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BUY UNITED STATES DEFENSE 1IONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII WPB MAY TRY TO SALVAGE RAILS IN MAIN STREET HERE Two Hundred Tons of High Grade Steel is Eyed by Federal Agency Town Willing to Cooperate if Assurance of Street Re pair is Given Two hundred tons of high grade steel embedded in Bluffton’s Main street pavement may be enlisted in the nation’s war effort if means can be devised for salvage. The steel consists of rails of the abandoned Western Ohio interurban line and estimates as to the amount were those made in connection with two previous salvage attempts which failed because of the extreme hardness of the concrete strip of pavement in which they are set. Proposal to salvage the rails was made in connection with the current campaign for reclaiming scrap metais when a representative of the federal War Production Board stop ped here and discussed the matter with Mayor W. A. Howe. Would Cooperate Although the matter has not been presented officially to the council which would have jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to disposal of town property, the mayor indicated that the municipality would doubt less cooperate in any salvage project sponsored by the government pro vided there was assurance of proper repairs to the street. No further word has been receiv ed from WPB and until a definite proposal is received the matter probably will not be brought of ficially to attention of the council. The two previous attempts to re move the rails were undertaken by private concerns which were granted permission to undertake the work on a percentage basis. Concrete Too Hard The first concern to attempt the work was the Solomon Iron & Metal Co., of Fostoria in the fall of 1940. Early this year Charles Bourbina, Sylvania scrap metal dealer made the second trial. Both concerns which were experi enced in this type of work, said they never had encountered concrete of such a degree of hardness and were obliged to give up the attempt when it developed that the street would be badly damaged by the force necessary to effect removal of the rails. There are approximately 11,000 feet of steel rails and the concrete in which they are embedded consti tuted the interurban line’s right of way, seven feet and two inches wide, being completed in June 1927. The construction specifications were those of the Columbus street railway company and designed for permanency. Paving of the trac tion company’s right of way was entirely of concrete to a depth of fourteen inches. The steel rails were set in the concrete and bound with steel ties instead of the usual wooden ties. The construction, known as monoli thic concrete is one of the most permanent in engineering practice. Evelyn Niswander Is Expected Next Week Miss Evelyn Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswander of South Lawn avenue, is visiting friends and relatives in Denver, Colo., and is expected home the first of next week. She has been teaching in a private girls’ school on Maui, one of the smaller islands of the Hawaiian group. Following the outbreak of hos tilities American nationals were ad vised to evacuate the island. As soon as adequate transportation fa cilities were provided the citizens of United States return to the main land. Bluffton Boy Enlists In U. S. Navy Air Unit Mark Niswander, son of Mrs. Henry Niswander, two and one-half miles east of town, has enlisted as an aviation cadet in the United States Navy according to an an nouncement by Naval Aviation Selec tion Board at Columbus. This is the first step in the strenuous pro gram of securing the Navy wings. At the completion of the course he will be commissioned an Ensign. Niswander is a former student at Bluffton college and graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1939. Bluffton Man Will Train Army Pilots Clayton Bixel, manager of the Bixel Motor Sales of Cherry street left Monday for Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he will be an instructor in the army pilot training school at Ft. Morgan. Bixel recently completed tests to qualify for the position after taking training at Lima and Columbus. His wife will remain here for the present and wifi be in charge of the business on Cherry street. Woodrow Little and family will move this week from the Mrs. M. M. Kibler apartments over the Ruff store to the Bixel residence on Grove street. FEDERAL ORDER HALTS TOWNSHIP ROAD Freezing of Bituminous Ma terials Shelves Road Re pairs for Duration Trustees Must Show that Roads Have War Significance to Get Priorities With no bituminous road material hand in either the Richland township or Allen county road departments, all road repairs and maintenance in the district are virtually frozen for the duration of the war. The Richland township trustees had planned an extensive program of road building and repair which will have to be shelved, it was stated by N. W. Basinger, township clerk. Unless it can be established that roads in the township have a war sig ficance, there will not even be mater ials for emergency repairs, it was sated. At a recent meeting of all trustees in the county in Lima, County Engi neer Hobart Mumaugh advised the trustees to fill out their requests for priorities so that if it could be estab lished that those roads are necessary for war transportation, repairs to keep them passable could be made. Mumaugh also explained the situa tion under which bituminous material for road construction had been frozen. On July 2, the engineer explained, no orders for material were allowed by government regulation. After July 12 no deliveries could be made and af ter July 22 none of the materials can be used without going thru priority channels. American Heroes Day This Friday Bluffton will join the rest of the nation this Friday in celebration of “American Heroes Day”, dedicated to the honor of men in the armed services of the nation. As a feature of the observance of the day, residents of the community are being asked to show their sup port of members of the armed forces by increased purchases of war sav ings bonds and stamps. With a goal of $10,000 set for Fri day, the sale of stamps and bonds will be pushed thruout the day by local retail merchants, working under the direction of the business com mittee of the local war savings staff, headed by Chairman E. S. Lape. Everyone making a purchase in local stores on Friday will be asked to buy savings stamps or bonds in the drive to put Bluffton’s “Ameri can Heroes Day” quota over the top. Posters calling attention to the sacrifices made by our heroes on the front line will be displayed through out the business district, and every retailer is being asked to participate in promoting sale of bonds and stamps. Bluffton lodges, churches, service clubs and other organizations are be ing asked to cooperate in making Bluffton’s observance of “American Heroes Day” one that will more firmly establish the need of backing up our fighting men by the contin ued purchase of savings bonds and stamps, it was announced by N. A. Triplett, chairman of the Bluffton defense savings staff. Many Bluffton men are in the army, navy, marines, coast guard and air corps, it was pointed out, and “American Heroes Day” pro vides an opportunity to fittingly hon or them by a concentrated one-day drive for increased sales of war i bonds and stamps. Bluffton Boy Is Military Police In Army Show Plaj ing In Large Centers Corp. John Stonehill Picked in Select Group of Soldiers For New Unit Guards Military Equipment and Assists in Controlling Crowds at Show Picked from a select group of soldiers from camps all over the United States, Corp. John Stonehill, is travelling with the United States Army Show being presented in the larger centers. He is visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stonehill of South Main street, on a three days pass, between play dates. He arrived from Akron Sunday and will return this Wed nesday night. Corp. Stonehill, who has been working as a member of the Mili tary Police at Ft. Knox, Ky., con tinues in the same capacity with the show, being detailed along with one hundred other military police to guard the millions of dollars worth of valuable military equipment used in the show. Men Carefully Picked All of the men in the show as well as the military police guarding the equipment were picked by reason of certain military, mental and physical qualifications. Physically all of the men are at least 5:10 in height and 170 pounds in weight. Purpose of the presentation is to show the citizens of the country the equipment used by the army and something of the method of attack, using blank ammunition in the for ays. The shows are usually staged in football stadiums of the cities visited. Stonehill joined the show about a month ago at Philadelphia where it played to capacity audiences for seven days and nights. Following the presentation there was a six day stand at Pittsburgh and four days at Akron. Schedule The show is scheduled up to De cember 12 at the following cities: Detroit, Mach., Minneapolis, Minn., Omaha, Nebraska, St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, Ill. These cities are booked at the present time, altho the show will likely continue after these dates are played, Stonehill said. The 1,800 soldiers in the show stay in tents or hotels, according to circumstances in the city in which they play. The Military Police are given sufficient time off to see the sights of the cities. Thousands of rounds of blank am munition and shells are shot in the presentation of the show to provide a very realistic drama of military action. The show opens with a per fectly drilled infantry unit march into the stadium. Then comes the various vehicles such as tanks, mo bile big guns, flame throwers, motor cycles, jeeps and other motorized equipment. Set Up Guns Following this comes the cavalry in which colored soldiers perform. After the display and parade the field artillery moves in showing how the soldiers set up their guns for quick firing action. Only the light tanks are used in the show since heavy tanks would ruin a football field. A sham battle is staged between tank units in which old cars are run over and easily crumpled by the tanks. The tanks fire their machine guns and cannon and maneuver in realistic fashion. A Japanese flag is hoisted to mark off the enemy. Motor cycle units act as scouts and give the signal to start action. Then the tanks, infan try, artillery and large mobile guns move in according to well established military procedure and the battle is under way. Realistic Drama Large aerial bombs are thrown overhead into the stadium and with the roar of cannon the staccato of machine guns and the constant bark ing of rifles a deafening din marks the entire show with a remarkable realism. The show is finished with a dis play of fireworks in which pictures of President Roosevelt and the American flag are painted on the skies. Military music by a crack 60 piece regimental band provides a musical background at opportune moments. Corp. Stonehill is engaged not only in guarding the military equipment after the show but is on guard duty often during the presentation of the show and is engaged in keeping the crowd back. See Axis Planes Of interest to the spectators is a German airplane shot down in Eng land and two Japanese planes shot (Continued on page 8) THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY. JULY 16, 1942 ROAD OIL ,0N HAND MUST BE USED BY NEXT WEDNESDAY Street Repair Program Here Rushed to Completion Be fore Deadline Federal Permit Will be Re quired for Use of Bitum inous Materials Major portion of Bluffton’s sum mer program of street repair is be ing rushed to completion before next Wednesday, deadline set by the fed eral government for use of bitum inous road construction materials now on hand. After that time a federal permit will be required for use of any bituminous materials remaining un used, and new purchases will be banned unless deemed rlecessary for promotion of the war effort. On hand at the presemt time, ac cording to Lee Coon, Bluffton street commissioner are eight drums of asphalt base road oil. 'Phis amount, Coon said, would not be sufficient for any major street improvement project but will take care of patch ing and minor repairs. Banned for Duration All bituminous road materials, such as asphalt, tar and oil, have been banned for the duration of the war except in cases essential to promotion of the war effort. The order was issued by the Public Roads administration just at the time the town council was making plans for its summer improvement program. It is possible that the town may be able to obtain some materials on the basis of their necessity to im portant defense industries in the community, it was stated by Coon. Roads over which workers in these plants travel might come within the provisions of the authorization, he added. Application forms for this purpose are on hand and will likely be sent in to federal autho4ues in the near future, Coon said. Summer Road Program The summer road improvement program in Bluffton called for an item of 7,500 gallons of asphalt base road oil. If no oil is available here crushed stone will be used. Stone, however, needs a tar binder £o make an effective job, it was pointed out. While cement makes an excellent road in new construction, it is not practical for repair work. A tar binder is needed for a close fitting job where there is expansion and contraction due to changes in tem perature. Consequently the federal road order will eliminate a considerable portion of the street improvement planned for the summer unless fav orable consideration will be given to the town’s application for road oils based on defense needs. Where Our Soldier Boys Are Ralph Augsburger has arrived at an undisclosed distination, according to word received byhi s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Augsburger. Mrs. Harl Dillman received word Monday of the safe arrival of her son, Willard Dillman at an unnamed destination. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Benroth of North Main street received a letter from their son, Pvt. James Benroth written June 8. stating that he is aboard ship and enroute to an un disclosed destination. Benroth is an instrument man in the air corps. His address is A. P. O. 1064, c/o Post master, New York city. Pvt. Chas. H. Dillman 31st Tech School Squad Sp. Flight C—No. 1 Tent Area Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Enlists In Navy Glen Slusser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Slusser has enlisted in the navy and is now at Great Lakes Naval Training station. Slusser, a Bluffton college graduate, was instructor in the high school at South Amherst the past year. His present address is Glen A. Slusser, M. A. 2/C, Co. 526, U. S. N. T. S., Great Lakes, Ill. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Basinger, Beaverdam, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stanley, Co lumbus Grove, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Beutler, Findlay, a boy, Sunday. With final checking operations be ing made this week by the Westing house erecting engineer, Bluffton’s recently purchased 1,250 KW turbo generator is expected to be on the line at the municipal light plant by the end of the week, it was an nounced Wednesday morning by John Swisher, plant superintendent. The erecting engineer, Lester Smith, of Boston, arrived at the plant Tuesday afternoon. First steam was turned into the turbine generator Wednesday. Electrical Engineer Schleigh, of the Westinghouse company, is ex pected at the plant Thursday to Former Student in California College Now in Interment Camp Federal Plan Permits Transfer Of Students to Midwest Colleges Shigero Matsunaga, 21, an Ameri can born student of Japanese par entage, will attend Bluffton college next fall, in accordance with the policy of the War Relocation Author ity and the War Department, it was announced this week by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the institu tion here. Matsunaga was a student at San Mateo Junior college at San Mateo, California, when the government evacuation regulation was announced ordering all Japanese nationals and citizens of Japanese ancestry to mid western zones. The Japanese youth, born and reared in Honolulu, Hawaii, will take a general course at the college here. He is paying his own way and is re ceiving no financial assistance from the college, it was stated by Dr. Ramseyer. In Internment Camp At the present the youth is at Camp Walergan, an internment camp in North Sacramento, Calif., where Japanese nationals are located for the duration of the war. The college has accepted his appli cation for admission as a freshman in the institution, it was stated by Dr. Ramseyer. Dr. David Rempel, a graduate of Bluffton college in the class of 1927, is a member of the faculty of the California school where Matsunaga was a student at the outbreak of the war. Concerning Matsunaga, the dean of the college writes, “He was at my home for dinner on th night of December 7th and I know what a blow it was to him. ... I know that he is a loyal citizen of the United States despite his Japanese ancestry and I hope that he can carry on with his education.” Many loyal Japanese-American stu dents on the west coast have had their college careers interrupted by the federal relocation program and are continuing their education in middle-west colleges under the War Relocation Authority. Concerning such students John J. McCloy, assistant secretary of war, says, “Anything that can legitimate ly be done to compensate loyal citi zens of Japanese ancestry for the dislocation to which they have been subjected by reason of military ne cessity, has our approval.” It is the policy of the War Relocation Board that “university students in the prohibited zone be permitted to transfer to midwestern colleges and universities where they may continue their education.” Rev. Bigelow Will Be Installed As Pastor Installation services, under the di rection of the Lima Presbytery, will be held in a joint meeting of the Bluffton and Rockport congregations, for the Rev. Ernest N. Bigelow, at the Presbyterian church of Bluffton, Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock. Presiding at the service will be the Rev. H. Williard Lampe, of St. Marys, Moderator of the Presbytery, who will propound the constitutional questions to the pastor and the churches. The installation sermon will be preached by the Rev. Charles W. Muir of Findlay. The charge to the pastor will be given by the Rev. Gibson Wilson of Ottawa. The charge to the Bluffton congregation will be made by the Rev. Otis Harter of Lima. The charge to the Rockport congregation will be made by the Rev. Chester Armentrout of Columbus Grove. Turbo-generator Will Be On Line At Municipal Light Plant By End Of Week American Born Japanese Youth Will Attend Bluffton College This Fall synchronize the operation of the two turbines, one 750 KW and the other 1,250 KW at the plant here. When the 1,250 KW generator is operating on the line, a -plant im provement program which has been under way will be climaxed to give the town adequate facilities in both boiler equipment and generating capacity to meet the greatly in creased power demands of the com munity. Bluffton residents may inspect the recently installed equipment during day time operation of the plant, it was stated by Swisher. WHEAT HARVEST SLOWED IN AREA BY HEAVY RAINS Threshing and Combining Oper ations are Brought to Standstill Marketing of Wheat is Delayed Because of High Moisture Content Rains prevalent over this district during the past week have brought wheat marketing to a standstill, dis rupted threshing operations and pro vided a major headache for those farmers expecting to combine their crop. The number one problem facing every wheat grower of the district is the high moisture content which thus far has made virtually the entire crop unfit for marketing. That portion of the crop harvested by binders is being cut at such time and in such amounts as weather per mits, and this part of the harvest has been proceeding fairly satisfactorily with the grain left in the fields to cure and await threshing. Little Combining Finished Combining on the other hand, re quires that the stand be thoroughly dry, a condition that has rarely ob tained since the crop was sufficiently matured for harvest. Unless dry weather arrives shortly it is fear’d that a considerable portion of the stand may be lost by being over ripe and “shattering” in the process of harvesting. Combining is expected to be more widespread than usual this year be cause of the prevalent shortage of farm help. Harvesting by this meth od cuts and threshes the grain in one operation. Grain marketing for the past week has been negligible in volume and for the most part such excessively high moisture content that growers have shut down operations awaiting more favorable weather. Part Held on Farms Although marketing of the crop is not yet under way, indications are that approximately half of the crop will be held in farmers’ bins, in ex pectation of higher market price. New wheat was quoted at $1.08 on Bluffton markets, Wednesday morn ing. The price, which is near war time low reflected large carryover of previous years’ crops and congested conditions in the large terminal cen ters. Summer Service Series Planned As the beginning of a series of summer Sunday evening services to be sponsored by the St. John’s Re formed church, Rev. G. J. Johnson, pastor of the Negro Baptist church in Lima, will be the speaker in a meeting to be held at the Harmon Field stadium Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock. It is planned to have out of town speakers for all of the summer serv ices. A song service will precede each talk. The public is invited to attend the services, it was stated by Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of the church. In the event of rain the services will be held at the St. John’s Re formed church. w STUDENT RECITAL The piano students of Mrs. H. P. Mann, of the Bluffton college Con servatory of Music, will be presented in a piano recital at the Ramseyer chapel Friday night at 8 o’clock. The public is invited. BUY UNITED STATES NUMBER 12 NICKEL PLATE IS IMPORTANT LINK IN WAR RAIL TRAFFIC Volume of Freight Moving Thru Town Double That of Normal Times Long Trains of Freights Rum ble Over Line On Average Of One an Hour With railroad freight traffic mov ing thru town on the Nickel Plate line more than doubled in volume over normal times, Bluffton is rapidly be coming a highly important link in the transportation of war good between war production factories and the fields, mines and oil wells providing the raw materials. In normal times 10 to 12 trains make their run thru here in a 24 hour day. But now a long freight train rumbles thru on the average of once every hour for a 24 hour day. With 65 to 100 cars in every train the num ber of cars in each unit has increased 25 per cent over that of previous years. Engines Borrowed The sudden increased demand for rolling stock and engines found the Nickel Plate without a sufficient quan tity of its own motive equipment to meet the demand. The company has leased engines from Chespeake and Ohio, Lackawana and the Pere Mar quette roads. The east and west roads are the busiest carriers in the country’s rap idly expanded railroad transportation business. The north and south roads have experienced an increase in bus iness but not to the extent of the east west roads, it was stated. Connecting Lines About 30 per cent of the traffic vol ume originates on the Nickel Plate line operating between St. Louis, Mo. and Buffalo, N. Y. The other 70 per cent comes from connecting lines along the route. Most of the war materials shipped thru Bluffton are destined for Buff alo, terminal of the road, and are transferred to lines carrying the goods to eastern war production fac tories. A considerable portion of the traf fic going thru the town is oil being carried in oil tankers destined for the eastern cities where there is an acute oil and gasoline shortage. The aver age oil train carries about 100 tank cars, lighter in wheight than the av erage loaded freight car. Sales Tax Examiner Here Next Tuesday A sales tax examiner will be in Bluffton at the Mayor’s office next Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 4 o’clock to assist vendors in the pre paration and filing of their semi-an nual sales tax report. Announcement to this effect was made by Frank M. Hill, manager of the Lima district office of the de partment of taxation. All vendors must file a report on or before July 31 or be subject to penalty for delinquency. Reports may be filed at the Dis trict office, 1004 Cook Tower, Lima, or mailed to the Department of Tax ation, 68 East Gay street, Columbus. Both offices will receive reports any time during July. Name Delegates To Mennonite Meeting Delegates to the Middle District Conference of Mennonites to be held at Sommerfield, Ill., on August 16, 17, 18, were chosen at a congrega tional meeting of the First Mennon ite church Sunday morning. Named to represent the local con gregation were Rev. H. T. Uruh, pastor Dr. J. S. Schultz, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, Rev. G. T. Soldner. Plan County Tennis Meet For Bluffton Preliminary plans for the annual Allen County Tennis tournament to be held on the Bluffton courts were announced the first of the week by officials of the local club. The tour ney is scheduled for the second week in August. ARMY’ CORPORAL Raymond Greding, stationed at the army air base in W’endover Field, Utah, has been promoted to the rank of corporal, it was announced the first of the week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Greding of We*. College avenue.