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DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVI BLUFFTON WOMAN NOW IN HAWAII MAY COME HOME Word is Received from Miss Evelyn Niswander, Teach er on Islands Evacuation of U. S. Women and Children Nationals Under Navy Direction Return from Hawaii of Miss Evelyn Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Neuenschwander of South Lawn avenue, who has been teaching at Paia on the island of Maui, will take place if and when vessels become available, according to an airmail let ter received by her parents here Tues day afternoon. All evacuation for the Territory’ of Hawaii is under the direction of the United States navy and all private shipping lines have been taken over by the government, the letter said. Registration Plans are being made for the regis tration of civilians on the island of Oahu who are to be evacuated but so far no arrangements have been made by the military authorities for the residents of the other islands, the let ter pointed out. Registration for the evacuation is in charge of private shipping firms designated by the government to take over this work. Others Not Heard From Miss Niswander is the only Bluff ton resident who has been heard from since the announcement by press dis patches that all women and children nationals of the United States will evacuate the islands. According to radio and news reports the evacuation order was given pre sumably in anticipation of a Japan ese attack on the island. Further information is being await ed by relatives and friends here con cerning the following families living on the island: Herbert Bowers and family of Hon olulu William Geiger and family of Wailona, Oahu Sgt. and Mrs. Don Sebenoler of Honolulu Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weimers of Honolulu. Last Rites For Retired Farmer Funerals ervices for James Coon, 78, former trustee of the Richland Mutual Insurance Co., were held at the Emmanuel’s Reformed church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Mr. Coon died Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the home of his son Lee Coon on South Jackson street. Mr. Coon was the son of George and Mary (Gaskill) Coon. His wife, the former Elizabeth Stauffer, died in 1937. Mr. Coon belonged to the Em manuel Reformed church here and for many years was an elder and deacon of the church. He was a retired farmer. Surviving in addition to his son are a granddaughter, Mrs. Ernest Manhan, Lima, who was reared from infancy by Mr. and Mrs. Coon five step children ,Ernest and Amos Gratz, of Bluffton Will and Emil Gratz of Allen, Michigan, and Mrs. Max Miller of Findlay. Officiating at the funeral services were Rev. Emil Burrichter and Rev. W. H. Lahr. Burial was in the church cemetery. Park er-Criblez Nuptials Sunday The marriage of Miss Mildred Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Parker of Columbus Grove and Maurice Criblez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Criblez of Bluffton was solemnized in the St. John’s Re formed church parsonage Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Emil Burrichter officiated. The bride wore for the occasion a street length dress of teal blue French crepe with gold accessories and a shoulder corsage of orchids. Miss Doris Bible, maid of honor, wore a rose-pink crepe ariel dress with black accessories and a corsage of gardenias. Ernest Reigel of Find lay college was best man. Following the ceremony the couple was honored at a dinner in the Crib lez home for immediate relatives and friends. The bride is a graduate of Columbus Grove high school in the class of 1929. The bridegroom was graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1933. Mr. and Mrs. Criblez are residing in their newly furnished farm home south of Bluffton. Candidate pIIARL.ES W. Lora, of Rich land township who has an nounced his candidacy for Allen county commissioner subject to decision of the Democratic pri mary in August. Greding Is Honored By Hardware Group L. T. Greding, Bluffton hardware merchant was honored this week by the Ohio Hardware Dealers associa tion with the presentation of a twenty-five year certificate of mem bership. Presentation of the award was made at the annual convention of the association now in session in Columbus, where he is in attendance. Greding has been in the hardware business here for thirty years and for the past twenty-five years he has been a member of the state associa tion. During that time he has missed attending only two conventions. He is expected to return from Columbus, Friday night. Last Rites For Davidson Child Funeral services for David Dale Davidson, nearly three years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Davidson of North Main street, were held at the St. John’s Reformed church Sat urday afternoon. The boy died at 3:30 o’clock Thurs day morning at the Bluffton Com munity hospital after an illness of a day and a half from an asthmatic condition. He would have been three years old March 13. In addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters, Darena and Diane, and grandparents, Reno Davidson of Willoughby Mrs. Au gusta Davidson of Lima, and Rev. and Mrs. William B. Weaver of Dan vers, Illinois. Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor, offi ciated at the services. Neighbor hood playmates served ,as pallbear ers. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Dr. Allman Will Be Father-Son Speaker Rev. V. H. Allman, district super intendent of the United Brethren church will be the speaker at the Father-Son banquet to be held at the Masonic lodge, Thursday night at 6:30 o’clock. The Father-Son banquet is an an nual event held at the time of Washington’s birthday honoring the first president who was a member of the order. In New Locations John Nonnamaker has moved from the Rupright property on Mound street to the Geo Kimmel farm east of town. Newlin Habegger, tenant on the Marquart Bros, farms in Orange township will move Apri 1 from the former Mayne Miller residence to the Marion Hixon farm near Hillville school purchased by his aunts Nancy and Susan Habegger. Claude Rusmeisel, tenant on the Ed Marquart farm near Beaverdam will move on the former Chris. Steiner farm vacated by Amos Tschiegg who is moving to Bluffton. Reno Gratz on the Plate Bros, farm in Orange township will move on the Ed Marquart farm vacated by Rusmeisel. World Day Of Prayer Service Here Friday Bluffton will participate in the in ternationally observed World Day of Prayer, Friday afternoon. Services will be held in the Presbyterian church at 2:30 o’clock, to which the public is invited. The World Day of Prayer is an annual event and observed each year in one of the Bluffton churches. v K A i 213 REGISTER FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE IN TOWN AND TWP. Total of 292 Enroll in District Mobilization of Man Power Monday. Late Addittions from County Board May Change Final Totals Here. First wartime mobilization of man power since the first World War twenty-five years ago resulted in the registration of 213 men in Bluffton, Beaverdam and Richland township rural districts. In addition to this number there were 79 men registered in Lafayette and Jackson township, making a total of 292 in this part of Allen county. Figures were announced according to records of the various district reg istration places as they closed Mon day night. These totals, however, may be changed somewhat by addi tions of those who may have regis tered at headquarters of the county draft board in Lima over the week end. Registrations by districts as of Monday night were as follows: Bluffton ............. 126 Richland North........................ 36 Richland South and Beaverdam.... 51 Jackson Twp. and Lafayette.......-.. 79 Men required to register were those between ages of 20 and 44 years not included in the earlier reg istration based on ages of 21 to 35. Lora Is Candidate For Commissioner Charles W. Lora, farmer residing west of Bluffton has announced his candidacy for the office of Allen county commissioner subject to the Democratic primary next August. He is the first candidate to announce his intention of running for that post. One commissioner is to be chosen at the November election. Lora has been in politics pre viously, having served as Richland township trustee for four years from 1929 to 1933. He is at present ap praiser for the Richland Township Farmers Mutual Insurance associa tion, which position he has held for the past six years. Army Men Moved To New Locations Ensign Wade Lape, of the navy air corps is now in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to word received the first of the week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape of Grove street. Corp. James West is in Bermuda, it was learned the first of the week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West of South Lawn avenue. Arthur McConnaughey, grandson of Mrs. Bertha Woods of West Col lege avenue has been transferred from San Diego to the Naval Air station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Herbert Kindle who has been at Camp Shelby since last spring has been transferred to the military res ervation at Indiantown Gap, Pa. He is in the band. Paul Augsburger, formerly at Camp Perry, near Port Clinton, has been transferred to Daniels Field, Georgia. Nurse Formerly Of Bluffton In Army Miss Josephine Steiner, nurse in the Yale university hospital, New Haven, Conn., has enlisted for army nursing as a member of the Yale hospital unit. She will have the rank of lieutenant. Miss Steiner arrived here Tuesday to visit her parents Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Steiner of South Main street. She will remain here until sum moned for duty which is expected to be shortly. Real Estate Deal The Marion Hixon farm of forty acres southwest of Bluffton near the Hillville school has been purchased by Nancy and Susan Habegger. The deal was made by H. W. Althaus. Amos Tschiegg residing on the former Chris Steiner farm has pur chased the Cal Garmatter property on North Jackson street. Tschiegg will occupy the property shortly. Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Wiebe and dau ghter of Willard spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stettler. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 1942 Better check on your tire if you are having it re-capped or re-tread ed. After Thursday no re-treaded or re-capped tires can be obtained, even though the work has been on order for some time. Carcasses left for treatment, but on which work has not been com pleted by that time, can be repos sessed by the owner at any time. Nationwide rationing of re-caps and re-treads was ordered this week by the WPB. Only persons using their cars for vital and essential pur poses will be eligible for re-caps and re-treads. All Bluffton residents will be asked to subscribe regularly in the purchase of defense bonds, it wa- stated the first of the week by N ruian Triplett, executive head of the local campaign committee. Weekly meetings of ti.e executive committee will be bid to check up on the sales and give direction to the campaign ,it was stated by Triplett. For the present time the meetings will be held Wednesday nights at 7:30 o’clock in the office of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Members of the Bluffton executive committee attended a meeting of the county bond sales committee held at the Hotel Barr in Lima last week. Instructions were given to the com mittee members for conducting the drive. Bonds should not be purchased from savings, but rather out of cur rent income and wages. Most banks and other savings institutions have a considerable portion, “f their funds in vested in government bonds and the withdrawal of these funds would not help the defense program, it is point ed out. Members of the executive commit tee in charge of the local drive are: Norman Triplett chairman Wood row Little, Millen Geiger, Ross Bo gart, Mrs. R. L. Triplett, Mrs. Harry Bogart, P. W. Stauffer, Arden Baker, E. S. Lape, Arthur Bowers, Orden Smucker, Elmer Romey. New Hospital Head Takes Over Duties Miss Sylvia Biederman, former as sistant superintendent of the Bluff ton Community hospital, took over her duties as superintendent of the hospital Friday. She was advanced to the adminis trative position by’ action of the hospital board of directors in the January meeting when Miss Helen Maxwell, former superintendent, pre sented her resignation. She was married to Lloyd A. Naas, of Lima, Saturday afternoon. Vacancy in the position of assist ant superintendent, caused by pro motion of Miss Biederman, has not been filled. The appointment will likely be made in the near future, it was stated. Two registered nurses have been assisting in the administrative work pending definite arrangements. Miss Hulda Schifferly is in charge of the floor and Miss Ruth Oyer is in charge of surgery. Also added to the staff was Miss Vivian Schumacher, a registered nurse, from the Lima Memorial hos pital. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Moser of Aberdeen, Idaho, who are on a coast to coast trip by plane stopped in Bluffton, Tuesday to visit at the home of his brother, Ezra Moser and family north of Bluffton and Mrs. Moser’s father, J. J. Badertscher of Kibler street. Their trip started last Friday at San Francisco where their son Kent is employed by’ one of the transcon tinental lines. Leaving San Fran cisco at 7 o’clock in the morning, they arrived in Chicago at midnight, Friday. THE BLUFFTON NEWS 1“betonotisAmericafies It’ll Be Bad If Your Tire Isn’t Retreaded By Thursday Bluffton Residents Will Be Asked To Subscribe Regularly For Bonds The campaign will be started by working through the rganizations of the community—Triplett has appoint ed the various com niittee chairmen who in cooperation u xecutive committee will choo- :.ibcrs who will make solicitations the sale of the bonds. Hogs Hit Four Year Peak Here Wednesday With a top price of $12.80 at the Bluffton yards Wednesday morning, hog prices registered a new high for the last four years and a Feb ruary peak for the past 16 years. Although hogs on farms are re portedly at record levels, only a small number are being sent to mar ket and livestock circles believe this is responsible for recent gains rang ing from 10 to 11 cents a hundred pounds. COUNCIL OPENS BIDS FOR NEW FIRE APPARATUS Five Firms Seek Contract for Supplying New Pumper for Department No Award is Made at Meeting Monday Night Want Larg er “Booster” Tank New equipment for Bluffton’s fire department moved a step nearer real ization Monday’ night when bids from five concerns were opened by the town council. Principal item in the bidding was the supplying of a new pumper with a capacity of 600 gallons of water per minute with 150 horsepower en gine. Contract for the equipment, howev er, was not awarded by the council which will again take up the matter at its next meeting on March 2. Want Larger Tank Meanwhie bidders were notified to submit supplementary figures for the providing of a 400 gallon water tank instead of one of 200 gallon capacity as originally specified. This tank, known as a “booster” tank is carried on the fire pumper in stead of chemical equipment formerly employed. It is used on small fires where running of a hose line is neces sary or in the case of larger fires it is put into action as soon as the equipment arrives while hose lines are being strung. Bid of one of the five firms pro vide for a 400 gallon booster tank while each of the other four were for a 200 gallon tank. Bids The following bids were submitted for the supplying of a 600 gallon a minute pumper. Boyer Fire Apparatus C., Logans port, Ind., 200 gallon tank, $6,225. For three man cab add $350 five man cab add $550 7 man cab add $750. Delivery in 50 working days. Former Residents Stop Here On Coast To Coast Trip By Plane Because of fog which made travel by plane impossible, they came to Lima by train Monday night. After spending Tuesday here they left American LaFrance Corp., Elmira, N. Y., 200 gallon tank, 3 man cab, $7875 different series and 5 man cab, $8,600. Delivery in 90 working days. Buffalo Appliance Corp., Buffalo, N. Y., 200 gallon tank, $6795. Add $800 for 7 man cab. Delivery 120 working day’s. Seagrave Corp., Columbus, 200 gal lon tank, two models, $7,450 and $7, 950. Seven man canopy cab $600 ad ditional. Mack Truck, Inc., New York City, 400 gallon tank, $7950. For sedan canopy cab add $1,000 for closed se dan cab add $1,100 for streamline cab add $500. early Wednesday for Ft. Wayne where they boarded a plane to con tinue their journey to Buffalo where they will visit Mr. Moser’s brother Virgil Moser and family. Later they will be in Rochester, N. Y., for a short stay at the home of his sister, Mrs. G. A. Lehman and family. From Rochester by plane to New York City and thence to Baltimore where they will spend sev eral days with another sister, Miss Elizabeth Moser of Johns Hopkins hospital nursing staff. Returning to New York City they will take a plane direct to Boulder City, Nevada, from where they will go by auto to their home in Aber deen. Bank Will Close Mail Deliveries Suspended Monday MA'Lrveries will be sus- 1 1 pended and the Citizens National Bank will be closed on Monday in commemoration of Washington's birthday which comes this year on Sunday. Although there will be no mail deliveries, the Bluffton postoffice will be open on Monday to dis patch mail. There will be no window service provided on the holiday, it was stated by postal officials. A representative of the office of collector of internal revenue will be at the postoffice on Mon day to give assistance in making out income tax returns. He will also be here on March 2, it was announced. Joint Concert In Gymnasium Sunday Bluffton and Ada High school or chestras will combine units to pre sent a joint concert at the Bluffton High school gymnasium Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, it was an nounced by Prof. Sidney Hauenstein, director. The combined orchestra, consisting of 80 pieces, will alternately play under the direction of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein of Bluffton and Prof. Wilson LeVan of Ada. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be received, it was announced. In a return engagement the Bluff ton orchestra will travel to Ada on March 1 to join with the Ada or chestra for a joint concert at that place. Helen Maxwell, Head Of Hospital, Married Miss Helen Maxwell, superintend ent of Bluffton Community hospital, became the bride of Lloyd Albert Naas of Lima in a quiet ceremony at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Emil Burrichter of the Re formed church and pastor of the bride. The ceremony took place Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock when Rev. Burrichter received the wedding vows in a double ring ceremony. Present for the occasion were Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell, mother of the bride as was also a brother of the groom. The bride resigned her position last month as head of the hospital here in anticipation of her approach ing marriage. The couple will reside on a farm near Lima. With The Sick Mrs. N. E. Byers is a patient at the Bluffton Community hospital where she is recovering from a brok en left arm sustained in a fall at her home on Kibler street last week. has been removed from his home on Riley street to the Bluffton hospital. I Charles Burns, who is seriously ill, I I I Mrs. Linda Miller, formerly Miss I Linda Amstutz of Bluffton, of Co-1 lumbia City, Ind., suffered a stroke I Sunday while visiting friends ini Leipsic. She was taken to the Lima I Memorial hospital where she is al patient. I Mrs. N. W. Cunningham who re-1 cently sustained a fractured hip re-1 suiting from a fall is convalescingl at the Bluffton hospital. I Mrs. Martha Flick, who is ill with I a heart ailment, was removed from! her apartment on South Main street! to the Bluffton hospital where she is convalescing. I I Fred Gratz, Bluffton clothier, is still confined to his apartment on I I Main street with an arthritic condi-1 tion. I Mrs. Ben Leichty broke her right arm recently at the home of her daughter Mrs. M. A. Parker of Lima, where she is convalescing. Parkersburg, W. Va. He became ill while visiting his daughter Mrs. Homer Brown of Letart, W. Va. I I I I James W. Stonehill, east of Bluff-1 ton, is confined in a hospital at I I I I William Alspach is seriously ill at his home on Railroad street. William A. Ashbrook, manager of the Lima, field office of the Social Security Board, will hold itinerant office hours at the post office at Bluffton next Wednesday, February 25, between the hours of 10 and 11 A. M. I Anyone desiring original or dupli cate account number cards, or infor mation regarding the filing of a claim for federal old-age and sur vivors insurance benefits, may call at the post office during this hour. I Social Security Man Here Next Wednesday^ ..... Give the gift that signi- JgLjh STAMPS NUMBER 43 TURBINE EXPECTED AT LIGHT PLANT HERE NEXT WEEK Loading of Unit in Colorado Completed and Equipment Is Enroute Here Work on Foundation is Under Way Will go Into Solid Rock With loading operations for the re cently’ purchased 1250 KW capacity turbo-generator completed at the place of purchase in Alamo, Colorado, preparations are actively under way for its installation at the Bluffton municipal electric light and water works plant. Dismantling and loading of the unit was completed Tuesday’ night by a wrecking firm working under the direction of John Swisher, plant sup erintendent and Walter Stratton, an employe. Swisher and Stratton have been working at the Colorado mining town since February 7 and will return to Bluffton on Saturday. Arrive in 10 Days The dismantled unit was loaded in a double doored box car and should arrive in Bluffton in about 10 days, according to a communication received from Swisher. Everything has been loaded in the freight car except the switch board equipment which will be brought to Bluffton in a truck. There have been heavy’ snows in the state of Colorado during the past week wich have hampered the load ing operations to some extent, it was stated. At the light plant here a construc tion crew has been engaged in exca vation work to provide a foundation for the new turbine. At the present time the crew is half way down in the preparation of the excavation. It is necessary to dig 12 feet to reach the solid rock required for the foundation. I After rock is reached the excavation I will go down two more feet, plant at taches said. Foundation Work Air hammers and pnumatic rock breakers are being used in the exca vation work at the plant here. About six weeks will be required to complete the excavation and construction of foundation forms. Regular plant em ployes supplemented by four extra hands have been working under the direction of Hiram Wenger, assistant plant superintendent. Purchase of the second turbine I generator unit for the light plant was authorized by the town council recently. Cost of the new equipment is estimated at $30,000. The new unit I will more than double the output of I th‘ plant which is now 750 KW, the I capacity of the turbine installed in the fall of 1940. Musical Comedy By Lions Next Week “Swing Out”, a musical comedy with local talent cast, sponsored by the Bluffton Lions club, will be pre sented in the Bluffton High school auditorium Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8:17 o’clock. Proceeds of the production will be shared by the Red Cross and will also be used for the purchase of De fense Bonds, it was stated by offi cials of the Lions club. Principals in the production in clude Harriet Biome, Gareth Todd, Carolyn Stonehill and Charlie Mc Arthurs, ventriloquist. In addition to the principals are 24 chorus girls and musical talent from the com munity. The production is being staged un der the direction of the National Producing Co., of Kansas iCty. Re hearsals and dance routines are in charge of Miss Jean Mayt-nier, a representative of the company. Miss Mayt-nier has recently returned from the west coast where she has been directing plays for the past two years. Also in connection with the play will be held a Young American con test for children from two to eight years. Mothers interested may ob tain further information at Lape’s store. Births The following birth at the Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reichenbach, a boy, Sunday. TO COLLECT PAPERS The Bluffton college Y. W. C. A. organization will collect old news papers and magazines on Saturday weather permitting.