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125 Years

November 17, 1896

The meteoric display of shooting stars predicted for last night failed to materialize. The phenomenon is attributed by astronomers to a meteoric one through which the earth passes each November in its annual round. And because there are greater numbers of the meteorites every 33 or 34 years, it has been assumed this event would occur last night.


Judge William C. Wyman will retire from the office of justice of peace in this township tomorrow at noon and will be succeeded by Charles W. Nessler. My. Wyman has filled the office for the past nine years and as in all his other work has filled the office with credit.


A red chair party was held at the home of J.M. Barger, about two miles north of Hardin, yesterday. There were about 50 persons present and among them 16 old soldiers. Mr. Barger has been an invalid for some time.

100 Years

November 17, 1921

R.J. Waterworth, of this city, recently perfected an auto signal which should be a boon to every motorist who installs one on his car. With the slightest touch of a lever, the driver can signal to a car in his rear that he is turning right or left, backing up or going forward. He has applied for letters of patent on the invention.


Members of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Theta Tau sorority held their first initiation Saturday evening in the home of Misses Dorothy and Grace Morrison on Crescent Drive. The following were initiated: Misses Mary Bess Christian, Ruth Lee, Doris Warner, Irene Bustetter, Edith Cronley, Frances Heiser, Margaret Duncan, and Esther Ehrhardt. The chapter now has 19 members.

75 Years

November 17, 1946

No legislation was passed at the meeting of city council held last evening in the city building, but there was considerable discussion as to ways and means of financing the city’s operations as a result of the failure of the two-mill levy for operating expenses to pass at the election. A search for other sources of revenue and a possible cut in city services were major items taken under consideration.


Projects planned by the Shelby County Tuberculosis and Health Association to bring the complete control of tuberculosis in Shelby County nearer realization in 1947 call for an expenditure of $7,000, which must be raised from the 1946 Christmas Seal sale. Harley Knoop, treasurer noted the need for the funds in announcing today that the annual campaign will get underway Nov. 25.

50 Years

November 17, 1971

MINSTER – Jaycees have completed a project of landscaping at the Minster High School lawn with the aid of donations from residents of the village.

The trees will be tagged to identify the variety and the name of the person donating the funds to make the planting possible, Jaycees said.


VERSAILLES – The Sidney Lehman Cavaliers finished their season with a 28-0 whitewashing of the Versailles Tigers at the latter’s home field last night.

The victory gave the Cavaliers an outstanding record, eight wins and two losses for the season, and clinched second place in the Tri-County League standings for the Lehman crew.

25 Years

November 17, 1996

There is going to be a new used car dealership in Sidney. Rick Jacobs, a native of Bellefontaine, will open Rick Jacob Motors. It will be located on Fourth Avenue south of the Drive-In, in Sidney. He will specialize in Honda trucks and cars. Jacob also operates a facility in his home town.

Sidney now has a coon and dog supply store. John Gates, Jr., opened his store at 820 E. Court Street. He named the business Gates Run Trail. Any supplies you need for your coon dog may be purchased there.


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

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