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UNITRO •Tate* awing a /Bonds VOLUME NO. LXVII 1 STREET LIGHTS TO BE TURHED ON BY END OF THIS WEEK New Transformer Arrives Municipal Light Plant Tuesday Night at Entire Town Will Have Street Lights Shortly, Plant Officials State The transformer was shipped from Lynn, Mass, on Feb. 19. The unit weighs 715 pounds uncrated and it will be necessary to use a derrick to place it behind the switchboard. Sixty-five pounds of special lubricat ing oil are used in connection w’ith the transformer. The function of the transformer is to regulate delivered to ing system, of 20 KW. in the residence section and will enable the towm to have street lights over the entire community. the amount of current the town’s street light The unit has a capacity It will control the lights Two transformers are required to regulate the street and boulevard as usual. Funeral Thursday For Adam Amtsutz Funeral services for Adam Am stutz, 79, lifelong resident of this ^community, will be held at the Diller [Funeral home Thursday afternoon at E o’clock ez^f pen time). He died at the Bluffton hospital Tuesday morning following a week’s illness. was born on the old Am stutz homestead, two miles west of Bluffton, the son of C. U. and Verina (Neuenschwander) Amstutz. He find his sister Miss Barbara Amstutz lived there until four years ago when they moved to town on Spring street. Miss Amstutz died two years ago. Since that time he has lived alone. He never married. His father, C. U. Amstutz, was one of the original settlers here clearing the home farm. Survivors are: four brothers, C. D. Amstutz, Ephraim Amstutz, and David Amstutz of Bluffton U. S. Amstutz, Wisner, Nebraska. He w’as a lifelong member of the Ebenezer church. The services will be in charge of the Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Negro Mezzo-Soprano Will Sing At Vespers Mrs. Rosa Page Welch, Negro mez zo-soprano from Chicago, will sing in a recital at the Bluffton college Vesper service to be held at Ram seyer chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clodk. OL.D the Street-lighting service Bluffton residence section resumed by the end of the was announced Wednesday by officials of the municipal light plant. in will be week, it morning A considerable portion of the resi dence section has been in a blackout for the past several weeks because of a burned out transformer at the light plant. The new transformer arrived at the plant late Tuesday night and w’ork on installation of the unit began Wednesday morning. have acclaimed Mrs. of the outstanding singers. Music critics Welch as one Negro concert and religious numbers will ed in the presentation. Spirituals be includ- was stat- The public is invited, it ed by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the institution. Union Service At Church Of Christ Bluffton’s morithhr union service will be held at the Church of Christ, Sunday night at 8 o’clock, it is an nounced by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Rev. Paul Whitmer will be the speaker and special music will be provided. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hartman, Mt. Cory, a boy, Erwin Lynn, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Mel Long, Jr., a boy, Gary Kent, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wilson, Raw son, a girl, Sandra Kay, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Cleland Amstutz, Pandora, a boy, this Wednesday morning. Mrs. Amstutz was form erly Miss Esther Huber of this place. District Native Describes Visiting Of Mercury Drops To 8 Degrees Below Zero Wednesday Morning Man Winter still packs a Bluffton morning. heavy wallop as learned Wednesday when the mercury dropped to 8* below zero. The cold was pre-' ceded by several inches of snow fall Tuesday night. The cold wave was the most severe March weather experi enced here in recent years and will continue until Thursday ac cording to forecasts. Absence of wind made effects of the cold less intense. 75 ALLEN COIL... SELECTEES CALLED I FOR EXAMINATION Large Contingent is Sent to Toledo for Physical Tests, Wednesday Those Meeting Army Standards Will be Inducted Into Armed Service Seventy-five selectees were in To ledo, Wednesday undergoing final physical examinations preliminary to army induction, it w’as announced by Allen County Draft Board N. 3. The men qualified in the physical tests will receive a seven day furlough before reporting for active duty with the March quotas. The following reported for physical examination: Bluffton—George Swank, Jr. James W. Martin, John Herrmann, Herbert F. Siefield, Arthur Thiessen, May nard Badertscher. Lima Rural Routes—Robert. MoAer, Wale Cremegn, Robt. ’John, DtfflNd Gibson, Chas. Newcomer, Robt. Bea man, Ctmer Osting Robert Styer, Dale Newland, Robert Lamb, Russell Case, Donald Frail, Wm. Settlemire, Wm. Coon, Robert Smith, Robert Mauck, Myron Winegardner, Don Crites, Paul Jackson, Edward Melson, Calvin Waltz, Jr. Donald Murphy, Jesse Howell, James Settlemire, Wes ley Myers, Chas. Clark, Bennett Lew is, Louis Hamilton, Jr. Clifford Bow ers, Elward Snyder, Bill Kenneth Burkholder. Beaverdam—Richard Jennings Fish er. Col. Grove—Harold Walters, Rich ard Edwards, Stanley Barber, Wm. Parson, Jr. Delphos—Herbert Odenweller, Ar thur Jones, Harold Maas, Willis Wurst, Joseph Bohnlein, Robert Hey ser, Arthur Haehn, Otto Heising, Don Ford. Lafayette—Doyt Hanthorn, Robt. Guthrie, Robt. Fisher, Raymond Stal ey, Earl Meeker, Robert Slane. Spencerville Gabriel McKinley, Adrian Grassley, Harold Bell, Frank lin Mueller, Evan Hanley, Warren Brown, Robt. Graham. Dayton—Earnest Clement, Wayne Luginbuhl. Hume—Dale Harshman. Detroit—Thos. Brandehoff. Elida—Robert Stemen, Francis En slen, Russell Reser, Hubert Bartlett. Harrod Harry Corbett, Harry Wright, Miles Smith. Murray Gets Council O. K. As Night Police Clayton Murray was confirmed as Bluffton’s night police at a meeting of the town council, Monday night. Appointment of Murray to the posi tion was made by Mayor W. A. Howe two weeks ago. Murray re places Albert Reichenbach, former night police, w’ho recently entered the restaurant business here. 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: African Missions On Motor Scooter the A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO TH Miss Mary Haas Finds Gas Scooter Great Convenience In Mission Work “Uncivilized” Natives Live in Peace and Quiet in Interior Of West Africa. Deep in the interior of the Sudan in Nigeria West Africa where “un civilized” natives live, everything is peaceful and quiet in contrast to that portion of the continent where “civi lized” men have turned the country into a battlefield, it was indicated in a letter received from Miss Mary Haas, Pandora missionary, by rela tives here. She is stationed at Kwoi via Kafanchan, Nigeria, West Africa. Miss Haas is well known in this vicinity with many relatives in the Bluffton and Pandora area. Eli Augsburger of this place is an uncle and Mrs. Isaiah Welty and Mrs. Jesse Welty of Bluffton are aunts of the missionary, Her father is Jacob Haas of Pandora. Here Two Years Ago She was in Bluffton and Pandora two years ag® and will likely be home again in another year since missionaries to Africa generally are able to stay in the field for only three years at time because of the effects of the African climate. In her most lucent letter to rela tives Miss Haas describes the use of tfie motor scootfr which she pur cMfrsed here be African mission feld. be ming on sone trip, drivi than 200 miles a returning to her With gasoline ingly scarce the to be a blessing. COOLER sited seven tribes her scooter more using less than incr SCI ►ter has pro Uses ecently she thrie gallons (imperial) of gasoline. Sudh economies would have been (Continued on page 8) ibihl \N 4 im- icher s Sunday 'Lugibihl, of Grove Bucher, west of towm, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon at one o’clock. The single ring marriage service was read by the Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. The bride wore a dress of Eleanor blue crepe. A blue plaid coat and navy hat completed her traveling ap parel. The couple left for a short wed ding trip immediately following the ceremony. They will live at the home of the bride on Grove street. Pre-Easter Services At Pandora Church Rev. Paul Ross Lynn, Hartford seminary professor and rural minis ter in Connecticut, will hold pre Easter services at the Grace Men nonite church in Pandora starting Sunday morning, March 7, at 10:30 o’clock and continuing in the even ings at 7:30 o’clock except Saturday night. The series will be concluded on Sunday evening, March 14. The Grace church choir under the direction of Mrs. James Suter of Bluffton will sing at the meetings. The public is invited to attend the meetings, it was stated by the Rev. Forrest Musser, pEistor of the church. Services are scheduled on time. received He is Naval Maryland. to use pounds MARCH 15—Last day Stamp No. 11 for three of sugar. to use MARCH 21—Last day gasoline A book coupon No. 4. MARCH 21—Last day to use Stamp No. 25 for one pound of coffee. MARCH 31—Last day for A book tire inspection. JUNE 15—Last day for one pair of shoes on Stamp No. 17. slow Advances Rank Mrs. been James West, son of Mr. and Cliff West of Lawn avenue has advanced in rank to First Sergeant. Sgt. West is stationed in Bermuda. Receives Promotion Jack Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street in the naval medical moted to the prentice first word week, tional esda, corps has been pro rank of hospital ap class, according to here the first of the stationed at the Na Medical center, Beth- To Sing In Choir David Tosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tosh of South Lawn avenue, has been selected as one of the 50 members of the Wheaton college Chapel Choir. The spring season of the choir will begin in March. Nu merous concerts in the Chicago vicin ity will replace the usual extended tour because of transportation diffi culties. HIE BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHJO, BLUFFTON PAIRED EPOINT PLAY WIT Pirates to Me efeated Op ponents in Round Friday Night Bluffton Def The game is a natural” from several standpoints nd particularly in relation to its Comparison with last year. In the 1942 tournament, Middlepoint had ah undefeated rec ord until the ter clashed with Bluffton in the opening round of the sectional. Bluffton emerged from the contest victorious, winning 42 to 34, and the memory of tha: setback will be smarting when Middlepoint’s second undefeated team in as many years makes its sectional bid. With their usual,‘run of bad luck holding true again this year in tournament drawl the Pirates were assigned tf I the stronger bracket. t? w Four county champions are in the same bracket. These include Middle point, V Mercer laise co county. INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY —_________ THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1943 Middlepoint In Sectional Opener at Last Year’s Tourney —-4- Bluffton High’s opening round op ponent in the Sectional Class basketball tournament at Celina this Friday night will be an undefeated Middlepoint team, up for the most part of the Wne players de feated by the Pirates in the sec tional opener last year. The game will Start Friday at 8 p. m. “slow” time (9 p. m. Bluffton time.) Undefeated Middltpoint is one of the tournament favorites, and the crippled Bluffton squad will face one of its most severe tetts of the season in attempting to by the first round hurdle. .' IWert county St. Henry, Bremen, Aug Gomer, Allen New and' Five solemnized at e, Jfrrtha. street and Dan quiet the bra St. Johns, Lima St. Rose. and Johns its If Bluffton is successful in first tournament bid, the Pirates play the winner of the St. Henry Lima St. Rose game, Saturday night. The tilt is scheduled for 9 p. m. slow time (10 p. m. Bluffton time). will In the second section of the lower bracket, New Bremen is paired with Delphos St. Johns and Gomer will play Lima St. Johns. During the regular season Bluffton defeated Lima St. Johns and Lima St. Rose, altho both tilts came early in the year before Bluffton’s team was crippled by an unprecedented streak of bad luck. Four of Bluffton’s rangiest mem bers of the first string will not be in uniform for the sectional because of injuries and ineligibilities, thereby casting some shadow on Bluffton’s hopes for another tournament cham pionship. Weldon Deppler regular senior forward, is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle John Schmidt, sub center, has an injured right knee Fred Herrmann, regular center, and James Herrmann, sub guard, are in eligible. Starters for Bluffton will include the following who last week gave Upper Sandusky its worst defeat of the season: David Smucker, junior, forward James Gratz, senior, guard Bob Burkholder, junior, center Var den Loganbill, junior, guard, and Neil Schmidt, sophomore, forward. Others who will see action are Bob Gratz, sopohomore guard Ronald Zimmerly, sophomore guard Hubert Basinger, freshman guard, and Arthur Hilty, freshman center. Draft troubles also are dogging Bluffton’(S tournament entry. Coach George Swank left Wednesday to be inducted into the army, but will take advantage of the seven-day furlough granted new inductees. This will permit him to be with his team for this week’s games, altho he must leave for the army again next Wed nesday. This is the second year the tourna ment has been played in Celina’s fine field house, which the Pirates prefer to Shawnee’s stage-floor gmynasium. Officials who will work the tourna ment games are H. W. Scheuerman, Lima, and J. J. Winter, Bucyrus. D. B. Spangler, former Bluffton will act as timekeeper. man, With The Sick to Harold Beals has been confined his home on South Jackson street the past week because of illness. D. W. Fox of South Lawn avenue is a patient at the hospital. Auto license tags of paper in stead of the familiar metal plates are being issued to motorists this week, emphasizing anew’ the realiza tion of critical wartime shortages. It was a decided novelty when the first tags which are simply wind shield stickers were sold at the Bixel Motor Sales, Monday. Motorists eyed them disparagingly and regarded them curiously. After all cense plates always have tractively enameled in tw*o colors, a red windshield sticker is something of a let-dow’n. Handling teams are in Auto License Tags Of Paper Make Appearance In Bluffton This Week when li been at- Promptly the cry arose that the glue was on the W’rong side—but that was just because motorists were more familiar with putting on li cense tags with screwdrivers than Railroad Public Relations Rep resentative Addresses Lions Club A. C. & Y. Railroad Handles More Than 12,000 Cars Per/Month, Speaker Says War Playing Vital Role in Transportation 742 Lines In Country more than 12,000 cars from every’ state in the A. C. & Y. railroad is per month union, the playing a vital role in speeding up war transportation in the state of Ohio, it was stated by E. L. Walker, traveling freight agent for the A. C. & Y. railroad, in an address at the Lions club meeting at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night. The railroad, w’hose line runs thru Bluffton, has a large sales force with offices maintained in most of the larger cities in the United States. The speaker is also on the public re lations divisiort of the Association American Railroads. (Coatimied on page 8) of Graftfetes From J. Joel Kimmel, son of Mrs. L. Kimmel of South Main street, grad uated from the School of Engineer ing at Ada, in held on Ohio Northern university, the mid-year convocation Sunday. Carey Younkman Arrives Overseas Pvt. Carey Younkman formerly of near Bluffton, has arrived safely at an undisclosed overseas destination, according to word wife from the war first of the week. Enrollment of children will be Fri day morning from 9 to 10 o’clock or telephone Mrs. Edith Mann in the evenings. Miss Sypos has had train ing in kindergarden work and new equipment has been added, it is an nounced. While milking the cows at his farm on the Lincoln highway two miles west of New Stark, Saturday morning, George Huber was startled to hear the side door of his barn crash in followed by a resounding whack caused by some object coming in contact with his automobile parked in another part of the barn. they were with glue. A little experimenting, however, disclosed that everything was as it should be—all that is necessary is to wet the sticker, place it against the lower, inside windshield with the legend facing the glass, smooth it out—and that’s all. A glossy back, apparently led some to believe the glue was on the side it shouldn’t be. The stickers must be displayed by April 1. All cars also must display their 1942 metal plates. Truckers applying for licenses will be asked a series of questions for the War department. Motorists must present certificates of title and reg istration cards in applying for 1943 license tags. ASK OIL AND TAR FOR SPRING ROAD REPAIR PROGRAM Application Made by Township Trustees to County Commissioners Roads received by his department the youngest son of Younkman is the Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Younkman resid ing south of Bluffton and entered the service last September. His wife, a former Bluffton college student, now’ employed in Lima resides with her grandmother, Mrs. Alice Fackler at Lafayette. Kindergarden Will Open Next Monday Bluffton’s kindergarden, closed since December will be opened again in the Grade school building next Monday. Miss Mary Sypos, instruct or in religious education, will be in charge, taking the place of Mrs. Wayne Harris, previous instructor. in Wheel From Semi-Trailer Truck Flies Off And Crashes Into Barn And Auto Upon investigating the unusual combination of noises Huber found that one of the wheels from the semi-trailer of a passing truck came off, rolled across the yard for a dis stance of 100 feet and crashed into the barn. The wheel finally came to rest on top of the Huber automobile where it caused considerable damage. As he looked down the Lincoln All Limits Placed on Roads Reduction 35 Per Cent Ixad County Of in of the worst winters causing one years causing considerable to rural roads, plans are With recent damage under way for an extensive patch re pair program and possible ing of eight or nine miles in Richland township, it nounced this week by the trustees. resurfac of roads was an township will de- The re-surfacing project pend directly on the availability of road oil and tar biidAbhJhaterials whiA would be used in the hard sur face improvement. Application the materials has been made to Allen county commissioners. for the Bad Condition With the condition of the roads made bad by quick freezes and rapid thaws it is believed that the county commissioners would make the ma terials available for the improvement program, trustees indicated. cf There is on hand a supply (Continued on page 8) In New Locations the Paul Amstutz has moved from College farm north of town, form erly the Thutt farm, to the Shawber farm northeast of Pandora. Stewart Berryhill has moved on the College farm vacated by Paul Amttutz. Berryhill recently sold his place, the former Rev. Chris Steiner farm near Rockport to Abe Baum gartner who moved here from Idaho. Wilbur White of near Lima has rented the L. E. Cook dairy farm west of Beaverdam and will move on the place. Donald Van Meter who formerly occupied the L. E. Cook farm has vacated the place. Mr. and Mrs. Van Meter are making their home with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Cook in Beaverdam. Willis Bridget moved Wednesday from the Edgecomb farm south of Beaverdam to the Ed Marquart farm w’est of Beaverdam. Bridget has purchased the L. E. Cook milk route. Reno Gratz who formerly occupied the Marquart farm moved the first of the week to the Fred Basinger farm near Columbus Grove. highway for the cause of the acci dent he saw the huge truck disap pearing down the road, the driver apparently unaware of what had happened. Huber quickly got into his car and with the top caved in raced down the road after the truck to warn the driver of his lost wheel. He chased the truck eight miles down the highway to Williamstown w’here the driver had stopped after trouble had developed on the re maining tire in the double-wheeled unit. As the driver was wondering when and where the wheel came off Huber came on the scene with the wheel and the explanations of what had happened about eight miles back. BUY UNITBB •TATNS NUMBER 4£ WAR RATION BOOK NO. 2 BEING USED HERE THIS WEEK Grocers Report Little Difficulty In New Point Value Ra tioning Procedure Customers Urged to do Shop* ping for Canned Goods Early in Week Although Bluffton housew’ives are taking their rationing of processed foods in stride, there is some confu sion in the use of War Ration Book No. 2, Bluffton grocers Indicated this week. Some people are not informed as to the correct rationing procedure and grocers have urged that customers study the point list at their homes and budget out their stamps before they come to the store. Also merchants are urging that customers, whenever possible take the first part of the week to fill their canned goods needs and if possible do their w’eek’s shopping on the first two or three days of the week. Thus they may shop leisurely and receive per sonal attention of the clerks. Some people are using their stamps too rapidly and will find themselves lacking in coupons to secure the types of food they will want later in the month. One customer here used all of her stamps in the first day, one of the grocers reported. The ABC stamps are for the month of March and it is recommended that customers use the high values first so that k will be easier later in the month to make the exact change with the small coupons. Most of the customers, however, seem to have a good understanding of the point system of rationing but there are some who still are confused and should study their point values before coming to the grocer. Observe Golden Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Scoles, life long residents of Jackson township observed their fiftieth wedding an niversary at their home south of Bluffton, Sunday. Many friends called during open house in the afternoon to extend con gratulations and flowers and cards were received. A six o’clock dinner was held with the table decorated with flowers and tall yellow candles. Centering the table weis a large wedding cake, gift of daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Scoles, surmounted with a miniature bride and groom. Nut cups with wedding bells marked places at the table. Present for the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Wade Car roll and daugh ters, Mr. and Mrs. John Augsburger and Donna Jean Wingate of Beaver dam Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Augsburg-' er, son Burdette and Mrs. Noah Augsburger of Bluffton. The occasion also marked the twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Augsburger. Mr. and Mrs. Scoles are the par ents of five children, three of whom are living. They are George, at home Mrs. W’ade Carroll of Beaver dam, and Mrs. Raymond Keiffer of Charlotte, South Carolina. Mrs. Keiffer who is with her husband, a first lieutenant in the army air corps, was unable to attend. Killed In Training For Marine Service Keith Hummon, 22, son of Mrs. Lynette Hummon of Findlay and grandson of Mrs. Nellie Schifferly Hummon former Bluffton resident, w’as killed in an accident at Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday night. He was in training as a Marine flier and w’as to have graduated soon. No details of the accident were giv en. He was the fourth member of his family to meet violent death. His-, father died of injuries sustained in a truck accident in June, 1941. Both of his paternal grandparents died as a result of traffic accidents, his grandfather dying of injuries re ceived in a truck accident and his grandmother in a passenger car ac cident. The body will be returned to Find lay for funeral services and inter ment. Real Estate Deals Menno Burkholder has purchased from Joseph Schroeder 80 acres known as the late Amos Welty farm north of Bluffton. The place is oc cupied by Dennis Diller who ha* rented it for the coming year.