Out of the past

125 Years

July 22, 1892

The council committee on the market has decided on a report which will be submitted at the next meeting of the council. It is understood the committee will recommend several changes. Among these would be a change to Main avenue, between Court and North streets on the east side of the street, for location of the market. Hours would also be changed to five to nine on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Chief Covill, of the fire department, has had the lower portion of all poles on which fire alarm boxes are attached, painted white and the alarm boxes given a new dress of red. This causes the fire alarm poles to be easily distinguished from the other poles about town.


The fire department boys chalked up another new record last night. With a standing start, they made a run to South Main avenue, one square and a half, laid 250 feet of hose and were throwing water in 54 seconds. This broke by one second the record reported by the Bellefontaine fire department with 200 feet of hose.

100 Years

July 22, 1917

County Surveyor Maurer said this morning that an extensive road improvement program is now underway in the county. He stated that almost 20 miles of highway will be given tarvia macadam treatment over the next several months in addition to the improvement of a number of gravel roads. The improvement of the Sidney-Wapak road is expected to be completed in the next several weeks and the road opened to traffic.


The first 10 Shelby County men’s names drawn in the army lottery include: Charles Martz, Jr., Gordon Wright, Leo J. Monnier, Floyd H. Smalley, Ralph E. Heineman, Lawrence O. Eschmeyer, Eugene J. Millet, Russell E. Johnston, Harold E. Snow, and Harry W. Wahler.

75 Years

July 22, 1942

Company K of the Ohio State Guard will go into camp next Sunday at Camp Zaleski in southeastern Ohio and final plans for this annual camp are being perfected this week. Membership in the company at the present time is 49, with one vacancy in the ranks.


One industrial firm and two business houses were the first to report 100 percent participation in the Shelby County War Chest, less than 24 hours after the drive officially got underway yesterday noon. Early today, the Liberty Folder Co. reported that all employees had made pledges to the fund. The first business house to report was The Spot, followed closely by Gallaher Drug Co.


W.R. Minton, county chairman of the Boy scouts and spearheading the scrap drive in the city, said today that the city would be divided into five divisions to facilitate the collection of scrap. Scoutmasters in charge of the divisions are as follows: No. 1, Robert Roth; No. 2, James Humphrey; No. 3, Marcus Sellers; No. 4., George Zimmerman, and No. 5, Forest Fried.

50 Years

July 22, 1967

Four Sidney firms were awarded contracts for the construction of additions to Emerson and Longfellow Elementary schools, following opening of bids Thursday noon by the Sidney Board of Education. Courter Construction Co., with its combined bid of $199,000 on the two units, was the lowest of five bidders on the general contract. The electrical contract was awarded Sidney Electric Co. on its bid of $49,832 for the two buildings, the lowest of the two submitted. Lochard Heating and Air Conditioning was the lowest on heating and ventilating with a bid of $34,346.62 on the two additions. The bid of Slagle Plumbing and Heating of $29,700 was the lowest on the plumbing contract.


The new county highway department radio system may be in operation by Oct. 1 County Engineer Carl Roeller reported today that the base and anchor of the 140-foot tower to be erected on the County Home grounds have been put in place. This radio system will enable the engineer’s office and county garage to keep in contact with trucks and other equipment in operation on the roads. Using the same tower will be a fire radio network connecting village departments that have joined in the cooperative program. The network will enable the departments to summon help more quickly when it is needed.


FORT LORAMIE – Joe Kiser and Ray Larger emerged as winners of the weekly horseshoe tournament at Tony’s Place in Fort Loramie on Thursday night. The pair went all the way to the final unbeaten, before bowing to Glen Boehringer and Bob Tebbe, but managed to come back with a win in the pitchoff for the title.

25 Years

July 22, 1992

The James Arthur murder case has been officially closed. Readers will recall on October 28, 1991, the former Sidney resident was gunned down on the streets of Bellefontaine, Ohio. His wife, Stacy Arthur, was the reigning Mrs. Ohio. James Arthurs was shot to death by James Lindberg of California. He committed suicide shortly thereafter. The investigators never found any reason for the Arthur murder.


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