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January 19, 2020
 

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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.

Ada in the Roaring '20s

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Remember angled parking on Main Street? Probably not. Based upon an examination of the Model Ts and other vehicles in this photo, we place it somewhere between 1922 and 1928. 

This is a colorized post card.

The photo is taken on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks looking north. Notice the Midway Restaurant on the west side of the street. Also notice the railroad crossing bars and mail box on the east side of the street. 

The Methodist Church steeple peeks above the skyline on the west side and the flag pole - well, exactly how tall was it?

We can't tell if the road is bricked or paved.

Ada Water Works Plant

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How many Ada residents can identify this building? It's the old Ada waterworks plant. It was located east of the railroad depot. (From the collection of Leland Crouse)

ONU Philomathean Society

Here's an undated photograph of the Ohio Northern University literary society, The Philomatheans. From the collection of Leland Crouse.

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Another view of North Main Street

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 Here's an unusual Ada post card. The sender describes his house in the photo. There's the message:

We live in the house with the x on it yellow in the picture, white in reality. Much obliged  for the kindling wood. Come up and see us. - Brother (can't make out the name).

This is a colorized post card sowing North Main Street Ada near the turn of an earlier century.  Notice the street light in the center of the photo. Also, notice the horse and carriag on the left side of the street.

 

(From the collection of Leland Crouse)

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