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Historical Bluffton

100 years ago in rural Bluffton

Here is a colorized post card from the Ada Public Library collection. On the back side it reads: "Oil wells were in the vicinity of County Road 20 and Tonwship Road 25. One was on the Stober farm in the 1920s." 

Oil wells were also drilled in Orange Township and other rural sections around Bluffton. At the height of the oil boom there were 500 oil wells in rural Bluffton and Ada.

When driving on State Route 103 between Bluffton and Arlington, each time you see a brick farmhouse that is a sign that an oil well was drilled on that property.


89 tennis season ago at BHS

Here's the Bluffton High School boys' tennis team from 89 tennis seasons ago, in 1931.

From left, Charles Steiner, Konstantine Epp, Gordon Alderfer, Sidney Stettler, coach, Richard Ludwig, Tom Perry and Robert Balmer. Also on the team were John Romey, Paul Hirschler and George Musselman.

According to the BHS yearbook the team of Steiner and Epp entered district competition at Toledo Waite. The yearbook went to press before the results were known.

Season results included Bluffton defeating Findlay twice, and Bowling Green and Wapakoneta once.



64 basketball tournaments ago

We recognize several of these Bluffton HS athletes.

This is the 1955-56 BHS non-county tournament champions. Front from left, Bill Herr, Marvin Diller, Jim "Spike" Berry, Jack Fields, Joe Urich, Ron Lora and Jim Fisher.

Back row from left, Dan Gleason, Ron Geiser, Don Alspach, Ralph Reichenbach, Ramon Lewis, Dave Shoemaker, Don Badertscher, manager.

Edgar Hauenstein, Bluffton's druggist to an earlier generation

Edgar Hauenstein, Bluffton's druggist to an earlier generation, stands in his pharmacy, which is today The Twisted Whisk cafe at the corner of Main and Cherry.

Seen in the backgrounds are authentic apothecary bottles, which are over 80 years old. 

This photo was taken at his retirement from the Bluffton-Richland Public Library board, where he served as a board member for 23 years.  Edgar graduated from Bluffton High School in 1896.

(Photo by Darvin Luginbuhl)

Bluffton College women's varsity B 1941-42

Members of the Bluffton College women's Varsity B during the 1941-42 school year:

Front from left, Eleanor Berky, Jeanne Baumgartner, Mary Alice Howe, Nancy Mayberry, Eloise Whitmore, Ruth Neuenschwander, Mary Jane Mayberry, Grace Adams and Ruth Mayer.

Center from left, Evelyn Johnson, Eleanor Weaver, Elaine Mitchell, Helen Soldner, Lois Sommers, Wilma Nonnamaker, Treva Arrants, Thelma Dailey and Frances Ramseyer.

To from left, Zitella Gettles, Frances Beckenbach, Grace Geissinger, Evelyn Hilty, Alma Schrock, Della Krebill, Helen Habegger and Martha Snyder.

1941-42 Bluffton College men's Varsity B

Bluffton College Men's Varsity B 1941-42 

Front from left, Robert Heiks, Evan Soah, George Swank, A.C. Burcky, Harold Lehman, John Thutt, Herbert Fretz.

Second row from left, Herbert Traucht, Richard Wenger, Robert Simcox, Alvin Ramseyer, David Yoder, Lloyd Hunsberger.

Top from left, Minard Deeds, Floyd Hugus, Earl Lehman, Paul Soldner.