Out of the past


125 Years

September 2, 1891

The Sidney Broom Factory had a great many callers yesterday afternoon. Two pieces of new machinery were in operation for the first time. The balance of the machinery will be moved here from Urbana next week. It is believed everything will be in readiness by the latter part of the month, and full force of hands will be employed.

100 Years

September 2, 1916

A merry party of young people started out at 10 o’clock Labor Day to enjoy an all-day outing. They went by canoes to the home of Ralph Staley, three miles up the canal. Enjoying the affair were: Misses Oneta Norcross, Mary Loudenback, Stella Kenny, Lucille Henley, Miriam Inskeep, Dorothy Jones, Grace and Dorothy Morrison; Messrs. Harold Knauer, Leigh Lonsbury, Knox Pruden, George McKee, Andrew Roy, Martin McVay, Robert Kaser, and Walter Minnick.

75 Years

September 2, 1941

In response to a recent request from L.A. Gillett, district WPA manager at Cincinnati, City Service Director George Gould and County Engineer Earl Wooddell are considering the feasibility of removing the old traction car rails from the city’s streets. There are approximately 90 tons of old steel rail in the city limits from the Monumental building corner to the corporation limits beyond the fairgrounds. Gillet indicated that consideration is being given to removing all old rail in cities in this area. He estimates there are approximately 3,800 tons of municipally-owned rail available in the district.

50 Years

September 2, 1966

Damage is expected to exceed $50,000 as a result of Monday’s early morning fire at Johnson’s Holiday Bowling Lanes and Restaurant on Michigan Street.

Although flames and smoke caused heavy damage to the kitchen and cafeteria sections of the establishment, thanks to efforts of Sidney firemen and a firewall, damage in the bowling area was confined to smoke.

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CLEVELAND – Almost every day Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard stops by a desk calendar in his new $40,000 home and studies a certain date: Sept. 8, this Thursday. It is a Red Letter day – one he hopes will lead him to complete vindication.

On that day, Dr. Sheppard, whose conviction for the slaying of his first wife in 1954 was set aside last spring by the U.S. Supreme Court, is scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga county common pleas court. A date for his new trial may be set. He hopes it will be the final phase of his 12-year fight to prove his innocence.

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JACKSON CENTER – Undiscouraged by previous rejection of their pleas, Jackson Center and other communities on State Route 274 have launched another effort to get an interchange at Interstate 75 for the busy east-west route.

Sponsors of the interchange point out that the state already owns the right-of-way needed for the project, having acquired it at the time Interstate 75 was being constructed several years ago.

25 Years

September 2, 1991

Lehman High School has again been selected to receive a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities for the accomplishments during the 1990-1991 school year.

In addition to the school receiving a Governor’s Award, science department chairman Sister Virginia Scherer also will receive a Governor’s Award. The special Governor’s Awards will be presented by the Ohio Department of Education.

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“August was bad and September doesn’t look any better” for local employment, said Patricia Cagle, manager of the Sidney office of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services.

Shelby County had an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for July as compared to 6.8 percent the previous month, according to the latest figures released by the Ohio Bureau of Employment Service. The unemployment rate for July 1990 was 4.4 percent.

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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