125 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1892
Bernhard Albers, a clerk in George Shafer’s grocery figured in a runaway accident yesterday morning. The horse started in front of the home of Isaac Betts. In turning the corner at Forest street and West avenue., the delivery wagon flipped over , throwing Albers off, he, extricating himself from the debrie without serious injury. The wagon then came in contact with the North street canal bridge making quite a wreck of it.
Sheriff Raterman is in Columbus today attending a meeting of the sheriffs of the state.
100 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1917
F.F. Goode and John Oldham today were appointed receivers for the Bimel Automobile Co., following action brought in common pleas court asking the a receiver be appointed. The petition filed with the court stated that the corporation “is now and for some time past in imminent danger of becoming insolvent.” Bond for the receivers was placed at $50,000.
The armory was the scene of one of the most enjoyable of the winter dances last evening, when members of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity entertained. The grand march was led by F.X. Lautebur and Miss Mary Lauterbur with Misses Lenora Flinn and Eleanor Boyer distributing the programs.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1942
Fire, believed to have started in the bathroom, destroyed the seven-room brick farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ammon and family, located a mile-and-a half south of Pemberton, shortly after 6 o’clock last evening. Members of the family discovered the flames but were unable to save many of the furnishings because of the intensity of the blaze. Efforts of a quickly organized neighborhood bucket brigade bucket brigade were ineffectual.
C.V. Donnel, vocational agriculture instructor in the Houston school for the last 10-1/2 years left yesterday for Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been ordered for active duty with the Air Corps. Ferry Command. Donnell is a first lieutenant in the reserve officers’ association of the U.S. Army.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1967
January was Shelby County’s warmest and second driest first month in the past nine years. Dave Fette, local weather observer reported today. Average temperature was 29.5 degrees.
The naming of assistant fire chief W.J. Waggoner, a veteran of over 28 years with Sidney firefighters, to the post of fire prevention officer, means that department will have three vacancies as exams are slated for Feb. 21. Men from 21 to 35 may apply for the tests in the city manager’s office. Starting salary is $5,500 annually.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1992
Vigilantes pound on doors of private homes asking if there is anyone of a certain nationality in the house. Hate, persecution , even killing of people because of their nationality are commonplace. It sounds like scenes from the movies or incidents out of the ugly side of history. It was real life, however, for the family of Valerty Petrosyan. They fled Azerbaijan, a southern republic of the former Soviet Union in the fall of 1989. They fled for their lives. The family is of the Armenian nationality. Everyone in the family smiled and talked enthusiastically about being in the United States. All are looking forward to learning English, securing gainful employment and making a contribution to society.
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