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VNmo •TATES WING* ONDS VOLUME NO. LXIX ROADS STILL BAD SCHOOLS TO CLOSE UNTIL AFTER XMAS Buses Unable to, Cover Routes Classes Dismissed Wednesday Afternoon Main Routes Being Opened Side Roads and Farm Lanes Still Snowbound Bluffton public schools closed Wednesday afternoon until after the Christmas holidays because of snow drifted roads which have made it impossible for buses to make their rounds. Classes will be resumed on Tuesday, January 2. Decision to this effect -was an nounced Wednesday noon by Supt. of Schools Ralph Lanham after a conference with members of the board of education. Only two of Bluffton’s four buses reached the school Wednesday. The third bus developed a broken part while attempting to traverse a snow filled road Tuesday and will be use less until repairs can be made. The fourth bus reported that it was un able to cover its route Wednesday morning. Two Attempts to Resume The closing on Wednesday after noon followed two unsuccessful at (Continued on page 8) Man Found Lying In Snow At Roadside Lying in a snowdrift at the side of the road, a man who gave his name as Robert Vining, 77, was found by the Nickel Plate railroad .section crew Monday morning at 8 o’clock. In a semi-conscious state when found, Vining was removed to Bluff ton hospital. After he had been re vived he said he was an inmate of the Allen county infirmary and was walking to Bluffton to visit friends. He was unable to recall the names of any acquaintances here or ex "piain how he came to collapse at the' aide of the road. Hospital attaches Tuesday said he had recovered and they were await ing word from infirmary authorities before releasing him. Home On Furlough Evan Soash, pharmacist’s mate, in ‘Naval service in the Pacifice war zone is home on leave visiting his wife and parents, Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash. S/Sgt. Richard Burkholder who has been in Iceland for the past 20 months is spending several weeks with his wife and little son George Allen and his mother, Mrs. Lida Burkholder. After his furlough he will be stationed at LaGuardia Field, New York. Francis A. Lugibihl, gunner’s mate 2/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Lugibihl of North Spring street is home on a 30 day furlough after two years in the Pacific war area. T/Sgt. Ralph E. Diller has re turned to Ft. Benning, Ga., after spending the past two weeks at his home in Lima and visiting relatives here. S/Sgt. Lewis J. Foltz is home on furlough this week visiting his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Foltz south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. He is in the Army Air force sta tioned in Europe for the past eleven months. He will report at Miami, Florida, next week. S/Sgt. Raymond Greding of Wend over Field, Utah, is home on a two weeks' furlough visiting his mother Mrs. L. T. Greding and family of West College avenue Kenneth Finton of the Navy Pier, Chicago, spent Monday and Tues day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wade Finton and family of Cherry street. Henry Koch Is Dead Funeral On Saturday Henry Koch, 84, retired farmer, died at his home in Orange town ship of a heart attack, Wednesday morning at 10:39 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Sat urday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Bethesda Evangelical church of which he was a member. Rev. Irwin Kauffman will officiate and burial will be in Clymer cemetery. Koch was a lifelong resident of Hancock county. His wife, the form er Dora Alice Nonnamaker died eight years ago. Surviving are one daughter Miss Fem Koch at home and two sons John at home and Albert of Detroit. The body is at the Paul Diller funeral home where it will remain until time for the services Saturday. Lt, Col. Schaublin Flies From Iran Flying by plane from the Near East war area, Lt. Col. Ray Schaub lin, Bluffton native serving in the Army Signal corps in Iran, visited the first of the week at the home of his brother Walter Schaublin south of Bluffton. Lt. Col. Schatiblin is spending a 21-day furlough with his wife who lives in Miamisburg. She accom panied him here Monday and Tues day. Also here was his brother Cal vin Schaublin of Rising Sun. The former Bluffton man has been in Iran for the past two years in charge of Army communications. In civilian life he was an employe of the American Telephone & Telegraph company. He was in the Army a year before being sent overseas. While in Iran he spent a ten-day furlough on a trip thru the Holy Land visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other places of interest as well as swimming in the Sea of Gallilee. He brought home with him many pictures, of these places. Two other Bluffton men in the same unit as Schaublin are Wayne Deppler and Raymond Huber. NAVYi|DESTROYER NAMED IN HONOR LT. COM. DICKSON Former Bluffton High Student Honored in Launching of Ship Sunday Hero of Battles of Midway and Coral Sea Died in Crash of Dive Bomber Posthumous honor was accorded to Lt. Commander Harlan R. Dickson, former Bluffton High school student, with the launching of a Navy destroy er bearing his name, last Sunday at the Kearhey, N. J., ship yard. Lt. Commander Dickson, who w’as killed in a dive bomber crash near San Luis Obispo, Calif., last February 5, is the son of Col. and Mrs. Rene Studler, of Washington, D. C., and a grandson of Mrs. Emma Studler, of this place. The destroyer bearing his name was sponsored by his mother in the launching last Sunday. Aged only 29 at the time of his death, Lt. Commander Dickson was one of th^ youngest officers with his rank in the Navy. He was a hero of the Coral Sea and Midway battles, and had received two Navy crosses. One was awarded for blasting two Jap carriers in the Coral sea, and the other for locating and directing planes to sink an enemy carrier from which planes had taken off to attack the Yorktown in the Midway battle. A squadron commander, Dickson also was in the thick of attacks which sank three other Japanese vessels at Midway, and he participated in the first raids on the Marshall and Gil bert islands and on Guadalcanal and Tulagi. The war hero was a student in Bluffton High school in 1929, and lat er graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Alice J. Santschi Weds Toledo Man Alice Jeanette Santschi, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Santschi, became the bride of Arthur T. Schyllander, of Toledo, in a double-ring ceremony at the St. John’s Reformed church at 7 P. M. last Thursday. Rev. Vernon Oppermann, pastor of the church, received the vows of the contracting parties, and nuptial music and the wedding marches were played by Mrs. James Elvin. For the occasion the bride wore a light green suit with black and white accessories, and a corsage of gar denias. Her attendant, Miss Dollie Johnson, was in a hunter’s green suit with brown accessories. The groom was attended by Gene Schoonmaker, of Toledo. Richard Wnck and David Stearns were the ushers. Following a wedding reception in the church parlors, the bride and groom left for a wedding trip to Toledo. Mrs. Schyllander will con tinue to live here, and her husband is stationed with the Coast Guard reserve in Toleffo. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton High school and attended Bluff ton colleg^ Snow Drifted Roads May Result In Shortage Of Ch ckens For Christmas /O. UJ»4/ Retail Market Chicken Supply Short When Produce Trucks Can’t Make Rounds Turkeys, Geese and Ducks Un obtainable Supply of Chick ens May Run Short Here Snow-drifted and ice-glazed coun try roads are going to complicate the problem of arranging Christmas din ners for those Bluffton householders who had planned to substitute chick en in place of turkeys, geese and ducks, it appeared Wednesday. For more than a week it has been impossible for produce trucks to make their rounds about the coun tryside and observers believe the number of chickens available at local retail markets will be too small to accommodate the rush of holiday buying for the coming weekend. Turkeys, geese and ducks are en tirely out of the picture this year as the principal course for the Yuletide meal, and unless produce trucks can get thru blocked roads within the next day it is unlikely there will be a sufficient supply of chickens available to fill the demand. Lower Cost One bright spot in the picture is the fact that the cost of chickens is lower this year providing, of course, that you are able to buy one. This year’s price for good hens is 24 cents a pound, live weight, on local markets. In 1943, they were selling for 32 cents a pound and the year before the holiday quo tation was 27 cents. No turkeys have been available so far at any local retail outlet, and the only possibility of obtaining a duck or goose is to find a farmer who will part with one from his flock. Except for the shortage of poul try, however, most other traditional food items for the Christmas table are available this year. Oysters are scarce but otherwise there will be pieqty of everything that custom prescribes for the Yuletide. Family Gathering For Newly Wedded Couple Pfc. and Mrs. Robert Scoles, re cently married, were honored at a family gathering held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Scoles of Cherry street, during a visit here the past week. The wedding took place December 2 at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Yonkers, N. Y. Thebr ide was formerly Miss Adele Vaccaro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Vaccaro of that city. Rev. Wm. Guido officiated and at tendants were Miss Mary Daquilla of Yonkers and Cpl. John Rhode of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Pfc. Scoles is stationed at Ft. Jay, Governor’s Island, N. Y., and the bride, who is employed as a private secretary will continue to make her home with her parents. Attending the family gathering here were: Pfc. and Mrs. Scoles, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Green and family of Findlay, Mr. and Mrs. Nile Murray and family of Ada and Mr. and Mrs. Alva Scoles. Churches To Hold Revival Campaign Bethesda Evangelical and Olive Branch United Brethren churches are uniting in an evangelistic cam paign to be held in Bethesda church four miles east of Bluffton on Route 103. The meetings will begin next Tues day night at 7:30 o’clock, continuing every night until Jan. 7. Rev. Irvin Kauffman of Bethesda church and Rev. Russell Clark of Olive Branch will be in charge with Iner Ba singer of Pandora guest song leader, accompanpied by Mrs. Basinger. The public is invited. Couple Observes Silver Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Albert Oyer quietly observed their Silver wedding anni versary at their home on North Lawn avenue last Thursday. A din ner was held in their honor at their home in the evening. Many lovely gifts were received by the couple. Real Estate Deal Residence of the late Mrs. Eliza Fett on South Main street has been purchased by Harold Koch of Toledo in a deal closed this week. Mr. and Mrs. Koch expect to occupy the prop erty after the holidays. Mrs. Koch is the former Miss Mabel Althaus of Bluffton, daughter of Mrs. Win ona Althaus, now living in Toledo. i HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THU Y, DEC. HOLD FUNERAL THURSDAY FOR NOAH BASINGER Bluffton Man, Prominent in Civic and Business Life, Dies Suddenly Furniture Merch 44 Years Su Heart A He underwent a n five months ago for n stones from which he* recovered and until sh, death had been at hi3 ness part of the time almost daily. Funeral services will l»e held at his late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with his pastor, Rev. W. L. Harmony of the Lutheran church of ficiating. Burial will be in Grove cemetery. Former Funeral Director For thirty years he was engaged in the undertaking business which was operated in addition to his furniture business and was formerly secretary of the Ohio Funeral Directors associ ation. Surviving are his wife the former Anna Herr and two daughters, Mrs. William Edwards of Bluffton and Miss Margaret Basinger at home and one son James Basinger of the Army Air corps, Moody Field, Valdosta, Ga. Also surviving are two brothers, Nahum and David and a half brother A. C. Amstutz all of Bluffton two sisters, Mrs. Peter D. Geiger of Bluffton and Miss Lydia Basinger of Columbus Grove and three grandsons. Mrs. Susan Arnold Funeral Thursday Mrs. Susan Arnold, 83, died Tues day morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Gossman of Cherry street. Death due to compli cations followed a week’s illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at- 2 o’clock at Bethesda Evangelical church in Orange townhsip with Rev. Irvin Kauffman officiating. Burial will be in Thompson cemetery. Mrs. Arnold was born in Orange township, November 28, 1861, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Grieger. She was married to Henry Arnold who died June 8, 1942. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gossman and Miss Bessie Arnold of Bluffton and four sons, Carl of Kins man Earl of Jenera, Clifford of Findlay and Lloyd of Orange town ship. Three sisters surviving are Mrs. Jane Bender of Rawson Mrs. Mary Hartman of Hoytville and Mrs. Ami Nonnamaker of Bluffton. The body will be removed from the Basinger funeral home to the resi dence of Mrs. Gossman late Wed nesday afternoon. Heads Department At Bible School Miss Dorothy Bixel, daughter of S. S .Bixel west of Bluffton has been promoted to supervisor of the steno graphic department of Moody Bible institute in Chicago, it was an nounced this week. The department employs a full time stenographer and 40 student workers. Miss Bixel who has been connect ed with the institute for the past four years was previously employed in offices of the Triplett company in Bluffton and the City Loan in Lima. 21, 1944 $ ere for s to busin* iere ton Noah Basingr, 70, ture dealer, in years died suddenly South Lawn avenue, at 12:01 o’clock, recurrence of a he suffered Saturday fumi for 44 home on morning as due to tack which t. fcr operation ivval of gall id apparently tty before his lace of busi- Maple Prominent Here one of in civic For many years he was Bluffton’s best known figures and business life. He was vice pres ident of the Citizens National bank, a former member of the board of education and board of public affairs and held membership in the Masonic lodge, Lions club and Sportsmen’s club. He was also a member of the Lutheran church. His furniture establishment at North Main and Vine I three floors and did a 1 business thruout this I cent years he turned o agement of the busine? law, William Edwards reets occupied rge volume of ction. In re active man to his son-dn- le son of Mr. Born near Bluffton, and Mrs. David P. Basinger, he was a lifelong resident of this community. He was graduated from Bluffton high school in 1892 and shortly thereafter entered on a mercantile career as derk in the Wise cldUn/tg store here. ?*?=&, Armed Eighteen Green In Deep snow which has blanketed the town and countrywide for more than a week materially has increased Bluffton’s prospects for a White Christmas this year. Last year the town had a green Christmas^ the seventh time in eight years that snowfall has been missing from the holiday scene. Snow last fell here on Christ mas in 1942, but prior to that the last White Yuletide had been in 1935. In the last 33 years Bluffton has had 18 mases, recent against 1941, 1943, white and 15 green Christ the record reveals, but in years the odds have been snowfall for the holiday. Heaviest snow of the 32-year span fell in 1916 when a blizzard buried the area under a 12-inch blanket of snow. In 1935, Bluffton had eight inches of snow, the heaviest in re cent years. The all-time warm weather record for Christmas here was in 1932 when the thermometer recorded a mark of 62 shortly before noon. Bluffton’s 32-year record of Christ mas weather is as follows: 1911, no snow 1912, no snow 1913, trace of snow 1914, seven inches 1915, three inches 1916, 12 inches 1917, seven inches 1918, trace of snow 1919, one inch 1930, no snow 1921, no snow 1922, trace of snow 1923, no snow 1924, five inches 1925, one inch. 1926, three inches 1927, no snow 1928, one inch 1929, five inches 1930, no snow 1931, no snow 1932, no snow 1933, no snow 1934, three inches 1935, eight inches 1936, no snow 1937, no snow 1938, no snow 1939, trace of snow 1940, no snow no snow 1942, two inches no snow. College Students Home For Christmas Among Bluffton young people at tending college who are expected home for the Christmas holidays are: Betty Steinman from Ohio leyan university, Delaware. Mary Elizabeth Stearns Heidelberg college, Tiffin. hr istmas i 945^ ueruwhere, everywhere Cfhristtnas foniql Christmas in lauds of the fir-tree and pine, hristmas in lands the palmtree an5 vine Christmas where snow-peaks solemn and white, re Christmas tonight, stand €[verj whe re, e ue rj w In 'I’V U^: l'-*LNai Wes- from Barbara Triplett from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N. Y. Mary Margaret Basinger from Wooster college. Mary Jean Siefield from Toledo university. Beverly Biery from Oberlin college. Richard Mumma from Presbyter ian seminary, Chicago. Earl Dean Luginbuhl from Cin cinnati Bible Seminary. Ruth Hankish, Dorothy Anderson, Joan Buckland, Helen Greding, Jan ice Hankish and Clare Reagan from Bowling Green State university. PHILLIPS StOOKS till FW HRISTMAS COMES AGAIN ONCE MORE OUR HEARTS REACH OUT TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE FAR AWAY— TO THOSE IN THE forces everywhere, serving THE CAUSE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. Looks Like White Christmas With Heaviest Snowfall Here In Years Blanketed Ground Plus Cold Weather Snow Continued Favor White Holiday White and Fifteen Christmases Here Last 33 Years WARTIME SETTING FAILS TO AFFECT CHRISTMAS SPINK Town Short on Decor$tiw#ni But Spirit of the Season1 Is Same As Ever Churches Plan Christmas Eve Programs School and Col leges to Close of its peace the. fact that family circle the world in Bluffton’s ob- Altho shorn of most time frills and despite members of many a are scattered about in the armed services, servance of its best-loved holiday next Monday will differ little this Christmas from that of other years. Everything is in readiness here for the Yuletide, the shopping rush having passed its peak last Satur day, and Christmas mailing is re ported well in hand at the Bluffton post office. Despite snow-choked roads, holiday shopping in retail stores here has been’ heavy, mer chants said. Opening musical observance of the season was the Bluffton College Choral Society’s annual rendition of Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah”, Sunday night to a capacity audience in the Bluffton High school gym nasium. Church Programs In keeping with the spirit of the season, churches of the community will present Christmas programs at next Sunday’s Christmas Eve meet ings. Sunday schools of the com munity have arranged additional Yuletide entertainment. Pupils in Bluffton High and Grade schools are looking forward to an extended holiday as classes were dismissed Wednesday afternoon until Tuesday morning, January 2. Bluffton college’s Christmas vaca tion will start Thursday evening and continue until Wednesday morning, January 3. Business generally will be sus pended in Bluffton on Christmas Day, and the town’s war industries will be closed over the holiday week end. There will be no mail deliver ies on Christmas day. Bluffton Soldier Wounded In Germany Pvt. Maynard Badertscher, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Badertscher of Geiger street was wounded in ac tion in Germany on December 2, ac cording to word received by his parents from the war department, Tuesday. No further details were given. Pvt. Badertscher received his training at Camp Blanding, Florida, and was home on furlough in Octo ber. He was sent overseas last month. BUY UNITS* NUMBER 35 THIRD FIRE IN 25 MONTHS DAMAGE PRETO RESIDENCE Fire Loss to Duplex Apartment House Estimated At $1200 to $1500 Morning Blaze Originates from Blow Torch Used to Thaw Frozen Pipe Their third fire in 25 months caused damage estimated at from 111200 to $1500 to the recently re modeled duplex apartment owned by the G. L. Preto family at 430 Cherry street, at 9:30 a. m. Friday morn ing. In addition, the early morning blaze caused extensive damage to the household furnishings of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ream who occupied the second floor of the duplex, having moved into the house less than one week previous. Damage to Preto’s household ef fects was slight. Insurance covered the damage to the house, Fire Chief Guy Corson said. Ream’s household goods were considerably damaged by smoke and water. The fire started while Preto waa using a gasoline blow torch in the basement in an attempt to thaw a (Continued on page 8) Accepts Pastorate In Los Angeles Church Rev. H. D. Burkholder has re signed the pastorate of the East Swamp Mennonite church of Quaker town, Pa., to accept a position as pastor of Immanuel’s Mennonite church in Los Angeles, it was an nounced this week. His resignation v*jll become effect ive next ive next May 30 when he ami his family will move to Los Angeles wberaha wilf begin his duties Julyu In iadttion to his pastoral ^Svorta j.n Quakertown, Rev. Burkhnidepfs a’r^ fff ThiTadelphiK where 1 member of the senior class. is a He is a native of this community* the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Burk holder. His wife is the former Bar bara Basinger of Pandora. Gerald Whetstone Killed In er many Pfc. Gerald Whetstone, Bluffton High graduate, who was reported missing last week, was killed in ac tion in Germany, according to a War Department message received Monday by his wife, Mrs. Alice Whetstone, of Lima. The father of two children, Pfc. Weststone had been reported miss ing since Nov. 20. He had been wounded previously at Brest, and re turned to action after receiving the Purple Heart medal. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Whetstone of Lima, and grad uated from Bluffton High school in 1938 when the family resided in Bluffton. Pfc. Whetstone entered the service less than a year ago. Memorial For George Burkholder, Sunday Memorial services for George Burkholder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burkholder who was killed in action in France, September 22, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Reformed Men nonite church northwest of Bluffton. Rev. Wm. Rupp of Archbold will officiate. The family has requested that flowers be omitted. Advanced In Rank Richard Augsburger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Augsburger of North Lawn avenue has been ad vanced to the rank of corporal, it was announced this week. Corporal Augsburger has been stationed in Hawaii for the past year. Library Closed The public library will be closed from December 23 to 28, inclusive, it is announced by the librarian, Miss Ocie Anderson. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. lumbus Grove, Jean, Friday. IF Harold Rogers, Co a daughter, Ethel Harold Reichenbach* Mr. and Mrs. Ottawa, a daughter, Patricia Anne* Saturday.