Out of the past

125 Years

July 23, 1891

There will be a meeting in the office of the Peoples Savings and Loan association this evening for the purpose of organizing a house building association. There is a growing demand for houses in Sidney and an arrangement is in the making for the erection of at least 50. The object of the meeting is to adopt a wholesale plan and arrange for an architect.


Mrs. Rachel Ayers and Mrs. A.L. Wilson gave a charming musical last evening in honor of Miss Mayme Davis of Lima, who is the guest of Miss Jessie Wilson. The occasion was the assemblage of about 50 guests, many from out of town, at the beautiful new home of Mrs. Ayers on Walnut Hills, to do honor to the talented young violinist.

100 Years

July 23, 1916

Miss Davison, the visiting nurse who has spent the past month here under the auspices of the Red Cross Society of Columbus, has returned to that city. In addition to 160 sick calls made, she attended 7 meetings of local organizations with a view to securing financial support for the locating of a permanent visiting nurse in the city. Eight of thee have responded, pledging $730 for such a program. The sum of $1,500 is deemed necessary to secure a permanent visiting nurse for Sidney.


On Sunday, Dan Filburn will have his big opening at Filburn’s Landing. The beauty spot is located on Green Island, three miles northeast of Fort Loramie. There will be amusements and a good time for everyone, young and old.

75 Years

July 23, 1941

The “Know Mississippi Better” train, which will arrive in Sidney on Thursday, will be stationed between North Street and Wilkinson Avenue, Frank Beeson, New York Central Railroad Agent, reported today. The 13 coaches and locomotive will be run downtown to the switch tracks. The train will remain in Sidney approximately one hour, affording local residents an opportunity to visit it. Sidney is one of the two Ohio stops on the train’s territory. The other is Marion. Approximately 200 people make up the party.


Appearing under the direction of Wilbur Piper, the Sidney band will present its first concert of the season Thursday evening on the east side of the public square.

50 Years

July 23, 1966

COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK – Ted Williams and Casey Stengel – the major leagues’ last .400 hitters and one of the most successful managers in history – will be formally inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame next Monday on the site legend says the game was invented.

Two of the most colorful personalities the game has known, as well as two of the greatest, Williams and Stengel will be inducted by Commissioner William Eckert during brief ceremonies behind the national museum, but the big moment will be when Eckert unveils the plaques commemorating the achievements of Williams and Stengel.


Half of today’s farm jobs will have been eliminated through automation and mechanization by the year 1980, and some crops which today are harvested by men will be brought in primarily by women, according to a survey by the California agricultural training advisory committee.

Labor saving equipment is currently available in the commercial market, or as prototype models, for the harvesting of 20 different row crops, the committee said.

25 Years

July 23, 1991

The new ODOT District 7 garage was recently dedicated. The entire project cost $3.2 million. The ODOT workers will now have access to a new 28,000 square foot garage and a 12,000 square foot salt storage barn. Heading up the ceremonies were Ronald Zook, the assistant ODOT director for Ohio and Sidney Mayor Bill McMillen.


The Shelby County Genealogical Society members were entertained and educated by a good speaker last week. She was Jill Davidson. She gave a program on her three month trip to England and Ireland. She described the beautiful country side and her efforts to locate family. The meeting was led by SCGS president Daniel Croy.


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