Dianne Smith looks back on local history in the Messenger Files – The Troy Messenger

Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer and naval bureau, once said that “a generation that ignores history has no past or future”.


In 2017, John ‘Doc’ Anderson of Troy University will be inducted into the prestigious National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on June 28 in Houston, Texas.

Anderson enjoyed a career spanning nearly five decades. He has held various positions at the University of Troy since 1967 including Head Athletic Coach, Professor and Program Director and is now Professor Emeritus.

He was a member of the United States track and field coaching staff for the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics and was athletic coach for the 1996 Olympic team.


In 1971, 1st Lt. Robert K.T. Cole, Jr., United States Marine Corps was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in the Republic of Vietnam on March 2, 1971. Cole was serving as the platoon commander of Company C, 1st Bn 1st Marine Division.

Dr. JO Colley’s association with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home dates back to his youth. He came home with his family in 1923 and has been closely associated with the house ever since. Her father, JO Colley, Sr., served for many years as superintendent of the household.

Dr. Colley, a local physician, served nearly ten years as the home physician. Colley has been a member of The Home’s Board of Directors for over eight years. He was Vice President from 1965 to 1966 and President from 1967 to 1968. He is now treasurer of the board of directors and member of the personnel committee.



In 1921 it was announced that the Lime Cola Bottling Company, of Troy, had received its last shipment of machinery and was now ready to supply the trade in Pike and neighboring counties. The valuable Lime Cola franchise is controlled by MM. WH Haire and LS Rainer, who have installed in their model bottling establishment the newest and most approved types of machinery for bottling carbonated beverages.

Lime Cola, which will be the leader of the new facility, is an Alabama product, with the headquarters where the syrup is made being located in Montgomery. The Troy plant is a new unit in the large Lime Cola franchise bottler chain that stretches from Florida to West Virginia.

All of these articles can be found in previous editions of The Troy Messenger. Stay tuned for more.

Dianne Smith is president of the Pike County Historical, Genealogical and Preservation Society.

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