125 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1892
Robins made their appearance in Sidney today. Marshall Peppers discovered one picking cherries from his cherry tree. Bluebirds have also put in their appearance .( This is what it said.)
Dr. H.E. Beebe is preparing to build a handsome residence on the site of his present one on Ohio avenue.
Thomas Fitch, who has his attempts to start a sawmill interrupted by fires on three occasions, has a new sawmill almost ready for operation.
100 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1917
The Ohio Senate, in passing the Wildermuth bill, making Lake Loramie a public park has revived an old quarrel between St. Marys and Celina. The towns have been at odds for years over the proper name for the lake which was first called Mercer Lake and then Celina Grand Resevoir and that was changed to Lake St. Mary’s. The bill changes the name to Grand Lake.
The Shelby County Deer Hunters Association held their 59th annual meeting yesterday in the assembly room of the court house with a large attendance of members. Fourteen new members were enrolled making a total of 108 members. Since its organization in 1858 eighteen members have passed to the happy hunting ground .Officers elected include G.F. Allinger, president: Frank Brewer, vice president, James Ovenden, secretary, and H.H. Bennett, treasurer.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1942
Five Sidney businessmen were taken to Wapakoneta by Chief of Police William O’Leary today in an attempt to identify a man and woman who passed bogus checks in Sidney stores in the middle of January. They were arrested by Wapakoneta police when they attempted to cash a check in a store there. Most of the local people were of the opinion the woman was the same that had been in their stores in January.
American Dutch and American aerial and naval units , combining their strength, have blasted Japanese warships and Transports in a major sea and land battle off the coast of Java.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1967
Two Sidney youths were named today by Rep. William McCulloch as alternate appointees to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Named by the Fourth Congressional District congressman are Stephen Chambers, a Senior at Sidney High School, and Steven Schroeder, a senior at Holy Angels High School. Chambers is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Chambers. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schroeder are the parents of Schroeder.
The Sidney Lucky Barrel had a $400 winner at Subler’s Super Value Market. He was Herman Schrolucke of Buckeye Avenue. The barrel is now worth $100 and has been moved to Jerrolds Clothing Store, East Poplar street.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1992
COLUMBUS: Should a lawsuit filed by three area men to halt collection of a sales tax increase for the new Shelby County Jail be thrown out of court, or should the legal action proceed for a ruling on the merits of the case. This is the crux of the matter before Harold Paddock, Franklin County Common Pleas Court referee, following two hours of oral arguments Thursday afternoon. With the exception of the Shelby County Commissioners, all parties in the case made a trip to Columbus Thursday to lay out their legal arguments or why a motion to dismiss the case should or should not be granted.
“Dare to have dreams and be a good person” is the message Dale Huffman, a veteran newspaper and reporter for the Dayton Daily News shared with an appreciative audience Thursday during the first in a three-part Altrusa Club Enrichment Series.
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