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DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVI_________ TIRE RATIONING COMMITTEE ALSO TO HANDLE SUGAR Board to be Given Charge of Other Commodities Which May be Restricted Sugar Ration May be 12 Ounces Per Person Weekly To Ration “Camelback” Not only tires and tubes—but sugar for the family table, “Camel back” for retreading worn tires and other commodities which may be re stricted during the emergency will be handled by Bluffton’s rationing board. The local committee which was organized as a tire rationing board early this month has received word to drop the word “tire” from its official title and henceforth will be known as the Bluffton Rationing beard. Members are C. G. Coburn, Gilbert Fett and Ralph Dunifon. Announcement was made Tuesday to the effect that the board will take over distribution of sugar in about three weeks. Rationing of “camel back” will come in about two weeks, it is estimated. Consumer Cards Soon Supplies of consumer rationing cards for distribution of sugar are expected about February 15, but the exact date when sugar rationing will start depends on arrival of the cards. Just what the sugar ration will be has not been determined de finitely, although indications are that it will be three-fourths pound a week per person. Rationing of “camelback” rubber strips used in recapping and re treading tires will present a new problem to the average motorist who, unable to obtain new tires has resorted to this method of prolong ing the life of the rubber on his automobile. Recapping Jobs Flood Shops Tire shops, however, engaged in retreading and recapping have al ready encountered such a flood of orders that sufficient rubber stock even for these operations is becom ing increasingly difficult to obtain. Although there is as yet no ra tioning of retreaded or recapped tires, these are virtually impossible for many motorists to obtain be cause of the large volume of pre vious orders to be filled and the small rubber stocks available. There has not been any indication as to what regulations will be issued in regard to the rationing of “camel back”. Bluffton Boy Is Marines Aspirant Laverne Huber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Huber of Route two, has been accepted at the Lima sta tion for possible enlistment in the United States Marine corps, it was announced the first of the week. He has been transferred to the Marine Corps headquarters at Cleve land for the final physical examina tions and possible enlistment. If successful he will be enlisted in the famous “Leatherneck Corps” and transferred to the Marine Corps Re cruiting Depot at San Diego, Calif., for the basic training period. Upon completion of the final basic training, all marines are assigned to duty on land, at sea, or in the air at some home station or abroad. Missionary To Talk At Legion Meeting Rev. Walter Schutz, missionary to Sierra Leone, West Africa, now on furlough at his home near Pandora, will address the meeting of the American Legion to be held at the Legion hall Monday night at 7:30 o’clock, it was announced by Mil len Geiger, commander of the Bluff ton post. Schutz returned to this country on the liner Acadia which carried sur vivors of the sunken American freighter Lehigh. He will describe experiences on the boat and his mis sionary activities. He will bring pelts and hides of wild animals he shot in the African jungles and tell of hunting experiences. The public is invited. TO GATHER PAPER Members of the Bluffton college Y. W. C. A. organization will gather old papers and magazines during the lat ter part of March and first of April. Shortage Of Auto Use Tax Stamps Is Relieved Here TN addition to wartime short age of tires, sugar and what not, a new shortage developed Monday when motorists apply ing at the postoffice to purchase federal auto use tax stamps found the supply exhausted. The last of the original allot ment of 700 stamps was sold Monday morning. A new supply of 200 additional stamps arrived Wednesday morn ing it was announced by post master Ed Reichenbach. This, however, is expected to be in sufficient as it is estimated that 1,200 stamps will be required to supply motorists here. The new stamps must be dis played on all cars beginning the first of next month. SEEK VOLUNTEERS HERE FOR CIVILIAN DEFENSE ACTIVITY Systematic Canvass of Com munity to be Made by Defense Council Group Prepares to Handle Sit uations Arising During Present Emergency First call for volunteers to work to ward the prevention of disaster and to handle war emergencies in the com munity will be made this week by the Bluffton Civilian Defense organization it was annuonced the first of the week by Clair B. Fett, executive director of the council and commander of the Al len county American Legion organi zation. Plans for the Civilian Defense coun cil have been prepared by the Amer ican Legion executive committee, headed by Fett, working in collabora tion with Mayor W. A. Howe, who serves as general chairman of the or ganization. Systematic Drive A systematic canvass of the entire community will be made Thursday afternoon in the drive for volunteers with members of the Boy Scouts as sisting in the campaign. An enroll blank will be left at every home call ing for information necessary to place the volunteer in the work most suited to his interests and aptitudes. Listing of skills, interests, availa bility, abilities and other datta are called for oh the information blank. All volunteers for the defense organ ization are asked to mail the blanks to the mayor or to bring them to eith er drug store or the mayor’s office. Volunteer Now! Volunteers are requested to provide the information as soon as possible due to the desire to have all prepara (Continued on page 4) Real Estate Deals Omer Welty has purchased the 14 acre tract known as the Mrs. Bar bara Augsburger farm one mile south of Bluffton on the Dixie high way. The place is occupied by Ray mond Marshall. The Jonathan J. Basinger farm one-half mile east of the Beechtree school near Pandora consisting of 80 acres was purchased by Harvey Steiner of Buffalo. Consideration 9,600. The place was owned by N. N. Basinger of Orange township. A. D. Meyers, tenant, will remain on the place for the coming year. The Marian Tschiegg farm of 65 acres in Richland township six miles southwest of Bluffton was bought by Roy Stewart at executor’s sale, Sat urday. Consideration $8,700. The sale, a public auction, was held on the premises with J. L. Gratz auc tioneer. Stewart, purchaser of the tract, resides on an adjoining farm. Emory Basinger who occupies the Marian Tschiegg farm recently pur chased the Shafer farm southwest of Rockport and will move in the spring. The A. S. Faze property on South Main street was sold for $3,600 to M. B. Johnson residing on the Gross ly farm in Orange township. John son will hold a sale on Feb. 5 and occupy the property later in the month. Bicycles Remember Them? Well They’re Back Again For Duration Second Attempt Will Be Made To Rails In Main Street Salvage And Also Remember You Can't Be Too Choicy About a Used Bike, Either No Rationing of Bike Tires, But You May Have to Talk Fast to Get ’Em Bicycles—all but forgotten by the adult generation—are coming back at a rate which may see them large- ly replacing automobiles on the high ways if the trend continues thru the current year. Although now mid-winter, usually the low point for bicycles, sales are reported booming and local dealers report the market for used bicycles is practically swept bare of every thing in any way desirable. So scarce have used bicycles be (Continued on page 8) Council Grants Permission to Sylvania Contractor at Meeting Monday Work of Removing Rails Starts Next Week Town to Get Half Sale Price Permit to salvage rails of the abandoned Western Ohio interurban line running the length of Bluffton’s Main street was granted by the town council at its meeting Monday night to Charles Bourbina, of Sylvania, dealer in scrap iron and steel. Bourbina, who informed the coun cil that he was equipped to remove the concrete-embedded rails will be gin operations next week. When removed, they will be sold as second-hand rails instead of scrap steel, thereby commanding a higher market price. Half of the proceeds from sale of the rails will go to the town while Bourbina will retain the other half for his work. $24 Ton Present Market According to Bourbina, second hand rails such as these are bring ing a market price of around $24 per ton. Should he prove successful in removing the rails, the town would receive as its share of the project $2,400, based on an estimated 200 tons of rails in the street. Bourbina was one of the bidders when the council contracted for re moval of the rails to the Solomon Iron and Metal Co. of Fostoria in November of 1940 for $14 per ton. Unusual difficulties encountered in the attempt to cut the concrete trough in preparation for the re moval of the rails at that time caused the Solomon Co. to abandon the project. Pneumatic air hammers used by the firm had little effect on the hard concrete as a crew of six men worked for two days with little success at the south end of the line on Main street. Work Stopped A two ton motor driven drop ham mer was then secured and placed on the job and after an hour’s work it was apparent that the cement would have to be cut on both sides of the rail making a cut of 18 inches. Since both of these developments were out side the provisions of the contract the work was ordered stopped. In commenting on the removal work here, S. Solomon, president of the removal firm, stated that in all of his experience this was the hard est concrete he ever had encountered. The council then released Solomon from his contract obligations after assurance was given that the street would be repaired at the expense of the company. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Neuenschwan der, Lima, a boy, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Don Patterson, twin girls, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Walderman Spaeth, Jenera, a boy, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Samsall, Co lumbus Grove, a boy, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ludwig of Lima are the parents of a baby girl, Nancy Lou, born Friday. Mrs. Lud wig was rhe former Miss Wava Worthington. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Mafiley Thompson of Toledo, a boy, Sunday night at the Toledo Grant hospital. DAVID BELIEVED HELD BY JAPS AS PRISONER Air Corps Lieutenant on Wake Island with Marine Garrison Parents Receive Notice from Marine Headquarters and Letter from Son Lieutenant David ■K:iewer, 25, for merly of Bluffton, v i.o enlisted for service in the air force of the U. S. Marine corps, is believed to be a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese, according to word received from his parents, Rev. and Mrs. P. A. KI iewer, of 'Albany, Oregon. Rev. Kliewer until fast spring was pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church two miles west of Bluffton. In a letter addressed to friends here, Rev. Kliewer ‘said that word (Continued on page 8) DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO CAUSE SCHEDULE SHIFT Federal Law Requires Resi dents to Move Clocks Ahead One Hour Feb. 9 Bluffton Schools, Businesses, Churches Study .ig Sched ule Adjustments Adjustments in h^hedules in an ticipation of the nW daylight sav ing law which goes into effect Feb. 9, are being studied this week in Bluffton by schools, business firms, industries ^torches *4 other agen cies in the community. Bluffton residents will move their clocks ahead one hour when the en tire nation goes on daylight saving time, effective Monday morning, February 9, at 2 o’clock. Some business firms and indus tries of the town indicated that they plan to observe the new day light savings time with little or no adjustment in schedules. Schools to Shift Bluffton public schools and Bluff ton college will likely make a shift in the opening and closing hours of school, it was stated by officials of both institutions the first of the week. A shift in schedule will be neces sary in the public schools because of the hazards involved in inadequate visibility with the moved up sched ule, it was stated by A. J. B. Longs dorf, superintendent. In addition there is the added cost of operating all of the schools longer in the dark of early morning, Dr. L. L. Ram seyer, president of Bluffton college, (Continued on page 8) With The Sick Mrs. Dwight Zimmerly, the former Juanita Wiess, is convalescing at Bluffton hospital following an oper ation which she underwent Saturday. Mrs. N. N. Basinger of Orange township, a patient in Bluffton hos pital for the past month, is much improved. Arden Baker who underwent an operation for appendicitis at Bluffton hospital nearly two weeks ago is convalescing at his home on West Kibler street. Mrs. N. W. Cunningham who has been in Bluffton hospital for the past ten days with a fractured left hip as the result of a fall was removed to Lima Memorial hospital Monday for observation. Mrs. J. H. Tschantz is confined to her home on East Kibler street be cause of illness. C. W. Roethlisberger who was critically ill at his.home on South Jackson street, Saturday, is some what improved. Noah Danner of Beaverdam is im proving at Lima Memorial hospital where he recently underwent an op eration. Miss Ella Reichenbach is improv ing at Bluffton hospital following an operation. Mickey, five-year-old son of Mrs. Menno Badertscher of Poplar street, suffered a painful injury this week when his hand waa caught in the wringer of the washing machine. Several stitches were necessary to close the wound. TON A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE ESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN 29, 1942 Half of its January allotment of four tires for passenger cars has been issued by the Bluffton tire ra tioning board, it was announced the first of the week. With the issuing of permits for purchase of two new tires were also allotted two of the three new tubes marked for distri bution here. This does not include tires for commercial trucks, several of which also have been allotted by the local rationing committee. Numerous Residents Have Al ready Filed Returns or Made Payments Lower Exemptions and Higher Wages Expected to Cause Double Returns With numerous Bluffton district residents already having filed income tax returns, the annual rush to make reports and payments has started this year earlier than usual, it was stated by Bluffton postal officials the first of the week. Although the deadline date for fil ing returns is March 15, inquiries for the income tax blanks and infor mation have been made throughout December and January and continue in increasing numbers. Deputy Collectors Here For the convenience of the resi dents of the community deputy col lectors will be at the Bluffton post office to assist in making out the returns on the following Mondays: Feb. 2, 16, 23 and March 2. Residents are requested to have all financial data at hand and to have the income tax blanks as well filled out as possible before they confer with the deputy collectors. Portions Of the blank concerning which there is doubt may be left vacant until the matter can be settled at the con ference. Tax blanks may be obtained at the post office or the Citizens National Bank. Farmers are required to fill out a special blank which also may be obtained at either place. Exemptions All wage earners are required to file a return if their income is $750 or over and they are single or mar ried but not living with husband or wife. Returns also must be filed by married persons living with husband or wife whose combined gross income is $1,500. Returns for the calendar year 1941 must be filed not later than March 15, 1942, with the Collector of In ternal Revenue for the district in which you reside or have your prin cipal place of business. Bluffton is in the Toledo district. A penalty of not more than $10, 000 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, is imposed by statute for willful failure to make return on time, and, in addition, five to 25 per cent of the amount of the tax. Due to lower personal exemption and to higher wages in 1941, it is expected that at least twice as many Bluffton residents will file income tax reports as compared to previous years. Municipal Plant May Add Turbine Addition of a second turbine at Bluffton’s municipal light and power plant was viewed as a possibility with announcement that John Swish er, superintendent of the plant was in Denver, Colorado, inspecting a turbine operating in that city. Need of an additional unit to meet Bluffton’s growing demand for power has been discussed informally both by the town council and the board of public affairs. While the present unit is sufficient to take care of all present require ments, there is not sufficient equip ment in reserve to continue the pres ent output of the plant in event of an emergency caused by a shutdown of the turbine unit now in opera tion, it was stated. The present turbine, a 750 KW unit, has been in operation since the fall of 1940. Two Skinner Uni-flow engines displaced by the turbine have been held for emergency use since that time. Committee Here Rations Half Its January Tire Allotment Rush Now Under Way To Obtain Income Tax Blanks At Post Office And Bank Mrs. Paul Studler of South Jackson street has returned from Washington, D. C., where she spent three weeks visiting her son Col. Rene Studler and Mrs. Studler. The rationing committee is limited to twenty-five per cent of the quota for each week’s allotment. Any Jan uary quotas not assigned during this month are automatically cancelled and cannot be carried into next month. Although the February quota of tires has been cut, generally, mem bers of the committee said that the local quota, because of its small size, will remain unchanged, according to information available the first of the week. Student Recital Grade school pupils of Mrs. H. P. Mann and Prof. Sidney Hauenstein in the Bluffton college department of music will be presented in a student recital in the College chapel, Friday night at 7:30 o’clock. ABOLISH AAA FOR DURATION OF WAR DECLARE FARMERS Stand of Organization Reversed From Last Year On Farm Subsidies Farm Institute Resolutions op pose Ceiling on Agricul tural Prices Abolition of the Federal AAA pro gram for the duration of the war and diversion of the funds into Na tional Defense channels were urged in resolutions drafted during Bluff ton’s annual two-day Farmers In stitute held last Friday and Sat urday. This stand of the institute re versed the resolution approved by organization in its meeting a year ago when it urged continuance of agricultural subsidies through the AAA program. Favor WPA Elimination The institute also favored the elimination of the WPA and similar federal aid and relief programs for the duration of the war. With ref erence to the proposed ceiling on agriculture the organization opposed such action unless a similar limita tion be placed on the wages of labor. Complete text of the resolutions appears on page 2 of this issue of the Bluffton News. Meetings of the institute embraced comprehensive discussions of modern farm community problems as well as offering a variety of entertain ing features. Speakers were pro vided by the agricultural department at Ohio State university under the state aid program. Excellent and informative ad dresses were given by Ralph White of Richwood Mrs. Everett Nolan, of Hanover, and J. IL Warner, Allen county agricultural agent uf Lima. New Officers New officers of the men’s institute organization include: Edgar Herr, president Jesse Anderson, vice pi esident Chris Gratz, secretary treasurer Harry Barnes, Carl Mc Cafferty, Clyde W’arren, J.-C. Dep pler, executive committee. Women’s institute officers were elected as follows: Mrs. Raymond Stratton, president Mrs. Harry Anderson, vice president Mrs. Wil liam Althaus, secretary-treasurer Mrs. Earl Matter, Mrs. Quinten Burkholder, Mrs. Carl McCafferty, Mrs. Mel Long, resolutions com mittee. Bluffton Officer Leaves For Coast Ensign Wade Lape, officer of the United States Navy Air Corps, will leave Bluffton Thursday noon for San Francisco, California, where he has been assigned duty on the heavy cruiser the U. S. S. Louisville. Lape, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape of Grove street, is here on a 10-day furlough after receiving his officer’s commission at the naval air training station in Pensacola, Fla. The Bluffton officer will fly scout ing planes from the naval cruiser in patrol duty. The vessel has a 10, 000 mile cruising range and loca tion of assignments is not known, Lape said. Give the gift that signi fies America is not to be caught napping. DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 40 NAME BOARDS FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION DAY Volunteers to Staff Registration Places in Richland and Jackson Twps. Bluffton, Beaverdam and La fayette are Included in Township Area Volunteer registrars were named the first of the week to serve in the Richland and Jackson township dis tricts of Allen county on February 16 when men between the ages of 20 and 44 will register for possible military’ service. Personnel of the various registra tion boards was named by Forrest Steinman, member of .Allen countv draft board Nd. 3 who is in charge of registration in this part of the county. Ihcluded in the Richland and Jack so-.i township areas are the munici palities of Bluffton, Beaverdam and Lafayette. May Register Early Those who cannot register on Mon day, February 16, may do so on Sat urday, Feb. 14 or Sunday, Feb. 15 at offices 'of the county board, 201 Na tional Bank building, Lima, between the hours of noon and 6 p. m. On Monday, Feb. 16, designated places of registration in the two town ships will be open from 7 a. m. to 9 p. m. Places of registration and members of the boards follow: Bluffton corporation—High school library. A. J. B. Longsdorf, chairman Mrs. Joyce Steinman, G. R. Bogart, Mrs. A. L. Daymon, Edgar Chamberlain, Mrs. Helen Worthington, Mrs. Delbert McGinnis, D. R. Trippiehorn. Richland North—Township room, townhall, Bluffton. Elmer Lauby, chairman Mrs. Ed win Niswander, Albert Winkler, Mrs. Howard Stager, Melvin Zimmerly, Mrs. Albert Augsburger, Quinten Burkholder. Beaverdam & Richland South—The Beaverdam .town hall. Stanley Vertner, chairman Ruth Durkee, Arthur Bowers, Francis Mar shall, Mrs. Leo Nelson, Mrs. Willard Jennings. Jackson Township & Lafayette— Lafayette town hall. Wilbur Boyd, chairman Mrs. Eda Hall, Howard Fisher, Mrs. Chas. Con tris, Jr., Ralph Eversole, Mrs. Jacob Watt. Beaverdam Elevator Program Saturday Annual entertainment and pro gram sponsored by the Farmers Ele vator company of Beaverdam will be held at Beaverdam high school gym nasium, Saturday night at 8 o’clock, it is announced by I. M. Jennings, elevator manager. Miss Harriet Criblez, Bluffton high school instructor, will appear on the program recounting highlights of a summer in Europe two years ago just before the outbreak of the pres ent World War. Flute numbers will be played by Robert Marshall and several reels of motion pictures will be presented by the school. All proceeds from admission fees will be turned over to the Beaver dam schools, it was announced by Jennings. Bixel Motor Sales Opens New Location Removal of the Bixel Motor Sales from North Main and Elm streets to Cherry street at the location form erly occupied by the Mumma garage was announced by Clayton Bixel. The Bixel company will open in its new location next Monday morning. The place has been extensively re modeled and enlarged to provide fa cilities for auto servicing and repair ing. In New Locations M. B. Johnson of Union township who recently purchased the A. S. Faze property on South Main street will vacate the Gressly farm and move to town the last of this month. Herman Bosse of near Jenera will move on the Gressly farm vacated by Johnson. Paul Faze who occupies the A. S. Faze property purchased by John son will move on the Sol Huber farm southeast of Bluffton which he re cently purchased. George Huber who occupies the Sol Huber farm will move on the Hilty farm on the Lincoln highway near New Stark which he recently purchased.