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December 11, 2019

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An earlier Ada Christmas season

Note: The Icon posted this photo several years ago, but as a Christmas scene it's a good one to reflect upon.

It's  rare winter night scene of Main Street, Ada. By the looks of that Buick, we'd say it this photo was taken close to 1953.

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Did you know about the large mausoleum proposed in Woodlawn Cemetery in 1907?

Here is an announcement of a new mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, from 1907. Information and sketch is provided by Leland Crouse.

May 1907 The Hardin County Mausoleum Company of Ada had plans and drawings for a new mausoleum at Woodlawn cemetery. The company is being promoted by W.H. Freund and J.E. Hesser. It was dedicated in June 1909. The mausoleum held 240 crypts and a 12-foot driveway through the center.

Ada's accordion class

First accordion class - These students, ranging in age from 6 to 15 were members of the first according class at the Conner Music Co., studio, in Ada. The studio was at the corner of College and South Johnson Street.

From left, William Sherman, instructor, Wayne Plummer, Richard Ramsdell, William Sonnett, Irene Plummer, David Johnson, Beverly Simmons, Steven Stambaugh and Judy Matthewson.

(From the collection of Lee Crouse)

Early photo of Ada's railroad park

Ada's railroad park has a long history in the community. Here's one of the earliest photos of the park. This is a colorized post card from the collection of Lee Crouse. According to Jimmy Wilson, the Civil War cannon is aimed toward Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the war erupted on April 12, 1861.

According to Crouse: "The girl on the bench at the railroad park was Alice W. Gessaman-Cotner born May 23, 1910, and died in Bluffton May 18, 2004.

Ada's ZoRoLo baseball team

From the 1920s to the 1940s the ZoRoLo company, located on East Buckeye Avenue, back of the Liberty bank in Ada, made a product to cure arthritis.

The first and second floors of the building were used for and office and as a place to hold vats in which the formula was mixed, placed in gallon containers, and shipped to places in the United States.

ZoRoLo sponsored a baseball team in a community league with Dola, Forest, Dunkirk, Alger, and McGuffey. The games were played on West Buckeye in a vacant lot.

55 school years ago

Members of the Ada school board in 1963 – Seated from left, Robert Lucas, Charles Hubbell, vice-president; Robert Chandler, president.

Standing from left, Richard Fulks, Dr. Robert Elliott, R.B. Cretors, clerk, Dr. E.R. Rodabaugh.