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Both 1999 BHS soccer teams advanced to Division II regional play

This feature includes two team photos, both from the fall of 1999. Bluffton High School girls' soccer team, at 18-2-2, advanced to the Division II regional finals.

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team, at 19-2-0, advanced to the Division II regional semi-finals. The boys' team photo is at the bottom of this feature.

1999 Division II regional runner-up BHS girls’ soccer team
Team record: 18-2-2

Front from left, Sarah Unterbrink, Olina Vidarsdottir, Abby Trollinger, Abbey Schaaf, Bekah Trollinger, Anna Bixel, Rebecca Gratz.

Bird's-eye-view a half century past

Here's Bluffton from the air in a photo taken in 1966.

As a reference point, the Bluffton elementary building is near the center of the photo, more closely to 11 o'clock.

Main Street is horozontal midway in the photo.

The Bluffton College old baseball diamond is on the top left corner.

Perhaps the biggest change is that the municipal parking lot behind CVS Pharmacy does not yet exist. And several structures near the bottom of the photo show buildings on Vance Street  no longer standing.

They lived through the 1919 flu epidemic

Here is a photograph of the home economics laboratory at Bluffton College during the 1918-19 school year.

From left, Ruth Parrish, Mamie Stearns, Lelia Roth, Lillie Gratz, Edna Steinman, Marie Ringelman, Elizabeth Boehr, (center), Elrena Tschantz, Helen Schwartzentraub, Viola Welty, Blanch Augsburger, Lillian Lantz, Evelyn Weaver.

57 soybean harvest ago

Members of the Bluffton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA), during the 1962-63 school year.

Front from left, Gene Balmer, Jim Dillman, Tom Bogart, Larry Mast, Richard Herr, Paul Kloeppel and Jack Kibele.

Standing from left, Ken Bucher, Gary Zimmerman, Ron Steiner, Joe Steiner, Jim Motter, Richard Bucher, Marvin Augsburger, Roy Schmutz, Dave Montgomery, Dennis Swank and Jack Reichenbach.

Elementary staff mid-1950s

For most Bluffton students who attended the elementary school in the mid-to-late 1950s, this was the staff. Names of the staf members are under the photo.

A half century and more ago

Here's members of Mrs. Ropp's sixth grade Bluffton class - it's the graduating class of 1964. Names of class members are in the photo.