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October 21, 2019
 

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Some fabled Ada names from 1902

Here are some fabled Ada and Ohio Northern University names from 1902. Top row from left, H.S. Lehr, S.D. Fess, F. B. Willis and Warren Darst.

Bottom from left, Frederick Maglott, W.F. Hufford, Mrs. Eva Maglott and J.G. Park. The photo heading read: "Present and past professors of the O.N.U."

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Four Ada Victorian houses

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Here are four Victorian Ada residences from 1902. Top left, Professor Lehr; top right, Robert Laughlin.

Bottom left, Agnew Welsh (notice this photo was taken in the winter with snow on the ground and a girl with a sled); bottom right, S.B. Wagner. These photos are from the booklet "Ada and the O.N.U. The New and the Old."

The book has a 1902 copyright by C.F. Landon, seccessor to Chas. R. Wilson, drugs, books and stationery, South Main Street, Ada, Ohio.

More 1902 Ada businessmen

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Here are some additional Ada businessmen from the turn of an earlier century.

Top row from left, J. Guy Deming, clothing; Ralph Parlette, lecturer; William L. Lantz, real estate; Dr. C.W. Brecheisen, dentist; and Dr. Robert Souder.

Center row from left, N.R. Park, cashier, Liberty Bank; Professor W.W. Newcomer, entertainer, Pres. School of Expression; N. W. Tobias, druggist; George Jameson, attorney; and S.D. Yated, druggist.

Bottom row from left, John Stemmple, dealer in hay; W.H. McClelland, grocer; H. Schindewolf, clothier; L.O. Ream, furniture and Walter Elliott, post master.

Ada merchants 100+ years ago

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Did you ever wonder who some of Ada's business owners were 100 years ago? Here's an answer. Here are photos of 15 of those business owners.

Businesses included an art studio, bookstore, clothing store, tailor, newspaper, coal dealer, photographer, millinery owner, barber, clothier, furniture dealer and a bicycle repair shop.

 

An Ada "Decoration Day"

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Memorial Day was once known as "Decoration Day." Here's  a photograph depicting an Ada Decoration Day at the turn of an earlier century. 

Ohio Normal School

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Here's one of the earliest photos of Ada. It is of Ohio Northern University - but shows the university when it was called The Northwestern Ohio Normal School. The building today faces Main Street. This is from a booklet of photos titled "Ada and the O.N.U. - The New and the Old." The booklet was printed in 1902 and the wording under this photo stated "taken a long time ago."

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