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BUY UNITED STATES EFEMSE ONDS AMD STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII 74 YOUTHS 18-20 ARE REGISTERED HERE ON TUESDAY 1942 Bluffton High Graduates Make Up 18 of Group in Registration No Lottery for New Regist rants Will be Called in Order of Birth In the fifth and concluding draft registration Tuesday, 74 youths from Bluffton, Richland, Jackson and Monroe townships were registered at the Bluffton High school library. Of the 74 between the ages of 18 and 20’2 years, 18 were graduated from Bluffton High school in the Class of 1942, draft registrars re ported. Young men under 20 are not liable for military service under the pres ent selective service act, but the law provides for their registration. Questionnaires Soon Those registering Tuesday who have reached the age of 20 will re ceive their questionnaires soon, with classification to be made on the basis of the date of their birth. No lottery is being held to deter mine the order in which the new 20-year-old group will be called, with the date of birth being the govern ing factor in induction. Names of registrants in the fifth registration will be added to the bot tom of present lists, and when avail able single men are exhausted, the new group will be called. As those now 18 and 19 reach the age of 20 they also will be called. With the conclusion of registration Tuesday, all men between the ages of 18 and 65 have registered under the selective service act. Quinten Burkholder was chairman of the Bluffton registration commit tee, Tuesday, assisted by Sidney Stettler, A. J. B. Longsdorf, Verena Ba’mer, Mrs. Hiram Burkholder, Mrs. Howard Stager and Mrs. Edwin Niswander. Many Must Get Auto Stamps Yet Many Bluffton area motorists were without the required $5 federal auto stamps Tuesday night when the deadline for operation of cars with out them was reached. Adding to complications of the customary last minute buying was the fact that the supply of stamps available at the Bluffton post office was exhausted twice this week. After 650 stamps had been sold here, no more were left in the post office last Monday noon, and a new supply was not obtained until 2:30 p. m. Tuesday. From 2:30 until 5 p. m. more than 200 of the 250 additional stamps had been sold, and the sup ply was exhausted again Wednes day morning. Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach estimated that at least 400 more stamps will be sold here. Additional stamps are expected Wednesday for those who have been unable to ob tain the stickers earlier. Motorists operating their cars without the $5 stamps are liable to arrest and fines. Farmer Breaks Arm In Buck Rake Mishap Alvin Lugibill, 59, is convalescing at his home four and one-half miles northwest of Bluffton, from a frac ture of the left arm and a severe finger injury which occurred in an accident at his farm last Wednes day afternoon about 2:30 o’clock. The accident happened when his arm was caught in a cable on a buck rake. He was taken to the Bluffton hospital after the accident and removed to his home on Monday. Another buck rake accident occur red this week when Noah F. Steiner, 70, suffered painful injuries as the long tines of the rake entered his right thigh at the John A. Diller farm, three miles west of Bluffton, Saturday afternoon. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Clayton, Ada, boy. Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Holman, La fayette, a boy, Thursday. Word has been received of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hixon at Hillsboro. Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Mot ter, a baby girl, Deborah Ann, June 19, at Englewood, Tenn. Stoodt To Be School Head At Beaverdam Paul Stoodt, Bluffton college grad uate in the class of 1926, will be superintendent of Beaverdam public schools next year, it was announced the first of the week. Stoodt taught at the Beaverdam High school during the past year filling out the teaching term of Mel vin Yoder who was drafted last fall. He had taught previously in the Beaverdam schools eight years ago but has been engaged for the most part in the insurance business since that time. Stoodt will fill the vacancy cre ated by the resignation of I. C. Pau previous superintendent, who has re entered the ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Mr. and Mrs. Stoodt will live on the Bed Kidd farm near Beaverdam. The house is being rebuilt this sum mer. Mrs. Stoodt will teach next year in the Cairo schools. TURBINE READY FOR OPERATION BY NEXT WEEK Second Unit is Installed at Municipal Plant Here Wednesday Await Final Inspection and Checkup Dismantle Old Equipment With installation completed, the re cently- purchased 1,250 KW turbo generator will be in operation at the Bluffton municipal electric light and waterworks plant- next week, it was stated by John W. Swisher, superin tendent in charge. Only final checkup and approval of an engineer from the Westinghouse company of Pittsburgh, manufacturer of the equipment is required to place the unit in regular operation on the line. An engineer from the Westing house company is expected here next Monday for final inspection which will require two or three days, after which it will be ready for operation as the second of a battery of two turbo-gen erator units at the plant. The turbine and condenser instal lations were completed the first week in June and the tame since then has been required for final pipe connec tions. Sell Old Engine One of the old Skinner 300 KW engines was sold to the Pet Milk in terests in St. Louis, Mo., whose engi neers were here the first of the week dismantling the unit and generator preparatory to shipping it to one of their plants. The other Skinner 300 KW engine and generator located near the door facing Harmon road, will be used as an emergency unit, Swisher said. As an auxiliary, the Skinner unit can be paralleled w-ith the turbine if the peak load should ne near the 750 KW capacity of present turbo-gener ator. Test runs have proven this en tirely feasible, Swisher stated. Operating Efficiency It makes for greater generating efficiency to have several units of dif ferent sizes available for the produc tion of electrical power, it was pointed out. If the generator is too large the machine runs under its capacity and economy is lost because more steam per KW is required. Plant engineers must anticipate the peak load and provide sufficient pow er to meet the peak. If only one large generator of sufficient size to meet the peak were used the expense of operation would be unecessarily large on days like Sunday, when the load is very light. The power load in Bluffton has in creased sharply- in the past several years. Increased installation of elec tric ranges and refrigerators in Bluff ton rensidences together with the stepped up industrial tempo have combined to create an unanticipated need for electric qnergy. Industrial Power The largest consumers of current in Bluffton are the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., The Bluffton Stone Co. and The Page Dairy Co. The hammer mills in local milling compan ies arc large users of power also, it was stated. With the recently purchased 1250 KW turbo-generating unit, the pres ent 750 turbo-generator and the 300 KW Skinner engine, the plant has adequate facilities in both boiler (Continued om page 8) Hogs Go To Record 16 Year High Wheat At Lowest Mark Since War I Quotation of $14.20 Held On Market Here All Week for Top Hogs —i— Price of $1.05 for New Wheat Crop Quoted on Local Mar ket Wednesday Bluffton livestock and grain mark ets parted company the first of the week and moved in opposite direc tions with hogs soaring to the high est point in sixteen years while wheat prices sagged to the lowest point since before Pearl Harbor. Hogs were steady Wednesday in a strong market which has maintained a top price of $14.20 per hundred pounds all week. Wheat on the other hand displayed a weak under tone. Altho none of the new- crop is ex pected on the market this week, dealers said the price for grain would be $1.05 per bushel on basis of Wednesday morning's quotations. Shipments Up Wednesday’s hog shipments were above average for this season of year, buyers said, reflecting top market prices together with the fact that Tuesday night’s downpour tem porarily halted work in the fields. Offerings during the next sixty days will be light due to the fact that the bulk of last fall’s pig crop has been marketed and the spring pigs will not be ready until abou September. Restricted volume to gether with continued heavy demand is expected to make a strong under pinning for the market during the summer. Quotations in the wheat market reflect effects of a record carry over of grain which together with restric tion of foreign shipments due to wartime lack of transportation is making the disposition of the crop a pressing problem. This carry over, plus the oncoming crop makes a record supply in sight. Dale Reichenbach To Be Officer In Navy Dale Reichenbach, son of Post master and Mrs. E. R. Reichenbach of West Elm street, has enlisted in the United States navy with a rank as petty officer and will begin an eight weeks’ training period at Nor folk, Va., starting August 12. Reichenbach was sworn in at the Navy recruiting center in Cleveland on Monday. He will be a naval physical training director in the pro gram under the direction of Gene Tunney. He has been athletic coach for the past year at Bucyrus township school. He graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1937 and from Bluffton college in the class of 1941. He is well known here as an athlete. Rev. Unruh Resigns Bluffton Pastorate Resignation of Rev. H. T. Unruh, pastor of the First Mennonite church for nearly seven years, was an nounced at a congregational meeting of the church Sunday, to be effective September 1. Rev. Unruh came to Bluffton from Halstead, Kansas, in January of 1936 and is returning to Kansas as pastor of the First Mennonite church in Hillsboro. His daughter Miss Mildred Unruh will be teaching at Lehigh High school, six miles from Hillsboro. The town is 18 miles from Newton, Kansas. Taber college, a Mennonite insti tution, is located in Hillsboro. Noah F. Steiner Injured By Rake Noah F. Steiner, 70, retired Rich land township farmer, was injured in an unusual barnyard accident at 2:45 p. m. last Saturday on the farm of a neighbor, Marion Boutwell, three miles west of Bluffton. Steiner was standing in the barn when Boutwell drove into the build ing with a buck rake loaded with hay. The machine, for an undeter mined reason, swerved, and long tines of the rake entered Steiner’s right thigh. Wounds were several inches deep. Taken to the Bluffton hospital for treatment. Steiner was removed to his home on Tuesday. MOVE TO ILLINOIS Mrs. D. E. Dailey and family moved the first of the week from their farm south of town on the Dixie highway to Decatur, Ill., where Mr. Dailey is employed. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUL WHEAT CUTTING BEGINS AVERAGE CROP FORECAST Yzield in Bluffton District Ex pected 20 to 25 Bushels Per Acre More Farmers to Combine this Year Because of Harvest Help Shortage Although the forecast is for only an average wheat crop and prices are sagging, shippers here are an ticipating a large volume of early marketing of the grain because of the possibility of an embargo later in the season. With binders already at work in the fields and combines ready to start within a few days, marketing of the crop is expect to begin dur ing the coming week. Possibility of an embargo more stringent than that of a year ago is seen due to the fact that storage terminals already have a record carry over of wheat. Early Marketing Assured However, farmers here are assured of an outlet for at hast the early portion of their harvest, it was stat ed by local dealers the first of the week. Terminal warehouses have given assurance that they will buy wheat from elevators here until their stor age facilities reac hcapacity. This in past years has been sufficient to accommodate the bulk of the crop marketed here with little or no con gestion. However, in past years a large part of the American wheat crop has flowed thru the terminals to foreign markets. At present wartime ship ping restrictions have practically eliminated this type of business. Smaller Crop May Be Solution Indications that I the current crop will be the smallest in recent years may provide a solution for the prob lem and enable ‘the elevators to handle without congestion that por tion marketed during harvest season. In contrast to ttongestion in the terminals, storage bins on farms are mostly empty, it was revealed in a local survey of the Bluffton district the first of the week. Much of the record wheat crops of the past sev eral years stored by farmers was liquidated during the price rise last winter. Bluffton Residents In Teaching Posts Several Bluffton district residents have secured new teaching positions during the past week. These are: Miss Ruth Steinef, who taught at New Washington for the past two years, will teach at Mc Comb next year: Miss Rachel Beagle will teach home economics and Eng lish at Perry township rural school. Mrs. Rollan Rader, a Bluffton col lege graduate, will teach in the ele mentary school at Harrod. Mrs. Paul Stoodt who taught at Findlay last year will teach in the elemen tary school at Cairo. Song Festival At Ebenezer Church Four district Mennonite churches are combining services for the an nual song festival to be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church Sunday night at 8:15 o’clock. Joining in the service are the Grace church of Pandora, the Eben ezer, St. John and First Mennonite churches. Dr. Samuel Flueckiger, music professor at Manchester col lege, North Manchester, Ind., will di rect the group singing. Dr. Flueckiger is a graduate of Bluffton college in the class of 1922. There will be a pulpit exchange among the four churches for the services Sunday morning. In addition to the group singing Sunday night there will be two spe cial musical numbers contributed by each church. The public is invited. Ivan Geiger Enlists In U. S. Coast Guard Ivan Geiger, graduate of Bluffton High school and Bluffton college, has enlisted in the Coast Guard, with a rank as lieutenant junior grade. In the service, Geiger is detailed to special duties in physical training. He has been teaching at Van Buren High school, Hancock county, where he held the position of principal. Rank Advanced Donivan Berry was advanced to the rank of Tech. Sgt. in the Medi cal Corps at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., where he has been in training. 2, f942 Standing fields oats in the Bluffton area were blown down by a heavy wind and electrical storm which swept this section Tuesday night. Altho it was too early Wednesday morning to make an accurate ap praisal of the damage, farmers were agreed that the loss will be consid erable and the tangled stand will add materially to the labor required to harvest the crop. Smaller Crop and Farm Stor age May Offer Solution to Grain Problem With an early wheat harvest get ting under way in the Bluffton area this week, farm observers report an average crop of from 20 to 25 bush els to the acre is expected from most fields. Wheat scab damage, heavy in some parts of the state, is comparatively light in this district, altho there are some reports of crop damage from the disease. Wheat scab causes a shriveled head and smaller kernels. Farmers have not been expecting a bumper crop of wheat this year be cause of winter freezing and unfav orable early spring growing weather. Indications have not pointed to a better than average crop at any time, and it is not expected that many fields will yield more than 30 bushels to the acre. Much Custom Harvesting Custom harvesting with combines is more prevalent than ever this year, because of the shortage of farm labor and the rush of other farm work, it was reported. Altho practically unknown here a decade ago, combine harvesting is growing in favor with farmers each year. Its greatest advantage is the simplification of work for the farmer, permitting him to get at other duties particularly pressing this year be cause of an acute shortage of farm labor. With most farmers far behind in their work, it is a common sight to see women on tractors in the fields this year, and children also are tak ing over work that they can handle. Wheat scab damage in some parts of the state has been very severe. The disease was caused by rainy, cold weather at blossoming and wheat heading time. Extent of the damage varies from four per cent in some lo calities to 15 per cent in others, ac cording to state agricultural author ities. Marshall Jennings To Address Lions Observations on Bluffton and the farming community and bits of per sonal philosophy will be presented in a talk by Marshall Jennings of Richland township at a meeting of the Lions club to be held at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Leave For Young People’s Meeting Several young people from the Bluffton Church of Christ will leave Sunday for a week’s conference of that denomination at Lakeside. Attending from here will be: Mary Lou Carr, Freda Fritchie, Sara Mae Miller, Roberta Mangus, Earl Dean Luginbuhl. Transportation will be provided by Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Bright and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Mangus. Real Estate Dea] Philip Basinger, residing south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway has purchased the residence property on East Kibler street belonging to the late John J. Badertscher. Price $2,250. The property was offered for sale by Dan R. Trippiehorn, ad ministrator. The transaction does not include a vacant lot adjoining the property. Enlists In Navy Gerald Swank, operator of a North Main street barber shop has enlisted in the navy, it was announced the first of the week. Swank expects to be called to active service July 27. Standing Oats Is Levelled By Heavy Wind Storm Tuesday Night Oats, it was pointed out are heavy Anticipate Early Wh Rush Because Embargo Prospect Expected to Spur Sales in Face of Sag ging Prices t-his year and for that reason sus tained more than ordinary damage as a result of the storm. Wheat, on the other hand which is the lightest in recent years showed comparative ly little effect. The storm brought relief from a week end of hot and sultry weather with temperatures reaching a maxi mum of 93 degrees, Monday. Fol lowing the storm Tuesday night temperatures dropped to the low seventies. sat Marketing Of Possible Embargo BLUFFTON WILL OBSERVE QUIET 4TH SATURDAY Noisy Independence Day Ban ned for First Time Under State Law Business Generally Will Be Closed Post Office Will Be Open Bluffton will observe the Fourth of July quietly on Saturday, for the first time under the new state law which bans the sale or discharge of firecrackers and pyrotechnic dis plays. The state law became effective last August 1, and prohibits the old time noisy Fourth of July celebra tion. Fireworks and firecrackers are allowed only under official supervi sion. Bluffton also has a two year old municipal ordinance whose purpose is the same as the fireworks law in the Ohio code but now unnecessary. No Observance Here No special observance is planned for the day altho many Bluffton residents will go out of town for holiday and week end trips and others are making arrangements to entertain visitors here. Stores will close and business generally will be suspended. There will be no rural mail deliveries but otherwise the postoffice will be open for business and mail will be dis patched as usual. Town mail de liveries will be made in the morning. The public library will be closed for the day. The Buckeye swimming lake and picnic grounds will be open on the Fourth and some residents here are planning to take advantage of these facilities. Presbyterian Youth Conference At College More than 100 delegates from Northwestern Ohio Presbyterian Young People’s organizations will register on the Bluffton college cam pus next Monday for a week’s con ference to discuss social problems and religion. This is the fifth year for the con ference here and delegates from Lima, Toledo and Dayton Presbyter ies will be in attendance. The con ference will last through Monday noon, July 13. As in the young people’s confer ence of the United Brethren church the girls will be quartered in Lincoln hall and the boys in Ropp hall. Classrooms in the college admin is tration building will be used by dis cussion groups. Classes will be held each morning with afternoons devoted to recrea tion, including baseball, tennis and swimming. The conference here is one of three youth gatherings held in Ohio by the Presbyterian church. The others are at Western college, Ox ford, and Wooster college, Wooster. Presbyterian Pastor Assumes Duties Here Re\. Ernest Bigelow who has beer, called to the pastorate of the Bluff ton-Rockport Presbyterian charge arrived here Monday accompanied by Mrs. Big.-low. also atunued meeting of Lima Presbytery at Ala, Monday afternoon. He will begin his ministry Sunday morning, preaching at Rockport at 9:20 o’clock and- in Bluffton at 10:50. Rev. Bigelow was graduated in June from Yale Divinity school at New Haven, Conn. He and Mrs. Bige low are also graduates of Wooster college. They will occupy the Martha Steiner property on S. Lawn avenue. BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS /BONDS I a«I STAMPS NUMBER 10 TOWN IS REQUIRED TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS OVER $500 Deputy from State Auditor’s Office Explains Law to Town Council Recommends Town Make Esti mate of Material Needs Every Six Months Advertising for competitive bids is required on all purchases made by the municipality when the amount of money involved aggre gates $500 or more, the town council was informed by M. O. Armstrong, deputy state auditor who is here this week making an examination of the corporation records. Armstrong was invited by Mayor Howe to meet with the council for a general discussion of municipal finances and procedure. Advertising for competitive bids which Armstrong pointed out is re quired by the Ohio code will effect principally three items—stone and oil purchased by the council for road repair and maintenance and coal purchased by the board of public affairs for use at the munici pal electric light plant. Not Present Practice The town has not been following this procedure in the past, it was brought out in discussion at the council chamber, purchases being authorized by both the council and board of public affairs as the need arose. Purchases of fuel, including freight, for the municipal light plant last year were $20,007. Materials for the town’s road repair program the past year represented an ex penditure of around $7,000, it was estimated during the discussion. This figure, however, is considerably above the average, it was stated by Lee Coon, street commissioner. Armstrong suggested that com petitive bids be invited on a basis of the estimated amount of these materials needed every six months. In this connection the deputy ex aminer pointed out that the town would be under no obligation to ac cept the lowest bid, but rather the lowest and best bid. No indication as to how these recommendations would be followed was given at the meeting Monday night. Funeral Thursday For C. E. Thompson Funeral services for Chester E. Thompson, 70, prominent farmer and Orange township official, will be held at the Bethel Church of Christ, Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mr. Thompson died Tuesday morn ing at 5.30 o’clock in the home in which he was born in Orange town ship. He had been ill with heart trouble for seven weeks and had been in failing health for several years. He was born March 27, 1872, on the Thompson homestead, the son of Isaac and Louisa McKinley Thomp son. He was married on Sept 1, 1898 to Maud George, of Ada, who survives. There are three children: Dr. Otho Thompson of Alliance Mrs. Ruth Morgan of Middletown and Mrs. Dorothea Parrish of Toledo. There are six grandchildren. A bro ther, J. Allen Thompson, lives on an adjoining farm. Two sisters, Mrs. Lattia Zoll and Mrs. Mary Jane Crawford, and two brothers, Freeman Thompson and W. H. Thompson preceded him in death. C. E. Thompson was a member of the Orange township school board for 12 years and served the same number of years as a township trustee. He had been a member of the Bethel Church of Christ for 50 years and was an elder of the congrega tion at the time of his death. Officiating at the funeral services will be Rev. Lee Remaley of Arling ton and Rev. Lee Moore of Ada. His lifetime occupation had been that of farmer. The body is at the residence where it will remain until time for the services. Burial will be in the Thompson cemetery in Orange township. Woman On Visit Injured in Fall Mrs. E. C. Althaus of this place is in the Aultman hospital at Can ton as the result of a fractured left leg between the knee and hip. She was injured in a fall while visiting at the home of her daughter Mrs. A. M. Rickert in Canton.