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December 6, 2019
 

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A secret women's-only organization in Ada?

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Members of the Ada PEO in 1948 are:
Front from left, Bessie Lamb, Mary Webb Krofft, Evie Sousley, Leila Suhr, Betty Archer, Marge Hollinger.

Middle, Lucy Weir, Winnie Keller, Bertha Breck, Mary Ensign, DeBritto Hindall, Billie Arbogast Hindall, Gladys Welsh.

Back, Rose Elliott, Alice Webb, Marie Snyder, Pearl Underwood, Maude Luft, Lela Sousley, Ruth Weir, Ruth Judson.

According to an article in the April 19, 1929, Ada Herald, the Ada PEO was an secret women's-only organization. Read the attachment with this story for more details.

Built in Lima - NKP 759

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Here's Nickel Plate Road Berkshire 759 pulling out of the former Lima Locomotive Works in the spring of 1969. Although NKP 759 never passed through Ada, similar steam locomotives were familiar passing through Ada on a daily basis during the era of steam.

The locomotive, built in Lima in 1949, was pulling the Golden Spike Limited. The train was headed to Utah where the centennial of the Golden Spike was to take place. The train headed south and passed through Bluffton. 

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Think I'll go down to King Lumber and get some nails

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Icon viewers will have to be senior citizens to remember this scene in Ada. It's the King Lumber Co., which later became Steinman Brothers Lumber. The photo was taken in 1953.

King Lumber handled lumber supplies, mill work, builders' supplies, paint and hardware. The owner was W.E. King.

Can you place the location of this photo? It's now the parking lot behind the village building. Jon Umphress provide this photo and information to The Icon.

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When you could fill up the tank for 30 cents a gallon

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Judging from the three vehicles at the pumps, we'd say this photo is from 1959. These look like a 1958 Corvair convertible, a 1958 Oldsmobile and a 1959 Mercury.

We can't read the price of gas on the pump, but it was probably 30 cents a gallon. This classic Ada "filling station" photo is part of Ada Public Library collection.

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Still on Main Street after 100 years

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Here’s a familiar building on Ada’s Main Street. It’s a colorized photo of the Disciple Church taken over 100 years ago.

Several items make this photo interesting. Look at the street light in front of the church. Also notice that the street is bricked and are there sidewalks? Behind the church appears to be a barn.

The postcard, mailed on Oct. 21, 1910 was sent to “Miss Kerns,” #1338 Dennison Ave., Columbus. The message reads: “Landed in Ada this morning. Having a great time. We are going for an auto ride this p.m. (signed) Ella.

(From the collection of Leland Crouse)

Ada mayor Kenneth Preston with Boy Scouts

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Here's another classic Ada photo from the 1950s-60s. It's from the collection at the Ada Public Library. The only identification on the back reads: "Kenneth Preston, mayor." No date, possibly mid-sixties.

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