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VNITtD •tates VOLUME NO. LXIX SCHOOL MAY DROP MANUAL TRAINING FOR COMING YEAR No Instructor Is Found to Fill Vacancy, Board Is In formed New Teacher Is Employed for First Grade Music Situ ation Indefinite Closing of the manuel training de partment in Bluffton high school for the coming year looms as a distinct possibility because of the inability to obtain an instructor. This became known following a meeting of the board of education, Monday night when Supt. of Schools Ralph S. Lanham reported develop ments in the situation to board mem bers. Supt. Lanham stated that an ex haustive canvass of failed to disclose an position, however, board that he would continue his ef forts to fill the vacancy. The vacan cy in the department followed the res ignation last month of Hayden Stein er, the former instructor. the situation has instructor for the he assured the Employ First Grade Teacher Mrs. Clayton Murray of West Elm street was employed as instructor in the first grade filling the vacancy caused by the resignation a week ago of Mrs. R. B. Rader. Mrs. Rader asked to be released from her teaching contract here in or der to accompany her husband to an army camp near Los Angeles. Mrs. Murray w’ho previously taught in the primary grades here will re ceive a salary’ of $1212. Because of an anticipated enrollment of 52 pupils in the first grade this fall, the largest in recent years the board of education has arranged to have two first grades this year instead of one. Two First Grade Teachers Miss Meredith Stepleton, first grade instructor last year will be continued at that place during the coming year with Mrs. Murray teaching the newly added first grade root are indefinite awaiting the arrival of Miss Harriet Brate, supervisor, who is expected here over the week end. Miss Brate who has been employed previously on five-sixths time, devot ing one-sixth time to the college de partment of music, will probably be given full time employment in the public schools, taking over supervision of both vocal and instrumental music with a part time instructor added to take charge of the band. Rites Held Sunday For D. L. Shalley Funeral services were held Sun day afternoon in the Stanley Ba singer funeral home for D. L. Shal ley, 88, retired Bluffton merchant, who died last Thursday in the Bluff ton Community hospital. Shalley had been in the hospital for the last six days, after falling and fracturing his shoulder. Death was due to this injury and to the infirmities of age. The last member of a family of 12, he came to Bluffton from Berne, Ind., 22 years ago, and for many years operated a variety store here. A son, Harry K. Shalley, with whom he was associated in business last year, and his wife died in died 1941. Fla., Mrs. Opal Egly, of Miami, is the only surviving child. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of St. John’s Reformed church, offi ciated at the rites later in the day church at Berne, ley was buried. here Sunday, and in the Reformed Ind., where Shal- Lions Club Works At Buckeye Lake Bluffton Lions club met at Buck eye Lake, Tuesday night to clean up the grounds and make minor repairs to equipment in the park. Weeds were cut, leaves were raked and burned, trees were trimmed, the bridge repaired and broken boards were replaced on the swimming pool float. Twenty-six Lions were present for the picnic and the work hour that followed. Pvt. Robert McCune Cited In England Pvt. Robert McCune of Bluffton, i.n ammunition worker at an army Eighth Air Force Liberator station in England has been cited for dis tinguished and outstanding service in 100 combat missions over Europe. The group made its 100th mission in support of the initial landings by Allied forces in France, it was said. D-Day Survivor Weds Girl Employed Here Arthur Badertscher, seaman second class and one of the survivors of the destroyer Meredith which was lost in the invasion cf France was mar ried to Miss Donna Dishong, em ployed at Plant No. 3 of the Trip lett Electrical Instrument company. The wedding which took place in the Deweyville Church of God on July 22 was announced this week. Seaman Badertscher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Badertscher of Pandora has reported to New York for reassignment. His bride, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dishong of McComb, has resumed her duties here. FORMER SOLDIER CRUSHED TO DEATH UNDER MILK TRUCK Willard Lee, of Near Bluffton Dies in Crash on Put nam County Road Fatal Accident Occurs on Sec ond Day Operating Truck for Dairy Firm Willard I/ewis Lee, 24, of near Bluff ton who was honorably’ discharged from the Army last spring was crush ed to death beneath the cab of nis overturned milk truck in a collision with an automobile at road intersec tion, Sunday morning at nine o'clock. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Garvin Lee who live two miles north west of Bluffton on what was former ly the Jacob Schnegg farm, owned by Edgar Biel who sold the elder Lee. Pinned Beneath Cab Lee’s truck careened into a ditch and the Bluffton man was pinned be neath the cab when the vehicle over turned. Efforts of passing motorists to raise the truck and release him were futile and by the time a farmer brought his tractor to lift the heavy cab Lee was dead, John Krontz, Jr., 13-yr. old Columbus Grove youth who was riding with Lee escaped un injured. The victim of the crash was hon orably discharged from the army last March after serving for five and one half month. He is survived by his parents, a brother, Robert and a sister, Ruth Ann, both at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Ebenezer Mennonite church, with Rev. A. C. Schultz, pas tor of the church, officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Grove cemetery near Delphos. Two occupants of the Stechschulte car were injured seriously in the mis hap. Sister Mary’ Laura, a sister of Stechschulte, who has been teaching in Cincinnati and was on her first vis it home in 17 years, is in critical con dition in Lima St. Rita’s hospital with a back injury. Mrs. Stechschulte also was seriously hurt, suffering from a deep cut across the thigh, a fractured leg and broken knee cap, in addition to severe face and body lacerations. Stechschulte and his daughter, Mar cella escaped with minor injuries. Clifford L. Filhart Is Discharged From Navy Clifford L. Filhart, S. C. 3/c, grad uate of Bluffton High school in 1929, who served for 13 months on Guad alcanal, has been honorably dis charged from the navy, and is now at his home near Ortonville, Mich. Injuries received in the line of duty resulted in the discharge. For seven months of the time he was stationed on Guadalcanal the unit to which Filhart was assigned was un der continuous enemy shellfire and bombing attacks. He has been awarded the Island Citation bar, the South Pacific Asia tic campaign bar, with two stars rep resenting two major enemy engage ments, and the American theatre bar. Filhart was in the Navy 22 months. Carol Diller Accepts Position As Nurse In New Porto Rican Hospital later it to miles Scene of the crash was three east of Kalida at the intersection of the Columbus Grove-Kalida road and a township road. te second day Lee had operated the truck on a bulk milk route for the Nestle’s Milk company of Columbus Grove when the vehicle was involved in a collision with an automobile operated by William Stechschulte, Putnam county commissioner. Institution for Care of Natives Operated by Mennonite Central Committee Bluffton Woman Leaves Monday for Her New Duties on Hospital Staff Carol Diller, registered nurse and daughter of the late Chris Diller, of near Bluffton, has resigned her position at St. Luke’s hospital in Cleveland, to accept an assignment as a nurse in a Mennonite hospital at Abonito, Porto Rico. She left for Porto Rico Monday night to assume her duties in the new hospital, recently opened by the Mennonite Central committee, which has headquarters in Akron, Pa. The hospital is operated under the di rection of the federal government’s Porto Rican Reconstruction admin istration. Miss Diller will be one of four registered nurses assigned to the hospital staff. She is scheduled to e in expects on Saturday her work at the institution next Monday. In addition of the native Rico, the hospital will establish a school for the training of Porto Ricans in the and hygiene. needs to serving the population of Nuptials Solemnized In Church Ceremony Miss Lucille Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Steiner of Pop lar street became the bride of Wi liam T. Snyder, son of Mrs. Susa Snyder in a nuptial service of dig nity and beauty at the First Men nonite church here Saturday after noon at 4 o’clock. church officiated in an impressive double ring ceremony. Setting for the nuptials consisted of a background screen of greenery from which rose white cathedral candles. The chancel was banked with ferns and lilies and two tall baskets of scarlet and white gladioli on either side of the the effect. Lilies and the bride’s aisle. altar completed azeleas marked grave a quarter Mrs. Glen Morgan hour pre-nuptial organ recital which was followed by Miss Anna Burk holder of Findlay, cousin of the bride who sang Edward Lippe’s musical setting of Elizabeth Bar rett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee and Mrs. Paul Whaley of Chicago, cousin stein’s of the bride rendered Ruben Romance as a violin number, organ number Dreams by An Me Annis played by Mrs. Morgan was followed by Miss Dorothy Burner of Findlay, college classmate of the who sang Grieg’s Ich Liebe bride Dich. Miss Burkholder sang Oh Power of Love, violin Bixel After holder sang The Lord Bless You and Keep You. Preceding the wedding march All Else Transcending with a obligato arranged by James and played by Mrs. Whaley, the closing prayer Miss Burk- The bridal party entered to the organ number Entree Nuptiale by Smith. Mendelssohn’s was the recessional. wedding march by her father, in a gown of Given in marriage the bride was lovely white satin, the skirt covered with net and appliqued with satin motifs. A finger tip veil of tulle edge with lace and a shower bouquet of white roses completed her ensemble. The bride’s only attendant was (Continued on page 8) Softball old-timers will match their prowess against the strength of the Triplett team which has won 10 games in inter-city play in a Buckeye Lake benefit contest, spon sored by the Bluffton Lions 7 p. m. this Wednesday at field. Lions Old-Timers Will Play Triplett Softball Team In Benefit Contest club, at Harmon To make the contest more evenly matched, the Triplett team will not be permitted to use either Timer Spaeth or Maynard Geiger, regular fHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1944 ................... im*" STORM BRINGS SHORT BREAK IN HEATWAVE Lightning Tuesday Night Dis rupts Residence 'and Street Lighting. Downpour Refreshes Drought Ridden Lr.wns, Gardens and Pasture^. rumbling, flashing thunder which swept Bluffton Tues- storm day night brought the most beneficial rain of the summer and brought a measure of relief to the drought stricken area and a momentary re spite from six continuous ninety-degree temperature e district ess when Portions of the resldeni were plunged into darkr the storm street lighting electric repair crews of the mu were called out to locate some of which had not Wednesday morning. disrupted domestic and service and cipal plant Temperatures which maximum of 96 degree on Tuesday dropped to a low of 75 early Wed nesday morning, giving Bluffton res idents their first night of comfort Hot Wave Con'd cooler of short saw a The for establishing the completed this sum crews from Civilian camps sent to Porto purpose under aus- Preparations hospital were mer by labor Public Service Rico for that pices of the Mennonite Central com mittee. weather, duration resumpt ic of the lo years. too late corn heat wave, one tinued in recent Altho coming materially the corn crop, Tuesday night’s rain did much toward green ing lawns and drought-ridden pas tures showed invigorating effects of the downpour. Weather forecasts held out some prospect of Friday and Sunday. collected two Boy ation of Bluffton’s waste paper collection is a part of a nation-wide campaign to obtain scrap paper urgently need ed for the war effort, because of a shortage of wood pulp used in mak ing paper. Boy Scout troops all over the county have been asked to make the collections in their home communities. of heavy rain, the paper will be made here on the collection following Saturday. Advanced In Rank Robert Oberly, serving overseas, has been promoted from the rank of corporal to staff sergeant, it was learned by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Oberly of Cherry street. Having finished three months in radio training at Grove City Col lege, Pa., Wilhelm A. Amstutz, Jr., has received the rating of corporal and is now in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he is continuing his training in radio and radar. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Amstutz north of Bluffton. Richard Augsburger, son of Mr. and Mrs. stationed moted to class. H. E. Augsburger, who is at Hawaii has been pro the rank of private first pitchers for the team, and Manager Jesse Manges is slated to take over the mound duties for the outfit. In addition the Triplett team will be limited to nine one inning or outs. In the Lions Triplett, will be many of The Lions’ club lineup studded with the names of the stars of other years who will try their throwing arms and bat ting eyes again this week in order to raise funds to improve the Buck eye lake swimming pool and park. men batting in any the regulation three lineup will be Norm pitcher Mayor W. A. Howe, catcher Dr. Munson Bixel, first base Dr. Gordon Bixel, second base Coach A. C. Burcky, left field I. B. Beeshy, center field Ed Lape, right field Homer Gratz, short stop, and Clair I/eiber, short field. base D. W. Bixler, third A. E. Lichtenwalter and Ed Wal termire will be umpires for the con test. New basic “A” gasoline ration books, for which motorists will make application beginning August 25, will provide gasoline per allotment, it week. These rent “A” books which expire tember 21. Each coupon in the new book be worth four gallons of gasoline, but only six will become valid every three months. This provides 24 gal lons of gasoline, good for about 120 miles a month, which is the same allowance motorists now receive. noon and Wed n of the ngest con- to affect lower temperatures on Saturday and warmer Scouts Will Collect Scrap Paper Saturday this Saturday by Bluffton’s Scout troops in a continu their waste paper drive. with paper for the Scouts Those are requested to place magazines and newspapers in separate bundles, and tie them securely with stout cord. Bundles should be placed on curbs where they can be easily load ed onto trucks. The collection will start at 1 p. m. Cost of the project $27,500 will be divided between the state highway department and the town, the latter paying a lump sum of $5,000 as its portion. Contract for the work is held by the Maumee Asphalt & Pav ing Co., of Toledo. Ray Clark Cited In Army Training Pvt. Raymond V. Clark, of Bluff ton, now in training at the Armored Replacement Center, Fort Knox, Ky., recently qualified as the machine gun, by the highest scores in New “A” Ration Books Will Provide Same Amount Of Gasoline Per Period the same amount of period as the present was announced will replace the this cur- will Applicants for the A books will Work on New Lines and Taps is Completed Wednesday Noon. Expect to Start Putting on Hot Mix Top Last Part of This Month. Water Line Replacement Finished On Main Street Resurfacing Soon on Bluffton’s Main street commissioner. Repair of broken strips along the street will be Thursday and the thorofare ready for the resurfacing of the state highway department which has been held up pending the water line replacements. started will be project will require about stated. However, be carried on at the resurfacing op- Curb repairing ten days, Coon this work could the same time as eration and the street is now ready for the highway department work crews. Lost Shipment Delays Work Replacement of the water lines under supervision of the Board of Public Affairs and the municipal about two months when a shipment of taps was lost intransit. The street resurfacing project will consist of a one and three-quarters inch asphalt hot mix top applied on the present brick pavement be ginning at the Rentley road and continuing north to the Allen-Han cock county line. This will com prise a one and one-half mile pro ject within the city limits. an expert on making one of his company. Bluffton Roller Clark operated the Rink before going into the service. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marquart are occupying the Edward Marquart property on Mr. and formerly occupied the property have apartments in the W. H. Gratz res idence on Lawn avenue. South Jackson street. Mrs. Wm. Cookson who Earle Lugibill and family have moved to Lima, vacating the T. A. Kitchen recently Slusser. cupy it present Bentley property on Cherry street purchased by Miss Theresa The Slusser family will oc soon, moving from their location south of town on road. With The Sick Miss Hulda Schifferly, Bluffton hospital nurse is convalescing at her home on Poplar street from effects of a fall which she sustained at the hospital recently. Noah Basinger is convalescing at his home on South Lawn avenue following an operation for gall stones which he underwent at Bluff ton hospital nearly’three weeks ago. Miss Ocie Anderson, Bluffton librar ian, is convalescing at her home on South Main street following a tonsil lectomy which she underwent at Bluffton hospital. the BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.42 corn $1.12 oats 80c soys $1.86. not have to make a personal ap pearance before their ration boards in registering for the new rations, it was announced. One-page forms will be available at gasoline stations on August 25, and motorists can fill out the blanks and return them by mail to ration boards by Sept. 9 together with the back cover of the current A book properly signed. There will be no further use for the tire inspection record which formerly had to accompany all ap plications for gasoline rations. A stub marked “mileage rationing record” will replace the tire inspec tion record. FEED SITUATION ON FARMS STEADILY IS GROWING WORSE Conditions Reversed from 1913 When There Was Commer cial Feed Shortage Corn and Oats Disappear from Market Farmers Hold to Scanty Grain Supplies The farm feed situation in the Bluffton area is exactly the reverse of what it was last year, with farm ob servers reporting plenty of concen trated commercial feeds but this sum mer a growing shortage of home grown carbohydrates. As far as feed is concerned the sit uation is steadily growing worse, and the prolonged drought has caused many farmers to withhold corn from the market until the effect of scanty rainfall on the growing crop can be determined. Rains which fell last Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night were not sufficient to change the long range view of the situation. Many cattle and dairy herds al ready have been put on dry feed, about two months before the usual time, and with the yield of feed crops badly damaged by the drought, fann ers are holding on to all feed they now have in storage. With practically no feed changing hands in the present stringent situa tion, market quotations only are nom inal for grain that is quite scarce. However, the prices do not reflect a true picture of conditions, for there were reports the first of the week of feeders bidding $1 per bushel fol oats and finding none to buy, even tho the figure they offered was 20 cents more than nominal market price of 80 cents. Average quotations on oats in nor mal years range from 30 to 35 cents a bushel, but the price has been boost ed to a mark nearly three times greater this summer. The grain is needed for supplementing nearly all kinds of livestock feed. No Corn Sold With this fall’s orn harvest pros pects becoming more gloomy every week, very little corn is being sold, and farmers with plentiful supplies on hand are holding what they have until they can determine what this year’s stand will produce. Even wheat straw is being careful ly husbanded by growers, who not on ly anticipate a shortage of feed dur ing the normal length of the feed ng season, but who also fear will bring a feeding season months longer than usual. fire call this year about two critical is The situation here altho not as had as in Central Ohio where the drought was described by George Mindiing, U. S. weather bureau me teorologist, as bringing driest July since 1930 50 years. July was considered adequate. and second most arid in Rainfall during June and Meanwhile farm special Sts at the Ohio Experiment station in Wooster are urging farmers thruout the state to begin feeding drought stricken Ohio corn to cattle at once to maximum feed values from the pleted crop. get de much Specialists advised that com as possible should made into silage and feeding from should continue as late as possible to conserve silage for later use during the winter. the field Couple Observe 45th Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn of West Elm street observed their 45th wed ding anniversary while visiting in Toledo over the week end at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Glen Eichelberger and family. BUY STAMM NUMBER 17 AREA REPLIES TO DETERMINE TYPE OF FIRE PUMPER Type of Equipment Will De pend on Whether Rural Protection Is Provided Answers Awaited on Proposals to Richland, Orange Town ships and Beaverdam Whether Bluffton’s new fire truck pumper will be equipped for town use only or will have facilities also fitting it for rural fire fighting will be a major item for consideration nt next Monday’s meeting of the Bluffton city council. Decision of the town in the matter will be governed largely by ieplies re and and township uffton’s future been pointed out. tection is to be provided s and Beaverdam in the water. A lighter truck will be used with a smaller booster tank if the townships and Beaverdam are willing to make commitments on a future fire protec tion policy. Less booster capacity is needed in Bluffton where sufficient water can be obtained from town water mains. Councilmen are starting proceed ings anew in consideration of the type of equipment the town will buy in modernizing the fire department. A contract let in 1942 for a Mack truck was cancelled later when the company was unable to make delivery because of war restrictions. An $8000 bond issue authorized by Bluffton voters at the polls in Novem ber, 1942, is available for the purchase of new equipment. Peter Matter Rites Are Held Tuesday Peter Matter, 78, retired farmer and lifetime resident of the Bluffton community, died in his home N. Spring street at 10:30 Sunday, after an illness months from carcinoma. at 131 a. m. of 10 He was born in Richland township January 19, 1866, the son of Chris tian and Regina (Stauffer) Matter. 14, 1889, survives R. Mat- He was married on Dec. to Sara Badertscher, who with five children: Richard ter, Ft. Wayne Earl L. Bluffton Mrs. Edgar Montgomery, Mrs. Harry Anderson and Mrs. Mi nor Thutt, all of Bluffton. There are 13 grandchildren. Matter, Two sisters, Mrs. Anna Groman, of Bluffton, and Mrs. G. B. Oberly, of Lafayette, also survive. Matter was a former member of the Richland township board of edu cation and had served as director of the Richland Township Farmers Mu tual Insurance Co. He was a mem ber of Emmanuel’s Reformed church, where he sat on the consistory. Brief services in the Diller fun eral home Tuesday afternoon were immediately followed by rites in the Emmanual’s church. Rev. V. C. Op permann officiated, assisted W. H. Lahr. Burial was church cemetery. by Rev. in the Births Bluffton following births at The hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Shimp of Ak ron, a daughter, Monday. Mrs. Shimp is the former Eloise Alspach of Bluff ton. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Trabert of Bluff ton, a daughter, Karen Kay, Sunday. Mrs. Trabert is the former Dorothy Swick. Her husband is in the army. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Crawford of Pandora, a daughter, Diane Marie, Sunday. Mrs. Crawford is the form er Jane Sutter. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Klingler of Ada, a son, David Bradley, Sunday. Cpl. and Mrs. Ralph Bibler of Bluffton, a son, Brian Lee, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Allen McCluer of Bluffton, a daughter Donna Mae, Thursday. Mrs. McCluer is the form er Vadabelle Cahill. Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Steiner of Rawson, a daughter, Wednesday. Mr. Steiner is in naval service. Announcement has been received here of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hixon of Hillsboro.