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UNtTED WAT** SAVING* /bonds utlMN VOLUME NO. LXIX SCHOOL TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM TUESDAY, SEPT. 5 Action on Three Vacancies in Teaching Staff Expected Monday Night Superintendent Ralph Lanham Takes Over Duties as School Head Here Bluton’s public schools will open for the fall term on Tuesday, September 5, it was announced by Ralph S. Lanham, new head of the school system who arrived Monday to assume his duties here. Superintendent Lanham’s arrival came at the same time as an un expected vacancy develops in the teaching staff and this together with the filling of previously existing vacancies in the corps of instructors is scheduled to come before the board of education at its monthly meeting next Monday night, the last regular session before the opening of school three weeks hence. Latest vacancy to occur in the teaching personnel was that of Mrs. Marilyn Holmden Rader, employed two weeks ago as instructor in the first grade. Mrs. Rader asked Mon day to be released from her contract in order to return with her husband, R. B. Rader to an army camp near Los Angeles where he is stationed as an instructor. Rader is now home on furlough. Expect Release Altho the matter will not come before the board of education form ally until next Monday night, mem bers indicated unofficially Tuesday that the release would be granted and the couple are making prepara tions to leave shortly for California. Because of an anticipated enroll ment of 52 pupils in the first grade this fall, the largest in recent years, the board of education is planning to divide the £ass between two teach ers instead one and Mrs. Rader had been enfcloyed as the additional instructor. 1 The vacancy created by Mrs. Rader’s resignation will probably be filled at the meeting of the board next Monday night. Other Vacancies Also scheduled for board action are two other existing vacancies one in the manual training depart ment occasioned by the resignation of Hayden Steiner and the other by the resignation of Sidney Hauen stein, instructor in instrumental music. In the matter of manual training, it was stated by informed sources the first of the week that no in structor had yet been obtained, altho efforts to fill the vacancy are being continued. In this connection it was pointed out that unless an acceptable instructor can be secured there will be no alternative except to close the department. Less definite is the music situa tion where an instructor is to be supplied in band and orchestra. It is believed possible that Miss Har riet Brate, present instructor in vocal music may be given super vision of both vocal and instrumental music with part of the vocal en semble instruction assigned to present high school teachers and a part time instructor employed to take charge of the band. Superintendent Lanham has been unable to move his family here be cause of lack of housing accom modations. He is hoping to find living quarters by the latter part of August when his family consisting of his wife and two daughters will move here from Mt. Victory, south of Kenton. Former Bluffton Man Hurt In Fall Calvin Niswander, 65, former Bluffton resident now living in Lima is in a critical condition at St. Rita’s hospital in that city suffering from multiple fractures and internal in juries as the result of a 30 foot fall at the plant of the Lima Locomotive works where he was employed. Notwithstanding his serious condi tion, there are hopes that he will recover. The accident occurred last Thurs day when Niswander who was work ing on top of a building at the plant slipped and fell thru a sky light, crashing to the floor below. He is a native of Pandora, the son of the late Cleophas Niswander. His wife, the former Elizabeth Lora is a sister of Mrs. Ray Mumma. Frank Niswander of Pandora is a brother. The family lived here about thirty years ago, later moving to Lima. Sgt. Olan Herr Wins Bronze Star Medal Staff Sergeant Olan Herr, son of Mrs. Alice Herr, of Bentley road, has received a Bronze Stat medal and citation for meritorious service in actual combat, it was learned this week. Sgt. Herr has been serving in Italy with a field artillery battalion. He received an award of the Purple Heart several months ago, after hav ing been wounded in a fox hole while serving as an observer for his artillery unit at an advance post under enemy fire. SUGGEST ANNUAL FEE FOR OUTSIDE FIRE PROTECTION Richland and Orange Trustees and Beaverdam Council At tend Meeting Area Conference is Held at Bluffton Council Chamber Monday Night Preliminary discussion of Bluff ton’s future responsibility in fighting fires in the surrounding area outside the corporation limits was completed Monday night in the council cham ber at a conference between the town council and trustees from Orange and Richland townships and Beaverdam village councilmen. Union township, whose trustees were invited to attend the conference was not represented. As a result of the meeting the two township groups and Beaverdam council have propositions under con sideration and upon their reply will depend largely Bluffton’s future policy in regard to answering out of town fire calls. Determine Type of Equipment Also to be determined by their replies will be the type of equip ment to be purchased in Bluffton’s planned program of modernizing its (Continued on page 8) Lions Club To Meet At Buckeye Tuesday Members of the Bluffton Lions club will hold a picnic supper at Buckeye lake at 6:30 p. m. next Tuesday, and after the meal will di vide into groups to work on im provements to the park and its buildings. Weeds at the park will be cut, the grass will be mowed, buildings will be painted and minor carpentry re pairs will be made to the structures. All members of the club are re quested to report for the park im provement drive. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Reichenbach of Bluffton, a son, Samuel Herbert, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Swank, Bluffton, a daughter, Nancy Ellen, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Huber Jones, Co lumbus Grove, a son, Robert Lynn, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Evan Anderson, Findlay, a son, William Evan, Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Welty, Pan dora, a son, Ronald Dean, Wednes day. K Mr. and Mrs. Francis Basinger are the parents of a daughter born at their home southwest of Bluffton, Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Orden Smucker of Columbus are the parents of a daughter, Lisen, born at the Uni versity hospital, Saturday. Lieut, and Mrs. Cleon Althaus are the parents of a daughter born at Ft. Belvoir, Va., last Wednesday. Lieut. Althaus is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Althaus of North Jack son street. Cpl. and Mrs. Gerald Basinger are the parents of a daughter, Patricia Ann, born at S^. Rita’s hospital, Lima, Thursday. Cpl. Basinger, sta tioned at Lowry Field, Denver, Colo., is the son of Mrs. Martha Basinger of near Bluffton. Piano Recital Pupils of Miss Mabel Amstutz will appear in a piano recital at the Ebenezer Mennonite church Friday night at 8:30 o’clock. The public is invited. A NEWSPAP Wading Sewage Laden Creeks In High Top Boots Is Task Of Mosquito Patrol Mayor W. A. Howe Takes Over Job in Present Wartime Emergency Precarious Footing on Slimy Creek Bed Brings Fre quent Dunkings Wading in slimy water, burdened with a 25-pound spray tank, and not always being successful in re maining upright on a treacherous underfooting of slippery rocks is the very unglamorous wartime job Mayor W. A. Howe has taken over in keeping Bluffton free of mosqui toes. For 35 to 40 hours each week, the mayor sloshes thru the unsavory waters of Big and Little Riley creeks and circumstances of his job are such that the worst areas of stagnant pools are where he must spend the most time in applying spray to kill mosquito larvae. Slimy rocks are a constant men ace to anyone wading in the creek in rubber boots, and, laden with a heavy spray can, he has little chance to maintain his balance once he slips. As a consequence frequent “dunkings” in the sewage coated waters do little to improve the mayor’s outlook on life—and the war. When the scarcity of labor last year grew so acute there were no applications for the mosquito treat ment job, Mayor Howe took it over, and is serving again this year in the emergency. Contrary to popular opinion, dry weather this summer has not de creased the breeding of mosquitoes, and the fact Bluffton residents have not been troubled has been due en tirely to the unceasing vigilance of the patrol. Larvae Feed On Sewage As long as any water is present, mosquito larvae will thrive, and cir cumstances are even more favorable in dry years than those in which it is unusually wet. Sewage particles that can found along every stretch of the Big Riley, and which virtuaaly clog the Little Riley, are ideal for mosquito breeding. The larvae cling to the sewage, and to make certain that all are killed it is necessary to get out in the creek and kick the de posits over so that both sides can be coated with spray. Every foot of the water courses must be patrolled weekly, and the job is a hot one and a dirty one as Mayor Howe can attest. More than 500 gallons of larvi cide and oil are used every summer on the streams of the town, and all 500 gallons must be carried over the treacherous stream beds in the four-gallon spray can. It’s a dirty job, but those who remember when Bluffton every sum mer was infested with swarms of mosquitoes that made it impossible to spend a moment of relaxation out-of-doors in the evening can bear witness that the program is a worthwhile one, so far as the town is concerned. Hilty-Crow Wedding At Pandora Tuesday Simplicity marked the marriage of Miss Evelyn Hilty of Pandora and Cpl. Lyle Crow of Mt. Cory which took place at Pandora, Tues day evening at 5:45 o’clock in the parsonage of the Grace Mennonite church. Rev. Forrest Musser, pastor of the bride, officiated in the double ring ceremony. Miss Rachel Criblez was the bride’s only attendant and Roy Crow, brother of the bridegroom was best man. The bride was attired in a fur trimmed aqua wool suit with gold accessories and a corsage of peach gladioli. The maid of honor wore a gray wool suit with fuschia acces sories and corsage of matching glad ioli. Following the ceremony the couple left Tuesday night for a short wed ding trip. The bride, only daughter of Mrs. Adam Hilty of Pandora was gradu ated from Pandora high school and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluffton college. During thb past year she was instructor in so cial science and history at Pandora high school. Cpl. Crow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Crow of Mt. Cory was gradu ated from Mt. Cory high school and prior to entering the Army attended Findlay and Bluffton colleges. He is now serving in the signal corps sta tioned at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla. THE BLUFFTON NEWS DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 10.1914 23 MEN TAKEN IN BOARD NO. 3 DRAFT CALL FOR AUGUST This Month’s Inductions Re main Light, Altho Heavier Than July’s Total of 8 Six of Those Inducted Tuesday Are From Bluffton Area Two Live in Town August draft calls of the three Allen county boards were heavier than in July, with Board No. 3 which has jurisdiction over Bluffton and Richland township sending 23 men to Ft. Hayes, Columbus, for induction, last Tuesday. Six Bluffton area men were in cluded in the group. They were Richard Rockey and William P. Mericle, both of Bluffton Donavin L. Sommer, Pandora Route 1 Wil mer J. Lehman, Columbus Grove Route 2 Ralph E. Burwell, Lafay ette Route 1, and Kenneth E. Barnes, Lafayette Route 2. August’s call of 23, including one transfer, took nearly three times as many registrants as in July when only eight men were inducted from Board No. 3. However, the number of men call ed for service remains materially less than in the spring months when 170 men from Board No. 3 were inducted in April, May and June. The August call for all three Allen county boards totalled only 45 men in comparison to the June record when there were 72 inductions from Board No. 3 alone. So far there is no indication as to whether the September call will be light or heavy, but it is expected that inductions for the moat part will be made for that month from 18-year-old registrants who have had birthdays during the preceding month. Wedding At Methodist Church On Saturday The wedding of Mary Alice Geiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millen C. Geiger of South Lawn avenue and Cpl. Franklin L. Farns worth, son of the late Mrs. Ida Farnsworth of Wheatland, Wyoming took place Saturday evening, August 5th, at 8:30 o’clock in the Methodist church. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor, officiated in the presence of the im mediate families and close friends. The altar was decorated with candelabra, white gladioli and ferns. Preceding and during the ceremony the Misses Betty and Jean Ann Steinman, playing the cello and piano, presented a musical program selected by the young couple. A lilac gabardine suit was chosen by the bride for her wedding and going-away costume. Her corsage was white roses and purple larkspur. The bride carried an heirloom lace handkerchief, which was also carried by her mother on her wedding day. The maid of honor was Miss Har riet Cooney of Bluffton and Dayton, who wore a suit of cocoa brown wool. Her corsage was Johanna Hill roses. The best man was Pfc. Stanley Beyer, who is stationed at Vandalia, Ohio. An informal reception for tw’enty five guests followed at the home of the bride’s parents. The couple left for a fifteen day furlough-honeymoon at the ranch home of the groom in Wheatland, Wyoming. The bride was graduated from Bluffton High School and attended Bluffton college. She will return to the office of the Triplett Electrical Instrument Company of Bluffton, where she is employed. The groom was graduated from Wheatland High school and attended the University of Wyoming before enlisting in the Army Air Forces. He will return to the Army Air Base at Vandalia. In New Locations Frank Batterson, new instructor in languages at Bluffton college who last month purchased the J? W. Jackson property on South Main street will move here next week from Circleville and occupy the res idence. Mrs. Norah Koch, daughter of the late J. W. Jackson and ad ministratrix of the estate who has been living in the property this summer will return to her home in Lima. Harold Kennedy and family of South Jackson street expect to leave August 21 for California where they will make their future home. Bluffton residents got their first closeup look at war prisoners last Friday when two large Army bus loads of captured Italians passed thru town on the Dixie highway. The entourage was traveling south, enroute to Celina where the prisoners will be housed in a tem porary camp while working for can neries during the tomato processing Gasoline Rationing Prevents Trips, So Home Re-Stocking Program Is Stepped Up More Than Two Tons of Fish Will be Released Locally Be fore Arrival of Winter Gasoline rationing restrictions growing out of the war may prove a blessing in disguise for Bluffton area sportsmen, as a result of ex tensive fish and game re-stocking programs now under way in the area. Sponsored by the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s club, the propa gation projects are intended to pro vide better hunting and fishing right at home, thereby eliminating the ne cessity of making trips to other parts of the state for those pur suits. Highlighting this summer’s activi ties of the club is the largest fish re-stocking program ever sponsored in this district, which was started two weeks ago with the release of a ton of fish in local quarries and streams. In this shipment of fish were “catch-size” Lake Erie channel cat fish from 10 to 14 inches in length. Start of Crappies obtained for distribution here will be large size fish, and total weight will approximate one ton, all of which will be large enough to catch next spring. Cost of the fish will be about three to four cents each. Hunting improvements have not been overlooked by the sportsmen’s organization, altho this area already is known as one of the best pheas ant districts in the state. Very few pheasant chicks reared in the area have been released on contracted land by the game ward ens due to the fact that pheasants this fall will probably be more nu merous than in previous years. Farmers are complaining there are almost too many pheasants, the sur plus being built up as a result of a shortage in shells, and the fact that last fall there were fewer hunters than usual because of so many young men being in the armed forces. Thirty-three raccoon raised locally will be released for next winter’s hunting, a continuation of a Bluffton propagation project started two years ago by the sportsmen’s club. For raccoon raising alone the club appropriated $150. Cost of the fish and game propa gation programs is being paid from proceeds of the Fourth of July rodeo sponsored jointly by the sportsmen’s club and other local organizations. With The Sick Condition of Peter Matter who has been ill at his home on Spring street was reported serious the first of the week. Mrs. Eliza Fett continues quite ill at her home on South Main street. Noah Basinger, Bluffton furniture dealer continues to make satisfactory improvement at Bluffton hospital where he underwent an operation for gallstones nearly two weeks ago. Condition of Elmer Diller suffer ing from a heart ailment and com plications at his home on Spring street is improved. Samuel Blosser residing south of Bluffton underwent an operation for removal of tonsils at the office of Dr. M. D. Soash, Tuesday. Charles Keifer residing south of Bluffton is a medical patient at Lima Memorial hospital. Mrs. Bennie R. Shafer who recent ly underwent a major operation at the Findlay hospital is convalescing at her home on Cherry street and able to receive visitors. Mrs. Dennis Diller is convalescing at Lima Memorial hospital following a major operation last Thursday. Italian War Prisoners Pass Thru Bluffton In Army Buses Friday Better Fishing And Hunting Locally In Prospect For Bluffton Sportsmen Program However, this represents only the initial stage of an extensive re stocking program that will be* cli maxed in the fall when two tank truck loads of crappies will be brought here from Lake Erie hatch eries, for release in local fishing waters. season. Following the buses carrying the prisoners were several Army trucks loaded with bedding and supplies. After completion of the work at Celina, the Italians will be returned' to Camp Perry' on Lake Erie where they have been quartered since use of the camp as an army induction center was discontinued. DROUGHT RETURNS AFTER WEEK END RESPITE IN AREA Hot and Dry Weather Resumed After Rain Breaks Six Weeks Record Spotty Downpours Bring Meas ure of Relief to Part of District Drought conditions, broken tem porarily by rains over the week end have returned with indications point ing to a resumption of the hot and dry spell which has proven the longest in recent years. After six weeks of virtually no rainfall, a heavy downpour, accom panied by an electrical storm drenched Bluffton last Saturday afternoon, bringing to lawns and gardens welcome relief. The week end rains, altho heavy, were spotty—the area northwest of town receiving good rains on Friday and Saturday while the district east of Bluffton got none. Temperatures Drop Temperatures also dropped follow ing the rains, with the thermomtter registering a low of 61 degrees ^rly Tuesday morning. The respite, How ever, was short lived with the mer cury mounting into the nineties Wednesday and still warmer weather in prospect for the last of the week. The return of rainless weather will further aggravate drought condi tions which are already severe and in marked contrast to conditions a year ago when fields and victory gardens were repeatedly flooded by recurrent heavy downpours. Effect of the w*eek end rains on crops was being appraised by farm ers the first of the week. The late potato crop should be one of the chief beneficiaries, they said. Also it will be of help to soy beans and those stands of corn which have de veloped sufficiently deep root sys tems to benefit from sub-surface moisture. Funeral For Gust Basinger On Friday August (Gust) Basinger, 52, farm er of three miles west of Bluffton, died in Lima Memorial hospital last Sunday evening after having been ill for five weeks with undulant fever. Funeral services will be held at the Ebenezer Mennonite church on Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock with Rev. A. C. Schultz officiating. Interment will be in Zion Mennon ite cemetery. His son J. August Basinger in naval service is expect ed to arrive Thursday from Seattle. Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Oard, and the fol lowing children, Mrs. Virginia Reich enbach, Bluffton Mrs. Elene Schu macher, Columbus Grove Daisy Ba singer, at home J. August Basing er, with the U. S. Navy at Seattle, Wash. Clark L. Basinger, in navy training at Great Lakes, Ill. Karl, Ernest and Shirl Basinger, all at home. Surviving brothers and sisters are Fred, Chris, Irwin and John Ba singer, all of Columbus Grove Walter Basinger, Pandora Mrs. Regina Kohli and Mrs. Carolyn Kohli, both of Columbus Grove. His mother, Mrs. John (Catherine Kiene) Basinger resides in Columbus Grove. The body is at the Paul Diller funeral home where it will remain until time for the services Friday morning. Longsdorf Accepts Internal Revenue Job A. J. B. Longsdorf, who resigned as superintendent of Bluffton public schools last spring, has accepted a position as deputy collector of in ternal revenue, it was announced this week. His headquarters are at internal revenue offices in Lima. NUMBER 16 POTATO, CORN AND SOYBEAN OUTLOOK IS FOR HALF CROP Corn Estimates Vary Widely Early Potato Crop Small est in Years Some Hope for Late Potatoes Burned up Meadows Raise Dairy Problem After three years of bumper war time harvests, three major crops: corn, potatoes and soy beans thia year will return less than an aver age yield and reliable estimates place the return at roughly half a crop. The outlook for corn varies con siderably in this area, due to scat tered rains during the past week and farm estimates vary from three fourths of a crop in those stands in low ground which have had a fair degree of moisture to other growers on high, drought ridden land who state flatly that their corn crop is all but a complete failure. Early potatoes have bAen irrepar ably damaged by prolonged dry weather, and the loss will be from one-half to three-fourths of the crop in tlus area. Farmers say that some fields will barely return the seed put in the ground last spring, and one who dug some of his crop this week said that he got from five rows only as much as the normal jveld would be from one. What will happen to the late po tato crop will depend on rainfall in the next two or three weeks, for farmers already have written off prospects for an average yield. Rain fall merely holds the key to how much below normal the harvest re turn will be. Prices Ark High Retail prices are reflecting the scarcity of potatoes and early varie ties now' on the maAet were quoted at 85c a peck at local stores the first of this week.l Soy bean prpsp«®s are the poor est in recent ye A* and the many acres in this area likely will yffeld only about half a normal return, unless there is immediate relief in the form of plentiful rain. The coni outlook steadily has grown worse, and a stand which looked good on the first of July has deteriorated to the stage where rains no longer will be of material benefit. On high ground south and east of town, the yield probably will be only about 25 per cent of normal, and altho lower land to the west and north have better prospects no more than a 50 per cent harvest can be expected in an overall estimate. Corn Is “Firing” Rainfall will help the crop only slightly now, for the corn has passed the “ear shooting” stage, and hot winds during the last week has “fired” most fields. Farmers eyeing the parched stands of corn east of town are cynically remarking that there will be little work for corn pickers this fall. It will take a larger acreage of corn to fill silos as stalks will have less in the way of leaf foliage required for good silage. Early sw’eet corn was almost a complete failure in most fields, and the late crop has been damaged more than 25 per cent, according to estimates. Pastures Gone While no effort has been made to determine grass crop losses, damage to them also has been heavy. Pas tures are gone for this year, and many dairymen are pasturing their second-crop clover and alfalfa. This represents a bad picture in light of the feed situation. Other farmers already are beginning to use their winter feed supply, and unless other feed can be obtained the shortage may result in liquidation of dairy cows. Vegetable production, too, has been more than cut in half by the unfavorable season, and canners will handle a less than normal volume of late sw’eet corn, tomato and lima bean crops this fall. Victory gardens have suffered heavily, for the first time since wartime emphasis has been placed on the need of such produce, to further add to the complications in the winter foodstuff outlook. Real Estate Deals Fred Lingel has purchased the residence property on Campus View occupied by Woodrow Little and owned by Orden Smucker of Colum bus, former Bluffton high school in structor. Lingel expects to oc cupy the property this fall moving from his present location, the Mrs. Edna Badertscher property at Grov street and Kibler road.