Out of the past


100 years

July 25, 1915

A meeting will be held in the assembly room of the courthouse this evening for the purpose of completing a county organization to work in conjunction with the state organization for the Dixie Highway.


Dwight Woodruff, formerly of the Wagner House barbershop, who has spent the past several months in California, has returned to Sidney and has taken a position at the Favorite on the south side of the square.


The death toll in the sinking of the steamer Eastland at Chicago is now estimated at 1,000. Some 900 bodies have already been recovered.

75 years

July 25, 1940

Sidney’s third annual air show and aviation day will be held Sunday., August 4 with the afternoon hours expected to be filled with thrills and interesting activity for those in attendance. The Leonard Bensman farm, located five miles northwest of Sidney, will be the site for the show and planes from four states, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, which are expected to fly in for the event. A feature of the day will be a “delayed” parachute jump from 10,000 feet by Leonard Moore.


The Harold Greenamyer Orchestra will furnish the music for the annual Policemen’s Ball to be held this evening at the Avon Lake pavilion. The entire police force is serving in various capacities for the affair, with Waldo Patton, the general chairman. Proceeds from the dance will be used to purchase needed equipment at the police department.

50 years

July 25, 1965

Sidney police received a report of a man lying between the number one and two main tracks of the B & O Railroad here, just south of the depot yesterday at 6:05 a.m. Upon investigation, police learned that Oris Jackson had decided to get some sleep and so picked the unlikely spot lying down between tracks at the end of Doorley Street and S. Walnut Avenue. Apparently the police decided that if Jackson needed sleep that badly, they’d let him rest, as long as he didn’t disturb the trains.

25 years

July 25, 1990

A somewhat reluctant queen was crowned at the Shelby County Fair. Miss Tricia Bodnar was one of 13 contestants. When she won the crown, she related that she did not want to compete. Her mother talked her into it. She is a member of the Sew and Dough 4H Club. Tricia’s parents are Nancy and Richard Bodnar.


Russia’s plans for a productive band season, announced in the Daily News last week, have been disrupted. Band Director Dave Weiser abruptly resigned. He accepted an assistant band director position in Tipp City. The new band director will be Steve Veste. He just graduated from the College of Wooster.



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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