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Abraham and Mary Ann Kohler Hochstettler Steiner children

Children of Abraham and Mary Ann Kohler Hochstettler Steiner. Seated from left, Paul A. Steiner, Susan Hochstettler Diller and Noah F. Steiner.

Standing from left, Lydia Rupp, Samuel W. Steiner, Mary Ann Lugibill Sumney and Jacob W. Steiner. Not in this photo are Jonathan and Elizabeth Steiner.

This family lived west of Ebenezer Mennonite Church on Grove Road one-quarter mile east of the Hilty school.

Who was your bus driver in 1966-67?

Bluffton school bus drivers in 1966-67.

Icon viewers, please help us with a few first names. From left Freeman Basinger, Dave Lugibihl, _______Zimmerman, Ken Krautter, Raymond Powell, _______Unruh, ________Williams and Keith Brauen.

BHS class of 1958 as 6th graders

Here is the Bluffton High School class of 1958 as sixth graders taken during the 1951-52 school year.

Front row from left: 1 – Larry Mumaw, 2 – Jerry Edinger, 3 – Rich Badertscher, 4 – Jerry Montgomery, 5 – Ed Henderson, 6 – Gloria Moser, 7 – Louise Herr, 8 – Carolyn May, 9 – Sharon Conrad, 10 – Lynn Schiffke, 11 – Jim Burry.

BHS student senate '66-67

Here's members of the Bluffton High School student senate during the 1966-67 school year.

Front from left, Karen Rodabaugh, Cindee Stratton, Saun Hanthorn, Lee Ann Bender, Gloria Lora and Mary Lehman.

Standing from left, Erika Gellert, Judy Suter, Devon Bucher, Barb Martz, Ken Ehrman, Rick Emmert, Kevin Gratz, Jim Ehrman, Henry Burkhoolder and Bob Steiner.

Sam's Lunch, Bluffton, 1940

This is Stepleton's pool hall, or Sam's Lunch, on North Main Street, Bluffton. On the left is Denver "Demps" Augsburger. On the right is Sam Stepleton, proprietor.

The photo was taken Sept. 10, 1940. Denver Augsburger eventually was a parter in the business as it was known later as Charlie and Demps and later, Demps and Stoney. It eventually became Stoney's and was located near the location of Luke's Bar and Grill.

Note the token, inserted on the bottom left, for Sam's Lunch, Bluffton, Ohio. This token was spotted recently on e-Bay.



Beaverdam Western Ohio station - 1910

Here's a rare photograph of a electric interburban that stopped at the Beaverdam Western Ohio station. The year is 1910.

The trolley is headed to Lima from Bluffton. You can see the conductor in the car window. The Beaverdam Western Ohio station was at the intersection of the Nickel Plate steam railroad on what today is State Route 696.

This photo is a post card.