Out of the past

125 Years

September 24, 1891

The Republicans of Shelby county at their convention in the assembly room yesterday nominated the following candidates for county offices: J.F. Emmert, representative; W.A. Russell, treasurer; W.M. Snow, sheriff; John F. Wilson, prosecuting attorney; W.D. Hedges, commissioner; J.J. Huffman, infirmary director; Dr. J.D. Geyer, coroner. A resolution was adopted urging the Hon. William McKinley to visit Shelby County.

100 Years

September 24, 1916

Bob Allamang, of Jackson Center, had a narrow escape from serious injury yesterday afternoon, when the white Maxwell racing car, belonging to the Rogers garage, left the track at the fairgrounds and crashed into the fence. Allamang was getting into shape for the Lima automobile races this week and was speeding about 55 miles an hour. The machine was heavily damaged on the front side.

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James Palmisano has purchased the Ginn restaurant on the south side of the square. He expects to move the business and fixtures within the next few days to the Metropole hotel on Poplar street and will conduct the business at that place with his brother, George Palmisano.

75 Years

September 24, 1941

Joseph B. Cook, campaign chairman for the annual Boys’ club drive today announced the names of the four division leaders. They are: C.D. Lerch, Cecil Watkins, Fred L. Griffis and Arnold Henke. The campaign to raise $3,500 will open Oct. 16.

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Wendell E. Whipp, who had guided the destiny of the Monarch Machine Tool for nearly 30 years, was honored last night by a group of the company’s oldest employees, who surprised him at his home and presented him with a bronze plaque. The occasion was the completion of Monarch’s 25,000 lathe. Thirty-four old timers, all with more than 20 years of service, took part in the affair.

50 Years

September 24, 1966

More than half of the 61 men to be sent for pre-induction exams Oct. 19 from the Shelby County Selective Service Board will be college students, both graduate and undergraduate.

The other half will be made up of men between 18 and 26 years of age, both single and those married without children. This is the word from Mrs. Janell Bertsch, clerk of the board composed of Robert Koons, chairman, J.L. Buirley of Jackson Center, and Joslin Stockstill. The three men have served for 15 years on the board without pay.

Mrs. Bertsch has been clerk for 20 years part of which was during World War II. She left the office in 1955 and returned in 1964.

25 Years

September 24, 1991

Long-time Sidney City Schools employee Lewis Blackford was named superintendent by the Sidney City Board of Education Thursday afternoon.

Meeting in special session, the board appointed Blackford to the position, ending a search for a new superintendent that began when Eugene Emter announced plans to retire at the end of this year.

Blackford, 50, has been an educator 28 years, all but three of them with the city schools. He has held several teaching, coaching, and administrative positions, currently serving as director of business operations.

Blackford this morning said he was “thrilled” by his appointment, noting there was “a lot of good competition.”

Commenting this morning on the naming of Blackford, board president David Fogt said the board “liked a lot of things about him,” including his years of experience in the school system. Blackford has served as acting superintendent during periods over the past few years when Emter has been absent.

“He has a strong financial background and works well with people,” said Fogt, who explained these qualities are important due to an upcoming levy campaign.

The board voted unanimously in passing a resolution to hire Blackford under a 30-month contract, which begins Jan. 1, 1992.


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