Prominent People

WILLIAM H. PITSENBARGER
He was awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism when he sacrificed his life during the Vietnam War. As a para-rescue medic he had completed 300 missions in Vietnam.

MILLS BROTHERS
John Sr., John Jr., Herbert, Harry and Donald were born and raised in Piqua; the brothers began their internationally known singing career in Piqua as the Four Boys and a Guitar.

DON GENTILE
World War II Flying Ace and a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, Gentile was called Captain Courageous by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

JOHN JOHNSTON
Federal Indian Agent at Upper Piqua from 1812 until 1829. He was an author, canal commissioner, college trustee, historian and farmer.

JACK SNOW
Author of several of the Wizard of Oz books in the 1950s.

LUTHER MC CARTY
Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1913.

MINABELLE A. HUTCHINS
One of the early, nationally-known radio soap opera stars, starring in “Life of Mary Sothern” in 1938.

OLD BRITAIN
Was a Miami Indian Chief at Fort Pickawillany. He was killed and eaten by French and Indian raiders in 1752.

WILLIAM M. McCULLOCH
Served for 12 terms as a U.S. Congressman and is best known for his efforts in securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

 


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