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March 26, 2019

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49 track season ago

Here's the Bluffton High School track team (no team for girls) during the 1969- 1970 school year. Names of the members are under the photo.

From Ada's Past - did you know Ada once had a piano tuning school?

Here's the story...

This article comes from the Ada Historical Society and was originally posted on the Ada Icon.

Prior to WWI, a person strolling Ada’s streets of a summer’s eve would likely have heard the sound of piano music issuing from parlors along the way. Some may have come from player or mechanical pianos and some from pianists.

Helping to maintain this melodious flow was David O. Betz, one of Ada leading citizens and director of the Northwestern Ohio School of Piano Tuning.

60 years ago - here's BHS National Honor Society members

Members of the Bluffton High School National Honor Society in 1958-59 school year. Bottom, left to right, row by row top to bottom:

David Little, Joenita Shetler
Michael Diller, Sandra Diller
Judy Frankhauser, Betty Stratton
Ruth Frankhauser
Keith Baker, Larry Smucker

They planned to be teachers - 55 years ago

Here are Bluffton High School Future Teachers of America (FTA) members during the 1963-64 school year.

Front row from left, Joseph Cremean, advisor; Larry Grant, Jim Emmert, Linda Reichenbach, Janette Benroth, Rex Reichenbach.

Second row from left, Sally Emmert, Jim Augsburger.

Third row from left, Linds Crawfis, Kay Motter, Katie Meyers, Miriam Augsburger, Anita Augsburger.

Top row from left, Kathy Osborne, Margo Reichenbach, Jean Purves, Ruth Henry, Diane Conrad.

Need a TV or radio repaired, or purchased?

Decades before John Wagner became Bluffton's Nationwide agent, a radio and television retail and repair store was located at 105 N. Main Street. It was Beach Radio Television, owned by Oliver Beach.

To help date the photo is a 1950 or 1951 Dodge parking in front of the doorway.

To the left of you can read the "EWS" of "The Bluffton News" located at 103 N. Main St. at the time. To the right (today it's Family Eye Care) was Hankish's Confectionary.

36 basketball season ago - NWC runner-up

Here's the 1982-83 Bluffton High School boys' basketball team, Northwest Conference runner-up.

At 17-5 this team had the most wins of any BHS boys' team between 1946-47 (18 wins) and 1997-98 (17 wins).

Front from left, Eric Garmatter, Jared Diller, Ryan Amstutz, Jim Herr and Scott Benroth.

Standing from left, Coach Don Wade, Tom Bassitt, Jon Laing, Mark Hackworth and Assistant Coach Rick Shaner.