Out of the Past


100 Years

March 28, 1916

E.B. Foust, who has operated a grocery store on West Michigan Street for the past four years, has sold out to Ed Evans. The latter will take over the operation May 1. Mr. Foust plans to move to Dayton where he has purchased a grocery on South Jefferson Street.

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A special venire of 36 names was drawn from the jury wheel by the jury commission at the Clerk’s Office today for the murder trial of Thomas Williams. The trial is the first case of its kind in this county for a number of years. It is scheduled to start April 17. Williams is charged with killing Walter West at a construction camp south of Sidney last August.

75 Years

March 28, 1941

Dr. L. C. Pepper was elected exalted ruler of the Sidney Lodge of Elks, when the annual election was held last evening. James Giffin was named esteemed leading knight; Gene Shoemaker, esteemed lecturing knight; Carl Brandewie, esteemed loyal knight; Karl J. Wagner, secretary; Eugene Carper, treasurer; Joe Cianciolo, tyler; Leo J. McFarland and Fred D. Dickas, trustees.

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Miss Margaret Van Etten was elected president of the Sidney Theatre Guild at the annual election of officers last evening. William Boller was named vice president; Ruth Frances, secretary and Miss Clara Kramer, treasurer.

50 Years

March 28, 1966

There was an extra house on New Street Friday. A two story frame house was being moved to a new location when a slight snag developed. The house, being moved from Wapakoneta Avenue to Summit Street by Kenneth Staley, was halted by a cable at the corner of New and Miami and forced to spend the night.

Many motorists were surprised to find a house in the street blocking their path. The move started Friday noon and was to be completed today.

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A requiem high mass for A-1-C James Edward Pleiman, 22, lost in action off the coast of North Vietnam, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Remy Church at Russia. Official confirmation of the young airman’s death was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Pleiman, R.R. 1, Russia, on Thursday. He had previously been reported missing in action on March 15.

Pleiman was one of two airmen lost when their Air Force HU-16 Albatross amphibian was struck by mortar fire while attempting to rescue the two man crew of a Phantom F4C, struck by conventional ground fire. The Albatross quickly sank, with a carrier based helicopter picking up six survivors. The body of one of the victims was recovered but Pleiman’s was not.

25 Years

March 28, 1991

After his only senior, Larry Platt, put a charge into the ball and his teammates with a big three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, it looked like the Sidney Yellow Jackets could coast to victory and get the win No. 200 for coach Dave King. But, Jacket opponent Dayton Patterson refused to go down without a fight. It appeared that King might have to wait a little longer to reach his milestone. The Jackets finally rose to the occasion and plated two runs in the bottom of the inning. King finally had win number 200. “The kids never quit on me,” said King after the victory.

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The Sidney Police Department is conducting its 25th annual child safety and drug education program for the children throughout the area again this year. “Over the years we have heard many positive comments regarding this worthwhile program,” Police Chief Steven Wearly, stated. The only defense to the problem of drug use is education.

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These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org

These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org