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O BUY UN1TB» jMB, «tatm 1 IJH PBFBMB STAMM VOLUME NO. LXX FLOOD OF TURKEYS FOR THANKSGIVING PRICES ARE LOWER Holiday Markets Glutted As Farmers Are Unable to Move Turkeys and Chickens Prices Paid‘Farmers Are Under Ceilings Because of 1945 Poultry Surplus Turkeys and chickens are avail able in unlimited quantities for Thanksgiving tables this year, in direct contrast to shortages that pre vailed thruout the war years because of heavy buying by the armed forces. Local markets are flooded with the surplus of turkeys and chickens, and prices paid to farmers are consider ably under ceiling. One dealer said this week that it would be easy to purchase 10,000 turkeys within a 25-mile. radius of Bluffton, but there is no active demand for them because wholesale and retail markets are clogged with the surplus. Farmers complain they will lose from one dollar upward for each turkey sold this fall. Feed has been high in cost, and now that ceiling prices have to be shaded in order to move the fowls on the glutted mar ket there is no hope of making a profit, they say. Ceiling price paid farmers for live turkeys is 35 cents a pound, but dealers can buy all they want at 30 cents top, and buyers often are able to get live birds from farmers as low as 28 cents a pound. Last year, the armed forces bought all the turkeys in sight. This fail, however, government buying was curtailed and at the same time poultrymen have gone in for turkey raising to aggravate the surplus. Price of dressed turkeys a year ago was 51 cents a pound, but many paid almost that much for live birds if they could find a farmer who had one. ,, Chicken prices also have been driven sharply downward by a similar surplus. Live prices quoted to farmers last week were 23 cents a pound for heavy hens 26 cents for heavy springers and 20 cents for leghorns. Last fall there was a top live price of 31 cents a pound. Eggs, on the other hand, are scarce and high in price. Farmers are receiving 49 cents a dozen for top quality eggs and 25 cents for mediums. Retail prices stand at 53 cents a dozen. Veteran Improving At Army Hospital Pfc. Robert Criblez, seriously wounded in Okinawa six months ago has been transferred from Nichols Army hospital, Louisville, Ky., to Percy Jones General hospital, Battle Creek, Michigan. Suffering from spinal paralysis, Pfc. Criblez was flown to the Battle Creek institution where he is suffi ciently recovered from malaria fever and critical loss of blood to undergo nerve treatment. His brother, Cpl. Theodore Criblez is due home soon from Germany where he served two and one-half years as a bomber inspector for the Eighth Air Force. Cpl. Criblez is eligible for discharge upon his ar rival in the states. Kirtland In Group Commended By Navy Crayton Donald Kirtland, 114 Washington St., and other members of the 115th Naval Construction battalion have won commendation for their work on Luzon where they were obliged to complete emergency repairs to landing strips while ex posed to large caliber shelling and Jap air attacks. The Seebee outfit in which he is a member previously had seen action at Milne Bay, New Guinea. Beaverdam Woman Injured In Fall Mrs. Peter Amstutz of Beaverdam is a patient in the Bluffton hospital as the result of injuries sustained in a fall at. her home Saturday. She was removed to the hospital here in the Diller ambulance Sunday. io, mo ___ IM r- nr it a 1 WINGING their way over Bluffton, a flock of geese es timated several miles long was seen southbound. Friday night about dusk. It was one of the largest flights of wild geese ever seen here. Instead of the usual “V” for mation they flew almost single file. Th* line of flight appeared to be broken in spots which led to the belief that the formation may have been made up of many separate flocks. VICTORY BOND SALES NEARING $25,000 TOTAL Heavier Individual Buying Is Necessary to Reach Quota Here Canvassing in Districts of the Town in Final Phases This Week Bluffton sales in the Victory Loan Drive are approaching the $25,000 this week, but heavier individual buy ing is urged by those in charge of the campaign if the town’s record of meeting its quota in each drive is to be maintained. House-to-house canvassing of the town is in its final phases this week, and team captains directing solicita tion in the 10 zones are requested to telephone either partial or complete reports to N. A. Triplett by Tuesday of next week. Ending the war has not eliminated the necessity of purchasing bonds, for funds are needed to continue provid ing medical care for the wounded and to insure bringing our men home from overseas at an earlier date, it was pointed out. All bonds purchased by Bluffton re sidents thru the first week in Decem ber will be counted toward the Vic tory Loan aggregate, it was announc ed by Co-Chairmen M. M. Bogart and N. A. Triplett. Peace Declamation Contest On Sunday Prince of Peace declamation con tests will be held Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock in the First Mennonite, St. oJhn’s Reformed and Presbyter ian churches. Contestants who will appear at the St. John’s Reformed and Presbyter nounced by the pastor Rev. V. C. Oppermann as Dorothy Mae Weng er, Margaret Groman, June Hauen stein, David Stearns, Harry Klay and James Lewis. Winners in each of the three con tests will receive bronze medals and will be eligible to compete in county contests for a silver medal. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. George Myers, Bluff ton, a boy, George Emerson, Jr., last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dukes, Pan dora, a girl, Linda Lue, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Diller, Lima, a girl, Ladene Kay, Friday. Mrs. Diller is the former Corinne Badertscher of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Elsea, Pan dora, a girl, Doneta eJan, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gardemann, Bluffton, a boy, Carl Henry, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bishop, WiL liamstown, a boy, Joe Burton, Sun day. Big Influx Of Hunters Will Crowd Season Opens Friday Flock Of Wild Geese Bluffton As Several Miles Long Wings Over Bluffton Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Marquart, Ar lington, a boy, Tuesday. Navy Promotion Richard Balmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. James aBlmer of South Main street who has served in the South Pacific area for two years has been nromoted to storekeeper first class. For the past two months he has been in the port of Tsingtao, China. ........ .................. Out of Town Sportsmen Fill Hotel and Tourist Houses Here Largest Number Since Before War Expected Here for Week End Bluffton, in the heart of one of the state's best stocked pheasant sections, will be the gathering point for an army of hunters at the open ing of the game season, Friday morning at 11 o’clock. All hotel and tourist house ac commodations have been reserved and rooms in private homes have been opened to supply the demand for hunters coming from a distance for a week end afield. Likewise restaurants and eating houses are preparing for a record crowd. With the prospect of a heavy in flux of hunters from the outside, farmers thruout the area are post ing “No Hunting” signs in larger numbers than usual. Farmers Object to Game Prospects Good 4 Game prospects are promising this year, altho pheasants may be spotty in places, a repetition of last No vember. Rabbits, however, are plen tiful. Bluffton high school youths who bring a written request from their parents will be permitted to go hunting without being counted ab sent provided they report for classes on Friday morning, Superintendent Ralph Lanham announced. They will be excused in time to be in the field for the opening of the season at 11 a. m. Pheasant season will continue un til and including Friday, November 30 and open season for rabbits will extend into next year. Real Estate Deals Mrs. Charles Montgomery of Orange township has purchased the Paul Detwiler property at South Jackson and Grove streets. Pos session will be given in 30 days. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery will move from their farm w’hich will be oc cupied by their son, Charles Mont gomery, Jr., who has been in Army overseas service. Ben Amstutz who recently purch ased the Bluffton Cement Block com pany has purchased the John Swish er residence on South Main street and will take possession March 1, moving from his location north of Bluffton. The deal was handled by A. E. Kohli. The Mrs. Ray Pilkington property at Kibler and South Jackson streets, formerly known as the Rohrbach property has been purchased by Oliver Spaeth who occupied the Bertsche farm on the Allen-Hancock county line near the corporation limits. Spaeth will get possession March 1. The deal was made by A. E. Kohli. Evan Soash Home From Navy Duty Evan Soash, pharmacist’s mate first class, has received his discharge from the Navy after three and one half years of service in the Pacific and has joined his wife here. Soash who participated in amphib ious operations later was assigned to the naval patrol boat Pyrope which operated in Hawaiian waters. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash of South Main street. a^THE BLUFFTON NEWS Strangers The majority of farmers, while readily giving consent to friends hunting on their lands are definitely opposed to granting permission to strangers and those inexperienced in the use of firearms. There are reports of farm live stock losses last fall due to care less hunters and disregard of prop erty rights by irresponsible sports men which in turn reacts upon the great majority of hunters who are careful to respect the farmers’ prop erty. With the rush of war work over and ammunition more plentiful, the number of hunters here over the week end is expected to be the larg est since before Pearl Harbor. Many ex-service men also will enjoy their first hunting since before the out break of the war. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 1945 ACKERMAN TURNS DOWN OFFICE OF BLUFFTON MAYOR THREE BLUFFTON AREA MEN IN DRAFT CALL THIS MONTH At Draft Board No. 3 Notifies Nine Inductees To Report For Armed Forces “V— Four Others WiU Take Pre induction Physical Examina tion This Month —5------ Three Bluffton area residents will be inducted into the armed forces in the November call of Allen County Draft Board No.«3, and four others will report for preinduction physical examinations in the same month. The inductees, ho passed physical examinations last month, are Herbert Ray Luginbuhl, 187 W. Kibler Street, Justin L. Johnson, Ada Route 2, formerly of Bluffton, and Jay W. Basinger, Route 2, Columbus Grove. Bluffton area men who will take preinduction physicals this month are Robert Lee Stalter, 223 W. High Street, Bluffton Dale E. Kempher, Lafayette Route 1. Other registrants in a group of nine who will be inducted in Novem ber include George R. Treadway, Richard W. Werlfcng, Donald E. Spy ker, Jack T. Gannon and John Grif fith, Jr., all of Lima addresses, and Urban H. Gating, of Delphos. In addition to Stalter, Kempher, Anspach and Yoder, the following will take preinduction physical ex aminations this month: Charles Brown, Robert Baxter, Clarence Prince, Billy Lauck, John Cuthbert, Floyd Jett, Marion Frail and Delbert Robey, all of Lima Frederick Foust and James Shook, Elida Sylvester Rode and Melvin Elwer, Delphos. Orange Twp. Girl Wins Chicago Trip Judith Montgomery, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. a|d Mrs. Frank Montgomery of Orange township has been awarded a*tri^to the meeting of the National 4-H Club congress in Chicago during the week of De cember 1 to 6 for having the most outstanding girls’ 4-H club record in the state. She received notification of her award from W. H. Palmer of the state 4-H club headquarters in Co lumbus. The award was made on the basis of project work, record books and winnings in local, district and state contests. She is a senior in Mt. Cory high school and the third state winner in the Gold Star 4-H club of Orange township. Grade School Pupils In Thanksgiving Program Pupils of the week day church school classes at the Grade school will give a Thanksgiving program Wednesday afternoon of next week in the Methodist church at 2 o’clock. Parents and friends are invited. Canned goods, fruits and vegetables will be brought by pupils for the Bluffton hospital. Victor Batterson Out Of Coast Guard Coast Guardsman Victor Batterson, Radioman second class of S. Main St., was recently honorably discharg ed from the service through the Philadelphia Coast Guard Separation Center. A veteran of active sea duty, he participated in five major invasions in the Pacific. Radio Singers Will Lead Singspiration Frank and Neal, Lima radio sing ers will have charge of the service at the Defenseless Mennonite church Sunday night at 8:15 o’clock and lead the singspiration service which follows at 9 o’clock. Army Promotion Mrs. Rosalie Rakosky has received word that her husband, Gail Rakos ky has been promoted from corporal to staff sergeant. He is now sup ply sergeant for the headquarters company of an infantry unit sta tioned in Numberg, Germany. Bluffton paused Monday for ob servance of the first Armistice Day since the end of World War II. Bluffton Legion post was in charge of arrangements for a community meeting at the high school auditor ium at 11 o’clock. Rev. V. C. Op permann of the Reformed church de livered the address emphasizing the necessity for active sentiment in support of a program for world peace. Business generally was closed from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. and there were no mail deliveries in Bluffton city and rural routes. Union Church Service Next Thursday Morning Will Mark Holiday Bluffton Public Schools to Close Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday Bluffton’s first post-war Thanks giving will be observed as a general holiday here Thursday of next week, with schools, business places and in dustries of the town suspending op erations for the day. Public observance of the day will include a union Thanksgiving service sponsored by The Bluffton Ministerial association at 9 a. m. in the First Methodist church. Rev. E. J. Bohn, a former minister in Pennsylvania who this year joined the Bluffton college faculty as a teacher of philosophy, will be the speaker at the one-hour church serv ice. Business places and industries will close for the day, and there will be no mail deliveries on town or rural routes. Window's at the post office will be closed, but mail will be made up and dispatched as usual. Bluffton public schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, but Bluffton college will observe a one day holiday on Thanksgiving only. Cpl. Stanley Basinger Is Released By Army Cpl. Stanley Basinger, son of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Basinger of South Law’n avenue returned home Sunday after receiving his discharge from the Army. He entered the arrued services June 24, 1942 and spent 31 months overseas in Africa, Italy, Germany and Austria. Basinger who was formerly a funeral director here before entering military service has taken over his business establish ment on South Main street W’hich during his absence was in charge of G. W. Combs. Chickenpox Keeps Many From School Chickenpox in a mild form has reached near epidemic proportions in the Grade schools. The outbreak first appeared last Thursday and 69 absences w*ere reported Tuesday, most of them attributed to the dis ease. No serious cases have been reported. Sgt. Krichbaum Home From Army Sgt. Carl Krichbaum has received his discharge from the Army at Camp Belvoir, Va., after being in the service since December 1, 1941. For &1 months he was stationed at Panama. He is now at the Wm. Gaiffe home where he formerly re sided. Bluffton Pauses In Peacetime Observance Of Armistice Dav Business Places And Industries Will Close On Thanksgiving Day Hunter Fined For Game Law Violation K. L. Gratz of Lima was fined $25 plus $5.50 costs in the Stanley Vert ner Justice of Peace court at Beav erdam for shooting a cock pheasant from a car on the highway in Mon roe township last Saturday. A. J. Lutterbein, Allen County game protector, made the arrest. As a further penalty Gratz had his hunting license revoked for one year. Sgt. Wayne Deppler Gets Army Release First Sgt. Wayne E. Deppler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Deppler of Soujth Main street received his dis charge from the Army at Camp Shelby, Miss., and returned here Thursday. He was accompanied by his wife who spent the past five months with him in Mississippi. Sgt. Deppler served 44 months in the Signal Corps, 32 of which were spent in Iran. PLAN CARLOAD OF HEIFERS FOR WAR RELIEF IN EUROPE Committee Announces Goal for Initial Shipment from Bluff ton Area Animals to be Foundation for Rebuilding of Dairy Herds Lost in War A carload of bred heifers for European post-war relief is an nounced as the goal for the initial shipment by the committee of five Mennonite churches in the Bluffton Pandora-Lima area. In connection with the announce ment the first of the week the com mittee issued the following state ment: In order that we might assist in supplying the needs of the people of war torn countries of Europe, a committee has been appointed in this community whose work it is to se cure bred heifers of the leading dairy breeds, Guernsey, Jersey, Hol stein and also milking Shorthorn. The goal for the initial shipment (Continued on page 8) Sgt. Evan Neiswander Given Army Dicharge Sgt. Evan Neiswander, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neiswander of Grove street received his Army dis charge at Patterson field, Dayton, last Wednesday and has returned to his home here. He spent 17 months in the Army Air force, prin cipally in Georgia. Pastor Is Called To Terre Haute Church Rev. Alvordan Althaus, formerly of Bluffton has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Maple Avenue Church of Christ at Terre Haute, Ind., it was announced the first of the week. He expects to move his family there and take up his duties the first of December. Ex-Navy Man Takes Teaching Position Lt. Glen Slusger who has, been placed on the inactive list of the Navy is visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Slusser of Cherry street. He has accepted a teaching position at Avon Lake, Ohio, and will take up his duties there November 26. Announce Winners In Peace Contest Winners and alternates in Prince of Peace declamation contests held during the past week are: Church of Christ—Joan Clark and Joan Burkholder. Methodist—Elmer Stonehill and Sara Jane Huser. First Mennonite—Mary Kathryn Bauman and Alice Ruth Pannabeck er. RED CROSS PROJECT The Red Cross has sewing and knitting supplies for relief projects. For sewing see Mrs. J. S. Steiner and for knitting see Mrs. Paul Studler. 1 njuJurtMun BUY JUS otatm fWr tpntf NUMBER 30 NONE OF INCOMING COUNCIL WANTS TO TAKE MAYOR’S JOB A & Store Manager Will Con tinue to Serve as Member of Council Mayoralty Situation in Flux As No Successor for Howe Is in Sight The tangled web of Bluffton’s may oralty conjecture for the coming year resolved itself into a huge question mark Wednesday after Charles Auk erman, chosen mayor in a surprise write-in campaign on election day, announced that he would be unable to accept the office. At a meeting Tuesday night with members of the newly elected coun cil who will take office on January 1, Aukerman, local A & store mana ger, said that he has decided not to take office as mayor because the de mands of his own business would not give him time to handle the duties in cumbent with the job. In discussion of the complications resulting from Aukerman’s decision, members of the incoming council as a group asked him to serve for the next two years as councilman, an office to which he also was elected and for which he had been a candi date. Remains On Council At their request Aukerman agreed to sene on the new council, to which he was elected as second high man. It will be his third term as council man. As a result of Aukerman’s decision, who will sen’e as Bluffton’s mayor next year was a question that went unanswered and left the town with its most perplexing political development in history. In the present state of flux as it applies to the future of the mayor’s office there is np way of determining who the incumbent may be when the term of W. A. Howe, present mayor, expires on December 31. Mayor Noncomittal With Aukerman declining to accept the post, Mayor Howe will continue in office, the law providing that the incumbent shall continue to hold office “until his successor is elected and qualified.” In such an event, Howe could de cide to continue in office until the next general municipal election in 1947. However, should he submit his resignation the president of the new council would be elevated to fill the vacancy. Mayor Howe said Wednesday that he has no comment to make regard ing the situation, leaving only conjec ture as to what the next development may be. Councilmen Don’t Want It Further complicating the picture is the fact that none of the incoming councilmen have indicated they would be willing to accept the presidency of the new council should it entail succession to the mayor’s office in case Mayor Howe decided to resign. Present uncertainties likely will not be clarified at an early date, and pending a decision by Mayor Howe the present political dilema can con tinue until January 1 when new muni cipal officials will take office. Political observers point to the sit uation as one unparalleled in Bluff ton history, and the first time that the town could conceivably go into the new year without knowing who the mayor will be. New Restaurant Man Will Open Bakery Harvey Wilch, North Main street restaurant operator announced the sale of the Wilch restaurant to Don Cahill of Ottawa in a deal closed Monday. The new owner took pos session Tuesday. In connection with announcement of the sale it w’as stated that Cahill plans to open a bakery in connection with the restaurant and the rear of the present restaurant building will be fitted up for that purpose after the first of the year. Cahill, recently discharged from the Army operated a bakery before being called to military service. Wilch, w’ho was formerly engaged in the building and contracting busi ness will return to that occupation.