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Once upon a time in Ada

South Main Street fire

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse



June 1918 a fire destroyed the entire east half block of South Main Street bounded by East Lincoln and alleys.

E.N. Lowman’s undertaking parlors were a total loss of about $7,000 to $10,000. Others suffering losses in the blaze were: John Baransy, baled hay: Cap. Rhonemus, and Prof. Armstrong, household goods in storage; it is stated that Prof. Armstrong’s law library of hundreds of volumes was destroyed. Spellman’s harness store, Wm. Ream’s bicycle shop and Mrs. Davenport suffered minor losses. The buildings are almost a total loss.