VOLUME NO. LXX
TOWN MAY RETURN
TO SLOW TIME ON
Action Annulling Municipal
Ordinance Will Be Consid
ered by Council
Under Present Law Town Would
Have to Go to Fast Time
Whether Bluffton will remain on
Slow Time this summer, for the first
time since 1941, is a question that
will come up for consideration at
the next meeting of the municipal
council, Monday, April 1.
Should sentiment of the town
indicate a desire to remain on the
same time schedule the year around,
it will be necessary to repeal a
municipal ordinance providing for a
change to Fast Time during the
four summer months.
With the close of the war last
summer, it was felt that Bluffton
would remain on Slow Time (regular
Eastern Standard Time) the year
around, but unless the council takes
action to repeal an ordinance pass
ed in 1944 the town’s clocks officially
must be set ahead one hour on the
last Sunday in April this spring.
Appeal For E. S. T.
Mayor W. A. Howe said this week
that the state generally can be ex
pected to remain on Slow’ Time this
summer, as a result of Governor
Lausche’s appeal for an uniformity
of time in all of Ohio this year. The
Governor favors retention of Eastern
Standard, or Slow Time, the mayor
Federal attitude toward the time
problem, however, favors Fast Time
in the state during the summer
months, Mayor Howe pointed out.
Bluffton’s Time Ordinance, passed
in 1944, provides for operation on
Fast Time from the last Sunday in
April to the first Sunday in Septem
ber, and on Slow Time for the re
mainder of the year.
Fast Time Opposed
Area pressure so far has indicated
that repeal of the ordinance may be
effected now that the war is ended,
and that there will be a return to
Slow Time on a permanent basis.
Farmers always have been opposed
to Fast Time, because of its effect
on their schedule of farm opera
tions, and there has been opposition
from other sources on the basis that
it interferes with proper rest at
night by getting persons out of bed
too early in the morning.
Bluffton first went on Fast Time
early in the winter of 1941-42, when
President Roosevelt declared nation
wide adoption of Fast Time as a war
measure. Since the winter of 1942
43, however, the town has operated
on Fast Time only during the sum
Bluffton Boosters In
Bluffton Boosters’ first foe in the
Leipsic invitational tournament at
7 p. m. this Thursday will be the
Pandora team that handed the locals
their only setback of the season two
On the Bluffton tourney squad
will be Jack and Jim Clark, Fred
and John Herrmann, Stonehill,
Wenger, Kinsley, Mathews, Soash
Last Friday, the Boosters topped
Beaverdam, 46 to 43, in a game at
that place, with Jack Clark getting
14 points and Evan Soash 12, to
lead the attack of the locals.
Others in the Bluffton lineup were
Stonehill, Mathews, Wenger, Kinsley,
Burkholder, and Jim Clark.
Monthly collection of rubbish and
ashes will be made on Thursday,
March 28. Have same in containers
ready early in the morning and
placed where it is readily accessible
W. A. Howe, Mayor
COLLEGE MUSIC COURSE
Myron Carlisle, vocalist, will ap
pear in the chapel, Friday night,
April 5 as the final number on the
Bluffton college music course.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank all the kind
friends and neighbors for their aid
and sympathy in the illness and death
of our beloved mother and grand
mother, Mrs. Alice Herr also Rev.
Oppermann who officiated at the
burial, the singers for their services
and all those sending flowers.
Children & Grandchildren.
Charles Lora Reports on Condi
tions Overseas Following
Return from Greece
Bluffton Man Gone from This
Country Two Months with
Americans are well liked by the
people of Greece, in contrast to gen
eral opposition to both the English
and Russians, Charles
Grove street, reported this week
after returning from
Europe on a relief ship.
a trip to
Lora sailed from Baltimore last
January 10, on the Liberty ship,
William S. Halstead, and docked at
Norfolk, Va., on March 14, after be
ing gone overseas two months and
His ship carried a consignment of
332 cattle, 200 tons of livestock feed,
and 4,100 tons of fertilizer, the
equivalent of 250 carloads.
In the shipment of cattle were 316
bred heifers and 16 bulls bought in
Minnesota by UNRA and given to the
Greek government. The government
in turn sells the cattle to Grecian
farmers on long-term credit.
As a cattle handler on the ship,
Lora worked under the direction of
the Church of Brethren relief or
ganization, operating from its head
quarters at the town of New’ Wind
sor, Md. Lora reported that New
Windsor’s normal population of 500
has been stepped up to approxi
mately 1500 because of the extent of
the organization’s relief work.
Enroute to Europe, the relief ship
encountered heavy w’eather, and
progress wras slow’ thru the Medi
terranean because of danger from
floating mines. On the trip 15
heifers and three bulls were lost.
Among the crew of 16 volunteers
who cared for the cattle on the trip
across was Stahley Fretz, o’f Lans
dale, Pa., a former Bluffton college
The ship’s longest stay overseas
w’as at Salonika, Greece, where it
docked for a week to unload its
cargo. Enough feed to supply the
cattle for 30 days
was left with the
railroad yards at
ruins from the
Saloniki were in
bombings, Lora reported,
the Greeks do not look emaciated,
but all are old beyond their years
because of their war experiences.
Sunken ships litter the harbor,
few buildings have windows, and
altho there was need of fuel to
warm homes and public places it is
virtually impossible to obtain any.
Residents of the city sit in their
homes wearing their overcoats and
cooking is done with charcoal, or
w’hat scraps of wood can be gather
Everywhere there was filth and a
lack of sanitation, the Bluffton man
said, and the Americans ate on their
ow’n ship, and drank only the
supplied by it.
Americans Well Liked In War-torn
Greece: English, Russians Unpopular
The Bluffton man said that
Grecian cities large pictures
Churchill and Stalin invariably are
defaced, but those of Roosevelt have
been untouched by the populace.
Food conditions in Greece,
ever, have improved greatly
1941, Lora said the Greeks told him,
and there seem to be enough food
stuffs to maintain a reasonable de
gree of health. Variety, however, is
lacking in the diet, and mutton
seems to be the principal meat.
On the return trip, the ship stop
ped at Gibraltar to refuel with oil,
and later at Casablanca to take on
75 servicemen returning to
Has Fractured Skull
Charles R. Bormuth, 68, Jenera
rural mail carrier, continues serious
ly ill at the Community hospital
from a fractured skull and other in
juries suffered last Wednesday
morning in an accident on the Lin
coln highway, east of Bluffton.
Charles Speers, 51, who received
fractured bones in both feet, and
his son, Edward Speers, 22, facisl
cuts, were removed from the hos
pital to their home in Halifax, Pa.,
Friday. The older Speers was driv
er of the other auto involved in the
Mr». Elmer Burkholder, of Jenera,
who fell and fractured her right
arm when she was attempting to
pull the younger Speers from the
wreckage, returned to her home
after receiving treatment at the
hospital. The mishap occurred in
front of her home.
Last Rites Held For
Mrs. Alice E. Herr
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon in the St. John’s Evan
gelical and Reformed church for Mrs.
Alice Elizabeth Herr, 69, who died
early last Thursday afternoon at her
home one mile south of Bluffton on
the Bentley road.
Mrs. Herr had been bedfast since
suffering a stroke two years ago in
Officiating at the last rites Sunday
in the church was Rev. V. C. Opper
mann, pastor. Burial was in Maple
Born in Akron on Feb. 9, 1877,
Mrs. Herr was married on Jan. 12,
1898, to William Henry Herr, who
preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1934.
Mrs. Herr was a
member of St.
children: Mrs. Rowena Lew’is, Mrs.
Blanche Lewis, Edgar, Millard and
Jerome Herr, all of Bluffton, and
Emma, Forrest, Woodrow and
Herr, all at home.
Fire In Business
Block Damage Small
The fire department answered a
call when a blaze was discovered un
der the eaves at the rear of the Fett
block Friday night at 7:45 o’clock.
The blaze was extinguished with
chemicals and damage was slight.
Origin of the blaze is unknown.
First floor of the block is occupied
by the Fett hardware and the Geiger
& Diller clothing store. The second
floor is occupied by apartments.
Business Men Will
Meet This Wednesday
Proposals to finance the commun
ity recreation program which is be
ing sponsored this spring and sum
mer by the Bluffton Business Men’s
association will be discussed at a
meeting of the organization at 8
P. M. this Wednesday in the Walnut
Committee reports will be consid
ered at the
session, including those
it was announced by
president of the group.
Good Twins Will
Be 88 Thursday
One of Ohio’s oldest sets of twins,
Abraham and Isaac Good, of Lima,
former Bluffton residents, will
brate their 88th birthday
In Bluffton and Lima the twins
were well known because of their
eccentricities in dress and manner.
In their younger days, the twins
were expert gunsmiths, and Isaac
often entertained with stories of tlie
days w’hen he was a sparring part
ner for Jim Corbett, when
were employed on southern
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Herr, Bluff
ton, a boy, Thomas Wesley, Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Hilty, Pan
dora, a girl, Ginger Kay, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dillman,
Bluffton, a boy, James Dale, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Aulton Wagner,
Findlay, a boy, Philip Grover, born
at Findlay hospital, Friday. Mrs.
Wagner is the former Madonna Lug
Award* Contract For
Twp. Cemetery Care
Richland township trustees award
ed to Kenneth
for care of six tow’nship cemeteries
this summer at Moser's bid of $395.
The aw’ard w’as made at the trustees
meeting, Saturday night. Moser’s
bid was one of two submitted.
Moser the contract
Covered by the contract are the
Old Cemetery in Bluffton, Zion,
Gratz, Woodlawn, Beaverdam and
Pleasant Hill cemeteries.
A. C. Feigert, Van Wert, past pres
ident of Ohio Gideons will address an
open meeting of the Men’s Brother
hood of the Methodist church Thurs
day night at 7:30 in connection with
the midweek Lenten service.
A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT STS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY
Far in Adva
OPA wants the exh a rations issued
for canning sugar be used that
way—not for table sugar, or baking,
or candy makiijgKQg. any of a half
dozen tempting ways which one can
find to use the extra sweetening.
The stamp was validated for five
pounds of canning Sugar on March
11 by OPA to aeewnn ••date straw
berry growers in the** south where the
crop ripens early.
No Strawberries Here
Altho there is no prospect for
strawberry canning here in immedi
ate future, many Bluffton women
hastened to cash..the spare stamp,
some of whom OPA puspects will be
unable to keep the ^ugar allotment
intact until next summer.
The women, however, are cashing
in the stamp on the theory that five
pounds of sugar now are better than
an unused five-po^M stamp later in
event OPA should cut the original al
lowance as was done last year.
Bluffton women point out what
happened last yeear when OPA
changed its origina|l|dlotment of 20
pounds of canning abgar per person
to a five-pound maximum which later
was increased to 10 pounds.
During the suiter, OPA expects
to validate another fl e-pound stamp
per person which in v majority of
instances will ne tamount of
canning sugar as was supplied last
With The Service Men
Major W. E. Diller and family
arrived Tuesday from Camp Roberts,
Calif., on six months leave and will
occupy their home in Rawson. Ma
jor Diller, of the Army Medical
corps w’as recently advanced from
the rank of captain. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
North Jackson street.
DAY, MARCH 28, 1946
Use of Sugar for
poses Will Res? It
age Next Summer
Bluffton housewives who have has
tened to cash spare stamp No. 9 for
five pounds of canning sugar months
before there is any fruit to can, are
warned by OPA to keep this sugar
for the purpose for which it was is
sued or they probably will find them
selves short when canning season
comes next summer.
Capt. Wade Basinger
Army Medical corps has
For some time the twins have
in the Kollmeier convalescent home
at Findlay where, it is reported,
they are “getting along well” des
pite their advanced age.
Pacific area and
leave is visiting
and Mrs. Francis
S. Sgt. Gail Rakosky has received
his Army discharge and joined his
wife, Rosalie Barnes Rakosky of
South Main street. He was in serv
ice 37 months, 13 of which were in
Europe. For the past seven months
he w a s stationed i n Nurenburg,
Germany,with the international mili
tary tribunal trying war criminals.
S. Sgt. John B. Johnson, son of
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Johnson of
South Main street is enroute home
from Korea. He has been overseas
since last May.
charged from the
Pedro, Calif., has
and son here. As a naval photogra
pher his last assignment was that of
flag photographer on the U. S. S.
Klondike. He and his familv will
move to Souderton, Pa., Mr
where they recently purchase
home. Gratz is the owner a
tato chip business at that ple.ee.
Wm. Holtkamp, son of Prof.
Mrs. Otto Holtkamp of South Main
street who was recently stationed in
Texas, has received his Army dis
Karl Gable, recently returned
from the European war theatre has
been granted his Army discharge
and joined his family here.
Clayton W. Weiss, B. M. 2/c, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Weiss of
Riley street received his discharge
at the Great Lakes Naval station on
March 19, his 22nd birthday anni
versary. He spent 35 month* over
James Strunk, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Duluth Strunk, south of Blufft
ton, left Tuesday morning for train
ing in the Merchant Marine service.
H. Ray Luginbuhl who entered the
service from this area several
months ago recently left Camp
Crowder, Mo., for the Army’s Fitz
simmons General hospital at Denver
where he will receive specialist
training as an x-ray technician in
the medical corps. He is the son of
Locally in Shipment of 325
Heifers for Relief
Arthur Schumacher, of Pandora,
has returned home from a voyage to
Germany as one of the attendants
on a relief ship that carried to war
torn Europe the carload of bred
heifers contributed in December by
the Bluffton-Pandora community.
In the shipment was a
325 bred dairy heifers, 171
were contributed thru the
Service committee and 154
by UNRA. No loss in heifers oc
curred in the voyage to Germany,
and only four of 25 calves born in
the trip overseas died enroute.
From Bremen, Germany, where
Schumacher’s ship docked on Janu
ary 29, the cattle were taken 550
miles inland to Czechoslovakia by
rail. Most of them were distributed
in the northern Moravia Moravak
Ostrava dairy area.
The demand for milk for children
in this great industrial area is very
urgent, Schumacher said. Before
the war there were approximately
601,000 cattle in the herds of the
region, and today there are less
Because of travel limitations,
Schumacher and 16 other cattle at
tendants could not make the trip
Schumacher reported that practi
cally all the heifers in the shipload
which he accompanied went to hos
pitals, orphanages and child feeding
centers. Small children and mothers
will be the first to benefit from the
fresh milk given by the heifers.
Bluffton-Pandora Area Cattle
Distributed In Northern Moravia
of Cattle Contributed
Numerous churches are working
thru the Brethren Service committee
in sending heifers for relief, includ
this practical method of helping the
w’ar-torn countries to help them
Church of Brethren, Evan
and Reformed churches,
and Mennonites. Other
are becoming interested in
Schumacher’s voyage overseas was
made in the SSCW Wooster, which
sailed from Baltimore on January 8.
Couple Weds In
of Mr. and
of near St.
Miss Marcella Motter,
Mr. and Mrs. Orville
Robert Helmlinger, son
Mrs. Adam Helmlinger
Johns, Ohio, were married in a dou
ble ring ceremony which took place
at the home of the officiating min
ister, Rev. Arthur Kuhlman of the
in Lima, Saturday
attired in a street
aqua shade with
The bride w’as
length frock of
sage was of pink roses and garden
Immediately following the cere
mony the couple left on a short
wedding trip and will reside here.
The bride is a graduate of Bluff
ton high school, attended Bluffton
college and is employed as a depart
ment supervisor at the Triplett Elec
trical Instrument Co. Mr. Helm
linger attended the Wapakoneta
schools and is a carpenter by trade.
For Mt. Cory Woman
Funeral services for Mrs. Jenny
Ghaster, 87, of Mt.
held at the Paul
home here Thursday
o’clock. Rev. Irvin
Cory, will be
afternoon at 2
officiate at the services and
will be in Clvmer
Mrs. Ghaster died Monday
in the Kollmeier
in Findlay. She
Wm. H. Ghaster
nephews and two nieces.
was the widow of
of Mt. Cory.
Bluffton fire department made a
run on South Main street Wednesday
morning at 10 o’clock when the mo
tor of a Packard sedan driven by
Mrs. A. D. Finefork of Spencerville
caught fire. Damage W’as estimated
Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Herbert Lug
inbuhl of Washington.
Richard Klay of the Navy, has
received his discharge and returned
to his home here Sunday from San
Francisco. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. George Klay.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marshall,
son John and daughter Rebecca were
Saturday evening guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Donald Van Meter.
Mrs. Guy Mayberry attended a
meeting of the Allen County Repub
lican Women’s Club held in the
of Mrs. James Jacobs near
Mrs. Roscoe Aiderman of
Wayne, Ind., arrived here Friday
evening to spend
her parents Mr.
the week end with
and Mrs. Walter
Cliffton My grant
Mr. and Mrs.
and family of Findlay and Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Spallinger of Lafayette
were Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Wilbur Lentz and daugh
ters Janice and Phyllis.
Miss Rebecca Marshall 4ias re
turned to her studies at Ohio State
University in Columbus after spend
ing the past ten days with her par
ents Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marshall.
Rev. and Mrs. E. N. Bigelow’ and
son Bruce of Bluffton were Friday
evening dinner guests of Mr.
Mrs. Herbert Marshall and
Kenneth and Don.
Farm Bureau Council No. 4
their regular March meeting ii
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Cupp
Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Cahill and
daughter Lynne of Cleveland were
entertained at dinner Sunday in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill
At a recent business meeting of
the Midwest Electric, Inc., held in
St. MaryS recently, Mr. William Alt
haus was among those elected to
serve on the board of trustees for a
three year term. Mr. J. O. Cupp of
this community is also serving on
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnett and
son David arrived here Wednesday
for a visit in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. W. E. Marshall. They re
turned to their home in Columbus,
Monday, accompanied by Mr. and
Mrs. Marshall w’ho spent the day
with them. Mr. Barnett is a stu
dent in mechanical engineering at
Mrs. Hiram Augsburger of Ft.
Wayne, Ind., arrived here Sunday
to be at the bedside of her mother
Mrs. William Augsburger
ton who is not so w’ell at
Mr. and Mrs. Guy C.
and daughters Nancy and
and Mrs. William J. Porter and
Bill of Marysville, Mr. and Mrs.
ward Mason of Tunica, Miss.,
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Westenbarger of
Columbus Grove were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. R.
Mason in Columbus Grove. The din
ner was in honor of F. R. Mason
and granddaughters Nancy and Joan
who were celebrating birthdays.
Richard Cupp who has been visit
ing his parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Cupp is among those who returned
to Ohio State University in Colum
bus the first of the week.
Mrs. Lysle Cahill and daughter
Lynne of Cleveland are spending the
week with Mr. and Mrs. Orlo
Marshall. Mr. Cahill will leave
Thursday on a business trip to Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla., to be
Mrs. W. E.
Rev. and Mrs. E. N.
son Bruce of Bluffton
Sunday with Mr. and
Marshall and their guests Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Barnett and son David
Pfc. Robert Marshall of Camp At
terbury, Ind., arrived here Saturday
night for a nine-day furlough with
his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. C.
A very fine program was heard at
the March meeting of the Profit and
Pleasure club held in the home of
Mrs. Orlo Marshall last Wednesday
afternoon. Mrs. Guy Mayberry gave
a paper on “Intelligent American’s
Guide to Peace” which spoke about
our present day attitudes toward
spoke on “The
War I, Russia was illiterate except
for the class known as the intelli
small percentage of her people, but
under the Five Year plans, schools
were provided for the common peo
pie and an educational program was
I set up in the army which soon made
radical changes throughout the na
tion along these lines.
and things we as
do toward making a
Mrs. Edgar Begg
New Schools of New
the close of World
which constituted a very
Fourteen members were present to
enjoy the social hour and refresh
ments. Mrs. Alvin Augsburger was
welcomed as a new member. The
April meeting will be held with Mrs.
Coy Kohli at her new home in Co
AST WEEK FOR
AUTO TAGS AND
Automobiles Must Have New
License Tags By
Tax Returns Due at
of County Auditor
No fooling about it, you may get
into plenty of trouble with the au
thorities on April Fool’s Day next
Monday if you happen to forget
your new 1946 automobile tags or
fail to file your personal tax report.
Autos operated after next Sunday
must have new license plates on
them unless owmers want to run the
risk of arrest.
A heavy rush of last-minute buy
ing is expected this week by Harold
Montgomery, Bluffton auto tag reg
istrar, who said that many motorists
appear to have been delaying mak
ing their purchases in the hope new
cars might be available before the
April 1 deadline.
In purchasing tags, auto owmers
must take their bill of sale or cer
tificate of title with them, Montgom
Daughter Of Pioneer
Doctor juried Here
Remains of Mrs. Almira Brand,
85, .who died in Toledo, Sunday were
brought here for interment at Maple
Grove cemetery, Wednesday after
She was the eldest daughter of
the late Dr. A. M. Kyser, pioneer
Bluffton physician who
here some fifty years ago.
Mrs. Brand died at the
her daughter, Mrs. Faye
after suffering a paralytic stroke
and broken hip. Her husband, Chas.
W. Brand died 22 years ago.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Brand
is survived by a sister, Mrs. Cora
Schultz of Lima.
In New Locations
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Augsburger
are occupying the Mrs. Grace Wilson
home on West Elm street while she
is in a Limit hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooney, Jr.,
formerly of Bluffton moved the past
week from Pullman, Mich., to
Union City, Mich. They spent the
week end visiting here.
Ministers To Show
Sunday Night Film
“King of Kings”, a Cecil B. De
Mille film production will be shown
at the high school auditorium, Sun
day night, April 7 under
of the Bluffton Ministerial
tion it was announced the
Willard Moser attended a Short
hern Cattle sale at Elkhart, Indiana.
Mrs. Albert Hilty expects to leave
soon to spend some time in the home
of her daughter Mr. and Mrs. Leroy
Stauffer at Geneva, Indiana.
Miss Elaine and Norma Wenger
arrived here from Oregon the latter
part of the week to be at home with
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert
Neuger and family.
Louise of Ft. Wayne, Ind., also
spent Sunday at home with her folks.
Mrs. Ed Hilty is somewhat strong
er than she had been the past few
months. She is at present staying
at the home of her daughter Mr. and
Mrs. George Lehman and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Haydn Steiner of
Toledo spent the week end with Mrs.
P. C. Steiner.
Carold Welty is spending several
week* at honw.
Mr. and Mrs. Enos Suter announce
the engagement of their only daugh
ter Elizabeth Irene to Dwight Baum
gartner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
The Pandora American Legion Post
held their first meeting Tuesday
evening. The newly organized post
has recently been granted a charter.
Paul Schey spent several days last
week at Lansing, Michigan. He ex
pects to take up work at the college
there some time in the future.
Miss Norma Jones left Lima Tues
day evening for New’ York City and
from there expects to sail for Africa
soon where she is to be engaged in
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stucky and
family of Morton, Illinois visited
over the w’eek end in the home of
their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Miss Elma Basinger who has been
bedfast for quite a number of years
was critically ill last week.
Advisory Council No. 2 held their
March meeting in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Hauenstein Monday
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wenger and son,
Bobby of Lancaster visited relative*
here over Saturday and Sunday.
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