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UNITED •Tates MATING* /bonds INDSBkMN VOLUME NO. LXVII FIRE DESTROYS BIG BARN AND STOCK EARLY WEDNESDAY Large Structure on Haydn Ba singer Farm Is Burned to Ground Livestock, Implements and Feed Lost Help Prevents Spread of Flames Fire of unknown origin totally de stroyed a large barn on the Haydn Basinger farm five miles northwest of Bluffton early Wednesday morn ing. All of the contents including livestock, implements and feed were lost in the blaze. Only prompt response of the Pan dora and Columbus Grove fire de partments prevented the flames from spreading to the dwelling house nearby. Wind blowing from the burning barn showered the tin roof of the house with blazing embers. Extent of the damage, which will be heavy, could not be immediately determined, Wednesday. The loss is partially covered by insurance. Motorists Discover Fire The fire was discovered by two un identified Findlay men driving in an automobile on State Route 12, a mile north of the Basinger farm. At tracted by the blaze they drove to the scene of the fire and gave the alarm shortly after 3 a. m. The flames had gained sufficient headway when help came that it was impossible to save the blazing struc ture and attention was turned to pre venting a spread of the fire. The two Findlay motorists, first on the scene of the fire succeeded in moving Basinger’s automobile which was parked near the barn and would have been destroyed. Tractor, Livestock I-ost Heat from the burning building, however, prevented moving of a new tractor also standing near the barn. Livestock burned included nine cows and several calves and one sow and little pigs. Also lost were 1,000 bushels of corn. Two horses which may have been in the barn could not be located Wednesday morning, however, it is believed that possibly they were in the woods nearby at the time of the fire. The barn, one of the largest struc tures of its kind in the Swiss Set tlement, was built some sixty years ago by David Lugibill, grandfather of the present owner. This is the third large barn in that vicinity to burn within the past eight years. Ohers were those on the Christian Zimmerly and Samuel King farms. Child Breaks Leg Playing With Sled Eugenia Kibele, two-year-old dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Kibele, broke her leg while playing with her sled at her home on the Dixie high way north of town, Monday after noon at 3:30 o’clock. Mrs. Kibele had just stepped in the house when she heard her dau ghter cry and upon investigating found that Eugenia was unable to walk and that her right leg was broken. It is believed that she twisted her leg while playing with the sled. O. N. U. Athlete Is High School Coach Kent Cotterman, outstanding ath lete at Ohio Northern university for the past three years, has been elect ed coach and instructor of physical education and science at Bluffton High school, replacing George Swank, who left Wednesday for army serv ice. Cotterman played on the univers ity football, basketball, baseball and track teams. He will graduate from the university school of education this spring. The new coach is in the V-7 classi fication in the naval reserve and will not likely be called to the service until July. His father is superin tendent of schools at Alger. Cotter man assumed his teaching duties here the first of the week. Annual Red Cross Drive Is Under Way With a quota of $2,000 in the com munity, the annual Red Cross drive is under way in Bluffton. This is double the figure of last year and residents here are responding to the appeals very favorably, it was stated s \y G. R. Bogart, chairman. Bread Sliced Or Not, Makes Little Difference Here DLUFFTON housewives who voiced some objections to the ban on sliced bread several weeks ago, showed little interest when the sliced loaves made their appearance in stores here Wednesday. Sliced or not sliced really makes little difference, was the apparent attitude of the woman who sets the table for the family three times daily. Sliced bread, they said was more convenient, but ndf*w vital matter in these days when re strictions in connection with food rationing have raised problems which dwarf sliced—or unsliced bread into insignificance. NO MORE FRESH PORK ON MARKET HERE THIS MONTH Housewives Unable to Buy Cuts As Retailers’ Supply Fades Restrictions on Killing and Price Ceilings Given as The Cause been given by local meat markets, Bigler Bros, and Basinger Bros, as the reasons for the retail pork famine. Always abundant and plentiful, especially in the winter season when the demand swelled to large propor tions, the absence of pork has re sulted in substitution of beef and mutton. Sales of beef, especially, have increased largely in Wednesday Will Mark Start Of Latest Lenten Season In One Hundred Years volume. Mutton slaughter beef and sufficient Restrictions on Beef and While the government restrictions apply also on mutton, there remains a margin between livestock prices and retail ceilings to permit handling. The quota restrictions applying to beef, veal, pork and lamb limit (Continued on page 8) the Pictures Of Moser School In Brazil Motion pictures of the mission school in Brazil operated by Mr. and Mrs. Homer Moser will be shown at the Presbyterian church on Sun day night, March 21 at 8 o’clock. Motion pictures of airplane travel over Brazil, Argentine and Chili also will be shown. The public is invited. World Day Of Prayer To Be Observed Here World Day of Prayer will be ob served in special meetings to at the St. John Reformed Friday afteernoon at 2:30 The meeting is sponsored women’s organizations in the es of the community. be held church o’clock, by the church- Mothers and wives of boys in the service are specially invited to at tend the meeeting. for all munity attend, The meeting is the churches in the com and everyone is invited it was stated. to Missionary To Speak At Reformed Church Rev. Karl Beck, missionary to China interned by the Japanese for a time, will speak at the St. John Reformed church Thursday night at 8 p. m. The meeting is sponsored by Women’s Guild. The public is in vited. Traveling more than 6,000 miles in about 40 flying hours, Miss Irma Schneck, missionary to Nigeria in British West Africa, arrived at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schneck of Pandora on Sunday morning to spend a year’s furlough. This modern miracle of transporta tion enabled Miss Schneck to leave her mission station at Tofa, 800 miles from the coast in the deep interior, and find her1 setting her feet on Amer ican soil at Miami, Fla., in less than two days of flying time. The entire journey was made by plane. Tofa is only 20 miles from Kano, a large city with rail and air plane facilities. She flew from Kano tod Lagos on the coast in a R. A. F. bomber and then to Brazil in a Pan American clipper. A stop was made Next on disappeared tables this found them- Fresh pork virtually from Bluffton dinner week when housewives selves unable to favorite cuts at local meat markets. purchase their Government restrictions on killings together with vanishing margins be tween controlled price ceilings on retail sales and unrestricted sky rocketing prices for live hogs have Livestock market* were in a tarmoil Wednesday morning as federal price ceilings for live hogs loomed. No quotations were posted at Brady Bros, yards here. Reports were cur rent that the Cleveland market for hogs dropped 70 cents per hundred pounds, Wednesday. Start in Lenten Season to March 10 Will Be Year 2038 Based Jetermination of Easter on Ancient Astronomical Formula Due to an astronomical condition occurring but once every century, the Christian world began observ ance on Wednesday of the latest Lenten period of the 20th century. March 10 and April 25 are the latest possible dates in the calendar on which Ash Wednesday and Easter resptively may fall. The last time Easter was this late was way back in 1886 and the next time will be in 2038. The unusual regulations governing the selection of Easter and Ash Wed nesday were made in 325 A. D. at the Council of Christian churches at Nicea in Asio Minor. At that time it was decided that Easter falls on the first Sunday after th® day of the moon veupdl eqtiinox rst^ay’of spring which this year will be March 21. Basing the selection of Eastern on the moon was due to the fact that the Pilgrims needed the moonlight to travel safely on their way to the Great Christian Eastern festivals held every year. The mathematical explanation is as follows: The moon which comes after the vernal equinox this year begins on April 4. Fourteen days after that date is April 18, which happens to fall on a Sunday, and the next Sunday after that is Easter, April 25. Once the Easter date is determined Ash Wednesday is found by counting back 40 days, the period of Lent. Sundays are not counted in the de termination which brings this year’s Ash Wednesday to Mairh 10. Funeral For Oldest Bluffton Resident Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza beth Oberly, 96, Bluffton’s oldest resident, were held at the Diller Funeral chapel Monday afternoon. She died early Sunday morning the home of her son Levi Oberly Cherry street. Death was due senility. at of to The daughter of Peter and Anna Gerber she was born at Dalton, Sept. 5, 1846. Peter Oberly, March 17, 1870, in Wayne county. in 1902. She was married to Her husband died A longtime resident of Bluffton, she is survived by three sons and two daughters, Levi and William Oberly of Bluffton Gideon of Lafay ette, Mrs. Melinda Hall of Mt. Ver non and Mrs. William Stettler of Lima. Two daughters, Mrs. Ella Balmer and Sarah Ann Oberly are deceased. There are 26 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. John Mennonite church near Pandora. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the First Men nonite church officiated at the serv ices. Burial was made at the St. John cemetery, Pandora. With The Sick E. S. Lape underwent a major op eration at the Tuesday. Bluffton hospital is ill at his home street. George Barnes on South Jackson Mrs. Levi Oberly who has been ouite ill at her home on Cherry street Is improving. Warren Fox who was a patient at Bluffton hospital has been removed to the home of Cleo Smith in Lima. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1943 Bluffton Area Woman Flies from Interior of Africa to U. S. in Forty Hours Flying Time at Porto Rico -before teaching Miami. 40 Hours in Air With stop-overs at the various ports the air journey took little less than a week from the time she left her mission station in Tofa until she landed at Miami, altcnigh the time in the air was only 40 Moars. This is quite in centra st to the lengthy period of time required to make the 6,000 niStrip before air transportation facilities were avail able. It took about three months to make the journey from the United States to the mission station in the interior. The trip frptn the coast of Nigeria to the interior mission sta tions would normally take about a month. Except for stations near a railroad line running into th«T“interior, trans- 57 ALLEN COUNTY SELECTEES LEAVE FOR ARMY SERVICE Group Leaves Lima, Wednesday Bound for Camp Perry Military Center Four Bluffton Men Are Included In Contingent First March Call Fifty-seven selectees making up the quota of Allen County Draft Board No. 3 in the first March draft call left Lima, Wednesday for Camp Per ry for formal induction into the arm ed services. The group leaving Wednesday was composed of registrants accepted on the basis of physical examinations at Toledo last week. Stanley W. Barber of Col. Grove Route 2 was acting corporal in charge of the men. Making up the contingent of 57 men were: ilbur Marti*, Herbert Fred- erick Siefield, George Swank, Jr. Delphos Raymond F. Minnrg, Arthur M. Jones, Don C. Ford, Har old Maas, Willis H. Wurst, Arthur F. Haehn, Otto J. Heising. Lafayette—Doyt J. Hanthorn, Earl W. Meeker, Robt. R. Guthrie, Ray mond L. Staley. Col. Grove—Stanley W. Barber Wm. Parsons, Jr. Richard W. Ed wards. Lima Rural Routes—Robert O. Mot ter, Clarence C. Newcomber, Otmer J. Osting, Robert D. Styer, Dale E. Newland, Robert L. Lamb, Russell E. Case, Donald F. Frail. Wm. F. Settle mire, Wm. R. Coon, Robert W. Smith, Robert L. Mauck, Myron L. Wine gardner, Don T. Crites, Paul W. Jack son, Donald P. Murphy, Jesse M. How ell, James L. Settlemire, Wesley R. Myers, Bennett W. Lewis, Louis Ham ilton, Jr. Clifford 1). Bowers, Bill K. Burkholder, Elward Snyder, Chas. M. Rupert. Dayton—Ernest V. Clement, Way ne E. Lugibbuhl. Spencerville—Franklin D. Mueller, Richard H. Closson, Waren A. Brown, Robt. E. Graham. Elida—Robert E. Stemen, Francis L. Enslen, Russell R. Reser, Hubert B. Bartlett, Chrissie W. Lass, Jr. Harrod—Miles V. Smith, Harry F. Cobet. Detroit—Thos. E. Brandehoff. Receives Commission Corporal Robert H. Schaublin hav ing successfully completed his three months course at the Air Forces Of ficer Candidate School at Miami Beach, Florida, has received his com mission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Forces of the Army of the United States. His duties will be to direct vital administrative and supply operations of the rapidly expanding Army Air Forces ground forces, thus relieving trained pilots for duty. full time flying the son of Mr. Schaeublin of wife, Mrs. Eve at Marenga, Lt. Schaublin is and Mrs. Gideon Cherry street. His lyn Schaublin, lives Ohio. Bluffton High 1929 and from He graduated from school in the class of Bluffton college in the class of 1933. Advanced In Rank Raymond Greding, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Greding of West College avenue has been advanced in rank from corporal to sergeant, it was announced the first of the week. He is stationed at Wendover Field, Utah, Army Air Base. portation is a slow and laborious pro cess. By plane the 800 mile trip, normally a journey of a month, is made in about four hours. Heavy Storm The plane encountered a heavy storm in approaching the coast of South America and for several hours the huge craft jarred and jolted as though actually hitting hard objects. At first the children aboard thorough ly enjoyed the dips and rough weather but in time it proved trying even for them. The plane travelled about 200 miles per hour as an average and was filled with military men. The clip per had 72 passengers, a crew of 12 and several tons of baggage. Of these there were 15 civilians, mostly (Continued on page 8) Former Bluffton Man Tells Of .fap Newspapers Only Source of Information as to Progress Of War Javid Kliewer Passes Time by Raising Rabbits Asks Friends to Write Will Observe 50th rr, Progress of the war is eagerly followed by American soldiers now in Japanese prison camps, writes David Kliewer, 23, former Bluffton! May Ask Deferment youth who later became an aviator! Action Not Requested in the marine corps .and was cap-1 Registrant tured at Wake Island. I Weddina Anniversaru\^en n Talent Show Io Be Held At CollegeXties while the u- s- Amatpnv* talpnt ■from thp cornmun-l S u6 laDor into tne couniv. Ebenezer Broadcast Also appearing on the program! will be a quartet composed of Mrs.I Eldon Tschiegg, Mrs. Watson Stein-I er, Clarence Amstutz and Aaron I Messinger accompanied by Mrs. Vin-I ton Bucher. Rev. A. C. Schultz,! pastor of the church, will speak dur-1 ing the program. I, Seek Pictures Of Bluffton Mert Military $ervice]| PHOTOGRAPHS of Bluffton A high school graduates in military and naval s wanted by the staff of caneer”, high school was announced the fii week. in rice are fhe Buc inual. it of the The book this yea| will be dedicated to men in and pictures of the given a prominent pfce in the volume. Effort is beilg made to I have every gradual* of the I school now in servic® represent- I ed in the pictorial seftion. I le service ■n will be Anyone having pictures avail able is asked to leajre them at the high school o1 them to Ellen Ba Schmidt, Mildred Doris Dunifon 1 Anderson. I Life In Japanese Prison Camp for 11 e March WIDER LATITUDE FOR FARM LABOR DEFERMENT LOOMS County Agricultural War Boards are Given Power Of Appeal The only accounts of the conflict! which they receive, however, are 1ossibi|itv ot |atitude those appearing in Japanese news-1 fcrnM,nt fr0,n m,|,tarv service of I papers. Kliewer is one of a number I ki|led laborers and operators I of Americans interned by the Jap-I ap|(eartd as a distjnct p„ssibilityl anese in the Zentsuji prison camp ml tbi8 week with the announcelneIlt\ the Shikoku island group off the that (he il|(jjvidlJo| (.ounty s. I mainland of Japan. I paldnieid Agriculture war boardsl in de Condition, in the prison camp have U1 now have to „rv~~^r Mra Marv been reported generally as good and! I runerai services tor Mrs. Mary r. the letters from Lieut. Kliewer tol ^tinnal emenrenev I HenrY» 75, of Orange township, will his parents substantiate those find- Ills taTro Lt be he,d at the home of Ings The i. tte, reads, part, MI CT tton /'Lj followsI spring, WlWIon of the warll lay afternoon at 1:30 o clock and “Please continue to write: lettersl boards expected to assume ,n'l at the Liberty chapel at 2 o’clock, are such a welcome interlude in this|^r“ase lm^°, a.1?Ce aS ’I slow time. prison life. Your reading audiencel e ernune e er any par icu a I ghe ^je(j ^he home of another is large and appreciative. Am writ-] *eSJ®trant e grea er service! son ^ecji Henry of Arlington, Tues ing only to you since I am limited I1" the »r^’Jct*on of foodstuffs or 1111 day morning at 7 o’clock, following in number and length of letters. Ith® artned [orce, s- I a lingering illness. “I am fairly good health and The war board ls as happy as can be expected underlact /"dependent of the xegistrant, ac-[ township she was born Feb. the circumstances. 1 (Continued on page 8) My" hair~haJcording to a recent order of Secre'| She was married Dec. 24, 1893, to !tary of Agriculture Claude R. Wick-1 Henry who survives together ard which directs war boards to take! W)pl tbe following children: the initiative in requesting defer-1 Ralph and Paul Henry of Bluff- A dinner will be held at noon for lW«r the Thom,,son cemetery, 1 service will undertake to bring out side labor into the county. Intents of esseptial farm workers I ton Cecil Henry of Arlington Lee they them«e,ves have nat asked! Henry of Findlay and Cleon Henry I for such deferments. I of Covington. There are 13 grand- ,, ._______ rr I More Power for Boards I children. Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Sutter,I five and one-half miles northwest of ,W“r twanis als0 a|,pcalM She was a member of the Presby Bluffton, will observe their 50th wed- °f ciasstflcaUon. under the recent terian church. Rev. Lee B. Rematey ding anniversary at their home .ssued by W »h» has and Rev. Irvm Kauffman will off,- I been given the job of handling farm! ciate at the service. Burial will be the family and invited guests. Open I ’mssion. house for friends and relatives will Personnel of the war boards is be observed from 2 to 5 p. m. Cen- ,nade UP of locaI representatives of tering the table will be a large three! various federal agencies. tiered wedding cake, surrounded by I In the matter of farm deferments I Lorn to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Lewis of a miniature bride and groom. lit is essential that workers should Lmia a girl last Friday Mrs Lewis Mr and Mrs Sutter are the nar-|be encouraged to use their talents! was formerly Miss Gertrude Keifer ents of six children, five of whoml where they are best suited and farm I of this place. are living. They are Mrs. Nelson! laborers who do not enter the armed! The following births at the Bluffton Herr of Bluffton, Clyde Sutter of I services are not thereby unpatriotic. I hospital: Pandora, Mrs. Paul Faze of Lafay-| it was stated by officials. I has been given the job of re- I cruiting farm help within the coun- Amateur taient irom me commun peaverdanb a Raren Joyce, Sat ity and college will be featured in a| I rdav talent show to be held at Ramseyerl St lldeilt Recital I and chapel at Bluffton college Friday! I Larrv night, March 26, at 8 o’clock. I The high school students of Mrs. I flnd ___ _____ ______ Student Recital publishing this weekly reminder: to use pounds I ette, Mrs. Irvin Rickley of Colum-| In addition to function of the! Wednesday, Rosella Joyce. bus, Oliver Sutter of Oak Harbor! agricultural war board, aid in the! Mr. and Mrs. Stem, and Ralph Sutter of Toledo. I farm labor problem will be given by Rawson, a girl, Ruth Mary’. T)hursday- I the agricultural extension service Employment lD1Wa top munrv I Rev. and Mrs. Bernard Baughn, Rationing Calendar Music bv Alvin Burkholder andl numerous important war-time ra- more will he remembered daughter Miss Anna Burkholder of inning dates, the Bluffton New. former M.ss Gladys Devter Findlay will be featured in the week-l publishing this weekly reminder: place. ly broadcast of the Ebenezer Men-| nonite church over Findlay radio] station WFIN Sunday afternoon at I 4:30 o’clock, fast time. I i Applications for entrance to the! Pearl Bogart Mann and Prof. Sidney! Corv' a boy“‘Frida“^' competition should be made to Miss! Hauenstein will be featured in the! Mr’ and ^rs Paul Lawrence, Har Frances Beckenbach at Ropp Hall,! monthiy student recital sponsored by! *Kat‘hrvne May, this Wed girls dormitory, before March 13. the Bluffton college department of ^X nmreTng Mrs Lawrence Cash prizes of $o.00 and $2.50 willl musjc at Ramseyer chapel Monday! ag former|v Miss Elvira Gratz of be awarded to winners of the compe-| night at 8 o’clock. I this place tltlon I I Word has been received here of the birth of a son, Thomas Dean, to So that you may keep in mind the I Birmingham, Mich. Mrs. 15—Last day 11 for three MARCH Stamp No. of sugar. MARCH gasoline A to use 21—Last day hook coupon No. 4. 21—Last day to use MARCH Stamp No. 25 for one pound of coffee. I MARCH 31—Last day for A book tire inspection. JUNE 15—Last day for one pair of shoes on Stamp No. 17. BUY UNI* NUMBER 4 24 ALLEN COUNTY SELECTEES CALLED FOR EXAMINATION Group Will be Sent to Toledo to Undergo Physical Tests Saturday Three Bluffton Men are Includ ed in Number Called by Draft Board Three Bluffton men are included I in the group of twenty-four negis- ffjke or give I trants who have been notified to re ijnger, John I port a( Toledo, Saturday for physical If ampbell, I examination preliminary- to army’ in- Dorothy I (juction, it is announced by Allen I County Draft Board No. 3. I The men who qualify in the ±^Le7^nilbnb7in I seven day furlough before reportinga I quotas of Board No. 3. Those notified to report for ^physi cal examination are: Bluffton—Darvin R. Luginbuhl, Gerald Carl Augsburger, Wayne W. Dailey. I Col. Grove—Haroid N. McElderry. Harrod—Dale L. Johnson* Rob’t I E. Lentz. I Lima Rural Routes—Thos. E. I Gallaway, Joseph E. Fisher, Norman I A. Amstutz, Wayde W. Herr, D. I Wesley Wooddell, Nile E. Sawmiller, I Wayne E. Poling, Samuel C. Ladd, I Marion F. Miller, Rob’t W. Hickey', Harold M. Lutterbein, John R. Neep- Altho I er, Dale L. Rumsey. by I Elida—Sam T. Horn, Don R. Cattell. Waynesfield—Robert J. Durbin. Middletown Celestine George Schmidt. Delphos—John R. Neumeier. Funeral Thursday .. u green power to A Ufelong resident of o I. son Paul ip, Thura- Orange 12, 1868. Births Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schick, a gir Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bixler. Pan dora, a boy, Paul Woodruff, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Lugibihl, a girl, Carolyn Kay, Friday. Mrs. Merlin Zimmerly, a Gene, Monday. Mrs. Paul Ludwig, ML Mr. and Mrs. Harry Whittemore of Whitte as the of this Observe Their 59th Wedding Anniversary i Fifty-ninth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Ludwig was quietly observed at the home of the couple on South Jackson street last Wednesday. Many cards were re ceived congratulating the couple on the occasion.