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UNITSO •Tatis SAVINGS *ONOS VOLUME NO. LXIX EW SCHOOL HEAD WILL COME FROM OUTSIDE BLUFFTON Board Decides Not to Advance Someone From Present Teaching Staff Large Number of Applications Are Received From Out siders None Locally Bluffton’s new public school super intendent will be hired from outside the town, instead of filling the vacancy by advancing someone from the present teaching staff, it was decided Friday night at a special meeting of the board of education. Altho no consideration has as yet been given to applicants for the post, last Friday’s action definitely determ ined what the board’s policy will be in hiring a replacement. Two courses were open to the board in the selection of a new local school head, and the question of policy has been widely discussed since Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf an nounced his resignation a month ago. In deciding to hire a new superin tendent from outside the present school system, the board has ruled out the likelihood of advancing one of the present high school staff to the position paying $2700 a year. Many Applicants A large number of applications al ready have been filed by out-of-town school men, and up until the time of the board meeting last Friday there had been no formal application from any member of the present faculty. With announcement of the decision to hire someone outside the Bluff ton school corps, more applications from present school heads in other systems are expected. Bluffton’s new superintendent will have the assistance of an experienced principal since Gerhard Buhler, who now fills that post, has indicated his intention of remaining here, and the board at last Firday’s meeting gave him a new three-year contract. No further meeting of the board is scheduled until the regular monthly session on June 12, and meanwhile speculation is rife as to who the new superintendent may be. Supt. Longs dorf is retiring on August 31 after 35 years in the teaching profession, ip years of which were spent in Brother And Sister In Double Wedding A brother and sister were among the principals in a double wedding solemnized Saturday afternoon at St. John’s. Reformed church at 4:30 o’clock. The two weddings w'ere those of Miss Ruth Ann Cook of Lima and Robert Franklin Thompson of Nor folk, Va., and Miss Mary Jane Klay and Edgar S. Cook both of Bluffton. Ruth Ann and Edgar Cook are the dughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cook of near Bluffton. Miss Klay is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Klay of South Mound street and Mr. Thompson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thompson of Roundhead. The double ring service was used in the ceremony for each couple with Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the church officiating. Miss Cook, bride of Mr. Thompson, chose for her wedding a poudre blue tailored frock with white accessories. Miss Klay, bride of Mr. Cook, wore a poudre blue sheer frock with white accessories. Both brides wore cor sages of pink roses and sweet peas. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thompson at Roundhead. Mrs. Thompson was formerly a nurse at Bluffton Community hos pital. Her husband, in naval service, recently returned from overseas serv ice and is stationed in Norfolk where they will reside. Mr. and Mrs. Cook will reside in Bluffton where both are employed by the Triplett Electrical Instrument company. Resume Singspiration Here Sunday Night Singspiration services at the De fenseless Mennonite church which were omitted for several weeks will be resumed Sunday night at' 9 o’clock. Leader will be Rev. Paul Rupp of Ft. Wayne, brother of Rev. Stanley Rupp, pastor of the church. Miss Miriam Klopfenstein will be at the piano. Qualities of Heart Qualities of the heart, not those ©f the face, should attract us.-—La martine. Unique Ordination For Son Of Local Pastor Ordination of Rev. Dwight Weed, son of Rev. J. A. Weed of this place, w’hich took place at the annual Ohio Methodist conference at Columbus, Sunday, is believed to have been unique in the annals of the church. The ordination took place under sponsorship of his father and three uncles, Revs. F. O. Weed of Mar ietta, R. R. Weed of Middletown and S. E. Weed of Hamilton, all ministers in this conference. Dwight is pastor of the Adriel Methodist church in Chicago and has also been appointed research assist ant in the department of sociology at Garrett seminary, Evanston, Ill., where he is working on his doctor’s degree. FILLING STATION LOOTED OF GAS RATION STAMPS Coupons for 3,500 Gallons of Gas Taken: Toledo OPA is Notified Part of Loot Abandoned in Alley is Recovered Police Work on Case Ration stamps good for 3,500 gal lons of gasoline were the principal items of loot taken from the Stand ard Oil Filling station operated by Edgar Conaway at North Main and Jefferson streets, in a robbery Thursday night. Altho the stamps, which had been taken in for gasoline, appeared to be the goal of the burglary, Conaway reported that batteries, spark plugs, an electric drill and other accessories with an aggregate value of about $200 also were stolen. About three dollars in change was obtained from the cash register. Conaway discovered the burglary when he opened the place of business Friday morning, and he immediately reported it to the Allen county sheriff’s office. Theft of the ration stamps for gasoline also was report robbery looked like the work of someone who knew the place, or who had carefully checked up beforehand. Cut Thru Glass Entrance was gained thru a rear window' by cutting out a corner of the glass, raising the latch and then opening the w’indow’. The window' cut by the thief is the only one which was not locked, having been opened during the day for ventila tion. It was closed and latched at the time of the robbery. In entering by the window in question it was necessary to climb over some oil pumps, and inasmuch as none of the other windows was molested, authorities felt the burg lary appears to be the work of someone acquainted with the station. Local police who are working on the case with the sheriff’s office pointed out that the window ordin arily would not be chosen as the one to force, unless someone knew in advance that it might not be locked. There are several other rear wind ows, any of which would appear more inviting, police said. Friday afternoon a grip in which Conaw’ay had stored a number of batteries was found empty in an al ley at the rear of the Steiner Chevrolet garage a block away. With it was a flashlight from Conaway’s station and a small wrecking bar w’hich the robber apparently had used. When Conaway opened the station Friday morning he found drawers standing open and papers strewn about the floor. Summer Bible School Attendance Is 125 Bluffton’s interdenominational va cation Bible school opened Monday with an attendance of 125, it is an nounced following completion of rec ords of the various classes. Sessions are being held in the Grade school building continuing thru next week. Rev. Paul Rupp of Ft. Wayne, brother of Rev. Stanley Rupp, pastor of the Defenseless Men nonite church is conducting worship periods and is in charge of the mu sic. Teachers are laymen and pastors of Bluffton churches in cooperation with the Bluffton Ministerial associa tion. Bluffton’s Memorial Day Observance Tailored To Wartime Pattern Tuesday War Industries Operate on Regular Schedules Over Holiday Pinch of Gasoline Rationing Makes Staying at Home Popular Bluffton’s Memorial day, Tuesday, was tailored to a wartime pattern— vastly different from the old days when the amount of gasoline one bought was limited only by the size of his purse and his gas tank. Those were the days when Decora tion day meant a spin down to Indian lake for fishing, or up to Lake Erie, or perhaps over to the Indianapolis races—when Bluffton filling stations remained open thruout the night before and after the holi day to accommodate swarms of joy riding motorists who crowded the highways. In those days filling stations and restaurants w'ere about the only places open while everyone else took the day off for a holiday. It’s Different Now This year was vastly different when only about h^alf of the town and community paused to enjoy the holi day. Business generally was suspend ed but local war industries operated as usual and most workers employed in Lima also remained on the job. Farmers, too, for the most part had no time to observe the holiday, and remained in their fields in an attempt to catch up with long de layed spring work. Those who did take the day off had no gasoline for traveling, be cause of stricter rationing, and it was necessary for them to find their recreation in Bluffton. Many Go Fishing Many spent their time in fishing in Buckeye Lake and Riley creek, and reported biting good. A few die-hard mushroom hunters were out in the woods, but their luck w’as poor. Most of those who took the day off spent the time in their victory gardens or on their lawns. This spring has brought more lawn beautifying programs in Bluffton than in many a year, probably be cause with gasoline scarce it is necessary for the family to stay at home. Sale of shrubs and evergreens has been better than ever and nurseries are getting, from $8.50 to $10 for Buckeye Lake swimming season open for the summer had a large turnout. Assyrian Will Talk Here Twice Sunday M. Malik Verda, a native of As syria, now’ a resident of Oberlin, will speak at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church Sunday morning, and address a Union church service at the First Mennonite church on the evenirtg of the same day. “By the Waters of Babylon”, a thrilling missionary lecture on mod ern martyrs and Near East tragedies will be given at both services. He w’ill speak in the Reformed church at 10:45 A. M. and in the First Men nonite church at 8 P. M. Verda w’as born and reared near ancient Nineveh and was brought up in the oldest Christian church faith in existence, the Nestorian. He speaks fluently the Aramaic lan guage, the native tongue of Christ, and his rendition of Christian songs in his native language is popular with audiences. Events of the first World War drove Verda’s family into exile. His father today is a refugee in Bul garia, his mother in Russia. Verda has lectured in 26 different countries and for the past year has been as sociated with the Internation Lyceum. Dies After Contact With Electric Fence George Linden of Cherry street left Wednesday for Pontiac, Ill., to attend funeral services of a brother in-law, Robert Balbach to be held at that place, Thursday afternoon. Balback, 50, a farmer residing near Pontiac died Monday night from complications following accidental contact with an electric fence. His w’ife is a sister of the Bluffton man. Births Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marshall, Jr., of Bluffton are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zuercher are the parents of a son, Kenneth William born at their home in Lima, Sunday. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hersh of Continental at Bluff ton hospital, Tuesday. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1944 ........V---------------------------------- NEW THREE HOUR PARKING TO BE IN EFFECT THURSDAY Traffic Ordinance Limits Day time Parking in Business Section Sentiment Grows to Ban Truck Parking at Night Near Residences Bluffton’s new traffic ordinance restricting parking on Main street in the business section becomes ef fective this Thursday, with parking limited to three hours in the restrict ed area. For the purpose of the ordinance the business district is defined as that portion of Main street between Elm and Franklin streets. The three-hour parking restriction will apply only during the day, from 6 a. m. until 6 p. m. Municipal police have been ordered to carefully check all cars parked in the district, and violators will be fined in the Mayor’s court. Restriction of parking in the business district also has stimulated sentiment for an ordinance to pro hibit nighttime parking of trucks in the residential area. This disturbs the sleep of many residents, because several trucks will park near each other, drivers will talk in loud tones, and when they again start motors w’ill be raced with the mufflers cut out, etc. Harvey Bauman Weds Pauline A. Sprunger Two former Bluffton college stu dents, Pauline Alvada Sprunger, of near Lima, and Harkey M. Bauman, of Sharon, Pa., were united in mar riage last Sunday afternoon in an impressive double-ring ceremony in the Bluffton First Mennonite church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Spfunger, of near Lima, and has been music supervisor in the Pandora schools. Bauman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bau man, of Quakertown, |*a. White carnations, pennies and ferns formed an attractive background for the ceremony performed by Rev. Forrest Musser, and white tapers lighted the .«ettiqg. The organ prelude w. played by Bluffton, and preceding the service Miss Dorothy Burner, of Benton Ridge, sang sev eral selections. Traditional w’edding marches were used for the proces sional and recessional. The bride, given in marriage by her father, w’ore a gown of white brocaded satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline, long fitted sleeves and full skirt ending in a long train. Her fingertip veil of il lusion net w’as bordered with lace and was arranged with a tiara of seed pearls. For ornament she wore a pearl necklace given to her by the bridegroom. Miss Letha Arrants, of Beloit, Wis., formerly of Lima, and Miss Mary Lou Zurfluh, of Lima, were the bride’s attendants. Andrew Bauman, of Quakertown, Pa., brother of the groom, was best man. The ushers were Maynard Shelley, of Quaker town Richard Pannabecker, of Chi cago, and Frederick Soldner, and Earl Lehman, of Pandora. After the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlors. The couple will reside in Sharpsville, Pa., this summer. Bauman is employed in Dairy Herd Improvement at Sha ron, Pennsylvania. Receives Prize For Coin Week Display A. E. Kohli, Bluffton coin collector, has been awarded second prize by the American Numismatic Associa tion in a nationwide contest for the best displays during National Coin vreek last April. He received notifi cation of the award the first of the week. Kohli’s coin display was made in the w’indow’ of the Basinger Furni ture store and marked his first entry in the national event. He was as sisted in making the exhibit by Dr. Evan Basinger, Wm. Edwards and Robert Benroth, Bluffton coin collect ors and together with Kohli, mem bers of the national organization. The American Numismatic Associ ation, composed of coin collectors thruout the world sponsors National Coin week as an annual event and hundreds of coin displays are enter ed in competition. Use Farm Manure Agronomists suggest spreading fall and early winter manure on the permanent pasture. Traffic was resumed on the Akron, Canton & Youngstown railroad Wed nesday after the track had been cleaied of debris of a wreck which occurred at Rushmore, 23 miles west of Bluffton, Monday morning. The wreck occurred when the lo comotive and tender of a freight train left the rails and over turned on opposite sides of the track. En gineer Gable and Fireman Dice, both of Akron received cuts and burns, none of which were serious and both ha\e been removed to their homes. Six freight cars also left the track. Cause of the wreck has not been de termined. Traffic over the road ws detoured from Delphos to Lima over the Pennsylvania line and from Lima to Columbus Grove over the D. T. & I, until Wednesday. With olume of Purchases Limited by War, Public Demands Top Quality High-priced Merchandise, Form erly Slow Moving, Now Sells Quickly Reflecting expanded earnings re sulting from war conditions, which have put extra money in the pockets of practically every Bluffton area wage earner, Bluffton merchants have found that high priced articles, formerly the slowest moving items in their stock, are today’s best sellers. In wearing apparel stores, the high-priced items are the first to move, and the principal reason there is not as much “silk-shirt” spending as in the last war is the fact there is only a limited quantity of luxury goods available. Merchants have found it difficult to keep enough high-priced gowns in stock to satisfy the demand, and higher priced men’s clothing is that which moves fastest in today’s merchandising. Buy Only Best With the purchase of many food items restricted under point ration ing, Bluffton housewives are buying only the best of canned goods. Fresh greenstuffs. commanding peak prices, 1 move as rapidly as they are receiv i ed, as another result of rationing and freer money. Food stores also report a lot of “extras” that in normal times are slow “movers” and which during the depression never left the shelves, now are much in demand. Included in this class are sea foods, shrimp, etc. Many store operators maintain the trend does not reflect a change from sober and wise buying. People who now are making more money natural ly want to “go places and buy things” previously denied to them. Restaurants Busy Restaurants do a rushing business, and many of those who dine out never had a chance to do so during the not so long ago depression years. Practically every one has money to go to the better eating places, and meals taken outside the home do not use up the family’s precious stock of ration points. Movies, sports events and other forms of entertainment are frequent ed far more than usual, another indication of the fact that most people have ample funds for recrea tion. All these trends reflect the fact there’s a lot of money in circulation, and demonstrate that in addition to paying for the war America so far has also seen its standard of living advance to the highest level in history. Col. Studler Named Outstanding Alumnus Col. Rene Studler, of the class of 1913, w’ho now is located in Wash ington, D. C., last Wednesday night was cited by Bluffton High school alumni at their annual reunion in the school gymnasium as the Bluffton alumnus who during the last year has made an outstanding contribution to the national welfare. Col. Studler’s citation was the result of his invention of a new’ machine gun adopted by the army, which has largely revolutionized the use of that weapon in combat. Alumni officers named for the coming year include Wilford O. Geiger, president Theola Steiner, vice-president Donna Hagerman, corresponding secretary Mrs. Elvira Niswander Sutter, recording secre tary, and Carolyn Romey, treasurer. Wreck On A. C. & Y. Detours Rail Traffic For Two Days Higher Earnings And Rationing Spur Business In Luxuries And Amusements Passes Physical Test For Army Chaplain Rev. E. N. Bigerow, pastor of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches passed the physical exam ination at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, last Saturday for service as an army chaplain. Rev. Bigelow last spring made pre liminary application for service in that capacity. He is now awaiting a call to at tend a training school for army chaplains and expects to leave about the middle of July. Arrangements are being made to supply pulpits of the Bluffton and Rockport churches during his ab 1 sence. FARMERS IN RACE AGAINST TIME TO GET CORN PLANTED Work Piles Up Because of Late Season And Less Farm Help Available Corn Acreage Is Expanded In Area Fewer Potatoes, Tomatoes Planted Working between rains, Bluffton area farmers are in their fields from dawn to dusk, racing against time to get their com planted before the seasonal deadline is reached. Shortage of experienced farm labor is further complicating the delay in spring planting, and it is a common sight to see women and school boys pinch-hitting for farm laborers in the service by operating tractors and planters. Busily engaged with delayed work, farmers are rarely seen in town dur ing the day, but coine to town to do their trading on Saturday nights. Com acreage being put out in the Bluffton area is considerably larger this sprthg, reflecting the shortage of feed generally, and government freez ing of com sales in the Midwest. Fewer Potatoes Acreage devoted to potatoes and tomatoes is reduced because of the shortage of farm labor, which is ex pected to be about 30 per cent less this year. For the same reason sug ar beet planting around Pandora will be sharply curtailed. Those farmers who have labor available for tomato growing will receive the highest prices on record. This year U. S. No. 1 tomatoes will bring $28 a ton and U. S. No. 2, $18. Boys and girls out of school for the summer are helping out with the work for the farmers must depend on his family now that he finds it impossible to obtain other help. Busy condition on the farms also has given hatchery operations a break, for there is a growing demand for two-weeks and month old started chicks instead of those only one day old. This is due to the fact that farm women have no time to handle baby chicks this season and are therefore buying those that have been started. Mrs. M. J. Stough Is Dead Funeral Friday Mrs. M. J. Stough, 86, died at her home on Cherry street, Tuesday night following a brief illness. She was a pioneer Bluffton resident and a member of the Methodist church for 45 years. She was born May 7, 1858, near Shelby, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Leasure) Rogers. In 1878 she was married to M. J. Stough who died in June, 1921. Surviving are one son Jay Stough of McComb and three daughters Mrs. Maude Stewart and Miss May Stough of Bluffton and Mrs. Harvey Steiner of Warren. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and seven great grand children. The body has been removed to the Basinger funeral home where serv ices will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church officiating. In terment will be in Maple Grove ceme tery. The family will meet friends at the Basinger funeral home Thursday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock. NUMBER 6 BLUFFTON HONORS ITS SOLDIER DEAD ON MEMORIAL DAY Exercises Are Held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Tuesday Morning Address at High School Busi ness Suspends but Indus tries Run Honoring the memory of the soldier-dead of four wars, Bluffton Memorial Day exercises Tuesday morning were highlighted by’ ritual istic exercises in Maple Grove cemetery and a public meeting in the high school auditorium. Preceding the services at the cemetery, the customary Memorial Day parade formed at the town hall and marched to the grave of Rev. J. Norman King, army chaplain in World Wars 1 and II and the last member of the Bluffton Legion post to die, where the ritualistic ceremony was held. Leading the parade was the Bluff ton High school band directed by Sidney Hauenstein, followed by the color guard, color bearers and mem bers of the Bluffton American Legion post, the Legion Auxiliary and Bluffton Boy Scouts. Salute Fired Ritualistic ceremonies at the grave of Rev. King were conducted by Armin Hauenstein and W. A. Howe, chaplain. A salute of three volleys was fired over Rev. King’s grave by the rifle squad, and after the salute taps were sounded in the distance by the bugler. Wreaths were placed on the grave of Rev. King and Calvin Dudgeon, World War II veteran, who diedTTh training camp last winter. It was an ideal day for the out side exercises, with bright sunshine enhancing the natural beauty of cemetery and flowers and flags on the graves of veterans brightening the setting. Rev. Oppermann Speaks Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed churches, was the speaker at public services held in the high school auditorium following the exercises at the cemetery. In his address he made a fervent plea for a just peace based on righteousness. Our sons, brothers and husbands are now fighting for (hose eternal principles which alone can bring peace to""a war-wracked world, he said, and he emphasized that love of fellowmen, justice to all and the spirit of right and not might should prevail in the hearts and minds of all people. Business generally was suspended here in observance of the holiday, but war industries of the town operated on their usual schedules. The post office was closed and there were no mail deliveries on town or rural routes. Bluffton Methodist Pastor Is Returned Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the Bluffton Methodist church for the past six years has been reappointed to this pastorate for the coming year by the annual Ohio Methodist conference which met in Columbus over the w’eek end. Among changes in this area an nounced following conclusion of the conference is a vacancy at Beaver dam to be supplied later. Rev. Ber nard Baughn who served the church, last year will attend Bonebrake sem inary at Dayton and supply a church near that city. Ben Rider, Ohio Northern student has been assigned to the Rawson church and Rev. Clayton Landes formerly at that place goes to Har rod. Rev. C. D. Childs has been trans ferred from Columbus Grove to Pemberville and Rev. E. L. W’inans of Pioneer will assume the Columbus Grove pastorate. Pastorates returned to their form er charges include Rev. W. F. Cum mings, Pandora Rev. W. B. Arthur, Lafayette and Rev. Marion Tinsler, Ada. State High Score To Bluffton Girl Mary Katherine Bauman, Bluffton high school student received the highest grade in freshman English in the statewide scholarship test giv en last April it w’as announced by the state department of education ‘he first of the week. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Bau man of West Kibler street. Back the Attack Buy war Bonds and Stamps Regularly.