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DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVI BLUFFTON’S TIRE RATIONING TO BE DONE BY COUNTY Local Committee Resigns as First Step in Centraliza tion Program Bluffton Has One Member On County Unit Change to Speed Handling Change in the tire rationing pro cedure fot the Bluffton vicinity, with all future applications and authoriza tions for distribution being handled thru a central Allen county committee at Lima was announced this week. Resignation of the Bluffton board of three members, which has served for two months, was forwarded this week to Allen county headquarters, as the first step in the centralization program. Charles Cobum, chairman of the now defunct Bluffton committee, will continue to serve as a member of the Allen county committee, assuring a representative of this district on the central group. Co-members of the Bluffton com mittee named late in December, Gil bert Fett and Ralph Dunifon, will be relieved of rationing duties it was an nounced. To Eliminate Delays Centralization of the tire rationing procedure was adopted to eliminate delays in handling applications and distributing of tires, Coburn said. Under the former setup, applica tions had to be passed on locally, al lotments of quotas were made from county headquarters, then changes might come thru complicating the method of handling. Future applications are to be made to the Allen county tire rationing committee, which is located in Lima at the court house next to Board of Election headquarters. Homer Tre maine is chairman of the county unit. Method of making applications for tires and in having inspection made remains unchanged. A & Self Service Will Open Monday Bluffton’s first self service market, operated here by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., will be opened next Monday. Final details in the installation of new equipment are being completed this week, and everything will be in readiness for opening of the market next Monday on the first floor of the George Carmack building on South Main street. The store will be of the self service type which the A & organization operates in the larger centers. Bluff ton’s store is the first self service market to be located in a smaller town. With the opening of the new, mod ernly equipped market, the present A & branch on North Main street is being discontinued. Preceding opening in the new loca tion, extensive alterations have been made in the Carmack building, in cluding remodeling of the store front, changing the entrance, installation of new lighting fixtures and other equipment. Opening of the self service market marks the first change in location since the A £. interests established a store here in the Charles Day building more than 18 years ago. Charles Aukerman, present manager, has been in charge her during most of that time and will be continued as manager of the new store. Club Policies To Be Discussed At Lions “The Place of the Service Club in the Community” will be the topic of a panel discussion in charge of P.W. Stauffer at the Lions club meeting to be held at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Participating in the discussion of club policies will be Forrest Stein man, E. S. Lape, Homex- Gratz, and Dr. B. W. Travis. PT A Asks Residents For Coat Hangers A drive for wire coat hangers will be made by the Parent Teachers as sociation all of next week starting Monday. Money obtained from the sale of the coat hangers will be given to the Junior Red Cross. Residents are requested to send their spare coat hangers to the grade school building during the week where they will be delivered to the Junior Red Cross. Fire Levels House In Rockport Sunday Fire completely destroyed the frame house belonging to the Sam Lanning heirs in Rockport, Sunday morning. Occupants of the residence were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Purdy who re cently moved into the property from Lima. They were eating dinner at the time of the fire. A passing motorist, David Zim merman, discovered the roof of the structure was on fire and informed the occupants. The house was bwrtied completely to the ground and only the contents of the lower floor were saved. ARMY MAN MOVED Pvt. Willard Dillman, son of1 Mrs. Harl Dillman who has been at Camp Shelby, Miss., for the past year has been transferred to Indiantown Gap, Pa. DEFENSE BOND DRIVE IS UNDER WAY IN TOWN Pledge Lards for Regular Sub scription Being Distributed By Organization Bluffton Residents Buy $40,000 Worth of Bonds in Last Two Months With solicitations started here in the drive for the sale of United States defense bonds, plans for stepping up the campaign are being formulated by the local campaign committee, it was announced by Norman Triplett, chairman. Several organizations in the com munity have already reported up wards of one hundred per cent of their members as signing the pladge cards distributed by the campaign commit tee chairman, Triplett said. Residents are asked to sign pledge cards in which the subscriber agrees to purchase bonds or stamps regular- As an inducement to purchase United States defense bonds The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. is offering an $18.75 Series E bond to each employe of the plant for $16.00. The company will make up the $2.75 difference. This bond has a ten year maturi ty value of $25. Many employes are taking advantage of this 15 per cent discount, it was stated by Arden Baker, personnel direct or. ly. Place of purchase should be de signated on the card, it was stated by Triplett. Organizations are asked to keep a record of members who are buying regularly. Lists and percentages of organizations will be published from time to time, committee members stated. School Stamp Sale In addition to adults, school child ren will be asked to subscribe to the purchase of defense stamps. Grades in the elementary school and the diff erent home rooms in the high school will keep records of the amount of stamps sold regularly, it was an nounced by Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf. During the past two months resi dents of this community have bought $40,000 worth of defense stamps and bonds, it was sated by Ed Reichen bach, Bluffton postmaster. This does not include the bonds bought directly from the treasury department at Washington, D. C. Series E Bond The local bond savings committee has charge of the sale of only the Series E defense bond. This bond is a discount bond bearing 2.9 per cent interest. It is based on a maturity value of ten years but can be cashed any’ time 60 day-s after the date of purchase. The bonds may be purchased at the Bluffton post office, the Citizens National Bank, or by writing directly to the treasury department in Wash ington, D. C. Tropical Storms Add To Submarine Menace As Missionaries Cross Pacific Catherine Bixler Estate Is Valued Inventory of the estate of Cather ine Bixler, deceased Richland town ship resident, of west of Bluffton, shows assets of $730 consisting of stocks, bonds and securities. Milton Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wenger En route Home From India as War Breaks Dutch Vessel Follows Course Far Removed From Reg ular Ocean Routes Zig-zagging more than 17,000 miles through the submarine infested waters and tropical storms of the eastern Pacific, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wenger, Mennonite missionaries on furlough from India,arrived here Friday night after a 62-day journey and will make Bluffton their head quarters for the duration of their stay in this country. Mrs. Wenger is the daughter of Mrs. A. R. Good and the sister of Mrs. Harvey Beidler, both of South Jackson street. Her son, Laurence Burkhalter, is a junior at Bluffton college. They’ were last in Bluffton eight years ago on their previous furlough. The Wengers are work ing under the foreign board of mis sions of the General Conference of Mennonites. Located at Korba They have been located at the mission station in Korba in the Cen (Continued on page 2) Musical Comedy To Repeat Wednesday The second performance of “Swing Out”, Lions club musical comedy fea turing local talent, will be given at the Bluffton High school auditorium this Wednesday nght at 8:17 o’clock. A large audience was present for the first performance given at the auditorium Tuesday night. All pro ceeds will be used for the purchase of defense bonds and Red Cross do nations. All principals, the 24 chorus girls and musical numbers are recruited from local performers. Also in con nection with the performance is a Young American contest for children from two to eight years. Forrest Steinman is master of ceremonies. Lima Ministers Will Give Lecture Series Echoes of the National Preaching Mission held in Lima during the past w’eek,will be the theme of a series of sermon-lectures by Lima ministers to be held in the Bluffton High school auditorium next week, Sun day night thru Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. The series is sponsored by the Bluffton ministerial association with one of the local ministers presiding at each of the sessions. The following Lima ministers will speak: Sunday—Rev. John W. Berger, St. Luke’s Lutheran church music by7 the Bluffton college choir. Monday—Rev. J. R. Love, High Street United Brethren church mu sic by the Bluffton college Ladies Gospel quartet. Tuesday—Rev. G. J. Johnson^ the Second Baptist church music by the Bluffton college Men’s Gospel quar tet. Wednesday—Rev. C. L. Quinn, the Church of God music by the Bluff ton High school choir. The meetings are inter-denomina tional in character and all of the churches of the community are in vited to participate and to attend the series. John Diller Estate Has Assets Of $10,595 Assets of $10,595.35 w-ere listed in the inventory filed last week by Al bert Diller, executor of the estate of John Diller, deceased Richland town ship farmer. Included in the listing wrere: Per sonal property, $135 stocks, bonds and securities, $225 accounts and debts receivable, $135.56 60 acres in Richland toumship, $6,00Q and 40 acres in Riley township, Putnam county, $4,100. Former Resident Passes State Exam Norris E. Stultz, of Findlay, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stultz of Grove street, was among the 31 can didates to pass the Ohio engineers’ registration board for professional engineers and surveyors, it was an nounced Tuesday in Columbus. Mr. Stultz is an electrician for the city attending to electrical work at all city property. He was pre viously employed for six and one half years by the Buckeye Electric E. Bixler filed the inventory. company. Kibler. FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 1942 ENROLL GARDENS HERE IN CAUSE OF NATIONAL DEFENSE Committee Asks Residents to Make Survey of Available Garden Plots School Pupils Also Will Have Part in Nationwide Gar den Project Bluffton gardens will be enrolled this spring in the cause of national defense in Connection with the Vic tory Garden program, it was an nounced the first of the week by Harry Barnes, chairman of the home gardens division of the Bluffton Ci vilian Defense council. First step in the camp aign, Barnes announced, will be to ha\ e household ers make a survey of spjice available for gardening purppses, with a view of obtaining maximuni preduction of foodstuffs. Lawns, however, should not be turned up for ga rdening pur poses, he said. A handbook contain!ng detailed suggestions for effectiv 3 gardening will be available shortlj thru inem bers of the Victory Garden commit tee. In addition to Barnes, members of the committee are Mr 5. Otto Holt kamp, Mayor W. A. Hoyre and Clair Fett, executive director the Bluff ton Civilian Defense cotmciL The program also ineludes farm home gardens and sch sol gardens, details of which are now being worked out by the De sartment of Agriculture and the De partment of Education. Emphasis on the gai deni ng pro gram is being made in connection with this week which has been desig nated by’ Governor Bricker as Home Garden w’eek in Ohio. CLASSES WILL BE GIVEN HERE FOR CIVILIAN DEFENSE Plans Being Formulated for Instruction by Local De fense Officials Personnel of Police Auxiliary and Transportation Com mittees Announced Instruction by qualified experts will be given in the various divisons of Bluffton’5 Cvilian Defense organza tion, accordng to plans being formu lated b.v the executive committee of the loca: defense council. When all of the volunteers have been assigned to the various commit tees a program of regular class in struction will be offered, it was stated by Clair Fett, executive director. In some cases local instructors will be used but in the more secia'ized di (Continued on page 5) Fred Lingel Is Wed Saturday Evening In a wedding ceremony performed at the home of Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat of Cleveland, Frederick J. Lingel, chief engineer of the Triplett plant, and Miss Ditzy7 Baker, of New York City, were married Sat urday night. Mrs. Lingel is an author and artist specializing in children’s books. The couple will make their home at the Chamberlain apartments. Lingel became acquainted with Dr. Poteat, pastor of the Euclid Avenue Baptist church in Cleveland, when he delivered the Bluffton college Bible lecture series here last Novem ber. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schutz, Pandora, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bartz, Co lumbus Grove, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hochstettler, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Grismore, Pandora, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jackson, Dayton, a boy, Robert Bartlett, Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Zimmerman, a boy, Tuesday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Bash, of New York City, a boy. Mr. Bash is the grandson of Mrs. M. M. E. C. Ramsey, Foreign News paper Correspondent, Ad dresses School Regimentation of Totalitarian Regimes Provides Con trast to Democracy Breaking down of class distinction betw'een the aristocracy and the working man is one of the most pro found effects of the bombing of Eng land, according to E. C. Ramsey, foreign newspaper correspondent, who addressed high school and col lege groups here Monday afternoon and evening. Altho a few lives have been lost another effect of the bombing on the asset side of the ledger is the clear ance of slums. Especially in Lon don it seems that Jerry, the name given to the German bomber by the English, has picked out the slum sections for his bomb raiding activi ties. In the present world struggle Eng land is not out to indiscriminately destroy lives and has been confining its bombing and military activities to military objectives. For example, if England would care to do so, she could easily bomb the poorly defend (Continued on page 2) Former College Bible Lecturer Returning Dr. George Richards of Lancaster, Pa., well known to Bluffton audi ences when he delivered the Bluffton college Bible lecture series several years ago, will speak at the St. John’s Reformed church Thursday night at 8 o’clock. Dr. Richards was one of the speak ers of the Lima Preaching mission held during the past week. He is one of the outstanding ministers of the Reformed church and teaches at the Lancaster Theological seminary, Lancaster, Pa. His address here is under the auspices of the Men’s Brotherhood of the Reformed churches. Dr. Poteat Talks In Radio Lenten Series Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat, who delivered the Bluffton college Bible lecture series last November, is preaching a series of Lenten ser mons over Detroit radio station WWJ every afternoon this week from 1:30 to 2:00 o’clock. The series, by the well known Cleveland Baptist minister, is being sponsored by the Detroit Council of Churches. Rites For Infant Held At Cemetery Brief services for the four-day-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Coon of Millersburg were held at the Emmanuel’s Reformed cemetery, south of town, Wednes day afternoon. The baby was born Thursday and died Monday night. Rev. Emil Bur richter, pastor, officiated at the serv ices. The grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon of this place were in Millersburg on Tuesday. Bombing Is Breaking Class Lines In England, Newspaper Man States Harriett Herrmann Estate Probated In the estate of Harriett Herr mann, deceased, of Bluffton, an in ventory filed in Allen county pro bate court by A. D. Gratz, adminis trator, showed assets amounting to $4,422.80. Personal property was valued at $91.50 money, $500 stocks, bonds and securities, $2,154 accounts and debts receivable, $177.30, and real estate in Bluffton, $1,500. Joe Swank Graduates At Naval Air Station Joseph Swank, son of Geo. Swank, was graduated recently from the Aviation Metalsmith School at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., according to an announcement made by the Public Relations office of that station. Swank enlisted in the Navy last June and was sent to the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill., for his preliminary training. He was transferred to Pensacola in October to attend the school and undergo an intensive sixteen-Vfeek course in the assembly, maintenance and repair of all types of aircraft. He will soon be eligible for promotion to the rating of a third class petty officer with a considerable increase In New Locations Mrs. Lenore Myers and sons will move soon from their home on Col lege road to the former R. E. Grif fith farm south of Bluffton which she purchased last summer. Prof, and Mrs. S. F. Pannabecker and family occupying the Edgar Neuenschwander property on South Lawn avenue will occupy the Mrs. Myers property on College road. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coffin and son are moving from the Mrs. Jose phine Carnahan property on South Lawn avenue to Toledo. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Detwiler and son will move from the Mrs. Carna han property at West Elm and Spring streets into the property va cated by the Coffin family. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Marquart, Jr., and family will move soon on the Scott Henry farm near Ruggley church which he purchased last fall. Mr. and Mrs. Otis Basinger of Vaughnsville will occupy the Will Hirschfield place to be vacated by the Marquart family. RADIO TECHNICAL COURSE WILL BE GIVEN IN BLUFFTON Instruction in Radio Theory And Practice to be Given By Triplett Foreman Course Open to Men, Women & High School Seniors No Tuition Charge An organization meeting for radio technicians course, sponsored by the College of Engineering of Ohio North ern university will be held in Bluff ton high school art room, Thursday night at 7 o’clock. The instruction will be provided by John Maxon, foreman in charge of production at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Maxon is a licensed radio operator and an electronic en gineer. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Electric al Engineers and has wide experience in the field of radio. The course will meet Monday, Tues day and Thursday nights for three hour sessions for a period of 16 weeks after which a certificate will be is sued on the satisfactory completion of work. The course should aid men later called for military duty to render specialized service in the field of ra dio and will be of assistance in fit ting others to obtain industrial em ployment in radio and allied lines. Theory and Practice The plan will be to give two hours of instruction on the theory of radio and then the class will have an hour of laboratory experience in the Voca tional Electrical shop in the basement. Triplett equipment will be used in the practical instruction. The course is being set up to help meet military needs for radio technic ians and civilian and industrial needs as well. The armed forces have drained off many men who have spe cialized training and experience in radio. The course is a part of the program to provide replacements in the field. Administration is under the United States office of Education, with Dean R. Seaton as director of engineering. The course is under the direct super vision of Dean John A. Needy of the Ohio Northern engineering college. Qualifications No previous radio experience is ne cessary for enrollment, and applica tions for enrollment for both men and women will be accepted from Allen or any of (the surrounding counties. Present high school seniors will be accepted in the course, it was stated by officials. Prerequisites are that the applicant be a high school graduate with two units of high school mathematics. is preferred that the applicant has had a course in physics. There is no cost to the student except a very nom inal charge for a textbook. There is a uniform prescribed course of 144 class hours plus 96 hours of outside study. A second advanced course is also planned with both cours es to run 16 weeks. An almost unlimited number of ra dio technicians are needed to meet military and civil demands and more classes will be organized here if ne cessary, it was stated by officials. U. S. Almond Crop During 1939 the almond crop of the United States amounted to 19,200 tons, but in 1940 it dwindled to 12,000 tons, according to estimates. Give the gift that signi fies America is not to be caught napping. DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 44 COAL SURVEY WILL BE MADE HERE TO DETERMINE NEEDS Future Allotments May be Made on Basis of Data Se cured in Survey Residents Urged to Buy Coal Early to Relieve Seasonal Congestion To determine Bluffton’s future coal allotments, a survey to find out tire amount of coal used here in 1941 by home consumers, industries, commer cial establishments and utilities will be made during the coming week, it was announced by Clair B. Fett, executive director of the Bluffton Civilian Defense Council. Ed Steiner, Bluffton clothier, has been appointed by Fett to head up the information gathering unit in charge of the survey. A house to house survey will not be necessary to obtain the information, it was stated by Fett. Only the coal deal ers, industries, power companies and schools will be contacted in the sur vey. Coal Inventory In addition to information on the amount of coal used all of the agen cies will be asked to state the amount of coal in their inventory of January 1, 1942. On the basis of the data collected an estimate of the coal needs of Bluffton in 1942 will be made. In case shortages should develop the fig ures would be used to determine Xhe amount of coal that could be alfbtted to the community under the direction of the Department of the Interior of the Federal government. Fill Bins Early VI hile there is no immediate pros pect of serious coal shortages, resi dents of the community are asked to purchase coal supplies early in order to relieve seasonal congestion, it was urged by Fett. The largest coal consumers in Bluffton are the Central Ohio Light pal Electric Light and Waterworks plant which uses about 12 tons of coal per day. Solemnize Wedding At Circleville edding of Kenneth Deppler and Miss Pauline Hill, both of Columbus, was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill, of Circleville, Sunday, Feb. 15. Mr. Deppler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Deppler of this place. The wedding service was read by Rev. I- ranklin McElfresh of Colum bus in the presence of members of the families and intimate friends. The bride was attended by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth Hill of Columbus. Wayne Deppler of Sid ney was best man. 1 he bride wore for the occasion a tailored suit of beige wool with ac cessories of turf tan. Her shoulder corsage was of red rosebuds and a rhinestone clip, gift of the bride groom, her only ornament. The bride is a graduate of Circle ville high school and Bliss Business college, Columbus, and a member of Phi Beta Psi sorority. Mr. Deppler, a Columbus pharma cist, was graduated from Bluffton high, school and Ohio State univers ity where he was a member of Phi Delta Chi fraternity. The couple will reside in Columbus at 630 Town street. Last Rites For Former Resident Funeral services for Edgar Files, 60, of Findlay, former Bluffton res ident and employe of the former Na tional Lime and Sone Co. here, were held at the First Methodist church in Findlay, Saturday morning fol lowing an illness of five weeks from heart trouble. Mr. Files was born Jan. 26, 1882, in Van Wert county and lived in Bluffton for a number of years. He left the community about 20 years ago to take a similar position with National Lime and Stone Co. of Findlay. He was married Feb. 11, 1914, to Emma Hannan who survives. Bur ial was in Van Wert cemetery. INCOME TAX MAN HERE Deputy from the office of the col* lector of internal revenue will be at the postoffice for the last time next Monday to assist in making out in come tax returns. Returns must be filed by March 15.