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Happy! New
Heavy Snowfall Wednesday
Adds to Traffic Difficulties
Temperature Drops to Six De
grees Below Zero Tuesday
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
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
that some roads in
may again be im-
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
of the remainder of the world,
the Gregorian calendar, the
of January is 12 days earlier
in the Julian calendar, and
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
winter solstice, on December
Roman Celebration
Romans reckoned the begin-
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.
The following births at Bluffton
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
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
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. Ruth
Marjorie Buck
Imagene Ewing,
Steiner, Ruth
Mrs. Ethel
George Ra-
son, Charles Willard,
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
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
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
When he came to the United
States early last fall on a business
trip, he made the entire journey by
BLUFFTCn the 28, 1944
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.
New Year’s Eve caroling,
tion of long standing in the
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)
Instructive and Entertaining
Two Day Institute Program
Being Arranged
Charles W. Cooksor.j and Miss
Carrie Wilson Willi State
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
Mrs. Smith is survived by two
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.
The New Page-
More Foods Placed Under Rationing
Butter Point Value Higher This Week
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Alvin Fett
Dies In Canada
Alvin Fett, 55, the former
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
Happy New Year
No Change Anticipated in Per«
sonnel of lAcal Government
This Year
Other Administrative Groups In
Town and Township Also to
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
offices this year, and Lee
continue to serve as mar
Murray as night-
of the council will
of business at the
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.
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
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
appear in
Wednesday Morning
Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.66
old corn $1.12 new’ com $1.05 oata
70c soys $2.04.

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