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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI ENTRIES CROWD DISPLAY SPACES AT WINTER SHOW Junior Fair Showing More than Usual Exhibits in Open Competition Parade and Special Features to Close Annual Fair Friday Afternoon Bluffton’s annual Winter fair—one of the high spots of the year—got un derway Wednesday noon with quality exhibits iu livestock and agricultureal products as well as domestic science and art. Started 26 years ago with farm and livestock exhibits it has expanded un til this year it includes a flourishing junior fair, milking and log sawing contests and a pet and livestock pa rade that on the closing day of the fair brings crowds for miles around. Large Number of large number of Entries entries have been made in the agricultural and do mestic arts exhibits with the number of school display's heavier than usual. Reflecting the late shredding season and the shortage of farm labor, there has been a decrease in some of the livestock classes. As usual the poultry show heads the fair list with a total of 235 en tries. For the third consecutive year C. H. Peters of Columbus Grove is largest single exhibitor from the standpoint of the number of entries. He is showing 97 head of poultry, ten more than last year’s record number. To Close Friday The fair this year will continue for three days closing at 2:30 p. m. Fri day with livestock and pet parade thru the downtown area. The live stock parade will assemble at the town hall at 2 o’clock and the pet pa rade will assemble at th grade school building at the same hour. Immediately preceding the parade will be the contest features to be held on Cherry’ Street in a roped off area from Main street to the alley at .the rear of the Hauenstein & Son phar macy. Place for holding the contest was changed by fair officials because of funeral services to be held for Al bert Niswander at the Mennonite church. The lognsawing contest will start at one o’clock, followed by the milking contest at 1:30. Entries will be open until time for the contest. Both of these events will begin promptly at the scheduled time, fair officials stat ed. The livestock and pet parade will move at 2 p. m., sharp. Livestock Entries Entries in the livestock department were announced by Harry F. Barnes, secretary' of the fair board as follows: Horses—28 entries. Belgian and draft grades and mules. Cattle—59 entries. Beef cattle, 32 dairy cattle, 27. Hogs—78 entries. Berkshires, 26 Poland Chinas, 14 Spotted Poland Chinas, 10 Chester Whites, 1 Duroc Jerseys, 6 Market hogs, 6 Junior fair, 15. Sheep—70 entries. Oxford, 15 Shropshires, 8 Dorset, 8 Merinos and Rambouletts, 24 Market lambs, 6 Junior fair, 9. Poultry, 235 entries. Open classes, 153 Junior fair, 82. Judges Judges announced by the fair board are: Horses, Ralph Wentz, Bucyrus cattle, D. B. Robinson, Kenton hogs, Lloyd Truesdale, Lafayette sheep, George Hesler, Lafayette Poultry, E. G. Trout, Fostoria agricultural pro ducts, Byron E. Gamble, Rawson do mestic art, Mrs. John R. Hastings, Kenton. Eastern Star Will Install New Officers New officers of the Bluffton East ern Star chapter will be installed at a meeting in the Masonic lodge rooms at 7:30 p. m. next Tuesday. Netta Sullivan, grand conductress of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, will be the installing officer. Officers include Theressa Slusser, worthy matron Roy Forsythe, worthy patron Evelyn Beals, asso ciate matron Harold Beals, associate patron Charlotte Marshall, secre tary Emma Studler, treasurer El sie Buckland, conductress Laura Gotshall, associate conductress Henna Rauenbuhler, chaplain Kath leen Wenger, marshal Dorothy Stratton, organist Effie Herring, Adah Audrey Hofer, Ruth Theola Steiner, Esther Martha, Marie Ken nedy Carolyn Aukerman, Electa Kathryn Steinman, warder Charles Coburn, centinel. Where You Will Find Exhibits At Winter Fair Here Horses—Locher barn, Vance street. Cattle—Chamberlain barn, Cherry street. Hogs and Sheep—Steiner ga rage, Elm street. Poultry—Niswander and Herr ing building. Church street. Agricultural Products—Hankish room over Todd’s grocery, South Main street. Domestic Science—Hankish room over Todd’s grocery, South Main street. School Displays—Bluffton High school gymnasium. Resigns Pastorate At Presbyterian Church Rev. Charles Armentrout, pastor of the Bluffton and Rockport Pres byterian churches has resigned his charge here to accept the pastorate of the Washington Street Presbyter ian church in Indianapolis, it was announced the first of the week. The resignation will become ef fective the middle of this month when the minister and his family will leave for their new location. He will preach his final sermon here on December 14. Rev. Armentrout has been pastor of the Bluffton-Rockport charge for the past six years during which time both churches have made notable progress. Workman On Street Strikes Foot With Ax Robert Watkins, residing on the corner of Elm and Spring streets, received a painful injury when he ran a pick into his foot while at work removing a rail of the defunct Western Ohio interurban line on South Main street pavement Mon day afternoon. Watkins, a municipal employe, assisting Street Commissioner Coon in removing rails when pick ax glanced from one of rails and struck him in the foot. He was taken to the office of a lo cal physician. His condition is re ported as satisfactory. Gingerich Rites Held In Canada Mrs. Elizabeth Gingerich, of New Hamburg, Ontario, a former resident of this area, died Monday at her She THE BLUF Rare Pine Tree Shilling, First American Coin, On Display At Winter Fair Here was Lee his the morning Canadian home, was a daughter of U. Steiner, of west the late of Bluff- Christ ton. Surviving are her husband, six children three brother's and two sisters. The brothers and sisters are David, Elida Hiram, Mt. Cory, Enos, Washington, Mich. Anna, of Denver, Colo., and Mary, of Mans field. Four From Here Are Inducted Into Army Four Bluffton area young men were inducted into the army last Monday at Camp Perry, as a part of the contingent of 22 ordered into the service by Allen County Draft Board No. 3. The draftees from this district in cluded Rex M. Shafer, route 1, Bluffton Carl W. Krichbaum, Bluff ton Claude O. Yarger, Beaverdam, and Harry O. Coolidge, Lafayette. Pirates Win From Vaughnsville High After leading all the way, Bluff ton High eagers weathered a whirl wind Vaughnsville rally in the last half to capture a 47 to 43 victory in their opening game of the 1941 42 season, last Friday night at Vaughnsville. Holding a 14-point lead at half time, the Pirates had a few uneasy moments toward the game as the powerful aggregation scored 33 last four close of the Vaughnsville points in the came within two periods and of tying the count. the early stages of the con Bluffton’s attack worked smooth- In test, ly, enabling them to dominate first half play. After leading at the close of the first quarter, 8 to 4, the Pirates stretched their advantage to a count of 24 to 10 at halftime. .Vaughnsville then counted nine points in the opening minutes of the third quarter before Bluffton could score, working the count to 26 to 19 before the Dillermen broke into the scoring column. Exhibit in Hankish Room Over Todd's Grocery Bears 1652 Date Coin Played Prominent Role Country’s Early Colonial History in Familiar to coin collecting enthu siasts as well as all children, by virtue of numerous stories about it in school books, one of the famous Pine Tree shilling coins, represent ing the first coinage of Colonial America, is on exhibit at Bluffton’s Winter fair in the Hankish room over Todd’s grocery on South Main street. The coin, bearing the date of 1652, belongs to the collection of Robert Benroth of South Main street. Not withstanding its age and the fact that it was hand pressed, the coin is in a good state of preservation and has been attractively framed by Benroth w’ith a note of explanation beside the coin in the frame. Ma chine coinage w’as not practised in this country until the 19th century. The coin was hand minted and show's crude workmanship in com parison with later dates. The date and inscription on the coin, however, are clearly discernable. The coin is considered rare and in the “hard to get’ ’category. Benroth obtained the coin from a numismatic auction Utah. in Pine Tree Image is The Pine Tree shilling coin made of silver and is about the size of a quarter although somewhat thinner. A pine tree is stamped on one side of the coin with the w’ords “In Massachusetts”, and the denom ination of the coin, the Roman nu meral XII and the words “An New' England DOM” are on the other. Being pressed by hand the piece show’s evidence of lack of precision characteristic of machined money. Most familiar to school children is the story in their history books about John Hull, the colonial mint master, who presented his daughter with a quantity of Pine Tree shill ings equal to her weight as i (Continued on page 8) a wed- Joy Bell Ringer Here Thursday Wilbur Fish of Columbus, appear ing under billing of the Joy Bell Ringer, will be heard in a concert at St. John’s Reformed church Thurs day night at 7:30 o’clock. His program consists of musical novelties including piccolo-cowbells, musical glasses, singing saw, cricket bells and vibraharp. Triplett Co. Ranks Highest In Safety Highest rank in Allen county’s “honor roll” for industrial safety for the month of October, was re tained by the Triplett Electrical In strument Co. This announcement was made Tuesday when the Allen County As sociation of Commerce disclosed the firm’s 537 employes completed a to tal of 373,719 man-hours during the four months of the current campaign without a reportable injury. CHRISTMAS MUSIC a Christmas music will comprise program to be given at Ebenezer Mennonite church, Sunday night by the Ladies Chorus of the church. The program will 7:45. Miss Mabel Amstutz duct. Elect Officers At Sportsmen's the begin at will con- Club Election of officers will take place at a meeting of Bluffton Sportsmen’s club to be held at the town hall next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock, will be awarded bringing in the tail Prizes to the longest member pheasant Winners of vation poster cided at the freshments will be served after meeting. feather. the high school contest will also be de Tuesday meeting. conser- Re the No School the Classes will be dismissed in Bluffton public schools Friday after noon to permit the students to at tend the parade and special contests of Bluffton’s Winter fair, it was an nounced by Supt. A. J. B. Longs dorf. The school buses will run im mediately after the conclusion of the parade. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY rsday, dec BLUFFTON, OHIO, 4, 1941 TAKING BLUFFT ON GALA GARB FOR YULETIDE SEASON Gaily Decorated Streets to Re flect Cheer of Christmas Holidays Possible Shortages in Some Lines Expected to Stimulate Early Buying on a gala as work decoration Downtown Bluffton took Yuletide dress this week men completed a street program sponsored by local mer chants. Christmas garlands and wreaths span Main street .in the business section from Jefferson street to College avenue to provide a fitting setting for the holiday season. Adding to the colorful Yuletide atmosphere, show windows of Bluff ton business places are being dress- Santa Claus will greet Bluff ton kiddies in the business sec tion on Saturday afternoons, December 13 and 20, it was an nounced the first of the week. ed in keeping with the spirit of season, and localahome ox.aers expected to soon Mol low suit. the are are and Garlands spanning Main street festooned with J^freen foliage, brilliant multi-colored lights add a fitting touch to the decorations by night. Bluffton stores are preparing for a busy Yuletide shopping rush, and with shortages prevailing in many items purchasers are expected to do a major portion of their buying very early this y-ear. Opening musical observance of the Yuletide w-ill be Sunday afternoon, December 14, when the Bluffton College Choral Society appears in its annual rendition of Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah”. Widow Of Former Hotel Man Dies Mrs. Lenora Studebaker Stephan, 80, former Bluffton woman, died at her home in Cleveland, Monday. She was the widow of Charles Stephan who operated the Stephan hotel in Bluffton some forty years ago. The hotel was located at the corner of Main and Church streets on the e now occupied by the Citizens Na tional bank. Mrs. Stephan was born in Green ville, Darke county, Ohio, and was a relative of the Studebaker brothers who later founded the South Bend, Indiana, w'agon works which later went into the automobile manufac turing field. Funeral services and burial will.be at Greenville, Thursday afternoon. Her only immediate survivor is a son, Robert Stephan, radio editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealeh Welfare Donations Sought For Marsh Donations of used clothing, toys and story books are being sought for distribution in the Scioto Onion marsh district near McGuffey Hardin county. Welfare workers maintained in area by the Ohio Council Churches has reported the need the articles. in the of for Anyone wishing to make a contri bution is requested to notify Mrs. Ralph Whisler, telephone 470-W, and collectors will pick up the donation. Tuberculosis Movies Will Be Shown Here Movies depicting preventive meas ures in the control of tuberculosis will be shown Thursday morning at the Bluffton collegec hapel at 8:50 o’clock and at the Bluffton school chapel next Tuesday noon at 1 o’clock. High after- spon- The pictures are under the sorship of the Bluffton unit of the Tuberculosis Christmas Seal associa tion. Mrs. Sherwood Diller and Mrs. Harry Bogart are the local chairmen. The Christmas seals may be ob tained at either drug store, it was announced by the local committee. PT A Meeting To Be In Charge Of Hi-Y Activities of the Bluffton High school Hi-Y organization will be pre sented by the club to members of the Parent-Teachers association in a meeting to be held in the cafeteria Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock. ON NEWS Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Bixel Have Lived Entire Married Span In Same Location Open House is Observed by Pioneer Residents This Wednesday Fifty years of w’edded life, all of which have been spent at the same location, is marked in a Golden Wedding anniversary celebration and open house by Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Bixel at their home on South Law’n avenue this Wednesday. Following the anniversary dinner attended by members of the imme diate families Wednesday noon, the couple are receiving congratulations from their many friends in the afternoon from 2:30 to 5 o’clock and in the evening from 7 to 9 o’clock. The couple w'as married on De cember 3, 1891, at the Abraham Bixel homestead, four miles west of Bluffton, near the Schumacher quar ry. Rev. John Moser, pastor of the Mennonite church, received the wed ding vow’s. Mrs. Bixel before her marriage was Miss Delilah Baum gartner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baumgartner of near Orville. Use Old Dishes At the anniversary dinner nesday the dishes used were (Continued on page 2) Funeral services for Mrs. Cather ine Bixler, 76, wife of John Bixler, residing four miles west of town, were held at the Ebenezer Mennon ite church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Mrs. Bixler died at her home Sunday afternoon. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the church, officiated at the funeral services. Mrs. Bixler was a mem ber of the Ebenezer church and its Missionary society. Fifty Years Of Wedded Life Marked By Couple Here In Golden Anniversary Wed those Last Rites For Mrs. John Bixler A life-long resident of Allen coun ty, Mrs. Bixler was born in Rich land township on April 23, 1865. She was the daughter of Peter P. and Barbara (Steiner) Diller. Surviving in addition to her hus band, with whom she celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last February, are a son, Milton, at home, and three grandchildren, Al bert, Jr., Catherine Joan and Theo dore of West Palm Beach, Florida, children of her son Dr. Albert Bix ler, who was killed several years ago in an automobile accident. Also surviving are four sisters, Miss Fannie Diller, Chicago Miss Mary Diller, Mrs. Peter Nusbaum and Mrs. Peter Herr of Bluffton three brothers, David, John and Al bert Diller of Richland township. Burial was made in the church cemetery. County Prince Of Peace Meet Sunday Six winners of Bluffton Prince of Peace contests will compete in three different churches for the Allen county competition Sunday at 7:30 o’clock. Contests will be held at the Bluff ton Reformed church, the Spencer ville Methodist church and the Grace Methodist church of Lima. Two Bluffton representatives, winners of local church contests, will compete at each church with other winners in county churches. Winners of local contests, held during the first of November, are: Doris Dunifon, Reformed church Barbara Jean Triplett, Presbyterian church Rosann Hilty, First Men nonite church Marcene Stonehill, Church of Christ Hildred Eversole, Methodist church Darlene Truex, Bluffton college sponsored group. RED CROSS ROLL CALL Annjial membership roll call of the Red Cross will be continued in Bluff ton this week. Contributions may be left at Sidney’s Drug shop, officials announced. With The Sick Mrs. John Maxon, who is at the Bluffton is much home of Jackson ritis. hospital ill with pneumonia, improved. Coon, is bedfast at the his son Lee Coon of South street, suffering from arth- Frick, High David 8th grade student at school, was removed Bluffton to his home from the Bluffton hos pital Wednesday following an ap pendicitis operation. Mrs. Lydia Williams is recovering from an attack of influenza at the home of her grandson Norman Trip lett of Grove street. Albert Marshall of Rockport is critically ill following a stroke which has left him in a paralyzed condi tion. Henry Arnold, of Orange township, is at the Bluffton hospital where he is recovering from the effects of a broken hip. Condition of Mrs. Clarence Greiner, who is convalescing from a major operation at her home on the former Clymer farm, now the Waldo Hof stetter farm, is reported much im proved. Charles Burns continues in a ser ious condition at his home on street. He is survived by his wife a daughter, Letha, teaching at Qelina a brother C. F. Niswander and three sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Hilty, of Bluffton Miss Catherine Niswander, Philadelphia, Pa. and Mrs. Menno Bixel, Bellefontaine. Two children are dead. Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church of which Mr. Niswander wras a member, and Rev. G. T. Soldner, teacher of Mr. Niswander’s church school class, will officiate at the funeral services Burial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. Noted Evangelistic Singer Here Sunday Hon. John Murray, Scotch evange listic singer, will appear in his na tive costume in a program at the church of Christ here Sunday morn ing at 10 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. Murray are visiting this week at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Boutwell west of Bluffton. Mrs. Murray was formerly Florence Boutwell of this place. The couple stopped here enroute from Hollywood, Calif., to St Peters burg and Miami, Florida, where ho is booked for a series of evangelis tic meetings this winter. While in Bluffton, Sunday, they will be guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Murray whom they met previously while spending the winter in Florida. Fair Board To Name Three New Directors Election of the new board of di rectors of Bluffton’s annual Winter fair will be held in the council room of the town hall Saturday night at 7 o’clock, it was announced by Harry Barnes, secretary of the fair board. Three directors will be named to fill the vacancies caused by the ex piring terms of Albert Winkler, Clyde Warren and Dwight Frantz. Former Bluffton Resident Is Deac Word has been received here of the death of Edward Wormley, 40, of Kenton, formerly of Bluffton. Death followed an illness of stomach ulcers. He was a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1920. His father, the late Samuel Worm ley was a harness maker here. Sur viving are his wife and one son. A Good Place to Liv Try Bluffton First Riley Last Rites For Albert Niswander Funeral services for Albert I. Nis wander, 53, prominent Bluffton busi ness man, will be held at the First Mennonite church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Ill since September 27 of a heart ailment and complications, Mr. wander died at his home Jackson street Tuesday 11:15 o’clock. Nis on South night at lociated Mr. Niswander was with his brother C. F. Niswander, in the implement business in Bluffton from 1912 to 1924 when he sold his interests to his brother but remained with the firm as a salesman. He was born March 6, 1888, in Richland township, the son of Elias and Christina (Welty) Niswander. He was married January 1, 1916, to Ethel Ream. NUMBER 32 MILKING AND LOG SAWING CONTESTS FEATURES OF FAIR Competition Injects Note of Popular Appeal Into Three day Fair Program Entries Open to Residents of Four Counties Cash Prizes To be Awarded Milking and log-sawing contests* plus a livestock and pet parade will inject a note of popular appeal into the Friday afternoon program, mark ing the close of Bluffton’s 26th an nual winter fair. Because of funeral services to be held for Albert Niswander at the First Mennonite church later in the afternoon, the place for holding the contests has been changed. Fair of ficials announced Wednesday morning that the contests will take place on Cherry street in a roped off area from Main street to the alley at the rear of the Hauenstein & Son pharmacy. Opening event of the Friday after noon program will be the log sawing contest starting at 1 p. m. Each team will provide its own saw’, and a log of uniform size will be used by the contestants. Last year, the best time in sawing a beech log, 20 inches in diameter, was made by Walter Thompson and Jack their piece three Miller, of Findlay, w’ho cut oc of wood in one minute, and one-fifth seconds. Competition in the milking contest will be started at 1:30 p. m. with each entrant providing his own cow' and other equipment. The 1940 milking contest winner was Robert Criblez, of near Bluffton, who milked 17 VI pounds of three minu winners in award will $3, $2 and ses will be awarded to the each contest. First place be $4, with other prizes of $1 offered. parade, a popular feature Four pri The pet of the last two fairs, will be held in conjunction with the livestock parade, starting at 2 p. m. pupil or grade or high school eligible to compete, and indi prizes will be awarded by on basis of condition and or- Any age is vidual grades iginality of the display. Judges for the fair contests include: Log sawing, Ray Marshall, Carl Mc Cafferty, Ben Amstutz milking con test— Clyde W’arren and Clyde Kling ler. Mayor W. A. Howe is timer for both contests. Pet parade judging will be handled by a committee named by the Bluffton Lions club. Start Xmas Mailing Soon To Avoid Rush Bluffton residents should start mailing their Christmas greeting cards and packages earlier than us ual this year if they are to avoid disappointment. Such is the advice given by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach. With a greater volume of holiday mail anticipated and the movement of soldiers on furlough, it is expect ed that facilities of railroads will be taxed to the utmost and that the troops will require some of the cars usually available for carrying mail. Early mailing will spread the flow of mail over a longer period and re duce the peak days during the week before Christmas, it was pointed out. Baseball Star At Downtown Coaches Moving pictures of big league baseball stars will be shown at the meeting of the Downtown Coaches association at 8 p. m. Thursday night at the Bluffton High school building. An additional feature will be a talk by Forest “Tot” Presnell, of Findlay, pitcher with the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The meeting is open to any men interested. Births The following births at the Bluff ton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bucher, Ada, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Johnson, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. William Clark, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Poling, a girl, Monday. HOME FROM ARMY Completing one year of sendee in army training, Corp. John Stonehill, member of the military police force at Ft. Knox, Ky., returned to his home last Thursday7. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stonehill of South Main street.