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VMITB* •TATaa DBPEWn VOLUME NO. LXX CHAS. EMANS NEW CLERK OF BOARD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS Named Tuesday Night to Suc ceed Paul Augsburger Who Resigned Position. Leland Diller to Fill School Board Clerkship Resigned by Augsburger. Paul Augsburger has resigned his position as clerk of the Board of Pub lic Affairs and the vacancy will be filled by Charles Emans it was an nounced following a meeting of the board Tuesday night at which time Augsburger’s resignation was accept ed. Augsburger submitted his resigna tion to the board last Friday, it was learned, and asked that it become ef fective immediately. He agreed, how ever, to continue in office until after the monthly electric current collec tion period which will close next Tuesday. Nervousness aggravated by the du ties of his office was attributed by Augsburger as the cause of his de cision to resign. He has announced no plans for the future. Augsburger also resigned his po sition as clerk of the Board of Edu cation. Official acceptance of his res ignation will await the board’s month ly meeting next Monday night. However, Ralph Lanham, superin tendent of schools stated the first of the week that Leland Diller ,the form er clerk, would assume the duties of the office until January 1, at which time the board elected last November will take office and a permanent clerk will be named. Altho Augsburger will continue as clerk of the Board of Public Affairs until December 15, Emans reported at the board’s office on Vine street Wed nesday morning to become familiar with the duties which include collec tion of water and light service as well as other records and books of Bluff ton’s municipal utility plant. Emans is War Veteran Emans was recently discharged from the Navy after three years’ ser vice. He is a graduate of Bluffton high school and spent a year in Bluff ton college. Before being called into Naval service he was employed at the plant of the Triplett company here. He and his family reside on Riley street. Augsburger, also a war veteran be came clerk of the Board of Public Af fairs, August 1, succeeding Edgar Hauenstein who resigned. He also became clerk of the Board of Educa tion on November 1, succeeding Le land Diller who resigned. Masonic Officers To Be Installed New officers of the Bluffton Masonic lodge will be installed at next Monday’s meeting, with Past Master Armin Hauenstein serving as installing officer and Past Master Donavin B. Conrad as grand mar shal. Officers of the organization for the coming year include: Bertrand Swank, master Robert Niswander, senior warden Ben Shafer, junior warden Kenneth Schaublin, senior deacon Eugene Wells, junior deacon Ralph T. Stearns, secretary Dr. Evan Basinger, treasurer Ben Whis ler, tyler Arden Baker, trustee Wilbur Amstut^, senior steward Edgar Cook, junior steward Arden Baker, chaplain. Bluffton Trio On Weekly Broadcast A Bluffton ladies’ trio has suc cessfully passed an audition for radio broadcasts and will be heard beginning this week every Friday night at 6:15 o’clock over Lima station WLOK. Members of the trio are Alice and Lois Oyer and Ethelyn Oyer Rice. Their accompanist, Bettye Lewis, will also be heard in piano numbers. Hold Revival Services At Bethesda Church Union revival services of Bethes da Evangelical and Olive Branch U. B. church are being held at Bethesda with Rev. Walter Purdy evangelist in charge. Meetings, held nightly at 8 o’clock and 7:30 on Sunday, will continue until December 16. Mr. and Mrs. Iner Basinger of Pandora will be in charge of music for the services dur ing the coming week. re-War T) LUFFTON’S business district will be illuminated this year with ornamental lighting for the first time since 1941. Installation of arches across Main street was being made Wed nesday by linemen from the mu nicipal plant and the vari-colored lights will be in operation Satur day night. Ornamental street lighting, cus tomary in Bluffton during the holiday season for many years, was discontinued during the war in order to conserve electric cur rent. FOUR BLUFFTON AREA MEN IN DRAFT CALL THIS MONTH Jraft Board No. 3 Notifies Ten Inductees To Report For Armed Forces Seven Others From Bluffton District Will Take Preinduc tion Physical Exams Four Bluffton area residents will be inducted into the armed forces in the December call of Allen County Draft Board No. 3, and seven others from the district will report for pre induction physical examinations. Inductees, who have passed physi cal examinations, include Gordon Arthur Bixel Jr., 136 Spring street Herbert Ray Luginbuhl, 137 W. Kibler street John E. Finn, Route 3, Columbus Grove, and Dale E. Kempher, Route 1, Lafayette. Among those who will take pre induction physicals during the month are seven from this area: Russell V. Suter, Lincoln hall Robert D. Shelly, Lincoln hall Charles A. Trippiehorn, 554 S. Main street Harold E. Weaver, Route 2, Bluff ton Jaes Fedele, Lafayette Route 2 Arnold Bailey, Lafayette Route 1, and Howard Spallinger, Lafayette Route 1. In addition to the four Bluffton area men to be inducted, six others will include Clarence Prince and Frederick Foust, both of Elida Vernon Clevenger, Gomer Harry Snyder, Billy Lauck and John Cuth bert, all of near Lima. Other registrants in a group oi 22 who will report for preinduction physicals are Victor Sherrick, Elida Richard Swift, Delphos Louis Tay lor, James Burden, Paul Hunt, Lawrence King, Leroy Weaver, John Cottrell, all of Lima Raymond Gill, Harrod William Arthur, Gomer and Herbert Fought, Spencerville. Veteran Is Back From Overseas Pre-Christmas Activities Herald Approach Of Holiday Season Here Street Lighting Again In Down Town Area Mrs. Robert Barkimer has received word that her husband, Cpl. Bark imer has arrived in New' York after 16 months service in Europe. He will join his wife and daughter here after receiving his Army discharge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clar ence Barkimer of Columbus Grove. Pfc. John Stonehill Back From Europe Pfc. John Stonehill has arrived in New York after 10 months service in Europe, according to w’ord re ceived by his wife, the former Meredith Burkholder and his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stone hill. He will receive his Army dis charge at Indiantown Gap, Pa. Harold Schumacher Is Given Discharge Harold Schumacher wTio has been in service for more than three years employed at Exeter school, Lafay ette, Rhode Island, has received his discharge. He and his wife, the former Vera Amstutz returned here during the past w’eek. Cpl. Garnette Foltz Gets Army Discharge Cpl. Garnette Foltz -has received his Army discharge and returned Sunday to his home on Cherry street. He was in the service for three years, 30 months of which were spent in the European theatre of war. Messiah Concert December 16 Will Mark Opening Musi cal Observance Public School and College Christ mas Recess Plans Announced This Week With Christmas less than three weeks in the offing, traditional pre holiday activities and preparation for the Yuletide are beginning to usurp the center of the stage in tne Bluffton community. Opening musical event of the holi day season will be the presentation of Handel’s celebrated oratorio, “The Messiah”, on Sunday night, Dec. 16, in the Bluffton High school gym nasium. Appearing in the annual rendition will be the Bluffton College Choral society, and soloists from outside the community. Rehearsals are w’ell under way for pageants and programs marking the Christmas observance of Bluffton churches, with announcement of the schedule of offerings to come later. Christmas vacation for Bluffton High and Grade schools will start with the close of classes on Friday, Dec. 21, and school work will be resumed Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, it was announced this week. Bluffton college will start its Yule tide recess at 4 p. m. Friday, Dec. 21, and classes will reconvene at 8 a. m. Thursday, Jan. 3. Hold County Peace Contest On Sunday Six winners in Bluffton Prince of Peace declamation local contests will appear in county contests to be held Sunday night. The contests will be held at Gomer in the morning at 10:45 and in the evening in Lima at Wesley Methodist church and the Church of the Brethren at 7:30 o’clock. The following from Bluffton will appear as principals: Catherine Bohn, Eleanor Linden, June Hauen stein, Elmer Stonehill, Joan Clark and Mary Kathryn Bauman. Alternates are: Imogene Wenger, Anne McGinnis, Margaret Groman, Sara Jane Huser, Margaret Groman, and Alice Pannabecker. Lions Club Entertains High School Gridders The Bluffton High School football squad and managers were the guests of the Lions Club at dinner Tuesday night. Dan Dillon of the Ohio State coaching staff was the speaker of the evening. He emphasized that Ohio State was greatly concerned about the character development of their players and good sportsman ship and honesty as the best policy for each athlete. He cited Les Hor vath for his unselfish calling of plays for his team. Pictures of the Ohio State-Michi gan game of 1944 and the Ohio State-Wisconsin game this year were shown to an appreciative audience. About thirty athletes enjoyed the evening with about the same num ber of Lions. Real Estate Deals Walter Gratz who operates a North Main street shoe store has purchased the building in which his establishment is located, from Fred Gratz. John Swisher, superintendent of Bluffton’s municipal electric light plant has purchased a building lot on East Kibler street from the John Badertscher estate and will build a residence in the spring. Swisher recently sold his South Main stree' property to Ben Amstutz north cU Bluffton who will move to towm in the spring. Amstutz last fall also purchased the Bluffton Cement Block plant which he is now operating. Walter Hochstettler has pur chased the 80 acre tract known as the former Austin Balmer farm 3 miles south of Bluffton which he occupies. World Peace Speaker At College Tuesday Dr. Albert Palmer, president of Chicago Theological seminary will speak in the interest of world peace in a lecture in the Bluffton college chapel, next Tuesday night at 8:3C o’clock. His subject will be “Wanted —A Code for Victors.” Dr. Palmer, an author, also served with the Y. M. C. A. in Siberia dur ing the First World War and later was pastor of a church at Honolulu, Hawaii. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON. OHIO, THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 1945 START EXCAVATION FOR NEW PICTURE THEATRE BUILDING Completion of New, Modern Show Room Expected By Early Spring Auditorium Will Be Three Times As Large As Present fShow Excavation for Bluffton’s new $25,000 theatre is kinder way this week, and construction of the new fireproof structure will proceed on a schedule that should permit its completion by early spring, it was announced Tuesday by George Car mack, local theatre operator who is erecting the structure in the ex pansion of his motion picture inter ests here. Contract for excavation work is held by the Kohl Construction Co., of Lima. Harry Mericle, Bluffton contractor, will put up the building. Of one-story brick and cement block construction, the new theatre will have no basement, but excava tion is required for the foundation and also for the sloping-type floor required in show house construction. Site for the new Biotion picture house adjoins Carmatk’s two-story business building on South Main street, occupied by the*A and food store. Its architecture8and materials used for construction will match that of the present building to which it will be attached. Air Conditioned With a seating cancity of 460, the new theatre will Jiave an au ditorium about three tftnes as large as that provided by the^ present Sbar theatre, also operated fby Carmack. It will be modern in fjvery respect, including all new' equipment, and the building will be air-cooled and air conditioned. The show’ house will have a front age on Main street of 3|5i feet, and it w’ill be 135 feet deep.! Itos auditor ium will be acoustically treated, and it will be constructed to make pos sible the projection of television when it is made available. Heat for the new' theatre will be provided by the heating plant in the present Carmack building. Music Program At High School Sunday Bluffton high school band, orches tra and chorus will present a pro gram of Christmas music in the auditorium Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The band and orchestra will be under direction of Carl Twin ing of Findlay, instructor in instru mental music. The chorus, directed by Miss Har riet Brate will present a cantata, “Christ is Born.” Soloists are Anne McGinnis, Margaret Diller, Louise Soldner, Mary Bauman, Ferol Alt haus. Imogene Wenger, Betty Bixel, Jean Burkholder, Ray Follas, Elden Beery, Elmer Stonehill and James Howe. Lt. Wade Mumma Is Home From Far East Lt. Wade Mumma of the Army Air force is home from overseas service in the China-Burma-India war theatre. He is the son of Carl Mumma of North Main street. Lt. Mumma was engaged in opera tion of Army transport planes flying supplies from India over “the hump" into China. He expects to be dis charged soon. Large Audience At Junior Class Play “Best Foot Forward,” Broadway stage success presented by a Bluff ton high school junior class cast was witnessed by a large audience at the auditorium, Tuesday night. The play is being presented in a two night run, the last appearance being this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. Veteran To Enroll In Aviation School Staff Sgt. Rolland Lehman, re cently discharged from the Army is now’ at Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and the couple will spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Lehman of Lima, form er Bluffton residents. Staff Sgt. Lehman was in the service for 57 months, 39 of which were spent overseas in the Fiji Is lands, New Hebrides, Philippines and Japan. After the holidays he expects to take a college course in aviation. Two boys of the Bluffton district placed in keen competition at the Chicago Fat Stock show, it was an nounced Tuesday. The boys are Arthur Neuensch wander son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwander residing west of Bluffton and James Bassett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bassett of near Lafayette. Both are 4-H club members. 5 oung Neuenschwander, a sopho more in Bluffton high school won two steer awards, placing sixth in Canvass in Bluffton Will Of fically Close Saturday Night Bonds For Christmas Gifts May Boost Total Now Below $50,000 Victory Loan bond sales still were lagging below the $50,000 mark this week, altho buying of bonds as Christmas presents is beginning to swell the volume. Final reports in house-to-house so licitation of the town will be made to Drive Chairman N. A. Triplett early next week, and captains of the 10 zones into which the village has been divided are completing their phase of the work this week. Heavier individual purchases are urged if Bluffton is to again meet its quota, but quite a bit of impetus is expected to be added to lagging sales as the buying of bonds for Christmas gifts reaches its peak. “Let’s Finish The Job,” slogan for the eighth war loan drive, empha sizes the need of additional funds to bring men in uniform back home, re habilitate the wounded, for veterans’ benefits, etc. All sales during the first week of December are credited toward the Victory Loan total, and the drive will officially close Saturday night. Citation For Action In Naval Emergency For his enterprise in organizing emergency medical relief when his ship was struck by Japanese dive bombers, Lowell Dean Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Powell of Orange township has received a naval citation. Powell, recently discharged after 27 months’ service is at his home near Bluffton. Steers Of Two Bluffton Area Boys Place At Chicago Livestock Show Victory Loan Total Here Short Of Quota As Drive Enters Final Week The citation followed an attack on his ship, the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill. With no medical officer avail able because of intervening fire, Powell, a pharmacist’s mate directed medical treatment and first aid relief during the emergency altho much of the ship was without lights and fill ed with smoke and gases. As a result “many lives were saved”, the citation stated. Donald McCafferty Released By Army Pfc. Donald McCafferty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCafferty, living south of Bluffton returned home Fri day after receiving his discharge from the Army at Indiantowm Gap, Pa. He entered the armed forces September 1, 1942 and spent 27 months overseas with the 36th General Hospital in Africa, Italy and France. Formation of an active community group to sponsor and support pro jects beneficial to the general wel fare of Bluffton and the surround ing area is expected to come out of an open meeting at 7:30 p. m. this Wednesday in the Bluffton High school cafeteria. the nation With a Shorthorn and also sixth with a Hereford, both highly competitive groups. Bassett, a pupil in Lafayette high school placed fourteenth among 4-H club boys of the United States in the highly competitive black cattle di vision. The grand champion steer was chosen from this division. The animals were sold Wednesday at the colorful auction of 4-H club cattle which features the exposition each year. Top winning steers in variably command fancy prices. FINDLAY YOUTH TRIO CONFESSES ROBBERIES HERE Admit Breaking Into Bluffton Store in Raid Last Wednes day Night Police Expect to Clear Up Other Burglaries in Arrest of Juveniles Arrest of three Findlay youths at that place last week cleared up two Bluffton burglaries, and authorities found in the confessions of those held a belief that all of the wave of robberies occurring here during .the summer and early fall may have been committed by the out-of-town ring. So far 17 burglaries in Bluffton, Findlay, Lima, McComb and Cygnet have been admitted by the youths, with the loot including ^nearly $700 in cash, $125 in checks and a mis cellaneous assortment of mer chandise. Bluffton depredations admitted by the trio included the midnight loot ing of the Risser Sandwich shop two months ago which netted only $5 in change, and burglary last Wednes day of the Ruff 5 and 10 Cent Store which they said produced $30. How ever Ralph Patterson, manager of the Ruff establishment said nothing was missing, according to police here. Authorities believe the same group is responsible for other local rob beries, including two burglaries of the Hi-Speed filling station on Nortn Main street, operated by Dick Habegger the Rosebowl, North Main street beer and tobacco estab lishment, and the Community Mar ket, operated by Zelma Ingalls. Burglaries confessed by the trio date back to last June 15, when they (Continued on page 8) Falls From Haymow Farmer In Hospital Organization To Sponsor Community Projects May Be Formed Wednesday Invited to the session are repre sentatives of all community inter ests, to whom will be presented a proposed plan of organization draft ed by the Citizens Advisory com mittee, w’hich recently completed its work in support of renewal of the three-mill school levy. Need for a central organization to lend unified support to measures of benefit to the community, its schools, etc., will be discussed at the meet ing. It is hoped that a permanent group similar to the old community H. M. Kamerer, Bluffton Route 1, is a patient in Lima Memorial hospital as the result of injuries received in a fall from the haymow at his farm southeast of town. His injuries are reported as serious. Lt. Dale Good Is Home From Army Lt. Dale Good, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Good of North Lawn ave nue has been discharged from the Army and returned to his home here. He was in overseas service in the European theatre of u’ar. club that functioned here years ago will be an outgrowth of the session. Community clubs, businesses, or ganizations, industries, etc., designat ed in 11 groups of interests, have been asked to have representatives at Wednesday’s gathering. Interests represented will include industry, labor, church, business men, youth organizations, govern ment, service and clubs, financial, educational, health and farm groups. Anyone unaffiliated with organiza tions but interested in the movement also is invited to attend. Letters explaining the purpose of the meeting have been forwarded to all interests by a committee consist ing of Rev. V. C. Oppermann, presi dent of the citizen’s committee A. B. Longsdorf, its secretary Ernest Smith, N. E. Byers and Harry F. Barnes. NUMBER 33 MAY DROP WINTER FAIR HERE DUE TO LACK OF HOUSING Exhibit This Year is Cancelled Because of I^tck of Accom modations. Future of Bluffton’s Fair Will Depend on Developments, Say Officials. Bluffton’s Mid Winter fair has been cancelled for this year, officials an nounced the first of the week and ad ded that whether the fair would be held in future years will depend upon developments. The annual exhibit dropped since 1941 because of wartime conditions is not being held this year because of lack of suitable buildings to house the various exhibits, officials stated. The announcement was made fol lowing the annual election of direc tors held last Saturday night. The fair usually is held the first week of December and this ordinarily would have been fair week. Directors Discuss Prospects It was admitted that there exists a definite possibility that future fairs here will be dropped and that the sit uation has been discussed by the fair board. However it was decided to keep the organization intact for another year in hope of developments which will permit resumption of the fair. Directors elected Saturday night for a three year term are: Hiram Kohli, Edgar Herr, Ben Amstutz and Clyde Klingler. Officers of the fair board re-elected for the coming year are: President, Hiram Kohli vice pres., Albert Winkler secretary, Hairy F. Barnes treasurer, Ray Marshall. Cpl. James Stonehill Is Released By Army Cpl. James Stonehill ,son of Mr. and Mrs. Swan Stonehill of East Elm street received his discharge from the Army at Camp Hood, Texas and arrived home Sunday. Cpl. Stonehill served in the Euro pean theatre of war and was held prisoner by the Germans for nearly four months. Ebenezer Group To Lead Singspiration A group from the Ebenezer Men nonite church directed by Waldo Hofstetter will lead the singspira tion services at the Defenseless Men nonite church, Sunday night at 9 o’clock. Some special numbers have been arranged it was stated by the pastor, Rev. Stanley Rupp. Sgt. Rudy Wilkins Home From Army Sgt. Rudy Wilkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkins of Cherry street has received his discharge from the Army and returned home recently. He was in service over four years, 36 months of w'hich were spent in the China-Burma-India theatre of war. Ensign Mack Morrison Discharged From Navy Discharged recently from the Navy at the Great Lakes, Ill., separation center was Ensign Robert Mack Morrison, of near Mt. Cory. He is the son of Mrs. Alva Mor rison and w’as graduated from Mt. Cory High sc hoot. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. David Reichenbach, Col. Grove, a boy, Douglas Alan, Thursday. Pvt. and Mrs. Glen Seyer, Bluff ton, a girl, Row’ene Kaye, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Derrick son, Raw’son, a boy, James Robert, Monday. Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. Don Wenger, Bluffton, a girl, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Staley, La fayette, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and rs. Frank Sims, Bluff ton, a boy, Roger Edwin, Tuesday. Rev. and Mrs. Edgar Neuensch wander of Yoder, Ind., a boy, Edgar III, born October 20. Rev. Neuen schw'ander, formerly of Bluffton is pastor of the Missionary church at I Yoder.