It Came From the Archives: RAF pilots trained at Napier Field near Dothan

Class SE-42-H before Napier Field HQ building, 1942. (TROY photo/Wiregrass Archives)

Class SE-42-H before Napier Field HQ building, 1942. (TROY photo/Wiregrass Archives)

During World War 2, the skies over Great Britain were filled with too many German airplanes, and the weather was too inclement, for pilot-cadets to train safely.  So they trained in colonies like India and South Africa, but they also trained in the US from June 1941 to March 1943.

AT-6 trainers on Napier Field. (TROY…

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It Came From the Archives: Dothan received the Queen in 1952

Betty Phillips, Mutual Broadcasting Company's 2000th Queen for a Day, visited Dothan in 1952.

Betty Phillips, Mutual Broadcasting Company's 2000th Queen for a Day, visited Dothan in 1952.

Over the years the National Peanut Festival has produced hundreds of local queens and princesses, but in 1952 it hosted one whose name was not known until October 24.

That was Betty Phillips of Los Angeles, who was the Mutual Broadcasting System’s 2000th Queen for A Day.

“Queen For A Day” was a game show…

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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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