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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXIII COLORFUL AND GAY YULETIDE SEASON USHERED IN HERE Holiday Shopping At Peak As Christmas Setting Takes Form Old-Fashioned Christmas With Gay Lights Observed This Year I Against a setting of traditional color and gaiety, Bluffton’s p'ans for the Yuletide were taking tan gible form this week as all com munity events geared themselves to the observance next week of Amer ica’s best-loved holiday season. In the downtown district, Christ mas ornamentation has taken the form of festooned and holly-draped boulevard light standards, with show windows bright with Yyletide cheer providing a fitting backdrop for the outdoor decorations. Further adding to the spirit of the season, holiday lights, decorations and trees already have made their appearance in every residential area. Heavily burdened postal workers are struggling to keep abreast of the heavy floods of Christmas mail, although the heavest volume is not expected until the early part of next week. Windows at the post office, usuall ly closed on Saturday afternoon, •will be open this Saturday until 6 p. m., for the convenience of those making Christmas mailings. Stores Open Evenings Shopping in local business estab lishments is at its peak this week, ■with some easing in trading expect ed after the middle of next week. Stores will be open Monday to Thursday nights inclusive next week to accommodate belated buyers. Santa was overwhelmed by a mob of eager youngsters when he arrived at the Main and Cherry street in tersection last Saturday afternoon, to hold interviews with kiddies and distribute favors. Before his ap pearance downtown he circled over Bluffton in a low-flying airplane. Opening the musical observance of the Yuletide, Handel’s celebrated oratorio, “The Messiah,” was pre sented last Sunday afternoon in the Bluffton High school gymnasium by the Bluffton College Choral society. Christmas Programs Christmas pageants and programs will mark services in churches of the town and community, beginning Sunday, with the last in the series scheduled for Christmas eve, a week from Friday. Bluffton grade school students will present a Christmas operetta in the high school auditorium, Friday night of this week, for one of the last public appearances of school groups before they start Christmas holiday recesses the latter part of next w*eek. Much of the credit for the gay Christmas atmosphere prevailing here goes to the Bluffton Business Men’s association, which sponsored the outdoor decorations downtown, and arranged for Santa’s visit last Saturday afternoon. Plan Evangelistic Campaign In January Rev. Earl M. Jensen, evangelist and radio speaker will be in charge of a tri-county evangelistic cam paign January 9 to 30, it was an nounced the first of the week. Meetings during the first half will be held at St. John Mennonite church and the last half in the high school auditorium here. Walter Treadway will be in charge of the music. Executive committee directing the meetings is: Rev. Howard Landes, chairman Rev. Arnold Schmidt, vice chairman Rev. Frank Harder, secretary John Tosh, treasurer, Clarence Diller, ass’t. treasurer. Lape To Address Waynesfield Club E. S. Lape of Bluffton will be the principal speaker at a dinner meet ing of the Lions club in Waynesfield this Wednesday night He will speak on his trip to Hawaii in the spring of 1947 and illustrate the ad dress with pictures taken at that time. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hackworth, Dunkirk, a girl, Birdie, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Kimmel Marshall, Bluffton, a boy, Bruce Neil, Sunday. Real Estate Tax Collection Starts December collection of Aden coun ty real estate taxes has been started by the office of County Treasurer Ray W. Barnett. Statements are beirg prepared and will be in the mails soon for taxes now payable for the first half of 1948. Deadline for payment of taxes without penalty is set for February 19. TOWN ERECTS NEW STREET MARKERS AT INTERSECTIONS Missing And Defaced Street Signs Being Replaced This Winter Street Marker Project Ties In With Replacement of City Stop Signs Replacement of Bluffton street markers which have been defaced or tom from their standards was start ed this week by the village street department in a campaign that will again put the 14-year-old street designation system in first-class con dition. New wooden hiarkers with legibly painted street designations will be erected at intersections wherever the older signs have been tom down or defaced, Street Commissioner Le*1 Coon announced. Following the placement of new markers wherever needed, old mark ers now in need of a fresh coat of paint will be taken down and re lettered. The town’s present street signs, consisting of black lettering on white painted wood, were erected in 1934 as a WPA project In the interven ing years, many markers have dis appeared and in other cases the lettering no longer is readable. A program of street marker re placement was authorized last spring by the town council, but work on the project was delayed until this fall, so that expense of the work might be reduced by having the regular street crew do the painting and lettering on days when inclement weather prohibited vrork outside. Snowy Christinas Setting Missing As Spring-Like Weather Continues Purchase of a steel stencil set for use in the lettering program elimin ated the necessity of buying street markers, and enables the town street department to make its own signs. Erection of new street markers ties in with a program of re-installa tion of STOP signs, inaugurated last summer. Like the street designa tions many STOP signs disappeared during war years and replacement has been required. One-Act Yuletide Play At College A one-act Christmas play with a Biblical setting will be presented by Bluffton college speech students at a chapel meeting this Thursday. In the cast are Mary Jane Burk holder, Marilyn Burkholder, Mary Lou Rich, Onnalee McClintock and Don Yaussey. William Burbick is directing the production. CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Christmas program at Pleasant Hill church, December 23 at 7:45 p. m. A thtee-months battle against bul bar polio ended last Saturday morn ing in Lima Memorial hospital with the death of George A. Grismore, 16-year-old Bluffton High school football player, who had been a pa tient there since being stricken last September 10. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Grismore, four miles north west of town. His father is a form er Richland township trustee. Admitted to the Lima hospital on September 10, the Bluffton area youth was stricken by the disease only a few days after school had opened here. A junior, he was a member of the football team and active in other school activities. Three-Months Battle Against Polio Ends With Death Of George Grismore In addition to his parents he is Kiddies and Grownups Miss Customary Yuletide Back drop of Ice and Snow Mild Weather Likened to Early Winter of 1946, But Snow Came Before Christmas Despite the approach of the holi day, the usual Christmas setting of snow and ice continued to evade the Bluffton district this week, in a continuation of mild weather remin iscent of spring, coupled with show ers Tuesday night and Wednesday. Except for last week’s skift of snow which lasted for less than one day, temperatures above the fifties have prevailed here constantly since early Novmber, a date that ordin arily marks the onslaught of winter in this area. Kiddies and grownups alike are finding it difficult to realize that Christmas is just around the corner in a season in which the w’eather man persists in a refusal to let win ter arrive, although motorists and pedestrians alike have been thank ful for the respite from traffic haz ards which snow and ice customarily bring. Many weather observers are com paring this season with that of two years ago when mild temperatures prevailed until just before Christ mas, but they point to the pre-Yule tide snowfall of that season as an indication that we may yet have a wintry setting for the holidays. In contrast to the mild weather of November and so far in Decem ber, observers also point to heavy snowfall and near-zero weather which prevailed at this time four years ago, when this area had one of its most severe winters in history. Two Plays Sunday At Presbyterian Church Two Christmas plays will be pre sented in the Presbyterian church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock with special stage and lighting effects. Some 40 children will appear in the cast of a playlet “My Gift to God” written by Mrs. Morris Trip lett. Following this a Samuel French royalty play “Why the Chimes Rang,” will be staged by the young adults of the church. Appearing in the latter cast are: Carl Marshall, Roger Linden, Barry Corson, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Trip lett, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kimmel, Charles Emans, Mrs. Donald Corson, Oscar Wenger ,Miss Sara Bracy ana Edwin Rice. Staging and properties: Dwight Spayth, Calvin Limbach, Harry Bo gart Lighting: James Benroth, Morris Triplett, Ben Schiffke. Costuming: Mrs. Richard Lewis, Mrs. Harry Bogart, Mrs. Oscar Wenger, Mrs. James Benroth. Music: Mrs. Edwin Rice. Attend Nurses9 Capping Ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beals at tended the capping ceremony for 54 students of St. Rita’s hospital school of nursing at Lima, Sunday evening in McAuley auditorium. Their daugh ter Peggy received her cap at that time. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) W’heat $2.20 corn $1.25 oats 78c soys $2.36. Poultry—Heavy hens, 34c leghorn hens 28c heavy springers 40c. Butterfat—63c. survived by two sisters, Bonnie Gris more, at home and Mrs. Vinton Bucher, Pandora and a brother, Dale Grismore, Washington, D. C. All Bluffton public school students were dismissed Monday afternoon for the funeral in Ebenezer Men nonite church, of which the youth was a member. Rev. Howard Landis officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Although Bluffton escaped any polio deaths in last summer’s epi demic, and there was only one case in the village limits, Grismore’s death was the second for this com munity. Roderick Nonnamaker, of three miles east of town, died in October in the Lima hospital, after being stricken only a few days earlier. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 1948 BODY OF SOLDIER KILLED IN FRANCE COMING THURSDAY Remains of George Burkholder To Arrive Here In Evening Services Will be at Diller Funeral Home Saturday Afternoon Body of George Burkholder, form er Bluffton athlete who was killed in action in France, will arrive here from Columbus, Thursday night at 9:41 o’clock on the Nickel Plate train. The remains will be taken to the Paul Diller funeral home to await funeral services there Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. John Steiner of Lima will officiate and burial will be in the Reformed Men nonite cemetery northwest of town. Burkholder was aged 22 years years when he met death with an Army liason unit on a flying mission at Charmes, France, September 22, 1944. The body arrived in Columbus last month. He was born January 26, 1922 in Richland township the son of Harvey and Minnie (Balmer) Burkholder residing three miles west of Bluff ton. He was graduated from Bluff ton high school in the class of 1940. While in his second year at Bowl ing Green State university he was inducted into service March 17, 1943 and went overseas in April 1944. Surviving are his parents, two brothers James of Bluffton and Robert of Ohio State university, Columbus two sisters Helen of Ohio State university, Columbus and Mary Jane at home and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Balmer of Bluffton. 22 Bluffton High Gridders Get Awards Twenty-two members of last fall’s Bluffton High school grid team re ceived letters in a distribution of grid awards at a school assembly meeting, last week. The lettermen included: Seniors— Samuel Buhler, Ralph Dunifon, Ber nard Fish, Joe Goodman, Homer Henderson, Lee Hursey, Norman Marquart, Dean Sommer and Ray Lee Wilch. Juniors—Roderick Balmer, John Bauman, Robert Bixel, Donald Burk holder, Cleo Diller, Eugene Hankish, Dwayne Hauenstein, Larry Mathew son, Don Schmidt. Sophomores—Donald Schumacher, Laland Garmatter, John Trippiehorn and John Schmutz. Numerals were awarded to Lynn Carmack, Paul Cramer, Wilbur Bracy, Bruce Hauenstein, Don Trip piehorn, Robert Wenger. Athletic managers Sam Diller and Charles Bucher received special let ters. John Lyons Victim Of Heart Attack John Lyons, 58, husband of the former Lillie Zehrbach of Bluffton, died suddenly at his home in Los Angeles, Friday. Death was attri buted to a heart attack. An interior decorator by trade, he did the decorating of Schine’s Ohio theatre in Lima. Later he became prominent in the American Federa tion of Labor and was serving his second term as a member of the California state legislature at the time of his death. He was a delegate to the Republi can nominating convention in Phila delphia last June when he and his wife stopped here enroute east, vis iting her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zehrbach. Surviving besides his wife are one daughter Virginia at home, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held in Los Angeles, Monday morning followed by burial at that place. Five From Here Get Service Pins Five Bluffton men were among those honored Monday night in a service award presentation as one of the features of a Christmas party for employes of the Central Ohio Light & Power company in Findlay. Those from here receiving service pins were: C. V. Kuhn, Ben Schafer and Herb Haner with 15 years service each and Frank Weinhold and Mer lin Mm in each with 10 years service. Santa No Longer Is The Ill Kempt, Scraggly Individual of Yesterday Today’s Impersonators Must Measure Up To Rigid Requirements To prevent eager young minds from unfavorably comparing imagin ary Santas with the real-life im personators they meet in public ap pearances prior to the Yuletide, the jolly, rotund, well-coached individ uals who greet kiddies these days represent a far cry from the ill kempt, scraggly characters who formerly played the part. Requirements for those who por tray Santa to a community’s young sters have become more strict over the years, and one of the most im portant qualifications these days must be in compliance with rigid physical requirements. First, today’s Santa must range in height from five feet, nine inches, to six feet and weight can be no less than 180 pounds. His girth, with padding at the right places must measure 48 inches by the tape, in most cases. After physical requirements, San ta is considered on the basis of having a jolly, deep-seated laugh. Another individual problem on which Santas making public ap pearances must be coached involves giving individual attention to each child. A good Santa can handle four children a minute, and they must be careful not to devote more attention to some kiddies, else bring on the wrath of mothers of others. Style In Santa Clauses Changes For Better In Public Appearances Parents also are likely to com plain if Santas are too quick to promise a shiny $50 bicycle to a youngster whose folks already have decided on a less costly gift. A Santa also must know which toys appeal to what age groups. Santa’s costume also has come in for careful study. Stringy, dirty whiskers and wear-wrinkled, poorly fitted suits are out, if the illusion of Good Saint Nick is to be pre served, impersonators have learned. Music Program At P. T. A. Monday Night The following music program un der direction of Miss Elma Ater and Earl Lehman has been arranged for a meeting of the Parent-Teacher association in the high school audi torium, Monday night at 8 o’clock. Christmas medley, Junior H. S. orchestra. How Joyful Are the Tidings, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Junior High Chorus. Girls’ trio—Ada Mae Oyer, Ruth Diller, Dorothy Hardwick. Cantata—Christ is Born. Soloists: Bonny Deeds, Ruth Ann Lee, Treva Althaus, Maryin Holtkamp, Bert Niswander, Ralph Dunifon, Sam Buhler. Boys’ quartet Lynn Carmack, Bob Niswander, Roger Linden, Dean Sommers. Solo’—Twas the Night Before Christmas, Ada Mae Oyer Ruth Diller, accompanist. Bluffton Student Is College Editor Joanne Buhler, sophomore at Bethel college, Newton, Kansas, has been appointed associate editor of the college student newspaper, The Collegian. She was promoted from news editor, a position she held since enrolling last fall. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ger hard Buhler, she was a freshman at Bluffton college last year and is at Bethel this year as an exchange student. A critical last-minute jam in handling holiday mail is looming in Bluffton if too many persons con tinue to delay mailing their Christ mas cards and packages, Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach pointed out this week. All Christmas cards for out-of-the state delivery should have been in the mail early this week, if delivery before the holiday is to be assured. Greetings for local delivery should be in the mail at least a week be fore Christmas. Advance indications show there will be as many Christmas greet ings to mail this year as in 1947, a BY HARRY U HAkt Editor’s Note—This Postal Officials Warn Public To Mail Greetings, Parcels As Soon As Possible one of a series of articles to appear in the Bluffton News dealing with early Ohio history. Others will appear in forthcoming issues. The Story Behind The Fire Lands Did you ever wonder why Ohio’s oroginal settlers migrated from old and well settled districts into a wilderness filled with Indians, wolves and almost every danger and gladly braved death, deprivation and hard ship that they might remain there hoping for peace and plenty later on? What sort of people were they, who would do a thing like that and why did they do it? Well, it wasn’t what you think— just to wrest a new home out of the wilderness and grow up with a new country. They were not pioneers— they were refugees who fled from attack, persecution, death and ex termination. Such was your own great-grand father six times removed, if he were among the first who came into Ohio. Most of the first ones came from Connecticut, a few from Pennsyl vania and most of the few, from Westmoreland County. Did you ever hear of the Ohio Fire Lands, set apart by Connecti cut from the Western Reserve in 1792 as a donation to sufferers from fire during the Revolutionary War —781 square miles or 500,000 acres cut off the Reserve before it was [opened for sales and settlement The bloody and horrible story be hind the Ohio Fire Lands seldom has been told and is little known. Most of the blood shed soaked Pennsyl vania soil because it was there that most of the tragedy took place. All because Connecticut, during the rev olution, tried to start a couple of colonies on Pennsylvania ground. The ruckus, known as the Penna mite Wars, were a series of family affairs, little wars within a big one, and sprang from the British Crown having given some of Pennsylvania to both William Penn and The Com monwealth of Connecticut. Connecticut Company The Connecticut Susquehanna (land) Company, 840 persons, later swelled to 1,200, in 1754 purchased for 2,000 pounds, New York money, from the Indians of the Six Nations, the land in the Wyoming valley and in 1762 formed a settlement of about 200 persons about a mile above Wilkes-Barre, on a strip 21 miles long and about three miles wide, shut in by mountains 1,000 feet high. Then came both white and Indian efforts to expell the Connecticut in vaders into Penn’s Woods. The Delaware Indians demanded the settlers’ expulsion, their chief, Teedyuscung, declaring that Chief Joseph Brant, of the Six Nations, had sold his tribal lands “down river” and that the Delawares had gotten nothing for them. Soon after that he was burned up in his cabin, presumably by some of the Six Nations, but the blame was fixed on the settlers in the Wy oming valley. The night of October 15, 1762, they fell on the settlement and killed 20. The rest fled. That was the first massacre at Wyoming. Settlers Return By 1769 the settlers were back again In February, that year, the company sent 40 armed men and promised 200 more there to protect the settlement. Col. Zebulon Butler was commandant. In the interim the Penns had induced the Six Nations to repudiate their sale to the Con necticut men and when Butler and his men arrived there they found (Continued on page 2) year that was a record-breaker for the post office department. The war partially is to blame for the big load of Yuletide mail, au thorities say. A lot of people were uprooted from their homes, made new friends and increased the Christmas card load. With the normal mail volume at an all-time high, a heavy rush of holiday mailing will greatly compl-i cate post office mailing. This situa tion prevails on a nation-wide scale, it was announced this week by the Postmaster General, and early mail ing is the only assurance that Christmas greetings and packages can be delivered before the Yuletide. BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 35 TURKEYS SCARCE PLENTY CHICKEN, GEESE FOR XMAS Turkeys, Especially Small Ones, Are Few and Higher in Price Chicken, Geese and Ducks Available at About Thanks giving Prices If you intend to have turkey for this year's Christmas dinner you will find prices have jumped sharply upward during the last month and that the supply will be extremely limited in comparison with the market situation as it prevailed at Thanksgiving. While prices for other poultry have remained virtually unchanged since Thanksgiving, the cost of turkeys not only has increased sharply but is continuing to move upward even before retail buying has begun. If you are like almost everyone else, you’ll want a small hen turkey —eight or 12 pounds dressed—but when you set out to buy one, you’ll find virtually none to be had. Consequently, if you’re planning on turkey, it’s swell to have several alternatives in mind. If you are winning to settle for a large turkey there’s a better chance to get one— at highr pries, of course. Maybe Chicken Those who want a small fowl, however, might as well prepare now to agree to take a good roasting chicken, of which a fair number are on the market at prices compar able to those of Thanksgiving. A good shopper may find a goose or a duck, but they will be none too plentiful, with the supply of geese especially limited. With turkeys scarce at any price, dealers this week were hesitant to estimate what they will cost when Christmas buying starts. Since the bulk of the marketable birds were taken at Thanksgiving, only one thing is sure—what few turkeys are available will command fancy prices at the markets. Chickens liveweight are bringing 45 cents a pound, about the same as at Thanksgiving, with farmers re ceiving 38 cents. Grade School Xmas Operetta On Friday “The Magi’s Gift,” a Christmas operetta, will be presented by pupils of the Grade school in the high school gymnasium, Friday night at 8 o’clock under direction of Miss Elma Ater. The scene is laid in medieval England involving a tradition that each year at Christmas, Caspar, one of the wise men appears on earth and bestows gifts and bless ings Appearing in the cast: Watchman: Raymond Cummins. Rich children of the manor: Jean nine Benroth, James Fisher, Sharon Zimmerman, Janice Skidmore. Good dame: Nora Preto. Elsbeth: Little girl at the inn, Wilma Jorg. Innkeeper: Thorton Lauriat. His son: Roger Reichenbach. Crusader: Rex Aukerman. Mummers: Frank Chamberlain, Robert Green, Paul Fritchie, Ronald Lora, Barry Corson. Mary: Sue Montgomery. Shepherds: Dean Badertscher, Robert Derringer, Maurice Mahoney. Wise Men: Bret Triplett, Robert Steiner, James Berry. Angels: Irlene Gierman, Mary Badertscher, Kay Clauss, Shirley Galloway, Jean Ann Frick. EmmanueTs Church Christmas Program “One Holy Night,” a Christmas service of carol singing and panto mime will be presented by the young people of Emmanuel’s Reformed church Sunday evening at 8 o’clock. With The~Sick John Garlinger, who was a surg ical patient at Lima Memorial hos pital has been removed to his home on Geiger street. Edward Hauenstein is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Melvin Johnson of Malinta, form erly of Bluffton is convalescing in the Napoleon hospital following a hernia operation. Ivan Geiger, athletic director at Massachusetts Institute of Technol ogy, Boston, Bluffton native, is in a Boston hospital for treatment for gallstones.