125 Years Ago
October 6, 1893
Philip Smith’s foundry and machine shop is running with full force, with orders ahead for several weeks. Within the past 10 days, three orders were taken for building steam engines. Fifth-nine men are now employed at this factory.
Issac Anderson has completed another new schoolhouse in Dinsmore township this week, making the 27th he has built in this county.
Frank Johnston, of Malvern, Iowa is visiting relatives in this county. He came through the distance on a bicycle. One day he made 139 miles.
100 Years Ago
October 6, 1918
With 400 pupils and seven teachers in the Piqua public schools absent because of influenza, all schools in that community have been closed for at least three days. The disease reportedly has spread over the city and the board of health is considering suspending all public meetings.
The death toll has been estimated at more than 100 in the explosion at the mutations loading plant of the T.A. Gillespie Co. neat Perth Amboy ,N.J.. The fire was reported still raging.
75 Years Ago
October 6, 1943
Construction work on the Shelby county roll of honor was to start today with the final go-ahead given by the War Production Board it was announced by William W. Trimpe, civilian defense coordinator. There has been considerable delay starting the work because the WPB opposed construction on the grounds that too much critical material was needed in the memorial. After several changes in the construction materials were made, approval of the plan was finally granted.
Work on the construction of 20 more houses in Belmont Heights, on New street, was scheduled to get under way today, according to John Sexauer, president of Hussey Home Builders, Inc. Completion of these new homes will bring to 53 the number built by the contracting firm in recent months.
50 Years Ago
October 6, 1968
Mrs. Olivia Stockstill, North Miami avenue, Sidney, will be among the artists exhibiting works at the showing planned Sunday Oct. 6 in the Miami Citizens National Bank, Piqua.
The Army Commendation Medal has been received by former Army Sergeant Leroy Baker who returned to civilian life Sept 10. Baker, 24, the son of Mrs. Ruth Baker, Sidney, received notification of the award by mail this week. The award was for meritorious service covering the period of July 3-8 while on Operation Thor in Vietnam.
25 Years Ago
October 6. 1993
Glen Davis, 606 Sycamore Ave., recently fished below the newly erected Riverwalk Bridge linking the area of the old waterworks plant with Custenborder Field. Work on the bridge must be 100 percent complete before the city takes possession of the structure and opens it to pedestrian traffic. Recreation director Robert New expects that finishing touches will be put on the bridge by week’s end, weather permitting.
Anne Coon, a physical education teacher for Sidney City Schools and a Sidney High School graduate has been named to the Ohio Northern University Athletic Hall of Fame. Coon, a 1965 graduate of Sidney High, received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Ohio Northern in 1969. While in college, she participated in basketball, volleyball, and softball all four years. She earned a total of 12 letters. During her senior year all teams of which she was a member went undefeated.
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