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BHt BUY UNITS* VOLUME NO. LXX MANY VACANCIES WILL APPEAR ON NOVEMBER BALLOT Eleven Blanks On Town And Township Party Tickets For Fall Election Deadline For Filing By Addi tional Candidates This Wednesday Night Bluffton and Richland township’s most listless election in many a year is indicated for next November, with neither party having complete tickets for the polling on municipal and township offices as the filing deadline approached this week. Barring unexpected last-minute fil ing of additional candidates before the deadline at 7 p. m. Bluffton time this Wednesday, Democrats and Re publicans will go into the November election with eleven vacancies in the candidates’ list for town and township offices. This situation is unparalleled in local history, and more thing else indicates the apathetic attitude toward mediately following a vote in the presidential election last fall. than any unusually politics im near-record the ap the not Altho aspirants who file before deadline may have their names pear on the incomplete tickets, possibility is so remote that it is being taken into consideration in local political calculations, for politics have been at an unusually low ebb and show no signs of reviving now. Anyone filing before Wednesday evening for a town office would be designated as an independent, with candidates who filed earlier appearing under the regular party designations. Board of education and township tickets, however, are non-partisan, and additional candidates filing before the deadline Wednesday would be listed with other candidates named at Democratic and Republican caucuses. Complete list of candidates for the November election are as follows: MUNICIPAL Democratic Republican Mayor W. O. Geiger W. A. Howe Clerk Treasurer Sidney Stettler J. A. Thompson Council (Six to Elect) C. A. Stauffer Don Patterson Arden Baker F. Harold Beals Lamont Diller Frank Todd Charles Aukerman Cleon Triplett Paul Stauffer Emory Benroth Board of Public Affairs (Three F. A. Harmon A. C. Burcky SCHOOL to Elect) Harry F. ^arnes DISTRICT School Board (Three to Elect) Ralph Badertscher Donivan Conrad Leland Diller W. M. Niswander Paul Diller B. W. Travis TOWNSHIP (Two to Elect) Fred C. Badertscher Walter Marshall Walter Hochstettler Watson Steiner Justice of Peace (Two to Elect) Stanley Vertner Constable (Two to Elect) Harry Homer R. E. Griffith Charles Lora Disciple Church Conference Here The Ohio Christian Missionary so ciety, an adjunct of the Disciples of Christ denomination is holding an adult conference on the Bluffton col lege campus this week. About 60 representatives from churches of the denomination in western Ohio are in attendance at sessions which will close Saturday noon. In charge of arrangements for the conference is Herald Monroe of Cleveland, director of the church’s program of Christian education. This is the third denomination to hold a conference on the college cam pus this year, others being the Unit ed Brethren and Presbyterian churches. Jule Gust Basinger Gets Navy Promotion Jule Gust Basinger, Jr., 20, Route 2, Bluffton, has been advanced to seaman, first class, USNR, while on duty with a Navy carrier aircraft service unit attached to the Pacific Fleet. Basinger, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Basinger, has been in the Navy 14 months. Before joining the Navy he was a farmer. He attended Bluffton High school. Memorial Service For War Veteran Memorial services for Pvt. Adrian Leo Basinger, 21, who was killed in action on Okinawa will be held at St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. V. C. Oppermann will officiate. Pvt. Basinger met death May 4, while serving with a Marine machine gun unit. He is buried in the First Marine Division cemetery at Okin awa. He was inducted into service March 24, 1944 and went overseas last September. Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Burkholder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Burkholder of Bluffton his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Basinger of Orange township and two sisters Alice and Mary Jo at home and paternal grandfather Noah N. Basinger of Tucson, Ari zona. The family requests that flowers be omitted. RE-SURFACING OF FOUR STREETS TO START THIS MONTH Mile And One-Quarter of Street Improvements Earmarked For Summer Program Parts of College Avenue, Har mon Road, Spring and Elm Streets To Be Treated Resurfacing of more than one and one-fourth miles of four Bluffton streets will month, with of College Spring and for completion in the program. Resurfacing of Elm street from Main street to the College road, a distance of 3,432 feet, will be the largest project on the summer street program. Next in importance will be the im provement of a 1,848-foot stretch of Harmon road from Kibler street to the Bentley road, and application of a new surface to 1,056 feet of Spring street from Elm to Riley street. College road will be resurfaced from the Nickel Plate railroad east for a distance of 528 feet. Improvements to two additional streets are being considered should funds be available, including resur facing of 2,000 feet of College aven nue from Jackson street to the Col lege road, and the new section Kibler street to Grove street. They succeed •Brent Harsh, ers will be in charge of eral hundred new names ty jury wheel this week. Orange Township Caucuses Nominate Partv Tickets For November Election Slates be started late this improvements to parts avenue, Harmon road, Elm streets earmarked Blacktop tar and stone chip hard surfacing will be applied to 6,864 feet of the four streets at an aggre gate cost of about $825, it was an nounced this week at a meeting of the municipal council. The Churchill Construction Co., of Lima, which last summer resurfaced Main street and a portion of Cherry street, has the contract for the im provement, and work will be started this fitrofiYK Application of the new surface will cost the town 12 cents a running foot. Monday’s as follows: Democrat Henry Hilty Clyde Klingler Justice (One to Elects George McElroy- of Name Bluffton Man On Jury Commission Aldine Kohli of Bluffton is one of two members of the Allen county jury commission, named Thursday by Judge Moran B. mon pleas court, is O. J. Mannon Jenkins of the com The other member of Lima. R. R. Schryer and The new’ commission placing sev in the coun- petit jurors Names of grand and to serve during the September term of the common pleas court will be drawn next Monday in the courtroom by Kohli and Mannon. Former Painter Here Succumbs At Findlay Ezekiel T. Buckmaster, 79, Bluff ton house painter until he moved to Findlay in 1918, died Monday morn ing at his home in Findlay after be ing seriously ill for three months. Survivors include his wife, the former Irene Hissong five children, Mrs. Fern Williams, Toledo Mrs. Wava Colwell, Deshler Russell Buckmaster, Findlav Mrs. Thelma Swisher, Findlay, and Forrest Buck master, at home and a sister, Mrs. Florence Robinson, Barberton. Buckmaster was a member of the Bluffton Church of Funeral services nesday in Findlay at that place Christ. were held Wed and burial was ______________________________ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Democrats and Republicans Fail to Fill Tickets For Fall Balloting Slates of Candidates Named by Parties Monday Night Filed Wednesday every Incomplete tickets for Orange township office except that of trustee were nominated Monday night at Democratic and Republican caucuses to name candidates for the November election. George McElroy, Democratic nom inee for justice of the peace, is un opposed, and the Republicans named only one with two candidate for constable, officers to be elected, of candidates named party caucus meetings at are Republican Trustee (Two to Elect) Ray Marshall Kenneth Dearth of Peace Constable (Two to Elect) Orvie Frantz B. H. Winget Gilbert Montgomery Lions Club Organized By Beaverdam Group Organization of a Lions club in Beaverdam under sponsorship of the Bluffton club affiliated with Lions In ternational was completed last Mon day night at a meeting in the Beav erdam High school building. Officers of the new club will in clude: Leo Nelson, president Paul Stoodt, first vice-president Don Forche, second vice-president Wil liam Lutterbein, secretary Gale Ar nold, treasurer Alva Lutterbein, Lion tamer John Manahan, tail twister and Clayton Rupright, di rector. Charter membership roll of the new club will be closed on August 20. George Bormuth, Chicago, Inter national representative, assisted in organization of the club. Discharged After Service In Pacific Pvt. Willard W. Dillman, son of Mrs. Lulu Dillman of West Elm street returned home the first of the w’eek having been discharged by the Army’ after 31 months overseas with the 37th Division in the Pacific area. Pvt. Dillman saw action on Munda, New’ Georgia, Guadalcanal, Fiji is lands, Bougainville and other islands. He enlisted October 10, 1940 and trained in Camp Shelby and Indian town Gap before going overseas April 23, 1942. Former Bluffton Man Home From Germany Pfc. Karl Aukerman, former Bluff ton resident who recently returned from Germany will arrive in Find lay this week to spend a thirty day furlough with his wife and family. Pfc. Aukerman is a brother of Charles Aukerman, manager of the A & store here. The family form erly lived in Bluffton before he inducted into military service. was Film At Reformed Church Sunday Night “They Live Forever”, a full-color motion picture with sound, dealing with the spiritual aspects of World War II, will be shown at John’s Reformed church, night at 8 o’clock according V. C. Oppermann, pastor. the St. Sunday to Rev. Births following births at Bluffton The hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Mt. Cory, a boy, day. Raybern Rupright, Gary Lynn, Satur- Mr. and Mrs. Emory Benroth, Bluffton, a boy, Rodger Eugene, Sun day. 1st Sgt. and Mrs. Victor Morman, Pandora, a girl, Victoria Lucille, Sunday. IN GERMANY Lt. Dwight Diller, former Bluffton high school athletic coach now’ over seas, has been assigned to education al duties with the United States forces in the occupied areas of the European theatre, it was learned the first of the w’eek by his w’ife, Mrs. Hannah Diller and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Diller of Spring street. ’TTJV DT T’Vt'TW*’ WWO rr (TVtmnxT zxttrn. 7.THE BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO. THURSDAY, AUGUST 9,1945 BIG OATS YIELD ADDS TO PILE OF GRAIN ON FARMS Bumper Yield Of Oafs Comes At Time When Wheat Takes All Storage Space Railroad Transportation Bottle neck Grows Worse And Farmers Can’t Sell Crop Aggravating the already overtaxed storage facilities on Bluffton area farms, a bumper crop of oats now being harvested and threshed cannot be moved to market. because of a railroad transportation bottleneck which finds dealers unable to buy grain from farmers who have no place to store it. This year’s oats crop is paralleling the bumper wheat crop. With thresh ing well under way the yield is from 60 to 80 bushels per acre in com parison with the long-time average of about 50 bushel^. However, oats cannot be moved to market, for a transportation bottle neck precipitated by a shortage of freight cars to haul the grain is now in its third week and is providing a major headache for both farmers and dealers. Elevators in town, are filled to overflowing and unable to accept grain regularly from farmers who have virtually exhausted storage possibilities at home. There are reports of some farm ers who have grain in silos, chicken houses and dumped on barn floors. Now, the problem is to find addition al storage space for the bumper harvest of oats for wlfech no market outlet can be found at this time. The freight car supply is totally inadequate, and the flood of oats coming at a time when a bottle neck in handling wheat is really at its worst has left dealers and farm ers alike with their vyorst transpor tation problem since eWorld War I days. that the wheat mot be cleared fcof September, K with the oats K problem, for )»agin coming on It appears now bottleneck until the and what crop will normally soy beans 1|egin coming on markets about that time. alone cs latter pa then to remain Many repercuss^K, ».* i the farm situation are expected as a result of the transportation tieup, and the farmers income may suffer accord ingly. Forced storage in temporary and unsuitable conditions will result in much spoilage, and prospects of a good income brightened by the record crops are a little uncertain in view of the transportation situation. the The present oats crop is heaviest in recent years and many fields in the area are down because the full heads of grain have proved too heavy for the straw. The quality will be equal to the quantity, with tests showing as high as 44, in comparison with the usual average of around 32. Former Bluffton Man Heart Attack Victim W. W. Kirtland, 62, former Bluff ton resident, was found dead in bed at his home in morning. Death ailment. Mansfield, Monday was due to a heart lived in Bluffton The family twenty-five years ago when he was employed at the Page dairy They moved from Bluffton to field in 1921. plant. Mans- Ridge He was a native of Benton and a brother of Victor Kirtland re siding near Bluffton. Also surviving are his wife, the former Zoe Y'oung of Benton Ridge together with three daughters Mrs. Romayne Grey and Miriam and Coral Kirtland all at home. Funeral services were held in Mansfield Wednesday morning fol lowed by short services in the after noon at Benton Ridge Methodist church with Rev. Whiteman of Mans field officiating. Interment was in Benton Ridge cemetery. Lima Firm Is Low Bidder On Dixie Job The Churchill Construction com pany of Lima was low’ bidder at the state highway department in Colum bus, Tuesday, on resurfacing of 2.44 miles of the Dixie highway near Rawson. The Lima firm’s bid’ was $25,990 as against the highway department’s estimated cost of $26,500. The Churchill company also has the contract for resurfacing portions of four Bluffton streets and is ex pected to begin work here shortly. hat is believed to be Bluffton’s first trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation is scheduled to take place Friday morning between 6 and 8 o’clock when Lt. Elias R. Augs burger, Bluffton airman stationed in Italy will talk from Rome to his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Elias Augsburger of South Jackson street. Arrangements are being made by the Army which recently established facilities for overseas soldiers in the European theatre of operations to call home and w#rd was received here by Mr. and Mrs. Augsburger from New York, Tuesday to be at home ready to take the call Friday Mayor Wades Thru Sewage Laden Creeks To Combat Mosquito Menace Here War on Bluffton’s mosquito front is being continued in an all-out frontal attack this summer, with a portable tree spraying outfit serving as the heavy artillery and discarded automobile crank case oil the* am munition. Mayor W. A. Howe is the one-man army pressing home the war on mo squitoes, and his task for 30 hours every week takes him sloshing thru slimy water over treacherous un derfooting of slippery rocks, while burdened with a 25-pound spray tank. Continual war on the winged pests is necessary to prevent a repetition of conditions not so many years back when it was practically impossible to be out-of-doors at night without be ing attacked by swarms of mosqui toes, Mayor Howe said this week. Continuous Battle As long as any water is present, mosquito larvae will thrive, and only a continuous program of spraying will help combat the menace. The worst area in this two-mile mosquito war font is a stretch of the Little Riley from Krehbiel bridge on the College campus to the Big Riley, Mayor Howe said. Altho there is no industrial waste in the Little Riley, the volume of water which passes thru it in the summer is small, there by aggravating its condition. Liberal quantities of used crank case oil are sprayed on both sides of the two creeks once each week by Mayor Howe, who had to take over the mosquito treatment program two summers ago when the scarcity of labor grew so acute that there were no applications for the job. Sewage particles that virtually clog both streams are ideal for mo squito breeding. The larvae cling to the sewage and to make certain they all are killed it is necessary to get in the water and kick the deposits over, so both sides can be coated with spray. It’s a dirty job, but those who re member when Bluffton every summer was infested with swarms of mosqui toes can gram is town. Bluffton Airman In Rome To Call Home By Radio-Telephone Friday Morning War On Bluffton’s Mosquito Front Waged Unceas Portable Tree Spraying Outfit Serves As Heavy Artillery In The Attack Once each week the mayor slogs thru the unsavory waters of Big and Little Riley creek applying spray to larvae-laden pools. Big Riley is treated from the College Avenue bridge to the corporation limits be low Spring street, and Little Riley from the Motter farm to its juncture with the Big Riley. bear witness that the pro a worthwhile one for the Lt. Chapin, Mt. Cory, Wed In Independence Lt. Warren E. Chapin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Chapin, of Mt. Cory, was wed last Friday at Inde pendence, Ohio, to Miss Arlyne E. Muhlhan, of that place. Rev. Paul Moore, of Garretsville, a campus friend of the couple while they wtre attending Bowling Green State university, was the officiating minister. Both the bride and groom w’ere graduated from Bowding Green. Lt. Chapin entered military service in 1941 and served in the European theatre for 11 months, winning the Bronze star for meritorious service. Real Estate Deal Plate Bros, of Lima have sold to Bert Boyer of that place their 120 acres in Orange township, formerly known as the A. E. Lugibill farm, now’ occupied by George Kimmel. morning. The radio-telephone hookup is a combination of radio and telephone facilities. The conversation will be carried on by radio between Rome and New’ York being picked up" by telephone at the latter city and trans mitted to Bluffton. The method is described as a de velopment on the principle of the Army’s “walkie-talkie” system w’hich has been w’idely used in this war for field communications. Lt. Augsburger has been overseas since last January, during which time he has been stationed principally in Italy. ngly By Mayor Howe Last Rites Sunday For LaVerne Thut LaVerne D. Thut, 39, of 208 S. Main street, died early Friday morn ing in the Bluffton Community hos pital, following a serious illness of one week’s duration. Thut was born in Bluffton on Nov. 29, 1906, and for 12 years was affil iated with the Economy Clothing store here. At the time of his death he was field representative for the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Pa. He was a gradu ate of Bluffton High school. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Thut, of South Main street two sisters, Mrs. Hallie Alt haus, Bluffton, and Sylvia Thut, Port Clinton, and one brother Raymond Thut, Springfield. Thut’s death last week followed w’ithin a ,month that of an older brother, Minor Thut, who died sud denly at his farm home near Bluff ton. Funeral services Were held Sun day afternoon at the First Mennonite church, of which he was a member. Rev. Paul Whitmer officiated. Burial was in the Ebenezer cemetery. Funeral For Amos Lugibihl Friday Funeral services for Amos Lugi bihl, 76, retired farmer and livestock breeder were held Friday afternoon in the Lehman funemPhome at Pan dora. Rev. P. J. Boehr officiated at the services in the absences of his pastor, Rev. Forrest Musser of the Grace Mennonite church. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Lugibihl died last Wednesday night at the home of his nephew Haydn Basinger east of Pandora following a five years’ illness of chronic arth ritis. He never married. The son of David and Elizabeth (Steiner) Lugibihl, he the same farm where was prominent during velopment of purebred section some twenty-five years ago. He was a member of Grace Men nonite church in Pandora. was born on he died. He the early’ de swine in this Surviving are two sisters Mrs. Le vina Basinger, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mrs. Barbara Basinger, Pan dora and a brother Lewis Lugibihl, Pandora. Sister Of Bluffton Man Dies In Findlay Mrs. Margaret Stanfield, 63, sister of Charles Lloyd of Bluffton, died at Findlay hospital Tuesday’ morning. Death, due to a heart ailment, fol lowed an illness since last October. She was the widow of John Stanfield who died twenty-five years ago. Services wall be held Thursday afternoon at the Barnhart funeral home, Findlay, W’ith Rev. Paul Te well, pastor of the College church officiating. Interment will be in the Findlay Maple Grove cemetery. Besides her brother of this place she is survived by four children, two other brothers and one sister. Hancock Draft Board Calls Bluffton Man Morris Moser, Rt. 1, Bluffton, was one of a group of 25 selectees sent Wednesday to Ft. Hayes, Columbus for pre-induction physical examina tion. The group was summoned for the examination by’ Hancock County Draft Board No. 2. Gets Discharge After 36 Months In Europe Pfc. Robert D. Andrew’s, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Andrew’s living south of Bluffton arrived home Sat urday, having been discharged from the Army after 36 months services in the European theatre of opera tions. BUY UNIT** •TaTSS MV1N4* NUMBER 16 STANDSTILL NOW FOLLOWING FAMINE With Victory Gardens Produc ing Well Demand Is Light In Food Markets Growers of Early Potatoes Ex perience Difficulty In Selling Crop Potatoes which barely- a month ago were virtually unobtainable have done a complete about-face so far as the supply situation is concerned and today are practically at a standstill marketwise. Demand for the tubers has drop ped to negligible operators of food supplies they have for a long time at the present rate of purchasing. proportions, and stores report the on hand will last Growers who have been digging early- potatoes have been disappoint ed by- the lack of demand, and several who took truck loads to large city markets have been forced to return home with part and some times all of the consignment unsold. Will Not Stock Up Principal reason advanced for the lack of demand on the part of whole salers is the fact thut with an ex cellent yield of early* potatoes in prospect, dealers anticipating a pos sible lowering of price ceilings will not lay in any considerable stock at this time. Marketwise there is little demand, for victory- gardeners are harvesting and using their own potatoes rather than buy-ing from grocers. Early potatoes are not stored for winter use, therefore the present glut on the market cannot be solved by consumers purchasing now the potatoes they expect to use during the coming winter season. Small Volume Actually the volume of potatoes in commercial food channels is small, but so far it has proved more than sufficient for the curtailed demand resulting from the fact that most consumers have sufficient sup ply’ on hand and wholesalers and retailers do not want to be caught with large stocks on hand should the price drop. Inability to promptly move po tatoes to market adds to a pyramid ing farm storage problem, already aggravated thruout the district be cause farmers have been unable tn sell to elevators their bumper yields of wheat and oats. Big Crop Altho some of the larger commer cial growers in this area may produce fewer potatoes this year because of reduction in acreage and some drowning in spring rains, what they- may fail to produce will be more than offset by a big increase in victory garden plots of the tubers. In addition, the victory garden yield was helped along by the fact that the past season has been un usually favorable for potato produc tion, and the veriest amateurs had excellent success with their potatoes. Damage By Vandals At Harmon Field Bluffton authorities this week are trying to identify the vandals who Monday night caused damage at Har mon field estimated at upwards of $25 by repeatedly driving an auto mobile over the softball diamond. Complete re-surfacing of the in field will be required as a result of the depredations. In addition, vandals up set the backstop diamond. the the at Reunions 23rd annual reunion the The Rote and Zearbaugh families held at the Orange Center Sunday, August 19. Gable Sec., Mrs. Levi Gable. of will be school, Pres., Levi The Black school of Orange town ship will hold its 36th annual re union on Thursday, August 9. Pres., Mildred Klingler Sec., Fern Koch. The Hubpr family reunion will be held Sunday, August 19 at the Paulding Center school south of Bluffton on Bentley’ road. Pres., Russell Huber Sec., Mae Huber. The 19th annual Augsburger re union will be held at Lafayette park, Sunday, August 19. Pres., Jess Augs burger sec., R. E. Griffith. reunion will at Ruihley Burkholder, Members Burkholder family Peter The be held Sunday, Aug. 12 park, Archbold. Noah Pres. Ilva Roth, Sec. of the Bluffton high of 1937 and their fami- school class lies will hold a potluck picnic sup per at Buckeye lake Saturday night at 6 o’clock. Those attending please bring their own table service.