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A Good Place to Live
volume lxxii
Quarts Are Now Selling Two
Cents Under Peak Price of
Last Fall
$3.25 for Milk Paid to Dairy
men Is Off 50 Cents Since
April 1
Lower retail milk prices are in
effect in Bluffton this week with
quarts selling at 17 cents, a drop of
one cent under the price a week
ago and two cents under the peak
price of 19 cents established last
Dealers said they did not know
how long this price would be main
tained, but would probably hold
through the summer months.
Other retail prices of allied pro
ducts also were lower this ■week,
coffee cream selling for 17 cents a
half-pint, off one cent and whipping
cream at 36 cents a half-pint, off
two cents.
Dairymen Get $3.25 Hundred Lbs.
The lower prices for milk reflected
settling market prices for raw milk
to producers in the Bluffton area.
Prevailing base price of milk posted
Tuesday which dairy farmers will
receive for their production the first
half of May is $3.25.
1 This represents a drop of 25 cents
under the price for the.last half of
April and 50 cents under $3.75 which
was quoted for the first half of
Heavy rains this spring have re-
suited in lush pastures and this con
dition together with the seasonal
spring upsurge in production has re
sulted in particularly heavy milk in
take at processing plants in this
Butterfat prices .likewise, have
been dropping to lower levels. It
was quoted at 62 cents here Wed-
i nesday morning. Retail price of
butter is around 63 cents a pound.
Couple Weds In
Church Ceremony
Miss Mary Elizabeth Stearns,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. .Ralph
Stearns of Spring street became the
bride of John Robert Moore, son of
Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis Moore,
of Dover, Ohio, in a double ring
wedding ceremony solemnized at St.
John’s Reformed church Sunday
afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.
Rev. Gerhard Gebhart of Ft.
Wayne, college classmate of the
bride’s mother officiated because of
the illness of Rev. V. C. Oppermann,
pastor of the bride.
Miss Jean Brian of Cleveland,
pianist and Miss Cleo Gooding, of
Tiffin, vocalist, favored with a pro
gram of pre-nuptial music together
with Lohengrin’s wedding march for
the processional and Mendelssohn’s
wedding march music for the
The bride entered the church on
the arm of her father. She wore a
gown of white nylon marquisette
over taffeta with sweetheart neck
line and fingertip veil of illusion.
Her only ornament was a strand of
pearls the gift of the groom.
Her maid of honor, Miss Ruth
Alice Miller of Shelby wore a gown
of pale blue net over silk.*
Bridesmaids were Miss Gwendolyn
Hilbish of Akron and Mrs. Elise
van den Bergh of Johannesburg,
South Africa, and Chicago. Miss
Hilbish wore frosted blue organza
over blue taffeta while Mrs. van den
Bergh wore frosted pink organza
over pink taffeta. Master Joe Labb
of Dover was ring bearer.
Best man was Robert Weihtenmay
er, of Chicago, classmate of the
groom. Ushers were David Stearns,
S 1/c, of San Juan Puerto Rico, and
Dick van den Bergh of Johannes
burg, South Africa and Chicago.
For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs.
Stearns wore an aqua dress with
white accessories and gardenias.
The bridegroom’s mother wore blue
with white accessories and gardenias.
Following the ceremony a recep
tion was held at the home of the
bride after which the couple left
for a short honeymoon at Camp
Minnewranca, near Shelby, Michigan.
For her going away costume the
bride wore a suit of sand gabardine
with pink accessories.
The bride is a graduate of Bluff
ton high school and Heidelberg col
lege, Tiffin. For the past year she
has been employed as music instruct
or in the Rawson schools.
Mr. Moore is a graduate of Dover
high school and attended Heidelberg
college. He is a veteran of World
War II and is now attending college
in Chicago. The couple will reside
in the Nikolas hotel in that city.
Speaker For H. S
TAR. J. E. Hartzler, Bluffton
resident while he served here
as president of Witmarsum
Theological seminary, will be the
class speaker at commencement
exercises for 55 Bluffton High
school seniors Thursday night in
the gymnasium. His subject will
be “A World Without Head
Bids for the pipe, including 3,500
feet of four-inch size and 2,000 feet
of six-inch size, will be opened by the
board on June 11. Cast iron or class
150 cement pipe will be considered.
In the overall extension program,
new lines will be laid in six parts of
the town, according to plans an
nounced this spring by the board.
Negotiations under way for a site
on which a new well will be estab
lished to serve the waterworks also
will entail the laying of a consider
able amount of new water lines, it
was announced by the board.
Serve New Additions
To serve the new building subdiv
ision opened by Harley Burkholder,
1,000 feet of six-inch line will be laid
on Cherry street to the county line
Water for the Matter and King ad
ditions will be provided by 1,000 feet
of six-inch mains on Harmon road to
Bentley road. A connecting line of
500 feet of smaller pipe will be laid
on Garau street from Main street to
Harnion road, replacing an overload
ed one-inch line-
Continuing expansion of water ser
vice in the same vicinity, 400 feet of
mains will be laid
from Harmon road
fire hydrant will be
the same district.
Major David Kliewer Receives Silver
Star Medal And President’s Citation
Public Affairs
for 5,500 Feet of
Board of
Pipe for Projects
Work Will Start on Overall
Program of Lines in Six
Preparing for a summer
involving the extension of
water mains to serve new
subdivisions and to eliminate exist
ing unsatisfactory installations, the
boar’ of public affairs is advertis
ing for 5 500 feet of four and six
inch pipe to be used in proposed pro
on Bentley road
east, and a new
installed to serve
Replace Old Lines
Another 1,000-foot project is plan
ned on Spring street from Elm to
Riley, where existing two-inch are
to be replaced by larger lines.
A new main also will be laid to the
Harmon field stadium by running 500
feet of pipe from Railroad street.
Two extensions serving districts
outside the corporation also have
been proposed. In one, a 600-foot
line will be laid on South Main
street, south from the corporation
The other involves laying 600 feet
of line on West College avenue to
College read, and 500 feet on College
road, at the rear of the campus.
Spokesmen for the board of pub
lic affairs have announced the vari
ous projects represent an overall pro
gram which will not be entirely com
pleted this summer because of other
demands on water works employees’
It is expected that work on the pro
gram will be started soon after pipe
is received.
The public library will be
all next week it is announced by Miss
Ocie Anderson, librarian.
Bluffton High Graduate Who
Became Wake Island Hero
Gets Military Award
Flier, Now in Harvard Medical
School, Sank Jap Submarine
Major David Kliewer of the U. S.
Marine Corps Reserve and a Bluff
ton high school graduate was pre
sented with the Silver Star medal
and a Presidential^ citation for the
gallant role he played in the heroic
defense of Wake Island in the early
days of World War IL
The ceremony took place Friday in
the Marine barracks at the naval
base in Boston with Col. Wm. Orr,
commanding officer, presenting the
award. Citation accompanying the
award was signed by James For
restal, secretary of the navy.
Taken prisoner by the Japanese
f.vhen the island fell to the enemy,
Major Kliewer, then a second lieu
tenant flier attached to the Wake
garrison, was held a prisoner in
Japan for three and one-half years.
Major Kliewer now is a member
of the first-year class at the Har
vard Medical school, fulfilling an
ambition he decided upon while in
the hands of his Japanese captors.
He is the son of Rev. and Mrs.
P. A. Kliewer, of Albany, Oregon,
former Bluffton residents who lived
here while Rev. Kliewer was pastor
of the Ebenezer Mennonite church.
Receives Medal
Award of the Silver Star was the
result of Major Kliewer’s heroic ac
tion in sinking a Japanese subma
rine with fragmentation bombs drop
ped from his fighter plane in the
fierce battle of resistance put up by
the Wake garrison.
The citation accompanying
medal award, read as follows:
“For conspicuous gallantry
intrepidity as Pilot of a Fighter
Plane in a Marine Fighting Squad
ron during an attack against
enemy Japanese submarine
vicinity of Wake Island, on
cember, 1941.
“Conducting a lone patrol
near the island in an aircraft armed
only with four fifty calibre machine
guns and two one hundred pound
fragmentation bombs, Second Lieu
tenant Kliewer sighted a fully sur
faced enemy submarine and, despite
the extreme danger of attempting
an attack, promptly maneuvered to a
striking position.
“Fiercely aggressive, he plunged
relentlessly on his target and, re
leasing his bombs at perilously low
altitude, scored two direct hits on
the hull of the underseas craft
which caused it to sink rapidly.
“With his plane riddled by frag
ments from the explosion as he ef
fected a sharp pull-out from his
dive, he succeeded in maintaining
control of a crippled craft and, by
his superb flying ability and daunt
less perseverence, brought his ship
back to the base.
“By his daring initiative, unwaver
ing zeal and bold tactics in the face
of tremendous odds, Second Lieuten
ant Kliewer accounted for the de
struction of an important hostile
vessel, and his heroic conduct
throughout reflects the highest credit
upon himself and the United States
Naval Service.”
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Boedicker, Ot
tawa, a girl, Shirley Ann, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Racine Warren, Ken
ton, a girl, Constance Joan, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kimmel,
Bluffton, a boy, Stephen Carl, Thurs
lay, a
Mrs. Guadalue Mara, Gil
Paulita P. Celestine, Mon­
Mr. and
boa, a girl
Mr. and
girl, Ruth Ilene, Wednesday.
Mrs. Harold Myers, Find­
and Mrs. Richard Gesler,
a boy, William Lynn. Mrs.
is the former Vivian Schu-
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Morton,
Muncie, Ind., a boy born May 13.
Mrs. Morton is the daughter of Mr.
Mrs. Frank Zuercher of Bluff-
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat
60 corn $1.70 oats $1.00 soys $2.75.
Poultry-Heavy hens
hens 21c heavy fryers
fryers 25c heavy stags
stags 11c.
closed 41c large
Eggs—Large whites
browns 39c.
30c leghorn
31c leghorn
13c leghorn
Commencement Exercises to be
Held in Gymnasium, Thurs
day Night
J. E. Hartzler, Former Bluffton
Resident, Will Be Class
Climaxing a week of varied com
mencement activity, graduation exer
cises for 55 Bluffton High school
seniors will be held at 8 p. m. Thurs
day night in the school gymnasium.
Presentation of diplomas marking
the completion of 12 years of public
school work will come as the con
cluding event of a busy week for
the graduating seniors, in which
were included the baccalaureate on
Sunday and presentation of the sen
ior class play on Monday and Tues
day nights.*
Only remaining
mencement season
reunion, followed
Friday night in
event of the com
will be the alumni
by a dance, this
the high school
Dr. Hartzler Speaker
Dr. J. E. Hartzler, resident
Bluffton when he served here
president of W’itmarsum Theological
seminary, will be the class speaker
at commencement exercises this
A well known and popular lectur
er, Dr. Hartzler will take as his sub
ject, “A World Without Headlights.”
The speaker now lives in
Ranking scholastic honor
of the class, Mary Kathryn
and Alice Ruth Pannabecker, will de
liver the valedictory and salutatory
orations respectively, and musical se
lections by members of the class will
include a piano solo by Eleanor Lin
den and songs by a senior girls dou
ble trio.
Wado Hofstetter, president of the
board of education, will present di
plomas to the graduating seniors
Rev. V. C. Oppermann will ask the
invocation and Rev. E. N. Bigelow,
the benediction.
Music also will be presented by
the high school orchestra.
Class Roll
The complete class roll includes:
Harriet Ann Amstutz, Bernice Lu
cille Bauman, Mary Kathryn Bau
man, Elizabeth Ann Bixel, Joanne
Arline Buhler, Jean Anne Burcky,
Joan Burkholder, Helen W. Burk
holder, Catherine Ellen Bohn, Phyllis
Joan Clark, Colleen Rae Goodman,
Bonnie Gene Grismore, Joanne W.
Harmon, Sara Jane Huser.
Marjorie Louise Klay, Esther Ruth
Kohler, Wanda Al^ne Lehman, Elea
nor 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, Imogene E. W’enger.
John J. Althaus, Harold Edwin
Amstutz, Malcolm Basinger, Howard
Eldon Beery, Paul Don Bixel, Keith
Brauen, Harry James Criblez, Rob
ert 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. Reagan, W. Wayne Som
mer, Cornelius Schmid, Richard
Kent Stonehill, Robert Edwin Wil«h.
To Appear on NBC
Radio Broadcasts
Miss Barbara Jean Triplett,
youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive is
marimbist with the symphony or
chestra of the Eastman School of
Music, Rochester, N. Y., which will
be heard in two Saturday afternoon
concerts to be broadcast over the
NBC network, it was announced this
The first program will be heard
this Saturday and
Saturday, May 31.
are at 2 p. m.
the second on
Both concerts
senior, will be
Eastman school
Miss Triplett, a
graduated from the
at commencement exercises, June 16,
with the degree of Bachelor of
Music and will receive a perform
er’s certificate and supervisor’s certi
ficate in public school music.
She appeared last Wednesday
njght as marimba soloist
chestra in the second of her
ing recitals. Those from
tending the program were
L. Triplett, Mrs. Ropp
Mrs’ Ed Rice and Miss Alice Oyer.
with or
here at-
Mrs. R.
____________'________ _____ ■____________ 1. _____________ NUMBER 5
With rain falling in a steady
downpour Wednesday, at least there
was no indication that it might turn
to snow by Thursday morning as it
did 64 years ago.
J)ldtimers recall that it was on
May 22, 1883 that the Bluffton area
was covered with a foot of
and to make matters worse
an early spring with corn
up in the
Buckeye I^ake Swimming Pool
to be Opened at Same Time
Busy Season Planned
Roger Howe, Bluffton college ath
lete and a veteran of World War II,
will be recreation director of the
Harmon field program this summer,
and organized play for youngsters
and adults will get under way dur
ing the first week in June.
Directing operations at Buckeye
lake will be James Gratz, also a
war veteran and college student, who
has assisted in supervision of the
swimming pool in previous seasons.
Working with him at the Buckeye
will be James Howe.
Business Group Sponsors Program
The Harmon field program is
sponsored by the recreation com
mittee of the Bluffton Business Men’s
association, which pays the salary of
the recreation director and provides
facilities for the summer play sea
New playground equipment, order
ed last year but not delivered in
time for use, will be put into place
this month, and will provide a mod
ern playground for the community’s
kiddies. A new playground site,
nearer the College avenue entrance
to the field, will be put into use this
summer, it was announced by Nor
man Triplett, chairman of the re
creation committee.
Operation of Buckeye lake is
financed by the municipality, which
pays salaries and takes care of up
keep at the pool. Fees charged for
swimming largely defray the expense
of operation.
Triplett Softball
Meet This Wednesday
Plans for the coming season of
inter-city play will be laid at a
meeting of The Triplett softball
team at 8 p. m. this Wednesday in
the Triplett office.
All former Triplett squad members
and any interested residents of the
community are invited to attend.
Practice workouts likely will be
started within the next week, with
inter-city play starting early in
College Senior Music
Recital Friday Night
Graduating recital of two Bluffton
college seniors in the department of
music will be held at Ramseyer chap
el, Friday night at 8 o’clock. They
are Laurence Burkhalter in violin
and voice and Ralph Balmer in
Late Spring But It Might Be Worse—
A Foot Of Snow Fell Here 64 Years Ago
it was
in full
fields and trees
So heavy
that it
was the snowfall
limbs of trees. Some of
broke down
the youngsters of that day celebrat
ed the event by taking a bobsled ride
through the country where apple
trees were in blossom.
The snowfall, however, disappeared
rapidly and did no material damage.
Organized Recreation Program
Will Start at Harmon Field
on June 2
Summer Recreation Activity Will
Get Under Way Here Early In June
Re-appointed To
Library Board Here
Edgar Hauenstein, member of the
feet was taken at a meeting of the
board of education at its meeting
last Wednesday night.
of trustees of the public li
board whose term expires this
has been re-appointed for a
year term. Action to that ef-
Pastor Ill
Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of
the St. John’s and Emanuel’s Re
formed churches is ill at his home on
South Lawn avenue with pneumonia.1 trol you.
High School Alumni
Reunion Friday Night
Annual reunion of the Bluffton
high school alumni association will
be held
for the
either drug store the committee said.
Friday night opening with a
in the cafeteria at 6:30
A limited number of tickets
dinner are still available at
The occasion will mark the fiftieth
anniversary of the class of 1897.
Will Romey of Richmond, Ind., mem
ber of the class will appear on the
program representing the golden an
niversary graduates.
The dinner will be followed with
dancing in the gymnasium to the
music of Hank Armantrout’s band.
Eight Other Graduates
Get Degrees at Close
Summer Term
Blufftdn’s summer program of
ganized recreational activity will
under way the first week in June
with opening of Harmon field and
Buckeye lake, the town’s principal
recreation centers.
Bluffton College Commence
ment Exercises to be
Held June 2
Degrees will be conferred upon 21
graduating seniors at Bluffton col
lege commencement exercises on
Monday, June 2, in the First Men
nonlte church auditorium, with eight
other members of the class receiving
diplomas at the conclusion of the
summer term.
Of the 21 graduating this spring,
11 will receive A. B. degrees eight
B. S. degrees, and two B. S. M. de
Graduates receiving degrees are as
Bachelor of Arts
Arlene Bohn, Pandora
June Burkhard, Orrtanna,
Pa- Paolo Gustavo Comba, Genova,
Italy Henry B. Grimm, Lima Frank
S. Harder, Pandora Phyllis June
Hartzler, Goshen, Ind. Angela P.
Meyer, Leipsic Wade Arthur Shook,
Bluffton Vera Louise Soldner, Berne,
Ind. Arthur D. Thiessen, Chicago
Calvin Bruce Workman, Lima.
Bachelor of Science
Robert J. Blough, Middlebury, Ind.
Margaret N. Chase, (Bachlor of Sci
ence, Home Economics) Toledo Or
lin Frederick Frey, Mt. Pleasant,
Iowa Camilla Gorby (Bachelor of
Science in Home Economics), Raw
son Betty Joan Hilty, Lima Robert
Kennel Simcox, Cincinnati Pearl La
vonne Sommer (Bachelor of Science
in Home Economics), Kidron Agnes
Suter, Pandora-
Bachelor of School Music
N. Laurence Burkhalter, Bluffton
E. Marguerite Jones, Columbus
(Degrees to be awarded at the
close of the summer term are as fol
Bachelor of Arts
Lois Jean Hoover, Rittman Joseph
W. Stahl, Lima Richard E. Wenger,
Bachelor of Science
Geneva Elizabeth Hankish, Bluffton
Willadene Hartzler, (Bachelor of
Science in Nursing), Chicago Fer
nan C. Loganbill, Lima Elvina Nue
feld, Chicago.
Bachelor of School Music
Ralph C.’Balmer, Bluffton.
Bluffton To Observe
Poppy Day Saturday
Bluffton will observe Poppy day
Saturday, which has been designated
as such by a mayor’s proclamation
issued by Mayor W. A. Howe the
first of the week.
Sale of poppies will be in charge
of the Legion Auxiliary with Mrs.
Alice Triplehorn chairman of the
committee on arrangements.
Proceeds from the poppy sale will
go to the care and rehabilitation of
the nation’s disabled and needy vet
erans, their dependents and the
widows and orphans of deceased vet
Poppies for the sale are made by
disabled veterans and are replicas of
wild flowers
tiefields of
fought over
which grew on the bat
France and Belgium
in two World wars.
momentary madness, so
Anger is
control your passion or it will con
A Good Place to Trade
Push Tractors to Limit As
Weather Clears Monday
and Tuesday
Continued Rains This
Spring Similar to Condi
tions in 1943
Farmers pushing mechanical till
age equipment to the limit made the
most of two days of fair weather,
Monday and Tuesday following a
week end of clearing skies.
A good sized portion of ground
for com has been plowed, although
no corn has yet been planted in the
Bluffton district,
time to catch up on tillage already
more than a month late.
With no rain from
Monday morning until after
Tuesday night, tractors were
operated usually in shifts to
the utmost use of valuable
In some instances tractors equip
ped with headlights ran all during
Monday night. Rain which started
falling Tuesday shortly after night
fall concelled plans for another all
night operation. Rain which con
tinued to fall Wednesday has put an.
end to field work until
this week at least.
the last of
But Good
district will
Oats Acreage Small
Oats acreage in this
be negligible farm observers de
clared. However, they added that
the small acreage which a few farm
ers succeeded in planting last March
Reflecting an anticipated short
age, oats were quoted at $1 a
bushel on the Bluffton market,
Wednesday morning. This rep
resents a rise of 15 cents since
the first of the month.
has had the benefit of ideal grow
ing conditions through the cool and
wet months of April and May and
should yield heavily. Statewide esti
mates place this spring’s oats
age at about half that of a
Farmers in the Bltiffton
however, are still expecting to plant
an average corn acreage, it was in
dicated in a survey of the situation.
They point out that May 24 has
been cited by agricultural experts
as the date best suited over a per
iod of years for corn planting.
Notwithstanding that the release
of acreage originally earmarked for
oats has placed a strain on the seed
supply, stocks of seed corn appear
fairly adequate.
Soy Bean Seed Scarce
This situation, however, does not
carry over into soybeans, especially
in the early maturing varieties,
and hope that frost will hold off un
til fall.
The current critical seed shortage
in soybeans was aggravated last fall
when soybeans soared to around $4
a bushel in the open market and
farmers sold seed stock. The
beans it is estimated would
$6 today.
Consider Sugarbeets
Sugarbeets are also being consid
ered by some farmers as an alterna
tive to take up the surplus acreage.
The crop, it is said can be safely
planted in June. Some growers in
the Bluffton district said that re
fineries which contract for acreage
grown each year are not yet up to
Farmers who keep records of
weather conditions point out that
this spring is similar to that of 1943
when wet weather carried the farm
ers right into June. Much of the
corn and soybean crop was planted
after June 1 and with the advantage
of a late fall matured into good
Triplett Fire Found
By Employes Monday
Cost and inventory records valued
in excess of $2,000 were lost in an
early morning fire in a small office
building on the Plant 1 grounds of
The Triplett Electrical Instrument
Co., last Monday.
Discovered at 7:40 a. m. when fac
tory employes arrived for
blaze destroyed all office
in the two-room building
damaged the structure.
work, the
and badly
It was estimated that about half
of the company’s cost records can
be salvaged.
Firemen believed an overloaded
electrical circuit was responsible for
the blaze.
Guy Scudder, head of the com
pany’s cost accounting department,
discovered the fire when he arrived
for work.

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