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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.
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,
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
Bus Drivers
were hired for
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.
up by
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.
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices) Wheat
$1.43 corn $1.12 oats 80c soys
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
to the effect
and resulted
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.
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
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
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
M. M. Murray has sold to Louis
Burkholder the Cherry street prop
erty in which the latter resides, ad
joining the Lysle Baumgartner prop
Fred Reichenbach and Lyle
Kohli Hospitalized Early
in Fighting
Parents of
He wa
Rains at
out could
for short
Two Youths are
This Week by
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
of an inf
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
nonite church and interment was in
Zion cemetery.
Jennie Beery, with the
the same
do. and
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
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 is survived by four daughte
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.
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
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
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”,
rainfall is
Moser, Den-
two sons, Howard
Grove, and Virgil
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.
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
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,
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
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.
from March I
this period
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.
The ration point value was
is being bought
than has been al
by the War Food
creamery butter
with red stamps
lotted to civilians
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.
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.
base, Hondo,
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
Lost Water Taps For
Main Street Located
ning under
street will
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
Shortage of Adequate Corn For
Winter Feeding Feared As
Drought Continues
Oats Stored In Farm Bins As
Hedge Corn Critically In
Need of Rainfall
With soil mois
weeks of drought
isted a
nount mi
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
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
In the meantime the answer to
whether the farm feed situation will
the near future for parched stands
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.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Rolland
Bluffton, a son, Wednesday.
Rev. and Mrs. Stanley
Bluffton, a daughter, Dawn
beth, Tuesday.
altho the
a of n
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
ts from
ces, and
lade up
hed its
the Pacific war
essary to increase
3,200,000 by the
of that
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
Advanced In Rank
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.
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.
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
Jerome Zuerchcr of Beaver
at St. Rita's hospital, Lima,
16. Mr. Zuercher formerly
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.

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