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First piece of mechanical fire equipment used in Ada

In anticipation of the June 14-15 Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen's Association(NOVFA) convention in Ada, the Ada Historical Society is posting a variety of Ada fire department photographs on its Facebook group page

For some background on early firefighting artifacts, visit


Can you name the year these AHS seniors reached the top?

You can flip through the digital pages of this yearbook via the Ada Public Library Digital Archives.

Ada Ohio Historical Society photos, March 2024

By Paula Pyzik Scott

On the Ada Ohio Historical Society Facebook group, photographs of individuals and groups are shared, sometimes in search of identification, sometimes to share a memory or a face.

Can you identify these Ada IGA employees from 1953?

The Ada IGA grocery store was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Chrismer in May 1951. In 2024, folks are trying to indentify the store's employees from 1953, as seen in this photo posted on Facebook by the Ada Ohio Historical Society.

You can chime in of Facebook HERE. Not on Facebook? Email [email protected].

Additional information about the grocery store can be found in the Ada Public Library news archive:

Price check: Tuition, room and board from days gone by

The Ada Ohio Historical Society (AOHS) recently shared this Ohio Normal University (which became Ohio Northern University) advertisement from 1894. It's interesting to imagine hopping on a train or in a carriage to travel to a university sight unseen. But as the ad promises, transportation expenese were refundable "if things are not found as represented." 

For more AOHS finds and conversations, visit

1940s historical photo ID, Ada's Civil Defense Council 

The Ada Historical Society has posted the attached photo on its Facebook page and is seeking the names of the individuals in this group.

The photo shows Ada's Civil Defense Council in the 1940s.

Can you identify the men? Visit Facebook HERE to post your comments or email [email protected].