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A Good Place to Live
Interest in local politics was stim
ulated during the week before elec
tion by a write-in campaign to re
elect W. A. Howe for mayor This,
political observers said was respon
sible for the phenomenal upsurge of
voting and electors were lined up
at voting places here waiting to
cast their
closed at 6:30, Tuesday night.
Incomplete returns from the con
gressional district Wednesday indi
cate that Wm. McCulloch, Piqua re
publican, defeated Joseph Quatman,
Lima democrat, for congress Un
official returns from 367 of the 412
precincts in the district gave Mc
Culloch 37,825 votes and Quatman
The proposed soldier bonus amend
ment will carry by approximately a
three to one majority, it was indi
cated Wednesday. Three other pro
posed state amendments will prob
ably carry, it was indicated, but by
closer margins. They are proposals
to increase the term of probate
judges from four to six years, en
large the sinking fund commission
which administers the bonus from
three to five members and limit the
use of gasoline and automobile taxes
to highway and street purposes
Boards Work Late
Because of the heavy vote, Bluff
ton election boards in charge of
counting ballots worked late and it
was long after midnight when
results in Precinct C, the last to
report, were posted on the door of
the Rauenbuhler Plumbing shop, the
precinct voting place.
With numerous local contests close
and the count in the last precinct
necessary to determine the outcome,
a crowd gathered outside the voting
place notwithstanding a drizzling
rain, awaiting the results.
The unexpectedly heavy vote here
gave precinct election officials some
anxious moments Tuesday when it
appeared that they might run out of
ballots. However the supply proved
Bluffton Precinct Boards Work Until After
Midnight Tuesday Counting Votes
Beaverdam Board Calls For
More Ballots
Heaviest voting in recent years in an off-year election which
prevailed in Bluffton, Tuesday, found its counterpart in many
other localities thruout this section as municipalities selected of
ficials and settled numerous other local issues.
Approximately 900 ballots cast in Bluffton Tuesday was
estimated at 75 per cent of the total vote here and more than
double the usual off-year vote.
ballots when the polls
Also adding interest to the elec
tion in Bluffton as well as other
places in the Fourth Congressional
district was the contest for the va
cant seat in congress of Robert F.
Jones, republican, who resigned last
summer to accept an appointment on
the Federal Communications com
mission and interest in the soldier
bonus amendment in support of
which veterans organizations active
ly campaigned.
In Beaverdam, however, where the
voting was also unexpectedly heavy
because of a proposed school levy
and other local issues, an additional
supply of ballots was obtained from
the office of the county board of
elections Tuesday afternoon when it
became apparent that the regular
sunnly would be exhausted.
The heavy Beaverdam vote
reflected by the fact that the
.count was not completed until
2 o’clock Wednesday morning.
'Negro Soprano In
Concert Here Monday
Roena Savage, noted lyric soprano,
will be presented in the Bluffton Col
lege Concert series at 8 p. m. next
Monday in Ramseyer chapel on the
Miss Savage has a broad exper
ience in concert appearances, and in
addition has taught in two colleges.
She has appeared with symphonies
in broadcasts featuring I’ rench,
Negro and Spanish folksongs. In
addition she was honored by selec
tion as soloist for the 20th and 25th
anniversary meetings of the Asso
ciation for the Study of Negio Life
and History.
The concert artist’s most recent
radio series, “I’ll Sing Thee Songs
was presented over the Don Lee Mu
tual Station on the west coast. I
Return From Four
Months In Scotland
Mr and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein
of Campus Drive arrived home Wed
nesday after spending the summer
in Scotland with their son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W M.
Tod at Galashiels near Edinburgh.
Mrs Tod is the former Barbara
The Bluffton couple who left late
last June made the trans-Atlantic
trips by plane Returning they left
London Monday night and arrived
Tuesday in New York, making the
trip home by rail from that city.
1850 KW Unit to Be Converted
for Operation in Muni
cipal Plant
Contract Let at $24,720 Bid
Plus Cost of Conversion
and Installation
Purchase of a used 1850 KW tur
bine, removed from a Navy escort
ship, was announced this week by the
board of public affairs, after a con
tract had been let to Charles Weaver
and Co., of Detroit, on a bid of $24,
720, plus conversion and installation.
The turbine was one inspected
aboard ship several weeks ago by
Supt. John Swisher, of the municipal
light plant, and its installation will
give the local plant additional gen
erating capacity required to handle
a rapidly increasing electrical load.
Accessory parts for the turbine are
included in the $24,720 purchase price.
No estimate was announced on the
cost of conversion and installation.
Delivery to the local plant will be
made within 30 days after the con
tract is signed. Conversion will be
accomplished here after the turbine
is delivered.
The Charles Weaver Co. bid was
low of two submitted.
After conversion, the 1850 KW tur
bine will be sufficiently large to han
dle the town’s peak loads, providing
adequate standby capacity that now
is lacking.
Present equipment of the plant in
cludes 1250 KW and 750 KW tur
bines. The latter is unable to handle
the present town load at peak capa
city, precipitating the need for addi
tional electrical generation capacity.
Missionary Convention
At Missionary Church
A missionary convention will be
held at the Missionary church here
beginning this Wednesday night and
continuing Thursday and Friday
nights and Sunday morning and
evening it is announced by the
pastor, Rev. Robert Welch.
Services, beginning at 7:30 will
be in charge of a missionary party
headed by Rev. C. J. Gerig of Ft.
Wayne, district superintendent of
the Missionary church association.
Services are announced as follows
Wednesday—Rev. Gerig.
Thursday—Illustrated lecture on
South America by Rev. Judd, re
turned missionary.
at 10:30 a. m.
I the evening.
i w
w $ $
Northern Professor Will
Speak At Meeting in The
H. S. Auditorium
Iluffton High Band Also Will
Play for Armistice Day
Observance Here
Bluffton retail business establish
ments will be closed from 11 a. m.
vntil noon next Tuesday as the town
a one-hour observance of
by a
pauses for
school auditorium.
Day, highlighted
program in the
Speaker at the Armistice
service will be Prof. Lawrence
man, of Ohio Northern university, on
the subject “Americanism.”
Special patriotic music for
program will be provided by the
uniformed Bluffton High school band,
by the
by its conductor, Harold
The meeting is sponsored
Bluffton American Legioti
Marking the start of the Armistice
Day observance, the deep throated
whistle at the municipal light plant
will be blown at 11 a. m., signalling
the customary pause in reverence of
the memory of those who gave their
lives in World War 1.
Legion officials this week urged
residents of the community to at
tend the exercises.
In observance of the day as a
national holiday, the Citizen’s Nation
al bank and the Bluffton post office
will be closed thruout the day.
High School Office Is
Ransacked By Thieves
Thieves broke into the high school
building Monday night, ransacked
the office, forced open one safe and
jammed the lock of another but
found no money which was appar
ently the object of their search.
The robbery was discovered by
Wade Bechtol, janitoi
ened the building
at 5 o’clock. The
parently the work
gained entrance
through the boiler
ed tools from the manual arts de
partment and janitors’ quarters
which they used to force doors
leading to the office.
when he op-
Tuesday morning
break-in was ap
of juveniles who
to the building
room and obtain-
A light safe in the office contain
ing records was broken open but the
marauders failed to crack a heavier
safe in the office which contained a
sum of money The lock, however,
was jammed so badly that the safe
cannot now be opened it was stated
by Supt. R. S. Lanham, Tuesday.
from the sheriff’s office
were here
prints and
the case.
of West
of Africa
Gerig in
C. Berkey
and Rev.
Tuesday taking finger
collecting other clues in
Revival Services
At Brethren Church
A two weeks’ series of revival
services opened Monday night at the
County Line Church of the Brethren
with Rev. Crider of Indiana, 'i'lnge
list in charge.
Bluffton High School Homecoming
Queen Will Be Crowned Friday Night
The Queen and Her Court
Left to right: Norma Klapp, Mary Jane Burkholder (queen),
Stores Will Close Tuesday During
One-hour Armistice Day Program
State Tests Show Oxygen in the
Buckeye Will Not Sustain
Fish Life
Fish Gasping for Air in Buckeye
Removed by Sportsmen’s
Club to Water Works
Transfer of large game fish from
Buckeye lake to the Waterworks
quarry was under way Tuesday and
Wednesday, as members of the Com
munity Sportsmen’s club sought to
save thousands of fish dying in the
larger body of water from lack of
Crews of volunteer workers started
seining gasping fish from the Buck
eye Tuesday evening, after tests by
Fish Management Agent Clarence
Clark, of St. Marys, showed oxygen
content of the water was not suffici
ent to sustain fish life.
Clark’s tests, made at the request
of the Sportsmen’s club disclosed
there was less than one part of oxy
gen per million of water, less than
half the amount for fish to continue
Conditions at the lake became criti
cal on Monday, as large schools of
game fish floundered helplessly at the
surface of the water, gasping for air.
Aerate W’ater
Aerating water by pumping it into
the air with the town’s fire truck
Tuesday afternoon did little to allevi
ate the condition, and the removal of
fish was started in the evening after
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following birth at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Reichenbach
Bluffton, a
Pandora, a
Mr. and
Bluffton, a
school homecoming festivities.
girl, Margo Ann, last
Mrs. Cleland Amstutz,
boy, Albert Gene, Thurs-
Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Crawfis,
girl, Linda Kay, Thurs-
Mr. and
Mrs. Carson B^prshall,
girl, Janis Elis?, Friday.
Bluffton, a
Mr. and Mrs. Warner. Continental,
a boy, John Louis, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Luginbuhl,
Rluffton, a girl, Michele C, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Power,
Jenera, a girl, Rachel Marie, Tues
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell,
Findlay, a girl, Sarah Ann, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burns, Gilboa,
a girl, this Wednesday morning.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Oyer, Wapak
oneta, a bov, Thomas George, bom
Sunday at Lima Memorial hospital
w'here Dr. Oyer is on the medical
Singspiration Service
Following the game a homecoming!
dance will .be held in the high school! Constables—R.
gymnasium for Bluffton and Colum-| Charles Lora, D.
bus Grove high school students and
Bluffton alumni.
Nearby Towns]
I. L. Sawmiller was
mayor of Beaverdam with 112
to 61 votes for his opponent
Lutterbein. 4
Other Beaverdam results:
Durkee 162.
Bums 20
Huber 160.
elect)—P. W.
(six to
Wm. Amstutz 101 Frank
143 W. A. Arnold 86
Elected Tuesday
Mayor—Arden Baker, D.
Clerk—Charles Emans, D.
Treasurer—Sidney Stettler, D.
Council Charles Aukerman,
Armin Hauenstein,
Carl Derringer,
The queen, daughter of Mr. and! Augsburger, R.
Mrs. Harvey Burkholder west ofl Richland Twp.
31uffton, together with her two at-l
.endants are all seniors.
School levy 3 mills for 2 years—I of Old Testament at Princeton
Richland South: Yes 73, No 25.1 Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.
Beaverdam: Yes 138, No 42. Monroe:Iwill be the speaker at six-day
Yes 79, No 27. Total: Yes 290, No Iseries of Bluffton college Bible
94. I lectures opening Sunday morning,
School Board.—Howard Moser,I Nov. 16. and continuing thru the
Carl Amstutz, R. F. Simon. I following Friday.
I On the opening day of the annual
ARLINGTON I lecture presentation, morning and
Arlington’s $215,000 school bond I evening services will be held in the
issue carried 637 to 227, or 50 votes I First Mennonite church, and an
(Continued on page 10) I afternoon vesper service in the Ram-
Mrs. Charity trick
Dies Wednesday I
At Ebenezer Church\lh]{
I seyer chapel on the campus.
Monthly singspiration senice ofl H°"'ard Nce’ Allentown, Pa
the Bluffton and Pandora area will|Robert Jiaftz,er’_ Goshen» Ind
be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite
church, Sunday night at 9:15 o’clock.
Schools Will Hold
Night Session Here
R. Wilford
I Geiger, D. Don Patterson, I). Ches-
and Mary Schaudt. Ler stauffer. Ti)dd
Crowning of the queen between I Board Public Affairs arvey
halves of the Bluffton-Columbus Bridler, R. Edgar Conaway, R.
Grove football game on Harmon I Forrest Steinman, D.
field, Friday night will be one ofl School Board—-Levi
the high spots of the Bluffton high
Clerk—Ray Hilty,
Justice of Peace—C. D. Amstut
Griffith, R.
Dr. Charles T. Fritsch, Prince
ton Seminary. Will Be
Bible Lecturer
Am-1 Ministers’ and Mennonite Wo
men’s Conferences to Be in
Conjunction with Institute
stutz 72
W’alter Beck 114 Clarence Boop 80
O. K. Burns 47 T. V. Stirn 136
Ralph Vertner 116 John Young 64.1 Dr. Charles T. Fritsch, professor
I Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, there
I in two lectures daily. in the
morning at Ramseyer chapel and in
I the evening at the First Mennonite
Mrs. Charity Frick, 78, pioneer I church.
Bluffton resident and widow of thel In connection with the Bible
late Robert Frick, died Wednesday| lectures, a two-day minister’s con
noon at her home on Cherry street.
The body is at the Paul Diller fun-1 Wednesday and Thursday, Nov,
eral home. Funeral arrangements I and 20. A
are incomplete. I ference also
ference will be held on the campus,
Mennonite women’s con
will be conducted on the
I same days.
I Speakers
I will include
_____ I Ind. Rev. E
On the
National Ed-lgchnen
be dismissed
and classes
it the minister’s meet
Rev. A. S. Rosenberger,
Olin Krehbiel, Berne,
J. Bohn, Pandora Rev.
Pannabecker, dean of the
Biblical Seminary, Chica-
women’s conference pro
speakers will be Rev. Kreh-
biel, Miss Rita Freie, Amsterdam,
Holland, a Bluffton college student
.Mrs. John Neufeld, Miss Helen Bohn,
Regular sessions of Bluffton H'Kh|^fjss Edna Ramseyer, Miss Frieda
and Grade school classes will be held! Lehman( Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer,
this Wednesday evening, as part oflRonald Eichj a„d Rev RUSsell
the local observance of
ucation week.
School students will
Wednesday afteinoon
regularly scheduled for that period
will be held from 7:30 to 9 p. m.
Buses will transport rural pupils to I Coal pulverizing equipment will be
and from school for the nightl put into operation late this month
classes. Ithe Howard Stager coal yard to
Coal Pulverizer
Equipment Here
All patrons and friends of thel produce stoker coal for area users,
school district are invited to bel A threatened shortage of stoker
present, and student guides will bel coal led to Stager’s decision to in
on duty to supply information and! stall the new equipment, which in
direction to all visitors. I eludes a coal puverizing machine
The school open house program! and an oil treatment process,
will constitute the regular November! Egg coal, which is comparatively
meeting of the Parent-Teacher as-1 plentiful, will be pulverized to make
i sociation.
stoker grades in the process.
A Good Place to Trade
Four Democrats And Two Republicans On
Council Voters Favor Republican For
Congress Soldier Bonus Car
ries Here
Arden R. Baker, democratic councilman, was elected mayor
of Bluffton for a two year term Tuesday in one of the heaviest
off-year votes in the town’s history.
He defeated by a margin of 76 votes his nearest opponent,
VN. A. Howe, republican, present mayor, who was supported for
re-election in a write-in campaign and P. W. Stauffer, republican
candidate for mayor.
Total unofficial vote was: Baker,
349 Howe, 273 Stauffer, 206.
1 akes Office Jan. 1
Baker will assume the office of
mayor on January 1, next. His
term as a member of the town
council expires December 31 which
also marks the expiration of Howe’s
term as mayor.
in Tuesday’s voting cen
the mayorality race, a
affair which developed a
when a bi-partisan fac
'd Howe in a write-in
re-election, although he
said he was not a candidate.
tered in
Althaus, D.
Trustee Albert
Richland Twp
In the race for clerk, Charles
Unofficial Returns
the vote
precincts of
in Bluffton,
n page 10.
Emans, democrat, defeated Ilichard
Cookson, republican, by a vote of
487 to 340. Emans, who is clerk of
the board of public affairs also will
assume the duties of corporation
clerk next January 1, succeeding W.
O. Geiger, democrat, present clerk
who was elected to membership on
the town council.
Stettler Re-elected
Sidney Stettler, democrat,
school mathematics instructor,
re-elected town treasurer by a
of 445, defeating Hiram
republican who polled 372 votes.
Four democrats and two republic
ans will make up the town council.
They are: Armin Hauenstein, re
publican, with 613 votes W. O.
Geiger, democrat, 611 votes Chas.
Aukerman, republican, 609 votes
Don Patterson, democrat, 551 votes
Chester Stauffer, democrat, 486 votes
Frank Todd, democrat, 378 votes.
In the council, Aukerman, Patter
son, Stauffer and Todd were re-elect
Hauenstein is a former mayor
and councilman and Geiger is at
present corporation clerk.
Board of Public Affairs
Edgar Conaway, republican, who
was appointed to fill the unexpired
term of the late Harry Barnes, was
elected to that office with 476 votes.
new members elected are
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Wheat Tithing Movie
At Union Church Meet
Perry Hayden, founder of the
world famous Biblical Wheat Tith
ing project, will appear here at
7:30 p. m. Sunday to show his col
ored movie of the program in the
First Methodist church.
Sponsored by the Bluffton Minis
terial association, the movie-lecture
will be presented as the regular
monthly union service Rev. Paul
Cramer, pastor of the Methodist
church, is president of the Minis
terial association.
Inspired by a sermon based on the
text John 12:24,
Michigan Quaker
20, 1940, Hayden
inch of wheat on
the late Henry Ford.
in the Tecumseh
church, on Sept,
planted one cubic
land furnished by
The original plot of land was four
feet by eight feet in size, and as
commanded in Malachi 3:10, he de
cided to pay a tithe of the crop to
his chureh and replant the remain
ing nine-tenths
The first crop was 50 cubic inches,
and the sixth and final crop was 72,
150 bushels, requiring 2,66 acres for
its production. It was harvested by
276 farmers of 30 different faiths
and creeds.
According to Robert Ripley’s “Be
lieve It Or Not,” the project if eon
tinued for 10 years would require
all of the land in the United States,
and in 13 years would cover the en
tire globe.

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