125 Years Ago
October 26, 1891
The immense manufacturing establishment of the Sidney Pole And Shaft Company, started its machinery yesterday and is now in active operation. The firm does no other work than iron shafts and poles for vehicles, their wares being shipped unpainted. The company now has orders for 110,000 shafts and besides filling these will ship 700 poles a week.
Seven houses have been rented for families who will move here from Wooster to work in the whip factory. This number was all that could be found. A number of families will store their household goods and board until spring, when it is hoped the house building boom will be developed.
100 Years Ago
October 26, 1916
Shortly after noon today the roof of the large brick house of David Oldham, northeast of the city was discovered on fire. The flames had gained considerable headway and were getting beyond the efforts of the bucket brigade of neighbors. A call was sent to the fire department and Safety Director Kenny gave permission to make the run to provide assistance. The fire was soon extinguished after fireman arrived. Billie Rensch, driver of the truck, said going up Murphy pike he was running 55 miles per hour.
The members of Miss Hall’s Sunday school class were entertained last evening at the home of Miss Lucy Crowe, south of the city. Fifteen members went out in Campbell’s motor truck and spent the evening enjoying music and games.
75 Years Ago
October 26, 1941
“Stage Door”, the first three productions to be presented by the Sidney Theatre Guild during the winter season, will be given in the high school auditorium on Nov. 18, it was announced today. Mrs. Joseph Wright will direct the large cast for this production. ”Eight O’clock Tuesday “ and “Three Men on a Horse” will be presented later in the season.
Pledges in the amount of $2,500 were reported at the dinner last evening, marking the close of the annual Boy’s Club campaign. Mrs. Voress Loudenback, executive secretary, reported that a number of workers have not yet turned in their reports with the final totals expected to be somewhat higher.
50 Years Ago
October 26, 1966
Mrs. Willette Wilson of 620 Sycamore avenue, did not register for the Sidney Lucky Barrel while it was at Kaufman’s department store the past week. Thus, she lost $500 when her name was drawn Tuesday. The barrel has been moved to the Western Auto store on West Poplar street. It’s worth $600 now.
RUSSIA- A crowd attended the 6th annual Peace Pilgrimage held Sunday afternoon at the Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein, sponsored by Area No. 5 Knights of Columbus. Rev. Joseph Wolters delivered the sermon while the benediction was given by Rev. Clarence Degelman.
25 Years Ago
October 26, 1991
If they were forced to vote now, Shelby County Commissioners would vote to build the new county jail on Gearhart Road. That vote isn’t necessary now, however, and commissioners said Thursday they are willing to give the City of Sidney time to meet their conditions for construction of the jail in downtown Sidney. It’s not that the commissioners think the downtown location is wrong, they think the Gearhart Road site is better. They do not feel their opinion sends a mixed message.
At a candlelight vigil recently Wilma Broaddrick lite a candle for her daughter Dana, 12. Transitions: Shelby County Alcoholism/Drug Addiction Council and the Sidney High School Students Against Driving Drunk held a silent vigil attended by 25 people on the Shelby County Courthouse Square. This was for the current national Red Ribbon Week to make people aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs as the holiday season approaches.
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