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November 12, 2019

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Ada Civil War veterans

This is a photo that hung in the Ada American Legion Post for many years.  When the legion sold the building no one knew what the group was. 

It is believed to be a photo of Ada Civil War veterans and some family members (Note the large picture of Abraham Lincoln). 

The Civil War veterans group met at the Legion Hall in later years according to Post records.  The back of the photo is only marked “Old Soldiers”. 

Maybe some Icon viewers will recognize their ancestors or the building in the background.    

76 football seasons ago - unscored upon Bulldogs

It's 1942.

Lowell Reese, former Ada high school athlete and later was the coach of the Bulldogs with the first undefeated, untied team in the school’s history in 1942.

Front row- Richard Smith, Ralph Keller, Gerald Motter, Robert Gobin, Fred Chaney, Evan Simon, Merrill Keller, William Hawley.

Middle row- Coach Lowell Reese, Richard Deringer, Lloyd VanAtta, Richard Carmean, Charles Yearsley, Ralph Sousley, John Elliott, Lewis Good, Harry Banks, Harry Sousley, Robert Stair.

1909 Ada water works plant

At the turn of an earlier century running water was piped into Ada homes and businesses. Here's a photograph of the Ada water works building. From the collection of Lee Crouse.

1908 Ada suffragette parade

It’s 1908 in Ada. This isn’t just any parade. It’s a women’s suffrage parade on Ada’s Main Street. It was 12 year later that women received the right to vote in the U.S.

Lee Crouse shared this photo with the Icon. Those flags have either 45 or 46 stars, as Oklahoma became the 46th state that year.

Theodore Roosevelt was president, Mother’s Day was observed for the first time and New York City passed a law making it illegal for people who control public places to allow women to smoke in them. The mayor vetoed the law.

We’ve come a long way since 1908, baby.

Speaking of track

Here's the 1968 Ada High School track squad with a major announcement at the top of the photos. Were you on this squad? Players names are under the photo.

50 yearbooks ago

Here's the staff of the Ada High School yearbook from the 1967-68 school year. Last names are under the photo.