Out of the past

125 Years

March 15, 1892

That there will be a revival of the spoke, rim and wheel industry in Sidney seems evident. The Board of Improvement has two propositions under consideration and in either there is business. James N. Anderson and associates propose to acquire the abandoned Maxwell mill and start business with 50 hands. H.M. Potts proposed to the board yesterday to start an operation, employing 20 – 25 hands, provided the board would agree not to offer any inducement to some other business to come to Sidney and engage in the manufacture of spokes and rims.


The Republicans of Sidney nominated the following candidates for ward offices last night: First ward, E.W. Bingham, councilman; John Sullivan, assessor; Second ward, William McCullough, councilman; Robert Cartwright, assessor; Third ward, W.A. Perry, councilman; M. Pepper, assessor; Fourth ward, E.E. Kah, councilman; T.F. Shaw, assessor.

100 Years

March 15, 1917

Big Four agent Justice announced at noon today that nothing but foodstuffs will be accepted as freight for shipment by the Big Four railroad after this evening because of the threatened railroad strike. Members of the Merchants and Grocers Association have been invited to meet with the Commercial Club members this evening to discuss steps to be taken locally if the strike, called for 6 p.m. Mar. 17 goes into effect.


The board of health met last evening to consider the present smallpox situation in the community and steps that might be taken to prevent further spread of the disease. The present four cases are all of a mild variety and quarantines have been established. The board felt these steps were sufficient for the present, although vaccination is urged.


The board of managers of the Shelby County Agricultural Society at their meeting next Saturday authorized the raising of premiums to be offered in many of the departments at the county fair.

75 Years

March 15, 1942

Sidney will be ready to meet any civilian defense emergency as far as medical service is concerned when plans are completed and carried out by the local committee on emergency medical service. Members of this committee include Dr. Harry Wain, chairman; Dr. Vernon LeMaster, Mrs. Frank Fields, Mrs. Voress Loudenback, Mrs. Paul Bratten, William Salm, and Miss Catherine Bland. They met yesterday in the health office of the court house.


After marking time for almost a week, Anna High school’s basketeers return to action tonight in the district tournament at Springfield, when they meet Elizabeth township of Miami county in the semi-finals. Elizabeth defeated Covington last night by a score of 24 to 10.


The Houston High school general livestock team finished 15th in the little international livestock judging contest at Ohio State. The team was composed of George and Vernon Jess, and Charles Goode with Eddie Flinn and Dale Helman as alternates.

50 Years

March 15, 1967

J. Stephen Hubbell, 1115 Port Jefferson road, received his master of science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University during the annual winter term commencement exercises at the university Sunday. A son of Mrs. Paul Maurer and the late James Hubbell and stepson of Dr. Paul Maurer, Hubbell received his BS degree from Ohio Northern University in 1963. He is a graduate of Sidney High School.


CINCINNATI – Paper caps and gowns for graduating college seniors are the latest fashion fad. Some 2500 University of Cincinnati students who will receive degrees this June will be comfortably cool in the no-deposit, no return outfits, in always fashionable black.


WAPAKONETA – Auglaize Airport Authority members have voted to proceed with construction plans after hearing a report of the ways and means committee at a meeting this week. Preliminary engineering work has been completed by the county engineering department, permitting the airport authority to exercise their right to options on land adjoining the New Knoxville Airport, Inc. A $100,000 grant from the state will be released to the county commissioners as soon as title to the ground has been transferred. Construction should begin as soon as weather permits.

25 Years

March 15, 1992

It will be another big year at the Country Concert. Headliners this year include Wynona Judd, Alan Jackson and Greg Jones. Sawyer Brown and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will also take the stage. It is the 13th annual concert in the hills. A three day pass costs $48. Over 200,000 fans are expected to attend the three day event.


There is more jail-related trouble. Voinovich and Companies, architects for the new jail, were sued by the state board of Examiners of Architects. They had had ruled the Voinovich firm was engaging in architecture by misrepresenting its service. Counsel for the parties reached an agreement, however. The firm agreed to desist from representing its services as architectural in nature.


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