125 Years Ago
October 24, 1891
Representatives of a firm of buggy body makers were in a meeting with the Board of Improvement. They paid a visit to the Maxwell mill property near the Big Four railway and afterwards discussed plans for converting it into a factory for their use. Two members of the same firm are here today, and with the board will visit building sites in the western part of town.
100 Years Ago
October 24, 1916
The Shelby County Democratic Executive committee was advised today that Senator Atlee Pomerene and Ex. Gov. James M. Cox will be in Sidney Oct. 30. Arriving at 11 a.m. they will be guests at a dinner, which will be followed by a reception, and a public meeting at the high school at 2 o’clock.
Misses Eleanor Boyer, Beulah Young, Jeanette Mathers, Lenora Flinn, Zelma Sargeant, and Dorothy Loudenback, members of the J.T.C. club were guests last evening when Miss Agnes Bayley entertained at her home on Lane street.
75 Years Ago
October 24, 1941
State Commander of the American Legion, Floyd R. Hartpence will be the principal speaker at the annual Past Commander’s banquet at the Sidney Post to be held Monday evening in the Masonic temple.
Rev. R. Wobus will be chairman of the jurisprudence committee for the Halloween celebration to be held in Sidney next Thursday evening. Rev. Wobus will arrange for all judging of entrants in the parade and the Mardi Gras. which will follow.
Cpl. Carl Sexauer, Cpl. Leo Applegate, and Sgt. Charles Williams are home on furlough from Camp Shelby, Hattesburg, Miss. Their leave will end on Nov.4.
50 Years Ago
October 24, 1966
Operation of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce will be under the guidance of C. Frohman, West Va., as executive director. He arrived in Sidney to assume the new duties on Monday. A program of getting acquainted with Chamber members has been launched by President William H. Rhees on behalf of Johnson and he invites the membership to drop into the office and make the new managing director welcome to the community.
Election of Urban H. Doorley as vice-president and Willaim H. Ross Jr. as a director of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association was made Monday to fill vacancies created by the death of Otto J. Hill in mid-summer. He had been a board member since 1958. President Frank A. Amann announced the action and indicated that this would restore the board to its full complement of members.
25 Years Ago
October 24, 1991
The Sidney-Shelby County Senior Citizens Club provides educational and leisure activities for area residents. The Sidney-Shelby County Senior Citizens have many community projects. These include about 600 toys each year which are cut, sewed and stuffed then given to children admitted to Wilson Memorial Hospital. The members also knit and crochet caps, scarves and mittens for needy children as well as preparing Christmas baskets for elderly shut-ins.
Ghoulish pranks like the dummy and witch’s cauldron recently found near the Houston High School south of Hardin are often seen around Halloween. “Haunted Ohio” by Chris Woodyard of Beavercreek details some of the haunts around the state that some people claim are real, not just the work of pranksters.
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