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Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse


May 1904 Paving of Main Street began. Residents recalled “Swag Run” that crossed Main Street at the square (Buckeye Avenue) and “Lake Holder” owned by H.M. Holder back in the 40’s where the First National Bank stands. He finally filled the pool with ashes and saw dust.

December 1904 the foundation for the Rail Road tower to pneumatically operate protective gates at Main and Johnson was started. The tower was torn down in 1960.

December 1904 citizens were boasting of the installation of a $1,000 magnetic fire alarm system with fifteen boxes distributed throughout the town. The James Thomas barber shop sent the first call over the new fire alarm system.