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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The following births at Bluffton
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.,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Loti of Electrons
About fl million trillion electrons
flow through the electric light on
your lamp table.
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
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
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
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
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.

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