Out of the past


125 Years

November 29, 1893

John Steinle has purchased B.B. Amann’s interest in the Elks café and saloon and is now the sole proprietor. He intends making some improvements among which will be a dining room for ladies in the second floor.

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The barbers of Sidney will close their shops at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon for the remainder of the day in observance of Thanksgiving.

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The Sidney School Furniture Co. reduced their force of workmen this week in order to enable the firm to change patterns and add several new machines that are required to meet the growing demand for their goods. They hope to be in full operation with an increased force of workmen by the 15th of December.

100 Years

November 29, 1918

Shelby county is still $25,000 short of its quota of War Savings Stamps and the committee has appealed to the school children to put the county over the top. It was noted that the shortage represents an average of $1 for each man, woman and child in Shelby county.

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Carl Tunks has been elected master of the Unity Grange. The meeting held earlier this week was the first since September because of the prevalence of influenza. W.D. Littlejohn was named overseer; Mrs. Margaret Tunks, lecturer; Clarence Sidle, steward; Ralph Clayton, assistant steward; N.C. Enders, chaplain; F.M. Clayton, treasurer; A.C. Dill, secretary.

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There will be services at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Thanksgiving morning at 11 o’clock and at 7:30 in the evening. A concert and a baby contest will be held in the evening, after which there will be a jitney supper.

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The government has issued orders to discontinue the collecting of fruit pits and nut shells.

75 Years

November 29, 1943

Pvt. John Davis, Jr. said a “hello” over the radio this morning heard over the Blue network program “Breakfast at Sardi’s,” in Hollywood. In training on the west coast, Davis is the son of John Davis, Sr. of Jackson Center, and was employed at the Sidney Furniture Co. before his induction into the U.S. Army.

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Lloyd Westerbeck was named master of the Anna Community Grange, when members met last evening. Serving with him will be C.N. Duckworth, overseer; Edith Petty, lecturer; Minnie Hulsmeyer, chaplain; C.W. Brackney, steward; Mrs. Lloyd Westerbeck, secretary; Al Hulsmeyer, treasurer; Charles Wrigley, assistant steward; Mrs. Charles Wrigley, lady assistant.

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Clarence Wildermuth, of Maplewood, is in Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment of a severely injured hand. He caught the hand in a corn picker Saturday.

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Secretary of State Cordell Hull today branded European rumors that a German peace move is underway as a Nazi-inspired effort to impair the “vigor of the war situation on the allied side.”

50 Years

November 29, 1968

Ernie V. Smith, R.R. 1, Botkins, missed out on a bundle of Christmas money, when his name came up for the Lucky Barrel at Flint’s Electric Tuesday afternoon. He had not registered. The barrel is now at Kaufman’s where the $600 amount still awaits some fortunate individual.

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The Shelby County sheriff’s department will make Thanksgiving Day as nice as possible for those who must spend it behind bars. Jail cook Mrs. Alice Laws, the sheriff’s wife, said the following menu is being prepared: roast turkey, candied sweet potatoes, oyster dressing, escalloped corn, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee. Sure beats bread and water.

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City officials feel they have confirmed that a draw-down at Indian Lake is the root cause of the off-tasting water supply for the past week. City Public Works Director Roger Hoersten and Water Supt. Don Bowersox visited Indian Lake Tuesday and talked to the state’s lake manager. Bowersox today commended Sidney residents for their tolerance during the taste dilemma. While Bowersox is the first to admit the water taste is bad, he said all of the water department’s telephone complainants have been generally diplomatic.

25 Years

November 29, 1993

Lindsey Cox is a lucky man. He resides at 226 N. West Avenue in Sidney. Cox, at 30, was pinned underneath his car while he was working on it and a jack slipped, pinning him. His wife heard the commotion and was able to partially jack the car back up. Sidney Fire Department personnel responded. Ron Wolfe from the Fire Department reported airbags needed to be used to raise the car sufficiently in order to extract Mr. Cox from underneath the car. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

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The football game was not close. Liberty Center whipped the Lehman Cavs 34-7. The reason: turnovers. Lehman had five turnovers, four of which were fumbles. Liberty Center’s Chris Ward amassed 233 yards rushing. Ryan Sollman, the gifted running back for the Cavs, was only able to garner 106 yards on 21 carries.

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian is in the news. The Michigan physician was at his home when police raided it the other day. Apparently, they did not have a warrant. The raid was conducted in order to find evidence he was performing assisted suicides. Kevorkian admits he helped 20 people commit suicide since 1990.

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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