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You'll find this license plate in Bluffton near the St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to the congregation's pastor, Rev. Carol Clements.

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Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

1908 in Ada:

January 25 and 26, 1908 the first annual convention of the Lambda Tau Delta Fraternity was held at Ada, Ohio, the home of the fraternity.

March 1908 the Hilliard girls, a high school team from Columbus, aspirants for state championship, were defeated by the Ada All Stars, 23-1, the local girls winning the state trophy.

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

1907 in Ada:

April 1907 B.H. Tarleton of the Magnetic Fire Alarm company brought from Toledo Ada’s first automobile, a Reo.

April 1907 The Ada High School held its first interclass contest.

October 1907 Lieut. Holcomb drove his large automobile from Lima to Ada in 35 minutes, the fastest time ever made between the two towns via highway.

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

SUMMER 1910

July 1910 the Manufacture of Knit Goods to be Begun Here as Soon as Machinery Can be Placed, this was an announcement in the Ada Record July 13, 1910. About 1909 some Ada people bought a knitting factory at Wapakoneta, Ohio and in 1910 moved it to the Brewer Block at Ada on the second floor. The manager was to be W.H. Roper from LaPorte, Indiana. This factory was to employ mostly women.

Once upon a time in Ada

A look at 1903

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

 

1903 the Theta Nu Epsilon Fraternity was established at Ohio Northern University.

June 24, 1903 Monday the four new cannons for the artillery arm of O.N.U. military service were hauled to the campus.

July 28, 1903 the name Ohio Normal University was changed to Ohio Northern University.

November 1903 the St. Paul Reformed church dedicated its new house of worship on November 15.

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

Ada Happenings in 1918:

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

 

Ada News in 1903:

June 24, 1903: Monday the four new cannons for the artillery arm of O.N.U. military service were hauled to the campus.

July 28, 1903: the name Ohio Normal University was changed to Ohio Northern University.

July 1903: The Ada council adopted a system of numbering houses proposed by B.A. Hawes. Mr. Hawes was selling house number plates for 50 and 75 cents.

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

ADA-LIBERTY TOWNSHIP FIRE CHIEFS

According to the records, the first known chief was Agnew Welsh in 1884 (Empire Engine & Hose Company).

J.W. Kanode served as the first fire chief of the Ada Fire Department in 1889. D.A. Watt became chief in 1896 and the line of succession for the next years named Oscar Judd, Agnew Welsh, John Foit, J.F. Perry and J. Guy Deming, the later in October 1906.

Once upon a time in Ada

June 1905

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

June 1905:

A new ladies military company of 40 girls was organized with Zella Zanhiser as captain. Each of the men’s military companies was given a reception.

Once upon a time in Ada

Ada High School's first football team

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

September 1906: Ada High School’s first football team consisted of Paul Rothrock, guard; Paul Price, quarterback; Eugene “Stubby” Peterson, tackle; Warren Wagner, only sub.; Norman “Eph” Freund, halfback; Bruce “Chick” Landon, end; Charles Henry, tackle; Leslie Lyle, guard; Dale “Snakes” Stauffer, manager; Eddie Jameson, center; Alden Elliott, end and Roy “Babe” Marty, fullback.

Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

ADA, OHIO POSTMASTERS

William H. Wilson                                 Postmaster                                            08/01/1854

William F. Green                                  Postmaster                                            06/02/1855

Nathan Ahlefeld                                   Postmaster                                            01/04/1856

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