THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 1941
Injured By Dead Hog’s
Arthur Sawmiller, living two miles
north of Spencerville, had his right
foot painfully injured, and is now
using crutches, when he was kicked
by a dead hog in a butchering acci
The hog had been stuck and was
thought to be dead. Sawmiller step
ped behind the hog, the hog kicked,
and the death blow caught the farm
er on the right foot.
Theatre Audience Un
ware Of Fire
A Majestic theater audience in
Lima remained unaware of a blaze
in the projection room which de
stroyed a roll of film and damaged
An amateur show in progress on
the stage was uninterrupted, but
closing of the theater was necessary
at the conclusion of the perform
House Built In 18 Days
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Miller, south
of Delphos, are now occupying a
nine-room, one-and-one-half story
farm home, which was built in 18
days by neighbors and relatives.
The Miller home was destroyed by
fire last month.
In a short time, Landeck branch,
Catholic Knights of Ohio, took the
initiative and with the aid of the
neighbors had 21 loads of logs hauled
from Eugene Miller’s wood at South
worth to Alfred Williams’ sawmill.
That took 10 days and in another
18 days the home was completed.
Parking Meters Urged
Installation of a limited number of
parking meters on downtown streets
headed a list of recommendations
for improved traffic conditions being
considered by Lima officials. The
proposal was included in a summary
submitted by Police Inspector Don
Miller, in charge of traffic.
Officials Draw Traffic
That officials are more willing to
pay their traffic violation tickets
than ordinary citizens is the belief
of Lima police and Municipal Judge
M. B. Jenkins
Two Allen county office holders,
Dale Jennings .county commissioner,
and Hobart Mumaugh, county en
gineer, recently found tickets on
their vehicles upon returning from
Without hesitation, Jennings ap
peared at headquarters and paid $1
for parking within a bus zone, while
Mumaugh paid the same amount for
parking overtime in a limited time
Board Refuses To
The Associated Press reported Sat
urday from Washington, D. C., that
National Labor Relations board had
refused to certify Lima local No. 908
of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters, Chauffeurs and Helpers
(A. F. of L.) as bargaining repre
sentatives of employes of the Lima
Kenton Grocery Co.
Eight truck drivers and warehouse
workers employed by the company—
all members of the A. F. of L. union
—went on strike Dec. 2 to enforce
demands for a closed shop contract.
The NLRB held a hearing Dec. 16
and the workers returned to their
jobs the next week under terms of
a compromise agreement pending the
1941 Fair Dates Set
Altho the harvest time is many
months away the State Department
of Agriculture has been busy for
several weeks preparing fair sched
ules for 1941 and Saturday it was
announced that the Allen county
event will be staged at Delphos
District 1941 fairs, with exposition
places and dates follow: Auglaize at
Wapakoneta from Aug. 24-29 Han
cock at Findlay from Sept. 3-6
Hardin at Kenton from Oct. 8-10
Mercer at Celina from Aug. 10-15
Shelby at Sidney .from Sept. 9-12
Van Wert at Van Wert from Sept.
18-20 Bluffton at Bluffton from
Dec. 3-5 and Putnam-Allen at Co
lumbus Grove from Dec. 16-19.
Oil Well Drilling Is
The oil well being drilled on the J.
G. Severn.? farm, seven miles west
of Spencerville, is expected to reach
the Trenton rock the latter part of
The well is being drilled by the
Eastern Royalties, Inc., Company of whose
Bradford, Pa., which has under lease Haven
NEWS NOTES FROM FOUR COUNTIES
1,800 acres in the southeast section
of Van Wert county, and the north
west part of Mercer county.
Bad Walk Costs
After deliberating two hours late
Thursday afternoon, an Allen county
common pleas jury hearing the dam
age suit of Jess L. Stemen against
the City of Lima awarded the plain
tiff judgment for $100. Stemen had
The plaintiff testified that he suf
fered a permanent back injury Oct.
23, 1939, when he stepped into a hole
in the sidewalk along the west side
of Public square north of Market
street. He charged the city with
negligence in failing to repair the
Body Found In Quarry
Efforts were being made to con
tact Pine Knot, Ky., after a Mans
field resident, Mrs. Charles T. Skiles,
said she believed the body found in
a stone quarry east of Lima to be
“Jim” Allen, of that town, Coroner
Harry Lewis reported.
Lima and Allen county stand to
share $7,975 under a proposed Ohio
bill to appropriate $2,209,210 to re
imburse counties and municipalities
for funds spent for relief last year.
57 Drafted From Han
A total of 9,958 men from Ohio
will be taken into the army from
January 20 to February 8 with 57
men going from Hancock county cn
The Findlay draft board will send
29 men and the board for the rest
of Hancock county will send 28 men.
They will be inducted into the army
at Toledo where an induction center
has been e tabiish-d in the Western
Auto Hits Train In Fog
Marl Clevenger, 17, and Lew Rob
ert Fritz, 19, both of near Findlay,
wore injured severely last week when
fog .prevented them from seeing a
freight train with which their auto
mobile collided two and one-half
miles west of Houcktown. The auto
mobile was dragged about 100 feet.
Findlay College Gets
Announcement that Findlay college
received $9,000 from gifts and an
nuities and a 90-acre farm during
the month of December was made by
President Homer R. Dunathan at a
meeting Thursday afternoon in ex
Gold Stock Trial In
Trial of three men on Ohio Securi
ties Division charges of selling un
registered gold mining stock in Ohio
will be held in common pleas court
at Findlay February 3.
The three indicted in connection
with sale of stock of the Planet Min
ing Co. of Montana are: Earl Par
dee, Findlay George Reinwald, Mar
ion, and C. W. Litton, Fargo, N. D.
They are at liberty under bond.
Schools Closed By
With 800 pupils absent from all
grades Wednesday, due to influenza,
Supt. F. L. Kinley announced that
all of the Findlay public schools
would dismiss at noon and w’ould not
resume till Monday morning.
Approved by the board of educa
tion, the move was described by
Supt. Kinley as a precautionary
measure Many pupils, he said, were
returning to school without having
fully recovered, thus helping to com
municate the infection to the others.
Mt. Corn Men Win
Mt. Cory farmers took top honors
at the annual corn show held in con
nection with the Findlay Farmers’
and Merchants’ institute which op
ened last Wednesday.
Raymond Sibold of Mt. Cory won
'he grand championship in the 10
ear classification with open pollinat
ed yellow corn and J. H. Thompson,
also of Mt. Cory, won the 40-ear
class with Iowa-339 hybrid.
Uses Muzzle Loader
To Pull Tooth
Many of the older resident of Big
lick township recall one of its ec
centric characters, William Alford,
home was along the New
road. Mr. Alford was a
pioneer resident of Biglick and
passed away at his home there at
the age of 93.
Here is one incident in the career
of this man, an upright farmer. He
had an aching tooth but he feared
the dentist’s chair the art of ex
tracting teeth was not so delicate
then as now. Mr. Alford decided to
take the matter in hand and rid
himself of his tormentor.
Taking his small muzzle-loading
pistol he wrapped a strong cord
about the bullet and inserted It in
the gun barrel. The oth5r end of
the cord he tied firmly to the offend
ing tooth. With mouth open wide
and head thrown back to give the
tooth free exit, he pulled the trig
ger. The result was all that could
have been desired. The bullet lodged
in the rafter of the shed with the
tooth dangling at the end of the
New Union Center
Bridge In Use
The Union Center bridge spanning
Tawa creek was thrown open to the
public traffic recently and two Union
township women were the first to
drive over it. Mrs. Myrtle Bowersjx
and her daughter Mrs. Lura Bell
Basinger drove their car across just
after the bars were removed. The
workmen w’ere still there and in
formed them that they had the hon
or of driving the first car over the
Findlay Plans Mar
Plans were completed for the
Findlay college marriage course
which will begin Wednesday night,
February 19, with Dr. B. B. Chap
lan, Toledo psychiatrist, in charge.
Following classes will be held on
each first and third Wednesday of
Chiropodist Is Drafted
Among the 57 men named for the
cond Hancock county draft call,
heduled to leave Jan. 30, for To
io to be inducted into the army,
ill be Dr. Charles Myers, who has
acticed chiropody in Findlay for a
Cleveland v here he will remain until
about Jan. 29 when he will return to
Findlay. He plans to re-open his
office there after his year’s term of
Jailed For Drunken
Lewis B. Richardson of Findlay
was in the county jail last week be
ginning a 60-day sentence assessed
by Mayor Cloyce C. Duttweiler when
the defendant pleaded guilty to a
charge of drunk driving. He also
w’as ordered to pay costs of $10.75.
Mayor’s court records revealed
Richardson had drawn a $108.85 fine
on a plea of guilty to a similar of
fense on April 14, 1940. Altho his
driver’s license was suspended, he
had it restored by furnishing a $11,
000 bond thru a Cincinnati insurance
Wins Suit In Man’s
A verdict of $9,700 in favor of the
plaintiff was returned by a jury in
the case of Annabelle Hetrick, ad
ministratrix of the estate of Richard
Hetrick, against the Marion Reserve
Power Co. The plaintiff sought $50,
000 in the suit which started Mon
day in common pleas court in Ken
ton and continued thru three days.
Hetrick wras killed April 25, 1938,
near Roundhead when the caterpillar
tractor and road grader which he
was operating in the employ of the
Hardin county commissioners struck
a pole and broke it off. The high
tension line which was carried on
the pole fell over the cab and Tet
rick was electrocuted when he
touched one of the wires as he at
tempted to get out of the tractor,
the plaintiff claimed.
Nine Schools Are
Dola and Roundhead schools last
Thursday were added to the seven
other Hardin county schools closed
to prevent spread of an influenza
epidemic in the various communities.
Schools closed include: Ada, I'--rest,
Ridgeway and Hardin Central. All
Ail four Hardin county high school
league be, netball gamer. sJvduk-d
for Friday n'ght were postponed.
Fur Buyers Report
Fur buyers in Hardin county re
port one of the best trapping sea
sons in many years with high prices
paid for pelts of various animals.
John Sims of Goshen township who
has been buying pelts for more than
BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
35 years, reported the best year he
ever had in the business in the sea
son just closed. In addition to hav
ing purchased about 7,000 muskrats.
Sims also has handled many mink,
skunk, weasel, raccoon and opposum
hides this year, he stated.
With the price of $1.85, the best
paid in years, many local trappers
have been selling muskrats during
the last few days. The top prices
being paid locally for pelts follow:
racoon, $4.25, mink $9, muskrat $1.85,
red fox $3, skunk $1.30, weasel 60c,
gray fox $2, and opposum 40c.
The 29th renewal of Farmers Week at Ohio State University, Jan. 27-31,
in bringing to Columbus farm men and women from all counties of the
state obligates the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to present
a five-day program interesting to everyone. In modern farm life, style
shows for women are as important as grain shows or livestock parades.
Many visitors registering in Townshend Hall have one ear cocked to catch
the music of the violin and the caller’s cry, “Get your partners for the
$1,432 Raised For
Harold E. Heizman, president of
the Putnam County Chapter of the
American Red Cross, has announced
the results of the 1941 Annual Roll
Call. The president reports that
$1,432.18 was collected from the
thirteen townships of Putnam county.
Scab Breaks Out In
Agent L. C. Holtkair
He warned other farmers in that
section as well as the rest of Put
nam county to watch their flocks
closely so that the scab does not
9 a. m. —Present day agricultural prac
tices discussed at our store by men
who know—Bring your questions.
12 Noon—All our guests will be enter
tained at lunch on second floor of
Hankish building, above Todd Groc
ery and West Ohio Gas Co., office.
1:30 p. m.—All-talking pictures—and
you’ll say they’re good—at the high
school auditorium. Five films—pack
ed full of action—including the star
production “Melody Comes to Town”.
spread. Caused by a very small
mite, the disease is highly contag
ious, he declared.
An owner can detect the scab if
his sheep, when let out, begin rub
bing themselves on posts and other
objects. The sheep that have the
scab lose their fleece in patches.
Lights Stolen From
Two fog lights installed on the
Buick sedan owned by Mayor O. T.
Finster, of Ottawa, were taken from
the car some time Sunday night. The
theft was not noticed until Monday
Mr. Finster had the car parked in
the garage Sunday night and it is
believed that the thief removed the
lights during that time.
Warning that wheat stored in
warehouses and country elevators
under the federal wheat loan pro-
committeeman in charge
If the borrowers fa’
the w’heat, it must be turned over
to the Commodity Credit Corp., in
payment of the loan, he pointed out
Many of the loans expire in Febru
ary, March and April.
Remember the date
Ask us for tickets
Approximately 14,439 bushels of struck
1940 wheat have been stored by Put
nam county farmers under this pro
gram. They have borrowed about
$11,312 at an average loan rate of
88 cents per bushel.
Census Means More
Money For Officials
Elective officials in Putnam county
arc happy to learn that 20 persons
were “found" in the official census
county. This increase means an
average of $200 additional salary to
each office holder for his four-year
When the unofficial figures were
released several months ago, popula
tion of the county was placed at 24,
094. This dropped the county into
the next lower salary bracket as de
termined by each 1,000 population.
The 1930 census showed the county
to have 25,074 resident.
However, the official figures re
ceived by Clerk of Courts Allen Lit
tne lists 25,016 residents. This is a
decrease of 58 from 1930, but does
not affect the officials' salary.
Announcement of plans for con
ducting tests for tuberculosis in Put
nam county schools was made Wed
nesday by Dr. Harry Neiswander,
county health commissioner.
Before the tests are made, a vis
ual education program to demon
strate the value of the testing will
be conducted in the schools. This
will start Monday, Jan. 27, but Dr.
Neiswander does not have the sched
ule of showings completed.
34 Taken In Janu
Eleven volunteers and twenty-three
select hjJ men left Putnam county
Mont»i «■. morning for a year's train
ing/'' y 1 in the United States army.
TliA u| of men will make up the
county’s quota in the second draft
0&11 for national defense. The first
quota \yas filled by three volunteers
w’ho leyt on November 22.
Heart Disease Causes
another big FREE
John Deere Day
We invite you and your family and your neighbors
to spend the day with us ....
Thursday, Jan. Both
A Full Day of Entertainment and Moving Pictures
Hear and see Modern Agriculture in Action
Blufltdn Implement & Hamess Co
second largest cause of
down 30. Following this wai
cancer which took the lives of 22.
Communicable diseases w’hich killed
people included pneumonia with nine,
scarlet fever w’ith three and influenza
and whooping cough with one each.
Mattresses To Be Made
Decision to proceed with a mat
tress making project in Putnam
county was made last week during
a meeting of AAA, farm extension
and other rural organization leaders
in the courthouse.
Committees to be in charge of the
work in each community will be se
lected by the representatives who
attended the meeting last night.
Membership of these committees will
be completed by Saturday and hand
ed to County Agent L. C. Heitkamp.
$3,300 Loss In Gilboa
Gilboa was aroused from its sleep
early Saturday morning by a fire
w’hich swept thru three buildings and
and for a time threatened to level
A barn and blacksmith shop owned
by Mrs. Harvey Tobias and a barn
owned by Mayor L. E. Ekleberry
were destroyed by the fire at a total
estimated damage of $3,300.
John Bard discovered the fire when
he noticed the flickering light thru a
window in the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bard, local school
superintendent, about 1:30 a. m. He
immediately awakened Mayor and
Mrs. Ekleberry and Mrs. Tobias and
spread the alarm around the neigh
News Want-ads bring results.
MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D.
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton. O.
Melville D. Soash, M. D.
The Commercial Bank Bldg.
Francis Basinger, D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S,
D. C. BIXEL, O.D.
GORDON BIXEL, O.D.
Office Hours: 8:30 A. M.—-5:30 P. M.
7:30 P. M.—8:30 P. M.
Citizens Bank Bldg., Bluffton
COME EARLY AND
A DAY OF PLEASURE
Thursday. Jan. 30
they are free io farmers
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