Out of the past

125 Years

July 21, 1891

A director of the Shelby County Fair said this morning that is discouraging to the fairground committee to recommend year after year the removal of a number of old sheds on the fairgrounds. He said there never seemed to be any money for rebuilding sheds to take the place of old ones, and like the poor, they will probably be with us always. The sheds are in the most public part of the grounds. The money resulting from their rental during the fair is certainly a small item – not enough to compensate for their bad looks. To raze them might encourage the fair board fully as much as it would improve the appearance of the place.


The executive committee of the teachers’ institute is authorized to say that the examiners are very desirous to have the teachers attend the institute and they take cognizance of this when granting certificates and give those who attend the advantage of an increased per cent.

100 Years

July 21, 1916

Dr. Glenn Frank, of Boston, prominent sociologist, gave an inspiring address when he spoke on world conditions at the Chautauqua tent last evening. Despite the extremely warm weather, a large crowd was on hand for the program. Ida M. Tarbell, noted woman publicist and magazine writer, will speak this evening.


All the youngsters of the junior Chautauqua under nine years of age, about 40 in number, enjoyed an outing yesterday afternoon at Tawawa Lake and Mosquito Creek. Miss Harper, the leader was in charge and was assisted by Misses Helen Michael, Hazel Moser and Marcella Altenbach. The children were taught to swim and enjoyed a number of outdoor games. A picnic dinner was enjoyed by the group.

75 Years

July 21, 1941

Lightning struck the west bell tower of the Methodist Church during the electrical storm yesterday afternoon knocking off considerable tile from both the tower and the auditorium roofs. Insurance adjustors this morning estimated the damage of $350.


A car of Miss Dorothy Morrison, reported to police as stolen from a garage on Crescent Drive during the night, was recovered later this morning in the yard of the McCloskey School House southeast of Sidney. All four wheels had been stripped from the car, the spare tire and battery taken along with everything else on the outside that could be removed. The car was locked and must have been pushed from the garage and pulled to the school location.

50 years

July 21, 1966

The Sidney Lucky Barrel had a winner this week and she is Mrs. Ada Kaser, wife of Fred R. Kaser, 307 Hall Street. The amount was $200.00. Mrs. Kaser’s name was selected at the weekly award ceremony Tuesday at Steinle’s Drug Store.


Although Sidney residents have become used to spelling the city’s name that way, it was not so intended by the founders, County Recorder Fred Linder told members of the Sidney Optimist Club, at their luncheon meeting Tuesday in Johnson’s Banquet House.

In the beginning, it was spelled Sydney and his office has the original plat of the town to prove it, dated March 14, 1820. He has deeds dating back to 1819, Linker said, in discussing the recorder’s office responsibilities. He did not explain whether the spelling of the name was ever legally changed or just sanctioned by custom after somebody who couldn’t spell made a mistake.

25 Years

July 21, 1991

The jail is the continued topic of hot debate around town. The May 1991 levy was presented as having a tax exemption for motor vehicles, boats and related items. The levy passed with that assumption in mind. Now the county commissioners have learned there will be no exemption and the sales tax levy will apply to all those unites. The people are upset and feel the issue was passed by the voters based on misrepresentation the vehicles would not be taxed. Sherif resigned last week amid the controversy.


The Shelby County Open has a new champ. He is Piqua native Tony Zender. Zender completed the Oaks course in a 4 under par and played the Moose adequately. He finished carding a 141. Close behind were Jeff Cotner and Dave Russell. This is his fist Open win.


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