25 Years Ago: March 6-12, 1991
• Miami County – A new generation of leaders are stepping forward to help lead the county into the future. Changes in the county commissioners, auditors and treasurers offices signal a new era of leadership for Miami County. Dale Davis has been the county auditor for 28 years, but he has been replaced by former Troy city auditor Chris Peeples. Robert Clawson had served the county as a commissioner for 24 years until his seat was taken by Lou Havener in November’s election. The other “new official” is Lydia Callison, who has become the county treasurer in place of Ethel Felver, who retired. They are all new to their respective offices, but they all have a lot of experience which will serve the people well for the foreseeable future.
50 Years Ago: March 6-12, 1966
• Troy – The Troy Senior Citizen’s Center is pursuing its first fund-raising campaign for operational funds. The $3,000 campaign will take place this month and will provide the center with funds to function until they can be placed on the United Fund list. The Troy Jaycee wives founded the center in June, 1962, but they have since expanded their programming and membership and are in need of more funding. They also expect participation to increase since they have opened membership to anyone in the county who is 60 years old and up. The co-chairmen for the fund drive are Judge David S. Porter and Troy attorney Robert McCarthy.
75 Years Ago: March 6-12, 1941
• Troy – After trying to make a go-of-it for two and a half years, Carl and Vera Hill have decided to close their grocery store at 229 South Elm Street. Mr. Hill, a welder at Troy Sunshade, moved to Troy from Piqua a few years ago and opened “Hill’s Market” at the corner of S. Elm and McKaig. Mrs. Hill operated the store during the day. They are now in the process of selling their stock.
• Troy – Rev. L. W. E. Watson, minister at Richard’s Chapel Methodist Church, was obviously proud on Friday evening (March 7th) when he introduced his son to the audience at the Edwards auditorium. His son Laurence is an accomplished tenor from Columbus who delighted the attenders with many difficult vocal selections. Especially appreciated were “Vittoria, Vittoria” and “Who’s Gonna Mourn for Me?” A number of old spirituals were also enjoyed. It is likely that Trojans will be hearing more from young Mr. Watson in the future.
100 Years Ago: March 6-12, 1916
• Tippecanoe City – The boys’ basketball team of Tippecanoe High School will travel to Delaware on Thursday (March 9th) to compete with other southern Ohio teams for a chance at a state championship. The trip was made possible by community businessmen. The team will be accompanied by Mr. Potts, a high school faculty member, and numerous businessmen who are also fans of basketball. (Columnist’s Note: Unfortunately, Tippecanoe’s young men did not prevail. The team lost to Grove City, 14-24, in Delaware’s Edwards gymnasium on Friday, March 10th.)
Historical Question: Two weeks ago, I was contacted by Preston & Betty Hopper, who wanted to know if the building at 922 South Market Street in Troy, formerly a Hispanic grocery store, was a restaurant in the 1940’s. Mr. Hopper, as a boy remembered that his Aunt Sally Richardson had a restaurant in that part of town and to the best of his recollection thought that this was the location of his aunt’s diner.
Over the years, this location has been a Hispanic grocery, a feed store for pets and animals, a baseball card store, an inn and, yes, a few restaurants, as well as several other businesses. It has carried many names, but the one Mr. & Mrs. Hopper was interested in was Richardson.
The family came to the area in the early 1930’s when Benjamin F. Richardson and his son Harry C. purchased property in Troy, including In Lot 2510, at the corner of Smith and South Market Streets. For several years they operated Richardson & Son, a fuel & oil service station in the 900 block of South Market. In 1939, Benjamin died and left his widow Sarah Richardson with their grown son and family. The property, In Lots 2510 & 2511 (directly west of the former) were transferred to joint ownership of Harry C. & his mother Sarah Richardson.
For approximately three to five years, Sarah A. Richardson had a small diner called “Richardson Lunch Room.” From the time Benjamin & Harry purchased the property until 1942, there seems to have been no structure on the lot where the former Hispanic grocery store was located. I suspect that the service station and restaurant may have been on the lot behind it (2511). According to the tax records, the structure which is now on the corner of Smith & South Market Streets was constructed in 1942 while the property was still owned by the Richardson family. The 1942 Troy Directory noted the lunch room, but not the service station. Is it possible they constructed the new building as a stand- alone restaurant?
In 1944, the Richardson sold the property to Emmitt Evilsizor of Tipp City and Sarah was noted as the cook at the Corner Restaurant on Garfield Street.
I believe this was definitely the area that the restaurant was located, but if the current structure was at one time “Aunt Sally’s Restaurant,” then it would have been only for a brief period, perhaps, one-to-two years.
If someone has any recollection of this place, then I would enjoy hearing from you.
Next week find out about a baby that was raffled off at the Bijou Theater in Piqua.
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