Dianne Smith, Author at The Troy Messenger

Dianne Smith

Mrs. Huner featured in The Messenger in 1969

In 1969, Mrs. Stanley Huner was featured in the Careers for Women feature stories. Mrs. Stanley Huner has had Troy’s only catering service for two ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6:42 pm

Dianne Smith

Christine Gilmore wore many hats in 1969

Originally published as part of a series on Careers for Women in 1969 and this story about Christine Gilmore. The myth of the business woman ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 6:36 pm

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Pappy Tolbert, was Troy’s Dean of Morning Men

WTBF went on the air on February 25, 1947.  The station was locally owned and affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System.  Bob “Pappy” Tolbert had ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, January 17, 2023 7:14 pm

Dianne Smith

Elizabeth Comer had a desire to learn to read

Originally published in 1980 is an incredible story about Elizabeth Comer’s desire to learn to read.  This story  shows that you are never too old ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, January 10, 2023 6:30 pm

Dianne Smith

Alice Green Thornton, spinner, weaver and artist

Alice Green Thornton was born in 1903 in Meekers, Oklahoma.  At an early age her teacher recognized her talent for art and encouraged her  in ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, January 3, 2023 7:27 pm

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Dr. Tennille, the man and his vision for a town

According to Margaret Pace Farmer’s book, One Hundred Fifty Years in Pike County Alabama 1821-1971, Dr. A. St. C. Tennille was a physician and manufacturer.  ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, December 27, 2022 7:25 pm

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The ‘Human Fly’ climbs the Troy Hotel in early 1900s

In the early 1900’s, Jack Williams was known as the original “human fly.”  He was also nicknamed “Crazy Jack” because he would climb giant buildings ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:30 pm

Dianne Smith

Wilma Mullis was featured in The Messenger in 1969

In 1969, the Troy Messenger features a series of articles on “careers for women.”  Here is one on Wilma Mullis and her career with her ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, December 13, 2022 8:29 pm

Dianne Smith

Old Troy firehouse was torn down in 1970

In 1970, the old firehouse was deemed a hazard and was torn down. Progress calls, and another Troy landmark falls.  The old firehouse, located on ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 8:07 pm

Dianne Smith

Troy’s WTBF went on the air in February 25, 1947

Troy’s long-awaited radio station, WTBF, will go on the air at noon, Feb. 25. Announcement of the opening date was made this morning by Cyril ... Read more

by Dianne Smith, Tuesday, November 29, 2022 8:19 pm

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