Out of the Past


100 Years

May 19, 1916

W. H. Barlup and James McGuire had narrow escapes from serious burns or death about 2 o’clock this afternoon when the Standard Oil Co. tank truck exploded while they were filling tanks on the east side of the Bimel Auto plant on North Miami avenue. The men first noticed the fire around the faucet on the tank truck and before they could get the line disconnected, the end of the tank blew out and flames leaped up the side of the building, breaking windows and setting fire to the wood casings. Fortunately the fire did not reach the tank in the building which contained some 400 gallons of gasoline. There was only a small amount of gasoline in the truck when the tank blew out. Firemen were on the scene promptly to put out the blaze.

75 Years

May 19, 1941

Reports from all sections of the county and the surrounding area indicate that the loss from yesterday’s high wind storm will run into a substantial figure, with practically every section of the county feeling the brunt of the storm. One insurance company already had received 600 claim reports up to noon today. The only personal injury reported as a result of the storm was Dr. William Sanderson, 218 South Miami avenue. He suffered a broken right shoulder and fractured left wrist and arm, when he fell from the roof of his farm home, east of the city. He was attempting to make some repairs to the roof damaged by the storm when he fell.

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Sidney High School today received the highest honors in the state when its scholarship team was awarded a superior rating at Columbus for the showing made recently in the state scholarship tests. Youngstown, Boardman, Portsmouth, Troy and Uhrichsville also received superior ratings. Two Sidney students were first in the state in individual ratings. David Lantz was first in general science and Dorothy J. Taylor first in French I.

50 Years

May 19, 1966

Shelby County winner in the Ohio traffic safety slogan-essay contest is Mary Ann Stang of R. R. 1, Fort Loramie. Her winning slogan was “Do Your Share, Drive with Care.”

Each county winner receives a certificate of merit from Warren C. Nelson, director of the Ohio Department of Highway Safety.

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DEGRAFF – Sherry Madden has been informed that she has been selected to attend National Science Foundation Institute this summer at the State University of New York in Buffalo. She will attend the NSF foundation Secondary Science Training Program in mathematics. The primary purpose is to bring outstanding students in direct contact with college teachers and research scientists.

25 Years

May 19, 1991

A veteran of fixing up victims of street violence and traffic accidents in northeast Ohio, Dr. David Cloney was no stranger to operating under duress when he went to the Persian Gulf. It was that experience that helped the local surgeon cope with the hectic pace of the opening stages of Operation Desert Storm’s ground war.

Cloney, 38, 760 Hoewisher Road, who is a partner in Shelby County Surgical Associates, recently returned from several months of active service in the Persian Gulf. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Cloney was the only doctor assigned to the 5th MASH (Medical Army Surgical Hospital) unit who was not in the regular Army.

Before coming to Sidney last year, Cloney served his residency at a hospital in the Youngstown area that was known as the “knife and gun club” because the medical staff spent a great deal of time treating victims of violent crime. Cloney said the experience in the Youngstown area trauma unit was valuable in preparing him for the rapid decisions that had to be made in treating victims of the Persian Gulf War.

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These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (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 (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org