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Boni 1 Here to Ration Supply
For Bluffton, Richland and
Monroe Twps.
Meetings to be Held Weekly on
Thursday Night at Mayor's
With original a’lotme:nts announced
and preliminary’ organization com
pleted, Bluffton’s tire rationing com
mittee will start functioning this
The board will meet weekly’ on
Thursday night at 7:30 at the mayor’s
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Registration Places Named for
Richland and Jackson Twp.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Risks Aggregate Total of
$2,186,010 with 514 Policies
In Force
Officers Re-elected at Annual
Business Me* ing of Rural
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
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
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
years and the jther officers ft
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
he poj
ular 6:00X16 and
re practically un
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The following births at the Bluff
ton hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Nichols, Co
lumbus Grove, a boy, last Wednes
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
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
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.

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