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WAVE AND SNOW
SWEEP DISTRICT Happy! New VOLUME O. LXIX SUB-ZERO COLD Heavy Snowfall Wednesday Adds to Traffic Difficulties Here Temperature Drops to Six De grees Below Zero Tuesday Night Old-fashioned winter weather, un equalled here since the January bliz zard of 1936 went into its third week Tuesday, aggravated by a sub zero cold wave Tuesday night and followed by a heavy snowfall Wed nesday. Coldest weather of the year came Tuesday night when the mercury dipped to six degrees below zero at 9:30 o’clock. This low point, how ever, was maintained for a short time only followed by overcast skies and rising temperatures as a pre lude to the coming snow. Altho no further drifting of roads was reported, the falling snow added to generally hazardous traffic con ditions which have prevailed in this area for the past two weeks. Main roads, however, are expected to re main open but there appeared a dis tinct possibility rural districts passable. that some roads in may again be im- Christmas White Heavy snowfall which began early Monday morning and continued un til after dusk made Bluffton’s Christ fas a white one in every respect and the cold wave which followed on Tuesday enhanced the winter setting. A heavy ‘fog that alternately raised and lowered a thick blanket Tuesday during the early part of the night left trees, shrubs, hedges and telephone and electric wires coated with sparkling frost that made the winter picture complete. The fog arose from the National quarry the water of which is used for cooling purposes at the generat ing plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company. Origin of the fog was the air at sub-zero temper atures coming in contact with the warmer water. Situation Improved Altho there is no indication as to what may result from Wednesday’s snowfall, the general situation in the Bluffton district has shown a dis trict impro'mrtWU Jdring the past week. Most of the rural roads are re ported passable,, altho driving condi tions remain far from normal. Rural mail carriers who were able only to partially cover their routes for more than a week have been making their complete rounds and milk and produce trucks are cover ing their territory fairly well. The local coal shortage which has been acute recently was partially re lieved by the arrival of a carload Wednesday morning. Maynard Badertscher In English Hospital Pvt. Maynard Badertscher, 20, who was wounded in action in Germany on December 2, now7 is in a hos pital in England, according to word received last Friday by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bader tscher, of Geiger street. Notification of Pvt. Badertscher’s injury was received by his parents three days before. The Bluffton youth received his training at Camp Blanding, Fla., and was home on furlough in Octo ber. He was sent overseas last month. Award Purple Heart To Pvt. Lyle Kohli A purple Heart medal, awarded posthumously to Pvt. Lyle Kohli, who was killed in action on the sec ond day7 of the invasion of Norman dy, was received last week by his mother, Mrs. Eva Kohli, Bluffton war plant worker. Pvt. Kohli died in France on June 8 after serving overseas with the in fantry for two years. He had been in the Army three years. Mrs. Kohli, an employe of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co., has three other sons in the service. Girl Pledged To College Sorority Miss Nadine Allman, freshman at Otterbein college, Westerville, has been pledged to Kappa Phi Omega social sorority it was announced this week. Miss Allman, a graduate of Bluffton high school, is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. V. H. Allman south of town. New Born Son’s Father Is Wounded In France A son was born Sunday in the Bluffton Community hospital to Mrs. Cloyce Kidd, of near Columbus Grove, whose husband was seriously wounded in France on Sept. 13 and who now is in a hospital in England for convalescence. The son, named Dwain Arden, was born only two days after a Purple Heart medal awaided to Pvt. Kidd had been sent home by him. The Columbus Grove soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Kidd, was wounded when the airplane of which me 88 i of he was a member of the ground chanics crew was struck by an mm. shell. Two other members his crew also were wounded. LT. TRIPPLEHORN DIES IN AIR ACTION OVER LEYTE ISLAND Bluffton Fighter Pilot Meets Death on Nov. 18, Wife Learns Saturday Lt. Trippiehorn Had Been Based At Airfield on Leyte Since Late October Vicious air combat over Leyte claimed the life of Lt. Gerald (Willie) Trippiehorn, 26, U. S. Army air force fighter pilot who was killed in action on November 18, according to word received Saturday morning by his wife who lives in the Stratton apart ments on South Main street. No details regarding his death were given in the telegram from the War Department- Lt. Tripplehom had been based at an air field on Leyte island since Oc tober, shortly after the invasion of that part of the Philippines, according to a letter received by his wife several weeks ago. The Bluffton officer had been in the air force two years and showed unus ual aptitude in his trianing. He re ceived his wings at Foster field in Texas last January. A graduate of Bluffton High school in 1936, he had a brilliant scho’ .stie r’. In addition to his wife he is surviv ed by a two-year-old son, Tom his mother, Mrs. Ross Trippiehorn, of Cherry street three brothers, Myron, Rusftel and Dale Trippiehorn, all of Bluffton and three sisters, Mrs. Dor othy King, of Norfolk, tjand Mrs. Evelyn Benroth and Mrs. Gene Mer icle, both of Bluffton. Lions To Hea^iTalk On Aid For Blind J. W. Davies, director of the Ohio Department of Public Welfare serv ices to the blind, will at a meeting of the club at 6:15 p. m. in the Walnut Grill. rHEBL New Year’s Celebrated At Different Times Throughout History Of Mankind be the speaker Bluffton Lions next Tuesday various forms for the blind, Explanation of the of assistance provided including rehabilitation and federal aid, will be made by Davies. In addition, he will show a film depict ing some of the position blind work ers are holding in war industries. Grandson Of Prof. Byers Is Wounded Pfc. Lynn R. Byers, grandson of Prof, and Mrs. N. E. Byers, of Kib ler street, was seriously wounded in action in Germany on Dec. 10, ac cording to word received last week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Byers, of Gashen, Indiana. Pfc. Byers was with an infantry division of the Seventh Army. He went overseas in October and had been in action about three weeks. He is now in an army hospital at an undisclosed location. Snow, ice and zero weather for Christmas are out of place to T. C. de Grand Pre, sales representative for The Triplett Electrical Instru ment Co. »n South America, who was a visitor here over the holiday. In Buenos Aires where the South American makes his home, the sea sons are exactly the reverse of what they are in this part of the country, and Christmas weather to the Argen tine is the same kind of weather we Snow, Cold Weather For Xmas Out Of Season To Argentine Visitor Here A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED January Named After Roman Two-faced God Janus, Look ing Forward and Backward Russia and Greece Today, Using Julian Calendar, Celebrate New Year Jan. 13 Uniform celebration of New Year’s Day on January 1 throughout the world is a phenomenon of rather an cient historical development. However, the uniformity has cer tain exceptions as in the case of Russia and Greece, which use the Julian calendar instead of the Greg orian calender commonly used in most of the remainder of the world, the Gregorian calendar, the of January is 12 days earlier in the Julian calendar, and In first than hence Russia and Greece celebrate New Year’s Day on what to us is January 13. Ancient Egyptians, Phonoecians and Persians began their year at the autumnal equinox, on September 22, and the Greeks of the time of Solon at the 21. winter solstice, on December Roman Celebration Romans reckoned the begin- The ning of the year from the winter (Continued on page 2 F’’ the nist'Harion Wut ihgtor "lur. ns tailing1 officer, assisted by Mrs. Alice Devier, intro ductory marshal Miss Theresa Slus ser, installing marshal Mrs. Dor othy Stratton, installing marshal Mrs. Grace Longsdorf, installing chaplain Mrs. Evelyn Beals, install ing conductress Wilhelm Amstutz, organist Mrs. Reigh Amstutz, wand er, and Harold Beals, sentinel. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Warner of Arlington, a daughter, Linda Chris tine, Saturday. Pvt. and Mrs. Wayne Kidd of Co lumbus Grove are the parents of a son, Dwain Arden, Sunday. Pvt. Kidd in overseas service is wounded and in a hospital in England. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Amstutz of Bluffton, a Thursday. Speakers Star New Eastern Officers Installed Bluffton chap- New officers of the ter, Order of the Eastern Star, were installed at the last meeting of the order with Mrs. Carolyn Aukerman heading the organization as Worthy Matron. Other officers include Walter Marshall, patron Mrs. Effie Herr ing, associate matron Donivan Con rad, associate patron Mrs. Helen Campbell, conductress Mrs. Blanche Harmon, associate conductress Charlotte Marshall, secretary Emma Studler, treasurer Mrs. Buckland ,chaplain’ rad, marshal Miss land, organist Mrs. Adqh Miss Theola Mrs. Juanita Swank, Esther Mrs. Marie Stratton, Martha Mrs. Herma Rauenbuhler, Electa Stratton, Warder and uenbuhler, sentinel. Mrs. Mrs. Elsie Con- Mrs. Ruth Marjorie Buck Imagene Ewing, Steiner, Ruth Mrs. Ethel George Ra- son, Charles Willard, Mrs. are Rev. and Landolene Amstutz the parents of a of Chicago daughter Remona Reigh, born in that city, Sunday. Mrs. Amstutz is the former Lenna Augsburger, dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Menno Augs burger. Spend Holidays Here Anna Louise Hochstettler and Wil ma and Phyllis Steiner, students at Taylor university, Upland, Ind., are spending the holidays at their homes here. Luella Luginbuhl, student in Cin cinnati Bible seminary is spending the holidays at her home here. have on the Fourth of July. Mr. de Grand Pre heads the firm of T. C. de Grand Pre and Sons which represents the local instrument manufacturing company in five South American conutries. He is well known in Bluffton from previous visits. When he came to the United States early last fall on a business trip, he made the entire journey by airplane. BLUFFTCn the 28, 1944 TO WELCOME NEW YEAR WITH GAIETY Watch Parties and Bands of Carolers Will Greet 1944 Sunday Night Enthusiasm and Cheer of New Year Sobered by Fourth Year of War Climaxing a season of holiday gaiety sobered by the fourth year of the war, Bluffton area residents for a few hours will cast aside their care in the celebration of the passing of another year at midnight, Sunday. Ringing bells, shrilling whistles and tooting horns will ush.r in the New Year, and in keeping witl the custom of the community, banth caroilers, will make their traditic (T rounds of the towm and country^ Watch parties in ..v homes will add color and cheerfulness to the New Year’s observance, and hr other cases the passing of the old year will be observed by staying quietly and listening to radio music ing with the season. S OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY home keep at in a New Year’s Eve caroling, tion of long standing in the radi commun ity is being continued despite the ra tioning of gasoline and tires, and bands of singers each year have been making their customary rounds. New Year’s Holiday New Year’s Day next Monday also will be observed as a holiday, with business and industrial activities sus (Continued on page 8) FARM INSTITUTE TO BE HELD HERE ON JANUARY 25 AND 26 Instructive and Entertaining Two Day Institute Program Being Arranged Charles W. Cooksor.j and Miss Carrie Wilson Willi State for Plans are jeann’ Bluffton’s third wartime Community Institute, a two-day program of lec tures, discussion periods and etertain ing feature to be held here Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26. One of the highlights of this year’s program will be the appearance at each session of two State Institute speakers, well known as authorities in their respective fields. They are Charles W. Cookson, of Troy, Ohio, and Miss Carrie A. Wilson, of Sun bury, Delaware county, Ohio. Other features will include sessions set aside for the discussion of farm and community problems, and enter tainment comprised of dramatic and musical offerings. Arrangements for the Institute are being directed by the officers, includ ing H. P. Huber, president Earl Mat ter, vice-president Williams Althaus, secretary-treasurer Harry F. Barnes, Quinten Burkholder, Harvey Gratz, Edgar Herr and Harry Andeson, exec utive committee. Visits Son At Tampa Florida Air Base On a recent visit to Florida, Elias Augsburger and Elmer Lauby, of this place, saw at Tampa the B-17 Flying Fortress which will soon be flown to Europe by a crew in which Augsburger’s son, Lt. Elias Augs burger, Jr., is the navigator. Augsburger and Lauby returned last Wednesday after seeing Miami, Palm Beach and St. Petersburg, in addition to stopping at Tampa where Lt. Augsburger is stationed. They also visited several orange and grapefruit groves. The climate was reported as good except for Dec. 14 when there was a heavy frost and the thermometer recorded a mark of 20. Former Teacher Here Dies In California Mrs. Nettie Green Smith, 85, wife of the late Glover Smith, residents of Bluffton 50 years ago, died re cently in Pasadena, Calif., accord ing to word received here this week. Her husband was postmaster here from 1885 to 1889, and Mrs. Smith taught in the Bluffton public schools. They left here for California in the nineties. Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons. Six Canned Vegetables Returned to Ration Lists Tuesday By OPA Announcement 85 Per Cent of All Meats Will Require Ration Points Be ginning Sunday Under new administrative regula tions, ration points now are required for peas, corn, green and wax beans, asparagus and spinach which been point-free since late last mer. Canned tomatoes also continued as a rationed item. NEWS The New Page- OUR5 TO WRJTE UPON More Foods Placed Under Rationing Butter Point Value Higher This Week the the An OPA Christmas present in form of an announcement over last weekend, returned six canned vegetables to the ration list, raised the point value of butter effective on Tuesday, and scheduled 85 per cent of all meats for rationing effect ive on December 31. have sum were increased from 20 to in ration value at the Butter was 24 red points same time. No specific ing was announced, but the OPA schedule calls meat cuts to control again cember 31. table of meat ration- for 85 per cent of all be under ration-point on next Sunday, De- At the same time the OPA can celled the validity of some of the ration stamps which housewives have on hand. Old Stamps Invalid All red and blue stamps which became good before December 1 and all sugar stamps and home-canning sugar certificates except Stamp No. 34 have been cancelled. This means Book Four red stamps Q5, R5 and S5 and Book Four blue stamps X5, Y5, Z5, A-2 the only ones valid this Five new red stamps, X5, and five new blue and B2 are week. T-5 through stamps, C2 through G2, will become valid next Sunday. Each stamp will be worth 10 points. In announcing the ration changes, the OPA emphasized there is ample food for all, but said the action was taken to insure a fair share of scarce items for everyone. Price Administrator Chester Bowles said at the same time that civilian supplies and sugar, butter and com mercially canned fruits and vege tables are at the lowest point since the war was started, and that plies of meat are declining. sup- Triplett Employes’ Brother Dies In Italy Two employes of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. of this place, Doris and Delores Foltz, of near .McComb, learned last Friday of the death of their brother who was killed in action with the U. S. Army in Italy. His sisters have been employed at the Bluffton war plant for nearly two years. 2-C DEFERMENTS VOID IF FARMERS TAKE OTHER WORK Permission of Draft Board Must Be Obtained Before Tak ing Other Employment Ruling Applies to Those Who Want to Fill in During Slack Winter 4.Months Registrants who have a 2-C defer ment face immediate draft re-classifi cation if they accept any employment other than agricultural work without first obtaining the consent of the Se lective Service board with which they are registred, it was announced this week. Those with 2-C classifications have been deferred from service in the armed forces because they ar skilid in agricultural work. This classification is for the convenience of the govern ment and not for that of the regis trant or his employer, Selective Ser vice officials pointed out. Any 2-C registrants who wish to ac cept seasonal employment in other fields after agricultural work has been completed for the "winter must first make an application in writing to the draft board with which he is register ed. The request must be accompanied by a statement from the USDA War Beard that the services of the regis trant temporarily are not required on the farm on which he is employed, on neighboring farms, or farms in community. the evi har- In the statement must appear dence that all crops have been vested, all plowing and outdoor work accomplished, and all fences, build ings, machinery and harness have been repaired and ready for use as soon as weather permits the resump tion of spring activity. Local boards then will notify the registrant of action taken on then re quests. Mrs. Alvin Fett Dies In Canada Alvin Fett, 55, the former rs. Florence Ludwig, of this place, who left Bluffton about 25 years ago, died Monday after a year’s illness at her home in Pennant, Sask., Can ada. Her parents were the late Charles and Helen (Ault) Ludwig. In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Helen Lu cille, at home four brothers, Peter Ludwig, of Washington state Eli Ludwig, of Florida Jack Ludwig, of Piqua Robert Ludwig, of Califor nia and three sisters, Mrs. Ada Mil ler, of Bluffton Mrs. Celia Ludwig and Mrs. Hetty Boothby, both of Lima. Happy New Year NUMBER 36 REORGANIZATION OF TOWN COUNCIL ON NEXT MONDAY No Change Anticipated in Per« sonnel of lAcal Government This Year Other Administrative Groups In Town and Township Also to Re-organize No changes are anticipated in Bluffton’s official family when the town council meets next Monday night for re-organization and confirmation of the mayor’s appointments. It is expected that present appoint ees will be continued in office for another one-year term, and no elective positions expire. Appointments which probably will be continueed will be Benroth, town clock Coon Maple Grove taker Elmer Diller, Maple Grove cemetery board and D. R. Trippiehorn, city solicitor. those of Albert caretaker Lee cemetery care clerk of the Under state regulations which be came effective six years ago, appoint ees named by the mayor as city mar shal and night watch continue to serve continuously unless cause can be shown for their removal. As a result, there will be no change in those Coon will shal and watch. offices this year, and Lee continue to serve as mar Clayton Murray as night- of the council will of business at the Presi Re-organization be principal item meeting of the organization, dent of the council during the last year has been Cleon A. Triplett, and present standing committees include: Finance—Charles Aukerman and E. S. Lape. Streets and Roads-Don and C. A. Stauffer. Patterson A. Triplett and Fire and Light—C. Jesse Yoakam. Re-organization of trative bodies in the town and town ship governments also will be made at their first meetings of the month. These include the Bluffton Board of Education, the .Municipal Board of Public affairs, Richland Township trustees and Orange township trus tees. other adminis- Berne Evangelist To Hold Services Here Rev, George Hewitt, Berwe. Ind.* evangelist, will be in -charge of a 12-day series of revival services op ening this Wednesday evening at the Bluffton Missionary church. Meetings will be held at 7:30 p. m. each night except Saturday until Sunday, Jan. 7. On Sundays there will be a morning service at 10:30 a. m. Special music will be pro vided each night. Rev. Robert R. Welch is pastor of the Bluffton church. Rufo Wolf ley Rites Thursday Afternoon Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the Paul Diller funeral home for Rufo S. Wolfley, 60, native of Orange township, who died in hia home on Huber street here at 11:45 p. m. Christmas night. The son of Elias and Elmira (Park) Wolfley, he was born March 20, 1884, in Orange township, and for 30 years operated a hardware store at West Liberty, Ohio. He re tired from that business and moved to Bluffton a year ago. Wolfley was married on Oct. 4* 1913, to the former Marie Cribley, who survives with one sister, Mrs. William Bigger, of Orange township. The body will be at the home un til shortly before the last rites on Thursday. Rev. Robert Worley, pastor of the West Liberty Congre gational church, will conduct the services, and burial will be in Wood lawn cemetery at Ada. Week Of Prayer Here On January 7 To 14 Annual Week of Prayer will be held in Bluffton, January 7 to 14, with union services held nightly and rotating among the cooperating churches, it is announced by the Bluffton Ministerial association. schedule of services will the Bluffton News next Detailed appear in week. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.66 old corn $1.12 new’ com $1.05 oata 70c soys $2.04.