125 Years Ago
June 8, 1892
The razing of the Robertson buildings, at the southeast corner of Court street and Ohio avenue, to make room for a magnificent business block, is now underway. It is understood the three houses were built about the year 1830.
The farmers are now doing something that they do only a few times in many years-plow and plant corn in a single day, and in some cases in the same field. The unusually bad weather has made it impossible to finish the work earlier.
100 Years Ago
June 8, 1917
A meeting of the manufacturers and businessmen of Sidney and anyone who loves his country and is interested in the successful prosecution of the war, has been called for this evening at 7:30 in the Commercial Club rooms. $400,000 must be subscribed for Liberty Loan Bonds and the residents of Sidney and Shelby county should wake up to the serious crises that confronts them. Only $135,000 has so far been subscribed.
A Red Cross organization has been effected in Sidney. An application for a charter has been made by the following members: W.T. Amos, chairman; P.R. Taylor; secretary; W.A. Graham, J.C. Cummins; W.E. Kilborn, C.F. Rendien, J.D. Barnes, Harry Oldham, and F.D. Christian.
75 Years Ago
June 8, 1942
Mrs. W.H.C. Goode, of this city, will be honored Monday with an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters from her alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill. The degree is in recognition of her outstanding work in church and church education fields.
Reports from Washington today indicate that the Japanese suffered the loss of 17 ships in the major navel engagement that extended from Midway to Alaska.
50 Years Ago
June 8, 1967
VERSAILLES – A huge skillet, possibly the largest in the world, will be here Saturday awaiting a tryout June 21 on the lawn of the Poultry Producers Association. The skillet made by McClain Milling Co. of Greenville, is over eight feet in diameter and is eight inches deep. On June 21 an omelet containing 1,800 eggs will be cooked in the skillet and served to workers for the Poultry Day celebration to be held July 7-8. Four committee members will be named cooks and armed with snow shovels to turn the omelet.
A Holy Angels high school junior, coronet player since she was a fifth grader, will try her luck at the Ted Mack show next week. Jackie Frantz, who won the talent show at thee Shelby County Fair in 1966, will make the trip to New York without charge.
25 Years Ago
June 8, 1992
Houston High School senior, Stacey Ritter recently smiled to the crowd after accepting the first-place plaque in the long jump Saturday at the State Track and Field Championships at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Miss Ritter soared 17 feet, 8 inches to take first place in the event and she would go on to finish first in the 200 meter dash as well. She was also second in the 100 and sixth in the 400 for 29 points , and that gave Houston the runner-up trophy in Division IV. She was only the second girl in the history of the state girls meet to bring home a team trophy.
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