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BUY UNITED STATES DEFENSE '’BONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII WAR WILL SHELVE BUILDING SEWAGE DISPOSAL PLANT Necessary Materials Would be Impossible to Obtain, En gineer States Two Plaintiffs in Suit Meet for Conference with City Soli citor Here Because of difficulty in obtaining mechanical equipment and other ma terials on the critical list, it is un likely that Bluffton could build a sewage disposal plant even if di rected to do so by a court verdict. This was the opinion expressed by Engineer Pettis of the firm of Fink beiner, Pettis and Strout, Toledo engineers who were retained bv the council several years ago to prepare plans for a sewer system here. Pettis’ statement of difficulty in obtaining materials necessary for construction of a sewer system came following a conference with Mayor W. A. Howe, Friday afternoon. File Depositions This development came in connec tion with the filing of depositions in Allen County common pleas court by City Solicitor Francis Durbin in which the municipality will make its answer to two suits filed against the town a year ago charging that its sewage emptied into Riley creek and thereby damaged farms of the plain tiffs. Conference Monday Night The suits aggregating $25f000 were filed against the municipality by Oliver Locher and Henry P. Huber, whose farms are located on the streams. The plaintiffs with their attorney, R. S. Steiner of Lima, appeared before the town council at a meeting at the town hall Mon day night. They were questioned by Solicitor Durbin to secure more specific information about damages caused by pollution of the stream. The landowners reaffirmed that unless something was done by the (Continued on page 5) Woman Loses End Of Finger In Accident Mrs. Clint Morehead, 45, of five miles south of Bluffton on the coun ty line, suffered the loss of part of the middle finger of her left hand when it was accidentally caught in a corn sheller at her home the past week. The woman was alone at her farm home at the time of the accident and went to a neighbor’s to obtain help. She was removed to the Bluff ton hospital where the finger was amputated at the first joint. Farm Machinery Rationing Committee Rationing of new farm machinery and equipment in Allen county will be handled by a three-man commit tee headed by AAA Chairman, Clair A. Patterson of Lima it was an nounced Tuesday. Two other farmer members of the committee appointed by the County CSDA War Board are Leonard L. Bowsher of Shawnee township, and Francis C. Marshall of Richland township. Alternates named are Paul Lawrence of Auglaize township and J. C. Begg of Monroe township. The Department of Agriculture order of September 17, temporarily “freezing” all farm machinery and equipment was described by Patter son as necessary because of the critical shortage of steel and also to insure fair distribution of the limit ed supply and its placement where it will do the most good in wartime farming production. Mennonite Educator At St. John Church Dr. M. C. Lehman, well known Mennonite educator, will speak at a union meeting of the Mennonite churches of the Bluffton and Pan dora area, at the St. John Mennonite church next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. Dr. Lehman has just returned from Germany where he has been engaged in directing the relief ef forts of the Mennonite Central Com mittee. The committee has been dis pensing relief in most of the coun tries occupied by the German forces. He has travelled widely in Europe since the outbreak of the war, hav ing done relief work in France and Poland prior to his work in Ger many. The public is invited. Bumper Corn Crop— But Fodder May Be Scarce This Winter ALTHOUGH this district is harvesting one of the big gest corn crops in recent years many farmers are anticipating a shortage of fodder this winter. Reason for this situation is attributed to the shortage of labor for corn cutting which will force many farmers to resort to mechanical corn pickers. Harvesting by this method leaves the corn stalks standing in the field and deprives the farmer of the use of fodder used for feed and bedding in the wintering of livestock. Hen’s Rubber Work Are Frozen To PROPOSED HARMON ROAD EXTENSION MAY BE DEFERRED Construction of Satisfactory Retaining Wall is Engin eer’s Problem Work on Street Projected for This Fall May be- Postponed Until Spring Engineering problems in connec tion with the proposed extension of Harmon road from East College avenue to Cherry street this fall, may delay construction work until next year. This became known the first of the week with the announcement by Mayor W. A. Howe that a satisfac tory solution of the engineering dif ficulties would be the first step in getting the project under way. The proposed roadway will follow the west bank of Big Riley creek for the distance between the two streets and construction of a re taining wall on the side facing the creek will be necessary, it was point ed out by the mayor. The other side will also require protection against high water it was stated. Seek Property Easements Later Only until these problems are worked out in more detail by the engineers will the easement from property owners be secured, it was pointed out. No difficulty is antici pated in obtaining the easement since a number of the owners have already signified their willingness to donate enough of their land along the creek for that purpose. County Engineer Hobart Mum maugh will likely assist the town in working out details of the road way construction, the Mayor said. Fill Required Considerable fiU will be required to bring the road up to grade level. This would be required for most of the road which will be about a quarter mile long. At the present time it is likely that a stone dress ing would be applied to the top and after the war it could be properly surfaced with asphalt. Ton Of Milk Floods Nickel Plate Crossing When Freight Hits Truck The road would relieve traffic con gestion on Main street considerably in that it would provide an effective by-pass for traffic which would otherwise be required to go on Main street. At the same time it would serve industrial establishments in the area including the two plants of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., the municipal electric light and waterworks plant, Page Dairy, Bluffton Hatchery and Bluffton Stone Co. Last Rites For Marilyn Dearth I Funeral services for Marilyn Col leen Dearth, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dearth, four miles north of Ada, were held at the home of the parents Satur day afternoon. She died on Friday. Rev. L. B. Rcmalcy officiated at the services. Burial was at the Has san cemetery. Janitor Resigns Levi Mellinger has resigned his position as janitor at the Grade school building and is employed at the Triplett plant. Charles Fenton one of the janitors at the high school building is filling the position temp orarily. Two Youths in Cab of Milk Truck Escape with Minor Cuts and Bruises Front of Truck Demolished and Hurled to Side of Track by Locomotive More than a ton of milk flooded the College avenue crossing of the Nickel Plate railroad last Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock when a load ed truck bound for the Page Dairy plant was struck by a through freight train. Although the front of the truck (Continued on page 8) Shoes And Boots Be Rationed Monday Order Effective at Midnight Tuesday to Prevent Run on Stocks Six Types for Men Covered Women’s and Children's Not Affected Stocks of men’s rubber boots and rubber work shoes on Bluffton deal ers’ shelves were frozen Tuesday at midnight by the Office of Price Ad ministration at Washington. An nouncement of the freezing order was made late Tuesday afternoon. The OPA stated that rationing of the frozen stocks would start next Monday, but until that time all stocks now in the hands of retailers will be frozen and dealers will be required to secure inventory forms from local rationing boards before sales of the rationed articles may be made. Six types of rubber boots and shoes to be rationed will be sold on certificate only to men working on jobs essential to the war or to public health and safety. Women’s, Children’s Rubbers Unaffected Women’s and children’s rubber boots and ordinary rubbers, arctics and gaiters are not affected by the freeze or the rationing orders. Re claimed rubber is mostly used for them. This first government move into the field of clothing rationing af fects six types of men’s rubber boots and rubber work shoes because they require a high content of crude rub ber and because of a mounting de mand among industrial and agri cultural workers. The almost immediate freezing or der was designed to avert any buyers’ run. These Are Rationed The following men’s footwear is included in the rationing order: Hip-height rubber boots, including all of hip, body and thigh height^: (Continued on page 8) European Relief Head Will Speak At Lions Dr. M. C. Lehman, who has just returned from Germany where he has headed Mennonite war relief ac tivities, will be the speaker at the meeting of the Lions club to be held at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Dr. Lehman has been administer ing relief to countries occupied by the Germans and'he will describe his experiences in these countries. Rev. J. Norman King, retired U. S. army chaplain of Dayton, will speak to the Lions on Tuesday night October 20, it was announced by I. B. Beeshy, club president. Rev. King will tell about army life at the meet ing. Bluffton Girl Is Painfully Burned Margaret Basinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Basinger of South Lawn avenue, is recovering from burns received in a painful ac cident last week when her dreasing gown caught fire as she was stand ing in front of the fire place at the home of her parents. Her brother-in-law, William Ed wards, quickly rolled her in a rug and smothered the flames. She re ceived many painful burns on the body. She had just taken a position at the Dayton army air field and was home for the week end visiting her parents. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY7 BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 1912 LIVESTOCK YARDS HERE WILL CLOSE TWO DAYS WEEKLY No Operations on Tuesday and Wednesday at Brady Bros. Markets Sixty Yards in Three States to Be Closed to Conserve Tires and Gas Bluffton’s livestock yards owned and operated by Brady Bros., will be closed every Tuesday and Wed nesday beginning next week as a measure to conserve tires and gaso line. Announcement to this effect was made by A. E. Lugibill in charge of the local yards. The market here is one of 60 yards located in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana owned by Brady Bros., large livestock dealers with headquarters at Payne, Ohio. Livestock assembled at the com pany’s different yards is graded and then trucked to a central point for carload shipments to packing houses. Some thirty trucks are operated by the company in this phase of the business and it is with the aim of conserving tires and gasoline of these trucks that the order was issued for a shutdown two days weekly. All of the company’s yards will be effected, it was stated Wednesday morning. FINDS BROKEN RAIL IN TIME TO AVERT TIEUP ON RAILROAD Sidney Garau, Merchant Police, Discovers Break Tues day Night Section Crew Makkes Emergen cy Repairs Near Cherry Street Crossing Promp action by Sidney Garau, Bluffton merchant police, early Tuesday night averted what might have been a serious train wreck on the Nickel Plate road here. Garau, making his first round of local business places and industrial concerns shortly after 7 o’clock, dis covered a section of broken rail at the railroad’s Cherry street crossing. He notified Alva Scoles living nearby on Cherry street who in turn telephoned Agent Fred Hofer. An eastbound freight due here at 8 p. m., was notified of the situation as it had made an unscheduled stop at Beaverdam to make a minor re pair. Meanwhile a section crew was summoned to make emergency i e pairs. During the evening traffic of the line, including the Cleveland to St. Louis passenger train passed over the place cautiously but with out interruption. The repair job was complete dabout 11 p. m. The broken section of rail was dis covered only a few feet east of the grade crossing and opposite the shelter for the watchman on duty during daytime. The crossing is protected by an electrically operated signal at night? The bleak was at the base of the “ball” of the rail. While not immediately serious it would, if un discovered, lead to further breaks in the rail at the same spot and eventually derail traffic Hofer stated. In New Locations Mrs. Lysle Baumgartner left Wed nesday for Mishawaka, Ind., Her husband is employed in the offices of the Ball Band Rubber company and the family will make their’home in that city. Mr. and Mrs. George Linden and family will move the last of this week from the Mrs. Ethel Niswander apartment on South Jackson street to the Lyle Baumgartner property on Cherry street. Rev. and Ernest Bigelow will move this week from the Miss Martha Steiner property on South Lawn ave nue to the Mrs. Niswander apart ment on South Jackson street. Rev. and Mrs. John Elwood who spent the summer near Ada, after being in Pomeroy the past year have moved to Evanston, Ill., where he will enter Garrett Theological sem inary. Cold early Monday morning? Well there was a good reason, for temp erature dropped to 28 degrees above zero. It was the third time in a century that a temperature of 28 degrees has been recorded in this section in September. However, farmers here reported frost damage was slight. It has been pointed out that the killing of the heavy foliage in the soy bean fields will make possible an early harvesting of the district’s bumper crop. Nearly all of the corn was well enough matured to escape damage, a few late fields were going into silos in different parts of the surrounding countryside. The vegetable harvest in town and country is virtually completed. The Triplett Company Without Single Lost-time Accident In Six Months deceives Silver and Gold Plaque For Making Top Record in Allen County An attractive silver and gold plaque signifying the leading safety record of 150 manufacturing and business concerns in Allen county for the first six months of 1942 was presented last Wednesday to The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. of this place. R. L. Triplett, president and gen eral manager of the Bluffton concern, accepted the plaque, on behalf of employes, at a banquet held in Lima to honor winners in the safety cam paign. To win the signal honor, the Trip lett Company worked 657,459 hours from January 1 to July 1, 1942, without a single lost-time accident. Mercury Drops To Low Mark Of 28 Monday For Third Time In Century Speaking at the banquet was Dr. Charles Copeland Smith, of New York City. A native-born English man, Dr. Smith is now a citizen of the United States. In his address Dr. Smith paid high tribute to industry for the part it is playing in the war pro gram. “Miracles performed in the production field of this nation some times are not properly appreciated by us because they promptly are succeeded by more and more mir acles”, the speaker declared. Dr. Smith explained that rather than cite an isolated case he would review the results of profits shown by the review of 150 war contracting firms. “Taking the average, it was found that gross profits prior to tax ation was six per cent, and after the deduction of taxation three per cent. Such a record shows industry is not going hog wild in war profiteering.” IT ill Enlist In Army Air Corps Band Unit Nelson Hauenstein, son of Prof, and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Cam pus Drive left Wednesday for Los Vegas, New Mexico, to enlist in the army as a member of the 95th air squadron band. He was graduated from Eastman School of Music, Rochester N. Y., last spring, specializiysnn ffute and spent the summer e the kUr versity of Michigan, Ajp Arbor, w: ere he had a teaching asstantslxip in the music department for the coming year. To enlist in the army he was re leased by the Allen county draft board and the university music de partment. Accompanying Hauenstein to Los Vegas will be Noah Knepper of Bowling Green, who will enlist as a member of the same army band as a member of the oboe section. Knep per was also a student at the Uni versity of Michigan last summer. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Elliot, of West Kibler street, a boy, Roger Bryan, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Crawfis, a boy, Gary Lynn, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shroats, Jenera, a girl, Susan Jane, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weih rauch, Jenera, a boy, Robert Paul, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hutchinson, Lima, a girl, Karen Sue, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martin, Wil liamstown, a boy, Tuesday. tomato season is practically over, and the potato and sweet potato crops are matured. An unusually large amount of cane has been planted in the Bluff ton area last spring for old fash ioned sorghum molasses. The freeze compelled the patch owners to strip the leaves from the stalks and get it ready for the cane mills. No damage was done to sugar beets and harm to apples is slight because the loss of the trees’ leaves will enable the late fruit to ripen faster. Furnaces were started in opera tion heating stoves were set up and some residents were seen putting on storm doors and storm windows, all indications of unusually cold weather for this time of the year. 11 u fit on Concern Wins Industrial Award For County Safety Record WAR CHEST DRIVE TO BE HELD HERE OCTOBER 10 TO 30 Campaign Will Combine All Drives for War Relief Under One Unit Local Organization for Solicita tions Being Formed by, Mayor W. A. Howe Combining all drives for war relief under one head, Bluffton residents will be solicited for contributions to the Allen County War Chest for the United Service Organizations and nine national war relief agencies, it was announced Tuesday by Mayor W. A. Howe, temporary chairman of the local organization. The cam paign will be conducted Oct. 10 to 30 throughout the country. Individual drives for relief of a particular country or organization will be eliminated and the War Chest drive will unite into a single effort the raising of funds for the needs of the home front and war front, it was stated. The Allen county quota is $52,731. Only One Drive Bluffton residents should welcome the opportunity of contributing to war relief in one sum instead of being bothered by numerous drives asking for relief in the various parts of the world, it was pointed out by Mayor Howe. An organization for the drive is being formed locally with represen tatives from the various clubs, busi ness groups, fraternal orders and other organizations of the commun ity. A meeting of the representa tives will be called in the near future to make preliminary plans, the mayor stated. War Relief Control All of the war relief agencies in cluded in the Allen county and Bluff ton campaign have been registered with and licensed by the President’s War Relief Control board of which Joseph Davies is chairman. These agencies have been examined and approved by the National Informa tion bureau, New York. Thus all contributors can be assured that their funds will go into legitimate relief channels. “All Americans should welcome contributing to this cause in view of the opportunity to aid our valient allies in a way which will promote international unity as no other method can,” it was further stated by the mayor. Union Services At High School Sunday Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will be the speaker at the first in a series of monthly meeting to be held at the Bluffton High school auditorium Sun day night at 8 o’clock. The meeting will be sponsored by the Bluffton ministerial association and generally will be held on the first Sunday of the month, it was stated by Rev. Emil Burrichtet, pres ident of the organization. The offering of the evening will go to the community religious educa tion fund. The public is invited. Real Estate Deal H. E. Shrider has purchased the North Jackson street property of the late Mrs. Jennie Althaus, it is announced by A. D. Gratz, adminis trator of the estate. iulTton PCS BUY UNITED •TATES SAVINGS ^BOHDS I MID STAMPS NUMBER 23 FIRE DAMAGE IN TOWN LOW LOSS N COUNTRY HEAVY Department Gives Out Figures for Fire Preven tion Week Total of Loss in Town is $1,600 Losses in Country $15,000 Local preparation for observance of national fire prevention week, Oc tober 4 to 10 brought the announce ment that Bluffton’s fire loss for the first nine months of 1942 has been 81,600 in six blazes, an increase over the $70 total of last year. Last year there were five runs of the fire department. In 1940 the ag gregate loss was only $50 and in the same period in 1939 there was a loss of $1,500. $15,000 Loss in Country Five runs have been made to rural areas by the Bluffton fire department so far this year, with a total damage of $15,000, it was reported by Clar ence Stonehili, secretary' of the de partment. A year ago the losses in the country came to $26,000 with six runs. Bluffton’s fire fighting equipment has been improved during the last year, with the purchase of 500 feet of additional hose. Observance of fire prevention week also has served to focus renewed at tention on the need for additional equipment that will be made available if action can be had from the V) I’B for delivery of the Mack fire truck cancelled by that group in early May. Contacting WPB City Solicitor Francis Durbin is presenting the facts to VV i’B officials relative to the need here for the equip ment which the voters of Blugton ap proved funds for last November. Durbin will stress to WPB that Bluffton is a center of defense indus try upwards of a half dozen plants engaged directly or indirectly in pro duction for the war effort and that a (Ucrttinucd on page 5) Many Attend Funeral For Harry O. Bentley Many from Bluffton were in at tendance at funeral services held at Lima, Saturday afternoon for Harry O. Bentley, 69, widely known corpor ation lawyer and native of this place. Bentley died unexpectedly at his home in Lima shortly before eight o’clock last Thursday morning. Death was due to a heart attack. He had become ill during the night but had not considered his illness serious enough to summon a physician. He was senior member of the law firm of Wheeler, Bentley, Neville and Cory and prominent in profes sional and civic affairs. The son of Winfield Scott and Mary Jane (Anderson) Bentley, he was born in 1873 near Bluffton. The family lived on what is now the Ira Slusser farm on Bentley road south of town. He graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1891 and later taught in the schools here. Out standing as a student Bentley gained more than local note for his attain ments in spelling school contests. His legal career began with his admission to the bar after graduat ing from the Ohio Northern univers ity law school in 1896. Locating in Lima he formed a law partnership with the late S. S Wheeler and since resided in that city. He was a frequent Bluffton visitor especially during the lifetime of his parents who moved to town and lived for a number of years at what is now the Lloyd Murray residence on South Main street. He was also a loyal supporter of Bluffton college and a close friend of the late Dr. S. K. Mosiman, former president of the institution. Memorial services in his honor were held at the Bluffton college chapel, Sunday evening with D. W. Bixler as the principal speaker. Bentley was general counsel for the Triplett Electrical Instrument company of Bluffton and more than a score of other industrial and finan cial firms. Among these was the Pennsylvania railroad which he rep resented as district solicitor for forty years. Funeral services were held from the Davis, Miller and Son Cathedral chapel in Lima. Among the hon orary pallbearers was R. L. Triplett of this place. Surviving are his wife, Blanche Bentley whom he married April 3, 1901 two daughters Mrs. Robert Breckenridge and Mrs. Charles Cory five grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Charles Killen, all of Lima.