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From Issue Of July 8, 1909
An unusual sight at the Bluffton
Fourth of July celebration was the
sensational speed exhibition given by
Jule Benroth in an auto, flying down
main street at the dizzy speed of 50
miles per hour. The crowds gasped
as the car roared by and it was
really a thrill for the jammed throngs
lining main street. All traffic was
stopped for the event and the street
was cleared. The event was to be
a race against time and open for
competition, but Jule made the run
without being challenged.
Cal Moser and Cyrus Schumacher
were the contestants in the motor
cycle race. Again the crowd was
thrilled by these two speedsters. Cal
won first in the event and Cyrus was
awarded second place.
After a few selections by the
Citizen’s band the crowd went to
Schmidt’s field to witness the ball
game between the White Sox of
Lima and the Bluffton teams. The
contest turned out to be unusually
interesting, the score being 1 to
nothing in favor of Lima. The score
was made on an error.
After matches at the Sanitorium
tennis courts the assembled people
were entertained at the church park
in the evening by' Prof. Stratton s
Rev. W. A. Settlage read the
Declaration of Independence after
which A. D. Lugibihl, president of
the celebrating committee introduced
N. W. Cunningham, the speaker of
At the close of the evening Sidney
Miss Della and Elam Stettler wish
to thank their many friends for the
many postals and handkerchiefs
sent to them on their birthday.
Hiram Kohli attended the annual
meeting of the American Marino
Sheep Breeders’ Ass’n at Columbus.
Aldine Welty is in Toledo serving
on the Federal Grand Jury.
A. C. Diller and Jacob Schnegg,
the successful poultry fanciers in
the Settlement were good winners
in the Lima show. Each won five
firsts. The latter also won a silver
cup for best display.
Adam Steiner is at Woodburn, Ind.,
buying a carload of horses.
S. P. Herr is serving on the Fed
eral Grand Jury at Toledo.
Engineer Eldon Snyder, sup’t of
the college heating plant made a trip
to Columbus Tuesday.
The familiar rural mail horse
drawn wagon will soon be a thing of
the past, being supplanted by the
automobile, it was announced by the
civil service commission.
Eph Amstutz was pleasantly sur
prised on last Sunday by his friends
who gave him a pleasant rembrance
on his birthday.
Peter B. Amstutz who made a trip
thru the Holy Land and to Europe
in 1914, displays a fine collection of
post cards in the Basinger Furniture
Store window, which he gathered
thru his journey.
Fred Lehman left for New York
last Friday to visit his son Elmer
who is serving with the National
S. H. Koontz is busy putting up
quarantine signs for scarlet fever.
Harry Schaeublin had the mis
fortune of chopping his knee last
week with the axe while chopping
Bert Williams has purchased a
Regaling themselves on ice cream
and grape juice, the Wilson Demo
seven months of the
open season the Great Lakes
waterways are alive with ships, link
ing F*st 1 the U. S. and
Canada ar.I e.i industrial empire
wiui tl.e v .‘ort
I -itlo. open sea this
I 7 s dependent on
the S’ult i't. b’arie and Welland
Cara's, l_ .at and second busiest
canals, r:actively in the world.
Lelow t'.-.e Blue Water internation
al bridge, between Sarma and Port
Huron, ca 'z its shadow on a pass
ing freighter. At right: Because
canals are essential links in the
waterways they are patrolled by
U. S. and Canadian security guards.
Hauenstein and the Citizen s Band
entertained the throngs in the best
open air concert ever given in our
The formal close of the day’s cele
bration came with a beautiful and
spectacular display of fireworks
sponsored by the Bluffton merchants.
Tine McGriff of the Oak Barber
Shop has taken in a new partner.
Harry Fisher has given up his shop
and the two men will operate the
Oak shop in the future as partners.
Amos Diller’s new kiln is complet
ed and they are burning tile this
Irvin Moser intends to work for
the National Tile Roofing Co. of
Lima this summer.
Lillie Hilty, little daughter of
Amos Hilty, fell off a fence and
broke her arm.
Adam Steiner entertained the Will
Risser family with his accordian
last Sunday. Adam is a musician of
rare ability and knows the art of
entertaining his friends.
Miss Edith, daughter of P. P.
Basinger, was happily married to
Hiram, son of Mr. and Mrs. David
Wenger, last Thursday by the Rev.
C. Hege of Bluffton.
NEWS OUR FATHERS READ
FROM ISSUE OF JAN. 20,1916
Miss Edith McPeak, one of our
successful public school teachers, who
was re-employed for the ensuing
year, tendered her resignation at the
last meeting of the school board.
Miss McPeak expects to go to Ober
lin College the coming year.
cratic Club of the college celebratec
its organization with a banquet a
Ropp Hall. At the close of the ban
quet the president of the club, Roj
Welty introduced Byron D. Cotnei
the toastmaster of the evening,
Toasts to true blue democracy were
given by Mayor J. J. Sutter, Prof.
William Egly, Grover Soldner, H. L.
Kohler, Scudder Welty, and C. S.
Trachsel. Rumor has it that a
republican club will make its ap
pearance on the campus soon.
Whether it will be of the bull moose
or stand pat variety is not yet
Jacob Amstutz purchased the 30
acre farm owned by the late Harvey
Amstutz for $5,250.
J. C. Steiner is now representing
the Saxon motor car in our com
Team To Play Ada
Inter-city softball play will be
started this week by the team repre
senting The Triplett Electrical Instru
ment Co. in a game with the O-K
Manufacturing team at Ada Friday
The Triplett crew’s next appear
ance of the season will be on Wed
nesday night of next week when the
team will play at Pandora.
Bluffton league softball play will
continue on Tuesday and Thursday
nights as usual, with anyone inter
ested urged to participate. There is
Teams for league play will be
named following a practice workout
this Thursday night, starting at
6:30 p. m.
T. C. Kennard, conservationist,
Soil Conservation Service, Columbus,
says the greatest soil saving problem
in Ohio is in the western part of
World’s Busiest Canals Control
U. S.-Canadian Lifeline
The Bluffton News presents
another in the series of import
ant but lesser known aspects of
Thrusting its nose out into the
warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico,
the peninsula of Yucatan—and
particularly the state of the same
name—is known the world over as a
producer of henequen.
The proximity of Yucatan to the
United States—the world’s largest
consumer of binder twine extracted
from henequen—as well as the fact
that this hardy plant bristled with
spear-like fiber-producing leaves,
grow's on the peninsula as nowhere
else, is most probably the reason
why the world center of production
is placed in that region.
It has been said that henequen
means to Yucatan as much as sugar
does to Cuba and coffee to Brazil.
Surprisingly enough, henequen
thrives on the stony soil of Yucatan
which insures perfect drainage. In
some regions the ground is so rocky
that holes have to be toasted out to
permit the planting.
Because henequen does so well on
the poor soil of Yucatan, it was
presumed that the crop planted in
better conditions would prove to be
even more of a success.
It was found, however, that on a
richer soil the greater number of
weeds that sprung up»would even
tually be harmful to the plant while
on the rocky soil of the peninsula
hardly anything but the sturdy hene
quen would grow.
Although henequen differs slightly
from sisal, both are generally com
mercially designated under the name
of sisal and both belong to the so
called “century-plant’ or agave
The word henequen is an Aztec
name and sisal is so called after a
small town on the northwest coast
Before 1897 the fiber used in
making binder twine for harvesting
our great American crop had been
Manila hemp. One of the first
results of the Spanish American War
was the cessation of shipments of
Manila fiber to the United States.
Immediately began the seearch for
a satisfactory substitute to be usect
in binder twine. The Agave of Yu
catan, growing almost next door, less
than a hundred miles south of New
Orleans, was cheap its production
could be stepped up, and it had no
natural enemies, no killing frosts or
After the war, when Manila hemp
again appeared in the American mar
ket, it did not replace sisal. By the
simple expedient of always keeping
its price just below that of the
Manila product the Yucatecan planter
easily held the market.
Today, during this second World
War, when proximity from the center
of production is even more vital, and
fibers are among the critical mater
ials affected by the war, henequen or
sisal hemp is more than ever one of
Mexico’s most important export
Through the ports of Progreso
and Campeche, Yucatan is sending
out to the Western world eighty per
cent of the total production of this
indispensable material “which will
eventually find its way to the farms
of the wheat belt, where it is used
in tying the cereal into shocks.”
As a plant, henequen needs little
The Battle of the Balkans is important not only for territorial gains,
but also because it unites American and Russian military operations
for the first time. American bombers based at Foggia provide an
air arm for advancing Red armies, ripping Nazi supply and com
munication centers. Russian ground forces thus push forward
against weakened opposition, in a united drive, one of whose chief
objectives is the Ploesti oil fields. Photo shows an airfield at Foggia
as it looked when the Nazis abandoned it. Americans cleared the
air strips, and Liberators use this base for Balkan raids.
Henequen, Source Of Binder Twine, Brings
Sudden Riches to Poverty Ridden Yucatan
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
cultivation it yields two crops of
leaves annually and has only to be
replanted every fifteen or twenty
years. When the plant is six or
seven years old it reaches its matur
ity and the lowest tiers of leaves
With the aid of a machete the two
lowest tiers of leaves are cut off,
each plant yielding fifteen to eighteen
A worker may cut off as many as
3000 to 4000 leaves a day. After
these leaves have been severed, an
other worker trims off the prickles
on the margins and ties the crop in
bundles which still another worker
carries to the plantation tram rail
At the mill, the leaves are fed
into a ‘machine that separates the
fiber from the waste, only about 4%
of the weight of the leaves being
The fiber is dried either artifically
or by hanging it out in the sun on
wire frames in a manner similar to
that used by the Italians in drying
It is this fiber that is eventually
tied up in bales and shipped out to
become binder twine. Fire is the one
and only dread of the sisal farmer,
the leaves burning green ofi the
To avoid this danger high towers
are built on the fields and from them
watch is kept constantly during the
The sudden bonanza that has come
to Yucatan through henequen has
transformed its principal city,
Merida, from a small backward town
into a modern metropolis.
It has brought progress and pros
perity to a province that was once
called the poorest state in the republic
The green spear-like blades of
henequen, so ofter pictured in Mexi
can landscapes, guard the future and
progress of the Yucatan peninsula.
Your money goes into battle every
time you invest in War Bonds—goes
up to the German lines in the form of
tanks, planes, assault boats as pic
tured here in the Mediterranean
Success of our troops depends upon
the help they get from the home
front. Bullets fired yesterday won’t
win tomorrow s battle. War Bonds
bought last month won’t pay for
our next offensive. Give your dol
lars action Buy More War Bonds.
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE
ISSUANCE OF BONDS OF THE VIL
LAGE OF BLUFFTON. ALLEN COUNTY,
OHIO. FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING
THE VILLAGE'S PORTION OF THE COST
AND EXPENSE OF IMPROVING STATE
HIGHWAY NO. 22. IN THE VILLAGE
OF BLUFFTON, ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO,
BEGINNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF
BENTLEY ROAD WITH MAIN STREET:
THENCE NORTHEASTERLY OVER AND
ALONG THE ROUTE OF MAIN STREET.
STATE HIGHWAY NO 22. TO THE
NORTHEASTERLY CORPORATION LINE
OF SAID VILLAGE IN COOPERATION
WITH THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS
OF THE STATE OF OHIO.
WHEREAS, the State of Ohio, by the Di
rector of Highways of said State, has deter
mined to improve State Highway No 22 in
the Village of Buffton. Allen County, Ohio,
beyinning at the intersection of Bentley Road
with Main Street, thence northeasterly over
and along the route of said Main street to
the northeasterly corporation line of said Vil
lage of Bluffton, pursuant to the provisions
of General Code, Section 1189, and related
W'HEREAS, the Village of Bluffton desires
to cooperate with said Director of Highways
of the State of Ohio, and this council has
heretofore adopted the necessary legislation
for such cooperation, and has agreed by legis
lation, duly adopted, to contribute and pay
toward the cost and expense of said improve
ment the lump sum of $5000.00 as the vil
lage's share of such cost of such improvement,
all in accordance with the provisions of Sec.
1189-2, and related sections, and
WHEREAS, the net indebtedness of the
Village of Bluffton does not and will not,
after issuance of the bonds herein proposed
to be issued, exceed one percent of the total
of all proetry in said Village of Bluffton as
listed and assessed for taxation, and this
council has authority to issue the bonds herein
proposed to be issued without vote of the
electors of this village. NOW THEREFORE.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE VILLAGE
COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF BLUFF
TON. ALLEN COUNTY. OHIO. THREE
FOURTHS OF ALL THE MEMBERS ELECT
ED PH ERETO CONCURRING:
SECTION 1. That it is deemed necessary
to issye the bonds of the Village of Bluffton.
Allen County. Ohio, in the principal sum of
$5000.00 in order to provide a fund for the
purpose of paying the village’s portion of the
cost and expense of improvement of State
Highway No. 22 in the Village of Bluffton
beginning at the intersection of Bentley Road
with Main Street in the Village of Bluffton.
Allen County. Ohio, thence northeasterly over
:.n«l along the route of Main Street in said
Village. State Highway No 22, to the north
easterly -orior:rion line of said village. in
coot»eration with the Director of Highways of
the State of Ohio, provided by Sections 1189.
1189-2 and related sections of the General
Code of Ohio. Anticipatory notes shall noc
b-• issued in anticipation of the issuance of
SECTION 2. That bonds of the Village
of Bluffton Allen County, Ohio, shall be is
sued in the principal sum of for the
purpose aforesaid Each of said bonds shall
be in the denomination of $5"".00. and said
bonds shall be dated June 1, 1944, and shall
b"ar interest at the rate of 3 per cent per
annum, payable semi-annually on the 1st days
of June and December of each year until the
principal sum is paid. The first interest pay
ment to he June 1. 1945. Provided, however,
that if said bonds are sold bearing a different
rate of interest than hereinbefore specified,
such bonds shall bear such rate of interest
as mav bn provided for in the resolution of
council approving the awarding thereof to
the purchaser of said bonds. Said bonds shall
mature as follows: One bond on December 1.
1945. and thereafter one bond on December
1st, in each of the years from 1946 to 1954.
both inclusive. The principal and interest of
all said bonds shall bo payable at the office
of the Citizens National Bank in the said Vil
lage of Bluffton. Ohio.
SECTION 3. Said bonds shall express uion
their face the purpose for which they are is
sued that they are issued in pursuance of
this ordinance and shall be signed by the
Mayor and Clerk, and sealed with the cor
porate seal of said village The interest cou
pons attached to said bonds shall bear the
facimile signature of the City Clerk. Said
bonds shall be numbered consecutively from
1 to 10. inclusive.
SECTION 4. For the purpose of providing
the necessary funds to nay the interest on the
foregoing issue of bonds promptly when and
as the same falls due, and also to provide a
fund sufficient to discharge and nay said serial
bonds at maturitv, there shall Tye and Is here
by levied on all the taxable property in said
vm»ge of Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio, in
addition to all other taxes, a direct tax annu
ally during the period said bonds are to
run, in an amount sufficient to provide funds
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fund for the payment of the principal of said
serial bonds at maturity, which tax shall not
be less than that required by law.
Said tax shall be and is hereby ordered com
puted, certified, levied and extended upon the
tax duplicate and collected by the same offi
cers, in the same manner, and at the same
time that taxes for general purposes for each
of said years are certified, extended and col
lected. Said tax shall be placed before and
in preference to all other items and for the
full amount thereof. The funds derived from
said tax levies hereby require!.' shall be placed
in a separate and distinct fund, which to
gether with al) interest collected on the same
shall be irrevocably pledged for the payment
of the interest and principal of said bonds
when and as the same falls due.
SECTION 5. Said bonds shall be first of
fered at par and accrued interest to the offi
cers of said village who have charge of the
sinking fund of said Village of Bluffton, and
if said officers refuse to take any or all of
said bonds .then said bonds not so taken may
be offered in writing at not less than par and
accrued intere to any one or more of the
boards and commissions described in Section
2293-29b, General Code of Ohio, and if said
boards or commissions refuse to take any or
all of said bonds, then said bonds not so tak
en shall be offered for sale at public sale in
the manner provided by law. but not for leas
than their par value and accrued interest: the
bond sale advertisement shall state that any
one desiring to do so may present a bid or
bids for such bonds, based upon their bearing
a different rate of interest than hereinbefore
fixed, provided, however, that where a frac
tional interest rate is bid, such fraction shall
be one quarter of one one per cent, or multi
ple thereof: each bid must be accompanied
by a certified check of the bidder for not less
than one per cent of the amount of bonds to
be sold the proceeds from the sale of said
bonds .except the premium and accrued in
terest thereon, shall be used for the purpose
aforesaid, and for no other purpose: the
premium and accrued interest received from
such sale shall be transeferred to the bond
retirement fund to be applied in the payment
of the principal and interest of said bonds in
the manner provided by law.
SECTION 6. The Village Clerk is hereby
directed to forward a certified copy of this
ordinance to the County Auditor of Allen
SECTTON 7. This ordinance shall take ef
fect and be in full force and effect from and
after the earliest period allowed by law.
W A .HOWE.
President of Council.
Passed June 5, 1944.
Attest: W. O. GEIGER.
Clerk of Council.
Approved June 5, 1944.
W. A. HOWE.
Sun and fresh air are great condition
ers—but not all of us have the time or
opportunity for gardening and out
door activities. That's why we need
iron to enrich the blood and yeast to
furnish the "B” vitamins which aid in
elimination and clearing the blood.
Both of these tonic ingredients are
NYAL IRON & YEAST TABLETS
—which supply energy, increase the
appetite and aid digestion.
A. Hauenstein & Son
BLUFFTON’S FRIENDLY FOOD STORE]
STOP! SHOP! SAVE!
AT BLUFFTON’S CITY MARKET
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THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1944
Mrs. Nora Gossman spent the week
end with friends in Arlington.
Monroe Steiner of the navy is home
on a furlough.
Mrs. Vera Beucler left Sunday for
Washington State where her husband
is in camp.
Paul Steiner who is attending school
at Saginaw’, Mich spent the week end
with his parents at this place.
Mrs. Inez Winkler is making an in
definate stay in Findlay.
Arthur Weaver and wife of near
Beaverdam spent Thursday afternoon
at this place.
Ray Schaller and wife spent Sun
day with Loran Schaller and family,
south of town.
Mrs. John Inniger of south of town
is in the Findlay hospital.
Fred Wilson who resides south of
Jenera is numbered with the sick.
Mrs. Jacob Gossman is recovering
from a heart attack she had recently.
N0TICE OF APPOINTMENT
The State of Ohio.
Alien County, »».
Estate of James W’. Jackson, deceased.
Nora E. Koch of 462 Ewing Ave.. Lima.
Ohio, has been appointed and qualified as Ex
ecutrix of the estate of James W. Jackson,
late of Allen County, Ohio, deceased.
Dated this 31st day of May. 1944/
RAYMOND P. SMITH.
9 Probate Judge.
I wish to thank all those who sent
flowers and greetings to me during
my stay at Bluffton hospital.
Mrs. Ella Long.
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ganic matter in the soil.
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