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August 12, 2020

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Historical Ada

Slagle Lumber Co., on West Buckeye

The Slagle Lumber Company was located at 119 West Buckeye Avenue, Ada, just west of the Opera House and continued to the corner of North Gilbert Street. 

It became the Root King Lumber Company from 1931-1941 then Mr. King bought out his partner Mr. Root and it was called King Lumber Company from 1941-1954.

It then became Steinman Lumber Company from 1954 to 1971 and Ada Lumber Company in 1972. Amburgey Construction owned the building until 2003 and the Ada Village now owns the property. All but the right hand corner is gone and the rest is now a parking lot.

Hello, Ada!

Jon Umphress provided the Icon with this interesting photo of Ada's "Hello Girls," taken in 1948. These were employees of the telephone company in Ada. The photo was taken during the office Christmas party.

Left to right: Mabel Caudler, Ethel Stauffer, Betty Lu Hunsicker. Bonnie Hunsicker, Ruth Baughman, Gladys Myers, Allen High, Hallie Long, "Bink" Cunningham," Verna Lantz, Ruby Phillips, Gladys Binkley, Lizzie Wood and John Lantz, manager.

Name these four Ada firemen

Leland Crouse has a question for Icon viewers. Can anyone name these four Ada-Liberty Township firemen? The vehicle resembles a 1947-era pick up. Viewers are welcome to send identification and possible year details to: info@adaicon.com

They talked about this team for many years

1919 Ada High School football team
Back row, left to right; Eldred Anspach, Charles Breck, Doc Lones, Carey, Nolan Smith, Fordyce Adam.

Center row: Conrad Poling, the manager, Bud Anspach, Coach Justin McElroy, Herb Greer

Front row: Jack Deming, Walter Matheny, Paul Shanks and Clifford Dixon

By Lee Crouse
The Ada High School 1919 football team was undefeated, but tied one game, their last one with Defiance.

The team that year was a powerhouse on defense, holding every opponent scoreless until that last game.

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.