25 Years Ago: August 7-13, 1991
Tipp City and Covington – In these days of increasing costs and levies, two school district are pleased this morning that their constituents saw fit to support their respective levies, albeit, by the smallest of margins. Tipp City’s three-year, 7.9-mil levy passed by a vote of 1,589 to 1,533. In May, the residents of the district rejected a five-year, 12-mil levy by a 2-1 margin, which necessitated the re-working of the levy by the School Board. The new tax will begin in February and generate about $1.2 million per year for the schools. Meanwhile, the Covington district also has cause to celebrate. In May, the school board had to suspend busing services, all extracurricular activities and trips, pending the outcome of this five-year, 8-mil levy vote. The four Covington voting precincts supported the levy, while the Newberry East and West precincts did not. Overall, the ‘yes’ votes prevailed and all busing, extracurricular activities, including athletics, band and trips will be restored for the school year. The levy will produce about $384,000 per year.
Miami County – A joint effort of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the Miami County Farm Bureau is hoping their project will save lives in rural Miami County. The task is to convince rural residents of the benefits of purchasing and posting green reflective signs with their house numbers by the road. The signs are designed to assist police, fire and ambulance units in quickly and efficiently locating homes in the county. Emergency response units state the green signs are very helpful in locating homes on a country road, especially at night, when typical house numbers may be difficult to locate or see in the dark. When minutes or even seconds can be the difference between life and death, then the signs are a worthwhile investment. The signs and reflective numbers will be sold at the Miami County Fair for $4.25 and will continue to be sold until the demand drops off. (Columnist’s Note: A drive through rural Miami County would make evident that these green reflective signs are pretty common place in 2016. Most rural residences have these in place. In addition, they are still available if a new one is need. For example, Concord Twp. has them available to sell to township residents. Check with your local administrative authorities for more information.)
50 Years Ago: August 7-13, 1966
Troy – Following 31 years of actively providing provisions and good service to the community, Charles Dewey has decided it is time to retire. About the first of September, the longtime grocer and familiar gentleman will close his store for the last time. The energetic man at 74 years of age still has more drive and get up and go than others even half his age. Dewey stated that if he were younger he would not be closing, but his age and a change in his lease has helped him to arrive at the decision. I have had a good lease in this building, but a new lease was negotiated between the owner of the building and the B.F. Goodrich store, which will become the new occupant of the building. Although he loves his work, Dewey is philosophical about his decision. “Father Time has to catch up with people.” Mr. Dewey started his business in 1935 and has occupied three different buildings, including the current one, the former Kroger store. (Columnist’s Note: At the time he retired, the building which the grocery occupied was across the street from the old Edwards Elementary school, now the location of the Troy-Miami County Public Library. The building which the market (and Goodrich) occupied was later razed and a new building constructed on the site. Others who have occupied the newer building are: Cassano’s, Clark Pharmacy and Donato’s (current).
Pleasant Hill – Work has begun west of Pleasant Hill on the new 4-H Clubs Camp on Lauver Rd. The foundation for the lodge has been dug and the footers poured in preparation for further work. The initial work will focus on the lodge and restroom facilities. The lodge will be central with boys and girls shower and restroom facilities on either side of the main meeting center. Cabins for boys and girls will also be added on either side of the lodge with a swimming pool to be another addition before the fall. The camp and its facilities was designed by Troy architect Phillip Oldham to entertain 175 campers.
Historical Question: Recently, Carol Davis contacted me and asked about the old Troy Sale Barn. The Sale Barn was located west, southwest of Troy, just a little east of the intersection of State Route 55 and State Route 718.
The barn was originally built about 1888 when cattleman John Stillwell owned approximately 300 acres in the area, extending north to McKaig Rd, just west of Chaney’s nursery and south to just below what is now State Route 55 and all what is now the Kroger complex. Stillwell and his partner C.R.C. Dye bought, bred and sold horses and cattle on the property. They won many exhibitions with their livestock. Stillwell called his property Beechwood Farm.
About 1910, Albert Kraus purchased approximately 150 acres of the original property and began to raise and sell livestock. Throughout the twenties, thirties and after World War II, large livestock auctions were held in the barn. The auctions and quality of the animals gained such a reputation that people would travel from many parts of the state to purchase cattle, horses, mules, etc. at the Troy Sale Barn. Horse and cattle sales were the mainstay at the Sale Barn for many years. But, as all things change over time, the sale of horses dwindled and only cattle were sold for a number of years until December, 1967 when eminent domain took over.
The interchange at I-75 and State Route 55 was reworked and in the process the West Market St., State Route 55 and State Route 718 roadways were reconfigured and widened, resulting in the necessary removal of the barn, a physical reminder of days gone by in Miami County history.
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]