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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI HOMECOMING WILL BE CELEBRATED AT METHODISTCHURCH Ail-day Services Sunday to Commemorate 25th Anni versary of Dedication Former Pastors and Church Dignitaries to Participate In Program Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Bluffton Methodist church, all-day homecom ing services will be held at the church Sunday. Present at the sessions will be former pastors and dignitaries of the Methodist church. Dr. R. O. McClure, superintendent of Lima’dis trict Methodist churches, will ad dress the session Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, it is announced by Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor. Former Pastors Also participating in the morning meeting will be two former pastors of the church, Rev. E. S. Keller, Columbus, who served the congrega tion from 1902 to 1905 and Rev. J. H. Butler, Lakeside, who was pastor here from 1910 to 1913. Other min isters who formerly were in charge of the local church are expected for the afternoon sessions. A cafeteria lunch will be served at noon in the church basement with service and coffee to be provided by the church. Families of the church will bring baskets, it was announced by the luncheon committee of which Mrs. Forrest Harmon is chairman. Homecoming Program A special homecoming program will be given in the auditorium in the afternoon starting at 1:30 o’clock. At this meeting reminis cences and former activities of the church will ba presented. Former pastors and members and visiting ministers will participate in this session. The day’s program will be climax ed with a the Bluff" ton high school auditorium in the evening at 7:30 o’clock. The Thespian dramatic society of Bluff ton college will present “The Lost Church”, a religious drama under the direction of Prof. P. W. Stauffer of the college. The offer ing from this service will go to the community council of religious edu cation. The public is invited. Dedicated 1916 The present church building was dedicated on October 8, 1916. It will be the 67th anniversary for the former church built at the present site and approximately the 95th an niversary for the original Methodist church, which still stands on Thur man street. General committee in charge of arrangements is: Forrest Steinman, chairman Mrs. L. F. Baumgartner, N. F. Steiner, E. L. Diller, A. J. B. Longsdorf and Rev. Weed. Orange Twp. Infant Smothers To Death Funeral services were held Sat urday afternoon for Ronald Gerald Kollars, 28-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kollars, Orange town hsip, who was found suffocated to death early Friday morning in the Kollars residence near Bluffton. The child was in the parents’ bed and evidently had been smothered by the bed clothing, Dr. Harold O. Crosby, Hancock county coroner, re ported. The mother is the former Miss Inez Jordan, daughter of Calvin Jordan of Orange township. Funeral services were held in the Kollars’ home with Rev. H. Dale Mitchell, of the Lima Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial was in Salem cemetery near Westminster. Harriet Criblez To Speak At PT A Meet Speaking on her travel experiences in Europe, Miss Harriet Criblez, lan guage instructor at Bluffton High school, will address the first session of the Parent-Teacher association to be held at the high school auditor ium next Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock. Group singing will be in charge of Miss Elizabeth Higley, high school vocal music instructor and Rev. Charles Armentrout, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will lead in de votions. Officers of the organization are: President, Mrs. Edwin Amstutz vice-president, Gerhard Buhler treasurer, Robert Ewing secretary, Mrs. Adella S. Oyer. Real Estate Deals Clayton Bixel has purchased from Edgar Chamberlain a building lot on Cherry street. The lot is located be tween the Mumma garage and the residence recently purchased by Chamberlain from Mrs. Jean Murray. Elmer Burkholder has purchased the Agin farm of 60 acres in Van Buren township on the Lincoln high way. He will occupy the place in the near future, moving from his present location on West Elm street. The Wilson Stonehill farm of 24 acres in Van Buren township, Han cock county, has been purchased by Dow Pursley of Beaverdam. Pursley will occupy the place October 20. Harold Roush now on the farm will move to New Stark. The deal was made by H. W. Althaus of Bluffton. NEW PAY SCALE IN EFFECT AT LIGHT AND WATER PLANT Council Authorizes Raises Pro posed by Board of Public Affairs Council Talks Proposal for Cut In Present Electric Cur rent Rates Proposal of raise in pay for em ployees at Bluffton’s municipal elec tric light and water plant, proposed by the Board of Public Affairs was approved by the town council on the third reading of the ordinance. Approval of the council makes the pay scale effective at the plant, with the present rates retroactive to Sep tember 1. The new pay scale, which met op position in the council when present ed for its first reading was passed by a unan^nous vote of four of the six cannciI merrters present at the meet ing. Vote in Council Voting for the measure were Coun cilmen Triplett, Patterson, Bader tscher and Basinger. Hauenstein and Bixel were absent. Passing of the ordinance making effective the raise in pay of all water work employes brought up again the matter of a cut in electric current rates here. The council reaffirmed its position that the present rate structure should be revised with a general lowering of rates. The present rate scale, es pecially to large consumers is in equitable, it was declared. Savings in operations at the plant since in stallation of the turbine should make such a step possible, it was said. New Schedule The new schedule of pay now in ef fect in the various departments fol lows: Plant superintendent, John Sw’isher, $175, formerly $165. Assistant superintendent, Hiram Wenger, $170, formerly $165. First, second and third engineers, Wade Finton, Noah Zuercher and Frederick Ludwig, each $140 former ly $125. Superintendent outside mainten ance, Forrest Mumma, $135 formerly $125. Clerk of Board, Edgar Hauenstein, $75 formerly $60. The schedule provides for an ad vance in hourly rates paid linemen from 55 cents to 62 cents. Other labo/ will e 57 instead of 50 cents. Builds Summer Home C. B. Platt, of Lima, is building a summer cottage on his Orange township farm, formerly the Bader tscher place and later owned by the late Wm. C. Augsburger. Mrs. Vera Houser, 48, wife of a Chicago mail order house executive, who has been unconscious in Bluff ton hospital following an automobile accident nearly two weeks ago was removed in an ambulance to a Chi cago hospital, Tuesday. The accident occurred on the Lin coln highway, September 27 when a rear tire blew out and threw the woman from the car to the pave ment fracturing her skull. Her husband, Theodore Houser, who was driving at the time was un injured. Houser is vice president of Sears Roebuck & Company of Chi cago. Austrian Student Here Marvels At Many Autos And Good Roads Makes Journey From Vienna to New York by Way of South America Anxious to See First Game of American Collegiate Foot ball Looking forward to the time when he will see his first American foot ball game when Bluffton college meets Otterbin here a week from Saturday. Otto C. Elmer, refugee student from Vienna, Austria, com pleted arrangements this week to attend Bluffton college. Elmer arrived here Friday from New Y’ork where he had been em ployed in the textile industry. Ar rangements for bringing him here were made by the college Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A. organizations. Refugee Scholarship He was awarded the Bluffton col lege refugee scholarship having been selected from a list of foreign stu dents suggested by the refugee de partment of the American Friends Service committee. Elmer came to this country from Austria in a round about way. He left Vienna in the summer of 1938 for Jugo-Slavia where he stayed with a friend until January, 1939. Due to the fact that he had only a short permit to stay in that country he then left for South America, land ing at Monevideo, Uruguay. Sailed in July Through a friend in New York City Elmer secured an affidavit to enter this country and came to the United States last July sailing on the S. S. Brazil. Since that time until he left for Bluffton the refugee has been employed in the textile industry in Rhode Island and New York. Impressing him the mpst in Amer ica is the unbelievably high stand ards of living. The many good roads and fine automobiles are a source of constant amazement. The refugee Student says the facts of the Nazi putsch stand out very vividly in his mind. At the time Dolfuss, the Austrian premier, was assassinated, Elmer was work ing in Karinther, a small Austrian village. Nazi activity started in Austria in 1932 with a great deal of propagandizing. U. S. of Woman Unconscious Here Nearly Two Weeks Is Moved To Chicago Europe Elmer believes that much of Europe’s tiouble is due to being di vided into so many states with the consequent barriers of tariff, race, language and border regulations. A United States of Europe is needed to provide stability and unity, he stated. The Austrian student can speak fluently Spanish, French, German and English, having learned the lat ter when on a Boy Scout trip in England. Friendliness Here Commenting on American people Elmer states that he is impressed by the friendliness here and the fact that good food and water can be obtained almost anywhere. In Eu rope good, food can be obtained only in hotels and at very high prices. Elmer is the second refugee stu dent from Vienna, Austria, to at tend Bluffton college. Last year Dorrit Weil, also from Vienna, at tended the college here. Hunting Pictures To Be Shown Tuesday Motion pictures on hunting will be shown at a meeting of the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club in the club house at 8 p. m. next Tuesday. Plans for fall activities of the organization also will be outlined at the session. Mr. and Mrs. Houser whose home is in Kenilworth, Ill., were driving to their estate in Virginia when the accident occurred. Following the accident the injured woman was removed to the Bluffton hospital" in an unconscious state from which she failed to recover. A Chicago brain specialist who came here Friday night to examine the woman advised her removal to a hospital in that city. Accompanying the ambulance to Chicago, Tuesday was Dr. M. D. Soash, Bluffton physi cian, who with Mrs. Soash were en route to Minneapolis where they will attend a medical convention this week. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 1941 MISSIONARY HOME FROM CHINA TELLS OF JAP IRON RULE S. Floyd Pannabecker United With Family After Half Year Separation Very Difficult to Travel in China Now Military Per mits Required Suspicion of all foreigners since the executive order of President Roosevelt in freezing Japanese assets in the United States, the Japanese military in occupied China is sparing 'no effort in checking on activity of Americans in the region, according to S. Floyd Pannabecker, former Bluffton man, who sailed from China the middle of September on the liner President Cleveland. Pannabecker, a missionary at Kai Chow, China, arrived here Friday to join his family who left China six months ago and now reside on South Lawn avenue. Mrs. Pannabecker is the daughter of Mrs. J. H. Tschantz of Kibler street. Ordered Home Panabecker together with his broth er, Dr. Lloyd Pannabecker, of Gib son City, Ill., and August Ewart of Freeman. S. D., were ordered home by the Mennonite board of foreign missions when conditions in the Far East became so disturbed as to threat en safety of missionaries in the war zone. New and more severe restrictions (Continued on page 8) Mary Ruth Crawford Weds Elmer Fett, Jr. In a quiet ceremony at the home of the officiating pastor, Mary Ruth Crawford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kay Crawford, last Sunday morning was wed to Elmer Fett, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ebner Fett, by Rev. L. C. Davis, of Van Wert, former pastor of the bride. Parents of bride and groom are well known Orange township residents. Attending the couple at the wed ding ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schick, friends of the con tracting parties, and Mr. and Mrs. Willis Crawford, sister-in-law and brother of the bride. For the wedding, the bride wore a street length dress of brown trimmed in biege, with a corsage of red roses and bronze pom poms. Her only adornment was a gold necklace, a gift of the groom. Following the wedding, a recep tion was held for immediate families at the home of the bride’s parents. For the reception the home was dec orated with blue delphiniums and white asters. After the reception, the couple left for a trip thru the Smoky Mountains. They will be at home after their return at 5144 Montgom ery avenue, Norwood, Ohio. The groom is an inspector for the anry in the Wright Aeronautical Corp, at Cincinnati. Both the bride and groom are graduates of Bluffton High school. Farm Home Razed In $8,000 Blaze Five fire departments failed in their attempt to save a brick dwell ing on the Thomas Carr farm, four miles north of Bluffton in Union township, in a blaze that caused $8,000 damage last Thursday morn ing at 9:30 o’clock. Firemen were unable to save the house because of a lack of available water, and it was impossible to con trol the blaze with chemicals. De partments from Bluffton, Pandora, Jenera, Mt. Cory and Rawson assist ed in battling the fire. At the height of the blaze, Mrs. Harold Carr, who has been bedfast several months, and who lives in a nearby house on the Carr farm, was moved in an ambulance to the Bluff ton Community hospital. Her home is only about 50 feet from the one leveled by’ fire. Altho suffering from shock, she is said to be recovering at the hospital. Chief Guy Corson, of the Bluffton department, said the fire evidently started in a frame summer kitchen, and by’ »the time firemen arrived it had spread to the interior of the brick home. The family’ of Clarence Reiter, oc cupants of the house, said there had been no fire in the stove of the kitchen for several days, and could not give any clues as to the prob able cause of the blaze. Altho the building was destroyed, much of the contents were saved. Here Only During Sugar Beet Season from May Through November Harvest Very Few Speak English Ar rangements in Fields Han dled by Interpreter Transplanting the culture and cus toms of the region from which they annually migrate near the Rio Grande river in southern Texas, the beet and tomato growing region northwest of Bluffton is becoming an employment center of increasing importance for several hundred Mexicans. Bluffton Methodist Church which will hold the twenty-fifth anniversary of its dedication, Sunday For the most part the Mexicans have been brought to the area by beet sugar interests with factories at Ottawa and Findlay. The work ers remain here only during the beet season which is from May through November. First beets of the sea son in the Bluffton area will be harvested this week, according to growers’ reports. Few Speak English Hundreds Of Mexicans Working In Beet And Tomato Fields In Area Very few of the Mexicans speak the English language but every group of workers has an interpreter with whom arrangements can be (Continued on page 3) Play To Be Given At H. S. Sunday Night Climaxing the day’s program of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Bluffton Methodist church will be the presentation of “The Lost Church” by the Thespian dramatic society of Bluffton college in union services to be held at the Bluffton High school auditorium Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The play is being sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association. T^e cast: A Man of the World, Mark Hou shouer His Wife, Mary Alice Geig er Their son, Robert Wagner Their little daughter, Lee Boyer Sunday School Teacher, Lucia Greiser A neighbor, Darvin Luginbuhl Spirit of the Church, Betty Keeney Spirit of Ignorance, Eloise Whitmore Spirit of Social Injustice, Viola Am stutz Spirit of Sin, Holly Mosiman Spirit of Spiritual Darkness, Dorotha Heckenbach A poor woman, Mar garet Olivet. Funeral For Elias Amstutz Thursday Funeral services for Elias Am stutz, 74, will be held at the Eben ezer Mennonite church w’est of town, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Mr. Amstutz, a retired farmer, died at his residence on Mound street, Tuesday afternoon after three weeks’ of illness from heart trouble. He was born in Allen county in 1867, the son of John and Elizabeth (Badertscher) Amstutz. He is survived by his wife, Dina Augsburger Amstutz, eight children and five brothers and sisters. The children are Harry, Bluffton Benjamin and Robert of Pandora John of Norwalk George, Beaver dam Mrs. Henry Balmer, Bluffton Rhoda and Eunice, both at home. Brothers and sisters surviving are: Mrs. Samuel Bixel, Bluffton Mrs. Margaret Reardon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Moses and Otto, Bluffton and Joshua, Pandora. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Elenezcr Mennonite church, will of ficiate at the services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. George Stoody, Pan dora, a girl, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Reed Painter, a boy, Tuesday. PARAGUAY LACKING IN IMPROVEMENTS LIONS CLUB TOLD Ernst Harder, 19, Bluffton Col lege Freshman, Says Con ditions Backward Capital City of Ascunsion Has No Drainage System Few Autos Paraguay as a land lacking in paved roads, drainage systems and having only 50 miles of railroad, was described by Ernst Harder, 19, Bluff ton college freshman of Frenheim, Paraguay, who addressed the Lions club at the Walnut Grill, Tuesday night. Harder, who has been in this country for two years, is a member of one of the Mennonite settlements in the Chaco in Paraguay consisting of 19 villages and the surrounding farm lands. He is securing his education in this country in the Mennonite institutions after which he plans to go back to Paraguay to teach in one of the Mennonite villages. He took his high school training at Freeman Junior college in Free man, South Dakota, and will remain at Bluffton college for two years after which he will transfer to Bethel college in Newton, Kansas, to complete his education. Born in Russia Harder was born and raised in a German colony in Russia but was forced to flee with his parents to Germany where they lived until 1935 when his father was called to a teaching position in the South American Mennonite colony. The country of Paraguay is very backward and even the largest city of Ascunsion has no drainage sys tem of any kind. The streets are very narrow and not well suited to automobile traffic. There are only 50 miles of railroad track for use as a public utility. There is some ad ditional track in the country belong ing to and used exclusively by pri vate interests such as sugar re fineries and lumber companies. American Capital Even the country’s leading port at Ascunsion is owned by outside capital in this case an American firm. The company has a 30 year lease on the port and has the privilege of collecting all duties. Ten years still remain in lease. The Paraguayan army is very poorly equipped and goes through the various drills barefooted. Dur ing the Paraguay-Bolivia war the army of Paraguay was armed large (Continued on page 8) Two From District Drafted This Week Two Bluffton area young men are among the 17 from Allen County Draft Board No. 3 notified to report for induction into army service Thursday of this week. Those notified to leave for Toledo Thursday are Oian Waayne Herr, Route 2, Bluffton and Herbert Mo ser, Route 2, Columbus Grove. Foundation Is Started For A. C. & Y. Flashers Concrete box foundation forms for the installation of new flashers at the grade crossing of the A. C. & Y. railroad and the Dixie highway was poured the first of the week. Instal lation of the flashers will likely be completed in the near future, it was stated. ■i .. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 24 FEDERAL WPA AID SOUGHT IN SEWER SYSTEM PROJECT Application Will be Filed This Week with Toledo District Office No Vote on Bond Issue for Proposal Before Next March, Belief Bluffton’s application for federal aid in the construction of a pro posed intercepting sewer system will be submitted to government WPA agencies within the coming week. Announcement to that effect was made by Mayor W. A. Howe follow ing the completion of test borings to determine types of subsoil which would be encountered in the project. Data obtained from the test bor ings will be made a part of the plans which will also include esti mates of the cost of construction. Plans and estimates are being pre pared by Champe, Finkbeiner and Associates, Toledo engineering firm. No Vote Before March Opinion expressed the first of the week was to the effect that there could be no vote on any bond issue for sewer construction before the first of next March. This was based on that fact that from 90 to 120 days are usually re quired to obtain decisions on re quests for WPA aid. With govern ment attention largely absorbed with defense, it is anticipated that the longer, rather than the shoirter period will be required for an answer. Statutes provide that a special election may be held thirty days thereafter. Court Action Deferred Pending the outcome of the steps being taken in the sewer project, action in the $25,000 damage suit for cieek pollution filed against the municipality in the Allen county common pleas court is being’ de ferred, it was reported the first of the week. Answ’er to the complaint of Oliver Locher and Henry Huber, landown ers who filed the action was due last Saturday. City Solicitor Fran cis Durbin of Lima is representing the town in the litigation. Procedure in the request for fed eral aid will require that plans and specifications be submitted first to the district WPA office at Toledo. C. S. Finkbeiner of the engineering firm stated recently that he had conferred with W. B. Schmuhl, WPA head who agreed to expedite the matter. State and National Inspection From Toledo it will go to Colum bus for inspection and checking by state offices of the WPA. With their approval the plans will be sent to Washington for final decision. Any federal aid which might now’ be available will come only thru WPA channels, Finkbeiner said. Aid thru PWA is no longer pos sible since this was discontinued a year ago. Under PWA there was a federal grant of 45 per cent of funds required for the project with work done under private contract. Aid thru WPA would be given thru common labor being supplied from relief rolls and paid by the federal government. Assistance from this source may be circum scribed thru the present reduction in WPA rolls it was stated. Priorities May Delay Materials Delivery of materials required in construction of the sewer system also may be affected by priorities resulting from the present defense program. Cost to the tow’n of an intercept ing sewer system was estimated at $90,000 by the firm of Champe. Finkbeiner & Associates. This fig ure, however, was given as an ap proximate total and on the basis that WPA aid would be available. Elma Schifferly And James Elvin Are Wed A quiet ceremony at the home of the bride united in marriage Miss Elma M. Schifferly and James Elvin, Wednesday morning. The Rev. W. H. Lahr of Ada, friend and former pastor of the bride’s family officiated at the wed ding. Only members of the imme diate family wrere present. After a wedding breakfast the couple left for a motor trip through Wisconsin and Michigan. On their return they will reside at 108 Pop lar stree|.