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September 19, 2021

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Historical Bluffton

16 layers deep to find this art work

Historic photos like this one don't come along every day. Here's Jeff Richards, Bluffton High School teacher and football coach as a BHS senior. The year in 2004 and it's senior street painting night.

There are 37 additional coats of paint under Jeff's art work, and 16 coats on top of it, not counting at least one street paving job. So, Jeff's art work is probably gone but not forgotten.

Bluffton Kindergartners' 2002 Christmas concert

It was 2002 and Bluffton Kindergartners were probably singing "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth." That makes this group either the Bluffton HS graduating class of 2015 or 2016.

As for historic, we consider any photo where we've lost track of who is in the photo as entering the historical realm. Even so, we've spotted some students who we've recognized.

We welcome viewers to offer identification of any student pictured.



Write a caption - winner gets a Padrone's Pizza

Some things never change. We have about 25 different years of this photo. The only change from one photo to the next is the cast of characters.

This 2002 classic Pirate photo serves several purposes.

First, it is part of our Historical Bluffton photo series. The problem is we don't have the the names of these fine young men. We do know that the photo was taken during the 2002 Bluffton HS homecoming parade.

They played basketball during the 1918 flu epidemic

This Bluffton College men’s basketball team play its games during the 1918 flu epidemic and were not yet called "Beavers."

Front from left, Vernon Ramseyer and Gordon Bixel.

Center, Menno Lehmann, Oliver Kratz (coach) and Donavin Baumgartner, captain

Top, Herbert Gottshall, Ezra  Moser, Harold Guth andAllen Day. Not photographed, the team manager was Wilmer Shelly.

They drove Bluffton school buses

Did you ride on a Bluffton school bus with one of these bus drivers? These are the drivers during the 1969-70 school year.

There are two photos.

Drivers on the left photo, standing from left, Mr. Habegger, Mrs. Warren and Mr. Zimmerman. Front from left, Mr. Hauenstein and Mr. Powell.

Driver in the right photo, standing from left, Mr. Krautter, Mrs. Cribley and Mr. Williams.


A century ago in Bluffton

Moving quickly through Bluffton 100 years ago, this Lake Erie and Western Railroad freight train is steaming at a fast clip from Sandusky to Lima and possibly on its way to the end of the line in Peoria, Illinois.

The photo was taken sometime between 1920 and 1924 and is in the collection of  Dick Boehr. The mill on the east side of the track was razed about 15 years ago. The station, seen at the edge on the left side is now located on Spring Street at the Buckeye as the home of the Bluffton Sportmen's Club.