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As if to emphasize the change in
the seasons, fall weather in the first
four days since official debut of the
autumnal equinox at 10:02 p. m.
last Friday has brought warm sun
shiny days, one that was cold and
blustery, typically cool nights plus
Sept*jmber’s first taste of frost.
Last day of the summer season
on Friday offered beautiful weather.
A bright sun drove temperatures to
near the 80 mark in the afternoon,
and squirrel hunters who took to the
woods on the first day of the 1944
season could not have asked for a
Fall Arrives Accompanied By First
Frost Of Season Here Saturday Night
Putnam County Fair
Has Many Attractions
Radio stars, circus attracions and
harness racing together with music
by ten county school bands and bet
ter and better exhibits will be attrac
tions of the Putnam county fair at
Ottawa, which opens next Tuesday.
The fair this year will run for
five days from Tuesday until Satur
day, October 3 to 7 together with
night attractions on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, it is an
nounced by Jos. L. Brickner, fair
A large number of Bluffton people
see the fair every year and schools
here will be clsed on Thursday’,
October 5, to permit pupils and their
parents to attend.
With many w’orkers busy during
the day, the night fairs have become
increasingly popular and indications
are that this year’s crowds will sur
pass anything in the long history of
the fair. Grounds are well lighted
and attractions and exhibits are of
a high standard.
One of the new attractions for
children is the B. O. streamlined
train, a miniature railroad with
three coaches. Also those attending
the fair may have a copy of a pub-
lication “Fair News” sent free of
charge on request to relatives over
seas in the armed services.
Infant Clyde Irwin
Dies In Hospital Here
Clyde Irwin, infant son of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth Irwin, of near
Columbus Grove, died at 8:30 a. m.
last Sunday in Bluffton Community
hospital, shortly’ after birth.
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon, w’ith Rev. Ray*mond
Seely officiating. Burial was in
Truro cemetery near Columbus Grove.
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.j
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton, O.
122 South Main St., Bluftton
Office Hours: 9:00 A. M.—5:30 P. M.
Evenings: Mon.. Wed., Fri., Sat. 7:00
to 8:00 P. M. Closed Thursday Afternoon.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
Telephone 271-W
Bluffton, Ohio
Round, Square, Rec
tangular and Panel—in
a wide range of sizes
and each a quality pro
Wall Mirrors-
An attractive 10 by 16
inch mirror only $1.50.
Other sizes: 12 by 18,
11 by 24, 18 by 26,
24 by 36 and 36 by 46
Also really chic round
mirrors in diameters:
24, 28, 30 and 36 inches.
better setting.
Friday night, too, was a fine night
for football, but by morning tempera
tures were in the 40’s and Saturday
provided a cheerless, windy day, w’ith
only a touch of sunlight now and
then as the official opening of fall.
There was a light frost on Satur
day and Sunday nights, but most
garden crops escaped serious dam
age, except sweet potatoes and some
tomatoes. Sunday and Monday, how
ever, have been bright and cheerful
with warm temperatures. All nights
have been cool, in keeping with the
Name Bluffton Girl
To College Council
Hildred Eversole, of Bluffton, has
been elected by the student body as
a representative on the Student
Council of Bluffton college. This
year she is a junior.
Miss Eversole is publicity chair
man of the Y. W. C. A. and busi
ness chairman of the girls’ glee
club. She is also active in the Var
ity “B” and the Home Economics
Club. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Eversole of Cherry
In Memoriam
In memory of our beloved daugh
ter and sister, Marilyn Colleen
Dearth who passed away, September
25, 1942.
Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world’s weary troubles and trials
are passed
In silence she suffered, in patience
she bore
Till God called her home to suffer
no more.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dearth,
Miriam and Dean.
In Memoriam
In loving memory of our father,
Levi Bender and sister, Minnie
Henry who died one year ago.
Two precious ones from us have
Their voices we loved are stilled
Their places are vacant in our
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
Those whom His love has given
Altho their bodies slumber here
Their souls are safe in Heaven.
No home ever had too many—and these handsome
mirrors of genuine Pittsburgh Plate Glass will add
that final touch of finish and charm.
Mrs. L. Binkley
Charley Bender
Family Gathering
Honoring Clarence Garlinger of
Mojave, Calif., a family gathering
was held at the home of his 86
year old aunt, Mrs. Ada Garlinger
at Arlington, Sunday.
Present w-ere: Clarence Garlinger,
Mojave, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. John
Garlinger, Bluffton, Sim Garlinger,
Spencerville Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
Lahr and tw’o sons, Mrs. Thelma
Reinhart and son of Dunkirk Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Powell and three
sons and the hostess Mrs. Garlinger
of Arlington.
News Want-Ads Bring Results.
Table Mirrors-
Something new and
ultra smart:
They come in rec
tangular 12 by 24 inches
and round 14 inch di
Door Mirrors-
Panel sizes to fit bath
room, closet or bedroom
doors—just the thing
for your boudoir. 12 by
48 inch size only $5.50.
Other sizes 20 by 70
inches and 22 by 70
Also Medicine Cabi
nets with mirror doors.
Basinger’s Furniture Store
War Roars From heat Fields
A wheat field near St. Hilaire, France, provides cover for
this antiaircraft gun and crew. I his scene, which might
have its counterpart in a thousand American areas, must
remind GI’s of home—and of ravages from which their
native land has been spared.
Six holidays will be observed by
Bluffton public schools during the
current school year, according to a
calendar of operations released this
week by Supt. Ralph Lanham.
The first holiday will be on Thurs
day, October 5, when the local
schools will be closed because of the
Ottawa fair. Classes will be dis
missed for the second day in the
same month, October 27, when teach
ers attend the Northwestern Ohio
Educational association meeting in
A two-day vacation is scheduled
College life, with its varied activi
ties, has begun in earnest. The sched
ule of activities has been posted, and
several organizations have held meet
ings. Re-elections of officers have
been held, to replace those who did
not return this year.
Phyllis Htartzler, of Goshen, Ind.,
has been elected as vice-presideht of
the Varsity “B”. Agnes Suter, of
Pandora, has been elected vice-presi
dent of the YWCA.
Student Council elections have given
the following representatives: seniors,
Helen Arters, of Spencer junior, Hil
dred Eversole, of Bluffton sophomore,
Howard Krehbiel, of Donnellson, Iowa.
New vice-president of the Ropp Hall
House Council is Miss Treva Arrants,
of Lima. Mrs. L. L. Ramseyer has
been elected an adviser to the girls’
gospel team.
Miss Agnes Amstutz, college librar
ian, is inaugurating a custom of ser
ving tea, the first occasion having
been held on Thursday afternoon, Sep
tember 21, in the Mosiman room of
Musselman Library. Miss Amstutz is
planning to have tea about once every
two weeks, with library assistants co
operating in the social hour. Miss
Frances Heckenbach poured for the
first tea.
The Roll of Bluffton scholars for
the year 1943-1944 has been released
by the Registrar. Those on the roll
have received no grades below “B” for
the year. Students on the roll and
their home addresses are as follows:
Howard Baumgartner, Berne, Ind.
Frances Beckenbach, Canfield Mary
Bowman, Lima Vera Esch, Washing
ton, Ill. Grace Geissinger, Allentown,
Pa. Iona Gerber, Orrville Helen Ha
begger, Busby, Montana Frank Ham
blem, Columbus Grove Clymenia
Hamman, Pennsburg, Pa. Donna
Hartzler, Bloomington, Ill. Ellwyn
Hartzler, Bloomington, Ill. Willadene
Hartzler, Bloomington, Ill. Evelyn
Johnson, Bucyrus Elizabeth Locher,
Bluffton Lila Moon, Fort Wayne,
Ind. Lois Sommer, Pekin, Ill. Elean
or Weaver, Goshen, Ind.
The tuberculosis patch test was giv
en to all students, beginning Monday
at the student health center with Mrs.
Ellen Bigelow assisting. Mrs. Bige
low, who had been college nurse until
last year, has been hired as nurse for
this year.
Professor Russell A. Lantz has
conducted try-outs for those interest
ed in the Girl’s Glee Club. The first
rehearsal was held last Friday in the
chapel. Those selected for the choir
include the following:
First soprano: Camilla Gorby,
Helen Arters, Frances Beckenbach,
Marguerite Jones, Virginia Geiger,
Margaret Chase, Natalie Morgan,
Joan McCarty, Elizabeth Waterstraw,
Anna Plapp, Clara Ann Bauman al
ternate, Virginia Hinkle.
Second soprano: Phyllis Bachman,
Iona Gerber, Phyllis Hartzler, Celia
Amstutz, Edith Stuckey, Agnes Suter,
Arlene Hartzler, Thelma Maurer, Ev
elyn Nunemaker, Juan Evans alter
nate, Marie Smith.
First alto: Mary Kay Ramseyer,
Carolyn Wilcox, Vera Soldner, Elean­
Public Schools List Holidays And
Vacation Periods For Current Year
for the Thank ving season, and
school will be closed on Thursday,
Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.
Bluffton College Notes
Christmas vacation will extend
from the evening of December 24
through January 1, with classes re
convening on January 2.
Remaining holidays of the year
will be Washington’s birthday on
February 22, and Good Friday,
which comes on March 30 this year.
School will close on May 24 next
spring and next January 12 will
mark the end of the first semester.
or Weaver, Mar
Vonne Hostetler,
Lois Oyer, Robe
Schertz altemat
Second alto: 1
Eversole, Esther
Burkhard, Trev.
Niswander, L:
arah Jane Schultz,
i Manges, Harriet
Mary Agnes Burk-
s Sommer, Hildred
abegger, Christine
Arrants, Barbara
The first evening Spanish class for
those interested in and around Bluff
ton w’as held la^t Wednesday evening.
This class is to meet every Wednes
day evening throughout the school
year with Rev. Frank Batterson, for
mer missionary to South America, as
instructor. Ten are enrolled in the
A Spanish class was also introduced
in the Lima YMCA under the same
instructor. This class w’as organized
for the convenience of those in and
around Lima who desire to learn
The College Faculty club will en
tertain the faculty of Bluffton public
schools at its first meeting of this
school year next Monday night in
the Ropp Hall lobby. A farewell
speech for Mr. A. J. B. Longsdorf,
former public school superintendent,
and a welcome speech for superinten
dent Ralph S. Lanaham, the new su
perintendent, will be delivered by
President Lloyd L. Ramseyer. Facul
ty club meetings are to be held the
first Monday evening of each month
throughout the school year.
I wish to thank all my friends for
the cards and flowers sent to me while
I was a patient in Bluffton hospital.
Mrs. Cleda Binkley Clements.
I wish to thank all my .friends for
the cards and flow*ers received while
I was in the hospital.
Mrs. Calvin Leiber.
Grape Pruning
Probably nothing is more confus
ing to the amateur than the subject
of grape pruning. In its briefest
terms, the principle of grape prun
ing is to leave a comparatively few
long cancs of the past summer’s
growth which arise from two-year
old wood: generally two to five
canes of such length that they will
carry four to ten or twelve buds
For Vigor and Health—
include ineat in your menu.
Always ready to serve you.
Bigler Bros.
Fresh arid Salt Meats
Last spring’s graduating class at
Bluffton High school has 12 of its
members attending college five in
the armed forces two in nurse’s
training nine employed away from
home two married and the remain
ing 12 employed at or staying at
Of the 43 classmates the following
will attend college this fall: Bluff
ton college, David Dean and Lois
Oyer Rowling Green U., Joan Buck
land, Helen Greding, Janice Hankish
and Clare Reagon Otterbein U.,
Nadine Allman Wooster college,
Mary Margaret Basinger Oberlin
college, Beverly Biery Taylor uni
versity, Anna Hochstettler Uni
versity of Toledo, Mary Gene Sie
field and Cincinnati Bible Semin
ary, Earl Dean Luginbuhl.
Mary E. Habegger, at Lima Me
morial hospital, and Dorothy Burk
holder, at the Bluffton Community
hospital, are in nurse’s training.
Five members of the class are in
Oil First Discovered
Here In 1890 Boom
Not Until 1894
(Continued from page 1)
repetition of the same occurrence.
Next morning when the work crew
removed the cap from the casing, a
gusher of oil spurted over the tree
tops and the surrounding vicinity was
deluged with oil.
Piped to Railroad
Morical wasn’t prepared for a well
of such proportions, but finally it was
brought under control. Later the Sun
Oil Co. built a pipe line from the
Orange township location of the well
to the Nickel Plate railroad tracks
(then the L. E. & W. railroad). At
the railroad, the oil was loaded on
tank cars.
ast Spring’s High School Graduating
Class Of 43 Members Widely Scattered
Later Morical drilled a second well
the nation’s armed forces, as fol
lows: Army—Varden Loganbill, Bill
Mericle and Even Neiswander
Navy—Maurice Kohli and Jackson
Those employed are Imojene Bron
son, Margaret Griffith, Jane Howe,
Virginia Miller, Glenna Swick, Joyce
Young, LaDonna Johnson and Mir
iam Schaeublin, at the Triplett Elec
trical Instrument Co. Florence Ann
Biome, working in Lima Ruth
Burkholder, employed at the Boss
Glove factory, and Levon Wilch, at
Wilch’s restaurant.
Radio Stars from Station WLW, Cincinnati—You
Have Heard Them on the Air—Now See Them in
Person. Bradley Kincaid, Grandpappy Doolittle, Billy
Strickland, Yodeling Joe, Johnson Twins, Roy Starkey,
Lee Morgan and Penny Woodford—In fact the EnfTre
Boone County Jamboree Troop
Other class members who either
are working at or staying at home
include Robert Amstutz, Wayne Bad
ertscher, Robert Burkholder, Dale
Huber, Roger Klay, Raymond Kohli,
Harry Minck, Kenneth Reichenbach,
Robert Stratton, Alice Augsburger
and Aileen Diller.
Black Hawks
The True Lovers
The two class members who mar
ried are Freda Fritchie, now Mrs.
Jacob Warkentin and Madalene
McCune, now Mrs. Weldon Deppler.
on the Silas Ewing farm, 1’4 miles
northwest of the Stratton farm where
he got a dry* hole. This wras followed
by a well on the George Nonnamaker
farm ’4 mile northeast of Stratton’s
anda second on the Asa Stratton lease.
These provided some oil but not much.
Morical’s next venture was to put
down a well on the William Eaton
farm, which also adjoined the Strat
ton property’, but the well he drilled
there was only fair. The Eaton farm
is the one now occupied by Wiliam
Gives Up Lease
All of the output of the four w’ells
was taken by’ the Sun Oil Co. which
extended its lines from the first well
to the other three, and piped the oil
to the railroad siding in Bluffton
w’here tank cars were filled.
Morical finally gave up his opera
tions here, however, for the first w’ell
drilled was the only one of the four
“Bigger and Better Every Year”
OCT. 3-4-S-6-7
Harness Racing
STARTING AT 1:30 $4 00.00 PURSE
Good Exhibits Clean Shows
Admission General 42c, Tax 8c Total 50c
THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 1944
being pumped that payed dividends,
and the expense of drilling and oper
ating the others was eating up the:
profits from the first well.
From here Morical went to Can
nonsburg, six miles northeast where
he drilled several holes, none of w’hich
produced oil, and he finally vanished
from the oil picture in this area.
When he left Bluffton to go to Can
onsburg, Morical pulled the casings
from his four w’ells in Orange town
ship and oil pumping w’as forgotten in
this district until the boom of
awakened interest again.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Oil Co. made
its first appearance in Bluffton oil
history shortly after the gusher had
been struck on the Stratton farm. It
leased the adjoining William Warren
farm, where a son, John, now’ lives,
but did not put down a well and the
lease later expired.
Not Much Demand
During the interim from 1892 to
1894 oil was all but forgotten in this
district, for there was little demand
for it except for coal oil to burn in
lamps. Gasoline was a useless by
product at refineries and generally
was dumped into creeks.
Except for a slight stirring by a
small firm of Findlay operators,.
Blank, Cornw’ell and Co., which put
dowm a W’ell on the Eli Nonnamaker
farm adjoining the Stratton farm
which proved unprofitable to operate,,
there were no further developments
until the 1894 boom.
By that time the industry had ex
panded and wras becoming a substan
tial business, w’ith prices considerably
higher than in 1890. Oil then brought
15 to 20 cents a barrel which was con
sidered exceptionally good.
The Standard Oil Co. was fast be
coming a factor in the production
field, and the Ohio Oil Co., at that
time a Standard subsidiary* operating
out of Findlay, looked over the aban
doned Orange township field and
leased the Stratton and Ew'ing farms
as w’ell as many others in the Orange
towmship area. Thus w’hen the local
oil production reached boom propor
tions a major portion of the acreage
in the boom area was held by the Ohio
Oil interests.
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