25 Years Ago: February 5-11, 1992
• Tipp City – Jobnet is here to assist you. Jobnet is a support group for the unemployed. Mike Steier, religious education director at St, John’s Parish, said the group began out of a concern for members of the church, but has grown to include many with no attachment to the church. Jobnet helps individuals find resources in their area of interest or expertise, as well as creating a network of contacts for the person. Mr. Steier stated that other than meeting at the church the group is not a religious organization and it is open to all interested. The organization coordinates monthly speakers to examine on different aspects of job hunting such as putting together a good resume, interviewing tips, etc. The meetings are useful to anyone who is unemployed and looking to improve their status for an potential employer.
• Troy – Pat Van Norman is heading to state competition, again. The Troy High School senior is the first male swimmer in Troy’s history to go state competition three years. He is heading to state as a result of his strong year and his finish in the Southwest Ohio District meet, where he turned in his best times ever in the 100 meter backstroke and 200 individual medley. He also garnered All-District honors. He is also being recruited by Division I college teams, including in-state schools Ohio State and Wright State. (Columnist’s Note: Pat Van Norman decided to attend Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and had a nice career at that school. He was the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Champion in the 100 Meter Backstroke in 1994 & 1996; MAC Champion in the 200 Meter Backstroke in 1994, 1995 & 1996. He holds the 7th best time in the 100 Meter Backstroke and the 9th best time in the 200 Meter Backstroke in EMU history. He was also an All-MAC selection while at EMU.)
50 years Ago: February 5-11, 1967
• Covington – The Rogers Drum Company one mile south of town will not be manufacturing their drums for about two weeks and employees out of work during the same period. An explosion ripped out the southwest corner of the building and will temporarily halt production in the facility. One spokesman stated that the explosion was likely the result of ‘spontaneous combustion,’ which can happen when too many sheets of plastic are stacked together and the acetate base in the sheets overheat and combust if the temperature rises too high. No one was injured in the explosion. (Columnist’s Note: The Rogers Drum Company was at one time one of the largest and best known drum companies in the United States. It was located in Covington from about 1954-1968, the company’s most prosperous era. New owners gathered together several company facilities and put them under one roof in Dayton.)
• Troy – The site for the proposed new city swimming pool was chosen last night when the Troy Park Board donated a site east of Hobart Arena. If the pool project is to go forward then the people of Troy will need to approve a .3 mill tax issue in May. If everything goes as planned, then tentative opening date for the pool will be Memorial Day, 1968. Other suggested locations for the pool were: north of the high school; north of the arena at the corner of Staunton Rd and Adams Street; and the northeast corner of S. Ridge and McKaig Avenues.
75 Years Ago: February 5-11, 1942
• Troy – Local auto parts dealer L. Robbins has an order from the American Rolling Mills Company (ARMCO) for 50 tons of scrap iron. The company will convert the materials into essential war supplies for the defense department. Mr. Robbins said he has about 800 cars in his scrap lot and will use approximately 40 percent of them to meet the order. He estimated that it will take roughly a month to complete the directive.
100 Years Ago: February 5 – 11, 1917
• Miami County – The third storm of the winter season, and the worst one yet, hit the area about 11 0’clock Sunday morning and did not let up until later in the evening. Although the actual snowfall was light, the wind was fierce and harsh. But even after the winds subsided the temperatures remained frigid, registering anywhere from 6 to 12 below zero. Despite the drifting snow, the Dayton & Troy and the Springfield, Troy & Piqua traction lines were able to continue their runs throughout the area.
• Horseradish Charlie: I had a few people contact me after last week’s story and they added a couple more notes. One confirmed the story that Charlie may have ‘rationed’ his bathing. The story goes that one time Charlie was attacked and the money that he had with him was stolen, and he was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Apparently, they bathed him several times to clean him up and, after all the grime was removed, the staff was shocked to find out he was a white man. The positive side of this story that was told in another oral history is that even after the attack and robbery Horseradish Charlie did not lose his friendliness toward other people around him. An additional story stated that a sister of the storyteller use to work at J.C. Penney’s on East Main Street, Troy. Once a year, Horseradish Charlie would come in and purchase a new Union Suit, or Long Johns, as they are sometimes called. Apparently, he would wear them for a year and then decided it was time for a new outfit.
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