25 Years Ago: February 28-March 5, 1991
Middle East – President Bush has announced that a cease fire has been brokered and has been kept by both sides. It would appear that the Gulf War is over. Following six-weeks of ground and air assaults by allied forces, the Iraqi armed forces of Saddam Hussein had had enough. Iraq has agreed to all the demands made in the cease fire. Now comes the time for decisions which will determine the future of the region.
Piqua – It is far from being completed, in fact, it is still only a dream that Damon Wilson, a former Piqua resident, has for the city. He has proposed a trolley car system as part of Piqua’s urban renewal project. Wilson, who is a landscape architect in Columbus, envisions the system with five-to-six stops between the Miami Valley Centre, which would be the eastern terminus, and the downtown district, Sunset Plaza and the K-Mart and Kroger complex on the western edge. Although the city manager, city commissioners nor the chamber of commerce have given much support to the idea, Wilson is not discouraged and will continue to seek backing from business owners and other interested parties.
50 Years Ago: February 28-March 5, 1966
Troy – The Troy High School wrestling program has had a good year under the direction of coaches Bill Snider and Jim Conard. In addition to the good year, overall, six wrestlers have advanced to the Troy District semi-finals, which will take place tomorrow (Sat., March 5th) in the Van Cleve gymnasium. The wrestlers are: Kent Knife, John Kerr, Paul Gearhardt. Jack McDaniel, Bill Hall and Bruce Seipel. They will compete against other area wrestlers for trophies and the rights to advance to the state meet next week.
Piqua – If you are looking for a traditional camper with a little more comfort, try the Cadillac Camper from H & H Mobile Homes Sales in Piqua. “Mounted on a one-ton truck chassis, the camper is equally at home on the open highway or travelling over rough, mountain terrain.” Although rugged, the camper still maintains all the maneuverability of a family vehicle. Fred Houser, of Piqua, designed and produced the vehicle several years ago. Attention to detail and strong craftsmanship is the hallmark of these campers. H & H Mobile Home Sales is holding a special this spring and you can $200 on a purchase of a camper.
75 Years Ago: February 28-March 5, 1941
Troy – At midnight Friday, a strict dog quarantine will be put into effect in this city as a result of the outbreak of rabies in the area. Dr. Kurt Becker, Miami County Health Commissioner, stated the quarantine will stay in place indefinitely until the current crisis subsides. Since January 1st, seven dogs in the city have been infected with rabies. It is believed that none of the dogs had bitten anyone. All dog owners must keep their dogs on a leash when outdoors. A fine of up to $100 or 90 days in jail could be assessed, if found guilty of violating the quarantine.
Staunton Township – Following some testing by members of the Troy Fire Department, it has been stated that the old Miami River channel is in good condition for weekend skating. The ice in most places was about five inches thick and of good enough quality to allow many people to take advantage of the opportunity. It will not take long for skaters to clear the ice of the layer of snow which now covers it. (Columnist’s Note: The old river channel is the old portion of the Miami River bed that now encompasses the Miami Shores Golf Course. This was the original course of the river but, following the 1913 flood, the Miami Conservancy District cut a new channel straight through the land on the east side of Troy, which allowed for better water flow.)
Historical Question: A photo was to be included with the column last week, but was inadvertently left out. Can someone identify any of the people in this photo from the grand opening of the Kroger store on West Main Street in Troy?
Also, I am looking for any photos that someone might have of the buildings around the corner of South Market and Smith Streets, circa 1935-1960, which might be used in a column next week.
Patrick D. Kennedy is archivist at the Troy-Miami County Public Library’s Local History Library, 100 W. Main St., Troy. He may be contacted by calling (937) 335-4082 or sending an email to [email protected]