Out of the past

125 Years

March 10, 1892

At the next meeting of the council, it is very probably that the matter of starting an industry in the former Maxwell property will be presented. James N. Anderson and others will, for the building and bonus of $2,000 agree to equip a wheel factory, starting with 50 employees and investing $30,000. The company will comply with the requirements, which the Board of Improvement usually specifies, except that the time will be for five years instead of 10. The plant will have room for working 100 men.


E.C. Wolfe will open a clothing store in the Taylor block next week.


Charles Bryan and Anton Brunn have opened a meat shop at No. 711 Court street.

100 Years

March 10, 1917

The negative team of Sidney High school, composed of Foster Wilson, Martin McVay, Raymond Love and James Beeman, was victorious over the affirmative team of Urbana in the debate held here last night. However, the Sidney affirmative team of John Harmony, Wesley Thompson and Cecil Webster lost to the negative team of Bellefontaine at that place in the triangle debate between the three high schools. The subject of debate was: Resolved, That the United States should universal military service.


James Stuber, of Sidney, who has been associate editor with the Upper Sandusky Union for the past two years will relocate in Cleveland, where he will enter the larger field of newspaper work.


The assembly room of the court house was packed this afternoon with farms from all parts of the county to hear M.C. Thomas, county farm agent of Marion county, discuss the value of such a program. At the close of the meeting there was a unanimous standing vote that steps be taken to establish such a program in this county.

75 Years

March 10, 1942

A place for everybody in civilian defense and everybody in his place working for all-out victory is the goal of the Sidney Defense Council in announcing today the registration of all men, women and young people for voluntary defense work. The registration will be held in the council chamber of the city building Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. There are 12 fields for voluntary service which are open to civilian defense workers, William A. Trimpe, defense coordinator said this morning.


At its regular meeting last evening city council received a petition signed by 36 residents of the syndicate additional protesting the annexation to the city Michigan and Park streets and Wagner and Fourth avenues. An ordinance appropriating $50 per month for promotion of civilian defense passed unanimously under the suspension of the rules.


Mrs. Bert Swank was elected president of the Sunshine Sewing Circle of the Daughters of America when they met yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Mace Valentine was elected vice president; Mrs. Ronald Reeder, secretary, and Mrs. Alva Chamber, treasurer.

50 Years

March 10, 1967

Unbelievable is the only word that comes close to adequately describing the scene existing in the lightly wooded area of Northwestern Champaign County where the Transworld Airline DC-9 went down in flames shortly being noon Thursday. There was hardly enough left of the airliner to designate it as such. It seemed almost impossible that a plane, capable of carrying 80 passengers, could be literally “compressed” into such a small area. It was a grim task that faced law enforcement officers and officials of the airline and Civil Aeronautics board as they sought to piece together what happened in the bright noontime skies over Champaign county Thursday.


RUSSELLS POINT – U.S. Defense Department officials have notified Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ferguson, R.R. 1, Russells Point, that their son, Pfc. Lynn Michael Ferguson, 20, was killed in action Monday. He died while serving with the 35th Infantry in Vietnam.

25 Years

March 10, 1992

The Sidney Zoning Board of Appeals has ruled for the striking Baumfolder workers on a contentious issue. The board ruled the structure or shelter the striking employees erected is not a “building” and can remain in place. Union vice-president Dennis Baker argued it is “not a structure, it is temporary and can be removed at any time.” Chairperson Richard Wiford stated, “It is really just a bunch of junk made into a wind shelter.”


The county and its sheriff have been sued over the conditions of the Ohio prison system. Prisoner Daniel Vestal of Sidney filed suit in the Ohio Court of Claims. He is caliming he “sat in urine all the time.” Vestal, a quadriplegic, developed bed sores. He is seeking damages.


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