By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: September 6 – 12, 1990

• Troy – The old lunch and shift-change whistle At PMI/Hobart Corporation has blown for the last time and is being retired. According to a spokesman for the company, the whistle had actually stopped working in August and when the high cost of the repairs was realized it was the decided not to go forward with repairs. Although the company did not know exactly how long the whistle was in use, there are at least a couple generations of Trojans that knew what time of day it was by the sound of the whistle. The old steam whistle would blow at 11:30 am and Noon to signify lunch breaks; at 3 pm for the end of the day shift and then 5 pm to note the end of the day for office workers.

• Troy – It is possible that this city might have an FM radio station as early as the latter part of this year. The Federal Communications Commission approved an FM station in 1984 and Bill Coffey was the only person who applied for a license to operate a station in Troy. His station, WTRJ has worked to get the station on the air, but one of the obstacles has been finding zoning and residential approval for a radio tower. (Columnist’s Note: After several years of trying to get the station established, Coffey finally succeeded in getting WTRJ 96.9 FM on air in 1991. The station ran under several different managers for about 8-9 years from their studio on the Public Square. The community now has Troy Community Radio WTJN 107.1, which is located in the same building as the old WTRJ.)

50 Years Ago: September 6 – 12, 1965

• Casstown – Miami East High School will be able to enjoy their new stadium tonight (Friday, Sept. 10) when they host the Versailles Tigers. In actuality, it is not a whole new stadium, but new enlarged bleachers around the field. Cast-concrete bleacher stands were put in place on the home side of the football field and will add about 1,100 seats the stadium. The old wooden bleachers were taken out, repaired, restored and added to the visitor’s side of the field. The new stands cost about $10,000 and took more than a year to construct, but will enlarge the capacity of the stadium to about 1,800 people.

• Miami County – The Miami County Council For Retarded Children (now the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities) is wrestling with a serious problem. They have placed two levies on the November ballot in support of the Riverside School, but they are having difficulty garnering the support they need for the levies to pass. The first levy is for one-year and would generate about $40,000 in order to construct a sheltered workshop addition to the school for the purpose of training older students. Currently, a converted classroom is used as a workshop. By state law, the school cannot keep anyone beyond the age of 21 years old. In addition, the law allows no more than 12 students in a classroom at one time. Ideally, individuals who have attended the school graduate to the workshop, but if it is too crowded, then they would have to be turned away. The sheltered workshop would allow for a more appropriate workshop space, it would be larger than the current classroom set-up, plus, it would free the current classroom used for that purpose to be opened as another regular school classroom. The second levy is a five-year levy and would generate about $40,000 per year for general operations.

75 Years Ago: September 6 – 12, 1940

• Columbus – Dr. R.H. Markwith, State Director of Health, announced that the fifteenth victim of poliomyelitis, more commonly called polio, died on September 6th in Columbus. He also stated that 67 people are infected with the illness throughout the state. Only one active case, thus far, has been reported in Miami County. Several school districts throughout Ohio have closed or delayed opening school until the malady wanes. Lawrence County in the southern part of Ohio has been the hardest hit with 11 active cases reported.

• Miami County – The drought continued to worsen as the county has yet to see any rain in September. April was the last ‘wet’ month in the county and the precipitation has been decreasing every month since then. In June, July and August of 1939 there was a combined rainfall of 16.09 inches. Comparatively, we have received 6.95 inches during the same period of this year, with 4 inches of that precipitation coming in June. Many of the major creeks and streams in the county are beginning to dry up and some of the crops are definitely showing the effects of the drought.

100 Years Ago: September 6 – 12, 1915

• Monroe Township – The trustees of Monroe Township have award the contract for the construction of the new township building in Tipp City to the A. Bentley Sons & Company of Dayton. The winning bid was for $32,991 by the concern. The heating and ventilation will be accomplished by H.P. McGraph of Dayton at a cost of $5,300 and the wiring will be completed for $590 by William Hall Electric Company of Dayton. When finished the auditorium will be able to seat 1,000 people.

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