Any chance you can identify this building
that once stood on South Main Street?
Any chance you can identify this building that once stood on South Main Street? It carried many names, depending upon the Bluffton generation who frequented the businesses in this building. Its addresses included 108, 110 and 112 S. Main St.
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Early on it was The Iron Lantern Restaurant, operated by Dick Boehr’s parents. The restaurant was located on the second floor with a large stairway in the center of the street level leading to the restaurant.
It later housed such businesses as The Charles Co., Urich's IGA, West Ohio Gas, and before it was razed, Millager Pharmacy. It was also known as the Hankish building, indicating the owners of the structure.
Jan Emmert provided the following additional details: "My father’s store, EMMERT PLUMBING AND HEATING, was located between the Ulrich’s IGA and The Charles Company for about three years, roughly 1948 to 1952. The storefront also sold some appliances, including some of the early commercially available television."
Notice the outside stairway on the left side. We are told that at one time those stairs led to the original Triplett Electric Co., started by Ray Triplett.
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This building was razed in the early 1980s as Citizens National Bank expanded.