THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 1946
Snowy Owls in Bluffton Area
The invasion of Artic or snowy owls
this year seems to be one of the
largest in history from reports com
ing in from about all the northern
states. None had been reported in
the Bluffton locality until the last fev
days when John A. Diller and Albert
Steiner saw one of the big wide-wing
ers north of town while the two men
were hunting rabbits.
The huge bird seemed unafraid and
would fly short distances and then
alight on a fence post.
The adult male snowy owl is al
most pure white and has a wing
spread of about five feet. The bird
is 24 inches in length. The imma
ture male has some brown flecks in
its plumage as does the adult female
while the immature female is so heav
ily flecked it is dark in appearance.
The owls are beneficial and rank
along with barn owls in their useful
ness to man.
Their migration into Ohio is
prompted by a shortage of mice and
lemmings in the far North. The owls
feed entirely on rodents and only in
cases of extreme hunger will be driv
en to feed on small game.
The migration this year had been
predicted months in advance by or
nithologists. As a rule the migra
tion comes in 4 year cycles and starts
as a result of acute food shortage in
the barren -north country.
Dr. Larry Hicks, secretary’ of the
A.O.U. at Columbus said, over 75 of
the big birds have been reported
principally in the nortwestern part
Ohio moving in from Michigan.
Order Tree Units Now
The Conservation department
again offering tree units free
charge to land owners, is has been
the custom in past years. The units
this year will contain sufficient trees
to plant one-quarter acre and will con
sist of red pines only. The trees will
range from a
half in height
stock. A limit
owner will be
unit will probably contain around 125
foot to a foot and a
and are good sturdy
of two units per land
authorized and each
The tree units are very uaexui
windbieaks, for erosion control and as
protection areas for song birds and
other wild life.
MUNSON R. BIXEL
1-3 P. M.
D. C. BIXEL, (HD
122 South Main St., Bluffton
Office Hours: 9:00 A. M.—5:3» P. M.
Evenings: Mon., Wed., Fri.,
to 8:00 P. M. Closed Thursday
Happenings Affecting Woods, Waters and Wildlife
By THE BLUFFTON COMMUNITY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB, INC.
club was unable to
units of trees from
to fill all requests.
Last year the
This was due to the fact that so many
orders were received late in the spring
and the labor situation at the nurser
ies made it impossible to fill all orders.
This year the Sportsmen’s club direc
tors urge farmers and landowners to
get in touch with Wilford Geiger or
Harry Barnes immediately and have
the application sent in early to avoid
Findlay Outdoor Club Elects
New officers of the United Conser
vation and Outdoor Ass’n of Hancock
county for 1916 are: Carl Jackson,
pres. Howard Baldwin, vice pres.
Willis Faber, treas. Robert Huff, re
cording sec’y Homer Russel, mem
bership sec’y and William Jacqua,
All memberships to the Bluffton
Community Sportsmen’s Club are
due on January 1 of each new year
regardless of when written. To aid
the directors in the task this year of
getting in the membership, club mem
bers are requested to apply for mem
bership cards and not wait until sol
icited. Sipce there are 1000 members
in the club it takes a long time to
make the rounds and contact every
member personally. As a result some
members are not contacted until late
in the year and some are entirely
overlooked. So make a point to
your card at once from any of
newly elected club directors.
The Friendly Store
Warden Seeks Violators
Allen County game warden A. J.
J^ffferbein has been on the lookout
for a party of hunters who have been
road hunting killing pheasants out of
A few days ago Ezra Moser in
vestigated some shooting in his game
refuge and discovered hunters
killed at least four pheasants in
reserve which he supervises.
Hearing the shots, Moser, who
been working in the field nearby, hur
ried over to the woods just in time
to see a large blue-grey coupe speed
away. Further investigation and
tracking in the snow led to the dis-
20 foot cord
and 14 inch
covery of the game violation. The
pheasants apparently had all been
shot while setting. Moser was able
to see where the shot had pierced the
snow and plenty of feathers scattered
around indicated several of the birds
The game protector was immediate
ly notified of the incident.
For Bird Shortage
Wild life researchers offered a be
lated alibi to Ohio’s pheasant hunt
ers, many of whom came home emp
ty-handed during the season which
the Ohio Department
tion and the Cooperative Wild Life
versity agreed that there was an ap
proximate 25 per cent decline in the
ring-necked pheasant population, and
claimed it was due to:
1. Unfavorable weather during the
1943 and 1945 nesting season, a
drought in 1944, combined with the
severe 1944-45 winter
2. Changes in the use of land
during the wartime whereby meadow
acreage was reduced soy beans sup
planted corn, and fence corners and
roadsides were cleared sharply, cut
ting down normal sources of cover
Officials cited these other factors
which accounted in part for the
small bag of pheasants: Scarcity of
ammunition reduced control of the
pheasants’ natural enemies lack of
labor and food available at state
game farms and night mowing of al
falfa fields causing losses in birds
Celina Cagers Beat
Bluffton High, 52-30
Blufftoi^ High cagers ran into a
team with too much height and power
for them last Friday night and went
down to defeat before Celina by a
score of 52 to 30 in the Bluffton
Except for a disastrous second
quarter when the visitors ran wild the
local outfit might have had a chance,
but a 15-point advantage gained in
that period alone was enough to as
sure the visitors of an easy victory.
At the close of the first quarter the
Pirates were trailing by three points,
with the count standing. 12 to 9.
Then the locals’ offense completely
bogged dbwn and they failed to score
a single point in the second period
while Celina was running the count
to 27 to 9 at halftime.
In the third stanza, the Burckymen
came back into the thick of the fight
again to practically match the offen
sive efforts of the Celina
the score at the close of
standing at 40 to 21.
All told, the visitors
field goals and 16 free throws to ac
count for their 52-point total. Bluff
ton had to be content with 10 fielders
and a like number of charity tosses.
holdover forward from
last year’s flashy Celina outfit, was
the sparkplug of his team’s attack
with 19 points. Hilty, of Bluffton, and
Bobenmoyer, of Celina, each had 12.
The defeat was Bluffton's third in
six games and it also was their
in Western Buckeye league play.
The box score:
H. S. Reserves Top
Celina, 41-20 Score
Scoring theft fifth victory in six
starts, Bluffton High reserves trounc
ed Celina seconds, 41 to 20, last Fri
day night on the local court.
The Pirate understudies led all the
way: 7 to 1 at the quarter 19 to 3
at halftime, and 27 to 19 at the third
quarter. In the fourth period the
locals racked up 14 points while limit
ing the vistors tf only one.
Bluffton’s attack was paced by
Kirtland with nine points, Bracy with
eight R. L. Wilch, Moore and Pogue
with six each.
Water which comes into a building
through a leaky roof spreads out un
der the roofing to roof boards, the
plates and studs, and into the walls
and floors. In addition to damage to
the building itself, there is loss of
contents and the development of un
favorable conditions for the livestock
or human beings which the structure
was supposed to protect.
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
Men's clothing in general has
proved entirely inadequate to meet
the demand—with shirts, pajamas
and underwear almost non-existent.
Suits and overcoats are available
in only some sizes, and those who
are fortunate enough to find a deal
er with stock have
color, style, etc. It’s
out in most instane
unit at Ohio
Possibility of a new super-high
way following the route of the Dixie
thru Bluffton appeared one step
nearer reliazation last week with an
nouncement that the project has
been included in a $500,000,000 Ohio
highway recommendation made to
Public Roads Administration
Despite the fact that food con
tinues quite scarce in Switzerland,
the Swiss are caring for thousands
of refugee children from war-torn
sections of Europe.
Information to that effect was in
a letter from Mrs. Martha Weber,
of Switzerland, to hex1 nephew, A. S.
Brauen, of Pandora. The letter was
made available to The Bluffton News
this week when Brauen mentioned it
while paying a visit to the office t?
renew his subscription.
Children cared for by the Swiss
come into the country for three
months’ visits during which they re
ceive good food and clothing, Mrs.
“More than 100,000 children have
been cared for under the plan so
far, and a few days ago 300 came
from Holland and 500 from Genoa,
Italy. A few days ago they took
several hundred children back to
France, and the city they came from
had a welcoming celebration. In
the parade they carried big signs,
“Thanks to Switzerland” and both
France and Italy have paid touching
thanks for what Switzerland has
done for them during the war and
up to this time.
“The food situation continues
about the same, and shoes, suits,
coffee, tea and
Getting Out Of Army Is One Thing
Find Clothes To Wear Is Another
area discharges service
others of the nation are
next to impossible to fuK
long-cherished dreams of
getting back into
they can still wear the clothing they
had on hand when they left civilian
life to go into uniform.
Proposed modernization of
Dixie highway was recommended
State Highway Director Perry
Ford as a part of Ohio’s projected
improvements in a national inter
regional highway system planned by
the federal government.
As far as Ohio is concerned, the
Bluffton’s total tax duplicate for
1945 will net $42,320.01 in tax col
lections, according to figures released
last week by Allen County Auditor
Floyd B. Griffin.
Other estimated tax receipts in the
1945 collection period include $26,
767.89 for that part of Richland
township in the Beaverdam school
district and $4,965.10 for Beaverdam
1945 Tax Collections Will Net
$42,320.01 For Bluffton Village
Despite Food Shortages Swiss Care
For Thousands Of Refugee Children
English walnuts are
per person jello, 250 grams a month
per person chocolate,
month per person
grams macaroni, 500
200 grams o
eggs 14 pounds of
are sugar, 500
150 grams a
grams: f. ur,
bread 11 quarts of milk, and after
two years of none, rice in the
amount of 250 grams per person.
“With 500 grams equal to one
pound you can see what we get, and
besides that we have to pay heavy
taxes. However, we are not com
plaining for we had war all around
us and it was possible for us to
keep out of it.
“Practically all American soldiers
who come to Switzerland are fine
gentlemen, and we have a drawing
now for the groups on tour at Biel,
and the soldier with the lucky num
ber 5000 gets a gold watch,
compliments the soldiers have
their papers about Switzerland are
“But there is another class
store and stole 50
alarm clocks after night. Then the
police went after them and found
them in the railroad station at Lau
sanne, with the watches and clocks
In Brig they broke into a
pointed out, and all thi’u no fault of
time, and in
ing they left behi
that fails 1
?ase of tak-
New Super-highway Through Bluffton
In State-Federal Improvement Plan
only a little at a
no case in sufficient
meet the rising de-
ire on the scarc
are beginning to
with stocks at
ity list, and shoes
be difficult to buy
their lowest levels
follow almost exactly
Department as needed
Modern four-lane highways are to
be constructed on all approved pro
jects, with freedom from grade
crossings, etc., and if the proposal
is put into effect Bluffton will be on
one of the nation’s deluxe motor
The proposed system puts
radial freeways into Cleveland, plus
a north-south route following the
Dixie highway and an east-west
route across the central part of the
state thru Zanesville, Columbus,
Springfield and Dayton.
Monroe township in the Bluffton
school district will have aggregate tax
receipts of $1,092.96 the same area in
the Beaverdam district will net $8,
102.24 in taxes and that part of the
township in the Columbus Grove
school district will yield $9,604.93.
Jackson township will have collect
ions of $34,770.34, and Lafayette vil
lage will receive $4,313.59.
on three soldiers. They now are
serving 20 years prison terms in
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