50 Years Ago: July 26 – August 1, 1965
• Troy — Two would be burglars were thwarted in their attempt to rob an employee of the Zwiebel’s Market of the store’s night deposit. The men, who were armed with a revolver, yelled at Joe Reardon to stop and pointed the gun into his truck window. But Reardon, who is assistant manager at Zwiebel’s, quickly let his clutch out and was able to escape. The bandits tried to give chase for a short way but soon gave up. Also, unknown to the thieves, was the fact that their planned heist was ill-timed because Mr. Reardon had already made the deposit in the night box. The Troy police and the sheriff’s department are searching the area for the suspects, who were described as two males, both about 6’ tall.
• Troy – On Wednesday evening, July 28th, all interested parties are invited to meet at the Troy-Miami County Public Library for the purpose of organizing the Troy Historical Society. The society hopes to develop a repository for historical information and papers associated with history of Troy. This organization is separate from the Miami County Historical Society and hopes the two entities can complement one another. (Columnist’s Note: The Troy Historical Society was formed and is still a thriving society in Troy. It continues to preserve historical material relating to Troy and Miami County and provides programs of historical interest for the community. The Troy Historical Society and the Troy-Miami County Public Library formed a partnership which continues to this day. The historical materials of the Troy Historical Society, as well as those of the library are housed at the Troy-Miami County Library’s Local History Library, 100 W. Main St.)
75 Years Ago: July 26 – August 1, 1940
• Ohio — The current 10-day heat wave continues to cost lives directly and indirectly throughout the state. While some portions of Ohio had some minor relief as a result of some rain showers, most Buckeyes were wilting under temperatures in the high 90’s. Some locations, such as Cincinnati, Wilmington and Circleville, even saw temperatures at 100 or above. Numerous people have even drowned in their attempt to find relief from the continued heat wave. The death toll has reached 600 in the latest count.
• Troy — The recent news that the Hobart Brothers Company received a contract from the government has been confirmed by the concern. The contract was stated to be worth about $34,000 and will be for the production of 49 gas engine motors. These motors are used on the sighting mechanism of anti-aircraft guns. The contract is to be filled in about four months and the motors will be shipped to government arsenals around the United States, as the country continues to prepare for possible hostilities.
100 Years Ago: July 26 – August 1, 1915
• Tippecanoe City — The new ice manufacturing business of Frings & Martindale is now operating in their new plant. The building was constructed during the last several weeks and is now in full operation. It contains the ice manufacturing section as well as a slaughter house and cold storage area. The ice concern can produce over 7 tons of ice per day and the slaughter house is constructed in such a manner that it is easily cleaned with none of the usual odor emanating from the house. The proprietors extend an invitation to anyone who interested in the process of manufacturing ice.
• Pleasant Hill — Pleasant Hill is planning on holding a Chautauqua that is guaranteed to be a high class event. The Chautauqua will be held August 21-25 and will include two program, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. A variety of entertainment will be on hand and will be sure to appeal to everyone. Although our event will not be as extended as some others in the area, we can say it will be a quality affair. Make plans now to attend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org