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UNITED •TATE* TNG* ND* MEUtN VOLUME NO. LXIX NEWS OF INVASION FINDS BLUFFTON CALM BUT ANXIOUS Bluffton Radio Listeners Hold All Night Vigil as News is Flashed Flags Appear on Streets of Business Section Tuesday No Demonstration News of the invasion in Europe, long awaited and anxiously anticipat ed, was received calmly and soberly in Bluffton, Tuesday. There was no demonstration with exception of a number of flags displayed in the business section. Anxious- listeners, however, clus tered about radios awaiting of what has been described largest military operation in tory and talk of progress of vasion was uppermost in conversa tion of small groups on the street. details as the all his the in Anxiety of Bluffton ^residents with husbands, sons and brothers stationed in England was heightened due to the fact that no word had been re ceived from them lately. Some Up All Night With first news of the invasion flashed over the radio shortly after midnight, Monday, the word spread rapidly and some remained up all night to hear bulletins flashed over seas from the battlefront. Not since Pearl Harbor has the town been ilarly aroused. sim- was list Confirmation of the invasion first received by Bluffton radio eners at 3:32 o’clock, Tuesday morn ing. Three hours earlier the German radio made the first announcement of the allied invasion. Many Bluffton families with fight ing men in Great Britain had a strong premonition that “D-Day” was near because all mail from these soldiers in the British Isles suddenly stopped arriving here ten days ago. Anxious relatives reported that since the fourth week in May they had received no letters from soldiers in the habit of writing daily or sev eral times a week. Steiner-Bernard Nuptials Solemnized Miss Marcella Ruth Steiner, daugh ter of Mrs. Moses Steiner, of West F. Bernard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bernard, of Kenton, in a dou ble-ring ceremony Saturday after noon in the rectory of St. John’s church in Delphos. Rev. Edward Herr received the vows of the contracting parties, and Dr. and Mrs. J. phos, were the Clark is a -later W. Clark, of Del attendants. Mrs. of the bridegroom, is a graduate of Mrs. Bernard Bluffton High school and received her degree from Bluffton college in 1936. In her senior year at the college she wras honored by being chosen May Queen to rule over the tradi tional May Day festivities during commencement week on the campus. For the past several years she has been a teacher in Raw-son High school. furniture being in was hon after 21 now em- Mr. Bernard operated a store in Wellington before ducted into the army. He orably discharged last fall months of service, and is ployed by The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. of this place. For the present Mr. and Mrs. Ber nard are making their home with the bride’s mother on West Kibler street. David Carr Now Is Military Pilot Flight Officer David W. Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Carr ,of near Bluffton, on May 27 received the silver wings of a military pilot at graduation exercises of the Ad vanced Twin Engine Flying Training school at Blytheville Army air field, Blytheville, Arkansas. The winning of his wings marks the successful completion of two phases of flying training—basic and advanced. He soon will be assigned to the Army transport command and receive his commission as a flight officer. Flight Officer Carr previously had been serving as a flying instructor in an army primary school. At present he is in Brownsville, Texas, for a month’s pursuit ship training. From there he will be based in Dallas, Texas, and ferry aircraft from that point. Mrs. Carr and little son Billie David will join him in Dallas. Need Enthusiasm Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.—Emerson. Boy Fractures Skull In Fall From Tree Robert Burden, ten-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Burden of Beaverdam is in a critical condition in Lima Memorial hospital suffering from a fractured skull as the result of a fall from a tree, Monday morn ing. The youth has remained in a coma since the accident and plans to take an x-ray Tuesday were reported to have been postponed because of his condition. The accident occurred when the boy and his younger brother were playing in a neighbor’s yard and Robert fell head first from a tree. THUNDER STORMS LEAVE TRAIL OF DAMAGE IN AREA Orange Twp. Stock Killed Lightning: Flames Des troy Large Barn ignited a Sebastian farm, in Orange township, in a storm that came up at 5 a. m. The 36"by 58 foot "structure was consumed with its contents, including 16 ewes, 13 lamos, 85 bushels of wheat, 35 bushels of oats, five tons of hay and some farm machinery. Mr. Sebastian estimated his loss at $4000, which is partially covered by insurance. In Bluffton, the only lightning damage was to the Jack Fillhart home, on North Jackson street, where a bolt struck a chimney on the house. Little damage resulted. Bus Goes Into Ditch During the height of the storm, a northbound C. and L. E. bus skidded from the Dixie highway into the ditch south of town and three pas sengers were taken to the Bluffton hospital for treatment of minor bruises and cuts. The bus was un damaged. Those shaken up in the mishap were James Davis, aged resident of Grove street Miss Miriam Schu macher, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Miss Juanita Weber, 21, of Lima. A number of swimmers in Buck eye lake were shocked slightly when lightning struck and split a large tree near the pumphole at the north end of the quarry. Carl Mumma, who had been fishing, had been standing under the tree shortly be fore it was struck by the bolt, but had run to his car for better shelter. Rainfall Sunday afternoon was particularly heavy south and east of Bluffton, and many fields were flood ed by the downpour. Wind ripped limbs from many trees in the same area to add to the damage. Ropp Triplett Gets Rating As Sergeant Promotion of William Ropp Trip lett, of the Signal Detachment, Sig nal Corps Aircraft Signal Agency, Wright Field, to the rank of ser geant, was announced this week. Sgt. Triplett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett, of Campus Drive, and was graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1938. Shortly after receiving his elec trical engineering degree at the Uni versity of Cincinnati in June, 1943, he entered the service and was as signed to Wright Field in the air craft radio laboratory, a Signal Corps installation which develops air borne radio equipment for the Army Air forces. Mosquito Control Spraying Of Creeks And Quarries Starts Here This Week by and L. E. Bus Goes Into Ditch Near Bluffton Heavy Rain Floods Fields a Lightning, rain and wind left trail of damage thruout the Bluffton district Sunday afternoon in a severe storm of short duration that came up suddenly to break into what otherwise was a clear and sunshiny day. The heavy electrical storm seemed to choose as a target for its most destructive display’ the area in Orange township near where Route 69 crosses Route 30. In that district 34 head of livestock perished by lightning. Heaviest damage was on the Matt Stewart farm where a bull and three cows died when lightning struck a large tree under which they were standing. A valuable cow was killed on the J. Harvey* Gallant farm. Barn Razed preceding day, large barn on farm, formerly On the lightning the Earl the Diehl Householders Must Assist Program Is To Succeed, Mayor Declares Mayor Howe Again Will Be Charge of Work of Oiling Stagnant Water Treatment of the of sewers and catch handled again this Wilbur A. Howe. If In of Regular spraying of all bodies water within the Bluffton corporation limits was started this week in the town’s fifth summer mosquito control program. water, and also basins, is being year by Mayor Quarries within the city limits, the entire length of Big and Little Riley creeks and sewer catch basins are treated regularly to kill mosquito larvae, and by getting a start on the program early in June it is be lieved that effective control will again lx? achieved. Cooperation Necessary However, to make the program a complete success, the cooperation of home owners will be necessary, May or Howe announced. Cisterns must be treated regularly with a good larvicide, eaves troughs should be cleaned, refuse piles must be eliminated and each home owner must make himself responsible for keeping his premises free of mosquito larvae at all times, it was pointed out. Any home owners who do not have spraying facilities are asked to con tact the mayor, who will make ar rangements for treatment of cisterns or outdoor pools. their Scouts To Collect Paper On Saturday Scouts will make an of waste newspapers Saturday afternoon, of both troops co Bluffton Boy other collection and magazines w’ith members operating in the campaign. Those with papers to contribute are asked to prepare newspapers and magazines in separate bundles and place them on the street curb or their porch steps before 12:30 p. m., when the collection will be started. Waste paper is badly needed now, because of an acute shortage, and Bluffton residents are urged to care fully search their premises for any thing they can contribute. omas Kitchen Rites Wednesday Funeral services for Thomas Allen Kitchen, 88, dealer and member of Education, afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral home. retired farm implement farmer and. a former the Bluffton Board of were held Wednesday Rev. J. A.* Weed, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which Kitchen was a member, officiated at the services. The aged Bluffton man died at 4 p. m. Monday in the Bluffton Com munity hospital after a serious ill ness of four w-eeks. Death was at tributed to the infirmities of age. Kitchen was born in Putnam coun ty October 10, 1855. ried 1939. ren, Ind. ware, and Oliver S. Kitchen, Pitts burgh and a brother, William Kitch en, and a sister, Mrs. Clara Badman, both of Toledo He was mar- to Irene Clark who died in Survivors include three child Mrs. Corrall Allen, Kokomo, Dr. Clyde C. Kitchen, Dela- Burial was in Maple Grove ceme tery. Frances Habegger Weds Robert Poe The wedding of Miss Frances Jean Habegger, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Habegger, of near Bluffton, and Robert Poe, son of Mrs. Margaret Poe, of near Rawson, was solemnized at 4:30 p. m. last Sun day at the Rawson U. B. parsonage. Rev. Paul Zimmerman officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Attendants were Miss Marjorie Oberly, friend of the bride, and James Oberly, friend of the groom. The bride wore a two-piece navy crepe with white accessories and a corsage of red and white roses. Preceding the ceremony, Miss Roberta Manges played on the piano “I Love You Truly”, “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” and Lohengrin’s “Bridal Chorus”. During the serv ices “Liebestraum” was softly played. Mrs. Poe was graduated from Pan dora High school in the class of 1944, and the groom received his diploma from Rawson High school in 1941. He is engaged in farming. The cuple left for a short wedding trip to Michigan and after their re turn they will reside with the groom’s mother near Rawson. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1944 CORN IS PLANTED SOY ACREAGE BIG WHEAT PROMISING Some Fields of Corn Nearing Cultivation Stage: Weath er Helps Soybean Acreage Expands Support Price of $2.04 is Posted as the heels of a record a cool wave which Bluffton area will cause farm crops, farmers Coming on warm spell, blanketed the no harm to stated as the temperature dropped from a high mark of 92 Monday to 50 degrees Wednesday morning. Crops thruout the district are in excellent condition reflecting effects of rains and warm weather of the past week during which time farm ers were busy winding up corn planting and hard at work putting out a record acreage in soy beans. The corn planting season has been finished and some stands, benefitting from the excellent growing weather, now are from three to five inches high. Farm observers say that more soy beans are being sown in this area than ever before, and many acres al ready have plants above the ground. This heavy acreage represents a shift from wheat as the farmer’s principal cash crop, and a good in come is assured this year with an nouncement that the base support price for 1944 soybeans will be $2.04 a bushel for No. 2 green and yellow beans containing not more than 14 per cent moisture. Last year’s beans still command a good price, and quotations have been holding steadily at $1.84 a bushel. Meadows give promise of an ex ceptionally heavy harvest of hay, and alfalfa is pressing hard on the heels of farm tillers, some of whom are rushing to complete soy bean plant ing before Pastures are the wheat promising. hay making begins, in excellent shape and stand is particularly only farm crop which About the has not benefitted from this spring’s weather has been oats, which has been slightly damaged by recent heavy rains. Some farmers report poor stands and much of the crop is said to lack a thrifty color. .. amw a, ........ Sgt. Mark Houshower In an impressive early morning ceremony last Thursday in the Bluff ton college chapel, Miss Margaret Berky, daughter of Prof, and Mrs. H. W. Berky, became the bride of Sgt. Mark Houshower, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Houshower, of Bowmansville, Pa. Dr. Lloyd Ramseyer, president of the college, received the vows of the contracting parties in the candle light ceremony. For the occasion the chapel was decorated with peonies and ferns, and the candelabra was draped with trailing vines. Preceding the single-ring cere mony, a program of organ music was played by the bride’s sister, Miss Esther Berky. Her selections in cluded “Sanctus”, “Holy, Holy, Holy” and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”. During the service, “Oh Perfect Love” was softly played. The bride was given in marriage by her father, who is a member of the Bluffton college faculty. There were no attendants. The bride wore a gown of bridal ivory satin, with a sweetheart neck line, long, fitted sleeves, full skirt and a short train. She carried a white prayer book with trailing ivy. A two-course wedding breakfast for the immediate family and a few intimate friends at the home of the bride’s parents followed the cere- mony. The groom’s parents were unable to attend. Mrs. Houshower has been teaching at Harpster, Ohio, and will return to that position next fall, short trip to the East, will leave for California, Houshower is stationed Cook. After a the couple where Sgt. at Camp Byron Fritchie Ends Signalman Training Among those graduating from an intensive course of signalman train ing at service school enerciscs on June 1 at Great Lakes, Ill., was Byron L. Fritchie, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie, of South Jackson street. Fritchie was selected for the spe cialized Navy training on the basis of recruit training aptitude tests, and this week was assigned to the navy school at Noroton Heights, Conn., for further training. Miss Mary Sypos, instructor in re ligious education in the Bluffton pub lic schools has accepted a Red Cross appointment leading to overseas serv ice in rehabilitation work among children of the occupied countries. She left Wednesday morning for her home in Cleveland to spend sev eral days before reporting in Wash ington, Saturday to begin three weeks preliminary training. I' oilowing this she will be assigned for further training as a Red Cross hospital staff aid before being given an overseas assignment. Miss Sypos has been instructor in religious education in the schools here for three years under auspices of local churches. Her resignation will become effective following her final acceptance for Red Cross serv ice. No steps toward filling the ex pected vacancy have yet been taken by the local council of religious edu cation. Older Students Busy in Stores, Industries and Farms in District All In previous years it was almost impossible for high school or college young people to obtain ^fB.ier em ployment of any kind, buk since the grow-th of w-artime labor shortages jobs are going begging thruout the entire area. Pre-School Clinic Next Wednesday Parents with children entering school next fall are urged to take them to the pre-school clinic to be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a. m. Wed nesday of next week in the Grade School building. Physical examinations w’ill be made by Bluffton doctors and dentists, and smallpox vaccinations and diphtheria immunization will be provided. This year’s pre-school clinic is sponsored by the Mothers Study club. Births Resigns Teaching Position Here To Take Up Red Cross Overseas Service Critical Summer Work Gap Is Being Filled By School Youths On Vacation Who Want Work can Find it Work on Lawns for Younger Boys Employment for the summer— once the bugabcn youths—is offering year to those who school reopens next of high school no problem this want work fall. and many until girls they Every farm boy are finding at home more than can do, because of the critical short age of farm labor, and they will play a major role in caring for the dist rict’s farm crops this summer. Town youths also are "finding their services much in demand. Many are working in Bluffton industries and business places, and others are help ing on farms in the area. Younger boys, too, are busy car ing for lawns and gardens, with a survey show-ing there is more work of this kind available than there are boys. and Mrs. Lysle Cahill of Mr. Cleveland are the parents of a daughter, Lynn Marie, born Thurs day at University hospital, Cleveland. Mr. Cahill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill of Jefferson street and Mrs. Cahill the former Ethel Jean Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Marshall of Rockport. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rupright of Ney, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Donald Herbert, born at their home May 27. Mr. Rupright is formerly of this place. The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Clever, South Main street, a son, Wednesday morn ing. Mr. and Mrs. Coy Wagner, a son, Gary Lynn, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Eck, dora, a daughter, Merry Diane, Sat urday. Pan Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Ada, a daughter, Susan Kay, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Young, Raw son, a son Roy Eugene last Wednes day. Carroll Eugene Lee Mr. and Mi’S. Hughse of Mt. Cory, a son Gary last Wednesday. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.60 corn $1.12 oats 75c soys $1.84. Local Girl Weds British Air Man Miss Dorothy Oberly, eldest daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Reno Oberly, two miles north of Bluffton, became the bride of A/C Frank Porter, of the Royal Air Force, in a quiet wed ding ceremony at Maumee, Ohio, last Saturday evening. The groom is the son of Capt. and Mrs. Harry Porter, of Manchester, England, and is now serving with the Royal Air Force at Ontario. Kingston, the wed and Mrs. Attending the couple at ding ceremony were Mr. Robert Brodine, of Toledo, Ohio. The bride graduated from Pan dora High school in 1940, and is employed in the Toledo office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. $5,000 IN BONDS VOTED FOR STREET REPAIR PROJECT Council Authorizes Ten Year Bond Issue at Meeting Monday Night Funds Will be Used to Pay Town's Part of Main Street Resurfacing Issuing of bonds in the sum of $5,000 to pay Bluffton’s portion of the cost of resurfacing Main street was authorized by the town council Monday night. The resurfacing project will extend from the Bentley road junction on South Main street to the north cor poration 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 inches in thickness on top of the present brick pavement. Ten Year Bonds The bonds, to be dated June 1, 1944 will run for a maximum period of ten years, with $500 of the princi pal coming due annually and the last bond maturing December 1. 1954. they w-ill bear interest at the rate of three per cent. Since the issue was authorized by the town council without a vote, the issue will fall within the ten-mill tax limitation. Payment of the lump sum* of $5,000, the amount agreed upon be tween the town and the state high way department, will be due when work on the street is summer. started this will be under highway de pay the over and the town, estimated The resurfacing work direction of the state partment which will also cost of the improvement above the amount paid by Cost of the project was at $25,730. Dale Trippiehorn Weds Ottawa Girl Miss Juanita Drerup, of Ottawa, became the bride of Dale L. Tripple horn, son of Mrs. Arrah Tripplehorn, of Cherry street, in a double ring ceremony in the rectory of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Ottawa, last Wednesday. and Mrs. Walter Drerup at the couple. Drerup is a of the bride. the ceremony the Mr. tended cousin For a street-length dress of white accessories, and a gardenias. Ada, bride wore pink, with corsage of Following the ceremony a break fast for the immediate families was held in the home of the bride’s par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard Drerup. A reception was held at the home in the evening. The bride is a graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul high school and until recently was a stenographer in the office of the Putnam county auditor. Trippiehorn, who graduated from Bluffton High school is employed by the Bluffton Stone Co. The young couple will make their home in Bluff ton. SERIOUSLY ILL Allen Thompson is reported ser iously ill with complications at his home in Orange township. PAGE NUMBER 7 FIFTH WAR LOAN DRIVE WILL START HERE NEXT MONDAY Hang For House- to-House Solic itation to Be Mapped At Meeting Thursday Over 100 War Bond Workers Will Canvas Bluffton in Coming Drive Mobilization of more than 100 War Bond workers for a house-to-house solicitation of Bluffton in the Fifth War Loan Drive will beld at 8:30 this Thursday in the Bluffton School Auditorium. p. m. High week cam- By holding the meeting this all necessary information and paign material will be in the hands of solicitors to permit a start of house to-house campaigning promptly on the opening day of the drive, next Mon day. This Thursday’s session will be the only general meeting the volunteer workers will be asked to attend, and all on the list of solicitors are urged to be present. For the purpose of the drive ,the town will be divided into 10 zones, and zone captains will be in charge of the teams in their territories. Individu al solicitors will report to zone cap tains and will be relieved of much of the paper work of earlier drives. The national campaign to raise 16 billion dollars will close on June 30th, but it is planned to complete the Bluffton phase of the solicitation earl ier, it was announced by N. A. Trip lett and M. M. Bogart, who are chairmen of the Bluffton drive, the 16 billions sought nationally, billion dollars are to represent purchases of individuals. co Of six the Bond Buying Urged With the European invasion now a reality and the need of ending the war quickly to save the lives of as many soldiers as possible, everyone should buy bonds to the limit of their abiMty, the co-chairmen announced. Solicitors who will make the house to-house canvass here include: Charles Gazette, R. K. Cooney, M. M. Murray, George Rauenbuhler, Amos Tscheigg. Gail Mumma, Dallas Berry, Gilbert Fett, B. R. Herring, Win. Luginbuhl, Ralph Patterson, Rolland Stratton. Woqdrgw Little, Gerald Buhler, Ed, Chamberlain, Forrest Harmon, Ed. Lape, H. P. Mann, Ed Seheele, Theo dore Schultz, Harry Turner, Elmer Short. W. A. Howe, C. A. Biery, A. C* Burcky, Leo Fenn, A. J. B. Longs dorgf, Noah Niswander, Don Patter son ,Harry’ Barnes. .W. Bixler, Charles Hankish, John Swisher, Hiram Wenger, John Maxon. Silas Diller, Ralph Badertscher, Raymond Conrad, John Garlinger, Ed gar Hauenstein, Joe Stage, Adam Steiner. Jess Yoakam, Byroij Anderson, Tom Decker, John Diller, Elmer Diller, Bill Edwards, Verne Moore, Ralph Stearns. Gene Benroth, Evan Basinger, Gor don Bixel, Wilford Geiger, Armin Hauenstein, Nelson Herr, Aldine Kohli, Sidney Stettler. C. F. Niswander, N .E. Byers, Wal ter Gratz, Paul Greding,' Charles Hilty, Clair Leiber, Ed Steiner. Charles Aukerman, Noah Basinger, Ross Bogart, Leland Diller, Wilford Gratz, Maynard Geiger, George Lin den, Oscar Lora, Jesse Manges, For rest Mumma, Harry Tipplehorn, C. A. Triplett. E .C. Romey, Arden Baker, Fred Getties, Ed. Reichenbach, C. .Henry Smith, M. M. Bogart, N. A. Triplett. Frank McElroy, Dan Tripplehorn, Fred Zehrbach, Murray Triplehom, Harley Augsburger, Clayton Chas. Steiner, Gerald Berry, Triplett. Bixel. Noah Chas. Lora, Lamont Diller, Diller, Eli Augsburger, .J. Boder tscher, Howard Stauffer, Forrest Steinman, Robt. Benroth. Herbert Siefield, Jesse Bracy, El mer Leichtenwalter, Ed Conaway, Don Conrad, Otto Holtkamp, Ed Walter mier, Harold Wenger, Wm. Kellogg, Chas. Lloyd. J. E. Steiner, Clayton Murray, Chas. Patterson, David Risser, Geo. Klay, Bob Lewis, Sidney Hauenstein, Merle Ingalls, Wilford Steiner. Program Friday To Close Bible School Bluffton’s daily vacation Bible school will close its two weeks’ ses sion with a program at the Metho dist church, Friday night at 8 o’clock. The program will be given by the children and.consists of hand work, songs and class demonstrations. About 130 pupils have been in at tendance.