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It Came From the Archives: Tragic train wreck led to a shift in safety procedures on the Atlantic Coast Line tracks

The wreck of the

The wreck of the "Second 180" and "Extra 452" in the Wiregrass led to changes in train management.

On Sept. 24, 1945, at 2:05 p.m., Atlantic Coast Line train “Extra 452 West” from Dothan collided headlong into ACL “Second 180 East,” killing the 452’s engineer, James A. Mangum of Montgomery, and injuring 16 others.

Tom Solomon, a resident of Headland, employee of the ACL, and “well known railroad artist and train enthusiast” owned…

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It Came from the Archives: TROY has longstanding connections with Ukraine through its Dothan Campus Library

Olga Casey, a librarian on the Dothan Campus who is Ukrainian, accepts gifts from CUSPU students in 2014. (Wiregrass Archives)

Olga Casey, a librarian on the Dothan Campus who is Ukrainian, accepts gifts from CUSPU students in 2014. (Wiregrass Archives)

Ukraine has been in the news for the past year over its hot war with its neighbor, the Russian Federation.

What you might not know is that the Troy Dothan Library has had a “Sister Library” partnership with the Central Ukrainian State University Library.  Beginning in 2009, Troy Dothan librarian Olga Casey (a native of Ukraine…

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It Came from the Archives: A Girl the Wildcats left behind

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

When soldiers fight away from home, they leave behind non-combatants – mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends.  Some friends were young women with whom the soldier-boys (and don’t forget that most of them were exactly that) had grown up.  Today’s post concerns one young woman soldiers corresponded with, and what those letters tell us not only about them…

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It Came from the Archives: 1909 Alumna Julia Wiley Brantley earned a bachelor’s degree from State Normal School

Julia Wiley was O.C. Wiley's daughter and A.A. Wiley's niece who was a member of the Troy's Class of 1909 and has her own story.

Julia Wiley was O.C. Wiley's daughter and A.A. Wiley's niece who was a member of the Troy's Class of 1909 and has her own story.

Earlier posts in “It Came from the Archives” covered A. A. Wiley and his brother O. C. Wiley and their importance to Troy and Troy University.

Julia Wiley, c. 1909

Julia Wiley was O.C. Wiley’s daughter and A.A. Wiley’s niece who was a member of the Troy’s Class of 1909 and has her own story.

Born in 1890, her…

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