Out of the past

125 Years

January 15, 1897

The mostly recent addition to Sidney’s manufacturing enterprises is the Bimel Carriage Works. Situated on the ground formerly occupied by the old wheel works along the line of the Big Four railroad, on North Miami avenue, it has one of the best factory sites in the city. Moved here from St. Marys during the past fall, the concern is just beginning to get fairly underway. Some 25 to 30 people are already employed and this number will increase as the different departments get started.


The oil boom has struck Loramies. A company has been organized of which the following are stockholders: John Barhorst, William Sherman, F.C. Willman, John Burger, and Frank Schumaker. They have already leased some 700 acres and it is their intention to put down a well on the Arkenburg farm.

100 Years

January 15, 1922

At the annual meeting of the Shelby County fair board Saturday afternoon, the board reorganized with the electing of H.M. Martin, president; J.F. Flinn, vice president; J.E. Russell, secretary, and L.E. Marrs, treasurer. Harry Meeker was elected to fill the vacancy existing in Orange township.


Thoma’s Jewelry store has moved into their new store room. It is located three doors south of their former location on the east side of the square, formerly occupied by Amann Jewelry story. A formal opening of the new store room will be held later.


Bonus application blanks for some 250 World War veterans were filled out this morning at the court house. The court room was a busy place as the committee of county lawyers organized a group of volunteers to assist the veterans in filling out their applications. Several manufacturers made available typists and others came from the high school classes.

75 Years

January 15, 1947

An organization to be known as the industrial advisory committee, to establish further cooperation between the city’s industries and the Sidney High school co-op program was formed last night at a session held in Supt. F.B. Louy’s office. Leo Poppe, representing employees at Sidney Machine Tool Co., was named chairman, with E.J. Hammann, coordinator of the co-op program at the high school, named secretary.


The Rainbow Assembly for Girls in Sidney began its active functioning as a new junior girls’ organization last evening, when the initial meeting of its first year was held in the dining room of the Masonic temple. Jayne Albers, first worthy advisor of the assembly, presided over the session last night.

50 Years

January 15, 1972

Ron McCrum, manager of Kayser’s Shoes, was elected 1972 president of the Sidney Downtown Merchant’s Association at a meeting Thursday.


The Shelby County Board of Elections is starting a new year off right…down the hall. In others words, they’ve moved.

The Shelby County Motor Club (AAA) held the office space until last summer, when they moved to 122 South Main street, next to The Famous.

25 Years

January 15, 1997

MIDDLETOWN —- Four area high school students, who were nominated to attend the military academies were honored Thursday night at a reception hosted by U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-West Chester.

Sidney High School student Jason Blindauer of Sidney was nominated to attend the Army and Navy academies; New Bremen High School Senior Shad Gill of New Bremen to the Naval Academy; Minster High School senior Ryan Prenger of Minster to the Air Force, Army, Navy and Merchant Marine academies; and Sidney High School senior Jeremiah Wildermuth of Sidney to the Air Force and Army academies.

“Each of these young men and women have distinguished themselves as proven leaders with integrity and character in a variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements.” Boehner said. “They’ve served their communities and schools and now are willing to take on the challenge of serving our country.”


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