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'THURSDAY. OCT. 25. 1945
BUY I'KITM ■TATIS STAMPS VOLUME NO. LXX LIEUT. KLIEWER IN JAP PRISON USED FOR PROPAGANDA Model Camp at Zentsuji was One Shown Red Cross Investigators Bluffton Marine Held as Hostage After Capture at Wake Island A prisoner of the Japanese for nearly four years, Marine Lieut. David Kliewer, Bluffton officer cap tured by the enemy at the fall of Wake island, received better treat ment than most Allied soldiers held by the Nipponese. Information received from Lieut. Kliewer at Honolulu when he recent ly arrived there enroute home dis closed that Zentsuji prison camp, in which he spent all but a few months of his captivity lacked the inhumane treatment characteristic of most such places. “Zentsuji,” he said, “was a model camp. It was set up as propaganda for visiting members of neutral gov ernments and Red Cross representa tives.” Lieut. Kliewer was in that camp from Jan. 12, 1942, after being tak en to Yokohama for questioning, un til June of this year when he was transferred to a camp at Rokurishi, from which he .was liberated when the Japs surrendered. Assisted Doctors in Camp With the aid of Navy doctors in the Zentsuji camp, Lieut. Kliewer applied himself to studies in medi cine, preparing himself for enroll ment in a medical school in this country. He assisted with the work of the doctors and told of several operations performed. “An appendectomy was performed in a room that was bitterly cold. Altho we were permitted to operate, the Japanese would not provide us with charcoal for heat. Despite these conditions the patient sur vived,” he said. Lieut. Kliewer was credited with sinking a Japanese submarine off Wake island in the heroic but short lived defense of that tiny Pacific outpost, and also probably downed two Jap aircraft in battles over the island. Gets Demolition Task When the last of Wake’s planes returned a shattered wreck, he was assigned with three men to blow up the airfield in the event the Japs attempted to land planes on it. During the last night of defense, he and his men, armed with tommy guns and grenades, turned back sev eral Jap charges. On the following ipoming he was given the surrender order by Major James P. S. Dever eaux and turned himself over to a squad of Japanese. They used Lieut. Kliewer as a hostage and seated him on the roof of a truck to prevent the truck be ing fired upon by Marine infantry, who still were resisting. Hold Lutheran Rally Service In Findlay A Lutheran Reformation Rally service will be held in the Findlay high school auditorium, Sunday night at 8 o’clock, it is announced by Rev. W. L. Harmony, pastor of the Bluffton church, inviting parish ioners and friends of this place. Speaking will be Dr. H. L. Yoch um, president of the Michigan dis trict of the American Lutheran church. A chorus of 125 voices will be under direction of Prof. Ellis Snyder of Capital university, Co lumbus. Orange Twp. Girls 4-H Club Winners Two Orange township girls, Jean nine Stewart and Esther Wolber, won first place as a dairy food dem onstration team in the state 4-H club elimination contest held at Ohio State university, Saturday. The girls are members of the Orange Township Gold Star 4-H club. Each was presented with a $50 war bond by a cheese manufacturing company. Former Resident Dies In Toledo Word of the death of J. N. Plats, 62, of Toledo, at that place was re ceived here this week by his cousins, W. H. and Chester Huber. Years ago his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Israel Plats, resided on the* county line road south of Bluffton. For many years he was traveling salesman for a stove manufacturing concern. Bible Lecturer I '4 ... TYR. William M. Beahm, dean of Bethany Biblical seminary in Chicago, will be the lecturer appearing during Bluffton col lege’s annual Bible lecture week, opening on Sunday, November 11, this year. Navy Dental Officer To Do Graduate Work Lieut. Commander DeLos Kirvin, dentist in the Navy medical service, will spend the winter in graduate work in a California dental college. Lieut. Commander Kervin who is be ing discharged next month after four and» one-half years of service has been visiting here together with his wife, the former Dorothy Rae Trip lett and two children at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Triplett of South Main street. He will leave the last of this week for California to make arrange ments for his graduate study. Mrs. Kervin and children will leave in several weeks to join him on the west coast. Before enlisting in the Navy, Lt. Commander Kervin was a practising dentist at Port Huron, Michigan. Pfc. William Amstutz Released From Army Pfc. William Amstutz, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Amstutz, of this place, has received an honorable discharge from the army and ar rived home last Friday. Af|er serving one and one-half years overseas as a medical corps man, Pfc. Amstutz was returned to this country and for several months was assigned to Crile General hos pital at Cleveland as a Military Policeman. He was in the army two and one-half years. Wade Lape Promoted To Lieut. Commander Promotion of Naval Lieut. Wade W. Lape to rank of Lieutenant Com mander was announced this week from the Naval Air station at Hutchinson, Kansas, where he has been on duty since last June. Last week Lieut. Commander Lape and his wife visited at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lape, of Grove street. Prior to reporting to the Kansas station, Lieut. Commander Lape served for 21 months in the South Pacific as a flier attached to the USS Louisville. Woman Dies At Son's Orange Twp. Home Mrs. Ella Hiestand, 94, died Tues day night at the home of her son, N. M. Hiestand in Orange town ship. Her death occurred on the 26th anniversary’ of the death of her husband, Daniel Hiestand which occurred October 23, 1919. Born in New London, Ohio, she lived for many years in Findlay. Besides her son at whose home she died she is survived by two other sons, O. G. Hiestand of St. Peters burg, Florida, and K. G. Hiestand of Honolulu. Rev. Irvin Kaufman of Mt. Cory Evangelical church will officiate at funeral services, arrangements for which are incomplete. Burial will be in West Millgrove cemetery. Bluffton Girls Are Leaving For College Nine Bluffton girls are leaving to attend various colleges opening for the fall term. Those who left the first of the week for Bowling Green State uni versity are Dorothy Anderson, Helen Greding, Geneva, Janice and Ruth Hankish, Juanita Bame and Eileen Haller. Alice Jean Bixel will leave Friday to enter Oberlin conservatory. Beverly Biery will leave next Wed nesday for Oberlin college. MENNONITE FOOD FOR EUROPE TO BE GATHERED OCT. 31 Meat, Vegetables, Fruit Will Be Processed Next Wednes day at Cannery Five Mennonite Churches Send Food to Famine-Stricken Families Overseas Collection of food for the famine stricken families of war-torn Europe, sponsored by five Mennonite churches in the Bluffton-Pandora-Lima area, will get under way next week with the preparation of a shipment of meats, vegetables and fruits. Donations of foodstuffs left next Wednesday at the Amstutz Cannery, north of Bluffton on the College road, will be canned that day free of charge. In preparation of the food at the cannery, members of the First Men nonite and Ebenezer churches of Bluffton Grace and St. John churches of Pandora, and First church of Li ma, will assist. These churches are sponsoring the food project. The canned food will be consigned to those sections of Europe where food shortages are especially acute, it was announced. Next step in the famine-relief pro ject will be gathering of wheat do nations at the Bluffton Milling Co. on November 5, where a car of grain will be loaded and started on its long trip to Europe. Contributions of money to buy wheat for inclusion in the shipment also will be welcomed. Donations may be given to Harvey Gratz of Bluffton, or Noah Soldner, of Pandora. Bred heifers needed to re-establish depleted dairy herds in Europe will oe obtained later in cooperation with the Church of the Brethren. Dr. Clarence Lehman College Head, Dies Dr. Clarence O. Lehman, 50, an early graduate of Bluffton college who later became prominent as an educator, died Monday at Geneseo, New York, where he had retired two months ago from the presidency of the State Teachers college at Potsdam, N. Y., because of failing health. His death came a day before a testimonial dinner was to have been given in his honor by presidents of other New York colleges. Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon in the Geneseo Presbyterian church of which he was a member of the session. Born in Berne, Ind., the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lehman, he was graduated from Bluffton college in 1916. His father was for many years president of the college board of trustees. Later he received the Ph. D. de gree from Ohio State university and the LL. D. degree from St. Law rence university. He became presi dent of Potsdam State Teachers col lege in 1939. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and other learned societies. Surviving are his wife the former Carol Betzner of Bluffton and daugh ter Marjorie Jean, a student in the Yale University School of Nursing Administration, New Haven, Conn. Also surviving are his mother of Berne, Ind. two brothers Prof. G. A. Lehman, director of music at Colgate-Rochester Divinity school, Rochester, N. Y., and Clinton Leh man of Chicago, and three sisters, Mrs. Rose Baumgartner of Berne, Ind., and Mrs. Gertrude Albrecht of Columbia, Mo. A third sister, Flor ence, lives in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Sgt. Robt. Cooney Home From Army Sgt. Robert Cooney who served with the Army Air Force in the European theatre of war has re turned home after receiving his Army discharge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Cooney of South Jackson street, and husband of the former Joan Patterson of this place. Sgt. Robert Deerhake Gets Army Discharge Sgt. Robert E. Deerhake has been discharged from the Army after 21 months service in the European war theatre. He arrived home last Wed nesday and is residing with his wife and son at 207 S. Lawn avenue. Recent doubling of points paid for salvaged fats is one more indication of the great need for saving every possible pound. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO I HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 1945 Site Faces North Main Street at Bridge Spanning Big Riley Creek Completion of Formalities Will Clear Way for Park Next Spring Establishment of a state highway department roadside park facing North Main street on Buckeye Lake grounds was proposed this week as an addition to Bluffton’s expanding park facilities. With location of the park here looming as a distinct probability, the municipal council will take up the matter at its regular meeting next Monday night, following which a for mal application is expected to be made to the state. Proposed site of the park is on the strip of land between the Riley creek bridge over North Main street and the former Faze filling station. It w’ould be separated from the picnic grounds at Buckeye lake by a small stream which empties into the Riley. Endorsement of the project also will be considered by the Community Sportsmen’s club and the Lions club. Willingness of the state highway department to establish a park here similar to that at the Foust farm, south of Beaverdam on the Dixie highway, has been communicated to Bluffton officials, and there is every' likelihood the park will be built next spring. Landscaping and maintenance of the grounds would be done by the state highway department, and picnic tables, drinking water and other faci lities also w’ould be provided. The site proposed for establishment of the park is included in grounds leased by the own from the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. for park purposes. The municipality has a five-year lease on the property, sub ject to renewal, which has approxi mately four years to run. A park can be made available here because of the fact that the state highway department has none of its recreational facilities in the Bluffton patrol district, which extends from the Foust farm, two miles south of Beaverdam, to the Allen-Hancock county line, north of Bluffton. Melvin Lora At Air Base In India Flight Officer Melvin (Bud) Lora, son of Mrs. B. R. Herring, has ar rived at the Army Air base at Chalria, India, a station in the Asam valley at the foot of ‘the “Hump”. F/O Lora made the trip from this country by air, following the same route taken by the' Globester. His w’ife and son are at the home of her parents in Bethlehem, Pa. Ralph W. Garlinger Gets Navy Discharge Ralph W. Garlinger, whose wife resides at 109 Riley street, the form er Troxel property, was discharged from the U. S. Navy Separation center at Great Lakes, Ill., last week. Ex-Bluffton Barber Is Home From Navy Gerald Sw’ank, former Bluffton barber, has been discharged from the Navy and returned here. Swank enlisted early’ in the war and at the time of his discharge was operating a barbershop for the Navy at Miami, Florida. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Core, Col. Grove, a boy, Loren Dale, Thursday. Mrs. Core is the former Vera Gratz of Bluffton. Bluffton May Get State Highway Roadside Park At Buckeye Lake Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Reichen bach, Bluffton, a boy, Jack Grant, Thursday’. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Tripnlehorn, Leipsic, a bov, James Lynn, E■ :day Mr. Tripnlehorn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trippiehorn of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stevens, Lafayette, a bov, Darrell Lee, Sat urday. Mrs. Stevens is the former Faery Matter of Bluffton. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hixon, Leip sic, a girl, Sharon Louise, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Farns worth, Ann Arbor, Mich., a girl, Ann Leone, at University Maternity hospital, October 22. Mrs. Farns worth is the former Mary Alice Geiger of Bluffton. •r TWO TYPES OF SEWERS VOTED ON IN BLUFFTON Complete Sewerage System Re jected Three Times by Voters Intercepting Sewers, Less Cost ly, Also Turned Down at Polls Editor’s Note: This is an other in a series of articles deal ing with the history of Bluff ton's sewage disposal problems, for which an answer must be found early in the post-war period. Five sew'age disposal bond issues which have been rejected by Bluff ton voters since the first proposal was presented at the polls in 1927 are divided into two major classes. Three of the five proposals pro vided for a complete sewerage sys tem, and the other two proposed solution of the problem by means of intercepting sew’ers. As its name implies, the complete sewerage system w’ould entail con struction of an entirely new’ system of sewers thruout the town, which would carry only sanitary sewage. Under this method, storm water from rains would be handled by the present sewers and discharged into Big and Little Riley creeks. Storm water is drained off streets thru catch basins and comes from down spouts which take the water from roofs of buildings. Separate Handling Individual lines in the separate sewerage system would merge into trunk lines carrying the sew'erage to a disposal plant on the edge of town, and there w’ould be separate facilities for the handling of sewage and storm water. An intercepting system, proposed in two of the bond issues, would con tinue to use present sewers in carry ing sewage from homes of the town. However, instead of the sewers emptying in Bluffton’s two streams as they now do, their outlets would be in trunk lines laid along the banks of Big and Little Riley creeks. These intercepters would run to the sewage disposal plant. One intercepting line would be laid along the course of each stream, with connections of sewers on the opposite side of the creek made by tunneling under the water bed. It is estimated that each intercepting line would be about three-fourths of a mile in length. Interceptors Less Costly Construction of an intercepting system would be more economical, for it utilizes the present system of sewers within the town proper. Engineers, however, have always pointed out that difficulties in op eration would result from use of an intercepting system, since there would be a wide variation in volume which the disposal plant would be called upon to handle because of the storm water factor. A disposal plant handling sani tary sewage only has a steady aver age volume, with comparatively lit tle variation to be considered. How ever, when storm water is mixed w’ith the sanitary sewage, a heavy downpour of rain may double or triple the total volume, and if ca pacity of the plant is exceeded some of it must be by-passed into the creek without treatment. Bluffton Woman's Twin Sister Dies Mrs. Ettie Victoria Pugh, 73, of Arlington, died Saturday afternoon in Bluffton hospital. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage with which she was stricken ten days previously. She was a twin sister of Mrs. W. W. Carder of South Main street. A native of Arlington where she taught music for more than fifty years, she was also a member of the Methodist church and the Garden club of that place and the Order of Eastern Star of Findlay. Besides her sister of this place she is survived by a son Stanley Pugh of Texas another sister, Mrs. Huldah Turner of Greensboro, N. C. and a brother Charles Riegle, Find lay attorney. Her husband died in 1939. The body was removed to the Coldren funeral home in Findlay w’here sendees were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Charles Grant, Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery, Findlay. Last Rites Saturday For Christian Schnegg Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon in Ebenezer Mennon ite church for Christian Schnegg, 74, a native of Switzerland, who died suddenly of a heart attack last Thursday afternoon at his home on South Lawn avenue. Rev. John Esau officiated at the funeral rites, and burial was in the Ebenezer cemetery. A retired farmer, Schnegg had been in ill health for two years. Born Jan. 14, 1871, in Canton Bern, Switzerland, he came to the United States in 1888, the rest of his parental family following in the next year. On May 15, 1905, he was married to Cecil Neukom, who sur vives. In addition to the widow, surviv ors include four daughters, Mrs. Anna Wakins, Columbus Grove Mrs. Martha Parish, Arlington Mrs. Della Hitchcock, Ada Mrs. Naomi Lhamon, Convoy two sons, Homer and Walter Schnegg, both at home a sister, Mrs. Leonard Stager, Bluff ton, and three brothers, Jacob and Peter Schnegg, both of Bluffton, and Gottlieb Schnegg, El Monte, Calif. There are 15 grandchildren. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite church. William G. Fridley Dies Funeral Friday William George Fridley, 81, re tired farmer living in Riley town ship east of Pandora died in Bluff ton hospital Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock following a five montns’ illness. Funeral services will be held at Pleasant View U. B. church of which he was a member, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Hilliard Camp will officiate and burial will be in the Clymer cemetery. The body is at the Paul Diller funeral home from where it will be taken to his late residence Thursday afternoon. He was born June 11, 1864 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of James and Amena (Schumann) Fridley. He was married October 20, 1892 to Gertrude Varner, who survives. He was for many years a resident of Riley township and served for eight years as township trustee. A daughter and two sons surviv ing are Mrs. Ethel Schumacher and Clarence Fridley, both of Pandora, and Charles Fridley of Lima. Funeral For Mrs. Ella Long Friday Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Long, 78, were held Friday after noon in the Basinger funeral home with Rev. C. L. Remaley of Arling ton officiating. Mrs. Long died at her home here last Wednesday following a two years’ illness. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Three Year Old Polio Victim Is Improving Rodney Keith Habegger, three year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. New land Habegger residing four miles southwest of Bluffton is improving at Lima Memorial hospital where he is undergoing treatment for infantile paralysis, it was stated the first of the week. This is the only case of infantile paralysis reported in Allen county. Thos. Conaway Gets Release From Navy Thomas Conaway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Conaway has arrived here after receiving his discharge from naval service, much of which was spent in the Pacific war zone. He and his wife will occupy their home, the former Byron Anderson property at West Elm and Spring streets. Back From Tokyo Verl Reichenbach of the Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Reichen bach of near Bluffton who recently was at Tokyo bay, is expected to return with the Third fleet for Navy day observance this week. He was recently promoted from fireman first class to water tender third class. Real Estate Deal Frank Todd, Bluffton grocer, has purchased from Mrs. Martha Flick the two story brick business room on South Main street occupied by the City Market, it was announced the first of the week. Altho Todd who operates a grocery in the ad joining Hankish block, is vacating the location at the end of this month, he said there would be no change in the tenants of the building which he has purchased. PAGE THREE BUY VNrm* MaTU NUMBER 27 VICTORY WAR LOAN DRIVE WILL START HERE THIS WEEK Kick-off Meeting Will Be Held This Friday in High School Building Bluffton Is Divided Into 10 Zones for House-to-House Solicitation Mobilization of 10 teams of War Bond solicitors for a house-to-house canvass of Bluffton in the Victory War Loan Drive, which officially opens next Monday, will be effected at a kickoff meeting in the Bluffton High school cafeteria, Friday night at 7:30. Solicitation of the town will get un der way early next week, and present plans call for a completion of the lo cal campaign by Saturday, Nov. 3, it was announced by N. A. Triplett and M. M. Bogart, co-chairmen of the Bluffton drive. Campaign material and other ne cessary information will be placed in the hands of volunteer workers at the session. For the campaign, the town will be divided into 10 zones, in which*solici tation will be handled by the same teams formerly working with cap tains Edgar Chamberlain, Gene Ben roth, Charles Aukerman, W. A. Howe, Charles Gazette, Gail Mumma, N. E. Byers, Jesse Yoakam, Silas Diller and C. F. Niswander. This will be the second War Loan Drive of this year, and altho actual fighting has ended funds are required for hospitalized servicemen requiring medical attention as as a result of war injuries. ATTEND CONVENTION E. J. Wahlie and Albert Winkler of the Amstutz Hatcheries organization are in Columbus attending the con vention of the Ohio Baby Chick as sociation, Wednesday and Thursday. Settlement Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Wenger and daughter, Norma of Salem, Oregon, arrived here the forepart of the week to spend several weeks among relatives and friends here. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schumacher and family visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Amstutz in Ada, Sunday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Bucher expect to leave for North Carolina the lat ter part of this week to visit their youngest son John who is stationed at a camp there. Arthur Schumacher, Ezra Moser and Hiram Kohli were in Nappanee, Ind., Tuesday to make contact with the office of the Relief Service of the Church of the Brethren who have for some time done relief work among the needy and suffering of the European nations. Many churches of various denom inations all over the United States are manifesting a splendid spirit of cooperation in this worthy enter prise. A representation of the ad ministration office at Nappanee is to present the cause in our locality in the near future. Committees from the various churches of our locality are being appointed to carry on this work. William Fridley, 81, died in the Bluffton Community hospital, Wed nesday morning. Funeral services at Pleasant View church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Wheat is still being sown in this vicinity at present. Perhaps at no time in many years has such large acreage been seeded as late as now. Rev. P. J. Boehr officited at the wedding of Miss Mary Liechty and Emmet Augsburger Sunday after noon at the Mennonite church in Berne. Ind. heir many friends ex tend their best wishes. The couple will be at home to their many friends or the Augsburger farm across the road from the Menno Augsburger homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Reichenbach and son Roger and Mrs. Verl Reich enbach and children Larry and Carol Sue visited in the home of Mrs. Dan Steppier near Decatur, Ind., Sunday. Mr.a nd Mrs. Marvin Dirk of Evanston, Ill., missionaries who were interned in the Philippine Islands by the Japanese for three and a half years will bring messages at the St. John church at morning, afternoon and evening services. P. A. Suter is spending several weeks in the home of his daughter Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Irish at De Witt, Michigan. Rev. and Mrs. Erwin Wedel of Jackson, Miss., are to be at the St. John church on Thursday evening.