Troy in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
“Waiting for WACO Club”
— Hotel Lollis/ Morris House —
Troy’s downtown was home to many second and third story opera houses and the hotel served as a lodging location for many famous performers who visited Troy and performed in those venues. Mayo Hall an opera house that seated 500 people, was in the adjoining brick structure located to the north of the Lollis Hotel. It had pass through doors so performers could use their hotel rooms for dressing rooms, a feature that made the hotel a popular lodging location for those who performed ay Mayo Hall.
Sometime in 1925 the “Waiting for WACO Club” was formed with headquarters located in the Lollis Hotel, known today as the Morris House. The “Waiting for WACO Club” was a phrase used for the group of individuals waiting to pick up their airplanes being made at the WACO Aircraft Company.
The Hotel Lollis was the premier and preferred lodging location for many of the people who traveled to Troy to purchase and or pick up their WACO airplanes. Some of the famous people who purchases and flew WACO’s included Hollywood movie produced Henry King, air racer Gladys O’Donnell and newspaper columnist for Hearst newspapers, Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay, shown in the photo below.
From 1927-1929 WACO airplanes were being produced in as many as 10 different locations in Troy and were transported or rolled through the town across the Adams Street Bridge to Judd Boaks Hay Field for final assembly. This is where the Hobart Arena is now located. After final assembly the airplanes were tested and then flown to WACO dealers or shipped to dealers worldwide.
Erected by WACO Historical Society. (Marker Number 006.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 S Market St, Troy OH 45373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Troy Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Troy's Public Square & Third Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Courthouses and Jail (about 600 feet away); Sheriff’s House and Jail (about 700 feet away); LFWB&G Building (about 700 feet away); Miami County War Savings Quota Plaque (approx. 0.2 miles away); Overfield Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Engine Storage Location (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Last updated on July 7, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.