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THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 1944
BUY imrrto OT-ATKS 1NGC NOS MWMM VOLUME NO. LXIX ALL EMPLOYEES IN SCHOOLS HERE GET RAISE IN SALARIES Board Distributes $3,531 of State Emergency Fund Monday Night Teachers, Janitors, Bus Drivers and Others Will Be Benefitted Raises in pay for teachers and oth er employees of the public schools were authorized Monday night when the board of education distributed a total of $3,531 of the state emergency fund earmarked for that purpose at a special session of the Ohio state leg islature last week. Benefitted by the raise are: Twenty full time teachers each of whom will receive $11 per month for 12 months. One half-time teacher who will re reive $5.50 per month for 12 months. Four janitors each of whom will re ceive $10 per month for 12 months. Four school bus drivers each of whom will receive $5 per month for 9 months. One cafeteria manager who will re ceive $5 per month for 9 months. One office secretary who will receive $5 per month for 12 months. Clerk of the board of education who will receive $5 per month for 12 months. Added to Regular Pay The foregoing raises art in addi tion to the regular salaries. The raise is the second to be received by teachers since the close of school last spring since the board during the sum mer voted an increase of $60 per year for each full time teacher. Except for the stipulation that the money must be used for the payment of salaries, there were no conditions laid down by the state legislature for its distribution which could be done in any manner each board of educa tion saw fit. The board here was agreed upon a flat distribution of the money—the same amount going to all persons in each classification, and that any dif ference in amounts be determined ac cording to the various classifications of work. $8 per Student is Basts Amount of money alloted to each school by action of the legislature was on the basis of average daily at tendance, $8 being al toted for each pupil. Bluffton’s average attendance dur ing the past year was 451, making a total of $3,608 for schools here After distribution of the $3,531 Monday night the $77 remaining will be held in reserve to apply to the salary of an industrial arts instructor which the board of education hopes to employ next semester. A check for the $3,608 is expected this week from the office of the state auditor. The raise will be included in salary checks at the end of this month. The salary raises were provided by action of the legislature called into special session last week to provide emergency aid to school boards thru out the state who because of lack of funds were unable to raise salaries and thereby prevent a general exodus of teachers into better paying jobs. Large Quota For Surgical Dressings Bluffton’s Red Cross has been as signed a quota of 40,000 surgical dressings to be completed by October 1, it is announced by Mrs. J. S. Steiner, head of the work here. To fill this quota on time more workers are needed, she said, and work room in the Grade school build ing will be open every Monday night at 7:30 and afternoons, Tuesday thru Friday from 1:30 to 4 o’clock. Material for the month’s quota has been received and the work must go on at an ever increasing pace to meet the needs of the armed forces. Pandora and Orange township women have responded to the appeal In a most helpful way and some Bluffton women are working daily while many women have not given any of their time, Mrs. Steiner said. This appeal is for those who may find time for a few hours a week, if they plan to do so, she said, stating “If it were your boy that was wounded could you plan your duties to supply his needs?” Navy Promotion Word has been received here of the promotion of Francis W. Lug inbill, in naval service to the rat ing of MM 2/c. He is a salvage diver now in the South Pacific war theatre. Births The following births in Bluffton hospital: Cpl. and Mrs. Dan Matthews, a son, Friday. Mrs. Matthews is the former Hope Kincaid of this place. Rev. and Mrs. V. C. Oppermann of South Lawn avenue, a son, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. John Rowe, Ft. Jen nings, a daughter, Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Anderson, Pandora, a daughter, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stoody, Pan dora, a son, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schaller, Raw son, a daughter, Sunday. 25 MEN TAKEN IN SEPTEMBER DRAB CALL OF BOARD 3 This Month’s Inductions Stay Light for Third Month In Succession Farm Deferments for Youths Under 26 May Be Void In Next 60 Days September draft call of Allen Coutny Board No. 3, which took 25 men from rural Allen county last week, for the third month in a row is materially lighter than the whole sale induction of last spring which reached a peak in April when 170 registrants were sworn into the armed forces. No Bluffton men were included in last week’s induction, and only one registrant was taken from the area, Robert Milbum Criblez, of Bluffton Route 2. Mark Garmatter, of Lima, formerly of Bluffton, also was one of the in ductees. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Garmatter, of Elm street. Both Garmatter and Criblez were sworn into the army. Two More Than August September’s call of 25 was only two more than in August when 23 men were inducted, but it took three times as many registrants as in July when eight men were called by Board 3. October and November calls may be slightly heavier, but the majority of those drafted will be boys who have just turned 18 and from the group under 26 yeans of age who irave had deferments. Indication., are that draft calls during the fall months will include a number of farm youths under 26 who were deferred during the spring and summer because of agricultural work. Informed sources say there will be little prospect for continued deferment of those youths under 26 after the fall crops are harvested. Funeral Here For Former Resident Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Boehr, widow of the late Peter 'Boehr were held at the First Men nonite church Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Boehr died at Tiffin Sunday where she made her home with her daughter Miss Elizabeth Boehr, in structor in Heidelberg college. Her death followed a four months’ ill ness. The body was brought here Wed nesday afternoon. Officiating at the funeral services were Rev. J. N. Smucker pastor of the First Men nonite church and Dr. Josephson, president of Heidelberg college. In terment was in Maple Grove ceme tery. Mrs. Boehr was born in Kaiserlu ten, Germany, and came to this country 65 years ago. In 1924 the family moved from Wisner, Ne braska, to Bluffton where she re sided for twelve years since which time she made her home with her daughter in Tiffin. Surviving are three sons Jacob Boehr of Newton, Kansas Henry of Wisner, Nebraska, and John of Bluff ton, and three daughters Elizabeth of Tiffin Mrs. D. J. Brand of Jack sonville, Florida, and Mrs. E. R. Moser of Bluffton. Also surviving are two sisters, Misses Lena and Emma Schowalter of Talmage, Nebraska, and two bro thers Jacob Schowalter of Beatrice, Nebraska, and John Schowalter of Lincoln, Nebraska. Harvest Home Service At Emanuel9s Sunday Annual harvesthome and home coming festival will be held at Em manuel's Reformed church Sunday in two services at 10:30 a. m. and 2 pm. Rev. Otto Gerber of Christ Evan gelical & Reformed church in Orr ville will be the guest speaker. A basket dinner will be served at noon. WILD LIFE SEEKS WATER AS CREEKS IN AREA RUN DRY Animals Driven From Usual Haunts in Desperate Quest For YVater. Long Stretches of Stream Beds Dusty Gullies as Drought Returns. Wild life thruout the Bluffton area is being hard hit by the recurrence of drought conditions which have be set this district with but minor inter ruptions since last June. Streams are at lowest levels in recent years and stretches of dusty gullies mark creek leds. Big Riley in its upper reaches has ceased flow ing and is completely dry from the Nickel Plate railroad bridge to a point beyond Fox Hill, a distance of more than a half mile. Drying up of streams has taken a heavy casualty in fish. However, residents along the creeks have in some instances removed the fish to other places. This occurred during the past week when a quantity of bullheads trapped in small pools of Marsh run were rescued and placed in the Buckeye quarry. Wild Life Haunts Barnyards Driven to desperation because of the lack of water, wild life in the Bluffton area has forsaken its cus tomary haunts and ranges far and wide to seek the few remaining water holes in creeks and streams. Reports are current of squirrels and raccoon being seen in increasing number in farmyards drinking from livestock watering troughs and a number have been found drowned when they inadvertently fell in. With the opening of the squirrel season, Friday, hunters are predict ing that the best place to seek game will be at water holes along creeks and other spots where there is an ample water supply. Gideons To Speak Here Next Sunday Representatives of the Lima camp of Gideons, Christian commercial business men’s organization will speak in four Bluffton area churches, Sunday, it is announced by Wm. Burkholder ot Bluffton and L. Shirl Hatfield of Pandora in charge of assignments in this districts. The following speaking schedule has been arranged: R. C. Crosby of Lima at the Ebenezer Mennonite church in the evening. Assignments for Sunday morning are: Assignments for Sunday morning are: D. W. Grisso of Ottawa at the Defenseless Mennonite church F. G. Conrad of New Hampshire at the Bluffton Church of Christ E. J. Wahlie of Bluffton at the Missionary church and James Hartman of Lima at Beaverdam Church of Christ. Besides Burkholder and Wahlie, other local members of the Gideons are Waldo Hofstetter and John Tosh. Lima Interests Buy Two Dairies Here Meadow Gold Dairy interests of Lima have bought out Bluffton’s two dairy establishments, the Hy-Grade and Hofstetter dairies, it was an nounced the first of the week. The deal whereby the Lima con cern took over the Hy-Grade dairy was closed Tuesday afternoon and announced by Paul Detwiler, Hy Grade proprietor, whose dairy depot is located on South Main street. At the same time Detwiler an nounced that beginning October 1 he has accepted a position with the Dunn & Bradstreet Mercantile agency and has been assigned to the con cern’s Toledo office. His family will continue to reside here. Purchase of the Waldo Hofstetter dairy which was operated from Hof stetter’s farm west of Bluffton was announced two weeks ago. Rodney Clements Rites Held Friday Rodney Jean Clements, infant son of Ivan and Cleda (Binkley) Cle ments, of Mound street, died last Thursday afternoon at Lima Memor ial hospital. The child was born on September 11. In addition to the parents, sur vivors are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Binkley, of Bluff ton, and G. J. Clements, of McComb. Funeral services were held Friday at the Paul Diller funeral home. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 1944 First soy beans of this year’s crop were sold on the Bluffton mark et this week. Basic standard price for this year’s £rop has been fixed at $2.04 per bushel by government agencies, local dealers stated. This is a material advance over the price for last year’s crop of $1.86. Any beans from last year’s crop will continue to be bought at the latter price, it was stated here. Indication are that the yield this year will run from 20 to 22 bushels per acre which is about one-third under the average yield. Quality of the beans is said to be good. Ammunition Is More Year. So Sqi Electric Current May Be Off Next Sunday Morning I^LECTRIC current service in Bluffton will be suspended on several Sunday mornings from 7 to 10 o’clock in order to make necessary changes in high volt age lines it was announced Tuesday afternoon by light plant attaches. It is planned to start the work next Sunday morning un less weather conditions interfere. Navy Commission To Bluffton Boy Ralph Short of Bluffton received his commission as a naval ensign at graduation exercises of Northwestern University Midshipman’s school held at Chicago, Thursday. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Short of South Main street and Miss June Mowrey of Lima were in Chicago to attend the graduation. Ens. Short is at his home here for a short leave after which he will report to the west coast for duty. New York Attorney Dies Reared Here Sturges S. Dunham, 71, prominent New York attorney who was reared in Bluffton, died Monday at his sum mer home in Westport, Conn., ac cording to word received here. New Soy Beans Reach Market Price Is Fixed At S2.04 Yield Is Light He was graduated from Bluffton I high school in the tfN&VW 1991 and later attended Ohio Wesleyan uni versity. His father was Rev. E. S. Dunham pastor of the Methodist church here. He was a member of the patent law firm of Cooper, Kerr & Dunham and represented a number of large Cleveland firms in patent matters. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Stella Secrest Dunham formerly of Chilli cothe and a son, Lieut. Robert S. Dunham of the Navy. Also surviving are a brother, Rev. Ray Dunham of Oxford, Ohio, and a sister, Miss Florenca Dunham, li brarian at the University of In diana, Bloomington, Indiana. Three From Area Are In Airplane Crashes Three men from the Bluffton area were involved in airplane accidents within the past week, one dying from his injuries. The dead man is Lt. (j. g.) Clyde Steinhour, 28, of Columbus Grove who died Sunday at the naval air hospital at Ottumwa, Iowa, from in juries sustained Saturday when a training plane crashed as he was in structing a cadet. The cadet was not injured. Two others injured were Sgt. Ed Hottensmith, 34, and Clarence Dyer, 44, of near Findlay, both Civil Air Patrol members when the training plane which they were flying from the Findlay airport crashed on the Walter Swinehart farm near Raw son Monday night at 7 o’clock. Both men are in a critical condi tion in the Findlay hospital. Hot tensmith’s left leg was amputated at the ankle in an operation at the hospital following the accident Mon day night. Dyer’s arm is broken and he received other injuries. Body of Lt. Steinhour was brought to Col. Grove where funeral serv ices were held Wednesday afternoon followed by interment in the Truro cemetery. His wife who survives is the former Josephine Grainger of Columbus Grove. Also surviving is a daughter Sonya Kaye, his father, two brothers and three sisters. ENTERS BIBLE SEMINARY Earl Dean Luginbuhl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Luginbuhl of West Elm street enrolled the first of the week as a freshman in Cincinnati Bible seminary. He was graduated from Bluffton high school last spring. Husband Is III In New Guinea Sgt. Frank Houston is seriously ill in New Guinea, according to a telegram received here Sunday by his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Stratton Houston. The message came from the War department which gave no further details regarding his illness except to state that she would be further advised as reports of his condition are received. Plentiful This lirrels Must BeWary Squirrel Season Opens Friday Many Hunters to Go Out This Year Guns of Those Hunting Within Town Boundary Will Be Confiscated Although a shortage of ammuni tion is cutting the interest in squir rel hunting in some areas Bluffton district nimrods have a sufficient supply to insure as much hunting here as in normal years, according to a survey made this week by the Community Sportsman’s club. Few hunters will be kept at home because of lack of ammunition this fall and when the season opens this Friday it .will be the signal for hundreds of local sportsmen to de ploy thru the wooded areas of the community. Altho not much am munition has been released so far there has been enough to insure squirrel hunting in normal propor tions. Open season on squirrels is short again this year, for it will close on September 30, which gives only two Saturdays for hunting to those who are employed in war plants and can not get away on other days. With the opening of the hunting season in tfie immediate offing, mu nicipal officials and game authorities this week announced their intention of “cracking down” severely on any hunters caught shooting within the Bluffton village limits. The town boundaries will be pa trolled thruout the season by game wardens and other officials, who have authority to make arrests and confiscate the guns of those hunting within the village limits. To Confiscate Guns Anyone caught hunting in town will lose his gun until the close of the rabbit hunting season next Jan uary, and violators also are liable to arrest and prosecution. Game reserves in this district also will be patrolled regularly, and in the town particular emphasis will be stressed on checking the creek dis tricts and the area around the Buck eye and National quarries. Deputy game wardens sworn in Monday night by Mayor W. A. Howe to patrol the town are Jesse Manges, Fred Tschantz and Herbert Rupright. Marshal Lee Coon and Night Policeman Clayton Murray also will help. Bluffton High school students will be excused from school for half a day on the opening day of squirrel hunting this Friday, providing they present a written request from their parents showing that they actually plan to go hunting and that the par ents have no objection. On the eve of the opening of the season, State Conservation Com missioner Don Waters reported that squirrels are more plentiful than ever in most sections of the state. The bag limit is four in one day and eight allowed in possession after the opening day. Wayne Dailey Wins Air Gunner's Wings Wayne W. Dailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Dailey of near Bluffton, received his silver gunner’s wings when he completed the flexible gunnery course for radio men at the Yuma Army Air Field this week. Prior to his training in flexible gun nery, Corporal Dailey graduated from the Radio Operators and Me chanics School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a graduate of Bluff ton High school. Mary Stalter, Of WAVES, In Capital Mary E. Stalter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stalter, of Riley street, a member of the WAVES, has been assigned to duty in Wash ington. She will replace a male member of the Navy who will be re leased for sea duty. Real Estate Deals The North Lawn avenue property occupied by Don Reams has been purchased by Paul Basinger from Walter Marshall of Orange town ship. Basinger expects to occupy the property this fall moving from apartments in the Ed Chamberlain property on Cherry street, formerly the Clymer property. Gerald Swank, former Bluffton barber who closed his shop on North Main street to join the navy, has purchased from Leland Sechler the room occupied by the shop. Swank, a coxswain in the navy, is stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, and is here on leave. NO CROP LOSSES DUE TO SHORTAGE OF FARM LABOR Farmers Draft Members of Families to Cope with Situation Weather is Big Help in Wheat Harvest and Corn Cut ting Here While the volume of available farm labor this year is the smallest within the memory of farmers in the Bluff ton district, there have been virtually no crop losses because of labor short age. The shortage of farm labor which loomed large at the outbreak of the war has been met successfully by farmers usually by drafting members of the family into service and plan ning farm operations with’ii a scope that may be handled within the fa i ily itself. The pinch of a farm labor short age which became acute a year ago was more severe this past summer, however farmers proved sufficiently resourceful to cope with the situation, by planning farm operations within a scope that could be handled without outside help and cooperating with neighbors on a labor exchange basis. Weather Big Help The weather, too, has been a large factor in successfully overcoming the labor shortage. While drought con ditions cut yields, especially the com crop, at the same time it provided a stretch of more than two mid-summer months of almost entirely uninter rupted weather for work in the fields thereby enabling the farmer to use to the fullest his diminishing supply of labor. For the first time in years there was no rain during the entire wheat harvest season in the Bluffton dis trict. Likewise the com cutting seas on which started early this month has had little interruption because of weather conditions. Widely publicized programs advo cating city help on farms as an emer gency measure found no response here. Fanners pointed out that it requires the time of sesaoned hands to train inexperienced help in the use of modern power farm machinery and by the time they become sufficiently skilled to handle the equipment the period for its use has passed. More Liable to Accidents Also farmers point out that inex perienced help is vastly more liable to accidents in handling of livestock and farm machinery. The Ohio law makes a farmer per sonally responsible for accidental in juries suffered by employee if the farmer, during the year employs three or more workers and does not protect himself by carrying state compensa tion insurance. Despite precautions, the farm acci dent rate is higher than for any other industry, but the cost of carrying compensation insurance is small when compared with some judgements which have been awarded following acci dents. B-29 Pilot Reported Missing Now Is Safe Captain Boyd Grubaugh, of Van Wert, brother of Captain Glover Grubaugh and Miss .Nedra Gru baugh, both of whom formerly at tended Bluffton college, who had been listed as missing in action in China is safe and again on duty as a pilot of a B-29 Super-Fortress. On Sept. 7 his parents were noti fied he was missing, but this week they heard he was again on duty. No details were given. Pandora Man To Lead Singspiration Sunday Iner Basinger of Pandora will lead the singspiration in the Defenseless Mennonite church Sunday night at 9 o’clock. His wife will be at the piano and they will give special numbers. PAGE THREW BUY VNITB9 NUMBER 22 END OF WORK ON MAIN ST. BRINGS SPEEDING PROBLEM New, Smooth Surface Used As Speedway by Drivers of Trucks and Autos Traffic Lights Now Operate All Night As A Partial Con trol Measure Completion of the resurfacing of Main street this week brought a new municipal problem in the form of controling automobile and truck driv ers who succumb to the desire or turn ing the wide, smooth thorofare into a speedway. Most of the trouble has been with night traffic, and as a control meas ure the three traffic lights on the street now are being operated 24 hours a day. In the past, the traffic lights have been turned off about midnight, but with completion of the new stieet automobiles and trucks went speed ing thru town at such high speed as to constitute a definite accident haz ard. Tightening of all traffic regulations also was announced by local police who said that speeders and motorists who “run” traffic signals will be par ticular targets in the campaign to promote highway safety in the vil lage- South Main street and College av enue intersection has been an especial dangerous spot for some time. Sev eral accidents and many near- acci dents have occurred at the intersec tions and it will be one of the places that will be checked carefully for the next several weeks, as a part of the safety campaign. Wtith the completion of work on Main street this week, the Churchill Co., of Limn, has transferred its op erations to Cherry and Church streets. A new concrete-asphalt surface will be placed over the present brick pave ment, laid in 1904, which is the old est in the town. Wed In Pandora Sunday Afternoon Wedding of Miss Mary Lou Carr, daughter of Harold Carr of Mt. Cory and David Yoder of Landis ville, Pa., Bluffton college graduate, was solemnized Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the parsonage of the Grace Mennonite church in Pandora. Rev. Forrest Musser, pastor of the church, officiated in the double ring ceremony. The bridegroom is the son of Willis Y'oder of Gosher, Ind. The bride was attired in a cherry rose suit with black accessories and a shoulder corsage of pink roses. Darrel Carr, brother of the bride, served as best man and Miss Joan Carr also was in attendance. A reception at the home of the bride followed the ceremony. The bride is a graduate of Mt. Cory high school and has been em ployed in the office of the Producer’s Cooperative association in Findlay. Mr. Yoder, formerly of Pandora, is a graduate of Pandora high school. After a brief wedding trip the couple will reside in Landisville, Pa., where Mr. Yoder is employed as an artificial breeding technician. Former Bluffton Man Weds In East Announcement has been received here of the wedding of Walter Klay and Miss Bertha Eyler, both of Waynesboro, Pa. Mr. Klay is a Bluffton native, son of the late J. J. Klay and a brother of Mrs. S. H. Stepleton and Elmer Klay of this place. For a number of years he has been shop superin tendent of the Landis Tool company in Waynesboro. The wedding took place in the Thurmont United Brethren church with the ring ceremony performed by the pastor, Rev. Ivan Naugle. The couple was unattended. Prior to her marriage the bride had been employed as secretary in an industrial plant. Following a wedding trip to New York city they are living at 315 West Sixth street in Waynesboro. Hours For Public Library Announced Bluffton’s public library at the high school building is open every week day from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. except Saturday when the hours are from noon to 5 p. m., it is an nounced by the librarian, Miss Ocie Anderson. The library also is open on Mon day, Wednesday and Saturday even* ings from 6:30 to 8 p. m.