THURSDAY. JULY 24. 1941
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
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
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
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
Crawford’s Memorial is on Route
23, three miles north of Upper
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
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
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
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
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
After an embarrassing pause, his
wife conveyed to Silas that the na
tive was saying “fires” rather than
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
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
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
In the meanwhile the Indians
and British were gathering—Wy
andots, Delawares, Shawnees,
Butler’s Mounted Rangers from
Detroit. Trouble was ahead for
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
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
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
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
There’s to be no furlough until
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON
ford, searching frantically for his
son, his son-in-law and nephew,
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,
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
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
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
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.
Rev. and Mrs. Bryce Nichols and
daughter Jaenice of Piqua were re
cent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.
Mrs. Lester Kraft and children of
Leslie, Michigan are visiting Mrs.
Elizabeth Amstutz and daughter,
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
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
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
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
gives more for your money
-inside and out!
OVER 6,000,000 FRIGIDASRES HAVE BEEN BUILT AND SOLD!
C. F. NISWANDER
Authorized Frigidaire Dealer Bluffton, Ohio
house where Leonard Sutters are
living and JSlmer Sutters where Mrs.
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”
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
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.
The new wool products labeling act
which went into effect July 14, requir
es that any product which contains
wool, except carpets, rugs, mats and
upholsterer}’ fabrics, must bear a la
bel giving the percentage of new
wool, reprocessed wool and reused
wool. Administration of the new act
is under the Federal Trade Commis
An Office of Agricultural Defense
Relations has been set up in the U.
S. Department of Agriculture.
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