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Allen county’s underground water level rise was the least of 74 coun ties in Ohio reporting gains from February thaws and recent heavy rains, it was reported by David Harker, chief of the staff of the Ohio Water Supply Board, Columbus. Harker reported that the water table recovery for the state as a whole was 3.86 feet, with Allen coun ty reporting the least gain at .86 of a foot, and Gallia county reporting the greatest increase with 10.38 feet. The underground water level, which supplies deep wells and springs, is the chief source of sup ply for farmers and rural districts. Harker predicted that by April 1 the water table would be back to normal thruout the entire state. Thc Bluffton News presents another in the series of unique features of South America. —Editor. The Americas have contributed to the world more than new riches, new’ products, new lands. They have— among other things—graced civiliza- unknown to wl advent of Colur Hemisphere. Most of thesi are now so common in other regions of the world that their origin has been SMARTNESS FOR COMFORT, TOO! Underground Water Level Rise In County One Of Smallest In Ohio EASTER SW^O.W? Many Garden Flowers Now Common First Found In South America e men before the us to the Western ... and lasting WALKING Certainly a shoe can be both smart and comfortablel And that’s the kind of shoe you’ll want for Easter. When you’re walking by today, drop in and let the shoe horn choose— just try on a pair of Jarmans —and discover their distinctive friendliness of fit. $585 t0 $gS5 MOST SJYl£S W. H. Gratz Family Shoe Store Bluffton, Ohio Sewing Cabinets handsomely finished in Mahogany and Walnut Three drawers equipped with thread G*1O CA and yarn—handy compact complete Jv SEWING BENCH upholstered leather top and sewing accessory drawer just the thing for console sewing nr machine or vanity table bench .............................XuJ Basinger’s Furniture Store Ground water was restored by the heavy rains, and farm wells report ed dry during the droughty summer and fall months are now back in service, he said. During the next summer, he ex plained, ground water will be more plentiful, especially in the valleys which are flooded now where the waters have access to gravels sealed off from the stream channels them selves. Reports for the county were com piled by the department from sta tistics sent in by cooperating farm ers in the area on the underground levels on their farms. In this dis trict, Auglaize county reported a rise of 1.29 feet, Hardin county a rise of 1.08 feet, and Hancock county 2.31 feet. forgotten and few would think of being grateful to the Americas for their contribution to the realm of flowers. Mexico—known even today for the beauty and abundance of its flora— is the native land of probably a greater variety of decorative plants than any other country of the hemi sphere, include regions of the continent if wc want to make a Pan American bouquet. but we find that we may flowers from many other No American flower is probably better known and admired through out the world than the numbered among the flowers of high rank special societies and Europe and America. dahlia. It is dozen or so which have exhibits in Named after the Swedish natural ist Dahl, its birthplace, however, is Mexico. It was cultivated in the gardens of the Aztec emperors who knew not only the single species but also the varicolored and the semi double ones. Yet, in spite of the fact that the early Spanish conquerors must have come in contact with it, it lieved to have been taken to only in 1790. is be Europe are the Other Mexican-born blooms light and delicately-colored cosmos— one of whose varieties is called “gallitos”—little cocks—and the bril liant poinsettia w’hich has become throughout the Americas the symbol of Christmas. In some tropical regions of the continent this flow'er is almost as abundant during the month of Dec ember as roses are in early summer in the temperate zone, and its red blossoms decorate gardens hedges at Christmas time. gay and the Also native of Mexico are yellow prickly poppy and the sturdy, colorful zinnias so popular now all over the world for table arrange ments. So-called French and African mari golds are—in spite of their name— of Mexican and Peruvian origin, a fact little known by gardens are graced by summer or early fall. those whose it in the late the United in this The golden rod of States has, also, its place garland of Western Hemisphere flowers, being a native of North America. Many a bride will be surprised to hear that her bouquet of white orchids, tuberoses and bouvardia is a strictly American one. Although orchids are almost uni versally found in tropical and tem perate regions, the Americas are responsible for some of the loveliest species. Among these are, for in stance, two varieties of white orchids, the “Espiritu Santo”—Holy Ghost— of Panama and the “Monja Blanca” —White Nun—of Guatemala both of which have been chosen by these countries as their national flower. As for the lovely wax-like, heavy scented tuberoses, they come—amaz ingly enough—from a plant allied to Pfc. James H. Amstutz Memorial services were held at Emmanuel’s Reformed church last Sunday afternoon for Pfc. James H. Amstutz who w’as killed in action in Germany, February 9. He was the first service man of the St. John Emmanuel churches to lose his life in action in the present conflict. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor, officiated at the services. the Mexicarf agave and are native to that country, while bouvardia is believed to have originated in the Western Hemisphere. To South America is the world in debted for one of its most popular garden flowers: the nasturtium. Thus is this gaily colored little plant mentioned in a European botanical book of the end of the 18th century: the nasturtium “is a native of Peru, and is said by Linnaeus to have been first brought to Europe in the year 1684.” Another South American flower which is mentioned in European bo tanical treaties of the last century (1830) and one which is also today a favorite, is the petunia, “a native of Buenos Aires”—some say that the first were gathered upon the Uruguay near the Rio-Negro—“and like other herbaceous plants from the same country, quite hardy in Eng land during the summer”—to quote one author. The four o’clock—“romatically known as Marvel-of-Peru” comes, naturally from Peru and was intro duced to the Old World “at an early date, being very much admired there”, it seems. Also from South America are a number of though the has now mongrel. species of Verbena, al common garden variety become practically a poinsettias, tuberoses, na .these are but a few’ of ornamental blooms that Dahlias, stutiums the many have spread from the Americas to the rest of the world. How’ they were carried from this continent to the others is not always easy to trace. They tell of European wild flowers whose seeeds came over to the West ern Hemisphere in the heels of boots that had tread the fields where they grew in the Old World. By other such strange roundabout ways some of our indigenous plants may have reached land of cultivation in the other hemisphere, while many, we know were taken over as price less treasure and treated as such by loving naturalists. Oblivious of their origin, they—the flowers grow, spontaneously, and will ingly as soon as they find themselves in an appropriate medium. They share alike their beauty, their color, their brilliance with the Old World and with the New. Armorsville and Mrs. Ervin Moser Mr. daughter Hunlock, Saturday The Hiram Ste Benton Ridge, h: Clyde Shawber’s Pandora. Pandora and Ri churches held thi conference sessioi church Sunday af Dr. W. C. Hickey of the Defiance the services. Rev. Russell Mennonite churc will conduct the at the Grace chi day, March 18, week. and son family, Mrs. Edith Fox and Jimmy spent Sunday afternoon Chas. Zerante and Mr. and Mrs. family. Mr. and Mrs. daughters called the Chas. Montgomery home. with Wilf ord Geiger and Monday evening at Mrs. B. J. Stratton and children spent Monday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moore. O. P. Hartman and Dorothy and Geneva the week end with Mr. and Mrs. granddaughters Grismore spent Mr. and Mrs. Toledo and also called on Mr. Mrs. Will Feel also of Toledo. Harold Hinely of and and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hall children called on Mr. and Harry Moore and family Sunday evening. Mrs. Mrs. Victoria McCarty and son spent Monday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Moser. Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Klingler were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Klingler. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moore spent Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marshall. Mrs. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO Fred Davidson, who has been with the Marines in the Pacific, will be given an honorable discharge because of ill health. Fred is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wes Davidson. Dale Snavely Charles Andersoi guests in the Hiram Krohn Saturday and Sunday. Pvt. Ralph Steiner, who was at Camp Robinson, Ark., left here for Ft. Ord, California. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hilty and Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Steiner were dinner guests of Miss Margaret Hilty at Findlay, Sunday. Prof. H. W. Berky, of Bluffton College will be the guest speaker at the P. T. A. meeting, Wednesday evening, March 14. The Misses Christina, Emma and Clara Basinger entertained the Au Re voir club at their home southwest of Pandora, last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Shaw, of Win nameg in Fulton county, called at the C. D. Steiner home, Friday. Mrs. Don Sommer and daughters will occupy the Melvin Hilty apart ments north of his harness shop. Pandora Lenten Speaker and family and of Holgate, were home, family county Hubert Plankenhorn and will move onto a farm on the line north of Bluffton. Oberly family are moving from the farm. The Reno Miss Minnie Hilty, missionary from China, is expected to reach her home here Tuesday, March 13. Mrs. Charles Reese entertained the Bi-Centennial Club last Wednesday evening. er family of near moved onto the arm northeast of jy Creek Methodist fourth quarterly at the local M. E. ?rnoon at 3 o’clock, lew superintendent district conducted nd family, who have he John Hall farm Earl Winters ai been living on southwest of Pandora, are moving to a farm near Vaughnsville. Harry Hauenstein and family are moving onto the Hall farm. Kathleen Alkire, who has with the WAC in Washington, honorably discharged from service. been w’as the Run Pa., Mast, of Deep :h, Bedminster, pre-Easter services urch beginning Sun and continuing one rshall will entertain ab, Saturday after Mrs. Orlo Ma the Advance Cl noon, March 17. Mrs. Lavina Grismore entertained the W. C. T. U., Monday evening. Mrs. of the ing. James Sommer was hostess W. S. C. S., Thursday even- Gerdeman and family will Neil move onto the farm vacated by the Hubert Plankenhorn family, south west of Pandora and owned by Mrs. Fortman of Columbus Grove. Mrs. Rita Burry, Elmer Burry and family, Arthur Burry and family were dinner guests of Mrs. Clara Light and Mrs. Zella Hilty, Sunday. Carl Light and family of Ft. Wayne, Ind., w’ere afternoon visitors. Cpl. D. J. Harkness, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Harkness of Pan dora, is a medical technician in a troop carrier unit known as the “Jungle Skipper”, the first troop carrier outfit to land in the Philip pines. Technician Walter Plankenhorn and Mrs. Plankenhorn have returned to Camp Bliss, Texas. Mrs. Steve Morvay recently visited Mr. Morvay two weeks in Nebraska. Mr. Morvey who accompanied his wife to Pandora on a three days furlough is expecting to be assigned to another camp or overseas. Miss Mary Ellen Gerber of New York City, is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Nance Gerber, north west of Pandora. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Basinger, who recently sold their farming equip ment have moved to Mt. Lake, Minn., where Mr. Basinger will work for his brother, Dr. Harvey Basinger. The Floyd Snavely family of Mc comb bought the Dr. Harvey Basing er farm and are now’ living on same. Richard Frantz recently to service is stationed Camp as a cook. and Chas. Montgomery Sue called on Mrs. Mrs. Cleo Smith of afternoon. Ward Lima, Miss Mrs. Carl McCafferty and Margaret Guider called on Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Guider and daughter, Monday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Montgomery and daughter Sue called on Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schantz and son, Mrs. Hattie and Earl Turner, Sunday afternoon. Window Device A window over a coal bin can be shut without clambering over the coal if a piece of rope or insulated wire is nailed just above the window and allowed to dangle below the silh After coal is dumped, reach in from outside, grasp end of rope and pull. Wedged between sash and sill, the rope will hold window shut. called in a Florida at Gilboa, a Pandora of Mrs. Olan Hoffman, former employee of First National Bank, i the bank since March I the is working at 1. charge C. E. Sommer has sales of the 1945 automobile tags. of the license a new Mrs. Harry Schumacher is employee at the First National bank. Mrs. Elizabeth Risser of New Lon don, is visiting the, David Risser family, Bluffton Walter Cupp family of Rockport and the Aaron Hilty family of Pandora. Mrs. Verna Rouse, of Lima, visit ed her mother Mrs. Sarah Davidson last week end. Mrs. Jessie Davy McBumey, of Amsterdam, Mo., who is visiting her sisters here, Misses Mary and Har riet Davy, leceived word that a little grandson was bom to her son, Mr. and Mrs. Davy McBumey at Amster dam, Mo., last Thursday. Davy at present is in the Philippines. Robert Cahill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cahill is now in Hawaii. News Want-ads bring results. Rev. Russell Mast, pastor of the Deep Run Mennonite church, Bed minster, Pa., who will conduct a week of special services at Grace Mennonite church in Pandora, March 18 to 25, it is announced by Rev. Forrest Musser, the pastor. Rev. Mast will be accompanied here by his wife, the former Alma Hilty, and family, who will spend the week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hilty of Spring street, ton. Opening Bluff- Grace 10:30 services at the church will be held Sunday at a. m. and 7:30 p. m., followed by services every night except Satur day. Special music for the services will be in charge of Prof. R. A. Lantz of Bluffton college. Farm Machine Ceiling Will Curb Speculators Many items of used farm equip ment were placed under price ceil ings more than two years ago “to help farm production and keep such machinery out of speculators hands”, according to H. G. Bogart, district O. P. A. director. “Dealers, auctioneers and farmers have been cooperative in keeping farm production prices down by com plying with the regulations,” added Mr. Bogart. “In only a few in stances has it been necessary to im pose sanctions for violations. “Recently, Federal Judge Kloeb of Toledo granted a ninety day injunc tion against Donald Day of Egerton, Ohio, restraining him from the sale of farm equipment above ceiling prices.” Mr. Bogart also pointed out that price clerks of War Price and Ra tioning Boards are always glad to give complete information on the ceiling price of used farm machinery. Presbyterian Sunday School Officers The following officers have been elected by the Presbyterian Sunday school to serve for the coming year: Supt., N. A. Triplett assistant, Sidney Hauenstein treasurer, Armin Hauenstein assistant, Mrs. John Blackburn secretary, John Warren assistant, Carl Frick chorister, Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein assistant, Mari lyn Fett organists, Edgar Hauen stein, C. A. Biery librarians, Robert Stalter, Keith Kirtland Supt., pri mary dept., Mrs. Armin Hauenstein Supt. home department, Mrs. Susan Galloway cradle roll department, Mrs. Woodrow Little. IN APPRECIATION Your kind expressions of sympathy will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated in the bereave ment and Memorial Sendee of our be loved son and brother, James H. Am stutz. Wfe are very thankful to Rev. V. C. Opperman for officiating at the mem orial sendees and American Legion for their part in the services Paul Diller for his arrangements, the sing ers also those who remembered him with flowers and everyone w’ho aided us in the service and otherwise. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Amstutz Mr. and Mrs. Rayon Boutwell Mary Jane Worthington Mrs. Eli Amstutz. Notice To Bidders Bids w’ill be received by the Bluff ton Board of Education for painting and puttying sash and window frames, etc., of the Bluffton high school building. Specifications may be obtained by calling at the ad ministration office at the high school. All bids to be in hands of the clerk of the board of education by April 9, 1945 at 7 p. m. The right reject any or all bidsJMbrhg:shlv3 is reserved to reject any or all bids. By order of the board of educa tion. 50 Leland Diller, Clerk New’s Want-ads bring results. D. C. BIXEL, O.D. GORDON BIXEL, O.D. 122 South Main St., Bluhton EYESIGHT SPECIALISTS Office Hours: 3:00 A. M.—5:30 P. M. Evenings: Mon.. Wed.. Fri., Sat. 7:00 to 8:00 P. M. Closed Thursday Afternoon. MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D. Office Hours: 1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M. Office. 118 Cherry St. Phone 120-Y Bluffton, Ohio Joint Meeting Held G. R. and Hi-Y members met in the cafeteria last Wlednesday evening for a joint meeting. Rev. Gaar Davis, pastor of the Lima A. M. E. Church, spoke on the subject of race relations. Rev. Davis stated that the hope of improving inter-racial relations in the young people of today. Bluffton High School Notes lies B. H. S. on the Air Of the ten scheduled broadcasts from Bluffton High School, eight more remain. Each week one department of the school is featured. The first broadcast featured the Art Depart ment the second placed the Home Economics Department in the spot light and the Music Department will be featured in this week’s broadcast to be heard Friday afternoon from 1:15 to 1:45 over station WFIN. Dorothy Dunbar and Don Augsburger are in charge of collecting advertis ing material from the sponsors, and jobs as ad writers, continuity writers and announcers are taken care of by the Dramatics Class under the direc tion of P. W. Stauffer. Honor Roll Announced The following students are members of the Honor Roll for the fourth six weeks which ended last week, leav ing only 12 more weeks of school. Honor roll for the fourth grading Although there is much legend and uncertainty about St. Patrick, famed Irish Bishop and religious organizer, a great portion of the civilized world commemorated his life with observances of various types on Sat urday. There is probably no other saint about whom so much uncertainty ex ists. It is not even March 17 is the date of his birth or the date of his death, though it sometimes is known whether said to be both. to the best authorities born about A. D. 386. as an organizer were According Patrick was His talents soon developed and in a short time he understood how to adapt the su perstitions and the pagan rites which he found to the teaching church. of the proma in bis His organizing genius and tional ability can be seen founding of 365 churches, numerous schools and colleges and many other contributions to the civilization of mankind. The most popular of the legends regarding St. Patrick is that which gives him credit for driving all the snakes and vermin out of Ireland. The story as current today is told in one of the songs, of which extract: “There’s not most popular Irish the following is an a mile in Ireland’s THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1945 Life Of St. Patrick Commemorated Here With Observances Saturday period: 7th Grade—John Bauman, Richari Steiner, Dorohy Amstutz, Mary Balm er, June Habegger, Dorothy Hard wick, Willa Ann Hilty, Wanda Hoch stettler, Ada Mae Oyer, Lena Preto. Mary J. Ramseyer, Jane Risser. 8th Grade—Roger Linden, Robert Neuenschwander, Colletta Badertsch er, Joe Haller, Susanna Kempf, Bea trice Leiber. 9th Grade—Harriet Burkhart, Mary Jane Burkholder, Marilyn Fett, Dora. Luginbuhl, Marilyn Stratton. 10th Grade—Malcolmn Basinger,. Harriet Amstutz. Mary Bauman, Jo anne Buhler, Admeda Fenn, Eleanor Linden, Alice Pennabecker. 11th Grade—John Luginbuhl, Rob ert Ramseyer, Elmer Stonehill, Ann McGinnis. 12th Grade—Otto Klassen, Amsutz, Juanita Bame, Alice Bixel, Genevieve Buhler, Lois holder, Eileen Haller, Esther macher, Jean Ann Steinman, Weinhold. A Price Each Family Can Afford To Pay We provide the families calling us with the finest quality of service obtainable at the price each can afford to pay. Our service to the liv ing meets their every requirement.' Our ^easily understood pricing plan gives each patron a definite understanding ofjthe. fairness of our charges.^ Our mtxfernZy equippeJ, personal service isi formal! peoplejregardleseof^their^beliefs^orj belongings* Paul Diller FUNERAL HOME ')Vione222-W-Qiluf/ton Fun for the fisherman—but not so pleasant for the fish. And yet a fish hook in the nose might not feel so much worse than the congestion and irritation caused by a bad head cold. NYAL NASAL DROPS shrink congested membranes, open up the air passages so you can get a deep breath right to the bottom of the lungs. Try a few drops to relieve the discomfort of your next head cold. A. Hauenstein & Son Sarah Jean Burk- Schu EileeiT Valedictorian and Salutatorian Jean Ann Steinman, haring the highest scholarship rating of 92.39 in the senior class, has been chosen a? valedictorian Juanita Bame, ranking second with an average of 91.76, has been chosen the salutatorian for the Class of 1945. isle where the musters: Wher’er he put his he murdered them The toads went hop, went flop, slap dash into the water, And the beasts committeed suicide to save themselves from slaugh ter.” It seems that wherever St. Patrick went he w’as preceded by a drum. One time when going up a hill to preach a sermon that was to put an. end to snakes, he beat the drum so vigorously it burst. dirty vermin dear forefoot in clusters. the frogs According to the legend, the snakes then started to glide out of their hiding places. Suddenly an angel patched the drum, the sermon pro ceded, and all the reptiles vanished as if by magic. The shamrock, which is the sym bol of the celebration, is worn in commemoration of the fact that when St. Patrick was preaching of the doctrines of the Trinity, he made use of this plant bearing three leaves on one stem as a symbol of great mystery. Despite the legendary character of the account, the fact remains that St. Patrick accomplished much good and that he remains in the minds and hearts of countless millions at this time of the year.