Out of the past

100 years

Aug. 3, 1915

The rainfall during the month of July was 8.93 inches. This was the heaviest rainfall for July ever recorded in Sidney. The heaviest recorded for the month previously was in July 1896, when precipitation amounted to 7.64 inches.


As a fitting celebration, commemorating the completion of its magnificent new factory building, the management of the Monarch Machine Tool Co. tendered a banquet to all its employees in the new building last evening. The plant as it now stands, is the second largest exclusive lathe factory in the United States. The building just completed is 56 feet by 200 feet, and is of the latest improved construction. Total floor space in the operation is 36,000 sq. ft. The company now employs 108 men and has been turning out 100 lathes a month. This will be greatly increased with the new building.

75 years

Aug. 3, 1940

Purchase of the three-story building on the east side of the square, now occupied by the Rike Shop for Men, was announced today by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller, of the Miller’s Ready-To-Wear store. They plan to move into the new quarters by Sept. 1, from their present location on North Main Avenue.

50 years

Aug. 3, 1965

William Rhees, chairman of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce committee coordinating the plan, announced today the first landlord planning to install the canopy “motif” on his downtown property. Rhees said that Edward Willman, who recently purchased the former Oldham property at the southwest corner of North Main Avenue and North Street, plans to install the canopy to the newly-renovated building.


CHICAGO – Coach Otto Graham named Navy’s Roger Staubach today to start at quarterback for his college All-Stars against the Cleveland Browns, warning the pros to get ready for a scrambling, scatter-gun offensive from the inexperienced collegians.

25 years

Aug. 3, 1990

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Comedian Bill Cosby will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Rust College in November.


BOSTON (AP) – Scientists today reported finding the first treatment capable of relieving and even curing chronic hepatitis B, one of the world’s biggest killers. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that shots of a synthetic form of the natural protein interferon can prevent the virus from destroying the liver in nearly half the people chronically infected.



Out of the past

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