125 Years Ago
October 12, 1893
For the first time in thirteen years Shelby county is again the scene of a murder, the crime this time taking place in the village of Pemberton, the victim I.N. Ray, being a well known resident of that place. He was apparently beaten to death about 10 o’clock last night while on his way home from the L.J. Moore livery stable, where he has been employed for the past year. There was no indication of robbery and the cause of the murder remains a mystery as the 47 year old man was not known to have any enemies.
Oscar Kaser, who is one of the advanced agents for Ringling Brothers Circus, is home for the winter.
100 Years Ago
October 12, 1918
Chief of Police O’Leary posted signs about the city today warning persons not to congregate on the streets or street corners . He noted that every precaution is being taken to prevent the spread of influenza.
Mary Huston, formerly of Houston won an Overland automobile through her sales of War Savings stamps in the Vacation Thrift contest. Her sales amounted to $96,294.69, and places her in second position in the contest in Ohio and entitles her to the Overland Thrift car donated by the Willys-Overland Co. of Toledo. It is valued at $900.
75 Years Ago
October 12, 1943
The movie on training of U.S. ski troops, being shown at the Warner Ohio theatre, has a special significance for local residents in that one of the “mountain fighters” is Pvt. Bill Milligan, of Sidney. “There’s Bill”, said Mrs. William Milligan when she saw the ski troop movie and those with her had the same thought—it looked very much like Bill.
At a social affair last evening in the home of Mrs. F.A. McLean in Bon Air. 24 members of the nurses’ aide corps received individual service stripes, representing a total of 5,500 hours of floor service at Wilson Memorial hospital. Individual hours of service varied from 150 to 600 hours, with Mrs. Byron Carey topping the list.
50 Years Ago
October 12, 1968
Mr. and Mrs. J. Oliver Amos attended the annual dinner in Cincinnati Friday evening. Included on the program was an address by Gov. James A. Rhodes and a concert by the Xavier University band.
In a move intended to show broad support for the proposed construction of a new east-west runway at the Sidney Municipal Airport, the chamber of commerce today released the names of 47 firms making contributions for the land acquisition. The committee, headed by Russel Comstock, has raised more than $51,000 to acquire land for the airstrip.
25 Years Ago
October 12, 1993
Sidney High School student Karen Valentine has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Roll Award winner, according to the United States Achievement Academy. Valentine’s name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. She is the daughter of John and Mary Valentine, “Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history. Certainly United States Achievement Academy award winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement, said Dr. George Stevens, executive director of the United States Achievement Academy.
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