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DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVI AIRMAN, FORMER BLUFFTON YOUTH SINKS JAP SUB David Kliewer Scores Hit on Enemy in Dive Bombing Off Wake Island Loosed Two Bombs on Jap Craft, Says Official Marine Corps Report Bluffton this week laid claim to one of the heroes of the Pacific war, with the announcement that Second Lieut. David Kliewer, Bluffton High school graduate, played a Ione role in sinking a large Japanese submar ine during the heroic stand made by American Marines at Wake Island. Lieut. Kliewer sighted the under seas craft cruising on the surface while he was on a late reconaissance patrol about 10 miles south of the tiny Pacific outpost. Alone in his fighting plane, he \vent into a dive, turning his 50 calibre-machine guns on the sub marine. As he pulled out of the dive, he loosed two 100-pound bombs in a direct hit on the vessel. Sub Sinks “His bombs scored, and the sub marine sank immediately,” said the terse report released this week by the Marine Corps. Date of Kliewer’s heroic attack was given as Dec. 12. A day earlier other fliers from Wake Island had sunk a Japanese cruiser in a bombing attack. Lieut. Kliewer, who graduated from Bluffton High school in 1935 as valedictorian of his class, is be lieved to be a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese. Presumed to be Prisoner His parents, Rev. and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer, of Albany, Oregon, were notified by Marine Corps officials that Kliewer’s name does not appear on any casualty list, and it is pre sumed he is a prisoner. Three days after receiving the Marine Corps notice Rev. and Mrs. Kliewer received a brief letter from their son stating that he was “alive and in good health, but much more than that I am not allowed to say.” There was no information as to his whereabouts, and the letter, Rev. Kliewer stated, had been censored twice. Named To Honorary Scholastic Society Neil Baumgartner, member of the senior class at Miami university, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Baum gartner of Cherry street was one of twenty-five elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, honorary scholastic society, it was announced the first of the week. Admission to the so ciety is based on high scholarship standing during the four years col lege course. In connection with the announce ment it was stated that Baumgart ner who has been specializing in chemisry has been awarded a posi tion as teaching assistant in the University of Illinois for the com ing year. He will begin work at that place in June under Dr. Roger Adams di rector of chemical defense research. For the past three years he has been chemistry laboratory assistant at Miami where he is also a mem ber of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Men’s Glee club and the Vesper choir. Civilian Defense Meeting On Friday Bluffton civilian defense commit tees will meet at 7:30 p. m. Friday in the American Legion hall to hear an address by Clarence Fisher, of Lima, safety director of civilian de fense in Allen county. All air raid wardens, firemen, aux iliary firemen, police, rescue and road repair squads, doctors, nurses and others interested are urged to attend. Police Get Stolen Car Here Sunday A stolen car abandoned after being mired in the mud off the road near the Maynard Geiger residence on Cherry street was taken away by state highway patrolmen Sunday morning. The car, belonging to a party in Sidney, was abandoned by the thieves Saturday night. Geiger re ported the stolen auto to police au thorities. II Sportsmen’s Club To Form Group Of Modern Minute Men T1EM1MSCENT of the famed “Minute Men” of the Ameri can Revolution, the Bluffton Sportsmen’s club will form a modern version of the organiza tion for the emergency protect ion of vital defense spots and private property in the commun ity, it was announced by Silas Diller, president. This army of volunteer rifle men will sharpen their shooting eyes on a gun range and will give state authorities informa tion as to the type of rifle own ed and the amount of ammuni tion on hand. PIRATE CAGERS IN SEMI-FINALS OF CLASS TOURNEY Dillermen Successful in Two Starts to Advance as Title Contenders Strong New Knoxville Five Foes of High School Team This Friday Night Tournament fever reached a new intensity this week, as Bluffton High eagers, successful in their first two starts, readied themselves for a semi final engagement against a powerful New Knoxville five Friday night at 9:15 o’clock in the regional Class tourney at Celina. Bluffton’s Pirates gained the semi final round by trouncing undefeated Middlepoint, 42 to 34, and Lima St. Rose, 54 to 33, in the first and sec ond rounds of the tournament last week. This marks the third straight year the Dihermen have emerged as a tournament title contender, and local backers are hoping this season’s ef forts will bring a second champion ship. Two years ago, Bluffton won the regional Class meet at Carey. Last year, the Pirates gained the final round in the Shawnee tourna ment, only to lose a heart-breaker to Cridersville in the title contest. Only Allen County Survivor Bluffton remains Allen county’s only hope in the Celina tournament, altho eight of the 15 original con testants were from this county. All others have been defeated. New Knoxville, Bluffton’s foe this Friday, has an impressive record and ended the season as champions of Auglaize county. To gain that hon or they bested Cridersville, which was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the regional tournament by Cold water. Winner of the Bluffton-New Knox ville tilt will play the victor of the Hoaglin-Jackson-Coldwater contest, in the championship round at 8:30 p. m. Saturday, March 14. Hoag lin-Jackson and Coldwater also will play next Friday night. Only the tournament champion will be eligible to represent this district in the state tourney opening next week at Springfield. In New Locations Vernon Burkholder has moved from the Amos Garmatter farm west of Bluffton to the Clark Kidd farm southwest of Rockport in Monroe township. Cal Garmatter has moved from North Jackson street to the farm of his father, Amos Garmatter w'est of Bluffton. Amos Tschiegg has moved from the former Chris Steiner farm to the Cal Garmatter property on North Jackson street which he recently pur chased. Claude Rusmeisel, tenant on the Ed Marquart farm near Beaverdam has moved to the former Chris Stein er farm. Reno Gratz has moved from the Plate Bros, farm in Orange town ship to the Ed Marquart farm near Beaverdam. Geo. Kimmel will move on the Plate Bros, farm vacated by Reno Gratz. Philip Marquart, Jr., has moved from the Will Hirscnfeld farm to the Scott Henry farm near Ruggly church which he has purchased. Otis Basinger has moved from near Vaughnsville to the Will Hirsch feld farm. Doubling Of Production Followed By Lower Price Quoted For Raw Milk Dairy Farmers Here Receiving $2.25 Per Hundred: 25 Cents Under Top Page Dairy Plant Here Pro cesses 38 Tons Monday Part for Overseas Milk production which has doubled in Bluffton district during the past six months may be reaching the point where the market is finding difficulty in absorbing the supply. This was indicated the first of the week when the record high price of $2.50 per hundred pounds paid for raw milk since last fall was dropped twenty-five cents to $2.25. Farmers in the Bluffton district indicate that dairy production has been vastly expanded and cows are bringing top prices. 38 Tons 31 ilk Here Monday An indication of the volume of milk produced here, 76,000 pounds— 38 tons—were received at the local plant of the Page Dairy company Monday. This is about double the average of last summer’s daily in take. Much of the milk received here is processed into powdered form and as such is used to supply not only the domestic market but also needh of England and other allied Europ ean nations under terms of the lease lend setup. Lack of adequate shipping facil ities for overseas transportation, partially cutting off this market is believed to be one of the principal factors contributing to an easing of the demand for dairy products. Advanced First Aid Class Starts Tuesday Advanced classes in first aid will be started Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock at the Bluffton High school cafteria. Ladies Auxiliary of the Bluffton hospital is sponsoring the 10 lesson program under the general supervis ion of the Allen county Red Cross. Joy Huber is the instructor. Enrollment is open to anyone who received a certificate in the begin ners course recently completed in which 42 qualified for the training. Other people, even though not qualified by the certificate, are in vited to attend the meetings as listeners, it was stated by officials. Kib’s News Stand In New Location Kib’s New stand is moving this week into a new location in the Leland Sechler block on North Main street, occupying the room vacated by the Shalley & Son variety store. Announcement of the change of lo cation was made by Kermit Kibele, proprietor. Business in the present location, the Chas. Dillman building on North Main street, will be closed this Wed nesday night and merchandise will be moved on Thursday preparatory to opening in the Sechler block Fri day morning. Modern Pianist At College Wednesday Presenting a program of modern piano music, Clara Verson, who has made concert presentations in the music centers of Europe and Amer ica, will appear on the Bluffton col lege concert series at the Ramseyer chapel this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. She also will present three caus eries entitled Debussy the Impres sionist and Scriabinthe Mystic Vig nettes of Modem Pianism Vistas of Spain. Here she will discuss each number from the viewpoint of idiom, construction and the incident which inspired the composer. Booster Banquet Friday, March 20 Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, of Indian apolis, Ind., and native of Pandora, will be the speaker at the annual Bluffton college Booster Banquet to be held at the Bluffton High school gymnasium Friday night, March 20. Boosters from Pandora, Columbus Grove, Mt. Cory, Lima, Findlay and other surrounding towns are plan ning to attend the banquet. Other features on the program include se lection s by the Bluffton college A Capella choir and xylophone num bers by Miss Barbara Jean Triplett. The proceeds of the banquet will go to the current fund of Bluffton college. In charge of arrangements are D. W. Bixler, C. F. Niswander and Leland Diller. LHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 12. 1942 COUNCIL BUYS NEW MACK TRUCK FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT Expenditure of 87,950 for Fire Fighting Equipment is Authorized Council Divides on Merits of Rotary and Centrifugal Type of Pump Purchase of a Mac’ truck for Bluffton’s municipal fre department was authorized by th town counici Monday night. The ui:will cost $7,95o, coming within a max imum of the $8,000 in bonds author ized for purchase of f'.n- figthting’ equipn mt at the getB-’al election last November. The equipment will include a three n an cab, rotary pump v capacity 600 gallons per miMvte. a 155 horse power moter and a 4G0 g:.:b “boost er” tank. Delivery iis imated at 90 days abject to del. ause of priorities and other wartime condi tions. Final decision of the council came following a lengthy Snoot Monday nig it in which that bo ti vid-ad on the relative merits ary ana centrifugal pumps. Divided Vote Although the Mack truck was se lected by a unanimous v :, the pre ceding motion on the cl of a pump which virtually decided the issue was adopted by a sharply’ divided council. The majority vote favoring the ro tary type of pump stood 'our to two with C. A. Triplett and Jesse Yoakam, the fire and light committee of the council reporting in favor of the ro tary pump and Mayor W. A. Howe favoring the centrifugal type. Voting for the rotary pump were Councilmen Aukerman, Hofer, Trip lett and Yoakam. Against the rotary pump were Councilmen Amstutz and Lape. One Bidder Eliminated Of the five original bidders, the meeting Monday found two be ing seriously considered, the Mack company of Allentown, Pa., and the Seagrave company of Columbus. As the Seagrave bid was for furn ishing only a centrifugal pump, while the Mack bid gave a choice of either centrifugal or rotary type, the coun cil’s decision in favor of the rotary pump left the Mack bid the only one to be considered. The Seagrave bid was $7,989. Mack’s bid for the centrifugal type pump was $7,760. Discard Old Hose Cart On arrival of the new fire fighting equipment the department’s hose cart mounted on a Reo chassis will be dis carded, it was stated by Fire Chief Guy Corson. The equipment has been in use about 24 years and there will be insufficient room in the fire de i partment quarters to accommodate it. The Studebaker pumper in use since 1928 will be continued as part of the department’s equipment, Corson indi cated. Class In Nutrition Is Open To Women Food values and nutrition problems of a restricted war food diet are topics of discussion in the nutrition course open to the women of the community being given at the Bluff ton High school cafeteria Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Miss Eddyth Cupp, Bluffton High school home economics instructor, is teaching the course. There is no tuition charge and all women are in vited to attend. There will be five more meetings all on Friday. Appraise Estate Of Hiram Locher Estate of the late Hiram Locher was appraised at $7,833.94 in an inventory of assets filed in the Allen county probate court by Ruth Ann Locher, administratrix. Personal property was valued at $1,954.75, money $7£ stocks .bonds and securities $4,800 accounts and debts receivable $7.19 and real es tate consisting of thirty acres in Richland township, $1,000. Sheriff Daley Will Address Lions Club Problems of law enforcement and protection of property will be dis cussed by Allen county sheriff Wil liam V. Daley of Lima in an ad dress at the Lions club to be held at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. National lottery’ to determine the order of calling into armed services men who registered in February un der draft law revisions affecting those from 20 to 45 years of age will be held next Tuesday in Wash ington, D. C. In preparation for the lottery, Al len county’s three draft boards are shuffling the cards of those who registered last month in their dis tricts, and assigning a number to each. Order of numbers drawn in Wash ington will determine the sequence in which the new registrants will be called. It is assumed that none of those who registered in February will be taken until lists of those who regis tered previously have Keen exhausted of eligible men. “War stories strike deeply in the emotional makeup of children”, it was stated by Dr. Ralph Whisler, professor of psychology at Bluffton college, who addressed the meeting of the Bluffton Parent-Teachers as sociation in the Bluffton High school auditorium Tuesday night. Children are very sensitive to dis cussion of war news by adults and easily get worked up over accounts of war events with an emotional tone, the speaker said. A hysterical mother is one of the worst war hazards that a child can have. Parents should have a calm and collected attitude around their children, not only when discussing war news but in talking about all matters. To counteract the war talk with which children are constantly bom barded thru the radio, newspaper and school companions,parents should endeavor to make the home as nor mal as possible. Occasional discus sion of the development of the war is legitimate but should be balanced with other topics to give the child perspective, the speaker said. It is very important to ground the child in sane attitudes for his first five years of life because the basic modes of thinking and patterns of behavior are determined in this early period. Psychologists say that the first five years are twice as im portant as any other period in the life of the individual, Dr. Whisler stated. Therefore, the parents have a tre mendous responsibility in helping create the attitudes in the youngster which will lay the foundation for an adulthood which is marked by confidence and a happy mental condi tion. Most adult fears have their foundation in childhood concerns, the speaker pointed out. With The Sick Mrs. N. W. Cunningham has been removed from the Bluffton hospital to her home on South Jackson street where her condition is reported as improved. Glen Steiner, eldest son of E. P. Steiner, continues in a critical con dition with a heart ailment in the Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Glen Steiner is ill at her home, south of town, suffering from a heart condition and sinus trouble. Her daughter Marilyn Ruth is ill with pneumonia. Mrs. Ben Leichty, who broke her arm several weeks ago, is very ill at the home of her daughter Mrs. M. A. Parker in Lima. Noah Danner, who recently under went an operation at the Lima Me morial hospital, was removed to the hospital again from the home of his sister, Mrs. Clayton Rupright in Beaverdam. Lyman Barnes, who underwent a major operation at the Bluffton hos pital, has been removed to his home southeast of Bluffton. Mrs. Aldine Amstutz, living north west of Pandora, is a patient at the Bluffton hospital. Births Draft Board Shuffles Cards Of New Registrants For Lottery Tuesday Children React Strongly To Parents War Feelings, Psychologist Declares The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nessler, Jenera, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Amstutz, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rader, Mt. Cory, a boy, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Ford Bidlack, Mt. Cory, a boy, Tuesday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rode heffer, of St. Marys, a boy recently. Mrs.Rodeheffer was the former Miss Eleanor Locher. Traffic Violators To Get Police Tags Opening of a police campaign to eliminate traffic violations in Bluff ton was announced this week by' Mayor W. A. Howe. To assist in the drive, pink warn ing cards will be issued by the po lice department. Repeated violation will result in summons indicated by a red tag. Traffic violations for which motor-1 ists will be cited include: Pinking ini limited areas parking within 101 feet of fire hydrant: car not properly! parked parking in alleys double! parking improper parking unneces-l sary noise driving thru processions making prohibited turns failing tol stop at stop signals and driving! through red lights. SUGAR RATIONING BOOKS EXPECTED HERE THIS WEEK Program Likely to Start in Latter Part of March, Re ports Indicate War Ration Books to be Issued For a 28 Week Period, Instructions Say War rationing books for limiting the use of sugar in this community are expected this week at the office of A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintend ent of the Bluffton public schools. I Supt. Longsdorf stated that he had no official information when ration ing will be inaugurated, altho it is generally believed that it will start the latter part of March. Instruction Lists Also being awaited this week are consumer application forms, instruc tions to consumers, and instruction lists for rationing personnel. Until the latter are received, Longsdorf said details of the program will be somewhat in the dark. Preliminary phases of the forth coming civilian sugar rationing pro gram are now going forward thru the cooperation of the Bluffton schools. Called on to render a serv I I ice in the present emergency the Bluffton schools are completing a survey of the number of persons who will be eligible for sugar ra tioning books. Everyone I Thousands of printed supplies, inI cluding 81,000 war rationing books have been received at the office of Homer Tremaine, county rationing coordinator at the courthouse in Lima. I I I to Register When the survey is completed, the next step in preparations, in so far as can be learned, will be the regis tration of persons to receive the ra tioning books. The registration will be conducted over a four day period, exact date of which will be an nounced soon. Registration will be conducted for families at the ele mentary school building and for com mercial and retail establishments registration will be at the high school. Auto Licenses Can Be Secured Here Now The 1942 automobile license tags! have arrived at the Bixel Motor! Sales on Cherry street and may now! be purchased, it was stated Tuesday! by Clayton Bixel, Bluffton area dep-1 uty registrar. I Delayed 10 days because of an ex-1 plosion in one of the enamel fur-1 naces at the Ohio penitentiary where! the tags are made, 1,250 sets of li-l censes arrived here Tuesday morn-| ing. I By this time of the month there! are usually about 350 licenses sold,! Bixel said. This will mean more oil a concentrated period of buying and! Bixel urged that car owners buy! their tags as soon as possible ini order to avoid a last minute rush. Give the gift that signi fies America is not to b« caught napping. DEFENSE BONDS STAMPS NUMBER 46 BLUFFTON IS HOST TO DISTRICT MUSIC CONTEST MARCH 21 More Than 1,000 High School Musicians Expected for Choral Competition Bluffton College Music Depart* ment Sponsors Contest for Twenty-five Schools Although not all of the registra tions are in yet, it is expected that about 25 schools in six classifications will enter the meet. Schools already registered for the competition are: Ada, Kenton, Ridgeville, Bloomdale, Continental, Stryker, Pandora and Bluffton. luffton (announcedcollege More than 1,000 high school mu sicians will participate in the dist rict choral contest, sponsored by the Bluffton music department, to be held in the Bluffton High school gymnasium Saturday after noon and evening, March 21, it was by Prof. Russell A. Lantz, college music department head.Eliza Entered Bluffton High school choral groups, under the direction of Miss beth Higley, instructor in vocal mu sic, will enter in the class divis lion instead of BB as last year. The I class division is for schools with 1500 to 750 students. The divisions and sizes are as fol I lows: Class A—Above 1,000. I Class A A—750 to 1,000. I Class B—500 to 750. I Class BB—250 to 500. Class C—100 to 250. I Class CC—Below 100. I I I I I I I I The mixed chorus will sing “O Lovely Heart” as the required num ber and “Open Our Eyes as the se- lected number and’ “Madame Jean- ette” as the warm-up number. I Contest Numbers I to I The girls glee club will sing “Far and Wide” as the required number and “It Cannot Be a Strange Coun I tree” and “An Old French Carol”. The boys giee club will jujjg “Glory God” as the required number and I “All Through the Night” and “Josh- ua Fit the Battle of Jericho”. I I Contest chairman will be Prof. Lantz who will preside at all ses I sions of the music festival. Mem I bers of the faculty and student group of the Bluffton college depart I ment of music will be in charge of details of the coming contest Judges are: Louis E. Pete, super I visor of public school music of Ash lland Cecil Munk, director of choral music at Baldwin-Wallace university at Cleveland Rexford G. Keller, di I rector of the conservatory of music I at Ohio Wesleyan university in Dela ware. Appraise Albert Niswander Estate Inventory of assets of the late Albert Niswander has been filed in the Allen county probate court and the estate appraised at $4,352.38. I The tags are green on a white Stocks, bonds and securities were valued at $1,200, accounts and debts receivable $52.38 and real estate at $3,100. The widow, Ethel Niswander was named executrix in her hus band's will. I background with the series running! from ZB-51 to ZB-900 and froml ZF-51 to ZF-900. Until April 1 the Bixel Motor Sales will be open even ings for sale of tags. Samue/ Burkholder Estate Is Valued John A. Burkholder was named ad ministrator of the estate of Samuel 1 W. Burkholder whose assets were estimated in value at $11,974. Personal property was listed at $3,000, real estate $8,500 and an ticipated real estate rentals $474. Real Estate Deals Irvin Long purchased the Ben Leichty property on Thurman street. The former I. N. Harris farm, lo cated on the county line purchased some time ago by O. P. Hartman, was sold this week to Marion Hixon. Both deals were made by H. W. Alt haus. Ebenezer Broadcast A male quartette, consisting of Clayton Bucher, Waldo Hofstetter* Francis Niswander and Chris Gratz will appear on the weekly broadcast of the Ebenezer Mennonite church to be presented over Findlay radio sta tion WFIN Friday night at 7:15 o’clock. The station broadcasts on wavelength of 1330 meters. The Orange Township Farm Wo* man’s club has purchased a $50 Defense bond, it was announced th^ first of the week.