August 5, 1891
Work was started yesterday by R. Smeltzer on the new building for the Whip company. The building will be located at the northwest corner of Highland Avenue and West North Street. It will be three stories high. Mr. Underwood expects to employ between 50 and 75 hands.
August 5, 1916
Sidney voters approved by big majorities all the special issues voted on at the primary yesterday. The vote on extension of the sewer system was 973, yes, with 303 no; on bonds for paving, 881 yes, and 386 no; purchase of a new fire truck, yes 854, no 356; to buy the Catholic addition for the cemetery, yes 1,013, no 239.
August 5, 1941
Before an overflow crowd which packed the grandstand at the Shelby County fairgrounds last night, Gerald L.K. Smith, of Detroit, chairman of the Committee of One Million, urged his audience to join his crusade to keep America out of foreign wars. Smith spoke for two and a half hours.
August 5, 1966
PITTSBURGH – The 4-3 victory Friday night by the Cincinnati Reds didn’t knock Pittsburgh out of the National League lead, but there’s no question it hurt their pennant chances. A line drive in the second inning by Gordy Coleman fractured the thumb of the pitching hand of Pirate right-hander Steve Blass, a regular starter. He probably will be out for the rest of the season.
August 5, 1991
In a setting that appears to be out of the television show M*A*S*H, Johnny Wilson, son of Joyce Wilson of Sidney and a photographer with the U.S. Navy, poses beside a sign post that estimates Sidney is roughly 6,013 miles from the Iraq-Turkey border where the picture was taken. Mrs. Wilson hopes to meet her son later this year in Italy so they can go to see the grave of Mrs. Wilson’s father, U.S. Army Pfc. Lewis Cory, who died in Bologna, Italy, during World War II.
James H. Daniel, 315 Charles Ave., was recently appointed to the National Board of Trustees Special Contributions Fund Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The appointment was made by Dr. William F. Gibson, chairman of the National Board of the NAACP. In Daniel’s appointment, Gibson recognized Daniel’s commitment to civil rights and to his community.
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