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July 16, 2020

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Did you sell poppies in Ada?

When was this photo taken? You tell us.

It’s three Poppy Day sales girls. These girls netted $151 in their collection. From left, Janis Hays, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hays; Becky Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brown and Susan Van Atta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Van Atta.

Jane Hoffman chaired the campaign. (From the collection of Leland Crouse)

Ada’s 1960s band

Lee Crouse provided this photo to the Icon. It’s an Ada band from the 1960s  called “The Third Dawn.” The group, back from left, Jim Motter, rhythm guitar and singer; Dave Tong, lead guitar; Dave Devier, bass. Front from left, Keith Westrick, Drums and Vaughn Williams, organ.

An earlier Ada Christmas season

Note: The Icon posted this photo several years ago, but as a Christmas scene it's a good one to reflect upon.

It's  rare winter night scene of Main Street, Ada. By the looks of that Buick, we'd say it this photo was taken close to 1953.

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Did you know about the large mausoleum proposed in Woodlawn Cemetery in 1907?

Here is an announcement of a new mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, from 1907. Information and sketch is provided by Leland Crouse.

May 1907 The Hardin County Mausoleum Company of Ada had plans and drawings for a new mausoleum at Woodlawn cemetery. The company is being promoted by W.H. Freund and J.E. Hesser. It was dedicated in June 1909. The mausoleum held 240 crypts and a 12-foot driveway through the center.

Ada's accordion class

First accordion class - These students, ranging in age from 6 to 15 were members of the first according class at the Conner Music Co., studio, in Ada. The studio was at the corner of College and South Johnson Street.

From left, William Sherman, instructor, Wayne Plummer, Richard Ramsdell, William Sonnett, Irene Plummer, David Johnson, Beverly Simmons, Steven Stambaugh and Judy Matthewson.

(From the collection of Lee Crouse)

Early photo of Ada's railroad park

Ada's railroad park has a long history in the community. Here's one of the earliest photos of the park. This is a colorized post card from the collection of Lee Crouse. According to Jimmy Wilson, the Civil War cannon is aimed toward Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the war erupted on April 12, 1861.

According to Crouse: "The girl on the bench at the railroad park was Alice W. Gessaman-Cotner born May 23, 1910, and died in Bluffton May 18, 2004.