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UNITED •TATES SAVINGS ^&ONDS VOLUME NO. LXVIII THANKSGIVING TO BE OBSERVED HERE QUIETLY THIS YEAR Family Gatherings and Tradi tional Dinner Will be Features es of Day. Union Services to be Held at First Mennonite Church, on Thursday Morning. Bluffton will celebrate its second war-time Thanksgiving quietly this Thursday, as residents of the town and community pause in their cus tomary tasks to observe one of the nation’s best beloved holidays. As usual, the traditional Thanks giving dinner at noon will be the most important feature of the day for most families of the area, with indications that altho turkeys may be scarce there will be plenty ot thickens to meet the demand. Opening event of the day’s activity will be a morning union church ser vice in the First Mennonite church at 9 a. m. Rev. V. C. Opperman, new pastor of the St. John’s and Emmanuel’s Reformed churches, will be in the pulpit for the service with other local ministers participating. Special music also will be provided. Business Suspended Business generally will be suspend ed thruout the day, but the local plants of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co. will operate because of the press of war conditions. Day shifts at the plant, however, will be released at noon to permit employes to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their families. No deliveries of mail will be made on town or rural routes and windows at the post office will be closed thru out the day. Students in Bluffton High and Grade schools will enjoy a vacation over the holiday weekend, with class es closing Wednesday night until the next Monday morning. Bluffton col lege will close on Thursday only. In past years Thanksgiving has been a time of exodus for many Bluffton residents who motored to visit relatives in other parts of the state. Tire and gasoline restrictions, however, will keep most of them home this year. Rites Held Saturday For Mrs. Zimmerman Mrs. Mary Ann Zimmerman, 69, of 125 College avenue, mother of 12 children, died at 3 p. in. last Wed nesday in Blufftort Community hos pital after being confined to bed for nine days. Death was caused by a heart condition. Funeral services were held Satur day afternon in the Defenseless Men nonite church. Rev. Eli Steiner of ficiating, with Rev. Stanley Rupp, pastor of the church, assisting. Buri al was in the Defenseless Mennonite cemetery. The daughter of David and Susan (Hochstettler) Diller, Mrs. Zimmer man was born in Putnam county, Aug. 23, 1874. She was married to Noah Zimmerman, who died Feb. 21, 1936. Mrs. Zimmerman is survived by the following children: Mrs. Edna Reichenbach, Mrs. Esther Hochstett ler, Bernice Zimmerman and Oliver Zimmerman, all of Bluffton Mrs. Lesta Simmons, of Stryker Raymond Zimmerman, of Beaverdam Hiram Zimmerman, of Toledo Dennis Zim merman of Ft. Wayne Orren Zim merman, of Mt. Gilead, O. Glen Zimmerman, of Camp Crowder, Mo. David Zimmerman, of Lima, and Noah Zimmerman, Jr., Camp Adair, Oregon. There are 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Surviving brothers and sisters include John A. Diller, Mrs. Levi Mellinger and Mrs. Alma Bixel, all of Bluffton Mrs. Peter Bixel, Mrs. John Reichenbach and Mrs. Frank Niswander, all of Pandora, and Mrs. Lydia Crawfis, of Beaverdam. Thanksgiving Song Festival The Pleasant Hill church is spon soring a sacred song festival next Sunday. After Sunday school the public is invited to attend and enjoy a ba=ket dinner at 12 o’clock at the Paulding Center Community House. The musical numbers of the after noon service at 2:30 will be given by groups from the home and neighbor ing communities. Scners ill to en joy and in keepin. with th? Thanks giving season. Rev. C. C. Ayan of Ft. Jennings will be the speaker of the evening at 8 o’clock. 1620 1943 EIGHT BLUFFTON MEN TAKEN INTO ARMED FORCES Four Sworn Into Army Three in Navy and One in Army Air Corps Local Men Included in Group of 38 From Board 3 Induct ed at Toledo Eight Bluffton men sent to the Toledo induction center last Thurs day by Allen County Board No. 3 were sworn into the armed services, one of the few instances in which every local man has passed the phys ical examination. Of the Bluffton group, three men were acepted by the Navy, one was sworn in as an Air Cadet and the remaining four are in the Army. Byron Fritchie, Albert Ingalls and Clayton Harkness, taken by the Navy, will leave Friday for Great Lakes, Illinois. Those inducted into the Army were Richard Cookson, Carl Gable, Dona vin Moser and Donald Johnson. James Basinger was acepted as an air cadet in the Army Air Corps. These five have two more weeks be fore they are to report. Bluffton’s contingent of eight was included in a group of 38 men ac cepted from the area over which Allen County Board No. 3 has juris diction. Army Others who passed physical exam ination for the Army were: Carroll Winans, Theodore Hand shoe, Spencerville. Carl Shoemaker, James Maxwel, Robert Lyle, James Boedicker, Harold Walters, Richard Walters, James Barbour, Jr., Wm. Bassett, Bernard Blair, Thos. Jacoby, James Mauk, Richard Rice, Albert Meager, Lima. Randal Clum, Ada. Eugene Fuerst, Donald Ditto, Nor man Kaskel, Delphos. Melvyn Arthur, Lafayete. Navy Others accepted for the Navy w ere: Francis Himmeger, Anthony Step leton, George Bohnlein, Willis Kemp er, Robert Swick, Delphos. Arlo Decker, Ralph Reese, Wm. Thomas, James Telljohn, Lima. Elias McDonald, Jr., Decatur, Ind. Joe Rex, Harrod Leroy Sherrick, Elida. Marines Acepted for the Marines were: Ralph Monroe Burkholder, Col. Grove Robert Stark, Lima. Oren Augsburger of Elida was ac cepted for assignment to a conscien tious objector’s camp. Service Promotions Racine Warren stationed in Los Angeles has been promoted from the rank of staff sergeant to technical sergeant, it Was announced Tuesday. Raymond Duffman in overseas na val service has recently been pro moted to the rank of aviation chief petty officer, according to word re ceived here the first of the week. Many hunters took to the field over the last week-end with the opening of pheasant and rabbit season, but few’ succeeded in bagging their limit of birds and many failed to get even one in two days. Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner Will Be Higher In Bluffton This Year Sportsmen say there are fewer pheasants than in the last several years, and that those at large are much harder to find. Some hunters claimed that two-thirds of the game shot were old birds. Weather so far, however, has been ideal for hunting. For the opening day last Friday, the weatherman Top Price of 35 Cents Alive For Turkeys Live Chickens Are Same Price. Side Dishes Also Will Cost More On Thanksgiving Let tuce Sells for Less. For the third successive ye^r the cost of Bluffton’s Thanksgiving din ners has moved upwards, a survey of local markets revealed this week. In case you are planning to stick to tradition and serve turkey—which, by the way, few Bluffton families are—a prime dressed bird will cost from 41 cents to 45 cents a pound depending on weight. This price is the same as last year, but represents an increase of 13 cents over 1941 prices. Moat turkeys locally, however, are available at live weight prices of 35 cents a pound. Chickens Preferred Chickens will be the principal item on the Thanksgiving menus of most Bluffton families this year, and prices are 11 cents higher than last fall. Top quality live chickens are retail ing locally at prices ranging up to 35 cents, two cents under the 37 cent ceiling set by OPA regulations. Last Thanksgiving live chickens sold for 2G cents, and two years ago the cost was 22 cents. Farmers this year are get ting 26 cents a pound for chickens, as compared with 22 cents last year. Cost of cranberries also has jumped upwards sharply. This year they cost Bluffton householders 32 cents a pound, in contrast to the price of 20 cents a pound which prevailed in 1942 and 1941. Other Prices Higher Other side dishes also have ad vanced in price. Oysters which last year sold for 42 cents a pint now are 57 cents. Two years ago the cost was 35 cents a pint. Celery at 20 cents is two cents high er than last year. Head lettuce at 11 cents, however, is one cent lower than last year. Both celery and lettuce, however, are selling at prices consid erably higher than two years ago. Many Hunters, Few Pheasants Is The Picture As Hunting Season Opens 245 W. Grove St.—rnone wu-n iiwnen Bluffton, Ohio South High gymnasium. —. I One bright side to the picture, how ever, is the fact that local retailers do not expect that war-time restric tions will interfere with the quantity or quality of foodstuffs available for this year’s Thanksgiving, dinners. John Schaublin Succumbs In Lima John Schaublin, 62, native of Rich land townhsip died at his home in Lima Wednesday morning. He had been in failing health and suffered a second paralytic stroke, Sunday night. Funeral services will be held Fri day afternoon at ,2 o’clock at the First Reformed church in Lima, Rev. Paul Graeser officiating. Burial will be in Lima. The body will be at the. Davis & Son funeral home in that city until the funeral. He was*the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Schaublin and born at Richland Center, January 10, 1881. He was a carpenter by trade. Surviving are his widow, the form er Emma Rabley, two sons Ralph and Harold and two grandchildren all of Lima five brothers: Calvin of Ris ing Sun Walter and Elmer of Bluff ton Harry of Albany, Calif. and Cpl. Raymond Schaublin with the army stationed in Iran and five sisters: Mrs. Roy Pogue, Mrs. John Bader tscher, Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl, Mrs. Andrew Gratz and Mrs. Mary Dep pler all of Bluffton. FORMER RESIDENT ILL Willis Althaus, 52, former Bluffton resident is critically ill at his home in Ashland following a paralytic stroke Tuesday which affected his right side. A gossip is a person with a keen sense of rumor. prepared to treat in the form of a balmy atmosphere that made it all the more enjoyable to be in the open, and there has been no inclement weather since the season opened. Despite much talk about shortage of shells, practicaly every hunter in the Bluff,on area found enough am munition to get out for at least a partial day’s hunting. A sma’ allotment of shells received by local dealers last Thursday was quickly ken by hunters who had registered for them early in the fall. The she!’ were rationed to hunters in lots c/ 10 to a purchaser. &ITHE BLUFFTON NEWS ______________________________________________A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY. NOV. 25, 1943 YOUTH BEAVERD FORTRESS GUNNER WINS AIR MEDAL Robert Green, Stationed in North Africa, Receives Army Decoration Overseas Since July, is Now Veteran of Twenty-one Flying Misions Staff Sgt. Robert Green, formerly of Beaverdam, now stationed in North North Africa has been award ed an air medal and oak leaf cluster, according to word received by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Green of Beaverdam. Sgt. Green who has been overseas since last July is in the army air corps serving as turret gunner on a flying fortress. He has taken part in 21 flying missions according to advices re ceived here and received his decora tion on the week of September 20, it was announced. He was hospitalized recently with an attack of influenza from which he is now recovering, acord.ng to word received by his mother, Mrs. Hazel Green, Bluffton telephone operator. FUR SEASOH HERE WILL DE BEST IN LAST TEN YEARS Army of Trappers Expected To Market More Than 10.000 Pelts Locally Top Prices Being Paid For Furs Attract 25 Per Cent More Trappers This Winter With furs bringing their best prices since pre-depression days, and an army of trappers working thruout the territory, the first 10 days of this sea son have given every indication that the Bluffton district will market its greatest’ volume* oFpihts in TO years, local buyers pointed out Wednesday. Top prices for fqrs have resulted in a turnout of fully twenty-five per cent more trappers than last year, and sportsmen observers said this week there are trap lines along every creek bank in the entire district. Fur-bearing animals are no more numerous than in the winter of 1942 43 when 10,000 pelts were marketed thru local dealrs, but the army of trappers in the field will make a larg er aggregate catch thus season. 10.000 Pelts Last Y’ear Market value of the 10,000 pelts handled here last year was approxi mately $20,000, but this winter’s to tal is expected to be considerably larg er. Fur prices quoted here this week range from 10 cents for a muskrat kit. to $10 for a large mink. Smaller mink are valued from $6 upwards. Muskrats are being caught in great er number than ever before, dealers reported. Price paid for them is about $2. Coon pelts are bringing !from $5 upwards, and opossoms are o.ucted at 50 cents. So far no fox or skunk pelts have been marketed. Skunks Scarce In earlier years many skunks were caught in this area, but disease sever al years ago killed off many of them. Since then catches of the animal have been negligible. Most of the pelts caught in this dis trict are marketed thru Jesse Manges and Russell Leiber .local dealers, who prepare the skins for shipment. They handle practically all the furs trap ped within a five mile radius of Bluff ton. Manges, who has been buying furs for 20 years, is assisted by his father, Charles Manges, a veteran sportsman. Indian WHJ Talk In Two Churches Chief White Eagle, converted American Indian, who for many years has served as a missionary among his own people, will make two speaking appearances in the Bluffton’ area next Sunday. He will speak in the Riley Creek Baptist church at 11 a. m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p. m. he will be at the Bethel Church of Christ on the Lin coln highway, one mile east of Route 69. Mrs. White Eagle, who appears with her husband, is an accomplished soloist. With turkeys scarcer than in pre vious years and the demand in most households calling for less meat, chicken will be the principal item on the Thanksgiving menu of most Bluff ton families this year. Although turkeys are harder to find this Thanksgiving there is indication that the supply will be large enough locally to meet the demand. Contributing factors in the restrict ed buying of turkeys largely is due to the fact that many a family circle has been made smaller because of boys in the armed forces, and because war-time restrictions on traveling will reduce materially the number of visi- Two-Point Reduction in Ration alue of All Pork Effective Last Friday Ration Cut Permits Housewives To Expand Purchases of Other Rationed Items With all cuts of pork two points lower in ration value, Bluffton house wives this week got one break in planning their Thanksgiving menus, even tho there was a scarcity of turkeys for the holiday. Reduction in the ration value of all pork enabled purchasers to set aside more red pdints for butter, cheese, oils and other types of meat and probably assured an expand: Thanksgiving menu in many cases without the necessity of skimping on other days. Temporary reduction of all ration values of pork by two points became effective last Friday as a part of the government program to prevent jam ming of storage space and to stabi lize the prices of large hogs in heavy seasonal marketing. Reduction Temporary It was announced, however, that reduced ration values for pork will continue for a limited time only, and that the move should not be inter preted to mean a “sudden improve ment in the over-all rationed meat picture.” Some pork cuts now are ration free, including hocks, fat backs, clear plates, slices or pieces of bacon ends, knuckles, jowl butts and squares. OPA point reduction coincided with a WFA announcement of a sup port program assuring hog producers a price of $1 per hundredweight be low OPA price ceilings to prevent a threatened price collapse and glut ting of markets. Conrad Installed Masonic Master Donavin B. Conrad was instaled as Master of the Bluffton Masonic lodge for tl*e coming year at a meeting in the lodge hall last Monday night. Other officers installed at the same time included Arden R. Baker, senior whrden Bertrand Swank, junior warden Dr. Evan Basinger, treasur er Ralph T. Stearns, secretary Rob ert Niswander, senior deacon Lloyd H. Brauen, junior deacon Charles Aukerman, trustee John H. Thomp son, tyler George Rauenbuhler, chaplain Ben R. Shafer, senior ste ward and Fred Ferguson, junior steward. Clarence Zangluie, of Findlay, was the installing officer Fred Mueler, grand marshal, and Armin Hauen stein, grand chaplain. Ordination Service At Ebenezer Church Ordination services for Landolene Amstutz, theological student at I Northern Baptist seminary, Chicago, will be held at the Ebenezer Men nonite church. Sunday night at 8:00 o’clock. Officiating at the services will be the four General Conference Turkeys For Thanksgiving Scarce This Year Chickens Are Plentiful Reduction In Ration Point Value Of Pork Helps Ease Turkey Shortage Mennonite ministers of the Bluffton and Pandora area, it was announced the first of the week. Births Mr. and Mrs. Max Egeland of Am herst, Ohio, announce the birth of a daughter Karen Ione, Saturday. Mrs. Egeland is the former Iona Good, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Good of North Lawn avenue. The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Diller of Ypsilanti. Mich., a son, Perry, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Niswander, of North Lawn avenue, a son, Charles Raymond, Thursday. tors at the tables of Bluffton families. With smaller groups at the Thanks giving tables of the town and sur rounding area, a large chicken will -ufficc as well as a turkey. Even in cases where turkeys are preferred, smaller birds are being sold, it was reported. Although turkeys are not quoted regularly on local markets they may be obtained for 35 cents a pound, live weight. Live weight prices of chicken and turkeys are identical, a survey of markets showed. Quotations for both are 35 cents a pound, although the cost of smaller turkeys may range slightly higher. CATTLE AND HOGS GLUT MARKET AS FEED PRICES RISE Livestock Men Lightening Com mitments on Winter Feed ing Program lay Selling at Double Normal Price Feeders Find Corn Supply Scarce Steadily mounting prices of hay and roughage together with a grow ing scarcity of corn is accelerating the movement toward widespread liquidation of feeding cattle and hogs in the Bluffton district, it was indi cated in a survey of the situation the first of the week. Lightening of their commitments, begun by cattle feeders early this fall, has increased in extent, reflect ing the present market for feed. Greatest increase is in hay which is selling at more than double normal price. Mixed baled hay is bringing $22 a ton here, as compared to a normal figure of from $8 to $10. Buyers are reported as offering $16 a ton for mixed hay in the farmer’s mow. Hogs Glut Markets Farmers are shipping hogs as soon as they are finished for the market and as a result central terminals are filled to overflowing. Farmers point out that feed is too scarce to waste on keeping hogs after they have reached top market weight and feeding programs are undertak en with a definite sales time in view. After a hog has reached the de sired weight, additional feed given him is wasted. Feeding beyond that time is described by farmers as so much loss, even if feed supplies are ample to do so. Far from being sufficient, corn is hard to get. Price ceilings have made it more profitable for the man with corn to feed it and market hogs than it is to sell the grain on the open market. Besides this, a portion of this fall’s corn crop is described as being inferior in feeding value which adds rather than subtracts from the feed scarcity problem. Income Tax Deputy Here Three Days A deputy colector of internal rev enue will be at the mayor's office No vember 26 and 30 and December 10. Assistance will be given to federal income taxpayers who are liable to file an estimated income tax return for the year 1943 on or before De cember 15. Farmers whose declaration is due at that time will find it helpful if they will bring the following information with them: Total estimated net income for ’43. A copy of 1942 income tax return. The amount of income tax paid to date on 1942 income tax return if paid quarterly, the amount paid March 15 and June 15. Frazier Reams, collector of inter nal revenue for the Toledo district, called attention to penalties provided by law for anyone who is liable to file an estimated return and fails to do so for failing to pay installments due and for underestimating tax due. In Army Air Corps Richard Oberly, son of Millard Oberly of Cherry street has enlisted in the army air corps and expects to leave next month for training, it was announced the first of the week. BUY VNITB0 STATBB DzrarM ^BONM AN» STAMPS NUMBER 31 FUNERAL SERVICES LARGELY ATTENDED FOR DR. STEINER Practising Physician for 45 Years Succumbs to Heart Attack Last Rites Held at First Men nonite Church Tuesday Afternoon Funeral services largely attended, were held for Dr. J. S. Steiner, 71, dean of Bluffton physicians, at the First Mennonite church, Tuesday af ternoon. He was found dead in bed at his home on South Main street, Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock by his wife when she went to awaken him. Death, attributed to a heart attack occurred about a half-hour before. He com plained of feeling ill when he returned after answering a call during the lat ter part of the night. A practising physician in Bluffton for 45 years, he was the town's oldest practitioner both in years and in point of serive. He established his practise here in May, 1898 after being graduated from the Cleveland Medi cal college. His office was located on the second floor of the Citizens Bank building. In his professional connections he was a member of the Ohio Medical association, the American Association of Railway Surgeons and the Allen County Academy of Medicine. For twenty years he was surgeon for the Nickel Plate and A. C. & Y. railroads. Big Game Hunter Outdoor sports together with hunt ing and fishing were his principal avo cations. He made annual trips into the Canadian woods and returned a week before his death with a party of Bluffton men from a deer and bear hunting expedition in northern Can ada. He was a member of Bluffton’s first city basketball team and later coach ed teams at Bluffon high school and Bluffton college. Dr. Steiner organized Bluffton’s first Boy Scout troop and served as the first scoutmaster. He was a member of the Sportsmen’s club, the Lions club and a former director of the Lima Automobil club and the Bluffton Ten nis club. World War Veteran A veteran of the first World War, he served in France as a lieutenant in the medical corps. He was a charter member of the Bluffton American Le gion post and its first commander. In denominational affiliations he held membership in the Zibn Mennonite church. Dr. Steiner was bom in Richland township, near Bluffton, Janupary 21, 1872, the son of Rev. Christian and Barbara (Thut) Steiner. On November 15, 1896, he was mar ried to Augusta Irvin who survives, together with three daughters: Mrs. Bonnie Baumgartner of Cleveland Mis. Geneva Dilley of Athens Lt. Josephine Steiner with the army nurses' corps stationed in New Zeal and and a son Charles Steiner of Mt. Cory. There are nine grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Rev. Albert Steiner of North Lima and Atty. R. S. Steiner of Lima two sisters, Mrs. Lena Bixel of Bluffton and Mrs. Sarah Geiger of North New ton ,Kansas. Officiating at the funeral were Rev. Paul E. Whitmer of the Mennonite church and Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church. Interment was in Zion Mennonite cemetery west of Bluffton. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. James Patterson and daughter Virginia have moved from the R. K. Cooney home on South Jackson street to Toledo where he has accepted a position in connection with the Navy department. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Klapp have moved from the former Staater property on South Jackson street to the Hankish apartments above the Todd grocery. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schmidt and family are occupying the Staater property which they purchased last sumer which was vacated by Al bert Kiapp and family. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Badertscher have moved to town and are occupy ing the Cherry street property pur chased last summer and previously occupied by Herman Schmidt and family. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaublin and family moved fro: the Walter Schaublin home to the Dan Bader tscher farm the first the week. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Henry ex pect to move soon to an apartment in the Fred Rinemnn property on North Main street.