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MOVING PLANT TO BLUFFTON Metal Awning Manufacturing Concern to be Located on Cherry Street Equipment is Being Moved from Pandora Seven Men Will Be Employed Bluffton has a new industry, it was disclosed Wednesday with an nouncement that a metal awning manufacturing concern is moving here from Pandora. Business and patent rights for folding, metal awnings formerly man ufactured by the Pandora Lumber Co., now in receivership, have been purchased by Roy Hauenstein and Orville Sutter, who decided to locate the concern here instead of continu ing it in its former location. The new proprietors started mov ing the industry to Bluffton the first of this week, where they are located in the Charles Dillman brick build ing on Cherry street near the Riley Creek bridge. This is the structure formerly occupied by the Bluffton Auto Top Shop operated by the late Lloyd Lugbihl. Employs Seven Employment will be provided for seven men in presept operations of the concern, it was announced. De cision to move to Bluffton was reached because of shipping and labor facilities. Hauenstein and Sutter are making application to incorporate the manu facturing business for $2,500. Tenta tive selection of the name is Metal Products Co. Incorporators include Hauenstein, Sutter, Myron Moyer, David Lugibihl and Arthur Orlean, attorney for the company. Permission to buy the as sets of the Pandora concern was re ceived recently from the court. In the present setup of the organi zation Hauenstein will be in charge of production, and Sutter will handle the sales and marketing. Patented Product Folding metal awning covered by the patents held by the new Bluffton concern is said to be the only type of its kind on the market, and sales prospects are reported as excellent. Advance orders are on hand to in sure operation for some time, it is stated. Hauenstein, who has been manufacturing an electric fence, may continue that industry as another phase of the business of the new concern. Folding awnings hsve been manu factured for the last two years by the Pandora company, and several Bluffton business places have had awnings installed. With The Sick Cliff Fruchey, tenant on the Clar ence Begg farm east of Columbus Grove was painfully injured when he was kicked on the left kneecap by a mule, Saturday. He was brought here for x-ray examination at a physician’s office. Albert Vermillion of Orange town ship, who recently underwent a ma jor operation in a Cleveland hospital is sufficiently recovered to leave the hospital, but is still remaining in Cleveland for treatment. Mrs. Phoebe Steiner of Merced, Calif., former Bluffton resident who was injured in a fall last year has not entirely recovered from effects of the accident, according to word re ceived here. Mrs. Amos Thut who recently un derwent an operation at Findlay hospital is convalescing at her home here. Mrs. Alex Steiner is critically ill at her home southwest of Bluffton. Orren Zimmerman, principal of the Cairo school is convalescing satis factorily at Bluffton Commun ty hos pital where he underwent a major operation last week. James Benroth returned Monday afternoon from Findlay where he underwent an operation for sinus trouble, Saturday. Prof. E. J. Hirschler who has been taking treatment at Robinwood hos pital, Toledo, underwent a major op eration at that place Tuesday. His condition is reported satisfactory. Carol Fisher, six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Fisher of Orange township underwent a gall bladder operation at Lima Memorial hospital, Saturday morning. Her condition is reported satisfactory. Robert Fisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fisher of South Jackson street is recovering from a broken right arm which he received at Har mon field recently. Farmers Burning Hay Damagd By Week’s Rainfall /CLEARING weather the first of the week found a consid erable number of farmers burn ing hay cut some ten days ago which they had been unable to get out of the fields because of continued wet weather. Most of the hay burned consist ed of first cutting alfalfa to gether with a smaller amount of clover. The hay was raked up and burned in order not to be mixed in with second cutting of the crop which is expected soon. CONSIDER SUMMER SHOP COURSES FOR DEFENSE Supt. Longsdorf Attends State wide Meeting of School Heads Tuesday Federal Program Proposes Ten Weeks Training in Machine Shop Work Cooperation of Bluffton’s public school system in the statewide train ing of youthful Ohioans in industrial crafts geared to the National De fense program appeared likely fol lowing a conference between Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf, of the local schools, and state educational officials at Col umbus, Tuesday. A complete proposal in connection with the suggested program will be worked out this week and presented for discussion at next week’s meeting of the board of education. Supt. Longsdorf learned at Colum bus that the Ohio department of edu cation is rushing plans for the train ing of 30,000 to 40,000 youths this summer. The national quota for the same period is 150,000. Most of those enrolled in the cours es will be taken from WPA rols, and others will selected from unemployed registered with state-federal employ ment agencies. 10 Weeks Training Workers already employed in in dustry and who wish to improve their skill also may enroll. Ten weeks in tensive training will be provided, with enrollment open to mechanically fit ted men over 18 years of age. Pre liminary tests will be given to deter mine mechanical aptitude for the po sitions. Tuition will be free to those select ed for the courses, and instructors will be paid from federal funds. To qualify as an instructor, the person in charge of classes must have had three years’- journeymen experience in the field he is to teach. Some of the Ohio schools will be in full swing on the training program within the next week. Men are being trained in them as aircraft mechanics, machinists, auto mechanics, electric ians, welders, cabinet makers, pattern makers, lathe operators, draftsmen, punch press operators and drill press operators. The entire project will be financed from $9,781,340 of WPA fund and $7,500,000 from the U. S. office of education. Man Hit In Eye By Flying Bolt Gerald Balmer, 26, who makes his home with his sister, Mrs. Wm. Sey er and family of near Gilboa, was painfully injured Saturday evening when a large bolt connected to a spring struck him in the right eye. The accident occurred at the Franklin McCollough farm where he is employed. Attending physicians believe that it will be possible to save the sight of the eye, according to reports the first of the week. Mr. Balmer is a brother of Mrs. Lester Niswander of North Lawn avenue and a former Settlement youth. Garlinger Named As Night Police John Garlinger received a tempor ary appointment to relieve Albert Reichenbach as night policeman dur ing July and August, at a meeting of the village council last Monday night. VOLUME NO. LXV_______________________________________________________ BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1940 Bluffton Feels First Effects Of New National Defense Taxes Reichenbach will be on leave of absence fox' nearly two months to op erate his threshing rig during the wheat, oats and barley harvest sea sons. [==1 THE BLUFFTON NEWS Prices of Cigarets, Gasoline and Motion Picture Admissions Higher Added Tax on Beer is Not Re flected in Retail Sales First Of Week Bluffton’s first contact with the new national defense tax came this week when prices of gasoline, cigar ets and motion picture admissions were boosted generally by local es tablishments. Price structure of many other items affected by the government tax is uncertain at present, awaiting further action on the part of whole salers and retailers to determine the eventualy selling prices of articles. All grades of gasoline were raised one-half cent in price after midnight Sunday by most Bluffton filling sta tions. At a few establishments the increase has not yet gone into ef fect, but they plan to boost the sell ing price as soon as the present supply is exhausted. Prior* to midnight Sunday the pre vailing price of regular gasoline was 15 cents a gallon. Cigaret Price Up Cigaret prices also reflected the defense tax generally, with standard 15-cent brands now retailing at 16 and 17 cents. Cigarets obtained from vending machines will be 17 cents per pack, and several retail establishments are selling at the same price. In others the cost is 16 cents, with the likeli hood that stabilization will eventually come. The additional tax on cigarets amounts to one-half cent, which cor responds with the boost in the fed eral levy on gasoline. Increase Beer Tax Increased tax on beer is 10 cents per case, but there has been no change thus far in the selling price. One dispensed said the tax may be absorbed by the retailer and whole saler jointly, but no definite decision has been reached as yet. Cost of admissions to theatres or other amusements are likely to be raised also, Reflecting the national defense levies. Under the tax bill, a tax of one cent must be paid on every 10 cents paid for admission above 20 cents. Tax on toilet preparations has been increased from 10 to 11 per cent automobile taxes 3 to 3H per cent radios 5 to 5Vi per cent electrical energy, 3 to 3% per cent lubricating oils, 4 to 4Vi cents per gallon play ing cards, 10 to 11 cents per pack club dues and initiation fees, 10 to 11 per cent. Liquor and wine taxes also have been boosted, as well as those on tires, mechanical refrigeration and many other items. Maynard Coon Weds In North Robinson Maynard Coon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon, of this place, was married to Miss Irene Bogan, of North Robinson, in a single ring cer emony in the North Robinson U. B. church at 8:30 a. m. last Sunday. Rev. L. D. Reynolds, pastor of the church, received the vows. Following the wedding, the bride and groom left for a trip to the Great Smoky mountains. They will return Thursday, and locate in Bluff ton for the summer. Cv n is in charge of the municipal swimming pool here. In the fall they will move to North Robinson, where Coon is an instruct or in the high school. He graduated from Bluffton college in 1938, and from Bluffton High school four years earlier. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bogan, of North Robinson. Prior to her marriage she had been employed in the Bucyrus office of the Federal AAA bureau County Will Repair College Ave. Bridge Repairs to the bridge acRoss the Big Riley on East College avenue will be effected this summer by the Allen county commissioners, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe was notified this week. Among other work on the bridge, will be repairs to the sidewalk ap proach from the east, which has been partially undermined by high waters in the creek bed. After condition of the bridge was Reported to the council in the spring, local authorities requested that i*e pairs be effected by the commis sioners. The bridge is located on an Allen county road, and the commis sioners are responsible for its main tenance. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON PLANT SHIPS DRIED MILK TO BRITISH ISLES Carload of Product from Page Dairy to be Sent to England, Report Part of 250 Carload Order Placed in U. S. by British Food Commission Milk produced in the Bluffton dis trict will be used to feed the popula tion of the war-beset British isles, according to reports the first of the week that a carload of dried milk con signed to England will be shipped from the local plant of the Page Dairy Co., the middle of next week. No official confirmation of the re port was available at the Bluffton Page plant, but it is understood that milk represents part of a 250 carload order placed in this country by the British purchasing commission. It also was reported that the plant this week is shipping two carloads of dried milk to the United States Gov ernment’s surplus commodities cor poration for distribution to relief cli ents. Army Buys Milk The United States Army is one of the regular users of milk dried at the local plant, orders b#ing placed for the product thru the U. S. govern ment. Mi Ik in dried form is preferred for (Continued on page 8) BLUFFTON WILL OBSERVE QUIET 4TH THURSDAY New Ordinance will be in Effect Banning Former Fire cracker Din Business Suspended No Mail Deliveries Library Will Be Closed Bluffton will observe the Fourth of July quietly this Thursday, the result of a new municipal ordinance which bans the sale or discharge of fire works within the city limits. No special observance of any kind is planned for the day although many Bluffton residents will go out of town for short holiday trips and others are making arrangements to entertain visitors here. Stores will be closed and business will be suspended generally. No mail will be delivered on town or rural routes, altho outgoing mail will be made up and dispatched as usual. The library also is to be closed for the day. Bluffton’s ban on fireworks likely will bring heart-aches to many a youngster, but for the grownups it will be a day of peace and quiet in comparison with the Fourths of other years when roaring fire crackers started thundering early in the morn ing and continued until long after sundown. Plants of the Readrite Meter Works and The Triplett Electrical Instru ment Co. have been closed since last Saturday, to give employes their an nual summer vacation with pay, and as a consequence the arrival of the Fourth will find many residents of the town and area already at some dis tant vacation spot from which they will not return until the end of the week. Bluffton Couple Weds In Dayton Wedding of Miss Melvena Amstutz and Richard Lewis, both of Bluffton was solemnized at Dayton, Saturday when the marriage vows were re ceived by Rev. J. Norman King, chaplain at the National Military home in that city and a former Bluffton pastor. Mi*, and Mrs. Amiel Amstutz, par ents of the bride and Mrs. Minnie Lewis, mother of the bridegroom were present for the ceremony. Following the wedding the couple left for Cincinnati from where they went on a motor trip thru the Great Smoky mountains. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lewis are graduates of Bluffton high school. Mr. Lewis is an employe of tlx* Trip lett company here and his bride has been employed in the office of the Crane company in Lima for the past year. Quick thinking by Dr. J. S. Steiner, Bluffton physician, saved nine-year-old Marie Anderson of Orange township from serious in jury or possible death when the girl riding a bicycle, turned directly in front of the doctor’s automobile last Friday morning. The accident occurred on Route 103 near Olive Branch church three miles east of Bluffton as both were westbound. Overtaking the bicycle from the rear, the doctor sounded his horn but as he was about to pass her, the bicycle veered directly in the path of the car. Harvest, Some Ten Days Be hind Schedule Expected to Start Next Week Corn Prospects in Bluffton Dis trict Much Better than State Average Wheat is late in ripening this year, and none in this area will be ready for cutting by the Fourth of July, a date which ordinarily marks the middle of the harvest season. Should weather for the remainder of this week be quite hot, cutting in a few fields may be under way by the first of next week. If cool weather continues the crop will be two or three days later in ripening. Farm observers reported this week that altho the wheat crop looks very good from the road, a close examina tion will show there is not as much grain in the heads as might be ex pected. Hurt by Rains It is believed that the lack of grain is due to heavy spring rains which washed away the pollen. Corn in the Bluffton area is ex ceptionally good in comparison with the stand to the north and south of here, observers report. Good Corn Prospects Altho rains and cool weather have retarded growth of the crop to some extent in this district, practically all Bluffton corn will be “knee high by the Fourth of July”. Wet weather has prevented the usual cultivation of corn, and the stand is very weedy at present. Several consecutive days of hot, dry weather will make a big difference in the crop, however, and prospects so far look good. Physician Wrecks Car To Avoid Striking Girl Riding Bicycle Wheat Harvest Is Late None Will Be Cut Until After Fourth Yields, however, are not expected to be affected greatly, and an aver age crop of from 20 to 25 bushels per acre is anticipated. Quality of this year’s crop will be excellent. Straw will be plentiful. Harvest of hay was resumed this week after being delayed for days by frequent rainfall. Some hay which had been cut and left in the field to cure laid in the rain for nearly a week, rendering it practically worth less, it was reported. Wedding Ceremony At Church Sunday In an impressive ceremony at the Missionary church took place the wedding of Miss Alice Watkins and Kent Welty, both of Bluffton, Sun day afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. The church auditorium was appropriately decorated with flowers for the occa sion. The nuptial vows were received by Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor of the church using the single ring cere mony. Open church was observed and many relatives and friends of the couple were in attendance. Preceding the ceremony a program of wedding music was given by Miss Stella Augsburger, pianist and Dwight Niswander, vocalist. Miss Augsburger also played the wedding march for the processional and re cessional of the wedding party. The bride chose her cousin from Findlay as her only attendant and the groom was attended by his cous in, Harry Welty as best man. Harold Welty served as usher. Following the ceremony the couple left on a wedding trip. They are ex pected home the last of this week and will occupy an apartment at the Miss Martha Steiner residence on South Lawn avenue. The bridegroom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Welty, was gradu ated from Ft. Wayne Bible institute recently and expects to engage in pastoral work. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watkins, haa been employed at the plant o: the Triplett company here. Swinging his coupe sharply to one side, the car struck a pool of water and skidded from the road snapping off a telephone pole and crashing thru a fence and came to a stop in a nearby field. Neither the child nor the physician was injured. The car, however, was badly damaged. The girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Anderson, was return ing to her home after attending a 4-H club meeting at the home of Evered Bish. She had only recently learned to ride the bicycle which belonged to her elder brother. RESURFACE FIVE MILES OF ROUTE 69 THIS SUMMER Improvement will Extend from Mt. Cory South- Toward Lincoln Highway Work .on .Huber-Matter .and Phillips Roads in Richland Twp. Under Way Continuation of an extensive high way improvement program in the Bluffton area was seen this week in announcement that five miles of Route 69, from Mt. Cory south to the Ralph Ewing corner, are to be re-surfaced this summer. The Ewing corner is one mile north of Route 69’s intersection with U. S. Route 30-N, which means im provement of practically all the road between the Lincoln and Dixie high ways. No details have been announced as yet relative to the starting date of the work, and when it is to be com pleted. Other Road Improvements Work on the Huber-Matter road, which intersects the Dixie highway two miles south of town, is proceed ing rapidly. First coat of tar has been applied to the two and one-half mile stretch which will be improved and the road now is being rolled. The new tar-bound surface will extend from the Allen-Hancock county line to the Dixie highway. Improvement plans specify a road way 40 feet in width, with a tar top 15 feet wide. Three miles of the Phillips road, connecting the Dixie and Lincoln highways, also have been improved. Workmen have completed the con struction of a new tar surface. The Phillips road intersects with thhe Dixie highway at the Gratz crossing. Findlay Church Calls Former Bluffton Man Rev. A. L. Althaus, son of Mrs. Jennie Althaus of this place has re ceived a call to the pastorate of the Central Church of Christ in Findlay, it was announced the first of the week. Rev. Althaus is now pastor of the Church of Christ at Bethel, in south ern Ohio, where he has been located for the past several years. He ex pects to assume the Findlay pastor ate this fall. Wm. Harding Dies At Ada Funeral Friday Will Harding, 83, native of Orange township, died at his home in Ada, Tuesday night, following several weeks’ illness. Funeral services will be held at the Souseley funeral home at Ada, Fri day afternoon at 2 o’clock followed by interment in the Ada cemetery. Surviving are his son B. B. Hard ing of Denver. Colorado, who ar rived at his father’s bedside last week and one sister Mrs. Minnie Turner of Ada. Union Services To Begin Sunday Night Bluffton’s union summer church services will begin next Sunday evening. The meeting will be held at the Presbyterian church at 7:30 o’clock with the sermon by Rev. C. Elmer Miller, pastor of the First United Brethren church of Lima. Special music is being arranged. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 10 LAYING POSTOFFICE CORNER STONE TO BRING MANY HERE Plans Being Made for Gala Parade Thru Bluffton’s Downtown District Committees are Named to Make Arrangements for Event On July 21 Laying of the cornerstone for Bluff ton’s new $80,000 post office on Sun day, July 21, will be a gala communi ty event .including a parade thru the decorated downtown area and the par ticipation of state Masonic officials. Plans for the ceremonies are near ing completion, with committees of the Bluffton Masonic lodge, which is in charge of the event, working in cooperation with groups representing local educational institutions, the post office and civic organizations. W. Dillon Crist, of Alliance, Grand Master of Ohio Masons, will be here to lay the cornerstone, and Masonic bodies from the surrounding district will attend, including lodges and uni formed Commandery organizations. Events of the afternoon will open with the parade, which is to be head ed by the Bluffton High school band. Organizations which will appear in the line of March include the Masonic groups, Bluffton Boy Scouts and Ohio National Guard unit, the American Legion and the Lions club. Committees handling preparations for the event include: General committee: Forrest L. Steinman, Dr. Evan W. Basinger, A. (Continued on page 8) Bluffton Man's Father Dead Christian Blosser, 60, father of Ralph Blosser of this place, died Monday at his home in Goshen, Ind. Mr. Blosser was a native of New Stark, the son of the late John and Mattie Brenneman Blosser. He was a former instructor in Goshen college and also served as farm agent of Elkhart county from 1929 to 1935. Funeral services will be held at the Eighth Street Mennonite church in Goshen, Thursday morning at 11 o’clock. Surviving besides his son of this place are his wife and sons Richard and Henry both at home, and two daughters Mrs. John Hartzler, Jr., of Ashland and Mrs. Eugene Melson of Chicago. Also surviving are two brothers Tim of Syracuse, Ind., and Mark of Goshen and three sisters, Mrs. John Hilty, Goshen Mrs. J. D. Yoder, Larchmont, N. Y., and Mrs. O. B. Gerig, New York city. Steinman Speaker At Bucyrus Meeting Forrest Steinman was the speaker at the First Charter Anniversary of the Lions club in Bucyrus, last Wed nesday night. Bucyrus was one of the eight cities in which Steinman presented chart ers to newly organized Lions clubs last year when he was serving as district governor of the organiza tion. The local man has been active in Lions work since the Bluffton club was founded. Eleanor Leiter Resigns At H. S. Miss Eleanor Leiter, head of girls’ physical training at Bluffton high school has resigned her position on the faculty here, it was announced the fii*st of the week. The resigna tion will be presented to the board of education here at its meeting next Monday night. Miss Leiter has accepted a position as director of girls physical train ing in the high school at Oxford, Ohio. Births Mr. and Mrs. Orden Smucker are the parents of a son born at Bluff ton hospital, Friday. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Irwin at the Bluffton hos pital, Tuesday. FORMER RESIDENT DEAD'” Funeral services were held in Findlay last Wednesday for Frank Wellman, 69, formerly engaged in the poultry business in Bluffton. A number from this place attended the funeral.