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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI CLASSES TO BEGIN AT COLLEGE WITH DECREASE SHOWN Private Employment and Draft Cause Attendance drop at Bluffton College In Line With National Trend in Which Colleges Show Re duced Enrollment Early registrations at Bluffton col lege Tuesday and Wednesday indicat ed that enrollment at the local insti tution will be somewhat less than the total of 229 students registered at the school last year, it was announced at the registrar’s office Wednesday morning. This is in line with the national trend in w’hich college enrollments are declining because of the ease of obtaining employment in private in dustry and because of removal of the men of draft age. Ropp Hall Filled With all rooms at Ropp hall filled, early indications are that for the first time in the history of the institution there may be more women than men enrolled. Last year there were 128 men and 101 women. Quite a few of the rooms at Lincoln hall will not be occupied this year, it was pointed out by college officials. A reduction in the number of fresh men is anticipated with an expected enrollment of some better than 50. Last year there were 67 first year students enrolled at the local institu- tion Lenient Draft Policy Although the draft has been re sponsible for some of the reduction in the enrollment totals, state selec tice service officials have indicated that the policy will be one of leniency in “cases of young men who are pur suing educational opportunities.” Lt. Col. Chester W. Goble, state se lective director, said that the policy relative to students will be one of co operation aiming not to cause sudden interruption of studies or financial loss. Goblenas advised students to see their local draft boards before en rolling to ascertain approximately how soon they might be called. Ar rangements may be made with the understanding that the student can at least finish "the semester and pos sibly the entire year according to the merits of the individual case. Classes Start Thursday With registrations of upper class men completed on Tuesday and the Freshmen on Wednesday, regular class work will start Thursday morn ing at which time also, Dr. L. L. Ram seyer will deliver the opening chapel address On Friday evening the get-acquaint ed mixer will be held in the gymnas ium with all students and faculty members participating. The annual affair is sponsored by the Y. M. and Y AV. C. A. organizations of .the col lege. In New Locations Ray Root of Fremont, formerly of this place, has rented the Fred C. Badertscher property at South Main and Kibler streets and will move this week. Root is employed as a telegrztph operator at the AU tower here, taking the place of Fred Birchnaugh who is now night oper ator at Beaverdam. Paul Eikenberry of Ada has moved here, occupying the Diefen deifer property on Mound street The house was recently vacated by Glen Ramer and family who moved to Mt. Cory where they are occupy ing the property of the late Mrs. Maggie Adams. Wilbur Sumney and family have moved from their home on Washing ton street to their farm near Rock port. Gerald Huber, employed at the postoffice here who moved recently from Lima is occupying the Sumney property on Washington street. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Moser, Benton Ridge, a girl, last Wednesday. Mi. and Mrs. Byron Gamble, Rawson, a boy, Sunday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schultz, of South Bend, Ind., a daughter, Aileen, Friday. Mrs. Schultz was the former Miss Emma Detweiler of this place. Word has been received here of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Thornblake of New York city. Mrs. Thornblake was the form er Miss Eleanor Barnard, instructor in public school music here about eight years ago. i ?igure is 20 Less Than Enroll ment Total of 80 Students Last Year Twenty-Eight Enroll at Bluff ton College Seven at Ohio State University With about 60 Bluffton young people preparing to enter college this fall, the attendance totals of "those going to institutions of higher learn ing are at least 20 under the approx imate figure of 80 reported last year. This is in line with the national trend of reduced enrollment at col leges throughout the country. By far the largest number will at tend Bluffton college with 28 enralled at the local institution the first of the week. Next in line is Ohio State univer sity with seven from here enrolled and Ohio Northern and Bowling Green universities with five and four Bluffton students respectively. Those attending upper classes at Bluffton college registred Tuesday, while the Freshmen finished registra tion Wednesday morning. Most of those enrolled elsewhere are leaving within the next week for the various schools. Sixty Bluffton Young People To Enter Colleges For Fall Terms Ohio State university, due to the TOWN MOVES TWO FRONTS QN SEWER PROBLEM Solicitor Durbin Files Motion in Common Pleas Court in Be half of City Report on Possibility of Federal Aid is Sought by Town tion Faced with damage suits aggregat ing 25,000 because of alleged pollu tion of Big Riley creek with sewage from the town, Bluffton moved the first of the week to establish a legal defense in court and also looked for ward to measures calculated to re move conditions in the stream which gave rise to the complaints. The damage suits were filed in the Allen county common pleas court ten days ago by Oliver Locher and Henry P. Huber, landowners, whose farms are located downstream on the creek a short distance from town. Locher’s suit claims damages in the sum of $10,000 while Huber asks $15,000 damages. On the legal front City Solicitor Francis Durbin filed a motion in the (Continued on page 8) Orange Twp. Girl Wins State Contest Ida Mae Arnold, of the Gold Star 4-H club of Orange township, won first place in 4-H clothing judging at the Ohio State fair in Columbus, last week. In capturing highest honors in clothing judging, the Orange town ship girl qualified to represent Ohio in national competition to be held in connection with the International Livestock exposition in Chicago. Miss Arnold, 17, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Arnold, of Orange township. She is a junior at Mt. Cory High school where she is majoring in home economics. In state competition girls were called upon to judge the workman ship and materials of clothing. In addition to entering the judging contest, Miss Arnold also had a canned fruit exhibit at the state fair. Bluffton Girl Weds In Kentucky Sunday Announcement was made the first of the week of the wedding of Miss Belle Potee of this place to Hobart Hall of McGuffey which took place in Kentucky, Sunday. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Potee of Mound street and a member of the high school senior class. The couple will reside in McGuffey. NEW FIRE HOSE Five hundred feet of new fire hose purchased last month by the council has '.rrived and is now in service, it is announced by Fire Chief Guy Corson. quarter plan, always starts on Octo ber. 1. The following listing do not include a large number of young people from the community attending nursing schools, beauty schools and business colleges. Included among those attending col lege are the following: Ohio State university, Columbus— William Holtkamp, Junior Augsburg er, Jason Triplehorn. Evan Sommer, Wayne Yoakam, Paul Rhoades, Louise Dunifon. Bowling Green State university— Mary Marshall, Edwin Rice, Edward Schumacher, Rachel Beagle. Miami university, Oxford—Ethel Jean Marshall, Neil Baumgartner. Eastman School of Music, Rochest er, N. Y.—Nelson Hauenstein. University of Cincinnati—Morris and Ropp Triplett, Charles Schumach er. Wheaton college, Wheaton, Ill.— June Burkholder. Oberlin college—Roberta Biery. Heidelberg college, Tiffin—Joseph ine Niswander. St. Joseph’s college, Collegeville, Ind.—Chas. Hankish, Jr. Taylor university, Marion, Ind.— Phyllis Steiner. Ohio Wesleyan university, Dela ware—Betty Lape. Missouri State Teachers college, Warrensburg, Mo.—Wade Mumma. (Continued on page 8) Downward School Enrollment Trend n 38 Pupils in First Grade and 69 Seniors Show Differential Of 31 Students Smaller Families Reflected in Decline of Students and Lack of Houses Definite downward trends in public school enrollment and at the same time an increasing shortage of houses in the Bluffton area point to the conclusion of more numerous but smaller families here. Notwithstanding the extensive res idential construction program which has taken place here during the past thiee years, giving Bluffton the largest number of houses in its his tory, there is still a demand for more housing accommodations. This increase in the housing pro gram, however, finds no counterpart in school enrollment. The second week of the school term this fall finds a total of 38 pupils enrolled in the first grade. Wide Difference Last year there was a class of 42 first graders and a spring graduat ing class of 53 with a difference of 11 students. This year with 69 sen iors the differential between the first and twelfth grades is 31 students, the largest in the history of public education in the community. Schools the country over are gen erally experiencing a decline in en rollment, a reflection of the depres sion era when size of families was restricted. Another factor appearing this year in the local school picture is the transfer of a considerable number of Orange township stu dents to Mt. Cory High school. With school enrollment trends defi nitely downward it would normally follow that there would be an abundance of housing but quite the opposite situation prevails in this community. A survey would likely indicate that families have increased in number but not in size. Smaller Families Trend With smaller families also the trend it would be necessary to have more houses to furnish accommoda tions even though the total number of persons has not materially in creased. Although the enrollment this year is the smallest for several years it is larger by four than in 1939 when there were only 34 first graders. The present figures seem to indicate that temporarily, at least, a stable condi tion has been reached. It will be necessary to show considerable in creases, however, to bring the senior classes up to figures which prevailed up until three years ago, usually in the range of 60 to 70 students. IN NURSES TRAINING Miss Wanda Diller left Wednes day for Cleveland where she will enter nurses training at Fairview Park hospital. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Diller of North Jackson street and was graduated from Bluffton high school last spring. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 1941 COUNTY BOARD IS EXPECTED TO ADD ANOTHER PRECINCT Action Anticipated at Meeting Of Election Board Wed nesday Afternoon Proposed New Precinct Bound aries to be Submitted for Board’s Approval Re-districting of Bluffton to create a fourth voting precinct for the fall election is expected to be approved by the Allen county board of elections in a meeting this Wednesday after noon. With the change in precincts car rying the support of local committee men, it is expected the town will be re-classified into four precincts for voting purposes. If the contemplated approval is re ceived, the new precinct committee men will be named. Under the pro posed new setup a Republican com mitteeman will be named for Pre cinct D, and a Democrat selected for C. Complete re-arrangement of the town’s three present precincts will be made if the fourth voting district is created. (Continued on page 5) Here, Accompanied By Housing Shortage HALF-MILL LEVY TO PAY FOR NEW FIRE EQUIPMENT Auditor Estimates Average of .52 Mills Required to Fi nance Project Proposal for $8,000 Bond Issue To be Submitted at Polls In November Bluffton taxpayers will add slight ly over one-half mill to their tax levy if voters at the November elec tion approve a proposal to issue bonds in the sum of $8,000 for new fire fighting equipment. Figures from the office of the Al len county auditor submitted at a meeting of the town council Mon day night indicated that an average annual levy of .52 mills will be re quired to retire the proposed bond issue. Bonds, according to the auditor's schedule would run from 1943 to 1950 with $1,000 of the principal being paid annually. Estimate Is Average The tax levy, it is pointed out is the average assessment, the cost to the taxpayer when the bond issue had run half its allotted period. During the first half of this time the cost would be more than the average and less than that figure for the last half. The issue to be submitted at the polls here in November has been certified to the Allen county board of elections and that body took ac tion at its meeting Wednesday afternoon to place the measure on the ballot. Board Raises Pay Of School Bus Drivers Drivers of five Bluffton school buses were given an increase in pay of $1 per month at a meeting of the board of education, Monday night. The new rate of pay, $36 per month represents a restoration of the amount received by the drivers two years ago when the rate was cut one dollar in a general retrench ment program. Bus drivers are: Francis Basinger, Chris Gratz, Jerome Herr, Aaron Messinger and Walter Sommers. Eldon Tschiegg is substitute driver. Janitors also rehired for the com ing year at the high school are Al bert Benroth, Charles Fenton and Harry Trippiehorn. The board in dicated that there would be also a revamping of the janitors’ salary schedule. FIRE ALARM Blaze from an oil stove at the home of Chas. Young, Lake street resulted in a call for the fire depart ment last Wednesday afternoon. The damage was negligible. MH! l‘T violin numbers by W-' Aiswunder~Warren Nuptials Sunday Wedding of Miss Marcella Irene Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander and Arthur Racine Warren, J. A. MRS. ARTHUR RACINE WARREN son of Mr. and Mrs. was solemnized in the Sunday Warren, Mennonite church, loon at four o’clock, bright afternoon sun tall cathedral candle aftei A with the chancel of the church which was decorated with palms and ferns to form a background for the nuptial ceremony. A large number of rela tives and friends of the couple was in attendance. The single ring service was read by Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the Preceding the half-hour musical gan selections by wander, ceremony was a program with or Miss Elvira Nis the bride. Two Miss Leia Hagan of of Ft. Wayne, cousin of the bride groom, were Liszt’s “Liebestraum” (Continued on page 8) Bluffton Man To Head Church Body dusky the Uni H. Allman of Bluffton was superintendent of the San nference of the Church of ■d Brethren in Christ at its sion at Columbus Grove. Dr. Allman’s reelection came ing Tuesday afternoon’s st after he had read his annual report. He was retained as conference super intendent by a large majority over several othei- nominees. dur ssion James Bixel Takes Teaching Position James Bixel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bixel of South Main street, has accepted a position as instructor of public school music at Newport, Ky. He will be in charge of vocal and choral music in the public schools of the community. Bixel graduated this spring from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Mu sic with special honors in piano com position. Church Redecorated New hardwood floors have been installed and new carpeting has been applied to the floors at the Lutheran church. The church was closed several weeks in order to effect redecorating and services were sumed again last Sunday. for the re To Teach At York Miss Laura r. and Hiestand, N. M. hip, has Bowling Gree daughter of Hiestand o accepted sition as instructor in the fourtl ade at the York Centralized schoc the coming year. Miss Hiestam a graduate of Bluffton High schoc Open Air Day Thursday Bluffton retail stores are now open all day Thursday after having been closed in the afternoon during the summer months. Irw f. Ttr ■*. "1 n MENNONITE YOUTH FROM PARAGUAY AT COLLEGE HERE housands of European Men-1 nonites Live in South Amer ican Colonies, He Says Special Land Grants and Self-| Government Given by Thousands of ites are living tlements under and privileges South cording Frenheim, Tuesday college. American governments, ac to Ernst Harder, 19, of Paraguay, who enrolled as a freshman at Bluffton Harder who has been in this coun try for two years, is a member of one of the settlements in the Chaco in Paraguay consisting of 19 vil and the surrounding farm lands is securing his education in country in Mennonite institi after which he plai Paraguay to teach (Continued Book Exchange To Move From Bluffton Started in Toledo, the book change was moved to Bluffton in fall of 1938. Reid said that principal reason for returning to Reid has purchased a Toledo build ing which is being remodeled for his purposes. It will be ready for occupancy in about one month. Howe To Discuss Sewers At ity BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Ti*ade I Southern Republics I European Mennon in cooperative set special land grants accorded them by »f I markets i The College Book Exchange, locat- afternoon at 3 o’clock. ed in Bluffton since 1938, will be I Dr Grismore for many years a moved to Toledo this fall, Edwin Ml practisjng physician at Steubenville Reid, manager of the concern, an-|diedin that city, Tuesday. nounced Tuesday. I Specializing as a wholesale jobber! Diller funeral home in Bluffton, to college and public libraries, the! Thursday noon, from where it will exchange has been operated here ini be taken to Pandora. Short services quarters on the Bluffton college cam-1 win be held at the grave with Rev. pus. I Everett Mosslander, pastor of Pan Student labor has been used prin-l dora Methodist church officiating. cipally by the book concern, with ap-l Dr. Grismore was the son of the proximately 600 hours of part-time! late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grismore, work provided each month. 11 to 14 Bluffton college students tor’s wife died in the summer of have been on the payroll of company during the time it was cated here. NUMBER 20 DAIRYMEN BENEFIT FROM MORE MILK AND HIGHER PRICE Bluffton Plant of Page Dairy Co. Handling Record Vol ume of Milk Price is 53 Cents Hundred More Than Last Year Pro duction is Up Greatly increased income for Bluff ton district in record local plant and higher by creamery stations located here. dairy farmers is reflected milk processing at the of the Page Dairy Co., prices paid for butterfat Volume of raw milk handled at the Page plant is nearly 20,000 pounds daily greater than under normal conditions, officials said this week. Between 65,000 and 70,000 pounds of milk were processed daily at the plant during July and August, in comparison with a normal average of 50,000 pounds, it was pointed out. This year’s production exceeds that of last year by day. 12,000 pounds per Income for dairy farmers More Higher income on the Page lists is assured by the record volume of milk, and the pro ducer also benefits because of higher prices, altho feed prices have risen somewhat in the past year. Base price of the product has risen from $1.75 per hundred at this time last year to $2.28 this fall. Prices quoted by the Page plant are for milk with a butterfat base of four per cent. With the local concern handling a record volume of milk, business for the past summer has been the best coming milk is 15 to Sept. 1 pasturage. highest from May because of better Processing Plant At the local plant, raw milk is processed into sweet condensed milk and powdered milk. In addition sweet milk is provided for Page dis- Six plants are operated by the Page organization, located in Bluff Findlay, Whitehouse, ton, Toledo, Mansfield and Weston, Mich. Three, one in Bluffton, ar,e plants and the others including the manufacturing serve a as distribution centers. wholesale prices of daily at the highest levels in farmers who sell cream also iping additional dividends, srfat was commanding a price the Bluffton With product:s s higher than Funeral For Dr. Otto Grismore At Pandora Interment of the remains of Dr. Otto Grismore, 62, native of Pan dora will be made at Riley Township cemetery at that place Thursday p,O(dy will be brought to the Betweenl pioneer Pandora residents. The doc- the! 1940 and a daughter, Mrs. Helena lo McMillen, died last July. I Surviving are a daughter Miss ex I Drussilla Grismore of Steubenville the! two sisters, Mrs. Cora Miller of Pan thel d°ra and Mrs. Emma Morlock of the I Crediton, larger city was to obtain improved! 4ohn of Columbus Grove, Fred of transportation facilities. Florida, Oscar of Whittier, Calif. Two full-time Cook and Martha Toledo w’ith the move is made. employes, Powell, will go to concern when the Ontario, and five brothers, Oscar of Whittier, Calif. 1 r( l| Carl of McGuffey, and Grover of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Real Estate Deal Leland Gerber, Bluffton phatog ipher, has purchased the Mrs. property on North md will occupy the week. Gerber, pro- Idessa Henry Lawn avenue Lions\^j.ejof]ast v in the light of the recent suits I The SoL Huber farni of 80 acr®s against the town will be discussed I five miles south of town has been by Mayor W. A. Howe at a meet-1 purchased by Paul Faze from George ing of the Lions club to be held at I and Brooks Huber. Possession will the Walnut Grill Tuesday night atlh® 8iven March 1. The deal was 6:15 o’clock. I made by H. W. Althaus. Neu-Art studio here was _____ nxarr month to Miss Winifred Bluffton’s sewage disposal problem I sPrunKcr °f Bernt- Indiana.