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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory’ VOLUME NO. LXV WOODROW LITTLE IS NAMED CARRIER ON RURAL ROUTE Resigns Position at Store Here To Take Up Duties on Route 1, Monday Other Appointments Expected To be Announced by Post master This Spring Appointment of Woodrow Little as mail carrier on Bluffton Rural Route No. 1 was announced by Postmaster E. R. Reichenbach the first of the week. Little, who has been manager of a variety store in Bluffton for the past five and one-half years resigned his connection with the esablishment to take up his duties on the mail route Monday morning. Vacancy in the store management was filled by Ralph Patterson, who took over Little’s duties at that place Monday. Patterson for many years was associated in the operation of a barber shop here. Replaces Veteran Carrier As carrier on Route No. 1, Little replaces Clyde Yerger veteran rural carrier who has been in the service for the past twenty-eight and one half years. Yerger has been unable to carry mail since the first of the year because of ill health and the route has been covered by Mel Long, substitute carrier. Little’s appointment was made from a list of three top ranking candidates who were certified by the federal civil service commission following a com petitive examination here last sum mer. The appointment is one of several which are expected to be made at the post office this spring. Among these appointments now pending are those of carrier for Rural Route No. 2, jan itor, assistant janitor and ckannan and an additional postoffice e’erk. Postmaster to Name Personnel Appointments to these positions v.’ill be made by Postmaster Reichen bach from lists of eligible candidates furnished by the civil service com mission. Personnel for these posi tion. an expwted to -be announced as soon as routine requirements have ben met. Mail on Rural Route No. 2 has been carried since last fall by Ralph Pat terson serving as temporary carrier filling the vacancy Ross gait who retired. Patter son will continue his duties on the rural route together with his new connection at the store unii a regular carrier is named. Two More Bluffton Men Called In Draft Selective service draft calls this week will take two more Bluffton boys for a year’s service in the United States army. Donivan Berry of Cherry street was inducted by Board No. 3 and left for Toledo Tuesday. Robert West of South Lawn avenue left for the Toledo induction center Wednes day. West did not go on call from Board No. 3 as he has been employed in Toledo at the Garner Funeral home and was inducted by a Toledo board. His brother, James West, town clerk, is expected to leave with a Board No. 3 quota later this month. Sportsmen’s Club To Meet Tuesday Moving pictures on game problems and a lecture on the same topic will be presented by O. H. Neimeyer, game management agent of Ottawa, at a meeting of the sportsmen’s club to be held at Gaiffe’s grove Tuesday night at 8 o’clock, it was announced by Silas Diller, president of the or ganization. Also on the program will be a discussion led by Dr. Gayle E. Mil ler, Allen county health director, who will speak on pollution problems in and near Bluffton. Triplett Plant Leads In Safety Campaign The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Tuesday stood at the head of the honor roll w’ith release of the report for the second month of the sixth Allen county industrial safety campaign. In the local plant, a total of 140, 204 manhours was completed with out a reportable accident. Others on the honor roll included the Colonial Finance Co., Diesel Wemmer-Gilbert Corp., Allen County Schools, the Ohio Power Co., Lima Telephone and Telegraph Co., The Leader Store and West Ohio Gas Co. Name Queen For Outdoor Campus Fete At College Josephine Mohr, Queen Loreen Peters, Maid of Honor Josephine Mohr of Bethlehem, Pa., Bluffton college senior, was chosen by the student body as queen for the annual Bluffton day festivities, picturesque outdoor campus fete during commencement week. She will be crowned by* Loreen Peters of Defiance, also a senior. The event will take place* on Mon day, June 9. Both the queen and maid of honor are prominent in campus activities. Joe Mumma Is Wed At Columbus Grove Announcement of the wedding of Joe Mumma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Mumma, of Mound street, to Miss Hilda Schaad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schaad, of Columbus Grove on March 8, was made here this week. The wedding took place at the home of the officiating minister, the Rev. Bradley, pastor of the Colum bus Grove Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. Mumma are living in Bogota, New Jersey, where he is employed at the Riley Stoker Co. Mr. Mumma graduated from Bluff ton High school in the class of 1935 and Mrs. Mumma is a graduate of Columbus Grove High school. Lions Revue Given At School Tuesday A large crowd attended the an nual musical revue of the Lions club held at the high school gymnasium Tuesday night. Amateur musicians and entertainers from the Bluffton area appeared on the program and received $36 in cash prizes awarded for the best performances. An audience vote determined the prize winners. Prizes, awarded in three divisions, were as follows: Ju venile—Cecile Potee, acrobatic danc ing Adult music, Ann Rollins, dra matic soprano of Findlay, a fresh man at Bluffton college Adulty nov elty, Bernard Kerchner, a comedy dancer from Lima. Second place in the adult novelty division was won by Dale Francis, Bluffton college senior, who did imi tations of important political person alities. In the adult musical division, sec ond place was won by an instrument al quartet composed of Lawrence Burkhalter, Arthur and Harold Thies sen and William Holtkamp, all Bluff ton college students. Second place in the juvenile divi sion was won by Mary Kathrine Bau man, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Bauman, with her piano solo. Proceeds of the event will go to the Lions club community betterment fund. Church To Receive Flag From Veterans The Veterans of Foreign Wars will present a musical and miscel laneous program at the Pleasant Hill church this Sunday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The organization will present the church with a beautiful silk American flag at this time. The public is invited to attend. The church is located 4 miles South on Bentley road to the Lincoln, then west to the first road and south one half mile. Trippiehorn Named Carbage Collector Russell Tripplehom will continue as Bluffton’s garbage collector. Trip plehom who was employed by the council a year ago for the work was re-employed for tse coming year at the meeting of the council, Monday night. His term of service will begin in May. The present rate of pay, $1, 300 annually will be continued un changed. io a jr /1 JR HOUSING SHORTAGE MAY .MAKE ALLEY INTO NEW STREET Alley Adjoining Triplett Com pany May be Converted Into Thorofare Property Owners Consider Plans to Remodel Barns Into Dwellings Construction of a residence at the rear of the Mrs. Alma Bixel property on South Main street has given im petus to a movement tq convert into a street the alley on which the new property will face. Connected with the movement to establish a street on the site of the present alley is Bluffton’s shortage of housing accommodations. A num ber of South Main' street property owners, the rear of whose lots face the alley are said to be considering proposals to remodel into dwellings the barns and garages at the rear of their properties. The alley extends north from Pop lar street and merges with Harmon road a short distance before the lat ter’s junction with East College avenue. Desirable Location For the greater part of the distance the alley adjoins the property of the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany and overlooks Harmon road. This location, it is pointed out would be a most desirable location for ren tal dwellings for Triplett employees. Mayor W. A. Howe stated the first of the week that no formal applica tion had been presented to him. How ever, the mayor stated that he be lievde that such a proposal would meet with favor, should it be pre sented. Construction of the first residence to be built facing the alley w'as started a week ago by Rev. Levi Mel linger who recently purchased the rear portion of the lot from Mrs. Bix el. Rev. Mellinger and family moved here from Lafayette, Ind., last No vember and have since been occupy ing an apartment in the home of Mrs. Bixel. Churches Cooperating In Good Friday Meet Union services will be conducted by the Bluffton ministerial associa tion at the Presbyterian church dur ing the afternoon of Good Friday on April 1^, it was announced by Rev. Charles Armentrout, president of the association. Seven Bluffton ministers, represent ing the ministerial association, will speak at the services in observance of Holy Week. The federation of church young people will hold a candle lighting service at the Pres byterian church in the evening at 7:30 o’clock. The young people will also hold an early Easter morning service. H. W. Berky, Bluffton college in structor, will be the speaker. Last Rites Held For Ray Kern Tuesday Funeral services for Ray T. Kern, 52, Orange township farmer, were held at the Stanley Basinger Funeral home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. His death occurred Sunday morning at 2:45 o’clock at the Bluffton Com munity hospital after an illness of two years. He had been bedfast since the last of August. Mr. Kern, who resided east of town, was born in Bluffton on Feb. 18, 1889, the son of Isaac and Mary (Long) Kern and resided all of his life in the Bluffton vicinity. He was married on Sept. 2, 1917, to Mary M. Burkett, who died last December 18. Surviving are a daughter, Trs. Oliver Spaeth, at home four sisters, Mrs. Edgar Root, Mrs. Carl Burk hart, and Mrs. Wilbur Fish all of Bluffton and Mrs. Albert Leckey of Findlay. Mr. Kern belonged to the Bluffton Odd Fellows lodge and to the United Brethren church at Rawson. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Paul Zimmerman pas tor of the Rawson U. B. church and burial was in the Maple Grove ceme tery. Spring Vacation At College Thursday Spring vacation at Bluffton college will start Thursday afternoon at four o’clock and will continue until Monday noon, April 14, it was an nounced this week by college officials. PHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1941 Although not directly involved in war, Switzerland, surrounded by em battled nations is feeling the impact of the struggle scarcely less than the warring countries themselves. This was the message conveyed in a letter received the first of the week by Chris Santschi of East Kibler street from his brother Gottfried Santschi of Canton ^Bern, Switzer land. Taxes are high and living costs, especially food, are rapidly mounting Detroit Woman in Bluffton Hos pital with Injuries from Head-on Collision Big Semi-trailer Truck Slips In to Ditch Near Allman Farm Monday Night A Detroit woman is in the Bluffton hospital recovering from injuries sus tained as two highway accidents oc curred near the Bluffton corporation limits Monday night 8etween 5:30 and 9:00 o’clock, the fesult of slip pery pavements and obscured vision due to mist. The most serious of the accidents was a head-on collision between cars driven by Mrs. Ethel Zimmerman, 44, of Detroit and Ellis Hughes, 37, of Cleveland, just south of the corpora tion limits at 5:30 p. in. Slippery Pavement The Zimmerman auto was heading north and the Hughes ear was trav eling south when the Zimmerman automobile skidded qnfthe slippery pavement into the path of the Hughes’ car. Both autos were com pletely demolished in the crash and the occupants were taken to the Bluffton hospital. Also in the Zimmen$an auto was a sister-in-law, Mrs. Madeline Zim merman, 36, also of Detroit. Hughes was traveling alone. Most seriously injured was Mrs. Ethel Zimmerman who suffered a fractrrr Wt wrist and bruised chest. Mrs.- Madeline Zimmerman received a severe cut in the jaw and minor bruises. She was released shortly after the accident and returned to her home in Detroit. Hughes Released Hughes received a scalp cut and was released at the hospital shortly after treatment. No injuries were sustained in the truck accident several hours later which w’as also caused by slippery pavements when a semi-trailer truck slid off the highway into the ditch near the Rev. Allman farm south of town. The truck accident was partially responsible for two other mishaps at the scene of the accident. A pas senger car headed north also skidded into the ditch when brakes were ap plied as the car approached the stalled truck. Car Damaged A state highway patrol car parked at the scene of the accident had the left front fender torn off when an other automobile in coming to a stop at the scene of the accident skidded into the officer’s automobile. In recent months numerous acci dents have occurred on the stretch of pavement extending for about a mile south of town on route 25. Road experts are puzzled as to the reason for the prevalence of accidents at this point. Swiss Feel Pinch Of War, Says Letter Received By Bluffton Man Several Auto Accidints Occur On Route 25 Near Corporation Limit South Of Town In New Locations Francis Devier and family have moved from the Eugene Benroth property on North Lawn avenue to the Biderman apartments on South Main street. Earl Lugibill and family have mov ed from the Mrs. Zehrbach apart ments on Vine street to the home of T. A. Kitchen on Cherry street. E. T. Reagan and family are occu pying their newly completed resi dence on West Kibler street. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bruce will move from rooms in the A. L. Baumgartner res idence on South Main street into the Mrs. Moses Steiner property on West Kibler street vacated by the Reagan family. Rev. A. F. Albro and family have moved to the Jesse Welty farm north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. Eldon King who formerly occupied the place has moved to Mt. Cory. Ezra Basinger and family are oc cupying the property on Jefferson street which he recently purchased, vacated by the Albro fartiily. Don Cuppies is moving from south of town into the property on Cherry street which he purchased from Ba singer. to fantastic figures. There is a con tinuous scarcity of coal which is be ing rationed in such small amounts that there is scarcely enough to keep warm. “You are much better off in America than we are in Switzer land”, he said. Significantly, «the letter which was opened by the censor, said little di rectly concerning the war. .Letters which formerly required about ten days in transmission now take nearly three months, Santschi said. With The Sick Richard Augsburger, high school junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Augsburger of North Lawn ave nue underwent an operation for ap pendicitis at the Community hos pital Wednesday morning. Mrs. Maver Mull of Continental who is recovering from injuries re ceived in an automobile accident last January has been removed from Bluffton hospital to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Martinka in the Hauenstein apartments. The acci dent in which Mrs. Mull was injured occurred near Jackson, Mich., where she spent several weeks in a hos pital. She was later brought to the Bluffton hospital where she was a patient for four weeks. Condition of Mrs. Emma Diefen deifer who is bedfast at the home of her daughter remains unchanged. Mrs. Harold Carr of Union town ship is recovering at the Bluffton hospital following a major operation. Glen Ramer of Mound street is a patient at Bluffton hospital. John Weller, Jr., residing on the McClure farm south of Beaverdam is ill with pleurisy and complications at Bluffton hospital. Harriett Fett, high school sopho more is ill with mumps at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fett. Mrs. Cecil Kuhn has been removed from the hospital to her home on Cherry street. Mrs. Mary Follet has been re moved from the hospital to her home near Bluffton. Final P. T. A. Meet At Cafeteria Tuesday Mattei-s pertaining to religious ed ucation will be discussed at the final meeting of the Parent-Teacher asso ciation to be held at the high school cafeteria Tuesday night. Religion in the Home w’ill be dis cussed by Mrs. Charles Armentrout. Music will be presented by the Jun ior High girls choir. Refreshments will be served. Religious Movie At Emmanuel's Refomed “The King of Kings”, sound movie presenting the life of Christ will be shown at the Emmanuel’s Reformed church next Wednesday night at 8:00 o’clock. The movie will be given as part of the pre-Easter program of the church. The picture is owned and circulated by the Ohio Council of Churches and Religious Education. The public is invited. 1,200 Auto License Tags Are Sold Here With April first the deadline date, 1,200 auto license tags were sold in Bluffton, it was announced Wed nesday morning by Clayton Bixel, deputy registrar for motor vehicles. Although a few auto owners are still securing licenses there was noth ing comparable to the usual last minute rush, Bixel stated. During the past month the purchase of the licenses was evenly distributed. Births Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Grif fith of Van Buren, a son, Saturday. The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lugibihl, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Hauenstein, Marion, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Basil Fisher, Lafay ette, a girl, Wednesday morning. Real Estate Deals Emanuel Leichty of Mt. Blanchard has purchased the 80 acre farm in Orange township from his father Benedict Leichty. The place was occupied Noah Leichty and family. Successful Operation For Appendicitis On Ten-Day-Old Infant "D ECOVER Y of the ten day v old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaublin. residing on the Oliver Locher farm northwest of town, is taking place at the Bluffton hospital following a successful appendi citis operation said to be very unusual in medical circles. The operation, performed by Dr. B. W. Travis, of Bluffton, is believed to be the only case of its kind in this area. Appen dicitis in infants is a rare medi cal phenomenon and diagnosis is difficult due to the fact that a baby can not assist the sur geon in determining pain loca tion. The infant is getting along nicely, hospital attaches indicat ed Wednesday morning. DEFENSE CLASSES AT NIGHT SCHOOL MAY DE CONTINUED Federal Funds Available for Continuance of Vocational Courses Here Local Defense Advisory Board To Determine Need for Further Participation Possibility of continuing the night classes of the national defense train ing courses which came to a close last week, was seen in the announce ment from Columbus headquarters that federal funds would still be available if it should be shown that a need for further training exists here. A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of Bluffton public schools, has been conferring with state and federal of ficials on the matter. The local ad visory committee is waiting for word from officials before proceding on the matter. New Courses A number of other men of the area have indicated an interest in having additional instruction in shop work and in addition some of those who recently concluded courses would probably enroll for the new instruction likely to be offered. An entirely different line-up of courses would be offered should the approval go through, it was stated here the first of the week. There has been considerable demand for instruction in radio and some of its allied fields. A class of forty finished the courses under the instruction of A. L. Daymon and George Sigg. These men will be presented with certifi cates showing completion of the work at a meeting to be arranged by the advisory committee in the near future. Men Register All of the men finishing the course are registered at the state unem ployment bureau in Lima which has branch connections thruout the state. The government does not promise employment but exerts every effort in placing the man in the job for which he is most suited. Men finishing the course of in struction were: Vocational Electricity Vocational electricity, George Sigg instructor—Jack Clark, Maurice and Robert Criblez, Gene and Richard Mericle, Richard, Ralph and Dean Motter, Elmer Burkholder, Marlowe Bish, Raymond Spangler and Marion Fisher, all of Bluffton Sherwood Huser, Wayne and Robert Sutter, of Pandora Delbert and Nelson Harter and Richard Kiene, of Columbus Grove Gerald Caris and James Clum, of Ada Wilbur Bormuth, of Rawson Raymond Crawford, of Mt. Cory Robert Borgelt, of Ottawa. Metal Working Metal Working, A. L. Daymon, in structor—Harold and Robert An drews and Robert Green, of Beaver dam Leland and Lester Bader tscher and Herbert Howell, of Pandora James Nusbaum, of Ottawa Robert Moyer, of Mt. Cory James Burk holder, Marion Fox, Kenneth Gable, Walter King, Wayne Niswander, Fred Tschantz, Eugene Augsburger, Ray Schumacher, Omar Welty and Harley Augsburger, of Bluffton. Stores Open Starting this Wednesday night the stores of Bluffton will be open every Wednesday night during the coming spring and summer shopping season. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 49 TOWN PLANS TO CONTINUE DRIVE ON MOSQUITOES Allotment Made in Municipal Budget for Funds to Wage Fight this Summer Aid of Householders is Asked In Cooperation with Muni cipal Campaign Successful beyond expectation in its first year, Bluffton’s anti-mosquito campaign will be continued this spring and summer, Mayor W. A. Howe announced Tuesday. Funds for spraying Big and Little Riley creeks and other bodies of water where mosquito larvae may be found have not yet been voted by the coun cil, but an allotment has been set aside in the budget for the require ments, the mayor said. Spraying and a campaign including precautions on the part of each in dividual householder will be inaugur ated as soon as weather makes the program necessary’. Early Start Essential One of the essentials of successful mosquito eradication is an ealy start on the control program, Mayor Howe declared. Every Bluffton resident must coop erate if the fullest benefits are to be enjoyed, and control this year should be easier than last if everyone living within the town limits will do his part it was pointed out. Principal breeding places of mos quitoes about homes include cisterns, barrels, tubs and buckets of water, shallow wells, pools of water from rains, leaky pipes, leaky hydrant valves, tin cans, uncovered cesspools, plugged roof gutters and downspouts, damp cellars and piles of rubbish. Householder Can Help Householders can help make the control program a success by keeping their premises clean and watching every possible breeding place. Bluffton’s municipal garbage and rubbish collection system inaugurated last summer also is believed to have helped control mosquito infestation and it will be continued another year on the basis of present indications. Bluffton Orchestra Given High Rating Excellent was the rating given to the Bluffton High school orchestra in the northwest Ohio district contest held at the high school gymnasium Friday afternoon. This rating gives the Bluffton or chestra the right to enter the state contest to be held at Columbus in several weeks. Bluffton was enter ed in the contest in the class di vision although the size of the school would normally be for class com petition. Prof. Sidney Hauenstein is con ductor of the orchestra. Other schools competing here which won the right to participate in the state contest were: Class A—Findlay. Class BB—Shawnee. Class C—Ada and Spencerville. Class CC—Haskins and Ft. Jen nings. The rating of I was superior and II was excellent. There also were ratings of III and IV. Only schools receiving the rankings of I and II were entitled by the judges to com pete in the state orchestral contest at Columbus the latter part of April. The contest was sponsored by the Bluffton college department of music under the chairmanship of Prof. Rus sell A. Lantz, head of the depart ment. Judges were Prof. Arthur Williams and Prof. Don Morrison of Oberlin college. Heidelberg Students In Play At Church “St. Claudia” religious drama will be presented at the St. John’s Re formed church Thursday night at 8:00 o’clock by student players of Heidelberg college, Tiffin. The plot is built around the con version of Claudia who leaves Pilate after he “washed his hands” and de livers Jesus to the executioners. A cast of 11 students is appearing in the. production. Remodeling Residence Eugene Benroth is remodeling his property on North Lawn avenue formerly occupied by Francis Devier and family. Miss yZanna Staater is remodeling her South Main street residence in to a two-apartment dwelling. Nelson Herr has started remodel ing of his home on North Lawn avenue.