Editor’s Note: An older version of this column ran in the Sunday, Dec. 4 edition. This is the correct historical information for the week of Dec. 4-10.
25 Years Ago: December 4 – 10, 1991
Troy – Civic leader and longtime businessman Carl W. Boese has died at the age of 86 years. Mr. Boese, originally from Dayton, came to Troy in 1926 and began working for the Troy Sunshade Company, with whom he spent his entire working career. He worked as a factory manager, served in the sales department, and was secretary of the company before becoming president from 1958-1971. Mr. Boese adopted Troy as his home and along with his wife Virginia and other individuals were founding members of The Troy Historical Society. He and Virginia were recognized for their community service with a Jaycees award and a Chamber of Commerce award in 1971 and 1985, respectively. Mr. Boese’s eye for detail and his pleasant nature will be sorely missed.
Troy – The city received some welcome news from PMI (Hobart Corp.) and quickly sent a supporting message back to the company. PMI has decided that it would remain in Troy and will update their Ridge Ave. facilities here rather than move operations and jobs to another city. The concern requested approval of tax abatements from the city on the improvements which are to be made to company facilities during the next five years. Members of the city’s financial committee quickly recommended authorization of the measure. (Columnist’s Note: The Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company first arrived in Troy in 1895 when founder and owner C.C. Hobart removed his business from Middletown. The company continued to expand, divide and specialize in food preparation equipment over the years until it became a very profitable corporation with locations around the world. The company was the target of a hostile takeover, but was saved by Dart & Kraft in 1981. It later became a subsidiary of PMI Food Group, but is now owned by ITW of Illinois.)
50 Years Ago: December 4 – 10, 1966
Tipp City – As a result of the generosity of the A.O. Smith Corporation, little baseball should be much easier to conduct in Tipp City in the spring. In the past, only one field has been available for use by the entire little league. But now through the donation of land next to the existing field, the organization and its young players will have an easier time getting all the games played in a reasonable time. The new field will have expanded dimensions and will be used by the major league teams. Many parents and volunteers are working to prepare the grounds and it is anticipated that the new field will be ready by the beginning of the season.
Pleasant Hill – The village council approved funds for a new police cruiser at its December 5th meeting. Council approved the expenditure of $3,410 for the purchase of a 1967 Pontiac Catalina with police package from Schlingman Buick-Pontiac in Piqua. The village had received a second bid from another auto dealer, but village legal advisor John Fulker recommended not accepting the lower bid because it did not include a bid bond or certified check, which according to Fulker, was a major defect. Chief Red Kramer should be the new equipment very soon.
75 Years Ago: December 4 – 10, 1941
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – Reports have been received that the Japanese Navy through the use of aircraft attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor yesterday, December 7th. At least 1,500 casualties have been confirmed and may rise to as many as 3,000. The attack came as a shock as U.S. officials had been meeting with Japanese officials in an effort to deter Japanese aggression in the East. A destroyer and a battleship are lost and several other ships damaged. Numerous aircraft on the Hawaiian fields were also destroyed. Congress has declared that the United States is now at war with Japan. Germany was also warned that if it gave any aid to Japan then the United States would declare war upon Germany. (Columnist’s Note: On that day, 2.403 U.S. service persons and a number of civilians were killed; 8 battleships, 3 cruisers and several other smaller ships destroyed.)
Troy – Several men from Troy and nearby area are known to be stationed in Hawaii. Richard Hawley, son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Ray Hawley of Lincoln Ave. is assigned to the cruiser Portland, which just recently returned to port at Pearl Harbor; John Sheets is at Hickam Field Hawaii; C.A. Fay is at Bellows Field across from Hickam; Charles Ross is at Nickels field in the Philippine Islands; Robert Fergus, son of Mr. & Mrs. Guy Fergus is with the 35th Infantry at Schofield Army Barracks in Hawaii. Mr. and Mrs. Fergus received the first known communication for the area since the attack when they received a telegram Wednesday, December 10th from their son. He simply stated. “Everything under control.” (Columnist’s Note: According to Scott Trostel in “Their Letters Home,” the men from Piqua included Major Kenneth Beemer, USMC; Petty Officer Jim Reed on the USS Solace; Leo Johnson, USN on the USS Hull; Alfred Hinger, USAAC, in barracks at Hickam Field)
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
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