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VWffiEO •TaTES INC* NOS VOLUME NO. LXIX SCHOOL TEACHERS,Applicants TO GET $60 YEAR SALARY INCREASE38 Reshuffling of Teachers, Courses Necessary to Permit Addi tional Payment Hiring of Part-Time Coach,. Cuts in Music, Art Sug gested as Economies Reshuffling of teachers and courses in Bluffton Grade and High schools is in prospect for next year to effect economies that will cover payment of a flat increase of $60 in the annual salary of all public school instructors during the next year. Change in the rate schedule of teachers was approved Monday night at a meeting of the Board of Educa tion, but economies in operation will be necessary to raise the additional $1,380 earmarked for salary pay ments. Teachers had suggested increases which would amount to approximate ly $4,500 based on a salary schedule, but the board said it was unable to finance a revision that would amount to more than $60 per year for each instructor. Extra Teacher Needed In addition to the increases amounting to $1,380, the board also must provide $1,200 additional for another first grade teacher. For the last several years only one first grade instructor has been needed, but with next fall’s class estimated at 50 a second teacher must be provided. This will be the largest first grade enrollment in recent years. This means the board will pay $2,580 more for teaching services next year, and the only means of defraying the additional expenditure will be in effecting internal economies in school operation. No Regular Coach Suggested reshuffling under con sideration includes a proposal that no regular coach be employed. Some one from the town would be retained to handle athletic Teams and physical education for boys and girls would be handled by some other member of the present teaching staff. Coach Russell Hasson, who has resigned to work on a railroad, will not return next fall. There also has been talk of com bining some courses and dropping others. Extra-curricular activities such as interscholastic sports, art and music may be curtailed, altho no definite plans have been made. Cuts in cost of operation must be made wherever possible board mem bers stated. Including the $60 increase the average salary of Bluffton Grade teachers next year will be $1,534, and the average salary of high school instructors will be $1,744. By special motion of the board Principal Ger hard Buhler will rece:ve $2,350, an increase of $70 from $2,280. Elizabeth Diller Dies In Toledo Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in the Diller funeral chapel for Miss Elizabeth Diller, 60, who died last Friday morning in Toledo. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the First Mennonite church, offi ciated. Surviving brothers and sisters in clude Ed Diller, Pandora Frank Dil ler, McComb Menno and Barbara Diller, Toledo Mrs. Mary Augsburg er and Susan Diller, Bluffton, and Mrs. Martha Bayliss, of Florida. Burial was in the St. John ceme tery near Pandora. Robert West Now Is 1st Lieutenant Robert West, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West, of Lawn avenue, has been promoted from Second to First Lieutenant at his station in the southwest Pacific area. The promotion was effective on May 26, according to word received by his parents. Cdllection Of Castoff Furs Completed Here Castoff furs collected here during the last two weeks by the American Legion Auxiliary have been shipped to New York City where they will be used in lining coats for merchant seamen. A large box full of furs was ob tained in the drive, according to Mrs. Millen Geiger, who acted as chair man. Another collection is planned next spring. Thirty-eight children who expect to enter the first grade of the Bluffton schools next September were brought to the pre-school clinic for physical examination, Wednesday morning. The clinic was held in the Grade school building with examinations i made by local physicians and dent ists. Smallpox vaccinations and diphtheria immunization also were provided. The clinic was sponsored by the Mothers Study club. A canvass by the club indicates that there will be 52 children enter the first grade here next fall. FIFTH WAR LOAN DRIVE GETS UNDER WAY IN BLUFFTON Over 100 War Bond Workers To Make House-To-House Canvass of Town Intensified Buying Needed to Put $110,000 Carppaign Over the Top Here With teams of canvassers contact ing every householder in the town, Bluffton’s Fifth War Loan campaign got under way in earnest last Mon day, the opening day of the drive to raise 16 billion dollars nationally before June 30. Heavier individual buying will be necessary in this drive if the town is to reach its goal of $110,000, but it is hoped that the intense e house to-house solicitation now under way will put the drive over the top long before the June 30 deadline. For the Fifth War Loan drive, the town has been divided into 10 zones, with zone captains directing the solicitation teams in those territories. Zone captainJA named at a kickoff meeting last Thursday night included Woodrow Little, Gene Renroth, Charles Aukerman, Mayor W. A. Howe, C. F. Niswander, Charles Gazette, Gail Mumma, N. E. Byers, Jesse Yoakam and Silas Diller. Allen county this time has a quota of $5,506,000, representing an in crease of $886,000 over the preceding drive quota, it was announced by A. D. MacDonnell, chairman of the county’s war finance committee. 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 ability in the campaign this time, especially since six billion dollars of the national goal are to represent the purchases of individual. Maynard Geiger Heads Bluffton Athletic Ass’n In a reorganization meeting of the Bluffton Athletic association last Friday night, Maynard Geiger was named president to succeed Norman Triplett. Other new officers include Donald Reams, vice-president and business manager Jess Manges, softball coach, and Bert Swank, secretary. Principal spring and summer ac tivity of the athletic association is sponsorship of the Harmon field soft ball league. Practice play has been under way at the recreation center for the last couple of weeks each Tuesday and Thursday night, start ing at 6:30 p. m. Anyone interested is urged to take part in play at the field, and in the league which will be organized short ly. There is no charge for play in the league. Main In Training At Great Lukes Charles P. Main, 22, husband of Mrs. Betty Main, of 121 Thurman street, Bluffton, is receiving his ini tial naval indoctrination training at the U. S. Navay Training station, Great Lakes, Ill. Before going into the service, Main wras an employe of The Trip lett Electrical Instrument company, of this place. Ebenezer Broadcast A vocal trio will be heard on the Ebenezer Mennonite church radio program broadcast from Findlay sta tion WFIN, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Members of the trio are Misses Vera Alice Bucher, Videl la Herr and Eloise Lora. Mrs. Milo Lora will be accompanist. For Position As Head Of Bluffton s Schools toard Makes Preliminary Sur vey of Applications at Meeting Monday First Action of Board will be to Narrow Field of Prospects First steps in the selection of a superintendent for the Bluffton school system for the coming year were taken by the Board of Education at its meeting Monday night when a preliminary survey was taken of 20 applications for the position which have been filed with Leland Diller, clerk of the board. Altho one of the 20 applicants will probably be selected fur the position, this was by no means certain as there has been no action taken to limit the time for filing applications and indications are that considerable time will be required to reach a final decision. All applicants are from out of town, this being in keeping with the board’s announced policy of bring ing in a school man from outside the system for the superintendency here. Because of the amount of detail work involved tentative plans have been made for special meetings to be held in addition to the regular monthly sessions of the board which besides the question of filling the superintendent’s position is confront ed with a reshuffling of the teaching staff and curriculum in an effort to effect operating economies to keep within the current income for the coming year. Preliminary action of the board it was indicated Monday night will be to narrow the field of candidates to a comparatively small number from which the final selection will be made. The number of applicants for the position was larger than had been anticipated in view of the existing manpower shortage on the teaching and school administrative field. A number of those applying for the position, however, indicated that they were attracted to the place because they considered Bluffton an excep tionally desirable place in which to live and rear a family. Vacancy in the superintendency of schools here was caused by the resig nation last month of A. J. B. Longs dorf, head of the Bluffton school system for the past nineteen years. He expects to retire from teaching when his resignation becomes effect ive on August 31. For the past several years the position has carried an annual salary of $2,800. Whether the salary will be continued at that figure is not known. However, in view of the present stringency in the school’s finances it is believed unlikely that there will be any advance over the present level. Bringing Body Here From Los Angeles Menno Zimmerman, former resi dent of this area who had lived in Los Angeles for 16 years, died in a hospital in that city last Saturday, after having been critically ill since June 5. The body will arrive in Lima next Monday and will be taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence U. Amstutz, of Pandora. Funeral services will be held in the Amstutz home at 2:30 p. m. next Tuesday. Friends are requested to omit flowers. Zimmerman was a native of Pan dora, and had been a farmer in that area before he retired and went to Los Angeles. Six daughters survive, Mrs. J. C. Eymann, Los Angeles, with whom he made his home Mrs. P. H. Eymann and Mrs. F. W. Frahm, Los Angeles Mrs. D. E. Reed and Mrs. Waldo Diller, both of Lima, and Mrs. Clar ence Amstutz, Pandora. One surviving sister is Mrs. Lavina Kleck, Los Angeles and three broth ers, Ezra Zimmerman, Fostoria Emil Zimmerman, Zion City, Ill. and Chris Zimmerman, Waskegan, Michigan. Radio Singer Will Lead Singspiration Rev. Neal Boertje, of Elida, radio broadcaster, will lead the Singspira- tion at 9:15 p. m. next Sunday in the Defenseless Mennonite church. Rev. Boertje is heard each week day on the “Frank and Neal’’ broad cast over Radio Station WLOK, Lima. A trio made up of Rev. Boertje, his wife and her sister, will sing at the service. They will also be in charge of evening church services starting at 7:45 p. m. w rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 19 PROSPECTS BRIGHT FOR BUMPER FEED CROP YIELDS HERE tains Tuesday Night Bring Alfalfa Cutting to Standstill Wheat and Com Lfrte but Out look Good Potato Acreage Short Heavy rains which fell Tuesday night brought to a standstill tempor arily busy farm operations In the midst of haymaking, corn cultiva tion and last tag ends of soybean planting. First cutting of alfalfa is well I under way and cutting of rod clover was started in scattered localities. Prospects are good for a ha/ crop in this section which has had ample moisture during the growing season. Early summer prospects indicate that production of feed crops will reach a new high mark this year which belief is borne out by the alfalfa yield. Record Soy Acreage With soy bean planting virtually completed, indications are that the acreage this year will be the largest ever to be put out in this section. Farmers point out that soy beans are particularly attractive this year because of the relatively small amount of labor required and an at tractive base support price of $2.04 a bushel for No. 2 grqon and yellow beans containing not |nore than 14 per cent moisture. Crops generally, althp looking good are somewhat later than usual this year. Corn stands are spotty and the majority of fields will not be “knee high by Fourth of July” unless favored by exceptional growing weather. Crop outlook, however, is good. Wheat Ixxk«ijG)od Wheat prospects, likewise are particularly promising *his year, al tho farmers are not anticipating harvest until after the Fourtl| of July. Acreage in this district id about average. Prospect of insufficient labor for cultivation and harvest is largely responsible .for the sharply curtailed potato acreage which is reported the smallest in this area in recent years. Because of the reduced planting this spring a number of dealers are reported to have had stocks of unsola seed potatoes left on their hands. Rites Tuesday For John Badertscher John Badertscher, 73, native of Bluffton, who left here about 40 years ago, died last Saturday morn ing at his home in Lima. He was born west of Bluffton, and worked in the oil fields during the boom at the turn of the century. At the time of his death he was night watchman at the south side plant of the Deisel-Wemmer-Gilbert Corp, in Lima. Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon in the Elida Lutheran church, with Rev. Ivor Willis offi ciating. Burial was in Greenlawn cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Grace a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bader tscher, at home a brother, Peter Badertscher, Bluffton, and five sis ters, Mrs. Kathryn King, Los An geles Mrs. Sarah Basinger, Califor nia, Mo. Mrs. Susan Aeschbaucher, Versailles, Mo. and Misses Barbara and Lydia Badertscher, Denver, Colo. Francis Luginbill Sails As Navy Diver Francis W. Luginbill, MM 3/c, a Navy diver, has left the United States for overseas service on an auxiliary rescue and salvage ship. He is a former employe of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., of this place. Before sailing from San Francisco, he met Charles Emans, of Bluffton, who also worked for the same organization. Boy Scouts Gather Five Tons Of Paper Five tons of wastepaper w’ere col lected last Saturday by Bluffton’s two Boy Scout troops, with the group n:cking up only paper that had been placed on curbs or porch steps. It has been decided to gather wastepaper every 60 days until further notice. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.55 corn $1.12 oats 75c soys $1.84. WAR SAVINGS 8ON0 SERIES Youths from United Brethren Churches to Gather at Bluffton College Sessions to Open Next Monday Morning and Continue Until Saturday More than 200 young people from United Brethren churches of North western Ohio are expected here next week to attend the annual summer conference to be held on Bluffton college campus from Monday to Saturday. The conference is held here every summer with a program of study, devotions and recreation arranged under direction of young people’s leaders of that denomination. Recitation halls at the college are used for class work and those at tending are housed in Ropp and Lin coln halls, college dormitories. Meals will be served in Ropp hall dining room. Rev. Don Hochstettler of Mont pelier, native of Bluffton will be camp manager and Rev. Fay Bow man of Toledo will be dean of the school. Dr. V. H. Allman, residing south of Bluffton will serve as counsellor. Y)r. Allman is superhffendent of Sandusky conference, which compris es the group of United Brethren churches in Northwest Ohio. Buy An Extra War Bond Purchase of an extra $100 war bond by everyone is being urged as the Fifth War Loan drive gains momentum. More Than 200 Expected Here For Young People’s Conference Gareth Todd Gets Ensign's Commission Gareth Todd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Todd, of Franklin street, will be commissioned as ensign in the naval air service at Corpus Christi, Texas, next Saturday. Todd has been serving as cadet lieutenant commander of the 8th battalion, aviation cadet regiment, at the naval air training center at Corpus Christi, one of the highest cadet officers in the regiment. He has also been commended for exemp lary conduct. Production Rally Here Wednesday Lieut. Schuyler Patterson, of the U. S. Navy, will be in charge of a 1 production incentive rally for em ployes of The Triplett Electrical In strument Co., this Wednesday after noon in the Bluffton High School auditorium at 4:45 o’clock. Personal reports direct from the battle front by men who have fought will be featured at the rally. Indiana Senator To Address Lions Club Indiana State Senator Charles Phelps, of Ft. Wayne, will be the speaker of a ladies night meeting of the Bluffton Lions club at 6:30 p. m. next Tuesday in the Walnut Grill. Senator Phelps has a fine record as a speaker, and has proved one of Indiana’s best legislators. New officers of the Lions club to serve during the coming year will be inducted at next Tuesday’s meeting. Kirtland Is Army Air Force Gunner Pfc. Norman E. Kirtland, son of Mr. and Mrs, Victor Kirtland, of Rural Route 1, Bluffton, was gradu ated last week as an Army Air Force bomber aerial gunner, after complet ing training at the Harlingen Army air field at Harlingen, Texas. Unless retained at Harlingen as an instructor, Pfc. Kirtland will join an aerial combat team. MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED A mariage license has been issued to Raymond Kenneth Duffman, 25, U. S. Navy, Bluffton and Hazel M. Martin, 23 of Lima. issue 1SU START SURFACING OF MAIN STREET ABOUT AUGUST 1 Hot Mix Street Treatment Awaits Installation of Water Taps Curb Repair and Raising of Catch Basins Must be Done First Re-surfacing of Bluffton’s Main street, in a $27,500 improvement program sponsored jointly by the State Highway department and the municipality, will begin about August 1, it was learned this week. Start of work on the project is being delayed to permit installation of new tap lines connecting the city water mains running down the center of the street with the water systems in 160 homes and business places bordering on Main street. Replacement of old taps will not be completed before the latter part of July, according to present esti mates, and the worirfflwtst be finished before the street can be re-surfaced. Under Way Now Installation of new tap lines has been under way for more than a month, but the work last week was held up several days because of the non-arrival of additional taps, which were delayed in shipment to Bluffton. State highway department officials in their last visit here, said that everything would be in readiness to start the re-surfacing early in July, but that the work would be delayed until the replacement of water lines is completed. Before the street can be re-surfac ed broken curbs must be repaired. It will also be necessary to raise all catch basins and manhole covers one and three-fourths inches, to make them flush with the new surface of the street. In the street improvement, a one and three-fourths-inch asphalt hot mix surface will be placed over the present brick pavement beginning at the Bentley road, and continuing north to the Allen-Hancock county line. This will comprise a one and one-half mile project within the city limits. In addition, the highway resurfac ing project will continue north from the county line to the intersection of 1 the Dixie highway and State Route 69 near Mt. Cory. By the time the street resurfacing starts in August, the Bluffton council expects to have available $5600 representing the town’s share of cost of the $27,500 project. At last week’s meeting of the council, issuance of bonds to raise the funds was author ized, and they will shortly be offered for sale. Other Improvements Altho re-surfacing of Main street will constitute the major portion of Bluffton’s street repair program this summer, Street Commissioner Lee Coon says the town hopes to have sufficient funds to undertake other improvement programs. Street repairs are badly’ needed on Harmon road from Garau street to the Bentley road on Lake avenue from North Main street to the Allen Hancock county line, on West Elm street from Main street, and on Spring street between Elm and Riley streets. Births Mr. and Mrs. George Burton of Ada, a daughter, Carol Juanita, at Bluffton hospital, Friday. Cpl. and Mrs. Clyde Klingler, a son, Keith Ream at Bluffton hospital, Sunday. BUY VWI NUMBER DRAFT CALLS ARE LESS YOUNG MEH ARE FILLING QUOTA Smaller Calls Reflect Decreased Demand from Armed Forces Quotas Being Substantially Met by Registrants Under 26 Years Reflecting a decreased demand for manpower in the armed forces, Allen County Draft Board No. 3 selective service calls for the last two months have been lighter, and the board has been substantially meeting its quota despite the fact that no men over 25 are being inducted. Bluffton and Richland township are under the jurisdiction nf Board No. 3, and the reduced draft calls have meant the induction of fewer men from this area during the last several weeks. For the present, draft calls are being filled by men under 26 whose industrial or agricultural deferments are cancelled, by those just turning 18 years old, and by reclassification of men formerly’ physically deferred. Two Calls for Navy- Two calls aggregating 28 men were filled by’ the Allen County Board during the past week. Ail the men were sent for naval training. Men from this area included in the calls were: Robert E. Stratton, Bluffton Rich ard Paul Leiber, Beaverdam Paul Geiser, Franklin Mayberry, Columbus Grove Carlton L. Emerick. La fayette. Former Bluffton Man Married In Coshocton Lieut. Neil Baumgartner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Baumgartner of Mishawaka, Ind., formerly of Bluff ton and Miss Pauline Wolfe of Co shocton, daughter of Mrs. Mildred, Wolfe of that city were married SaU, urday night. v .IK. The wedding Foo"k plice in the Presbyterian church of Coshocton at 8 o’clock with the pastor, Dr. R. M. Kiskaddon officiating. The ceremony took place before an altar banked with palms and baskets of white roses. Two candelabra were arranged on either side of the altar. The bride, given in marriage by her mother, wore a wedding gown of white marquisette with tulle veil and coronet of seed pearls. Her only ornament was a strand of pale pearls, the gift of the bridegroom and her flowers were a shower bouquet of white roses. Mrs. Dale Baker of Charleston, W. Va., was matron of honor and Miss Jeanne Baumgartner of Mishawaka, sister of the bridegroom was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. G. T. Moore and Miss Anne Wolfe both of Columbus. Mr. Baumgartner served his son as best man. A reception followed the ceremony after which the couple left on a short wedding trip. They were in Bluffton the first of the week visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Baumgartner and Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Bogart and other relatives and friends after which they will go to Boston, Mass., to make their home. The bride is a graduate of Miami university-, Oxford, in the class of 1942 and received her Master of Science degree from Wayne univers ity, Detroit, this spring. Lieut. Baumgartner was graduated, from Miami university in 1942 and took graduate work at the University of Illinois. He was graduated last w-eek from the army technical school as communications officer. Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Baumgartner and Mr. and Mrs. Bogart from thia place were in attendance at the wed ding. Victor Augsburger Wins Scholarship Rev. Victor Augsburger, son of Eli Augsburger, of South Jackson, street, has received the Lane Schol arship awarded by McCormick Theo logical seminary’ in Chicago, where he has been a student for the past year. The scholarship was aw’arded in recognition of outstanding work dur ing the last year, Rev. Augsburger having had a grade average of “A* for the tw-o semesters. Financially the award covers the tuition, room and board for another year of graduate work at the Semin- ary. This is the third scholarship Rev. Augsburger has won in the last 18 months, following his graduation from Aurora college.