Out of the past

125 Years

November 30, 1893

Only three members of the council attended the called meeting last night. It has been six weeks since we have had a council meeting. This should not be the case. When men are working for $1.25 a day and have to wait until their bills are approved and then go and discount their orders to get what they need to live on, members of council ought to be prompt and not cause laborers any more delays than necessary.


The Knights of the Golden Eagle are moving from their old hall in the Burkhart block to their new quarters over DeWeese’s store today.


Fristoe, Stuart and Co., dealers in agricultural implements, have dissolved partnership. Mr. Fristoe retired from the firm.

100 Years

November 30, 1918

William Cathcart, who resides in the six-story block, was reported improved today after a tree was blown over on his buggy during the windstorm last night. Cathcart was driving along Wilkinson avenue when the tree came down on his buggy, crushing it. He received severe head injuries.


Members of the senior and junior classes at Sidney High school were hosts to their parents at a reception in the high school Wednesday evening. A special program was presented in the auditorium, following the welcome by Willard Heck, president of the senior class. Refreshments were served in the dining room at the conclusion of the program.


George Bush, Kerr Cary, Bart Saxby and Roy Redinbo have arrived home after a deer hunt of several weeks at Jackson, Maine. They brought six deer home with them. These have been placed on exhibition at the home of Mr. Carey on South Ohio avenue.

75 Years

November 30, 1943

Reports on the 4,781 x-rays completed yesterday by National X-Ray Surveys, Inc., for the Shelby County Tuberculosis and Health Association will be received in about six weeks, it was said today. Only those persons whose x-rays show signs of trouble will be contacted.


Seven men from this area have completed a two-day training school on income tax schedules, with special emphasis on farming. Held by the Internal Revenue Service in Toledo, the program was to have local men available to assist farmers in the preparation of their returns. The group included: Henry Feldman, Minster; Earl F. Helman, R.R. 6, Sidney; C.L. Buirley, Jackson Center; Ray Michael, Conover; G.R. Brandt, Kettlersville; A.C. Dill, Pemberton, and William Joslin, R.R. 2, Sidney.


Mrs. Wallace McClure was elected president of Miss Ida Hall’s Sunday school class at the First Presbyterian Church, when members met last evening. Miss Emilie Benjamin was named vice president; Miss Ruth Wyann, secretary, and Mrs. Ford Doren, treasurer.

50 Years

November 30, 1968

BOTKINS – Quick action by Botkins volunteer firemen, backed up by four other area departments, stopped what could have been a major fire at a Botkins Feed & Grain Co. elevator here Wednesday afternoon. Firemen were called to the elevator, located on County Road 25A, just south of State street, about 2:15 p.m. Botkins Fire Chief Bob Kennedy said. The fire, which seemed to have started around a belt that runs from top to bottom in the elevator, had already taken hold in the top story of the tall structure. “We got to the fire right away,” Kennedy said, explaining how firemen were able to bring it under control in just 20 minutes.


Randy McCracken, son of Mr. and Mrs. James McCracken, R.R. 2, Piqua, is winner of a trip to the 47th National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. A state 4-H winner in swine, young McCracken will travel to Chicago with 32 other Ohio 4-H delegates to the annual congress which will convene Dec. 1 through Dec. 5 at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. Randy has shown grand champions at the Ohio State Fair and now has a herd of 15 sows and five gilts.


QUINCY – Patti McCann, Riverside High School senior, was in Chicago last week where she attended the National Youth Conference on the Atom. Patti was one of the 15 student delegates chosen from the Dayton Power and Light sponsoring area in which there are over 140 high schools.

25 Years

November 30, 1993

It looks like the vehicular homicide case involving a Fort Loramie woman will be proceeding to trial. Karie Mauer has been charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of Harold and Marianne McDaniel. Miss Mauer, age 19, struck the motorcycle on which the McDaniels were riding. Both occupants of the motorcycle were killed. Mauer’s attorney David B. Shuffleton had previously filed a motion to disqualify attorney John Schmitt from presiding over the trial. The affidavit cited the bias and prejudice of Judge Schmitt. Thomas Moyer, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, ruled no bias was demonstrated and the trial should go forward.


Western Auto will be closing. The auto parts store has been in business 50 years. It was operated for many years by Ken Hottle. Mr. Hottle sold the business to his son Curt in 1991. Curt Hottle reported too much competition from bargain-priced auto stores in the area as the main culprit. Western Auto will be missed.


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