Meet Bluffton elementary school's
1956-57 teachers and staff members
Bluffton’s current senior generation can identify these elementary staff members without reading their identification below. It’s also probable the current senior generation might be able to identify the location of each of the classrooms where these persons taught.
For everyone else, this photo shows the Bluffton elementary staff during the 1956-57 school year. This was the first year for the present elementary building to be open. It was much small than today’s elementary building.
Believe it or not, the ’56-57 core rooms are nearly the same age this year as was the Victorian grade school razed in 1954 to make way for the present grade school. It was also first school year to include a public offered Kindergarten.
Teaching on the elementary staff follow:
Back row, from left: Robert Stratton, sixth grade
Clarence Kooker, fifth grade
Betty Nisley, fifth grade
Jeanette Klay, second-third grade
Meredith Stepleton, first grade and principal
Mary Jerome, second grade
Minerva Hilty, third grade
Robert Ewing, fourth grade
Front row, from left:
Walter Sommer, custodian
Martha Ropp, sixth grade
Kathryne Patterson, music
Adella Oyer, fourth grade
Ruby Murray, first grade
Margaret Groman, Kindergarten
Darvin Luginbuhl, art