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When Santa lived in Bluffton

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"Lazarus 'Lotzy' Basinger, (also known as Santa Claus) [was] a familiar face in the Bluffton crowd over his 90-year life span. Here is his story pieced together by the Bluffton Forever staff.

Lazarus was probably one of the last people in Bluffton who experience way of life of the earliest Swiss immigrants. He was raised on his father’s farm near Pandora, Riley Township, Putnam County, Ohio.

Lazarus “Lotzy” Basinger was the great-grandson Christian Riesenbach Böesiger (1770-1844), of one of the original Swiss immigrants to the Bluffton community.

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