125 years Ago
At the last meeting of the board of education a petition that had been presented a year ago and tabled was taken up. It asks for a school house in the Fourth ward. The board was of the opinion the petition was in order, and it appointed a committee to look for a site. The committee will report at the first meeting in March. The school building bonds have been paid off except $2,000, and this will be paid during the coming summer. Various members of the board say they will vote after next September in favor of the improvement.
Mrs. C. Emmons has gone to the south to spend a few weeks. In her absence Miss. Lizzie Scott will have charge of the school of photography.
100 Years Ago
Feb. 20, 1917
An invitation has been extended to the entire community to attend the Washington’s Birthday program and community song service which will be presented at the high school auditorium on Thursday morning at 8 0’clock. The high school chorus of 160 voices under the direction of Herman Copp will open the program, with other classes in the schools taking part.
75 Years Ago
Purchase of the entire stock of the Sidney Advanced Appliances, local Frigidaire dealer, by the Francis Furniture and Appliance store was announced today. Francis said he plans to centralize all appliances in the room now occupied by Sidney Advanced Appliances. L.E. Canter and L.R. Oiler, partners in the Frigidaire store stated that governmental restriction on production and sales of refrigerators prompted their decision to dispose of their stock and suspend business operations.
Streets and Highways were coated with treacherous ice today as a result of a blizzard in from the northwest plummeting the temperatures downward as much as 30 degrees in a few hours. Sidney had a one below zero reading this morning.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 20, 1967
Shelby county today was a step nearer getting two widely discussed radio systems-one for the county highway department and the other for a projected fire network linking village units. County commissioners adopted a resolution Saturday asking bids on the equipment by Mar. 21. The program envisages the construction of a 140-foot tower on County Home land that would serve both highway and fire systems. County Engineer Carl Roeller has been urging adoption of a highway system as a means of keeping in touch with directing equipment on the roads. The system, he said would be especially valuable in times of emergency in which it would permit dispatch of vehicles to the points of greatest need.
Mrs. Sylvia Bray, R.R.3, Sidney has been awarded a certificate of proficiency in tax preparation by Southwestern Academy, following completion of work at the Dallas, Tex. School. She graduated with high honors .Presently employed with Kirkwood Grain Co., Mrs. Bray plans personal tax service on a part time basis.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 20, 1992
The second spring like storm in a week rumbled through Ohio, destroying one house , damaging at least four others and overturning cars. Six people were injured. A tornado was reported about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Ohio 81 and US 127, said Trooper Joe Lockery of the Ohio State Patrol, Van Wert. “We had high wind, rain and all kinds of stuff at once,” said Trooper Darryl Edge.
The unsolved killings of 12 women along Ohio highways will be the focus of two television shows this week. John Lenhart, of Jackson Center, superintendent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will be interviewed about the topic on “Geraldo”. Lenhart, former Shelby County Sheriff, will be interviewed on this television program on channel 7.
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