Out of the past

100 years

July 2, 1915

The 75th anniversary of the founding of the St. John’s Lutheran Church will be celebrated Sunday with special services, both in the morning and in the evening. Rev. E. Poppen, a former pastor, will deliver the English sermon at the morning service and Rev. A. H. Minneman will give the German service. At the evening service, the sermon will be given by Dr. Otto Mees, president of Capital University at Columbus.


Charles Ching, a Chinese laundry man, has rented the room just north of the saloon of F.L. Eisenstein of Ohio Avenue and will open a laundry in the next few days.

75 years

July 2, 1940

Special Agent R.C. Surran, Cincinnati, will be the speaker when the Sidney American Legion Post plays host to the second district convention on July 14. Legion members from eight counties will be in attendance at the meeting with sessions to be held in the Legion Hall in the Monumental Building. Surran will speak from the courthouse steps at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, according to Commander Harley Clark, who is heading up the arrangements.


Explosion of a kerosene stove was blamed for the fire that completely destroyed the six room brick dwelling of Mrs. Ida Kuck, east of New Knoxville, about 6 o’clock last evening. The fire apparently started in the summer house while members of the family were looking after farm chores and had gained considerable headway before it was discovered.

50 years

July 2, 1965

Plans are completed for a 60 by 25 foot addition to the Auglaize County School for Retarded Children and available through the school or from the architects, Freytag and Freytag, Sidney.


Bids for the addition to be of concrete block will be opened at the school on July 12. Construction costs will be paid for by the council, said Paul Gilbert, member of the finance committee.


Shelby County’s new approach to the prevention of juvenile delinquency through use of “teacher probation officers” soon will be known nationally. Tom Petty, acting chief probation officer of Juvenile Court here, has been invited to take on the experiment at the sixth annual Institute on Probation and Parole to be held July 6 thru 16 in Louisville. The plan, under which a specially selected teacher functions in a dual role of part time probation officer, was inaugurated here last year at Central Junior High where initial steps in the program already have been taken. Petty will tell probation officers that this form of delinquency prevention is most effective at the Junior High level through grades 7, 8 and 9.

25 years

July 2, 1990

The search is on for a new superintendent at the Joint Vocational School. Dr. Richard Adams retired recently after serving in that capacity for 17 years. A search committee has been formed. Adams was the first person to occupy that position.


The Amos Public Memorial Library is engaging in a new circulation strategy. The library will allow toys to be checked out. The toys will assist young children in learning to read.


These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org