Out of the past

125 Years

Sept. 6, 1892

At the meeting of the Sidney Progressive Union last night, the matter of sprinkling the streets received considerable attention. A committee of Dr. Edwin LeFevre, S.J. Hatfield and W.H. Wagner was named to look into the matter. The society believes it best to have the expense of sprinkling the street put on the tax duplicate and have all streets sprinkled.

100 Years

Sept. 6, 1917

That Sidney and Shelby county people are patriotic and loyal, proud of the boys that are going forth to fight in the great battle for liberty and democracy, was demonstrated by the immense crowd that gathered at the armory Wednesday evening to honor them. Talks were given by Perry L. Frazier, a Civil War veteran; P.R. Taylor, and D.F. Mills. Col. W.T. Amos was chairman for the meeting.


Robert Taylor was in charge, with Emerson Deam second in command as the first contingent of Shelby county men left today for military service. They were joined by Lawrence C. Hussey, John Offenbacker, Robert Davenport, Jay Holiday, and William Magel. The second quota of approximately 50 men is expected to leave Sept. 19.

75 Years

Sept. 6, 1942

Every Shelby county registrant for selective service, who is between 20 and 46 years of age may anticipate a call for induction into the U.S. Army within the next few months, unless he is married and living with his wife and children. This was indicated in the instructions received today by the local board from state headquarters. It was further indicated that calls for men will be heavier by October than they have been in July, August and September.

50 Years

Sept. 6, 1967

It was reported today that two women are among applicants for the Sidney postmaster job as successor to William Swonger who retired recently. Should a woman receive a high grade and subsequent endorsement of the Democrat central committee here, it would create a rarity in postal circles, observers say.

A number of women have been appointed to third and fourth class post-masterships, but seldom have they been named to head offices of the first class rating of Sidney.


WAPAKONETA – Neil Armstrong, first civilian astronaut and a former resident of Wapakoneta, said he will attend the Neil Armstrong Airport dedication on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Paving of the 4000 foot runway is completed and taxiways and parking areas are being constructed at the new airport on State Route 219 near New Knoxville. Airport officials plan to invite state and national officials to participate in the dedication.

25 Years

Sept. 6, 1992

COLUMBUS – Gov. George Voinovich leaves Friday on his first overseas trade mission as governor, hopeful of increasing Ohio exports to six nations of Southeast Asia. Accompanying the governor will be Robert Zielsdorf, president of Peerless Machinery Corp., 500 S. Vandemark Road, Sidney.

During the 21-day trip, meetings are planned with government and industry leaders in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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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