Out of the past

125 Years Ago

October 19, 1894

At the afternoon session of the bi-monthly teachers meeting Saturday, W.J. Emmons, county examiner, read a paper on “Examinations from the Examiner Standpoint”. In brief, he said, the examiner has a duty to perform with impartial judgement and to the best of his ability.


A large barn belonging to Anton Heigel, of Loramie township, was burned last evening with all its contents. Cause of the fire is unknown. This is the third or fourth barn burned in that vicinity within the last two years and the cause of the fires not accounted for. Evidently there is a fire bug in this vicinity who has a mania for burning barns.

100 Years Ago

October 19, 1919

The entire three-story Princehouse building, formerly the Metcalf building, at the corner of Court street and Main avenue, has been rented by W.H. Princehouse to the Campbell Furniture Co. Work on remodeling of the building will get underway at once. The first floor is presently occupied by Streit’s store, and the Favorite cigar and pool room. There are office rooms on the second floor and the Knights of Columbus order occupies the third floor.


For the second time within a week, a wreck occurred on the D.T. & I railroad in Jackson Center yesterday morning. Spreading rails were blamed for the wreck that piled up six cars loaded with coal. The locomotive also left the track, but the engineer and fireman jumped to safety.

75 Years Ago

October 19, 1944

A formal hearing will be held in the near future by the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether or not an election shall be held by employees of Copeland Refrigeration corporation to determine whether or not they shall be represented by an agency for the purpose of collective bargaining. The decision for the election was reached at a meeting this morning on the question at the company’s office.


American troops expanded their beachheads on Leyte, capturing Tacloban, but they failed to quickly link their two main positions. Several Japanese naval forces steamed toward the Philippines hoping to surprise and wreck the Leyte invasion fleet. In Europe, German soldiers finally surrendered in the border off Aachen, which has been reduced to ruins by the American assault.

50 Years Ago

October 19, 1969

Lowell Fowble, past chairman of the Shelby County Red Cross chapter, has been appointed by the Red Cross national co-chairman to serve as volunteer territorial fund chairman for units within the Combined Services Territory, (CST). Fowble, president of Citizens Baughman National Bank, will serve the CST which covers a 13-county area with headquarters in Dayton. Fowble is immediate past chairman of the Shelby County Chapter.


WASHINGTON- President Nixon has invited members of the House and Senate prayer groups to a White House prayer breakfast at which evangelist Billy Graham will speak. The breakfast will mark the “Day of Prayer” proclaimed by Nixon urging Americans to pray for”peace and justice for all the world”

25 Years Ago

October 19, 1994

VERSAILLES- The next time you see John Oliver of Versailles puttering around town in his unique electric car, you will probably do a double take. It looks like nothing you have seen before. But if you decide from that one glance that maybe it’s something you would like to have too, don’t ask Oliver where to get one. He dosen’t know. And while most drivers have to pull into a gas station to fill up when the tank runs dry, Oliver simply goes home and plugs his car into a 110 volt outlet. It usually takes all night to charge up the nine batteries. After that your ready to go about 50 miles. The car has a top speed of 40 miles per hour and the batteries should last up to 18,000 miles. Is this the car of the future? Who knows.


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