Out of the past


100 years

Oct. 24, 1915

Al Staley had a narrow escape from being killed at the Metz siding north of Sidney yesterday afternoon. On his way home from Wapakoneta, he had gotten off the southbound local traction car when it took the siding to permit the northbound limited to pass. Standing between the rails watching the limited go by, he failed to observe the other car start to back on to the mainline. He was knocked down in the center of the tracks and the car passed over him. He escaped without a scratch. Motorman Harry Miller was dumbfounded when he saw the man stretched in the center of the tracks.


The first liberal rally of the present wet and dry campaign was held at the Mall theatre last evening, the theater being crowded to capacity. Before the meeting, the band played several selections and moving pictures were shown. The meeting was presided over by E.P. Ailes, who presented the speaker for the evening, Thomas B. Wadleigh.

75 years

Oct. 24, 1940

Cecil Quellhorst has been elected chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board. His election took place at the regular meeting of the board held in the Army headquarters on Popular street last evening. He succeeds F.O. Flowers who resigned because of leaving Sidney to locate in Chicago, Ill.


A new American Flag and flag pole at the Hardin school will be dedicated with appropriate ceremonies to be held Sunday afternoon at the school, arranged under the supervision of the Hardin school club. Appearing on the program will be Sidney School Supt. C.C. Crawford and Homer Huston, superintendent of the Hardin school.

50 years

Oct. 24, 1965

If you’re between one and one hundred, then the Halloween Festival sponsored by the Sidney Junior Chamber of Commerce, is a night of fun planned for you. The annual event will be held Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. in front of Uhlman’s Department Store as the goblins and such make their appearance for a parade around the city square and on to the Sidney High School football stadium, Judges for the occasion are Robin Morris, president of the Jaycees, Huffman Dearth of the Dearth Funeral Home and Edward Harper, managing director of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce.


CINCINNATI — Don Heffner, a coach with the New York Mets for the past two years, today was given a contract to manage the Cincinnati Reds for the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Heffner replaces Dick Sisler, who was fired when the Reds fell apart in the final weeks of the 1965 season and finished in fourth place after being in contention for the pennant all season.

25 years

Oct. 24, 1990

LAS VEGAS — James “Buster” Douglas, who beat the unbeatable Mike Tyson to win the undisputed heavyweight title, must beat his own weight to retain it tonight against undefeated Evander Holyfield. A disbelieving Douglas, who was never weighed during his training camp,, tipped the scales at 246 pounds Wednesday, 14-1/2 pounds heavier than he was when he took the title from Tyson in February. The weight shocked not only Douglas, but the camp of Holyfield, who weighed 208 pounds for the scheduled 12 round fight.


The Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 100th anniversary of DAR on October 13. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded Oct. 11, 1890 when 18 women enrolled for membership. With a president, officers and dues amounting to $33, the DAR was a society. Their three objectives were and still are historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor. From this meager beginning the national headquarters in Washington D.C. now consist of three connecting buildings and cover a city block near the White House. They form the largest group of buildings in the world owned and maintained exclusively by women.



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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