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UNITED •TATES SAVINGS ZbONDS lANSStMtn VOLUME NO. LXVIII ALL MEN 18 TO 25 WILL TAKE DRAFT EXAMS NEXT WEEK Allen County Board No. 3 Mails Notices To All Registrants Under 26 Years Examination And Induction Men Over 25 Delayed By New Order of age All men in the 18 to 25 bracket, irrespective of draft classifi cation, were ordered Tuesday by Allen County Draft Board No. 3 to report for pre-induction physical examinations at Toledo on Tuesday and Wednesday of next w’eek, it was announced at board headquarters Tuesday afternoon. This move is in keeping with last Saturday’s Selective Service order to delay induction of men ,26 or older in occupations contributing to the war effort until the manpower re serve in the lower-age bracket is exhausted, a spokesman for the board said. No men over 26 will be called for physical examinations or notified to report for induction by Board No. 3, if they are in work that can be considered essential and deferment of younger men will be practically impossible. Shortage of Men men are in the 18 to 25 age however, and as a result No. 3 will send only about Few group, Board one-third the number of men called for in the April induction quota it was announced. Varying interpretations of the order relating to the induction delay of older men are reported in the district. A few boards have announ ced they will contintfe to induct older registrants because they already have virtually depleted the supply of younger men. Others, however, following action similar to that of Board No. 3, are combing and re-combing their lists of ^registrants for men 18 to 25, and will postpone induction of men 26 and over until they are notified of a change in orders. Altho all 18 to 25 registrants have been ordered to Toledo for the pre induction physical examination, the April quota sent by Board will be eonsiderably* short number of men prescribed. No. 3 of the Notices Cancelled had 25 More than 100 men over been notified to report for examina tions next week, but following receipt of the change in Selective Service procedure notices were mail ed to them cancelling the call. In the April call, all men in Class 1-A in the 18 to 25 group, except those with appeals pending, will be taken into the armed services, repre sentatives of Board Neff 3 said. Board members also are combing the list of other classifications to get more men into 1-A if possible. These two classes, those with appeals pending and those now deferred, are expected to make up the May call, which probably also will be short of quota. In the April induction schedule a group will be sent to the Navy on April 21 and another to the army on April 22, it was announced Board No. 3. The number to be ducted was not disclosed. by in- College Minstrel Show Next Monday Bluffton college students will pre sent a minstrel show, “Land O’ Cot ton”, at 8 p. m. next Monday in the Ramseyer chapel. Earl Lehman, Pandora senior, will act as interlocutor and end men will be Howard Baumgartner, Berne, Ind., sophomore Richard Boehr, Pandora, freshman Howard Kreh biel, Donnelson, Iowa, freshman, and Ehigeru Matsunaga, Haw’aii, fresh man. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, head of the college department of music, is directing the production. The min istrel show is sponsored by the Stu dent Christian association of the college. Open House Marks 25th Anniversary Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swick, of Dayton, will be featured by an open house at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Irwin, on North Main street, here, from 3 to 6 p. m. next Sunday. Local friends of the couple are in vited to call during those hours. Former Bluffton residents, Mr. and Mrs. Swick have resided in Dayton for the last 10 years. Market Baskets Soon To Replace Paper Bags Here OLD fashioned market bask ets of grandma’s day are due for a comeback, merchants here stated as paper bags are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Both quantity and quality of paper bags for civilians has been dropping rapidly and is now esti mated at less than one-third of normal, the War Production Board announced. Besides the scarcity of paper bags, kraft wrapping paper is less plentiful and will he used more sparingly to conserve the dwindling supply. Little relief from the situa tion is anticipated until after the war. COUNCIL WILL GET FAST TIME ISSUE ON MONDAY NIGHT Sentiment For Change To Fast Time Is Growing Here, Mayor Reports Lima, Findlay and Ada Will Move Clocks Ahead Farm ers Oppose Change Whether Bluffton residents will re main on “slow time” or move their clocks ahead an hour for the summer months will be taken up at next Monday’s meeting of the municipal council, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe said this week. Other Places on Fast Time Lima, Findlay and Ada already have adopted “fast-time” for the summer season, another factor that is tending to crystalize local senti ment for a change. Farmers have been outspoken in their opposition to moving clocks ahead one hour because they feel slow’ time is better suited to their W’ork, and the Bluffton Board of Education has gone on record in op position to fast time. Otherwise, however, sentiment in the town is becoming more pronoun ced in favoring a return to “fast time” for the summer season. Should the council decide on a change in time, how’ever, it is unlikely that clocks of the town will be moved ahead until after May 1. Bluffton returned to “slow time” last October 3, after operating on war time for 18 months following America’s entrance into the war. China Social Worker To Speak At Vespers Robert Kreider, Bluffton High school graduate and a former social worker in China, will be the speaker at Bluffton college vesper services at 3 p. m. next Sunday in the Ram seyer chapel on the college campus. The speaker is the son of Rev. A. E. Kreider, of Goshen, Ind., former pastor of the First Mennonite church in Bluffton. At present Kreider is employed in the Mennonite Central committee office in Akron, Pa. He was sent to China early last summer by the M. C. C. as a social worker, but was recalled because of the war. Kreider also has experience as a social worker in South America. In his talk he will discuss his exper iences in both fields. Special music will be provided by the college women’s choir. Promotions Sgt. Richard Burkholder w’ho is in army service overseas has been pro moted to the rank of staff sergeant, it wras learned by his wife here first of the w*eek. Plowing Now Month Late Further Delayed By Heavy Rains This Week of widespread sentiment the last 10 days for a faster time, the mayor Because developing change to has decided to present the question to the council for its consideration. Townspeople reported in faror of "fust,, time*' fori^the summer are those who work in Bluffton and out of-town factories, victory gardeners and others who like the advantages of an extra hour of daylight in the evenings for sports and outdoor pursuits. the of Sgt. Elmer Burkholder, Jr., Camp Jackson, South Carolina, been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Burkholder, Sr., of Je nera. has A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED blu: Little Work can be Done in Water-logged Fields During Next 10 Days Time Already Passed for Most Profitable Oats Sowing May Plant Soys Late spring has delayed normal plowing by almost a month and rains the first of the week make it certain that little work will be done in the ground for another week or ten days. Spring tillage which started a week ago was cut short by rains which started Friday and continued at intervals ending with snow flurries Wednesday morning. Farmers said Wednesday that the ground will not be ready to work in time for the most profitable planting of oats, the crop that is immediately threatened. Oats are important in this area as a feed crop. Late planting tends to cut down the yield and farmers are seriously considering passing up oats in favor of soybeans or perhaps just summer fallowing the land for fall wheat planting. Fruit growers report that the rains are hindering early spraying. Continued rains may bring a repeti tion of last year’s condition when pollination was incomplete and yield was reduced to about twenty per cent of normal. Roger Hauenstein Married Sunday Roger Hauenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein of Bluffton and Miss Ruth Vernaine Kress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Kress of Bellefontaine were married in the First Methodist church of Bellefontaine, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Rev. Don Timerman, pastor of the bride officiated' in the single ring ceremony in the presence of the families and intimate friends. The church w’as decorated with Easter lilies and palms. Preceding the ceremony a program of w’edding selections was played by the father of the bridegroom at the organ follow’ed by the Lohengrin wedding march for processional and the Mendelssohn march for reces sional. The bride entered the church on the arm of her father w*ho gave her away. She wore white marquisette and carried a bouquet of w’hite roses and the w’edding handkerchief of the bridegroom’s mother. Her ornament was a string of pearls worn by the bridegroom’s grandmother, the late Mrs. Andrew’ Hauenstein. She was attended by her sister, Miss Miriam Kress of Bellefontaine, gowrned in pink and carrying a pink rose bouquet. Kent Hauenstein, of Marion, brother of the bridegroom was best man. Ushers were Mervin Kress of Bellefontaine, and Dwight Ballinger of West Mansfield, brother and brother-in-law of the bride. Following a reception at the home of the bride the couple left for Co lumbus where they will be at home at 232 West Woodruff avenue. Mr. Hauenstein is a graduate of Bluffton high school and Bluffton college and later was instructor in public school music and served in the army. He is now employed by the Curtiss-Wright corporation and studying at Ohio State university. The bride is a graduate of Belle fontaine high school and attended Bliss Business college in Columbus. Previous to her marriage she was employed in the office of a Bellefon taine loan company. Those from Bluffton attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hauenstein, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein and Mr. and Mrs. Armin Hauenstein and son Bruce. Births following births at Bluffton The hospital: Pvt. and Mrs. Harold Rayle, Pan dora, a son, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Detwiler, Bluff ton, a son, Thomas Lengel, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Eckenrode, Ada, a son, Gary Gene, Sunday. Arrives Overseas ElmStre Quick Ri Keeps the Bluffton district, by labor and machin are facing a new and Farmers in already faced ery shortages real threat to crop production in heavy rains this week. Following an i reached a sudd continued at a ft of three hours, of Cpl. Nelson Hauenstein, son Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein has arrived at an undisclosed overseas destination with an army air service unit it was announced the first of the week. CREEKS WLANDS UESDAY »n Field To ier Water Riley Flash Flood om Water The most sp ______ flood conditions was in the Harmon field area, where waters overflowed the banks of he Big Riley to form a huge lake extending from the water works property north three blocks to Elm street and east one block to Rail road street. Hannon FeH Flooded Harmon field itself was under four feet of water, EastCollege avenue was impassible from the bridge to Railroad street, and farther north Cherry street was covered with water from Vance street to the Nickel Plate right of way with exception of the Cherry street Steinman flooded and water inches of the offi foot of water dn prevented work4 ing the afte age. Yards of 1 also were und little dam of water stood ing of the Sco banks of Big At the No. 2 plant of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. on East College avenue water was in the plat ing and painting buildings, but only slight damage was reported. Employ es experienced difficulty in return ing to work Tuesday noon because of flooded conditions. To the west of the creek, the Bluffton tennis courts were under water and high water backed into the yards of residences facing on cherry street. Farther down stream the flood was not so serious. Jefferson street was not under water at any time, but wat er from the creek broke into the Na tional quarry thru an overflow outlet in the bank of the reservoir. Water from Marsh run flooded the Dixie highway near crossing. the A. C. & Y. College overflowed into No Heat at Little Riley creek the lower reaches of the Bluffton col lege campus, flooding the heating plant. College buildings were with out heat from noon Tuesday until early Wednesday because fires had to be pulled when the rising waters en tered the heating plant and made op erations impossible. Krehbiel bridge was under water, but the College Avenue and College Road bridges were clear. Waters also stood on the college tennis courts and overflowed onto the baseball field. In the countryside surrounding Bluffton, lowlands were under water, but as in town damage was slight due to the quick recession of the peak of the flood. Real Estate Deals Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stratton have purchased from Mrs. Cal Balm er the latter’s property on South Main street which they now occupy. Justin Basinger of West Elm street has purchased the Nile Mur ray property on Thurman street and will occupy it soon. Albert Gar matter will occupy the property to be vacated by Basinger which Gar matter recently purchased from Miss Lydia Basinger. Radio Broadcaster Leads Singspiration Dr. Richard Dunham of Findlay will lead the singspiration at the Defenseless Mennonite church, Sun day night at 9 o’clock. He will bring with him a pianist and other talent. Dr. Dunham is heard over Findlay radio station WFIN on Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 1 o’clock in the program “Voices from Calvary”. OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY AY, APRIL 13, 1944 flood Rampant waters in a flash Tuesday afternoon inundated lowlands bordering I tOfetle Riley creeks, blocked two streets, put the Bluffton college heating plant out of operation and interfered with Uie normal work of several ind quickly with Htl H-night rain the flood it crest about noon, jh stage for a matter ten receded rapidly. CtAcular evidence of yard was n Milling Co. but there was than one f*t ned ON NEWS Don’t leave your gasoline ration book in the glove compartment of your car was the warning given motorists here the first of the week as a number of thefts of ration books was reported. The recent reduction in gasoline rations has been followed by an in creased number of thefts of ration books carelessly left in unlocked glovt compartments. It is pointed out that such prac tise not only encourages thievery but the victim is liable to the penalty of waiting some time for replacement i of coupons. One measure to aid in preventing the use of stolen ration books is for each owner to write his license num ber on all unused coupons in his possession. Opening Game Will Ik At Pan dora Next Tuesday At Lima Central Wednesday Bluffton College Has No Inter Collegiate Play Because of Don’t Leave Gas Ration Books In Your Car, Warning To Motorists Lack of Men the restrictions result wartime uncertainties, Reflecting ing from Bluffton High school and collegiate spring sports programs this year will be restricted played by a to a baseball schedule Bluffton High team, school nine, which not chance to work :ause The high within a few Nearly ta shep building dur little daifi- A second game is schedul following nig^t, with th| ama Central for other i iis time. ,on High hq is a matt! following night tangling with Li ArrangementS| indefinite at Where Blu SO in of far has had outdoor practice sessions inclement weather, will oped the sea son next Tuesday in a g®me with Pandora at Pandora. id on the Pirates at Lima, imes are ie games of con- will be plays jecture so fa# --Either thj diamond at Harmon field will be put into shape for the spring schedule, or arrangements will be made to the Bluffton college field. use this Bob Bob Gratz will be hurler for year’s Bluffton High team, with Burkholder again working behind the plate as catcher. Gratz, also a eran, will be making his first pearance as a pitcher. Varden ganbill is another letterman who be available. vet ap- Lo will At Bluffton college, however, there will not be enough men available for an intercollegiate spring sports program, Coach A. C. Burcky re ported. Selective Service inductions have reduced the male enrollment at the college to a point where available candidates would not be sufficient in number to make up a baseball team. An intensive schedule of intra mural competition will take the place of inter-scholastic play, the Beaver coach said. Dearth Funeral Rites On Thursday Funeral services for William Sheldon (Shell) Dearth, 67, who died at his farm home in Orange township at 10:10 p. m. Monday, will be held at 2:30 p. m. Thursday in the Bethel Church of Christ. Rev. Lee Remaley, of Arlington, will officiate at the services. Burial will be in the Hassen cemetery. Long a prominent resident of Orange township, Dearth had served as justice of the peace of the town ship and at the time of his death was a director of the Ada Farmer’s Exchange. He was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ. The son of John B. and Sarah (Long) Dearth, he was born in Hardin county, March 12, 1877. On Nov. 22, 1899, he was married to Ethel Kuhn, who survives with a daughter, Mrs. Roy Rogers, of Bluff ton, and a son Kenneth Dearth, of Ada. There are four grandchildren. Other survivors include seven sis ters, Mrs. Vina Paulus, Lima Mrs. Effie Klingler, Ada Mrs. Jennie Guyton, Alger Mrs. Elsie Snyder, California Mrs. Neil Harruff, Ce lina Mrs. Edith Houchin, Akron, and Mrs. D. Ruby Ramey, Washington, c. BENEFIT SHOW The Bluffton Legion Auxiliary will sponsor the film “We’ve Never Been Licked” at the Star theatre this Wed nesday night for the benefit of the honor roll fund. Personal Tax Return Deadline Is Saturday Personal tax returns must be filed no late^ than this Saturday, Bluffton area residents were warned again this week by the Allen county auditor’s office. I Original deadline for the filing of I returns was March 31, but an ex tension was granted to April 15. Bluffton High Will Play Baseball Schedule Despite War Uncertainties Deputies from the auditor’s office will be at the Citizen’s National bank Friday to assist taxpayers in making out their returns. At least half of the tax must be paid when the return is filed. FARMERS IN AREA PLAN CUTS IN FOOD CROP PRODUCTION Concern Over Labor Scarcity And Low Prices Will Af fect Food Production Farmers Citi Low Egg Prices And Fluctuating Livestock Returns Ii| Dissatisfaction 1_____ A trend away from food produc tion crops area and thruout the Midwest generally, as a result of farmer em bitterment over contradictory selec tive service and war price policies, farm observers pointed out here this week. toward the seeding of field is anticipated in the Bluffton and thruout the ft is believed farmers will War Food Administration headache discount pleas for all-out food production in 1944. Z Farmers, for instance, cannot understand present low egg prices. WFA asked for and received all-out poultry production in 1943. The goal was met and farmers point out their reward has been the lowest egg prices in 10 years. As a result lay ing flocks are being sold and chick orders are being cancelled generally. Farm Labor Scarce Contradictory selective service orders affecting the status of farm labor has a tendency to delay plant ing plans. Farmers already short-handed will switch from hand labor to machine crops if an adequate supply of labor cannot be assured. This means vegetables and food crops requiring much farm labor will give way to grain and forage crops, with the result that the nation’s fool supply picture will be materially affected. Cut In Livestock Fruit prospects, too, are normal, but the possibility there will be in sufficient labor to harvest the crop is troubling the grower, and he finds his plans hard to make in view of the scarcity of labor. Production of livestock, also need ed to maintain this nation’s food pro duction cutback quota, appears headed for a on farms. of stability of livestock in comparison with high Lack prices prices guaranteed for grain and for age crops likely will find farmers concentrating more on duction than in livestock with the result that the supply of food next winter fer, it was pointed out. crop pro feeding, nation’s will suf- Former Resident Dies When Struck By Auto John Bessire former Bluffton resi dent, was fatally injured when struck by an auto near his home in Akron, according to word received here. He was buried at Canton, where he previously resided. He was the son of the late Alcide Bessire and tfie family resided in Bluffton in the early days of town. Three brothers surviving J. P. Bessire of Nashville, Ind., Paul and Edmqnd Bessire. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.60 com $1.10 oats 75c soys $1.80. BUY UNITI 1TAT1 STAMN NUMBER 51 HIGH SCHOOL TO GRADUATE CLASS OF 43 ON MAY 23 Dr. Frank Deliver Slutz of Dayton Will Class Address at Exercises Weed to Rev. J. A at Baccalaureate May 21 be Speaker Service, Forty-three seniors diplomas at commencement exercises in the Bluffton High School gymnas ium, Tuesday evening, May 23, cording to a tentative list this week by Superintendent Longsdorf. will receive ac- released A. J. B. Dayton, Dr. Frank D. Slutz, of will deliver the class address at the graduation exercises. aledictorian of the graduating class will be Mary Margaret Basing er, and torian. Beverly Biery will be saluta- the pre-commencement be the baccalaureate graduating seniors on of will for evening, May 21, with Rev. Weed, pastor of the First One events service Sunday J. A. Methodist church, in the pulpit. List of Graduates The prospective list of graduates is as follows: Nadine Allman, Alice Augsburger, Mary Margaret Basing er, Beverly Biery, Florence Ann Biome, Imojene Bronson, Joan Buck land, Dorothy Burkholder, Burkholder. Ruth Aileen Diller, Freda Fritchie, Helen Greding, Margaret Griffith, Mary Elizabeth Habegger, Janice Hankish, Anna Louise Hochstettler, Jane Howe, LaDonna Johnson. Madalene McCune, Virginia Miller, Lois Oyer, Clare Reagan, Miriam Schaeublin, Mary Gene Siefield, Glenna Swick, Levon Wilch, Joyce Young. Robert Amstutz, Wayne Badertsch er, Robert Burkholder, Dudley Dean, Dale Huber, Roger Klay, Maurice Kohli, Raymond Kohli. Jackson Koontz, Varden Loganbill, Strl. Dean LuginbtflC William ericle, Harry Minck Jr., Evan Nis wander, Kenneth Reichenbach and Robert J. Stratton. Masonic Inspection On Next Wednesday Annual inspection of Bluffton lodge No. 432, F. and A. M., will be held at a special meeting in the Masonic hall at 7:30 p. m. Wednes day, April 19. The E. A. degree will be confer red upon one candidate at the meet ing. will be Lewis Snyder, of Wapakoneta, the inspecting officer. Don Moser Ends Army Schooling Donavin Moser, son of Mr. Pvt. other hand and Mrs. Warren Moser, of Bluffton Route 2, has graduated from the telephone communications school at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, largest anti-aircraft training center. the nation’s replacement The Triplett A former employe of Electrical Instrument Co., of this place, Pvt. Moser entered the army at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, on Dec. 9, 1943. Tenor Will Sing This Wednesday Harold Haugh, dramatic tenor, of Cleveland, will present a recital in the Ramseyer chapel at Bluffton col lege at 8 p. m. this Wednesday, as the second number of the current Bluffton college concert series. and con Olaf Haugh is professor of voice choral direction at the Oberlin servatory of music, succeeding Christiansen. He has been active in concert and oratorio fields. Wanda Montgomery On O. S. U. Honor List Wanda L. Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Montgomery, of Orange township, was on the win ter quarter university’s To qualify must have “B” honor list of Ohio State college of agriculture, for the rating students a classroom average of or better in grades. the are and Ebenezer Broadcast A vocal trio will be heard on the radio program of the Ebenezer Men nonite church broadcast from Find lay station WFIN, Sunday after noon at 3:30 o’clock. Members of the trio are Jemima Lugibihl, Mrs. Wil ford Steiner and Vera Amstutz with Mabel Amstutz accompanist.