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September 17, 2019

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Sam's Lunch, Bluffton, 1940

This is Stepleton's pool hall, or Sam's Lunch, on North Main Street, Bluffton. On the left is Denver "Demps" Augsburger. On the right is Sam Stepleton, proprietor.

The photo was taken Sept. 10, 1940. Denver Augsburger eventually was a parter in the business as it was known later as Charlie and Demps and later, Demps and Stoney. It eventually became Stoney's and was located near the location of Luke's Bar and Grill.

Note the token, inserted on the bottom left, for Sam's Lunch, Bluffton, Ohio. This token was spotted recently on e-Bay.



Beaverdam Western Ohio station - 1910

Here's a rare photograph of a electric interburban that stopped at the Beaverdam Western Ohio station. The year is 1910.

The trolley is headed to Lima from Bluffton. You can see the conductor in the car window. The Beaverdam Western Ohio station was at the intersection of the Nickel Plate steam railroad on what today is State Route 696.

This photo is a post card.

1927 St. John's E & R (UCC) confirmation class

Here is the 1927 St. John's E &R Church (UCC) confirmation class.

Front from left, Robert Balmer, Eula Schaublin and John  Romey.

Middle row from left, Dale Davidson, Alma Agin, Rev. Arthur K. Beisheim, Margaret Luginbuhl and Maynard Niswander.

Top from left, Wilmer Badertscher, Frances Criblez, Bess Patrick, Jane Miller and Emerson Niswander.

1949 St. John's E & R Church confirmation class

Here's the 1949 confirmation class of the St. John's E & R Church (United Church of Christ).

Front row from left, Barbara Reichenbach, Mary Lou Lewis, Mary Ann Basinger, Kay Matter, Ruth Nonnamaker, Shirley Derringer, Sue Risser and Marcile Moser.

Back row from left, LaVerne Moser, James Green, Rev. Oppermann, Clarence Greiner and Robert Leiber.

1925 Bluffton College football team

The 1925 Bluffton College football team had a four-game season, but check the schedule: Ohio Northern University, Findlay, Bowling Green and Defiance.


E & R confirmation class 1956

Here's the confirmation class at St. John's E & R Church (United Church of Christ) in 1956.

From from left, Cathy Basinger and James Swank.

Second row from left, Linda Mericle, Ruth Badertscher, Shirley Frantz, Sandra Diller, Nancy Geiger and Nancy Montgomery.

Top from left, James Jordan, Steve Herr, Lee Badertscher, Rev. Vernon C. Oppermann, Don Deerhake, Keith Baker and Ronald Zimmerly.