VOLUME NO. LXVII
FIRE DESTROYS BIG
BARN AND STOCK
Large Structure on Haydn Ba
singer Farm Is Burned
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
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
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
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
Cotterman played on the univers
ity football, basketball, baseball and
track teams. He will graduate from
the university school of education
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
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
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
Restrictions on Killing and
Price Ceilings Given as
been given by local meat markets,
Bigler Bros, and Basinger Bros, as
the reasons for the retail pork
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
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)
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
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.
Mothers and wives of boys in the
service are specially invited to at
tend the meeeting.
The meeting is
the churches in the com
and everyone is invited
it was stated.
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
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
Fresh pork virtually
from Bluffton dinner
week when housewives
selves unable to
favorite cuts at local meat markets.
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.
Lenten Season to
March 10 Will Be
Jetermination of Easter
on Ancient Astronomical
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
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,
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
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
The daughter of Peter and Anna
Gerber she was born at Dalton,
Sept. 5, 1846.
Peter Oberly, March 17, 1870, in
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
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
is ill at his home
on South Jackson
Mrs. Levi Oberly who has been
ouite ill at her home on Cherry street
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
Except for stations near a railroad
line running into th«T“interior, trans-
57 ALLEN COUNTY
FOR ARMY SERVICE
Group Leaves Lima, Wednesday
Bound for Camp Perry
Four Bluffton Men Are Included
In Contingent First
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
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
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
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.
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.
Detroit—Thos. E. Brandehoff.
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
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
full time flying
the son of Mr.
wife, Mrs. Eve
Lt. Schaublin is
and Mrs. Gideon
Cherry street. His
lyn Schaublin, lives
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.
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
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
Javid Kliewer Passes Time by
Raising Rabbits Asks
Friends to Write
Will Observe 50th
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
Talent Show Io Be
Held At CollegeXties while the u- s-
Amatpnv* talpnt ■from thp cornmun-l S u6 laDor into tne couniv.
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
PHOTOGRAPHS of Bluffton
A high school graduates in
military and naval s
wanted by the staff of
caneer”, high school
was announced the fii
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
■n will be
Anyone having pictures avail
able is asked to leajre them at
the high school o1
them to Ellen Ba
Doris Dunifon 1
Life In Japanese Prison Camp for 11 e March
FOR FARM LABOR
County Agricultural War
Boards are Given Power
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
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
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 ___ _____ ______
publishing this weekly reminder:
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
lD1Wa top munrv I Rev. and Mrs. Bernard Baughn,
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
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.
11 for three
hook coupon No. 4.
21—Last day to use
Stamp No. 25 for one pound of
I MARCH 31—Last day for A
book tire inspection.
JUNE 15—Last day for one
pair of shoes on Stamp No. 17.
24 ALLEN COUNTY
Group Will be Sent to Toledo to
Undergo Physical Tests
Three Bluffton Men are Includ
ed in Number Called by
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
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.
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.
Waynesfield—Robert J. Durbin.
Middletown Celestine George
Delphos—John R. Neumeier.
green power to A Ufelong resident of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schick, a gir
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bixler. Pan
dora, a boy, Paul Woodruff, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Lugibihl,
a girl, Carolyn Kay, Friday.
Mrs. Merlin Zimmerly, a
Mrs. Paul Ludwig, ML
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Whittemore of
Observe Their 59th
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
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