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Historical Ada

Does this scene look familiar?

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Does these scene look vaguely familiar? It should. Take away 110 years off the calendar and you are looking at the main campus and buildings of what was once called Ohio Normal University. It's from a booklet of photos taken in 1902.

Familiar Ada building

Here's a familiar Ada building, but this view shows it in its youth. It is the "new" Dukes Memorlal Hall. Louis Dukes, founder, has his photo in the top right corner.

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When ONU students arrived by train

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Here's a classic Ada railroad photo. It's labeled "Greeting to new students, the first of the term." The photo was taken in 1902 or earlier. Of course, you know the location of this photo, based on the familar Ada passenger depot.

Some fabled Ada names from 1902

Here are some fabled Ada and Ohio Northern University names from 1902. Top row from left, H.S. Lehr, S.D. Fess, F. B. Willis and Warren Darst.

Bottom from left, Frederick Maglott, W.F. Hufford, Mrs. Eva Maglott and J.G. Park. The photo heading read: "Present and past professors of the O.N.U."

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Four Ada Victorian houses

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Here are four Victorian Ada residences from 1902. Top left, Professor Lehr; top right, Robert Laughlin.

Bottom left, Agnew Welsh (notice this photo was taken in the winter with snow on the ground and a girl with a sled); bottom right, S.B. Wagner. These photos are from the booklet "Ada and the O.N.U. The New and the Old."

The book has a 1902 copyright by C.F. Landon, seccessor to Chas. R. Wilson, drugs, books and stationery, South Main Street, Ada, Ohio.

More 1902 Ada businessmen

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Here are some additional Ada businessmen from the turn of an earlier century.

Top row from left, J. Guy Deming, clothing; Ralph Parlette, lecturer; William L. Lantz, real estate; Dr. C.W. Brecheisen, dentist; and Dr. Robert Souder.

Center row from left, N.R. Park, cashier, Liberty Bank; Professor W.W. Newcomer, entertainer, Pres. School of Expression; N. W. Tobias, druggist; George Jameson, attorney; and S.D. Yated, druggist.

Bottom row from left, John Stemmple, dealer in hay; W.H. McClelland, grocer; H. Schindewolf, clothier; L.O. Ream, furniture and Walter Elliott, post master.

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