From the Messenger’s Files: Troy’s Population Reached 10,000 in 1917 – The Troy Messenger

Extract from the files of the messenger: the population of Troy reached 10,000 inhabitants in 1917

Posted at 8:34 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

There was much excitement in Troy in February 1917 with the release of census information completed by the police department. It has also been reported that traveling salesmen declared Troy to be the best city in this whole section.

Troy has ten thousand inhabitants!

Diane Smith

Within the limits of the city proper, which barely extend to the end of some streets, Troy has, in real numbers, seven thousand one hundred and twenty-eight people.

Within the police jurisdiction, the suburbs, over which the city exercises police and commercial control, today has less than ten thousand inhabitants. These people from the suburbs are Trojans, frequent the churches and institutions of Troy, do their business in town, etc., but live just beyond the limits.

The city council, at its meeting last night, accepted the new census of the city, recently ordered and carried out by the police force, and as officially recorded on the minutes of the council now, Troy has at the within city limits, population 7,128.

The Council members were pleased, but not surprised, as Troy showed a magnificent growth over the past two years. Hundreds of people have moved to this city for its benefits.

According to commercial travelers, Troy makes the biggest business from any city in Southeast Alabama. Many businessmen have learned recently that the volume of business here now exceeds that of any other point in this section.

Troy is a splendid commercial point, and reached by railways in four directions, and by highways in many directions, becomes the point of trade and purchase for thousands of people, some living at a comparatively great distance.

As a wholesale and mail-order outlet as well, Troy now does a large volume of business.

With its splendid educational and religious facilities, Troy is known as a center of education and culture.

Its high altitude makes it an unrivaled point for health, and its pure artesian water adds another distinct advantage in this line. People are realizing these points in many sections, and hence the increase in population.

With the addition of another school building at an early date, which now seems assured, to relieve the very crowded state of the city school, the educational benefits of Troy will be greatly increased. The new school building is badly needed, and it is expected to be completed by the start of the next school year.

The inhabitants of Troy will be very satisfied with the results of the new census, which has just been completed.

Each of the splendid inhabitants of Troy should and probably will be a stimulus to the city and its enterprises. “Watch Troy grow!”

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.