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I BUY UMITM «TATM VOLUME NO. LXIX RICHARD OBERLY IS SECOND IN FAMILY TO GET AIR MEDAL Sergeant Receives Award One Month After His Brother is Honored Two of Three Sons of World War I Veteran Have Been Decorated Overseas Staff Sergeant Richard W. Oberly, son of Mijlard Oberly,' 440 Cherry street, hasreceived the Air Medal for “meritorious achievement^ while par ticipating in aerial flight”, the second jp hi^ family to be so honored. His brother, Lieutenant Ken neth Oberly, navigator on a Flying Fortress, received the same award ««arly January. Sgt. Oberly, 19, is a ball turret gun npr in an Italy based 15th AAF B-17 Flying Fortress. He has flown nine successful daylight bombing missions against enemy targets in Europe. He was graduated from Bluffton High school in 1943. Prior to his in duction into the armed forces on December 20, 1943, he was employed in the calibrating department of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. He completed AAF aerial gunnery training at Las Vegas, Nev., air field in August, 1944. The sergeant is one of three broth ers now overseas. He is based in Italy his brother Kenneth it at an English air base and Robert is with the American army in Belgium. Their father is a veteran of World War I. All three sons were employed by The Triplett Co. before they entered the service, and the elder Oberly has worked for the same firm for several .years. Annual Meeting Of Farmers Grain Co Walter Montgomery and Quinten Burkholder were re-elected to mem bership on the board of directors of the Farmers Grain company at the annual meeting of the concern last Wednesday night. The meeting was held at the Wal nut Grill with 50 stockholders in at tendance. The company's volume of business showed an increase of $50, 000 during the past year, according to the auditor’s report. Other directors serving unexpired terms are: W. W. Huber, Melvin Zimmerly, Alfred Mueller, Clyde Klingler and Sidney Huber. The board of directors at a meet ing Saturday night organized as fol lows: Pres., Alfred Mueller vice pres., Quinten Burkholder sec-treas., Sidney Huber. Eldon Tschiegg was continued as manager. High School Talent To Be Heard On Air Bluffton high school talent will be heard Friday afternoon in a half hour radio program beginning at 1:15 o’clock, it was announced from the high school office Tuesday. The broadcast will be the first of a series of ten weekly programs at the same hour from station WFIN, Findlay. the high school auditorium directed by P. W. Stauffer and various or ganizations and departments school will be featured. Broadcasts will be from of the series Sponsoring the program are the Triplett Electrical ment Co., Steinman Bros. Lumber Co., Bluffton Milling Co., C. F. Nis wander and Koontz Service station. Instru- Former Resident Is Dead In Cleveland Harry Kibler, 70, former Bluffton resident, died in Cleveland Monday, according to word received here Wed nesday morning. He was an adopted son of the late A. G. Kibler, pioneer Bluffton clothing and shoe merchant. He left Bluffton about 50 years ago going to Lima and later to Findlay where he years. Recently Cleveland. He was lived for many he resided in never married. will be held in Funeral services Cleveland, Thursday afternoon fol lowed by interment at that place. African M. E. Pastor Sunday Night Speaker Rev. Gaar Davis, pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal church, Lima, will be the speaker at Bluff ton’s monthly union service at the First night at 7:30 o’clock. school Girl Reserves will have charge of the opening exercises. Mennonite church, Sunday The high Raymond Lehman On Battle Front Sergeant Raymond E. Bluffton, hit the “beach” Day, and has been the fight since. Bluffton High Graduate Had Been Overseas With Ninth Division Since July 5 Notification of Death Received Last Saturday by Parents Killed February 9. Pfc. James H. Amstutz, 20, a Bluff ton High graduate, was killed in ac tion with the Ninth Division of the First Army in Germany on Febru ary 9. Notification of his death was re ceived last Saturday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Amstutz, former Bluffton residents, who now live in Versailles, Ohio. Mrs. Eli Amstutz, of South Jackson street, Rayon sister. is his grandmother, and Mrs. Boutwell, of this place is a Amstutz was inducted into the Pfc. Army on May 19, 194 .'X and took his basic training at Camp ihelby, Miss. He was sent oversea? to England on July 5, 1944. He first entered combat duty in the Aachen, Germany sector on Sept. 16, 1944, and had been at the front most of the time since then. In a letter received last week by his sister, Mrs. Boutwell, he stated that on a recent pass to Paris he had seen Robert Oberly, son of Millard Oberly, of Cherry street. The boys had their picture taken together while sight-seeing in the French capitol and and he sent a print to his sister with his letter. Pfc. Amstutz graduated from Bluff ton High school in 1942, and he was a member of Emmanuel’s Reformed church near Bluffton. He was employed at the City Mar ket here before going into the service, und had also worked for The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Bluffton Stone Co. Bluffton Navy Man And WAVE Married Miss Eileen Wenger of the WAVES and Harlan Swank, in nav al service were married in San Fran cisco, February 17, according to an announced the first of the week. Both are from Bluffton and ates of the high school here. The bride is the daughter and Mrs. Fred Wenger of That Served On Anzio Beachhead Lehman, on thick D” of in the of of is the son D. Lehman, Sergeant Lehman Mr. and Mrs. pmil near Bluffton. Ninth Air De- A member oft the fense Command, Sergeant Lehman wears two Bronze Battle Participa tion Stars indicating two major bat tles. Just recently his unit was at tacked by straf&g German planes. They bagged si$ of the huns and sent the rest tailing for home. An other triumph of ack-ack over plane. JAMES AMSTUTZ KILLED IN ACTION WITH FIRST ARMY gradu- of Mr. Beaver street. She recently completed boot training in New York city has been assigned to duties in Francisco. her and San and Mr. Swank is the son of Mr. Mrs. George Swank, residing north of town. He has been given short duty after a period of service at sea. John Manges Will Be 88 On Thursday John Manges, retired farmer and pioneer Orange township resident, will celebrate his 88th birthday niversary, Thursday. an- He lives on his farm east Bluffton where he has resided many years. The place is operated by his son Layton Manges. Charles Manges of Railroad street is a brother. for Real Estate Deal O. C. Hursey has purchased from Eli Deppler the South Main street property occupied by Lewis Deer hake, formerly the Harvey Jones residence. The Hursey family, now occupying the Marquart Bros, prop erty on what was formerly the M. D. Miller farm in Orange township ex pect to move to town this spring. Former Bluffton Youth With Medical Unit, Long Under Enemy Fire Fifth Army Commander Com mends Hospital for Work on Italian Front Sgt. Donavin Berry, formerly of Bluffton and brother of Dallas “Jack” Berry, Bluffton post office clerk, is a medical technician with the 56th Evacuation hospital which has been serving under fire in Italy most of the time since September, 1943. Its most severe test came in Jan uary, 1944, w’hen the hospital w’ent ashore on the famed Anzio beach head and received more than 1000 patients in its first 36 hours of ac tivity there. Evacuating seriously w’ounded pa tients to hospital ships and landing craft in the harbor, the hospital per sonnel worked feverishly under con stant guns, work threat of German planes and For a time, the 56th did the of two evacuation hospitals. General Mark W. Clark, then Army commander, commended Lt. Fifth the unit for outstanding devotion to duty and meritorious conduct during the beachhead operation. The 56th went ashore at Casa blanca, French Morroco, April 16, 1943, and set up the following June 20 at Bizerte, Tunisia, where it re ceived and treated wounded evacu ated from the Sicilian campaign. The evacuation hospital was land ed at Paestum, Italy, September 27, 1943, and set up October 6 at Avel lino, where it was the foremost evac uation hospital to the Fifth Army front. It w’as moved along as the front advanced until late in the siege of Cassino, w’hen the hospital unit prep’ared for its biggest assignment, service on the Anzio beachhead. The 56th, which can function in a new location in from 36 to 48 hours from the time it suspends operations in an old site, is completely equip ped with medicinal and surgical paraphernalia, dnchiding X-ray and laboratory needs. A makeshift heat ing system, fashioned with a boiler and radiators salvaged from bombed buildings, is assurance of constant temperature in the operating rooms. Another field innovation is a com plete water system, piping from a central storage tank into wards, kitchens, laboratories and operating rooms. The original officer personnel was drawn from Baylor Medical School, then at Dallas, Texas. Hip Is Fractured When W oman Falls Mrs .Charles Kauffman of Riley street is in the hospital at Wyan dotte, Mich., with a fractured hip as the result of a fall at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse James of Flat Rock, Michigan. Mrs. stool when on a regulating The accident occurred Kauffman was standing looking at a thermostat the heat system in the home and the stool collapsed. She was removed to the Wyandotte hospital where her condition was re ported satisfactory the first of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman were spending several weeks at the home of their daughter when the accident occurred. Last Rites Are Held For Infant Daughter Funeral services for Katherine Ann Niswander, seven weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Niswander of Lawn avenue were held at the Paul Diller funeral home, Saturday afternoon with Rev. V. C. Oppermann of the St. John’s Reformed church officiating. ill since birth, died at hospital, Friday morn was in Maple Grove The child, the Bluffton ing. Burial cemetery. to the parents, the in- In addition of fant is survived by one brother, Maynard Gene at home, the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Niswander and the maternal grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Basing er all of this vicinity. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. dora, and Mrs. Noah Leichty, Pan a son, Wednesdaj morning, and Mrs. Howard Frantz, Mt. a son, Saturday. Mr. Cory, 4 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stark, Lima, a son, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs.’ Franklin Bower, Je nera, a son, Friday. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1945 TWO OF 37 MEN IN MARCH DRAFT FROM BLUFFTON Allen County Board No. 3 Will Induct 37 Men Into Armed Forces Next Week Call Also Includes One Regin trant From Lafayette One From Columbus Grove in to Two Bluffton men are included group of 37 registrants notified report for induction into the armed services next week. a Lyle Ray Everett and Harold Perry’ Schick, both of Route 2. Bluffton, are among those to be taken in. the latest call of Board No. 3, which has juris diction over all of rural Allen county. A third Bluffton man who has been called with the March quota is Gerald Huber, Bluffton post office employe.. Huber, living in Lima at the time of registration, is under jurisdiction of Allen County Draft Board No. 1 and will leave Friday with a Lima contingent for an induction cen ter. His wife and son will con tinue to live here at their home on Thurman street. Others to be inducted include: Columbus Grove—Fred Leo Zeits. Lafayette—Howard Vernon How beit. Lima—John Hanthorn, Ralph Thom as, Glen Myers,Eugene Myers, Rich ard Spyker, Carl Downing, Kent Mc Gough, Charles DeLong, Roger Fett, Robert Burtchin, Bernard Murphy, Harold Shindledeckr, Willard Wat kins, Harold Hardin, William Stum baugh. Delphos—Gail Fouwt, Frederick Bindel, Richard Thompson, Bernard Kill, Clement Croft. Spencerville—Otto Degen, Thomas Dillon, Thomas Morrison. Jack Core, Robert Mitchell, Jay Roberts. Anderson Ind.—Pau! Halker. Los Angeles, Calif.—Benjamine Reynolds. Georgetown, O.—James Hook. Bryan—Gerald Ware. Ada—Jay Junior Long. Waynesfield—Norman Case. Robert Koontz Gets Promotion In Army Robert F. Koontz, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koontz, of Bluff ton, has been promoted from the grade of corporal to sergeant at an Eighth Air Force bomber station in England. Sgt. Koontz is a ball turret gun ner on the B-17 Flying Fortress “Marie Helena”, and is a member of the Third Division which was cited by the President for its now historic England to Africa shuttle bombing of Germany. Prior to entering the AAF in September, 1943, Sgt. Koontz was student at Mt. Cory High school. a Girl Reserves Hold Service Sunday Night Bluffton high school Girl Reserves will hold their annual public service at the First Mennonite church, Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock in ob servance of the national Girl Reserve week. Other activities of the week in cluded a silver tea given by Girl Reserve members for their mothers, women faculty members and faculty wives in the high school cafeteria, Wednesday afternoon. Preceding this Rev. Erland Waltner of Mountain Lake addressed the high school chapel assembly. The Girl Reserve is a junior organ ization of the Y. W. C. A. and the* local organization is affiliated with the Ohio and Western Pennsylvania district Y. W.. C. A. With The Sick Ray Feldman of South Main street underwent a gall bladder operation at Bluffton hospital, Wednesday morning. Feldman is inspector for the Army Signal corps at the Trip lett plant here. Condition of Jacob Hochstettler, patient at Bluffton hospital who is ill with pneumonia and complica tions is reported unchanged. His daughter Anna Louise Hochstettler, student at Taylor university, Upland, Ind., has been at his bedside the past week? Alva Morrison is bedfast with com plications at his home on the Dixie highway north of Bluffton. Arthur Hauenstein is a patient in Bluffton hospital ill with complica tions. Only One Tag Again this Year Deadline will be First of April Despite the multitude of wartime restrictions on motoring and motor ists, sale of automobile license plates in Bluffton this year is expected to equal the near-normal volume of 1,200, sold in 1944. Licenses will cost the usual fee: $7 for vehicles up to 25 horse power $10, from 25 to 31 horse power and $16 for over 31 horsepower. Trailer tags also may be obtained thru the local registrar. Freezing Rain, Snow Routs Spring Weather Freezing rain and snow this week routed the first appearance of spring weather which came Satur day when the thermometer rose into the fifties for the warmest weather since the December cold spell. However, the spring weather was short lived as a freezing rain Mon day followed by a heavy snowfall on Wednesday morning brought a re turn of winter to this district. There was no indication, however, that the snow No Restaurants Open Here After Midnight Result! Of Bvrnes’ Curfew K Closing of all Bluffton restaurants |ig facilities after midnight, for oth and amusement places at midnight tr restaurants here have been in the is a development that seemed as- ustom of closin* either at that 4.U A i time or earlier. sured the first of this week, as a' K. result of the amusement curfew or- the usual operation of local amuse dered effective last Monday by War ment or drinking places, as a re sult of Byrnes’ order, for all of them customarily have their doors the town ’s! locked before midnight, it was point 1 re-* ed out this week by their proprie- Mobilization Director James F. Byrnes. 1 The Pine restaurant, the iov xnly eating place which has been i ^naming open after midnight, will4 tors. .close at that time in the future, in- 1 Director Byrnes announced last asmuch as it has been serving beer week that the move was ordered “to in addition to providing food. I straighten out the muddled transpor- This leaves Bluffton with no eat- 1 tation and manpower problems”. New Licenses. Will go on Sale Thursday Tags May be Used in March Auto Tag Sales Expected To Equal Last Year Despite Wartime Bans on sale here Harold Mont Montgomery New tags will go this Thursday at the gomery news stand, was named deputy license registrar to succeed Clayton Bixel, who hand led the sale of auto tags for several past years. Altho virtually no new cars have been released here since the out break of war, and driving has been rigidly curtailed by gasoline and tire rationing, the motor public, with money in its pockets and fewer places to spend it, is ready to buy tags notwithstanding all restrictions. Because of the scarcity of metal, motorists will receive only one tag again this year. It is to be dis played on the rear of the vehicle. Blue Letters The new 1945 tag will have blue letters and numerals on a white background. April 1 is the deadline for obtain ing new tags, but motorists may use them on their cars any time after March 1. When applying for licenses, the car owner must present his certifi cate of title or bill of sale, and sign the application in person, Montgom ery announced. would greatly hamper traffic. Wayne Bible Singers Coming A trio of students from Ft. Wayne Bible Institute will have charge of music at services in the Defenseless Mennonite church here Sunday, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Stan ley Rupp. Members of the trio are Misses Violet and Choletta Egly of Berne, Ind., and Mrs. Ruth Schirling of Royal Oak, Michigan. Kinder garden Class To Open On Monday Kindergarden class will open next Monday morning in the school building, it is announced Mrs. W. A. Howe who will be charge. Grade by in In New Locations Hiram P. Steiner has moved from the J. Folk farm in Union township to the house on the Carey Shawber farm in Riley township. Rolland Beery of near Gilboa who recently purchased the Folk farm of 100 acres will move on the place this spring. No changes will be required in OLD AND OBSOLETE FARM MACHINERY TO BE USED AGAIN Farmers Will Press Makeshift Implements Into Service to Handle Work Shortage of Equipment, Labor Requires Use of Dicarded Machinery Broken-down, antiquated and dis carded farm machinery is being over hauled and being put into shape on Bluffton area farms, to help meet the production goals of farmers who will be harrassed more than ever this spring by a critical shortage of farm labor and equipment. Any implement that can serve as a makeshift will be pressed into ser vice by farmers who cannot obtain new equipment from dealers to serve their needs. Used machinery is hard to get, with ceiling-priced implements going in lotteries at farm sales, and anything thwt does not have a ceiling price commands fanta'stic leVels when avail able. With spring plowing only a matter of a few weeks in the offing, farmers are faced by the task of getting into shape what equipment they have on hand. Shops Overworked Complications have entered into the picture, however, with the fact that farm machinery repair shops are flooded with work, principally on tractors, just at a time when deal ers find themselves short of help. Consequently farmers in many cas es are obliged to use their own re sourcefulness and ingenuity to make repairs to their equipment. The jam in repair shops reflects the trend of recent years toward motor ization of farm equipment, and the backlog of w’ork in shops since last fall now is worse than ever. Some observers see in the conges tion in tractor repairs a situation that may force more farmers to depend on horses this spring, likely would bolster the low prices which have been command ed for draft horses, as a result of the swing toward tractor plowing and cutivation. This move unusually Red Cross War Fund Goal Here Is $3,000 House-to-house canvassing of Bluff ton will be started next week to raise $3,000 in the annual Red Cross War Fund Drive. This year’s campaign will be di rected by Mrs. J. S. Steiner and Wood row addition dential received Little, co-chairmen, to canvassing in the re district, donations will at the Star theatre. be Students Home For Semester Vacation A number of Bluffton young people attending college have been at home during the past week for the vaca tion between semesters. Among these are: Betty Steinman of Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, accompanied by a classmate, Mary Fish of Cali fornia. Jeanne Siefield of the University of Toledo. Beverly Biery of Oberlin college. Marjean Todd of Miami Univers ity, Oxford. Dorothy Anderson, Joan Buckland, Helen Greding, Janice and Ruth Hankish, and Clare Reagan of Bowl ing Green State university. NUMBER 45 TWO MORE FROM HERE WOUNDED IN ACTION OVERSEAS Omer Welty and Dwight Zim merly Slightly Injured on Western European Front Two Other Bluffton Men Wound ed Overseas Now in Hospitals in United States Two moxa Bluffton area men have been wounded with American forces in the European theatre, and two others have been returned to this country’ for hospitalization, according to word received here this week. .. Latest additions to the. growing Pvt. Omer Welly, in France, who received wounds in the back and ribs. Slightly injured. Pvt. Dwight Zimmerly, also wounded on the Western Front. Slightly injured but no details. Pvt. Welty now is in a hospitaMn Par:.-, according to word received by his wife, who lives one mile south of Bluffton on the Dixie highway. He is the son of Svlvanus Welty, and a graduate of Bluffton High school. Pvt. Zimmerly is in an undisclosed hospital in France. Notification of his injury was received Monday by his wife, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Wiess, who lives on Riley street. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zimmerly, of Pandora. Pvt. Maynard Badertscher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Badertscher, of Geiger street, has arrived at the Bill ings General hospital, at Fort Benja min Harrison, Ind. He was w’ounded in action on De cember 2 in Germany, suffering shrap nel injuries to the thigh. His par ents this week received a Purple Heart medal, awarded to him. Pvt. William Amstutz, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Amstutz, Sr., who reside on the former Folet farm, three miles southwest of Bluffton, now is in an Army hospital in Phila delphia. He was wounded in action several times in France and’Gertrtahj’ and also has received the Purple Heart. Honorary Degree To Former Bluffton Man Clarence O. Lehman, Bluffton col lege graduate and president of the State Teachers’ college of Potsdam, N. Y., was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law’s by St. Lawrence university at Canton, N. Y., Saturday. Conferring of the degree .came in connection with the 87th commence ment exercises at St. Lawrence uni hich is located ten miles from Potsdam where Lehman heads the teachers college. The degree was confrred by Dr. Harold Speight, president of St. Lawrence who at the same time con ferred a similar degree on L. W. Houston, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic institute of Troy, N. Y. Dr. Lehman, a native of Berne, Ind., attended Bluffton college about thirty years ago and for the past twenty years has been identified with teacher training institutions in New York state. He recently recovered from a ser ious illness and has resumed his duties as head of the Potsdam insti tution. His wife is the former Carol Betzner, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Betzner of Bluffton. A brother is Prof. G. A. Lehman, former head of the Bluffton college music department, now in charge of the conservatory of Colgate Roch ester Divinity School, Rochester, New York. Sailor Flies Home From Philippines Richard Balmer SK 2/c of the Navy is expected Thursday noon to spend a thirty day leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. James Balmer of South Main street. Balmer who has been in the south west Pacific area for the past 18 months flew- from the Philippines and arrived at Washington, D. C., the first of the w’eek. New Red Ration Stamps Good Sunday Book 4 red stamps—E2 thru J2— will be validated next Sunday, and in the meantime there are reports that many Bluffton families are run ning short of points this week. The next series in processed foods blue stamps—N2 thru S2—will be validated this Thursday and will be good thru June 30.