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These guys fought Ada fires in the 1920s

FROM ADA ICON - Ada Fire Department about 1923-1925 on the chemical truck -

Front row - L to R - Mayor Frank Kinsman who was Ada mayor in 1926-27, again in 1930 and again in 1932, Jim Wallick; Art Robinolte; Red Lantz; Chet Houser; Ed Firestone; John White was fire chief in 1926.

Back row - L to R - Charley High (on drivers seat with Slip the dog; Roy Dodge; Harry Bodell; Jim Candler; Claude Bodell was fire chief in 1923, standing on the sidewalk.

(Photo from Leland Crouse collection)

10 basketball season ago

Meet the 2008-09 Bluffton High School varsity boys' basketball team.

Front from left, Chad Dulle, Zach Devier, Tyler Neal, Spencer Tuttle, Tyler Breidenbach, Aaron Rule.

Standing from left, Todd Boblitt, Alex Hanna, Levi Gleason, Cory Hilty, Evan Skilliter, Bob Kindred, Kyle Gratz.

Four sets of twins; one set of triplets in Bluffton school - early 1950s

This story is believed to be from the Lim News. Twins and triplets in the Bluffton schools taken in the 1951 school year.

Front from left, Arlene Kay and Marlene Rae Basinger; Carol, Walter and Charles Jordan; Jerry Ray and Garry Jay Althaus.

Back row from left, Rae Ann and Rachael Mae Devier; Connie Janes and Nancy Lane Patterson.

Enrolled in the Bluffton grade school are four sets of twins and one set of triplets, a record for the school. Two pairs of twins and the triplets are in the second grade.

Troop 315 from mid-1960s

Here's Bluffton's Girl Scout Troop 315 from 1966 or '67 –

Front row, from left: Koneta Campbell Vogt, Vickie Diller Stechschulte, Mary Pannabecker Steiner.

• Second from left: Sharon Shaw, Rachel Hauenstein Lambert, Deb Amstutz, Kathi Badertscher, Pam Burkholder, Karen Kreider Yoder, Valarie Spangler Campbell.

• Third from left: Lee Ann Woolley, Ann McCune, Deb Kimmet Baumgartner, Maggie Baker Mann, Kathy Koontz, Renee Granger.

• Back: Wauneta Klingler, Joyce Badertscher.

1955 Eagle Scouts

Ralph Reichenbach, David Little and Larry Smucker became Bluffton Eagle Scouts in 1955.

Here is a photo from their court of honor. From left, Ralph E. Reichenbach, Ralph P. Reichenbach (Eagle), Evelyn Reichenbach, Katherine Little, David Little (Eagle), Woodrow Little, Irene Smucker, Larry Smucker (Eagle), and Carl Smucker.

20 seasons ago? It can't be

What is it about Bluffton HS girls' basketball teams that play in a year ending in 9?

Here's the 1998-99 BHS girls' team that advanced to the state final four.

On the floor, Ashley August and Mollie McCullough.

Seated from left, Abbie Fett, Giorgi Thomann, Caity Matter, Rachel Holt.

Standing from left, Cindy Lee, assistant coach, Carrie Kindred, Tara Buroker, Abbey Schaaf, Dennis Lee, coach. Missing, Kelly Worthington.