VOLUME NO. LXVII
STREET LIGHTS TO
BE TURHED ON BY
END OF THIS WEEK
New Transformer Arrives
Municipal Light Plant
Entire Town Will Have Street
Lights Shortly, Plant
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 function of the transformer is
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
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
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
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.
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
Bluffton residence section
resumed by the end of the
was announced Wednesday
by officials of the municipal light
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
Welch as one
and religious numbers will
ed in the presentation.
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
Rev. Paul Whitmer will be the
speaker and special music will be
The following births at the Bluff
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hartman, Mt.
Cory, a boy, Erwin Lynn, last Wed
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
Man Winter still packs a
heavy wallop as
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
75 ALLEN COIL...
SELECTEES CALLED I
Large Contingent is Sent to
Toledo for Physical Tests,
Those Meeting Army Standards
Will be Inducted Into
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
Bluffton—George Swank, Jr. James
W. Martin, John Herrmann, Herbert
F. Siefield, Arthur Thiessen, May
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
Beaverdam—Richard Jennings Fish
Col. Grove—Harold Walters, Rich
ard Edwards, Stanley Barber, Wm.
Delphos—Herbert Odenweller, Ar
thur Jones, Harold Maas, Willis
Wurst, Joseph Bohnlein, Robert Hey
ser, Arthur Haehn, Otto Heising,
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
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.
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
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
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.
on sone trip, drivi
than 200 miles a
returning to her
ingly scarce the
to be a blessing.
sited seven tribes
her scooter more
using less than
►ter has pro
thrie gallons (imperial) of gasoline.
Sudh economies would have been
(Continued on page 8)
'Lugibihl, of Grove
Bucher, west of towm, were united
in marriage Sunday afternoon at one
The single ring marriage service
was read by the Rev. A. C. Schultz,
pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite
The bride wore a dress of Eleanor
blue crepe. A blue plaid coat and
navy hat completed her traveling ap
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.
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
MARCH 15—Last day
Stamp No. 11 for three
MARCH 21—Last day
gasoline A book coupon No. 4.
MARCH 21—Last day to use
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 on Stamp No. 17.
James West, son of Mr. and
Cliff West of Lawn avenue has
advanced in rank to First Sergeant.
Sgt. West is stationed in Bermuda.
Jack Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Clark of Grove street in the
moted to the
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
HIE BLUFFTON NEWS
Pirates to Me efeated Op
ponents in Round
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
Four county champions are in the
same bracket. These include Middle
INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1943
In Sectional Opener at
Last Year’s Tourney
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
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,
street and Dan
Lima St. Rose.
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).
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
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
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
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.
With The Sick
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.
teams are in
Auto License Tags Of Paper Make
Appearance In Bluffton This Week
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
A. C. & Y. Railroad Handles More Than
12,000 Cars Per/Month, Speaker Says
Playing Vital Role in
Transportation 742 Lines
more than 12,000 cars
from every’ state in the
A. C. & Y. railroad is
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
(Coatimied on page 8)
Joel Kimmel, son of Mrs. L.
Kimmel of South Main street, grad
uated from the School of Engineer
Ohio Northern university,
the mid-year convocation
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
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
ASK OIL AND TAR
FOR SPRING ROAD
Application Made by Township
Trustees to County
received by his
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
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.
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
Limits Placed on
35 Per Cent
of the worst winters
years causing considerable
to rural roads, plans are
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
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.
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.
There is on hand a supply
(Continued on page 8)
In New Locations
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
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
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
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.
WAR RATION BOOK
NO. 2 BEING USED
HERE THIS WEEK
Grocers Report Little Difficulty
In New Point Value Ra
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
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Scoles, life
long residents of Jackson township
observed their fiftieth wedding an
niversary at their home south of
Many friends called during open
house in the afternoon to extend con
gratulations and flowers and cards
A six o’clock dinner was held with
the table decorated with flowers and
tall yellow candles. Centering the
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
The body will be returned to Find
lay for funeral services and inter
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
cupied by Dennis Diller who ha*
rented it for the coming year.
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