VOLUME NO. LXVI
SALE OF 1942
TO BE DELAYED
Automobile Tags, Scheduled for
Sale Monday, Will be
Tags This Year are Green on
White Background May
Be Used Now
Sale of 1942 automobile tags,
scheduled to start here on Monday,
will be delayed several days because
of an explosion in one of the enamel
furnaces at the Ohio Penitentiary
where the tags are made, it was an
nounced by Clayton Bixel, Bluffton
area deputy registrar.
Emergency supplies to meet the de
mands of out of state motorists were
on hand Monday but the Bluffton
series running from ZB-51-900 to
ZF-51-900 will not be available for
several days, Bixel said.
Sold at Bixel Garage
Headquarters for the distribution
of the tags will be at the Bixel Mo
tor Sales on Cherry street. The firm
recently moved from its location on
North Main street to the remodeled
building formerly known as
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High School Reception
To Be Less Elaborate
Elaborate decorations and other
extras will be notably absent from
the Bluffton high school Junior-Sen
ior reception this spring, it was sug
gested by the
board of education,
which is the leading
of the school year
will be shorn of much of its tradi
tional glamour in line with the war
time trend toward simpler affairs of
The banquet, which has heretofore
been one of the principal features
will also be modified or replaced by
The board by a majority vote per
mitted dancing to be included in the
evening’s program. Voting in favor
were Short, Niswander and Bader
tscher. Against the measure were
Hofstetter and Tosh.
Arrangements for the reception
are in the hands of the junior class
which will begin working on plans
for the affair shortly. The recep
tion is an annual event held in the
school gymnasium at which the
graduating senior class is entertained
by the juniors.
Ebenezer Church To
Broadcast Over WFIN
A 13 weeks’ broadcast series of
programs will be presented over
Findlay radio station WFIN by the
Ebenezer Mennonite church starting
Friday night from 7:15 to 7:30
o’clock, it was announced this week
by Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor.
A women’s vocal quartet consisting
of Mrs. Milo Lora, Mrs. Francis
Niswander, Mrs. Myron Luginbuhl
and Miss Minerva Hilty will furnish
the opening program. Rev. Schultz
will speak briefly at all of the meet
According to present plans the
series will be continued permanently
as a regular part of the church
work, it was stated by Rev. Schultz.
Berne Choir To Sing
At Vespers Sunday
Music by the Men’s Chorus from
Berne, Ind., and an address by Rev.
C. H. Suckau, pastor of the Berne
Mennonite church, will be given at
the Bluffton college vesper service to
be held in Ramseyer chapel Sunday
afternoon at 3 o’clock.
The chorus is under the direction
of Freeman Burkhalter, supervisor
of music in the Berne schools. The
unit is well known in Indiana for
its frequent broadcasts over station
WO WO at Ft. Wayne.
With The Sick
Glen Steiner, eldest son of
Steiner, is critically ill at Bluffton
Community hospital with a heart
ailment. He was stricken recently
while in Darke county where he is
employed as herd tester for a dairy
Albert Lora of Findlay, former
Bluffton resident who has been bed
fast for the past three weeks, is
Condition of Milton Pifer
Orange township who underwent
operation at Lima Memorial hospital,
Friday, is reported improved.
Schools Will Open
In Morning At 8:30
Beginning March 16
rjLUFFTON public schools
u now opening at 9 o’clock in
the morning since adoption of
the new war time last month
will begin classes at 8:30 a. m.
starting Monday, March 16.
A ruling to this effect was
Speculation About W
$25,000 IN LIGHT
PLANT BONDS SOLD
TO CITIZENS BANK
'own Council Authorizes Sale
Of Issue to Pay for Turbo
Warnings of Plant Expected to
Retire Bonds in Less Than
The bank, one of two bidders, was
awarded the issue at its bid of 2%
interest and $300 premium. The
other bidder, the Ohio Bond company
of Columbus submitted alternate
bids at higher interest rates.
The bonds are of the mortgage
revenue class with assets and earn
ings of the municipal plant as the
Ten Year Issue
The issue will run for a term of
ten years with the privilege of tak
ing up the issue at the end of a
five year period. Payment of the
bonds will be made from earnings of
With earnings of the plant con
tinuing at the present rate, mem
bers of the board of public affairs
and plant attaches said they expect
ed to be in position to exercise the
option of retiring the entire issue
at the end of the five year period.
The $25,000 issue is $5,000 more
than had been anticipated originally,
the difference having been added by
the council to cover incidental costs
in connection with installation of the
unit or possible unforeseen emer
Old Stone Quarries Key To Town’s
Rise As Electric Power Center
at 8:30 a.
closing at 3:45 p. m. will put the
schools on the same schedule
effective before the new time
Longer hours of daylight dur
ing the spring season together
with the fact that the present
schedule makes for a short
morning and long afternoon
were factors entering into the
Bonds in amount of $25,000
finance purchase and installation
an additional turbo-generator unit
at Bluffton’s municipal electric light
and waterworks plant were sold by
the town council at its ..icetiilg Mon
day night to the Citizens National
bank of this place.
Advanced First Aid
Class Planned Here
Advanced classes in first aid will
be started Tuesday, March 17, at
Bluffton High school, with a course
of 10 lessons planned as a
the Allen county Red Cross
Ladies Auxiliary of the
hospital is sponsoring the program,
with Joy K. Huber serving as in
Enrollment is open to anyone who
received a certificate in the begin
ners course recently completed here,
in which 42 qualified for further
Mother Of Bluffton
Woman Dies Tuesday
Mrs. Beatrice Pancasca mother of
Mrs. A. C. Schultz of Grove street
died at her home in Chicago, Tues
day, according to word received here.
Death followed a two months’ illness.
Mrs. Schultz has been at the bed
side of her mother for several weeks
and Rev. Schultz left for Chicago,
Tuesday night. Funeral arrange
ments are incomplete.
Besides her daughter of this place,
Mrs. Pancasca is survived by her
husband and one son.
Abandoned Waterfilled Holes
Are Foundation for Large
Turbines to be in
in Bluffton Pow-
er Plants Shortly
Three abandoned water-filled quar
ries, byproducts of stone company op
erations in past years and long con
sidered almost worthless are proving
to be the key to Bluffton’s latest de
velopment as one of Northwestern
Ohio’s leading centers for the generat
ing of electric power.
With three large turbines already
in operation here at the W oodcock
generating station the Central
Ohio Light and Power company and
the Municipal light and water plant
and two additional units being install
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elfare Of David
After Jap Broadcast
Tisoners Taken by Japan on
Wake Island are Being Put
No Word Received Here From
Former U. S. Marine Air
With press dispatches reporting
that hundreds of United States pris
oners of war taken in the Japanese
capture of Guam and Wake islands
will be put to work in reclaiming
waste lands, speculation as to the
welfare and wereabouts of Lieut.
David Kliewer, 23, formerly of
Bluffton, was made here this week.
Lieut. Kliewer, the son of Rev.
and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer, of Albany,
Oregon, and formerly of the Eben
ezer Mennonite church west of town,
taken 4s a prisoner qf w$£ when
Wake island was "attacked" by the
Japanese on December 7.
The press reports, based on radio
broadcasts from Japan, stated
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Last Rites For
Charles E. Burns
Funeral services for Charles E.
Burns, 68, Bluffton gunsmith of
Riley street, were held Tuesday
afternoon at the Basinger funeral
home. Mr. Burns died at the Bluff
ton Community hospital Saturday
morning after a five months illness.
Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the
Bluffton Methodist church officiated
at the funeral services.
May 3, 1903, to
Mr. Burns was
township Dec. 9,
George and Rilly
He was married
Almerta Boutwell who died Feb. 22,
Surviving are four children, George
and John Burns, of Hobbs, New
Mexico Mrs. Millard Herr of Bluff
ton and Miss Marilla Burns at home,
and two sisters, Mrs. Golda Battles,
Bluffton, and Mrs. Ralph Rainey of
Two sisters, Mrs. Sophrinia Troxel
and Mrs. Sylvia Marshall preceded
him in death.
Mr. Bums was an oil operator in
Louisiana for a decade, later return
ing to Bluffton to become a gun
smith. He was kidely known as the
inventor of various types of drills
and oil well machinery.
Burial was made in the Clymer
Nutrition Class To
Start At Cafeteria
Open to all women of the com
munity, a course in nutrition and
food values will start at the Bluffton
High school cafeteria starting Fri
day afternoon, March 13 at 2:30
Miss Eddythe Cupp, Bluffton High
school home economics instructor,
will teach the course. All mothers
and homemakers of the community
are invited to attend. There is no
Male Quartette At
Music by a male quartette from
the Ft. Wayne Bible Institute and
evangelistic messages from Roy John
son will feature the Sunday morning
and evening services at the Bluffton
Missionary church, it was announced
by Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor. The
public is invited.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, Tl AY, MARCH 5, 1942
BLUFFTON HIGH TO
PLAY THURSDAY IN
Jillermen Will Meet One
Tournament Favorites in
interest of Followers at Fever
Pitch as Tournament
Bluffton’s interest in basketball
reached fever-pitch” this week, as the
Bluffton team readied itself in final
workouts for its assignment against
Middlepoint, Thursday night at 10
o’clock in the opening round of Sec
tional Class tournament play at
Coach Dwight Diller's scrappy eag
ers are matched with one of the tour
ney favorites in the Thursday night
schedule, for Middlepcmit’s undefeat
ed outfit has an imp sing record of
22 straight wins.
Winner of the Btu Iton-Milldpoint
.fracas will play again
day, meeting the viejer
nee-Lima St. Rose tilt.
Fifteen teams are c*n
Celina tournament of
from Allen count:
Bluffton here ar
Gomer, Lima St.
and Delphos St. Je
•h eight are
Other outfit's ei
ney are Middlepo
Jackson from Van
water and Ft.
county and Cridersville, New Knox
ville and Wapakoneta St. Josephs,
Complete details relative tourna
ment pairings and records of the com
peting outfits will be found on Page
Eight in this issue. 1
Run School Biifts
With tournament interest running
high, Bluffton High ofi.cials announc
ed plans this week to operate buses
to carry all interested students to and
from Celina for the Thursday night
FOR 4-DAY PERIOD
Weekly Ration Per Person Cut
To Half Pound Instead of
Elementary Teachers Will Sup
ervise Rationing for Family
of sugar in the com
be based on population
the Bluffton school dis
the process of compila
revealed this week by
trict now in
tion, it was
A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent
of schools, who will file the report
with the state department of educa
tion at Columbus on Thursday.
The registration, conducted na
tionally, will be held over a four
day period likely the latter part of
March, according to press dis
Limited to Half Pound
Announcement of the registration
plans by the Office of Price Admin
istration was followed by a
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Play At Emanuel’s
Church On Sunday
“Seth Parker’s Sunday Evening
Meeting", a play based on a radio
program, will be presented at 8 p. m.
next Sunday in the Emanuel’s Re
formed church by the Friendly Coup
les class of the church.
of the play has its founda
the Seth Parker Sunday
meetings broadcast over the
few years ago.
Lima Minister To
Closing the lecture series based on
the National Preaching Mission in
Lima, the Rev. C. L. Quinn, pastor
of the Church of God in Lima, will
speak at the Bluffton High school
auditorium this Wednesday night at
8 o’clock. Music will be provided by
the Bluffton High school chorus un
der the direction of Miss Elizabeth
Higley. The public is invited.
Turbo-Generator Unit Arrives At
The turbo-generator unit pur
chased for the Bluffton municipal
water works and electric light plant
arrived from Colorado and has been
unloaded at the plant here.
The six man crew working in
excavation for the foundation
reached solid rock and is tearing
the concrete foundation of the
inches into the bed rock.
After this is done
will be made 36
The purpose of this is to give the
turbine the most solid foundation
If no unforseen circum
develop the excavation work
be completed in about
it was stated by plant
Bluffton Municipal Light Plant
A condenser for use with the
bine has been purchased from an
engineering firm in Philadelphia, Pa.
This was loaded, under the super
vision of John Swisher, plant super
intendent, and delivery is expected
in Bluffton on the first of next week.
Committees Announced In Drive For
Sale Of Defense Bonds And Stamps
Function for Duration of
War in Promotion of Cam
paign in Bluffton
embers of Clubs and Organi
zations Being Contacted
for further instructions in the cam-1
in the com
Real Estate Deals
Byron Anderson has purchased the
Mrs. Josephine Carnahan property at
Elm and Spring streets and will oc
cupy the place this week.
Enlists In Army
CLASSES TO START
HERE NEXT WEEK
Allen County Sheriff William V
Daley Will Address De
With the roster of all committees fense I mis
completed, the various community I ______ [according to estimates made,
clubs and organizations are contact- On lhe basis ()f the data shown in
ing their members in the drive for [Regular Instruction to Start in the survey, an estimate of the coal
the sale of United States defense
About Two Weeks, Officials
bonds and stamps, it was announced Announce I mad«- case of coal shortages,
by Norman Triplett, chairman of the thc figure would be used to deter
Bluffton Defense Saving Committee. mine the aniount of C(,al t() be allot.
All committee members will meet| „. ..
Joseph Rediger of Woodburn, Ind., 1 survey Completed This Week
has purchased the Mrs. Bertha Balm-1 win r
o nill Form Basis
er property on South Jackson street
occupied by Paul Hefner. RedigerI
will move his household goods here| ______
shortly. He is here now and asso-|
ciated with his brother-in-law, E. G. I Inventory’ of oal on Hand Here
Steiner in the operation of the Mas-| As of Jan. 1, 1942 is
ter Feed Mill. 7,455 Tons
l.ysle Kohli, of Baltimore, Md., son the community conducted by Ed
of Mrs. Eva Kohli of West
street enlisted this week in
United States army and will be
tioned at Ft. Meade, Md., in
II dens, fire protection and bomb squad-1
I ron units to be held at the American|
I Legion hall. 1the
munity have completed
tation of members and
one hundred per cent have been sign-.
ing the pledge cards distributed by| have been asked 40 5elect and traJn| cupying the property vacated by
the committee members, Triplett said.I several PeoPle in th9 sector t0 whichl Coffin, having moved from the Byron
Boy Scouts-Woodrow Little, chm.,I lows. Hub(,r
Eugene Benroth, Karl Gable, Paul| chief air
Wingate, Kermit Kibele.
Kites Here ^aturaay\^me3
are his father, John|
Bluffton two sisters,
Brobeck and Mrs.
Regular instructions will start in| Josephine
about two weeks, officials said.
All of the fire wardens
The bond drive committee will not| they have been assigned. These people[ Anderson property at Elm and
cease functioning even though all of in the sector to which the-v have been| Spring streets.
the pledge cards are turned in, assigned. These people are asked to
Triplett pointed out. Promotion of I have extra suPPIie* available such as I moved Wednesday from the Cham
the sales will continue for the dura-lwater’ sand or dirt’ ladders
l8ult the town niap in the BlufTton I
e o owing committees ave|tor to which he has been assigned.I tjie Chamberlain apartments vacated
been appointed: The warden will have responsibility by Anderson.
Manufacturers—A. R. Baker, chm.,[ for every home in his sector, ft was| Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hilty will
Charles Lloyd, Harry Turner, 1 aulI .stated by Clair B. Fett, executive di-l move soon from the Carnahan apart
Martinka. rector of the defense council. nients on South Lawn avenue
Schools—A. J. B. Longsdorf, chm.,| It is requested that all residents as-[ tbe Stratton apartments vacated by
Mrs. Grace Cox, Orden Smucker. [sisting the fire wardens assemble the[ Gorham.
Bank—Elmer Romey, chm., Noah I following equipment for eay accesi-|
Basinger, M. M. Bogart. bility in case of fires: [cupying the A. S. Faze property on
Service clubs and fraternal groups! Sexeral sections of garden hose
—Ross Bogart, chin., Forrest Stein-|"’^b nozzle. [purchased.
man, Silas Diller, Geo. Rauenbuhler.| Several pails or sacks of sand. The Grossly farm in Union town
Veterans—Millen Geiger, chm., A.| Several pails for carrying water. ship vacated by Johnson wi|, be
C. Burcky, Ralph Stearns, Raiph pUmp ‘"A"’"
TT rt U n I Ladder, axe and flash lamp. Jenera.
Henry, Dr. B. R. Herring, Quinten|
r» iL tj t' t- u Long handle shovel. pau Faze
Burkholder, Mrs. red Fntchie, Mrs.| ...
Additional committees named in the[ed £be s.
arry urner. pju^ton civilian Defense program fol- Main street
New’spaper and theatre publicity Bomb squad—Paul Martinka, chair-[ Huber farm and moved to his re
Orden Smucker, chm., George Car-| man Fred Lingel, vive chairman. cently purchased place, the Hilty
mack, Fred Getties, Harriet Criblez.[ Street repair—Lee Coon, chairman farm on the Lincoln highway near
Women’s clubs—Mrs. R. L. Trip-1 Robert Watkins, Chas. Stratton, Ar-[ Stark.
lett, Mrs. Harry Bogart. thur Lewis, C. J. Bechtel.
Retail Merchants—E. S. Lapechm.,1 Auxiliary firemen—Clayton Weiss,
Armin Hauenstein, Ralph Patterson.) Prod and John Hermann, Roger Howe,
[Robert Cooney, Peter and John.
Bluffton relatives learned this week| Beidler Herbert Conrad, Robert Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martin,
of the death Monday in Long Beach,I Youngi’James Stonehill, Richard BalJLima, a girl, Sunday.
Calif., of William F. Garrett, 70,| Richard Berkv Cahdn Dudgeon,1 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Morris, Colum
woodworker by trade, who moved Floyd Herr Albert ingaHs, Raymond|b»« Gr°ve. a Krl, Sunday,
from here to the west coast about| Schumacher.
12 years ago. Death was caused by|
Give the gift that slgrik
fies America is not to b«
63.576 TONS OF
BLUFFTON IN ’41
_T .. .inventory of coal on hand as of Jan.
First instruction in a series oflte(i to the community under the
paiRn at the office of the Triplett c’asses f“r C,yha" Dc "7 1 it Department of the
Electrical Instrument Co. this Wed- "“kt when .^"5 'V111?am v- IntCT,or- 11
nesday night at 8:15 o'clock. A Daley of Lima w.ll talk to the aux
speaker from the Allen county bondtLTlL-aj
drive unit in Lima will be presentf
to address the group.
Bluffton public utilities, schools
and domestic consumers
burned a total of 63,576 tons of coal
during 1941, it was learned this
week from a survey of coal used in
Elm I Steiner, Bluffton clothier, for the
the I Bluffton Civilian Defense council,
sta-1 The figure represents the amount
the I of coal used by industries, schools,
I power companies and that sold by
I coal dealers. It does not include
[coal hauled in directly from
Imines by individual consumers
I the community, it was
I Clair Fett, executive director of
I Bluffton Civilian Defe
I Utilities Largest Users
I The largest users of coal were
[public utilities which include
[Central Ohio Light and Power
|and ihe Rlnffton Municipal Water
|Works and Electric Light Plant who
The. schools used
all other consumers
of coal to make a
survey was also made of the
which showed 7,456 tons,
needs of Bluffton in 1042 is oeing
was stated by Fett.
In New Locations
Donald Coffin and family moved
first of the week from the Mrs.
South Lawn avenue to Toledo.
Paul Detwiler and family are
tion of the war and constant effort I shovels etc- for combatting incendiary I jnto tbejr property vacated by Det
will be made to increase the amount |bres’ w»ler.
of the purchases. I R' cry fire warden is asked to con-1 Mr. and
News display window to find the sec-1 apartments on Thurman street to
raid warden—Forrest I chasei southwest of Bluffton.
Steinman. George Huber has vacated the Sol
Schmidt, Richard and Russell Gratz, [ton hospital:
K,assen’ Ricbard and Robert
(Roger Klay, oTm Conaway, Paul| Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sutter, Co-
Fett, Ned Schuitx, Bill Am-1 Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Mumma, a
stutz, Richard Augsburger, Norman ipH, Saturday.
M. M. Bogart Closes
Out Business Herei
Watkins, both of Bluffton and
children, Mrs. Elmer Lehman,
tiac, III. Mrs. Walter Bachler,
menin, IU4 Ralph Garret, Chicago ness section on Main street closed his lay hospital Monday night.
and Russell Garrett, Englewood,[ establishment, Saturday night. A daughter, Susan, was born to
California. Bogart originally was engaged in| Mr. and Mrs. Howard Diller of
Bert[ ....... Mrs. C. D. Hilty of Bluffton.
four[ M. M. Bogart, Bluffton automobile| Bora
Pon-[ and tire dealer for many years lo-| Balmer, formerly of Bluffton and
Sau-| cated at the south end of the busi-| now of Findlay, a boy, at the Find-
The body will arrive in Lima Fri-| the harness making and buggy busi-| Mansfield, February 18 in the Ash
ci ay afternoon. Funeral rites will be| ness here and later went into the| land City hospital, according to word
conducted in the Diller Funeral home| automobile and accessory field. He| received here. Mr. Diller is the son
here at 2 p. m. Saturday. Rev.[ has announced no plans for the fu-|of Mrs. C. X. Diller of Carey and
Gerald Bright will officiate. Burial| ture. Building formerly occupied by|a grandson of the late Benj. Diller
in the Miller cemetery at Rockport| Bogart is owned by Dr. M. D. Soash.| of this place.
berlain apartments on Cherry street
Mrs. Rufus Gorham will
week from the Stratton
B. Johnson and family are
south Main street which he recently
Herman Bosse of near
and family have vacat
Faze property on South
and moved to the Sol
which he recently pur
The following births at the Bluff-
Oberly. lumbus Grove, a boy, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Harris of
Tenn., the par
born last Wednesday,
is the former Miss
Agnes Hilty, daughter of Mr. and
to Mr. and Mrs. Robert
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