Two victories were scored by the
Triplett softball team in a double
header at Hannon field last Monday
night, Kenton Elks going down to
defeat in the curtain-raiser, 10 to 5,
and the locals edging Upper Sandus
ky Wyandot Vaults, 1 to 0, in the
Heavy hitting in the first two
frames assured Bluffton of a victory
over the Kenton outfit. Three runs
were scored in the first inning when
Steiner walked and B. Swank was
safe on an error. Lewis struck out,
but Fritz Swank’s single scored
Steiner, and Crawford’s single per
mitted Swank to cross the plate.
In the second inning, Miller
grounded out to open the stanza, but
Wenger doubled and scored on
Spaeth’s single. Steiner and Spaeth
each were safe on a fielder’s choice
and Bert Swank walked. Lewis flied
out to center field, Spaeth counting
and Fritz Swank was safe on an
error that permitted him to go to
second, Bert Swank scoring. Fritz
Swank then crossed the plate on
Bluffton counted another run in
the fourth, Lewis doubling and scor
ing on Fritz Swank’s single. In the
sixth inning, the tenth Blufftoi^j^,
was added, Wenger being safe vi it'
error and scoring on Spaeth’s smgR?.
Bluffton’s night-cap game with'thtb
Upper Sandusky team was one of the
finest played here in many a day.
Spaeth continued on the mound
for the Triplett crew, and altho he
was pitching his second game of the
evening he gave up only four hits
in an air-tight hurling battle with
Frederick, speed ball pitcher of the
Upper Sandusky got one man on
base in each the first, second, third
and seventh innings, but Spaeth bore
down in each instance to prevent a
score from crossing the plate.
Bluffton was having its own run
getting troubles, however, and until
the last inning the crew had been
unable to get runners on bases, with
the exception of the third, when no
scores resulted altho two men were
safe at first.
In the last half of the seventh
frame, Fritchie was out at first but
Bert Swank drew a base on balls.
He went to third and Lewis went on
to second when a toss to first to get
Lewis went wild. Fritz Swank then
drove a sharp grounder to the left
of the third baseman, and altho he
managed to get his hands on the bail
his throw was too late at the plate,
and Bert Swank scored the winning
tally, giving the Manges-outfit a 1 to
Steiner ..............-.......... 3 2 0
B. Swank 2 2 0
Triplett Ball Team Wins Two
Games In Double-header Here
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Boy Scout News
The Bluffton Boy Scouts returned
Sunday from a most profitable and en
joyable week at Camp Defiance, lo
cated on an island in the Maumee
river. The boys were taken to camp
in the C. F. Niswander truck and
were accompanied by Scoutmaster
and Mrs. Karl Gable and Mr. and
Mrs. C. F. Niswander, all of whom re
turned to Bluffton the same day ex
cept the scoutmaster.
Visitors at the camp were: Wed
nesday-Mrs. Harley Augsburger and
son Buddy, Mrs. Nelson Herr, Mrs.
Karl Gable, Mrs. Levi Gable, Mrs.
Carey Niswander and daughter Mar
cella, Mrs. Cliff Stratton, Mrs. Harry
Mericle, Millard and Levi Oberly and
Sarah Mae Oberly.
Thursday—Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Zehrbach, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Bixel
and daughter Betty David Bixel,
Mrs. Mildred Hartman and Harold
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Sunday—Mr. and Mrs. Harley
Augsburger, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson
Herr, Mr. and Mrs. Harl Mann and
Mrs. Florence Bogart, Mrs. Mabel
Minck. Mr. and Mrs. Carey Niswand
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and Mrs. Joe Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. E.
A treasure hunt on Thursday was
won by Gordon Bixel, Robert Fisher,
Dean Niswander, Otto Klassen, Rob
ert Oberly. Harry Minck won the
The senior Boy Scouts, Richard and
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Robert Oberly, Bill Amstutz, Ray
mond Schumacher and the junior staff
at camp were hosts to the same num
ber of Toledo girl scouts at the camp
Saturday night for supper and a
campfire program. Each couple was
given a package which had a supper
to cook together
Daily routine of the camp was as
7:30—Flag raising ceremony.
9:00 to 10:30—Instruction period.
11:00 to 1:00 Swimming.
2:00 to 5:30—Merit badge study,
exploration hike, nature hike, boating,
7:00 to 9:45—Night games and
Campfires star study.
More details of the awards given
and tests passed will be reported in
this column next week.
Attending the camp were: Bill
Amstutz, Robert and Richard Oberly,
Bill Mericle, Raymond Schumacher,
Otto Klassen, Harry and Richard
Minck, Donavin Augsburger, Paul and
Gordon Bixel, Robert Fisher, Evan
Herr, Dean Niswander, Robert Strat
ton and Charles Trippiehorn.
Defeat Lima, 8-4
Bluffton Tennis club surprised
Lima Lost Creek netters by captur
ing an 8 to 4 match decision on the
Lima courts last Sunday afternoon.
In the afternoon’s play, the Bluff
ton team won five singles and three
doubles decisions. Two women’s
matches were included.
Results included: Roger Howe de
feated Norbert Knostman, 10-8, 6-4
Woodrow Little defeated Bob Cupp,
6-3, 7-5 Dale Reichenbach defeated
Morris, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Ralph Short
beat Julius Long, 6-0, 6-3 Triplett
beat Cliff Wood, Jr., 7-5, 6-1 Wilbur
Howe and Reichenbach beat Cupp and
Al Hollander, 6-0, 6-3 Art Amstutz
and Dale Good beat Don Adkins and
Long, 6-1, 6-1, and Short and Roger
Howe won from Wood and George
Baldwin, 6-4, 6-3.
Norleen Guthrie and Hilda Wine
miller accounted for two of Lost
Creek’s victories by defeating Gene
vieve Fett and Elizabeth Weinhold.
Miss Guthrie won, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, and
Miss Winemiller won, 6-1, 6-4. In
the other Lost Creek games, Mere
dith Morris and “Hank” Campbell
won a doubles match from Norman
Triplett and Woodrow Little, 6-3,
6-3 and Campbell won his singles
match from Wilbur Howe, 6-2, 6-2.
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THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON. OHIO
The late John Sharp Williams,
senatorial “sage of Yazoo,” he of
ready response and rapier wit,
famed in Washington for World war
and states’ rights orations, won
many home votes, they say, by
sheer eloquence about Delta dirt.
You drive out to the cotton planta
tions on cotton-reinforced auto tires,
steered by a part-cotton wheel, to
take a picture of a cotton gin with
films that utilized cotton linters.
The pharaohs of this former flood
plain are the affluent planters, also
the corporations and northern insur
ance companies that now operate
thousands of acres they took over
during the cotton price slump.
“But we are not in the cotton
business we don’t want to go into
the cotton business,” insisted a Bos
ton banker one day in 1931.
“Well, you all mixed in the cotton
business in the sixties anyway, you
are in it right now,” drawled a Delta
planter as he laid a pile of mort
gages on the banker’s desk, bowed
low, and set forth for a trip to
Scott Farm Is Example.
The Scott farm, north of Green
ville, illustrates how share cropping
operates on a well-managed planta
tion, where owners find it profitable
to keep workers healthy, happy and
contented to remain year after year.
The Scott establishment is the
principal holding of the Delta and
Pine Land company, British-owned
biggest cotton plantation in the Unit
It uses mules, not tractors pays
its workers by shares and not in
daily wages and picks by hand, not
by machinery. Thus it is typical,
except for its size, of many of the
larger Delta plantations.
The Scott farm alone, exclusive
of two subsidiary holdings (at Dee
son and Estill), spreads over an area
nearly as large as the District of
Columbia. On it live about 900 fam
ilies, aggregating 3,300 people. In
1936 it sold 13,200 hales of cotton
APPLICATION for depository
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v j] be received by the under
1 ce -t the trustees of Rich
land Township. Alien County. Ohio, until s
P. M. on th* seeoad day of AuffUCt. 1941,
from any bank legally eligible which may
desire to submit a written application to be
designated as a public depository of the de
posits of the public money of said township,
for a period of two years commencing July
30. 1941. as provided by the Uniform Dejoa
itory Act. G. C. 2296-1.
Said application shall be made in conform
ity with a resolution passed on the 19th day
of July, 1941, copy of which is on file at the
Old South’s Cotton Industry
Emerges in Modern Setting
But Traditional Share
Cropper Persists in
Prepared by National Geographic Society,
Washington, D. —WNU Service.
O THE Mississippian “the
spelled with capi
tals, is not the Mississippiseed)
marshy mouths, but the Greek
letter-shaped triangle between
that river and the Yazoo. There
patient Nature laid down the
tar-black alluvium and decayed
leaf mold that form the richest
cotton land this side of the be
This Delta “begins in the
lobby of the Peabody hotel in
Memphis and ends in Catfish
Row in Vicksburg.” It is as
flat as a Netherlands land
scape. In August towns loom
like mirages on the pancake level of
fluffy fields dotted with black men,
women and children, trailing their
bags and singing as they pluck the
Vegetation Is Lush.
Rows of willows, honey locusts,
gleaming birches, cypress, and
swamp hickory mark the mesh of
rivers, creeks, lakes, and bayous
that make this an area of thousands
of inland islands. Like a lazy field
hand the river drops its silt along its
banks, then the channel narrows,
twists and bends.
An endless array of Negro cabins,
some neat and ’vhitewashed, others
unkempt and dilapidated, surround
the planters’ homes, stores, gins and
Any Delta citizen will talk about
soil with the fervor of a California^
praising sunshine, or a Gloucester
fisherman sizing up a nor’easter.
They teach soil in the schools, and
talk about it before Rotary clubs. A
banker will as^ay the fine, sandy
loam between thumb and forefinger
as he passes upon a plantation mort
gage. And when it comes to Yazoo
clay and the underlying “buckshot”
stratum—then the paeans well to the
tenderness of poetry.
Delta Dirt Wins Votes.
Above photos show the old
and new in cotton picking. At
top, Negroes going through the
fields picking the blooms by
hand, earning from 75 cents to
$1.00 a hundred pounds. Be
low is the new mechanical picker
which will glean one bale (about
1,500 pounds of lint cotton and
an hour at an approxi
mate cost of 21 cents per 100
and more than 5,000 tons of cotton
Managers of each of its 11 units
report to a general manager and
his staff. Among its experts are
research scientists in breeding and
a “mule buyer” who cares for its
865 animals. There is a head black
smith with a gang of helpers, a
building crew to keep its more than
1,000 houses in repair, a meat-curing
plant for its croppers, and a savings
department where they may deposit
A physician is always on call and
presides over the hospital where 97
babies were delivered last year.
Workers’ children attend seven
county schools on the premises.
Airplanes are hired to fly low
over its fields and dust the plants
with powdered calcium arsenate to
poison the boll weevil.
For the share cropper and his
family the management furnishes a
cabin, mules, fuel, water, tools, cot
tonseed, and credit for clothing,
food, and other necessary provi
sions. Each worker of the family
is allotted six acres to grow cot
ton, and two more acres for his own
corn, vegetable garden, cow and
At the end of about 125 days the
worker receives exactly one-half of
the current price of the cotton he
The cotton plantation’s black
smith working on shoes for the
raised, the amount of his rations
account is deducted, and he is hand
ed the balance in a lump sum.
In some poor years he may re
ceive less than his store bill. Then
the account is closed and the planta
tion takes that loss in addition to
In 1931 the Scott farm wrote off
$80,000 in unpaid tenant accounts.
Last year it paid a single tenant
family of man, wife, and four chil
dren $1,480 for their share of a
The Scott general store annually
reports about $260,000 gross sales.
Negro families at Scott own 280
automobiles, ranging from new cars
to museuni pieces.
At pay-off time some thrifty crop
pers buy a patch of land, some de
posit their savings, others indulge
their fancy for such characteristic
Delta Negro luxuries as gold teeth,
riding on trains, and the inevitable
“rolling the bones.”
office of the clerk of said township.
Applications should be sealed and endorsed
“Application for deposit of public moneys”.
N. W. BASINGER,
14 Clerk of Richland Township
Maximum prices on hides went in
to effect by government order June
16. This was the first price ceiling
set on a commodity that would tend
to limit the price of an agricultural
The large high school auditorium
was too small to accomodate those
who wished to attend the baccalau
reate exercises Sunday night. Long
before the appointed time the house
was completely filled. The Rev. Dr.
Hundley of Findlay delivered the ad
The flunior-Senior banquet was
held Friday night. Lysle Baumgart
ner, the junior president acted as
toastmaster. Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein
spoke on “The Hundred Percent
Student.” Ralph Stearns Vie senior
president responded and Prof. Conser
gave an interesting talk. Excellent
music was furnished throughout the
evening by George Klay, Paul Strat
ton. Homer and Osca'r Luginbuhl.
Dr. Mosiman tgsvtewed Winston
Churchill’s latest book “Inside the
Cup” at Bluffton college Vespers
Sunday will be the last day for
services in the old Methodist church.
The building was erected in 1873 and
is being torn dowji to make ready
for a modem edifice costing $20,000.
Last Friday the hoard, of trustees
of Bluffton college let a contract for
the construction of a heating plant
on the college premises. Not only
will the college buildings be heated
but also many surrounding resi
The pupils of Miss Pearl Bogart
and Prof. Evans will give a public
recital at the college chapel, Tuesday.
Prof. H. B. Adams of Lima has
rented the Myers property on South
Lawn avenue and expects to move
his household goods in June.
Two of the best softball team in
this area will provide the opposition
for the fast-traveling Triplett outfit
in home games under the floodlights
at Harmon field Friday and Monday
In the Friday assignment, the lo
cal outfit will be host to Lima Brad
field Center’s strong team, and the
Delphos Capitol crew' will play here
Bradfield Center has a team eom
posed of the outstanding negro ball
players in Lima, and airtight play
always has been the feature cf Trip
lett-Bradfield games of the past.
Another top-notch team will op
pose the Triplett crew on Monday
when the strong Delphos Capitol
outfit is scheduled to play here.
Timer Spaeth who won a double
header for the Triplett team last
Monday night is expected to draw
the starting assignment in both
games of the coming week.
In the contests, Triplett will be
seeking their ninth and tenth vic
tories of the season. So far, the lo
cal outfit has been defeated only once
in nine starts, and the Manges
coached crew appears to be on its
way to one of the best season rec
ords in the history of organized soft
ball play here.
NEWS OUR FATHERS READ
FROM ISSUE OF MAY 21, 1914
Triplett Softbal Team To Play
Bradfield Center Here Friday
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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1941
John Lauby will graduate from the
Ft. Wayne Bible Institute this June.
W. J. Staater is making substan
tial improvements in his dry goods
Miss Metta Kohli resigned her
position in the Lima schools and has
accepted the principalship of the
Bluffton grade school.
T. G. Scheid left yesterday for
South Dakota, and in about two
weeks his family, who have been re
siding on a homestead in that state
for over a year will return w’ith him
and will again occupy their home on
Main street. H. R. Lugibihl and
family, now residing in the residence
will move into the Lugibihl flats.
Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn Amstutz
welcomed a baby boy into their home.
C. M. Steingraver, mail carrier on
route 2, is making his route with an
automobile. We appreciate this very
much as we now can read the daily
papers at noon.
E. J. Neuenschwander, who is a
student at the Therdogical seminary
at Naperville, Ill., and who was given
a cal! as assistant preacher in the
Mennonite church declined the call.
Leonard Zimmerly and Miss Ida
Mann were united in marriage at the
parsonage' of Rev. W. D. Bishop of
Rawson. The groom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Zimmerly
and the bride is a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Martin Mann and is well
known having been employed in the
phone exchange at Bluffton.
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