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Out of the past



100 years

Dec. 4, 1915

State Highway Commissioner Clinton Cowen announced today the provisions of the uniform traffic code which will become effective next Sunday throughout the state. The code provides that: no motor vehicle will operate in excess of eight miles per hour in the business district of a city; in excess of 15 miles per hour in other parts of the city; and in excess of 20 miles per hour on county roads. Vehicles must stop to permit the loading and unloading of street cars.

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The current issue of the “American School Board Journal” devotes several full page illustrations and a lengthy article to the new Sidney High School building. It points out that, “The plans of the building are the result of intelligent study and cooperation of the superintendent, the teachers and the architect. The building has been planned with the double purpose of affording an educational and civic center for the community which it serves and of becoming an architectural monument dominating an important part of the city of Sidney.

75 years

Dec. 4, 1940

Charles W. Nessler, former mayor of Sidney, today recalled witnessing the collapse of the nearly-completed new bridge across the Great Miami River on East Court Street just 60 years ago. Nessler noted that only a few hours of work was still needed on the project, when an ice gorge began forming in the river above Sidney. It was a Sunday and engineers became alarmed at the prospects of this gorge breaking up and moving down the river. Construction crews were out in an effort to complete the job. Despite feverish work by these crews, huge pieces of ice came thundering down with increased fury, tearing out the temporary supports and plunging the nearly-finished bridge into the river. Pedestrians in the meantime are being accommodated by a foot bridge located to the north of the bridge site.

50 years

Dec. 4, 1965

TROY — Workmen soon will begin a $700,000 mental health center at Dettmer General Hospital with completion set for mid-1967. Albert Hanna, administrator, said the hospital has all the money it needs and will not have to conduct a fund drive. The new center is pledged to serve Miami, Darke and Shelby counties.

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A Shelby County delegation took a close look Monday at the Penta-County Joint Vocational School near Toledo. Included in the group were Roger Watkins, John Jelley and Ferd Fleckenstein, county board of education members, and Supt. Paul R. Needles. The trip to inspect the unique vocational education project was arranged by Supt. Needles in connection with current studies of the possibility of establishing a vocational high school to serve Shelby County exclusively or combination of this and parts of other counties.

25 years

Dec. 4, 1990

Christmas Sketch: Just in time for the season’s first snowfall, this snowman wears a smile and carries a broom, perhaps to brush away the light dusting of snow the area received overnight. The jolly fellow is the work of Houston high School freshman Alicia DeLaet. There are 21 shopping days left before Christmas.

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Pictured showing the plaques they received after being named as a friend of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Shelby County are Earnie Jones, Anna, and Maxine Wilt, Anna. Two other recipients of the award, Gregory Wilt of Sidney, and Timothy Easton of Tampa, Fla., are not pictured. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual Christmas party Monday night at the Eagles Lodge.

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Construction is continuing on a gymnasium and some classrooms for Botkins School. The school project is still expected to be completed in August 1991, with work maybe a few weeks behind schedule currently. Completed so far is metal framing and a cement floor. Work on some concrete block walls is currently underway.

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