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Once upon a time in Ada

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.

Once upon a time in Ada: 100 years ago Ada High School orchestra organized

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

1916 the Ada High School Orchestra was organized in the year 1916 with the following members playing their respective parts:

Director, Hazel Dobbins; Pianist, Khiva Harvey; First Violin, Louella Phillips, Lowell Snyder, Maurice Elder, Virgil May, John Wells; Cornet, Mark Shanklin, Carl Klingler, Merle Agin, Paul Poling; Clarinet, Donavan Isham;

Meet next school year's Ada Music Booster officers

The Ada school Music Boosters this week announced its 2016-17 officers. They are:
• Shane Wright – president
• Arlene Allison and Amy Spar - vice presidents, communications, publicity and marketing
• Amy Morgan and Arlene Allison – vice presidents, fundraising
• Beth Milks and Shelly Hopson – vice presidents, parent involvement and activities
• Secretary – Cindy Boehnm
• Treasurer – Dave Smittle
• Assistant treasurer – Amy Morgan
• Bingo volunteer coordinator* – Kelly Wright
• SCRIP coordinator* – Kim Smittle
     * Volunteer/appointed

Once upon a time in Ada: When did girls' basketball return to Ada HS?

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

Once upon a time in Ada: What year did the fire department move into its current building?

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

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.

Lee Crouse offers some Ada "firsts" in "Once upon a time in Ada"

By Lee Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net

Some Ada Firsts

• 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.

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