Otterbein College President
Speaks on “Education for
G7 Bluffton High School Seniors
Graduated in Exercises
Decencies Of American Civilization Must
Be Rebuilt, Commencement Speaker States
It is up to this generation of high
school graduates to rebuild some of
the decencies that made the Ameri
can civilization, it was stated by
Pres. John Ruskin Howe, of Otter
bein college, who addressed the 61st
annual commencement exercises of
Bluffton High school at the gym
nasium last Wednesday night.
Following the class address by Dr.
Howe, diplomas were presented to 67
members of the senior class by John
Tosh, president of the board of edu
cation. Members of the class were
seated on the stage of the gymnas
ium attired in the traditional aca
demic garb consisting of maroon
caps and gowns.
The class marched into the audi
torium to the strains of the Corona
tion March played by the high school
orchestra under the direction of
Harold Thiessen, Bluffton college
student teacher, who directed the
group in the absence of Prof. Sidney
Ranking scholastic honor students
who delivered orations were Neil
Neuenschwander, valedictorian, and
Carol Bame, salutatorian.
Musical numbers were provided by
the senior male quartet consisting of
LeRoy Lugibihl, Norman Beidler,
Wilhelm Amstutz, II, and Roger
Howe with Ralph Balmer, accom
panist and vocal solos by Betty
Holtkamp accompanied by Mary
Margaret Basinger and Roger Howe
accompanied by Jean Ann Steinman.
The prayer of invocation was giv
en by Rev. Emil Burrichter of the
Reformed church and the benedic
tion was pronounced by Rev. J. A.
Weed of the Methodist church. A. J.
B. Longsdorf, superintendent of
schools, presided at the exercises.
Education for Democracy
Speaking on the subject, “Educa
tion for Democracy’’ Dr. Howe point
ed out that this generation of stu
dents must show' mankind that it is
possible to live together in peace
For making democracy an effect
ive id*al, the speaker summarized
his point of view under the following
1. Every individual must learn the
lessons of discipline. There must be
self-denial for the common good. It
is not very popular in this country
to speak of discipline, but if there
is to be greatness in the inter
national order there must be a
much stronger discipline than there
has been in the past.
MUNSON R. BTXEL, M. D.
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton. O.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
D. C. BIXEL, O. D.
GORDON BIXEL, O. D.
'Citizens Bank Bldg.. Bluffton
Eyes Exmined Without Drops
Office Hours: 8:30 A. M.—5:30 P. M.
7:30 P. M.—8:30 P. M.
2. An enlightened patriotism is
necessary a country to be great.
This includes not only love of coun
try but realization of the fact that
there are other countries with which
it is necessary to live in peace and
Need for Job
3. Every individual must have a
good job of worthwhile work. One
can never be happy until he has a
vocation that challenges his best
abilities. Unemployment causes spir
4. There must be a reverent faith
in God and man. Our country will
become great to the extent that
people are willing to tie themselves
to causes greater than themselves.
Selfishness and greed are to a con
siderable extent responsible for the
Altho democratic institutions are
being tested in the present war
crisis, democracy is not only to be an
effective political instrument but
provides the best way of life for the
people as a whole. Whether it con
tinues to be effective will depend
largely on the activities of this gen
eration of graduates, the speaker
said in conclusion.
Diplomas were presented to the
James Amstutz, Wilhelm Amstutz
II, Richard Augsburger, Ralph Bal
mer, Richard Balmer, Norman Beid
ler, Richard Berky, Evan Burkhold
er, James Clark, Robert Cooney,
Harold Crouse, Wayne Dailey.
James Deppler, James Fett, Byron
Fritchie, Kenneth Geiger, Richard
Gratz, Russell Gratz, John Herrman,
Roger Howe, Paul Klassen, Wilmer
Lehman, LeRoy Lugibihl.
Neil Neuenschwander, Lysle Nis
wander, James Reichenbach, Peter
Schmidt, Ned Schultz, Herbert Sie
field, Wesley Sommers, Evan Stein
er, James Steiner, James Stratton,
David Tosh, Carroll Tschiegg, Clay
ton Weiss, Merlin Zuercher.
Carol Bame, Daisy Basinger,
Betty Bish, Harriet Burkholder,
Margaret Burkholder, Hildred Ever
sole, Ruth Garmatter, Virginia Geig
er, Ruth Hankish.
Rosann Hilty, Rebecca Hofstetter,
Betty Holtkamp, Edna Huber, Glen
na Kohler, Treva Matter, Elaine
Mitchell, Marjorie Moser, Margery
Niswander, Marjorie Ream.
Ruth Schumacher, Eloise Sommer,
Mary E. Stearns, Marcene Stonehill,
Wava Stotts, Kathryn Swick, Mar
jean Todd, Eilene Triplehorn, Eileen
Wenger, Margaret Young, Marjorie
Mayor's Court Takes
Custody Of Juveniles
Two juveniles are in custody of
the mayor’s court this week after
they admitted pilfering at the grade
school building early Friday night.
The pair were picked up by Marshal
Lee Coon as they were leaving the
building through a window on the
The youths are required to report
daily to Mayor Howe and be at
home every night before dark.
Given Sentence For
Traffic Law Violation
His fourth traffic offense in less
than a year resulted in a fine of $25
and costs and ten days in the county
jail for Joe Swick of this place, who
pleaded guilty to a charge of reck
less driving in a hearing before
Mayor W. A. Howe last week.
State highway patrol records
showed it was the fourth time he
had been apprehended on the same
charge since last summer.
An Open Letter
From Your Coal Dealer
We are making every effort to cooperate with
the government in supplying coal to our patrons early
However, to do so requires a large cash outlay
on the part of the dealer. Remember your coal dealer
is required to pay for coal he receives from the mines
and to pay cash for the freight charges and each
week he pays his employees. These expenses con
stitute most of the price he charges you.
If you still owe for your last winter’s coal we
ask you to call and settle now.
No further credit for coal will be extended unless
past accounts are paid in full.
“Treat Your Credit as a Sacred Trust"
The Bluffton Milling Co.
The Farmers Grain Co.
The Bluffton Stone Co.
Steiner Coal Co.
Charles Trippiehorn, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Murray Trippiehorn of
South Main street, in an interview
with the famed African naturalist
Frank “Bring ’Em
Buck is explaining a feature of
his book to the 14-year-old Bluffton
nature enthusiast who referred to
this interview with the explorer in
a radio broadcast over Findlay radio
station WFIN Sunday afternoon.
High School Alumni
In Annual Ga
Attendance of 192 at Dinner
And Program in Gymnas
ium, Friday Night
Reunions Mark Occasion As
sociation has 67 Members
In Military Service
With an attendance of
Bluffton high school alumni enjoyed
its annual reunion together with
a dinner in the high school gym
nasium followed by informal class
reunions and dancing until midnight
Decorations followed a wartime
patriotic motif with tables decorat
ed in national colors and a large
in the center of the
James Reichenbach president of the
incoming class of 1942 responded.
Diller, prsident of the asso
extended greetings to which
W. A. Amstutz read memorials to
eight alumni who have died during
the past year: Rev. Benj. Ferrall ’82,
S. P. Herr ’92, Edith Fenton Toner
’03, Linda Amstutz Miller ’06, Gail
Dorsey Carr ’14, Menno Badertscher
Wormley ’20, and Lloyd
marked the fiftieth an
the class of 1892, the
all of whose members
were S. P. Herr, Otto J. Owens
Members of the
In connection with the memorials,
was read the roster of 67 members
Editor’s Note: Folowing is
one of a series of articles spon
sored by the consumer division
of the Civilian Defense Council.
The public is now insisting on the
proper labeling of all canned goods.
The labels should be informative and
give us the following facts:
1. A truthful picture of the pro
2. A statement of size, mateurity,
color, variety, style of pack, kind of
syrup, seasonings, salt, spices, etc.
3. Weight, quantity in cupfuls or
pieces and the average number of
4. Brand name, so if it has proven
satisfactory one can easily select this
5. Simple directions for preparing
and serving the contents.
The U. S. Department of Agricul
ture also grades and labels canned
goods as Grade A, B, or C. The U.
stands for top quality,
is nearly perfect in col
tenderness. This grade
use in salads or dishes
or, size and
is best for
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
The interview took place in loledol ...
inieiview UHK Jiavc I their numbers.
when the famed explorer visited that!
A vocal number by Herbert
was followed with a reading by
Dorothy Beckenbach, Paul Soldner
and Bert Smucker.
also were gi
Rev. S. M. Davidian of Lima
Speaker at Patriotic
Tripplehom was featured as the! There not onl' ^“llenge
speaker on the hobby program of the the Past but also the challenge
Findlay broadcasting station. He| Present that shouW
spoke for a half hour
of reptiles in which
and the pleasure he
his hobby. Numerous
heard the broadcast
hering Of Old Grads
of the alumni a
elsewhere in this
Biuffton Post of American
Legion in Charge of Com
Taking as his subject, “America’s
out that we are
fluences back of
tion it is very
history and come to a realization of
the glorious heritage that is ours,
the speaker said.
on the subject! patriotic Americans in a time like
i he specializes! ^is. NVhile the American boys are
e obtains from! fl^htinpr’ ever ’one Rbould be most
residents here to fore£° the comforts of
Sunday after-1 extra su^ar gasoline, tires and any
1 other commodity the government
might see fit to ration.
The occasion it
fifth anniversary of the class of 19171
with the class 1 ry and a sketchl
of the individual members read by I
Mrs. H. H. Huser. A class reunion I Bluffton High school has an honor
was held fofowing the prograrfi. I roy 0£ |east 67 of its graduates
Also observed was a reunion of I jn various branches of Uncle
the B. F. Biery graduates, 1895 to I gam’s armed forces, according to a
1900 inclusive. Of 53 graduates I recent survey.
sixteen were present with each of I ...
... I The list of names was read in
the six classes represented. A his-1
toncal sketch was given by Sidney he)m Amstutz at th(_ B|uffton Hi
Hauenstein and following the pro-1 T.
1 I school alumni banquet ridav night,
gram an informal gathering wasl
held in the cafeteria attended by I
members of the classes and friends.
Messages and words of greeting sent
by many unable to attend were
at that time.
A skit “Why I Am
was presented by Miss
en by the high school
quartet consisting of
ill, Norman Beidler,
stutz, II, and Roger
Officers elected for the coming
year are: Pres., Dr. Gordon Bixel
vice pres., Ezra Moser correspond
ing secretary, Zelma Ingalls record
ing secretary, Adelaide McGinnis
treasurer, Mrs. Sibyl Mollett.
Following the program was danc
ing in the gymnasium to the music
of Harold Greenamyer’s orchestra of
Piqua and informal gatherings and
reunions in the cafeteria.
where appearance counts.
U. S. Grade is satisfactory for
most meals. There may be some
blemishes on the fruit or the vegeta
bles may be a trifle less tender.
U. S. Grade is a good quality
but not so uniform in color, size and
maturity as Grade B. This grade is
a wise choice for pudding, soups ,or
any dish where whole pieces are not
This label on a can also means
that the product was canned under
the continuous inspection plan of the
Agricultural Marketing Service of
the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Watch for and read all labels so
that you get what you want and
thus waste nothing.
Ohio State University agronomists
do not recommend Manchu soybeans
because this variety yields too little
oil. The adopted varieties richest
in oil are Scioto, Dunfield, Illini,
Mingo, Richland, and Wisconsin
606. The latter maturing varieties
are named first
America Influenced By Unseen Gallery
Memorial Day Speaker Says In Address
In glorifying the heroes of
present we should not forget
great American characters of
past, declared Rev. S. M. Davidian,
pastor of the Lima Central Church
of Christ, who addressed the Bluff
ton Memorial Day audience in exer
cises at the high schol auditorium
the speaker pointed
all controlled by in
us. In this connec
important to study
American youth is too often
informed on matters of historical
terest. Very frequently the youth of
Europe know more
States history than
girls of this country.
the boys and
The Jews have a
gallery of controlling
view of anti-semetic
ginning to make themselves felt in
this country, it is well to remember
that the Jews have contributed to
our cultural, artistic and economic
achievements out of all proportion
It should always be
tain as well as a war front,
principal reason for the collapse
i France was lack of morale on the
there is a home front to main
Bluffton High School
I special memorial exercises by Wil-
home front, Rev. Davidian stated.
Russia Key Country
The key ocuntry in the present
strugle is Russia. Communism has
practically disappeared in that coun
try to be replaced by a form of state
capitalism. It is most urgent that
America make good its promises to
send effective aid to the Soviet Un
It is also important that every bit
of aid possible be extended to the
countries in the Orient who are wag
ing war against the Axis. If this
is not done there is a possibility
that all of the Orient might turn
against the Western democracies
some day, the speaker stated.
The speaker was not optimistic
that the war would be brought to
an early conclusion. It will be a
long war he believes, but one in
which the American industrial ca
pacity will provide the instruments
that will give victory to the allied
When the war is over we should
show charity to the people of the
Axis countries who never wanted the
war in the first place. The ruthless
fascist cliques in all of the Axis
countries will be dealt with most
severely. But for the great masses
of peoples in the conquered countries
it will be necessary to show a spirit
of charity and the desire to estab
lish an international brotherhood.
Presiding at the meeting was Mil
len Geiger, commander of the Bluff
ton post of the American Legion.
Opening prayer was offered by Ralph
Henry, chaplain, and the benediction
was pronounced by Rev. J. A. Weed,
South Main street.
the Bluffton Methodist
soprano solo was sung
Holtkamp, daughter of
Mrs. Otto Holtkamp of
Preceding the services at the high
school was the Legion parade thru
town and ritualistic services at
Maple Grove cemetery held over
grave of Albert Bixler, the most
cently deceased war veteran in
Has Honor Roll
Of 67 Graduates In U. S. Armed Forces
All of the graves of the soldier
dead in the various cemeteries in the
Bluffton district were decorated by
members of the legion in commemo
ration of the service to their coun
lt was compiled from all available
sources and altho every effort was
made to make the list complete it is
possible that several names may
have been missed, it was stated.
The following are commissioned
officers: Major Rene Studler 1st
Lieut. Herbert Luginbuhl 2nd Lieut.
David Kliewer 2nd Lieut. Melvin
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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1942
Lora Ensign Wade Lape 2nd Lieut.
Josephine Steiner 2nd Lieut. Mary
The folowing graduates, listed ac
cording to year of graduation from
Bluffton High school, are in the
country’s armed forces:
1929—James Benroth, Alvin Craw
ford, Robert Schaublin.
1930—Marvin Crawford, Rudy Wil
1931—Harold Bell Donavin Geiger,
Luginbuhl, Kenneth Luginbuhl, Les
ter Pifer, Richard Swank, Walter
1935—P a u 1 Augsburger, Ralph
Amstutz, W a y n e
Steiner, Wayne Yer-
Lora, Francis J.
Augsburger, Donavin Berry, Arthur
Best, James Birchnaugh, Gordon
Hilty, David Kliewer, Wade Lape,
Herbert Moser, Edwin Rice, Edward
1936—Joe Birchnaugh, Gene Bish,
Carl Krichbaum, Joe Swank, Robert
1937—Evan Amstutz, James Burk
holder, Marion Fisher, James Grif
fith, Herbert Kindle, Donald Lugin
buhl, Robert Murray, Carl Steiner,
Homer Steiner, John Stonehill.
1938—Harold Balmer, Robert Dill
man, Raymond Greding, Olan Herr,
Neil Holden, Carlton Wilson, Evan
1939—Junior Holden, Sam Triple
1940—Fred Fritchie, Elbert Kohli.
1941—Don Clark, Harlan Swank.
Sales Are Larger In
Smaller Ohio Towns
Retailers in Ohio towns of less
than 2500 had better sales in April,
compared with the same month last
year, than did fellow merchants in
the larger cities.
The trend to increased buying in
home towns was revealed in a re
port prepared by Ohio State Uni
versity’s Bureau of Business Re
search and the U. S. Bureau of
April sales for the state as a whole
were about the same as in 1941, but
small town retailers showed a gain
of 19 per cent. Cities over 25,000
at the same time reported a decline
Paul E. Whitmer, Agent
245 W. Grove St.—Phone 350-W
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