VOLUME NO. LXVII
RECORD COLD WAVE
SINKS MERCURY TO
EIGHT DELOW ZERO
Lowest Temperature of Winter
Is Registered Here Wed
No Early Prospect Held for
Relief Road Conditions
Below-zero temperatures coldest
weather of an unusually severe win
ter—held the Bluffton area in its
grip Wednesday with little
of early relief.
The cold weather swept
n jrthwest unexpectedly
Bluffton district early
morning on the wings of
blizzard accompanied by a
Lowest temperature of
•wave was registered early
day morning when the mercury sank
to eight derees below zero. Near
zero temperatures continued thruout
out of the
wind whipped it into waves
quickly drifted roads. Streets
had been covered for the past
with a coating of ice were
made more hazardous for pedestrians
and motorists alike.
Train schedules were demoralized
and the Cleveland-St. Louis through
train cn the Nickel Plate due in
Bluffton at 5:50 a. m. arrived some
eight hours late Wednesday after
Numerous auto accidents, none ser
ious, were reported due principally
to skidding on jee covered pavements
and frost-covered windshields which
clouded drivers’ vision.
Worst Weather, Say Truckers
Experienced truck drivers with
long service records said Tuesday’s
weather was the worst they had ever
encountered. State highways were
kept clear by the use of all equip
ment but prospects for travel on
country roads were uncertain.
However, buses for transporting
their rounds Tuesday and Wednes
day. Schools are expected to con
tinue in Session as usual unless road
conditions become materially worse,
it was indicated Wednesday.
Rural route mail delivery from
the Bluffton post office also contin
ued Tuesday and Wednesday, altho
somewhat behind the regular sched
Subsiding of the wind Tuesday
night after twelve hours of a 25
mile an hour gale, gave some indi
cation of improvement in highway
conditions, altho temperatures con
tinued to drop.
The cold wave which struck early
Tuesday morning came following a
week of fog and light rain or snow.
Temperatures held consistently at
the freezing point with a result that
the moisture congealed into a thin
film of ice which covered streets,
fields and all outdoors objects.
With The Sick
Mrs. Guy Scoles is convalescing
the Bluffton hospital, from a bone
operation performed last Wednesday
Noah Zimmerman, Jr., ill with in
fluenza and complications at his
home on East College avenue is im
proving. Zimmerman, scheduled to
report for army service the past
week was unable to do so because
of his illness.
Bobby, son of Mrs. Alma Bixel of
South Main street, has returned to
school after a month’s absence due
Oehrli who has been
at Bluffton hospital
to his home on
Condition of Amos Bracy, critical
ly ill with heart trouble at Blufftor
hospital continues unchanged.
Winners of the Farmers Instituti
poster contest were announced this
week at the conclusion of Instituti
sessions Tuesday afternoon.
Eighth grade—Mary Kathryn Bau
man, 1st: Betty Bixel, 2nd Helei
Sixth grade—Doneta Althaus, 1st
Harold Kohli, 2nd Marvin Bronson
Honorable mention—Robert Neu
enschwander, Susanna Kempf, Bil
Burcky, Lois Marquart, Joe Good
Filling Station To
Close Here Friday
Gaiffe’s Service Station will close
its doors on Friday of this week
when William Gaiffe, proprietor, will
take a position in a Lima war in
This is Bluffton’s eleventh business
casualty as a result of war condi
Gaiffe disposed of his ice business
to Dick Habegger, proprietor of the
Hi-Speed gas station.
Other Bluffton firms to close be
cause of the war are Steiner Hatch
ery cream station, Siefield’s Bakery,
Cal Balmer & Son Sawmill, Swank’s
Barber Shop, Neu-Art Studio, Sutie’s
Haberdashery, Beatrice Beauty Shop,
and the following filling stations:
Gulf, Marathon and Johnson.
51 SELECTEES TO
FOR CAMP PERRY
Allen County Board Sends One
Of Largest Groups in Re
Trappers Of Bluffton District Close
One Of Best Seasons In Recent Years
January Quotas Filled:
Physical Examinations at
Toledo, Feb. 3
Fifty-one selectees, one of the
largest contingents in recent months,
will leave Lima, Thursday afternoon
for Camp Perry to be inducted into
the army, it is announced by Allen
County Draft Board No. 3. Physical
examinations were completed at To
ledo last week.
The group leaving Thursday will
fill the January quota for Draft
Board No. 3 and no further men
will be summoned this month. Fill
ing of next month’s quotas, however,
will be started February 3 when an
other contingent of registrants will
go to Toledo for physical examina
Men leaving for Camp Perry this
Max Henry, Wm. Garver, Robert
Kupper, Charles Sneary, Robert
Stewart, Kenneth Diller, Wm. Wien
ken, Ora Barrett, Charles Joseph,
Hobart Hall, Otis Struble, Harry
Jenner, Harold Lones.
Evan Reynolds, Walter Cockerell,
Fred Green, Jr., Jas. Miller, Merl
Hollar, Wm. Keirns, Fred Weisen
meyer, Jr., Don Doty, Jas. Barmp,
Leroy Cotner, Delmar Dunlap,
Bernard Will, George Byerly, Rich
ard Mikesell, Max Miller, Edward
Iinler, I'ivin Rader, Wm. McCafferty,
Stanley Wirt, Richard Kline, Gerald
Bowers, Jas. Sendelbach, William
Marion Glass, Frank Reglea, Ad
rian Gross, Gerald Dershem, Jos.
Isenberg, Richard Sneary, Eugene
Wreede, Charles Kaufman, Oliver
Harsh, Walter Potts, Maurice Green,
Russell Landfair, Robert Gladen,
Colored Scenes Of
Mexico At Lions
Colored motion pictures depicting
the Mexican travels of the Rev. A.
C. Schultz, Bluffton college Bible in
structor, were shown at the meeting
of the Bluffton Lions club at the
Walnut Grill Tuesday night.
Rev. Schultz studied the religion
and culture of the Mayan Indians in
Mexico and found many duplicates
of cultural forms in Mexico and in
Egypt where he had traveled pre
Many scenes of the Indian temples
and pyramids were shown as well
as pictures of the Indians at work
and engaged in selling on the streets
of Mexican towns.
Where Our Soldier
Pvt. Clyde E. Klingler, 35336762
Service Co., 14th Inf.
A. P. O. 829, c/o Postmaster
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pvt. W. H. Schnegg, 35500789
692 S. A. S. Prov. Bn.,
A. P. O. 9, c/o Postmaster
New York, New York
Wade A. Shook, RT3C
Michigan City, Indiana
More Than 4,000 Pelts, Mostly
Muskrat are Sold to Local
Winter’s Catch Also Includes
Coon, Opossum, Mink,
Weasel and Skunk
Fur trappers in the Bluffton dis
trict are checking up this week at
the close of one of the best seasons
in recent years. A large quantity of
pelts—more than 4,090—were mark
eted here at top prices during the
season which closed last Friday.
Most of the pelts were muskrat
for which trappers were paid $2
each. Market prices for other raw
furs were coon, $6 mink, $6.50, and
oppossum 35 to 40 cents. Weasels
and fox are also occasionally found.
The price increase ranging from
ten per cent upwards is believed to
have been» largely instrumental in
maintaining the volume of furs
marketed here which is reported to
have been as large as usual despite
the fact that fewer trappers were
engaged in the business this winter.
Local Dealers Buy Pelts
Most of the pelts are marketed
through local dealers, Jesse Manges
or Russell Leiber who prepare the
former years there were many
skunks caught in the Bluffton
than now. It seems that the
animals became infected by the same
disease that proved fatal to so many
of the rabbits here.
ago numerous dead skunks
found in fields of the district.
Since that time the catch of this
animal has been negligible. In
warmer winters there has been some
danger of over-trapping muskrats
but there was little danger of that
this past winter because of the cold
weather, local sportsmen stated.
Couple Is Wed At
Wedding of Miss Eudora Eliza-
Amstutz Schweitzer, and Marvin
Moser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
Moser, both residing west of Bluff
ton, took place Sunday.
The single ring ceremony was per
formed by Rev. A. C. Schultz at the
Ebenezer Mennonite parsonage on
For her marriage the bride wore
a jacket dress of copen blue crepe
pompadour hat of black straw, black
gabardine shoes and a corsage of
Catherine Firestone, Triplett em
ploye, only attendant of the bride
wore an aqua dress, hat of black
straw, and wore a corsage of yellow
roses. Hiram Bucher served as best
man for the groom.
Following the ceremony a four
course wedding dinner was served
at the home of the bride to the wed
ding party and immediate families.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs.
Martin Schweitzer, Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey Moser, Eileen, Veldine and
Junior Moser Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Moser and children Carol and Rob
ert,- all of Bluffton Mrs. Charles
Kistner, Pontiac, Michigan Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Reiter and daughter
Sandra Elise of Mt. Cory Mrs.
Mary Sommers and Sharlene Basing
er of Pandora Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Bowers and daughter Judith Ellen
of Lima Mrs. Firestone, Mr. Buch
er and the honored guests Mr. and
Mrs. Marvin Moser.
Mrs. Moser is a graduate of Pan
dora High school and was a former
employe of the Triplett company.
Mr. Moser is a graduate of Bluffton
High school and is employed at the
Lima Armature Co. of Lima.
The couple will be at home to
their many friends in their newly
furnished apartment at 336^ S.
Pine street, in Lima.
The following births at the Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Burkholder, a
boy, Frank Joseph, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Basinger,
twin girls, Marlene Rae and Darlene
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Althaus,
twin boys, Jerry Ray and Gary Jay,
this Wednesday morning.
The Women’s Chorus will be fea
tured in the weekly broadcast of the
Ebenezer Mennonite church over
Findlay radio station WFIN Sun
day afternoon at 4:15 o’clock. Miss
Mabel Amstutz is director and Mrs.
Wm. Althaus is accompanist.
11 IE BLUFFTON NEW
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN
DACK ONE HOUR
'ime Change Altho Not On
Institute Program, One of
dustry Benefits from “Fast’
Time at Expense of Agri
Farmers in the B^iffton area want
fie clocks set back an hour to
Central Standard time—and they are
aying so in no uncertain terms,
entiment for a change to “slow”
ime which has been rumbling thru
ut this district during the last few
eeks came to a head at the
istitute Monday and Tuesday.
Altho not officially on the
ram, the matter of change in
ow before the Ohio le
ne of the chief topfet
ion between sessions
athered in informal groups between
One of the
jf the pres
ige in time
hange in time
nt situation as far as i
s concerned is the insis
Vashington that any chai
rill hamper industry’s part in the
Hamstrings Agriculture is Charge
Whether a change in time will
lamper industry, the farmer isn’t
irepared to argue—but he will tell
ou quickly and in no uncertain
the present time system
farm work—and after
that agriculture is vital
effort he feels that he is
fully as much considera-
in as industry.
Reason given by the farmers here
opposing the advance in time is
at they must wait an hour longer
daylight. Some of the work can
done in lighted barns while it is
ill dark but general farm work is
riejr Stick an iiouf
farmer about an
rould give the
our’s start in
The question of changing
ack to Central Standard
iven consideration at the present
ime by the Ohio General AssemtTy.
lovernor Bricker has refused to take
definite stand on the time change
uestion, it is reported.
The Governor has suggested that
he legislatures of Ohio and Michi
an send delegations to Washington
o compare data with the War
luction Board on electric power
ng features of war time.
The Governor has pointed out
iis survey on the effect of War Time
n Ohio industry is at variance with
he conclusions of Donald M. Nelson,
VPB chairman, but he has asked
hat the legislators be careful not
o hamper the war effort.
Some questions have been raised
.s to the legality of a state making
he time change. Informed attor
leys have pointed out their belief
hat congress could require a state
o operate on a certain time if such
iction was deemed necessary for the
uccessful prosecution of the war.
The act of congress passed Jan.
10, 1942 advancing clocks an hour in
■very time zone was labeled “an act
o promote the national security and
lefense by establishing the Day
ight Saving time.”
So that you may not forget the
imerous important rationing dates,
The Bluffton News is
this weekly reminder.
No. 3 in your
22—Coupon No. 4 in
gasoline A hook becomes good
for gasoline purchases.
JAN. 26—Last day of fuel oil
heading period No. 2.
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.
FEB. 28—Last day for holders
of and books to have their
automobile tires inspected.
FEB. 28—Last day for inspec
tion of truck tires.
MARCH 31—Last day for A
book tire inspection.
Two records were set this week at
the Bluffton Community hospital—
12 babies in the hospital on Sunday
and two sets of twins Wednesday.
Twelve is the record number of
babies in the institution at any one
time and this is the first time that
there were two sets of twins in
building at the same time.
Dr. L. L. Huber, Former Bluff
ton Resident, Addresses
Two Sets Of Twins And 12 Babies
At Bluffton Hospital This Week
Twin girls were bom to Mr.
Mrs. Leland Basinger, living
mile west of town, on Sunday.
Their names are: Marlene Rae and
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Althaus west
of town became parents of the sec
ond set of twins at the hospital this
Wednesday morning. The boys are
named Jerry Ray and Gary Jay.
That Hybrid Corn is Most
Hybrid corn is ideal for war
planting because of its greater
ductive capacity on less acreage
less labor, it was stated by Dr. L. L.
Huber, former Bluffton resident and
now entomologist at the Wooster ex
periment station, who addressed ses
sions of the Farmers Institute at
the high school auditorium Tuesday
Huber was born and raised in
Bluffton the son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob Huber, four miles south
of town on the Lincoln highway.
The old home place is now farmed
by a brother, Harry Huber. Anoth
er brother, Dr. Everett Huber, is
now dean of Ohio Northern uni
versity at Ada.
Urges Use of Hybrid
Dr. Huber urged’the use of hybrid
corn in farm planting because of the
increased yield, its resistance to in
sect pests and the heavy borer and
the economy of saved labor.
It is very likely that the farmer
of the future will never plant corn
unless he knows its pedigree where
by he can predict its performance
on the basis of its past actions.
The experiment station at Wooster
is constantly conducting scientific ex
periments to produce hybrids
suitable for local conditions.
Information gained on the
of the research is passed on to the
county agricultural agent who makes
it available to farmers in the county,
Dr. Huber stated.
Hybrid seed is made by both single
and double crosses. It takes a real
scientist to develop the cross breed
ing to produce a strain that has all
around qualities. One strain might
be corn borer resistant and yet
to another disease
strain adaptable to
locality might be susceptible to
ease in a different section.
strain highly productive in one area
might produce only an average yield
in another, the speaker stated.
The farmer should never accept
the claims of a particular hybrid
strain until he is sure that it will be
adaptable to his local conditions.
The extension service of the Wooster
experiment station is available, thru
the county agent, to make this de
termination, Dr. Huber explained.
Funeral For Mt. Cory
Resident Held Here
Funeral services for Thomas B.
Ghaster, 66, Mt. Cory resident, were
held at the Paul Diller funeral home
here Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Irvin
Kauffman officiated and burial was
in Clymer cemetery.
Ghaster died suddenly at his home
in Mt. Cory Sunday evening from a
heart attack. He was a machinist
by trade. He was born Dec. 24,
1878 in Hancock county.
Surviving are his wife Laura,
daughter Ruth at home and
mother, Mrs. Jennie Ghaster.
In New Location
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stonehill
son have moved from the Fred
Wenger farm south of town on the
Dixie highway to one of the Miss
Zanna Staater apartments on North
The 12 babies in the hospital on
The twin girls of Mr. and Mrs.
Basinger Mr. and Mrs. Sidney
Burkholder, a boy, Frank Joseph
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Neff, Newark,
a girl Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Augs
burger, a girl, Jean Ann Dr. and
Mrs. B. W. Travis, a boy, John
Walton Mr. and Mrs. Robert Run
ser, Ada, a girl, JoAnn Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Mumma, Columbus Grove,
a girl, Joan: Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Devier, a girl, Carol Sue Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Hamilton, a boy, Ray
mond Keith Mr. and Mrs. Veil
Reichenbach, Beaverdam, a girl,
Carol Sue Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Hall, Beaverdam, a boy, Roger
lybrid Corn Ideal Seed For War Time,
Institute Speaker Says In Talk Here
NEEDED ON FARMS
FOR WAR EFFORT
Urge Greater Allotment of
Farm Machinery to Increase
’arm Institute Resolutions Ask
For Return to Central
Larger allotments of farm machin
ery and man power for the production
of food and fibre for the war were
urged in resolutions adopted at the
closing sessions of Bluffton’s annual
two-day Farmers Institute held here
Monday and Tuesday.
The stand of the institute was a re
flection of the critical shortage in man
power and farm machinery coming at
ed production to aid the war are the
heaviest in agricultural history.
Favor Central Time
The institute also went on record
as favoring a return to Central Stand
ard time as vital to an efficient pros
ecution of the war effort by the farm
er. Also included in the resolutions
was a statement asking for a contin
uance of the practice of transporting
every rural school pupil in the Bluff
ton school district.
Complete text of the resolutions ap
pears on page 2 of this issue of the
Meetings of the institute embraced
comprehensive discussions of modem
farm community problems as well as
offering a variety of entertainming
Excellent and informative addresses
were given by William M. Manahan
of Defiance Mrs. Florence Eickmeier
of McClure Dr. L. L. Huber, of Woos
ter Miss Ruth Barnes of Lima.
New officers of the men’s institute
organization are: Elmer Lauby,
president Harvey Gratz, vice-presi
dent William Althaus, secretary
treasurer Harry Barnes, Ezra Moser,
Earl Matter, Homer Gratz and Ray
mond Statton, executive committee.
Women’s institute officers were
elected as follows:
Mrs. Walter Sommer, president
Mrs. Josephine Huber, vice-president
Mrs. Albert Augsburger, secretary
Mrs. Walter Schaeublin, Mrs. Addie
Graber and Mrs. Edwin Niswander,
Want Thursday To
Be “Church Night”
by the Ministerial
to keep Thursday
have been asked
night open for
adopted at a
In a resolution
meeting of local pastors the first of
the week attention was called to
the custom whereby Thursday night
has been generally kept open for
church meetings and functions and a
request made that this practise be
The ministers also expressed ap
preciation for cooperation of the
public in recent observance
Real Estate Deals
The John Zimmerly farm of
Hilty school has
Jesse Welty to
is occupied by
acres north of the
been sold by Mrs.
Wm. Nusbaum of
Grove. The place
HOG MARKET AT
HERE SINCE 1920
Present Situation Unusually*
Favorable to Hog Raisers
Encouragement Given for Use
Of Corn Supply to Finish
Porkers for Market
Thousands of extra dollars are
jingling in the pockets of hog rais
ers of the Bluffton district as a
result of the unusually favorable
com-hog ratio prevailing since the
Hogs were quoted at $15.00 per
hundred pounds on the Bluffton mar
kets Wednesday morning and corn
was selling for 84 cents a bushel,
giving every encouragement for fat
tening of swine.
two yearss’ standing, being the high
st quoted here since October, 1920, it
was stated by local shippers.
Eastern Markets Set Record
Storm conditions have caused
some of the eastern markets to go
to the highest levels in 23 years but
locally livestock trucks have been
able to come to the markets almost
without any delay.
Livestock men believe that feed
ing to heavier weights may cause a
hog run in February or even in
March instead of this month.
Generally a bushel of corn adds
10 pounds of weight to a hog. The
balance between corn and hog prices
is more favorable this year than it
has been in many years, livestock
men here pointed out.
Ceiling Price on Corn
Another factor favorable to the
hog market is the ceiling placed on
corn prices last week by the Office
of Price administration. Some com
I growers have been reluctant to sell
because of higher prices for their
With further advances
hog producers who do
enough of their own corn
have little difficulty in
their needs of that commodity. Most
hog producers, however, grow their
own corn, it was pointed out.
Although there has been an in
crease reported in home butchering
it has had little or no effect on the
receipts at the local livestock market,
it was reported this week.
To Get Engineering
Degree From O. N. U
Joel Kimmel of Bluffton will be
one of a class of 51 seniors to be
graduated from Ohio Northern uni
versity on February 28. The Bluff
ton youth will receive the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
Engineering. He is the son of Mrs.
L. D. Kimmel of South Main street.
This will be the first mid-year
commencement for the school, a re
sult of the war accelerated program.
Penalty Added For
Dog Tags Thursday
There was a rush of Bluffton dog
owners Wednesday, last day before
the deadline, to purchase tags for
their pets. Tags are sold here at
the Community market.
On Thursday a penalty of one
dollar for each tag will apply to late
comers. The law requires collection
of the penalty in addition to the
prescribed fee for all dogs three
months or older which do not have
tags after Wednesday.
However, if an application and fee
are mailed the tags will be furnished
without penalty provided the letter
is postmarked not later than Wed
Radio Sermon Series
“The American Tempo” is the sub
ject of the radio address in the Liv
ing Today series to be presented over
Findlay radio station WFIN
Rev. A. C. Schultz, Bluffton
Bible professor and pastor
Ebenezer Mennonite church,
afternoon at 3:45 o’clock.
Ray S. Hilty of Kibler road was
elected treasurer of the Mennonite
Mutual Aid society for the coming
year instead of A. S. Hilty as stated
in the News last week. His election
as treasurer took place at the annual
meeting of the organization held at
Pandora, Jan. 9.
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