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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV 37 ALLEN COUNTY MEN CALLED FOR SERVICE IN ARMY Draft Board Announces Tenta tive List to Leave Thurs day, January 23 Group to Leave Court House at Lima for Induction Station In Toledo Names of thirty-seven Allen county men who will go to camp next week for a year of army training were an nounced in a tentative list by Allen county draft board No. 3, Tuesday. The list of names, board members pointed out, is subject to minor changes because of possibility of ap peals and also the outcome of pend ing physical examination. Should any of the list chosen be excused, their places will be filled from a list of four alternates an nounced by the board. The thirty-seven men will report at the court house in Lima on Thurs day morning, January 23 at 6:30 o’clock. From there they will go by bus to the army induction station in Toledo. It is believed that the quota will be sent to the National Guard units at Camp Shelby, Miss., although there was no official word to this effect. The list as announced by the draft board includes five volunteers: Willard Dillman, Joseph and James Birchnaugh all of Bluffton and Clarence Theis and Vernon Keeling both of Lima. Others named by the board are: Robert Early, Willard Stombaugh, Donald Ward, Chas. Lhamon, Edwin Book, Richard Griffin, Winfield Rous coulp, Walter Hughes, Anthony Jacobs, Lloyd Cook, Robert Edwards, Ora Spring, Ralph Augsburger, Gerald Holman, Orman Renner. Chas. Schooler, Wm. Cupp, How ard Early, Herman Luginbuhl, Ralph Shumaker, Ralph Hutson, Merlin Burkholder, Charles Jackson, Melvin Matthewson, Gerald Schmelzer, John Freyer, Calvin Miller, Merl Habeg ger, Wilbur Mefford, Charles Pick ering, Chesney Van Dyke, Myron Howard. Alternates—Herbert Kindle, Bluff ton Herbert Hageman, Delphos James Eastman Freeman Basinger, Pandora. Deppler Will Head Public Affairs Board Eli Deppler, president of the Board of Public Affairs during the past year was re-elected to that position at the annual organization meeting of the board last Thursday night. Other members are Wm. Luginbuhl and A. C. Burcky. Edgar Hauen stein was continued as clerk of the board. Changes in the operating steup of the municipal electric light and waterworks plant were suggested by the board in a recommendation to be submitted to the council for final ap proval. The board, under its proposed re organization recommended that John Swisher, present superintendent, be transferred to the plant’s staff of engineers. Swisher, together with Hiram Wenger, senior engineer, would be in charge of operations inside the plant. Forest Mumma would be placed in charge of service and main tenance outside the plant. Under the proposed plan the plant would have five engineers instead of four which would give each man a six day workweek instead of the present seven day week. The board’s recommendation is ex pected to come before the council at its meeting next Monday night Bible Teacher At Ebenezer Church “The Second Coming of Christ’’ is the general subject of the Bible lec tures to be given by Dr. M. De Haan, of Detroit, at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, west of town, starting Sunday it was announced by Rev. P. A. Kliewer, pastor of the church. Subject of the lectures are: Sunday, 2:30 p. m.—“The Days of Noah Repeated”. Sunday, 7:45 p. m.—“The Doom (f Russia and End of the Age”. Monday, 7:45 p. m.—“The Trans lation of the Church”. Tuesday, 7:45 p. m.—“The Jew in Prophecy”. Wednesday, 7:45 p. m.—“The Sec ond Coming of Christ”. Special music will be provided at each service. Fido Better Watch Out After Monday Is Warning Given TT will be tough for Fido if his master does not buy him a dog license by Monday as January 20 is the deadline date for the pur chase of tags. Sales to date have been rather slow, Menno Badert scher, local distributor for Allen and Hancock counties reported Tuesday. After Jan. 20 any dog found without a license may be im pounded by the county dog catcher. At the county dog pound Fido may be retrieved for two dollars plus license fee pro viding he has already not been disposed of. After Monday a one dollar penalty will be added to the license fees, Badertscher stated. HOSPITAL MAKES PROGRESS ANNUAL REPORT DISCLOSES Muffton Institution Cared for 485 Patients During Past Year Three Directors are Elected at Annual Meeting Board Organizes Representing an increase of 85 new admissions over the previous year, there was a total of 485 patients at the Bluffton Community hospital dur ing the past year, it was stated by Miss Helen Maxwell, superintendent of the institution. Miss Maxwell pre sented her report at the annual meet ing of the hospital held in the high school cafeteria, Monday night. The hospital had 123 births, a rec ord figure totalling 28 more than the previous year’s number. There were 21 death and 124 operations during the year, according to the superin tendent’s report. The average number of patients, 13.2 was slightly under the number for the preceding year which was 13.5. The number of nursing days for the patients at the hospital totalled 4,845, according to figures given by the superintendent. New Trustee Elected One new trustee, Hiram Wenger, was elected for a three year term to fill the vacancy caused by the expira tion of the term of Gideon Schumach er- Trustees re-elected were N. E. Byers and Mrs. R. L. Triplett. Other trustees are: Mrs. J. A. Warren, Menno Schumacher, Edgar Hauen stein, Mrs. Reese Huber, Cal Balmer and Ross Bogart. In the organization meeting of the board the following officers were named: President, N. E. Byers vice president, Mrs. Reese Huber secre tary, Cal Balmer treasurer, Ross Bo gart. Miss Maxwell was named to con tinue as superintendent of the hospit al and Miss Sylvia Biederman, assist ant. Both are registered nurses. All other present employees were also re hired. Farm Short Course Starts Monday Night Instruction in farm problems will be given in the annual short course for farmers and farm youths to be held in the Bluffton High school ag ricultural room starting Mun* lay night for about 15 weeks, it was an nounced by Harry Barnes, instructor in vocational agriculture. An outline of the course and a discussion of the prospects of the farmer for the coming year as re lated to national defense will make up the program Monday at 7:30 p. m. and it is open to all interested. There is no charge for the cuurs^ Barnes stated. English Girl Writes That Northern Part Of Country Untouched By War Meetings of the course will be held one night each week. Steinman Re-elected School Board Head Forrest Steinman, lumber dealer, was re-elected president of the Bluff ton Board of Education, at an or ganization meeting of the body held at the high school. Dr. W. M. Nis wander was named vice-president and Leland Diller was re-appointed clerk of the board. Other members of the board are Waldo Hofstetter, Elmer Short and John Tosh. Nineteen Year Old Girl in Black pool, England Corresponds With Doris Jean White Activity in Lancashire has been Confined to Dropping of Leaflets by Nazi Planes Despite the terrific aerial bombard ments of southern England, the northeast part of the country shows little evidence of war activity, ac cording to letters received by Doris Jean W’hite, of Spring street from a girl living in Blackpool, England. She has been corresponding with an English girl, Audrey Throp, 18, for several years and has been re ceiving letters with little delay. Blackpool is a seacoast town in northern Lancashire several hundred miles from the theatre of warfare. Leaflets Dropped The only type of bombardment to which the Blackpool area has been subjected is the dropping of mil lions of leaflets by German airplanes urging the English to give up while there is yet a chance. Dire threats as to possible consequences should the English refuse to acquiesce are always contained in the leaflets, the English girl writes. This type of strategy has had the opposite effect on the people and instead has caused a stiffening of opposition and strengthening of morale. People in the town and countryside generally joke about the leaflets and everyone proclaims a belief in the ultimate victory of England. Polish Aviators The town of Blackpool in recent months has been swarming with Polish aviators who are becoming more and more a vital part of the British air offensive. The English girl reports that the Polish fliers are itry polite and at social functions aie always known to click their heels and bow their heads when ask:.ng a girl for a dance. Many of the letters speak of American motion pictures and that most of the English girls have the same screen favorites as the girls in America. England has always been impressed with the American motion picture product and while admitting their technical superiorities some times question their artistic and dra matic qualities. War Suffering Occasionally relatives and friends speak of the death or wounding of a member of the family in the current war and there are many heart aches and much suffering as a result of these losses. In recent months quite a few peo ple from the bombarded southern section of the country have come to the northern area in Lancashire to get relief from the bombs. Most of these people have complained from lack of sleep caused by the poor sleeping conditions in the air raid shelters, the letters stated. Real Estate Deals Jesse Bracy has purchased the Mrs. Grace Hughes farm of 35 acres north of Bluffton on the County line. Bracy will occupy the farm in April, moving from his residence on South Lawn avenue. Malcolm Ewing who occupies the Boyer farm near Rockport has pur chased the Alex Steiner farm north of the former Gratz school. Ewing will move on the place in the spring. C. M. Keifer who now occupies the Steiner farm will move on the Mrs. Della Matter farm south of town which he recently purchased. Fred and Albert Marquart have purchased the Mrs. Mayne Miller farm of 90 acres in Orange town ship. Newlin Habegger, employed on the Marquart farms will occupy the residence, moving from the Mel vin Williamson farm north of the Black school. Kenneth Chidester has purchased the Chris Santschi farm of 79 acres south of Bluffton on the Dixie high way occupied by Reed Painter. Chidester who lives on the Mrs. An na Fett place southeast of Bluffton on the Lincoln highway expects to occupy the Santschi place this spring. Play To Be Given At New College Chapel “The Lost Church” will be present ed by the College church society in the new chapel at Bluffton college Sunday night at 6 o’clock. The following students will appear in the production: Mark Houshower, Julia Culp, Richard Weaver, Lena Boyer, Margaret Shelly, William Holtkamp, Betty Keeney, Eloise Whitmore, Josephine Haldy, Mary Alice Geiger, Ann Chuch, Wilma Nash. The public is invited. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, O IIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1941 TO OPEN NATIONAL DEFENSE COURSES ON MONDAY NIGHT Free Eight Weeks’ Course in Vocational Instruction at High School Instruction in Metal Working And Electricity for Youths 17 to 25 Vocational training courses in con nection with the national defense program will be opened in Bluffton high school next Monday night, it was announced by Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf Supt. Longsdorf’s announcement came following a joint meeting of representatives of the Bluffton Board of Education and the local National Defense Advisory council held at the high school last Monday. The instruction open to young men between ages of 17 and 25 will con sist of courses in metal working and electricity with a view of providing fundamental knowledge in these fields in which demands for skilled labor are being made by industries engaged in the manufacture of pro ducts for national defense. Open Meeting Monday The organization meeting will be held at 7 o’clock next Monday night in the library study room at the high school. A minimum enrollment of ten will be required and accom modations are available for a maxi (Continued on page 8) PROGRAM READY FOR BLUFFTON’S FARM INSTITUTE Two Days’ Sessions to be Held Here on Wcdiiioday and Thursday Next Week State and Local Speakers Will Touch on Many Phases of Farm Activity Featuring a two-day discussion of rural community problems, Bluffton’s annual winter farm institute will be held next Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 22 and 23. Speakers well qualified in the fields they represent will appear on the institute program, and in addi tion many entertaining features are planned. Complete details of the program appear on Pages 4 and 5 of this week’s issue of the Bluffton News. Opening on Wednesday, men’s and women’s institute organizations will hold joint morning, afternoon and evening meetings in the Bluffton High school auditorium. Separate sessions are planned for Thursday, with the men in the high school and the women at St. John’s Reformed church. Outstanding Speakers Heading an impressive list of speakers are C. Clyde Jones, Ohio City livestock farmer, and Mrs. Pearl E. Boli, prominent Stark county farm woman. They have been selected from the state list of farm institute speakers. Others who will appear on the program in speaking roles include Edgar Herr, hybrid corn specialist J. W. Windau, former farm agent of Putnam county and J. H. Warner, Allen county farm agent. Wednesday morning’s session at 10 a. m. will open the institute, with a dinner following at noon in the high school cafeteria. The afternoon program will start at 1:15 p. m. Wednesday Feature Day Varied presentations on Wednesday night are expected to attract a ca (Continued on page 8) Diller Named Head Of Sportsmen's Club Silas Diller was elected president of the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club at an organization meeting held at the town council room Monday night. Other officers named at the ses sion are: vice-president, Sam Hauen stein secretary, Nelson Herr treas urer, Dallas Berry. The directors are: Laurence Hosafros, Albert Gar motter, Herbert Rupright, Gerald Berry, Jesse Mangus, Edgar Root. Membership fee this year will be one dollar instead of the two dollar fee of last year. Tnis will include a fishing permit for the National quarry. Unanimous adoption of a new- con stitution was effected at a meeting of the shareholders of the Citizens Na tional Bank Tuesday night. The new constitution was made ne cessary as a result of retiring the pre ferred stock issue of the bank. The bank now has listed among capital accounts, common stock with a total I par value of $75,000. A cash dividend of $4 a share on the present outstanding common stock was paid to stockholders of rec ord. Modernizing and Redecoration Made Possible by $5,000 Gifts from Trustees Dedication ceremonies for the new ly remodeled and redecorated chapel at Bluffton college will be held at special Vesper services Sunday after noon at 3 o’clock, it was announced this week by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the institution. The new auditorium has been in use since the first of the year when students resumed school work after the holidays. Extensive remodeling was made possible by a $4,000 gift from A. C. Ramseyer, Wayne county potato grower, and a $1,000 gift from Wil liam Mohr, Bethlehem, Pa., for the installation of opera type seats. Both Ramseyer and Mohr are mem bers of the college board of trustees. William V. Beach, 79, who oper ated a dry goods store in Bluffton about forty years ago, died at his home in Ashland, Monday. Death was due to a heart attack. Born near Rawson, he entered the drygoods business in Findlay and afterward moved to Bluffton in the 1890’s. After seven years here he moved to Ashland where for many years he was proprietor of a depart ment store. For a number of years, however, he had retired from active business. New Constitution Adopted At Annual Citizens Bank Stockholders Meeting Dr. C. Henry Smith, president of Ceremonies for Remodeled Chapel Room to be Held Sunday at 3 O’clock Special Services Will Mark Dedication Of New Auditorium At Bluffton College Rev. Shelley, Speaker Speaker for the afternoon occasion will be the Rev. Wilmer Shelley, pastor of the Mennonite church at (Continued on page 8) Former Bluffton Merchant Is Dead Funeral services were held in Ash land, Wednesday afternoon. He is survived by his widow, the former Cora Kagey of Findlay. A son Ray mond and daughter Ruth Beach pre ceded him in death. Pigeon Arrives In Cleveland On Time With wings badly battered and bruised, the carrier pigeon released in Bluffton last Monday at its des tination in Cleveland in a little less than three hours. The pigeon was started on its way by Robert Potts, of Spring street, at 10:45 a. m. and arrived at the home of a Cleveland friend at 1:30 p. m. A message in a band on its leg was carried by the bird. The many feathers out of the bird indicated that heavy weather whs encountered. Carrier pigeons travel at an average speed of 75 miles per hour. Raising carrier pigeons is a hobby of Potts, and he obtained the bird released Monday from the C’evelund friend fpr breeding purposes. Potts is an employe of the Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. the institution, in his annual report to the shareholders stated that the surplus of the bank at the close of year stood at $60,000 an increase of $10,000 over the figure of last year. Statement of the bank at the close of the past year showed total footings of assets and liabilities at $1,178, 809.70, an increase of $68,302.73 over last year’s total. The former board of directors was re-elected for the coming year. Elect ed were: C. Henry Smith, E. C. Romey, Hiram Locher, Noah Basing er, L. T. Greding, Edwin Amstutz and Henry Huber. MENNONITE AID SOCIETY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING Mennonite Insurance Company Has $3,209,365 Risks in Force in Area Policies Carried by Local Unit Aggregate 869 Officers Elected at Meeting Insurance risks aggregating a total of $3,209,365 are carried by the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, a locally controlled and operated in surance organization specializing in farm risks, it was reported Satur day at the annual meeting of the group in Pandora. Reports submitted at the session showed the society has 869 policies, an increase of six over the total of last year. Aggregate risks carried by the or ganization at the close of the year were $3,209,365. This represents an increase of $97,810 over the previous year’s total of $3,111,555. Due principally to the November windstorms, the storm losses were numerous but not heavy, the direct ors pointed out. Total losses for 1940, including fire, lightning and storm, came to $3,077.74. Jerry Basinger and A. S. Hilty, both of Pandora, were elected for three year terms on the board of directors at the stockholder’s meet ing. Officers re-elected at the meeting: Jerry Basinger, president and adjust er E. E. Bucher, vice-president and appraiser D. J. Basinger, secretary Albert Winkler, assistant secretary and appraiser A. S. Hilty, treasur er Gid Schumacher and J. G. Phil lips, appraisers. Sales Tax Examiner To Be Here Jan. 24 Home From War-Crushed France, Edna Ramseyer To Resume College Duties Returning from a year’s experience in war-crushed France, Miss Edna Ramseyer will again resume her duties as dean of women and in structor in home economics at Bluff ton college, at the start of the sec ond semester. She recently arrived in the United States after serving since last Feb ruary as supervisor and dietician in a Friends Service Camp for Spanish children refugees near Marseilles, France. She will be at Bluffton college on Sunday for dedication of the remod- Assistance in making out their 1940 sales tax reports will be avail able for Bluffton vendors Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, when a sales tax examiner will establish temporary headquarters in the mayor’s office at the town hall. The examiner wil be here from 1 to 4 p. m., and during his stay he will assist Bluffton business men in making out their reports. Completed reports may be mailed to the department of taxation in Co lumbus, or mailed to the district office, 1004 Cook Tower, Lima. All reports must be filed before Janu ary 31, or be subject to a penalty of $1 per day. Births The following birth at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Quinten Deifendeif er, a girl, Monday. eled chapel, and will assume her du ties on the college faculty during the following week. Miss Ramseyer received a year’.3 leave of absence from the institution at the start of the second semester last year, and sailed to Europe from New York city on Jan. 25, 1940. Landing in Genoa, Italy, she went by railroad into France, the Italians at that time not having declared war on their neighbors. During her stay in France, Miss Ramseyer lived through the trying days of the country’s defeat and the beginning of a reconstruction effort. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 38 ANNUAL MEETING OF RICHLAND TWP. FARM INSURANCE Risks in Total of $2,149,365 With 540 Policies in Force Officers Re-elected at Annual Business Meeting of Rural Mutual Group Property insured by the Richland Township Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., a rural organization operating in the Bluffton area, amounted to $2,149,365 at the end of the fiscal year 1940, it was announced at the annual meeting in Bluffton Saturday. With two windstorms and three fires, losses were higher than usual during the past year making neces sary a two mill assessment to cover losses amounting to $4,477.70. A total of 540 policies are in force, nine more than in 1940. Schick Re-elected Jacob Schick was re-elected as a member of the board of directors for a three year term at last Saturday’s meeting. Also named at the share holder’s meeting for one year terms were: Charles Lora, appraiser H. P. Huber, treasurer Earl Matter, secretary. Other directors serving unexpired terms are: Eli Augsburger, and Elmer Lauby. In the organization of the board of directors Eli Augsburger was elected president and Jacob Schick, vice president. Organized 1885 Altho the Richland township com pany does not include professional insurance men in its directorate, it has continued in operation success fully for more than a half century. The society was organized in 1885 for the primary purpose of insuring farm property on a mutual basis. Business was originally conducted in a comparatively restricted neigh borhood but in the last decade or so operations have generally extended to include surrounding communities. Bluffton Man Year's First Traffic Victim A. S. Faze, 65, Bluffton filling sta tion proprietor and coal dealer was fatally injured in an automobile ac cident Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock and died in Lima Memorial hospital about a half-hour later. It was the first automobile fatality in Alien county this year. The fatal accident occurred when the car driven by Faze and another driven by Rev. Joy Williamson, 28, minister of Anna, Ohio, crashed at the intersection of two country roads one mile south of the Monroe center school, one and one-half miles north east of Cairo. Faze, alone, was east bound on one road while Rev. Williamson accom panied by his wife and five-year-old daughter Jean Ann was driving south. The Bluffton man was thrown from his car by impact of the colli sion and received a fractured hip and internal injuries. These to gether with the shock resulted in his death, according to Allen County Cor oner Harry Lewis. Occupants of the Williamson car escaped with minor injuries. Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon at the Faze home on South Main street, Rev. Charles Armentrout officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Mr. Faze was a native of Perry township and with his family moved to Bluffton from Monroe township about twenty years ago. He was a member of the Presbyterian church here. Surviving are two sons: Floyd of Lima and Paul Faze of Bluffton and four daughters: Mrs. Wilbur Sum ney of Bluffton Mrs. Dwight Nichol of Johnstown, Pa. Mrs. J. D. McKinney of Lima and Mrs. Dorothy Nichols of Canton. Also surviving is i one brother, Don of Lima and one sister, Mrs. Lottie Tate of Wauwa tosa, Wisconsin. P. T. A. Meeting To Be Held Wednesday Night Family relationships will be the theme of the meeting of the Parent Teacher association to be held in the high school auditorium Wednes day night at 7:30 o’clock. Music will be provided by the in strumental department of the school. Two short plays and a discussion, on family relationships will feature the program.