Out of the past

125 Years

September 8, 1891

There are repairs being made on the gas line that may necessitate the turning off the gas on Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12o’clock.

100 Years

September 8, 1916

Bids on the new fire truck opened at noon today by the safety director. Six bids were received, all of which were within $300 of each other, varying from $5450 to $5750.

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The first day of the big Shelby county fair opened this morning under most auspicious circumstances and a visit to the grounds found everything in a hustle and bustle. The biggest tent ever erected on the grounds by the Wolfe Awning and Tent Co. houses a number of mercantile exhibits. Arrangements were completed today for a balloon ascension each of the next three afternoons from the center of the race track.

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Advantages of the city manager type of government were explained by Switzer, a member of the Dayton city commission, when he spoke at the high school auditorium last evening. In his remarks, the speaker emphasized his address was purely educational and not designed to influence anyone on the adoption of such a form of government here.

75 Years

September 8, 1941

Rev. Anthony Moeller, pastor of St. Michael’s church at Fort Loramie, was resting comfortably today after suffering injuries in an accident while enroute to Cincinnati for special ceremonies at St. Clare’s convent in Hartwell. He suffered face cuts and a sprained wrist. In the car with him at the time were Father Ulrich Miller and Father Joseph Rosenbauer, both of Carthagena. They also received minor injuries.

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An attempt to rob the Thoma Jewelry store on the east side of the square was under investigation today. A hole, approximately 12 inches in diameter, was knocked out of one of the display windows, but apparently the would-be thieves were frightened away before anything was taken. Broken glass found inside the window showed evidence of blood indicating the person or persons suffered some injury.

50 Years

September 8, 1966

J. Oliver Amos, publisher of The Sidney Daily News, was one of the speakers at the 10th annual Ohio Newspaper Classified clinic held in Columbus over the weekend.

Amos, one of the publishers on the planning board, when the classified group was established under the guidance of the Ohio Newspaper Assn., spoke on “A Publisher Looks At Classified.” The presentation was similar to one made by Amos at a seminar of the American Newspaper Publishers Assn. in New York City earlier this year.

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No. 13 could scarcely be classed as a jinx to golfers at the Shelby Oaks course. A few weeks ago, Herb Allen of Sidney, showed his indifference to the oft pegged hard luck figure, by belting a hole in one at the local layout.

And not to be outdone, Bob Sherman, the former Botkins schoolmaster and presently on the faculty at Miami University, did the same thing over the 116-yard test of the No. 13 hole, late Saturday. Attesting to Sherman’s accomplishment were Bob Dunham and Bob Kaser.

25 Years

September 8, 1991

Wilson Memorial Hospital was briefly without electricity when its emergency generator failed, forcing hospital officials to consider transferring patients to other medical facilities.

The hospital was operating on the emergency generator due to a fire in a transformer at the hospital that cut power to the facility.

John F. Mirabito, hospital president and chief executive officer, said the emergency generator malfunctioned. Because of the failure of the generator, he said it was decided to alert area rescue squads to stand by to possibly transfer patients to other hospitals. However, this was not necessary in most cases because the generator was back in operation in about 15 minutes.

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A new business, Fabrication Unlimited, recently opened in Millcreek Industrial Park at 2410 Fair Road.

Darrell Nichols Sr., is the owner and operator of the business which is a custom metal fabrication shop.

“I believe the Sidney-Shelby County area needed a shop specializing in small unit production runs and quick turn-around. Among the things we produce are machine guards, benches and boxes. We can also do major auto/truck/trailer body repair, cutting out rusted areas and replacing them with new sheet metal.


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