Out of the past

125 Years

Sept. 11, 1892

Mrs. Clara Conklin returned to Ohio Wesleyan University this morning where she will resume her work as teacher in English language and literature.


J.K. Cummins, J.S. Laughlin and Ben A. Amann went to the reservoir today fishing. They started at 3 a.m. and took in more moonshine than sunshine.

100 Years

Sept. 11, 1917

On display at the Shelby county fair this week is the new Prima washing machine, developed by Robert Anderson of this city. The machine is the result of three years of study by Anderson. It depends upon “surface tension” to wash clothes and cuts in half the time required by other machines to do this type of work. It is being demonstrated at the fair by W.E. Baumgardner and the Sidney Electric Co.


Harry C. Conner received a cablegram from his son Lt. Franklin Conner from somewhere in France indicating that he had arrived safely overseas. His son reported to Washington several weeks ago after being commissioned in the medical corps.

75 Years

Sept. 11, 1942

John W. Fletcher, mayor of Unalaska, near bomb-torn Dutch Harbor, Alaska, will visit Sidney on Sept. 15 in connection with a war bond tour of Ohio. Joseph B. Cook, county bond chairman, in making this announcement today, said that Fletcher will speak from the west steps of the court house at 4:45 p.m. At the same time, Cook said that county purchases of war bonds this month were lagging behind the $163,000 quota.


Moving with greater speed than any source had previously suggested, President Roosevelt today revealed that he hopes on Monday to launch a nationwide restriction program on the use of gasoline. Indications are that the country’s motorists will be limited to an average of four-to-six gallons a week.

50 Years

Sept. 11, 1967

The ancient Shelby County Deer Hunters Association hopes to have its clubhouse completed and ready for occupation, as a highlight of its 109th annual Fall Shoot on Sunday. According to club officials, work has been progressively established on the organization’s first home in its long history, which makes it the oldest sportsman group of its kind in all of North America.

Two thirds of the club house has been painted and most of the exterior siding is installed, but the interior will require considerable work before it is ready for the winter months.

25 Years

Sept. 11, 1992

COLUMBUS – Kirk Herbstreit will start at quarterback for Ohio State Saturday when the 17th-ranked Buckeyes take on Louisville in the season opener for both teams. He will get the start because of his head and personality as much as his arm and legs.

“We’re more laid-back, I think we feel comfortable, everybody as a whole, from the receivers to the running backs to Herbie to the line,” senior center Paul Long said. It’s like you’re out there with 11 of your best friends. You chat a little before the play is given. It’s just really settled down.”

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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