Out of the past


125 Years

November 13, 1892

With few exceptions the manufacturing concerns of Sidney have been using natural gas for fuel for one, two or three years and each winter they have been deprived of its use because the gas fields could not supply the demand. Yesterday they received the usual notice that they could have no more gas, but were given a few days of grace in which to prepare their furnaces for other fuel.

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An electric railway that someone wanted to run from St. Marys to Cincinnati has received discouragement from the attorney general of the state. The company wished to use the canal banks for a road bed. The attorney general decided that the canals were for one purpose only and denied the petition of the railway company.

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The east wall of the Robertson building was finished today. It is hoped to have all the brick work completed this week.

100 Years

November 13, 1917

The committee canvassing for the Y.M.C.A. fund are busy throughout the entire county and are meeting with splendid success. Jackson township, F.M. Wildermuth, captain, has already secured its quota.

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W.A. Graham was host to the directors of the Citizens National Bank at his home on Miami avenue last evening for a 6 o’clock dinner. The guests included: Dr. H.E. Beebe, J.N. Vandemark, S.E. Schearer, Judge J.D. Barnes, C.D. DeWeese, B.B. Amann, the host and his grandson, Billie Graham, of Portland, Ore. As a token of their appreciation, the directors presented Mr. Graham with a handsome scarf pin, Judge Barnes making the presentation.

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Mrs. W.C. Stuber was elected president when members of the Sunlight Circle of the First Baptist church met last evening. Mrs. Keplinger was named vice president; Mrs. Harvey Roth, secretary; Mrs. Harry English, treasurer, and Mrs. F.A. Stuber, corresponding secretary.

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A wireless dispatch received in London from Petrograd announces the complete defeat of the following of Premier Kevensky. The Bolsheviki are said to be in control of the Russian capital.

75 Years

November 13, 1942

A group of 30 men, comprising the November draft call for Shelby county, left this morning from the city building for Fort Hayes and army examination. The group was in charge of Fehl Falke and Robert McMahan, both of Sidney.

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The Charity League will once again handle the Toy Hospital it was revealed today with the appointment of the committee to have charge of this annual event. Barbara Shelton will be chairman. She will be assisted by Mrs. E.J. Garmhausen, Mrs. Jacques Laughlin, and Mrs. Herbert Woolweaver.

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The recent War Production Board order which froze all new farm machinery and equipment except repair parts, beginning Sept. 1, will remain in effect until the permanent rationing order is drawn up, it was announced today by L.M. Wilkinson, chairman of the county farm machinery rationing committee.

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The War Department announced today that Capt. Eddie Rickenbacher, reported missing in a Pacific flight Oct. 23, may still be alive on a life raft somewhere at sea. One survivor from the ill-fated plane has been found by the Navy.

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Allied forces today began an invasion of Tunisia as Axis ships were reported to have left Benghazi, Libya, in face of the British sweep across North Africa.

50 Years

November 13, 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Blanke, Botkins, returned Friday from a week’s visit to Washington, D.C. While there they attended the General Grand Chapter session of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Blanke served as a personal page of Mrs. Marguerite Kennerdell, the right worthy associate conductress of the General Grand Chapter. Mrs. Blanke acted as an assistant to the right worthy grand sentinel.

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Election of officers and plans for a December smorgasbord supper occupied members of the Women’s Fellowship of the Oran United Church of Christ when they met at the hall on Thursday afternoon, November 9. Mrs. Kenneth Wolaver, Jr., was elected to serve the Fellowship for the coming year. Assisting her will be Mrs. Kenneth Wolaver, Sr., secretary; Mrs. Elvin Phylliaier, treasurer; Mrs. Julia Etzwiler, corresponding secretary.

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PIQUA – Gerald O’Hara, Piqua Memorial Hospital administrator, announced an increase in room rates of $3.50 to meet rising labor and service charges. The increase was approved by BlueCross of Southwest Ohio. According to the new rates, private rooms will range from $23 to $25 per day.

25 Years

November 13, 1992

The final game of the season was a doozy for the Sidney High School Yellow Jackets. They finally beat Trotwood. Coach Steve Corbin was ecstatic. Senior Marlon Burns ran for 143 yards. Lehman also closed on a good note as they beat Versailles, 14-8. Senior Ryan Sollmann rushed for 231 yards. Although Coach Al Hetrick had suspended 8 Versailles players before the game for “misconduct,” the win by Lehman over Versailles was still significant. Lehman now has six wins and four losses.

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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