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June 20, 2019

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Kibler Street - early 1950s

It was spring in the early 1950s when this aerial photo of new homes on West Kibler Street was taken. Riley Creek overflowed its banks, washing was on the line to dry and no vehicles were on the street. The Motter farm extended just to the edge of the curve in street. Several homes now located here were yet to be constructed. An alley acutally exists and appears to be used.

1942 Bluffton College tennis team

Here's the Bluffton College men's tennis team in 1942. From left Richard Berky, Jason Tripplehorn, Otto Elmer, H.W. Berky (coach), Darvin Luginbuhl, John Boehr, Robert Simcox and Dale Good.

The squad played the following opponents two times each: Wilberforce, Ohio Northern, Findlay and Bowling Green.

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.