May 17, 1897
A stranger was killed on the Big Four Railroad near the crossing of the Pasco and Port Jefferson pike east of here this morning. The body was found lying along the side of the tracks by the crew of an east-bound train about 7 o’clock this morning. It is not known when the accident occurred.
May 17, 1922
Religious education in the Sidney Public schools, based on the program of the Van Wert Schools, has received the sanction of the Sidney Board of Education and will be put into effect this fall. Miss Elsie E. Smith, of Iron River, Wisc., has been employed as instructor for the school year beginning in September. The program will be financed by the free-will offerings of interested citizens.
An enthusiastic meeting of the Holy Angels High school alumni organization was held last evening in the assembly room of the court house. Lionel A. Dickas was elected president; Margaret G. Dillion, vice president; Eileen A. Shea, secretary, and Lillian Ludlum, treasurer. Plans were discussed for the annual banquet in June for the Class of 1922.
May 17, 1947
An electric motor fire at the Shamrock Café early today prompted Fire Chief Kenneth Purnell to warn homeowners and business proprietors to have their electrical equipment checked. Damage was estimated at about $250 when the fire ruined a cooler motor and compressor. Purnell noted that much electrical gear is getting old, especially that in refrigerators and coolers.
“Good Old Ohio,” Frank Lucas’ proposed state song, will be aired on two occasions next Tuesday by a Columbus radio station, Representative Roy E. Harmony advised today. It will be sung over WOSU at the noon hour an again in the afternoon. Harmony said that committee members informed him not enough people knew about the song when he sought legislation to make it a state song.
At least four local owners will have cars entered in races at the Dayton Speedway on Sunday for the opening race of the season. The Elsass Brothers garage will have a car entered by Ed Carey. Other local men entered are: Bernard Santo and Harry Pulfer, of Port Jefferson, and Harry Stahl, Plattsville.
May 17, 1972
Big Tom Pitts will carry another proof of his cage ability with him, when he leaves next fall for Central Florida community college —- Most Valuable Player.
The 6-6 cage performer, who recently received a full “ride” from the Florida school for his cage services., was named MVP of the Fairlawn court crew at a testimonial dinner at the Fairlawn school.
May 17, 1997
RUSSIA – They went through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts together. It only seemed fitting that they both should receive the Eagle Scout rank during one Court of Honor.
Cousins Nick Timmerman, 18, and Brian Schulze, 19, received the Eagle Scout pins, the highest honor presented a Boy Scout, during a ceremony April 19 at the Catholic War Veterans hall at Russia.
The ceremony culminated a career in Scouting for both young men which began when they both entered Cub Scouts very early in grade school.
Schulze and Timmerman graduated from Russia High School at the end of last school year. Timmerman is now studying management information systems at Wright State University. Schulze has enrolled at the respected Nashville Auto Diesel School in Tennessee.
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