It Happened Years Ago

By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: August 23-29, 1990

• Bethel Township – Kelly Lyons just keeps on going. The 1986 Bethel graduate recently signed a contract to play professional basketball in Japan. Lyons was a member of the Bethel Ladies basketball team which won the state championship in 1986 and was runner-up the previous year. Lyons attended Old Dominion and scored over 2,000 career points and grabbed over 1,000 career rebounds. Lyons was a three-time All-Sun Belt performer; a two-time Kodak All-District All-American selection in 1989 and 1990. The Virginia Collegiate Player of the Year and member of the USA National team in the World University games in 1989. Although a former coach told her Japan is not as competitive as some European teams, it should be a great experience. Hitachi signed her for $80,000 per year to play about 17 games.

• Troy – The wooden logs of an old log house which were uncovered on August 8th and preserved by the contractor are looking for a new home. The contractor was hired by the country to remove two houses at the southwest corner of Water and Cherry Streets, but when the dismantling began they discovered the remains of a log house. Star-ex Inc. of Covington should be commended for their desire to preserve the building. The logs were numbered and then the house was dismantled. The log house is likely an Overfield Tavern era structure, although it is not clear as to its full history. (Columnist’s Note: Several historians dreamed of recreating the log house in a park, similar to Carillon Park in Dayton. Due to the condition of some of the pieces this never materialized. The logs of the structure were eventually used in a renovation project at the Overfield Tavern.)

50 Years Ago: August 23-29, 1965

• Casstown – Does this village have an animal problem? Recent complaints from residents seem to indicate that the town may indeed have an issue. First there is the rooster, which does not awake people in the morning, as commonly desired; rather he crows all night long. Then there is the line of ducks which makes its way through the village every morning on their way to breakfast at the grain elevator. Not too bad, except they wake everyone along the path with their incessant quacking. In addition, there are those typical stray dogs that are always in town. The final straw for some people is the odor that continues to waft its way from the pony stables to nearby neighbors. The council has informed the village marshal that he needs to contact the owners of the animals and tell them to control the animals or get rid of them.

• Troy – An announcement was made that a nucleus group is forming the Troy Civic Theatre. A theatre and director are being sought and the group hopes to have its first production ready for this fall. Initially, the theatre company hopes to raise funds through memberships. The troupe is planning to present three plays per year, but, ultimately, would like to develop a program that would run throughout the year. (Columnist’s Note: The Troy Civic Theatre has been presenting great plays and entertainment for Trojans for 50 years. Although the cast has changed, the quality is still the same. Come out and celebrate 50 years with TCT.

75 Years Ago: August 23-29, 1940

• Miami County – According to Judge Guy O’Donnell, Miami County may set a new record for the number of marriage license applications in a single month by the time August is over. The old record is 51 applications. Judge O’Donnell stated he is not sure of the cause for the rise in license applications, but said the improved business prospects and the country’s preparation for defense in light of the European war might be factors in couples wanting to get married.

100 Years Ago: August 23-29, 1915

• Troy – Within two weeks the Troy Fire Department will be totally motorized in its equipment. Mayor Dilts, Service Director Beck and Safety Director Thomas recently visited the Gramm Motor Company in Lima and decided on the purchase of a chassis from the concern, which will be delivered to the city next week. The chassis is one-and-half tons and is fitted with a Continental motor. Joseph Rebholtz, local blacksmith, will fit the body of the hose and chemical wagon to the new chassis. Safety Director Thomas estimated the new vehicle will pay for itself in 5-6 years, in contrast to continuing to keep a team of horses for the department. Director Thomas stated the team costs about $300 per annum; whereas, the vehicle maintenance is $80 for the same period. The city will now have two motor trucks for city fire protection.

• Ohio – The Miami-Erie Canal is being deepened as part of general flood protection, especially in the rural areas. Deepening the canal will allow the channel to hold more water than is possible, at present. This measure should help to protect farms and rural residences from flooding, except in extreme conditions. Two teams are beginning the work, one in Cincinnati and the other in Toledo. It is expected that they will meet somewhere between St. Marys and New Bremen.

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