In the mid-twentieth century, when traveling carnivals and fairs were much bigger business than they are today, O.C. Buck Shows of Troy was one of the big players in the region.
Oscar Buck was a big player in the showmen’s associations of the day, was on the board of the Altamont Fair, and ran his operations from the Hotel Troy and his home on Point View Drive, near Frear Park. They put on midway and side shows all over. They had rides, a motorcycle show, and sideshow acts like the Alligator Lady. (For a remembrance of the O.C. Buck shows, search this page.)
I’m not sure if the Troy connection was ever all that explicit, but I do like the “Aunt Sam” figure.