Out of the past


125 Years

July 30, 1893

At the meeting of council last evening a resolution was adopted authorizing the street committee to have Main avenue at the south end of town widened and the street to be cut down to the old established grade. A request by Philip Smith that he be permitted to put in an asbestos sidewalk in front of his foundry was turned down and he was ordered to install a stone sidewalk.

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It is announced that the electric railway, connecting Troy and Piqua, will be opened for operation about Aug. 10. The Pan Handle railroad is attempting to prevent the laying of tracks across its roadbed at Piqua and since last Friday has had an engine and two cars standing guard at the proposed point to prevent the electric company from putting a crossing over their tracks.

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Nine more banks today were added to the growing list of financial failures across the country. Two of the banks that closed were in Indianapolis; three in Louisville, and one each in Milwaukee, Manchester, N.H., Chicago, and Findlay, O.

100 Years

July 30, 1918

A large crowd of relatives and friends was on hand this morning at the B. & O. station, when 25 Shelby county men left for military service. Meeting at the office of the local board at 8 a.m., the men marched to the south entrance of the court house, where they were met by an escort from the G.A.R. and the Sidney band for the march to the railroad station.

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Joseph Doak, Broadway avenue at Jefferson street, reported to police this morning that an unknown person had destroyed about 100 heads of cabbage in his war garden. Examination revealed that someone had apparently stuck a long knife down through the head into the heart of the cabbage, thus ruining it. The police are investigating.

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Commencing at 6 o’clock this evening, a clay bird shoot will be held by the Edgewater Gun club at their grounds just east of the golf grounds. A short program has been arranged for lady shooters who may wish to participate.

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Dr. A.B. Gudenkauf has moved his residence and office to the house formerly occupied by Dr. J.W. Costolo on South Ohio avenue.

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General Pershing reported today that American troops have penetrated German positions to a depth of two miles in the Marne sector.

75 Years

July 30, 1943

After a quarter of a century, Kenneth Douglas, a veteran of the first World War, will receive the purple heart decoration for meritorious service to his country during the war. A letter from the War Department advises that Douglas is entitled to the decoration for wounds received in action on July 29, 1918, while serving with the 166th regiment, 42nd (Rainbow) division overseas. The letter indicated the medal would be sent in the near future.

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Mrs. W. Wood Duff has been named the new executive secretary for the Shelby County Tuberculosis and Health association. She will begin her duties Aug., succeeding Mrs. M.V. Loudenback. The latter resigned recently after seven years in that capacity to become executive secretary of the Shelby County Red Cross.

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Shelby county has a new softball champion today in the young Sidney Dairy team which defeated the Sidney Recreation last night at the Monarch field by the score of 16 to 15. Jackson Center took third place by defeating Sidney Truck and Storage 5 to 0.

50 Years

July 30, 1968

Four Sidney residents attended the recent Grand Lodge convention of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in New York City. They included William Klipstine, head of the Sidney Elks, and his wife; John Quinn, local secretary, and Eugene Long, Southwest Ohio district deputy grand exalted ruler.

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Large sections of Sidney, particularly the south and west portions, were inundated by a major rain storm that rolled through the city Wednesday evening. The Daily News weather station had recorded 3.76 inches of rain up to 7 a.m. today. Dave Fette, observer at the government weather station north of Sidney recorded just 2.6 inches in the 24 hour period ending at 7 a.m. Some of the worst flooding was along Crescent drive and the east-west streets intersecting the old Miami-Erie Canal feeder. City street department employees ripped out a fill bridge across the canal just south of the Penn-Central Railroad viaduct about 8 p.m. in an effort to speed the canal’s flow.

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John Kaylor will be president of the Junior Fair Board as that group leads the younger contestants in the 37th annual Shelby County Junior Fair. From Salem township, he succeeds Paul Webb, last year’s Junior Fair Board president from Turtle Creek township. The other officers this year are: David Knipe, vice president; Judy Pleiman, secretary; Lee Braun, treasurer.

25 Years

July 30, 1993

A local graduate is making some waves in the computer world. David White graduated from Sidney High School in 1982. He has a thriving computer business. It will be relocated into New York City.

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The Shelby County Fair will begin today. Jerry Schaffner, the secretary of the fair board, predicts an excellent fair. So far, things are running smoothly, according to Mr. Schaffner. This is the 133rd consecutive Shelby County Fair.

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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