Give the gift that signi
fies America is not to be
VOLUME NO. LXV1
NEARLY SCORE IN
Many Bluffton Area
In Hawaiian and
Only Direct Communication Re
ceived Here From Miss
Relatives and friends are still
awaiting word concerning the safety
of nearly a score of former Bluffton
area residents who were in the
Hawaiian and Pacific danger zones
at the time of the recent Japanese
attacks on Pearl Harbor.
The only direct communication re
ceived here so far is that from Miss
Evelyn Niswander located in Paia
on the island of Maui, who wired
the one word “Safe” to her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Noah Neuenschwander
of South Lawn avenue last Friday.
Particular concern is felt for the
numerous Bluffton residents located
on the island of Oahu, where Pearl
Harbor is located, the focal point of
the recent military action of the
Nipponese. No word has been re
ceived here from these residents.
Pearl Harbor Base
Stationed at the Pearl Harbor
base are: Donald Crawfis, son of
Earl Crawfis living on the J. A.
Diller farm west of Bluffton Wayne
and Clair Boutwell, formerly of
Orange township and sons of Mrs.
Alice Lugibill Boutwell of Kenton
Willis Steffen, son of Samuel Stef
fen of near Pandora.
Lt. Com. Eugene L. Lugibill, son
of Mrs. Lee Lugibill of Findlay and
former Bluffton resident, previously
served on the U. S. destroyer Downes
lost in Japanese naval action at
Pearl Harbor. He was recently
transferred, however, to Camden,
N. J., where he is a ship inspector.
No word has been received con
cerning Lt. David Kliewer who has
been stationed at Ewa Field, six
miles from Pearl Harbor, for the
past year. Kliewer is an instructor
in the U. S. naval air corps.
Other Bluffton Residents
Also located in Hawaii are Her
bert Bowers and family in Honolulu
William Geiger and family of Wail
ona Sgt. and Mrs. Don Sebenoler,
formerly Miss Virginia Gill Mr.
and Mrs. Carl Weimers, formerly
Miss Elma Hostettler.
Word is anxiously being awaited
here concerning the safety of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Wenger, missionaries
enroute to Bluffton from India. Mrs.
Wenger is the mother of Laurence
Burkhalter, Bluffton college student.
She is the daughter of Mrs. A. R.
Good and a sister of Mrs. Harvey
Beidler, both of South Jackson street.
Burkhalter stated the first of the
week that it is very likely that the
boat on which they were to sail may
have turned back immediately upon
being notified of the disturbed con
ditions developing in Japanese-Amer
ican relations. At any rate he has
received no word as to the where
abouts of his parents.
H. S. Music Units To
Give Xmas Program
Orchestral and vocal music groups
of Blufftdh high school will present
a program of Christmas numbers in
the school auditorium this Wednes
day night at 7:30 o’clock.
In preparation for the presentation
rehearsals have been held under the
direction of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein,
instrumental instructor, and Miss
Elizabeth Higley, vocal instructor.
Numbers by the band, orchestra,
glee clubs, mixed chorus and vocal
solos will epresented.
Real Estate Deals
Clayton Bixel of Bixel Motor sales
has purchased the Elizabeth Boehr
property on Grove street and expects
to occupy the residence soon.
Mt. Cory has
and will take
Ralph Garlinger of
purchased the Samuel
erty on Spring street
employed by the Buckeye Pipe Line
company. The deal was made by
H. W. Althaus.
West Is Corporal
James F. West, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Cliff West of South Lawn ave
nue, who is in training at Ft. Bliss,
Texas, has been promoted to the
rank of corporal, it was announced
the first of the week. West is in
charge of financial matters of his
One Blast Of Water
Works Whistle Is
Not Alarm For Fire
Windows Open Saturday and
Monday Nights for Stamps
And Parcel Post
ligh Mark of Holiday Mailing
Expected to be
Incoming mail also is being receiv
ed earlier than usual, and several
times during the last week delivery
of second class mail has been delayed
to permit handling first-class letters.
Heaviest stamp sales are expected
to be Friday and Saturday of this
week, and the peak in handling deliv
eries likely will be Saturday, Monday
and Tuesday, the postmaster said.
Stamp Sales Up
Stamp sales are running consider
ably ahead or last year’s figure for
the same time, and the demand has
been unusually heavy for one and
one-half cent stamps.
Stamp windows will be open at the
post office Saturday and Monday
nights until 9 p. m. for the conven
ience of the public, Postmaster Reich
enbach said. Stamps will be sold and
parcels will be accepted for mailing,
but no mail will be handed out, he
Urge Early Mailing
Early mailing of parcels was urged
by Clerk Ralph Stearns. There is
less likelihood of breakage in transit
if packages are sent early enough to
escape the last minute rush.
Latest recommended mailing date
for continental United States are as
follows: Dec. 16, west coast Dec.
18, Colorado Dec. 19, New York Dec.
20, West Virginia.
Money order sales also have shown
a decided increase in the last week,
Postmaster Reichenbach said.
Course At Ohio State
Paul J. Rhonda of Bluffton will be
among the graduates to receive de
grees at the winter commencement
exercises of Ohio State university,
Rhoads will be graduated with the
B. Sc. degree from the college of en
gineering and has accepted a posi
tion as research engineer in the hy
dromatic division of General Motors
corporation in Detroit.
Mrs. Rhoads of this place and Lt.
Col. and Mrs. J. Norman King of
Dayton will attend the commence
ment exercises Friday.
Sale of U. S. defense bonds and
stamps has more than tripled at the
Bluffton post office since the Japan
ese attacks in the Pacific 10 days
ago, Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach
Most of the bonds sold here are
in $25 and $100 denominations in
Series E. Bonds of this class can
be sold only to individuals, and the
purchase is entirely voluntary.
Many local clubs and civic organi
zations are purchasing bonds in sup
port of the nation’s defense pro
gram, it was stated.
$1,000 Set As Goal In Red Cross War
Relief Campaign Under Way Here
/ANE short blast of the
works whistle is
alarm, but a police
was announced by Mayor W. A.
Howe the first of the week.
not a fire
This new arrangement has
been inaugurated in order to
effect speedy contact with police
in an emergency, it was stated
by the mayor. On hearing the
whistle blast all officers on duty
are to contact telephone central
Signal for fire will continue to
be repeated blasts of the water
Band Sales Here More Than Triole
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE
Alien County Asked for $30,00011^|
In Drive to Aid American
Jrive Will Close Here This Sat
urday Cooperation is Urged
Public support for the project was
urged by Mayor W. A. Howe in a
statement issued Tuesday, pointing
out the urgent need for speedy rais
ing of the fund.
Citizen’s National bank.
been smarted earlier than usual
season, and next week’s last-minute
rush is expected to be somewhat les
sened as a result, Postmaster Ed R.
Reichenbach reported Wednesday.
Sell Xmas Seals At
Bluffton Po^t Office
some time or other become infected
with the tubercular germ but if
they are healthy the processes of na
ture will isolate the germ and
der it harmless.
Many people fall victim to
W. A Howe.
■.....—1 I afternoon.
Knitting and sewing projects ofl Dressed in
the local unit of the Red Cross will I ment, homes,
continue through the holidays, it was I places provide
announced this week by the Bluffton! Yuletide. Windows of many homes
committee in charge. I in the community are decorated with
Considerable work has already been I boHy wreaths and the more color
done by local residents, some ofl fuj Christmas displays.
which was on display in the Hank-1 Bluffton
ish room above the Todd grocery at I pUpils are
the recent winter fair. All the gar-1 Christmas holiday recess which will
ments on display were knitted and! start with
sewed by Bluffton women voluntter-l day afternoon. They will return to
ing their services. I their classes on January 5.
The headquarters, at the home ofl Bluffton college will also close for
Mrs. J. S. Steiner of South Main| (.be holidays on Friday with classes
will be open during the holi-l convening on January 6.
An adequate stock of ma-1
is at hand and may be ob-|
anytime Monday through Sat
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Habegger, a
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Zoll, Raw
son, a girl, Tuesday.
Alter outbreak (Jt War In Facinc Rev
By Schools Friday
Christmas Bw^less Best SincelJapanese
Boom Years of Twenties, I morninff
Santa Claus will be in town
Saturday with a surprise for the
to the girls
to see him during the day.
A national war relief fund of
$50,000,000 is the goal of the drive,
which will close Saturday of this I the case waa stated. Giving im-| ______
week. Prompt response is requested, I petus t0 tbe buying this year is the
and contributions may be left at I feeling’ that supplies may be ex-1 Strict adherence to an unwritten
either Bluffton drug store or at the I bausted due to defense demands.
Christmas seals are being sold at trinkets and flimsy gadgets can bel
the Bluffton post office continuing I sold.
'through Christmas, it was announced I The trend toward bigger and bet-1
germ and* 175 die*from it daily” En-| elementary and high schools. Thel W the final kill. Often times hunt-1
of the Bluffton sale of I various churches are practicing fori ^hen they discover that they!
Christmas seals was given this week I presentation of Christmas programs.! ha'’e Wied a deer already mounded!
________ I the Christmas season was the pre-
Work Will Continue]
High school gymnasium Sunday
I Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bixel and
little son moved Saturday to Find-
following births at the Bluff- int° their new home built durin»
the past summer. Jerry Basinger
ORESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHI 18, 1941
Bluffton and vicinity were called I ee Illg AJ I Paia, less than 10 miles away from
upon this week to provide $1,000 for I Limited I the scene of the naval action.
Red Cross war relief, with the Al-1 I The new attack in Hawaiian area
len county goal set at $30,000. I I occurred at dusk which would be
War relief funds are in addition to I With Christmas just a week in I shortly after midnight Tuesday
those raised in the annual member-1 the offing, siioppi#^ in Bluffton this I morning by Bluffton time. The re
ship drive, which was completed last I Yuletide season is Surpassing record I newed attack was not unexpected, it
week. totals of previous years, it was dis-1 is reported.
I here for
Impetus to buying- given bv P1 rS' Xoah Neuenschwander of South
A, I Lawn avenue, who is teaching at
Contributions are sought for funds I closed in a survey of retail estab-1 The Kahului harbor and the town
to carry out relief work in war-torn I lishments the first of the week. I of Paia are located on the north
areas where American nationals will I Several merchants reported that I —.—--------------------
be affected, it was announced in th* I the Christmas bushi«. s of last Sat-lnr TT
call from Allen county headquarters. I urday has been the best since the! 1Y1.OOSG 111111161 S liOXCI IH?(I 1*M UHWritvCH
Collections in the Bluffton com-lboom years of the late twenties. Cndp Rlllfftnn PhvcirMon Tn Tollr
munity are being directed by Mrs. I Volume of sales has been greater,| VA/llv* U1U11 LUI I 1 111 udjo 111 I 4ilt\
Ora Wetherill and Mrs. Edith Mann. I and the rush of Buying has started
For Beaverdam village and the rural I earlier this seasoil than is usually
districts of Richland township, Mrs.
Herbert Marshall is the chairman.
toys than usual also are being sold St John,s Retorraed church Thurs.
by Mrs. Sherwood Diller, chairman I ter Christmas presents has been ap-l One of the most important
of the local committee. I parent for several years, it was! tures in the unwritten code of
Mrs B. W. Travis is in charge of pointed out by merchants. It is is that each hunter in the party|
the sale, of seals at the post office, believed that one the causes is take his own terntorv and not treJ
With the quickened tempo of living the tendency of families to draw pass over the boundaries. Moose!
caused by national defense efforts,! names enabling each member to buy I and deer hunters practically alwaysl
tuberculosis has been making new more substantial gifts, rather than! hunt individuaHy rather than in
gains, it was pointed out by the a nunlber of trinkets. pairs. Reason for this is found in
local committee. I Elimination of the last minute! the desire of the hunter to make thel
Nine out of every ten people atlrusb in Christmas shopping will be! kni himself
some time or other become infected a likely result of the early buying! Another important understanding
now in vogue, it was stat* 1. I of the code is that each hunter re-1
Observances Planned I spects the other’s game. The deeiT
In keeping with the season musi-1 belongs to the one first making the!
cal presentations are planned at the! disabling wound, not to the one mak-l
Opening the musical observance of| seat ch in the, woods for
sentation of Handel’s “The Messiah”
to a large audience in the Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Diller, pan-1 n°rth"’est of Bluffton who purchased Christmas pantomime, will be pre-| SOnstreet.
dora, a girl, Thursday.
DUIIU DdWb 11CIC 1UUIC llldll llipie ian Church. For the past six years of the Ebenezer church, Sunday visitPwith hfs’parent8f Mr. and Mrs.
The public is invited.
brilliant holiday rai
lawns and business
a colorful setting of
___ the close of school Fri-
Ill New Locations
Bombardment At Kahului Harbor Brings
Bombardment of the Kahului har
I bor on the island of Maui, southeast
I of Oahu
Dr. J. S. Steiner, Veteran Deer
Hunter, Speaks at Reform
He will make his
in the little house
and distribute gifts I Most Hunters Prefer to Hunt
and boys who stop Individually in Assigned
c°de characterizes the activities of
^ose who hunt in the forests of
Fifteen per cent of the amount I Christmas buv I Northern Michigan and Canada, ac-|p|an for Organization to go In
raised will be retained Allen I Largest I e o Chr.tn s I cording to Dr. J. S. Steiner, veteranl f_ Arf ..n rin™ in Fvonf
county for local war relief expend!-1ln® being done this year in var-1 B|uffton hunter, who addressed thel _.
tures, it was announced. ious kinds of wearing apparel. Morel s brotherhood meeti
B,aufftb„en"shPoOpntepers report that day, nighk
Blu,rton sh°p a“Pers reP°rt thatl Dr. Steiner, veteran hunter of
buyers definitely have been choosing I many m00Kj hunting expedition, into
I better merchandise, and that I™ I lhe „orthern forests, has been
Renewed Concern For Bluffton Resident
in the Hawaiian group, by
warships early’ Tuesday
according to press dis
brought renewed concern
the safety of Miss Evelyn
...— I Niswander, daughter of Mr. and
UL Ll viol ul III IIlWoV
deer in his forav-
made the original dis
to return the animal.
Sometimes after the
wounded it will flee into
numerous game reserves,
standing among hunters
already wounded deer may
on the game reserve. A
animal is easy to follow by the trail I follows: Monday, Tuesday and Thurs-
cept the Indianapolis charge. I I week’s furiOugh.
Christmas programs to which the I Students in the Bluffton college I Review of the Christmas
public is invited will be presented at I department of music will present! events surrounding the
the high school auditorium on Friday! their monthly recital at the college! Christ were presented in a talk by I the Bluffton community, no munici
afternoon. I chapel this Wednesday night at 8:301 Rev. P. E. Whitmer at the ladies! pal Christmas basket distribution! J. T. Bell, north of" Ada.'
The grade school program will be I o’clock. The following will appear! night meeting of the Lions club held! will be conducted this year.
at 1:30 o’clock and the high school I on the program: piano, Laurence! at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night! No need for a municipal program
will present its program at 2:301 Burkhalter, William Mitchell, Carisl The Christmas theme was domin-l has presented itself this holiday sea
o’clock. I Basinger voice, Earl Lehman, Eu-| ant throughout the program. En-I son, Mayor W. A. Howe said. In
Following the programs school will I gene Weed, Pauline Sprunger, Viola! semble music was furnished by Jean I any isolated cases where baskets
be dismissed for the Christmas holi-1 Amstutz organ, Arthur Thiessen.! Ann and Betty Steinman and Mary I may be needed, private organizations
“At the Door of the Inn”, a| Mrs. Harl Dillman of North
_________. He will return to
the Cherry street property vacated I sented at the Methodist church Sun-1 next Monday.
by the Bixel family expects to move! day night at 7:30 o’clock. Presenta-I Sgt. Eugene Firestone in
here soon. I tion will be by a cast of more than I jng at Camp Shelby, Miss., is spend-
Rev. and Mrs. Chas. Armentrout! thirty-five voices is under direction of I jng a furiOugh with Mrs. Firestone
and little daughter will leave the! a reader, soloists and girls’chorus. I at the a. D. Gratz home on South
last of this week for Indianapolis!
where he will assume the pastorate! A program of Christmas musicl James Birchnaugh has returned to
|of the Washinffton Street Presbyter-lwill be presented by the mixed choir! Camp Shelby, Miss., after a week’s
It is be
eastern side of the island,
lieved that the attack was
an enemy submarine and
the extent of the damage
yet been reported it is thought to be
The first military and naval ac
tion of the
Harbor Sunday, December 7,
Niswander sent a one word telegram
“Safe” to her parents here. No
word has been received, however,
since the attack on Maui.
Maui but rather Pearl
the island of Oahu. Fol
initial bombing of Pearl
Miss Niswander spent the past
summer in Bluffton where she visited
her parents, returning to Hawaii in
September in time for teaching at
the private girls school at Paia.
LEGION TO DRAFT
PLANS FOR TOWN
Committee of Ex-service Men
To Confer with Mayor
Howe on Program
Bluffton’s civilian defense plans will I
be worked out at a conference this I
Wednesday night between Mayor W.
i A. Howe and the Americ an Legion
executive committee. I
Two goals will be considered by the I
group in completing details of the In-1
cal setup: An organization to pre-1
vent disaster and another to care fori
disaster in case it should o'cur.
Legion representatives who will
work with the Mayor in mapping
Bluffton civilian defense include Mil
len Geiger, chairman Clair Fett, Gil
bert Fett, Frenas Herrmann, Arthur
Amstutz, Ralph Stearns and Charles
Civilian defense committees thru
out the nation also have been request
ed to cooperate in all work required
in assisting the country to successfulI
ly bring about victory and lasting
Careful study will be made to set
up a civilian defense program that
will meet Bluffton’s needs, as well
following the program suggested
federal and state officials.
that an I
be killed! The Bluffton public library will
wounded! closed during Christmas vacation
Various types of living arrange-!
ments have been tried by
ton hunting parties, but the most!
found to be the cabin.
years cabins have been rented fori his Christmas furlough with
(Continued on page 8) I father and brother, Dow Scoles and!
.. son Allen. I
of its blood. I day during the week of December! church. Burial was in the church
I 22 and on New Year’s Day, Thurs-I cemetery.
It is very essential in hunting in I day, January 1. Moser served as a Richland town-
High and grade school nor^ern woods to carry a com-1 The library will be open all other! ship trustees for eight years was a
lookinc- forward to their I pass as is very easy to get lost| days from 1:00 to 5:00 o’clock ini member of Richland Grange, and
looKing lorwaro io me stated Heavy and| the afternoon and from 6:00 to 8:00l the Emmanuel’s church,
rough clothing is also necessary fori o’clock in the evening, it was an-|
hunting in the northern woods, itl nounced by Miss Ocie Anderson, li-l
was pointed out. I brarian.
HOME ON FURLOUGH
has been! Pvt. Gerald Scoles who is station-1
Willard Dillman, in training at!
Camp Shelby, Miss., is spending al
week’s furlough with his mother,!
Armentrout h^ been pastor ofl night at 7.45 oclock. The choir ofl Fred Birchnaugh. His brother, Joel Mary Jo Emans, 19-day-old daugh-
the Bluffton and Rockport Presby-1 thirty-five voices is underdirection of I Birchnaugh, also at Camp Shelby, I ter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Emans,
terian churches, resigning here to ac-l Prof. Otto Holtkamp.-------------------
I wjn bc home
Rev. Whitmer Reviews] Funeral services were held Monday
Xmas Storu At LionA^0 Municipal Xmas
PRICE OF TURKEYS
AND EGGS HIGHER
ON XMAS MARKET
Retail Price of Geese Has Not
Changed Much From Figure
Of I^ist Year
Chickens Slightly Higher Than
Last Year Eggs Show
Sharp Price Advance
With market prices of turkeys and
chickens markedly higher than the
figure of last year many people here
are planning to buy goose at prices
about the same as those of 1940,
for the traditional Christmas dinner.
Retail prices of geese are 15 and
16 cents per pound as compared to
the price of
16 to 18 cents
ing about 20
heavies and springers,
and springers can be
the market for about
14 cents last year,
year, retailing from
per pound are bring
a pound for
15 cents per
The greatest price increase is in
turkeys which this year are retail
ing at 26 to 28 cents per pound as
compared with the price of 20 to 22
cents per pound last year. The
supply of turkeys is small due to
the fact that the bulk of the supply
was exhausted during the Thanks
Eggs are considerably higher this
year than the price of 28 cents per
dozen figure of last year. At the
present time eggs are retailing at
about 40 cents per dozen for top
eggs with pullet eggs selling at 33c.
Two years ago prime eggs were
selling for 20 cents per dozen.
Increase in the price of eggs can
be partially explained by the demand
for powdered eggs which have been
exported to various European coun
tries engaged in war at the present
time, it has been pointed out.
Rites Held Monday
For Noah Moser
Funeral services were held last
Monday in the Emmanuel’s Reformed
church for Noah Moser, 70, well
known farmer and former Richland
township trustee, who died of pneu
I monia, last Friday afternoon at his
I home a mile north of Beaverdam.
I He had been ill 19 days.
Mr. Moser was born Sept. 6, 1871,
I in Wayne county, the son of Jacob
I and Anna (Luginbuhl) Moser.
I was married on Aug. 7, 1897,
I Laura Petersimes,
I He also leaves
I Beaverdam three
I Helen Younkman
I Hutchison, both of
I Mrs. Elnora Hall, Beaverdam a sis
I ter, Mis. Elizabeth Althaus and a
I brother, John Moser, both of Bluff
I Rev. Emil Burrichter officiated at
I funeral rites in the Emmanuel’s
a son, Clair,
and Mrs. Fern
West Unity and
Tags Go On
Sale In Bluffton
In reeenthd at Ft. Benning, Ga„ is spendingl bave Jan. 20 to buy 1942 tags
bjg| for their dogs, it was announced last
I week by Allen County Auditor Floyd
owner8 in the Blurton area
In Bluffton, Miss Zelma Ingalls, at
the Community Market is deputy
distributor for Allen and Hancock
counties. Tags are being sold in
Beaverdam by the Farmer’s Elevator
train-1 A^er ^an- 20 the penalty will be
1 added to regular fees of $1 for male
dogs and $3 for female.
Rites Held Monday
For Mary Jo Emans
Christmas day for ’al died last Saturday night at the home
story and! I Maple Grove cemetery.
birth of| Reflecting increased prosperity of| In addition to her parents, the in
fant is survived by a grandfather.
will conduct the distribution.
of her parents on South Main street.
m°rn«ng at the residence wnh Rev.
I Gerald Bright, pastor of the Church
Christ, in charge. Burial was at
Stores Open Nights
Beginning this Wednesday, Bluff
ton retail stores will be open every
evening until Christmas.
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