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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI BLUFFTON SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM ON TUESDAY Classes to Commence at High And Grade Buildings for Full Day Session Enrollment in First Grade Ex pected Same as Last Year’s Total of 45 Bluffton public schools will open next Tuesday morning for the be ginning of the 1941-42 school term, with all classes meeting at 8:30 a. m. for a full day’s scholastic work. In the grade and high schools Bluffton will have a staff of 28 teachers. Included in the teaching corps are three administrative heads, eight grade school teachers, 15 high school teachers and four special teachers and supervisors. In addition to the regular teach ing staff is Mrs. Wayne Harris who will conduct a private kindergarten in the grade school building starting at the same time as the regular school session. Mrs. Grace Cox, principal of the grade school, is expecting enrollment in the first grade to be about 45, the same as last year. Miss Theola Steiner will return to the grade school as full time instruc tor in the sixth grade and W. A. Amstutz will return to the high school as full time instructor in junior high school mathematics. Miss Harriette Criblez will teach French and Latin in place of Miss Helen Boss who is on a leave of absence for the benefit of her health. Miss Criblez will also teach girls’ physical education. In the department of vocational electricity the instruction will be in charge of Harvey Beidler, who re places George Sigg who resigned his Bluffton post and has accepted a similar position at Ashtabula High school. Teaching Assignments Teaching assignments for the year are as follows: Grades—Grace Cox, principal, first grade Meredith Stepleton, first and second grades Floy McBain, second grade Levada Balmer, third grade Minerva Hilty, fourth grade Adella Oyer, fifth grade Robert Ewing, fourth and sixth grades Theola Steiner, sixth grade. High school Gerhard Buhler, principal and science Wilhelm Am stutz, mathematics and English Harry Barnes, vocational agricul ture Harriette Criblez, Latin, French and physical education Edythe Cupp, vocational home eco nomics Arthur Daymon, industrial arts and mathematics Dwight Diller, physical education, coach and science. Florence Duffield, commercial Wilford Geiger, chemistry and bio logy Wilbur Howe, English Harvey Beidler, vocational electricity The ressa Slusser, history, English Paul Stauffer, speech, English Sidney Stettler, mathematics Orden Smuck er, government, sociology and his tory. Special instructors—Sidney Hau enstein, instrumental music Eliza beth Higley, vocal music Mrs. Russell Lantz, art Ocie Anderson, librarian. Levi Mellinger has started work as janitor of the grade school build ing filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Albert Oyer who is janitor at the post office building. Caucuses In Orange Tup. Friday, Tuesday Democratic and Republican cau cuses will be held within the next week to name candidates for five Orange township elective offices. Democrats will meet at Orange Center at 8:00 p. m. Friday to select their nominees, and the Republican caucus is -scheduled in the same place at 8 p. m. next Tuesday. Two township trustees and two constanble offices will be vacant this yeai4, and the township also will elect a justice of the peace. Bluffton Girl Gets Honor Scholarship Miss Phyllis Steiner, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. E. G. Steiner of South Jackson street, has received a selec tive honor scholarship at Taylor uni versity of Upland, Indiana. Miss Steiner will enroll as a stu dent at the Indiana institution which begins it 96th year of college work September 16. Rev. J. A. Huffman, formerly of this place, is instructor in religion at the college. Democrat, Republican Caucuses This Friday Democratic and Republican candi dates for six Richland township of fices and three posts on the Bluffton board of education will be named at caucuses to be held this Friday night. Democrats will meet at 8 p. m. in the town hall, with the Republican caucus scheduled at the same time in the Bluffton High school library. Nominations to be made at the caucuses are for two township trustees three Bluffton board of ed ucation members two justices of the peace and two township constables. BOND ISSUE FOR FIRE APPARATUS UP TO COUNCIL Decision on Matter Urged by Mayor to be Made at Meet ing Monday Night Favorable Action by Council Would Determine Largely Type of Equipment Bluffton’s town council at its meeting next Monday night will de cide the question of whether to sub mit to voters here at the November election a proposal to issue bonds for the purchase of new fire fighting equipment Mayor W. A. Howe last week stat ed that he w’ould submit the matter to the council at its meeting next Monday night with a recommenda tion for favorable action on the mat ter. Favorable action by the council also would require the fixing of the amount of the proposed bond issue to be submitted to voters. Type Since the purchase of any equip ment would be made by the council, it is presumed that the council would have this angle in mind, should they decide to submit a bond issue pro posal at the polls in November. On the basis of unofficial figures obtained the first of the week, a small and fast fire truck would cost about $4,500 medium size equip ment about $6,000 and larger equip ment from $10,000 up, it was stat ed by Mayor Howe. Deadline Soon It will be necessary for the council to make its decision Monday night, unless a special session is held, since the Ohio code requires that bond issue proposals to be placed before voters be filed with the county audi tor not less than 60 days prior to the election. With the election this year on November 4, the deadline for certi fying the resolution would be on September 5. Legal forms to carry’ out necessary legislation by the coun cil are being prepared this week in the office of City Solicitor, Francis W. Durbin of Lima, it was stated by Mayor Howe. Action has been made necessary on this matter due to the fact that fire insurance underwriters are ex pected to raise insurance rates here as a result of equipment that is de scribed as both inadequte and out moded. In addition there is the hazard occasioned when the local equipment is called outside the cor poration limits should the fire truck be needed within the municipality7. Labor Day Will Be Observed Quietly Life In United States Navy Strenuous But Interesting, Bluffton Boys Report of Equipment Type of Bluffton’s new fire fight ing equipment would depend largely on council’s action in fixing the amount of the bond issue proposal. On this figure will hinge to a great extent the decision as to light, me dium or heavy equipment. Bluffton’s observance of Labor Day next Monday is expected to be a quiet one, with business generally to be suspended in the town over the holiday. Business places will be closed, there will be no mail deliveries and most of the town’s industries will suspend operations in observance of the holiday. Marking the close of the summer vacation season, Labor Day finds many residents of the area planning week-end motor trips to points of interest in Ohio and adjoining states. Others are making arrange ments to entertain visitors in their homes here over the holiday. Joe Swank and Marion Fisher Home From Great Lakes Training Station Accustomed to Hammocks Boys Find it Difficult to Sleep in Bed at Home After getting used to the ham mocks of the United States navy, one of the adjustments in coming back home is to sleep in an ordin ary bed and mattress, according to Joe Swank, son of George Swank, north of town, and Marion Fisher, son of Mrs. Jeanne Fisher of Riley street, who are home for a 10 day furlough from the U. S. Naval train ing station at Great Lakes, Illinois. At first it was somewhat difficult to accustom oneself to the hammock and to sleep in a large room with more than 100 men but the adjust ments were soon made. The ham mock is fastened eight feet above the floor and a fall is dangerous. The strenuous program of the train ing school makes most of the boys receptive to almost any kind of sleeping arrangements. Enlistment In contrast to the army, the naval forces are built up entirely by en (Continued on page 2) Naomi Welty Is Wed To David E. Jones Miss Naomi Welty’, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Welty, and David E. Jones, son of Howell E. Jones of Venedocia, were united in marriage in the Presbyterian church at that place Saturday afternoon. Rev. W. T. Jones, pastor, officiated at the single ring ceremony. Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. Har mon Leaders, organist of Defiance, played Chopin’s “Nocturne” and Schubert’s “Serenade”. Mr. Willis Baker, former student of Mr. Jones at Mark Center, sang “I Love You Truly”. Mrs. Charles A. Patterson of Bluffton sang “Because” and “Ich Liebe Dich”. The bridal party en tered the church to the strains of “Wagner’s Chorus, and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was used for the recessional. Soft music was played during the ceremony. The bride, entering in the arm of her father who gave her in mar riage, was attractively gowned in white satin with inserts of lace, fashioned with a train, long pointed sleeves, and a sweetheart neckline. Her lace-bordered finger-tip veil of illusion was held in place by a tiara of pearls. She carried a white bou quet of gladioli and lilies, tied with white maline. Mrs. Robert Beerman, twin sister of the groom, was matron of honor, and wore a gown of aqua sheer with a corsage of pink roses and blue delphinium. Richard Klopfenstein of Van Wert, close friend ofthe groom, served as best man. Sue Rissei4 of Bluffton in a long white dress was flower girl and J. Noble Pritchard of Venedocia in a white and blue military suit was ring bearer. Mr. Robert Beer man, brother-in-law of the groom, and Mi'. Omar Welty, brother of the bride, served as ushers. Mrs. Welty, mother of the bride, was gowned in black and white sheer with black accessories, and wore a corsage of gardenias. Following the ceremony, an in formal reception was held at the home of the groom. A three-tiered ^wedding cake topped with a minia ture bride and groom centered the table. The couple left on a trip through the Smoky Mountains, after which they will reside in Sherwood. For traveling the bride wore a blue wool crepe costume suit with black acces sories. Mrs. Jones was graduated from Bluffton High school and from the Betty Jean School of Beauticians in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mr. Jones is a graduate of York high school and Bluffton college, and is at present music instructor at Mark Center. Burial Services For Former Resident Here Cremated remains of Samuel David Romey, 58, formerly of Bluff ton who died in Los Angeles, Aug ust 3 will be interred in Maple Grove cemetery, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p. m. Brief services will be held at the cemetery with Rev. Emil Burichter of the Reformed church officiating. Mr. Romey was the son of the late Henry L. Romey and a brother of E. C. Romey and Mrs. Fred Bad ertscher of this place. THE BLUFFTON NEWS ______ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 1941 MISSIONARIES TO CHINA ORDERED HOME BY BOARD Dr. Lloyd and Floyd Pannabeck er, Formerly of Bluffton College Sent Message Threatened Crisis in Far East Renders China Unsafe for Mission Workers Ordered home because of disturbed conditions of increasing proportions in the Far East, Dr. Lloyd and Floyd Pannabecker, missionary workers in Kai Chow, China, formerly of Bluffton College, have been sent urgent sum mons by cable and short wave radio by the Mennonite board of foreign missions during the past week. A cablegram sent by P. p. Wedel, of Newton, Kans., chairman of the board of foreign missions, on Friday was returned as undeliverable. A second one was sent the first of this week and it is not known whether the message reached its destination. The Pannabeckers have been serv ing as missionaries to China under the foreign mission board of the Gen eral Conference of Mennonites. Mrs. Floyd Pannabecker and family have been living in Bluffton since May fol lowing action of American diplomatic representatives in China advising that all women in Chinese mission stations evacuate the country. Mrs. Lloyd Pannabecker and family also returned to this country from China and are making their home with her father, Dan Roth of Gibson City, Ill., for the duration of Sino Japanese conflict. Japanese Danger The men were allowed to continue mission work at the Kai Chow station. The present action of the board, however, was precipitated by the se rious turn of affairs in the Far East. The Japanese have been known to hold missionaries as hostages and are using this technique increasingly in retaliation of the freezing of Japanese assets by President Roosevelt. In one case »'ese sentinels are reported keeping watch at a mission ary station making the missionaries virtual prisoners within their owm premises. No official action on the part of American diplomatic representatives (Continued on page 8) Religious Education Teacher Is Employed Miss Mary Sypos, of West Middle sex, Pa., was employed as instructor in religious education at the Bluff ton public schools, by the Bluffton Council of Religious Education at a meeting held at the high school Tuesday night. Miss Sypos is a graduate of Tayl or university, Upland, Ind., and the Missionary Training institute of Nyack, N. Y. She has had exper ience in teaching vacation Bible school and the under-privileged child ren of Upland for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Kohli Sheep Judge At Ohio State Fair Hiram Kohli, of near Bluffton, was at Columbus, Tuesday, serving as judge of Merino sheep entries in the Ohio State fair for the fifth year. One of the outstanding Merino breeders in the state, Kohli was in charge of judging several hundred heads of fine sheep competing for the Ohio fair ribbons. Sails For Hawaii Miss Evelyn Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Neuenschwan der of South Lawn avenue, sailed for Honolulu, Haw’aii, from San Francisco, Calif., on the liner Mari posa Thursday afternoon. She ar rived in California from Galveston, Texas, where she visited her bro ther Emerson who is in service at Camp Wallace at that place. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Herr, Lima, a girl, Saturday. Rev. and Mrs. Kent Welty, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Moser, Pan dora, a boy, Monday. Word was received of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Nord strom of Belmont, Mass. Mrs. Nord strom -was the former Miss Mabie Geiger, daughter of Mrs. Cal Geig er, also formerly of this place. In the longest telephone call ever placed through the Bluffton ex change, Norman Triplett, sales man ager of the Triplett Electrical In strument Co., talked over a com munication network of more than 5,000 miles to Buenos Aires, Argen tine, last week. Perfect transmission was reported in the telephone conversation with Teo de Grand Pre, Jr., in the call to the Triplett sales agency in the Argentine. It was no different than Dr. Merle Schwartz, Bluffton College Graduate, Describes Harrowing Experiences Addresses National Conference Of Defenseless Mennonites Sunday Afternoon Editor’s Note: The account of Dr. Schwartz's experiences as a passenger on the ill-fated Egyp tian liner Zamzam will be de scribed in two installments fo the Bluffton News. The first installment follotcs in this issue of the News and the second in stallment will be published next week. Sinking of the Zamzam by a time bomb from the Nazi sea raider on which they were prisoners was but one of the terrifying situations wit nessed by the group of missionaries enroute to Africa, according to Dr. Merle Schwartz, who addressed the Sunday afternoon meeting of the na tional conference of Defenseless Men nonites in session during the past week at the Bluffton High school gymnasium. Dr. Schwartz, graduate of Bluff ton college in the class of 1933, to gether with his bride of recent months were enroute to the Mukedi station in the African Congo repre (Continued on page 2) In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marshall will move this week from their prop erty on Lawn avenue to the home of his father, Walter Marshall, east of town. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Detwiler and son have moved from the Fett apart ments to the Mrs. Josephine Carna han property on Elm street, recent ly vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnes and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnes have moved to the home they purchased from Cecil Clymer on South Main street. Prof, and Mrs. Harold Lincheid and little son of Oklahoma have arrived here and are occupying apartments in the Miss Zanna Staater residence on South Main street. Prof. Linchied will be head of the department of mathematics at Bluffton college, fill ing the position held by the late Prof. E. J. Hirschler. Transmission Perfect In 5,000 Mile Call Thru Bluffton Phone Exchange Survivors Of Zamzam Witnessed Sinking Of Ship From Nazi Raider, Speaker Tells Roger Hauenstein Takes New Position Roger Hauenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein of South Jackson street, has been appointed instructor of public school music at the Degraff schools. Last year he taught at York tow’nship high school in Van Wert county. Magazine Solicitors Work On When that smooth-looking young man knocks at your door and asks you to subscribe for a magazine in order to help him thru college, think twice before you act. Reports were received the first of the week that the old college racket is being worked in Bluffton and vi cinity by a crew of magazine solici tors who have victimized the unwary. They have streamlined the old story into a new 1941 version—and now instead of just going to college they will tell you that they are working to obtain an education in a Lutheran college, preparatory’ to entering that ministry. Several persons who paid the crew money have not received magazines and reports from other parts of the state are to the effect that a check given for $2 was cashed for $72. talking to a local party, Triplett said after the call had been completed. It required less than an hour to get connections made thru the var ious exchanges on the international hookup. Toll charges were nominal, slightly more than $16 for a three minute conversation. Young de Grand Pre is well known here, having spent the summer of 1939 working in the Triplett plant to gain experience in the line which his father’s organization represents in several South American countries. MORE THAN 1000 ATTEND CHURCH MEETING Conference of Defenseless Men nonites at High School Closes Monday Entire Membership of Body Consisting of 12 Churches Represented More than a thousand delegates and visitors were in attendance at the national conference of the Defense less Mennonites at the Bluffton High school auditorium which closed Mon day afternoon, a full day ahead of schedule. The sessions from Wednesday thru Sunday were open to the general pub lic and the business meeting of the delegates and ministers was rushed through to completion in one day in stead of the two days originally scheduled. New Officers New officers named at the confer ence were: President Rev. Harry Bertsche of Flanagan, Ill. secy., Mau rice Klopfenstein of Grabill, Ind. The place of meeting next year has not been officially decided but likely the 1942 conference will be held at either Pioneer or Archbold on the basis of making the rounds of the various churches in the conference, it was announced by Rev. E. G. Steiner, pastor of the church here. Attendance at the conference was augmented by visitors at various ses s: ns from other churches in the com munity’. The churches of the com munity joined with the conference Sunday night in the union service. Hear Zamzam Survivors A large crowd was present Sunday afternoon at the foreign n.iss’onary hour to hear Dr. Merle Schwartz, survivor of the raided Egyptian liner Zamzam, relate his experiences en countered on the ill fated ship. A collection of $450 was taken at the Sunday afternoon meeting to be plac ed in the foreign mission fund. Principal speaker at the conference was Rev. S. H. Turbeville, well known evangelist, who delivered a series of evanglistic messages and conducted Bible study discussions. Delegates were accomodated in the homes of Bluffton people of the com munity and at Lincoln hall on the Bluffton college campus. Meals were served in the Bluffton High school cafeteria. Delegates representing 1,600 com municants from 12 churches in Kan sas, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio were in attendance. Are At Old College Racket Bluffton Girl Wins First At State Fair Miss Eloise Sommers, Bluffton High School senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sommers, three miles south of town, won place in the nior high sch» 1 div’-.. n of the farmers’ institute po-ter .test a: the Ohio State fair i: h.. ,b ss, Mon day. The ster v.a- a.an- i -r the Bluff ton farmers institute last winter and depicted a farm scene with woods, fields and a bridge showing. This is the second time that Miss Sommer has w’on first place in the poster con test, having won a similar prize last year. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 18 BUMPER CROP OF POTATOES BEING DUG PRICES SAG Hot Weather Adds to Storage Problems and Increases Market Volume Prevailing Prices are Expected To Go Higher With Cooler Weather Harvesting a bumper crop of po tatoes from one of the largest acreages ever put out here, Bluffton growers are faced with the alterna tive of disposing of their crop on a sagging market or providing ade quate storage until the arrival of cooler weather. Hot weather of the past several weeks has materially added to the problems of potato farmers as buy ers in the large markets are unwill ing at this time to take the crop in quantities because of increased dan ger of spoilage. Although larger producers in this area are equipped for proper stor age, many of the smaller growers are finding it difficult to do anything except market the crop due to lack of storage facilities. In hot weather potatoes bruise easily and turn black at the bruised spot. Price Range Prices of $1.10 per hundred pounds were being quoted for good quality potatoes at the large central markets the first of the week. De ducting 20 cents for hauling leaves the growers a net of 90 cents. Re tail prices for potatoes were quoted at 90 cents for a 60 pound bushel Wednesday morning. Prevailing prices are expected to stiffen with the arrival of cooler weather stimulating wholesale de mand and the passing of the present selling flurry occasioned by market ing of that portion of the crop for which storage facilities are lacking. Although harvesting of the potato crop is not yet completed, reports are current of yields of 200 bushels to the acre and some as high as 250 bushels. Harvest Now On Majority of growers started dig ging potatoes about three weeks ago and another month will see most of the potatoes dug in the Bluffton dis trict. It is said that potatoes are not so numerous in the hills this season but they are larger in size and gen erally more uniform to which is at tributed the better than average yield. Mrs. Isham Hurl In Highway Crash Injuries received early Saturday night when two automobiles collided two miles south of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway to avoid striking a two-year-old girl confined Mrs. Fay Isham, of Bluffton, to her home the early part of this week. Mrs. Isham, driver of one of the autos figuring in the mishap, receiv ed shoulder injuries and cuts about the face. Three other passengers in the Isham auto escaped serious injury. They included Marlyn Isham, a daughter and Leia and Mary Frick. Coming from Lima about 7:30 p. m., Mrs. Isham stopped her car in the highway to avoid striking the two-year-old daughter of Ephriam Prowant. The tot was walking along the highway. Another motorist, Claude Brown, of Lima, traveling toward Lima, also attempted to stop, and his car swerved into that driven by’ Mrs. Isham. The girl was unharmed. Mrs. Isham was brought to her home by a passing motorist. Bluffton Boy Wins Grand Championship Arthur Neuenschwander, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwander, west of town, won the grand champ ionship in the showing of 4-H club members at the Delphos fair which closed last week. Arthur showed a Shorthorn steer in" the 9(H) pound class and won first place and later the grand champion ship. The steer was a native and raised on the farm of his father. Other Bluffton 4-H members who placed prize winners in the fair show ing were: Dale Huber, Hereford Harry Burkholder Shorthorn Wesley Sommer, Shorthorn Keith Brauen, Shorthorn Ralph and John Althaus and Arthur Hilty, purebred Holstein heifers.