Posted by Fred Steiner on January 30, 2017 - 10:51am
Here are two photos of the Augsburger's Taxidermy float in a July 1986 Bluffton parade. The occasion was Bluffton's 125th anniversary celebration. That's Marvin Augsburger driving the tractor and his daughters in native American dress. Dick Boehr took these photos.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 3, 2017 - 12:06pm
This was Bluffton prior to mid-1956. Paul Diller took this photo of Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Lima-building steam locomotive 718.
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Paul photographed this fast-moving freight as it crossed the railroad bridge at Marsh Run north of Bluffton. The smoke stack in the background is the Woodcock power plant - bellowing more black smoke that the loco.
The freight passed Bluffton northbound toward Findlay and eventually ended in Bellevue.
Posted by Fred Steiner on December 28, 2016 - 1:49pm
Here is the Ebenezer Mennonite Church in rural Bluffton. This photo is believed to be taken in 1883 following an addition that was made to the building. The original church building was constructed in 1869.
When this photo was taken there were only two Mennonite churches in the Bluffton-Pandora Swiss Settlement. The other was St. John Mennonite, four miles to the north.
By 1890 there were between 800 and 950 Swiss Mennonites living here. At that time the congregation worshiped together on alternative Sundays at St. John and then at Ebenezer.
Posted by Fred Steiner on December 18, 2016 - 1:52pm
If the cold temperatures have you down, this photo may warm you up. It's the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, which is no longer in existence.
The pool was on the east side of the Buckeye. It is included a bath house, baby pool, larger pool going to 5 or 6 feet, and the Buckeye quarry for persons who could pass a swim test. The Buckeye had three diving boards.