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THURSDAY. JULY 24. 1941
P&lAj&hgI Farmers of the Bluffton district are carrying a lot of money in their pockets these days—and it’s not small change either. Bank attaches here say that their usual supply of twenty-dollar bills is low, due to the fact that those farmers who cash their checks for wheat and hogs ask to be paid in bills of the twenty dollar denomination in order not to have such a bulk of paper currency to carry around. He’s a versatile fellow—auburn haired Harvey Bauman, who grad uated from Bluffton college last month and is spending the summer here. If there’s a job in sight Har vey will tackle it—and he can fill the bill, too. Besides working at the college for room and board he also pinch hits at the Hauenstein drug store, Long restaurant and Steiner garage—just to mention a few of his many activities. Friendly enemies—that's about what will develop this fall when John Luginbuhl and Dale Reichen bach take up their jobs as athletic coaches of rival high schools in Crawford county. Both were grad uated last month from Bluffton col lege. Luginbuhl will coach at Chat field and Reichenbach at Bucyrus Rural. Looks like Crawford county will see some good athletic exhibi tions for both were outstanding athletes during their college careers. Prof. Russell Lantz who is direc ting church choruses this summer in the vicinity of Lansdale, Pa., has been under the care of a physician the past week but latest reports are that his condition is improved. Harry Sutter, northwest of Bluff ton who has been raising a lot of early sweet corn says that two truckloads of roasting ears which he sold on the eastern market in Detroit recently brought better than twenty cents a dozen, instead of 35 to 40 cents as stated last week. Harry asked us to make this cor rection which we are glad to do. Thursday will be a red letter day for youngsters of the Presbyterian Sunday school when the annual pic nic will be held at the Triplett farm northwest of town. A feature of the basket dinner at 6 p. m. will be “all the ice cream you can eat”—and the boys ‘and girls are resolved to do their best. Do fish bite on Sunday? We don’t know for sure, but maybe this col umn will have the answer next week. Anyway a lot of Bluffton fishermen should know, for about twenty-five of them have made arrangements to charter a boat next Sunday and spend the day fishing in Lake Erie. And speaking of red letter days— they say it’s a near-riot on Fridays when the Bluffton News reaches Camp Shelby. Just about demoral izes army discipline until the Bluff ton doughboys have read the News from cover to cover. Whether it’s to keep cool, to get away from it all or whatever the motivation, four Bluffton young men, life guards and employes at the Buckeye swimming lake, are sleep ing out at nights in a tent at the Buckeye. Enjoying the extra fresh air are Evan Soash, Robert Cooney, Fred Fritchie and James Amstutz. The boys have added two “adopted children” recently with the result that six are now’ sleeping most nights in the tent. Adopted are Morris Murray, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nile Murray and Wilbur Bracy, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bracy. The boys eat breakfast on the grounds but after several experi ments with more substantial eating at the other meals decided to eat at home. Just as Bob Murray was about to realize an ambition to serve as pitcher for a strong semi-profession al ball club, the outfit broke up and Bob was out of a job. He made the grade after tryouts and pitched three games for the Seminole Oilers of Seminole, Oklahoma, winning two and losing one. All of the players were employes of local oil companies and when transfers to other areas took more than half the team it was necessary to disband the organi zation. Bob reports an interesting time playing the Oklahoma State prison. At one stage of the game when one of the prison players was chiding another for being too slow he re torted by saying, “You’re in for life, whadda you care.” On another ac casion when one of the prisoners stole second he was warned by one of his team mates to take it easy be cause the last time he stole a base he “got ten years.” At any rate, it was swell while it lasted, Bob reports. Carrying paper routes has always been a male prerogative, but Miriam Stettler has been subbing for her Burning of General Crawford, from “Fifty Stories of Ohio His torw” (1917) Crawford’s Memorial is on Route 23, three miles north of Upper Sandusky Ttrrr THE BATTLE OF THE SANDUSKY PLAINS “The object of your command is to destroy with fire and sword, if practicable, the Indian towns and settlements at Sandusky by which we hope to give ease and safety to the inhabitants-of this country.” With these orders before him, Colonel William Crawford, com panion of Washington during the campaigns of Braddock and Forbes, veteran of Dunmore’s War and the Revolution, left Fort Pitt to subdue the Indians on the San dusky. Though the last battle of the Revolution had been fought in the East, the British, intent on hold ing the Ohio Country, armed the Indians for raids against the white settlers. The Indians needed no encour agement from the British. A suc cession of acts of cruelty on the part of the Americans, climaxed with the murder of 90 Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten, had aroused their bitter rage. brother John and has been doing the man size job well, according to re ports. When Bill Mericle arrived home Sunday from a week’s scouting trip at Camp Defiance he was surprised to see that his parents had pur chased a new car in his absence from home. It’s all right. Bill says, but he won’t get much use out of it because he, with Robert Oberly, will return to the camp for two w’eeks as junior counsellors. And speaking of Camp Defiance, he boys report that Harry Minck was so bashful about meeting a girl named “Carmilla” from Defiance, that four of them had to carry him over to her. The troop returned Sunday after noon in a C. F. Niswander truck and arroused considerable attention with their snappy uniforms and their singing and cheering as they went through town. Marilyn Fett, 11 year old daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fett is the proud ,possessor of a maroon and cream full sized girls bike. She says that she is glad to have her own now because formerly she had to ride her sister’s. Among her most recent achievements with the new velocipede is the ability to ride four blocks without holding on to the handle bars. Joan Clark, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark, has a baby pigeon for a pet. She hasn’t named it yet but calls the parents “Dickie and Dollie”. They were given to her by her uncle Alford Bushong of Columbus Grove. Misunderstanding of southern vo cal inflections, caused temporary embarrassment for Silas Diller, as he together with Mrs. Diller, the Misses Meredith Stepleton and Evelyn Niswander were touring the southern states last week. Noticing a cluster of dead trees and brush “Si” inquired of a native as to the cause of the gray patches in the woods. Answering in char acteristic southern drawl the native explained that fires had caused the damage. “What do you mean by “fuzz”? Is that a new kind of dis ease?” queried “Si” asking for ad ditional enlightenment. After an embarrassing pause, his wife conveyed to Silas that the na tive was saying “fires” rather than “fuzz”. Dale Francis, Bluffton college graduate in the class of 1941, paid us a visit this week. The versatile young man has a position as city editor of the Dayton Journal during the week and preaches in a small country charge on Sundays. He was well known in the Bluffton area dur ing the November presidential cam paign last November as the county chairman of the “Willkie-for-Presi dent” club. Not many people know it but Geo. Klay not only is a highly skilled tool and die maker but also a versa tile and competent musician. Klay, machine shop foreman at the Trip lett plants, plays the piano well and can perform creditably on both string and wind instruments. In ’/j FAMOUS OHIO BATTLEFIELDS Col. Crawford Is Burned at the Stake On May 25, 1782, Colonel Craw’ ford and 480 frontiersmen left Mingo Junction for their surprise attack on the Sandusky villages. A week later they had left the eastern forests and were crossing the first of the plains. Villages they had meant to surprise were deserted. Crawford’s advance was no secret In the meanwhile the Indians and British were gathering—Wy andots, Delawares, Shawnees, Butler’s Mounted Rangers from Detroit. Trouble was ahead for Crawford’s men. June 4th saw the first action. Crawford sought to drive the In dians from a piece of high ground. Night fell with no conclusion. It was the next night that Crawford, alarmed by the arrival of reinforcements, ordered a re treat. Four abreast, the wound ed in the center, the column toiled eastward. Then the Indians struck with all their fury. The head of the column was annihilated. The men, panic-stricken, tried to flee in small groups. Colonel Craw earlier days he played frequently at various social gatherings in the community. Sarah Amstutz, Jean Ann Stein man, Doris Barber and Phyllis Hard wick are early risers when it comes to breakfast in the woods. At 6:00 o’clock in the morning the group had breakfast in the Amstutz woods and afterwards went biking. A collection of pictures of early Bluffton owned by Sidney Garau was brought to the Bluffton News this week. Sidewalks shown in the pic tui s are made entirely of either wood or flagstone and the streets are unpaved. Picket fences and hitching racks are much in evidence. Most of the men appearing in the pictures wore handle bar mustaches and the woman had sun bonnets and ankle length dresses. A new kind of shrubbery can be seen in the front yard of Cliff Elliott on Kibler street. Three volunteer stalks of corn came up in the sprjng, and Elliott permitted them to grow. Today they are head-high and he is looking forward to a good harvest. Whether it could be called a trend away from the automobile is not certain, but anyway at least four Bluffton business men are utilizing the bicycle as a mode of transporta tion. Gilbert Fett, hardware mer chant Sidney Hauenstein, pharma cist Albert Niswander, implement dealer and Don Patterson, barber all can be seen riding to and from work on the increasingly popular bicycle. Cleon Triplett and H. C. Stettler are the oldest employes of the Meter Works from point of service, outside of R. L. Triplett, founder of the organization. A survey this week showed Cleon has worked for the concern 36 years and Stettler has been an employe 24 years. Myrtle Manges, with 22 years service, has the longest record of the women em ployes. An unusual growth of apricots is being shown at the display window of the Bluffton News this week. Thirty apricots are clustered on one branch less than two feet long. It was taken from the B. J. Boutwell farm, three miles east of Orange Center. A couple of bushels have already been picked from the tree and one can scarcely tell that it has been picked, it was reported. Whether Bluffton boys formerly were bigger and tougher is not known but in November 1907 Bluff ton High school gridders had little difficulty in disposing of Findlay High school to the tune of 27 to 0. The item is reported in the column “News Our Grandfathers Read.” By a strange quirk of window glass reflections one can see into the Lewis Barber shop from Sidney’s Drug Store on the same side of the street. Looking from the drug store across the street to Shalley’s store window one may witness Bob Lewis, the proprietor of the barber shop, busily engaged in the tonsorial profession. There’s to be no furlough until THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON ©CRAWFORD COL.WIUIAMW CRAWFORD MONUMENT—4M UPPER S SANDUSKY fc ford, searching frantically for his son, his son-in-law and nephew, was captured. Crawford’s torture and death was described by Dr. John Knight, who was captured with him. He was tied to a post with 15 feet of rope. His ears were cut off he was stripped of his clothes, and gunpowder fired into his bare skin. Flaming sticks were laid against his body and hot coals covered the ground over which he was forced to walk. While still alive, he was scalped and coals and ashes were piled on his bleeding head. As the sun was sinking, Crawford died. About 300 of Crawford’s men returned to Fort Pitt, ragged, starving. With the Battle of Sandusky Plains, the Revolution was ap proaching an end in the West but the warfare for the control of Ohio was to continue for 11 long years. Next Week—General St. Clair’s rout endangers Western Frontier. October was the void received by Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West from their youngest sson Robert West who left early this spring for army training. However, there’s sone consolation in the fact that Bob has been moved from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to Camp Forrest, Tennessee, which is somewhat nearer home. He is serv ing in the 181st Field Artillery. George Moser, another of the boys ♦Tom the Bluffton district has re cently been transferred to Hawaii where he is stationed at Schofield barracks. Comes a letter from one of the good readers of the News, Mrs. Lula E. (Steiner) Kohn of St. Louis, who says in renewing her subscrip tion that when the News is extra “super” good she sends it to rel atives in California. Mrs. Kohn’s mother, Mrs. Phoebe Steiner, for merly of Bluffton who later lived for many years in Merced, Calif., is now making her home with her daughter in St. Louis. They’re getting madder every day —those residents on Jefferson street who have had to put up with the Dixie highway detour for the past two weeks. The street is narrow and trucks, especially at night often get on sidewalks and even onto lawns, causing considerable damage. Just who is going to make good on the necessary repairs is something a lot of people are wanting to know —and as yet there has been no sat isfactory answer. Also Street Com missioner Coon says that the heavy traffic is rapidly breaking up the street—and who is going to fit that up? There was talk of a Jefferson street delegation appearing before the council Monday night but noth ing materialized. Don Alspach, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Alspach of Jack son street astonished the family last Saturday afternoon by appearing with a dripping ice cream cone. On investigation it developed that Don had eluded his family and gone into Hankish's and in response to his re quest was presented with a cone. “You mustn’t do that anymore”, chided his mother. “Oh no, mother I won’t—the next time I’ll ask for popcorn”, Don replied. Refreshments pepped up the town council meeting Monday night when a generous plateful of cheese and crackers was brought up by Council man Menno Badertscher—it was mighty good cheese—the snappy kind and the councilmen, hizzoner Mayor Howe, Clerk Geiger and the writer of these notes made short work of it. There’s one person who didn’t have any good words for the effec tiveness of Bluffton’s anti-mosquito campaign—and believe it or not, it was right in the mayor’s own house hold—when Mrs. Howe awakened the other morning with a badly swollen eye, the result of a mosquito bite during he night. International wheat contr61 con ference has been in session in Wash ington with representatives present from England, Canada, Australia, Ar gentina, and the United States. OHIO Beaverdam Rev. and Mrs. Bryce Nichols and daughter Jaenice of Piqua were re cent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Weaver. Miss Ruth Jennings of Dola spent the week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. 1. M. Jennings. Mrs. John Manahan and children left Tuesday to spend several weeks with her parents and other relatives at Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Tillie McDorman of Lima is visiting her daughter .Mrs. Hattie Plaugher. Mrs. Ella McHenry of Bluffton and Mrs. Gladys Bowen of North Man chester, Ind., visited Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bogart. Robert Yarger is spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Yarg er at Muncie, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Paupl Pratt, daught en Betty Jean and son Warren of To Ido were Sunday visitors of Mrs. Car ri Durkee and daughter Ruth. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wingate were week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Wingate in Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Gates of Chicago were Saturday callers of Mrs. Jimetta Edgecomb. Miss Adda Yoakam and Mrs. Sadie Moore are spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. T. .Thomas at Holden. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Younkman and family of Clyde were week end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Younk man. In honor of the birthday anniver saries of Mrs. Ernest Hall and son Delbert and Wilma Jean Zimmerman the following guests were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zimmerman, Saturday evening: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hall and family, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Beery spent Sunday at Defiance. I The Y. M. P. class of the Church of Christ enjoyed a picnic Sunday at Avondale park. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burden are vis iting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Burden in Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Criblez visited recently with Mr. and Mrs. John Hud dleson and family at Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lutterbein en tained the members of the Vesperian S. S. class of the Methodist church, Wednesday evening. Those present 6 1941 NlODBt K UST TW*Sl lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll were: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Berns. Mr. and Mrs. R. Brackney, Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Jennings, Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cook, Mr. and .Mrs. Frank Hall, Mr. and Mrs. O. Huber, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jugh, Mr. and Mrs. G. Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. R. Wolfe, Mrs. Lillie Ander son, Mrs. Howard Clark, Mrs. E. Rowland, Mrs. R. Trout, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lutterbein, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Allison. Harry Bushey of Detroit spent sev eral days this past week with his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bushey. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Yant of Lima visited Sunday with Mrs. Lillie An derson and daughter Carol Frn. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Johnson and family of Chicago are visiting this week with Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Pfeifre. Pandora Mrs. Lester Kraft and children of Leslie, Michigan are visiting Mrs. Elizabeth Amstutz and daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Steiner and sons, Gerald, Lysle and Dwight visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold Welty in Flint. Michigan, Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Lue Lehman and Mrs. Kelly Clark are on the sick list. Ralph Davidson of Rogers City, Mich., visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Davidson over the week end. Mrs. Myron Hilty is employed at the Bluffton Meter works. Mr. and Mrs. Cogwell and son of Tulsa, Oklahoma are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Marion Peirman. Mrs. Cogwell and Mrs. Peirman are sis ters. Miss Mary Burkhart’s sale of household goods was largely at tended last Saturday afternoon. LaVerne Hein of Detroit is visit ing Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Steiner. The funeral of Ed. Schwab was held in the Pandora Missionary church Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Schwab died at his home near Ben ton Ridge, Sunday morning, at the age of 53. Mr. and Mrs. John Culp are the parents of a baby girl, named Betty Lou last Friday. Mr. Culp is our baker. Leonard Sutter purchased the property where Elmer Sutters are now living. Mrs. Regina Rafoth and Miss Mary Diller will move into the $ Come in,See Proof that this BIG FRIGIDAIRE gives more for your money -inside and out! rairt-FinW U/1U MtW M1US’M1 OVER 6,000,000 FRIGIDASRES HAVE BEEN BUILT AND SOLD! C. F. NISWANDER Authorized Frigidaire Dealer Bluffton, Ohio PAGE THREE house where Leonard Sutters are living and JSlmer Sutters where Mrs. Rafoth lives. A number from here attended the Amstutz reunion at the Richland Grange hall, Sunday. Musical Comedy Is On Civic Opera Bill A large cast of New York stage stars will play leading roles in the college musical comedy, “Good News”, which next Monday night will open the Toledo Civic Opera Association’s third week of the 1941 four-week season of musical attractions at the Zoological Park Amphitheater. Dan Harden, a member of the cast of Gertrude Lawrence’s New York stage hit, “Lady in the Dark”, which re-opens on Broadway in the fall, will sing the leading role in the To ledo production. Other leading roles will be played and sung by Elizabeth Houston, Sheelagh Dille, Detmar Pop pen, W. J. McCarthy, Ted Meza, Peg$?y Alexander and Clifford Steele, who all appeared in “Babe in Toy land” the first week, and Melissa Mason, John Tyers and Rowan Tud or, all of this week’s “The Firefly” cast. In addition, Billy Sully, New York comedy actor, will play the leading male comedy role, with Virginia Bol en, comedian, playing opposite him. Some of the song hits in “Good News” are “The Best Things in Life are Free”, “Good News”, “The Vars ity Drag”, “Lucky in Love” and “Happy Days”. Tickets for the Zoo productions are on sale at the opera association head quarters, 329 Superior street, Toledo, until 5 p. m. daily and at the Zoo box office beginning at 2 p. m. Sun days and 7 p. m. week days. Mail orders will be filled when accompan ied by check or money order. 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