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October 24, 2021

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Historical Bluffton

Bluffton College Student Senate 1977-78

Members of the Bluffton College Student Senate during the 1977-78 school year. 

Front from left, Kent Yoder, Mary Forney, Steve Steiner, Scott Smith.

Second row from left, Kim Barber, Ricky Fricke, J.P. Porzelius, Joy Ramseyer, Curt Roeschley, Randy Keeler.

Third row from left, Cathy Aleshire, Beth Gundy, Kate Gundy, Craig Guerra, Ron Moyer, Greg Gundy, John Wackler.

'41-42 Bluffton College debate team

Here's members of the Bluffton College debate team during the 1941-42 school year. Standing is Ellis Guthrie. Seated from left, Robert Blough, Leland Lehman, Lora Schultz, Mark Houshower and Bert Smucker.

The day a U.S. president visited Ada

At the invitation of Ohio Northern University,William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States, was invited to Ada, and accepted the invitation.

The visit was during his term as president from 1909 to 1913.

This photo post card from the Ada Public Library shows the horse-drawn carriage with the president and Ada dignitaries upon his arrival in Ada at the Pennsylvania Railroad depot.

The flip side of the post card shows a message from Ada to Mr. J.J. Motter of Xenia.

Are the farmers and the cowboys really friends?

We can't say if 17 years ago makes these photos "historical." Viewers, please make the call.

Here's three cast photos from the Bluffton High School 2003 musical "Oklahoma."

In this photo are, from left, Alan Way, Tyler Badertscher, Justin King, Jeff Richards, Wade Slechter and in front, Clay Haynes. 

Beaverdam tile factory

Here's a rare photograph of a Beaverdam business at the turn of an earlier century.

It is a tile factory. Although the exact location is not known, the business operate in the early 1900s. Will Triplettt, pioneer Bluffton photographer took the photo. It was originally on an 8.5 by 11 glass negative.


It's not Bluffton - rather, Ada at mid-century

Here's a photo of Ada's Main Street looking north sometime in the late 1940s or very early 1950s. The truck parked southbound resembles a 1949 Cheverolt. There's even a "woodie" parked on the photographer's side of the street.

What else is in view? 
• Peper Drugs
• ODEON - was a a threatre?
• Check out the light poles and the condition of the sidewalks.

This photo is from the collection of the Ada Public Library.

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