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VOLUME LXXIV TWELVE TONS OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES PERIL AREA HERE Driver of Big Transport Truck Takes to Ditch to Avoid Collision Accident Occurs during Night Near Swiss Inn South of Bluffton A large transport truck carrying 1212 tons of dynamite overturned in a ditch one-fourth miles south of the Swiss Inn on the Dixie highway early Saturday, but a major high way catastrophe was averted when the dangerous cargo weathered the mishap without exploding. Four trucks and an automobide were at the scene when the accident occurred at 1:10 a. m. and had the huge load of dynamite been set off in the crash all would have been in the blast area. With its driver lost and on the wrong road, the northbound red tractor and trailer labeled “High Explosives” was forced into the ditch when a speeding southbound automobile attempted to pass a truck also headed south. To avoid a head on collision, the dynamite-laden semi took to the ditch and overturned. Two Trucks Ditched The dynamite truck was followed by another semi which also was ditched, but it did not overturn. A third truck, also northbound, was stopped before it joined the others in the ditch. All four trucks stopped, but the passenger car blamed for the crack up kept on going, the truck drivers reported. The estimated speed of the car was about 80 miles an hour. The night was cloudy and a light snow was falling. Enroute from Chicago to Zanes ville, the dynamite truck was on the Dixie highway in error. Traveling on Route 30 through Beaverdam, the truck driver made a mistake when he turned north on the Dixie, head ed toward Bluffton. In the huge van were 511 cases of dynamite, weigh ing 50 pounds each. Driver Unhurt Driver of the truck was Charles Drenkel, 40, of Chicago. Drenkel was not injured, but the truck tract or was badly damaged. 'In the crash the cab and motor were torn loose from the body, and the frame was sprung. There was slight damage to the trailer, caused by the shifting load bulging the sides. Highway patrolmen who investi gated the crash said the truck would not have overturned, but a narrow, deep ditch near the fence caught the wheels, causing the ve hicle to jack-knife and turn on its side. Shortly after noon on Saturday, two relief trucks arrived from Chi cago, and the load was transferred to'resume its journey to Zanesville, where it was destined for coal mine use. The wrecked tractor will be placed on a float and hauled back to Chi cago headquarters of the owner, The H. R. Henderson Trucking Co. State highway patrolmen parked the trailer until another tractor could make the trip from Chicago to pick it up. Show Film At Sunday School Convention Orange township Sunday school convention will be held at Bethel Church of Christ in two sessions, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock and in the evening at 7:30. A feature of the evening meeting will be showing of the film “A Voice in the Wilderness,” a portrayal of life of John the Baptist. Lima Minister Will Address Union Service Rev. Porter French, pastor of -the Lima Congregational-Christian church will address Bluffton’s union monthly service at the Presbyterian church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Subject: “His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful.” Services are under aus pices of the Bluffton Ministerial as sociation. In New Location Mr. and Mrs. Wade Bechtol have moved from the Rineman apartments on North Main street into the Dep pler heirs property at South Main and Poplar streets recently vacated by the Thos. Ferrell family who moved to Lima. Real Estate Deals Wm. Amstutz residing on the Fol lett farm purchased the 80 acre farm of the late Mrs. Lenore Miller My ers, three and one-half miles south west of Bluffton for $13,800. E. S. Miller, Bluffton automobile dealer purchased the former Leah Steiner property on South Jackson street sold at sheriff’s sale Satur day. Consideration $3,500. Miller who lives in the Henry Gratz prop erty south of town on the Dixie highway expects to occupy the resi dence. GARA’S CONVICTION IS UPHELD BY U. S. COURT OF APPEALS Former Bluffton Man, Draft Act Violator, to be Paroled Next Tuesday He and His Wife Plan to Take up Residence in Wyandotte, Michigan The U. S. District Court of Ap peals in Cincinnati in a decision handed down Monday upheld convic tion of Larry Gara, 27 year old former Bluffton college instructor who is seiwing a sentence in the Federal Correctional Institute at Milan, Mich., for violation of the peacetime draft act. Federal Judge Frank Kloeb im posed a sentence of 18 months im prisonment last March after a jury in the Federal District Court at Toledo found Gara guilty of advising Charles Ray Rickert, former Bluffton college senior to refuse to register under the 1948 Draft act. Gara, however, will be pardled next Tuesday, it was announced by the U. S. Probation Office in Toledo, the parole beginning five days after the earliest possible date on which he could have become eligible, ac cording to a probation official. Gara and his wife, who has been living here, plan to take up residence in Wyandotte, Mich., where he will be employed as a construction work er and remain under supervision of the U. S. Probation Office, Detroit. Rickert who was sentenced by Judge Kloeb and also was confined in the Michigan institution was paroled three months ago. Richland Center Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reichenbach and family were Thanksgiving day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Reichenbach and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. John Luginbuhl of Marion and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Coon and daughter of Columbus were Thanksgiving week end guests of Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl. Patsy and Ray Schaublin spent a few days with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin. Mrs. Rhuel Kohler and son Dick were called to Springfield, Monday on account of her mother- who is very sick and was removed to the hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Woodhead were Thanksgiving dinner guests at the Harley Heslers of Lima. Mrs. Woodhead is staying with Mrs. Heiser who is sick. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Follas and daughter attended a funeral of his uncle, Thos. Fair at Delphos, Sun day. Ernest Gratz called on Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller, Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Noland Benroth and family were Thanksgiving day din ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Follas and daughter Joan. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Morris and daughters of Col. Grove spent Friday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Core and family. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bridges, Jr. and family were Sunday evening supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Matter and family. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Amstutz spent the week, end with Mr. and Mrs. James Kolvas and daughter of Dan ville, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stevens and family spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Sharp of Nor walk, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mar quart were Thanksgiving day dinner guests at the Amos and Weldon Luginbuhl home. Evening callers were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dillman Truck Laden With Dynamite Overturns In Roadside Ditch Without Exploding Cargo 50 Years In Church Work By Rev. And Mrs. Batterson To Be Honored Sunday Fifty years of service by Rev. and Mrs. Frank Batterson, S. Main street, in ministry of the Methodist church will be honored at a special service in the First Methodist church Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Rev. and Mrs. Batterson, who are now Bluffton residents, served as missionaries in South America for more than 20 years. In his South American ministry, Rev. Bat terson served as director of the Boca Mission at Buenos Aires manager of the Methodist publishing house in the same city and superintendent of the Southern district of the South American Methodist conference. Upon his return to the United States, Rev. Batterson taught Span ish at Defiance college and served several Ohio Methodist churches. Since 1943 he has been a retired member of the Ohio Methodist con ference. Rev. Batterson now is Spanish in structor at Bluffton college, a posi tion he has filled since moving here. Rev. and Mrs. Batterson both were graduated from Ohio university, Athens in 1898. Rev. Batterson also served in the U. S. Army hospital corps in the Spanish American war. and family and Mrs. Ella Dillman. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Stryker of Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and son, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marquart and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. Gra ham and daughter Ruth and Millard Mowery were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Faye Isham of Lima. Miss Marie Imbach, Mrs. Lorena Leedy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerber and family spent Wednesday evening at the Amos Gerber home. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reichenbach and daughter Barbara spent Thurs day evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Braun and family. Mr. and Mrs. John Barnhart and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Basinger and family were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Don Dillman and family. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Donivan Moser and daugh ter were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Moser. Afternoon callers were Mrs. Leonard Gratz and Mr. and Mrs. James Gratz and son Robin. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cook spent Sun day afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Matter and daughter Carolyn. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Matter were evening callers. Mr. and Mrs. Donivan Montgomery and daughter Connie, Mr. and Mrs. Quinten Burkholder and son Harry, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and daughters were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Balmer. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Follas spent last Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Basinger. Mr. and Mrs. Don Dillman and family called Sunday evening at the Amos and Weldon Luginbuhl home. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hochstettler and daughter were Thursday evening supper guests at the Floyd Harris home. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and grandchildren Patsy and Ray were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Boutwell ana daughters Barbara and Marcia. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grant and sons were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl. Mrs. Sam Kohler and daughter and Mrs. Rhuel Kohler called Sun day afternoon at the Amos Gerber home. Harry Wingate called at the Walter Schaublin home one night last week. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marquart and daughter, Ray Hirshfield were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. ana Mrs. Ed Marquart and son. Even ing callers were Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart and daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Core and family called Sunday afternoon on Mr. and Mrs. Bert Core of Col. Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaublin and family were Sunday evening supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wal ter Schaublin. Junior Recital Miss Joanne Vercler, soprano and Miss Mary Kathryn Bauman, pian ist, students in Bluffton College de partment of music will appear* in junior recital at Ramseyer chapel, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Miss Bauman is a student of Mrs. Pearl Mann. Miss Vercler, student of Prof. R. A. Lantz, will be ac companied by Miss Joanna oBwen. 5 THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFT&N AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 1919 Frank B. Reiter Dies At Mt. Cory Frank B. Reiter, 77, former mail carrier died at his home in Mt. Cory, Wednesday morning following an extended illness. He carried mail on the Mt. Cory rural route for 36 years, retiring in 1938. Two sons surviving are Clair and Bliss Reiter both of Mt. Cory. Fun eral arrangements are incomplete. FOUR IN HOSPITAL FILE DAMAGE SUIT ABER AUTO CRASH Wayne County Residents Seek $300,000 in Action Against Rawson Man Mother of Mrs. Morris Triplett Among Those Filing Action In Court Four Wayne county residents in jured two weeks ago in a Dixie high way mishap near Rawson while en route here for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Morris Triplett are seeking $300,000 in judgment actions filed Monday against Lawrence J. Haley, Rawson Route 1. The suits were entered in Hancock county common pleas court by at torneys representing the four claim ants, all of whom have been patients in the Fihdlay hospital since the crash occurred. In the court action, plaintiffs are seeking compensation for personal injuries sustained in the traffic ac cident which occurred near Haley’s home, three miles north of Rawson on the Dixie. Plaintiffs and the amounts sought in the suite are: Elmer J. Smith, Doylestown, the driver, $50,000 Ora Lance, $100,000 Pearl Clippinger, $100,000 and Zelda L. Hoover, $50,000. The latter three are from Rittman. Mrs. Hoover is the mother of Mrs. Triplett, of this pace and Lance and Mrs. Clippinger are uncle and aunt of the local woman. Smith is the fiance of Mrs. Triplett’s sister. Lloyd Hoover, father of Mrs. Triplett, who also was in the mishap, received only slight injuries and was not hospitalized. The accident occurred when the Wayne county car collided with a farm truck operated by Haley, as Haley, who was headed northeast, is said to have attempted a left turn onto a country road. Haley has been cited by state highway patrolmen to appear in the Findlay mayor’s court this Wednes day on a charge of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. Attorneys representing the Wayne county residents are Bowman, Hanna and Middleton, of Bowling Green. Pleasant Hill Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips spent Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. and Mrs. William Younkman of Beaver dam. Dale Huber of O. S. U., Mr. and Mrs. Berdell Huber and daughter Lee and son Richard were Thanks giving dinner and supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huber. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weaver and Mrs. Imogene Long were Thanks giving and week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Cisel^of Chicago, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Andrews and family from Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Andrews and son of New Hampshire, Ohio, were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Andrews and family. Sunday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gratz were Mr. and Mrs. Dana Moser of Columbus Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Neut Krosse. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gleason and family were Thanksgiving guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gleason and family of Red Key, Indiana. Mickey Gleason spent the week end there also. Mr. and Mrs. Cal Herr were Sat urday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman and daugh ters. Past week callers of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips were Mae Weaver and Earl Younkman. Danny Younkman and his fiance from Wisconsin were Friday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Younkman. Past week callers of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huber were Mrs. Alma Grif fith, Walter Kohler, Herman Hilty, FIVE GIRLS UNHURT WHEN TRUCK HITS CAR ON MAIN ST. All Escape Injury In Traffic Mishap After High School Play Car Damaged in Tuesday Night Crash Mixup Over Turn Cause Five Bluffton area girls escaped injury Tuesday night at 9:45 o’clock when their automobile was struck by a large transport truck at Main street and College avenue in down town Bluffton. Driver of the automobile was Lois Hilty, 19, Pandora High school senior, and the daughter of Aldo Hilty. With her were Catherine Diller, 17, Bluffton telephone operator, daughter of Archie Diller: Miriam Basinger, 17, daughter of Mardon R«asinger and Joanne Diller, 10, and Rachel Diller, 8, sisters of Catherine. All of the girls live northwest or Bluffton. The mishap occurred when Miss Hilty, driving south on Main street, attempted to make a right turn at College avenue. Driver of the truck, following her on Main, said he thought she was turning left and swung his truck to the right, crash ing into the car as it turned in front of him. In the impact the left front fender of the Hilty car, a 1947 Buick, was mashed in and the motor damaged. All occupants of the car and the truck driver, however, were unhurt. Miss Hilty told State Highway Patrolman Zene Smith, who in vestigated the crash, that she had signalled for a right turn. Driver of the truck, owned by the Tarbet Trucking Co., of Muncie, Ind., was Robert Gray, 27. The girls were enroute home after seeing the Bluffton High School junior play presented earlier in the evening. William Althaus and Mrs. Winston Jennings and son, Tommy. Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Younkman were Sunday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Younkman. Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stratton and son were: Mrs. Larry Miller, and Dr. and Mrs, J. J. Sutter of Lima, Mr. and Mrs. Orton Stratton and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bell and family. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman and daughters were Thanksgiving guests of Mrs. Harry Zimmerman of Defiance, Ohio. Sunday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zimmernian and family were Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and daughters. Thanksgiving evening guests of Mr. and Mrs .Gerald Huber and son were: Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Adams and sons. Past week callers were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reichenbach. Thanksgiving guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hauenstein and family were: Mr. and Mrs. Karl Hauenstein and sons Jerry and Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hauenstein, Mrs. Dale 1 Sparlings and daughter Lynn of Lima, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ludwig and daughter Ginger of Dola. Afternoon callers were Chris tine Elwood and Roy Blosser. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Long were past week callers of Mr. and Mrs. Chet Long and daughters. Sunday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Jennings and sons and Rodney Jennings, were Mr. and Mrs. Avery Watt ad son and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Watt of Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Vandemark of Lima were Thanksgiving guests of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Huber. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Huber and son called on Mr. and Mrs. Karl Huber, Sunday evening. Karen Younkman was a week end guest of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Younkman. Sunday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Younkman were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Winegardner and fam ily, Mr. and Mrs. Carey Yonnkman, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Younkman, Mr. and Mrs. Gene McElwain. Mrs. Lyle Lane and daughter of Three Forks, Montana, arrived Sun day at Upper Sandusky, where her mother, Mrs. Della Kunert is critic ally ill. Mrs. Kunert is Mrs. C. M. Gleason’s aunt. There will be a meeting at Pauld ing Community house this Thursday evening. Supper will be at 7:30. Each fami|y is asked to bring cover ed dish and table service HOME FROM HOSPITAL Mrs. A. J. B. Longsdorf who was a patient in Lima Memorial hospital has been returned to her home on South Lawn avenue. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Grisinore, Pandora, a girl, Diana Louise, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lehman, Bluff ton, a boy, John Carl, Wednesday mominf. Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Hall, Pan dora, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Don Wenger, Mer cedes, Texas, a girl, Suzannv Chris tine, born Nov. 16 at that place. The couple are former Bluffton resi dents, Mrs. Wenger being formerly Christine Miller. Clubs, J^odgeS and Societies Legion Auxiliary Past President’s Parley Chirstmas party and gift exchange at the home of Mrs. Monroe Amstutz, Friday night at 8 o’clock. All past presi dents welcome.* Eastern Star Members of the chapter will enter tain the Masons and their wives at a potluck supper, next Tuesday night at 6 o’clock. Olive Branch Ladies Aid Christmas meeting and gift ex change at the home of Mrs. Walter Purdy, Rawson, Wednesday after noon, Dec. 7. Christmas Dinner Gertrude Hoy Missionary Circle of St. John’s Reformed Church will hold their family Christmas dinner, Mon day night at 6:30 o’clock. Mrs. Guy Scoles will be program leader. Century Circle Meeting postponed until Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 7 at the home of Mrs. Munson Bixel. Garden Club Meeting at the home of Mrs. Chas. Montgomery, Thursday afternoon. The program: Roll call—Ways to make Christmas Merrier Garden Clinic, Mrs. J. S. Steiner. December Wedding Mrs. Geneva Badertscher announces the coming marriage of her only daughter Coletta Irene to Roger Thomas Mullenhour, only son of C. G. Mullenhour of South Main street. The wedding will be an event of Sunday, December 18 at the home of the bride. Engagement Announced Announcement has been made of the engagement of Lillian Zimmer man, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Zimmerman of Lima Rt. 6 to Jack Lee Weyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Weyer of Bluffton. No date has been set for the wedding. Richland Community Circle All day meeting at the home of Mrs. Henry Huber, Thursday, Dec. 8, with covered dish dinner at noon. The afternoon program: Christmas Carols, Mrs. Fanny Gratz Christmas Once is Christmas Still Christmas with the Pioneers Christmas Bells Story of Silent Night Our Most Famous Christmas Trees Legends of Holly Xmas ex change. Settlement Mr. and Mrs. Menno Augsburger entertained at dinner, Friday: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Boehr of Winona Lake, Ind. Mrs. Vernon Buller, Goshen, Ind. Miss Arvilla Geiger, Los Angeles and Miss Ruth Bixel, Pandora. Mrs. Glen Zimmerly who under went a major operation at Lima Memorial hospital is improving. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Steiner and family made a business trip to Ft. Wayne, Friday. Remodeling of the Omer Gratz residence is nearing completion. Abraham Suter is spending two weeks in the home of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Keller tn Bellefontaine. Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Grismore are the proud parents of a baby girl born to them Monday. The dedicatory services at the Pandora Missionary church were largely attended over the week end. The occasion marked the return of nearly all the pastors who had served the congregation from its be ginning. Rev. and Mrs. Aubrey Henderson and family of St. Clair, Michigan, visited in the home of her father, John Schneck and brother Clarence Schneck and family the latter part of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schneck and family visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Case and family at LaGrange, Indiana, Thursday. Esther Reichenbach and Joanne Hatfield, students at Taylor univers ity spent the latter part of the week with their home folks. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wenger, formerly of this locality and for the past years residents of Texas, are the parents of a baby girl bom to them recently. She has been named Suzanne Christine. The new electric organ recently In stalled in the St. John church is to be dedicated Sunday afternoon. The program is to be broadcast over the Findlay broadcasting station at 3:00 o’clock. Pre-Christmas Events Herald Holiday Season Harry Hochstettler of Mansfield visited with his home folks here over Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Schumacher PAGE THREE BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live NUMBER 33 SANTA CLAUS TO BE IN BLUFFTON NEXT SATURDAY Retail Stores to be Open Thurs day Afternoons Until Christinas Messiah Concert December 11 to Mark Opening of Music Programs With Christmas only three weeks in the offing, traditional pre-holiday activities and preparation for the Yuletide are begnning to take the center of the stage in the Bluffton community, including a scheduled appearance of Santa Claus in the downtown district here Saturday afternoon. Santa will bring gifts for kiddies in each Saturday visit to the town, beginning this week and continuing until Christmas. To accommodate Christmas shop pers, Bluffton business establish ments cooperating with the business men's group will remain open on Thursday afternoons until Christ mas and until 9 p. m. in the week preceding Christinas. All stores will close at 6 p. m. on Christmas eve. Messiah Opens Season Opening musical event of the holi day season will be the presentation of Handel's oratorio, “The “Mes siah,’ at 8 p. m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Bluffton High school gymnas ium. Appearing in the annual rendition will be the Bluffton College Choral Society and featured soloists from outside the community. Accompani ment will be by the Bluffton College orchestra directed by Laurence Burk halter. Prof. Russell A. Lantz is conductor of the chorus, and Mrs. Pearl Bogart Mann is pianist. Soloists this year will be: Soprano, Mrs. Beulah Temple Nietz, of Walbridge. A Bluffton College graduate, Mrs. Nietz is prominent in Toledo music affairs. Contralto, Mrs. Marian Pugh Blakeman, of Toledo, a graduate of Heidelberg' College, Tiffin, and a former student and teacher here. She is a native of Beaverdam. Tenor, Carlton Eldridge, blind mu sician who is on the faculty of the Springfield Junior College, Spring field, Ill. Eldridge has sung here in the Messiah on two previous occa sions.. Bass, Samuel Burkhard, of Co lumbus. He is minister of music at Indianola Presbyterian church, and instructor of music at Capital University. Rehearsals Set Rehearsals also are well under way throughout the district for pag eants and programs marking the Christmas observance in churches and other groups, with announce ment of the schedule of offerings to come later. Christmas holiday vacation for Bluffton High and grade school pu pils will begin Thursday evening, Dec 22, with classes resuming on Tuesday morning, January 3. Bluffton college Christmas recess will begin the evening of Dec. 16, and classes will reconvene on Tues day, January 3. Students And Teachers Here For Thanksgiving Among students and teachers home for the Thanksgiving holiday were: Miss Alice Jean Bixel, Flora Stone Mather college, Cleveland. Miss Marilyn Fett and Roger Lin den, Miami university, Oxford. Miss Eleanor Linden, Wooster College. Byron Fritchie, Ohio State Uni versity, Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. James Basinger, Purdue university, Lafayette, Ind. Dorothy Schumacher, Wyoming schools, Wyoming, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Reichenbach and family, Grand Rapids, Ohio. and son. Jonathan Petpr of Mans field end Dr. Frank That of Elida visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Menno Schumacher, Sunday. Rev. G. A. Jacobson, formerly a missionary in China and now re siding in Pandora, recently closed a series of evangelistic services in the Missionary church in Elkhart, Ind., where Rev. Paul Steienr is pastor. Mrs. Delos Rash of Lynn. Indiana, spent a number of days last week with her mother and sisters. At the 31st annual meeting of the delegates of the Ohio Farm Bureau federation met at Columbus, Tues day and elected Elam Suter as one of the members of the board of directors.