Out of the past


125 Years

November 18, 1892

The more than one thousand persons who live in the second ward will feel greatly pleased when the high canal bridge in Miami avenue is done away with and a swing bridge used instead. There is no part of town that is as muddy seven months in the year as that part of Miami avenue between Shelby street and the Big Four railroad. In addition to the mud, two steep grades, entirely unnecessary, must be traveled.

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The hand snowplow operated this morning by F.D. Reed threw “the beautiful” from pavements into the gutters, and as the Berea came in sight he saw a card of thanks on each stone.

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Milton Bennett sent a carload of tile to Pennsylvania yesterday and four carloads to Butler county today.

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The weather bureau in Washington says that the temperature in this region will fall 20 degrees by tomorrow.

100 Years

November 18, 1917

At 11 o’clock this morning, the actual amount raised by solicitors for the Y.M.C.A. War Fund was $11,244. Several townships, Franklin and Jackson, have both exceeded their quota of $800. Sidney and Clinton township had raised 75 per cent of their quota with the expectation the goal would be attained by midnight.

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Hilda Kah, of Anna, was awarded the first prize in the senior division in the judging of the girls’ sewing contest held at Thedieck’s Department Store. Her prize is a trip to Washington. First prize in the Junior division was won by Elizabeth Luthman, of Minster. The entries were judged by Miss Hulda Horst, assistant state leader in Girls’ club work in Ohio.

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The board of health issued a warning today to those who disregard the smallpox quarantine order. Pointing out that some people are inclined to treat the order as of little consequence, the board emphasized it will strictly enforce the law and those who flagrantly violate it will be taken to the “pest house,” and placed under guard.

75 Years

November 18, 1942

A test mobilization of a portion of the Sidney civilian defense units will be held next Tuesday evening, it was announced today by A.N. Hemmert, local civilian defense commander. A third test of the air raid alarm system was made last evening and a check by wardens indicates the warning was heard in practically all sections of the city.

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Effects of governmental regulations and rationing upon local businesses formed the theme for the regular meeting of the Sidney Merchants Association last evening. Speakers include, Ray Boller, Jr. and T.J. Kerrigan, rent officials; Milton Bennett, rationing coordinator; Emerson Deam, chairman of the selective service board.

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Registration for gasoline ration books started this afternoon in the schools of the city and county. It will continue through tomorrow and Friday.

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Joseph Swain, formerly of Sidney, is back in the United States after spending 28 months in Liberia, Africa, with the Firestone Rubber Co. He is spending a brief visit with his sister, Mrs. Wilfred Zimpfer and family, North Walnut avenue.

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Registration of all youth who have become 18 since last June 30 was ordered today be President Roosevelt.

50 Years

November 18, 1967

Honors came in bunches for a four-year-old Shelby county Palomino mare at the recent Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Can. Bourbons Special Design, owned by Paul Wilt of Botkins, started off by winning the western show horse class and the 3-gaited Golden Saddle horst class. Later, the Palomino was named the show’s grand champion mare at halter. Then she came back to win the best Palomino of the show, after which she was presented the Supreme Champion Centennial medal of the show. According to Wilt, Bourbons Special Design was named champion of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America. Bourbon is a saddle bred high-moving horse.

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Many Shelby county farmers struggled in muddy soil today to finish their corn and soybean harvest before arrival of predicted snow flurries. A number disregarded moisture tests (still high) in order to finish their job before further loss is incurred. Prices paid today was 91 cents for ear corn at the Landmark terminal in Sidney. Shelled corn was quoted at 95 cents.

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Acting Sidney Postmaster Griffis Jenkins today urged mailers to be sure to use the correct address on their letters and packages going to servicemen overseas in order to avoid serious delays in delivery. Jenkins reported that millions of letters and packages going overseas have been delayed because they were insufficiently addressed.

25 Years

November 18, 1992

Newly-elected Shelby County Commissioners John Laws and Dick Meeker attended a Rotary meeting at the Fairington Restaurant. The topic of discussion on the community with respect to the commissioners has been the appointment of a professional administrator. John Laws stated the selection of an administrator is “among our top priorities.” He added, “I really think this will become a reality.” Research needs to be undertaken concerning the compensation to be paid the administrator and job duties.

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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