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UNITS* ITATM VOLUME NO. LXX MEAT SUPPLIES AT LOWEST POINT IN HISTORY OF AREA Promises of Improved Supply Situation Received With Skepticism Here Bluffton’s Two Meat Markets May be Closed From Sat urday to Saturday Bluffton’s meat supply situation has reached what undoubtedly is the lowest ebb in its history, and reports of promised improvement during the coming month are being received here with a skeptical attitude on the part of meat dealers and consumers alike. With the town’s two meat markets closing early last Saturday evening and announcing that they likely will remain closed until Saturday of this week, promises of something better in the future have done little to satisfy a meat-hungry community which is judging the situation as it is and not as those in control of rationing expect it to be. If the markets remain closed until Saturday as announced, it will be the longest period in history that no meat has been available here in butcher shops. Operators said they possibly might be open for business on Friday afternoon, but no matter how’ you figure it, practically a full week will elapse before eat can again be purchased from the local retailers. Consumers Rush Markets A rushing business was done by both meat markets last Saturday when they opened after being closed for two full days, and crowds of -customers stood in line from early morning until the markets closed long before their usual time of suspending business at 10 p. m. With the exception of a limited supply of cold luncheon meat, all stocks were exhausted in the stores, even steaks which require the ex penditure of a maximum number of ration points. Reports of pending legislation which is said to provide relief for the situation were received here with a “crossed fingers” attitude, and local dealers and consumers will believe it when it comes to pass. Legislation Pending The legislation in question was a bill passed last Saturday by the houhe of representatives to permit unlimited local slaughtering of live stock if it should be available. An ample supply of livestock Is Reported available in this area for slaughtering, but the joker in the situation is the fact that before he bill can be put into effect it must also be passed by the Senate and signed by the President. In the meantime, the OPA said ™»re meat would be available in JJ®3y, for slaughtering quotas for the month are based on 1944 inventories which was about 25 per cent higher than the June 1944 quota. Lt. Richard West Killed In Action Lt. Richard West, of Amarillo, Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don West, of Chicago, and a grandson of Fletch West, formerly of Bluffton, was killed in action over Germany in March, 1944, his wife was notified recently. A pilot in the air corps, Lt. West had been reported missing in action, and his death was not definitely es tablished until after V-E Day in Europe. His father, a former resident of Bluffton and a World War I veteran, is seriously ill in Hines Veterans’ hospital in Chicago. He lived here as a boy in the Fletch West home on Grove street where the Ebenezer par sonage now stands. Real Estate Deal Charles Aukerman has purchased the Cherry street property which he and his family occupy from Ross Bogart. F. G. Anderson has sold his South Main street residence, the former L. L. Glymer property to Walter Ba singer residing two miles south of Pandora. Possession will be given in September. To Present Drama At Sunday Night Service A religious drama “Simon the Leper” will be presented by a group of Bluffton young people at the July union church service to be held at St. John’s Reformed church Sunday night at 8 o’clock. c* Overseas Soldier To See 3-Year-Old Son For First Time rjECH. Corp George Moser, son A of Mr. and Mrs. John Moser of North Main street, honorably dis charged from the- army is enroute to Denver, Colorado to join his wife and three year old son Gregory whom he has never seen. Corp. Moser who served four years in the army, three of which were in the European theatre ar rived here Monday to visit his parents and left on Tuesday for Denver. His wife is the former Pearl Beery, daughter of the late Joshua Beery residing west of Bluffton. Mrs. Clayton Murray of West Elm street is a sister. SCHOOL TEACHERS GET RAISE IN PAY FOR COMING YEAR Sum of $2,400 is Allotted by Board for Salary Advance, Monday Night Average Increase Will be $109 For Each of 22 Teachers in System Bluffton teachers in the high and grade schools were granted salary increases for the coming year ag gregating $2,400 by action of the Board of Education in a special meeting Monday night. The salary increase represents nearly half of the increased revenue to be received from the state school funds as a result of provisions of the McDaniels-Cramer bill recently passed over the veto of Governor Frank Lausche. Under provisions of this bill the Bluffton schools expect to receive from the state school foundation fund a total of $22,698 as compared with $17,211, an increase of $5,487. Average Increase Per Teacher $109 The $2,400 to be added to salaries will represent an average increase of $109 for each of the 22 teachers in the school system. This will bring the average annual salary of full time teachers in the high school to $1,865 and that of the grade school teachers to $1,750. Supt. of Schools Ralph Lanham’s salary will also be raised from $2,900 to $3,100 and that of Principal Gerhard Buhler from $2,350 to $2,600. Harry Barnes, instructor in voca tional agriculture will receive $2,575 with $300 additional for traveling expenses. Half of Barnes’ salary and expense account is paid by government agencies. Fund Balance What disposition will be made by the board of education with the balance represented in the increase from the McDaniels-Cramer bill has not been announced. However it is believed that a substantial portion of it will be earmarked for operating expenses. There has been no official indica tion from the board as to whether any portion of the remaining balance will be used for pay increases to janitors and maintenance personnel, whose pay rates for the coming year are usually fixed at the July meet ing. Roland Bixler Talks To Student Meetings Roland Bixler, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bixler, of Kibler street, and president of J-B-T Instruments, Inc., in New Haven, Conn., has been speaking before high school assembly groups at that place in a series ar ranged by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. His talks have been on “The Prac tical Application of Mathematics in Industry”, in which he points out that mathematics is a tool for doing things the easy way. Bring Body Here For Burial Friday Don West, 49, former Bluffton resi dent, died at Hines Veterans hospital, Chicago, Wednesday morning. The body will be sent here for services at the Basinger funeral home, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in Maple Grove. Surviving are his wife and one daughter of Chicago his father Fletch West of Lima and brother Ralph of I Wheaton, Illinois NEW FIRETRUCK IS DELIVERED TO BLUFFTON MONDAY Triple-Combustion Mack Truck Will Have 500-Gallons Per Minute Capacity Final Tests On New $6,203 Fire Truck Made By State In spectors on Tuesday Delivery of Bluffton’s new $6,203.85 fire truck pumper on Monday of this week gives the local municipal fire department equipment that is the equal of any town of considerably larger size in Ohio, village officials pointed out this week. State tests of the new triple combustion Mack truck with a pumping capacity of 500 gallons per minute were run Tuesday afternoon at Buckeye lake, and Tuesday night the new outfit was ready for use by the department. Results of the tests, fire depart ment spokesmen said, were entirely satisfactory. Rural Fire Protection With the new truck added to local equipment, the town now will as sume responsibility for providing fire protection for most of the rural area within an eight mile radius of here, with the exception of Beaverdam and Union township. Richland township already has completed negotiations with the town for fire protection at a flat rate of $250 per year, and Orange township trustees have signified that they are ready to complete a similar contract. Beaverdam village also has evidenced interest in making ar rangements with Bluffton for fire protection, but no decision in the matter has been announced as yet. Discontinue Flat Rate Charge In past years, the town has charged a notninal flat rate of $25 for every call outside the corpora tion, but inasmuch as there has been no specific guarantee of payment, reimbursement for such runs often was not forthcoming. The new truck is equipped with a 400-gallon booster tank, fitting it for rural fire fighting, to comply with arrangements made by the town in extending its fire protection coverage. Order for the truck was placed last October with the Mack firm, the second let to the same company in the last three years. A previous contract was cancelled in 1942 after wartime production restrictions made it impossible to obtain the vehicle. Receives Degree At Ohio Wesleyan Miss Betty Steinman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Steinman of South Lawn avenue received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, at the week end commencement exer cises. The class address was delivered by Capt. A. S. Adams of the Bureau of Navy Personnel^ Washington, D. C. Bluffton Man Gets Patent On Combine John Jorg, 73, retired thresher man who makes his home here with his son, Earl Jorg, Bluffton hatch eryman, has taken out a patent on a simplified construction of a farm combine used in the harvest of wheat and other grains, it was learned the first of the week. Jorg’s patent is said to greatly simplify combine construction, thresh ing and separating the grain from the straw by means of a cylinder mounted on two bearings. His con struction would eliminate 62 bear ings, 12 shafts and a number of belts and chains, it is claimed. He has already received several offers from interests seeking to buy the patent rights. Jorg was a threshing machine operator for 50 years before he retired. Piano Recital Mrs. James Elvin will present the following pupils in a recital at St. John’s Reformed church Monday night at 8:15 o’clock: Sarah Amstutz, Miriam Basinger, Phyllis Lentz, Janet Andrews, Mary Ann Basinger, Ruth Nonnamaker, Barbara Diller, Bobby Steiner, Gene Badertscher, Roderick Balmer and Dean Redick who recently played a very successful program in Findlay sponsored by members of the Music club. The public is invited. IHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1945 A seven-hour airplane sight-seeing flight over the war devastated cities of northern Germany was tafcen by Corporal Robert McCune, of Geiger street, before he returned to this country after 21 months sendee in England. Corporal McCune arrived here Monday morning for a 30-day fur lough before reporting to Camp At terbury, Ind., for reassignment. McCune’s ground crew which serv iced American bombers assaulting Germany from England was treated to the aerial sight-seeing tour, and from the skies saw the extent of the war damage caused to Germany’s once proud industrial cities. Hamburg, a city with a peace time population of nearly 2,000,000, is entirely devastated, Corp. McCune Thrills of Th*e Old Wild West Will Be Recaptured in Holiday Fete Parade of Horsemen Saturday Night Will Advertise Rodeo Features Replete with all the thrills and color of the “Old Wild West”, a gala rodeo of 16 events, featuring some of the best horsemen and horse women in Ohio and Indiana, will be held under the floodlights at Har mon field on Fourth of July night. All the colorful setting of the old time rodeos will be duplicated in this year’s show here, and the many features will include trick riding, bronco busting, steer riding, musical keg racing, steer dogging and calf roping. Opening the gala evening program, an airplane stunting exhibition will be put on over Harmon field starting at 7:30 p. m. by two airplanes owned by Clayton Bixel, Bluffton flying in structor. One of the features of the show will be the competition of Bluffton area horsemen and horsewomen against riders from other parts of Ohio and Indiana for the $250 in prize money offered this year. Pre-rodeo activity will start here this Saturday night, with a parade of horses and riders led by the Raw son band through downtown Bluff ton. The band also will present a concert at the Presbyterian church yard, from 8 to 9 .m., preceding the parade. It will also play for the rodeo on the Fourth. Plenty of seating space will be available for the capacity turnout ex pected foi the rodevj aM temporary wings of bleachers are being added to the large concrete stadium at the recreation center. Co-sponsors of the rodeo are the Bluffton Saddle Horse club and the Bluffton Community Sportsman’s club, the same organizations which presented last year’s successful show. Half of the net proceeds will be used for the development of Buckeye Memorial park at the Buckeye swim ming lake, a project which has the support of all municipal organiza tions as a tribute to Bluffton area men and women serving with the armed forces in World War II. Last year’s rodeo here on the Fourth of July attracted a turnout of more than 5000 spectators, and arrangements are being made to ac commodate a similar number this summer. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Habegger, Bluffton, a girl, Constance Ann, last Wednesday. Mrs. Habegger is the former Marcile Luginbuhl. Corp. Robert McCune Sees German Devastation In Tour By Airplane Fourth Of July Rodeo At Harmon Field Will Be Replete With Color Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Ramon, Je nera, a boy, Ruben Martinez, Jr., Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schreck, Leip sic, a boy, Wednesday morning. Robt. Criblez, Wounded Arrives In California Pfc. Robert Criblez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Criblez south of Bluffton who was seriously wounded at Okinawa May 16, arrived Tues day at the Air Debarkation hospital at Hamilton Field, Calif., the family here was advised. He is expected to be removed soon to a hospital nearer his home here. His-injuries consist of wounds in the upper back caused by an enemy shell fragment. said, and all that can be seen from the skies is the ruins of business buildings, factories and residential districts. Only a handful of people could be seen in the ruins. The story of devastation was the same in Essen, Hanover, Bremen and Emden, which were also seen on the flight. Corp. McCune’s plane crossed into Europe by way of Holland and he saw where thousands of acres of rich Dutch farmland were inundated by the Germans when they destroyed the dikes and let in the sea. Most of the land still is flooded, he said. The flight in a B-25 bomber also took the group over bomb-pocket air fields strewn with wrecked Nazi air craft, and the sight-seers also saw the Rhine where it was crossed by British forces. Lions Represented At District Meeting Bluffton was represented Sunday at a Lions club district meeting held at Tiffin to supplant the usual state convention of the organization, to conform to ODT regulations. In the delegation from the local club where Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Waitermire and Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Burcky. Guy W. Brentlinger, of Lima was nominated unanimously for Lions In ternational director. Karl Kurtz, of Sandusky, was elected Governor for this district which comprises about one-fourth of Ohio. Bluffton Man Raised To Captain In A rmy Robert West, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West of South Lawn avenue has been promoted from first lieutenant to the rank of captain, it was an nounced the first of the week. He has been with an army unit in the Pacific war area for the past two years. Attend Youth Camp Mary Louise Balmer, Dorothy Rae Amstutz, Jane Risser and Sara Lee Badertscher are spending the week at Camp Ohio at St. Louisville, near Utica. The camp is sponsored by the Evangelical and Reformed church and is devoted this week to a group of intermediate age young people. Bluffton’s Seventh War Loan drive has exceeded its goal of $100,000 by 25 per cent with sales for the re mainder of this week still to be added to the aggregate total, it was announced Tuesday by Co-Chairmen Norman Triplett and M. M. Bogart. At the close of business Tuesday, sales had reached a mark of $125, 000, and bond purchases made during the rest of this week will be added to the total. Part of the excellent results in reaching the goal early in the drive Staff Sgt. Edwin Rice, a veteran of five major battles in Africa, Sicily and Italy and wearer of the Purple Heart medal for wounds obtained in action, was honorably discharged from the army last week at Camp Beale, Calif. Seventh War Loan Bond Sales Here Over The Top At Mark Of $125,000 Two Bluffton Men Discharged From Army Sgt. Rice had been in the army since 1942, and went into action with the first unit to land in Africa. He was on battlefronts from that time until he returned to the states last March after nearly three years overseas. At present he and his wife, the former Ethelyn Oyer, of this place, are in St .Louis visiting Corp, and Mrs. Edward Schumacher.’ Mrs. Rice and Mrs. Schumacher are sis ters and Corp. Schumacher is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Schu macher of this place. Sgt. and Mrs. Rice are expected to return to Bluffton within the next week, but the discharged veteran has not yet announced his plans for the future. When he was inducted into the army, Sgt. Rice was in his junior year at Bowling Green State uni versity, majoring in manual training and physical education. Publish Thursday Next Week Because Of Fourth Of July TIECAUSE of the Fourth of •^July holiday on Wednesday, the Bluffton News will be published next week on Thurs day. All news items and adver tising copy should reach the of fice on Tuesday as usual. The office will be closed all day Wednesday. Lima Girls Victims Of Attack Near Here Three men who two Lima sisters, 15 and 16, said transported them from Lima to a secluded field south east of Bluffton on, the John Palte farm and criminally attacked them shortly after midnight last Wednes day were being sought this week by county and state authorities. Left in the muddy field following the attack, the girls made their way to the Palte home, from where they were taken to the office of a Bluffton physician and then questioned by local police. The field where the alleged attack took place borders a little traveled road and is near the Ewing school in Orange township. It is on the former Cal Ewing farm. In their initial account of the inci dent, the girls told Bluffton police they were forced into the car by the three men about 11:15 P. M. Wednes day at Main and High streets in Lima. They said one of the men brandished a knife to make them en ter the car. On the following day they changed this detail of their story, and told Allen county authorities that one of the girls got into the car after her sister had been pushed into the back seat “because I didn’t want to leave my sister alone with them.” They said the men, who talked in a foreign language, drove to the se cluded spot ,dragged them from the car and that each of the men as saulted each of the girls. Authorities said the sisters had lacerations and bruises about their arms and bodies which they said were inflicted by the men when the girls fought them in the field. Two of the attackers, the girls said, wore Navy uniforms. The girls said that the men claimed they ob tained the uniforms by “killing two sailors”. Hcwever, authorities dis counted the story of the killing, pointing out that the men probably were attempting to frighten the girls with such conversation. In Cincinnati For Summer Music Study Miss Alice Jean Bixel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. R. Bixel has en rolled for a six weeks’ summer course in Cincinnati Conservatory of was due to the fact that for the first time the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. and the Boss Glove fac tory allocated some of their bond purchases to Bluffton because they operate plants here. Final reports of captains in charge of the 10 zones set up here for house-to-house solicitation will be due the latter part of this week, Co Chairmen Triplett and Bogart point ed out, in order that a concluding report on the drive will be available on Saturday. Under Point System Tech. Sgt. Paul J. Augsburger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Augsburger, of South Jackson street, arrived home unexpectedly last Wednesday, after receiving his honorable discharge from the army. His release from the armed forces came as a result of the army’s new point system, and to qualify for dis charge Sgt. Augsburger had 93 points to his credit. The local youth was overseas two years, during which time he was sta tioned in the South Pacific war the atre. He had returned to this coun try on leave, and received his dis charge about the time he expected to return to duty in the Pacific. So far Sgt. Augsburger has made no decision as to his plans for the future Before he entered the armed forces he was employed in the main office of the Farmer Production as sociation at Defiance. During his service in the army most of his experience was in clerical work. Loti of Electrons About fl million trillion electrons flow through the electric light on your lamp table. BUY uwm» NUMBER 10 BLUFFTON PLANS QUIET FOURTH OF JULY OBSERVANCE Fireworks Will Be Missing From This Year’s Independ ence Day Celebration Business Will Be Suspended Generally: Post Office Also Will Close With automobile travel restriced by gasoline rationing and banging fire crackers barred, by state statutes Bluffton residents are making prep arations to celebrate a quiet Fourth of July at home next Wednesday. Noisy celebrations of Independence Day sacred to the memory of Bluff ton adults, now live on only in the recollection of those who can recall when the holiday would open with a barrage of noise when firecrackers, toy cannon and torpedoes cracked all day long, and when roman candles, sky rockets, pin wheels and sparklers provided a pyrotechnical aurora bor ealis on the holiday night. This year the only event of color in the holiday program will be a gala rodeo to be held at Harmon field, starting at 7:30 p. in., to climax what otherwise will be a quietly observed Fourth. No Mail Delivery Business generally will be suspend ed in Bluffton over the holiday, and there will be no delivery of mail on town or rural routes. Bluffton’s major industry, The Trip lett Electrical Instrument Co., will suspend operation for the entire week, to permit employes to enjoy their an nual summer vacation. Several busi ness places also have announced their intention of closing for the same per iod, as they did last year. Recreation during the day will be centered at Buckeye Lake, the muni cipal picnic and bathing center, which is expected to do a rushing business providing the day brings favorable weather. Safe and Sane Fourth Transformation of Bluffton’s Fourth of July observances to the present “safe and sane” variety, minus fire works, started back in 1940 when a municipal ordinance was passed bar ring the discharg of any fireworks within the corporation limits. The same low was confined in 1941, a’nd the next year a state law was adopted, the provisions of which were similar to those incorporated in Bluff ton’s code. Combination of these two legal ac tions sounded the knell for the wide open, old-time noisy Fourth of July known to our fathers, and there is no sign of the colorful displays of fire works which used to crowd the show windows of many Bluffton dealers in the old days. Three Cars In Wreck Caused By Blowout .......... Three ears were damaged and Floyd C. Wineland, of Mt. Blanch ard, suffered minor bruises in a traffic accident on South Main street caused by a blowout, at 4:30 P. M. Thursday. Wineland was driving north on Main street and lost control of his automobile when one of the front tires blew out, he told state highway patrolmen. His automobile crashed into the rear of a parked car owned by Mrs. Lenore Myers, residing three miles south of town, and her vehicle was pushed into a parked car owned by Mrs. Harold Carr, of Union town ship. Both women were attending an afternoon meeting of the Garden club at the Mrs. C. F. Niswander resi dence where the cars were parked. Wineland’s car was wrecked in the mishap and the trunk of Mrs. Myers’ auto was badly mashed. Mrs. Carr’s auto was only slightly dam aged. Wineland received a bad bruise on the face but otherwise was unhurt. Program By Bible School Friday Night Pupils of the Daily Vacation Bible school will present a program under direction of Rev. Paul Rupp at the Methodist church, Friday night at 8 o’clock. There are 140 enrolled, it was stated by Rev. Rupp and each class will present the work it has been doing. The public is invited. Boy Scouts Paper Cdllection Saturday Bluffton Boy Scouts will gather waste paper Saturday afternoon. All newspapers, magazines and other paper for the collection should be bundled and placed on the front porch by 12:30 P. M.