Out of the past

100 years

June 19, 1915

Sentiment for the extension of the electric road south from Fort Loramie to some point available on one of the lines connecting Dayton and Piqua has just about reached the proper point for action towns along the St. Marys-Fort Loramie division of the Western Ohio. A series of meetings are being arranged at various points along the proposed route of the electric line to explain the proposal and to interest residents who would be served by such a railroad.


Louis Helmlinger, who fell from a boat while fishing at Lewistown reservoir on Wednesday apparently died of a heart attack. Mr. Helmlinger ‘s fishing companion at the time said he was rowing and the Jackson Center man was seated in the rear of the boat when he suddenly fell into the water. The fact that the victim was a good swimmer, but did not swim a stroke, strengthened the theory of the heart attack.

75 years

June 19, 1940

A large transport truck loaded with old wire and scrap iron was overturned and wrecked on South Main avenue under the Big Four railroad bridge about 3 a.m. today. Although no one was injured the contents of the truck were scattered all over the street. The driver said the steering wheel became locked causing the truck to run into the curb.


The current issue of Reader’s Digest magazine contains an article on Sidney and its recovery from the depression written by Karl Detzer. The article entitled “Everybody Works in Sidney” was written by Mr. Detzer following a visit to Sidney early this spring. The article pays tribute to the “fine community spirit and progressive citizenship” shown in Sidney in tackling the problem of economic recovery.

50 years

June 19, 1965

Rev. John Burns, assistant priest of Holy Angels Church, Sidney, for the past seven years has been transferred to Holy Trinity Church, Middletown. The Cincinnati Archdiocese announced today that Rev. Jerome Buck, recently ordained in the Queen City, will replace Father Burns in Sidney. Rev. Burns has been serving in Holy Angels High School as athletic director and also was a teacher there.


Rounds of golf were enjoyed during play Wednesday morning by the women of the Moose Country Club. Winning first flight was Mrs. R.E. Bonnorant. Mrs. Paul Albers and Mrs. John Draper took second flight with Mrs. William Armstrong and Mrs. Forest Valentine winning third flight.

25 years

June 19, 1990

Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart’s campaign to construct a new jail got a $2.44 million boost in the arm last week when the state criminal justice office approved a grant application for the county. In a letter to Shelby County Commissioner Thomas A. Zimpher dated June 7, the director of the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice informed the commissioner that Shelby County would receive the windfall as the result of the passage of a house bill allocating $44 million to the renovation and construction of state jails.


A Sidney woman has been crowned Mrs. Ohio America 1990. Stacy Arthur, 22, was selected from a field of 29 contestants Sunday at the pageant, conducted at the Holiday Inn North, Worthington. The contest, sponsored by the Mrs. America Pageants, Inc. She was the first Mrs. Ohio America candidate to win the pageant on her first try and was the youngest of the group which had an average age of 30. Mrs. Arthur is married to James Arthur, and has three young children.