Out of the past


125 Years

November 12, 1891

The streets around the court square are receiving their annual scraping preparatory to removing the accumulation of mud. This appears to us to be expensive street repair. We believe that by hauling a light coating of clean river gravel on our streets where they are in the condition they now are, the gravel would solidify with the material we are hauling off. As a result, our streets would be rounder and fuller in the center and better stand the travel and cost less to keep them up. About all we would have to haul away would be the litter that accumulates among the hitching racks.

The gas posts at the entrance to the public square were removed today in order to pave the walks.

100 Years

November 12, 1916

The big jollification meeting to be held in Sidney Monday evening promises to be the biggest celebration ever pulled off in the city, if the enthusiasm manifested by the committee counts for anything. Delegations from all sections of the county will converge on Sidney for the big parade scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Present indications are that at least eight county bands will take part in the festivities. A speaker of national reputation will be secured.

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Governor James M. Cox will be the speaker for the annual memorial services of the Sidney Lodge of Elks to be held Sunday, December 3 in the school auditorium. This was announced today by W.R. Carothers, exalted ruler and chairman of the committee on arrangements.

75 Years

November 12, 1941

Members of city council at their meeting last night authorized the mayor and service director to meet with state highway officials in an effort to improve South Ohio Avenue in the city. Both streets are badly in need of repair due to heavy traffic passing over them. The mayor was authorized to meet with officials of the telephone company in an effort to improve telephone service in the community.

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Monarch’s 1,500 employees and out-of-town guests will assemble at the north end of the plant at 5 o’clock this afternoon to hear Admiral William Standley, of the United States Navy, present to Monarch the award of the navy bureau of ordinance flag and coveted “E” pennant for excellence of performance.

50 Years

November 12, 1966

Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Pleiman, R.R. 1, Fort Loramie, were among 37 official delegates representing American Ayrshire breeders who were honored at a banquet at the Station Hotel, Ayr, Scotland on November 1.

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A certificate signed by President Johnson honoring the memory of Kenneth Douglas has been received by his widow, Mrs. Edna Douglas of 503 Kossuth Street, Sidney. Mr. Douglas died Oct. 18 at the age of 66.

The document from the White House reads: “This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.” Mr. Douglas was a Purple Heart veteran of World War I.

25 Years

November 12, 1991

There is horrific news out of southern Auglaize County, just to the north of the Shelby County border. A double murder was committed there recently. Harry and Wilamena Wierwille were found dead in their home. Both were in their 70s. No clues are known to exist and there are no suspects. A reward of $10,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

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The feud between a company and its union is continuing. The IAM union group representing the workers at Baumfolder has filed suit against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The union alleges bad faith bargaining practices. The strike at the facility on Campbell remains ongoing.

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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

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