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…
TROY Public Radio’s latest podcast features the history, culture and people of Alabama’s Wiregrass Region.
“It Came from the Archives,” a popular feature on the Troy.Today blog made its podcast debut in June with its first episode, “Troy University’s Origin Story” featuring Wiregrass Archives Director Dr. Marty Olliff and hosted by Greg Phillips and centering on A.A….
[Note: A longer version of this article appears in the June 2022 issue of Business Alabama magazine.]
by Scotty Kirkland
In the 1880s, a group of investors created the first railroad to traverse the rich farmland and timber country of the Alabama Wiregrass. Armed with financial support from one of the largest railroad tycoons of the era,…
Sometimes, an item buried in a collection is all a researcher needs to launch a tale. A pair of ca. 1982 photos of the Houston Memorial Library bookmobile are responsible for today’s post.
Doug Snellgrove Photographs, RG 099, Wiregrass Archives
Bookmobiles are 20th century ways for city-based libraries to serve rural patrons. Bookmobiles harken back to 1902,…