25 Years Ago: June 26-July 2, 1991
• Tipp City – As a result of budget concerns the Tipp City Police Department gave up the idea of a “four legged patrol” in favor of two wheels. The department was looking for ways to increase police visibility and effectiveness in the community this summer and considered the idea of mounted officers. Horses are great for visibility, but, as the costs were examined, the department decided utilizing bicycle patrol would also be effective. This summer the police will begin using a Bianchi 19 1/2 inch mountain bike for evening patrol. After contacting other departments, it was found that people liked the bike idea because it is more personal than a cruiser going down the street.
• Troy – Dr. Michael Barnhart has recommended Marcia Rarick, long time Troy educator and current Kyle School principal, for the principal position at the Troy Junior High School. Banna Smith, principal at the Troy Junior High School for 15 years, will retire at the end of the month. Rarick taught for a number of years at the junior high school prior to becoming the principal at Kyle. The school board will act on the recommendation at its July 15th meeting. (Columnist’s Note: Marcia Rarick was approved as principal for the junior high school. She served in that capacity through the 1998-1999 school year.)
50 Years Ago: June 26-July 2, 1966
• Troy – In an effort to assist the city in making a decision concerning which variety of tree to plant around the city, the Troy Daily News had two small Chancellor Linden trees put in place in front of their office building on S. Market St. Dick Duke, of Duke Garden Center Inc. of Troy, planted the trees two weeks ago. According to R. George Kuser, publisher of the Troy Daily News, the city can look at the trees in their setting and see if they are the type of tree they might be interested in planting along the downtown streets. The news office may even plant a couple more of these trees. The Chancellor Linden is a fast-growing, non-messy tree and will grow to approximately 25-30 feet. Since it is a new variety, so not all the variables are known. The city desires to “soften” the downtown area with the addition of trees, but they have to be non-messy, relatively inexpensive and uniform in variety. (Columnist’s Note: According to a nursery webpage, the Chancellor Linden will live for about 70 years and will grow to about 50 feet at maturity.)
• Troy – The new Troy Firehouse was dedicated on Saturday, July 2nd with several dignitaries and numerous interested Troy residents in attendance. Current Fire Chief Robert Counts and three former fire chiefs were all in attendance, along with Common Pleas Court Judge David S. Porter and State Fire Marshall George Schlotterback. Troy High School band director John Slonaker played “To the Colors” by trumpet as the flag was raised and, then, the whole band played the National Anthem. Speeches, music and festivities, including tours of the new building were appreciated and enjoyed by all. The city purchased the site of the old Montross Lumber Company and constructed the two-story building at a cost of $235,000, which the department was able to occupy two weeks ago. (Columnist’s Note: This is the station on E. Race St., near the Troy Post Office, known as “Station No. 1.” )
75 Years Ago: June 26-July 2, 1941
• Troy – Using the information supplied by Earl Davis, manager of the G.C. Murphy store, the police have arrested a Peru, Indiana man for the robbery which took place in Troy recently. The married father of three children was brought back to Troy to face charges. Originally, the man had gone to Dayton to look for new work, but the plan to carry out the robbery formulated while he was there. Mr. Davis gave the description of the thief to Chief Smick and accompanied him to Indiana to verify the identity of the suspect.
100 Years Ago: June 26-July 2, 1916
• Lena – This usual quiet village in eastern Miami County was disturbed this week by a brutal murder. Two railroad men, who were companions, got into an argument over a bottle of whiskey and one used a two and a half inch Barlow pocket knife to kill his combatant by stabbing him in the heart. The two men, who had moved to Lena about two years ago, had been visiting saloons in Piqua and after becoming quite inebriated were able to purchase the whiskey and head home. The two men, who roomed together in the same house, began to argue soon after reaching their residence. After realizing what he had done, the murderer fled the town, but was captured four hours later in St. Paris. Arraignment took place before Piqua Judge E.M. Bell. The accused pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and a trial is set for July 6th. The crime made a widow of the victim’s 15 year old bride.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org