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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Clinton Schlaak Docks in Jersey
Monday, After Harrowing
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
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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
Suter was driving south on the
road that crosses the Coiumous Grove
road and Burkholder was driving
towards Bluffton when the collision
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
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.
Leonard Cuppies Tells of Condi
tions in South American
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
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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
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
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
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.
Work to be Done by State
Highway Department This
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
?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
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.
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
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

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