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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 1944
Activity Planned at Rickly Game
Next Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.
m. the directors and membership of
the club are urged to be on hand at
the Rickly Game Reserve located two
miles south of Bluffton on the Bentley
road to assist in the release of a quan
tity of game of which still and motion
pictures will be taken. This program
will include the installation of squir
rel tand raccoon dens in trees in the
Following the activity an inspection
tour of the woods is being arranged.
This particular woodlot under P. R.
lease and state forestry program has
long been an attraction to officials in
the forestry department. The wood
lot which is adjacent to the Reese
Huber woods is approximately 15
acres and has a stand of nearly 1000
walnut trees planted by Rickly some
years ago. The acreage has had very
little cutting and Oliver Diller, Ass’t
State Forester at the Ohio State Ex
periment Station at Wooster says
there is no better woodlot in this ec
tion of the state.
The inspection tour of the woods
will be under the direction of Wil ford
Geiger. Jess Manges and Gerald Ber
ry are making arrangements for in
stallation of squirrel and racoon dens.
Give Them a Hand
Our license salesmen are doing a
bang-up job in selling licenses for the
club. These men sell hundreds of
hunting and fishing licenses thruout
the year and as a boost to conserva
tion rebate fees to the club treasury
for the purchase of game and fish for
restocking purposes. You as a sports
man can help this good work. Be
sure to buy a hunting and fishing
license. The state conservation de
partment needs the license money to
keep the department going at uncurb
ed production. The fees rebated by
the dealers to the club are used as a
Real Estate Broker
Blufftun, Ohio
235 W. College Avenue Phone 165-W
Durable Water-proof Stock
Bluffton News Office
Happenings Affecting Woods, Waters and Wildlife
direct aid to our Bluffton hunting and
fishing territory. As an added aid—
write your own license. This little
job takes only a few minutes of your
time and will save the dealer valuable
time when he is the busiest. Volun
teer to write out your own license.
Club license dealers are Charles
Dillman’s News Stand, Sam Steple
ton Recreation Hall, Carl Mumma
Electric Chop, Don Forche Snow
White Market at Beaverdam and Gail
Mumma, club director in charge of
sales. Hunting licenses are $1.25
for residents.
Hunter Blasts Squirrel on Bluffton’s
Main Street
Lucky is the hunter who got away
with his unsportsmanlike act on South
Main street last Saturday afternoon
for if he had been caught the wrath
of every sportsman in our town would
have descended on his neck.
Carl Young turns in the report that
a stranger spotting a fox squirrel on
the Herb Siefieid lawn, stopped his
car, rolled down the window, poked
thru his shot gun and blasted away.
The squirrel was hit by the charge
and the hunter jumped out and gave
chase. Unable to catch his quarry he
jumped back in the car and sped
Silas Diller stopped by later and
found a .410 empty shell evidently
thrown away by the hunter.
It is for such a person that laws
have to be made and extra deputy po
licemen sworn in during open seasons.
Such gunners as these have no regard
for the rights and safety of others
and are classed as game hogs and a
menace to the community. It is too
bad that such persons can not in every
instance be apprehended and fined to
the fullest extent of the law.
Prompt Action Saves Woodlot From
While hunting squirrel in the Dan
for fasUo'N-cost i
win where there s
plenty nt grain \j
Hog Concentrate
Good grain-plus this balanced concert
trate—is a combination which makes for
rapid, economical pork production. Ask
for tha Master Mix Hog Feeding
Leland Basinger, Mgr.
Phone 317-W Bluffton, Ohio
Basinger woods Saturday, Charles
Lloyd smelled smoke and on investi
gation discovered a stump smoulder
ing, ignited apparently through the
carelessness of some previous hunter.
Sensing the possible danger if the
stump should bust in flame with the
woods in such a dry’ condition Charley’
made an effort to extinguish the em
bers. A short time later he returned
to make a final check and discovered
the stump blazing.
This time Charley hurried to the
farm house to get help, but finding no
one at home solicited the aid of Mel
vin Zimmerly nearby who returned
with him to the scene of the fire and
assisted in carrying several pails of
water. In short order they had the
situation well in hand and accomplish
ed a good turn for the land owner.
Crappie Shipment Due
The first of four truck loads of
crappies is expected this weekend
from commercial fishermen at Lake
Erie. The order will consist of ap
proximately 4000 “big one” and will
be released in the quarries within the
corporation according to Edgar Root
and Jess Manges in charge of fish re
stocking and distribution for the club.
The fish order will be paid for entirely
from club funds.
Ducks Plentiful—Ammunition Short
Duck hunting began September 20
in Ohio, and Doctor Ira N. Gabriel
son, director of the fish and wildlife
service says that: The greatest num­
ber of migratory water fowl in 30
years is flying down from Canada and
Alaska. Shooting regulations this
year are the most liberal in 14 y’ears.
Ammunition is the limiting factor.
Hunters can buy’ a lot more shells
than last year, but still not all they
The open season on ducks closes
December 8. Daily bag limit is 10
ducks and in addition—singly or in
the aggregate—5 mallards, pintails,
or widgeons.
Squirrel Season Ushered in with a
Bang! Bang!
Old timers and youngun’s too took
to the woods last Friday to usher in
the squirrel season in the north zone.
School let out for all youngsters with
a w'ritten excuse from the parents
and the scramble for guns began days
before for the medley of nimrods anx
iously awaiting the opener.
Charley Manges was on hand as
usual to take in the season. Charley
is 83 yrears of age this year and still
has a keen eye, steady hand and the
ability to out-wait the fl risky creatur
es. He proved his ability again and
bagged one fox squirrel on Friday
and another on Saturday.
Another old timer at the game who
took to the woods is John Garlinger.
John is going on 71 years of age and
always hunts squirrels with a rifle.
John bagged his four early Friday
morning .and three of them were shot
through the head, the forth missed
the head by a fraction. Here is a
record for the young bucks to shoot
John A. Diller last year bagged
nearly 20 bushytails and he is out to
set another record. John bagged 11
by Monday night. He says there is
plenty of game. In one woods Mon
day’ afternoon he saw 8 fox squirrels
at one time!
The opening day Wilbur Potee spot
ted two fox squirrels while on the
mail route. The two bushytails were
high-balling it across South Main
street from Motter’s farm into the
safety of the Fett yard and grove of
pine trees.
A halfldozen nimrods contacted, re
port they have not seen a squirrel
yet this season while many others
have as great a great success as last
year which appeared to be the best
squirrel season enjoyed in this area
for many’ a decade. Hunters report
ing the limit of four squirrels the first
day were Lee Coon, Chuck Wells, Ja
son Tripplehom, Oliver Steiner, John
Garlinger, Elmer Romey bagged his
by’ 8:00 a. m., John Diller, Will Carr,
and Harry Tripplehom. By Monday
night many squirrels were taken and
the following report has been turned
in: Ross Irwin, 2 B. R. Herring, 4
(don't Put itOff
gather the MILK
^runN them
Frenus Herrman, 2 Harold Kohli, 3
Merlin Mumma, Gerald Clever and
Raymond Montgomery, 10 in the ag
gregate Fred Tschantz, 4 Ollie
Steiner, 5 Jess Manges, 5 R. E.
Griffith, 2 Harold Montgomery, 8
Elmer Romey, 5 Harry Shrider, 1
Will Oarr, 7 Oscar Wenger, 1 Hom
er Basinger, 1 Charles Lloyd, 1 and
this writer bagged 3 (with a rifle on
the opener).
Nearly every hunter saw other
squirrels that were out of range and
from this census taken there is every
indication that despite the drought
and shortage of hickory nuts there
will be a good squirrel season in the
Bluffton hutning area. The season
for squirrel closes in all 88 counties
of Ohio next Saturday night.
Hunting Laws Explained
The rush for hunting licenses since
squirrel season opened has resulted in
much controversy’ concerning interpre
tation of the hunting laws for this
year. In order to clarify the situa
tion contact has been made with the
district office at Ottawa to get a bet
ter understanding of the law and pub
lish excerpts to eliminate the difficul
The first point made clear is that
every person going afield hunting or
trapping, whether or not carrying a
gun or other weapon and regardless
of age must purchase a license, with
certain limited exceptions.
Not required to have a license is
the land owner regardless of his place
of residence. The following persons
if they reside on the land are not re
quired to have a license: Children
of the owner, manager of farm, ten
ant, or children of the tenant. Also
exempt from the license requirement
are members of the United State Mil
itry or Naval forces on active duty’
while on leave or on furlough.
Under the age of Ifi years all per
sons while hunting, not including
trapping, must be accompanied by an
adult person.
Game birds and wild quadrupeds
shall be taken only by hunting with
gun, with dog and gun, with bow and
arrow, or with bow and arrow and
dog, unless otherwise provided by the
General Code or commission order
then in effect. Provided, however,
that furbearing animals may be taken
by trapping according to the provis
ions under the general code or com
mission order then in effect.
Hunting is defined and constitutes
the following: Pursuing, shooting,
killing, or capturing wild birds or wild
quadrupeds and all other acts such
as placing, setting, drawing, or em
ploying any device commonly used to
kill or capture wild birds or wild
quadrupeds whether they result in
such killing or capturing or not every
attempt to kill or capture and every
act of assistance to any othe- person
in killing or capturing, or attempting
killing or capturing wild birds or wild
Ammunition may be in the posses
sion of any person, but must be pur
chased by an adult.
Sealed proposals will be received by the
Council of the Village of Bluffton. State of
Ohio, at the office of the Clerk of said village
until 7:30 p. m.. Eastern Standard Time,
Monday October 2, 1944 for the purchase of a
fire truck and the nece-sary appurtenances
thereto for the said Village of Bluffton. Ohio.
Detailed specifications for the aforesaid pro
posal are on file in the office of the Clerk of
the Village of Bluffton. Ohio, where thej are
open for public inspection.
All bids must be sealed and plainly marked:
Each and every proposal shall contain the
full names of every person, firm or corpora
tion interested in the same and the address
of the person, firm or president and secretary
of the corporation bidding, and shall be ac
compained by a bond with surety or sureties
satisfactory to said council, which surety or
suieties shall be either iersons resident of
Allen County, Ohio, or resident or non-resi
dent surety company or by a certified check
on some solvent bank equal to at least ten
(10%) per cent of the amount of the bid.
said bon to be given in favor of the Village
of Bluffton, Ohio, or certified check payable
to W. O. Geiger. Clerk of said village, which
shall be forfeited if the said bidder fails to
enter into a contract and its ierformance
properly secured and furnish the required
bond within ten (10) days after notice of
acceptance of his proposal, if the award is
made to said bidder.
The bonds or cheeks or the amounts of said
checks of unsuccessful bidders will be return
ed. A bond of fifty (.'»•*’") percent of the
amount of the contract with satisfactory sur
eties will be required for faithful perform
ance of the contract.
The said council of the Village of Bluffton,
Ohio, reserves the right to reject any or all
bids or accept any bid which it may deem
advantageous to said village.
By direction of tha council of the Village
of Bluffton, Ohio.
23 Clerk.
Under onto Skies 1
told by
7^ Conservation Division
Evaluation Of Athletic
Station Hospital
Camp Roberts, Calif.
15 Sept. 1944
To the Editor:
As Bluffton is a prosperous and
progressive community with good
school systems as well as the home
of my Alma Mater, Bluffton College,
I felt that the readers might be in
terested in this article.
It certainly should be of import
ance to parents who have children
in school, to coaches, and those who
participate in athletic events. The
information presented is based on i
histories taken from men who came
from practically every state in the
Education standards and supervis
ion did not seem to play as import
ant a role as I thought they might.
California which ranks high if not
first for its educational standards
has just as many of the casualties
which I will describe as any other
Here at Camp Roberts, California,
I am in charge of a dispensary that
takes care of three thousand men
who are taking basic training. Our
average daily sick call runs about
seventy-five men with two hundred
being one of the higher figures.
Every morning I see internal knee
derangements, back injuries, and
other old disabilities that were the
direct result of men playing foot
ball, basketball, etc.
It probably costs the Government
$1,000 weekly for x-rays and treat
ment of these injuries on this post
alone. A good many of the men
have to be placed on limited service
and are unfit for overseas duty.
Some who have had no special
training or aptitude for office work
have to be discharged from the serv
ice as they are thought to be a
liability rather than an asset to the
army. This has been particularly
true in the past months when we
attempted to make “1-A’s” out of
The above named cost is not the
only one which we will have to con
sider. These men are not only being
paid, clothed, housed, and fed for
work they are unable to do but many
of them will bring claims against the
Government because of aggravation
of old injuries.
This will run into millions of dol
lars as many of these disability
claims are paid for life. Many of
these men admit that their earning
capacity was decreased in civilian
life. Therefore, the placing of
claims offers them some security for
the future and many are quick to
take advantage of this.
The question then arises, are ath
letic sports as conducted in the past
as beneficial as we once thought
they were?
Several years ago the president of
the University of Chicago published
an article in which he said those
who needed to participate in such
activities most were least encour
aged to do so and those who needed
least of this type of activity were
obtaining the supposed benefit.
In addition to emphasis placed
wrongly are we making more crip
ples than we are building up among
our “1-A” group?
I realize that there has probably
been no yard stick to determine over
a long period of time just how much
physical improvement is permanent
ly obtained. Also, body building is
not the only thing to be gotten in
competitive sports. It is not my
aim to “knock” competitive athletic
I too participated in them and
have always been interested in this
form of activity. Even overseas I
acted as our division surgeon for
such activities and frequently offi
ciated at them.
It does seem, though, that it is
high time that those in charge of
these activities take inventory and
see to it that the true purpose for
competitive sports is not defeated.
More than this, spectators need to
be re-educated as they are all too
frequently unjust in their demands
for performance. Remember “What
Price Glory”.
Weldon E. Diller, Capt. M. C.
One of Bluffton High’s severest
tests of the season will be the tra
ditional gridiron clash with Pan
dora to be played next Friday after
noon at the Pandora stadium.
Pandora this year has one of its
best grid aggregations in history and
predictions of victory have been roll
ing in from Putnam county-way
since the opening of the season.
In their first scheduled game, the
Pandora team walloped Carey, 33 to
0, which was followed with a
crushing victory over Columbus
Grove last week. Bluffton, in com
parison, lost to enton, 20 to 0,
and Ada, 19 to 7, in its first two
Pandora has a fleet set of backs
capable of giving any defense troub
le, and Coach A. C. Burcky is hard
After a disastrous first half in
which the visitors had everything
pretty much their own way, Bluff
ton High’s inexperienced football
team found its bearings and put on
an exhibition in the last two quar
ters that kindled hope of rapid fu
ture development of the Pirates,
despite the fact that Friday’s con
test under the lights at Harmon
field with Ada was lost by a score
of 19 to 7.
Ada’s veteran outfit lost little time
in demonstrating its strength, and
took advantage of a Bluffton mis
play to score early in the first quar
A Bluffton fumble in the first
series of plays was recovered by
Ada on the Bluffton 24, and in three
plays Lloyd Van Atta, fleet Bulldog
halfback, went charging over the
goal line. Good converted for Ada.
Traditional Grid Tilt With Pandora
To Be Played There Friday Afternoon
Bluffton High Grid Team Shows
Improvement In 19-7 Loss To Ada
Two more Ada touchdowns came
Produce Eggs Now While Prices Are High
feed Conkey's Vitalized
Y. C. Egg Mash Everyday
5 ft. steel flock feeders.
Electric and kerosene heated waterers.
10 hole steel hen nests.
A complete line of remedies and supplies.
Highest prices paid for eggs and poultry.
Phone 182W
Third Annual Fall Guernsey Sale
by members of the
Van Wert County Guernsey Breeders Assn.
to be held at the
Fair Grounds Van Wert, Ohio
Tuesday, October 3rd
AT 1:00 P. M.
17 Cows, 12 Bred Heifers, 7 Open Heifers, 5 Bulls
Roy Johnson, Auctioneer
Merle Knittie. Auctioneer F. S. Barlow, Pedigree
Catalog write Otto Gehres, Wren, Ohio
for the manufacture of Spray Powder
for the manufacture of Butter
Highest Prices Paid for
All Dairy Products
at work this week in an attempt to
iron out a few- more vrrinkles in the
offensive and defensive play of his
rapidly improving, but inexperienced,
In last week’s conquest over Co
lumbus Grove, Maynard Amstutx,
halfback, was the mainstay of the
Pandora offensive maneuvers, and
scored 20 of his team’s points. Don
ald Etter, a fullback Donald Leh
man, fullback Russell Suter, end,
and Louis Risser, center, each scored
one touchdown.
The game on the Pandora grid
iron will start at 2:30 p. m. It will
mark the first time that the locals
have played on the Pandora field
since lights for night play were in
stalled in the Bluffton stadium three
years ago.
in the second quarter. On the first
score of the period, the visitors
marched 39 yards with Good crash
ing thru center to tally, and the
next touchdown came with startling
suddenness on a 45-yard end run by
Van Atta, who was helped by superb
In the last half, however, it was
a different story, for the Pirates
thwarted every Ada scoring threat,
and actually outplayed the visitors.
On two occasions, the Bluffton
outfit missed golden scoring oppor
tunities because of fumbles, then
finally found its payoff punch in a
beautiful 84-yard touchdown march.
Halfback Swank was the work
horse in the scoring drive which
started on the Bluffton 14, and he
gave the locals their touchdown
when he raced off tackle for six
yards, less than a minute before
the game ended.

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