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February 21, 2020

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Ada's ZoRoLo baseball team

From the 1920s to the 1940s the ZoRoLo company, located on East Buckeye Avenue, back of the Liberty bank in Ada, made a product to cure arthritis.

The first and second floors of the building were used for and office and as a place to hold vats in which the formula was mixed, placed in gallon containers, and shipped to places in the United States.

ZoRoLo sponsored a baseball team in a community league with Dola, Forest, Dunkirk, Alger, and McGuffey. The games were played on West Buckeye in a vacant lot.

ZoRoLo also sponsored a basketball team. At a game in Findlay when the basketball team was not faring too well they lined up on the court and each player took out a bottle of strawberry jello (ZoRoLo was red) and took a deep swig from the bottle. They went on to win the game.

Evidently the product’s reputation and advertising worked, for Roma Runyan Wickenden continued the business until the 1940s. This was borrowed from Betty Miller’s Small Town Sampler III.