A Good Place to Live
BE HONORED HERE
ON MEMORIAL DAY
Parade and Morning Service at
Cemetery Will Mark Holi
Business Here to Be Suspended
Friday No Mail Delivery
Honoring Bluffton’s soldier-dead
of four wars, Memorial Day exercis
es here next Friday morning will in
clude the traditional parade and out
door services at Maple Grove ceme
tery, under auspices of Bluffton post,
Opening event of the observance
will be the parade, which will form
at the town hall at 9:30 a. m. Half
an hour later, the procession will
move to Maple Grove cemetery where
ritualistic ceremonies and a service
honoring the soldier-dead of the com
munity will be conducted.
Leading the parade will be the uni
formed Bluffton High school band
and the American Legion color guard.
In the line of march will be Spanish
American war veterans, ex-service
men of World Wars I and II, Boy
Scouts, members of the American
Legion and Legion Auxiliary.
Services at the cemetery will be
held over the groave of Harry F.
Barnes, a veteran of World War I,
who died this spring. Frederick
Reichenbach, post commander, wall be
in charge of the ritualistic exercises.
Rev. Cramer To Speak
Weather permitting, the Memorial
Day address wall be made at the cem
etery by Rev. Paul Cramer, post
chaplain. In case of inclement
w'eather conditions, the address wnll
be given in the Bluffton High school
In preparation for Memorial Day,
graves of war veterans in the Maple
Grove and Jefferson street cemete
ries in Bluffton, Zion and Ebenezer
cemeteries, Gratz cemetery and two
cemeteries in Beaverdam have been
decorated by Bluffton Legionnaires.
The post also decorated the grave
of Hezfekiah Hubbell, the only Revo
lutionary War veteran buried in this
area, near Gratz crossing.
Business generally will be suspend
ed in the town thruout the day.
There will be no mail delivery and
windows at the post office will be
Forrest Steinman On
Forrest Steinman, of Lawn avenue,
has been named on the Ohio delega
tion to the 1947 General and Juris
dictional Conferences oft the Metho
dist church to be held in Indianapolis
Election of the delegation member
ship is one of the features at the
annual Ohio Methodist conference
held in Cincinnati, last week.
For Navy Service
Don Fritchie who was graduated
last w’eek from high school, has en
listed in the Navy for a term of
three and one-half years. He left
Wednesday morning for Columbus
from where he will be sent to Great
Lakes Naval Training statiort.
Pastor Is Returned
To Methodist Church
Rev. Paul Cramer, pastor of the
Bluffton Methodist church was re
turned to his charge here it was
learned Tuesday following announce
ment of pastoral assignments at the
concluding session of the annual
meeting of the Ohio conference of
the Methodist church in Cincinnati.
Rev. Cramer, a former army chap
lain, was first assigned to the Bluff
ton pulpit a year ago.
Comparatively few pastoral chang
es were made in this area.
Assignments for the coming year
include: Rawson, A. S. Lenhart
Pandora, M. F. Ringenburg Beaver
dam, L. F. Fauver Fafayette, W.
B. Arthur Columbus Grove, A. A.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dillman,
Bluffton, a girl, Sandra Kay born
at Bluffton hospital, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grant,
Bluffton, a boy, Larry Lee, born
May 20 at St. Rita’s hospital, Lima.
Mrs. Grant is the former Marilyn
Lauby daughter of Mr. and Mrs
TYR. Clarence E. Macartney,
who will deliver the class
address at Bluffton college com
mencement exercises next Mon
day, has a varied background as
Presbyterian pastor, traveler
and author of 42 volumes in
varied fields of writing.
21 NEXT MONDAY
Baccalaureate Sunday and Grad
uation Monday Will Culmin
ate Busy Season
Prominent Pittsburgh Minister
To Deliver Commencement
Address On Monday
Climaxing a busy four-day pro
gram of commencement activity,
degrees will be conferred on a class
of 21 seniors at Bluffton college
graduation exercises at 10 a. m.
next Monday morning in the First
Dr. Clarence E. Macartney, pastor
of the First Presbyterian church of
Pittsburgh, will be the class speaker,
taking as his siibject, “The Greatest
Thing in Man.”
In addition to winning fame as
one of America’s best-known pastors,
Dr. Macartney is a world traveler
and a well known author in several
fields of writing.
Opening events of the commence
ment season will be the Pi Delta
banquet and an orchestra concert on
Friday night of this week.
May Day—Shakespeare Saturday
Activities of the following day in
clude the ever-colorful May Day
parade and program, class reunions,
the 1947 class program, an alumni
banquet and staging of the Shakes
pearean play, “As You Like It.”
Class reunions will be held at
noon, the alumni banquet will be
held in early evening, and the
Shakespearean play will be staged
in the campus ampitheatre starting
at 8:30 p. m.
Principal event of next Sunday
will be the baccalaureate services in
the afternoon. President L. L.
Ramseyer will preach the baccalaur
eate sermon, on the subject, “Thou
Shalt Teach Them.” Other events
of the day include the President’s
reception and a concert by the vesper
Delegates from Mennonite church
es in four Midwestern states will be
in Bluffton from June 7 to 10 for
the annual Middle District Confer
ence of the General Conference of
the Mennonite Church of North
The four-day conference session
will be held on the Bluffton college
campus, with representatives attend
ing from more than 20 churches in
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
Opening Saturday, June 7, the
conference will continue through the
following Tuesday afternoon. Morn
ing, afternoon and evening meetings
are scheduled for Sunday and Mon
day, June 8 and 9.
Conference officers include Rev.
Sylvan Lehman, Lima, president
Rev. Olin A. Krehbiel, Berne, Ind.,
vice-president Clarence S n e k,
Pandora, secretary L. A. Geiger,
The program committee consists
of Dr. I. W. Bauman, Bluffton E
W. Baumgartner, Berne, Ind., and
Rev. John T. Neufeld, Chicago.
Girl Who Worked Way Thru College
To Be Crowned Queen In May Day Fete
Mennonite Middle District
Conference Here June 7 To 10
Camilla Gorby Will Preside
Over Picturesque Campus
Daughter of Widowed Mother
Held Many Jobs Earning
Money for Schooling
Camilla Gorby, 21-year-old senior
from Rawson, who worked her way
through college, will be crowned
queen of the 33rd annual May Day
exercises, colorful open-air campus
fete, in the picturesque setting of
the Bluffton college campus Satur
May Day annually is the colorful
high spot of pageantry related to
the college commencement season,
and the senior girl receiving the
largest vote of the entire student
body is named to preside over the
Daughter of a widowed mother,
Camilla during summer vacations
worked in factories and mowed lawns
in her home town of Rawson, to put
herself through school.
During the college year she work
ed in the dormitory dining hall and
served as a. laboratory assistant in
home economics in which she special
Will Receive Degree
She will receive the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Home Econ
omics at commencement exercises,
next Monday niorning.
In addition to work in her major
field of home economics, she is an
accomplished violinist and appears in
solo numbers with various college
Her engagement Was announced
recently to David Rosenberger, mem
ber of last year’s graduating class,
who at that time was named the
most popular man on the campus.
Rosenberger, now in the Ohio
State university graduate school as
a history major, is the son of a
former president of the college, Rev.
and Mrs. A. S. Rosenberger, now
living in Dalton, Wayne county
Wed in Late Fall
Their wedding will take place in
late fall, and they will live in Co
lumbus where Rosenberger will con
tinue his studies. Meanwhile, Ca
milla hopes to make connections with
a distributor as a demonstrator of
kitchen ranges, sewing machines and
other home appliances.
In the colorful May Day cere
monies the Rawson girl will be
crowned Queen by the Maid of Hon
or, Phyllis Hartzler, of Goshen, Ind.
Other features of the outdoor observ
ance include the traditional May
Pole dance and pageant. The musi
cal setting will be provided by the
Bluffton college orchestra.
Elected Member Of
Rev. H. D. Burkholder, formerly
of Bluffton who will be graduated
from George Pepperdine college, Los
Angeles, Saturday, has been elected
to membership in Polygrammatic
society, the school’s scholastic honor
ary society. For the past two years
he has maintained an A-average in
The son of Mr. and Mrs. John T.
Burkholder, southwest of Bluffton,
Rev. Burkholder is pastor of the Im
manual Mennonite church in Los
Angeles and during the past year
was president of the Pacific Dictrict
Conference of Mennonites.
Fall Down Stairs
J. E. Steiner, retired Bluffton tin
ner is confined to his bed at his
home on Thurman street as the re
sult of head injuries received in a
fall down a flight of stairs at the
home of his daughter Mrs. D. O.
Blatzell of Decatur, Ind,. Sunday
afternoon Except for brief intervals
he has been unconscious since the
The accident occurred while Mr.
and Mrs. Steiner and daughter Miss
Theola Steiner were spending the
week end at the Baltzell home and
Mr. Steiner was coming down stairs
from the second floor after taking
an afternoon nap.
He received several deep lacera
tions of the scalp requiring stitches
and was severely bruised about the
head. He was brought tn his home
here Sunday night.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1947
FOR AGED PUNNED
BY AREA CHURCHES
Site For Home Will Be Chosen
This Summer in Bluffton
Five Mennonite Churches Co
operating In Establish
ment of Facilities
Preparing for the Wablishment
of a home for the aged, a building
site will be selected this s nnmer in
the Bluffton-Pandora area by a com
mittee representing five local Men
nonite churches cooperating in the
Setting up a home in ties locality
has been approved by congregations
of the First and Ebenezer Mennonite
churches of Bluffton ahd the JSt.
John and Grace Mennonite churches
of Pandora and the First Mennonite
church of Lima.
Approximately 2,000 members are
on the rolls of the five churches, but
there is some possibility the build
ing project may be expanded to ac
commodate churches of th« Middle
Mennonite Conference which
covers four states.
The proposal will be presented for
consideration at a meeting of the
Middle District Mennonite conference
to convene the last of next week at
Bluffton college. Delegates at this
meeting will be from Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois and Iowa.
Similar homes have been in
successful operation by the Mennon
ite church for some years in several
states, many of which are supported
financially by those who enjoy the
benefit of them. The Old Mennonite
branch operates a home of this kind
near Orrville, Ohio.
Life memberships in the home are
obtained by paying a flat fee upon
admittance, and others pay a month
ly fee covering their share of
maintenance and operating costs.
Preliminary surveys are being
made of prospective building sites in
the Bluffton-Pandora area, with
selection of the locaUon to be made
this summer. On the site committee
are Elam Suter, Pandora Ezra
Bucher, Columbus Grove, and Paul
E. Whitmer, Bluffton.
The general committee, which has
been drafting plans for the home
for the aged over a two-year period,
is made up of members from each of
the sponsoring churches. D. W.
Bixler of Bluffton is chairman of
the committee and Clarence Schnegg
of Pandora, secretary.
Two From Here To
Get O. N. U. Degrees
Kenneth G. Oberly and James J.
Mayer, both of Bluffton, will receive
degrees in Ohio Northern commence
ment services Sunday afternoon at
Dr. Howard Bevis, president of
Ohio State university, will deliver
the class address.
Oberly, a veteran of World War
II, is the son of Millard Oberly, of
Cherry street. He won the Dis
tinguished Flying Cross as a Flying
Fortress navigator during the war.
Mayer, graduating from the law col
lege, is husband of the former Mar
Concert On Friday
Bluffton college orchestra with
Sidney Hauenstein, conductor, will
appear in a concert in the college
gymnasium, Friday night at 8
The program follows:
Overture—Russlana Ludmilla Glinka
Symphony in G-Minor Mozart
Praeludium ............... Jarnefelt
Ballet Music from Faust Gounod
Triumphal March from Sigurd Jorsel
Far —.----------------.------ Grieg
Miss Freda Yoder, of near Bluff
ton was graduated Monday from the
St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nurs
ing in Cleveland.
Earlier this spring she was chosen
queen of the May day festivities at
Gun Club Trap
Shoot On 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, it is an
nounced by officers of the club.
ivtwn all unite Iwnor our country's Iterxes
to recount their brave JeeJs and tkeir sacrifices-'
Schools And Churches Must Combat
Falses Premises, H. S. Grads Told
Dr. J. E. Hartzler, in Class Ad
dress, Points Out Falacies
Diplomas Are Presented to 55
Bluffton High Graduates
Life teaches us there is no such
thing as security apart from respon
sibility living without work free
dom without loyalty or rewards
apart from service, Dr. J. E. Hartz
ler, former Bluffton educator, told
55 graduating Bluffton High school
seniors at commencement exercises
last Thursday night in the school
Our schools and our churches have
the responsibility for seeing these
facts are taught to the rising gen
eration, if we are to escape a grow
ing tendency toward false premises
toward relations in those fields, the
“At no time in history has man
had a better opportunity to create a
good world than he has today,” Dr.
Hartzler continued. "However, our
world today is one of power but
without ethical and spiritual control
a world of speed without adequate
ethical and spiritual direction a
world of information without wis
dom a world of wealth without
spiritual riches and a world of re
ligion without personal divine con
New World Ahead
“The world ahead is a new world.
We must straighten the road, re
move the dangerous curves and wid
(Continued on page 8)
Real Estate Deals
Richard Augsburger, Don Martz,
James Steiner and Paul Marquart
have purchased building lots in Sun
ny Acres addition recently opened by
Harley Burkholder at the junction
of Cherry street and the County
It takes more than a rainstorm to
dampen the enthusiasm of the Bluff
ton Recreation committee, and a
completed new playground for kid
dies at Harmon field in time for
opening of the summer recreation
program will be tangible evidence of
Tuesday night had been estab
lished as the date to set up equip
ment in the new playground area
adjacent to College road, west of the
stadium, and although it was rain
ing when the group reported at the
field, they went ahead with their
Working right through showers,
the group dug foundation holes,
Don Smucker Wins
Donovan E. Smucker, son of Mrs.
B. D. Smucker, S. Lawn avenue,
was granted a $1,000 Fellowship in
Systematic Theology at the 135th
annual commencement exercises of
Princeton Theological seminary at
Princeton, N. J., Tuesday of last
Announcement was made at the
time he received the bachelor of di
vinity degree at commencement exer
cises held in the Princton chapel.
The scholarship for graduate study
was won in a competitive, thesis on
the topic, "The Place of Natural
Law in Christian Ethics.”
Rain Doesn’t Slow Up Recreation
Unit Kiddies Playground Ready
During the summer months,
Smucker will serve as pastor of
Bethel Mennonite church, Lancaster,
Pa. In his fellowship studies he
will hold teaching positions in Bib
lical theology at Bethany Biblical
Seminary and Mennonite Biblical
Smucker is a graduate of Bluffton
High school and Bluffton college.
Dr. L. L. Ramseyer’s talk on
"Where Are We Going?” will high
light the alumni banquet presented
as one of the special features of
Bluffton college commencement sea
son, at 6 p. m. Saturday night in
the Ropp Hall dining room.
G. Martin Winemiller of Lima will
be toastmaster the welcome will be
made by Alumni President Carl
Smucker the response by Robert
Simcox of the graduating class and
a talk will be made by Walt Diehl,
of the class of 1937, observing its
10th year reunion.
Other features include a tribute
to Mrs. S. K. Mosiman by Ezra
Moser In Memoriam, Mrs. G. T.
Soldner music led by.Prof. Russell
A. Lantz invocation, Rev. Ernest
Bohn and a building fund report
by Rev. Harry Yoder.
hauled stones, mixed concrete, pour
ed it as bases and set up swings,
teeter-totters and a slide.
Because of work done in the rain
storm, the kiddies playground will be
opened on June 1 when Harmon field
activities get under way.
Committee members also plan to
put in a concrete shuffleboard court
within the next week, and lighted
horseshoe courts also will be added.
Working through the rainstorm
Tuesday night were N. A. Triplett,
Mayor W. A. Howe, A. C. Burcky,
Gail Mumma, George Linden, Dave
Risser, Don Patterson, Arden Baker,
Cleon Triplett, Bill Edwards, Roger
Howe and Supt. Ralph Lanham.
Place to Trade
CLINIC HERE TWO
DAYS JUNE 9-10
Allen County Mobile Unit To
Make Examination of All
Tuberculosis Clinic Sponsored
By Members of Bluffton
A tuberculosis X-Ray clinic for
all interested residents of the com
munity will be held here on Monday
and Tuesday, June 9 and 10, under
sponsorship of the Bluffton Lions
Allen county’s mobile X-Ray unit
will be set up on the grade school
grounds for the two-day period, and
X-Rays will be made at a nominal
charge of 35 cents, covering the
actual cost of processing film.
The mobile unit is the same one
used here for examination of Bluff
ton public school and Bluffton college
students during the winter season.
Tuberculosis X-Raying is urged
because disease germs may be in
the lungs for some time before a
person becomes actively ill.
Prevention rather than cure is
stressed as the most successful
means of combatting the disease,
and the use of mobile units such as
that now owned by the Allen county
chapter of the Tuberculosis and
Health association is an important
phase of the program.
In Church Ceremony
St. John’s Reformed Church in
Bluffton, was the setting for the
candelight wedding at 3:00 o’clock
Sunday afternoon of Miss Margaret
Elaine Griffith, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. R. E. Griffith of Bluffton and
Darrell D. Carr, son of Mr. Harold
Carr of Mt. Cory.
Rev. V. C. Oppermann performed
the double-ring ceremony before an
altar decorated with white gladoli
and white carnations lighted by the
glow' of candelight from tapers burn
ing in seven branch candelabra.
Given in marriage by her father,
the bride wore the traditional white
satin gown fashioned with fitted
bodice with a lace yoke, and buttoned
down the back with tiny buttons.
The long sleeves extended in points
over the wrists and her full skirt fell
in a graceful train. Her fingertip
veil of illusion trimmed with lace
was fashioned to her head with a
She carried a white Bible from
which were suspended white satin
streamers tied in lovers knots, with
tiny rose petals in each knot. Top
ping the Bible was a white orchid.
Her only ornament was a strand of
pearls a gift of the bridegroom.
Serving her sister as maid of
honor, Miss Ellen Griffith wore a
gown of ivory satin fashioned after
the bride’s, With shoulder length
(Continued on page 8)
Cub Scouts Will
Conduct Scrap Drive
A city-wide scrap drive from
June 4 to 10 by Bluffton Cub Scouts
will raise funds for the purchase of
In the 10-day campaign, Cub
Scouts will collect old iron, brass,
copper, discarded automobile batter
ies ,aluminum, etc. Those with do
nations to make can notify the group
through a coupon on a handbill
which was distributed Wednesday to
A scrap pile will be established at
the rear of the Leatherman tin shop,
and items may be left there during
the drive period.
Although Cub scouting is a com
paratively new venture here 40 boys
now are members of three packs di
rected by Den Chief Harold Koch.
Boys from nine to 12 years of age
are eligible for membership.
At a monthly meeting with par
ents held Tuesday night in the
Presbyterian church, sponsoring unit,
a talk on Indians who formerly
lived in this community was made
by Wilhelm Amstutz. He related
experiences of the grandfather of
Robert Neiswander, north of Bluffton,
with early Indian tribes when the
Neiswander farm was established in
the wilderness near the former De
fenseless Mennonite church site,
northwest of town.
Carrying out the theme of the
program, Cub scouts attended the
meeting dressed as Indians. Six
new members were initiated and
Pack Two with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Reichenbach in charge, presented a
very interesting skit. Mr. Koch pre
sented neckerchiefs with the Cub in
signia on one corner to the group.
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