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VOLUME NO. LXVI FOUR TIRES, THREE TUBES IS MONTHLY QUOTA OF DISTRICT Boni 1 Here to Ration Supply For Bluffton, Richland and Monroe Twps. Meetings to be Held Weekly on Thursday Night at Mayor's Office With original a’lotme:nts announced and preliminary’ organization com pleted, Bluffton’s tire rationing com mittee will start functioning this week. The board will meet weekly’ on Thursday night at 7:30 at the mayor’s office. Dis'tribution of tires and tubes in Bluffton, and also Richland and Mon roe tjwnships wil1 be authorized by’ the board here upon application by’ essent ia! users whe are in need of new rubbe Que►tas announceed this week for Riehlsmd and Monroe townships in the i of January will permit the dis tribution of only 1 our tires for auto mobih?s or light rucks, and 10 tires and eight tubes for trucks and buses. Quotas are Low it iis expected that the allotment onths to con’te will be the same as th.it set up foir January. if ■ill tires and tubes allotted by quota are not puirchased by eligible persoiis they’ cannct be sold to others, and the supply is not cumulative, threfore the figure set for the follow ing month will not be influenced by a carryover. Written applications must be made on a lengthy application form by es sential users who want to purchase tires or tubes. Forms at Dealers Application forms are available at any local tire distributor. The ap plication form then must be certified by an inspector, presumably the deal er, that the condition of the tire or tube warrants replacement. If tires can be repaired new ones cannot be bought. The next step is to take the applica tion to the local rationing board, and if the applicant can show he falls within the eligible classifications, a certificate for purchase will be issued, if the quota for the month has not been exhausted. This then is taken to the tire dealer who will issue the tire or tube. Essential Users Essential users are those whose ve hicle must be operated to maintain the public health and safety buses with a capacity of 10 or more, and trucks. No new tires will be available for trucks making door-to-door deliveries of department store purchases, milk and groceries. Bluffton’s rationing board is made up of C. G. Coburn, chairman Ralph Dunifon and Gilbert Fett. It will meet at 7:30 p. m. every Thursday at the town hall to pass on applications. Harriett Herrmann Hites Held Monday Illness of one week from heart disease brought death to Mrs. Har riett (Ewing) Herrmann, 79, last Friday at her home on Elm street. She was the youngest daughter of Beriah and Hannah Henry Ewing, pioneer Orange township residents, and a great-granddaughter of John Henry, one of the founders of the Bluffton Church of Christ. Mrs. Herrmann was married to Frank Herrmann on Sept. 18, 1884, Mr. Herrmann preceding her in death 12 years ago. Her entire mar ried life was spent in the home in which she passed away. Funeral services were held Mon day afternoon at the Church of Christ, with Rev. Lee Remaley and Rev. Gerald Bright officiating. Bur ial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Four surviving children are Carl H., of Toledo Sylvan A., at home Jerome H., of Fremont, and Mrs. Pauline Stein, of Woodville, Ohio. Garmatter-Houts Nuptials Saturday In a single ring ceremony per formed at the home of the officiating minister, Miss Dorothy Garmatter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Garmatter of Lawn avenue, became the bride of Clifford Houts of Del phos, Saturday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock. The wedding vows were received by Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church. The groom is employed by the Hy-Grade Dairy’ and the bride works at the Trip lett Electrical Instrument Co. To Dedicate Chimes TJROF. Elmer Ende of Akron who will be heard in an organ recital at Bluffton college chapel, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, dedicating the chimes recently installed. Prof. Ende, formerly of Bluffton college department of music is now instructor in organ at the Akron university conservatory of music. BLUFFTON MEN TO REGISTER AT H. S. LIBRARY FEB. 16 Registration Places Named for Richland and Jackson Twp. Men Forrest Steinman, Member of County Draft Board Placed in Charge Places where Richland and Jack son township men between the ages of 20 and 44 will be required to register on February 16 for selective military service were announced the first of the week. The announcement was made by Forrest Steinman of Bluffton, a member of Allen County Draft Board No. 3 who will be in charge of registration in the two townships. All men in Bluffton’s four pre cincts will register at the High School library. Registration point for men from Richland North will be in the town ship trustees room at the Bluffton town’ hall. Richland South and Beaverdam men will register in the Beaverdam town hall at their regular voting places. Likewise Lafayette and Jackson township men will register at the customary voting places. Steinman announced that he ex pected to have within the next week a complete list of volunteer workers who assist in filling out blanks and look after other details at each registration point. Graduation At High School On May 27 Military draft requirements which are making drastic changes in Ohio college graduation schedules will not effect Bluffton high school com mencement, it was announced by Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf the first of the week Commencement exercises will be held at the high school on Wednes day’ night, May’ 27. The class ad dress will be delivered by Dr. John Ruskin Howe, president of Otterbein college, Westerville. Supt. Longsdorf pointed out that since high school seniors are under the age of military draft require ments there will be no need of changing dates of commencement ex ercises. Bluffton $175 Short Of Red Cross Quota Bluffton’s Red Cross war relief fund lacks $175 of meetings its $1,000 quota, it was announced by Mrs .Edith Mann of the local Red Cross committee. “If you have not contributed, take your money to either drug store or the bank. We need the money now”, she stated. Many New Electric Refrigerators And Ranges Gleam In Kitchens Here College May Hold Graduation Week Exercises Early In May te? THE BLUFFTON NEWS __ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Installations During Past Year Break Record, Light Plant Reports Show Housewives Prefer Refrigerat ors Over Ranges by Four To One Majority Kitchens in the Bluffton district went modern during the past year which was a banner one for instal lation of electric ranges and refrig erators according to the report of Forest Mumma of the municipal elec tric light plant. Mumma as superintendent of out side maintenance, is in charge of connecting all of the larger appli ances served with current from the plant here. According to Mumma’s report made public the first of the week refriger ators held first place in the favor of Bluffton housewives who when choosing favored them by a four to one majority over electric ranges. Refrigerators Increase 25 Per Cent Installation of 125 electric refrig erators during the past year was an increase of more than 25 per cent, bringing to 460 the total number op (Continued on page 8) BluRton May Join Ohio Colleges Which Have Adopted War time Measure Joint Student-Faculty Com mittee Making Study of Situation this Week Commencement exercises at Bluff ton college may be held early in May this year, a month before the regularly’ scheduled date, it was in dicated the first of the week as a joint student-faculty committee made a study of the present situation in light of wartime conditions. Report of the committee is expected early next week. Advancing the date of graduation from June to the first or second week of May is only one of a num ber of questions which the committee has under consideration. This, however, is one of the prin cipal points of consideration before the committee. During the past week a number of Ohio colleges have adopted similar programs. Point Advantages In advancing the close of the reg ular college term by one month it is pointed out that some students would also make possible a longer summer school term. To accomplish this end, the twelve day spring vacation from April 3 to 15 would be eliminated, also class periods would be lengthened and certain extra-curricular activities dropped. Adoption of new courses to be add ed to the curriculum is being con sidered. Courses such as War and Reconstruction First Aid more spe cific courses on the economic back ground of Europe and Far East. These courses would prepare stu dents to aid in a constructive man ner now and to do definite recon struction work after the conflict. A plan is expected to be put into operation to aid seniors who might be called to service before the cur rent semester ends. The plan would probably permit these persons to complete work in a shortened period of time and to complete comprehens ive examinations. Students may be asked to help in Red Cross work, making bandages or donating blood. Further consideration of these and other plans will be given in the future by the committee. Persons on the committee are: Students—Bert Smucker, Lucile Tschantz, Thelma Dailey, John Boehr, Ray Holcomb, and Wilton Hartzler. Faculty mem bers are—Prof. H. W. Berky, Dr. I. W. Bauman, Dr. C. H. Smith, Dr. J. S. Schultz, Prof. A. C. Schultz, and Dr. L. L. Ramseyer. Widow Purchases Badertscher Grocery Mrs. Geneva Badertscher, widow of the late Menno Badertscher, pur chased her husband’s grocery sold Monday under court order in con nection with settlement of the es tate. She will continue operation of the grocery it was announced, Tues day. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 1942 BLUFFTON FEELS PINCH OF AUTO TIRE RATIONING Groceries Announce Restric tions in Delivery Service to Patrons Local Traveling Men Effected: Price Ceilings Put on Re treaded Tires. Evidence of the wartime pinch in rationing of automobile tires came Wednesday morning when four Bluff ton grocers operating delivery serv ice to their patrons announced lim ited schedules effective next Monday. Action of the food retailers fol lowed announcements that cars used in delivery service to consumers would not be included in the list of those eligible Iq purchase new tires. As a conservation measure pat rons were notified Wednesday that deliveries will be limited to one in the forenoon and one in the after noon daily excepting Saturday. De livery service on Saturday when housewives lay in provisions for the week end will be made as often as conditions warrant. Effect Traveling Men Present tire restrictions are com pelling traveling men residing here (Continued on page 8) RICHLANDFARMERS MUTUAL INSURANCE SHOWS INCREASE Risks Aggregate Total of $2,186,010 with 514 Policies In Force Officers Re-elected at Annual Business Me* ing of Rural Society Property insured by the Richland Township Farmers Insurance Co., a rural organization operating in the Bluffton area, amounted io $2,186,010 at the end of the fiscal year 1941, it was announced at the annual meeting held here, Saturday after noon. With total losses of $1,986.26 for the past year the insurance organi zation had fewer losses than in 1940 when losses aggregated $4,‘177.70. Fire claims were negigible with only $20 paid out. Other losses were wind, $1,866.26 and lightning, $100. A two mill asst?ssment was le•ied. 18 New Members A total of 544 policies a re in effect at this time representing 18 new members. Officers re-el 2cted are as ft Charles Lora, appraiser 1 1. P. Huber, treasun Earl Mattei•, sec retary Eli ?tugsburger, director. Augsburger wsis elected for Organized 1885 Altho the Rit.•hland township com pany does not include profeisional insurance men in its directorate, it has continued in operation success fully for more than a half century. The society wtis organized in 1885 for the primary’ purpose of insunng farm property on a mutual basis. Originally business was conducted on a restricted basis but in the last decade or so perations have gen erally extended to include surround- ing communities. Church Of Christ Rally Here Sunday More than 100 delegates from six churches will be here Sunday after noon for a Church of Christ district youth rally to be held in the local Church of Christ. A quarterly event, the youth rally is being held in Bluffton for the first time. Churches to be represented include Bluffton, Lima, Kenton, Bel lefontaine, Findlay and Leipsic. S. F. Pannabecker, who recently returned from the mission field in China, will give an illustrated lec ture on that country at the evening session. Features of the afternoon include a recreational program, fol lowed by a panel discussion. New federal auto use tax stickers, which must be displayed on all motor vehicles after Jan. 31, will be placed on sale the latter part of this week at the Bluffton post office. Stamps purchased in January will cost $2.09 and will expire June 30. Stamps for a full year will cost $5, and will be sold next June for the 12-months period beginning July 1. The routine of buying auto stick ers is said to be simple. There is no application form, and the sticker is obtained by paying cash for it. No Rush Reported in Purchas ing of Everyday Rubber Products Here Although restrictions are not yet flaced on the purchase of everyday’ •ubber products in Bluffton, no guar intees can be made for their avail ibility in future months, it was stat 'd by’ local dealers the first of the Present stocks of products ranging from the lowly rubber band and pencil eraser to important “health” articles such as rubber gloves and hot water bottles are adequate for immediate trade needs. Salesmen and representatives of jobbing firms have been pointing out to local dealers that definite short ages and restrictions are antcipated in golf and tennis balls and rubber gloves. Golf balls may be completely off the market, it was stated. Buy Netos Only’ Buying of all rubber goods should be on an “absolute necessity” basis and a buying rush on a particular type of product will make for dif ficulty, it was stated by persons in terviewed. The two drug stores here reported no particular rush to buy rubber goods and said that they expected manufacturers’ deliveries to be made as usual to take care of local needs providing buying continued at the normal pace. The rush in recapped and retread ed tire purchases continues this week with delivery and completion of the tires considerably behind schedule. Tire shops here are working on six teen hour schedules in the attempt to take care of the flood of local orders. Tire Recapping Establishments manufacturing rub ber materials for retreading are. con- siderably 1 unless conelitions New Federal Auto Use Tax Stamps On Sale At Post Office This Week Cards will be given to each pur- Rubber Sundries Pie No Guarantees Local Dealers Report Restric tions are Expected in Future Months ehind i n filling orders and n this field improve erations may be put available”. Used even these on a basis three years and the jther officers ft year. Serving unexpired terms are di rectors Jacob Schick and Elmer Lauby. Augsburger was re-dected president of the society and Lauby was named vice president. tire op of “when tires in 6:50X16 he poj ular 6:00X16 and re practically un renort. local dealers Automobile and truck tires account for about 75 per cent of the crude rubber consumed in the United States, hut it is the restriction on the other 25 per cent that will reach into the home, it was stated. Many’ types of rubber goods deem ed not absolutely necessary are ex pected to be discontinued. Included in this category would be such ar ticles as balloons, rubber swimming suits and caps, teething rings, tires for model cars and rubber thread in women’s wear. Citizens Bank Names Bogart New Director M. M. Bogart, Bluffton auto deal er, was elected for the coining year on the board of directors of the Citizens National bank at the annual stockholders meeting held Tuesday night. Bogart will fill the vacancy on the board caused by the death of Hiram Ixicher in December. All other directors were re-elected for the coming year. They are: C. Henry Smith, E. C. Romey, Noah Basinger, L. T. Greding, Edwin Am stutz and Henry Huber. A cash dividend of $4 a share on the present outstanding common stock was paid to stockholders of record. HOSPITAL MEETING Annual meeting of shareholders of Bluffton Community’ hospital will be held at the High School cafeteria, Monday’ night, January 19 at 7:30 o'clock to elect three directors and transact other business. Cal Balmer, Sec. chaser, howevc filled out and of internal rev car for which tl which are to led to the collectc ue, identifying th sticker was bough pe rat ion of autc Deadline for without stickei Jan. 31. Driver of an automobile without a use stamp after that date will be liable to a fine of 30 days imprisonment. spicuous place or There is one unift motor vehicles. ntiful Now But For Future Promised MENNONITE AID SOCIETY GROWS IN PAST YEAR Company has $3,265,100 Risks In Force in District with Increase of $55,735 Policies Carried by Local Unit Aggregate 889 Officers Elected at Meeting Insurance risks aggi total of $3,265,100 are negating carried a by Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, a locally controlled and operated in surance organization specializing in farm risks, it was reported Saturday at the annual meeting of the group in Pandora. Reports submitted at the session showed the society has 889 policies an increase of 20 over the total of last year. The year closed with a balance of $3,336.01 in the treasury. Aggregate risks carried by the organization at the close of the year showed an increase of $55,735 over the total of $3,209,365 carried on the books at the close of 1940. Storm Damage Storm damages were heavy result ing in a total loss of slightly more than $3,500. Other losses were, lightning, $83, and fire, $158 making a total loss of $3,741 for the society in the year 1941. Three directors were elected for a term of three years at the annual stockholders meeting. These were: L. G. Phillips, Albert Winkler and Amos Tschiegg. Officers elected at the meeting are as follows: Jerry’ Basinger, presi dent and adjuster E. E. Bucher, vice president and appraiser Albert Winkler, secretary A. S. Hilty, treasurer Gid Sc lumacher, L. G. Phillips and Amos Tschiegg, adjust ers. The seven officers omprise tlic board of directors. D. J. Basinger jard after havinjr retires froi served co o jsly as director and secreta 7 years. Bluffton Boy In Air Corps To Talk Here Ensign Wade Lape, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed 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 and will talk to the Bluffton Lions club Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Lape ws scheduled to talk to the high school students last Tuesday but due to the fact that bad weath er hampered flying operations his trip here was delayed for one week. He received his wings last week. He has been assigned to a patrol division of the naval air corps in California and will stop in Bluffton for a 10 day furlough enroute to his new post. Lape attended Bluffton college prior to his graduation from Ohio State university in the department of business and economics. The public is invited to attend the Tuesday morning meeting. Real Estate Deals Richard Stettler has purchased the 83 acre farm three and one-half miles south of town known as the Eli Stettler farm and expects to move on the place the first of Feb ruary. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lugibill have purchased the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stettler on North Main street and expect to occupy the property’ early in February. They are new living on the Purl Hart man farm east of town. Give the gift that sigriU fies America is not to be caught napping. DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 38 HOLD BLUFFTON FARM INSTITUTE JAN. 23 AND 24 Program for Two Days’ Session Here On Friday and Satur day Next Week Speakers From State Agricul tural Extension Service to Address Group Featuring a two day discussion of rural community problems, Bluffton’s annual winter farm institute will be held next Friday and Saturday, Jan. Speakers well qualified in the fields they represent will appear in the institute program, and in ad dition many entertaining features are planned. Complete details of the program will appear in next week’s issue of the Bluffton News. Speakers for the program this year are provided by the agricultur al extension service of Ohio State university. In the past several years all speakers and talent have been provided locally. State aid is provided to towns in the county in a regular routine of alternation under the direction of the Allen State Aid Institute Bluffton had a state aid institute about three years, it was stated by Harry Barnes, member of the in stitute executive committee. The speakers in the institute this year (Continued on page 8) In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Jay’ F. Harris have rented the Presbyterian parsonage and moved the first of the week from the John Watkins apartments on Cherry street. Mrs. Harris’ aunt, Mrs. Eli Locher residing on Bentley road will move to town and make her home with them. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Zimmerly and family have moved from the Zim merly farm near Bluffton to the Wilmer Niswander farm near Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Crawfis expect to move from the John Diller farm to the Zimmerly farm. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Nichols, Co lumbus Grove, a boy, last Wednes day. Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Lauck, Ar lington, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herr, Lima, a boy, Sunday’. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moser, Ada, a boy, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Aulton Wagner of Findlay’ are the parents of a baby girl born at the Findlay hospital Friday night. Mrs. Wagner was the former Madonna Lugibill of this place. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Nagy of Lyndhurst, N. J., a boy, David Charles, last Wednesday. Mrs. Nagy was the former Ruth Shvidler of Bluffton and sister of Mrs. Eugene Benroth. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Steiner of Ypsilanti, Mich., a girl, Christine Balet, Saturday’. Mr. Steiner is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Steiner, former Bluffton residents and a nephew of the Steiner Sisters residing west of town. Announcement has been received here of the birth of a son, Richard Alan, to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fred erick of Ashtabula. Dr. Frederick is the second son of Dr. and Mrs. H. O. Frederick, former Bluffton residents. With The Sick Fred Gratz, Bluffton clothier, is confined to his apartment with an attack of arthritis. Mrs. Coza Rauenbuhler is ill at her home on East Kibler street with an attack of influenza. Miss Betty Neiswander of Pandora is caring for her. Clyde Waltz of near Columbus Grove, formerly of Bluffton has been at the Cleveland Clinic foundation hospital the past week for observa tion and treatment. Carl Derringer is improving nicely following a major operation which he underwent at Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Lloyd Murray is ill at her home on South Main street suffer ing from a broken bone in her right wrist and possible internal injuries as the result of a fall in her yard, Saturday morning. Her daughter, Mrs. Dwight Palm of Cleveland ar rived here the first of the week.