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BUY UNIT** ITATM DBnWM 'BOND* an* STAMM VOLUME NO. LXIX DIMOUT WILL BE PUT IN EFFECT HERE ON THURSDAY All Unessential Illumination Is Banned Under New Federal Regulations Fuel Shortage Is Not Critical Enough to Close Schools and Public Buildings Nation-wide “brownout” regula tions will dim the lights of Bluffton’s downtown district beginning this Thursday night, but local schools, public buildings and places of recre ation will not curtail their operation despite a federal recommendation that all public buildings close dur ing the present coal shortage. Detailed information based on official federal information rela tive to lighting restrictions is published by the Board of Pub lic Affairs on Page 3. Elimination of all unessential out door and show’ window lighting is re quired under the new regulations in a national effort to conserve electric ity and save fuels used in generat ing the current. Prohibited lighting after February 1 includes outdoor advertising and outdoor promotional lighting outdoor display lighting except where neces sary for the conduct of business of outdoor establishments outdoor dec orative and ornamental lighting, show window lighting marquee light ing in excess of 60 watts per unit and white-way street lighting. Street Lights Exempt Bluffton’s street lights, however, will not be dimmed, for they meet with nation-wide requirements, and ■continuation of present illumination is believed to be a factor in safety. Atho in the town dimmed, but town can be new order. war Bluffton’s city clock hall tower will not be no other clocks in the illuminated under the Proctective lighting around plants is permissible, and gasoline service stations may have^_ outdoor lighting to the extent necessary to .carry on business. On the other hand, Bluffton’s fuel situation has not reached the point where curtailment of operation of schools and other public buildings is required. Enough Coal Here coal has been relatively hard all winter, the situation at is no worse than it has been. to get present All householders in the town are supplied at present, and officials of Bluffton college and Bluffton public schools announced they have ample fuel to operate several weeks. Bluffton’s municipal water works and light plant also is well supplied with coal at present ,and business places of the town have sufficient fuel for current needs, it was an nounced. Should Bluffton dealers continue to receive shipments of coal on a schedule approaching that of the early part of the winter, it is not believed that Bluffton’s fuel situa tion will become critical. Oldest Resident Has 92nd Birthday Mrs. Joseph Mumma, of North Jackson street, believed to be Bluff ton’s oldest resident, is receiving con gratulations on the occasion 92nd birthday anniversary. of her Euphe Orange Mrs. Mumma, the former mia Hamilton, was born in township the daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Hamilton on what is now the Elmer Anderson farm. She has been a lifelong resident of this vicinity and has lived in Bluff ton for 63 years. For 50 years she has occupied her present home on North Jackson street. Her husband, the late Joseph Mumma, was chief of Bluffton’s fire many years. department for was held at her birthday A family dinner home in honor of niversary which was Tuesday of week. Her four sons are Jay Harry of Toledo and Forrest Gail Mumma of Bluffton. her an last and and Library Closed Bluffton public library at the high school building is closed this Wed nesday and Thursday while the li brarian, Miss Ocie Anderson is at tending a library meeting in Colum bus. Radio Broadcast by in A mixed octette directed Waldo Hofstetter will be heard the Ebenezer church broadcast from Findlay station WFIN, Sunday after noon at 3:30 o’clock. Speaker pORREST STEINMAN, former president of the Ohio Retail Lumber Dealers assocation, will be one of the speakers at the an nual four-day convention of the organization this week in Colum bus. WINTER ASSAULT CONTINUES WITH NEW COLD WAVE Old-Fashioned Winter Goes Into Eighth Consecutive Week in New Assault Battle To Open Snow-Drifted Rural Roads is on Again as Wind Piles New Drifts Real Estate Deals Mid-West Lumbermen Preparing For Post-War Business, Survey Shows its Old-fashioned winter went into eighth week of uninterrupted assault on the Bluffton district Tuesday with a new sub-zero cold wave following on the heels of a near-blizzard that piled fresh drifts on the few country roads that had been opened. From mid-moring Tuesday, the mercury dropped steadily to reach a low mark of two degrees above zero Wednesday, and weather forecasts predict the cold wave will continue several days before its icy grip is broken. Biting winds that made the cold more intense reached blizzard pro portions Tuesday morning and drove loose snow which had fallen on Sun day and Monday into new drifts that closed north and south roads and (Continued on page 8) on Willard Frankhauser residing the county line east of Bluffton has purchased the Georgia and Wayne Yerger property on South Jackson street and expects to occupy place this spring. the the of Lawrence Hosafros residing on George Boedicker farm south Bluffton has purchased the Jonathan Agin property on Cherry street oc cupied by Earl Jorg and family. Promoted Byron Fritchie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fritchie of the Navy has been promoted from seaman, first class to signalman third class. Noah Zimmerman of Bluffton now with the American Army in Holland has been promoted from the rank of corporal to sergeant, it was nounced the first of the w’eek. In England ar- Pfc. Halsey Hutchinson has rived with an Army unit in England, it was learned the by his sister, Mrs. is the son of Mrs. of Beaverdam. first of the week Dan Alspach. He Ellen Hutchinson Recent war casualties have been heavy for Mr. and Mrs. John Bader tscher of South Lawn avenue who have received word that a grandson is missing in action, a nephew killed and the wounding of a grandson and grand nephew. Three of the casualty messages have been received within the past week. Two Grandsons, Two Nephews Of Bluffton Couple War Casualties in action is Jr., in the son of Mr. The grandson missing 2nd Lt. Homer Gratz, Pacific area. He is the and Mrs. Homer Gratz of near Bluff ton. His mother is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Badertscher. The nephew killed in action is Russell Badertscher, son of the late Noah Badertscher of Lorain who lost his life in France, Januaiy 13. He Forrest Steinman, Bluffton Dealer, to Address State Convention To Give Results of Survey Columbus Meeting Thurs day Morning at of Forrest Steinman, manager Steinman Brothers Lumber Co. here, will be one of the principal speakers on the four-day program of the 64th annual Ohio Lumbermen’s convention in Columbus this week. Steinman, a past-president of the Ohio Association of Retail Lumber Dealers which sponsors the conven tion, will speak at Thursday morning’s session on “The Retailers' Post-War Plans.” His address is based on a sampling test survey which he conducted among lumber dealers in a territory from Fint, Mich., south to Louisville, Ky. east to Johnstown, Pa., and west to Indianapolis, Ind. From facts ascertained in the sur vey, Steniman says lumber dealers are actively preparing for the post war market. In the future their op erations will put more emphasis on service, and thru them home owners may obtain a complete building ser vice rathen than simply going to them to buy’ lumber. Mr. and Mrs. Steinman left for Columbus, Tuesday’ morning to par ticipate in sessions of the conventions opening on that day and continuing thru Friday. Chief public interest in the con vention will center on an address by Upton Close, radio commentator and a critic of the Administration, which is to be a feature of the closing day. Another item of general interest scheduled for the convention will be a report on the house prefabrication industry, which has been boomed as a post-war possbiility. More than 2500 persons are expect ed to attend the four-day session. Jeremiah Basinger Funeral Saturday Funeral services for Jeremiah Ba singer, 68, of Cherry street, were held in the First Mennonite church, Saturday afternoon W’ith Rev. J. N. Smucker officiating. Burial was in the St. John cemetery near Pan dora. Mr. Basinger, retired farmer and insurance salesman died in the Bluff ton hospital, last Wednesday night following a six months illness. He was for many years prominent in farm organizations serving for 28 years as president, secretary and director of the Mennonite Mutual Aid society and also had been an officer of the Pandora phone company and the Putnam County Farm Bureau, member of the First church here. Mutual Tele- The son of Peter an- He was a Mennonite and Lydia (Beeshy) Basinger he was born in Putnam county December 13, 1876 and was married to Anna Diller who died five years ago. Children surviving are: Lamarr Basinger, Lafayette Luther of To ledo Pearl, Myrtle, Gaynell and Dorothy Basinger and Mrs. Princess Richard all at home Robert Basing er of Pandora Mrs. Augusta Decker of Carey Mrs. Etta Ross of Clyde and Mrs. Gladys Bunn of Bedford. Bluffton Veteran At Cambridge Hospital Pfc. Frederick Reichenbach, 24, son Of Henry Reichenbach northwest of Bluffton who was wounded in the European theatre of war last June 29 is convalescing at the Army’s Fletcher General hospital at Cam bridge, Ohio. Reichenbach received shrapnel wounds in his right hip and leg. is survived by his wife and one-year old child. His brother, Lorain telephoned the Tuesday' night. Donald, of news here France is Wounded in action in a grandson, Francis son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Bader tscher of North Manchester, Ind., former Bluffton residents. 1 an Army hospital in France condition is reported as not according to word received grandparents here the first week. Badertscher, He is in s and his serious by the of the A grand-nephew wounded in action in France is Maynard Badertscher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bader tscher of Bluffton. He is convalesc ing in an Army hospital in Englan^. SHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO USD AY, FEB. 1. 1945 80 ALLEN!COUNTY MEN REC INDUCTI E PRE CALL mts Among Bluffton Regi Those Called |or Physical Exa ition No Bluffton Men in Group of 17 to be Inducted Into Army in February Eighty Allen obvhty men have been notified by llraft Board No. 3 to report for pre-induct ion physical examination on the February call, it was announced from board head quarters, Wednesday morning. A number of Bluffton men are included in this number, it was indicated. This number is one of the largest called for pre-induction physical ex amination in recent months. At the same time the board an nounced names of 17 men who will be inducted into the armed services on the February call. None of these is from Bluffton. To be inducted in February are: Lima—James W. Turner, Clifford Stewart, Lewis Bassett, Mark Jacobs, Ronald Miller, Oliver Wildermuth. Springfield—Ralph Clouser. Mt. Gilead—f’aul Eley. Spencerville—Karl Stockton, Lloyd Adams. Delphos—Firmin Pothast, Chester Diller, Richard Busch, Leonard Allen. Harrod—Junior Clover. Lafayette—William Crist. Waynesfield—Rodger Stimmel. BLUFFTON’S FUEL SITUATION IN NEW CRISIS THIS WEEK Transportation Delays, Cold Wave, Rail Embargo Cause Acute Coal Shortage Farmers Are Busy Cutting Wood for Fuel as Coal Supply Fails Aggravated by the return of sub zero weather, Bluffton’s domestic fuel situation has taken a turn for the worse, and many local household ers are running short of coal in the midst of one of the season’s pronounced cold w’aves. most three with Coal supplies of Bluffton’s dealers are entirely exhausted the exception of tw’o cars which ar rived Monday, and the three-day em bargo on railroad freight of all kinds except war goods over the past week end makes it difficult w’hen other shipments ceived. As a result, cutting of wood for fuel, virtually forgotten on most farms in the district, has come into its own again. Right at present wood cutting rapidly is assuming the proportions of the No. 1 job facing farmers, even more important than the task of trying to keep drifted roads clear of snow. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: A daughter, Susan Frances to the late Lt. Gerald Trippiehorn and Mrs. Trippiehorn, of Bluffton. Lt. Tripplehom was killed in December in the campaign on Leyte island. A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Milo Lora of Col. Grove, Tuesday. A son, Charles David was born to Cpl. and Mrs. Francis Niswander, Thursday at the University hospital, Augusta, Ga. Mrs. Niswander is the former Esther Luginbuhl, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Luginbuhl of near Bluffton. Cpl. Niswander is stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga. Hope that Groundhog Day this Friday may bring a prediction of a break in two months of uninterrupt ed snowbound winter weather is causing widespread interest in the generations-old tradition. Legend has it that if the Ground hog sees his shadow on February second, he holes up again for six more weeks of winter w’eather. Should there be no sun to cast a shadow’, he stays outside and an early spring can be expected. Even folks who put little stock in the legendary forecast are looking forward to Groundhog Day with hopes that a break may come in the old-fashioned winter that has grip ped the area since December 11 without interruption. Tired of snow and cold w’eather, residents see in the groundhog some hope of a prediction that may herald early relief. Community Institute Resolution Avers Change Works Hard ships on Farmers Permanent Schedule Adopted By Council Provides for Re turn to Fast Time in May Farmers to determine may be re everyone sup In an effort to keep plied, coal from merger stock on hand is being delivered only to those with less than a five days’ supply on hand. The amount for each home owner is being restricted to less than a ton in an effort to make the supply stretch until additional coal is re ceived. Bluffton’s fuel situation, precarious all winter, is in its worst stage at present, the result of transportation tieups, last week’s embargo and the renewal of wintry assaults in a new cold wave. Many farmers are out of coal, and snow-drifted roads make it impossible for most of them to get into town for a new supply, and those who have open roads can obtain only small amounts of coal. Minter-Weary Bluffton Hopes Groundhog Doesn’t See Shadow Farmers Protest Toi To Fast Time 1 lere During Summer of Reiteration of the opposition farmers to fast time during spring and summer months was evi denced in resolutions adopted at Bluffton’s annual two-day Commun ity Institute, Friday. the Consistently opposed to fast time since its adoption wras recommended by President Roosevelt year of the war, rural affirmed their stand in of the resolution, w-ith tory statement that setting clocks ahead one hour works hardship on the farmers. in the first residents re the drafting the explana- However, despite the opposition of farmers, there is little prospect that Bluffton will change its returning to fast time Sunday in April. intention of on the last con w'ere Arguments pro and threshed out in detail by the muni cipal council last spring, and result ed in the adoption of a permanent schedule under which the town operate on slow time from the Sunday in Sunday in of the year time. will first last rest fast September to the April. During the the town will be on charge that fast time cuts food production essential to a successful prosecution of the war, be cause they can not operate as effi ciently as on slow time. Following the, outbreak of war Bluffton changed to fast time in February, 1942, and operated on that schedule until October, 1943, when the town clpcks ran on slow time for the winter months. In April, 1944, the permanent schedule was set up, providing slow time for the winter months, and fast for the summer. time Concert Pianist In Program February 7 Cara Verson, concert pianist, will be heard in a recital on the Bluff ton college music course on Wednes day night of next week at .8:30 o’clock. Miss Verson is known for her interpretation of modern music. Southernaires, noted negro ensem ble will be here under auspices of the college music department in a program at the high school auditor ium on Friday, February 16 at 8:00 p. m. Sgt. Norman Kirtland Receives Air Medal Staff Sgt. Norman E. Kirtland, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Kirt land, has been awarded the Aid Medal at a 15th AAF Base in Italy. He is an armorer-gunner on a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment plane. The award was “for meritorious achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy”. Kirt land joined the USAAF in Decem ber, 1943, and won his wings at Har lingen, Texas, on June 3, 1944. He has been stationed in Italy since last October. Kirtland is now a member of a group that has staged more than 200 attacks against Nazi targets thru out the dwindling empire. He has been cited twice by the War De partment for outstanding perform ances in the Mediterranean theatre of operations. Returns After 33 Bombing Missions First Lieut. Harold L. 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. son, South has arrived distribution Beach for after completing a tour of duty out side the continental United States. Peterson, E. Peter Bluffton, Main street, at Army Air Forces Re Station No. 2 in Miami reassignment processing Veteran of 33 bombing missions over Europe, Lieutenant Peterson, a B-24 Liberator navigator, returned to America on Dec. 30, 1944, decor ated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He also flew as a bombardier on tw’O missions during six months in the European Theater of Operations. He is the husband of D. Louise Peterson, of Ada. n's Return INSTITUTE WARNS FARMS MAY LIE IDLE IN DISTRICT Community Institute Resolu tions Ask More Labor for Area Farms Community and Farm Problems Are Discussed at Two-Day Meeting Here of a Reflecting the critical shortage manpower and farm machinery, resolution adopted at the closing ses sion of the annual two-day Bluffton Community Institute, Friday warned that many acres of rich farmland in this section may lie idle during the coming summer. In the action taken by the Insti tute, it was urged that the matter should have immediate and serious attention of those who have the au thority to correct the situation. Alarm over the farm food produc tion situation arises from recent Se lective Service announcements that more farm youths will be drafted in to the armed forces, plus the fact that the supply of farm machinery is in a critical stage, institute spokes men pointed uot. Health Program The Instiute also went on record with a resolution urging a preven tive health service program for com munity families, not merely remedial health sendee after illness has struck. In another resolution, the Institute voiced its opposition to proposed (Continued on page 8) Race Relations Is Union Service Topic Race relations will be the topic for Bluffton’s monthly union service to be held at the First Mennonite church Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Rev. Gaar Davis, pastor of Zion African Methodist church, Lima, will be the speaker. The monthly union services are sponsored by the Bluff ton Ministerial association. In Graduate Study At Western Reserve Miss Ruth Steiner, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Steiner of Poplar street will leave the first of next week for Cleveland to take a graduate course in library science at Western Reserve. She recently re signed a teaching position in the high school at McComb. Home On Furloughs Cpl. James Benroth who has been stationed at love Field, Dallas, Tex as, is spending a week’s furlough visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Benroth street. At the furlough he will at Wright field, of North Main conclusion of his be assigned to duty Dayton. Pvt. Robert Criblez spent a week’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Criblez. He completed basic infantry training at Camp Fan nin, Texas, and will now receive spe cialized training at Fort Ord, Calif. Byron Fritchie of the Navy spent the week end his parents Fritchie. on leave Mr. and here visiting Mrs. Fred Herr of Camp Polk, Cpl. Floyd La., is spending a furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Herr of North Lawn avenue. BUY unit** •VAT** SAVING* NUMBER 41 TWO MORE LOCAL YOUTHS REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION Seed. Lieut. Homer Gratz Miss ing in South Pacific Thea tre, Parents Learn Pfc. Ralph Althaus Missing in Belgium Since Day Before Christmas Two additional Bluffton youths in the armed forces are reported miss ing, one in the Pacific war theatre and the other in Belgium. They are: Second Lt. Homer Gratz, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gratz, two miles south of Bluff ton. Pfc. Ralph Althaus, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Althaus, four miles west of Bluffton. Lt. Gratz, pilot of a Marine Corps bomber, was reported missing at sea, according to a message received last Thursday from the War Department. No details were given. His last letter, received by his parents on January 22, was written on January 15, and it is believed he was reported missing in action on the day’ after the letter was posted. A graduate of Bluffton High school, Lt. Gratz attended Bluffton college, and went into the service in March, 1942. The Marine flyer took his train ing in Florida, Kansas and California before going overseas last October. Lt. Gratz is married to the former Roxanna Eaton, w’ho lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eaton, in Lima. She is a granddaughter of Mrs. Lou Eaton, of Bluffton. Pfc. Althaus has been missing since December 24 in Belgium, according to word received by his parents, last Thursday. His last letter home was written on December 17, and altho no details were given in the War Department’s message it is assumed he was with one of the divisions which opposed the Germans in the “Belgian bulge” fighting. Pfc. Althaus was a graduate of Bluffton High school in the class of 1943. He was in the infantry. Noah Zuercher Dies Funeral On Friday Funeral services for Noah Zuerch er, 54, of South Main street, Bluffton municipal light plant engineer, will be held at the First Mennonite church on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. J. N. Smucker and Rev. G. T. Soldner officiating. Mr. Zuercher died at Bluffton hos pital Monday afternoon following a six months’ illness, ices were delayed awaiting the arrival law, Harold Thiessen Funeral serv until Friday of his son-in from Florida. The family has resided in Bluffton for the past twenty years, moving from Berne, Ind., where he was bom on April 14, 1891, the son of Samuel and Marian (Amstutz) Zuercher. He was a member of the First Mennon ite church here. On January 20, 1918 he was mar ried to Rena Sprunger who survives together w’ith three children: Ken neth of Lima and Mrs. Marie Thies sen and Merlin Zuercher at home. There are three grandchildren. Also surviving are five brothers: David .Albert and Jephtha of Berne, Ind. Osw’in of Hatfield, Pa. Martin of Chicago and Palmer of Vassar, Michigan. The body is at the Paul Diller fun eral home w’here it will remain until time for the funeral services. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Mennonite cemetery west of Bluffton. Former Bluffton Man Is Train Dispatcher Ray Root, of Lima, son and Mrs. Edgar Root of street has been promoted to sition of train dispatcher Nickel Plate railroad, it was nounced the first of the week. of Mr. Mound the on po the an- F-5 George D. Moser Gets Army Citation T/5 George D. Moser, formerly of North Main street, has received a certificate personally signed by hia commanding general honoring him for fighting with the Twenty-Ninth Infantry Division from Day to St. Lo. The honor is a personal salute from Maj. Gen. Charles H. Ger hardt to the officers and men who battered their way through flooded areas and the Normandy hedgerows and stormed the key city of St. Lo in a campaign where the taking of every 500 yards was a major battle^.