Out of the past


125 Years

March 20, 1892

Other than Sidney, no part of Shelby county will have anything to do with the Australian ballot law at the election on Apr. 4. This simplifies a long list of disturbing questions, and electors in every precinct of the county, except in Sidney, will have nothing more to do than turn out and vote in the old-fashioned way. The big blanket sheet will be printed only for Sidney.

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As a result of the visit of the street railway projectors here an estimate was given of the cost of the proposed project. The statement was made that if a considerable part of the stock would be taken by residents of Sidney, the line would be in operation by the latter part of May.

100 Years

March 20, 1917

A program of interest to all has been arranged by the Commercial club for the public meeting on “Conservancy of Home Resources” to be held in the club rooms. Speakers on the program will include: Miss Bess Newhall, domestic science teacher in the schools; H.L. Brown of the Wagner Park conservatories; S.L. Wicoff, and Prof. L.A. Dollinger.

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S.E. Dilbone has taken over the Oakland Taxi service which has been run by D.F. Rinehart, and will continue the tax business in connection with the sale of Oakland and Paige automobiles.

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J.L. Updegraff and D.S. Minniear have purchased the fish market of W.D. Davis on East Court street, assuming charge of the business this morning.

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Extensive remodeling of the City Drug and Book Store on the East side of the square has been completed. The room has been made 25 feet longer and a steel ceiling has been installed, with the interior redecorated.

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Czar Nicholas of Russia has abdicated his throne, it was announced today in Petrograd. Grand Duke Michael has been named regent, with Grand Duke Nicholas taking over command of the Russian forces.

75 Years

March 20, 1942

Members of the Lake Loramie Improvement Association re-elected Clem Ruhenkamp as president when they met last evening at Koverman’s landing. Other officers elected were John Albers, vice president; Joseph L. Willman, secretary, and Bernard Busse, treasurer.

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Delbert Francis Schwartz, of Newport, with the serial number 441, was the first Shelby county man’s number drawn from the fish bowl in the national lottery for the third selective service registrants started last night in Washington.

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During a blinding snowstorm shortly before noon today, four U.S. Army pursuit planes crashed within a two mile area, approximately 6½ miles east of Lima. All four pilots were killed. Full details of the air tragedy are lacking as there appeared to be no qualified witnesses.

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Approximately 300 residents of the Oran community participated in the old fashioned spelling bee and cyphering match held at Oran last evening as part of the chicken supper sponsored by the ladies aid of the Oran Christian church.

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Miss Margaret Van Etten was re-elected president of the Sidney Theatre Guild when members met last night. Mrs. E.J. Hammann was named vice president; Miss Eileen Taylor, secretary, and Miss Clara Kramer, treasurer.

50 Years

March 20, 1967

Shelby Davis, an executive of Airstream, Inc., was named chairman of the Travel Trailer division of The Mobile Home Manufacturers Association during its annual meeting this week in Chicago. In this capacity, Davis will head the division’s board of governors for 1967-68 and will also service on the MHMA board of directors.

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James R. Sharp, 66, of 877 South Ohio avenue, a mortician here for nearly 50 years, died at 3:45 a.m. today in Wilson Memorial Hospital. Mr. Sharp attended the grades at McClure school and graduated from Sidney High School in 1918. Following graduation, he entered Buck School of Embalming at Columbus, Returning to Sidney, he was associated with the O.B. Taylor Funeral Home until 1946, at which time he became associated with William E. Salm in the establishment of the Salm and Sharp Funeral Home.

25 Years

March 20, 1992

Fire destroyed a home on Kuther Road Thursday evening in a blaze that was of personal interest to two Sidney firefighters. It was the home of their mother and grandmother. Destroyed was the residence of Annebelle Barga, 1100 S. Kuther Road. Sidney Fire Department officials estimated the total loss at $67,500, with $22,500 loss in contents. Fortunately all occupants of the home escaped without harm.

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Fairlawn graduate Kevin Gump has completed his basketball career at Bluffton College holding nearly every record in three point shooting at the school. So effective was the 6-foot-four senior that he was named recipient of the A T & T Long Distance Player of the month in February.

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In the Sidney Recreation Department’s City League Tournament action Wednesday night at Northwood, Jeff Berger of the Campball’s A team was red-hot from long range. He hit 10 three pointers on his way to 33 points for the game.

All of Berger’s points from the field came on three-pointers.

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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