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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 1941
Sears Roebuck & Co., has come to mean more than a name and a catalog to quite a few Bluffton people since the auto accident near ly two weeks ago when Mrs. Vera Houser, wife of a vice president of the Chicago mail order house was badly injured. Mrs. Houser, un conscious since the accident in which she received a fractured skull was removed from Bluffton hospital to Chicago in an ambulance, Tuesday. Her husband, Theodore Houser, took up residence at the McElroy tourist lodge on South Main street in order to be with his wife during the time she was in the hospital here. A daughter who is attending Denison university at Granville was here over Sunday. On leaving Tues day Mr. Houser expressed apprecia tion for the consideration and cour tesy which they had received dur ing their stay here. You football fans who follow the Big Ten, keep your eye on Minnesota this fall—the Gophers have the best line since they showed the confer ence how it was done back in 1935. And you may take that as the low down opinion from Bernie Bierman, Minnesota head coach himself. The information reaches this column from Mrs. I. W. Geiger of Minnea polis. The Geigers and the Bier mans are neighbors and the four Geiger boys and the Biermans’ sons are chums. The redoubtable Bernie predicts that the team which shows it heels to Minnesota this year will have to have plenty of class. Do you know what the “brig” is? If you don’t just ask Joe Swank in training at Great Lakes Naval Sta tion. From Joe’s description it’s a combination of a jail, hoosegow, calaboose and anything else of that stripe—where the navy’s bad boys are kept. Not that Joe’s ever been in it—for he hasn’t. Joe, you will remember, was the honor man of his company—but nevertheless it’s an easy matter to inadvertently overstep regulations and find oneself slapped in the brig. That's why Joe kept a weather eye on the clock during his week end here. You see Joe had a 36-hour leave—36 hours all his own but not one minute longer. If you happen to report five minutes late—it’s the brig for you, Joe says. By the time you read this you will know whether your drains are in good working order—that is, if you live in Bluffton. The rain Monday night was the nearest to a cloud burst seen in these parts for quite a spell. Weather reports say nearly 3**_ inches of water fell during the late afternoon and early evening. Main street was flooded from curb to curb but the worst of the deluge was on North Lawn avenue at the foot of Vine street where water stood in the street up to the running board of several cars stalled in the flood, and ran over lawns and into basement windows. Looks as if there will be plenty of headaches at the high school if the present craze for drum major ing—or drum majoretting—continues to grow. Last week there were six girls, mainly eighth grade and freshman, practicing twirling the shiny stick. The first of this week MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D. Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M. 1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M. Office, 118 Cherry St. Phone 120-F Bluffton, O. Francis Basinger, D. D. S. Evan Basinger, D. D. S. Telephone 271-W Bluffton, Ohio Melville D. Soash, M. D. The Commercial Bank Bldg. Bluffton, Ohio X-RAY FLUOROSCOPE Telephone 254-W D. C. BIXEL, O. D. GORDON BIXEL, O.D. Citizens Bank Bldg., Bluffton EYESIGHT SPECIALISTS Eyes Exmined Without Drops Office Houre: 8:30 A. M.—5:30 P. M. 7:30 P. M.—8:30 P. M. INSURANCE Insure your car with AETNA and know that you are SAFE Also Fire and Windstorm Insurance. Notary Public F. S. HERR AGENT Phone 363-W there were eight—no one knows how many there will be by the time you read this. To do a job of drum majoring even tolerably well re quires a lot of practice and the girls are wise in getting an early start so they may be able to perform in public by time they are upperclass men. And with the drum majoring comes a call in some quarters for a marching band at the high school. But that, brother, is where you get into the money. The high school band lacks sufficient uniforms to outfit the band. And the uniforms which they now have are worn and outmoded. If we are going to have a marching band which will make a presentable appearance on the field at football games there should be about forty new uniforms of up to date design. That’s going to make a sizable bill for someone especially with prices now on the up and up. During Monday night’s downpour, Gene Benroth of North Lawn avenue rushed to the town council to register a complaint to the city fathers about sewer capacity being inadequate along this thorfare. Gene was too late for council had adjourned. He was tell ing members of the council who were still lingering in the city building that water was two feet deep in the street and was pouring over the curb into his new basement. The Editor of the News overheard the conversa tion and believing Gene had stretched the truth went down to investigate for himself. Gene was right for “Ted’s” machine become stranded in the middle of the lake in front of the Benroth property. We don’t know whether it’s a rec ord or not but we do know that 343 feet is a long distance for a soap bub ble to travel. While blowing soap bubbles recently, Mary Bauman, dau ghter of Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Bauman of Jackson street, sent one sailing in to thte air for a distance of better than 100 yards before it was broken by hit ting the branches of a tree. So en thused was Mary about the feat that she measured the distance covered by the bubble and found it to be exactly 343 feet. While driving home the other day Noah Steiner had the embarrassing experience of having his auomobile horn stick with a continuous blast, causing neighbors and pedestrians to look at the car with wonder and amazement. Unable to stop the con traption Steiner turned around and drove to the Fred Martin residence wher Fred made a quick adjustment to put the noisy gaget out of com mission. After staying away from home for over two months, a tame rabbit be longing to Robt. Lee, living tmo miles west of town, returned to the fold this week when Robert caught his pet cornered it a fence. A football game of gigantic pro portions was played by youngster teams representing the Mennonites and Methodists met on the college grounds last Saturday. The fighting Mennonite aggregation won 66 to 0. On the Mennonite team were Neal Schmidt, Otto Klassen, Harley Stein er Lenoy Loganbill, Robert Ramsey er, Addison Myers, Evan Niswander, Robert Fisher, Harold Hartman, Gor don Bixel. Playing with the Method ists were Robert Stratton, Charles Triplehom, Charles Schumacker, Ray Crouse, Lynn Carmack, Bob Craig, John Triplehorn, Joe Bronson. David Stearns was water boy for the Mennonites. We never knew before that among Fred Wenger’s various vocations was that of milk distributor. In Orville he and his father were in the milk delivery business for several years. At that time distributors used horse conveyed delivery wagons for the work and the horses really learned to know the route, so says Fred. Anna McGinnis had a swell time at the Ottawa fair, Saturday, all for 16 cents. She rode the ferns wheel for a half hour in the rain for a dime and then spent the other six cents for a pineapple whip. She says that she wouldn’t want any better time than she had Saturday. John Althaus, residing three ana one half miles west of town, celebrat ed his 80th birthday Sunday. De spite his advancing years Mr. Althaus is able to do much work around the farm and enjoys excellent health. Ph’yllis Hardwick, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hardwick of Rail road street, accompanies her dad ev ery Saturday when he goes on the milk route for Swift & Co. She not only goes along for the fun of it but helps out by delivering the butter and cheese to the various milk patrons along the route. Model ship building is the hobby of John Lugibill, 12, residing four and one half miles west of town. So far he has built scal§ models of the Santa Maria, the Mayflower and a three masted bark. Spot, the hitch hiking dog belong ing to Donald Root of Mound street, doesn’t like his weekly treatment of flea powder. He has become so con ditioned to the disagreeableness of the flea powder that all Donald has to say is the words “flea powder” and the dog makes for the nearest place of safety as quickly as possible. Russel Gratz, Bluffton High school athlete, was seen in his vari-colored jallopy just outside the Ottawa fair grounds repairing a flat tjre which would have to happen on the day of a fair. Accompanying Russel and sharing in his grief were James Stonehill, James Deppler, Fred and John Hermann. While playing football the other day Maynard Pogue caught a pass and fell in the midst of a large pile of over ripe apples. Mt. Cory School News Under the baton of Miss Isabelle Stewart the high school orchestra has increased considerably since last year. Many students are taking advantage of free music lessons on instruments. Five instruments have been purchased by the school and the P. T. A. Those in the orchestra are as follows: Director—Miss Stewart. Pianist—Kenneth Green. Violins—Thelma Welty, Lois Al bro, Doris Jean Badertscher, Geral dine Henry, Pauline Simkins, and Carolyn Moyer. Clarinets—Marilyn Reiter, Wanda Montgomery, and Evelyn Moyer. Cornets—Robert Powell, Clair Montgomery, Chloette Wagner, Floyd Hartman, and Ida Mae Arnold. E Flat Alto—Joan Carr. Piccolo—Lehr Jay Reese. String Bass—Marilyn Steiner. Cello—Roberta Manges. Marimba—Geneice Wagner. Drums—Albert McMann, Arlo Dean Cuppies and Betty Edinger. “Two Minutes To Go” a football comedy in three acts written by Charles Burdetter has been picked as the Public Speaking Class play. Miss Olive Obee will direct the production. Chapel was in charge of Mr. Mc Kitrick, Friday. The girls’ ensemble consisting of Betty Edinger, Florice King, Jo Ann Battles, Carolyn Moyer, Margery Oberly, and Roberta Manges sang two numbers which were “Cornin’ Thru The Rye” and “Eastern Evening”. Scripture and prayer were given by Loren Steiner. Mr. Oxle of Findlay, gave a talk on typewriters. James Green, president of the eighth grade class, suffered a broken wrist Tuesday noon. Mt. Cory started out with a bang in the county football schedule last Friday by taking McComb 34-0. Mr. Smith made his annual visit to the school and snapped pictures of the classes and different school organizations Tuesday morning. The Annual Staff for the 1942 Shamrock was chosen as follows: Editor-in-Chief—Robert Powel 1. Junior Editor-in-Chief Carol Montgomery. Business Manager—Wanda Mont gomery. Junior Business Manager—Ida Mae Arnold. Art Editor—Kenneth Green. Junior Art Editor—Kenneth Wal ters. Literary Editor—Jo Ann Battles. Junior Literary Editor—Betty Edinger. Girls’ Sports Editor Norma Jones. Boys’ Sports Editor—Jene Jordan. Circulation Managers Junior Treece and Marion Marquart. Snapshot Editors—Carolyn Moyer, and Evelyn Moyer. Advertising Managers—Dick Her man and Lehr Jay Reese. Features—Robert Albro. Armorsviile The L. A. S. and W. M. S. of the Liberty Chapel church will meet with Mrs. Gladys Hosofros this Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCafferty, Mrs. Homer Shelly called on Mrs. Louie McGinnis Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Hartman call ed on Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grismore and family Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Pearl Shook and daughter took supper with Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Montgomery and family Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaeublin called Sunday evening at the H. O. Hilty home. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Montgomery and daughter Sue called Sunday evening on Mrs. Eva Montgomery. Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Klingler called at the Carl McCafferty home Sun day evening. Heaving of wheat in the spring due to alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and exposure of the roots to cold drying winds kill more Ohio wheat than deep snow or coatings of ice. Poultry Tonic Cod Jiver oil is widely used to supply vitamin in feeds for live stock, particularly poultry. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON Bluffton High Several members of the junior and senior classes are planning to at tend high school day at Ohio State university Saturday, Oct. 18, and witness the Purdue-Ohio State foot ball game. James Clark is in charge of arrangements. Games were played at a meeting of the Girls Athletic Association in the gymnasium Monday night. Mar garet Burkholder is president of the club. Miss Harriet Criblez is ad visor. Experimentation with the new laboratory equipment was the center of activity of the Science club meet ing held at the high school Tuesday night. Kenneth Geiger is president of the organization. Mr. Wilford Geiger is advisor. A special assembly was enjoyed by the students Wednesday morn ing when Dr. Hardenbrook gave an illustrated lecture about the myster ious land of Tibet. New members will be officially taken into the Hi-Y club in induction ceremonies Wednesday night. Of ficers of the club are Pres., Norman Beidler Vice-Pres., James Gratz Program Chairman, Roger Howe Sec’y., Ned Schultz, Advisor, Ger hard Buhler. This week ends the first six weeks’ period and tests are being given in most classes. Report cards will be handed out next Wednesday noon. The second issue of the Cutlass, school newspaper, will be published this Friday, it was announced by Elizabeth Stearns and Margery Nis wander, co-editors. Normally the paper is printed every two weeks I School Notes but this year with a restricted budget it has been necessary to limit the publication to about once in every three weeks. Hot meals are being served at the high school cafeteria every day. Al though credit arrangements can be made the cafeteria has established a policy of limiting the credit to one dollar. Ice cream is sold Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Members of the seventh grade have elected a flower committee to take care of flower arrangements when any one in the class is sick. Elected by the class for the com mittee were Kent Stonehill and Mary Bauman. Peggy Martin is president of the class. The junior high school social science classes have been engaged during the past six weeks in a let ter writing project to different areas of the country where students ex change information about hobbies, industries of the community, geo graphical conditions of the area, etc. The most letters received by any student was Harry Burkholder, who received four letters and one card from southern states. Hundreds Of Mexicans Working In Beet And Tomato Fields In Area (Continued from page 1) made. The Spanish language with a dialect peculiar to the home re gion is the tongue used by the Mex icans working in this area. Not knowing the English language, the Mexicans intermingle with other residents practically not at all. Other than working for farmers, TN THESE UNUSUAL TIMES we invite you to inspect an unusual new car—new in its beauty, its comfort, its choice of two fine 90 horsepower engines, 6 cylinders or 8. See it and you sense at once that here is new style that will stay good for years. On a lower, wider chassis, we have designed new long, low, wide and modern lines. Interior treatment is entirely fresh, distinctive, pleasing. The beauty of this Ford will more than hold its own in any company. Inside, the car is big—wide across the seats, generous in knee-room, leg-room, elbow-room. On the road this year you find the "new Ford ride” still further advanced in its softness, quiet ness, steadiness and all-round comfort. See the New 1942 FORD practically the only contact had with the group is the rather small num ber of them attending the public schools principally in Ottawa and Pandora. A colony of trailer houses and small frame buildings is maintained by the sugar company for the work ers at Ottawa. Often when located on a beet planting, weeding or hoe ing job, the company will transport the trailer house to the farm and the families will live at the location for the duration of the job. Other Crops Although here primarily for work in the beet fields, the Mexicans have been employed to a considerable ex tent by area tomato growers in the Bluffton and Pandora area. In case area farmers use the Mexicans for tomato picking the arrangement is an individual one with the Mexican families themselves. A crew of 25 to 35 workers is usually hired out in the tomato fields and payment is on a piece work basis with remun eration based on the number of hampers of tomatoes picked in the fields. When there is no beet work to be done, the Mexicans have also been used by farmers for potato digging and in a few cases corn cutting. Generally, however, the group has not shown much interest in the nu merous offers to cut corn, giving the explanation that they have had no experience with that type of crop. Mainly Sugar Beets All arrangements for sugar beets are made with the sugar refinery which contracts not only for the beets themselves but also the labor harvesting them. It is understood by the Mexicans that as long as there is work in sugar beet fields they must first give their attention to this. Only in case the sugar beet work becomes slack do the workers take on other crops. Most of the workers have been transported from the large Mexican colonies along the Rio Grande river AT Bixel Motor Sales Authorized Ford Sales and Service At the wheel, you will find driving easier than ever. Steering, gear-shifting, action of the big and sure hydraulic brakes have all been made smoother and easier. In quality, the car is sound to the last detail. Defense requirements have all been met without a single reduction in the basic and lasting good ness of the Ford mechanically. Some new materials have replaced old ones, usually at a greater cost to us, but in every case the new is equal to or better than the old. If your family needs a new car, go see and drive this Ford. For what it is today and jor what it will be through the years ahead, we believe that you will find in it more and better transportation jor your money than you have ever Jound bejore. NOW ON DISPLAY PAGE THREE in Texas to the sugar company, grounds in special railroad passeng er cars for that purpose. Some of the workers, however, make the trip in old second hand cars which they keep for transportation in the area. Occasionally they are seen on the streets of Bluffton and some of the younger men take advantage of the swimming facilities at the Buckeye swimming lake during the summer. When the fall harvest season is over in November, the group, almost in its entirety, goes back to Texas where they find work in the cabbage and celery fields during the winter months. Many of the same workers have been coming back to Bluffton season after season but each spring also sees many new faces. Indian and Spanish The Mexican workers are generally a cross of the racial characteristics of the Indian and Spaniard. This is explained by the large native In dian populations of Mexico inter marrying with the Spanish settlers who colonized and settled the region in the 16th and 17th centuries. With living conditions very diffi cult in Mexico there have been large migrations of the natives to the border states where even the meager wages represented an advance in the standard of living of their native Mexico. Restrictive immigration laws of the past decade have virtually put a stop to the infiltrations across the border. Although the Bluffton area beet workers are Mexicans in the racial sense they are not directly from Mexico but from the large Mexican colonies along the Texas side of the. Rio Grande river. Area farmers have generally re ported that the Mexicans are hard workers and efficient at their par ticular type of job and some ob servers have pointed out that the importation of Mexican labor may be a partial solution to labor short ages felt very keenly this year by many farmers.