Out of the past


125 years

November 11, 1896

Judge Lawrence of Bellefontaine has been mentioned as a probable member of President-elect McKinley’s cabinet. He has been suggested for the agriculture post.


A company of Findlay capitalists, all experienced oil men, have commenced drilling a test oil well near Piqua.


A shock, presumed to have been an earthquake, was felt between 3 and 4 a.m. this morning. It was later determined this was the result of an explosion of a large amount of nitroglycerine near Portland, Ind.

100 years

November 11, 1921

A report received from the various voting precincts about the city this afternoon was that a large number of women are exercising their right of franchise and casting their votes. The indications are that a large vote will be polled before the polls are closed this evening. In some of the precincts, calls were received for more ballots as it was feared by election officials they might run out.


Construction of the new concrete bridge over the Miami and Erie Canal at Monroe Street in New Bremen has been completed by the contractor, John Frantz, of Sidney. Attaches in the Auglaize County surveyor’s office are highly complimentary of the work done on the new bridge.

75 years

November 11, 1946

William Jaffee was named president of the board of directors of the Sidney Grain Machinery Co. when stockholders of the firm met for their organizational meeting last evening. John Schlagetter was elected vice president; Edwin Seving, secretary and assistant manager, and Carl F. Berger, treasurer and manager. Others serving on the board are: Simon Brotkin, Samuel Jaffee, Ray Boller, Jr., Oscar Burns, Carl Schlagetter, and Lee Harmony, the latter from New Bremen.


Ford Doren was named worshipful master of Temperance Lodge F. and A.M. at the annual election last evening. William O. Shreves was elected senior warden; Fenton Collier, junior warden; Walter Blake, treasurer; Herman Schlagetter, secretary; Kenneth Bogart, senior deacon; Clarence Zwiebel, junior deacon; Harley Clark, tyler.

50 years

November 11, 1971

Jackson Center moved out in front today of the Shelby County Girls cage scramble, after sending Fort Loramie’s lassies home with a 36-13 drubbing, as a result of an engagement between the two crew at Jackson Center on Monday night.

Fort Loramie was trimmed as expected in its outing, but the losers held Jackson Center’s Pat Holt below double figures for the first time this season.


BOTKINS – A large barn on the Sylvester Steinke farm on Ruppert Road, southwest of Freyburg, was destroyed by fire which started about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Botkins Fire Chief Ron Steinke said the fire probably started from a short circuit in the barn’s wiring.

25 years

November 11, 1996

The plans for remedying facility problems in Ft. Loramie are proceeding. The Loramie Board of Education and superintendent Larry Ludlow are studying proposals submitted by three architectural firms for the needed repairs. One is the Sidney firm of Freytag and Freytag. Fanning & Howey of Celina is also in the running. The Mansfield, Ohio, firm of Marr, Knap is the third group. These three were chosen from eight who submitted applications. Each firm will make a presentation for 25 minutes at the December meeting of the board.


Two Sidney High School football players have received notice they earned post-season honors. Ben Pulfer and Nick Swiger were named on the All Ohio special mention list for Division II. Pulfer, 6’8” and 270 pounds, is headed to Ohio State on a football scholarship.


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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