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UNITED STATES DEFENSE IBONDS AND STAMPS SPECIAL MORNING EXERCISES HERE ON MEMORIAL DAY American Legion Plans Include Decoration of Soldiers’ Graves in Area Parade Will be Followed by Services in Cemetery and At High School Decoration of the graves of war veterans and exercises at Maple Grove cemetery followed by a pro gram in the high school auditorium will feature Bluffton’s observance of Memorial day, Saturday morning. The day’s program will open with a parade to the cemetery with mem bers of Bluffton Legion post, the Lions club, Bluffton high school band, Spanish war veterans, Legion Auxiliary, fraternal orders, mothers of boys in the service, and Boy Scout troops in the line of march. The parade is scheduled to start at 9:30 a. m. with the various units assembling at the American Legion hall. Ritualistic services at the cemetery will be held over the grave of Albert Bixler at 10 o’clock. Millen Geiger, commander of Bluffton Legion post has issued a special invitation to all mothers who have sons in service to be present for the parade and also at the ex ercises at the cemetery and later in the high school auditorium. A number of business estab lishments in town will be closed on Memorial Day. There will be no rural mail deliveries on Saturday but town deliveries and window service will be giv en as usual, it was announced by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach. After exercises at the cemetery a Memorial Day sendee will be held in the high school auditorium at 10:30 o’clock with Rev. S. M. Davidian, pastor of the Central Church of Christ of Lima, delivering the ad dress on the subject “America’s Unseen. Gailery.” Special music and other*Mfeatm*es will be included on the program. Another feature of the Memorial Day observance will be the decora tion of the graves of Bluffton area’s soldier dead. Arrangements for the day’s pro gram are being made by the Bluff ton post of the American Legion, with the assistance of the Legion Auxiliary. Commander Millen Geig er is directing the work of the com mittees in charge. All of the business establishments in town will be decorated with flags and with the country at war it is strongly urged that all residences in the town display flags in commem oration of the men who have served their country. High School Alumni Program On Friday Climaxing a busy week of com mencement activity, the Bluffton High schol alumni reunion will be held at 6:30 p. m. Friday in the gymnasium. Opening the program, Silas Diller, alumni president, will welcome this year’s graduates into the alumni or ganization. James Reichenbach, sen ior class president, will make the response. Twenty-fifth anniversary of the class of 1917 also will be observed, with Mrs. H. H. Huser, a member, speaking briefly. A skit, “Why I Am A Bachelor” will be staged by Paul Soldner, Bert Smucker and Dor othy Beckenbach. One of the features of this year’s program will be the reunion of classes graduated during the super intendency of B. F. Biery, from 1895 to 1900, inclusive. Other special features will include music by the high school boy’s quar tet, a vocal solo by Herbert Oyer, and a reading by Bettye Lewis. W. A. Amstutz will present “Lest We Forget”, a memorial service for those who have died in the past year tribute to graduates in the armed services of the nation, and a special memorial to Bluffton High’s first graduating class, that of 1892, all of whom now arc deceased. Following the program dancing will be enjoyed with Harold Green amyer and his orchestra, of Piqua, providing the music. Library Closed The Bluffton public library will be closed on May 30, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd for cleaning purposes, it was announced by Miss Ocie Ander son, librarian. VOLUME NO. LXVII BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 1942 After a harrowing experience of 14 hours in an open life boat follow ing the sinking of their vessel by a Nazi submarine in the Caribbean Sea, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Cup pies and baby son are safe here miraculously escaping death several times. Mrs. Cuppies is the former Wau neta Bronson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bronson of Cherry street and her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cuppies, living two miles north and one mile west of Mt. Cory. The survivors of the sinking are staying at the Bronson home. The couple arrived in toxVn Sun day afternoon from Key West, Fla., where the large Norwegian rescue COUNTY TO GET SUGAR CANNING PERMITS IN LIMA Permits to be Issued Only at Coordinator’s Office Under Present Setup Housewives in Hancock County Must List Number of Jars Consumed Last Year Bluffton housewives wishing to ob tain additional sugar for canning will be required to apply at the of fice of H. B. Fox, Allen county ra tioning coordinator in Lima, it was stated Wednesday morning. Fox stated that no plans had been made for issuing canning sugar per mits at the various schools of the county as was done recently when sugar ration books for individuals were issued. Fox said Wednesday that he was awaiting authority to change the basis for rationing of canning sugar from five pounds per person per year to the new basis, recently set up in Washington according to press dispatches. New Basis This new basis, according to re ports will grafit one pound of sugar for every four quarts of canned fruit and additional pound of sugar for each member of the family to make jellies, jams and preserves. Issuing of permits on the new basis will start in Hancock county Thursday morning. Hancock county residents applying for canning sugar permits are notified to bring their war rationing books for the family unit, be able to give the number of jars of fruit consumed last year and compute the estimate to be canned, this year. To Close Saturday The following establishments will be closed all day Saturday, Memorial day. They will be open Friday night for convenience of the public. Basinger’s Furniture store, Atlan tic & Pacific Tea Co., Barnes Gro cery, City Markets, Lape Co., Stein er & Huser, Fred Gratz, W. H. Gratz, L. T. Greding, John Fett & Sons, Basinger Funeral home, Peter Gratz, Todd Grocery, Economy store, ISuties cleaners, Alspach & Son, iRuff’s, Helen’s Hat shoppe, H. Sic ■field bakery’. Youths Lukewarm To Summer Work On Farms As War Industry Jobs Beckon NOTICE Due to increased costs newspaper operations, all subscriptions to the Bluffton News within the U. S. A. will be $2 per year in advance beg’n ning June 1, 1942. Subscriptions will be received at present rates until that time. THE BLUFFTON NEWS ship had taken them from the Carib bean Sea. Sinking May 16 The sinking of the ship, a small American cargo vessel, occurred on May 16 at 5 p. m., two days after she left the port of Barranquilla, Colombia, 75 miles off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. It was announced by the Navy depart ment Saturday. The Bluffton family were the only passengers on the small vessel which was carrying a load of Colombian coffee bound for a United States port. The Bluffton couple’s first escape with death occurred when the tor pedo struct the ship in a glancing blow. Had the torpedo exploded the Little Response to Federal Plan To Recruit Students for Farm Work Farmers, too, Show Little En thusiasm Claim Labor Inexperienced Jobs in war industries for this summer are definitely more attract ive to Bluffton high school and col lege graduates than jobs on farms, it was indicated in a survey of the situation the first of the week. Although federal agencies have been attempting to recruit youth of high school age here for summer work on farms the response has been slight and the youths themselves ap pear lukewarm to the proposal. On the other hand they are eyeing with favor the prospect of employ ment in defense industries. With commencement season at an end and graduating exercises over, several from here are expecting to leave within the next few days for Detroit where they have obtained employ ment, beginning work next Monday. Favor Industry Better pay, shorter hours and a more varied selection of jobs are the principal reasons given for prefer ence of jobs in industry over work on farms. However, farmers, themselves, ap pear to be none too optimistic over the success of the plan, and it is probable that comparatively few re quests for this class of labory would be made even were it available. In this connection farmers point out that the labor would be largely inexperienced and with the large number of diverse farm operations the greater part of the summer would be spent in training this help. See More Accidents Another drawback pointed out is the fact that the possibility of acci dents would be greater because of inexperienced laboi. In this situa tion the farmer, as an employer, would probably be 1 able for damages unless covered by industrial insur ance which is not generally carried. Conditions attracting high school and college youths to employment in war industries are those which have previously denuded the farm areas of surplus labor. With no surplus labor available to meet the peak seasoned demand such as is encountered at harvest time, farm women and children who worked in the fields last year will again be called upon this summer, according to the present outlook. Josephine Niswander Graduates At Tiffin Miss Josephine Niswander, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Nis wander residing north of Bluffton, will be graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree at commencement ex ercises of Heidelberg college, Tiffin, next Monday morning. She majored in mathematics and education, was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, honorary education fra ternity and will receive a high school teaching certificate in mathematics, Latin and French. The commencement address will be delivered by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland. Real Estate Deals Dr. B. W. Travis has purchased from Mrs. Moses Steiner the new residence property on West Kibler street completed last fall and occu pied by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bruse. Mrs. Dora Roberts has sold her farm south of Rockport to Gerald Chidester of near Beaverdam. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON FAMILY RESCUED AFTER NIGHT IN LIFE BOAT WHEN NAZI SUB SINKS THEIR VESSEL IN CARIBBEAN SEA Cuppies family would have met cer tain death because investigation showed the blow hit immediately be low the cabin occupied by the Bluff ton residents. Jarred Ship The force of the torpedo jarred the ship considerably but caused no particular damage. The captain thought that one of the loading chutes had fallen to the steel floor. Several minutes later when the prow of a submarine was seen ris ing in the distance the crew realized that trouble was in the offing. The submarine drew as close as 100 yards away and the Nazi Swastika was clearly visible. Hundreds of shells were being fired into the American vessel, College Commencement Week Visitors Among those from out of town who attended Bluffton college com mencement activities over the week end were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Locher, Mrs. Woodrow Luginbuhl, Mrs. Herbert Coon, Mrs. Ruth Yeck. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Close, Cleveland Susan Steiner, Rev. and Mrs. P. J. Boehr, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Grothaus, Pan dora Mr. and Mrs. Glen Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Baumgartner, Sylvania Mrs. Alice Martin, Mrs. Anne Ebersole Garvin, Mr. and Mrs. John Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Hartzler, Goshen, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smucker, Don Smucker, Elton Beery, Wadsworth Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Zehr, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Sprunger, Martin Wine miller, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Schryer, Lima Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Fluecki ger, North Manchester, Ind. Dr. and Mrs. Otha G. Thompson, Alli (Continued on page 8) Nonnamaker-M umma Nuptials At Church Wedding of Miss Wilma Nonna maker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Nonnamaker of Spring street and Richard Mumma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mumma of South Main street, took place at the Presbyter ian church Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. Officiating at the service was the Rev. A. C. Schultz, Bluffton colh ge Bible instructor and faculty adviser to Mr. Mumma who is taking the pre-ministerial course at the college. The double ring ceremony was used. The bride wore an attractive dusty rose gown with biege accessories. Her corsage was of talisman roses surrounded by white sweetpeas. Miss Helen Habegger, of Busby, Montana, and a sophomore at Bluff ton college, was maid of honor. She wore a light blue dress and navy accesories. Her corsage was made of red and pink roses. Herbert Fretz, of Lansdale, Pa., and college classmate of Mr. Mum ma, was best man. The bride was given in marriage by her father after the bridal party entered the church to the strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March with Miss Lucille Steiner, Bluffton college senior, at the organ. Preceding the wedding ceremony Miss Steiner played The Indian Love Call, O Promise Me, I Love You Truly, and Because. After the brief organ recital Laurence Burkhalter played Liebest raum as a violin solo. The front of the church was at tractively decorated with garden flowers. The ceremony was witnessed by members of the immediate fami lies and close friends. Immediately after the ceremony the couple left for a short wedding trip through the southern part of the state. They are living in the Whitmer apartment on South Jack son street and will attend summer school at Bluffton college. Graduates From Oberlin College Miss Roberta Biery was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree at commencement exercises of Oberlin college grees wei 350. She majored in languages and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, hon orary scholastic fraternity. She ex pects to enroll next fall in the grad uate school of the University of Chicago where she has been granted a scholarship. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Biery attended commencement exer cises at Oberlin, Tuesday. many of them of four and one-half inch calibre which 1 ore holes in the to three feet in side diameter. of the ship one Ordered to Lifeboats Th e crew, and the passengers which consisted of only the Cuppies fami ly, were ordered to the rafts and lifeboats. Even though the crew could be plain ly seen lowering the lifeboats the siTelling continued and as Mr. and rs. Cuppies and son were stepping into the boat a four inch shell hit only eight feet above them killing several men. One of the sailors who died in this direct hit of the Nazi cannon just a few seconds before his -death had thrown several blankets into the lifeboat for the protection and Manchester College President Speaks on Christian College Today 36 Seniors Graduated in Ser vices at First Mennonite Church Monday Christianity, as the citadel of de mocracy, was seen as the one hope for making the republican form of government an effective ideal, accord ing to Pres. Vernon F. Schwalm, of Manchester College, North Man chester, Ind., who addressed Bluffton college commencement exercises Mon day morning. The First Mennonite church was filled for the occasion as the speaker forcefully delivered his address to the 36 graduating seniors on the subject “The Christian College in Our Modern World”. Traditional Pageantry In traditional graduation pageant ty, the black gowned academic pro cession filed into the church audi torium to the strains of Processional with Prof. Otto Holtkamp at the organ. At the conclusion of the com mencement address by Dr. Schwalm the class was presented to Pres. L. L. Ramseyer by Dr. J. S. Schultz, dean of the college. The degrees were then conferred by Dr. Ram seyer in customary academic form ality. In Absentia Two degrees, those of Evan Soa.sh, of Bluffton and James Habegger of Berne, Ind., were- presented in ab sentia. Soash, son of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash of South Main street, is in training for the United States Navy and Habegger is in medical school. Miss Betty Leeson, of Bethany, who has taken much of her college work by correspondence was present to receive her degree and listen to the announcement of her election to Pi Delta society, honorary scholar ship organization. Christianity Is Citadel Of Democracy College Commencement Speaker States Unable to walk without crutches because of an attack of infantile paralysis several years ago, Miss Leeson received her diploma from an usher who handed it to her when her name was called by Dean Schultz. Summer Graduates In addition to the 36 seniors two Bachelor of Arts degrees as of Aug ust 1941 were presented to William Burbick of Newton Falls and Chloe Dell Routson of McComb. A Bache lor of Music degree as of August 1941 was presented to Ruth Ann Rupp of Archbold. Announcement of honors was made by Dr. Schultz. The following sen iors were elected to the Pi Delta so ciety: Ruth Henderson, Columbus Grove Elizabeth Leeson, Bethany Richard Weaver, Goshen, Indiana Eugene Weed, Bluffton. Depart mental honors in chemistry for Rich ard Weaver, Goshen, Indiana, were announced. President’s Statement In the president’s annual state ment, Dr. Ramseyer pointed out that despite reduced enrollment because of war conditions the college has been able to continue the work large ly because of the donations of fi iends. Three individuals contribut ed a total of $6,000 for current ex penses. In addition the churches have giv en twice as much in the past nine months as they have given in the previous 12 months, it was stated by Dr. Ramseyer. A violin solo by Laurence Burk halter with accompaniment by Bettye nths old suffered n the arm and afened bv the of the crewmen were killed y by the shell fire while an died in the lifeboat from wounds. The captain, 22 other crew the Bluffton family were When the little vessel went down Mr. and Mrs. Cuppies lost all of their possessions packed in two large trunks and several suitcases. In the trunks were many mementos, souvenirs of Colombia, a radio, musical instruments, two cameras, (Continued on page 8) BROTHER OF TWO BLUFFTON WOMEN HELD IN GERMANY Former Ford Motor Represen tative Is Interned in Old Bavarian Castle Sister Here Receive Card Mailed Last January First Word in Two Years A brother of two Bluffton women, who went to Poland in 1922 as a representative of the Ford Motor Co., now is held in a German internment camp at Laufen, Upper Bavaria, Germany. Word received last week by the sisters, Mrs. R. W. Patterson and Mrs. Cloyce D. Bame, both of this place, was the first heard from the former Findlay man since Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Clinton Schlaack, the writer, said on a card mailed Jan. 10, 1942, that he was interned with several other Americans in an old castle in Ba varia. The location was interesting and the air healthy, but quarters were not too comfortable, he wrote. He said that his wife, a Latvian girl he married after going to Europe in 1922, was attempting to effect his release, but that it was thought im possible. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Reiter, Mt. Cory, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jump, Otta wa, a girl, Sunday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ken nel, of Hamilton, a son at that place on May 19. Mr. Kennel was formerly associated with Bluffton college as field secretary. Mr. and Mrs. James Detweiler of Lansing, Mich., are the parents of a daughter, Jeanette Elizabeth, born at that place Monday. Mrs. Det weiler was the former Dorothy Wiebe who attended Bluffton col lege. She is the sister of Mrs. John Boehr, west of town. Mr. Detweiler is the son of Rev. I. R. Detweiler of Goshen, Indiana. Sgt. Hochstettler Gets Army Wings Staff Sergeant Francis L. Hoch stettler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wal ter Hochstettler, of Route 2, Bluff ton. was one of the graduates who received his wings last week at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated after completing his training course. Graduation at Kelly Field was held at the same time other pilots received their wings at six other Gulf Coast Training Centers. The group finishing their work was the largest in history. Stall Sgt. Hochstettler will serve as a pursuit pilot. Every squeak and squeal from unlubricated farm machinery is a cheer for the Axis. Lewis was presented. Prayer was offered by Rev. R. L. Hartzler of Topeka, Ind., and the benediction was pronounced by Rev. P. J. Boehr of Pandora. (Continued on page 2) BUY" UNITED states SAVINGS /BONDS I AMI SUMPS NUMBER 5 66 TO GRADUATE FROM BLUFFTON HIGH WEDNESDAY Exercises to be Held in Gym nasium this Wednesday Night at 8 O'clock Dr. John Ruskin Howe, Otter bein College Head, to Give Class Address Graduating exercises for 66 sen iors will be held at Bluffton High school in the gymnasium this Wed nesday night at 8 o’clock. The class address will be delivered by Dr. J. Ruskin Howe, president of Otterbein college, Westerville, who will speak on “Education for De mocracy.” Scholastic Honors Ranking scholastic honor students of the class, who will appear on the program are Neil Neuenschwander, valedictorian, and Carol Bame, salu atorian. The senior male quartet consist ing of LeRoy Lugibihl, Norman Beidler. Wilhelm Amstutz, Jr., and Roger Howe will sing “The Bells of St. Marys.” Vocal solos will be sung by the school’s winners in the state solo and ensemble contest, Betty Holt kamp and Roger Howe. Present Diplomas Following the class address by Pres. Howe, diplomas will be pre sented to 66 members of the grad uating class by John Tosh, president of the board of education. The Bluffton High school orches tra, under the direction of Harold Thiessen, Bluffton college student instructor, will play several numbers during the program and also the Processional, Coronation March by Meyerbeer marking entrance of the graduating class. Class Roll Members of the graduating class are: James Amstutz, Wilhelm Amstutz II, Richard Augsburger, Ralph Bal mer, Richard Balmer, Norman Beid ler, Evan Burkholder, James Clark, Robert Cooney, Harold Crouse, Wayne Dailey. James Deppler, James Fett, Byron Fritchie, Kenneth Geiger, Richard Gratz, Russell Gratz, John Herrman, Roger Howe, Paul Klassen, Wilmer Lehman, LeRoy Lugibihl. Neil Neuenschwander, Lysle Nis wander, James Reichenbach, Peter Schmidt, Ned Schultz, Herbert Sie field, Wesley Sommers, Evan Stein er, James Steiner, James Stratton, David Tosh, Carroll Tschiegg, Clay ton Weiss, Merlin Zuercher. Carol Bame, Daisy Basinger, Betty Bish, Harriet Burkholder, Margaret Burkholder, Hildred Ever sole, Ruth Garmatter, Virginia Geig er, Ruth Hankish. Rosann Hilty, Rebecca Hofstetter, Betty Holtkamp, Edna Huber, Glen na Kohler, Treva Matter, Elaine Mitchell, Marjorie Moser, Margery Niswander, Marjorie Ream. Ruth Schumacher, Eloise Sommer, Mary E. Stearns, Marcone Stonehill, Wava Stotts, Kathryn Swick, Mar jean Todd, Eilene Triplehorn, Eileen Wenger, Margaret Young, Marjorie Zuercher. Bluffton Men Win Prizes in Contest Second and third prizes in a na tional coin week contest was award ed to Dr. Evan Basinger and Rob ert Benroth. Bluffton coin collectors, by the American Numismatic so ciety. it was announced the first of the week. Both local collectors promoted ex tensive activity during national coin week, April 19 to 25. They had a large coin display in the window of a local business establishment, spon sored broadcasts pertaining to coins over a Columbus radio station, and prepared several articles for na tional magazines and newspapers publicizing the week. Hundreds of coin collectors and coin clubs participated in the con test, with the local men winning sec ond and third prizes because of their extended activity. Enlists In Navy Fred Fritchie, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie of Riley street, fans enlisced in the United States riavy for a six-year period and left this Wednesday morning for the re cruiting center at Cincinnati. If successful in passing the physical ex i amination he will be sent to one of the naval training stations.