Out of the past


125 Years

January 27, 1892

The increase in the value of Shelby County property since 1846 will interest everyone. The county is four times more wealthy now than in the year named – or at least it has four times more property for taxation.

100 Years

January 27, 1917

Paul Monroe, the motorcycle man, has nearly completed installing new fixtures in his motorcycle and bicycle store on North Main Avenue. This is one of the most complete cycle stores in Western Ohio. Monroe began selling motorcycles in 1910, and several years ago started retailing bicycles.

When asked about the latter, he replied, “The comeback of the sale of bicycles is here to stay. The early bicycle was used for pleasure, now they are used as a commercial utility as well as pleasure.”

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James Sarver, who has been employed as collector at the Citizens National Bank, has resigned to accept a position in the office of the Peerless Bread Machine Co. Rose Moore, who has been teaching school in Green Township, has succeeded Mr. Sarver as collector.

75 Years

January 27, 1942

Local police received reports today that four bogus checks, totaling more than $100 were cashed in four Sidney drug stores over the weekend. In each case the purchases were made by a woman, and police have been furnished with her description.

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Edmund Wilkes, director of the Dayton Civic Theatre, was guest of a group of Sidney Theatre Guild members at a dinner last evening, preceding his appearance at the City Federation of Women’s clubs. The group included: Mrs. Russell Blalack, Mrs. Voress Laudenback, Mrs. Joseph Wright, Mrs. Neil Brunner, Mrs. George Fisher; Misses Jeanette Forsyth, Eileen Taylor, Anne Carey, Margaret VanEtten, and Ruth France.

50 Years

January 27, 1967

BOTKINS – Cynthia Loy, a sophomore at Botkins High School, has been chosen as the Shelby County International Christian Youth Exchange student for the school year 1967-68. Miss Loy is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Loy of West State Street in Botkins.

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The management of radio station WLW has announced it will cease farming operations of Everybody’s Farm here on March 1, and place the 285 acres up for lease to an operating farmer.

The station has managed the farm, where many programs originate since April 1941 when broadcasting from the farm was inaugurated.

25 Years

January 27, 1992

The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce honored Don R. Fogt of Sidney with its Zenith Award for community service during Tuesday night’s annual dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn. Members also shredded the mortgage on their office suite in the Courtview Center, reviewed the past year and were challenged by incoming president Douglas Ahlers to become more active in the Chamber organization.

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DAYTON – About 150 former employees of a Rike’s Department Store downtown raised glasses of champagne Tuesday to mark its closing.

The store now is part of the Lazarus chain. Officials for Lazarus’ parent company, Federated Department Stores Inc., announced Nov. 21 that the store would close because a financial rescue deal fell through.

The landmark store was first opened in March 1853 by David K. Rike and his partners as Prugh, Joice and Rike. It moved to the current location in 1912 as Rike-Kumler Co.

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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