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January 19, 2020
 

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West walk on North Main Street

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Here's an undated colorized post card showing the "west walk" on North Main Street Ada.

Notice several things in this photo: 
• Brick streets
• Outdoor planters on house on far right
• Lots of trees
• Person walking on the sidewalk

From the collection of Leland Crouse.

ONU cadets

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Once upon a time in Ada there were Ohio Northern University cadets. Here's a photograph of the cadets in a shoot. The date of the photo is not known. From the collection of Leland Crouse.

Ada HS class of 1965 as second graders

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Here's the Ada High School class of 1965 as second graders during the 1955-56 school year.

Top row from left: unidentified, Rick Frail, Bruce Rainey, Barb McElory, Tom Rodabaugh, Sandy Park, Maxine Garver, Roberta Stambaugh, Ricky Lansing.

Second row from left: Linda Sousley, Sally Downing, Karen Zimmerly, Pheobe Darlington, Doris Hopson, Tony Baum, David Pratt, Hal (last name not known), Tim Rodabaugh.

Third row from left: Dolly Amstutz, Judy Crow, Leland Crouse, Mike Rettig, Tom Brown, John Bucher, Gary Nelson, Jim Epley, Bob Plummer.

Ada Tile Company - 1919

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Ada was once known for its clay tile company. Here's a post card showing the company. The wording, difficult to read states: 'ADA CLAY CO., ADA, O. DRAIN TILE SIZES 3 1/2 INCHES TO 24 INCHES.

The flip side reveals this was a Christmas and new year's greeting from the company. This particular card was mailed to a customer in Dola on Dec. 23, 1919.
Post card from the collection of Leland Crouse, Ada.

Where can you get a 5 cent hamburger in Ada?

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Here's an interesting "ink blotter" advertising piece from Ada. It's from Barney's City Cigar Store, first door north of First National Bank.

The owner, H.M. "Barney" McGonigle, of Ada, offered all kinds of hot sandwiches, home made pies and soups, smoky goods and pool.

The store's "instant service" offered the best coffee in town. Here's the question that ages you: Can you explain the purpose of an ink blotter?

(From the collection of Leland Crouse)

Turner girls dormitory

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Here's a post card showing Turner Hall, girls dormitory at Ohio Northern University, Ada. Can you determine the model of vehicle parked on the far left corner?  The post card is from 1945 and is from the collection of Leland Crouse of Ada.

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