25 Years Ago: April 17-23, 1991
Dayton – The American Telephone & Telegraph Co. (A. T. & T.) continued to pursue the National Cash Register Corporation (NCR) of Dayton in its attempt to take over the longtime Dayton corporation. NCR rejected A. T. & T.’s latest offer although it was the price the Dayton concern had been seeking. NCR stated the price was rejected because it was not a guaranteed figure. A. T. & T. has been attempting to purchase NCR, the fifth largest computer manufacturer in the nation, since November in an attempt to boost its own flagging computer sector
Troy – Michael Walker, former Troy High School golfer and now Ohio University sophomore, had a great outing this past weekend at the Firestone Intercollegiate Invitational when he shot a total of 226 (73-76-77), tied for 21st in the championship division and finished in the top 25, overall. The weather conditions were not conducive to record-breaking play, but Indiana and Kansas State played through it all to take first and second place, respectively. Walker’s Ohio U. tem finished seventeenth among the colleges represented.
50 Years Ago: April 17-23, 1966
Casstown – Village council decided to change the confusing numbering system in town in an effort to aid firemen in locating the correct property in emergency situations. Each building in the community, both residential and commercial, will be assigned a sequential number for identification, with even numbers on one side of a street and odd numbers on the opposite side. Prior to this, lot numbers were used, but they are not always in numerical order. Two council members, David Carey and Gail Morgan, will make decisions about where to begin the numbering.
Tipp City – There is a lot of heated discussion in this community over a school board bond issue that is dividing the community, almost down the middle. The issue which is on the May ballot is actually Round 2 of the attempt to pass the bond issue. The bond is intended to generate close to $400,000 in revenue in order to build a new addition onto the Broadway Street Elementary School building. There are many supporters for this plan as the best way for the community to move forward. Opposing the bond are many who believe the old Dow building school can be reconditioned and updated to suit the educational needs of the growing community. About the only agreement between the two sides is that there is a need for more space. It is quickly approaching a critical point where something needs to be done. In one week a decision will be made by the voting public. Should the community pass the bond issue, raze the old Down Street School, also known as ‘The Castle,’ and build a new modern addition onto the Broadway School? On the other hand, perhaps the town should reject the levy and modernize the beloved old school? (Columnist’s Note: According to Tipp City historian Susan Furlong, the bond issue did pass in 1996 and the old school was razed to make way for the modern addition to the elementary building.)
75 Years Ago: April 17-23, 1941
Troy – The Clifford Thompson American Legion Post is celebrating the burning of their mortgage with a “Victory” celebration. The Legion paid off their debt on their meeting place at 205 East Franklin Street recently and the members are enjoying the debt-free meeting place with renewed enthusiasm. They purchased the structure in 1925. (Columnist’s Note: American Legion Post 43 sold the property at 205 E. Franklin in the latter months of 1944. They then purchased the house and property at 622 S. Market St. as their new home, where they continue to hold gatherings and meetings today.)
Historical Question: Many people are familiar with the American Legion Posts around the country and, in particular, the one here in Troy. Most know that it is a veteran’s organization and that it also sponsors Post 43 baseball. Here is a statement concerning other aspects of Post 43: “The American Legion Clifford Thompson Post can help veterans with health care, jobs, get the benefits they deserve, help the family members of the veterans, offer support after end of service and many more. The American Legion Clifford Thompson can serve and care for both male veterans as well as for women veterans. The American Legion Clifford Thompson gives the community the chance to show its gratefulness and respect for the services made by the veterans.” But, “Who was Clifford Thompson?”
Clifford Thompson was born in Troy, May 19, 1895. He grew up here and attended local schools. He was apparently quite an athlete. When the time for the United States to enter WWI came, he enlisted in Piqua with Company C of the old 3rd Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. He was later transferred to Co. C of the 166th Infantry, also known as the “Rainbow Infantry.” When his unit went overseas they were almost immediately sent to the Western Front, where they saw of some of the most brutal fighting and bloodshed in modern history in the Meuse-Argonne. Through this time, Thompson distinguished himself and rose to the rank of sergeant. He was exposed to battlefield gas, grenades and other killing implements. He exemplified the characteristic of courage at the battle of Chateau-Thierry when he picked up a grenade which had been thrown into his trench and, in an effort to toss it out and save his comrades, it exploded and his hand was severely damaged and later amputated. He spent most of his time after that in the hospitals. He only arrived home one week before he died from issues of diabetes, which doctors stated was complicated by the gas he was exposed to in France. He left behind a young widow. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism and the Croce di Guerra (Italian Cross of War). “In recognition of his heroism on the battlefields of France the Clifford M. Thompson Post, American Legion, of Troy, the first post organized in Miami County, was named after him.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org