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BUY UNITED WATES VOLUME NO. LXIX THREE TEACHERS RESIGN BLUFFTON SCHOOL POSITIONS Sidney Hauenstein, W. A Amstutz and Hayden Steiner to Leave High School A. C. Burcky New Coach Marilyn Holmden Rader will Teach First Grade. Resignation of three instructors, together with the hiring of an athletic coach and an additional first grade teacher were announced Mon day night at a meeting of the Bluff ton board of education, as the faculty setup for the coming school year became more definite. Resignations accepted by the board were those of Sidney Hauenstein, instructor in orchestra and band W. A. Amstutz, instructor in junior high in manual training. Haue been connected with the 24 years Amstutz for 19 Hired w of Bluff- e as athletic coach and in boys’ physical education and Mrs. R. B. Rader, the former Miss Marilyn Holmden as instructor in the first grade. Coach Part Time has been virtually discontinued be cause of war conditions, has received a contract on a part time basis at a salary of $1,282. He replaces Russell Hasson, form er coach who resigned earlier in the summer. Burcky will have charge of •coaching and boys’ physical education only. Other classes taught by Has son will be apportioned among faculty members. Addition of Mrs. Rader as first grade teacher was a step taken by the board in anticipation of an en rollment of 52 pupils entering school in September. She- will receive a salary of $1,350. Resignations In accepting the resignation of Amstutz, the board indicated that there would be no replacement hired for this position. In this connection it was pointed out that decreased enrollment in the high school would make this practicable together with the fact that the incoming Super intendent Ralph Lanham will teach seventh or eighth grade arithmetic, formerly handled by Amstutz, and other subjects for which he was responsible will be distributed among the present teachprs. What will be done in the matter of orchestra and band was not deter mined by the board after accepting Hauenstein’s resignation. Hauenstein had been in charge of this work on a five-sixths time basis which the board proposed to reduce to half-time as an economy measure. Whether this work will be dropped Miss Harriett Brate, n vocal music, ned nt instructor part time basis will probably be taken up at the August meeting of the board. Hauenstein’s work in the school was in conjunction with teaching string instruments in the Bluffton college department of music which position he still retains. The manual training department of which Steiner was the head will be continued, and plans to already under the board indicated fill this vacancy way. Bus Drivers were hired for Hire are the Bus drivers coming year with Aaron Messinger, Wilford Geiger and Raymond Rose boom re-employed and Arthur Keiser, Bluffton college student and substi tute driver last year replacing Wal ter Sommer who was not an ap plicant. Elton Beery, Bluffton col lege student and substitute driver last year, together with Chris Gratz, former regular driver were employed as substitutes. Drivers will pay at the former rate of per month for nine months. receive $47.50 up by Theola Among other changes set the board of education, Miss Steiner, grade school teacher, will teach girls physical education classes at the high school. at the grade over by Mrs. the time the Miss Steiner’s room school will be taken Russell Lantz during former is teaching physical educa tion. Mrs. Lantz has been art in structor on a five-sixths time basis, but in the future she will work full time, half-time as art instructor and half-time on the grade school staff. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.43 corn $1.12 oats 80c soys $1.86. 0 No—That Whistle Blast At Noon Was Not A Fire Alarm A N unusually long blast of the A waterworks plant whistle at noon Wednesday brought inquir ies from Bluffton residents, be lieving it to be a fire alarm. with the forthcoming to the effect and resulted considerably An explanation from the plant was that a valve stuck in the blast being longer than the short note al ways sounded to mark the 12 o’clock noon period. HOPE LIGHT RAIN WEDNESDAY WILL END DROUGHT HERE Scattered Showers Bring First Measure of Relief in Five Weeks Period. Showers Coming at Critical Per iod for Farm Crops More Rain Expected. The rain, althougl Bluffton program late in June and brought a measure of temporary rt the dry spell, the most belief that the showers were general thruout this section and gave rise to the hope that further rain might be expected late Wednesday afternoon and night. Million Dollar Rain Farmers hailed the showers as a “million dollar rain”, pointing out that even a comparatively small amount of moisture at this time is vital to the corn crop which is in the ear formation stage. Also benefitting are late sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, victory gardens and lawns, this time, farmers pointed quickly change the outlook feed crops and thus alter overnight the entire farm picture and livestock policy which is being tailored to an anticipated shortage of feed. Notwithstanding the long drought and unseasonably warm weather there has been a marked absence of thunderstorms which were unusually prevalent last summer. Named Delegates To National Convention Woodrow Little, Bluffton rural letter carrier was chosen as first alternate to represent the Ohio Rural Letter Carriers association at the national convention of rural letter carriers to be held in Cincinnati, August 22-24. Mrs. Little was elected as repre sentative of the state auxiliary to the national convention which will be held in Cincinnati time. Real Estate Deals Frank Batterson, new instructor in Bluffton college has purchased the property of the son on South Main take possession in his household goods late J. W. Jack street. He will August, moving from Circleville. Miss Theresa Slusser has pur chased the property of the late T. A. Kitchen on Cherry street. She and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Slusser will move next month from their present location south of town on Bentley road. Leon Hauenstein of Washington street has purchased the Will Leiber property on North Main street ad joining the Sunoco filling station and occupied by Ross Irwin. Hau enstein will occupy the property this fall. The deal was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Sidney Garau has purchased from the T. A. Kitchen estate a lot on Cherry street opposite the Kitchen property. M. M. Murray has sold to Louis Burkholder the Cherry street prop erty in which the latter resides, ad joining the Lysle Baumgartner prop erty. TWO WOUNDED IN ACTION IN FRANCE DURING INVASION Fred Reichenbach and Lyle Kohli Hospitalized Early in Fighting Parents of Notified War He wa soybeans, Rains at out could for short virtually Two Youths are This Week by Department Two Bluffton men were seriously wounded in action in France shortly after the orig vasion landings cording to word received this week by their parents. Normandy in in June, ac- They are: Pfc. Fred Reichenbach, em ploye of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. before going into the service, son bf Henry Reichenbach, of west of Bluffton. Pvt. Lyle B. Kohli, son of Mrs. Eva Kohli of West Elm street. the War de An ti-Tank Company of an inf In Kohli went overseas in September, 1942, and has been stationed in Eng land since that time. Wounds in the knee and thigh were suffered by Pfc. Reichenbach in fight ing on the Cherbourg peninsula, and they are serious enox be confined for at least notified his received this week. that he will a hospital in England two more months, he parents in a letter Further details were not forward ed, but the local youth likely was in the front line of the invasion forces for he was with a tank and armored car division. He had been in England for some time prior to the invasion. Joshua Beery Rites Saturday Afternoon Funeral services for Joshua Beery, 79, were held in the Paul Diller fun eral chapel Saturday afternoon with Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church officiating. last Thursday Community hos three months' Beery died in Bluffton following a of failing health, of the former Mr. night pital period member nonite church and interment was in Zion cemetery. Jennie Beery, with the Hartzler the same at the at do. and Columbus Lima. national Arrangements for meeting were made Rural Letter Carriers convention held at Zanesville last Friday and Saturday which Mr. and Mrs. Little attended as delegates from Allen county. the Ohio He was a Zion Men- Born August 20, 1865, in Fair field county, he was married Jennie Thut, who died in 1924. was a retired farmer and made home on West Elm street here. He his He is survived by four daughte nurses Mrs. Lola Transferred To Army Service In New York Lieut. Kenneth Luginbuhl who has been stationed at Ft. Monmouth, N. J., with the Army Signal corps has been transferred to city on temporary duty, nounced the first of the is the son of Mr. and Luginbuhl, south of town. New York it was an week. He Mrs. J. I. His wife, the former Harriet Criblez, who was instructor in Bluffton high school during the past year has resigned her position as editor of confidential manuscripts for the army at Ft. Monmouth in order to accompany her husband to New York. Tennis Championship Play Starts Sunday Elimination play in the Bluffton city tennis tournament will start Sunday on the City courts. Norman Triplett, last year’s winner, is de fending city champion. Play will continue during next week. Pairings in the singles bracket are as follows: Little vs Fett Trip lett vs Bracy Detw’iler vs Stettler Amstutz vs. Howe. Doubles competition will inelude the following matches: Detwiler-Am stutz vs Fett-Triplett Little-Howe vs Stettler-Bracy. i HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1944 A ton of Lake Erie channel cat fish will be placed in three Bluffton quarries Friday morning in one of the largest fish stocking projects ever undertaken in this district. Announcement to this effect was made Wednesday morning by offi cers of the Community Sportsmen’s club who promoted the deal after arrangements had ®ien completed with the state conservation depart ment. The club has purchased the fish at a cost of approximately $150. Commercial and victory garden vegetable production has been cut approximately 50 per cent by dry weather, and the corn crop of the district will unless heavy rains be to The body Three Quarries To Be Stocked With Ton Of Lake Erie Catfish Friday I to 14 inches fht here in The fish, from long, will be brougm here in a state conservation truck and are scheduled to arrive about 9 o’clock. Bulk of the shipment will be Lawns and Victory Gardens Parched Danger of Grass Fires Grows Daily Five Weeks Of Drought Bring Crisis In Crop And Victory Garden Prospects ght Thundershowers This Week Fail to Provide Badly Needed Relief Grass fire—feared accompaniment of drought conditions—-made its ap pearance in the Bluffton area Mon day night at 9 o’clock when the fire department was called to the farm of William Amstutz three miles south of Bluffton aft» a fire in a field of wheat stubble had gotten beyond control. The Amstutz farm was formerly the Adolph Follet place, and the scene of the fire was near the Nickel Plate railroad right of way.- The fire is believed to have txeen started by sparks from a passing locomotive, Chief Guy Corson said. A tract of about two acres was burned over before the fire was ex tinguished after a half-hour’s work by the department. Damage negligible. ', y Five Wbeks of Drought five With the area parched by weeks of drought, conditions are es pecially favorable to grass and stub ble fires in rural districts, Chief Corson pointed out. Light thunder showers in the Bluffton district have done little to ward alleviating the protracted dry spell which has burned up pastures, lawns and victory gardens and has resulted in damage to field crops. Throughout the entire month of July, rainfall has bem negligible. likewise damaged come soon. Potatoes Hit corn and early ve been serious Yields of sweet ly hurt, and altho field corn has not yet shown irreparable damage the stand is now ready to “shoot ears”, and rainfall is formation. Moser, Den- two sons, Howard Grove, and Virgil Beery Beery Other survivors include two bro thers, David Beery, Bluffton John Beery, Pandora and two sisters, Mrs. Susan Good and Miss Sarah Beerv, both of Bluffton. threatened crop losses, dairymen haxe reported a growing milk shortage because of lack of feed in parched meadow lands. Many farmers already have put their herds on dry feed because of the shortage of grass. The area’s last heavy rainfall was on Friday, June 23, five weeks ago, and light precipitation on three casions since then have provided lasting relief. oc no Dies While Visiting At Son's Home Here Mrs. Anna Miller, 79, of Spring field, Ohio, visiting at the home of her Arthur Miller, ton died at the hospital here Tues day morning, cerebral hemorrhage. who became ill while son southwest of Bluff- Death followed a Mrs. Miller who arrived here Sat urday to spend several days with her son and family was stricken on Sunday and removed to the hospital. was removed to the Funeral home where be held Thursday morn o’clock with Rev. John Paul Diller services will ing at 9:30 Steiner of Lima officiating. this the body will be Springfield where serv held later in the day. be at Medway, Ohio, Following removed to ices will be Burial will where she was a member of the Re formed Mennonite church. Besides her son living here she is survived by three other sons, Har vey, Harold and Oscar Miller, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Smith, all of Springfield. One sister, Martha Bair of Waynesboro, Pa., also sur vives. placed in the Buckeye quarry and smaller numbers in the Waterworks and National quarries. As fish are slufffrish after being placed in new environment, anglers are asked to wait until the first of next week before taking them. There is no closed season on chan nel catfish and minimum length limit. Daily bag limit is 20. Fishing at the Waterworks quarry is open to the public. Fishing at the Buckeye quarry is for members of the Sportsmen’s club only member- anyone o ship fee. quarry is Gerald Filhart Gets Citation For Service )f Mrs. to’ the from March I this period It craft Despite Bluffton housewives are confront ed with an increased ration point value of creamery butter which has been raised from 12 to 16 points per pound. The order, issued OPA became effective the first this week. by in- The ration point value was more is being bought than has been al by the War Food creamery butter with red stamps lotted to civilians administration. Farm and processed butter will continue at eight and four red points a pound respectively. The 12-point value had been in effect since last 16 points. ue Jug Breaking Sunday A Missionary Church Rev. and Mrs. Michael Kurlach, furloughed missionaries from Africa, will be visiting speakers at the an nual Jug Breaking program at the First Missionary church here at 8:00 p. m. next Sunday. Rev. and Mrs. Kurlach are asso ciate missionaries serving in Africa with Miss Katherine Gratz, daughter of Mrs. Peter Gratz, of South Jack son street. They are staying at Berne, Ind., during their furlough. Kenneth Oberly Gets Army Air Commission Kenneth G. Oberly, son of Millard Oberly of Cherry street was gradu ated from the army air force navi gation school at exercises held at Hondo Army Texas, Monday. Air base, Hondo, of his his graduation commission as He entered the At the time Oberly received second lieutenant. army one year ago. Ebenezer Broadcast The Ebenezer Mennonite church broadcast from Findlay radio sta tion WFIN, Sunday at 3:30 p. m., will present a male quartet. Mem bers are Waldo Hofstetter, Clayton Bucher, Aaron Messinger and Chris Gratz. Lost Water Taps For Main Street Located the be ning under street will con run- Installation of new tap lines water mains pavement on completed in Work on the again without shipment of new taps finally located in Indianapolis and warded here. By early September, curbs and catch basins will have been raised to permit re-surfacing of the street in a $27,500 project. project Is proceeding delay after a lost for- C'ORN HOLDS KEY FEED SITUATION ON FARMS IN DISTRICT Shortage of Adequate Corn For Winter Feeding Feared As Drought Continues Oats Stored In Farm Bins As Hedge Corn Critically In Need of Rainfall ver With soil mois weeks of drought isted a nount mi the hit. this field to usefulness after each So effective was the work of group that in no instance was of the field interrupted for than 30 minutes. His conduct thru out was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service and the wearing of the Commendation ribbon is hereby authorized.” more Ration Value Of Butter Is Raised weather prospects thus far none too promising for rain, freely admit that the corn crop holds the key to the livestock and feed situation and farm operations for the next year will be determined by the showing made by the crop within the coming week. anticipating reduced com yields seen in the fact that practically oats now being harvested is going to farm bins as a hedge for next win ter’s feeding. Very little oats is being offered to elevators, and farmers who wish to sell have no difficulty in disposing of their crop to neighbors who want it for feeding purposes. Altho the acre age of oats is below pre-war years and the yield is not up to normal, the 1944 crop is of good quality, weighing from 32 to 37 pounds and testing from 13 to 16 per cent moisture con tent. In the meantime the answer to whether the farm feed situation will be on in of the near future for parched stands corn. In Critical Stage in fields of the area now are in the critical stage and rain must come soon if anything near normal harvest is to be expected. Should the corn turn out good there will be plenty of feed, and there is the possibility that much of the oats now being stored then will be market ed. This week’s oats quotations were around 80 cents per bushel, more than twice the normal price, but the price is not expected to drop even though heavy marketing should result later. Present feeding also is showing the effect of the drought, for pastures are short and cattle marketing is much heavier than usual. Light scattered thundershowers the first of the week did not materially change prospects and brought very little relief. Heavy rains soon can provide the only answer to the feed shortage sit uation, for a good com crop must be harvested to alleviate farmer’s pres ent worries. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Bluffton, a son, Wednesday. Rev. and Mrs. Stanley Bluffton, a daughter, Dawn beth, Tuesday. altho the a of n provide in- BUY VN1TM NUMBER 14 HEAVIER DRAFT CALL EXPECTED DURING AUGUST Quota for Allen County Board Next Month Estimated at 22 Men Only Eight iMen Sent by Draft Board this Month 72 Sent in June August draft men were i of inductees than in the All regis Allen County pected to be Yen only eight the number be much less month. ts from ces, and lade up hed its the Pacific war essary to increase 3,200,000 by the this Men of that obtained addition rrestal said the pos Germany’s defeat hag 1, but it is apparent lilities in Europe will isurable relief to the ?l problems. cards also are getting vet been July’s induction of only eight men from Board No. 3 in Allen county, which has jurisdiction over Bluffton and Richland township, showed a marked drop from June when there were 72 inductions. All told, a total of 170 men were drafted by Board No. 3 in April, May and June. Resigns School Job To Be Accountant Edwin Whitmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Whitmer of Grove street has resigned his teaching position in Sylvania high school to accept a permanent apjointment with the ac counting firm of Ernst & Ernst. He is now employed in the firm's Toledo office. Advanced In Rank Mrs. if Mr. and has been o sergeant. :a, Georgia, le assembly Arrive In England two Hlunton area men, Cpl. Rob ert Young and Pvt. James Amstutz have arrived in England with army units, according to word received Where Our Service Men Are Cpl. Richard R. Cookson 35295858 Hq. Btry, 869th F. A. Bn. Ft. Sill, Oklahoma Ens. D. D. Wenger, U. S. N. R. M. C. T. C. Frontier Base Little Creek, Virginia B. O. Q. R. M. 220 Pvt. Karl L. Gable 35295754 63rd Quartermaster Co. 63rd Inf. Div. Camp Van Dorn, Miss. Charles Philip Main 2/c U. S. N.T. D. C., Bks. 1424, 14th Batt. Shoemaker, California Pfc. Richard Oberly Box 2645, Crew 6886 c/o Commandant of Crews Dyersburg, Tenn. Moser, Rupp, Eliza- Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Emerick, Lafayette, a daughter, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Campbell, Col. Grove, a daughter, July 15. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. dam July lived Jerome Zuerchcr of Beaver at St. Rita's hospital, Lima, 16. Mr. Zuercher formerly here. Pvt. Kenneth Hartman 495th Ord. H. A. M. Co. Camp Chaffee, Arkansas Ohio poult"*.*men had their best year out of the pa.-,c 20 in 1943 but, even then cost records show the average margin between expense and receipts was only $2.71 per hen on a group of well managed poultry farms. Feed costs were $3.37 per hen.