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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].

About the "Help Vote Ohio Dry" banner

The Icon recently posted a photo asking, "What's that banner over Main St.?" (view at Initially, we were more interested in figuring what it said, rather than why the banner was there.

Here's the backstory according to : There was a 1919 Ohio State Prohibition of Alcohol Referendum that was defeated 500,812 votes to 474,078 votes.

1923 Interclass Competition details from the Ada High School yearbook

What has changed and what has stayed the same about the Ada High School Interclass Competition? Check out the details provided in the 1923 Purple and Gold yearbook HERE, via the Ada Public Library online archive.

Forward thinking florist in 1923

Approximately 100 years ago, Mohlers Flower Shop of Ada reminded readers of the Ada Record to "Say it with Flowers" and to mark their calendars for Easter.

Easter dates were provided through 1976.

The Icon peruses news from the past using the Ada Public Library's digital archives at