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UNITS* STATW •VOLUME LXXI BLUFFTON FEELING GROWING PINCH OF BREAD SHORTAGE Some Stores Consider Limiting Purchases A s Rationing Measure Bread Shortage May Stimulate Demand for Crackers and Cereals Bluffton this week is feeling the pinch of bread shortage as the, re sult of government cuts of flour. Thus far there has been nothing in the nature of bread rationing, al tho some stores are considering lim iting of bread purchases as a means of insuring more even distribution of the available supply. With no definite rationing system in effect the result is that morning shoppers usually obtain their supply The Ohio Co-operative Crop Reporting Service Tuesday pre dicted a 28 per cent wheat har vest decline this season. of bread while those shopping late in the afternoon frequently find the shelves swept bare. Difficulty in connection with limit ing purchases of bread lies in the wide variation of requirements of different families, grocers acknowl edged. Each Customer Buys Loaf All dealers agree that virtually every customer buys a loaf of bread. Most of them feel, however, that it still is too early to determine just how drastic the situation will be but they agree that the matter poses plenty of headaches for storekeepers. Drastic milling regulations will mean about 40 per cent of last year’s production between now and July 1, it is stated. Bakery operators are having difficulty in trying to work out reduced quotas to their custo mers and food stores here uncertain from day to day as to the amount of bread they will receive. Jesuit in flour milling and the subsequent bread shortage wilt be an increased demand for crackers, sphagetti and cereals it was stated by dealers. Stocks of these bread substitutes are in ample supply now but they are in no con dition to withstand a sharply increas ed demand. To Graduate From Chicago Seminary Richard Mumma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mumma of Cherry street will be graduated from McCormick Theological seminary, Chicago, Sat urday. Following his graduation he will be ordained to the ministry at serv ices in the Presbyterian church on Sunday night, May 26. He and his wife, the former Wil ma Nonnamaker and their infant daughter expect to spend the next two years in New York City where he will take two years of graduate study in Columbia university and Union Theological seminary made possible by a $1,500 scholarship which was awarded to him this spring for scholastic achievement. Bluffton Girl Is In Symphony Broadcasts A Bluffton girl, Barbara Jean Triplett is a member of the orches tra of the Eastman School of Music of Rochester, N. Y., which is broad casting a series of symphony con certs every Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock during May. The programs are heard over the N. B. C. network. Miss Triplett plays both the ma rimba and tympani with the orches tra. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive. Real Estate Deal Bluffton college has purchased the residence of Prof. H. W. Berky at College and Spring streets, it was announced the first of the week. The property will be used as a girls’ dor mitory when classes open next fall to accommodate the overflow from Ropp Hall. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Elva Dilts, Jenera, a girl, Susetta Doreen, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Heldman, Bluffton, a boy, Wednesday morn ing. Street Lighting To Continue Stock Of Coal Is Held Ample rpHERE is no intention at this A time to curtail Bluffton’s street lighting because of the present coal situation, it was stated by Harry Barnes, presi dent of the Board of Public Af fairs at a meeting of the board Tuesday night. Barnes* statement was made following reports that a brown out might be necessary in order to conserve coal. The plant, he said, had about 20 days supply of k'oal on hand and additional supplies are expected before the present stock reaches the critical point. BLUFFTON COLLEGE WILL GRADUATE 13 NEXT MONDAY Baccalaureate Sunday and Grad uation Monday Will Culmin ate Busy Season Dr. Ed G. Kaufman, President of Bethel College, Will Be Class Speaker Baccalaureate services Sunday afternoon and graduation exercises next Monday morning will mark the culmination^ of a busy program of commencement week «id activities on the Bluffton college campus. With wartime travH restrictions removed, a larger number of out of-town visitors than usual, are ex pected here for the 46th commence ment season, and pre-war features dropped from the commencement program since 1941 will be enjoyed agafti this spring. Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college, will deliver the bac calaureate sermon in the chapel at 8 p. mt next Sunday. Subject will be “Let Us Rise Up And Build.” Music will be provided by the vesper choir directed by Prof. Russell A. Lantz. Commencement at Mennonite Church Commencement exercises the fol lowing morning at 10 a. tn. in the First Mennonite church will be ad-' COIaLEGE COMMENCEMENT FRIDAY 8 p. m. Booster Concert, Ram seyer chapel SATURDAY 2:45 p. m. Unveiling Plaque, College Hall 4 p. m. May Day exercises, Baseball Field 8:30 p. m. Shakespearean Play, Baseball Field SUNDAY 3 p. m. Baccalaureate Service, Chapel MONDAY 10 a. m. Commencement Program dressed by Dr. Ed. G. Kaufman, president of Bethel college. His subject will be “The Challenge of the Kingdom.” Dr. Kaufman received his Master of Arts degree from Bluffton college in 1917, and was a member of the faculty here from 1929 to 1931. Honor guests of the college during the commencement season will be descendants of the original board of trustees who are expected here Saturday afternoon to attend the un veiling of a new bronze cornerstone plaque, a replica of the original cornerstone of College Hall. Mrs. N. C. Hirschy, of Lexington, Ky., wife of the first president of the college, also has been invited. Library Donor Coming Among other prominent visitors will be Mrs. C. H. Musselman, of Biglerville, Pa., one of the principal benefactors of the college. She and her late husband were donors of the Musselman library on the campus. College graduates this year include the following: Bachelor of Arts degree: Elton Beery, Seville Hildred Eversole, Bluffton Russell Fellers, Findlay Iona Gerber, Orrville Mary Locher, Bluffton David Rosenberger, Dalton Paul Soldner, Bluffton and Darwin Luginbuhl, Bluffton (as of Aug. 31). I Bachelor of Science in Home Economics: LaVonne Hostettler, Smithville and Margery Niswander, Bluffton. Bachelor of School Music: Celia Amstutz, Dalton Mary K. Ramseyer, I Smitville Treva Arrants Sommer, I Lima. New Emergencies Arise As Housing Situation Becomes More Serious Bluffton College Buys Residence Property For Dormitory Purposes Two New Instructors Seek Houses Move House In From Benton Ridge An appeal this week for residents of the community to open their homes to accommodate Bluffton col lege commencement visitors over the next weekend has again focused at tention on the town’s pressing de mands for housing shortage relief. Witty a larger number of visitors expecteM to the campus this year be cause of removal of wartime travel restrictions, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college, said it has become necessary to issue the general appeal for overnight lodgings. Insufficient accommodations in the town for visitors, however, merely marks another phase of a housing shortage that has been on a critical level here since before the war. College Buys Two Houses Increased enrollment at the college, in connection with the town’s need of more residential buildings, has forced the construction of temporary housing units on the college campus, and the purchase of two residences by the school. Second residential purchase this spring was announced last week by college authorities who have bought the H. W. Berky home at West Col lege avenue and Spring streets for use of sophomore girls who will live outside the dormitory. The house will accommodate about 16 girls. Purchase of the Berky residence followed announcement last month that the former Jacob Hochstettler property on High street has been presented to the College. It was purchased from Frank Stalter by Rev. Jerry, Sauder of Grabill, Ind., a member of the college board of trustees and turned over to the in stitution. Need New Houses Minimum estimates of at least 50 new houses here focus attention squarely on a housing shortage that is keeping from Bluffton industrial employees and two instructors at Bluffton High school. The two instructors, who now re side in Lima, seeking places of resi dence are Dwight Spayth, instructor in manual training who has been commuting since he took over the department last January, and Kent Cotterman, who will be the new ath letic coach. Many Triplett employes who com mute from nearby towns are looking for houses, and altho several new homes are under construction, their completion will in no way even begin (Continued on Page 8) With Service Men Capt. Robert Oyer of the Army Medical corps arrived here Tuesday for a month’s furlough after which he will report at Ft. Houston, Texas for assignment. Capt. Oyer was stationed in the Pacific area and had been recently on New Guinea island. Sgt. Robert Oberly, son of Millard Oberly has received his discharge papers. He formerly served with a harbor craft unit in Belgium. Byron Fritchie who served as sig nalman in the Navy has received s discharge and returned here Monday night. Sgt. LeRoy Lugibihl of the Marine corps has left for Cherry Point, North Carolina after spending a month’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Lugibihl west of Bluffton. David Tosh of the Coast Guard, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tosh of South Lawn avenue expects to re ceive his discharge papers this week. Sgt. Donivan Moser, son of Mr. and Mrs. War rep Moser has received his Army discharge. He served two and one-half years and was with the occupation forces in Tokyo, Japan. Clyde Sommer has received his discharge from the Navy. Robert Stratton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Stratton of East Elm street has received his discharge from the Navy. Railroad Employees Get Service Awards Six local area employees of the A. C. & Y. railroad received service pins at a dinner, Sunday, honoring veteran employees of the road. Those from this district receiving awards were Charles Matthey, Louis Weyer, Jacob Nusbaum, Louis Gaiffe and Noah Geiger of Bluffton and B. R. Filhart of Jenera. Gaiffe, Geiger and Filhart were awarded diamond pins for more than 25 years’ service with the road. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1946 KENT COTTERMAN HIRED AS COACH AT BLUFFTON HIGH Former Football and Basketball Star at O. N. U. to Coach Here Next Fall New Mentor Directed Spring Sports at Local School Back in 1943 Season Kent Cotterman, 26, has been em ployed by the Board of Education as athletic coach and director of physi cal education for Bluffton High school during the coming school year. Action was taken at the board meeting last Wednesday night. His salary was set at $2,200 per year, and he has accepted the con tract for the local position. Cotterman is known in the com munity, for he served as coach of spring sports in 1943 after Head Coach George Swank, had gone into military service. At that time, Cotterman still was a student at Ohio Northern univers ity where he was a letterman in football (halfback) and basketball (guard). In his junior year he re ceived honorable mention on the All Ohio collegiate basketball team. He graduated from Northern in 1943. Commanded Naval Craft The new Bluffton coach was in the Navy from June, 1943, to Feb ruary, 1946, where he held the rank of Lieutenant (j. g.) in command of an L., C. I. ship. He saw service in both the Meditermnean and Pa cific theatres. Cotterman is married and now lives near Lima with his wife and 22-months-old daughter. The family will move to Bluffton when they can find a place to live here. Bluffton’s new coach is the son of Hardin County School Superintend ent Cotterman, who formerly headed the Alger public schools. Robert Patrick Given War Service Award Robert J. Patrick, formerly of Bluffton has been awarded the War Manpower commission certificate for meritorious service, it was learned the first of the week. Patrick was a civilian member of the staff of the War Manpower com mission and served as chief consult ing engineer on the army’s heavy duty truck tire expansion program, seeing service in England and France. He resides in Akron where he is now employed as district truck tire engineer with the Seiberling Rubber Co. He visited here this week with his mother Mrs. Med Murray of North Jackson street. H. S' Boys Class To Exhibit Work Exhibit of work of the industrial arts department of the high school will be placed this week in show windows of the Bluffton News, Ba singer furniture store and Arm strong furniture store. Approximately 75 shop projects and 90 drawings will be displayed, it is stated by Dwight Spaythe, in structor in charge. The exhibits are the work of 90 pupils in the indus trial arts department consisting of grades 7 to 12 which has been in operation during the second semester this year. Materials used are wood, metal, plastic and leather. An enrollment of 99 is anticipated in the department next year, Spaythe stated. Buhler To Head Lions Club Here Gerhard Buhler, high school prin cipal has been elected president of the Bluffton Lions club for the com ing year. Other officers are: 1st vice pres., R. A. Lantz 2nd vice pres., N. A. Triplett 3rd vice pres., Robt. Non namaker sec-treas., D. W. Bixler tail twister, Robt. Potts lion tamer, Chas. Emans directors, L. L. Ram seyer, N. E. Byers. Teacher At Grade School Resigns Resignation of a Bluffton grade school teacher, Mrs. Robert Koenig, the former Miss Floy McBain, has been filed with the board of educa tion here. The resignation is to be come effective at the close of the school year this month. Mrs. Koenig who was recently married, will live in Botkins. She has been employed to teach in the schools of Jackson Center nearby. Bluffton’s scrambled mail delivery service, completely disrupted last week by curbs on railroad transpor tation because of the coal strike, was gradually beginning to clarify itself on a new schedule this week. During continuance of the emer gency, however, residents of the com munity can expect slower and far less satisfactory receipt of mail from outside, it was indicated by developments over the weekend. Principal cause of disruption to the town’s mail service was removal of the morning and evening fast trains on the Nickel Plate railroad, because of curtailed passenger travel resulting from the coal shortage. Bluffton’s major delivery of mail from outside formerly was received every morning over the Nickel Plate flier coming from Lima, where con nections were made with other lines. Now the first daily mail delivery from Lima is by Star Route at 2:35 May Queen Will Be Crowned In Traditional Outdoor Pagean try Of Music, Dances Unveiling Of New Cornerstone Plaque Shakespearean Play Other Features Outdoor campus festivities in the picturesque setting of Bluffton col lege’s beautifully wooded grounds Saturday afternoon and evening will highlight the busy 46th annual com mencement season at the school. In the varied offering of outdoor events are included unveiling of a new bronze cornerstone plaque, May Day activities including coronation of the May Queen, presentation of a Shakespearean play and the annual box ceremonies. Members of the original board of trustees of the college will be hon ored in dedication of a new bronze plaque that will supplant the time worn cornerstone on the College Hall building. This portion of the pro gram is scheduled to start at 2:45 p. m. Surface of the original cornerstone of soft sandstone has eroded and the inscription is obscured. The cornerstone unveiling will im mediately follow the annual box cer emonies conducted in front of Col lege hall. May Day Program Next event on the program at 4 p. m. is the ever-colorful May Day program, which reaches its climax with coronation of the May Queen, Miss Mary K. Ramseyer, Smithville senior. The Maid of Honor will be Marjory Niswander, Bluffton, also a member of the graduating class. Bluffton Mail Service Disrupted By Removal Of Nickel Plate Trains Outdoor Festivities Next Saturday To Highlight College Commencement David Rosenberger, Smithville, most popular man at the school, and Paul Soldner, Bluffton, will be the Queen’s escorts. “The Taming of the Shrew” will be staged at 8:30 p. m. Saturday against a picturesque outdoor back ground to mark a resumption of pre sentation of Shakespearean plays as a feature of each commencement season. Presentation of the plays was dis continued during war years by the Thespian society of the college. Legion Names Youth For Boys9 State Malcolm Basinger, Bluffton high school junior, has been named Jjy Bluffton Legion post as its repre sentative to Boys’ State, a summer camp and conference at Miami uni versity, Oxford, June 15 to 25. Boys’ State is sponsored by Legion post here from an eligible list of five high school junior boys. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. E. W. Basinger of Spring street. John Althaus was named alternate. College Summer Term Opens Soon Bluffton college summer school will open May 21, it was announced by Dr. J. S. Schultz, dean. The school will be divided into three terms: May 21 to June 8 June 11 to 29 July 1 to 20. Class es will be in the morning only five days each week following the Hiram plan of one subject for each term. Subjects offered include zoology, Christian ethics, general psychology, the family, applied psychology, U. S. history, educational principles and management, composition, genetics and chemistry. p. m. in the afternoon. Mail will come in each morning at 7:19 o’clock on a local train now operated by the Nickel Plate, but the train is westbound starting at Fostoria, and little mail can be ex pected from that direction. The next mail delivery is via the Akron, Canton and Youngstown rail road, from Delphos, at 9:40 a. m., which is too late for rural routes and for morning routes in town. Star route mail at 2:35 p. m. from Lima A. C. and Y. mail from the east at 4:45 p. m., and Nickel Plate local delivery from Lima at 7:15 p. m. complete the day’s sched ule. It is anticipated that most of Bluffton’s mail will be delivered to homes approximately a day later than usual during the period of rail road disruption and until the two fast trains can be returned to opera tion on the Nickel Plate. BACCALAUREATE TO OPEN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WEEK Union Church Service Next Sun day Will Be Addressed By Rev. Bigelow Senior Class Play in Two-Night Run Next 'Monday and Tuesday Opening of the Bluffton High school commencement week program, baccalaureate services will be held Sunday night in the school gymnas ium at 8 o’clock. Rev. E. N. Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon on the subject, CALENDAR Sunday, May 19 Baccalaureate Monday and Tuesday, May 20 21 Senior Class Play, “Papa Is All.” Wednesday, May 22—Class Night Tkurs^y, May 23 Commence ment. Friday, May 24—Alumni Reunion “If I Were Eighteen.” It will be a union service for ail churches of the town. Continuing the parade of com mencement week events, the senior class play, “Papa Is All”, will be staged on Monday and Tuesday nights in the auditorium. Both per formances will start at 8:30 p. m. Class Night Exercises Graduating seniors will be fea tured in a program of varied in terest in the class night appearance of the group at 8 p. m. Wednesday in the gymnasium. Commencement exercises will be addressed by Grove Patterson, editor of The Toledo Blade, at 8 p. m. next Thursday in the gymnasium. Di plomas will be presented to a class of 43. Robert Ramseyer is valedictorian of the graduating class and Elmer Stonehill is salutatorian, to qualify as the ranking senior honor students. Commencement week activities will close on Friday night of next week with the annual alumni reunion, fea turing a banquet and dance. Wheat And Corn Prices Shoot Up Government action in raising price ceilings of wheat and corn in con nection with the overseas food relief program were reflected in a sharp rise in quotations for wheat and corn and to a lesser extent oats and soybeans on the market here Wed nesday morning. Wheat was quoted at $1.87 a bushel as compared with $1,74 last week. Corn is $1.38 a bushel last week it was $1.12. Oats are 83 cents as compared with 80 cents. Soybeans are $2.09 as compared with $2.04 last week. HERE FROM WEST Robert Mitchell of Berkeley, Calif, former Bluffton resident, visited friends here last week. He was ac companied by his brother, Milt Mitch ell of Lima. Mr. Mitchell was con nected with the Bluffton telephone company in its early days and later was employed for many years by a large telephone system in California. BUY UNHM •TATM NUMBER 4 MAN HIT BY CAR ON MAIN STREET FATALLY INJURED Otis Leiber, Farmer, Dies of Fractured Skull in Hos pital Here Orange Township Youth, Driver of Car, Is Not Held for Accident Otis Leiber, 67, farmer living three miles southwest of Bluffton was fatally injured when he was struck by an automobile driven by Morris Moser, 19, son of Ervin Moser of Orange township while crossing the street in Bluffton’s North Main business section Satur day night at 10:10 o’clock. Leiber died of a fractured skull in the Bluffton hospital Monday morning at 6 o’clock without regain ing consciousness. It was Bluffton’s first traffic fatality this year. The accident occurred as Leiber was crossing the street from the Dillman news stand toward the Pine restaurant. He was struck by the right fender of the Moser car, north bound. Sheriff, Coroner, Here Allen County Sheriff William R. Dailey and County Coroner Harry Lewis were here Monday investigat ing the accident in conjunction with local police officers. Following the investigation it was stated that Moser was not driving fast and sw’erved out the line of traffic in an attempt to avoid Leiber. Moser was not held in connection with the affair. After the accident Moser, together with Paul Diller and Wilbur Nis wander took Leiber to the hospital in Moser’s car. Leiber did not ap pear to be seriously hurt at the time. Former Oil Pumper A son of Emil and Louisa (Fett) Leiber, he was born in Richland township, December 25, 1878. He worked as an oil pumper before tak ing up fanning. Leiber is survived by hi! wife, the former Edna Matter and son Russell Leiber, Bluffton three sisters, Mrs. Cora Althaus, Mrs. Clara Basinger and Mrs. Bessie Stettler all of Lima and two brothers, William and Cal vin Leiber both of Bluffton. He was a member of the Emman uel’s Reformed church where fun eral services were held Wednesday afternoon with Rev. V. C. Opper mann officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Veterans May Join New Hospital Plan Discharged veterans of World War II in this area will have an opportunity this month to join the Bluffton Blue Cross plan for pre payment of hospital bills. The special enrollment period will be for one month only. During this time plans will waive normal re quirements for group enrollment and permit veterans to apply as individ uals for protection for themselves and members of their families. The hospitalization program for enrollees and their families normally is made available only thru group plans. This restriction, however, is being waived by Blue Cross plans thruout the country for veterans to permit individual enrollments. Any veteran interested may get further information at the Hauen stein & Son drug store. Applications should be made directly to Hospital Service, Inc., Dauch Bldg. Lima, giving name, address and place of employment. Minister To Get Theological Degree Rev. Landolene Amstutz, formerly of Bluffton, will be graduated from Northern Baptist Theological sem inary in Chicago at commencement exercises Thursday night. He will receive the degree of Bachelor of Theology. Rev. Amstutz and his family have lived in Tiskilwa, III., since last fall where he is pastor of the Mennonite church. He previously made his home with Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Lug inbuhl of North Main street in Bluff ton. POPPY EXHIBIT An exhibit calling attention to Poppy day in Bluffton on May 25 will be placed in the window of the Basinger furniture store this week, st is announced by the Bluffton Le gion Auxiliary.