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     Imagine living in a time you never knew. A book released this past winter, by Mr. Fred Steiner, takes us on a visual journey into Bluffton, Ohio’s past. The book covers the years of 1861 to 1911 and includes nearly 175 rarely seen photographs. Bluffton pioneer photographer, Will A. Triplett, took most of the photos. The book also includes photos from the Triplett family, Richard Boehr, and from the Allen County Historical Society. The images include Bluffton scenes, people, businesses, churches, Main Street, the college, railroads, early vehicles and residences from Bluffton. Also included are 16 school class photos taken before 1901.

     The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present Mr. Fred Steiner on Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m. A lifelong Bluffton resident, Fred Steiner is a collector of Bluffton stories and photographs. Steiner is a 1968 graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Bluffton College for a year before graduating in 1972 as a journalism major from Bowling Green State University. He is a former editor of The Bluffton News and The Pandora Times. In 2009, he and his wife, Mary Pannabecker Steiner, also a lifelong Bluffton resident, created the online news source, The Bluffton Icon ( In 2012 they created The Ada Icon (

     Steiner is also a former director of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Bluffton Community Assistance Board, Bluffton Pathway Board, Evangelical Cemetery Board, and the R. L. and Etta L. Triplett Memorial Foundation.

     “Few communities are blessed with so many early photos of their town, and most photos are identified,” said Steiner. “The book is dedicated to Mr. Triplett, because, without him, the photo history during our first half-century would barely exist.” This is Steiner’s third book. This program is free and open to the public.


“The Bluffton We Never Knew”

               Presentation and Book Signing

Fred Steiner

April Program

2 p.m.

“The Bluffton We Never Knew”

       Fred Steiner