Out of the past

125 Years

January 19, 1897

An executive session of the council was held last night to consider the matter of giving the Underwood Whip Co. a deed for its plant. No action was taken. On account of the whip company having become a branch of the United States Whip Co., the members of council want a satisfactory guarantee for the future running of the plant. There are, however, no indications that the plant will be shut down as it is doing a very good business.


The annual meeting of the Shelby County Agricultural Institute was held today in the assembly room of the court house with about 50 members of the society present. The following officers were named; H. Guthrie, president; E.W. Stowell, vice president; J.E. Russell, secretary, and O.J. Taylor, treasurer

100 Years

January 19, 1922

The Mall Theatre building on North Main avenue was sold on Saturday by the Henry Wilson heirs to Staley Bryan. The consideration is reported at $18,000. Mr. Bryan states that he purchased the building as a business investment and has no plans concerning it for the future.


The Richard Brown Co., for which incorporation papers were filed last week, will take over the business of the Brown Manufacturing Co., makers of the famous Brown’s E-Z Laundry Tablets. In addition to manufacturing and marketing the tablet, the company plans to add to the line, high class laundry, toilet and household tablets, soaps, etc. Richard Brown, originator of the E-Z wash tablet is president and general treasurer, and Earl Lee, secretary and general sales manager.


Motor Cop Joe Layman notified several autoists today who had not secured their 1922 license to appear at the mayor’s office. Mayor Trout did not assess any fines but warned that licenses must be secured at once.

75 Years

January 19, 1947

At their meeting earlier this week, the stockholders of the First National Exchange Bank named the following officers and directors; W.R. Anderson, president; W.F. Kingseed, vice president; C.M. Fogt, cashier; L.C. Wagner, C.R. Anderson, F.P. Thedieck, Taylor Cummins, and William Amos.


The Shelby County American Red Cross disaster preparedness and relief committee was reorganized and revitalized at a meeting held last evening in the Ohio Building. A.N. Hemmert was named chairman of the committee, with Arthur Tremain serving as vice chairman.


Shareholders of the three Sidney savings and loan associations, re-elected members to the board of directors for three year terms during their annual meetings yesterday afternoon. At the First Federal, Frank Amann and Urban Doorley were named; Paul Kemper and William Amos were elected at the People’s Federal, and at the Mutual Federal, Dr. A.B. Gudenkauf, Dr. D.R. Millette, George Ehrhardt, and Charles Wyman were named.

50 Years

January 19, 1972

Saturday night at Sidney High, the Anna Rockets handed the Lehman Cavaliers their third defeat of the season in a thrilling 78-70 double-overtime encounter. Dick Tebbe was the Rocket’s high point man with 18 points.

25 Years

January 19, 1997

The study of insects at the University of Purdue proved interesting enough for Andrew Nuss of Sidney that he switched his major from his initial choice of forestry. Then the chance to study abroad provided him with an even greater opportunity to enrich his knowledge and further pique his interest.

From July through December, Nuss attended Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, to further his studies in entomology (the study of insects) and to concentrate on this land down-under’s indigenous species.

The 20-year-old son of Donald and Jacqueline Nuss also used the opportunity to create some memories.

While there, Nuss took classes about the native people, ecology, human ecology and insect pest control.

He also learned the importance of writing. Nuss remarked the universities in New Zealand required more written reports and essays, as well as more developed communication skills.


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