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October 24, 2021

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Historical Bluffton

Can you identify this location?

This is a tough one for those under, say 55. It's a construction photograph of a Bluffton swimming pool that no longer exists.

The year is 1955 or '56. Paul Diller, father of Jim Diller, took this photo, originally as a color slide. Jim is in the process of transferring the slide into a easiler to view format.

We believe that Jim Benroth, brother of Gene and Bob, is the man watching the work on the far right, in the teal colored shirt.

BHS class of 1964 - first and second graders

Here's Mrs. Murray's first grade class with members of the Bluffton HS class of 1964. The next photo is Miss Oyer's second grader class with members of the class of 1964.

95 football seasons ago at Bluffton College

Here's the Bluffton College football team during the 1925 season. With only four games, the schedule appears overpowering: Ohio Northern University, Findlay, Bowling Green and Defiance.

While Bluffton did not win a game, they stayed very close to each opponent, losing only by 15 points at its widest margin of loss.

16 Vacation Bible Schools ago

You might recognize yourself in this photo from Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School 16 years ago. 

The year is 2004 and if we are correct, this is a song-fest during the final evening of that year's VBS held at Emmanuel United Church of Christ.


At least 170 halftime shows ago

Here's Bluffton High School band seniors during the 2003 football season - members of the class of 2004. That's approximatley 170 halftime shows ago.

Top row left to right: Stephanie (Morris) Nonnamaker, Heather (Carmack) Cox, Lauren Welch, Micah Boehr, Colin Dyck, Tyler Badertscher, Jeremy Mummert, Anna Enderle and Mary (Miller) Glick.

Second row left to right: Tiffany (Bixel) Jones, Tia (Prowant) Gaster, Alee Gratz-Collier, Jessica Edmiston, Krysti (Groman) Schey and Alan Way.

1965-66 in the old school auditorium

This is a two-page spread photo from the 1966 Bluffton High School yearbook. The scene is in the old auditorium and the audience might be applauding for a class play. Several students and parents of students are in the audience.

At the page fold is Miss Slusser and Miss Keel. Miss Duffield is one row behind on the other side of the aisle, looking at the photograher.

Others identified include the Greding family, Swank family, Matthewson family, Pannabecker family and Balmer family.

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