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February 10, 2016

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A little more about our new year's eve caroling tradition

By Fred Steiner
First posted on the Icon Dec. 30, 2010 - revised for 2015
To best understand our community, it's helpful to appreciate the musical gene of those who carry a Bluffton birthmark.

Growing up in a household bursting of Swiss traditions, this truth became obvious early on in the shaping of my own attitude toward events swirling around me.

A case in point is the David Rothen New Year's caroling folklore. My parents' reference to this event centered on their teen years in the late 1920s.


The ever-memorable Bluffton Robert Kreider

As a youngster, Robert Kreider lived in Bluffton from 1926 to 1935 when his father pastored First Mennonite Church. After moving away, he returned Bluffton  as a professor, academic dean and later Bluffton College president. In the 1970s he moved to Kansas. Click here for his obituary.

In an opening 1968 school year convocation, Bluffton College President Robert Kreider compared the height of the campus water tower to the timeline of earth’s history.


The Icon offers a modern version of a familiar story

In the seventh year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.

Jose from Lebanon, Ohio, with his young housekeeper, Maria, who was nine-month’s pregnant with someone else’s child, and who Jose had intended to marry, drove to Bluffton in Jose’s 1996 Mercury Cougar. This was because Jose was a great-great-great-grandson of Swiss immigrant, Jesse Zurflugh, in Richland Township.


100+ year-old Christmas greeting from The Icon

"Peace, happiness and content to thee and thine." 

This Christmas card was mailed to Bertha Althaus, Bluffton, Ohio, from her brother, Andrew of Toledo. We can't read the postmark date, but Bertha was married in 1899, and after that was Bertha Hahn.

For the address side of the card, check the photo below. There's no street address and no zip code required on this one cent post card.

Bertha Althaus Hahn is the grandmother of Fred Steiner, of the Icon.



These Kings are princesses

Here's a portrait of the King sisters. Milena is on the lap of older sister, Madelyn. They are the daughters of Kevin and Allison King, Bluffton.

The photo is taken by Kerry Bush of Elysian Fields Photography, Bluffton, 419-581-9242.


The 12 days of Christmas...we mean the 12 day of university finals

Anyone who has experienced college final exams can appreciate this video.

It features J. Denny Beaver and his friend Jenny Beaver, Bluffton University mascots. The video is from Bluffton University.

It's a new version of the 12 days of Christmas.


Another math quiz: Steve rode his bike 15 mph for 4 hours...

Put on your  math thinking caps.

The Icon invited Chris Leuthold, adjunct math instructor at Bluffton University, to provide The Icon with some math puzzles. 

We want to assist our viewers with ways to survive the long, dark winter nights. Chris rates the level of difficulty  in his quizzes from 1 to 4, with 4 being the toughest.

He rates quiz 3 as a "3".


Steve rode his bicycle at the rate of 15 mph for 4 hours. Then, he walked at the rate of 5 mph for 2 hours. What is Steve's average speed for the entire trip?


Leuthold math quiz number 2: 2015, then what year?

Put on your  math thinking caps.

The Icon invited Chris Leuthold, adjunct math instructor at Bluffton University, to provide The Icon with some math puzzles. Here's quiz number 2. (The answer to quiz number 1 is at the bottom of this story.)

We want to assist our viewers with ways to survive the long, dark winter nights. Chris rates  the level of difficulty  in his quizzes from 1 to 4, with 4 being the toughest.


Not your typical wedding pose

It's not your typical wedding photo - but who say your wedding photo must be typical?

The wedding photograph is of Richard and Windi (Warren) Kohli of Lima, who were married this past August. Windi is a 2009 graduate of Bluffton High School.

The photograph is by Elysian Fields Photography, LLC, owned by Kerry Bush, a Bluffton portrait photographer.

She is available for a variety of photos ranging from weddings, senior pictures, family portraits, engagements, and pets to whatever photographic needs are required.


Letter: How many Harmon Fields exist?

Icon viewers:

Last night Lima Senior played in Miamisburg on Harmon Field.  Years ago I took the Lake Shore Limited from Toledo to Chicago passing through a town to this day I do not know that had a Harmon Field along the tracks.