VOLUME NO. LXIX
43 SENIORS ARE
HIGH SCHOOL HERE
Commencement Exercises are
Held in Gymnasium Tues
Class Address is Delivered by
Dr. Frank Slutz of
Concluding the events of Bluffton
high school commencement week,
graduating exercises for a class of
43 seniors were held Tuesday night,
in the high school gymnasium.
Marking the completion of their
twelve years of grade and high
school career the evening also mark
ed the close of 19 years of service
of A. J. B. Longsdorf who recently
resigned as superintendent of schools
Supt. Longsdorf was given an
ovation by the assembled audience
following a speech by John Tosh,
president of the board of education
reviewing the progress that has been
made during the 19-year period.
Auditorium Veil Filled
The auditorium was well filled
when the orchestra directed by Prof.
Sidney Hauenstein swung into the
processional which marked entrance
of the class.
Ranking scholastic honor students
of the class, Mary Margaret Basinger
and Beverly Biery delivered the
valedictory and salutatory orations
Musical numbers by talent from
the class consisted of a vocal num
ber by Jane Howe and a cello solo
by Earl Dean Luginbuhl.
The class address was delivered by
Dr. Frank D. Slutz of Dayton who
spoke on the subject “On Being a
Person for These Times”. Dr. Slutz,
a widely traveled educator, previous
ly had appeared before a Bluffton
audience, having delivered the class
address at the high school commence
ment exercises twelve years ago.
Illustrating his talk with anedotes
and epigrams, Dr. Slutz emphasized
the need in the present day of put
ting the home and home life above
one’s vocation and the importance of
maturing emotionally and relaxing
from the strain of wartime living.
Despite all that has been ac
complished thru our technical skill
We cSn fiev^'gubgHtme itWWftU
ity and to attempt it is to court
disaster. We must learn to think
in global terms and science and
religion must supplement each other,
the speaker declared.
John Tosh, president of the Board
of Education presented diplomas to
the graduates and in connection with
a brief address to the class he re
counted the progress made by the
schools during Supt. Longsdorf’s
tenure of office.
In responding, Supt. Longsdorf ex
pressed his appreciation for the loyal
and united support given by school
patrons. His teaching career covers
a period of 35 years in Ohio schools.
In his 19 years here as superintend
ent there were 1,133 graduated from
the Bluffton schools making a total of
1,957 alumni, he said.
Music for the program consisted
of orchestra numbers directed by
Prof. Hauenstein. Invocation at the
opening of the program was offered
by Rev. J. N. Smucker of the First
Mennonite church and Rev. E. N.
Bigelow of the Presbyterian church
pronounced the benediction.
Members of the graduating class
Robert Amstutz, Wayne Bader
tscher, Robert Burkholder, David
Dean, Dale Huber, Roger Klay, Jack
son Koontz, Maurice Kohli, Raymond
Kohli, Varden Loganbill, Ear Dean
Luginbuhl, William Mericle, larry
Minck, Evan Neiswander, Kenneth
Reichenbach, Robert Stratton.
Nadine Allman, Mary Margaret
Basinger, Beverly Biery, Florence
Anne Biome, Imojene Bronson, Joan
Buckland, Dorothy Burkholder, Ruth
Burkholder, Aileen Diller, Freda
Fritchie, Helen Greding, Margaret
Griffith, Mary Elizabeth Habegger,
Janice Hankish, Anna Hochstettler,
Jane Howe, LaDonna Johnson.
Madalene McCune, Virginia Miller,
Lois Oyer, Clare Reagan, Miram
Schaeubiin, Mary Gene Siefield,
Glenna 'Swick, Alice Augsburger,
Levon Wilch, Joyce Young.
Miracles Of Melody
Mrs. Milo Lora’s “Miracles of
Melody” broadcast over Radio Sta
tion WFIN, Findlay, at 5:45 p. m.
Friday will include “Because of
Him”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Have
You Thought”, “Spring Song” and
“If I Forget”.
Legion Poppy Day
To Be Held Saturday
Honoring the men who fell in the
battles of the First World War,
paper poppies will be sold in Bluff
ton on Saturday by the women of
the American Legion auxiliary.
The poppies ahe made by disabled
veterans and funds from the sale go
for the relief of veterans and their
families of the first and present
world wars. The local sale is in
charge of Mrs. Clarence Rockey of
the Legion Auxiliary here.
A special exhibit promoting Poppy
Day has been placed in the window
of the Basinger furniture store.
Sales usually total about 1.000 pop
pies in the community on poppy day
here, it was stated.
IN MEMORIAL DAY
Services Will Be Held At xMaple
Grove Cemetery And In
H. S. Auditorium
Business Places Will Close Here
Generally No Mail
Memorial Day exercises honoring
the soldier-dead of three wars will
be held in Bluffton next Tuesday
morning, with the traditional parade,
services at the cemetery and a public
meeting in the high school auditor
ium featuring the program.
The parade will form at the town
hall at 10 a. m., and from there
march to Maple Grove cemetery for
ritualistic exercises scheduled at
10:30 a. m. War veterans, members
of the Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts,
village officials and the Bluffton
High school band will be in the
The Memorial Day program will be
continued in the Bluffton High au
ditorium at 11 a. m., with Rev. V. C.
Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed
churches, delivering the principal ad
dress. Special music also will be
Business generally will be suspend
ed^ ^atPYV^lhrUQUkU^day. there
will be no mail delivery and windows
at the post office will be closed.
Bluffton war industries, however, will
operate as usual.
High School Alumni
To Meet Wednesday
Annual reunion of Bluffton High
school alumni in the school gymnas
ium at 8 p. m. this Wednesday will
honor Dr. Helen Barnes, of Findlay,
only living member of the first grad
uating class of 1881, and the class
of 1894 on their fiftieth commence
The program will open with the
welcome to the class of 1944 by W.
A. Amstutz, alumni president and
the response by Varden Loganbill,
president of this year’s graduating
Other features include a vocal
trio, Miss Carolyn Romey, Mrs.
Katheryne Patterson and Mrs. Mabel
Steiner In Memoriam, by Mrs. Mar
jorie Basinger, in memory of H. G.
Murray, ’86 Carrie Fensler Durkee,
’29 Alice Bessire Stratton, ’88:
Charles Candler, ’02 Harry Mohler,
’03 Wilbur Steiner, ’26, and Calvin
This will be followed by a talk,
“An Alumnus for 50 Years”, Noah
Basinger music by the trio “Our
Alumni in Service”, Dwight Murray,
and presentation of a play," “Show
Boat” by this year’s senior class.
Members of the 1894 class were
Lulu C. Augsburger, Emma Young,
Noah Basinger, J. S. Herr, Clara
Greding and Gertruda- Lewis.
Alumni officers are: Honorary
President, Dr. Helen Barnes Presi
dent, W. A. Amstutz Vice-president,
Ralph T. Stearns Recording Secre
tary, Minerva Hilty Corresponding
Secretaries, Marcella Warren and
Edith Augsburger and Treasurer,
Japanese Student At Bluffton
College Inducted Into U. S. Army
Improvement is reported in the
condition of Wanda Lehman, high
school freshman, ill with spinal men
ingitis and hopes are held for her
The girl has been ill at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Lehman eight miles west of Bluffton
for nearly two weeks.
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE
Shigeru Matsunaga, Born In
Honolulu, Drafted With
Quota from Board Three
College Sophomore Is American
Born of Japanese Parents
Glad to Serve In Army
Shigeru Matsunaga, 23, Bluffton
college sophomore, an American born
of Japanese parentage, left last
Saturday with the Allen County
Draft Board No. 3 quota for induc
tion into the army at the Ft. Benja
min Harrison induction station,
Matsunaga was born in Honolulu,
where his father is a clerk. He is
a graduate of McKinley High school
in that city, and among his teachers
were Herbert Bowers, of Beaverdam,
and William Geiger, of Pandora, both
of whom are Bluffton college gradu
During his senior year in high
school, Matsunaga was president of
the Hi-Y club.
Glad To Serve
He speaks Japanese fluently, and
says that altho he is of Japanese
extraction he is an American by
birth and is glad to do his part in
the war program by serving in the
United States army.
He came to this country in
September, 1941, to enter San Mateo
Junior college at San Mateo, Calif.,
where David Rempel, a Bluffton col
lege graduate, is a teacher.
Following the outbreak of war he
was investigated and cleared by the
FBI, after which he came here and
enrolled in Blufftm college.
Rites For Frank
Cook Held Sunday
William Franklin Cook, 74, a na
tive of Auglaize county, died at his
home in Bluffton last Friday, from
the effects of a stroke suffered five
He came to Bluffton in his early
manhood and for 35 years was em
ployed as a railroad section worker
by the Nickel Plate and A. C. & Y.
railroads. For many years he was
crossing watchman at the Cherry
street crossing of the Nickel Plate.
Cook was married on Feb. 3, 1905,
to Sarah Young, who preceded him
in death. He is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Mollie Whitney, of
B’TtffTton, and ’Mrs.'”'BeSsie'Fritter^*Wf'
Findlay and a sister, Mrs. Alfred
Sanner, of Bluffton.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon in the Basinger funeral
home, with Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor
of the Missionary church, officiating.
Burial was in the Clymer cemetery,
four miles north of Bluffton.
Vacation Bible School
To Open Monday
Daily vacation Bible school classes
for children between the ages of
three and 15 years will be conducted
during the next two weeks, beginning
next Monday and continuing thru
Classes will be in the Grade school
building from 9 to 11:30 a. m. Mon
day thru Friday The school is spon
sored by the churches of the com
Miss Mary Sypos, director of re
ligious education in the schools, will
supervise the class work, and Rev.
Paul Rupp, of Ft. Wayne, brother of
Rev. Stanley Rupp, pastor of the
Defenseless Mennonite church, will
conduct the worship periods and
have charge of the music.
Teachers will be laymen and pas
tors of the Bluffton area churches.
No charge will be made for-en
rollment in the Bible school, with the
expenses to be underwritten by the
Bluffton Ministerial association.
Class work will consist of Bible
games and memory work, songs, ob
ject lessons, handwork and recrea
tion. A picnic will close the two
Former Local Girl
Back From India
Miss Eleanor Thiessen formerly of
Bluffton who has been in India for
the past three years with her par
ents, Rev. and Mrs. John Thiessen,
missionaries, arrived in Boston, Tues
day, according to word received here.
She is a sister of Arthur and
Harold Thiessen, formerly of Bluff
ton, now in Forida. The family pre
viously lived here at which time Rev.
Thiessen was connected with Bluffton
Miss Thiessen has returned to this
country where she expects to enter
college in the fall. She is a native
of India where her parents have
been missionaries for many years.
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY/ 25, 1944
TEN BLUFFTON MEN
INCLUDED IN GROUP
DRAFTED FOR MAY
Allen County Board No. 3 Sends
54 To Army And Navy
May Quota Missed Substantially
as Result of New Draft
Ten Bluffton area men were in
cluded in a group of 54 registrants
from Allen County Draft Board No.
3 inducted into the Army and Navy
last Friday and Saturday.
Included among the inductees were
Walter B. King, Blufftori: Harry D.
Simon, Ada Verl D. Reichenbach,
Beaverdam and Thomas M. Fisher
and Brice P. Staley, of Lafayette, in
the Navy and Omar L. Welty,
Hiram W. Bucher, Louis R. Thomp
son and Shigeru Matsunaga, all of
Bluffton and Basil W. Fisher, La
fayette in the Army.
Last week's induction group o$ 54
men was substantially under the
quota set for Board No. 3 in May,
according to reliably informed
Quota Not Met
Failure to meet the quota is at
tributed to the new national draft
policy delaying for the present in
duction of any men over 25 years
of age, providing they are in work
necessary to the war program or in
essential civilian pursuits.
Of the group inducted last week,
37 went into the Navy and 17 were
taken by the Army.
Navy inductees left Lima at 12:35
p. m. Friday for the induction sta
tion in Toledo, from where they will
be assigned for their “boot” training.
Men taken by the Army went to
the Fort Benjamin Harrison Army
reception center at Indianapolis, Ind.,
leaving Lima at 8:50 a. m. last
Roy Woods Funeral
Rites Here Monday
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon in the Basinger fun
eral home for Roy H. Woods, 60, a
Bluffton native, who died Friday in
a St. Louis hospital.
Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the
First Methodist church, officiated at
Lhe funeral rites. I'unal was jn
Maple Grove cemetery.
Previous to his death at his home,
Woods had been undergoing treat
ment in a St. Louis hospital for two
months. His body arrived here Mon
day morning via the Nickel Plate
Wodos went from Bluffton to St.
Louis about 25 years ago, where he
was employed by the Missouri Pa
Survivors include his wife of St.
Louis mother, Mrs. Bertha Woods,
of College avenue five brothers and
two sisters as follows: Lewis, Louis
ville, Ky. Harold, Detroit George,
New York: Floyd, Southbury, Conn.
Irvin, Bluffton Mrs. Emma Stewart,
Lima, and Mrs. Lillian McConnaug
Last Rites Monday
For Gordon Barnes
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral
home for Gordon C. Barnes, 56, who
died Saturday morning in a hospital
at Gallipolis, following an illness of
Barnes resided in Jackson town
ship, between Bluffton and Lafayette.
Survivors include his father, Samuel
Barnes, and a brother, Lyman
Barnes, both of Jackson township.
Rev. Bernard Baughn officiated at
the services Monday. Burial was in
the Pleasant Hill cemetery.
To Close Library
May 25 To June 3
Bluffton’s public library at the
high school will be closed for clean
ing and redecorating from Thursday,
May 25 to Saturday, June 3 inclus
ive, it is announced by Miss Ocie
The library will open Monday,
June 5 observing summer hour^
which will be from noon to 5 p. m.
every week day and Monday, Wed
nesday and Saturday evenings from
6:30 to 8 p. m.
Ens. Maynard Coon has arrived at
an undisclosed overseas destination
it was learned by his wife of North
Robinson who is spending several
days at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
H. L. Coon, parents of Ens. Coon.
BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
Sgt. Orville Stough, son of Jay
Stough living near Findlay and
formerly of Bluffton now stationed
in England has been termed a “typi
cal American soldier” by a British
bond rally speaker according to the
Whitby Journal of Whitby, England.
The speaker’s comment was made
in connection with the work of Sgt.
Stough who has been active in the
national savings movement on the
British home front which corresponds
to the war bond drives in the United
In presenting Sgt. Stough to a
large gathering at a rally held in
Whitby, the chairman said:
“In Sergeant Stough we have
what I would describe as the typical
“Sergeant Stough said it was a
pleasure and honor to have been
Cost of Last Year Will Be About
$750 In Comparison With
Change from Private Contractor
Enables System To Pay
Bluffton’s municipally operated
garbage and rubbish collection
system during the last year cost the
town only about half what it did
previously when the work was let to
individual contractors, Mayor W. A.
Howe said Wednesday.
This month marks the close of the
fourth year of garbage collection
here, but it is the first season that
the system has been municipally
Altho exact cost of the year’s
operation has not yet been determin
ed, Mayor Howe said that a prelim
inary estimate indicates it will be
approximately $750. Last year on
private contract garbage and rub
bish collection cost the village $1,500.
Included in the expenses of $750
are the payments made for labor and
for operating cost of the town’s
truck. Marshall Lee Coon is in
charge of the system of collection,
which Mayor Howe says has been
operating entirely satisfactorily.
Availing themselves of the munici
pal service are 430 patrons who pay
$2 annually. As a result the last
year is the first time charges to
patrons have fully paid for the
service. In other years it was sub
sidized by the town.
Garbage is collected weekly in the
winter and twice each week during
the summer months. In the winter
there is about one load each week,
but in the summer, with fruit, fresh
vegetables, watermelons, roasting
ears, etc., comprising a larger
volume, about four truck loads are
Garbage is disposed of to farmers
in this area who feed it to their
About 30 loads of rubbish, consist
ing of tin cans, ashes, etc., are col
lected monthly, and dumped into the
old quarry at the rear of the Bluff
I ton Hatchery.
Wedding In Florida
May 5 Is Announced
Announcement has been made of
the wedding of Miss Roxanna Eaton
and Lieut. Homer Gratz, Jr., which
took place at Jacksonville, Florida,
Savings Of 50 Per Cent Results From
Town Operation Of Garbage Collection
Both are former Bluffton college
students. Lt. Gratz is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Homer Gratz, Sr., residing
near Bluffton. His bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Eaton of Lima and a granddaughter
of Mrs. Lou Eaton of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kliewer of Chi
cago are the parents of a daughter
born Thursday in that city. Mr.
Kliewer is formerly of Bluffton. His
father P. A. Kliewer was pastor of
the Ebenezer Mennonite church.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Herliert Bormuth,
Bluffton, a daughter, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Rainey, Raw
son, a son, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Williamson,
Benton Ridge, a son, Tuesday.
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$1.60 corn $1.12 oats 75c beans
Typical Yank Soldier
chosen to speak at that meeting, and
to give some impressions of the
American soldiei* in England. On
arriving in the country he found it
quite different from what he expect
ed and he felt that a person really
had to see a country to appreciate it.
“At first, things were quite strange
but since he got used to those
changes, he was thoroughly enjoying
England. Since his arrival he had
traveled over a good part of Eng
land, and had seen a lot of nice
places but Whitby impressed him
more than anywhere else.
“The old and historic town, the
beautiful views of the North Sea,
and the expansive and wonderful
moors are something hard to be
lieve. He had done a fair share of
traveling in the United States ami
had seen nothing like it yet.”
Closed Next Tuesday
The Bluffton News office will be
closed all day next Tuesday,
Memorial Day. All news matter,
correspondents’ letters and ad
vertising copy should be in the
office by 3 p. m., Monday for
publication in next week’s issue.
Bette Lape Weds
Miss Bette Lape, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. E. S. Lape, of Grove street,
and Cadet Carlton C. (Tony) Wilson,
son of Mrs. Magdalene Wilson, of
Dayton, were married last Saturday
afternoon in the Presbyterian church
at Helena, Arkansas, where the
groom is in training at the Helena
Officiating at the double ring cere
mony was Rev. William B. Oglesby,
pastor of the church.
Preceding the ceremony, a short
program of musical favorites of the
bride was played by Mrs. C. F. Greer
at the organ, and “O Perfect Love”
was played softly during the ex
change of the vows.
The bride was given in marriage
by her father. She wore a lovely
wedding gown of frosted organdy,
and a fingertip veil fell from a coro
net of orange blossoms. She carried
a white prayer book, with gardenias
and a shower of white sweat peas.
The church was beautifully decor
ated for the occasion in a green and
white color scheme and on each side
of the altar were large baskets of
Following the ceremony a reception
was held in the church parlor. Mr.
and Mrs. Lape and Mrs. Wilson were
present at the ceremony, and Lieut.
Wade Lape, a Navy pilot, flew from
Corpus Christi, Texas, to attend the
After the reception Mr. and Mrs.
Wilson left for Memphis, and after
their return to Helena they will be
located at 1108 Porter Street.
Both are graduates of Bluffton
Home On Furlough
Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Martin, mis
sionaries to Brazil have returned to
this country on a year’s furlough
and Mrs. Martin is visiting at the
home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs.
W. H. Lahr of Harmon road.
Mrs. Martin is the former Miss
Cordelia Lahr, eldest daughter of
Rev. and Mrs. Lahr. She arrived
here Monday. Her husband who is
visiting relatives in Massillon is ex
pected here the the last of this week.
Their plans for the future are in
definite however, they expect to
visit in Denver, Colorado, at the
home of her sisters Mrs. Homer Mos
er and Mrs. Carl Stuckey and fami
lies during the summer. The Moser
family are also returned missionaries
Rev. and Mrs. Martin who have
been located at a Presbyterian mis
sion station at Campo Grande, Bra
zil, arrived in Miami, Florida, on
May 2. This is their first visit to
this country in five years.
Furs For Service
To Be Collected
Collection of castoff furs needed to
fabricate winter garments for serv
icemen stationed in cold climates will
be made during the next 10 days
as a war activities project of the
American Legion auxiliary.
A receptacle in which furs may
be placed will be located on Main
street in front of the office of Dr.
M. D. Soash, and Bluffton house
wives are urged to contribute all un
used pieces of furs they find during
I Secretary. Among those from out of
BUYING OF EGGS
AT SUPPORT PRICE
IS RESUMED HERE
Farmers Guaranteed 27 Cents
Dozen As Glutted Egg
Market Is Cleared
Government Support Price Is
Three Cents Higher Than
Reflecting an improvement in the
egg marketing situation, the Bluffton
branch of the Gray and White Co.
late last week resumed buying of eggs
at the government supported price of
27 cents a dozen for top-quality
This support price is said to be ap
proximately three cents more per doz
en than many other dealers are pay
ing, and all of the eggs bought un
der the program go to the government
because the figure is considerably
above the regular market price.
Next lower price paid under the
support program is 22 cents a dozen
for “mediums”, which are smaller
Over Supply Moved
Buying from producers at the sup
port price was resumed by all branch
es of the Gray and White Co., after
the organization reported that its
Tiffin warehouses had been cleared on
the oversupply which choked its fa
cilities early last week.
In addition, the government has
promised immediate orders for all
eggs purchased under the support
The Gray and White Co is one of
nine Ohio firms selected to buy eggs
at the government support price, in a
move to take surplus eggs off the reg
ular commercial market and halt the
wholesale liquidation of poultry flocks
resulting from slow movement of eggs
and low prices paid for them.
Rites On Monday
Four days after he strained him
self while cutting down a tree, Wil
liam Alspaugh, 85, died early last
Saturday morning at his home on
He was a carpenter and had fol
lowed his trade actively since com
ing to Bluffton 35 years ago from
He was married in 1909 to Hulda
Powell, who survive. Other survivors
include one son by a previous mar
riage, Robert Alspaugh, who is em
ployed by Lewis Brothers Manufac
turing Co. in Lima and a brother,
Wilson Alspaugh, of Spencerville.
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon in the Basinger funeral
home, with ReAv. Ernest Bigelow,
pastor of the Presbyterian church,
officiating. Burial was in Maple
Red Cross Needs
More Workers Here
More help is needed to make sur
gical dressings for the armed services
at the Bluffton Red Cross work room
in the Grade school building, it was
announced this week by Mrs. J. S.
Steiner, who is in charge of the
American soldiers and sailors
wounded in battle are largely de
pendent on work done by Red Cross
chapters thruout the country in
making the dressings, Mrs. Steiner
said, and increased attendance at the
local work room is necessary if
Bluffton is to carry its share of the
The work room is open every Mon
day from 7 to 9:30 p. m., and every
afternoon Tuesday thru Friday from
1 to 4 p. m. It has been completely
redecorated by Levi Gable and facili
ties for the work are better than
Loyalty, zeal and sacrifice of Red
Cross volunteer workers are more
important now than before, with the
knowledge that heavy fighting is in
prospect in every combat zone, Mrs.
Buckeye Lake Opens
For Season Sunday
Buckeye swimming lake, Bluffton's
municipally operated recreation spot
will open Sunday for the coming
summer season. The place will be
in charge of Harry Minck and Bob
Fisher who have been appointed as
managers by the town council. They
will also serve as life guards.
Buckeye lake, fed by springs, is
one of the popular swimming places
in this section and attracts large
numbers every summer. It is
owned by the Central Ohio Light &
Power company a. 1 operated under
lease by the municipality as a re
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