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VOLUME NO. LXVII BLUFFTON PLANS TO WELCOME NEW YEAR WITH GAIETY Watch Parties and Bands Carolers WiU Greet 1943 Thursday Night of Enthusiasm and Cheer for New Year Little Dampened by Clouds of War With the fortunes of war having taken a considerable brighter turn than at this time last year, Bluffton area residents will cast their cares aside to the accompaniment of ring ing bells, shrilling whistles and blowing horns as watch parties pre pare to celebrate the passing of an other year and the ushering in of a successor at midnight on Thursday. As is the custom in the community many bands of carolers will make their traditional rounds of the town and countryside adding color and cheerfulness to the New Year’s ob servance. Caroling Caroling on New Year’s eve is a tradition of long standing in this area and the many bands of singers know most of the melodies by heart. In past years carolers traveled thruout the countryside in cars but with the various restrictions on tires and gasoline it is expected that this type of activity practically will be eliminated this year. Often are the the homes they serenade. midnight lunches or snacks served and the general gaiety of occasion prevails. Home on Furlough Some of the families in Bluffton, having sons ift the Army service, will celebrate the New Year, with one or several members of the family absent. In other cases the been extended to permit the boys to celebrate the holiday with their par ents here. Watch parties are another fav orite form of entertainment in Bluffton and numerous get-togethers are being planned again this year. In some cases groups are arranging theatre parties and in others they are confining the celebrations to their homes listening to the radio. Climax of Yuletide The period marks the time many people in the area take the house Christmas decora and discard the Christmas tree. New Year’s day marks the second anniversary of the dedication of Bluffton’s post office building. As usual postal deliveries will be sus pended on routes. both town and rural Stores Close will generally be sus Friday in observance of Business pended on New Year’s day. Saturday, however, will find the color and cheer of the Yuletide season absorbed in the rush of every day affairs. Bluffton grade and high school students will resume their studies on Monday with college classes conven ing on regular schedule Tuesday morning. Council Raises Pay Of Night Police Here Salary of Albert Reichenbach, Bluffton night police was advanced to $125 per month by action of the town council, Monday night. Reich enbach previously received $110 monthly. Rate of common labor, employed intermittently by the municipality also was raised from 45 cents to 50 cents per hour by the council, Mon day night. Rev. Pannabecker To Talk At Lions An illustrated lecture on China and the Far East will be presented by Rev. S. F. Pannabecker, mission ary returned from China, at a meet ing of the Lions club at the Walnut Grill next Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Rev. Pannabecker took most of the colored pictures himself which he will project on the screen. He will give an interpretation of present problems in the Far East as affect ed by recent war developments. Red Cross Rooms To Open Tuesday The two Red Cross work rooms lo cated at the Dr. J. S. Steiner resi dence on South Main street and at the Bluffton grade school will be open for volunteer work again start ing on Tuesday, it was announced by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, director of supplies. Surgical bandages will be made at the grade school room every week from Tuesday through Friday after noon from two to four o’clock. Gar ments and soldiers’ kits will be made at the sewing room. Organizations may reserve dates, it was announced. During the past year there were 1,055 garments made in the sewing room and were made August, it Steiner. 33,096 surgical bandages at the grade school since was announced by Mrs. SIEFIELD’S BAKERY TO CLOSE DOORS SATURDAY NIGHT Business to be Discontinued Be cause of Labor and Ma terial Shortages Firm activities of travel from is expected. No limitation on the the many carolers who house to house by foot Generally they are welcomed into in Continuous Operation Here Since 1919 Is 9th To Close Here The business room, Charles Hankish, will and the equipment will the barn on Siefield’s South Main street. gay to a will With the debut of 1943, the Yuletide season will be brought close, and the Bluffton district resume the accustomed mid-winter life. when down tions owned by be vacated be stored in premises on The present allotment of baking materials is insufficient to maintain an output adequate to justify con tinuance of the business, Siefield stated. His plans for the future are indefinite. This is the ninth business in Bluffton to be closed due to the war. Others closed are: Swank’s Barber Shop, Neu-Art Studio, Cal Balmer & Son Sawmill, Suties Haberdash ary department, the Beatrice Beauty shop, and the following filing stations: Gulf, Marathon and Johnson. bluffton markets Wednesday Morning Wheat, $1.40 new corn, 79c old corn, 80Hc oats^ 50c soys, $1.60. War and its effect on the every day life of a typical American small town takes the center of the stage in a review of the 1942 happenings in Bluffton and its environs. oddities that help to The usual make up the warp and woof of this community’s pattern of living also come in for tention, however, despite the war time setting. their share of the at- For one thing, 1942 gave the town its first entirely quiet Fourth of July in all history, a new Ohio state law assuring the complete absence of fireworks of all kinds from the celebrations. Despite war censorship, the weath er really was something to talk about. Weather Defies Censor The year started with a cold wave, climaxed by a six-below-zero reading on the morning of Jan. 7. The clos ing month of December also provided plenty of frigid weather, a four be low zero reading coming on Dec. 21 at the close of a cold spell that lasted for three weeks. Then to demonstrate the fickleness of the weatherman, warmer weather came to the district on Dec. 22, the first official day of winter, and spring-like temperatures prevailed for the most part during the rest of the month. Drastic temperature changes mark- ri-117 DI TI7 1 llJtL DLUr Gasoline Restrictions May Eliminate New Year’s Caroling In Country Areas re- Because of labor shortages and strictions of materials another Bluff ton business concern will close doors this Saturday night, ninth to be closed here as a suit of the war. its the re- op be Siefield Bakery, in continuous eration here since 1919, will closed indefinitely, it was announced theftnit of the week by Herbert Sie field, propriety!. Prior to 1! bakery here was operated by Henry Ruhl. Mr. and Mrs. Siefield moved to Bluffton from Toledo at that time and have been engaged in the bakery business ever since. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE Caroling Expected to be In creased in Town District For Same Reason Watch Parties to be Popular Feature Due to Travel Restrictions New Year’s eve caroling, a tradir tion of long standing in this com munity, is expected to be practically eliminated in the country areas but very likely to be increased in the town because of gasoline and tire re strictions forcing the young people to stay nearer home. In previous years the young people of the country' churches and other organizations in auto caravans ranged the countryside singing their New Year’s melodies. This type of activity is expected to be forced out of the picture by the rationing of gasoline. It is known, however, that some of the rural groups are planning to come to town where, in some cases, they will be joined by the young people of the town to make the rounds by foot. With traveling to near-by center of amusement for New Year’s cele brations greatly lessened by the gas oline restrictions, it is expected that watch-parties creased. He was the son of George and Mary Whitney. On Dec. 24, 1941, he was married to Mollie Cook, of this place, who survives with a daughter, Lillie Daisey. There is one brother, address unknown. Mr. Whitney was employed by A. C. & Y. railroad and worked of Bluffton. BLUFFTON, OHIO, ewwm in homes will be in ago the young people horse and buggy for Many years here used the New Year serenading but this is not anticipated this year. Caroling may also be restricted by the bad weather of the past week. A heavy fog and extreme dampness have made all out-of-door activities disagreeable and if this weather con tinues on New Year’s Eve it is ex pected that even caroling in the town will be considerably restricted. Funeral Services For Walter Whitney Funeral sendees for Walter Whit ney, 49-year-old section worker re siding northeast of Bluffton, were He died in the Hancock county home Thursday morning at 7 o’clock, following a three weeks’ illness with a heart condition. the out the the Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of Methodist church, officiated at services. Burial was made at Cly mer cemetery. Finishes Training In Navy Hospital Corps Jack Clark has been promoted to hospital apprentice, second class, aftei’ completing the course of in struction in the naval hospital corps at Great Lakes, Illinois. Clark, the son of Paul Clark of Grove stationed at the U. S. at Quantico, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. street, is now Naval hospital ed the year as a whole, however. In June a 15-year low of 45 degrees was established, to be followed by a July hot weather assault that gave seven consecutive days of tempera tures at or near the 100° mark. September was the coldest in this century, with a low of 28 reported. Personalities also figured in the news. A. E. Lichtenwalter captured the prize for the gardening oddity of the year when he bought three peony bulbs paying 25c each for two of them and $6 for the other, a champion type. Finally when the three bloomed he’d forgotten which was his prize bulb, and was unable to identify it. Unusual Accidents The usual unusual accidents were reported. Rolland Matter fell in front of a tractor, was run over by it, but escaped unhurt. J. I. Lugin buhl sneezed while working and temporarily lost his eyesight. Fatalities and mishaps were not missing. Two Bluffton men died in automobile accidents, and two small boys were suffocated in a bam fire. A ton of milk flooded the College avenue crossing of the Nickel Plate railroad when a freight train hit a Page Dairy truck. Cleon Triplett started to look for insurance on his trees when three times in the span of a year automo biles jumped the curbing and crashed 21 FROM DISTRICT REGISTER IN CALL FOR 18 YEAR OLOS List of Those Registered An nounced by County Draft Board No. 3 Third Group of 18 Year Old Youths Being Registered This Week Kenneth Edwards, an Burkhold er, Arthur Martz, ’’Don Renner, Stephen Verhoff, Galea Struble, Rus sell Bellinger, Columbus Grove. Gilbert Breitigan, George Kauf man, Route 6, Lima., Ernest Beery, Pauli McClure, La fayette. Youths who have attained their eighteenth birthday Anniversary be tween Nov. 1 and lAc. 31 are now being registered untilfThursday night at offices of the drift board in the National Bank building in Lima. Zitella Getties And James Griffith Wed In a twilight $ ••vice performed at ost chapel, .. .5$ Zitella Getties, hter of Mr. a#.d *Mrs. Fred Get ties of South Main street, and 2nd Lieut. James A. Griffith, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers of this place, were married at Morrisson Field, West Palm Beach, Florida, Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock. le i The double ring ceremony was per formed by the post chaplain. Lieut Griffith is in the army intelligence division and is taking advance train ing at the Palm Beach School of the Army Air Corps. He was graduated from the Miami Beach army air corps school early December at which time was commissioned with second lieutenant. STS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY DAX DEC 31, 1942 youths Twenty-one Blufft area were registered with «e 18-year-old group during the part week under the Selective Service act for possible military service, it is announced this week by Allen County Draft Board No. 3. The youths competed the third group of 18-year-olds registered since the lowering of the draft age and were those who attained their eighteenth birthday aniversary be tween Sept. 1 and O t. 31. Registered were: James Stratton, Jule Basinger, Jr., Byron Fritchie, Richaid Berky, Rog er Howe, Robert Oberly, Denard Ixjganbill, Norman Bejdh ., Bluffton. Russell Gratz, L/slc Niswander, in he of the rank graduate the class of of Mrs. Griffith is a Bluffton High school in 1939 and attended Bluffton college. She has been employed in the offices of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company. Lieut. Griffith graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1937 and from Bluffton college in the class of 1941. Prior to his en listment last February he was em ployed at the Triplett Electrical In strument company. IT ALL HAPPENED IN BLUFFTON DURING THE YEAR 1942 into shade elms in his front yard on South Main street. When Bluffton’s fire department aes lor appiness an Prosperity in 1943 ON NEWS a era Julius Caesar in Reform of Cal endar, Changed First of Year to January Old World Custom of Seeing New Year in Now General Practice Here Although most of the Christian countries celebrate New Year’s Day on anuary 1, of the world date is used, recently that this time in the Christian countries. Varying First Dates Throughout the history of man kind, the first day of the year occurred at various times. The cient Egyptians, Phoenicians Persians began their year at autumnal equinox September 22 the Greeks of the time of Solon at the winter Solstice, December 21. He died at the Bluffton Community hospital Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. He had been confined to his bed for five weeks. The son of Ulrich and Rachel Roser Kohler, he was bom Septem ber 11, 1870, in Richland In 1904 he was married to Luginbuhl, who survives. Celebration Of New Year’s Day Not Always Observed On Januay First there are many parts in which a different and it has been only the celebration is at Russia and Greece, for example, who used the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar celebrate the day 12 days later. In these countries New Year’s Day would normally be celebrated on Jan. 13. With considerable starvation and suffering in Greece it is unlikely that there will be much of any kind of celebration there. And with all of Russia’s energies devoted to the war it is expected that the celebrations will be only nominal. has an and the and The Romans reckoned the begin ning of the year from the winter solstice until Julius Caesar in his reform of the calendar changed it to the first of January. The Jews be gan and still begin their civil year with the beginning of the month Tiser, which roughly corresponds (Continued on page 8) to Funeral Services For Samuel Kohler Samuel Koh residing four were held at Funeral services for ler, 70, retired farmer miles west of Bluffton, the Diller Funeral home Wednesday morning. township. Catherine by three Evelyn Kohler He is also survived daughters and two sons, Mrs. Fridley and Miss Madeline of Bluffton Mrs. Geraldine of Ann Arbor, Mich. Rhuel of Bluffton, and Harley Kohler of Toledo, ren. Dobson Kohler, There are four grandchild- Two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Sarah Niswander, ertscher and John ton also survive. Mrs. Lydia Bad Kohler of Biuff- Mr. Kohler oper- In recent years ated a service station near his ]home. Rev. Emil Burrichter, of Bluffton Reformed churches and Rev. W. H. Lahr, a former pastor, also of Bluffton, officiated at the services. Burial was at the Maple Grove cem etery. the answered six alarms in May a 20 year record was set, but the total fire loss for the year was light. Rationing Arrives of the most, pronounced brought about in Bluffton’s living by the war was the One changes way of effect of rationing. Government dis tribution of automobile tires started last January sugar rationing came in May coffee rationing in Novem ber, and gasoline and fuel oil ration ing in December. Everybody got up an hour earlier during the year. War time went into effect February 9, when all clocks of the nation were set ahead an hour for the duration of hostili ties. Complying with government re quests, there was no Bluffton Mid winter fair in 1942 for the first time in 28 years. Fishing was stopped last spring in the large National quarry as a war-time measure. Strong protective fences bristle about plants of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co., the Municipal Light and Water plant, the Central Ohio Power Co., and the Page Dairy. Bluffton was effectively mobilized for Civilian defense. More than 200 persons took first aid courses. Fire wardens, auxiliary policemen, fire men, etc., were trained for their du ties in case of disaster. The town set an Ohio record in Injured In Auto Accident In Lima Harriet Burkholder, daughter of and Mrs .Calvin Burkholder, of town, was injured in an accident caused by fog at a street intersection Sunday at 10:45 o’clock. Mr. west auto Lima night She was taken to the Lima Me morial hospital where she was treat ed for minor injuries. The mishap occurred at Main and North streets when a car operated by Richard Basinger, 20, of Columbus Grove, collided with an auto driven by Lawrence Barnes, 19, of Hamler. Miss Burkholder was riding in the Basinger vehicle which was going east on North street. The Barnes car was traveling west on North street. Police arrested Barnes on a charge of failing to yield the right of way. CLOSES DOORS BECAUSE OF LABOR SHORTAGE Cal Balmer & Son Firm Ceases Operations Temporarily Despite Demand Bluffton Without Sawmill for First Time in Nearly One Hundred Years a For the first time in almost century the community of Bluffton is without the services of a sawmill in regular operation. Because of labor shortages due to workers being drafted into the mili tary forces and attracted by the high wages of war plants in nearby cities, the Cal Balmer & Son saw mill, located near the Nickel Pltae Railroad at East College avenue, has temporarily closed its doors. The firm has been operated by James father the late Cal Balmer, last April. continuously since 1849. Cal Balmer here from his demise. Balmer since the death of his Bluffton has had a sawmill The late was operator of the mill 1896 until the time of Big Demand The closing of the mill has come at a time when the demand for na tive timber products is the greatest in the history of the business. War industries need millions of feet of lumber for shipping purposes and in addition the numerous camps have considerable need of lumber for construction work. army the for addition the use of steel (Continued on page 8) In Births Bluff- The following births at the ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. James Patterson, a girl, Virginia Anne, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Flick, Raw son, a girl, Gwen Deane, Sunday. per capita war bond sales to help provide a the war. all rents levels. solid financial backing of Tenants benefitted when were frozen at March 1 Disadvantages, Too There were some disadvantages. Delivery of a new fire truck for the town was stopped by war measures. Two mail trains, also providing pas senger service over the Nickel Plate railroad, was discontinued. Bluffton’s photographic studio was closed by the war. So also were three gasoline filling stations, a beauty parlor, haberdashery shop, bakery, sawmill and barbership. Buffton schools have two fewer teachers because of the war one less school bus is being operated and athletic teams are experiencing transportation difficulties as the re sult of a ruling barring them from the use of school buses for their trips. Close to 100 young men from the town and the surrounding territory already are in the service. Many are overseas. Two have been re ported on the casualty lists. And it is against this war-time background that Bluffton carries on —striving to maintain the small town ideals that are the strength of America’s way of life, and preserv ing for the future, freedom for a world-wide brotherhood of man. Happy New Year Wt JN. **m urft **3 wffl NUMBER 36 NUMBER 36 RE-ORGANIZATION OF TOWN COUNCIL TO TAKE PLACE No Change Anticipated in Per sonnel of Municipal Gov ernment this Year Other Administrative Bodies in Town and Township to Re-organize Soon No changes are anticipated in Bluffton's official family when the town council meets next Monday night for reorganization and confir mation of the mayor’s appointments. Under new state regulations in cumbents of several municipal posts continue unchanged following the original appointment made by the mayor. These include the offices of marshal and night watch. Re-ap pointment of Marshal Lee Coon as street commissioner and Albert Ben roth as caretaker of the town clock is expected. New Regulation This will be the second year in which the new state regulation is in effect. Formerly the office of marsh al was elective while that of night watch was appointive on a yearly basis. Selection of the street com missioner continues on the basis. same to be which Another appointive position filled is that of city solicitor, has been held for several years by Francis Durbin, Lima attorney. This appointment will be made at one of the early meetings of the council, it was stated by Mayor W. A. Howe. New appointments to the positions of clerk and caretaker of the cem etery board are not anticipated at this time. Lee Coon as caretaker and Elmer Diller as clerk were tem porarily appointed to the positions several weeks ago. Wilford Geiger, Bluffton High school instructor, will continue as deputy clerk until the term of James West expires. Geiger was appointed by the council when West left for training in the armed forces in the spring of 1941. Local elections are not held on even years and consequently there will be practically no new faces in the municipal government this year. Election for local offices will be held next fall. Re-organization will be the prin cipal business at the meeting of the council Monday night. Cleon Trip lett is the president of Bluffton’s governing body. Present committees of the council are: Committees Fiance—Charles Aukerman and E. S. Lape. Streets and roads—Fred Hofer and William Amstutz. Fire and light—Cleon Triplett and Jesse Yoakam. Re-organization of other adminis trative bodies in town and township government will be made during the first meeting of the month. These include: School Board, Board of Public Affairs, Richland Township trustees trustees. and Orange township To Observe Union Prayer Meetings Bluffton churches will observe the National eek of Prayer in a series of union meetings to be held in the various churches of the community from Jan. 3 to 10 inclusive at 8:00 o’clock, it was announced this week by the Rev. Emil Burrichter, presi dent of the Bluffton Ministerial as sociation. Rev. Emerson Slotterback, who has been staying at the John Burkholder farm west of Bluffton, will speak at the high school Sunday night. The remainder of the speakers and places of meeting are as fol lows: Monday—Rev. J. N. Smucker, St. Johns Reformed church. Tuesday—Rev. Emil Burrichter, Presbyterian church. Wednesday—Rev. E. G. Steiner, Methodist church. Thursday—Rev. Gerald Bright, De fenseless Mennonite church. Friday—Rev. Ernest Bigelow, Church of Christ. Sunday—Rev. J. A. Weed, First Mennonite church. No service will be held on Satur day night, it was announced. Special music will be provided at all the meetings. With The Sick Noah Basinger who has been ill at his home on South Lawn avenue since last Saturday is improving. Elmer Ewing is improving at his home on South Main street following an illness of several weeks.