Out of the past

125 Years

November 9, 1893

Jess Laughlin, who has been gate keeper at the 50th street entrance of the World’s Fair during the summer is visiting with his parents.


The inspection train on the C.H.&D., carrying General Manager Greene and his party, passed through here about 8 o’clock last evening. They will be here again tomorrow.


The Republican committee has rented the Conner room on North Main avenue, formerly occupied by Shaw and Co., and will receive the election returns there. The Democratic headquarters will be in the assembly room in the basement of the court house, and they will receive returns there. Returns will also be received at the opera house.

Ben McCullough has taken a clerkship in the O.P.O. clothing store.

100 Years

November 9, 1918

The allies and Germany signed the armistice at 11 o’clock today, according to a dispatch from Washington. Hostilities ceased this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The terms are not yet announced, but they amount to virtually unconditional surrender.


A terrific demonstration broke forth in the public square this afternoon following the news that Germany had signed the armistice dictated by the United States and allies. Bells were rung and whistles blew for several hours. Arrangements were being made for another demonstration this evening.


With only a few hundred precincts to report, mostly from the rural areas, the drys have a lead of more than 6,000 in Ohio. State dry leaders claim the prohibition amendment was adopted by a majority of 15,000. Although Governor Cox appears to have been re-elected by a majority of 15,000 to 20,000, the Republican state ticket below the governor appears to have been elected.

Although he carried both Shelby and Darke counties, I.M. Apple was defeated for state senator by a heavy vote in Miami county.

75 Years

November 9, 1943

The most practical method of achieving reintegration of Shelby county returning World War II veterans into civilian jobs will be formulated at a meeting to be held in Sidney this evening at the local office of the United States Employment Service. This meeting marks the first of a series to be held in Ohio for this purpose, according to E.M. Seving, area director for the War Manpower Commission. It is estimated that veterans are currently returning to their Ohio homes at the rate of 2,500 monthly.


Certificates were presented last evening to the nine members of the Red Cross home nursing class at Port Jefferson who completed the course of instruction given by Mrs. Jerome A. Shine, of Sidney. Receiving the certificates were: Mrs. Alice Hance, chairman of the group; Miss Frances Moler, Miss Patsy Sargeant, Mrs. Iloa Fox, Mrs. Ruth Butterfield, Mrs. Daisy Allen, Mrs. Helen McCrary, Mrs. Helen Reineke, and Mrs. Alice Gross.

50 Years

November 9, 1968

Of the 15,416 persons who voted Tuesday in Shelby County, 8,746 cast ballots in villages and rural areas while 6,670 voted in Sidney, the board of elections noted. Heavy traffic at the polls early on voting day indicated the all-time high of 15,748 voters in 1960 would be surpassed. While falling short, this year’s vote was also 10 behind 1964. With high-interest national and local races and issues, plus good weather and more eligible voters, the office expected a record vote.


Charles Hewitt, sophomore at Bluffton Collect, Bluffton, Ohio, has been elected as a floor representative for the Men’s House Council for the 1968-69 school year. Mr. Hewitt, a graduate of Sidney High School, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hewitt, 1352 Dixie drive, Sidney.


Examinations for distribution clerk and letter carrier job in the U.S. post office have been opened, according to Sidney Postmaster Robert Burns. Burns pointed out that the basic rate of pay for substitute employees is $2.95 an hour. When vacancies occur or are created the substitute moves up to “regular” status and a salary scale, he said. The benefits of a postal career as asserted by Burns are: job security, paid vacations 13 to 26 days; low cost life and health insurance, paid sick leave, liberal retirement plan, and promotion opportunities.

25 Years

November 9, 1993

Stolle Corporation is continuing its cost cutting. Its division Wiebe has been sold to a Colorado company. Goldco of Colorado will not be moving any of the 75 Wiebe employees to Colorado. These individuals who lost their jobs will be placed with other Stolle businesses if at all possible. Wiebe manufactures mechanical and air conveyance systems. The announcement was made by John Lefevre, the head of human resources.


There is a new pizzeria in town. Smitty’s Pizza will be located in Sidney Plaza. The business is slated to open next month, in December. Smitty’s is owned by Joyce Smith. She operates a similar facility in Fort Loramie.


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