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umo •VATKS INC« WO# VOLUME NO. LXIX CHRISTMAS SPIRIT CHANGES LITTLE IN WARTIME SETTING Town Shorn of Decorative Frills But Same Old Holiday Cheer and Spirit Prevail Snow and Cold Weather Provide an Appropriate Setting Shop ping is at its Peak. With Christmas shopping and mail ing at their peak, Bluffton’s fourth war time observance of the Yuletide will differ little from the traditional holiday celebrations of other years al tho shorn of some of the customary sparkle and decorative frills. Following two snowfalls within the last week, both of which blanketed the ground in white, about the only thing missing from the traditional Christmas setting was the lack of dec orations and lights in the business district. These outward ervidences of the Yuletide are barred for the dura tion by an OWI order. Cold weather, frozen streams, biting winds and crisp, clear nights also have helped to create a proper holiday setting, as Christmas draws nearer. Shopping at Peak Christmas shopping is at its pak, and merchants reported quite a vol ume of trading still is to be expected. Earlier buying this year, however, will eliminate much of the last minute rush customary in peacetime. Further reflection of intensified Christmas activity in the community has been the greatly increased volume of outgoing and incoming mail noticed for more than a week at the post of fice. The peak of incoming mailings is expected next week, and it is believ ■ed the volume of outgoing mailing will daper off after the end of this week. In keeping with the spirit of the season, churches of the community are making preparations for the presen tation of Christmas programs, and schools also have arranged Yuletide ■entertainment features. Musical Background Opening event of the musical obser vance of the season will be the Bluff ton College Choral Societys 42nd ren dition of Handel’s Christmas oratorio, •“The Messiah,” at 8 p. m. next Sun day in the Bluffton High school gym nasium. Pupils in Bluffton High and Grade schools are looking forward to a week’s holiday recess that will start with the close of the regular class schedule on Thursday, December 21, and classes will reconvene Wednesday morning, January 3. Funeral Services For Merle Ingalls Funeral services for Ellis Merle Ingalls, 66, Bluffton grocer, were held at his home on North Main street, Sunday afternoon. He died at Bluffton hospital Thursday after noon following an illness of nine weeks. For many years he was connected with the Basinger furniture store and more recently he and his daugh ter, Miss Zelma Ingalls operated a grocery store on North Main street. He was born in Claypool, Indiana, April 14, 1878, the son of Albert and Louisa Ingalls. He came to Bluffton in 1907 and was married to Clara Conrad, March 13, 1909. She died September 16, 1928. Surviving are two daughters, Miss Zelma Ingalls and Mrs. Marcine Ream, both of Bluffton, and a son Albert Ingalls in the Navy also a sister, Mrs. Nora Shoemaker of Claypool, Ind., and brother, Charles Ingalls at North Manchester, Ind. Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, pastor of the Lima South Side Church of Christ and formerly pastor of the Church of Christ of this place offi ciated at the funeral services and interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery. Hold Funeral For Infant Thursday Gary Lynn Rupright, 15-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rup right of Cherry street died Tuesday afternoon in Bluffton hospital. The child had been ill with complications since birth. Funeral services will be held at Basinger Funeral home, Thursday afternogn at 2 o’clock, with Rev. H. D. Camp of North Baltimore offi ciating. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. Bluffton Marine In Hospital On Saipan Wm. P. Tschantz, Bluffton marine, has been hospitalized for the second time on the island of Saipan in the Pacific war theatre, it was learned by Kis parents Mr. and Mrs. Caesar Tschantz of Riley street and his wife Mrs. Naomi Tschantz of Lima. Tschantz who has been on Saipan since early last summer was pre viously in the hospital as the result of wounds received in action and his present hospitalization is believed to be from the same cause. He is at tached to the Marine Signal corps. GRADUATE OF HIGH SCHOOL REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION Gerald Whetstone is Unaccount ed for in European Battle Area. Missing Soldier Was Graduate of Bluffton High School in 1938. Pfc. Gerald W. Whetstone, a grad uate of Bluffton High school, is miss ing in action in the European war theatre, according to word received last week by his relatives. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Whetstone, former Bluffton residents ,who moved from here to Lima shortly after the youth had graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1938. His wife and two children, Mary Alice 3, and Jerry, Jr., seven months, also live in Lima. In the message from the War De partment, Pfc. Whetstone was listed as missing since “Nov. 20 when his outfit went into action in Germany. He had been wounded earlier in the European campaign?" sustaining" slight injuries at Brest in October. Later he went back into action. He has received the Infantryman’s Serv ice badge and the Purple Heart. Hold Funeral For Mrs. Otto Bigler Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Dell Bigler, 67, wife of Otto Bigler were held in the Methodist church, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Bigler died at her home on South Main street Thursday morning following a para lytic stroke. She had been ill for more than nine years. The daughter of George and Re becca Hummon, she was born in Hancock county November 3, 1877. On June 25, 1901 she was married to Otto Bigler, a partner in the Bigler Bros, meat market here. Mrs. Bigler was a lifelong mem ber of the Methodist church and took an active interest in church affairs as long as her health per mitted. Surviving besides her husband are two sons Elmond Bigler of Cincin nati and Eugene of Cleveland two daughters, Mrs. Neva Zeller of Cleveland and Miss Janet Bigler at home. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Otis Goble of Findlay and a bro ther Alva Hummon of Los Angeles. Rev. P. E. Whitmer of the Men nomte church officiated at the fun eral services in the absence of Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church. Interment was in Maple Grove ceme tery. Electric Current Off When Auto Hits Pole Electric current service in Bluff ton was partially suspended for two hours Sunday night while workmen from the municipal plant repaired a break in the lines caused by an automobile skidding into a pole carrying high tension lines on East College avenue near the Harmon field stadium. Christmas Season To Be Ushered In By Rendition Of ‘The Messiah” Sunday The accident occurred at 9:45 o’clock and current sendee was re sumed shortly before midnight. Dur ing that time a number of residen tial circuits and all rural service was without current while the break in the line was being repaired. The car was badly damaged, it was reported by the repair crew from the municipal plant who did not identify the driver. Rendition Here Sunday Will be the 42nd Given Annually for 35 Years. Prominent Concert Artists Will Sing the Four Leading Solo Roles in Rendition. Ushering in Bluffton’s musical ob servance of the Christmas holiday sea son, the Bluffton College Choral So ciety will present Handel’s oratoria, “The Messiah,” Sunday night at 8 o’clock in the Bluffton High school gymnasium. It will be the 34th time that the oratoria has been presented on suc ceeding years by the college group, and the 42nd rendition before local audiences. Prior to 1909 the “Mes siah” redition was not an annual af fair here. Appearing in the chorus are 125 singers from the college and surround ing community, many of whom have sung in the oratorio for years. This season’s quartet of soloists, however, will be the outstanding to appear here in many years. Ola L. Moser, of Chicago, a contral to who has taken solo parts in pre vious “Messiah” renditions, will return again this Chrisams. She is the dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Lugin buhl, of near Bluffton who recently made her debut in the Chicago Civic Opera. The soprano role will be taken by Hildaa Ohlin, brilliant young Chicago concert artist, who will appear here for the first time. Blind Tenor Carlton Eldrige, blind musician, of Lansing, Mich., will be the tenor, and John Walters, prominent Lima basso, will round out the group of soloists. Prof. Russell A. .Lantz, head of the college department of music will di rect the chorus and soloists, and Sid ney Hauenstein, of the college music faculty, will conduct an orchestra of about 35 pieces which will accompany the choral society in presentation of the oratorio. Mrs. H. P. Mann, also of the college faulty, will be the piano accompanist. The large gymnasium at the high school has ample seating accommoda tions for the large crowd that always attends each annual redition of “The Messiah” here. County Draft Board Upheld By Appeals Classification of Allen County Draft Board No. 3 was upheld in five cases by the Board of Appeals during the past week, it was an nounced, Tuesday. Cases appealed were: Leland Joel Amstutz, Col. Grove, Rt. 2. Classified 1-A by Local Board. Registrant appealed. 1-A classification upheld by Board of Appeals. Registrant is 21 years of age and engaged in agriculture. Robert Glen Powell, Elida, Rt. 1. Classified 1-A by Local Board. Reg istrant appealed. 1-A classification upheld by Board of Appeals. Regis trant is 19 years of age and en gaged in agriculture. Harold Perry Lang, Lima, Rt. 3. Classified IV-E by Local Board. Father appealed. Classification up held by Board of Appeals. Regis trant is 18 years of age and en gaged in agriculture. Lewis Arnold Matz, Col. Grove, Rt. 2. Classified 1-A by Local board. Registrant appealed. 1-A Classifica tion upheld by Board of Appeals. Registrant is 18 years of age and engaged in agriculture. Rufus Dennis Bonifas, Delphos, Rt. 1. Classified 1-A by Local Board. Registrant appealed. 1-A classifica tion upheld by Board of Appeals. Registrant is 18 years of age and engaged in agriculture. Christmas Play At Lions Club Meeting “Mistletoe”, a one act Christmas play will be presented at the din ner meeting of the Lions club next Tuesday night at the Walnut Grill. Appearing in the cast will be Jean Ann Steinman, Janet Steiner, Harry Klay and Charles Trippiehorn. Real Estate Deals Loren Steinman, residing on the H. P. Huber farm north of Bluffton has purchased the former Samuel Hauenstein property on North Lawn avenue. The property is now un occupied and Steinman expects to occupy it the last of this month. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1944 BLUFFTON AREA ISOLATED BY SNOW-CHOKED ROADS34NUMBER EARLY MAILING OF XMAS CARDS AND PARCELS IS URGED Mailing Now Will Avoid Delays at Christmas, Postmaster Reichenbach Says. Rates For Greeting Card Mail ing Unchanged Patrons Can Help Post Office. Early mailing of ristmas greet ing cards and parcels ivas urged this week by Postmaster Ed R. Reichen bach as a means of preventing a jam in handling the Yuletide mail at the Bluffton post office during the week preceding the holiday. Christmas greetings may be mailed this year at the same rates prevail ing in 1943, the postmaster pointed out. Greeting cards in unsealed en velopes may be sent at the l’-j-cent third-class rate. On this type of mailing you may sign your name but no other writing can be included. Mail sent under the 1 !2-cent rate will not be forwarded or returned to the sender if the party to whom sent is not at the address given. First Class Mail Christmas greetings with three cents postage w*ill go as first-class mail, can contain waiting, and will be forwarded, if the party is not at the address given, or will be return ed to the sender if the envelope bears a return address. Postmaster Reichenbach said the work of the post office will be simp lified, if residents who are mailing a considerable number of cards will tie all cards going to any particular city into a separate bundle. Hand ling outgoing mail also will be speeded if first- and third-class mail are separated. A separate receptacle has been provided at the post office for the mailing of 1^-cent greet ings. Close On Christmas Any mail, either letters or parcels, sent special delivery W- be delivered on Christmas Day, Postmaster Reich enbach said, but there will be no de liveries on city or rural routes, and windows at the post office will be closed all day. All gift parcels received on Christ mas morning will be delivered in town, w’hether sent special or regu lar delivery, but the last delivery before Christmas on rural routes will be on Saturday, December 23. For the most part Bluffton’s Christmas mailing rush has started much earlier than usual, Postmaster Reichenbach said, and as a result it will not be necessary for the post office to remain open evenings dur ing the week preceding Christmas this year. Bluffton Native Dies In Florida Mrs. Emma Young Ershick, 70, Bluffton native, died at her home in Tampa, Florida, Friday, according to word received here the first of the week. Her death followed a cerebral hemorrhage a month pre vious. Carl Young of this place is a brother. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mahoning Young .pioneer Bluff ton residents and the wife of Jacob Ershick. She left Bluffton about 50 years ago and for the past 19 years the family has resided in Tampa where they moved from Bowling Green. She was graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1892. Surviving are her husband and daughter Mrs. Marguerite Klein, both of Tampa, three sisters Mrs. Glen Ramer, Mt. Cory Mrs. Frank Roe, Portage and Mrs. Chas. Jen kins, Colorado Springs, Colo., and her brother of this place. Burial was in Tampa. With The Sick Noah Zuercher of South Main street who has been ill for several months is a patient in Lima Me morial hospital where he is ex pected to undergo an operation, Thursday. Mrs. Noah Niswander is ill at her home on South Lawn avenue. Miss Ruth Marquart, former in structor in the Bluffton grade schools is a patient at Lima Me morial hospital. She is the daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Marquart of Beaverdam. Old Christmas tree lights will have to serve again this year, for no new lighting sets are being manufactured, and the only decorative fixtures of the kind retailers may have avail able will be those assembled by dealers from parts they may have had on hand. This is the third successive year that the manufacture of new’ holiday lighting sets has been prohibited, and the nation’s supply of pre-w’ar sets has been entirely cleaned off dealers’ shelves during the tw’o pre ceding Yuletide shopping seasons. In some cases retailers are as sembling lighting sets for trees by using wdre, plugs, sockets and bulbs which they have on hand. Price of such sets has been frozen by the OPA at a level not to exceed the total retail cost of the parts used. Sugar Shortage Hits Home Candy Making and Commer cial Supply. Dealers Holding Stocks of Cig arets and Cigars for Regular Trade. Candy, cigars and cigarettes, three of the traditional Christmas gift items, will be scarce this Yuletide and virtually eliminated from the holiday picture as accompaniments of the season. Sharp restrictions have been felt in the candy supply because of the sugar shortage, and the current scarcity of tobacco items will make it impossible for anyone to present cigarettes by the carton or cigars by the box as Christmas gifts. Candy was prodigally plentiful be fore the war, and its scarcity now not only enters into the gift picture but also will reduce the abundant supply that virtually every house hold laid in for observances of the Yuletide in pre-war days. Lack of sugar also has cut into candy making at home, another gen eral holiday activity that every Christmas brought. The curtailed supply also means the passing of old-fashioned taffy pulls which even in these times has been a popular Yuletide diversion. Old Christmas Tree Lights Will Have To Do Again No New Ones Made Limited Supply A limited supply of commercial candy is available, but the volume far misses the abundance of pre-war years. Smokes are scarce and cigarettes and cigars are becoming increasing ly hard to find as the holiday ap proaches. Gone are the days when cigarettes by the carton and cigars by the box were popular Christmas gifts, for local smokers now are lucky if they can find two or three packages a week for themselves, and those addicted to cigars are on an equally rigid allotment. Candy And Smokes, Christmas Gift List Fillers, Are Absent This Year Non-smokers, in fact, are unable to buy even limited supplies of eith er, for practically all Bluffton re tailers hold their meager stock of cigars and cigarettes for regular buyers only, and an acute shortage prevailing since early fall steadily is growing worse. Despite the scarcity of smokes, however, smoking sets as Christmas gifts are just as popular as ever as Christmas gifts, demonstrating the optimism of the Christmas giver. Chas. Day’s Grandson Is Killed In Action Lt. Howard J. Decker, 24, of Findlay, was killed in action in France, November 21, it was learned the first of the week. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Day of Findlay, former Bluffton residents who are spending the win ter in Bradenton Beach, Florida. His mother, Hrs. Hallie Day Deck er is also in Bradenton Beach with her parents. Lt. Decker was a pilot of a P-47 fighter plane and had been overseas since last June. Besides his mother and grand parents, he is survived by his father, Tod Decker of Carson, Va., and a brother, Sgt. John C. Decker now taking glider training in Texas, hav ing been transferred to the air borne division after seeing service in the Aleutians. Two Bluffton Girls Win Peace Contests Two Bluffton high school senior girls were among the winners in three Allen county Prince of Peace contests held Sunday night. They are Sarah Amstutz who placed first in the contest held in Spencerville and Jean Ann Steinman, second in the contest held in Lima. Miss Amstutz will be one of the Allen county representatives in the district contest to be held next month. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Amstutz, north of Bluffton. Miss Steinman who will be an alternate in the district contest is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. For rest Steinman of South Lawn ave nue. WAR BOND SALES AT $73,000 MARK IN CAMPAIGN HERE Sixth War Loan Drive In Bluff ton $22,000 Short of Goal of $100,000. Intensified Buying Needed To Put Drive Over The Top in Community. Wjth house-to-house canvassing in Bluffton 6th War Loan drive closing next Saturday, the town is $22,000 short of its $100,000 goal and intensi fied activity during the next three days on the part of volunteer bond salesmen is being urged. Local sales Tuesday night had reached a figure of approximately $78,000, including payroll deduction and Sixth War Loan purchases at the Bluffton plant of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. Heavier individual buying by Bluff ton people and intensified canvass ing by teams of workers will be re quired in the remaining three days if the drive is to go over the top by this Saturday's deadline, it was pointed out Wednesday morning by Co-Chair men Norman Triplett and M. M. Bo gart. Local solicitors report that much of the support of the drive is coming from parents with sons in the service, who feel that in buying bonds they are getting closer to the boys on the fighting fronts and assure their get ting home earlier by buying the bonds. Buying war bonds in the campaign as Christmas gifts is another phase of the drive which has been overlook ed by many Bluffton folks, the war bond chairmen pointed out. Ohio reached its quota of sales last week, and the Allen county campaign went over the top on Tuesday by a mark of $242,073.50. Clyde Waltz Dies Burial Here Sunday Burial services for Clyde Waltz, 60, Bluffton native, were held at Maple Grove cemetery, Sunday after noon. He died at his home east of Columbus Grove, Friday morning fol lowing a year’s illness. He taught in the grade schools here nearly 40 years ago and later was superintendent of schools in Xenia and Mansfield, retiring from the latter position five years ago since which time he has operated a dairy farm. He w’as bom in Bluffton, Decem ber 10, 1884, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Waltz. His father was widely known as a buyer of live stock thruout this section. Surviving are his wife, the former Mabel Zehrbach and two sons Olin of near Columbus Grove and Evan Waltz stationed at Navy Pier, Chi cago, and two grandchildren. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and held a life membership in the National Education association. He belonged to the Presbyterian church in Columbus Grove where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon with Rev. Ralph Thomp son, the pastor, officiating. BUY CHIT ■HI num SCHOOLS CLOSED CARS AND TRUCKS STALL IN DRIFTS Dixie Highway Only Road Open Drifts Fence-High in Rural Districts Little Progress Made in Clear ing Thorofares Closed for Two Days. Bluffton was making only slight progress Wednesday’ in recovering from effects of the worst snowstorm in recent years which has left the district snowbound for two days. There is little prospect of open ing roads and restoring conditions to normal before the end of this week. Bluffton’s public schools, closed since Tuesday morning, may remain closed for the remainder of the week, rural mail delivery service bogged dowm, war plant w'orkers have been hours late in reporting on the job or completely absent and roads have been made impassable by heavy winds that piled drifts several feet deep. Gale Brings Snow The snow, coming with a gale which swept in from the w’est, struck Bluffton with its full fury shortly after dusk, Monday night, quickly piling up drifts which closed roads before morning. East and west roads were especially hard hit. School buses, milk and bread de livery trucks and workers in private cars starting for industrial plants found it impossible to break a path thru the heavy snow and many w’ere stalled in fence-high drifts. The storm was not accompanied by unusual cold, temperatures ranging from 18t o 28 degrees. High winds, how’ever, added much to the discom fort of those obliged to be out of doors. Keep Dixie Highway Open All roads leading into Bluffton have been blocked since Tuesday morning with exception of the Dixie highway which has been kept open by state highway department work ers who have been working on 24 hour duty. The highway was never completely closed, altho in some places travel was restricted to single lane traffic. Bluffton’s four school buses start ed on their customary rounds Tues day morning, but were able to reach homes of only a few pupils and the schools w’ere ordered closed. With little progress made in clear ing the drifted roads Tuesday, to gether with a high wind Tuesday night which piled more drifts in the rural area, no attempt was made to resume school on Wednesday. Wheth er school will be opened on Thurs day or Friday is highly uncertain, school authorities pointing out that this will depend on whether the roads are opened. Trucks cpvering milk routes of the Page Dairy Co. were unable to make their usual rounds Tuesday, but most of them w’ere attempting to get thru the snow-blocked roads on Wed nesday. Mail Delayed Only one of Bluffton’s rural mail carriers, Woodrow Little on Route 1, was able to cover his route on Tues day, and he was three hours late in completing the deliveries. The Star route w’hich brings mail here from Lima ran several hours late thruout the day, and little mail was received on the morning Nickel Plate train because other railroads had been unable to make the usual connec tions. Bread trucks which operate out of Lima reached here Tuesday morning, (Continued on page 8) Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Glen Schafer of Leipsic, a daughter, Ann Marie, Thursday. Mrs. Schafer is the former Vera 'Habegger. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Phillips of Ada, a daughter, Charlene Kay, Sunday. -Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rausch of Rawson, a daughter, Doris Ann, Sunday. Mrs. Rausch is the former Dorothy Basinger. Rev. and Mrs. John Elwood of Evanston, Ill., are the parents of a son, William Donald, born at that city last Thursday. Mrs. Elwood is the former Alberta Sumney of thia place.