125 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1893
A petition is being circulated today among the businessmen who contributed to the fund for the German Day celebration asking that the $455 which was left after all expenses were paid be used in a Fourth of July celebration in Sidney next year. The idea of the petition is a good one and a number of signers have already been obtained.
Beginning the first of next month, Bellefontaine will become a division point of the Big Four railroad between Cleveland and Indianapolis, and all passengers and freight crews will have their headquarters there.
100 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1918
Mrs. Francis Goode, a volunteer for Y.M.C.A. work “over there” has received notification, to report to New York City next week. Before leaving this county she will have a short course of training at Barnard College in New York.
It is reported throughout the county that horses and cattle are suffering from influenza , resulting in several deaths. A horse, belonging to Frank Pfaadt, of Franklin township, died last week. A horse belonging to Ralph Leapley was also stricken and several others in that neighborhood have been reported sick.
According to German wireless, Germany has accepted the armistice conditions laid down by President Wilson.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1943
The stockholders of the Sidney Machine Tool Co. at their annual meeting re-elected the following directors: Frank P. Thedieck, president: Frank Fields, vice president and general manager; Fred D. Dickas, secretary; Val Lee, treasurer; E.J. Griffis, E.C. Amos, Cable Wagner, Jesse L. Wright, Wayne Lee, and C.M. Fogt, directors.
Holy Angels Titans will open their basketball season Sunday with their traditional game with the alumni. The latter squad will include such former stars as, E. Carity, of last year’s Titans, and F. Meyers, A. Francis, J. Purnell, B. Halpin, H. Kinsella, and B. Carey of previous years.
50 Years Ago
October 20, 1968
Some 300 to 500 persons visited the Shelby County sheriff’s office Sunday during the annual Open House, Sheriff Don Laws said. A firearms display, which included other equipment used by the department attracted much of the attention of visitors, Laws said. More than usual amount of interest was shown in the department’s food service, Laws noted. His wife Alice, the jail cook and matron, described how meals are planned, cooked and served.
Decker’s Flowers, 129 South Ohio avenue has been selected as a Gold Medal Florist by the National Selection Committee of Gold Medal Florists according to an announcement made last week. Selection of Gold Medal Florists throughout the country is based on the following criteria: excellence in design and quality, an outstanding florist in the community, and high business standards.
25 Years Ago
October 20, 1993
The Sidney City Board of Education on Monday night learned about a grant program that enabled multi-handicapped students to operate a greenhouse. Nancy Deafenbaugh, teacher of multi-handicapped students at the high school, presented a report on her Copeland Educational Grant project last school year. The grant was used to purchase greenhouse supplies in the school greenhouse. Many plant starts were also donated by friends of the class, said Deafenbaugh. Deafenbaugh, said the class “adopted out” plants they grew to 17 sites in the school. The class also sold vegetables and flowers they had grown. .Students learned about jobs available in greenhouses and visited the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus as a part of the grant project.
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