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Steve Angel

August 17, 2017


Poetic License

We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Historical Bluffton

BHS class of '63 in 7th grade

Here's the Bluffton High School class of 1963 as seventh graders during the 1957-58 school year - a mere 60 school years ago. Names of the students are under the photograph.

Beaverdam HS GAA - 1962-63

Here's a photograph from the Beaverdam High School 1963 yearbook. It's the Beaverdam Girls' Athletic Association (GAA). This was the last year for Beaverdam High School. Names of student members are under the photo.

106 school years ago in Bluffton

Bluffton third graders in 1911.

First row, from left, Fairy (Berry) Musselman, Elmond Althaus, Howard Augsburger, Florence Johns, Beatrice (Steth) Conaway.

Second row, from left, Helen Basinger, Geraldine Bigler, Harold Kempf, Mae McGeorge, Ruth Murray,

Third row, from left, Lester Hahn, Robert Swick, Bernice (Althaus) Carder, Frances Geiger, Opal Betzner, Carl Lewis.

Fourth row, from left, Robert Cook, Herbert Thutt, Harold Althaus, unidentified, Rhoda (Stratton) Augsburger.

3 classics from the Buckeye in the 1950s

The Icon has posted these three photo previously, but it's summer and let's go back to the Buckeye.

Here's three views of Buckeye quarry, where swimming was once a Bluffton summer experience. Paul Diller snapped these photos.

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.

Pandora's Commercial House in 1907

You've passed this house on State Route 12 in Pandora many times. Did you know it was once called the "Commercial House?"

Look closely at the photo. We spotted seven people.

Here's a view from a 1907 post card written to Sidney Hauenstein of Bluffton. The message on the right side reads:

"Am going to Cedar Point today. My mother's (cousin?) and I. Come over to Pandora Thursday or Fri. evening if you can. Bessie."

Sounds like an text message 110 years later.

The"floating" swimming pool - certainly one of Bluffton's 7 wonders

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Bluffton, a photograph like this shows up.

Ask your grandparents to explain this.  If they can’t help, keep reading.

It’s a photograph of the "floating" pool that served swimmers in Bluffton as early as the mid-to-late 1920s (based upon the style of swim suit in the photo) to the early 1950s.

It was constructed on the east bank of the Buckeye and then was moved to the quarry where it floated to allow swimming.

A scene from the 1961 Bluffton centennial

Here's a scene from the 1961 Bluffton centennial. It's Blanche Roberts creating a rug on her loom. Her exhibit was in the elementary multi-purpose room.

Bluffton High School Varsity B 1963-64

Here's members of the Bluffton High School Varsity B during the 1963-64 school year.

100 swimming seasons ago in Bluffton

Let's swim in the Buckeye. Here's a photo of the earliest Bluffton Buckeye swimming area taken some time between 1910 and 1920.

Imagine that you are on the south bank looking north on the Spring Street side of the Buckeye. That's location of the pool.

You'll see a rope. It separates the deep end from the shallow end. The deep end includes a diving board.

The man on the deck is Steiner Geiger, who gave swim lessons. It is possible that his two sisters are on the diving board.

The Bluffton post office at the turn of an earlier century

In 1904 the Bluffton post office was on Vine Street and this photo proves it. The post office was located in what is today Richard Boehr's building.

In this photo, from left, are (unidentified), Charles Steingraber, (unidentified), Ross Bogart, George Lewis, Mrs. Lewis and Emma Bigler Swank. (From the Richard Boehr collection)