Out of the past

125 Years

November 2, 1893

Governor McKinley and his party passed through Sidney at 10:37 this morning on their way from Wapakoneta to Piqua. A large number of Sidney people were at the train to see him and he favored them with a few remarks on the issues of the campaign while the train stopped.


Agent Williams, of the Big Four, sold 596 tickets to Chicago during the time the World’s Fair was open. For the two Bellefontaine excursion trains, there were 130 tickets sold, making a total of 726 passengers carried to Chicago over the Big Four, besides those who went to Indianapolis at the time of the G.A.R. encampment and bought tickets from there to Chicago.

100 Years

November 2, 1918

The county board of health today approved a resolution easing the ban on public gatherings. The closing order on all churches will be lifted immediately, and on other public meetings on Monday. Theatres and moving picture shows are not permitted to receive the patronage of children 18 years or age and under. The resolution does not permit the opening of the schools and Sunday schools. Eleven new cases of influenza were reported this morning.


Members of the high school football team were hosts for a dinner party last evening at the cafeteria. Following the three course menu served at 8 o’clock, a motor party was enjoyed and the group was later entertained at the home of Lawson Ordean. Guests for the affair were Misses Imogene Jones, Frances Potter, Van Dora Ehrhart, Zelma Sargeant, Edna Heiser, Dorothy Loudenback, Cora Taylor, Helen Mullen, Pearl McClure, Cecile Sproul, Marcella Altenbach, Martha Ellen Swain; Messrs. John Milholland, William Dilbone, Stanley Wolfe, Willard Heck, Herman Bowers, Garey Dunson, Ellis Clinehens, Lawson Ordean, Victor Taylor, Clifford Woodruff, Robert Potter, William Wilson, and Jack Martin, football coach.

75 Years

November 2, 1943

Back in action nearly eight months to the day he was reported missing in action, Staff Sgt. Milo K. Taylor has been released from the Italian prison camp where he was held, according to word reaching relatives here. According to the telegram from the War Department, Taylor returned to active duty on Oct. 24.


While a light vote was generally indicated in other parts of the country today, citizens of Port Jefferson and Botkins were out in force as a result of spirited local elections. In fact, there were so many voters out that the election board had to place a hurry-up printing order for more ballots to take care of the extra demand.


The Elsass and Allen Garage has been opened on West North street by Vernon Elsass, of West North street, and Clinton Allen, of near Swanders. The repair shop is located in the recently erected cement block building to the rear of Wilson Memorial Hospital.

50 Years

November 2, 1968

If you see your pastor in a sheriff’s cruiser – relax! He’s not being taken to the local jail for breaking a law hopefully, that is. His reason is to get a first-hand look at the conditions of parts of the country he might not ordinarily visit. “It is only when we see the total aspects of the community that we can minister to it more effectively,” said Rev. Harold Stockman, pastor of Pasco and Pemberton United Methodist Churches. Two pastors rode in cruisers with deputies Thursday night between 9:30 and midnight. Rev. Stockman rode with James Snyder, an auxiliary deputy, and Rev. James Hartland of Sidney First United Methodist Church was in another cruiser with Sgt. Ed Bland.


Some 23 farmers, neighbors, friends and relatives, turned out Thursday to help Lawrence Schmitmeyer pick 40 acres of corn. Beginning about dawn Thursday, his friends began arriving to help out. No fewer than five cornpickers assisted by 17 hopper wagons plucked the entire 40 acres bare by noon. Schmitmeyer, who was just released from the hospital, is unable to do his major farm work.


Selected Future Farmer of the Month for October, by the Anna F.F.A., was Dave Baumer, R.R. 2, Anna. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Baumer who operate a 100-acre farm west of Anna. A junior at Anna High School, Dave holds the office of assistant news reporter in his chapter.

25 Years

November 2, 1993

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Piqua Post has announced its Trooper of the Year. She is Mary Cosgrove. Trooper Cosgrove has been with the post for several years. The announcement was made by Lt. Dan Dickerson. David W. Lane was given the award of Dispatcher of the Year.


Ardiss Luce has received a special honor. She is being chosen as Art Educator of the Year in the Western Region of Ohio. Mrs. Luce, who is married to Judge Donald G. Luce, was nominated by Donna Ruble.


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

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