Reality is reproduced to the
detail in the many-tracked
railroad in the Kibler street
of Dr. B. W. Travis, Bluffton physi
cian, whose hobby has made him one
of the outstanding model railroaders
in this country.
In the large basement room which
houses his elaborate layout, freight
and passenger trains race down the
right-of-way of a two-track main
line system, puff up mountain grades,
flash in and out of tunnels, cross
streams over life-like bridges pass
each other, change tracks and pull to
Pfc. Shigera Matsunaga, formerly
from Honolulu, Hawaii, now of Fort
Snelling, Minnesota, and who was a
freshman here last year, visited the
campus February 21-22.
Chapel speaker Friday, February
23 on finances of the Ohio school sys-
By Jean Ann Steinman
Radio Programs Begin Friday
Newest feature in Bluffton High’s
curriculum is a radio program which
w’ill be broadcast for the next ten
w’eeks. The first program will be
broadca Friday afternoon, from 1:15
to 1:45 over Findlay station WFIN.
Succeeding programs will be heard
every Friday afternoon at the same
time until May fourth.
These programs, which are under
tfie coordination and direction of P.
W. Stauffer, will be broadcast directly
from the stage of the Bluffton High
School Auditorium. High school or
ganizations as well as the elementary
grades will cooperate in putting the
programs on the air.
The following sponsors will make
these ten programs possible: Trip-
Mrs. Bertha Matter, Mrs. Robert
Deerhake and son Donnie spent Sun
day afternoon at the Mrs. Martha
Basinger home. Evening caller w’as
Mrs. Albert Kohler.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and
daughters called Wednesday evening
on Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher.
Mrs. Peter James and son Victor
of Columbus were Thursday evening
supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. C.
Schaublin and daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Metter
and family spent Thursday evening
with Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Gratz
and daughter Sharon Kaye.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and
son were Sunday callers at the R. E.
Morris home in Harrod and at the
John Hirshfield home in Lima.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Stettler spent
Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs.
Andrew Hochstettler and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart, Mr.
Lifelike—but it’s not the real thing. This view of locomotives, turn-table, round house, coal cars,
caboose and a citv in the background is part of the model railroad setup one of the finest Ohio,
of Dr. R. W. Trav Bluffton physician which completely fills one large room in the basement
of his home on West Kibler street.
REALITY ON ELABORATE SCALE DEPICTED
IN MODEL RAILROAD OF BLUFFTON MAN
a st at stations—all at the proper
touch of the master control switches.
On sidings, busy switch engines
are at work, coupling and uncoupling
cars by electrical control. In the
railroad yard an electrically oper
ated turn table swings into the de
sired position in a maze of nine
into the round house,
Here Dr. Travis is seen at work on intricate home-made relays which were
described in a national model railroaders magazine.
Bluffton College Notes
Bluffton High School Notes
A locomotive runs over and
again, another locomotive
rumbling out of the round
ready to take up its work.
Reality Is Here
an easy matter to fall under
tern was Superintendent Ralph S
Lanham of the Bluffton public schools
Dr. I. W. Bauman, Professor of So
cial Sciences and on leave this year
gave a Washington's birthday talk ir
chapel on hero worship and true
letl Elect. Inst. Co., C. F. Niswander
Imple. Store, Bluffton Milling Co.,
Koontz’s Sinclair Station and Stein
man Bros. Lumber Co.
Last Basketball Game
Upper Sandusky’s gym was the
scene of the last game of the season
for Bluffton High’s basketeers. Four
seniors, Bob Gratz, Ronald Zimmerly,
Herr and Otto Klassen, donned the
Pirate uniform for the last time on
Chief Sanzenbacher, of the Lima
Recruiting Office, spoke to approxi
mately 28 boys in the 17 year age
group last Friday morning. He spoke
of opportunities to be found in the
Navy, and especially emphasized the
importance of training in Radar.
and Mrs. Ernest Manahan, Mr. and
Mrs. Matt Wahl and Mrs. Esmond
Griffith were past week callers at
the Ernest Gratz home.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Amstutz and
daughters spent Sunday afternoon
at the Francis and Amos Basinger
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wingate and
daughter Donna were Sunday dinner
guests of Mr. John McPheron of
Mrs. Ella Dillman, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald Dillman and daughter Mari
lyn, Mrs. Robert Dillman and son
Larry, Mrs. Amos Luginbuhl, Glenna
Swick, Mr.and Mrs. Weldon Lugin
buhl were Sunday dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Neuenschwander
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reichenbach
and family spent Sunday evening
with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bader
tscher and sons.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zimmerman
and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
spell of reality, for the
complete down to trees
along the right-of-way.
a farm with animals in
Here the scenery changes
to mountains, valleys, fills and cuts.
Next the train is rushing thru a
city there is a gas tank here a
lumber yard now we are going past
rows of factory buildings.
The ceiling lights go out. It is
dark except for light glowing in the
windows of the houses. Here comes
a freight, its headlight cutting thru
the gloom. The train goes on, and
the brilliant eye of the signal
changes from green to red.
Over there a passenger train
races on its run its coach
windows bright with lights its
W’histle shrieking thru the dark.
Close inspection reveals that
engines, cars, tracks, etc., are
a careful reproduction of their
counterparts which comprise
the backbone of America’is
great transportation system.
You will see here great
freight locomotives with four
driving wheels and stubby little
switch engines. Side by side
are a streamliner, and the more
conventional passenger train
engines we see in this section
of the country.
Years of careful work are
represented in the layout
years in which Dr. Travis built
to scale the various items
Badertscher and sons were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and
son called Sunday evening at the
Otto Amstutz home.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rusmisel spent
Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs.
W. C. Schaublin and daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Tschiegg and
family spent Friday evening with
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hochstettler and
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Matter
and family called Sunday evening on
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Leiber and fam
Mrs. Arthur Miller called Wednes
day evening on Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Core and
family called Sunday evening on Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Gratz.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter James and
sons Ronald and Victor of Columbus
and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Schaublin
w’ere Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Wilf ord Gratz and daugh
ter Sharon Kaye.
Misses Judith Benroth and Janice
Henry were Thursday evening guests
of Kaye Nonnamaker, Jeanette and
Gareth Lynn Basinger were supper
guests. Mr. and Mrs. Lendon
Basinger and Mrs. Howard Stauffer
of Bluffton called in the evening at
the A. J. Nonnamaker home.
Callers at the M. J. Stratton home
the past week were Mr. and Mrs.
J. D. Clymer, Mr. and Mrs. Wright
Klingler, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Non
namaker and daughter Kaye.
Mrs. Wm. Marquart and daughter
Dorothy, Mrs. Sam Browmeller and
children of Jenera spent Sunday
afternoon with Mrs. Lucinda Koontz.
Callers at the Ami Nonnamaker
home the past week w’ere Mrs.
Lawrence Urban, daughter Marie and
grandson Donnie of Findlay, Mr. and
Mrs. Earl Arnold, and Wauneta
Gossman of Jenera, Mr. and Mrs.
S. F. Nonnamaker and Bessie Arnold
of Bluffton, Mrs. C. V. Klingler and
sons Jack and Howard and daughter
Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Non
namaker and son Ralph, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Hamilton and daughter
Betty and Chas. Nonnamaker.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Fisher and
June Gallant called at the Thomas
Koontz home Sunday fternoon.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
which make up the elaborate system.
The local man, however, is con
siderably more than just another
model railroader to the others of his
clan. They know him as a crafts
man who has pioneered in many
model railroading develop-
turntable was the first ever
built which would stop at the right
spot and remain locked in position
without any chance of over-riding,
jiggling or jerking stop. Just turn
the switch to the proper setting, and
the turntable swings into place in
a maze of 18 tracks—just as easy
Dr. Travis worked out all the de
tails himself. A motor from a 1929
Ford windshield wiper was pressed
into service the relay was made
from a discarded doorbell, and the
solenoid for releasing the brake was
wound by the local man in his own
Details of the turntable created a
furore in model railroad circles when
it was published in the feature ar
ticle in the 50-page monthly maga
zine, The Model Railroader.
Dr. Travis is not a stranger to
readers of the magazine, however,
for in it have appeared many more
of his writings. Among them wras
an article “How to Build Your Own
Relays”, a godsend to model rail
roaders who cannot buy them in
these day of war scarcity.
In its technical espects, model
railroading has few men in the coun
try better posted than the local phy
sician. Visitors from all parts of
the country drop in here to consult
him. They, more than the unini
tiated can appreciate the craftsman
I ship that has gone into his work and
his pioneering in model railroading
This is no toy—this elaborate set
up with numerous relays several
hundred electrical connections, and
more than 300 feet of railroad track
the headaches of whose construction
escape the casual spectator—this is
the work of a technician, the magic
of whose handiwork creates the spell
of reality in a basement room.
The plant food consumed by
stalks and ears of a 60-bushel
acre corn crop is 90 pounds nitrogen,
38 pounds phosphoric acid, 66 pounds
potash, and 12 pounds lime carbonate.
The stems and grain of a 32-bushel
soybean crop consume 155 pounds
nitrogen, 45 pounds phosphoric acid,
70 pounds potash, and 128 pounds
Among the pacifists who
been sent to prison for failure to
comply with Selective Service regu
lations are a number of vegetarians,
anti-vaccinationists, and followers
of other cults.
50 and 55
March—the month of rough and
boisterous weather is at hand—
named after the ancient war god
Mars, the name is doubly appro
priate at this time with most of the
world at war.
Legend has it that Mars was the
son of Jupiter and Juno, the king
and queen of the gods and w’as gen
erally represented in a shining suit
of armor, with a plumed helmet on
his head, a spear in one hand and a
shield in the other.
His chariot w’as driven by the
goddess of war, Bellona, who also
watched over his safety in battles
which w’ere constantly raging on
During the great fight between
the gods and giants to decide
w’as to rule the world, Mars
captured by two of the giants
bound him day and night, the
end account narrates.
March, Month Of Boisterous Weather
Appropriately Named After War God
After a year of captivity he
freed by the clever gcd Mercury
succeeded in loosening the chains so
that the giants heard no
was loved by Venus, the
of beauty, but wishing to
keep their love a secret from the
other gods, they met only at night
and Mars appointed his servant Alec
tryon to keep w’atch and to call him
Three Seals Of Ohio
Evolution of the Great Seal of
Ohio is a chronicle of legislative de
bate and trouble, and today the
situation is such that the reproduc
tions, imprints and facsimiles most
people see are not authentic.
In fact the seal used on Governor
Lausche’s stationery and that used
as a frontispiece in state publica
tions differ from each other—and
neither is a bonafide reproduction of
the Great Seal of the state which
makes all state documents authentic.
These three seals in use today
differ mainly in the number of hills
they have in the background, and
you can’t get technical about
because the law does not say
many hills there should be.
Ohio statutes provide there
be a range of mountains in the
background with a rising sun coming
over them. Official seals used to
stamp state documents have five
peaks that used in state publica
tions has four, and the seal on the
governor’s stationery has three.
This situation is natural, however,
before the sun rose, as he did not
wish Apollo, the sun god, to see him.
One night Alectryon fell asleep
and neglected to warn the lovers and
Apollo saw’ them from his chariot.
He caught them in a net of steel
and held them prisoner while the
other gods ridiculed them.
As soon as he was set free, Mars,
who was angry with Alectryon for
failing in his responsibility, changed
him into a cock and condemned him
to give warning every day of the
During wartime, the Romans
turned to Mars for help and protec
tion. Before setting out to battle,
the Roman general went into the
temple of Mars and touched the
sacred shield with the point of his
spear and supplicated “Mars, watch
The training ground of the Ro
man soldiers w’as called Campus
Martius (the field of Mars) in honor
of the god of war and it was com
monly believed that Mars himself led
their army into battle and helped
to give them the victory.
Thus when the Romans came to
designate the third month they could
find no name more appropriate for
the blustery and boisterous time of
the year than the name patterned
after the war god.
Hills In Background
Just Received a
Full Size- Width 4ft. 6in.
Twin Size-Width 3 ft. 3 in.
3-quarter Size -Width 4 ft
for the state has been having seal
trouble since its organization.
The first General Assembly in
1803 prescribed the devices that
should appear on the seal, as fol
lows: “A shield, in form of a circle.
On it in the foreground on the right
a sheaf of wheat, on the left a bundle
of 17 arrows, both standing erect
in the background and rising above
the sheaf and spears a mountain
over which shall appear the rising
However, the next assembly in
1805 repealed the law, and for three
score years and one Ohio had no
Great Seal. Instead the state used
a great variety of symbols. Canal
boats, locomotives, farming imple
ments and devices too numerous to
mention appeared on various seals
in those years of confusion.
Come Early While the Selection is Large.
Basinger’s Furniture Store
In 1866, with the Civil war out of
the way, a Republican assembly
again adopted the initial seal. The
next Assembly, also Republican, add
ed a rivet, a farmer with implements
of agriculture, a locomotive and
train of cars, a smith with an anvil
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1945
and a steamboat.
In 1867 a Democrat administration
removed all these items, retaining
the original seal, but specifying a
range of mountains instead of one.
This seal still remains the official
one for the state.
Dies In Wyoming
Walter R. West, 55, Bluffton na
tive and nephew of Cliff West of
South Lawn avenue, died at his
home in Casper, Wyoming, January
4, according to word received here
the first of the week.
He was the eldest son of the late
Orlo and Mary (Whisler) West and
was bm near Bluffton, May 5, 1890.
Surviving are his wife Mary, one
daughter Mrs. Aileen Wirth and
grandson Ronnie Wirth of Santa
Monica, Calif., his mother and one
sister Mrs. Florence Lukens of
Steamboat Springs, Colo., three other
sisters, Mrs. Hazel Boettler of River
side, Calif., Miss Vaden West and'
Mrs. May Palmer of Santa Monica,.
Calif., and a brother Alva West of
Husband Of Former
Bluffton Woman Dies
Word of the death of I. E. Vin
cent, 59, of Merrifield, Va., was re
ceived here the first of the week.
His wife who survives wras formerly
of near Bluffton, being the daughter
of the late C. U. Steiner. Hiram P.
c*einer residing north of Bluffton, is
died of a rheumatic
He was engaged in
business and at one
time operated a chain of four stores.
His estate is valued at $65,000.
Besides his wife he is survived by
two sons, one daughter and two
Monthly collection of rubbish
be made on Thursday, March 1.
trons are requested to have rubbish
in containers placed easily accessible
to the truck and ready early in the
W. A. Howre, Mayor
Householders are asked to discon
tinue the practise of scattering ashes
in alleys and streets. Collection by
the town truck will be made as soon
as weather permits of
ashes of pa
W. A. Howe, Mayor
New’s Want-ads bring results.
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