125 Years Ago
October 27, 1891
A petition is circulating asking that German be taught in the Sidney schools. A knowledge of the language is of great benefit. Clerks that can speak it are preferred to those who use English alone. It is useful to all businessmen. For practicality it beats any dead language ever in the schools.
W.A. Underwood arrived from Wooster this afternoon to superintend the placing of machinery in the whip factory.
100 Years Ago
October 27, 1916
The automobiles of Brooke Getz and John Oldham collided at the intersection of North street and Main avenue about 9 o’clock this morning. Although both machines were so extensively damaged that they had to be hauled to a garage for repairs neither driver was injured.
Coroner Goode has filed his verdict in the death of Max Price in the boiler explosion last week, in which he states the cause of the explosion is unknown. The other men injured at that time continue to show improvement at the city’s emergency hospital.
75 Years Ago
October 27, 1941
The new city garage on Canal street, built by the National Youth Administration in cooperation with the city, will be dedicated Thursday afternoon, with officials of the NYA, Mayor John Sexauer and other officials participating in the ceremonies. A parade will form at the city hall, and led by a band proceed to the garage.
Pledges of the Beta Delta chapter of Delta Sigma Phi Sorority were guests at a social affair arranged in their honor yesterday at the home of Miss Kay Williams, vice president of the group. The pledges are: Miss Phyllis Partington, Miss Margaret Graham, and Mrs. Ted Foster.
Staff Sgt. Emerson Setsor and Cpt. Martin Foster will leave this evening to return to Camp Shelby, following competition of their 17 –day furlough.
50 Years Ago
October 27, 1966
PIQUA- Joe and Cleo Terry, operators of two Piqua restaurants, plan to establish a new cafeteria. The restaurant will have a seating capacity of 325 to 400 persons and should be open in two months. Terry’s Cafeteria, Inc. was formed several months ago with local investors. Total cost will be approximately $50,000.
Attorney William W. Milligan was elected president of the Shelby County Bar Association at a meeting held this morning in the common pleas jury room. He becomes the successor to Attorney Eugene Elsass.
25 Years Ago
October 27, 1991
“Trick or Treat” that Halloween mantra of children is apparently a recent American phenomenon –but pranks and mischief have long been customary on the holiday. Trick-or-treat seems to be related to the Gaelic practice of giving cakes to the poor at”Samhuinn” or Summer’s end, a seasonal festival that includes All Souls Day. The cakes came to be called soul cakes. In return, recipients were obligated to pray for a good harvest. An even closer custom comes from the English Plough Day. On that day ploughmen went about begging for gifts, and threatened to rough up other people’s fields with ploughs if they did not receive anything.
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