125 Years Ago
October 21, 1891
Since political meetings have been held in the armory Co. L, the opinion the opinion has been freely expressed that Sidney ought soon to to provide a permanent hall of even great capacity to be of general public use. Sidney has not a fit place for a great public meeting indoors. Eight or nine hundred people will fill any room in town but the armory and it cannot always be had. The Monumental hall will not seat 500. The town can certainly afford something better.
100 Years Ago
October 21, 1916
The Peoples Savings and Loan Association tomorrow will observe the 30th anniversary of its organization. During this time it has grown into an organization with assets of $2,300,00. It has had but one secretary since it was organized L.M Studevant. Miss Leal Robertson serves as assistant secretary, A.J. Hess is the attorney. Additional board members are R.H. Trego and J.E. Russell.
Charles Stokes, injured in the boiler explosion near the Big Four canal bridge on Friday, remains in critical condition in the city’s emergency hospital. Also injured at the same time, Robert Turley is showing some improvement.
75 Years Ago
October 21, 1941
Paul Sherman was installed as the commander of the Sidney Post of the American Legion during ceremonies held last evening in the Legion hall in the Monumental building. Dick Lineman of Delphos, district commander was the installing officer.
Bill Milligan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Milligan, North Main Avenue, was elected president of the freshman class at Hiram college where he is enrolled.
50 Years Ago
October 21, 1966
It was 100 years ago that Shelby County Commissioners took initial steps for the construction of a county home to serve the less fortunate. A century later, commissioners are taking the first steps to replace that building with one more adequate to meet the needs of a community that has grown several times larger. With an estimated cost of $450,000 for remodeling the old structure and $650,000 for a new building the commissioners have selected the latter. They will also initiate a bond levy on Nov. 8.
What may be the only one of its kind-a teaspoon with the Shelby County courthouse engraved on it has been found by Marion Carey. Carey reports that he found the spoon while going through the personal effects of his Mother, the late Mrs. Maude Carey. Carey is not certain as to the origin of the spoon or the occasion for it being engraved. He surmises it might have been Hoyles, a jeweler here for many years.
25 Years Ago
October 21, 1991
Sidney Knights of Columbus Financial Secretary Leo Steinke was recently presented an award by Todd Snyder, in recognition of 29 years of service . In the position with the local council, Steinke joined the Knights of Columbus in 1941 and became financial secretary in 1951. He has served under 29 different grand knights during this period. Steinke is also in charge of Knights of Columbus funeral services for deceased members.
While the strike continues at the Baumfolder Corp. in Sidney, job security is uncertain for members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. At the second negotiation session Monday since the strike began Oct. 1, company officials rejected a union proposal to retain all employees who were striking, according to Dennis Clifford, business representative for I.A.M. Overall wage loss by employees would be 25 to 30 percent.
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