Ohio’s 37th Division, in which are
many men from the Bluffton area,
has landed on foreign soil and is
ready for action.
Safe arrival of the Division at an
undisclosed destination last Thursday
came just 24 years and one month
after the division landed in France
in the first world war.
Gov. John Bricker was notified by
Gen. George Marshall, army chief of
staff, that the division had landed
safely overseas, adding I am sure
it will given a good account of itself
in carrying out its assigned mission.
Following mobilization of the 37th
division in the fall of 1940, it went
into training at Camp Shelby, Miss.,
and the original skeleton division
was brought up to full war-time
strength by the additions of thous
ands of the first Ohio selective serv
Civilian guards are employed here
at the Central Ohio Light and Power
Co., The Triplett Electrical Instru
ment Co. and the municipal light
and power plant.
Organization of civilian guards as
an auxiliary to the regular army
corps was ordered by Lieut. General
Brehon B. Somervell, chief of the
army service of supply.
Bluffton Men With 37th Division
Arrived Safely On Foreign Soil
Many of the first men to leave
Organization of armed guards at
private plants into anti-sabotage pa
trols proposed last week by the army
would affect 10 guards at three Bluff
ton plants, it was disclosed Tuesday.
Larger Gardens And
Work Is Paradox
Altho most Bluffton district resi
dents are busier this year than ever
before, there are more gardens in
the community than in many years,
it was reported here this week.
Armed Guards At Bluffton Plants
May Form Anti-Sabotage Patrols
Aside from patriotic duty in the
Victory garden program many resi
dents have taken advantage of a
hitherto idle plot of ground and have
turned it into a productive garden.
With food prices having risen to
new hights in the past year many
Bluffton residents are cutting their
food bills down considerably with the
vegetables raised in their own back
The Bluffton gardener has had
numerous breaks this year with the
unusually favorable growing season.
The abundant moisture and the
warm growing weather have ren
dered the local gardens exceedingly
YOU OWR A GAS
Bluffton after receipt of their draft
call, were added to the 37th at
Camp Shelby, and later went with
the Division when its headquarters
were changed to Indiantown Gap, Pa.
Genera! Marshall’s telegram to
Governor Bricker follows:
“A convoy which included troops
of the Ohio National Guard has
safely reached an overseas destina
tion and I am passing this informa
tion on to you with the thought that
you may desire, through means at
your disposal, to furnish this infor
mation to the families of the soldiers.
“The unit involved is the 37th Di
vision, and although I am not at
liberty to disclose its location, I am
sure it will give a good account of
itself in carrying out its assigned
The 37th Division as such was
trained in the First World War in
Camp Sheridan, Ala.
In the nation’s 11,000 plants pro
viding raw materials and power
there are now employed approxi
mately 200,000 private guards.
Auxiliary guard units when organ
ized will be commanded by an army
officer, and will be specially trained
not only to watch for sabotage, but
also in warfare tactics to resist any
possible attempt at an attack on
Capture of eight Nazi saboteurs
landed by U-boats on the east coast
resulted in the decision to organize
civilian guards as the auxiliary
army force, it was announced.
Less Time To Do
Of Bluffton Resident
If you are one of the
many who own an au
tomatic gas refrigera
tor, consider yourself
lucky! It will STAY
silent and last longer than any refrigerator you have ever
owned. During this national emergency, when food and
food values are so important, may we suggest how you
can get the most out of your present gas refrigerator.
1. Don't overcrowd your Refrigerator.
2. Place the tood on the shelves so that there is room for
air to circulate around it.
3. Don’t waste space or refrigeration by keeping foods in
the refrigerator that don't need to be kept cold to pre
serve them, like pickles, jelly, vegetable shortening,
4. Put food in as small containers
5. Always reset your temperature
control to normal after you
have done quick freezing.
6. Wipe all spilled foods in the
cabinet immediately. Acid toods.
if not removed are apt to de
stroy the glaze of a porcelain
Buy Carefully—Take Care of What You Have—Waste Nothing
Altho potatoes being dug this week
are somewhat green, many people
here are securing all their potatoes
from ther own gardens. Peas, beans,
radishes, lettuce and other vegetables
have been sufficiently matured for
With war industries calling* for
extra labor and with defense organi
zations and clubs at work on war
activity, most residents find them
selves in the paradox of having a
minimum of time and larger gard
ens requiring more energy and time
than ever before.
Most people, however, are taking
their new responsibilities in stride
and finding that they are able tc
accomplish more work than ever be
fore despite the numerous additional
demands on then’ time, it was re
i HE FOLLOWING
WEST OHIO GAS Company
Reading Circle Rooks
Are At Library Here
Books for the 1942 and 1943 Ohio
Teachers and Pupils Reading Circle
are at the Bluffton public library
and are available to the public, it
was announced this week by Miss
Ocie Anderson, librarian.
The books are provided for every
grade in the public schools and the
purpose of the circle is to secure
the careful reading of a number of
good books each year when the
tastes and habits of children are
forming. Certificates and diplomas
The books in the teacher list are
required reading for teachers who
are securing their certification and
for general professional and cultural
advancement, it was stated.
The following books are ready for
First grade—Edgar, the Runaway
Elephant, Wahn Find the Animals,
King How Do You Get There, Rey
We Want To Knew, Craig et al
Come and Read, Michaels.
Second grade—Curious George,
Rey Flip, Dennis MacGregor, the
Little Black Scottie, L’Hommedieu
Bounce, the Story of a Kitten, Horn
The Grasshopper Sails Away,
Third grade—Little Town, Hader
Major and the Kitten, Hoke Suz
ette’s Family, Evatt Ben Franklin,
Stveneson Bob and the Railroad,
Fourth grade—The Little Geo
graphy of the U. S., Pyne How
Things Work, Peet Market Days
and Holidays, Olcott Our Little
Friends of Switzerland, Carpenter
Kimbi, Indian of the Jungle, Wil
Fifth grade—Animats Thru the
Year, Buck Rolf: An Elkhound of
Norway, Johnson Spear of Ulysses,
Alessios Wagons Away, Phillips
and Wilson Northwest Mounted
Sixth grade—Daniel Boone on the
Caroliny Trail, Key The Valiant
Seven, Phelps My Dear Patsy,
Weil Paddle to the Sea, Hulling
Little Gold Lamp, Reed.
Seventh grade—The Young Pa
triots, Hayes Indian Captine, Len
ski Sergeant Squiffy, Army Dog,
Bartlett Sing for Your Supper,
Weber Youth Explores the Bible,
Eighth grade—Singing Sisters,
Long Hero of Darien, Shore Ann
Bartlett: Navy Nurse, Johnson
Angelique, Crownfield Capitan,
High school—Narcissa Whitman,
Eaton James Whitcomb Riley,
Deutsch Neighbors to the South,
Goetz The Road Ahead, Howard
Torch of Liberty, Kummer Pedro’s
Pirate, Oldham Renfrew Flies
Again, Erskine This Way, Please,
Boykin The Crimson Shawl, Choate
Mr. England, Bonner and Manning.
Teachers—Latin America, Preston
E. James The Economic Develop
ment of the American Nation,
Reginald C. McCrane Guiding Child
Development in the Elementary
School, Freeman Glenn Macomber
Guidance in Democratic Living,
Arthur C. Hollingshead Don’t Be
Afraid, Edward Spencer Coweles,
M.D. The Social Studies and the
American Way of Life, Wayne J.
Wrightstone I’ractical School Dis
cipline and Mental Hygiene, Norman
E. Cutts and Nicholas Moseley
The Flickering Torch, William West
Tomlinson General Douglas Mac
Arthur, Fighter for Freedom,
Francis Trevelyan Miller The World
We Want to Live In, Everett Ross
Contests This Year
With national and state cornhusk
ing associations ruling out comhusk
ing contests for the duration of the
war, it is unlikely that there will be
county and local contests, it was
stated this week by Harry Barnes,
Bluffton High school instructor in
The nation’s biggest farm sporting
event has been cancelled this year
because it comes in the category of
unessential enterprises. The Office
of Defense transportation has re
quested that fairs and similar gath
erings be curtailed for the duration.
Most state fairs have been elim
inated but it has been decided to
hold the Delphos fair again this
year in the middle of August. Dis
tances are comparatively short in
this county, it was stated.
The first family reunion of the
Fred and Bertha Hahn family was
held in the country home of Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Hahn on the North
Dixie highway near Findlay, Sun
day. Horseback riding and horse
shoe games were enjoyed by the
group. The reunion was closed with
piano music by the two eldest grand
daughters Miss Betty Joyce Hahn
of Lima and Miss ReJean Hahn of
Present were: the honored par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn, Mr.
and Mrs. Nelson Steiner and family
of Bluffton Mr. and Mrs. William
Hahn and family of Lima Mr. and
Mrs. Glenn Eichenberger and fam
ily of Toledo Mr. and Mrs. How
ard Hahn of Findlay.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
Musicians from the Reformed
Church Orphan Home, Ft. Wayne,
Ind., which will be heard in an or
chestra and band concert at Harmon
Editor’s Note: The following
is one of a series of articles
sponsored by the consumers Di
vision of the Bluffton Council
of Civilian Defense.
This summer is a good time to
start getting the house ready for
winter. To defend your home
against winter weather, look to the
outside of the house.
1. Basement—To prevent seepage
of water through outer foundation
wall, bank up soil along base. This
makes water run away from founda
2. Porch floors—a coat of paint on
the wood floor and steps is a “must”
ENLISTING THE HOME
IN NATIONAL DEFENSE
Chester E. Thompson was born
March 27, 1872 on the same farm
homestead where he departed this
life June 30, 1942 at the age of 70
years, 3 months and 3 days. He
was the youngest child of Isaac and
Louisa McKinley Thompson. On
September 1, 1898 he was united in
marriage to Mary Maude George
who survives m. To this union
was born three children, Dr. G. Otho
Thompson, of Alliance Mrs. Anna
Ruth Morgan, of Middletown, and
Mrs. Dorotha Parrish, of Toledo, all
of whom survive him.
Besides the widow and children, he
is survived by one brother, Allan
Thompson, four grandsons and two
granddaughters. Resides a host of
reatives and friends.
He united with the Bethel Church
Of Christ over fifty years ago and
ever since has been a faithful mem
ber. He was an elder of the church
at the time of his death and was
active as long as his health per
He was a devoted husband, a kind
and loving father and he will be
greatly missed by all his relatives
ETERNALLY AT REST
God has called our Earthly Father
To a Home in Heaven above,
But he leaves for those behind him
Beautiful memories of Love.
Kind and loving deeds for others,
As he journeyed here on Earth,
Filled his life with many pleasures,
Make us know full well his worth.
Now that his departure from us
Takes this one so dear and true
Grant that we who tarry longer
To his memory e’re be true.
So dear God please keep our loved
Safe with Thee in Heaven above
Where there is no pain nor sorrow
Only Rest, dear Lord of Love.
Allen Is Fifth In
Alin county ranked fifth among
Ohio counties in the state-wide scrap
rubber salvage campaign by collect
ing 441,435 pounds at filling stations
from June 15 to July 1.
This county was surpassed only by
Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Franklin and
Montgomery counties, it was an
Hancock county provided 125,000
pounds of scrap rubber during the
same period Hardin, 115,894 and
Putnam county, 125,480.
MUNSON R. BIXEL, M.D.
Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M.
1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M.
Office, 118 Cherry St.
Phone 120-F Bluffton. O.
Francis Basingerf D. D. S.
Evan Basinger, D. D. S.
Paul E. Whitmer, Agent
245 W. Grove St^-Phonc 350-W
3. Windows—Coat putty with a
thin mixture of white lead and oil
or with housepaint. Be sure paint
extends over putty on glass, thus
sealing the joint. Remove blistered
or cracked paint from window sills
Repair sash cords.
Paint window screens.
4. Roof—See that chimney flash
ings are not loosened from base of
chimney at angle of roof. Check
chimney mortar and point up if
5. Gutters and downspouts—This
fall when leaf falling is over, clean
gutters and paint inner surfaces.
Protect downspout opening with
Fourth Is Observed
Quietly In Bluffton
Observance of the Fourth of July
in Bluffton last Friday was a quiet
celebration, the result of a state law
banning the sale or discharge of
AT HARMON FIELD THURSDAY NIGHT
This is the first year that the
Fourth was observed with complete
lack of noise. Altho there was a
municipal ordnance banning the fire
works last year, a number of fire
crackers were heard throughout the
day. Youngsters had purchased them
in other towns not having the ban.
This year with the new state law
in operation for the first time it was
impossible to obtain the firecrackers
or explosive devices anywhere in the
No special program was planned
for the day, and many local resi
dents went out of town for holiday
or week-end trips. Others enter
tained guests in their homes here,
and many picnics were held in
groves throughout the district.
Stores were closed and business
was generally suspended over* the
holiday. Caution on the part of
motorists in the area is seen in the
lack of serious highway accidetns
over the week end holiday period.
News Want-ads bring results.
Field stadium, Thursday night at
The group consists of some twen
ty-five members which have appeared
in a series of concerts in Indiana
LARGE NEW SHIPMENT
Sizes 27X54 24X48
Just the thing for your
bathroom mighty good
looking and large range of
Just arrived—Eight foot
hall runners—good color se
lection. Stop in and see
Will Go To Army
Modification of army physical
standards effective August 1 will per
mit induction for limited military
service of 1-B men so classified be
cause of minor physical defects.
Persons with only one eye, or to
tally deaf in one ear, are among
those who will be liable for limited
The 1-B’s will be assigned to the
corps area service command and the
War Department overhead, to release
equal numbers of fully qualified
soldiers for task force duties.
Induction under the new standards
will be limited to men who bring a
useful vocation to the army from
Those subject to call include: Men
under or over army weight limits,
men with defective vision if it can
be corrected to 20-40 in either eye,
men with defective hearing if not
less than 5-20 in one or both ears
or if not less than 10-20 in one ear
if the other is totally deaf, and men
with insufficient teeth if correctable
by artificial dentures.
Opens Office For
Practice In Lima
Dr. R. J. Biery, osteopathic phy
sician has opened an office in the
Steiner building in Lima, it was an
nounced the first of the week.
Dr. Biery, a native of Findlay, is
a graduate of the Kirksville School
of Osteopathy and later practiced in
Kirksville, Mo. He and his family
moved from that place to Lima the
first of the month.
July Bond Quota
$696,000 In County
Allen county’s war bond and stamp
quota for the month of July is $696,
000, it was announced last week by
the United States treasury depart
Hancock county’s quota is $215,
800 Hardin county is asked to pro
vid $107,700, and Putnam county has
a goal of $87,100.
Timely Suggestions ...
Basinger s Furniture Store
The New Rockin-Eez
Rich in Vitamins RES & Without equal
for Rest and Relaxation .... See them in our
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1942
and adjoining states this summer.
Their appearance here is sponsored
by the Men’s Brotherhood of the St.
John’s and Emmanuel’s Reformed
1,400 Auto Stamps
Are Bought Here
About 1,400 of the new federal $5
auto tax stamps were sold by Tues
day evening, it was announced by
Bluffton postal officials.
With all motor vehicles required
to display the tag by last Wednes
day morning, most of the residents
here had purchased their tax stamps
by that time.
Complicating the situation was the
fact that the supply of stamps be
came exhausted several times during
the week but additional supplies
State and federal authorities have
warned motorists of the necessity of
displaying their stamps on their
windshields. Troopers who have
stopped motorists have found that
some are carrying the stamps on
their person rather than properly
Stiff fines and penalties are pro
vided for motorists who do not com
ply with the law, it was stated.
A different stamp is issued each
month for residents who are not
purchasing their stamps at this time.
There is a 42 cent reduction in
price each month, it was stated by
Static Aids in Farming
Farming with static electricity is
a California agricultural innovation.
Growth is speeded by a “static
trap,” tried out in Sacramento.
1 Do not let your auto
mobile insurance lapse.
Whether you drive a little
or a lot your insurance is
still essential. Be sure
you are adequately pro
Insure with Herr and be
F. S. HERR, Agent
for your home this summer
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