By Patrick D. Kennedy - Archivist

25 Years Ago: April 10-16, 1991

• Troy – It started as a class project and blossomed into a fun idea for learning and making a new friend. Kelly Wilson’s fourth grade class at Cookson Elementary school wrote letters to U.S. soldiers serving in Saudi Arabia. Little did she know that Army Specialist Paul Zais would choose her letter from the group and then respond. She kept writing and Zais stated that her letters reminded him of home and were an encouragement to his spirits while serving. On Tuesday afternoon, Zais surprised Wilson with a visit at her school. She knew he was coming to Troy, but he arrived early and her parents and Principal Michael Beamish thought it would be fun for her and the whole class if he attended her class. Kelly beamed with excitement and a little embarrassment as he presented her with a gift and her fellow classmates asked the young serviceman questions about Saudi Arabia. (Columnist’s Note: I was able to contact Paul Zais and speak with him this week. He is now a fireman is North Carolina. He is married with a family and also operates a small safety supply business for firemen. I am sure his family is proud of him, as he served in the military and now is a first responder working to save lives and property. Paul stated that he and Kelly kept in contact for a year or two after he came home, but has often wondered how she is doing and where she ended up. I was unable to make contact with Kelly at press time, but her family stayed in the Troy through her graduation from Troy High School in 1999. She is a now cosmetologist and lives out west.)

• Troy – The Troy Christian School administration is studying the possibility of purchasing the First Southern Baptist Church building and 10 accompanying acres on McKaig Ave. for future use by the private school. According to Troy Christian Principal Gary Wilbur, the purchase of the property would be the first step in bringing the school under one roof. The institution now provides schooling for grades K-8, but in two separate buildings. The school’s leadership will meet with parents and interested parties to determine if they should pursue the purchasing of the McKaig property. (Columnist’s Note: The Troy Christian Schools did purchase the property and later added and expanded even further. The main campus of the school is located on South Dorset Rd. It now is a school which provides education for children from early childhood through grade 12 and serves over 900 students.)

50 Years Ago: April 10-16, 1966

• Troy – Tributes and expressions of grief are beginning to come in with the news of the passing of Troy physician Dr. Berton Hogle. Dr. Hogle was a well-known physician and surgeon around Troy, in the county and even throughout the state. Dr. Hogle was a native of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, but a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Medicine. He first came to Troy in 1930 and was former chief of staff and chief of surgery at Stouder Memorial Hospital and a member of the Troy Board of Health, serving as its president for almost 15 years. He was team physician for Troy High School athletics and the former Troy Bruins hockey club. He served in the Marines Corps during WWI and was a member of the Clifford Thompson post of the American Legion. He was a member of the Troy Elks, Troy Country Club and the First Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Rose, two sons, Dr. Glenn Hogle and George, and a daughter, Sarah. One tribute stated, “It is rare for a great individual to settle in a community the size of Troy. It is even more rare for such a man to touch and influence so many people of all walks of life.”

75 Years Ago: April 10-16, 1941

• Pleasant Hill – The Newton school district was well represented with 20 first and second winners in the county scholarship contest. The county selection contest to find representatives for Miami County at the district-state scholarship contest was held recently in Pleasant Hill. The results certainly are pleasing to the Newton administrators and educators.

100 Years Ago: April 10-16, 1916

• Covington – The new National Guard Armory in Covington will be dedicated during the week of April 16th. The beautiful facility, which cost $20,000, will entertain numerous dignitaries during the ceremony, banquet and dance being planned for the dedication. The building is the home of Company A, 3rd Regiment – Ohio National Guard.

• Bradford – According the state engineer, Covington should find a large body of water near its northern perimeter. The water works board is now asking council for permission to sink some test wells north of town. If the state engineer is correct, then the community might be able to tap into a vast supply of water that would furnish Covington’s growing needs for the foreseeable future.

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