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In order to pass the time as
nightwatchmen on the WPA road
re-surfacing project just north of
town, Paul Soldner and George
Swank decided to count all of the
big semi-trailer trucks that pounded
over the Dixie highway Monday
night between 11 o’clock and seven
o’clock in the morning, their work
ing hours. Much to their surprise
the boys counted 311 trucks of the
semi-trailer variety. This did not
include numerous lighter trucks.
Also, with Monday a lighter than
usual night the boys felt that 400
trucks per night would be a safe
average. Incidentally, most of the
automobiles going over the highways
at the late hours bear Michigan
license plates. The other night one
of the big trucks stopped to ask how
strong the bridge was. He said
that he felt* concern because he was
carrying a nice little load of 27 tons
in his trailer.
Joyce Nonnamaker, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Nonnamaker,
says that her favorite summer sport
is to ride the ponies at the farm of
her uncle Oliver Nonnamaker, living
in Orange township.
Fred Fritchie, Jr., employed as an
instrument calibrator at the Triplett
plant, says that he really enjoys
working the night shift in the sum
mer months because he can sleep as
late as he wants to. When he was
attending Bluffton High school last
year it was pretty tough to get up
at 7:30 in the morning after going
to bed at 2:00 o’clock every morning.
Now he has the delicious pleasure of
sleeping until at least noon every
A customer entering Ruff’s store
recently was surprised to find the
clerks apparently playing some kind
of game on a card table near the
entrance of the store. Closer ex
amination, however, revealed that
the clerks, Mary Alice Howe, Elene
Basinger and Vera Amstutz, were
marking price tags and using the
card table for the writing.
We have had the experience sev
eral times of getting lost while
traveling but we can’t recall ever
going 130 miles out of the way as
did a party of Negroes the other
night. Inquiring of Howard Stager
as to the distance to Detroit, the
whole party began reprimanding the
driver for turning off at Toledo.
Apparently the group had been
driving from northern Michigan to
Detroit and turned off at the wrong
road in Toledo and were unable to
discover their mistake until arriv
ing in Bluffton.
We were asked Monday night to
settle an argument between Paul
Greding and Jack Clark as to
whether the same person could be
physically and mentally at different
places at the same time. The
argument had been waxing fast and
furious for about an hour when we
were called in to referee the matter.
When we came on the scene the
boys were driving their arguments
home with a logic that would make
a philosopher turn green with envy.
When asked for a decision we of
fered the weak suggestion that both
might be right. Greeted with a look
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton. O.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
Telephone 271-W
Bluffton, Ohio
Citizens Bank Bldg., Bluffton
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Closed Thursday Afternoon & Evening
Office Hours: 8:30 A. M.—5:30 P. M.
7:30 P. M.—R:3O P. M.
Melville D. Soash, M. D.
The Commercial Bank Bldg.
Bluffton, Ohio
Telephone 254-W
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Also Fire and Windstorm
Notary Public
Phone 363-W
of disdain for such a retort we
quietly sneaked back to work as the
argument continued with increasing
A limb from a maple tree made
such a perfect landing on another
tree at the Forrest Steinman resi
dence on Lawn avenue that Forrest
didn’t even notice it until a week
Bob Watkins, who is employed at
the Simpson Electrical Instrument
Co. in Chicago, says that he cer
tainly misses the Buckeye and the
quiet evenings of Bluffton. The
constant noise of city traffic all
night long has interfered with his
sleep. Although he likes his work
he says that after all there’s no
place like Bluffton.
Jack Clark, employed at a freight
office in Lima, hitch-hikes to work
qvery day. He is due for work at
11 in the morning and leaves Bluff
ton about 9:30. He usually arrives
on the job before most of the people
owning cars and has very seldom
been late. He quits working at 6:30
o’clock in the afternoon and often
arrives in town by 7:00 o’clock by
the same route. It’s very interest
ing to travel by this method, says
Did you ever notice the hedges at
the residence of Dr. M. D. Soash of
South Main street? We don’t know
who does the trimming but he cer
tainly does have some geometrically
well proportioned arrangements.
One of the characteristics of man
is that he always thinks first of his
own troubles, whatever major ca
tastrophe may befall others. A new
silo almost completed on the farm
owned near town by Coach A. C.
Burcky collapsed in last Wednes
day’s high wind. As the structure
went down, the carpenter working
on the job shouted excitedly, “I’ll
bet that broke my ladder.” So far
as he was concerned, however, the
tale had a happy ending, for when
the wreckage was cleared away the
ladder was found to be intact.
When you see freight trains on
the Nickel plate railroad pulled by
large Lackawana engines don’t be
gin to wonder if the road has chang
ed hands. Heavier freight shipments
found the Nickel Plate short of
locomotives and several have been
leased from the Lackawana road for
use until new engines can be built.
Betty Levingston, of Arlington,
employe in the shipping department
at the Triplett Electrical Instrument
Co., was a surprised girl when she
received an answer to a note she in
cluded with a meter going to a
Georgia army camp. The letter was
from a colonel who said that he was
sorry but he was a grandfather and
that “the fires of romance” had long
since burned out in his breast. How
ever, he said there were nearly 2000
young draftees in the camp and that
he was posting Miss Livingston’s
note on the bulletin board, asking all
of them to write to her.
It was so hot last Thursday that a
dog started chasing a rabbit—but
the heat got them and what started
out as a chase finally ended up with
both walking. This column will not
vouch for the accuracy of the story
—but that’s the way it was told by
Chas. Gazette.
We were glad to see Charlie
Lauby of Van Nuys, Calif., who
dropped into the office the other
day to shake hands with the boys.
It was nearly twenty years ago that
Charlie applied for a job and told
us his one ambition was to learn the
printing trade. Charlie got his
chance and he learned all the tricks
of the trade in short order. Now
he’s superintendent of the printing
plant of the McKinley School for
Boys at Van Nuys and has built up
that department to a model of its
kind. About fifteen boys, on the
average are enrolled as embryo
Bluffton’s home building program
is due for new activity, according to
reports the first of the week. A
block of three lots is said to be in
volved in a pending real estate deal
which if it goes thru will mean at
least one more new house to be
built this fall in Bluffton’s east end.
Although they’re going to be
sailors, Joe Swank and Marion
Fisher who enlisted in the navy last
June haven’t had as much as a
sniff of salt water yet. Both are
still on land taking training in
Uncle Sam’s naval training station
at Great Lakes, Ill. They are due
to complete their training the latter
part of this month when both are
expected home on a ten days’ fur
lough. On the completion of their
furlough here they w"’ be assigned
to a ship. Arrival .fil he Bluffton
News is a weekly event that tempor
arily eclipses affairs of the navy
while the boys perqse the paper
from cover to cover.
“Can’t get along without the
home paper”, write Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. Gratz of Allen, Mich., in re
newing their subscription for an
other year. Altho they have lived
Fallen Timbers Monument—
Route 24 just south of Maumee
Battle of Fallen Timbers, from
“Ohio Valley Pioneers” by Harry
E. Danford. Courtesy Rand-Mo
Nally Co.
Assembled in force under Tarhe,
Little Turtle and Blue Jacket,
their ablest leaders, the red war
riors knew that this was their
last great effort to keep their hold
on the Ohio Country.
Opposing them with his Ken
tucky cavalry, his buckskin-clad
volunteers and his regular troops
was “Mad” Anthony, “The Eye
that Never Sleeps,” “Mad” only
because of the fury of his attack
following painstaking and thor
ough preparation.
It was less than three years
since General St. Clair’s army
had been disastrously routed at
Fort Recovery and now the Unit
ed States was again ready to chal
lenge the hold which the British,
through their Indian allies, were
in Michigan for many years, they
still think of Bluffton as home and
will he here for the Gratz-Coon
reunion at Richland Grange, Sunday.
We stopped the other day to get
a drink at the town pump—maybe
you have forgotten it, but it’s still
there at the side of the town hall
near the fire department entrance.
Water good and cold, with slightly
sulphur tang—and remember the big
iron cup chained to the pump?
Well it’s gone as is also the water
ing trough for horses which was
nearby. And we got to thinking
about those days when Alec Conrad
was marshal, street commissioner
and generalissimo of things political
—and then came Warren Fox who
kept Bluffton in the straight and
narrow—and Roy Pogue was fire
chief after the veteran Joe Mumma
quit—and Chris Klay going down
street on Saturday night in his blue
band suit with his shiny baritone
horn, yes the band played on Sat
urday night then—and Al Swinehart
was leader—then came George Tip
ton—and Soapy Swerlein ran a
barber shop on week days where
Swank’s place is now, and sang in
the Methodist church choir on Sun
days—and Bluffton storekeepers sat
outside their business places thru
the long summer days waiting for
customers—and the Presbyterian
church park was full of benches,
and peanut shells—and the Quaint
club flourished with a membership
of prominent local young men—and
stag sessions ended at Casper’s—
them were the days.
Added to the list of Bluffton
business men using the bicycle as
the mode of transportation is
Robert Hochstettler, the genial man
ager of the City Market, who has
been seen biking to and from work.
An old fashioned family picnic
with babies, children, all day suck
ers, ice cream cones and everything
was enjoyed by members of the
Lions club at the Buckeye Lake pic
nic grounds Tuesday night.
Racing shoes on a purebred draft
horse have spoiled the new mural in
the Bluffton postoffice building for
several area farmers who have been
frankly critical of the artwork
erected last week in the foyer of
the building. They claim that a
large draft horse shod with racing
shoes is entirely out of place in the
symbolic representation of the build
ing of the first structure in the
virgin Ohio wilderness that ’ater
was to become the settlement of
Shannon, known today as Bluffton.
Also, they say, a purebred Percheron
as shown in the mural »vould :ot
likely be found in a struggling
frontier settlement.
We’re beginning to wonder if life
really doesn’t begin at about 70
rather than after a mere 40. Dr.
Steiner, close to 69, and Arthur
Amstutz, veteran tennis player of
many years standing in Bluffton,
disposed of the doubles team of the
much younger Woodrow Little and
Norman Triplett in the semi-finals
of Bluffton’s tennis tournament on
the local courts Sunday. Little and
Triplett, both champ tennis players,
Allied Indian Tribes Are Defeated by General Wayne
Hidden behind the trunks of
fallen trees and in the dense un
derbrush, the Indians awaited the
charge of General “Mad” Anthony
Wayne’s legion.
maintaining on the Ohio frontier.
General Wayne, like General
St. Clair, recruited his army at
Pittsburgh and moved down the
Ohio to Cincinnati. Here the sim
ilarity ended. Wayne drilled and
disciplined his army. Maneuvers
familiarized them with Indian
methods. Indian-wise scouts were
Late in autumn he followed the
route of St. Clair’s army north
ward and built his winter quar
ters, Fort Greenville. On Christ
mas Day, 1793, 23 miles from
Fort Greenville, Fort Recovery
was begun on the very spot at
which St. Clair’s army met de
In July (1794) Wayne with his
full force marched northward,
building Fort Adams, and at the
junction of the Maumee and Au
glaize rivers, Fort Defiance.
On the site of Waterville he
erected defenses and by August
20 was ready for “The Battle of
Fallen Timbers.”
Separating the Indians and the
troops was a tangle of forest
admit that their elders won a fair
and square battle and gave them
more than they could take.
Just as everybody began to get
thirsty at the Lions club picnic at
the Buckeye Tuesday night,, the
faucet on the root beer barrel froze
and for a short period the members
thought that they would be deprived
of the beverage. Frantic efforts on
the part of Bill Edwards and Dutch
Augsburger soon had the tap in
working order and the root beer was
pouring out foam and all.
A new version to “sweet sixteen
and never been kissed” doggerel was
suggested Tuesday night in front of
the Bluffton News office where a
number of high school students have
been congregating. Marcene Stone
hill was overheard to say that the
line would be more appropriate if
it were changed to “sweet sixteen
and never been missed.”
Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Schilling and
son of Lima visited Mrs. Shilling’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Culp, Sun
Mrs. Kelly Clark has typhoid fever
and is in Lima Memorial hospital.
Miss Ortha Tschudy is visiting Mr.
and Mrs. Leslie Climer and daughter
in Dayton. Miss Tschudy and Mrs.
Climer are sisters.
Miss Catherine Hatfield who works
k I
giants blown down in a hurricane.
The first shots were exchanged
in the early morning hours. At
11:00, Wayne took the offensive
and the legion charged. Within
less than an hour the Indians*
lines were broken. The battle
was over. Wayne, destroying
homes, villages and crops,
marched into Indiana and built
Fort Wayne.
Their power shattered, the In
dians sued for peace. A council
was arranged at Fort Greenville
for the next summer. On July 15
the council opened, with 1300
chiefs, sachems and warriors in
attendance. The Treaty of Green
ville was signed on August 3 and
all Ohio, except the northwestern
portion, was opened to white set
tlers. i
For nearly two decades there
was peace in Ohio. Then in 1813
the struggle for possession of the
state opened again.
Next Week—How British can-*
non balls helped the Americans
win at Fort Meigs.
in the Findlay hospital spent Sunday
with her parents here.
Mrs. Lester Finley of Jefferson is
visiting her mother, Mrs. Regina
Miss Glenda Plankenhor who works
in Dayton spent last week with her
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Hilty visited
friends in Cleveland a few days last
Mrs. Earl Edwards left Sunday for
Ashville, North Carolina where she
will attend a camp meeting and visit
friends several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilty, Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne Schumacher and daught
er of Lafayette and Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Schumacher had Sunday dinner
with Mr. and Mrs. Noah Schumacher
and family.
A number from here attended the
Burry reunion in Berne, Sunday.
We wish to thank the friends and
neighbors for their aid and sym
pathy extended in the illness and
death of our beloved mother, Mrs.
Sarah J. Hummon also Rev. Weed
who officiated at the funeral, the
singers for their services and all
those sending flowers.
The Family
Tree Planting
Farm boys and girls in New York
state will plant more than a million
and a half trees on waste lands this
1. FARMALL-H with single front wheel. 2. Powerful
FARMALL-M with double front wheels. 3. ”MD," the Diesel
powered FARMALL. 4. FARMALL-H with double front wheels.
S. FARMALL-M again with wide front axle. 6. FARMALL-H
with wide front axle. 7. FARMALL-M with single front
wheel. 8. One-row FARMALL-A with "Culti-Vision." 9.
Two-row FARMALL-B with double front wheels. 10. FARM
ALL-H with 100-inch rear wheel tread. 11. High-clearance
FARMALL-AV. 12. FARMALL-B with single front wheel.
Mt. Cory
The regular meeting of the King’s
Daughters class of the Evangelical
Sunday school was held with Mrs. C.
H. Beagle, Wednesday afternoon with
Mrs. Flaith and Miss Ruth Ghaster
assisting. After the business session
the following program was presented:
Song, “Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead
U rs. Kauffman conducted devo-|
tionals by reading the 3rd Chapter of
Romans, giving a talk on the lesson
and prayer. Miss Ruth Ghaster gaw
two saxophone selections, “What a
Friend We Have in Jesus” and “My
Faith Looks Up to Thee Mrs. Lar
ena Guin read an article on “What
are Ann Lindberg’s Secret Thoughts
solo, “Nobody Like Jesus,” Mrs. Ma
bel King saxophone solo, “I Need
Thee Every Hour,” in memory of Mr.
Flaith. Fifteen members and five
guests were present. Dainty refresh
ments were served.
The L. T. L. held their first meeting
with Shirleen Wolfrom on Monday af
ternoon. Election of officers was
held with Susanne Wooley being elect
ed president and Marilyn Reiter, sec
retary. Program was as follows, de
votionals, Shirleen Wolfrom reciting
of pledges they are to learn. Story,
“Daddy and I Go to the Circus,” Dan
na Clymer solo, “The Rally Song,”
Marilyn Reiter talk, “Uses of Al
cohol, Good and Bod,” Mrs. William
son. The meeting closed with L. T.
L. prayer. Twelve children and three
visitors were present and the hostess,
Mrs. Wolfrom.
“The Mission Band” presented their
summer Christmas tree program on
Monday evening at the home of Shir
leen Wolfrom song A call to wor
ship, Matt. 15:40 prayers by several
members, song, Scripture Mark 12:28
34 seventh and eighth Chapters of
study book, “Across the Fruited
Plain,” was given by Pauline Sim
kins playlett, How the Gospel was
taken to other lands. At the close of
the play little bags with offerings
hung on the tree.
Forty guests were present at a re
union Sunday in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. James Fields and sons in honor
of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Trask of Lo
rain, who are moving to New Or
leans, La. this week. Mr Trask will
he employed in the ship yards in New
Orleans. Mrs. Trash is the former
Tz*von Falk.
Mrs. C. L. Green, Mrs. Samuel
Light, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Reiter,
Mrs. Joyce Rosenfelder and G. C.
Steininger attended the funeral of
Mrs. Hummon. Saturday in Bluffton.
Mrs. Margaret Guinther and Mrs.
Garyette Myers of Leipsic called on
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Green, Mr. and
Mrs. J. J. White, Mrs. Idella Bailey
and Mrs. Pearl Jordan, Sunday.
Evening callers in the Jordan home
were Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Whistler, and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McVey.
J. W. Garlinger observed his eight
ieth birthday anniversary on Tuesday.
His children came and helped cele
brate. Mrs. Garlinger is improving
from a fall causing a broken hip last
Mr. and Mrs. John Kramer of Lit
tle Rock, Ark., were over Friday
night guests of Mr. an-d Mrs. W. B.
Kramer. On Saturday they were din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Benners in Lima. Saturday after
they called on friends in Columbus
Grove, Ottawa, Leipsic, Deshler and
Belmore and were supper guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Avis Gantz in Lima.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter McVey of Al
bany and Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Stein
inger attended the Keel reunion held
at the Putnam county fair grounds
last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ulmer Hutchinson
and son of Toledo called on Mr. and
Mrs. James Hutchinson and daughter
Jane Ann and Mrs. Nettie Sheldon,
Sunday evening.
Lee Naylor pf Flint, Mich., was a
week end guest of his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. A. Naylor.
Miss Phyllis King attended a Bible
school picnic sponsored by the Church
of Christ of Findlay, Thursday after
noon and evening.
Mrs. Walter McVey of Albany Mrs.
Lloyd Foltz of Findlay, Misses Louise
King and Glenna Mae Reiter enjoy
ed a steak roast at Roadside park
near Findlay, Thursday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ogle and Mrs.
Ullmer of Dayton spent Sunday af
ternoon with Mrs. Larena Guin.
Mrs. Cecil Roach ad children of
Cleveland returned home Sunday af
ter a pleasant visit in the home of
her mother, Mrs. Bessie'Guin.
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Baumgardner
and Mrs. Bess Berry of North Balti
more visited with Mrs. Edith Sanders,
Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Kinstle and dau
ghter Onda Mae enjoyed several days
outing at Lakeside, Mich., Jackson,
Mich, and Camp Custar.
Mrs. Brocker of Linden, Mich., was
a w-eek end guest of her daughter,
Mrs. Charles White.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Montgomery
and daughter called on Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Berger and Mr. Harry Battles,
Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Elenore Hector and daugh
ter Nancy, of Chicago, spent several
days last week with Mr. and Mrs.
W. I. Moore.
Raymond and Helen Montgomery
called Sunday afternoon at the Ivan
Montgomery home.
Mr. John Welsh of Ada called
Sunday evening at the Chas. Mont
gomery home.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilty and son
of Columbus spent the week end
at the H. O. Hilty home. Sunday
afternoon callers were: Mr. and Mrs.
Chas. Stryker, Mr. Harold and Orlo
Strahm, all of Lima.
Sunday visitors at the W. I.
Moore home were: Mr. and Mrs.
Morris Dye, of near Alvada Mr.
and Mrs. Willard Kramer, of Mt.
Cory Mr. Lehr Green, Marjorie and
Rosella Moser. Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Moore and family of Detroit are
spending the week at the Moore
The L. A. S. and W. M. S. of
the Liberty Chapel church will meet
with Mrs. O. P. Hartman, Thursday
afternoon, August 14.
Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Guider spent
Sunday evening at the Carl Mc
Cafferty home.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hinely of
Toledo Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Whisler, of Bluffton, were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. O. P.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flynn and
son Roger of Swanton spent the
week end at the Owens home.
Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Hartman call
ed Sunday evening on Mr. and Mrs.
Waldo Wilkins and family.
The Styx
In Greek mythology, the Styx is
the river which encircled the nether
world seven times.
For Maw of Manhattan
In the year ended April 30, 1939,
New York city consumed 141,255
freight carloads of fruits and vege
tables, which is equal to almost
390 carloads a day. This food is
distributed by 35,000 retail outlets,
according to the bureau of agricul
tural economics.
£5 i
Here are TWELVE sturdy red FARM ALLS, ready to roll
into the fields and demonstrate farm power and versatility
that can't be equalled. Stop in at our store and see the ones
we have on display we'll be glad to give you more details on
these great tractors.
C. F. Niswander
McCormick-Deering Dealer Bluffton, Ohio

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