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uwrrea VOLUME NO. LXIX SHORTAGE OF COAL EASES SLIGHTLY DURING LAST WEEK Six Cars of Coal Received Over Last Weekend by Bluff ton Dealers No One Out of Coal Yet, Mayor Reports Supply Situation Is Better Bluffton’s coal situation, which was in its most critical stage at the end of January, has improved slightly with the arrival of six cars of coal here during the last week. Three of the cars were received by Bluffton dealers the latter part of last week, and three more which ar rived on Monday eliminated likeli hood that anyone will run out of fuel in the immediate future. Mayor W. A. Howe said there have been no reports of suffering here, and that altho many families have only a small supply of coal in reserve every one has enough for immediate needs. He complimented Bluffton residents on their cooperation in response to his appeal of last week that only those with five days supply or less should apply for coal. Local dealers confirmed the Mayor’s report, and said that deliveries are being made on a schedule that elimi nates the possibility of anyone being without fuel. Deliveries Restricted Deliveries are being restricted to one ton lots for each householder, a procedure that slows the unloading of oars to some extent because of the extra handling. However, it is ex pected that all cars now on tracks here will be unloaded by the end of the week. Bluffton High school on Wednesday had only five days supply of coal on hand, but school authorities said they have received notice that a car is en enroute and should arrive here before the end of the week. Bluffton Grade school building has a two week’s sup ply. Dimout of Bluffton street lights to conserve fuel will be continued until the government lifts present restric tions, it was announced by John W. Swisher, superintendent of the muni cipal light plant. He said the plant has a 15 day supply of coal on hand, which is not as much as normal. About 15 tons of coal are used each day at the plant. Robt. McCune Gets Air Force Citation Pfc. Robert C. McCune, 160 Geiger street, is a general clerk with the 392nd Bombardment Group, a Liber ator unit recently cited for “dis tinguished and exceptionally out standing performance of duty” on 200 missions. Commanded by Col. Lorin L. Johnson the group completed its 200th mission on Armistice Day, the 100th on D-Day. The citation, is sued by Major-General William E. Kepner of Second Bombardment Di vision read: “During this period of 200 mis sions, the 392nd attacked 120 targets in Germany and 80 targets in enemy occupied territory despite adverse conditions and inclement weather at times overcoming fierce enemy fighter oppostion on many occasions in order to reach assigned object ives.” Former Student Here German War Prisoner Sgt. Gaylord Jordan, who attended Bluffton High school about 10 years ago, is a war prisoner in Germany, according to word received from him by his wife in Dunkirk, last Friday. This is the first information con cerning him since he was reported missing in action in France, last October 5. His father, Calvary Jordan, who lives near Ada now, was a resident north of town when Sgt. Jordan was in school here. When Sgt. Jordan went into the service on July 7, 1942, he was studying for the ministry at Marion college, Marion, Ind. He was with Gen. Patton’s Third Army and went overseas July 1, 1944. Navy Promotion Maynard J. Coon, in naval service has been promoted from the rank of ensign to that of lieutenant junior grade, it was announced the first of the week. Lt. (j. g.) Coon, who spent the past eight months in the South Pacific returned to duty, Mon day after a thirty day leave visit ing his wife in North Robinson and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Coon of South Jackson street. Reveal Spot Where Airman Met Death George Burkholder, Bluffton air man who met death in action last September 22 in the European thea tre of war was killed near Charmes, France, when his aircraft was se verely damaged and brought down by enemy gunfire .according to word received this week from the War De partment by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Burkholder residing west of Bluffton. Latest word from the ar Depart ment was the first to reveal the spot where the fatality occurred. Burkholder, engaged on liaison mis sion wus in a small “grasshopper” plane at the time. He is buried in the military ceme tery at Muerthe et Mozelle, near Metz, the parents were informed. FEWER DRAFTEES DEFERRED APPEAL RULINGS INDICATE Tightening of Draft Regulations Reflects Need of Younger Men in Service Seven Appealed Classifications Are Continued in 1-A By Board Decisions More rigid application of draft reg ulations, reflecting the need of young er men in the armed forces, was ap parent again this week with announ cement that the Board of Appeals has continued eight of nine appealed cases in the same classification given by Local Board No. 3, of Allen county. Board No. 3 has jurisdiction over all of rural Allen county, including Bluffton and Richland township. One of the decisions was in the appealed case of Robert Freeman Amstutz, of Bluffton Route Two. In their rulings, the Appeals Board continued seven men in Class 1-A and one Class 4-E. One 1-A classifica tion was changed to 2-B by an out-of state Appeals Board. Announcement jf the decisions on appeals was as follows: William Albert Roeder, Spencer ville. Classified in Class I-A by Local Board. Lima Tank Depot appealed. Classification of I-A upheld by the Board of Appeals. William Dean Watkins, Lima. Classified in Class I-A by Local Board. Employer appealed. Classi ification of I-A upheld by Board of Appeals. Harold Gene Shindiedecker, Lima. Classified in Class I-A by Local Board. John Baber, employer, ap pealed. Classification of I-A upheld by the Board of Appeals. Jack Lee Core, Spencerville. Class ified in Class I-A by Local Board. Registrant appealed. Classification of I-A upheld by Board of Appeals. Robert Freeman Amstutz, Bluffton. Classified in Class IV-E by Local Board. Edwin Amstutz, father, ap pealed. Classification of IV-E upheld by the Board of Appeals. Richard Oliver Spyker, Lima. Class ified in Class I-A by Local Board. Don Hardin, father, appealed. Class ification of I-A upheld by the Board of Appeals. Robert Lee Burtchin, Lima. Class ified in Class I-A by Local Board. Campbell & Co., employer, appealed. Classification of I-A upheld by the Board of Appeals. James Henry Kitzler, Tulso, Okla homa. Classified in Class I-A by Lo cal Board. Oklahoma Osteopathic Hosp. Tulsa, Oklahoma, appealed. Reclassified in Class II-A by Appeal Board No. 1, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bluffton Man Two Weeks In Jerusalem Dr. F. S. Pannabecker who is en route to China to engage in post-war relief work recently spent a fort night in Jerusalem, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Syl via Pannabecker of College road. He left this country last fall but was detained for a time in Egypt awaiting clearance of his vise and other papers. He expects to leave for India the middle of this month enroute to his final destination in China. Arrives In France Pvt. Karl Gable has arrived in France with an Army unit, accord ing to word received by his wife here. Bluffton Youth With Front Line Hospital Serving Army In France Pfc. Donald McCafferty with Medical Unit Commended for Work Hospital Cared for 14,000 Pa tients in Italy Before Mov ing to France Pfc. Donald M. McCafferty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCafferty re siding south of Bluffton, is attached to the staff of the 36th General Army hospital which has been com mended for its w’ork under hazardous conditions in Italy. The hospital, which at times was only five miles behind the lines in Italy, is now operating in France, serving the U. S. Seventh Army and units of the Sixth Army Group. Be fore coming to France, the hospital had cared for more than 14,000 pa tients from the Fifth Army. Equipped to render all types of medical treatment, from removing a splinter to performing the most deli cate brain operation, the hospital hustled to the front and not only served as a general hospitt.1 but as an evacuation hospital, admitting wounded soldiers directly from fox holes. On New Year’s Eve of 1943-44, the 36th General further displayed its efficiency by absorbing within three hours 615 patients when an evacuation hospital was endangered by a storm. Many a soldier receiv ing anesthetic at the evacuation hos pital, was operated on and awoke feeling fine in the general hospital. The 36th General Hospital, a re vival of Base Hospital No. 36 oper ated by the Red Cross in World War I, is sponsored by the Wayne Uni versity College of Medicine, Detroit. Former Local Woman's Husband Is Wounded Lester Zerbe, with the American forces in Germany has been slightly wounded in action, according to word from the War Department the first of the week by his wife, Mrs. Marie Zerbe. Mrs. Zerbe and her two small children living in Sylvania closed their home at that place and are spending the winter with her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Lugibihl of Riley street. They expect to re turn to Sylvania in the spring. Income Tax Man Here February 26 A deputy from the office of the collector of internal revenue will be in Bluffton gt the Mayor’s office on Monday, February 26 from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. to assist taxpayers in preparation of their federal income tax returns. Any person whose total income for 1944 was $500 or more must file an annual return not later than March 15. This also applies to taxpayers who have already made substantial payments on their 1944 Federal tax thru withholding from their wages or direct payments to the collector. The deputy will be in Columbus Grove on Tuesday, February 27. Mrs. Emma Cronin Rites Held Tuesday Mrs. Emma Cronin, 74, who was born south of Bluffton and lived in this area during her early life was found dead in bed last Saturday morning at her home in Findlay. She had been in ill health for two years, and Hancock County Coroner Byron F. Voorhees ruled that death was caused by heart disease. Daughter of deorge and Mary Gromann, she was born near Bluff ton Sept. 3, 1870. On Oct. 24, 1911, she was marred to William Cronin, who died in 1933. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Louise Schmidt, of Bluffton Mrs. Mary Wenzinger, of Findlay and two step-sons, Walter Cronin and Clar ence Cronin, both of Findlay. Funeral services were held Tues day in St. Michael’s Catholic church at Findlay and burial was in the church cemetery. Soldier Wounded In Germany Is Home Pvt. Marion C. Fox, who was wounded in action in Schmidt, Ger many, has returned to this country and is spending a 15-day furlough* with his wife, the former Edith Mo ser, and son. Mrs. Fox is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Moser. Lipstick Stains Rub soap on lipstick stains before wetting them. 1HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 1945 PURPLE HEART TO WIFE OF AIRMAN KILLED IN COMBAT Comrade Who Witnessed Death of Lt. Gerald Trippiehorn Gives Details Medal, Awarded Posthumously, and Letter from Buddy Re ceived Same Day Lt. Gerald (Willie) Trippiehorn, 26, U. S. Army Air Force fighter pilot, who lost his life in the skies above Leyte last November 18, was killed in aerial combat with Japanese planes, according to word received Monday by his wife, wjio lives in the Stratton apartments on South Main street. On the same day, Mrs. Trippiehorn received from the War Department a Purple Heart medal, awarded post humously to the Bluffton officer. Details regarding the engagement in which Lt. Trippiehorn lost his life were in a letter written by a buddy. It was the first information received about his death since the War De partment on December 20 notified Mrs. Trippiehorn of his death in ac tion. On the day of his death Tripple hom was on patrol with three other U. S. fighter planes above Leyte. They encountered four Japanese planes and shot down two of the enemy fighters. In the engagement Trippiehorn was killed by a Jap bullet. His plane, which got out of control, crashed, caught fire and burned. The friend who wrote to Mrs. Tripplehom wit nessed the fight from the ground. Tripplehom’s body was removed from the plane before it burned, and he was buried in the cemetery on Leyte with a military funeral. The Bluffton officer had been in the air force two years and showed unusual aptitude in his training. He received his wings at Foster field in Texas 13 months ago. A graduate of Bluffton High school in 1986, he had a brilliant scholas«« record. Clayton Wiess Gets Navy Training Honor Singled out as the outstanding man in the deck division of his LSM (Landing Ship, Medium) crew, Clayton W. Wiess, Coxswain, USNR, was recently presented with a gift for his personal use by Captain Charles F. Macklin, Jr., U. S. Navy, Commanding Officer of the Amphib ious Training Base at Little Creek, Virginia. Wiess, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aldine C. Wiess, reside on Riley street has completed his train ing at Little Creek and will soon de part with his crew’ to take over a new’ LSM at one of the nation’s busy shipyards. After a period of fitting out and a shakedow'n cruise, Wiess and his mates will be ready to join a flotilla of the new amphibious craft. The award which Wiess received, an electric iron, leather billfold and a certificate of merit, was presented by Captain Macklin at a review of all the Little Creek personnel. The certificate cited the following quali ties w’hich the Bluffton resident has exhibited during his LSM training period: Military bearing and neat ness of person and uniform, indus try, cooperation, loyalty, leadership, initiative and proficiency in rating. Lions Charter Night Dinner Next Tuesday Bluffton Lions club will observe their eleventh annual charter night aniversary next Tuesday with a din ner at the Walnut grill at 6:30 o’clock. The occasions will be ladies night with wives of members attend ing as guests. Principal speaker will be District Governor Ralph E. Blaney of Tiffin. He will be accompanied by his secre tary J. Zartman, a Tiffin magician, who will also appear on the program. Hire Paulding Man As Light Plant Engineer James J. Leslie of Paulding has been hired as an operating engineer at Bluffton’s municipal electric light and waterworks plant it was an nounced the first of the week by Superintendent John Swisher. He fills the vacancy caused by the death of Noah Zuercher. Leslie will begin his duties here on Thursday. His family consisting of his wife and two daughters will move here from Paulding after the close of school next spring. Twenty-six natives of South Cen tral Mexico who arrived here Tues day in summer garb to work on the Nickel Plate railroad tracks south of town nearly froze during the day before they could obtain a sufficient quantity of winter work clothing from the depleted shelves of Bluff ton retail stores. Wearing summer weight trousers and shirts, open-toed sandals and straw hats, the 26 men w’ere the center of attraction as they moved thru the downtown district in a group in search of w’armer clothing. Exempted and Parochial Teams Must Conduct Own Tour ney This Year Winner and Runnerup of Play Are Eligible to Compete in Sectional A decade in which Bluffton High cage teams have been excused from pre-sectional tournament play will come to an end next W’eek under a new tourney setup that pits exempt ed village and parochial schools against each other at the same time county schools are fighting it out for the privilege of competing in sectional play. As an exempted village team, Bluffton since 1935 has been eligible to compete in the sectional tourna ment without playing in a qualifying round. This year, how’ever, the eight ex empted village and parochial teams in this district will play in a pre sectional tourney at the Ohio North ern gymnasium in Ada, with only the winner and runnerup permitted to enter the sectional. In their opening tournament as signment Bluffton eagers are pitted against St. Johns at 9:30 j). m. Wednesday night of next week, the last of four games scheduled for the evening. This is a repetition of last win ter’s first tournament game in which the Pirates competed, when they were defeated by the Lima team in the opening round of sectional play. St. John’s in turn went on to the state Class finals before being eliminated. Other teams in the tournament at Ada include Wapakoneta St. Joseph, Delphos Jefferson, Ada, Delphos St. John’s, Lima St. Gerard and Lima St. Rose. Winners of next Wednesday’s four games will play again on the fol lowing night, and the final tourna ment tilt will be played on Saturday night of next week. Lecture On Reformed Church Sunday Night Dr. D. A. Bode, pastor of the First Reformed church, New’ Knoxville, one of the leaders in that denomination, will speak on the background, creed and tenets of the Reformed faith in a lecture at the First Mennonite church here Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The lecture will be the second in a series dealing with history of the different denominations presented each month in the First Mennonite church and arranged by the pastor, Rev. J. N. Smucker. Dr. Bode’s New Knoxville congre gation comprises one of the largest Reformed churches in the Middle West. Special music will be fur nished by the St. John’s Reformed church of this place. In March a leading representative of the Presbyterian church will speak for that denomination, followed by lectures by speakers from other faiths to be announced monthly. The public is invited to attend these meetings. Model Railroads Club Meets Here February meeting of the Lima Model Railroads club was held in Bluffton at the home of Dr. B. W. Travis of West Kibler street. Dr. Travis, Bluffton physician, follows model railroading as an avocation and has an extensive setup at his home here. William K. Walthers of Milwau kee, Wis., was guest speaker at the club’s meeting here. He talked on model railroad gauges. Dr. Travis exhibited a model “pike” or model railroad layout. 26 Mexicans In Straw Hats, Summer Clothing Center Of Attraction Here Many of them w’ere without socks, Bluffton Will Play In Pre-Sectional Tournament For First Time In Decade and with the work clothes scarcity being what it is, only one pair could be provided for each man. With shelves already depleted, there was a merry scramble to out fit the Mexicans, and by the time the job was done Bluffton dealers had no overalls on hand, and only a few’ work shirts and other items. No gloves could be obtained at all. The 26 men who arrived here Tuesday w’ere replacements recruited for a similar number who returned to Mexico recently when their con tract for w’ork on the railroad ex pired. Golden Wedding Mr. and Mrs. John Garlinger of Geiger street who observed their Golden wedding annivers ary, Wednesday. Story on page 2. Evangelistic Services At Church Of Christ Evangelistic services which opened at the Bluffton Church of Christ last week will be continued thru next Sunday, with special features at 7:30 p. m. each evening except Saturday. Rev. Milton Fronsoe, pastor of the church, is in charge of the series, and Mrs. Fronsoe leads the evange listic singing. Special music for the «e» vicea in cludes the following: Ebenezer Men nonite mdle quartet, this Wednesday Bluffton college string trio, Thurs day Cincinnati Bible Seminary singers, Friday. The Cincinnati group also will sing on Sunday, in addition to holding a Singspiration service at 2:30 p. m. on that day. Rev. Fronsoe’s subjects are an nounced as “The Lord’s Day”, Wed nesday “The Communion Service”, Thursday “A Good Man Who Need ed Christ”, Friday and “Popular Misconceptions of the N. T. Position” and “Neutrality Impossible”, Sunday. Radio Play By Local Girl On Air Friday A S'adio play written by Miss Betty’ Steinman, Bluffton student at Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, will be heard over the air on a broadcast from the Marion station Friday afternoon from 4 to 4:30 o’clock. The play will be produced by the university’s radio workshop training students in broadcasting technique. Miss Steinman, a senior at Ohio Wesleyan is specializing in radio script writing. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue. Beaverdam Man In Overseas Hospital Pvt. Glen Zimmerman of Beaver dam who has been in the European theatre of war for the past year is in an Army hospital in Luxembourg, according to word received here Wednesday morning. No details w’ere given in the message and it is not known w’hether he is ill or was wounded in action. Pvt. Zimmerman is the husband of Mrs. Rose Zimmerman living in Lima. He is the son of the late Mrs. Noah Zimmerman of Bluffton. World Day Of Prayer Service Here Friday Union services in observance of the World Day of Prayer will be held at the Church of Christ, Friday after noon at 2:30 o’clock. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schutz, Pan dora, a boy, Albert James, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Waldemar Spaeth, Jenera, a girl, Tuesday. buy: I •VATM NUMBER 43 FARM SALES HAVE DEVELOPED UNIQUE WARTIME FLAVOR Raffle-Like Drawings Decide Lucky Bidders for Items Sold At Ceiling Hundreds of Names Are Re ceived from Those Willing to Pay Top Price Public sale on farms these days have taken on a distinctive wartime flavor resulting from a critical short age of farm machinery’ and restric tions imposed on sky-high bidding by rigid OPA ceiling prices on many items. Squeezed by a lack of machinery on one hand and a growing shortage of manpower on the other .desperate farmers often pay’ fantastic prices for equipment not covered by ceiling restrictions. At the same time, the demand is so great for machinery’ on which ceil ing prices apply that it is no uncom mon ocourrence for the auctioneer to find as many as 250 to 300 bidders willing to pay the top price permit ted by law. OPA permit auctioneers to desig nate any one of many bidders as the buyer of the item, but none of them working sales in this area want to in cur the displeasure of the crowd by following that procedure. Draw Lucky Name Consequently they have worked out a procedure generally followed here in which all prospective buyers place their names on slips of paper. These are collected in a hat. Someone not interested in the sale, usually a child or woman—is selected to draw one name from the hat, and the lucky bidder gets the item at the ceiling price. Drawings for such items as tract ors, combines, corn pickers, etc., all covered by OPA ceilings, have be come the feature of sales these days, and it is by no means uncommon to have as many as 300 names in the hai. Farm observers point out, however, I that many’ bidders do not w’ant the item, but a farmer who is interested in obtaining it at ceiling price will get his friends to put in their names with the understanding that they will re-sell it to him should they be the lucky party in drawing. Ceiling of 85% Ceilings of 85% of present list prices apply to equipment one-year old or less, such as tractors, combines, manure spreaders, corn pickers, pickup baler, side delivery rakes, hay loaders, and corn binders. If the equipment is more than one year old, the ceiling price is 70% of present list price, and any old item in anything approaching fair condi tion will bring the maximum. In another class are discs, tractor plows, corn cultivators (unless sold with tractor), grain drills, mowing machines, com planters and wagons, on which there are no OPA ceilings. These sell at fantastic prices which have no relation to their original purchase price. If they are in work ing condition at all they’ invariably will sell at prices much higher than they’ brought when new. Fantastic Bidding As an evidence of what demand will do when there is no ceiling, a corn cultivator placed on the block at a sale last week brought over $200. Had it been sold with a tractor, a ceiling price of about $140 would have applied. Fann opinion is that there is no apparent reason why some machin ery has been put under ceilings and other has not, for all of it is badly needed by farmers who hope to keep up with the demands for maximum production. Steel tire wagons are about the only item which prove to be a drug at sales, because farmers w’ant only wagons with rubber tires. Top prices of from $5 to $10 are the best that can be expected for such wagons, representing a decided contrast to the free and easy bidding for every thing else. New Produce Station To Open Saturday A new Bluffton business, the K & Produce Station will open for business Saturday in the North Main street location formerly occu pied by the Hardw’ick pool room ad joining the towm house. Operators of the station are Charles Kinsinger and Robert Murray who have formed a partnership for buying poultry, eggs and cream. They have been operating a truck route thru the country for several weeks buying produce.