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Historical Ada

Lowry's Grocery, sometime after 1912

You could find everything you want at Lowry's Grocery, 225 N. Main St., Ada, in this post card photo taken sometime after 1912. Count the stars on the U.S. flag at the rear of the store. It has 48 stars with Arizona being the 48th state that year.

Designed for shoppers to hand their grocery list to the clerk behind the counter, we see apples in a basket, cans stacked on the upper shelves and what appear to be boxes of cigars near the front entrance.

This was ONU's campus - pre 1970

Here's a pre-1970 aerial view of the Ohio Northern Univesity campus looking west as it anticipates a major expansion. It is from the Ada Public Library post card collection.

On the far left is College Avenue. On the far right is Lincoln Avenue and the railroad tracks.

Several additional buildings - and absence of buildings - gives clues to what in the works. Viewers comments are welcome.

Crouse Implement sold Oliver and New Idea farm equipment

Crouse Implement Store was located on State Rout 81, 2 1/2  miles east of Ada. This photo is from the 1953 Ada Centennial book.

The photo was in an advertisement for the business, which sold Oliver and New Idea farm equipment. The business started in 1931.

Remember the Ada Dairy on South Main?

What do you remember about the Ada Dairy? The business was located at 309 S. Main St., across the street and near 302 Carry-Out. A popular hangout for college and high school students, it offered ice cream "concoctions," from its fountain service.

It also sold pasteurized daily products including cottage cheese, milk and butter. In 1953 its phone number was 164, according to its advertisement in the Ada Community Centennial book.

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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.