125 Years

November 18, 1891

Applications for free mail delivery in Ohio and Indiana, open to consideration until a new appropriation shall be made, number five each. A decision as to the five in Indiana was reached yesterday and the plum fell to Valparaiso, which will have free delivery after January 1st. Ohio stands alone now before the Post Office Department. The five applications from the Buckeye state include that of Sidney. If we shall be as fortunate as the Hoosier candidate, free delivery of mail will be a New Year’s gift for the Valley City.


Sidney’s new directory, published by a Logansport, Indiana concern is being delivered today. If there are any omissions in the book, it will take time to discover them. It is the first time Sidney ever had a directory on the metropolitan plan. It will be a great convenience to the public of our community.

100 Years

November 18, 1916

The electric power has been off numerous times during the past week and has occasioned much deserved criticism. Aside from the inconvenience, it has been the source of great loss to the merchant and the manufacturer dependent upon electricity for power and light. Inquiry at the office develops the fact that installation of new machinery at the plan has been the cause for the cut off of the power.


In the football game this afternoon between the Sidney High School and Urbana High School teams, the Sidney boys won by a score of 12 to 0.

75 Years

November 18, 1941

Service Director George Gould called attention of Sidney residents to the ordinance prohibiting the promiscuous dumping of refuse on streets and alleys in asking public cooperation in keep the streets and alleys clean. Gould noted that violators are subject of a fine of up to $50 and a jail sentence, adding that the ordinance will be strictly enforced unless violations cease.

In another action to improve conditions at the cemetery, the special committee at its meeting last evening authorized the purchase of a new tent to be used at funerals. The committee also authorized the investment of perpetual care funds with interest to be credited to the individual accounts.


Kari Taylor and his orchestra will furnish the music for the Rotary Club’s charity ball to be held on Thanksgiving eve at the Sidney Armory. Joseph G. Wright is chairman for the event with the funds to be used in the club’s crippled children’s work.

50 Years

November 18, 1966

RUSSIA – Work on an addition to the newly constructed Francis Products, Inc. began this week. The building which was put into use in June, is located at the west edge of the village.

Leo Francis, head of the firm that manufactures garage doors said the addition will increase the size by 90 square feet.


A record attendance was set at Thursday night’s annual family turkey dinner sponsored by the Shelby County Trustees and Clerks Association at the Russia Community Center.

President Don Conklin said today that more than 300 members, families and friends attended.

25 Years

November 18, 1991

The union march on the court square was successful. Between 1,200 and 1,400 people showed up. 38 unions were represented. There were 13 speakers in all. The march was sponsored by the IAM Local 2661, representing the employees of the Baumfolder corporation. Dennis Baker was the local labor leader who mainly organized the event.


There will be another good Sock & Buskins production. This time it will be the Mr. Scrooge production. Appearing in the cast this time will be Toby Tyler, Chad Kohler, Scott Wallace, Amy Jamieson, Ann Hagen, Cynthia Rapp, Lance Soliday and Kelly Given. The director will be Lisa Billing.


These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (937-498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org