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DEFENSE BQNDS STAMPS OLUME NO. LXVI MAYOR MAKES APPOINTMENTS FOR NEW YEAR Most of Bluffton’s Appointive Municipal Officers Will Con tinue in Office Salary Increases for Several Appointive Offices are Ap proved by Council With but one exception, all of Bluff ton’s municipal appointees will con tinue in office for the current year. Action to this effect was taken when present incumbents were re-appoint ed by Mayor Howe and the appoint ments unanimously confirmed by the new town council at its first meeting Monday night. Present apointeees were only ones filing applications for the positions, the mayor stated. In addition to confirming the may or’s appointments the council adopted legislation providing for pay increas es in a number of offices effective the first of this month. Only appointive position remaining unfilled is that of city solicitor which has been held for several years by Francis Durbin, Lima attorney. Con sideration of this remaining appoint ment will come before the council at its next meeting on January 19, it was indicated. Marshal Appointed This year, for the first time, the office of marshal is appointive instead of elective, as provided by the new state law. Lee Coon, formerly elect ed to that office was appointed for the coming year by the mayor who also (Continued on page 8) David Diller Dies Suddenly Monday David P. Diller, 78-year-old re tired farmer, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning at his farm home four miles west of Bluff ton in Richland township. He had not been ill and his death was un expected. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday in the Ebenezer Mennonite church, with the pastor Rev. A. C. Schultz officiating. Bur ial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery. Mr. Diller had serv'd as a Rich land township trus.je for eight years, and he had been a director of the Beaverdam Farmers Elevator since its organization in 1920. He also was one of the founders of the Bluffton Mid-Winter fair and was formerly a breeder of purebred horses and hogs. Born Dec. 1, 1863, in Richland township, Mr. Diller was married Jan. 10, 1889, to Elizabeth Althaus. Had he lived until Saturday the couple would have observed their 53rd wedding anniversary. Surviving children include Paul E. Diller, Bluffton funeral director Mrs. Aldine Amstutz, also of Bluff ton Mrs. Edward Lugibihl, of Pan dora Mrs. Alvin Burkholder, of Findlay Waldo Diller, of Cairo, and David Diller, Jr., of Waltham, Massachusetts. John and Albert Diller, of Bluff ton, are brothers and surviving sis ters include Mrs. Peter Nusbaum, Mrs. Peter Herr and Miss Mary Diller, all of Bluffton and Miss Fannie Diller, of Chicago. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Benner, Mt. Cory, a boy Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fett, Ada, a girl, Friday. Mr .and Mrs. Orlando Lugibill, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Williams, Columbus Grovt a girl, this Wed nesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Ketner, Gil boa, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burkholder, a boy, Saturday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sahd, of Stanley, New Mexico, a boy. Mrs. Sahd was the former Patricia Lugi bihl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. My ron R. Lugibihl, both former Bluff ton residents and Bluffton college graduates. In Chicago School Miss Margaret Jane Basinger en rolled the first of the week in the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, where she will specialize in dress de signing. She left Sunday for Chi cago accompanying her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Basinger who are attending the national furniture market in that city this week. Rites Thursday DAVID P. DILLER 1 NERAL services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday a ternoon in the Ebenezer Men nonite church for David P. Diller who died suddenly Monday morning. A prominent Richland town ship farmer, Diller served 10 years as a township trustee and he was one of the founders of the Bluffton Mid-Winter Fair- ELECTRIC CURRENT RATE IS CUT FOR INDUSTRIAL USERS Estimate New Rate Will Pro vide 10 Per Cent Saving for Large Consumers Board of Public Affairs Adopts Schedule Similar to Other Towns in Area Lowering of municipal general pow er rates, to provide economies in op eration for 20 large industrial patrons of the Bluffton p:ant, was annuonced this week by the Board of Public Af fairs. Reduction of rates will provide an average saving of about 10 per cent for concerns using large quantities of municipally generated power, it is estimated. Action was taken by the board to provide rates in line with those pre vailing for quantity users in other towns in this area, it was announced. Only industrial users will benefit, and commercial and domestic rates remain unchanged. Rate Schedule New general power charges will be as follows: First 500 KWH 4c per KWH. Next 2500 KWH 2’2c per KWH. Next 5000 KWH 2c per KWH. Next 12,000 KWH Pbc per KWH. Next ’20,000 KWH ILc per KWH. Rates formerly prevailing were: First 30 KWH 5c per KWH. Next 470 KWH 4c per KWH. Next 1000 KWH 3c per KWH. Next 1000 KWH 21/2c per KWH. Over 2500 KWH 2c per KWH. If total industrial monthly consump tion of both light and power exceeds 1000 KWH, only one meter is requir ed and power rates apply. Badertscher-Mitchell Nuptials Solemnized Wedding of Miss Vera Badertscher, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Badertscher of Geiger street and John J. Mitchell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kinder Mitchell of Findlay took place at the home of the bride’s pastor, Rev. Emil Burrichter, of the Reformed church, Friday night at 8 o’clock. The wedding was solemnized in the presence of the parents of the bride and bridegroom. The double ring ceremony was followed. The bride was attired for the oc casion in a blue chiffon velvet gown. The couple will make their home in Findlay where Mr. Mitchell is as sociated with his father in operation of the Union Trucking Terminal. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1938 and is now employed at the plant of the Triplett Electrical Instru ment company. Don’t Laugh—Old Dobbin And One Hoss Shay May Be Coming Back Soon i American Defeats In Philippines Cause Loss Of Prestige, Lions Speaker States New Cars and Tires Unobtain able to Average Citizen Old Tires Uncertain Bluffton May Witness Return of Hitching Racks Gone for Past 20 Years The horse and buggy days may be on the way back again—this was the comment, half seriously and half in jest—as the average Bluffton resi dent realized the first of the week that as far as he was concerned there were no more new automobiles or tires available. Federal regulations which rigidly circumscribe sales of tires and a similar rationing of automobiles in prospect have left no possibility of obtaining these products to any but the most essential users. Recapped or retreaded tires are not included under the federal order, but with tire shops working on six teen hour schedules attempting to take care of a flood of orders, pros pects for such substitutes are none too bright. Rubber Scarce Recapping and retreading opera tion require rubber which is already difficult to obtain, local tire men declare. Unless conditions in this field improve, even these tire opera tions may be put bn a basis of “if and when rubber is available”. (Continued on page 8) Chinese Cannot Understand How Americans Can Suffer Setbacks Japanese Soldiers Characterized By Fanatical Devotion To State Loss of face by the white man will be the Chinese reaction to the tem porary setbacks being suffered by the American military forces at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippines ac cording to S .F. Pannabecker, Bluffton college professor and recently return ed missionary from China, who talked to members of the Lions club at the Walnut Grill, Tuesday night. (Continued on page 8) Rites Wednesday For Sarah Schumacher Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon in the First Men nonite church for Mrs. Sarah Miller Schumacher, 68, who died Sunday evening in a hospital at Gallipolis. Death was from pneumonia, how ever Mrs. Schumacher had been bed fast since falling, and fracturing her leg several weeks ago. Rev. H. T. Unruh of the First Mennonite and Rev. Emil Burrichter of the Reformed church officiated at the services, Wednesday. Burial was in the St. John cemetery near Pan dora. Born in Wayne county, Ohio, June 30, 1873, Mrs. Schumacher had lived in this district most of her life. She was the widow of Benjamin Schu macher, a retired farmer, who died 13 years ago. Four of six children survive. They include Clara Schumacher, Mrs. Stella Lichtenwalter and George Schumacher, all of Bluffton, and Richard Schumacher, of Dayton. Mrs. Levi Hauenstein and Miss Diana Miller, both of Bluffton, are sisters, and John Miller of Waver ly, Iowa, is a brother. Mrs. Schumacher was a member of St. John Mennonite church, near Pandora. Announce Wedding In Kentucky Dec. 27 Announcement was made the first of the week of the marriage of Miss Carrie Motter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Motter of Bluffton and Minor Thut, of Kingsbury, Ind., son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Thut of this place. The wedding took place at Cat lettsburg, Ky., December 27. Fol lowing the ceremony the couple made a ten-day trip through the southern states. The bride has been employed for the past five years as bookkeeper and cashier in the Lima office of a life insurance company. Mr. Thut is employed at the Kingsbury ordnance plant at Kings bury, Indiana. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1942 250 IN BLUFFTON AREA TO REGISTER FEB. 16, ESTIMATE Men From 20 to 44 Not Pre viously Registered are In cluded in Order Draft Boards Assisted by Vol unteers to Handle AH Registration Initial plans in setting up the ma chinery to conduct the registration for selective military service of men from 20 to 44 years of age on Feb. 16 are being considered this week by Allen county’s three draft boards. It is estimated that more than 250 Bluffton and Richland township men will be required toiregist'er in connec tion with the natidb-wide registration announced for Feb. 16 by President Roosevelt. Men between the ages of 21 to 35 who have been lisied in the two pre vious registrations will not be called upon to register Jagain, local draft board officials polWted out. Volunteers to Assist Registration Selective service boards will handle all details of the February registra tion, a’.tho volunteer workers will be asked to assit. Under present national legislation all men between the ages of 29 and 44 are subject to military senice in the nation’s armed forces. No date has be£n set as yet for registration of men between 18 and 20 and between 44 and 65, who are not subject to military call under the present law, but who must be regis tered with the government. -..- ......■-— FEDERAL ORDER STOPS SALE OF ALL NEW CARS No Sales Being Mde as Dealers Here Await Further Word On Matter Stocks of New Cars in Bluffton Showrooms is Small at This Season Sales of new automobiles and trucks are at a standstill in Bluffton as ef fect of a nationwide federal order which has “frozen” all such stocks of motor vehicles until January 15. Although no official word has been received as yet by local automobile dealers, sales have been discontinued on the basis of newspaper reports and radio announcements which stated that sale, delivery or lease of all new cars and light trucks is banned for the present. Clamping down of the federal order announced last Friday found Bluffton automobile dealers with only a few new cars on their floors. Await Further Plan What plan will be announced for distribution of stocks of new motor vehicles after January 15, when the present federal order expires was the subject of much speculation the first of the week. It is expected, however, that a ra tioning plan similar to that govern ing the sale of new tires will be an nounced. Assuming that new cars probably will be unobtainable by the average motorist, local dealei are planning to exploit their repair service and some are considering the addition of sup plementary lines of merchandise. Prospect Good For Repair Lines Plenty of repair parts will continue to be made available for all automo biles in use, according to federal plans and prospects for repair business is said to be the best within history. Effects of the government’s ban on automobile dealers is seen in the an nouncement that during 1941 Allen county automobile sales agencies de livered 2,288 new cars and 204 trucks. Ban on sales of new cars will have an important effect on local govern ment subdivisions which obtain a con siderable portion of their income from sales tax receipts. Sales tax on new automobiles paid by the purchaser has in the past constituted one of the ma jor sources of sales tax revenue. Much of the funds received for sup port of schools from the state school foundation fund comes from sales tax. With one of the principal sources of this tax dried up by the ban on automobile sales, school authorities have already expressed concern as to financial reprecussions which may be involved. A cold wave which swept Bluffton with zero temperatures the first of the week was intensified Wednes day morning when the mercury dropped to a new low mark of six degrees below zero, the lowest read ing recorded here in two years. I'he cold wave struck Bluffton Sunday night sending thermometer readings down to zero early Monday with only a slight rally during the day. 7 uesday morning before daylight found another record of zero with the discomfort of the cold aggra vated by a high wind sweeping in from the west and continuing thru out the day. Figure 200 Under that of Last Year is Indication of Prosperity Total of 117 in March was Largest Number in Any One Month Concrete evidence that the general war boom prosperity of the country has affected even the knights of the road was shown in the 25 per cent reduction in the number of transients locked up in the Bluffton jail over night during the past as compared with the totals for 1940, according to figures released the first of the week by Marshal Lee Coon. During 1941 a total of 614 trans ients stopped at the lockup for over night lodging, doing their cooking on the jail stove and sleeping on the hard floor of the building. The fig ure for 1940 showed better than 800 seeking the overnight “service” at the local jail. Sleep on Floor Occasionally the “knights” of the road”c arry their bedding with them, but more often they sleep on the floor with only a few Scattered newspapers between them and the boards. Some use lumps of coal for their pillows and the group would appear to be anything but comfort able when they bed down for the night. On some occasions all of them will pool their foodstuffs and put them on one table eating picnic style. Other times they eat separately. Hoboes, as distinguished from tramps, seek work in the seasonal occupations in different parts of the country. With many new jobs creat ed by national defense activities it is known that many formerly classified as hoboes secured positions as un skilled workers in the defense indus tries. Tramps, however, refuse to engage in any type of work. March Peak Month March of last year was the peak month for the overnight callers. During the month 117 took advant age of the jail’s shelter to top the figures of 98 and 102 in January and February respectively. It is believed that with winter weather breaking up they drift north during the two early spring months. Complete summary of the year fol lows: January, 98 February, 102 March, 117 April, 85 May, 21 June, 12 July, 4 August, 4 Sep tember 6 October, 15 November, 71 December, 79. During the hot months of the summer most of them sleep outside, in fields or barns, accounting for the low figures of July and August, Coon said. Doris Hartman Weds Francis Reichenbach Miss Doris Hartman became the bride of Francis L. Reichenbach in a single ring ceremony performed by Rev. W. P. Alspach at his Find lay parsonage last Wednesday after noon. Both are employed at The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and are well known here. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hartman, of Lib erty township, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reichen bach, of Bluffton Route 2. For the ceremony the bride was attired in an aqua blue silk crepe dress with black accessories. A pearl necklacet rimmed the plain neckline of her dress. She wore a corsage of yellow jonquils and pink carnations. Mrs. Reichenbach is a graduate of Mt. Cory High school, and the groom attended Bluffton High. They will make their home in Bluffton. Mercury Plunges To Six Below Zero In Bluffton Wednesday Over 600 Transients Had Night’s Lodging At Jail Here In Past Year Residents were unprepared for the zero wave which struck Sunday night night because of strict wartime mil itary regulations prohibiting every thing but local news of weather con ditions. As a consequence there was a mad scramble on Monday for anti-freeze solutions for automobiles. Hundreds of extra shovelfuls of coal were re quired in homes to maintain com fortable temperatures, and those who had to go outside bundled into their heaviest clothing. IndicationsW ednesday afternoon showed no abatement of the severe cold. FARM IMPLEMENTS WILL BE REPAIRED TO AID WAR EFFORT Increase of 50% In Repair Parts to Improve Existing Equipment Sharp Curtailment in Produc tion of New Farm Machinery Repair of existing farm equipment rather than replacement of it with new machinery will be the rule this year for farmers of the Bluffton dis trict. This is the consequence of the re cent regulation of the OPM which ordered drastic curtailment in the production of new farm machinery and the stepping up of production of repair parts. The same farm machinery that was used this year to produce one of the largest crops on record myst be count ed oh in 1942 to reacK even higher production goals which have been set for the nation’s farms in their partici pation in the defense and war effort. Save Scarce Metals The purpose of the new ruling by the OPM is to save scarce metals while giving assurance to the farm ers that they will be able to keep presently owned equipment in good state of repair. Production quotas are being placet! on every type of equipment from windmills to wheelbarrows. Only 83 per cent of the materials available to the industry in 1941 will be available in 194.. About per cent more mater ial will be made available to repair ■to parts manufacturers. Local implement dealers have been assisting the manufacturers in deter mining the quantity and kind of re pair parts most in demand. Report ing the matter in sufficient time is of paramount importance, it was stated. Repair Work With the recent OPM ruling Bluff ton district farmers may encounter difficulties in obtaining new equip ment but repair work should be com paratively easy to get under way pro viding that reports are made in time. In commenting on the program as related to Allen County, Clair A. Pat terson, chairman of the county agri cultural defense board said, “Every usable farm machine must be put in shape or kept in top condition if our farmers are to do their part in the 1942 Farm Defense Program.” “In addition to the scarcity of new equipment,” Patterson said, “farmers will find the available farm labor lim ited in 1942. This labor shortage makes the role of the present farm machinery even more important.” With The Sick Mrs. Frank Hermann is ill at her residence on East Elm street. Mrs. Laurena Paulos, who has been staying at the home of her brother Clarence Young, continues to be in about the same condition. She has been ill with heart trouble for the past three weeks. Condition of the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shulaw, who has been ill for several weeks, remains about the same. Condition of Mrs. Fred Hahn who suffered injuries sustained in a fall about 10 days ago, is much improved and she is able to work again. Condition of Mrs. J. S. Schultz, who is convalescing at her home on South Lawn avenue following a ma jor operation at the hospital, is much improved. Give the gift that signi fies America is not to be caught napping. DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 37 RATIONED TIRE SALES DELAYED BY BOARD HERE Certification of Local Commit tee by State Hindered by Rush of Work C. G. Coburn, Chairman Bluff ton Board Named on Allen County Committee Because of delays at state head quarters in the certification of mem bers of the local tire rationing com mittee, the sale of new automobile tires in Bluffton to approved appli cants, scheduled to begin Monday, will be postponed for several days. This announcement was made Tuesday by Mayor W. A. Howe, gen eral chairman of the Bluffton civil ian defense organization. C. G. Co burn is chairman of the Bluffton ra tioning board with Ralph Dunifon and Gilbeil Fett serving as the other two members. In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Howe urged the public to be patient and await further announcements, declaring that rationing will begin just as soon as the government ma chinery can be put in proper motion. Mayors Meeting Sunday At a meeting of the mayors of the district held in Lima, Sunday it was learned that the congestion of work in the state office at Columbus had caused the delay in the certifica tion of local committees. At the Sunday meeting C. G. Co burn was named a member of the Allen County Coordinating Tire Ra tioning board. Chairman of the board is Homer Tremaine of Lima. In addition to Coburn, other mem bers of the county board are Paul Staup, Delphos and Weldon Par lette, Lafayette. When certification is given to the Bluffton board regular- meetings will be planned with the mayor’s office to be headquarters. Lists Restrictions In announcing the personnel of the Bluffton tire rattoning board last week, Mayor Howe pointed out that the regulations issued by Price Administrator Leon Henderson pro hibit issuance of tire purchase cer tificates except to owners of motor vehicles which fall within seven sharply defined classifications covering essential services for health, safety and industrial and commercial opera tions. Motorists and tiuck owners on the eligible list who seek new tires must fill out application forms. These forms then must be taken to an “inspector” appointed by the local rationing board who will inspect and report on the condition of the ap plicant’s tires. If the inspector finds the tire or tires are unsafe and cannot he re paired, reconditioned or retreaded, he will certify the need for a new tire to the local board. The board will then review and take final action on the application. Bluff ion Boy In Air Corps To Talk Here Ensign Wade Lape, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape of Grove street and an officer in the United States naval air corps, will address an as sembly meeting at the Bluffton High school auditorium Tuesday morning at 9:15 o’clock. Lape has finished his course of flying instruction at the naval sta tion in Pensacola, Florida, and is scheduled to receive his wings this week. He has been assigned to a patrol division of the naval air coiTs in California and will stop in Bluffton for a 10 day furlough en route to his new post. While in Bluffton he will also speak at a meeting of the Lions club. Lape is a graduate of Bluff ton college prior to his graduation from Ohio State university. The public is invited to the lec ture Tuesday morning. Evangelistic Meetings At Ebenezer Church Rev. Walter Gering, evangelist and pastor of the large Eden Mennonite church of Moundridge, Kansas, will conduct a week of evangelistic serv ices at the Ebenezer Mennonite church, two miles west of town, starting Sunday morning at 10:30 a. m. and continuing until January 18. The meetings will be held every night except Saturday at 7:45 o’clock, it was announced by Rev. A, C. Schultz, pastor.