Out of the past


100 years

July 18, 1915

City auditor Mell Young and Earl Trout, of the Elk’s entertainment committee, announce that they have secured 200 pounds of the finest fish that could be secured at the Loramie Reservoir for the fish fry to be held at the Elk’s Hall tonight.


Miss Clara Souders of Oran is hostess at the W.C.T.U. building at the fairgrounds this week during the Chautauqua. The wide porch and easy rocking chairs are very comfortable and being used by those who remain on the grounds. There are magazines and daily papers in the reading room for those who want to read. Miss Souders is accompanied by her nephews, Warren and Lawrence Souders.

75 years

July 18, 1940

It was a return to familiar surroundings this week for Clem A. Crusey, when he took over the operation of the grocery store on Clay Street. Mr. Crusey’s father, Ed Crusey, first opened the grocery at that location in July, 1909. He was associated with the operation for 17 years continuing it after the death of his father in 1914. He sold the store in 1926 and during the intervening years various individuals have continued the operation until Mr. Crusey re-purchased it last week.


Installation of new officers was the highlight of the Botkins Community Club meeting and dinner held last evening at Schroer’s Grove, south of New Knoxville, attended by more than 150 businessmen and their families. Phil Kohlinger and Lawrence Vondenhuevel, past presidents of the club, were in charge of the installation of the new corps of officers for the coming year, headed by G.W. Bush.


Four members of the Houston Future Farmers of America have been honored by being selected as state farmers. They are: John Jelley, Richard Jones, John Mader and Richard Grissom. Their selection was announced this week in Columbus. Advisor of the Houston FFA Chapter is C. V. Donnell. In other honors coming to the Houston chapter, Herbert Trittschuh was second out of 168 boys competing in the state sheep judging contest.

50 years

July 18, 1965

Three groups in Shelby County were entertained Sunday by the Miami Shelby Barbershop Chorus under the direction of Carolus Schneider and assistant director, Fred Nichols. Programs were presented at the Shelby County Home and Dorothy Love Presbyterian Home in the afternoon, followed by a chicken barbecue at Roadside Park in the evening. Later, the barbershoppers sang for members of the county fair board and their families at the fairgrounds.


Shelby County will open bids at 10 a.m. August 19 on a comprehensive restoration of the historic Gold Star Mothers Bridge on County Road 25-A on the south edge of Sidney. Work will involve repair and replacement of all deteriorated concrete in the bridge, including excavation around abutments. Some of the concrete will be applied by cement gun and inspection will call for the highest type of workmanship to guard again other damage in the future, according to Carl Roeller, county engineer.

25 years

July 18, 1990

Due to the new technology now available, there will be a telephone “dial a prayer” service in Sidney. Bruce Botkin, a church elder for the First Christian Church of Sidney made the announcement. A different prayer will be recorded for each day. People just need to call the main church phone number.


The iconic Pete Rose has finally crashed and burned. The all time baseball hits king was sentenced to 5 months in jail today. He had been found guilty of two counts of income tax evasion. He was remorseful. His biggest fear was having to tell his son, “Daddy’s a jail bird.”


Out of the past

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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