Friday, April 12, 1894
One of the most disastrous fires that ever visited DeGraff occurred there last night. Six business rooms, a hotel and two dwelling houses were entirely destroyed and several other buildings badly scorched. The fire started in the Big Four restaurant on Main Street owned by J.E. Earsom. Receiving a call for aid, Chief Covil and three members of the Sidney fire department loaded the engine and 1,000 feet of hose on a freight train for the run to DeGraff.
“Struck Gas,” a sparkling sensational comedy in four acts will be presented by a home talent cast at the Monumental opera house tonight.
100 years ago
Friday, April 12, 1919
Sensational developments are expected within the next few days in the matter of the attempted jail delivery of prisoners Thursday afternoon. The band saws found in the jail have been traced by county officials to the Sidney Hardware Co., where they were purchased by a stranger earlier in the week.
75 years ago
Friday, April 12, 1944
L.M. Jones, escaped serious injury this morning, when the fully loaded gasoline truck he was driving was forced off the road east of Sidney near the entrance to Camp Swazey. Jones told sheriff’s deputies he took to the ditch to avoid striking an army truck entering the highway from a side road.
Great forces of allied planes swarmed out from Britain to the continent today to conduct assaults which may mark a prelude to invasion of the continent.
50 years ago
Friday, April 12, 1969
The Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for heroism was posthumously awarded today to Army Specialist Four Gary W. Gross, of Jackson Center. The medal, plus eight other military decorations, were presented to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Gross.
The countywide Conservation Science Fair contest held by the Shelby S.W.C.D. was won by Randy McCracken, a sophomore at Sidney High School. Randy’s project showed the amounts of pollution he found in water samples from ten Shelby county streams. He concluded that many streams in the county have reached a highly polluted level.
25 years ago
Friday, April 12, 1994
Photo: Professor Harold Hill, played by Jamie Rapp, talks with Marin Paroo played by Lynn Helman, and Mrs. Paroo, played by Catherine Liggett, in this scene from “The Music Man.” Sidney High School students will present the musical Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Denise Bluhm is Sidney High School’s nominee for the 1994 Rae Burick Women in Sports Award. She will attend the Women in Sports award banquet at Dayton’s Hara Arena. Athletes from all over the Miami Valley will be recognized.
The international situation faces great danger. President Wilson has ordered the steamer George Washington to Brest and unless the situation improves and the position of the United States accepted, he will return home.
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