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BUY VMITBD STATKI BSFCKSE AM® STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXVII NEW TAX RATE ON REAL ESTATE HERE IS SET AT $19.20 Richland Twp. in Bluffton School District Rate Will Be $16.20 Beaverdam Corporation and School District to Pay Rate Of $12.90 Tax rate on Bluffton real estate for the coming year has been set at $19.20 for each thousand dollars of taxable property, it was announced by the Allen county auditor’s office the first of the week. While the rate is as yet tentative, pending acceptance by the various taxing subdivisions, it was indicated that changes, if any, would be minor. Bluffton council, in charge of mu nicipal finances and the board of edu cation in charge of schools have signified their satisfaction with the levies which they receive under the present rate. Town Tax Rate Higher The 1942 rate of $19.20 which will be effective for collection of taxes Detailed summary of tax rates in Bluffton, Beaverdam and Rich land township since 1939 appears on Page 2 of this issue. this December and June of next year is ten cents higher per thousand dol lars of taxable property than the 1941 rate of $19.10. This advance is due to the fact that while the levy for county purposes de creased 25 cents, the corporation levy increased 25 cents and the school levy 10 cents. School District Rates That portion of Richland township in the Bluffton school district will re ceive a ten cent reduction. Tax rate for the coming year is $16.10 as com pared with the past year’s rate of $16.20. On the other hand the portion of Richland township in the Beaverdam school district will face a higher rate, $12.90 for the coming year as compar ed to the present rate of $12.30. Beaverdam taxpayers who have been paying at the rate of $12.70 this year will pay twenty cents more, the new rate having been announced at $12.90. The $12.90 rate applies both to Beaverdam corporation and the school district. Bible Lectures At Reformed Church “These Three: You—the Church— the World” is the theme of the Bible lectures, sponsored by the St. John’s Reformed church, to be presented by the Rev. Dr. Carl Koepke of Ft. Wayne, Ind., on October 25 to 29. The first lecture on Sunday night will be held at the high school audi torium and the remaining addresses will be given at the St. John’s Re formed church with all meetings scheduled to start at 8 o’clock. The public is invited to attend the lec tures, it was stated by the Rev. Emil Burrichter. Bluffton Man Army Air Corps Inspector Virgil Moser, former Bluffton man who has been inspector for the army at an aircraft plant in Ken more, N. Y., a Buffalo suburb, has been transferred to Chicago where he is inspector in charge for the Army air corps at the Douglas Air craft plant. His family is moving to Chicago this week. Moser is a brother of Ezra Moser north of town. Mrs. Moser is the former Ola Luginbihl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Cal Lug inbihl near Bluffton. Young People9s Unit Will Meet Sunday Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Bluffton Presbyterian church, will be the speaker at a meeting of the Bluffton Young People’s Federation to be held at the Methodist church Sunday night at 6 o’clock. Election of officers for the year will be held at the meeting. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blackburn, Je nera, a boy, last Wednesday. Mr*, and Mrs. Clyde Hauenstein, Ada, a girl, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. George Clapper, a girl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Amstutz, a girl, Sunday. Youth Here Served On Lost V. S. Cruiser Burdette Clark, 22-year-old Bluff ton youth serving in the Navy whose death was reported early last month, at one time was stationed on the U. S. Cruiser Vincennes, the loss of which was announced by the navy the first of the week. The cruiser, according to the Navy’s report, was sunk in a battle with Japanese naval units off the Solomon islands on August 9. Whether Clark was aboard the cruis er at that time is not known. He was last reported on the Vincennes before the outbreak of the w'ar. Announcement of Clark’s death re ceived from the Navy department stated that he was killed in action in the line of duty but gave no de tails. COMMITTEE NAMED FOR PRICE CEILING REGULATION HERE Mayor Howe Appoints Three Council Members to Serve On Control Unit Complaints of Violations of Price Ceilings May be Made To Committee Machinery for the enforcement of price ceiling regulations on retail merchandise is being set up in Bluff ton/it was announced this week by Mayor W. A. Howe. A committee has been appointed by the Mayor to deal with the local price ceiling situation. Three mem bers of the town council—E. S. Lape, Jesse Yoakam and William Amstutz will serve on the Bluffton committee. Details of the arrangements will be worked out at a meeting of the business men and the committee, called by H. B. Fox, Allen county coordinator, to be held at the Bluff ton High school auditorium Thurs day night at 8 o’clock. Discuss Regulations Thursday Regulations concerning price ceil ings will be discussed at the Thurs day meeting by Coordinator Fox. All business men are urgently re quested to be present at this meet ing, it was stated by Mayor Howe. The local committee will make regular checks at retail establish ments here to see that the retail prices are not higher than the ceil ing prices as established by law. Complaints of violations of ceiling prices may be made to the com mittee which will be instructed as to appropriate action to take, it was stated by the Mayor. Most of the retail merchandise and food on the counters at stores is subject to price ceilings and in numerous cases violations have been reported. Heavy fines are provided for violators of the law, it was pointed out. Rev. J. N. King Will Address Lions Club Rev. J. Norman King, Dayton, former Bluffton minister and teach er, will be the speaker at a meet ing of the Bluffton Lions club Tues day night at 6:15 o’clock. Rev. King, who recently retired as Army chaplain, is now stationed at the military home in Dayton. He will speak about activities of the United States armed forces. Club women from the towns and cities of northwestern Ohio will meet in the annual district fall con ference of the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs at the Bluffton Methodist church, on Thursday, October 22. Bluffton Man Leaves For Geneva, Switzerland, For War Relief Work All women of the community are invited to attend the meetings which start with the registration at 9 o’clock, it was announced by Mrs. I. W. Bauman, president of the Bluffton City Federation. District Conference Of Ohio Federation Of Women’s Clubs Meets Here Oct. 22 The public is invited to attend the meeting Thursday evening at 8:15 o’clock which will be featured with an address by Hugh Pharies of the FBI organization who will speak on the subject, “The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Defense.” The Bluffton College A Capella choir will sing at this meeting. Dr. Josephine Peirce, Lima, dean Delvin Kirchhofer to Sail from Baltimore on Portuguese Liner, Oct. 24 Selected to Geneva Post Large ly Because of Ability to Speak Swiss Organization of war relief for thousands of refugees in Switzer land will be one of the important tasks of Delvin Kirchhofer, of South Jackson street, who will sail from Baltimore harbor on October 24, with Geneva, Switzerland as his destination. Kirchhofer will be an administrat or for other relief activities in Europe for the Mennonite Central Committee. He was chosen for the Geneva post largely because of his ability to speak the Swiss language. Speaks Swiss Several weeks ago when Kirch hofer secured his visa for travel in Switzerland he was able to converse satisfactorily with the members of the Swiss consulate in Philadelphia. He found that the Swiss language used in this community, and other Swiss communities where he has been, is practically identical with that used in the native land of Switzerland. Kirchhofer will sail on the Por tugese liner, Nyassa, which is ex pected to arrive in Lisbon, Portugal about Nov. 10. Since Portugal is a neutral country in the present struggle its boats are able to travel in safety fully lighted at night. From Lisbon he will go through Spain to France and stop at Mar seilles where he will receive instruc tions from the American Friends Service Committee, with which the Mennonite closely collaborates. Fi nal instructions will be given by the Mennonite Central committee at Lyons, France before he undertakes the work at Geneva. Expand Relief The Mennonite and Quaker com mittees are attempting to expand their relief to war sufferers in Greece and Poland where thousands Of people are dying of starvation. Contacts in the various foreign of fices of Geneva will be used to further this type of work, Kirch hofer pointed out. The Mennonite committee works closely with the International Red Cross from which it purchases most of the food distributed to the war (Continued on page 8) Golden Anniversary Anniversary Sunday Fifty years of wedded life will be marked in a Golden Wedding anni versary celebration by Mr. and Mrs. William G. Fridley at their home north of Bluffton on Sunday. The family and near relatives will have dinner Sunday noon and open house will be held from 2 to 5 p. m. Mrs. Fridley was formerly Miss Gertrude Varner. The couple have three children, Clarence at home Charles, near Bluffton, and Mrs. Willis Schumacher, five and one-half miles north of town. Real Estate Deal Emil Garau of Indianapolis has sold his brick residence property on South Main street to Walter Augs burger of near Bluffton. The prop erty is occupied by Louis Deerhake. Augsburger expects to occupy the property soon. His son Wade Augs burger and family will move on the farm. of departments, will speak on “Our Departments in Action” at 9:30 o’clock Thursday morning. This ad dress will be followed by committee reports. Mrs. C. L. Goldthorpe, vice president of the state federation, will speak at 11:30 o’clock. In the afternoon, Mrs. M. Y. New comb, president of the state federa tion, will present the president’s message. This will be followed by a discussion on “Relationship Be tween Soil and Health” by Prof. O. E. Fink of Ohio State university. An informal conference banquet will be held at 6 o’clock in which R. H. McDonald will address the group on “Inflation and the Consumer”. Local arrangements for the all day conference are in charge of the offi cers of the Bluffton Federation of Women’s Clubs. FHE BLUFFTON N A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT tRESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 1942 HIT BY GRADE Robert Fields Struck in At tempt to Push Stalled Auto Off Tiicks Employed in Lima and Expect ed to Move There Last of This Week Struck by a fast Nickel Plate freight train as he was attempting to push his stalled automobile off a grade crossing, Robert Fields, 34, of North Main street was instantly killed Sunday afternoon at 4:20 o’clock. The accident occurred on the Sugar Creek road between Beaver dam and Lima a short distance south of the Dixie Highway. Fields’ decapitated body with one arm severed was hurled 200 feet from the scene of the accident and the car was thrown? clear of the tracks when it was struck by the speeding locomotive. Unable to Stop Train Engineer William. Swartzman of Lima told investigating officials that he saw Fields climb out of his car but it was too late to stop the heavy train, Swartzman said. I Highway patrolmen and Justice of the Peace Warren E. Jones, acting I in the absence of Coroner Harry Lewis reported that Fields had stepped from the car and was ap parently trying to push it off the tracks when he was hit. The body was taken to the Davis, Miller & Son mortuary in Lima from where it was removed to the Stanley Basinger funeral home here Monday morning. Employed in Lima Fields at the time of his death was employed at the plant of the Lima Locomotive works. He was previously employed as a truck driv er for the Page Dairy here. In order to live nearer his work Fields recently purchased a property in a Lima subdivision^fafcd had made arrangements to mbve his family there the last of this week, vacating the W. S. Dearth property here on North Main street. In anticipation of occupying the Lima property Fields had been busy in his spare time making repairs and improvements around the place. Funeral Services Funeral services were held at his late home here Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Emil Burrichter of the Reformed church officiating. The body was taken to Anna, Ohio, Wed nesday, where services were held at the Methodist church followed by interment in Pearl cemetery at that place. Surviving are his wife and two sons Richard and Jack father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fields of Anna two brothers Chalmer of Sidney and Roland at home and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Short of Sidney and Mrs. Ruth Fennery of New York city. Dissolve Implement Company Partnership Partnership of Noah Neuensch wander and Oswin Luginbuhl oper ating here under the name of the Bluffton Implement & Harness com pany was dissolved Saturday when Neuenschwander purchased Lugin buhl’s interest in the business. Amount involved in the deal was not disclosed. Neuenschwander has taken over sole management of the business and announced that former policies will continue. Luginbuhl has announced no plans for the fu ture. The business has been operated as a partnership by the two men for about fifteen years. Notice The following business places will be closed on Wednesday nights be ginning this week: A & Tea Co., Badertscher’s Gro cery, John Fett & Sons, Suties Cleaners, Ludwig Shoe Shop, Ruff’s Store, Gray & White, Economy Store, City Market, Todd’s Grocery, Sie field Bakery, Helen’s Hat Shop, Peter Gratz Dry Goods, Greding’s Hard ware, G. H. Barnes Grocery, Ba singer’s Furniture Store, Mumma Electric Shop, Lape Co., Community Market. Closed beginning next Wednesday: Bigler’s and Basinger’s Meat Mar kets, C. F. Niswander ,Bluffton Im plement & Harness Co. Open Wednesday nights—W. H. Gratz shoe store, Fred Gratz, Stein er & Huser clothing stores. Bluffton residents must obtain ra tioning certificates for the use of kerosene the same as any other type of fuel oil, it was learned this week. Every deafer, storekeeper or gas station operator who sells kerosene must register at the office of the Allen county rationing board on October 20 and 21. Every person who expects to buy kerosene must go to his rationing board and obtain his rationing allow ance after the kerosene retailers have been registered. The registration of the consumers’ application will begin October 22 and continue for one week. There is no strict limit to the amount that a kerosene consumer may be allowed by his board, altho its use must be conserved, it was stated. The consumer will be required to state his actual minimum needs, and on the basis of that statement and from their own knowledge of local conditions the boards will make their judgment._______________________ Second Campaign Fo And Rubber High and Grade Schools Will Sponsor Collection Drive This Month School Pupils Will Canvass Neighborhood for Scrap Materials Bluffton’s second drive for scrap metal and rubber will be under the direction of the public schools here and will start Monday and continue until the end of October, it was an nounced by Mayor W. A. Howe, chairman. All of the school pupils from grades one through twelve will as sist in the drive not only in round ing up the scrap materials them selves but in calling on neighbors surrounding their homes, it was stated by the Mayor. Altho Bluffton had a successful drive, for scrap metal last month, jt is believed that there is still a con siderable amount of scrap in the homes and farms. Busy summer working activities prevented many people from collecting the scrap on their premises, it is believed. In charge of the scrap drive at the school are Harry Barnes, Robert Ewing and Orden Smucker. All school pupils are being asked to make an inventory of scrap mater ials that might be lying around at their homes. The pupils will then contact their neighbors and bring what scrap they can carry to school. If the scrap item is too heavy to carry either the town or township truck will bring it in to the town hall where another scrap heap will be located. All scrap from both school buildings will be taken to the town hall pile, it was stated. Scrap brought to any of the collec tion centers is the property of the United States government and there are heavy fines to protect the scrap from being stolen. All Kerosene Users Here Must Be Registered After Week Of Oct. 22 Children who would like to have money for the scrap metal they bring in will be issued receipts and after the scrap is sold the funds will be distributed on a pro-rata basis. Hospital Purchases X-Ray Equpment Portable x-ray equipment was pur chased at the Bluffton Community hospital and will be installed this week, it was announced by N. E. Byers, president of the board. The new equipment which includes a fluoroscope will enable the staff to take care of all types of cases re quiring x-ray treatment. Sixty-three years of wedded life will be celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cummins in an anniversary observance at their home in Orange township, Sunday. Mr. Cummins is 83 and Mrs. Cummins is 82 years of age. Light Plant Mishap Disrupts Breakfasts Orange Township Couple To Mark 63 Years Of Wedded Life Sunday The couple will receive the con gratulations of their many friends in open house on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 o’clock. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary 13 years ago. Mrs. Cummins, the former Emma Gorby, is a life long resident of Orange township. Mr. Cummins was Breakfast in Bluffton homes was disrupted last Thursday when toast ers and lights suddenly glowed brightly and then burned out and radios went dead right in the mid dle of the early morning broadcast. The trouble occurred at the muni cipal plant about 7 a. m. when sticking of the mechanism of a volt age regulator on the plant’s switch board caused an upsurge in voltage which burned out many small house hold appliances. Frederick Ludwig, engineer in charge, shut down the operation of the turbine for a short time while adjustments were made after which service was resumed. Normal current output at the plant is 2,300 volts and capacity of the generator is 3,000 volts. In crease in voltage was somewhere be tween these two limits, plant attaches stated.________ Scrap Metal Begin Next Monday Death Takes Charles Steinman Wednesday Charles A. Steinman, 74, promin ent Jenera lumber dealer and father of Forrest Steinman of this place, died at his home in Jenera, Wed nesday morning at 4 o’clock. Mr. Steinman had been in failing health over a period of two years and had been bedfast for the past 10 days. Funeral services will be held at the Jenera Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Charles Miller and the Rev. J. J. Anglemyer. Mr. Steinman was one of five bro thers who organized the Steinman Bros. Lumber Co. of Jenera in 1891 and has been active in directing the affairs of the company until very recently. His son Emerson Steinman has been manager of the Jenera branch and another son Forrest Steinman has been in charge at Bluffton since 1932. The firm has expanded its milling operations until it has grown to be one of the largest in the area and in April, 1941, held a 50th anni versary celebration. Mr. Steinman was born in Van Buren township, Hancock county on Dec. 3, 1868, the son of George and Catherine Hull Steinman. He moved from his farm home in Van Buren township to Jenera in 1889. He was united in marriage to Della Miller of McComb on March 28, 1895. She died on October 16, 1936. To this union were born five child ren, all of whom survive: Forrest Steinman, Bluffton, Emerson Stein man and Miss Kathryn Steinman of Jenera Mrs. Homer Reeder, Lima Mrs. Mildred Wilson, Middletown. There are five grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Joseph and Alph Steinman of Je nera John Steinman of Arlington and a sister Mrs. Lizzie Smith of Jenera. Preceding him in death were three sisters, Mrs. Ella Cramer, Mrs. Alice Martz, Mrs. Caroline Thomas and three brothers, Andrew, Jacob and William Steinman. Prominent in the affairs of the church he was superintendent and teacher in the Methodist Sunday school in Jenera and served as a member of the board of education in Van Buren township. Burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery in Findlay. Enlists In Navy H. Jack Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street has enlisted in the navy and is now at Great Lakes Naval Training station. born in Hardin county. They have lived at the present farm for the past 20 years. Both are members of the Riley Creek Baptist church and attend regularly. They were in church last Sunday morning. They have one son, Elmer Cum mins of New Stark and two daugh ters, Mrs. Francis Wagner and Mrs. George Wagner both of Orange township. Mrs. Cummins has one brother, Sam Gorby of Orange township and a sister living in Michigan. NUMBER 25 $2,500 GOAL IN BLUFFTON WAR CHEST CANVASS Wore Than 100 Solicitors Se lected for Intensive House To House Drive Residents May Designate War Chest Agencies to Which Funds are Given With the local quota set at $2,500 an intensive drive for funds for the Allen county war chest will get under way here on Saturday and will last until Friday, Oct. 23, it was announc ed this week by Mayor W. A. Howe, chairman. More than 100 solicitors have been selected by the local war chest com mittee to make a thorough house to hcaise canvas. About 30 workers have been selected for each of the four pre cincts of the town, the Mayor explain ed. Precinct Captains Eight precinct captains have been appointed as follows: A I. B. Beeshy and Mrs. J. S. Steiner B— Robert Ewing and Don Conrad C— Fred Getties and Charles Cobum D— Forrest Mumma and Ralph Patterson. The solicitation in Richland town ship has already begun and is under the direction of Henry Huber, chair man T. V. Stirn, Arthur Bowers, Raymond Stratton, Mrs. Harvey Gratz and Mrs. Everett Rowland. With a local goal of $2,500 it will be necessary for every family to give about five dollars or an average of about one dollar per person, it was pointed out by the Mayor. Agencies Listed Residents who contribute to the fund may designate any of the fol lowing relief agencies to which they wish their funds to be given: American Social Hygiene associa tion, British War Relief, Queen Wil helmina fund (Dutch), Greek War Re lief, Polish American Council, Rus sian War Relief, United China Relief, War Prisoners Aid, War Emergency fund (Y.W.C.A.), United Service Organizations. If there are no designations made on the official war chest solicitation card, the national war chest commit tee will distribute the proceeds of the subscription according to the budget committees allocations. In no case can designations be made to organiza tions not included in the w-ar chest list, it was pointed out. Pledges to the war chest fund may be made in installments or cash may be given at the time of the solicita tion. Provision is made on the pledge card to make payment in the most convenient form. In war time citizens have a double responsibility—not only to buy war bonds for the promotion of war but also to make contributions to the building of morale and the relief of human suffering in the war points, it was explained by the Mayor. All drives for war relief are com bined under one head in this plan, thus eliminating the many separate drives for sorely needed funds for war relief in various parts of the world. With The Sick Miss Mary Alice Howe, daughter of Mayor and Mrs. W. A. Howe, is at the Bluffton hospital where she is convalescing from an appendicitis operation which she underwent Mon day morning. Wayne Sommers, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sommers west of town, underwent an appendi citis operation at the Bluffton hos pital Saturday morning. Miss Mary Jane Worthington, Bluffton High school senior, is con valescing from an appendicitis oper ation at the Bluffton hospital. Francis Basinger, Bluffton High school bus driver, underwent an ap pendicitis operation at the Bluffton hospital, Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Gottlieb Danner, 93, of South Jackson street, was removed from the Bluffton hospital on Monday to the home of a daughter in Ft. Wayne, Ind. She is suffering from effects of a fall at her home here. Jacob Conrad is ill at his home in Beaverdam. William Fett is confined to his home north of Beaverdam with an illness. Condition of J. H. Loganbill, Bluff ton college business manager, re mains unchanged. He is ill at his apartment at Lincoln hall. S. H. Pifer, of Rawson, is serious ly ill at the Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Florence Sechler is ill at her home on Railroad street Mrs. Frank Stalder is recovering from a two weeks’ illnes at her home on Riley street.