By Patrick D. Kennedy
25 Years Ago: July 12 -18, 1990
• Piqua — Bomb specialists were called to a residential location this morning (July 16th) in order to assess the best means of removing and detonating explosives materials found in a home. Residents in a one-block area around the house were evacuated as the bomb specialists, police and fire departments dealt with the situation. These circumstances came about when a police officer responded to a domestic dispute and while onsite was told by an individual that the basement of the residence should be check. Items such as black powder, wires, a detonary device and two bottles, suspected of being nitroglycerin, were found in the house. Ideally, the bomb squad, police and fire departments would like to remove the materials to an area gravel pit and detonate the items away from anything and anyone that might be damaged or injured. (Columnist’s Note: Following the determination of what material and amounts were present, it was decided by specialists to detonate the explosive material without moving them. Although there was not nearly the amount of nitroglycerin present as originally thought; there was, in fact, damage to the foundation of the house to show sufficient cause for caution. Residents of the area were evacuated and an emergency status was maintained for approximately 40 hours.)
75 Years Ago: July 12-18, 1940
• Miami County — The rainstorm late Thursday afternoon brought relief from the heat, as well as some needed rain for the corn crop. Thursday morning began with a temperature of 69 degrees, but during the day the heat index rose as high as 92 degrees by 2 pm, which is the highest in July, thus far. A cool front with the rain then plummeted the temperature back to 69 degrees, which continued to drop overnight and was recorded at 54 degrees by 6 am Friday, a 38 degree drop in less than 24 hours! Whether one should dress for winter or summer is anyone’s guess.
• Troy – The popular Troy Recreational program for youth has been so successful that it will expand into a yearlong program, beginning this fall. Many local industries and charitable groups, such the Community Chest and the Troy Foundation, are giving strong support to the program. Eight years ago Rev. A.M. Dixon put an idea to work and began the Troy Recreational Association with the benefit of the youth of Troy in mind. It was a program designed to involve the young people of the community in healthy, clean and positive activities during the summer months while they are not in school. The newly expanded program will include athletic, cultural and social events will begin on September 1st.
100 Years Ago: July 12-18, 1915
• Piqua — A rousing meeting of the Dixie Highway boosters is expected on Thursday, July 15th, when a gathering is planned in Piqua. The Dixie Highway is envisioned to be a modern paved highway similar to the Lincoln Highway, but it will connect states from Florida to Michigan, including Ohio. Meetings are being held to determine the exact route of the new highway. Last month a large delegation from Troy made their way to the meeting in Lima and then made their presence felt in the meeting. It is hoped that a large Miami County contingency can continue to hold influence, with the result being that the highway will be constructed from Dayton, through Tipp City, Troy, and Piqua. (Columnist’s Note: The Dixie Highway was indeed constructed through the area, just as those early men of Miami desired. For a little over 30 years the Dixie Highway was a main route of travelling from north or south. It wended its way through many communities such as Tipp, Troy and Piqua. Today, the remains of the highway can be seen mostly in road signs, business names or the remnants of the road in Miami County, which is now designated as “County Road 25A.” When the current interstate was constructed in the mid-1950s, many of the old smaller communities, businesses and other old memories from days past disappeared.)