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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXII COAL RATIONED AS DEALERS HERE ACT TO SPREAD SUPPLY Meagre Reserves In Bluffton Coal Yards As Coal Miners Begin Strike Voluntary Rationing Imposed By Dealers To Assure Fuel For Those In Need Dealer rationing of coal was put into effect here the first of this week, with deliveries restricted to householders in pressing need of fuel, in an effort to conserve meagre stock piles in Bluffton coal yards. As the coal mine strike continued to spread, the outlook was dark so far as local deliveries were concern ed, for miners walked off the job at a time when local coal yard sup plies were at one of the season’s lowest points. In addition to imposing the •voluntary rationing program, Bluff ton dealers said those in need of fuel would have to take what was available, and there would be no choice other than what is on hand. Altho coal yards are without suf ficient reserves, the situation is not expected to reach serious proportions unless unusually cold weather con tinues through March and the early part of April. For the most part, it is believed loeal householders have fairly ample supplies in their bins, and many will have sufficient coal to finish out the season. Commercial users, such as the municipal light and power plant and the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. normally build up coal reserves in advance, and full-effect of a shut down in coal supplies from mines will not be felt for some time. Elias Schumacher Funeral Sunday Elias Schumacher, 65, employe of the Pandora Stone Co. and father of Mrs. Robert Bonroth and Mrs. Denver Zimmerly, both of Bluffton, died Friday morning in Lima St. Rita’s hospital, from complications after an illness of three months. Son of John and Barbara (Geiger) Schumacher, he was born March 5. 1883, in Richland township. He was married on Nov. 16, 1910, to Mary Elizabeth Yost, who survives. In addition to Mrs. Benroth and Mrs. Zimmerly, of Bluffton, there are two other children: Mrs. Milton Reichenbach, Pandora, and Francis Schumacher, Columbus Grove. Surviving brothers and sisters in clude Mrs. Alfred Brauen, Mrs. Salome Basinger, Mrs. Elam Suter, Peter and Gideon Schumacher, all of Pandora, and John Schumacher, Van Nuys, Calif. There are 10 grand children. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Lehman funeral home Pandora, Rev. John Steiner of ficating, following which services were at the Grace Mennonite church, With Rev. Ernest Bohn officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge ■cemetery. Former Pandora Woman Succumbs Mrs. Kathryn Badertscher King, 81, of Los Angeles, died March 8 of a heart ailment in that city ac cording to word received here the first of the week. She was the widow of the late Rev. David S. King, former pastor of the St. John Mennonite church near Pandora. The family lived there for a number of years. She was born in Richland town ship the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. U. Badertscher. She is survived by two sons and two daughters also four sisters Mrs. Sarah Basinger, California, Mo., Mrs. Susan Aeschbaucher, For tuna, Mo., and the Misses Lydia and Barbara Badertscher of Denver, Col orado. She was a sister of the late Peter Badertscher of this place. Benefit Program For Legion Next Monday The public is invited to a benefit party sponsored by the Bluffton American Legion post at 8 p. m. next Monday in the Legion hall. Proceeds of the evening’s enter tainment will be used to "help defray the expenses of remodeling the hall. Last Monday, Legion members were entertained by Reeder C. Hutchinson, Defiance City solicitor .and a prominent amateur magician, who presented a full evening pro gram for the group. Colletta Badertscher State Meet Delegate Colletta Badertscher, daughter of Mrs. Geneva Badertscher, Poplar street, has been named Bluffton dele gate to Buckeye Girl’s State, a pro ject camp in Americanism sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary. Sara Bracy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bracy, was named alter nate, by the local Legion Auxiliary, sponsor of the local delegate. The annual meeting will be held June 20 to 27 at Capital university to instruct high school junior girls in legislative affairs and to acquaint them with the functions of good gov ernment in a democracy. TELEVISION CABLE TO GO WITHIN ONE MILE OF BLUFFTON A. T. & T. Negotiating Here Now for Right-of-Way for Underground Line Cable Will Connect Cincinnati and Detroit for Radio and Television An underground cable to carry radio and television programs between Toledo and Cincinnati will pass within one mile of downtown Bluffton, according to plans disclosed last week when the A. T. and T. began negotiating with farmers north and west of town for right-of way privileges. Installation of the coaxial cable, however, is believed to be at least a year away, altho no dates have been announced. Connecting Detroit and Cincinnati, the cable misses towns, but in gener al will follow a route paralleling the Dixie highway. Its nearest approach (Continued on page 10) Lewis Hauenstein Rites This Friday Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Friday in the Paul Diller funeral home for Lewis C. Hauen stein, 68, Jackson township farmer, who died at his home Tuesday noon, after suffering a stroke of apoplexy last Friday. Collapsing in his bam while doing his evening chores, Hauenstein was found lying on the floor by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth Hauenstein. Classes In Religious Education Will Continue In Schools Here For Present Born Sept. 3, 1879, in Richland township, he was the son of Samuel and Caroline (Augsburger) Hauen stein. He was maried on Nov. 19, 1904, to Mae Stober, who survives. Surviving children include Mrs. LaVaun High, Ada Mrs. Lenore Weaver, East Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Trollis Garmatter, Rawson Betty Hauenstein, Lima Darwin Hauen stein, Ada Cloyce Hauenstein, Ada: and Kenneth Hauenstein, Lafayette. Brothers and sisters living are Mrs. Pearl Huber, Bluffton Mrs. Lillie Anderson, Beaverdam Mrs. Katherine Huber, Ada Mrs. Gladys Ream, Lima Levi Hauenstein," Bluff ton Sidney Hauenstein, Columbus Grove Clyde Hauenstein, Bluffton and Carl Hauenstein, Lima. A half brother William E. Augsburger, lives in Los Gatos, Calif. There are 14 grandchildren. Rev. L. D. Fauver will officiate at the funeral service Friday in the Diller funeral home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. The body will be taken to the home on Wednesday, and returned to the fun eral home for the service. Evangelistic Series Will Close Sunday The Tri-County Union Evangelistic campaign led by Dr. R. J. Wells continues through Sunday night in the Bluffton high school ,auditorium. Sermon titles for the remainder of the campaign are: Wednesday, “God Doesn’t Want You to Go to Hell Thursday, “Chased Out of the World Friday, “Excuses That Damn Men’s Souls Saturday, “A Refuge of Lies Sunday afternoon, “Meet Me in Heaven Sunday even ing, “The Greatest Crime, the Great est Failure, and the Greatest Tri umph in the History of the World.” Dr. Wells who has traveled as a song evangelist for a number of years will direct the singing of the congregation and the choir. He will play his cornet in each service. All evening services are held at 7:30 p. m. and the Sunday after noon service at 2:30 p. m. Church Council Sponsor Waits for Clarification of Court Ruling Supreme Court Unconstitution ality Ruling May Not Be Applied Locally Religious education classes in the Bluffton grade school will be con tinued pending final clarification of a ruling last week by the U. S. Su preme court to the effect that “the use of public school systems to help any religious group spread its faith” is unconstitutional. Announcement that the schedule of religious education classes here will be unchanged came following a recommendation from the Ohio Coun cil of Churches that courses be con tinued until the actual meaning of the court ruling is made clear. Bluffton is one of 68 Ohio school systems sponsoring classes in relig ious education through the Council of Religious Education, an inter denominational church group repre senting local churches. Teaching of pupils in grades one through six is paid by the churches, and there is no financial contribution from the board of education to sup port the classes. Attendance Voluntary Attendance in the classes is volun tary and any pupil may be excused upon written consent from parents, School Supt. Ralph Lanham said. Classes average 40 minutes of in struction per week. Of the 260 pupils in the first six grades, 259 have been in the classes, the superintendent pointed out. One student has been excused. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, president of the Council of Religious Educa tion in Bluffton, said there has been no meeting of the group since the supreme court ruling was announced. Broad policies of education in re ligious instruction thruout the state are determined by Ohio Council of Churches, and any action looking to ward the future of religious educa tion in the schools here will be guid ed largely by recommendation of the state organization. Funeral Sunday For Gideon A. Burkholder Funeral services were held Sun day afternoon in the Ebenezer Men nonite church for Gideon A. Burk holder, 82, retired farmer, who died at 4:10 p. m. Thursday of a heart attack in his home on Railroad street. Had he lived until Saturday he would have celebrated the 58th anni versary of his wedding to Ann Bixel on March 13, 1890. In addition to the widow, survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Paul Diller, Mrs. Calvin Steiner and Mrs. Harry Gratz, all of Bluffton three sons, Harley Burkholder, at home Alvin Burkholder, Findlay, and Wil liam Burkholder, Bluffton and three brothers, Menno Burkholder, Bluff ton John Burkholder, Rockport, and Reuben T. Burkholder, Arlington, Washington. Rev. Howard Landis officiated at funeral services Sunday in the Eben ezer Mennonite church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Union Services To Mark Holy Week Union services beginning Sunday night, will be held in Bluffton churches during Holy Week, it is announced by the Bluffton Minis terial association. Our Suffering Re deemer is the theme of the meetings which have been announced as fol lows: Sunday, 7:30 p. m.—First Metho dist Church. Topic, “The Arrest.” Speaker, Prof. Paul Shelly. Monday, 7:30 p. m.—First Men nonite Church. Topic, “The Accusa tion” Speaker, Rev. Robert R. Welch. Tuesday, 7:30 p. m.—St. John’s Evangelical & Reformed Church. Topic, “The Crown of Thoms.” Speaker, Rev. W. H. Lahr. Wednesday, 7:30 p. m.—First Methodist Church. Topic—“The Way of the Cross.” Speaker, Rev. V. C. Oppermann. Thursday, 7:30 p. m.—First Men nonite Church. Union Communion Service. Topic, “The Covenant In My Blood.” Speaker, Rev. Paul H. Cramer. Friday--Union Good Friday Serv ices at First Presbyterian Church from 1:00-3:30 p. m. Sunday—Easter Sunrise Services at 6:30 a. m. at First Methodist Church, sponsored by Bluffton Youth Federation. Speaker, Rev. E. N. Bigelow. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1918 THREE JUMP AS TRAIN SMASHES RAIL MOTOR CAR Trio Leaps to Safety from Path of Fast Nickel Plate Freight Signal Crew's Car Wrecked Be tween Cherry and Jeffer son Street Crossings Three Nickel Plate railroad signal maintenance men narrowly escaped death Friday morning at 7:45, between the Cherry and Jefferson street crossings of the road, when a fast freight ran down and demolish ed their motor car, seconds after they had jumped to safety. Men of the signal maintenance crew on the motor car were Paul Schumacher and John Gary, both of Bluffton, sr.d John Harwood, Tipton. Ind. The men had just left the Bluff ton depot, one and one-half blocks away, and were traveling eastward when they were overtaken by the fast eastbound freight train. Hearing the locomotive bearing down on them from the rear, the trio leaped to safety, but had no time to remove their motor car from the rails. It was completely de molished by the locomotive, but no one was hurt and there was no damage to the locomotive. The motor car, powered by a gasoline motor, is similar to the old-time handcars, formerly used by railroad section crews. BY HARRY L. HAU Editor’s Note—This is on* of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. The Memories That Came At a rickety table in a tumble down tavern in Malden, 30 miles a cross the water from Put-in-Bay, a hoary headed and grizzled old man nodded and mumbled at his own memories. When he raised his eye lids under the shaggy brows a curious guest saw white spots on his pupils. “Do you know who that is?” the slovenly land lady, about 30, asked Daniel Workman, from Logan County, who had shown his interest. Then not waiting for an answer she added: “It is Simon Girty—my father.” That was in 1816 and at the site of Ft. Malden, from under whose guns the British ships had put out three years before to meet defeat by Perry. Girty, white renegade and arch enemy of his own race, was blind. In February, 1818, Simon Girty died. He was buried in a slab-marked grave on the little farm, a few miles below Malden, which the British had given him “for his loyalty.” Girty, in 1784, had married a white girl, Catherine Malett, whom he and the Indians had captured on the Ohio River in 1780. Their daughter had married a Frenchman, who with her, ran the Malden Inn. Terror to Settlers Girty’s blood stained fame was wide and for many years his name struck terror in the hearts of settlers all over Ohio. More cruel and ruthless than the savages with whom he lived, he attained the reputation of being the worst renegade the world then or since, ever has known. Five feet, ten inches tall and heavily built, the renegade was said to have been a man “of extraordinary strength, power of endurance, cour age and sagacity.” Why he so hated the whites is not known but Simon Kenton, who knew him well, related that he joined the Indians because of anger at not having received a mili tary promotion. In September, 1777, Girty led the Indians in their attack on Ft. Henry, on the site of Wheeling. Also he led the attack on Baker’s station, not far away, and in August, 1782, attacked Bryan’s station, near Lexington. He directed the ambush massacre of the Kentuckians at Blue Lick and was active in the defeat of St. Clair and the attack on Colerain village, (Continued on page 3) MARRIAGE LICENSE A marriage license has been issued to Richard Hauenstein and Joyce Young, both of Bluffton. Miss Joan McCarty, pictured above, will reign over the May Day Festivities Interesting Phases of Manu facture Seen in Visit Tues day Night Plant of Boss Company Has Been in Operation in Bluff ton 40 Years Interesting phases of one of Bluff ton’s majcr industrial operations were studied at first-hand Tuesday night when members of the Lions club were conducted on an evening tour of the Boss Glove Company’s Bluffton plant, a three floor brick structure on North Main street, es tablished here 40 years ago. Guide of the clubmen was Charles Lloyd, manager of the local factory for 28 years. Lloyd has been with the Boss company for 39 years. They Will Reign At Bluffton College Campus Festivities, Saturday, May 29 May Queen Demonstration of a three-ton cut ting machine which die cuts the ma (Continued on page 10) Mother Of Bluffton Man Dies In West Mrs. Elizabeth Milne Tosh, 83, mother of John Tosh of Bluffton, died at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif., last Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Death followed sev 1 eral years’ illness. She was born in Kerrimuir, Scot land, and was married in Hawaii to John Tosh who died in 1927. In 1906 the family moved to California where she has since resided. Funeral services were held Satur day morning in Santa Cruz and in the afternoon at Modesto, Calif., fol lowed by burial there. Besides her son of this place she is survived by three other sons: Rev. S. M. Tosh, Redwood City, Calif. James L. Tosh, Walnut Creek, Calif., and D. L. Tosh, Terra Bella, Calif., and two daughters Mrs. Margaret iJohnstone and Miss Elizabeth Tosh both of Santa Cruz. Mrs. Tosh, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Elizabeth Tosh and 1 the latter’s adopted daughter Miss Melb» Tosh visited in Bluffton in the summer of 1936. Last Rites Held For Former Teacher Here Mrs. Agatha Ostendorf, 77, born in Bluffton May 8, 1870, and a teach er here before her marriage, died Sunday morning in Lima St. Rita’s hospital where she had been a pa tient for five weeks. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Owens, a prominent Bluffton family, and married Henry Ostendorf of Ft. Jennings in 1901. He died in 1936. Mrs. Ostendorf had lived in Delphos for the last 20 years. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Hortense Lowry, East Chicago, Ind. and Mrs. Zenobia Esely, Loudenville and a brother, Joseph Owens, De troit. Funeral services were held Wed nesday in Delphos, and burial was at Ft. Jennings. Prof. Smucker Named Officer Of New Unit Prof. Carl Smucker, of Bluffton college, has been elected vice-presi dent of the newly organized Allen County Mental Hygiene organization. Establishment of a mental hygiene clinic in Lima is one of the projects of the newly formed group, to help prevent the unfavorable effects of meontal illness. Judge Raymond P. Smith, of the Allen county court of common pleas, is president of the organization. Maid Of Honor Lions Club Makes Tour Of Boss Glove Factory, Major Industrial Plant Here Miss Clymenia Hamman, will assist the Queen beginning with the Crowning Ceremony $375 CASH LOOT TAKEN IN MT. CORY SCHOOL BURGLARY Two Burglars Obtain Cash By Forcing Filing Cabinet In School Office Receipts From School Cafeteria and Student Funds Taken In Thursday Burglary Burglars who broke into the office of the Mt. Cory High school building last Thursday night escaped with cash loot of H)75, ’.which they ob tained by forcing^pen a steel filing cabinet. Discovery of the robbery was not made until Friday morning when the janitor reported for duty. Entrance was gained to the build ing by forcing an outside door in the school auditorium. Nothing was disturbed by the burglars until they reached the school office on the third floor where they smashed a glass panel to gain admittance. The cash, representing receipts from the school cafeteria and student funds, was locked in a steel filing cabinet, which was broken open by the looters. An additional sum of money was overlooked. Tracks In Snow Tracks in new-fallen snbw indicat ed the burglary had been committed by two persons, who parked an auto mobile on Route 69, north of the school building. Hancock county sheriff and sher iff’s deputies who investigated took fingerprints and made a complete search for other clues. Sheriff Orla Cooper believes the culprits left in haste for departure evidently was made through the southwest door. The door was jim mied and a staple twisted from the inside. A w oman living across the street from the school told the sheriff she had her lights on at 12:30 and again at 1:30 a. m. when her baby cried. Authorities believe the burglars saw the lights at one time or the other which would account for missing part of the money and leaving through another exit. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Forest Basinger, Bluffton, a girl, Sharon Ann, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Amstutz, Bluff ton, a girl, Penny Elaine, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crawford, Jenera, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Williams, Findlay, a girl, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murray, Jr., Bluffton, a boy, Paul Michael at Lima Memorial hospital, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Hai*old Stevens, San dusky, a girl, Mary Sue, born last Wednesday in the Good Samaritan hospital in that city, Mrs. Stevens is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Feikert, Colum bus, a boy, Edward Eugene born March 7. Mrs. Feikert is a daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Lugin buhl. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sommer, Shanghai, China, a boy, Philip Roy. Mr. Sommer, a former Pandora resi dent, is engaged in Chinese relief. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 48 FIRE BUG SCARE DIES AFTER YOUTH CONFESSES ARSON 17-’Year-01d Boy Is Arrested At Scene of Fourth Fire in Six Weeks Youth Admits Firing Bam on John Thompson Farm, Razed Friday Anxiety of Bluffton area farmers after arson was suspected in a se ries of four fires within a six-week period near Raw’son was quieted this week with announcement that Han cock county authorities are holding a 17-year-old youth as the confessed arsonist responsible for one of the blazes. The youth was taken into custody at the scene of the latest fire, in which a barn on the John Thompson farm, one and one-half miles south of Rawson on the Rawson road, burned to the ground Friday night. Although he is said to have con fessed to firing the Thompson barn, the 17-yCar-old boy, a resident of the community, denied having set fire,to two other barns and a filling station which burned in the same vicinity within the last six weeks. He told Hancock County Sheriff Orla Cooper that on the night of the Thompson fire he left his home in an automobile with a friend. When they reached the Thompson home, he said, he asked his friend to stop be (Continued on page 10) Four Get Top Rating In H. S. Music Meet Four superior ratings were received by Bluffton high school students at the Northwestern District Music Con test last Saturday. These will compete April 9 at the O. S. U. State Contest. Bluffton High School music de partment was represented by five vocal solos, a piano solo, boy’s en semble, and girls ensemble in the Class division. Treva Althaus, alto, and Donald Herr, baritone, received superior ratings. Both the Boys and Girls Ensemble received a superior grade. “Celito Lindo” was presented by the Girls Ensemble which consists of Ada May Oyer, Dora Jean Luginbuhl, Ruth Diller, Jean Burkholder, Anita Alt haus, Lois Marquart, Mary Burk holder, and Mary Ann Smucker. Har riett Burkhart was the accompanist. Boys Ensemble consisting of Lynn Carmack, Luke Luginbill, Dave Hof stetter, Eugene Hankish, Roger Lin den, Ted Kohli, Sam Buhler, and Don Herr sang “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Bach. Ruth Diller accompanied them. The Boys Ensemble received special praise from the judge for pre senting so difficult a song. Other ratings are: Ada May Oyer, piano, excellent Ralph Dunifon, bari tone, excellent Luke Luginbill, tenor, excellent Bonnie Deeds, soprano, very good. When a quartette from Montgom ery High School was minus their bass, Donald Herr pinched-hit for them. A superior rating was given to them also. Rites Monday For Mrs. Albert Winkler Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Monday in the First Men nonite church for Mrs. Albert Wink ler, 60, who died at 6:30 a. m. Fri day in the family home, one mile west of Bluffton, after a short ill ness. A heart ailment caused the death. Bom in Richland township Oct. 29, 1887, she was the daughter of Sam uel and Verena (Luginbuhl) Nis wander. She married Albert Winkler on Dec. 24, 1911. Survivors include the husband tliree children: Verena Winkler, Akron, Pa. Mrs. Marie Quenzer, San Miguel, Calif., and Kenneth Winkler, Bluffton and two brothers, Gideon Niswandcr, Ottawa, and James Nis wander, Randolph, Alabama. Mrs. Winkler was a member of the First Mennonite church, where funeral services were held. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial was in the Ebenezer cemetery. Opens Beauty Shop On Church Street Mrs. Ruth Steinman, former Bluff ton beautician has opened a new establishment in the Staater build ing on Church street to be known as the Beatrice Beauty shop. The quarters have been re-decorat ed and adequately equipped for beauty service, she announced.