officials shall be based on
population according to the latest U.
S. census—but that changes shall not
be made during terms being served
at the time the census is completed.
In other words, the pay of all elec
tive county offices was to be hiked as
a result of the 1940 census which
showed an increase in the county’s
population to 73,303, as compared
with the 1930 census figure of 69,419.
While officials taking office in 1941
were benefitted imn diately, those in
midterm at the time of the survey
were forced to complete their terms
at the old salary.
Thus Auditor Fb yd Griffin, elec
ted in 1938, will con' nue to receive
$4,290 until the end his four-year
term. After the election, how
ever, the county a or will receive
$4,418.34. Comm.: Pleas Judge
Neal L. Lora, ele. -d in 1938
six-year term, will draw $5,276
All of the officials who were
ted or reelected la. November, got
increases over the salaries paid prior
to the 1940 census. The officials are
listed on the county payroll as fol
lows, with their present pay being
Probate Judge Raymond P. Smith
(reelected), $4,418.34 as compared
with $4,290 before 1940 Prosecutor
Paul T. Landis (reelcted), $3,540,
$3,420 Clerk of Courts Ernest Mills
(new), $3,915, $3,795 Engineer Ho
bart Mumaugh (new), $3,927.20, $3,
907.16 Sheriff William V. Daley (re
elected),$3,325, $3,225 Recorder Wil
ferd F. Failor (reelected), $2,960,
$2,880 board of election (each mem
ber) $960, $912.
Commissioners H. T. Morris (re
elected) and Dale Jennings (new)
get $2,820 a year but Commissioner
Harry L. Burgess, chairman of the
board who was in mid-term when the
census was taken, still draws $2,760.
Annual Jenera Band
Fete Thursday Night
The Jenera band in conjunction
with the business men of the village
will have its annual social and pro
gram Thursday evening.
The social will start at 8 p. m. in
the village square near the band
stand. Carl Twining, of Findlay, is
Business men of Jenera annually
sponsor a community event of this
nature to raise funds, part of which
are used for the band.
Mrs. Margaret Bunn was a
day afternoon caller on Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Bracy of Pandora.
Mrs. Olive Crozier was a Wednes
day caller on Mrs. Idella Bailey and
Mrs. Pearl Jordan of Mt. Cory.
Miss Betty Biggs of Findlay spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Bruce
Mr. and Mrs. Minard Lovell and
son Leroy of Moffitt Station spent
evening with Mr. and Mrs.
Wentz and Mr. and Mrs.
Williams spent the week end
with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Beck of
Mrs. Margaret Bunn spent the
week end with Mr. and Mrs. Erwin
Bunn of near Benton Ridge.
Hugh Runkle of Cleveland and
Mrs. Raymond Reel of Jenera were
Friday callers on Mrs. Olive Crozier.
Richard Smith of Circleville, Ind.,
and Miss Ruth Smith of Benton
Ridge spent the week end with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Watkins
and family and Mrs. E. M. Fruchy
and family of Columbus Grow and
Mr. and Mrs. Asa Hiestand were
Sunday afternoon callers on Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Wentz and Mr. and
Mrs. James Wentz.
Mrs. Nell Franks of Newark Mrs.
Ella Zartman and children of Find
lay were Wednesday evening callers
on Mrs. Olive Crozier.
Mr.. and Mrs.
Sunday with Mr.
Fox of Arlington.
Tom Fox spent
and Mrs. Wilbur
daughter of Toledo spent the week
end with Mrs. Amanda Cantner.
Carol Yuckenberg of Maumee is
spending a few days with Miss Ruth
Junior Tyson of near Rawson is
spending a few days with his grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. William
Mrs. Roy Arndt and daughter of
Bellevue were Saturday afternoon
callers on Mrs. Olive Crozier.
News Want-Ads Bring Results.
Teachers Here To Get New Contracts
o Be Given Longer Contracts
Than Previous Employment
For One Year
Jill Does Not Guarantee Life
time Tenure Provides Dis
In line with the provision of the
recently enacted teacher employment
law, the Bluffton Board of Education
will issue new contracts to all public
school teachers here when the law
goes into effect September 1, it was
announced this week by A. J. B.
Longsdorf, superintendent of schools.
In all schools under 800 enrollment
arrangement is made for one year
contracts for beginning teachers,
three year contracts on second em
ployment and either five year con
tracts or continuing contracts at the
option of the local board, on subse
Not Life Tenure
No lifetime tenure, however, will
exist according to a recent statement
of Walton B. Bliss, executive secre
tary of the Ohio Education Associa
tion, the organization which spon
sored the bill.
There are definite grounds for ter
minatting such contracts as set uu
by law. Bliss stated that the teach
ers as a body are just anxious to
weed out the incompetants in the
profession as is the public. The
right of a board of education to dis
miss incompetent teachers is con
tained in the provisions of the law.
Intensified warfare against mos
quito larvae on the part of the
Bluffton property owners was re
quested this week by those in charge
of the town’s mosquito control pro
Altho mosquitoes are more preva
lent this summer, the creeks are free
of larvae, it was reported by Robert
Oyer, who supervises the spraying
of all bodies of water within the vil
The course will last for a complete
school year or two semesters and will
consist of instruction in typing,
shorthand, accounting, business Eng
lish, office practice and other sub
jects related to general office prac
Opportunity will be given for spe
cial instruction in any one of the
fields, if the entire course is not
needed. The course “is intended es
pecially for those who have but a
few months or one year for prepara
tiop but wish to have the benefits
of a college atmosphere.”
Instructional staff will
Prof. William Dick and
Related courses will be
September 1, According To State Law
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Myers and
family of Mansfield called Saturday
afternoon at the Amos and Robert
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz, Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Stevens, Mrs.
Walton Alderfer and daughter Shir
ley were Sunday dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lehman and
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Core a son at the Community hos
pital one day last week. Mrs. Core
and baby were removed to the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Gratz Sunday morning.
Mrs. Ella Dillman, Meredith Burk
holder and Joan Stonehill were Sun
day evening supper guests at the
Amos and Weldon Luginbuhl. Even
ing callers were Mrs. Warren Moser,
Mrs. Dana Moser and Miss Irene
Mr. and Mrs. George Weaver and
son of Hoytville spent Sunday after
noon at the Amos and Francis Bas
Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart and
Mr. and Mrs.
Friday evening with
Ed Marquart and sons.
Mrs. Andrew Hoch
family called on Mr.
Al Heuer and
and Mrs. David Zimmerman Friday
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zim
merman and daughter and Wilmer
Badertscher were Sunday dinner
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Badert
scher and son.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Gratz, Mr.
and Mrs. W. C. Schaublin were Sun
day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Russell Schaublin and family.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer
Badertscher a son, one day last
The grounds for dismissal as spe
cified in the act are inefficiency or
immorality, violations of reasonable
rules and regulations of the board of
education or other good and just
cause. The procedure set up for
such dismissals includes written no
tice of the reasons therefore, the
right of a hearing with witnesses be
fore the board and the
appeal if desired.
Mosquitoes More Numerous But They
Come From Cisterns, Oyer Declares
Many of the mosquitoes can be at-
College Will Offer
A new course in secretarial stud
ies will be offered by Bluffton college
beginning with the opening of the
school term next September, it was
announced this week by Dr. L. L.
Ramseyer, president of the institu
right of court
in addition to
After the first year,
teachers will be required to serve a
standard probationary period of
three years at the end of which the
teacher will be eligible for a longer
contract if re-employed.
Teachers who come to a system
after having had continuing contract
status in another district are re
quired to serve a two-year proba
tionary period unless the board re
duces or waives this stipulation.
Provision is made for necessary
salary reductions, but such reduc
tions must be made'a part of a uni
form plan so that individual teachers
may not be singled out for punitive
In school larger than 800
rollment all teachers will
continuing contracts, that
are hired for as long as they give
efficient service without going thru
the yearly hiring procedures. Schools
under 800 may also have the con
tinuing contract system if the board
so rules. Otherwise they will follow
the plan of one, three and five yeai'
contracts as provided in the law.
The new tenure law will effect ap
proximately 28 teachers in the school
here next September.
tributed to larvae hatching in cis
terns and in refuse that is not prop
erly treated, it was pointed out.
Residents are requested to check
their cisterns, and if wrigglers are
found the mayor should be notified.
The town will then take steps to
Constant activity is required on the
part of property owners in checking
possible breeding places if the con
trol program is to be a success, it
week at the Bluffton Community
Mr. and Mrs. Brice Main, Mr. and
Mrs. John Marquart and family,
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Marquart and son
Sunday evening with
Philip Marquart, Sr.
Steiner and daughter
evening at the Amos
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gratz, Mr.
and Mrs. J. L. Gratz, Mr. and Mrs.
Wilford Gratz and Mrs. Amos
Moser called Sunday afternoon on
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gratz and Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Core and family.
Miss Eileen Johns of Lima and
Wendell Duffman of Camp Shelby,
Miss., spent Sunday evening with
Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Strunk and
The U. S. Department of Agricul
ture has announced that loans on ex
cess under marketing-quota provis
ions will be extended to April 30,
1943. This will affect wheat storage
on farms or in approved warehouses.
The present maturity date on all 1941
loans is April 30, 1942. The provi
sions permit farmers to store excess
wheat, postponing payment of the
49 cent per bushel penalty at this
time. Next year it will be possible
to market this wheat without penalty,
provided the acreage allotment is un
derplanted or the producer suffers a
crop loss. Producers storing excess
wheat on farms are entitled to 7
cents a bushel on such wheat as a
storage allowance at the maturity of
the 1941 loan, April 30, 1942. Where
storage loans are extended for anoth
er year, the producer will be entitled
to a further allowance of 5 cents a
bushel, making a 12-cent allowance
for storage up to April 30, 1943.
News Want-Ads Bring Results.
ON SALE AT YOUR POST OFFICE OR BANK
America On Guard!
Above is a reproduction of the
Treasury Department’s Defense
Savings Poster, showing an exact
duplication of the original “Minute
Man” statue by famed sculptor
Daniel Chester French. Defense
Bonds and Stamps, on sale at your
bank or post office, are a vital part
of America’s defense preparations.
HURSDAY, JULY 24, 1941
In memory of Mrs. Dan C. Bucher,
who passed away July 23, 1940.
SHE IS JUST AWAY
I cannot say, and I will not say,
That she is dead,—she is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of
She has wandered into an unknown
And left us dreaming how’ very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers
And you— Oyou, who the wildest
For the old-time steps and the glad
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of
Think of her still as the same, I say:
She is not dead—she is just away!
Dan Bucher & Children
Excess Wheat Plan
Offered To Farmers
Permission to sell over-quota grain
without paying the 40-cent-a-bushel
penalty was announced this week by
the- Agriculture Department. The
plan is for farmers to seed below
their 1942 AAA acreage allotments.
Local AAA farmer committees will
give permission as soon as the 1942
crop is planted. With winter wheat
planting starting the first of Septem
ber producers of excess wheat could
market such grain this fall.
The amount of wheat that he could
sell would be equivalent to average
production of that portion of his
1942 allotment not planted to wheat.
For example, a producer with a
hundred acre wheat allotment and a
10-bushel-per-acre normal yield would
be permitted to sell 200 bushels of
excess wheat if he reduced his 1942
crop planting to 80 acres.
This plan has been developed by
AAA officials to soften protests of
many wheat growers who have been
protesting the marketing quota sys
tem in which excess wheat is sub
ject to a penalty tax of 49 cents a
Will Continue Here
Religious Education will continue
to be taught in the Bluffton Public
schools next year, it was decided at
a meeting of the religious education
council at the high school Sunday
afternoon. Applications are being re
ceived by the council, it was stated
by A. J. B. Longsdorf, president of
The vacancy in the public schools
here was created by the resignation
of Miss Elizabeth Tiefenthaler. Ac
tion on appointing an instructor for
the position will take place in the
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Sidney’s Drug Shop
129 N. Main Phone 170-W
Cincinnati & Lake Erie
& Chicken Supper
at St Anthony's Church
Columbus Grove, Ohio
Chicken Supper—Sun. 4:30-8:30
Chicken Noodle Soup Lunch—
Monday 5:30 to 8:30
Plenty of F'un! Games,
ALL ARE WELCOME
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