By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: May 8-14, 1991

• Miami County – The Miami County Commissioners received unwelcome news today when the consultants working on the plans for the new juvenile detention facility told the commissioners the cost for the structure has increased. Consultants from John Ruetschle Associates Inc. of Dayton stated the new cost for the center will be $4,456, 234. The new figure is an increase of $113, 778 over the initial estimate. Charles Powell, project coordinator and juvenile court administrator, has been working to make cuts for the original estimate. Some cuts in landscaping and materials will lower the estimate some, but it is likely more cuts will need to be made. According to the consultants, the new costs were added as a result of state mandated security measures beyond the original plans. The proposed 60-bed facility, which will be located on North County Rd. 25-A, is scheduled for groundbreaking on May 31st. (Columnist’s Note: According to the Miami County website: “The West Central Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is a secure holding facility for youth from Auglaize, Clinton, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert counties.” It also provides programs to assist the youth in securing educational and life skills.)

• Troy – Marla Fair and her mother Joann Cummins come by their doll-restoration business naturally. Marla is a craftsman and artist and Joann is a seamstress. As doll-collectors and with the skills these two ladies have it was an easy progression into assisting others with restoring their dolls. Marla states, “Most people want dolls restored for sentimental reasons, because it was theirs as a child or their mother’s. But a doll well restored also raises in value.” Marla may also have another generation of a doll-lover coming up in her daughter Demelza. While Marla and Joann carry on their restoring of dolls, Marla also helps in her husband’s shop. David Fair has a design and decorator shop in the couple’s home. The Fair’s home is appropriately named Fairhaven. (Columnist’s Note: David and Marla Fair continue to provide business and entertainment to Troy and the Miami County community. David Fair on the Square is a large collection of antique and vintage furniture and decorative items. He is also a design consultant. Marla is an artist, author (see has several books available), as well as active in historical interpretation at the Johnston Farm.)

50 Years Ago: May 8-14, 1966

• Troy – Troy High School is building quite a reputation as a tennis powerhouse. The boy’s team captured their seventh straight Miami Valley League (MVL) title. Coach Jerry Lorentz has quite a talented squad which was able to defeat rival and runner-up Piqua in the tennis championship tournament. Troy won the first and third singles titles and both doubles crown. Tom Davis, Troy’s number one player, and Doug Hall, number three, won the singles title. The double teams of Mark Hennessey and Bob Allen, and Mark Goldner and Bob Oxley, were also successful. Coach Lorentz is quite pleased with the performance of his young men.

75 Years Ago: May 8-14, 1941

• Miami Valley – A great network of amateur radio operators are standing by to assist in the case of emergencies. Approximately, twenty-five amateur radio enthusiasts, from Troy to Cincinnati, have formed a system of offering emergency service in the case of a tornado or other catastrophe. Even if all the power lines were down and telephone or cable service disrupted, these operators could assist the Red Cross, local or state police, or other agencies with communications. Stations are located in Troy, Franklin, Hamilton, Miamisburg, Germantown, Xenia, Centerville, Jamestown and Dayton, all of which operate under the licensing of the Federal Communications Commission. The local man in Troy is Claude Brandon of Garfield Ave.

100 Years Ago: May 8-14, 1916

• Troy – Dr. Warren Coleman, grandson of the Troy area pioneer Dr. Asa Coleman, has requested the city to vacate the north end of Plum St. near the river and to deed him the property in order to expand his hospital on the site. Dr. Coleman already has the agreement of C.C. Hobart, who is willing to deed the adjoining property and provide the needed area for expansion. Kenneth Little, city solicitor of Troy, is backing the plan and encouraging the city leaders to do the same. He noted that all modern and forward thinking cities are providing room for new hospitals. Dr. Coleman stated that he had two possible plans, if the city agrees to his request. One would be to erect a new modern hospital building which would connect with the current building on the second floor. The other plan would be to construct an addition to the current building and dedicate it to administrative offices, while utilizing the present structure only for hospital purposes. Both plans would allow the hospital to provide care for fifteen to twenty patients at a time. (Columnist’s Note: It is likely the original plans for the stated expansion were scrapped. The hospital did expand, but it added to the west side of the building, thus butting right up against the old court house power plant building (which is still there). The old Coleman Hospital building was razed about 1991 and the area is now used as a parking lot. Dr. Coleman was a third generation physician in Troy, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Asa and his father Horace Coleman. Dr. Warren Coleman continued to serve the community for several years, dying in 1938. He is interred in Riverside Cemetery.

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