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Ada and ONU in Miniature Blue China

(Dave Devier, Ph.D., attended ONU and lived in and around the community for 45 years. He taught at Northern for 15 years. Currently, he is President of Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich. While in the Ada area, he and his wife Patty collected Ada/ONU memorabilia. He will write an occasional column for the Ada Icon describing some of their "finds" that pertain to the town and gown.)

By David H. Devier

Ada swimming north of town

By Paul Logsdon, University Archivist

Before the municipal pool was opened, Ada residents could cool off at the lake called Welcome Park.

The lake was formed when a quarry operated by Grant Tressel flooded.

In 1924 bath houses, bathing pools, a 50 x 100 foot pavilion, and facilities for baseball and tennis were added along with picnic grounds and rides.

By 1943, with WWI raging, the park closed permanently.

The buildings and rides are long-gone, but the lake still remains opposite the Liberty Conservation Club

Ada and ONU have been linked together for 140 years

By David H. Devier

This is the second installment of revealing the history of Ada and ONU through the artifacts that have been passed down family member to family member and estate to collector. 

As was revealed in the earlier piece, these collectables may seem so strange to us today but there was a time when a memento of one’s connection to place and/or alma mater was as normal as taking a selfie with the Ada Village sign today.

The artifacts presented in this offering are three china cups of different shapes and sizes, all with the ONU Administration Building and a china plate with the afore mentioned building and four others. 

Ada’s Past Is Revealing Today

(Dave Devier, Ph.D., attended ONU and lived in and around the community for 45 years. He taught at Northern for 15 years. Currently, he is President of Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich. While in the Ada area, he and his wife Patty collected Ada/ONU memorabilia. He will write an occasional column for the Ada Icon describing some of their "finds" that pertain to the town and gown.)

By David Devier

Piano Tuning School

(Paul Logsdon, longtime director of Heterick Memorial Library, will provide the Ada Icon with historical information and photos about Ada/ONU. After retiring as library director, he became University Arcihvist. Paul has gained a wealth of knowledge about the village and university over the years and willingly has shared his expertise whenever the town or gown published anniversary booklets.)

Ada was home to more than one school of learning in the early 1900s. Paul Logsdon, ONU archivist and local historian, dug up some information and a photo of the Northwestern Ohio School of Piano Tuning.