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March 23, 2019

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Historical Bluffton

40 season ago at BHS

Here's the Bluffton High School girls' varsity basketball team from 1978-79 season. Front from left, Jodi Diller, Linda Bracy, Amy Bixel, Mary Herrmann.

Standing from left, Sue Badertscher, Juleen Matter, Venessa Beach, Beth Barth, Julie Pogue, Ken Bostdorff, coach. The team went 7-3 in the Northwest Conference, finishing in third place. Overall, the team was 12-5.

Here's an early 1950's Bluffton Christmas

Christmas in downtown Bluffton in the early 1950s. There's Santa with a Santa Halloween mask. Our guess is that Bob Crow and Paul Steiner on working the PA system.

We're pretty certain that Al McCluer is Santa, and we are going to make a stab on the ID of the kids on the platform. On the far left, it looks like Dan Lehman, then Francis Harkness, Judy Harness and Donna McClure. That's as far as we can go.

This scene must have been from a Bluffton Business Men's holiday promotion.

1968-69 social work club

Here are members of the Bluffton College Social Work Club during the 1968-69 school year.

Seated from left, clockwise, Dave Chen, Dave Zook, Rosemary Kopp, Anita Lehman, Bill Koppel, Bob Hewitt, advisor Joe Steiner (standing), Stephanie Thomas, Greg Clemens, Phyllis Meyer, Marshal Barlett and Dave MacLachlan.

67 years ago Santa also visited Blufton

Note: The Icon posted this photo three years ago, but it's worthy of a re-post. Dennis Morrison shared the photo with us.

Here's a photo worth 10,000 Bluffton words.

Santa Claus (portrayed by Al McCluer) in an early 1950s Bluffton Santa Claus visit approaches a farm wagon stage on the Prebsyterian Church lawn. He arrived by fire truck. Can anyone please identify the fire truck in the photo? The Ford on Main heading north is a 1951 model.

J.P. Klassen, Bluffton College art professor

J.P. Klassen Bluffton College art professor from 1924 to 1958, working on a sculpture of a musician.

Main Street in 1969

It's 1969 on Main Street Bluffton. The first upgrade of Main Street is in process. Businesses in this photo from left, Foot So Port Shoes, Swank Brothers Meat Market, Western Auto, Basinger Furniture store.

Note the free parking sign above the street. What's missing? Awnings are not yet in place on store fronts.

This photo is from the 1969 Blufton College yearbook.