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CHAPTER I—Edward Thomas
Marion Lawton Hargrove, feature
editor of the Charlotte (N. C.) News,
receives notice from his draft board
that he is to be inducted into the
army. Before he begins an account
ing of his actual experiences in
training camp he issues his quota
of free advice to prospective in
ductees. After his induction Har
grove, with his new buddies, leaves
for Fort Bragg, where he is to re
ceive his basic training.
CHAPTER III—Hargrove relates
his conversation with his sergeant
who is trying to find out why he
spends so much time on KP duty.
He also reports on the session the
trainees are put through by the ex
ercise sergeant. He has trouble
learning w to b.v rie his ritie and
is given plenty of special attention
by the sergeant and corporal.
CHAPTER VII—Private Hargrove
continues to relate the incidents sur
rounding his camp life and tells
about being outfitted for an over
coat. A week-end is spent on man
euvers on the South Carolina coast.
He gets a good case of sunburn.
Private Hargrove!
by Marion Hargrove
tells of the physical exam, the first
few days of army, how he was out
fitted with his uniform, and how on
the sixth day he received his first
KP duty. He is classified as a semi
skilled cook.
Ear ve
relates some of the iricic: *v.ts sur
rounding the cement in rank
by some of his friends. Why he
fails to so adv nee is a puzr. to
his sergeant, who inquires about it.
CHAPTER V—Hargrove
a review of his
is given
faults by his ser­
geant who tells him to snap out of
it and start working for his cor
poral's stripes. He also gets a les
son in the art of goldbricking.
lists a series of army slang defini
tions for the enlightenment of the
civilian population. He also tells
how he and two of his pals spoil a
perfectly good date for one Private
Zuber. Going home on furlough he
goes to visit a newspaperman friend
who dominates their conversation
recounting his experiences in the
first World War. He also under
goes another trying experience at
his first taste of army cooking
school reports on his daily activi
ties there. He tells also about the
real meaning of army morale and
how it affects new inductees.
bull sessions progress and how much
the soldiers enjoy them are the sub
ject of Private Hargrove’s next re
port. He learns he has been re
classified to do public relations work
on the camp paper.
There was one Sunday evening
when Sher started a letter to his
family and found, after a couple of
paragraphs, that there was nothing
for him to write about. ‘‘Here, Jun
ior,” he said. ‘‘Write a letter for
your old daddy. Give them the old
Hargrovian schmaltz.”
Since Junior was in a devilish
mood, he sat down and wrote a long
and inspired letter to the Shers of
Columbus, Ohio—telling them how
their little Maurice was falling be
hind in his class by goldbricking and
hanging out late at the Service Club,
entreating them to return him to his
true career, the Army. I finished by
saying, ‘‘You see who’s writing the
letters you should know where to
send the cookies. Forget that bum
Several days later-after I had
swapped in skillet for a typewriter
and had moved to Headquarters Bat
tery—I came by Battery A to see if
I had any mail from my nonwriting
friends in Charlotte. There weren’t
any letters, but there was a package
which looked about the size of a
steamer trunk. There were enough
cookies inside to feed a small regi
ment for three days.
The card inside read: ‘‘Dear Har
grove—We think your idea about the
cookies is superb. Give Maury one
or two he’s a good boy when he
wants to be. Why don’t you come up
to Columbus on your furlough?”
It seemed that this beautiful
friendship—with all its fragrant
memories, its happy hours and hell
raising, its beautiful cigarettes,
cookies, and Samaritan relatives—
was destined to end with the clos
ing of the basic training cycle here.
I had already left Battery A for
another residential section a half
mile away. We managed to get to
gether three or four times a week
for a movie, a trip to Fayetteville,
or a pleasant evening of bull-shoot
ing at the Service Club.' But even
this was to pass.
Sher’s own thirteen weeks were
drawing to a close and he was slat
ed to be assigned to a permanent
station as a cook. With sinking
hearts, we watched group after
group leave for camps in Louisiana,
Georgia, Missouri, New York and
And then pleasant news came over
the grapevine telegraph. Private
Maurice Sher, by reason of skill,
application, and neatness, had been
assigned as a cook for the Center
Headquarters officers’ mess.
It’s only latrine gossip, but if it
comes through it means that Pri
vate Sher will be transferred to
Headquarters Battery and the team
of Hargrove and Sher will ride
The old gang, which has lived and
worked and played together for over
tlree months and has crown into a
close and sympathetic brotherhood,
is dissolving now. The training cy
cle is being finished and already the
old ties are loosing.
The student cooks whom I grew
to know and feel a fondness for
during those months are not so for
tunate as some of tl e other soldiers.
The Charlotte boys who were in
ducted with me and who went
through their antitank training to
gether will go together to Fort
Knox and will continue to be with
each other for at least a while long
er. On the other hand, these stu
dent cooks of Battery A will not go
out together. No Fort is going to be
sent a whole battery of cooks. One
cook will be needed here, another
there, and the old third platoon will
be scattered from hell to breakfast.
An old thirty-year man, with five
or six hash marks on his sleeve,
will tell you that no matter how
long you stay in the Army, you’ll
I’ve spent too much time flirting
with that cute little waitress at the
delicatessen in Fayetteville.
never find a battery that quite stacks
up to the first battery in which you
served, no group of buddies quite
like the old gang you knew first.
There’s a reason for it. In your
first organization, you learn for the
first time all the regulations and the
customs and the traditions of the
Army. When you first face them,
they’re tough or they’re uninterest
ing, and when you finally get to un
derstand and agree with them,
they’re identified in your memory
with the battery where you learned
With the men who serve with you
there, you grow closer through hard
ship and privation than you can pos
sibly grow to any other group. After
you get out into a line organization—
a real tactical unit, such as these
boys are entering—any hardship or
misery is just a part of the routine.
The sufferers are men rather than
But in this first training cycle, this
rookie stage, you haven’t been hard
ened. You and the new soldiers
about you are sensitive, delicate
boys, newly yanked from home or
school, accustomed to an easy-going
and usually painless life. You share
each other’s illness, fatigue, despair.
When Happy Menza grows home
sick for Buffalo and McGlauflin
starts a wistful reminiscing about
the lakes and forests of Minnesota,
you are homesick for them rather
than for yourself. You are compan
ions tested in misery.
Friday night was probably the last
evening the boysxof my old crowd
would be together. At least, it was
the last evening they were sure of
being together. The following day
they were to go home for a week’s
furlough. On their return, next Mon
day, they will be assigned to their
permanent stations to enter the field
as soldiers. So they arranged to
hold a party Friday night on the
river beyond Fayetteville.
When we rode to the river in our
chartered bus, we rang the welkin
with the old songs—the faintly fra
grant songs you pick up through
the years and the ‘‘Caisson Song”
and ‘‘Old King Cole” that you learn
in the Army. They were boisterous,
those songs, but a melancholy strain
ran under all of them.
At the party we ate barbecue and
we drank beer and we recalled the
best anecdotes of the training cycle.
We sang and we shouted. Two or
three of the boys dipped a little too
deep into the keg and became slight
ly sentimental. And although the
food and the beer were the best, the
songs were the songs we loved and
the anecdotes were the cream of the
season, it was empty joy. It had a
dull undercurrent of sorrow.
It was the sort of feeling that you
know in the last hour before the
New Year’s bells, the feeling that
reaches its fullest when ‘‘Auld Lang
Syne” is heard.
Since we left our hemes last July
we’ve learned a lot. Drills and
rifles, pup tents and gas masks, all
of that.
This, though—the scattering of our
first fraternity—is another thing we
have learned, now and for the first
time. It is our first lesson in a new
kind of homesickness, bred only in
the Army.
(Continued next week)
The women’s choir will present a
program of Christmas music, Sunday
afternoon, at the regular monthly
college Vesper service. Also appear
ing on the program will be the wo
men’s trio, and selected organ num
bers by Professor Otto Holtkamp.
Handel’s “Messiah” will be pre
sented by the Choral society in the
Bluffton high school gynmasium.
Sunday evening, December 19.
Mme. Hussa, soprano, will be
presented in concert on the college
a candle to put in his window on
Christmas Eve. Appearing in the
cast are: Lois Oyer, Rodney Jen
nings, Mary Margaret Basinger, Rob
ert Burkholder. Florence Biome, Rob
ert Amstfitz, Beverly Biery and Jane
Only fourteen shopping days until
Christmas ... if you can find any
thing left to shop for and man
power shortage will make Santa
Clauses scarce this year and
they may even classify him as non
essential—think of it what’s the
world coming to when Santa Claus
is non-essential at Christmas time
Christmas trees being sold in
Bluffton stores this week despite
gloomy predictions to the contrary
well, it’s a wacky world right now
anyway—consumers saving ration
stamps just to be sure they’ll last
over the holidays—and livestock
markets flooded with the largest hog
shipments in history and farm
ers mad ’cause they can’t ship more
and soybeans choking elevators
with over half the crop not yet
marketed and reports of increas
ing juvenile delinquency—if true,
we’re inclined to agree with Judge
Smith’s talk Sunday night that may
be it’s time to start reform with the
parents instead of the youngsters
anyway we’ve tried out repressive
measures in one way or another for
a year with the boys and girls and
apparently gotten nowhere—perhaps
the trouble lies elsewhere hunt
ers taking a much needed rest after
tramping the fields for pheasants—
and one Bluffton minister out Friday
got his limit vandals abusing
rest room privileges in the town hall
time to stop this and make an ex
ample of the perpetrators—why not
help, instead of hinder a public con
Christmas merchandise is scarce
and deliveries are slow, says Ed
Lape who with his daughter Betty
were in Cleveland on a buying trip
over the week end—so, buy carefully,
is his advice.
Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs.
A. I). Welty who last Sunday
completed 44 years at the Lima City
mission. It was December 5, 1899
that they moved from Bluffton to
take charge of a little mission in
South Lima. Almost a half-century
of unselfish service and they are now
comfortably housed in a three story
brick building in east Lima where a
welcome always awaits the unfor
Bluffton boys are meeting all over
the world these days. Latest is the
reported meeting somewhere in Eng
land of Junior Hankish, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Chas. Hankish and Celes
tine Schmidt, son of* Mr. and Mrs.
Geo. Schmidt.
That rajn Monday was welcomed
by farmers—but by the irony of
fate it came too late for the pheas
ant hunters. Dry weather added dif
ficulties for hunters who said there
was not enuf moisture for dogs to
follow a scent and the rustle of
footsteps in dry underbrush gave
warning to the game of approaching
Passing of Isaac Stauffer, Bluffton
carpenter, removes another of a
passing generation of skilled artisans
who knew their trade thoroughly
and in serving their comunity faith
fully and well did much toward the
Bluffton College Notes
Bluffton High
Christmas activities are beginning
at the High school with the choir and
orchestra starting work on the annual
Christmas concert. The dramatics
class of the high school will present
the annual Christmas play in chapel
on December 24. The play is entitled
“Christopher’s Candle” and deals with
the troubles of a small boy who wants
a 14X4 ixano,
chapel stage, Friday evening. This
presentation will be made as a part
of the college concert series conduct
ed by the department of music this
Judge Raymond Smith of the Pro
bate court in Lima, addressed mem
bers of the college marriage course
group at their third session last
Thursday evening, December 2. He
lectured on the legal aspect of mar
riage and divorce and domestic rela
School Notes
Members of the Hi-Y will hold a
meeting in the clubroom Wednesday
Girl Reserves will hold a meeting
Wednesday night in which Mrs. Lantz
will demonstrate the method of wrap
ping Christmas presents.
School Health Day wil be observed
Friday, December 10. Christmas seals
will be sold at that time.
Bluffton Pirates continue their bas
ketball schedule Saturday night with
their first out-of-town game at Lima
building up and advancement of
More troubles are setting the
Christmas candy trade. Now since
there has been an extra allotment of
sugar for candy-maki g, there has
developed an acute shortage of man
power, especially in th* larger manu
facturing establishments.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Biery will ob
serve their fifty-fifth wedding an
niversary next Monday. No special
observance of the day is planned.
They have resided at their present
location on Grove street throuout
their married life.
Mrs. Irene Crawford residing
southwest of Bluffton has received a
letter from her brother Eugene
Augsburger, formerly of near
Beaverdam, who is confined to an
army hospital following injuries re
ceived in Italy, November 9. Eugene
says his injuries are not serious but
he is badly in need of rest. His
mail, which was delayed by a recent
change in address, is now reaching
him satisfactorily, he says.
Bluffton’s roller rink is developing
more and more as a winter recrea
tion spot. Manager Ray Clark says
he recently added 230 pairs of prac
tically new skates to accommodate
the demand. This makes a total of
f00 pairs of skates on hand—and a
new sound amplifying system, floor
resurfacing and interior decoration
are being planned before the holi
Thought for the week—The priest
and the Levite in the story of the
Good Samaritan were probably going
up to Jerusalem to discuss “How to
Reach the Masses”. Washington
“Like finding money,” was the
comment of Harvey Bame, Jenera,
employe of the Triplett Electrical
Instrument Co., who noticed a dead
skunk lying by the roadside On his
way to work one day last week.
Bame stopped, put the animal in a
sack and brought it into town to
Fur Buyer Jess Manges who gave
him $2 for the animal.
Mrs. Pearl Bogart Mann, piano ac
companist for the 41st annual rendi
tion of Handel’s “Messiah” by the
Bluffton College Choral society, has
been performing in that same capa
city since 1910. Sidney Hauenstein
has been directing the orchestra
since it first accompanied the chorus
in 1914, and this will be the 15th
year Prof. Russell A. Lantz has
directed the chorus.
It was a happy day for Coach A.
C. Burcky, of Bluffton college, whose
abbreviated cage squad turned in the
first Bluffton basketball victory in
two seasons by edging Ohio North
ern last Wednesday, 44 to 43.
Coach’s team was defeated in every
game last season, but this year’s
crew, made up largely of beginners,
opened the 1943-44 season auspi
ciously by turning back Northern in
a thrilling set-to.
Buys Field Telephone
Invested in a war bond, $18.75 will
pay for the principal items of an
army chemical warfare outfit, or
one field telephone.
DLtrr iui?i,. UniU
“Messiah” To Open
Xmas Season Dec. 19
Opening Bluffton’s musical observ
ance of the Christmas season, the
Bluffton College Choral society will
present its 41st annual, rendition of
Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p. Sun
day, Dec. 19, in the high school
Supporting the chorus of 125
voices will be a 30-piece orchestra
directed by Sidney Hauenstein. Prof.
Russell A. Lantz will direct the ren
dition for the loth time, and Mrs.
Pearl Bogart Mann will be the
piano accompanist.
Soloists for this year’s rendition
include Dorothy Schultz, soprano, of
Lima Opal Berry Stauffer, con
tralto, of Columbus B. Fred Wise,
tenor, of Chicago and E. E. Emer
son, baritone, of Toledo.
The Choral society presented the
Christmas oratorio here for the first
time in 1902, with 33 singers making
up the chorus. First orchestral ac
companiment was in 1914.
Each Christmas rendition of the
“Messiah” is financed by free-will
offerings and no admission charged.
Beaverdam Beats
Mt. Cory, 23-20
Beaverdam High captured its
third cage victory in five starts last
Wednesday night by taking a 23 to
20 decision from Mt. Cory, on the
Hancock county team’s court.
Mt. Cory led at the first three
periods, 4 to 3, 10 to 9, and 18 to
17, but Beaverdam took the advant
age early in the closing stanza and
held it the rest of the way.
J. Yant and Yargei- were high
for Beaverdam, with eight and six
points respectively. Jones, of Mt.
Cory, with 10 points was high scor
er, and his teammate, Werner, got
Turpentine Early Product
Turpentine, which now is largely
used as a thinner in paint and var
nish products, was produced by the
French in America as far back as
1606. Also, it was one of the prod
ucts of the Jamestown colony in Vir
ginia, and was one of the first Amer
ican products sent to England from
America. It was termed the “juice”
of the pine tree and was highly
valued as a wood preservative, and
for its medicinal qualities.
Be it ordained by the Council yf the Vil
lage of Bluffton. State of Ohio:
Section 1 That the salary of the Clerk of
the Vtllag-e of Bluffton. State of Ohio, hall
lie Five Hundrev ($500.(Ml) Dollars per jear.
payable quarterly.
Section 2: That he salary of the T., ..
urer of the Village of Bluffton, State of Ohio,
shall be One Hundied and Fifty t?L"".mi)
Dollars per year, payable quarterly.
Sectio'13: That the salary of each of the
members of the Board of Public Affairs shall
be One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars ier year
payable quarterly.
Section4: That the above salaries shall b(
effective from and after the first day of Jan
uary, 1944.
Section 5: That all ordinances or parts of
ordinance incinsiatenl herewith be and the
same are hereby rejiealed and that this or
dinance shall lake effect from and after the
earliest eprlod allowed by law.
Adopted by the Council of the Village of
Bluffton, Ohio, this 6th day of Decemler.
W. A. HOWE, Mayor.
W. Q. Geiger, Clerk. 34
Basinger Funeral Home
W. Combs Licensed Funeral Director in (hare
during absence of Stanley E. Basinger, who is
serving our country in its Armed Force*.
BUY and USE Christmas Seals
Pleasant View
Mrs. Marden Basinger, who under
went an appendix operation last
week is getting along satisfactorily.
Kenneth Green of Great Lakes
Training Camp, Illinois, spent the
week-end with his parents Mr. and
Mrs. Milford Green.
Mrs. W. G. Carr returned Tues
day from a four weeks visit with
her son Mr. and Mrs. David Carr
and little son of Decatur, Alabama.
Cpl. Kenneth Keller who has been
stationed at a training camp in Ne
vada is spending a fifteen-day fur
lough with his wife and little daugh
ters and Mr and Mrs. Wm Habegger
and son Garnie.
Mrs. G. F. Alspach and Miss Paul
ine Carr are visiting Mr. and Mrs.
David Carr and little son of Deca
tur, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs Levi Waltz have re
ceived word from their son Ralph
that he is now located somewhere in
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Harris and
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harris spent Sun
day evening with Mr. and M-s. Mar
ion Forney and little daughter of
Mrs. William Habegger and Mrs.
Kenneth Keller and little daughters
called in the Oren Doty home,
The Ladies Harmony Circle will
meet with Mrs. Eva Carr this Thurs
day afternoon. Mrs. Ruth Dukes
Bluffton Implement & Harness Co.
Hundreds of Skilled Office Workers
Needed in the War Effort
Calls for scores of well trained office workers, both secretaries
and accountants, are received weekly at the college. These are need
ed ir the war effort. The General Motors Co., called less than an hour
since (Monday, Dec. 6, 3:00 P. M.) offering $165 to $180 per month
for a well trained young woman secretary. Late last week the
B. & O. R. R. Co. offered a similar compensation for an efficient
secretary. Thus it continues daily.
Young women who have had commercial training in high school
can qualify in a comparatively short time under the T. U. War Serv
ice Program, operating in its war courses eight hours per day six days
per week, for employment at $1600. $1700, $1800, and as high as $2,000
per annum, and for Government positions al similar salaries. Many
of these positions are near home.
New war trainees admitted each Monday. All applicants must
meet WMC regulations. Write War Service Division. Tiffin I n i vers
it y, or call the college office any day between 8:00 A. M. and 5:30 P. M.
for information.
for the manufacture of Spray Powder
for the manufacture of Butter
Highest Prices Paid for
All Dairy Products
will be the program leader on “The
Christmas Story”. There will be a
“Mystery Pal” gift exchange.
Twenty per cent of Ohio farmers
attending meetings in west central
counties reported they will milk more
cows in 1944 than in 1943, 10 per
cent will milk less cows, and 70 per
cent plan no change in herd size.
Cow numbers will increase but milk
production may not be greater due
to labor and feed difficulties.
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