125 Years Ago
Oct. 22, 1893
While Sidney has grown more rapidly in the past two years than it had for several years before, there have been some serious drawbacks to our prosperity which cannot be attributed to the present depression in business. There are alleys in the town where water stands because of filth and rubbish in them that have not been cleaned out for three years. The accumulation of filth around the public square has become a stench in the nostrils of everybody that travels the streets around the square.
100 Years Ago
Oct. 22, 1918
Orders issued by the Provost Marshal General forbid the issuing of any farm furloughs for the present. The action is seen as a step to prevent spread of Spanish influenza.
Dr. Woodward of the State Board of Health, was in Sidney this morning investigating the influenza epidemic here. He said he found conditions not so bad as in some other places. He added that at the present time people here appear to be getting well faster than they are getting sick.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 22, 1943
A copy of the Sidney Daily News has made a 12,000 mile trip-to Guadalcanal and back. Harold T. Miller, with the Standard Spring Co., has forwarded a copy of the Daily News, dated June 2, 1943, which has been wrapped around a package Miller received from his brother, stationed on Guadalcanal. Limp and worn, but with an air of achievement, accomplishment, and fulfillment, the paper is on display at this office.
The copper penny is coming back. The Treasury announced today that starting Jan. 1, 1944. Copper alloy pennies will replace the present zinc coated steel pennies.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 22, 1968
FAIRBORN- Sidney retained its no. 1 rating in the Miami Valley Sportswriters and Sportscasters poll, and if the Yellow Jackets get past Greenville Thursday they will be there again next week.
SPACE CENTER-Houston-Apollo 7.s three astronauts rode back to earth in a pink cloud of fire today, triumphantly ending the “perfect” 11-day spaceflight that shattered the barriers between man and the moon. Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham landed upside down in the Atlantic Ocean 1,100 miles east of Cape Kennedy at 7:12 a.m. EDT, only a little fatigued by their marathon journey. Doctors reported the astronauts were unharmed by the effect of re-entry and the colds that plagued them throughout the flight,
25 Years Ago
Oct. 22, 1993
How many people know what Ohio’s state gemstone is? If you said flint you are probably a rock hound or an American Indian buff. Flint, which was designated the state gemstone in 1965, is not particularly valuable, but it is popular because of its wide variety of colors and its association with Ohio’s Indian heritage. Many Indian enthusiasts walk the fields of Shelby County looking for arrowheads left behind hundreds of years ago by tribes that once roamed the area.”Its popular because it’s Ohio’s gemstone, there is nothing precious about it”, said gem expert Jon Allison , owner of Allison Custom Jewelry. Allison said flint shaped in the outline of Ohio is particularly popular among tourists passing through the area. He wasn’t a tourist, but President Reagan took home a flint tie tack in the shape of Ohio made by Allison. Also presented to Reagan during his stop in Sidney in 1984 was a flint pendant for his wife Nancy.
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