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October 28, 2020

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Ada Main Street at mid-century

Here's a photo of Ada's Main Street looking north sometime in the late 1940s or very early 1950s. The truck parked southbound resembles a 1949 Cheverolt. There's even a "woodie" parked on the photographer's side of the street.

What else is in view? 
• Peper Drugs
• ODEON - was a a threatre?
• Check out the light poles and the condition of the sidewalks.

This photo is from the collection of the Ada Public Library.

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100 years ago in rural Ada

Here is a colorized post card from the Ada Public Library collection. On the back side it reads: "Oil wells were in the vicinity of County Road 20 and Tonwship Road 25." One was on the Stober farm in the 1920s.

Oil wells were also drilled in Orange Township and other rural sections around Ada and Bluffton. At the height of the oil boom there were 500 oil wells in rural Bluffton and Ada.

When driving on State Route 103 between Bluffton and Arlington, each time you see a brick farmhouse that is a sign that an oil well was drilled on that property.


Ada school board 1950

Members of the Ada school board in 1950.

Front from left, S.D. Peper, Rev. Lee Moore, vice-president; Earl  Huber, president; Dr. C.H. Freeman.

Standing from left, C.C. Roberson, Charles Hubbell, Dr. Floyd Elliot and Earl Detrick, clerk.

1990 district choir members from AHS

Ada High School musicians who were members of the district choir during the 1989-90 school year.

Front from left, Staci Robinson, Natasha Warner. Back from left, Beth Siekerman, Marshall Traster and Craig Ward.

Ada school board 1930

Here's the Ada school board of education in 1929-30.

From left, Henry Sleesman, C.B. Moore, clerk, J.F. Stambaugh, president, Cora D. Judkins, vice president, F.L. Berger and Earl Shadley.

Ada HS girls' Hi Y 1969-70

Members of Ada HS girls' Hi-Y 1969-70

Front from left, Karen Gilbert, Sharon Zimmerly, Leslie Stambaugh.

Second row from left, Karen Roth, Brooke West, Sandy Guider.

Third row from left, Cindi Allen, Cotta James, Karen Klingenberger.

Fourth row from left, Becky Brown, Debbie Moore, Kathy Smith.

Fifth row from left, Cathy Fisher, Pam Klingler, Vicki Zimmerly.

Top from left, Cathy Brown, Diana Deringer, Wendy. Schmidt.