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imrreo •TATES SAVING* ONOS UISSUMFS VOLUME NO. LX1X THREE WEEKS OF DROUGHT BRINGS CRISIS IN CROPS Light Shower Wednesday Morn ing Hoped Forerunner of More Rain Cooler Weather Brings Relief from Week of Heat and High Humidity Bluffton area residents were hope ful that scattered showers Wednes day morning might break a three weeks’ drought which admittedly has reached serious proportions and resulted in damage to farm crops and victory gardens. The showers Wednesday morning were not sufficient to alleviate drought conditions, however farmers and gardeners were hopeful that they might be the forerunner of heavier downpours. Accompanying the rain were over cast skies and definitely cooler weather bringing a welcome relief to high humidity and heat which has continued here for a week with temperatures in the high nineties. Need Heavy Rain Soon The three weeks’ drought has burned up pastures and lawns and parched field crops. Observers estimate that commercial and victory garden vegetable production has been cut from 10 to 50 per cent under last year. This area's last rainfall was a heavy shower on Friday, June 23, and altho light precipitation was predicted over the last weekend, it passed by Bluffton to make the situation more alarming with each passing day. In addition to threatened crop losses, dairymen have reported a .growing milk shortage, because of lack of feed in brown meadowlands. Many farmers are considering put ting their flocks on dry feed, and the move may be general unless last ing relief comes soon. Egg production also is down con siderably, helping a marketing situa tion that has provided many head- Continued on page 8) Kenneth Henry In Navy School Kenneth R. Henry, 27, husband of Mrs. Evelyn Henry, 21156 North Main street, was recently assigned to the Naval Training school (Diesel) on the University of Illinois campus, Urbana, Illinois. His enrollment in the specialty school is based on the results of recruit training aptitude tests. The course will cover the use, operation and maintenance of diesel engines. High School Girls At Camp For Week Six Bluffton high school girls, members of the cabinet of the Girl Reserve organization are spending the week at Camp Pittenger near McCutchensville. The camp is oper ated every summer for training of leaders in Girl Reserve work. Those from Bluffton spending the week there are Genevieve Buhler, Jean Ann Steinman, Juanita Bame, Mary Lou Schmidt, Janet Steiner and Louise Soldner. Man Breaks Leg In Fall In Barn \Vm. B. Luginbuhl sustained a broken right leg near the ankle as the result of a fall last Thursday. He is confined to his home on East Kibler street. The accident occurred when Lug inbuhl fell a distance of about six feet while making repairs in the barn on his farm northwest of Bluff ton. The farm is occupied by Mer lin Zimmerly. Fire In Strawstack Burns Gilboa Barn Fire originating in a strawstack from an undetermined cause de stroyed a large hip-roof barn on the farm of Fred Hector, Jr., two miles north of Gilboa on Tuesday after noon at 4 o’clock. Threshing at the farm had been completed Tuesday noon. Gilboa, Ottawa and Leipsic fire departments called to the scene suc ceeded in preventing a spread of the flames to the house and nearby buildings. A large farm tractor and a con siderable amount of feed and grain were lost, together with two large strawstacks. The loss is partly cov ered by insurance. Siefield Is In France With Invasion Troops Herbert Siefield, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Siefield, of South Main street, is with American troops on the Normany invasion coast, his parents were notified in a letter re ceived from him this week. Young Siefield who is with an ar tillery unit had been in England only six weeks before being shifted to France. He entered the Army on March 10, 1943. So far he is the first from this area who has notified relatives of being in France with in vasion troops. In his letter to his parents, Siefield said the weather was disagreeable, there was almost constant rain and plenty of mud. NEW SCHOOL HEAD WILL BEGIN DUTIES FIRST OF AUGUST Final Details of Contract Deter mined In Meeting With Board Monday Additional Teacher Will be Hired for First Grade, Board Decides Ralph S. Lanham, new superinten dent of the Bluffton public schools, will take charge of schools here at beginning of his term of contract on August 1, he told the Board of Edu cation at a meeting with them Mon day night. Altho Supt. A. J. B. Longsdorf’s resignation will not become effective until August 31, Lanham was asked to start his term the first of the month so that he may become familiar with the local setup before the opening of school in September. The new Bluffton school head has been working this summer as a car penter at the Lima Tank Depot, but he will quit that job on August 1 to devote full attention to the superin tendency. Lanham is trying to find a house in Bluffton so he can move his family, a wife and two daughters, from Mt. Victory, where he resigned as super intendent of the schools to accept the position here. If he is unable to im mediately establish a residence he will board here until he can find some thing. Contract Completed In final negotiations the term of his contract changed somewhat from pre liminary announcements. His three year contract is on a basis of $2,700 for the first year $2,900 for the sec ond year, and $3,000 for the third year. Supt. Longsdorf last year re ceived $2,800. Lanham announced that he plans to teach one class in the seventh or eighth grade to become acquainted with the pupils as they enter Junior High school. This class probably will be in arithmetic. Becay.se of the anticipated enroll ment of 52 students in the first grade, the Board of Education plans to hire an additional grade school teacher soon. It was announced that those interested in applying for the position should file applications with Leland Diller, clerk of the board. Girls physical education next year will be directed by Miss Theola Steiner, grade school instructor. No decision has been reeahed yet relative to boys’ physical education and ath letic coach. Promoted To Captain In Army Nurse Corps Miss Jennie Beery in the army nursing corps, well known here, has been promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to captain, it was an nounced the first of the week. She is chief nurse on the army hospital ship Ernest Hinds. Miss Beery, a registered nurse has been in army service for the past two and one-half years. She is a daughter of Joshua Beery and a sister of Mrs. Clayton Murray of West Elm street. Advanced In Rank Denver Augsburger of Bluffton, now in North Africa, has been pro moted from the rank of sergeant to staff sergeant, it was announced the first of the week. Cpl. Evan R. Badertscher, sta tioned at Camp Polk, Louisiana, has been advanced to the rank of ser geant. He is the son of Mrs. Edna Badertscher, formerly of Bluffton, now living in North Baltimore. Yank Soldiers In England Popular With Children Craving Candy And Gum Sgt. Roland Swank, formerly of Bluffton Writes of English Life French Fried Potatoes Take Place of American Ham burger Sandwiches A graphic account of picturesque, wartime England is given in an in teresting letter received this week by The News from Sgt Roland Swank, graduate of Bluffton High school and Bluffton college, who was superin tendent of Elida High school before entering the service. He writes from England: “I’ve been fortunate to have the privilege of traveling over a large part of Scotland, Wales and England in my brief stay here. Great Bri tain is a land of rare scenic beauty. The land is gently rolling almost everywhere and quite hilly in spots. “The fertile brown fields and deep green pastures with their inevitable stone wall or hedge, no two appar ently alike in size or shape, form a giant quilt-like pattern over the countryside. “The trees here are ah description. The estate now are encamped has i are much larger than tl mark in the Presbyter yard. I measured the s] oak just a few paces fr and found it to be over Roads Narrow “The country roads here are very old, winding, and narrow. It is im possible for two army trucks to pass on one. They are usually covered with macadam. The main highways are excellent and adjusted to care for military traffic. "The pub here is quite a social in stitution. It is the poor man’s club house. Darts, ninepins, checkers and dominoes offer diversion but most of the time the villagers and farmers discuss their mutual problems over a glass of cider, bitters, ale or stout. Most of the pubs are served by prim middle-aged or elderly women who bear a resemblance to the topical ‘old-maid school marm’ of the States. If anyone shows the slightest indica tion of tipsiness she rings a little bell and the taps close. She reports ‘Time please, drink up, the bobbies are coming’. “Spirits are rarely seen and a small glass of wine costs five shill ings or about one dollar. “The only thing that is slightly comparable to our sandwich shops at home are their fish and chips joints. French fried potatoes are as popular here as hamburgers in the States. Continued on page 8) Velma Borkosky Weds Kermit Herr In a candlelight ceremony in the First Mennonite church at 6 a. m. Sunday, July 2, Miss Velma Bor kosky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Borkosky, became the bride of Kermit Herr, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Herr. All are of Bluffton. Rev. J. N. Smucker, pastor of the church, officiated in a double ring ceremony. For the event the bride wore a powder blue crepe street length dress and a blue hat with a shoulder length veil. She also wore a strand of pearls, a gift of the groom, and a gold bracelet which was worn by her mother at her wedding. Her cor sage was of white gardenias and baby’s breath. Mrs. Rose Zimmerman, of Lima, was the bride’s attendant. She wore an aqua crepe dress with matching hat and a gold bracelet given to her by the bride. George Landes, also of Lima, attended the groom. Mrs. Herr is employed at The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. here and the groom is associated with the Lima Locomotive Works. Births Announcement is made of the birth of a son David, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bigler in the University hospital in Cleveland. The child is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bigler of South Main street. Rev. and Mrs. LeRoy Thompson of Coffeyville, Kansas, are the parents of a son, David Lynn born Friday in the Medical Center hospital. Rev. Thompson was a former member of the America Back to God quartet and is known in this community. The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greenawalt of Lima, a son, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. James Oberly of Bluffton a daughter, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwan der of Bluffton a son, Monday. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1914 MINARD DEEDS IS KILLED IN SOUTH PACIFIC FIGHTING Rawson Marine Graduated from Bluffton College Where He Starred On Gridiron Enlistment of Fiancee, Eileen Wenger, in WAVES, Delay ed by News of Death Pfc. Minard Deeds, 24, U. S. Marine Corps, who graduated in 19442 from Bluffton college where he was a star football lineman, has been killed in action in the South Pacific, according to word received last Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Deeds, of Rawson. He was the fiancee of Miss Eileen Wenger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wenger, of this place, who has made application to enlist in the WAVES. Miss Wenger hacI planned to take her entrance physical exam ination at Detroit on Monday, but obtained a postponement after receipt of the news of Deecis’ death. Deeds’ mother and brothier, Don aid, are employed at the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., here. The telegram from thIC y tl VV Department informed the arents of the Rawson man that he v\ as killed in the performance of dulLv some where in the Pacific but specified neither the date of his de?ath. nor the location. However, he is believed to have met death on Saipan, for he is a veteran of South Pacific fighting, and had gone thru the Kwajalein campaign, which immediately pre ceded the attack of Saipan. Enlisted in 1942 Pfc. Deeds enlisted in the Marine corps Aug. 20, 1942, three months after his graduation from college here. After completing his basic training at Paris Island, S. C., he •was transferred to duty in Washing ton, D. C. Later he received intensified train ing at Camp LeJeune, N- C., and then went overseas in December, 1943. He was a member of the Fourth Marine Division. A graduate of Rawson High school in 1937, he enrolled in Bluffton col lege a year later. He will long be remembered by Bluffton graduates as one of the smallest linemen ever to play for the local school, but despite his lack of size he was a star on the team for three years. In addition to hJs parents he is survived by’ a brother, Donald, and two sisters, Bonnie and Betty, all at home. He was a member of the United Brethren church at Rawson. Additional details regarding his death will be forwarded as soon as they are received from the South Pacific, his parents were notified in the message from the Navy Depart ment. Boy Hurt In Farm Accident Loses Toes Willis Marquart, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Marquart, of near Jenera, who received a crushed foot in a farm accident last week will lose two toes thru amputation. The boy’s foot was run over by a tractor operated by his aunt, Dorothy Hartman, while working in a field on the Marquart farm. He was tak en to the Bluffton Community hos pital, and after an infection became serious was transferred to St. Rita’s hospital in Lima. Amputation of the two toes is ne cessary, but the foot will be saved, the family was informed. St. John Mennonite Holds Singspiration A youth night singspiration will be held at St. John Mennonite church on Sunday evening at 9:15 o’clock. Appearing on the program will be a boys’ quartet from the Ebenezer Mennonite church and also Myron Nelson and his Glad Gospel Trio from Ada will furnish specials. This group sings over WFIN every Tues day night. Nelson, a 17-year-old youth is a talented singer and has won awards in many musical con tests. Orange Tup. Bond Drive Continues Orange township’s quota of $20, 000 in E-bonds was reported short, Wednesday morning with a total of $18,000 subscribed. Residents will still have an opportunity to buy bonds during the remainder of the month either from their district rep resentative of the township chair man, John Warren. Hot, dry weather brought on by a 19-day drought has not affected Bluffton’s municipal water supply and the three wells being pumped by the water works are yielding a suffi ciently large volume to meet all com mercial and residential needs. Approximately 500,000 gallons of water are used daily in the town, about half of which goes to the 1 Page Dairy Plant, which is the larg- I est local consumer. Two wells provide the water for the regular city supply. One is on I Application of Hot Mix Surface Awaits Installation of Water Taps Curb Repair and Raising of Catch Basins Also Must Be Done First Resurfacing of Bluffton’s Main street will be delayed until SeDtem bcr to permit the installation of new tap lines connecting city water mains running down the center of the Replacement of the water lines has been unavoidably held up most of the time since early in June be cause a large shipment of new taps was lost enroute of Bluffton, after leaving the factory at Decatur, Ill., on May 24. So far the shipment has not been located, and workman have been able to proceed only as a few taps can be obtained here and there. Start September 1 It now appears that installation of the new tap lines cannot be completed until late in August, and the start of resurfacing consequent ly has been Set back to September 1. In addition to installing the water taps, curbs must be repaired and catch basins and manhole covers must be raised to make them flush with the new surface of the street. Cost of the $27,590 program will be shared by the State Highway department and the municipality, but Bluffton will have to provide only $5000 as its contributions. Hot-Mix Surface In the street improvement, a one and three-quarters inch asphalt hot imix 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 Dixie highway is being resurfaced from the Allen Hancock county line, north of its intersection with State Route 69, near Mt. Cory. Work already is underway on the Dixie highway phase of the program outside Bluffton, with resurfacing starting at Route 69 and proceeding toward the town. The contract is held by the Maumee Asphalt and Raving Co., of Toledo. Traffic is being maintained on the highway during the progress of the work, and no detours have been necessary. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.46 corn $1.12 oats 75c soys $1.86. With fields and gardens parched with drought which is fast assuming serious proportions, Bluffton people will be more interested than usual in St. Swithin’s day which occurs Sat urday. Tradition, more than one thousand years old has it that the weather on St. Swithin’s day will determine the weather for the next forty days—if it rains or shines on St. Swithin’s day the next forty days will be either rainy or bright. The belief has its foundation in old English folklore centering around St. Swithin a bishop of Winchester, England, who died on July 2, 862. Drought And Hot Weather Fail To Affect Bluffton’s Supply Of Water Resurfacing Of Main Street Delayed Until About First Of September 1 the grounds of the water works and I the other is a new well drilled last i fall on the Mrs. Noah Matter farm I opposite the Community hospital. A I third well on the plant property is held in reserve. Saturday’s Weather To Fix Rain Or Shine For Forty Days, Says Tradition Before dying the humble-minded saint, according to tradition, begged to be buried in the open church yard and not in the chancel of the church as was usual with bishops. Another new well drilled last fall is supplying water for the Page plant. It evidently has tapped un derground springs which formerly fed water into the large quarry of the Bluffton Stone Co., 400 feet away, for there has been no water in the pit since the well has been in operation. LATE RETURNS AID IN BOOSTING BOND CANVASS TO QUOTA Goal of $110,000 Believed Reached as Final Reports are Checked Purchases During Past Week Seen as Making up Need ed Balance Bluffton’s Fifth War Loan is be lieved to have reached its goal of $110,000, according to incomplete re turns, Wednesday morning. This an nouncement came from committee heads who were making a final check on results of the canvass here. Final figures probably will not be available until the last of this week. However those in charge of the loan campaign were optimistic that the local quota had been attained. Late returns by solicitors are cred ited with having made up the $10, 000 needed a week ago to reach the goal. Can Still Buy Bonds The drive was scheduled to end officially this week, but regional war loan officials have announced that all E, and bonds purchased un til the end of July will be counted in the Fifth War Loan campaign. Allen county’s drive went over the top last Saturday, when aggregating sales amounting to $6,535,751, were reported. This is $1,029,751 more than the quota of $5,506,000 set for the county. Ohio also has surpassed its goal of $797,000,000, by $44,169,000, state headquarters reported last Saturday. Real Estate Deals Mrs. Mary King Schiffke of De troit has purchased from the estate of her father, the late J. Norman King, the family home on South Main street together with a five acre tract of land on which the residence is located. The property was pur chased at its appraised value of $5,200. Mr. and Mrs. Schiffke and family moved here the first of the week. Mr. Schiffke is employed in Detroit. Mrs. Corrin King Blackburn has purchased the Carl Devier property on East Elm street and expects to move here with her family from Kalida. Her husband, Dr. John Blackburn is a physician in the army medical corps. The Esther Blymyer property in Rawson was recently purchased by Mrs. Eugene Basinger of Bluffton. The deal was made by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Here he remained for over a century when the monks, thinking it disgrace ful that s. great a saint should have so lowly a burial place, resolved to move the body to the church. The 15th of July was set for that purpose. But on that day a heavy rain came and continued without in terruption for the next forty days The monks took this as a s’gn o' heavenly displeasure and instead of removing the hotly they built a chapel over it where it lay. Unfortunately, however, for the legend, it happens that the removal of his remains from the grave in the churchyard to a magnificent shrine within the cathedral took place on July 15, 971, one hundred and nine years after his death without any interference from the weather. BUY VNITB* STATB* STAMM NUMBER 12 EARLIEST WHEAT CUTTING IN YEARS NEARLYCOMPLETED Prolonged Drought Speeds Un interrupted Harvesting of Excellent Crop Most Farmers Market Grain At Once to Eliminate Second Handling Later Speeded by prolonged dry weather, this area’s earliest wheat harvest in the memory of the oldest farmers is practically completed, and the bulk of a better than average crop will be marketed before the close of the week. Mos1 farmers are hauling their wheat directly to market from combines or threshing rigs, for the curren farm labor shortage is an induct?ment to se 11 noiv and eliminate tne extra handling of putting the grain into bins and later taking it Bot local dealers, the Bluffton Milling Co. and the are prepared Farmers Grain o handle the large volume, and hav e been remain- Ample Shipping Facilitiea or a short time I ist ueek, mar ly delayed be of a shortage freight cars, le situation has been remedied and plenty of tramiportation was available early this week to move the wheat on to large city markets. Qua litv ot this vear’s crop is one of th best on recorc1, testing from 59 to 64, and the y eld is running from 25 to 40 bushels to the acre. The prolonged droiight prevailing since June 23 has macle ideal harvest conditions. There has been no inter ruption because of rain, and with little or no dew falling combines were able to get into fields early in the morning to speed the harvest. Hot weather caused the crop to ripen much earlier than usual, and the peak of the harvesting was passed early this week altho many farmers worked last Sunday to get their wheat cut while conditions were favorable. Leaves Sunday For Chaplain's Training Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches who has enlisted as an army chaplain will leave next Sun day afternoon for Harvard univers ity, Cambridge, Mass., for five weeks of preliminary training. He will conduct final services at both churches next Sunday morning and leave late in the afternoon for the east. Following the services last Sunday morning Rev. Bigelow was honored by the Bluffton congregation with a dinner in the church basement. At a congregational meeting pre ceding the dinner the pastor was given a leave of absence for the dur ation and six months thereafter. Similar action is expected to be taken by the congregation of the Rockport church at a meeting called for this Wednesday night. Another congregational meeting will be held at the Bluffton church Friday night at 8:30 o’clock. Rev. Bigelow enlisted last spring for the duration and six months thereafter and has been commissioned a first lieutenant. He has been pas tor of the Bluffton and Rockport churches for the past two years and is a graduate of Wooster college and Yale Divinity school. Mrs. Bigelow and their six months’ old son Bruce will continue to make their home here. In New Locations Albert Garmatter has moved into the West Elm street property which he purchased last winter from Miss Lydia Basinger. The property has been extensively remodeled. Robert Lewis has moved into the North Lawn avenue property vacat ed by Garmatter. Mrs. Grace Wilson will move soon into the property at Jackson and Elm street vacated by Lewis. She purchased the residence last spring from Hiram Welty of Ft. Wayne, formerly of Bluffton. To Collect Taxes Here Next Week Representatives from the Allen county treasurer’s office will be at the Citizens Natonal bank on Tues day and Wednesday of next week for the collection of the last half of 1943 real estate taxes.