Centennial history. Troy, Piqua and Miami county, Ohio
The aim of the publishers of this volume and of the author of the history has been to secure for the historical portion thereof full and accurate data respecting the history of the county from the time of its early settlement, and to condense it into a clear and interesting narrative. All topics and occurrences have been included that were essential to this object. The reviews of resolute and strenuous lives which make up the biographical part of this volume, and whose authorship is for the most part independent of that of the history, are admirably calculated to foster local ties, to inculcate patriotism, and to emphasize the rewards of industry dominated by intelligent purpose. They constitute a most appropriate medium for perpetuating personal annals, and will be of incalculable value to the descendants of those commemorated. These sketches, replete with stirring incidents and intense experiences, are flavored with a strong human interest that will naturally prove to a large portion of the readers of the book its most attractive feature. In the aggregate of personal memoirs thus collated will be found a vivid epitome of the growth of Miami County, which will fitly supplement the historical statement, for its development is identified with that of the men and women to whom it is attributable.
The publishers have endeavored to pass over no feature of the work slightingly, but to fittingly supplement the editor's labors by exercising care over the minutest details of publication, and thus give to the volume the three-fold value of a readable narrative, a useful work of reference, and a tasteful ornament to the library. We believe the result has justified the care thus exercised.
Special prominence has been given to the portraits of representative citizens which appear throughout the volume, and we believe that they will prove not its least interesting feature. We have sought in this department to illustrate the different spheres of industrial and professional achievement as conspicuously as possible. To all those who have kindly interested themselves in the preparation of this work, and who have voluntarily contributed most useful information, or rendered other assistance, we hereby tender our grateful acknowledgments.
Table of Contents
Introductory and Descriptive 21
First White Man in the County 29
Formation of the Country; The Home in Wilderness 42
Thrilling Incidents of Pioneer Life 55
Early Transportation 68
The Townships (Western) 82
The Townships (Eastern) 98
Troy, the County Seat 114
Piqua, the Border City 131
Miami in the Wars 148
The Bench and Bar: Famous Trials, Etc 169
The Press: Literary Achievements, Etc 195
Public Institutions 211
Banks and Banking 321
The Medical Profession, Past and Present 226
The Pioneer Preacher 235
Present Religious Denominations of the County 242
County Politics Old and New 255
Some County History Not Generally Known 264
Manufacturers of the Past and Present 272
Fraternal Orders, Building and Loan Associations, Population, Etc 278
Representative Citizens 231
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In the preparation of this work the author will incline to the narrative rather than to the technical style. He will give the principal facts as they appeal to him, clothing them in language easily understood, leaving to the close student the disputed points and those which border on tradition. There is nothing in local history so confusing as that which borders on the obscure, and history, to be intelligible, should be stripped of the mistiness which sometimes surrounds it. The true history of a country is that of its people, for they are the makers of history.