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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI HOWE AND STEINER CHOICE FOR MAYOR IN PRIMARY VOTE Republicans Re-nominate Pres ent Mayor at Polls on Tuesday Democrats Name Former Town ship Clerk to Head Their Ticket Bluffton Republicans nominated W. A. Howe for mayor at Tuesday’s pri mary election while the Democrats nominated John E. Steiner for the same office of their ticket. The two nominees will head their respective tickets at the election next November. Howe, seeking reelection is present incumbent. Steiner was formerly Richland township clerk. In the Republican primary Howe received a total of 140 votes to 79 for hisop ponent, N. E. Byers. Results from the Democratic pri mary showed a vote of 101 for Steiner and 35 for his opponent, Russell Ma gee. Vote Unexpectedly Large The total number of votes cast, 335, was larger than had been antici pated by political observers in view of the quiet, almost listless campaign. As indicated by the number of ballots cast, Bluffton electors to the number of from one-fourth to one-third went to the polls at the primary Tuesday. Although numerically the smaller party here, the Republicans cast the larger number of ballots, 219 as com pared to 136 Democratic votes. The majority of nearly two to one received by Howe was generally in terpreted as an indorsement by his party. Size of the vote occasioned some surprise in political quarters as it was known that the mayor had in curred displeasure of local party chieftains by making appointments in which it was claimed partisan lines were disregarded. West Nominated In a third primary contest—the Re publicans nominated for clerk, James West, present clerk who is on leave of absence while in military training, won the nomination. West received a total of 136 votes to 75 for his op ponent, Zelma Ingalls. Republican voters completed the party’s slate for board of public af fairs by writing in the name of Delos Keel, who received a total of 41 votes in this manner. The print ed ballot bore only two names—Clay ton Bixel and Peter Gratz, although three are to be elected this fall. With only two short ballots to count work of the three precinct boards was quickly finished and the final unof ficial figures were known by 8 o’clock Tuesday night. Precinct Vote Vote by precincts for contested nominations follows: For Mayor A Howe (R) 42 44 Total 54 140 Byers (R‘ 32 34 13 79 Steiner (D) 50 19 32 101 Magee (D) 9 12 14 35 For Clerk West (R) 41 58 37 136 Ingalls (R) 32 21 22 75 Total vote received by candidates for uncontested nominations were: Democrats For clerk—W. O. Geiger, 113. For treasurer, Samuel Bixel, 120. For council—Homer Bracy, 90 Fred Hofer, 107 Frank McElroy, 104 Gerald Swank, 102 F. L. Todd, 93 Jesse Yoakam, 103. For board of public affairs—A. C. Burcky, 88 Oswin Luginbuhl, 110 Wm. Luginbuhl, 98. Republicans For council—Charles Aukerman, 155 Wm. Amstutz, 134 Kermit Kibele, 137 E. S. Lape, 139 C. A. Triplett, 145. Board of public affairs—Clayton Bixel, 131 Peter Gratz, 128 Delos Keel, 41. Birth- The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. William Herr, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reiter, Mt. Cory, a girl, Monday. Rev. and Mrs. Herbert Graham of Rushsylvania, a girl, Tuesday. Mrs. Grahanf V ‘s the former Miss Helen Willi/ ason of this place. Farm Bureau Picnic Picnic of the Allen County Farm Bureau will be held at Lafayette park, Friday. A basket dinner at noon will be followed by a program and games in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Locher and family who have been located at Maracaibo, Venezuela, have returned to this country where they will make their future home, according to word received by relatives here the first of the week. Locher has been employed as an electrical engineer by the Standard Oil company in its extensive oil fields in the Lake Maracaibo district in northern .Venezuela near the sea coast. Since returning to this country Locher accepted a position with the Plantation Pipe Line company with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. His wife, two-year-old son and infant daughter are residing in Cleveland for the present. Real Estate Deal Mr. and Mrs. Wade Marshall have purchased the Amos Heldman farm of 100 acres five miles south of Rawson. They expect to move on the place next spring. STORMS DISRUPT TELEPHONE AND POWER SERVICE Lightning and High Winds Cause Heavy Damage Here First of Week Street Lights in Residential Districts are Out Follow ing Storm Severe electrical storms in the Bluffton district Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning disrupt ed electric power and telephone ser vice, damaged appliances in homes and delayed work in one of the town’s principal industries. The storms followed an unusually oppres sive heat wave with high humidity. It marked the second time within two weeks that the elements have caused widespread damage here, the electrical storm following a heavy wind that ripped a path of destruc tion thru the town Wednesday, Aug. 6. Transformers in power lines elec tric meters in homes and business places and telephones were burned out by- lightning Monday afternoon with additional damage following a second electrical storm shortly after midnight. Street Lighting Disrupted During the second storm Bluffton’s street lighting service was almost completely disrupted, with lights burning only on Main street and a few other streets. Repairs to the lighting system were not effected Tuesday because of work required in Bluffton homes and places of business as the result of storm damage. No electric service was available following the Monday afternoon storm at the Texaco gasoline sta tion on North Main street operated by Charles Kaufman. Lightning ran into the station on surface wires and burned out the meter. Fuses in the transformer system at the Bluffton plant of the Boss Glove factory were blown out dur ing the storm, delaying work at the plant. Transformers Burned Electric service on country lines was disrupted when transformers were burned out near the Ezra Moser and Stanley Bixel farms. At the residence of Harry Bogart on Kibler street the lightning burned out a switch in an electric kitchen range. Many telephones were burned out in Bluffton and in the surrounding territory. Most of the damage to the telephone system resulted from lightning striking wires and follow ing them into the house to burn out the phones. The wind whipping wires also caused many short circuits, and in another instance a fallen limb on a wire resulted in the same damage, i A unique accident reported by tele phone repairmen was an instance in which water was found in a tele phone cable. Starfishes More than 1,000 kinds of starfish are known to mankind. (J Miniature Model Of Bluffton College Campus And Adjacent Houses Completed Back From Venezuela Will Reside In U. S. Exploding Torpedoes And Angry Bees Molest Crew In Railroad Repair Work _________________________________A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Prof. John Klassen, Art Pro fessor, Constructs Model According to Scale Shows All Buildings, Residences Of Area and Topography Of Land Reconstruction in miniature of the Bluffton college campus and adjacent residences and streets was completed in a scale model this week by Prof. John Klassen of the Bluffton college art department. Two months were required for its construction. The model measures eight feet in length and is three feet wide. It contains all of the buildings of the college and all of the residences with garages, barns, chicken houses, etc., in an area bounded by Grove street, Kibler road, Elm street and cutting across Lawn avenue and College avenue to make a rectangle. Assistance in the project was giv i en by Miss Mamie Stearns, of Upper 1 (Continued on page 8) Nickel Plate Crew Replacing Ties Between Bluffton and Mt. Cory Ten Bluffton Boys Among Crew Living in Freight Cars at Siding Here Exploding torpedoes and angry bumble bees are all a part of the day’s work of the maintenance of way crew of the Nickel Plate rail road now engaged in placing new ties in the track between Mt. Cory and Bluffton and housed in a string of freight cars parked on the siding at the Cal Balmer & Son saw mill on College avenue near Railroad street. At least two weeks will be re quired to finish the project after which the crew of 23 workers will leave for Arcadia on a similar job. Ten of the crew are from Bluffton and while here live at their homes rather than in the freight car bunks. Other members of the crew live in the cars for the duration of the projects. Bluffton Boys Bluffton members of the crew are: Robert Eddinger, foreman Norman Eddinger, cook Fred Hoffer, Vincent Habegger, Wayne and Hugh Nis wander, Minord Deeds, Ed Shulaw, Charles Main and Clayton Basinger. The crew seldom is located in the home town of as many of the work (Continued on page 8) Isaiah Welty Dies Tuesday Afternoon Following a three years’ illness, Isaiah W. Welty, 63, retired Bluff ton farmer and former Richland township trustee, died at his home on Elm street, Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Fri day afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Ebenezer Mennonite church west of town, of whiqh he was a member. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the church, and Rev. J. P. Boehr, pastor of the St. John Mennonite church, will officiate at the services. Mr. Welty was born in Putnam county on Feb. 24, 1878, the son of Daniel and Lena Marie (Arney) Welty. He was married on Oct. 22, 1901, to Caroline Augsburger who survives with the following children: Miss Wilma Welty of Bluffton Walter Welty, of Beaverdam Mrs. Barbara Fleming of Lafayette Mrs. Edna Fleming of Ada Miss Viola Welty, a missionary in Africa. Brothers and sisters of the de ceased are: Jesse Welty of Bluffton Marion Welty of Findlay Levi Wel ty of Mt. Cory Mrs. Adeline Gal lant of Findlay and Mrs. Lizzie Flath of Mt. Cory. Two children died in infancy. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. St. Marys Lawn Fete This Wednesday Night Annual lawn fete for benefit of St. Mary’s Catholic church will be held on the church lawn this Wednesday night. Extensive preparations have been made for the occasion and a large attendance is anticipated. Gen eral chairman in charge of arrange ments are Rev. Nicholas Bouschere and W. J. Regan. THE BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 1941 SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 Two New High School Instruc tors No Change in Teach ers at Grade School Levi Mellinger Named Janitor At Grade School Oyer Goes to Postoffice Bluffton public schools will open for the fall term on Tuesday morning, September 2, ft was announced fol lowing the meeting of the board of education, Monday night. Arrangements for opening of school for the coming yeat were completed at the board session and buildings and grounds will undergo final reno vation during the next two weeks. Two new instructors at the high school are Miss Harriet Criblez and Harvey Beidler. Miss Criblez, in structor in Latin and French takes the place of Miss Hslen Boss who was granted a year’s leave of absence for the benefit of her health. Beidler fills the vacancy in the department of vocational electricity caused by the resignation of George Sigg. (Continued on page 8) PARTY CAUCUSES THIS MONTH TO NAME CANDIDATES Six Vacancies in Township and Three On Bluffton School Board Separate Caucuses Will be Held Here by Democrats and Republicans Caucuses will b? held the latter part of this month to nominate Dem ocratic and Republican candidates for nine Richland township and Bluffton school district offices. Posts to be filled in the fall elec tion include two vacancies on the township board of trustees three va cancies on the Bluffton board of edu cation two justice of the peace of fices and two township constables. Nominations are made at caucus meetings of the two parties since the township is net subject to the Aug ust primary election. Candidates will be named for three four-year terms on the Bluffton school board. Terms of Forrest Steinman, John Tosh and Dr. W. M. Niswander are expiring. Waldo Hofstetter and Elmer Short are hold-overs on the board. Vacancies on the board of township trustees are being created by expira tion of the terms of Carl McCafferty and Walter Marshall. Allen Gris more will emain on the board. Terms of A. D. Gratz, Bluffton, and Stanley Vertner, Beaverdam, as jus tices of the peace are expiring and candidates will be named by both parties at the caucuses. Nominations also must be made for two constables. Terms expiring are those of R. E. Griffith, Bluffton, and E. C. Heller, who has moved outside the township. Longsdorf To Talk At Lions Meeting A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of Bluffton Public schools, will de scribe his recent automobile trip through Arkansas in a talk to be given at a meeting of the Lions club to be held at the Walnut Grill Tues day night at 6:15 o’clock. Longsdorf will also describe the cooperative plan in operation as he observed it at John Brown univers ity. The college is located in the Ozarks and has been engaged in a number of unique educational experi ments. Fire Truck Makes Run,Tuesday Night In response to a call to extinguish a fire on a truck just outside the corporation limit on Route 103, Fire Chief Guy Corson arrived just after the blaze had been extinguished by the truck driver Tuesday night about 9:30 o’clock. None of the firemen accompanied Corson on the run.. The truck driv ers were able to put out the blaze with their own fire extinguishers be fore the Bluffton fire truck arrived. License tags of a half dozen states on automobiles parked through the business section could be seen dur ing sessions of the Middle District conference of Mennonites now in progress at the Ebenezer Mennonite church west of town. Rev. P. P. Wedel of Moundridge, Kansas, chairman of the foreign mis sion board is attending the confer ence and gave some figures on the board’s work. At the present time it is spending $76,000 a year for mission work. Nine additional work ers were sent out in 1940. Secretary of the conference is Rev. G. T. Soldner of Bluffton. He gets all kinds of requests varying from demands for copies of com mittee reports filed with the con ference to answering questions of newspapermen and in between times loaning pencils to conference dele gates who had forgotten or mislaid their own. Notes And Observations From Mennonite District Conference Rev. J. M. Regier of Hillsboro, Karl Schultz, Employed in Quaker Work Camp in Mex ico, Writes of Changes Dollar Exchange Rate in Mexico Favorable to United States Money Rapid inroads on Mexico’s old feudal system are being made by the government’s vast experiments in co operative ownership and control of land, banking and manufacturing, according to a letter received this week from Karl Schultz, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz of South Lawn avenue, employed for the sum mer in a Quaker service camp locat ed on Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. Old Feudal System In Mexico Passing Out In Favor Of Cooperative Control The particular project of the group with which Schultz is asso ciated is the building of a cotton gin establishment in the Laguna co operative located at the Mexican town. The group has been making adobe bricks weighing 50 pounds each and then building them into the structure. Mexican Farms Schultz has had an opportunity to see the community operated farms, known as ejidos, in action and re ports that the experiment is proving successful in improving the standard of living of a people who have lived in the lowest form of poverty and filth. About 20 to 100 peasants live on the farms generally operated by the bank of the community which loans money for equipment and seed and gives advice on crops and financing. All of these banks are connected with a national organization which gives stability to the whole struc ture. (Continued on page 8) Holmden-Rader Nuptials Sunday In a double ring ceremony per formed by the bride’s former pastor, Miss Marilyn Holmden, daughter of Mrs. Charles Dillman of South Jackson street, became the bride of Rolland Rader, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mace Rader of Leipsic, at the First Methodist church in Forest, Sunday at high noon. The wedding vows were received by the Rev. Valentine Hainen, pastor of the church, and former minister of the Bluffton Methodist church. The bride was attired in a dress of powder blue crepe trimmed in blue lace. She wore a corsage of pink roses and baby breath. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rader of Dunkirk, brother of the groom. Mrs. Rader, the matron of honor, wore a dress of navy blue trimmed in white lace and a corsage of pink roses. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served for 15 guests at the Walnut Grill after which the couple departed for a week’s trip in Michigan. They will be at home to their friends in Harrod, at which place Mr. Rader is an instructor in vocational agriculture in the high school at that place. Mrs. Rader graduated from Bluff ton High school in the class of 1933 and from Bowling Green State uni versity this summer. She has taught in the public school for the past four years at Westminster. Mr. Rader graduated from Mc Comb High school and from Ohio State university. Kansas, and president of the home mission board is present for the conference and has pointed out that this phase of the church work is growing. The board is giving assist ance of four city churches and seven rural churches in the United States in addition to sponsoring 24 min isters doing itinerant work in a large number of rural churches in Canada. Total annual budget of the board runs well over $20,000. Much credit for arrangements for the conference is due Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer church, the members of various com mittees and the entire congregation of the church who cooperated whole heartedly in this large undertaking. Ideal weather—warm, sunny days and cool, almost cold nights are ad ding much to the comfort and enjoy ment of the conference. The change in weather is welcome after the heat and high humidity of the past week. (Continued on page 8) PLANS MADE FOR CHURCH CONFERENCE HERE Meeting of Defenseless Men nonites Starts Next Wed nesday, Aug. 20 Housing Arranged at Lincoln Hall Meals to be Served at High School Plans are completed for the en tertainment of delegates and visitors at the national conference of the Defenseless Mennonite church to be held in the Bluffton High school gymnasium starting Wednesday of next week and continuing until the following Tuesday, August 26. Chairman and vice-chairman of the committee on conference ar rangements are Rev. E. G. Steiner, pastor of the local Defenseless church and C. D. Diller. Rev. Levi Mellinger is purchasing agent for the conference. Delegates and visitors to the con ference will be housed at Lincoln hall on the Bluffton college campus and in the homes of the members of the church and others in the com munity who have volunteered ac commodations. Meals will be served in the high school cafeteria. Committees The following committee will as sist delegates in arrangements for lodging: C. D. Diller, O. E. Oyer, Oliver Zimmerman, Mrs. John Kin singer, Miss Martha Steiner and Miss Bernice Zimmerman. The kitchen committee consists of Mrs. Alma Bixel and Mrs. Jacob Hochstettler and the dining room committee is composed of Mrs. E. G. Steiner and Miss Marie Imbach. The meetings from Wednesday through Sunday are open to the public and on Monday and Tuesday only official delegates and ministers will be in attendance. President of the conference is Rev. H. E. Bertsche of Flanagan, Ill., and M. A. Rediger of New York Biblical seminary is secretary. All music for the convention will be in charge of R. A. Short of Archbold. The program has been completed and appears on page 2 of this issue of the News. Street Repair To Be Finished Next Week If street repair equipment can be secured stone will be applied to the surface of Riley street by the end of the week, it was announced by Lee Coon, town street commissioner. The tar binder will be applied the first of next week to complete the re-surfacing project. Construction engineers have temporarily taken the street repair equipment out of town and caused a slight delay in the work here. Following completion of the Riley street project, the street repaii crew will begin operations on the town’s portion of re-surfacing Railroad street. Railroad street was formerly the private thoroughfare of the Nickel Plate railroad and arrangements were completed recently to include the street as part of the town at a lease of one dollar per year. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 16 LARGE CROWDS AT MIDDLE DISTRICT CONFERENCE HERE Opening Session At Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Draws Many to Bluffton Mennonite Congregations of Five States Represented at Three-day Meet Representing an aggregate mem bership of 5,400 communicants in five states, upwards of 700 delegates and visitors are attending meetings of the Middle District conference of Mennonites now- in session at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, west of Bluffton. The meetings opened Tuesday night with the conference sermon by Rev. A. S. Rosenberger of Dalton and former president of Bluffton college. Rev. Rosenberger spoke of the role of the church during times of social disturbance and compared the critical problems surrounding the prophet Isaiah with those of today. Large Crowd The church auditorium was filled for the meeting and the parking grounds were crowded with automo biles bearing license plates of a half-dozen different states. The conference follows the plan (Continued on page 8) Last Rites For Mrs. Leucretia Lippincott Funeral services for Mrs. Leucre tia Marshall Lippincott, 85, were held at the Diller funeral home, Sat urday afternoon with Rev. Charles Armentrout of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial was in Rockport cemetery. Mrs. Lippincott died at her home here Wednesday night from a heart ailment. She was a pioneer Bluff ton resident and a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church of this place. Widow’ of J. M. Lippincott since 1935 she is survived by two foster sons, Attorneys Otis and Eugene Lippincott of Lima, a sister-in-law-, Mrs. Jean Murray of Findlay and several nieces and nephews. Elmer Ew-ing of South Main street is the only nephew- residing here. Boy Drowns In Water Works Quarry Here Going for his first swim in the quarry- at the rear of the municipal power plant and water works, Rich ard Basinger, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Basinger, of East Jeffer son street, was drowned last Wed nesday afternoon. With a number of other young sters, Basinger swam from the west bank of the quarry about 100 feet to the concrete pillars which support the water spray system operated in conjunction with the turbine gener ating power for the town. He was said by the other boys to have been hanging to one of the pillars w*hen he apparently was stricken by cramps and slipped be neath the water. His absence was not noticed for several minutes. Forest Bronson, standing on the bank of the quarry said he thought he saw- the youth lose his hold on the pillar but he was unable to at tract the attention of the other boys immediately. After young Basinger was missed, some of the other boys began diving, and others summoned John Swisher, superintendent of the plant, who sent an employe, Maurice Kohli, who also started diving in search of the youth. Swisher also summoned Evan Soash, life guard at Buckeye Lake municipal sw-imming pool, who lo cated the body in about 15 feet of water after two dives. It is believed the boy entered the water too soon after the noon-day meal and was seized by cramps. In addition to his parents, the youth is survived by two sisters, Ellen. 17, and Ann, 6, and a brother, Hubert, 13. He was a student in Bluffton Junior High school. Funeral services were held at the Reformed Mennonite church, west of Bluffton, Friday afternoon. Rev. William Rupp officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery’. Caravan Army Trucks Twenty-two army trucks passed through town southbound on the Dixie highway Wednesday morning at 11:00 o’clock. The trucks, paint ed in army khaki, were preceded by an escort of highway patrolmen.