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Once upon a time in Ada

Here’s a list of Farmers’ and Merchants’ queens from 1953 to 1990

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Betty Miller
August 15, 1990

In a world of rapid change the Farmers and Merchants Picnic has a reassuring sameness about it, and yet some special feature makes each picnic memorable.

Once upon a time in Ada

Businessman Carl Luft

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
October 1980
Carl Luft, Ada businessman for the past 67 years, turned the keys to his shop on Lincoln Avenue, over to Tim Rodabaugh, bringing to a close one of the longest continuously operated businesses in the village.

Ada Rotary Club beginnings

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
The Ada Rotary Club opened its membership to women in 1990. Karen Cooper, assistant to the law dean at Ohio Northern University, became the first women member when she was inducted into the organization by Dave Retterer, club president. Cooper is not entirely new to the Rotary, for she belonged to the Rotary Ann Club when her husband, Ken, was a Rotarian in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

Once upon a time in Ada

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Here’s an updated photo of Anna Fleming, Ada, as she closed the Bible as chaplain for the day at a meeting of the Blue Star Mothers, during the fall state conference.

Anna has belongs to the Blue Star Mothers since 1957 when a chapter was started in Ada.

Her son, Barclay, served in the army in Germany; son, Gerald, served in Alaska with the army, and her otherson, Edward, spent 20 years in the navy.

Reveries of a Bulldog

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
Here’s a poem titled “Reveries of a Bulldog.” It’s written by the Ada HS class of 1927.

Once upon a time in Ada

This is the beard contest entries in the Ada 1953 centennial celebration.
Back row from left, Wayne Cooney, farmer; Ted Hulbert, Donavin Dunbar, Ex-Cell-O; Bill Gilbert, Calvin Crouse, mail carrier; Bob Tipple, dentist; Daryl Baker, hardware owner.
Front from left, Harry Krofft, banker; Bob Krofft, post office; Alva Casper, painter; Russell Reese, newsstand owner; unidentified, unidentified, Park Shrider.
(From Leland Crouse collection)

 

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