VOLUME NO. LXVII
HITS SCHOOL TWO
Vacancies Exist in Vocal Music
And Industrial Arts
Board to Meet in Special Ses
sion Many Schools Lack
With the opening of school barely
a month distant, Bluffton, in com
mon with practically every other
school in this section, finds itself
engaged in a last minute search for
Demands of the army for man
power together with wartime wages
in industrial plants have combined
to make one of the greatest short
ages of teachers ever experienced.
The schools here with schedules
set up for a teaching personnel
of twenty-five are lacking two in
structors, it was reported at a meet
ing of the board of education, Mon
and an instructor in industrial arts.
Miss Elizabeth Higley, of the
music department resigned early this
summer to accept a position at
Muskingum college, New Concord,
L. Daymon, instructor in
arts was released by the
its meeting Monday night
at his request in order to accept a
position in the high school at
Hills, a Toledo suburb.
Mabel Nansen of Hiawatha,
Kansas, hired by the board Monday
night for the music position, sent
word Tuesday that she had already
a position for the coming
making every effort to fill
positions before the open
ing of school, board members pri
vately pointed out that in event it
was impossible to obtain teachers,
these departments would very prob
ably be closed for the year.
Because of the widespread lack
of teachers it is believed that a
number of schools in northwestern
Ohio will be obliged to operate on
restricted schedules this fall.
Call Special Meeting
A special called meeting of
board of education will be
latex* this month to review
teaching situation and consider ap
plications for the two vacancies.
Date for the meeting has not been
The special meeting is necessary,
it is pointed out since the board
will not hold another regular ses
sion until September 7, the night
before opening of the fall term of
Retreat In Indiana
A delegation of young people from
the First Mennonite church are at
tending sessions of the
Young People’s Retreat
Mack, near Goshen, Ind.,
Heading the delegation
L. Ramseyer who is one
Amos Tschiegg New
Tschiegg was named com
of Bluffton post, American
in the election of officers
night in the Legion hall.
new officers include Dr.
Byron Herring, vice-commandeij Q.
E. Burkholder, adjutant Millen Geig
er, chaplain Murray Trippiehorn,
finance officer Howard Stauffer, his
torian Gilbert Fett, Arthur Amstutz
and Harry Trippiehorn, executive
Installation of the new executive
staff of the Legion will be on Sep
tember 18 in Lima when new officers
for all posts in this area will be in
Continued In Office
lacking are a vocal
public school music
R. Reichenbach who was
confirmed by the United
States senate following nomina
tion by the President as post
master of Bluffton.
Confirmation by the senate
starts Reichenbach on his third
term as postmaster here. He
previously served two terms for
a total of eight years.
SCHOOLS TO HAVE
25 TEACHERS: TWO
UNDER LAST YEAR
3oth Grade and High Schools
To Operate With One Less
Young people attending
Alice Jean Bixel, Norman
David Tosh, Robert Amstutz, Rich
ard Oberly, Kenneth Winkler and
James West, Bluffton city
and son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff
of South Lawn avenue, now in
tary service has been advanced in
rank from corporal to sergeant, it
was announced the first of the week.
West is stationed in Bermuda.
the present corps of teachers is
sufficient to meet requirements at
the grade school it is pointed out.
Drop Electrical Course
A reduction of one teacher in the
high school has been effected by
dropping of the vocational electrical
in operation for the past three years
will not be offered this fall.
No Sugar Permit For Drying Corn—
Since Corn’siA Vegetable, You See
lectrical Shop Dropped
High School Grade En
Bluffton’s public schools will open
next month for the fall term with a
teaching corps of twenty-five, two
less than last year’s personnel of
twenty-seven. Both the grade
high school will operate with
less teacher each.
course which has been
Reason for dropping the course
was given by Supt. Longsdorf and
members of the board as due to
lack of sufficient enrollment. Eleven
students took the course lasit year
while for the coming year there
were only six expecting to enroll.
This resulted in a per capita cost
too high to justify the department,
it was stated.
and Mrs. John Augustine of
Bluffton are parents of a girl born
at Bluffton hospital, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Fox of Ada'
are parents of a boy born at Bluff
ton hospital, Saturday. Mrs. Fox is
the former Edith Moser, daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Moser.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Basinger
Columbus Grove are the parents
a boy bom at Bluffton hospital, Tues
Former Bluffton Man
Commissioned In Navy
Walter S. Motter, son of Mrs.
Sarah Motter of South Main street
has been commissioned a lieutenant
in the navy and assigned to special
deck service at the Eighth Naval
Boston, Mass., it was
first of the week.
Mrs. Motter visited
here with his moth
er before leaving for the east.
Charles Patterson, who is in
army serving with a postal unit, is
now in England, according to word
received here Tuesday by his wife,
the former Miss Carol Cookson of
South Jackson street.
low Can Make Applebutter
—and Mincemeat, House
wives Want to Know
Registrars Issuing Canning
Sugar Permits Face Many
No corn isn’t a fruit—so there just
isn’t any sugar available for
corn and that’s that. And
expected to get sugar fer
corn you’ll have t\ forget it.
Registrars at sugar rationing head
quarters in the high school cafeteria
patiently explained that particular
point dozens of times Tuesday and
Wednesday to applicants for canning
sugar who suddenly realized to their
dismay that corn is a vegetable—
not a fruit and the regulations spe
cify sugar for canning of late fruits.
So of course drying of corn in the
good oldfashioned way with plenty
of cream and sugar added is appar
ently out for the duration.
Here’s More Hard Ones
But corn drying is only one of
hard nuts which the registrars
called upon to crack. For instance
►there’s that little matter of apple
Sure apples are a fruit—but what’s
the status of applebutter—hardly in
the fruit class but nevertheless it’s
aimost a household necessity in these
parts—and it takes plenty of sugar,
if it’s to be made like they make it
in the Bluffton district. Usual form
ula for applebutter is about 25
pounds of sugar to 40 gallons of
And then there’s mincemeat—that
tasty number that furnishes the
chassis for pies during the holiday
season. And how is anyone to make
mincemeat without sugar.
And while we’re talking about it
just remember that tomatoes are not
a fruit—so there’s no canning sugar,
just in case you’ve been adding a
pinch or two. However, many house
wives can tomatoes without sugar,
Resignation of Mrs. A. J.
Longsdorf, the former Grace Cox,
principal of the grade school and
instructor in the first grade has left
ed at the
in the teaching staff
not be filled, it was stat
meeting of the board of
of decreased enrollment
we are told.
The late canning sugar rationing
has raised many more problems than
were encountered in the early can
ning allotments, it was revealed here.
Because of the impossibility of mak
ing regulations covering all angles
of the situation, county rationing
headquarters instructed registrars to
use their judgment in deciding bor
der line cases.
Late fruits for which sugar is be
ing issued include apples, plums,
peaches, pears, grapes and other
fruits ripening after August 1. Nine
quarts of each fruit per person may
be canned by each family with su
gar issued in the proportion of one
pound for every four quarts of fruit
Rationing permits are being issued
at the cafeteria in the high school
building this Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday afternoon and evening
from 1 to 10 p. m.
Ivan Geiger Gets New
Coast Guard Position
Lieut. Ivan Geiger, of the U. S.
Coast Guard, has been assigned to
the principal Coast Guard training
center at New London, Conn., it was
learned this week.
Commonly referred to as “The An
napolis of the Coast Guard”, the
New London station is the key train
ing center of the organization.
Geiger had been selected as Jack
Dempsey’s assistant at Manhattan
rBeach, N. Y., where he was pre
viously stationed, but the transfer
was ordered by head officers of the
physical fitness program of the Coast
Dana Whitmer Goes
Dana Whitmer, son of Rev. and
Mrs. Paul Whitmer of this place has
accepted a position as principal of
Newcomerstown high school for
coming year, it was announced
first of the week.
Whitmer who was principal of
school at Mechanicsburg last
has resigned that place
his new position.
Whitmer will fill the vacancy
*by the resignation of the principal,
Fred Tipton, who recently went to
work in a defense plant.
Elma Schifferly Elvin presented
her pupil Oral Dean Redick in a
piano recital at her studio, Monday
evening. Forty invited guests en
joyed the program consisting of
compositions from the works
Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt.
rHE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VJCINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THU MY, AUGUST 6, 1942
SCHOOL TO OPEN
FOR FALL TERM
TUESDAY, SEPT. 8
'ixing of Date Will Allow First
Week in September for
Classes Will Open in Morning
At 9 a. m. Instead of
Bluffton’s public schools will open
for the fall term on Tuesday morn
ing, September 8, it was decided by
the board of education at its meeting,
Altho the date for opening follows
the us..al rule of beginning classes on
the day after Labor day, it was point
ed out that with Labor day falling on
September 7th, this year, school will
open virtually on the second week of
This would allow an additional week
for youths to aid in getting in farm
crops this year. Board members stat
ed at the meeting that only a few
requests had been made for opening
of school at a later date.
Classes will open in the morning at
9 o’clock and dismiss at 4 o’clock in
the afternoon. This schedule will
open classes in the morning a half
hour later than last spring.
The season of short days coming
soon after the fall opening of school
together with the fact that there will
be only four buses this year for haul
ing rural pupils instead of five as last
year are understood to have been giv
en consideration in the board’s decis
The board also fixed the holiday va
cation from Thursday afternoon, De
cember 24 to Monday morning, Jan
FIRM AS BUMPER
Growers Receiving Twice Aver
age Price Paid for Tubers
istimate Crop as High as 400
Bushels Acre Seconds
Find Ready Sale
Potatoes this year are proving
unusually profitable crop for Bluff
ton area farmers who report near
record yields are being marketed at
prices double those commanded last
With excellent weather and plenty
of moisture thruout the growing
season, fields will produce yields as
high as 400 bushels to
farm observers predict.
First potatoes of the
going on the market
brought prices of $2 per 100 pounds,
twice as much as the average paid
last season per bag.
Very few seconds are found in
thisyear’s crop, and those that are
culled out also are finding a ready
market. Quotations for seconds are
running high, with $1.25 to $1.50
being paid per 100 pound bag.
This year’s market situation pre
sents a decided contrast to that of
last season when there were many
seconds and practically no market
for them. Top prices per 100-pound
bag in 1941 were only $1 for
best grades and seconds proved
marketable in most cases.
In New Locations
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Grismore
and son moved Monday from the
Rupright property on Mound street
to the Fett apartments.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Moser who
purchased the Rupright property are
moving into that place this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Diller and
little son Peter moved the first of
the week to Ypsilanti, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. George Linden and
family are moving here from
Normal, III. Mr. Linden recently
accepted a position at the plant of
the Triplett Electrical Instrument
Mirs Jean Marshall has resigned
her position as music instructor in the
Continental schools for the coming
year it was announced the first of the
week. She will be married late this
month to Lysle Cahill of Cleveland,
formerly of Bluffton.
Many Farmers and Industrial
Workers Will Pass Up
Many Familiar Faces Will Be Absent
From Polls At Primary Next Tuesday
Vote is Expected to be
by Elderly and Re
in Bluffton and Richland
primary elections next
Tuesday is expected to be the light
est in many a decade, with political
observers reporting practically no
interest apparent in the forthcoming
Little campaigning has been in
evidence locally, and there are
many other factors entering into the
picture which make light voting a
Many qualified electors in the dis
trict whose ballots in past years
help swell local voting totals will
not participate in the balloting this
Many other men working
tories, especially those on
work basis, will not take
with the result
balloting can be
from elderly and retired
to the general lack of in
the fact there is no pri-
mary involving candidates for local
offices this summer, and with little
activity on the
for county and
approach of the
part of candidates
state posts many
are aware of the
Rites Here Monday
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon in the Reformed Men
nonite church northwest of Bluffton
for Henry Trippiehorn, 76-year-old
former resident of this place, who
died last Friday in Milwaukee, Wis.
Born in Russia, Trippiehorn came
to Bluffton at an
parents, Mr. and
early age with his
Mrs. Conrad Trip-
here he lived for
many years in Findlay and Detroit.
He died at the home of a daughter,
Mrs. Pauline Dyer, in Milwaukee,
following an illness of 18
Surviving are his
eight brother and a
The children are:
whose home he died Don A., of Chi
cago Richard E., of Indianapolis
Norman IL, of Detroit and Mrs.
Mildred Weissinger, of Detroit.
Brothers and sisters are Dan, John
and Fred, of Bluffton Jacob and
David, of Ft. Worth. Texas Abe,
of Illinois Menno, of Tulsa, Okla.
Noah, of Lima, and Mrs. Carl Gris
more, of McGuffey.
Burial was in Maple Grove ceme
tery in Findlay.
School Bus Drivers
Will Get Pay Raise
Drivers of Bluffton’s four school
buses will receive a raise in pay with
the beginning of the fall term of
tion of the
month, according to ac
board of education, Mon
rate of pay will be $45
per month for each of the four bus
drivers: Francis Basinger, Aaron
Messinger, Walter Sommer and Eld
year, it was
would be dis-
With four buses in
stead of five as last
out that in
the fifth bus
this year among the four
The new salary schedule of $45
for each of the four drivers will be
nearly the same as $38 paid to each
of the five drivers last year.
Application has been made for re
treading of thirteen tires for school
bus service during the coming year,
it was announced at the board meet
ing Monday night. Retreading is
expected to be finished before the
opening of school.
RED CROSS ROOMS OPEN
Red Cross rooms in the Grade
school building will be open Thurs
day afternoon from 1 until 5 o’clock
for making surgical dressings. All
women are urged to come and help
in this important work.
Admitted To Bar
in the nation’s
not be casting
Bluffton area men
armed services will
their ballots here in the primary
except those applying for ballots
under absent voters regulations.
Most farmers are busy and short of
help, with the result that
usually light rural vote is
Romey of Bluffton who
successfully passed the Ohio
bar examination, it was
nounced the first of the week.
Graduated in June from Ohio
State university law school,
John enlisted in the army last
week. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Elmer C. Romey of
South Main street.
HERE TO SPEED UP
Organization is Announced for
New Salvage Campaign
Muffton and Richland Town-
||H|ar* AflRI lllTTFr I ‘nat‘on county commissioner.
Nu|yir l.ll|y||n| I I rr I Lora announced his condidacy early in
ship Residents to Cooperate (locally is
In I ampaign
Organization of an executive com- no candidate
mittee to serve Bluffton and Richland I
township in an expanded scrap col-1 lHt *an ,dates
lection program was completed this! Governor
week I Republican—John W/Bricker.
Badertscher, Grismore and Marshall I Winegardner.
are Richland township trustees, and I Secretary of State
Hofer, Lape and Yoakam are mem- I Republican—Edward J. Hummel,
bers of the Bluffton village council. I Dale Stump, A. R. Thomas.
“In the barnyards and gullies of I Defocrat—John E. weeney.
farms and in the basements and at-I Treasurer of State
tics of homes is a lot of junk which I Republican—Don H. Ebright.
doing no good
Four Enroll At
Bowling Green U.
Tour Bluffton students have been!
accepted as members of the student I
body of Bowling Green State uni-1
versity this fall, it was announced I
the first of the week. I
They are: Jeanne Baumgartner,!
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. I
Baumgartner Rosann Hilty, daugh-l
ter of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Hilty I
Wanda Montgomery, daughter of Mr I
and Mrs. Frank Montgomery and!
Edith Stuber, daughter of Mrs. Noral
To Get Degree From
Bousing Green Friday\
Miss Rachel Beagle will receive the
degree of Bachelor of Science in Ed
ucation at the commencement exer
cises of Bowling Green State uni
versity, Friday evening, it was an
nounced the first of the week. Dr.
E. L. Bowsher, superintendent of the
Toledo schools will deliver the com
where it is, but I Democrat—Harry V. Armstrong, Rob-
which is badly needed by the nation I ert S. Cox, Charles Fowler.
to help smash the Japs and Nazis," I Attorney (•eneral
it was announced by the committee I Republican—Thomas J. Herbert
this week. I Democrat— Joseph C. Allen, Her-
Junk collected by residents of the I bort S. Duffy, William J. Hart,
area is bought by industry from scrap I ,,n"r‘»-at-Large
sources at established government I Republican—George H. Bender,
controlled prices, and it soon goes in-1 Democrat Steph -n M. oung.
to the making of war materiel. I Supreme Curt Judge
Today America is turning out morel (Jan. 1, 1943)
steel than the rest of the world com-1 Republican—Guy B. Findley, Roy
bined, but unless 6,0(10,000 additional I H. Williams.
tons of scrap steel is uncovered im-l Democrat—William C. Dixon,
mediately the full rate of war pro-1 (Continued on page 8)
duction cannot be attained, it was!
pointed out. I
A plea to continue the collection of I
old rubber also was sounded, and ad-1
AX SIAM PS
AT PRIMARY HERE
ON NEXT TUESDAY
Local Contest for Republican
Committeemen Stirs Pas
Richland Township Man On
County Ticket Light Vote
With the nation’s war effort occupy
I ing the center of the stage, the party
I primaries next Tuesday are attract
I ing scant attention and little interest
I has been manifested.
I Only two county offices—those of
I commissioner and auditor are involved
I in the primary which political obser
I vers point out apparently contributes
I to the general apathy toward the pri
I Offsetting the countrywide apathy
I are a number of local factors which it
I is expected will operate to bring out
I additional voters to the polls.
I Raises Interest Here
I Chief of these is the presence on
the ticket of a Richland township
Iman, candidate for the Deocratic nom-
PRECINCT VOTING PLACES
Bluffton A—Zoe Zehrbach room,
corner N. Main & Vine
Bluffton B—High Schoo! Library
Bluffton C—Rauenbuhler Plumb
ing Shop, Cherry St.
______ I the race and has made a vigorous
campaign for the nomination.
I Interest in the Republican primary
On the committee to direct efforts! Democrat—Frank A. Dye, Joseph
in attempting to collect more scrap I Ferguson, Walter F. Heer, Clarence
for the nation’s war effort are Mayor I Knisley, John McSweeney.
W. A. Howe, Fred Badertscher, Allen I Lietutenant Governor
Grismore, Walter Marshal. Fred Ho- I Republican—Paul M. Herbert
fer, E. S. Laps and Jesse Yoakam. I Democrat— George D. Nye, R. M.
expected to center on a
:__ (spirited factional figst for precinct
I committeemen. Of Bluffton s four
I precincts one has a contest, two have
candidates running unopposed and one
Board ApprOVCS Ut
ditional waste materials most urgent-1 _____
ly needed includes brass, copper, lead,! Operation of Bluffton’s public
zinc and tin. I schools for the coming year will be
After materials are collected they I approximately $6,000 less than the
can be sold to junk dealers ,taken to I cost of operation last year, according
the nearest collection point, donated I a budget approved by the board
to charity or information relative to| education, Monday night.
their disposal may be obtained from
the local salvage committee.
Budget for 1943 as sanctioned by
the board calls for an aggregate of
$70,331 for all expenses as compared
to $76,317 received in 1941.
Budget for 1942 as approved by
I the board a year ago was $79,842.
I Whether receipts will reach the
I budget figures cannot be determined
I at this time.
Amount of the 1943 budget is di
I vided $58,130 for operating costs and
I $12,201 for bond retirement and in
William Geiger Gets
New School Position
William J. Geiger, Bluffton college
graduate, has been named principal
of McKinley High school in Hono
lulu, according to word received here
The McKinley appointment is con
sidered one of the topnotch posts in
the Hawaiian school system. To ac
cept it, Geiger left a position as,
principal of Waialua High school in
A native of Riley township, Geiger
has been an instructor in Hawaiian
.schools for years.
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