Feb. 24, 1916
The congregation of the Holy Angels Church has made arrangements with the Weingartner heirs for the purchase of the Weingartner property consisting of 32 acres lying just South of Graceland Cemetery . The purchase is to be made this week and the property is to be converted into a cemetery for the congregation. In time the property may be turned over to the city to be taken over and taken care of and looked after just as Graceland Cemetery is currently.
Kid George, a local boxer, who has been touted by his friends as a comer, made an excellent showing when he appeared at the Hobart Gun club last evening. The contest had been arranged by Johnnie Washsmuth , his manager.
Feb. 24, 1941
The Shelby County Selective Service today was in receipt for an advance call for 20 men to report for military service on March 10.This is the sixth call made by the local board.
Karl M. Whitney, of Chicago, Ill., a former Ohio resident has arrived in Sidney to take over as manager of the local Montgomery Ward Store. He replaces William K. Ball who has been assigned to a store in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Workman today were cleaning up wreckage of 31 cars which damaged 4200 tons of coal in the village of Rosewood yesterday when a D.T.& I freight train derailed.
Feb. 24, 1966
The City of Sidney does not recognize George Washington’s birthday as a legal holiday — at least as far as the parking meters are concerned. Motorists were faced with a puzzle if they parked in any of the designated zones in the downtown section. If they didn’t “feed” the meter, they were given a ticket, even though Washington’s birthday is recognized as a legal holiday nationally. One local resident, who called the daily news, said “I think this whole matter is illegal. Whether the city ordinance says Washington’s birthday is a legal holiday or not, it’s still a legal holiday. I would like to see someone make a test case of it.”
Feb. 24, 1991
U.S. Federal Court Judge Walter Rice was impressed with the cleanliness of the Shelby County jail when he toured the facility this morning but did not elaborate on his other impressions of the 117 year old facility. “I don’t think it would be fair to give my impressions due to the age of the facility. I think the jail is very clean and I have been in other facilities that aren’t,” he said to the press after a 45 minute tour. His inspection comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed in federal court Dec. 26 by a former inmate William C. Michael of Sidney, complaining of the lack of recreational facilities, overcrowding as well as inadequate contact with legal counsel.
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