Out of the past

125 Years

November 30, 1891

It would be an improvement of note in Sidney if bridges for sidewalks were built over creek and canal crossings. The absence of these is not conducive to public convenience nor beauty of thoroughfares. In the case of canal crossings, it is not easy to fill the vacancy, but someday, when Sidney is occupying the place she is striving for, this will be done. If the city can be made neat and attractive in these little matters, a great deal will have been accomplished.


On account of the limited room and enormous stock, Wagner Brothers have rented the room in the Fry Block formerly occupied by N.C. DeWeese and Son, to accommodate a portion of their fine line of toys and fancy goods during the holidays.

100 Years

November 30, 1916

A number of our citizens are planning a little Christmas remembrance for the members of Co. I, now on the Mexican border and to that end the following have been named on a committee: W.T. Amos, W.E. Shipp, F.D. Christian, H.E. Kah, A.W. Knauer, L.P. Kraft, Jesse C. Laughlin, D.H. Rahn, B.D. Higgins, Karl F. Young, and Jesse L. Frazier. The object of the committee is to receive contributions of cigars, tobacco, candy, handkerchiefs, etc. and see that the same are transported to the boys as a Christmas remembrance from home.


County school Superintendent W.E. Partington has issued a call for a meeting of the presidents of the village and rural schools to be held in the assembly room of the court house on December 9 for the purpose of electing a member of the county board of education.

75 Years

November 30, 1941

Pea-soup fog settling down heavily over Shelby County this morning was blamed for a number of accidents. Among these was a Hardin school bus which was struck by a truck of the Brierly Baking Company of Union City, Indiana. The accident happened east of Hardin. None of the five children passengers on the bus or the driver, Mrs. Bolinger, were injured, but the driver of the bread truck suffered a broken leg. The vehicle was a total wreck with its contents scattered over the highway.


Letters were presented to 15 members of the Sidney High School football team at the annual banquet last evening. Receiving monograms were: Eldon Ely, Frank Warbington, Dick Henke, Ralph Watercutter, Harold Brown, Dick Knasel, seniors; Wilbur Johnston, Urban Friesthler, Jim Lewis, Chan Purdy, juniors; Dick Flanagan, Harry Corbin, Al Mutschler, Bill Hawley, Dick Fergus, sophomores.

50 Years

November 30, 1966

FRENCHTOWN – Holy Family Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary with services at 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Karl Alter, archbishop of the Cincinnati diocese will celebrate the mass.

A history of the church shows that the parish started services in 1866.


JACKSON CENTER – A fire today in a gas furnace of a new Airstream trailer caused minor damage Airstream plant officials stated. Firemen were called at 9:15 a.m., but the fire had been put out with an extinguisher before they arrived.

No estimate of the damage was available from Jim Carman, plant superintendent.


Frank Berger, veteran kegler of the Sportsman League in Versailles, smashed out at 616 series, as his Frenchie’s Café blanked the North Star Hardware Store, in the circuit’s weekly round at Del Win Lanes in Versailles.

Matt Gilardi fired a beautiful 234 high and 614 series to give the White Front an easy 8 – 0 sweep of Middendorf’s in the Holiday Buckeye League at Holiday Lanes. Joe Cook had the second-high game in the Holiday Buckeye League, a 233 to help the Shelby House to a 5 – 3 win over Pulfer’s Sohio.

25 Years

November 30, 1991

It looked to be a war against the police in Sidney. Clarence Francis, 31, of 408 South Main Avenue held police at bay during a shootout yesterday. Francis had discharged a weapon in the house, then tied up his girlfriend to the bed in an upstairs bedroom. When police arrived, the shots started being fired. Francis was dressed in military style clothing. He was overheard saying, “I am going to shoot me some cops.” He was eventually arrested. The officers involved were Ron Austin, Bruce Doak and Ron Jensen.


The Village of Fort Loramie will be growing yet again in the near future. The village will be annexing a 17 acre parcel. It is located next to the current Ft. Loramie industrial Park.


Ralph Regula will soon be attending his last meeting as township clerk. Regula has served 16 years as clerk of Jackson Township. The pay, at $8,000 per year, was never to cover the cost of all the paperwork he did, but Regula enjoyed his job. He was defeated in the recent election by Sharon Oakley.


These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (937-498-1653) 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 (937-498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org