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BUY UNITED STATES DEFENSE BONDS AND SIAM PS VOLUME NO. LXVII NO MORE ASPHALT TOP STREETS FOR DURATION OF WAR New Federal Restrictions Hit Improvement Program of Town Council Use of Tar and Road Oil Banned Stone, Cement and Brick Permitted There will be no more hard sur face streets in Bluffton for duration of the war. This became known the first of the week when a federal order was announced banning the use in road work of bituminous ma terials such as asphalt, tar and oil except in cases essential to promo tion of the war effort. The order, issued by the Public Roads administration at the time the town council was making prepara tions for its summer improvement of streets and roads which included an item of 7,500 gallons of asphalt base road oil. Restrictions on the use of bitum inous material for public highway work have been broadened by the Public Roads Administration to em brace 21 midwestern and southern states, including Ohio, in addition to the 17 eastern states which are under gasoline and oil rationing, ad vices from Washington disclosed. Program Planned Here The council had planned a pro gram of extensive repair and im provement of roads here this sum mer and wer§ ready to advertise for bids. The government order freez ing bituminous materials will not affect emergency repairs. There are sufficient materials on hand here for this type of work, it was stated by Lee Coon, street commissioner. Acting at the request of Petroleum Coordinator Ickes the roads agency directed that “road or street use of asphalt, including road oils and tar products shall be deferred for the duration of the emergency, except in the case of projects certified by the Public Roads administration as necessary to the successful prosecu tion of the war.” The federal order eliminates the use of bituminous products only. Stone, cement, brick and other products may be used for repair and improvement work. A considerable portion of the work, however, will be eliminated by the order as asphalt, oil and tar products are essential road improvement mater ials. funeral Friday For Mrs. E. C. Althaus Funeral services for* Mrs. E. C. Althaus, 72, of North Jackson street, will be held on Friday afternoon at the Diller Funeral Home at 2 o’clock and at the Church of Christ at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Lee Remaley, of Ar lington former pastor of the Bluff ton Church of Christ, will officiate at the rites. Her death was sudden and unex pected, following complications from a fall at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Rickert of Canton where she was visiting. She died Tuesday morning at 6:20 o’clock. She was born May 28, 1870 in Hancock county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan J. Fox. She was united in marriage in the year 1895 to Ephraim Althaus who died in 1930. Six children were bo in to this union. Two of the children preced ed her in death. Survivors are the daughter, Mrs. Rickert, and three sons, Rev. Elmond Althaus of Circleville Rev. Alvord an Althaus of Findlay and DeVon Althaus of Bethel three brothers, Warren Fox of Bluffton William Fox of Findlay and E. S. Fox of Drumright, Oklahoma. Four sisters and two brothers pre ceded her in death. The body will remain at the Diller funeral home until time for services. Burial will be in Maple Grove ceme tery. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mi. and Mrs. Gerald Hilty, a boy, Jerry Lynn, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Phillips, Ot tawa, a boy, Thursday. Mi. and Mrs. Carl Simon, Ada, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Phares Pixel, Colum bus Grove, a girl, Monday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Don Smuck er of Wadsworth, a boy, Timothy, at St. Thomas hospital in Akron, Sun day- ..... _____ Bluffton Youth On Aircraft Carrier In Mediterranean TI OMER Steiner, Bluffton youth in na\al service and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Steiner of Thurman street was in the midst of history making events in the Mediterranean recently. This became known with the navy’s announcement that the aircraft carrier Wasp, on which Steiner is serving arrived at the much bombed island of Malta with aircraft reinforcements for the hard pressed British gar rison. Town Hall Chimneys Will Be Repaired Contract for repairing six chim neys on the town hall was let to Lazarus Basinger by the council at its meeting Monday night. Repair will consist of pointing and re building when necessary. Cost of the project, estimated at $200 will be divided between the town and Richland township. Shortages in Some Pork Items Develop as Packers Cur tail Buying Hog Prices Drop on Markets Here After Touching 20 Year High With quotations for live hogs touching twenty year highs and sales of pork to consumers under ceiling prices, shortages of some meat items which developed in retail markets here during the past week may be come more widespread if the condition continues. Local retailers complained that due to high prices for live hogs, packing houses are restricting purchases be cause of inability to advance retail prices accordingly. Doef, likewise covered by ceiling prices, is in a more favorable posi tion since livestock markets have not shown comparable advances. Mutton is not under price regulation. Hog Prices Off Hogs at $14.50 on the markets here Monday* touched a twenty year high. Quotations, however, were off thirty cents Wednesday morning, bringing prices down to the level of a week ago. The lower price followed a drop in packers’ demands for live hogs, al though government purchases still provided ample support for a strong market. Attracted by top prices, offerings at yards here have been good considering that this is the season between mark eting of last fall’s pigs and the new spring crop, buyers said. Funeral Services For Glenn Ramer Funeral services for Glenn Ramer, 58, Bluffton resident until about a year ago when he moved to Mt. Cory, were held at the Basinger Funeral home Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. Gerald Bright, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiated at the service. Mr. Ramer died at his home in Mt. Cory Saturday afternoon at 5:20 o’clock after an illness of three years with complications. He was born July 18, 1883, near Dunkirk and in 1909 was married to Grace Young of Bluffton. Surviving are his wife a daugh ter Mrs. Pearl Frantz at home and a sister Mrs. Bertha Simon of Van lue. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. To Recruit Doctors For Army Service Physicians in Bluffton and other northwestern Ohio town and cities seeking commissions in the army will be interviewed in Toledo this week until Thursday. A medical recruiting board will be authorized to grant immediate com missions as lieutenants and captains. I. Farmers Resourceful In Coping With Harvest Labor Shortage Two Pound Per Person Sugar Bonus Granted Permanent Bonus May Come HOG MARKET AND PRICE CEILING CRAMP RETAILERS Situation Far More Serious Than Year Ago Being Met Successfully Change of Farm Operations, Equipment Pooling and Custom Work Seen Confronted with the most serious labor shortage in fifty years, farm ers in the Bluffton district are prov ing more than ordinarily resource ful in dealing with the situation especially at harvest time. While the lack of help is vastly more serious than a year ago, farm ers have foreseen this development and have for the most part made such preparations as were possible to meet the emergency. How suc cessful they have proven is evident this year when harvest is already well under way with a minimum of extra help. Profiting from their experience of last summer when the shortage of farm hands first became acute, they have adjusted farm operations and crops on a basis of minimum of (Continued on page 8) Ration Card Holders May Ob tain Extra Allotment Be ginning Friday Sugar Shipments Near Normal May Result in More Grants In Future Bluffton residents may obtain a sugar bonus of two pounus for every ration card held, purchasable be tween July 10 and August 22, with the likelihood developing or a per manent bonus of a pound of sugar per person every three weeks. The Office of Price Administration 'wrmounced thr tw# pound bonu3 hs" necessary because of “somewhat heavier shipments’ ot sugar into this country than had been anticipated. In addition, institutional sugar consumers will get 75 per cent of their normal sugar consumption in September and Octobei instead of the present 50 per cent. Industrial users will get 80 per cent instead of the 70 per cent figure given now. Bluffton householders may obtain the sugai bonus by presenting ration stamp No. 7 to the grocery store any time during the allotted period. This bonus is in addition to the regular two pound monthly allot ments obtainable with cards 5 and 6. The permanent bonus is being con sidered because ot' the fact that su gai shipments are coming through from Hawaii and the Caribbean at about normal rates despite shipping losses. The importations and an increased local production have caused the na tion's holdings to be about normal, altho critics have charged that hold ings were above normal. The war production board has es timated that about 50 pounds of sugar would be available for each person during the next six months. This is about normal peace time consumption. This, however, is not to be taken as an indication of abandoning the rationing program. The hazards of shipping make it necessary to keep the rationing machinery in operation should the supplies become material ly lessened. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schaller have vacated one of the Zoe Zehrbach apartment at North Main and Vine streets. Mr. Schaller was called to the army recently and Mrs. Schaller is making her home with his par ents. Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Little ex pect to move next week from the Mrs. M. M. Kibler apartment to the Clayton Bixel residence on Grove street. Clarence Henry has moved from the W. S. Dearth property on North Main street into the Chas. Starret property known as the former Pratt property at North Lawn avenue and Washing ton street which he recently purchas ed. Mrs. Bess Goodwin has moved from her former location on North Main street into the adjoining property va cated by Henry. Robert Fields, who formerly occu pied the Sterret property is occupying the property vacated by Mrs. Good win. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1942 FIRST WHEAT OF NEW CROP SOLD ON MARKET HERE Grain Marketed by Oliver Spaeth on Bertsche Farm Tests 60 Custom Combining Seen as Partial Solution of Labor Shortage First load of new wheat from the Bluffton area was marketed here Tuesday afternoon. The grain was that of Oliver Spaeth residing on the Bertsche farm on the county line. The wheat was combined earlier in the day. The wheat tested sixty and Spaeth received $1.04 per bushel. Altho wheat prices have dropped within the past ten days they are still sub stantially above las: year’s level when first wheat of the 1941 crop brought 68 cents per bushel. Threshing operations will be well under way by the latter part of this week, weather permitting, according to present indications. Much Combining in Prospect Altho many fields have not yet been cut, most of them are awaiting harvesting by combines. Heavy rains over the week nd have de layed harvesting operations to some extent. Indications are that an average crop is in prospect this year with yields running generally from 20 to 25 bushels per acre. Shortage of labor for peak harvest season re quirements continues to be the major farm problem with custom combining providing a partial solu tion. Oats which sustained storm dam age a week ago is making some re covery, farmers reported the first of the week. Corn prospects, also are seen as satisfactory in view of the handicap of a late seeding season. ............—. Esther Welty Is Wed InChurc^Keremony Miss Esther Welty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Welty of North Main street, and Lynn King, of Westhope, North Dakota, were unit ed in marriage in a double ring cere mony at the Bluffton Missionary church Tuesday night at 7 o'clock. The wedding vows were received by Dr. H. E. Jessop, dean of the Chicago Evangelical Institute, where the couple both attended school graduating this spring. Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor of the church, assisted in the ceremony. The bride was attired in a satin gown with a long train and veil. She carried a white Bible to which pink and blue streamers were tied. Delphinium were intermingled with the streamers. Her sister Miss Ruth Welty was maid of honor and was dressed in a blue taffeta gown and a tiara of flowers in her hair. She carried a shower bouquet of pink carnations. Bridesmaid was Miss Lorena Clark, a friend from Chicago, who was at tired similarly to the maid of honor and carried a bouquet of pale lav ender asters. Rev. Kent Welty, a brother of the bride from Ottawa, was best man. Ushers were Harry Welty- and Wil mer Basinger from Bluffton. The wedding party entered the church to the strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March played by Miss Ma bel Amstutz at the piano. Preceding the ceremony was a musical prelude of piano numbers by Miss Amstutz including: “To a Wild Rose” by MacDowell “Prelude in C” by Bach and “Near the Cross” by Auld. Vocal selections were sung by Mr. and Mrs. William Wright of Findlay, former students at the Institute, who sang We Promise Thee by DeKoven and Perfect Love by Bamby. As the couple knelt before the altar Mr. and Mr's. Wright sang “Seal Us O Holy Spirit” by Mere dith. Mendelssohn’s Bridal Chorus was used as the recessional. Mr. and Mrs. King will make their residence at South Bend, Ind., where he is pastor of the Old Time Gospel Tabernacle. Will Tea-h At Oak Harbor High Schoo! Miss Josephine Niswander has ac cepted a position in the high school at Oak Harbor as instructor in mathematics for the coming year. She was graduated from Heidelberg college, Tiffin, this spring and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Niswander residing north of town on the county line. Circling over his father’s farm in a large twin-motored army transport which he was piloting, Staff Sgt. Francis Laverne Hochstettler, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoch stettler, two and one-half miles southwest of town, saw the old home sights from the air for a few min utes Saturday morning about 9:30 o’clock. By an interesting coincidence it was several hours before Hochstettler was expected for a week-end visit at his home. As co-pilot of the plane he was returning from Flor ence, S. C., to Battle Creek, Mich., where he has been stationed. Army regulations would not per mit a landing so he flew the ship back to Battle Creek and boarded a bus for Bluffton arriving here Sat urday night. He visited with his parents until Monday- night when he All Available Labor Being Used In Repair and Remodeling Of Buildings After Present Stocks are Ex hausted Little Lumber Will Be Available Representing the first definite shift in building activity, which for the past four years centered in the construction of new houses, Bluffton area residents this summer are en gaged in remodeling, and repairing work on the largest scale known here in years, it was stated this week by local building supply dealers. Starting in 1938 the town experi enced a building boom which ran the total number of residences con structed over a four year period to 36. This summer, however, not a single new house is being built. Several barns are being built in the rural section of the community and many- farm buildings are being repaired. Many residences are be ing remodeled and improved here despite lumber restrictions. Labor Demand High Demand for the services of car penters, painters, plumbers and masons also is the largest known in years. Good wages, employment for all who want to work and the feel ing that repairs should be made while materials are still available have contributed to this situation. Since lumber was frozen by fed eral order on May 13, no new lum ber may be purchased by dealers except on special order for con structing grain and food storage buildings. One car for this purpose has been delivered here since the new regulation went into effect. Lumber for the repair and im provement of residences in the amount of $500 and for farm build ings not exceeding $1,000 may be purchased from stocks on hand at the time of the federal lumber (Continued on page 8) Evelyn Niswander Back From Hawaii Miss Evelyn Niswander who has been teaching in a mission school in Hawaii landed in San Francisco last week and is enroute to her home here, according to word received by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswander of South Lawn avenue. Excepting for the fact that she made the trip from Hawaii by boat, details were lacking. She is expect ed to arrive here next week. Miss Niswander for several years has been instructor in a school on Maui, one of the smaller islands of the Hawaiian group. The school is believed to have been closed since the outbreak of hostilities. The island was shelled by a Jap anese submarine several months ago at a point some distance from the school. New Red Cross Unit To Open At School Bluffton women will be given an opportunity to make army surgical dressings in a new branch of the Red Cross to be held at the grade school building starting August 1, it was announced this week by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, director of supplies. According to present plans the room will be open four days and two or three nights every- week. A di rector of the branch will be appoint ed in the near future. In the mean time any volunteers may report to Mrs. Steiner. Bluffton Army Pilot Circles Over Father’s Farm Southwest Of Town Extensive Building Improvement Program Here Takes Place Of New Construction returned to the South Carolina training station where he will con tinue army flying. When he flew over the farm Hoch stettler said that he clearly recog nized his father in the barn yard. The elder Hochstettler saw the plane flying low but had no idea that it was his son piloting the huge flying transport. Some of the neighbors, however, thought that it was La verne but when they asked Mr. Hochstettler he dismissed the idea as unlikely. Hochstettler, a graduate of Beav erdam High school in the class of 1938, received his wings at Kelly Field, Texas, on May 20. Prior to his enlistment he had been working on his father’s farm. His brother, Robert Hochstettler, is manager of the City Market here. TOP PRICES PAID FOR POTATO CROP NOW BEING DUG Farmers Here Receiving $2.50 Per Hundred in Contrast to $1.10 Last Year Good Growing Conditions Pro ducing Bumper Crop Altho Acreage is Less With excellent growing conditions producing a bumper potato crop. Bluffton farmers are receiving $2.5(1 per hundred or 40c per peck for the I first potatoes being dug this week, I it was reported here Tuesday. Po tatoes are being sold on Bluffton retail markets for 55c per peck. The total acreage of potatoes in this area is likely less than it was last year due largely to the large- amount of labor involved in their harvest. Those, however, who have suf ficient labor to handle the crop are receiving at the present time more than twice the price of $1.10 per hundred paid last year for early potatoes. Crop Ready in August Most of the potatoes will not be dug until August, the regular har vest period. The main crop should be ready by the first week in August this year in contrast to the latter part of the month last year. Excellent growing conditions are responsible for this difference, it was stated. Early indications are that pota toes are larger in size and generally more uniform than previously. A general average of 200 bushels per acre is expected with some farmers expecting as high as 300 bushels. A large potato of the Chippewa variety, weighing one pound, is at tracting considerable attention in the Bluffton News display window this week. The potato was dug Monday at the Menno Schumacher farm northwest of town. A problem of storage is expected again this year with some of the growers in the district discussing the possibility of a community storage bin. Only a few of the growers are equipped for storage which forces immediate marketing of the crop re gardless of price. Potato Digger Used The early potatoes have been dug largely by hand because of the smaller quantities involved at the present time. Once the harvest is under way most of the growers use the potato digger as a quicker and more efficient method. With less potatoes being raised this year it is likely that satisfac tory prices will generally prevail. Expenses of potato production are also higher with farmers reporting that $60 per acre is about the aver age expense involved. Dusting and spraying of potatoes arc required about every two weeks to keep the crop in condition, grow ers here said. Ebenezer Broadcast The mixed choir, directed by Prof. Otto Holtkamp of Bluffton college, will be featured on the weekly broad cast over radio station WFIN Fri day night at 7:15 o’clock. Miss Mabel Amstutz is the accompanist. a BUY UNITED states ITT SAVINGS jL/tioNDS VD STAMPS NUMBER 11 COST OF RUNNING BLUFFTON IN 1943 $96,342 ESTIMATE Expenditures in 1942 are Ex pected to Reach Record Total of $101,735 Principal Increase Includes Ex penditure for Light Plant Improvement Bluffton municipal expenditures during the 1943 calendar year are expected to amount to $96,342.60, ac cording to a budget approved Mon day night at a meeting of the town council. With routine details completed, it will be submitted to the Allen county budget commission by Town Clerk W. O. Geiger, for inclusion in the county program. Expenditures in 1942 will amount to $101,735.34, a record high mark, according to an estimate made Mon day night. This represents an in crease of $14,567.74 over the figure of $87,167.60, budget estimate for 1942. Increased Cost This increase was due largely to expense involved in the purchase of the turo-generator installed at the municipal light plant. Also contribut ing to the larger figure were in creased salaries paid tc appointive officers and laborers, an extensive street repair and improvement pro gram and bond retirement. With increased balances on hand and receipts anticipated during the remainder of 1942 amounting to a total ot $110,351.37, it is estimated the year will end with a balance of $8,616.03. In 1940 the budget was $67,859 but considerably more was spent in 1938 when expenditures aggregated $92,516.20. Approximately $15,000 of the 1938 sum represented the cost of an addition to the municipal water works plant and the installa tion of a new boiler. 1943 Allotments Allotments in the 1943 budget spe cify $14,942.60 for the general fund fur street maintenance^ and repair (from general taxes) $3,500 fors tieet maintenance and repair (from gasoline tax fund) $70,000 for the municipal water works and light plant $5,400 for bond retire ment. In the 1942 budget $15,835.34 went into the general fund $5,500 for street work $75,000 for the water works and light plant, and $5,400 for bond retirement. Anticipated receipts for the com ing year are expected as follows: General fund, $15,530.12 street maintenance and repair, (general tax) $2,859.89 street maintenance and repair, (gasoline tax) $3,969.76 municipal water works and light plant, $75,927.05 and bond retire ment, $5,433.73. With estimated receipts totalling $103,720.55 and budgeted expenses of $96,342.60 there will be a balance of $7,377.95. the report indicated. Turbine Financing Is Under Estimate Financing of the turbo-generator unit installed at Bluffton’s municipal electric light and waterworks plant this spring will require $15,000 it was disclosed at the meeting of the town council Monday night. This is $10,000 less than the orig inal estimate of $25,000, the amount believed necessary at the time when the equipment was purchased early last January. A bond issue of $25,000 previously authorized by the council was order ed cancelled and the mayor and clerk authorized to borrow the sum of $15,000 at the Citizens National bank here. The borrowing will be in the form of a demand note at a rate of in terest not to exceed four per cent, according to legislation adopted by the council. The bond issue was awarded to the bank several months ago by' the council hut the sale was never con sumated. That the borrowing will be con siderably less than previously- anti cipated was due to several factors, it was stated at the council meeting. Chief among these were $4,000 re ceived from the sale of one of the plant’s Skinner steam units being re placed by- new equipment together with installation and engineering costs being less than estimated. NEW NIGHT POLICE Gideon Schaeublin is serving night police under temporary as ap pointment, taking the place of Albert Reichenbach who will work with a threshing outfit for several weeks*.