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March 28, 2020

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Historical Bluffton

Beaverdam tile factory

Here's a rare photograph of a Beaverdam business at the turn of an earlier century.

It is a tile factory. Although the exact location is not known, the business operate in the early 1900s. Will Triplettt, pioneer Bluffton photographer took the photo. It was originally on an 8.5 by 11 glass negative.


It's not Bluffton - rather, Ada at mid-century

Here's a photo of Ada's Main Street looking north sometime in the late 1940s or very early 1950s. The truck parked southbound resembles a 1949 Cheverolt. There's even a "woodie" parked on the photographer's side of the street.

What else is in view? 
• Peper Drugs
• ODEON - was a a threatre?
• Check out the light poles and the condition of the sidewalks.

This photo is from the collection of the Ada Public Library.

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100 years ago in rural Bluffton

Here is a colorized post card from the Ada Public Library collection. On the back side it reads: "Oil wells were in the vicinity of County Road 20 and Tonwship Road 25. One was on the Stober farm in the 1920s." 

Oil wells were also drilled in Orange Township and other rural sections around Bluffton. At the height of the oil boom there were 500 oil wells in rural Bluffton and Ada.

When driving on State Route 103 between Bluffton and Arlington, each time you see a brick farmhouse that is a sign that an oil well was drilled on that property.


89 tennis season ago at BHS

Here's the Bluffton High School boys' tennis team from 89 tennis seasons ago, in 1931.

From left, Charles Steiner, Konstantine Epp, Gordon Alderfer, Sidney Stettler, coach, Richard Ludwig, Tom Perry and Robert Balmer. Also on the team were John Romey, Paul Hirschler and George Musselman.

According to the BHS yearbook the team of Steiner and Epp entered district competition at Toledo Waite. The yearbook went to press before the results were known.

Season results included Bluffton defeating Findlay twice, and Bowling Green and Wapakoneta once.



64 basketball tournaments ago

We recognize several of these Bluffton HS athletes.

This is the 1955-56 BHS non-county tournament champions. Front from left, Bill Herr, Marvin Diller, Jim "Spike" Berry, Jack Fields, Joe Urich, Ron Lora and Jim Fisher.

Back row from left, Dan Gleason, Ron Geiser, Don Alspach, Ralph Reichenbach, Ramon Lewis, Dave Shoemaker, Don Badertscher, manager.

Edgar Hauenstein, Bluffton's druggist to an earlier generation

Edgar Hauenstein, Bluffton's druggist to an earlier generation, stands in his pharmacy, which is today The Twisted Whisk cafe at the corner of Main and Cherry.

Seen in the backgrounds are authentic apothecary bottles, which are over 80 years old. 

This photo was taken at his retirement from the Bluffton-Richland Public Library board, where he served as a board member for 23 years.  Edgar graduated from Bluffton High School in 1896.

(Photo by Darvin Luginbuhl)