Out of the past


Out of the past



100 years

Sept. 10, 1915

The office of the Oldham-Bennett Realty Co. on North Main avenue was burglarized last night. Entrance was apparently gained through a rear window. The burglars broke the window with a stone and then reached inside and unfastened the latch. The desks of John Oldham and Harry Oldham were ransacked, but the only money taken was $2 that had been left in Harry Oldman’s desk. It is believed the burglars were frightened away before they could do any other searching of the office.

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Ex-sheriff D.J. Snow and H.L. Rhodehamel have formed a partnership as auctioneers under the name of Snow and Rhodehamel. Both have had large experience and are popular and successful auctioneers.

75 years

Sept. 10, 1940

Members of the city council had a long and relatively warm session last night when they considered several actions including on abolishing the position of night sergeant on the police force and refused to authorize Mayor Sexauer to appoint a temporary committee to aid in solving the perplexing problem of Graceland cemetery maintenance. Final action on the latter problem was tabled following the suggestion of Service Director Vertner that he prepare a plan that will remedy financial conditions at the cemetery and submit it to council at its next meeting. In another action, council members authorized the service director to purchase land for the city garage at an amount not to exceed $1,000.

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John Frederic Aselage, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Aselage of Fair avenue, have gone to Notre Dame university, South Bend, Ind., to begin a year of study. John is entering his senior year, and Frederic will be a freshman.

50 years

Sept. 10, 1965

BOTKINS — Fire destroyed a 40 by 60 foot storage barn on Pasco-Montra road, east of Botkins, Wednesday night in spite of the efforts of Botkins and Jackson Center firemen. Ray Steinke, R.R.1, Botkins, said the barn contained about 1,500 bales of straw and hay and a hay compressor. He rents the barn from Mrs. Sara Reinhart, also of R.R.1, Botkins. A neighbor discovered the fire at about 10 p.m. He said the blaze seemed to have started in a sparrow’s nest.

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Mrs. Damion Spicer entertained members of the Tinker Bells Garden Club September 2nd in her home. Mrs. Cable Pepper, president, welcomed new members Mrs. Clarence Piper, Miss Mildred Arnett, Mrs. Robert Brautigam and Mrs. Janet Montgomery. New officers to begin their terms in October, were announced. They are Mrs. Pepper, president; Mrs. Robert Persinger, program chairman; Mrs. Damion Spicer, secretary; Mrs. Wayne Ailes, treasurer; Mrs. Kenneth Knoop and Mrs. Catherine Rudy, publicity and scrap book.

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A 17-year-old Shelby county youth, who hoped to be an optometrist, won the 4-H electric project contest at the Ohio State Fair with an amateur radio station which he built himself. He is Craig Eicher, R.R.1., Sidney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Eicher, operators of a 155-acre general farm. Craig became a ham radio operator about two years ago and had worked for nearly nine months on the set which he exhibited at the state fair in competition with more than 50 other electric project entries.

25 years

Sept. 10, 1990

A former Sidney resident will be performing in an international musical as he continues his dancing career. Jeffrey Elsass, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence “Junior” Elsass of Covington, is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Elsass Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Allen, both of Sidney, and the late Harry Johnston. Elsass is going to New York City for three weeks of rehearsal for his part in a Broadway-type musical that he will perform in Los Angeles for five months and in Japan for another two months. He received a private audition with Jerome Robbins, one of the top Broadway choreographers, to win the part.

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A country boy at heart, new Fairlawn High School principal Joseph Fargo Jr. says he feels right at home among the rolling fields of corn and soybeans. Fargo, 43, came to Fairlawn from Gibsonburg High School where he served as principal for five years. He filled the vacancy left when former Principal Dr. Vincent Ford assumed the position of administrator of the Sidney Christian School.

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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