THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1942
Little Eddie Filhart, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Byron Filhart of Jenera,
enjoyed his first Christmas this past
season when he received a doll
marked, “A Little Sister For You.”
A bovine premonition of the dire
future in store for her at the
slaughter house no doubt prompted
the cow belonging to Waldo Hof
stetter to break out of the trailer
Saturday as he was taking the
animal to the Columbus Grove stock
yards. The cow broke the sides of
the trailer and made a bad dent in
the trunk of the car.
Coach Dwight Diller of the Bluff
ton high school faculty, finds his
effectiveness in giving orders some
what impaired since a tonsil opera
tion during the holidays has kept
his vocalizing down to little more
than a whisper. He finds that he
can’t yell at the boys anymore but
instead must use wild gesticulations
to make proper impressions. And
incidentally the coach tells us that
the usual pain deadening devices had
no effect on him and that his was
one of the few cases in which ether
had to be resorted to.
Nan Schmidt, two year old daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Hermann
Schmidt is proud possessor of two
bull dog pups with which she en
joys playing. She calls them Jack
and Jill. Both of them have tails
with white spots.
A fruit cake more than a foot
high was baked by Mrs. Floyd Moy
er of Mt. Cory and partially eaten
at a family dinner held recently at
the home of her mother, Mrs. S. W.
Steiner of near town.
Old man winter isn’t fooling any
longer with plenty of evidence seen
in the frozen creeks, the creaky
snow and the children seen playing
the perpetually enjoyed snow game
of fox and geese.
Although it was only a work
horse Ray Crouse enjoyed his horse
Melville D. Soash, M. D.
The Commercial Bank Bldg.
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.
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7:38 P. M—8:30 P. M.
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Evan Basinger, D.D.S.
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or property is adequately
insured by insuring with
ps today. The best of pro
tection at a minimum cost.
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Not to have a Bad One”
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against Fire and Wind
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Now is the time to see
Remember your tires
will give you a lot of ad
ditional mileage if they
are properly serviced.
Don’t wait until it’s too
late—see us today.
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back ride as much as if it were a
blue blooded steed from the
equestrian aristocracy. While visit
ing at the home of his unde in
North Baltimore over the holidays
Ray took advantage of the oppor
tunity and rode old dobbin minus a
saddle and all of the other appur
“Boy, did I have fun riding the
escalators”, said Imogene Wenger,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram
Wenger of Kibler street, who just
returned from a trip to Chicago, the
guests of neighbors, Mr. and Mrs.
John Maxon. In addition to going
up and down on the moving stair
ways in the big department stores
Imogene had the thrilling experience
of riding on the double decked
busses, the elevated trains and
noisy surface cars.
Seemingly cognizant of the fact
that the pheasant season has closed
seven fat hen pheasants very cas
ually winged away when approached
recently by Don and Buddy Augs
burger on the banks of the Little
Riley creek near the Ed Reichen
bach residence on West Elm street.
Harry Burkholder says that he
doesn’t often turn down offers of
food but after several hours of carol
ing with the Reformed church group
on New Year’s eve he actually found
himself unable to eat a bite more
at the many places in which the
caroling group was called in.
Why expend all of your energy in
lifting your sled to higher elevations
when coasting when you can use a
pony to do it? So say James
Dailey, Stanley Miller and Kenneth
Moser who used a pony to pull them
back to the higher places for making
the long slide.
In driving down the lane at the
old Frick homestead east of town,1
George Frick, with his family in the
car, had the disquieting experience
of having his car stuck in the mud
so firmly that the vehicle went axle
deep. Unable to dislodge the auto
by boards, by prying or any other
method, Frick summoned neighbor
Myron Trippiehorn who hitched his
sturdy team of horses to the axle
of the gasoline buggy and out it
Remember the old saw—“When the
days begin to lengthen the cold be
gins to strengthen.” And it surely
came true this year, with the ther
mometer standing at zero Monday
morning and ithe first of the week
generally experiencing the most se
vere weather of the winter. Some
what higher temperature Tuesday was
offset by a biting wind which kept
heating systems going at capacity.
And while we’re on the subject—re
member that winter’s not half over.
The half-way mark of winter is on
February 2, Groundhog or Candlemas
day, according to the rhyme we heard
from Charlie Burns. It was an ad
monition to the farmer to check up
on his winter’s feed—“You should
have left on Candlemas day half your
com and half your hay.”
Most Bluffton people do not know
that Miss Dorothj McVitty, junior at
Ohio State university wrho won the
recent nation-wide co-ed radio singing
contest is a second cousin of Mrs. W.
W. Carder of South Main street. Miss
McVitty, a native of Mt. Blanchard,
was guest soloist at the Methodist
church of that place where she is a
member, last Sunday morning and
Mrs. Carder in the audience. Also
from Bluffton attending the services
which attracted a crowded house w’ere
A. D. Wells and Mr. and Mrs. Walton
G. Clark of Union, Miss., located here
where Mr. Clark is employed in con
struction of the addition to the Cen
tral Ohio Power plant. Mrs. Clark’s
father is editor and publisher of the
newspaper at Union, Miss.
Bluffton has the unusual distinction
of having a fraternal order, The Mod
ern Woodmen, which meets only once
a year but continues to operate and
maintain its membership. Several
years ago the order gave up its lodge
room and now meets annually to
elect officers and transact other busi
ness following a free steak dinner to
nvhich every member is invited. The
order will hold its annual get-together
next Tuesday night at Pine’s Walnut
Isaac Brobeck, veteran of Bluffton’s
fire department wras re-appointed last
Monday night by Mayor Howe. Bro
beck has served on the department
for more than twenty years, having
first been put on the roster way back
when Joe Mumma was chief. And
incidentally, Brobeck’s record is one
to be proud of w’hen Mayor Howe
stated at council meeting Monday
night that no member had a better
record of consistent and prompt re
sponse to fire calls.
Death of J. J. Weadock, Lima at
torney, the latter part of last week
recalled to some of the old timers
when he was Bluffton’s city solicitor
twenty-five years ago. An able bar
rister, a scholar and a gentleman—all
of them applied to him without quali
Air raid drills are taken seriously
in the east, says R. L. Triplett,
Bluffton manufacturer, who experi
enced one during the past week
while on business at Ft. Monmouth,
New’ Jersey. At the sound of the
air raid signal everyone except those
designated on duty retires to under
ground air raid shelters, remaining
there until the “all clear” signal is
Charlie Aukerrnan said he would
like to write this column so he could
tell News readers how’ editor Biery
made a dash after his hat which
was blown down Main street in the
near-zero gale Tuesday noon. Char
lie says betting at the A & store
was about even on the editor’s
chances of recovering his headgear
which rolled tantalizingly just out
of reach. The hat was finally cor
ralled as it lodged against the curb,
A lot of Bluffton people have
been attracted by the exhibit in the
Basinger Furniture store window of
a model train built by Dr. B. W.
Travis, Bluffton physician. The
train, built to scale, is patterned
after the famous “Hiawatha” of the
Milwaukee road and is about one
fiftieth the dimensions of the real
The model built by Dr. Travis is
12 feet long and consists of engine
and tender, express car, diner, three
luxury coaches and beavertail ob
servation car. Tables, seats and
lounge chairs may be seen thru the
windows. The interior of the cars
is electrically lighted.
The streamline “shroud” or jacket
of the engine was fashioned from
sheet brass and fits snugly over the
usual type of locomotive. The ten
der was built by hand and a large
part of the cars made from ordinary
lumber or sheet metal.
Bluffton sport fans who follow
college basketball will be interested
to learn that Kenneth Roethlisberger
appearing in the Bowling Green
State university basketball lineup is
a grandson of C. W. Roethlisberger
of South Jackson street and the
son of Aldine Roethlisberger, for
merly west of Bluffton w’ho has for
many years been a Lima mail car
rier. Young Roethlisberger, a sopho
more, is specializing in accounting.
Comes from Pvt. Maurice Bout
well of Camp Wolters, Texas, a big
thank you to every one of his
friends who sent him 108 greeting
cards which he says helped to make
a Merry Christmas, since he could
not get home over the holidays.
Maurice, son of Fred Boutwell of
Orange township, enjoys the Bluff
ton News every week and says he
reads every line of it. Greeting
cards and the home paper mean a
lot to the boys in camp and it’s
something the home folks should
Mrs. James Sommers and daughter
Ann of Pandora, Mr. and Mrs. Bur
dette Otto and sons Lynn and Larry
of near Rawson spent Tuesday with
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Otto.
Mr. and Mrs Roy Crozier and son
Richard of Findlay and Mr and Mrs.
Vinton Mann of near Rawson were
New Year's dinner guests of Mr. and
Mrs. George Crozier.
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Michael and W.
H. Peterson were New Year’s day
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Balm
er and family of near Mt. Cory.
Vera Auten spent several days re
cently with friends in Ashtabula.
Mrs. Paul Rankin and baby dau
ghter were taken home from the
Bluffton hospital, Friday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Steinman and
son Larry Dean of Findlay were Sun
day evening supper guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Smith and daughter Rdth.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Trautman of
Put-In-Bay have been holiday guests
of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Auten and fam
Miss Nora Mae Powell, Delmar
Landis and Miss Betty Landis of
Dayton were New Year’s day guests
of Rev. and Mrs. C. D. Landis and
Mary Jane Harris.
Mrs. Wanda Wakefield of McGraw,
N Y., is visiting with Mr. and Mrs.
Orville Peterson and family.
Mrs. M. Trautman of Put-In-Bay
and Agnes Auten visited friends in
Mansfield, Monday and Tuesday.
Most of the newspaper comment
concerning the Caucasus district in
Russia emphasizes its importance in
oil production. This area also is
important agriculturally, producing
wheat, barley, tobacco, cotton, castor
beans, and other crops.
Residents of Allen County
may purchase dog tags for
the year 1942 at Com
munity Market in Bluff
Male Dog $1.00
Female Dog $3.00
No Fee for Registration
Floyd B. Griffin
Auditor Allen County
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON. OHIO
Bluffton people who borrow books
from the public library here read on
an average of one book per month,
according to Hie report of Miss Ocie
Anderson, librarian in charge.
The total book circulation for 1941
shows that the Bluffton-Richland
public library’s 2392 registered bor
row’ers read 27,814 books during the
year, an average of 12 books per
borrower, and an average* of nine
books per capita circulated.
Registration of borrowers and the
issuing of borrower’s cards was be
gun in June 1936, and 2392 borrow
er’s cards were issued to December
31, 1941, about 77 per cent of the
district population registered within
that time. 189 borrowers registered
in 1941. According to the American
Library association standards of
services in cities less than 10,000,
the per cent of population registered
as borrowersshould be 50. The low
Mr. and Mrs. Guy C. Mayberry
and family were New Year’s night
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Foote and son John of
Miss Beatrice Cupp of Toledo
spent Saturday night and Sunday
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Madeline Bixel returned to
Rittman, Sunday after spending her
vacation with her sister, Mrs. F. C.
Marshall, brother Dr. M. R. Bixel
and family of Bluffton, and other
relatives in Pandora.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy C. Mayberry
and family were callers in Dayton,
Ohio, Sunday, guests of Mr. and
Mrs. George Sanders and daughter
Miss Betty Stolzenbach.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gratz and
sons of near Bluffton and Mr. and
Mrs. Clifford Fruchey were Thursday
evening guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Edgar Begg and family.
Misses Mary Jane and Nancy
Anne Mayberry resumed their stud
ies at Bluffton college after spend
ing the holiday season with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy May
Library Patrons Read Average Of
One Book Per Month, Report Shows
College students who have been
spending their holiday vacation with
their parents in this vicinity, left
Monday to resume their studies.
Ralph and Rebecca Marshall and
Elizabeth Campbell to O. S. U. Co
lumbus Mary Marshall to Bowling
Green university Jean Marshall to
Miami university at Oxford Mary
Jane and Nancy Mayberry to Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Garver and
Miss Gladys Furgeson of Rittman
were Wednesday dinner and over
er the population the higher the
An average of about 40 book re
serve notices per day are given to
patrons and the student body. Stu
dents of all grades are notified the
day their books are due. Books and
material requested by borrower that
cannot be supplied by the library are
borrowed from the state library.
The library now has 9803 volumes
on its shelves, 901 of these having
been added by gifts and purchases
this year. All gifts are greatly ap
preciated by the library and requests
for book purchases for both study
and pleasure reading are always
welcome from all patrons. The pur
chases also include sixty magazine
subscriptions, while many valuable
files of magazines have been donated
173 books W’ere rebound in certi
fied binderies, and many were re
paired within the library.
night guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. C.
Marshall and Miss Madeline Bixel.
Other evening guests were: Messrs.
Sam and Eli Steiner and the Misses
Barbara and Mary Steiner, Mrs. P.
C. Steiner, son Haydn and daughters
Lillian, Irma, Salina and Stella all
of near Pandora and Mr. and Mrs.
Rev. McCullough of Defiance Col
lege will occupy the pulpit at the
Presbyterian church Sunday morn
ing and in two weeks Dr. Harry
Barr superintendent of the Presby
terian Home in Sidney will be the
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pugh and
family of near Beaverdam Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Marshall and Herbert
Marshall, Jr., of Marysville, took
dinner Saturday evening with Mr.
and Mrs. Herbert Marshall, Sr., and
sons Kenneth and Don.
Mrs. D. C. Campbell will be host
ess to the Presbyterian missionary
society at an all day meeting with
pot luck dinner at the noon hour
Wednesday, Jan. 14th. The business
session and election of officers will
be held at 10:30 a. m. with the
regular program following the din
ner. Mrs. F. S. Pannabecker a
former missionary to China will be
the speaker, with Mrs. Edgar Begg
presenting the talk on Spiritual Life
and Mrs. William Reichenbach giv
ing the Year Book of Prayer as the
A group of friends was entertain
ed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.
C. Marshall New’ Year’s night at a
chop suey dinner. The guests in
cluded: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mar
shall, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marshall
and sons Herbert Jr., Kenneth and
Don, Mrs. Delmer Smith, of Avon
Lake Miss Edythe Cupp, Miss
Madeline Bixel, of Rittman Mr. and
For the welfare of the nation as a
whole and yourself individually, the
federal government asks your coopera
tion in checking up now as to what
farm machinery repairs you are likely
to need during the coming season of
HERE IS WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU:
Now—not next spring—look over
your implements and see what repair
parts you will need. Then make a list
of them and hand it to your dealer
The dealer will send these lists to
the manufacturer who will then pre
sent them to the defense board to be
used as an estimate of the amount of
steel necessary to make necessary re
pairs in order that the nation’s farm
machinery may continue efficient pro
This list of needed parts given to
C. F. NISWANDER
BLUFFTON IMPLEMENT & HARNESS CO.
Mrs. W. E. Marshall and daughter
Mary, Mr. Bob Barnette of White
House Carolyn Carey, of Lima Mr.
and Mrs. Orlo Marshall, the host
and hostess and son Robert.
John Begg spent several days the
past week with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Van Meter, near Pandora.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lugibihl of
Bluffton were new Year’s Day
guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Dinner guests Friday evening in
the Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Begg home
were: Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Cupp and
daughter Edythe, Mr. and Mrs.
Herbert Marshall and sons Kenneth
and Don, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mar
shall, Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall
and daughter Jean and Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Begg.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Neuensch
wander of Lima were Sunday after
noon guests of Mr. and Mrs. Levi
Losers entertained the winners at
a supper Friday night in the home
of Mr. and Mrs Levi Frankhouser
as the pay off in a recent attendance
contest held by the Willing Workers
class of the M. E. Sunday school.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Begg attend
ed an installation service in Pandora,
Tuesday night for officers of sub
ordinate Granges in Putnam county.
Sugar Creek Grange of Allen county
put on the work in an open installa
tion. Lunch w’as served at the con
clusion of the service.
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Barber and
family spent New Year’s Day with
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Younkman and
family at Clyde.
Miss Joan Van Meter spent the
past week with Mr. and Mrs. Delmar
Beery at Dayton.
Miss Bertha Nelson of Ft. Wayne
was a recent visitor of Mr. and Mrs.
Leo Nelson and daughter Doris.
Mrs. Cynthia Elliott is spending
several weeks with Mr. and Mrs.
Don Rader and family at Delaware.
Mrs. Mae Bailey spent the week
end with her sister, Mrs. Mary
Everett at Cairo.
Miss Ruth Barnum returned Sun
day to Bowling Green university,
after spending the holidays with her
parents Mr. and Mrs. Carl Barnum.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Amstutz of
Bluffton, w’ere Thursday afternoon
callers of Mrs. Carrie Durkee and
COOPERATION ON A MOST IMPORTANT MATTER
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Amstutz an
nounce the arrival of a son on Dec.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Marshall have
returned from their wedding trip
Mr. and Mrs. Olan Larue of Mans
field were recent visitors of the for
mer’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira
Mr. and Mrs. Gail Arnold, Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Pugh and daughter
Marian, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Arn
UNCLE SAM ASKS YOUR
Steel is of prime importance in
the matter of national defense how
ever, the government has agreed to
allot such an amount as may be
necessary for the manufacture of farm
implement repairs, provided there is
some trustworthy basis for estimating
the amount of steel needed.
the dealer is not an order—it is simply
an estimate of what you expect to
need. It is for your protection, to as
sure as far as possible that necessary
repair parts for essential farm machin
ery will be available when needed.
The wholehearted cooperation of
every farmer is essential—and to the
extent that every farmer cooperates—
just so far can you expect your imple
ment dealer to be able to supply re
pair parts during the present year.
Further information may be ob
tained from the following dealers:
old, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Arnold, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Arnold attended the
w’edding of Miss Christine Baker
and Edson Hall at the St. Paul
Methodist church in Celina.
Among the welcome callers at the
Gideon A. Lehman home near
Beaverdam during the past week
were eighteen active workers of the
Ebenezer church: Mrs. Walter Som
mer, Mrs. William Althaus, Mrs.
Harley Marquart, Mrs. Wm. Steiner,
Mrs. Dennis Diller, Mrs. Waldo
Hofstetter, Miss Ida Winkler, M^
Oscar Lora, Mrs. Elizabeth Basinger,
Miss Mary Lugibihl, Miss Mabel
Amstutz, Mrs. Sam S. Bixel, Bertha
Lugibihl, Mrs. Watson Steiner, Mrs.
Pearl Lee Geiger, Mrs. Milton
Bixler, Mrs. Isaac W. Lugibihl. The
above group of singers who so kindly
rendered New’ Year’s carols to the
shut-ins entertained in a pleasing
Mrs. Byron Manges and daughters
Myda Jane, Roberta June, Marilyn
Jean and son Byron Dean spent
Christmas eve with the Lehmans.
Miss Emma Lehman, Pandora, and
her brother Gideon called on Mrs.
Nelia Lehman, of Lima, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Ramsey and
daughter Linda Sue spent Sunday
W’ith relatives at Buckland.
Larry Michael spent the past week
with Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Younkman
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams,
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Williams, Mr.
and Mrs. Russell Poling and daugh
ter of Ada Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zim
merman and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Ridenour, Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Williams, and Ralph Williams were
recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Eunice Smith has been ap
pointed Clerk of the Board of Edu
cation to fill the vacancy of Mrs.
ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE
The annual meeting of the Rich
land Township Farmers Mutual In
surance Association, will be held in
the township room at Bluffton, Ohio,
on Saturday, January 10, 1942 at
2:00 P. M., for the purpose of trans
acting any business that may prop
erly come before the meeting. All
members are earnestly requested to
EARL L. MATTER, Sec’y.
ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE
The annual meeting of the Mennon
ite Mutual Aid society of. Putnam, Al
len and Hancock Counties, Ohio, will
be held in the School Building, at Pan
dora, Ohio, an Saturday, January 10,
1942 at 9:30 a. m., for the purpose of
transacting any business that may
property come before the meeting,
i AU members are requested to be pres
37 D. J. Basinger, Secretary,
News want ads bring quick results.
(John Deere Dealer)
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