25 Years Ago: July 10-16, 1991
Troy – The daughter of a former Troy pastor has left a sizeable bequest to Wittenberg University in her will. Rev. Charles U. Larrick was the pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Troy (1903-1907) when his daughter Florence was born. Both had attended school at Wittenberg and Miss Larrick wanted to remember their former school with her bequest. Miss Larrick graduated in 1927 and also completed graduate work at Western Reserve University. She was a statistician for the Ohio Bell Company for over 30 years. Other than extensive travel adventures she was known to live frugally. She died in 1988 and bequeathed $1.3 million to Wittenberg, which the school recently received.
Tipp City and West Milton – Troy recently embarked on a recycling program for the community and other Miami County towns are also getting involved with recycling. City Manager Greg Horn stated that a resolution requesting that curbside recycling be approved was being drafted for the August 5th council meeting. The resolution would allow for a dual contract between Tipp and West Milton and Blaylock Trucking, beginning October 1st. Residents would be charged a monthly fee for the recycling contract. If a one year contract is signed, the charge would be $1.99 per household per month. If a three year contract is confirmed then the fees would be $1.86 (first year); $1.88 (second year) and $1.90 (third year). State legislation requires all Ohio cities to implement a program for solid waste reduction. According to Ted York, Miami County Solid Waste Coordinator, recycling could reduce solid waste up to 20 percent of the current total.
50 Years Ago: July 10-16, 1966
Miami County – Approximately two years ago, the fire and police departments were ready to set up a cross-indexing system in order to efficiently locate rural residences in emergency situations. Population growth and more rural homes have almost made the old “Rural Route” system obsolete. County Engineer Arthur Haddad suggested something different to the fire and police departments which promised more to be more practical. Why not assign each rural home with a number like the system that is used within cities? The numbers would run sequentially along each route and would be more efficient as location tool. It was also suggested that phone companies and directory companies utilize the same system as a means of syncretizing “all parties.” According to Mr. Haddad, the first phase of house-numbering was completed this week in the southwestern portion of the county. The project should be completed in two years.
Miami County – Ohio Senators made a decision this week which virtually decided the election outcome for the seat of Miami County Common Pleas Court judge. The senators recommended Common Pleas Judge David S. Porter of Troy to fill the last open judgeship in the federal court’s southern district of Ohio. Judge Porter, who is the incumbent Common Pleas judge, is opposed by former Miami County prosecutor James DeWeese. Although he is still a candidate in the race, Judge Porter stated that is President Johnson accepts the recommendation of the senators then he will drop out of the county race, which would assure DeWeese the Common Pleas Court position. All indicators are this is the likely outcome. Even if President Johnson would delay his decision and Judge Porter won the local race, it is likely DeWeese would still become Common Pleas judge. It is probable Governor Rhodes will win re-election and as a Republican governor he would assuredly appoint a Republican judge to the “vacated” seat. (Columnist’s Note: David S. Porter, who had been the Miami County Common Pleas Judge since 1949, was appointed to the federal court and was sworn in on November 10, 1966. He remained a federal judge long enough to later be the senior judge in the district. He was also the main speaker at the 1982 re-dedication of the Miami County Courthouse. Judge Porter died January 5, 1989 after a long and distinguished career. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery. He was also the brother of Sue Porter Pauly, whose husband Harold was one time owner of the Troy Daily News.).
75 Years Ago: July 10-16, 1941
Troy – Winds which swept through a small strip of land north of Troy reached the tornado-like speed of 90 miles per hour and did thousands of dollars in damage to property. This is the second time within a week and third time within 90 days that windstorms have caused significant damage to Miami County properties. The storm hit about 2:30 pm in the area of DeWeese, Farrington, Eldean and Washington Roads. The wind leveled a stock barn, damaged other farm buildings, as well as some dwellings. V.E. Neal’s property on Eldean Rd. received the most damage, which was estimated to be about $18,000, including the loss of about 20 head of cattle and some hogs when the stock barn was blown down. Bert Favorite also lost half of his barn to wind damage on Washington Rd.
100 Years Ago: July 10-16, 1916
Casstown – A Poem by Thomas C. Harbaugh: “The Song of the Flag: I am the Flag that your fathers unfurl’d in the new republic that brightened the world. When Washington stood at the height of his fame and sheathed his sword in his country’s name; I am the Flag that waved on high o’er Trenton’s field ‘neath the Christmas sky. I saw the bayonets leap and shine that marvelous day at Brandywine. I am the banner they bore through the rain of British bullets at Lundy’s Lane. I waved when Perry, with all at stake, swept the foe from the crimsoned lake; Out of the murk of the fight I came with added glory and newer fame. Bathed in the blood of the brave and true, I am the Flag that is dear to you. I am the Flag that long ago swept with Scott into Mexico. Over the mountains grim and grand, into the heart of the Aztec’s land; See the scars that I bear today, won in the heat of many a fray. Where bright swords clashed and the bayonet with many a hero’s blood was wet. I am the Flag that won the fight on Round Top’s bold and rugged height. Over the Union fair and free I wave with pride from seas to sea; Never has fallen a single star out of my blue on the plains of war; Never a striped has been erased long ago by your fathers placed. Men have fallen where I have waved. Men have died for the land they’ve saved. Blast of the bugle and tap of the drum, at my bidding they always come; if I call ye today march forth. Out of the east, west, south and north; straight to the glory men win in wars, I want no cowards beneath my stars.” (Columnist’s Note: Thomas C. Harbaugh was very patriotic in many of his poems and as a teenager during the Civil War was greatly influenced by the battles. He wrote the above poem while the battles of World War I raged on and during the heated discussions of whether the United States should enter the war. America did enter the fray about 8 months later.)
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