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fies America is not to be caught napping DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVI LEGION DIRECTING PLAN FOR CIVILIAN DEFENSE PROGRAM State Legion Head Asks Allen County Posts to Start Action at Once Federal Order Takes Bluffton’s Amateur Radio Stations Off the Air Reflecting the sentiment of a com munity united in effort with the rest of the nation against a foreign ag gressor, Bluffton area radios have been working overtime since Japan’s unprovoked attack on American pos sessions first was announced over the airways, last Sunday afternoon. Via the radio, Bluffton residents are in constant touch with war develop ments, a far different situation from that of the First World War days when newspapers were the only form of contact wnth operations. What was undoubtedly the district’s largest all-time listening audience was that which surrounded every radio la? Monday noon as President Roose velt delivered his historical message to Congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan, and every new’s broadcast or bulletin is quickly a mat ter of common discussion in homes, business places and on the street. Amateur Radio Banned First effect of the war so far as the local situation is concerned was a stringent ban placed on all amateur radio operators, last Sunday night, which took 10 Bluffton area stations off the air. By order of the Federal Radio Com mission all amateur radio operation is prohibited until further notice, or permission is specifically authorized by authorities in connection with emergency measures. Operators w’ere ordered not to dis mantle their antennas or rigs, how ever, an indication that the FCC seeks to keep its amateur radio net work available for emergency use. Civilian Defense A civilian defense program already is underway in Bluffton, with the lo cal American Legion post directing plans. This is in line with state-wide Le gion activity, and local cooperation was requested in a telegram received Monday night by Clair Fett, com mander of the Allen county Ameri can Legion posts. The wire read “Start immediate ac tion thruout the county for perfecting civilian defense plans. The state de partment and district officers will as sist in every way possible. Signed, Richard Lindeman, district command er. Lima Restaurant Closed connection with the nation s property confiscation act, fed agents Monday night seized In alien eral Jack’s Cafeteria, in Lima, an eating place frequented in the past by many Bluffton residents. The business is owned jointly by Jack Inoway, a Japanese national, and F. C. Harrison. Harrison indicated he was ready to acquire sole owner ship if satisfactory arrangements could be worked out with the govern ment. The cafeteria is closed, how ever, pending federal authority to re open. What action will be taken relative to Inoway and his Japanese wife has not been disclosed. Two Local Draftees At New Stations Two draftees from the Bluffton area were transferred this week from the Camp Perry induction cen ter to preliminary training camps. Among those assigned to new sta tions were Robert Root, of Bluffton, who goes to the Signal Corps re placement center at Ft. Monmouth, N. J. and Rex M. Shafer, of Bluff ton, who was transferred to the Med ical Corps Replacement Center at Camp Lee, Virginia. Substitute School Bus Drivers Named Clayton Bucher and Chris Gratz were appointed substitute school bus drivers at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education, Monday night. Gratz who was formerly a regular driver resigned his position last month. He was replaced by Eldon Tschiegg, a former substitute driver. War Spurs Upsurge Of Livestock And Grain Markets Here OPURRED on by war, Bluffton livestock and grain markets registered substantial gains the first of the week. The upsurge came Monday morning with prices generally stabilized at higher levels. Hogs Wednesday morning reg istered a top of $10.40 compared with $9.90 last week. Wheat at $1.14 was up five cents and soys at $1.60 were eight cents over a week ago. Price of $2.45 per hundred pounds for raw milk remains unchanged. AS BLUFFTON SEES IT With this issue of the Bluffton News is introduced a new fea ture, dealing with public opinion of the community. Appearance of the cohtmn will be based on timeliness of national and local issues as they arise.—Editor. Question: What is your reac tion to the present Japanese American war? C. Henry Smith, banker and his torian, Campus Drive—From the military standpoint the Japanese have committee a colossal blunder because the aggressive action against Hawaii has united the re solve of this country as nothing else could possibly have done. Robert Hochstettler, manager City market, Thurman street—We are in for a long siege and the least we can say is that it looks tough for all of the countries. J. A. Weed, Methodist minister, South Jackson street—I believe we should suspend judgment until all the facts are at hand. It’s no use to get upset in too much of a hurry. For example, look at the way the papers are handling plane scares over New’ York and San Francisco. Let’s get all the facts first and then make judgment. John Steiner, tinner, Thurman street—We’re terribly upset by the whole thing. ning to come home over the Christ mas holidays, and now we tjiat’s impossible. Missionary Returns On Liner “Acadia” With Survivors Of Nazi-sunk Freighter Lake Chas. Young, mechanic, street—I think the effect of the war is shown in the way it has slowed people up. For the first time we have been sobered to the real mean ing of the international conflict Sidney Stettler, high school in structor Lawn avenue—The world war into which we have just entered will be a bitter conflict requiring all our resources for several years. Our country’s ability to produce war equipment and our man power to gether with that of nations as sociated with us will turn the tide. At the conclusion of the conflict we must supply leadership for the great task of rebuilding. Our boys we’re plan know South right, Sidney Garau, watchman. Main street—We’ll win all because we have the best planes, but we had better get after the Japs right away with everything we have. Place Second In Peace Competition Three Bluffton entrants in the Prince of Peace contests held in Allen county churches placed second in competition Sunday night. The following entrants won second in their respective meets: Hildred Eversole, Grace Methodist church, Lima Marcene Stonehill, Spencer ville Methodist church Darlene Tru ex, Bluffton Reformed church. Second place does not carry the privilege of further competition in coming contests. All are classified as alternates and would compete only if the first place winner was unable to do so, it was announced by P. W. Stauffer, chairman of the local committee on arrangements. Enlists In Navy Sherwood Burkholder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Burkholder of Find lay, former Bluffton residents has enlisted in the navy and is now in training at the Great Lakes Naval station, Illinois. Rev. Walter Schutz and Family Returned From Africa to Bluffton Area ntire Crew of 44 From Sunk en American Owned Lehigh On Board Acadia Returning to United States on the American owned passenger liner Acadia with the 44 survivors of the sunken American freighter Lehigh on board, the Rev. Walter Schutz, and family, missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa, arrived at their home, seven miles north of Bluffton and two and a half miles south-east of Pandora, last Thursday afternoon, is a small country square miles, adja It is located in West Sierra Leone of about 26,000 cent to Liberia. Africa and is classified as a British colony,. They will live during their year’s stay in the brick residence con structed by Rev. Schutz when home on his near Their last furlough three years ago, the old Schutz homestead, oldest son, Stanley, 17, did (Continued on page 3) H. S. Music Units To Give Xmas Program Orchestral and vocal music groups of Bluffton High school will present a program of Christmas numbers in the school auditorium Wednesday night of next week at 7:30 o’clock. Rehearsals are being held under the direction of Miss Elizabeth Hig ley, vocal instructor and Prof, ney Hauenstein, instrumental structor. Sid in- pre The following program will be sented: High school band—Three Chorales, J. S. Bach Suite, Looking Upward, John Philip Sousa Boston Com mandery March, Carter. Mixed chorus—Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Bach Sanctus, Gounod The Heavens Are Telling. Girls Glee Club—Carol, Old French Tune. Boys Glee Club—Good Christian Men Rejoice, Old English Carol. Solo—Birthday Howe. Solo—Cantique Stonehill. of a King, Roger de Noel, Marcene Betty Holtkamp. Solo—Alleluja, Boys Quartet—God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, English Folk Song. High School Orchestra—Triumphal March from “Sigurd Jorsalfar”, Ed ward Grieg Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from “Lohengrin”, W’ag ner. Christmas songs with the audience. Last Rites For Albert Marshall Funeral services for Albert H. Marshall, 88, pioneer Richland town ship farmer, were held at the late home Tuesday afternoon. Officiating at the services was his C. M. Armentrout. pastor Rev. of about a at his home Following an illness year, Mr. Marshall died early Sunday morning. He was born March 29, 1853, the son of Cyrus and Mary Reed Marshall, on the farm now owned by his sons Orlo and Walter Marshall. was united in marriage to Re Ellen Trumbo on Sept. 26, A golden wedding anniversary celebrated by the couple on 26, 1928. Mrs. Marshall died He becca 1878. was Sept, in August, 1934. At the age of 18 he united with the Rockport Presbyterian church and was a member for the rest of his life. For many years he served as an official in the church and Sunday school. He is survived by three sons, Orlo, Walter and Francis, all of near Bluffton and three grandchildren, Mary, Jean and Robert Marshall. Burial was made in the Rockport, cemetery. Home From Army Ralph Augsburger, of West Elm street, was released from the United States army last week, and arrived at his home here Monday. He will return to work at The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. where he was employed prior to his induction into the nation’s armed forces. Augsburger had been stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss. THE BLUFFTON NEWS NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 1911 BLUFFTON SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS IN WAR ZONE BLUFFTON USHERS IN FESTIVE XMAS SEASON THIS WEEK Santa Claus to Greet Children Saturday .Messiah Rendi tion StEnday Close School and College to Friday of Next Week for Holiday Recess and dec With Bluffton streets, homes business places resplendent in orations providing a fitting setting for the Yuletide season, preliminary events in the tow’n’s observance o*f Christmas are scheduled Saturday and Sunday. for next will make the season evening, establishing a house to be erected his first Saturday Santa Claus appearance of afternoon and his quarters in Thursday in the Presbyterian church yard. Letters for Santa may be left at the house, and the jolly old patron saint will distribute gifts to girls and boys who stop to see him during the day. Messiah Rendition Sunday Opening the town’s musical ob servance of the Christmas season, the Bluffton College Choral society will present Handel’s “The Messiah” at 3 p. m. next Sunday in the Bluff ton High gymnasium. Soloists appearing with the Choral be Bertha Callahan, Lima Kathryn Welty, Society will soprano, of contralto, of baritone, of Lima John S. Walters, Lima, and F. Marion Cheney, tenor, of Lima. Prof. Russell A. Lantz will con duct the choral society in presenta tion of the oratorio. School Vacations Bluffton High ai.u grade school pupils already are looking forward to their Christmas holiday recess which will start with the close of school on Friday, Dec. 19. will return to January 5. They their classes on Sportsmen's Club fleets New Officers Election of officers and awarding of prizes in various contests occupied the attention of the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s club at a meet ing of the organization at the town hall Tuesday night. Officers elected included: Pres., Silas Diller Vice-Pres., Albert Gar matter Sec’y., Nelson Herr Treas., Dallas Berry Directors, Edgar Root, Jesse Mangus, Ralph Reichen bach, Herbert Rupright, Walter Gar matter, L. J. Hauenstein. Contest winners were declared as follows: High school conservation poster contest, 1st, Eloise Sommers, $2.50 2nd, Daisy Basinger, $1.25. Longest pheasant tail, Gerald Berry, 24*4 inches, prize $1.00. Heaviest bass, Raymond Amstutz and Sam Hauenstein, three and one half pounds heaviest channel cat fish, Charles Mangus, two and three fourths pounds heaviest blue gill, Merle Duffman, four ounces pheas ant band numbers, Walter Garmat ter, C. V. Stonehill, L. J. Hauenstein. The club voted to back the present war effort by States defense Ripping through a 16-inch green sycamore log in 34 Walter Thompson and Jack Miller, of Findlay, captured first honors last Friday in the log sawing con test conducted in conjunction Bluffton’s Agricultural fair. The weatherman smiled on the fair again this year. The warm afternoon sunshine was more remin- week of December with Christmas a little more than two weeks in the offing. Appreciation As will close for the 19, with classes Bluffton college holidays on Dec. convening on January 6. buying a $50 United bond. president of the club, the town council gave Silas Diller, reported that the club permission to use the form er Odd Fellow lodge on the third floor of the town hall as the regular club headquarters. Members of the club are getting the room ready and plans are being made to hold future meetings at that place. To Tell Of Hunting Trip In North Woods Narrative of experiences encoun tered w’hile hunting big game in the north woods will be the subject of an address by Dr. J. S. Steiner, Bluffton physician, who will speak before the brotherhood of the St. John’s and Emmanuel's Reformed churches, Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Dr. Steiner recently returned from a deer hunting expedition spending two weeks in the Canadian wilds. The meeting Thursday night will be at the St. John’s Reformed church. 1 again been shown a splendid spirit of cooperation by the merchants and business men of our town during the recent session of our Mid-Winter Fair. Findlay Men Saw 16-Inch Log In 34 Seconds To Win Log Sawing Contest The directors and officers of our Fair are deeply indebted to have contributed in any make this annual Especially do we desire to to the superintendent, teachers and pupils of our school our sincere ap. preciation for their untiring in sponsoring the pet parade was such a fine feature. Farewell Reception 48 3/5 se was taken and David minute, 15 seconds. with Second place winners were Robert Scoles and Marvin Moser, of Bluff ton, w’ho saw’ed thru the log in 36’a seconds. Maurice and Robert Criblez, of Bluffton, w’ere third, with a mark of SEEN AND OVERHEARD AT DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS AT WINTER FAIR Glimpses. Notes, Gossip, Comments and Observations Concerning Bluffton’s Agricultural Fair Complete list of Winter fair prize winners appears on Page 6 of this issue. Bluffton streets swarmed with hundreds of visitors, exhibitors and! Five members were elected Satur others interested in the annual I daV night for three year terms to winter agricultural fair last Wed-Ithe board of directors of the Bluff nesdav, Thursday and Friday. Al-|t°n Agricultural Society, sponsors of ways‘one of the high spots in the Ithe annual Mid-Winter fair. life of the community, unusual in-1 Re-elected to the body were Albert terest was evidenced in the various! Winkler’ Dwi&ht Frantz and C1yde exhibits this year despite an un-P'arren’ usually busy farming season oc-l Tw’o new directors were named in casioned by shortage of labor and alact*on to increase the size of the fair late shredding season. board* Those who wH1 serve terms for the first time are Harvey Burk holder and Quinten Burkholder. iscent of sPrb’g instead of the first| in previous years, there has|nlent, js COInp()sed of ,ingen in the community and the college. .Ac companiment will be by the Bluffton college orchestra under the direction of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein. Mrs. added The High School Band greatly to the afternoon program. Where a fine community spirit ex ists such as always has between the citizens of our town and its rural patrons, there is also shown every expression of good will. Poster Winners To Be Named by Sylvan Burkhc Amstutz, of Bluffton, 4/5 seconds. one The log was obtained from Clayton Bixel garage Cherry street. Members board of directors w’ere the Balmer sawmill to buy a when they saw the sycamore being cut dowm on the Bixel proper ty. on property of the enroute to A scheduled milking contest was not held because of lack of entries. Five Elected To Winter Fair Board Messiah To Usher Mov.ng up the time of the pet ..Mcssial).. by the Bluffton coU parade caused some confuston among! choral society wi|1 b(, givcn w ,.|v (Continued on page 2) HiuJTtoT. High school gymnasium XmUS SCttSOn Ushering in Bluffton’s musical ob rvance of the Christmas season, the annual rendition of Handel’s Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The 150 voice choir, under the di rection of Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head of the college music depart- H. P. Mann will be at the piano. Appearing with the chorus are a "hoI so]oists well knowm to Bluffton audi way.,.tol ences. They are Mrs. Frank J. Cal event possible.l j^an, soprano Mrs. Clyde Welty, o expiess| c0n^ra|^0 F. Marion Cheney, tenor John Walters, baritone, all of Lima. The choral society of the college e kukl Wag or&anized in 1902 and bas P'v "hie sented annual renditions of the “Messiah”. When organized the so ciety consisted of 30 members and since that time has showm ent growth. |tOMComTMty SaZwrdai/l girl, Friday. I Mr. and Mrs. Winners of the poster contest! son, a girl, Saturday. sponsored by the Bluffton unit ofl Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greenwait, the Allen county Tuberculosis Christ-1 Ada, a girl, Sunday. mas seal association will be an-l Mr. and nounced and winning posters dis-l Pandora, a played Saturday, it w’as stated by I Born to the local committee. I Kervin, of The winning posters will be showmlbaby girl at the United States naval in the display window of the Bluff-1 hospital, Monday afternoon. Mrs. ton New’S. Judges for the posters! Kervin was the former Miss Dorothy are Prof. John Klassen of Bluffton! Rae Triplett, daughter of Mr. and college, Mrs. W. W. Carder, and! Mrs. Cleon Triplett of South Main Mrs. Harry Bogart. I street. As a climaxing feature to the lo-1 cal drive in the sale of Christmas! a consist- Births Bluff- the births at hospital: Maynard I The following Geiger, a Ira Heldman, Raw- Mrs. Howard Basinger, boy, Monday. Lieut, and Mrs. DeLos San Diego, California, a NOrVttl Scoles Of seals, a free movie depicting pre-1 7 L- 7’ II zl ventive measures in the control ofl OCKSOft 1 U [). (iX tuberculosis will be shown continu-l ously in the Presbyterian church! Norval Scoles, Jackson township yard Saturday night. Remarks, at I ^armer and Mrs. Lillie Hesser of the showing of the film, will bel Ada’ were married in Kenton at made by William Ireland, of Lima,! noon’ Fr»day. The ceremony was executive secretary of the tubercu-| Performed by a justice of the peace losis association of the county. I that place. Accompanying the couple were Scoles’ daughter and son-in-law, and Mrs. Edward Althauser, Jackson township. Members of gregation will hold a farewell recep-| Scoles farm five miles southwest of tion in honor of their pastor, Rev.I Bluffton. Charles Armentrout and family in[ the basement of the church, Thurs day night at 8 o’clock. All members of the congregation are invited. the Presbyterian con-1 The couple will reside on Rev. Armentrout has resigned his charge here and will leave next week I A Christmas program will be en with his family for Indianapolis! joyed by members of the Lions club where he has accepted the pastorate! at their meeting to be held in the of the Washington Street Presbyter-1 Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15 ian church. I o’clock. Mr. Mr. of the Xmas Program At Lions Club Tuesday Buy DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 33 NEARLY SCORE IN HAWAII OBJECT OF JAP BOMBING RAID Former Residents of This Area Located at Honolulu and Pearl Harbor Bluffton Missionaries on Enroute from India War Breaks Pacific as Concern is felt here for the safety of nearly a score of former Bluffton area residents known to be in Hawaii and Pacific danger zones following Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor which started Sunday with military operations continuing at the present time. Known to be in Hawaiian and Pacific war danger zones are the following former Bluffton area resi dents: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bowers and family, Geiger and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. family, Pvt. Donald Crawfis, Sgt. and Mrs. Don Sebenol er, Miss Evelyn Niswander, Mrs. Carl W eimers, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wenger, Lt. David Kliewer, Wayne and Clair Boutwell and Willis Steffen. The Hawaiian Islands, the three largest of which are Hawaii, Maui and Oahu, are located in the mid Pacific about 2,000 miles from the coast of California and about 3,500 miles from the coast of Japan. Bluffton Residents in Oahu Honolulu, the seaport capitol, and Pearl Harbor, the United States naval station subjected to the recent Japanese attack, are both located on the southern Oahu. coast of the island of of the former Bluffton Hawaii living on special concern With most the has of Oahu, sj here for their safety. residents island of been felt Herbert live Bowers and family in Honolulu where he is an instruc tor in McKinley High place. school of that family live in located on the William Geiger and the town of Wailona, northern coast of Oahu, where he is the principal of the high school. With many American soldiers re ported killed and wounded following the bombardment of Pearl Harbor, the U. S. naval base, special concern was felt for the safety of Pvt. Donald Crawfis, 23, son of Earl Crawfis living on the J. A. Diller from west of Bluffton, who has been stationed at Pearl Harbor, in the search light divisions of Uncle Sam’s armed forces. Stationed in Pearl Harbor Pvt. Crawfis has been in Pearl Harbor two months after his basic training of 14 weeks in California. Crawfis was formerly employed as a mechanic in the C. F. Niswander implement store. Others stationed at the Pearl Harbor base include Wayne and Clair Boutwell and Willis Steffen. The Boutwell brothers are formerly of Orange township and sons of Mrs. Alice Lugibill Boutwell of Kenton. Steffen is the son of Sam uel Steffen of near Pandora. Also from the Bluffton area in Honolulu are Sgt. and Mrs. Don Sebenoler. Mrs. Sebenoler will be remembered as the former Miss Virginia Gill, office employe at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., and a native of Mt. Blanchard. She (Continued on page 8) Real Estate Deals Two building lots comprising a tract of land at South Lawn avenue and Kibler street road were pur chased by Miss Saturday. The in the partition erman against and were sold by the Allen county sheriff under court order. The real estate, appraised at $700 was told for $525. Sylvia Biederman, lots were involved suit of Carl Bied Gotlieb Biederman In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Swank will move Thursday from the M. M. Mur ray property on Cherry street to the Basinger sisters property on North Main street, the former Close resi dence. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hochstettler and family now occupying the Chas. Dillman property on Thurman street will move into the Murray property vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Swank.