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Historical Bluffton

Early post card photo of Ada's railroad park

When you drive through Ada you can't miss the railroad depot park.

The park has a long history in the community. Here's one of the earliest photos of the park. This is a colorized post card from the collection of Lee Crouse. According to Jimmy Wilson, the Civil War cannon is aimed toward Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the war erupted on April 12, 1861.

According to Crouse: "The girl on the bench at the railroad park was Alice W. Gessaman-Cotner born May 23, 1910, and died in Bluffton May 18, 2004.

An early Ada baseball team

Ada historian, Lee Crouse, provides the Ada Icon with historical photos. The Ada Icon shares this interesting story with Bluffton viewers.

From the 1920s to the 1940s the ZoRoLo company, located on East Buckeye Avenue, back of the Liberty bank in Ada, made a product to cure arthritis.

The first and second floors of the building were used for and office and as a place to hold vats in which the formula was mixed, placed in gallon containers, and shipped to places in the United States.

Who is the teacher?

The Icon seeks answers to these questions?
• Who is the teacher?
• What grade are these students?
• Can you identify any of the students?
• What year was their graduating class?
Leland Gerber took the photo.

Send information to: info@blufftonicon.com

From Alan Begg:

The students in the photo graduated in 1978. Some of the students are:

Was Miss Groman your teacher?

Here's a Bluffton Kindergarten photo with (Miss) Margaret Groman as the teacher. We recognize some familiar faces.

Icon viewers with more information please send to: info@blufftonicon.com

Bluffton school board from 48 school years ago

Here's the Bluffton school board from the 1969-70 school year.

Seated from left, Larry Mathewson, Lois Rodabaugh and Ropp Triplett, board president.

Standing from left, John Klay, Charles Hankish, Jr., vice-president.

Bluffton's boys of summer in '68

With the Major League Baseball playoffs underway here's the Bluffton High School boys of summer one-half century ago.

Names of the players  on the 1968 team are above the photo. This team went 9-9. Bob Everett pitched a no-hitter game, only to lose on an error to Hicksville, 1-0.