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VOLUME LXXI 55 SENIORS WILL GRADUATE AT HIGH SCHOOL ON MAY 22 Dr. J. E. Hartzler to Deliver Class Address at Com mencement Rev. Howard Landes to Deliver Baccalaureate Sermon May 18 Bluffton High School will have a class of 55 graduates—27 girls and 28 boys—at commencement exercises to be held Thursday night May 22, according to a tentative list of grad uating seniors announced this week by school authorities. Dr. John E. Hartzler, Bluffton res ident while he was president of Wit* marsum Theological seminary here, will be the class speaker. Baccalau reate services to be held Sunday night, May 18, preceding commence ment will be addressed by Rev. How ard Landes, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Mary Kathryn Bauman is class valedictorian and Alice Ruth Panna becker is the salutatorian. Selection is based on scholarship standing. The tentative graduatyig list in cludes the following seniors: Harriet Ann Amstutz, Bernice Lu cille Bauman, Mary Kathryn Bauman, Elizabeth Ann Bixel, Joanne Arline Buhler, Jean Anne Burcky, Joan Burkholder, Helen W. Burkholder, Catherine Ellen Bohn. Phyllis Joan Clark, Colleen Rae Goodman, Bonnie Gene Grismore, Jo anne W. Harmon, Sara Jane Huser, Marjorie Louise Klay, Esther Ruth Kohler. Wanda Aleene Lehman, Eleanor Linden, Peggy Jane Martin, Sara Mae Oberly, Alice Ruth Pannabeck er, Pauline R. Pursell. Elizabeth A. Schmidt, Patricia Ann Schmidt, Gloria June Sechler, Wanda Marie Tschiegg, Imogenq E. Wenger. John J. Althaus, Harold Edwin Am stutz, Malcolm Basinger, Howard El don Beery, Paul Don Bixel, Keith Brauen. Harry James Criblez, Robert N. Coon, Ray Edward Crouse, Kenneth Lane Finton, Don Jamie Fritchie, Karl Nelson Frick, Morris Joseph Groman, Bill Herbert Haller, Lyman Keith Hofstetter. Ronald Keith Kirtland, Richard A. Kuhn, James Hubert Lewis, Rolland Ray Luginbuhl, James Emerson Mes singer, Larry Miller, Richard De Wayne Newlan. Maynard Pogue, Michael H. Rea gan, Cornelius Schmidt, W. Wayne Sommer, Richard Kent Stonehill, Robert Edwin Wilch. Romey-Basing er Nuptials Sunday The home of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Romey provided the setting for the wedding of their daughter, Carolyn, and Stanley Basinger, son of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Basinger, Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. An arrangement of white gladioli, roses and snapdragons formed an attractive background for the nup tials. Members 5f the immediate families were present for the cere mony performed by the Rev. Paul H. Cramer, chaplain in World War II and friend of the groom. Miss Nelle Lugibill of Cleveland, attended Miss Romey as maid of honor, and Dr. Wade Basinger of Philadelphia act ed as best man for his brother. An aqua two-piece suit was worn by the bride. Her accessories w’ere in cinnimon shade and her corsage was cattelya orchids. Miss Lugibill wore a tan plaid suit with a corsage of chestnut brown orchids. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held for several hundred guests. The bridal table in the din ing room was centered with a tiered wedding cake wreathed in greenery. After an eastern wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Basinger will reside in Bluffton. The bride was graduated from Bluffton college and a member of Pi Delta scholastic honorary society. At present Mrs. Basinger is em ployed at the Citizens National bank. Mr. Basinger, a graduate of Bluff ton college and Ohio State univers ity, served 32 months with the army in the European theatre, and is af filiated with Phi Kappa Sigma fra ternity. He is a funeral director in Bluffton. Gun Club Trap Shoot Sunday Bluffton Gun club will hold a trap shoot Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Gossard filling station on the North Dixie highway. Merchandise prizes will be awarded. Three Birthdays In Cookson Family Occur On April 16 rT’HIS .Wednesday. April 16, is A birthday day in the Richard Cookson family of South Jackson street. A boy as yet unnamed was born at Bluffton hospital early Wednesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Cookson on the moth er’s 26th birthday. And just to make the coinci dence all the more unusual, the day also is the baby’s Patterson, Cookson of Mrs. Arthur Alhro in Ft. Wayne Hospital with Fractured Arms Driver of Car Instantly Killed As Truck Crashes Into Automobile The two ministers and their wives were hospitalized in Ft. Wayne from which the men .were released after th^jr injuries were found not serious. Mrs. Shisler, the most seriously injured of the four sustained a skull fracture, broken ribs and internal injuries. She was placed in an oxy gen tent. Rev. Albro and Rev Shisler are remaining in Ft. Wayne with their wives for the present. Rev. Albro, poster of the Missionary church in Ft. Wayne was pastor of the Mis sionary church here until three years ago when he was succeeded by Rev. Robert Welch, the present pas tor. Cuban Speaker Will Address Presbyterial Dr. Emilio Rodriguez Busto, sup erintendent of the Presbyterian schools in Cuba will be the principal speaker at the annual spring meet ing of Lima Presbyterial to be held in the Bluffton Presbyterian church Wednesday of next week. He will speak in thf afternoon session open to the public at 2:00 o’clock on educational conditions in Cuba. About 180 women from the 26 churches in Lima Presbytery are expected to attend the meeting here. Sessions will open in the morning 10 o’clock and in the afternoon 1:15. Mrs. Eva Kohli and moved into their North property she recently from Mrs. Hazel Biome. 2,000 Students Will Compete In Music Auditions Here On April 26 the 28th birthday of aunt, Mrs. Charles the former Carol Huntington, W. Va. FORMER PASTOR'S WIFE BADLY HURT IN AUTO CRASH hus the ser hos- Mrs. Arthuf Albro, 58, whose band- was formerly pastor of Missionary church here is in a ious condition in the Lutheran pital, Ft. Wayne, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident last Thursday night in which the driver of the car in which she was riding was instantly killed. Her husband, also a passenger in the car escaped with minor injuries. Mrs. Albro sustained fractures of both arms, head injuries and lacer ations of the face. The accident occurred in a driving rainstorm at 10:30 o’clock. Rev. and Mrs. Albro and Ralph Bailey, 41, all of Royal Oak, Mich., and Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Shisler of Detroit were returning from a church con ference in Peoria, HL The fatality occurred 18 miles east Vf Ft. Wayne when two trucks sideswiped and one jackknifed and crashed into the passenger car hurl ing it into a six foot ditch at the side of the road. Bailey, driver and owner of the car, died instantly of a fractured skull. at at Addresses Chemical Society Alfred Hirschler, Philadelphia search chemist, son of Mrs. Hirschler of West Elm street of the speakers at a meeting American Chemical society at tic City this week. re J. one the is of Atlan- In New Locations sons have Main street purchased Wm. Ruggley who formerly occu pied the house has moved into the Dillman property on Thurman street recently vacated by Mrs. Lucille Stager Kallenburger now living in Decatur, Indiana. Northwest Ohio District Audi tions at High School Next Week Band, Orchestra and Choral Groups Will Be Entered In Competition Competition in the Northwestern Ohio High School Music Auditions, to be held here under auspices of the Bluffton college department of music, will bring approximately 2,000 high school pupils to Bluffton on Satur day, April 26. Competitors from approximately 40 schools will compete in choral, band and orchestra groups in the all-day meet here, noon and evening held. Morning, after sessions will be solo or ensemble There will be no competition in the Bluffton audition. Students in those classes will com pete at Bowling Green university this coming Saturday. Winners will go to Columbus later in the spring for the state contest. Use Auditorium-Gymnasium In the auditorium here, vocal groups will compete in the high school auditorium, and bands and orchestras will play in the school gymnasium. No further competition will be scheduled for winners. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, director of the college department of music, is directing the audition and will serve as chairman for the all-day meet. Judges include the following: Choral: Ellis Snyder, Capital uni versity Dale Gilliland, Ohio State university and Daniel Harris, Ober lin Conservatory of Music. Band and Orchestra: Arthur Wil liams, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu sic Ernest Manring, Cleveland, and Roy Metcalf, Kent State university. New Office Manager At Farm Bureau Here The Allen Farm Bureau Coopera tive announce that Wilson “Bill” Naas of Lima has joined the or ganization as bookkeeper and man ager of the office in Bluffton. Naas was born in Cairo and grad uated from Columbus Grove high school and Northwestern School of Commerce. He recently returned from five years in the army where he held the rank of master sergeant in the A. G. D. He and his family will occupy the former Wayne Lugibihl property in the Fred Mueller addition on East Jefferson street. The residence, re cently purchased by the Allen coun ty commissioners was made avail able to Naas under provisions of the G. I. housing program. British Woman To Lecture In Lima Mrs. Rose Buckner of London, England, will speak in Lima at St. Mark’s Methodist church, formerly Grand Avenue Methodist, next Tues day night at 8 o’clock on the subject “Church and Religion in Britain and the British Home.” Mrs. Buckner, frequently heard in radio broadcasts from London dur ing the war is accompanied by her three children on a lecture tour. Her appearance next Tuesday night is under auspices of Lima Chapter of the Mailbag club. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs. H. E. Augs burger. Former Bluffton Girl Weds In Lima Miss Betty Hahn, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hahn, former Bluffton residents and grand daughter Hahn of the bride Mr. and Lima, in ding at Wesley Methodist church in Lima, Sunday. of Mr. and Mrs. Fred West Elm street, became of Jack Strahm, son of Mrs. George Strahm, of an attractive spring wed- Anne were Misses Barbara and Jo Hahn, sisters of the bride, bridesmaids, and another sister, Kar on Sue Hahn, was flower girl. The Hahn family has lived in Lima for about eight years. Following a wedding trip to Flor ida, the young couple will make their home in Lima. The groom is owner of a gasoline filling station, and the bride until recently worked in the office of Feldman’s depart ment store. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat, $2.65 corn, $17.50 oats, 85e soys, $3.60. Poultry—Fryers, 32c heavy hens, 30c leghorns, 21c sta^gs, 17c. Butterfat—69c. VHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1917 COTTERMAN HIRED FOR THREE YEAR TERM AS COACH Board of Education Takes Ac tion at Special Meeting Tuesday Night Athletic Mentor Made Outstand ing Record with Teams Here Past Year Kent Cotterman, 27, Bluffton high school athletic coach and physical ed ucation director was re-hired under terms of a three year contract at a special meeting of the board of edu cation Tuesday night at an annual salary of $2,800. Cotterman is completing his first full year here as athletic coach dur ing which time Bluffton teams made athletic history by winning football and basketball championships of the Western Buckeye league. The achievement, it is pointed out, is all the more remarkable because of the fact that Bluffton, with smaller enrollment of a Class school was engaged in competition with larger schools of Class A enrollment. Outstanding Record Cotterman’s record here has made him one of the outstanding athletic coaches of Northwestern Ohio and news of the board’s action in rehiring him on a three year basis was receiv ed with satisfaction by sports follow ers here. Cotterman first came to Bluffton in 1943 to take charge of spring sports when George Swank, Jr., then coach, was called into military ser vice. At that time we was a student in Ohio Northern university, Ada. I^ater he was called into naval ser vice from which he was reeleased in February of last year. His father, Hardin county school superintendent, was formerly head of the Alger schools. $40 Stolen From Orange Ticy. Home Forty dollars she had been saving to buy her baby chicks this spring were taken from the pocketbook of Mrs. Henry Grismore living east of the Baptist church in Orange town ship, when the residence was entered by.a burglar about 3 a. m. last Sun day. Sheriff Orla A. Cooper, of Han cock county, said Mrs. Grismore had left the purse on the kitchen table. The intruder gained entrance thru an unlocked rear door. Grismore told the sheriff he was aroused by the family dog growling in the kitchen. Upon investigation he found the empty pocketbook laying on the back walk. Its contents, minus the cash, were scattered on the lawn at the southeast corner of the house. Noting that an outside light had been turned off, Grismore said he presumed the thieves also were at tempting to take chickens with them, but was unable to determine if any were missing. Remains Of Mrs. IF. H. Scoles Coming To Ada Remains of Mrs. W. H. Scoles, 93, who died December 25 in Los An geles will arrive in Ada on Wed nesday, April 30, according to word received Tuesday by Mrs. Emmet Scoles of near Beaverdam. The late Mrs. Scoles formerly re sided on what is now the Bert Leatherman farm northeast of Beav erdam. Accompanying the body will be her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Scott of Los Angeles. Mrs. Scott is the former Zoe Scoles. The body will remain at an Ada funeral home uptil time for the services to be held at Pleasant Hill church, Friday afternoon, May 2 at 2 o’clock. The pastor, Rev. Fauver, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Philosophical Writer At College Vespers Dr. D. Elton Trueblood, professor of philosophy at Earlham college and a well-known writer, will be the ton college vesper m. next Sunday in liis subject will tern of Living.” philosophical speaker at Bluff services at 3 p. Ramseyer chapel, be “A New Pat- Dr. Trueblood received his Ph. D. degree at Johns Hopkins, and in addition has been a fellowship student in England. He is co-editor of “The Friend Magazine,” published in Philadelphia. Many of those hard-to-get items, characterizing the shortages of this period, including a new automobile, new refrigerator, new tractor, etc., will go to the highest bidder at the gigantic community auction sale to be held at Harmon field on Saturday, May 3, under the auspices of the Bluffton Presbyterian Talent pro gram. As plans for the auction took shape this week, the early rush of committ ments on the part of those willing to make donations or contribute items to be sold on a percentage basis, in dicated the sale would be the largest of its kind ever held in this area. Headline features to be offered in the auction will include a new Chev rolet automobile a new Ford-Fergus on tractor with plow a new garden tractor, and a new Hotpoint refriger ator. All of these are in the class of ex tremely hard-to-get items, as the re sult of long lists of prospective post war purchasers, but in view of the total aggregate of products offered for sale they comprise only a minor portion of the actual auction offer ings. Lush Stand Of Wheat Bright Spot In Outlook One of Best in Recent Years Acreage is sat isfactory Heavy snows covered wheat fields thruout most of March this year, and the hazard of roots being ex posed to variable weather, a factor which so often wrecks prospects, was not at this spring. New Auto And Tractors Among Other Scarce Items To Be Sold At Auction 1 Crop Comes Thru Critical Freezing and Thawing Sea son Unharmed This spring’s lush stand of wheat, one of the most satisfactory recent years, is being eyed farmers of the Bluffton district one of the few bright spots in otherwise none too promising crop outlook due to the backwardness of the season. in by as an With the latter part of April at hand, this year’s wheat crop has come through the spring season with virtually no damage from the alter nating freezing and thawing weather usually encountered in March, and the stand appears to be one of the best in many seasons. bumper crop all apparent the area is slightly cause of Wheat acreage in estimated at average, or greater than usual, another satisfaction on the part of farmers who have been held up by the late arrival of spring in getting at their plowing and in sowing oats. Equally satisfactory from the farm viewpoint is the price situa week was quoted by local markets. is expected to summer’s harvest farmers tion. Wheat this at $2.65 a bushel Altho this price decline when next is started, nevertheless believe the world demand for wheat will sustain a comparatively high level of prices thru the harvest sea son. On the more unfavorable side of the farm picture, the lateness of the spring season, with water-logged ground delaying spring tillage until this week, has resulted in revamped plans for farm crops. Acreage which had been allotted to oats in particular is being diverted to other crops or wrill be allowed to grow’ up in grass for pasture. Farm observers point out that with less than two weeks remaining in April, by far the greater part of spring tillage, usually out of the w*ay by this time, remains to done. Conservative estimates that spring work generally will from three to four weeks late. be are be Lima Pastor To Speak At Youth Meet Sunday Rev. Warren Bright, pastor of St. Mark’s Methodist church, Lima, will address a meeting sponsored by the Bluffton Youth Federation in the Methodist church here Sunday night at 6:30 o’clock. All teenagers are invited. This is the first of a series of youth programs to be held monthly in churches here. Rev. Bright, a leader in young people’s work is dean of the Metho dist Young People’s institute at Lakeside. The theme of his subject Sunday night, “Striking Twelve” will be carried out through the pro gram, talks and refreshments. Among other items will be a huge display of used and new furniture of every kind, new tires, irons, electric sewing macl boxes, a ton of coal, tor, baking oven, fu cabinets, radios, a electric ne, tool an electric mo ■1 tanks, kitchen new’ bicycle, a home frozen food locker, radio test equipment, an outdoor grill, implements, horse collars and water tank. farm a hot as an Endorsement of the auction advertising medium and sales promo tion venture for the town has been made by the Bluffton Business Men’s association, and merchants are coop erating in the consigning of merchan dise to be offered for sale. Articles will be sold on a commis sion basis or as a donation, whichever plan is agreeable to the owners, it was pointed out. Participation is open to all resi dents of the area having new or used articles for sale, including furniture, livestock, farm produce, household appliances, etc. Items to be offered for sale are to be listed with Clair Fett, chairman of the auction committee, and may be left at the Bluffton Slaw Cutter building on Saturday afternoons. This Spring Is District Farm Picture Schools Closed Last Week Reopen Monday Bluffton’s high and grade schools re-opened Monday after having been closed last week by county health authorities following outbreaks of scarlet fever and measles. Evelyn Erwin, county health nurse said there were 75 absentees grades and 25 in the high Monday morning, not all of were due to illness, which ently reached its peak last week and now is subsiding. Unless new developments arise, schools will re main in session, she said. in the school which appar- Gerhard Buhler, high school prin cipal is in charge of administration of the schools during the absence of Supt. R. S. Lanham whq is quaran tined at his home where Mrs. Lan .im is recovering from an attack oi scarlet fever. Health authorities said the quarantine will be lifted April 25. Last Rites Monday For Mrs. Geo. Klay Funeral services were held Mon day afternoon in the Diller funeral home for Mrs. George Klay, 51, who died at her home on South Mound street at 10:40 a. m. last Saturday. Death was from complications and followed 15 years of illness. She had been bedfast for the last three months. The daughter of William and Ar minta (Swank) Dally, she was born on May 1, 1894, in Orange township. Her father survives, as does her hus band, whom she married May 12, 1917. Three daughters and a son also are living: Mrs. Mary Jane Cook, Mrs. Josephine Burkholder, Marjorie Klay and Richard Klay, all of Bluff ton. A brother, Maurice Dally, lives at Hawthorne, Calif. Mrs. Klay was a member of the First Methodist church, Bluffton. Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. High School Music Program April 25 Bluffton high school music talent will appear in a program at the auditorium Friday night, April 25 at 8 p. m., under direction of John Martin, music supervisor. Numbers will be given by the mixed chorus and boys and girls glee clubs together with solists who will compete in the northwest district music contest to be held at Bowl ing Green State university urday. The this Sat- Births following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bluffton, a boy, Wednesday morning. Cookson, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Seyer, Colum bus Grove, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bixel, La fayette, a girl, Shirley Elaine, Mon day. and Mrs. Cleo Garau, Bluff boy, Stephen Karl, Thursday, and Mrs. Leonard Slygh, Ar- Mr. ton, a Mr. lington, a boy, Edward Eugene, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Conaway, Bluffton, a girl. Cheryl Lee, last Wednesday. A Good Place To Trade Farmers NUMBER 52 SPRING PLOWING HERE HALTED BY RAIN AND SNOW Unable to Get Into Fields Before First of Next Week. Tillage Started in Some Spots Early This Week Stopped Wednesday. Spring tillage which got under way in spots in the Bluffton area Monday and Tuesday was effectually halted by rain Tuesday night follow ed by snow on Wednesday. The ground which was getting into condi tion for plowing’is again so water logged that work in the fields will be stymied at least for the er of this w’eek. remaind- a stand week at With tillage operation at still until the first of next the earliest, there will remain only ten days in April for spring plow ing, which ordinarily would have been done the latter part of March. With weather conditions favorable for work in the fields Monday and Tuesday for the first time this spring, farmers w’hose land was i» condition for tillage made the most of the opportunity, working from dawm to dusk with tractor-powered plow’s. Potato Planting Starts Center of activity the first of this w’eek w’as in the sandy loam area northwest of Bluffton, extending to Pandora, in which excellent w’orking conditions were reported. In that section, some planting al ready has been done, with early po tatoes in the ground on some farms. With oats seeding delayed by a month, and com planting time com ing up in another four weeks, fann ers will be pushed to cope with the rush of spring tillage activity about by inclement weather spring. brot this only fields Unfavorable conditions not kept farmers out of their throughout February and March, but a continuation of the same weather further delayed a start of work dur ing the first two weeks of this month. About the only favorable aspect of the cold, wet spring is the fruit outlook, for w’ith budding held back by weather conditions there should be no danger of frost by the time trees are in blossom. This is in contrast to last ‘spring when the Bluffton district fruit crop w’as lost in a late freeze, after trees blos somed in early Aprik Caretaker For Harmon Field Hired By Board Stanley Stauffer, Bluffton college student, was hired as caretaker for Harmon field at a special meeting of the Bluffton hoard of education, Tuesday night. He was hired for a five months ber 31 at a period, April 1 to Octo salary of $50 per month. Estate Deals Real Zanna and Ray Staater have sold to the Bluffton Telephone company the vacant space fronting Church street between the rear of the Gratz dry goods store and the alley. Mau rice Mahoney, local manager of the company said the first of the week he has received no word as to what the company expects real estate. to do with the of East Elm the Roy Mar- Emerson Lugibihl street has purchased shall farm of 80 acres in Orange township and expects to move this week. Stevens Smith, manager of the Al len County Farm Bureau Coopera tive here has purchased the Emerson Lugibihl property on East Elm street and expects to move next week, va cating the first floor of the former P. E. Whitmer property at Jackson and Franklin streets recently pur chased by Ed Wai term ire, Bluffton retailer. Mr. and Mrs. Waitermire expect to move the first of next month into their property, occupying the first »floor which will be vacated by Smith and his family. Mrs. Wayne Lugibhl has sold her property in the Fred Mueller addi tion on East Jefferson street to the Allen county commissioners and left for Englewood, Calif., to join her husband who is employed as a ma chinist at that place. The property will bo oc upied under provisions of the G. I. housing program by Wilson Naas and family who are moving hero from Lima. Naas recently ac cented a position as office manager of the Allen County Farm Bureau Cooperative here.