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November 12, 2019
 

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Ada's "leading jeweler"

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A jewelry store in Ada? Not just any jewelry store a "leading jeweler." That's what E.H. Deselms said about his store that once upon a time was located on Main Street Ada. Here's a colorized post card advertising the business.

(From the collection of Leland Crouse)

Ada Disciple Church Flower Day

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At the turn of an earlier century Flower Day was observed in the Disciple Church in Ada. Here's a photo of the worship service taken from the booklet "Ada and the ONU - The New and the Old.

Where Ada students once attended school

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Ah, the memories. Where was your locker? Who was your homeroom teacher? Here's a photo of what is becoming Ada's older generation's idea when they think of high school. This postcard is part of the Leland Crouse collection of Ada memoriabilia. 

Once upon a time in Ada

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Mandolin Clubs, or small ensembles, were popular at the turn of the 1900s. The craze was also popular in Ada. Here's a photo of the ONU Mandolin Club. The instruments on the far left and far right resemble guitars. The instruments in the center are called "potato bug" mandolins, because of their shape.

ONU student body, faculty in 1909

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If you took this photo today it would probably have to be taken in the football stadium. Here's a photo of the Ohio Northern University students, faculty and staff from 1909. The photo brings to mind several questions:

• How long did it take to pose the shot?
• How long did everyone have to stand perfectly still?
• What type of scaffold was used by the photographer (it was a rather large camera)
• Without a microphone, how did the photographer grab everyone's attention.

An interesting story about an interesting old Ada snapshot

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There's a story behind every black and white snapshot, and this photo tells an interesting Ada story. Virginia (Snare) Long, former Ada resident, now of Fostoria, shared this photo and the story behind it to The Icon.

Here's the story in Virginia's words:

"This is a picture of the Liberty Bank in Ada, taken in the late 1940s. In the front window you can see the bank vault. That was where all the money was kept. It was opened each morning and closed at the end of the day. This was the job of the cashier, at that time, Rodney Hover.

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