VOLUME NO. LXVIII
FOR RENT MANY
BUY OWN HOMES
Housing Shortage Spurs Many
Renters into Ownership of
Rent Freezing Results in In
creased Number of Houses
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
UPSET BY CHANGE
TO SLOWER TIME
Incoming and Outgoing Mail
Now Handled Hour Earlier
No Other Confusion Results
From Change to Slow Time
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
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.
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
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
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
Barbershops and Garages Here
Feel Pinch of Shortage of
“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
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.
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
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.
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
Announcement of the winners w«s
made following the close of the con
test in which 93 of the company’s
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.
The following births at Bluffton
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
First Frost to Affect Stand is
Felt in District Monday
Acre Yield in A#a is Expected
to be One of the Best in Re
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quick Distribution is Necessary
as Present Blue Stamps
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
After the survey is completed at
each spot, permanent markers are
set, marking the latitude and longi
tude at that point.
•ing Last Of October
WAR CHEST DRIVE
WILL BE STARTED
HERE NEXT WEEK
100 Solicitors to Make House
To House Canvass of Entire
Funds Raised in Drive Will Go
to 17 War Relief and Ser
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
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
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.
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
He completed his schooling as a
graduate chemical engineer, after
taking preliminary work at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher were in
Cincinnati for the commencement ex
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.
Two-Day Program Will Include
Sports Events, Banquet and
Miss Eula Moser Homecoming
Queen: Parents Day Program
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
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
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.
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
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.
Couny Line Church of the Breth
ren, 7 miles south of Bluffton, will
hold its third annual homecoming
Sunday school will be held at 10
o’clock followed by basket dinner at
noon and afternoon service at 2
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.
Grain (bu. prices)—Wheat $1.64
corn $1.05: n^ts 69c new soys $1.80
old soys $1.66.
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