125 years ago
March 17, 1896
The C.H. & D. railroad is contemplating running a north and south limited from Detroit to New Orleans, the train to have all the modern conveniences and luxuries and to be as speedy as any east and west flyer in the country.
Another meeting of the citizens of Loramies and vicinity was held last night to talk over the two proposed electric railways through that village, the Lima-Piqua line and the Sidney-St. Marys line. A committee was selected to investigate the two companies with a view to giving unanimous support to the one thought most beneficial to that community. The committee consists of Dr. J.A. Costolo, John Inderrieden, John Barhorst, William Sherman and J.H. Rottinghaus.
100 years ago
March 17, 1921
The fourth Shelby County Red Cross clinic was held this morning at the Emergency hospital at which three children were operated on for the removal of their tonsils. The operating was done by Dr. A.W. Hobby and Dr. A.W. Grossvenor, assisted by Drs. Edward, Anderson and Gudenkauf.
At the meeting of council last night, Councilman Hewitt spoke of the ways the city’s motorcycle is being used and recommended council take some action in the matter. He said a side-car had been placed on the motorcycle and that it was reported it was being used on various occasions by officers while not on their official duties. In another action, council authorized the clerk to revise and codify the general ordinances of the city.
75 years ago
March 17, 1946
Five separate places in as many different parts of the county were broken into last night with money apparently the object of the culprits as nothing else of value was reported missing either to the police of sheriff. Victims of the breakins were: Anna Farmers Exchange, the C. and T. Oil Co., Magaw Asphalt Co., Parkwood school and Sherman’s Filling station.
The Jackson Center Grange degree team initiated a class of 91 candidates in the third and fourth degree at the meeting of the Houston grange last week. The class was the largest ever to receive the degrees in the history of the Shelby county grange. The new class brings membership of the Houston grange in excess of 150.
50 years ago
March 17, 1971
Police Sgt. Louis Bernard has been named acting police chief by City Manager Leo Nelson, pending appointment of a permanent successor to retired Chief John L. Warner.
Bernard had declined to seek the permanent appointment at a deadline last week. The examination was opened to the corporals last week after only one of the three sergeants, Robert Baseore, agreed to take the civil service examination. Law requires that the examination be competitive.
Sidney’s police will soon be riding in air-conditioned comfort. And in Chevrolets. City council last night told City Manager Leo Nelson to add option air conditioning to three new police cruisers.
The contract for the three units goes to Glasscock Chevrolet Inc., the firm with the low bid at the opening March 5. Total price of the three units is $10,275, with a trade allowance of $1,757 for three used cruisers, or a net of $8,518. The air conditioning units bring the final price to $9,403.
25 years ago
March 17, 1996
Some area residents were able to view the famed comet Hyakutake, as it raced across the sky. It was the brightest comet to be seen in 20 years. It was visible just below the Big Dipper and “looked like a fuzzy snowball,” according to some viewers.
Two area residents have entered pleas of not guilty in the pipe bombing case. The bomb was place at the residence of James Frye, Village of Jackson Center Police Chief. It exploded, but no one was hurt.
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