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Methodists Built First Church In Shannon Nearly 100 Years Ago Celebration of 25th Anniversary Of Present Building Recalls Many Changes Methodist Preachers Made Bluffton “Circuit” By Horseback In Early Days Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the building of the Bluffton Methodist church next Sunday re calls the early period of Methodism in Bluffton nearly 100 years ago when regular places of worship were not available and ministers made the preaching circuits on horseback preaching services were held in various Methodist homes in the com munity until a regular church could be built and even then the circuit FIRST CHURCH—Built nearly a century ago by Methodist pioneers, st standing on Thurman Street. was used until the congregation be came of sufficient size. Methodism in Bluffton had its in ception at Budd Gaskell’s cabin which stood on the site of the Chris Bixel residence, the last house in Bluffton on the west side of South Main street. started here shortly after the village of Shannon was platted by Joseph DeFord, pioneer leader of the small settlement. Church meetings were Budd Gaskell Leader Although services were held in other homes, Mr. and Mrs. Gaskell proved to be the spiritual leaders of early Bluffton Methodism. Mrs. Gaskel died -when only 42 age and was buried in the ton cemetery located on near Thurman street. Look for thi RED BALL trade SECOND CHURCH—Erected in 1873 on site of present church old Bluff Jefferson 5 years Budd Gaskel lived some after the death of his wife, the last AS SIMPLE AS IP® QUALITY D= Stop In and ie« our complete stock of BALL-BAND. Get yours now end be **$etu lor bad .weather. ECONOMY Thrifty buyers everywhere have found that BALL-BAND Quality means economy because It makes thek foot wear dollars go farther. Because! BALL-BAND wears longer it costsi less, so it’s real economy to buy It for your family, ft’s the best FRED GRATZ Clothing and Shoes years of which were spent with his I tire community. Thursday was I daughter the late Mrs. William Cun-1 prayer meeting night and the little! nineham of Rilev street. I Old the day. I Before a regular pastor was in Thompson Sup’t. S. S. I stalled, the Bluffton Methodist One of the leading figures in the! church was visited by early society was Erastus Thompson! preachers who made the who was Sunday school superin-| Among the early ministers tendent likely from the very begin-l Delisle, Powell, Drown, Charles ning of the church. He was an in-l ton, 1865 A. J. Frisbee, 1868 fluential and inspiring member of I Miller, 1870, and D. B. Long, the little flock, and was proprietor! you can get,. no matter what you pay. That’s why Hit Before other churches were estab lisched in the community the Metho-1 iist church was the meeting place and the spiritual center for the en-l Need for larger quarters than I Although in total numbers the at-1 Haw Haw”, Berlin radio commenta those provided in homes was felt I tendance was not large, proportion-! tor who broadcasts in English, is and the first Methodist church build-1 ally it was perhaps larger than to-1 described a letter from Betty ing was erected on what is now I day. Early records show that most! Harns, Coventry, England, to Glen Thurman street. The building is I of those on the membership list at-l na Swick, Bluffton High sch001 still standing and is occupied by I tended the services in full force. Ini sophomore, living near Bluffton. Robert Hochstettler and family. It I the early days there were few other! An American by the name of is located next to Murray’sFurni-I districtions to divert the attention! Quentin Reynolds broadcasts to the ture Repair Shop. I of the residents and the social oppor-| Germans regularly just as Lord Haw 100 Years A parsonage was built a short! a strong appeal to many who were! Berlin. time after the church was erected! otherwise not especially religious ini German and that structure also is still stand-1 nature. ing. It is occupied at the present! time by Robert Murray. These are At first there very few hymn the earliest church buildings in the! books and hence the necessity of community and the records indicate the hymng„ wbich the min I that they are nearly 100 years old. would read two Hnes of Old residents point out that the! bymn which were then sung by the buildings appear today very similar! Jeader and the people then tWQ I as they did in the middle 19th cen- and so on to the tur*‘ I close. A quaint social practice is revailed in which at the close of the service the young men would line up just outside the women’s door. As the girls came out each young man would extend his arm to the young lady of his choice and inquire as to whether he could take her home. Often these social engagements would develop into relationships of a more permanent nature and many young men found their life mates through these arrangements. I I tunity as well as the singing made! Haw broadcasts to the British from Few hymn Books Divided on Slavery I During the Civil war and post-war I period the church was divided con I siderably on the slavery issue. Most I of the ministers preached very vig-|untd ^he soil1 I orously against the southern practice! of ^hat found in a I of holding slaves. Most church au I diences had southern sympathizers HI who would take issue with the min- I ister and many quarrels, some rath I er serious, took place on the matter. The early church was lighted by I During heated arguments it was candles and one of the leading social! not at all unusual to see a loyal pa diversions of the group was a young! triot snatch a Butter Nut badge,! men’s Luceum organized for the pur-l the symbol of the south, from the! pose of debating important issues of! lapel of a southern sympathizer. I Second Church of a grocery store which is now| The membership continued to 1 with such strides that necessity fori Geiger—Goshen Tv a new structure soon developed and! New Hampshire, O the corner stone for a new church,! Newton Falls, O. located where the present Methodist! Chatfield, O. church stands, was laid in 1873. The! Dola, O. Rachel cost was §8,000 and a parsonage built at a cost of $1,200. _____ i _____ ______ Kibs news stand. .. ’. .v Also a prominent layman in the Valent.ne Hamen and J. A. Weed, earlv history’ of the church wasl 1 present pastor. i. r- i -.1 i In 1915 the present church John Fenton, who with a lusty voice| led the congregation in ainging.l JU1 a? e .1 Early records show that John and church, 's, th'rl one ln thc Isabelle, his wife, used to ride double! tory ot Bluffton Methodism. on one horse to get to the meetings. The pastoral succession in the new! School, Amanda, THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO chapel was always filled to capacity.! Englands count, part to Lord church included: A. J. Fish, 1873 er—Elida, O. Donet* Good—Van Jabez F. Blair, 1874 J. A. Wright,! Buren, O. Richard Moyer—-Bath 1875 J. F. Crooke, 1877 A. C.| Barnes, 1879 W. W. Winters, 1882 I and I. N. Smith, 1883. In this year I the membership of the church was I 76, while the Sunday school had an I enrollment of 100. Recent Preachers I More recent preachers in order of I their succession were Sameuel, I Boggs, E. S. Dunham, William Deal, I L. H. Lindsey, W. S. Culp, E. T. I Dailey, E. S. Keller, L. N. Kalb, R. I J. Beard, E. D. Smith, F. M. Houser, I J. H. Butler, W. R. Burton, W. E. I Verity, P. Ross Parish, E. E. Cole, I M. E. Ketcham, W. O. Miller, A. M. Mann, C. O. Dutton, O. P. Hoffman, was The his- Marriage Course At Bluffton College Continuing the series begun Oct. 1 by Rev. S. M. Davidian, of Lima, who spoke on the psychology of marriage, Dr. Weisenbarger, a lead ing physician of Lima, Interested in young people and marriage prob lems, will lecture to the marriage course at Bluffton college this Wed nesday night. He will speak on the subject of physical qualifications for marriage. His discussion will in clude mention of age and mental standards, prevention and control of venereal diseases, pre-marital ex aminations, interracial marriages, and genetic background. Dr. Roy A. Burkhart, author, pastor, psychiatrist, and one of the foremost youth leaders in the United States, will spend Tuesday, October 14, on this campus. Dr. Burkhart will open his three fold program, at 11:00 o’clock by ad dressing the entire student body, on the theme Problems of During the afternoon, from 2:00 to 4:00 p. m. reserved for group and interviews. Sex adjustments in mar riage, will be presented at 8:15, con cluding the day’s program. Courtship, the hours have been individual Soybean oil meal is a very palata ble dairy feed with a higher percent age of protein but less total disgesti ble nutrients than cottonseed meal. A number of recipes for preserving pork are contained in Ohio extension bulletin No. 187, which may be ob tained from any county extension agent. 'Letter To High School Girl Describes Valuable mulch material is lost in every fire kindled from fallen leaves, it was announced th’. lease from the Ohi periment station. It is a definite lo and agricultural that they are valu mulch shrubs, After 40 years of the state agricultu station has found no or culture for orch rd ing of vegetable 1 tt trees, and renewing y is an England’s Counterpart To Lord Haw Haw He refers to Dr. Goebbels, propaganda minister, as “Gabby” Goebbels and uses choice American slang. To escape future bomb raids on Coventry the Engli.-h girl writes that ricultural ex burn leaves, s point out irnamental st for the for trees an or to make c. or flower bi s ?tter system han the pil beneath the act duplicate gin forest. s moisture, a ducing winter drying out of as decidious cons Leaf mulch desirable feature in injury to plants. evergreens, as wt plants, is an impo rant forerunner of damage by cold. (JoH^ne Graduates Secure Positions Eighteen member- of the class of itineratl 1941 at Bluffton colh ge have secured ‘circuit’’.! teaching positions for the school were! yCar Two others are employed in Ash-1 industry, and three have been called J. I },y the draft. 1872.1 Those who have b- n placed are: I Ethelyn Oyer- -Sa and Wharton grow I schools, Upper San! sky Magdalene High School, William Burbick, Myron Brown— Florence Geissinger— Criblez—Pandora, was! o. Duane Tway Dover Rural I Schools Frieda Eirsman—Amanda O.-. Virginia Fish Radios TIRES AND TUBES All sizes for Auto mobiles, Trucks, Tractors. See us for everything in the Firestone line. their family has moved to “a lovely little cottage in the country”. The cottage is about a half-hour from the center of Coventry by bus, she says. In the quiet countryside one can almost forget that there ever was a war, Miss Harris stated, but in Cov entry there are grim reminders on every hand. Don’t Burn Fallen Leaves They Are Valuable As Mulch For Trees The letter referred to Deanna Durbin’s latest picture “Nice Girl”. Everybody was enthusiastic about her song “There’ll Always Be An England”. All such gestures from America are much appreciated by the British, the letter pointed out. Mulched soil is more moist both winter and summer, and it has an additional advantage in being warm er in than winter and cooler in summer bare or cultivated land. addition to bringing about a favorable physical condition of In more the land, the decay of mulched ma terials adds considerable nutrients to the soil. Nitrates are so high un der the old mulch that no additional nitrogen fertilizer usually is neces sary. The potash supply also is much greater and calcium (lime), phosphorus, boron and other ele ments are added by the decaying leaves. With mulched plants having a marked advantage, agricultural ex perts urge every home owner to make the best possible use of fallen leaves in fitting shrubbery for the winter season or in making valuable compost beds. Township, Lima, O. Loreen Peters— Highland High School, Ayersville, O. Jean Kolb—Grover Hill John Lug inbuhl—Chatfield, O. Jack McLaugh lin, Tiro, O. Ruth Ann Rupp—Sher wood, O. Frances Jones—Spring Creek Township Rural School, Piqua, O. Dale Reichenbach—Bucyrus Rur al, Bucyrus, O. James Griffith—Trip lett Meter Works, Bluffton Elmer Ramga—St. Marys Manufacturing Co., St. Mary, O. Those who are now in army train ing are George Radulovich and Rich ard Baker. Melvin Yoder, also a graduate of last year, has reported to C. O. camp. Galled or bald spots in Ohio fields are the marks of sheet erosion which has removed the original surface soil and exposed the lighter colored sub soil. 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Guests present included: Mr. and Mrs. Milton Marquart, son Paul and daughter Esther Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marquart and son Carl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Mar quart and daughter Dorotha, Charles Boehm, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goss man and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ben jamin Redick, John Redick, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Marquart and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Braur.eller and family, Mr. and quart and sons, Inbody and son, Von Stein and Mrs. G. J. Monroe Crate!S, Crates of Jenera. as Bluffton Distributors of the FIRESTONE Line of Tires and Tubes Bicycles Beautiful Line of RADIOS “Air Chief Line”— in handsome con sole models also table and auto sets —battery or A. C. Mrs. Wilbur Mar Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Mr. and Mrs. Ivan daughter, Mr. and Steiner, Mr. and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Mar quart and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kampf and family, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Marquart, Jr., and family, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Hartman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marquart, Grover Montgomery, Wm. Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Marquart, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Hilty, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Fisher, Mrs. Myron Stratton and daughter Flo, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. George Schmidt, Mr. Scothorn, Mr. and Mrs. John Mont gomery, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Goss man, Miss Bess Arnold, Mrs. Dora Montgomery, Allen Thompson, Cecil and daughter May, Mr. Mrs. A. D. Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Krichbaum, all of Bluffton. and Mrs. Warren Mrs. Rosa DeWese, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Van Ness of Continental. Mr. and Mrs. Brice Main and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Reel of Raw’son Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Fisher, Pandora Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rupright, Arling ton Fred Boutwell, Ada. Auto and Home Supplies We have become distributors of this line because we believe it is the leader in its field and will prove of distinct service and saving to the people of Bluffton and vicinity REFRIGERATORS A better refriger ator this new Firestone electric— with many exclu sive features. Bluffton Implement & Hamess Co THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 1941 Mt. Cory Woman Fair's Best Milker Mrs. Levi Welty, of near Mt. Cory, tied for first place in the milk ing contest at the Putnam county fair in Ottawa last Friday morning. A drenching rain failed to inter fere with of Mrs. Mrs. W. Route 2. of milk in minutes. J. the contest or the results Welty as she tied with F. Heppard, of Rockford Both milked 15 pounds i the allotted time of three Rawson L. Cochran of Alger spent a days recently with Mr. and Wow Wilson and family. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stolzer of Find lay spent Sunday and Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Beltz. few Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. family of Lima guests of Mrs. A. R. Peterson and were Sunday dinner William Peterson. O. A. Dovans, Mr. Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Arthur Evans and daugh ter Joy of Cedarville Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Burcky and daughter Jean and son Billy of Bluffton, and Mrs. Mary were recent Walters of Kenton guests of Mr. and Williamson. Mrs. Ada Griepy of and Mrs. Bruce Mrs. Howard near McComb Altman spent a few Sam Albin of Ill Mr. and Mr spent the wc in Rawson. Betty Lootens w guest of Mr. and Mrs. Carl dinner Smith. Mr. Mt. Cory callers on Cogley and family. and Mrs. were Mr. Dan Buchanan of Tuesday afternoon and Mrs. George Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hosier and son Danny of Findlay Mr. and Mrs. Harry Guin and Mrs. Millie Wonders were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Lannert. After noon callers were Mr. Robert Lannert of Toledo. and Mrs. near days Mrs. Ada Gariepy of Comb is spending a few’ Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Altman. son and Dan and Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Marquart daughter Lucille of Beaverdam Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Marquart, Mr. and Mrs. Kester Boehm and family of Williamstown Mr. and Mrs. Rich ard Bayless and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haile and daughter Mary, Misses Ruth and Wilma Ver nier, all of Findlay. 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