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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
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
than any
politics im
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:
Democratic Republican
W. O. Geiger
W. A. Howe
Sidney Stettler J. A. Thompson
(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
F. A. Harmon
A. C. Burcky
to Elect)
Harry F. ^arnes
School Board
(Three to Elect)
Ralph Badertscher
Donivan Conrad
Leland Diller
W. M. Niswander
Paul Diller
B. W. Travis
(Two to Elect)
Fred C. Badertscher Walter Marshall
Walter Hochstettler Watson Steiner
Justice of Peace
(Two to Elect)
Stanley Vertner
(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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
as follows:
Henry Hilty
Clyde Klingler
(One to Elects
George McElroy-
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’
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
were held Wed
and burial was
Democrats and Republicans Fail
to Fill Tickets For Fall
Slates of Candidates Named by
Parties Monday Night
Filed Wednesday
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
(Two to Elect)
Ray Marshall
Kenneth Dearth
of Peace
(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
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.
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.
to Rev.
following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs.
Mt. Cory, a boy,
Raybern Rupright,
Gary Lynn, Satur-
Mr. and Mrs. Emory Benroth,
Bluffton, a boy, Rodger Eugene, Sun
1st Sgt. and Mrs. Victor Morman,
Pandora, a girl, Victoria Lucille,
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
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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
that the wheat
mot be cleared
fcof September,
K with the oats
K problem, for
)»agin coming on
It appears now
until the
and what
crop will
normally soy beans 1|egin coming on
markets about that time.
alone cs
latter pa
then to
Many repercuss^K, ».* i the farm
situation are expected as a result
of the transportation tieup, and the
farmers income may suffer accord
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
23rd annual reunion the
Rote and Zearbaugh families
held at the Orange Center
Sunday, August 19.
Gable Sec., Mrs. Levi Gable.
will be
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 family
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.

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