Out of the past

125 Years

July 27, 1891

A safety switch has been placed near the Walnut Avenue crossing of the transfer track for the two railways. The grade is very steep and cars have a tendency to run away, when not closely watched. The safety switch opens in such a manner that the car cannot pass.


The confidence men who swindled Burkhart Shoe Store out of a pair of shoes on Friday, also beat Young Brothers out of a bill of gent’s furnishing goods. One fellow bought and paid for the goods and had laid them aside for future call. The purchaser than sent rascal No. 2 for the property and it was given to him. But No. 1 then called and denied sending for the goods. Of course he got others.

100 Years

July 27, 1916

The Boosters’ trip to Kirkwood last night was a huge success. Led by the band, approximately 100 automobiles paraded around the courthouse square before leaving for the village. A number of other Sidney people made the trip later in the evening, with one of the largest crowds in the history of the community on hand.


Health Officer Schlagetter reported this morning that he had placed five homes in Sidney under quarantine because of infantile paralysis. In two cases, there has been a definite diagnosis of the disease while youngsters in the other three homes have been exposed.


The Sidney Retail merchants will run an excursion to Cedar Point on Lake Erie next Thursday. On that occasion, all of the stores in the city will close for the day.

75 Years

July 27, 1941

American Legion officials today reported they were well pleased with the initial contributions for the USO Fund received from two precincts in Sidney. The two returns reported today amounted to more than $100.


Mrs. John Offenbacher, Mrs. Robert Watson, Mrs. Fred Dull and daughter, Dorothy, have returned home from a week’s motor trip to Iowa, where they were guests of relatives.

50 Years

July 27, 1966

The 1966 Shelby County Fair became more of a reality in the past two days with the arrival of the first of the rides that will dot the grounds during the exhibition.

First ride to be sent in by the Nolan Amusement Co. of Columbus, was the traditional merry-go-round without which no fair would hardly be complete.

Both senior and junior fair board members were seen on the grounds Monday, engaged in manual labor in the task of putting the various buildings and accessory equipment into condition for the fair which gets underway Saturday.

And here’s something important – telephones are being installed at both the office of secretary William F. Stewart and in the junior fair headquarters. They will be ready for use Thursday morning.


The annual week camp for Sidney Altrusans ended Sunday. The camp was held at Slaters Cottage, Orchard Island, Indian Lake.

Spending the week were Mrs. W.J. Emmons, Mrs. Raymond Sexauer, Miss Dorothy Morrison, Miss Virginia Oldham, Miss Lois Williamson and Miss Miriam Ginn.

25 Years

July 27, 1991

The community knows all about the furor surrounding the new county jail, the preferred downtown location and the sales tax passed based upon the representation the downtown site would be used. In the midst of this, Sheriff Lenhart resigned. He will be going to the BCI in London, Ohio. His interview reflecting on his years as sheriff is in the paper today. He did not mention the new jail.


There will be a new monument on the courtsquare. A group representing the Desert Storm veterans met with the Shelby County Commissioners. There were some heated words exchanged between commissioner Sonny Meyer and Faye Barras, the leader of the group. Barras wanted a large monument with the names of all those who served on it, or what is called a living memorial. Meyer replied, “I will never support a living memorial.” The commissioners agreed to a small monument with no names on it. The location will be determined.


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