November 16, 1893
A head-on collision between two freight trains on C.H. & D. railroad at Anna Saturday night was narrowly averted. The two freights had pulled onto the same switch in order that the evening passenger train might pass. On account of the dense fog which prevailed, the engineers were unable to see the lights of the other train until they almost came together.
Capt. W.A. Skillen, George Faulder, Thomas Roberts and William Nettleship left this afternoon for West Branch, Mich., and will spend a few weeks hunting near there.
General Ben LeFevre, after spending a few weeks at his home near here, has returned to New York City.
The Shelby County Horticultural Society met in the assembly room Saturday afternoon. The attendance was small, but it was one of the most profitable meetings the society has ever had. Stephen A. Johnston, of Washington township, read a paper on “Pear Culture.”
November 16, 1918
At the meeting of the board of education last evening it was unanimously voted to dispense with the usual holiday vacation this year. The action is being taken to make up for the four week enforced vacation resulting from the influenza epidemic. Schools will be closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. If there are no further interruptions schools will close on June 13.
St. Paul Evangelical Church celebrated the Golden Anniversary and Out-Of-Debt Jubilee on Sunday with three appropriate services. At the morning and evening services, Rev. H.J. Schiek, president of the Indiana District, was the speaker. Participating in the afternoon service were ministers of other Sidney churches.
All citizens who feel gratitude to God for the victory of the United States and our Allies on behalf of humanity are invited to attend the union prayer service at 7:15 this evening.
Persons present from Shelby county at the Food Production Conference in Dayton were: L.E. Marrs, president of the county Farm Bureau; G.C. Miller, R.W. Munger, and Walter Cory.
November 16, 1943
The organization meeting of the Sidney Development committee, urged by the Sidney Merchants association as a need group to outline policy for the growth of Sidney, was held last night in the council chamber at the city building. Robert F. Kaser was named chairman; E.C. Amos, vice chairman, and John Whitney, secretary. Others on the committee include: Mayer John Sexauer, H.A. Dunson, G.C. Zimmerman, E.A. Shrider, H.K. Forsyth, Oskar Buschman, H.G. Kerlin, Ray Burke, Paul Kemper, and Dorsey Nevergall.
The Sidney High School Yellow Jackets ran into an inspired Xenia Central eleven at Xenia last night and were administered a 40 to 19 setback in their final game of the year. Dick Flanagan with two touchdowns and an extra point closed out his high school career with a total of 133 points scored in his senior year, making him the top high school scorer in the state. He had a total of 21 touchdowns and seven extra points.
November 16, 1968
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service in Shelby County, the board of county commissioners have formally designated Friday, Nov. 15, as Cooperative Extension Service Day. Adopting a formal resolution to that effect, the commissioners urged county-wide participation in the open house to be held from 1 to 9 p.m. that day at the extension office in the court house.
COLUMBUS – Melvin J. Rebholz, the head of the state Division of Parks and Recreation, said today that plans for a lodge at Salt Fork State Park should be ready by the first of the year. He said the lodge would have 148 rooms and 75 cabins along with an indoor and outdoor pool, docks, beach and golf course. Rebholz said at the present the 94-room lodge at Hueston Woods State Park, which also has 54 cabins, is the largest.
On a snowy Nov. 15, 1933, Ohio’s first State Highway Patrol set out in 54 sidecar motorcycles anD six automobiles to enforce traffic laws and make driving safer. Marking the patrol’s 35th Anniversary on Nov. 15, 1968, most of the 120 patrolmen who have retired, including members of the original contingent, will hold their third annual reunion in Columbus to compare the old and new with present-day patrol members.
November 16, 1993
A Jackson Center church is making a difference. Christ the King Church near the Village of Jackson Center has come to the aid of some of the citizens of Russia. The pastor felt the people of the USSR were spiritually starved as well as in need of money of clothing. The congregation has raised $4,000 to be sent overseas. Inflation is out of control in Russia.
A criminal case upsetting to many in several communities has been resolved. Randy and Pamela Grimm, acting as a husband and wife team, stole over 1,500 urns from cemeteries. The cemeteries were located in five different counties, including Shelby County. The Grimms were given six months in jail in Shelby County with the time to run consecutively with sentences handed down in the other counties.
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