VOLUME NO. LXVII
STAMPS GOOD FOR
TWO WEEKS EACH
Stamps Must be Used During
Stipulated Periods Covered
Extra Sugar to be Available
For Canning 3,063 Apply
Applications for sugar rationing
books were filed by .3,063 residents of
the Bluffton school district during the
four-day rationing period that closed
here last Thursday night.
Only 2,666 rationing books were is
sued, Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf report
ed. No books were obtained by the re
maining 397 applicants who Jrad
mor? than the stipulated amount of
sugar on hand.
n the 2,666 books distributed,
1.062 stamps were detached to cover
Biuffton residents desiring to
obtain sugar for canning purpos
es should contact H. B. Fox, Allen
county coordinator, at the Lima
court house, it was announced by
A. J. B. Longsdorf, in charge of
the local sugar rationing pro
gram. It is reported that five
pounds of sugar for every person
in the family will be allowed for
a month’s canning.
am ants that registrants had on hand
in excess of the two pounds allowed
Stamps in rationing books must be
used during the stipulated periods
they cover, it was stressed in this
Stamps are designated for redemp
tion with sugar purchases as follows:
Stamp No. 1—May 5 to 16, one
Stamp No. 2—May 17 to .30, one
Stamp No. 3—May 31 to June 13.
Stamp No. 4—June 14 to 27, one
Unregistered persons may sign for
sugar rationing books at the Alien
county court house beginning May 21,
but they must advise their local ra
tioning boards why they were delayed,
it was announced.
Weekly quota of eight ounces of
sugar per person may be changed at
any time, depending upon the supply,
it was stated. ..
Completes Four Year.
Course In Music
Nelson Hauenstein, son of Prof,
and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Cam
pus Drive was graduated with the
degree of Bachelor of Music from
the Eastman School of Music in
Rochester, N. at commencement
exercises, Monday. He has been a
student in that institution for the
past four years. His parents were
in Rochester the first of the week
to attend the graduation exercises.
Dr. Bixdl New Head
Of Health Board
Dr. M. R. Bixel, Bluffton physi
cian, was named president of the
Allen county board of health at its
re-organization meeting last week in
Other members of the board are
Dr. F. A. Young, of Marion town
ship E. M. Umbaugh, of Spencer
ville C. A. Hetrick, of Monroe
township and Samuel Smith of Cairo.
With The Sick
Jesse Stratton, who is recovering
from an attack of pneumonia, is able
to be out and around on the streets.
Mrs. Anna Henry, who has been
at the S. V. Heckathorn residence,
was taken ill and removed to the
Bluffton hospital Saturday.
Mrs. Norval Scoles is a patient
at the Bluffton hospital.
Ensign Wade Lape is ill at the
home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.
S. Lape of Grove street. Ensign Lape
arrived from the west coast for a
short furlough on Saturday night and
was taken ill here Sunday. He was
forced to cancel several speeches
scheduled in this area because of his
Americanism Day To
Be Observed Sunday
Bluffton residents are asked to
participate in observance of Amer
icanism day next Sunday by dis
playing flags at their homes and
places of business.
Observance of the day has been
requested in proclamations by the
president and state governors and
will be nation-wide in scope.
Is Closed By War
For the first time since Bluffton
was a straggling hamlet, the town
this week will be without a photo
graph studio. L. W. Gerber, pro
prietor of the Ned-Art studio an
nounced the closing effective this
Gerber expects to leave Thursday
for camp with a Putnam county
draft contingent. His wife has an
nounced no plans for the future but
will remain here for the present.
In announcing the closing of the
studio presumably for duration of
the war, Gerber said he expected to
resume his business here after the
conflict is over.
WAR BOND SALES
REACH RECORD OF
$83,602 IN APRIL
Represents More Than One
Third of Quota for All of
Systematic House to House
Canvass Successfully Con
cluded This Week
Representing more than one-third
of the quota for all of Alien county,
$8.3,602 in war bonds and stamps were
sold in Bluffton during the month of
April, it was announced by Norman
Triplett, chairman of the local cam
This announcement was made by
Triplett at the conclusion of the drive
to obtain buyer’s pledges for the reg
ular purchase of United States war
bonds and stamps. Most of the 50
canvassers had reported their totals
by Saturday with a few remaining
residents being contacted the first of
Buying For First Time
April figures did not include the
buyers contacted in the intensive cam
paign just concluded. Some of the
signers contacted will buy their first
bonds and stamps during the month
of May, it was reported.
Allen county’s monthly quota has
been set at $230,800 and with Bluff
ton’s April sales totalling $83,602 the
town has sold more bonds and stamps
than the rest of Allen county except
ing Lima, it was pointed out.
Contributing materially to the large
totals in recent months has been the
policy of several of the industries here
in paying for part of the bonds pur
chased by the employes and of giving
bonds as bonuses to the workers.
During the past 10 days every resi
dent in Bluffton has been contacted
and the response has been outstand
ing, according to preliminary reports.
Final checkup on the drive will be
made at a meeting of all of the com
mittee chairmen at the office of the
Triplett company Thursday night at
If any residents have been accident
ally missed opportunity is still open
to make a pledge, it was stated by
Triplett. Any of the campaign work
ers may be contacted for making of
In the case of those with regular
income there have been almost no re
fusals to sign the war bond pledge, it
was indicated by the first reports.
Many residents have pledged more
than the 10 per cent recommended by
the United States treasury depart
Coffee, Scarce Here, Gluts Brazil
Markets, Returned Missionary Says
The sales totals and campaign
methods in Bluffton have come to the
attention of state war bond officials
and are receiving commendation as an
outstanding record for a community
of this size.
Appreciation of the efforts of the
campaign workers and the spir of
enthusiastic cooperation on the part
of the residents of the community was
voiced by Triplett as the campaign
was brot to a conclusion the first of
The following births at the Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. George Stultz, Find
lay, a boy, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bogart, Co
lumbus Grove, a girl Saturday
Mr. and Mrs Alan Painter, Lima,
a girl, Tuesday.
Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Swank of Dearborn, Mich, a boy,
James Richard at that place, Friday.
Swank is the grandson of Mrs. W.
B. Kramer of Mt. Cory.
Coffee Sufficient to Supply
World for Two Years
Best Grades Retail for Seven
Cents Pound Potatoes are
In the United States partial war
time rationing has been applied to
coffee while Brazil is burning an
nually a surplus large enough to
supply the whole world for two
years, Homer Moser, agricultural
missionary to Brazil, reported during
a visit here this week.
Moser’s picture of the vast sur
plus of coffee in Brazil in contrast
to a shortage here graphically illus
trates the critical shortage of ship
ping facilities between this country
and our South American neighbors.
A Bluffton native, Moser is sta
tioned at Cuyaba, about 1000 miles
in the Brazilian interior. The near
est large city is Sao Paulo on the
Moser who with his family are
living in Denver, Colorado, on a
year’s furlough came east recently
as a delegate from the Brazil mis
sion field to the Presbyterian Genera!
Assembly in Milwaukee, May 20 to
27, and’is stopping in Bluffton for
a week’s visit with his brother, Ezra.
Burning of Brazil’s surplus coffee
to prevent glutted markets has been
ordered by the government for sev
eral years, and today’s shortage of
shipping facilities further aggravates
the excess. Crude oil is poured over
the coffee beans, and they soon go
up in flames, Moser said.
There also is a wide contrast in
the price of coffee in South America
and here. The best grades retail
there for about seven cents a pound,
Moser pointed out.
Bananas also are plentiful and
cheap in Brazil, the missionary said.
In the United States, prices are con
tinuing to climb to higher levels, but
at the time Moser left Brazil 300
bananas could be purchased for 35
cents in American money.
Some of our common foods, how
ever, are a luxury in Brazil, Moser
said. Potatoes are very scarce, and
can be bought only by the rich.
To Teach Music In
Ethel Jean Marshall, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall of
Rockport has been hired as instruct
or in vocal and instrumental music
in the schools at Continental for the
Miss Marshall will be graduated
this spring from Miami university,
Oxford, where she specialized in pub
lic school music.
In New Locations
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Amstutz have
moved from South Jackson street to
a farm near Versailles, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Michael who
moved here from Rawson are occupy
ing an apartment in the H. W Alt
haus residence on South Main street,
the former H. A. Alderfer property.
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Gratz have
moved from South Lawn avenue to
an apartment in the H. W. Althaus
property on South Main street.
Real Estate Deals
Rev. W. H. Lahr, former pastor
of the St. John’s and Emanuel’s Re
formed churches here has purchased
the Walter Stratton property on
Harmon road. Rev. and Mrs. Lahr
are now living in Ada where he is
pas,tor of a church. They will move
here this summer after he retires
from active ministry. Mr. and Mrs.
Stratton will make their home with
her mother, Mrs. Cal Balmer of
South Main street.
W. W. Huber of Ada has pur
chased the Wilbur Sumney property
at Jackson and Washington streets.
Mr. and Mrs. Huber formerly resid
ed on their farm south of Bluffton.
Gerald Huber has purchased the
Med Murray property on Thurman
street occupied by B. C. Barber and
family. Huber expects to move into
the property shortly. He and his
family now reside in the Sumney
property purchased by W. W. Huber.
George Burns has purchased the
former Doriot property on Cherry
street from the Union Savings &
Loan Co., of Lima. Burns who moved
here a week ago with his family
from Hobbs, New Mexico, expects to
occupy the property soon. He is the
son of the late Charles Burns of this
place. The deal was made by H. W.
FHE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY
WPB ORDER STOPS
DELIVERY OF NEW
FIRE TRUCK HERE
’riority Denied by Washington
Board Because of “Critical
Defense Activities Here May be
Basis of Protest by City
Delivery of Bluffton’s new fire
truck expected here by e irly sum
mer was cancelled by the War Pro
duction Board, presumably for dura
tion of the war, it was innounced
the first of the week by
Altho the decision of the WPB
likely may be considered final, there
is some possibility for further nego
tiation on the matter thru the office
of City Solicitor Francis W. Durbin
of Lima, Mayor Howe said.
Upon receipt of the communica
tion from the WPB, Mayor Howe in
structed Solicitor Durbin to halt the
process of the sale of the bonds
which were to finance the purchase
of the new municipal fire fighting
Authorization of the sale of bonds
in the amount of $7,950 to the Citi
zens National Bank of Bluffton was
given at the meeting of the town
council last Monday night.
To Avoid Expense
There is some slight possibility
that the proper preference rating
may be obtained but it is certain
that the town will not go to a lot
of expense in attempting to obtain
a favorable rating, the Mayor said.
Whether Bluffton’s rating in the
fire insurance underwriter’s listings
will be changed is not known. It is
believed that in view of the im
possibility of obtaining the equip
ment at this time the underwriters
will withhold the re-classification un
til the emergency is over, Mayor
Howe pointed out.
Discussion of the disposition of the
bond funds and policies relative to
rural fire protection will be made at
the next meeting of the town council,
Worker To Speak
Isabelle Needham, European relief
worker for the American Friends
Service Committee will speak at the
Ramseyer chapel at Bluffton college
this Wednesday night at 7:50 o’clock.
Miss Needham has spent two years
in southern France doing relief
work among the refugees of the
country. She will give an account
of her observations on present con
ditions in Europe.
Miss Needham and Miss Edna
Ramseyer, of the Bluffton college
faculty, became acquainted when
Miss Ramseyer was engaged in re
lief work for the Mennonite Central
Committee at Marseilles, France.
The public is invited to the meet
SPEAKS Till RSDAY NIGHT
Miss Helen Topping, ex-secretary
to Toyohiko Kagawa. noted Japanese
Christian, will speak at St. John’s
Reformed church Thursday night at
8 o’clock under auspices of the
Women’s Guild of the church.
A letter received by ie mayor
from the office of WPB in ash*
ington indicated that it woiild be im
possible to give Bluffton
priority preference rating
chase of the truck bfcaus
materials” were involved.
The fire equipment, con
a Mack truck was purchased bv the
town council early in March at a
cost of $7,950. Funds for
pose were provided by a 1 ond issue
approved by voters at the
To Protest Ruliv
The WPB ruling com ng from
Washington occasioned dis tinct sur
prise here as it hai bee
out by district civilian defcnse offi
cials that Bluffton is engap’ed in im
portant defense work and should
take extraordinary precautions
against interruption of this program.
It had been anticipated that addi
tion of the fire truck‘Would material
ly strengthen the town’s resources in
respect to necessary civilian defense
and a formal protest against the
Washington ruling may be made by
City Solicitor Francis Durbin, it was
indicated the first of the week.
The fact that Bluffton has some
fire fighting equipment probably con
tributed to the WPB decision, it was
stated by Mayor Howe.
India will disregard Mahatma
Gandhi’s civil disobedience cam
paign and fight on the side of the
British, it was stated in an opinion
expressed by Missionary Paul Weng
er, of South Lawn avenue, who spoke
at the combined Bluffton and Find
lay Lions club meeting held at the
Findlay Y. C. A. Tuesday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Wenger, Mennonite
missionaries located at Korba in the
Central province of India, arrived in
Bluffton the latter part of February
after a perilous 60 day voyage thru
submarine infested waters and tropi
cal storms of the eastern Pacific.
The civil disobedience campaign
was used with some success against
the British in peace time but in war
time the reaction will be different.
The Moslem millions have already
pledged themselves to fight if the
Capacity Audience in Attend
ance at Meeting in School
BIulTton’s First Air Raid Signal
Sounded Preceding Meet
Demonst rations and instructions
concerning techniques for civilian
use in the prevention of disaster
were given at a community rally
sponsored by the Bluffton Civilian
Defense organization at the Bluffton
High school auditorium Monday
night. A large crowd was in at
Calling the residents to the meet
ing was the first air raid alarm in
Bluffton consisting of one long and
two short blasts from the whistle
at the municipal water works plant.
The practice alarm was sounded 15
minutes before the start of the
Most incendiary bombs weigh
about 10 pounds and the average
aircraft will carry hundreds of them
dropping them systematically every
180 feet as the city chosen for the
target is criss crossed to spread the
The phosphorus bombs burn into
the flesh very easily and will con
tinue to burn unless the pieces are
removed. The best way to do so is
to immerse the member in water and
force the piece to the surface. It
will continue to burn again on reach
(Continued on page 8)
India Will Disregard Gandhi’s Civil
Disobedience Order, Missionary States
Demonstration On Handling Incendiary
Bombs Given At War Defense Rally
Two types of bomb materials were
demonstrated at the rally by Prof.
H. W. Berky chemistry instructor at
Bluffton college. Phosphorus and
magnesium, the most commonly used
materials in incendiary bombs, were
burned at the meeting to show the
nature of the ingredients. Smaller
proportions of the chemicals were
used in the demonstration than are
actually used in the bombs, Prof.
Choral Concert By
School Unit Sunday
Bluffton High school choral groups
and soloists will appear in a concert
at the high school gymnasium Sun
day afternoon at 3 o’clock, it was
announced by Miss Elizabeth Higley,
school music instructor.
The choral groups will be directed
by student teachers in the Bluffton
college music department, Miss
Higley announced. The boys glee
club will be directed by Eugene
Weed, the girls glee club by Lucille
Steiner and the mixed chorus by
The following program will be
Boys glee club—Who Will O’er
the Down With Me, de Pearsall All
Through the Night, Northcote
Joshua Fit the Battle, Enders.
Girls Glee Club—Bonnie Doon,
Miller The Village Gossip, Leven
son It Cannot be a Strange
Mixed Chorus—Glory to God,
Rachmaninoff Madam Jeanette,
Murray Deep River A Musical
Solos—Ballad for Americans, La
Touche, by Roger Howe My Lover
is a Fisherman, Strickland, Ruth
Hankish Land of Hope and Glory,
Elgar, Betty Holtkamp.
Ensemble Groups Roadways,
Clark, boys quartet Finn'sh Lullaby,
Palmgren, girls octette Sing We
and Chant It, Morley, mixed octette.
Xylophone solo—Raymond Over
ture, Thomas, Barbara Jean Trip
lett violin solo, Alice Jean Bixel
cello solo, Mary Margaret Basinger.
country is invaded and the rest of
the country likely will line up with
that action, it was stated.
Christian missionary work in In
dia is moving ahead with great
strides with the result that today
one out of every six people in In
dia is Christian, Rev. Wenger point
Rev. Wenger went to the country
originally as an agricultural mission
ary but saw that the problems were
so great and so much capital was
needed for this type of work thak
he went into the evangelistic, phase
of the missionary program.
Also on the program was a vocal
solo by Roger Howe accompanied by
Ralph Balmer. In the absence of
Homer Gratz, president of the club,
Paul Stauffer presided at the meet
HIGH SCHOOL MAY
GIVE COURSE IN
Jkely to Participate in Nation
al Program of Aeronautics
Open to Juniors and Seniors
Who Have Proper Qualifi
cations 15 Needed
Bluffton High school will he geared
next year to the elementary training
of pilots for America’s great air ar
mada, if plans now being formulated
materialize, it was announced by A. J.
B. Longsdorf, superintendent of
Bluffton’s participation in the na
tional plan contemplates the teaching
of the theory of aeronaut^
15 students register for the course.
10 Already Registered
With 10 students already definitely
signed for the course, it is very likely
that at least five more will register
for instruction, Supt. Longsdorf said.
The course to be offered will be
open to junior and seniors who have
had courses in algebra and geome
The course will be based on physics
and mathematics slanted in terms of
(Continued on page 4)
Operetta Will Be
Given This Wednesday
Bluffton Grade school music stu
dents will stage an operetta, “The
King Sneezes”, at 8 p. m. Wednes
day of this week, in the high school
Setting of the operetta is laid in
the mythical town of Cranbury
Cross, and the action is in two rol
Married In Camp
Announcement was made here this
week of the recent marriage at In
diantown Gap, Pa., military’ reserva
tion of Melba Marguerite Slusser, of
Lima, to Private George Wendell
Duffman, son of Merle Duffman of
Army Chaplain Richard R. Potter
received the vows of the couple in
a single ring ceremony. Capt. Mar
cus E. Patak attended. The bride
was formerly employed in Lima.
Due to increased costs
of newspaper operations,
all subscriptions to the
Bluffton News within the
I’. S. A. will be $2 per
year in advance begin
ning June 1, 1942.
Subscriptions will be
received at present rates
until that time.
MAIL TRAINS ON
NICKEL PLATE R. R.
Mail Schedule Changes on In
coming and Outgoing Mail
Cleveland-St. Louis Morning
Train Carries Mail? Star
Route in Afternoon
Following discontinuance of two
Nickel Plate passenger trains here
the first of the week, schedule
changes for both outgoing and in
coming mail were announced by’ the
Replacing the discontinued mail
train service is the “Star Route”,
operating by truck between Lima
and Findlay by a Lima firm under
Replace Former Trains
The Star route will replace the
former southbound Fostoria-Peoria
train No. 21 due in Bluffton at
12:34 p. m. and the former north
bound Fostoria-Peoria train No. 22
which arrived here at 2:25 p. m. at
the Nickel Plate depot.
Two stops are made by the mail
truck in Bluffton, one at 2:45 o’clock
and the other at 5:35 o’clock, both
in the afternoon. The truck starts
from Lima at 1:30 o’clock deliver
ing and collecting mail pouches at
Beaverdam, Bluffton. Mt. Cory, and
Rawson, arriving at Findlay’ at 3:35
On the return trip the truck
leaves Findlay at 4:30 o’clock with
a collectiozi of mail pouches from
the postoffice there for distribution
at the towns along the way. The
truck arrives in Lima at 6:40 p. m.
Efficiency Not Impaired
The new arrangement in no sense
lessens the efficiency of the service
here, it was stated by local postal
officials. As a matter of fact local
mail will reach a number of im
portant centers quicker and some
mail will be received, earlier than
under the previous arrangement, it
About three pouches are delivered
here at every stop of the truck, it
was pointed out. About that num
ber is also collected by the truck
when it stops here. The Nickel
Plate agreed to place another mail
service train on the road in place of
the two discontinued and has pro
vided closed pouch facilities on the
Cleveland-St. Louis morning train
due here at 5:55 a. m. This is the
only mail train at the present time
on the Nickel Plate road serving
A. C. & Y.
There are two mail trains on the
Akron Canton and Youngstown rail
road collecting and delivering mail
here. The first train is the Akron
Delphos train No. 90 arriving here
at 9:40 a. m. and train No. 95 ar
riving here at 4:45 p. m.
For local patrons concerned as to
the deadline mailing time, postal
officials here stated that letters
should be deposited in the letter
drops not later than a half hour be
fore the departure of the mail trains
The new Star route enables air
mail connections to be made effici
ently, the time of reaching terminal
points more suitable than under the
previous arrangement, it was point
Since the afternoon passenger
trains have been discontinued on the
Nickel Plate road its only passeng
er service now available are the
Cleveland and St. Louis thru trains.
It could not be learned officially
why the trains were discontinued
but it is assumed that heavy freight
traffic, stepped up by war business,
was impeded by the passenger
When it was learned that the
trains likely would be discontinued
various towns along the road dis
cussed the matter with the public
utilities commission. The towns
were advised that since the railroad
was still providing passenger service
the protests would have no standing.
Dispatches from Washington this
week said passenger service would
shortly be curtailed generally over
the country due to war conditions.
Locomotives now on passenger ser
vice will be utilized in freight ser
vice, it was made known.
Robert Root, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Edgar Root, who is in army service
stationed in New Jersey, has been
promoted to the rank of first ser
geant and chief radio operator, it
was announced the first of the week*
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