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March 26, 2017

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Historical Bluffton

St. John's UCC junior choir - 1973

Here is the junior choir of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, photo taken for its 100th anniverstiy history book in 1973.

Names of choir members are listed under the photo.

Here's a Nordhaus band

Here's the Bluffton High School band from the 1972-73 school year. Fred Nordhaus was the director. Names of band members are under the photo.

The yearbook omitted several names of band members on the back row.

It's now the Village Cut 'n' Curl on Cherry Street

Thanks to a correction from Sam Diller, here's the "real" information about the above photo, from Sam (we originally stated that this building is no longer standing):

"The picture of the former Don Edie Body Shop on Cherry Street and the statement that it is the former Chev Amstutz building and is no longer standing will come as surprise to the owner of Village Cut and Curl which is located in said building. 

Bluffton school float in 1986 parade

That's Clarence Kooker and the Bluffton schools float in the 1986 Bluffton 125th anniversary parade.

Who else can we recognize? Looks like Matt Steinmetz in the dunce hat. But we need some help identifying the other students. Help us!

Richard Boehr took this photo.

Geiger cousins in 1900

If your last name is Geiger or if you are related to the Geiger's chances are pretty good that you have an ancestor is this group of youngesters.

On the back of the photo is the message: Geiger counsins. Taken about 1900 near Pandora, Ohio, Gegier homestead. The address today of this farm is 3096 Road Q, Pandora.


Bluffton's contribution to the Edsel V-8

Did you know that engines for Edels were built in Lima?

Dennis Morrison shared with the Icon this photo of his father, Jack, who Dennis says was either the first or second person hired at the Lima Engine Plant when it opened.

He later became a maintenance foreman and retired from Lima after 30 years of service.

This photo shows Dennis’ father hot testing the 410 Edsel engines. The engines were V-8s. This photo was taken in December 1957.

Dennis also worked at the plant for 40 years, upon graduation from BHS in 1965 until 2006.


Alpha Gamma has a night out on the town

At one time, Bluffton had several women's "clubs." One was Alpha Gamma. Here's a photo from a Lima News clipping showing members of the club while attending a dram at Amil Tellers Theater, Lima.

We aren't aware of the year this photo was taken but, based upon the women in the photo, it was prior to 1963.

Names of the women (by their husband's names) are in the clipping. Jayne McGarrity provided the Icon with this clipping.


Augsburger Taxidermy parade float - 1986

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.

Remembrer this 1986 Bluffton summer parade?

It was a hot July afternoon in 1986. Bluffton celebrated its 125th anniversary with many events including a large parade.

Who are those shirtless guys sawing logs?

It's the float representing Steiner Sales and Service. Dick Boehr took this photo.

Bluffton's queens of 1986

The year was 1986. Our community celebrated its 125th year as "Bluffton." There were lots of celebration events. One was a parade.

Here's a photo of what we believe is a queen candidate float. We think we see several familiar faces among the candidates and the young children in the front.

We encourage Icon viewers to help ID these girls.

Does this help -  this photo is 31 years old. That means the queen candidates are approaching 50. The young girls are in their mid-30s.