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UNITED •wates SAVING* /bonds i MB STAMM VOLUME NO. LXVIII PRE-WAR FATHERS OUT OF DECEMBER DRAFT CALL HERE Board No. 3 Will Not Induct Any Pre-Pearl Harbor Fathers in Dec. Quota Many Fathers May Be Taken Next Month, However, to Fill One of Largest Calls No pre-war fathers will be in ducted in December by Allen County Draft Board No. 3, which has jur isdiction over the rural sections of the country including Bluffton and Richland township, it was learned this week from usually well inform ed sources. This means that fathers in the pre-Pearl Harbor classification will not be drafted until after the first of the yeai- from areas served by Board No. 3, altho other baords in this same district have been calling fathers for two and three months. If there are not enough single men and married men without children to fill the December draft call, ex pected about the middle of the month, the quota sent to Toledo by Board No. 3 will be short, and the difference made up in January. Not Enough Time No pre-war fathers are being called in December because board officials have been unable to set machinery in motion in time to in clude any of them in the month’s quota. Many fathers took screen tests two weeks ago, but physical limita tions at the draft office have made it impossible to begin mailing 1-A classifications to them before this week. After such notices are mailed, men in 1-A cannot be called before the expiration of a 20-days period, and inasmuch as this month’s draft call is expected about the fifteenth no fathers could be taken even should the quota be short other wise. There may be further delays in the cases of some fathers, for after a 1-A classification is received the registrant has 10 days in which he may file an appeal. Generally it requires from three to four weeks for a decision on appeals, and if the board continues the registrant in 1-A he still has another 10 days after the board calls him before he has to report. May Have Deficit It was indicated that Board No. 3 may have enough single men and men without children to fill the call in December, but no fathers can be called to make up any deficit that might occur. Should the quota be short in Dec ember, however, the January call, already announced as one of the largest since drafting was started, will require just that many more from Board No. 3, it was pointed out. In the meantime there still is a great deal of uncertainty in the nation’s capital over the bill passed by Congress to decelerate the induc tion of fathers, and which is await ing approval or veto by President Roosevelt. 80 Year Old Motorist Hits 71 Year Old Man Peter Spaeth, 72, of Jenera, is in the Bluffton hospital with injuries received when he was struck by an automobile as he left the Trinity Lutheran church grounds at Jenera, Sunday noon. One wheel of the car operated by Adam Gehron, 80, of Route 1, Raw son, passed over Spaeth’s body, ac cording to state highway patrolmen, who investigated. Spaeth’s injuries are not serious and he will leave the hospital this week. Name Officers For Lodge Installation Annual installation of recently elected officers of Bluffton Eastern Star chapter will be held Friday night at 8 o’clock. Netta Sullivan of Lima, worthy matron will be in charge. Other installing grand officers are: Introductory, Evelyn Beals con ductress, Audrey Hofer chaplain, Margaret Bowersox marshals, Theresa SJusser and Helen Worth ington secretary, Ruth Durkee organist, Marie Kennedy warden, Kathryn Steinman sentinel, Clair Bowersox. Committees Reception: Ethel Marshall, Lena Soash, Music, Hazel Todd. Local Youth's Steer Places In Stock Show A Shorthorn steer entered in the a Chicago by Arhur Neuenschwand er, Richland township youth, placed tenth in a field of 50 animals, it was announced the first of the week. The youth is the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwan der residing west of Bluffton and an eighth grade pupil in the Bluffton schools. Because of illness he was unable to attend the Chicago show, and was represented there by his father. SALARY INCREASES VOTED FOR FIVE VILLAGE OFFICIALS Clerk. Treasurer and Members of Board of Public Affairs Will Benefit ncreases in Pay Effective Next January 1 Are Voted by Town Council Salary increases for five Bluffton village officials, effective Jan. 1, 1944, are provided for in an ordi nance approved Monday night at a meeting of the municipal council. Benefitting from the boost will be Town Clerk-Elect W’ilford O. Geiger, Town Treasurer-Elect Samuel Bixel, and members of the new Board of Public Affairs, William Luginbuhl, Harry F. Barnes and Forest J. Har mon. Salary of the clerk has been in creased from $350 to $500 per year, and in the future the treasurer will receive $150 per annum as compared to $100 in the past. New salary rate for the board of public affairs will be $100 per year for each member. In the past, the annual salary has been $25. Possibility that members of the board of education may vote them selves a yearly salary, under a law passed in September permitting pay for such services for the first time, also has been seen in some sources. Previously, members of boards of education have had to serve without pay, but under revised state laws they may vote themselves salaries not to exceed $20 per year. Promoted Aldine Wiess, Jr., stationed at Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, Okla., has been promoted from staff serg eant to the rank of master sergeant, it was announced the first of the week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Wiess of Riley street. Robert Light, nephew of Mrs. Lou Eaton of this place has been pro moted to the rank of capain in the army air force at San Angelo Field, Texas. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Light of Lima and previously served as intelligence offi cer at three Texas airfields. Wooden Toys, New To This Generation, Will Be In 1943 Christmas Parade Fred Fritchie, Jr., serving with amphibious naval forces has been ad vanced in rank from third class to second class petty office*, according to word received the first of the week. He has been in naval service for the past eighteen months and is the son of Mr. and Mrs Fred Fritchie, Sr., of South Jackson street. Wade Lape, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape of Grove street, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant, it was announced the first of the week. After 18 months in the Pa cific war zone he has been transfer red to the naval base at Corpus Christi, Texas, in charge of condi tioning and flying two motored am phibian naval planes used in stu dent training. Cpl. Richard Burkholder, stationed in Iceland, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, it was learned this week. He is the husband of Mrs. Josephine Burkholder, of the Fett apartments, and the son of Mrs. Lida Burkholder of Geiger street. Edwards Is Named On Cemetery Boart Wm. Edwards, Bluffton merchant, was named as a member of the Bluffton cemetery board of trustees at a meeting of the town council, Monday night. Edwards’ appointment made by Mayor Howe and confirmed by the town council fills a vacancy on the board caused by the resignation of Mrs. W. E. Diller who recently moved to St. Louis. War Demands for Metai Get Priority Over Santa’s Requirements Jolls Available for Girls, but Boys Will Get Many Cardboard Toys Santa Claus, too, has enlisted in the nation's war effort, and as a result Christmas this year will bring a reincarnated parade of wooden toys, an old, old style new to this generation. Many of the gifts modern children have grown accustomed to will be missing from under Christmas trees this year. That is because all metal formerly sent to Santa’s workshop has been re-routed to war manu factories. Unless Santa manages to discover some rare left-overs somewhere, there will be no electric trains this Yuletide for junior. About the best a railroad-minded boy can expect is a wooden train on a string, or engines and cars made of heavy cardboard. Other toys entirely missing from the Christmas scene are children’s bicycles, tricycles, metal mechanical building sets, scooters, sleds with steel runners and wagons with ball bearing wheels. Some consolation, however, is seen in the fact that many new and fascinating objects have been de veloped from wood and cardboard. Then there are wooden wagons with only axles of metal. Sleds are being designed with ski-runners to help al leviate the shortage. Manufacturers also are turning out wooden guns, tanks, fire engines, etc. Zoo animals ranging from pandas thru monkeys, giraffes, etc., are popular with both girls and boys and are plentiful on dealers shelves. Little girls will fare better than boys, for there are plenty of dolls available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and types. Doll clothing also is plentiful, and every baby will have a well stocked wardrobe. Home-made decorations on Christ mas trees also may be expected this year in many homes, unless the finery of other years has been held over. Very few tinselled pretties may be obtained, there are practically no tree bulbs available, and as a result decorations may very well Tun to the gingerbread men and women and red and white colored popcorn balls of two generations ago. Many a Bluffton boy and girl also will be made happy by outgrown toys of other children which have been repaired, repainted and passed along. Somehow or other, Santa will get that gigantic sack of his well filled by Christmas eve and will bring delight to every boy and girt in the area. Four Re-elected As Fair Directors Four directors of the Bluffton Mid Winter Fair association, whose terms expired last week, were re elected for three-year terms, it was announced Tuesday by officials of the organization. Those re-elected as members of the board of directors included Ray Marshall, Joe Powell, Carl McCaffer ty and Harold Carr. Others members serving unexpired terms are Hiram Kohli, Ben Am stutz, Clyde Warren, Clyde Klingler, Dwight Frantz, Edgar Herr, Albert Winkler, Quinten Burkholder and Harvey Burkholder. No fair has been held for the last two years because of the war, but the organization of the board has been kept intact, awaiting a change in conditions that will permit re sumption of the annual farm show. By maintaining the organization, state aid will be available if a fair is held next winter, even though none has been sponsored locally since 1941. Ira Moser Named To ODT Committee Ira Moser, of Orange township, is a member of the permanent advisory committee for the Office of Defense Transportation in the 15-county To ledo area, it was announced last week. Moser serves on the dealers and marketing agency branch of the committee. Henry Huber, Richland township, serves in a producers advisory ca pacity for the same organization. Store Winter Squash Plan to store only winter varieties of squash in the root cellar. Sum mer squash do not store success fully. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 9. 1943 YULETIDESHOPPING REACHES ITS PEAK EARLIER THIS YEAR Restricted Supply of Gift Mer chandise Brings Out Buyers Earlier Christinas Decorations Missing From Downtown Streets and Business Places Spurred by the paradox of plenty of money and a restricted supply of gift merchandise, Christmas shopping is at its peak in Bluffton altho the holiday still is two and one-half weeks away. At the rate gift items have been moving for the last week, there simply won’t be enough to go all the way around, and shoppers who realize the situation are doing their Christmas buying far earlier this year than ever before in history. With the familiar Yuletide setting missing from downtown streets, and undecorated places of business greet ing those seeking gifts the atmos phere is a far cry from that of pre war years. The shopping rush is the same as that ordinarily associat ed with Christmas, however, altho it started two weeks earlier than usual. Among other reminders of the ap proaching holiday, Christmas trees made an early appearance on Bluff ton markets during the last week, and so far the incoming supply has been bought almost as rapidly as it goes*on sale. A shortage of trees has assured a ready sale for all received here. Xmas Music Daily Christmas music broadcast at 6 p. m. daily from the College Hall tower at Bluffton college can be heard over most of the town. Music of the chimes and amplified phonograph recordings are featured. Christmas mailing, too, will hit its peak earlier this year, in response to government appeals to give the post office department more time to handle parcels and greeting cards. Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach this week warned Bluffton residents that all packages and cards should be in i the mail no later Ithan Friday to assure delivery before Christmas. Candy Supply Short Candy may not be as plentiful as earlier anticipated after relaxation 1 of sugar rationing affecting candy making, because of a shortage of help to turn out the product before the holidays. Much home-made can dy, as a result, is expected to sup plement commercial stocks. Opening musical observance of the Yuletide season will be the Bluffton College Choral Society’s annual rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p. m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the high school gymnasium. During the following week the sea son will be at its height, with school and church programs leading up to the climax that will come on Christ mas Eve for every family which has children in its circle. With The Sick O. O. Alspach who was seriously ill at his home on North Jackson street was much improved, Wednes day mornnig. Ray Marshall of Orange township, surgical patient at Bluffton hospital was reported improved, Wednesday. Condition of Mrs. Marion Hixon, patient in Bluffton hospital suffering from burns, remains unchanged. Mrs. Sarah Augsburger of Beav erdam is seriously ill at Memorial hospital in Lima. Bernard Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Green is in the naval hospital at Farragut, Idaho, with an attack of scarlet fever, it was re ported the first of the week. His address is: U. S. Naval Hospital, Ward C-8, Farragut, Idaho. Mrs. Marden Basinger, surgical pa tient at Bluffton hospital, is im proving. Amelia Basinger In Army Nurse Corps Second Lieut. Amelia’ J. Basinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Ba singer, of west of Bluffton, has been assigned to duty within the Army Air Forces Training Command, after graduating from the basic training course of the U. S. Army Nurse corps. Lieut. Basinger received her di ploma from Major General Thomas J. Hanley, Jr., commanding general of the AAF Eastern Flying Train ing Command, in exercises at Max well Field, Alabama. Christmas packages and greeting cards must be mailed by this Friday to insure delivery before the holi day, Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach warned Bluffton residents on Tues day. Little Christmas mail has started on its way so far, and those who delay too long will find their par cels and cards will not be delivered before the 25th because of a nation wide shortage of help and facilities in the post office department. One of the chief factors in assur ing early delivery of mailings to larger cities is the proper marking of zones, it was pointed out this week. If zones are designated in experienced postal employees can handle mail in much less time. Postmaster Reichenbach also ad vised that Christmas mail be marked “Do Not Open Until Christmas”. Sportsmen’s Club Cannot Ob tain Answer Until After Action on a proposal to grant ex clusive fishing rights in Buckeye lake to the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s club was deferred until spring when the matter came up for consideration at a meeting of the municipal council, Monday night. Councilmen expressed themselves favorable to the move, but pointed out no official action can be taken earlier than next spring when the town’s five-year lease on the body of water and adjoining land comes up for renewal. Lease For $1 Year Under terms of the five-year lease granted in the spring of 1939L^luff ton took over management of the lake, swimming pool and picnic grounds for a rental of $1 per year. Liability for any accidents on the property also was assumed by the town under terms of the agreement. This situation will delay until early summer definite action on a petition presented to the council by the sportsmen’s association seeking exclusive fishing privileges in Buck eye lake for members of its organ ization. Officials of the group pointed out that by having sole rights to use of the lake they can proceed with an extensive re-stocking program that will benefit Bluffton anglers. The action also would prevent out of-town residents who contribute nothing fbr local propagation from benefitting by fishing in the lake. Membership fees in the sportsmen's association are nominal and will not bar any Bluffton fishermen from en joying the same privileges as be fore, club officers said. H, S. Instructor Resigns Position Mrs. Harriette Luginbuhl, Bluff ton high school instructor in languages and girls’ physical educa tion has resigned her position here effective December 24, it was an nounced the first of the week. The resignation has been accepted by the board of education. At the time when her resignation becomes effective, Mrs Lugi.nbuhl ex pects to join her husband Sgt. Ken neth Luginbuhl who has been sta tioned at Ft. Monmouth, N. J., since he returned last summer from serv ice in the southwest Pacific area. Classes jn girls’ physical education will be taken over by Miss Helen Spar, senior at Ohio Northern uni versity, Ada. Instructor in the lan guage course consisting of Latin and French has not been announced. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. I. Clemens of Find lay have moved into the property of the late Minnie Henry on Mound street. Earl Jorg, Bluffton hatchery op erator ,has rented living apartments in the Hankish block above the Todd grocery. He expects to move his family here from St. John’s near Lima, this month. uletide Mailings Should Be Made This Week For Delivery By Christmas Exclusive Fishing Rights In Buckeye Lake Must Await Renewal Of Lease New Lease in Spring Funeral Town Leased the Lake for Five Years in May, 1939, from Central Ohio Power Co. The municipality’s lease on Buck eye lake will expire next May, and no plans can be made relative, to the disposal of fishing privileges until possibility of renewal is determined in negotiations between the town and the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., owner of the property. Bluffton Youth In Naval Training Choir Byron Fritchie, Bluffton youth in ducted into naval service two weeks ago has been selected for member ship in the choir of the Great Lakes Naval Training station, it was an nounced the first of the week. The choir, composed of senice men at the naval training station is fre quently heard in radio broadcasts. The Bluffton youth is also a mem ber of the 21st and 23rd regimental choir and the Great Lakes Drum and Bugle corps. During his high school career he was a member of the boy’s glee cjub and the high school band. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie of South Jackson street. Last Rites Are Held For Isaac Stauffer services largely attended were held for Isaac Stauffer, 85, at St. John’s Reformed church, Mon day afternoon. His death occurred at Bluffton hos pital, Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock following an illness of the past five years. Mr. Stauffer, a lifelong resident of this vicinity was a retired car penter and throughout his active career was prominent in local build ing trades circles. He was a member of St. John’s Reformed church and took an active part in church and Sunday school work. For many years he resided at his late home on South Lawn avenue. He was born in Richland township the son of David and Catherine Neu enschwander Stauffei* On March 8, 1881, he was married to Catherine Herr who preceded him in death 19 years ago. Surviving are four sons: Chester A., Emmett C., and Howard M. Stauffer all of Bluffton and Ray mond Stauffer of Canton. Three daughters surviving are Mrs. Flor ence Hamilton of Findlay Mrs. Ruth Stockey of Ft. Wayne and Mrs. Mabel Minck of Bluffton. Also sur viving are eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Officiating at the funeral services were Rev. V. C. Opperman, paator of the Reformed church and Rev. W. H. I^ahr, a former pastor. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Basinger of Mt. Cory, *a son, Sunday- Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reiter, of Mt. Cory, a daughter, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams of Leipsic, a daughter, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bauman of Pandora, a daughter, Bonnie Jean, uesday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benton of Pandora, a son, Tuesday. Announcement is made of the birth of a daughter, Maureen Linda to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Congdon of Eugene, Oregon, Nov. 21. Mrs. Congdon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Bixel of Portland, Ore gon, and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bixel of Pandora. Announcement has been made of the birth of a son to Rev. and Mrs. George Dick of Richie, Montana. Rev. Dick was formerly pastor of the First Mennonite church in Lima and well known here. Bluffton Men Head High School League Two Bluffton men assumed of fices as president and secretary of the Western Buckeye High school league for the coming year at a meeting of the executive committee in Lima, Tuesday night. Coach Russell W. Hasson, of Bluff ton High school, presided as new president, and Sidney C. Stettler, also of the local school, was install ed as secretary. Football championship of the league officially was awarded to Van Wert at the meeting. During the last season Van Wert w6n six games in league play. Bellefontaine finish ed second with five victories and one defeat Celina had a record of 4 and 2, and Bluffton in fourth place won three and lost three. Army Gets Fresh Milk Fresh milk is being consumed by the armed forces for the first time since the Revolutionary war. BUY UNITED •TATB* BFKNM ABB STAMM NUMBER 33 FARMERS FUME AS SOY BEAN SURPLUS CHOKES ELEVATORS Embargo Placed on Sales As Record Crop Gluts Cen tral Warehouses Jeans Command Good Pricff But Farmers Are Unable to Find Buyers With Bluffton area elevators filled to capacity and national markets flooded with soy beans, farmers who have completed the harvesting of a record crop arc unable to sell beans for which there is no storage place on their farms. Processors, central terminals and even* elevator in a soy bean produc ing territory all have far more beans than they can handle, and there is very little prospect of the situation easing in the near future, market ob servers pointed out this week. No beans can be shipped to termin* als or processors from local market warehouses, now filled to capacity, and farmers have no assurance of any early change that might permit them to turn thousands of bushels of soy beans into ready cash. Marketing of wheat, corn and oats also is at a virtual standstill locally, for all available storage space is filled with beans, and elevators have no fa cilities to handle grain until the pres ent market jam is cleared. Farmers Can’t Sell Farmers are bitter about the situa tion. pointing out that governmental agriculture sources insisted on in creased soybean acreage, and now that a record crop has harvested they can fin 1 no ready i uUt for it. Bluffton elevators have more than eight carloads of beans in storage, an estimated aggregate of approximately 16,00 bushels. Major portions of the beans stored here, however, are reported to have been sold for December delivery which means they probably will be moved sometime this month. It probably will be the latter part of the month before the beans can be shipped, since the buyer has the op tion of taking them any time before Jan. 1, and present conditions at cen tral terminals will not warrant hand ling consignments any earlier. Farmers b*v» been receiving a base price of $1.80 a bushel fojr beans de livered to local elevators- this *nU. Quoted prices, however, are subject to slight variations depending on the moisture content or the beans. Receives Medical Discharge From Navy Walter Benroth of Orange town ship has received an honorable dis charge from the navy upon recom mendation of medical authorities. Benroth who has returned to his home here was inducted into the service five weeks ago and since that time was in training at Great Lakes, 111. James Deppler Flies By Plane To Australia James Deppler, son of Mrs. Mary Deppler, of Bentley road, has arrived safely in Australia, his mother learned in a communication from him last Saturday. He made the journey to Australia in a large bomber in a one and one half day flight from the western coast. In Australia Deppler is tak ing further training in a radio school. Real Estate Deals Miss Leia Frick has purchased the residence of the late Gideon Schaub lin on Cherry street. She and her mother, Mrs. Charity Frick are now occupying the property. Farm of the late Emil Garau con sisting of 89 acres west of Bluffton has Keen sold by the estate. A tract of 73 acres was purchased by Alvin Burkholder of Findlay and 16 acres by Aaron Messinger residing on an adjoining farm. Income Tax Man A deputy collector of internal rev enue will be at the Mayor’s office Friday to assist federal income tax payers who are liable to file an esti mated income tax return for the year 1943 on or before Dec. 15. There are sufficient supplies of most insecticides and fungicides for 1944 farm use, but manufacturers urge both distributors and farmers to order early to facilitate timely deliveries.