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915 Books are Issued on First
Day at High School Cafe
teria, Tuesday
Applicants Must Bring Ration
Book No. 1 and “Declara
tion Form”
Bluffton school district residents
are being issued War Ration Book
No. 2 on a production line system at
the high school cafeteria this w-eek
every afternoon and evening continu
ing through Friday from 1 to 9 p. m.
A total of 915 ration books was is
sued Tuesday, the first day it was an
nounced late Tuesday night by Supt.
of Schools A. J. B. Longsdorf in
charge of the work here.
It is expected that more than 3,000
books will have been issued when the
registration closes Friday night.
Alphabetical Schedule
Registration is based on an alpha
betical schedule. Those coming on
the first day w’ere persons whose last
name begins with the letter “A” to
“E” inclusive.
On the remaining days the follow
ing schedule has been announced:
“F” thru “K” register Wednes
thru “R” register Thurs-
thru “Z” register Friday.
Ten Minutes Routine
Routine work of registration for
the new War Ration book required
about ten minutes for those w’hose
credentials were in proper shape, reg
istration officials said.
Every registrant is required to pre
sent War Ration Book No. 1 and the
“declaration form” completely filled
out. About one out of every’ five
failed to have the declaration form
which was to have been clipped from
A similar proportion, about one of
every five registrants possess©! can
bed foodstuffs in excess of the max
imum of five cans per person, as per
mitted under the regulation, it was
estimated by those in charge of the
registration. Stamps to cover the
amount of excess number of cans were
removed on issuing of the ration
Error in Derlaration
Many’ who presented the declara
tion form had one or more of the
questions improperly filled out. Most
common error was in stating the
number of cans on hand instead of
the excess quantity.
Custom canning must be declared
on the form provided, it was announc
ed Tuesday. Exception to this is in
case sugar w’as furnished by the pa
tron to the custom cannery'. It is
not required that home canned fruits
and vegetables be declared and con
sequently no ration stamps are taken
from the books for this type of can
Funeral Thursday
For Mrs. Matthews
Funeral services for Mrs. Amy
(Bowman) Matthews, 84, mother of
Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Campus
Drive, will be held at the Hauen
stein residence Thursday afternoon
at 2:30 o’clock.
Mrs. Matthews died at the Bluff
ton hospital Monday afternoon at
4:15 o’clock. She had been ill since
suffering a stroke on Christmas Day.
The widow of the late J. K. Mat
thews, she is survived only by a
daughter, Mrs. Hauenstein, with
whom she lived. A brother, George
Bowman, and a sister, Mrs. Flora
Frick are deceased.
Rev. E. N. Bigelow, pastor of the
Bluffton Presbyterian church, will
officiate at the services. Burial will
be at Pomeroy cemetery at Ottawa.
State, Federal Tax
Men Coming Here
State and federal tax men will be
in Bluffton during the next few days.
real estate tax.
Thursday and Friday deputies
the Allen county treasurer’s
will be at the Citizens National
for collection of the December
Deputies from the county auditor’s
office will be here also at that time
to assist taxpayers in making out
personal tax returns.
On next Tuesday deputies from the
internal revenue office will be at the
mayor’s office to assist taxpayers in
making out their federal income tax
returns. These returns must be filed
by March 15.
Street Light Unit
Shipped From East
Shipment has been made of the
transformer which will regulate res
idence street lighting here, it was
announced Wednesday morning by
Edgar Hauenstein, clerk of the
Board of Public Affairs.
Streets in a considerable portion
of the residence district have been
in darkness since a transformer
burned out several weeks ago at the
Bluffton municipal light plant.
A transformer was located in Bos
ton, Mass., and with shipment made
the unit should arrive within a short
time, it was stated. On its arrival
the unit will be put into operation
at once and street lighting service
Word w’as also received here that
shipment was made of a special type
of transformer oil needed for lubri
cating the unit. It was sent from
Detroit and should be at the plant
in several days, it was stated.
Stickers Will Go On Windshield
Must Retain 1942 License
Plates Also
Motorists Must Present Certi
ficate of Title and Regis
tration Card
In addition to the certificate of
title, motorists are also required to
present their registration card, the
one they presented w’hen they ob
tained their gasoline rationing stick
ers. Only the certificate of title
was presented in the past.
Truckers, whether farmers, com
mercial haulers or owners of trailers
are to answer a series of questions
for the War Department when they
apply for licenses.
For the past several years people
have been buying automobile licenses
in increasing numbers. This year
it is expected that a decline will be
shown in the purchase of licenses
because of the few’er number
people operating automobiles.
Civilian Consumption Of Canned Foods
Cut To Less Than Half Under OPA Order
in place
at Bixel
Bluffton motorists will
automobile license stickers
of the metal license plates
Motor Sales, official headquarters fpr
local distribution located on Cherry
street, starting Monday. The stick
ers must be shown on all motor
vehicles not later than April 1.
The stickers must be displayed as
passenger car and truck windshields
as possible. The 1942 metal plates
also must be displayed on all motor
vehicles. Shortage of steel made it
impossible to stamp new’ plates for
1948, it was explained by license
officials. i ’bh-.id
Annual Red Cross
Drive Next
roll call
the Red
Combining the annual
with the 1943 war fund
the Bluffton chapter of
Cross will start a systematic solicita
tion of the community starting next
Monday, it was announced this week
by G. R. Bogart, chairman.
Due to war conditions the services
of the Red Cross have expanded con
siderably and the various communi
ties have been assigned increased
quotas to meet. Bluffton’s quota is
$2,000, Bogart stated.
Committees in charge of solicita
tion are:
Homes—Mrs. Ora Wetherill and
Mrs. Edith Mann.
Business firms—M. M. Bogart,
Armin Hauenstein, G. R. Bogart.
Manufacturing—I. B. Beeshy.
Officers of the Bluffton chapter in
addition to Bogart are: Mrs. Ora
Wetherill, vice-chairman Mrs. Edith
Mann, secretary-treasurer.
Girl Reserve Church
Service Sunday Night
Church service of the Bluffton
high school Girl Reserve organization
will be held at the First Mennonite
church, Sunday night at 8 o’clock.
The service is an annual affair
held in connection with national ob
servance of Girl Reserve week. Mem
bers of the Girl Reserve will supply
numbers on the program.
Point Values for Various Items
Are Announced by Federal
OPA Office
Drastic Scale of Points is Blow
To Those Depending on
Canned Foods
While all processed and canned
foods were “frozen” this week as
Bluffton residents registered for War
Ration Book No. 2, announcement
w’as made of the drastic scale of
point values which will restrict con
sumption to less than half the norm
al amount.
The Office of Price Administration
announced that 48 ration points will
be allotted to each man, woman and
child for March. With these 48
points two cans of sliced pineapples
may be purchased, or three cans of
peas or 48 cans of baby food.
Here is w’hat some of the
cessed foods will cost in the
popular sizes: Peas, 16 points
14 tomatoes, 16 green-beans, 14»
pears, 21 peaches, 21 grapefruit
juice, 23 tomato juice, 32 soup, 6
baby food, 1 prunes and raisins, 20
points per pound: frozen foods, 13
points per pound.
Detailed Tabulation
OPA issued a detailed tabulation
this week of about 900 different
point values for determining how
much canned and frozen fruits and
vegetables, dried fruits, canned
soups and baby foods can be purch
ased when rationing starts on March
Point values for dried beans, peas
and lentils, which were only recently
brought under the rationing plan,
w’ill tie announced later.
The values announced this week
by OPA are expected to remain the
same for the month of March, altho
there may be some variations. The
point values for the month of April
will be announced at the end of
The OPA official table of
point values for processed foods
appears on Page 3 of this issue
Point Values Secret
It has been announced previously
that the individual allotment for the
month of March would
but the value of these
closely guarded secret
nouncement proved to
erable blow to those w’ho have been
depending mostly on canned goods
for their tables
be 48 points
points was a
and the an
be a consid-
OPA officials stated that this
tion, which is less than half, is
cessary in order to provide foods
the fighting forces of both the United
States and her allies.
Of the adult foods the only cheap
food was canned sauerkraut, at five
cents per pound and at a cost of
four points from the ration
The next bargain in cans is
at eight points per pound.
11 Point Group
Following these are canned
tables requiring 11 points a pound.
These are: asparagus, green and
wax beans, corn, carrots, spinach,
tomato catsup ,chili sauce. The high
est pointage per pound required for
canned goods is 13 for lima beans,
peas, tomatoes.
Canned fish and canned meat are
due to be rationed along with meat
at the end of the month. Canned
milk, butter and edible oils are on
sale at the present time but are
slated to join the ration list soon.
The new book being issued will cover
meats to be rationed starting about
March 28.
The stamps are in denominations
of 1, 2, 5, and 8 points and grocers
be used
late in
change with the small coupons.
give change. It is recom
that the larger point stamps
first so that it will be easier
the month to make exact
Removing Stamps
The stamps should be removed
only in the presence of the clerk in
charge of the sale.
Stamps are being deducted from
the books at the high school on the
basis of eight points per can for
every can in excess of five per per
The most common sizes of canned
vegetables under the rationing pro
gram will cost 10 to 16 points and
fruits from 15 to 24 points.
Radio Entertainers
At Ebenezer Church
Frank and Neal of station WLOK
of Lima will have charge of the
evening sercice at the Ebenezer Men
nonite church Sunday night at 7:30,
EST. The service is sponsored by
the young married people’s class
taught by Mrs. Waldo Hofstetter.
BLUFFTON, OHIO, 25, 1943
Meeting in Council Chamber
Friday Night Reverses
Earlier Decision
». r,-j
Local Poll i
1 Town Favors
a$ej Farmers
Bluffton wilt- remain on Eastern
War (fast) tirrii at least until next
fall it was decided by the town
council called into ^official session
Friday night to disettss the problem
with representatives bf various com
munity interest#.
Following th# announcement by
Mayor Howe last Wednesday noon
that the town would move its clocks
back one hour to conform with the
new state “slow” time, a poll of
local industrial and business estab
lishments disclosed strong majority
sentiment in favor of continuing on
fast time.
Although no official action could
be taken Friday since it was not a
regular meeting night, council mem
bers indicated that routine legisla
tion making the decision effective
would be adopted *sat the meeting
next Monday nighfe
Farmers Opposed
At Friday night’s conference were
representatives of business, industry,
schools and agriculture. Sentiment
generally was in favor of fast time
w'ith exception of agricultural in
terests. Representing these latter
were Fred C. Badertscher and Allen
Grismore, Richland township trustees
who strongly protected the plan to
continue on fast time.
Majority sentiment, however, held
that with Lima and several other
towns in the county continuing on
fast time, to move the clocks back
would lead only to further confusion.
Local industrialists also reported
that their employe©!5 were in favor
of continuing
.them an
ih the evening
are farmers who will use the ad
ditional daylight for work on their
time, giving
,, for gardening
of these also
Confusion Sunday Morning
With little time to announce can
cellation of the previous plan by
which Bluffton was to have switched
to slow time, there was some con
fusion in town Sunday morning when
church bells rang for services on the
fast time schedule.
It is likely, however, that the
town will
slow time
mous for
time change, about the middle of
move its clocks back to
next fall unless the state
acts in the meantime,
in the council was unani
taking up the matter of
Meanwhile radio stations and rail
roads will continue to operate on
federal war time. However, the
Cincinnati and Lake Erie
running thru Bluffton is
on state slow’ time.
bus line
Court House On Slow
Altho Lima is officially on federal
war time, the Allen county court
house in the same city is on slow
state time. This was
tory by the new time
the state legislature.
made manda
law voted by
areas in the
While many rural
state turned their clocks back one
hour, nearly all Ohio cities are re
maining on fast time at least until
fall. Columbus and Dayton are the
only large centers which changed
officially to slow time. Many indus
tries in these two cities however, re
mained on fast war time.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Whaley of Chi
cago are parents of a girl, Carol
Louise, born Friday. Mrs. Whaley
was formerly Miss June Burkholder
of this place.
Word was received here of the
birth of a daughter to Pvt. and Mrs.
Morris Morton of Muncie, Ind. Mrs.
Morton was the former Miss Mary
Zuercher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Zuercher
of this place.
births at the Bluff-
The following
ton hospital:
Mr. and Mrs.
bus Grove, twin girls, Marla Deanne
and Carla Jeanne,
John Miller, Colum
Clayton Little, a
Mr. and Mrs.
girl, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs.
Jenera, a girl, Sunday.
Merritt Rossman
Mr. and Mrs. Weldon
boy, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs.
a girl, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs.
lumbus Grove, a
Basinger, a
Clifton Bame, Ada
Elliott, Co
girl, Tuesday.
Rationing Of Canned Foods Will
Give Big Boost
Withtthe new war ration bodks
bringing home to Bluffton people the
realization that canned fruits and
vegetables will be scarce, residents
here are becoming increasingly gard
en conscious.
This year home gardens will
called upon to pinch-hit to make
for the lack of canned foods.
Not only will canned foods be
stricted but with prices of all foods
soaring, an additional stimulus will
be provided to intensify home gard
ening and truck gardening programs.
Since Bluffton has not moved the
clocks back in conformity with the
state time change, residents will have
an hour longer to work in their
Many of the more common vege
tables have a high point value and
it will be difficult for the average
family to secure enough commercial
ly canned food if limited to the pres
ent assigned point values.
Plowing up of lawns is not an
ticipated at this time. Instead it is
believed that residents will attempt
to intensify the production on exist
ing small garden plots.
Annudl Meeting Of
Beaverdam Elevator
Annual meeting of the Farmers
Elevator company of Beaverdam will
be held in the Beaverdam high
school auditorium next Tuesday
afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.
Following the business session,
Rev. S. M. Davidian of Lima will
give a lecture at 3 o’clock to which
all members, patrons and the public
are invited, it is announced by I. M.
Jennings, manager of the elevator.
Commissioned Ensign
Dale Sutter, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey Sutter of near Columbus
Grove has received his commission
as ensign in the navy, it was an
nounced the first of the week.
The commission was granted at
commencement exercises of the Naval
Training school in New York city
following a fifteen weeks course.
Sutter was one of a class of 1,270
to be graduated.
Following the graduation Mr. and
Mrs. Sutter and son left for Miami,
Florida, where he has been assigned
to duty.
Negro Mezzo-Soprano
To Sing At Vespers
Mrs. Rosa Page Welch, Negro
mezzo-soprano from Chicago will
sing in a recital at the Bluffton col
lege Vesper service to be held at
Ramseyer chapel Sunday afternoon,
March 7 at 3 o’clock.
She has sung numerous times in
Chicago’s Auditorium Recital hall
and has appeared in recitals hun
dreds of times at various schools,
churches, conferences and institutions
in the country.
She was chosen a winner at the
Chicagoland music festival, since
which time her services have been
in constant demand. Spirituals and
religious numbers will be included in
the presentation.
The publis is invited, it was stated
by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of
the college.
Railroad Speaker
At Lions Meeting
Railroad transportation and the
war emergency relief will be dis
cussed by a representative of the As
sociation of American Railroads at
a meeting of the Lions club at the
Walnut Grill Tuesday night at 6:15
Rationing Calendar
So that you may keep in mind the
numerous important war-time ra
tioning dates, the Bluffton News is
publishing this weekly reminder:
FEB. 28—Last day for hold
ers of and books to have
their automobile tires inspected.
FEB. 28—Last day for inspec
MARCH 1—First day for use
of War Ration Book No. 2 for
purchase of canned and frozen
fruits and vegetables, dried fruit,
canned soups and canned baby
tion of truck tires.
to use
MARCH 15—Last day
Stamp No. 11 for three
of sugar.
to use
21—Last day
book coupon No. 4.
21—Last day to use
gasoline A
Stamp No. 25 for one pound of
MARCH 31—Last day for A
book tire inspection.
JUNE 15—Last day for one
pair of shoes.
To Home Gardening
Celebrate Fiftieth
Wedding Anniversary
Celebrating their 50th wedding an
niversary, Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim
Amstutz entertained at a six o’clock
dinner at their home Tuesday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Amstutz were mar
ried at the Ebenezer Mennonite
church on Feb. 23, 1893. The wed
ding sermon was preached by the
Rev. David Goertz of Halstead,
Kansas, and the ceremony was per
formed by the Rev. Frederick Zel
ler of Mt. Cory.
Noah Geiger and Fannie Gratz, de
ceased, were married at the same
time. C. D. Amstutz, brother of
Ephraim, was married in 1891 and
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Amstutz
brated their golden wedding
versary two years ago.
Floral offerings and
presented to the couple
who visited at the home
extend congritulations.
Present at the dinner were:
and Mrs. Francis Amstutz
by friends
Tuesday to
Climaxing the observance was an
old fashioned belling by Wilhelm Am
stutz and Mrs. Lona Triplett
serenaded with Swiss bells.
daughters Anita and Nancy of Wis
ner, Nebraska Mr. and Mrs. Pearl
Geiger, Kenneth, Wilma, Myron and
Weldon Mr. and Mrs. Willis Am
stutz, Marilyn, Annabelle and Lucille
Kay Mr. and Mrs. Otis Burkholder,
Evan, Sylvan, Mabie Irene, Allan
and Barbara Ann, Miss Florence
Hitchcock, Columbus Grove Miss
Leah Steiner, Misses Lillian, Mabel
and Vera Amstutz Rev. and Mrs.
A. C. Schultz and daughter Carla.
Bluffton Youths In
Auto Crash Sunday
Two Bluffton youths, Robert Potee,
23, and Walter Badertscher, 21, are
recovering from injuries received in
an auto accident when the cars they
were driving collided head-on in the
early Sunday fog.
The accident occurred on the Bent
ley road two and one-half miles
south of town. Potee, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Rell Potee of Mound street
and Badertscher, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sam* Badertscher, south of
town, were taken to the office of a
Bluffton physician.
The cars were badly damaged in
the mishap.
Bluffton Sailor
Completes Course
Wade Shook, former Bluffton col
lege student from Wadsworth, grad
uated this week from a pre-radio
training course at the naval armory
in Michigan City, Indiana.
He is a petty officer in the United
States Navy with a rating of radio
technician third class. He will be
transferred to a primary radio ma
terial school for further instruction.
His wife, the former Miss Bonita
Clark and daughter, are living at the
home of her parents on Grove street.
Commencement Date
Announced By School
Bluffton High school will hold its
commencement exercises for the
graduating seniors on Tuesday, May
25, it was announced this week by
A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent
of schools.
Arrangements have not been com
pleted for the speaker but announce
ment of this will be made in
near future, it was stated.
With The Sick
Adam Amstutz who was stricken
at his home on Spring street, Mon
day morning is seriously ill at the
hospital here.
Donald, year-old-son of Mr. and
Mrs. Oliver Zimmerman is ill with
bronchial pneumonia at his home on
South Main street.
Fred Fritchie is confined to his
home on Riley street because of ill
Radio Sermon Series
Let the World Shake is the sub
ject of the address in the Living To
day series to be given
A. C. Schultz, Bluffton
professor and minister
ezer Mennonite church,
station WFIN Friday
3:45 o’clock, EST.
by the Rev.
college Bible
of the Eben
over Findlay
afternoon at
Ranks Sergeant
Edwin Rice, Bluffton man in the
overseas service, has been promoted
in rank from corporal to sergeant, it
was announced the first of the week.
Seek Mechanical Equipment to
Offset Loss of Manpower
On Farms
Machinery Bringing Record
Prices at Public Auction
Sales Here
With March 1 at hand, marking
beginning of the farm year, farmers
in the Bluffton district are making
a desperate eleventh-hour effort to
offset the loss of manpower with me
chanical equipment.
With farms being drained of their
labor supply by high industrial
wages and the draft, every possible
resource is being employed in an ex
tensive program of revamping farm
machinery in preparation for open
ing of spring work, now only a
matter of several weeks distant.
Farmers thruout the area are fac
ing the realization that with man
power unavailable, the only hope of
maintaining farm production at any
wheie near normal levels depends
upon the extent to which mechanical
equipment can be made to replace
hand labor.
Reclaim Discarded Equipment
This situation is reflected in the
appearance of home-made farm
equipment, reminiscent of pioneer
days, which will be seen in increas
ing volume thruout the Bluffton dis
tuct during the coming spring and
The farmer with sufficient mech
anical ability to do his own repair
jobs and make in his own workshop
some of the smaller pieces of farm
equipment finds plenty tojdo. Farm
machinery, long discarded, is being
put into condition wherever possible
or torn down to be used for repair
Home made equipment is especially
noticeable in the poultry program
because new goals set for poultry
call for greatly increased! production.
One of the most necessary pieces of
equipment is the electric brooder
which may be made from ordinary
materials by the farmer himself, ag
ricultural specialists point out.
Big Demand
The farmer seeking to add to
present mechanical equipment
finding new machinery virtually
obtainable and used machinery
fered at public sales often bringing
fantastic prices.
Government ceiling prices for farm
equipment have been largely disre
garded. Farmers here tell how a
corn binder bought new for $190
last year was sold for $360 and a
tractor seven years old brought with
in $75 of the price paid for it new
in 1936.
Bluffton Soldier
In Army Hospital
Dwight Worthington, Bluffton man
in the signal division of the army
air service, is recovering from an
injury to the left ankle at a military
hospital at Columbia, South Carolina.
in an air
the plane
for three
The injury was received
plane accident in which
made a forced landing,
treatment was necessary
men who were oying in the plane.
Worthington has been confined to
the hospital for the past six weeks.
His mother, Mrs. William Amstutz
of Mound street, returned Sunday
from Columbia after visiting her son.
Real Estate Deals
Pleyel Fett, who occupied the 80
acre farm of his mother, Mrs. John
Fett two miles east of Beaverdam
has purchased the Gerald Chidester
farm of 40
erts farm,
will move
Schick has
longing to Mrs. Fett.
acres, formerly the Rob
west of Beaverdam and
next month. Harold
rented the 80 acres be-
Gerald Chidester has purchased a
farm near Cairo and will move on
the place shortly.
Mrs. John Fett has sold a twenty
acre tract east of Beaverdam where
she resides to her daughter, Mrs.
Esther Kirtland of Bluffton. Mrs.
Fett will continue to live on the
Broth er hood eeting
Rev. Marion Tinsler, pastor of the
First Methodist church of Ada, will
be the speaker at the meeting of the
brotherhood organization of the First
Mennonite church to be
church basement this
night at 6:30 o’clock.
held in the

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