125 Years Ago
October 3, 1893
The last spike of the Ohio Southern extension which runs through the northwestern part of this county, was driven at Lima at noon yesterday in the presence of hundreds of people. It being Sunday there was no celebration. The track is now completed.
At the concluding session of the Central Ohio M.E. Church conference in Delaware, Rev. W.W. Lance of this city was charged to the Broadway M.E. Church in Toledo. Rev. T.L. Wiltsee of Lima, was assigned to come to Sidney.
100 Years Ago
October 3, 1918
A suit for $25,000 has been filed against the Shelby county commissioners by Catherine Schmidlapp as administrator of the estate of Charles Schmidlapp as the result of an accident in which the latter sustained injuries resulted in his death. The accident occurred on Nov. 16, 1917, when Schmidlapp was driving a traction engine and tender across a bridge in the Wyann road, Loramie township, and it collapsed. The plaintiff charges neglect on the part of the commissioners in maintaining the bridge in proper repair.
It was announced today that William Jennings Bryan will visit Sidney on Oct. 18, under auspices of the Shelby County Dry Federation. He will arrive about 4 p.m. and speak for about 30 minutes from the court house steps.
75 Years Ago
October 3, 1943
The hiring of all workers in the Lima and Sidney-Piqua-Troy areas will be channeled through the U.S. Employment Service beginning Monday, it was announced today, in Columbus. Purpose of the new procedure, it was pointed out, is to meet the tightening labor market in these areas.
Through the efforts of a number of local churches a movement is underway to have the army troops stationed at Camp Sweezey, east of the city, entertained in the homes of Sidney families on Sunday for dinner. There are approximately 200 men in camp.
50 Years Ago
October 3, 1968
Nearing the 50 percent completion point is the Salvation Army building at the corner of Grove street and Buckeye avenue in Sidney. A spokesman for Thomas and Marker, contractors, said there is a possibility that the building will be ready for occupancy shortly after Jan. 1, 1969.
YORKSHIRE- Loss has been set at $65,000 in a fire which destroyed the United Grain Co. elevator at Yorkshire early Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Ralph Ralph Magoto reported that the fire was still burning today but had reached a point where it was no longer a menace. Magoto also reported the cause was undetermined but the investigation is continuing. Officials of the United Grain have made no statement about re-building.
25 Years Ago
October 3, 1993
“I wouldn’t like to have to stay here”, Howard Elshire commented as he walked through an area of cells for the new Shelby County Jail. Of course he was referring to when the new county jail is completed. These days though , Elshire is spending a good part of the day at the Gearhart Road location for the new jail. He is project manager for Voinovich Group, the Cleveland based firm hired to design the new jail which is scheduled for completion Jan. 1. At age 73, the Wapakoneta resident is at an age where many others are retired, not putting six hours a day on a job.”I wasn’t looking for work” , he acknowledged. “I’d like to be playing golf and fishing. But arthritis has kept him from recreational pursuits of late. He blames his woes on his days playing football in high school and college.
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