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UNITED OTATES /bonds AMD STAMM VOLUME NO. LXVII MEAT PURCHASES LIMITED HERE AS SHORTAGES RISE Follows Similar Pattern of Coffee Purchases Before Official Rationing Situation Aggravated by Out siders Desiring to Purchase Meat Here Following a similar pattern of limiting purchases as in coffee before official rationing started, Bluffton butcher shops are retailing their meat supplies in limited quantities in an unofficial rationing program now under way. This has been made necessary by the meat shortages in the larger centers with the result that numer ous city residents have sought to buy a portion of their meat supplies here. Many truck, motorists and sales men driving through town stop at the local butcher shop to purchase meat. In addition there has been an increase in the mail order business in which money is sent by out-of town buyers for meat to be mailed to the purchaser. Local Preference Preference is given in the pur chase of meat to established local customers but even those may not purchase meat in unlimited quanti ties, dealers said. While the demand for meat pro ducts has increased the butchers here are limited to the terms of an Office of Price Administration order to a reduction of 30 per cent under the corresponding period last year. Butchers, custom slaughterers and farmers are required to keep records of all animals killed for retail meat sales. It is expected that official ration ing of meat on a point basis will be under way here in the near future. In the meantime the problem is be ing handled by local limitations. Balmer-Soash Wedding Sunday In a ceremony marked by its sim plicity, Miss Veiena Balmer, daugh ter of Mrs. Bertha Balmer of Bluff ton became the bride of Evan Soash, son of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash also of this place. The wedding took place in Dayton, Sunday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock in the chapel of the Veterans Ad ministration Facility with Rev. J. Norman King, formerly of Bluffton officiating. The ring used in the single ring service was that formerly worn by the groom’s paternal great grand mother. The bride wore a street length turf tan velveteen suit with navy accessories and a corsage of yellow roses. Her attendant, Miss Florence Jauman, wore a light blue wool dress with matching accessories and a corsage of pink gladioli. Following the ceremony a dinner was served in the home of Rev. and Mrs. King for members of the bridal party. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton high school in the class of 1938. Later she attended Findlay college and for the past eighteen months was employed as clerk of Selective Service Board 3 at Lima. The groom is also a graduate of Buffton high school in the class of 1938 and was graduated from Bluff ton college last spring. He is now in the navy serving as pharmacist’s mate third class stationed at the Naval Armory, Toledo. The couple will reside in that city. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Von Stein, Rawson, a boy, Wayne Edwin, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Verl Reichenbach, Beaverdam, a girl, Carol Sue, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hamilton, a boy, Raymond Keith, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall, Beav erdam, a boy, Roger Eugene, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mumma, Colum bus Grove, a girl, Joe Ann, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Devier, a girl, Carol Sue, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Runser, Ada, a girl, Jo Ann, Monday. Dr. and Mrs .B. W. Travis, a boy, John Walton, Monday. Mi. and Mrs. Alvin Augsburger, Ada, a girl, Jean Ann, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trippiehorn, a girl, Carol Jean, December 30. 1 .......... First Bluffton Woman Leaves To Train With WAACS 1LTARY Jane Carr, first Bluffton woman to enroll in the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps left Monday for Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, where she will take train ing for new duties. The WAACS take over cleri cal and technical work in the army non-combat units releasing soldiers for combat duty. Miss Carr is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Carr re siding north of Bluffton. OPEN TWO DAY FARM INSTITUTE MONDAY MORNING Sessions to Continue Monday Afternoon and Evening And Tuesday Joint Meeting on Opening Day Separate Sessions on Second Day Problems of the rural farming community will be discussed by out standing agricultural leaders at the two day meeting of Bluffton’s an nual winter farm institute to be held Monday and Tuesday. In addition to well qualified speak ers touching many phases of farm activity, numerous entertaining fea tures have been planned to give bal ance to the program. Complete de tails of the program appear in this issue of the Bluffton Newe. Outstanding speakers have been secured this year with the assist ance of the agricultural extension service of the Ohio State university. Start Monday Morning Opening on Monday morning at 10 o’clock men’s and women’s insti tute organizations will hold joint meetings in the Bluffton High school auditorium. Students of the high school will attend the Monday morn ing meeting. Separate sessions are planned for Tuesday with the men meeting at the high school and the women as sembling at the Methodist church. Heading an impressive list of speakers are William M. Manahan of Defiance Mrs. Florence Eick meier of McClure, and Dr. L. L. Huber, formerly of Bluffton and now associated with state agricultural experiment station at Wooster Miss Ruth Barnes, home demonstration agent of Allen county. Varied Program Varied presentations on Monday night are expected to attract a ca pacity audience. Special music, talks by the two state speakers and a one act comedy by the Richland Grange and Farm Bureau will be the headliners of the program scheduled to start at 7:30. Officers of the institute organiza tions are: Men—Edgar Herr, presi dent Jesse Anderson, vice-president Quinten Burkholder, secretary-treas urer Harry Barnes, Carl McCaf ferty, Clyde Warren, J. C. Deppler, executive committee. Harvey Gratz, Albert Augsburger, John Warren, resolutions committee Henry Huber, Willard Jennings, Harry Anderson, nominating com mittee. Women’s institute officers were elected as follows: Mrs. Raymond Stratton, president Mrs. Harry Anderson, vice-president Mrs. Wm. Althaus, secretary-treasurer Mrs. Earl Matter, Mrs. Quinten Burk holder, Mrs. Carl McCafferty, Mrs. Mel Long, resolutions committee. Fair Board Names Officers For 1943 Officers of Bluffton’s Mid-Winter agricultural fair were re-elected at a meeting of the organization held in the council room of the town hall Saturday night. Question as to when fair activities would be resumed was not discussed. For the first time in many decades Bluffton did not have the fair this season. Bluffton Hospital Makes Progress Report At Annual Meeting Shows Officers re-elected were: Hiram Kohli, president Albert Winkler, vice-president Ray Marshall, treas urer Harry F. Barnes, secretary. Others on the board of directors arc Clyde Klingler, Carl McCafferty, Joe Powell, Clyde Warren, Edgar Herr, Harold Carr, Dwight Frantz, Ben Amstutz, Quinten Burkholder, Harvey Burkholder. Z w ___ Bluffton Institution Cared for 710 Patients During Past Year Increased Volume Shown in Every Branch of Ac tivity Representing an increase of 71 new admissions over the previous year, there was a total of 710 pa tients at the Bluffton Community hospital during the past year, it was stated by Miss Sylvia Biederman, superintendent of the institution. Miss Biederman presented her re port at the annual meeting of the hospital held in the high school cafe teria Tuesday night. The hospital had 203 births, a record figure totalling 40 more than the previous year’s number. There were 27 deaths and 204 operations during the year, according to the superintendent’s report. Increases Shown Also showing an increase was the average number of patients per day. The average this year was 18.48 patients per day as compared to 15.8 in 1941 and 13.2 in 1940. There were 719 patients discharged during the year. Income during the year was $27, 528.79 with expenditures of $26, 629.56. During the year two $1,000 war bonds were purchased by the hospital board, it was announced by the’ president, N. E. Byers. Miss Janet Soldner, formerly of Berne, Ind., was named assistant superintendent of the hospital. She has been a nurse at the hospital for the past year and previously had special training and experience in Newton, Kansas. New Director Named One new director, Ezra Moser, was elected to succeed Menno Schumach er. Two directors re-elected were Ross Bogart and Mrs. Reese Huber. Other directors serving unexpired terms are: N. E. Byers, Waldo Hof stetter, Mrs. R. L. Triplett, Mrs. John Warren, Hiram Wenger, Edgar Hauenstein. Officers re-elected for the coming year are: Byers, president Wenger, vice-president Mrs. Huber, secre tary Bogart, treasurer. Officers constitute the executive committee which holds monthly meetings. The general hospital board comprised of officers and di rectors meets quarterly. Miss Biederman was named to con tinue as superintendent of the hos pital. All other present employes were also re-hired. Remains Brought Here For Burial Remains of Mrs. Hattie Lou Roush, 69, of Lima, were brought here for burial in Maple Grove cemetery, Wednesday afternoon. She died at her home in Lima Sunday afternoon following an illness of two years. Death was due to a heart ailment. Mrs. Roush was a native of Bluff ton, the daughter of the late Tilgh man and Sarah (Wasser) Biery. She resided in Lima for the past forty years. Funeral services were held in Lima Wednesday afternoon at the Davis, Miller & Son cathedral chapel with Rev. John Berger of St. Luke’s Lutheran church of that city offi ciating. Surviving are her husband, Clifton of Lima and one sister, Mrs. Etta Bogart of Orlando, Florida. In New Locations Walter Sommers and family will move soon from the Andrew Gratz farm south of town and occupy the Amos Gratz property, formerly the Geo. Rupright property on South Jackson street adjoining the Grade school grounds. Wm. Amstutz living on the Roy Bowers farm near Rockport will move this spring on the farm of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Folet south of Bluffton which Amstutz recently pur chased from the estate. Joel Basinger moved Friday from Pandora into his South Jackson street property which he recently purchased from Mrs. Mary Diller. Mrs. Eli Amstutz and daughters who formerly occupied the property have moved into the Francis Lugi bill property on North Jackson street. Lugibill expects to be called for army service soon after which Mrs. Lugibill will reside with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Alva Morrison in Bucyrus. Mrs. Lena Rockhill moved recently from Rockport to Lima. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 1943 SELECTEES LEAVE FOR ARMY OTHERS TAKE EXAMINATION Twenty-four Leave Wednesday Mooting for Induction at Camp Pe^ry Sixty Will Go to Toledo on Thursday for Physical Examination Twenty-four Allen county selec tees left Wednesday morning for Camp Perry for induction into the army, it was announced by Allen County Draft Board No. 3. At the same time the board an nounced names of a group of sixty who are scheduled to take physical examinations at Toledo on Thurs day. Go to Camp Perry Leaving for Camp Perry were: Boyd Irick, James Goedde, Earl Fritz, Morris Morton, Eitel Planer, Ralph Diller, Victor Bucher, May nard Leist, Henry Dunifon, Ralph Stewart, Robt. Hinkle, John Hower. Howard Foust, Harold Hoop, John Harbert, John Lindemann, Richard Osmun, Geo. Williams, Lowell Bald win, Willis Evans, Kenneth Bonifas, Noah Zimmerman, Herman Parent, Clarence Hanee. Take Physical Examinations Summoned for physical examina tions at Toledo, Thursday are: Chas. Stewart, Orine Johnson, Wm. Kerns, Robert Kupper, Geo. Byerly, Bernard Will, Adrian Gross, Elvin Rader, Gerald $«rshem, Chas. Sneary, Max Henry. U Richard Mikesell, Leroy Cotner, Robert Springer, )tis Struble, Gerald Bowers, Ray Blesser, Chas. Kaufman, Max Miller, Jasper Mor vay, Oro McElderry, Rolla Strayer, Stanley Wirt, Richard Sneary, Wm. Garver, Dehner Dunlap, Roger Ste wart. Stan Alspach, James Miller, Er nest Ackerman, Hobart Hall, Rich ard Kline, Edw. Imler, Ora Barrett, Oliver Hawk, Harry Jenner, Eugene Wreede, Don Doty, Harold Lones, Cha?**Joseph, Mc McConnel, Wm. McCafferty, Walter Cockerell, Tremper Riley, Robt. Gladen, Morris Grear, Morris Fett, Frank Tredlia. Fred Weisenmayer, Kenneth Dil ler, Steve Studenka, Eugene Stund renner, Wm. Wienkin, Marion Glass, Robert Shafer, Jas. Senbelbach, Evan Reynolds, Jas. Barnt, Richard La Point, Fred Green. Wedding At Church Of Christ Sunday In a ceremony at the Church of Christ at high noon, Sunday took place the wedding of Miss Mae Ellen Eier of Mt. Blanchard and Wayne Luginbuhl son of Mr. and Mrs. Gid eon Luginbuhl of Bluffton. The wedding vows were received by Rev. G. D. Bright, pastor of the church in a double ring ceremony in the presence of the immediate fami lies of the couple. After the ceremony a dinner was held at the Luginbuhl home on West Elm street followed by a kitchen shower. The bride is a graduate of the business school of Findlay college and now employed in clerical work at Patterson field, near Dayton. The groom who recently completed an electrical and radio engineering course at Purdue university, Lafay ette, Ind., is in the army aircraft radio laboratory at Wright field, Dayton. The couple will reside at 609 Wal ton avenue, Dayton. Rationing Calendar So that you may not forget the numerous important rationing dates, The Bluffton News is publishing this weekly reminder. JAN. 15—Last day to apply for War Ration Book No. 1. You must have one of these books in order to obtain Book No. 2, to be ready later. JAN. 21—Last day to use Coupon No. 3 in your gasoline A book. JAN. 22—Coupon No. 4 in gasoline A book becomes good for gasoline purchases. JAN. 26—Last day of fuel oil heading period No. 2. JAN. 31—Last day to use Sugar Stamp No. 10 for three pounds of sugar. JAN. 31—Last day for in spection of automobile tires. Feb. 7—Last day to use Stamp No. 28 in War Ration Book No. 1 for one pound of coffee. FEB. 20—Last day of fuel oil heating period No. 3. Beginning January 18 there’s go ing to be a little more confusion than usual in connection with the preparation of meals in Bluffton area homes. Ohio pastry shop owners have been notified that Jan. 17 will mark the last day they may sell sliced bread to ’customers, in order to com ply with an order issued by the War Production Board Consequently, it’s time to look up those bread cutting knives that went out of style years ago when bread slicing was sarted by bakers. ?armers Butchering for Own Families are Exempted From OPA Order Commercial Refrigerators are Believed to be Filled With Meat Increased butchering on farms to provide meat for home consumption is a development taking place in the Bluffton farming community. Impetus to home farm butchering was given by an Office of Price Ad ministration order permitting this type of activity. Locker space in in creased amounts is being used to store the meat, it is believed. Increased Amounts No reliable statistics are available as to the amount of home butchering being done or the amount of cold storage being used but livestock men believe the quantity to be much higher than in previous years. Actually the farmers are restrict ed by OPA in the amount of butch e-mg to be done, since they can slaughter no more hogs for sale than they did in 1941. However, there is no limit upon the number they may kill to obtain meat for home use. Keep Records Farmers are required to keep rec ords of all animals slaughtered for delivery to others but not of those for the use of their own families. Animals covered by the OPA order are cattle, calves, sheep, lambs and hogs. Regardless of restrictions local livestock men are convinced that farm butchering has reached new high levels. Similarily it is believed that commercial refrigerators are filled with meat. Unused School Bus Is Sold By Board Sale of a school bus not being used this year was authorized by the Bluffton board of education at its meeting Monday night. The bus, mounted on a 1938 International chassis was sold for $1,050 to D. M. Long of Pitsburg, Ohio. Because of decreased attendance from rural areas and consolidation of routes to help save on gasoline and tires, the number of buses op erated by the school here has been reduced from five to four. Bluffton Housewives Are Looking Up Long Discarded Bread Knives Many Bluffton women already are Butchering On Farms This Winter Believed At All Time High Mark Sales Tax Man To Be Here On Monday A sales tax examiner will be in Bluffton at the Mayor’s office next Monday from 10 a. m. until noon and from 1 to 4 p. m. to assist vend ors with their semi-annual sales tax report for the period July 1 to Dec. 31, it is announced by Frank M. Hill, manager of the Lima district office of the department of taxation. All vendors must file a report on or before January 31, or be subject to penalty. Reports may be filed at the district office, 1004 Cook Tower, Lima, or mailed to the Department of taxation, 68 East Gay street, Co lumbus. Red Cross Movies To Be Shown Here Movies depicting the first aid work of the Red Cross organization will be shown in the basement of the Bluffton Methodist church Saturday night at 8 o’clock. All phases of first aid work are shown in the film. It is requested that all first aid instructors, present students and those who have com pleted the course attend the movie presentation. Presentation of the film will be in charge of Joy K. Huber, local Red Cross instructor. complaining they do not have a good cutting knife, and in these days it is impossible to get one. Anyway, bakers are agreeing that baking ways are going back to the good old days. In addition to bringing an end to sliced bread on grocers’ shelves, the WPB has prohibited bakers from putting more than one thickness of wrapping paper around loaves of bread. Also, bakeries will not be permitted to make more varieties of baked goods than they made during the first week of December in 1942. RICHLAND FARMERS MUTUAL INSURANCE SHOWS IHCREASE Risks Aggregate Total of $2,188,345 with 550 Polic ies in Force Officers Re-elected at Annual Business Meeting of Rural Society Property insured by the Richland Township Farmers Insurance Co., a rural organization operating in the Bluffton area, amounted to $2,188,345 at the end of the fiscal year 1942, it was announced at the annual meet ing held here, Saturday afteernoon. Total losses for the year aggre gated $5,211.79. These were due to storm, lightning and fire. A total of 550 policies are in ef fect at this time. Officers re-elected are as follows: Eli Augsburger, presidenq Elmer Lauby, vice-president Charles Lora, appraiser H. P. Huber, treasurer Earl Matter, secretary Jacob Schick, director. Elmer Lauby whose term had ex pired was re-elected by the stock holders and re-appointed vice-presi dent of the society. Organized 1885 Although the Richland township company does not include profes sional insurance men in its director ate, it has continued in operation successfully for more than a half century. The society was organized in 1885 for the primary purpose of insuring farm property on a mutual basis. Originally business was conducted on a restricted basis but in the last decade or so operations have gener ally extended to include surround ing communities. Lora Schultz Takes Teaching Position Miss Lora Schultz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Schultz of Bluff ten college, has accepted a position as music and English instructor at Stryker high school in Williams county. She replaced a teacher who was unable to finish the semester’s work and started teaching on Monday. She will finish her academic work at Bluffton college this summer. Re-elect Directors At Bank Meeting Board of directors of the Citizens National bank was re-elected for the coming year at the annual stock holders meeting held Tuesday night. Directors re-elected were: C. H. Smith, E. C. Romey, Noah Basinger, L. T. Greding, Edwin Amstutz, Henry Huber and M. M. Bogart. A cash divided of $4 a share re cently declared on the present out standing common stock was an nounced at the meeting. Friday Deadline For Rental Registration Landlords who have not yet regis tered their residential renting hous ing must file such registrations be fore the deadline next Friday, Jan uary 15. Every owner of a residential prop erty rented to tenants must regi.-teT such property under the national law designed to “freeze” all rents at the level of March 1, 1942. Due al lowances are made, however, for any changes or capital improvements made since that date. BUY UNITBD STATBN PBFBWBK AN* .STAMPS NUMBER 38 MENNONITE AID SOCIETY GROWS IN PAST YEAR Company has $3,445,325 Risks In Force with Increase Of $181,825 Policies Carried by Local Unit Aggregate 914 Officers Named at Meet Insurance risks aggregating a total of $3,445,325 are carried by the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, a locally owned and operated insur ance organization specializing in farm risks, it was reported Saturday at the annual meeting of the group in Pandora. Reports submitted at the session showed the society has 914 policies an increase of 25 policies over the total of last year. The year closed with a balance of $5,643.35 in the treasury. Business Increases Aggregate risks carried by the organization showed an increase of $181,825 over the total of $3,265,100 carried on the books at the close of 1941. Storm damages were heavy result ing in a total loss of $3,798.88. Other losses were: fire, $2,015.15, lightning, $282.04 making a total loss of $6,095.97 for the society in the year 1942. Officers Officers elected at the meeting were: Jerry Basinger, president, and adjuster Ezra Bucher, vice president and appraiser Albert Winkler, secretary A. S. Hilty, treasurer Amos Tschiegg, assistant secretary and appraiser L. G. Phillips and Raymond Moser, ap praisers. The seven officers com prise the board of directors. With The Sick Charles Oehrli of Poplar street is critically ill at Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Guy Scoles residing north of Bluffton is a patient in Bluffton hos pital. Amos Bracy of Pandora is serious ly ill at the hospital here Mrs. J. J. Hamilton is recovering from the effects of a fall at her home on Cherry street recently. Mrs. Marion Hixon of near Bluff ton is ill at the home of her daugh ter in McComb. Merl Arnold, farmer north of Beaverdam, recently suffered painful lacerations when one hand was caught in a com shredder. Charles Walters, farmer west of Beaverdam, was also the victim of a similar accident when his hand was caught in a shredder. Rev. J. L. Guthrie, pastor of the County Line Church of the Brethren south of Bluffton, is quite ill with pneumonia. John Tosh, employed at the Steiner garage was burned about the face and hands when flames shot out of an open furnace door as he was en gaged in burning oil-soaked rags in the furnace. Mrs. Phares Bixel is convalescing at Bluffton hospital following an op eration which she underwent Satur day. Tosh Named Head Of School Board John Tosh, president of the Bluff ton Board of Education the past year was re-elected head of the board for the coming year at the annual organization meeting of the beard, Monday night. Dr. W. M. Niswander was elected vice-president. Other board members are Ralph Badertscher, Waldo Hofstetter and Elmer Short. Three Selectees Take Physical Examination Three selectees from the Bluffton area who registered in Orange town ship were called to Toledo, Tuesday for physical examination, it was an nounced by the Hancock county draft board. The three were: Byron Anderson, Carl Marshall and Charles Main. Four From Here Are On Farm Committee Four Richland township men were named last week to serve on the Allen county farm mobilization com mittee. Those from this area are Harry F. Barnes, chairman, Walter Schaub lin, Willard Jennings and Homej Gratz.