Out of the past


125 Years

January 11, 1892

A petition will be circulating tomorrow for the names of 100 freeholders who are in favor of advancing Sidney from the status of a village to a city of the second class and fourth grade – the next step in advancement. The petition will be presented to the council at a special meeting on Thursday night and, if it receives favorable action by the council, the matter will be voted on at the next municipal election in April.

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At a special meeting of city council last evening, that body, by a five-to-two vote, decided to drop one member from the police department. This is being done to cut down expenses in the safety department. No action was taken on the proposal to drop one member from the fire department. The city solicitor was instructed to prepare the legislation reorganizing the police department.

75 Years

January 11, 1942

It is now Col. John W. Harmony, members of his family here have learned. The son of W.F. Harmony of this city, who has been in charge of athletics at West Point for the past several years, has been elevated from the rank of major to that of colonel. A graduate of the military academy, he was prominent in athletics while a student there.

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At their first meeting in the new year, Fort Loramie firemen re-elected Harry Wendeln as president of the fire company. William Schulze was re-named vice president and Elmer Gaier, treasurer. Leo H. Barhorst assumed the duties of secretary. August Gaier continues as fire chief.

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A total membership of 265 was reported by Charles Seving, secretary of the Shelby County Motor Club at the regular monthly meeting of the board of directors held last evening. A committee of Seving, Arthur Allinger and L.E. Marrs was named by President Sprague to investigate the securing of additional office space.

50 Years

January 11, 1967

FORT LORAMIE – Seven directors were named to the board at The Fort Loramie Banking Co. when stockholders held their annual meeting Wednesday.

Elected to the board of directors were: Frank Marshall, Albert Brucken, Herman Freytag, Paul Ahlers, John Frantz, Howard Jelley, and Roy Roeth. In completing its organization, the board named Marshall, chairman and attorney; Brucken, president; Freytag, vice president; and Ahlers, cashier.

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Completing their annual reorganization Wednesday, members of the board of trustees of the Amos Memorial Public Library re-elected Urban Doorley as president. Other officers re-elected to serve with him are: Harley Knoop, vice president; and Mrs. Harold Sharp, secretary; with Richard Willson, librarian, service as clerk. Members of the board of trustees, in addition to the officers are Mrs. H.H. Hill, Mrs. J. Oliver Amos, Thomas Faulkner and Lloyd Lutz.

25 Years

January 11, 1992

Local schools will lose thousands of dollars due to recently announced cuts in state aid, forcing some districts to consider spending reductions.

Aid to school districts in Shelby County will drop by more than $280,000 for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30, as a result of state budget cuts. This includes reductions in basic aid and categorical programs.

Statewide, education suffered an $88.8 million reduction, which represents a 2.5 percent cut in school foundation basic allowance, special education, vocational education, and disadvantaged pupil impact aid. The cut is part of an effort by state officials to deal with a state budget deficit.

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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