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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.

Once upon a time in Ada: Some Ada firsts that may interest you

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

Ada's First

• April 11, 1853 - the first train traveled through Ada.

• 1855 - Albert Wylie was the first physician at Ada.

• 1861 - Ada was incorporated with Horace J. Gilbert first mayor.

• 1866 - H.S. Lehr was the first Ada public school superintendent and served until 1871 when his  “select school” had grown and claimed all of his time.

Once upon a time in Ada: Read what happened in Ada in the 1880s

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

July 5, 1883 - the Carmen Post No. 101 Grand Army of the Republic was formed.

December 8, 1883 - The Home Savings Building and Loan association was chartered, with Albert B. Charles as secretary, treasurer.

1884 - the law college at Ohio Northern University was formed.

Feb. 1-2, 1884 - the first farmers institute was held at Ada.

Feb. 1885 - the first house numbers were being used.

June 14, 1886 - the first ordinances against liquors sales passed.

Once upon a time in Ada: Did you know there was an Ada community band in 1880?

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

In1880 the Ada Community band was organized. Among members of the first band were “Squire” Lantz, Chris Young, Henry Young, William Young, M.V. Gilbert, Ed. Gilbert, Wesley Gilbert, Lem Linderman and George Loudenslager. The band celebrated their 55th anniversary in 1935.

Lee Crouse tells us that 1890 was a good year to live in Ada

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

January 1890 Articles of incorporation for the Ada Tri-County Fair Company have been filed and stock books will probably be opened soon. The capital stock will be $10,000 divided into 100 shares.

February 25, 1890, the ONU military contest was inaugurated that was to become of great importance in the development of the school.

Early 1890s the Ada Water, Heat, Light & Power Company was granted a franchise for furnishing hot and cold water to Ada.

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