VOLUME NO. LXV1II
BY MAYOR, COUNCIL
Council Organizes At First
Meeting Aukerman Is
D. R. Trippiehorn New City
Solicitor Corson and Coon
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
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
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
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.
In the organization of the new
council Charles Aukerman was elect
ed president of the council and vice
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
Bluffton firemen, all residents of
the town who took Red Cross First
Aid instruction and others inter
ested are urged to attend the dem
The inhalator is used for the re
suscitation of drowning, pneumonia
cases, etc. It will be kept in the
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.
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
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
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,
LAST RITES HELD
FOR GEO. BARNES
Funeral Services Largely At
tended at Methodist Church,
Identified With Grocery Busi
ness in Bluffton for Thirty
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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,
Funeral Arrangements Await
Arrival of Body Thursday
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
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
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
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
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
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
A brother Larry also' died of spinal
meningitis in May, 1928. Both were
the same age when they died.
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
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
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
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
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
ite, Rev. J. A. Weed.
Thursday—First Mennonite, Rev.
V. C. Opperman.
Friday—Lutheran, Rev. A. C.
Sunday—Presbyterian, Rev. W. L.
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
Other highlights on the two-day
program will include entertainment
consisting of dramatic and musical
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
“"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
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
The public address system blared.
“All troops go to their quarters and
prepare to debark,” a naval officer
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
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COUNTY QUOTA FOR
FOURTH WAR LOAN
Allen County Gets Assignment
for Total of $4,640,000
Bluffton’s Quota Expected
Shortly Campaign Starts
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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