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June 18, 2019

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Historical Bluffton

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.

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.