Out of the past


125 Years

July 26, 1893

At a meeting of the county commissioners held Friday afternoon, the proposition of the trustees of the Logan county children’s home to board, clothe, and care for all children received from this county at $1.75 per week was considered and accepted. Supt. Guthrie is completing plans to take 11 children to the home. They range in age from two to 11 years. There are four others at the infirmary that are two young to be taken to the Logan county home at this time.

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Reports from Jackson Center are to the effect that the grading of the Ohio Southern railroad in that area is now complete and it is ready for installation of the ties.

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The Knights of St. John in a body accompanied by Klute’s band, will attend the dedicatory ceremonies of the new Catholic church in Union City tomorrow. They will leave on the 7:45 a.m. train. The Big Four railroad is offering a special excursion rate for the occasion.

100 Years

July 26, 1918

In a report of an examination of the Sidney waterworks department, the state bureau of accounting has made a finding of $2,025 against the service department of the city for the water furnished free in flushing the streets and sewers of the city from March 1917 to March 1918. Water used yearly in flushing the sewers is estimated at $1,500 and for flushing the paved streets $500.

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The report received yesterday afternoon by telegraph of the capture of a large number of German prisoners in France – reportedly totaling 100,000 – brought almost everyone out on the streets. The fire bell and church bells were run, and a big parade was held in Piqua during the evening. With the French armies carrying all before them at the present time, the capture of 100,000 proved to be too good to be true.

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Victories for allied arms in France continue to multiply. Over the 60-mile front from Soissons to Rheims, the allied forces are pushing ahead. Chateau Thierry, representing the point the Germans had driven nearest to Paris, has been recaptured by French troops. In the north, British troops also continue to advance.

75 Years

July 26, 1943

Resignation of O.R. Findley, principal of Sidney High school since 1931, was accepted by the Sidney Board of Education at its meeting last night. Mr. Findley has accepted a position of instructor in physics at Lakewood senior high school. The board named Harry G. Lull, of Cleveland, to the position of principal, an also elected Harold C. McDermott, of Martinsville to replace Floyd L. Jeffries, and Lloyd R. Seifert to take William Wilson’s position. Webster Geib was hired to take the position of industrial arts instructor being vacated by H.E. Woolweaver who is going to Lima South High School.

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Struck by lightning, the large barn and several other buildings on the Mrs. Albert Clark farm, a half-mile west of Maplewood, were destroyed by fire last night. Both the Jackson Center and newly-organized Maplewood fire departments responded to the alarm.

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Imminent fall of the Japanese air base at Munda was announced today at Admiral William Halsey’s headquarters.

50 Years

July 26, 1968

Jim Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hull, 1244 Spruce avenue, is the 1968 Sidney Soap Box Derby Champion and will represent the city in the All-American at Akron next month. Climaxing a series of five victorious sweeps down William A. Ross Derby Hill Sunday afternoon, the Class A champion nosed out Mike Cotterman, Class B champ, by less than a foot in the final heat.

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Miss Mary Evelyn Maxwell, R.R. 1, Jackson Center, has been named to the dean’s list at Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, for the second semester. To attain this honor, students must maintain a 3.5 or better average. Miss Maxwell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Maxwell.

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After more than five hours of preliminaries Saturday, a field of 28 was reduced to six finalists in the King and Queen competition for the coming Shelby County Fair. A four-judge panel selected queen finalists – Marcia Metz, Progressive 4-H; Rachel Jackson, Teen Time 4-H; Diane Yinger, Houston FHA; and king finalists – Don Eckhart, Thrifty Farmers 4-H; David Knipe, Starting 4-H; Lee Braun, Botkins FFA.

25 Years

July 26, 1993

A local man has been found in contempt of court and is currently serving 90 days. Alan Henderson went on trial for a drug charge. Although he had hired attorney Howard Swinehart, Mr. Henderson faced the jury alone, as Mr. Swinehart had a scheduling conflict. Judge Schmitt refused to reschedule the jury trial. After the jury returned from a recess, apparently Mr. Henderson read his statement in front of the jury, which resulted in a mistrial and a contempt charge.

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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

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