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OCT. 12, 1944 BUY unftso otatk* SAVING* /Ion ds VOLUME NO. LXIX 19 FARM YOUTHS GETiTHIRTY DAY INDUCTION STAY Allen County Draft Board An nounces Action by State Director Decisions of Appeals Board are Reported by County Draft Office Allen County Draft Board No. 3 an nounced Tuesday that 19 farm regis trants who were listed in the group to be inducted this month have been given a thirty day postponement of induction by the State Director of Se lective Service. Included in the postponement or der are: Bluffton—Ray Edward Blosser, El lis Hauenstein, Raymond Kohli, Geo. E. Myers. Columbus Grove—Leonard Kriete nieyer, Theodore F. Basinger, George B. Stephens. Lima—John Junior Baber, Clarence H. Bridges, Emmett E. Breitigam, Jr. Norman C. Dirmeyer, James Fetter, Howard Foust. Lafayette—Dale Barnes. Harrod—Harry Nichols, Paul Rich ardson. Delphos—Albert Lammers, Arnold Miller. Elida—Paul E. Brenneman. Earl Dean Luginbuhl of Bluffton who was also on the list for induction, did not appear, the board’s announce ment stated. 2-C Classification Fourteen registrants were given draft classification of 2-C because of being engaged in farm work. They are Lewis Bassett, Lima John Bly myer, Elida Richard Hawk, Lafay ette Jay Junior Long, Ada Leonard Allen, Delphos, all to Nov. 1. Hubert Noonan, Delphos to Nov. 11. Charles DeLong, Mark Jacobs, Lima Byron Barnes, Harrod, to Nov. 30. Eugene Myers, Geo. Fetter, Roland Flanigan, Dale Miller, Lima Robert Burtchin, Hume to Dec. 1. Appeals Board Decisions Appeal of John Anthony Young peter, Lima Rt. 2, was denied. Local board classification 1-A. Registrant appealed to Board of Appeals. Ap peal Board classification, continued 1-A. Appeal of Russell Schaublin, Bluff ton Rt. 2, was also denied. Local board classification 1-A. Employer appealed. Board of Appeals contin ued classification 1-A. James H. Kritzler, Lafayette, cur rent address Tulsa, Okla., was classi fied 2-A until November 8 by the President. Former Bluffton Woman's Son Dies Joe Lyons, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Lyons of Los An geles, died Sunday of a kidney ail ment in the Good Samaritan hos pital of that city, according to word received by relatives here the first of the week. Mrs. Lyons was formerly Miss Lil lie Zehrbach of this place. She, to gether with her husband and daugh ter Virginia visited in Bluffton last June at which time Mr. Lyons was a delegate to the Republican na tional convention in Chicago. Mrs. I yons who remained here for an extended visit was called home because of her son’s illness which first became serious at that time. Program By Radio Staff Here Saturday Radio Staff of the “Wings of Pray ut” daily, broadcast, directed by H. Max Good, son-in-law of the late How ard Cadle, of the Cadle Tabernacle, of Indianapolis, Ind., will present a pro gram in the Bluffton High auditorium at 8 p. m. this Saturday. Good will be the speaker, and speci al vocal music will be presented by Chief White Feather, great-grandson of the famous Sitting Bull, who will appear in full custume when singing. Lee H. Baum, director of music for the “Wings of Prayer” radio program will be here to play the piano as an accompanist for the soloist. BANK TO CLOSE THURSDAY The Citizens National bank will be closed all d'ay Thursday, Columbus day, a legal holiday. Other activities will continue without interruption, in cluding mail delivery which will main tain reglar schedules, Postmaster Ed. Reichenbach stated. Frank Neuenschwander of Pan dora purchased the two residence properties of Mrs. W. S. Dearth on North Main street. He later sold the smaller of the two to Mrs. Bess Goodman who occupies the property. Neuenschwander will move here from Pandora into the other prop erty. Mrs. Gertrude Fields and family who now occupy the house will move this month into the Leiber property on North Main street which she recently purchased adjoining the Boss Glove factory. $15,000 DAMAGE IN TWO-CAR WRECK IN NICKEL PLATE Loaded Refrigerators Cars Jump at Bridge Over Big Riley Creek Here Two Days Required to Clear Wreckage, Altho Track Open in Four Hours Wreckage of two refrigerator cars which left the Nickel Plate tracks at the trestle over Big Riley creek ad joining Harmon field shortly after noon last Wednesday was entirely cleared away by noon on Friday. With wreck crews from Lima and Bellevue on the job, the tracks had been cleared within four hours ’after the mishap to permit the resumption of normal railroad traffic. It was not until noon on Friday, however, that crews which worked continuously suc ceeded in clearing away all the wreck age. In the wreck, one car loaded with canned condensed milk plunged over the side of the trestle to the bottom of Big Riley creek some 20 feet below. It came to rest in the center of the stream on the west side of the track. The other car, filled with crates of oranges, jumped the track at the north edge of the trestle, demolished the section crew’s brick storage shed and finally came to a rest on its side at the east of the right of way. Contents Salvaged Contents of both cars were salvag ed without much loss, but the one which was loaded with oranges was so badly damaged that it was burned Thursday night by the wreck crews. The other car was lifted from the creek and taken to Lima railroad shops where it will be repaired. Damage was unofficially estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000, in cluding the loss of one car and dam age to the other. Refrigerator cars are heavier than regular box cars, weighing about 27 tons empty as com pared to 20 tons weight for the aver age car. When the wreck occurred, the north bound freight was moving slowly, or other cars might have left the track and the damage probably would have been more serious. It is believed that the mishap was caused by a broken wheel or axle on the car loaded with oranges. Warned at Beaverdam As the freight approached Beaver dam, Conductor Paul Robert, of Belle vue, detected something wrong with the train and threw off a note to the Beaverdam operator, asking him to have the train stopped in Bluffton. Robert could have stopped the train from the caboose, railroad men said, but this procedure is followed only in case of. extreme emergency, and it puts a severe strain on the train. In the case of a broken wheel, an emer gency stop may cause *a pilup. At the same time Roberts threw’ off the note, the Beaverdam operator sig nalled that something was apparently wrong. He telegraphed the AU tow er here, and the block signal was set against the train. When the engineer sighted the red signal he applied the air brakes near the Bentley road, as the train ap proached the railroad trestle, follow ing w’hich the wreck occurred. Vaughnsville Pastor To Lead Singspiration Rev. E. G. Riley, former pastor of the Christian church in Vaughnsville will lead the singspiration in the Defenseless Mennonite church, Sun day night at 9 o’clock. Rev. and Mrs. Riley will sing and his sister-in-law, Miss Marguerite Jones, Bluffton college student, will be at the piano. 11 IE BLUF Bluffton Fire Loss In First Nine Months $60, Chief Corson Reports --------,--------------------------------------------------1 Real Estate Deals Loss Here Since Last January 1 Is One of Lowest in Town's History Fires Outside Corporation Are Costly $18,000 Lost In Nine Fires With interest here centering on National Fire Prevention week, which opened last Sunday, records released Tuesday by Fire Chief Guy Corson showed that Bluffton’s fire loss since last January 1 has amounted to only $60, one of the low’est in recent years. During the first nine months there were six fires within the corporation limits, but quick action on the part of the fire department limited the loss. In the same period, the local de partment made nine runs outside the town to fight fires in the rural area surrounding Bluffton, and the total damage reported in those blazes was $18,000. It is believed that delivery of Bluffton’s new Mack pumper, pur chase of which was authorized last week by the municipal council, will help cut dow’n the extent of fire loss outside the village limits. The new fire truck will be equip ped with a 400-gallon booster tank, especially adapted for rural fire fighting, as a result of arrange ments made by the Bluffton depart ment to provide fire protection for Orange and Richland townships. Members of the Bluffton fire de partment include Chief Guy Corson, H. E. Augsburger, Charles Young, Fred Martin, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Ed Badertscher, C. V. Stone hill, Lester Niswander, Don Dillman and Harry Lugibill. In connection w’ith the observance of Fire Prevention W’eek, Chief Corson urged Bluffton area residents to be particularly careful of fires now’ that furnaces and stoves are being put to use again after a sum mer of inactivity. Burkholder-Basinger Wedding Solemnized The wedding of Miss Harriet J. Burkholder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin R. Burkholder, Bluffton and Mr. Richard Basinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Basinger, Columbus Grove, was solemnized unday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the home of the bride’s par ents. Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. Will iam Althaus, aunt of the bride, played several selections at the piano and Mrs. Vinton Bucher cousin of the bride sang “Because” and “I Love You Truly.” Mrs. Althaus played “A Summer Reverie” while the single ring mar riage sen ice was read by the Rev. V. C. Opperman, pastor of the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church in Bluffton. The ceremony took place before an improvised altar of white chrysanthemums, snapdragons, ferns, and lighted candles arranged in the living room, with only members of the immediate families land a few close friends present. The bride was attired in a wine vel vet dress with an orchid corsage. She carried the handkerchief her mother and maternal grandmother carried on their wedding days. The bride’s only attendant, Miss Carol B1ame of Sylvania, Ohio, wore a green velvet dress and her flowers were a corsage of gardenias. The bridegroom was attended by Don Wirt of Leipsic. A pink and white color scheme was carried out in the informal reception for the wedding guests which follow ed the ceremony. The table was cen tered with a tiered wedding cake top ped with a minature bride and groom. The bride is a graduate of Bluffton High school in the class of 1942 and for the past two years has been em ployed in the office of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Company in Bluffton. The bridegroom graduated from the Pandora High school class of 1940 and is engaged in farming. Pvt. Wayne Kidd. Is Recovering In France Pvt. Wayne E. Kidd, 23, of Co lumbus Grove, who was seriously wounded in France on September 13, is in satisfactory condition, accord ing to word received this week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Kidd. A letter from Pvt. Kidd’s nurse advised that he had been wounded in the stomach by shrapnel, but that he is improving. Pvt. Kidd entered the service in November, 1942, and has been overseas since July, 1944, with a field artillery unit. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT 12, 1944 GEO. BURKHOLDER MISSING IN ACTION IN EUROPEAN WAR Former Bluffton High Athletic Star Lost in France on September 23 Bluffton Youth with Ground Crew of Army Air Unit No Details Received George Burkholder, 22, former star athlete at Bluffton High school, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey H. Burkhold er, three miles west of Bluffton, is missing in action in France, his par ents were notified last Friday by the War Department. No additional details were received beyond the fact that Burkholder was reported missing as of Sept. 23. He was with the ground crew of an army air unit. Burkholder was graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1940 and had been an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. He was a student for two years at Bowl ing Green State university before he went into the service. Elder Brother in South Pacific His elder brother, James, is with the famous 37th division in the South Pacific war theatre, and a younger brother, Robert, who was graduated last pring from Bluffton High school, is awaiting a call to the Navy. Burkholder is the second Bluffton area resident reported missing in the European war. Gerald Caris, 21, of Orange township, husband of the former Veldean Moser, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caris, has been re ported missing since last March 8, when the plane on which he was a gunner failed to return from a mis sion over Germany. No further word has been received by his wife or parents, and a rumor which circulated \ere several weeks ago to the effect that he was a prison er in Germany is unfounded. Bluffton Native Succumbs In Carey Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza beth Flick Ewing, 79, Bluffton na tive, for many years a resident of Carey were held at Christ Lutheran church at that place, Sunday after noon. Rev. Wade Koons, the pastor, officiated. Mrs. Ewing was the widow of J. D. Ewing, Carey druggist for many years and also a Bluffton druggist. The couple moved to Carey in 1892. She died at her residence in Carey last Wednesday from cerebral hem orrhage which she suffered tw’o days previous. The daughter of Daniel and Phoe be Flick she was born in Bluffton May 16, 1865 and was married Sep tember 25, 1888. Surviving are Clare Olin Ewing, Wallaston, Texas Ruth E. Tuttle, Center, Iowa, and Robert Ewing, Wooster. Interment was in Spring Grove cemetery, Carey. Former Bluffton Woman Succumbs Mrs. Eva Martin Orchard, 78, Bluffton native, for many years a resident of Lima died Monday night at St. Rita’s hospital in that city. Death was due to complications. She had been ill for the past week. Mrs. Orchard was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Martin. Her father was a pioneer Bluffton har ness maker and the family resided on North Main street. They moved to Lima about 60 years ago. She was active in Lima church and fraternal organizations for many years. Her husbanc only survivor. BLUFFTON, OHIO Edward is the Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Davis, Miller and Son Cathedral chapel, Lima. Rev. Ira Jones of Trinity Methodist hurch will offi ci ate. Burial will cemetery. ce in Woodlawn Birthday Gathering In honor of the 69th birthday an niversary of Mrs. N. F. Steiner re siding west of Bluffton, a family gathering and buffet supper were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Steiner of North Lawn ave nue, Sunday night. The table was attractively decor ated with individual birthday cakes and flowers. Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Steiner, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Oyer and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jorg and family, Mrs. Adella Oyer and daughter all of Bluffton, and Mrs. Marian Lugibill of Ft. Wayne. NNEWS Two more Bluffton area soldiers are with Allied forces on German soil, it was learned in letters re ceived from them this week. Pvt. John R. Stettler, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Stettler, and Pvt. James H. Amstutz are the second and third from here to write home they are with the American forces in the assault on the Siegfried line near Aachen. Letters received from them this week indicate they reached German soil about the same time as Pvt. Herbert Siefield, Jr., who last week wrote to his parents that he is with Coronation o Homecoming Queen Features Saturday Morning Events Homecoming Banquet and One Act Play on Saturday Evening Program Homecoming and Parents’ Day events at Bluffton college next Sat urday and Sunday will include coro nation of the Homecoming Queen, freshman-sophomore sports, alumni banquet, presentation of a Thespian play and a special vesper service. Crowning of the Homecoming Queen, Miss Evelyn Johnson, of Bu cyrus, Ohio, at 10 a. m. Saturday will be the opening feature of the observance. The coronation will be on the campus, near the gymnasium. Outcome of a freshman-sophomore softball game in the afternoon will determine whether the freshmen are to wear their caps another six weeks. Following the game, other sports exhibitions will be staged on the campus. At the Homecoming banquet for alumni, starting at 6 p. m., Ralph Lanham, superintendent of Bluffton public schools, will be the speaker. This will be followed at 9 p. m. by the presentation of a one-act play, “The Arrival of Billy” by the Thespians dramatic society. Chris tine Burkhard, Orrtanna, Pa., and Howard Krehbiel, Donnellson, Iowa, will direct the cast. Sunday’s program will feature a vesper service in Ramseyer chapel at 3 o’clock with C. H. Sprunger of Berne, Ind., as the speaker. Sev eral selections will be sung by the girls’ choir. Funeral Services For Albert Lora Services were held at the Metho dist church here Tuesday afternoon for Albert C. Lora, 74, Bluffton na tive and pioneer auctioneer who was one of the founders of the Bluffton Manufacturing company. Mr. Lora, a Findlay resident for twenty years had been spending the past week here with his daughter, Mrs. Murray Trippiehorn of South Main street where he died suddenly Saturday afternoon of a heart at tack. He was associated with the late H. D. Zehrbach in the organizing of the Bluffton Manufacturing company some forty years ago, serving as vice president and later as president. He resided in Findlay after the business was moved to that place some twenty years ago. In his earlier life he was engaged in the grocery business. He was born on a farm near Rockport the son of Peter and Mary Lora and an uncle of the late Judge Neal Lora of Lima. He was mar ried to Jennie Steingraver who died in 1924, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Trippiehorn. Later he was married to Pascalene Wery who died a year ago. For many years he was a member of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Besides his daughter he is sur vived by a sister, Mrs. Amos Gratz of Bluffton and a brother Chris Lora of Cairo, together with four grandchildren. Rev. J. A. Weed officiated at the funeral services and burial was in Clymer cemetery. Southernaires Date Here Is Postponed Postponement of the Bluffton ap pearance of the Southernaires, negro vocal ensemble is announced by Prof. R. A. Lantz of Bluffton college in charge of arrangements. The concert scheduled for October 19 has been postponed because of a conflict in their itinerary. Arrange ments are being made for their ap pearance here in February, Prof. Lantz said. 11 Two More Bluffton Soldiers Are Fighting With Allies In Germany Bluffton College Homecoming Will Be Celebrated Saturday And Sunday the American forces in the enemy’s homeland. In a letter to his parents dated September 15, Pvt. Stettler said that he had been in action in France and Belgium and now* was in Ger many. The letter had been censored and his present location was not disclosed. Pvt. Amstutz wrote to his sister, Mrs. Rayon Boutwell, of Orange township, advising that on Sept. 18 he had reached German territory, after seeing action in Belgium. He arrived in England in July, and on September 2 went to France. BLUFFTON SOLDIER DIES OF JUNGLE FEVER IN PACIFIC Sgt. Frank E. Houston Death on Sept. 28 Followed Three Months' Illness War Department Notifies His Wife, the Former Marjorie Stratton, of Bluffton Sgt. Frank E. Houston, 22, husband of the former Marjorie Stratton, of Bluffton, died Sept. 28 in New Guinea, his wife was notified in a telegram received last week from the War De partment. The message stated that he had been ill since last July with jungle fever and anemia. Sgt. Houston was bom in Raven, Va., and attended school in Beckley, West Virginia. He was married on June 2, 1943, to the former Marjorie Stratton, daughter of Mr. land Mrs. Charles Stratton, of Bluffton. Incited into the Army in May, 1941, Houston received his basic train ing at Camp Wolters, Texas. He graduated as first cook from Ft. Riley, Kansas, and was later stationed at San Luis Obispo, Calif. He left for overseas duty in September, 1943, and was stationed in Hawaii until January, 1944, when he was sent to New Guinea. In addition to his widow, of this place, Sgt. Houston is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Houston, of Harper, West Va., two brothers, one sister and one step sister. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p. m., Sunday in the Bluffton Missionary church. Rev. Robert Welch, pastor of the church will of ficiate assisted by Rev. A. F. Albro of Swanton, a former pastor. Harmon Walters Funeral Thursday Funeral services for Harmon Wal ters, 76, lifetime resident of Beaver dam community will be held at the Reformed Mennonite church north west of Bluffton, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Wm. Rupp of Archbold will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. He died at his home Tuesday morning following two years of ill health. Death was attributed to a stroke suffered Sunday. Surviving are his wife the former Sarah Stager two daughters, Mrs. Florence Beemer, Beaverdam and Mrs. Lily Burkholder, Bluffton two sons, Charles and Elmer Walters of Beaverdam, a brother John Walters of Pandora and sister Mrs. Emma Zeptner of Akron. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mis. Wm. Edwards, Bluff ton, a son, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul McDowell, Ot tawa, a daughter, Rebecca Ann, Thursday. Mrs. McDowell was Lu cille Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Niswander, form erly of Bluffton. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Emmert of Goshen, Ind. Mrs. Emmert was Esther Niswander daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Niswander of South Jackson street. Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Lora of Warsaw, Ind., are the parents of a son, Oliver Ray. Mrs. Lora was formerly Verna King of near Pan dora. NUMBER 25 WAR CHEST DRIVE OPENS WITH HOUSE TO HOUSE CALLS Funds Raised in Drive Will Go to 17 War Relief and Serv ice Agencies Solicitors Hope to Complete House-to-House Canvass Next Week House-to-house solicitation in the Third Allen County War chest cam paign will be started in Bluffton. Fri day, with nearly 100 women canvass ers expected to complete the drive within the next week. Funds contributed to the War hest are distributed among 17 war relief and service agencies, with the I SO and its various services to Amer ica’s men and women in uniform being the principal benefactors. Directing the Bluffton drive are Mayor Wilbur A. Howe and Mrs. J. Solicitors are being notified thru the mail that their kits nlay be obtained at the Mayor’s office between 7 and 10 p. m. Thursday. Those who can not report at that tin e are requested i send a substitute. The 17 organizations which share in the National War fund are the USO, United Seaman’s Service, War Prisoner’s Aid, Belgiiin War Relief Society, British War Relief Society, French War Relief, 1 ’riends of Lux embourg, Greek War Relief assoc ia tion, Norweigian Relief, Polish War Relief, Queen Wilhelnlina Fund, Rus sia War Relief, United China Relief, United Czechoslovak Relief, United Yugoslav’ Relief Fund, Refugee Re lief Trustees and the United States Committee for Care of European children. Solemnize Wedding In Home Ceremony The wedding of Miss Eleanor Berky, daughter of Prof, and Mrs. Herbert W. Berky of West College Avenue, and Pfc. Harold Lehman, of Indianap olis, was solemnized in a beautiful home setting at eight o’clock Satur day evening. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo E. Lehman of Berne, Ind. Before an altar of fems and cle matis lighted with candelabra the vows were received by Lloyd L. Ram seyer, President of Bluffton College. A string trio composed of Misses Ca milla Gorby, Mary Katherine Ramsey er and Mary Louise Dean, accompan ied by Miss Louise Sommer, furnished wedding music before and during the ceremony. Miss Esther Berky, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Pfc. Mel vin Matlin, of Indianapolis, Ind., was Best man and Elizabeth Marie Steiner was flower girl. The bride wore a floor-length satin dress with sweetheart neck and long long sleeves, and with a skirt fashion ed over crinoline, with an overskirt of net extending into a train. Her three tiered fingertip veil was attached to a lace and net Dutch cap. and her flow ers were white roses. She wore as her only ornament an antique lavalier, a family heirloom. The maid of honor, dressed in white lace and marquisette and wearing a royal blue headdress, carried llame colored gladioli tied with royal blue ribbon. Die flower girl’s dress was white organdy with a light blue sash, and her miniature bouquet was of blush gladoli. Following the ceremony a reception wa hi Id for the guests. Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Leh an and son Jack, Burkhart Lt liman, sses Viola Lehman .. and Inda Sprunger, all of Berne Mrs. Louisa Kennel, of Trenton Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Simcox and son Richard, Mr. and Mi-. Edgar Kennel, of Cincinnati Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Bishop of Philadel phia, Ba. Miss Virginia Hadsell, of Lima. The bride is a graduate of Bluffton High school and a member of the Bluffton College class of 1944. Mr. Lehman attends! Bluffton College and at present is a student at the Indiana University medical school in Indian apolis. Former Local Woman Gets Army Office Job Word has been received by Mr. and Mis. George Rauenbuhler that their daughter, Mrs. Ruth Ferguson, now of Riverside, Calif., a former employee at the Triplett plant has accepted a position as clerk in the payroll branch of the Army Quarter master’s depot.