It Happened Years Ago

By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: May 21-27, 1992

• Troy – A new program coordinated by Troy Main Street, Inc. is beginning to take shape in Troy. Special banners promoting upcoming events will be placed on utility poles around the downtown area at various times throughout the year. The city purchased brackets which will hold the signs and also supplied the personnel to put the standards in place.

The first banners, purchased by the Troy Strawberry Festival committee, advertise this year’s upcoming festival, June 5-7. This year’s theme is “Taste of Strawberry Country.” (Columnist’s Note: Forty years ago, the Strawberry Festival sprang to life in Troy. This year we will experience the 41st festival. In addition, the banner program initiated 25 years ago is still going strong.)

• Troy – Two very familiar faces to Trojans will be ‘the faces’ of the 1992 Strawberry Festival parade. It was announced today (Fri., 22 May) that Paul and Doris Klein will serve as the 1992 Co-Grand Marshals of the Strawberry Festival parade on June 6th. Mr. Klein and his brother David started K’s restaurant, the popular local diner, in 1935. Later, Paul and his wife Doris operated the business for many years before turning the day-to-day operation over to their daughter Marcia.

50 Years Ago: May 21-27, 1967

• Miami County – Ralph Black, president of the Miami County Board of Realtors, is urging World War II veterans who are considering purchasing a home to hurry along because the time to take part in the VA program is running out. The program benefits veterans with a no down payment clause and a VA guaranteed type of financing, but the last day for WWII veterans to take advantage of it is July 25th. Korean veterans still have another 8 years to benefit from the program, and Vietnam veterans have even longer before the program expiration.

• Tipp City – Thomas Kyle, Jr., Robert Spencer and a number of other Tipp City residents feel that their council is ignoring them. General telephone is in the process of building a large microwave tower downtown, which the council agreed to allow, even with the protests of residents. Kyle stated that he has written letters to representatives, senators, FCC officials, PUCO officials as well as General Telephone and the city council. He has heard from all except the telephone company and the council, which he thinks is inexcusable. When there are numerous protests against the construction of the tower from residents and business owners, then the council should listen and at least offer a reasonable explanation for the project and its location.

75 Years Ago: May 21-27, 1942

• Dayton – Brown Hospital, a part of the original buildings constructed at the National Military Home, is now in ruins. A fire of unknown origin destroyed the building last night (May 21st). The old structure was used in recent years as storage and a barracks, but had been condemned as a hospital a few years ago. Although the building was not used as a hospital, it was fully equipped with 458 beds which could have been used in the case of a war-related emergency. The loss is estimated at approximately $100,000, but will be much higher if the need arises to replace the building. Originally constructed in 1868 as a home for Civil War veterans, the hospital had been replaced in recent years by more modern facilities.

• Miami County – A number of athletic directors, coaches and players around the country are worried that sporting events may be heavily curtailed during the next year. Due to the restrictions on gasoline and rubber tires, many school officials at both the high school and college levels are concerned the restrictions could sharply affect their ability to travel to other locations for competitive events. Some schools are already planning for the possibility of full intramural competition in the event of schedule cancellations. “Regulations already in effect make it exceedingly difficult to secure transportation for athletic teams because the bus companies are not allowed to charter buses for special trips and school buses cannot be used except for carrying pupils to and from schools. Here in the county, we believe games between Troy, Piqua, Sidney, etc. are feasible because of the existing bus lines between Troy and those cities, but games to Xenia, Greenville and other locations would pose a problem. Ohio officials are working to get some of the restrictions relaxed.

100 Years Ago: May 21-27, 1917

• Elizabeth Township – Eli, the five year old son of Frank and Kittie Vandeveer, was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while his family was visiting with the Enos Fisher family, near Christiansburg. The young lad and his friends were playing in the yard when a storm approached and they took shelter on a screened porch. Unfortunately, Eli was touching the screen with his hands when lightning struck and jumped several times. Several of the adults worked on the lad, who remained unconscious for several hours, while others went to alert Dr. Hyde in town. The report from his bedside was that he will recover. (Columnist’s Note: Young Eli lived, grew to maturity, married and had a family. Following his marriage, his family lived in Troy for several years before they moved to Cincinnati.)

By Patrick D. Kennedy


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

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


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