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Headquarters Here Will be
Open Until 10 O’clock this
Wednesday Night
Beginning Next Week Permits
Will be Issued on Mondays
And Wednesdays
Arrival of an additional supply of
purchase certificate forms Wednesday
morning made possible the continu
ation of Bluffton’s canning sugar ra
tioning program Wednesday after
noon and evening at the high school
The supply of certificates issued to
consumers was exhausted Monday
night and at that time it was stated
that it would be necessary to await
Beginning next week canning
sugar certificates may be ob
tained at the Bluffton high
school cafeteria on Mondays and
Wednesdays only from 9 a. m.
until noon and from 1 to 4 p. m.
the arrival of additional supplies
before rationing could be resumed.
At the time the supply of cer
tificates was exhausted Monday night
there had been a total of 399 certifi
cates issued by the local committee.
Office Open Wednesday Night
An additional supply of 200 cer
tificate forms from county head
quarters will make it possible to
continue the rationing program here
this Wednesday night until 10 o’clock.
With the conclusion of Wednes
day’s rationing, it is expected that
nearly all residents here will have
received their canning sugar allot
The local rationing program was
set up in Bluffton last Saturday fol
lowing complaints of delays caused
by congestion in the office of the
Allen County coordinator at the
courthouse in Lima.
Issuing of rationing certificates
was continued Monday night until
supplies of forms were exhausted.
Announce New Schedule
Beginning next week sugar ration
ing will be limited to Mondays and
Wednesdays only from 9 a. m. until
noon and from 1 to 4 p. m., at the
high school cafeteria. Miss Donna
Hagerman, high school office secre
tary and volunteer teachers will be
in charge.
Sugar being rationed at this time
is for canning of fruits ripening be
fore August 1. Each family unit is
allowed sugar for nine quarts of
each fruit per person. Sugar for
the nine quarts is issued on a basis
of one pound for every four quarts
of fruit canned. One pound of su
gar for each member of the family
also is allowed for making preserves
and jellies.
Receives Master
Of Arts Degree
Miss Barbara Joyce Hauenstein, of
Bluffton, received the degree of Mas
ter of Arts at commencement exer
cises of Vanderbilt university, Nash
ville, Tenn., Monday. She has been
a student in the graduate school
there for the past year.
Attending commencement events
were her parents, Prof, and Mrs.
Sidney Hauenstein and her brother
Nelson Hauenstein. The class ad
dress at the university’s sixty-seventh
graduation exercises was delivered
by Dr. Douglas S. Freeman of Rich
mond, Va., prominent author and
Receives Degree
At Bowling Green
Miss Mary Marshall, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marshall, was
graduated with the degree of Bache
lor of Science in Education at com
mencement exercises of Bowling
Green university, Friday.
She will be instructor in public
school music in the Buckland school,
Auglaize county, during the coming
Degrees were conferred on a class
of 180 graduates Friday. Com
mencement speaker was Grove Pat
terson, editor of the Toledo Blade.
With The Sick
Mrs. Albert Agin is a pneumonia
patient at the Bhiffton hospital.
Miss Alice Ludwig who suffered a
painful knee injury in a fall at her
home on Poplar street ten days ago
has been removed to Lima Memorial
hospital for treatment
Louis Gaiffe, a recent patient at
Bluffton hospital is convalescing at
his home near town.
New Auto Stamps
Go On Sale Here
New federal automobile tax stamps,
which must be displayed on all auto
mobiles for the fiscal year beginning
July 1, went on sale at the Bluffton
post office on Wednesday.
Motorists must pay’ $5 for the
stamp, which replaces the temporary
stamp bought last February for
Each new stamp will be serially
numbered and have space on the
back for recording the make, model,
serial number and state license num
ber of the vehicle for which it is
issued. The stamp will be gummed
on its face.
Possession of the stamp will be re
quired of anyone operating his auto
mobile after July 1, and in addition
gasoline ration cards may be ob
tained only upon presentation of the
Post offices will sell stamps over
the counter for cash only, and no
mail order business will be conduct
Headquarters Open Thursday
and Friday at School Gym
1 to 10 P. M.
Local Office for Issuing of
Certificates Set Up Follow
ing Complaints
Beaverdam school district resi
dents may obtain their authoriza
tion for canning sugar at the Bea
verdam High school gymnasium on
Thursday and Friday from 1 to 10
p. m.
A local office for the issuance of
sugar purchase certificates was set
up at Beaverdam following com
plaints of residents concerning the
necessity of going to Lima to obtain
the permits.
The canning sugar rationing pro
gram was started in Beaverdam on
Monday and continued on Tuesday
under the direction of volunteer
workers in the community.
It is expected that all of the resi
dents in the Beaverdam school dis
trict will be served by Friday
night. If there is any considerable
number who will not have been
served by that time additional ra
tioning arrangements will be made,
it was stated.
Altho the sugar purchase certifi
cates have been adequate to me
the need in Beaverdam so far, it
will be necessary to obtain addition
al supplies to handle the rationing
program, it was stated Wednesday.
The Beaverdam workers are mak
ing application to the office of the
Allen county coordinator in Lima
and it is expected that the addi
tional forms will be secured by
Nuptials In Church
Ceremony Sunday
Miss Mildred Wynkoop, Triplett
employee and daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. L. M. Wynkoop of Pandora, be
came the bride of Ernest Cramer,
son of L. E. Cramer of Fostoria in
an open church wedding at the Pleas
ant View United Brethren church
Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Rev. Russell Hawk of Vaughns
ville, uncle of the bride, officiated at
the double ring ceremony. The
church was decorated with palms,
ferns, peonies, orange blossoms and
lighted tapers.
Mi-lady Receives Canning Sugar From
Efficient Local Rationing Organization
Sugar, Pineapple Plentiful In Hawaii
But Islanders Have Shortages Too
The bride, given in marriage by
her father, was attired in a silk
marquisette gown. It was fashioned
with a lace yoke with ruffling and a
tailored collar. The fitted bodice
was caught with a full skirt and
long train. The floor length veil
was caught with a halo of pearls.
Her arm bouquet was white roses
and sweet peas.
After the ceremony a reception
was held at the home of the bride’s
parents after which the couple left
for a wedding trip through the
southern states. Upon their return
they will reside on a farm near
Authorization Obtained by
Residents Here With Min
imum of Waiting
Headquarters Set Up at High
School Following Com
plaints at Lima
Not only did mi-lady obtain her
quota of sugar for canning, but she
received her certificate to purchase
it with efficiency and dispatch under
local rationing arrangements set up
at the Bluffton high school cafeteria.
It was an ample and conclusive
demonstration of Bluffton’s ability
to handle its rationing problems lo
cally in a systematic and business
like manner.
Rationing was set up here last
Saturday as an emergency measure
to relieve in part congestion at head
quarters in Lima which was at
tempting to serve the entire county.
Long delays of waiting in line gave
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Oranges Sell for §1.60 Dozen in
Hawaii, Evelyn Niswander
Writes to Friends
Eggs are 77 Cents Dozen, But
ter is Very Scarce and Candy
Cannot be Bought
Sugar and pineapples are more
plentiful than ever in Hawaii, but
the island residents have their short
ages too, Evelyn Niswander, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswan
der, of Lawn avenue, wrote in a
letter received this week by Mrs. W.
0. Geiger.
Miss Niswander teaches in a mis
sion school at Paia Maui. In part,
her letter reads:
“I helped the maid churn butter
this morning. We get a pint of
cream each week and we also take
the top of the milk for each week’s
“Butter is shipped in so irregular
ly, and there is very little made on
the island. During March we had
none at all.
“How are you getting along with
your ration of sugar? We are not
rationed on that. They say this
year’s crop of sugar and pineapples
is the largest in history, but there is
a shortage of labor and there are
not enough ships to transport it.
“There are many things we have
to do without. Shelves in the stores
are almost becoming bare. In our
5 and 10 cent store there are three
store length counters entirely empty.
Candy cannot be bought there at all,
and they used to have such a large
“No regularly manufactured candy
can be bought anywhere on the is
land. One lady started to make
home-made candy, which she sold for
$1 a pound, but now she can’t get
any nuts for it.
“Cigarets, too, are very scarce. I
understand some smokers are having
their favorite brands set in by air
mail in order to be supplied.
“Oranges too, come in via airmail,
but sell for $1.60 a dozen. Eggs
brings 77 cents a dozen, and all
other prices are very high.”
Water Works Quarry
Open To Fishermen
Fishing in the quarry at the Bluff
ton municipal water works will be
permitted beginning June 16, the
opening day of bass season, Silas
Dillet, president of the Bluffton Com
munity Sportsmen’s club, announced
this week.
An extensive re-stocking program
carried out at the quarry for th,
last several years should make the
spot a favorite fishing place for lo
cal anglers.
Conservation of fish now in the
quarry is being sought, however, and
Diller requests anglers to limit them
selves to one half of the daily limit
of 20 permitted for assorted fish.
Fishermen also are asked to co
operate in keeping the quarry clean,
and they specifically are requested
to refrain from throwing bait cans
or other refuse into the water.
Opening of the water works quar
ry to fishing will help ease the prob
lem arisingl ocally with closing of
the National quarry because of war
time restrictions.
Local anglers will now have two
fishing places, the Buckeye and
water works quarries. No special
permit, other than the regular fish
ing license, is required.
Residents Here are Purchasing
Canning Sugar Under
Rationing Plan
Grocers* Supplies’ are Replenish
ed Every Morning: Sold
Out by Noon
Following issuance of sugar pur
chase certificates to residents here
under the canning sugar rationing
program, Bluffton grocers are ex
periencing a run on sugar that ex
hausts their supplies almost as soon
as replenished.
Since the new rationing program
started most of the grocers have
found that the demand has exhaust
ed their supplies by noon after hav
ing having been replenished each
Several stores are limiting the
amount sold to each customer in
order that there may be sufficient
sugar for everyone’s immediate can
ning needs. All customers, however,
will receive their full allotment of
canning sugar, altho it may be nec
essary to purchase it in install
ments, it was pointed out.
There is plenty of sugar available
at the wholesale houses, reports this
week indicated. Several of the
grocers have found it necessary to
drive to the wholesale grocers in
Lima and Findlay to obtain their
supplies. Others have waited for
regular truck deliveries of the
Arrangements are being made
with the rationing boards for the
grocers to obtain an extra allowance
of sugar to meet the increased de
When the canning sugar is pur
chased the amount and prices are
recorded by the seller on the re
verse side of the sugar purchase
certificate. Provision is made on the
blank for purchase of the sugar by
Wedding Friday
In an impressive home wedding
solemnized Friday afternoon at 4:30
o’clock, Grace K. -Cox, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Keel, and Alvin
J. B. Longsdorf were united in mar
riage. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of
the Methodist church, received the
vows before a background of roses,
honey-suckle, orange blossoms, and
candelabra, flanked on either side by
baskets of gladioli and delphinium.
Preceding the ceremony Miss Ethel
Jean Marshall played several violin
selections, including “Poem” by Fi
bich “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” by
Victor Herbert and “Leibstraum” by
Liszt. Mrs. Lysle F. Baumgartner
sang “I Ixve You Truly” by Carrie
Jacobs Bond, “Oh Promise Me” by
Clement Scott, and “Because” by Ed
ward Tischumacher. Miss Annabelle
Weed accompanied and played Lohen
grin’s “Wedding March”.
The bride was attractively attired
in a gown of aqua blue silk mar
suisette over taffeta. Her only orna
ment was a necklace of pearls, a
gift of the bridegroom. She carried
a bouquet of Snowhite roses and
sweetpeas. The bride used the
handkerchief her mother carried at
her wedding fifty-one years ago.
The maid of honor, Miss Mildred
Keel, the only sister of the bride,
was dressed in a floor-length frock
of rose silk marquisette and lace
over taffeta and carried a bouquet
of yellow Gloria roses and blue del
Sidney Stettler attended the
groom as best man. The ushers were
Ralph Short and Elmer Short.
The groom was attired in a dress
suit and wore a white rose bouton
niere. The best man, also attired in
a dress suit, wore a white carna
tion boutonniere.
The bride’s mother a beige print
sheer dress with white accesories and
corsage of gardenias.
A reception was held at the Keel
home for thirty-five guests and mem
bers of the bridal party. A four
tiered wedding cake, pink and white
tapers, and a floral decoration of
pink and white peonies centered the
table in the dining room.
For traveling the bride ehose a
beige suit with matching accessories.
The couple left on a wedding trip
through the Southwest. After July
1 they will reside at 232 South
Lawn avenue.
The bride has been first-grade
teacher and principal of the Bluffton
Elementary school, and the bride
groom is superintendent of Bluffton
1 schools.
Shortage of labor to pick an un
usually large cherry crop combined
with limited quantities of sugar
available for canning have brought
about a situation which may result
in a considerable portion of the
crop going to waste.
Scarcity of labor to pick the cher
ries and shortage of sugar for can
ning the crop together with the large
yield will combine to make cherries
available in abundance to anyone
willing to pick them.
With many cherry trees loaded
with ripening fruit, indications are
that the crop will be one of the
largest in years due to an unusually
favorable spring growing season.
Farmers especially are confronted
with the problem of getting the cher
ries picked due to labor shortages.
School Enrollment
Is Forecast
Estimate 28 to Enter First
Grade in Fall: 67 Graduate
This Spring
School Enrollment Trend Down
ward as Town’s Population
Shows Increase
Sharp reduction in Bluffton’s pub
lic school enrolment is forecast for
next fall on the basis of figures of
the pre-school clinic held last week
for children whowill enter the first
grade in September.
Figures compiled by those in
charge of the clinic indicate that 28
pupils will enter the first grade in
the fall. This summer, the lowest
in recent years, would represent an
incoming class in the first grade of
39 less than the class of 67 gradu
ated this spring, a decrease of 58
per cent in the size of the incoming
and outgoing classes.
Last September there was a class
of 38 first graders and in the spring
of 1941 there were 53 seniors to
graduate from the high school repre
senting a difference of 15 in con
trast to 39 this year.
Prior to this year, the smallest
first grade enrollment in a decade
was in 1939 when 34 first grade pu
pils entered the schol here. In 1940
there were 45 first grade students.
Below 600
Bluffton public school enrollment
dropped below the 600 mark for the
first time in the fall of 1940 when
585 students registered on the open
ing day. Last September there were
532 students. Previous year’s figures
were 610 in 1939 648 in 1938, and
669 in 1937.
With an estimated total of 47 sen
iors for next year’s graduating class
and using pre-registration indications
as a basis for first grade enroll
ment next fall, Bluffton public school
enrollment may drop below the 500
mark for the first time in several
Decreased school enrolments ar
by no means a local phenomenon.
Educational statistics generally show
a decreasing enrollment all over the
United States. Many of the larger
cities have found it necessary to
close some of the grade school build
Large Cherry Crop, Labor Shortage And
Limited Canning Sugar Create Problem
Altho census figures in Bluffton
show an increase, the size of fami
lies has been considerably reduced.
This trend, also national in scope, is
reflected in school enrolment sta
At the pre-schol clinic last Tues
day 15 prospective first grade child
ren were examined and it was re
ported that 13 others were unable
to attend. This places the estimated
enrollment for next falls’ first grade
at 28.
Son Of Rev. Weed Is
Ordained To Ministry
Dwight Weed, eldest son of Rev.
and Mrs. J. A. Weed of Jackson
street, was ordained to the ministry
at the Annual Ohio Conference of
the Methodist church in Springfield,
Sunday afternoon.
The young man has been serving
a church in Chicago for the past
three years as supply pastor and
will continue there until he com
pletes his studies at the Garrett
seminary at Northwestern university
in Evanston, Illinois.
At this session of the Methodist
conference Mr. Weed was admitted
as a probationer and was given
Deacon’s orders. Attending the or
dination services from here were
Rev. and Mrs. Weed and daughter
Because of late spring planting
farmers are behind and all available
labor is being used for work in the
Many of the farmers are offering
their cherries on a share basis, in
most cases giving the customer half
of the cherries they pick.
Adding to the problem is the limit
ed amount of sugar available for
canning the cherries. Nine quarts
of cherries for every person in the
family unit are permited under the
sugar rationing program.
Many families in past years have
canned considerably more than this
amount, it has been pointed out.
With this limitation on the amount
to be canned it is expected that pre
vailing prices for cherries will be
rop Next Fall
By Pre-school Clinic
louseholders Must Assist if
Program is to be Success,
Mayor States
Marshal Lee Coon Named in
Charge of Work of Oiling
Stagnant Pools.
Regular spraying of all bodies of
water within the Bluffton corpora
tion limits in the town’s third sum
mer mosquito control program is
being directed by Lee Coon, city
marshal and street commissioner.
Treatment of water to kill mosqui
to larvae is being handled this year
by the city street department.
Big and Little Riley creeks, quar
ries within the city limits and catch
basins are sprayed regularly, and
so far there have been no mosquitoes
reported in any part of the town.
Cooperation of home owners in
helping to make the control program
a success was asked this week by
Mayor W. A. Howe.
Cisterns should be covered or
treated with a good larvicide, eaves
troughs should be cleaned refuse
piles should be eliminated and each
householder should make himself re
sponsible for keeping his premises
free of mosquito larvae at all times.
Fritchie In Training
At Great Lakes, III.
Fred H. Fritchie, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. F. H. Fritchie, of Riley
street, has begun his training at the
Navy’s Great Lakes, Ill., training
center, according to word received
here this week.
Following his training Fritchie
will be sent to one of the Navy’s
service schols for further specialized
training or will be asigned to active
duty at sea.
Rev. Weed Returned
Io Pastorate Here
Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the
Bluffton Methodist church, was re
assigned to the pastorate here at the
closing session of the Ohio Methodist
conference in Springfield, Monday.
Rev. Weed has been pastor of the
Bluffton church for the past five
years. Other asignments in the dis
trict include: Marion Tinsler, Ada
B. Braughn, Beaverdam.
In New Locations
Mr. and Mrs. Millen Geiger have
moved from the Armin Hauenstein
apartments on South Main street to
the property on South Lawn avenue
which they purchased from the Chris
Klay estate.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Haffner have
moved into the Hauenstein apart
ment vacated by Geiger.
Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Thut have
moved here from Lima and are oc
cupying one of the Biederman
apartments on South Main street.
The following births at the Bluff
ton hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lehman,
Pandora, a boy, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carter Shisler, Arl
ington, a girl, Saturday.
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Inability to Buy New Fire
Fighting Equipment Cited
As Reason by Council
Present Equipment Not Suffici
ent to Leave Town with
Adequate Protection
Unable to buy new fire fighting
equipment because of war priorities,
the Bluffton municipal council may
be forced to restrict use of the
town’s fire truck in fighting blazes
in the rural districts.
Present equipment is too limited
to leave the town with adequate
protection whenever the municipally
owned truck is called to fires in the
farming area surrounding the town,
Mayor W. A. Howe said.
Insurance authorities already have
cautioned officials about sending the
truck out of town, because it leaves
the department with inadequate
equipment to combat any blaze that
might break out here in the mean
time, it was pointed out.
Failure to obtain a new fire truck
because of governmental priority re
strictions has intensified the problem
and the council is considering new
policies at the request of Mayor
In the past, Bluffton fire fighting
equipment has responded to all calls
from the rural district, but continua
tion of the policy appears doubtful
in view of present conditions, town
spokesmen said.
Consideration of the rural fire
protection problem first came to a
head over a year ago, when trustees
of surrounding townships were ask
ed to cooperate in setting up an ex
panded fire department in Bluffton,
with sufficient equipment for the
entire area. Nothing definite re
sulted from conferences held at that
Man ReturnedFrpm
Clinton Schalaak, brother of two
Bluffton women, who has been in
Europe since 1922 and more recently
in a Nazi concentration camp, is ex
pected to arrive here for a visit with
his sisters within a week.
Schlaak, the brother of Mrs. Ray
Patterson and Mrs. Cloyce Bame, both,
of this place, before the war was a
representative of the Ford Motor
^company in Warsaw, Poland.
He telephoned another sister, Mrs.
J. W. H. Beach, at Arlington, Monday
night from Detroit and said that he
would be in this vicinity sometime this
It is assumed that Schlaak stopped
off at the company offices in Detroit
before coming to Bluffton and Ar
He arrived at Jersey City, N. J. last
week on the diplomatic exchange lin
er Drottningholm. He told his sister
that his wife, a Latvian woman, did
not return to the United States with
This is only the second time that he
has been in the United States since he
left over 20 years ago.
Primary Candidates
Must File This Week
Deadline for filing for candidacy
for nominations in the August 11
primary will be Friday of this week,
it was announced Tuesday by the Al
len county board of elections.
Anyone seeking nomination to a
county office must file on Friday to
be included on the ballot for the
August 11 primary.
Installation Of
Lions Club Officers
Installation services for newly
elected officers will take place at a
ladies night meeting of the Lions
club to be held at the Walnut Grill
Tuesday night at 6:30 o’clock.
Rev. Tennyson Guyer of Celina
will be the speaker at the meeting.
Ebenezer Broadcast
The Mennonite Women’s Chorus
will be featured in the weekly broad
cast of the Ebenezer Mennonite
church over Findlay radio station
WFIN Friday night at 7:15 o’clock.
Miss Mabel Amstutz is director and
Mrs. William Althaus is the accom
panist. Also on the program will
be a duet by Mrs. Milo Lora and
Mrs. Eldon Tschiegg.

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