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UNITED WATKS VOLUME NO. LXV1II APPOINTEES NAMED BY MAYOR, COUNCIL Council Organizes At First Meeting Aukerman Is Elected Vice-Mayor D. R. Trippiehorn New City Solicitor Corson and Coon Are Re-Appointed Appointment of 16 municipal offi cials and employes was made last Monday night by Mayor W. A. Howe, and ratified by the city council, at the organization meeting of the new coun cil in the town hall. Included among the appointments were Fire Chief, Service Supervisor and his assistant Clerk of the Maple Grove cemetery board of trustees one new member of the cemetery board the town clock caretaker and nine members of the fire department. In addition, the council engaged D. li. Trippiehorn, Bluffton attorney, as city solicitor, at an annual retainer of $100. Corson Re-Appointed Fire Chief Guy Corson was re-ap pointed for a two-year term, at an annual salary of $200. Members of the fire department named for the coming year at the meeting are H. E. Augsburger, Ed win Badertscher, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Fred Martin, Lester Niswander, C. V. Stonehill, Harold Stonehill and Charles Young. The firemen receive $2 per call, and $2 for attending monthly meetings. Elmer Diller, a member of the Maple Grove cemetery board of trus tees, was named clerk of the board. He will receive $50 per year as clerk. Name Cemetery Trustee Wsilliam Edwards was appointed cemetery trustee for a six year term. Edwards had been serving as a mem ber of the cemetery board for the past month filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. W. E. Diller when she moved to St. Louis. Other members of the cemetery board are Elmer Diller who has two years yet to serve and John A. Thompson, four years. No salary is paid. Albert Benroth was again named town clock caretaker at a salary of $50 per year. H. L. Coon will continue as service supervisor. He is paid $112 a month fur that post, and in addition draws $50 a month as chief of police. C. A. Murray, as assistant service supervisor, will get $50 a month, in addition to $81 a month paid for his duties as night police. Council Organizes In the organization of the new council Charles Aukerman was elect ed president of the council and vice mayor. Standing committees of the council appointed by Mayor Howe, are: Fi nance, Charles Aukerman and E. S. Lape streets, Jesse Yoakam and C. A. Stauffer fire and light, C. A. Trip lett and Don Patterson. Patterson and Stauffer are the only two new members of the council, re placing Wm. Amstutz and Fred Hofer who were not candidates for re-elec tion last fall. Demonsrator Of New Inhalator This Friday Demonstration of Bluffton’s new inhalator and resuscitator will be made in the Mayor’s office at the town hall at 7:30 p. m. Friday by Walter Hydaker assistant Lima Fire Chief. Bluffton firemen, all residents of the town who took Red Cross First Aid instruction and others inter ested are urged to attend the dem onstration. The inhalator is used for the re suscitation of drowning, pneumonia cases, etc. It will be kept in the Bluffton hospital. Funds to purchase the new equip ment were raised by selling maga zine subscriptions in the town and community under auspices of the Bluffton fire department. Arrive Overseas Sgt. Gerald Caris has arrived in England according to word received the first of the week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caris of Orange township. Pvt. Roger Howe has arrived in North Africa, it was learned the first of the week by his parents, Mayor and Mrs. W. A. Howe. Pvt. Richard Augsburger has ar rived in the Hawaiian Islands, ac cording to word received by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Augs burger of North Lawn avenue. SIXTEEN MUNICIPAL Heavv 1?u vin£ ('onI,)inues n As Ration Values Remain Down Succumbs T)VT. Calvin Dudgeon who died in a military hospital at Fargo, North Dakota, Tuesday morning. Death was caused by spinal meningitis. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Dudgeon of Cherry street. The body will arrive here with military escort, Thursday morning. LAST RITES HELD FOR GEO. BARNES PIONEER GROCER Funeral Services Largely At tended at Methodist Church, Tuesday Afternoon. Identified With Grocery Busi ness in Bluffton for Thirty six Years. George F. Barnes, 88. dean of Bluff ton’s grocers, who had operated a store here since 1908, died in his home on South Jackson street at 2:15 p. m., Saturday, New Year’s Day. Death was attributed to pneumonia, which proved fatal after an illness of four days. Before entering the grocery busi ness here in 1908 Barnes had been a farmer. In his early life he taught in rural schools, after attending Ohio Northern university. Despite his advanced age he had been quite active until two weeks ago. He was a familiar figure behind the counters in his store where he contin ued to wait on customers he had serv ed for years until the time of last ill ness. He was born in Allen county, Feb. 25, 1855, the son of Lorenzo and Sal ly Barnes. In September ,1908, he was married to Mary (Lugibihl) Am stutz, who died Dec. 7, 1933. Five step-children survive: Mrs. Myron R. Lugibihl, of Santa Fe, New Mexico Mrs. Harold Kennedy, Mon roe Amstutz, and Arthur Amstutz, all of Bluffton and Ivan J. Amstutz, who is in Florida for the winter. There are 11 grandchildren. A brother, Sam Barnes, of Bluffton, also survives. A member of the Methodist church, Mr. Barnes maintained a keen interest in the activities of the congregation. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the church, officiated, assisted by Dr. L. L. Ram seyer, president of Bluffton college. The body was taken to the Basinger funeral home to lie in state until time to be taken to the church. Burial was in Pleasant Hill ceme tery, south of Bluffton. Home From Army Pfc. Roger Hauenstein who has been in service at the army air base, Maxton, North Carolina, returned home the first of the week with an honorable discharge upon recom mendation of army medical officers. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed gar Hauenstein of South Jackson street. How officers and men of the 37th (Buckeye) Division live and fight in the jungles of Bougainville Island in the Solo mons is described in the follow lowing article. It was prepared by \he War Department Bureau of Public Relations from ac counts of jungle life related by men of the 37th Division at present engaged in military op erations on Bougainville. Be cause of the many Bluffton men in the 37th Division, the article is of particular interest locally. —Editor. How a United States Army jungle fighter lives, what he thinks about and hopes for, and how, fortified by humor, he continues day in and day OP A Declares Another Pork Bonus On Spare Stamp No. 2 In No. 4 Ration Book Few Changes Made In Meat Ration Values Butter And Beef Remain Unchanged Bluffton meat shops reported that heavy buying of pork was continuing this week, following announcement that pork ration values will remain low thruout January. OPA officials added another incen tive to the buying of pork with the announcement of another pork bonus by validating spare stamp Number 2 in Ration Book Number 4. This will be good for the purchase of five points worth of fresh pork and all sausage from Jan. 2 thru Saturday, Jan. 15. The new special stamp is not good for buying smoked or cured pork, such as smoked ham or bacon. In announcing new January meat lists, the only ration value boost was that on fresh ham. Ration points for other pork cuts per pound re mained at the low figures prevailing thruout December. The change in fresh ham values hikes the ration cost only one point per pound, and eliminates the differ ential between fresh and smoked types which was in effect during the last three weeks. In January, butter will remain un changed at 16 points, and veal, lamb and all but three beef items remain ed the same. Cheese points also were unchanged. The beef changes includ 'd a two point reduction in dried beef from 14 to 12 points a pound a one-point cut to three points for tongue, and a two-point revision in sliced ready to-eat tongue. OPA announced that validation of another special stamp for pork pur chases, and continuation of low pork ration values, was necessary in view of the continued movement of hogs to market in exceptionally large quantities. No Points For Wax And Green Beans Canned snap beans and most froz en vegetables—except frozen corn, peas and lima beans—can be ob tained point-free thruout January, and point values of canned peas and tomatoes have been sharply reduced. This good news from the OPA was tempered somewhat, however, by an upward adjustment in the values of jams, preserves and non citrus marmalades. The increase was two points to a total of eight for a pound jar. Green and wax beans in any size can will be ration-free for the month of January. For a No. 2 can of peas, the new value is 15 points, compared with 18 formerly. Tomatoes in No. 21? cans get a six-point cut, and are now at 15 points. Ration value of most frozen foods were cut to zero to move the items out of freezei- storage space needed to accommodate large amounts of pork ciminj onto the market. Red Cross Resumes Bluffton’s Red Cross headquarters will be open again beginning next Monday on the same hour schedule as formerly. Birth Pvt. and Mrs. Howard Ellis of Pandora, a girl, Judith Kay, born at Bluffton hospital, Thursday. out in the fight to conquer a treach erous foe, is told in accounts reach ing the War Department from en listed men and officers of the 37th (Buckeye) Division in the steaming jungles annd hills of Bougainville Island in the northern Solomons. The accounts begin with the sol diers, young, toughened and battle wise from warfare in the New Geor gi? operation, approached Bougain ville and, from a few miles out in the waters of Empress Augusta Bay, caught their first glimpse of the Japanese stronghold where Unit ed States Marines had established a beachhead only days before. Their troopship had been under “general quarters’’ (the alarm de noting impending attack) for six II ___ x. Il 11 s probably the oldest reader of the rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JAN 6, 1944 CALVIN DUDGEON IN ARMY SCHOOL DIES BODY COMING HERE Bluffton Youth Succumbs at Fargo, North Dakota, Tuesday Morning Funeral Arrangements Await Arrival of Body Thursday Morning Death claimed another Bluffton youth in the service of his country when Private. Calvin Dudgeon, 18 succumbed to spinal meningitis after a three days’ illness in St. Luke’s hospital at Fargo, North Dakota, early Tuesday morning. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oiha E. Dud geon of Cherry street. The body, sent from Fargo, Tues day with military escort wifi arrive in Lima, Thursday ir.ornitig over the Pennsylvania railre.-U No funeral arrangements will be made until after arrival of the re mains. The Basinger funeral home will he in charge and Rev. Ernest Bigelow of the Bluffton Presbyterian church will officiate Parents Notified Monday His parents were unaware of his illness until late Monday afternoon when they received a message tell ing of his critical condition. Earlier in the day they received a letter from their son written last Thursday in which he complained of feeling exhausted. Later it was ’earned that he was taken to the army nospital on Saturday. The parents telephoned to Fargo, Monday night at 10:3o at which time his condition was renorted slightly improved but two hours later his special nurse called oack reporting his death. Dudgeon had beei assigned to the army specialized twining program and was in an eng'n^ring unit at the State Agricultural (college of Fargo. Col. McClure is commandant of the school. Inducted List July He was inducted i^to the army last July 5, and took hi* basic training at Fort McClelland, Alabama. From there he went to Fargo in October. He was home of furiough in Novem ber. Dudgeon went thru the Bluffton public schools, graduating from high school in last year’ class. He was an active metnb»rj» £L:fftkn Poy Scout Troorp 82 before induction, and had served as secretary of the Presbyterian Sunday school. Survivors include his parents, two brothers, Elvan Dudgeon, of Dayton: and Melvin Dudgeon, of Pandora, and a sister, Mrs. Lloyd McCarty, of Bluffton. A brother Larry also' died of spinal meningitis in May, 1928. Both were the same age when they died. New Residents Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wolfley form erly of West Liberty have moved here and are occupying the residence on Huber street which they pur chased from Mrs. Ethel Magee re cently. Mr. Wolfley was previously in business in West Liberty. He and his wife are natives «of the Bluffton-Ada district. Mr. nad Mrs. Albert Gossman and son Richard are moving this week from their farm east of Bluffton to the former Storer property on Cherry street which they recently purchased. Clarence Rader has moved on the Jesse Welty farm north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. Rev. A. F. Albro who formerly oc cupied the place has moved to the Schwab property on North Lawn avenue. Intimate Glimpses of Life of Men of 37th Division Now Fighting in Steaming Jungles of Bougainville Island hours. Japanese reconnaissance planes had spotted the great convoy moving in toward the beachhead un der the light of a full tropical moon, the night before, and enemy bomb ers—high level, torpedo and dive bombers—had attacked all night long. Antiaircraft gunners had toppled three of them into the Pa cific, and in the morning a rumor spread rapidly that there had been casualties and damage on one Amer ican warship. Await Jap Planes The troops clustered at the rail, watching for an expected morning air attack. A staff officer gather ed them together to inform them of all the elements of the situation it was possible to reveal. “To the Lectures and discussions on farm and community problems will be featured in the two-day program of Bluffton’s Third wartime Community Institute, which will be held here Wednesday and Thursday, January 19 and 20. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be conducted in the Bluffton High auditorium on the opening day of the institute, with morning and afternoon meetings in cluded on the second day’s program. The series of meetings which started last Sunday will close next Sunday. Services are heki at 7:30 p. m. each day, except Saturday. The National observance of the Week of Prayer is sponsored oy the Federation of Churches. Schedule of remaining services, in cluding the place and the speaker is as follows: Wednesday—Defenseless Mennon ite, Rev. J. A. Weed. Thursday—First Mennonite, Rev. V. C. Opperman. Friday—Lutheran, Rev. A. C. Schultz. Sunday—Presbyterian, Rev. W. L. Harmony. Mrs. Ed Hickey Dies Burial In Bluffton Remains of Mrs. Cora Hickey, 76, wife of Ed Hickey of Toledo, form erly of Bluffton, were brought here for interment in Maple Grove ceme tery, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Hickey died at her home in Toledo, Friday afternoon following a year’s illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Scott, pioneer Bluffton residents. Following her marriage to Ed Hickey, the couple live in Bluffton for a time, her husband being con nected with the oil supply business. They have resided in Toledo for the past twenty-five years. Besides her husband she is sur vived by one son Clarence Hickey also of Toledo. Funeral services were held Sun day afternoon at the Ira Garner Funeral home in Toledo. Rev. E. N. Bigelow of the Bluffton Presbyterian church officiated at graves: ie serv ices here. Charles Candler, Early College Graduate, Dies Charles Candler, 59, native of Bluffton and one of the early gradu ates of Bluffton college was buried in Marietta the first of the week, according to word received here. Candler was graduated from the junior college here in the class of 1908 when the institution was op erating as Central Mennonite col lege. He was the only member of the class. He had been an instructor in Mar ietta high school since 1930 and pre vious to that was for many years instructor and later principal of St. Ma'.vs high school. His wife was the former Emma Leatherman. Student Recital Grade and high school pupils of Mr. Hauenstein and Mrs. Mann will be heard in a recital in Ramseyer chapel at Bluffton college, Monday night at 7:30 o’clock. The public is invited. south of this beachhead,” he began, “is the heaviest concentration of the enemy on the island.” He concluded with the statement that “in order to attack us irm the air the enemy must send planes from their big base at Rabaul on New Britain Is land, or else attack us with the few seaplanes in this area that have es caped our bombing and strafing at tacks.” “I houe,” said a burly sergeant, “that they’ve blasted the hell out of that Rabaul field again. Then may be they won’t get together enough planes to whip up an attack.” “Let ’em attack,” retorted a sail or. “This is the luckiest ship in the Pacific.” She was. The ship had been ferrying men and supplies all Community Problems To Highlight Two Day Institute January 19-20 One of the principal features of Week Of Prayer Is Being Observed Here Universal week of prayer is be ing observed in the churches of the town this week, with the Bluffton Ministerial association conducting nightly services. the community gathering will be the appearance at each session of State Institute speakers. This year the speakers will be John Grierson and Mrs. M. E. Rosselott, both W Hills boro. Other highlights on the two-day program will include entertainment consisting of dramatic and musical offerings. Officers of the institute are direct ing the arrangements, and all details of the program will be completed within the next week. To Sing Here TpORMER Bluffton vocalist, Prof. G. A. Lehman will ap pear in a concert at Ramseyer chapel. Bluffton college on Fri day night. Jan. 14 at 8 o’clock. Prof. Lehman, formerly of the Bluffton college department of music is now director of music of Colgate-Rochester Divinity school, Rochester, N. Y. There will be no admission charge to the concert here but an offering will be received. Wife Of Former Resident Is Dead Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Schaublin, 64, of Rising Sun, were held at the Mann Funeral home in Fostoria, Sunday afternoon. She was the wife of Calvin Schaublin, native of Bluffton. Mrs. Schaublin died at St. Vin cent hospital, Toledo, Friday noon following an operation a week pre vious. “"he was a native of Rising Sun, horn Feb. 19, 1880, the daughter of Levi and Marguerite Hill and was married in 1919, residing there since that time. She was a member of the U. B. church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband, four brothers, Charles Hill, Big Rapids, Mich. Irvin and Roy Hill and Dewey Bownit all of Rising Sun and three sisters Mrs. Myrtle Trum bo, Fostoria Mrs. Moses Burns and Mrs. Lester Huff of Rising Sun. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Halsey and burial was at Trinity cemetery near Rising Sun. Released From Army Hospital In Italy Eugene Augsburger who has been a patient in an army hospital in Italy was released recently and is ready for active duty, according to word received by his sister, Mrs. Francis Williams of Beaverdam. Real Estate Deal Charles Lora sold his farm of 74 acres five miles west of Bluffton to A. J. Seihorst residing south of Columbus Grove. Possession will be given March 1. Lora expects to move to Bluffton. over the South Pacific Area for 19 months and the enemy had never scored a hit on her, and none of her crew had been lost, while Jap flags on her gun barrels recorded enemy planes downed. Prepare to Land The public address system blared. “All troops go to their quarters and prepare to debark,” a naval officer commanded. Sergeants shepherded their men into the holds. Drills during the voyage had prepared them for this, and the deck was cleared in short order. Below deck, soldiers rdlled their field packs, smoked and made last minute preparations. Some cleaned again their carbines, their (Continued on page 8) NUMBER 37 ANNOUNCE ALLEN COUNTY QUOTA FOR FOURTH WAR LOAN Allen County Gets Assignment for Total of $4,640,000 in Drive Bluffton’s Quota Expected Shortly Campaign Starts January 18 Plans for the most intensive sell ing campaign yet undertaken were under way this week in support of the Fourth War Loan, Jan. 18 to Feb. 15 in which Allen County’s quota is $4,640,000. Bluffton’s quota is expected to be announced shortly. Campaign leaders in all divisions strengthened their selling organiza tions with the aim of personally ap proaching every person in the county with a request to buy extra bonds with surplus cash, or increase pay roll allotments for bonds, or both. A. D. MacDonell, County Chair man, stressed the need of selling more Series E bonds to more buyers than ever before. This will be ne cessary, he said, because purchases of bonds by banks will not be in cluded in sales totals to meet the quota in the fourth campaign. “However, with the war at a critical stage, and in view of the loyal efforts of a volunteer sales force of thousands of men and wo men, and with the whole hearted support of the campaign by the resi dents of Allen County, we are de termined to attain the same success that marked the first three cam paigns,” Mr. MacDonell said. Former Local Woman Dis Funeral Here Funeral services for Mrs. Stella Hartman Clevenger, .59, of Green ville, Pa., will be held at the Paul Diller funeral home Saturday after noon at 2:30 o’clock. Mrs. Clevenger, wife of Joseph Clevenger, died at her home in Greenville, Wednesday morning of cerebral hemorrhage. The body will he brought to the Diller funeral home to remain there until the sen ices Saturday. Mrs. Clevenger was a native rf Orange township, the daughter of Wm. Hartman. Besides her husband and father she is survived by tv daughters, Mrs. Ella Armstrong and Mrs. Trella Roberts and three sons Fred, Herbert and Ira Clevenger all of Pennsylvania Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Purl, Wilbur and Archie Hartman all of Bluffton Wesley of Williams town Emanuel of Rawson, Mrs. Minnie Redick, Silverwood, Mich. Mrs. Goldie Cribley, Gainesville, Texas Mrs. Sarah Slusser, Ypsilan ti, Mich. Mrs. Ada Yoakam, Find lay Mrs. Flossie Henry, Ada. Rev. Lee Remaley of Arlington will officiate at the funeral services and interment will be in Clymer cemetery. Week End Of Gaiety Marks Advent Of 1944 A week end of gaiety marking the town’s observance of the arrival of the New Year, starting last Friday night and ending on Sunday, brought to a close a nine-day holiday season that was inaugurated with the ar rival of Christmas. Reflecting a brighter aspect in the fortunes of war, the Bluffton district celebrated the passing of the old year fittingly last Friday night and Saturday. Bands of carolers made the’r rounds of the town and countryside on New Year’s Eve, adding color and cheerfulness to the observance, and lights were bright in many homes where watch parties were held. Other groups arranged theatre parties, while some stayed quietly at home and listened to radio broadcasts in keeping with the season. Many uniforms were seen in Bluff ton over the holiday season, as soldiers and sailors enjoyed Christ mas furloughs, and there was the us ual group of young people home from college. Industrial and business activities returned to normalcy Monday morn ing, visitors returned to their normal pursuits, and Bluffton public schools ended their holiday recess. Classes at Bluffton college re-convened on Tuesday morning. Farm land prices on Nov. 1, 1943, were 27 per cent higher than their 1935-39 level. The number of farms transferred in ownership in 1943 may exceed transfers made in 1919-20.