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Could be members of an exclusive club

Maybe the all-men's Quaint Klub of Bluffton

There are many familiar last names in this photograph of young Bluffton men. It is possible that this group could represent the Quaint Klub. That organization formed in the very early 1900s for young men.

The photo is believed to be taken prior to 1915. Based on some research, this group included young men from the village rather than from the rural Swiss Settlement, however there are Swiss names among the group. Those persons generally had moved into the village, took on trades and left farming.


Bottom row from left, Otto Kibele, Elmer Baumgartner, Elmer Ewing and Bert Mann.


Second row from left, Otto Bigler, Rob McPeak, Emil Kraft and Elmer Richards.


Third row from left, Albert Baumgartner, Ollie Bentley, Will Romey, Amos “Jim” Althaus and Gid Locher.


Top row from left, Josh Lugibihl, Charles Doty, Hector Kibele, Fred Wilch and Otis Goble.


It is possible that his group could represent the Quaint Klub. That organization formed in the very early 1900s for young men. Two other earlier photos exist of this “Klub,” and Bluffton Forever will post those photos soon.




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