Out of the past

125 Years

March 16, 1892

The Board of Improvement today was restrained by a temporary injunction issued by Judge John E. Richie in Lima, from entering into any agreement with James Anderson and others for acquiring of the Maxwell mill and using it for the manufacture of wheels and spokes. The request for the injunction was made by the solicitor, Hugh T. Mathers, after he had received a petition from an as yet unidentified property owner requesting the action.

100 Years

March 16, 1917

County Surveyor Maurer, Representative Wildermuth, W.J. Sherman, Benjamin Holtvogt, John B. Borchers, Mr. Arling, Mr. Fleckenstein, Charles L. Windle, special commissioner; attorney C. Marshall and P.R. Taylor, are in Columbus today to appear before the finance committee of the House in the matter of securing an appropriation from the state in the Loramie creek improvements. It’s hoped to obtain $33,000 for this purpose.


Conservation of food was recommended following a meeting of the Commercial club and merchants of the city held last night to discuss the possible railroad strike. Coal dealers present advised they had sufficient coal on hand to last for a time. The electric light company reported it had a 30-day supply of coal. Service director DeWeese said arrangements have been made at the water works plant to use oil if necessary and this could be obtained by truck from Lima.

75 Years

March 16, 1942

Plans were inaugurated for a county-wide salvage drive at a meeting of the Shelby county defense council held last night in the American Legion rooms. Collection of the accumulated salvage will begin on Mar. 23 and will include scrap metal, rags and paper.


Jean Watson, young Canadian contralto, closed the 1941-42 Sidney Cooperative Concert series last evening with a vocal program in the high school auditorium. Preceding the concert, officers for the new year were named, with M.B. McKee elected president of the association. Mrs. Jerome Wagner will be campaign chairman, Oskar Buschmann, publicity chairman; Fred Dull, secretary; Miss Dorothy Morrison, treasurer.


The Anna High school Rockets advanced into the finals of the Class B district basketball tournament at Springfield last night by virtue of a 38 to 22 win over Elizabeth High school of Miami county. It was Anna’s 22nd straight victory for the season and moves them into the final game with Tipp City tonight.

50 Years

March 16, 1967

BOTKINS – Frank Thaman was named president of the Botkins Area Community Club at a meeting of the trustees at the home of Thaman. Other officers elected are Charles Freeman, vice president; Don Gross, secretary; and Don Sommers, treasurer.


ANNA – Petition for a Kiwanis club for Anna with signatures of 29 persons was presented to Ohio District Gov. Frank Whiteman at a district meeting in Springfield Tuesday night. The group of charter members has been meeting in Anna for the past several weeks with Leroy Bishop of the Sidney Kiwanis Club as leader. Bishop presented the petition at Springfield. Willis Ailes is chairman of the nominating committee.


By a vote of 508 to 326, voters in the Fort Loramie school district gave approval to a four-mill operating levy for five years at the special election Tuesday.

The 60.9 percent of the total vote favoring the levy was substantially above the 55 percent required at a special election.

25 Years

March 16, 1992

Retired fire fighter Joe Geuy has seen much change during his career. He began working in 1966. Back then, only 36 hours of training was required. The fire fighters actually took their first aid from the local Red Cross volunteers. In 1992, 200 hours of fire fighting training and 120 hours of EMT training are required. Equipment has changed as well. The only rescue unit in 1966 was a step van, similar to a UPS truck. An 85 foot aerial ladder truck cost $33,000 in 1966. The fire department is now bidding on a 160 foot ladder truck that will cost over $500,000. He recalled the largest fire as the 1968 Goodwin fire.


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