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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1940
ALLEN COUNTY Sewing Center Closed By Surplus Over-production of garments on Lima’s WPA sewing project Thurs day resulted in an announcement from William B. Schmuhl, district WPA director from Toledo, that the project will be closed down indefi nitely. Closing of the project, which will result in dismissal of 131 women workers, followed a personal investi gation by Schmuhl. It was found that the project workers have made enough gar ments, which are given to needy and relief people thru the city, to last for at least two months. This surplus was built up thru efficient operation of the project, Schmuhl said. Police Radio Power May Be Boosted Mayor Frank McClain is awaiting approval of the Allen County com missioners for a formal application to the Federal Communications Com mission for authority to increase the power of Lima’s police radio station at a cost of $11,000 to the city and county. City council has sanctioned the proposal which would enable the station to provide emergency service to surrounding communities and im prove communication facilities with the Ohio Highway Patrol station at Findlay. Hen Lays Four-Ounce Eggs An eight-pound pullet on the farm of George F. Boyer, near Lima, de serves some sort of a title. Every second day for two months the chicken has laid eggs which weighed one-quarter pound. FBI Seeks Fake Fac tory Exploiter The Federal Bureau of Investiga tion has taken over the case of the man who was in Delphos last week representing himself as wanting to obtain a site for a hinge factory and foundary. He is wanted in New York for bank robbery, according to FBI agents. The man was shown several potential factory sites by public-spirited citizens. Before coming to Delphos, the im poster was in Dundee, Mich., and it was there that his identity was re vealed by a Detroit FBI agent who took fingerprints of a drinking glass used by the man in a Dundee res taurant. New Oil Line Under Construction Construction of a new 12-inch crude oil pipe line from Hagers town, Ind., to Lima, Ohio, will be started at Lima this week, the Stand ard Oil company, of Ohio, an nounced. The new line will con nect with the line from Stoy, Ill., to Hagerstown, Ind., and will enter Lima from the southwest, connect ing there with the Sohio refinery and the Buckeye Pipe Line tank farm. Two Old Bridges To Be Replaced Allen County Commissioners an nounced last week their agreement to share equally with Van Wert County and the city of Delphos in construction of two new bridges across the old Miami and Erie canal in downtown Delphos at a cost of about $7,000. The present bridges, on Cleveland and Clime streets, have been called unsafe for heavy traffic for several years. The canal divides Delphos in half and forms the Allen-Van Wert County boundary. Pheasants Are Imported Chas. Croft, president of the Northwest Ohio Field and Stream Association, Spencerville, has re ceived a shipment of 75 pheasants from the State Conservation Depart ment. In the shipment were four roosters and two hens of Black Mongolian pheasants. The pheasants were released in the country' around Spencerville. Abandons 1927 Stolen Car For New One Not content with a 1927 sedan which he had stolen from the 900 block of South Main street, a Lima auto thief abandoned it about 8:30 p. m. Tuesday and stole a coach which was nine years newer. Police expressed opinion Wednes day that the “hard-to-please” thief is the same one who has Stolen three other automobiles in the past week. NEWS NOTES FROM FOUR COUNTIES HOLC Borrowers May Gain Allen County HOLC borrowers will be saved $21,711 annually if con gress approves a bill introduced by Sen. W. Warren Barbour (R) of New Jersey. The bill calls for extension of time for repayment of HOLC loans, and reduction of interest rates on such loans from 4H to 3 per cent. Pointing out total HOLC loans closed in Allen county equalled $2, 030,697 at the time the Home Own ers Loan Corp, stopped lending money in June, 1936, Barbour said repayments since that time by Allen county borrowers have totaled slight ly over 20 per cent This leaves a balance of about $1,608,000 still due on Allen county loans. Bus Drivers Get Pay Boost Announcement was made last week that 36 bus drivers from the Lima City Lines, Inc., has received a three-cent per hour pay increase un der a new agreement reached by company officials. The agreement also carries a week’s vacation each year with pay. Crash Injuries Fatal To Autoist Robert Bishop, 26, Johnstown, Pa., an Ohio Power Co. lineman, died last Wednesday night of injuries suf fered in a collision between two trucks on a snow coverel highway five miles north of Lima. Witnesses reported that Mr. Bish op’s truck skidded into the path of the approaching vehicle. He died without regaining consciousness. County Gets $36,117 For Relief Allen county’s share in the $4,472, 975 distribution of public utility tax poor relief funds, announced Wed nesday by State Auditor Joseph T. Ferguson, will be $36,117. The annual poor relief distribu tion represents an increase of $319,212 over last year, Ferguson re ported. The funds are to be used in 71 counties for retirement of poor relief bonds issued in 1935 and 1936, but in 17 counties—including Al len and Auglaize—which did not issue bonds in those years the money may be used for matching purposes and current welfare needs. To Start On $272,000 Road Program A force of 100 Lima and Allen county men will start work about April 1 on a $272,000 highway pro ject calling for relocation of Route 30 in the vicinity of Delphos. This announcement was made Thursday by O. C. Kohli, Lima, division en gineer of the state highway depart ment. Bids on the improvement, 5.72 miles in length, will be received at Columbus Friday. The project in cludes a new pavement, roadway, roadside improvements, detours and structural work. Frightened By Light ning, Woman Dies A flash of lightning during Sat urday’s freak winter storm induced a heart attack which claimed the life of a 59-year-old woman. The victim was Mrs. Grace Leona Mann, of Lima Route 1, who fell unconscious as lightning flashed while she was working in a Lima cafe operated by her brother, Earl Spees. Durbin May Enter Senate Race Atty. Francis W. Durbin, chair man of the Allen County Democratic executive committee, Saturday an nounced he is “considering very ser iously” getting into the Democratic senatorial race left wide open by U. S. Senator A. Vic Donahey’s decis ion to retire from office. He said he would make a decision the first of the week. Finds Son After 22 Years Twenty-year-old Challis Weirman of Lima, and his father, William Wallace of Kenton, met for the first time in a Lima restaurant recently, the father still bewildered by the discovery that his son had not died in infancy as he had believed. The youth, adopted when a baby by Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Weirman, learned only two years ago that he was an adopted child, and started a search for his parents. He knew he had been born in Foraker, Hard in county. A check of families named Wallace in Kenton, finally led him to his father. The father could give no information as to the where abouts of the mother. The youth was born after his par ents became estranged and while Mr. Wallace was serving in the U. S. Army. March 20 Tax Deadline A reminder that March 20 is the deadline for payment of first-half 1939 real estate taxes without pen alty was issued Saturday by Allen county Treasurer Byron H. Dershem. Realty tax collections Saturday amounted to $3,344.86, bringing the total for the week to $49,416.42 and for the collection to date $496,567.27, Dershem reported. A total of $612.52 in sales tax stamps was sold Saturlay and $3, 049.54 in personal and $1,898.67 in classified property taxes was collect ed during the week. Vertner Seeks County Nomination Stanley M. Vertner, widely known Beaverdam contractor and mayor of that village, Saturday announced his candidacy for the Republican nom ination for recorder of Allen county. Vertner has had considerable ex perience in public affairs. He was a trustee of Richland township for many years and for 16 years was clerk of the school board. He has engaged in several successful busi nesses and for several years has been operating as a contractor and drainage engineer. A graduate of Bluffton High school and Ohio Northern university, Vertner is married and has two children. Bible Helps Identify Mishap Victim A Bible from the Lima Rescue Mission helped officials identify a hitchhiker killed by an automobile near London early one day last week as Taylor Holland, about 60. It was written in the Bible, found in the victim’s pocket, that it had been presented to him by Rev. A. D. Welty of Lima. When notified of the accident, Rev. Welty said Holland had visited the mission several days ago and had asked for a copy of the New Testa ment. He did not tell Welty where he was from of his destination. Lima High In Business Gain Lima again took the business spotlight Friday as the Forbes sur vey for March 1, placed the city among the first 10 in the nation for favorable comparison with general conditions of a year ago. Lima was ninth. Leading the last was Minneapolis, followed in order by Toledo, Berke ley, Calif., Lansing, Mich., Bing hamton, N. ¥., Mobile, Ala., Topeka, Kansas, Chester, Pa., Lima and Bloomington, Ill. Income Tax Due March 15 Some 350 Lima and Allen county public employes will be obliged to dig down in their pockets and pay federal income taxes before the dead line falls March 15. Under the new’ provisions, which become effective with the calendar year of 1939, every single person, or married person not living with husband or wife, is required to file an income tax return, if their in come amounts to $1,000 or more for the calendar year. Existing income tax laws provide that every married person, or in the case of husband and wife whose combined income totals $2,500 or more during the calendar year, is also required to file an income tax return. Divorce Actions Are Parallel Cases of marital discord run in pairs, judging by records in Allen county common pleas court. A wife and a husband were grant ed divorces Friday by Judge Neal L. Lora, and a wife and a husband filed new’ suits. The wife who w’as granted a di vorce was ordered restored to her former name of Florence Shafer, and the wife w’ho seeks a similar decree asks to be restored to her maiden name of—Florence Shaffer. HANCOCK COUNTY Fakes Official Lands In Jail Cloyce Conine, 27, of Norwalk, said by authorities to have imper sonated a justice of the peace, was held in the Findlay jail last week in default of payment of a $100 fine imposed for reckless driving. The reckless driving charge was filed by George Rader of Oakwood, who told the court Conine forced his automobile off the highway, stopped Rader, and told him he was THE BI.TTFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO an officer. Rader quoted him as say ing: “Do you want to settle now or go back to Findlay?” Rader and his wife testified that Conine chased their automobile w’hen they tried to get aw’ay. He allegedly rammed the rear of their car and forced them to stop again. Rader said he turned into a driveway west of Findlay and telephoned Conine’s license number to the state highway patrol. Hit By Two Autos, Unhurt Earl Kirkendall, 21, of Findlay, w’as apparently little hurt last w’eek when he was struck first by a taxi and then a private automobile as he crossed Main street at Center street. Police said he was w’alking across the street and that he wras struck first by a Home Cab driven by Paul Thomas, 22, and then by an automo bile operated by Theodore Palmer, 32. Ohio Oil Declares Dividend The board of directors of the Ohio Oil Co. last week declared the regu lar quarterly dividend of $1.50 per share on preferred stock of the com pany, payable March 15 to stock holders of record March 5. 485 On WPA In County Employment strength on WPA rolls in Hancock county numbers 485 persons, both men and women, ac cording to figures announced by Mrs. Jane Fronefield, county director. She said that in contrast to many Ohio counties who have many of their w’aiting lists, this county has few’, if any, who are eligible, who are not employed on various pro jects here. New $50,000 Van Buren Park Approved Plans for the construction of a new park at Van Buren, Ohio, and the improvement of Riverside Park in Findlay, Ohio, were announced last week. William B. Schmuhl, Toledo Dis trict WPA Manager, said the Van Buren State Park will become a reality this summer and should be open for visitors about July‘1. He said the WPA will spend $24,878 and the State Bureau of Conserva tion $25,403 to improve the park area and a lake along Rocky Ford Creek for public recreational use. Fish shelters also will be erected. At Findlay, Mr. Schmuhl said, the WPA will spend $35,089 and the city $32,421 for the construction of 11 picnic shelters, sidewalks, roads, a retaining wall along the Blanchard River, concession buildings, sewers, a poolroom and bowling alley, and other improvements in Riverside Park. $169,936 Paid To AAA Signers One hundred and forty-five more AAA checks amounting to $15,068.42 were received Wednesday by the Hancock county agricultural conser vation committee. Chairman R. M. Traucht said. The checks representing the fifth group received here, bring to $169, 936.31 the amount paid Hancock county farmers in benefits on the 1939 program. A total of 1,664 checks have now’ been received with still a 100 more to be issued. Bank Robber Is Paroled Abbey Fleming, w’ho was sentenced to the Ohio penitentiary in January, 1930, for robbery of the old Vanlue Banking Co., was given a parole, ef fective April 15, it was learned here this week. Fleming, whose home was in Fos toria, and Arthur Burkhart, of Up per Sandusky, were sentenced to 25 years each by Judge George Scho field, of Marion. Fashions Donald Duck In Snow Dr. Maurice Kirsten, Findlay dentist and sculptor, fashioned an effigy of Donald Duck, famous Walt Disney character, out of snow in his front yard last w’eek. Cooperative Shows $3,933 Profit Experiencing its best year in the six years of its existence, the Han cock County Farm Bureau Cooper ative has announced total sales dur ing 1939 at $176,806.46 for a net profit of $3,933.98. John C. Burk hard is manager of the organization. A six per cent dividend amounting to $1,003.80 was paid on common and preferred stock and another one and a half per cent dividend totaling $2,850.09 was paid on patronage. County Gets $22,560 From State Hancock county shared to the ex tent of $22,560 in the distribution of $4,472,975 in one per cent utility tax poor relief funds and 65-100 per cent public utility tax funds, as provided for under house bill 501 and senate bill 462 respectively, announced Tuesday by State Auditor Joseph T. Ferguson. By counties, with the funds re leased under senate bill 462 listed first, the distribution included: Han cock, $11,117 and $11,443 Allen, $16,322 and $19,795 Putnam $6,057 and $7,524. Letter Describes War Overseas First-hand information on the European w’ar in u’hich Germany is involved, is contained in a letter re reived by Mrs. Mary Traucht of Findlay, from a sister, Mrs. Cather ine Shumacher, of Bach, Luxemburg. Mrs. Shumacher lives only a short distance from the German border and wrote that she could hear the roar of cannons and that hand gre nades and bullets landed so close to the Shumacher home the family was almost afraid to venture outside. She said her countrymen fear the Germans will come over and take possession of the country. Mumps Has Perfect Score One hundred per cent through! That is the record the mumps have in the Chester Fast household near North Baltimore. Mrs. Fast, the fifth and only member of the fam ily to escape the ailment in the past ten w’eeks, now has it. The Fasts are not bragging of the record Mr. Mump has brought to them, since at least 10 w’eeks will have been “taken out” by the family to get over-’ the ailment. No Leap Day Marriage In County Not one prospective bridegroom took advantage of February 29 this year, according to Probate Judge Paul R. Capell of Hancock county. He said that couples with matri mony in mind either forgot all about it or they w’ere just afraid they would never be able to stay married 200 years so they could celebrate their golden wedding an niversary. He|ld For Stealing Chickens From Employer Ray Sullivan, 37, employed on the Raymond Wiler farm south of the Findlay airport, was arrested Thurs day at a Clinton court address by Officer Homer Johnston of the po lice department, on a charge of stealing chickens from his employer. Police Chief Leo M. Larkins in a checkup of his Bertillion record learned that he served 13 months in the Ohio penitentiary in 1922 for the theft of an automobile in this county. He originally came to these parts from Providence, R. I. 659 MASTER 85 BUSINESS COUPE ORmt modsb slightly highsr Four Violent Deaths In County Births, with 49, led deaths in Findlay and Hancock county for Jan uary, according to the report of Miss Edith Houseman, registrar of vital statistics for Findlay, and Dr. S. F. Whisler, county health com missioner. Of the 36 deaths in the county, four were of a violent nature. On Jan. 16, Charles W. Lent, 59, of Toledo, became Findlay’s and Han cock county’s first traffic victim when his auto crashed into a train at a crossing here. He died from a frac tured skull. The second fatality w’as recorded the next day when an auto in which five youths were riding to a basket ball game, skidded from the icy highway killing one of the boys, Harry Lauck, 15, of Mt. Blanchard. Two men died from gunshot wounds. Bear Is Sought Near Findlay Farmers and CCC w’orkers be tween Fostoria and Findlay are won dering what has happened to the bear that make the tracks along Muskellunge creek during the past w’eek. Frank Firestone and Walter Frost, foremen in CCC camp here, returned to work on a project recently with details of enrolles after having been in camp since Monday due to snow and bad weather. They found the tracks and farm ers nearby told them the tracks first w’ere noticed Wednesday. They were larger than a man’s hand and ob viously were made by a heavy ani mal due to the depth they were pressed into the snow. The tracks were followed along the creek, then across a bridge and further along the stream until they were lost in the water and slush. Two enrolles, Ed Barger and Rob ert Hadding, who formerly w’ere in camps in the Rocky mountains, Bar ger in Montana and Hadding in Idaho, also were sure the tracks were those of a bear. They said they had seen many of them out west. $7,500 Jewelry Theft In Findlay J. Frank Kissick, Massillon, Ohio, a salesman for a Chicago company, reported to police that thieves stole jewelry valued at from $7,500 to $10,000 from an automobile which he parked in a street in Findlay last week while he made a call. A ventilator window of the car had been pried open, police said. Cannonsburg Now Part Of Farm Harry Thompson, a Union tow’n ship farmer, believes he has more road fence to maintain according to his acres than any other man in his Cp^aih VA All models priced at Flint, Michigan. Transpor tation based on rail rates, state and local taxes (if any), optional equipment and accessories— extra. Prices subject to change without notice. Steiner Chevrolet Sales Bluffton, Ohio PAGE THREE township. With a farm of 160 acres, he has two miles of fence along roadsides to keep up. His farm is 80 rods wide and one mile long. It is intersected by a road cutting it in the middel and here is a half mile of road. It faces a road for one mile on the west and another 80 rods on the north end of the area and still another 80 rods at the south end. Part of Cannonsburg w’as platted on Mr. Thompson’s land and the last brick block to be torn down a quarter of a century ago stood on the west side of this farm. The old post office building still stands, sag ging and sorrowful looking, on ground once part of the farm ow’ned by Thompson. The Cannonsburg school house occupied an acre in the northwest corner and the United Presbyterian church is still sunning itself in a nook in one of his fields. Boy Is Caught In Turntable Eugene Bauer, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bauer, suffered a frac tured pelvis and internal injuries w’hile playing at the Baltimore & Ohio turntable in Findlay. The lad become wedged between moving parts of the turntable when he fell into the pit. His playmates w’ere unable to extricate him from the device and he was hurt ser iously before adult aid arrived. HARDIN COUNTY 11 1 Re-Forestation Pro gram Under Way More than 100,000 trees will be planted in Hardin county this year in renew’al of a drive for restoration of forests, and control of erosion. J. H. Allen, Jr., owner of a farm w’est of Kenton, is seeking 26,000 trees to place on his farm, w’hile sev eral other farmers have requested an additional 75,000 trees of the Ohio forestry service, County Agent B. E. Bradford said. y Schools In Debt $660,585 Bonded indebtedness of Hardin county and taxing subdistricts to taled $799,250.45 at the start of 1940, it w’as revealed by County Auditor W. B. Wilson, who said that schools led the way in debts with $660, 585.45. Two WPA Workers Injured Two persons were injured while at work on relief projects in Hardin county last week. Victor McCann of Dunkirk, a WPA employe on a project three and a half miles southwest of Ken ton on Route 67, suffered a frac tured shoulder and ruptured mus cle, when a derrick, used in raising a large tile, broken and struck him (Continued on page 6) Every 25 seconds of every day, Somebody buys anew Chevrolet! Eqe lt -T/U|lt -Bull It!