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The Advertising Medium for
Bluffton Trade Territory
Space Selected for Competition
At Three-day Showing
Dec. 3 to 5
Log Sawing and Milking Con
tests and Pet Parade Fea
tures of 1941 Fair
With location of exhibition divi
sions assigned and selection of
judges to be completed within the
next week, plans are taking shape
rapidly for Bluffton’s 26th annual
agricultural fair, from Dec. 3 to 5,
Opening of the fair is less than
two weeks in the offing, with inter
est indicating an unusually heavy
number of exhibitors this season.
Nine Departments
Showings will be in nine depart
ments, including the junior fair, with
total awards amounting to nearly
Divisions in which competition is
open includes horses, cattle, sheep,
hogs, poultry, grain and fruit,
domestic science, fine arts and the
junior fair.
Entry in the various classes is
open to farm residents of Allen,
Hancock, Hardin and Putnam coun
ties, with junior fair competition re
stricted to Allen county boys and
Special features on this year’s
fair program are many. High spots
of the entertainment provided dur
ing the three-day showing will be a
Complete premium list for
the fair appears on Page 6 of
this issue.
log sawing contest, a milking con
test and the pet parade held in con
junction with the closing livestock
Exhibit Locations
Tentative assignments of buildings
for the showing of fair exhibits were
announced this week by fair officials,
as follows:
Horses—Locher barn, Vance street.
Cattle—Dairy in Chamberlain bam
Cherry street beef in Wilkins barn,
Cherry street.
Hogs—Steiner garage, Elm street.
Sheep—Monroe Amstutz building,
Cherry street.
Poultry—Niswander and Herring
building, Church street.
Agricultural Products Hankish
room over Todd’s grocery, Main
Domestic Science—Same as Agri
cultural Products.
School i Displays—Bluffton High
Mrs. Harold Carr
Dies In Hospital
An illness of eight months was
fatal to Mrs. Harold Carr, 48, farm
resident one mile west of Mt. Cory
in Union township, who died at 2:10
a. m., Sunday, in the Bluffton Com
munity hospital.
A native of Hancock county, Mrs.
Carr was born Feb. 14, 1893, the
daughter of Winfield and Arizona
(Conine) Dorsey.
She was married June 5, 1917, to
Harold Carr, who survives with
three daughters: Mrs. Betty Lugin
buhl, Mary Lou and Joan and one
son Darrell Dean, all at home. A
brother, Victor Dorsey, Urbana, and
a sister, Mrs. Frances Albright,
Findlay, also are living.
A member of the Bluffton Church
of Christ, Mrs. Carr was an active
church and Sunday school worker.
She was president of the Women’s
Missionary society of the Bluffton
Funeral services were held at the
Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon,
with Rev. Gerald Bright officiating.
Burial was in the Clymer cemetery.
Red Cross Drive
For Funds Started
Solicitation for funds has been
st: 1 hy tin E.k:ffton Red Cross
committee with the attempt made to
reach the increased quota of $250.
The drive started the first of the
week and will continue until Novem
ber 30, it was stated by the Bluff
ton Red Cross committee.
Thanksgiving vacation will start
at the Bluffton public schools Wed
nesday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock and
will continue until Monday morning.
Bluffton college will have vacation
on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday,
only. Regular classes will be re
sumed Friday morning.
The unusually mild fall has
resulted in a second crop of red
raspberries and roses, picked
over the week-end, A. L. Baum
gartner of South Main street
Second crop strawberries from
the garden _of Mrs. Bertha
Matter on Cherry street are ex
hibited in the News window,
and a bouquet of -chrysanthe
mums was sent to the News
office the first of the week by
A. E. Temple.
Family Reunions and Tradi
tional Dinner Feature An
nual Celebration
Union Services to be Held at
Methodist Church Thurs
day Morning
Quiet observance of Thanksgiving
Day is indicated in the Bluffton area
on Thursday with traditional family
homecomings and dinners the featur
ed events of the day for most resi
Opening activity of the holiday
will be a morning union church ser
vice to be held in the Methodist
church at 8:30 o’clock. Rev. Gerald
Bright, pastor of the Church of
Christ, will be the speaker and
special music will be presented.
Stores Closed
Retail stores of the town will be
closed generally thruout the day, but
will remain open late Wednesday
night to accommodate the usual
“hohday trade rush. Business activity
will be resumed Friday morning.
No mail will be delivered on
Thanksgiving Day in the town or
rural routes, Postmaster Ed. Reich
enbach stated. Outgoing mail, how
ever, will be dispatched as usual.
Vacations over the week end will
be enjoyed by students at Bluffton
High and grade schools. Bluffton
college, however, will dismiss only
on Thursday with regular classwork
being resumed Friday morning.
No Football Games
In previous years residents of the
community would attend a football
game between the Bluffton High
school Pirates and one of the area
rivals. But with the season closing
earlier, people here are planning to
devote more time to visiting than
was the case formerly.
Many families will hold their cus
tomary Thanksgiving reunions in
Bluffton and the surrounding district
with the traditional dinner at noon
the high spot of the day. Other
residents are making arrangements
to motor out-of-town for similar
events at family homesteads.
Bluffton Youth Is
Cadet At Air Field
Melvin Lora of Bluffton who re
cently enlisted in the army air corps,
is now a member of the first class
of cadets in the new Air Corps Re
placement Center ::t Kelly Field,
Texas, it was announced the first of
the week.
Lora is a giaduate of Bluffton Col
lege where he was prominent in ath
At the replacement center he will
go through five weeks of preliminary
training before being sent to a pri
mary flying school where he will en
ter upon his flight training.
Real Estate Deals
Philip Marquart, Jr., has pur
chased the former Scott Henry farm
of 60 acres near the Ruggley church
and will take possession March 1,
moving from his present location on
the Will Hirschfeld farm.
Ralph Hutchinson has purchased
the A. F. Sommer farm southeast of
Beaverdam and will take possession
soon. Sommer will reside with his
sons in the south.
Out-Of-Town Sportsmen Hunting In
rict Create Problem
Bluffton Dis
Strawberries, Home
Grown, Delicacy For
Thanksgiving Feast
STRAWBERRIES grown in his
own garden on West Elm
street will be enjoyed for
Thanksgiving dinner at the
home of Postmaster Ed Reich
enbach, who says they have
been having second crop straw
berries for several weeks.
Large Stock of Pheasants At
tracts Swarm of Hunters
From Wide Radius
Increasing Number of Landown
ers Refuse Hunting Except
By Permission
With the hunting season officially
opened and pheasants more numer
ous than usual, the Bluffton district
is rapidly becoming the ’’Mecca” for
hundreds of hunters in the north
western part of the state.
Hundreds of birds were killed here
in the first few hours after the sea
son opened at noon Saturday. Many
hunters reported they bagged their
limits of two pheasants and four
rabbits within a half hour after the
noon whistle blew in Bluffton.
All Saturday morning Bluffton
streets were swarming with out-of
town hunters dressed in full •sports
men’s regalia. Clothing stores re
ported a rushing business in the
purchase of hunting clothing and
Bluffton restaurants have been
serving large numbers of hunters
coming from out of town districts to
hunt here. Many of the hunters are
staying overnight and hotel and
tourist homes have reported that
hunters have given them a large
share of their business in the past
few days.
A new angle to the hunting this
year is the intrusion of women into
the nimrod’s activities. Dealers re
port that women have been purchas
ing shells and clothing suitable for
Out-of-Town Hunters
Complicating the hunting situation
(Continued on page 8)
Operetta At High
School Nov. 25-26
"The Pirates of Penzance”, tune
ful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta,
will be presented in colorful costumes
by the Bluffton High school A Capel
la choir at the high school auditor
ium next week on Tuesday and Wed
nesday nights at 8 o’clock.
Rehearsals have been proceeding
for the past month under the direc
tion of Miss Elizabeth Higley, mu
sic instructor. Elaborate stage set
tings are being built under Ike di
rection of Prof. P. W. Stauffer, dra
matics instructor.
Victorian and Pirate costumes will
be worn by the entire cast which
together with the period stage set
ting will provide a realistic presen
tation. Leroy Lugibill is business
manager and Richard Gratz, stage
The cast is as follows: Major Gen
eral Stanley, Robert Cooney Pirate
King, Roger Howe Samuel, Norman
Beidler Frederic, James Gratz Ma
bel, Alice Oyer and Marcene Stone
hill Edith, Mary Stearns and Betty
Holtkamp Kate, Marjean Todd and
Lois Oyer Ruth, Carol Bame and
Ruth Hankish Sergeant of Police,
Bill Amstutz Policemen, Raymond
Schumacher, Ralph Balmer, Lysle
Niswander, Merlin Zuercher, Floyd
Herr, David Tosh, Kenneth Reichen
bach and Robert Pannabecker.
The pirates are played by the
boys ’glee club and role of general’s
daughters will be taken by the girls’
glee club.
Two Called For Army
Service One Rejected
One of two Bluffton area youths
called to Toledo last Friday for in
duction into the army under the se
lective service act was reported re
jected in his physical examination
at the induction station.
Wayne Yerger, of South Jackson
street, the other candidate, was sent
to Ft. Hayes, Columbus.
The rejected draftee was Willaid
L. Lee, of Route 2, Bluffton, who is
reported to have failed to pass the
final physical examination.
A Blufi'lon college senior, Erwin
E. Pcnhcrwood, of Lima, also was
taken in last week’s induction. He
was sent from Board No. 1, Lima.
Next induction call from Board
No. 3, which includes Bluffton, is
set for December 1, when 26 candi
dates will be taken. A total of 84
men will be inducted from Allen
county in the December call.
Two Mt. Cory and two Rawson
men also were inducted last week in
Hancock county’s ccntingent of 20
Those taken were William Harold
Myers and Warren Merritt Chapin,
of Mt. Cory and Norman Lewis Cly
mer and Richard Lee Smith, of Raw
Council Approves Plans Seek
Cooperation from Richland
Work to Begin in December
Civic Groups Back Improve
ment Project
Remodeling of municipal rest rooms
in the town hall was approved Mon
day night at a meeting of the Bluffton
council, with work on the project to
start in December, according to pres
ent plans.
In the improvement program, new
men’s and women's rooms will be 10
by 18 feet in size and hot water heat
will be provided.
Outside entrances to the rooms will
remain practically as now, but the in
terior will be completely renovated
and remodeled, it was announced.
Work will be started after the close of
the Bluffton Agricultural fair the first
week in December.
Plans for the improvement program
were accepted by the council as draft
ed. In addition to the two rest rooms,
specifications call for a hot water
heater located between the rest rooms.
Entrance to the space provided for
the heater will be from the fire de
partment quarters.
Plans as approved by the council
will be submitted to Richland town
ship trustees for their acceptance and
cooperation, Mayor W. A. Howe said.
Agitation by Bluffton civic groups
preceded the decision to remodel pres
ent rest room facilities. Leaders in
the drive included the Federation of
Women’s flubs, the Lions club and
other organizations.
Rites Monday For
Mrs. Hauenstein
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon at St John’s Reformed
church for Mrs. Arthur Hauenstein,
47, of Railroad street, who died at
1:10 p. m. last Saturday in Bluff
ton Community hospital.
A heart ailment which had con
fined Mrs. Hauenstein four months
was the cause of death.
Survivors include the husband
her parents, Mr. and* Mrs. Gottlieb
Frankhouser, Blukiok Rural route
three daughters, Mrs. Garnet Foltz,
of Cherry street Lois Ann, at home
and Mrs. Vera Higgins, of Lima a
step-daughter, Mrs. Mabel Black, of
Lima four sisters, Mrs. Omar Augs
burger, Mrs. Harry Luginbuhl, and
Miss Rose Frankhouser, all of Bluff
ton, and Mrs. Wayne Niswander, of
Lima a half-sister, Miss Elizabeth
Zimmerly, of Bluffton five brothers,
John Frankhouser, of Lima Levi
Frankhouser, of Rockport Albert
Frankhouser, of Cridersville Christ
Frankhouser, of Maumee, and Wil
lard Frankhouser, of Bluffton.
Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of
Emmanuel’s Reformed church, the
congregation of which Mrs. Hauen
stein was a member, officiated at the
funeral service. Burial was in
Maple Grove cemetery.
The following births at the Bluff
ton Community hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Crawfis, a
girl, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Wil
liamstown, a girl, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smead, Beav
erdam, a girl, this Wednesday morn
“Living With Greatful Hearts” is
the ’.heme of a Thanksgiving program
to be presented by the girls mission
ary band at the Ebenezer Mennonite
church, two miles wort of town, E: .i
■day night at 7:45 o’clock. The pub
lic is invited to attend.
The Bluffton Public library will be
closed all day Thursday and Friday
morning. It will open at 2 p. m. on
Friday and will close the usual time
Friday night at 8 o’clock.
Geo. Moser Home
From Army Service
George Moser, son of Mr. and
Mrs. John Moser of North Main
street has received an honorable dis
charge from the army, being past
the twenty-eight year age limit.
Moser who was stationed in Hawaii,
arrived home recently.
Like father like son
Like forefathers of 1621
Like Americans of I ?4l
Article in American Legion
Magazine Describes Dinner
Nov. 28, 1918
Fred Fritchie, Celebrated His
Thanksgiving at Hospital
Unit in France
Thanksgiving has special signifi
cance for Fred H. Fritchie, of the
Bluffton News composing room and
World War veteran, who recalls the
sumptuous Thanksgiving feast he en
joyed 23 years ago when he was in
the overseas medical corps at the
United States army hospital near
the village of Mesves, France.
Fritchie was a Sergeant, 1st class,
in the American Expeditionary
Force and was stationed at the Pro
visional Base Hospital Unit No. 8.
Mesves is a small town, 16 miles
west of Tours, France, the large well
known army base.
Magazine Article
As a special reminder of the
Thanksgiving feast 23 years ago,
Fritchie was surprised to read in the
current issue of the American Le
gion magazine a detailed account of
the dinner as sent to the magazine
by one of the nurses of the hospital
unit, which also showed a reproduc
tion of page 1 of the two-color menu.
This was the first time in 23 years
that Fritchie has heard, either di
rectly or indirectly, of anyone con
nected with this overseas outfit.
Fritchie still has a copy of the
menu prepared for the occasion,
printed in Tours, France, in two
The following menu was served
on Thanksgiving, November 28,
1918: Breakfast—Oatmeal, hot milk,
hot cakes, syrup, fried bacon, bread
and coffee.
Dinner Menu
Ifi'iner—Roast turkey, oy.-ter die. s
ing, apple sauce, giblct gravy, pota
to O’Biivii, can lied sweet potatoes,
provisional base hospital No. 8 salad,
mayonnaise dressing, raisin pie, cho
colate pie, chocolate layer cake, jelly
layer cake, coffee, bread, butter, ice
cream, nuts, grapes, pickles, olives,
and cigarettes.
This feast was long lemembcred
i.y the soldiers in the outfit. T’r.
.'inner was practically all-American
including the great American favor
ite ice cream, which was almost un
obtainable in France.
Pouring Rain
It so happened that the meal was
eaten at the hospital in a pouring
rain but with the delicacies such an
attractive feature the downpour was
forgotten. After the ice cream, the
clacking of filberts with the handles
of knives on the unfinished pine mess
hall tables made a noise like repeat
ing rifles and a great time was had
by everyone.
Fritchie was especially anxious to
read the article in the Legion maga
zine since he had not heard from
any of the members of the group
since he left France.
Aar Veteran Here Recalls Sumptuous
A. E. F. Thanksgiving Feast 23 Years Ago
Church Street, Closed to Traffic
Will be Scene of Contests
Last Day of Fair
Entries Open to Residents of
Four Counties Cash Prizes
To Be Awarded
Special feature^ on the closing day
of Bluffton’s 26th annual fair, Dec. 3,
4 and 5, offer attractions that will be
of interest to country and city folks
Opening with a log sawing contest,
the Friday afternoon program, Dec.
5, will include milking competition, a
pet parade and the closing livestock
Contests will be conducted in the
roped-off one-block area of Church
street in the downtown district.
No Entry Fee
No entry fee will be charged for
log saving or milking contests, and
four prizes will be awarded to win
ners in each division. Competition is
open to residents of Allen, Hancock,
Hardin and Putnam counties.
Log sawing teams will get into ac
tion at 1 p. m., with each team pro
viding its own saw. A log of uniform
size will be selected by fair directors.
Prizes will be $4, $3, $2 and $1.
Com pet: vi on in the milking :itcs‘
will be started at 1:30 p. m., with
each entrant furnishing h:~ w.i cow
and other equipment. The
ant getting the nr, milk in three
minutes will win first prize of $4.
Other awards are $3, $2 and $1.
Children in Parade
The pet parade, a popular foatur
of the last two fairs, will be held in
conjunction with the livestock parade,
starting a 2 p. m. on the closing day
of the farm shoving.
Any pupil of grade or high chocl
age is eligible to compete in he pet
parade contest. Individual prizes will
be awarded by grades on the basis of
condition and originality of display.
No horse pulling contest is br ing
held here this year, because of lack of
interest in that feature.
Red Cross Wants
W omen For Sewing
Women to assist in sewing ma
terials for the Bluffton Red Cross
organization are requested in an an
nouncement made this week by the
local committee.
There are plenty of materials on
hand and they may be obtained by
contacting Mrs. J. S. Steiner of
South Main street. The sewing
rooms will be open every day from
Monday to Saturday at 9 o’clock and
every night except Thursday.
A Good Place to Live—
Try Bluffton First
$19.10 TAX RATE
New Levy to be Included in
December Tax for February
Rate for Coming Year is 81.80
Per Thousand Higher Tax
Duplicate Larger
Approval of Bluffton’s new real
estate tax rate of $19.10 per thous
and dollars of taxable property was
given this week by the State Tax
Commission at Columbus, following
submission of the schedule worked out
by the Allen County Tax Commission
at Lima.
Bluffton taxpayers wil Istart paying
the new rate in the December tax
w’hich is collected after the first of
the year, usually in February. The
new levy represents an advance of
$1.80 per thousand dollars of taxable
property over the present rate of
The new rate does not include the
fire bond levy which was approved by
the voters at the November election.
This averages .56 mills and will run
for eight years to retire the authoriz
ed $8,000 bond issue. It will be in
cluded in the town budget to be made
out next summer and consequently
Bluffton taxpayers will not start pay
ing this levy until the December tax
of next year.
Township Rate Up $
Also approved was rate increase in
that portion of Richland township in
cluded in the Bluffton school district.
The new levy will be $15.20, an ad
vance of 95 cents per thousand dol
lars of taxable property over the
present rate of $14.25.
In making up Bluffton’s- rate of
$19.10 for the coming year decreases
in county and township levies were
more than offset by increases in
amounts granted for schools and mu
nicipal purposes.
County taxes for the coming year
will be levied at a rate of $3.80 in
stead of $3.90 and the township tax
rate is set at 30 cents as compared to
35 cents as at present.
Bluffton schools, however, will re
eew* SPTO instead of $10, the pres
ent rate and the municipality will re
ceive a rate of $3.90 instead of $3.05.
Bluffton’s total valuation for taxing
purposes has shown an increase of
$34,170 for nex{ year over present
valuation, according to a report from
the county auditor’s office. Total
valuation of Bluffton’s tax duplicate
as announced by the auditor was $2,
304,623 for the coming year. This
total, however, may be subjected to
minor adjustments, it is pointed out.
The valuation in the Bluffton cor
poration as set up for the coming
year is made up as follows:
Land ...............
Buildings ....
Public Utilities
............ $ 356,060
........... 1,170,990
.............. 467,970
.............. 309,603
Total .............
Last Rites For
Reuben Basinger
Funeral services for Reuben Ba
singer, 57, Lima, native of Richland
township and former Bluffton resi
dent, will be held at the Reformed
Mennonite church, west of town, Fri
day afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Hl since July 3, 1940, Mr. Basing
er died at his residence on Ewing
avenue in Lima* Tuesday afternoon
at 5:42 o’clock.
He was born on November 9,
1884, the son of David P. and Bar
bara (Schumacher) Basinger, both
of whom are dead. He had resided
for tin last 25 years in Lima where
he was employed as a machinist for
the Steiner Bros. Tool and Die Shop.
He was married on December 25,
1909, to Magdalene Zimmerly wjio
survives with four children, Harriett,
Opal and Oliver Basinger, all of
Lima, and Robert of Dayton.
Also surviving are three brothers,
Nahum, Noah and David Basinger
a half brother Abe Amstutz and
two sisters, Miss Lydia Basinger*
and Mrs. Peter D. Geiger, all of
He was a life long member of the
Reformed Mennonite church.
Preceding the funeral services at
the church will be rites at the Lima
residence Friday afternoon at 1:00
o’clock. Rev. William Rupp, of
Archbold, will officiate at the serv
ices. Burial will be made in the
I church cemetery.

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