25 Years Ago: August 13-19, 1992
• Troy – The operators of La Piazza, the new Italian restaurant which will be located in the northwest quadrant of the Public Square, has requested an allowance for an outdoor café on the sidewalk. Troy Main Street gave the request a boost yesterday when the downtown advocacy organization sent a letter to Tom Force, president of city council, in support of the request. (Columnist’s Note: Of course, the city council did approve the outdoor café and the ‘patio’ is now a part of the Public Square scenery and a great place to dine on a beautiful evening. Michael and Leo Anticoli opened La Piazza (“The Square”) in 1992, and for 25 years the Anticoli’s and the staff of the fine restaurant have continued to offer great Italian dining in a great setting.)
• Miami County – The mules might be taken to court. The Miami County Human Society has threatened to charge the owner and trainer of a Miami County Fair act with a criminal act in what they believe is cruelty to animals; claiming that forcing the mules to jump from a high platform into water is inhumane. A letter was delivered to the fair secretary-manager today (August 13th) claiming that the charges would be filed if the act went on as planned. A petition has been signed by approximately 600 people in support of the Humane Society’s position. Fair officials and Tim Rivers (operator of the act) both stated the performance would go on as planned. Rivers stated he has operated the act for 35 years and he has never had a mule injured as a result. The animal jumps from a 40 foot platform into an 8 foot deep pool of water. Some charged that electric shocks were used to train the mules to jump, but Mrs. Rivers stated that it was a lie. Each show drew an average of 800 people and most of the audience seemed appreciative of the act. (Columnist’s Note: Following consultation, the Miami County Municipal Court’s prosecutor stated she would not pursue criminal charges against Rivers because Ohio law is written in such a way that Rivers has not crossed the line of abuse or cruelty.)
50 Years Ago: August 13-19, 1967
• Piqua – It would seem the Upper Miami Valley Joint Vocational School is dead. The West Milton School District has now withdrawn its support for the proposed district vocational school. Dave Huffaker, the project chairman announced yesterday that as far as he is concerned the project is now dead. The board felt that with the recent withdraw of several school districts that the shrinking tax base made the project too small to be viable. (Columnist’s Note: The project was later resurrected and in 1972 a levy was passed by area school districts. In 1975, the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, now the Upper Valley Career Center, opened its doors to area high school students.)
• Miami County – Governor James Rhodes made two brief stops in Miami County as part of the Wonderful World of Ohio Tour. He stopped at the Miami County Fair and made a few quick statements. He also visited the Industrial Building on the fair grounds and tossed a few baseballs on the midway. Also included in his area appearance was a visit to the Overfield Tavern. The Overfield Tavern was restored and opened to the public as a museum just last fall.
75 Years Ago: August 13-19, 1942
• Troy – The recent death of Harold Miles raised the question of whether the Troy Jewelry store, which has been in operation since 1928, would continue on without Mr. Miles. Mrs. Miles on Tuesday (Aug. 18th) announced that she would continue to operate the store with no changes in personnel or policy. (Columnist’s Note: The Miles Jewelry Store did indeed continue to do business and was a longtime store on the Public Square until 1973. Mrs. Miles died in 1996 at the age of 98.)
• Ohio – Ohio high school athletic directors are concerned that many sporting events may have to be cancelled for the duration of the war. The Ohio High School Athletic Association yesterday (Aug. 14th) cancelled the state cross-country meet scheduled for October. Athletic directors are coming to a realization that many other events also may have to be cancelled. Most of the concern lies with transportation and the conservation of fuel. The office of defense recently ruled that no school buses were to be utilized in the transportation of teams. (Columnist’s Note: Most of the school events were held, as alternate transportation and the limiting of distance travel was put in place)
100 Years Ago: August 13-19, 1917
• Miami County – The possibility of using the old Miami – Erie Canal, from Toledo to Cincinnati, as a means of transportation has been under consideration for quite some time. Walter Parker, assistant export for inland water transportation division of the national department of commerce has promised to look into the possibility of cleaning it out and utilizing the eaterway as a mode of transportation for manufacturers. The possibility of making it deeper and wider is also being explored.
• Miami County – There was something lost in the translation. Sheriff Joe Barnett picked up a ‘straggler’ by the name of John Carson around Lena on Monday (Aug. 13th) because people thought he was dangerous because of his rambling speech and no one knew the man. On Tuesday, following some difficulty, it was discovered the man is Finnish and he is trying to reach family near Chicago. So, Sheriff Barnett sent him on his way, but gave Carson a note for his pocket stating that the man should not be arrested. “He is all right and just has trouble making himself understood.”
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