Bluffton persons who are wonder
ing about the succession to the vice
presidency after the death of Presi
dent Roosevelt elevated Harry S.
Truman to the position of chief ex
ecutive of the nation learned last
week that we will be without a
Vice-President until the next regular
Altho there is a provision for cab
inet members to succeed to the presi
dency in case of death or removal
from office of both the President
and Vice-President, there is no pro
vision for a successor to the Vice
Presidency when that office is va
In the event of President Tru
man’s death, the line of succession
to the Presidency would be:
Secretary of State Edward R.
Secretary of the Treasury Henry
Secretary of War Henry L. Stim
Attorney General Francis Biddle.
The Eternal City, Rome, as
American soldiers are seeing it dur
ing their service in Italy, is inter
estingly described in a letter re
ceived last week from Cpl. Charles
W. Montgomery, sent to his wife
and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Montgomery, of Orange township.
In part, the letter reads:
“I don’t think I ever had a colder
ride than that going to Rome, but I
found sight-seeing in the city very
interesting. Our first stop on a
trip conducted by a guide was at the
forum of Julius Caesar, where Ro
man laws were made and where
Mark Antony made his famous
“To me the ruins were a little like
Carthage in Africa. I took some
pictures which I hope were good,
and I will send them to you.
“On the second day we didn’t get
up until late in the morning. We
went to the Red Cross and had hot
cakes and coffee, then to the Vatican,
and after that to St. Peter’s cathed
ral. That certainly is something to
see, it’s the biggest church I ever
saw. We went all the way up to
the top of the big dome where you
could see all over the city.
“Rome wasn’t hurt much by the
war, and w-e found they have tele
phones that work, and in general the
city is a lot better than any other
place I saw in Italy.
“In the afternoon Ave went to a
museum, and the next morning we
went on a Red Cross tour thru the
catacombs, St. Peter’s and the Vati
can. We saw the Pope and heard
him make a speech.
“I wish you could have seen the
catacombs. That’s where 175,000
early Christians were buried, includ
ing St. Peter. His body, however,
later was taken to St. Peter’s church.
The graves go way down into the
earth, and you can see the skeletons.
“Next we went by part of what
was left of the old Roman wall, and
to the Coliseum, one of the real
wonders of the city. I’ve seen so
many things about early Rome be
fore and after Christ that I’m hav
ing dreams about them.
“On another tour we went thru
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U. S. To Be Without Vice-President
Until End Of Present Term In 1949
Francis Basinger, D.^D. S
Evan Basinger, D. S. i
Sight-seeing In Rome Described In
Letter By Cpl. Charles Montgomery
Postmaster General Frank C.
Secretary of Navy James V. For
Secretary of Inteli-r Harold L.
The order of succession was estab
lished by Congress, Jan. 19, 1886. It
makes no mention of secretaries of
agriculture, commerce and labor,
whose offices had not been created at
The job of presiding over the Sen
ate, customarily handled by the Vice
President now falls to Senator Ken
neth McKellar, Tennessee Democrat,
who at 76 is the oldest member in
point of service and has been serv
ing as president of the Senate pro
tein since January 6.
Senator McKellar retains his sta
tus as senior senator and also gets
a salary boost from $10,000 to $15,
000, the Vice-President's allotment.
As senator he still is entitled to
vote on all matters before the Sen
ate. A Vice-President can vote only
in case of a tie.
the European art gallery. You
should see how good some of those
old painting are, some of which were
done before Christ. The Art Gallery
was where Mussolini made all his
speeches. I stood on the balcony
where he always talked
“We went to a hill overlooking the
city. It’s really a nice looking place,
considering the rest of Italy. In the
afternoon we walked along the Tiber
and took pictures, and went out to
St. John’s church, which is one of
the oldest churches.”
Rites At Emmanuel's
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura
Ellen Moser, 69, who resided north
of Beaverdam, were held at Emman
uel’s Reformed church southwest of
Bluffton, Wednesday afternoon.
Her pastor, Rev. V. C. Oppermann
officiated at the services and inter
ment was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Moser died Sunday afternoon
at the home of a daughter, Mrs.
Helen Younkman of Dayton, follow
ing a week’s illness.
Mrs. Moser was born in Darke
county, October 31, 1875, and had re
sided in the Beaverdam community
since her marriage to Noah Moser
in 1897. She had been with the
daughter in Dayton since November.
Mr. Moser expired in 1941.
She is survived by a son, Clair
Moser, north of Beaverdam three
daughters, Mrs. Younkman, Dayton
Mrs. Eleanor Hall, Beaverdam and
Mrs. Fern Hutchinson, West Unity
a brother, Albert Petersines, Ver
sailles, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs.
Bertha Lacey, Huron and Mrs. Cor
delia McFarland, of Alexandria, Ind.
She belonged to Richland grange
and was a member of Emmanuel’s
Honor Bluffton Man
Instructor At O. S. U.
Professor Oscar D. Rickly, of
Ohio State University’s department
of industrial engineering, received
special recognition from the univers
ity board of trustees for his 26 years
of service to the university, at a
dinner in Columbus, Tuesday.
Professor Rickly is a native of
Bluffton, and a graduate of Pandora
high school. He has the mechanical
engineering and master of science
degrees from Ohio State.
Professor Rickly has been on the
Ohio State staff since 1919, advanc
ing from the rank of instructor to
that of associate professor. He was
previously employed with the Jeffrey
Manufacturing Company of Colum
During the first World War he
was a private in the ordnance de
partment of the U. S. Army.
Buy War Bonds for Victory!
Sizes 1 to 12. Widths 5-A to 3-E
Sizes 6 to 14. Widths 4-A to 3-E
W. U. Gratz Family Shoe Store
Store hours (except Thursday and Saturday) 8 a. m. to 6 p. m.
Saturday, 8 a. m. to 10:30 p. m. Closed Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zimmerman
were Sunday evening callers on Oscar
and H. P. Zimmerman.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar and H. P. Zim
merman were Sunday dinner guests
of Cal Herr.
Mrs. Marcyle Smith was a Satur
day afternoon visitor at the Huber
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stratton and
daughter and Maurice Bell and family
were Sunday dinner guests of Orton
Mrs. Mike Gleason and children
were callers on Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Hover and family Sunday for dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faze and fam
ily called on Mr. and Mrs. Paul Peter
son of Beaverdam, Sunday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Turner and
Marie Turner and Robert Kisner of
Cleveland spent Sunday at the Lyman
Cloyce Hauensteins were visitors at
the Kenneth and Lewis Hauenstein
homes Sunday also called on Mr. and
Mrs. Cheat Long.
Mrs. Crystal Stratton and daughter
wer^ Friday afternoon callers on the
Robert Basinger family of Pandora
also called Sunday on the Basinger
sisters of Bluffton.
Arthur Phillips visited at the Wm.
Younkman home in Beaverdam, Sun
Alta Garau, Naomi Steiner, and
Rhea Althauser were Sunday callers
on I. R. Shindiedecker and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hauenstein
and Betty were Saturday evening vis
itors at the home of K. K. Huber.
Sgt. Wilbur Mefferd and wife of
Detroit are visiting his parents, Chas.
Mefferd and her mother of Elida.
The Victory’ class will meet Friday
evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Idonna Huber and son spent
a few day’s wit hher folks in Kalida.
A surprise wiener roast and ham
burg fry was given by Mrs. C. M.
Gleason in honor of her sons Mickey’s
13th birthday. The party was held
at Lincoln Roadside park near Beav
erdam, Friday from 3:30 to 6:30.
Those enjoying the outing were Peggy
Young, Rosella Moser, Eileen Brauen,
Marlene Gleason, Don Coon, Don
Oates, George Grismore, Dwight Hau
enstein, Elwood Brauer^Danny Glea
son and the honored guest.
The boys’ quartet sang at the Go
mer Congregational Christian church
at the Brotherhood meeting of Gomer
and Lafayette. They- sang two re
ligious numbers, “In The Gloaming,”
and “The Ole Grey Robe.” Those
singing were Richard Eversole, Ger
ald Clum, Fred Sumney, and Glenn
McCleary, accompanied by Mary- Alice
The Lafayette High school has been
accepted into membership of North
Central Association of high schools
following a recent state inspection.
This is a distinct honor for our school
and an advantage to the student body.
The following committees have been
chosen to plan the Junior-Senior ban
quet set for May 12th:
Menu—Lois Werling, chairman
Wilma Dow-ning, Myra Longbrake,
Ed Snyder, Don Clum, Jim McNett,
Max Shrider, Christine Arthur, Lo
chairman Carolyn Vore, Gerald Clum,
Mary Ellen Bridges, Eloise Augsbur
ger, Ronald Anderson, Howard Shick,
Program—Frances McNett, Chair
man Marcene Ransbottom, Bill Hawk,
Preparation Jean Ellen Lewis,
chairman Connie Petropulos, Glenn
Schick, Jean Zimmer, Bob Vermillion,
John Redmond, Lawrence Yoder, Tom
Ross, Joan Donahoe, Shirley Staley,
Fred Sumney, Stanley Salter.
Flower—Della Rae Galloway, chair
man Lawrence Burwell, Mary Peter
son, Bill Houston, Bill Line, Gene
Black, Jack Wildermuth.
Basketball boys attending the State
Basketball Tournament at Spring
field, were Danny Reed, Bob Hentze,
Bill Hall, Bill Hawk, Cletus Gerig,
Glen Schick, Kenny Schick, Norman
Bixel ,Bud Early, Fred Kline, Calvin
Early, Kenny Bowyer, John Harnish
feger. They were accompanied by
Calvin Early, Harvey Badertscher,
Oliver Hager and Harold Bixel.
The State Eighth Grade tests were
given last w-eek.
Lafayette placed second in the
County Eisteddfod which was held at
Spencerville, Friday. Those winning
firsts were: Glenn McCleary in the
baritone solo, accompanied by Mary
Alice Anspach the boys’ quartet,
Richard Eversole, Gerald Clum, Fred
Sumney and Glenn McCleary, ac
companied by Mary Alice Anspach
the mixed quartet, Richard Eversole,
Evon Hefner, June Sandy, and Glenn
McCleary, accompanied by Phyllis
Lutz, and the boys’ glee club, accom
panied by Mary Alice Anspach. The
mixed chorus won second place, ac
companied by Phyllis Lutz.
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT
The State of Ohio. Allen County, ss.
Estate of Elizabeth Tschantz, Deceawd.
W. Bixler, of Ils Kibler St., Bluffton^
Ohio, has been apjointed and qualified^iiF
V!n in:-* i ator of the estate of Elailtfieth
Tschantz. late Allen County, Ohio, de
Dated this 13th day of April, 1945.
RAYMOND P. SMITH.
2 Probate Judge
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
Belgian Landscape, 1945
Faced with a critical shortage of
farm labor, the farmer during w-ar
years has endeavored to keep his
machines in A-l order and the win
ter checking has become a necessary
operation in order to assure an effi
ciently running engine during the
“rush” seasons of soil preparation
The ranks of the repair men have
been thinned by the calling of many
Baby Crib Mattresses, Bat hinette Pads
and Cot Pads
Pillows of Duck and I Turkey feathers.
Some unusual valuesJ Per pair
WHILE AMERICAN RED CROSS TRUCKS rumble to the front, these two
Belgian refugees walk slowly back to Bastogne.
They’re not as young as they used
to be—those tractors which are now
in the Bluffton district—and it's not
carrying the load of spring plowing
to be wondered at if they develop a
lot of coughs and knocks icidental to
It’s been a long time since a farm
er could w’alk into an implement
dealer’s place and drive off with a
shiny new tractor. And besides that
there’s that little matter of the
war—they’re drafting mechanics, too,
you know’—and also lest you forget,
the snow that kept farmers ma
rooned for the greater part of last
winter, didn’t make it any easier to
get into town for repairs.
The idle winter season usually
finds a steady stream of tractors
passing through repair shops for
overhauling to be put in condition
for steady w’ork throughout the crop
0 Tractors Sputter And Wheeze As
They Take Up Task Of Spring Plowi ng
(United Nations Photo}
of the younger mechanics to the col
ors and to the important tasks of
maintaining war machinery. Repairs
have been growing constantly harder
Then along came the record snow-s
of the past winter. Rural roads
were blocked and tractors, unable to
get to town for their w-inter over
hauling, stayed in their sheds.
With the departure of the snows
and open roads, a swarm of tractors
descended upon the short-handed re
pair shops with owners ready and
eager to get a flying start in the
fields as soon as the soil was dry.
The bottleneck formed quickly. It
was possible to handle only a cer
tain number of machines properly in
a week. Perhaps a few handy
farmers can overhaul their tractor
motors themselves and slightly ease
the pressure at the repair shops.
But if tractors develop unnatural
knocking or stop on the job com
pletely during the coming work sea
son, it can be blamed at least in
part on the heavy snow of the past
To maintain a 10-million-bale cot
ton market, each person in the
U. S. must use 37 pounds of cotton
per year instead of the 25 pounds
of prewar days.
A NEW MA
The junior class play, “The Silver
Cord,” by Sidney How-ard, will be pre
sented Friday at 8:15 p. m. in Ram
seyer Chapel. It tells of a possessive
mother’s attempts to keep her two
sons tied to her apron strings. Stu
dents taking parts are Celia Amstutz,
David Rosenbereger, Hildred Eversole,
Roger Berkey, Mary Locher, and
Treva Arrants. Paul Stauffer, speech
instructor, will direct, assisted by Ev
elyn Johnson, senior from Bucyrus.
A group of Home Economics club
girls will travel to Cleveland Satur
day to visit one of the large depart
ment stores. Several will remain for
Sunday. Those making the trip are
Phyllis Bachman, Lois Sommer, La
Vonne Hostetler, Margery Niswander,
Hildred Eversole, Harriet Schertz and
Miss Edna Ramseyer.
A scavanger hunt sponsored by the
Recreation Association, with Dudley
Despite wartime shortages we are
fortunate in having in stock Bed
springs in Full and Twin Sizes.
While they last, only
$9 and $10
Basinger's furniture Stere
Bluffton College Notes
Bluffton High School Notes
By Jean Ann Steinman
Girl Reserves Entertain
Girls of the Freshman Class hav~
been invited as guests of the Girl Re
serves at their meeting tonight. They
will meet at 7:15 instead of 7:30 be
cause of the music course number at
the college. Each of the Sophomore,
Junior and Senior Classes will be re
sponsible for a part of the program.
That the meeting will be in a humor
ous vein is evidenced by the fact that
each girl is requested to tell a joke
at the meeting.
Having come out as victors in last
week’s baseball game, the Pirates
have two games scheduled for this
w-eek. One was played here last
night with St. Gerard. The second
game on Wednesday afternoon at
4:30 with Lima South at Lima.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
council of the Village of Bluffton,
will, receive sealed bids for the pur
of equipment and accessories for the
chase _________ ________________ __
fire department of said village as follows:
500 feet 2% inch fire hose
300 feet 1 inch fire hose.
2 nozzles IVj inches
3 sets of 2% inch spanner wrenches
3 sets of 1% inch spanner
2 hydrant wrenches
10 firemen’* rain coats
10 firemen’s helmets
1 chief’s raincoat
pairs rubber boots
i on file at the
and may be in
Detailed specifications aj|(
office of the village clery
spected by interested pa
Bidders will be requil
make and unit price of iu
with date of delivery.
1 to state quality,
is bid upon together
*ompanied by certified
I (10) per cent of the
he bid aa an evidence
successful bidder will
Each bid shall be
check in amount of
aggregate amount of
of good faith. Check __ ._____ ______ ___
retained until delivery is made. Checks
of other bidders will he returned after award
ing of contract or Jontracts.
All bids to be in /lands of the clerk of the
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 1945
Dean and Galen Basinger, chairmen,
will be held on Saturday.
Professor Hauenstein welcomed stu
dents into his home for informal en
tertainment, Sunday evening.
Two Bluffton College students, Mary
Locher and Christine Burkhard, at
tended an American Friends Service”
Committee w-eek end Conference in
Columbus on the theme, “Are We
Working Toward World Coopera
tion Leaders at the conference
were Lillian Smith, author of “Strange
Fruit Dr. Maynard Kreuger, and
Dr. Philip Nash.
Dr. .L. Ramseyer has announced
that commencement speaker this year
will be Dr. Henry H. Crane ,well
know’n speaker and pastor of the Cen
tral Methodist Church of Detroit.
Commencement will be Monday, May
Class Party Scheduled
Billy Burcky, 8th giade class presi
dent, is in charge of plans for an 8th
grade party to be held this Wednes
day night in the high school. Fol
lowing group games and a treasure
hunt, refreshments will be served to.
the group in the cafeteria.
Music Students Participate
Music students of Bluffton High
school will go to Bow’Iing Green,
Saturday, to participate in the audi
tions for instrumental solos and en
sembles. A feature different from
those of former contests is that the
judge will publicly give criticisms af
ter each performance. Entering from
Bluffton will be two violin solos, two
piano solos, flute solos, bassoon solo,,
trumpet solo, a violin quartet, and a
village council by 12 o'clock neon on Mon
day, May 7, 1945.
Envelopes containing bids to be marked
“Bids for Fire Department Equipment. Bluff
The village council reserves the right to
reject any or all bids.
By order of the Coucil of the Village oF
1 W. O. GEIGER Clerk.
Alrkproperty owners are hereby
notifiedXlo make inspection of their
sidewalks^ and have any necessary
repairs made at once.
W. A. Howe, Mayor.
Less than half as much bruising
of potato tubers results if a woven
splint, rigid-handle type basket is
used in place of a crate.
Just what the ductor
ordered for better steep!
Large Selection of
in Full, Twin [and Three-Quarter
Sizes, in 50 and 55 Pound Weights
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