Out of the past

125 Years

March 11, 1892

A statistical map of Ohio, compiled from reports of the 11th Census, shows Shelby county with gain of 570 in population in the last 10 years, with the present population of 24,507. The total debt of the county is $38,200, which is an increase of $57 since 1880. Compared with the 88 counties in the state, Shelby ranks 58th in area; 67th in population, and 29th in debt. Sidney prospered, gaining in the decade 26.86 percent in population. It is an interesting coincidence that the county debt and population increased exactly the same amount.


A Toledo attorney, looking after the interests of a street railway company, returned home today. He said he believed a street railway will be built in Sidney this summer, providing the company meets with no discouragement from the council.

100 Years

March 11, 1917

Special services were held yesterday at which the St. John Lutheran Church, which has recently been remodeled, was reopened for worship. At the morning worship service Rev. H.J. Schuh, of Anna, delivered the dedicatory sermon. Rev. A.H. Minneman, who was pastor of the local church for more than 20 years gave a short sermon during the cantata presented by the choir during the afternoon.


J.J. Kane, located on North Main avenue, is making extensive improvements at his tailoring store. He has recently rented a workshop over the Grand theatre, where he expects to have all his cutting, tailoring and pressing done.


Word was received here today that the Third regiment will go to Fort Riley, Kans. Instead of Fort Benjamin Harrison as previously announced. It is understood the mustering out of the men will take place there and the unit will return direct to Dayton from Fort Riley.


Health Officer Frank Schlagetter advised this morning that Prof. Herman Copp is confined to his home on North Walnut avenue with a well-defined case of smallpox. Everyone who has been in contact with him is ordered to be vaccinated.

75 Years

March 11, 1942

The Sidney Merchant’s association committee for the promotion of the payroll deduction plan for the purchase of defense bonds among employees, completed plans for the program at a meeting in the merchant’s rooms last evening. Joe Cook is county chairman for the project. He is being assisted by Gilbert Carle, Karl Whitney, C.F. Sietz, William Rheese, R.F. Blackston, Kenneth McDowell, Leo McFarland, Richard Fogt, Arnold Henke, Robert Kaster, James Papas, Hamlin Blake and George Lohmire.


Dr. C.C. Hussey, of Sidney, has been named personnel and medical officer of the Civil Air Patrol squadron based at the Dayton Municipal Airport, Russ Moore, squadron leader said today.


At meetings to be held in Orange and Green townships this week, five farmers and one member to represent the township will be selected for the county farm labor survey committee. Purpose of the survey will be to determine the farm labor situation and problems that may arise in their relation to the national defense program.

50 Years

March 11, 1967

With the addition of three recent members, the Sidney Kiwanis Club continues the accumulation of manpower to better fulfill its motto, “We Build.” In 1966, the club passed the 100 mark in membership. The three new members are, Rodney Blake, Jr., 217 Forest street, attorney with the law firm of Blake and Lang; Rev. Carl Bollinger, R.R. 3, minister of the Greenview United Church of Christ, and Thomas Seving, 778 Johnston drive, manager of budgets and forecasts for LeRoi Division. The new members bring the club’s total membership to 124.


ANNA – The former Anna Civic Club has been incorporated as the Anna Community Club, according to word received here today from Secretary of State Ted Brown. Listed as incorporators are President Robert Bell, Vice President William Lamastus, Secretary Robert Naseman and Treasurer Claude Smedley.


Warren Ringle, Shelby county Civil Defense director, said about 15 members of the local CD organization today were at the scene of the Thursday Champaign county airplane crash, picking up debris. This was the second appearance of the Shelby unit at the disaster site. The first occurred Thursday night. At that time, it supplied generators to provide electricity to light the area for investigators.

25 Years

March 11, 1992

The Shelby County grand jury will be getting the case involving a man who fired at Sidney Police officers. Derek Smith, age 18, is accused of aiming a gun at police officer Bruce Doak. A preliminary hearing was held. Judge Luce ruled there was sufficient evidence for the grand jury to get the case. Smith was represented by local attorney Mike Smith.


It looks like local officials will be hiring a recycling coordinator. The program, new to the area, will not work without a coordinator, it was determined. Sheriff Mark Schemmel attended the meeting and agreed with the recommendation. “We need one and the curbside service is the way to go,” he commented. Most of those present did not think a drop off center would work as well.


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