125 Years Ago
October 11, 1893
The World’s Fair is still the center of attraction for many local people. A total of 87 persons left today for Chicago.
At the regular meeting of council last evening a communication was read from the Board of Improvement relative to the establishment of a cut glass factory. It was then placed on the table indefinitely. The company desired two acres of land and a cash bonus of $20,000 to locate in Sidney. It would be in operation within 60 days and employ 100 people.
100 Years Ago
October 11, 1918
The Sidney Production Co. is in receipt of a telegram from Major C.C. Williams, of the Army Ordinance Dept., urging a speed up in munition supplies. The telegram noted that the influenza epidemic is interfering with munitions plants throughout the country.
Major M.H. Ailes, of Anna has issued a proclamation closing all schools, churches, saloons, lodges and other public places until further notice because of the influenza epidemic.
The state board of health today issued an order banning any type of public meeting in Ohio. Dr. E.J. Schwartz, director of the division of communicable diseases , said approximately 40,000 cases of influenza have been reported in the state.
75 Years Ago
October 11, 1943
For excellent accomplishments during heavy bombing mission in the face of heavy interference from Japanese zeros, Lt. C. Huffman Dearth, of Sidney, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Major General Claire Chennault, commanding general of the 14th U.S. Air Force in China. This is the second award Dearth has received during the 18 months he has been located in China. He was awarded a Silver Star in 1942. He is a bombardier. (Ed Note: Lt. Dearth would go on to receive another Silver Star and an additional Distinguished Flying Cross along with many other awards for Valor. He is probably the most decorated officer from Shelby County to serve in WWII.)
The New York Yankees are again world champions, defeating the St Louis Cards this afternoon 2 to 0, to win the series, four games to one.
50 Years Ago
October 11, 1968
Mr. and Mrs. J. Oliver Amos have returned from a meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges held Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver. Large attendance by members from boards of trustees, regents and college administrators was drawn from all parts of the nation. Amos is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Miami University, Oxford.
MARIA STEIN- The Marion Flyers football team put on a splendid performance last Friday night as they defeated Parkway 33-0.
25 Years Ago
October 11, 1993
It would be hard to find a volunteer more dedicated to helping animals than Jody Reed, president of the Shelby County Humane Society. But even she questions what she is doing at times. For example, when she’s standing in the middle of the night trying to hang onto a wild goat or deciding what to do with an injured hog that has fallen off the slaughter truck, she occasionally wonders, “What am I doing here”. Being with the Humane Society not only involves going out after animals, but nursing animals back to health as well. She has hand-raised and bottle fed just about every animal you can think of, including robins, groundhogs, squirrels, rabbits, puppies, kittens and ferrets. What keeps Reed committed to her work is the realization that the Humane Society is the only “voice” for animals.
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