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Things about Ada you don't know: When did Ada join Apollo Career Center?

Things you didn’t know about your own hometown
By Lee Crouse

April 1973 a vote described as cast “for the benefit of the children in the district” was one of five stands taken by Ada School Board members which signaled the district’s unanimous decision to join the newly formed Apollo Joint Vocational School District.

The vote, taken at a special Board meeting, came after voters in Elida, Bath, Shawnee and Wapakoneta approved a 2.25 mill, 10 year levy to construct, equip and maintain the JVS facility.

Once upon a time in Ada: A 470-year-old organization visited Ada

Material collected by Lee Crouse

On Jan. 21, 1969, the world famous Vienna Choir Boys, a 470-year-old organization of the Vienna Choir Boys appeared at Lehr Memorial at Ohio Northern University.

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Once upon a time in Ada: There was a Kroger grocery store

Provided by Lee Crouse

On Oct. 3, 1964 the Ada Kroger grocery store was closed.

Leo Wright was the store manager. With the closing Ada was left with the Don Lehman Supermarket in the 100 block of North Main Street and the Claude Harris IGA Foodliner at the south limits of the village.

Doyle Paugh operates a neighborhood market at 411 South Main, and John Elwood Equity store at 225 North Main Street.

Employees at the time of the closing were Don Fisher, assistant in the grocery department; Harold Carothers, produce department; John Spitzer, part-time utility man.

Once upon a time in Ada - Willis Winkler was first president of Ada Senior Citizens

Here's another installment of Once upon a time im Ada, stories you never knew about your hometown, provided by Leland Crouse:

June 1971 the Ada Senior Citizens organized. The new Senior Citizens Center organization has accepted the offer of Post 185, American Legion, for free use of its first-floor room in the mornings and afternoons was announced by Willis Winkler, president.

Opening of the Senior Citizens was held Aug. 16, 1971, at 109 North Main Street.

Welcome to the Icon's newest feature - Once Upon A Time in Ada

The Icon thanks Lee Crouse, collector of interesting Ada facts, for providing us with a new feature. 

We call it "Once Upon A Time In Ada." Lee will provide us with facts, details, information and sometimes oddities about the town we call home.

We invite viewers to contact Lee with information he might use in future columns, or comments about his material. Contact him at: lcrouse@centurylink.net

Here's his first installment: