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Ruins In Bolivia Show Civilization
Long Before Discovery Of America
The News presents another in
the series of important but less
er known aspects of South
A mcrica.—Editor.
Strong ties of friendship already
existing between the United States
and Latin American Republics, which
are contributing heavily in strategic
materials to the war effort, were
strengthened by the visit of the Bo
livian president, General Endique
Penaranda, to Washington early this
Mining has been the traditional
foundation of Bolivia's economy, and
today the great in producing mines
of this country, some two or three
miles above sea-level, are sending
quantities of the strategic metal to
the United States smelters to be made
principally into tin cans and con
tainers for shipment of life-sustain
ing foods to our fighting men and
As a whole, Bolivia is one of the
most interesting and colorful coun
tries in all South America, with
unique characterizations and fea
tures. Historically, it is the seat of
an ancient civilization antedating by
centuries the arrival of the Spaniards
in the country. Ruins near Lake
Titicaca at Tiahuanacu, indicate a
race older than the Incas, who dom
inated the region at the time of the
Spanish conquest. Then known as
“Alto Peru” the country took the
name of Bolivia in honor of the
great South American liberator, Bol-
Some of the best top soil of farms
in this district went down Big and
Little Riley creeks this week in the
muddy water during the flood fol
lowing the recent heavy rains. Here
is something which should be a mat
ter of grave concern to the entire
Soil is our basic resource, unless
we have fertile soil in our fields in
stead of flowing dowm our streams
to the ocean in a very short time
we will be a poverty stricken nation.
There is one way, however, in
which our government may help us
to keep our soil in “the fields” and
also keep the raindrop there w-ith it
instead of letting them both go to
wase. This is by “stream-side for
ests”. This plan was suggested re
cently by Len Hoffman, state presi
dent of the Indiana Division of the
Izaak Walton League of America. It
would require that all streams and
river banks be planted w-ith “stream
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Bolivia is a land-locked country,
without ports of its own. In order
to send its important mine products
to seaports on the Pacific coast, the
country has been forced to use
great inguenity in overcoming the
difficulties of transportation. For
many years, picturesque processions
of sturdy, sure-footed llamas carried
heavy ore over the Andes in true
caravan style, but today, modern rail
way facilities connect Bolivian mines
with coastal shipping points.
Muddy Flood Waters Of Creeks
Contain Choice Farm Top Soil
Since white man came to this
country in 1492 he has been steadily
increasing the output of muddy
water. One-sixth of America’s top
soil has already washed down its
streams and unless steps are taken
to stop it the rest of the countries
ferility may follow suit.
It is estimated that our nation is
losing every day, as a result of ac
celerated erosion, the equivalent of
200 forty-acre farms “gone forever”
so far as their use to man is con
cerned. This amount is great. It
would provide every senior in our
high schools in Ohio with a forty
acre farm for graduation annually
and also provide annually a four
acre field for each high school in the
state. Seniors, 1939—68,364). Many
of the youth of today are interested
in farming. The number of good
farms decreases every day as pic
tured above. The destructive type
of water erosion is divided into two
general divisions. One of these is
sheet erosion and the other is gully
erosion. Each rain may carry away
a very thin layer of the top soil.
The distinction of having two cap
itals also belongs to Bolivia. The
administrative capital, La Paz, is the
most important city in Bolivia, as
well as the highest capital city in
the world, situated at an altitude of
12,000 feet at the foot of majestic,
snow-covered Illimani. To reach
La Paz, one must usually travel by
Lake Titicaca, 12,513 feet high—the
largest lake in South America and
also the highest steam-navigated lake
in the world.
Sucre is Bolivia’s legal capital and
the seat of the National Supreme
Court. Its early inaccessibility led
to the gradual acceptance of La Paz
as the administrative center of the
government. However, Sucre is one
of the most attractive and historical
ly interesting cities in the republic.
Because of is pleasant and temperate
climate, it has become the private
residence of many government offi
cials and wealthy Bolivian families.
side forests.” These strips of tim
ber varying from forty feet to larg
er widths depending on the situations
involved would act as areas to blank
et and hold rainfall from causing
erosion. The streams and their trib
utaries would then form a network
of vegetation which would stop wind
as well as sheet erosion. This pro
gram to be a success would have to
be a national program thoroughly
carried out. These strips of timber
would also form shelter belts for
wildlife and better the conditions for
fish habitation of the streams them
Through proper conservation prac
tices, such as strip farming, and var
ious other tested means of erosion
control along with “stream-side for
ests” our streams would again run
clear even during spring rains.
We have our choice, we can clear
up our muddy water, save our top
soil or we can eventually become a
poverty stricken nation. Is it worth
Couple Observe
25th Wedding Date
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. Neuensch
wander of Saginaw, Mich., former
Bluffton residents spent an unusual
day, last Thursday, their 25th wed
ding anniversary.
At morning devotions of the office
force at his place of employment,
Mr. Neuenschwander was requested
to give a speech. During the day
he found a beautifully decorated wed
ding cake on his desk, the gift of the
employes of his departments. Late
in the afternoon a floral gift was
sent by his employer, the Severance
Tool Industries and a Bible, a gift
from their sons Edgar and Neil of
Fort Wayne Bible Institute. The
mail brought lovely greetings from
their Saginaw friends.
Their sons could not be present,
Alan, the oldest serving in the army
medical service as an x-ray techni
cian located in Kansas.
In the evening the management of
Severance Tool Industries, co-workers
and their wives, together with three
other friends came and surprised the
Neuenschwander’s completely.
Games, contests, hymn singing and
reminiscing were the evening’s di
versions and prizes won were pre
sented to bride and groom who had
previously received a beautiful cor
sage and boutonneire respectively.
Refreshments were served and ap
pointments were in pink, green, yel
low and white, the cake and ice
cream being decorated with roses,
buds and 25th anniversary.
A handsome silver tea service was
presented to the honored couple at
the close of the evening and the
guests left at a late hour wishing
Mr. and Mrs. Neuenschwander many
more happy anniversaries.
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natural finish. Folds
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easy to pack or carry.
Pres. L. L. Ramseyer delivered the
commencement address at Bethel
college, Newton, Kansas, Wednesday
morning. The topic of his address
was “Foundations for Tomorrow.”
Four seniors will be admitted to
Pi Delta, Bluffton college honorary
scholastic society, this spring during
graduation week end. Included in
the group are Miss Lucia Grieser,
Jenera Miss Mabel Hill, Lima Miss
Magdalene Oyer, Bluffton and Her
bert Fretz, Lansdale, Pa. Admis
sion to the society is by vote of the
college faculty, with selections being
made on the basis of excellency of
Twenty-three seniors will partici
pate in commencement activities be
ginning Friday evening, and continu
ing through Monday morning. Eight
others will be unable to attend grad-
uation exercises, but will receive
their diplomas in absentia. Of these
thirty-one graduates, 18 will be giv
en their A. B. degrees as of May,
1943 and three will be given their
B.S.M. degrees. Tentatively, the
other ten will receive their degrees
Bluffton High
Seniors are busy making prepara
tions this week for the remaining
numbers on the commencement
schedule. The seniors will meet in
the cafeteria Friday at 1 p. m. for
the purpose of receiving final in
structions Baccalaureate, Class Night
and Commencement.
Most of the examinations will be
held on Thursday and Friday. All
students except seniors are required
to attend regular classes until Fri
day noon.
Students will return to school on
Tuesday at 3 p. m. to receive their
report cards, it was announced by
the office.
A special assembly will be held
Thursday morning for the awarding
of basketball letters. The meeting
will be in charge of Sidney Stettler,
faculty manager of athletics.
Students who have surplus food or
vegetables are given the opportunity
of canning them in exchange for
meal tickets to be used next year.
i The school will furnish the cans.
Arrangements for this should be
made at the high school office.
The Buccaneer, school annual, will
I be distributed Thursday noon, in the
I activity room.
In accordance with customs of
former years, the following groups
have recently elected their officers
for the coming year:
Girl Reserves—
President Mary Margaret Basinger
Vice Pres Genevieve Buhler
Secretary Juanita Ba me
Treasurer Glenna Swick
Home Economics Recruits—
President Levon Wilch
Vice Pres.. Ruth Burkholder
Secretary------------Helen Burkholder
Treasurer........... Julee Garmatter
Historian Rachel Hoffer
Hi-Y Club
President............... ...Bob Burkholder
Vice Pres Otto Klassen
I Sec.-Treas Earl Luginbuhl
Pro. Chr. Varden Loganbill
Blue Triangle—
President Eleanor Linden
Vice Pres. Mary Anne Smucker
Sec.-Treas. ........-..Helen Burkholder
Pro. Chr ..Alice Ruth Pannabecker
Song Leader. Betty Bixel
F. F. A.—
President.... Dale Huber
Vice President- Ronald Zimmerly
Secretary- Paul Reichenbach
Treasurer —Kenneth Reichenbach
Reporter-----------Wayne Badertscher
Watch-Dog —Robert Gratz
The remainder of the organizations
have not as yet conducted the elec
tions but will in the near future.
Senior members of the Hi-Y were
given a farewell party on the col
lege baseball field last Wednesday
After working up an appetite in
various games the 15 boys held a
picnic lunch on the field.
After the eats, Dean Byers spoke
on the mental difficulties a boy leav
ing high school faces on entering
college or the armed forces.
Following the talk, the seniors de
feated the underclassmen in a game
of kickball.
Annual Class Night exercises will
be presented by the members of the
senior class in the gymnasium Mon
day night, May 24, at 8 o’clock.
Introductions, written by Raymond
Schumacher and Doris Dunifon, will
be read by Forence Hofer. James
Gratz will be the master of cere
monies for the rest of the program.
The program will consist of the
re-enactment of the outstanding
events of the past school year.
A class night committee consisting
of Barbara Triplett, Ruth Slusser
and Alice Oyer under the supervis
ion of Mr. Smucker has been meet
ing daily to work out the various de
tails of the program.
Bluffton College Notes
as of August,, 1943, eight receiving
the A.B. degree, and two receiving
the B.S.M. degree.
Commencement activities will be
gin with the presentation of Cowen’s
cantata, “The Rose Maiden,” Fri
day evening, at 8:30 p. m. Satur
day’s program will include men’s
and women’s Varsity “B” breakfasts,
tennis games, class reunions, “Y”
luncheon, Pi Delta luncheon, 1943
class program, 1933 box ceremony,
crowning of the -May Queen, Miss
Ruth Neuenschwander from Quaker
town, Pa., alumni banquet, and the
Shakespearean play, “The Merchant
of Venice.”
Baccalaureate services, with Presi
dent Lloyd L. Ramseyer, speaking on
the subject “Perpetual Light,” re
ception *at the President’s home, and
the final concert of the college Ves
per choir, will comprise Sunday’s
Graduation exercises will be con
ducted at the First Mennonite
church, Monday morning, May 24,
at 10 a. m., with Dr. Ernest E.
Miller, President of Goshen college,
Goshen, Indiana, speaking on the
subject, “A Return to Discipline.”
School Notes
Sunday, May 23, at 8 p. m., the
annual baccalaureate services will be
held for the seniors.
The program will be as follows:
Processional—“Pomp and Circum
stance”..—. H. S. Orchestra
Invocation Rev. A. C. Schultz
Gloria Patri (and Amen Sequence)
Girls Glee Club
National Hymn—God of Our Fathers
Scripture Lesson—II Timothy 2:1-15
Rev. J. A. Weed
Anthem—Lift Thine Eyes—Mendel
ssohn Girls Glee Club
Class Sermon—“Personal Service”
II Timothy 2:15
Rev. Emil Burrichter
Hymn—I Would Be True
Con gregati on
Closing Prayer and Benediction
Rev. Ernest N. Bigelow
Recessional H. S. Orchestra
The seniors will be led in by two
juniors Lois Oyer and Margaret
Griffith. Robert Burkholder, Varden
Loganbill, Harry Minck, Maurice
Kohli and Raymond Kohli will be
Announce Wedding
Held In Ft. Wayne
Simplicity and beauty marked the
marriage of Miss Alice Mae Burk
holder, daughter of Mrs. Olga Burk
holder, northeast of Pandora, and
Pfc. Albert E. Heinig, son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heinig, of
Fort Wayne, Monday evening, May
3 at 7:30 o’clock in the First Evan
gelical church, Fort Wayne. The
double ring service was performed
before a background of palms, ferns
and lighted candelabra. Rev. George
J. Long, pastor of the church, offi
Mrs. N. J. Batchelder,church or
ganist, played a short recital of nup
tial selections preceding the cere
mony, and the wedding march from
“Lohengrin” as the bridal party en
tered. “I Love You Truly” was
played softly during the exchange of
marriage vows and Mendelssohn's
wedding march was used as the re
The bride chose a two-piece en
semble a Bahama blue silk crepe.
Mrs. W. Edward Humphreys, of Al
bany, Indiana, who attended her sis
ter as matron of honor, wore a sim
ilar two-piece ensemble of pink silk
crepe with a jacket. The bridegroom
was attended by his brother, Robert
Heinig, as best man.
An informal reception at the home
of the bride’s brother-in-law and sis
ter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Conrad,
followed the ceremony.
The bride is a graduate of Pan
dora High school and of Internation
al Business College and is employed
as stenographer in the offices of The
Magnavox Company, Fort Wayne,
while the bridegroom, formerly em
ployed by the Wayne Knitting Mills,
is now stationed with the armed
forces at Camp McCoy, Wisconsni.
Growing turkeys prefer grains
other than corn during hot weather
so it is a good plan to reduce the
proportion of corn in the ration.
Heavy feeding of oats appears to
discourage feather picking.
Rain... .flood... .tornado... Bluff
ton district got all of it this week....
that hedgehopping tornado that gall
ivanted down the Lincoln highway
took out four barns, including one of
Orange township’s landmarks, the old
barn on the Albert Matter place....
and high waters with Big and Little
Riley far over their banks cars
stalled on East College avenue in
flood waters over the road... .boating
on Harmon field and the College base
ball diamond... .and not forgetting
Marsh Run usually a docile little
rivulet going on a rampage and set
ting the stage for a real-life movie
thriller when Fred Mueller’s sheep
were rescued Monday evening... .and
thru it all rain... .heavy, dashing
downpours that drenched fields, flood
ed basements, overtaxed storm sewers
and left things generally all we^ by
Tuesday afternoon when there were
some signs of clearing.
Clearing prospects were welcomed
Tuesday with something of the same
feeling that Noah must have had after
the flood. And speaking of Noah
there is that old tradition that he
willed the entire world to his children
after the water subsided. Seeing how
the property has deteriorated, per
haps he would be just as well satis
fied that it didn’t remain in the fam
After viewing the flooded bottom
lands on College campus, Monday, one
wag suggested that May day celebra
tion on Saturday might adopt a Vene
tian motif with the queen ferried to
her thone in a boat.
Oldtimers Monday were trying to
recall age of the big barn on the Al
bert Matter place at the intersection
of Route 69 and the Lincoln high
way. They agreed that it had stood
for about one hundred years—and the
foot square timbers were plentiful in
its construction.
The big mushroom weighing 3Q
pounds shown in the News window
over weekend was edible. To settle
an argument as to whether it was or
was not poisonous ,one Bluffton mush
room expert cooked and ate a portion
of it the first fo the week—and he is
still hale and hearty. The mushroom,
with a red top, was found by Ray
Cook in his woods in Orange township,
Friday morning and placed in the
News window in the afternoon.
And now the hens are producing
v-eggs. One exhibited in the News
window is attracting attention this
week. The egg with a distinct “v”
on the shell comes from the flock of
Orlo Marshall of Rockport.
Prospects for an apple crop in this
section are good, so said Seth Basing
er, apple grower and operator of the
Morning Star cider press northwest
of town. Unless hard frosts come,
the yield should be satisfactory. How
ever some of the growers are predict
ing a small crop of sweet cherries be
cause of frost damage.
At Harmon Field some of the
youngsters took advantage of the
high water to go in swimming, Mon
day. Dick Rockey donned his swim
ming suit and dove into the water
swirling through the streets from
one of the sidewalks near the Harmon
stadium. Don Burkholder with his
buddies Marvin and Joe Bronson
didn’t bother about swimming suits
and swam around the water at Har
mon Field in their street clothing.
Sportsmen are worried lest the
creek water might rise higher
than the Buckeye level and carry
away most of the fish so patiently
stocked there by the Bluffton Sports
men’s club.
Mayor Howe tells us that his office
did a land office business on gar
bage fee collections on Wednesday
and Saturday. All it took was a lit
tle announcement in the Bluffton
News that the service would be dis
continued if the account was in ar
rears. The public literally streamed
in all day paying everything in full
and as a result the town treasury has
been considerably replenished.
Lee Coon tells us that the term
headache is only for people with
brains. For most people a pain in
the head is only rheumatism of the
skull, so says Lee.
And now Lee has another job ad
ded to his 101 responsibilities—super
vision of garbage and rubbish collec
tion. What else does he do you ask
He is supervisor of mosquito control,
caretaker of Maple Grove cemetery,
janitor at St. John Reformed church,
waters thirsty railroad locomotives,
town marshall and street commission
er, to mention a few of them.
Bob Stalter was an air raid mesen
ger in Ft. Wayne before he moved to
Bluffton. He’s ibeen in many black
out in Ft. Wayne and says that he
is looking forward to the one to be
held here Monday night.
News Want-ads Bring Results.
Bluffton civilian defense workers
for the first time may earn the right
to wear an official service bar ap
proved by the government and much
like the campaign bars of the armed
services, it was indicated in an an
nouncement by James M. Landis,
National Civilian Defense Director.
The award will be given to Civil
ian Defense volunteers with 500 or
more hours of service wherever De
fense Councils adopt the plan. Six
distinctive bars have been authorized,
ranging from 500 to 5,000 hours of
“This is simply a merited recog
nition of the importance of the ci
vilian’s role in this war,” Director
Landis said. “Never before has the
issue of victory depended so much
upon civilian effort. It is fitting
that we recognize those who, though
they cannot man a gun or wield a
bayonet, recognize their responsibility
as civilians and are in this war with
all they have to give.”
All Civilian Defense volunteers
may qualify for the awards—mem
bers of the Citizens Defense Corps,
the Citizens Service Corps, Forest
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Moser and
daughter Rosella and son Morris
and Miss Ethel Downey spent Sun
day with Victor Moser of Patterson
Field, Dayton.
Mrs. Hershal Moore and children
of Chicago, is spending the week
with Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Moore and
other relatives.
Miss Victoria Moser is spending
a few days in Camp Shelby, Miss.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Montgomery
were Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. C. E. Klingler.
Bluffton Civilian Defense Workers May
Earn Right To Wear Official Service Ear
Sunday dinner guests at the Carl
McCafferty home were: Mr. and Mrs.
Ray Guider, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Guider and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Guy Flemming and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Rolland Guider, Mr. and Mrs.
Wayne Guider and daughter, Miss
Margaret Guider and Gerald Harshey
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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1943
Fire Fighters Service, and Civilian
Evacuation Service. Many of these
are now eligible for the 500-hour
award, or even the 1,000 hour bar,
it was estimated, but few individ
uals in any community are expected
to qualify for the higher orders at
this time.
The award is a woven ribbon bar
one-half by one and one-fourth
inches in size, suitable to be worn
on the lapel or above the left breast
pocket. The basic OCD insigne—
the red letters “CD” on a white tri
angle superimposed on a blue circle
—appears on a white background
with vertical stripes on both sides
of the insigne.
The 500-hour bar has one red
stripe on each side of the insigne,
and the 1,000-hour bar has one blue
stripe on each side. For 2,000 hours
there are two red stripes on each
side and for 3,000 two blue stripes
on each side. The 4,000-hour bar
ha£ one red and one blue stripe at
each side of the insigne. The design
for 5,000 hours of service is the in
signe on a gold background, rather
than white, with no stripes.
and the honored guest Max Mc
Cpl. Max McCafferty has returned
to Camp Chaffee, Ark., after a nine
day furlough with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Carl McCafferty.
Sunday callers at the W. I. Moore
home were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kelly,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas Hall and family.
Mrs. Carl McCafferty and son Max
and Miss Margaret Guider were
Monday dinner guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne Guider and daughter.
Special training courses to qualify
high school boys or girls to become
testers in dairy herd improvement
associations will be given at Ohio
State University, May 31-June 12.
Any other persons interested in this
w’ork can enroll at the same time.
Details can be obtained by writing
Ivan McKellip, animal husbandry
specialist at the University.
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