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Once upon a time in Ada

Here are Ada’s societies and clubs in 1950

Plus "game ball" patent from O-K Manufacturing

Provided by Leland Crouse
January 1950 - The societies and clubs found in Ada were Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter O founded in Ada in 1950; Entre Nous Club; Order of Eastern Star; Twice Ten Art Club; Sorosis Club; Neighborhood Club; Research Club; Ada Garden Club; Junior Civic League; Advance Club; WCTU; Past Presidents Club; Daughters of Union Veterans; Quatre; Pastime; Current Events, and the Zetetic Club.

Ream Hardware sold in 1950 after being in business nearly 50 years

January 24, 1950 the Ream Hardware was sold after being in business nearly 50 years. Major A.W. Ream started the hardware store in the former Wolfrom room now occupied by the feed department of the Amstutz hatchery (1950).

He had operated a plumbing shop here prior to that time. The store was later moved to the Doling bakery room now occupied by the Habit recreation; then to the old post office room on West Buckeye Avenue.

Some information on the McElroy (Red) country school

By Leland Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net

Liberty District No.1, commonly known as McElroy or Red School, was located at the intersection of County Roads 20 and 65. The land for the school was provided by D. McElroy, thus the name McElroy School.

The 1879 Hardin County Atlas provides the information that the first school in Liberty Township, a log cabin, was built here. The log school was eventually replaced by the Red School, on land now owned by the Jump family. The building is gone, but the water pump still remains.

Remember Bessie Bingo?

The first one was at the 1988 F&M Picnic

By Lee Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net

Here’s a story about the 1988 Farmers and Merchant’s Picnic:

August 1988 a new event was added to the Farmers and Merchants picnic and a large, impatient crowd initially waited on the game called Bessie Bingo. 

As the hour approached for the release of Bessie, names were drawn from a bucket and spaces were assigned. Curious onlookers gathered as anxious ticket buyers located the empty space and wished for something in it. 

Once upon a time in Ada

In 1988 boy scouts and cubs covered 17+ miles picking up litter

By Lee Crouse
lcrouse@centurylink.net
June 1988 - The Ada Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts covered more than 17 miles of Liberty Township roads picking up litter.

They collected 55 bags during the 91 man-hours of work, reported Robert Krofft.

Scouts involved in the activity were Brian Beckley, Brian Wilkerson, Mike Ring, Daryl Neff, David Benson, Donald Roby, Tom Lehman, Chad Hazelton, Travis Hazelton, Isaac Seagrave, Adam Vauvel, David Vaubel, Jacob Lehman, Daniel Rider, Eric Preston and Robby Logsdon.

Once upon a time in Ada

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.

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