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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI PLAN SURVEY OF EQUIPMENT FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT Type of Apparatus Best Suited To Town’s Needs is Objec tive of Survey Present and Incoming Town Councils to Work on Project With Fire Chief To determine the type of fire fight ing equipment best suited to Bluff ton’s needs will be the object of a joint survey to be undertaken by the present town council and members of the council-elect which will assume office the first of next year. This was indicated early in the week by Mayor W. A. Howe who stat ed that the joint survey by the two council bodies would be made in con junction with Fire Chief Guy Corson, who has long recommended moderniz ing of the department. Members of the council-elect will be invited to attend meeting of the pres ent council for the remainder of the year at which time it is expected that representatives of various manufact urers will be heard and a policy form ulated as to the type of equipment best adapted to local requirements. Reverse Usual Procedure The course now proposed would re verse the usual procedure in municipal improvement projects in which the is suing of bonds is ordinarily the first step. As now proposed a decision would ■first be reached on the general type of equipment and then steps taken to issue bonds in any required amount up to the $8,000 authorized by voters at the election last week. Under this procedure it is pointed out that aggregate amount of the bond issue might be somewhat les& than the $8,000 voted at the polls. Two Principal Types The council’s decision on kind of aipment is expected to be one of o general types, or possibly a com ation embodying some of tlje feat es of each. Advantages of the two, types of quipment—light and heavy—will be presented to the council. A light, fast-moving unit would have an advantage in speed while a larger nation once it reached the scene of action. Three Pass Army Physical Exams Three Bluffton area youths passed their physical examinations when 70 prospective draftees from Allen County Board No. 3 went to Toledo last week for examinations by the army medical corps. James Griffith, Robert Deerhake and Bryan Basinger, all ot Bluffton, were notified that they passed phy sical tests. Those instructed to report for fur ther physical examination were Rob ert Murray, Wayne Yerger and Dwight Worthington, all of this place. Oro McElderry, Columbus Grove Rural Route, failed to pass. Twenty-two of the 70 youths from Board 3 who went to Toledo for the examinations were rejected. Three Missionaries Will Speak Here Three returned missionaries will be the speakers during a five-day missionary conference opening at the Bluffton Missionary church this Wednesday evening, and continuing thru next Sunday. Services will be held at 7:30 p. m. each evening except Saturday, Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor of the church announced. Mrs. Philip Hinkey, a native of Bluffton, who has served as a mis sionary in China for 33 years, will be one of the speakers. The other two are Rev. Bal’ -d, a returned missionary from Fi ich West Africa, and Rev. Francis, a missionary in Japan for 30 years. Merl H. Habegger Gets Army Release Merl H. Habegger, son of Henry Habegger, of Riley street, was re leased last week from Camp Shelby, Miss., under the 28-year age limit deferrment approved several months ago by Congress. Habegger was one of the first draftees to be called from this sec tion by Allen County Draft Board No. 3, and is among the first from the Bluffton area to be released. Four Game Hunters Return From North Each With One Deer "VTENISON will be the featured delicacy at the tables of at least four families this week and probably for some time to come. Four Bluffton men, who have been hunting in northern Can ada, are expected home Wed nesday night Advance reports sent by the hunters to their families here indicated that they are returning each having bagged a deer. The hunters included: Leland Sechler, Hiram Wenger, Clair Fett and Dr. J. S. Steiner. BLUFFTON TURKEYS FIND READY SALE ON CITY MARKETS Shipments are Being Made this Week to Supply Thanks giving Demand Local Turkey Raisers Find Prices for Birds Best in Recent Years Many turkeys raised in the Bluff ton district will grace family Thankgiving dinners in Cleveland and Detroit it was learned the first of the week as buyers were combing this area for all available birds. Bluffton is one of the districts where the supply of turkeys is larg er than usual, according to repre sentatives of Gray & White, local produce buyers. Throughout the country it is estimated that there are about six per cent less turkeys than last year. Shipment of turkeys in quantities will get under way this week. Live birds bought on farms here will be taken to Tiffin and dressed foi the markets—principally Cleveland and Detroit. Prices Rise Turkey raisers who have exper ienced a succession of lean years be cause of low market prices and losses in their flocks are faced with a brighter outlook as market prices appeared to be stabilizing around the twenty cent level. Farmers the first of the week were receiving 19 cents for toms and 21 cents for hens. Dressed turkeys are expected to retail for around 33 cents a pound. Unlike turkeys, chickens are re ported plentiful with good quality roasters at 16cents at the farm and dressed chickens quoted at from 25 to 27 cents a pound. Egg prices are holding firm with fancy large top grade whites bring ing 39 cents a dozen to producers and browns 37 cents. Retail prices were 44 and 45 cents. Bluffton housewives are paying 36 cents a dozen for medium sizes, which com prise the bulk of sales here. Meter Works Raises Money For Draftees Funds to provide Christmas pres ents for Triplett and Readrite em ployes drafted for military service in the nation’s armed forces were raised in a Meter Works carnival held last Saturday night in Bluffton High school. Typical carnival concessions-remin iscent of the time when the adult employes of today were high school students proved the magnet that at tracted more than 300 persons. In a short program mouth organ selections were played by Robert A. Potts, a magical demonstration was given by Dana Mathewson and two movies were shown. Winners Of Peace Contest Announced Doris Dunifon of the Reformed church and Barbara Jean Triplett of the Presbyterian church were de clared winners in the Prince of Peace contests held Sunday after noon. This completes the list of contest winners who will compete in the county contest which will likely be held in Lima during the first week of December. Other winners of previous con tests are: Rosann Hilty, First Men nonite church Marcene Stonehill, Church of Christ Hildred Eversole, Methodist church Darlene Truex, Bluffton college sponsored group. Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner Is Somewhat Higher Here This Year Turkeys and Chickens Will Cost Bluffton Residents More This Y ear Most Side Dishes are Bringing About Same Prices as Last Year Thanksgiving dinners in 1941 will cost Bluffton residents slightly more money than a year ago, especially those who are bound by tradition to serve either chicken or turkey as the main dish. Cranberries and other vegetables are retailing on Bluffton markets at normal prices with little variation from the figures of last year. Cran berries will sell for about 20 cents a pound in Bluffton groceries, the same figure as that of a year ago. Turkeys Dressed turkeys which sold on the Bluffton markets around 25 cents a pound last year will bring this year 33 cents a pound for choice birds. Farmers are receiving about 19 cents for toms and about 21 cents for hens. Choice dressed chickens this year will retail for 25 to 27 cents per pound as compared to 19 cents a pound last year. Farmers are get ting 1612 cents per pound for good roasting chickens this year. Side Dishes Side dishes such as oysters at 35 cents a pint and sweet potatoes ht five cents a pound head lettuce at 10 cents a head and celery at 13 cents a bunch are bringing approxi mately the same prices as last year. Supply of chickens and turkeys is reported as adequate with quality for both types of poultry reported as excellent. It is estimated that a full course turkey dinner for a family of five will cost somewhere around five dollars including every thing. Annual Red Cross Solicitation Started With the Bluffton quota increased over last year’s total, the annual drive for funds for the Red Cross was started here this week and will continue until November 30. Plans for the solicitation have been made under the direction of the local Red Cross committee. The Bluffton quota has been set this year at $250. Boy Scout troop No. 56 assisted the local Red Cross in the distribu tion of the posters announcing the drive for funds. Bible Lectures To End Friday Night Large crowdsh ave been attending the Bluffton college Bible lecture series being given by Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat, pastor of the Euclid Avenue Baptist church of Cleveland, at the Bluffton college chapel at 11 o’clock in the morning and at the First Mennonite church at 7:30 o’clock at night. The series started Sunday morning and will be concluded Friday night. Remaining topics in the series are: Wednesday Night—Preludes to Freedom. Thursday Morning—Unconscious Slavery. N ight—Progress and Power. Friday Morning—Personally Conducted Tour. Night—Demon or Devotion. All of the lectures are based on the eighth chapter of the Gospel ac cording to John. Chris Gratz, School Bus Driver, Resigns Chris Gratz, Bluffton school bus driver for the past eleven years has resigned his position, effective De cember 1. His resignation, present ed to the board of education Monday night was accepted and Eldon Tschiegg, substitute driver named to fill the vacancy. Real Estate Deals Bud Shrider of Lafayette has pur chased the 42 acre tract four miles east of that place known as the De senberg farm. Possession will be given next week. The deal was made by H. W. Althaus. ADDRESSES WANTED The American Legion Auxiliary would like to have the names and addresses of all of the Bluffton boys in the United States army. Infor mation may be communicated to Mrs. J. S. Steiner. FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY. NOV. 13, 1911 THANKSGIVING TO BE OBSERVED IN BLUFFTON, NOV. 20 Schools and College to Close Next Wednesday for Week End Recess Union Thanksgiving Service at Methodist Church Thurs day Morning Thanksgiving, one of America's best-loved holidays will be observed in Bluffton on Thursday of next week with the traditional Thanksgiving din ner at noon the high spot on the pro gram for most of the families in this area. Opening the day’s activity, a morn ing union church service will be held at the Methodist fhurch at 8:30. Rev. Gerald Bright, pastor of the Church of Christ, will be the speaker. Bluffton’s retail stores will be closed generally throughout the day, but will remain open late Wednesday night to accommodate the usual holiday trade •J rush. Business activity will be re sumed Friday morning. No Mail Delivery There will be no mail deliveries on Thanksgiving day in the town or rural routes, it was announced by Postmas ter Ed R. Reichenbach. Outgoing mail, however, will be made up and dispatched as usual. Students in Bluffton High and Grade schools and Bluffton college will enjoy vacations over the holiday week end. Classes will be dismissed at the college from Wednesday noon until Monday morning. Bluffton High and Grade school students will start on their Thanks giving vacation Wednesday night and will also return to classes Monday morning. A special Thanksgiving chapel service, sponsored by the speech department will be held at the high school Wednesday afternoon. Many Plan Visits With evidences of fairly moderate weather many Bluffton rcs.dents are making arrangements to motor out of town to homes of relatives and friends for the day. Others are pre paring to entertain guests in their homes. Thanksgiving is being celebrated early this year on the third Thursday of the month in line with the Presi dent’s decision to, advance the date ot the holiday one week. According to tradition the obser vance this year would have been a week later on November 27, but the President continued a custom estab lished by him two years ago in setting the holiday on an earlier date. Ministers Meet At Bluffton College Ministers in the Bluffton district are meeting in a ministerial confer ence being held on the Bluffton col lege campus this week in connection with the Bible lectures. The conference started Wednesday and will continue through Thursday. Dr. R. Lincoln Long, pastor of the Collingwood Presbyterian church of Toledo, and Rev. R. L. Hartzler, di rector of the Public Civilian Service camp at Bluffton, Indiana, addressed the sessions Wednesday. The sessions Thursday will be ad dressed by Dr. O. E. Baker, sociolo gist with the United States depart ment of Agriculture at Washington, D. C. Dr. I. W. Bauman, of the college faculty, will lead a discus sion on the Mennonite church and rural work. College Broadcast A program of vocal and instru mental numbers and a discussion of the news will be presented by a Bluffton college music group in a weekly broadcast over station WLOK of Lima Thursday night at 9:30 o’clock. The following program will be presented: vocal solo, Dorothy Burn er violin solo, William Boorse piano solo, Sara Moyer discussion of the news, Dr. C. Henry Smith. Rating At High School Continue First Grade Bluffton high school will be con tinued in its rating as a first class school according to a report received from the state department of educa tion, following an inspection of the school by R. M. Garrison recently. Garrison represented the state de partment in his inspecion here. Boy Scout troop No. 56 will gather paper and old magazines in Bluffton, Saturday. .... ....... —..... ....... Arriving with a sudden change in the weather, Bluffton’s first snowfall of the season last Friday, Saturday and Sunday brought a belated reali zation to residents of the area that winter is just around the corner. With the light flurries of snow came a drop in temperature remind ing shivering pedestrians that a late fall season of mild weather has fin ally run its course, and that the time of traditional winter holidays Lima Pastor Delivers Address At Exercises Heid in High School, Tuesday Peace Expeditionary Force Could Show Europe Way to Peace, Speaker Says America’s great concern in the present crisis is not Hitler but rather the lack of discipline and moral strength of a great portion of its youth, was the statement made by Rev. S. M. Davidian at Armistice Day services at the Bluffton High school auditorium Tuesday morning. The services commemorating the cessation of hostilities in World War No. 1 were sponsored by the Bluff ton post of the American Legion and were attended by residents of the community and students of the high school. Youth Weak Physical examinations conducted by the United States army have re vealed the fact that too large a por tion of the youth of this country is below par physically. At the same time modern youth is un acquainted with the rigors and the discipline required by army life, the speaker pointed out. America had first better set its own house in order and guard vigi lantly against any inroads against the democratic way of life for which our forefathers so valiantly fought. With one-third of the nation badly clad, housed and fed, this country needs to give attention to the under privileged. Welfare statistics show that 42 per cent of the population subsist on an income of less than $1,000 per year. This is not suffi cient to maintain an adequate stand ard of living, the speaker continued. A. E. F. The speaker was dubious over the effects of sending another American Expeditionary Force to fight the battles of European nations. Amer- Winter Snow Breaks Long Fall Season Six Meeks Until Xmas America’s Problem Is Youth’s Lack Of Discipline, Armistice Day Speaker Says the poss :a might examine sending a Pea ’orce across and s Americans have le ether despite difl eligion and nation ,ce Exped show Euro arned to The likelihood in the present emergency is that America will not declare war but will, degree by de gree, slide into it until she finds herself a full fledged participant, the speaker said. Regardless of the outcome of the present crisis these great United States should never lose sight of the precious democratic heritage for which our forefathers bled and died, the speaker said in conclusion. Millen Geiger, commander of the Bluffton post, presided at the meet ing. Prayer was offered by Chap lain Ralph Henry and patriotic mu sic was furnished by the Bluffton High school band under the direc tion of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein. Other Legionnaires taking part in the program were: Ralph Stearns, W. A. Howe, and Quinten Burk holder. With The Sick Albert Niswander, who has been suffering from a heart ailment, was removed to the Lima Memorial hos pital for observation Wednesday morning. His condition remains much the same. Laverne Thutt, who has been a pa tient at the Memorial hospital in Lima, was removed to his home in Lima Tuesday. His condition is re ported as improved. Mrs. Arthur Hauenstein was re moved from her home on Railroad street to the Bluffton hospital where she is a patient. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Ott, Raw son, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Badertscher, a girl, Monday. is almost at hand. Thanksgiving falling on Thursday of next week has arrived long be fore the average resident of the community had accustomed himself to the thought, and it still is hard to realize that Christmas is only six weeks away. With the snowfall of the last weekend came temperatures in the low “thirties” and so far this week there has been no sign of a break in the weather. W.P.A. ENGINEERS TO INSPECT SEWER SITES THIS WEEK Inspection to Provide Data for Federal Aid Application Report Plans for Proposed System to Be Checked with Actual Ground Conditions Engineers from the Toledo district WPA office are expected here this week to inspect sites of Bluffton’s proposed sewer system and disposal plant and check the plans against ac tual ground conditions. The WPA engineers will be accom panied by representatives from the office of Champe, Finkbeiner and As sociates, Toledo engineering firm which is in charge of drafting plans for the proposed system. The inspection here is expected to sbe completed within a day after which the WPA engineers will file their report together with the appli cation for federal aid to be made by the Champe, Finkbeiner firm. Show Soil Types Plans now drafted by the Toledo firm are complete preliminary drafts including the showing of types of soil to be encountered in installation of the system. This information was obtained from borings made along the line of proposed intercepting sewer lines. Because of the cost involved the project will be limited to a proposal to construct intercepting sewers along Big and Little Riley Creeks and erec tion of a plant for primary sewage treatment. Plans to be submitted to the fed eral government along with the appli cation for aid will provide for com pletion of the work within one year, al regulation which places this as a projects. Vote Next Spring Steps taken by the council 1 kin toward a vote on a bond issue foi construction of intercepting sewers were taken by the council after dam age suits aggregating $25,000 wore filed against the town by Oliver Loch er and Henry Huber, landowners, wh charge the municipality is responsible for pollution of Big Riley creek which flows thru their farms. It is expected that the proposal will come to a vote at a special election to be held here probably next spring. Red Cross Roll Call In Orange Township The annual Red Cross roll call for funds will be started in Orange township Monday morning, it was announced by the committee in charge of the solicitation. Knitting and sewing projects for the Red Cross are well under way in various churches and organizations of the township. Anyone desiring more materials for knitting or sew ing may contact Mrs. J. A. Warren. The following organizations are engaged in sewing and knitting pro jects: The Orange Township Farm Woman’s club, The Olive Branch United Brethren church, Bethesda Evangelical church, Liberty Chapel Evangelical church, Riley Creek Bap tist church, Bethel Church of Christ. Lions To See Film On Making Nickel An industrial film dealing with the manufacture of nickel will be pre sented to members of the Lions club at the regular meeting in the Wal nut Grill Tuesday night at fi:15 o’clock. Norman Triplett is spon soring the presentation. A Good Place to Live— Try Bluffton First ___________ ___________ NUMBER 29 PREMIUM LISTS ARE READY FOR BLUFFTON FAIR Classes Listed for Competition At Three Day Showing December 3 to 5 Log Sawing and Milking Con tests and Pet and Livestock Parade Features With distribution of premium lists started this week, plans are rapidly taking shape for the showing of Bluffton’s 26th annual agricultural fair on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5. Entry in the various classes is open to farm residents of Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin coun ties, with junior fair competition re stricted to Allen county boys and girls. Showings this year will be in nine departments, including the junior fair. Open Competition Divisions in which competition is open includes horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, grain and fruit, do mestic science, fine arts and the junior fair. Special features on this year’s fair program are many. High spots of entertainment provided during the three-day showing will be a log saw ing contest, a milking contest, and a pet parade held in conjunction with (Continued on page 8) Barnes-Rakosky Wedding Solemnized In an impressive ceremony at the home of the bride, occurred the wed ding of iss Rosalie Barnes, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baines of South Main street, and Gail Rakosky, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rakosky of Lakeside, Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. The wedding vows were received by Rev. Charles Armentrout, pastor of the Presbyterian church, in a single ring ceremony before an altar of ferns, palms and decorations of bronze and yellow chrysanthemums. Each side of the altar was banked with a candelabrum. Preceding the ceremony were xylo phone selections, “My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice” from Samson and De lilah and “I Love You Truly” played by Miss Barbara Jean Triplett. Men delssohn’s wedding march was played by Miss Triplett as the bridal party entered the room. The bride was attired in a street length princess gown of sapphire blue velvet. She wore a matching Dutch cap. Her only ornament was Miss Rachel Beagle, a high school and college classmate of the bride, was maid of honor, and wore a gown of gold crepe, the same style as the bride’s. Miss Donna Jean Duncan of Genoa, niece of the bridegroom, was bridesmaid, and was attired in a gown of wine crepe. Both attend ants wore shoulder corsages of pink rosebuds and gardenias. Eugene Benroth of Bluffton was best man. Following the ceremony, a wed ding dinner was given by the bride’s parents at the Walnut Grill. The oride is a graduate of Bluffton High school and attended Bluffton college. She graduatedf rom Northwestern School of Commerce in Lima and is a member of the Zeta Beta chapter of Phi Rho Zeta sorority, national commercial honorary so ciety. At the present time she is employed as bookkeeper at the Bixel Motor Sales Co. of Bluffton. Mr. Rakosky is a graduate of Lakeside High school and is em ployed at the Swift Produce Co. of Lima. After a short wedding trip the couple will make their home with the bride’s parents on South Main street. Guests attending the wedding were Mrs. Carrie Lauer of Columbus Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnes and daugh ter Marguerite and son Lawrence and Mr. Wilson Barnes of Middle field Mrs. John Rakosky and son Francis, Mrs. Paul Rakosky and daughter Paulette of Lakeside Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rakosky and daugh ters Phyllis and Joan and son Charles of Fremont Mr. and Mrs Ferris Duncan of Genoa. Mrs. Eugene Benroth, Ray Schu macher, Mrs. Mary Kathary, Mrs. Emma Studler, Mrs. Clayton Bixel, Mrs. Charles Armentrout of Bluff ton.