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Steve Angel

August 20, 2017


Poetic License

We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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100 years ago the presidential election in Bluffton was just as hot as in 2016

Read our account from an eye-witness - did Wilson win, or Hughes?

Milt Sprunger graduated from Bluffton College in 1920 and returned to Bluffton during his retirement. During his college years, he became very familiar with Main Street businesses and characters, and experienced the 1916 presidential election as a Blufftonite. Here is his election account, taken from "A Good Place to Miss: Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."


Bluffton food pantry shelves are low

Here's a list of items in short supply

Supplies are low at the moment at the Bluffton food pantry, housed is the St. John's United Church of Christ. Donations may be taken to the church.


A scary Halloween photo

Who needs a scary Halloween story when you can view a photo this scary. Imagine Pat and Richard Nixon in Bluffton during the 1979 (or 1980) Halloween parade. Accompanying the Nixons is Fred-in-Stein, who also frequents Bluffton at the end of each October.

Fred-in-Stein will be at the Bluffton Public Library tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) taking photos of Halloweeners. Perhaps we'll see your photo later tonight on the Icon if you stop in at the library.


Never turn left when you see this sign - but, where is it?

Okay, you know everything about Bluffton.

Tell the Icon where one might find this sign? (Denny Morrison is not eligible to enter this because we think he know the answer.)

Here are some hints:

• You'll only find this sign turned on two times a day
• When it turns on it doesn't remain on very long
• It's on the east side of Main Street
• It's a very old sign
• It's message is very wise - it would be very risky to turn left this the sign is on

Answer is the in the photo below:



A Bluffton ghost story that's over 100 years old

It involves Maple Grove Cemetery and apparitions seen there at night

By Fred-in-Stein
Ready for a couple Bluffton ghost stories?

Here’s one you’ve probably never heard. I’ll share two versions.

Sometime in the early 1980s Rolland Stratton, longtime Bluffton resident, told me his version from memory. I wrote it down after hearing it, wondering if he was telling me the truth.

Then, in a dusty file folder in a forgotten drawer in third floor of the town hall – before it was renovated - I discovered the second version. It was beautifully hand-scribed in India ink, almost too faded to read.


The three sides of Joan Bauman

Missionary, teacher, businesswoman

We knew three sides of Joan Bauman:
• teacher at Cory-Rawson for 30 years
• owner of a Bluffton bed and breakfast
• a person with an international view

For those 30 school years at Cory-Rawson, students knew “Mrs. Bauman” as the teacher whose room was in the top right corner of the old Rawson school.

As a third grade teacher, former students describe her in glowing terms:

“my all-time favorite teacher,” “phenomenal,” “a teacher with a big heart,” and “larger than life.”


Be one - today's vitamin

St. John's United Church of Christ message board, at the corner of Jackson and College, continually offers thought-provoking viewer messages.

Here's the latest message: Best vitamin for a Christian: B1.




67 school years later...here's the BHS class of 1949

Members of the Bluffton High School class of 1949 met on Oct. 1 for their class 67th reunion.

Attending were, seated from left, Treva Stratton, Colletta Mullenhour and Anita Huber.

Standing from left, Marlene Baumgartner, Dean Sommers, Beatrice Parcell and Sara McCune.

The reunion took place at St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton.


Life is a great sunrise

Every poet, song writer and artist who created a sunrise must have viewed one like this sunrise in Bluffton on Oct. 11. This view is from Grove Street at 7:30 a.m.

Or as Vladimir Nabokov put it: "Life is a great sunrise."


There's a good story with this photo for antique tractor lovers

The Icon took this photo at this year's antique tractor show at Maple Crest on Sept. 24.

Not being an antique tractor aficionado, quite honestly, we didn't know one tractor from the next.

Until T.R. Steiner asked for a copy of the photo. Here's his comment:

"That particular tractor is very rare with less than 200 made.  It was specifically designed for eatable bean production and only sold new in Michigan.