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UNITED OTaTES SAVING* lONDS VOLUME NO. LXIX 43 SENIORS ARE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL HERE Commencement Exercises are Held in Gymnasium Tues day Night Class Address is Delivered by Dr. Frank Slutz of Dayton Concluding the events of Bluffton high school commencement week, graduating exercises for a class of 43 seniors were held Tuesday night, in the high school gymnasium. Marking the completion of their twelve years of grade and high school career the evening also mark ed the close of 19 years of service of A. J. B. Longsdorf who recently resigned as superintendent of schools here. Supt. Longsdorf was given an ovation by the assembled audience following a speech by John Tosh, president of the board of education reviewing the progress that has been made during the 19-year period. Auditorium Veil Filled The auditorium was well filled when the orchestra directed by Prof. Sidney Hauenstein swung into the processional which marked entrance of the class. Ranking scholastic honor students of the class, Mary Margaret Basinger and Beverly Biery delivered the valedictory and salutatory orations respectively. Musical numbers by talent from the class consisted of a vocal num ber by Jane Howe and a cello solo by Earl Dean Luginbuhl. Class Address The class address was delivered by Dr. Frank D. Slutz of Dayton who spoke on the subject “On Being a Person for These Times”. Dr. Slutz, a widely traveled educator, previous ly had appeared before a Bluffton audience, having delivered the class address at the high school commence ment exercises twelve years ago. Illustrating his talk with anedotes and epigrams, Dr. Slutz emphasized the need in the present day of put ting the home and home life above one’s vocation and the importance of maturing emotionally and relaxing from the strain of wartime living. Despite all that has been ac complished thru our technical skill We cSn fiev^'gubgHtme itWWftU ity and to attempt it is to court disaster. We must learn to think in global terms and science and religion must supplement each other, the speaker declared. Superintendent Speaks John Tosh, president of the Board of Education presented diplomas to the graduates and in connection with a brief address to the class he re counted the progress made by the schools during Supt. Longsdorf’s tenure of office. In responding, Supt. Longsdorf ex pressed his appreciation for the loyal and united support given by school patrons. His teaching career covers a period of 35 years in Ohio schools. In his 19 years here as superintend ent there were 1,133 graduated from the Bluffton schools making a total of 1,957 alumni, he said. Music for the program consisted of orchestra numbers directed by Prof. Hauenstein. Invocation at the opening of the program was offered by Rev. J. N. Smucker of the First Mennonite church and Rev. E. N. Bigelow of the Presbyterian church pronounced the benediction. Members of the graduating class were: Robert Amstutz, Wayne Bader tscher, Robert Burkholder, David Dean, Dale Huber, Roger Klay, Jack son Koontz, Maurice Kohli, Raymond Kohli, Varden Loganbill, Ear Dean Luginbuhl, William Mericle, larry Minck, Evan Neiswander, Kenneth Reichenbach, Robert Stratton. Nadine Allman, Mary Margaret Basinger, Beverly Biery, Florence Anne Biome, Imojene Bronson, Joan Buckland, Dorothy Burkholder, Ruth Burkholder, Aileen Diller, Freda Fritchie, Helen Greding, Margaret Griffith, Mary Elizabeth Habegger, Janice Hankish, Anna Hochstettler, Jane Howe, LaDonna Johnson. Madalene McCune, Virginia Miller, Lois Oyer, Clare Reagan, Miram Schaeubiin, Mary Gene Siefield, Glenna 'Swick, Alice Augsburger, Levon Wilch, Joyce Young. Miracles Of Melody Mrs. Milo Lora’s “Miracles of Melody” broadcast over Radio Sta tion WFIN, Findlay, at 5:45 p. m. Friday will include “Because of Him”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Have You Thought”, “Spring Song” and “If I Forget”. i fhe Legion Poppy Day To Be Held Saturday Honoring the men who fell in the battles of the First World War, paper poppies will be sold in Bluff ton on Saturday by the women of the American Legion auxiliary. The poppies ahe made by disabled veterans and funds from the sale go for the relief of veterans and their families of the first and present world wars. The local sale is in charge of Mrs. Clarence Rockey of the Legion Auxiliary here. A special exhibit promoting Poppy Day has been placed in the window of the Basinger furniture store. Sales usually total about 1.000 pop pies in the community on poppy day here, it was stated. HONOR VETERANS IN MEMORIAL DAY EXERCISESTUESDAY Services Will Be Held At xMaple Grove Cemetery And In H. S. Auditorium Business Places Will Close Here Generally No Mail Deliveries Memorial Day exercises honoring the soldier-dead of three wars will be held in Bluffton next Tuesday morning, with the traditional parade, services at the cemetery and a public meeting in the high school auditor ium featuring the program. The parade will form at the town hall at 10 a. m., and from there march to Maple Grove cemetery for ritualistic exercises scheduled at 10:30 a. m. War veterans, members of the Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, village officials and the Bluffton High school band will be in the parade. The Memorial Day program will be continued in the Bluffton High au ditorium at 11 a. m., with Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed churches, delivering the principal ad dress. Special music also will be provided. Business generally will be suspend ed^ ^atPYV^lhrUQUkU^day. there will be no mail delivery and windows at the post office will be closed. Bluffton war industries, however, will operate as usual. High School Alumni To Meet Wednesday Annual reunion of Bluffton High school alumni in the school gymnas ium at 8 p. m. this Wednesday will honor Dr. Helen Barnes, of Findlay, only living member of the first grad uating class of 1881, and the class of 1894 on their fiftieth commence ment anniversary. The program will open with the welcome to the class of 1944 by W. A. Amstutz, alumni president and the response by Varden Loganbill, president of this year’s graduating class. Other features include a vocal trio, Miss Carolyn Romey, Mrs. Katheryne Patterson and Mrs. Mabel Steiner In Memoriam, by Mrs. Mar jorie Basinger, in memory of H. G. Murray, ’86 Carrie Fensler Durkee, ’29 Alice Bessire Stratton, ’88: Charles Candler, ’02 Harry Mohler, ’03 Wilbur Steiner, ’26, and Calvin Dudgeon, ’43. This will be followed by a talk, “An Alumnus for 50 Years”, Noah Basinger music by the trio “Our Alumni in Service”, Dwight Murray, and presentation of a play," “Show Boat” by this year’s senior class. Members of the 1894 class were Lulu C. Augsburger, Emma Young, Noah Basinger, J. S. Herr, Clara Greding and Gertruda- Lewis. Alumni officers are: Honorary President, Dr. Helen Barnes Presi dent, W. A. Amstutz Vice-president, Ralph T. Stearns Recording Secre tary, Minerva Hilty Corresponding Secretaries, Marcella Warren and Edith Augsburger and Treasurer, Sibyl Mollett. Meningitis Victim Reported Improved Japanese Student At Bluffton College Inducted Into U. S. Army Improvement is reported in the condition of Wanda Lehman, high school freshman, ill with spinal men ingitis and hopes are held for her early recovery. The girl has been ill at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lehman eight miles west of Bluffton for nearly two weeks. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE Shigeru Matsunaga, Born In Honolulu, Drafted With Quota from Board Three College Sophomore Is American Born of Japanese Parents Glad to Serve In Army Shigeru Matsunaga, 23, Bluffton college sophomore, an American born of Japanese parentage, left last Saturday with the Allen County Draft Board No. 3 quota for induc tion into the army at the Ft. Benja min Harrison induction station, Indianapolis. Matsunaga was born in Honolulu, where his father is a clerk. He is a graduate of McKinley High school in that city, and among his teachers were Herbert Bowers, of Beaverdam, and William Geiger, of Pandora, both of whom are Bluffton college gradu ates. During his senior year in high school, Matsunaga was president of the Hi-Y club. Glad To Serve He speaks Japanese fluently, and says that altho he is of Japanese extraction he is an American by birth and is glad to do his part in the war program by serving in the United States army. He came to this country in September, 1941, to enter San Mateo Junior college at San Mateo, Calif., where David Rempel, a Bluffton col lege graduate, is a teacher. Following the outbreak of war he was investigated and cleared by the FBI, after which he came here and enrolled in Blufftm college. Rites For Frank Cook Held Sunday William Franklin Cook, 74, a na tive of Auglaize county, died at his home in Bluffton last Friday, from the effects of a stroke suffered five months ago. He came to Bluffton in his early manhood and for 35 years was em ployed as a railroad section worker by the Nickel Plate and A. C. & Y. railroads. For many years he was crossing watchman at the Cherry street crossing of the Nickel Plate. Cook was married on Feb. 3, 1905, to Sarah Young, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mollie Whitney, of B’TtffTton, and ’Mrs.'”'BeSsie'Fritter^*Wf' Findlay and a sister, Mrs. Alfred Sanner, of Bluffton. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Basinger funeral home, with Rev. A. F. Albro, pastor of the Missionary church, officiating. Burial was in the Clymer cemetery, four miles north of Bluffton. Vacation Bible School To Open Monday Daily vacation Bible school classes for children between the ages of three and 15 years will be conducted during the next two weeks, beginning next Monday and continuing thru June 9. Classes will be in the Grade school building from 9 to 11:30 a. m. Mon day thru Friday The school is spon sored by the churches of the com munity. Miss Mary Sypos, director of re ligious education in the schools, will supervise the class work, and Rev. Paul Rupp, of Ft. Wayne, brother of Rev. Stanley Rupp, pastor of the Defenseless Mennonite church, will conduct the worship periods and have charge of the music. Teachers will be laymen and pas tors of the Bluffton area churches. No charge will be made for-en rollment in the Bible school, with the expenses to be underwritten by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Class work will consist of Bible games and memory work, songs, ob ject lessons, handwork and recrea tion. A picnic will close the two weeks session. Former Local Girl Back From India Miss Eleanor Thiessen formerly of Bluffton who has been in India for the past three years with her par ents, Rev. and Mrs. John Thiessen, missionaries, arrived in Boston, Tues day, according to word received here. She is a sister of Arthur and Harold Thiessen, formerly of Bluff ton, now in Forida. The family pre viously lived here at which time Rev. Thiessen was connected with Bluffton college. Miss Thiessen has returned to this country where she expects to enter college in the fall. She is a native of India where her parents have been missionaries for many years. BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY/ 25, 1944 TEN BLUFFTON MEN INCLUDED IN GROUP DRAFTED FOR MAY Allen County Board No. 3 Sends 54 To Army And Navy Last Week May Quota Missed Substantially as Result of New Draft Regulations Ten Bluffton area men were in cluded in a group of 54 registrants from Allen County Draft Board No. 3 inducted into the Army and Navy last Friday and Saturday. Included among the inductees were Walter B. King, Blufftori: Harry D. Simon, Ada Verl D. Reichenbach, Beaverdam and Thomas M. Fisher and Brice P. Staley, of Lafayette, in the Navy and Omar L. Welty, Hiram W. Bucher, Louis R. Thomp son and Shigeru Matsunaga, all of Bluffton and Basil W. Fisher, La fayette in the Army. Last week's induction group o$ 54 men was substantially under the quota set for Board No. 3 in May, according to reliably informed sources. Quota Not Met Failure to meet the quota is at tributed to the new national draft policy delaying for the present in duction of any men over 25 years of age, providing they are in work necessary to the war program or in essential civilian pursuits. Of the group inducted last week, 37 went into the Navy and 17 were taken by the Army. Navy inductees left Lima at 12:35 p. m. Friday for the induction sta tion in Toledo, from where they will be assigned for their “boot” training. Men taken by the Army went to the Fort Benjamin Harrison Army reception center at Indianapolis, Ind., leaving Lima at 8:50 a. m. last Saturday. Roy Woods Funeral Rites Here Monday Funeral services were held Mon day afternoon in the Basinger fun eral home for Roy H. Woods, 60, a Bluffton native, who died Friday in a St. Louis hospital. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated at Lhe funeral rites. I'unal was jn Maple Grove cemetery. Previous to his death at his home, Woods had been undergoing treat ment in a St. Louis hospital for two months. His body arrived here Mon day morning via the Nickel Plate railroad. Wodos went from Bluffton to St. Louis about 25 years ago, where he was employed by the Missouri Pa cific railroad. Survivors include his wife of St. Louis mother, Mrs. Bertha Woods, of College avenue five brothers and two sisters as follows: Lewis, Louis ville, Ky. Harold, Detroit George, New York: Floyd, Southbury, Conn. Irvin, Bluffton Mrs. Emma Stewart, Lima, and Mrs. Lillian McConnaug hey, Lima. Last Rites Monday For Gordon Barnes Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral home for Gordon C. Barnes, 56, who died Saturday morning in a hospital at Gallipolis, following an illness of four "Weeks. Barnes resided in Jackson town ship, between Bluffton and Lafayette. Survivors include his father, Samuel Barnes, and a brother, Lyman Barnes, both of Jackson township. Rev. Bernard Baughn officiated at the services Monday. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. To Close Library May 25 To June 3 Bluffton’s public library at the high school will be closed for clean ing and redecorating from Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, June 3 inclus ive, it is announced by Miss Ocie Anderson, librarian. The library will open Monday, June 5 observing summer hour^ which will be from noon to 5 p. m. every week day and Monday, Wed nesday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p. m. Arrives Overseas Ens. Maynard Coon has arrived at an undisclosed overseas destination it was learned by his wife of North Robinson who is spending several days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Coon, parents of Ens. Coon. BLUFFTON AND VICINITY English Newspaper Bluffton Boy Sgt. Orville Stough, son of Jay Stough living near Findlay and formerly of Bluffton now stationed in England has been termed a “typi cal American soldier” by a British bond rally speaker according to the Whitby Journal of Whitby, England. The speaker’s comment was made in connection with the work of Sgt. Stough who has been active in the national savings movement on the British home front which corresponds to the war bond drives in the United States. In presenting Sgt. Stough to a large gathering at a rally held in Whitby, the chairman said: “In Sergeant Stough we have what I would describe as the typical American soldier. “Sergeant Stough said it was a pleasure and honor to have been Cost of Last Year Will Be About $750 In Comparison With $1500 Previously Change from Private Contractor Enables System To Pay For Itself Bluffton’s municipally operated garbage and rubbish collection system during the last year cost the town only about half what it did previously when the work was let to individual contractors, Mayor W. A. Howe said Wednesday. This month marks the close of the fourth year of garbage collection here, but it is the first season that the system has been municipally operated. Altho exact cost of the year’s operation has not yet been determin ed, Mayor Howe said that a prelim inary estimate indicates it will be approximately $750. Last year on private contract garbage and rub bish collection cost the village $1,500. Included in the expenses of $750 are the payments made for labor and for operating cost of the town’s truck. Marshall Lee Coon is in charge of the system of collection, which Mayor Howe says has been operating entirely satisfactorily. 430 Patrons Availing themselves of the munici pal service are 430 patrons who pay $2 annually. As a result the last year is the first time charges to patrons have fully paid for the service. In other years it was sub sidized by the town. Garbage is collected weekly in the winter and twice each week during the summer months. In the winter there is about one load each week, but in the summer, with fruit, fresh vegetables, watermelons, roasting ears, etc., comprising a larger volume, about four truck loads are filled weekly. Garbage is disposed of to farmers in this area who feed it to their hogs. About 30 loads of rubbish, consist ing of tin cans, ashes, etc., are col lected monthly, and dumped into the old quarry at the rear of the Bluff I ton Hatchery. Wedding In Florida May 5 Is Announced Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Roxanna Eaton and Lieut. Homer Gratz, Jr., which took place at Jacksonville, Florida, May 5. Savings Of 50 Per Cent Results From Town Operation Of Garbage Collection Both are former Bluffton college students. Lt. Gratz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gratz, Sr., residing near Bluffton. His bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eaton of Lima and a granddaughter of Mrs. Lou Eaton of this place. Births Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kliewer of Chi cago are the parents of a daughter born Thursday in that city. Mr. Kliewer is formerly of Bluffton. His father P. A. Kliewer was pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Herliert Bormuth, Bluffton, a daughter, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Rainey, Raw son, a son, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Williamson, Benton Ridge, a son, Tuesday. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.60 corn $1.12 oats 75c beans $1.80. rerms Former Typical Yank Soldier chosen to speak at that meeting, and to give some impressions of the American soldiei* in England. On arriving in the country he found it quite different from what he expect ed and he felt that a person really had to see a country to appreciate it. “At first, things were quite strange but since he got used to those changes, he was thoroughly enjoying England. Since his arrival he had traveled over a good part of Eng land, and had seen a lot of nice places but Whitby impressed him more than anywhere else. “The old and historic town, the beautiful views of the North Sea, and the expansive and wonderful moors are something hard to be lieve. He had done a fair share of traveling in the United States ami had seen nothing like it yet.” Closed Next Tuesday The Bluffton News office will be closed all day next Tuesday, Memorial Day. All news matter, correspondents’ letters and ad vertising copy should be in the office by 3 p. m., Monday for publication in next week’s issue. Bette Lape Weds Carlton Wilson Miss Bette Lape, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape, of Grove street, and Cadet Carlton C. (Tony) Wilson, son of Mrs. Magdalene Wilson, of Dayton, were married last Saturday afternoon in the Presbyterian church at Helena, Arkansas, where the groom is in training at the Helena Air Base. Officiating at the double ring cere mony was Rev. William B. Oglesby, pastor of the church. Preceding the ceremony, a short program of musical favorites of the bride was played by Mrs. C. F. Greer at the organ, and “O Perfect Love” was played softly during the ex change of the vows. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a lovely wedding gown of frosted organdy, and a fingertip veil fell from a coro net of orange blossoms. She carried a white prayer book, with gardenias and a shower of white sweat peas. The church was beautifully decor ated for the occasion in a green and white color scheme and on each side of the altar were large baskets of white gladioli. Following the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlor. Mr. and Mrs. Lape and Mrs. Wilson were present at the ceremony, and Lieut. Wade Lape, a Navy pilot, flew from Corpus Christi, Texas, to attend the wedding. After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Wilson left for Memphis, and after their return to Helena they will be located at 1108 Porter Street. Both are graduates of Bluffton High school. Brazil Missionaries Home On Furlough Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Martin, mis sionaries to Brazil have returned to this country on a year’s furlough and Mrs. Martin is visiting at the home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Lahr of Harmon road. Mrs. Martin is the former Miss Cordelia Lahr, eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Lahr. She arrived here Monday. Her husband who is visiting relatives in Massillon is ex pected here the the last of this week. Their plans for the future are in definite however, they expect to visit in Denver, Colorado, at the home of her sisters Mrs. Homer Mos er and Mrs. Carl Stuckey and fami lies during the summer. The Moser family are also returned missionaries from Brazil. Rev. and Mrs. Martin who have been located at a Presbyterian mis sion station at Campo Grande, Bra zil, arrived in Miami, Florida, on May 2. This is their first visit to this country in five years. Furs For Service To Be Collected Collection of castoff furs needed to fabricate winter garments for serv icemen stationed in cold climates will be made during the next 10 days as a war activities project of the American Legion auxiliary. A receptacle in which furs may be placed will be located on Main street in front of the office of Dr. M. D. Soash, and Bluffton house wives are urged to contribute all un used pieces of furs they find during house-cleaning. I Secretary. Among those from out of NUMBER 5 BUYING OF EGGS AT SUPPORT PRICE IS RESUMED HERE Farmers Guaranteed 27 Cents Dozen As Glutted Egg Market Is Cleared Government Support Price Is Three Cents Higher Than Regular Market Reflecting an improvement in the egg marketing situation, the Bluffton branch of the Gray and White Co. late last week resumed buying of eggs at the government supported price of 27 cents a dozen for top-quality grades. This support price is said to be ap proximately three cents more per doz en than many other dealers are pay ing, and all of the eggs bought un der the program go to the government because the figure is considerably above the regular market price. Next lower price paid under the support program is 22 cents a dozen for “mediums”, which are smaller eggs. Over Supply Moved Buying from producers at the sup port price was resumed by all branch es of the Gray and White Co., after the organization reported that its Tiffin warehouses had been cleared on the oversupply which choked its fa cilities early last week. In addition, the government has promised immediate orders for all eggs purchased under the support program. The Gray and White Co is one of nine Ohio firms selected to buy eggs at the government support price, in a move to take surplus eggs off the reg ular commercial market and halt the wholesale liquidation of poultry flocks resulting from slow movement of eggs and low prices paid for them. William Alspaugh Rites On Monday Four days after he strained him self while cutting down a tree, Wil liam Alspaugh, 85, died early last Saturday morning at his home on Railroad street. He was a carpenter and had fol lowed his trade actively since com ing to Bluffton 35 years ago from Spencerville. He was married in 1909 to Hulda Powell, who survive. Other survivors include one son by a previous mar riage, Robert Alspaugh, who is em ployed by Lewis Brothers Manufac turing Co. in Lima and a brother, Wilson Alspaugh, of Spencerville. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Basinger funeral home, with ReAv. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Red Cross Needs More Workers Here More help is needed to make sur gical dressings for the armed services at the Bluffton Red Cross work room in the Grade school building, it was announced this week by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, who is in charge of the project. American soldiers and sailors wounded in battle are largely de pendent on work done by Red Cross chapters thruout the country in making the dressings, Mrs. Steiner said, and increased attendance at the local work room is necessary if Bluffton is to carry its share of the load. The work room is open every Mon day from 7 to 9:30 p. m., and every afternoon Tuesday thru Friday from 1 to 4 p. m. It has been completely redecorated by Levi Gable and facili ties for the work are better than ever. Loyalty, zeal and sacrifice of Red Cross volunteer workers are more important now than before, with the knowledge that heavy fighting is in prospect in every combat zone, Mrs. Steiner said. Buckeye Lake Opens For Season Sunday Buckeye swimming lake, Bluffton's municipally operated recreation spot will open Sunday for the coming summer season. The place will be in charge of Harry Minck and Bob Fisher who have been appointed as managers by the town council. They will also serve as life guards. Buckeye lake, fed by springs, is one of the popular swimming places in this section and attracts large numbers every summer. It is owned by the Central Ohio Light & Power company a. 1 operated under lease by the municipality as a re creation place.