By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago; January 24-30, 1991

Miami County — The majority of county officials are pleased or, at least, accept the newly released data of the 1990 U.S. Census. Most of the communities and the county as a whole increased in size between the 1980 enumeration and the most recent one. Covington was the only community which decreased slightly at a -0.03% rate. Tipp City and West Milton, with their proximity to Dayton, are the fastest growing communities in the county at 7.7% and 5.6%, respectively. Piqua still retains a slight edge over Troy as the largest community in Miami County.

Troy — A small, home grown local company, Star Labels Inc., has been purchased by the Rand McNally DocuSystems Group of Skokie, IL. Star Labels specializes in primary labels for consumer, manufacturing and pharmaceutical packaging, which involves pressure sensitive labels. DocuSystems pioneered the use of magnetic stripes on automatic tickets and boarding passes. In addition, it also utilized the bar code for electronic ticketing which cut down on fraudulent tickets. It also provides baggage tags. The purchase of Star Labels will allow the company to expand into a new area of specialty printing. According to Tom Breen, president of DocuSystems, the acquisition of Star Labels will allow Rand McNally DocuSystems to print a wide array of multi-colored specialty and pressure sensitive products. Star Labels was founded in 1983. Rand McNally’s history dates back to 1856.

50 Years Ago: January 24-30, 1966

Troy — The Troy Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) named Charles Sharett, Director of the Lincoln Community Center, as their 1965 ‘Man of the Year.’ He is the first person from the Black community to be honored in the 13-year history of the award. Mr. Sharett has been director of the center for three years and has placed a great deal of emphasis on education. He holds study and tutoring sessions for students that are struggling and also restricts the activities of those students who need to improve their grades. Mr. Sharett has also improved the interior and exterior of the center, including new landscaping. He has initiated a number of new activities in which the community, as a whole, can be involved. The center has predominantly been utilized by the youth of the Black community, but Sharett has expanded the programs and has made it a fully-integrated center. Others who make use of the center are: Riverside school, the sheriff and Troy Police departments, Hobart Brothers, Grace Brethren Church, Troy Daily News and the Boy Scouts.

Troy — Troy’s Bob Ferguson recently said he may give the National Football League another try. Ferguson, who was an outstanding football player at Troy High School and the Ohio State University, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings during a brief stint in the NFL. Ferguson played for the Steelers during the 1962 and 1963 season, then with the Vikings during part of the 1963 season. It has been stated that he will attend the summer camp with the Washington Redskins.

75 Years Ago: January 24-30, 1941

St. Paris — Eli Pence, one the two of Champaign County’s surviving Civil War veterans, has died in his 99th year. Mr. Pence had just celebrated his 99th birthday last Monday, but had been ill for several months. Mr. Pence was born north of St. Paris and was a lifelong resident of the community. After the war he engaged himself in farming. Left to mourn his loss is his daughter, Mrs. Perry Apple of St. Paris, and two sons, William and Orlando, both near reside near St. Paris. Service will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and interment in the Rosedale Cemetery.

Troy — The first meeting of the Troy Civic Orchestra took place on Tuesday (28th) when fourteen musicians met to practice in the Van Cleve High School. They plan to be involved in community programs and other projects. The orchestra is sponsored by the Troy Recreation Association and is conducted by Dr. Kurt Becker. Dr. Becker has conducted orchestras in other cities where he has resided. Any local musician who is interested in participating is invited to the next practice at Van Cleve next Tuesday, February 4th.

100 Years Ago: January 24-30, 1916

Tippecanoe City — We have received news that former resident Fred Potts of forest City is being considered for the position of municipal sports director of Cleveland. Mr. Potts, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Potts, is quite well-known in the Troy and Tippecanoe area. He has been prominent in athletic circles for a number of years. He attended Ohio Wesleyan, where he distinguished himself as an athlete, then following his graduation played professional baseball for a while. His last contract was with the Kansas City Federals. He was also an assistant coach At Western Reserve in Cleveland.

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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