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The Advertising Medium fi Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI PUBLIC SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE 532 DECREASE SHOWN Registration at Grade and High Schools 53 Less Than Last Year v Attendance at High School Ik 315 Grade Schools Enroll 217 Pupils Bluffton public Tuesday morning school year with 532. schools opened by for the comma ...... an attendance vf Enrollment at the high schj®( is 315 and attendance in the gratj^A is 217, it was announced by A. J. V. Longsdorf, superintendent. Attendance figures of the opent/^f1 day show a decline in enrollment fdr the fifth consecutive year. This year’s decrease of 53 reflects to a large degree loss of pupils from Or-J ange township who transferred to Mt. Cory high school in Hancock county. Attendance on opening day last year was 585. Previous years’ figur es were 610 in 1939 648 in 1938 and Little Change Expected Although a few students were ab sent because of illness or extended va cations, late registrations are not ex pected to change materially the total’ attendance figures announced on op ening day. In tlle high school the largest class is the senior group which is com posed of 68 students—37 boys and 31 girls. The ju nior class, by way of conipari son has an enrollment of 47—24 boys and 2.‘ girls. Enrollment by Classes Com plete enrollment totals ar nounee Wednesday morning by Supt. Longsdorf are as follows: Grade School Grade Teacher Total 1 Grace Cox 20 1 Meredith Stepleton 18 Floy McBans 33 Levada Balmer eo 4 Minerva Hilty 28 5 Adella Oyer 34 4-6 Robert Ewing 23 6 Theola Steiner 31, 217 High School Grade Boys Girls Total 33 ‘^5 I 29 14 43 10 18 27 11 47 1 .1 1 Billie Bechtel Wed In Kentucky Aug. 1 Marriage of Miss Billie Bechtel, daughter of ade Bechtel, Grove street, to Foster Griffith, son of E. G. Griffith, of Van Buren, at Louis ville, Ky., on August 1, was an nounced this week. The single ring ceremony wax sol emnized before a justice of the peace •in Louisville. For the occasion the bride wore a black and white dress, with white accessories, and a corsage of red roses. Attendants were the bride’s elder sister, Miss Caroline Bechtel, of North Baltimore, and Richard Sill, of Milton Center. The bride was graduate^ from Bluffton High school in the telass of 1941. Griffith was a graduate at Van Buren High school in 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith are making their home with his parents in V&n Buren. Rawson Woman Is Hurt In Auto Crash Caucuses In Orange Twp. Name Nominees Tiepublitfan and Democratic cau cuses were held in Orange township daring the, last week, with one va cancy repotted on each ticket. Democratic nominations included: Henry Hilty’ and Henry Wilch, trust ees Gilbert Montgomery and How ard Nonnamaker, constables. No justice'of the peace candidate was named. •/', On the Republican ticket nomina tions were as follows: Charles Bak ter and' Harry Reams, trusteft iElbert Anderson, constable and Lee ^orrisoxi, justice of the peace. Only ^ne candidate for constable is on the ticket, with two to be elected. Building New House Wm. Schifferly has started con struction of a new dwelling on Route 103 a short distance east of the cbfcnty line intersection. NAME TOWNSHIP CANDIDATES IN PARTY CAUCUSES Democrats and Republicans Chooke Nominees in Rallies Held Here Candidates for School Board Also Named Political In terest Revived die-aV akened interest in political TZA's was dem mstratc 1 last Friday in J,hfe large turnouts for I’ niocratic and Republican caucuses to nominate can ’ff?4ates fog- nine Richland township of- /rAVith near-capacity crowds at tJOlitioal gatherings, the setting reminiscent of bygone years election campaign was the •“a O&jJnon I woman was injured afternoon a mile south an automobile collision operated by her man. 60 A Rawson early Monday of Rawson in between cars band and a Bluffton area Mrs. Myrtle Hughes, hU3- H/r aid Ralph Rjtral RXrte was band, S. W. Hughe V. Motter, 20, Blufl 2, were unhurt. Mrs. .Hughes taken to the Bluffton hospital. The mishap occurred at the ii}^r section of Hancock county route 12 and the Runkle rad. Thous*nds Employed There art 86,250 employees in the department of agriculture, 12,165 of whom a* in Washington. shcyK’^nd Waldo H. Huber, Republi cantf* Justices of the Peace A. D. Gratz and Marshall Jennings, ^D^hiocrats Stanley Vertner, Republi ’iart Only one G. O. P. nominee was illM. Constables Charles Lora and Robert Niswan der, Democrats and J. E. Emerick and R. E. Griffith, Republicans. Bluffton School Board Oscar Lora, Dr. W. M. Niswander and Fred Wenger, Democrats Ralph Badertscher, Ralph Dunifon and John Tdsh, Republicans. Rededication Service At Reformed Church Special services marking rededica ticdi of St. John’s Reformed church Will be held Sunday morning and evening, it is announced by Rev. Emil Burrichter, the pastor. The church was closed for several weeks for redecoration and other vyx imp rove men ts. At the services Sunday morning ai 9:15, Rev. E. A. Beck, returned nisjsionary from China will be the speaker. Rev. P. H. Graeser of the Ffyst Reformed church of Lima will spKak in the evening at 7:30 o’clock. Real Estate Deals J*‘rty Basinger residing northwest of Bluffton has purchased the Wm. Wallace property on Cherry street occupied by Richard Bixel and fam ily. Rolland Guider has purchased the Ira Troxel property on Riley street froni Mrs. Guytana Young of Port Clinton. Guider now occupies the property. Aa ._________________________________. —-—. ______________ _____________ ________ ______________________________________________________________________ --_____________________________ ___________________ annabeckers Are Enroute Home From Far East, Cablegram Says Customs Of Pennsylvania “Dutch” In Bucks County Are Rapidly Changing Missionaries to China, Former ly of Bluffton College, to Return to U. S. Cablegram Sent From Souder ton, Pa., With Response From China Same Day Responding to the urgent summons of the board of foreign missions of the General Conference of Mennon ites, Dr. Lloyd and Floyd Panna becker, missionary workers in Kai Chow, China, will come home as soon as transportation to the United States can be arranged, according to a cablegram received by the board from the Pannabeckers on Saturday. The message was sent to Rev. P. H. Richert, secretary of the General Conference at Souderton, Pa. The message was immediately phoned from Souderton, *to Mrs. (Continued on page 8) P. W. Stauffer Describes Urban Influences on Area at Lions Meeting Perspective of Distance Needed To See Changes Take Place, Speaker Says Urban influences on the quaint rural culture of the Pennsylvania “Dutch” of Bucks County, Pa., are creating a unique combination of circumstances, according to Prof. P. W. Stauffer,' speech instructor at Bluffton college and Bluffton High school, who addressed the Bluffton Lions club at the Tuesday night. Wedding in Walnut Grill resident of the his home town this summer Stauffer, a former county, returned to of Quakertown, Pa., and found that many of the old cus toms and traditions he had known as a boy were rapidly succumbing to the and influences of the radio, screen. Only since the old customs (Continued on page 8) Ceremony Pennsylvania ‘V. C. S. Hayner Saturday. The led. Rev. Hayner who received the marriage vows was a former pastor of the bride during which time he served church the St. in Ada. Lutheran The bride and groom were attired in navy blue and solemnized in the mony. the nuptials were single ring cere- graduate of La- The bride is a fayette high school in the class of 1939. For the been employed Gratz Home Children. She Mr. and Mrs. Bluffton. past year she has in Bluffton at the School for Special is the daughter of Paul Miller of near The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gratz, of South Lawn avenue, is a graduate of Bluffton High school in the class of 1938. Later he attended Lima Northwest ern School of Commerce and Bluff ton college. He is now employed as a draftsman at the Triplett Electri cal Instrument company. The couple will be at home after September 10 in their cottage at the home 110% of the bridegroom’s parents, South Lawn avenue. Births BJuff- ay night. irl Schick, Ad Mr. and Mrs. Francis May, Beav erdam, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Rossman, Jenera, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Burk holder, a boy, Sunday. Mr. Leipsic, a boy, Sunday. and Mrs. Wilmer Rader, THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 1941 TOWN BJED FOR $25,000 CREEK POLLUTION CHARGE VOTERS TO DECIDE $8,000 FIRE BOND ISSUE THIS FALL Council Acts to Put Proposal On Ballot at Election in November Need More Equipment to Avoid Rise in Insurance Rates, Chief Warns Hoping to avert fire underwriters’ re-classification that would mean in creased insurance rates on Bluffton buildings, the municipal council Mon day night voted to submit to voters at the November election an $8,000 bond issue for the purchase of new fire fighting equipment. To maintain present rating in Class 8, Bluffton must make arrangements to purchase a new mot at least 500 additiona hose, Fix e Chief Guy to the council at the (Continued on feet fire BLUFFTON COLLEGE TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM NEXT WEEK Registration Tuesday and Wednesday Classes Start Thursday Scheduled fo Three New Additions to Faculty Announced by President L. L. Ramsey er ren- With enrollment predictions dered practically impossible be of the draft and the national de fense program, Bluffton register students for th on Tuesday and Wednest week, it was announced Ramseyer, president of the ins tion. it is the ally expected, however, that college will not show proper larger institutions in the sta Registration Tuesday Lincoln hall, the Additional studeiv in the secretarial to balance possibli to the draft and nrolled tend ses due of obtaining employment tional Defense industries, pointed out. for The course is being offered first time this year and will of instruction in typing, shorthand, accounting, business practice and subjects eral office practice, staff will consist of Prof. William Nebraska, new and economics. English, office related to gen Instructional Ray Hilty and Dick, of instructor in Beatrice, business Instructors instructors will be Other new Prof. Floyd Pannabecker, missionary returning from China, who will teach in the Bible department Prof. H. W. Linscheid, of Norman, Okla., who will teach mathematics and physics and Miss M’Della Moon, who will resume her position as professor of biology after a year’s leave of absence for graduate study at Ohio State university. Prof. Pannabecker will likely be on the staff tor in order that he time to church work in Conference. Prof. A. instruc devote a part time may the C. ture, will teach at the colle part time arrangement in enable him to devote more his pastorate at the Ebenez nonite church west of town On Friday evening, Sept. 12, the “get-acquainted” mixer will be held in the gymnasium with all students and members of the faculty partici pating. This affair is sponsored by the Y. M. and Y. W. C. A. organi zations of the college. Advancing years rest lightly upon the shoulders of Mrs. Peter Oberly, of Cherry street, who will observe her 95th birthday on Friday. Altho only five years under the cen tury mark, Mrs. Oberly is active and reads regularly without the use of glasses. Until three years ago she made her own clothing. Favored literature of the near-cen tenarian is a well-thumbed German Bible and old German hymnbook and The Bluffton News. About 30 years ago Mrs. Oberly bought a pair of glasses, but she threw them away be cause she felt they interfered with, rather than aided her eyesight. Her memory is keen, and a member of the family studying the Oberly genealogy recently found her unusu- Eustis is a reflection of defense effort which as its program is attempting to up an impregnable barrier o coasts of the country. (Continued on page 8) Woman Killed In Crash On Lincoln A overturned in north side of the highway, suffered a fractured skull. Mrs. Peter Oberly Active On 95th Birthdav Reads Without Glasses oast Guard Artiller Pvt. Robert Dillman, of Ft. Mechanics Post On Considerable Stress Placed Anti-Aircraft and Long Range Guns Expansion of the coast guard tillery is taking place at a tre mendous rate, accoi■ding to Pvt. Rob ert Dillman, of Ft. Eustis, Va., who recently •eturned to his barracks following leave here a 15-( lay convalescent recent weeks, the former Miss JoAnn Stonehill, and his mother, Mrs. Ella Dillman of North Main street, dur ing his Bluffton stay Evan Am Also at Ft. Eustis stutz, of Orange in the clerical department of camp. James West, Bluffton clerk, is in the western unit of the coast guard artillery located at Camp township, who is the Dillman is in the land division of the coast guard artillery and gradu ated recently from the trade school specializing in auto mechanics for which he received a diploma. The came as and ex assignment to that division a resul und of sting s by a of a south highway mishap caused blow-out took the life Wisconsin woman four miles of Bluffton on the Lincoln highway, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Sophie Sukula, 52, of Cuda hy, Wis., was instantly killed in the mishap which occurred when the left rear tire blew out and the auto skidded, striking a guard rail, and a ditch along the She John Paulik, 38, of Milwaukee, Wis., driver of the car his wife, Anna, 38 and a son, Rudy, 12, were treated in the Bluffton Community hospital for minor injuries. An other child, Anna, 8, escaped un hurt. The party was enroute from Pitts burgh, Pa., to Milwaukee, when the crash occurred at 5:30 p. m. Satur- atomo half anc vest of the intersection n 9 and the Lincoln highway injured were taken to th Route The Bluffton hospital in the Stanley Ba singer ambulance. Mrs. Sukula’s body was taken to the Basinger fun eral home, and from there was re moved to Brawnsville, Pa., Sunday evening, where burial was made. inci ally apt in recalling names and dents in the family history. Mrs. Oberly makes her home a son, Levi Oberly, on Cherry street. Millard Oberly, a grandson, and his family reside in the same house. This gives a fafriily of four generations living under the same roof. with Her husband, who died in 1902, was on the building committee of the St. John Mennonite church, near Pandora. Mrs. Oberly* was born on Sept. 5, 1846, near the Sonnenberg Mennonite church in Wayne county. A former schoolmate, Miss Judith Lehman, 72 was a caller at the Oberly home Tuesday. Miss Lehman was the youngest student in the Wayne county school when Mrs. Oberly was in the upper grade. Expanding Tremendously, Bluffton Boy Reports MAY GET FOURTH VOTING PRECINCT HERE THIS FALL Decision to be Made Next Week By Allen County Board of Elections Vote in Each of Present Three Precincts is Over Legal Maximum ation of a fourtl in Bluffton is bei e Allen County 1 for the ‘all election may be effected within the coming week. The change has the support of local committeemen action s. all of the last that 400. in the minimum number of voters reside. Four Precincts in 1922 Bluffton had four precincts in 1922. but one fell below 2(M) votes several years later, and the number of poll ing places was again decreased to three. Action in the matter, however, rests in the hands of the county board of elections, which is empowered by law to divide, re-arrange or create new precincts when the maximum has been surpassed. M. M. Bogart, of this place, is chairman of the countj board. Creation of the new Precinct must be effected in Bluffton before Sept. 10 if it is to be effective for the November election it was announced. Chorus To Sing At Ebenezer Sunday Women’s Chorus of Mennonite church will auditorium Amstutz. the Ebenezer be presented ig concert in the church Sunday night at 8:15 Burk Director of th in is Miss Mabe REMODELS HOUSE Chas. Keitfer is remodeling house on the Ben Matter farm Bluffton which he purchased spring. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a .v Good Place to Trade the near last NUMBER 19 SUITS FOR DAMAGE ARE INSTITUTED BY TWO LANDOWNERS Oliver Locher and Henry Huber Start Action in Common Pleas Court Council to (Jet Report on Sewer System Possibilities Next Monday Night Charging that sewage from Bluff ton emptied into Big Riley creek has damaged their farms, two suits ag gregating $25,000 have been filed in the Allen county Common pleas court against the town by Oliver G. Locher and Henry P. Huber, whose farms are located a short distance down stream. Locher seeks damages in the sum 15,000. Locher’s petition claims that pollu ion of the stream due to practise of mptying into it untreated sewage jut that impurities in the water make unfit for dairy cattle and other ivestock to drink. Similar claims are inchided in Huber’s petition. Riley creek flOU’S thru both Locher’s and Huber’s farms. The plaintiffs are represeiited by R. S. Steiner, Lima at torney. The twn will be required to file its answer in court to Locher’s petition by September 27. Reports current Tuesday night that Funeral Tuesday For Mrs. Ludwig Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Diller funeral home for Mrs. Matilda Ellen Lud wig, 86, who died last Sunday morn ing at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ada Miller, of Bentley road. Death followed a stroke suffered jesday of the preceding week, w. A. J. Weed and Lev. A. Albro ’iciated at the funeral rites. Bur 1 was in the Clymer cemetery. Mrs. Ludwig was a native of Bel mont county. laughter se home Ludwig. Wash. Robert Sportsmen's Club Makes Fall Plans Plans for fall activities were dis meeting of the Bluffton tsmen’s club Tues- cussed at a Community day night in the house. Gaiffe’s Grove club- In furtherance of the re-stocking program in this area three pairs of raccoons were released in wooded areas in the vicinity of the town, this week. County Game Protector J. J. Johns, assisted by Herb Rup right, set the raccoons free. Unruh Family Unhurt In Automobile Crash Unruh and Unruh of Rev. and Mrs. H. T. daughter Miss Mildred North Jackson street escaped injury in an automobile accident at Gill man, Ill., last Thursday night, but their car was badly damaged, ac cording to reports received here. The acident occurred when the Bluffton car collided with another machine at a street intersection. Two days were required to make neces sary repair^ to the Unruh car. Following repairs to the car, the Bluffton party continued to their North Newton, Kansas, Mildred Unruh will ent coming Unruh week. where Miss er Bethel college for school year. Rev. and the Mrs. this Bluffton Man Is Show Ringmaster Ray Patterson, Bluffton barber re siding on South Main street, is ringmaster for the second consecu tive year at the horse show of the Hancock county agricultural fair in Findlay this week.