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Once upon a time in Ada

Civil War era buildings in town

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Small Town Sampler
Betty Miller

The year 1987 may go down in the Ada history books as the year of progress or it may go down as a year of destruction depending on how the future generations define our actions. Some decisions we had no control over. For example, the old Tobias house which stood next to Gardner Drugs on Main awaits destruction back of the post office because of a fire. Professor Axline’s house across from the ONU campus had to be destroyed perhaps so that progress which the automobile gives us could be accommodated.

Once upon a time in Ada

October 1963 - Human Hair Found In 4-Foot Oak at John Atha Sawmill

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
John Atha’s loggers cut down an old white oak four feet in diameter on the James Motter farm northwest of Ada last Friday, and came up with a mystery- human hair stuffed into a hole that had been bored about seven inches into the tree.

Once upon a time in Ada

Hardin County participated in a test blackout in 1943

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
April 8, 1943

Ada and Hardin County participated in a test blackout with 20 north central Ohio counties at 8:05 slow time.

Test No.1 will be given only to “key” personnel of the corps, such as members of the staff, and chiefs of service. This signal will not be heard by the public.

Once upon a time in Ada

Why has Ada never had a woman mayor?

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Excerpt from Small Town Sampler
Betty Miller
1 November, 1989 The Ada Herald

November is a month of politics. As the election returns determine the big city mayors and council winners, often they are women. Small towns in our area have women mayors and women on their town councils. Why has Ada never had a woman mayor? Why is Betty Elzay the first and only woman ever elected to council in our 136 year-history? I decided to go back in our town history and see if I could find some answers.

Once upon a time in Ada

Gabriel Reeder Hubbell

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Excerpt from the Small Town Sampler by Betty Miller
The Ada Herald 24 January, 1990

Gabriel Reeder Hubbell - 14 March, 1825 to 15 May, 1909
If you like adventure stories with Indian encounters and narrow escapes on the frontier, you don’t have to search for old “shoot-em-up” movies or books about the West of long ago. You can find a better story in our local history, and all of it really happened.

Once upon a time in Ada

Seven generations of Shanks in rural Ada

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Borrowed from Small Town Sampler
Betty Miller, August 30, 1989

Thomas Shanks
In 157 years most of the early farms in Liberty Township have changed owners. A few, however, have been passed down through the generations, and descendants of some of the early settlers still grow crops on the land their ancestors cleared. One of these farms is owned by Bob and Anna Mary Shanks on County Road 65. At some time in their lives, seven generations of the Shanks family have called this home.

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