Out of the past


100 years

July 15, 1915

Although the Miami River provides no threat in this immediate area, heavy rains throughout the state have sent streams out of their banks in many places causing heavy damage. In Lima, at least three persons have drowned and 1,500 are homeless because of the high water on the Ottawa River. At Kenton, the river was within inches of the high point reached in the 1913 flood.


The Dayton and St. Marys Traction Co. will be incorporated next Friday night at a special meeting to be held at Fort Loramie. The company is to be formed for the purpose of constructing the 16 ½ miles of connecting traction line necessary to open up a new market for Dayton as well as a short cut to the many residents of the Minster, Fort Loramie and New Bremen areas to Dayton. It is the belief of the promoters that enough stock will be subscribed for at the meeting Friday to make the new connecting link a reality at an early date.

75 years

July 15, 1940

National defense was the subject of the talk given by Robert F. Kaser, former captain of the local National Guard Company, at the regular meeting of the Sidney Rotary Club held at the Hotel Wagner. Kaser emphasized the changes that have taken place in military affairs, comparing the differences between the World War and the streamlined, motorized and mechanized armed forces today.


Virgil Schrolucke and Victor Higginbotham have returned home from a motorcycle vacation trip covering more than 6,000 miles. During the 12 days they visited in Seattle, Washington, all along the west coast, San Francisco and many other points of interest.

50 years

July 15, 1965

Before the Ohio House of Representatives today was a resolution by Rep. Dale Locker (D – Shelby County) urging construction by the State Highway Department of an interchange at State Route 274 and Interstate 75. Locker’s action was the latest in dozens of attempts by citizens and organizations in the State Route 274 area to persuade state and federal officials to correct what has been termed an engineering error in omission of the interchange.


Long distance telephone service in and out of Sidney was reduced to practically nothing when the main toll trunk of the Ohio Bell system was inadvertently cut on W. North Street. The disruption occurred shortly after noon when a shovel being used by a local contractor to excavate for a new sewer installation, tore out the cable between Highland Avenue and Royan Street. Ohio Bell crews from Piqua, Dayton and Springfield were ordered into Sidney to handle repair work.

25 years

July 15, 1990

The Botkins Board of Education is about to get tough on students who are habitually absent from school. The board members agreed to adopt a recently passed state law. They can request that the court suspend the drivers’ licenses of those students who don’t regularly attend.


Well-known Anna resident Herm Dieters has received an important honor. He was selected as Ohio’s delegate to the National Wildlife Federation. Dieters, a long time outdoor enthusiast, was also the past president of the Ohio League of Sportsmen.

These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org

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