25 Years Ago: July 17-23, 1991
Troy – The new Troy radio station “WTRJ-FM” is on the air. Bill Coffey has had a dream of starting a radio station in Troy for almost 20 years and it is now a reality. Coffey personally signed on at 6 am on Friday (July 19th) and welcomed Trojans to their new station. After so many hurdles, pitfalls, and brick walls, there were several moments in the journey toward bringing a station to Troy that Coffey thought about quitting, but he said he had too much invested to let it go. (Columnist’s Note: WTRJ lasted about 5-6 years and then went through several changes and sales, eventually moving to Dayton. WTJN-FM 107.1 –“Troy Community Radio” is Troy’s newest radio station which signed on in 2014. Hopefully, it will be here for a long time. It is owned by Scott Hornberger and Clint Myers, both Troy High School graduates. Tune in and check it out.)
Ohio – Following another intense weekend of heat and humidity, Ohioans should get a little mid-week relief. Another wave of 90 degree weather, coupled with high humidity had most Buckeyes wilting over the past weekend. Although temperatures should drop into the low 80’s by the middle of the week, there is little hope for rain for the drought-threatened crops in the state. The lack of rain is reaching a “point of no return” in most areas.
50 Years Ago: July 17-23, 1966
Troy – The mill and store on West Main Street sits empty, vacant and quiet. The weeds at the facility are beginning to take over. The old Altman feed store is a casualty of the drawn out estate of R. Stacy Altman. Mr. Altman, who died in 1963, was owner of Altman Elevator at Eldean and also the West Main St. facility. A hindrance in the process of probating the estate is the fact that Mr. Altman did not trust banks and therefore stashed much of his liquid assets in various locations around his property. Until it is determined that all assets have been located and the estate completed, the old mill will remain quiet and vacant. (Columnist’s Note: The property continued to sit for another year before the old structures were razed and a new building put on the lot. The new business which opened in either late 1967 or early 1968 was the “Burger Chef” restaurant. The same structure was later a Molly’s Burgers, and then Molly changed to a Sub Shop; C & J Country Fried Chicken; Godfather’s Pizza and Noble Romans Pizza. Other than the Burger Chef, the Noble Romans was the only other long term business at the location. The structure now houses a veterinary clinic, which has been there about 10 years.)
Miami Valley – River bank recreation is beginning to look like a reality in some communities along the Miami River in the Valley. A recently completed 3-year study on the use of river banks and the levee along the Miami River suggested a number of ideas for area communities that would enhance recreational possibilities. The report urged that Tipp City could take advantage of the old canal lock and canal bed, as well as the old whip factory at the east end of the town. One issue Tipp City has run into is that the lock and canal bed are owned by the Miami Conservancy District, which has already hindered the city from developing the area. In Troy, the development of Miami Shores Golf Course, the City Park and athletic facilities was praised as great accomplishments for a city of 15,000. Another recommended project is well on its way to reality with E.A. Hobart’s gift of Treasure Island and the boathouse to the city and a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The report suggested the dredging of the river channel and development of boating facilities. Other communities included in the report are: Piqua, Dayton, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Franklin, Middletown and Hamilton. (Columnist’s Note: The development continued along the river and Tipp City was able to restore and develop the historic canal lock and canal bed, as well as the roller mill. Troy developed the boating facilities and enjoyed river recreation with boating and races for a number of years. Of course, all these years later, Troy is still developing the river area and has finished another phase along the river with the new amphitheater and ongoing events and concerts.)
75 Years Ago: July 17-23, 1941
Fletcher – Northeastern Miami County experienced heavy rains, high winds and damaging hail that resulted in many crops being laid low, as well as damaged roofs and broken windows. No estimate on the cost of the damages has been received, but about twenty farms in the Fletcher area seemed to have been most affected by the storm. The storm came upon the area suddenly and dropped the temperature about 30 degrees in a matter of hours. Crops of corn, soybean and wheat, as well as garden vegetables were extensively broken and destroyed by the storm.
Concord Township – (Advertisement) “Miami County’s Popular Drive-In – The Snack Shack – Home of the Dixie Toasted Sandwiches. Where there is real meaning in the ‘out’ of eating out. North of Troy on Route 25.” (Columnist’s Note: I am having some trouble locating any information about this business. Does anyone remember this drive-in?)
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 [email protected]