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UNITED MATES SAVINGS ^BONDS VOLUME NO. LXVII $200,000 VICTORY LOAN BOND DRIVE TO START MONDAY Victory Loan Bond Committee, War Bond Savings Com mittee to Combine Amount Must be Raised Over And Above Regular War Bond Purchases Full forces are being mustered this week by the Bluffton Victory Loan and War Bond committees for the start of the Second War Loan Drive on Monday, according to an announce ment by M. M. Bogart, chairman of the campaign. Bluffton has been assigned a quota of over $200,000 all of which must be raised over and above the regular purchases of Series E bonds. Payroll deduction purchases do not count in this quota. Efforts of the two local committees will be com bined in what will likely be the most gigantic financing task ever undertak en in the community County Quota The Allen county quota has been announced at $5,807,000 which is bet ter than $2,000,000 higher than the First Victory Loan drive of last De cember when the quota was $2,565, 000. Bogart was also chairman of the First Victory Loan drive and Nor man Triplett is chairman of the Bluff ton war bond savings committee. The two committees are combining facilities and efforts in this big en deavor. Bogart and Triplett in a joint statement said that all red-blooded Americans should be in the most re ceptive frame of mind for bond buy ing that they have ever been. Everybody must bring out their extra cash and accumulated earning in order to buy their purchase of the Series E bonds. Every possible dol lar should be enlisted in the April drive for bonds, it was stated. Details of the solicitation will be worked out in a joint meeting of the two committees to be held at the main offices of the Triplett Electrical In strument Co. this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. Members of the Victory Loan com mittee are: Bogart, chairman Ed. Reichenbach, Henry Huber, Willard Jennings, Fred Getties, Noah Basing er. Committee chairmen of the war bond savings group are: Triplett, Chairman Manufacturers, Arden Baker Schools, A. J. B. Longs dorf Banks, E. C. Romey Service clubs, Ross Bogart Veterans, Millen Geiger Boy Scouts, Woodrow Little Women’s clubs, Mrs. R. L. Triplett, Mrs. Harry Bogart Merchants, E. S. Lape Publicity, Orden Smucker. Last Rites Held For Thomas Bell Funeral services largely attended were held Sunday afternoon at Olive Branch United Brethren church for James Thomas Bell, 69, retired Orange township farmer. He died in Bluffton hospital Thurs day morning following a five weeks illness. He was born in Union township, Jan. 18, 1873, the son of W. R. and Nancy Coulter Bell. On January 1, 1905, he was married to Lesta Ver million who preceded him in death nine years ago. He was a charter member of Olive Branch church. Surviving are three sons: Terry of Marysville, Maurice of Columbus Grove, and Staff Sgt. Harold Bell with the U. S. Army in Africa, and two daughters Mrs. Helen Montgom ery and Mrs. Virginia Emans, both of Bluffton. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Koontz and Mrs. Nora Stratton, both of Bluffton a half brother O. L. Bell of Sycamore, Ill., and nine grandchildren. Officiating at the funeral services were Rev. Hilliard Camp and Rev. Paul Zimmerman. Interment was in Hassen cemetery in Orange township. Home Nursing Course Continues At School Bluffton women may still enroll in the home nursing and nutrition course being held in the home econ omics room at Bluffton High school Wednesday and Friday nights at 8 o’clock. The course is being sponsored by the Allen County Red Cross organi zation. Local instructors are Mrs. Ernest Bigelow, Mrs. David Risser and Miss Eddythe Cupp. Registered nurses from Lima will also serve as instructors for the course. If You See Any Mosquito Larva Tell The Mayor TF you see any mosquito wrig glers or larva you are request ed to communicate the informa tion to Mayor W. A. Howe who will arrange for spraying with a larvacide. The announcement this week from the Mayor’s office indicat ed that the mosquito control campaign is getting under way. Appointment of a man who is to take charge of the control program will be announced shortly, it was stated. BLAZING GASOLINE STARTS FIRE BARN BURNS TO GROUND Bluffton and Pandora Fire De partments Battle Blaze Tuesday Night Loss of Barn, Outbuildings and Contents in Farm Fire Estimated $10,000 Bluffton and Pandora fire depart ments were called Tuesday night to battle a stubborn fire which destroy ed a large frame barn on the Ray Sheidler farm in Union township six miles north of Bluffton. The place was formerly known as the Levi Clymer farm. Included in the loss of the barn were a number of nearby outbuild ings and sheds. Damage, it is estimated, will reach $10,000. The loss is partly covered by insurance. The fire started shortly after 8 o’clock when Francis Nusbaum tenant on the farm and son in law of Sheidler, was filling the gas tank of his tractor in a shed near the barn and the gasoline exploded. Livestock Saved Livestock, including a herd of feeder cattle, were driven from the burning structure and the tractor together with some other farm machinery was saved. Among the contents lost were 2,000 bushels of corn. The fire had gained sufficient headway by time the Bluffton and Pandora departments arrived that it was impossible to save the buildings. A shortage of water further hamp ered efforts of the firemen. The farm dwelling, located across the road from the site of the barn was not endangered by the fire. Demonstration On Archery Here Tuesday Demonstration of archery together with lectures and explanations of the sport will be given at a meeting of the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club at the Legion hall Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. The demonstration will be followed by a fish fry. Featuring the meet ing will be a demonstration-lecture on archery by Findlay’s Mayor Cloyce H. Duttweiler. The mayor will be accompanied by the city clerk who is also an archery enthusiast. The public is invited, it was stated by Eugene Benroth, president of the club. Moving Here W. A. Fox of Findlay will move here Thursday into the property at Lawn and College avenues which he recently purchased from his brother, D. W. Fox. 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: APRIL 25—Last day for one pound of coffee with Stamp No. 26, Book 1. APRIL 30—Last day to use blue D, E and stamps, for canned or processed foods in War Ration Book No. 2. MAY 21—Last day to use Coupon 5 in A books good for four gallons of gasoline. Wheat Crop Will Be Failure Unless Warm Rains Come Soon, Say Farmers MAY 31—Last day for five pounds of sugar with Stamp No. 12. JUNE 15—Last day for one pair of shoes on Stamp No. 17. JUNE 30—Tire inspection i deadline for holders of A books. Present Prospect is for Half Crop: Some Fields Being Sown to Oats Yields of Clover and Alfalfa Hay Will Be Cut by Unfav orable Weafher Unless warm spring rains arrive soon, the wheat crop in the Bluffton district this year may be less than fifty per cent of the average yield. This was the consensus of compe tent farmer opinion in response to a survey of the current wheat situation conducted by the Bluffton News the first of the week. Serious as the situation admittedly is, the final outcome depends on rains. A few good, soaking, warm down pours in the next week or ten days will admittedly make a vast change in the outlook. On the other hand lack of rain dur ing the critical period will result in what might well approach a virtual failure of the crop thruout this dis trict. Farmers, on the whole, are in no wise given to minimizing the ser iousness of the current situation. Snow and rain which fell Wednes day morning was said to be too sold and too scant to materially change the outlook, farmers said. “What we need is a heavy, soaking warm rain and then lots of sunshine’’ one farm er stated. Some Tear Up Fields A number of farmers have abandon ed hope of a wheat crop and during the past week disced their fields for oats and following with a broadcast ing of grass seed. This would allow harvesting an ats crop without upsetting the four year planting rotation generally followed in this area, corn, oats, wheat and grass. The only reason that this practise has not been more extensively follow ed this spring, farmers state, is be cause of the shortage of farm labor, badly needed for other pressing spring work. Alternate freezing and thawing weather of the past month since the snow disappeared has pushed the wheat roots above the ground and the last few warm days with high w:nds have blown the roots free of soil. Hay Prospect Slim Prospects for clover hav, are larg ely parallel to those of wheat, farm ers stated this week. A similar sit uation of roots being raised out of the ground by freezing and thawing and then blown free of soil by high winds is prevalent thruout this district. Al falfa fields also are said to be affect ed. Outlook for a short wheat crop cause farmers to wonder whether the AAA will even hold a farm referen dum next month to determine an acreage reduction program. General opinion is that there will be no referendum since the AAA abandoned the corn program this spring and revoked penalty charges against farmers who refused to go with the wheat program last May. Couple Is Wed At Home Of Minister Miss Pearl Keif er, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keifer, southwest of town, became the bride of William Cupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cupp of Columbus Grove, in a cere mony solemnized in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday afternoon at 2:45 o’clock. The ceremony was performed at the home of Mr. Cupp’s former pas tor, the Rev. Charles M. Armen trout. The bride was attired in a street length dress of blue printed crepe with black accessories and wore a corsage of white gardenias. She is a graduate of Bluffton High school in the class of 1936 and has been employed at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. Mr. Cupp is a graduate of Colum bus Grove High school in the class of 1935 and is engaged in farming. Collections Made At Theatre Here Collections of nearly $100 were made at the Star Theatre for local Red Cross use during Red Cross Week which will end this Wednesday night. A short feature dealing with the Red Cross work was shown at each presentation during the past week after which the collection was made by two uniformed members of the local Red Cross organization. Fl IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APR 25 FROM ALLEN COUNTY CALLED BY DRAFT BOARD Five from Bluffton Included Among Selectees Leaving For Induction Names of Selectees Summoned For Physical Examinations In Toledo Withheld Twenty-five Allen county selectees, who passed final physical examina tions in Toledo last week left on Tuesday for Camp Perry for induc tion into the armed services, it is announced by Allen county draft board No. 3. Of the group five are from Bluff ton. Only the names of selectees who pass the final physical examina tions at Toledo are given. Selective service headquarters said a ban on release of names of men called for physical examination has been im posed to avoid embarrassment to those rejected. Those who left on Tuesday for in duction were: Bluffton Carroll E. Tschiegg, Dale D. Grismore, Kenneth W. Hart man, Robert E. Deerhake, Claude H. Ream. Lima Rural Routes—Paul E. Sneary, Ralph Rimer, Harold Bur den, Harold Lutterbein, Robert Hickey, Willie Finney, Orville Engle. Lima—Millison Crites, John Miller, Henry Timmerman. Roger Mathews, Dorwin Burke. Washington, D. C.—Robert Enslen. Elida—Roy Shobe. Delphos—Ralph Klausing. Spencerville—Harold Wilkins, Karl Briggs, Melvin Schimmoeller. Seneca, Ill.—Robert Rahrig. Marion—Harry Ferguson. Two Will Graduate From Cincinnati U. Morris and Ropp Triplett of this place will be graduated in electrical engineering at commencement exer cises of the University of Cincinnati to be held Friday night, it was an nounced the first of the week. They will receive the degree cf Bachelor of Science in Electrical En gineering, completing the five year course in the university’s college of engineering. They are the sons of Mr. and Mis. R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive. Mr. and Mrs. Triplett and daughter Bar bara Jean together with Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Triplett of Grove street and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Bixler of New Haven, Conn., will attend the graduation exercises at Cincinnati. Workers Needed For Red Cross Activity Workers are urgently needed to make surgical dressings at the Red Cross room at the grade school build ing, it was stated this week by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, director of supplies. The work activity is held at the grade school every Tuesday through Friday from 1:30 to 4 p. m. Because of house cleaning and gardening the attendance has fallen off during the past weeks at the same time the de mand for the bandages has increased, it was stated by Mrs. Steiner. Second Grass Fire On West Elm Street The ’Bluffton fire department ans wered a call to a grass fire on West Elm street for the second time in a little more than a week. The fire occurred on the premises of Miss Lydia Basinger early last Wednesday evening. There was no damage done. A week before, there was a grass fire at the premises of a neighbor on West Elm street, Mrs. I. W. Welty. Group To Gather Coat Hangers Here A systematic house-to-house can vass of the community for metal coat hangers will be made this wreek by the Bluffton Junior Red Cross organization. The hangers are being collected for the army. Ebenezer Broadcast An ensemble of women’s voices will be featured in the weekly broadcast of the Ebenezer Mennonite church over Findlay radio station WFIN Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, fast time. Mrs. Milo Lora is director and Mrs. Wm. Althaus is accompanist. 8, 1943 Local members of the American Numismatic association will again display their rare coins and numis matic curios in the display window of the Basinger Furniture store dur ing National Coin Week April 11-17. This display will be composed of coins that received second and third prizes in national competition dur ing 1942 National Coin Week along with many recently acquired rarities. Among the coins to be seen dur ing this display are: the rare pine tree shilling, the first money coined in America, the widow’s mite of Biblical fame, Fugio cent designed by Benjamin Franklin, colonial coins coined by the individual states, type sets of all kinds of American coins, coins of anti-Axis nations, wooden Many Homes Still Using Meat Purchased Before Ration ing, Belief Quantities of Luncheon Meats on Hand Points Being Saved for Easter Bluffton housewives will be able to get plenty of meat for Sunday din ners provided they have enough red ration stamps left, it was agreed this week by proprietors of local meat markets. Meat stocks are fairly well re plenished after the largest volume of sales ever experienced were made during the final week of rationless meat uying. Luncheon meats espe cially are available in quantities local dealers said. While stocks are low on certain meat items there are sufficient meats on hand to take care of consumer needs, meat men indicated. Meat packers also said that the supply is ample and would contihue to be after a sufficient period of adjustment. The meat trade was generally light during the past week after buying rush of the previous week. Cus tomers’ buying habits vary consider ably, it is reported here. Some are buying steaks and other high point value meats while others report the customers are definitely gunning for the low-point value meats. In most instances housewives appear to be saving their points for a good week-end or for Easter. It is agreed here that most homes have a sufficient supply left from the pre-ration buying period to cush ion the effects of rationing. It will take at least another week of pur chasing under rationing to show any definite buying trends in meat. Rare American And Foreign Coins To Be Exhibited Here By Collectors Plenty Of Meat Available For Sunday Dinners If You Have Red Ration Stamps The trade in eggs has been excel lent and in butter just fair. Most people are not familiar with the point values of the various meats and inquire of the clerks as to the value of their purchases. It has been recommended by OPA that housewives carefully budget out their points in order to obtain the best values and variety in their meat purchases. Ordinance Requires Dogs Kept At Home Bluffton dog owners are required to keep their dogs on their own premises, according to an ordinance passed by the town council Monday night. The ordinance states that it will be considered unlawful for any dog owner in the village of Bluffton to permit his dog to run at large or upon any premises other than that occupied by the owner. The ordinance represents emer gency legislation, it was stated by Mayor W. A. Howe. Penalties are provided for the violation of any provision of the ordinance. Will Discuss High School Aid To Farms Rev. G. T. Soldner, of Cherry street, affiliated with the U. S. Em ployment service in Lima, will meet with executive heads of the various Allen county schools this Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, it was an nounced by County Supt. W. M. Floyd, in whose office the gathering will be held. A discussion will be conducted re garding plans and procedure for reg istering high' school boys and girls who are graduated for work on farms, Floyd stated. nickel, large display of commemorat ive coins, present day coinage with high numismatic value and many other varieties. The numismatic value of the coins to be displayed will run into hund reds of dollars and the coins to be seen will be varied in scope and comprise every type of American coinage from the Pine Tree shilling up to the present day coinage. National Coin Week is sponsored by the American Numismatic asso ciation composed of members from all over the world. Hundreds of in dividual collections and displays will be shown all over the United States. Local members of the association are: Dr. Evan Basinger, William Edwards and Robert Benroth. IMPROVEMENT IS NOTED IN FARM LABOR PROBLEM Young Men are Leaving Indus try for Employment on Farms in Area Bluffton High School Employ ment Bureau Lists Experi enced Farm Helpers Altho the farm labor shortage re mains critical, developments this week indicated that there were some signs of improvement. Local industries report that there is evidence of a trend of young men leaving to go back to the farm for employment in an activity regarded by the government as a prime essen tial to the war effort. Industry has taken more workers from the farms than selective service and since added emphasis has been placed upon farming as essential to the war effort there has been a move ment from industry back to the farms. No Blanket Deferment Although there is no blanket de ferment of farm workers in this state, draft boards have been instruct ed to defer all workers considered es sential to farming operations in the farm unit of the registrant. Further indication of the easing of farm labor shortages is the list of the Bluffton High school employment bur eau. The Hi-Y club of the school is sponsoring the employment service which has the names of about 60 high school students available for var ious types of work. Quite a few of the boys who listed their names as available for summer employment are experienced farm workers. The students may be con tacted through the high school office for work on Saturday and after school or for full time summer employment. As yet the new developments have not made an important difference in the farm labor problem but give some indication of helping ease the situation. Goshen Dean Will Talk At Vespers Dr. Harold Bender, dean of Gosh en college, will address the Bluffton College Vesper service at Ramseyer chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. He will talk on European relief and civilian service. The Vesper choir, under the direction of Prof. Russell Lantz, will sing at the service. Honorably Discharged Pvt. Fred Welty who has been in military training at Camp Living ston, La., has been honorably dis charged by reason of being over the 38 year old age limit. He was in ducted into the army last October. Welty arrived home last Friday and is now associated with his bro ther Cleo Welty in operation of the Welty Bros, farm north of town. Real Estate Deal Thos. Decker has purchased from the estate the residence property of the late J. C. Herrmann at Wash ington and Thurman streets. The property is occupied by G. L. Preto. Decker who resides in the Mrs. M. M, Kibler apartments expects to move this spring. BUY UNITBD STAT** DBFKWBK STAMPS NUMBER 50 PLANS ARE MADE FOR HIGH SCHOOL COMMEHCEMENT )r. Roy A. Burkhart of Colum bus to Give Class Address At Exercises ?orty-three Members in Senior Class Busy Schedule Is Planned With 43 members in the senior class at Bluffton High school, plans are be ing made for the graduation exercis es to be held on Tuesday evening, May 25. Dr. Roy A. Burkhart, pastor of the First Community Church in Colum bus, will be the speaker at the grad uation services. The commencement season at the high school will open with the Junior-Senior prom to be held in the gymnasium, May 7. “The American Eagle,” senior class play will be given on May 20 and 21. The Baccalaureate services will be held on Sunday night, May 23. Rev. Emil Burichter, pastor of the Reform ed churches, will give the class ser mon in his final address to a Bluffton audience before beginning his new pastorate at Plymouth, Ind. Class night exercises will be held on the following Monday night with commencement on Tuesday, May 25. The final activity of the commence ment session will be the alumni dance to be held in the gymnasium on Friday, May 28. A list of the seniors follows: Ralph Althaus. Sylvan Burkholder, Herbert Conrad, Weldon Deppler, Herbert Devier, Calvin Dudgeon, John Dunbar, James Gratz, Floyd Herr, Edgar Huber, Albert Ingalls. Richard Klay, Denard Loganbill, Donavin Moser, Richard Oberly, Rob ert Oberly, Robert Pannabecker, John Schmidt, Raymond Schumacher, Dav id Smucker, Clyde Sommer, James Stonehill. Kenneth Winkler, Robert Young. Dorothv Anderson, Ellen Basinger, Aline Hilty, Treva ..ochstettler, Flor ence Hofer, Dorothy Jennings. Adah Lehman, Mary Ellen Lugin buhl, Eileen Moser, Alice Oyer, Ruth Slusser, Wilma Steiner, Barbara Jean Triplett, Roberta Wenger, Mary Jane Worthington. Former Resident Weds In Chicago Gale Scoles, son of Dow Scoles of Orange township, and Miss Helen Kovalek, daughter of Mrs. Mary Kovalek of Chicago, were married at the Garfield Park Methodist parson age Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Coats, pastor, read the double ring ceremony. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Francis Smith. The mother of the bride was present. The bride was attired in a brown suit with Kelley green accessories. She wore a white rose corsage and white gloves. The couple were here Sunday to visit his father and family and re turned to Chicago Monday. Mr. Scoles is employed at the Foote Bros. Gear and Machine Co. in Chicago, and Mrs. Scoles is employed at the R. J. Ederer Co., manufacturers of camaflouge netting. Mr. Scoles graduated from Bluff ton High school in the class of 1934. The couple will live at 20 S. Sacra mento boulevard, Chicago. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Tschantz, a girl, Jacqueline Ann, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Yoakam, a girl, Janet Ann, Tuesday. With The Sick Lorena Paulos, who has been ill at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Young, is slowly improving. Mrs. Myron Matter, of South Main street, is ill at the Bluffton hospital. Red Cross Donations Rural districts were not covered in the recent Red Cross canvass and those residents together with any others not solicited may leave their contributions at either drug store, it was stated by members of the local Red Cross committee the first of the week. Michigan’s Beans One-third of the beans produced in the United States come* from Michi gan.