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UNITED ■TATES SAVING* FtONDS VOLUME NO. LXIX HOUSING SITUATION CRITICAL WITH NO HOUSES FOR RENT New School Superintendent Un able to Find Rental Property Church Abandons Plans to Bring Resident Minister Here Bluffton’s housing shortage is more critical than ever this summer, and about the only way a would-be renter can obtain a property is buy his own. The avalanche of applicants that greets every home owner when he has a vacancy, and the number of advertisements seeking a place of residence give every indication that the present situation is the most serious in the history of the town. When one apartment was vacated recently, there were 24 applicants for the place, and there are many reported instances of persons who have been seeking a place to rent for months. Latest developments in the housing situation this week finds the shortage of residential properties affecting plans being made by Bluffton’s new superintendent of schools and by the Presbyterian church in obtaining a pastor for the duration of the war. No Vacancies Supt. Ralph Lanham, who will take up his new duties as head of Bluff ton public schools on August 1, has been unsuccessful in finding a place to live, and he may have to leave his family in Mt. Victory and board here until a house can be rented. Plans of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyterian churches to bring a pastor here to fill the pulpit during the absence of Rev. Ernest Bigelow, who left last Sunday as an Army chaplain, have been modified because of the housing situation. Originally a full-time pastor was sought, but present plans are to have a pastor come here over the weekends, inasmuch as it would be impossible to find a residence for a minister serving here on a full-time basis. Rev. Bigelow and family occupied an apartment here, in which Mrs. Bigelow and infant son will continue to make their home. The church manse has been rented for several years to a worker in a local war industry. Workers Seek Homes Meanwhile workers in local in dustrial plants and business places are seeking living accommodations which cannot be obtained. Many who would like to live here are resid ing in surrounding towns and coming to work here by private car or bus. Altho it virtually is impossible to find a house for rent there are many properties for sale locally. Rent ceilings which have made it impos sible for landlords to raise rents have tended to make the owners more wiling to sell inasmuch aS there are no limits to sale prices. This means that many a would be renter who has been unable to find a residence has had to buy his own, but the only’ drawback to that procedure is the delay’ encompassed in the “red tape” routine necessary to require the present occupant to move. Mennonite Conference Meetings Cancelled Summer meetings of two Mennon ite church conferences, scheduled for the month of August, have been can celled because of ODT wartime re strictions on travel, it was announced this week. The Middle District conference, which convenes annually, was to hav(e met August 13 to 15 at Pulaski, Iowa, and the Mennonite General conference had planned its triennial meeting at North Newton, Kansas, August 17 to 23. Both sessions were postponed for at least one year after the Office of Defense Transportatiqn asked offi cials of the conferences to omit the meetings this year, because of trans portation difficulties. Named In Command Of Army Air Field Lieut. James Griffith, formerly of Bluffton has been named in command of the army air field at Marysville, Calif., being transferred from the army air base at Oroville, Calif., it was learned the first of the week. Lieut. Griffith and Mrs. Griffith, the former Miss Zitella Getties of this place, will continue to reside at Oroville, some 35 miles distant. New School Head T1ALPH S. Lanham, 38, Bluff ton’s new school superintend ent, who will assume his duties here August 1. He has been superintendent of schools in Mt. Victory, Hardin county for the past three years and expects to move his family here as soon as housing accommodations can be obtained. HATCHERIES IN BLUFFTON AND PANDORA SOLD Bluffton Hatchery Co. and Pan dora Hatchery Sold to Celina-Wapakoneta Chain Ownership of Bluffton Hatchery Changes Hands First Time in 24 Years With acquisition of the two hatch eries in this area, the Celina men are expanding the operation of a chain of hatcheries they own in the Celina Wapakoneta district. Wahlie will move here to be in charge of the Bluffton and Pandora hatcheries, but Albert Winkler and William Luginbuhl, operators of the Bluffton Hatchery, have been asked to remain with the organization. When he can find a place to rent or buy will determine the time when Wahlie will establish his residence locally. Organized in 1920, the Bluffton Hatchery was one of the first in this area, and it 24 years. Carl Trippiehorn Returns Home After Ten Months On Battlefront In Italy the Blutffon’s oldest hatchery, Bluffton Hatchery Co., operated continuously for 24 years, was Tuesday to Henry Amstutz and Ed ward Wahlie, both of Celina, who at the same time announced purchase of the Pandora Hatchery operated by Eldon Hilty. here sold had been operated for the concern at the time included I. B. Beeshy, Albert Winkler, vice Officers of of the sale President president D. W. Bixler, secretary treasurer and William B. Lugin buhl, manager. Price involved in the transaction was not disclosed. Norval Scales Dies In Hospital Here Norval Scoles, 71, retired farmer living south of Bluffton, died Bluffton hospital Wednesday noon at 12:30 o’clock. Surviving are his wife, son Clay ton Scoles of Lafayette and two daughters Mrs. Coy Binkley of Ada and Mrs. Rhea Althauser at home. A brother Emmet Scoles of Beaver dam also survives. The body has been taken to the Paul Diller funeral home here. of the for several days with his mother, Mrs. Homer Zimmerly, of near Bluff ton. During the time he vsited here, Lieut. Welty left his plane in Colum bus. In his crew were two fliers from Akron and one from Detroit, who also went to their homes. After returning to Columbus later in the week the group flew to New York City, then to Washington, D. C., and from there took a southern route on the return to their base. Army Air Man On Cross Country Flight Stops Here To Visit Mother off in a cross-country ht, Lieut. Myron Weltv A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE Orange Township Man Saw Action in North African and Italian Campaigns British Praised By Trippiehorn as Excellent Soldiers Eisen hower Popular General Carl Trippiehorn, son of John Trippiehorn, of Orange township, is home for the first time in two and one-half years after going through the North African and Italian in vasion campaign overseas. He ar rived here last Thursday. Trippiehorn saw action for four months on the Anzio beachhead, and was with a tank unit that helped drive the Germans back through Rome early this summer. He got within two miles of Rome and saw the Eternal City from a hill before After going through the campaign in Tunisia, North Africa, the Orange township man was sent to Italy last fall, and was there from September until June. Winter weather in the Italian pen insula is not as cold as here, but the atmosphere is quite damp which (Continued on page 8) Delta Pastor To Fill Presbyterian Pulpits Bluffton will fill the pulpits of the and Rockport Presbyterian churches here beginning next Sunday. Invitation to Rev. Donaldson to fill pulpits of the two churches was ex tended by action of congregational meetings after granting a leave of absence to the pastor, Bigelow who enlisted chaplain. v. Ernest an army last Sunday Rev. Bigelow left evening for Cambridge, Mass., for five weeks of training in the army chaplain’s school at Harvard uni versity. His leave of absence here is for the duration and six months thereafter. Because of difficulty in obtaining housing accommodations in Bluffton, Rev. Donaldson will continue his res idence in Delta and spend Saturdays and Sundays here. He formerly held pastorates in Huron and Montpelier, Ohio, and is at present recording clerk of Toledo Presbytery. Advanced In Rank Mrs. Mary Deppler has received word that her brother Raymond Schaublin, who has been stationed for the past 18 months in Iran, been promoted from the rank of jor to lieutenant colonel. James Gratz, son of Mr. Leonard Gratz has been from fireman first class tender third class. in the A incom- Funeral arrangements are plete but services will be heli ably Friday afternoon. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery. has ma- Mr. sta has Raymond Schumacher, son of and Mrs. Cyrus Schumacher, tioned at Camp Gruber, Okla., been promoted to the rank of private first class. Floyd Herr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Herr, stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, has been promoted to the rank of corporal. and Mrs. promoted to water Course In Spanish Added At College department Spanish language be added to th se of study this fall will Bluffton college with an Frank M. A. J. Batterson, who has degree in Spanish from Ohio State university, teaching the classes. Bat also had educational ex perience in Spanish curriculum the increasing demand for persons with a knowledge of the language in furthering trade relations with Mex ico and South America. Argentina and Uruguay, has been added to the at the college because of With The Invasion Forces In France John is with Romey formerly of Bluffton the Army in the invasion of the week. His wife, Mrs. Mary Bender Romey who has been a dep uty in the office 11 IE BLUF ON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO, T1 JULY DRAFT IS SMALL! RECENT MlINTHS —. Current Call in Contrast to that of June When 72 Men Were Inducted Only eight men will be inducted into the armed force? from Allen County Draft Board No. 3 in July. This is the smallest number of men taken in any recent month, and the situation represents a eirect contrast to June when 72 registrants were inducted. No Bluffton men are included in the group of eight inducted last Saturday. Half of those taken in the call were volunteers and the other four were drafted 18-year-old youths. s J..£ next draft call which will e in August is expected to be up entirely of 18-year olds, The come made and it, too, may be small in compari son with the large quotas taken early last spring. July’s induction of ordy eight men shows a marked drop from June when there were 72 inductions and May when 53 registrants were taken. In April 45 men Were drafted, making a total of 170 men in three months. Those inducted from Draft Board day included Wil Spencerville Ma fayette Route 2 Delphos Myron fayette Route 2 son, Harrod Virgil phos Richard J. and William Abram, Freda Fritchi To Jacob I Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, pastor of the church, officiated in the impres sive single-ring ceremony, attended by members of the immediate fami lies. The wedding took place on the 18th birthday anniversary of the bride. For the occasion the bride and bridesmaid were dressed in blue with white accessories, and both wore corsage of pink roses. Miss Doris An derson, of Columbus Grove, was the bridesmaid, and John Warkentin, brother of the groom, was his best man. Both the groom and best man wore brown suits. Following the wedding a reception was held Saturday evening at the home of the groom’s mother on Cherry street. Refreshments were served, with the serving table cen tered by a large wedding cake sur mounted by a miniature bride and groom. Many beautiful gifts were received. Open house was held at the newly furnished apartment of the young couple in the Hankish building over the Todd grocery, later in the even ing. On Sunday they left for Cleveland on a short trip along the lake. graduated last bride from Bluffton she was active in school af Warkentin wt The Mr. and liamstown, a son, r. and Columbus Grove. Lynn, ESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY’ DAY. JULY 20, 1944 CALL ST IN Only Eight Men in Current Quota: None Sent Satur day from Bluffton High school spring where fars. medical discharge from the November is employed as meta worker with the firm enger Brothers in Lima. was given a army in a sheet of Clev- Births Bluffton The following births in hospital: Cpl. and Mrs. Robert Barkimer, a daughter, Barbara Ann, Thursday. Mrs. Barkimer is the former Mary Ellen Burkholder. Mrs. G. W. Neff of Wil Saturday. Joseph Sobosly of a daughter, Sherry Mrs. Tuesday. and Mrs. a daughter, Tuesday. Mrs. is the former Bernadine Ri of this place. Mr. Lima, Cotner dinger of Ernest Mills, of courts for the left Tuesday for she will reside, of Mr. and Mrs. past eight months California Romey is the son E. C. Romey of South Main street. where rtho Cotner Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wilson of Raw son, a daughter, Tuesday. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter, Carol Jean, on Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ludwig of Lima, formerly of Bluff ton. She expects to leave the last of August for Bogata, Colombia, work ing under direction of the Mennonite General Conference Board of Foreign Missions. pointment was made tfie first of week by a representative of board. Blufftor last Satur McKinley, Staup, La er Pothast, Bowers, La A. Richard- Elwer, Del Delphos, mcerville. Wed arkentin idest daugh-. Miss Freda Frii ter of Mr. and ft of South Jackson street, was wed last Saturday afternoon to Jacob Warkentin, son of Mrs. Agnes War kentin Moore, of Cherry street, in a ceremony at the South Side Church of Christ in Lima. In 1943, actual expenditures were $115,286.44, and in 1942 an all-time high mark of $132,933.40 was spent. In both of those years, there were increased costs resulting from the purchase and installation of a turbo generator at the municipal light plant. The budget discloses that Bluffton’s municipality operated garbage collec tion system is practically on a pay ing basis. With approximately 200 patrons, the town collects $400 for services against a total cost of $500. Provision is made in the budget for the additional $100 needed to balance the fund. Funeral Sunday For Elizabeth Basinger Funeral afternoon home for Basinger, Former Bluffton Nurse To Work With Children Of South American Lepers Miss Inc former assistant Bluffton hospita appointment as tendent among children Announcement of her ap the the Miss Soldner is a native of Berne, Estimated Receipts For the Year Expected to Reach Total of $139,745 Estimate Expenditures for Year Will be $105,061 $7000 Less Than in 1945 approved Mon- completion of routine sion by Town Clerk W. O. Geiger, for inclusion in the county program. Total receipts for 1945 and esti mated balances that will be on hand at the start of the year will given the town a total of $139,745.22, dur ing the 12-months period, a record high mark, according to the budget- W’ith expenditures for the year estimated at $112,838, a balance of $26,917 should be in the town treas ury at the close of 1945. Tax valuation of the town in de wy for 1945 was set at $2,895,1 Expenditures in 1945 will be ap proximately $7,717 more than in 1944, because of increased cost in operating the many municipal serv ices, it was announced. Aggregate amount expected to be expended this year by the town is $105,061.80, based on actual expenditures for the first six months and an estimate for the rest of the year. in the Pau! Diller funeral Mrs. Elizabeth Catherine died last Wednesday' night in Bluff ton Community hospital. Mrs. Basinger had been in failing health for the last four years and had been a patient in the hospital for 11 months. Death was attribut ed to a heart ailment. Officiating at the rites were Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the St. John’s Reformed church, and Rev. Roy Longnecker. Burial was in the Thompson cemetery in Orange town- The daughter of George and Eliza beth Pifer, she was born in Orange township Sept. 16, married to Mr. Bas 13, 1898. ce next Sunday J. L’nruh, a me on August Mrs. Basinger was a memtH the Riley Creek Baptist church. To Teach Music In Col. Grove Schools Miss Janet Bigler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bigler of South Main street has been hired as instructor in instrumental music in the Colum bus Grove schools for the coming year. A number of friends from Blufft Cost Of Running Bluffton In 1945 Will Be $112,838 According To Budget here accept the South American appoin ment. She is one of five medici missionaries who are being sent the mission board to Colombia. The will work among the untainted chik 50 CITED HERE FOR FAILURE TO SHOW AUTO USE STAMP Representatives of Revenue Department Checkup Here Two Penalties Provided Purchasing or Not Display ing Tax Stamps About 50 Bluffton area nal Revenue in Toledo found they were not displaying the 1944 federal use tax stamps on their automobiles. In making a check of automobiles on Bluffton streets and in* parking lots, the federal men issued a sum mons to each one who did not have the purple use tax stamp displayed, requiring them to appear at a hear ing in the post office. Those who conducted the checkup here pointed out that the law not only requires that the stwnp .he pur chased but also that it must be dis played. Penalty for operating an automo bile on and after July 1 without having purchased the 1944 use tax stamp is a maximum of $25 and 30 days in jail. A similar penalty ap plies for those who drive a car without displaying the stamp, even tho it may have been purchased. Two Penalties This means there are two penalties —one for not buying the stamp and the other for not displaying it. Total fine for not buying a stamp and failing to display it therefore would amount to $50 and 60 days in jail. Revenue collectors warned during their stay here that the drive against violators will continue until all have been summoned to hearings. “Patriotic citizens have bought the stamps and are displaying them. Thereby they are furnishing money to purchase material for the war effort. It is unfair for those good citizens to carry their part of the load while careless and selfish people operate their motor vehicles without the stamp,” an announcement The revenue office said. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Army While at Keesler Field, of the Army Air Forces Command, he will be given classification, and medical chological test completes this to a college months further study. bro- Survivors include the husband, a son, Adrian, at home, and two thers, Milton Pifer, of Jenera, Ami Pifer, of Ada. to move to The Mrs. pect to move XV I tn except for Not from Evan Neiswander At A eesler Field and psy- If he successfully Real Estate Deals The Ira Slusser farm of 60 acres south of Bluffton on the Bentley road has been purchased bv Michael Bernius of Ada. Mr. and Mr farm Lima Mr. and Mrs. Karl Devier have purchased a property in Lima and expect to move there soon. They re cently sold their East Elm street residence here to Mrs. Corrin King Blackburn of Kalida who expects to move here with her family. BUY VMITBB ITAT»| pinrn 'BONDI STAMM NUMBER 13 CORN YIELD WILL DEPEND ON RAINS IN NEXT TEN DAYS Crop Now in Tassel is in Critical Stage and Must Have Moisture Early Potatoes and Sweet Com Yields Hard Hit: Drought Continues area this sum upon the amou Bluffton mer will nt of rainfall depend largely within the net ten days. Com now in tassel and ready to form ears is at a critical stage. Suf ficient moisture provided by heavy rainfall to offset effects of the current drought, would result in a bumper crop, farmers stated. respite pro tions, the stan drought but aljundant nounceu orought conai little effects of rainfall, lacking development of itial to .ion oi a lairiy heavy eek ago and light show ’, there has been no rain for the past month. downpour a w ers on Tuesday in this district Internal Make Wheat Harvest average yield, the stand show and unseasona and early July Nears End 1 no wheat narvest wmen nas pro ceeded withou when the' sho interr ti pt ion received the weather esday morning up threshing, r, is nearing its this time will the crop. ?k fron wers Tu nt to ho howeve a day iit The harvest, end and loss o not effect proc Oats cutting with prospects is scarring inis weeK of not more than an The straw is short and ts effects of late sowing ible*heat of late June Sweet Com Hard Hit Early sweet this year fi•om com nas three drought, corn ear oeen narti nit sides—the worms and com the com borer in been well worked out. Ravages of the borer and the com ear worm are much less in the late planted sweet corn, experts state, and appears that the season for grow ing perfect sweet com is shortened largely’ to the month of August. Drought conditions have severly hit the early potato crop which in some places is virtually a failure. Like wise lack of rain has cut victory’ gar den yields of beans, peas and other canning crops up to fifty per cent. Early’ apples, also are extremely scarce. Outlook for the tomato crop in this district will be directly in proportion to rain in the immediate future. This will also affect the late potato crop and yield of the later planted sweet com. To Enter Bluffton Insurance Agency Diller has resigned his po clerk in the Greding hard enter the lutzi insurance sition as ware to agency, it was announced Tuesday. His resignation at the hardware establishment with which he has been connected for a number of years will become effective at the end of this week and he will assume his connec tion next Monday with the insurance agency formerly operated by his father-in-law, the late W. F. lutzi whose death occurred July 2. Associated with Diller in the busi ness will be his wife, Helen lutzi Diller, youngest daughter of the late owner who for several years served Fred C. Badertscher will take Dil r’s place in the hardware. Bader cher, a Richland township trustee, the residence at South Main and High streets which he purchased from heirs of the late Hiram Locher. Fred Fritchie Is In Invasion Of France Frederick H. Fritchie, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie, of South Jackson street, was a member of a U. S. Naval crew in the Amer ican assault force which invaded France in June, it was learned this week. Following the invasion Fritchie was advanced in rating from Store storekeeper citation for meritorious performance of duty from his commanding officer. This was Fritchie’s second action with an invasion force. In Novem ber, 1942, he was in the North Afri can campaign. He also has a brother in the navy, Byron Fritchie, now located in Con necticut. Before joining the Navy the Bluffton youth was a clerk with the Central Ohio Light & Power Co.