Out of the past


125 Years

November 26, 1893

The new gas holder on East North street, which was completed the early part of the week and filled with water on Thursday, has been found to contain a leak. The leak is near the bottom and it will be necessary to take out all the water in order that the leak may be repaired. The fire engine was taken over yesterday afternoon and this morning and is being use to pump the water out.

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The dry goods store, boot and shoe stores, and clothing stores, the groceries and most all other business houses in Sidney will close at 11 o’clock on Thursday for Thanksgiving and remain closed for the balance of the day.

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F.D. Reed returned last night from a hunt at the Lewistown reservoir. He seems to have been the luckiest hunter that has been out, returning with 22 wild ducks and a wild goose.

100 Years

November 26, 1918

“Spring Bonnet,” to be presented by the City Federation of Women’s clubs tonight and tomorrow night, will have as principals in the cast: Margaret Amann, Mrs. Forest Christian, Lucilla Henley, Mrs. Fred Griffis, Mrs. Stanley Young, Dave Shelton, Pauline Trimpe, Harold Clayton, Helen Potter, Jack Horwitz, Stanley Young, Homer Monroe, Fred Griffis, Herb Wiggenhorn, Daryl Barber.

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A great Community Thanksgiving Service in which both Protestant and Catholics will participate will be held in the high school auditorium at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. Sermons will be delivered by Rev. Father Fortman and Rev. William Pieffer.

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Tribute to seven Shelby county young men who made the supreme sacrifice in the war was paid at a memorial service Sunday afternoon in the high school auditorium. Rev. A.E. Monger delivered the memorial address. Climax of the program came when Miss Rosemary Laughlin, garbed as “Columbia,” presented a white chrysanthemum to the mother of each of the deceased young men.

75 Years

November 26, 1943

Ernest Zorn, as owner, and Raymond Ludwig, as tenant, were declared winners in the annual champion farm contest sponsored by the Sidney Kiwanis Club, when results of the fourth annual competition were announced at a dinner meeting at the Hotel Wagner Wednesday evening. John T. Brown, state director for agriculture, was the speaker for the program.

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Victor Taylor has been named choir director at the First Baptist Church. Taylor’s appointment was announced by the music committee composed of Mrs. S.C. Christian, chairman; Mrs. Addison Elston, and Mrs. J.W. Simmons. He will direct both choirs.

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Capt. Dick Flanagan of the Sidney High School Yellow Jackets was named to the first team of Ohio High School players selected by sports writers for International News Service and announced today. Flanagan was also tagged as the outstanding back in the state.

50 Years

November 26, 1968

A long-time landmark in downtown New Bremen will be demolished to permit improvement of the sight distance at the intersection of State Routes 66 and 274. The building was occupied by the New Bremen National Bank until 1960 and it presently being used as a village library. The purchase was made by the State Highway Department from Mrs. Grace Wint of 102 North Walnut street, New Bremen. The matter of demolition by the highway department will be reviewed in December. Meantime, library officials are seeking a location to continue their operation.

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ANNA – A 1958 graduate of Anna High School has been named director of the 80-piece marching band of Otterbein College, Westerville. He is Gary Tirey, 27, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Tirey of Anna, who credits a former Anna band director, Fred Loyer, with being his inspiration. Tirey graduated with a bachelor degree from Capital University, Columbus, and is presently doing graduate work at Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, a school for band directors only.

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Sidney’s water taste woes continued today, despite weekend attempts to reduce the problem by pumping more water from city wells into the system. City Water Supt. Donald Bowersox said today that the algae from the Miami River, the source of the taste problem, has actually increased. He blamed Saturday night’s rain. Bowersox said that the continued problem with Miami River water has prompted the thought that Sidney look at Mosquito Creek as a location for a new raw-water pumping location. The creek is spring-fed and shows a much lower amount of algae than the river, Bowersox said. Meanwhile, residents are beginning to take advantage of a spigot installed from a city water well on Canal street. The spigot is open for public use for drinking water during the current problem.

25 Years

November 26, 1993

There will be good local entertainment on December 10. The group Sh-Boom will be performing. They are very popular locally and will be putting on a holiday show. Also appearing on that night will be the Sweet Adelines.

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The Lehman High School Cavs football team is on a high. Their historic upset of number one ranked St. Henry was reported in a previous edition of this newspaper. Lehman is looking forward to playing Liberty Center. The Liberty Center Tigers have a record of 10-2. The game will be a State Semi-Final contest. If the Cavs win this game, they will advance to the State Championship. The action is in Division V.

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The Sidney Christian School is growing. Superintendent Dr. Vincent “Bud” Ford reported 104 children enrolled in grades kindergarten through 10. Board members are discussing whether or not to construct a new school on the property they own near Kuther Road northwest of the city of Sidney.

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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