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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.

Once upon a time in Ada: Lee Crouse recalls the Ada HS football team of 1973

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

Nov. 2, 1973 the Ada Bulldog football team beat Spencerville 34-8 to complete a perfect season of 9-0. This is the first undefeated season since 1955.

$1 fine for using profanely the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost

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

December, 1960, the revision of Ada ordination for maintenance of “peace and good order," brought to light some old laws that may surprise the younger generation - and that could still prove costly to offenders.

• One provided a $1 fine for anyone over 14 years old who uses profanely the name of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost. Complaints of such an offense must be made within 10 days, and each offense is punishable by a $1 fine. 

When did automatic crossing gates arrive in Ada? Ask Lee Crouse

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

On Feb. 16, 1960 automated crossing gates were in operation at all three Ada rail crossings. The cost of the gates was $75,000.

On Wednesday Feb. 17, 1960, the watchman’s tower, which stood at Main Street for half a century was removed.

Old-timers recalled Vance Botkin as a watchman and more recently Ernest Nixon and James Curtis.

 

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