July 20, 1893
For several nights past a number of Sidney people have been watching the new comet which was discovered in Salt Lake City with the naked eye before astronomers were aware of its presence. It can be seen between 9 and 10 o’clock at night. Learned astronomers who have watched the comet announce that it is Gemma’s star, usually called “The Star of Bethlehem.” This is the star that is said to have suddenly appeared when Jesus Christ was born and was followed by the shepherds to Bethlehem.
An interesting ball game was played at Plattsville yesterday between the Plattsville and Conover teams. The latter won the game by the score of 60 to 49.
The hot weather of yesterday had serious effect on the religion of Sidney people. Very few attended church.
D.S. Tubbs left this afternoon for Fort Wayne, Ind., where he will engage in the hotel business.
July 20, 1918
The Red Cross auxiliary for the county has received its knitting quota for September. It calls for 500 sweaters, 100 helmets and 2,080 pairs of socks. Directions for making the items will be distributed when the yarn is given out.
Dr. D.R. Millette, of Anna, has been unanimously elected a member of the county board of education to fill the place made vacant when T.S. Price moved from the district.
Rothwell McDowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. McDowell, received a broken leg, when he fell from the roof of the new addition at the Sidney Tool Co. He was employed by Albert Duckro in painting the roof at the time the accident occurred.
Albert Aselage, candidate for clerk of courts, and Herman Shie escaped with only bruises when the car in which they were riding was wrecked yesterday afternoon on the Murphy pike near the George Billing place. A bolt in the steering mechanism came out causing the vehicle to overturn in a ditch pinning both men. They reported they were going about 12 miles per hour at the time.
July 20, 1943
The surprise daylight air raid alert for Sidney and Shelby county last evening failed to materialize when the alerting signal was not passed by the state alerting center at Dayton. As a result of this breakdown in the alerting system only Dayton and the communities warned by the Dayton city system were placed on the alert, all other counties in the area being left with only the mobilization signal and nothing else. The initial signal was received here at 6:51 and the all-clear at 8:25, more than 20 minutes after it was released at Columbus.
For failure to have a federal use tax stamp affixed to their windshields, more than 200 Shelby county motorists have been notified to appear before Otto J. Hilt, internal revenue representative, at his office in the post office today and tomorrow to explain the absence of the stamp.
The Lockington and Washington township defense council oversubscribed its quota for the county honor roll fund. With a quota of $62, the council reported contributions in the amount of $109.75.
July 20, 1968
At long last, the Lucky Barrel had a winner Tuesday. Richard L. Harp, 429 New street, registered at Steinle Drugs and that won him the $600 jackpot.
JACKSON CENTER – Demolition began today on the old Jackson Center American Legion Hall which housed the post office and two other businesses on the first floor on the north side of Pike street. The post office equipment was moved to a new location across the street in the Ray Clayton property formerly occupied by Broaddus market. The post office will remain at the Clayton property until the new building is completed.
As the Shelby County Fair draws near, Secretary Marvin Sollman’s fairgrounds office will be open from 2-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday of this week and during the same hours all next week starting Monday. The fair opens at noon July 27.
July 20, 1993
Ben Scott, the owner of the local McDonald’s restaurant, has always been interested in the next wave of technology. He recently reported to the Daily News the Sidney McDonald’s will be obtaining a robotic French fry maker. It will be called “McFreddy.” No date was listed for its installation in the Sidney location.
These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (937-498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org