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Once upon a time in Ada

Once upon a time in Ada

Seven generations of Shanks in rural Ada

By Leland Crouse
Borrowed from Small Town Sampler
Betty Miller, August 30, 1989

Thomas Shanks
In 157 years most of the early farms in Liberty Township have changed owners. A few, however, have been passed down through the generations, and descendants of some of the early settlers still grow crops on the land their ancestors cleared. One of these farms is owned by Bob and Anna Mary Shanks on County Road 65. At some time in their lives, seven generations of the Shanks family have called this home.

Once upon a time in Ada

Remembering Ada silent movies

By Leland Crouse
Art and Alice Cotner, St. Rt. 309, Ada, have vivid memories of the Odeon Theatre on Ada’s North Main Street. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cotner worked at the Odeon in the mid-1920’s. Art was hired by theatre owner Ralph Rhoades to operate the projection room when he was a sophomore in high school. Cotner continued working at the theatre, after it was sold to Carl Moore, until his graduation from college in 1929.

Worst flooding in Ada was on March 25, 1913

Here’s the account of the storm that prevailed all day long

By Leland Crouse
March 25, 1913 was the worst flooding ever at Ada.

Wind and flood mark the advent of Spring and make Easter a day of gloom. Last Friday was Good Friday in the religious calendar, marking the day of the crucifixion of Christ. On that day of this calendar year there swept up from the southwest a terrific wind that prevailed all day, varying from a gale to a hurricane; its common gait was about 60 miles an hour but in some parts of the state it speeded up to 85 miles.

Feb. 19, 1939 – warmest temperature for that date since 1883

March 1, 1939, The Ada Herald - the temperature dropped below zero for the first time in the winter of 1939. Four days earlier it had registered 65, the warmest Feb. 19 since 1883. Wild geese were seen flying north.

Feb. 28, 1959  - the Grovettes from Sugar Grove United Methodist Church performed at the American Legion Midwinter Conference of Units at Columbus, Ohio.

Detachable collars now in store shelves

By Lee Crouse
February 1950 - Classroom Idea of ONU Student Places Detachable Collars on Store Shelves - Don Koch, ONU student, came up with the idea of a detachable shirt collar when he became too warm during class. He cut a collar from a sport shirt and fitted it with ordinary snaps to a V-neck sweater. A Canandaigua, New York, knitting firm signed a contract on Dec. 6, 1949, and started producing the collars. A patent was applied for in the inventor’s name. The Greenawalt store in Ada was the first store in the United States to offer Mr. Koch’s detachable collar for sale.

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.