PIQUA — Three individuals who contributed greatly to the City of Piqua were inducted posthumously into the Piqua Civic Hall of Fame on Nov. 22.
The ceremony was held on the fourth floor of the Fort Piqua Plaza, where plaques honoring the three individuals and previous recipients will be on display permanently.
According to Jim Oda, director of the Piqua Public Library, being included as a Civic Hall of Fame member is significant because it is the local residents who vote to choose the honorees.
During the ceremony, Mayor Lucy Fess read a proclamation from the city for each one of the recipients, who include:
• Stephen Clegg Rowan (1808-1890) — An Irish immigrant, Rowan moved to Piqua with his family in 1818. He was appointed a Navy midshipman in 1826. He sailed on the U.S.S. Vincennes during the first global circumnavigation by a U.S. naval ship. In the Mexican War, he led a detachment of Marines in the capture of San Diego and later aided in the capture of Los Angles. During the Civil War, Rowan commanded the U.S.S. Pawnee which fired the first naval shots of the war. Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1870. He was Piqua’s first Admiral.
• Dorothea “Dorothy” “Dollie” T. Rudd (c. 1873-1954) — Rudd came to Piqua from Springfield in the early 1920s. With the death of her husband John R. Rudd in 1934, she became the first local African-American woman to own a local industry, the Favorite Chemical & Supply Company (embalming fluid) from 1934 through c. 1942. She was active with the YWCA. Rudd left Piqua during World War II to live in Kansas.
• Charles E. Musco (1917-1996) — He was born and died in Piqua, serving most of his adult life as an independent brick mason during a time of strong racial prejudice. During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the South Pacific. His civic involvements included serving on the Piqua Park Board and for over 25 years with the Piqua Police Auxiliary. In 1985, Musco was the first African-American in Piqua to be elected to the Piqua City Commission.
Accepting the honor on behalf of the three recipients were Petty Officer Kenneth Schilling (accepting for Rowan), Leesa Baker (accepting for Rudd) and Constance Montague, daughter of Musco.