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BUY UNITED STATES DEFENSE ^SONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII EARLY CANNING SUGAR PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE Authorization to be Issued Only at Coordinators Office In Courthouse Housewives are Allowed One Pound of Sugar for Four Quarts of Fruit With the first cherries of the seas on being picked this week, Bluffton housewives are making applications to obtain additional sugar supplies for fruit canning purposes at the Al len county rationing board at the Lima courthouse. Under revised governmental regu lations for allotment of sugar it will be possible to can practically as much as was the case previously but the canned fruit will not be as sweet. Housewives are being allowed onh pound of sugar for every four quarts of fruit canned In keeping with the instructions issued by the government, canning of jams, preserves, jellies and other items requiring large amounts of sugar is being discouraged. New Basis Harry Fox Allen county coordinat or received authority during the past week to change the basis for ration ing of canning sugar from five pounds per person per year to the new basis recently set up in Washington. It is necessary for Bluffton house wives as well as all resident of the county, to go to Lima to receive their authorization for the canning sugar. All applications must be presented in room 207 at the courthouse. Applicants must come prepared to tell the number of quarts canned last season and the quantity they intend to can this season. Centralized Office There have been some complaints from residents in outlying towns con cerning the necessity of going to Lima to receive canning sugar permits. Replying to this complaint, the county coordinator said centralized head quarters offer better facilities than district rationing offices. He pointed out that the Lima office is a full time office, open daily, ex cept Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. The office also is open Saturday mornings until noon. Applicants for canning sugar per mits are notified to bring their war rationing books for the family unit in addition to having ready the other information on the estimate of the amount of fruit is expected to be can ned. Applications are being received now only for early canning. Additional sugar for late canning season will be authorized later, it was stated. Funeral For John J. Badertscher, Thursday Funeral services..for John J. Bad ertscher, 82, of Kibler street, will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at the Paul Diller funeral home. His only daughter, Mrs. Calvin Mo ser of Aberdeen, Idaho, arrived Wed nesday to attend the services for her father. Rev. W. H. Lahr of Ada, former pastor of the Reformed churches here will officiate at the funeral and interment will be in Maple Grove cemetery. Mr. Badertscher died Monday morning at 5 o’clock following six weeks’ illness with a heart ailment. He was born in Switzerland, May 17, 1860, and came to this country at the age of nine years. His wife, the former Mary Fett, died forty-two years ago. The greater part of his life was spent in Bluffton. He was a member of the Macabee lodge of Mt. Cory. Besides his daughter he is sur vived by a brother, Godfrey Bader tscher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and three grandchildren. Miss Higley Resigns Teaching Post Here Resignation of Miss Elizabeth Higley, vocal music instructor in the Bluffton public schools, was accepted at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education Monday night. Miss Higley has accepted a posi tion as instructor in voice and choral work at Muskingum college, a Pres byterian institution located at New Concord. She has been instructor in the high school in public school music for the past three years and also in the music department of Bluffton college. No steps have been taken as yet to fill the vacancy caused by her resignation. Thursday Afternoon Closing This Week Bluffton retail stores will remain open on Wednesday nights starting this week and continuing thru the summer months until October 1, it is announced by the Business Men’s Association. Business places will be closed on Thursday afternoons during the months of June, July and August, it was stated. The Citizens National Bank will also close Thursday afternoons for the summer months, it was an nounced. Births The following birth at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Kimmel Marshall, a boy, Tuesday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robinson, of North Baltimore, a boy, David James, at the Findlay hospital last Tuesday. Mrs. Robin son was the former Miss Ruth Berry of this place. BROTHER OF TWO WOMEN HERE BACK FROM NAZI CAMP Clinton Schlaak Docks in Jersey Monday, After Harrowing Experience Arrives in United States on Board Swedish Diplomatic Exchange Liner Clinton Schlaak, brother of two Bluffton women who has been in Europe since 1922 and more recently in a Nazi concentration camp, has arrived in this country on the Swed ish diplomatic exchange liner Drot tningholm which docked at Jersey City, N. J. Monday. Schlaak, the brother of Mrs. Ray Patterson and Mrs. Cloyce Bame both of this place, before the war broke out was a representative of the Ford Motor company in War saw, Poland. Receive Card His sisters here received a card 10 days ago from their brother, a former Findlay resident, stating that he was being interned with several other Americans in an old Bavarian (Continued on page 8) Autos Demolished In Crash Near Here Serious injuries were received by Henry Suter, residing two miles south of Pandora, in an automobile collision with a car driven by Ver non Burkholder, living west of Bluff ton. Suter was driving south on the road that crosses the Coiumous Grove road and Burkholder was driving towards Bluffton when the collision occurred. Burkholder was uninjured in the collision but Suter received severe facial lacerations and cracked and broken ribs. He was treated at the office of a local physician and is convalescing at his home. Colombia Is Land Of Extreme Poverty And Contrasts, Lions Speaker States Each driver saw each other before the crash but -were unable to stop. Both of the automobiles were dam aged beyond repair. Mrs. Stearns Named On Library Board Mrs. Ralph Stearns was re-ap pointed to the Bluffton public library board at a meeting of the board of education Monday night. The ap pointment was for a seven year term. Accepts Pulpit Alvin Beachy, member of this year’s graduating class at Bluffton college, has accepted a call to be come the minister of the Mennonite church at Normal, Illinois. In New Locations Mr. and'Mrs. Wade Marshall have moved on the Amos Heldman farm in Orange township which they pur chased last fall. They previously made their home with Mrs. Marsh all’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Williamson. Leonard Cuppies Tells of Condi tions in South American Republic Public Health Measures Un known as Lower Class Lives in Squalor Colombia—a land of sharp con trasts, where extremes of poverty and luxury exist side by side—was described by Leonard Cuppies who spoke before the Lions club meeting in the Walnut Grill, Tuesday night. Cuppies, employed in the Colom bian oil field since last fall, was re turning home with his wife and sixteen-month-old son Billy when the vessel on which they were aboard was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine in the Caribbean sea. They are residing for the present with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bronson on Cherry street, parents of Mrs. Cup pies while her husband is recovering from an injury received in the oil field. Mrs. Cuppies was formerly Miss Wauneta Bronson of this place. It is not at all unusual to see the (Continued on page 8) Last Rites For Mrs. Jesse Mohler, Friday Funeral services for Mrs. Izetta Mae Mohler, 78, widow of the late Jesse Mohler, were held at the Stanley Basinger Funeral home, Fri day afternoon with Rev. Gerald Bright of the Church of Christ offi ciating. Mrs. Mohler who resided east of Bluffton in Orange township, died last Wednesday. She was a lifelong resident of Hancock county and a member of the Church of Christ of this place. Her husband, the late Jesse Moh ler, died last December A fos ter son, Burley Wilkins, whom Mr. and Mrs. Mohler reared, lives in Hominy, Oklahoma. Other survivors include a brother John Wilkins of Bluffton two half sisters, Mrs. Cora Williams and Mrs. Ora Hartman of Findlay and three half brothers Ross Wilkins of Bluff ton and Ira and Lawrence Wilkins of Rawson. Interment was made in Clymer cemetery. Coach Diller Named Field Supervisor Dwight Diller, athletic coach at Bluffton High school, has been ap pointed supervisor of the Harmon Field recreation program for the summer. The facilities of the field are open to all youngsters in the community fox- six hours every week day from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and from 1 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Diller will be at the field at all times to supervise the recreational activities. For the present tennis, paddle tennis, track activities, soft ball games, badminton, darts and several other games are available, Diller said. Tournament play and competitive games are being planned for the summer program. If enough interest is shown in soft ball Diller will supervise two evenings a week of this activity. Expenses in connection with the recreation program will be shared equally by the town council and the school board. David Tosh was ap pointed by the school board to be caretaker of the field for the sum mer. Robert Oberly Will Attend Legion Camp Robert Oberly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Oberly of Cherry street, will attend the Buckeye Boys’ State camp, sponsored by the Ameri can Legion, to be held at Delaware June 13 to 20. Oberly was selected by the Bluff ton post of the American Legion to attend the annual encampment for select boys in the state of Ohio. Ward Johnson Gets Air Force Promotion Ward B. Johnson, formerly of Bluffton, has been promoted to a rank of Private First Class at the Lubbock Army Flying School, Lub bock, Texas. Pfc. Johnson is with the 499th school squadron in the advanced twin-engine flying school. A me chanic, he has been in the air corps since Feb. 21, 1942. •f THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1942 WILL RE-SURFACE ST.SOUTH OF BENTLEY ROAD Work to be Done by State Highway Department This Summer Asphaltic Concrete Top to be Added, Council is Inform ed by State Re-surfacing one-quarter mile of South Main street from the corpora tion line to the Bentley road will be completed this summer by the state highway department. Municipal officials were notified of the project Monday night when E. H. Forney assistant right of way engineer for the state highway department, appeared at a meeting of the council in the town hall. In the program nearly one-fourth mile of roadway will be improved by adding a two-inch asphaltic con crete top. Bids for the contract will be opened in Columbus June 9 and work must be completed before Sept. 15. Nothing for Remainder of Street No provision has been made for re-surfacing the remainder of Main street, an improvement requested by local officials for the last two years. Forney told Bluffton council men that base of a stretch of 180 feet from the south corporation line will be renewed because brick on the sand base have shifted. On the re maining portion the asphaltic top will be applied without changing the brick or base. This summer’s work in Bluffton will be done in connection with other improvements in this area, embrac ing re-surfacing of state highways in Beaverdam, Richland and Bath townships. N is wander-Suter Nuptials Sunday In a lovely garden .wedding at the home of the bride, Miss Elvira Nis wander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander of South Main street, became the bride of James Sutex, son of Gilbert Suter of Pan dora, Sunday night at 7 o’clock. Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church, officiated at the ceremony. Preceding the ceremony Mrs. Wil liam Cox of Ashtabula played “Leib straum”. This was followed by “Ich Liebe Dich” anti “Because” sung by Miss Carolyn Romey. Dean Clair Niswander and Dwight Suter, broth ers of the bride and groom respect ively, played the following cornet duets: “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes” and “At Dawning”. The bride, who was given in mar riage by her father, wore a white satin gown and carried a shower bouquet of white daisies. The couple was unattended. The ushers were Richard Bixel of Find lay, cousin of the bride, and Charles Suter of Pandora, cousin of the groom. The bride’s mother chose for the ceremony a two piece suit of moss green floral crepe with corsage of yellow roses. For traveling the bride wore a beige costume suit with accessories of saddle tan. Out of town guests included: Miss Eleanor E. Odex* of Syca more Mr. and Mis. Eugene Palmer, Jr., Vandalia Miss Vera Reichen bach, Marvin Hilty, Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Reed Hilty, Rex Bell, Piqua Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bixel, Findlay Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Suter, Goshen, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strahm, Limn Lawrence Evans, Ce lina, and Rev. and Mrs. Forest Mus ser, Pandora. Both the bride and groom attend ed Bluffton college and Ohio State university. After a short wedding trip they will reside at Pandora. To Live Temporarily In Little Rock, Ark. Sgt. and Mrs. Charles Patterson left Bluffton Saturday to live tem porarily at Little Rock, Arkansas, where Sgt. Patterson is stationed at an army camp. Mrs. Patterson is the former Miss Carol Cookson, daughter of Mrs. Mabel Cookson of South Jackson street. She is home economics in structor at Burbank High school. Sgt. Patterson is stationed at the postal unit of the army camp in Little Rock and the couple will re main there for the duration of his assignment at that location. With hundreds of employes and interested residents of the town standing at attention, flags rose to the top of large new 40 foot flag poles in dedication rituals at the two Bluffton plants of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co., last Friday noon. The flags will be displayed every day, weather permitting. Simultaneous ceremonies were con ducted at the College Avenue and Harmon Road plants of the concern to mark the inauguration of use of the new flag poles. ?ire Protection for Past Month Costs Municipality Total Of $118 Town Had Not Single Fire Call In Eight Months Several Years Ago May proved to be the busiest month in more than twenty years for the Bluffton fire department, it was disclosed by Chief Guy Corson in presenting his report at the town council meeting, Monday night. Six fire calls in thirty days was the highest number in any one month since he assumed the post as head of the fire department more than twenty years ago, Corson stated. Cost to the town, $118 also estab lished a new monthly high mark for fire protection, it was announced by Corporation Clerk, W. O. Geiger. Bluffton’s fire department operates on a volunteer basis and firemen re ceive no fixed salary, being only as called upon for their services. Of the six fire calls two, the Cal vin Kempf dwelling in Union town ship oh May 15 and that of the Albert Reichenbach residence Sun day night were the most serious. Dedicate Flag Poles At Triplett Plant With Impressive Exercises Color guards from the Bluffton Six Fire Alarms In May Set Twenty Year Record In Bluffton Other calls were: Allen Thompson, Oratige township, May 1 Mrs. Ger trude Gage, West College avenue, May 7 Welty auto on North Jack son street, May 22 Mrs. Mary Mo ser, Richland township, May 18. In contrast to the record high number of fire calls the past month, Chief Corson pointed out that the record low for fire calls occurred when several years ago there was not a single fire call for eight months. Fred Fritchie, Jr. At Naval Training Sta. Fred H. Fritchie, Jr., son of Mr. ami Mrs. Fred Fritchie, of Riley street, enlisted in U. S. Naval serv ice at the Cincinnati recruiting of fice, last week, and has been assigned to the naval training station at Great Lakes, Illinois. After a training period of three weeks at Great Lakes, Fritchie will be transferred to duty with the U. S. fleet, or assigned to one of the various navy trade schools main tained for the training of recruits. Moody Bible Trio To Sing At Church A ladies trio from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ill., will present a program of varied musical numbers at the Bluffton Missionary church this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock, it was announced by Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor. Among the numbers will be selec tions on the vibra-harp. Chalk draw ing will also be presented at the meeting. The public is invited. Evan Soash Training At Great Lakes, 111. Evan Soash, 22, son of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash, of South Main street, who enlisted recently in the U. S. Naval Reserve has been as signed to the Naval Training Sta tion at Great Lakes, Ill., according to an announcement received this week from the training center. Soash has a rating of hospital ap prentice, second class. Following his training period he will be as signed to active duty, either at sea or at a shore station. In Australia Sgt. A. R. Holden, Jr., former Bluffton youth, is now in Australia, it was stated by his father A. R. Holden, Sr., of Toledo, who visited here over the week end. American Legion post took part in an impressive ritual at the start of the ceremony. Following raising of the flag, R. L. Triplett, president of the company, made a short address over the firm’s portable public address system to crowds assembled at each plant. Patriotic recorded music was played for the occasion over the sound system. In the Legion color guard units were Post Commander Millen Geiger, Herman Schmidt, Lloyd McCarty, Leonard Green, Harry Trippiehorn and Irvin Woods. Lightning Damages Bluffton Residences Two Bluffton residences were damaged when they were struck by a bolt of lightning during an elec trical storm Sunday night about 11 o’clock. Serious damage was caused at the Albert Reichenbach home on North Main street and minor damage at the Gerhard Buhler residence on South Lawn avenue. At the Reichenbach home the most serious damage was caused by an explosion occurring about 20 minutes after a bolt of lightning set a small fire in the attic. The blaze in the attic was not noticed immediately by Mrs. Reich enbach who was alone in the house at the time. Several minutes later when she saw smoke coming from upstairs she immediately informed her husband, Bluffton night police, at the mayor’s office. While Mrs. Reichenbach was tele phoning for the fire department the explosion occurred. Her husband was already on the way to his resi dence and was about to enter the house when the blast occurred. The explosion occurred in the attic and is believed to have been caused by an accumulation of gas generated by the fire together with dust of the attic. The house immediately broke out in flames after the explosion but the fire department soon had the blaze under control and the residence and contents were saved. The explosion knocked most of the plaster off of the walls of the resi dence and a large portion of the slate roofing was also blown off. Damage to the stnicture was un officially estimated at $2,000, cov ered by insurance. Lightning, which struck the Buh ler home, blew some of the slate off the roof and started a small fire which was soon extinguished by members of the family, causing only slight damage. During the storm, lightning struck the lead in wire at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and burned out the transformer of the com pany’s public address system. Several residents of the commun ity reported burned out radio sets as the result of the Sunday storm. With The Sick Mrs. Fred Fritchie has been re moved from the Bluffton hospital to her home on Riley street where she is convalescing from a major opera tion. Brice Watkins is a patient at the Bluffton hospital. Condition of Mi'S. Anna Henry, who underwent an operation, is re ported at the Bluff tori hospital as good. Mrs. Anna Deerhake is at the Bluffton hospital where she is re covering from an operation. Condition of Louis Gaiffe, a pa tient at the Bluffton hospital, is re ported as good. Mrs. Catherine Welsh of Ada is a patient at the Foltz convalescent home on South Main street. Dr. E. L. Harshbarger, former Bluffton High school instructor, con tinues about the same at the North Newton hospital where he has been a patient for more than a year. Mrs. Bertha Bridenbaugh of Pan dora is a patient at the Bluffton hospital where she is recovering from an operation. Miss Susan Lehman, west of Bluff ton, is a patient at the Bluffton hos pital. Condition of Mrs. Jean Murray, former Bluffton resident, continues serious at her home in Findlay. Miss Alice Ludwig is confined to her home on Poplar street with knee injuries as the result of a fall, Sun day. BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS /BONDS NUMBER 6 TURBINE READY FOR OPERATION EARLY IN JULY ?inal Pipe Connections Remain To Be Completed Super intendent Reports 1250 KW Unit Will More Than Double Present Plant Power Output With the main installation opera tions completed and final pipe connec tions being made, it is expected that the recently purchased 1250 KW ca pacity turbo-generator will be in op eration at the Bluffton municipal elec- trie light and water works plant early next month, it was announced this week by John Swisher, plant superin tendent. The turbine and the condenser were installed and all operations completed except pipe connections last Satur day- under the direction of the West inghouse installation engineer of Pittsburgh. He will return when the pipe connections are made to supervise the placing of the machine into active operation. Heady in July Most of the materials for complet ing the job are here now and bar ring unforseen developments, there is reasonable expectation that the tur bine will be delivering power for the community about July 1, Swish er said. General supervision of the installa tion has been under the direction of W. T. Barrows, consulting engineer who prepared the drawings for set ting up the equipment. Excavation for the turbine was completed in the first week of May and after the concrete properly hard ened the installation of the turbine was started during the second week of May. Purchased in Colorado The generator unit was purchased from a mining concern in Alamo, Col orado and was dismantled and loaded at that place under the direction of Swisher and Walter Stratton, an em ploye. The unrt arrived here during the first week of March. A condenser for use with the tur bine was purchased from an engineer ing firm in Philadelphia after the turbine had been loaded. Cost of the equipment was estimat ed at $3,000 and operation of the new unit next month will more than double the present output of the plant which is 750 KW, the capacity of the tur bine installed in the fall of 1940. Graduates From Miami University Neil Baumgartner of Bluffton re ceived the Bachelor of Aits degree at commencement exercises of Miami university, Oxford, Monday morning. He majored in chemistry and was graduated cum laude, being a mem ber of Phi Beta Kappa, honorary scholastic and Sigma Pi Sigma, hon orary physics societies. He has been awarded a position for the coming year as teaching as sistant at the University of Illinois under Dr. Roger Adams, director of chemical defense research. Attending commencement events Sunday and Monday were his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Baumgart near and daughtex- Jeanne and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Bogart. The class address was delivered by Wat Tyler Cluverius, rear admiral U. S. Navy and president of Wor cester Polytechnic institute. Degrees were conferred on a class of 506 graduates. Receives Degree At Miami Monday Ethel Jean Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall was graduated at commencement exer cises of Miami university, Monday morning with the degree of Bache lor of Science in Education. She majored in violin and was president of Delta Omicron, national music honorary sorority the past year and also member of Kappa Delta Pi, education honorary and Alpha Omicron Pi, social sororities. She played for two years with the University trio, was also a member of the University orchestra and song in Madrigal, girls glee club. She will be instructor in vocal and instrumental music in the schools at Continental for the coming year. Her parents attended commencement events at Oxford, Sunday and Mon day.