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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.
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.
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
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
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
Total of 292 Enroll in District
Mobilization of Man Power
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Five Firms Seek Contract for
Supplying New Pumper for
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
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
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.
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
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
Bank Will Close
Mail Deliveries
Suspended Monday
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
Charles Burns, who is seriously ill,
Mrs. Linda Miller, formerly Miss
Linda Amstutz of Bluffton, of Co-1
lumbia City, Ind., suffered a stroke
Sunday while visiting friends ini
Leipsic. She was taken to the Lima
Memorial hospital where she is al
Mrs. N. W. Cunningham who re-1
cently sustained a fractured hip re-1
suiting from a fall is convalescingl
at the Bluffton hospital.
Mrs. Martha Flick, who is ill with
a heart ailment, was removed from!
her apartment on South Main street!
to the Bluffton hospital where she is
Fred Gratz, Bluffton clothier, is
still confined to his apartment on
Main street with an arthritic condi-1
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.
James W. Stonehill, east of Bluff-1
ton, is confined in a hospital at
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.
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.
Social Security Man
Here Next Wednesday^
Give the gift that signi-
Loading of Unit in Colorado
Completed and Equipment
Is Enroute Here
Work on Foundation is Under
Way Will go Into Solid
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
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
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
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
The following birth at the Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reichenbach, a
boy, Sunday.
The Bluffton college Y. W. C. A.
organization will collect old news
papers and magazines on Saturday
weather permitting.

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