This "Jerry's Mug," proudly displayed at Leland Crouse's Ada Historical Museum, will bring back many good memories for many in the village.  (Photo provided/Leland Crouse)
This "Jerry's Mug," proudly displayed at Leland Crouse's Ada Historical Museum, will bring back many good memories for many in the village. (Photo provided/Leland Crouse)

Ada has a tremendously rich business history.

In fact, over the years, the downtown business district may well have been one of the most bustling in Northwest, Ohio.

The hub of many small towns is the local grocery.

Now while Ada currently has the Community Market on South Main St., it wasn’t always the Community Market. Prior, it was the “family owned” Christmers Grocery.

Ada de facto historian Leland Crouse said Christmers was, okay, “…not that modern.” And the floors, apparently, “weren’t quite level” either.

But there was a great selection of the “Golden Books” for kids.

And they also had a good selection of groceries, cheap prices and even cheaper gasoline. That is, the grocery had one gas pump out front. They sold Sinclair gas, said Mr. Crouse.

What’s more, the gasoline was, like, 47 cents a gallon.

And the gasoline in those old Impalas and Galaxy 500s, et. Al, would take motorists to F.V. Conner Piano and Organ Tuning on Ballard Ave., to the Ola Miller Hat & Dress Shop, or to the Kaiser TV Service on East Ballard Ave. (which was in a house near Memorial Park)

Mr. Crouse said growing up in Ada, his family got their first television in the 1950s. Think: black & white and big tubes in the back of a Zenith TV.

And on that TV, Leland said he and his buddy would watch cartoons (Popeye, Mighty Mouse…). And these were followed by westerns.

After watching most of the morning, then the boys would go out and “play Cowboys,” Mr. Crouse smiled.

And in the afternoons, after working up a thirst “…out on the range,” the boys might head down to Peppers Drug Store for a root beer float at the soda fountain.

Then, well, it might be a trip down to the Idle Bowling Alley on North Main St. in the Brewer Building, for a game or two. But they were too young to go to the Billiard Hall upstairs.

However, they weren’t too young to then head to Jerry’s Pizza on a Saturday evening, for “…the best pizza in town,” and some great music on the juke box.

Think: The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Temptations...