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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 1943
Bluffton High eagers will be seek
ing their ninth consecutive victory
of the season and their third in
Western Buckeye league play, when
they entertain St. Marys on the
Bluffton floor this Friday night.
A victory over the Rough Riders
will permit the locals to remain in
a tie with Bellefontaine for first
place in the league race, and more
than ever brand the Bluffton-Belle­
Bluffton High eagers had to bat
tle through two hectic overtime per
iods to preserve an unbeaten record
last Friday night, but they finally
came through with their eighth con
secutive win of the season, a 31 to
29 decision over Kenton High on the
Hardin county court.
It was a stirring game all the
way, with Bluffton leading at the
first quarter, 6 to 3f, Kenton ahead
at halftime, 13 to 11 and Bluffton
again out in front at the third quar
ter mark, 20 to 17.
The real thrills only began at that
point, however. At the opening of
the fourth quarter, Kenton spurted
out to a 22 to 20 lead. Burkholder’s
field goal tied the score at 22-all, but
Kenton again took the advantage,
24 to 22.
As the game drew toward a close
Herrmann dumped in two field goals
in succession to give Bluffton a 26
to 24 edge. Kenton battling to over
come the advantage missed one free
throw, then scored on two others, to
tie the score. Just before the game
ended, a missed free throw spoiled
Bluffton’s hopes of escaping an over
time period.
In the first extra-time session,
Kenton captured the initial advant
age with two free throws, but Bluff­
Bluffton All-Stars
Drub Lima Team
Bluffton's All-Star basketball team
took first place in the Lima Major
Industrial league last Thursday
night by drubbing the Lima Inde
pendents, 56 to 22.*
It was the third straight victory
in league pldy for the Bluffton team.
The locals gradually widened their
winning margin as the game pro
gressed, leading at the quarters,
11 to 6 20 to 13, and 38 to 16.
Rich Gratz scored 26 points for
the winning outfit, which total repre
sented exactly four more than the
entire Lima team was capable of
J. Herrmann, f. 3 0 6
Detwiler, f---- 3 0 6
R. Gratz, f---------------- 2 0 4
Fritchie, f------------------ 10 2
Rich Gratz, c. 12 2 26
Howe, g. 3 17
Wenger, g. 2 15
Totals .......... 26 4 56
Lima —........................... 8 6 22
Defiance Cagers
Overwhelm Beavers
Crippled in manpower by the draft
and hemmed in offensively by the
giant Defiance college basketball
team in the Defiance bandbox gym
nasium, Bluffton college cagers drop
ped a decision to the Yellow Jackets
last Wednesday night by the as
tounding score of 104 to 39.
Undefeated High School Team Will
Play St. Marys Here Friday Night
Pirates Win From Kenton In Hectic
Game With Two Overtime Periods
Defiance used its superior height
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fontaine game of Jan. 29 as the key
tilt of the championship battle.
Barring a recurrence of illness
that dogged Bluffton regulars last
week, the Pirates will be decided
favorites in the contest with St.
Bluffton college will be idle during
the week, because of semester exam
inations, and will not get into action
again until January 26, when they
will play Ohio Northern here.
ton again knotted the count on
Burkholder’s seventh field goal.
A field goal by Herrmann and a
free throw by Burkholder in the sec
ond overtime finally gave Bluffton
the victory, 31 to 29.
Kenton, a new member in the
Western Buckeye league, proved it
self of strong calibre thruout the
game, altho Bluffton’s attack was
crippled by the illness of two regu
The Pirates had a decided edge
in scoring from the field, getting 12
field goals to nine for Kenton, but
the home team’s 11 points from the
free throw line against Bluffton’s
seven helped them stay in the run
Barrett, Kenton center, with 18
points, and Burkholder, Bluffton
guard, with 16, battled it out for in
dividual scoring honors.
N. Schmidt, f. _______ 0 2 2
J. Schmidt, f................... 0 0 0
Herrmann, f........... ....... 3 1 7
Deppler, c_____ ______ 1 1
Burkholder, g................ 7 2 16
Gratz, g. 1 0 2
Loganbill, g.................... 0 1 1
Totals .......................... 12 7 31
Kenton ......................... 9 11 29
to advantage on the small floor by
throwing up a defensive alignment
that kept the Beavers from driving
in to effective scoring distance.
What the final result would be
was apparent early in the contest as
the Yellow Jackets roared away to
a 22 to 2 advantage. At halftime
the home team held a 50 to 13 lead,
and they continueed to add to their
score regularly in the closing period.
Forward Dick Lord, who, so far
as the average cage fan’s recollection
serves, seems to have been playing
with Defiance for a decade or so,
dropped in 19 field goals and one
free throw for top scoring honors of
39 points. Incidentally, the 39 points
he made equalled exactly the total
output of the Bluffton team, and
everything his teammates scored, in
cluding 27 points by Center Olan
Smith, was just so much gravy.
Defiance’s conquest of the Beavers
by the top-heavy score constituted a
new season scoring mark in Ohio col
legiate basketball play.
There was little new about the per
formance for either Bluffton or De
fiance, however, for the Yellow Jack
ets took the measure of the locals at
Defiance last year by an almost iden
tical score, 104 to 45.
B. H. S. Reserves
Win Their Eighth
Bluffton High reserves scored their
eighth successive victory of the sea
son by beating Kenton seconds, 34
to 23, in a game at that place, last
Friday night.
In emerging victorious the Pirate
seconds had to fight an uphill first
half battle, Kenton leading at the
close of the first quarter, 8 to 5,
and the score standing, 15-all at
Bluffton had a 25 to 19 lead at the
close of the third quarter, however,
and went on to win easily in the
final period.
Smucker with seven points Gratz
and J. Schmidt with six each, and
Hilty with five paced the attack of
the Pirates.
Hatcheries are likely to be unable
to fill all orders for March and April
chicks. They can supply more Feb
ruary chicks on immediate orders.
Say Farmers do you know there
is a man east of Lima chat is mak
ing the best Stock and Poultry
conditioner sold in this country. He
says it takes lots of experience
among live stock to be able to make
a Tonic, Powder, or Mineral that
will do Things in way of producing
milk, more pork, poultry and eggs
a less cost. Only lb. to the
hundred for dairy ration, hog feed
and only 1 lb. per hundred for lay
ing, starter or grower mash. Nearly
all elevators handie this satisfactory
product. If your dealer does not
handle it go to the one that does,
have the amount added. Watch your
condition of stock step up, good con
dition, larger production at less cost.
The name is Gold Leaf Mineral.
The Gold Leaf l-6-l-l|2 treatment
has gained many friends for this
Remember the one about clouds
with silver linings well don’t
get mad if your gas coupons are all
gone and the family car marooned
in the garage ’cause if you’d
been driving on these icy roads you
might have had a coupla smashed
fenders to pay for maybe driv
ing will be better by Friday when
No. 4 coupon is good however
Tuesday’s snow with mercury near
zero after days of rain and fog
didn’t help matters any and
Dode Murray says it would be a
winter like this when he didn’t go
to Florida and come to think of
it we haven’t been getting the usual
shower of Florida picture postcards
this winter you know them—
“having a lovely time wish you
were here’ and all that this year
it’s the army that’s wintering in the
swank resorts and speaking of
the army—we were wondering if a
colored girl joined the WAACS—
would she be a WAAC-coon?
Since by this time you are used
to slicing your own bread—you may
soon be finishing your own furniture.
Wm. “Bill” Edwards of the Basinger
furniture store, home from the Na
tional Furniture market at Chicago
last week says that the householder
who likes to dab around with a paint
brush is going to have plenty of
opportunity to display his talents.
Unpainted merchandise is the in
dustry’s latest means of solving the
manpower shortage. Another war
time feature is knockdown furniture
which the buyer may put together
himself—designed to overcome the
shipping shortage caused by the war.
Wartime prices for hogs have
pretty largely erased memories of
depression markets when porkers
were sold for three and four cents
a pound. On hog raiser who mar
keted 40 head the other day went
down street with a smil$ on his face
—and $1,300 in his pocket.
Clyde Waltz in town the other day
seeing old friends. Clyde, formerly
of Bluffton, now operating the home
farm near Columbus Grove, is build
ing up one of the fine dairy herds in
Putnam county.
Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Lahr, spend
ing a month in Denver visiting at
the home of their daughter, Mrs.
Homer Moser and family ■write that
sun shines every day from cloudless
skies—well that’s not Ohio.
And Josephine Augsburger out in
Pasadena this winter says California
is the land of sunshine—altho she
and Winifred Fett still enjoy read
ing about friends back in Ohio thru
the columns of the News.
And the C. C. Amstutzs in Lees
burg, Florida are some more ex
Bluff tonites who keep in touch with
home folks thru the News. Their
eldest son Frederick is in the navy
stationed on a repair and cargo ship
in foreign service. Max. the young
er son is working in a Buffalo air
craft factory.
And lots of Bluffton people re
member Homer Geiger, who has
made good in the insurance business
in Cleveland. Homer finds time to
do his bit in the defense program
working an afternoon and evening
shift in a Cleveland plant in ad
dition to looking after his insurance
clients. His wife is the former
Flora Gottshall and their son Kent
in college at Princeton is in the
For more than fifty years the
Bluffton News has been in the Ed
ward Fett family at Beaverdam, we
were informed on the renewal of the
paper for another year. Wonder
how many more Bluffton News
readers can qualify for the fifty year
You can take it from local truck
drivers who encounter all kinds of
weather that Tuesday was one of
the worst days on the road they
ever experienced. Snow, driven by
a high wind sifted into cabs ordin
arily weather-tight and drifted roads
with temperatures at 10 degrees
demoralized highway traffic and
added to discomfort of motorists.
Robert Deerhake, trucker, driving
one of the long haul routes of the
Page Dairy was marooned in a
snowdrift south of town and had
both ears frostbitten, Tuesday morn
Our hat’s off to the officers of the
Bluffton Farmers Institute for a
splendid program. The speakers
have been bringing good messages,
combining inspiration and informa
tion in just the right proportion.
Lanoy Loganbill is the recipient
of more than just a black eye. His
eye is black, blue and swollen the
result of being hit with a hockey
club on the ice Sunday afternoon.
After reading the item in the
Sportsmen’s column last week about
Donald Stratton finding two member
ship tickets of the same organiza
tion, yours truly started to clean out
his pocketbook and was amazed at
the collection of odds and ends. How
about you
There seems to be no end to slippery
walks this winter. The many falls
people continue to receive are mak­
Last Rites
AMERICAN SOLDIERS with bared heads, and a color guard stand outside a church in
Leopoldville, Belgian Congo. They have gathered to attend the funeral of tne first American
nurse to die in service on the African continent, Lieutenant Gertrude Edwin.
On the Right Road
'NEAR THEIR GOAL, two officers of the British First Army of General Kenneth .Anderson
are shown here in a street at Tebourba, the scene of heavy fighting. They are examining
a signpost showing they are only 21 miles from the strategic city of Tunis.
ing conversation at most any type
of gathering.
If there’s one person in Bluffton
who knows all the answers about
muskrats, it’s Jesse Mangus. Wheth
er it be about the quality of the
fur, their breeding habits, their
habitat, their feeding habits, how to
trap them, or whatever you want
to ask, this sportsman seems to
know the answer.
The young people here have been
complaining for many years of hav
ing no place to spend their spare
time. The town has no “Y” and
little opportunity for any type of
supervised recreational activity. Why
not establish a youth center where
young people could congregate under
wholesome auspices? There are
plenty vacant rooms in the town or
possibly one could be found at the
town hall where several evenings or
days during the week could be de
voted to this type of activity. Here’s
something else for one of the num
erous civic-minded organizations of
the community.
A large mounted hawk, shot by
Robert Sheidler, brother-in-law of
Eugene Benroth of this place, is at
tracting considerable attention at the
Bluffton News display window. The
bird has a wing spread of more than
five feet and was shot near Leipsic.
Here’s a practical mission for the
Bluffton Sportsmen’s club. Miss
Zanna Staater of South Main street
has been bothered for some time
with a red squirrel which has been
storing walnuts in her garage. Sev
eral of the club members have given
assurance that they will deal with
the marauder in the near future.
Closing of Siefield’s bakery has
brot forth the following tribute in
blank verse from a loc^al bard. It
is entitled “To Herb”:
I walked down Main street, it was
on Saturday eve,
And I stopped before the bakery—
’twas hard for me to leave
Tears came to my eyes. I felt
hungry, sad and blue,
No more of Herb’s pecan rolls Sun
day morn for me—or you
Do we miss his delicious pastries and
his bread so light?
I’ll say we do, and we hope when
we win this doggone fight
Herb with smiling face will be back
once more
And we’ll all be there waiting—when
he opens his door.
Island’s Main Crop
Prior to 1898, before Puerto Rico
became a part of the United States,
coffee was the main crop of the
island and the entire output was
sold in Europe. It was famed among
continental gourmets for its unique
flavor, and used to sell for as much
as 40 cents a pound in a green un
roasted state.
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Troop 56 By Malcomlm Basinger
The Cobra patrol slept out Friday
night in the patrol den of the Explor
er patrol. Robert Ramseyer was in
charge with Robert Stratton assisting
Boys sleeping out were: Gene Pat
terson, Ted Kohli, James Harmon,
Paul Don Bixel, Malcolm Basinger,
and the two patrol leaders.
John Schmidt passed the mechanic
al drawing merit badge test.
The meeting Monday night started
with tag game in charge of Junior
Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Oberly.
Next item was business matters in
charge of Scoutmaster Karl Gable and
then the roll call by Scribe Paul Don
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THESE FAST MOTOR LAUNCHES of the Netherlands Navy carry a real
sting. Armed with guns and depth charges, they are ready to make things hot
lor Axis planes or U-boats in the Caribbean. Today the Netherlands is serving
the United Nations on the sea not only with naval vessels, but with her large
merchant fleet, some ships of which helped land the U. S. expeditionary force
in Africa.
Jungle Fighters
BELGIAN AIRMEN SHOWN HERE on a Tunisia airfield are taking
an active part in the fighting in North Africa. Moreover a powerful column
of Belgian Congo forces have come all the way from Central Africa to attack
the Aids in the Sahara.
THESE AUSTRALIANS, photographed within 100 yards of Japanese
positions in New Guinea, are coming out of the lines for a rest. Australian
and U. S. troops have driven the Japs out of most of New Guinea. Their next
job may be to protect Timor or New Britain, strategic islands northwest oi
The patrol held joint meeting® prac
ticing first aid bandaging in the dark
for blackout training.
Ronald Diller, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Diller, was taken into Troop 56
by candle light investiture with Junior
Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Oberly
and Senior Patrol leader John Schmidt
in charge. Presentation of badges
was made by Scoutmaster Gable.
Presentation of the state,, town and
troop insignia, made when the scout
has a full uniform, was made by Robt.
Ramseyer, patrol leader.
Meeting was closed by Scoutmas
ter’s benediction.
Troop will hold a skating party
next Monday night. Committees in
charge are:
Games—Robert Oberly Campfire
program—John Schmidt Menu—
Robert Stratton and Paul Don Bixel.
Troop 82
Troop 82 did not hold a meeting
this week because scouts of the troop
ushered at the Farmers Institute
meeting held at the high school on
Monday night.
Sea-Going Hornets
Belgians in Tunis

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