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UNITED STATES DEFENSE ^BONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII_________ ESTIMATE 3250 TO GET SUGAR RATION BOOKS THIS WEEK Registration for Residents of School District to Close Thursday Sales of Sugar Now Permitted To Those Presenting Ra tion Books Residents of Bluffton school district numbering approximately 3.250 will have applied for sugar ration books when the four day registration per iod closes Thursday night. Estimates were based on a total of 1,600 who reported at the Grade school building on Monday and Tues day, the first two days of the regis tration period. Persons registering during the two days were those whose last names began with letters A to K inclusive. Those with'names beginning with let ters to will register this Wednes day from 3 to 10 p. m. at the Grade building and those from S to Z will register at the same hours, Thursday. No Books to Some Not all of those applying, however, received books. Some books were withheld because the applicant had more than the stipulated amount of sugar on hand while some were unable to obtain a book because their place of residence was outside the school district, although they do their trad ing in Bluffton. In many instances those who re ceived books had one or more stamps torn out by the registrars before they were handed to the applicant, who re ported having more than his allotment of sugar. Each individual is entitled to have two pounds on hand without relinquishing any of his stamps. Sugar sales which were frozen at midnight on Monday, April 27, were resumed Tuesday of this week pro vided purchaser produces his ra tion book. Stamps must not be de tached until the time of purchase. Ration Stamp Schedule The following schedule will be fol lowed as to the stamp number, the period which it will be valid and the amount of sugar obtainable with it: Stamp No. 1—May 5 to 16, 1 pound. Stamp No. 2—May 17 to 30, 1 pound Stamp No. 3—May 31 to June 13, 1 pound. Stamp No. 4—June 14 to 27, 1 pound. Stamps can be used only during the stated period, neither before nor af ter. Thursday is the last day for regis tration in Bluffton. After that time it will be necessary’ to report at the court house in Lima on May 21. The weekly quota of eight ounces per person, now’ in effect may be changed at any time, it was stated The quota will depend entirely on the supply of sugar available. Special Reunions At Alumni Meeting Special reunions are being planned as a feature of the annual meeting of the Bluffton high school alumni association to be held in the high school gymnasium, Friday night, May 29. The class of 1917 will hold their twenty-fifth reunion and plans are being made for a large attendance of members. Also planned is a reunion of the Biery graduates, classes of 1895 to 1900 inclusive, and members of these classes are urged to attend. On the program will be a me morial to the class of 1892, graduat ed fifty years ago, all of whose mem bers are dead. The late S. P. Herr was the last survivor. Following the program dancing has been arranged with music by Harold Greenamyer’s band from Piqua, it is announced by Silas Dil ler, president of the association. Bluffton Boy Takes State School Post George Swank, son of George Swank, Sr., living north of towm and senior at Bluffton college, has accepted a position as instructor in biology and coach at the Boys In dustrial School at Lancaster. His work at the state institution will start in the middle of July. His coaching duties include: head foot ball coach, assistant basketball and baseball coach and physical educa tion teacher. Swank graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1938 and wiil graduate from Bluffton college this spring. He w’ill take additional work in physical education at Ohio Northern university this summer. Inability to book passage on the ill-fated sleeper transport plane that carried 17 occupants to their death in a crash near Salt Lake City last Friday night saved the lives of three California persons enroute here to visit Mrs. John Garlinger in the Bluffton hospital. In the party were Mrs. Gladys Kaltenbach, daughter of Mrs. Gar linger Mrs. Bernadine Van Vlack, WAGE EARNERS ARE BEING CONTACTED IN BOND CAMPAIGN In Midst of Drive in Systematic House to House Canvass For Pledges Bluffton Has Record Total of $83,602 Bonds Sold Dur ing April Every wage earner in Bluffton is being contacted this week for the purpose of obtaining a buyer’s pledge for the regular purchase of U. S. war savings bonds and stamps with a large number of residents already having signed, it was re ported by canvassers of the local defense savings council. Fifty solicitors are systematically canvassing the town having started the drive Friday. All pledges are expected to be completed by Satur day, it was stated by Norman Triplett, chairman of the campaign. A reproduction of the bond buying pledge card which Bluff ton residents are being asked to sign appears on Page 7 of this issue. The pledge card is signed in triplicate by the bond buyer, one going to the U. S. Treasury Depart ment, Washington, one to the local defense savings committee and the other retained by the pledgor. To Gauge Finances In answer to the question why every person of regular income is being asked to sign the buyer’s pledge at this time Triplett has pointed out that this will help the government to accurately gauge its financial resources, just as it can gauge its potential man and arma ment power. Instructions have been given to all canvassers that the pledges are to be confidential as well as the financial circumstances of the pledg or. The present canvass in Bluffton is a part of the nation wide campaign being conducted simultaneously in every city, town and village. So far the response to the cam paign has been outstanding with Bluffton receiving commendation from county and state officials, it was stated by’ Triplett. For the month of April there was $83,602 worth of bonds and stamps sold here. Numerous residents here are in vesting more than 10 per cent of their income in bonds despite the fact that the treasury department has recommended this proportion, Triplett pointed out. It has been requested that all canvassers have their reports in by Saturday in order that the totals may be given to the state head quarters on time, it was urged the first of the week by Triplett. A meeting of all canvassers will be held at the Triplett office this Wednesday night at 7:30 o’clock. Student Recitals Scheduled For May Three student recitals are sched uled for the remainder of the spring music season at Bluffton college all to be given in Ramseyer chapel. Eugene Weed, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Weed of Jackson street, will appear Friday night at 8 o’clock in a recital of English, German and Italian composition. Mr. Weed is a tenor and will be accompanied by Robert Neuenschwander. Miss Pauline Sprunger, soprano from Lima, will appear in recital next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. Miss Lucille Steiner of Bluffton will accompany. Miss Dorothy Burner, soprano from Findlay, will appear in recital on Friday, May 15. She will also be accompanied by Miss Steiner. 11 IE BLU A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE Three From California Enroute Here Tried in Vain to Book Passage on Plane That Crashed granddaughter and little Karolyn Van Vlack, a greatgranddaughter, all of Englewood, Calif. At the Los Angeles airport when the great plane took off on the flight that was to end in tragedy, the west coast residents talked to several of the passengers. Mrs. Kaltenbach and her party had gone to the airport to attempt to obtain reservations. Only one seat was vacant on the plane, a last- Wind Driven Hail Smashes Windows Churches, Homes and Business Places Damaged in Heavy Storm Sunday Workmen Busy this Week Mak ing Repairs Hailstones Kill Baby Chicks Roaring out of a bank of black low-hanging clouds, a hailstorm driven by a wind of tornado intens ity swept northwest of Bluffton late Sunday afternoon and caused ex tensive damage in ..he Pandora and Columbus Grove district. The storm brought to an abrupt end a week of unseasonably’ warm weather. Losses, although not severe, were widespread, consisting principally of windows broken by hailstones de scribed as large as walnuts hurled thru the glass by force of the wind. No injuries were reported. Insurance Losses Insurance adjusters are checking claims for damage this week. Principal loss will be lorn by two local companies the Mennonite Mu tual Aid society and the Richland Township Farmers Mutual Insurance company. On the basis of incomplete figures, it is estimated that loss in the Mennonite Mutual company will be approximately $1,000, while vhe Richland Township company esH mates its loss at $150. Pandora suffered the brunt of the storm’s fury which swept in from the west and few dwellings with western exposure windows escaped unscathed. Windows in several business places also were broken. Church Windows Damaged Panes in the ornamental colored glass windows of the Grace and St. John churches were broken by force of the storm as were also windows of the Pandora Missionary’ and Methodist churches. Streets of the town were littered with debris of the storm and fur nishings in homes were damaged by wind-driven gusts of rain pouring thru broken windows. Vagaries of the storm riddled a tulip bed on the west side of the residence of Dr. N. S. Hilty, Pan dora physician, while another tulip bed on the east side of the house was practically untouched. Kills Chickens Several farmers reported losses of baby chicks crippled or killed by force of the hail. Among there were Edward Schutz, Milton Reich enbach and Lloyd Van Meter. The storm’s nearest approach to Bluffton was four miles west, in the vicinity of the Hilty school, were windows on the Melvin Hilty and Amos Neuenschwander homes were reported broken. Roofs, which usually sustain heavy storm losses came thru the ordeal with only minor damage. However establishments giving glazier ser vice will be busy the greater part of the week replacing broken glass. Last Rites Held For Mrs. Moses Amstutz Funeral services for Mrs. Moses Amstutz, 73, who died at 2:10 o’clock at her home on Grove street Sunday morning, were held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church Tues day afternoon. Mrs. Amstutz had been bedfast at her home for the past five weeks suffering from a heart ailment. She was born in Richland town ship on August 8, 1868, the daugh ter of George and Fannie Niswand er. She was married on December 14, 1897. Surviving in addition to the hus band are two daughters, Mrs. Sid ney Hilty, Mt. Blanchard and Miss Louella Amstutz, Cleveland, and two sons, Irvin of Bluffton and Elmer J. Amstutz of Toledo. Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer church, officiated at the services. Burial w’as in the church cemetery. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY minute cancellation, tenbach decided not In Pam Bonds in the arheunt of $7,950 to finance the purchase of new munici pal fire fighting equipment this week to the Citizens Bank of Bluffton. Under the bid of the per cent interest and a Call to Rev. Ernest N. Bigelow to the pastorate of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches was given following congregational meet ings of the two churches the first of the week. Acceptance of the call is expected the latter part of this week. Rev. Bigelow is a student at Yale Divinity school, New Haven, Conn., from which he will be graduated early next month. He is also a graduate of Wooster college. Immediately following his gradu ation he will be married to Miss Ellen Boyd a graduate of the Yale School of Nursing. The couple will arrive here the middle of June at which time Rev. Bigelow will begin his ministry. Heidelberg Awards Scholarship Here Mary Elizabeth Stearns, Bluffton high school senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street has been awarded a scholarship to Heidelberg college at Tiffin it was announced by college officials the first of the week. She will receive a non-competitive award valued at $112.50 which will pay a semester’s tuition. Scholar ships are financed by the Heidelberg Alumni fund and awarded on basis of scholastic record and general ex cellence. To Take Examination For Navy Thursday Sam Trippiehorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trippiehorn, and Har land Swank, son of George Swank, have been directed to take their physical examinations for enlistments into the United States navy, at Cin cinnati, Thursday. If the physical requirements are met they will be sent to the New port, R. I., naval station for their basic training. Both are recent graduates of Bluffton high school. Urge Residents To Purchase Coal Early Because of expected railroad car shortages, Bluffton residents are urged to purchase their next win ter’s coal supply early, it was stated the first of the week by Clair B. Fett, executive head of the Bluffton Civilian Defense organization. The shortage is expected by mid summer when all available rail transportation facilities are expected to be needed for military supplies. There is adequate coal on hand but the shortage will be in the shipping facilities, it w’as stated. 7, 1912 Mrs. Kal ke the re accompany aughter. her daughter and ffrandi They left the cha^t on night by train, arriving Sunday evening. Enrc heard of the crash of th the mountains n City airport and fulness they’ wi nable to obtair accommodations in Lima, •ute they e plane in Salt Lake led thank- District Fire Eq nt Ponds Sold To Citizens Hank vere sold National ium will be paid on the bonds. Bid of J. A. White andWCo., of Cincin nati, was two per cent plus a $59 premium. Issuance of the bonds was ap proved at the municipal election last fall to purchase a new fire truck and additional fire fighting equipment. Named Editor Of Student Publication Miss Adelaide McGinnis, Bluffton college junior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. McGinnis, has been elected editor of the Witmarsum, college student publication for the coming year. The first issue of the paper under her direction appeared this week. Miss McGinnis formerly served as editor of the Cutlass, Bluffton high school student publication, while at tending high school hero. Pastor Is Catted To Presbyterian Church TON NEWS IESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY 22 DRAFTEES ARE TAKEN THIS WEEK FROM LOCAL AREA Group is Largest Taken Since Selective Service Program Was Inaugurated Rousing SendofT to be Given at Lima for All Leaving in Future Calls Twenty-two Bluffton area draftees are leaving this week for the Toledo induction center, the largest group taken from here at one time since selective sendee drafting started a year and a half ago. They are being sent with other can didates for the army from Allen County Draft Board No. 3. Divided two groups, the first contingent left Lima Wednesday morning and the second will be taken on Thurs day. Among those leaving Wednesday morning wore Vernon Yoakam, La fayette Edw. Moyer, Bluffton Ray mond Huber, Columbus Grove May nard Steiner, Bluffton Route 2 Wil lard Shulaw. Lafayette Jerome Herr, Bluffton Route 2 Donald Luginbuhl, Bluffton Harry Verhoff, Columbus Grove Robert Andrews, Bluffton! Route 2, and Frederick H. Reichen bach, Pandora. In the contingent departing from Lima, Thursday morning will be Fred Zeits, C-olumbus Grove Arthur Best. Beaverdam Harry Servis, Beaver dam Murray Shulaw, Lafayette Wm. Welty, Jr., Bluffton Route 2 John P. Rocki, Alliance, O., formerly of Bluff ton Harold C. Cochensparger, La fayette Melvin Long, Jr., Bluffton Jerome Zuercher, Bluffton Route 2 Leon Boedicker, Bluffton Route 2 Carl C. Steiner, Bluffton Route 2, and Dan H. Martz, Columbus Grove. Beginning this week all groups of inductees leaving Lima are receiving a fitting sendoff, featuring a parade, music by Lima South and Lima Cen tral Bands distribution of cigars, cig arettes and candy, and presentation of gift testaments by the Gideons. Mrs. Roy Moser Rites Are Held. Wednesday Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Moser, 22, wife of Roy Moser of North Mound street, were held at the Diller Funeral home Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Ill only a week Mrs. Moser died at the Bluffton hospital from pneu monia and a throat infection Sun day afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. Mrs. Moser was born near Beav erdam on March 28, 1920, the daugh ter of Homer and Kate (Basinger) Marshall. She was married on Jan uary 13, 1937. Surviving in addition to the hus band are the father, who lives near Beaverdam four children, Barbara Louise, Viola Rae, Miriam Sue and Nora Ann two sisters, Mrs. Alice White of Lima and Mrs. Paul Som mers, Columbus Grove a brother, Ralph Marshall, Columbus Grove the paternal grandfather, John M. Marshall, Beaverdam and the mater nal grandmother, Mrs. Katie Ba singer, Pandora. Mrs. Moser belonged to the Beav erdam Church of Christ. Officiating at the services here was Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor of the Bluffton Missionary church. Burial was made in the Rockport cemetery. Former Secretary To Jap To Speak Here Miss Helen Topping, for many years secretary to Toyohiko Kagawa, noted Japanese Christian, will speak at the St. John’s Reformed church Thursday night, May 14 at 8 o’clock. Miss Topping comes here under auspices of the Women’s Guild of the church. The meeting is open to the public. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Luginbuhl, a boy, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Rodgers, La fayette, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stoody, Pan dora, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bixel, Lima, a girl, Sunday. Mrs. Bixel was formerly Miss Wava Amstutz. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Crates, Ar lington, a girl, Monday. Mrs. Crates was formerly Miss Lillian Koontz. Mr. and Mrs. Carol Benson, Find lay, a boy, Tuesday. Athletics Beneficial In Later Life Toledo Coach States At Lions Meet University Mentor Addresses Club High School Basket ball Squad Guests Qualities of Leadership and Cooperation Developed by Basketball Education must provide a variety of situations so that the student will meet relatively few new situations later in life, it was stated by Coach Andy Anderson of the University of Toledo at a Lions club meeting in which the Bluffton High school bas ketball lettermen were the club’s guests at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night. Anderson is basketball coach of the Toledo university Rockets which were rated by the sports writers as one of the nation’s best teams dur ing the past season. He has resign ed his Toledo post to accept the position of athletic director at Bowl ing Green university next year. In pro\ iding the variety of situ ation to make later adjustment easy, school athletics plays a very major role, the speaker pointed out. Athletics Needed Instead of curtailing the athletic program as some have urged, the war and defense effort would be improved by an expansion of the school sports program. Athletics teaches the desire to win. the will to win and physical coordi nation, all important qualities for the good soldier, the coach said. Athletics increase physical fit ness by making it necessary to fol low the training rules and regular physical exercise. In the earlier days there were many features in the school sports program that were detrimental to the health. Promote Health Today, however, most coaches have an understanding of the physi cal makeup of boys and know what is good to promote vigor. Training rules should never be regarded as a sacrifice because anything that is beneficial to the‘ boy should not be regarded as a sacrifice but rather a wholesome necessity. Leadership and initiative are de veloped in the sports program. Dur ing an athletic contest there is little or no time to make decisions on strategy. One must think very rap idly and put those ideas into imme diate execution, the speaker stated. Athletics develops qualities of citizenship. To be a successful mem ber of a team it is necessary to de velop the ability to get along with people. The welfare of the team must be put ahead of the welfare of the individual. Sportsmanship As a general observation the To ledo mentor stated that there is a whole lot better sportsmanship dis played on the floor than in the stands. This is because the boys have learned the lessons of coopera tion. Athletics should never be accepted as an end in itself but rather as a means to an end. The coach ad vised the young men to devote them selves to considerably more than ath letics. If limited to sports the boy will develop one sided interests. At the conclusion of his talk the Toledo mentor showed motion pic tures of the championship intersec tional game between Rhode Island State university and Toledo played at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 18,000 people in New York City. Preceding the address letters were presented to members of the high school basketball squad by faculty manager Sidney Stettler. Letters were given to: Honorary Captain Russell Gratz, Richard Gratz, Fred and John Herrmann, Roger Howe, Paul Klassen, Peter Schmidt, Nor man Beidler, Robert Cooney, Robert Burkholder and Byron Fritchie. Moving Here Mr. and Mrs. George Burns and family of Hobbs, New Mexico, moved here the first of the week. Mr. Burns, a former Bluffton resident who left here some twenty years ago expects to be employed at Lima. Mrs. Herbert Luginbuhl and son Ray arrived in Bluffton from De troit the first of the week and ex pect to reside here for duration of the war. Mr. Luginbuhl, first lieu tenant in the signal corps is sta tioned at Camp Forrest, Tenn. Mrs. Luginbuhl and son are making their home temporarily with her mother, Mrs. Moses Steiner on Kibler street. Later they will occupy the house on the Fred Wenger farm south of Bluffton. The Wenger family will move into their new home recently completed on Beaver street r- ..... 1 BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS ffioNDS AND STAMPS _______________ NUMBER 2 FIRST SIR RAID SIGNAL WILL BE SOUNDED MONDAY To Precede Community Defense Rally at High School Auditorium instructions in Prevention of Disaster to be Given at Meeting Bluffton’s first air raid warning whistle will be bl wn in a practice alarm to be sounded about 15 minutes before the community defense rally to be held at the Bluffton High school auditorium, Monday night at 8 o’clock. The local air raid warning will con sist of one long and two short blasts from the whistle at the municipal water warks plant. The purpose will be to familiarize people here with the alarm in case of an emergency. The whistle will not be a signal for any set action or blackout procedure but rather to acquaint the residents with future warning signals. At some future date the signal will mark the time for a blackout. Such action will not be permitted here by the army at the present. Blackout Later As soon as all of the civilian de fense courses are completed and thoro training is given to the citizens, an army officer will come to Bluffton to supervise a practice blackout. All volunteer workers in local de fense units will be present at the meeting Monday night. Every resi dent interested in the welfare of the community and the safety of his home should attend the rally, it was stated by’ Clair Fett, executive director of the Bluffton Civilian Defense Council. A bird’s eye view of the local civil ian defense program will be given at the meeting and expert instructions on how to take care of family proper ty in case of emergency action will also be provided. Demonstrations A series of demonstrations and short talks have been planned for the rally. Prof. H. W. Berky of Bluffton college will give a demonstration-lec ture on incendiary bombs after which a movie on the same subject will be presented. Ensign Wade Lape of the United States Naval Air Corps will speak at the meeting. Ensign Lape is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. S. Lape of Grove street and will visit with his parents on a short furlough next week. Mayor W. A. Howe will talk about the civilian defense program in Bluff ton, Dr. B. W. Travis will present a demonstration and lecture on first aid problems. Forrest Steinman will speak on fighting of fires at home. The rally will be concluded with a movie showing the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Music at the rally will be provided by the Bluffton High school band. Jeanne Baumgartner High In State Meet Miss Jeanne Baumgartner, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Baum gartner of Cherry street and sopho more in Bluffton college, placed sec ond in the women’s division of the state extemporaneous speech con test held at Capital university in Columbus, Saturday afternoon. Another Bluffton college student, Harold Twining, sophomore from Marion, placed third in the men’s division of the contest. The follow ing schools were represented: Bowl ing Green State university, Ohio Wesleyan university, Capital uni versity, Kent State university, Wit tenberg college and Bluffton college. Miss Baumgartner was given the subject, “The Place of Women in Maintaining the Health and Sanita tion of the Community”. Twining was assigned the topic, “Should In tercollegiate Sports Be Discontinued for the Duration of the War?” Operetta To Be Given Wednesday Grade school music students will present on operetta, “The King Sneezes”, at 8 p. m. Wednesday of next week in the high school gym nasium. The operetta is in two scenes, with the setting on a street in Cranbury Cross. Principals in the production in clude James Howe, King Nicholas Dora J. Luginbuhl, Qeen Dorothy Ada May Oyer, Princess Lucy Lacy Lisabel Robert Neuenschwander, Max Lucky foot, John Bauman, Wil lie Belldropper Addison Myers, Ben Bunslapper Lanoy Loganbill, Tim Threadripper and Lois Hauenstein, Waterlily.