Out of the past

125 Years

July 19, 1892

George A. Smith, of Paulding, has arranged with Philip Smith for the manufacture of a new machine known as the Smith Grain Cleaner and Scourer. As the name implies, it serves two purposes – to clean and scour grain. The machines are made of many sizes, varying in capacity from 10 to 300 bushels of grain per hour. Mr. Smith, the patentee, will move to Sidney the last of the month.


The Piqua papers have been roasting the First Regiment which is in camp near that town. They say the regiment is composed of the lowest and most insulting ones that have ever been in the city. The instances given of some of the members are contemptible and they deserve the horrible roasting they have received.


Ed Hurst, one of the faithful clerks in Piper’s Dry Goods store, has accepted a position at Logansport, Ind. and leaves for there this evening.

100 Years

July 19, 1917

Hearings in the case of the City of Sidney against the C.H. & D. railroad in the matter of the extension of Court street under the railroad was begun in common pleas court before Judge Klinger this morning. The city is seeking to have the property for the proposed improvement appropriated and the railroad company is contending the improvement at this point is not necessary.


William Robson, associate national director of the Loyal Order of Moose, is in Sidney today for the purpose of instituting Sidney Lodge No. 750. The meeting will be held this evening in the Eagles hall.


John F. Given, vice president and general manager of the R. Given & Sons Co., of this city, was found dead in a sleeping car in Washington, D.C. this morning. Death was apparently the result of a stroke of apoplexy. He was apparently in the best of health when he left Sidney yesterday afternoon for Lima, where he was to take the train for Washington.


Miss Margaret Amann has opened a summer term of elocution and dramatic art and aesthetic dancing.

75 Years

July 19, 1942

Sidney and Shelby county will have a big war bond rally on Saturday evening, July 25, on the west side of the public square when certificates of awards will be presented to all manufacturers and merchants in the county who have 90 per cent or more of their regular employees buying war bonds on the payroll allotment plan. A special goal of $40,000 in war bonds sales for that date has been set by Joseph B. Cook, county chairman.


Members of the initial class that have started training as nurse aides, announced today, include: Mrs. Wayne Bell, Mrs. William Burch, Mrs. Taylor Cummins, Mrs. Byron Carey, Mrs. Carl Davidson, Mrs. William Dilbone, Mrs. Glen Hildebrandt, Mrs. George Leckey, Mrs. Don Middleton, Mrs. William Milligan, and Mrs. Ross Moore, Misses Mitzi Kerr, Catherine Etzler, Madge McMahan, and Barbara Shelton.


Permanent appointment of George Kloeker as police chief at Fort Loramie was announced today by Mayor William Quinlin, with completion of the six-month probationary period required by law.

50 Years

July 19, 1967

A goal of $110,078 for the 1967 Shelby County United Fund campaign was announced today by John Heideman, president of the fund’s board of trustees. Heideman noted that the goal is approximately $13,000 higher than last year.


Plans and specifications for the proposed new $650,000 county home will be ready in two weeks. Architect Ferd Freytag told the county commissioners today. Freytag said the job then would be advertised and bids sought for opening at the end of the legal period of four additional weeks. If an acceptable bid is received, work could be started on construction this fall, according to the architect.


Possibility of floodlighting the courthouse has been revived by Shelby County commissioners, it was learned today. Floodlighting was given a brief tryout about three years ago during the Christmas season and then abandoned when questions arose regarding operating cost. The new plan proposes lights near the ground level at the four corners of the court lawn and additional lights at the base of the clock tower.

25 Years

July 19, 1992

Sidney is finally drying out as is the rest of Shelby County. City and County officials have filed their reports concerning the recent torrential rains and the damage. 150 homes were under an evacuation order. Fire Chief Stan Crosley reported about fifty percent of the people in the homes decided to leave. Although there were no deaths, there was a narrow escape. One man was pulled from the Great Miami River. He was travelling down the river in a canoe. The water was estimated to be travelling at 35 to 40 miles per hour. He was pulled from the river unharmed.


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