Out of the Past


100 Years

May 23, 1916

At their regular meeting yesterday, the county commissioners instructed the county engineer to prepare plans, specifications and estimates for building and rebuilding 15 bridges in the county. Included is a concrete arch bridge over Tilberry run on North Miami avenue.

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During the night someone stole the tube from the large thermometer belonging to S.B. Purnell on the south side of the square. Purnell says that he will give a liberal award for information leading to arrest and conviction of the thief.

75 Years

May 23, 1941

Winds of cyclonic force struck Shelby county for the second time in less than a week yesterday afternoon, and the fury of the storm seemed to take a heavier toll of damage in the vicinity of Anna than in another section of the county. A large brick chimney at the town hall was toppled, falling through the roof and causing interior damage. Portions of the roof were blown from a number of buildings in the Anna area.

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Frank F. Amann, secretary of the First Federal Savings and Loan association, was elected president of Group Three of the Ohio Savings and Loan league at the annual meeting of the group held yesterday in Lima. Amann had served as vice president during the past year.

50 years

May 23, 1966

Homer English, of Troy, a former Sidney resident is recuperating in a Fort Wayne, Ind. Hospital, from severe injuries he received in a traffic accident near that city last week.

English was en route to his home from Iowa, where he had been teaching a photography course, when a semi-trailer outfit jack-knifed in front of his small truck on the slippery highway on the outskirts of Fort Wayne. To avoid colliding with the larger vehicle, English swung his truck to the left side of the highway and it rolled down a 20-foot embankment, flipping over on its top. English will probably be confined to St. Joseph Hospital for at least three weeks.

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The warmest day of the year to date was recorded Monday when the mercury climbed to an 83 degree reading. Dave Fette, observer, recorded this during the afternoon at the government cooperating weather station, north of the city. The overnight low was 63 degrees.

25 Years

May 23, 1991

The biggest crowds in the history of the Shelby county MayFest turned out for a parade extending from the Shelby County Fairgrounds through the downtown area. The two-mile parade was sponsored by The Sidney Daily News in observance of its 100th anniversary.

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NEW YORK (AP) – After years of saying maybe, Johnny Carson has made it official. He has told NBC affiliates that in next May he’ll end what will have been a 30-year reign as host of the “Tonight” show.

NBC spokesman Curt Block declined today to comment on speculation that Jay Leno, 41, Carson’s permanent substitute host on the late-night show since June 1987, will succeed the silver-haired Carson.

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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