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a* VNITM VOLUME NO. LXX LELAND DILLER RESIGNS AS CLERK OF SCHOOL BOARD Paul Augsburger, Board of Pub lic Affairs Clerk, Named As Successor Diller’s Resignation Follows Eight Years Service As Cerk of Board Leland Diller, clerk of the Bluff ton board of education for the past eight years resigned his position Monday night effective November 1. Diller who operates an insurance agency here said the press of business matters made his resignation neces sary. After accepting the resignation at its meeting Monday, the board of ed ucation named as Diller’s successor Paul Augsburger, a returned service man who was appointed clerk of the board of public affairs last summer. Augsburger will serve as clerk of the school board until expiration of Diller’s term of office next December 31. He will take over the post from Diller on November 1. In discussion of the matter at Mon day’s meeting of the board it was disclosed that Diller’s resignation had been submitted a month ago, but that action was deferred until this month’s Salary of the clerk of the board of education is $35 per month, which Augsburger will receive in addition to an annual income of $1,800 from the board of public affairs. Augsburger will conduct the busi ness of both offices from the new lo cation of the board of public affairs at the rear of the Basinger Furniture store on Vine street. Three New Houses Vnder Construction of three new houses in Bluffton this fall of a post-war home Construction is under way as the start building program that is expected to reach boom proportions by next spring. William Lehman, fieldman for the Page Dairy Co., who came here from Findlay, has completed excavation for a new residence on a lot he purchased on South Main from Elmer Klay. Lehman living in a house trailer on the lot. street now is A house on the Cal Deppler farm, at the edge of Bluffton on the Bent ley road, is rearing completion. It will be occupied by Deppler’s son, Weldon. Ulrich Amstutz, who with his wife moved here from Wisner, Nebraska, last spring, has completed excava tion for a new residence on the site of the former foundry building at South Jackson and Grove streets which he purchased early in the summer. Soil Conservation Demonstration Held A soil conservation demonstration under auspices of the State Depart ment of Agriculture was held on the Charles Kohli farm 7 miles east of Lima on the High street road, Wed nesday afternoon. Demonstrations of plowing, terrac ing and other practises w'ere given Results of the demonstration may be seen by farmers and others ested. 37th inter- Division Man Home This Week Cpl. James Burkholder who served 40 months overseas with the 37th Division in the Pacific area is at Camp Atterbury, Ind., to receive his discharge from the Army. He is ex pected home the last of this week. Cpl. Burkholder, holder of the bronze star, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Burkholder west of Bluffton. His wife is the former Mary Ellen Davidson of Findlay. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital Mr. and Mrs. Everett Schmidt, of Cherry street, a boy, John Everett, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kinsinger, Pandora, a girl, Pauline Ann, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Riley of Ft. Wayne, a boy John Philip, bom in that city September 23. Mrs. Riley is the former Frances Pifer of near Bluffton. Hold District Youth Rally Here Sunday Young people of the 14 to 18 year age group of Reformed churches in this district will gather here Sunday for a youth rally at St. John’s formed church. Community Organizations Rep resented In Group Promoting Levy's Renewal Levy Provides 21 Per Cent School Operating Funds No Tax Increase At the meeting to lay plans for publicizing the necessity of voting a continuation of the three-mill levy, Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of St. John’s Reformed church, was named president of group. THE BLUF Bluffton College Homecoming Will Be Celebrated Saturday And Sunday Re for 14 Arrangements are being made an attendance of 225 from churches of the West Ohio district of the Northwest Ohio Synod, it was stated by Rev. V. C. Oppermann of the church here. Rev. Forest Musser of Grace Men nonite church, Pandora, will address the afternoon meeting at 2:30 o’clock and Rev. W. C. Alexander of Brad ford will speak in the evening at 7:30. A dinner will be served in the church dining room at 5:30. Young people of the community are invited to attend the rally and adults will be welcome at the even ing meeting it was stated by Rev. Oppermann. CITIZENS ORGANIZE TO SUPPORT THREE MILL SCHOOL LEVY Of Organization of a citizen’s advisory committee was effected at a meeting in the high school last to enlist public support 1 of Bluffton’s three-mill which will be voted November election. Serving on the com representatives of Bluffton business es, labor, clubs, industries and organizations. the advisory Years at the gather- In Effect 32 It was pointed out ing that the three-mill levy has been continuously in effect here for the last 32 years and that its renewal at the polls this year would mean an additional tax would placed on the tax duplicate. not be the In explaining to the committee need for renewing the levy, Supt. Ralph Lanham told the gathering that the three-mill levy provides 21% of total school operating ex penses. Organizations which have repre sentatives serving on the advisory committee are Federation of Wo men’s clubs, Bluffton Sportsmen’s club, Ministerial association, Legion Auxiliary, Town Corporation. Farm Bureau, Community hospital, Hos pital, auxiliary, Instrument Co., and Power Co., Board of Education, Bluffton college, Bluffton Mid-Winter Fair Board, Page Dairy Co., Bluffton Stone Co., Bluffton-Richland library, Bluffton News, American Legion, Bluffton Lions club, Board of Public Affairs and Boss Manufacturing Co. Triplett Electrical Central Ohio Light Precinct Poll Precinct chairmen named to con duct a poll of voters preceding the election are Ralph Stearns, Fred Getties, Raymond Conrad, Ralph Reichenbach, Albert Winkler, Willard Jennings, Cal Garmatter and Harry Moore. On a committee to contact clubs and societies are Mrs. Elvira Suter, Mrs. D. W. Bixler, Forrest L. Stein man, Raymond Stratton and N. E. Byers. Eugene Benroth, Donaviu Conrad and Arden Baker are on the publicity committee. Membership of the committee in cludes Charles Lloyd, Harry E. Barnes, Forrest L. Steinman. E. S. Lape, Ralph Stearns, Fred Getties, A. J. B. Longsdorf, Raymond Con rad, Ernest Smith, Albert Winkler, John M. Tosh, Donavin Jesse Yoakam, Arden Baker, Mr W. Bixler, N. E Stratton, Howe, V. C. Dr. J. Suter. Conrad, D. Byers, Raymond Althaus, W. A. C. Geiger, Rev. Eugene Benroth, and Mrs. William Mrs. Millen Oppermann, S. Schultz Elvira In Musical Class England- portable typewriters In are classified as musical instru ments by the British Railways’ Freight association. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE Resumption Of Football At College Will Feature Satur day’s Events Homecoming Banquet and Play On Saturday Evening Program Homecoming events at Bluffton college Saturday and Sunday will bring back intercollegiate football to the campus for the first time since 1942 and will include coronation of the Homecoming Queen, an alumni banquet, presentation of a Thespian play and a special vesper service. Crowning of the Homecoming Queen, Miss LaVonne Hostetler, senior, of Wooster, at 10 Saturday will be the opening of the two-day observance. To Preside at Football Game Attended by Miss Hildred Ever sole, of Bluffton, and Lona Gerber, of Dalton, the Queen will reign over the Homecoming football tilt whten Bluffton Ohio Northern caps mean more At Wedn meet the football freshmen play a softball game to determine if the first-year students must continue wearing their green caps. If the freshmen win they can discard their immediately, but a loss will the Homecoming banquet for i, starting at 6 p. m., Rev. w Shelley, of Kitchener, On tario, will be the speaker, and Mayor W. A. 1939. Howe the toastmaster. Rev. is a member of the class of Thespian Play This will be followed at 8:30 p. m. by presentation of a one-act play, fSophie of Shadyville” by the Thespians dramatic society. Sunday’s program will feature a vesper service in Ramseyer chapel at 3 p. m., with Dr. C. Lloyd Panna becker, ’17 of Peoria, Ill-, as the speaker. Following the vesper service a reception will be held in the Mussel man library, and preceding it open house will be women’s dormitories. held in the men’s and Pandora Milling Company Is Sold Sale of Pandora Milling company, partnership, was announced Wed nesday morning by Francis Kempf of Pandora, manager of the business. Purchasers of the enterprise are Edgar Pifer of Jenera and Gerald Cribley of West Carrollton, price is reported as $40,000. a BLUFFTON, OHIO, SDAY. OCT. MAYOR DOWN RU Orders Enf ance Cu Precautionary to Preve Li Prevalence of the Lima comm Mayor Wilbur A. forcement of Bl dinance passed in alties for permittit in the village. a. m. feature coronation will be near the gymnasium, Beery, of Medina, s The on the with campui Elton president of the Men’s Varsity “B” association, crowning the Queen. The The new’ owners will take posses sion on November 5 and will con tinue the business as a partnership, Pifer stated Wednesday. The mill is one of Pandora’s old est business institutions. Formerly a corporation it was later converted into a partnership consisting of Aaron Hilty, Mrs. R. Hilty, Mrs. Virginia Kempf The latter has management of the death of Kempf eight years ago. and Francis Kempf, been in charge of the business since his father, Julian The mill is engaged in grain ele vator and feed grinding business as w’ell as handling fertilizer and coal. Pifer, one of the new owners, is president of the Jenera Farmers Ele vator company, a cooperative con cern. S. Sgt. Budd Mumma Gets Army Release Staff Sgt. Budd Mumma, formerly of Bluffton has been discharged from the Army after 42 months of service in the South Pacific area. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Mumma of Toledo and a grandson of Mrs. Joe Mumma of North Jack son street. T. Sgt. Wade Huber Given Army Release T/Sgt. Wade Huber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo south of Bluffton Army discharge at after two years’ in was a member of an engineers unit. He is expected to arrive here the last of the week. Huber residing has received his Ft. Lewis, Wash., Europe where he Upon conviction of violation, owner of the animal is subject to a fine of not less than $1, nor more than $25, the mayor pointed out. Funeral Service For Clara Geiger Funeral services for Miss Clara Geiger, 58, were held in the First Mennonite church Monday afternoon with Rev. J. N. Smucker officiating. Interment was in the I nonite cemetery. STS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY 11, 1945 CKS DOGS LOOSE of Ordin- Unleashed sure Taken Spread of s among dogs in y this week led we to order en ’s municipal or- 3 providing pen dogs to run loose ime Mayor Howe owners to cooper ir pets at home, so of the spread of immunity may be At the same I urged Bluffton do$ ate by keeping the that any danger rabbies to this ci prevented. Bluffton’s ordinance, passed in the spring of 1943, provides that no dog shall be permitted :to run loose any where in the town,I other than on the property of its owner. benezer Men- Miss Geiger died at Spring street, Saturday lowing a two years’ i April 1, 1887, the daui jamin and Mary »D .For 37 years she had ployed at the plant of the Boss Manufacturing company here and ,the time of her a member of the church. four sisters: Miss whom she resided Mrs. A. E. Speakers Held By Japs Here Sunday Mrs. Albert Jantzen, to China who spent in a Japanese intern in the Philippines will Rev. and missionaries three years ment camp speak at the homecoming and mis sion festival of the Ebenezer church, Sunday. Services will be held in the morn ing at 9:30 with a basket dinner at noon. Afternoon services will be at 2 o’clock and in the evening at 7:30 o’clock. Begin Relief Work In China Next Month Dr. S. F. Pamjabecker of Bluffton who recently arrived in Chungking, China as the representative of the Mennonite Central committee in this country will begin organization of the committee’s post-w’ar relief pro gram next month. The Bluffton man who was hos pitalized with malaria after he ar rived by plane from Calcutta, India, has recovered, according to a cable message received by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia Pannabecker of East Kibler street Monday. Bluffton Girl Is In College Choir Miss Mary Elizabeth Stearns, sen ior in Heidelberg college, Tiffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street is a mem ber of the College concert choir which will make its first appearance of the season Saturday at inaugural ceremonies for the college’s new president, Dr. Nevin C. Harner. Personnel of the choir is chosen by competitive tryouts and member ship is limited to fifty. Bank Will Close On Columbus Day Friday The Citizens National bank will be closed all day Friday, Columbus day, a legal holiday. Other activities will continue without interruption, in cluding mail delivery, Postmaster Ed Reichenbach stated. ON NEWS No Reportable Loss to Real Estate in Town Since Last January 1 Fires Outside Corporation Costly: $14,675 Lost Eight Fires Observance corporation one truck, street. No damage made in these cases. E. R. Homer Albert brothers of Farmersville, of Cleveland, and of Bluffton. Maynard Geiger Named To Fill Yoakam’s Seat On Town Council Monday night the municipal unexpired term Maynard Geiger was appointed by council to serve the of Councilman Jesse Yoakam, who resigned last month after he sold his property on West Elm street and moved outside the corporation. Geiger was the next highest Dem ocratic candidate for council at the election two years ago, and was named Monday to serve on that body until expiration of the present term next December 31. Fire Prevention Week Finds Bluffton With Modern Fire Fighting Equipment idebaker feet of hose place in the plug outlets. ndition xrhich has been sines 1928. The equipped with 1,800 enough to reach any corpora!ion from fi re he?re W’ith intere Prevention week, her home on morning fol- cock county ter of Ben- been em- death. She was First Mennonite Surviving are Ella Geiger with Mrs. Albeit Diller, Kohli and rs. L. T. Greding all of Bluffton and three Geiger Geiger Geiger st cente rin on Fire record s rel eased V. Stoilehi11, clerk of nt, disci that the is answered onl v three the corpor since 1, and 1.hat then1 has damage tu leal rtment ha ns inside January no reportable Auto Fires loss in fires inside was to automobiles which took fire on estimate Principal the and the was So far this year, the department has made eight runs outside the town. Loss in real estate in the rural fires was estimated at $14,675. Altho the town has no contract for fire protection with the sur rounding rural area, negotiations are pending with Richland Orange townships to provide protection service on a flat basis per year. and fire rate Negotiations, Pending Under the present plan, the town ship is not responsible but each call costs the individual owning property $25. The new Mack pumper pur chased this year has a 400-gallon booster tank especially adapted for rural fire fighting. Members of the Bluffton depart ment include Chief Guy Corson, Clerk C. V. Stonehill, H. E. Augs burger, Charles Young, Fred Martin, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Ed Badertschet, Lester Niswander, Don Dillman and Harry Lugibill. In connection with the opening of Fire Prevention Week, Chief Corson Tuesday urged Bluffton area resi dents to be particularly careful of fires now that furnaces and stoves are being put to use again after a summer of inactivity. Cpl. Gideon Steiner Gets Army Discharge Cpl. Gideon Steiner, Jr., has been given a discharge from the Army after 20 months in the European theatre of war. He is now with his wife and son in Beaverdam. Bible lectures on the Bluffton college campus will be presented this year from Sunday, Nov. 11, to Friday, Beahm ary, Chicago, appearing speaker. Dr. Beahm is dean and of Christian theology and at the Chicago seminary, operated by the Church Brethren. Home From Service In European War Theatre Pfc. Richard Berky who spent 10 months in the European war thea tre is at the home of his parents, Prof, and Mrs. H. W. Berky of West College avenue. He will leave Saturday to report at Camp Atter bury, Indiana. FEDERAL GRANT OF $8,500 PROPOSED FOR AIRPORT HERE A Proposal To Congr Would Provide This For $17,000 Field Announcement Of Propo Rekindles Hopes For New Airport a municipal airport became met ably brighter this week when it learned a grant of $8,500 from Civil Aeronautics Administration the CAA would include Bluffton the program. port was proposed for Bluftton. at an aggregate cost of $17,000. Half of the funds would come from federal sources, earmarked fo rthe prepara tion of land and miscellaneous costs. Class 1 Airport Chicago Educator To Be Here For College Bible Lectures Nov. 11-16 Nov. 16, with Dr. W. M. of Bethany Biblical Semin the professor missions w’hich is of the Dr. Beahm will speak three times on the opening day of the six-day series of lectures and twice on each of the following days. In connection with Bible lecture week at the college, there will be a two-day minister’s conference and the semi-annual meeting of the Bluffton college board of trustees. Class I airports are the smallest category of five types, and are designed to handle only small private airplanes. However, it is out this is the class most ineeded. (Continued on page 8) Bluffton Man Is Given Commendation Lt. H. Kenneth Luginbuhl was among radio and message center officers of the 3161st Signal Service company to receive personal com mendation for outstanding service and performance of duty on Okin awa. He served in the initial as sault of Okinawa, arriving there the second day of invasion, April 2. Included in the commendation re ceived by his wife, Mrs. Harriette Criblez Luginbuhl, is the following text: “This officer performed his as signed duty in a highly creditable manner erating cellent terially service in support of critical oper ations.” under very unfavorable op conditions. Through his ex service, he contributed ma te effective communication Lt. Luginbuhl, who has served 58 months in the army, will be dis charged with over 100 points as soon as he is replaced and given transportation home. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl of rural route 2 and the father of a five-month-old son, Dan Rene, whom he has never seen. Thanksgiving Will Be Fourth Thursday in Ohio this year on November 22, the fourth Thursday of the month, according to an announcemi nt made this week by the office of Gov. Frank Lausche. A new federal law, passed last year, designates the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving, and President Truman is expected to holiday according to proclaim the that schedule, the national announced by secretary to the governor. Ohio will conform to proclamation, it was Mell Underwood, Jr., NUMBER 25 WAR CHEST DRIVE OPENS WITH HOUSE TO HOUSE CALLS ?unds Raised in Drive Will Go to 17 War Relief and War Service Agencies Solicitors Hope to Complete House-to-House Canvass By October 9 House-to-house sol icitat ion in the Fourth Allen County War Chest cam paign will be started in Bluffton this week, with 82 women canvassers ex pected to complete the local phase of the drive before Friday, October 19. Funds contributed to the War Chest distributed among 17 war relief service agencies, with the USO various services to American men women in uniform being the prin cipal benefactors. are and and Directing the Bluffton drive is Mayor W. A. Howe, who has served as chairman of local campaigns in the Solicitors are being notified thru the mail that their kits may be ob tained at the Mayor’s office between 7 and 9:30 p. m. this Wednesday. Those who cannot report at that time are requested to send a substitute. The in the receiving which share Seaman’s Relief, Belgian War War Prisoners Aid, British jlief society, French War Re iends of Luxembourge, Greek War lief, War War Russia War lief, United United Yugoslav Relief, Refugee Re lief Trustees Committee Children. Relief, the had Queen Wilhelmina Fund, Czechoslovakia of European Veteran In Hospital Gets Purple Heart i** Pfc. Robert M. Criblez, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Criblez, was awarded the Purple Heart dec oration in Ward 9, Nichols General Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, last Pfc. Criblez is slowly recovering from serious wounds inflicted. May a Japanese the back and 1 on Okinawa when mortar shell hit him in neck. pointed When wounded, Pfc. an Criblez was serving as an advanced infantry scout leader with the 77th Division and had endured seven days and nights of incessant direct combat. Fighting was so intense that Medics could not rescue him for three hours in spite of consistent attempts. Twelve days later he ar rived in Saipan suffering paralysis from the shoulders down, and in critical condition because of loss of blood and malaria fever. He was granted emergency evacu ation by plane to the United States on June 27 and arrived at Hamilton Field, California, suffering shock in an emaciated condition. and Since then he has steadily gained weight and strength veloped the use of his arms and soon expects wheelchair. Because of of his wounds, it is not predict the duration of his hospital ization. de and hands to be the nature possible to Pfc. Criblez entered military serv ice September 11, 1944. After basic training at Camp Fannin, Texas, he received advanced combat training on Oahu, Hawaii and Saipan. It is believed that he is one of the few survivors of his unit. Funeral Wednesday For Wm. O. Bigger Funeral services for William O. Bigger, 70, at the New Jerusalem Church of Christ in Orange town ship Wednesday afternoon Elder David Kelley of officiating. Mr. Bigger died at miles north of Ada, ship residents. His er Retta Wolfley, The couple had no with Marion, Ind., his home five Sunday noon following a heart attack. He had not previously been ill. He was the son of Stephen and Mary Bigger, pioneer Orange town wife, the form died last May. children. attending he taught Orange township district He also served on the town- After Ohio Northern for many years at Ada in the schools, ship school board and the board of trustees. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Mary Henry of Forest and brother E. S. Bigger of Steamboat, Nevada. Interment was in Hassen ceme tery.