125 Years Ago
With the advent of each anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Pythias order it has been the custom of Summit Lodge, of this city, to have something a little out of the ordinary. This was again true last night, when the lodge celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding, with a hall filled with Knights and their friends. A.J. Hess delivered the principal address of the evening.
Judging from the interest manifest last night, it would seem the revival at the M.E. Church had not yet reached the climax. The house could not accommodate the crowd.
100 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1919
The voters of Jackson Center were almost unanimous in their decision at the election Tuesday on the proposal to issue bonds for the securing of electric current for that place. The vote on the proposition, calling for issuance of $15,000 in bonds, carried by 103 in favor with eight against. Arrangements will be made to have the current furnished by the Western Ohio railroad.
Sheriff McVay has stepped up scrutiny of prisoners in his custody at the county jail. The action was taken after the sheriff discovered that work had been begun to carve out two large stones at the rear of the jail corridor near where other attempts have been made to pry stones loose in previous years.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1944
Assistant State Fire Marshal Ira Knisley, of Dayton was in Sidney today to investigate an alleged arson attempt at the Sidney Farmers Exchange , West Poplar street, early this morning. The attempt to set fire to the grain elevator was found about 2:30 a.m. by Merchant Policeman Carl Carter, when he discovered a window on the west side of the mill was broken. Further investigation revealed oily waste material wrapped around a box of safety matches had been tossed through the window into the manager’s office.
Maj. Harold Zeally, executive officer for all Salvation Army operations in southwestern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky, will be the guest speaker tonight at the dinner meeting in the Church of Christ, opening there annual campaign of the Salvation Army.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1969
Fishing licenses for 1969 are on sale in Clerk of Courts Thaleon Blake’s office in the Shelby County courthouse. A license costs $42.35 at Blake’s office. Persons under 18 years of age can fish without a license . Blake said the fisherman 70 years old and older can buy a permanent license for $1.35.
Police officers on those lonely night shifts sometimes get almost poetic in their observations . Item from the police blotter today at 1:26 a.m. “Maiden saved, bat destroyed and removed from house.”
25 Years Ago
Local residents may have noticed there seem to be fewer children around. This should not be surprising. According to information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, there are not as many children in Shelby County as there have been in the past .The Census Bureau’s recently issued a report, “Fertility of American Women” June, 1992, indicates that this trend is likely to continue at least for the rest of the century. The final report from the 1990 census that the number of people aged 17 years or less in Shelby County has declined from 14,130 in 1980 to 13,443 in 1990 or by 4.9 percent.
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