Out of the past

100 years

July 3, 1915

The county commissioners sold the $24,200 worth of ditch improvement bonds this morning to Joseph Mauch, president of the First National Bank at Gallipolis at a premium of $180. Eleven bids were submitted for the bonds.


Mr. and Mrs. Elias Martin, of Wapakoneta, former residents of Anna, had a narrow escape from serious injury Sunday when their car was struck by a B & O train near Leipsic. The Martins and Dr. and Mrs. F. R. McVey, Botkins, and John W. Lochard of Sidney were en route to Leipsic to visit friends at the time, traveling in two cars. The Martin auto stalled on the grade crossing. Both were thrown from the car and Mrs. Martin suffered severe bruises. She and McVey were taken on into Leipsic by the train, while the three men gathered together the remains of the Martin car and sent it on into the village by a team. They made the balance of the trip in the McVey car.

75 years

July 3, 1940

C. H. Ginn, 602 S. Ohio Ave., is in Wilson Memorial Hospital receiving treatment for severe face lacerations and broken ribs, the result of an automobile accident at the highway intersection just east of Bunker Hill about noon yesterday. Ginn was eastbound when the rear of his car was hooked by a car driven north by a Dayton man. He lost control of the vehicle and it went into the ditch, striking a tree. The auto was extensively damaged.


Loans for the purchase of family size farms will be available to a limited number of Shelby County farm tenants and farm labor families this year, it was announced today by Donald C. Rinehart, county farm security administration supervisor. These loans, under the Bankhead-Jones act, would run for 40 years with interest at three per cent.

50 years

July 3, 1965

Acting as grand marshal for the annual Fourth of July parade supervised by Richard Purdy, was State Representative Dale Locker. Convertibles carried city and Jaycee officials including Mayor Charles Williams, City Manager John Dullea, and Jaycee President Robin Morris, as well as Miss Kaye Koenig, Botkins, Optimist Club’s Teenager of the Year.” Also riding in convertibles were Sidney Soap Box Derby champion, Craig Pottorf, Derby Queen Judy Wiford and members of her court.


Curt Gruebmeyer, well known Sidney contractor and realtor, modestly averred that he “got lucky” after taking top honors in the Emory Moyer Trapshoot, staged over the weekend at nearby Camp Troy.

25 years

July 3, 1990

The Sidney Fourth of July parade was a great success. Over 15,000 people turned out to watch the scores of floats and bands that assembled to entertain the crowd. Coach John Willoughby and the entire Wildcats basketball team were the grand marshals.


There is a new produce company in the county. Indian Path Produce has opened for business. The owners are Mr. and Mrs. John Gates. They will be selling their products from their home on County Road 25A south of Botkins.


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