PWA Spends Half Mil
lion In County
The Public Works Administration
has spent $517,893 on projects in
Allen county since its inception, it
was reported Wednesday.
Throughout Ohio the PWA has
built 1,211 structures at a cost of
$270,605,035, of which $48,024,495
■was expended in Cleveland and Cuy
ahoga county. Of the total projects,
1,058 wjfre partially financed by city,
county,/township and school taxing
areas while 153 were federal under
Second Surprise Costs
“I had two surprises this morning,
judge,” Thomas W. Lloyd, 49, of
Lima Route 3, told Judge M. B. Jen
kins in municipal court Wednesday
morning. “The first was when the
neighbors came over to help shock
my oats and the second was when
the police told me I was exceeding
the speed limit.”
Lloyd, charged with speeding on
a Lima street, pleaded guilty and
was assessed $3 court costs.
G. O. P. Strife Ends
Factional strife within ranks of
the Allen County Republican party
apparently was at an end last week
following the selection of a coalition
36-member executive committee which
met Friday to select its officers.
Rare Pirate Perch
Ever see a pirate perch? ac
cording to the Conservation Depart
ment of the state of Ohio, none had
been seen in Ohio since 1893, until
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Echo Feed Store
NEWS NOTES FROM FOUR COUNTIES
recently several of this rare species
were found in this Auglaize river not
far from Spencerville. The are can
nibalistic looking little minnows that
never grow beyond five inches in
Meteor Big As Moon
Three Lima residents reported
Wednesday that a meteor, variously
described as being “as big as the
moon”, which was visible to many
Ohioans as it streaked thru the sky
Monday night, apparently fell east
of Columbus Grove.
Mrs. Charles Crockett, Sr., and
Mrs. Lillian B. Hookway, of Lima,
who were swimming at Columbus
Grove, and Justice of Peace War
ren Jones, American township, all
reported having sighted the phenom
Justice Jones said he saw the
meteor for fully several seconds and
that it appeared to break up into
three or four pieces as it reached
Lima Is Ohio’s 13th
Preliminary census figures for all
of Ohio’s major cities, released in
Columbus, showed that Lima has
climbed from 15th to 13th in the
state in relative size.
By an increase of 2,477 to a
population of 44,764, Lima passed
Portsmouth and Lorain, both of
which showed population decreases.
Meanest Thief Thwart
ed By Blind Man
Lima’s “meanest thief” was repaid
with kindness by a blind vendor
who displayed ability to take care
Don Binkley, blind proprietor of a
cigar stand in the Allen County
court house, helped a strange man to
a chair behind his counter when the
stranger complained of feeling ill.
But Binkley’s acute hearing enabled
him to know when the man reached
into a case and withdrew several
packages of cigarettes, dropping one
of them on the floor.
As the man stooped to pick up the
package, Binkley leaped onto him,
while passersby called deputy sheriffs.
Having sold my farm, I, the undersigned will offer at
public auction at my farm 7 miles south of Bluffton on
Allen-Hardin county line and 1 mile east or 1 mile north
and 2 miles west of Ada
But Binkley declined to file
charges, and officers released their
War Vets To Meet
Arrengements were under way for
the entertainment of 1,500 delegates
and visitors to a national convention
of the Veterans of All Wars, which
will open a fourday conclave in
Lima, August 15.
A. C. Troutman, commander of the
Lima post, said invitations have been
extended to members of all United
States war veterans’ organizations.
The headquarters post at Jackson
ville, Florida, will send its 40-piece
Killed In Doodlebug
A former Lima resident, Cleon H.
Wills, 45, of Cuyahoga Falls, Thurs
day was listed among the 43 victims
whose lives were snuffed out Wednes
day night in the disastrous Cuyahoga
Falls train wreck.
Wills, architect on the Old Na
tional Bank building construction
Thursday, August 22
The following property:
Strawberry roan gelding, 3 yrs. old, wt. 1500.
14 CATTLE—Herd of 13 purebred Shorthorns con
sisting of 3 year old roan registered bull Villager breeding
Shorthorn roan cow 5 yrs. old with 3 months old roan bull
calf by side 3 roan Shorthorn cows, 5 to 7 yrs. old, to be
fresh in fall 3 Shorthorn heifers, bred 4 yearling Short
horn steers also Shorthorn-Jersey cow giving good flow
46—HOGS—5 Poland China sows bred for September
farrow Poland China boar 40 spring pigs avg. 50 to 100
New mud boat with fodder rack new Hudson brooder
stove hay tedder steel hay rake riding plow old wagon
with hay rack.
Kitchen cabinet and other articles.
Sale to begin at 1 p. m.
Auct., Harold McClain
Clerk, Rodney Hoover
Donald G. Shuster
project, now known as Cook Tower,
resided in Lima for about a year
when the structure was being built.
He married May Maynard, of Lima.
Lima Budget Is
Lima council last week approved a
1941 city budget for the county
budget commissions approval total
ing $527,806.11. Principal item was
the reduction of $350,346.11 of the
bond retirement disbursement from
$367,790 which was expended during
1940 for paying outstanding bonds
and interest payments.
Good In Lima
An indication that business re
mains good in Lima is a report that
bank debits so far this year total
$3,724,000, as compared to $3,247,000
for the same period last year. Build
ing activity also continues brisk,
totaling $216,246 since Jan. 1.
Pioneers Meet At
Forty-sixth annual pioneer meet
ing, given under the auspices of the
Elida Pioneer Society, will be held
Thursday of this w’eek in the W. W.
Crites Grove, one mile northeast of
Elida, it was announced Saturday.
Realty Tax Receipts
Receipts of last-half 1939 real es
tate taxes Saturday amounted to $4,
978.57, bringing the total for the
week to $70,066.73 and for the col
lection thus far $461,267, it was an
nounced by Allen County Treasurer
Byron H. Dershem.
Deadline for payment without pen
alty is Sept. 10.
Sales tax collections Saturday to
taled $910.46, for the week $4,428.73
and since the first of the year $159,
199.31, Dershem reported.
3,000-Foot Oil Well
A rarity in Lima oil field well
drilling is being accomplished by one
of the district’s prominent producers,
Bradley Stoner, on his property
seven miles northeast of Lima.
The producer is sinking a 3,000
foot pit, a depth more than double
that of average oil-producing wells
The procedure is new in the Lima
fields where shafts rarely have been
sunk to a depth exceeding 1,500 feet.
Average oil producing wells in this
locality are about 1,450 feet in depth.
Delphos Fair On
Rapid strides are being made by
officers of the Delphos free street
fair for only two weeks intervene
before conversion of the business
district into a midway of a county
fair. The 20th annual event will be
staged Aug. 20 to 24 with day and
Concessionaires are booking space
on Main street and the plan of the
thorofare reveals that every avail
able inch of ground will be in use
by opening day.
Army Recruiting At
Soldiers wearing the brassards of
the army recruiting service are but
one phase of the Army Recruiting
Service activities, according to Capt.
Philip C. Wohlbom.
To interest prospective soldiers,
Capt. Wahlbom said he has been ad
vised that an intensive billboard pub
licity campaign will be inaugurated
about ug. 15. Car cards, depicting
outstanding army posters, are dis
played in buses, trains, subways and
Capt. Wohlbom said tw’o million
automobile stickers are being pre
pared for use on windshields of pri
vate and commercial automobiles and
Trouble In Bunches
Trouble comes in bunches for David
W. Musser, 23, of Lima.
Shortly after noon Saturday, police
reported, Musser’s automobile was
involved in a collision with another
car operated by Frank Vanatta, 63,
After the accident Musser straight
ened out his banged fenders, hitched
a trailer on behind his auto and
went about his business of hauling
dirt from the rear of the Yale Bloom
Parked at the junk yard on an in
clined drive, Musser’s car coasted
onto the railroad tracks into the path
of a southbound fast freight train.
Musser attempted to move the ma
chine off the tracks but was unable
to get it started. He tried to flag
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
the train but again failed.
The locomotive crashed into the
stalled automobile, carrying it about
100 yards from the crossing and
leaving it a wreck, according to Pa
trolman Elgin Ralston.
Two Hurt As Fire
Two men were burned slightly and
tw’o horses, six hogs and about 60
tons of hay were destroyed in a barn
fire last Friday at the Isaac Sulp
farm one mile east of McComb in
Harry Ryder, a thresher, and B.
Culp, owmer, nursed arm burns suf
fered w’hen they attempted to get the
animals from the burning building.
Mr. Culp said he was forced to jump
from the window of the structure to
save himself. He estimated the to
tal loss at $7,000, all covered by in
Dr. and Mrs. Howard L. Selo of
Findlay last week were overjoyed to
greet their daughter, Ruth, who they
left in a boarding school in London
two years ago while they were flee
ing from Nazi persecution in Ger
many and came to America to re
establish Dr. Selo in medical prac
The girl arrived in Montreal, Can
ada, and came to Findlay by train.
Fugitive Caught In
A 16-year-old colored boy who said
he escaped Wednesday morning from
the boys’ industrial home at Lan
caster was apprehended by Police
man M. R. Pressnell of Findlay,
shortly before 1 o’clock last Friday.
The youth w’as sitting behind the
w’heel of an automobile parked on a
Findlay street in front of the county
jail smoking a cigarette. The car, a
Chevrolet sedan, was stolen in Wash
ington Court House Thursday morn
ing, he admitted to the officer.
First Current AAA
First parity payment checks for
the current season have arrived at
the Hancock county AAA office and
are ready for distribution as rapidly
as the farmers call for them.
One hundred and forty-four checks
for corn parity payments, totalling
$4,973.07, were included in the first
batch as w’ell as 137 wheat parity
checks totalling $3,897.33.
Tomatoes On Potato
G. W. Alspach, of Findlay, has a
number of odd potato plants. Po
tatoes are growing at the im of the
potato plant, and underneath the
leaves are clusters of little green
balls which resemble tomatoes.
Then comes Mrs. L. D. Oren, of
Gilboa, who had her curiosity
aroused when she found little “toma
toes” on her Irish cobbler potato
But the phenomena is explained
like this: “It’s potato seed, and if
they ripen and are planted a new
kind of a potato will be born.”
Kettles Are Stolen
A crime wave struck Hancock
county Tuesday night of last week,
Sheriff Lyle Harvitt reported and the
only loot taken w’as three 20-gallon
iron kettles, the kind used by farm
ers during the butchering season.
The sheriff said he had information
that junk dealers called at the farms
and asked to buy old metal. They
were refused in each case, but the
Drops Dead While
Doing Farm Chores
While doing his evening farm
chores, Elmer J. Pepple, 77, dropped
dead in the barn on his farm in
Jackson township Wednesday night.
Death was attributed to a heart at
tack. He was found a short time
later by his wife.
A chain advertsement campaign
against military conscription has
been started by Robert J. Ohl, 29
year-old Findlay radio expert.
Ohl spent $2.70 of his ow’n money
to start what he hopes will be a
newspaper advertising campaign
against the Burke-Wads worth con
The “ad” placed by Ohl in The
Findlay Republican-Courier was
headed “military conscription almost
here!* and read’:
“Young men, 21 to 30 years of age,
who w’ish to oppose should act at
once. The press, radio, movies and
political party machines are rapidly
creating public opinion favorable to
conscription. There are over eleven
million of us in the proposed age
group and we should be the ones to
decide this question. Every one write
or wire your representative in Wash
ington that you oppose conscription
or if you wish, drop me a card con
taining name, address, age and rep
resentative’s name and I will include
same in petitions. Meet this crisis
the American w’ay. Let Washington
hear the voice of American youth.
Please act at once, for the time is
limited. This is a chain advertise
ment. If you possibly can spare the
price, clip and insert this ad in an
other newspaper. With cooperation,
this message can be carried to every
state in the union. In the name of
our Creator, cooperate!”
Hen Works Overtime
A case of a hen working overtime
has been reported by George Lewis,
Mr. Lewis said that the hen
hatched a brood of chicks several
weeks ago, and although she still is
mothering them, she finds time to
lay an egg a day, cackling brazenly
all the while.
“It’s very unmotherly for a set
tin’ hen”, Mr. Lewis says.
Retire Fire Chief Dies
Ex-Fire Chief Charles M. Arthur,
for years a familiar figure on the
Findlay fire department, died last
w’eek following an illness of two
years. He was 75.
Mr. Arthur retired in 1924 after
having served as head of the Findlay
fire department 19 years. He joined
the department in 1898 and became
chief seven years later. Prior to
his service in that department, he
was a city policeman.
Mt. Blanchard Home
coming August 13
With preparations rapidly going
forw’ard for Mt. Blanchard’s annual
homecoming to be held Tuesday,
August 13, General Chairman Chas.
B. Fahl, former county commissioner,
has announced chairmen of various
Governor To Speak
Governor John W. Bricker will be
the speaker at a Hancock county Re
publican picnic to be held at River
side park, Thursday evening, Aug
Horse Show Attracts
The program has been announced
for the horse show to be held as a
feature of the annual Hancock
county fair, Wednesday and Thurs
day evenngs, Sept. 4 and 5. Because
of the wide variety of classes and
events listed, it is expected there will
be a great many entries both from
Hancock county and other counties.
Trucker Fined Follow
William H. Walraven, 29, of Fen
ton, Mich., a truck driver, was fined
$10 and costs by Justice Charles C.
Holliger Friday, on a reckless driv
ing charge filed by the state high
way patrol following an accident on
route 25 at the Jenera road.
Walraven pleaded guilty to at
tempting to pass an auto driven by
George W. Buchanan, 63, at the in
tersection of the Jenera road and
the Dixie highway. His auto, patrol
men said, struck the Buchanan car
in the rear.
Plane Crashes In
Frank Lawrence of Atlanta, Ga.,
pilot of an airplane used for dusting
the potato crop in the Scioto marsh
near McGuffey, escaped injury last
Thursday when his plane crashed
on State Route 195 about a quarter
mile north of McGuffey. The plane
w’as badly damaged but will be re
paired by Lawrence w’ho is a me
chanic as well as a pilot.
Lawrence apparently misjudged
the distance in landing and collided
with a concrete culvert at the edge
of the road and was throw’n into a
utility pole along the highway.
Three Held For Shoot
Three Mt. Victory young men were
bound over to the Hardin county
grand jury here by Justice of the
Peace Roy Haudenschild on charges
of malicious destruction of property.
They were charged with shooting a
The dog’s owner, Nelle Foreman of
Mt. Victory, filed the charges in
which the animal w’as valued at $25.
Those bound over are Grafton Black,
Charles File and Ed Schertzer. Each
furnished bond of $300.
Sentenced For Stealing
Donald Beltz, 23, Kenton, last
week started serving a 30-day term
(Continued on page 7)
Brown To Tell About
1940 Ohio State Fair
On Farm Night Radio Program of
WOSU, Monday, Aug. 12
Dial 570 Kc.
8:00—Music, weather forecast, pro
gram preview’, student farm re
8:15—Plans for the Ohio State Fair,
B. P. Sandies, Ohio State Junior
Fair Manager and Howard Mc
Clarren, Asst. Supvr. Voc. Agr.
Instruction in Ohio.
Also: 4-H Club News, Miss Hulda
Horst, Asst. State Club Leader.
8:30 Union County Musicians.
8:45—“Homes on the Land”, Drama
9:00—Come to the Fair, Mrs. Doro
thy S. Hammans, Asst. State
Home Demonstration leader.
9:15—1940’s Ohio State Fair, John
T. Brown, State Director of Agri
Also: A Well-Stocked Farm
Woods, J. A. Hall, Director, Cen
tral States Forest Exp. Station, U.
S. Forest Service.
9:30—The Goal of Cooperative Cred
it, Morris D. Rice, Sec’y-Treas.,
Nat’l Farm Loan Assn., Osborn.
9:45 to 10—Music.
Ohio Moves Forward
In Producing Turkeys
Ohio production of turkeys jumped
from 175,000 in 1929 to 1,184,000 in
1939, a figure which put the state in
eighth place in the national turkey
parade, according to R. E. Cray,
specialist in poultry husbandry, Ohio
While Ohio was increasing by 700
per cent the number of turkeys pro
duced here, the whole nation only
doubled the number of these birds
produced in the period from 1929 to
1939. Ohio now’ has several poultry
men who grow more than 3,000
turkeys each year, and one man has
raised about 20,000 in each of the
past three years.
Mr. Cray says there are three
main reasons for the upward trend
in turkey production. Discovery of
a way to control blackhead, pre
viously the most deadly of poultry
diseases, was the first factor. Put
ting the business on a production
basis w’ith incubators and brooders,
and the development of a national
appetite for turkey through the year
instead of only on holidays also
Considerable work has been done
in developing a strain of turkeys
which matures early and w’eighs
enough to serve the modern smaller
family without exposing them to an
after diet of turkey hash. Restau
rants provide an outlet for large
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1940
turkeys, which furnish a lot of sliced
meat for sandwiches.
The latest developments in mar
keting turkeys is a system of bon
ing which leaves only turkey steaks,
either light or dark, and which per
mits the consumer to buy part of a
turkey or a whole one. The develop
ment of better cold storages where
turkeys can be kept in excellent con
dition permits the housewife to buy
them any month of the year.
Mr. Cray says turkey meat is a
good bargain now because there is a
larger than normal number in stor
age and the new’ crop will be ready
for market in a short time. The
Ohio State poultryman says that
meat held under the right conditions
in cold storage improves in quality.
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We have adopted Ration-Ayd to sup
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B-G Vitamins in all our Poultry Feeds.
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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT
STATE OF OHIO.
Allen County, m.
Estate of Henry S. Searfoss, Deceased.
Elmer M. Searfoss. Harrod. Ohio and Clyde
R. Searfoss, 670 No. West St., Lima, Ohio,
have been appointed and qualified as execu
tors of the estate of Henry S. Searfoss, late
of Allen County. Ohio, deceased.
Dated this 16th day of July 1940.
RAYMOND P. SMITH,
15 Probate Judgre.
The Amstutz Cannery
will operate every Tues
day, Wednesday and Fri
day until further notice.
North of Bluffton on College Rd.
Bluffton Phone 635-Y
For Vigor and Health—
include meat in your menu.
Always ready to serve you.
Poultrymen know that the B-G Vita
mins of milk, and Vitamin from cod
liver and other fish liver sources are high
ly important in poultry feeds.
Feed your chicks our C-Ka-Gene Treat
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Coccidiosis and prevents heavy losses.
Fresh and Salt Meats
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Banner Starter...................................... $2.30
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