Out of the past

125 Years

November 17, 1893

S.J. Hatfield has brought suit against W.B. Forsyth and the Citizens National Bank for $1,000 damages and praying to have Forsyth enjoined from running a printing press upstairs over his office. Hatfield occupies two rooms in the second story of the Citizens Bank building as a law office. Forsyth occupies rooms in the third story for the manufacture of corn cure medicine. He uses a small job press to print his circulars.


Clerk of Court John Hussey yesterday received commissions for the following justices of the peace who were elected on the 7th: W.C. Wyman, Clinton township; W.J. Quinlin, McLean; Rolla Harrop and Dr. B.F. Foust, Cynthian; Hudson Flinn, Loramies; A.N. Shaw, Turtle Creek, and Jacob Epler, Salem.


A new floor is being put down in the post office room at the Monumental building.

100 Years

November 17, 1918

The fire department answered an alarm from the B. & O. depot shortly before 6 o’clock this morning. The furnace in the cellar had become overheated and set fire to the wooden joists. The flames had gained considerable headway when discovered headway when discovered. A large hole was burned in the office floor and there was heavy damage from fire and water.


The Shelby County Coal Administration urges local residents to place their orders for winter coal promptly. It was noted that lake navigation will cease on Nov.15 and a considerable supply of lump coal with then be available for domestic distribution.


Mrs. W.H.C. Goode has left for New York City to visit with Miss Frances Goode until she sails for France. The latter expects to leave sometime next week, on her Y.M.C.A. assignment.


Charles R. Benjamin, now at Camp Taylor, Ky., has received orders to report to officers training school at Camp Gordon, Ga.

75 Years

November 17, 1943

As the Shelby County War Chest Fund edged beyond the $3,000 mark over the weekend, leaders were still hopeful today that enough public-spirited citizens would respond in the next few days to send the local campaign over the goal of $5,000. Contributions so far have come from less than 100 persons.

50 Years

November 17, 1968

It’s kind of like taking down the Christmas tree. Political posters suddenly begin to look improper after an election. Two successful Republican candidates chose Sunday afternoon to start tearing down – five days after the vote. Thaleon Blake, with help from 10-year-old Bobby Geuy, his grandson, worked in Orange township and part of Washington. “That Bobby is a real worker,” said the clerk of courts who won a third term in the courthouse. “He also helped me put up the posters before the election.” Like Blake, re-elected recorder Fred Linker took down all posters from poles on several roads in Jackson township and in parts of Salem and Dinsmore townships. “We put up the signs, we should take them down,” said Linker, who plans to work at it again this weekend. Both Linker and Blake burned their hauls.


A new heating plant will replace the present 58-year-old facility serving the Shelby County courthouse, jail and welfare buildings. County commissioners have set aside $50,000 or more for the project which they hope can be installed about the middle part of next year.


Semper Fidelis Grandmothers Club members met November 7 for an afternoon meeting. The session, which featured an installation of officers, was in the home of Mrs. Lester Finkenbine. Mrs. Richard Elliott, Sr. was installed as the president and Mrs. Lorraine Lehman, vice president. Other officers installed were Mrs. W.E. Nichols, secretary; Mrs. Stella Wilson, treasurer; and Mrs. Orson Small, chaplain.

25 Years

November 17, 1993

Wilson Memorial Hospital has a near Chief of Staff. Dr. Enrique Montana has been Chief of Staff since 1987. He will replaced by Dr. Bruce Urbanc. Dr. Urbanc is an osteopath and earned his degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Missouri.


It was an upset for the ages. The Lehman High School football team played almost a perfect game in beating St. Henry. The St. Henry Redskins were ranked number one in Division 5 in Ohio. The Lehman Cavaliers beat them 21-14. Once again, Ryan Sellman was the workhorse. He gained 149 yards rushing. Dan Bogart also played a key role in the big win. The Cavaliers are on their way to a regional appearance in the playoffs.


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