125 Years Ago
October 28, 1892
Two through freights, westbound, collided a mile west of Hardin at 6 o’clock this morning. When a short distance short of the station, the first train broke in two. The conductor went back to signal the train coming from the rear, but before he could flag it down, the engine crashed into the other cars.. The caboose and several cars of the train were wrecked and the engine of the second train derailed.
On Saturday a fire broke out in Perry township and destroyed 250 rods of wooden fence for Joseph Williamson. He estimated the loss at about $100.
100 years Ago
October 28, 1917
The fire bell rang six times today and once last evening, marking the subscription of $70,000 more in Liberty Bonds. This brings the total up to$380,000, with only $20,000 to go in order to reach the quota. The committee is hopeful the additional $20,000 will be subscripted today.
W.H. McCloskey, member of the board of elections, arrived home from Camp Sheridan, at Montgomery Ala., last evening, after receiving the vote of the Shelby county men located there. He secured the votes of 31 boys and believes he got all but two or three.
75 Years Ago
October 28, 1942
Beginning Nov. 2, and continuing until Mar. 1 of next year, Shelby county schools will open 45 minutes later on a recommendation by the county board of education. The action was being taken as both a safety and economy measure. The board noted that children now must board busses long before daylight with the present war-time in effect. Starting later will also be a saving on electricity in the mornings.
The Office of Price Administration today announced that coffee rationing will go into effect at midnight, November 28, with one pound each five weeks to everyone over 15 years of age. All sales of coffee at retail will be halted Nov. 21 to permit merchants a week in which to stock their shelves.
50 Years Ago
October 28, 1967
“Thanks for the Memories” was the theme of the Charity League banquet held Wednesday evening at the Johnson Banquet House. The theme depicted the 33 years of service that the Charity League has given to the community. It was noted that almost $21,000 has been given to worthy causes over the years. New officers for the 1967-68 club season were introduced. Mrs. Robert Westerbeck is the new president with Mrs. Phillip Ruese the first vice-president, and Mrs. Walter Leiser, second vice president. Mrs. Lee Woodruff is the secretary and Mrs. Don Strausser was elected treasurer.
25 Years Ago
October 28, 1992
Sidney resident Marilyn McIntyre hit the jackpot during a vacation to Las Vegas, Nev. last month, winning a brand-new Corvette sports car at a hotel casino while playing at a slot machine. However, no one will be seeing her driving a new car any time soon-unless she buys one. She decided to take the cash prize of$23,500 instead. Ms. McIntyre, travelled to Las Vegas with a group of friends and stayed at Palace Station Hotel and Casino. As soon as she arrived, she began a lucky streak with slot machines that culminated in the big prize.
For the first time in recent memory there is a race for the position of Shelby County Coroner. What makes the contest even more unusual is that it is a three-way race. Bidding for the position are Dr. Phillip Edwards, a Democrat, Dr. Jerome Mestemaker, an Independent, and Dr. Raul Tramontana. A Republican. The position has been filled for a number of years by Dr. George Schroer, who announced earlier this year that he plans to retire.
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