25 Years Ago: September 20-26, 1990
• Casstown – It is tough to re-establish a winning tradition when the team you are playing has its own solid track record of winning. That is how Miami East’s football coach Greg Hohl may have felt on Friday night after his charges fell to Versailles, 18-13. But, he stated he feels the team has turned a corner because it required two late goal-line stands by the Versailles defense to preserve the Tigers’ victory. The undefeated and defending Southwestern Rivers Conference champions are a good team and Coach Hohl feels as if his Vikings played well and matched up nicely with the opposition. Two times the Vikings fought hard and were in the position to pull off the upset over the second ranked team in Division IV State polls, but came away empty-handed. Coach Hohl stated he thought it was more not finding the right play rather than the boys failing.
50 Years Ago: September 20-26, 1965
• Fletcher – The mayoral race in this community is shaping up as one of the most interesting in the area. The race pits the first female mayor elected in Miami County against the football coach who unseated her after she had been in office for 4 years. Mayor George Buriff has been Miami East’s football coach since 1963, the year his Vikings posted an 8-2 record, and the year he beat Mrs. Anna Covault, the incumbent, for the mayor’s office. Things are simple here in Fletcher, but if winning football games is beneficial Mayor Buriff may be on his way to re-election since the team has won its first two games.
• Troy – William Gillis, owner of the Gillis Taxi Service, announced this morning (Sept. 22nd) that the business is ending its 31-year history of providing service to the city. He stated that higher costs and the labor market squeeze are the reasons that he made the decision to end the service. According to Gillis, the lack of customers is not an issue an issue, citing that the company has on average 300 to 400 customers daily.
75 Years Ago: September 20-26, 1940
• Staunton Township – Mrs. Emma Hunt is the oldest resident at the Miami County Home, but is quite active at 95 years old. Formerly a resident of Piqua, Mrs. Hunt has been at the county home for 20 years. Weaving rugs and reading help to keep her busy, but Mrs. Hunt, who is in pretty good health, also takes care of some of her laundry in order to stay active. Mrs. Hunt was born in 1845 and has lived most of her life in Piqua. She has no immediate family in the area to care for her needs.
• Miami County – The number of claims for unemployment compensation rose during the month of August. The unemployment office reported a 4.6 percent increase in the jobless rate in August compared to July, which also was a trend throughout the state. George C. Gibboney, the manager of the Employment Security Center in Piqua, reported the increase in the numbers for Miami and Darke County.
100 Years Ago: September 20-26, 1915
• Covington – A meeting held Tuesday evening (Sept.21st) resulted in the organization of a local band. The officers are: M.R. Kinney, president; Arthur Adams, Jr. Secretary & Librarian; Otis Buchanan, Treasurer. A committee of Misters Kinney, Adams and Fulker are charged with the duty of constructing a constitution and by-laws for the organization. Practice for the new band will begin next week under the leadership of E.E. Brown. The band is the result of suggestions from the Commercial Club about a month ago and should be a great success.
• Piqua – Saturday afternoon (Sept. 25th) marks the opening of the 1915 football season for the Piqua Central boys of the gridiron. The practice field at Favorite Hill has been well worn as the Piqua lads are preparing under the tutelage of Coach Ditmer. The team is coming together and looking like of the best teams in the area. (Columnist’s Note: Piqua would enjoy a great season in 1915, going undefeated with a 10-0 record, which included two wins over their rivals from Troy.)
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@example.com