Out of the past


125 Years

November 5, 1893

A wreck occurred on the Ohio Southern railroad last evening. The construction train, occupied by 161 Italians engaged in ballasting the new extension of the road, was going from Carysville to Maplewood. Near the Pleasant M.E. Church, about three miles south of Quincy, the train struck something and several cars were derailed. One of the Italians was killed, and nine others badly hurt.

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The Shakespeare club entertained the members of the Junior Shakespeare club and a number of invited friends at the home of W.D. Davies last evening. Klute’s orchestra provided music for the occasion which was attended by more than 50 persons.

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A party of about 25 Sidney people enjoyed last evening at Elmdale summer resort, about five miles southwest of Sidney. The occasion was a genuine old-time harvest home picnic.

100 Years

November 5, 1918

A number of representative businessmen of Jackson Center met at the mayor’s office Tuesday evening and began preliminary work toward securing electric current from the Western Ohio for lights and power. It is proposed to form a stock company and if materials can be obtained work will begin in a short time and possibly by the first of the year current will be available.

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Among the five ballots handed voters of Shelby county when they enter the polls tomorrow is one calling for an amendment to the constitution prohibiting the sale and manufacture of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. Sidney voters will also vote on a proposed additional levy of taxes in the city school district for school operations.

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Mayor Ailes at Anna today lifted the closing ban on all churches effective immediately, and the ban on all public places on Wednesday morning.

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For the first time President Wilson will be unable to go home to vote. The State Department has requested him to remain in Washington, believing the big crisis in the peace situation with Germany is at hand.

75 Years

November 5, 1943

Plans were completed at a meeting of the board of directors last evening to set up a Young Men’s Christian Association youth program in Sidney in the very near future and today members of the various committees are busy completing necessary arrangements to set the program in action. The board had the counsel of William Chambers, general secretary of the Columbus office of the Y.M.C.A. in its planning.

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With Dec. 9 and 10 the dates set for the next visit of the Red Cross bloodmobile to Sidney, a request has been made by the local committees for volunteer donors. A total of 288 registrations are needed for the December visit.

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Mrs. Harold Linker was elected president of the Semper Fidelis class, when members met last evening at the St. John Church. Mrs. Joe Bell was named vice president; Mrs. Elmer Schiff, secretary, and Mrs. Charles Seving, treasurer.

50 Years

November 5, 1968

FORT LORAMIE – Members the Fort Loramie Kiwanis Club have named Carroll Grimm as president of the local service group. Elected to serve with Grimm were Donald Braun, first vice president; Vernon Westerheide, second vice president; Melvin Puthoff, secretary-treasurer.

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Cadet Steve Spoltman, who is a senior student in the Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, Illinois, was cited for excellence at special ceremonies honoring award winners for the first quarter of the school year. Cadet Spoltman, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Spoltman, 902 Taft street, Sidney, was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

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Loss is estimated at $2,000 to a 60 by 24-foot barn on the James Knouff farm, R.R. 2, Sidney, which fire destroyed Sunday afternoon.

25 Years

November 5, 1993

Botkins will have a new business in town. Jenny Guisinger has moved her business from her home to 305 E. State Street in the Village of Botkins. The business is called “Jenny’s Designs”.

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Stolle Corporation is facing tough times. The decision has been made to close the Stolle administrative building on Campbell Road and offered for sale. The building is only 4 years old. Dana Snyder, the local president of the company, made the announcement. Mr. Snyder said the sale was an effort to cut expenses.

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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