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BUY UNITED STATES DEFENSE *BONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII SCHOOLS MAY LET OUT FARM PUPILS TO HELP CUT CORN Provisions of Old Ohio Statute May be Invoked in Present Emergency Written Request From Parents Required Fifteen Days is Maximum Limit Farm boys and girls, now in school, may be drafted this fall to assist in corn cutting. This became increas ingly evident this week as farmers in the Bluffton district started to harvest one of the heaviest corn crops on rec ord. Extra hands, always available in past years for corn cutting have long ago been drafted into military service or taken jobs in defense industries. To meet this situation, provisions of an old state law may be invoked which permits pupils to be temporar ily absent from school to assist in farm work at home. This is believed to be the first time that it has been found necessary, except in isolated cases, to take advantage of the pro visions of this statute. Tomato Growers Seek Aid Not ony in corn harvest, but also in the tomato growing area between Bluffton and Pandora may farm pupils be recruited for help at this time. Tomato growers point out that addi tional pickers must be obtained at once if a large portion of the crop is to be saved. Under provisions of the statute, any boy or girl, fourteen years of age or older, may be excused from school to assist various harvest operations at his own home. The school attendance and child la bor laws permit a parent to take the child from school for five days for work “directly and exclusively at the farm of his parents.” 15 Day Limit The state department of education has n«tfig^, fprm available for which parents may make such an applica tion. If five days are not sufficient the period may be extended to 10 days. No more than a total of 15 days would be allowed by the state code for any one school year, it was explained by A. J. B. Longsdorf, su perintendent of schools. No child will be excused for woric except on the presentation of a writ ten request from the parents stating the reason. While the school does not encourage students missing class room work for any reason, the author ities nevertheless wish to cooperate with those farmers needing the labor of their own children, Supt. Longsdorf stated. Bumper Yield Continued rains during the past month have provided ideal growing conditions for the corn which this year looks bigger and than many previous crops. Numerous farmers have al ready started to fill their silos. With the fly free date announced as Sept. 26 farmers are working hard to take care of the corn crop and have their fields in the corn-wheat rotation ready for the fall planting. For this reason the farmers are anxious to get all the additional help possible and in some cases have been using their children attending school here. Bluffton Boy On Hobby Broadcast Charles Trippiehorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Tripplehom of South Main*street, will appear on the “Astride "Your Hobby Horse” ladio program on Findlay radio sta tion WFIN Sunday afternoon from 2:05 to 2:30 o’clock. He will tell of his hobby in study ing and collecting various types of snakes, turtles and reptiles. Charles will also take some preserved speci mens, study1 charts and books on snakes and turtles for exhibition at the WFIN hobby club, at 101 West Sandusky street in Findlay on Sat urday from 5 to 11 p. m. and on Sunday from 2:20 to 8:30 p. m. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Quinten Elzay, Raw son, a boy, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Frankhauser, Pandora, a girl, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dilts, a bey, Saturday. Betty Lou is the name of the daughter bom to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gaiffe at their home here. Slacks For Girls O. K. On Bluffton College Campus OLACKS for Bluffton college coeds on the campus and presumably in the clas«:oom will be permitted if the girls wish to wear them. This was indicated on regis tration day, Tuesday when col lege authorities confronted with the question said there was no regulation on the matter. So slacks for girls which is causing something of a furore in many institutions of higher learning this fall will be no problem here. The whole ques tion of wearing slacks is now up to the girls with those who want to—and can—being permitted to do so. FORTY MILE SPEED LIMIT DEAD LETTER SURVEY INDICATES )ixie Highway Traffic Moves At Rates of 50 Miles Per Hour and Upwards Motorists, However, are Show ing More Concern and Care of Tires Suggested forty mile per hour limit for automobile driving is a dead let ter as far as motoring over the Dixie highway is concerned. This was re vealed in a checkup made by a Bluff* ton News reporter who drove from Bluffton to Lima and return at the forty mil* r«te tb get a first hand view of the "nation, Monday noon. Result-s of th-||j heckuu revejH^d that traffic is travelling at practically its prewar rate of approximately fifty miles per hour and up. While alternate pleas for rubber conservation and threats of gas ra tioning may have served to reduce somewhat the speeds of a few motor ists there was encountered in no in stance any car observing the 40 mile per hour maximum. Out of State Cars Speed Out of the state cars—several from Michigan and one from New York— were for the most part driving at speeds higher than those from Ohio. Confirming the evidence that the public generally is disregarding pleas for rubber conservation was the state ment from local sources in charge of the “swap a ride” plan that it had aroused little response. Japan Is A Modern, Powerful And Resourceful Nation, Speaker Says Seventy Bluffton Young People Will Enter Various College For Fall Terms Under this plan those employed in war industries driving to work were asked to make arrangements for three or four workers to ride in one car instead of each worker driving separ ately. Motorists Tire Conscious The rubber situation, however, has resulted in motorists becoming tire conscious, service station attendants agreed, in that they are checking the condition of their tires more frequent ly and with increased care. While there is little indication of re duction of driving speeds, there is plenty of evidence that drivers are giving more careful attention to the proper inflation of their tires. Many car owners previously indif ferent to the condition of their tires have begun to realize that the pres ent set is probably all the rubber they will get for the duration, filling sta tion men say. While many have not yet realized the importance of reduc ing driving speeds in prolonging the life of their tires, they do at least ap preciate the necessity of proper and sufficient inflation, it is stated by tire maintenance men. Leave For Teaching Positions In Schools Bluffton young women who are leaving for teaching positions in clude: Miss Dorothy Schumacher at Os borne. Miss Marcella Steiner at Rawson. Miss Fem Stuart at Catawaba, near Springfield. Miss Josephine Niswander at Oak Harbor. Miss Mary Marshall, Rockport, a Rising Sun. I Miss Madeline Bixel at Rittman. 1 Miss Rachel Criblez at Pandora. Former Missionary to Orient Speaks to Lions Club Tuesday Night Country Originally Inhabited By Ainu Race Now On Reservations Americans should rid themselves of the notion that Japan is a fifth rate power, and that her cities are made of box board houses, it was stated by R. A. Peterson, repre sentative of a Lima drug firm, who addressed the Lions club at the Wal nut Grill Tuesday night. Quite to the contrary Japan is a modern industrial country with re sources and man power that make her a most formidable enemy, it was (Continued on Page 4) ?igure Slightly Less Than Average of 80 Students Formerly Leaving ’wenty-eight to Enroll at Bluff ton College Seven at Bowling Green With nearly 70 Bluffton young people making plans to enter col lege this fall, the attendance totals of those going to institutions of higher learning are slightly higher than last year but some under the usual figure of 80. Last year there were 60 young people from here at tending the various colleges. By far the largest number of Bluffton young people will be en rolled at Bluffton college with a total of 28 expected to register. Next in line is Bowling Green State university with seven and Ohio Northern university and, Ohio Stat* university with six ea^h* I Tnose Bluffton c**«* ^registered Tuesday while the Fresh men finished registration Wednes day. Most of those enrolled else where are leaving within the next two weeks for the various schools. Ohio State university, because of the quarter plan, will not start its fall term until September 29. Included among those attending college are the following: Ohio State university, Columbus— William Holtkamp, Wayne Yoakam, (Continued on page 8) Probate Folet Estate Estimate Value $7,700 Estate of the late Mary Ann Fol et of Richland township filed in Al len county probate court s estimated at $7,700. It consists of personal property $500, real estate $7,000 and annual real estate rentals $200. Mrs. Folet died August 25. Samuel Augsburger was nominated in the will to serve as executor with out bond. A trust fund in which her two sons were Jo be beneficiaries until each reached the age of 50 years when all proceeds of the estate be divided between them equally, was set up. The will was made Dec. 8, 1937, and first directed that she be given a Christian burial and a suit able monument be erected for her grave. She left all her property to her two sons, Noah and Homer Folet, in a trust in which Elmer Romey was named trustee. If Romey be unable to handle the trust, then Mrs. Folet selected E. M. Hostettler trustee. Reports For Army Medical Service Dr. G. Otho Thompson, Alliance physician, formerly of this place, who recently wa commissioned cap tain in the army air corps, has re ported for duty at Wellston Air depot in Georgia. He is the son of Mrs. Chester Thompson of Orange township. His wife is the former Gwendoline Elaine Copeland of Cleveland. They have three children George, 9 Beverly, 7, and Bruce, 4. Advanced To Corpora Walter G. Williamson, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Williamson of Orange township has been promoted to rank of corporal. Announcement to this effect was made by military author ities of Key Field, Miss., army air bas«, where Williamson is in train- FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 1942 MORE GIRLS THAN BOYS ENROLLED AT BLUFFTON COLLEGE 'reshman Clas4 Shows Gain in Total Over Last Year’s Enrollment )njft and Wartime Industry Takes Men from Three Upper Classes Reflecting military and industrial demands for manpower, Bluffton col lege opens its doors this week for the beginning of the fall term with more girls than boys enrolled in the three upper classes, it was indicated by incomplete registration reports, Wednesday noon. The incoming freshman class will be about equally divided between boys—and girls with prospects of a slight increase over last year’s fig ure. This gain, however, will probably be offset by decreased enrollment in the upper classes, it was stated. Final enrollment totals are expected to be about the same as last year. Changes Expected Changes in attendance figures are anticipated by a number of students now employed in industrial plants who will register later this week. On the other hand some of the men already registered may be called for military service in the near fu ture. Several men reported Wednes day for physical examinations under selective service regulations. Of the student body the largest number outside of Ohio come from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, it was stated. Classes are scheduled to begin Thursday morning following the opening chapel exercises with Dr. L. L. Romseyer, president, giving the welcome address. Opening social event of the fall term will be the get-acquainted mix er to be held in Up^jymnasium, Fri day night. T1 '^sJnual affair is In New l^v vims Mrs. D. E. Dailey and children have returned to their home south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. They spent the past summer in De catur, Ill., where Mr. Dailey is em ployed. Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Lahr have moved to Bluffton from Ada and are occupying the property on West Har mon road which they recently pur chased. Rev. Lahr was formerly pastor of the St. John’s and Em manuel’s Reformed congregations here. Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Travis are oc cupying the West Kibler street prop erty which they purchased last spring from Mrs. Moses Steiner. The property was vacated last sum mer by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bruse who moved, to Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Long will move into their property on Garau street vacated by Dr. and Mrs. Travis. Mr. and Mis. Maynard Niswander will move fr the Mrs. Martha Flick apartir nt on South Main street into the Leland Gerber prop erty on Soutl Lawn avenue. Mrs. Gerber recently moved to her home in Berne, Inciana. Rev. and Mrs. John Todd, former Bluffton resid nts have moved from Cleveland to Lima where they are making their home with the son-in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Schifferly. Rev. Todd was pastor of the Bluffton and Rockport churches about thirty years ago. Dr. I. W. Bauman of the College faculty and Mrs. Bauman and child ren have returned to their home at Kibler and South Jackson streets after spending the summer at Way land, Iowa. Gets Army Commission Glen Owens of Norwich, N. Y., is visiting at the home of his sisters, Mrs. Sarah Ooates and Miss Clara belle Owens. He will leave Thursday for Miami Beach, Fla., where he has been com missioned second lieutenant and will take six weeks training in the army air corps. From there he will go to Harrisburg, Pa., to enter the army intelligence school. Navy Promotion Francis Carnicom, in naval service stationed at Jacksonville, Fla., has been advanced from First Petty Offi cer to Chief Petty Officer. He is the son of Mrs. E. C. Ludwig and a bro ther of Mrs. Clayton Harkness. That miscellaneous collection of scrap metal which you gathered up around the house to help put Bluff ton’s junk drive over the top last month will net you about a half cent a pound. This was indicated the first of the week when Mayor W. A. Howe stat ed that he had received a bid of $9.50 a ton for the pile of scrap lying on the vacant lot at the rear of the town hall. The $9.50 offer was the highest of several which had been received, the mayor stated. However, no sale of the junk will ba made until the pro posal has been presented to the coun cil and the mayor stated further that 28 Pupils in First Grade and 40 Seniors Show Differential Of 12 Students Smaller But More Numerous Families Reflected in In sufficient Housing Town’s Scrap Metal Drive To Net Donors About Half-cent Per Pound Definite downward trend in public school enrollment and at the same time an increasing shortage of hous ing in the Bluffton area point to the conclusion of more numerous but smaller families here. Notwithstanding the extensive res idential construction program which has taken place here during the past four years, giving Bluffton the larg est number of houses in its history, there is still a demand for more housing accommodations. Materials Frozen With building materials frozen by order of the WPB, new residential construction was abruptly stopped during the past year but re-model ling of houses into duplex and apart ments has continued to add to the housing facilities available. TM increase in housing here however, finds no counterpart in the school enrollment totals. The second week of the school term this fall finds a total of 28 pupils enrolled in the first grade. Last year there were 38 first grade pupils and in the fall of 1940 there were 42 in the first grade. The differential between the first and 12th grades this year is not as large as last year. Last year with 69 seniors and 38 first graders the difference was 31 while this year with 40 in the senior class and 28 in the first grade the difference is only 12. Decline Stopped School officials here believe that the decline in enrollment totals has reached a plateau. The small classes at the grade school now are a re flection of periods of economic de pression when the birth rate always falls off. Downward School Enrollment Trend Here, Accompanied By Housing Shortage With employment at high levels here and wages good the birth rate in the past seveial years has taken an upward surge which should be felt in school enrollment statistics in a few years. Schools the country over have gen erally experienced a decline in enroll ment and in cities it has been ne cessary to close down many elemen tary school buildings. Orange Township Another factor appearing this year in the local school picture is the transfer of a number of’ Orange township students to Mt. Cory High school. With this matter now ad justed it is likely that no more stu dents will be lost because of this factor. With school enrollment trends defi nitely down it would normally follow that there would be an abundance of housing but quite the opposite situ ation prevails in this community. A survey would likely indicate that families have increased in number but not in size. Smaller Families With smaller families also the trend it would be necessary to have more houses to furnish accommoda tions even though the total number of persons has not materially in creased. The school enrollment this year is less than 500 for the first time in several decades. But present condi tions indicate that a stable condition has been reached. It will be neces sary to show considerable increases, however, to bring the high school senior classes to figures which pre vailed up until three years ago, us ually in the range of 60 to 70 stu dents. he hoped to get a better bid before closing the deal. Those who contributed scrap metal in the canvass were given receipts for the number of pounds brought in and they will be paid pro-rata from proceeds of the sale. Any who desire may designate that their portion of the returns be turned over to the Red Cross or other patriotic relief organization of their choice. Late additions to the scrap pile have raised the total from fourteen tons to about sixteen tons, it was stated by town officials, Tuesday night. COUNCIL WILL GET WPB PROPOSAL FOR STREET CAR RAILS Federal Agency to Make Propo sition at Meeting Mon day Night Rails Probably Will Be Donated To War Effort if Street Is Repaired Steel in the rails of the abandoned Western Ohio interurban line running the length of Bluffton’s Main street may soon be contributing to American war production, it was announced by Mayor W. A. Howe this week follow ing conferences with WPB and WPA engineers. After surveying the local situation the engineers will make a proposition in writing to the town council at the meeting next Monday night. WPA labor will likely be used in the remov al of thf rails, it was indicated. The council it is anticipated wHl do nate the rails to the government if the latter agrees to assume complete responsibility for the repair of the street. If these conditions will be met by the government agencies it is vary likely that the council will give immediate approval to the removal proposition, it was stated by Mayor Howe. Power driven drills will be used in the removal process with entire rails being taken up at one time, it was stated. It was found impossible for a private concern to make a profit by this method but with government agencies in charge the removal work will continue until completed. It had been estimated by the engi neers looking over the project that there were about 200 tons of high grade steel embedded in the concrete on Main street. It is very likely that the entire re moval and repair project will be com pleted before th? winter months, it was stated by the Mayor. Attend State Health Contest In Columbus Geraldine Montgomery and Sarah Mae Miller are in Columbus this week representing Hancock county at the state 4-H club health contest be ing held at Ohio State university. Miss Montgomery is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Montgomery and Miss Miller the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Miller. Miss Miller went as alternate for the Hancock county group, taking the place of Franklin Steiner of Mt. Cory’ who was unable to attend be cause of a broken arm received in a fall, Saturday. War Bond Committee A meeting of all committee chair men of the Bluffton war bond sav ings staff has been called on Thurs day night at 8 o’clock at the offices of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Chairman Norman Triplett has urged that all chairmen attend this important meeting. Ebenezer Broadcast The weekly Ebenezer Mennonite church broadcast will consist of a solo, mixed quartet, duet and trio to be given over Findlay radio sta tion WFIN Friday night at 7:15 o’clock. Buy more War Bonds and Stamps. BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS /Bonds !akd stamps NUMBER 21 MAN IS KILLED WHEN AUTO HITS PARKED TRUCK Louis Santschi Meets Instant Death in Accident at Jenera Two Companions Riding in Car Escape with Minor Injuries Louis A. Santschi, 53, of Bluffton was instantly killed when the auto mobile which he was driving crash ed into a parked truck on the Main street of Jenera, Sunday morning at 1:30 o’clock. Santschi sustained a broken neck, fractured nose and numerous cuts and bruises. Riding in the car with him were Dwight Worthington of Geiger street who received cuts and bruises about the face and head and Emil Schamber of North Jackson street who was not injured. Coroner’s Verdict Sheriff Lyle Harvitt, acting cor oner, returned a verdict of accidental death. The sheriff said the truck was parked on the east side of the street headed south and the three men also were headed south and struck the back corner of the truck. The corner of the truck struck the left side of the automobile and Santschi, in the driver’s seat, re ceived the full impact of the col lision. Worthington was thrown partially thru the windshield. Car Wrecked Body of the car, a Buick sedan, was wrecked. The motor, however continued running and rescuers after pulling the three occupants of the car from the wreckage were unable to switch off the ignition and finally disconnected wires of the car’s electrical system to shut off the power. The truck, owned by Ed Bosse of Jenera, was not appreciably dam-__ aged. l^Santschi’s body was taken to the Paul Diller funeral home hr— where it remained until funeral s vices held at St. John’s Reform church, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Emil Burrichter, the pastor, officiat ed. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. Santschi was born in Putnam county August 4, 1889, the son of Christian and Caroline (Boss) Santschi. He was graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1908, and later attended Purdue university. His wife, the former Miss Naomi Stith, died in 1927. At the time of his death he was employed as a farm hand at the Fred Muller place north of Bluffton. Surviving are his father and a daughter Alice, Bluffton high school junior, both residing at the Santschi home on East Kibler street a son Harold who recently went to Wilm ington, Delaware where he is em ployed a brother Arthur Santschi of Milwaukee and sister Mrs. Alice Parker of Washington, D. C. In Naval Training Clair Gerber Habegger, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Habegger west of Bluffton has enlisted in the Naval Reserve and is now stationed at the naval training station at Great Lakes, Ill. Enlists In Marines Edward Schultz, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Schultz of West Kibler street who enlisted in the Marine Corps recently is in training at the marine base at Paris Island, South Carolina. Radio Sermon Series “I Will” is the topic of the talk to be delivered by the Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer Men nonite church and Bluffton college Bible professor, in the series “Liv ing Today” over Findlay radio sta tion WFIN Friday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock. With The Sick J. H. Loganbill, Bluffton college business manager, who underwent an operation at Bluffton hospital last, week has been removed to his resi dence at Lincoln hall. Mrs. Peter Matter of Spring street, was ill the first of the week witiv an attack of gallstones.