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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
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
is under way
as the start
building program that is expected to
reach boom proportions by next
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.
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,
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
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
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.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Schmidt, of
Cherry street, a boy, John Everett,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kinsinger,
Pandora, a girl, Pauline Ann, Fri
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
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
Bluffton College Homecoming Will
Be Celebrated Saturday And Sunday
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.
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
the advisory
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.
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
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
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.
Eugene Benroth, Donaviu Conrad
and Arden Baker are on the publicity
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
V. C.
Dr. J.
Byers, Raymond
Althaus, W. A.
C. Geiger, Rev.
Eugene Benroth,
and Mrs.
Mrs. Millen
S. Schultz
In Musical Class
England- portable typewriters
are classified as musical instru
ments by the British Railways’
Freight association.
Resumption Of Football At
College Will Feature Satur
day’s Events
Homecoming Banquet and Play
On Saturday Evening
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
the football
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.
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
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.
Orders Enf
ance Cu
to Preve
Prevalence of
the Lima comm
Mayor Wilbur A.
forcement of Bl
dinance passed in
alties for permittit
in the village.
a. m.
coronation will be
near the gymnasium,
Beery, of Medina, s
on the
president of the Men’s Varsity “B”
association, crowning the Queen.
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
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 $25,
the mayor pointed out.
Funeral Service
For Clara Geiger
Funeral services for Miss Clara
Geiger, 58, were held in the First
Mennonite church Monday afternoon
with Rev. J. N. Smucker officiating.
Interment was in the I
nonite cemetery.
11, 1945
of Ordin-
sure Taken
Spread of
s among dogs in
y this week led
we to order en
’s municipal or-
3 providing pen
dogs to run loose
ime Mayor Howe
owners to cooper
ir pets at home, so
of the spread of
immunity may be
At the same I
urged Bluffton do$
ate by keeping the
that any danger
rabbies to this ci
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
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
three years
ment camp
speak at the homecoming and mis
sion festival of the Ebenezer church,
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
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.
No Reportable Loss to Real
Estate in Town Since Last
January 1
Fires Outside Corporation
Costly: $14,675 Lost
Eight Fires
one truck,
street. No damage
made in these cases.
E. R.
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
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
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
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
no reportable
Auto Fires
loss in fires inside
was to automobiles
which took fire on
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.
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
ary, Chicago, appearing
Dr. Beahm is dean and
of Christian theology and
at the Chicago seminary,
operated by the Church
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.
A Proposal To Congr
Would Provide This For
$17,000 Field
Announcement Of Propo
Rekindles Hopes For New
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
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
“This officer performed his as
signed duty in a highly creditable
service in support of critical oper
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.,
?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.
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.
in the
which share
Seaman’s Relief, Belgian War
War Prisoners Aid, British
jlief society, French War Re
iends of Luxembourge, Greek
Russia War
lief, United
United Yugoslav Relief, Refugee Re
lief Trustees
Queen Wilhelmina Fund,
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
When wounded, Pfc.
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.
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
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
Mr. Bigger died at
miles north of Ada,
ship residents. His
er Retta Wolfley,
The couple had no
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.
he taught
Orange township district
He also served on the town-
Ohio Northern
for many years
at Ada
in the
ship school board and the board of
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Mary
Henry of Forest and brother E. S.
Bigger of Steamboat, Nevada.
Interment was in Hassen ceme

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