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By Judy Deeter

   On the south end of Broadway Street in downtown Greenville there is a plaza honoring hometown heroine and world renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The plaza features both a statue of Annie and an Ohio History Connection historical marker.    

   I recently visited the plaza. As I gazed at the statue, memories of my childhood came flooding through my mind. It was back then that I first heard the inspiring stories of Annie’s life.  

By Judy Deeter

This century-old postcard has a picture of Piqua’s Ball Memorial Hospital, which was located at the corner of Park and Nicklin streets. The postcard has a handwritten date of September 8, 1909. The hospital was constructed in the early 1900s with a $20,000 gift from a New Hampshire woman named Mrs. Julia Ball Thayer. She gave the donation to honor her deceased brother, De Los C. Ball, who had once been a prominent Piqua resident. The Piqua Dispatch newspaper of April 10, 1908 says that the money was given because Mrs. Thayer had “a tender affection for her brother.”   

By Judy Deeter
TROY - As time passes by, places that meant so much to people of past generations are nearly forgotten by those living today. One such place is Camp Troy.

At one time, Camp Troy was a social “hot spot” for local residents, particularly those from Troy and Tipp City. It was a place for dining, recreation, and lodging. The scene in this post card pictured above shows Camp Troy as lovely and serene; actually, it was quite lively.

By Judy Deeter

ST. MARYS - Winding along State Route 66 between Spencerville and St. Marys is the Miami and Erie Canal.  For miles along the old waterway, a walk along its towpath or a drive along its banks can lift the spirits; it is truly a beautiful area. There is one spot, however, where you might want to walk or drive just a little faster—a place called the “Bloody Bridge.”

By Matt Bayman

VANDALIA - At one time, the Village of Tadmor (near Ross Road in Tipp City) was expected to become one of the greatest cities in the region.It contained each of the major transportation methods of the 19th century -- the Miami and Erie Canal, National Road, the Great Miami River and the Michigan-Ohio Railroad. Each of these passed directly through the village and made it ripe for development.

By Judy Deeter

The history of World War II is preserved at museums, libraries and monuments throughout Miami County. Individuals wishing to learn more about Miami County’s role in the war - and its veterans - can find World War II information, historical markers and memorabilia at the following public locations:

By Judy Deeter

TROY - This postcard has an image of the old Adams Street bridge in Troy. The card was made by the R.E. Wenger Company of Greenville, Ohio, probably between 1913 and 1920—the time period that the bridge was used. Though the bridge lasted only a few years, it has an interesting and unique history.  

By Judy Deeter

TROY - A few months ago, The Troy Historical Society received a gift of old Troy memorabilia—post cards, ink blotters and political advertisements. Included in the materials were two business envelopes with a printed logo of the Fairmount Nurseries, a Troy company that is believed to have ceased operations the first half of the 20th century.  

By Judy Deeter

PLEASANT HILL - This century-old Pleasant Hill postcard shows both the town as it was in the early 20th century and a bit of local railroad history. Its postmark date indicates it was mailed from Covington in 1910.  It is from the private post card collection of Pleasant Hill historian Chuck Martin.

By Judy Deeter

TROY - Troy’s history is filled with stories related to aviation: the world’s first crop dusting by air was near Troy, the Advance Aviation Company/WACO Aircraft Company produced some of America’s finest airplanes in the 1920s and 1930s, WACO gliders delivered soldiers and supplies to World War II battle sites (including the Battle of Normandy in France) and the Troy Goodrich plant (now Collins Aerospace, a United Technology Systems company) has made braking systems for aircraft that have flown in countries near and far.

By Judy Deeter

This is a post card that I found among my mom’s things after her death a few years ago. It shows a parade in Wapakoneta for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on September 6, 1969.  Just a few weeks earlier on July 20, 1969, the Wapakoneta-native had stepped on to the surface of the moon—the first person to ever do so. The card’s picture shows the parade in Wapakoneta that welcomed Armstrong back to his boyhood hometown. So many excited people were there to greet him. I know; I was one of them.

By Judy Deeter
TROY - Down through the years, the Troy Public Square has had a wide variety of Christmas displays. These photographs show one of its most interesting: a Christmas windmill.

The name Barton Studio appears on the 1928 image pictured above. Photographer George Barton moved to Troy from New Carlisle in 1898 and opened a studio on the Public Square. For the next several decades, he and his children created some of Troy’s most outstanding historic photographs. They took pictures for schools, businesses, people, and historical and sporting events. George Barton died in 1924.

By Judy Deeter

TROY - The history of Troy is filled with stories related to aviation. Local residents are familiar with tales related to WACO (the Weaver Aircraft Company), B.F. Goodrich Company and pioneers of the field such as Clayton Brukner and Freddie Lund. Some aviation stories, however, are not well-known or forgotten. Such is that of Troy High School class of 1945 graduate Richard Howard “Dick” Delp.  

By Judy Deeter

STAUNTON TWP. - On June 14, 1905, the Miami Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated an historic monument at the site of the old Dutch Station stockade near Staunton (east of Troy).  The monument’s historical marker honors the birth of Jacob Knoop, the first white child born in Miami County.  Much of what happened at that long-ago dedication ceremony and the history of the monument have been forgotten.  

By Judy Deeter

TROY – This 1912 post card shows an artist’s sketch of what would become the new Harr’s on the Square building in downtown Troy. Harr’s on the Square, located where Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company is today, was a department store that sold clothing, general merchandise, kitchen items and glassware. 

By Judy Deeter

COVINGTON - This is an early 20th century post card of Greenville Falls on Greenville Creek near Covington, Ohio. In 1908, it was sent by a person named Grace to her Aunt Alta (Mrs. Lawrence) Blacke in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It has a Covington post mark of "3:00pm, June 3, 1908."

By Judy Deeter

TIPP CITY - These post cards of Tipp City’s Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church were recently found in a local antique store. They show the church’s former building and parsonage, which were located at the southeast corner of Third and Broadway streets.

By Judy Deeter

In 1921, nearly 5,000 catalpa trees stood on Harry Carver’s farm west of Troy. The trees were a source of frustration for Carver because they had become infested with worms. He watched as the leaves on his trees were eaten away. Eventually, he wrote a letter to the Wooster Experiment Station in Wooster to ask for their help.

By Judy Deeter

At the start of the 20th century, community entertainment in Troy was done by human performers. There were no films, television shows, radios or stories/information on computers. Entertainment came to local residents by live theatrical productions, musicians, great speakers, and the circus. 

By Judy Deeter

Many of us have wonderful memories of long ago Christmas seasons. One memory is shared by thousands of people throughout the Miami Valley: seeing lights over Ludlow Falls at Christmas time. 

These decades-old post cards show Christmas scenes from yesteryear at the falls.

By Judy Deeter

This post card shows an image of Piqua’s Atlas Underwear Company plant. It is from a set of 16 post cards distributed by the Piqua Leader Dispatch newspaper. The photo is believed to have been taken in 1920; the date the newspaper distributed the set of cards has not been confirmed.

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by Judy Deeter

At one time, the Troy City Building on South Market Street had a tall clock tower, a fire bell and, believe it or not, an opera house on the second floor.

By Judy Deeter

This photograph of Miami County’s Horseshoe Bend Road (with the "bend" located just west of the entrance to Brukner Nature Center) was taken over 100 years ago. The unique bend in the road steps down from the hills above the Stillwater River, which is located at the bottom left of the picture.

by Judy Deeter

In January 1916, as enrollment numbers began to grow in the Tippecanoe Village School District, the board of education decided to build a new high school at the corner of Fifth and Dow streets. Construction began shortly after and the first classes started in September of 1917.