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Historical Ada

It's Ada in the first decade of 1900

Here's a colorized post card of Ada from the first decade of 1900. The post card identifies its location as South Main Street by moonlight. 

It is possible that the two buildings on the right are part of the Ohio Northern University campus?

Tom Lehman of Ada responds: The old photo of Ada this week is the corner of South Main and University. That is the Brown Building on the corner. In the background behind it you can see the front of the Duke Building which is still standing. They tore down the Brown Building in the 1970s, I believe.

Ada before Henry Ford

North Main Street Ada before motorized vehicles arrived - with comparision photos of 2020.

Here's an 1890s-era photograph of Ada looking north on Main Street. We've provided some building close up comparisons from today to show that many similiarities remain.

Ada's Brewer Block

When this photo above was taken, the stately Brewer Block on Ada's Main Street was home to the Ada post office. The street was bricked, the Pennsylvania Railroad had a double track through town, street lights were relatively new, windows were more expansive and a taller building stood where Cole's car lot is located today.

Compare the earlier photo with the 2020 version below. The building has remainly relatively unchanged over the many decades since the top photo was taken. 

Beaverdam tile factory early 1900s

Ada had a tile factory and so did neighboring Beaverdam. Here's a rare photograph of the Beaverdam factory at the turn of an earlier century.

 Although the exact location is not known, the business operate in the early 1900s. Will Triplettt, pioneer Bluffton photographer, took the photo. It was originally on an 8.5 by 11 glass negative.

This is where Ada went to school in 1911

This post card, sent in 1911, shows what at the time was the Ada High School building. It is possible that the building housed the entire school. Viewers with further information about the school may email us at [email protected].

The photo was taken by C.R. Wilson, photographer, of Ada.

Vote to keep Ohio Dry on Nov. 3

Ada politics 101 years ago was just as interesting as it is today. Here's a photo of a political parade with the sign reading "Vote Ohio Dry on Nov. 3."

This was the Ohio ratification of federal alcohol prohibition. The election took place in November 1919. It was known as Referendum 1 as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure rejected the ratification of the national prohibition amendment. The vote was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The measure was one of four qeustions relating to alcohol prohibition on the 1919 Ohio ballot.