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August 11, 2020

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Historical Ada

Ever wonder about the meaning behind "Betz" high above Main Street?

From Ada's Past - David O. Betz, one of Ada leading citizens and director of the Northwestern Ohio School of Piano Tuning.

This article is the first of several pieces on the village’s history and written by members of The Ada Historical Society.

Prior to WWI, a person strolling Ada’s streets of a summer’s eve would likely have heard the sound of piano music issuing from parlors along the way. Some may have come from player or mechanical pianos and some from pianists.

Helping to maintain this melodious flow was David O. Betz, one of Ada leading citizens and director of the Northwestern Ohio School of Piano Tuning.

When Ada printed its own money

Ada printed pine-chip money pieces to promote its centennial in 1953.

Here's the idea behind the money as marketed during the centennial:

The idea of the “pine-chip” piece is to promote the Ada community centennial. Several thousand visitors will be here for the celebration, and the hope is that many of them will retain  as souvenirs.

Coin collectors are eager to secure these items, as the issue is limited, and Ada wooden nickels and dimes will become rare in years to come. They also will be interesting replica for future generations here.

Remember the Harvest Moon dance?

Here's the royalty from the 1962-63 Harvest Moon dance: from left, Mary Siferd, Marianne Kain, Queen Linda Staley, Becky Hetrick and Linda Austin.

PTA officers 1962-63

Here are officers of the Ada Parent Teacher Association (PTA) during the 1962-63 school year. From left, Edward Lay, treasurer; Helen Kyvig, president; Virginia Belch, vice-president; and Beulah Hays, secretary.

These guys fought Ada fires in the 1920s

Ada Fire Department about 1923-1925 on the chemical truck -

Front row - L to R- Mayor Frank Kinsman who was Ada mayor in 1926-27, again in 1930 and again in 1932, Jim Wallick; Art Robinolte; Red Lantz; Chet Houser; Ed Firestone; John White was fire chief in 1926.

Back row-L to R- Charley High (on drivers seat with Slip the dog; Roy Dodge; Harry Bodell; Jim Candler; Claude Bodell was fire chief in 1923, standing on the sidewalk.

(Photo from Leland Crouse collection)

56 yearbooks ago

Here are the senior editors of the 1962-63 Ada High School yearbook. They include John Spitzer, Phyllis Hodges, Linda Fulks, Kathy James, Twal Heifner, Joan Moser and Charles Collett.