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Christmas VOLUME LXXI BLUFFTON AGLOW WITH LIGHTS FOR YULETIDE SEASON Residences and Business Dis trict Gaily Anticipate Coming Christmastide Holiday Mail Heavy Carolers Make Rounds, and Church Programs Presented With the rush of pre-Christmas activity at an end, Bluffton area residents were ready Tuesday for their annual celebration of Amer ica’s best-loved holiday season. Dressed in brilliant holiday rai ment and aglow with lights, homes, lawns and business places provide a colorful setting for the observance of the Yuletide which opens with the Christmas eve observance Tues day and continues thru the advent of the New Year. During the week immediately pre ceding Christmas there was a busy rush of activity, reaching a peak over the past weekend. An eight inch snowfall Friday with moderate temperatures added materially to the holiday spirit. Shopping Sets New Record Shopping was heavy, with a new record volume of Christmas trade reported by local merchants. Christ mas mail had Bluffton postal em ployes swamped from the mid-part of last week until Tuesday but every effort was made to deliver letters and parcels promptly despite the rush. To cope with the heavy volume of Christmas mail, windows at the post office were open Saturday afternoon instead of closing at the usual dead line, 1 p. m. Later—arrival Christ mas parcels and perishable packages will be delivered by postal attaches until noon on Christmas Day. Musical presentations in keeping with the season were given by grade school, high school and college groups the latter part of the week, before the institutions closed last Friday for their annual Christmas holiday recesses "ex&hdfng until after the first of the new year. Yuletide Caroling Mild weather was favorable for Yuletide caroling, and several bands of singers traversed the town and countryside in the week immediately preceding Christmas to bring Christ mas songs to shutins and friends. Church observances of Christmas were featured by the customary children’s programs, most of which were presented Sunday night, altho a few were reserved for Christmas eve. Stores and industry generally will suspend operations here on Christ mas Day, and Bluffton’s new Carma theatre also will be closed for one day in observance of the Yuletide. Business places and industrial plants, however, will resume operations as usual on Thursday. Couple Is Married At Home Of Minister Miss Margaret Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young, Lake .avenue, became the bride of Ray Core, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Core, Sr., of Pandora, in a double-ring ceremony last Thursday morning at the home of Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Rev. Bigelow received the vows of the contracting parties, who were attended by Robert Young, brother of the bride, and Miss Bette Merriot, of Pandora. For the occasion the bride wore a white wool dress, and a red rose corsage. The newly wedded couple will live in Pandora where the groom is a truck driver for Geiger Bros, Pan dory livestock dealers. Mrs. Core was graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1942, and her husband attended Co lumbus Grove High school. Boss Manufacturing Company Pays Bonus Announcement was made Monday by Charles Lloyd, manager of the Boss Manufacturing Co., that all employes of the company who were in the employ of the company on Nov. 30, 1946, will be paid addi tional compensation amounting to five per cent of the total wages paid to the employee on the payrolls paid and distributed within the period Dec. 1, 1945 to Nov. 30, 1946. Whether similar action can be taken next year or in the future depends entirely upon the production and conditions, he said. The company employs about 50 people at its plant here. Local Girl Enroute Home From Japan Miss Betty Steinman of Bluffton who has been in Japan in Red Cross service for the past year is enroute home according to a cable message received by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue. She sailed from Yokahama last Wednesday on the liner Arcadia, ac cording to the message. This was several days before the disastrous earthquake and tidal wave which devastated a portion of Japan the latter part of last week. She is expected to arrive home next week. GRADE CROSSING CRASH CAUSE OF YOAKAM’S DEATH Injuries Received When Jeep Was Struck By Train First Believed Minor Letter From Wife Gives First Details of Accident Re ceived by Parents Injuries which took the life of Lt. Wayne Yoakam in Germany at first were believed minor, according to an account of the fatal railroad cross ing mishap in a letter received Mon day by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yoakam, of near Bluffton. The letter was written by his wid ow', who had been in Germany since last May with Lt. gave local relatives of the fatality. Lt. Yoakam was rushed to the ar my hospital at Kitzingen, w’here he was stationed with the American Army occupation forces. At first his injuries w’ere believed minor in na ture. X-Rays show'ed five broken ribs, and altho the lungs evidently had been punctured and there were internal injuries there w'as no im mediate indication of the serious as pect of the case. The mishap had occurred at 4 p. m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and late that night, Lt. Yoakam told his wife hd expected to be out of the hospital in a few’ days. Mrs. Yoakam spent Sunday at his bedside, and there was no indication of the serious nature of the injuries until 6 p. m. of that day w’hen his condition took a turn for the worse. Death occurred at 11 p. m. that night. Mrs. Yoakam’s letter advised rela tives here that the body is on its way home, and she was under the impres sion it would reach this country be fore she arrived here. At the writing of the letter, sent airmail on Decem ber 15, she still was at the home of friends in Kitzingen, awaiting orders from army headquarters to leave for home. The widow’ is the former Luel la Smith, of Jenera. Bluffton Man In Findlay Hospital Benjamin Dally, Bluffton Rt. 1, was taken to the Findlay hospital Monday received pity. Early Dutch Settlers Transform Thin St. Nicholas To Jolly Rotund Santa Claus Yoakam, and it the first details Lt. Yoakam *s Supposition that jeep had been struck by a train, in dicated in cablegrams received pre viously from Mrs. Yoakam and the Wiar Department, were confirmed by the account in the letter. The mishap 'xxurred at a blind crossing near Wurtsburg, Germany, where the Bit artnjf officer had stopped his jeep in an effort to see if anything was coming on the rails. Believing the 'track was clear, he attempted to go over the crossing, but failed to clear in time to avoid being struck by an oncoming fast train because his jeep wras pulling a heavily loaded trailer and was too slow in gaining speed. night because of injuries in an auto accident in that the Cooper Tire and Rubber com pany plant in Findlay when his car skidded on an icy pavement and crashed into a tree. He suffered lacerations of both eyes and a severe knee injury. Time is precious but truth is more precious than time. Disraeli Original St. Nicholas, Old World Character Revamped into Modem Santa Claus Clement Moore’s Famous Poem “Night Before Christmas” Added Sleigh, Reindeer How St. Nicholas, one of Eu rope’s patron saints, underwent a metamorphosis in the hands of pioneer settlers in this country to become our American Santa Claus is an interesting blending of real and legendary characters. St. Nicholas was an old character who actually lived, many of the stories told about him are true, others are purely fictional. He was born in Asia Minor toward the end of the Third Century by parents both very religious, and very wealthy. His childhood was devoted to religious studies and his studies left him little time for child ren’s games. He was a child prodi gy, and because of his remarkable babyhood, has been accepted as the Patron Saint of children. Miss Huldah Schifferly, nurse Bluffton hospital is at her home Poplar street with hip injuries the result of a fall. of Nicholas found, upon the death (Continued on page 8) Three Injured In Accidents Past Week Three Bluffton people were injured in accidents the past week, two be ing the results of falls on icy side walks Friday. Injured were: Mrs. Harry Shrider, Sr., received a fractured left wrist in a fall near her home on North Jackson street. at on as Paul Schumacher employed with a crew installing automatic signals on the Nickel Plate railroad here re ceived a fractured right arm Friday while attempting to crank a gasoline motor car used on the railroad to transport men to and from their work. Last Rites Thursday For John C. Amstutz Funeral services wil be held at 2:30 p. m. this Thursday in the Bethel Church of Christ for John C. Amstutz, 71, Orange township farm er and carpenter, who died an his home at 10 a. m. Monday following a sudden attack of heart disease. Born in Switzerland Oct. 14, 1875, Amstutz came to this country at the age of two with his parents, Jacob and Katherine (Boegli) Amstutz. Ke married the former Gertrude Bink ley, who died in 1920. Survivors include three children: Mrs. Ruth Anderson, at home Ralph Amstutz, Amstutz, children Amstutz, Lee, of Speer, of Columbus and Mrs. Emma Lehman, of Toledo and two brothers, Samuel F. Amstutz and William C. Amstutz, both of Bluffton. a was on his way to work at Dally Publish Early Next Week As next Wednesday is New Year’s day, the Bluffton News will be published on Tuesday morning. All advertising copy should reach the office not later than Monday at 2 P. M.» and news items, announcements and correspondence by Monday at 4:00 P. M. The office will be closed on New Year’s day. Evan of Bluffton, and of Findlay seven four sisters, Mrs. of Bluffton Mrs. Odem, Texas Mrs. Ida grand Celina Rose of the services Lee B. will be Amstutz was a member Bethel church where funeral ere to be held, with Rev. Remaley officiating. Burial in the Thompson cemetery. The body will be in the Paul Diller funeral home until time for the services. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: r. and Bluffton, a day. Mrs. Orlando Lugibill, girl, Ruth Miriam, Sun- Mrs. Robert McCombs, Mr. and Ada, a girl, Judith Anne, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Blackstone, Jr., Lima, a boy, Donald Gene, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ellis, Lima, boy, Clarke Jay, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ludwig of Lima, former Bluffton residents, a boy, Bruce Ilan, born at Lima St. Rita’s hospital, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spinelli, South Bend, Ind., a girl, Mary Theresa, born in that city, December 17. Mrs. Spinelli is the former Mary McGinnis, daughter of D. A. McGinnis of Garau street. I HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO TUESDAY, DEC. 24 1946 TEACHERS SPLIT IN TWO GROUPS OVER PAY RAISE BASIS Board Faced with Divergent Demands Working Seek Satisfy Old and ers in Sc world While on New to Compromise Basis Jew Teach ools ----r---- Faced by the demar’-’i of two fac tions in the public school teaching corps, the Bluffton board of educa tion is working on a Revised salary schedule which it hopes will recon cile the divergent viewpoints of both groups. At a special meeting last Friday night to consider the increase in pay made possible by passage of a spe cial two-mill bond levy, last Novem ber, members of the board announced a new salary schedule will be pre sented to teachers at the next ular meeting on January 8. reg- dis- While many suggestions were cussed at the meeting Friday night, there was no hint as to the general outline of the new salary frame work, and board mfiknbers frankly admitted there was no definite plan in mind at this Um In making a deei^ of re-adjustment board must reconcil views of teachers an the matter ^salaries, the ,the conflicting fhave been on for a num who recently mi the public school a ber of years, and tfl have been hired. JltoULE Hire Over I Older teachers a9 satisfied with the structure, claiming discriminated againi tion during the lari new instructors at ^reported dis resent salary &y have been by board ac ’ear in hiring ires above the (Continued on page 8) i— Home For Holidays From School, College Many Bluffton stud* and teach ers are arriving ■horn* It the holi day vacation. Among these are: Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Wilson and Sarah Amstutz, students at Miami university, Oxford. Barbara Jean Triplett, student at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N. Y. Mary Margaret Basinger, student Wooster college. Jean Ann Steinman, student Bald win Wallace conservatory, Berea. Florence Ann Biome, Art Stu dents league, New York city. Alice Jean Bixel, student Oberlin conservatory. Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Diller, Nel son Hauenstein, students, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Beverly Biery, student Oberlin college. Mr. and Mrs. George Swank, Jr., Wade Mumma, Robert Burkholder, John Marquart, students Ohio State university, Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Royal Thomas, stu dents Hahnemann Medical college, Philadelphia. Earl Luginbuhl, Luella Luginbuhl, students Cincinnati Bible seminary. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schumach er, Waneta Bame, Janice Hankish, David Scudder, Dorothy Anderson, Gareth Todd, Carl Tschiegg, Dale Grismore, Leroy Lugibill, Mark Nis wander, students at Bowling Green State university. Dorothy Schumacher, high school instructor, Rochester, Michigan. Rita Hankish, music instructor, Lima schools. Ruth Steiner, librarian, Cleveland Heights schools, Cleveland. Theda Hankish, instructor Glan dorf schools. Roberta Biery, instructor North field School for Girls, East North field, Mass. Marceile Steiner, instructor, Salem high school near Upper Sandusky. Ruth Hankish, instructor Criders ville schools. District Prince Of Peace Contest Here County winners from the Fourth Congressional district will compete in the Congressional area Prince of Peace declamation contest to be held at 7:30 p. m. this Sunday in the Bluffton Methodist church. Arrange ments to hold the district meet here were announced by Dr. B. F. Lamb, secretary of Ohio Council of Church es in Columbus. BOARD MEMBER ILL Donavon Conrad, member of the school board, is ill at his home on South Main street with a recurrance of a former stomach ailment. reaffirm Use of the fir tree as a part of the Christmas celebration is of Ger manic and Scandinavian origin. From their pagan Norse mythology, the new’ly converted Christians of Northern Europe took the sacred fir or evergreen tree, and made it a part of the Christmas festival, dec orating it with gilt nuts and gilt apples, symbols of the stars and planets of the heavens. Today, our Christmas trees are either spruce or fir. These trees which once were shipped to us from the north and northw’est now often are grown close by in suburban areas. Decoration of the tree has changed much, with the advent of electric lights, tinsel, angel hair, and elabor ate ornaments. Basically, however, there still re mains the tree, and rich or poor, from child to adult, Christmas would not be Christmas without a tree in the house during the Holiday season. Candle-lighted Trees We all remember the Christmas of not-so-long-ago, when dozens of gleaming candles were part of the Christmas tree decoration. Beautiful as they were, fire hazards, along with the advent of the electric light, made them a thing of the past brought to mind only when conversation turns to Christmas, and the way it used to be. The use of candles as Christmas decorations began in Europe, and the custom was transplanted to this country by early Dutch colonists. The first settlers in New England believed that the burning of a bay berry candle on the Christmas holi day brought good luck consequently, bayberry candles were used on Christmas trees during Colonial times. An old New England say ing goes: “A bayberry candle burned to the socket brings health to the body, joy to the heart, and gold to the pocket.” Candles Symbolic Candles are a symbolic allusion to “Christ, the light of the world and are almost indispensible for religious services. Lights are symbols of (Continued on page 2) Starts Excavation For New Dwelling Clair Bucher is excavating pre paratory to building a new dwelling in the Berryhill addition on West Elm street near the recently com pleted residence of Mrs. Gerald Trip piehorn. wrica ani the JJJurlii twr- fixe music of cRristmas Ktjmns...3Ttis is a season of ftarmony an6 reverence, ivften off K i i pfcJge atmefveo, ivUli ftuc to WCrtk OhJ Tree was Formerly Held Sacred in Ancient Norse Pagan Worship Use of Candles for Lighting Tree Brought to America by Dutch Settlers The Christmas tree is one of the most beautiful of all traditions and customs associated with the Christ mas holiday. fotr ^ace on eartk...GooS will toward men. Origin Of Christmas Tree Goes Far Back Into North Europe Mythology FEW GEESE THIS YEAR FOR FAMILY CHRISTMAS DINNER Most Bluffton Poultry Dealers Report Complete Absence of Geese From Market Turkey Reverses Traditional Role, More Popular Now Than at Thanksgiving The goose—long a traditional main course on the Christmas menu of many Bluffton families—will be missing from the Yuletide table this year. A survey of retail poultry mark ets the first of this week revealed the fact that most dealers have bought no geese at all for this hol iday season, and altho there have been a few isolated sales trading is so slack that no market quotations have been set' on the birds. Plenty of turkeys and chickens moved to market last week, however, and those disappointed in finding a goose could easily make a substitu tion of either of the more popular fowls. Brisk Demand for Turkeys Demand for turkeys, especially in the smaller sizes, was quite brisk this holiday season, in direct con trast to last Thanksgiving when the traditional bird lost out to meat hungry householders who had to skimp on beef and pork early in the fall because of wisespread meat shortages. With the traditional role reversed, the turkey is much more popular at Christmas this year than during the Thanksgiving season, and demand has been heavy enough to permit turkey raisers in the Bluffton dist rict to dispose of virtually all of their marketable stock. Chickens also found a ready mark et in heavy holiday trading at the end of last week and the early part of this Gordon Hilty Is “Messiah” Soloist Gordon Hilty, prominent vocalist of Denver, Colorado, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hilty residing south of Bluffton on the Dixie high way sang the tenor solos at the an nual “Messiah” concert presented by the city of Denver as an annual event last Sunday afternoon. Presentation of the concert wsfe in the city auditorium, Sunday after noon, with a large chorus supported by a forty-piece orchestra. Denver newspapers referred to the flour so loists as the city’s outstanding vocal talent. Hilty is soloist at a large Denver church and takes an active part in musical affairs of that city. Merry Christmas .------------------_-------” NUMBER 36 HOPES RISE FOR WHITE XMAS IN BLUFFTON AREA Twenty White and 15 Green Christmases Here in Past 35 Year Span Heavy Snowfall of Past Week Gives District Pre-Yuletide Setting Bluffton’s prospects for a white Christmas—perennial hope of the holiday season—w ere materially brightened by two heavy snowfalls in the week preceding the Yuletide. Warmer weather Monday which threatened to melt the snow was halted by lower temperatures Tues day and predictions of continued cold and fair weather for Wednes day indicated a white Christmas. The latest wintry assault, coming on the heels of an Indian Summer that dragged into mid-December, brought six inches of snowfall Fri day night, and there were hopes the weather would be cold enough to preserve the blanket of white until (Continued on page 8) Couple Weds In Church Ceremony Miss Jane Howe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Howe, became the bride of James L. Gratz in an im pressive double-ring ceremony Sun day afternoon at 4 o’clock at the First Mennonite church. The vows were received by the Reverend J. N. Smuckef, pastor, before an altar banked with white gladioli, ever green and lighted candelabra. Two large decorated evergreen trees com pleted the background. Mr. Gratz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Leonard Gratz of Bluffton. Clarren Sommer, of Dalton, pre sented a medley of pre-nuptial mu sic and during the ceremony played Kreisler’s ‘‘Caprise Venoise.” Roger Howe, brother of the bride, colorful ly “Always” and. “Because,” and at the close of the ceremony, “The Lord’s Prayer.” The bride, given in marriage by her father, was lovely in a white slipper satin gown fashioned with a tight fitting bodice buttoning down the back, a high neckline with a yoke of heavy lace, and long tight fitting lace sleeves pointed at the wrist. The full skirt extended into a cathedral train. Her fingertip veil of illusion and lace was held in place by a tiara of seed pearls. The bride’s bouquet was of American beauty roses with white satin streamers sprayed with nacissus. Mrs. Royal Thomas, of Philadel phia, Pa., sister of the bride, was matron of honor, while Miss Phyllis Ann Geiser, of Dover, Ohio, cousin of the bride, was bridesmaid. Their gowns were styled alike with Mrs. Thomas wearing pink and Miss Geis er, blue. The low necked faille gowns were made with tight fitting bodices, con trasting net yokes, bracelet length sleeves, and full skirts. Both wore i white sequin Juliet caps. The ma tron of honor carried a bouquet of yellow roses and the bridesmaid a bouquet of pink carnations. Miss Cheryl Kae Geiser, of Dover, little cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer. She wore a gown of white net over taffeta and carried a white taffeta pillow with the rings fastened by satin ribbons. A gar land of pink baby carnations crowned her head. Jack Shea, of Ashtabula, former shipmate of the groom, was best man. Donavin Moser, cousin of the groom, and James Howe, brother of the bride, were ushers. Mrs. Howe chose for the occasion an aqua crepe dress with black ac cessories completing the ensemble. Mrs. Gratz wore a rose crepe dress with grey accessories. Both mothers wore corsages of white carnations and gardenias. Following the ceremony a recep tion for seventy-five relatives and friends was held at the home of the bride, where the table was centered with a four-tier wedding cake. For traveling the bride selected a black crepe dress with rose crepe trim, black accessories, and a cor sage of gardenias. The couple will make their home in a trailer in “Beaver Village,” on the Bluffton College campus. The bride is employed in the office of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company and is a graduate of Bluff ton High school. Mr. Gratz is a graduate of Bluffton High school and spent nearly three years in the navy. He is now attending Bluffton College.