When mud was mud, sidewalks were of wood, street lighting was by kerosene
and hitching posts and horse blocks abounded.
Business firms on the right included G. F. Redington, druggist, Parsons & Morgan, attorneys, B. A. Long’s livery office, John H. Grant, jeweler, Gus Bradley’s variety store, C. N. Grohs, groceries, Dewey & Winston, feed, and James Alexander, barber. The top of the old opera house may be seen towering over the end of the block to the right. It was formerly the Methodist Church.
At the left of the picture, the buildings housed Howard Wolfe’s saloon, Beardsley & Spalding, hardware, Hovey & Mitchell, a grocery store in the small structure on the site of the Gazette-Register building, Horace F. Long, grocery, Hobart & Porter, harness, Davison & McCabe, Eugene Spalding’s bakery, Delos Rockwell’s law office, the Smith residence on the site of present Preston & Jaquish mill (it is now on Railroad Street) and the Troy Engine and Machine building at that time occupied by Dobbins & Johnson, hardware, and the Enterprise Manufacturing Company.
|Face Lifting on Canton Street
Troy Gazette-Register – June 3, 1937
Towns, like people, get old, wrinkled and unattractive. Also like
people, towns can be rejuvenated. Strange to say the rejuvenation
of Troy began about 25 years ago after a terrible typhoid fever epidemic.
A sanitary sewer was built with capital raised in our community.
The next improvement was the purchase of the Troy Court House by E. Everitt
Van Dyne, who had been a prime mover and large contributor to the sewer
project. The building was repaired and improved by Mr. Van Dyne and
presented to the School District as a Civic Building. Stephen H.
Haywood installed the town clock in this building.
|Come and Get It – 1935 Style
American Legion Monthly – November 1935
Picture caption: “At the beginning of each year, Brooks-Flick Post of Troy, Pennsylvania, throws a roast pig dinner. Each member brings a prospective member. The chefs get better each year, prospects scarcer.”
Note from Don - I just found this picture published in the Troy-Gazette Register on Jan. 28th, 1932. The caption is as follows: There is a torn out spot so 2 nicknames are not known for sure. L to R - "Hamburg (?)" Shucker [Merle Shucker - all that is there is "___nburg". He was a butcher in the Canedy Meat Market on Canton Street] ; "Penney" Harms [he may have been with the Penney's store]; "Borden" Morris [Herbert C. Morris - he may have worked at the Borden milk plant in Troy]; "Goodtime" Jones [Harold L. Jones - he died in 1934, so the picture being taken in or before 1932 explains why he is included in an article dated 1935]; "Happy Days" McNinch [ William C. McNinch] and "Fizz (?)" Vineski [Vinnie Vineski - only the F is present, followed by a short space. He had a drug store and soda fountain]
Every Legionnaire knows the answer to the slogan on the Army’s recruiting
posters, “Things the Army Does Besides Fight!” The Army eats.
Every veteran includes among his favorite war tales stories of the time
when Old George Whoosis, the mess sergeant, served the boys strawberry
pie, beef steak with truffles or paté de fois gras. Husband
John X. Doughboy has been known to remind his Auxiliare wife that the griddle
cakes and coffee aren’t quite up to the standard set by the olive drab
cooks of the old umpty-umpth.
With more that 150 homemakers present at the Gazette-Register’s Cooking
School at the Van Dyne Civic Building last Friday afternoon, the first
session of the school was voted a success.
More than 50 members of the audience were awarded prizes, including about 14 dishes prepared on the platform by Mrs. Ruth Carman, conductor of the school.
At the opening of the session of the school, Mrs. Carman, who is Home Service Director for the Northern Pennsylvania Power Company and well-known radio foods commentator over Station WESG in Elmira, was introduced by Mrs. Mary O. Jones, of the Troy Gazette-Register.
Mrs. Carman welcomed the audience on behalf of the newspaper and cooperating merchants. Mrs. Jones also introduced Miss Mary Paul, home service representative of the electric company at Mansfield, who is assisting Mrs. Carman during the school.
A two-hour lesson in electric cookery was presented, featuring a broiled dinner with steak, tomatoes and potatoes, cooked at one time in the broiler.
Westinghouse Spaghetti, a one-dish skillet meal, was prepared on top of the electric range: Graham Prune Muffins and Refrigerator Cookies demonstrated the use of the oven. Shredded Beets also were cooked on top of the range. Vanilla Ice Cream was presented to show the use of electric refrigeration in frozen dishes.
In her lecture, Mrs. Carman discusses the advantages of organizing and systematizing housework as shown in whole meals, cooked at one time, either in the oven or on top of the range. She pointed out the convenience and time-saving features of modern household appliances, and discussed food shopping and proper preservation of food in the home.
Each lesson will cover a different type of cookery. In her talks Mrs. Carman will stress economy and show homemakers how to get the most value for their food dollars. The schedule includes a lesson on cakes and their icings, appetizing fish cookery, and various dainty dishes designed for entertaining and party fare.
The lesson tomorrow includes an oven meal, featuring Roast Lamb, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions, with Apple Crisp as the dessert. Accessories to accompany the meal are Minted Pineapple and C C C Salad with Sour Cream Dressing.
Other dishes on tomorrow’s program are Miracle Cake, Queen Anne Lace Cake, Grape Ice Cream; a Salad Plate with Tuna and Grapefruit salad, Jellied Tomato, and Cottage Cheese with Scallions.
Mrs. Carman and Miss Paul extend a cordial invitation to all homemakers in this area to enroll for this series of three remaining sessions of the school. They expressed the hope that each woman in attendance last Friday will return this week and bring a friend with her.
The three remaining sessions will be held at the Van Dyne Civic Building on Friday, May 15th, 22d and 29th at two o’clock. Valuable merchandise and food prizes will be given away each week.
As a grand finale, at the last session the Northern Pennsylvania Power Company will give as a top prize a Silex Coffee Maker, and there will be an increased number of usual prizes.
Many members of Brooks-Flick Unit, American Legion Auxilliary, will
be guests this Thursday evening of the Leroy Clark Unit, Canton, for dinner
and installation of officers by Mrs. Fred Hamilton, Galeton.
Among local officers to be installed are: Mrs. R. C. Newell [Matie
Marshall], President; Mrs. Charles Stanton [Pansy Kratzer], 1st Vice-President;
Mrs. R. H. Van Keuren, 2d Vice-President; Mrs. H. L. Jones [Mary Orcutt],
Recording Secretary. Members, who will go to Canton, include Mrs.
Lamar Holcombe, Miss Ruth Goodman, Miss Edna Nash, Mrs. Charles Nash, Mrs.
C. F. May [Theresa], Miss Clara Austin, Mrs. R. C. Newell, Mrs. Cecil Hooker,
Mrs. Tracy Metzger, Mrs. Fred Pfannmuller, Mrs. Jack Morris, Mrs. Herbert
Morris, Mrs. A. Henry Case, Mrs. Frank Vonachen, Mrs. H. L. Jones, Mrs.
R. H. Van Keuren, Miss Anna O’Connor, Mrs. Charles Stanton and possibly
-September 10, 1936
The American Legion Auxiliary added $20.80 to their treasury as a result
of the card party at the Bloom home last Tuesday evening. Prizes
were awarded for high scores in contract to Mrs. Frank Vonachen, Mrs. W.
R. Croman, O. W. Jaquish, L. R. Guilliame, Earl Fry, Mrs. H. B. Van Dyne
and for 500 to Mrs. R. R. Soper, Mrs. Roy Nash, Mrs. Annie McGee, Bruce
Wright. Mrs. A. Henry Case was chairman for arrangements assisted
by the following committee: Mrs. LaMar Holcombe, Mrs. Charles Stanton,
Mrs. H. L. Jones and Miss Ruth Goodwin.
-October 1, 1936
At the regular meeting of Brooks-Flick Post, American Legion Auxiliary,
on Tuesday evening the following committees were appointed for the coming
year: Rehabilitation, Mrs. Alice Soper; Child Welfare, Mrs. Elizabeth
Batterson; community Service, Mrs. Daisy Wilcox; Americanism, Mrs. Mabel
Holcombe; National Defense, Mrs. Sue Morris; Fidac, Mrs. Ida Spencer; Membership,
Miss Edna Nash, Mrs. Thressa May; Poppy, Mrs. Bernice Nash, Mrs. Gertrude
Young; War Orphans, Mrs. Sophia Case; Sickness and Flowers, Miss Anna O’Connor,
Mrs. Helen Metzger; Legislative, Mrs. Marie Card; Finance, Mrs. Clara Schucker,
Mrs. Maude Nash; Publicity, Mrs. Mary Jones, Mrs. Mary Bloom; Entertainment,
Mrs. Pansy Stanton, Mrs. Mary Van Keuren, Mrs. Pauline Schucker, Miss Madeline
Bardwell, Miss ruth Goodman; Refreshments, Mrs. Daisy Wilcox, Mrs. Thressa
May, Mrs. Sue Morris, Mrs. LaRancie Smith.
-October 1, 1936
Mrs. Roy Nash, Mrs. Charles May, Mrs. O. D. Young, Mrs. Leon Smith,
Mrs. H. L. Jones, Mrs. Charles Stanton, Mrs. H. C. Morris, Mrs. R. C. Newell
are among those attending the Tri-County council meeting of the American
Legion Auxiliary, Galeton, this Thursday.
- June 3, 1937
At the regular meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary on Tuesday evening
the following officers were elected for the coming year: President, Mary
Jones; First Vice-President, Clara Austin; Second Vice-President, Bernice
Nash; Secretary and Treasurer, Pansy Stanton; Recording Secretary, Edna
Nash; Chaplain, Clara Schucker; Historian, Anna O’Connor; Sergeants-at-Arms,
Sue Morris and Mrs. Kenneth Hewitt. Mrs. Jones was chosen as the
delegate to the State convention in York in August. A picnic supper
preceded the meeting.
- June 10, 1937
Mrs. Matie Newell, President, Mrs. Mary O. Jones, President-elect, and
Mrs. Thressa May, Past President of Brooks-Flick Unit, American Legion
Auxiliary, will attend the state convention of the Auxiliary in York August
-July 29, 1937
Mrs. Charles May, Mrs. Robert Newell and Mrs. Harold Jones are attending
the State Convention of the American Legion Auxiliary at York. Mrs.
May left with Mrs. Hamilton, Galeton, Monday, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Newell
left yesterday with Mrs. Chamberlain, Mansfield and Mrs. Aten, Towanda.
- August 19, 1937
Officers of Brooks-Flick Unit Installed
The American Legion Auxiliary at its regular meeting in the Legion rooms last Tuesday evening entertained the Mansfield and Canton Units at a picnic supper. About 50 were in attendance. Mrs. Fred Hamilton, Central Vice-president, Galeton, installed the officers of the three Units for the coming year. The Troy Auxiliary officers installed were: President, Mary Jones; First Vice-president, Clara Austin; Second Vice-president, Bernice Nash; Secretary, Pansy Stanton; Recording Secretary, Edna Nash; Chaplain, Clara Schucker; Historian. Anna O’Connor; Sergeants-at-Arms, Sue Morris and Lucella Hewitt. During the social hour which followed the guests enjoyed Bingo.
It was voted to hold meetings during the winter months in the homes of members, the November meeting to be with Mrs. Sadie Austin and Miss Clara Austin.
Mrs. Jones appointed the following committee chairmen: Rehabilitation, Mrs. Frances L. Childs; Child Welfare, Mrs. Sue Morris; Community Service, Mrs. Bernice Nash; Membership, Mrs. Thressa May; Publicity and Radio, Mrs. Mary Van Keuren; Legislative, Mrs. Marie Card; Music, Mrs. Mary Ballard; Americanism, Mrs.Mabel Holcombe; Fidac, Mrs. Sophia Case; War Orphans. Mrs. Gertrude Young; finance, Mrs. Sally Morris, Mrs. Mae Dunbar; sickness and Relief, Mrs. Helen Metzger, Miss Edna Nash; Poppy, Mrs. Mary Bloom; National Defense, Mrs. Fay Gustin; Junior Auxiliary, Miss Ruth Goodman, Mrs. Sue Morris.
- October 21, 1937
Mrs. H. L. Jones, Mrs. Roy Nash, Mrs. Tracy Metzger, Mrs. O. D. Young,
Mrs. John Morris, Mrs. Lawrence Ballard, Mrs. Charles May, Mrs. Sadie Austin,
Mrs. G. H. Gustin, Mrs. M. V. Schucker, Mrs. Charles Stanton and Mrs. R.
C. Newell were in Elkland yesterday for the Tri-County Council meeting
of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. C. V. Home, the new Department
President, was present.
- December 2, 1937
The American Legion Auxiliary held its December meeting with Mrs. Mary
Clark Bloom on Tuesday evening. Gifts were brought for the veterans
hospital at Coatesville. The Unit decided to prepare baskets for
needy families in the Troy Community as part of its Christmas work.
Twenty-two members were present. Mrs. Roy Nash, Miss Ruth Goodman,
Mrs. H. L. Jones and Mrs. O. D. Young were assisting hostesses. The
January meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. S. B. Wilcox.
- December 9, 1937
The following members of Brooks-Flick Unit, No. 49, American Legion
Auxiliary, were in Blossburg last Thursday evening as guests of the William
B. Wilson Unit: Mrs. H. Lamar Holcombe, Mrs. F. J. Vonachen, Mrs. Chester
Childs, Mrs. H. L. Jones, Mrs. Grace Ballard, Mrs. Howard Dunbar, Mrs.
Lawrence Ballard, Mrs. C. C. Hooker, Mrs. Lucretia Stanton, Mrs. Chauncey
Whiting, Mrs. Clara Schucker, Mrs. William Sinclair, Mrs. H. C. Morris,
Mrs. M. J. McGee, Mrs. Anna McGee.
- February 17, 1938
The March meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary was held with Mrs.
F. J. Vonachen on last Tuesday evening. Twenty-one members were present.
Mrs. Howard Dunbar, Mrs. J. K. W. Wood and Mrs. [Miss?] Kathleen Soper
were assisting hostesses. Mrs. Lee Henry was received as a new member
in the Unit. The April meeting will be held with Miss Edna Nash.
- March 17, 1938
Legion Auxiliary Officers Installed
Troy – Members of Brooks-Flick Post, American Legion Auxiliary, were guests of the LeRoy Clark Post, Canton, Wednesday night at a picnic supper. Later a joint installation by Mrs. Mary Krumrine, State College, director central section, was held. Officers installed for Troy were: President, Mae Dunbar; first vicepresident, Clara Austin; second vicepresident, Bernice Nash; secretary, Edna Nash; treasurer, Rhea Wood; chaplain, Sadie Austin, historian, Mary Ballard sergeant-at-arms, Gertrude Young.
Present from Troy were Mesdames Mary Bloom, Rhea Wood, Helen Metzger, Vera V. Henry, Mary Jones, Edith Whiting, Ida Spencer, Lucretia Stanton, Maude Nash, Gertrude Young, Theresa May, Bernice Nash, Grace Ballard, Eva Pfanmuller, Sally Morris, Mae Dunbar, Effie White, Sadie Austin; Misses Edna Nash, Ruth Goodman and Clara Austin.
- Elmira Star Gazette, October 17, 1938
Auxiliaries Hold Session At Canton
Canton – Mrs. Velma Paul of York, vicepresident of the Central Section, addressed the recent tri-county council of the American Legion Auxiliary here. She spoke on “General auxiliary Program.”
The LeRoy Clark unit, 303, of Canton, was hostess at the session, held in the Methodist church. The Bradford-Tioga-Potter Council is composed of units from Athens, Sayre, Towanda, Troy, Canton, Mansfield, Blossburg, Wellsboro, Westfield, Galeton, Coudersport, Elkland.
Mrs. Charles F. May of Troy presided. Reports of Auxiliary activities were made.
MANSFIELD won the award for being first to report its quota. Towanda and Athens reported membership paid up, thus wining national recognition.
Mrs. Fred Hamilton of Galeton, past central vicepresident, offered a trophy for the unit with most outstanding activities.
Mrs. May reported the appointment of the following department su-chairman with the Council.
Publicity and radio, Mrs. William Rosenfield, Towanda; poppy, Mrs. Earl G. W. Bunnell, Wellsboro; unit activities and community service, Mrs. Harold Jones, Troy; constitution and by-laws, Mrs. Frank Hagerman, Towanda; coupons, Mrs. William Arnts, Sayre; news letter and national news solicitor, Mrs. Leon R. Jacobs, Coudersport.
TOWANDA extended an invitation for the next meeting to be held there, Apr. 20, 1939. Luncheon was served by the ladies of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Arthur Bullock, led the group singing accompanied by Miss LaRene Thomas. “Happy Birthday” greetings were sung for Mrs. C. E. Bullock, it being her 77th birthday. The Canton Unit presented Mrs. Bullock and the officers with corsages.
Miss Marie Thomas accompanied by Miss LaRene Thomas, gave two appropriate selections on the flute. An enjoyable skit was given by Marjorie Preston, Betty Lee, and Harold Porter.
On the local committee were: Mrs. Henry Hallett, unit president; Mrs. Robert Burke, Mrs. C. A. Bullock, Mrs. R. A. G. Stetler and Miss Hattie Newell.
-Elmira Star-Gazette, December 21, 1938
Commander Charles Stanton has announced plans for Memorial Day observance
in Troy. Participants in the parade are asked to assemble in Canton
Street in front of the American Legion rooms at 9:30 as the march will
commence at 10 a.m. sharp.
The tentative order of march has been arranged as follows: the colors – music – firing squad – Gold Star Mothers in cars – Brooks-Flick Post, No. 49, American Legion – Sons of the Legion – American Legion Auxiliary – Girl Scouts of Troy – Girl Scouts of Columbia Cross Roads – Boy Scouts. The line of march will proceed on Canton Street to Main and over East Main Street to Glenwood Cemetery, where G. A. R. services will be at the grave of E. L. Lewis and Legion services will be at the grave of Harold L. Jones.
The speaker of the day will be Prof. James G. Morgan, of Mansfield State Teachers’ College, a member of the American Legion in Mansfield.
P. S. King is President of the Day, H. LaMar Holcome is Vice-President of the Day, C. J. Bloom, F. L. Ballard, Dr. M. A. Davies and W. F. Palmer are Marshalls.
Subject to change, the services in Glenwood will be as follows:
Music by the band.
“Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” by William C. McNinch.
“In Flanders Fields” by Herbert C. Morris.
Introduction of the speaker by William C. McNinch.
Memorial Day Address by Prof. James Morgan, Mansfield State Teachers’ college.
The legion requests that all flags be kept at half mast until noon.
Memorial Day Appropriately Observed in Troy
Troy Gazette Register – June 6, 1935
With one of the largest parades and most complete services in Glenwood
Cemetery ever to be held, Memorial Day, under smiling skies, was appropriately
observed in Troy.
In the line of march from the American Legion rooms were the Legion, making its first public appearance in regulation shirts of blue with Legion insignia on the collar, Legion buttons and matching ties – all in gold. It was also the first public appearance of the newly formed Troy High School Drum and Bugle Corps in natty cape uniforms of red and white. Both organizations made a fine appearance. Not to be outdone, the Boy Scouts had new uniforms and The Sons of the Legion, small patriots, had a car all to themselves and a position in the formation at the cemetery. Gold Star mothers, Girl Scouts, a single Spanish-American War veteran, a single member of the G. A. R. and Marshalls completed the arrangement.
Glenwood was never more peaceful and beautiful and many had gathered for the services there.
The G. A. R. Memorial ritual was given over the grave of E. L. Lewis, last Adjutant of Gustin Post, G. A. R. and taps were sounded there to be echoed from the grave of Harold L. Jones, for many years Treasurer of the American Legion and re-echoed from another part of the cemetery.
|Soon to be the epitaph of the Davison Apartments, Main Street Troy, as the new owners, Acme Markets, Inc. takes over for a new store building. Sold at public auction to the market, at $40,650 last October, the property changed hands once again. Henry P. Davison, former Trojan, gave the property to the boro school board in 1919. The borough school board gave the property to the borough council late in 1965, with a stipulation that it had to be sold within three years. The new owners expect to raze the three apartments this spring."|
Argument and Fiery Words Lead to Fist Fight in Alley and When Physician Begins to Get Worst of Fisticuffing, He Whips Out Revolver and Begins Firing – None of Bullets Take Effect
Troy, Pa., July 31 – (Special) – Dr. John W. Phillips, a prominent physician of this village, attempted to shoot J. Harry Kelly, cashier of the Grange National Bank during an altercation here yesterday at 3:30 p.m. in the rear of the bank building on Canton street.
Dr. Phillips makes medical examinations for an insurance company which Mr. Kelly represents in addition to his bank duties. A few days ago Mr. Kelly telephoned Dr. Phillips to ask him to call and examine a prospect he had written but found that Dr. Phillips was away on a trip. As the matter could not be delayed, Mr. Kelly called Dr. M. B. Ballard, who made the examination.
When Dr. Phillips returned to Troy yesterday and found what had been done he became extremely indignant. He called Mr. Kelly on the telephone and told him he was about to visit the bank to “slap his mouth.” Shortly afterwards Dr. Phillips appeared at the bank and he and Mr. Kelly went out into an alleyway at the rear of the building. The two engaged in a fist battle and as Mr. Kelly was getting the better of his antagonist, Dr. Phillips pulled a revolver out of his pocket and commenced shooting at Mr. Kelly. None of the shots hit Mr. Kelly, who ran for the bank building as soon as he discovered that Dr. Phillips carried a revolver. Other officials of the bank prevented Mr. Kelly from taking one of the bank’s revolvers and going out to defend himself.
The episode has stirred the village, all of the parties being prominent socially and in a business way. Dr. Phillips is a brother-in-law of Everitt VanDyne, president of the bank.
|From The Towanda Daily Review, July 24, 1975
Top: "This photograph of the Troy House around 1890 is one in the bicentennial
postcard series. There was a livery stable in back to take
|Bottom: This is the way it was at Main and Canton Streets in Troy before World War I when horses still watered at the trough in the center and the Van Dyne Civic Building was still in use as a Half-Shire Courthouse for Western Bradford County. This is another scene from the bicentennial series, Troy's first completed bicentennial project."|
|"The long-gone Troy Shoe Factory on Railroad Street is all dressed up for a July 4th celebration with portraits of George and Martha between the windows. This is one of the bicentennial postcard series, made from a glass plate negative before the turn of the century."|