It Happened Years Ago

By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: August 31 – September 5, 1990

• Troy – The Troy Christian Schools has named Mrs. Sally Shaeffer of Troy as the administrative director of the Troy Christian Preschool. Mrs. Shaeffer has been a teacher for the preschool for 17 years. She is finishing an Early Childhood Education degree at Edison State Community College and is a licensed administrator. The Troy Christian Preschool was initially a ministry program of the First Baptist Church which eventually expanded and developed into the Troy Christian Schools.

• Oxford, Ohio – Randy Walker’s former team certainly was not very kind to him in his head coaching debut at Miami. North Carolina took advantage of six turnovers by Walker’s Miami Redskins and won the game 34-0 in the opening game of the season for both squads. Walker was formerly an assistant at North Carolina prior to taking the head coach position at his alma mater, Miami. If Walker’s playing career is any indication, then don’t count him or his charges out after one loss. (Columnist’s Note: Randy Walker was a Troy native and was a key player for the Troy Trojan football teams of the early 1970’s. He went on to a solid career at Miami, when the team posted a 34-1-1 record during three years. Walker was drafted by the Bengals, but chose to become an assistant coach. After a successful coaching stint at Miami, Randy Walker was hired as head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats and continued his success in Evanston. He was posthumously honored as an inductee into the Troy High School Athletics Hall of Fame in the 2013 inaugural class.)

50 Years Ago: August 31 – September 5, 1965

• West Milton – The teachers of Milton-Union schools have all they want and more. Raises granted to Milton-Union teachers will range from $370 to $600, effective the beginning of the new school year in September. The board had assigned raises of $170 to $400, but then the Ohio Legislators passed a $200 flat raise for teachers, as well. The $200 raise will come from state aid. All non-teaching personnel were granted a flat 3 percent raise. All raises were recently approved by the board.

• Troy – Longtime industrialist Clayton Brukner has given Stouder Memorial Hospital the largest single donation in Troy’s history, according to a hospital spokesman. Mr. Brukner, retired president of the Waco Aircraft Co., donated $412,000 to Stouder. He has had a history of giving to the hospital, on whose board of trustees he has served since 1931. The hospital spokesman stated the gift is very timely given the expansion plan of Stouder Memorial Hospital, which is now in the early consultation stage. Mr. Brukner commented that the work of the hospital is vital to Troy and it pleases him to give such a donation. (Clayton Brukner, although not a Troy native, was well-known in the area and made Troy his home. The city greatly benefited from the presence of the Waco Aircraft Company and his many generous gifts. He among other things also is responsible for the Gazebo and small park behind the Troy-Miami County Public Library and the Brukner Nature Center, just west of Troy. Mr. Brukner was never married but, in many respects, Trojans were his family.)

75 Years Ago: August 31 – September 5, 1940

• Concord Township – There seems to be an extraordinarily high count of automobile accidents or near accidents taking place north of Troy on the Dixie Highway and the only common thread along that path is the large number of beer joints lining the road. It would be logical that there should be more policing of the area in order to minimize these incidents, but such has not happened. The volume of alcoholic beverages available in that area certainly outstrips the need of the neighborhood and, as a consequence, many of those imbibing are driving to the location and the away from it. Many of those leaving, of course, are not fit to drive an automobile and anyone in the area might be taking a risk to be on the road. Something needs to be done.

• Troy – In preparation for the beginning of another school year, the Troy city school buildings have been improved and, in some cases, updated. New equipment was added to the Van Cleve High School recently and will greatly aid students in certain learning disciplines. The industrial arts section received two new metal lathes, an arc welder and a heat-treating furnace. New lighting equipment has been added to the mechanical drawing and art department rooms, which will greatly enhance the efficiency of those rooms. The cafeteria and lunch rooms also received new lighting and other helpful equipment, including a 24-ft steam table, a new dishwashing machine, dish tables, a vegetable sink and a new gas range. All of the latter equipment was installed under the supervision of the Hobart Manufacturing Company. Many of the elementary buildings received fresh paint in preparation of the arrival of students for another year.

100 Years Ago: August 31 – September 5, 1915

• Tippecanoe City – The First Baptist Church in this city was favored with a beautiful new communion set, complete with two trays, covers and 88 small glasses for the set. The gift was given to the congregation by Mr. U.J. Favorite, in memory of his wife Sarah Favorite, who was an active member in the church. Mrs. Favorite died last year and this gift in her memory is sure to be a blessing to many. The congregation is under the leadership of Rev. M.F. Bagby.

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