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BUY UNITED STATES EFENSt NDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVH RENTS HERE ARE FIXED AT LEVELS AS OF MARCH 1 Freezing Order Effective in Bluffton and Other Areas Issued Tuesday on Rental Rates Prevailing March 1 Will Continue for War’s Duration Rents in Bluffton as well as thru out Allen and Hancock counties were frozen Tuesday at the level of March 1, 1942, for war. duration of the this effect came Tuesday, when Announcement to from Washington, Leon Henderson, price administrator issued the order as a measure to halt rising rents in war production areas of Ohio and 45 other states. Within this area rents which have been advanced since March 1, last, must be returned to the level as of that date and continued for the war’s duration. Sixty Days For Adjustment Landlords have sixty days to bring rents within the prescribed levels, the order stated. Should they fail to do so, the office of price administra tion may apply rent regulations to accomplish this end. Indications locally are that the ef fect of the order will be to hold rentals at their present levels, as rises have past in rents here are believed to been comparatively few in the sixty days. freezing rents, it was pointed Bv out that increases on spring moving and leasing dates would be eliminat ed. Asserting that next to food, rent is the largest single item in the family budget, the order appealed to every landlord and tenant to cooperate to guarantee the success of the price fixing program. Last Rites For Calvin Funeral services largely attended were held for Calvin Balmer, 70, prominent civic worker and business man at the Lutheran church, Wred nesday afternoon. Officiating at the services was his pastor, Rev. Harmony. Burial was in Grove cemetery. W. L. Maple night Main His death occurred Sunday at his residence on South street after an illness of two months. A lifelong resident of this com munity he operated a sawmill here for forty-five years. The business was operated under the name of Cal Balmer & Son and he was widely known among the trade. Prominent in civic affairs, he was a member of the board of trustees of Bluffton hospital for twelve years, resigning his position on the board where he served as secretary at the annual meeting last January because of failing health He also served previously as a member of the board of public af fairs in charge of Bluffton’s munici pal electric light and waterworks plant, the board of education and was active in the work of the Luth eran church of which he was a mem ber. Mr. Balmer was born November 28, 1871, in Richland township, the son of Abraham and Anna (Bealer) Balmer. Hew as married Jnuary 25, 1896, to Sarah Stager who sur vives. Also surviving are a son James, a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Stratton and two grandchildren Peggy Lou and Richard Balmer, all of Bluffton. Other survivors are a brother, Andrew Balmer sister, Mrs. Levi Hochstettler and a half-sister Mrs. William Leiber all of Bluffton. A son and a half-sister preceded him in death. Basketball Squad Guests Of Lions Bluffton High school's champion ship basketball squad will be the guests of the Lions club in a dinner meeting to be held at the Walnut Grill next Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Seek Enlistment Sam Trippiehorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trippiehorn and Har land Swank, son of George Swank, applied for enlistment in the United states navy at the recruiting station in Lima last Saturday. Papers directing them to appear in Cincinnati for the physical examina tions are expected within several days. Both are recent graduates of Bluffton High school. Hobnobbing with film celebrities and week-ending at the palatial residence of the famous film produc ing Warner Bros., were highlights of the recent Hollywood visit of Corp. Robert West, of Camp Roberts, Calif. Corp. West, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West of Lawn avenue, was invited to the Warner Bros.’ estate with his camp buddy Sgt. REGISTRATION OF SUGAR USERS TO START ON MONDAY ’o Register at Grade School According to Alphabetical Schedule ’onsumers will be Allowed one Half Pound per Week Per Capita Registration of all consumers of sugar in Bluffton School district will take place at the Bluffton grade school starting next Monday and continuing thru Thursday from 3 to 10 p. m. it was announced this week by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of schools. Elementary and high school teach ers and volunteer home room moth ers will be in charge of the rationing program to take place in the kinder garten room on the first floor of the grade building and in the Red Cross room on the second floor. Alphabetical Schedule Signs will guide consumers to their proper locations according to an al phabetdeal sequence. Registration will take place on successive day* ac cording to the place in the alphabet of the first initial of the last name. All commercial users of sugar who do not register for their ration books by 10 o’clock this Wednesday night will be requir ed do so at Allen county ordination headquarters in court house in Lima by May according to communication ceived Wednesday morning from H. B. Fox, Allen county co ordinator. The individuals doing and churches as establishments, it A. J. B. Longsdorf, in charge of the Bluffton sugar rationing program. Bluffton Woman Ordered Home From Panama Because Of War Conditions co the 21, re order includes custom baking well as retail was stated by Sale of all sugar stopped Monday at midnight and no more can be bot until the rationing program goes into effect at which time each individual will be given stamps permitting pur chase of a half pound weekly per per son. Control of the sugar rationing pro gram is under the Allen county ra tioning board No. 2-1 of which H. B. Fox, is the county coordinator. If any Bluffton consumer is dissatisfied with the decision made locally, he may appeal the matter to the county board, Supt. Longsdorf pointed out. Commercial Registration Registration for commercial users was completed at the high school on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Persons temporarily away from home may apply for sugar ration books wherever they happen to be lo cated. Any member of the family may apply for the family unit but the certificate must be signed by the per son to whom it is issued. Here is the alphabetical schedule to determine which day residents of Bluffton school dis trict register at the grade school building for sugar rationing. Persons whose names begin with the initial: “A” thru day. “F” thru day. “L” thru nesday thru day. Mon- “E” register Tues- K” register Wed- register ‘Z” register Thurs- of the rationing applicants will fill on page six of this Bluffton News. A sample card which out is shown issue of the Every individual will be entitled to have two pounds of sugar in his pos session at registration time without penalty. In addition he may have four more pounds for which stamps (Continued on page 5) THE BLlMTu Bluffton Youth Spends Week End Furlough With Top Hollywood Film Stars and Producers Jerry Frisch of Cleveland. The girl friend of Sgt. Frisch is a niece of the famous film lives. producing execu- permitted to v. it of a picture soon The group was ness the making to be released to the public. On the set West made the acquaintance of Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan, well known film stars. The party was given one of the Mrs. Forrest Basinger and Little Daughter Arrive Here Sunday Morning To on Stay at Father’s Home i Riley Street for the Dura tion of the War Mrs. Basinger, the formed I ma donna Stepleton, has been located at Panama City in Panama for the past three and one-half years. Panama City is located on the Pacific side of the canal on the Gulf of Panama. Her husband, Chief Petty Officer Forrest Basinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Basinger of Riley street, has been in the navy for 16 years and will be eligible for retirement in four years if the war is over in that length of time. Many of the officers and enlisted men in the navy live with their families in the Panama region. Just prior to America’s entry into the war Mr. and Mrs. Basinger had planned to move into official naval tion cancelled when hostilities began. Beautiful Country The Panama region is a very healthful and beautiful country in the midst of tropical splendor. Con trary to popular impressions there are no flies and no mosquitoes. The temperature ranges from 75 to 92 degrees the year around. There are two seasons in Panama, one known as the dry season from December to February and the other known as the rainy season from February to December. There is much splendid weather in the rainy season. During this period it rains very frequently and without a mo ment’s notice. Everybody is equipped with special raincoats and umbrellas. Summer clothing is worn the year around and furnaces and other heating stoves are unknown. Practically everyone wears the Panama hat which wards off the sun’s rays. Blackouts Nightly blackouts have been the regular procedure since December 11. The blackout starts at six o’clock in the evening and continues until 11 o’clock at which time all inside lights are also ordered put out. Spanish is the official language of the territory altho there is a con (Continued on page 8) Mrs. Marian Leichty Rites Held Saturday Funeral services were held Sat urday afternoon in the First Men Marian nonite church for Mrs. Leichty, 87, a resident of until the death of her Benedict Leichty, on April Bluffton husband, 19, 1941. For the last year Mrs. Leichty had made her home with a daugh ter, Mrs. Marshall A. Parker, of Lima, where she died last day. Wednes- from a suffered Complications resulting fall in which Mrs. Leichty fractures of the hip and shoulder, two months ago, resulted in her death. Born in Switzerland, Mrs. Leichty lived here for many years. Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church, of which shp was a member, officiated at the last rites. Burial was in the Ebenezer cemetery. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Kate Sprunger and Mrs. Pauline Leichty, both of Berne, Ind. Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. death Emanuel Leichty, of Mt. Blanchard, and Noah Leichty, Upper Sandusky. Lena Schiffler, Muncie, Ind. Tena Basinger, Pandora, and Parker, at whose home her occurred and two sons, A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1912 luxurious Warner Bros.’ automobiles to drive while they were guests of the film executives. More celebrities were seen at a studio dance to which the boys were invited Satur day night. good things have to come and after a thrilling three the boys made their way the But all to an end day visit, back to routine of army rcsponsibilit Camp Roberts for 411 FROM TOWN AND TOWNSHIP otal of 210 Men 45 to 65 Register in Bluffton Under Selective Service 9 a Ordered home from Panama by governmental evacuation decree be cause of war conditions, Mrs. For rest Basinger and eighteen-months old daughter, arrived at the home of her father, George Stepleton of Riley street, early Sunday morning to re main for the duration of the War. Registrants in Richland land South Have 103 Registration of 411 Bluffton and Richland township men i 65 age group was port by local boards handling listing of men und-or selective service act. i the 45 to ■d Tuesday the fourth ie nation’s Bluffton had 210 regisu ants, am! Richland North repi rted a total of 98. Registration for leaverdam and Richland South foui I 103 men of the affected age grou i in that area. A few others fr i this district registered at Draft Board 3 head quarters in Lima O) Saturday and Sunday, but the tot 1 number from here is not expectec to be changed materially when the complete report is made, selective orvice officials said. for Slated duty or war in the 45 to receive qu Approximately 2,600 men register ed in Alien county Board 3, under the jurisdiction of which Bluffton is included. Board 1 registered 2,190 and Board 2 had 2,800. With all men registered from 20 to 65, youths from 18 to 20 will be the next group subject to registra tion. Under present laws, youths of that age are not subject to military service, but provision is made for their registration. To Pour Concrete For Turbine Friday Concrete will be poured Friday for the foundation for the recently purchased turbo-generator at Bluffton municipal water works electric light plant. the and A cement footer was built into an 18-inch excavation cut into the solid rock prior to the erection of the foundation forms. It will be necessary to complete the cement work in one pouring which will likely take at least a day, it was stated. Installation operations for the gen erator and condenser are expected to start as soon as the cement is thoroughly set. W. T. Barrows, con sulting engineer, will arrive soon to take charge of the work. Receives Promotion To Staff Sergeant Sgt. E. E. Firestone, stationed with an army unit at Indiantown Gap, Pa., has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, it was an nounced the first of the week. Miss and hus- Mrs. Firestone, the former Berda Gratz, daughter of Mr. Mrs. A. D. Gratz, is with her band at that place. Birth The following birth at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Poe, a boy, Saturday. Mrs. Poe was formerly Miss Wava Fisher. Bluffton ai-ea farmers will have opportunity to air their views wheat marketing quotas for 1942 the national referendum to be taken Saturday thruout the district. Any farmer raising more than 15 acres of wheat, the normal yield of which is 200 bushels or more, eligible to vote. Monroe township’s polling place will be the Monroe township house, and farmers in Jackson township will vote at the Lafayette town hall. Season May non-combatant MU ion work, men jTOup will soon n s to report on No lottery will be held for those listed in the fourth registration, as it is not planned to call any of the middle-aged or elderly men into act ive service. The registration was in tended principally to give the gov ernment a complete picture of man power available for the nation’s war production effort. Pres. Ramseyer will deliver baccalaureate sermon to the gradu ating class at the Ramseyer chapel on Sunday afternoon, May 24. With The Sick Mrs. but The form has been completed several days are required to complete bracing operations. The concrete will be heavily reinforced with steel to provide a strong foundation for the generator. taken street, pital. iSEWS Farmers Will Vote Saturday On 1942 Wheat Marketing Quotas an on in is Polling places are provided in each township and will be open from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. Saturday, to re cord the viewpoint of farmers on the referendum. Voting in Richland township will be at the Richland Grange hall. The Richland committee to conduct the canvass on the vote includes Francis Marshall, Carl Amstutz and Quin- ten Burkholder. Orange township farmers will vote at the Orange Center township house. On the committee in charge are Ken neth Dearth, Olney Daft and Ray mond Hamilton. Thirty-five Seniors To Graduate From Bluffton College On May 25 Commencement Address to be|T0 by Manchester Col lege President Given The commencement season has been! in a defense rally at the Bluffton moved ahead several weeks in orderl High school auditorium Monday to permit the school to adjust itsl evening, May 11, at 8 o’clock, it was schedule to war time conditions.! announced the first of the week by Summer school will start immediately! Clair Fett, executive director of the at the close of commencement to per-1 Bluffton Civilian Defense council, mit students to obtain a full semes-1 All volunteers -n the local civilian ter’s credit. I defense units will be present at the Opening of the commencement sea-1 meeting to which every resident of son is on Friday, May 22, when the! the community is invited, college Vesper choir will present! nounced. “The Rose Maiden" at the Ram-1 a bird’s eye view of seyer chapel. I civilian defense program Bluffton Man Run Over By Tractor But Not Injured Crowning of the Bluffton queen! given at the meeting and expert in and the traditional pageantry with! structions on how to take care of the colorful ceremony will take place] family property during an air raid on Saturday. In the evening scheduled the alumni banquet the Shakespearean play, “As Like It’’. Condition of Jesse Stratton, whol has been ill with pneumonia at Bluff ton hospital, is reported much im proved. Mrs. P. P. Basinger who has been I ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs.I Hiram Wenger, has been taken to the home of another daughter Mrs. John Gerber of Canton. Mrs. Norval Scoles, who has been suffering with an i—-- tion, home of a Ada. has been removed from her south of Bluffton to the home daughter Mrs. Orville Wirt of Mrs. been ill at her home near Beaver-1 dam, has been taken to the Lima Memorial hospital. Ebenezer Broadcast ALTHOUGH a tractor ran over the entire length of his body, Rolland Matter, son of Mrs. Bertha Matter of Cherry street, escaped with only minor bruises in an accident Wilmer Niswander farm zYda. Monday morning o’clock. AT Friday, Rose to be Opened 22, With “The Maiden” graduate Thirty-five seniors will from Bluffton college in the 42nd an-1 nual commencement exercises to be I held at the First Mennonite church] First Air Raid Alarm in on Monday, May 25, it was an-1 ton to be Sounded nounced this week by Dr. L. L. Ram-1 Night of Rally seyer, president of the institution. I John Garlmger, who wasl ... .. ,| with the alarm in case of an emerg ill at her home on Mound I .1 enev, Fett pointed out. is a patient in Bluffton hos-l 1 1 As a general precaution for the prevention of disaster the local com mittee has recommended that every family lay in a modest supply of first aid equipment and a small stirrup pump. The latter precaution is necessary because water mains are frequently ruptured during an air raid. Featuring the choir of mixed voices of the Ebenezer Mennonite church, the musical unit will broad cast over Findlay station Friday night at 7:15 o’clock. Otto Holtkamp of Bluffton college,! with rollicking tunes, will be present is director of the choir. I ed Wednesday evening, May the high school auditorium by ton grade school children. STUDENT RECITAL at the west of at 8:30 William by the Employed ditch digging outfit, attempting to crank when it started and foot under a wheel, thrown face down on Burkholder Matter was the tractor caught one He was the ground and the rubber tired wheels of the tractor him. ran over the office where an nothing Matter was taken to of a Bluffton physician examination disclosed more serious than a number of bruises. After remaining at home Tuesday, he resumed work Wednesday. DEMONSTRATE DEFENSE PUBLIC RALLY Instructions in Prevention Disaster to be Given Meeting May 11 Dr. Vernon Franklin Schwalm,! president of Manchester college, al Instructions and demonstrations Quaker institution, of Manchester,Il on how to save life and prevent Us nd„ will give the commencement cane of enemy air raids or dress, Dr. Ramseyer announced. [other military action will be given of at BlufT On Fett an- the local will be are| will be given. Y*1 Air Raid Alarm An added note of realism will be given just prior to the meeting when 1 Bluffton’s first air raid alarm will be sounded. The local air warning will be one long and short blasts from the whistle of municipal water works plant. raid two the 15 The whistle will be blown minutes before the meeting and .be used to familiarize people here will Varied Program The following program has been asthmatic condi-| arranKe(L Music—Bluffton High school band. Invocation—Rev. J. A. Weed. Civilian Defense—Mayor Howe. Demonstration—Lecture on Incen- Sam Augsburger, whu has| d»»ry Bombs—Prof. H. W. Berky of Bluffton college. Movie on Incendiary Bombs. Grade School To wfin| on Demonstration and Lecture First Aid—Dr. B. W. Travis. Fighting Fire at Home—Forrest Steinman. Movie—Bombing of Pearl Harbor. Present Operetta Prof. “The King Sneezes", an operetta 13, in Bluff- Miss Elizabeth Higley, The Bluffton college department! school instructor in music, is direct of music will hold its monthly stu-|ing rehearsals of the large cast, dent recital in the chapel, Thursday I night at 8 o’clock. Students of I A meeting of all committees for Professors Holtkamp, Mann, Hauen-1 the high school alumni reunion will stein and Lantz will be on the pro-1 be held Friday night at 8:30 o’clock gram. The public is invited. I at the high school building. public BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS pONDS \XT STAMPS NUMBER 1 TO CONTACT ALL WAGE BOND EARNERS IN DRIVE HERE House Campaign for ■louse to V. S. War Bond Pledges to Start Friday Every Person of Regular In come to be Solicited by Local Committee Bluffton’s drive for obtaining a buyer’s pledge from every person of regular income in the community for the regular purchase of U. S. war savings bonds and stamps will start Friday and will continue until Sat urday, May 9, it was announced this week by Norman Triplett of the local defense savings chairman council, by the 50 in in the Solicitation will be made committees numbering about dividuals appointed earlier campaign by Triplett and in some cases to be supplemented by addi tional workers. Up to the present time the campaign has been carried on thru clubs and organizations of the community. $70,000 Bonds Definite ii in purchase upwards of and stamps April, Tripl in April reases have been made here every month with 170,000 worth of bonds sold in the month of announced. A table issued by the treasury department giving suggested amounts of war bond purchases in proportion to income appears on Page 8. Even though pledge cards have been already signed by many resi dents here thru organizations, all wage earners are expected to sign another pledge card provided for the campaign by the U. S. depart ment of the treasury. All of the workers will have lists of all of the families in Bluffton and the solicitation will be made on the basis of these lists. A meeting of night at 8:15 o’clock. Details of the drive will be announced at this meeting. Regular Purchase The pledge will ask for the reg ular purchase of defense bonds or stamps and will ask pledgers to state the amount they anticipate buying, reads: pledge for or so long to do so." cumstances of the quired chases. A portion of the pledge “I will faithfully fulfill the duration of the as I am financially this war able cir- Should unforeseen alter the financial status pledger he will not be re to continue making the pur- U. S. treasury department to raise one billion dollars The hopes monthly by this plan of voluntary saving. If the campaign is success ful there will be no tions at the wage stated by Triplett, will be determined elusion of the campaign 9, it was pointed out. enforced deduc source, it was Future policies after con May the on seek each will or The campaign workers to persuade each family wage earner within the family to invest at least 10 per cent of their earnings in war bonds, Triplett said. Beauty Shop Here Announces Closing Closing of the Beatrice Beauty shop was announced Wednesday by its owner, Mrs. Nello Steinman. The shop is located on the second floor of the Citizens National bank build ing where it has been operated for the past ten years. In connection with the announce ment of going out of business Mrs. Steinman said that she will leave shortly with her husband for Clarks burg, Tennessee, where he is en gaged in erecting large elevated tanks for public water supply. Mr. Steinman who has been employed in the south for the past year is here on a week’s vacation. Equipment of the beauty shop to* gether with household goods will be stored here for the present. 100 Men Register In Orange Township Exactly 100 men were registered on Monday by the selective service system for men 45 to 65 years of age in Orange township. Other totals in Hancock county were Jenera, 121 Mt. Cory, 9ft Rawson, 126. A total of 11,695 men registered in Hancock county.