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1912 in Ada - Business men organized to make plans for the first F&M Picnic

Once upon a time in Ada - things you didn't know about your hometown

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

March 3, 1912 the Business Men’s Club was organized. W.C. Ewing was the first president. In 1914 this organization formulated plans for the first Farmers & Merchants Picnic.

Once upon a time in Ada: 1911 was a year of interesting events

Billiy Sunday spoke at ONU, first electric clock in Ada, Boy Scout organize, motor installed on Presbyterian Church pipe organ

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

 March 1911 - Prof. Frank B. Willis of Ohio Northern University was the newly elected Congressman from the Eighth Ohio district, is to be retained on the faculty and will teach economics and law.

March 1911 - high school boys organized an athletic association “to promote better and purer athletics.” First officers were Russell Meyer, president; Eugene Ewing, vice president; Claud Neiswander, secretary; and Von Spellman, treasurer.

Once upon a time in Ada: Can you name the year the new firehouse opened?

Maybe this helps: Walter "Red" Anspach was fire chief

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

On Oct. 7, 1973, the Ada firemen held an open house of their new building.

The firemen were Russ Hathaway, assixtant chief; Walter “Red” Anspach, chief; Dwight Musser; Don Fisher; Louis Kipker;Darryl Kent; Ralph Fisher; Grover Carey; Hugh Murphy; Al Kallman; Roger Tarr; John Dearth; Jay Epley; Bob Shields; Bill Clum; Dave Simon; Lowell Musser; Jim Krejci; Pete Reese and Dean Hughes.

Once upon a time in Ada: A note from the post office in 1911

...and don't forget to put the 2 cent stamp on the letter

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

Here's an important notice from the Ada Post Office from January, 1911:

Patrons of the post office will please observe that the office will not be open on Sunday afternoons hereafter.

Those served by carrier can call for their mail on Sunday morning at the time the office is open by going to the city carriers’ windows and asking them for the mail as they are on duty there and then, the same as the other department of the office. 

Once upon a time in Ada with Lee Crouse

The first circus came to town in 1872

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

Here's two stories from th 1870s about Ada:

Oct. 9, 1872 - The Great Grady Circus and Menagerie from Kenton, Ohio was the first circus to come to Ada.

1873 the first steam grist mill in the township was built by the Young Brothers. It stood on Lincoln Street opposite the Lutheran church. A scroll mill was built just east of the grist mill and it burned in 1876.

 

Once upon a time in Ada: You'll never believe this story from 1873

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

In April, 1873, pedestrians used a foot-log to cross the stream that flowed through the public square (Main and Buckeye). John Lee found the old 24-inch walnut foot log while excavating in 1922 for a new water line. It was then three feet below pavement and well-preserved.

1874 was the first class was graduated from Ohio Normal.

In 1874 the Northwestern Volunteer Fireman’s Association was organized at Ada. Its first annual convention was held here in 1881.

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