125 Years Ago
October 20, 1891
A good farmer in the county suggests that the people of Shelby county who paid for the hitching rack around the court square are being short-changed by the pavement now being put down around the square. He calls attention to the fact that corn poppers and auction salesman are allowed to monopolize the streets in such a way to obstruct a part of the hitching rack from the purpose it was put up for, and he does not think that it is right. He is correct. The hitching rack should not be obstructed.
100 Years Ago
October 20, 1916
One man was killed and two others were seriously injured shortly after noon today, when a boiler being used in the construction work on the Big Four railroad bridge across the canal blew up. All three of the men are from Kentucky. Only the fact that a number of the workers were away for lunch prevented a much heavier loss of life and injuries. Cause of the blast has not yet been determined.
R.N. Robinson of this city, has purchased about 70 acres of land adjacent to Houghton Lake, Michigan, with several hundred feet of lake front. Houghton Lake is a noted fishing and a summer resort and Mr. Robinson expects to erect a number of cottages on the ground.
75 Years Ago
October 20, 1941
Miss Clara Webster, East Court street, said today that she had received no word from the Navy Department or from her brother, John Webster who was aboard the destroyer U.S. Kearney when it was torpedoed. The Navy today released the names of eleven men reported missing as a result of the action.
Leroy Davis of Sidney, announced today plans to open an office for the practice of optometry . He will be located in the Keisey-Sterline building over the Murphy store. A former mathematics teacher at Sidney High School, Davis graduated in optometry from Ohio State University in June and passed the state board.
50 Years Ago
October 20, 1966
A Botkins High School graduate who joined the order of Precious Blood has returned from a three-year tour of duty in the missions of Chile. Sister Mary Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Greve of Botkins, served as food administrator for the community and earned a certificate in domestic economics from the University of Chile in Santiago. En-route home she toured several South and Latin American countries. Her next step is to Maria-Joseph Home, Dayton.
Winners of the Halloween art contest sponsored by the retail division of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce were announced today. First prize in the high school division went to Nancy Hittepole. First prize in junior high division went to Jerry Baker.
25 Years Ago
October 20, 1991
Master Sgt. David J. Schwaiger has been decorated with the Air Force Achievement Medal, The medal is awarded to airmen for meritorious acts of courage, or other outstanding accomplishments. It is his fifth award. Schwaiger is a missile systems maintenance technician at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. He and his family recently returned from Sicily. He is the son of Joseph and Doris Schwaiger. The sergeant graduated in 1971 from Sidney High School.
Two Sidney High School students will appear on WHIO-TV (Channel 7) on Sunday singing a musical selection from the New Generation Players 1991 summer performance of “Live It To the Max”- “Make Every day Count”. They are Lynn Helman, 15 daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Bruce Helman, and Emily Schurr, 15 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Schurr. The girls will perform a duet entitled “Let Your First Thought Be Love” on All For One a ministry program. The New Generation Players, an interdenominational Christian performing arts group for young people 7 through 18.
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