It Happened Years Ago

By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: August 16-22, 1990

• Miami County – It was announced that Robert Lindeman of Troy has been officially appointed as the Miami County Republican Committee’s candidate for the seat of the Common Pleas Judge. Judge Hooper stated recently decided to retire rather than run for re-election. Judge Hooper has been on the bench since 1981. Robert Pratt of Piqua and Lindeman were the only two candidates who applied for the consideration of the committee. According to the committee, both candidates were highly regarded. Lindeman will run against Judge John Kistler in November, who is running as an Independent. (Columnist’s Note: Judge Robert Lindeman announced last year that he was retiring from the bench and would not run for re-election. In one of those interesting quirks of history, Jeannine N. Pratt, daughter-in-law of the late attorney Robert Pratt, who had sought the appointment with Lindeman in 1990, declared her candidacy for the position and eventually won the seat. Her swearing in was held in February of this year.)

• Washington, D.C. – The Department of Labor announced that inflation at the consumer level rose about 0.4 percent in July. It also reported that inflation has risen approximately 4.8 percent in the last 12 months. Food, shelter, and energy are often volatile commodities that push the rate of inflation higher. Gasoline prices spiked sharply following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait last month. Consumer wages are just keeping pace with inflation numbers.

50 Years Ago: August 16-22, 1965

• Pleasant Hill – It is believed that Laura Vreeland of Pleasant Hill is the oldest living person in Miami County at 103 years old. Another interesting fact about Mrs. Vreeland is that she did not marry until she was 63 years old. When asked about this she simply stated she was too busy to concern herself with such things. She has worked for a bank, commuting from Ohio to Florida; ran a boarding house and was secretary to an orange company executive. Laura Brump was born near Tipp City on April 30, 1862. There must be something about living in Newton Township. Mrs. Vreeland was preceded as the oldest Miami Countian by Anna Stump, who died early this year at 105 years old.

• West Milton – The ongoing controversy about fluoridation of city water just took another turn in West Milton. The village council recently decided to purchase fluoridation equipment for their water plant and to put the issue on the November ballot. But village solicitor Robert Huffman informed the council last night (Aug. 17th) that, after he researched the laws of Ohio, he determined the council could not place the issue on the ballot. According to Huffman, only by an initiative or referendum petition can an issue such as this be placed on the ballot. So, the village might have fluoridation equipment in their water plant, but they might not be able to use it.

75 Years Ago: August 15-22, 1940

• Tipp City – As result of the extreme heat much of the country has been facing, and specifically here is Miami County, this year’s tomato crop is deficient by nearly 500 tons. Tomatoes are a good dry weather crop, but the extended heat and dry conditions has taken its toll this year. According to T.G. Timmer of the Tip-Top Cannery in Tipp City, the concern is about to begin the canning process on some 1,000 tons of tomatoes, which is only about two-thirds of what the company processed in 1939. The firm pays about $11 per ton to the growers in the county, which equates to $11,000. But this falls short of the nearly $16,000 last year. The cannery will begin this week with about 100 workers and will increase the force as needed during the high harvest period. The processing will be finished about October 1st.

100 Years Ago: August 16-22, 1915

• Miami County – The last surviving member of the Mexican War residing in Miami County has died. Jackson Shade lived just east of Covington at his son Earl Shade’s home on the Piqua Pike (St. Rte. 36). Mr. Shade enlisted for the Mexican War when he was 16 years old and served in the 1st Ohio Regiment Volunteer Infantry. This unit was mustered in at Cincinnati and saw action in Monterey, Mexico in 1846 and Ceralvo, Mexico in 1847. The unit was mustered out in June, 1847 in New Orleans. Years later, at the age of 33 years old, Mr. Shade served in the 110th OVI during the Civil War. Mr. Shade was our last living link in this county to the Mexican War.

• Piqua – The beautiful new post office in this city is now completed and almost ready for occupation. The public is invited to an informal inspection of the new building at the corner of High and Wayne Streets, on Wednesday, August 25th. The office material, equipment and other items will need to be moved into the new facility before all services are transferred to the new location. It is expected the new post office will not be ready for full operation until September. The cost of the new federal building was about $200,000.

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