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Railroads Will Spend
Improvement of right-of-way and
grade cro.usings in Lima bjr the Bal
timore &
Ohio and Nic el Plate
Railroads will cost at leasi $200 000
by the time work is completed
October 1 R. E. Chambcjrlain, di
visional engineer for the B. & O.
Baid receiitly.
Delphos Marine Is
Killed In Pacific
Norman Clawson, Jr., a marine,
was killed and buried in the Pacific
■war area, the Navy Department no
tified his parents. He wrote his
parents June 20 that he was en
route to the Mariana Islands, pos
sibly Saipan. He also took part in
the invasion of Tarawa.
Cannery Worker Hurt
Larry Vincke, 20, of Ottoville,
Buffered a possible skull fracture
when he fell from a stack of can
ned goods in a cannery at Delphos.
He is in a Lima Hospital.
Find Bomb Remnants
After House Burns
Remnants of a crude incendiary
bomb were found in the ruins of a
frame house at the edge of Lima’s
downtown section which was de
stroyed by fire which followed two
The vacant house was being re
modeled to become a community cen
ter for Negroes. The group had
owned the building a year, but had
hunted futilely for another site after
neighbors filed protests with City
M. C. Lambright, caretaker for a
veterinarian whose offices were in
an adjoining building, received blis
tered feet when he re-entered the
veterinarian’s building in search of
his 16-year-old son, Joseph. Earlier
he had led his wife and daughter,
10, to safety.
Flames shot nearly 100 feet into
the air shortly after the explosions
and were flaring through windows
into the veterinarian’s office when
Lambright led his family to safety.
Officials investigating the appar
ently incendiary origin of the fire,
declined to make a statement.
Rev. Bakker To Leave
Lima ‘For the East’
Rev. Cornelius Nicholas Bakker,
former pastor of the Market Street
Presbyterian church, plans to take
up permanent residence “in the
east”, he reported recently.
The minister moved his family
from the Presbyterian manse after
the board of trustees of the church
had instituted a civil action in the
municipal court to gain possession
of the premises.
The case was dismissed at plaint
iff’s cost in the court after Rev.
Bakker and his family moved from
the manse, it was learned.
In announcing his decision to
leave Lima, Rev. Bakker did not go
into detail about his plans for the
future. “I consider myself pastor
of the church until the two judica
tory bodies—Synod of Ohio and Gen
eral Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church, USA—rule on my appeal”,
he said.
Bakker first was removed from
the pastorate Feb. 16 but the Ohio
Synod remanded the case for review
in June becaust
notice of the
out by the Lir
latter body rei
Attack Victim
Mrs. Minnie Kramer, 73, who was
beaten several weeks ago by two
escaped inmates of the Lima State
Hospital for the criminal Insane,
will be returned from a Lima Hos
pital to her home, south of Delphos,
members of her family said.
Lima School Debt To
Be Erased
Under the present schedule of
bond retirements, the debts of the
Lima public school system, now
totaling $171,000, will be erased
within seven years, Supt. J. McLean
Reed told the Board of Education.
Pastor And Family
Stricken With Food
Rev. E. J. A. St. Louis, pastor of
Grace Methodist church, at Lima,
and his three children were stricken
recently with food poisoning, and
the minister was removed to Me
morial hospital after he was found
in a helpless condition in the study
of the church at Kibby and Eliza
beth streets.
One daughter, Doris, 17, also was
given emergency treatment at the
hospital when she became ill after
going there in an ambulance with
her father, but was released later.
Another daughter, Carol, 15, and a
son, Robert, 13, were treated at
Woman Released On
Bail After Harbor
ing Charge
Mrs. Dorothy Coffman, of Lima,
has been released on $500 bond from
the Allen county jail, it was re
ported Monday by Sheriff William
V. Daley.
Mrs. Coffman is charged with har
boring and concealing Louis Mar
tine, 26, and Samuel Bonecutter,
18, inmates who escaped June 29
from the Lima State hospital. She
pleaded not guilty in municipal
court and was bound over to the
grand jury. Her husband, Clarence,
and his son, James Coffman, are
held in the county jail for the grand
jury on the same charge in default
of $1,000 bond each.
Germans Capture Mis
sing Delphos Airman
Tech. Sergt. William Rekart, re
ported missing since June 21 on a
bombing mission, is a prisoner of
war in Germany, the War Depart
ment has notified his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Rekart of Delphos.
Lima Legislator To
Observe 50th Wed
ding Anniversary
The Rev. and Mrs. L. H. Myers
will observe their 50th wedding an
niversary July 30, at their home in
Mr. Myers, a native of Toledo,
is Allen County’s representative to
the Ohio General Assembly, now
seeking a sixth two-year term. He
served United Brethren pastorates
is backin'’ the Attack!
Ail over the country people ?.re talking about the tremendous
ccoking job which Gas has undertaken in feeding our armed
fc’-ces in cantonments. Tremendous amounts of Gas are being
used by the cocks and bakers of our army, navy and other
services. Gas is backing the attack. Its steady flame stands be
I -d t*-e good, wholesome food that is being served to our armed
forces every day.
Its speed, cleanliness, flexibility and economy which led to its
r’uCcn by the military are equally important to you.
Toledo, Harrod, S
Findlay, Hicksvil!
Mr. and Mrs.
n, I. L. Myers, Col
andchildren. All
Capture Delphos Air
man Paratrooper
Tech. Sergt. Charles Grace, radio
operator on a B-17 bomber, who was
reported missing in action since
June 20, is a prisoner of war in
Germany, according to word re
ceived by his w'ife, Myrna.
Pvt. Arnold Nagel, paratrooper,
is confined to a hospital in England
with a leg injury suffered in the in
vasion of France on D-Day, his
mother, Mrs. Lawrence Falke, of
Delphos, was notified.
Lima Hospital
The greatest number of patients
ever accommodated in St. Rita’s
Hospital at Lima were housed in
that institution recently, with 182
persons overflowing the rooms into
solariums and the corridors.
Draws Lucky Number
For Trip Home
were placed in
imith dipped in
le that’s going
to Lima from I!
e numbe
Cpl. Car
a lucky
bring him back
gainville for ar
imith’s numbf
ation lottery.
was drawn
After more
i”, he said
The corporal went to Bougainville
on Nov. 12, soon after the fighting
started. “The first two weeks were
rough,” he said. “The enemy
bombed at night and strafed in the
early morning. We had to eat
breakfast with our heads tilted back
to search the sky.”
The first time he saw a Japanese
bomber was over Guadalcanal the
night he arrived there, April 6,
1943. He said that he has seen
many of them since.
Congressman Jones’
Father Dies
Funeral services were held Tues
day afternoon for Jenkin C. Jones,
68, father of Congressman Robert
F. Jones of the Fourth Ohio Dis
trict who died in Lima Saturday.
In addition to the son he is sur
vived by a daughter, Mrs. H. Paul
Lewis of Troy three sisters, Miss
Minnie Jones and Mrs. Ella Clev
enger, both of Toledo, and Mrs. Eu
nice Falker of Delphos, and two
brothers, Thaddeus of Gomer and
Roger of Lima.
Death Of Soldier Re
vealed By Chaplain
Roy Tewell, of Findlay, father of
Pfc. Orville Tewell who was killed
in action off Italy Jan. 26, has re
ceived a letter from an army chap
lain relating the circumstances lead
ing to his son’s death.
The chaplain said the ship on
which a chemical battalion of which
Privte Tewell was a member en
route to the front and struck an
enemy mine.
“There was a bad fire. The sea
was very rough. Relatively few
were saved,” the captain wrote.
“Many bodies were not recovered,
but in your son’s case we were
fortunate in finding and identifying
General Killed In Mike
Murphy’s Glider
The glider accident in which Lieut.
Col. Mike Murphy, of Findlay, frac
tured his leg in France on D-Day
took the life of Big. Gen. Don F.
Pratt of the 101st Airborne Division,
it has been announced.
The Findlay man piloted the first
glider to land in France on Invas
ion Day and it struck a tree in
landing, throwing General Pratt
from a jeep in the glider and frac
turing his neck.
Tire Thieve Active
When Miss Lillian Stark, of
Findlay, opened her garage doors
recently she found, her car mounted
on bricks and the four tires and
wheels stolen. Police were told two
tires and rims were stolen from an
automobile of Harry Shaffer.
Findlay Airman
Sergt. Ray E. Baker, son of Mr.
and Mrs. A. E. Baker of Findlay,
engineer-gunner on a B-24 Liberator,
has been awarded the Air Medal.
He is based in Italy.
Dr. Darius S. Finton
Dr. Darius S. Finton 81 president
of the Findlay Board of Education
and long active as an educator and
doctor of psychotheraPy, died sud
Dr. Finton was iden ified with the
Findlay public schoo system for
more than 50 years as a teacher,
grade school and higl school prin
cipal, and was serv ng his fifth
four-year term as a nlember of the
board. He inaugurated fire drills
for Ohio schools. He was coach of
the Findlay High school basketball
team in 1912 when Findlay won its
only state championsh
Dr. Finton won recognition as a
hypnotist and gave entertainments
to obtain funds for th school’s ath
letic treasury. He w as a 50-year
member of the Knigl ts of Pythias.
Air Trooper Wounded
Pfc. Joseph B. Gogley, son of Mrs.
Mary Hoch of Findlay, was wounded
slightly in France June 17, accord
ing to word received by his mother.
He has been overseas a year with
an airborne division.
Findlay Physical Ed
Director Leaves
Harold M. Dierenfield, physical
education director in Donnell Junior
High school since 1937, will leave
for Santa Maria, Calif., where he
will take a similar position in the
Union High School and Junior col
lege there.
Bomber Named After
Ace Bond Seller
Somewhere in the South Pacific is
a bomber named “Irvin Schall” for
a North Baltimore man, a veteran
of World War I now winning praise
as a War Bond seller.
Col. Frank F. Henneman of Gen
eral MacArthur’s staff has written
that the bomber was named for Mr.
Schall in recognition of his efforts
in monthly bond selling campaigns
among employes of the Central Ohio
Light and Power Co. of Findlay,
for which he has been a service
man many years.
Roller Skaters Hurt
Two roller skaters are in Findlay
Hospital after accidents in the Riv
erside Park roller skating rink at
Findlay. Margaret Lindquist, 19, of
Hoytville, dislocated an elbow and
George Busch, 15, son of Joseph
Busch of North Baltimore, suffered
a deep hand cut.
Findlay Fighter Pilot
First Lieut. Kenneth L. McCleary,
pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter
based in England, has been missing
in action over France since July 5,
the War Department has notified
his parents, Police Officer and Mrs.
Lester W. McCleary of Findlay.
In a letter dated July 4, Lieut.
McCleary wrote that he had been
grounded several days after a third
crash landing. A citation announc
ing the award of an Air Medal and
five Oak Leaf Clusters bore the ci
tation “Mac is doing a fine job. We
are proud of him.”
Heavy Onion Crop In
Marsh Apparent
The 1944 harvest of onions should
be a little more tearful than any of
recent years, because there will be
more of them, W. W. Bowers, secre
tary of the United Statistical Onion
Association, predicted.
On the Scioto march, near Kenton,
where onions have been just a fill
in crop the last several years, there
will be 100 more acres to harvest.
Higher prices and the efforts of
farmers to cultivate their own little
plots without benefit of much trans
ient help are credited for the boost
in local acreage.
Kenton Bomber Cap
tured By Germans
Staff Sergt. Walter Byers, son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Byers of Kenton,
was reported by the War Depart
ment as a prisoner of Germany.
Previously, he had been listed as
missing in action since March 6. He
was gunner on a bomber.
Juke Boxes Given
Village Council of nearby Forest
reported an ordinance is effective
there now, requiring juke boxes and
player pianos to be silenced after
11 P. H. licenses for all amuse
ment devices are required.
Reasons To Be Spoiled
Judith Ann Kerns, who was born
this month to Corp, and Mrs. Don
ald Kerns of Belle Center, has a
right to expect to be spoiled. She
has nine living grandparents.
Ada Soldier Wounded
At Saipan
Pvt. William A. (Billy) Benham,
19, was wounded in action June 21
on Saipan, the War Department no
tified his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry A. Benham, living northeast
of Ada.
Two Farm Blazes Are
Started By Fire Bugs
Hardin County officials joined
Fire Chief Ralph Jones in a search
for the motorists who stopped twice
along State Route 67, east of Ken
ton, once to set fire to a load of
hay and again to apply a torch to a
wheat stubble. Firemen battled the
flames 2*2 hours and saved farm
Dunkirk War Veteran
Pfc. Harold King, 28, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Irvin King of Dunkirk, is
home on furlough after 27 months’
service in the Southwest Pacific. He
participated in the New Guinea cam
paign and was stricken with ma
Observe 60th
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Eckerrode
observed their 60th wedding anni
versary with a family dinner gather
ing at their home in Ada. They are
the parents of seven children.
Former Ada Minister’s
Son Killed In Action
Ada friends have been informed
that Pvt. Robert W. Condon, pre
viously reported missing in action
May 28, was killed in action. He
was the son of the Rev. W. A. Con
don, pastor of the Presbyterian
churches in Ada and Dola from 1930
until 1943. He saw service at the
Anzio beachhead.
Believe Missing Air
man Prisoner
Belief that their son, Staff Sergt.
Everett Ludwig, 23, is a prisoner of
war in Germany was expressed by
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ludwig of near
by Dola after the pilot of another
Flying Fortress reported a number
of men bailed out of the bomber on
which Sergeant Ludwig was an en
gineer and turret gunner. He had
been reported missing in action since
June 5.
Delay Jail Sentence
Until Crops Are In
Raymond Jerwers, Glandorf, is
out of the Putnam county jail but
must return Oct. 9 to begin serving
a 60-day sentence for driving while
Jerwers pleaded guilty to the
charge and paid a $200 fine. How
ever, Judge A. A. Slaybaugh in the
common pleas court deferred the
sentence until Oct. 9 so Jerwers
could harvest crops.
Increase Wheat Loan
Putnam county farmers are being
offered an increase of sev%n cents
per bushel on the loan rate on wheat
this year, it was explained at Ot
tawa by August W. Vennckotter, a
member of the AAA committee in
charge of commodity loans.
The new rate is $1.48 per bushel
with a seven cent storage advance
being added if the wheat is stored
on the farm. The storage rate was
added to $1.41 under the old rate.
Farmers accepting the storage ad
vance must keep their wheat on the
farm until April 30, 1945, or such
earlier date the Commodity Credit
Corp., call for it. If the farmer
decides to sell his wheat before it
is called for, he must refund the
storage advance.
Applications for the wheat loans
may be obtained at the AAA office
in Ottawa thru Dec. 31, 1944.
Set. Aug. 4 For Can
ning Crops Field Day
Putnam county farmers will have
an opportunity to hear a discussion
on growing tomatoes and sweet corn
during a canning crops field day
Aug. 4 on the state test farm one
half mile south of Holgate on State
Route 108.
CounEy Agent L. C. Holtkamp
said all farmers interested in these
crops are urged to attend the field
day which will be held during the
afternoon. An expert from the
state department of agriculture will
be present to explain the ways of
solving problems that are arising in
the production of tomatoes and
sw’eet corn.
Gilboa Sergeant Is
Wounded In France
Mrs. R. D. Ferrell, of near Gilboa,
has been notified that her son, Sergt.
Joseph R. Ferrell, was seriously
wounded in action in France June
12. However, letters written by
Sergt. Ferrell, state that his wounds
are healing and that he expects to
leave the hospital soon.
Putnam Calls No In
ductees In July
No Putnam county men will be
called for induction into the armed
forces during July, officials of the
selective service board reported.
At the same time, the smallest
group of selectees to be sent for
physical examinations since the se
lective service program was launched
four years ago will go to Cleveland
for pre-induction physical checkups
July 25, it was learned from the
The Putnam county board was un
able to offer an explanation for the
fact that it has received no call for
induction of men from the War de
partment this month.
Putnam Wheat Yields
Abnormal wheat yields have been
obtained by Putnam county farmers
this summer, it was learned from
County Agent L. C. Holtkamp who
made a check of the various parts
of the county.
Yields range from 20 to 40 bush
els per acre thruout the county to
give the farmers one of the highest
average yields ever harvested in
Putnam county, the agent pointed
While a few yields over 40 bush
els have been harvested, this is the
exception. The factor most import
ant in the wheat harvest this sum
mer is the extremely low number of
fields in which the yield has fallen
below 20 bushels to the acre.
Oats yields will not be outstanding
this year because of the long dry
spell which damaged the crop. Corn
crops should be large of rains come
soon, the agent explained, while the
soybeans are uncertain.
Appropriate $11,000
For New Highway
A resolution providing that it will
pay $11,000 teward the purchase of
right-of-way for a post-war high
way thru Putnam county has been
adopted by the board of county com
missioners, the board announced at
This action came after a recent
conference befween the board, offi
cials of the state highway depart
ment and the four villages concerned
in the project. The four villages
will pay a total of $22,000 toward
the right-of-way purchases.
The state highway department has
been mapping plans either to joint
the federal highway authorities in
the construction of a regional, limit
ed access highway through Putnam
county after the war or to reroute
State Route 65.
In either event, the abandoned
right-of-way of the Cincinnati and
Lake Erie Traction Co. will be uti
lized for the highway. The county
and villages are setting aside money
to buy this right-of-way inside the
municipalities of Ottawa, Leipsic,
Columbus Grove and Belmore w’hile
the state is spending $19,000 to pur
chase the abandoned property out
side the villages thru Putnam coun
Total 1943 U. S. slaughter of cat
tle, hogs, and sheep is estimated to
have been 149,975,000 head.
Complete Insurance
Auto, Fire, Life, Health, Ac
cident, Theft, Liability
245 W. Grove St. Phone 350-W
Bluffton, Ohio
Farm Bureau Mutual Auto Ins. Co.
Farm Bureau Mutual Fire Ins. Co.
Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co.
Home Office: Columbus, Ohio.
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delivery-- no waiting
There’s a big difference in chick feeds and it pays
to insist on starter mash of known quality.
International Milk Cooler—
4 can capacity—electrical
ly operated
Pick-up Hay Balers
Fairbanks-Morse Platform
Fairbanks-Morse Hammer
Fairbanks-Morse Cylinder
Corn Shellers
Make sure your chicks get in proper balance the
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ing for
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Banner Starting Mash contains C-KA-GENE the
remedy that builds immunity to Bloody Coccidiosis.
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