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Clocks of Town Will Be Set
Back One Hour First Sun
day in September
Municipal Ordinance Provides
for Fast Time Only Dur
ing Summer Months
Bluffton will return to “slow time”
in another 10 days, with the clocks
of the town scheduled to be set back
one hour at 3 a. m. Sunday, Sep
tember 3.
This change is in conformity with
a municipal ordinance adopted last
spring which provides for the town
to operate on “fast time” only dur
ing May, June, July and August.
Changes from one time schedule
to the other automatically are ef
fective each year on the last Sun
day in April and the first Sunday
in September, with no additional
legislation being required.
Eight Months Slow Time
For eight months, from the first
Sunday in September until the close
of April, the town will be on “slow
time”, one hour slower than Eastern
War Time which will be in effect
each year from May through August.
With Bluffton clocks being turned
back on Sunday, Sept. 3, this year
the town schools will begin operation
on “slow time” the following Tues
day, and will continue on that sched
ule until the end of April. For
the remainder of the school term,
about one month, the schools will
operate on “fast time”.
Bluffton’s schedule of time change
is in line with what most other
■cities in this same area will observe,
and there will be but little difference
in the time here in comparison with
that in other towns except for a few
weeks during the change-over period
inasmuch as there is no uniform
date of change in the district.
on Fast
With the change in September,
Bluffton residents will have to again
become accustomed to the variance
involved in Bluffton time, and the
time on which railroads and bus
lines will operate. Transportation
facilities will continue to run on
Eastern War Time, which will be
one hour faster in comparison with
Bluffton clocks.
Most national radio stations also
■will be on schedules one hour faster
than Bluffton’s time.
County Tennis Meet
Being Played Here
Play in the Allen county tennis
tournament which opened last week
end on the Bluffton City courts is
scheduled to be completed this Sun
day, with winners to be decided in
men’s and women’s singles, men’s
doubles and junior singles.
Weather permitting, semi-final
matches will be completed Saturday
afternoon or Sunday morning, and
the championships will be deter
mined Sunday afternoon.
In men’s singles competition thus
far Nate Ganger won over Art Am
stutz Sidney Stettler defeated Dan
Adkins W. A. Howe defeated Herb
Waltemath Woodrow Little defeat
ed Ken Taylor Clair Fett defeated
C. Stein Paul Detwiler defeated
Harry Grayson, and Homer Bracy
defeated Lou Zeamans.
This places six Bluffton men in
the quarter-finals—Stettler, Howe,
Little, Fett, Detwiler and Bracy.
In the only women’s singles match
Betty Weinhold defeated Agnes Am
stutz and the only juniors matches
played found Buddy Bixel defeating
Roddy Balmer and John Bracy win
ning over Kenny Bracy.
Cups will be awarded to cham
pions in the men’s singles women’s
singles men’s doubles and junior
Real Estate Deals
Rayon Boutwell living on the An
drew Gratz farm has purchased the
T. A. Kitchen farm of 100 acres
south of Bluffton. Boutwell will
take possession March 1.
The former Ben Leichty farm con
sisting of 80 acres southeast of
Bluffton in Orange township has
been sold to Mrs. Verena Soash and
Miss Levada Balmer. The pace is
occupied by Noah Amstutz.
A real estate deal on North Main
street was closed the first of the
week when the residence property
occupied by A. C. Amstutz and the
lot occupied by the former Faze
filling station was purchased by
Alferd Mueller. The real estate was
owned by Mrs. G. S. Slusser of
Compton, Calif., the former Miss
Alice Nicholson of Bluffton.
Army Flier Roars
Salute In Flight
Over Home Town
I T. WADE MUMMA, former
Bluffton boy flying a big army
cargo plane dipped in salute to
the home folks Saturday after
noon when he flew over the town.
Attracted by the roar of the
plane’s motors residents came
out on the streets and saw the
plane at a height of about 500
feet making steep banks as it
circled several times.
Lt. Mumma. formerly stationed
at Syracuse, N. Y., was recently
transferred to Bowman Field.
Louisville, Ky. He is the son of
Carl Mumma who operates an
electrical appliance and radio re
pair shop on North Main street.
Supply Situation Will Be In
Critical Stage By Spring,
Farmers Predict
Flocks Are Smallest In History
As Result of Glutted Mar
kets High Feed
Eggs which flooded the market sev
eral months ago have declined to
about one-half of their former volume
and farmers taking a long range view
of the situation are openly predict
ing the possiblity of egg rationing
before next spring.
Reflecting the reduced volume of
eggs now being marketed, prices
which were as low as 24 cents a doz
en in early summer months have ad
vanced to marks of 32 and 34 cents
paid to farmers for run-of-nest eggs.
Factors contributing to a falling
off of one-half in area egg production
have been the effect of unseasonable
hot weather and smaller hatches of
chickens last spring, influenced by the
glutted egg market, which in turn has
resulted in fewer pullets for the fall
and winter laying season.
Flocks Sold
In addition, wholesale liquidation of
poultry flocks was general during the
early summer as farmers refused to
continue putting highpriced feed into
flocks when the market was glutted
with low-priced eggs.
Conditions at present are not seri
ous and there are plenty of eggs to fill
demands, but long range prospects are
none too good in view of indications
that a critical shortage may develop
before spring, producers say.
Biggest factor in the situation in
dicating an impeding scarcity of eggs
is the shortage of pullets in farmer
flocks. The results from only about
half the normal number of chicks be
ing hatched last spring.
Fewer Laying Hens
Normally there are enough pullets
in flocks to carry on egg production
thru the winter. Evidence of the pres
ent situation is seen in the demand
for laying pullets, with prices for
choice stock quoted at from $1.50 to
$1.60 per head. Ordinary at this time
of the year pullets bring about 75
Further cutting into egg producing
prospects, old hens are being sold in
large volume on the market here and
because of a scarcity of feed. Demand
for hatching eggs will further aggra
vate the situation next spring.
In view of all these factors, farmers
point out there will be fewer chickens
on farms this winter than in many
years, and from all indications eggs
will be scarce by spring.
Those who want old hens for eating
will find plenty of them on the mark
et, and the supply likely will be plen
tiful until November. Present quo
tations are about 27 cents a pound
and no increase in prices is expected
until the supply begins falling off in
late fall.
Jenera Resident Dies
Funeral On Thursday
Philip Reach, 62, painter, died
Tuesday night at 10 o’clock at his
home in Jenera following a year’s
illness of heart disease.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock
at Trinity Lutheran church, Jenera,
of which he was a member. Rev.
John Gauss will officiate. Burial
will be in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife and two
children Howard James and Murial
Ruth, both at home.
Dr. S. F. Pannabecker Will Return
To China As Director Of Relief Work
Former Missionary Will Head
Central Mennonite Committee
Relief Program
Bluffton Man Will Leave On
Thursday to Obtain Pass
Port in Washington
Dr. S. F. Pannabecker, who has
served as a part-time instructor at
Bluffton college since he returned
from the Orient nearly three years
ago, will leave this Thursday for
Washington, D. C., and New York
City to obtain passports and com
plete arrangements for returning to
He is going to the Far East to
set up a relief work organization
among the native population of
China, under auspices of the Men
nonite Central committee, which has
headquarters in Akron, Pa.
Dr. Pannabecker has booked pas
sage oii the first ship to sail for the
Far E:ist from the eastern seaboard
after 1Thursday. Date of his depar
ture ii3 uncertain, and iif he can
leave isoon he will remain on the
east co:ast until the ship sttils. Other
wise hei will return here 1to await a
sailing date.
1Leaves for Two YiEARS
Dr. ]Pannabecker will hij in China
for tw years, and will be in charge
of all relief work conducted in that
country by the Mennonite Central
He will be accompanied by P. P.
Baltzer, of Hillsboro, Kansas, who
will be associated in setting up the
Their first stop will be in Chung
king where headquarters will be es
tablished and work started in west
ern China. Scope of the relief set
up then will be broadened as addi
tional territory is taken over by
Chinese and Allied troops.
Familiar with China
Type of relief activity to be em
phasized in the work of the unit will
be determined after Dr. Pannabecker
has arrived in China. However, it
is expected that relief work will in
clude whatever may be needed in
the way of feeding natives, provid
ing medical attention, housing, cloth
ing, etc.
A former missionary to China, Dr.
Pannabecker is familiar with condi
tions in that country and speaks the
language fluently. He returned to
this country shortly before the out
break of war with the Japanese.
He will not go to the area where he
formerly was engaged in missionary
work and which is now in enemy
Dr. Pannabecker’s wife and family
will remain at their home here on
College road.
Sgt. James Deppler
Receives Air Medal
Staff Sergeant James P. Deppler,
son of Mrs. Mary Deppler, of Bent
ley road, has been decorated with
the Air Medal, for meritorious
achievement while participating in
aerial combat in the Southwest Pa
cific area since November, 1943.
Mrs. Deppler was notified of the
honor conferred upon her son in a
letter received this week from Lieu
tenant General George C. Kenney,
commanding officer of the allied air
forces in the Southwest Pacific area.
In his letter, General Kenney said
Sgt. Deppler has taken part in sus
tained operational flight missions in
cluding bombing of enemy installa
tions, shipping and supply bases.
He concluded “I would like to tell
you how genuinely proud I am to
have such men as your son in my
command, and how gratified I am to
know that young Americans with
such courage and resourcefulness are
fighting our country’s battles against
the aggressor nations.”
Returns Home On
Honorable Discharge
Pvt. Herbert Conrad who was sta
tioned at Camp Shelby, Miss., has
returned here honorably discharged
on recommendation of army medical
authorities. Pvt. Conrad who be
came ill while in camp is recovering
at the home of his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Conrad of Geiger
Bluffton Girl Takes
Secretarial Position
Miss Genevieve Fett, eldest daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fett of
Campus Drive has left for Roches
ter, N. Y., to accept a secretarial
position with the Eastman Kodak
Co. She was graduated last spring
from Bowling Green State univers
Every Motorist Must Make Ap
plication to Receive New
“A” Elook.
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Application Forms are Expected
at Filling Stations This
Bluffton motorists^ will have three
weeks to apply for renewal of their
‘A” gasoline rations it is announced
by the Allen County Price and Ra
tioning board.
While the Office of Price Admin
istration has revised its regulations
to permit motorists to apply by mail
for their new “A” rations, they still
must file an application to obtain
the new stamps.
Forms on which to apply may be
obtained at the board’s headquarters
in Lima or at filling stations. A
supply of forms is expected at filling
stations here the last, of this week.
Applications made ♦by mail should
be addressed to the board’s office in
Lima. The form irhen filled out
should be accompanied by the back
cover of the current,’ A book prop
erly signed.
There will be no further use for
the tire inspection^ record which
formerly had to accompany all appli
cations for gasoline rations. A stub
marked “mileage rationing record”
will replace the tire.vinspection rec
Present raton book- expire Sep
tember 21. The new ration will be
in the same amount as that now in
effect. The new boek will contain
six coupons each good for four gal
lons, making a totals of 24 gallons
good for about 120 pliles a month,
which is the same ^allowance mo
torists now receive,.
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Rain And Wind Storm
Here Wednesday Noon
A heavy rain storm accompanied
by wind and some lightning swept
Bluffton Wednesday afternoon. The
downpour of rain followed a number
of lighter showers and was the heav
iest in recent weeks. The rain over
taxed storm sewers temporarily and
water on the Main street pavement
in the business section stood curb
high in some places.
Promoted To Rank
Of First Lieutenant
James A. Griffith
force, stationed at
has been promote
first lieutenant, it
this week. He is
army air base at
of the army air
Marysville, Calif.,
1 to the rank of
was learned here
in command of the
that place.
is a grandson of
rs of South Main
his wife reside at
nearby. Mrs. Grif
Miss Zitella Getties
Lieut. Griffith
Mrs. J. A. Roge
street. He and
Oroville, Calif.,
fith, the former
is the daughter
Fred Getties, als
st reet.
Mr. and Mrs.
of South Main
Sister Of Former
Local Man Dies
Mrs. Ada Haen, 77, wife of
George Haen, died at her home near
North Baltimore, Tuesday morning
following a four years’ illness. Death
followed a second stroke from which
she failed to rally.
Mrs. Haen was a sister of the
late John A. Rogers of Bluffton
whose death occurred nearly a year
Surviving are her husband and
one sister, Mrs. Lily Brewster of To
In Naval I raining
Cornelius Schmidt of Bluffton, re
cently inducted into naval service,
is in training at Sampson, N. Y.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Janies Patterson of
Toledo, a son, James William, Tues
day. Mrs. Patterson is the former
Frances Cooney of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Dana Mathewson of
Bluffton, a son, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Jones of Co
lumbus Grove, twins, a girl and boy,
Tuesday. Mrs. Jones is the former
Mae Nusbaum.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Benroth of
Columbus Grove, a daughter, Tues
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lanning of
Arlington, a daughter, Harriet Zoe
last Thursday.
No confirmation has been received
here of reports that Lyle Kohli, son
of Mrs. Eva Kohli, died in England
of wounds suffered in the initial in
vasion of France on the Normandy
Mrs. Kohli, war worker in the
local plant of The Triplett Electrical
Instrument Co., has refused to put
any credence in the rumors of her
son’s death current here this week,
for she feels the war department
would have notified her by this
time had the wounds been fatal.
She said the last message she had
from war department authorities
was a telegram received on July 25
Carl Twining of Findlay Will
Direct Group on Part
Time Basis
Teaching Stall Completed with
Exception of Manual Train
ing Instructor
Miss Harriett Brate, who was last
year in charge of vocal music and
also doing teaching in the College
department of music will this year
devote full time to the high school
and in addition to her vocal music
duties will take over direction of
the orchestra, it was announced
Tuesday night by Supt. Ralph Lan
Triplett Will Play
Findlay Here Friday
Triplett softball team will play
one home game during the coming
week, a tilt with the Findlay First
Lutheran church outfit on Harmon
field at 7 p. m. this Friday.
The First Lutheran team is cham
pion of the Findlay inter-city
league, but the Triplett outfit was
victorious in a contest played at
Findlay two weeks ago, when Main
and Timer Spaeth, of the Bluffton
crew, tangled in a pitcher’s battle.
So far the Triplett team has won
eleven games while losing one in
play against some of the strangest
crews in this area.
Janies Basinger Air
Cadet In Alabama
James H. Basinger, 26, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Noah Basinger of South
Lawn avenue is now enrolled as an
aviation cadet in the pre-flight school
at Maxwell Field, Alabama, an in
stallation of the Army Air Forces
Training Command.
At the field the cadets are receiv
ing nine weeks of intensive military,
physical and academic training.
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Lugibihl of
Santa Fe, New Mexico, formerly of
Bluffton, have received word from
their son Myron Lugibihl, Jr., 26,
now being held in a Japanese prison
camp that he is alive and well.
The message was received by the
parents, it was learned here the first
of the week. The word was the
first to be had from him since last
December when a similar message
was received. No further details
were given.
Location of the prison camp where
Lugibihl is being held was not dis
His parents are natives of Bluff
ton, his father being the son of the
Mother Seeks Red Cross Aid After
Rumors Of Her Soldier Son’s Death
New Instructor For Band Is
Employed iAt High School Here
of Carl Twining, of
high school band di­
rector has completed the organization
of the Bluffton public school teach
ing staff for the coming year, with
the exception of an instructor in
manual training.
Unless a teacher for that depart
ment can be obtained by the time
school opens on Tuesday, September
5, the manual training department
will be closed for the coming term,
the board of education announced.
Twining, as band director for the
high school, will be here one day
each week for rehearsals and in
struction, in addition to directing
school bands in North Baltimore and
Fostoria. His salary for the year
under the part-time schedule will’ be
Employment of Twining completes
a re-arrangement of the music de
partment in the high school here fol
lowing the resignation last month
of Sidney Hauenstein, former in
structor in orchestra and band.
Former Bluffton Couple Get Word
From Son In Japanese Prison Camp
notifying her that her son had been
wounded on the second day of the
Re]orts of the death of the Bluff
ton youth were widespread this week
after one of his buddies had writ
ten relatives here that he had visited
Kohli’s burial place. There were no
other details in the letter, however,
and Mrs. Kohff believes there has
been some error.
The Red Cross has been asked to
check into the matter for the Bluff
ton woman, and she also plans to
write the War Department, asking
them to make an investigation for
YEAR IS $79,268
Increase of $5,894 in Appropria
tions is Asked of County
Budget Board
Teacher’s Salaries of $41,500
Comprise Largest Single Item
of Expense
Increased expenditures of $5,894
are provided in a proposed budget of
$79,268 for the operation of Bluffton
public schools in 1944, it was announc
ed this week by the board of educa
Preparation of the budget was com
pleted during the last week, and the
next step in setting it up for the com
ing year will require it to be submit
ted to the Allen county budget com
mission for approval.
Next year’s proposed budget of
$79,268 includes $67,250 for operating
expenditures and $12,018 for bond re
tirement and interest.
Higher Than in 1944
Current budget for 1944 is $73,374.
50, based on actual expenditures for
the first half of the year and on esti
mates for the remaining six months.
Of this $61,565 represents operating
expenses and $11,809.50 goes for bond
redemption and interest.
In 1943, a total of $76,760.13 was
spent by the board of education, $59,
815.02 for operating cost and $16,
945.11 for bond committments.
Principal intern of expense for 1945
as in preceding years, will be for the
cost of instruction. A total of $41,
500 is earmarked for that purpose in
the new budget, as compared with
$39,500 required for teachers in 1944.
$79,738 In Receipts
Estimated receipts for 1945 are
$67,288.22 for general expenditures,
and $12,450.02 for bonds, to make a
total of $79,738.24. In 1944 total re
ceipts are estimated at $73,384.
Allen County Auditor’s estimate of
the tax duplicate is $5,075,000, in
comparison with the 1944 duplicate
of $4,585,090.
The present tax rate is $10.60 per
thousand, including $5.00 within the
10 mill limitation and $5.60 by special
levy. Rate for 1945 is estimated at
$10.40, of which $5.00 will be inside
the 10 mill limitation and $5.40 out
side the limitation.
More Blue Stamps
To Be Good Sept. I
Five more blue stamps, worth ten
points each will become valid for
buying rationed processed foods be
ginning Sept. 1, it is announced by
the Office of Price Administration.
The stamps—G-5, H-5, J-5, K-5
and L-5—will be good indefinitely.
late A. D. Lugibihl, pioneer hard
ware merchant. His mother is the
former Lillian Amstutz. He is a
nephew of Mrs Edith Mann, Monroe
and Arthur Amstutz of this place.
Lugibihl was taken prisoner by
the Japanese in the -npiure of Ba
taan peninsula in the Philippines
early in the war. He was enlisted
in the 200th Regiment of anti-air
craft coast artillery numbering ap
proximately 1,400 men and composed
entirely of New Mexico troops, one
of three units defending the penin
sula. He enlisted in the army three
years ago and was sent to the Phil
ippines shortly before the Pearl
Harbor attack.
Township Will Pay Flat Rate of
$250 Year for Fire Pro
tection From Bluffton
Orange Township Also Gives
Conditional Approval to
Richland township trustees have ap
proved an arrangement with Bluffton
to pay a flat rate of $250 per year
for rural fire protection, the municipal
council was informed Monday night
when it met to further discuss what
type of new fire truck pumper will be
purchased with funds provided in a
bond issue approved in November,
Trustees of Orange township also
have approved the proposal, providing
satisfactory arrangements can be
made !y Bluffton for Ada and Jenera
fire departments to provide protection
for the areas in those townships near
er to the two towns.
No word has yet beensgshrdlumh
No word has been received yet rela
tive to the intentions of Beaverdam,
to which a similar proposal was made.
Submit Recommendations to Councli
With committments of the sur
rounding areas showing their willing
ness to make definite arrangements
regarding payment for fire protection,
Fire Chief Guy Corson and depart
ment members will draw up recom
mendations relative to fire depart
ment specifications best fitted for the
needs, and will present them to the
council at its next meeting Monday
night, Sept. 4.
Discussion at last Monday’s meet
ing indicated council members still
ary undecided whether a truck with
200 or 400-gallon booster tank ca
pacity is to be purchased. Chief Cor
son at the meeting Monday, however,
recommended a truck with a 400-gal
lon booster tank.
Members of the council believe it
now will be possible to obtain equip
ment for which an $8,000 bond issue
was voted in November, 1941. A con
tract let early in 1942 for a Mack
pumper was cancelled later when the
council found it impossible to obtain
delivery because of war restrictions.
Mt. Cory Schools
Will Open Sept. 5
Mt. Cory grade and high schools
will convene for the fall term Tues
day morning, Sept. 5, with the en
rollment expected to be in excess of
the record mark of 302 set last year.
Supt. D. C. Simkins announced
that on the opening day classes
which convene at 8:30 a. m. will be
dismissed at 11 a. m.
Instructors on the Mt. Cory fac
ulty will include Miss Genevieve
Beagle, first and second grades Mrs.
Bernadine McVey, second and third
grades Miss Ruth Folk, fourth and
fifth grades Miss Thelma Jordan,
fifth and sixth grades Miss Sarah
Moyer, music and Latin Mrs. D.
Dukes, vocational home economics
Mrs. I). Cramer, public speaking and
English Miss Freda Myers, com
mercial and English Carson Marsh
all, industrial arts William Nonna
maker, mathematics Principal Wil
lis King, coach, physical education
and history Supt. Simkins, science.
Rus drivers will be Wade King,
Robert High, Albert Bauman, Banks
Shively and Guy Anderson. Frank
Balister is substitute driver and
Lehr Green and Raymond Tuttle are
A cafeteria will be operated, with
Mrs. Katheryn Wolfrom, Mrs. Des
sie Beagle and Mrs. D. Dukes in
Brother Of Local
Woman Succumbs
Reuben Carman, 63, brother of
Mrs. S. S. Motter of South Main
street, died at his home near Alger,
Tuesday night at 8 o’clock following
an illness of ten years.
Funeral services will be held at
Maysville Methodist church, Satur
day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with
Rev. H. M. Landis, the pastor, offi
ciating. Interment will be in Mays
ville cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two child
ren, three sisters and three brothers.
In New Guinea
Pfc. Harry Bogart, former Bluff
ton rural mail carrier has landed in
New Guinea, in the southwest Pa
cific war area, according to word
received Tuesday by his wife, Mrs.
Margaret Bogart who is substituting
as carrier on the rural route.

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