Out of the past

125 Years

February 6, 1896

The fox drive held by the Franklin and Dinsmore township clubs this morning was attended by 500 people. Three foxes were seen, but non caught.


A movement reportedly is under foot in the village of Kettlersville to have the township trustees construct sidewalks in the village.


Lockington reports a population of 270 souls.

100 Years

February 6, 1921

The United States Civil Service commission will hold an examination in Sidney on Mar. 16 to fill the vacancy existing in the Post office at Anna. The office has an annual compensation of $1,100.


Safety Director Vertner announced today the appointment of Joseph Layman as a member of the Sidney police force.


Tickets are now ready and in the hands of members for the gymnasium booster supper to be held the evening of Feb. 15. The price of the tickets is 35 cents.

75 Years

February 6, 1946

The preliminary groundwork for the new city plan authorized by the voters of Sidney at the election last November was outlined at a meeting of the city planning commission last evening during which initial steps looking to the employment of consultant engineer in planning were taken. Mayor W.W. Wheeler is chairman of the committee, composed of Joe Cook, Robert Bertsch, Murry Ferguson, and William Amos.


The huge birthday cake, bearing bright red candles, placed atop one of the concrete foundations in the public square, is in honor of the 36th birthday anniversary of the Boy Scouts. It has attracted much comment during the day. Constructed under the direction of Lester Beemer and his Boy Scout troop, the candles will be lit tonight.

50 Years

February 6, 1971

Don Bailey, 31, took over his duties as Jackson Center fire chief following his appointment by Mayor Carl Zwiebel and approval by council last week. He succeeds Galen McGowan who retired late in 1970.


Sister Margaret Ann Eilerman received the mission cross in a special ceremony Thursday, February 4, at the St. Francis Convent, Tiffin.

The daughter of Mrs. William Eilerman, Sister Margaret Ann left February 5 for Chiapas, Mexico, where she will be working in the mission field for a period of time.

25 Years

February 6, 1996

LONDON (AP) – Just an hour after the Irish Republican Army reportedly ended a 1 ½ year-old truce, a suspected IRA bomb exploded Friday in a London business and media district. It blew windows out of office buildings, wounded at least 34 people and stunned two nations grown accustomed to peace.


A meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing countywide building code standards as well as countywide zoning will take place Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the Shelby County Annex meeting rooms.

David Waltz, director of the Shelby County Regional Planning commission, said the idea of countywide building codes and zoning started about a year ago. Builders and individuals who have had bad experiences because of the lack of standards proposed the idea.


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