History

PLANE CRASH ON WEST HILL

From the Issue: 
November 2011
In the late 40's an Air Force Fighter plane crashed on West Hill.  It was on a Sunday, during the summer. Many townspeople heard the plane coming down, almost straight down.  The crash site was just off one of the first two left forks on the hill, about 3/4 of a mile on the left.  I was at home on High Street

People began heading up to the crash site, some running or in cars.  As you got to the Matson Farm one could see the smoke and smell the fuel.  I arrived among the first 25 people.  The plane was completely destroyed in the crash.  One could pick up the largest piece with one hand.  Some people reported part of an arm hanging in a tree.  Troy police arrived followed by Troy Fire Dept. and the State Police.

TROY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
October 2011
The Troy Historical Society has been working diligently preparing the museum for the Open House on Saturday, October 15th.  Displays have been rearranged and new displays added.  One display that we are really excited about is the sampler donated by Judy Moran.  It was made by her great-great grandmother in 1811.  The Indian King Framery did a beautiful job framing the piece, using a frame and matting to accent the colors in the sampler.  It is one of my favorite pieces. So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15th to visit the Troy Historical Society Museum at Kimball Hall during the hours of 11 AM to 3 PM for our Open House.  Refreshments will be served.

The Troy Historical Society meets every third Thursday of the month.  The October meeting will be Thursday, October 20th at 4:00 PM at Kimball Hall.  Come help us preserve the past for tomorrow.

TROY RAILROAD DEPOT

From the Issue: 
October 2011
As we enter into the fall season it is hard to believe how quickly summer has passed.  We had a wonderful time with our community Yard Sale & Lawn Party this summer with the collective efforts of the Historical Society, Recreation Committee and Depot Committee.  It was a scorching hot day but we all made the best of it with sand art, a Bouncy house, dunk tank, greyhounds, silent auction, face painting and I am sure I am forgetting something.  We also featured during the day a DVD of the 175th celebration of Troy which our very own Val Britton has put together.  We have them for sale for $15.00.  To purchase your copy please contact me (Roni Hoffmann) at (603) 242-7902.

One last note: Val has also been interviewing several people over the past year to put together a DVD documentary of the railroad era and its importance, featuring memories of local people who remember the locomotives stopping here in Troy and riding the rails.  It is going to be amazing and will be available for purchase in the near future.  Thank you Val for all you do for the Troy RR Depot.

TROY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
September 2011
If you missed "Silent Movies" Night at the Gay-Kimball Library in June, the Historical Society will be presenting another "Silent Movies" night at the Library.  So mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22, at 7 PM for an entertaining evening.  The event will begin with a movie short of Laurel and Hardy in "Hot Water", with the feature film being "It" starring Clara Bow.  Join us for an evening of fun and laughter.
Society members have been working on the museum, gearing up for our open house in October.  Gary and Cheryl worked hard to put together a new military display using the donations made by several families to honor and remember Troy's veterans.
    We have a new display which will be featured at the open house on Saturday, October 15th from 11 AM  to 3 PM.  We recently received many items of baseball memorabilia that had belonged to Steven Follett, a "Troy youngster" who was bought by the Boston Red Sox after he won "Longhorn league rookie of the year honors in 1950."  We would like to thank Judy Shattler and Jane Silver for this wonderful new addition to the museum.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
July/August 2011
The Troy Historical Society needs your help.  We are looking for active members to help with the cataloging, fundraising, creating displays in the museum, and label making for the displays.  Please join us for our monthly meetings at Kimball Hall on the third Thursday at 4 PM.  We have been working diligently at rearranging the museum but would really appreciate some new ideas.  Please stop by to see our progress and watch for more on our Open House in October.

Our July project this year is the Lawn Party.  We are working with the Depot Commission to sponsor a Yard Sale, Lawn Party, and a Movie all in one day, Saturday, July 23.  The Troy Historical Society will be doing the face painting at the Lawn Party.  All the events will take place at the Troy Depot so come on down and make history!


MANAGING TROY WATER

From the Issue: 
July/August 2011
The Selectmen's office in the early 1960's was composed of L. E. Ray Hale, 48 years, Clarence Abare 25 years and Arthur McKew, 3 years on the board.
The Board of Selectmen in Troy may have been one of the small legislative bodies in the English speaking world to declare "Water runs Downhill”.  The event that precipitated this event is as follows:

The street that runs off of Route. 12 (toward Fitzwilliam) South, up an incline to the former Walton West home (not the street to the Sand Dam) was a problem.  Storm water ran down the street from the West place (East side of the street) toward Route 12.  It would flow into driveway of the Bob Tucker house, accumulate behind his garage and Lepisto's Garage.

In the Spring of the year it became a mini-swamp. We (the board of Selectmen) decided to install 2 or 3 drains at the upper part of the street and divert the water through a culvert into the field on the West side of the street.  We talked this over with Henry Lampinen, Road Agent, and he did the installation.  It solved the problem.

EARLY TROY BUSINESS

From the Issue: 
July/August 2011
The availability of water power in the area that became Troy attracted business ventures as early as 1774 As Dr. Stone’s history records, a gristmill and a sawmill were established at that time where the dam now exists on South Main Street.  Other mills were established subsequently further along the brook, in the North End and in Bowkerville.  For many years the mainstay of these mills was wooden ware for households and small businesses.  The variety included pails, tubs and buckets, shoe pegs, clothes pins, mop handles, fancy dishes, sash and blinds. Chair parts and picture frames were specialty products.
Pottery manufacture began early on in several locations.

HISTORIETTE UPDATE

From the Issue: 
June 2011
For those interested persons involved with the research and support of Dad’s History of Troy, please know that he has asked me to draft this article restating his intention of granting me the responsibility of completing his lifetime endeavor due to prevailing health restraints.  He speaks highly of so many folks, both of Troy and outside our proud community, who have contributed so unselfishly toward this worthwhile project.  While I know many of those to whom he refers, I am eager to meet with everyone interested in attending the next Historiette Committee meeting, which will be held at the Gay-Kimball Library Wednesday evening, June 1, at 7 PM.  July’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 6th.  My thanks to Gary Phelps, who has agreed to assist me with committee and project details.
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