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A Good Place to Live
Watches and Diamonds in Loot
From Leiber’s On South
Main Street
Thieves Obtain Valuables Thru
Hole Broken in Display
Loot including ten watches, four
diamond rings and other valuables
estimated at $400 was obtained by
thieves who broke a corner of the
large plate glass show window of
the Clair Leiber jewelry store in the
Stratton block on South Main street
early Tuesday morning.
Breaking out the glass in a lower
corner of the show window which
previously had been cracked, the
burglars gained access to items in
the window display which they pull
ed thru the opening.
The watches, including Elgins and
Waithams were within arm’s reach
however to obtain the diamonds
which were farther back in the
window they pulled a cloth covering
from a standard on which five rings
were displayed. One of the rings,
however, was overlooked by the
Shortly After Midnight
Probable time of the robbery may
be established by a report from
George Carmack occupant, of a
second floor apartment in his build
ing which adjoins the Stratton block.
Carmack said he was awakened
about 11:15 Tuesday morning by the
sound of pounding. He did not
investigate, however, because passing
motorists and truckers often stop to
change tires or do work on their
vehicles on the street below.
The theft was discovered when
the store was opened for business
Tuesday morning and deputies from
the Allen county sheriff’s office were
summoned for fingerprinting. The
burglary was reportedly the work of
Valuables Usually Removed
Valuable items ordinarily are re
moved from the display window and
locked in a safe overnight, but that
precaution was not taken at closing
time Monday as Leiber had intend
ed to return to the shop later in the
After changing his plans, Leiber
did not return to the store that even
ing, altho he and his wife mentioned
the advisibility of making a special
trip down town to remove the valu
ables from the window, which they
decided not to do. The loss is not
Authorities are searching for
questioning four unidentified youths
seen on the street near the scene of
the robbery earlier Monday night.
Mrs. Anna Bame
Rites On Monday
Mrs. Anna Bame, 87, who had
lived in Bluffton most of her life,
died Friday afternoon at her home
on East Jefferson street.
Death was from complications and
followed a one-day serious illness.
Daughter of Daniel and Maria
(Hossler) Radebaugh, she was born
in Rawson Dec. 13, 1859. In 1893
she was married to Adam Bame,
who died in 1915.
Two sons and a daughter survive:
Raymond Bame, West Jefferson,
Ohio Cloyce Bame, Bluffton and
JMrs. Loa M. Bean, Riverside, Calif.
Abrother, Ellis Radebaugh, lives
in Greensburg, Ohio.
Mrs. Bame was a member of the
Bluffton Methodist church.
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon in the Basinger fun
eral home. Rev. Paul H. Cramer,
pastor of the Methodist church, offi
ciated. Burial was in Maple Grove
Neil Neuenschwander
Gets College Degree
David Neil Neuenschwander, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar N. Neuensch
wander, of Compton, Calif., who op
erated the Neu-Art studio here sev
eral years ago, was graduated last
Friday from the Pacific Bible col
lege of Azusa, Calif.
In the commencement exercises,
Neuenschwander received the degree
of bachelor of religious education.
He appeared in a bass trio and a
male quartet in a fine arts recital
presented by students of the college
on Tuesday of last week, preceding
the commencement season. This sum
mer he expects to again tour the
country with the college’s male quar
Twin Born On Way To
Hospital Other Dies
Twin daughters were born to Mrs.
Gerald Blossopi of Ottawa last Wed
nesday night, one in the Pope ambu
lance from that place as she was
being rushed to the Bluffton hos
pital and the other after the moth
er’s arrival here.
This was the third baby born in
the Pope ambulance in recent
The mother and first-born daugh
ter are reported doing well in the
hospital here the second child, how
ever, failed to survive.
Graveside services for the deceased
Blossom infant were held at Har
mon cemetery near Gilboa, Thursday
Four-Day Middle District Con
ference Meetings On Bluff
ton Campus
200 Delegates From Churches
In Four States Will Be Here
For Meetings
Attended by church delegates
from four Midwestern states, the
annual Middle District Conference of
the General Conference of the Men
nonite churches of North America
will hold a four-day meeting on the
Bluffton college campus, opening
Saturday evening.
Representatives will be here from
some 20 Churches in Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois and Iowa as guests of the
college, in what is believed to be
the first time the conference has met
on invitation of any sponsoring
group other than a church.
Meetings in the busy four-day
program will be held in the
Ramseyer chapel on the campus,/and
delegates will receive meals and
lodgings in college dormitories.
Complete program for the
conference appears on Page 8
of thia week’s issue of The
Conference Is Advisory
In line with the Mennonite
denomination’s congregational type
of church government, decisions of
the conference are advisory only and
no church is bound by action of the
In the conference are brought to
gether ministers, prominent laymen
and other church leaders. About 200
registered delegates are expected
for the sessions, augmented by
others who are expected to motor
here for the weekend meetings.
The Middle District is one of
seven district conferences with an
aggregate membership of about
6,000 communicants.
Conference officers include Rev.
Sylvan Lehman, Lima, president
Rev. Olin A. Krehbiel, Berne, Ind.,
vice-president Clarence Schneck,
Pandora, secretary, and L. A. Geiger,
Pandora, treasurer.
The program committee consists
of Dr. I. W. Bauman, Bluffton E.
W. Baumgartner, Berne, Ind., and
Rev. John T. Neufeld, Chicago.
Electric Service To
Be Off Next Sunday
Electric current prpvided by the
municipal light plant will be shut
off from 1 to 5 p. m. next Sunday,
while repairs are being made to gen
erating equipment, it was announced
Wednesday morning.
Patrons of the plant are urged to
plan their Sunday use of electrical
current accordingly.
Accidental Injuries
Degrees Are Conferred On Seniors
In College Graduation Exercises
Mrs. R. L. Triplett sustained a
broken bone in her left ankle when
it turned accidentally while picking
flowers' in her garden, Sunday morn
ing. She is confined to her home on
Campus Drive.
Darrell Lee, five-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Huber of Gar
matter addition received a fractured
collarbone Sunday afternoon while
swinging in the basement of his
home when a rope broke, throwing
him to the floor.
Bluffton college department of
music will present in public recital
students of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein
and Mrs. Pearl Mann in Ramseyer
chapel, Friday night at 8 o’clock.
Class Addres is Delivered By
Prominent Pittsburgh
Housing Limitations May Limit
Expansion At College
President Says
In recognition of 50 years of out
standing service to Mennonite edu
cational institutions, Bluffton college
conferred honorary degrees at its
commencement exercises Monday
morning on two emeritus members
of its faculty, former dean Noah E.
Byers and Dr. C. Henry Smith, both
of whom served the school here for
more than thirty years.
Dean Byers, former instructor in
philosophy and psychology received
the degree of Doctor of Humanities
and on Dr. Smith, former head of the
department of history and political
science, was conferred the degree of
Doctor of Letters.
The two educators, among the
early exponents of higher learning
in the Mennonite denomination began
their professional careers in Elkhart
Institute, Elkhart, Indiana, which
later was moved to Goshen, Indiana,
where it developed into the present
Goshen college. Here Dean Byers
served as president and Dr. Smith as
Bluffton in 1913
They came to Bluffton in 1913 to
become associated with the late Dr.
S. K. Mosiman, then president, in
working out an enlarged program
for Bluffton college, an outgrowth of
the former Central Mennonite college.
Dean Byers received his A. B. de
gree from Northwestern university
and his Master’s degree from Har
vard. He also was one of the founders
of the Intercollegiate Peace society
and the All Mennonite conference.
Dr. Smith’s It. B. degree was re
ceived at the University of Illinois,
and his A. M. and Ph. D. degrees at
the University of Chicago, where he
also was a Phi Beta Kappa student.
An authority on Mennonite history,
he has written several books on that
The honorary’ degrees were con
ferred by Dean J. S. Schultz, long an
associate of the two educators on the
Bluffton College faculty.
Loss Small On
Two Fire Calls
Two fires in Bluffton the past week
resulted in only nominal loss, it was
stated by Fire Chief Guy Corson.
The department answered both calls.
A fire in the roof of the Mrs.
Caroline Matter residence brought a
call for the department Friday morn
ing at 9:20 o’clock.
The second alarm was sounded
Tuesday night at §:15 when a motor
cycle caught fire at the residence of
Justin Basinger on Thurman street.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schick, La
fayette, a girl, Wednesday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Adalberta Casarez,
Gilboa, a girl, Elbia, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hilty, Bluff
ton, a girl, Joy Annette, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Gable, Bluffton,
a boy, Dennis Burnell, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Vermilya, Ot
tawa, a girl, Jean Ann, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Whetstone,
Bluffton, a girl, Sara Kay, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Blossom, Ot
wa, a girl, Jeanne Avanell, last
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blackburn, Je
nera, a girl, Kathlyn Ann, last Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Crouse,
Ada, a girl, Vickie Lee, last Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cuppies,
Bluffton, a girl, Sue Ellen last Wed
Bluffton Teacher
Resigns At Alger
Dale Reichenbach of Bluffton who
has been instructor in history in the
Alger schools has resigned his posi
tion there for the coming year. Ex
cept to state that he expected to en
ter business for himself, Reichenbach
announced no plans for the future.
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander and
son Dean, together with Evan Herr,
left the first of the week on a motor
trip to Los Angeles where they will
visit at the home of their daughter,
Mrs. George Franklin and family.
They expect to be gone for two
Ohio State Graduate Will Di
rect Classes At Bluffton
and Beaverdam
Half-Time Will Be Spent At
Each School Under Arrange
ment Started in 1946
Calvin Leimback, 24, of Berlin
Heights, who will graduate from the
Ohio State university college of
agriculture this spring, was employ
ed Monday night at a joint meeting
of the Bluffton and Beaverdam
boards of education as instructor of
vocational agriculture in the two
high schools for the coming year.
Leimback replaces Harry F.
Barnes, who died two months ago,
and will serve on the same basis,
spending half his time at each of
the two employing schools.
His salary was set at $3,100 per
year, plus $400 travel allowance.
Half of the total expenditure of
$3,5000 is paid by the federal depart
ment of agriculture, and Bluffton
and Beaverdam schools equally share
payment of the remainder.
Leimback had two and one-half
years of military service in World
War II, and is unmarried. Reared
on a farm he was a high school
vocational agriculture graduate, and
qualified for the State Farmer award
for scholastic standing.
Employed on a 12-months basis,
he will start his scchool year service
here on July 1. Bluffton has 22
vocational agriculture students, and
there are 24 in the classes at
Allotment of 35 Pounds Per
Person Available By Aug
ust 1
Home Canning This Summer
Expected To Reach Pre
War Volume
With reasonably certain prospects
of a bumper yield of fruits and ber
ries, together with an increased sug
ar allotment, this summer is expect
ed to witness the largest volume of
home canning since pre-war years.
Events during the past week have
assured housewives that the full 35
pounds of sugar allotted for the cur
rent year will be available by Aug
ust 1 and if the sugar picture con
tinues to improve there will be still
more than this amount for distribu
Easing of the sugar situation was
highlighted by announcement from
the federal department of agriculture
in Washington that Spare Stamp No.
12 in consumer ration books may be
used immediately instead of June 1
as announced two weeks ago. This
stamp, good for 10 pounds, was orig
inally intended to become valid July
Also it was announced that a new
rationing stamp good for 10 pounds
will be validated not later than-Aug
ust 1. This will make the 35 pound
per person sugar allotment available
in time for home canning.
Number of the new stamp to be
validated this summer was not an
Spare Stamp No. 53 made valid
on Jan. 1 and expired March 31. On
April 1, spare stamp No. 11 was
validated for 10 pounds. It will ex
pire on Oct. 31 as will Stamp No.
Display Handiwork
Of Talent Program
Handiwork made in connection
with the talent program of the
Presbyterian church will be dis
played at a bazaar and bake sale
to be held on the church lawn Fri
day from 11 a. m. until 2 p. m.
Mrs. Lloyd Van Meter will be in
charge of the bake sale and Mrs.
Lamont Diller, the bazaar. In event
of rain it will be held in the church
All proceeds will go toward the
talent project undertaken by the
Consumption of fluid milk in the
first part of 1946 declined but pro
duction increased. Prices went lower.
day and Tuesday was announced this
week by the Bluffton Lions club,
sponsors of the program.
On both days the Allen County
Mobile X-Ray unit will be operated
on the grade school grounds from
9 to 11 a. m. and from 2 to 6 p. m.
Monday noon, from 12 to 1 p. m.,
the unit will be at the plant of the
Boss Glove factory, and Tuesday
noon during the same hours it will
be operated at the Triplett Electrical
Instrument Co.
C. Henry Smith and N. E.
Byers Receive Doctor’s
Honors Awarded at College
Commencement Exercises
With the largest enrollment in its
history during the past year, Bluff
ton college will probably turn away
some prospective students next fall
because of a shortage of housing ac
commodations, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer
predicted in his president’s state
ment made at Bluffton college’s 47th
commencement exercises Monday
morning in the First Mennonite
Despite a heavy rain, the church
auditorium was filled for exercises
marked by the conferring of degrees
on 21 seniors and the class address
by Dr. Clarence E. Macartney of
Pittsburgh, Presbyterian church
leader, a world traveler and author
of 42 volumes in varied fields of
Commenting on this year’s record
i enrollment, Dr. Ramseyer pointed
out that students of the post-war
period are more mature and have a
broadly varied background.
The school head also announced
that Bluffton will have representa
tion in a student delegation from all
Mennonite schools scheduled to leave
New York City on June 21 for a
European study tour during the
I summer months.
Community Tuberculosis X-Ray
Clinic Here Next Monday, Tuesday
Scheduled operation of the tuber-i charge of 35 cents, to cover the ac
culosis X-Ray clinic here next Mon- tua cost of processing film.
X-Rays will be made at a nominal
College Confers Honorary Degrees On
Two Bluffton Men Pioneers In Education
Reports Progress
Reporting on the new gymnasium
auditorium, Dr. Ramseyer reported
contributions have passed the $65,000
mark, representing approximately
one-fourth of the $250,000 goal.
Eighty per cent of the contributions
are in cash.
Largest gift in the drive was
from Mrs. C. H. Musselman, who
contributed $20,000, and her daugh
ter, who gave an additional $5,000.
In his commencement address, Dr.
Macartney told graduates “The
Greatest Thing in Man,” his subject,
is the human conscience. No honor
can compare with conscience, and the
Lord is with anyone who obeys his
conscience, he said.
Special music included an organ
solo by Prof. Otto Holtkamp a
duet by Elizabeth Brand and Lois
Oyer, with Elizabeth Waterstraw ac
companying. The opening prayer
was by Rev. P. E. Whitmer and the
benediction by Rev. E. J. Bohn.
Honorary Degrees
Conferring of honorary degrees on
N. E. Byers and C. Henry Smith in
rerognition of 50 years of meritor
I ious service to Mennonite educational
institutions was made by Dean J. S.
(Continued on page 8)
Bluffton Tennis
Club Organizes
Norman Triplett, Wilbur Howe
and Woodrow Little were named to
a three-man executive committee to
direct summer activities of the Bluff
ton Tennis club, in reorganization of
the group last week.
Growth of the Bluffton club was
evident at the meeting, with several
prominent out-of-town players from
Ottawa, Lima and Findlay taking
membership here for this season.
An extensive improvement pro
gram at grounds of the club on
College avenue is under way, with
the various projects including erec
tion of a new fence as soon as
weather permits.
Exchange matches during the com
ing season are being scheduled with
Toledo, Marion, Wapakoneta, Mon
roe, Mich., and Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Last year the Bluffton club was
undefeated in match play, and the
local organization was one of the
few in this area to maintain its
courts during the war years.
Tuberculosis X-Raying is urged
because disease germs may be in
the lungs for some time before the
victim becomes actively ill. Preven
tion rather than cure is stressed as
the most successful means of com
batting the disease through the use
of mobile X-Ray units.
The mobile unit is the same used
here for examination last winter of
Bluffton public school pupils and
Bluffton college students. It is
owned by the Allen county chapter
of the Tuberculosis and Health as
Organized Play Program For
Kiddies And Adults Is
Taking Shape
Field Activities Directed By
Roger Howe New Play
ground Is Open
Organized recreational activity got
under way this week at Harmon
field despite wet grounds, with a full
schedule of summer play programs
being set up by Roger Howe, recrea
tion director.
Start of softball leagues for boys
of high school age and adults will be
made this week, with the high school
league to be organized at a meeting
at the field at 6:30 p. m. this Wed
nesday night.
Men will meet at the field at 6:30
p. m. Thursday to complete plans for
their league. All interested are urged
to attend.
Organized play for kiddies is con
ducted at the field Monday thru Fri
day from 1 to 5 p. m., and field ac
tivities also will be supervised from
6:30 p. m. until dark.
In the morning, field facilities also
will be open to those who wish to at
A popular feature at the recreation
center this year is the newly com
pleted kiddies playground, adjacent
'to College avenue, west of the sta
dium, where swings, a slide and tee
ter-totters were erected by the Bluff
ton Recreation committee. Sand box
es were placed near the same spot
last year.
Harmon field tennis courts also are
being maintained for summer play,
and contemplated new features will
be lighted shuffleboard and horse
shoe courts.
Field activities are financed thru
the Bluffton Recreation committee,
which will make a house-to-house
canvass soon for contributions to as
sist in paying for the year-around
program, designed for young and old
Cub Scouts Will
Conduct Scrap Drive
Bluffton Cub Scouts 10-day city
wide scrap drive will be launched
here starting at 6 P. M. this Thurs
day night when members of the
troop and their fathers will make a
house-to-house canvass of homes in
Precinct tor collect articles donated.
The Cubs are seeking old iron,
brass, copper, discarded automobile
batteries, aluminum, etc., to finance
the purchase of scouting equipment.
Those with articles to donate may
notify the Cubs through a coupon on
handbills distributed to all homes
last week, and a scrap pile is being
established at the rear of the Leath
erman tin shop where items may be
left during the 10-day drive.
Complete schedule of house-to
house collection calls was announced
as follows: this Thursday, 6 p. m.,
Precinct next Saturday, 3 p. m.,
Precinct Tuesday, June 10, 6
p. m., Precinct A Thursday, June
12, 6 m., Precinct and Satur
day, June 14, 3 p. m., general clean
Members of the newly organized
Cub Scout pack include Rex Auker
man, Daryl Badertscher, Dean Bad
ertscher, Frederick Basinger, Rich
ard Benroth, James Berry, James
Cazee, Frank Chamberlain, Jan Con
rad, Barry Corson, Frederick De
Voore, Jackie Fields,- Paul Fritchie,
Joe Josephs, John Koch, Robert Lei
ber, Robert Mathewson, William
Ramseyer, Edward Reichenbach, Da
vid Steiner, Rolf Steiner, Robert
Steiner, Gene Wells, James Schu
macher and Gerald Yoakam.
A Good Place to Trade
Situation in Bluffton Area
Admittedly Critical but
Not Hopeless
Potato Growers Report Trouble
In Keeping Seed In
With no rain for two days—al
most a record for this spring—
farmers were hopefully eyeing the
skies Wednesday afternoon and esti
mating prospects for resuming work
in the fields which were flooded by
one of the season’s heaviest down
pours, Monday.
Following Monday’s rain, almost
continuous for twenty-four hours
which sent Big and Little Riley
creeks out of their banks, Tuesday
and Wednesday were clear, and vir
tually cloudless, although weather
forecasts predicted showers.
The corn planting situation, ad
mittedly critical, is not considered
hopeless by farmers here who still
expect to get in a normal acreage,
given favorable weather.
Many Fields Not Plowed
One of the most serious drawbacks
is the fact that many fields are still
to be plowed and the s^ed prepared
before corn can be planted.
However, J. E. Bradfute, U. S.
soil conservation agent who made a
survey of tfcis area, Tuesday said
that corn still is a safe crop. “It
is not too late to plant corn now
and it will not be too late for some
time yet,” he continued.
Bradfute said that despite the wet
season many farmers are not chang
ing their plans for corn planting.
Some of them believe that clover
seedlings in wheat earlier in the
spring probably are drowned out.
Potato Situation Serious
Also serious in this area is the
potato crop situation. Some of the
larger growers have planted only a
small portion of their acreage while
others have as yet made no move
toward planting.
The growers have on hand their
seed potatoes which must go in the
ground reasonably soon or spoil.
In order to keep the seed potatoes
in condition for planting some grow
ers have been running them through
the grader for the past month to
keep them from sprouting prema
turely. Other growers, less well
equipped have already lost a sizable
portion of their seed.
Expert potato growers declared
this week that the crop must get in
to the ground within the next two
weeks after which there must be ex
tremely favorable growing weather
throughout the sumer—not too hot
and not too much moisture—if there
is to be a crop this fall.
The final gamble will be on freez
ing time in the fall. Usually the
ground is frozen by the first of No
vember which results in the loss of
late potatoes planted in June.
Wedding Solemnized
At Reformed Church
An impressive candlelight cere
mony solemnized Sunday evening at
8 o'clock in the St. John’s Evangeli
cal and Reformed church, united in
marriage Miss Betty Marie Bracy,
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Bracy of Bluffton, and Edward J.
Oppermann, son of Mr. and Mrs.
H. C. Oppermann of New Bremen.
Rev. V. C. Oppermann, brother of
the groom, performed the double
ring ceremony before an altar dec
orated with whie gladioli and fems
lighted by tapers burning in two
seven branch candelabra.
A half-hour of nuptial music was
prsented by Mrs. Don Wenger, pian
ist and friend of the bride, and
Jesse Bracy, father of the bride, who
sang, “Because,” “Oh, Perfect Love,”
“The Voice That Breathed O’er
Eden,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Mrs. Wenger played “Clair-de
Lune,” “At Dawning,” “To a Wild
Rose,” and “To a Water Lily.” The
traditional wedding marches, Lohen
grin and Mendelssohn were used.
The bride w ore the traditional
white satin gown with sweetheart
neckline, and insets of lace with
shirred waist, trimmed with rose
buds, and a fitted bodice with tiny
buttons down the back to the waist.
The long sleeves with shoulder cap
lace effects, tapered over the wrists,
and her fitted skirt fell in a graceful
train which alsc had insets of lace.
The fingertip veil was trimmed
with lace and fashioned to her head
with orange blossoms. She carried
an arm bouquet of red ror.es and her
only ornament was a strand of
pearls, gift of the groom.
Miss Dorothy Klingler, friend of
(Continued on page 8)

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