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VHmo •Tates SAVING* /Bonds VOLUME NO. LXVIII RATION BOOK NO. 4 WILL BE ISSUED HthS OCT. 20-25 Residents of School District to Get Books at High School Cafeteria. Distribution to be Made Accord* ing to Alphabetical Schedule of Names. ______ War Ration Book No. 4 will be distributed to residents of Bluffton school district at Bluffton high school cafeteria beginning Wednesday of next week, it is announced by Supt. of School A. J. B. Longsdorf who is in charge. It is estimated that a total of 3,000 books will be distributed and four days have been designated for that purpose. Residents of the school district will call for their books in alphabetical order on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 20 to 22 inclusive, and the following Mon day, October 25. Hours will be 3:30 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. Teaching staffs of the grade and high school will be used for this work, however, additional clerical help will be necessary and a call for volunteers has been made. Any one who will help with this work for one or more days is asked to notify the high school office. Issuing Schedule The following alphabetical schedule will be followed in is suing of the ration books: Oct. 20—Persons with last names beginning with letters A to E. Oct. 21—Persons with last names beginning with letters to K. Oct. 22—Persons with last names beginning with letters to R. Oct. 25—Persons with last names beginning with letters S to Z. Those expecting to receive ration books here are asked to observe the above schedule as this will distribute clerical work as evenly as possible and avoid congestion. On the basis of records from the issuing of Ration Book No. 2 which was distributed thru the schools, it is estimated that about 750 books will be issued on each of the four days. Must Have Ration Book 3 Any members of the family may obtain books for the entire group. However, it is pointed out that Ra tion Book No. 3 must be brought along for each person for whom the new book is to be obtained. Interviewers first will ask the ap plicant if he has Book 3 fbr each applicant and hand him an applica tion form to fill in. Assistants will help fill out the forms which require the first name, middle initial and last name, age and sex of each mem ber. The applicant then will be sent to a checking table. There the number of No. 3 books and number of names on the application form will be checked, and any books of persons in service will be picked up. After this the applicant must wait his turn un til his number is called. Will Sign Own Books The next step will be issuance of the new ration book. The applicant will sign only his own book in the presence of the issuing agent, and will be instructed to have all mem bers of the family sign the book when he reaches home. After books have been issued and the No. 3 books returned to the hold er, a checker will check the No. 3 books to be sure entry has been made on the cover, showing that No. 4 books have been issued. A custodian will maintain a record of the number of books issued, and of any voided as well as an account of blank books allotted to each is suing desk. Dr. Rufus D. Bowman To Give Bible Lectures Dr. Rufus D. Bowman, President of Bethany Biblical Seminary’ in Chica go, will deliver the annual Bible Lec tures at Bluffton college November 14-19. Dr. Bowman is a former pas tor of the Church of the Brethren in Washington, D. C,, and is an out standing lecturer. Sunday afternoon and morning week day services will be held in the college chapel. Other services will be in the First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. On Sunday the services are at 10:00 A. M., 3:00 P. iM., and 7:30 P. M. From Monday through Friday the services will be held at 10:00 A. M. and 7:30 P.M. .. mTHE Overseas Veteran In Cdlifornia Hospital Pvt. George Duffman, who has been in the south Pacific war area for the past 17 months is now in Letterman General hospital, San Francisco, undergoing treatment for an ear ailment, according to word received the first of the week. Pvt. Duffman, son of Merl Duff man, is expected here on furlough later in the fall to visit his father and other relatives. NO FATHERS WILL BE DRAFTED FROM HERE THIS MONTH loard Three Fills Call for 50 From Single and Childless Married Men. Whether Fathers Will be Taken in November Will Depend on Size of Call. Altho other parts of Ohio are not as fortunate, none of Allen county’s three draft boards are calling pre Pearl Harbor fathers for induction into the armed forces this month. Local Board No. 3, which has jur isdiction over Bluffton and Richland township, is filling a call for 50 se lectees next week from single men and married men without children, officials announced. Wether any pre-Pearl Harbor fathers must be taken by Board 3 in November will depend entirely upon the size of the call for the month, it is stated in informed quarters. If only a few men are called, November also may pass with “dads” untouched so far as induction is concerned. Draft of Fathers Looms As soon as all available single and married men without children are taken, however, fathers will be draft ed Unless Congress in the meantime takes action to change present selec tive procedure. When no one else is available, fathers must be called under the present method of handling draft calls, fathers will be called accord ing to order number, and the number of depericfents has no bearing on the status of -the registrant. Allen Cdifhty Board 1 announced there is posibility some fathers may be included in its November call, but Board 2 does not expect to take fath ers until December. Former Bluffton Man On State Commission Dr. Reuben Hilty, Toledo veterin arian and a former Bluffton resident, was appointed Friday by Governor John W. Bricker as one of a three man commission to consider salaries of state, county and city employes thruout Ohio with a view of recom mending adjustments. Dr. Hilty was engaged in veterin ary practise here about forty years ago. The salary study commission to which he was appointed was created by the last Ohio legislature. Other members of the group are H. D. Defenbacher, state finance director and Dwight Swisher, Columbus at torney. Coal Shortage Continues Here But Dealers Predict Easing In Situation Board Names Lee Coon Truant Officer Lee Coon, Bluffton marshal, was named school attendance officer at a meeting of the Bluffton board of edu cation, Monday night. Coon said Tuesday that he had not decided as to whether he would accept the ap pointment. Action of the board was taken Monday night when W. A. Amstutz, of the high school faculty, previously named attendance officer was unable to perform duties of the office be cause of a heavier teaching schedule. Greding Estate Is Listed As $79,508 Net assets of the estate of the late L. T. Greding, Bluffton mer chant are listed at $79,508.27 in in ventory and appraisement filed in the Allen county probate court. This sum included $23,100 in real estate. Greding, in the hardware business for thirty years was also a director of the Citizens National bank and the Bluffton Milling company at the time of his death. Much More Coal Will Be Avail able With Closing of Lake Shipping Season. With dealers’ yards swept bare of all coal, fuel is being delivered from cars as rapidly as received. Large backlogs of unfilled orders indicate dealers stockpiles cannot soon be built up again, even tho more coal is forthcoming. More Coal In Prospect Mine officials have announced, however, that plenty of coal will be available for normal demands as soon as the lake shipping season closes. Shoilage of coal here has been confined to the domestic supply for household heating with industrial users and institutions reporting suf ficient stocks on hand to cover im mediate needs. Getting coal into the hands of householders has been further compli cated by a scarcity of coal handlers and haulers. Attracted by war in dustry employment many haulers have forsaken their former jobs, and most coal trucks now are being manned largely by transients and others who can help out in their spare time. Funeral Thursday For Woman Found Dead _______ .. .. y A,- A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO .THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY ’resent Deliveries Restricted To Lots of One Ton For Each Household. Bluffton’s most severe coal short age since the days of the first World War is showing promise of easing in the near future, local dealers stated the first of the week following re ceipt of shipping information from mines. Present deliveries, however, are be ing limited to one-ton lots, with deal ers attempting to spread meager stocks over thq largest possible num ber of patrons. Mrs. Allie Young, 76, was found dead on the kitchen floor of her Beaverdam home about 9 a. m. Mon day by neighbors who had become alarmed after seeing no sign of her about the premises for two days. The elderly woman suffered a heart attack sometime Saturday night, according to a report made by Harry Lewis, Allen county coro ner, w’ho investigated. Mrs. Young had lived in Beaver dam many years, and resided alone following the death of her husband, George Washington Young, four years ago. Surviving are two step-sons, Chas, and Raymond Young, of Oklahoma one sister, Mrs. O. L. Boucher, of Hobart, Okla. and one brother, E. C. lark, of Waxahachie, Texas. Services will be held at Paul Dil ler Funeral home Thursday after noon at 2:30 with Rev. Bernard Baughn of the Beaverdam Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in the Old cemetery in Beaverdam. High School Bond And Stamp Sale Nets $1,500 Total sales of Defense Bonds and Stamps during the first six weeks period of school amounts to $1500. Throughout the school building, post ers indicating the price of army equipment and medical supplies have been placed. Students are urged to make their purchases at the High school boot* which is being operated at the pres ent time by Jean Anne Burcky and Bob Niswander, members of the De fense Council. Last week bond pur chasers were Esther Kohler and Ralph Dunifon. Eagle Scout Award To Robert Ramseyer Robert Ramseyer, of Troop 56, Bluffton, received the Eagle Scout award in presentation ceremonies at the annual meeting of the Shawnee Area Council in Lima, last Wednes day night. Robert McDonald, president of the Shawnee Area Council of Scouts, presented the award to Ramseyer. It is the highest that can be won by any Scoqt. Ramseyer is the son of Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Ramseyer, of College avenue. Radio Sermon Series “Prayer, a Neglected Weapon” will be the subject of the radio address in the ^Living Today” series by Rev. A. C. Schultz over the Findlay radio station, WFIN Friday afternoon. Note the ch-r.jc of time to 4 30 p. m. BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY. OCT. 14, 1943. WOMAN SERIOUSLY BURNED RESULT OF KEROSENE BLAST Mrs. Marion Hixon in Hospital With Severe Burns About Lower Part of Body. Explosion Occurs When Kero sene is Poured on Live Coals in Kitchen Range. Mrs. Marion Hixon, 52, residing four miles south of Bluffton on the Allen-Hancock county line, was se verely burned about the lower part of her body in the explosion of a kitchen range at her home, Monday morning. The blast occured when Mrs. Hix on poured kerosene on live coals in the range as she attempted to start a fire to prepare breakfast. Her husband and a neighbor, John Dunbar, extinguishing her burning clothing, and also put out a fire which was started in the kitchen by the explosion. Mrs. Hixon was taken to the Bluff ton Community hospital where she is recovering from serious burns about the lower part of the body. Her con dition is fairly good, according to Dr. J. S. Steiner, the attending physician. Mr. and Mrs. Hixon reside on what is known as the former I. N. Harris farm which they purchased some time ago. --------I—— WAR CHEST DRIVE OPENS WITH HOUSE TO HOUSE CALLS Funds Raised in Drive Will Go To 17 War Relief and Ser vice Agencies. Solicitors Hope to Complete House to House Canvassing of Town Within Week. House-to-houqgyrolfcitation in the Second Allen Oort^iwar Chest cam paign was started in Bluffton, Wed nesday, with nearly 100 women can vassers expecting to complete the drive within the next week. Goal in the county drive is $161, 625, of which $32,635 is to be raised outside Lima. Explanation of the campaign to raise funds for 17 war relief and service agencies was made to solici tors at a “kickoff” meeting, Tuesday night in the high school building. In addition to house-to-house can vassing, pledge cards also will be distributed in local industrial plants to reach those who live outside Bluff ton and who otherwise might not be contacted. Directing the Bluffton drive are Mayor Wilbur A. Howe and Mrs. J. S. Steiner, co-chairmen of the cam paign. The 17 organizations which com prise the National War Fund which will share in funds raised in Allen county’s campaign are USO, United Seamen’s Service, War Prisoners’ Aid, Belgian War Relief Society, British War Relief Society, French War Relief, Friends of Luxembourg, Greek War Relief-ass’n, Norwegian Relief, Polish War Relief, Queen Wilhelmina Fund, Russia War Re lief, United China Relief, United Czechoslovak Relief, United Yugoslav Relief Fund, Refugee Relief Trustees and the United States Committe for Care of European Children. With The Sick Rev. J. N. King, formerly of Bluff ton, is seriously ill at Dayton follow ing an operation in a hospital in that city. His son Walter King of South Main street was called to his bedside Monday. Mrs. Lloyd Murray of South Main street is a patient at St. Luke’s hos pital, Cleveland. John A. Rogers has been removed from his home on South Main street to Bluffton hospital. No change is reported in the condi tion of E. M. Hostettler who is ill at his home on East Kibler street with complications. Greding Substitute School Bus Driver Paul Greding, Bluffton hardware merchant, was appointed substitute school bus driver at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education, Mon day night. .Greding has accepted the appointment. book you will receive the latter part of this month will be good for can ned fruits and vegetables beginning Monday, November 1, it is announced by the Office of Price Administra tion. Green stamps in the new book will be used for this purpose. The A, and series of green stamps in Book 4 will be valid to buy ration processed foods from No vember 1 through December 20. These green stamps will be used ex- Soybean and Corn Harvest Bet ter in Hand Than They Were Last Year. Predict Showers May End Near ly Three Weeks of Clear Weather. Mid-October without a killing frost, together with ideal harvest weather has spelled the difference between success and failure of farm opera tions in the Bluffton district. The late planted crops, particular ly corn and soybeans were especially vulnerable this year to an early frost, which if it had come would have ruined both stands. In contrast to conditions last year, when early winter snows caught many fields of soybeans before har vest, the crop this fall is well in hand with much of it already in the farmer’s granary or sold on the market. Good Quality Soys Quality of soybeans in the Bluffton area is generally reported as good with low maisture content of 11 to 13 per cent indicating maturity of the crop. With no rain since September 25, the district is in its third rainless week—the longest stretch of dry weather of the current growing sea son—providing an unexpected oppor tunity for com cutting and offset ting to some extent the prevailing shortage of farm labor. That the unusual period of clear weather may be nearing an end was indicated Wednesday with predic tions of showers the latter part of this week. Victory gardens, too, which in many instances were washed out by early summer downpours are making a good showing, due to recent favor able growing conditions. Eight Rabbits Are Stolen By Thieves Wilbur Potee, Bluffton city mail carrier, reported to authorities the theft of eight rabbits stolen from a pen at his home on North Mound street. The rabbits, Flemish Giants, were discovered missing Tuesday morning when Potee went to feed the animals and discovered the lock to the pen broken. Chickens in an adjoining pen apparently were not molested. Authorities here are conducting an investigation. Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Winston Jennings, Bluffton, a boy, Larry Gene, Satur day. Stamps In No. 4 Ration Book Good For Canned Foods Starting Nov. 1 Stamps in that No. 4 war ration Pfc. and Mrs. Kenneth Keller, a girl, Saturday. Mrs. Keller of Pan dora is the former Lavaun Habegger. Pfc. Keller is stationed at Los Vegas, Nevada. Mr. and Mrs. Conner Stewart, Bluffton, a girl, Monday. Real Estate Deals Rawleigh Moser has purchased the Chester Matter farm of 80 acres south of Bluffton on the county line road. Paul Detwiler has purchased the residence property of the late Mrs. Gottlieb Danner on South Jackson street from the heirs. After making some alterations, Detwiler and his family will occupy the residence, moving from the Mrs. Josephine Car nahan property on South Lawn ave nue. Real estate holdings of the late O. A. Ludwig were sold under court order Tuesday at public sale. The residence property on South Jackson street was purchased by Robert Non namaker residing east of Bluffton for $2,025. Ludwig’s 50 acre farm in Orange township brought $4,375, being purchased by Archie Hartman, a nearby landowner. actly the same manner as the famil iar blue stamps in war ration book 2. The last series of blue stamps, X, Y and Z are good until November 20. War ration book 4 will be dis tributed through the public schools during the period October 20 to 25. The green stamps will be used for processed foods only until the ra tion “token” system goes into effect, probably early next year. Then the red and blue stamps in book No. 4 will be used. deal Weather For Fall Harvest Offsets Shortage Of Farm Labor TURBINE PUMP AND PIPE BOUGHT FOR WATERWORKSWELL ’ump and Pipe For New Well On Mrs. Matter Farm Costs $1703. With New Well in Use Water works Can Pump 700 Gal lons Every Minute. Purchase of a turbine pump and 1,352 feet of pipe required to add water from a new well on the Mrs. Noah Matter farm to the city’s mu nicipal water supply was announced Friday by the Board of Public Af fairs, in approving bids totalling $1, 703 for the new equipment. Capacity of the pump, a Pomona turbine type, is 300 gallons per min ute, and its cost installed will be $757. Application for a priority to purchase the pump has been made to the War Production Board at Washington, and installation is ex pected to be completed by December 1. Pipe bought for the project is six inch transite pressure type, a com bination of cement and asbestos, de veloped as a substitute for scarce iron and steel. Its cost is lower than the type previously used, and the 1352 feet required will cost $946. Four Bids Opened Successful bidder for providing the pump and pipe was C. L. Bierly and Son, of Lafayette. Four bids were considered by the Board of Public Affairs when they opened them last Friday noon. The pipe will be laid this fall to carry water from the new well, on the Mrs. Matter property adjacent to the hospital on Harmon road, to the aerator at the city reservoir. With the new well added to the city supply, Bluffton will have pump ing facilities capable of providing approximately 700 gallons a minute. The Matter well is the third used for the city water supply. This is suf ficient for fire and drought protec tion, it was pointed out by John W. Swisher and Forrest Mumma. sup erintendents of the water works. Bluffton’s two waterworks reser voirs are large enough to provide an ample reserve supply, having a com bined capacity of 600,000 gallons. City consumption is about 200,000 gallons of water daily, exclusive of water supplied the Page Dairy Co. from the Bluffton Stone Co. and a new water works well designed for that purpose alone. In New Locations Mrs. Elias Amstutz and daughter Miss Rhoda Amstutz will move this week into the property on South Jackson street recently purchased from Charles Hankish. Mrs. Adella Oyer who formerly occupied the house has moved to one of the Hau enstein apartments above the Lape Co. store. Ray Clark and family have rented the Francis Lugibihl property on North Jackson street to be vacated by Mrs. Amstutz and daughter. The Clark family previously occupied an apartment in the home of Mrs. B. D. Smucker on South Lawn avenue. David Risser and family have moved from the Fred Badertscher property, formerly the Hiram Locher property on South Main street into the E. C. Romey property on South Main street recently vacated by Ray Patterson and family who moved to Findlay. Badertscher expects to move from his farm and occupy his town property soon after the first of next year. Mrs. Sam Locher and daughter residing northwest of Bluffton moved Tuesday into the South Jackson street property recently purchased from Joseph Rediger. BUY UNITBB rrarM suSrt1 No. 25 DREDGING OF RILEY CREEK IS STARTED WEST OF VILLAGE Operations Will Be Completed In Few More Days, Mayor Howe Announces. One Mile of Creek Dredged in Carrying Out Terms of Suit Settlement. Dredging the channel of the Big Riley creek through the farms of Ol iver Locher and Henry- Huber, is ex pected to be completed this week as a part of the recent out-of-court settle ment in the stream pollution suit a gainst the village of Bluffton. Dredging operations were started at the boundary of the H. P. Huber and College farms, with contractors working east toward Bluffton, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe reported. Charles Kohl and Sons, of Lima, hold the con tract. About one mile of the Big Riley channel will be deepened in the dred ging program, resulting in a more rapid flow of water and eliminating stagnant pools, it is claimed. It is estimated that cost of the dredging will be about $1000, with the contractors receiving $6 an hour for their services. Starting the lat ter part of last week, the dredge reached the Locher farm on Wednes day. Other terms of the agreement in which a $25,000 stream pollution suit against the municipality was settled out of court included: I^ayment of $1000 to each of the plaintiffs, with interest from Nov. 24, 1942 that the town make arrange ments for the construction of a sew age disposal plant after the war and that the present contract shall not bar the plaintiffs from redress. Francis Kohli Enlists In Navy Francis Kohli, son of Mrs. Eva Kohli, of Elm street, enlisted in the Navy last Thursday at Lima, and was accepted for training after pass ing a physical examination at To ledo, Monday. He is home on a short leave after which he will re port at Great Lakes, III., fbr train ing. Beaverdam Will Vote On Three Mill Levy Additional funds for the operation of the village of Beaverdam will be sought in a three mill levy to be voted on at the regular election, Tuesday, Nov. 2. The funds are needed to help de fray the cost of current operation, Beaverdam officials pointed out in announcing that the levy would be submitted at the polls. It is the only special levy being submitted in this area this fall. Red Cross Home Service Course Red Cross home service courses will begin in Lima next Monday .night, it is announced by officials in charge. Application blanks and in formation for those interested may be obtained from Ralph Stearns at the post office. Lions Club To Hear Talk On Manpower Arden R. Baker, personnel man ager of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co., will be the speaker at a meeting of the Bluffton Lions club, at 6:15 p. m. next Tuesday in the Walnut Grill. Manpower problems will be discussed. Karl Gable Helps In Training School Scoutmaster Karl Gable, of Bluff ton, is one of a group conducting a scoutmasters’ training course in Lima, plans for which were complet ed last week in Lima. R. Schryer, formerly of Bluff ton, now of Lima, was re-elected chairman of the Allen county dist rict of the Shawnee Area council at a meeting inaugurating the scout master’s training program. Promoted Announcement has been made of the promotion of R. C. Motter from sergeant to staff sergeant in the aie service command at Dayton.