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Fast east-bound freight through Ada

You may reconize this photo from an earlier Icon posting. It was shared on the Facebook group Old Photos of Forgotten Ohio. In this article the original Iconoclast, Fred Steiner, illuminates us on the early 20th century railroad in Ada.

By Fred Steiner

Here’s a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train traveling from Lima, passing eastbound through Ada in 1938. Unlike the Nickel Plate Road through Bluffton, the Pennsylvania Railroad was double-tracked and carried many more trains each day.

Ada Historical Society holds public meeting at private Ada museum

The Ada Historical Society, which typically meets monthly at the Ada Public Library, will hold an open house on Wednesday, August 17, 2022:

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Lee Crouse's Ada Museum
  • 4236 State Rouste 81, Ada, Ohio

Learn more about the society at or speak with Rhett Grant, society president and director of the Ada Public Library, 320 N Main St, (419) 634-5246.

The society has a Facebook group at

The society was formed in 2017. Mission statement:

Famed pro hoop team barnstormed through Ada over a century ago

By Cort Reynolds

In my constant reading and search for more historical and sports knowledge, I came across an interesting bit of hoop history tied to Ada in a book I bought this spring.

As a native of Indiana and lifelong player, chronicler and historian of the game, I am always looking for new information on basketball history. 

My extensive personal library has hundreds of basketball books, dozens of biographies, many old Basketball Digest and Street and Smith's magazines, annual handbooks, and other team histories, as well as some of my own self-published trivia game books.

1908 Dola photo of 4th of July

This 1908 RP postcard features a photo of the 1908 4th of July Parade in Dola, Ohio.

Have historic photos of our area? You can share them with the Icon at [email protected] and on Old Pictures of Forgotten Ohio on Facebook.

Photo-story: Ada seamstress recounts her NFL career

Sitting in the Ada Public Library meeting room listening to a presentation by Jane Helser is a reminder that, yup, you really can’t judge a book by its cover. You wouldn’t guess that she’s rubbed elbows with NFL greats, until you take a peek at her memorabilia and photo albums from a 48-year career at the Wilson Sporting Goods football factory at 217 Liberty St. The factory is the sole manufacturer of NFL and Super Bowl footballs.

Do you remember?

Arthur Amiet took this photo in the fall of 1938, when he was a student at Ohio Northern. Mayor Dave Retterer recalls that the tower supports were made of railroad rails. Photo courtesy of Don Amiet, as found on Old Pictures of Forgotten Ohio.