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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Authorization of Town Council
Sought for Proposal by
Mayor Howe
Final Decision Then Would be
Up to Voters at Polls in
Bluffton voters will be given the
opportunity at the November elec
tion to pass judgment on a bond
issue to provide funds for the pur
chase of new fire fighting equipment,
if a proposal to be submitted by
Mayor W. A. Howe is endorsed by
the town council at the next regular
meeting of the body, Sept. 1.
Present equipment is described as
being both inadequate and outmoded.
Mayor Howe is studying the mat
ter and will recommend passage of
legislation to provide funds for the
equipment. The type and amount of
equipment will be decided by the
council and are contingent on the
amount of money to be made avail
Deadline September 5
The deadline for certifying a reso
lution for a bond issue of this na
ture is on September 5. The Ohio
code requires that such proposal
shall be submitted to the county
auditor at least 60 days prior to the
election at which it is desired to
vote on such questions. The election
this year will be held on November
Mayor Howe is bringing the mat
ter to a head as fire underwriters
are expected to raise insurance rates
here as the result of inadequate
equipment. Several Ohio communit
ies nave had their rates raised for
the same reason, it is reported here.
In Class 8
At the present time Bluffton is in
class 8 in the underwriter’s ratings
and will be reduced to class 7 on the
basis of present equipment, in an
opinion given by Fire Chief Guy
Corson. This change in classification
would bring an advance in insur
ance rates.
The problem is aggravated by the
fact that when the local fire fighting
equipment is called out of town a
distinct hazard within the corpora
tion is presented should the equip
ment be needed in the municipality.
Faced with the alternative of
either purchasing new equipment or
establishing a policy of discontinu
ing runs of the present fire truck
outside of the corporation limits, the
town council has been investigating
the matter for several months.
Members of the fire committee on
the council are Dr. Munson Bixel
and Cleon Triplett.
Schultz On General
Conference Committee
Dr. J. S. Schultz, dean of Bluffton
college, was elected a member of
the business committee of the Gen
eral Conference of Mennonites of
North America now holding its
twenty-ninth session at Souderton,
Announcement of the election of
the Bluffton man was made Wednes
day morning. He succeeds J. C.
Kaufman of White ater, Kansas.
Dr. C. E. Krehbiel of Newton,
Kansas, was re-elected president of
the conference for another three
year term. He defeated Rev. J. M.
Regier of Hillsboro, Kansas.
Other officers of the conference
are: A. J. Dyck, of Inman, Kansas,
elected vice president, and Phil A.
Wedel of Aberdeen, Idaho, secretary.
Nine churches, organized during
the past three years, were admitted
to the conference. They are: Berk
felder Mennonite Church, Delft,
Minn. Emmanuel Mennonite Church,
Denver, Pa. Hutterthal Mennonite
Church, Freeman, S. D. Emmanus
Mennonite Church, Swift Current,
Saskatchewan, Canada Capeland
Mennonite Church, Capeland, Sas
katchewan, Canada Mennonite Bible
Mission, Chicago Grace Mennonite
Church, Enid, Okla. Richfield Men
nonite Church, Juniata, Pa., and
Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church,
Cuahtemoco, Mexico.
The conference sessions will con
tinue daily until Friday. Nearly
450 delegates from the United States,
Canada and Mexico are in attend
ance. Many are from the middle
High, school students may obtain
their dffi.y schedule cards this week
by calling at the office on Friday
and Saturday between hours of 8
a. m. and 3 p. m.
Little Riley Creek
To Be Straightened
Following completion of the five
foot channel cut in Big Riley creek
from the Spring street bridge to
the College avenue bridge, work on
straightening the Little Riley creek
will begin this week starting at the
bridge on West Elm street near the
Edgar Conaway residence.
A channel will be cut in the creek
for 200 feet in the direction of the
College avenue bridge in order to
straighten the creek and provide a
better flushing of the water. The
Chas. E. Kohl Co. of Lima is in
charge of operations.
$138 Received Here
From Sales Tax
Bluffton received $138.62 from the
Allen county auditor in the August
distribution of sales tax receipts.
Funds released this month are from
the total collected in July.
Opening of East Elm Street
Extension Authorized by
Announce Construction of New
Residence on Street This
Opening a new street in the east
end of town to give access to another
residential sub-division represents the
latest development in Bluffton's build
ing boom which has extended over
the last three years.
Thorofare to be opened is a con
tinuation of East Elm street for a
distance of approximately 400 feet
from Huber street, providing an en
trance to building lots at the rear of
the O. E. Dudgeon residence on Cher
ry street. Opening of the street was
authorized at the town council meet
ing Monday night.
East Elm street now ends at Vance
street. Th-a town plat, however, pro
vides for an extension from Huber
street to the Allen-Hancock county
line road, joining the latter thorofare
at a point opposite the Bertsche gar
age. A fifty-foot wide street shown
in the plat has never been opened.
Starting at Huber street, the new
thorofare will pass between the prop
erties of Fred Hofer and Russell Ma
gee, running parallel to Cherry street.
Construction of the street will give
access to three building lots purchas
ed from Dudgeon by C. S. Shaver.
Erection of a new house on the site
will be started this fall by Shaver.
Lots bought by Shaver are on the
corner of two unopened thorofares,
Elm street and Detroit avenue, it is
shown by the town plat at the may
or’s office.
Construction of approximately 400
feet on the Elm street right-of-way
will give access to the new sub-divis
ion and there will be no need to open
Detroit avenue from Cheryy street, it
was pointed out by municipal officials.
Work on the new’ street will be
started early in September, after the
improvment of Railroad street has
been completed, Lee Coon, city street
commissioner, said this week.
Erection of the new house by Shav
er will bring to eight the number of
new homes under construction in
Bluffton this summer, in a continua
tion of a building boom that extends
over the last three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaver at present are
making their hom-e in apartments at
the O. E. Dudgeon residence.
It’s handy to belong to the fire de
partment when the fire is in your
own home—so says Charles Young,
one of Chief Guy Corson’s stalwarts.
Unique University Emphasizes Three H’s
Head, Hand And Heart, Speaker Relates
It all happened last Saturday
afternoon when Young, employed at
the Steiner garage received a phone
call from his wife that an oil stor
age tank in the basement of their
home on Lake street near the Na
tional quarry was on fire.
Bluffton Fireman Grabs City Fire
Truck To Fight Blaze In Own Home
Instead of jumping into his car
and starting for home, Young picked
up Max Huffman, auto salesman, in
the garage lobby and the two com
mandered the town fire truck, drove
it to Young’s home and extinguished
the blaze. The damage was slight
Supt. Longsdorf Describes Prac
tical Emphasis at John
Brown University
Administrative Head of Institu
tion Went to School Only
To Fifth Grade
Emphasis on the three H’s—Head,
Hand and Heart—instead of the tra
ditional three K’s of education, as
practiced at John Brown university
at Silom Springs, Mo., was described
by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent
of Bluffton schools, at a meeting of
Biuffton Lions club at the Walnut
Grill Tuesday night.
Supt. Longsdorf visited the unique
educational institution during a trip
through the Ozarks last month. The
president of the institution, John
Browm, w’ent to school only as far as
the fifth grade, but today heads one
of the country’s unique educational
institutions and is in great demand
for lectures at large universities and
educational conferences, the audience
was told.
Learn by Doing
The procedure is dominated by the
school’s slogan contained in the three
H’s and is based on the theory that
individuals learn best y doing. Con
sequently the laboratory, the work
shop, the aviation field, the school
radio station all get the focus of
attention rather than the class room.
Brown, who incidentally is no re
lation to the Civil War character of
the same name, had no thoughts of
an educational career, until he was
converted in a Salvation army meet
ing. With a strong conviction that
Christian education was a much
needed emphasis his natural quali
ties of leadership soon put him in an
administrative position iij a small
college in the Ozarks which he re
signed when he felt that the tradi
tional approach in education was to
tally inadequate to meet the de
mands of a world that wants action
rather than mere theorizing.
Vocational Emphasis
He believed that education should
in a Christian setting and gathered
ina Christian setting and gathered
around him 60 boys and girls using
a cornfield as his starting place.
Today the school has a faculty of
oOinembe rs, as tudent body of over
600 from 34 states and three for
eign countries, and a physical plant
of high standard. The campus con
(Continued on page 8)
Neva Bigler Is Wed
In Home Ceremony
In a single ring ceremony per
formed at the home of her parents,
Miss Neva Bigler, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Otto Bigler of South Main
street, became the bride of Dale
Zeller, of Tiffin, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Zeller of Upper Sandusky, Sat
urday morning at 11:30 o’clock.
The wedding vows were received
by the Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of
the Methodist church, in the pres
ence of the immediate families. The
ceremony was performed in the liv
ing room attractively decorated with
The bride was attired in a street
dress of aqua blue. Attendants were
Miss Janet Bigler, sister of the bride
and Cecil Zeller, brother of the
Following the ceremony, a wedding
dinner was held at the home of the
bride, after which the couple left on
a trip to Niagara Falls, Canada and
the Straits.
Mrs. Zeller has been teaching in
the public schools at Tiffin. She
graduated from Bluffton High school
in the class of 1927 and from Bluff
ton college in the class of 1933.
Mr. Zeller is an instructor in
economics and business administra
tion at Tiffin Business university
and the couple will reside in Tiffin.
Kindergarten To Be
Held At School Here
A private kindergarten will be held
at the grade school for children four
and five years of age starting at the
opening of the regular school term
on September 2.
Classes will be held in the morn
ing only and instruction will be pro
vided by Mrs. Wayne Harris, an ex
perienced elementary and kinder
garten teacher. Arrangements may
be made through the high school
Council Considers New Schedule
Approved by Board of
Public Affairs
Charge Made in Council that
Electric Current Rates
Should be Cut
Advance in pay for employees of
Bluffton’s municipal electric light and
waterworks plant is provided in a
new salary schedule approved by the
board of public affairs and presented
to the council for its approval Mon
day night.
The new schedule provides for rates
of pay which would become effective
September 1, replacing a previous
salary revision authorized by the
council last February which took ef
fect as of January 1, last.
An ordinance providing for enact
ment of the salary schedule was
placed on its first reading with
Councilmen Bixel, Triplett, Patter
(Continued on page 8)
Change Will Mean Additional
Protection for Dixie High
way Traffic
Change From Present Wig-wag
System Made Soon, Council
Is Told
Improved grade crossing protection
for motorists at the intersection of
the Dixie highway and the A. C. and
Y. railroad at the north edge of town
will result from installation of a new
automatic electrically operated flash
er system to be started shortly.
Change in the grade crossing sig
nal device was announced Monday
night at a meating^f the 4town coun
Flashing red lights will be install
ed on each side of the track, one
group facing tow’ard the town on
Main street, and the other pair vis
ible from the north on the Dixie.
The new system replaces the pres
ent signal device consisting of an
automatically operated wig-wag.
Installation of the flashers is being
financed from the federal grade cross
ing fund, under the direction of the
state department of highways, it was
Local Photographer
Married In Berne
Leland W. Gerber, proprietor of
the Neu-Art studio here, was mar
ried Sunday afternoon to Miss Wini
fred Sprunger, in a quiet ceremony
at the home of the bride at Berne,
The bride is a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A. N. Sprunger, of Berne,
and the groom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Noah Gerber, of Pandora.
Rev. Forrest Musser, pastor of the
Grace Mennonite church, at Pandora,
read the impressive service in the
presence of the immediate families,
friends and relatives.
Vernon Gerber, of Pandora, broth
er of the bridegroom, was best man,
and the bride’s attendant was a sis
ter, Miss Marguerite Sprunger. Her
man Hilty, of Bluffton, brother-in
law of the bride, was one of the
ushers and Vilas Gerber, of Pan
dora, brother of the groom, played
a flute solo, “In a Monostery Gard
Following the ceremony the couple
left for a motor trip through east
ern states. Following their return
they will make their home in Bluff
Ralph Dunifon and family have
moved into their newly built prop
erty on Garau street. The Fred C.
Badertscher property at South Main
and Kibler streets which they va
cated will not be rented for the
present pending some remodeling.
Rev. E. G. Steiner and family are
occupying their newly completed
property on South Jackson street,
having vacated the Med Murray
property at Thurman and Jefferson
A full-grown deer, shy and elusive,
was seen early Monday morning by
E. E. Anderson and his son, Elbert,
on their farm in Orange township.
What is thought to have been the
same animal was seen again Tues
day morning one mile west and two
miles north of Beaverdam by Deputy
Sheriff John Carder.
When spotted by the Andersons,
the deer wras coming up the lane
toward their barnyard about 7 a. m.
As soon as it caught sight of the
men, the deer jumped two fences
and disappeared into a nearby corn
Appearances indicated that the
animal was a doe, and it is believed
full-grown because of the ease with
which it clears fences.
Last week a deer was seen several
times near Mt. Blanchard, and it is
thought that the animal has moved
on to the Bluffton vicinity.
Proposal Lost by Three Per
Cent Margin at Polls Two
Years Ago
Discussion of Matter at Confer
ence Tuesday Night Re
vives Interest
Consideration of Bluffton’s sewage
disposal and stream contamination
problems at the district meeting of
the Northwestern Ohio Sewage con
ference Tuesday night, called atten
tion to the turbulent 15-year history
of controversy and discussion center
ing around the local problem of sew
ers and sewage disposal.
On five different occasions since
1926 bond issues to finance a sew
age disposal system have been pre
sented to the voters and each time
that matter was defeated by increas
ingly narrower margins.
Narrow Margin
In November elections of 1939 an
$80,000 bond issue for the construc
tion of a municipal sewer system lost
by about three per cent of the re
quired minimum of 65 per cent need
ed for passage. The final tally was
627 for the bond issue and 387 op
posed. The fourth voting on the
issue was in September, 1936, when
a $45,000 ond issue was turned
down by 28 votes.
First definite action and considera
tion on the proposition was in 1926
when the State Department of Health
ordered the town to make some pro
vision for handling and disposing of
industrial and domestic wastes.
First Voting
Bluffton electors cast their first
ballots on a proposed sewerage sys
tem in November, 1927, when a $215,
000 bond issue was defeated by a
vote of 492 to 295.
(Continued on page 8)
The following births at the Bluff
ton hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Stewart, a
girl, Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Warren, a boy,
Piano students of Mrs. Kathryne
Patterson will present a recital at
8 p. m. this Friday in the First
Mennonite church.
Joe Swank, son of George Swank,
of Bluffton, an apprentice seaman
in the United States navy, has been
named honor man of his company,
made up of 136 members, who Will
graduate at Great Lakes Naval
Training Station, Friday.
In work at the training station
near Chicago, Swank has been the
outstanding man in his company of
volunteers, it was announced in a
statement released the first of the
Full-Grown Deer Is Seen Twice
In Bluffton Vicinity This Week
Municipal Sewage Bond Issues
Submitted To Voters Five Times
His selection as honor man is
based on his proficiency in drill and
instruction in infantry, boats, signal
ing, rifle range, seamanship, swim
ming, athletics and lectures on the
many phases of naval life and cus
toms of the sea.
Joe Swank Honor Man In Company
Of Apprentice Seamen In Navy
Swank applied for enlistment in
the Navy at the Lima recruiting
office last May, and was inducted in
to the service at Cincinnati on June
Democratic Caucus
Friday, August 29
Democratic nominations for six
Richland township offices and three
posts on the Bluffton board of edu
cation will be made at a caucus in
the town hall, Friday, August 29.
Nominees named at the caucus will
serve as candidates in the November
election for two township trustee va
cancies three vacancies on the
Bluffton board of education two
justice of the peace offices and two
township constables.
Date of the Republican caucus
will be announced later.
Nominations are made at caucuses
of the two parties, since the town
ship is not subject to the August pri
mary election.
District Meeting of Engineers
Discusses Problem Tuesday
State Board of Health Repre
sentative Urges Cooperation
As Solution
Bluffton’s much-discussed and oft
voted sewer situation was scrutinized
from a half-dozen professional en
gineering angles at the district meet
ing of the Northwestern Ohio Sew
age conference held at the Legion
hall, Tuesday night.
The attendance of some sixty out
of town members of the conference
included representatives of engineer
ing firms, operators of sewage dis
posal plants and county and state
public health officials. The meeting
was open io the public and a num
ber of Bluffton citizens were in
terested spectators.
Position of the state board of
health in the matter of Bluffton’s
sewage problem was presented by
Bruce McDill of Columbus. McDill
pointed out that pollution of the
creeks, especially Big Riley was due
to both domestic and industrial
(Continued on page 8)
High School Class
Will Hold Reunion
Reunion of the Bluffton High
school class of 1929 will be held
with a basket dinner at the Triplett
farm, west of town, Sunday at 12
All membersof the class together
with their families, the teachers of
the period and the superintendent
have been invited to attend the re
Committees in charge are:
General arrangements Katherine
Van Meter, chairman Harry Bo
gart and Norman Triplett. Recrea
tion—Fred Herr, Wilford Steiner and
Gerald Berry. Tables—Katherine
Mrs. May Hatch
Rites Held Here
Mrs. May Hatch, 74, sister of
Charles Fenton, of this place, died
last Sunday afternoon at her home
in Kansas City, Co., following an
illness of five weeks.
Her body was brought here Tues
day morning to the Basinger Funer
al home, where funeral services were
held Wednesday afternoon. Burial
was in Maple Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Hatch was the daughter of
William and Jane Fenton, pioneer
Bluffton resident, who lived on what
is known as the Bigler farm. She
left here in 1903 for Iowa, and later
moved to Kansas City.
In addition to her husband, James
Hatch, of Kansas City, she is sur
vived only by her brother, Charles
Fenton, of this place.
A Good Place to Live and a
Good Place to Trade
Dr. Merle Schwartz, Survivor
Of Torpedoed Liner Zamzam
Expected at Sessions
Meeting of Defenseless Men
nonites to be Held in Bluff
ton H. S. Gymnasium
Dr. and Mrs. Merle Schwartz,
survivors of the ill-fated Egyptian
liner Zamzam sunk in the South
Atlantic by a Nazi sea raider in the
middle of May, are expected to ap
pear on the program during the
foreign mission hour Sunday at the
national conference of Defenseless
Mennonites to be held at the Bluff
ton High school gymnasium. The
conference opens this Wednesday
night at 7:30 o’clock.
Dr. Schwartz, a graduate of Bluff
ton college in the class of 1933, to
gether with his wife were enroute to
Africa to serve as missionaries for
the Defenseless conference when the
sinking occurred. The missionary
program will be a feature of con
ference scheduled for Sunday after
noon at 1:30 o’clock.
Mission Hour
The foreign mission hour is under
the direction of Albert Neuensch
wander of Grabill, Ind. Also ex
pected to appear on the foreign mis
sion hour program are: Miss Anna
Quiring of Mt. Lake, Minn. Rev.
and Mrs. Henry Toevs. Mrs. Toevs
is well known here as the sister of
(Continued on page 8)
JoAnn Stonehill And
Robert Dillman Wed
An impressive candle light service
at the home of the bride marked the
wedding of Miss JoAnn Stonehill,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Stonehill of South Main street, and
Robert Dillman, son of Mrs. Ella
Dillman of North Main street, Fri
day evening at 6:15 o’clock.
The single ring ceremony was per
formed by Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor
of the groom and minister at the
First Mennonite church. The room
was attractively decorated with
garden flowers.
The bride wore a street length
dress of defense blue with accessor
ies of antique tan. She wore a cor
sage of pink delphinium and yellow
The attendants were Miss Carolyn
Stonehill, sister of the bride and
Donald Dillman, brother of the
groom. Miss Stonehill was attired
in a dress of rose redingote with
brown accessories and wore a cor
sage of blue delphinium and yellow
i oses.
Following the ceremony a wedding
dinner was served to the following:
Rev. and Mrs. Unruh, Mrs. Ella
Dillman, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dill
man, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stone
hill and son Elmer and daughter
Carolyn and the honored guests Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Dillman.
The couple left for a short wed
ding trip after the dinner. Mr. Dill
man is on convalescent leave from
Ft. Eustis, Va., and will remain in
Bluffton until August 25. Mrs. Dill
man is employed at the Triplett Elec
trical Instrument Co. Both are
graduates of Bluffton High school.
Bluffton Woman To
Take New Position
Miss Barbara Joyce Hauenstein,
daughter of Prof, and Mrs. Sidney
Hauenstein, of Campus Drive, has
accepted a position as traveling sec
retary of the Student Volunteer
Movement, effective October 1.
She will travel among the various
colleges and universities in Pennsyl
vania and Maryland in the interests
of the organization. She will serve
as counsellor with students and meet
with the heads of religious groups at
the colleges to present the home and
foreign missionary cause.
With disturbing world conditions
causing interruptions in the mission
ary effort, the emphasis of the move
ment is on Christian citizenship es
pecially as it relates to the inter
national situation.
At the present time Miss Hauen
stein is attending a conference at
Lake Geneva, Wis., after which she
will attend a three weeks’ meeting
in St Louis to acquaint herself with,
the needs of the organization. She
will be one of six secretaries of the
body traveling in different section*
of the United States presenting the
missionary cause to college students

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