Out of the past

100 years

July 4, 1915

Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Kennedy will leave this evening for Chicago where they will join a special train carrying a delegation of Indiana Elks to the meeting of the Grand Lodge of Elks in Los Angeles. Mr. Kennedy will go as representative of the Sidney Lodge.


Kenneth Hutchison went to Lima this morning to see the Liberty Bell go through that city on its way from Philadelphia to the exposition in San Francisco.

75 years

July 4, 1940

Dr. Taylor Davidson, former mayor and practicing dentist of Sidney, died at 5 p.m. yesterday in St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, following a serious illness of two weeks. Dr. Davidson first came to Sidney to open an office in 1916. He served two terms as mayor of the city.


Sidney’s hope for a completely safe Fourth of July was blasted yesterday afternoon when 16 year old Ray Erwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.F. Erwin, thrust what he believed to be a “fizzer” giant firecracker in his back pocket, only to have it explode and burn him severely. The incident occurred at Castetter’s lunch stand south of Sidney. Several minor fireworks accidents were reported over the county, but not as many as in previous years. Fireworks were not allowed in the city limits.

50 years

July 4, 1965

Special Agent Robert J. Lutz of the Cincinnati office of the U.S. Secret Service will appear at the meeting of the Shelby County Coin Club on July 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the assembly room (in the basement) of the courthouse.


Clayton Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen R. Smith, Jackson Center, is competing for one of six scholarships to the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts. The scholarships are being offered outstanding students in the summer program. Smith will be appearing soon in the production of “Picnic” by William Inge.

25 years

July 4, 1990

Sidney has a new surgeon. Dr. David Cloney has started to practice. The 37 year old physician will be teaming up with Dr. Enrique Montana and Dr. Robert McDevitt. He will practice general surgery.


The Shelby County Building Industry Association has big plans for the future. Its first parade of homes was a great success. The group sold over 1,000 tickets for county residents to tour under construction. There will be a similar event next year. The plans were announced by association representative Larry Florea.


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