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Hundreds of Women and Girls Of Community Donate Their Time Completed Articles are Sent New York City for Dis tribution Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers in the community of Bluffton worked a total of 7,406 hours in the various projects of the organization here during 1942, it was announced this week by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, director of supplies. The local Red Cross projects and locations are as follows. Sewing room at the Dr. J. S. Steiner residence, surgical dressing room at the grade school building, knitting headquart ers at the Mrs. Paul Studler resi dence, the junior Red Cross work at the grade and high school. During the past year the sewing rooms have made 1,057 garments. In this period 497 women sewed for 519 hours. Garments made by the workers included: Men’s pajamas, convalescent robes, bathrobes, lap robes. Women’s wool dresses, gowns, wool skirts, bed jackets and blouses. Girls wool dress, gowns, skirts, jumper suits, blouses gowns. The surgical dressing room was opened August 6, in the grade school building. 33,096 surgical dressings have been made by 547 women quiring 998 hours. Mrs. A. J. Longsdorf is supervisor of this partment. Red Cross Volunteers Work Total Of 7,406 Hours Here During Past Year to wool and Boys shirts, pajamas and overalls. Children’s dresses, two piece suits, snow suits, wool skirts, rompers, jumper suits. Infant layettes, consisting of blankets, quilts, skirts, gowns, slips, dresses, caps, jackets and diapers. Hospital surgeons gowns, bed jackets, convalescent robes and lap robes were made by the younger volunteers under the direction of Mrs. F. L. Buckland. re B. de- 10- The knitting headquarters are cated at the home of Mrs. Paul Studler of South Jackson street. Bluffton women worked a total of 5,823 hours malyng the following articles .men’s navy sleeveless suits, helmets, i flers, shawls, booties, wristlets and anklets and hospital blankets. Mrs. Studler is supervisor. leaters, army and Sweaters, children’s itch caps, cap muf- Junior Red Cross Sixty-three girls in the Junior Red Cross organization worked 110 hours at the surgical dressing room and Francis Basinger^ D. D. S Evan Basinger, D. D. S. Telephone 271-W Bluffton, Ohio MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D. Office Hours: 8:30-10 A. M. 1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M. Office, 118 Cherry St. Phone 120-F Bluffton. O. D. C. BIXEL, O. D. GORDON BIXEL, O. D. Citizen* Rank Bldg., Bluffton EYESIGHT SPECIALISTS Office Hours: 8:30 A. M.—5:30 P. M. Evenings: Mon., Wed., FrL, Sat. 7:30 to 8:30 P. M. Closed Thursday Afternoon. COST OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE SIASUER! You can now buy Automobile Liability Insurance issued by The zEtna Casualty and Sur ety Company of Hartford, Conn., at the lowest rates in history. Ask for details. You may drive less, but if you drive at all, you need it! F. S. HERR, Agent Phone 363-W Bluffton, Ohio Feet Hurt? SEE W. H. Gratz Foot Comfort Service BLUFFTON Open Wednesday and Saturday Nights 211 hours at the high school under the direction of Miss Eddythe Cupp. In addition to the work contributed more than 100 chiefs. the girls handker- Twenty-two Girl Reserves worked 26 hours making surgical dressings. The manual training class of the high school worked 30 hours making cupboards and supplies for the work room. Sent to New York All of the garments and surgical dressings are sent to Red Cross dis tribution headquarters in New York which sends them to the foreign or home destinations according to the need. Practically all of the equipment in the various workshops has been donated by various organizations and individuals in the community. the sewing ma- The equipment in rooms, consisting of sewing chines, were loaned by individuals here for duration of the war. The following items have also been do nated buttons, buckles, needles, thread, linings and filling for quilts. Donate Money Many individuals here also donate money with which to purchase the equipment. The basic materials from which the garments and dress ings are made are sent here from the national Red Cross headquarters, Mrs. Steiner explained. The surgical dressing room tables have been donated by various or ganizations in the town and indi viduals here have paid for the table covers, head covers and material for shelves, hinges and paint. Yarn for beginners, knitting need dles and buttons for sweaters were paid for by interested individuals in the community, Mrs. Steiner stated. Light and Heat Light and heat in the surgical dressing room are Bluffton board of sewing room it is and Mrs. Steiner ting headquarters furnished by the education in the furnished by Dr. and at the knit by Mrs. Studler. No funds have been used from the local Red Cross chapter. All moneys needed were donated by individuals in the community, and none of the workers were paid for their activi ties, Mrs. Steiner stated. Christmas Seal Sale Nets $5,600 Allen County Christmas Seal sales at the end of 1942 aggregated $5, 600, to top the total of the preceding year by $15. Harry R. Meredith, county chair man, pointed out that the drive is still short of its goal by $1,300, a quota of $6,900 having been set for this year. Possibility that the county’s total will be considerably bettered is seen in the fact that of 10,531 letters con taining seals mailed to Allen county residents on Nov. 23, only slighly more than half, or 5,771, have so far been acknowledged. Troop 82—By Maynard Pogue Dave Frick led the troop in one verse of America. Roderick Nonna maker led in the pledge of allegiance followed by a minute of silent pray er. The roll call followed as each scout recited a good turn. Burl Moyer and Larry Mathewson were visitors. A game followed called cranes and crows. Another game called, Blow Out The Candle, was played. Jimmie Howe was brought into the troop. He was awarded his tenderfoot badge and card, by candle light ceremony. A third patrol is being formed with Dean Ferguson and Earl Frick, assistant patrol leaders. All the new' scouts of the troop will be in the third patrol. No price ceilings are in effect on meat animals liveweight. Prices paid to farmers by buyers will be governed by the price for which the buyer can sell dressed carcasses or meat cuts. Farmers who sell meat must abide by OPA regulations. An adequate grain ration for dairy cows can be made from 1,550 pounds of ground shelled corn, 400 pounds of soybean oil meal, 20 pounds of steamed bone meal, 20 pounds of salt, and 10 pounds of finely ground limestone. YOU INCOME of Miss Under the supervision Mary Sypos the girls and boys of the grade school* contributed 106 children’s toys to be fcent to the re fugee camps and the day nurseries. The girls dressed do^ and the boys repaired and painted mechanical toys. Following is one of a series of articles issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue designed to help clarify requirements of the Revenue Act for those who are new income tax payers.—Editor. WHAT IS INCOME TAX? The federal income tax is, as the name implies a tax levied upon in comes, and it is payable in relation to the amount of income. Income, for Federal income tax purposes, means in general any compensation for one’s services, whether the com pensation be in money or in goods or other services it includes also the net value received for the pro duct of one’s labor, as farm produce in the case of a farmer income from investments profit from busi ness operations and other gains from sales and exchanges of goods and property. Certain limited cate gories of income are, however, tax exempt, and to the extent of such exemption are excluded in computing the tax. Because of exemptions from the tax given to persons having less than certain stated amounts of in come, as well as because of various deductions and credits allowable, only a small proportion of the num ber of persons receiving income have until recently been subject to the tax. Thus, of the estimated 55 mil lion persons in this country who re ceived income in one form or another during the calendar year 1941, only some 26 million persons were re quired to file Federal income tax returns for that year, while of these same 26 million, more than 9 mil lion w’ere not taxable due to credits and deductions allowable. As the result of the lowering of exemptions, many more persons are now subject to the Federal income tax than before, and for the calen dar year 1942 it is estimated that more than 35 million persons will file Federal income tax returns. For the large number of persons now subject to the Federal income tax, who have never reported income before for Federal tax purposes, an understand ing of the law and applicable regu lations is of prime importance. An income tax return is a declar ation on the part of the taxpayer of his total taxable income for the year, together with the various deductions, exemptions, and credits to which he is entitled. It is in reliance upon voluntary disclosure, and the integ rity of taxpayers generally, that the cost of administration of the income tax can be kept at a minimum. Though the return is a voluntary statement, any person who willfully makes a return which he does not believe to be true and correct in every material matter is subject to the penalties provided by law. The first requirement of the law is the filing of an appropriate re turn. For individuals generally, this must be done by March 15 following the end of the calendar year. The return must be filed with the ap propriate Collector of Internal Reve nue for the district in which is lo cated the legal residence or principal place of business of the person mak ing the return. Under the present law every single person, and every married person not living with husband or wife, having a total income (earn ings, together with other income) of $500 or more, and married persons living with husband or wife through out the taxable year, who have an aggregate income (total earnings of both husband and wife, together with other income) of $1200 or more, re gardless of the amount of net in come, must file a return. 200 18-Y ear-Olds Register For Draft More than 200 18-year-old youths registered with Allen county’s three draft boards in the December reg-, istration for those horn between No vember 1 and December 31, 1924. Beginning with the New Year, all Allen county youths must register the day they attain the age of 18, unless their birthday falls on Sun day or a legal holiday. In either of the last two cases they must reg ister on the following day. Headquarters for Allen county draft board No. 3, under the juris diction of which Bluffton is includ ed, are on the second floor of the National Bank Building in the Lima Public square. Birthday Dinner In honor of the birthday anni versary of Noah Niswander the fol lowing were entertained at a family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Niswander on South Lawn avenue, Sunday: Mr. and Mrs. Reuel Niswander and children Roger and Sandra of Sylvania, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hoch stettler of Findlay, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Niswander and son, Mrs. Lydia Stettler, Mrs. Alvin Neuen schwander, Sidney C. Stettler, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stettler, Mrs. Bessie Edgecomb and Martha and Gertrude Edgecomb. Don’t forget to buy War Bonds and Defense Stamps. N NEWS. BLUFFTON. OHIO Closing Of Sawmill Here Comes At Time Of Heavy arge War Orders Plus Heavy Civilian Demands I reate Order Backlog Cal Balmer & Son Normally Employed 25 Labor Short age Closing Reason By a strange paradox, the closing of the Cal Balmer & Son sawmill comes when demand for the firm s products is greater than at any time during the near-century of sawmill business in Bluffton. of Until the closing of the mill re cently the town has had a sawmill in regular operation for nearly one hundred years. The industry was esablished here in 1848. The late Cal Balmer was operator of the mill from 1896 until the time of his death last April. Sine that time his son James Balmer has taken over the management of the firm. Associated with Balmer in the early years were A. E. Swinehart and Ira Townsend, all of whom are now deceased. The firm was known as the Bluffton Turned Goods Co. prior to the time in which Balmer bought out the interest of his form er partners. Townsend Veteran Operator Townsend was the veteran saw mill operator in Bluffton having built and operated the old sawmill near the bridge on North street. Another sawmill had been operated west of town on is now the Ed Amstutz farm. Main also what made In early years the company a specialty of the manufacture of first grade handles for all types of tools and farm machinery. Second growth ash and oak, now becoming very scarce, were used for this type of work. In recent years the firm filled orders for thousands of rough cut second growth ash to be used for baseball bats. Its most recent busi ness has been to provide large quan tities of lumber for manufacturers to use as crating material. Still Timrer Here Although thousands of logs have been cut in the Bluffton district, there is still enough timber standing to conduct a sawmill business in the area. Much of the timber, however, is dying and is in a dist a ed condition. Farmers would do well to dispose of their timber while it is still in good condition, it was stated by James Balmer. per thousand for their standing tim ber. Many here are holding their timber expecting that the prices will rise because of war demands. Dur ing the last war farmers received $135 per thousand but with the im position of ceiling prices by the fed eral government it is unlikely that that figure will be reached again, Balmer said. Experience Needed The sawmill business is one that requires considerable experience, es pecially in the management. Buying standing timber takes much skill since the quality of a tree has to be judged by looking at it. The local mill has always pre ferred to buy the entire woods, how ever, a considerable quantity is pur- Commemorating the anniversary of three different occasions when Christ manifested his glory, the Epiphany, the 12th day after Christ mas, is celeb: ated by various relig ious bodies in this country on Wed nesday. The observance in England is known as Twelfth Night. The three different occasions when a special manifestation of the glory of Christ appeared were: (1) In His adoration in the manger by the three wise men from the East, or Magi (2) In His baptism, when a voice from heaven proclaimed him the Son of God (3) In the marriage at Cana, when He began His miracles by changing water into wine. The word Epiphany, being Greek, established the fact that this festival is of Eastern Origin and in the Greek church it has always been held the most important next to Easter. The first mention of it oc curs in the year 200 in the writing of Clement of Alexandria. In Italy and in Russia children celebrate the arrival of the equiva lent of our Santa Claus on the Epiphany and on Wednesday night Bluffton Men Help With Plans For Ball Appointments of Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf to the Allen County March of Dimes Committee and Mayor W. A. Howe to the President’s Birthday Ball ommittee were announced this week. Supt. Paul Stoodt and Vernon F. Foltz, of Beaverdam, also are serv ing on the committees. Demand for Lumber chased by the thousand feet. Operations in the mill also require much skill, be able to make the grade, shipping Knowing just when to turn also requires a considerable of skill and judgment. The size most During the past year the firm has filled a variety of orders for the department. Lumber pieces thousands of wooden paddles to big soup kettles was sold to army. Lumber from the Bluffton mill even found its way to Alaska to make skiis for the soldiers sta tioned there. Mine Sweepers Oak for the non-magnetic mine sweepers was sold to the navy. All of the war business was in addition to the increased demand for do mestic goods created by the substitu tion of lumber for steel products. poles, and bridge planks. Religious Bodies Observe Epiphany Wednesday In Sacred Commemoration head sawyer must I Examinations will be up a log and to! nesday, Thursday and Friday of next efficient cuts for| week. S hedulcs of all of the ex and cull I,KI various home rooms. amount Good Timber I For many years Charles was the head sawyer at the plant.| When he retired from the business! several years ago his place was tak-l en by Elmer Schaublin. I I I I fo I Lumber in large quantities has been sold for the following purposes in recent months: shipping and I I I For the volume of business turned out at the local plant the overhead! was modest. Outside of labor one| of the largest items in the overhead was for electricity. The current bill! was usually about $100 per month. This was considerably cheaper, how-| ever, than to maintain a power plant and an engineer. I May Open Again I If labor can be secured in order| to start operations again, the firm! has a large list of orders that would! children including six boys in immediately demand the entire out-i put of the plant, Balmer stated. resumed in the near future, Balmer! said. millions of children in these coun tries hang their clothes with empty pockets around the hearth. If they have been good, their Santa fills the pockets with confectionery and other presents and if they have been bad they get charcoal and birch rods. This is the last week of regular! the 1943 Buccaneer and now in the heel work in the first semeitcr.I possession of the staff the year book held on Wcd-|wil1 be read for the Pinter in the 1 very near future, it was announced by Miss Ellen Basinger, editor. cuts fori week. Schedules of all of the ex-1 Other members of the staff are: lumber. I ainjnaljon?s |1RV(, posted in the I Mildred Campbell, ass’t editor Rob't I I The quality of timber in the Bluff- a a Jan. 4 to 6-Spiders U. S. Coast ton area has been very good and has! The Junior Red Cross organiza-l guard Los Angeles, enabled the film to operate the busi-l tJOn jias been lacking in supplies! Jan. ness on a more profitable basis than! with whjch to work on their projects.! Trails King Cotton Honolulu Men any other where the firm has hadl Miss Mary Sypos, the advisor, has! of the Coastguard. The sixth brother, Dwight, 17, a fireman, third class, stationed Little Creek, Virginia. II When the mill was in regular op-| eration employment was given to 22 to 25 men. As a minimum number! in Orange township, the mill could operate on about half1 that number. Necessary would be the following: four men in the mill, four cutters in the woods, one yard man, one truck driver, and the gen eral manager who would supervise I Funeral services for Benjamin! plant operations and arrange for the! Clark Steinman, 84, who made his purchase of the logs. I If approximately eleven men could |_________________________________ be found for work at the mill, it isla------------------------------------------------ very likely that operations would be I I Many sawmills faced with similar! problems have had or completely. to close partially time Balmer is standing timber At the present purchasing quality in the district and sending it to nearby mills in the district. In France, Belgium and Holland processions of children tramp thru the streets bearing a large paper star illuminated from within by a candle. On the eve of the Epiphany in Spain the children leave their shoes and boots out in some con venient spot near the chimney and in the morning they find them laden with gifts. England observes the memory of the Magi’s offering by games and celebrations. The British sovereign makes gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh in the Chapel Royal at St. James. Although the celebration is not as common in this country as in the continent of Europe, an exam ination of many of the calendars be ing distributed here shows the date of January 6 to be marked as the Epiphany, which numerous religious groups continue to observe. Funeral In Findlay Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Caughman, 73, of Findlay, were held at that place, Wednesday afternoon. She was the grandmoth er of Richard Caughman of Orange township. Mrs. Caughman was found dead in bed Monday morning, the victim of a heart attack. Interment was at Findlay. I I A Girl Reserves cabinet meeting angusl Wednesday nightl rising Doris Dunifon, Dorothy at which time plans for the meetings I Anderson, Aline Hilty, Alice Oyer, 1 of the second semester will be made.l Wilma Steiner, editorial staff. it was announced by Mary Ellen About 30 years ago Barner I organization petition the Lima chap-1 Ohio at Play Industry for Health ated a sawmill at Gdette, Arkansas,! ter of the Red Cross to send the! India Men and Machines. m* Jears ater a mi 1 at Mem-I SUpp|jes which are so badly needed. I Jan. 25 to 30—Earth’s Guest Sand phis, Tenn and later one at Lima. e and Plain. Conquering the Desert There were large quantities of lumb-1 WRh a]1 pictures completed for Coal Mining Industrial Ohio. er available in the south but the ex-F 1 pense of transporting the timber to the mill was so great that the oper ation could not be conducted as pro fitably as in the Bluffton area. Boutwell of Kenton. I I crating, truck beds, barn frames,! boats, Venetian blinds, handles, pike was learned, is suffering from I I Luginbuhl, president of the organi-l The classroom film schedule for 1 lation. I suggested that the members of the! Jan. 18 to 23—Plant and Animals Three Service Sons Iwere held at the Basin?er All In Hospitals! lumbus, formerly of Bluffton and skull fracture, a partially shot awayl three half-brothers, William, Jacob heel and shrapnel wounds thruoutl and Joseph are deceased. his body. He, at the is partially paralyzed. THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 1943 Bluffton High School Notes I Pannabecker, business manager John Schmidt, photographer Raymond Schumacher and Floyd Herr, adver- the month of January is as follows: 11 to 16—Colloids Ohio .. home Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’c\ock. I warl Three of the six service sons ofl cent home in Findlay Friday night Mrs. Alice Lugibill Boutwell of Co-1 at 7:35 o’clock. He had been ser- I Orange township, are now in hos-l due to senility. 1 pitals throughout the world, receiv-l The son of Adam and Elizabeth ing treatment for injuries received! (Tanner) Steinman, he was born at various times, it was learned thisl February 4, 1858. He was married week from another brother, Wayne I to Margaret Grossman, August 30, I present time,I Mr. Steinman operated a general I mechandise store in Jenera for sev technician ini era! years. For many years he a hospital in worked as an office furniture sales- Wade, 26, a medical the U. S. army, is in England, where two of his toes were! man at Monroe, Mich, amputated. Clair, 23, machinist’s! years he mate, second class, is in a base has-1 son Nello pital overseas, where he underwent" an operation for a knee injury. Rev. J. Methodist 11 Mrs. Boutwell, the mother of serv- Funeral Service For Benjamin Steinman home for several years in Bluffton, ice, lived here in what is now theL ....... Martha Steiner residence on LawnlHenr5' ArnolL D,ed Jan“r’r 8- 1942 avenue and later in Orange town-1 ship. All of her children were born He passed away one year a*° today It’s important... when you buy a mattress THESE EDGES KEEP THEIR SHAPE You can be sure it will retain its shape if it’s a SIMMONS MATTRESS. Remember—SIMMONS is your best guar antee of mattress satisfaction. We can still supply mattresses for all size standard beds. You may avoid disappointment by buying now—while our stock is still complete. Prices still as low as— Basinger’s Furniture Store Funeral He died at the Kollmeier convales- iously ill for two weeks. Death was 1888. She died August 8, 1904. The name of Seamon 1/C Kent M.l Mr. Steinman is survived by three Boutwell appears in the list of Ohio! sons and a daughter, Nello Steinman injured which was just released byl of Bluffton and Baton Rouge, La., the Navy department. He is now! Ancil Steinman of West Palm Beach, undergoing treatment at the Marel Florida, Calvin Steinman of Los Island, Calif., base hospital, where! Angeles, Calif., and Miss Imo Stein another brother, Pharmacist’s Matel man of Biltmore, N. C. A daughtei, 2/C John, 22, is now stationed. Kent, I Esther, is deceased. 4 al Two brothers, David and Amarius, a sister, Mrs. Christine Rodobaugh, In later his made his home with in Bluffton. A. Weed, pastor of church, officiated at the the at Burial was is I funeral services, at I Eagle Creek cemetery. In Memoriam I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead—he is With a cheery smile his hand He has wandered into land. just away and wave of an unknown Mrs. Henry Arnold & Family News want-ads bring results.