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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

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.

100 years ago Ada High School's orchestra organized

Lots of familiar names like, Klingler, Agin, Poling, Friedly and others

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown
By Lee Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net

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