125 Years Ago
October 5, 1893
The Given and Co. collar and flynet factory, which is one of the substantial factories in this city, started up again this week. Owning to the close times and an overstock of manufactured goods, this factory closed down some time ago. Trade has again revived in their business and this week they started up with 32 employees. Next week ten more hands will be set to work.
A.W. Bellow, who moved from here to Chicago about two years ago, has returned to Sidney “Mac” says he prefers Sidney to Chicago every time.
100 Years Ago
October 5, 1918
Miss Francis Goode received word yesterday that she has been accepted for Y.M.C.A. work overseas. As soon as her passport can be arranged, she will enter her new duties.
Traffic through Sidney today on the Big Four railroad was annulled as a result of a wreck this morning near Quincy. Seventeen cars were piled up, when the engine struck a broken rail just west of that village. There were no injuries.
75 Years Ago
October 5, 1943
War bond sales in Shelby county during the Third War Loan drive mounted t a total of $1,809.006.50 on the basis of reports tabulated over the weekend. Chairman Frank Amann noted that this is $389,006.50 over the county’s goal of $1,420.000.
The Sidney-Piqua-Troy was one of 12 in the state listed by the Ohio War Manpower commission as facing critical labor shortages within the next six months. The WMC pointed out that unless the situation is alleviated, the 12 areas are in danger of losing new army and navy contracts.
50 Years Ago
October 5, 1968
Occidental Chemical Co. has almost completed the first step in a long range program to expand the Kirkwood grain facility, Now installed is a new 1,400 bushel per hour grain dryer to be ready for the large corn crop anticipated this year by area farmers. Future plans call for improvement of other phases of the grain handling facility, including receiving and shipping scales, grain cleaners and additional storage space. The mill for a time was owned by the Chester Faulder family until it was sold to Occidental Chemical Co. in 1965.
The Vo-ag team from Fort Loramie High School was declared the winner in the Shelby County Vocational Land and Soil Judging contest. The team members were Roger Bender, Leo Borchers and John Frilling, with Jerry Tangeman , the instructor. A total of 90 Vo-ag students participated in the contest.
25 Years Ago
October 5, 1993
As with most teachers, Linda Develvis is always looking for ways to keep students interested in the subject she is teaching. For her Bridgeview School social studies class, one idea really stands out. Develvis has developed an historical character when teaching about the Civil War. For one day “Margaret Duckworth”, a Civil War-era teacher takes over the class. The portrayal is authentic , right down to her wire-rimmed glasses, bonnet and McGuffey Reader textbook.”It occurred to me that students get a better idea of history if there is something interesting for the kids to see”,”For me, a teacher was an obvious choice. DeVelvis was inspired to develop the character by Paul Sanburn of Philadelphia, a historian who potrays nine characters from the Civil and Revolutionary War periods.
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