25 Years Ago: September 13-19, 1990
• Piqua – The 3rd Annual Great Outdoor Underwear Festival will be held October 13th & 14th in downtown Piqua. This year there are many new attractions and activities to enjoy in addition to other new interests. One of the new features will be continuous entertainment under a large tent with provided seating. A merchant’s window decoration contest, as well as the annual parade will also headline events. (Columnist’s Note: The Great Outdoor Underwear Festival was held in Piqua from 1988 to 1997, as a celebration of Piqua’s long and important underwear manufacturing history, with companies such as Atlas, Superior, and B.V.D.)
• Troy – After reading a couple articles about how music positively affected the downtown areas in other cities, Jerry Caruso, the new manager of Troy Main Street Inc., said he took the idea of playing music in Troy’s Public Square to his board and they enthusiastically supported it. So, for six months downtown Troy will have quiet popular music playing while shoppers and other downtown pedestrians make their way around. If the city, residents and visitors enjoy the music, then it is possible that it might become a permanent feature for Troy. The playing of music in the background helps to quiet some of the noise of trucks or tires, while also having a soothing effect on the listeners.
50 Years Ago: September 13-19, 1965
• Troy – Due to the advice of his doctor, Troy Fire Chief Roy Ross announced he is retiring, effective the first day of October. Chief Ross has been with the Troy Fire Department for 33 years and was appointed chief in April, 1961. When Chief Ross joined the department in July, 1932 there were four firemen and one chief. Now, there are twelve firemen, three lieutenants and a chief.
75 Years Ago: September 13-19, 1940
• London – Following devastating bombing raids and serious damage, the British people remained defiant when the Nazi regime gave the people a ‘chance’ with a “Surrender or Die” warning. Great Britain continues to fight on ‘bravely and sturdily’ in the face of the assault. Dispatches report Britain as united, angered and prepared as never before.
• Miami County – We have received word that there are several local boys who are now playing on the Miami University football squad. Warren Cooper of Piqua is a senior guard; Lou Snyder of Troy is a sophomore guard and Burton Baumgartner of Greenville is a junior end. These young men will be playing for Miami when they open their season against Ball State in Oxford on Saturday.
100 Years Ago: September 13-19, 1915
• Dayton – It has been announced that the people of the Gem City will have a rare, albeit short, opportunity to see the “Liberty Bell,” the famed bell of this nation’s colonial history on Monday (Nov. 22nd). It originally was scheduled to arrive on the Sunday afternoon and remain for most of the day, but the great demand for the relic to appear in other locations has, of necessity, shortened the time when it will be available to Dayton residents. It should arrive on the Monday about 6:30 pm and remain for about 30 minutes.
• Bethel Township – The Pisgah Church will hold a “Homecoming Celebration” on Sunday (Sept. 19th), which will include all-day activities and fellowship. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed on the church lawn, as well as several speakers to edify those in attendance. The church holds this event every year and enjoys the return of numerous former members. (Columnist’s Note: The Pisgah Church was a Methodist Episcopal Church which was first organized about 1825. It remained active for a number of years, but like many rural congregations, eventually it died as individuals and families were drawn to larger cities. All that remains as evidence of the church’s existence are the several tombstones in the old graveyard.)
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