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UNHKD •CaTBS SAVING* /Bonds VOLUME NO. LXIX PRIMARY ELECTION VOTE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT, TUESDAY Voters Will Cast Ballots For Party Nominations Next Tuesday, May 9 Candidates For County, State And National Nominations On One Ballot With little interest evidenced local ly in any of the national, state or county races for party nominations, a comparatively light vote is ex pected here in next Tuesday’s primary election. Polls will be open from 0:30 a. m. until 6:30 p. m. slow time (7:30 to 7:30 Bluffton time) and it is not anticipated that much work will be entailed in counting the ballots cast locally, because of lagging interest. Candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominations will be listed on separate ballots, which will be PRECINCT VOTING PLACES Precinct A—Skating Rink Precinct B—H. S. library Precinct C—Rauenbuhler Plumbing Shop Precinct D—Mayor’s Office Richland N—Town Hall, Bluffton Richland S—Town Hall, Beaverdam- unusually long because of the num ber of aspirants for national, county and state offices. Full G. O. P. Ticket A full list of candidates is on the Republican ticket, but there are no Democrats seeking nomination to three Allen county offices. No one filed.on the latter ticket for Clerk of Courts, Judge of Common Pleas court and County Recorder. Heading each ballot names of candidates to presidential nominating of Democratic and will be the the national conventions Republican candidates to Gov. John Bricker. County Offices Offices for which nominations will be voted on the county ticket in clude recorder, clerk of courts, treas urer, two members of the board of commissioners, prosecutor, coroner, engineer, sheriff, state representative, state senator, judge of probate and common pleas courts, judge of court of appeals, representative to Cong ress, state central committeemen and precinct committeemen. Candidates on state ticket will be for nomination as governor, lieuten ant governor, state secretary, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general, United States senator, rep resentative to Congress (at-large) Chief Justice of the Supreme court, and Judge of the Supreme court. James (Mark Weds Mary Canaan At Ada James Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark, of Grove street, was married Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock to Miss Mary Canaan, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. John Canaan, of Ada, in a double ring ceremony at the Church of Christ parsonage in Ada. Rev. Moore, pastor of the church, received the vows in the presence of the immediate families of the bride and groom. Miss Marie Long, of Ada, and Paul Clark, father of the groom, at tended the couple. After the cere mony, Mr. and Mrs. Clark left for a trip, destination undisclosed. He was graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1942, and Mrs. Clark was graduated from Ada High school in 1943. Both are em ployed by The Triplett Electrical In strument Co., of this place. They will make their home in the W. H. Gratz property on lawn avenue. Leaves For New York To Train With Waves Miss Rosann Hilty who enlisted in the WAVES last March left Wed nesday for Hunter college, New York city to take six weeks’ train ing. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilty of near Bluffton. Her brother Lieut, (j. g.) Joe W. Hilty is stationed with the naval re serve at Gulfport, Miss. Lima Pastor Will Be Union Church Speaker Rev. Paul N. Runk, pastor of the Central Church of Christ in Lima, will be the speaker at Bluffton union church services at 8 p. m. Sunday in the Methodist church. Special music also will be provided. And They Shall Have Mushrooms Wherever They Go ILffUSHROOM hunters who have 1 ■‘often returned empty handed are marveling at the good luck which attends the Omer Augs burgers residing northwest of Bluffton. Instead of hunting mushrooms, mushrooms apparently hunt them. Last spring when the Augs burger family resided on a farm near Benton Ridge they found more mushrooms in their orchard than they could use. This year they live on the Solomon Baum gartner farm and last Friday Mrs. Augsburger again gathered a dozen fine spring mushrooms in the orchard. MAIN STREET JOB TO COME FIRST IN REPAIR PROGRAM Council Defers Consideration of Other Proposed Street Projects Town Clerk Investigating Pos sibility of Bond Issue for $5,000 Resurfacing of Main street will constitute the major portion of Bluffton’s street repair program this summer, it was indicated the first of the week. Of the one and one-half mile stretch which will be resurfaced under direction of the state highway department, the municipality has agreed to pay the sum of $5,000. How this sum is to be raised has not yet been definitely decided by the town council however at its veered toward a bond issue for that amount. This course was recom mended by City Solicitor D. R. Trippiehorn who attended the meet ing. Await Main Street Settlement Consideration of other phases of Bluffton’s street program this sum mer will be deferred pending the settlement of the financing operation for Main street. Present cash balances in the municipal funds could be used to finance approximately $2,000 of the program, however, this would leave little for other projects. Street Commissioner H. L, Coon pointed out that last year inability to obtain materials restricted street improvement to patching of present thorofares and as the result of a comparatively mild winter the streets this spring are in fairly good condi tion. However, surfacing of Harmon road from Garau street to the Bent ley road junction is badly needed and should be first on the program as soon as funds and materials are available. Elm street, also is in need of attention, he said. Investigate Bond Possibilities Whether the required $5,000 for Main street will be provided thru a bond issue is expected to hinge largely on the report of Town Clerk W. O. Geiger who was instructed by the council Monday night to in vestigate the possibility. Geiger will check this week with the state tax commission to deter mine the possibility of an issue of bonds by vote of the council within the 10-mill limitation on a ten years maturity basis. The state highway department has advertised for bids for the job on May 16 and the total cost is estimated at $25,730. 1 Mile Project Improvement to Main street will extend from the Bentley road junc tion on South Main street to the north corporation boundary, the Allen-Hancock county line, a distance of one and one-half miles. Resurfacing will consist of an asphaltic concrete top, one and three quarters inch thick placed on the present brick pavement. North of town, the re-surfacing will continue on the 20-foot roadway to the intersection of State Route 69 near Mt. Cory, a distance of three and one-half miles. Both of these projects are to be completed by August 15, the state highway department has announced. Federal- regulations now permit any farmer to apply as much chemi cal nitrogen per acre for crops as his state experiment station recom mends for that purpose. Bluffton Sergeant Is In Bomber Force With 108 Jap Ships To Credit Paul Augsburger Completing Year in South Pacific With Air Unit Operate Big Four Motored Liberators Based on New Guinea Island Staff Sergeant Paul J. Augsburger, son of Elias Augsburger, of South Jackson street, is completing his first year overseas with the “Ken’s Men’’, a B-24 Liberator unit at an advanced Fifth Air Force base in New Guinea. The “Ken’s Men’’ force of big four-motored bombers has been in the thick of South Pacific action, having sunk 108 enemy vessels and dam aged another 130. In addition aerial gunners of the bombers have ac counted for more than 200 enemy fighters in combat. Sergeant Augsburger is a clerk in the personnel department of the air force. He is a graduate of Bluffton High school and attended Northwestern School of Commerce at Lima. Be fore entering the air force, he was employed by the Defiance Production Credit association at Defiance. Dr. Gordon Bixel President Of Lions Dr. Gordon Bixel was named new president of the Lions club, at a dinner meeting in the Walnut Grill Tuesday evening. Other officers include A. C. Burcky as first vice-president Dr. B. W. Travis, second vice-president Ger hard Buhler, third vice-president D. W. Bixler, secretary-treasurer For rest L. Steinman, tail twister Jesse Yoakam, lion tamer Rev. P. E. Whitmer and Ed R. Reichenbach, di rectors for two years terms. New officers will be installed at the second meeting in June. Elec tion was held early so newly named officers can attend the state conven tion in Columbus the latter part of this month. and also the part his outfit played in handling all communication sys tems for the three-power conference held in Teheran. Pictures taken in Iran also were shown. Coordinator of Vocational Educa tion Duffman, of the Lima public schools, also talked at the session. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Burkholder, Lima, a daughter, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Clum, Lima, a daughter Shirley Ann, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Williams, Mt. Cory, a son, Richard Lynn, Sunday. A daughter, Karen Sue, was born to Sgt. and Mrs. A. W. Stager of Miami, Florida, last Wednesday. Sgt. Stager is a former Bluffton resident, the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Stager of North Main street. Ebenezer Broadcast Choir of the church will be heard in the musical program broadcast by the Ebenezer Mennonite church over Radio Station WFIN, Findlay, at 3:30 p. m. Sunday. Prof. Otto Holt kamp is director of the choir, and Miss Mabel Amstutz is accompanist. By Prof. H. D. Brown, Department of Horticulture, Ohio State University Home and victory gardeners have had what people call “beginner’s luck” for the past three years in most portions of the slate, by having ideal weather. Another year of ideal weather would be more good luck than could reasonably be expected. In addition to possible dry weather hazards, victory gardeners will be confronted with many problems which accumulate from growing veg etables continuously on the same areas. These accumulative difficul ties may be caused by a build-up of insect pests or disease organisms, the effect of one crop following another, or the loss of organic matter and consequent decreased porosity of the soil. It is difficult to grow vegetables on freshly prepared sold due to pests, such as cutworms, wireworms, grub worms, and sod webworms, and be cause vegetables frequently starve for nitrogen on freshly prepared sod but it is nevertheless true that if the same vegetables are grown continuously on the same plot of rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1944 COUNCIL FAVORS 2-HOUR PARKINS ON MAIN STREET New Ordinance Restricting Parking Gets First Read ing Monday Night Provisions Would Apply During Day Thruout Town’s Business Section A new parking ordinance which would limit to two hours all parking on Main street in the business dis trict from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. was put on its first reading al a meet ing of the town council, Monday night. Three readings are required for the adoption of an ordinance and the measure is expected to be finally en acted as a matter of routine pro cedure. The business district is defined in provisions of the ordinance as that portion of Main street between Elm and Franklin streets. John F. Boedicker Rites On Sunday John F. Boedicker, 86, retired farmer and carpenter, who helped construct many of the barns and farm buildings in this area, died last Friday at the Stockton rest home in Kenton, after an extended illness. Born in Switzerland, he come to this country as a youth, and for years had lived in Liberty township, Hardin county, east of Bluffton. He is survived by two sons, Asa, at home, and Martin, of Monroe, Mich., and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the Basinger funeral home Sunday afternoon, with Rev. Vernon V. Op permann, pastor of the St. John’s, and Emmanuel’s Reformed churches, officiating. Burial was in the Cly mer cemetery. Taken Construction Wob Don’t Depend On “Beginner’s Luck” For Your Victory Garden, Specialist Urges Clyde Evans, who recently accept ed employment in a civilian capacity with the navy as a mechanical en gineer, left Monday for Mare Island, Calif., from where he will go to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His work will consist of installa tion of boilers in naval vessels. He has had wide experience in boiler in stallation, having been employed here seven years ago in this work when the generating plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power com pany was constructed. His wife, the former Miss Mar jorie McElroy and two children will make their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McElroy of South Main street. Two More Graduating Recitals At College Continuing a series of senior grad uating recitals at Bluffton college, two more students in the department of music will present recitals in Ramseyer chapel next Friday and Monday nights. Miss Ruth Zuiderhoek, of Sidney, a pianist, will present her recital at 8:30 p. m. Friday in the chapel, and Miss Viola Amstutz, of Pandora, so prano, will sing at the same time on Monday. ground, that the yields may become smaller than those produced the first year on sod. There are many exper iences which indicate the crop of to matoes secured when tomatoes fol low tomatoes may be less than one half of what it would have been if they had followed some other vege table in the rotation. This reduction in yield may be due to soil conditions or to insect or disease attacks. The important thing to remember is that crop rotations should be followed whenever possible. Garden plans should always be made at the beginning of the sea son and, when changes are made, a record should be made on the garden plan. These plans should be used in deciding where to plant the vege tables the following and succeeding years. It is best never to plant to matoes on the same ground more than once in four years. Likewise, cabbage, cauliflower, sprouted broc coli and turnips should not be grown on the same ground two years in succession. There are certain vege tables that apparently can be planted on the same ground year after year, but the safe plan is to rotate them. Bluffton’s change to fast time for the summer months was effected offi cially at 2 a. in. Sunday morning when the town clock was set ahead one hour. Practiaclly all residents of the town had turned their clocks ahead before they went to bed Saturday night, however, and, except for a few who had forgotten, the change to fast time was effected with a mini mum of confusion. Bluffton churches convened one hour earlier Sunday morning, in keeping with the new time, and Bluffton industries, schools and busi ness places began operation on fast time Monday morning. Decision to adopt fast time in Bluffton from April 30 to the first Sunday in September was voted on April 17 by the municipal council after sentiment indicated most Bluff ton residents were in favor of gain ing an hour in the evening during the summer months. Carload Arrives on Bluffton Market as Farmers Seek Feed Oats Prices Disorganized Small Amounts of Corn Being Sold Shortage of the livestock feed situation on farms in the Bluffton district was somewhat alleviated by the arrival here the first of the week of a Carload of Canadian oats. While affording a measure of re lief from a situation which has been described as the most critical in years, shipment here of the Canadian oats focused attention on the condi tions which have become acuta especially since the government’s freeze of corn in five mid-west states. Shipping in of oats is reported by dealers here as almost unprecedented fieri Rac net’. for miny years. What Price Oats Because of the acute feed shortage, prices on the local market are dis organized with buyers and sellers getting together on a bargaining and barter basis. Oats prices, especially were reported unsettled Wednesday morning. Corn in small amounts is being marketed by local producers. The feed shortage and lowering of price ceiling have speeded up hog marketing with the resulting embar go which has put farmers with marketable hogs in a difficult spot. Ordinarily, the rush of hog market ing now being experienced would not come until later in May or June, and under present conditions sales that normally would cover two months are being crammed into the few days remaining before the May 15 deadline when price ceilings will be reduced. Cattle, Too Fears that cattle also will be too plentiful to command good prices may set off earlier selling of herds this summer, and there is belief in some quarters that a similar glut ted situation may eventually result in beef marketing. Farm spokesmen feel they are in an unfair position in the present sit uation. Some point out that farmers were asked to raise more hogs and increase pork production. Now, the government does not want him to feed his corn to hogs as corn is vitally needed. Consequently the ceiling price on hogs has been re duced, and farmers naturally want to market their pork before the re duced prices are effective. In the meantime, government au thorities warned that requisitioning of corn stocks will result if the pres ent 60-day embargo on corn sales in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minne sota and Indiana fails to secure 80, 000,000 bushels for critical war pro duction needs. Four Bluffton Men Sworn Into Navy Four Bluffton men were among 67 from this district sworn into the Navy from April 15 to April 30, ac cording to Lima Naval Recruiting station records announced Tuesday. Those from here in the group were Jackson W. Koontz, Jule C. Basinger, Weldon H. Deppler and Kenneth R. Henry. Bluffton Changes To Fast Time On Sunday With No Confusion Canadian Oats Shipment, First Here In Years, Relieves Acute Feed Shortage A group of Ohio poultrymen keep ing flock income records find they received an average of $3.68 less income from each 100 hens in March 1944, than in March, 1943. The hens laid more eggs this year than in 1943, but prices slumped. Speakers Interned In Germany Coming Here Three relief workers interned in Germany who recently returned to this country on the steamer Grips holm will be heard here this week. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buller who were held by the Nazi government at Baden Baden for a year, will speak at a public meeting on the College baseball field this Wednesday night at 7:15 o’clock. In event of rain the meeting will be held in the college chapel. Following this they will speak at the home of D. W. Bixler on West Kibler street addressing members of a Sunday school class of which Mrs. Bixler is teacher. On Thursday night Miss Lois Gun den also recently returned from in ternment in Germany will speak at a public meeting at the First Men nonite church at 8:15 o’clock. HOUSEWIVES PLAN MORE CANNIMG AT HOME THIS YEAR )raft Calls Make Heavy Inroads Into Farm Labor And Cannery Workers Excellent Fruit Prospects And Big Gardening Program To Spur Canning Excellent fruit prospects, plans for a record output of victory garden produce and predicted restriction of custom canning operations because of labor shortages have Bluffton area housewives already planning for their most extensive home canning program in history. This year’s fruit yield is expected to be very good, and cherry’ prospects are especially promising unless a hate frost should cause damage. In addition, practically every’ vic tory gardener will be producing vege tables on an expanded basis this year because of the farmers’ unwillingness to gamble with vegetable farming as long as the labor situation remains as uncertain as it now is. Latest state survey show’s Ohio farmers plan to plant from 40 to 50 per cent less canning vegetables this year than usual because they are fifraid they will not be able to get labor to cultivate and harvest the crops. Fewer Potatoes Potato plantings will be substan tially under last year’s, the anticipat ed acreage of sugar beets will be only about one-third of quota and it recent ly was reported at a state meeting of canners that farmers in two weeks cancelled approximately 25 per cent of the tomato acreage contracts they previously had signed. With less commercial canning an ticipated, victory gardens must make up the difference, and home canning will be required becaue custom can neries will not have the labor or fa cilities to expand beyond last year’s record production. In fact, present labor shortages rep resent a situation so critical that most canneries do not expect to obtain as many workers as they had during the summer of 1943, and the load on home canning operations therefore will be greater than ever. $690 Is Raised For Oxygen Tent The sum of $690 for the Bluffton Hospital oxygen tent fund has beeh raised by the ways and means com mittee of the Women’s Auxiliary, it was reported by Mrs. Lloyd Van Meter, committee chairman, Wed nesday morning. Cost of the tent is $700, it was stated. Mrs. Van Meter expressed her thanks to mem bers of the committees for their ef forts and also to those who con tributed to the fund. Real Estate Deals Lester Binkley has purchased the property on Railroad street in which he resides from the estate of the late Levi Bender. The Miss Manila Burns property on Riley street has been purchased by Oliver Zimmerman of South Main street. The residence is occu pied by Mrs. Dwight Zimmerly and family. The deal was made by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. BUY UNITS* NUMBER Z FARMERS BUSY WITH BELATED SPRING TILLAGE Tractors Operate in Fields Seed ing Oats from Dawn to Dusk Women and Children Taking Places of Farm Hands, Now Gone Farmers plagued by labor and feed shortage, bedeviled by hog em bargoes and saddled with fast time, nevertheless have swung into spring tillage with dogged determination to do a top flight job of food produc tion on the home front. Tractors are going full tilt on virtually every farm in the Bluffton district this week as rapidly drying fields gave the first opportunity of the season for large scale continuous tillage. Tractors, many of which ttthdd have gone into the discard under ordinary conditions have been re vamped in local implement repair shops which have been busy at this work since last holidays. Push Oats Seeding As a result of this equipment salvage program, old-time tractors have taken their place alongside the later models pulling discs, harrow’s and drills as oats seeding is in full swing. Farm “Hands” Farm hands which progressively, more past three year* are creasingly greater WR On many farms the long delayed tillage was carried on all day Sun day and is being continued on day and night shifts with various mem bers of the family taking turns at the tractor wheel. With oats planting from a month to six weeks late, farmers in the Bluffton district are making every effort to get this part of the seeding program finished in order to begin corn planting on schedule this month. become during the extent upon women and children of their families for necessary extra labor. In past years farmers in the Bluffton district have employed Mexican labor for unskilled work in beet and tomato fields. However the greatest demand is for skilled labor capable of operating modern power machinery for which this type of imported help is none too well adapt ed. Wedding Solemnized At Beaverdam Church Wedding of Miss Maxine Cook of Washington, D. C., and Cpl. Wm. Weick of Camp McCoy, Wisconsin* took place at the Beaverdam Metho dist church, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Cook of Beaverdam and the bridegroom the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Weick of Pittsburgh. Rev. Bernard Vaughn, pastor of the church officiated at the cere mony. The bride w’ore a two piece aqua crepe frock with white accessories and corsage of pink roses. Her ornament was a strand of pearls and rhinestone bracelet, gifts from the bridegroom. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Byron Anderson of Bluffton, the lat ter a sister of the bride. Mrs. An derson wore a blue ensemble with matching accessories and corsage of roses. Mothers of the bride and bride groom wore navy blue w'ith pink car nation corsages. Following the ceremony a dinner and informal reception were held at the home of the bride’s parents after which the couple left on a short wed ding trip. The bride, who has been employed by the Navy department in Wash ington, D. C., for the past three years, was graduated from the Northwestern School of Commerce. Before leaving for Washington she was employed in Lima in the office of Reuben Steiner. Cpl. McCoy will return to Camp McCoy at the expiration of his fur lough, while Mrs. W’eick will remain with her parents for the present. Miracles Of Melody Mrs. Milo Lora’s program, “Mir acles of Melody”, will be heard over Radio Station WFIN, Findlay, at 3:30 p. m. Friday. In her presenta tion the Bluffton woman will include “Deep Dowm Deep”, “Sunbeams”, “Overshadowed” and “Hiding la Thee”.