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Historical Bluffton

A mysterious Bluffton place: Floating pool in the Buckeye

By Fred Steiner

The world’s oceans hold many secrets. Sea monsters, sunken treasure and ghost ships fill our imagination with what’s below the surface of the mighty deep.

These great ponds do not, however, hold ownership to all watery mysteries. Surrounded by the Big and Little Rileys and several seemingly bottomless quarries, what Bluffton lacks in sea monsters, it makes up with mysteries held below its own waterlines.

The Buckeye takes but does not give back

August 6 SCHS Open House spotlights herb garden

The Swiss Community Historical Society will hold the final summer open house of 2022 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The Schumacher Homestead, which includes the three-bay 1843 Schumacher house, is located at 8350 Bixel Road between Bluffton and Pandora.

Did Johnny Appleseed pass through Bluffton?

By Fred Steiner

Did American folk hero John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman pass through Bluffton during his apple-tree planting career?

A recently discovered Bluffton News column reveals that possibility.

In truth, he tramped around northwestern Ohio, dying in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in 1845. Still, on a technicality, he never stopped in a village called Bluffton.

Instead, hints exist he may have visited Shannon – Bluffton’s name prior to 1861.

Bluffton Forever: Why flagstone walls on the Riley near Harmon Field?

By Fred Steiner

Imagine a mysterious Bluffton location partially under water.

Stand near the entrance to Steinmetz Field. Turn toward Harmon Field. Take about a dozen steps toward the creek.

There you will discover the remnants of a dam. That dam backed up the creek, but not anymore. Instead, it simply creates a mysterious Bluffton location.

When July in Bluffton was rodeo time

By Bill Herr
Icon columnist

Growing up in the 1940s and early ’50s, I was always excited when July 4th rolled around because of the Bluffton rodeo. It was considered by some to be the largest event in northwestern Ohio. The first rodeo was held in 1944 and it became an annual event.

In 1927, the "Invisible Empire" was visible in Bluffton

By Fred Steiner

The question, “Did the Ku Klux Klan exist in Bluffton in the 1920s?” may result in a “what!?” response from residents today.

You may decide for yourself, after reading this front page news item in the Nov. 3, 1927, Bluffton News.

Headline: Klansmen Invited