Out of the past


125 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1892

Three times and out. This is the score for the sawmill of Thomas Fitch which has tried to be situated at the junction of Main and Ohio avenues. At 5 o’clock this morning and for the third time in its brief history, fire broke out and in a short time the mill and its machinery, with the exception of the engine, was destroyed. Mr. Fitch intends to rebuild the mill and hopes his bad luck has run its course.

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The number of interments in Graceland cemetery is now 1,326, There have been 15 burials since Jan. 1, which is five more than for the same time last year.

100 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1917

Charles Abbott, the well known local shoe man, has added another store to his chain of shoe stores in this section. He purchased the E.B. Combs shoe store in Van Wert this week and will assume charge of the business next week. In addition to the store in Sidney, Abbott also owns stores in Greenville and Urbana.

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The thermometer took another drop last night, the lowest being reported as far down as 14 degrees below zero.

75 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1942

Deserting his hammock for an innerspring mattress and Navy “chow” for dinner in one of Chicago’s finest dining rooms, Wayne Rickey of Sidney, spent the weekend as a guest of the management of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. He earned the weekend vacation by being leader of the section judged outstanding for its excellence at Great Lakes Naval Training station.

50 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1967

Skip Metz, a student a Jackson Center Local High School was named the Jackson Center winner of the Time News magazine contest. Other Jackson Center students listed as having high scores were Cynthia Swiger, Jeff Mann, Norman Ambos, Gary Faler, Larry Hudson, Mike Holt, Bill Elsass, Jim Davis, Ken Koisky, and Sherri Mahan.

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Under a plan adopted by the Shelby County Board of Education it will support somebody from each of the seven school districts to serve on an advisory committee in recommending a site for the proposed Upper Miami Valley Vocational High School. The local committee will be consulted by Ferd Fleckenstein county board member and chairman of the general committee serving the six counties studying various sites.

25 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1992

Richard Cavender, 31, of Piqua recently checked out his equipment prior to a gig at Jammers nightclub of Sidney. A former Sidney resident, Cavender uses his collection of more than 2,000 musical selections to entertain club patrons and those attending private parties.

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Twelve year old Jaymie Braun and “big sister” Patty Spencer have been selected the Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Match of the Month” for February. Mrs. Spencer of West Ave, has been matched with Miss Braun for more than two years. Mrs. Spencer expressed an interest in becoming a volunteer and was paired with Miss Braun in December of 1999. They like to play cards, watch videos, eat at restaurants, visit museums or just spend time together.

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

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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