By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: April 24-30, 1991

Troy – The construction work on the planned Meijer store site should commence next month, according to Troy Community Improvement Corp. Meijer’s parent company originally planned for the work to begin in the fall, but has now decided to accelerate the project in Troy. The store will employ approximately 600 people and bring a $5 million payroll into the local economy. Meijer is just the latest project which will impact Troy’s economy. The new Kroger store complex is now being constructed, which is not far from the 84 Lumber site and last year Wal*Mart opened along State Route 41.

Troy – The county commissioners are seeking to have a restoration firm complete their analysis of the Miami County Court House so that they can move forward with the bidding process and restoration of the 1885 structure. A couple of consulting firms have told the commissioners that cast iron portions of the court house domes are deteriorating at a fast rate and should be taken care of sooner than later. The approximate cost of total restoration of the domes, columns and sculptures will be close to $5 million, so the commissioners discussed the possibility of using newer and less expensive materials in the project. Advisors have recommended against that plan of action.

50 Years Ago: April 24-30, 1966

Concord Township – Two developers would like to put in a 205 unit trailer park and service center on Boone Hill, south of Troy. According to county zoning inspector Kenneth Cook, the two developers approached him about the possibility of locating the park in the area about two-and-a-half miles south of Troy. Since 1958, zoning laws have prohibited trailer parks in the county and townships. Cook advised the men they would have to appeal the zoning law for the township in order to get permission to build a trailer park. Existing trailer parks in the county were already in place when the zoning laws were put in force in 1958.

Miami County – Arthur Haddad, county engineer, and the Miami County Commissioners have all received letters from the State Board of Health which authorize the general plan for a county owned incinerator. The county decided to move forward with the incinerator plan following a long and drawn out debate on whether the county should compost or incinerate refuse. The next step, according to Haddad, is for detailed plans to be drawn up for the incinerator. It has already been decided that the incinerator will be located near Eldean. The county is hopeful that it can be put into operation by the end of 1967.

75 Years Ago: April 24-30, 1941

Troy – Hobart Brothers announced that the new Hobart Trade School Inc. was recently opened and has a full class of 80 students. The new building is located on Elm Street near the west end of the Hobart Brothers factory. The main focus of the school is to train students in arc welding, which consists of 160 hours of training. The school also offers specialized training for advanced students and experienced welders. The building has 50 individual welding booths with equipment and proper ventilation and lighting. The school plans to develop other trades and eventually provide training in areas of machine shop practice and other mechanical skills. (Columnist’s Note: The welding school began on the third floor of the old Hobart Brothers’ factory as a training program for the arc welders they were selling as a product. Eventually, it grew into the school-based training, as seen above, and is now the fully developed Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, located in the Westbrook subdivision of Troy. Students from all over the world have come to Troy and continue to come for training at the institute.)

Troy – The Boy Scouts have taken over Troy! As part of the annual Civic Day program, the Boy Scouts tasted what it was like to run Troy for a day and they did not waste any time asserting their ‘authority.’ Troy Daily News advertising manager Charles Mattocks was ‘charged’ with building a barn opening on the sidewalk and was taken to police headquarters, where he was fingerprinted and ‘mugged.’ Mr. Mattocks appeared before Mayor Sam Butcher for his trial. It was found that the ordinance upon which Mr. Mattocks was charged had been repealed. He was fingerprinted for future precaution and released. Keith Bader acted as city auditor.

100 Years Ago: April 24-30, 1916

Piqua – A lockout at the French Oil Mill has brought in a new group of employees to work at the concern. A.W. French stated that he expected the company would be running at its previous capacity in a short time as new employees are added to the payroll. The former employees were locked out by the company and many of the same are picketing near the business. Police are checking the site occasionally and have reported that thus far the conduct of the men has been exemplary. The company was founded in 1900 by Mr. French.

Correction from Last Week: When relating the story about the ballot issue and the old Dow school in Tipp City, I inadvertently typed that the issue passed in “1996.” Hopefully, most of you understood that it should have read “1966.”

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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