Out of the past


Out of the past



100 years

July 23, 1915

While walking through the woods on his Valley View farm southwest of Sidney, Fred N. Bush found a large land tortoise. On its shell two names were carved: One of the names could not be made out, but the other read, “William Wilson, Johnston, OH, 1889.” Mr. Bush has written Mr. Wilson of his find. He will keep the tortoise for several days and then release it.

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Miss Edith Mills at her home on East Water Street was a hostess to a few of her friends last evening for a porch party. Enjoying the affair were: Misses LaDonna Quinn, Elsie McDaniel, Mildred Cronley, Helen Edwards, Claribel Boughton, Edith Mills; Messrs. Gerald Minton, Harold Toy, Lon Rasenor, Orville Hensel, Edloyn Albers and William Philips.

75 years

July 23, 1940

The nation’s death toll passed the 173rd mark today as most of the country broiled under a blazing sun for the sixth consecutive day. Weather forecasters saw no relief in sight as temperatures continued to hold near the century mark. Locally, the mercury stood at the 93 degree mark at noon today.

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Old friends will meet and renew acquaintances on Thursday evening when residents throughout the area will join those at Hardin for that community’s traditional homecoming celebration. Mrs. Harvey Hanselman, Mrs. Glen Knouff, Mrs. Lyle Lennox, Miss Winne Stevens, Mrs. Clarence Short, Miss Julia Pellman and Mrs. Paul Smith are in charge of general arrangements for the annual affair.

50 years

July 23, 1965

Sidney’s newest retail outlet in the central business district, Tri-City Discount, opened for business this morning. Located in the Anderson Building on the west side of the square, the operation is the third to be opened by the parent company, Tri-City, Inc. The corporation, established two years ago, also operates stores in Van Wert and Kenton with headquarters of the company in Kenton.

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The small community within the Youngsan Military Reservation in Seoul, Korea, considers itself fortunate to have the services available to Capt. Martha Metz, a Shelby Countian among the 100 U.S. Army health nurses on duty throughout the world. The U.S. Army nurse; a 1946 graduate of Botkins High School, is a graduate of Lima Memorial Hospital School of Nursing who received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960 before entering the U.S. Army. She is the daughter of Roy O. Metz, R.R. 1, Botkins.

25 years

July 23, 1990

A new Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce program has been launched. It is Leadership Sidney-Shelby County. The program is composed of young business and professionals who want to become community leaders. They will receive seven separate days of training in local history/geography, media, social services, criminal justice, medical services, education and leadership skills. The announcement was made by chamber executive vice president Marian Spicer.

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The chamber’s annual beautification awards have been announced. The program is designed to honor local businesses that have significantly improved the outward appearance of their company, thus enhancing the image of the community. The winners this year are Sidney’s Ferguson Construction Company and Clopay Corp of Russia.

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Out of the past

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

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