It Came from the Archives: Dothan man was among fastest on the open sea

Dr. Marty Olliff's ongoing series turns its attention to a Dothan man who once shared the Atlantic crossing speed record.

Dr. Marty Olliff's ongoing series turns its attention to a Dothan man who once shared the Atlantic crossing speed record.

People in the Wiregrass have known about Bishop Cleaners since it opened in Dothan in 1947. But few know that in November 1945, its founder, Eustace E. Bishop, was one of the fastest men on the open sea.

A lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Bishop served on the aircraft carrier/troopship USS Lake Champlain…

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Wiregrass Archives looking to preserve social history of COVID-19

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is a global historical event that continues to play out and affect our lives.

While news reports focus on the wide-scale issues caused by the pandemic, Troy University’s Wiregrass Archives is looking to the public for help preserving the day-to-day history of this ongoing crisis and its effects on everyday life.

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It Came from the Archives: TROY in the 1950s

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column shows a photo collection of Troy University in the mid-1950s.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column shows a photo collection of Troy University in the mid-1950s.

“Selected Views of Troy State College” – An Artvue Post Card Co. Souvenir Booklet

In the mid-1950s, Artvue Post Card Company of New York published a booklet depicting ten buildings on the Troy University Campus. Artvue was founded in 1936, and in 1952 purchased the Albertype Company, which allowed it to publish Baseball Hall of…

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It Came from the Archives: Sawmills of the Wiregrass

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly series continues with a look at a thriving industry in the Wiregrass in the early 20th century.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly series continues with a look at a thriving industry in the Wiregrass in the early 20th century.

Although the Wiregrass is known for commercial-scale peanut and cotton agriculture, those were late comers to the region’s economic life. Hunting and bottom-land gardening fed the original Native American inhabitants, and white settlers merely added droving of rangy cattle and hogs to the mix.

Eventually, naval stores and small-scale logging supplemented the new inhabitants’ incomes,…

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