Out of the past

125 Years

Sept. 4, 1892

Some of our businessmen were not in the best of humor last night, and they had cause – the gas was so poor that customers had to be turned away owning to an inability to show goods. The poor light was caused by air getting into the pipes, which we are sure our merchants hope shall not happen again.

100 Years

Sept. 4, 1917

At their adjourned meeting last evening, members of city council authorized the purchase of a Ford Form-A-Truck to draw the fire ladder wagon. Councilman Baker again brought up the matter of raising hogs in the city limits. He said he saw no objections to raising a few of them on the outskirts of the city if they could get permission from the board of health, adding the pig pens should be of cement and kept clean.


Frank Rinehart and E.E. Trout have rented the building formerly occupied by M.M. McIntyre as a livery barn at the corner of Poplar street and West avenue and will conduct a taxi, auto storage and vulcanizing business.

75 Years

Sept. 4, 1942

George Wagner was installed as commander of Sidney Post 217, American Legion. During the formal installation program held last evening in the Legion hall, at which Richard Lindemann, second district commander, officiated. Fred Pruden was installed as first vice commander; Henry Thaman, second vice commander; Joe Raterman, treasurer; Dr. Ray Comstock, adjutant; Harley Clark, chaplain; Taylor Cummins, historian; Adrian Laughlin, sargeant-at-arms. Trustees are: Emerson Deam, Charles Benjamin, and Dr. Ray Comstock.


A special service will be held Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church to dedicate the “Service Honor Roll” containing the names and a picture of the 30 members of the congregation now in the armed services.


The fall of Stalingrad appeared almost inevitable today. Reports indicate that only a miracle can save the city now encircled by 400,000 German troops.

50 Years

Sept. 4, 1967

DEGRAFF — Bruce Keenen, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Keenen has been chosen as one of the recipients of Miami University Alumni Association freshman scholarships in the 1967-68 year.

He is a graduate of Riverside High School where he was valedictorian of his class. The Alumni Scholarships ranging in value from $170 to $520.50 are presented each year to outstanding freshmen who demonstrate potential for both scholarship and leadership.


A class project that just won’t stop! Carol Lynn Neuce, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Neuce, 619 Lynn Street, Sidney, planted a sunflower as a class project during the last school term. During vacation, she brought the plant home and replanted it in her backyard. At the time, the plant was about four inches high.

Soon after replanting, someone stepped on the plant, breaking it nearly in half. But it quickly righted itself and today has reached a height of more than 12 feet and is still growing. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says sunflowers can grow to 15 feet. At the rate Carol’s sunflower is growing, they may have to rewrite the Encyclopaedia.

25 Years

Sept. 4, 1992

Della Moniaci has struggled with the “tough times” but through it all she vowed to get off public assistance and make something of herself. She hopes to become a role model her children can point to with pride.

At the age of 37 with a college degree and a paralegal diploma, she is now facing the biggest challenge of all – landing a meaningful position in the midst of troubled economic times.

“I have been put down so many times in my life,” she says with a smile. “I guess you have to sink to the very lowest point before you can start the long climb back. I’m still climbing but the peak is finally in sight.”

“My grandmother stuck up for me and told my dad girls could be whatever they wanted to be in modern times.”

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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