125 years ago
Friday, Aug. 11, 1892
One man was killed and several other person were hurt last night when a westbound passenger train crashed into the engine of the local freight train near the Main Avenue crossing of the Big Four railroad. The wreckage was scattered along the tracks from Main to Miami Avenues.
100 years ago
Friday, Aug. 11, 1917
In the list of persons named by the War Department for training at the officers reserve training camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison today, were included the following from this county: Arthur W. Davis, Jackson Center; Walter E. McCorkle, Dawson; and Ben Pfefferle, Columbus.
75 years ago
Friday, Aug. 11, 1942
The 1942 Holy Angels parish picnic, held last night at the Shelby County fairgrounds, ranks with the most successful of the many held in recent years. Richard Salm and William Salm were the general chairmen of the numerous working committees, with Mrs. T.J. Kerrigan and Mrs. Frank Schlagetter in charge of the dinner committee.
Fort Loramie’s new township house and fire station will be dedicated at an elaborate celebration to be held the afternoon and evening of Aug. 15, it was announced today by village officials. A parade will precede the actual dedication program which will be followed by a band concert by the Fort Loramie High School band in Bender’s Park.
50 years ago
Friday, Aug. 11, 1967
A cruiser of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department was placed temporarily hors de combat Sunday when its windshield was shattered by a buzzard. The large bird flew into the windshield while Sgt. Herman Dieters was returning a prisoner to the county from Columbus. The bird was not cited.
25 years ago
Friday, Aug. 11, 1992
Dirt is being moved as the grading work has begun for a new adult softball complex on city-owned property on Riverside Drive adjacent to Custenborder Field. The city hopes to have the fields playable by the 1993 softball season, according to Recreation Director Robert New.
Matthew Leach, son of Pamela Wheeler and Gene Leach, stands in the doorway of a pre-cast modular cell unit that has been set up at the site of the proposed new jail on Gearhart Road. The unit was set up to help builders see what the pre-casts would look like.
The annual Area Energy and Electric Golf Outing (formerly Sidney Electric Outing) was held at Shelby Oaks Golf Course Thursday, with 144 taking part. And when it was all over, there was a logjam at the top. Three players tied for the championship as John Blust of Dayton, Jim Theiman of Sidney and Tony Zender of Piqua all shot 73. And the three shared the first-place trophy because there was no playoff.
Goffena Furniture, 110 W. Poplar Street, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, with three generations of the family currently involved in the operation of the furniture store. Marcel Goffena, 78, started the business in downtown Sidney. He is now semi-retired. His son, Michael, is now president. Also working in the store are Michael’s sons, M. Jon, as sales manager, and Matthew, as customer relations manager. Michael’s wife, Patricia, is vice president.
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