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Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

When did Warren G. Harding visit ONU?

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

February 11, 1910 the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial Tablet was dedicated to the Ada Public Schools on behalf of E.W. Gilbert, of Los Angeles, California. It is a bronze and marble memorial tablet bearing the immortal words of Lincoln uttered at a dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield as a national cemetery

March 1910 Warren G. Harding of Marion addressed Ohio Northern University’s student body at the chapel service.

When was Ada's first auto accident?

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

1899 Company G, Ohio National Guard was mustered into the state’s service

March 1905 Mayor Greer said Ada needed a marshal; we had a deputy but needed a primary officer and he nominated Alonzo Cummans.

March 1908 J.W. Morrow collided with a car opposite the post office, receiving slight injuries. This was the first auto accident in Ada.

 

 

When was Ada FFA chartered?

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

 

1900 the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery was built

March 1918 a service flag containing 389 stars was displayed at ONU

March 1923 Ohio Northern students chose the name “Polar Bears” for their athletic teams. Anthony Muto, campus correspondent, promoted the idea.

March 4, 1938 the Ada Future Farmers of America was chartered.

1917 Ada Hospital Association formed

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

1903 the Rail Road Park cannon was erected, aimed directly at Ft. Sumter South Carolina.

March 1917 a state charter was granted to the Ada Hospital association. Signers of the charter were Dr. L.W. Campbell, Dr. C.S. Ames, H.S. Lehr, C.W. Breck, T.J. Smull, E.E. McAlpin, and L.O. Ream.

Mrs. George Anderson spoke for the women at the charter meeting.

1910 Ada Humane Society

Once upon a time in Ada

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown

By Lee Crouse

lcrouse@centurylink.net

1895 the first operation of appendicitis was performed in Ada.  

Feb. 25, 1903 the First National Bank had an adding machine.

February 1910 a humane society was formed in Ada with night policeman Jamison as temporary Humane Officer.

February 1918 the Ohio Northern Service flag, World War 1, containing 225 names was unfurled during a special chapel service.

 

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’s theatrical days recalled

The Ada Herald January, 18, 1978

Believe it or not, Ada had an 800-seat opera house and was able to support New York road shows some 90 years ago (1880). Players stopped here because facilities were good and the village was about midway between Pittsburg and Chicago on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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

1892 North School construction was started on North Main Street.

Feb. 25, 1903 the First National Bank had an adding machine.

Feb. 1918 the Ohio Northern Service flag, World War 1, containing 225 names was unfurled during a special chapel service.

 

ONU team plays first ever basketball game

January 1904 - The first basketball game played by an Ohio Northern team, was against a Kenton team, won by Kenton (score not given). Ohio Northern's team used the old "sheep pen" on the south west corner of the campus, now the Kappa Psi fraternity home (1954)

 

January 1925 - S.M. McCurdy, inventor for the McCurdy Mfg. Co., has placed a new scoring device in the Ada school gymnasium. By pulling a lever, a gong is sounded and every score of the opposing teams is shown. He has applied for a patent on the device.

The reason why 19 Sigma Pi members were suspended in 1925

December 1904- Citizens were boasting of the installation of a $1000 magnetic fire alarm system with 15 boxes distributed throughout the town. The James Thomas barber shop sent the first call over the new fire system.

December 1925- Nineteen members of the Sigma Pi fraternity were suspended for the remainder of the school year for promoting and participating in dance in Lima, in violation of the Dance Rule.

In 1916 in Ada there existed a women's suffrage organization

Lee Crouse can tell you all about it

Once upon a time in Ada
Things you didn’t know about your own hometown
By Lee Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net

October 1916  - Officers of the newly formed Women’s Suffrage organization in Ada were Mrs. C.S. Ames, president; Mrs. E.E. McAlpin, vice president; Miss Rhea Welsh, secretary; and Mrs. J. Guy Deming, treasurer.

Nov. 23, 1916 -  the many clubs of Ada were Federated. They included the Current Events, Twice Ten Art, Sorosis, Zetetic, Research, Entre Nous, Cosmopolitan, Advance, Quatre and Pastime.

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