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Intensified Buying ^Needed To
Put $110,000 Drive Over
The Top 3fltre
Solicitation Teamsf^Lre Making
House-To-House Canvass
of the Town
In the first nine days of Bluffton’s
Fifth War Loan campaign, approxi
mately $70,000 has been invested in
War Savings bonds, $40,000 short of
the town’s goal of $110,000.
Heavier individual baying will be
required, however, if the drive is to
go over the top, for most of the large
purchases have been made, zone cap
tains told their teams iis week in
organizing for the completion of holse
to house canvassing of the town.
Of the $75,000 raised so far in the
campaign, $46,780 came from the
drive conducted among employed of
The Triplett Electric Instrument Co.,
Bluffton’s major war industry. This
campaign is nearing completion, how
ever, and the bulk of the remaining
$40,000 needed to attain Bluffton’s
quota must come from other residents
uf the town.
County Sales Slow
In Allen county as a whole, the
campaign is running behind schedule,
vith approximately one million dol
lars subscribed towards the1 county
goal of $5,506,000.
For the Fifth War Loan drive in
Bluffton the town has been divided in
to 10 zones with zone captains di
recting solicitation teams in those ter
Zone captains who are directing the
canvass with Norman A. Triplett and
M. M. Bogart, co-chairmen, include
Woodrow Little, Gene Benroth*. Chas.
Aukerman, Mayor W. A. Howe* C. F.
Niswander, Charles Gazette,^ Gail
Mumma, N. E. Byers, Jesse Yuakam
and Silas Diller.
Solicitors reported that much ttf the
Support in the drive is comingWrom
parents with sons in the servic^who
fW they are getting closer t^the
boys on the fighting fronts by pur
chasing as many bonds as they possi
bly can.
Reports by zone captains this week
showed that the team directed by
Charles Gazette, with five residences
remaining to be contacted, is leading
in sales with a mark of $6600 in
cash, and N. E. Byers’ team, with
only three calls to be made, has
nearest completed its solicitations.
S. F. Pannabecker
Gets Ph. D. Degree
S. F. Pannabecker, of College road,
will receive the Ph. D. degree from
Yale university at commencement ex
ercises in New Haven, Conn., this
Because of his teaching duties at
Bluffton college, however, he will not
be present at the exercises and will
be graduated in absentia.
Pannabecker is a returned mission
ary to China who came here in 1941
to teach in Bluffton college and work
on his Ph. D. degree in Mennonite
history. His thesis for the doctor’s
degree was “Development of the Gen
eral Conference Mennonite Church of
North America in the America En
He expects to return to China this
fall where he will engage in relief
work under the Mennonite Central
committee. The location where he
formerly was stationed as a mission
ary now is in Japanese hands. His
wife and family will remain here
when he returns to the Orient.
Three From Bluffton
Summoned In Draft
Three from the Bluffton area were
included in selective service regis
trants called by Allen County Draft
Board No. 3 the first of the week.
Oq, Monday, Chauncey Basinger of
near Columbus Grove, a Bluffton
high school student last year left for
army training at Ft. Benjamin Har
rison, Indiana.
Two who left for naval training
on Tuesday were: Kenneth Finton
and Clark Leon Basinger both of
Dale Stuber Trains
At Great Lakes, Hl.
Dale R. Stuber, 22, son of Mr. A.
J. Miller, south of town, is receiving
his initial naval indoctrination at
the U. S. Naval Training Center,
Great Lakes, Illinois.
His “boot” training consists of in
struction in seamanship, military
drill, and general naval procedure.
Husband Succumbs
At Army Air Base
Cpl. Hobart Hall, 21, whose wife
was formerly Miss Belle Potee of
this place, died at the army air base
at Pierre, South Dakota, Tuesday
Word of her husband’s death was
received Wednesday morning in a
telegram sent by Mrs. Hall to her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Potee
of North Mound street.
No details were contained in the
message and news of his death came
as a surprise since Cpl. and Mrs.
Hall and their two daughters, Karen
aged two years and Linda Darlene,
six weeks, had visited here earlier
this month and returned to South
Dakota on Tuesday of last week.
Cpl. Hall was a cook at the army
air base and his wife and family
sided at that place. Whether
death was due to an accident
from natural causes could not be
termined Wednesday morning.
The body is being sent east and
will arrive in Ada the last of this
week. It will be taken to the home
of his mother two and one-half miles
south of that place pending funeral
Cpl. Hall is a native of McGuffey.
His wife is the eldest daughtei- of
Mr. and Mrs. Potee.
William Amstutz in Hospital,
War Department Notifies
Wounded While Serving with
Medical Detachment on
Italian Front
Amstutz has been overseas since
last October and has been serving
with an army medical detachment.
His parents do not know what part
of Italy he was in when the wounds
were received, nor where his hospital
is located in that country.
Amstutz is the first casulty re
ported in the immediate Bluffton area
since the increased tempo of fight
ing was inaugurated in Europe
months ago.
College Term Will
Open On June
Few Ration Headaches Now Because
Of Rationing Ebb, Victory Gardening
William Amstutz, Jr., 20, son
Mr. and. Mrs. Wiliam Amstutz, three
and one-half miles southwest of
Bluffton, was wounded in action on
May 30, Memorial Day, and is now
in a hospital in Italy.
His wounds are not serious, ac
cording to a telegram received Tues
day by his parents from the war
A third three-week term will open
at Bluffton college, Tuesday, June 27,
with courses offered in “Bird Lore”
and “Christian Ethics”.
Prof. H. W. Berky is teaching the
class on “Bird Lore”. Dean J. S.
Schultz will be in charge of the
other course.
Registration is open until the open
ing date for either course.
So far courses in home economics,
psychology, history, education, soci
ology, literature and physical educa
tion have been offered on the summer
school program of the college.
H. S. Principal To Be
Summer Camp Leader
Gerhard Buhler, Bluffton high
school principal will leave next Mon
day for Cass Lake, Minn., where he
has accepted a position as instructor
at Camp Wanaki, a summer camp
for boys.
The camp which will be in session
for eight weeks is operated by Dr.
Frank Slutz of Dayton, who deliv
ered the class address at the high
school graduation exercises here last
Principal Buhler will be accompan
ied by his son Samuel, who will
spend eight weeks at the camp.
Charles Trippiehorn
Gives Talk On Snakes
Charles Trippiehorn, Eagle Scout
member of Troop 56, gave a lecture
on snakes at a joint meeting of
Bluffton’s two Boy Scout troops Mon
day night in Troop 82 headquarters.
In addition to giving the talk on
snakes, Trippiehorn displayed 10
water and queen snakes to the group.
Rationing Reaches New Low as
Most Cheese is Declared
Meat Rationing May be Resumed
On July 1 To Adjust Dis
tribution Troubles
With Victory gardens coming into
production and rationing at its low
est ebb since restrictions first were
applied generally, Bluffton area resi
dents are enjoying a period in which
there are few rationing difficulties
other than in obtaining sufficient
sugar for canning.
Additional relaxation of rationing
restrictions came the first of this
w’eek when most cheese was striken
from the ration list.
The only cheese for which red
tokens now are required are Ameri
can cheddar, Cheddar products and
other cheese which have been in
Group 1 on the ration list. Ration
ing restrictions are lifted only until
Temporary Basis
OPA explained the temporary
point-free basis for most cheese has
been declared because in the coming
fortnight soft cheese stocks will be
at their highest level of the year.
Discontinuance of the rationing of
most meat, however, has brought dif
ficulties in distribution, for many
persons complain of being unable to
obtain choice cuts, and there is a
likelihood that ration points may
again be placed on meat on July 1.
Spokesmen for the OPA also an
nounced this week that the tempor
ary zero point value for many major
canned vegetables also may be ter
minated because most of the 1943
pack of canned goods now has moved
off grocer’s shelves.
May Resume Rationing
OPA will make its decision some
time during the coming week, and it
has been announced that returning
point-free meats to rationing in ^uly
has “bright prospects”.
Many choice meats are scarce in
local markets, such as ham, pork
chopp ajpd veal st^ak. Thia
tioninr' upl fcafed" on a
basis, and provides
projected action in
This situa
the impetus for
resuming ration­
are blamed for
Individual tastes
the shortage of popular cuts of meat.
With point rationing removed and
the price differential between cuts
too small to influence buying, the
demand for choice meats has been
ahead of other cuts. Consequently
meat markets have on hand larger
stocks of slow selling meats.
Added Quota For
Surgical Dressings
An emergency quota of 120,000
surgical dressings has been assigned
to the Bluffton Red Cross to be com
pleted by August 1, it is announced
by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, local chair
In connection with the announce
ment she made an appeal for more
women workers at the Red Cross
rooms which are open in the Grade
school building every Monday night
from 7 to 9:30 and afternoons from
Tuesday through Friday from 1 to
4 o’clock.
No uniform is necessary. The only
requirements are a wash dress and
no nail polish.
Bluffton Man Shown
In Air Force Photo
Photographs of Corp. William F.
Stager, 23, of Bluffton, this week ap
peared in many Ohio newspapers, as
a release of the Eighth AAF Bomber
station in England.
The Bluffton youth is shown in
stalling a 50-calibre machine gun in
the ball turret of a Flying Fortress.
Corp. Stager is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Leonard Stager, of 310 N.
Main street. He attended
school at Rawson.
Vidor Moser Gets
Army Promotion
Promotion of Victor Moser from
Private First Class to Corporal was
announced recently in England by
Major General Hugh Knerr, com
manding general of the air service
Corp. Moser is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ervin Moser, south of
He was graduated from
High school in the class of
Real Estate Deals
Dana Mathewson of Riley street
has purchased from Wm. Leiber the
former Duffman property on North
Main street now occupied by Wm.
Clark and family.
Fewer Instructors in High
School and More in Grades
Are Needed
Board Scans Budget with View
to Economies as Operating
Costs Rise
Rising operating costs, increased
grade school enrollment and smaller
high school classes find the Bluffton
board of education confronted with
the dual problem of budgetary re
trenchment and readjustment of the
public school teaching staffs.
Next fall’s estimated enrollment of
52 in the first grade is nearly double
that of two years ago, and halts sub
stantially for the first time in a de
cade the downward trend of grade
school students. At the same time,
high school classes now are com
prised of smaller classes, the result
of decreased enrollment in the grades
over a span of more than 10 years.
Board of education members at
their June meeting observed that as
a result the high school faculty now
is overstaffed and with grade school
enrollment picking up there are now
too few grade teachers.
Adjustment Difficult
Adjustment of this situation is
made particularly difficult because of
provisions of the teacher tenure law,
members of the board said.
Operating budget problems are
complicated by the fact that an esti
mated $2,500 additional must be
made available next year to cover
the cost of a $60 annual increase in
salary for each teacher, and to pay
an additional salary if another first
grade instructor is hired to handle
the anticipated enrollment of 52
The increase in teachers’ pay rep
resents a total of $l|380, and salary
of the first grade instructor will be
about $1200. This instructor, how
ever, may be supplied thru a re
shuffling the pwent teaching
With no prospects of additional
school income, adjustments must be
forthcoming in order to make the
school budget cover the cost of oper
May Hire Local Coach
One proposed solution has been to
hire a local coach for sports teams
and pay him on the basis of about
one-half of what heretofore has been
expended for coaching. Classes
formerly handled by the athletic
coach would
members of
be distributed among
the present teaching
Athletic Commissioner
The late
Townsend, who was here for the
high school athletic banquet last
spring, said there were more than
300 schools in the state operating
without a regular coach at that
time. Russell Hasson, coach here
last year, will not return next fall,
having accepted a railroad position.
Another proposal has been to re
duce art and music instruction from
the present five-sixths to one-half
No definite course of procedure has
been worked out, however, and
are possibilities that additional
dies may be proposed in the
to make the operating budget
during the coming year.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr .and Mrs. Joe Plummer of
Ada, a daughter, Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schumacher
of Ottawa, a daughter, Christine
Mae, Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thorpe of
Pandora, a daughter, Nancy Ann,
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Brown, Ada,
a son, Bruce Allen, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ruggley, a
son, Ray Wayne, Sunday.
Announcement is made of the
birth of a son, Richard Allen, to Mr.
and Mrs. Eugene Alspach of Chi
cago, June 12. Mr. Alspach was
formerly of Bluffton.
Erwin A.
Mrs. Al-
Born to Rev. and Mrs.
Albrecht of Chicago, a
Angela Marie, Tuesday,
brecht is the former Magdalene Bixel
of Bluffton.
Leads Singspiration
E. Kocher of Findlay will
singspiration at the De
Mennonite church, Sunday
9:15 o’clock. Miss
trumpeter and Mrs. Betty
lead the
night at
Goss, pianist, both of Camden, N. J.,
will give special numbers.
Blufftdjp area residents who swel
tered Sunday in a 95-degree heat
wave, the hottest w-eather of the
year^ were shivering one day later
whe« the mercury plunged to a mark
of 56 at 6 a. m, Tuesday.
Incon^stencies of the weather have
beerfe? ccenmon so far this year, but
thir^** J------ -*change
to Change from light weight summer
gar»nents to winter clothing before
they had a chance to recover from
ths effect of the heat wave.
Week’s 39-degree in tem
ture over a matter of hours had
women and children scrambling
Torrid weather, aggravated by hu
midity, struck suddenly last Satur
day when the thermometer reached
90 degrees at 5 p. m., and dropped
Horsemen From Three States
to Perform Under Light at
Harmon Field
Trick Riding, Bronco Busting.
Steer and Calf Roping on
Gala Rodeo Program
Bringing to Bluffton all the color
and action of the old “Wild West”,
horsemen and horsewomen wish some
of the best saddle mounts in Ohio,
Michigan and Indiana will stage a
gala Fourth of July rodeo under the
floodlights at Harmon field on that
All the colorful setting of the old
time rodeos will be duplicated per
fectly, and the* many features will
include trick riding, “bronco bust
ing”, steer riding, high jumping with
horses, steer “dogging”, calf roping,
obstacle racing and musical pads.
In addition there will be a pony
ring for children, clowns on bucking
mules and a colorful parade of fancy
dressed riders and horses. More than
$200 will be awarded to participants
in war bonds and war stamps.
Plenty of ^bating space will be
available for the capacity turnout
expected, and temporary wings of
bleachers will be added to the large
concrete stadium at the recreation
Opening event of the gala evening
program will be an airplaine stunting
exhibition over the field at 7:30 p. m.
by Clayton Bixel, Bluffton flier.
Music will be provided by the
Rawson band, which will play thru
out the exhibition, and which also
is scheduled to present a pre-rodeo
concert on Saturday night, July 1.
This year’s rodeo is sponsored by
Bluffton Merchants, the Saddle Horse
club and the Bluffton Community
Sportsmen’s club.
Consider Applicants
For School Head Here
Consideration of applications for
the position of superintendent of
schools here was started by the
Board of Education at a special
meeting Monday night.
Of the total of 20 applicants, 10
selected by a vote of members of the
board of education were considered
for the position as head of the
school system. Further investigation
of a portion of these will be made by
the board, it was indicated.
Wayne Deppler Now
Is Master Sergeant
Wayne Deppler, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Eli Deppler, stationed with the
army signal corps in Iran has been
advanced to the rank of master ser
geant and first sergeant, his parents
learned the first of the week.
Sgt. Deppler is serving as per
sonnel assistant to the company com
mander and in his position as con
tact man between the commander and
enlisted men is responsible for all
men in his company.
Youth Will Train
For Army Air Corps
Evan Niswander, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Niswander of Grove
street has left for Ft. Benjamin Har
rison, Indianapolis, to be transferred
later this week to Keesler Field,
Miss., for basic training in the Army
Air corps.
Tax Man Will Be
Here On July 18-19
Representatives from the Allen
county treasurer’s office will be in
Bluffton at the Citizens National
bank, Tuesday, July 18 and Wednes
day, July 19 for collection of the last
half of the 1943 real estate taxes.
n Residents Bake Then Freeze
As Mercury Hits 95, Drops To 56
Color And Action Of The Old West
To Be In Fourth Of July Rodeo Here
only a few degrees during the night.
Sunday was a real scorcher, with
the 95-degree mark being struck
early in the afternoon, and the only
relief was from a stiff southwest
breeze that helped ease the intense
Buckeye lake was jammed with
swimmers throughout the day and
many from here took to the woods
and parks for picnic dinners and
Relief came early Monday morn
ing, however, with a driving rain
storm, and cooler weather on Monday
was followed by Tuesday’s unseason
ably low temperatures, leading up to
the official arrival of summer at
8:33 a. m. on Wednesday.
24 From Here At
Mennonite Retreat
Twenty-four young people repre
senting the First Mennonite church
of this place are attending the Men
nonite Young People’s retreat at
Camp Mack, Milford, Indiana,
Accompanied by Prof, and
Russell A. Lantz, the group
Bluffton Monday morning and
return next Sunday night.
In the party are Harold Hartman,
Leonard Smucker, Robert Ramseyer,
Betty Bixel, Jean Burkholder, Otto
Klassen, Genevieve and Joann Buh
ler, Alice Ruth Pannabecker, Dean
Niswander, Jean Ann Burcky, Esther
Berky, Mary Lou Dean, Robert and
Harriett Amstutz, Mary Ann Smuck
er, Mary Katherine Bauman, Joann
Burkholder, Alice Jean Bixel, Ken
neth Winkler, Paul Don Bixel, Mar
garet Diller, Louise Soldner and Bar
bara Buckland, all of Bluffton.
Attending with the local group are
Betty Jean and Anita Pannabecker,
of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Corrine
Bresco, of Chicago.
Rev. Forrest Musser, Pandora
Rev. Don Smucker, Wadsworth Rev.
A. E. Kreider, Goshen, Ind., and
Robert Kreider, Akron, Pa., are
among the instructors at the retreat.
David Wenger Dies
In Hospital Here
Funeral services for David Wen
ger, 85, father of Mrs. Minnie Lug
inbill and Hiram and Oscar Wenger,
of Bluffton, were held Tuesday after
noon in the St. John Mennonite
church near Pandora.
Rev. Forrest Musser, pastor of the
Grace Mennonite church, of Pandora,
and Rev.
St. John
rites, and
P. J. Boehr, pastor of the
church officiated at the
burial was in the
Mr. Wenger died Sunday
at the Bluffton Community
from the infirmities of age.
been bedfast for a week.
St. John
He had
His occu­
pation was that of a carpenter and
The son of Christian and Marie
Wenger, he was born Sept. 4, 1858,
near Smithville, Ohio, and went from
there to Putnam county in 1880. He
had made his home near Pandora
since that time and was a member
of the Grace Mennonite church in
He was married Nov. 18, 1884, to
Lydia Geiger,
In addition
sons and one
vived by Mrs.
Sara Kohli, both of Pandora
Josephine McCready, Chicago
Zelma Schumacher, Findlay Wilbert
Wenger, Salem, Oregon
Wenger, Pandora and Paul Wenger,
Lancaster, Ohio. There
grandchildren and seven great grand
who died in 1936.
to the two Bluffton
daughter, he is
Mary Miller and
are 32
Auto Use Tax Stamp
Sales Slow Thus Far
A heavy rush of last-minute sales
of automobile use tax stamps is ex
pected at the close of this month un
less sales pick up soon, Postmaster
Ed R. Reichenbach announced this
Few stamps have been sold so far,
and Postmaster Reichenbach warned
again that all motor vehicles oper
ated after June 30 must have the
stickers displayed on the windshield.
The stamps are serially num
bered and have provision on the back
for entering the make, model, serial
number and state license number of
the vehicle.
It has been suggested that in af
fixing the stamps, the windshield
should be dampened rather than ap
plying water to the adhesive side of
the stamp. Car owners also are
urged to make a record of the serial
number of the use stamp for protec
tion in case the stamp should be lost.
Enrollment Will Touch Highest
Point in Past Ten Years
loard Will Assign Two Teach
ers for Primary
Reflecting a change from the de
cline of the last several years, enroll
ment in the first grade of Bluffton
public schools next fall will include 52
children, according to a survey com
pleted last week by the Mothers*
Study club. This is more than 25 per
cent above enrollment in the first
grade last year.
The club survey made in connection
with the pre-school clinic last Wednes
day showed there will be 52 children
of first-grade age next September.
Enrollment estimates based on child
clinic surveys have proved extremely
accurate in the past, and it is assumed
that this year’s will provide a similar
Largest Grade
With an attendance of 52, the first
grade will be the largest in the grades
or junior high school, and for the sec
ond successive year in a decade en
rollment will mount upward. To pro
vide suitable facilities, the board of
education is making preparations for
teacher relocation or to hire an addi
tional teacher for the first grade, since
two different class rooms will be re
Estimated enrollment by grades
next fall is as follows, Supt. A. J. B.
Longsdorf announced First, 52 pu
pils second, 40 pupils third, 28 pu
pils fourth, 40 pupils fifth, 32 pupils
sixth, 28 pupils seventh, 45 pupils
eighth, 34 pupils ninth, 44 pupils.
High school classes also now are
showing effects of smaller classes
which began entering the first grade
of the school 10 years ago. This
means that if the trend of heavier
first-grade enrollment prwiicted foe
next fall should continue.* the nexft
decade will find more teachers nfjfa
ed in the grades and fewer in high
Indiana State Senator
Talks To Lions Club
Post-war planning must be on a
sound basis taking into consideration
the rights of all citizens including*
factory workers, farmers and profes
sional men, Indiana State Senator
Charles Phelps, of Ft. Wayne, told
the Bluffton Lions club at a ladies
night meeting in the Walnut Grill,
Tuesday night.
We owe it to the boys in uniform
to plan the America of the future
on a sound constructive basis, pre
serving the constitution, fundamental
laws, free enterprise and the freedom
of a choice of vocations, the speaker
declared. Equal opportunities must
be available for all, and small com
munities should be vital factors in
preserving a sensible way of life.
New officers for the coming year
also were installed at the meeting,
including Dr. Gordon Bixel, presi
dent Coach A. C. Burcky, first vice
president Dr. B. W. Travis, second
vice-president Gerhard Buhler, third
vice-president D. W. Bixler, treas
urer Forrest Steinman, tail twister
Jess Yoakam, lion tamer Rev. Paul
Whitmer, director and Ed Reichen
bach, director.
Lack Of Fittings
Delays Street Work
Non-arrival of a shipment of pipe
fittings is delaying work of replacing
city water lines into residential prop
erties and business places on Main
street which was begun by the Board
of Public Affairs.
The fittings, shipped four ■weeks
ago from Decatur, Ill., are believed
to have been lost enroute and tracers
have been working to locate the ship
One side of a portion of North
Main street where excavations have
been made awaiting the fittings, has
been closed to traffic.
Butler Ends Navy
Engineering Course
James O. Butler, 17, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Butler, of 110 Church
street, has completed a course in
basic engineering at the Great Lakes,
Ill., navy service school.
His father until recently was chief
Signal Corps inspector at the plants
of The Triplett Electrical Instrument
Co. here, but left recently for Alaska.
Mrs. Butler and daughter are still
in Bluffton.

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