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BUY STAMM VOLUME NO. LXX WHEAT YIELD IS SURPASSING PRE SEASON FORECAST Early Reports Indicate Yield from 35 to 40 Bushels Per Acre ’Grain is of Good Quality Deal ers Promised Cars to Move Crop Marketing of a bumper wheat •crop, described by farm observers as one of the best in many years, is well under way in the Bluffton district this week. Pre-harvest estimates of returns •of 25 bushels to the acre have prov ed a low on the basis of the first returns reported after marketing got under way here last week. First of the 1945 crop of wheat was sold last Thursday to the Farm ers Grain Co. by Amos Reichenbach, three miles north of Bluffton, who reported that the yield from his stand ran 35 bushels to the acre. On Friday, Wade Augsburger, four and one-half miles southw’est of town, marketed wheat at the Bluff ton Milling Co. between acre. which averaged 40 bushels to the 35 and Is Good marketings was 59, Test on both Tests with 14% moisture. Dealers pointed out this is excellent quality wheat with .low enough moisture content to be stored in bins. Wheat sold here the first of the week continued to show similar test ratings. W’heat is coming onto the market this year two weeks later than in 1944 when the first wheat was sold to local elevators on July 1. Last year’s crop, how’ever, was harvested unusually early and this year’s wheat was slower than usual in reaching maturity. Price received for the first wheat sold here this season was $1.55 per bushel, in comparison with $1.52 paid last year. Combines Busy wheat on combined, being cut Major portion of the Bluffton farms is being altho some of the crop is with binders. Harvesting is progres sing rapidly, with rain last Saturday delaying cutting of the crop for the first time after it started on a broad .scale at the first of the week. With -a resumption of favorable weather permitting cutting without interrup tion, harvesting is believed to have passed its peak in the area. So far, there has been no jam at local elevators because of inability to obtain sufficient cars for shipping, a situation that was generally ’fear ed a few weeks ago. Bluffton dealers «ay they have been promised suf ficient cars to handle the local crop, and farmers who are combining their wheat are hauling the grain direct to market. This year’s wheat enjoyed un usually favorable grow’ing conditions from the fall. A protected period of moisture and cool growing weather this spring and summer produced a -crop that grew’ fence high, with the heaviest stand of straw in years. time it was seeded last heavy blanket of snow it during the severest the winter, and plenty of Produce Firm Sells Business Interests The Gray & White company of Tiffin, dealers in farm produce have ^disposed of their branch interests in Bluffton to the pany in a deal week. The K & K & Produce com closed the first of the company is a locally owned partnership consisting of Rob ert Murray and Charles Kinsinger. They announced that business of the Gray & White company would be handled at their station on North Main street and that truck routes previously operated thru the country for the buying of produce would be continued. Triplett Company Director Is Dead Albert A. Frederick, 66, director of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company died at his home in South Bend, Ind., Sunday afternoon. His death followed a six months’ illness. He was a former executive of the Oliver Plow company of South Bend and at the time of his death was partner in a Chicago sales agency. Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon at South Bend fol lowed by burial at that place. Surviving are a son Lee Frederick and daughter Mrs. Dorothy Ander son, both of South Bend. A brother is Dr. H. O. Frederick of Ashtabula, -former Bluffton dentist. Continue Religious Education In Schools Mrs. S. F. Pannabecker, religious education instructor in the Bluffton schools was re-hired for the coming year at a meeting Sunday afternoon of the Board of Religious Education composed of the various sponsoring local churches. She will receive a monthly salary of $80 for the nine months school term. The salary has been under written by the participating churches and the Bluffton Ministerial associa tion. JEFFERSON STREET MAY BE IMPROVED BY HIGHWAY DEPT. State Proposes Improvements To Part of Street Traversed By Route 103 Municipal Council Approves Suggestion If Without Cost To The Town IT") (6 A /ci V u Sgt. John Romey One Of Three G. I. Soldiers Governing A German City street Re-surfacing of Jefferson from North Main street east of the city limits loomed this week as a distinct possibility for inclusion in an extensive summer improvement program on State Route 103, which follows that section of the street into Bluffton. Negotiations between the State highway department and the munici pal council are under way, with projected improvement providing application of a new surface heavy asphalt tar and chips. Proposed re-surfacing of the for of the street had its inception in a request from the state highway department, asking the municipal council’s per mission to improve that section of Jefferson street over which State Route 103 passes. A distance of ap proximately one-fifth mile is in volved. Permission to complete the work was granted Monday nighty at a meeting of the council, on condition that the town would not be asked share any portion of the cost. to Council Attaches Rider Council stipulation that the village wxiuld not assume any share of the tached as a rider form request sent department and returned to them. responsibility for request was at in answer to a by the highway Estimates by the state indicate the cost of improvements within municipal limits w’ould approximate $535, and under ordinary procedure the town’s share of the expenditure would be about $90. Altho no official action has been forthcoming so far from the high way department with regard to the rider, unofficial belief here is that the department will assume the entire cost because that part of Route 103 within the corporation limits is a comparaticely small part of the larger project mapped Route 103 east of Blilffton. for Pfc. Byron Betz Home On Furlough Pfc. Byron Betz, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Betz, of south of Bluffton, arrived home Monday morning for a 30-days furlough after being *n Europe with United States troops for nearly one year. In Europe he w’as a member of the 347th Infantry, First Battalion of the 87th Division, w’hich received a presidential citation for its services. Following the close of his furlough, Pvt. Betz will reporte at Camp At terbury, Ind., from where he will go to Ft. Benning, Ga., for further training before reassignment. Soap-making at home—an art half-forgotten since pioneer days— may be summer shortage practiced again here this should the present soap continue. there has been no improve the laundry soap famine So far ment in which first struck Bluffton nearly three weeks ago, and shelves of dealers are bare of any semblance of a supply of soap or soap powder. Occasional small shipments are received at irregular intervals, but all the available soap or soap powder is quickly snapped up by eager Three-Man Tribunal Acts As Investigator, Police, Prose cutor and Judge difficulties of Administration. Factional Rows Described In Letters Home Staff Sergeant John Romey of South Main street is one of three American G. I.’s who have the responsibility of operating the only municipal court functioning in Gross Umstadt, a German city of some 5,000 population about 30 miles south of Franfurt on the Main. None of the three speaks the Ger man language which is one of the minor difficulties which besets them in keeping in operation a court for which they must serve as investigat or, prosecutor and arresting officer, as well as judge and jury. A graduate of the law school at Ohio State university, Sgt. Romey has an excellent background for the assignment, but with Nazi and Nazi factions bitterly hating other and attempting to gain §nds by bringing pressure to thru the American occupation the three American soldiers charged with dispensing justice have their hands full. anti each their bear court Serving on the three-man court Tribunal are Sgt. Romey, Lt. George L. Kiley, of Paris, Ill., and Corp. Bill Rosentreter, of Peoria, Ill. Some of the difficulties encounter continued on page 8) Don Smucker Resigns Wadsworth Pastorate Don Smucker, formerly of Bluffton who has been minister of the First Mennonite church in Wadsworth, has resigned his pastorate at that place and will enter Princeton Theological seminary at Princeton, N. J., for graduate study in the fall. He and his family are spending several weeks mother, Mrs. B. D. Smucker of South Lawn avenue after which he will spend the summer visiting civilian public service camps and churches thruout the western states as a rep resentative of the Mennonite Central committee. at the home of his His wife and little son Timothy will spend the summer at the home of her parents in Newton, Kansas. Two Draft Inductions Postponed By Board Allen County Draft Board No. 3 announced Tuesday* that postpone ment had been granted to two se lectees who were scheduled for induc tion into military service this month. They are: Harold James Crawfis of Columbus Grove and Miles V. Whit ling, Jr., of Lima. Richard Wenger Is Home From Europe Sgt. Richard Wenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wenger who was with Patton’s Army in Germany is home on a thirty day furlough. Sgt. Wen ger who was overseas for ten months brought with him a l*ge collection of Nazi trophies, including a flag which are on exhibit in of the Basinger and pistols the window ture stere. hospital: Mr. and Bluffton, a Thursday. Shortage Of Soap May Revive Lost Pioneer Art Of Making Soap At Home furni Births births at Bluffton following The Harold Thiessen, Elizabeth Renette, Mrs. girl. Mrs. Orval Clymer, Mt. Mr. and Cory, a girl, Sunday. Pfc. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, Ar lington, a boy, Philip Charles, Sun day. housewives and the incoming supply in no way comes near measuring up to answer the demand. Home soap making, on the other hand, would require kitchen fats which housewives have been turning in at the local meat markets to aid in the war effort. Altho use of fats in soap would reduce the total amount provided from Bluffton households, the procedure would per mit soap makers to further conserve their fats by reducing their outlets, thereby releasing those fits for the armed forces. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE iNTgHESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, July 119, 1945 PARTY CAUCUSES NILE BE HELD ON FRIDAY,JULY 27 Candidates For Richland Twp. Offices and School Board To Be Named general election will come to climax Friday night, July 27, members of both parties caucus meetings to name for the Richland township ton school board tickets. Democrats and Republicans Willi of the Danube river below Regens Meet on Same Night In High I berg, Germany, Sgt. Richard R. School Building I Cookson, of Bluffton, has received the Bronze Star medal. (Continued on page 8) I TOWN’S OPERATION TO COST $129,148' DURING NEXT YEAR approved last Monday night at meeting of the town council. This year’s expenditures also greater than those anticipated 1946, with the 1945 total $8,490 in excess of what is expected coming 12 months. Political activitjBharking the final I across the Danube on April 26. Car phases of Democratic and Republican I rying parts of a heavy army radio preparations for j^^xt November’s I on his back, Sgt. Cookson supervised a I the installation of telephone wires w’hen I across the river. will hold I When infantrymen were pinned candidates I down by machine guns after cross and Bluff-1--------------------1------------------------ The Republican caucus will be held in the high school study room, ad joining the library and Democrats will meet in Room 211 in the old section of the high school building. Both meetings wia start at 8:30 p.I Amateur Gardeners Who Never M. I Regarded Efforts Seriously Places will be open six offices I With expenditures for 1946 esti-|the stand in lowlands on some farms mated at $129,148, a balance df $14,-1 were “drowned out” this year by ex 694 is expected on hand at the close I cessive moisture, but this condition of 1946, most of w’hich will be re-1 was not encountered in the average fleeted in the balance of the munici-1 back yard garden. pal light and water works fund, the I In addition to potatoes from vic budget prepared by Towm Clerk Wil-1 tory gardens, a supply from Bluffton ford O. Geiger shows. in the I Bonded debt of the towm start of the next year will to $20,000. This is reflected funds, as follows: Fire apparatus I bonds, $8,000 Main Street Resurfac ing bonds, $5,000 Water Works bonds, $6,000 and Refunding bonds, $6,000. Expenditures for 1946 are estimat ed as follows, with 1945 figures in parenthesis: General fund, $17,768 ($17,258.60) Street Maintenance and Repair, $3,000 ($3,000) Gasoline Tax Receipts applied to Street Main tenance, $2,500 ($3,500) Bond Re tirement, $5,880 ($13,880) electric light and water works, $100,000 ($100,000). The approved budget will be sub mitted to the county budget commis sion, for their review and approval. Chemicals Extinguish Blaze In Automobile of Jefferson street. Prompt action in operating al. inactive status, under the chemical fire extinguisher saved al ... KT I burning automobile parked on North I ... —. I an officer in the air force. Mam street Thursday before much1 damage was done. The blaze originated from a short circuit in the car’s electrical wiring. In the automobile at the time w’ere I George Rauenbuhler of Cherry Mrs. Donald Stratton and children I I A chemical fire extinguisher ob-|from Miss Marcella Basinger of this tained from the fire department near-1 place and Mrs. Lilas Looker by was operated by Jesse Wiess. The I Wheeler, Ind. The property is car sustained only minor damage. I copied by Mrs. Brice Henry. Sgt. Richard Cookson Wins Bronze Sgt Cookson is the husband of Mrs. Betty Cookson and the son of Mrs. Mabel Cookson, both of 327 South Jackson street. I Relieve Famine Expenditures Of Bluffton Forline existing here for the past six 1946 Will Be $8,490 Less I weeks Than In 1945 I Scores of back yard plots—each I ieceipts For Coming \ear Esti-|uatjon *ba* found many local fami mated At $143,812 Bonded I lies going without potatoes. Debt Is $20,000- I Victory gardeners who w’ere fore- I Bluffton’s municipal expenditures! digging tubers for the last week to during the 1946 edtndar year will I supply their own tables, with the re aggregate $8,490 less marked to cording to the 1946 municipal budget I Commercial growers report that I area Expenditures of $137,638 by the I marketed directly to consumers t? town in 1945, based on actual first-1 help ease the shortage. Altho the half reports and estimates for the I crop is not fully matured, town resi balance of the year, will be $34,4271 dents are going to the country and more than last year, because of in-1 buying potatoes in quantities suffi creased cost in operating the many cient for day-to-day needs, municipal services, and including amount paid out for a new’ truck, and increased expenses Buckeye lake and park. commercial growers is being the Meanwhile food stores are report fire ling slightly improved commercial at I supplies, but sales are being limited I to five-pound lots. Ceiling prices for are I that quantity are 29 cents for south forlern potatoes and 31 cents for those grown in California. Minister To Speak at thj On World Charter amount in four Rev. Charles Donaldson, pastor of the Bluffton and Rockport Presbyter ian churches will speak Sunday morning on the topic “The United Nations and the Christian Citizen”. The sermon will be in support of the United Nations Charter adopted at San Francisco last month. Church services are held at Rockport at 9:30 and at Bluffton at 11 o’clock. The sermon to be delivered on the possibilities of the charter as a step toward world peace is part of the program of the Presbyterian denom ination supporting the document which is now’ before the United States Senate for ratification. Lt. James Whooley Gets Army Discharge First Lt. Jimmie V. Whooley, of Route 1, Bluffton, was released Fri- ,, a. day from Camp Atterbury, adjusted service rating plan, Star ^°r ^ero'c ^erv*ce Under Fire For maintaining wire and radio communications between artillery for ward observers and their batteries during the hotly-contested crossing A liaison sergeant with the 869th field artillery battalion, Cookson ac companied the first infantrymen Early potatoes raised by amateur victory gardeners who have always regarded their crop more or less as a hobby are credited this summer with finally relieving an acute potato fam- one small—but large in the aggre I gate are producing enough to break the deadlock in the tight supply sit- I several rows of potatoes have been $129,14& approximately! suit that the demand at food stores than Be amount ear-l for commercially grown potatoes has be sJyO this year, ac-| been relieved to a marked degree. is Good victory garden po producing excellent Yield al Practically all I tato patches are Receipts for the coming year, to-1 yields, and even the rankest ama gether with balances that w ill be on I teurs have had surprising results be hand next January 1, will give the I cause the spring and early summer town a total of $143,842.53 during I provided unusually good growing the next 12-months period, according I weather. to the budgetary forecast. ing, Sgt. Cookson continued to move forward setting up his radio and calling for fire missions whenever necessary despite complete lack of protection from enemy snipers. sighted enough last spring to plant «„«k His radio antenna, sparkling ini Deferments Granted by the sunlight, drew fire from snipers I Appeals Board occupying the high ground beyond our lines. At times, according to Potatoes From Victory Gardens Bt Help Ease Acute Shortage Here I I the 65th division citation accompany--1 jjOca| V )d A4 ing his aw ard, Cookson operated I „. within 150 yard of the enemy. I lassification of Five The citation continues: “Thruout OCAL HOUSEWIVES! ACE FURTHER CUT N SUGAR SUPPLIES Stores in this Little Sugar in a- -a Ind., on Army’s He was Real Estate Deals street has purchased the former Close property on North Main street of oc- Sugarless Canning I tion of 1-A upheld Failure locally to go along with al board. sugarless canning program stems I Emmett from two factors: I Classified about one-third of the oca family .. a pounds until August 31. There has Ik I Registrants the operation Sgt. Cookson was sub-1 jected to continuous enemy fire. He I coordinated and controlled the work I Allen County Draft Board No. 3, of his men during night operations! announced Tuesday decisions in 9 so that even tho they were working I cases handed down by the Board of at different places none was lost. I Draft Appeals. Sgt. Cookson’s leadership and deter-1 Of the 9 cases classified A-l by mination reflect great credit upon I the local board, the appeals board himself and the military service.” I continued 5 in this classification OPA Warns That Gut Of 25% I Appeals until Dec. J. 1945. Regis May Be Expected For 1trant 25 years of age and engaged Last Quarter in agriculture. use in the third This prospect of a further reduc tion in the meagre supply of sugar I b^ ard 1 allotted to civilians this year was! disclosed by OPA officials on the I basis of reports that retail stores inf many sections of the run out of sugar and honor ration coupons. BUY uwm» W*TM NUMBER 13 MOST OF DRAFT DEFERMENTS GO TO FARM YOUTHS I Farm Boys Get Three of Four I w’hile in the 4 remaining cases de- three of the four deferments were 1 to selectees engaged in agriculture. agricult Board’s Rulings Rulings of the board are as fol lows: Robert Eugene Shaw, Lima, Clas sified in Class 1-A by the local board. Registrant appealed. Clas ed in Class 2-C by the Board of I Joe Dwight Rose, Harrod. Classifi I Canning Programs Are NowUlair. chai™an Alien i nu I ed in Class 1-A by the local board. County LSDA War Board appealed Being Tailored To Fit Re- I the case classified in Class 2-C by stneted Sugar Available I the Board of Appeals until Nov. 1, 11945. Registrant is 25 years of age land engaged in agriculture. Bluffton housewives who are at- Daniel AHen A(fa c!assified tempting to do their home canning I in Class VA by the local on drastically restricted sugar al- john Long father appealed Clas lotments were warned this week that I sified in class 2-C bv the Board of sugar released to civilians for the I Appeals until Dec. 1, 1945. Regis last three months of the year prob- trant is 18 years of age and engage4 ably will be 25% less than that al-ljn agriculture, lotted for home quarter. James Otto Lang, 111 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California. Classified in Class 1-A by the local J. Edgar Hoover, Director Federal Bureau of Investigation, ap pealed. Classified in Class 2-A until Sept. 14, 1945 by Board of Appeals country have N„ tl San Franci Ca,.f are unable to trant js yeara rf ag(. I Paul Anthony Rahrig, Delphos, I Classified in Class 1-A by the local cate-1 board. Lima Locomotive Works, more I employer, appealed. Classification able I of 1-A upheld by the Board of Ap- Bluffton stores fall gory, for during a period of than a month they have been to proride sugar for their pdtrons I peals by Vote of" 3-1. Registrant ap only on a basis of if and when sup-1 pealed to the President. Presidential plies are available. I decision Class 2-B to Dec. 13, 1945. Housewives who have been ac-1 Registrant is 29 years of age. CUMomed to a liberal use of sugar Alva Crumr,n(?. for home canning and table use are te, classified in Class 1-A by local experiencing their worst year of the Uard. Mrs. Everett Crumrine, em war, from the newpomt of home ploy„t appealed. Classification „f Canning plans and their iltt.ly menus. I upheld bv the Appeal board. Canning of fruit this summer has jamM Bernard Klausing, Delphos, been tailored to fit the household's classified In Class 1-A by local sugar supplies, and altho home can-appealed. Classifi upheld by the Appeal ning experts have stated that can-|cation of ^.A ning may be done successfully with-1 board out sugar their suggestions have I Ejza Basil met with little enthusiasm from the|jn C|a8s j_A average housewife. 0 I Hall, employer, appealed. Ctessifica- First, housewives fee? that the I board. R. H. Setters, employer, ap practice runs contrary to all previ-1 pealed. Classification of 1-A upheld ously accepted methods of canning. I by Board of Appeal by vote of 3-1. Second, when the fruit is used I next winter it will be necessary to I add sugar to make it palatable at a Rev. Bigelow With time when prospects are that sugar OcCUDation Tronns supplies will be even more restricted! UlLUpUllOn 1 VOOpS than at present. I v. Hall, Lima, Classified by’ local board. Elza by the Appeal Penrose in Class Setters, Lima, 1-A by local x- r* .i .. I First Lt. Ernest N. Bigelow, Most housewives in this district I. e *. 7 ,1pas tor of the Bluffton Rockport received canning sugar on a basis of|r vand fix-xx u t. 1 I Presbyterian churches before he went five pounds for each member of the I A. ... .. a mto the service, is chaplain of family, for it is estimated that on yl,,.)., v ,the ,k 1 ./Ik I H32nd Engineering Group which has .. .. -'I been assigned to the U. S.„ groups had applied for and obtained I A .... k a .■ Army in handling the military gov ration stamps before rations were I ,, ernment of occupied Germanv. cut from 15-pound aOtments fori -.J<p></p>Fifteenth a.„^ .• 1 xi. I Among the duties assigned to the each individual. Besides the canning I .. I 1132nd are construction and repair sugar allotment, there is one sugarl .. I of roads, reconnaissance of German ration stamp now good for 5k u ij a a ,. .. I bridges and air fields maintenance*. been no indieat.nn as tv the amount river ,tati„ns g| the o sugar to be allotted on any stamp Rhine. and e8tablithment of watcr after that time nor for the period it is to run. I *k 1 .. n I border patrol areas building of I Among the tasks completed by the I Unit since it joined the Fifteenth Rlllfftan I Army are revival of operations in 50 Diunion Ui erseas I sawmills, removal of tactical bridges Veteran Discharged! across the Rhine and construction of I permanent bridges operation of Cpl. Harold Andrews, overseas vet-1 stone quarries repair and construc 'eran and son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul I tion of railroad trackage, etc. Andrews residing south of Bluffton! Members of the unit are veterans has received a discharge from the I of combat operations with the Ninth Army, it was announced the first of I U. S. and Second British armies in the week.-----------------------------------I France and Germany. Its principal Cpl. Andrew’s arrived here from I duty was to keep roads and bridges Camp Carson, Colorado, where he I open for combat traffic. The group was taking treatment for trench foot! crossed the Rhine with Ninth Army ailment contracted while in service in I units shortly after the airborne in the European theatre of war. I vasion at Wesel.