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VOLUME LXXI RESTAURANTS WILL OFFER RESTRICTED MENUS HERE SOON Official OPA Notice of Price Rollback to Eliminate Many Items Ordinarily Served. Restaurants in Cities May Close, But Bluffton Eating Places To Juggle Menus. Many items are due to disappear from the menus of Bluffton restaur ants as soon as they receive official notification of the OPA’s cutback or der on prices of meals to June 30, 1946, levels, according to operators of the eating places, who discussed the situation Tuesday night. Following the rollback in prices of meals, restaurant owners said they simply will not be in a position to continue listing many items ordinar ily included on the menu in view of what they have to pay to obtain them. Many restaurants in the state have indicated plans to close their doors as soon as official OPA notices are received, but Bluffton’s reaction for the most part will be confined to juggling of the menus to permit con tinued operations free of deficits. One Restaurant Unchanged One local restaurant reporting that there have been no price changes in the establishment faces no problem at all, other than that of attempting to get meat now that supplies have grown more critical than at any time during the war. In a blast at the OPA order, rep resentatives of the Northwestern Ohio Restaurant association charged this Week that the rollback to June 30 prices of this year actually repre sents a return to April 10, 1943 prices. The charge embodied a claim that on March 11, 1946, an 18 per cent in crease was absorbed by restaurants and that on Sept 9 of this year an other 12 per cent was absorbed. In the meantime, restaurant oper ators are awaiting receipt of official orders, altho an OPA announcement on the price rollback was made Mon day night. Woman Dies One Day After Her Arrival Here One day after the family’s arrival from California to establish their home in Bluffton, Mrs. John Hilty, 68, died last Thursday morning in the Community hospital, after suf fering an attack of heart disease during the preceding night. Mr. and Mrs. Hilty had arrived in Bluffton Wednesday evening with their son, James David, who had en rolled at Bluffton college in the mu sic department. They were establishing their resi dence here and had rented an up stairs apartment at the Ross Bogart residence on Cherry street. During the night Mrs. Hilty became critical ly ill and was taken to the hospital where she died on the following morning. Mr. and Mrs. Hilty had been en gaged in home mission work for the Mennonite church during many years, and at one time lived in West Liberty where they were in charge of a Mennonite orphanage. Mrs. Hilty was born Nov. 9, 18J7, at New Stark, the daughter of Rev. John and Magdalene (Brenneman) Blosser. She had a number of cous ins here including Mrs. A. L. Baum gartner, Mrs. E. C. Romey, Miss Rhoda Hilty, Menno Geiger, Edgar, Sidney and Armin Hauenstein. Survivors include her husband, whom she married in 1912 two sons, John M. Hilty, Coleville, Calif. and James, who accompanied the family here an adopted daughter, Mrs. Ruth Braden, Los Angeles, Calif. two sisters, Mrs. Leffe Yoder, Larch mount, N. Y. and Mrs. Mary Gerig, Washington, D. C. two brothers, Mark and Timothy Blosser, both of Goshen, Indiana. Mrs. Hilty was a member of the First Mennonite church of Goshen, Ind., where she resided before mov ing to California 40 years ago. Funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon in the First Mennonite church, with Rev. J. N, Smucker, pastor officiating. Rev. G. T. Soldner assisted. Burial in the Hassen cemetery was postponed until Sunday afternoon awaiting the arrival of her son, John, from California. Body Posture Body postures are not trained by movements, but by static positions held frequently. The only way to get good posture is to repeat it un til it becomes natural. the New Surface Water Sewer Authorized A surface water sewer along Har mon road from the Amstutz Hatch ery property at the street’s inter section with the Bluffton Stone Quarry road to the Page Dairy sewer was authorized by the muni cipal council at its meeting Monday night. Action on the matter followed a request made at the meeting by officials of the Amstutz Hatchery, who were seeking relief from dam age caused by water draining from Kibler street and Harmon road into their building. Level of the two streets has been raised above the hatchery property by succeeding years of street re surfacing, and during heavy rains water draining into the building presents a serious problem for the concern. Slightly more than 500 feet of drainage sewer construction will be required, and new catch basins will be installed to eliminate the com plaint. CITY FOLK SCOUR RURAL AREAS IN SEARCH FOR FOOD Auto Caravaners of Out-of-Town Food Seekers Seen in Stores Here Daily Discouragement Is Not in Vo cabulary of Shoppers Who Even Go to Farms No Family Life, Private Property In Rutterite Colonies, Lions Are Told Bluffton has become the “happy hunting ground” for an increasing number of larger city shoppers lured here by the town’s unique advantage of being a rich agricultural com munity near to farm producers of meat. Current meat shortage conditions affecting larger centers much more severely than small towns is the spark which has set off the caravan of food seekers which apparently are visiting all small towns in the area on regularly planned tours. The strangers you see in Bluffton stores these days are part and par cel of the small army on the road in search of food, and local retailers (Continued on page 2) Bluffton Man, Wife Take Teaching Posts Mr. and Mrs. Dale Reichenbach, of Riley street, have joined the fac ulties of schools in this area, with the former teaching history in Alger High school and his wife serving as an instructor in commercial subjects at Ada High school. Reichenbach, a Navy veteran, is a graduate of Bluffton High school and Bluffton college. With Service Men David Stearns S 2/c who recently completed his recruit training at Bainbridge, Md., was selected honor man of his company during the training period. The honorman is selected on the basis of neatness, cleanliness, naval bearing and lead ership. He has been spending leave wuth his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street. Mr., and Mrs. Chancey Spallinger and son Donald and Mrs. Howard Spallinger motored to Dayton, Fri day to meet Howard Spallinger, stu dent in the officer candidate school at Ft. Belvoir, Ya., who is home on furlough. Liveweight poultry prices zoomed to record highs in the Bluffton area Wednesday morning with increases averaging from 8 to 10 cents a pound. Current quotations were: Heavy hens up eight cents from 26 to 34 cents heavy broilers up from 29 to 37 cents leghorn hens, 28 cents leghorn broilers 33c young ducks 24c roosters 35c. These prices, paid to farmers are said to be the highest ever paid for live fowls in this area with possible exception of broilers in scarce sea son certain years. Even higher prices were paid in some instances for extra choice offerings. Dr- C. Henry Smith Describes Visit to Unique Communal Colonies in Dakotas. Children Separated From Par ents at Five No Autos, Ra dios or Social Contacts. Unique aspects of the Hutterite colonies of South Dakota, one of America’s most unusual social and economic sects, were detailed Tues day night at a dinner meeting of the Bluffton Lions club by Dr. C. Henry Smith, who visited the colo nies last summer. Each colony comprises an average of 10,000 acres populated by 25 families who live in a central vil lage made up of community houses. Each colony is an independent economic unit and there is no pri vate ownership of property. There are no money transactions within the group and all business transac tions are handled by a business man ager. The colonists have no automobiles, no radios, no telephones and no mu sic. Social or political contacts with the outside world are banned, and the only connection with established government is their payment of taxes. Children are separated from their parents at the age of five and thereafter live in separate dormi tories. Each colony has a separate dining room where everyone eats. Profits are large from farming op erations and all money is deposited in banks to buy additional colonies for surplus population. In the United States and Canada there are 72 Hutterite colonies, with the origin in this country dating back to 1874 when the first members of the sect came here from Russia. Three original settlements with a total of 250 persons have since grown to the present group of 72 independent colonies. Poultry Market For Live Fowls Goes To New Record High Here The Hutterite sect is an out growth of the Anabaptist movement founded in 1535 by Joseph Hatter, who was burned at the stake in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1536. Contract Renewed For Town Dump Contract for use of an abandoned quarry at the rear of the Amstutz Hatchery property on Harmon road, for use as the municipality’s dump ing ground, was renewed for a three-year period at Monday night’s meeting of the town council. Rental for the property for dump ing purposes is $35 per year. In New Location Mr. and Mrs. Harry O. Luginbuhl have moved from the former Dill man property on North Main street to the Menno Burkholder farm, formerly the Amos Welty place, two and one-half miles north of Bluffton, where they have rented the house. Mr. Luginbuhl will continue to work at the municipal electric light plant here. Stanley Bixel operates the farm. Real Estate Deals Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lora of South Main street sold their 60 acre farm four and one-half miles northwest of Ada to Harold Long of Ada, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Moore occupy the place which is the form er J. W. Stonehill farm. Speed Fiend: “It’s great speeding along like this. Don’t you feel glad you’re alive?” Passenger: “Glad isn’t the word I’m amazed.” Harvest Home Sunday At Emanuel9s Church Annual Harvest Home and Home coming festival of the Emanuel’s Reformed church will be observed at all-day services in the church, Sunday. Rev. Harry W. Bredeweg, of Clay City, Ind., will be the guest speaker at the services. A basket dinner will be held at noon. Dislikes Water The vicious little animal called the fisher is misnamed for he dis likes water almost as much as a cat does. Bluffton A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON. OHIO THURSDAY, SEPT. 19. 1946 BUYERS JAM MEAT SHOPS AS SUPPLY GOES TO NEW LOW Less Fresh Meat Available Now Than During Wartime Rationing Canned Meats and Fish Bought As Substitute for Beef and Pork In the wake of resumption of OPA price controls, Bluffton’s avail able meat supplies last week slump ed to their lowest levels in local history. Meat shortages w'ere worse than at any time during war years, and the town’s two meat markets are open only when they have meat to offer the public. No regular business hours can be observed under present conditions, and housewives have to be alert to obtain meagre stocks of meat for the family table. A jam of buyers seeking meat for over Sunday was experienced here Saturday morning, when mar kets re-opened after feing closed most of the time on Thursday and Friday. Buying reached a hysterical level in the jammed shops, with customers taking whatever they saw, paying scant attention to weights or prices. Hysteria In Buying If they asked for a three-pound roast and the butcher happened to put four pounds on the scales they took it gladly, and in some cases market operators had to apply customer limits when purchasers wanted too much. Anticipating the Saturday morn ing rush, the two local markets refused to accept telephone order's, and householders who put in calls were told by telephone operators they had been instructed not to ring the markets. By mid-forenoon on Saturday, not a scrap of pork remained to be sold and at noon nothing was left for buyers except Aold luncheon meats. Reports that markets might not re-open until the middle part of this week spurred the rush for meats on Saturday, and with pork unusually short there simply was not enough fresh meats to go around for those who wanted to lay in a supply. The markets however were open part time the first of the week. Poultry Plentiful Poultry, however, appeared to be in fairly good supply, possibly due to the fact there are no price con trols or quota restrictions as in the case of meats. Reflecting the heavy selling of cattle and hogs late in August, to beat resumption of OPA controls, meat market operators reported they are unable to buy livestock in sufficient quantity to measure up to the restricted quotas allotted to them, further complicating the short age situation. Meanwhile the frantic search for meats has overflowed into grocery stores, with shoppers switching to stocks of canned meats and fish, as a supplement to their menus. Fortunate persons now are those who have well-filled frozen food lockers, and many who stocked up on meat during August’s month of plenty already’ are drawing on their caches to supplement their current table supply. Births The following births at BlufTton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lingel, Bluffton, a boy, Jonathan Carter, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bartz, Col. Grove, a boy, Thomas Dale, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Badertscher, Col. Grove, a girl, Dian Kay, Fri day. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moser, Ada, a girl, Joan Louise, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Houghtlen, Ben ton Ridge, a girl, Linda Jane, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kidd, Ot tawa, a girl, Cheryl Anne, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weller, Ada, a girl, -Cheryl Denise, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rossman, Jenera, a boy, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Peterson, Mt. Cory, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Alderfer, Harrisburg, Pa., a boy, Walter Hen ry, born in that city last Thursday. Mr. Alderfer formerly lived in Bluffton. World War II veterans took over the reins of guiding the destiny of the Bluffton American Legion post in the election of officers for the organization at Monday night’s meeting. An all GI slate of officers was selected by the post, with the thot that younger men will instill new life in the organization. Elected as new officers were Fred erick Reichenbach, commander Stan ley Basinger, rice-commander Ber nard Jacobson, Bluffton college, adju tant Maurice Fett, finance officer Rev. Paul Cramer, chaplain Gail Rakosky, sergeant at arms James Fett, service officer and Raymond Greding and Robert McCune, his torians. Fourteen Men and Women Are Stationed in Many For eign Lands Work Being Done Under UN RRA and Mennonite Cen tral Committee World-wide requirements for ex panded relief and welfare activities find 14 former Bluffton college students engaged in some form of social service work, principally under auspices of the UNRRA and the Mennonite Central Committee, ac cording to a news release from col lege alumni headquarters. In all parts of the world, Bluff ton graduates are serving in a field that provides little remuneration but plenty of hard work, as their contri bution toward shaping better post war living conditions for under privileged and war-ravaged human beings. The Mennonite Central Committee, with which many are associated, is the federated relief agency for most of the American Mennonite churches. (Continued on page 2) Carl Oglesbee Dies Formerly Lived Here Carl Oglesbee, 57, former Bluffton boy who for more than thirty years lived in Dearborn, Mich., where he became prominent in politics, died at his home in that city September 10. Oglesbee, engaged in the restau rant business in Dearborn served several terms on the city council and became a well known figure in coun ty politics. He was the son of the late Charles Oglesbee of Riley street and at tended school here. Masonic funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Dearborn fol lowed by burial in Acadia cemetery at that place. Surviving are his son Cameron and daughter Shirley of Dearborn, sister, Mrs. Wanetta Carter of Lima, and brother John Oglesbee of Dear born. Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to what our own studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking. —Edward Gibbon. Thomas Conaway of West Elm street who served as second class seaman aboard the U. S. S. Essex during the war has received a fac simile and ribbon bar with star of the Presidential Unit Citation award ed the vessel “for extraordinary heroism displayed by her crew in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War area.” The citation continues: “Spearheading the concentrated carrier-warfare in forward areas, the Essex and her air groups struck crushing blows toward annihilating Japanese fighting power they pro vided air cover for our amphibious forces they fiercely countered the enemy’s aerial attacks and destroyed his planes and inflicted terrific loss es on the Japanese in fleet and mer chant marine units sunk or dam aged. Daring and dependable in combat, the Essex and her gallant officers and men rendered loyal serv ice in achieving the ultimate defeat of the Japanese empire.” news World War II Veterans Will Fill All Offices In American Legion Former Bluffton College Students In Far-Flung Post-War Relief Projects Bluffton Man Receives Decoration For Heroic Action Of His Ship In Pacific Since his discharge from naval service Conaway has been associat ed with his father, Edgar Conaway in operation of a North Main street filling station. i Traffic Lights Here On “Caution” Signal A break in the automatic control of Bluffton’s three Main street traf fic lights has put them out of oper ation temporarily. The lights have been set to dis play unchanged the yellow "caution” signal until the broken part can be replaced, which probably will not be until the end of this week at the earliest. It is pointed out in this connection that this is the first repair expense, other than replacement of lights, which the system has required in more than 17 years since they were installed. WILD GAME HELPS OFFSET CURRENT MEAT SHORTAGE Modern Hunters Follow Example of Early Settlers to Fill Larder. Record Number of Hunters Afield Game Reported as Plentiful. With meat shortages pinching the menu of a majority of Bluffton area families, opening of the squirrel sea son last Saturday found hunters more interested in adding to their meagre table supplies than in hunt ing merely for the sport of it. The situation virtually represent ed a throwback to pioneer days when early settlers had no meat markets, and w^ere forced to shoot wild game for their meat if they wanted any. A record number of meat-famished hunters were afield early Saturday morning when the season opened, and guns could be heard banging away until twilight. Despite the large turnout of nimrods surprising ly good success was reported by most of them. Unusually heavy hunting can be expected until the close of the sea son on Saturday, Sept. 28, because of meat shortages, making this one year in which the joy of hunting is counterbalanced by an actual need for the food that daily bag limits represent. Water Chlorinating Bids Are Due Oct. 1 Bids for equipment to be used in chlorinating Bluffton’s municipal water supply will be opened at 8 p. m. Tuesday, October 1, by the board of public affairs. Decision to chlorinate the town’s water supply was reached last month by’ the board, upon recom mendation of the state department of health, and advertising for bids has been carried out during the in tervening period. Four More Teachers Added At College Four additional instructors have been added to the Bluffton college staff on a part-time basis, to cope with a post-war near-record enroll ment on the campus. A. J. B. Longsdorf, former super intendent of Bluffton schools, is teaching Latin, taking over classes formerly assigned to Miss Agnes Amstutz, who resigned last spring. Dwight Spayth, Bluffton High school vocational arts instructor, is in charge of a college class in en gineering drawing. Miss Ruth Fenwick, Bluffton col lege graduate in 1945, now a music instructor in Springfield, has a class in music methods here every Satur day, to round out the music program of the school. In the French department, Mrs. Harriet Luginbuhl is substituting for Prof. Kathryn Moyer, head of the department, now in Lansdale, Pa., with her mother, who is ser iously ill. Miss Moyer expects to return to the college staff soon. NUMBER 22 CORN CROP RACING FOR MATURITY TO BEAT FALL FROST Corn Cutting Started in Bluff ton Farm Area This Week Crop Is Expected to Make Average Yield Despite Handicaps Corn cutting under way in some fields in the Bluffton area while un matured stands in adjoining land will make a full crop only if killing frost holds off until the end of September, this week, represented another unusual development in a season of decided agricultural con trasts. Inclement weather of nearly a month’s duration right in the middle of the planting season last spring accounts for this year’s pronounced difference in the ripening of corn, a situation that is rare in this section. Corn cutting was started during the last week in stands which were seeded early, but fully half the crop is not yet ready for harvesting, farm observers report. Farmers Jittery As the weather veered from one extreme to the other in the first half of September farmers’ hopes have alternately soared and fallen, for every day without killing frost means thousands of bushels of corn added to this year’s yield. In the first two weeks of Septem ber, temperatures have ranged from the high eighties to a low of 36 and termers have had their fingers crossed, realizing that a frost u’ould be disastrous to a major portion of the corn crop. No frost damage has been report ed so far in this area, one of the state’s top corn growing sections, and assuming that the crop matures before killing frost it is expected to produce an average yield. This will be less than the bumper* returns of some of the war years, but an ex cellent one in view of the many’ handicaps encountered this summer. Estimate 50 Bushels Acre With yields of 50 bushels to the acre expected, there will be plenty of com to supply the feeding needs of the district, for the livestock population on most Bluffton farms will be the lowest in recent years. Feeding cattle and hogs have been virtually cleaned out on most farms, sales being made last month before OPA ceilings were put back into effect. Consequently, it appears that there will be a less than normal demand locally for corn designated for cattle and hog feeding. There will be increased feeding needs, however, for dairy cattlemen and for those who are raising poultry. Expanding dairy opera tions in the district have been spurred by the prospects of good heturns, with butterfat bringing 79 cents a pound and in face of the increasing demand for raw milk. Barbara Hauenstein Married In Scotland Miss Barbara Joyce Hauenstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauenstein of Campus Drive became the bride of William MacFarlane Cox Tod, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Buchannan Cox Tod of Edinburgh, Scotland, in a service last Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the St. Paul’s and St. George’s church in Edinburg. Pastor of the church, Rev. Phillip Harvey, officiated.* The bride wore an ivory lace dress, princess style with long sleeves and long circular train. She carried her maternal grandmother’s and her mother’s wedding handker chief. Her bouauct was yellow rose* and white heather. She was given in marriage by Rev. Arthur Bailey, a Presbyterian minister of Minne apolis, now- studying at the Univers ity of Edinburgh. Her attendant was Mrs. Leslie Lyall of Hawick, Scotland, sister of the bridegroom, who was gowned in pomegranite liberty velvet. Capt. Douglas Tod, cousin of the bride groom was best man. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held at the Scotia hotel after which the couple left on a wedding trip through the Scottish lake district. They will be at home after September 23 at Galashiels, Scotland, where the bridegroom is secretary-treasurer of a woolen mill. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton college and Vanderbilt univers ity, Nashville, Tenn., and for the past 18 months taught in the Near East where she met her husband who was then a lieutenant in the British army stationed in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.