It Happened Years Ago

By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: July 18 – 25, 1990

Miami County — The Upper Valley Joint Vocational School in Piqua has only had one superintendent and one principal in its 17 year history, but all of that is changing. James Stickley, principal at the school since its founding in 1973, has been named the new superintendent. Dr. Richards Adams, the only superintendent at JVS, resigned from the position, effective August 31st, in order to run for a state senate seat. Of course, with the naming of Stickley to the position will necessitate the search for a new principal. According to Mr. Stickley, several within the school have expressed interest in the principal position. One of his other immediate tasks will be to promote and work for the passage of the 1-mill renewal levy which the board voted to put on the November ballot.

Dayton — During its history, the Dayton Air Show has grown to become an international event. But after 15 years as the “Dayton Air and Trade Show,” the event organizers decided on a name which more accurately reflects the event and have renamed it the “United States Air and Trade Show.” The event draws aircraft, aviators, and aeronautical manufacturers from all over the world, which is appropriate since Dayton is the birthplace of aviation. Approximately 265 exhibiters from around the world will be in Dayton and feature the latest in aerospace technology developments, operations and services. (Columnist’s Note: In recent years the event has reverted to its local moniker and sponsor and is now named the Vectren Dayton Air Show. It is still considered one of the best and biggest air shows in the country, but there is no longer a trade show for the public. The “U.S. Air, Trade and Technology Conference” is held at the same time, but is not open to the public. Although I do not know for sure, I assume this is for security purposes.)

50 Years Ago: July 19-25, 1965

Laura — Laura’s four-term mayor informed the village council recently that he will not seek re-election in November. However, Fred Elleman did leave the door open to possibly running again in the future. At this time in his life, Elleman, who is a foreman for National Cash Register in Dayton, stated that he was just too busy to give the appropriate attention needed as mayor. The only one who seemed pleased about the announcement was Elleman’s wife, who stated it was about time he stopped holding two jobs. The November election marks the last time a Laura mayor will be elected to a two-year term. In 1967 the mayoral office will become a four-year term.

Troy — Two well-known faces and names have been seen around Troy this summer. Tommy Vaughn and Tommy Myers, the “Tommy Guns,” as they were nicknamed as teammates at Troy High School, have been conditioning and preparing to report to the Detroit Lion’s rookie camp by spending time at Troy Memorial Stadium. Vaughn and Myers both had great careers at Troy High School and then at Iowa State University and Northwestern University, respectively; where they both achieved All-American honors. They are seeking to extend their playing days by playing for the professional football team in Detroit.

75 Years Ago: July 19-25, 1940

London — German Dictator Adolph Hitler has issued an ultimatum to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stating that Great Britain should surrender to Germany in order to preserve it history and empire.

100 Years Ago: July 19-25, 1915

Troy — The Secretary of State has ruled in favor of women. Recently, women have been allowed to vote for board of education members in regular elections. But this year a question arose as to whether it was legal for them to vote in the primary elections when the names of the candidates appeared with their party affiliations. The Secretary of State stated it was legal for women to vote in the primaries and that they may be given party tickets to vote.

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