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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.