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UNITW STAMP* VOLUME NO. LXX BLUFFTON SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM ON SEPT. 4 Teaching Staff For Grade And High Schools Same As That Of Last Year No Resignations Of Teachers Is Unusual Situation Under Pre sent Conditions Bluffton public schools will open for the fall term on Tuesday, Sept. 4, one day after Labor Day, is was decided this week by the Board of Education. Going into the new school term, the Bluffton teaching staff will be the same as that which served last year, and the fact that no resigna tions were tendered here is seen quite unusual in a year in which many teachers have changed schools because of the acute shortage of instructors in practically every system. With the same corps of teachers returning for the coming year, only minor changes are expected in the assignment of instructors. The only vacancy is in the manual training department which was without a teacher last year. The force of janitors and care takers also will remain the same as that which served last year, and altho some school bus drivers have resigned all posts will be filled by the time school opens, spokesmen for the school board said this week. Bluffton schools will operate on slowr time when they open for the fall term, due to the fact that a municipal ordinance provides for dis continuance of fast time on the first Sunday in September. Form Lions Club At Columbus Grove _____ Organization of a Lions club in Columbus Grove under sponsorship of the Bluffton club affiliated with Lions International was completed Tuesday night. The meeting was held in Columbus Grove under direction of the exten sion committee of the Bluffton club and George Bormuth, special repre sentative of Lions International. Officers of the club elected at the meeting are: President, Theo. Kissel vice pres., Dr. A. B. Hilty sec., Amos Goodwin treas., Donald Hilty lion tamer, Ralph Brooks tail twister, A. G. Kohli. James Basinger Ends Basic Flight Training Aviation Cadet James H. Basinger, son of Noah Basinger, Lawn avenue, has completed his basic flight train ing at the AAF Pilot School Basic, Gunter Feld, Montgomery, Alabama, it was announced last week by the commandant of cadets at this field. Cadet Basinger received his primary training at Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Conn. While at Gunter Field, Cadet Ba singer has logged approximately 70 hours in basic training ships. Those flying hours include cross country navigation flights, night flights and formation flying. His advanced training will be given at another school in the vast AAF Training Command. Joe Birchnaugh Home From Army Pfc. Joe Birchnaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Birchnaugh arrived home Monday, having been dis charged from the Army. He served with the 37th Division in the south west Pacific and later was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia, and more re cently was at the Army’s Fletcher General Hospital in Cambridge, Ohio. Triplett Closes Because of the two-day ft ft holiday declared by Presi- ft ft dent Truman, plants of ft ft The Triplett Electrical In ft strument Co. will not re- ft ft sume operations until 7 a. ft m. Friday. -e Goes From France To Philippines aJL,. Is Sgt. Melvin Long, Jr., who served for 15 months with a military police unit in the European theatre of war is now in the Philippines, ac cording to word received the first of the week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Long of Orange town ship. Sgt. Long was transferred directly from Europe to the Far East pre sumably via the Suez canal. His wife, the former Catherine Sutter and their little son are making their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sutter of Pandora. 14 MILES OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT IN TWP. UNDER WAY Summer Highway Resurfacing Program Being Pushed, Trustees Announce Two Miles Paid Jointly by County and Township County Pays Balance Fourteeen miles of Richland town ship highways are being improved this summer by the application of a hard surface top dressing of asphalt and stone chips, in a county program aimed principally at repairing exten sive winter damage sustained last December and January. Parts of five roads are included in the improvement schedule, with the work being done by employes and equipment of the Allen County high way department. Cost of the major part of the work is being borne by the county, with the exception of re-surfacing of two miles for which the county will pay half and the Richland township trus tees will be responsible for the bal ance. Two Miles Financed Joint ly The two miles financed jointly by the township and county include a one-mile stretch of the Augsburger road, from the termination of West Elm street at the corporation line, west to the Fett road and one mile on the Schifferly road from the Bent ley road east to the Allen county line. Highway improvements financed by the county include four miles of the Bentley road from Bluffton corpora tion to the Lincoln highway six miles of the .Phillips road from the Putnam Allen county line to the Lincoln high way and two miles of the College road from Bluffton corpoation to the Allen-Putnam county line. Radio Message From Lt. David Kliewer In Jap Prison Received By U. S. Navy Repair Winter Damage Road improvements under way, and which will be completed by fall, carry out recommendations of Richland township trustees to put the highways back into good condition following the heavy damage of last winter. No work can be done this summer on roads requiring oil treatment, be cause of inability to obtain the ma terial which is on government restric ed lists, but where a hard surface has been applied previously re-surfacing can be accomplished by the asphalt and stone chip “blacktop” method. Injured In Fall While Picking Plums Gideon Schumacher, farmer, is a patient in Bluffton hospital as the result of injuries received in a fall while picking plums at his home west of Bluffton, Tuesday morning. Schumacher who was standing on a shed roof near the plum tree slipped and fell fracturing his right hip and left shoulder, it was re ported Tuesday night. At New Air Base Captain Francis L. Hochstettler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Hochstettler of Bluffton, Route 2, left this week from the Troop Car rier base of George Field for Se dalia Army Air Field, Knobnoster, Missouri for the purpose of attend ing the Central Instructors Training Program. Upon completion of the program Captain Hochstettler will return to George Field. ormer Bluffton Man, Marine Flyer, Expected to be Freed Soon ’reparing for Study of Medicine While Held Prisoner by Enemy From a prison camp on the Jap anese home island of Shikoku on August 8 came a radio broadcast to his family by Lt. David Kliewer, of the U. S. Marine corps, first Bluffton youth to be taken prisoner by the enemy, indicating that he is alive and well despite the rigors of im prisonment approaching the four year mark. Lt. Kliewer was one of the heroic little garrison to be taken prisoner by the Japanese when Wake capitu lated in the early days of the war. He is now at Zentsuji camp, and it is hoped will be liberated by Ameri can occupation troops within a mat ter of hours following Japanese sur render. His message addressed to his sis ter and transmitted by radio by the Japanese government to one of our own Navy radio posts was as fol lows: “I received yesterday the Decem ber, 1944, letter and photos of Ann and Jimmy. They take by breath away. It almost creates a desire to have a family of my own. When homesick and lonely I get in my small corner with the photo album that is my handsome, prolific family. “The past three and one-half years have given me plenty of opportunity for intro and retrospection. I have learned adaptabilities and am en joying living, regardless of the pres ent difficulties and monotony. “My medical studies at Harvard, Northwestern or California still are planned. I am studying every avail able moment. Just completed a de tailed study of Gray’s anatomy. All Wake Marine officers here are well. All my love.” Lt. Kliewer is the son of Rev. and Mrs. P. A. Kliewer, of Albany, Ore gon, and was graduated from Bluff ton High school. His father former ly was pastor of the Ebenezer Men nonite church here. Ensign Calvin Bert Yoder Shot Down While Strafing Large Jap Freighter Navy E’lane Makes Rescue While Under Fire From Enemy Shore Batteries A daring air-sea rescue from the Japanese inland sea recently prevent ed the enemy from capturing Ensign Calvin Bert Yoder, 21, who since he was four years old was reared in the Settlement by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Diller, who now reside on the former Oliver Locher farm, north of town. Ensign Yoder is the son of Willis Yoder, of Goshen, Ind., and his mother was the former Malinda Diller, sister of Edwin Diller, who died when he was four years old. Bluffton Pilot Of Navy Fighter Plane Rescued From Japanese Inland Sea A rescue by a Navy Dumbo air plane was necessary to save the Bluffton youth, a Navy airman, after his Hellcat fighter plane had been shot down in the Japanese inland sea recently. In a thrilling account appearing in the Indianapolis News, a special news release told how the rescue plane dashed in, made a water land ing under the very eyes of the Japanese and picked up the downed fighter pilot. Second Landing On the return trip, the large plane had to make a second water landing to rescue two other fighter pilots who had flown escort for the rescue mission and who were forced down at the entrance to the inland sea, only 200 yards off the coast of Japan. Ensign Y»der was shot down while flying a Hellcat from one of the carriers participating in Task Force 38 strikes against the Jap mainland. About 20 miles southwest of Kure he strafed a large Jap freighter, rHE BLUFFTON NEWS _________ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY__________________________ BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 1945 END OF WAR GREETED HERE WITH WILD ACCLAIM THREE-MILL LEVY FOR SCHOOLS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT School District Electors Will Yote On Special Tax Pro posal This Fall Proposal Is For Renewal Of Levy In Effect Here For Many Years Bluffton school district electors will vote on renewal of a special three-mill tax levy to provide ad ditional operating expenses for the schools at next November’s general election, it was learned this week. The proposed levy is to provide a continuation of special funds that have been received by the school for operating expenses, and the measure will appear on a seperate ballot. It will provide for a tax not to exceed three mills for a five-year period. Application to include the school levy vote in this fall's election was filed last week with the Allen county Board of Elections at Lima by the Bluffton Board of Education, to comply with preliminaries necessary to have the proposal submitted to electors of the school district. Revenue derived from the three mill levy which expires this year amounts to $15,225 annually on the present school district tax duplicate of $5,075,000. The funds can be used for any operating expense, not including bond retirement and inter est. To be continued, the levy must be approved by a majority vote. Altho the measure provides for any amount not to exceed three mills for a five-year period. I^ards in the past always have levied the maximum amount allowed. Present tax rate for Bluffton school purposes is 10.40 mills, in cluding the special three-mill levy now in effect. It represents nearly two-thirds of the Bluffton corpora tion tax rate of $16.70, which in cludes the school levy. The present three-mill levy for which renewal is sought will expire on Dec. 31, 1945. It has been in effect for many years. scored three rocket hits out of four tries and left the ship sinking. In the attack, however, the engine of his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and he was forced to land on the water about a mile off shore. Fellow fliers found the green dye marker on the water showing Ensign Yoder’s position just before dark and directed the Dumbo flying boat to the place. The big plane set down on the water for five minutes to pick up Ensgin Yoder, and just as it took off a burst of eight shells struck the water directly in front of the plane. Apparently the fire came from shore batteries. Short On Gasoline The two fighter planes accompany ing the big plane landed on the water at the entrance to the inland sea on the return trip when their gasoline supply was exhausted, and the flying boat landed again to pick them up. Trouble continued to dog the rescue mission, how’ever, for the big ship also ran short on fuel and all loose gear except emergency equip ment was thrown overboard to lighten the load. The plane finally landed with only enough gasoline to have flown half an hour longer. Following the rescue Ensign Yoder was reported a little pale, but ap parently none the worse for having spent five hours in a rubber boat in the enemy’s inner stronghold. “Yoder threw' me a kiss as I coasted by on the landing to pick him up,” the pilot of the rescue plane said. Several Japanese fish ing boats w’ere in the vicinity of w’here the crash landing was made by Yoder who escaped detection. The young flier has been in the service since February, 1943, and had pre-flight training at DePauw’ university at Greencastle, Ind. He went overseas last January and was on his sixth mission in the current task force operation when he was shot down. firemen Extinguish Oats Stubble Blaze i A rapidly spreading oats stubble fire in a field along the Nickel Plate railroad right of way, east of the AU Tower at the junction of the Nickel Plate and A. C. & Y. railroads, was extinguished with small damage at noon Monday by the Bluffton fire department. The field is owned by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. and had been farmed this summer by Charles Matthey. Railroad section men as sisted in extinguishing the blaze. It w’as this area’s first grass fire of the summer. JEFFERSON STREET RE-SURFACING IS DROPPED BY STATE Unofficial Word from Highway Department is Received by Clerk Here Town Unwilling to Bear Any Portion of Cost of Proposed Improvement Re-surfacing of Jefferson street, proposed a month ago by the State Highway department, will not be ef fective this summer, according to un official information received this week by municipal officials. Change in the plans to improve that part of Jefferson street travers ed by State Route 103 was announced by Town Clerk Wilford O. Geiger, who said his information came from an attache of the State Highway de partment. Seek Permission in July Application to re-surface the street was proposed early in July by the state department, and the Bluffton council consented to the department’s request on condition that the town would be relieved of sharing any part of the cost. Estimates made by the state at that time indicated that the cost of the improvement would be approxi mately $535, and under usual pro cedure the town’s share of the expen diture would be about $90. Altho there has been on official no tification that the state department has dropped plans to re-surface the street, town officials are assuming that ine matter has been closed, and are not anticipating any further move from the state. Effect of Rider Unknown Whether the decision not to improve the street was influenced in any way by the council’s rider making its ap proval conditional on the state pay ing the entire cost of the project is not known. Proposed re-surfacing of Jefferson street was a part of an improvement to State Route 103, which follows the thorofare to Main street inside the corporation. No word has been received as to whether plans for the work on Route 103 east from the town corporation limit also have been dropped, Bluff ton officials said. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benton, Pan dora, a boy, Charles Ray, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. John Pore, Williams town, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bridenbaugh, Pandora, a girl, Judith Kay, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stump, Lafayette, a boy, John William, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lanning, Beaverdam, a boy, Jack Arthur, Tuesday. Sgt. and Mrs. Earl Ludwig, Mt. Cory, a girl, Connie Jo., August 7. Scouts To Gather Paper Saturday Boy Scouts of Troop 56 will gath er paper Saturday afternoon begin ning at 12:30 o’clock. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled and left on the front porch by that time and the Scouts will pick them up. The subsidy paid on lambs goes to the person who sells the lambs to a licensed slaughterer. The farmer will not receive the subsidy unless he piakes the sale direct or makes an middleman. Peace had come at last to a war weary world three years and eight months after the infamous Jap at tack on Pearl Harbor, and with those years of heartbreak and anxiety fin ally in the background Bluffton hail ed the Presidential announcement with cheers on their lips and tears in their eyes. News Flashes Peace This was it—the moment tensely awaited since Japan’s first broadcast seeking peace flashed round the world last Friday. Radios which played continuously in Bluffton homes over the long vigil caught the good news, finally culminating hopes that had been raised once by an er roneous report of surrender on Sun day night and which soared again early Tuesday with a false announce ment that the surrender had been made. Scarcely before the news flash was completed the deep throated whistle at the water works settled down to a steady five-minute assault on the ear drums of the town. Doors were flung open as neigh bors shouted to each other across their yards. Shotguns and pistols barked salute after salute into the evening air. Firecrackers dug up from secret repositories banged a gain and again. Children hammered on tin pans, bells were rung and automobiles driving aimlessly about the town ad ded to the din with blaring horns. Downtown streets were jammed within minutes after the surrender announcement had been made. Order came to the cruising auto mobiles when John Maxon’s car car rying a portable public address sys tem streaked down Main street blar ing the First World War’s lilting tune of “Hinky-Dinky-Parly-Voo.” Procession Forms A long procession of cars including the town’s fire department trucks and ambulance soon formed behind this impromptu sound wagon, and up and down the streets it went with horns blaring, music playing and fire crackers popping. Happy spectators stood on the curbs and cheered as as the parade passed. WHISTLES, BELLS, SIRENS IN NOISY DEMONSTRATION Finally the procession grew so long it proved unwieldy, and away the cars went in spontoneous parades of their own. Rain shortly after eight temporarily drove many in doors, but they' were outside again as soon as there was the first indi cation of clearing. For hours the horns on cruising cars blared in the town, and crowds remained on the streets until after midnight. In homes, parties in cele bration of the event went on until the wee small hours. Wednesday Holiday ^andemonium Loosed by Impromptu Automo bile Parade on Main Street After Presi dent’s Announcement Tuesday business and Industry Closed Wednesday No Mail Deliveries Churches Unite in Thanksgiving Service With whistles, bells and auto sirens, Bluffton greeted in a wild pandemonium of acclaim announcement of final victory in a war of nearly four years’ duration Tuesday night. Ending a long five-day vigil fraught alternately with hope and disappointment, the town staged a spontaneous celebration as the tension snapped at 7:02 p. m. with the announcement by Presi dent Truman that Japan had unconditionally surrendered. The demonstration which followed was unequalled by anything since the Armistice in 1918.’ Noisy Demonstration By mutual assent, Wednesday was a holiday continuing the joyful cele bration in a quieter manner as the first flush of victory subsided. Down town business places were closed. Mail deliveries on city and rural routes were suspended and windows at the postoffice were closed. Bluff ton’s industries likewise were shut down. A union thanksgiving service was held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morn ing in the First Mennonite church which was filled for the occasion. The service was sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association and local pastors spoke. Churches of the town were open thruout the day for those who wished to avail themselves of the facilities for meditation and prayer. Attraction of the afternoon was a NUMBER 17 band concert under direction of Sid ney Hauenstein on the Presbyterian church yard. Players were princi pally former members of the high school band hastily recruited for the occasion. Markets Drop Reflecting the arrival of peace, Bluffton grain markets were general ly lower Wednesday. Wheat was quoted at $1.50 per bushel, six cents under last week while oats at 55 cents were five cents under the price of a week ago. Unlike many of the larger cities, Bluffton’s celebration did not start until the official announcement had been made by President Truman, but from that time on local cele brants cut loose in earnest. Tenseness pent up for five days while hopes for surrender ebbed and flowed and Japanese reports proved contradictory’ time after time was evidenced by the enthusiasm that bubbled into a full-fledged celebra tion in a matter of minutes. Significant Occasion But against this background of hilarity’ of unrestrained exuberance there also was a deeper, more seri ous undercurrent. That the ghastly effects of war must never again be visited upon the world was a theme mentioned over and over again wher ever there were gatherings of celebrants and spectators. Looking forward to a brave new world of brotherhood, there was sincere expression of the belief that out of this—mankind’s severest trial —must and will come enduring peace. And this promise of a better world to come meant more than the celebration to those many who stood on the edges of the throngs with tears in their eyes and sorrow in their hearts for loved ones who had made the supreme sacrifice in the hope that the light of peace may burn on brightly thru the years to come. Robert Young Helped Combat Buzz Bombs Cpl. Robert D. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young of Lake avenue, is a member of the 125th Anti-Aircraft unit which made more than 7(M)di rect hits on German buzz bombs in the skies over England and later in Belgium, it was reveal ed this week by the Assembly Area command in France. Gunners in the unit also had 200 crippling blows on bombs, forcing them to land in the English channel or in open fields. In addition to its buzz-bomb oper ations, the battalion fired 75,000 rounds of ammunition in helping to stop the German forward lunge in the famous December Belgian bulge breakthru, and fast firing is reported to have burned out four barrels on each gun in the battery. At present the anti-aircraft unit personnel are assigned to patroling traffic in the Assembly’ Area com mand in 17 re-deployment camps in France. Real Estate Deal The Ralph Joseph farm of 40 acres occupied bv Albert Hughes has been purchased by John McVetta of Mt. Cory it was announced by Mrs. H. W. Althaus who closed the deal.