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Municipality Will Operate Its
Own Collection System, Be
ginning Monday
Council at Meeting Monday
Night Votes Not to Renew
Private Contract
Starting next Monday the town
will operate its own garbage and
rubbish collection system, it was an
nounced this week by Mayor W. A.
For the past three years the gar
bage collection system was operated
by the town council under private
contract. Gerald Trippiehorn has
collected the garbage here for the
past two years and his present con
tract expires on Saturday.
Decision by the town council for
the municipality to take charge of
the collections was made at the
meeting Monday night after Tripple
horn had submitted a bid of $1,800
to take charge of the garbage col
lections for next year.
Payment for Services
He received $1,500 during the past
year for his services and in 1941-42
he received $1,300. In 1940-41 the
contract was held by Russell Tripple
horn, a brother, who received $1,200.
Councilmen were of the opinion at
the meeting Monday night that with
the municipality handling its own
garbage and rubbish collection the
cost could be kept at a level which
would make it possible to continue
the rate of $2 per year per family
for this service.
To meet higher costs it would be
necessary to raise the rate or pay
the difference out of the town
treasury, neither of which was fav
ored by council members.
To Use Town Truck
Couple Is Wed In
Ceremony At Home
Simplicity marked the wedding of
Betty Jean, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Hiram Neuenschwander of Co
lumbus Grove and Richard Cookson,
son of Mrs. Mabel Cookson of Bluff
ton at the home of the bride’s par
ents Sunday at high noon.
Rev. A. C. Schultz, pastor of the
Ebenezer Mennonite church, received
the vows, using the double ring cere
mony, in the presence of the imme
diate families.
The bride chose for her wedding a
street length dress of ice pink, silk
marquisette with white accessories,
and a corsage df white roses with
lilies of the valley. She wore a
string of pearls, a gift of the groom,
and carried
which her
a silk handkerchief
father brought from
Collections will be made in
town truck under the direction of
Lee Coon, street commissioner and
town marshal.
With the change over to the muni
cipal collections the Mayor has asked
that all patrons of the service pay
their collection fees at once. The
Mayor’s office in the town hall will
be open Wednesday night and on
Saturday morning and night to clear
up present bills. All those in arrears
on their garbage collection accounts
will be dropped from the service,
Mayor Howe said.
wore a dark blue suit
The groom
and a white rose boutonnaire.
A three course dinner followed
the ceremony. The table was decor
ated with a tiered cake and roses in
a color scheme of pink and white.
Tall white candles were at either
end of the table and appointments
were in pink.
The couple left for a short trip,
after which they will reside in Lima,
where the groom is employed as an
inspector at the Lima Tank Arsenal.
The bride is a graduate of Colum
bus Grove High school and has been
employed as a nurse in Bluffton hos
pital for the pact three and a half
years. Mr. Cookson is a graduate
of Bluffton High school.
Bluffton Soldier
Guard At Capitol
Sgt John Stonehill, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Stonehill of South
Main street, has recently been ap
pointed sergeant of the guards at the
Capitol building in Washington,
D. C. Stonehill previously served
with the military police.
The building housing the country’s
legislative chambers is carefully
guarded and no one gets by the
guards without proper credentials.
Bluffton Selectees
Leave For Toledo
A number of Bluffton selectees left
Wednesday morning for Toledo to
present themselves for physical ex
aminations and induction into the
United States Army.
Although the number was not offi
cially announced by the draft board,
it is reported that the current May
quota calls are considerably larger
than those in April.
Names of those called for induc
tion will be withheld by the draft
board until after the physical ex
amination. Those who pass will be
inducted into the service after which
they will return home for a week’s
Burkholder Instantly
at His Farm Near
Burkholder had been discing a
corn field with his rubber tire tractor
and when the storm came up he left
his disc in the field and started with
the tractor for the barn. Expecting
him home his wife was looking out
the window when the bolt struck.
The tractor continued running and
after crashing thru several fences
came to a stop in the barnyard. Re
alizing that something was wrong
the wife ran to her husband’s aid
when his body was found slumped
over the side of the tractor between
the fender and brake lever.
The bolt of lightning burned a
hole in Burkholder’s cap and left
his body through the right hand
burning a spot on the spoke of the
steering wheel where the bolt was
grounded. His hair was singed and
the man’s underwear was burned.
Funeral Monday
Funeral services were largely at
tended at the Ebenezer Mennonite
church Monday afternoon. Rev. A.
C. Schultz, pastor, officiated at the
services. Burial was at the church
Burkholder is survived by his wife,
two sons, Martin, at Ft. Sill, Okla.
Kent at home his mother, Mrs.
Lydia Burkholder, west of Bluffton
four sisters, Mrs. Allen Grismore,
Mrs. Milton Bixler, Mrs. Harley
Marquart, all of Bluffton Mrs. Wil
liam Althaus of near Columbus
Grove and two brothers, Calvin and
Albert, both of Bluffton.
Burkholder was a member of the
American Legion, a member of the
Ebenezer Mennonite church and a
prominent farmer of the Bluffton
district. He would have been 52
in September.
Graduate From
Business College
Miss Geneva Hankish of Bluffton
is a member of the class to be grad
uated from Tiffin Business college
at the commencement in Tiffin, Fri
day night.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Hankish and family will attend the
graduation exercises.
Re-appoint Dr. Bixel
To Health Board
Dr. M. R. Bixel, of Bluffton, last
week was re-appointed to the Allen
county board of health, for a five
year term.
Other members of the board in
clude Dr. F. A. Young, of Delphos,
and C. A. Hetrick and Sam Smith,
both of Cairo. Dr. Gail E. Miller
is county health commissioner.
College Commencement Events Are
Arranged For (Week End This Year
While Coming
to Seek Shelter
From Storm
Cyrus L. Burkholder, 51, farmer
and livestock dealer, was instantly
killed when struck by lightning at
his farm southeast of Beaverdam,
Thursday night at 10:50 o’clock.
His death occurred as he was driv
ing his tractor toward the barn to
seek shelter from a storm which
broke suddenly while he
gaged, in discing a field
was en
for corn
In returning a verdict of
al death, Allen County
Harry E. Lewis said that a bolt
struck Burkholder in the back of the
head and the center of the chest.
The body was burned considerably.
Cantata “Rose Maiden” to be
Presented, Friday Evening,
May 21
Thirty Seniors to be Graduated
At Exercises on Monday,
May 24
Reflecting war-time transportation
and time limitations, Bluffton col
lege is condensing its commencement
season into a busy week-end of ac
tivities starting Friday night, May
21, and continuing through gradua
tion exercises on Monday morning,
May 24.
period is of nearly a week’s dura
period is of nearly's a week’s dura
tion. With the streamlined sched-
Complete commencement cal
endar appears on Page 2 of this
ule it will be possible for visitors to
take in most of the activities on
the week-end.
seniors will receive their
in graduation exercises to
at the First Mennonite
be held
church the morning of May 24 at 10
o’clock. Speaker will be Dr. Ernest
E. Miller, president of Goshen Col
lege, Goshen, Indiana.
Presentation of the cantata, “The
Rose Maiden” at the Ramseyer
chapel on Friday night at 8:30
o’clock will mark
crowded week end
the opening of a
of commencement
May Day, during which Miss Ruth
Neuenschwander of Quakertown, Pa.,
will be crowned May Queen, will be
held or. Saturday in the most crowd
ed day of the commencement sched
Breakfasts, reunions, luncheons, a
box opening ceremony, an organ re
cital are all crowded into the busy
day to be concluded with the alumni
and the
at Kopp Hall at 6 o’clock
presentation of the Shakes
play, “The Merchant of
at the baseball field at 8:45
Baccalaureate services will be held
at Ramseyer chapel Sunday after
noon at 3 o’clock with Pres. L. L.
Ramseyer, preaching the class ser
mon on “Perpetual Light’’. The Ves
per choir will provide music at this
The president’s reception will be
held at the home of Dr. Ramseyer
following the Baccalaureate service.
The final concert of the Vesper
choir, under the direction of Prof.
Russell A. Lantz, will be held at the
First Mennonite church at 6:30 p. m.
Summer school will start at the
college almost immediately after the
close of the commencement season.
In New Locations
and Mrs. H. K. Shalley and
Shalley have moved into the
Long property on Thurman
formerly occupied by the late
D. L.
Benedict Leichty.
Fred Fritchie and family have
moved into the property on South
Jackson street, vacated by the Shal
ley family, the former Fred Getties
property which Fritchie recently pur
Russell Trippiehorn and family
are moving into the property on
Riley street vacated by the Fritchie
family which Trippiehorn recently
purchased from C. B. Kauffman.
Dr. and Mrs. B. R. Herring will
move from the Deppler property on
South Main street into the West Elm
street property vacated by the Trip
plehorn family which Dr. Herring
purchased from the late John Kohler
Wayne Moser has moved from
near Ada on the Stanton Bowers
farm five miles south of town recent
ly vacated by Clarence Fleming.
Seniors Will Give
Three-Act Mystery
Eagle”, a three-act
be presented as the
play in the Bluffton
auditorium Wednesday
mystery will
senior class
High school
and Thursday nights at 8:30 o’clock.
Rehearsals have been held for the
past month under the direction of
Prof. P. W. Stauffer, speech in
The cast is composed of: Doris
Dunifon, Florence Hofer, John
Schmidt, Mildred Campbell, Dorothy
Anderson, Herbert Conrad, Ruth
Slusser, Raymond Schumacher, James
Stonehill, David Smucker.
Alice Oyer, Ellen Basinger, Calvin
Dudgeon, Roberta Wenger, Barbara
J. Triplett, Harriet Fett, Eileen
Moser, Robert Pannabecker, Kenneth
Winkler, Ralph Althaus, Denard
Heavy Rains of Past Week Will
Delay Work in Fields in
Bluffton Area
Some Corn Acreage May
Switched to Soybeans Pas
tures Flourish
Prospects for coni planting bright
ened considerably Wednesday as
clearing weather gave an indication
of the end of nearly a week of daily
Heavy rains, however, which have
fallen intermittently since last Fri
day have thoroly watersoaked the
ground and farmers said there would
be little prospect of work in the
fields this week.
a week occasioned
rain may serve to
the proposed in-
The delay of
by the continued
limit materially
crease in corn acreage,
planting time at hand and consider
able tillage remaining yet to be done,
some farmers are contemplating
switching a portion of their proposed
corn acreage to soy beans which can
be planted next month.
With corn
Corn Planting
farm labor
amount of
With the existing
shortage and a sizabl
tillage remaining to be done corn
planting generally will be delayed
until late this month, with exception
of several scattered plantings which
were made the middle of last week.
While the last week in May is
still recognized as within the limit
for corn planting, the gain in soy
bean acreage in recent years has
also brought this into the bean seed
ing season.
Altho the later planting season,
favors soybeans, advantages of
harvest are in favor of corn. Much
of the soybean crop in this area was
lost last year because of an early
winter which made it impossible to
get the crop in betA’e bad weather.
On the other hand much of last
year’s corn crop wi i .'rcd in shock
in the fields.
tfain Booms Pastures
While delaying corn planting, rains
have proven a welcome stimulant to
pastures which were severely dam
aged by alternate freezing and
thawing together with ‘dry weather
early this spring.
Pastures and meadows thrive in a
wet season and the old farm saying
that “a wet May means a barn full
of hay” will apparently be borne out
this year.
Wheat and oats crops off to a bad
start this spring are also showing
marked improvement with almost all
stands reported as making a good
Public Invited To
Bluffton Hospital
In observance of National Hospital
Day, the public is invited to visit
the Blufftoh Community hospital this
Wednesday night from 7 to 9 o’clock,
it was announced by Miss Sylvia
Biederman, superintendent.
Thousands of hospitals all over the
United States and many other coun
tries are joining in the observance
of the day and have invited the peo
ple in the various communities to in
spect the equipment and to visit the
The Bluffton hospital has averaged
24 patients daily during February
March and for the past year
averaged 18 patients per day, it
announced by Miss Biederman.
With The Sick
George Miller is seriously ill
his home on College road.
Condition of Henry Huber, who
ill with pneumonia at the Bluffton
hospital, is improved.
Mrs. Eva Patterson, who is con
valescing from a fractured hip, has
been removed from the home of her
daughter Mrs. Gerald Arnold of
Lima, to her home on South Main
Miss Betty Pursley, of near New
Stark, underwent an operation at the
Bluffton hospital Tuesday. Miss
Pursley is a former Bluffton High
school student.
Advanced In Rank
Carl Marshall, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Marshall of Orange town
ship has been promoted from the
rank of private to Corporal, it was
announced the first of the week.
Marshall is in the army, stationed
at Los Angeles.
here are the sheep shearers
That's what farmers in the Bluffton
district are asking this spring as the
wartime labor shortage of shearers
becomes increasingly apparent.
Sheep shearing, breeders say, is
not a job for amateurs and with
many experienced hands either in
the army or defense industries, the
problem of removing the accumulat
ed fleece of the past winter is a
pressing one.
Sheep must be sheared every
spring and this should be done by
the end of May, experienced sheep
men say. A domesticated sheep un
like many other animals, cannot
naturally shed its winter coat and
unless this is removed illness will
develop and health of the flock is
When sheep shearing will be com
pleted this year is indefinite. The
few shearers available are reported
far behind in their schedules.
Many Species are Found in
Waterways of Bluffton Dis
trict None Poison
Editor's Note:
Wartime Shortage Of Sheep Shearers
Felt In Bluffton Area This Spring
Turtles Numerous In Local Streams
Sought To Replace Rationed Meat
Turtle Hunting, Active
Spring Now in Lull for
Closed Season
Description of
turtle hunting in the Bluffton
area and the use of turtles as a
table delicacy will be given in
two installments. Next week's
account will be devoted to the
personal experiences of the var
ious Bluffton turtie hunters who
follow this sport. The series is
based on data furnished by
Eugene Benroth, president of the
Bluffton Community Sportsmen's
Club and Charles
Bluffton naturalist specializing
in turtles and reptiles.
Turtle meat, long known as a deli
cacy by epicures but neglected by
most people, is assuming a role of
renewed importance as a substitute
for rationed meat.
Turtiles are easily caught, so
the Bluffton sportsmen, and if
wishes to do his own hunting he
add a considerable quantity of tasty
meat to his table without the use of
a ration card.
Turtles are on the move in the
streams around Bluffton at the pres
ent time but local sportsmen are
warned by the Department of Con
servation that there is a closed
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Bluffton Soldier
Gets Commission
Cleon C. Althaus, of North Jack
son street, has been commissioned a
second lieutenant in the Army of the
United States after successfully com
pleting a course of training at the
Adjutant General’s School, Ft. Wash
ington, Md.
His letter of appointment was
handed to him by Brigadier General
H. C. Holdridge, commandant of the
school and Director of Schools Train
ing of the Army Administration
Schools, at the graduation exercises
of Class 16.
He is visiting here this week with
his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Althaus,
on a furlough before leaving for new
duties at Pasadena, California.
Call For War Bonds
At Bank This Week
War bonds purchased in the sec
ond Victory Loan Drive may be ob
tained this week at the Citizens
National Bank.
The bonds will not be mailed to
the owners and they may be secured
at the bank. Holders of the bonds
are urged by M. M. Bogart, co-chair
man of the drive, to secure them
as soon as possible.
of the bonds purchased at the
office have been delivered,
was istated.
Senior Recitals
Graduating recitals of seniors
the Bluffton college Conservatory
Music will be held at the Ramseyer
chapel on the following evenings:
Sara Moyer, piano, May 14
Bettye Lewis, piano, May 17 Harold
Thiessen, violin, May 18. All of the
recitals start at 8:30 o’clock.
The public is invited, it was stat
ed by Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head
of the college music department.
Commencement At
Beaverdam May 21
Commencement exercises will be
held at Beaverdam High school Fri
day night. May 21, at 7:30 o’clock,
it was announced this week by Paul
Stoodt, superintendent of schools.
The following activities make up
the remainder of the Beaverdam
commencement season:
May 12,
Junior-senior banquet
7:30 p. m.
7:30 p. m.
Rev. Bernard Baughn, speaker, May
16, 7:30 p. m. alumni banquet, May
junior play, May 14,
baccalaureate services,
Arrangements have been made to
hold a pre-school clinic at the school
on Monday, May 24, from 9 to 10:30
a. m., it was also announced by
Supt. Paul Stoodt.
Resigns Pulpit Of
Defenseless Church
Rev. E. G. Steiner, pastor of the
Defenseless Mennonite church has
resigned his pulpit here. The resig
nation was announced to the congre
gation at the services last Sunday
and will become effective June 1.
During his pastorate of nearly
thirteen years the church was moved
from its former location northwest
of Bluffton- to its present site on
South Jackson street.
In addition to his pastoral work.
Rev. Steiner has been engaged in the
hatchery and feed mill business here.
He has announced no plans for the
Bluffton Marine
Wins High Honors
Corp. Edward L. Schultz, son of
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Schultz of Kibler
road, won high academic honors al
tKe Aviation Machinist’s Mate school
at the Naval Air Technical Training
center at Jacksonville, Florida.
With an average grade of 91.28
Corp. Schultz finished second in his
class. At Bluffton High school he
was an honor student.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps at
Cleveland Sept. 8, 1942, and did boot
training at Paris Island, S. C. Fol
lowing graduation from the technical
school he has been transefrred
duty at a location in California.
Basinger Retained
On Library Board
Noah Basinger, Bluffton business
man, was re-appointed as a member
of the Bluffton library board at a
meeting of the board of education,
Monday night.
Basinger, whose term as a mem
ber of the library board expires this
spring was re-appointed for a seven
year term.
The library board consists of sev
en members, with one term expiring
each year. Appointments are
by the board of education.
Board Hires Three
School Bus Drivers
Three Bluffton school bus drivers
were re-hired for the coming year
by the board of education, Monday
Re-hired were: Aaron Messinger,
Walter Sommer and Eldon Tschiegg.
Francis Basinger, also a driver this
year was not an applicant. Salary
of the drivers was continued at $45
per month.
Wilford Geiger and Chris Gratz
were named as substitute drivers.
School Art Exhibit
At Hankish Bldg.
An exhibit of the art work of the
students in the Bluffton public
schools will be made at the Hankish
building, adjacent to Todd’s grocery,
Saturday from 2 to 6 p.
from 7 to 10 p. m. and on
from 2 to 5 p. m.
m. •and
In addition students will
strate the methods of the work. The
public is invited, it was stated by
Mrs. R. A. Lantz, art instructor
the schools.
Ebenezer Broadcast
A male quartet, composed
Waldo Hofstetter, Clayton Bucher,
Aaron Messinger and Chris Gratz,
will be featured in the broadcast of
the Ebenezer Mennonite church over
Findlay radio station WFIN Sun
day afternoon at 4:30 o'clock.
Except for Maximum Home
Canning Sugar Same as
Last Lear’s Basis
Bluffton housewives will receive a
top limit of 25 pounds of sugar per
person for home canning and freez
ing of this year’s fruit crop, accord
ing to an announcement this week
from the Office of Price Administra
Except for the announced maxi
mum, home canning sugar will be
allotted on substantially the same
basis as last year—one pound of
sugar for each four quarts, or eight
of the finished product.
25 Pound Maximum
the 25 pound maximum, any
may apply for sugar to put
up jams, jellies and preserves at the
rate of five pounds per person in
contrast to last year’s limit of one
Last year there was no nation
wide limit on the amount of sugar
allowed each person but some boards
set individual limits ranging from
10 to 45 pounds.
Price Administrator Prentiss H.
Brown urged this week that those
who can their own fruits should use
their processed food rations sparing
Help War Effort
Every can of commercially packed
foods saved by these folks through
home canning is a direct contribution
to the war effort, Brown indicated.
Rationing boards throughout the
country will start on Saturday re
ceiving applications for canning
sugar under the new regulation. No
special form is required unless it is
planned to sell the home product.
Applications may be made in person
or by mail at county ration head
Need First Ration Book
Each applicant is required to fur
nish a copy of war ration book No.
1 for each person for whom home
canning sugar is sought. Informa
tion as to the total Humber of quarts
or pounds to be put up and the
amount of sugar to be used for mak
ing jams and jellies should also be
Home canners are permitted to
make gifts of both fruits and vege
tables but no person may give awny
more than 50 quarts. Any gifts
over that amount and all sales can
be made only by the collection of
blue stamps at the rate of eight
points per quart.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pilkington
of Westerville announce the birth of
a daughter, Judith Carol, on Thurs
day. Mrs. Pilkington was formerly
Miss Lillian Moser of this place.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Kin
sey of Cuyahoga Falls a baby boy,
Garry Gene on May 1. Mrs. Kinsey
was formerly
of Bluffton.
Miss Coletta Steiner
and Mrs. George Mo
a boy, Gregory, at
Mrs. Mo-
Bom to Mr.
ser, Saturday,
Lima St. Rita’s hospital,
ser was the former Miss
Her husband is with
Corps in England.
Ration Boards to Receive Ap
plications May 15 Under
New Ruling
Pearl Beery,
the Signal
the Bluffton
The following birth at
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cramer, a boy,
James Michael, Wednesday morning.
Herrmann Is Harmon
Field Caretaker
Fred Herrmann, Bluffton High
school athlete, was appointed care
taker of Harmon field for the com
ing summer. The appointment was
made at a meeting of the Bluffton
Board of Education, Monday night.
Herrmann will receive $250 for the
Radio Sermon Series
“Inner Sources of Personal Pow
er” is the subject of the radio ad
dress in the “Living Today” series
to be given by the Rev. A. C.
Schultz, pastor of the Ebenezer Men
nonite church and Bluffton college
Bible professor, over Findlay radio
station WFIN Friday afternoon at
4:45 o'clock.
Army Promotion
Francis Schumacher, stationed at
Fort Riley, Kansas, has been promot
ed to the rank of corporal.

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