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BUY UNITED Watts 17 IQ 1 1 VOLUME NO. LXVIII 175 MEN CALLED BY BOARD 3 FOR PHYSICAL EXAMS Mounting Tempo of Inductions Indicated As 670 Men Go From The County Induction Notices Are In the Mail For Group To Be Taken Thurs., Feb. 24 Indication of the mounting tempo of Selective Service inductions was seen this week in announcement that Allen County Board No. 3, which in cludes Bluffton and Richland town ship, sent 175 men to Toledo for pre induction physical examinations on Wednesday. Those who pass the examination will be subject to induction calls in March and April, which board offi cials say will be the largest since the start of the war. Few if any pre-Pear Harbor fath ers were included in the group, and board representatives said it was made up for the most part of single farm youths, who had been deferred thru last fall’s harvest season, and married men without children, many of whom had essential jobs in indus try’. In February’s stepped-up induction schedule Allen county is sending a total of 670 men to Toledo for their physical examinations. Board No. 1 called 230 registrants on Monday, and Board No. 2 sent 240 on Tuesday. Both VrouPs included pre-Pearl Har bor fathers. Induction notices from Board No. 3 also are in the mail this week, and a large number of men, including reg istrants from Bluffton, will be taken into the army at Fort Hayes, Colum bus, next Tuesday. Three men from the board were in ducted into the Navy, Tuesday, one of whom was a Bluffton man, Leroy Lugibihl, of Bluffton Route 2. Those who pass their examinations at Toledo on Wednesday will return home to await call for induction. Un der the new procedure they will have 21 days to three months before being called. Lions Celebrate 10th Anniversary Gala celebration of the 10th an niversary of founding of the Bluff ton Lions club marked a ladies night dinner meeting at the Walnut Grill, Tuesday night. Roy Evans, of Findlay, district Lions governor, was the speaker at the meeting, with Guy Brentlinger, of Lima, who was district governor when the Bluffton club was formed, acting as toastmaster. Other features included the in stallation of new members by Past District Governor Forrest Steinman presentation of 10-year membership chevrons and 10-year perfect at tendance pin to I. B. Beeshy. A necrology service for Dr. J. S. Steiner was conducted by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe. Eleven charter members of the club remain active on the member ship roster. They are I. B. Beeshy, Dr. Gordon Bixel, Dr. Munson R. Bixel, N. E. Byers, Eli Deppler, E. S. Lape, A. E. Lichtenwalter, Rus sell Lantz, A. J. B. Longsdorf, P. W. Stauffer and Forrest Steinman. Presidents of the club over the 10-year period have been N. E. Byers, A. J. B. Longsdorf, Forrest Steinman, A. E. Lichtenwalter, A. H. Hauenstein, G. R. Bogart, Fred Getties, P. W. Stauffer, Homer S. Gratz, I .B. Beeshy and E. S. Lape, who now is in office. At present the club has 41 active members. The only thing to mar the even ing’s program was cancellation of the appearance of District Deputy Governor Floyd B. Griffin, Allen county auditor, who Monday was no tified that his son, Second Lieut. Claude K. Griffin, 23, pilot of a fighting plane, is missing in action over Italy. To Collect Clothing For War Refugees Clothing for war refugees will be collected in the town by the Hi-Y club of Bluffton High school this Friday afternoon. Those who wish to contribute clothing are asked to leave it in bundles on their front porches at noon. The collection will be made in the afternoon. Rural residents are asked to leave their donations beside the main en trance at the high school building, Friday morning. Used clothing, shoes and gloves for adults and children are needed. /o Schools, Bank Close Here Next Tuesday Sales Here Aggregate §101,000 Quota For The Town Set At §100,000 Individual Purchases, Repre senting Only 25% Can Be Bettered Bluffton’s Fourth War Loan drive went over the top this week, with sales at the close of active cam paigning Tuesday showing an aggre gate of $101,000. Heavy buying in the closing days of the drive, plus the inclusion of payroll deduction figures from local industries for January and the first half of February added nearly $50,000 toward the town’s goal of $100,900 this week. Purchases by individuals, however, were a disappointment during the campaign, and those heading the Bluffton War Loan committee an nounced that residents of the town will have an opportunity to improve their showing in an extension of buying that will cover the last half of February. Individual buying has represented only about 25 per cent of the total obtained here. Drive Extended Bonds of C, E, and classifica tions bought during February will be tredited in the Fourth War Loan campaign, an extension which has been authorized on a nation-wide basis, it was announced Tuesday by Norman A. Triplett, chairman of the Bluffton war loan committee. As a result, individuals have a chance to better the town’s record by making purchases of bonds of those classifications before the end of the month. Allen county also has passed its goal in the Fourth War Loan drive, with Tuesday’s figures showing a total of $5,133,427.56 in sales, as compared with the county’s quota of $4,640,000. Area Record Is Good Nine of the 20 counties in this area have gone over the top, includ ing Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin. Hancock county has the best record of the four, with sales that are 182 per cent of the quota. House-to-house canvassers in the 10 zones of Bluffton completed their soliciting last week, and final reports were turned in by zone captains the first part of this week. Heading the 101 solicitors were Zone Captains Woodrow Little, Gene Benroth, Charles Aukerman, Mayor W. A. Howe, C. F. Niswander, Charles Gazette, Gail Mumma, Charles Coburn, Jesse Yoakam and Silas Diller. Robert Oyer Passes Physician's Exam Robert S. Oyer, son of Mrs. Adel la Oyer, Bluffton grade school in structor, has qualified for his cer tificate as a practicing physician after successfully passing the De cember examinations of the Ohio State Medical board, it was an nounced this week. Dr. Oyer now is serving as resi dent physician at the Lima Memorial hospital. Gerald W. Triplehorn and Wade Mumma, of Bluffton, were included in a record-breaking class of skilled pilots who graduated last Tuesday from the Army Air Forces Train ing Command advanced schools in Texas and Oklahoma. In the class, the largest in the history of the Central Flying Com mand, were graduates from every state, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries. Even Army Maneuvers Have Their Humorous Side,/Bluffton Man Writes Bluffton public schools and the Citizens National bank will be closed next Tuesday in observance of George Washington’s birthday, and no mail deliveries will be made by the post office on either town or rural routes. Classes at Bluffton college will be held as usual, and business and in dustrial activities of the town will continue on their normal schedules. FOURTH WAR LOAN DRIVE GOES OVER TOP IN BLUFFTON Two Bluffton Men In Army Air Force’s Largest Class Of Pilots Triplehorn and Mumma were Conditions Resemble Real War- fare as Nearly as Possible, Says Sergeant Men Gulp Raisins Instead of Pills and Duck for Shelter as Planes Pass Even the deadly seriousness of army maneuvers has its humor ous highlights, some of which were caught by Staff Sgt. Paul Soldner in the following letter. Sgt. Soldner, stationed at Camp Cooke, Calif., is the son of G. T. Soldner of Cherry street. Editor To start with, I am a “medic”. In our father’s day, they were known as “pill-rollers”. Our medical de tachment is attached to one of the roughest outfits in the army, an Armored Division. What with the rumbling tanks, halftracks, armored field artillery, and assault guns, we’ve been aptly dubbed the “dust eaters of the army.” To show you what I mean, just last night (on a maneuver blackout drive thru the California desert) the dust was so thick at times, I had to command my halftrack ambulance by ear! By listening to* the vehicle just 30 feet in front, we were able to keep in the column. Everything we do is simulated. As close to actual battle conditions as possible. Simulated air raids, simu lated malaria, simulated casualties, simulated gas. They have even gone so far as to pour “corn syrup” from airplanes to represent mustard gas! This is off the record, but I heard over the grapevine yesterday, that next week they are going to simulate rain and every soldier will have to wear his rain coat for a week. If any normal civilian could watch the antics of the brass-hats (officers) during a tactical phase of a maneuver, he would possibly go quite berserk for months to come. For instance, when an airplane passes overhead, a frantic cry of “air raid” is sounded. And according to the soldiers field manual, he should drop his chow or whatever he’s doing and take a flying skid into his fox hole. If, as often is the case, the bivouac area happens to be adjacent to an airport, the resulting melee is comparable to a football game. Or fancy a thousand men lined up before mess to gulp down one measly dried up raisin under the strict supervision of an officer. Why? Because they are in a simulated malarious country and therefore must take a simulated does of ata brine daily. According to the rules, (Continued on page S) Wins Medal Aviation Cadet Robert R. Watkins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wat kins, of Spring street, recently re ceived an expert’s medal for profi ciency in firing the .45 calibre auto matic pistol at Maxwell field, Ala., an installation of the AAF training command. He is located at Maxwell field to complete nine weeks of intensive pre flight training in military, physical fitness and academic subjects. In New Locations Fred C. Badertscher moved Wed nesday from his farm southwest of Bluffton to the fo’-mer Hiram Locher property on South Main street which he recently purchased. Marion Hochstettler living on the Amstutz Sisters farm will move this month on the Badertscher farm which he has rented. Alvin Stager who purchased the Chester Huber property on Riley street is occupying the residence, va cating part of the Allen Beeshy property, on Riley street. Arrives In England Pvt. Paul Wingate has landed in England with an army unit, it was learned by his wife here, the first of the week. amon 196 graduating pilots who came from Ohio. Triplehorn, who completed his schooling at Foster Field, Texas, is a fighter pilot, and Mumma, a grad uate of Pampa, Texas, is a bomber pilot. Both young men are here this week, visiting their families, before returning for active duty. Another graduate from this area was William H. Krofft, of Ada, a bomber pilot. TOP RT TTFFTYYM ||FFC R* iTtrenv^xj nrrvri rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 1944 BLUFFTON BOY ON SHIP THAT WIPED (JJ* JAP CONVOY Four Enemy Vessels Sunk by U. S. Destroyer Bums, Navy Reports Richard Balmer Has Been Pay roll Clerk On Vessel For Eight Months Richard Balmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Balmer of South Main street, is a first class seaman aboard the United States Destroyer Burns, which wiped out a® entire convoy of four Japanese ships when American forces swarmed into the Marshall is lands on January ^1, it was learned here. Temporarily separated from a car rier task force while she picked up Navy fliers who had been forced down at sea, the Bums was returning to her assigned station when she sighted the Japanese vessels. Opening up with her five inch guns she sent the four vessels beneath the waves. In the Jap convoy were a tanker, one medium cargo vessel and two smaller craft. The action was announced by the Navy department as “in the Marshall islands area.” The 21000-ton Burns was launched in the full of 1942 at Charleston, S. C. It is commanded by 38-year-old Com mander Donald T. Eller, of Peters burg, Va. Balmer, who graduated from Bluff ton High school in the class of 1942, has been on the Bums for the last eight months. He is engaged in office work on the warship as a payroll clerk and assists in loading the guns. On one occasion his ship was in port at the New Hebrides islands, lo cated only 500 miles from Tokio. For a large part of -the time the Burns has been stationed at Hawaii. Naval Hero Is Buriad With Honors Tuesday Lieut. Commander Harlan Dickson, 29, of the Navy, son of Colonel and Mrs. Rene Studler of Washington, D. C., who was kilted in an airplane crash was buried with military hon ors in Arlington National cemetery, Virginia, Tuesday -afternoon. Funeral service* Ave re held in the chapel at the cemetery with his classmates from the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis serving as pallbearers and honor guards. Lieut. Commander Dickson, sta tioned at the Alameda, California, airfield met his death when a navy dive bomber crashed near San Luis Obispo, Calif., February 5. Funeral services which had been announced previously for last Satur day were postponed until Tuesday because of delay in arrival of the body. The naval flier was a student in Bluffton high school in 1929 and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1936. Since the beginning of the present war he was twice decorated with navy crosses for bravery in action in the Coral sea engagement and in the battle of Midway. Masonic Father-Son Banquet Next Week Sons and friends of members will be guests at a Masonic George Wash ington birthday banquet in the Bluff ton lodge hall, next Thursday night, February 24. Dwight Hunter, of Findlay, a prominent Mason and well known speaker, will give the address of the evening. Other features on the pro gram include special music and a war film. The banquet, honoring the mem ory of George Washington, Ameri ca’s most distinguished Mason, will be served by the Eastern Star order. Donavin B. Conrad, master of the Bluffton lodge, is directing arrange ments for the banquet, assisted by a committee consisting of Henry Hilty, Harold Wenger, Ben Whis ler, Bertrand Swank, Charles Co- burn, Dell McGinnis and Arden Baker. Former Student From College In Air Crash News has been received here that Second Lieut. Darrel Yoder, a stu dent at Bluffton college before in duction into the army, was critically injured in a crash during bomber flight practice at Dyer Field, Calif. Yoder received his wings in' Jan uary, and visited on the Bluffton campus before reporting to Dyer field. He has a sister who is a sophomore at the college. His home is in Topeka, Indiana. Bluffton Wednesday still was struggling to recover from the ef fects of this winter’s worst weather, a five-day assault starting last Thursday night that brought a seven-inch snow storm, sub-zero weather, gale-like winds and drifted roads. Heavy snowfall blocked many sideroads last Friday and Saturday, and because of the treacherous traveling conditions Bluffton schools were dismissed an hour early on Friday. Adding to the inconvenience of the wintry assault, the season’s coldest weather came Sunday morning when the mercury dipped to a mark of four below zero. Temperatures re mained near zero thruout the day, but began climbing during the night, New Token Plan 01 Put Into Tokens, Red and Blue Discs Will Become Part of Ration System Will Be Made of Fibre-board and Slightly Smaller Than Dime Under OPA’s new ration token plan which goes into effect on Feb. 27, the housewife will be able to buy about the same amounts of rationed meats and processed foods she now is obtain ing, it was announced this week. Ration buying power will be kept on a par with the present schedule by a slight adjustment in point values when the new plan goes into effect. The result will be that the house wife’s monthly allotment of about 60 points of meat stamps will buy about the same amount as the present 64 points a month. Likewise the 50 points she will be allowed monthly for processed foods will buy an amount equal to the 48 points now allowed. Under the present system each strip of stamps is worth 16 points on a weekly basis. When stamps in Book 4 are used under the token plan all stamps will have a uniform value of 10 points, regardless of the num ber printed’on them. Tokens will have a valpe of one point each, and there will be no ex piration date. Blue tokens will be val id for processed food purchases, and red tokens are to be used for meats, cheese, fats, etc. Under the token plan, 20 points, or three stamps, will become valid at the beginning of each two weeks’ period for a total of approximately 60 points each month. Processed food points, totalling 50, will become usable the first of each month. Tokens for Simplicification Adoption of the token system has been decided upon by OPA as a sim plification move that will reduce the number of stamps in circulation by 60 per cent, and save $1,500,000 on every issue of a ration book. Fibre-board tokens will be used, to conserve scarce metals. They will be round in shape, .05 of an inch in thickness and slightly smaller than a dime in size. Counterfeiting would be a difficult and expensive job, inasmuch as the government rigidly controls all fibre board allotments and there is very little available on the market. Report Wounded Man In Georgia Hospital Marvin Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crawford of Orange town ship who w’as wounded in action in the southwest Pacific war area last spring is in an army hospital at Rome, Georgia, it was reported here. Crawford, returned to this coun try for medical treatment, was land ed in San Francisco and made the trip overland to Georgia in a hos pital train, according to reports re ceived here. Nature and extent of his injuries have not been learned by his parents. Promotions Harold Augsburger, stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado, has been promoted to the rank of corporal. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al bert Augsburger residing south of town. Bluffton Area Still Digging Out From This Winter’s Worst Assault J. Gail Rakosky, husband of the former Miss Rosalie Barnes, has 6een promoted from the rank of pri vate first class to corporal, it was announced the first of the week. Cpl. Rakosky who spent eight months at Camp Swift, Texas, was recently transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., for advanced training. and Monday and Tuesday were less inclement. Highways and walks were ex tremely slippery in places as the snow matted into an icy covering that made traveling and walking treacherous. It was common to see stalled cars in heavy banks of slush and snow in the downtown area as late as Wednesday, and it may be a few more days before the worst as pects of the storm have passed. In addition to being this winter’s first snowfall of any consequence the seven-inch blanket was one of the heaviest in the last several years. There was one advantage, however, for it did much in providing tem porary relief for parched wheat and grass on Bluffton area farms, and also protected already damaged stands from the sub-zero weather. OPA To Be Effect February 27 SERIOUS SHORTAGE OF MANPOWER IN FARMINGAREAHERE Production of Crops Dependent On How School Pupils Will Cooperate Release of More Machinery And Return of Some War Plant Workers May Help With farmers of the area facing the necessity of starting their spring work within the next month, farm manpower problems are more acute than ever, and loom as the largest obstacle to be overcome in endeavor ing to produce another record yield of grain and forage crops. Agricultural observers believe this year will be more of a touch-and-go proposition than ever in whether an approximate balance can be achieved between the demand and supply of farm workers. Whether intensive cultivation of fs^rrn crops can assure a maximum yield will depend largely on “youth power’ this year—or how school boys and girls make themselves available for vital farm work. Draft Deferments Tighter Help of students will be more essential than ever, inasmuch as many farm youths deferred last year were taken into the army last fall and the early part of this winter, and others are being taken under revised selective service procedure that makes it practically impossible for a youth under 22 years of age to obtain a deferment. One hopeful factor, however, is represented by a substantially in creased output of new farm ma chinery, which many hope will offset serious inroads the military draft has made on farm workers. In other cases there have been reports of migration back to the farm by farm-bred men who are laid off at war plants because of cut backs, or who hope to get a 2-C deferment because it is thot better rating than most deferments in industrial plants. Funeral Services For Marjorie Clark Funeral services for Marjorie Ellen Clark, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark were held at the Church of Christ, Tuesday afternoon. She died at the home of her par ents on Grove street Saturday after noon. Afflicted with a heart ailment for five years she was seriously ill for the past two weeks. Because of her illness she attend ed school only four months since the sixth grade but with assistance of a tutor kept up in her studies and was a junior in high school at the time of her death. She was asso ciated with the Church of Christ and a regular attendant at Sunday school. Surviving are her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Wade Shook of Sum merville, Mass., and Joan, at home two brothers Jack Clark, pharma cist’s mate, at the naval base, Quantico, Va., and James at home, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Julia Bushong of Columbus Grove. Rev. E. J. Penhorwood of Lima, former pastor of the Bluffton Church of Christ officiated at the funeral services assisted by Rev. E. N. Bigelow of the Presbyterian church. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. BUY UNITS* ETATSS ASS SUNN NUMBER 43 OHIO FOOD OUTPUT EXPECTED TO HIT THREE YEAR LOW Volume of Products from Farms of State to be Sharply Curtailed Drought, Equipment and Labor Shortages Combine to Cut Production This year’s food output on Ohio farms likely will be the lowest of the past three years, it was predicted last week by officials of the state ag riculture experiment stations. Last fall’s drought, farm machine and labor shortages, ever increasing number of farm sales, less feeder and breeding stock, and low stock prices are attributed as the principal causes of the gloomy forecast. Altho not generally realized, 1943 was one of the five driest years of the last 56, and the drought of last fall and this winter have aggravated the situation, it was pointed out. Snow fall of the past week, altho affording temporary relief, is not sufficient to change the long range prospect. Need Heavy Spring Rains Unless there is substantial relief in the way of extensive rainfall this spring, 1944 crop production will suf fer, the state officials declare. The wheat crop already is in very bad con dition because of the shortage of moisture, and it can be helped only by extremely favorable weather from now until late spring. A March like last year with re peated thawing and freezing would result in the poorest wheat harvest in years despite increased acreage seed ed to the crop in Ohio. Favorable weather, however, can save the crop and crop output, and since no one can predict the weather we must wait to see what the outcome will be. It also was pointed out that the government’s uncertainty in price pol icy has resulted in a sharp curtail ment in livestock feeding, a cut in breeder stock, all of whifh indicates less meat production in 1944. League Bowling Is Started At Center League bowling was started this week at the recreation center in the Stratton building sponsored by em ployes of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co. On league nights two of the alleys are taken over by competing teams, with the third alley open for others who care to bowl. With the center open to wives and friends of employes of the company, it has proved a popular gathering place the last two weeks, and more interest is expected with the start of organized bowling. Births Rev. and Mrs. Robert Diller of Alliance are the parents of a daughter born at the City hospital in that city. Rev. Diller is pastor of Immanuel’s Reformed church at that place. The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Long of Ada, a daughter, Sharon Raye, Thursday. Mrs. Long is the former Donna Shrider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shrider of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Traucht of Williamstown, a daughter, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Crawford of Bluffton, a son, Dwain Eugene, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Basinger of Columbus Grove, a son, Ronald Gate, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Etter of Ottawa, a son, Paul Allan, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Parys of Co lumbus Grove, a son, James Thomas, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Lamb of Co lumbus Grove, a daughter, Monday. In Air School Cpl. Wayne W. Dailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Dailey, of Bluffton route two, has been assigned to the Sioux Falls Army Air field, Sioux Falls, S. D., for training as a radio operator mechanic. Cpl. Dailey was graduated from Bluffton high school in 1942. Correspondents Notice As there will be no rural route mail service on next Tuesday, Wash ington’s birthday, Bluffton News cor respondents on rural routes shouldL mail their tetters on Monday.