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Tradition Holds That Similar
Weather Follows July 15
For 40 Days
Prediction Here Based on Fair
And Pleasant Weather
Bluffton residents can now look
forward to 40 days of fair and
bright weather if the common belief
concerning St. Swithin’s Day be
comes a reality.
The tradition has it that according
as it rains or shines on St. Swith
in’s Day, celebrated on July 15, the
next 40 days will be either rainy or
bright. July 15 is the anniversary
of the translation of the relics of
the humble English saint for whom
the day is named.
St. Swithin’s Legend indicates Forty
Davs Of Fair Weather In Bluffton
Last Wednesday being a very fair
and pl jasant day, residents in Bluff
ton may make their plans on the
basis of continued fair and warm
weather for at least a month.
The lejren i contained in verse runs
“St. Swithin’s Day, if thou dost rain,
For fo rty davq
St. Sw ithin’ Day, if
iou be fiar,
For forty diiys ’twill rain nae mair.”
This trad ind on a leg
end tl qf tr the humble
mindec ged to be in
terred e open chu re v a rd a n
not in die church, as
he over a cen-
tury, the monk
**, LIU IltYlIl^, IL
The 15th of July was appointed
for that purpose. But on that day
a mightv rain storm burst forth, and
continued without intermission for
40 days. The monks took this as a
sign of heavenly displeasure, and in
stead of moving the body they built
a chapel over it where it lay.
Unfortunately for the legend,
however, it,happens that the formal
translation of the relics of St. Swith
in from the grave in the church to
magnificent shrine within the ca
thedral was in fact done on July 15,
971, only 109 years after his death
without any meteorological interfer
Immediately legends were set a
float at the time to prove that it
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1-3 P. M.J 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton, O.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
Paul E. Whitmer, Agent
245 W. Grove St.—Phone 350-W
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mobile insurance lapse.
Whether you drive a little
or a lot your insurance is
still essential. Be sure
you are adequately pro
Insure with Herr and be
F. S. HERR, Agent
was done by the saint’s wishes as
expressed in visions. A few years
afterwards the church, which had
originally been dedicated to the apos
tles Peter and Paul, changed these
guardians for St. Swithin, who in
turn had to yield to Henry Ill’s
substitution of the Holy Trinity.
A story is told in England of an
old lady who when St. Swithin’s Day
opened bright and fair expressed her
belief in an approaching term of
fine weather changed her plans when
a few drops of rain fell on the
evening of July 15. She announced
to her friends that the next six
weeks would be wet.
Instead of wet weather it was re
markably fine. When confronted
with this she would say, “No mat
ter if there had been no rain during
the day there certainly was some
during the night.”
The shrine of St. Swithin early
sprang into great repute. Worship
pers, sick folk, the maimed and the
halt, flocked to the srine and left
behind them substantial evidence of
their gratitude. For centuries Swith
in was the most popular healing
saint of England.
But in contemporary English life
3 chief popular fame arises from
e fact that he is a sort of Jupiter
Pl uvius of the ca
One of the early
from “Poor Robiii’s Almanac” of
1697, refers to the saint’s powers as
a weather prophet as follows:
“I n this month is St. Swithin’s Day,
Oi which if that i rain, they say
Full forty days after it will
Oi more or less, sc me rain distill
Tliis Swithin was a staint, I trow,
Aii Winchester’s bishop also
who his time did many a feat,
A 3 Popish legends do repeat
B:f stumbling at aijother’s legs,
F?r which she mac !e a woeful cry,
Si Swithin’s chanced for to come by,
ho made them al’ as sound or more
han ever that they were before,
at whether this were so or no
’T is more than yot or I do know
etter it is to rise betime,
And to make hai/ while sun doth
lan to believe in tales and lies
\\'hich idle folk de now devise.
At St. Anthony's
Annual summer festival will be
held at St. Antony’s school grounds
at Columbus Grove, Sunday and Mon
day evenings. A large numbers of
Bluffton people are expected to at
Dinner will be served Sunday
evening from 5 to 9 o’clock and a
chicken noodle soup lunch Monday
evening from 6 to 9:30.
In addition to this there will be
other refreshments and a variety of
games and amusements. The pub
lic is invited.
Third annual reunion of the Ed
win Boutwell family was enjoyed by
75 members at the Orange Center
Community house, Sunday.
A basket dinner at noon was fol
lowed by a program including baton
twirling and tap dancing by Isa
belle Wolber harmonica selections,
Robert Jotts piano solo, Josephine
Boutwell recitation, Betty Jo Mot
ter vocal duet, Phylis Ann Dodge
and Betty Motter remarks, Mrs.
Abigail Boutwell vocol solo, Jerry
Fred Boutwell, president, was in
i charge of the business meeting when
it was voted to hold the reunion next
i year on the third Sunday in July
at Orange Center.
Officers elected for the coming
year were: Pres., Robert Potts,
i Bluffton vice pres., Will Boutwell,
i Ada sec.-treas., Josephine Bout
CLEANLINESS and HEALTH
Hot water cleanliness health
they all go together with automatic
gas water heating there is an
abundance of hot water al
ways on tap. Just turn
the faucet, anytime.
Under present conditions, not one
pound of crude rubber can be allot
ted for new tires or for recapping
I old ones for civilian use.
WEST OHIO GAS CO.
This is the way the mound builder looked a
thousand years ago with his wealth when he
lived at the King Mound*, an ancient buried
city, Wickliffe, Kentucky.
By COL. FAIN WHITE KING,
Research Director of Archaeology
With every miner digging into
the bowels of the earth after the
precious war materials, copper,
mica, and lead, one is prone to
wonder if such feverish activity
ever prevailed to such limits. Yes
—we have records of the prehis
toric Mound Builder accumulating
meager quantities of these min
erals over a life-long period by
means of primitive mining and
energetic trade and commerce,
however in no vast quantities such
as is produced today.
Michigan and the West produce
ninety-five percent of the copper
mined in this country today. The
Mound Builder secured his copper
from Michigan and the Isle Royale
district. Above is shown the copper
wealth as it looks today, as found
in Kentucky, and the way the
Mound Builder looked when he
wore it a thousand years ago. This
can be seen in colors in Mrs.
Blanche Busey King’s new book,
Under Your Feet. Copper is used
today in electrical appliances, tele
graph, telephone, radio and air
planes. Every ship built requires
Hard Luck Dogs Trail Of Bluffton
Lads In Southern Hitch-hiking Trip
Being stranded and minus his wal
let 350 miles from home was just
one of the tough breaks that dogged
the trail of Roger Klay, when he
visited his sister Mrs. James Ba
singer, of Nashville, Tenn., last week.
It seemed that old man hard luck
could not stay away from Roger, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Klay of
North Lawn avenue, who with a
high school buddy Harry Minck
hitch-hiked to Nashville and return.
The boys made the trip down to
Nashville in 14 hops leaving here
Saturday morning and arriving at
the Basinger residence on Monday
morning. The bad luck started when
they accepted a ride in a very
crowded car between Franklin, Ohio,
and Lexington City, Ky.
The various pieces of luggage in
the car made it almost impossible to
find a comfortable place to sit. In
squirming about in the car his pock
etbook, containing $28, apparently
slipped out of Roger’s pocket.
He did not discover the loss until
he was about to pay for some post
cards in a drug store at Lexington
City and much to his dismay the
wallet was gone.
Frantically attempting to piece to
gether the circumstances he quickly
concluded that the pocketbook was
lost while shifting around in the
heavily loaded car. Here he was 350
miles from home and more than 100
miles from his destination hungry
That night the boys slept undei*
the stars at the side of the road and
all the next day lived on a couple of
bottles of pop and a candy bar, all
the while walking many miles.
Considerable enthusiasm is shown
by the Australian people for the
American soldiers and American
ideals, it was stated in a letter from
Pvt. Budd Mumma, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Mumma of Toledo, form
er Bluffton residents, to his grand
mother, Mrs. Joe Mumma of North
Australians Like America, Son Of
Former Bluffton Residents Writes
Pvt. Mumma is with the 2nd Mater
iel squad of the United States armed
forces that have been stationed in
Australia for several months. His
letter, dated, June 2, and received here
this week, reads in part as follows:
“I am in a very beautiful country,
one almost as big as the U. S., but
has only the population of New York
city. We have some very nice cli-
ENLISTING THE HOME
IN NATIONAL DEFENSE
Editor's Note: Following is
one of a scries of articles spon
sored by the Consumer’s Division
of the Bluffton Council of Na
Here are a few of your responsi
bilities as a wartime consumer in
making price control a Workable
1. Learn all you can about price
control—which articles are exempted,
past prices, etc.
2. Don’t offer more than the legal
maximum prices—refuse to pay more.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
Copper, Mica, and Lead Before and After Columbus
quantities of copper. Copper will
win the war, save it.
Trior to the present war India
and foreign countries furnished
most of our mica today we are
dependent upon North Carolina,
Canada, Brazil, and a few scat
te.ed minor sources. The apparent
consumption of sheet mica in the
United States during 1940 ex
ceeded all previous records, and
much of it came from North Car
olina. Long before Columbus dis
covered America the aboriginal
peoples were mining mica in North
Carolina using it for mirrors,
ornaments, and sh
The WPA sent cr
to these old primit
men were able to
dollars a day tai
these very same w
and used about a thousand years
Mica is a non-cc
tricity and heat i
be split into thin
and stamped it
and used as coveri
for electrical wir
for many varied iises
For several days they had a very
enjoyable time seeing the sights and
the large aircraft industries in the
city. In the return trip to Bluffton,
good luck seemed to momentarily
take place of the bad luck and they
made the jaunt back in one hop.
They rode from Nashville to Bluff
ton with a flying cadet on the way
to Detroit, Mich. As an unusual co
incidence the aviator who picked
them up at Nashville knew intimate
ly the army aviators who were killed
in the crash of the three Douglas
bombers near here several months
ago, one of them being his former
The boys arrived in town Thurs
day breathing a sigh of relief at
having arrived safely after so much
difficulty. But poor Roger sighed
prematurely. When he started to
work the next day he found that his
job had been given to some one else
during his absence.
mate, the sun is always shining and
bhe days are warm. Our nights are
rather cool and we can get a nice
“The Australian people are very
nice too they like us Americans very
much and would like to be governed
by the U. S. after the war is over.
“The season here is just reversed
from the U. S. You are just begin
ning your summer and we are having
our winter now. There is no snow or
anything like you have back home, it
is just like the fall of the year here.
“I am getting plenty of exercise and
sun, it is doing me a lot of good. I
miss being home quite a bit but after
the war is over I will be home to see
3. Learn about the qualit yof the
things you buy.
4. Obey all rationing regulations
5. Buy only what you need now.
6. Take good care of the things
7. Don’t waste anything.
Are you entitled to wear a
“target” lapel button? You
are if you are investing at
least ten percent of your in
come in War Bonds every pay
day. It's your badge of pa
The copper hoard a it looks today of 619 solid ingots,
five copper axes, and many gorgeous spear points and
various other things, all illustrated in color in Mrs.
Blanche Busey King’s new book, under your feet.
tvs of workmen
re diggings and
Take about two
ng mica from
rkings that the
inductor of elec
is used in con
vifo or mica can
is also ground
ng or insulation
ing as well as
When they a1 ived in Nashville,
Sunday night they were unable to
find the Basing! home after walk
ing to the city’s edge for about 13
miles. Finally ■xhausted and lost
the boys again siept under the stars
at the side of th 1 road not knowing
that they were less than a half
mile away fron the farm home
where his sister, the former Frieda
Jean Klay, lived.
The boys finallj icached their des
tination in the morning half
starved. After i esting up the boys
went to a nearby field and thought
they discovered a fallen meteor only
to be chased of the field with a
shotgun by an irate woman as they
attempted to dig the piece out of the
Lead has served its usefulness
as bullets, but not as an essential
war material. Shells and cartridges
are made of steel and explosives
except fuses and other small parts
which often use lead. The prin
cipal use of lead is in the manu
facture of storage batteries every
tank, truck, airplane, submarine,
and radio must have batteries.
Second place in the use of lead
is for paint and cable covering.
All war equipment must be
painted. The Mound Builder used
lead which he had never learned
to melt, but used in its original
form, galena, to shape and fashion
into ornaments and ear-plugs, and
for personal adornment. The
Mound Builder secured his lead
from Joplin, Missouri area.
Come and see the greatest col
lection of minerals, paint rocks,
and tools in the entire world taken
from one site of the Mound
Builder. At Wickliffe, Kentucky,
an ancient buried city, for ten
years with orangewood sticks,
spoons, and small brushes, the
writer and his wife, Mrs. Blanche
Busey King, with a staff of archae
ologists, have been uncovering the
romantic story of U.«- finrt people
that lived in rich Mt* *eri -v
Rites For Brother
Of Resident Here
Funeral services for Chastine
(Chass) O’Harrow, 78-year-old piano
tuner and music teacher of Findlay
and brother of Mrs. Lou Eaton of
this place ,were held at the Barn
hart funeral home in Findlay Mon
day afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Mr. O’Harrow died Friday after
noon at 5 o’clock in a Lima conval
escent home ‘after being in failing
health for a year from infirmities of
He was born Dec. 23, 18G3, in
Perrysville the son of Henry and
Roxanna O’Harrow. He spent his
boyhood in Perrysville and the re
mainder of his life in Findlay except
for 15 years in Lima.
He was married Dec. 7, 1866, to
Cora White who died Dec. 23, 1934.
In addition to Mrs. Eaton, he is
survived by a daughter, Mrs. Melvin
C. Light of Lima a son, Howard
C. O’Harrow of Clyde a brother
Hollie O’Harrow of Dayton and
Two children, one brother and
three sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. O’Harrow was a member of
the Church of Christ. Burial was
made in Maple Grove cemetery at
Boy Scout News
TROOP 82—By David Stearns
The Monday night meeting was
started by selecting the Scouts who
would be in charge of the ice cream
social to be sponsored by the troop.
Date of social will be announced
Discussions were held on the differ
ent ways in which the troop could
earn money for equipment.
A Monday night visitor was Rus
sell Hilbish, Jr., from Troop 162 of
Akron. He told the troop about
many of the activities of the Akron
The latter part of the meeting was
spent in a soft ball game in which
the Coyotes won with the score 9
Way Up Thar
Mt. McKinley, Alaska, towers 17,«
000 feet above timber line.
One week only-
Get them now—while they last
Collection Drive Starts Here
Monday and Will Continue
lousewives Asked to Collect
Fats and Sell to Local
Cooperation of Bluffton residents is
sought in the fat salvage drive which
started here Monday morning and
which will likely continue for the dur
ation of the war.
Purpose of the collection campaign
is to aid the war effort by providing
material for making glycerine which
in its many chemical combinations are
used by the armed forces.
Housewives will be paid four cents
a pound for waste fats for the dura
tion. The fats will be purchased in
Bluffton by Basinger Bros, and Big
ler Bros, meat markets. Other meat
dealers in Allen county are also co
operating in the drive.
Bluffton Residents Urged To Save
Household Fats To Aid War Effort
Reasons behind the fat salvage
drive include war in the Pacific has
reduced imports of fats and oils from
the Far East and substitutes must be
effected to replace this loss in normal
supply. Moreover, the war effort re
quires glycerine for explosives and
other war needs both for our own
forces and those of the Allies. And
fats make glycerine. Therefore, for
both of these reasons, it is necessary
to salvage every possible pound of
waste kitchen fat.
It was explained that uses of glycer
ine and its many chemical combina
tions by our armed forces and those
of our Allies are many. For the
Army they include explosives, signal
rockets, recoil mechanism, demonli
ticn charges, propellants and gun
powder. Aboard ship this vital pro
duct is used in ship’s compasses, hy
draulic equipment, pumps, tearing
gears, and in depth-charge release
gears. It is also used in protective
coatings for ships, tanks and turrets,
and as a base chemical in the manu
facture of many other products used
by all branches of the fighting ser
One pound of waste kitchen fat con
tains enough glycerine to fire four
aircraft shells it was stated.
Fats to be saved are pan drippings
from roast ham, beef, lamb and paul
try broiler drippings from steaks,
chops, veal and bacon deep fats,
whether lard or vegetable shortning,
from fried potatoes, fish, doughnuts,
Keep in a refrigerator or cool place
until at least one pound has been col
lected, then take to meat dealer who
is cooperating patriotically in this
drive. The meat dealer will weigh
Hilco "Handy Sandy”
Rent the Sander and
do the work yourself.
With “Handy Sandy” any
one can do expert work in
sanding floors at only the
cost of renting the
Basinger furniture Stere
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 19-12
it, pay the established price, and start
it on its way to the war industries.
Frozen food locker plants will also ac
cept salvaged fats.
Four things not to do, are “don’t
take less than one pound at a time to
the meat dealer and don’t take them
on week-ends if it can be avoided.
Help the meat dealer by returning
them early in the week. Don’t take
fats to the meat dealer in a glass or
paper container. Don’t let fat stand
so long that they become rancid as
this reduces the glycerine content. No
returned fats are used as foods.
The drive for fats is one phase of
a general salvage campaign to get un
derway here soon. Waste material
and all kinds of junk around the house
such as metal items, manilla rope,
burlap sacks, rags, etc are urgently
needed as essential war materials.
Mayor W. A. Howe is heading up
the drive for salvaging waste mater
ials and all kinds of junk, it was an
nounced here this week.
It is best to pour waste fats into
a wide-mouthed can, as a coffee or
vegetable shortening can. Be sure
that the can is spotlessly clean, and
strain fats as they are poured in, so
that meat particles and other foreign
matter are removed.
Three Day Camp
For Rural Women
“Give me three days of freedom,
leave all home care behind me”—
well if this is what you have been
wanting here is your chance. Wo
men’s Camp will be held at Camp
Harbar View, Celina, from Eunday,
August 9 to Wednesday, August 12.
Registration will open at 3:00 p. m.
Sunday and camp closes after lunch
The camp fee (including your cot)
will be $3.75 if we have from 50 to
60 in attendance. If we have more
it will be $3.50.
Have your reservation in to Ruth
Barnes, Home Demonstration Agent,
Room 10, Federal Building, Lima,
by July 29.
Miss Barnes said, “We will have
sketching, much singing, swimming
if you care to, no dishwashing and
special camp classes by University
Specialists. Sounds interesting
doesn’t it? We are sure you will
enjoy these three days of Camp very
much so get your reservation in
News Want-ads bring results.
Because of the demand for this machine, we ask that
you make reservations in advance for its rental.
Basinger Furniture Store
D. C. BIXEL, O. D.
GORDON BIXEL, O.D.
Citizens Bank Bldg:., Bluffton
Office Hours: 8:30 A. M.—5:30 P. M.
7:30 P. M.—8:30 P. M.
Closed Thursday Afternoon & Evening.
Smooths ^our floors in a idly!
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