Out of the past

125 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1892

Another wreck occurred on the Big Four railroad early this morning near the scene of the disastrous one a few weeks ago. A parlor coach of the first section of the Niagara Falls excursion from Illinois jumped the track about 1:30 near the Main Avenue crossing. The train ran past the second bridge over Tawawa Lake race before it was stopped. It was a wonder more damage was not done. The wreck caused a delay of about four hours.

100 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1917

The first annual golf tournament will be held at the Sidney Country Club on Saturday. A number of prizes will be awarded with the championship silver cup being donated by E.E. Kah. A tournament for the ladies is being arranged for the future.


A half-cent increase – to 2 ½ cents per mile – has been granted the Western Ohio Railway Co. by the Public Utilities Commission, effective Sept. 1. The increase, first to be granted an electric railway in the state, came over protests by traveling men.

75 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1942

A county-wide drive to collect a quota of 2,346 tons of scrap metals was inaugurated last night at a meeting of representatives of all defense councils held in the city building. Approximately 90 individuals were present to hear the program outlines.


Aunalee Crusey, Sidney’s contribution to the national sports picture, again is in the limelight, winning her third straight national casting title yesterday at the American Casting Association’s tournament.

50 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1967

Named on the dean’s high honor list for the second semester at the College of Wooster, Richard Amos, has been awarded the Wagner prize in chemistry for his senior year.

Plans for the construction of a 100,000 square foot addition to its plant in Sidney were announced today by Copeland Refrigeration Corp. In making the announcement this morning, Frank J. Gleason Jr, present of the local industrial firm, said the addition will be used for an expansion of the machine shop. Copeland officials stated the value of the plant expansion is set at $800,000 to $1,000,000.

25 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1992

Photo: Breaking ground for the new Northside Commons Retirement Community in Sidney are Richard Scott, Thomas Shoemaker, Emerson Wagner, who are partners in S.S.W. Development which is developing the project; Doris Blackston, mayor of Sidney; John Hoying, president of Bank One in Sidney; and Scott Hinsch, president of Star Bank Corp. in Sidney. The facility along Russell Road in Sidney will include 10 buildings with three units each.

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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