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UM HU* OTATK* UVIWOI VOLUME NO. LXIX 18 CALLED FOR INDUCTION INTO ARMED SERVICES Allen County Draft Board An nounces Those Leaving for Training. Others Summoned for Physical Examination Farm Defer ments Ex:pire. Eighteen Allen county draft regis trants have been called for induction into the armed services, it was an nounced Wednesday by the Allen County Dfaft Board No. 3. Also another group of 18 men have been notified to report for pre-induc tion physical examinations, board headquarters announced together with a list of 15 farm registrants whose deferred classifications will expire on or before November 1. Notified for Induction Notified to appear for induction are: Bluffton—George Meyers, Ellis Hau enstein, Raymond Kohli, Earl D. Lug inbuhl. Col. Grove—Leonard Krietemeyer. Lafayette—Dale Barnes. Lima—William Contris, Clarence Bridges, Jr. James Fetter, Howard Foust, Emmitt Breitigam, Jr. Beaverdam—Marion J. Lenny. Elida—John M. Brenneman. Delphos Arnold Miller, Albert Lammers. Harrod—Paul Richardson, Rolland and Richard Wright. Physical Examination Notified to appear for pre-induction physical examinations are: Bluffton—Howard Krehbiel, David Dean, Jr. Robert Amstutz, Robert E. Diller, Wayne Badertscher. Col. Grove—Lewis Martz. Lafayette—Gilbert Althaus, Emerick. Mark Lima—Doyle Gudakunst, Harold Shindiedecker, Robt. Joseph, James Keller, Chas. Burden, Weldon Swartz, Harold Strohl. Spencerville—Thos. McCray. Delphos—Rufus Bonifas, Ralph Farm Deferments Expire Farm deferments of the following registrants now classified 2-C will expire on or before November 1: Bluffton-Russell Gratz. Col. Grove—Harlan Peters. Lafayette—Wm. Crist, Preston LaRue. Delphos—Richard Thompson, min Pothast, Clement Croft. Harrod—Junior Leroy Clover. J. Alger—Garland H. Harvey. Lima—Robt. Shaw, Dorsey P. Mil ler, John M. Brenneman. Fir Elida Ray Lavern Brenneman, Clark Brenneman. Waynesfield—Rodger Stimmel. Funeral For Former Bluffton Marshal Funeral services for D. W. Fox, 83, former Bluffton town marshal were held at the Paul Diller funeral chapel Saturday afternoon with Rev. V. C. Oppermann of the Reformed church officiating. He died at Thursday after fast for the past complications. Bluffton hospital having been bed three months w’ith The son of Jonathan and Letitia (Mead) Fox he was born in Han cock county April 24, 1861. He was married first to Lydia Beagle who died and later to Elvira Fensler Smith who also preceded him in death. Surviving are a granddaughter, Mrs. Grace Foltz of Findlay a step son Cleo Smith of Lima and two step grandchildren Dale Davidson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Ellen Burk holder of Findlay. Also surviving are two brothers, William Fox of Bluffton and Edwin Fox of Drumright, Oklahoma. Interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery. In New Locations Gerald Berry and family have moved from the Biederman apart ments on South Main street to the Elmer Burkholder property on West Elm street. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ewing have moved frr n the Chase Ewing frm in Orange township to the Corda Ryan property on East Elm street. Olive Branch Rally And Homecoming Day Olive Branch church of Orange township will hold rally day and homecoming services, Sunday. Sen ices will be held in the morning and afternoon with a basket dinner at noon. Real Estate Deals Leland Sechler, Bluffton restaura teur, has purchased the property of the late Geo. Barnes at Franklin and South Jackson streets. Clayton Bixel has purchased the former A. J. Owens farm, an 80 acre tract in Orange township. Amos Suter of near Pandora has purchased the Russell Amstutz prop erty on South Mound street which he will occupy next spring. The deal w’as made by Mrs. H. W. Alt haus. Amstutz is moving on the 55 acre tract in Orange township which he purchased from the Chase Ewing heirs. G. T. Soldner has purchased the Cherry street property which he oc cupies from Mrs. Sarah Geiger of North Newton, Kansas. TOWN’S TAX RATE IS CUT TO $16.70 FOR COMING YEAR Vew Real Estate Levy, Will Be $1.50 Per Thousand Lower Than Present Rate School District Rate Cut 40 Cents to $15.10 dam Will Pay $15.50 in effect for 1943. Beaverdam Rate Higher Beaverdam village’s rate has in creased $4.80, the new schedule call ing for a levy of $18 as compared to 313.20 for last year, including pro posed two mill and three mill levies. Richland township in the Beaver dam school district will pay $15 in 1944, an increase of $1.50 over the rate of $13.20 in 1943. The new rate includes the proposed two mill levy. Monroe township in the Bluffton school district will pay the rate of $15.10, and that part of the township in the Beaverdam school district have assessments made under Beaverdam district rate. Viasonic Order Will Celebrate 75th Anniversary This Thursday Beaver More the tax rate Reduction of $1.50 in for every $1000 worth of taxable real estate in Bluffton was announced Tuesday in the release of new taxa tion levies to be assessed against the 1944 real estate duplicate. Bluffton’s new tax rate under the schedule approved by the Allen County Budget Commission $16.70, as compared with the rate of $18.20. It will apply estate tax collections made in ber, 1944 and June, 1945. will be present on real Decem- Richland township in the Bluffton school district will have a slightly lower rate, $15.10 for the 1944 dupli- will the Delphos Pays $18.50 Delphos corporation rate of $18.50 is the highest in the county, and the Landeck school district rate in Ma rion township, $7.80, is the lowest. This is the second consecutive year that Bluffton’s tax rate has been re duced, the $18.20 rate of 1943 repre senting a drop of $1 from that of 1942. This means a total reduction of $2.50 over the two-year period. Members of the Budget commission which is charged with the duty of fix ing rates are the Treasurer Attorney. of taxation in the county County Auditor, County and County Prosecuting Jonathan Agin Funeral Friday Funeral services for Jonathan Agin, 80, former Bluffton resident will be held in the Diller Funeral chapel, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. J. J. Anglemeyer of Arlington will officiate and burial will be in the Hassen cemetery. Mr. Agin died Tuesday night at Bluffton hospital where he had been a patient for the past three months. Mr. and Mrs. Agin lived on Cherry street until recently when they made their home with a daugh ter, Mrs. Grace Hartman at Wil liamstown. Riley Creek He was a member of Baptist church. of William and Mary Agin he was born Sep- The son Montgomery tember 9, 1864 in Orange township. Surviving are his w’ife the former Exie Nonnamaker to vchom he married 58 years ago, one Charles, of near Jenera and daughter, Mrs. Hartman. was son, one ARMY PROMOTION sta Robert Matter of Bluffton, tioned at Wright Field, Dayton, has been promoted from staff sergeant to technical sergeant, it was announced Wednesday. ’amily Night Gathering Will Be Held by Town’s Oldest Fraternal Organization Order of Eastern Star Is Ob serving 30th Anniversary of Its Organization Seventy-fifth anniversary of Bluff ton’s oldest fraternal organization will be observed here this Thursday night at a family-night meeting of the Masonic lodge held in conjunc tion with the 30th anniversary cele bration of the Order of Eastern Star. Dispensation to organize the Bluff ton lodge was granted by the Grand Lodge of Ohio on June 25, 1865, and the first meeting of the local or ganization was held on July 9 of the same year. Charter for the lodge was granted on October 20, 1869, a«d the lodge was officially constituted on Nov. 12, 1869, when the officers were in stalled. From June 25 until Novem ber temporary officers had served, who for the most part comprised the same group that later filled the var ious posts. Petition to organize a lodge here was filed by nine prominent early Bluffton residents, as follows: E. G. Greene, Samuel S. Yoder, John Goble, John Meyer, Jacob Moser, J. J. Fer rall, J. G. Honnell, John Eaton and James J. Crawford. Officers Installed First officers, who were installed on Nov. 12, 1869, included: E. W. Greene, master S. S. Yoder, senior warden John Goble, junior warden John W. Cahill, treasurer Andrew Hauenstein, secretary J. J. Craw ford, junior deacon and J. F. Mer riman, tyler. Oldest member is B. F. Biery, who also is the lodge’s only surviving 50-year Mason. During the 75 years of the lodge’s history, it has met in three different halls. The first lodge room was in the old Steiner and Cahill building, which stood on the present site of the Bluffton Slaw Cutter Co. Next meeting place was on the second floor of the former Bogart Harness Shop building, now owned by Dr. M. D. Soash, when that struc ture The the Elk stood on North Main street, third and present location is in Hauenstein building above the restaurant. O. E. S. 30 Years Old Thirtieth anniversary of the Order of Eastern Star also is being ob served, that organization having been instituted in October, 1914. Present membership of the Star organization numbers 130. Eastern Star officers are: Matron, Elsie Buckland Patron, F. L. Todd Associate Matron, Dorothy Stratton associate patron, Walter Marshall secretary, Charlotte Marshall con ductress, Effie Herring treasurer, Emma Studler associate conduct ress, Helen Campbell marshal, Mar jean Todd organist, Marjorie Buck land warder, Herma Rauenbuhler sentinel, George Rauenbuhler Star Points, Carolyn Aukerman, Alice Devier, Irene Brauen, Theola Stein er and Blanche Harmon. Officers of the Masonic order are Donavin B. Conrad, master Arden Baker, senior warden Bert Swank, junior warden Robert Niswander, senior deacon Lloyd Brauen, junior deacon Ralph Stearns, secretary Dr. Evan Basinger, treasurer Ben Shafer, senior steward John Thomp son, tyler and George Rauenbuhler, chaplain. Announcement Of September Wedding Announcement has been made of the wedding of Miss Dorothy Bo gart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Le muel Bogart of Columbus Grove and 1st Lt. James Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Campbell of Hicksville which took place Thursday evening, Sept. 14 in the Epworth Methodist church in Lima. Triplett plant bert Benroth Main street. is employed at the and lived at the Al residence on North The bride The wedding was performed by Rev. John White, pastor of the church and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ver million attended the couple. The bride wore for the occasion a moss green suit with black ac cessories and a corsage of white roses and gardenias. Lt. Campbell was graduated from Hicksville high school and before en tering the service was employed by the Ohio Power Co., in Leipsic. His bride was graduated from Col. Grove high school. Lt. Campbell has returned co his post in Georgia where his bride ex pects to join him in the near future. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY n AY, OCT BLUFFTON, OHIO, TH 5, 1944 BLUFFTON YOUTH IS IN ASSAULT ON GERMAN HOMELAND Believed to Herbert Siefield, Be First froif Here in Germany Field Artillery Unit with First American Army Near Aachen of of be on Pvt. Herbert Siefield, Jr., son Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Siefield, South Main street, i* believed to the first Bluffton soldier to set foot German soil in World War II, accord ing to information received here Tues day. The Field Artillery unit with which Pvt. Siefield serves was in Germany with the First Army near Aachen in the Siegfried line on September 15 when the local youth wrote his par ents a letter received this week. His outfit was in some of the heav iest fighting in France following the breakthru on the Normandy pennin sula, Pvt. Siefield’® letter indicated. He told his parents that he had tak en part in two major engagements, one at Caen, but the location of the other had been deleted by the censor. Young Siefield had been in England only six weeks before his artillery unit was sent to France, shortly after the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He entered the Army on March 10, 1943. Former Resident Dies In California Rev. John Lauby, 60, former resi dent of near Bluffton, died at his home in Van Nuys, Calif., Tuesday, according to word received here. Death, due to apoplexy, followed a He lived st thirty years. Rev. Lauby was married to lina Lugibihl of this place wh ceded him. in death with five Ange- jfrho pre- who together with three children survive. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Vernon Yoakam and Mrs. Harvey Gratz of Bluffton and one brother Charles of Van Nuys. Funeral services will be held at the Missionary church in Van Nuys, Friday afternoon followed by inter ment at that place. St. John's Rally Day Next Sunday Special morning and evening serv ices will mark the annual Harvest Home and Rally Day festival of the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church next Sunday. Dr. Allen O. Miller, professor of Bible at Heidelberg college, Tiffin, will be the speaker at the morning session, starting at 10:45 a. m. the evening service be Rev. H. C. Keller Trinity Church, and of the Home for the Speaker for at 8 p. m. will myer, of the Superintendent Aged at Upper Sandusky. Two Receive Army Pre-Induction Call Two youths in the Bluffton area were sent to Fort Hayes, Columbus, Tuesday, by Hancock county Draft Board No. 2 for pre-induction call and physical examination for the armed service. They were Ernest Bosse of Bluffton and Richard West all of Mt. Cory. Messiah Concert Rehearsals Begin Bluffton College Choral society is holding rehearsals every Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock in Ramseyer chapel in preparation for the an nual Messiah concert to be given during the holiday season. Prof. R. A. Lantz, director of the chorus has extended an invitation to all singers of the town and community to attend rehearsals. Church Of Christ Calls New Pastor Rev. Milton Fronsoe of Collier, W. Va., has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Church of Christ here, it was announced the first of the week. Rev. Fronsoe has resigned his pul pit at Collier, effective next month at which time he will move here with his family. Se v en Bondholders Present Bonds Aggregating $300 for Redemption The bonds presented at the bank all were redeemed on Monday, and the fact there were none on Tues day indicated those cashed on the first day represented an abnormal condition which likely resulted from those who might have redeemed bonds earlier waiting until the simplified procedure went i^o ef fect. Caught taking the gasoline by Murray, William E. Messling, 22, of Hamilton, made a break for liberty and escaped from custody when Night Policeman was unlocking door to the mayor office in town hall. Murray had the last laugh in matter, however, for he impounded Messling’s motorcycle which had been parked near the police car. Bluffton Residents Are Holding Their War Bonds Few Are Cashed Bonds Presented Monday, First school Day of New Procedure [Thursday, None Tuesday I Appearance Heretofore bond holders in need I Caught Taking Gas of money had to have their bonds I lumbus Grove, Casualty certified locally then mailed to a I September 13 Federal Reserve bank, which sent* them government checks a week or 10 days later. Under the new procedure all delay is eliminated and any Series A, B, C, or E Savings bond can presented at the local bank for mediate payment of the cash demption value. be im re- From Police Car The Hamilton man, who had fled Tuesday night and surrendered toltbe’r Murray, who was in the mayor’s of-|' WHERE OUR SOLDIERS ARE Pvt. Robert Criblez 35241229 Co. B, 59th Bn. 12th Regt. Camp Fannin, Texas A game of horse and rider then was[ BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.59 corn $1.12 oats 70c soys $2.04. Southernaires Will Sing Here October 19 The Southemaires, ing radio and concert ble, will appear in the an outstand vocal ensem Bluffton High 8:30 gymnasium at p. m. October 19. I ton is being sponsored by I ton College department Few War Savings bonds were|Bro^' Bussell A. Lantz is cashed in Bluffton this week, altho|0^ arrangements. Monday marked the first day the securities can be converted into money on demand at local banks un der the government’s new simplified system of redemption. Bluff Bluff- of the group in the of music. in charge Ebenezer Broadcast That most residents of the area are holding their bonds either untilltion WFIN, maturity or for post-war redemption I 3:30 o’clock. In charge is seen in the fact that during the gram are Misses Vera and Mabel |bustion fire pumper with a capacity first two days only seven bond hold-1 Amstutz and Minerva ers presented bonds aggregating $3001 Mrs. Vinton Bucher. for redemption. All were Series E|Esau, the pastor, will speak, bonds. Pvt. Wayne Kidd of Near Co- and Mrs. Cloyce Kidd, it is presumed that he is in a hospital in England. Pvt. Kidd was graduated from Col the|Umbus Grove High school in the class tjlof 1940. Before going into the army the|be was en#aIed in farming. the act I velvet played with Karl Frick, the horse, and I Bill Haller, the rider winning. I Herman Schmidt was named com-1 Roll call and the collection of dues|mander of Bluffton American Legion! was conducted by Maynard Pogue,[post at the annual election of offi-l following which Assistant Scoutmas-1 cers held Monday night. II ter Benroth demonstrated a sparrow! Othe officers are: ]I trap built by Prof. Russell A. Lantz. I Vice commander, Harry Trippie- Next Monday’s meeting will be held] horn adjutant, Quintent Burkhold at 6:30 p. m. at Harmon field, where[er finance officer, Murray Trippie touch football w’ill be'played. I horn, service officer, Ralph Stearns 1 sgt. at arms, Ralph Henry historI ian, Gilbert Fett chaplain, Millen A children’s program will be|for municipal fire depart heard on the Ebenezer church radio ment at a cost $6,203.85 was au program broadcast from Findlay sta- tbor’zed by the town council Monday BLUFFTON DISTRICT! E-a SOLDIER WOUNDED BADLY IN FRANCE Wife and Parents Are Notified [were weM Youth Believed Now in England Pvt. Wayne E. Kidd, 23, native of near Columbus Grove, was seriously wounded in France ^bn September 13, according to a telegram received this I we*k f™m‘h!vw“ Dement I He entered the service in November, .v a 11942, and has been overseas since July A gasoline thief from Hamilton,! ,A.. ... ,, 4... 1 1944, with a held artillery unit. He Ohio, chose the wrong scene of op-1 ... ... .... trained in Camp Shelby, Miss., and erations when he tried to siphon gasoline from Night Policeman Clay- 9™P OkK, before leavmg ton Murray’s police car early Tues- for 0WM“ duty' day morning in the parking space in front of the Bluffton holier Ring at North Main and Elm streets. I Attend Golden Wedding Reception to Toledo, returned here voluntarily I south of Bluffton who celebrated I ing years many changes have been Tuesday night and surrendered tol their 50th wedding anniversary last I made in design and equipment that Murray, who was in the mayor s of-1 Sunday received approximately 250 I makes the present equipment consid fice when he arrived. Arraigned be-1 quests during the afternoon and I erably outmoded. fore Mayor W. A. Howe, Messlingl evening. I The Civilian Defense unit was sent pleaded guilty and was fined five I Many lovely gifts were presented I here two years ago but has never been dollars and costs. I the couple which were placed on the I used since there is no means of trans- Messling was one of a party of I dining room table which was cen-1 porting it to the scene of a fire. three on two motorcycles enroute I tered with a huge three-tier wed-1 In previous action taken two years from Hamilton to Toledo to pick up ding cake witb bride and groom a-1 ago the council also purchased a Mack another motorcycle which had brok-1 doming the top layer. I pumper for $7,950. This order, how en down at that place. Because of I The cake was made and presented I ever, was later cancelled when it was the rain Monday night, the group! the couple by their niece Beulah 11 found impossible to obtain the neces stayed most of the night under the| Michael. ||sary priority at that time. sheltered parking space in front of the Roller Rink entrance. About daybreak Murray went tol0^ their anniversary. his car, parked under the shelter,| received her guestsi in a wine color and surprised Messling in of siphoning gasoline from the tank. I attired in a blue serge suit. He took the youth’s motorcycle to| The the mayor’s office, following Mess-|cream and wafers together with a ling’s escape, but permitted the! chocolate bon-bon which were used11 other two men to continue theirl to tabulate the number of gust journey, inasmuch as they had not|^ues^s were from Ada, Beaverdam, been involved in the theft. I Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Gomer, ______________________ I Harrod, Lafayette, Lima, Pandora Mr. Phillips presented his wife! with a lovely diamond ring in honor! Mrs. i’hiiips||/nfer/ied dress and Mr. Phillips was guests were all served ice- I and Waynesfield. County Line Church I HomeconungSunday\BroadcastersWill I Special homecoming services will I BOY SCOUT NEWS I be held Sunday morning and after Troop 82 I noon at the County Line Church of By Morris Groman I the Brethren, A game of touch football was play-1 Bluffton. ed at Monday night’smeeting in Scout held at noon and all present and Sunday evening service at the De headquarters, with 17 Scouts and As-[ members of the congregation and fenseless Mennonite church at 7:30 sistant Scoutmaster Gene Benroth their friends are invited. [o’clock and also the singspiration participating. In the game Keith[ which follows at 9 o’clock. Kirtland's team defeated Harry Burk-[ fj Qnhmiflf Tn I They will be accompanied by their holder’s team by a score of 26 to 12. IHtrman oCfimiUl IO HCad LegiOtl Post Geiger executive com., Arthur Am stutz, Frenas Herrmann, Armin Hauenstein. STAMN NUMBER 24 COUNCIL BUYS NEW MACK TRUCK FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT Expenditure of $6,203 for New Pumper Authorized at Meeting Monday Delivery Probably Cannot Be Made Before Next Spring, Council Learns Purchase of a new Mack fire truck Sunday afternoon at of the pro-1 new track will be a triple com- Hilty and|°f gallons of water per minute. Rev. |iB wdI have a 400-gallon booster tank, fitting it for rural fire fighting, to comply with arrangements made to provide fire protection for Richland ge townships with the Bluff ton equipment. Delivery from the Mack factory in Allentown, Pa., can be made in about four months after priorities are clear ed, and councilmen do not expect to obtain spring, will be the truck until early next Application for the priority made at once. Unanimous Vote decision of the council was by Final unanimous vote after bids from four companies had been opened and con sidered. The councilmen said they pleased with the bids which [offered six different trucks. Purcbase of the Mack pumper will [take only $6,203.85 of the 8,000 fund Ifor new equipment provided in a bond issue approved at the polls here in November, 1941, but most of the re mainder will be required to buy new Ihose and other equipment needed to |revtamp the department. Bids considered by the council in making their selection Monday night were as follows: Mack Fire Truck Co., New York General Fire Truck Co., Detroit, Ford chassis, $4,704.29 Chevrolet chassis, $4,894. the I „__ „, ._____ Union Supply Co., Toledo, Interna tional chassis, $5,700 Ford chassis, $4,638.05. Present Equipment Outmoded Bluffton’s present equipment con sists of a 500 gallon pumper mounted on a Studebaker chassis and a 500 gallon motor driven pumper furnished by the Civilian Defense administra tion. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips of I chased in 1928 and in the 16 interven- The Studebaker pumper was pur- Missionary Speaks Here Sunday Rev. Harry Wood, returned mis sionary who was recently interned by the Japanese will speak at the I Defenseless Mennonite church Sun day morning at 10:30 o’clock. Rev. Wood who spent nearly 27 years in the orient was one of the first missionaries to Japan and later worked in other countries in the Far East. Lead Singspiration “Frank and seven miles south of I heard daily over Lima WLOK in a A basket dinner will be I religious program will conduct the sical numbers. broadcasters [wives who will present special mu- Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. I Lafayette, a son, I Wednesday. r. and Redd of Ray, last Warren Dennis Schick of Harold Mrs. son, Roger Warren, Fri- Bluffton, a I day. I Mr. and I of Columbus Grove, a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Donaldson Nancy Ann, Saturday.