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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI YOUTHS REGISTER NEXT TUESDAY AT LIMA FOR DRAFT Men Aged 21 Since Last Octob er to Report at County Board Office Preparations Made to Register 200 From Allen County Outside Lima Registration for selective military service will be conducted at Lima next Tuesday for all Allen county young men, including those from Bluffton and Richland township, who have be come 21 since last October 16. Those in the age limit are required to report at headquarters for Draft Board No. 3 in Room 201, National Bank Building, at Lima. Hours of registration will be from 7 a. m. until 9 p. m. Registration will include all men who have reached the age of 21 be tween October 16, 1940, and July 1, 1941, inclusive, it was announced by draft officials. Change Procedure The registration procedure this summer differs from that of last fall when registrants reported at their respective precinct voting places and the regular election machinery was used. Under the present arrangement the registration next week will be taken' care of at the office of the county draft board and all those required to register will present themselves at that place. To Be taken Soon Co-incident with announcement of i details of registration, draft adminis tration officials in Columbus said that men who register on July 1 can ex pect to be classified at once and, if advisable, will be inducted into the service soon thereafter. Youth of the new registrants, plus generally good physical condition and from economic rospcnsibil~ itiec Sported to mV ?r portion of the new registrants sub ject to immediate induction. As a re sult, induction of older men whose order numbers are far down the orig inal registration list is expected to be delayed. 200 Will Register It is expected that approximately 200 men will be registered in Board 3. Anyone in a hospital or ill, thereby being unable to report for registra tion, is required to notify the board headquarters before next Tuesday, draft officials said. Hancock county young men will register at Findlay. Registration procedure will be the same as last October, with the excep tion that any registrant who has more than one place of residence may choose the one he wants recorded on his registration card. Delegates Elected By Mennonite Church Fifteen delegates to the Middle District Conference and five dele gates to the General Conference were elected at a business meeting of the First Mennonite church after the services Sunday morning. Both conferences will be held dur ing the middle of August. The Mid dle District meeting will be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, west of town, and the General Conference will be held at Souderton, Pa. Delegates elected to attend the Middle District conference were: Mrs. Ed Amstutz, Miss Edith Augsburger, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bixler, Gerhard Buhler, Laurence Burkhalter, Ezra Moser, Mrs. S. K. Mosiman, Mrs. Lenore Myers, Mrs. S. F. Panna becker, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, Dr. J. S. Schultz, Orden Smucker, Rev. G. T. Soldner, John Tosh and Rev. H. T. Unruh. Named to attend the General Con ference were: Delvin Kirchhofer, John Tosh, Orden Smucker, Mrs. Lenore Myers and Rev. H. T. Unruh. Lions To Meet At Golf Course Tuesday The Bluffton Golf course, on the Fred Wenger farm south of town, will be the location of the next meet ing of the Lions club Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. No program has been planned and members of the club will enjoy the evening in golf, tennis, kitten ball and other informal sports. The program committee has asked that members of the club dress informally for the occasion. Bumper Cherry Crop But No Time To Pick Them, Growers Say WITH haymaking and corn cultivating pressing and wheat harvest in the offing there is no time to give to a bumper cherry crop which is ripening this week, say district farmers. Because of the urgency of other work many farmers are selling cherries on the tree to prospective buyers who will undertake to pick them. In addition to cherries, large yields of raspberries, currants and gooseberries are reported. FIRE DESTROYS FRICK PROPERTY NEAR BLUFFTON Farm Home on County Line South of Town, Completely Razed Sunday Morning Antiques of Unestimated Value Included Among Contents Destroyed by Blaze Fire completely destroyed the Mrs. Clark Frick homestead, one mile south of town on the Allen-Hancock county line, and most of the outbuildings, Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock. The barn, only remaining stand ing building, also caught fire but was extinguished by volnteer fire fighters/ Practically all of the contents of the home were destroyed in the blaze which caused damage estimated at $2,500. Also destroyed were many antiques of unestimated value in the family for many years, formerly the property of Mrs. A. G. Frick, mother of the late Clark'Frick. Included among these were personal letters from two form er United States’ presidents, Garfield and Hayes rare old silver dishes, andle moulds and early kitchen uten sils, early newspapers, one of which carried the account of Lincoln’s as sassination and many other valuable antiques and mementos. Defective Flue The fire originated likely with a spark from a defective flue. Mrs. Frick had been baking pies in the kitchen range Sunday morning. The blaze was discovered by a daughter, Miss Leia Frick who noticed smoke rising from the roof on the south side of the house. The Bluffton fire department was summoned by telephone from Myron Trippiehorn residence near-by. Thru a misunderstanding, however, the Bluffton fire truck went to the Clark Frazier residence in Rawson. By the time the truck arrived at the Frick residence a half-hour later, the blaze had made so much headway that it was impossible to save any of the buildings except the barn. A son, Robert Frick, had left the home just a few minutes before the fire was discovered and returned af ter the house was almost completely destroyed. First at Scene Myron Trippiehorn and Gilbert Fett were the first persons at the scene of the fire and assisted in re moving some of the household goods from the living room and dining room, although most of the contents of the buildinug were destroyed because of the extremely rapid spread of the blaze. Mrs. Frick, aged 72, is suffering from shock and is convalescing at the home of a son, George Frick of Cherry street. The house was built more than 60 years ago and has been in possesion of the family ever since. The prop erty was partially covered by insur ance. Ruth Oyer Graduates From Nurses School Miss Ruth Oyer, South Jackson St., graduated recently in the nurses training course from the Evangelical hospital in Chicago. Miss Oyer will complete the remainder of the work for the R. N. degree by September, it was announced here this week. WITH THE SICK E. S. Lape, Bluffton merchant, is convalescing at the hospital here fol lowing a major operation Tuesday morning. Prof. H. W. Berky, of West Col lege avenue, is ill at his home with a kidney ailment. Bluffton Man, Member Of Military Police, Has One Of Army’s Tough Jobs John Stdnehill One of Select Group Entrusted With Keeping Order Monthly Pay Day in Army Keeps M. P. Force Busy Enforcing Discipline One of the “toughest” jobs in the army is that of military policeman, Private John Stonehill, a member of the army police force at Ft. Knox, Ky., said this week during a visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stonehill, cf South Main street. Most of the trouble in enforcing discipline comes on pay-day, the red letter occurrence of every month for the boys in the service. Many of the soldiers head directly for Louisville, the nearest city, as soon as they receive their pay, and with them goes a detachment of 40 military policemen to ensure keeping the servicemen orderly and prevent them “running wild”. Altho the military policemen also have the right to arrest civilians, most of their work is with the sold iers themselves, Stonehill said. Appointment to the army police force cannot be regarded a move toward popularity, for many soldiers threaten revenge when it is necessary to enforce regulations and discipline violators. Stonehill was named a military policeman because of his physical qualifications and the result of ap titude tests. He was appointed last February, after going to Ft. Knox following preliminary army training at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Military policemen can be identi fied by the black shoulder straps and belts of their unimforms. They also carry automatic pistols and blackjacks. Part of their duties include cover ing all traffic wrecks within five miles of Ft. Knox. In cities they keep constantly on the move, check ing the behavior of soldiers in res taurants, canteens and on the high way. Rated as a non-combantant unit, the military policemen have separate quarters and receive better food than field forces. Stonehill will return to camp this week at the close of a furlough to visit his parents. Army Man Here For Recruiting Thursday Applications for enlistments in ground units of the regular army air corps will be received by a recruit ing officer to be in Bluffton at the post office Thursday morning from 10 o’clock until noon. Eligible for enlistment are men be tween the ages- of 18 and 35 years. Those accepted for this branch of service will have choice of air fields at Oklahoma City, Okla. Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Charlotte, North Carolina, and Bowman Field, Ky. They will also be given an oppor tunity after enlistment to study var ious trades among which are air plane mechanics, aircraft armorer work, aircraft machinists and metal work, aircraft welding, clerical work, linktrainer work, parachute rigging, photography, radio operating, tele type and weather observing. New Tar Surface On Kibler Street Soon Grading of Kibler street has been completed between Jackson and Grove streets and new stone ballast has been laid, preparatory to placing a new surface on the two-block stretch. Preliminary oil treatment of the street likely will be made before the end of the week, weather permitting, following which a tar-chip stone surface will be added. Tar application will be added at the same time to the newly improved block on Jackson street, south from Kibler street. Approximately 100 feet of Jackson street south of Kib ler also will be improved. Vacation At Meter Works Next Week Plants of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Readrite Meter Works, Bluffton’s major indus try, will be closed next week for the annual summer vacation of employes. Beginning with the close of work by regular shifts this Saturday, the vacation will continue until Monday morning, July 7, when operations will be resumed. Approximately 450 employes will enjoy the vacation plan. II IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1911 FOOD STAMP PLAN FOR RELIEF TO BE IN EFFECT MONDAY Orange and Blue Stamps Will Be Accepted by Groceries As Food Payment Forty Families in Bluffton Dis trict Will Receive Aid, Is Estimate Food stamp plan for the distribu tion of federal relief under the gov ernment’s surplus commodities setup will be inaugurated in Bluffton and Allen county- next Monday. About forty families in this district are ex pected to receive aid in this manner, it was estimated by those familiar with the relief procedure. Eligible to participate in its bene fits are all persons who have been receiving federal or state relief, it was stated the first of the wv?ek by (Continued on page 8). WHEAT HARVEST TO GET UNDER WAY SATURDAY First Wheat of District Expect ed to be Cut by the End of The Week Better Than Average Yield Anticipated by Farmers Rain Improves Quality With hot weather of the past week ripening the crop rapidly, cut ting of wheat in the Bluffton district is expected to begin towards the end of the week with the harvest well under way by the middle of next week, unless rains interfere. The harvest this year is fully a week earlier than last year. Reason for this can be found in the heavy rains and the continued warm wea ther of the past week. Last year harvest of the wheat crop did not begin until the first week in July. General forecasts are optimistic indicating that the yield will be about 20 to 25 bushels to the acre, which is somewhat larger than the average crop. Most of the stalks are said to have headed nicely. Good Quality In general the quality is expected to be better than that of last year when it tested around 59 pounds to the bushel. This year observers predict that the test will be 60 or 61 pounds. Recent heavy rains have brought no report of damage in this area. Quite to the contrary, wheat farm ers here generally report that wheat along with many other* crops bene fitted very definitely by the recent rainy season. No wheat rust has been noted in the district and infestation by the Hessian fly has been negligible. Straw is of average length and of general good quality. Combine Popular Although most farmers in the area are still using the grain binder in their wheat fields and later threshing the grain, the combine is becoming increasingly popular. Farm observers predict with farm labor growing scarce that the trend towards the use of the combine will continue. Marketing Quotas Another factor entering the wheat picture for the first time this year is the recent federal marketing quota approved by a majority of farmers in a national referendum the the latter part of May. Although Richland township vot ers rejected the quota plan by more than two to one, the wheat produc ing states in the nation approved the measure by more than-the two thirds majority required. Growers who planted within the 1941 AAA acreage allotment will be permitted a quota for the total amount of wheat grown. Sales in excess of the quota will be subject to a federal penalty. Those having less than 15 acres of wheat or produce fewer than 200 bushels will not be affected by quota restrictions. HOG PRICES SOAR TO HEW HIGH Of $10.30 OH BLUffTOH MARKETS WEMESDAy M0RHIHG Hogs—bellwether of the upward surge of farm prices—reached a top of $10.30 per hundred pounds on the hoof in the Bluffton markets Wed nesday morning. The price, highest of the present market movement, is nearly double that of four months ago when a top of $5.50 was paid here. Wednesday morning’s quotation, sixty cents above last week, reflected a large federal buying program of pork and lard, a considerable por tion of which is reported earmarked for export to Britain. Robert Oyer, in Charge of Pro gram, Makes Inspections And Sprays Infestations Aid of Householders is Asked In Cooperation with Muni cipal Campaign Mosquito larvae are sometimes so numerous at various points on the Riley creeks in this locality that they make a patch of water a yard in di ameter look brown, was the com ment bf Robert Oyer as he began full time work this week as super visor of Bluffton’s mosquito control program. Although Oyer arrived in town last week, the heavy rains made it im possible for him to devote full time to the work. The recent rains have kept the Little Riley creek clear of larvae but have not had much effect on Big Riley, Oyer reported after making a round of inspection. Inspection A regular routine is followed by Oyer in the control program here. The forepart of the week is devoted to inspections of creeks, quarries, catch basins, lagoons and other places where the larvae are likely to thrive. The swarms of larvae usually will not change location considerably over a period of several days and once spotted a note is made of the location for future treatment. Mosquito larvae look like very small tadpoles about one-quarter to three-eights of an inch in length. They are grey on the under side and brown on the back. They congregate in large swarms and apparently are not molested by fish as the group is usually found intact at a later time. Larvicide Oyer then sprays the larvae with the specially prepared larvicide trans porting the equipment in the truck loaned to the town by the Bixel Motor Co. The larvicide is diluted with creek water at the place of (Continued on page 8) Mosquito Larvae Found On Riley Creeks So Numerous That V ater Appears Brown Nine From Bluffton Lakeside Delegates Nine delegates from the Bluffton Church of Christ will attend the an nual young peoples conference at Lakeside, beginning Sunday. Those who will go from here in clude: Roberta Manges, Mida Jane Manges, Fred Fritchie, Edith Stuber, Allene Stuber, Marcene Stonehill, Robert Luginbuhl, Wayne Luginbuhl and Earl Dean Luginbuhl. Richland Grange Confers Degrees Richland Grange’s newly organized degree team will confer the first and second degrees on several candidates at the regular grange meeting next Monday night. Following the ritual istic program refreshments will be served. All members and past grangers are invited to attend. Lima Presbytery To Meet Here Monday Quarterly meeting of Lima Presby tery will be held in the Bluffton Pres byterian church next Monday, it was announced by Rev. Chas. Armen trout, pastor of the church here. Lima Presbytery consists of 22 churches and delegates from each church will include the pastor and elders. About 35 are expected to attend. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held at which time routine business will be transacted and work outlined for the coming year. Rev. Charles Muir of Findlay, moderator, will preside at the sessions and Rev. Walter Condon of Ada is clerk. The upsurge of hog prices, how ever, has brought little response from farmers, dealers reported call ing attention to the fact that hogs on farms are comparatively few. Bulk of marketable hogs, it is pointed out were sold off when the market stabilized recently around the eight cent level and the later rise to a dime has consequently found offerings light. Other farm commodities were comparatively stable, wheat quoted at 97 cents and corn 73li cents per bushel. Oats and soys were quoted at 40 cents and $1.25 respectively. HOT WEATHER MAY BRING CITY WATER SUPPLY SHORTAGE Delay in Delivery of Pump Halts Quarry Water Supply To Page Dairy Emergency Pumping System Would Supply Only Half of Dairy Requirement Continued hot weather may re sult in prospects of a water short age at the municipal plant unless steps can be taken soon to put in operation an additional supply line from the quarry of the Bluffton Stone Co. to the plant of the Page Dairy Co. Installation of the new water line was completed two weeks ago, but officials of the board of public affairs have been unable to obtain delivery of a new centrifugal pump oidered..qu June 9. Pumping has not been started, awaiting arrival of the new equip ment, and if shipment is not made soon, it will be necessary to install a temporary emergency pump to re lieve the town’s water consumption load. Question of Capacity Emergency pumping, however, will only partially solve the water works’ problem, for it will have a capacity of only 200 gallons per minute. The pump which is on order has a ca pacity of 400 gallons per minute. If the emergency pump is put in use, water taken from the stone quarry for Page Dairy cooling must be supplemented water from the plant reservoir. Of approximately 250,000 to 300, 000 gallons of water pumped daily at the municipal plant, the Page Dairy uses more than 120,000 gal lons, thereby making it the town’s largest water consumer. Alleviate Shortage Pumping water thru an 800-foot main from the stone quarry to the Page plant is expected to alleviate any threatened shortage of water during the summer season. Water from the quarry will be separate from the municipal supply and will be used at the dairy for cooling purposes only. Altho the quarry water is believed to be en tirely free from contamination, it will be kept separate from the pres ent regular city supply which is used for drinking. Bluffton’s present city water sup ply is obtained from two wells which are being pumped continuously. Evelyn Niswander Here For Summer Miss Evelyn Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswander of South Lawn avenue and instructor at the Mauna Olu seminary at Paia, Maui, in Hawaii, arrived in Bluffton Thursday to spend the summer at the home of her parents. Miss Niswander has been an in structor in the junior high school division of the Hawaiian school for girls for the past two years. She has been teaching music, arithmetic and social science. She sailed from Hawaii on June 5 and arrived at Portland, Oregon, on June 12 and from there went to Red mond, Oregon, where she visited for several days at the home of her cousin, A. L. Houmard. Miss Niswander will be at home until the middle of August. She graduated from Blu^ton-High school in the class of 1924 and from Bluff ton college in the class of 1928. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 9 NEW COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SEWAGE SITE PURCHASE Present Town Council Will Not Take Action in Purchasing Disposal Plant Site Option On Power Company Tract, Held by Council, Ex pires Next April Action relative to the purchase of the five acre tract owned by the Cen tral Ohio Light and Power Co., at the north edge of town, as a site for Bluffton’s much debated sewage dis posal plant, will likely be left to the new council taking office in January, it was stated this week by Mayor W. A. Howe. The town holds an option which will expire next April on the tract owned by the power company. Should action on the matter be postponed un til the new council take office, as sen timent in the present council indi cates, the new governing body will have about three months to set the machinery- in motion before the option expires. Several Sites Several sites have been under con sideration for the proposed sewage disposal system, but the power com pany’s site best answers all of the state health requirements, according to a report of an investigation made by Chief Engineer F. H. Waring, of the state board of health. In indicating reasons for the state board’s preference for the power com pany’s site Waring pointed out that topography of the land is “well adapt ed to construction of a sewage dispos al plant of the type proposed for Bluffton.” In ^iddition the site is close to the village proper but isolat ed from present built up areas. No construction of homes are anticipated in that district. Purchase Price In previous discussions, a price of $2,000 was put on the Central Ohio site. The site is triangular shaped and is located at the western edge of the Buckeye lake, bounded by the Bigler road, the A. C. & Y. railroad, and western edge of the ^quarry. It is the strip on which the old “dyna mite house” is situated. Indication that the state board of health is watching Bluffton develop ments in regard to the construction of a plant here is seen in a recomen dation made by Waring in a commun ication with Mayor Howe: “We urge that village officials take action to acquire the site for a sew age treatment plant, as the first step in the program toward providing an adequate sewage system for Bluffton, and toward eliminating the excessive pollution of Riley and Little Riley creeks.” Thelma Marquart Weds Earl Rupright Thelma Marquart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart, of neat’ Bluffton, became the bride of Eatl Rupright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rupright of Arlington, in a single ring ceremony last Sunday afternoon in Emmanuel’s Reformed church at 4 o’clock. Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of the church, received the vows of the parties. For the occasion the bride was at tired in a gown of rose lace of taf feta, with white accessories. Mrs. August Pulcheon, sister of the groom, and the bridesmaid, was dressed in white. August Pulcheon, brother-in-law of the groom, served as best man. Folowing the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the groom’s parents with the immediate families attending. Mrs. Rupright was graduated from Mt. Cory High school in 1939, and the groom graduated from Arlington High in 1937. He is employed at The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. The couple will reside with his parents near Arlington. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Rev. and Mrs. M. A. Packer, La fayette, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Scoles, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rhoads, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Luginbill, a girl, Monday. Bom to Rev. and Mrs. Harold Burkholder of Quakertown, Pa., a son, John Thomas, June 10. Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder are former Bluff ton residents.