VOLUME NO. LXVIII
IN AUGUST LIKELY
Little Interest Shown by Com
munity in Municipal Politics
Candidates Have Until Friday
To File Declaration of Can
Unless unexpected developments
occur there is small likelihood of a
municipal primary in August, local
election officials indicated this w*'ek.
Tickets are not completly rounded
out for either party and it is ex
pected that some of the candidates
may be un-opposed in the November
Observers indicated that the lack
of interest in municipal polictics may
be due to the war occupying the
center of interest and the lack of
time due to extra demands made by
various types of activities related to
the war effort.
Also contributing to the decreased
interest in local politics is the elim
ination of the election of marshal.
Previously there was a lively inter
est in this office and there was usu
ally considerable competition for the
post of marshal in the primary elec
Additions to the democratic nomi
nations on the ticket are: W. O.
Geiger, clerk Maynard Geiger, Jesse
Yoakum, Don Patterson and Chester
A. Stauffer, council and F. J. Harmon
board of public affairs. Others on the
democratic ticket are: A. C. Eurcky
and Wm. Luginbuhl, board of pub
lic affairs Samuel Bixel, treasurer.
Present indications are that W. A.
Howe, republican serving his second
term as mayor, may run un-opposed
in both primary and the November
elections since the democrats have
not named a candidate for mayor al
though they may do so by Friday,
the last day for filing.
H. H. Huser, clerk J. A. Thomp
son, treasurer Wm. Amstutz, Chas.
Aukerman, N. E. Byers, E. S. Lape,
P. W. Stauffer, C. A. Triplett, coun
cil Harry Barnes, board of public
Of those nominated for council
Amstutz, Aukerman, Lape and
Triplett are now serving on that
Other offices may be filled on the
party ticket by petition. Party
chiefs pointed out that time for fil
ing declaration of candidacy closes
Rev. Weed Returned
To Bluffton Pulpit
Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the
Bluffton Methodist church, was re
turned to the pulpit here at the an
nual Ohio conference of the denomin
ation held in Columbus on Monday.
Other ministers in the area who
have been re-assigned to their pre
vious pulpits are: Rev. Marion Tins
ler, Ada Rev. Bernard Baughn,
Beaverdam Rev. Melvin Wentz,
former Triplett employe, Harrod.
Rev. W. F. Cumming of West Jef
ferson, was appointed to Pandora
succeeding Rev. E. E. Mosslander,
who will go to Crooksville. A new
appointment was also made at La
fayette where Rev. W. B. Arthur
The pastors of the five Methodist
churches in Lima and the three
churches in Findlay were all returned
to their previous pulpits.
Bluffton Man Is
Wed At Zanesville
Wedding of Cleo DeWitt Garau,
son of Mrs. Alta Garau, five and
one-half miles south of Bluffton and
Miss Bertha Coulter, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Orville Coulter of Zanes
ville took place at the home of Mrs.
Bell Kemp of Zanesville, Saturday.
The wedding service was performed
by the Rev. T. B. Orr of the Free
Methodist church. Following the
ceremony a wedding dinner for 30
guests was served at the Kemp home.
The bride has been employed at
the Delco company division of Gen
eral Motors in Dayton. Mr. Garau
is owner and operator of the farm
south of town where the couple will
make their home.
Attending the wedding from here
were: Mrs. Alta Garau, Mrs. Naomi
Steiner and children Marilyn and
Paul David, Mr. and Mrs. Joy Hu
ber and daughter Sandra Sue.
As an additional precaution, it
has also been suggested that each
motor vehicle owner should make a
record of the serial number which
appears on the use tax stamp in
event the stamp became lost.
Stamps must be affixed to the
windshields of cars in use by July 1.
Violators will be subject to severe
penalties imposed by the law.
MAN INVENTS NEW
ARMY MACHINE GUN
Col. Rene Studler is Inventor
of Light-weight Deadly
Existence of Weapon is Dis
closed in Announcement
Col. Studler described the gun to
newspapermen as consisting mainly
of “a few pieces of tin”. It breaks
down into three principal parts none
more than a foot in length.
Known to military men as the M-3
submachine gun it fires a 45 caliber
cartridge and is capable of firing at
the rate of 450 rounds a minute.
The war department reports that
the new gun costs less than $20 as
compared with approximately $40 for
former types, can be produced more
quickly and maintains its accuracy
for many thousands of rounds.
V. S. Auto Use Stamps
Go On Sale Thursday
Sale of $5 auto use tax stamps
for the fiscal year beginning July 1
will start in Bluffton at the United
States post office on Thursday.
The stamps are serially numbered,
are gummed on the face and have
provision on the back for entry of
the make model, serial number and
state license number of the vehicle.
Frazier Reams, Collector of In
ternal Revenue at Toledo, recom
mended that the vehicle owner should
dampen the windshield rather than
the adhesive side of the stamp. This
method has been recommended to
keep the stamp intact.
A “pocket size” machine gun, light
in weight and deadly in operation,
long sought by the army has been
produced by Col. Rene Studler, Bluff
ton native, now in Washington, ac
cording to reports the first of the
week. He is the son of Mrs. Paul
Studler of South Jackson street.
Existence of the gun, invented by
Col. Studler, was disclosed by army
ordnance sources and is described
weighing less than nine pounds as
compared to the 12-pound “tommy
Col. Stadler, a small arms expert,
was graduated from Bluffton high
school and was a student at Ohio
State university when he enlisted in
the air force in the first World War
After the war he continued in the
army and took training at Massa
chusetts Institute of Technology in
the field of small arms. Later he
spent two years at each of the
United States’ military bases.
From 1936 to 1941 he was sta
tioned in London as assistant mili
tary attache where he had an op
portunity to inspect and study small
arm weapons used by the warring
Victoria Moser Wed
To Lyle McCarty
Announcement was received here
this week of the marriage of Miss
Victoria Moser, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Irvin Moser, southwest of town,
and Pfc. Lyle McCarty, former
Triplett employe living near Ada, at
Hattisburg, Miss., on Saturday, May
Miss Moser was also employed at
the Meter works prior to leaving for
Mississippi. Sh^ graduated from
Bluffton High school in the class of
1940. Pfc. McCarty is in training
at Camp Shelby, Miss. The couple
will live at Hattisburg until he is
moved to another location.
In Naval Reserves
Retail Butter Prices To Be Reduced
5 To 6 Cents Per Pound On Thursday
Herbert Oyer, who graduated from
Bluffton college this spring will leave
Monday for Chicago to begin train
ing for the chaplaincy in the United
States Naval reserves. He will take
his seminary training at Garrett Bib
lical institute for the Bachelor of
Drop in Price to Follow Order
of Office of Price Admin
Bluffton Housewives Will Pay
Average of 47 to 50 Cents
Bluffton housewives will pay five
to six cents less per pound of butter
at retail grocery stores here start
ing Thursday morning, according to
an announcement made this week by
the Office of Price Administration.
Retail prices for butter here range
from 53 to 55 cents per pound and
following the reduction Thursday
morning the price will range from
47 to 50 cents per pound.
The manufacturer of the butter
will sell his product to the grocer
five to six cents per pound under the
established wholesale prices. The
manufacturer will be re-imbursed by
a governmental subsidy.
Any farmer making butter whose
total monthly produce volume is val
ued at less than $75 will not be in
cluded in the governmental subsidy.
The smaller producers will not be
limited by governmental restrictions
or aided by the subsidy.
The OPA intends to effect the roll
back with a minimum of financial
loss to the dairy industry from the
farm through the retailer.
With the subsidy paid to them by
the government, buyers of butterfat
will get as much for their butter as
before and will be expected to pay
going prices to the farmer.
According to maximum creamery
butter price regulations “butter shall
include butter manufactured by a
farmer on his farm from milk pro
duced on his farm”.
Miss Marjorie Stratton, became the
bride of Sgt. Frank Houston, of
Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif., form
erly of Beckley, W. Va., in a double
ring ceremony read at 7:30 o’clock
last Wednesday evening in the home
of Rev. W L. Harmony, pastor of
Trinity Lutheran church at Findlay.
The bride is the youngest daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Stratton
of E. Elm street, and Sgt. Houston
is the son of E. R. Houston of Beck
ley, W. Va.
The bride was attired in a navy
blue dress with which she wore white
accessories, and a corsage of pink
rosebuds. Her jewelry was a locket,
a gift of the groom.
Attending the couple were Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Hilty, brother-in-law
and sister of the bride. Mr. and
Mrs. Jess Houston of Beckley, W.
Va., a brother and sister-in-law of
Mrs. Hilty chose for her sister’s
wedding a dress of turf tan, with
navy accessories. Mrs. Houston wore
a light blue dress with black acces
sories. Their corsages were of
A reception followed at the home
of the bride’s parents. A three-tier
wedding cake topped by a miniature
bride and groom was cut by the
bride. White candles burned at
either end of the table and decora
tions were in a color motif of pink
Miss Dorian Scoby and Miss Em
ma Hilty, friends of the bride, served
the refreshments to the following:
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Stratton, Mr. and
Mrs. E. Augsburger and sons Don
ivan and Burdette, Mr and Mrs. W.
A. Stratton, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Hilty and son Jerry Lynn, Miss Em
ma Hilty of Bluffton, Mr. and Mrs.
D. B. Stratton and daughter Donna
Lou of Columbus Grove, Mr. and
Mrs. Dorian Scoby of Mt. Cory, Miss
Katharyne Price of Findlay and Mr.
and Mrs. ess Houston of Beckley,
The couple left Thursday for a
wedding trip to Beckley, W. Va. For
traveling the bride wore a suit of
turf tan with navy accessories and
a corsage of mixed flowers.
The bride is a graduate of Bluff
ton High school in the class of 1941
and is employed at the Triplett Elec
trical Instrument company. The
groom has been in the army for the
past two years, and is now stationed
at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. The
bride will remain for the present at
the home of her parents, while the
groom will return to camp following
Recovers From Illness
Staff Sgt. Edwin M. Rice, Bluffton
soldier with the American forces in
Africa, has recovered from his re
cent illness and is back in active
service with his unit, it was learned
by friends here.
FHE BLUFFTON NEWS
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1943
DAY AND NIGHT TO
GET CORN PLANTED
Farmers Working Round the
Clock to Overcome l^ate
Adequate Corn Crop is Vital
Here Experts Hold Hope
For June Planting.
Handicapped by shortage of help
and continued wet weather, farmers
thruout the Bluffon district are work
ing desperately against time in an
all out effort to plant something ap
proximating a normal acreage of
In many instances tractors are be
ing operated on day and night shifts
during periods as the ground is dry
enough to be worked. Labor is be
ing supplied by members of the farm
families and also high school youths
of varying degrees of experience
have been recruited for the emeg
With the com-hog combination pro
viding the backbone of farm opera
tions thruout this area, importance
of an adequae corn crop to provide
of an adequate corn crop to provide
Corn is Basic Here
Extent to which farmers are suc
cessful in putting out their usual corn
acreage this spring will determine the
scale of hog raising during the com
the base for this program is readily
held as to the success of the corn
program is reflected in the increas
ing number of pigs marketed without
being properly fed out. Such a con
dition, if it becomes widespread is
bound to be reflected in restricted
pork supples during the coming fall
Meanwhile agricultural experts
warned against too drastic a shifting
of farm planting schedules in spite
of lateness of the season. It is pos
sible, in their opinion, to raise more
feed and forage by adhering to orig
inal plans than by las£ minute ^turn
ing to crops which, ’^y *mfefure’9in a
shorter growing season.
June Planting O. K.
Corn planted in Ohio for grain to
June 25 and for silage to July 1 prob
ably will produce more feed per acre
than any other available crop, agron
Chances are even that com plant
ed between June 20 to 25 will reach
full maturity, experts said.
Agricultural statistics show that
delays similar to those this year
were encountered in 1933 but that
farmers obtained good yields. The
average date of the first killing frost
has been recorded at state agricul
tural experiment stations as October
7 over a 42 year period.
The following births at the Bluff
ton Community hospital:
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Dukes, Mt.
Cory, a boy, Thomas Eugene, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. ade Shook, a girl,
Lana Patricia, Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Snare, a
boy, Francis Eugene, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson, Lima,
a boy, James Edward, Sunday. Mrs.
Johnson was formerly Miss Ruth
Core of this place.
A son has been born to Mr. and
Mrs. John P. Scothorn at Findlay.
They were former Bluffton residents.
Red Cross Room
Open Monday Night
In order to accommodate women
who are employed in the day time
the Bluffton Red Cross room at the
grade school building will be open on
Monday night from 7 to 9 o’clock, it
was announced by Mrs. J. S. Stein
er, director of supplies.
Head coverings will be supplied by
the local Red Cross organization.
Women are asked not to wear finger
nail polish and to wear washable
In Nurses9 Training
Mary Ellen Davidson of Bluffton
and Marcile Amstutz of Pandora
were among the 19 Lima Memorial
hospital nurses to receive diplomas
in commencement exercises at the
Trinity Methodist church in Lima
The services were addressed by
David Stewart, Cleveland banker.
Baccalaureate services were held
Sunday night at which the Rev.
Harold F. Stoddard, pastor of the
First Baptist church of Lima, was
Bluffton and other Allen county’
housewives have until this Thursday
to obtain their canning sugar allow
ance permits, it was announced this
week by Allen county rationing offi
Most Bluffton residents secured
their canning sugar permits at local
rationing headquarters in the Bluff
to nHigh school cafeteria last week.
Arrangements were made, however,
for those who were unable to secure
their permits on the designated days.
The time has been extended through
Thursday7 for those who have not
Temporary’ headquarters in Lima
at 211 N. Elizabeth street will be
open on Thursday from 9 a. m. to
4 m. where WPR clerks and vol
unteer workers will be on duty.
Don't Ask for New Applica
tion Blank Even if You
Thursday is Deadline for Filing
Form to Obtain Ration
Book No. 3.
Although there are many errors
in the applications for War Ration
Book No. 3 very few Bluffton resii
dents will be denied their ration
bookks, it was indicated in reports
this week from the Columbus dis
trict of the Office of Price Admin
Reports has been current that
thousands may go hungry for ra
tioned food because of errors in ap
plication. Certain delays may be
caused because of the errors or lack
of information but an attempt will
be made to take care of every body,
it was stated.
Cpl. C. Rolland Swank, former
Bluffton resident, located at the anti
aircraft training center at Camp
Davis, North Carolina, is visiting at
the home of his brother Mr. and Mrs.
Bertrand Swank of North Main
street on a furlough. Until the
time of his induction into the army
Swank was superintendent of schools
Turley J. Cornwell, former Bluff
ton resident, who has lived for many
year in Indianapolis, is reported ser
iously ill at the Methodist hospital
in that city where he has been a
patient for the past fifteen weeks.
Word of his illness was received
the first of the week by friends here
fiom Victor Green of Burlington, On
tario, who is in Indianapolis at Corn
Home On Furlough
Sgt. Harold Balmer, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Balmer of South
Lawn avenue, arrived here Monday
from Labrador for a furlough which
will extend until Saturday, June 19.
He has been located at the northern
outpost on the Canadian Atlantic
coast for one year.
Thursday Is Final Day In Which
Canning Sugar May Be Obtained
Minor Errors Will Not Bar
Applicant From New Ration Book
The application form must be
mailed to Columbus not later than
this Thursday. Applications not
mailed by this time will have to wait
until August 1. The forms have
been mailed thru the post office here.
(Continued on page 8)
Mrs. Anna Schmidt
Is Wed At Church
Mrs. Anna Schmidt, of South
Jackson street and Elmus I). Klapp,
painter from Lima, were united in
marriage in a single ring ceremony
held at the First Mennonite church
Saturday morning at 7 o’clock.
The Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of
the church, received the wedding
vows in a single ring ceremony at
tended only by members of the im
John Schmidt, son of Mrs. Klapp,
was best man and Mrs. Allen Moore
of near Vaughnsville, sister of the
bride, was maid of honor.
The bride was attired in a light
tan street dress. Appropriate music
was provided with Miss Rita Hank
ish at the organ. The church was
attractively decorated with flowers.
After the ceremony a reception was
held in the church parlor. The cou
ple will reside at South Jackson
Arrangements are the same as dur
ing the regular rationing period.
The applicant must bring the war
ration book No. 1. A maximum of
15 pounds will be allowed in addi
tion to that permitted by stamps 15
and 16 in the first ration book.
Most Bluffton housewives have re
ceived their canning sugar permits.
During the rationing here 827 appli
cation forms were filled out, it was
announced by A. J. B. Longsdorf, in
charge of the local rationing pro
Regulations regarding sugar for
church picnics, school and lodge
events have been relaxed, according
to an OPA announcement this week.
Any such organization which has
had their requests for sugar denied
may appeal to the county rationing
board which will review the case.
Couple Is Wed In
The wedding of Miss Mary Eliza
beth Amstutz, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Wilhelm A. Amstutz of Bluff
ton, to Melvin J. Yoder, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin J. Yoder, Sr.,
of Goshen, Ind., was solemnized at
the St. John’s Evangelical and Re
formed church, Saturday evening at
The double ring ceremony was
used. The Rev. W. H. Lahr, who
officiated at the marriage of the
bride’s parents 30 years ago, per
formed the cerimony and the bride
was given in marriage by her father.
The bride’s gown was all white
rose design velvaray and Chantilly
lace which fell in graceful folds
from the long bodice and edged a long
train. Her long tulle veil was held
in place by a coronet of baby rose
buds. She wore an amethyst neck
lace, a gift from the groom, and
carried a shower bouquet of white
Miss Sara Louise Amstutz, sister
of the dride, was maid of honor and
wore a gown of orchid net. She
1 carried a bouquet of yellow roses.
Two bridesmaids, Miss Marietta
Yoder, sister of the groom, Goshen,
Ind., and Miss Virginia Fisher, Lima,
college classmate of the bride, wore
gowns of aqua net and carried bou
quets of painted daisies.
Two other bridesmaids, Miss Theda
Hankish, Bluffton college friend cf
the bride, and Miss Dorothy Hart
man, technologist at White Cross
Hospital, Columbus, were dressed in
gowns of yellow net and also car
ried bouquets of painted daisies.
Ernest Yoder, brother of the
groom, was best man. The ushers
were Wilhelm A. Amstutz, II, the
bride’s brother, Elmer Ramga, St.
Marys, college classmate of the
groom, Vernon Schmidt and Dorca
Mischler both of Lima, also friends
of the groom.
The bride’s mother wore a dark
blue chiffon with a gardenia corsage.
The groom’s mother wore a powder
blue dress with a corsage of gar
The church was decorated with o
chid irises, white peonies and cathe
dral candles, which gave a twilight
effect to the occasion. Irises and sil
ver and white ribbons decorated the
A half hour of music was ren
dered by Mrs. Don Wenger at the
piano, Harold Thiessen and Arthur
Thiessen, violinist and cellist res
spectively, of India. They played
Clair de Lune, Liebestraum and An
dante Cantabile. Clajton Bucher
sang Oh Promise Me, Because, and
Ich Liebe Dich. The traditional Loh
engrin and Mendelssohn wedding
marches were used.
Following the ceremony, a recep
ion was field at the home of the
bride. The couple left for a short
honeymoon at a summer resort on
the lake after which they will return
to their respective positions for the
duration. For traveling the bride
wore a suit of luggage tan and white
sheer, with tan and white accessor
Both the bride and the groom grad
uated from Bluffon college in the
class of 1941. The bride took fur
ther training in the patheological de
partment in White Cross Hospital in
Columbus, where she is now em
ployed as a registered medical tech
The groom is employed in the office
at the Lima State Hospital.
Lengthy X-ray Tube
An X-ray tube in St. Bartholo
mew’s hospital, London,, is 30 feet
long and weighs ten tons. The pa
tient under treatment converses
through a microphone with the doc
tors, who observe him through a
Bluffton High School Employ*
ment Service Reports 35
Older Students All Placed in
Positions a Few Youngsters
Summer employment—once the
bugaboo of high school youth—is of
fering no problem this year to 35
young people who really want to
work, it was indicated this week by
the Bluffton High school employment
The service was inaugurated by
the Hi-Y club this spring under the
direction of Gerhard Buhler, princi
pal, with the assistance of David
Smucker of the Hi-Y organization.
Practically all of the students on
the list of those available have been
placed in various types of work.
There are still a few of the young
er boys and girls who are available
for mowing lawns, taking care of
gardens, keeping children and sim
ilar tasks. There are no more boys
available for farm work, the few
available ones being placed immed
Anyone desiring the services of
the younger boys and girls may con
tact the high school office any day
from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Miss Donna
Hagerman, office secretary, will be
glad to supply available names and
make the contact for the employ
In previous years it was almost
impossible for high school or college
young people to obtain summer em
ployment in any type of work other
than that offered by the immediate
family. Now, due to war-time labor
shortages the jobs are seeking tak
For Advanced Study
Rev. Dwight Weed, eldest son of
Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Weed of the
Bluffton Methodist church, was one
of two in a class of 56 awarded
fellowships for advanced study at the
commencement of Garrett Biblical In
stitute at Evanston, Ill., on Monday.
Rev. Weed received the Bachelor
of Divinity degree at the graduation
exercises. He is pastor of the Adriel
Methodist church in Chicago and
will take his advanced work under
the fellowship at the University of
Rev. and Mrs. Weed of Bluffton
attended the graduating exercises of
Harlan Dickson, son of Colonel
and Mrs. Rene Studler of Washing
ton, D. C., was advanced to the
rank of Lieutenant Commander in
the United States navy on May 1.
He is located somewhere in the Far
East. Dickson, a giaduate of the
U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis,
participated in the battle of Midway
and other important sea engagements.
Richard Burkholder, located over
seas in one of the northern outposts,
has been advanced in rank from pri
vate first class to corporal.
Frederick Herr, in training at
Portland, Oregon, has been promoted
to rank of corporal.
To Receive M. A.
Degree At Chicago
Miss Roberta Biery, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Biery will re
ceive the Master of Arts degree at
commencement exercises of the Uni
versity of Chicago on Friday after
noon, June 18, it was announced the
first of the week.
For the past year she was a stu
dent in the graduate school of the
university where she held a scholar
ship in the classics department spe
cializing in Latin.
She was graduated in 1942 from
Oberlin college with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts.
Home From Australia
A. R. Holden, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. A. R. Holden, former Bluffton
residents, is home on furlough from
Australia and is visiting his par
ents in Toledo. Holden graduated
from Bluffton High school in the
class of 1939.
Grain (bu. prices)—Wheat, $1.56
corn, 94%c oats, 67c soys, $1.66.
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