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VOLUME NO. LXIX
_____ ____ ___ ON AREA GOES INTO FIFTH WEEK OF SNOW More Drifts Come with Two inch Snow Which Falls Here Monday Night little Progress Made in Open ing Snow-Blocked Roads in Country Snowbound conditions remained vir tually unchanged in the Bluffton area during the last week, and addi tional snow and bitter cold weather continued an uninterrupted assault of “old-fashioned” winter now going into its fifth week. Just as some degree of organiza tion was beginning to be achieved in clearing the -principal snow-blocked rural roads, the situation was made as serious as ever by a two-inch snow on Monday night which was driven into new drifts by a biting wind. Monday’s snowfall was especially bad inasmuch as it piled up most on east and west roads, which until that time had been comparatively free of drifts, and with the majority of north and south roads still unopened snowbound than ever conditions were worse Tuesday morning. Schools Open public schools which had Bluffton opened Monday, after suspending op erations with exception of two days since December 11, were closed again on Tuesday because of the fresh drifts. Opening of the schools again on Wednesday, however, marked a de termined effort on the part of school authorities to keep classes in session if at all possible. Only three of four Bluffton school buses have been making their rounds, since classes were resumed this week. It has been impossible to cover the route northwest of town where roads are impassable. Attendance at school Monday was considered satisfactory in view of the condition of roads in the area. Bluffton High school had 25 students absent in the morning and 18 in the afternoon. Of these 17 were rural pupils. At the grade school, there were 49 absences, of which all from the country. but 10 were Out are making rounds, and Mail Carriers Rural mail carriers part of their regular they report shifting snows compli cate their driving. They find roads closed one day which were open the preceding day, and it is extremely •difficult to plan their daily trips un der those circumstances. Near zero weather has continued to pinch the ears and cheeks of those who have to venture out-of-doors, with the coldest of this week re ported Monday and Tuesday nights when the mercury stood at six above. Warmer weather and snow are fore cast for Thursday. on Country residents who live roads which have been partially ened still have to travel miles of their way to get to town, bobsleds coming in from the country district still are a common silght. op out and Funeral Wednesday For Philip Basinger Philip Basinger, 67, formerly con nected with the Basinger meat mark et here, died at his home south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway, Sun day morning. Death followed a year’s illness. Mr. Basinger operated a farm for many years and later was asso ciated for 20 years with his broth ers Joel and Ezra in the operation of a meat market here from which he retired several years ago. Funeral services were held at his residence Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Will Rupp of Archbold officiat ing. Interment was in the Reformed Mennonite cemetery. The son of Joel and Mary (Ha begger) Basinger he was born in Riley township March 16, 1877. He was married to Elizabeth Steiner in 1900. She died in 1920. He was for many years a member of the Re formed Mennonite church. Surviving are two sons: Eugene rr.d 1 endon of Bluffton, and four daughters, Mrs. Abe Hilty of Pan dora Mrs. Ernest Looker, Jr., of Wheeler, Ind. Marcella and Lois at home and three grandchildren. Five brothers surviving are Homel and Ambrose of Pandora Jess of Jenera Ezra and Joel of Bluffton and three sisters Mrs. John Amstutz of Shelby, Mich. Mrs. Minnie El liott of Lima and Mrs. Earl Jones of Toledo. Auto Stolen Here Destroyed By Fire An automobile stolen last Satur day evening from the Bluffton col lege campus was found destroyed by fire about 3 a. m. Sunday on the South River road near Findlay by Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Ray Pruitt, of Findlay. Elton Beery, of Seville, junior at the college, was the owner of the 1938 Dodge coupe valued at $750. He found it missing early Satur day evening and notified the state highway patrol. Officer Pruitt was called to the South River road when people living nearby saw the auto burning. No foot tracks were found in the snow leading to or from the ma chine. The license plates were miss ing, and police said that circum stances indicated the car had been set on fire intentionally. FARM CENSUS FOR RICHLAND TWP. TO START THIS MONTH Resources and Productivity of Farms in Wartime Will Be Checked in Census Walter Schaublin Named Enum erator for Richland Town ship’s 350 Householders Beginning within the next week, the 14th farm census in 104 years will be taken by township enumera tors to establish detailed information on crops, livestock and the farm labor situation thruout all of Ohio. Walter Schaublin will be in charge of taking the census in Richland township, and it is expected that approximately 60 days will be re quired to contact the township’s 350 householder®. Start of the census may be delay ed slightly in this part of the state if it is impossible to clear present snow-blocked roads, county officials in charge of the survey announced last Saturday. Census enumerators for Hancock county townships in the Bluffton area have been announced as fol lows: Robert O. Comer, of Mt. Cory, Union township and Calvin Den hart, of near Rawson, Eagle town ship. No one has been named as yet to check farms in Orange town ship. C. D. Steiner, of Pandora, will be the census enumerator in Riley township, Putnam county and Earl Treece will make the survey in Monroe township. Congressional law provides that a census of agriculture be taken every five years to obtain basic informa tion on farm acreage, land values, crops, livestock, tractors, labor and hired tenure, plus all other general items relating to agriculture. A census enumeration will be made of every farm in the United States. Census reports are confidential, and farmers are required by law to give the necessary information to enumerators, it was explained this week. Entries as farms in a whole for each district will be logged in stead of individual farms, as in past surveys. Steiner Elected Director Of Bank Adam S. Steiner, Bluffton garage man was elected to the board of di rectors of the Citizens National bank at the annual stockholders’ meeting, Tuesday night. He succeeds Noah Basinger, director of the bank whose death occurred last month. All directors of the present board were re-elected for the coming year at the meeting Tuesday night. They are C. H. Smith, E. C. Romey, Ed win Amstutz, Henry Huber, M. M. Bogart, C. F. Niswander. A cash dividend of $4 a share re cently declared on the outstanding common stock was announced at the meeting. Radio Play Written By Bluffton Girl Miss Betty Steinman, Bluffton stu dent at Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, has written a radio play which members of her radio class will produce in a broadcast. She is a member of the senior class at the university and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue. Old Fashioned Winter Brings W ith It Return To Early Pioneer Isolation Many Rural Districts Remain Snowbound with Radio As Only Contact Farmers Shoveling Snow to Open Roads as Motorized Equipment Fails For nearly a month now, farmers of the Bluffton area have had to live in snowbound isolation in a return to the pioneer tradition of 75 years ago, with the situation representing a triumph of real, honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned winter over our vaunt ed mechanical age. Snowplows and automobiles have failed in the critical test of nego tiating drifted roads blocked by al most continuous snow, and the situa tion differs little from pioneer times when farms sometimes were isolated from the surrounding community for the greater part of the winter. Telephone lines, too, are down in many places, further cutting off contact of farm residents with the outer world, and about the only mod ern note remaining in the picture is (Continued on page 8) Funeral Tuesday For Mrs. Sibyl Mollett Funeral services for Mrs. Sibyl Mollett, 64, were held at her home on South Main street, Tuesday after noon with Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church officiating assisted by Rev. Milton Fronsoe of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Mollett died unexpectedly at the home of Gerald Berry on West Elm street, Saturday night at 7:10 o’clock where she had gone on an errand in connection with church work. On her arrival at the Berry resi dence she complained of illness and Mrs. Berry summoned a physician. However, she was unconscious when the physician arrived and died soon after. Her death was attributed to a heart condition. For a number of years Mrs. Mol lett was associated in a partnership with her sister in the operation of a millinery store under the name of Helen's Hat shop. She was born in Bluffton the daughter of David and Hannah (Ewing) Close and w’as graduated from Bluffton high school in the class of 1899. For 14 years she taught in the second grade in the public schools here. Later she was clerk in the First National bank and also taught in the Lima schools. Following her marriage to Robert Mollett in February, 19TB, the fam ily lived in Lewisburg. Her husband died eight years ago. Also one son, Robert, Junior, died at birth. After the death of her husband, she returned to Bluffton where she has since resided. She was a mem ber of the Methodist church here and took an active part in church work. For a number of years she was also treasurer of the high school alumni association and a member of the executive committee. Besides her sister, she is survived by three nephew’s and one niece. Following funeral services Tuesday afternoon interment w’as in Maple Grove cemetery. Couple Weds In Arlington Church Wedding of Miss Luella Mae Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Jenera and Lieut. Wayne Yoakam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yoakam of Bluffton took place in the Good Hope Lutheran church at Arlington, Sunday night at 7 o’clock. Rev. Arthur Rismiller, pastor, offi ciated in the double ring ceremony performed by candlelight. Mrs. Mer lin Loach, organist, played a pro gram of nuptial music preceding the ceremony and the traditional wed ding marches. The bride wore a white moire taf feta dress with long train. Her at tendant, Miss Ruth Ellen Russell of Findlay, a cousin, wore light blue taffeta. Jesse Yoakam of Bluffton, brother of the groom was best man. Ushers were Harold Smith of Williamstown, brother of the bride, and Harvey Gratz of Bluffton, uncle of the groom. The bride is a graduate of Arling ton high school and has been em ployed at the Triplett plant in Bluff ton. Lt. Yoakam was graduated from Bluffton high school, attended Bluff ton college and graduated from Ohio State university. He is now an in structor in the Army Air force at Champaign, Ill., where the couple will reside. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, 19 ALLEN COUNTY YOUTHS IN DRAFT CALL THIS MONTH List Summoned for Induction is Announced by Board No. Three, Tuesday Decisions on Two Appealed Cases Announced by Allen County Board Nineteen registrants, including two from Bluffton, are included in the January call for induction into the armed forces, it Called for induction this month are: Bluffton—William J. Klass and Robert P. Burkholder. Also called is Cleo Dale Davidson of Willoughby, formerly of Bluffton. Col. Grove—Harlan Peters, Leland Amstutz, Loren Fruchey, Lewis Amstutz, Loren Fruchey, Martz. Elida—Ray Brenneman, Delphos—Hubert Bonifas, Merle Will Harrod—William I. Robert Spencerville—E Appeals Leroy Clover, Classified in 1-A Registrant ap Class 2-C by Classification dent by the si ive service. President, agriculture. Wedding of Miss Phyllis Winget, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Winget of Bluffton to Sgt. Royal Downey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Har mon Downey of Beaverdam took place Tuesday noon in Findlay at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. W. L. Harmonv pastor of the Bluffton and Findlay Lutheran churches. Parents of the couple wit nessed the ceremony. The bride was attired in a two piece w’hite wool dress with brow’n accessories. She is a graduate of Mt. Cory high school and has been employed at the Triplett plant here., Sgt. Dowmey, a graduate of Toledo high school, recently returned from 38 months in the Caribbean war area w’here he served with a military po lice unit. After a 21-day furlough here he will report to Santa Ana, Calif., for reassignment. Long-Lugibihl Church Wedding The marriage of Miss Lois M. Long and Francis A. Lugibihl GM 2/c U. S. Navy was solemnized at the Emmanuel’s Evangelical and Re formed church last Thursday after noon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the bride officiated using the double ring ceremony. The attendants were Miss Dorothy Long, sister of the bride and Wayne Lugibihl, brother of the groom. The bride wore a white wool dress with white and black accessories and a corsage of red rose buds. Her sister wore a blue crepe dress and her corsage was of pink and white carnations. The men wore bouton nieres of white carnations. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Long of Orange township and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lugibihl of Bluffton. The groom is home on leave after serving the past two years on sea duty at Pearl Harbor. Following the ceremony they left on a short wedding trip. Mr. Lugi bihl will leave on January 17th to report for reassignment at Diego, California. LAY, JAN. 11, 1945 wyis announced Tuesday by Allen County Draft Board No. 3. The board also announced two de cisions handed down .y the district board of draft appeals. In Current Call Robert Powell, John Blymyer, Norman Ste men. Lafayette—Richard Hawk. nan, Rufus erlin Suever. met Post. CISIONS 1, Harrod, e local board. Reclassified in of appeals, to the Presi of select in 1-A by the is engaged in Jay Long, Jr., Rt. 2, Ada. Classi fied in 1-A by local board. Regis trant appealed. 1-A classification up held by board of appeals. Registrant is engaged in agriculture. Winget-Downey Wedding Tuesday San Tosh Is Reelected School Board Head John Tosh was re-elected president of the Bluffton Board of Education in an organization meeting of the board held Monday night. Dr. W. M. Niswander w’as re-elected vice president. Other members of the board are Levi Althaus, Ralph Bad ertscher and Waldo Hofstetter. Wartime employment is keeping Bluffton folks busier than ever, and has resulted in a pronounced de crease in adult book circulation at the Bluffton library. In contrast, the circulation among younger readers is the highest the local library was opened. Disastrous Blaze Occurs on An niversary of Court House Fire of Jan. 7, 1929 Victims Trapped in Burning Hostelry Three Others Are Still Missing Allen county’s most disastrous fire since the county court house blaze in Lima on January 7, 1929, occurred last Sunday on the anniversary of the conflagration when an early afternoon fire within a stone’s throw from the court house razed the Mil ner hotel, destroyed two business es tablishments, damaged two others and took the lives of at least two hotel guests. Norman Grape, 45, of Shanks, W. Va., died shortly after midnight Sun day of burns suffered in the fire, and Mrs. Florence Huff, 50, was killed in a plunge from a third story win dow after flames had trapped her in her room at the hotel. Firemen were handicapped in fighting the half-million dollar blaze by low pressure in the Lima water mains resulting from shortage of water which in the county seat for one month. Steady Grind Of War Work Cuts Into Library’s Book Circulation since thru 1944 cent Miss Total circulation of books the library during the year was 21,086, of which 53.1 per were read by younger readers, Ocie Anderson, librarian, reported. On the shelves of the Bluffton li brary there are wow 11,964 books, 621 of which have been added this year. Half-Million Dollar Hotel Fire Takes Lives Of Two At Lima Sunday Three other guests of the hotel had not been located Tuesday night, and authorities do not know if they perished in the blaze, or if they made their escape before being trap ped. a serious has existed more than p. m., the raged thru Breaking out about 2 fire gutted the hotel and buildings housing Eckard’s drug store and the Hudson restaurant. Operated originally as the Norval hotel, the hostelry razed by the fire was for years the center of Lima’s social life following the turn of the century, and the one of the city’s landmarks. disaster removed most w’ell knowm Lima’s second of in less than a The blaze was ma jar proportion week, a $50,000 fire having destroyed the front part of the Lima building, last Thursday. News Marshall-Schaller Wedding Solemnized Wedding of Miss Avis Marshall and Adelbert C. Schallei’ was sol di .nized last Saturday evening in Arlington at the home of the offi ciating minister, Rev. Lee Remaley at 6:30 o’clock. The wedding previously announced to take place on New Year’s night at Riley Creek Baptist church was postponed because of impassable roads. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Marshall of near Bluffton and the groom the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schaller of near Jenera. The couple was attended. un Mt. em- The bride is a graduate of Cory high school and has been ployed as a bookkeeper at the Jenera elevator. Mr. Schaller is a gradu ate of Rawson high school and en gaged in farming. Bluffton Girl Is Injured In Crash Louise Wilch, 16-year-old daugh ter of Mr. Harvey Wilch and a senior in Bluffton high school was badly cut about the face in an ac cident in Findlay, Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock. The car in which she was riding, driven by Bud Rexouth of Findlay collided with a truck-trailer. Two other girls and two boys also in the car were not injured. The Bluffton girl was taken to Findlay hospital where 20 stitches were required to close the lacera tions. She was later returned to her home on High street where she was reported improving Tuesday. Longsdorf Named To Library Board Here appointed board of public li- A. J. B. Longsdorf was to membership on the trustees of the Bluffton brary to serve the unexpired term of the late Noah Basinger. Appointment of Longsdorf, a form er superintendent of schools here, was made at a meeting of the board of education, Monday night. Ba singer was appointed two years ago for a seven year term, which Longs dorf will serve until 1950. BLUFFTON SCHOOL PLANS CLOSING ON TIME NEXT SPRING Ohio Laws Allow 10 Days from Regular Term in Case of Emergencies Schools Closed 11 Days Local So Far Only One Day Must Be Made Up Unless Bluffton schools are fur ther closed by snow-blocked roads, it will not be necessary to extend the end of the school term next spring, Supt. Ralph Lanham said Wednes day morning. Altho the local schools have dis continued operations for 11 days in addition to the regular time allowed for a Christmas holiday recess, state laws provide that in cases of emer gency 10 days may be taken off the allotted school term of 180 days. Since only 11 regular days of classroom work have been missed during the wintry assault of the last month, the Bluffton term of school could be closed on May 24, as orig inally planned, providing the schools operate on one holiday, which pre sumably might be Washington’s birthday. No Saturday Schoool School cannot be conducted on Saturdays to make up time missed from the regular schedule, as the Ohio law provides that a school week shall consist only of five days. With the law providing that 10 days cat^ be missed, it is likely that only one day of the 11 on which op eration of the Bluffton schools were suspended will be made up, altho no official action has been taken yet by the board of education. Should that course be followed, the Bluffton school term this year would be only 170 days in contrast to the normal schedule of 180. Home On Furlough Sgt. James Ehrman of Amherst, Ohio, who was graduated from Bluffton college in the class of 1939 was in town, Tuesday calling on friends. For the past three years he has been in India with the Army’s weather bureau in the India, Burma China area. Sgt. Ehrman will leave shortly for Miami, Florida, for fu ture assignment. Lt. H. R. Wilson of Oakland, Calif., and his mother, Mrs. G. B. Wilson of Detroit are home of Mr. and Mrs. ner west of Bluffton, and Mrs. Danner are i guests at the Charles Dan Mrs. Wilson sisters. Cpl. Wayne Yerger of Camp Hood. Texas, is spending a furlough at his home here. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Everett Devore, Bluffton, a son, Larry Allen, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rader, Ot tawa, a son, Robert Dwaine, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leroy Reese, Findlay, a son, Robert Jerry, Tues day. A son, Norman Reese, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jones of Carrollton, Saturday at the Canton hospital. Mrs. Jones is the former Ruth Beidler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey T.cidler of South Jack son street. Flight Officer and Mrs. Melvin Lora are the parents of a son, Mi chael, born at Bethlehem, Pa., Dec. 27. Mrs. Lora is the former Jose phine Mohr of that place and a former student in Bluffton college. NUMBER 38 MENNONITE AID INSURANCE ASS’N. SHOWS GROWTH Organization Has $3,860,200 Risks in Force Shows In crease of $250,035 Policies Carried By Insurance Society Number 917, Larg est in History of Unit Insurance risks aggregating $3, 860,200 are carried by the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, a locally owned and operated insurance organization specializing in farm protection. It was reported last Saturday after noon at the annual meeting in the Bluffton High school building. Reports made at the session show that the mutual insurance society has 917 policies in force in Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin coun ties, an increase of 12 over last year. Aggregate risks covered by the insurance organization increased $250,035 over the total of $3,610,165 on the books at the close of 1943, and with present policies in force representing $3,860,200 in insurance value the company has its largest coverage since it was organized June 5, 1866. 25 New Members Twenty-five new members affiliat ed themselves with the insurance .society during the year. Total losses suffered by policy holders during 1944 amounted to $4,989.18. Most of these w’ere the result of fire, in contrast to the pre ceding year when heavy damage was caused by storms. Claims paid by the society in 1944 were less than half in value of settlements made during the preced ing year when policy holders had an aggregate of $10,064.62 in losses. With 917 policies in force, the association is carrying a new record number of risks. This increase off sets the year-end report of 1943 when the society’s risks fell off nine from 1942*s coverage of 914 policy holders, because of a new Ohio law barring farm mutual companies from writing insurance on real estate other than dwellings in incorporated towns. Board Organizes At last Saturday’s meeting, Max Crawfic was elected a member of the board of directors, and Albert Winkler and Amos Tschiegg were re-elected to the board. All will serve three-year terms. In the organization of the board of directors, E. E. Bucher was named president Llewellyn Geiger, vice-president Albert Winkler, secre tary Amos Tschiegg, assistant secretary and Ray Hilty, treasurer. Bucher, W inkler and elected. Hilty were re society during be Max Craw Llewellyu Appraisers for the the coming year will Moser, Geiger and Amos Tschiegg. Raymond Hold District Peace Contest Here Sunday Representatives from six counties will participate in the annual district Prince of Peace Declamation contest to be held in Bluffton at the Meth odist church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the church will preside. Counties represented are Lucas, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Hardin and Auglaize. Contestants are: Jack Webb, To ledo Mary Alice Fritsch, Berkey Lois Shank, Wapakoneta Betty Ann Now, Fostoria Reva Marling, Mc Guffey Philip Shober, McCutchen ville, and Herman Seibert, New Washington. Each contestant has won a silver medal in competition with other lo cal church winners in county con gests. Winner of the district con test will receive a gold medal and will be one of 20 district winners in the state eligible to enter the state contest in which cash prizes and col lege scholarships are to be awarded. Sgt. Janies Martin Missing In Action Sgt. James Martin, 25, formerly of Bluffton is reported missing in action in Germany since December 19, ac cording to word received here by his uncle, Ezra Moser, residing north of Bluffton. Sgt. Martin is the son of Rev. A. J. Martin of Philadelphia and the late Mrs. Nettie Moser Martin, form er missionaries to Brazil. He at tended high school here for several years.