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Fuel Shortage is Most Serious
of Winter, Say Dealers,
Two Cars of Mine Run, Undeter
mined Quality is Town’s
Only Supply.
Current spell of springlike weath
er is all that has prevented the most
serious fuel crisis of the winter,
local coal dealers said Wednesday
The coal situation, it was declared
has deteriorated from bad to worse.
A canvass of retail dealers disclosed
that two cars of mine run coal of
undetermined quality constitute the
only supply Bluffton has on hand.
From this supply coal to house
holders whose bins are empty is be
ing rationed.
Promised Coal Not Here
Scheduled shipments of coal of
regular quality for domestic con
sumption have ailed to arrive and
dealers said they could not tell when
these shipments will come.
A continuance of the present
•warm weather with temperatures
ranging between 40 and 50 degrees
together with careful husbanding of
such coal supplies as householders
have on hand appears to be the best
solution to the problem.
The existing shortage of coal has
been confined largely to domestic
consumers. Industrial concerns, in
cluding Bluffton’s municipal electric
light and power plant and education
al institutions have sufficient stocks
•on hand for their immediate needs,
it is indicated.
Movie At Beaverdam
On Wednesday, Feb. 13
A moving picture production will
be presented at the Beaverdam high
school auditorium next Wednesday
night, February 13 at 7:15 o’clock.
The production is sponsored by
the Beaverdam high school senior
class and consists of a musical com
edy and newsreel in addition to the
main feature “Pot O’ Gold” with
Jimmy Stewart, Paulette Goddard
and Charlie Winniger.
Jimmy Stewart appears in a role
that reveals new facets of heart
warming fun and Paulette Goddard
is in her gayest, most gorgeous com
edy vein with Charlie Winniger for
comedy and Horace Heidt and his
Musical Knights, most famous band
on the airwaves.
Selective Service
Honors Group Here
Three Bluffton men were included’
among the nine members of the Al
len county draft board group receiv-I
ing recognition awards for services
of two years or more during the
The Bluffton men are Forrest
Steinman, member of the, board, D.
R. Trippiehorn, the government ap
peal agent and Dr. M. D. Soash,
medical examiner. Steinman and
Tripplehom were in Dayton, Tues
day night to attend formal pre
sentation ceremonies at the Van
Cleve hotel where Gov. Frank J.
Lausche was the speaker.
Other members of the Alin county
group are: Dr. C. E. Savage, Morris
Fenneman, Harry Marshall, Jesse
Vandemark, Dr. O. S. Roebuck,
Francis Joy and Byron Dotson.
Former Bluffton City
Solicitor Dies In Lima
Carl H. Neville, prominent Lima
attorney and city solicitor for Bluff
ton in 1926 and 1927, died last
Sunday night at his Lima home
from head injuries apparently sus
tained a few hours earlier when he
fell while alighting from his auto
Following his graduation from the
Ohio Northern university law school
in 1920, Neville entered the firm of
Wheeler and Bentley, both of whom
preceded him in death. H. O. Bent
ley, of the firm, was a Bluffton na
Neville was a former chairman of
the Allen County Democratic Execu
tive committee, and at the time of
his death was president of the Lima
Memorial hospital board of trustees.
Funeral services were held Wed
nesday afternoon at Lima. Burial
was in Lima.
In addition to his wife and two
sons, Neville is survived by one
brother, Wesley Neville, of Lima.
Kohli Assumes
Board Position
A. E. Kohli, Bluffton Republican
leader, assumed his duties Monday
as a member of the Allen county
board of elections for which position
he was recently endorsed by the
party’s executive committee.
Kohli was named to the board by
the secretary of state to fill the un
expired term of James Jacobs who
resigned to be a candidate for coun
ty commissioner.
Kohli who has been active in Re
publican politics for thirty years
was previously a member of the Al
len county jury commission from
which he resigned Monday.
Announce Wedding
Of Orange Twp. Girl
Mr. and Mrs. Adriah Basinger of
Orange township announce the mar
riage of their daughter Alice to
Pfc. James R. Fawver of Waco,
Texas. The wedding took place
January 4 at Pemberville with Rev.
Roy Longnecker officiating.
Attendants were Theo Beggs,
cousin of the bride and Miss Joyce
Long, his fiancee, both of Toledo.
Pfc Fawver left Tuesday for
Corpus Christi, Texas, to receive his
discharge from the Marine corps in
which he served for four years. The
couple will reside on the farm of the
bride’s parents.
Radio Program Of
“3 O’s And Jeanne"
The “Three O’s and Jeanne” begin
their program this week with the
trio singing Victor Herbert’s well
loved “Toyland.” George Gershwin’s
popular song, “The Man I Love” is
then sung by the trio. .Jeanne Con
tinues the program with Binding’s
“Rustle of Spring.” The trio will
then sing the familiar “Memories.”
They end the program with a re
quest hymn, “When I Survey the
Wondrous Cross.”
The Bluffton group broadcast
every Friday from WLOK at 6:15
Lions Will Stage
Benefit Minstrel
Bluffton Lions club will present a
Georgia Jubilee Minstrel on April 23
and 24 in the high school auditorium,
with proceeds to be donated to the
Bluffton High band uniform fund, it
was announced this week.
Local talent will be featured in the
cast which is to be directed by Prof.
Russell A. Lantz, of the Bluffton col
lege music faculty. Rehearsals will
start next Tuesday night. At Tues
day’s meeting of the club, Stanley
Basinger showed motion pictures
which he filmed in the European war
Masonic Father-Son
Banquet On Feb. 26
A George Washington’s Birthday
Father-Son banquet will be held by
the Bluffton Masonic lodge on Tues
day, Feb. 26, it was announced this
week by Bertrand L. Swank, master
of the lodge.
Moving pictures taken in Europe
by Stanley Basinger will be shown
at the meeting, and other features
are being planned.
Stauffer Resigns
At Bluffton High
Paul W. Stauffer, instructor in
speech and dramatics at Bluffton
High school since 1931, has re
signed from the faculty, effective as
of the end of the current school
He will complete this year’s teach
ing schedule on a half-time basis,
spending the remainder of his time
as assistant purchasing agent at The
Triplett Electrical Instrument Co.
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. nad Mrs. Wayne Luginbuhl,
a girl, Carol Irene, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Elzay, Find
lay, a girl, Diane Sue, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Tudor, Lima,
a girl, Susan Kate, Sunday
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Evans, Co
lumbus Grove, a girl, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Neuensch
wander, Lima, a boy, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Smucker of
Princeton, N. J., a boy, Thomas
Cornelius, Tuesday, born in a hos
pital at that place. Mr. Smucker is
the son of Mrs. B. D. Smucker of
South Lawn avenue.
Hicksville, 10 Wins, Four Losses,
Is First Bluffton Tournament Foe
Bluffton Will Play in First
Round at Ada on Monday,
February 18
Winner Will Advance to Sec
tional Play at Celina First
Week in March
Bluffton High school’s first oppon
ent in the Class exempted village
and parochial school tournament at
Ada two weeks from now will be
Hicksville, a team that has won 10
and lost four games so far this sea
The Bluffton-Hicksville contest is
scheduled for* 7:00 p. m. on Mon
day, Feb. 18, the opening night of
the tourney in which nine district
schools will be competing to qualify
as the two entrants in the Sectional
tournament at Celina, the first week
in March.
With Bluffton and Hicksville in
the upper bracket of the tournament
are Ada (eight wins and four losses)
vs Lima St. Johns (nine wins and
four losses). Bluffton has a record
of three victories and eight setbacks.
In the lower bracket are Delphos
Jefferson (10-3) vs Lima St. Gerard
(0-11) and Wapakoneta St. Joseph
(11-5) vs Delphos St. Johns (1-11).
St. Rose (5-5) also in the lower
bracket drew a first round bye.
Win or lose in the first game,
Bluffton will play again on Wednes
day night, Feb. 20, because of the
double elimination feature of this
year’s tournament.
Should Bluffton defeat Hicksville,
the Pirates will play winner of the
Ada-Lima St. Johns tilt at 9 p. m.
Wednesday. If the Pirates lose they
will meet the loser of the Ada-St.
John’s tilt at 7 p. m. on the same
Two losses will eliminate any team
from the tournament, and the win
ner of the loser’s bracket will repre
sent the tourney in the Sectional
meet, along with the tournament
champion. The two teams will not
play each other at the close of the
The tournament will be played in
the Taft gymnasium at Ada on Feb
ruary 18, 20, 21, 22, and 25. Don
Koch and James Vogelgesang will
be the tournament officials.
Auto Runs Into
Floor less Bridge
An automobile which Hancock
county deputy sheriffs said was driv
en by Herbert Garmatter 16, of
near Bluffton, crashed thru a barri
cade and onto a floorless bridge on
county road 38 in Union township
last Thursday night. The bridge
was out for a new floor when the
accident occurred.
The damage was estimated at $50
by County Engineer John M. Stough.
Sheriff’s deputies who investigated
the accident said that Garmatter
came from Rawson on county road
57 and instead of going to the inter
section of this road and highway 38,
took a short cut south of the rail
road tracks to road 38, thereby
missing the “bridge out” sign at
the intersection.
Garmatter and three passengers,
Clarence Smith 15, Norman Smith
13 and Leonard Amstutz all of Mt.
Cory were uninjured. Headlights
and front fenders of the car ■were
County Engineer Stough said the
floor beam and a few stringers were
bent as well as the sway bracing.
Principal damage will be the labor
cost in replacing parts of the bridge.
Egg And Butterfat
Market Stabilized
Market for eggs and butterfat ap
peared to be stabilized at least tem
porarily at levels which prevailed a
week ago. Egg producers are re
ceiving a top price of 28 cents a
dozen for white eggs with a two
cent lower differential for browns.
Butterfat price continues strong
at the 55 cent level. This market
figure together with a government
subsidy of 17 cents a pound brings
an income of 72 cents a pound to
dairy farmers marketing cream.
Bluffton Invited
To Pandora P. T. A.
Bluffton school patrons interested
in Parent-Teacher activities are in
vited to attend a Founder’s night
meeting of the Pandora Parent
Teacher association to be held in
Pandora high school on Wednesday
night of next week at 7:30 o’clock.
Mrs. Fred Stover of Lima will be
the speaker and a social hour will
follow the meeting.
Board’s Action in Hiring Manual
Training Instructor Draws
Teachers’ Fire
Higher Salary Must be Paid if
Closed Department is to Re
open, Board Says
Objection of Bluffton teachers to
action of the board of education in
hiring a manual training instructor
at a figure in excess of the high
school salary schedule came to a
head at a joint meeting of represent
tatives of the Bluffton Teachers as
sociation and the •chool board, last
Wednesday night.
Spokesmen for teachers in attend
ance at the session said they were
seeking “an equal distribution of
money available for the public school
faculty on the basis of the present
salary schedule.”
Re-opening of Bluffton’s manual
training department after it had
been closed nearly two years was as
sured last December, when the board
of education employed A. Dwight
Spayth for the last half of the
school year on the basis of an an
nual salary of $2,2Q0, with provision
for a salary of $2,300 beginning next
Teachers attending the meeting
said their objection was not a reflec
tion on Spayth’s qualifications, but
they were protesting that his salary
is several hundred dollars greater
than the maximum permitted under
the school’s salary schedule.
Average Salary $1,997
Under the schedule, adopted last
June, annual salaries for full-time
high school instructors teaching nine
months of the year range from $1,
668 to $2,052, with an average of
Discussion still was at a deadlock
when the meeting ended, with the
teachers maintaining their objections,
while the school board countered
with a statement that the only hope
to operate the department, which
has an enrollment of 83 pupils is to
pay a salary in excess of that
provided by the school’s schedule.
Board members pointed out that
the salary schedule when adopted
last June contained a clause in which
the school board reserves the right
to pay above or below the schedule,
if in their opinion the welfare of the
school demands it.
Two other members of the high
school faculty also are being paid
in excess of the salary schedule, the
school board said. The instructor in
home economics, employed on 10
months basis, receives a salary
above the schedule, and the coaching
position is being filled on a half
time basis in excess of the salary
schedule. In neither case, however,
is the salary as large as that provid
ed for the manual training depart
ment, and teachers made no issue of
the matter.
What Spayth’s salary would be if
hired under the schedule also was a
matter of dispute at last Wednes
day’s meeting. This discussion
centered around the technicality as
to whether time he spent in the
United States Navy during the war
should be credited to his teaching
Dispute Over Credit
Board members held that he was
entitled to credit for the time spent
in service, but teachers said that in
asmuch as he was employed in priv
ate industry when he enlisted, the
naval service could not proper!., be
credited to teaching experience.
Spayth had been an instructor at
West Liberty from 1938 to i 42,
then worked in private industry as
a tool designer until he enlisted in
the Navy in February, 1943.
After an evening of discussion,
however, the matter still resolved
itself to the conclusion that if Bluff
ton hopes to again operate the man
ual training department closed since
June, 1944, an instructor for it must
be hired above schedule, according
to spokesmen for the board of
In the intervening period of almost
two years, it has been impossible to
employ a manual training teacher at
a figure that the local salary sched
ule would permit, and the only
chance to resume operations w*as in
action such as taken by the board
in hiring Spayth last December.
New Board Approves
Spayth was hired by the outgoing
board of education which relinquish
ed office on December 31. Of this
group, however, two members, Waldo
Hofstetter and Levi Althaus held
over and are serving on the present
(Continued on page 8)
For one day at least, the
Groundhog’s prediction of six more
weeks of winter weather was vindi
cated last Sunday and within 14
hours after he had seen his shadow
on the preceding day, the tempera
ture early Sunday morning sank to
a mark of two degrees abov* zero.
Then, just as it appeared that the
Groundhog deserved his traditional
role as a weather prophet, it turned
warmer and remained that way
thruout Monday, Tuesday and Wed
In contrast to the reading of two
above on Sunday morning, the mer
cury reached a high mark of 50 on
Tuesday night, and so far there are
no indications of an early return to
colder weather.
Sleet on Monday morning changed
to rain later in the day, as temper
atures kept climbing, and there was
some rainfall on Tuesday.
H. S. Reserves Top
Columbus Grove, 49-25
Scoring 33 points in an inspired
last-half performance, Bluffton High
reserves romped to an easy 49 to 25
win over Columbus Grove seconds
Tuesday night on the Bluffton floor.
The Pirate understudies led at
the first quarter, 6 to 5, and at half
time, 16 to 12. They then pro
ceeded to run wild in the third
period and were out in front when
the whistle sounded, 34 to 19.
Fifteen more points w’ere added to
the team’s total in the fourth
Moore, after going scoreless in
the opening quarter, found the mark
from that point and dropped 11
fielders thru the nets for a 22 point
total. Lewis w*as next high for the
Pirates with 12, Wilch got seven,
and Pogue six.
Junior High Defeats
Pandora, 33-32 Count
In their first game of the season
a Bluffton Junior High school team
edged Pandora seventh and eighth
graders by a score of 33 to 32 Tues
day evening in the Bluffton gym
It took a last-half rally to turn
the trick for the Pirate beginners,
however, for Pandora held a 20 to
10 lead at halftime.
Donald Burkholder and Donald
Schmidt w-ere high point men for
Bluffton, the former garnering 10
points and the latter getting nine.
Bluffton Pupils In
Ohio Poetry Contest
Bluffton public school pupils are
eligible to compete in the Allen
county elimination phase of the an
nual Ohio state poetry contest, it was
announced this week by Orval Bur
dette Lippincott, chairman of the
county committee.
Poems may be of any length and
may be on any subject. Students may
submit as many poems as they wish,
but none of those submitted will be
The name, address, school and
grade of the pupil must appear on
each entry.
Three winning poems will be sel
ected from Allen county. These will
be divided in the following grade
groups 1-6 7-9 and 10-12 inclusive.
Winning poems will be printed in
the 1946 Anthology of Ohio verse
which goes to every school, radio sta
tion and library in the state.
Income Tax Man
Here Two Days
Mr. Groundhog's Six-Weeks Weather
Prediction Holds Good—For One Day
Representatives from the office of
the federal collector of internal reve
nue will be at the mayor’s office on
Thursday, February 21 and Wed
nesday, March 6 to assist income
taxpayers in making out their re
With Service Men
1st Lieut. Joel R. Kimmel, son of
Mrs. L. D. Kimmel of South Main
street has received his discharge
from the service at Lawry Field,
Denver, Colo., and returned to his
home here.
Master Sgt. Robert C. Motter, son
in-law of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Gratz
of South Lawn avenue has been dis
charged from the Army air forces
after 42 months of service being as
signed to the headquarters of the
Air Technical Service Command. He
and his wife, the former Ester Ann
Gratz are on an extended motor trip
thru the south and will spend some
time in Florida. On their return
Mr. Motter will resume his former
position with the National Bank of
Cemetery Will Buy
New Power Mower
Purchase of a second power lawn
mow-er for Maple Grove cemetery
was authorized Monday night by the
Bluffton municipal council, in re
sponse to a request for the equip
ment by the cemetery board of
Ordinarily equipment at the 13
acre cemetery includes two power
mowers, but only one has been avail
able since 1944 when an older model
could no longer be used. No replace
ment could be purchased during the
w-ar years.
Purchase of the mower will be
made by the cemetery board. Re
quest for authority to buy a new
mower was presented to the council
by Elmer Diller, clerk of the ceme
tery board.
Wedding On Sunday
An early morning ceremony at the
United Brethren church at Columbus
Grove united in marriage Miss Vir
ginia Roberts daughter of Mrs. Ethel
J. Roberts of Los Angeles and Rich
ard W. Augsburger, son of Mr. and
Mrs. H. E. Augsburger of Bluffton.
At 8:30 o’clock Sunday morning
Rev. R. L. Clark, pastor of the church
officiated for the double ring cere
mony. The custom of open church
was observed.
The altar of the church w as decor
ated with palms, white snap dragons
and seven branch candelabra on either
side. The family pews were marked
by white satin bows.
A half hour of music preceded the
ceremony. Miss Rose Mary Elliott,
ten year old niece of the bride played
“Evening Star” and “Liebestraum”
and the traditional processional and
recessional wedding marches.
Miss Marcene Stonehill accompan
ied by Miss Rita Hankish, both of
Bluffton, sang “Because", “I Love
You Truly”, and “Always”.
The bride who was given in mar
riage by her brother-in-law Myron
J. Elliott, w’ore a gown of white satin,
with sw'eetheart neckline, long sleeve
tapering at the wrists. A full skirt
was fastened to the tight bodice and
ended in a long train. The finger tip
veil of tulle was held in place by a
coronet of seed pearls.
The bride carried an orchid on a
white Testament tied with white satin
ribbons. Her only ornament was a
gold locket a gift of the bridegroom.
The matron of honor, Mrs. M. J.
Elliott, a sister of the bride, wore a
pink marquisette gown, fashioned
with V-neck line, fitted bodice and
three-quarter length sleeves.
The bridesmaids were Miss Ruth
Hankish and Donna Jean Elliott. They
wore gowns of blue and yellow' net
over taffeta, with a fitted bodice,
sweetheart neckline, and full-gathered
skirts. Each carried nosegays of
pastel flow'ers.
Donivan Augsburger, a brother of
the groom w’as best man. Ushers
u’ere Thomas Conaway and Robert
Cooney. Men of the wedding party
wore boutonniers of w’hite carnations.
Gifts w’ere presented the attendants
by both the bride and groom.
Mrs. Ethel Roberts mother of the
bride chose for the occasion a gown
of black trimmed in black sequin and
black accessories with a corsage of
white carnations.
A reception for the immediate
families was held following the cere
mony in the Blue room at the Wit
teborg restaurant in Columbus Grove.
A three-tier wedding cake topped by
a miniature bride and groom was cut
by the bride and groom.
A large bowl of pink and white
snap dragons centered the table, and
w’hite tapers burned at either end.
The bride is a graduate of Colum
bus Grove high school and the past
two years has been employed in Cal
ifornia. The groom is a graduate of
Bluffton high school and was recent
ly discharged from the Army.
When the couple left for their w'ed
ding trip, the bride wore for travel
ing, a powdered blue wool dress with
brown accessories and an orchid cor
Wheaton Choir At
Ebenezer Church
The chapel choir of Wheaton col
lege, Wheaton, Ill., will give a con
cert of sacred music at the Ebenezer
Mennonite church on Thursday night
February 14 at 8 o’clock.
The choir consists of 35 voices
and is making a tour through the
east including stops in Pennsylvania
and New York states and Washing
ton, D. C. Their present itinerary
schedules 19 concerts in 13 days
and over 2,000 miles of travel.
Four Miles of New Hard Sur
faced Highways Planned for
This Summer
Tom Fett and Swaney Roads
Slated for $10,400 Improve
ment Program
Four miles of new hard-surfaced
roads and one bridge will be built
in Richland township next spring aa
a part of an extensive $335,000 Allen
county road and bridge improvement
program announced this w’eek.
Work in the township includes the
surfacing of three miles of the Tom
Fett road and one mile of the
Swaney road, county officials said.
The Tom Fett road improvement
will extend from the Putnam county
line to the Rockport road, and sur
facing of the Swaney road will be
between the Dixie and Lincoln high
Estimated cost of the road con
struction is $2,600 per mile, or a
total of $10,400.
New Bridge
The new bridge will be built on
the Tom Fett road south of the
Ernest Gratz farm buildings. It will
replace the present structure across
a ditch at that place. No estimate
of the cost has been made.
Allen county road crews will do
the work entailed in the spring
program, with the cost being shared
by the county and township.
In the $335,000 county program
proposed by County Engineer Hobart
Mumaugh, $85,000 has been set
aside for new’ county roads, $135,000
for new' township roads and $30,000
for new bridge construction.
Other Projects
Also involved in the proposal are
maintenance of all county and town
ship roads at a cost of $60,000
general maintenance of bridges and
drainage at $30,000, and county
petitioned ditch w’ork at $20,000.
There are some 800 miles of
county and township roads in Allen
The 1946 program is larger than
any during the war, and is ap
proximately the same in volume as
that accomplished in 1941 However
the cost is considerably greater than
five years ago.
Bluffton Woman On
Radio Broadcasts
Mrs. Beulah Bernard of Bluffton
will present a quarter-hour program
Sunday morning from 11:45 until
noon over Findlay radio station
She will read the following poems
of her own composition: “My Gift,”
“The Street That I Live On,” ‘Dis
illusion,” and “Because of You.”
Her vocal numbers will be “Bless
This House” and “Some Sunday
Morning,” together with accordion
Also on Friday afternoon at 4:45
will be heard a quarter-hour of Mrs.
Bernard’s recent recordings made in
Philadelphia. Among these will be
the Rachmaninoff C-sharp minor pre
lude and “Nola” by Felix Arndt to
gether with a medley of popular
numbers, By the Light of the Silv’ry
Moon, The Waltz You Saved for
Me, “Five Foot Two, and "The
I World is Waiting for the Sunrise.*
Bank To Close On
Lincoln’s Birthday
The Citizens National Bank will be
closed next Tuesday in observance of
Lincoln’s birthday, and special exer
cises will be held in the public schools
in observance of the day.
Bluffton business and industry will
operate as usual, however, and the
cutomary mail deliveries and window
senice will be provided by the post
office here.
Real Estate Deals
Mrs. Mary King Schiffke sold two
lots on Harmon road south of the
hospital to Richard Davies, recently
discharged war veteran. The Davies
family are making their home with
Mrs. Davies’ parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank McElroy of South Main
Paul Miller of near Lafayette has
I purchased the property of the late
Wm. Alspaugh on Railroad street.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller moved into the
place during the past week. They
are the parents of Mrs. Justin Grata
i of Dayton, formerly of Bluffton.

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