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Jo Anna Croft was a Bluffton University graduate

Election poll worker, Lions Club member, Bluffton Hospital volunteer

Jo Anna (Diller) Croft, 79, of Bluffton, died Jan. 13, 2021, surrounded by family. Jo was born July 10, 1941, to Archie and Velma Diller.

Click here for a family tribute.

She was raised in Bluffton and graduated with a teaching degree from Bluffton University. On Aug. 4, 1990, she married Bill Croft and they were married 30 years. 


Vaccines to 80 and older start next week

In coordination with the state roll out of COVID-19 vaccine, several area health care providers will begin administering vaccine to those age 80 and older starting next week, by appointment only.  

Allen County Public Health will maintain a list on their website and update it as providers are identified in the county. Click here for the website.

Abraham and Anna Locher Lugibihl

Our Swiss connection - part 9

This is the ninth installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.
Note the various spellings of Lugibihl in this story.

Abraham Lugibihl was born Nov. 11, 1838, in Riley Township. He was the sixth of 10 children born to John C. and Anna Marie “Thüler”  (Americanized to Diller) Luginbuhl. The family came from France in 1824 to Holmes County, Ohio, and then to Riley Township in 1837.


Icon invites updates to Civic Organizations listing

With a new year the Icon asks persons connected with local organizations to provide updates to their free Civic Organization listing.

Send updates to: info@blufftonicon.com

We also invite organizations not listed to provide the following:
• Name of organization
• Contact person
• Phone number
• Facebook and or website link

The late Robert Kreider provides 15 images of Riley Creek from the 1930s

For more information about "Bluffton Anthology" click here

The late Robert Kreider provided 15 images of Riley Creek that he remembered while growing up in Bluffton in the 1930s. Here are five of those images:

• Told of a tribe of gypsies camping along the creek for a day under a weeping willow tree, fashioning chairs and baskets from the willowy branches.


2021 is a major local election year in Bluffton

4 council seats, 3 school board seats, 2 township trustee seat on the ballot

This is a major election year in Bluffton.

Four council seats, three school board seats and two township trustee seats will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Winners of those races will have 4-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2022.