Newspaper Page Text
UNHID WaTES SAVING* /Bonds lANDfUMM VOLUME NO. LXVIII FEW PROPERTIES FOR RENT MANY BUY OWN HOMES Housing Shortage Spurs Many Renters into Ownership of Homes. Rent Freezing Results in In creased Number of Houses For Sale. Two unusual factors brought about by war-time conditions have greatly spurred the sale of residential prop erties in Bluffton during the past few months, real estate men pointed out here this week. Many families who in the past have been content as renters now ai‘e buying homes because an acute hous ing shortage prevailing here for nearly two years makes home owner ship the only alternative in finding a place to live. Another war-time factor, rent con trol, has at the same time made available to prospective buyers many properties that otherwise would not be on the “For Sale” list. Many owners of rental properties are liquidating their holdings, be cause of what they feel are unfair restrictions imposed upon them under the federal “rent-freezing” order. Can’t Raise Rent These holders point out that the cost of upkeep of properties has ris en tremendously since the outbreak of war, yet rents are so firmly frozen at pre-war levels that it is practical ly impossible to obtain permission to increase their income from them in the form of rentals. This situation has resulted in many residences which otherwise w’ould not be available for sale being placed on the market, and at the same time the town’s critical housing shortage has provided a group of eager would-be purchasers who can find no places for rent. Good times in general, the reflec tion of full-time employment for everyone who wants work, also adds to the picture, for many renters who heretofore have not owned their homes now find themselves in a posi tion to buy. Death Takes 2nd Of Murray Quadruplets Death of Horace G. “Hod” Murray, 75, at his North Jackson street home last Wednesday evening left alive only two of the quadruplets born three-quarters of a century ago to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Murray, pioneer Bluffton residents. The two survivors are M. M. Mur ray, former postmaster, and W. Med low Murray, retired contractor, both of whom still reside here. One of the four sons died in in fancy, but the three survivors are believed to have established a record when they lived to reach 75 years of age. Murray’s death was sudden, result ing from a heart attack just after he sat down to the table for his even ing’s meal. He had been in poor health four months, but he had not complained on the day of his death. Seventy-one years ago, when the boys were four years old, they at tracted the attention of the great circus man, P. T. Barnum, who looked them up at their Bluffton home. Barnum had heard of the quadruplets and hoped to use them in his circus of wonders, not know ing that one of the boys died shortly after birth. However, the parents and the three boys were guests of Barnum whenever his circus played in Lima and were accorded the freedom of the big top. Horace was a veteran of the Spanish American war, serving as a member of Co. C, Lima, in that conflict. A retired interior decorator, he had also served as a deputy un der Allen County Recorder Glen Wallace. He was married in 1903 to the former Clara Atmur, who survives. Two children are Aaron B. Murray, superintendent of schools at Wash ington Court House, and Mrs. Edwin Badertscher, of Bluffton. In addition to his brothers, M. M. and W. Med low Mun ay, he is survived by an older brother, Lloyd, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Triblehorn, both of Bluff ton. Funeral services were held in the home Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Ernest Bigelow, of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was at Maple Grove cemetery. Graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion. Pall bearers were Spanish-American war veter ans: Frank Cunningham, of Bluffton, and Carl Griebling, George Smith, Brice Applas, B. F. Welty and Emer son Razor, of Lima. That Old Car Is Still Good Enuf To Drive Many Seek Permits 11JAYBE the old car isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty good—that seems to be the sentiment among Bluffton motorists who applied for driv ers’ permits in their usual num bers, according to Clayton Bixel, deputy auto registrar in charge of issuing licenses. Total number of licenses issued this year was 1.950, Bixel stat ed Wednesday morning. Last year’s total was 2.000. However Bixel pointed out that due to the fact service men are not requir ed to have permits, the number dring cars in this area during the coming year will be approxi mately the same as last year. MAIL SCHEDULES UPSET BY CHANGE TO SLOWER TIME Incoming and Outgoing Mail Now Handled Hour Earlier Than Before. No Other Confusion Results From Change to Slow Time On Sunday. Bluffton’s transition to slow time, after operating for nearly 20 months on Eastern War Time, was accom plished this week with no untoward results except for confusion result ing from changes in the deadline of outgoing mail dispatched from the local office. With the railroads and star routes continuing to operate on fast time, Bluffton is gradually becoming ac customed to mail arriving an hour earlier than it used to, and the last outgoing mail leaving town an hour earlier than formerly. Bluffton’s first incoming mail for the day is received from the Nickel Plate Cleveland-St. Louis train at 5:02 a. m. in a closed pouch from Lima. The first outgoing mail is carried by the eastbound A. C. & X. train at 8:40 a. m., with the closing deadline at the postoffice at 8:15. The last outgoing mail for the day closes at 4 p. m. and is dispatched from the postoffice at 4:35 via star route westbound to Lima. Mail Schedules Other mails dispatched are over the star route eastbond at 1:45 p. m., closing at 1:15 and the westbound A. C. & Y. train at 3:45 p. m., with the mail closing at 3 o’clock. Local delivery schedules of the postoffice have been adjusted to slow time in the town, but on rural routes patrons who formerly were on slow time now receive their mail one hour later. Otherwise there was little notice able effect of adjusting the town to slow time, beyond the fact that resi dents found they gained an hour of daylight in the morning, only to lose it again at night. Churches, schools, industries, busi ness houses and other local institu tion are operating on the new time schedule, and there is little conflict with other nearby cities and towns practically all of which also have adopted slow time for the winter. $81,882 Raised Here In War Loan Drive Bluffton residents bought $81,882 worth of bonds in the Third War Loan Drive which ended last Thurs day, according to the final report made this week by M. M. Bogart and Norman A. Triplett, co-chairmen of the campaign. In their announcement the co chairmen thanked members of the Ill-man soliciting committee which made a house-to-house canvass of Bluffton during the campaign. Bluffton’s total of $81,882 helped put Allen county, state and national quotas over the top. Reception To Mark Golden Wedding Here Mr. and Mrs. Amos Gratz of North Main street who will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary on Fri day 'will hold open house at the home of their daughter Mrs. Melvin Zim merly two and one-half miles south west of Bluffton. Friends are invited to call in the afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock and in the evening from 7 to 9. “Closed To Catch Up With Work” Sign Reads Labor Situation Is Serious Embargo on Shoe and Watch Repair Until Jam in Shops Clears. Barbershops and Garages Here Feel Pinch of Shortage of Help. “Closed to catch up with work. Open from 4 to 6 p. m. for deliv eries only” read the sign in the window of Bluffton’s only full-time shoe repair shop this week. This was another indication that Bluffton’s manpower shortage in non war industry is more critical than ever these days, and harrassed householders are finding they must be their own “handy-man” if they hope to solve home repair and main tenance problems. Everywhere you turn is indication that every phase of the town’s busi nesses and services are daily finding it more difficult to cope with the demands of the public. Shortage of Barbers Long lines waiting in barber shops attest to another serious situation. At the outbreak of war here were four full-time barber shops in Bluff on, one with two barbers. Today, one shop is closed one is on a part time basis, and of the remaining two the one with two barbers now is op erated by one man. Carpenters, painters and electri cians are scheduled months in ad vance and if you want any work of that kind done the best solution is to do it yourself. Common labor for the jobs that property owners ordin arily shy away from is non-existent also anyone who has attempted to ob tain the services of a plumber knows how much work is ahead of those men because of their inability to ob tain helpers. Garares Swamped Garages are swamped with work on automobiles, and if you want work on your car it is best to speak for it weeks in advance. Then just as likely as not you may find that re placement parts are not available and another long wait is in store. When coal is available, deliveries are hampered by a lack of handlers, and many local householders have helped load and deliver their own fuel, so they can be assured of at least a temporary supply. Shoppers find they must patiently wait their turn in grocery stores, meat markets and other places of business, because of a shortage in clerks and local watch and clock repairman are so far behind they are refusing to accept additional work. How well Bluffton folks are get ting by during the emergency, how ever, attests to their resourcefulness, and no matter what may come as the situation becomes more pro nounced they can be counted on to bear it with a grin. Bluffton Gardener Wins Contest Award Ed Smith of Grove street was one of the prize winners in the victory garden contest conducted by the Cen tral Ohio Light & Power company among its employees during the past summer. Announcement of the winners w«s made following the close of the con test in which 93 of the company’s employees participated. The Bluffton man placed second in the smaller garden class, comprising plots up to 600 square feet. Smith’s award was paid in war stamps He is employed at the company’s Wood cxk generating station here. Don Cossack Chorus Coming Here Oct. 21 The original Don Cossack chorus will appear in a concert at Bluffton high school gymnasium on Thursday night, October 21. The appearance here is sponsored by the Bluffton college department of music, it is announced by the director, Prof. Russell Lantz. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Green of Mt. Cory, a boy, Thursday. The father is in naval service. Mr. and Mrs. Francis May of Beaverdam, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moyer of Bluffton a boy, Sunday. The father is in the army. Announcement has been made of the birth, of a boy, Joseph Nord Ignat, last Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ignat of Oberlin. The par ents were former Bluffton college students, the mother being Miss Mary Nord befr.c I:.:’ marriage. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY —bluffton ohiq THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 1943 BEGIN CUTTING OF CORN CROP YIELD PROSPECTS BRIGHT First Frost to Affect Stand is Felt in District Monday Nigfct- Acre Yield in A#a is Expected to be One of the Best in Re cent Years. Cutting of a corn crop the yield of which is surprising even the most optimistic forecasters started in the Bluffton district the first of the week. Planted under the double handicap of a late start and one of most pro longed early summer wet seasons in recent years, the crop overcame the adverse start, made spectacular gains thru the growing seas a id the ma jor portion will safely boat the frost deadline this fall. ,. First frost of sufficient severity to affect the stand came Monday night. The frost was spotty in this area, be ing more severe in some districts than others. Cutting Steps Up Tempo of corn cut! ng, especially in those areas affected by the frost was noticeably stepped up fuesday with all hands busy. A number of high school students are expected to be excused during the coming week to asist in corn cutting on their home farms. Altho planting was curtailed be cause of inability to get all of the crop out last spring, the acre yield is expected to be above average. Re ports thruout the mid-west the first of the week were to the effect that this would be the second largest crop in recent years. Corn Coming on Market Size of the crop is already having a noticeable effect in eliminating the bottleneck which has existed for many weeks as growers held in stor age on their farms last year’s corn crop fearing that an early frost might ruin the feeding qualities of this year’s late-plaated 'Hand. Old com is now being sold on the market in increasing amounts. Soybean harvest has also started and with conditions permiting, har vesting of the huge acreage of this crop is expected to be in full swing by the end of this week. To The Women Of Bluffton There are about 500 boys in Bluff ton and vicinity now in the armed forces these boys are the sons, hus bands, brothers or sweethearts of the women of Bluffton. Virtually all of these boys left home happy to have the opportunity to do their part to keep their homes as they have known them to them the wives, mothers, sisters and sweet hearts personify “home”. Every one of these boys, much as we dislike admitting it, is a poten tial casualty of war, and yet a visi tor to the Red Cross workroom in the Grade School building last week was disappointed to find a mere handful of women making surgical dressings that may be needed by the sons, husbands, brothers and sweet hearts of neighbors of every one of us: nine women, working for these boys. Some of the women in Bluffton are helping to service weapons for these boys, or are helping the. war effort in other ways, some other women think that someone else will do their share rather than let it go undone, and relax with a more or less clear conscience. Some of the women who work in the Red ross work hold full time jobs too, and still find time to help make surgical dressings, for these women the work room is open every Monday evening from 7 to 9:30. Any woman, regardless of her day time work, may come to the Monday evening classes at the Grade school building. The Allen county chapter has been told it must provide 340,000 surgical dressings by Dec. 31 if the medical corps is to have enough to care for our wounded boys. Unless more women can find time to help make these surgical dress ings, some of our loved ones may suffer for lack of proper care be cause of insufficient dressings. The work room is open from 2 to 4 P. M. from Tuesday through Fri day. Chairman of Production No School Thursday: Putnam County Fair Bluffton high and grade schools will be closed Thursday in order to give pupils and teachers an oppor tunity to attend the Putnam County Fair at Ottawa. Geodetic surveying of this area is continuing, with the base of opera tions moving from northwest of Bluffton to a new location at the Ada Community park. The survey is to be made south to Bellefontaine as a part of a national project of the geodetic department, it was announced. Lt. Com. A. P. Ratti, who has charge of the survey unit, directs a crew which, with their families, com prises some 200 persons. While primarily of military value, the survey will establish a base for New Ration Book To At Schools Du Coming Book No. 4 is Designed For Two Years* Use by Consumers. Quick Distribution is Necessary as Present Blue Stamps Expire. Bluffton area residents who have become accustomed to going to school houses in connection with the war time rationing program will make another trip for that purpose the last ten days in Ocober to obtain Ration Book No. 4, it was announced the first of the week. Instead of distributing the new ration book by mail as was done in the case of Book No. 3, the decision to use the school was influenced by the need to get the new processed food stamps into hands of the public before the last of the yresent blue coupons expires. The new book will combine point and unit stamps and is designed for two years’ use. There will be 384 stamps, printed in blue, red, green and black. The red and blue stamps will be used in conjunction with red and blue tokens, to be introduced early in 1944 and given as change in stamp expenditures for meat, dairy products and processed foods. The green stamps will be used on an “interim basis” with blue pro cessed food stamps, much in the manner the brown stamps of book three are now being used in the meats-fats program. Twelve of the 96 unit stamps, printed in black, are designed for sugar. The same number are marked for coffee, which no longer is ra tioned. These and 72 others marked “Spares” will be reserved for any additional foods rationed. Expiration date of blue stamps U, V and W in the present ration book has been set for October 20, leaving only three stamps X, Y and Z for use in processed food purchases be fore the new books must be in the hands of the public. Considerable difficulty was encoun tered in distribution of No. 3 ra tion books by mail last summer be cause many persons overlooked stat ing addresses in making written ap plications. Red Cross Gets $66 From Rodeo Proceeds Bluffton’s Red Cross organization will receive a check this week for $66.30, this sum being ten per cent of the net proceeds from the rodeo held here ten days ago. Announcement to this effect was made Tuesday hight following a final checkup on receipts and expend itures by officers of the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club and the Bluffton Saddle Horse club which sponsored the affair. Geodetic Survey Continuing From Steel Towers Erected In This Area Net receipts from the rodeo were $663 it was stated, ten per cent of which under joint agreement of the two sponsoring organizations was earmarked for the local Red Cross chapter. The balance was divided equally be tween the Sportsmen’s and Saddle Horse club, each organization receiv ing $298.35. The funds will be used for community projects and promo tion of the aims of their respective organizations it was announced by officers of the two clubs. Local Man's Brother Dies In Ft. Wayne Frank Stalter of Riley street was called to Ft. Wayne, Monday be cause of the unexpected death of his brother, Andrew Stalter of that city. Mrs. Stalter has been visiting at Ft. Wayne for the past week. They expect to return here the latter part of the week following funeral serv ices. all future mappings and surveys of any nature in this part of the state. Work entailed in the survey is done from portable steel towers 103 feet in height, and because of more favorable atmospheric conditions is principally at night. The tower erected northwest of Bluffton, which has since been removed, attracted considerable attention when it was first placed. After the survey is completed at each spot, permanent markers are set, marking the latitude and longi tude at that point. Be Distributed •ing Last Of October WAR CHEST DRIVE WILL BE STARTED HERE NEXT WEEK 100 Solicitors to Make House To House Canvass of Entire Town. Funds Raised in Drive Will Go to 17 War Relief and Ser vice Agencies. Canvassing of Bluffton in the Sec ond Allen County War Chest cam paign will get under way Tuesday of next week following a “kick-off” meeting of 100 solicitors on Monday night in the high school cafeteria. Announcement of the forthcoming drive to raise funds for 17 war relief and service agencies was made this week by Mayor W. A. Howe and Mrs. J. S. Steiner, co-chairman of the Bluffton phase of the campaign. House to house calls will be made by 100 women, directed by eight cap tains, and final details joi the drive will be mapped by an executive com 'mittee this Friday night. Solicitors will be notified by mail, and a full turnout is urged for next Monday’s “kick-off” session. Distribute Pledge Cards Pleadge cards also will be dis tributed in local industries to reach those who live outside Bluffton and otherwise might not be contacted. Allen couny must raise a quota of $161,625 in the drive. The 17 organizations which com pose the National War Fund which will participate in funds raised in the Allen county campaign are, USO, United Seamen’s Service, War Pris oners Aid, Belgian War Relief So ciety, British War Relief Society, French War Relief, Friends of Lux embourg, Greek War Relief associa tion, Norwegian Relief, Polish War Relief, Queen Wilhelmina Fund. Rus sian War Relief, United China Relief, United Czechoslovak Relief, United Yugoslav Relief Fund, Refugee Re lief Trustees and the United States Committee for Care of European Children. Leaving To Assume Duties In Washington Miss Roberta Biery will leave Sat urday for Washington where she has accepted a civil service appointment as a cryptographic specialist in the office of the army signal corps. Her appointment follows comple tion of a year’s graduate work spe cializing in Latin at the University of Chicago where she received the Master of Arts degree the past sum mer. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Biery. Schumacher Receives Engineering Degree Charles Schumacher, son of Mr. and Mrs Cyrus Schumacher, of Col lege road, was graduated from the University of Cincinnati, at com mencement exercises held last Fri day. He completed his schooling as a graduate chemical engineer, after taking preliminary work at Bluffton college. Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher were in Cincinnati for the commencement ex ercises. Wedding Announced Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Wava Eileen Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waid Fisher of Ecorse, Mich., form er Bluffton residents. She was mar ried to Floyd Pitts of Gadsden, Ala bama, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pitts of that place. The couple are living at River Rouge, Michigan. r, ICTOW BUY UNITBD *TATB* PEFtXM STAMP* No. 24 BLUFFTON COLLEGE HOMECOMING THIS SATURDAY, SUNDAY Two-Day Program Will Include Sports Events, Banquet and Other Features. Miss Eula Moser Homecoming Queen: Parents Day Program Sunday. Homecoming at Bluffton college this coming week-end will offer an attractive two-day program, of sports events, dramatic presentations, social events and a vesper service little af fected by the exigencies of war con ditions. Intercollegiate football will be the only Customary feature missing from the annual event, and alumni and friends of the college will find plenty of other interesting offerings to take its place. Opening the festivities, Miss Eula Locher, Bluffton college senior, will be crowned homecoming queen at the traditional coronation ceremony in the gymnasium Saturday morning at 10 a. m., slow time. Miss Locher is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lo cher, of Pandora. Sports Program Field events starting at 1:30 p. m. will include an exhibition of folk games a football game by six-man teams and a softball game between freshman and sophomores. Outcome of the softball game will determine whether freshman will be entitled to doff the traditional green freshman hats six weeks early. A fine program has been arranged for the banquet at Ropp hall in the evening at 6 o’clock with Rudolph Augspurger, of Trenton, graduate in the class of 1926, appearing as the speaker. Other talks will be given by Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, president of the college, and Stanley Hofstetter, a member of the class of 1946. Spec ial music will be presented under the direction of Prof. Russell A. Lantz. Following the banquet, a one-act play, “Bohemian Shawl”, will be pre sented by the Thespians in Ramseyer chapel. Parents Day Sunday Sunday’s program, featured as Pa rents’ Day, will include open house at Ropp and Lincoln halls, college dorm itories, from 1:30 to 2:45 p. m. Highlight of the afternoon will be a vesper service at 3 p. m., with Dr. Orus Yoder, superintendent of Ypsi lanti Mental hospital, Michigan, as the speaker. His subject will be “You Are Not Expendible" The college vesper choir will sing. Following vesper services a recep tion for parents and friends of the college will be held in the Musselman Memorial library building. Brethren Church Homecoming Sunday Couny Line Church of the Breth ren, 7 miles south of Bluffton, will hold its third annual homecoming Sunday. Sunday school will be held at 10 o’clock followed by basket dinner at noon and afternoon service at 2 o’clock. Lieut. Wade Lape Is Lions Speaker Lieut, (j. g.) Wade Lape who is home on furlough from the southwest Pacific area addressed the Lions club Tuesday night in the Walnut Grill. Lieut, and Mrs. Lape are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape, of Grove street, this week. Arrive In England Sgt. James Moser arrived in Eng land recently, according to word re ceived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Moser west of Bluffton the first of the week. In New Locations Orden Smucker and family will move Saturday to Columbus where he recently accepted a position as instructor in the University high school. Smucker was formerly on the high school faculty here. Woodrow Little and family have rented the Smucker property on Campus Drive and will move next week, vacating part of the Clayton Bixel property on Grove street. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bu. prices)—Wheat $1.64 corn $1.05: n^ts 69c new soys $1.80 old soys $1.66.