By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: June 19-25, 1991

Piqua – There is something to be said about planning ahead, and in that spirit the Piqua Board of Education has selected its replacement for Superintendent Duane Bachman, when he retires at the end of the next school year (1992). Jerry Clark, assistant superintendent of the Clermont Northeastern Local District in Clermont County, was hired as assistant superintendent of the Piqua Schools and will assume the superintendent position upon Bachman’s retirement. He is a graduate of Miami University and Xavier University. After interviewing numerous candidates, Cornelia Tinkler, president of the Board of Education, stated, “He is outstanding, exactly what Piqua needs.” Mr. Clark is married and has two boys. (Columnist’s Note: According to Jim Oda, Duane Bachman served as superintendent from 1975 – 1992. Mr. Clark served in the position from 1992 until 2006. After his retirement in 2006, Mr. Clark joined SHP Leading Design, a recognized facility design, planning and management firm in Cincinnati.)

Southern Ohio – After days of high heat and dry weather, storms brought relief to area farms and lawns. The storms also carried in cooler air. Friday’s hot and dry weather conditions were part of a pattern persisting through the spring, especially in northern and central Ohio. Multiple inches of rain will be needed to return the ground to normal moisture levels in much of the state.

50 Years Ago: June 19-25, 1966

Tipp City – The old school is coming down. “The Castle,” as the old Dow Elementary School was affectionately named, is in the process of being razed. A bond issue was passed in the May Primary that opened the way for the construction of a new building. (Columnist’s Note: The bond issue had failed in the fall of 1966. Many residents, especially those who had attended school in the Dow building, wanted to see the old structure restored and used, not destroyed. Lively debate in the community and in letters to the editor, from both sides, kept discussions going right up to the day of voting.)

Troy – Capt. Robert M. Collier, who graduated from Troy High School, was recently back in Troy visiting his mother, Mrs. Opal Collier. Last April, Capt. Collier was awarded the Air Medal for his service. He flew 137 combat missions in six months and won the air medal with a cluster of four oak leaves. Capt. Collier is scheduled to be promoted to major in August. (Columnist’s Note: According to the “U.S. Army Service, Campaign Medals and Foreign Awards Information” website, “the Air Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the armed forces of the United States, shall have distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or heroism or for meritorious service. Oak leaf clusters were initially used to denote subsequent awards of the Air Medal. The number of additional awards was so great that the oak leaf clusters did not fit on the ribbon. As a result, the policy was changed in September 1968.”)

75 Years Ago: June 19-25, 1941

Troy – George H. Stokes, a member of the Troy Library Board, announced that the Troy Foundation recently awarded the library with $700 which allowed them to purchase a wide array of technical books for circulation. The books have already been placed on a special case, also a gift of the Troy Foundation, and are available for circulation. Mr. Stokes and his committee, prior to purchasing the volumes, sent a list of proposed books to leading industries in Troy and also requested suggestions of titles that would be most helpful. The library was then able to purchase books that will be quite practical for factory workers and those interested in specific trades.

Troy – A man with a .38 revolver, apparently working alone, was able to get away with approximately $30 in cash after holding up five people, including manager Earl Davis, at the G.C. Murphy store on South Market St. The cash sum was the total of what three ladies and two men had in their purses and billfolds at the time. The man entered the store before open hours and announced it was a stick up. He corralled the five people into a storage room and told them to wait five minutes before doing anything. He was described as being about 28 or 29 years of age, 6 foot one or two and weighing about 160 pounds. The three female clerks were so shaken by the ordeal that they were given the day off.

100 Years Ago: June 19-25, 1916

Bradford – Following the lead of Officer O.A. Preston, the Bradford police raided a home in the town about 1 am Sunday morning. They caught five pasteboard artists in the middle of a game and were able to arrested five men on the charge of gambling. The police knew the games were being played here for quite some time, but they were unable to pin down the location until recently. The men were arraigned Monday morning and all plead guilty, resulting in a fine of $25 each. The police are determined to stop gambling in Bradford.

Troy – A relative of some Trojans and a friend of many others in the area, the Rev. J.Q.A. Henry, will soon depart for a great evangelistic campaign in Australia. He will also visit Honolulu, the Fiji Islands and New Zealand. He intends to spend about six months in the region and will work with the Evangelization Society of New South Wales in order to present the Gospel to the people of the area. (Columnist’s Note: According to a contemporary publication that is available online, Rev. Henry’s campaign was quite successful. “His evangelistic campaign in New Zealand was the most extensive ever taken by any evangelist. More than 12,500 individuals, after having been dealt with personally, confessed openly their acceptance of Christ as Saviour and King during the Australasian campaign.” Rev. Henry’s wife, Margaret, was the daughter of area Baptist minister P.M. Weddell, who is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua.)

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