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vnit»» ITAfH PBWIIM VOLUME NO. LXX GAME VIOLATORS WHO KILLED DEER SOUGHT BY WARDEN Dead Animal Is Found Hidden Along Fence Row Opening Day of Hunting Killing Deer Or Shooting At Them with Buckshot Pro hibited By Law Something new in local hunting violations brought an investigation by game wardens last Friday after a full-grown deer had been shot by un known hunters in the Rockport vicin ity. Three Dayton hunters found the dead animal hidden under grass and leaves along a fence row on the Orlo and Walter Marshall farms, one mile north of Rickport about 5:30 p. m. Friday. The deer, a doe, had been partly dressed and carefully hidden, leading to the assumption that the hunters who had killed it intended to return after nightfall and take it away. After it had been discovered Fri day evening, the state highway patrol at Lima was notified, and a patrol car picked up the animal. The Day ton hunters who found it were C. W. Hawk, D. E. Bard and R. E. Wort man. Allen County Game Protector, A. J. Lutterbein, of Beaverdam, who is in vestigating the case, said the deer was skinned and the meat was given to the County Children’s home. He said the animal weighed about 350 pounds. It is assumed the deer is the same which was seen in that neighborhool the day before near the Hilty school house and later on the same day by Mrs. Cal Garmatter in the barnyard at her home. On Friday morning Roy Best and Hiram Niswander re ported seeing a deer go into the How ard Niswander woods, also in the area. There is no open season on deer in Ohio except three counties, Adams, Pike and Scioto, where hunting is perimtted from Dec. 3 thru Dec. 8. Shooting them with buckshot also is prohibited and bag limit for the sea son is one buck per person. Charles Montgomery Gets Army Discharge Sgt. Charles W. Montgomery, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mont gomery, Bluffton, and husband of Marjorie R. Montgomery, 214 Spring street, has been separated from the Army Air Forces at the San An tonio District, AAF Personnel Dis tribution Command. Sergeant Montgomery served with the 15th AAF in Europe as a Air borne Radar Repairman. Prior to entering the service, Sgt. Montgom ery was a farmer with his father. He participated in two campaigns and was awarded two battle stars. Peace Declamation Contest Winners Winners and alternates in Prince of Peace declamation contests held in three Bluffton churches Sunday night have been announced as fol lows St. John’s Reformed—June Hau enstein Margaret Groman, alter nate. Presbyterian—Eleanor Linden Annie McGinnis, alternate. First Mennonite—Catherine Bohn Imogene Wenger, alternate. Ray Devore Gets Naval Discharge Ray Paul DeVord, S. A. O. 2/c, was discharged last week at the Naval Separation Center in Toledo and has returned to his home in Gilboa. He served overseas for 27 months and was wounded two times, once in the South Pacific and the other time on Okinawa. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William DeVore, of Gilboa, and married the former Esther Roy, of McComb. Nurse Added To Hospital Staff Miss Doris Garmatter, who recent ly graduated from the Nurses Train ing school of the Mennonite hospital at Bloomington, Ill., has accepted a position on the nursing staff of Bluffton hospital. Miss Garmatter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Gar matter recently passed the Illinois state examination for nurses held at Chicago. rHE Local Men Released By Armed Services Many Bluffton area men have been released by the armed services dur ing the past week. Among these are: Master Sgt. Robert Root, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Root, has re turned after 42 months in the South Pacific. He expects to resume his former position as telegrapher for the New York Central railroad at Toledo. Staff Sgt. Clyde Mefford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mefford of Bentley road has returned after 30 months service in England. Francis W. Luginbill, M. M. 2/c, has been discharged from the Navy thru the Toledo separation center. Of his 34 months in service, 10 months were spent aboard a salvage boat as a navy diver. He is the husband of Mary Morrison Luginbill. They are at home on the Morrison farm on the Dixie north of Bluff ton. T/5 James W. Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Martin has been discharged on the point system after serving 26 months overseas with the Army Signal Corps in North Africa, Egypt, England, France and Bel gium. Chief Petty Officer Wade Shook who was discharged from the Navy has joined his wife, Mrs. Bonita Clark Shook and two daughters who are at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street. Sgt. Herbert Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stewart has been dis charged after nearly five years serv Kent Boutwell, seaman second class and son of Mrs. Alice Lugi bill Boutwell, formerly of Bluffton who has been hospitalized for three years is facing another operation at the. Naval hospital at Mai Island, Calif., it was learned this week. Kent suffered a badly injured foot in the battle for Guadalcanal on October 11, 1942 and recently it was learned that bones in Ins foot which doctors have been trying to repair for three years are to be broken again. BLUFFTON’S MAYORALTY SITUATION An Editorial With the question of who will be Bluffton’s mayor for the next two years remaining unanswered, political observ ers this week pointed out that the mayoralty dilemma marks the culmination of a local trend that likely will have repercussions in future municipal elections here. End result of the surprising developments in this No vember’s election, in fact, are more far-reaching than the immediate problem of who can be prevailed upon to take the mayor’s office for the next two years. Even more vital than the question of who will consent to serve as mayor is the necessity of finding an answer to a situation where the chief elective office of the town is going begging for an incumbent, with every likelihood that few candidates for the office can be found in future elec tions. In view of the local attitude toward those who have car ried the responsibilities of local government, it now ap pears that the next election may be one in which no one will want the mayor’s job, and perhaps few of other elect ive offices of the town. Those who in the past have served as mayor and in other municipal offices have giv^n their time to the posi tion largely from a sense of civic consciousness and public duty. Supplemental income in no way enters into the picture, for the mayor’s annual salary of only $400 in no respect is commensurate with the responsibilities of the office and the hours of work involved. After tax deduction, Bluffton’s mayor receives less than one dollar per day, and for the time required to discharge the duties of his office he is paid less than the 55 cent hourly rate which the towm pays its common labor. Local trends toward carping criticism and petty politics which have the tendency to make a public whipping boy out of the mayor’s office, signify a failure to understand that if a mayor serves thru a sense of public duty the citizenry have equal responsibilities in cooperating with him and appreciating the problems of his office. Unless there is public cooperation and understanding there is no incentive for the type of men w’hich a democ racy needs to run for public office—whether it be that of mayor, council, board of public affairs or school board. Constructive criticism presented as such is welcomed by public officials, but backstage sniping too often becomes involved with petty matters and many worthwhile accomp lishments of city administrations are Completely forgotten. Veteran In Hospital For Three Years Facing Another Operation Mrs. Boutwell, Bluffton native and widowed mother of eight who were in service lived in Kenton until two years ago when she went to Mare Island to be near her son. She has since obtained employment and pur chased a home at that place. When Kent arrived at Mare Is ice in the Army, three of which were overseas. He is at his home near Rockport. Cpl. Wayne Yerger has been dis charged from the Army at Camp Hood, Texas. He and his wife are spending several days visiting here. Sgt. Francis Reichenbach, son of H. L. Reichenbach of near Bluffton has returned after 30 months in Australia, New Guinea andth e Phil ippines with the 119th Ordnance company. Sgt. Robert Kohli and Ralph Kohli, sons of Mrs. Eva Kohli, have been discharged from the Army Air corps and the Navy respectively. Pfc. Paul Zimmerly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zimmerly north of Bluffton has been discharged from the Army at Camp Atterbury, Ind. He was overseas 23 months and has been decorated with four bronze stars. Real Estate Deal J. M. Leatherman who recently moved here from Beaverdam has purchased from Eugene Basinger a lot on Cherry street near the Geiger street junction. Leatherman oper ates a sheet metal working shop on South Main street. He and his wife are living in a house trailer on the lot this winter. LIBRARY CLOSED Bluffton's public library will be closed all day Thanksgiving day. The library will be opened from 1 to 5 o’clock on Friday and Saturday afternoons. land three years ago he was taken off the hospital ship Solace by his brother John, a pharmacist’s mate stationed then-. Then for three months Kent’s life hung in the bal ance. John is now in Korea as a chief pharmacist’s mate. Dwight, another brother, is a mot or mechanic’s mate at Key West, Florida. Merlin is a seaman sec ond class aboard the U. S. S. Lang ley. Anna Jeanne, a sister, is a store keeper first class in the WAVES at Cleveland. Wade and Wayne, discharged from the army, are employed in Hillsboro, Ohio, and Kenton, respectively. Clair, trained as ship fitter in the navy, now is a government civilian employe, rated as a chief ship fitter. DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, NOV 22, 1945 QUIET OBSERVANCE OF THANKSGIVING IN PROSPECT HERE Union Service Methodist Ch Be Held At on Thurs day Morning First Post-Mar Thanksgiving Finds Business and Indus try Closed Bluffton’s observance of Thanks giving, Thursday will be in the na ture of a genera! holiday, with schools, business places and industries of the town suspending operations for the day. Public observance of the holiday will include a union thanksgiving ser vice sponsored by tht Bluffton Minis terial 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, will be the speaker at the«one-hour church service. Business places of the town will be closed in observant^ of the holiday, and industries will* completely sus pend operations for the first time since 1941’s last preceding peacetime observance. No Mail Deliveries No mail deliveries will be made on town or rural routes and windows will be closed thruoat the day at the post office. Outgoing mail, however, will be made up atid dispatched as usual. Students in Bluffton High and Grade schools will fnjoy a vacation over the holiday weekend, beginning with the close of classes, Wednesday night. Bluffton college will close only on Thursday, and classes will be resum ed Friday morning at the institution. ORGANIZATION TO BOOST COMMUNITY IS PLANNED HERE Organizational Meeting Will Be Heid Wednesday, Dec. 5, at High School Association Planned to Support Projects Beneficial to Com munity Welfare Organization of an association rep resenting all community interests to sponsor and support projects benefi cial to general welfare of the Bluff ton area will have its inception in a community meeting at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday, December 5, in the Bluff ton High school cafteeria. A proposed plan of organization drafted by the Citizens’ Advisory committee, which recently completed its work in support of the three mill school levy, will be presented for con sideration at the meeting. Need for a central organization to lend unified support to measures of benfit to the community, its schools, etc., will be presented at the session, and an association similar to the community group vfhich functioned here years ago may grow out of the present project. Eleven Groups All clubs, organizations, business, etc., designated in 11 groups of inter ests, are asked to have representa (Continued on page 8*) No One Injured In Two-Car Crash Here Occupants of two cars escaped in jury at 7:15 p. m. Monday in a crash on Main street at the Garau street intersection. Menas D. Gerber and wife, of Pandora, were in a car traveling south, which was in collision with an automobile driven north by Don ald D. Emanhiser, of Findlay, when Gerber turned left on Garau street to go to the Community hospital. Emanhiser’s car was damaged in the mishap, but no one was injured. New Filling Station Is Opened North Of Town Myrel Gossard has opened a new filling station and lunch stand at his farm on the Dixie highway two miles north of Bluffton near the Nickel Plate crossing. The estab lishment will be operated under the name of Dixie View Inn. It will be the first peacetime Thanksgiving since 1941, when war clouds were gathering, and altho the holiday will be quietly observed there will be apparent relief from the grim shadow of the three pre ceding years. Customary family gatherings, tra ditional to Thanksgiving, will again take their place as the feature at traction of the holiday for the first time since the storm of war broke back in 1941. With members of many family cir cles in the armed forces, others working on holidays in war plants and gasoline and tire rationing cur tailing motoring, wartime Thanks giving dinners in general did not measure up to one of the country’s oldest traditions. All that is in the past, however, and altho many men stijl are in uni form, the tension and anxiety which have marked holiday gatherings since 1941 can at least be forgottn. Indicating a return to the “full house” family gathering for Thanks giving is a materially stepped-up de mand for turkeys this year. During the war years, small turkeys were sought by the heads of households, but this yeai- larger turkeys are. in demand as families take advantage of their first oppor tunity in four years to get together for the holiday. Couple Is Wed In M. E. Church Sunday Miss I.ois Berry, danuhp of Roy. Berry and James Benroth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albeit n.oth were quietly married in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Weed, past-.:- of the bride officiated in a ring ceremony in the presence of the immediate families of the couple. The bride is a graduate of Blur ton high school and has been em ployed at the plant of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company. Mr. Benroth, a Bluffton high school graduate served as corporal in the Army being stationed for a time in the India and Burma area with the air force. He was recent ly discharged from the service. The couple will reside for the present in Bluffton. NEWS THANKSGIVING. 1945 1 ‘’We at-e numbered unlit the victors ^TLaxj we an our allies succeed in the hardest job in history world peace. Traditional Dinners Come Into Their Own for First Time Since 1941 Pre-war Traditions and Customs Associated with Holiday Suspended During War Highlighted by the traditional family dinner at noon, Bluffton’s Thanksgiving observance this year will be in keeping with the pre-war customs and traditions that had to be suspended during the long, trying years of the world-wide conflict. 'amily Dinner Again Takes Center Of Thanksgiving Stage As War Ends 1620 1945 Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Morrison, Mt. Cory, a girl, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, Pan dora, a boy, David Allen, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Scott, Bluffton, a boy, Ambert Eugene, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wolber, Je nera, a boy, David Lee, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boehm, Raw son, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Claire Beucler, Je nera, a boy, Claire Michael, Satur day. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss Reiter, Mt. Cory, a boy, Friday. Mr. and Mrs .Bertrand Swank, Bluffton, a girl, Shirley Avis, last Wednesday. Oklahoma Pastor At Ebenezer Church A Thanksgiving service at 10 a. m. Thursday will feature a series of meetings being conducted at the Ebenezer Mennonite church by Rev. H. P. Fast, of Orienta, Oklahoma. In addition to the Thanksgiving service, Rev. Fast is speaking each evening except Saturday in the church. Services start at 7:30 p. m. Another feature will be a German language service in the church at 10 a. m. Friday. North Main Filling Station In New Hands Robert Hochstettler and Paul Henry have purchased from Ted Stettler the Gulf sei ’, ice rtat'n at North Maio and Washington .-fleets it was announced tl e first tin week. They will operate the busi ness as a partnership. Columbus Man Buys Old Stratton Garage E. F. Schmidt of Columbus has purchased from Adam Steiner the former Stratton Garage building on East Elm street is was announced the first of the week. Schmidt will take possession next month and expects to open a farm implement store in the building. He expects to move his family here from Columbus shortly. BUY VNfTB* NUMBER 31 THAKSGIVING MENU TO COST SLIGHTLY LESS THIS YEAR Menu Will Return to Pre-war Traditions Plenty of Tur keys and Chickens Price of Poultry Considerably Lower Other Items Cost About the Same Thanksgiving dinners in Bluffton homes this year will cost more than during the pre-war era, but two bright spots in the picture are seen in the fact that the menu will veer back toward the old traditions and cost of foodstuffs will be slightly lower gen erally than last fall. Turkeys are available in abundance, a complete reversal of the situation of the two preceding years, and mar ket quotations are four cents lower generally than in 1944. This year’s price for dressed tur keys 16 pound and up is 47 cents a pound, as compared with a mark of 51 cents last Thanksgiving. Turkeys under 16 pounds are selling at 50 cents. Those who buy live birds from farm ers, however, can make further sav ings, for in view of the prevailing surplus of turkeys dealers can buy all they want for around 30 cents a pound. Chickens, which will compete with turkeys as the center piece on th© table, also are lower in price. Top quality live chickens are selling for 26 cents a pound, five cents lower than last year’s Thanksgiving price of 31 cents. Oysters likely will be missing from this year’s menu, for they have been scarce all fall and prospects for an ample supply for the holiday are poor. Price ,if available, will be around 70 cents a pint, 16 cents higher than last year when they sold for 63 cents. Cranberries are scarce but the price is down, from 38 cents last Thanks giving to 33 cents this year. Altho there was a big crop a scarcity of la bor prevented a complete harvest and processing, with the result they are hard to find in local food stofes. Greenstuff is plentiful and will help round out the menu. Celery sells at 27 cents a stalk, and head lettuce about the same in price as last year. Thankoffering Service at Reformed Church Thankoffering sendee of the Woman’s Guild will be held at St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Ray Follas and the Gertrude Hoy sextet will present special musical numbers followed by a one-act play “The Disappointment of Maria” directed by Silas Diller. Cast of the play: Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Ralph Stearns Mrs. Broca, Mrs. Ralph Badertscher Miss Park er, Mrs. Arden Baker Mrs. Green, Mrs. Chas. Hilty Mrs. Darrell, Mrs. Noah Niswander Maria, Mrs. WI1 ford Geiger. Women of the church will bring thankoffering boxes and guests are invited. Legion Game Supper To Be Held Nov. 29 Game now is being collected for the American Legion Game supper, open to the community, which will be held in the Legion hall Thursday evening, Nov. 29. Anyone interested is asked to take dressed game to the Page Dairy Co. where it will be stored in cold lockers. All returned servicemen are especially invited. An active winter program is be ing planned by the Legion, including a series of dances for the young people of the town. Funds raised thru the dances will be used to re furnish the hall. Membership of the organization now stands at 90, an all-time high. It includes 20 W rid War I! mem 1 s. I.t .? -na: i s wishing to ob tain 1. gion hats may order them tl .• i ,i sta: Quinten Burk holder. Missionary To China To Speak Here Sunday Rev. C. Weldon Culver, of the Oriental Missionary society, will be the speaker at a service in the De fenseless Mennonitechur ch at 10:30 a. m. Sunday. The son of missionary parents, Rev. Culver has spent 12 years in China. He will return to China to engage in missionary work as soon as conditions permit.