Out of the past


125 Years

December 8, 1891

About half of the people of Botkins are sick with typhoid fever and la grippe. The latter disease is the most prevalent. Botkins has had more or less typhoid fever for several years. There must be more than ordinary cause of it and the citizens of the place should make a thorough investigation. It is possible the ditch running through the town is not kept in a sanitary condition.

100 Years

December 8, 1916

The committee in charge of donations to the special fund for Christmas for (military) Co. L at the Mexican border amounted to $135.75. In addition there were numerous other gifts of cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, candy, handkerchiefs, etc.

75 Years

December 8, 1941

Congress declared war on the Japanese empire this afternoon, 43 minutes after hearing a special message delivered in person to the joint session by President Roosevelt requesting such action be taken after Japan staged an “unprovoked and dastardly attack” on the possessions of the United States early Sunday morning. The joint resolution passed the senate by a unanimous vote, 88 to 0, while the house vote was 388 to 1. The lone dissenter was Jeanette Rankin, of Montana, who also voted against war in 1917.

President Roosevelt will take command of all radio channels at 10 o’clock tonight to give the nation and the world a blunt appraisal of the American position in the Pacific. The White House indicated today that losses sustained in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday were “heavier than first expected.”

The U.S. Navy moved swiftly today to exact retribution for the devastating raids of Japanese bombers yesterday in which upwards of 350 soldiers and civilians may have been killed. A large sea engagement appeared in the making.

Capt. Roscoe Stump, commanding officer of Co. K of the Ohio State Guard, said this morning that the local company has been placed on an alert and will immediately be recruited to full strength.

An emergency meeting of Shelby County veterans of all wars has been called for tonight in the Legion Hall in the Monumental Building. Purpose of the meeting will be to prepare for any services or duties that may be required in the emergency, according to William Trimpe, county commander.

25 Years

December 8, 1991

Planning for a new jail/sheriff’s department facility continued Thursday, as the Shelby County Commissioners met with representatives of the facility design firm. In a related matter, the commissioners appointed a law firm as special counsel to represent them in a lawsuit filed by three Sidney area residents who want to halt collection of a sales tax that will finance construction of the facility.

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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