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Around 20 basketball seasons ago

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Were you a secret basketball admirer of the Ada High School basketball team? In 1993-94, such a group existed and here's the photo to prove it. The identification of the members is on the photo.

This is from the collection of Ada High School yearbooks in the Ada Public Library.

Ada First Presbyterian has changed little since constructed

By Bailey Bowers

Here's the second "Ada Past and Present" feature. CLICK HERE for the first installment.

Our feature is the Ada First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Main and Lincoln.

Presbyterians were among the first to settle in Ada, so it was only natural for a church to be constructed. The original Presbyterian Church was completed in 1864 and dedicated in 1867.

Ada: Past tense and present tense

This month Icon photographer Bailey Bowers uncovers Ada's past and connects it to Ada's present.

 Each set is comprised of three photos: past, present, and composite (past and present put together in one photo). Here's the first in this series.

Looking South from ME Church
Pictured here is the view on North Main Street looking south from the Methodist Church.

Some differences between the two scenes are due to the passage of time. These include the change from carriages to automobiles. The biggest difference between the past and the present is a relatively recent one.

"Give me an A!" - 83 sports seasons ago

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Upon a time all cheerleaders were boys. As proof, here are the Ada High School cheerleaders during the 1930-31 school year - 83 sports seasons ago.

There names: from left, Oren Dickason, Ray Olsen and Bill Lowman. 

70 seasons ago - these Bulldogs were undefeated

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The 1944 Ada High school Bulldog football squad was among the all-time great teams in Ada’s history. Going 8-0, the Bulldogs outscored opponents 174 to 33. Here’s the 1944 season record:

Wapakoneta            7-6
Bluffton                   19-7
Upper Sandusky     6-0
Carey                     13-0
Delphos Jefferson  24-0
Kenton                    32-13
North Baltimore      39-7
Forest                     34-0

Want Ada history? You'll find it on the shelves of the public library

By Sarah Bender, Ada Icon summer intern

Nestled into the corner of the Ada Public Library is an impressive collection of material related to local history, which spans as far back as Ada’s founding in 1853.

This area of the library gives visitors interested in history and genealogy a relaxed area to learn more about the town of Ada as well as other areas of Hardin County. Preserved in filing cabinets, which are open to the public are photographs of individual Ada residents, area businesses, early photos of Ohio Northern University, and town activities and celebrations past and present.

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