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June 18, 2019

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Historical Bluffton

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Decades before John Wagner became Bluffton's Nationwide agent, a radio and television retail and repair store was located at 105 N. Main Street. It was Beach Radio Television, owned by Oliver Beach.

To help date the photo is a 1950 or 1951 Dodge parking in front of the doorway.

To the left of you can read the "EWS" of "The Bluffton News" located at 103 N. Main St. at the time. To the right (today it's Family Eye Care) was Hankish's Confectionary.

36 basketball season ago - NWC runner-up

Here's the 1982-83 Bluffton High School boys' basketball team, Northwest Conference runner-up.

At 17-5 this team had the most wins of any BHS boys' team between 1946-47 (18 wins) and 1997-98 (17 wins).

Front from left, Eric Garmatter, Jared Diller, Ryan Amstutz, Jim Herr and Scott Benroth.

Standing from left, Coach Don Wade, Tom Bassitt, Jon Laing, Mark Hackworth and Assistant Coach Rick Shaner.

 

10 BHS girls' seasons ago

Here's the Bluffton High School girls' basketball team from the 2008-09 season.

Front from left, Jaime Lugibihl, Sarah Stratton, Katie Althaus, Jonica Schmutz, Sarah Amstutz, Lindsey Bassitt, Carrie Bassitt.

Standing from left, Coach Dennis Lee, Assistant Coach Eric Garmatter, Sami Harrod, Mariah Welch, Brittany Carroll, Lydia Guagenti, Taylor Wenger, Molly Lengyel, Marqaux Fauvel and Assistant Coach Jim Raabe.

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.

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