125 Years Ago
October 12, 1892
If anyone wishes to see the difference between keeping the streets clean their full width and having patches of pasture along the edges, he is directed to notice Miami avenue from North street to the Big Four railway. The residents of that part of the avenue have taken it upon themselves to clear the entire roadway and gutter of grass and weeds. As a result, the avenue, which is 61 feet wide, is one of the handsomest in Sidney.
Another case of diphtheria was reported on Sunday. The family lives on Pomeroy avenue. This makes 26 cases since the disease manifested itself here and five deaths-two of which occurred on Sunday.
100 Years Ago
October 12, 1917
Following an inspection of a number of locations as a possible site for the aeroplane landing field near Sidney, the field representative from the Aviation field at Fairfield, has indicated that the tract of land on the Oldham farm on the Dingman pike is the most satisfactory.. Located on the top of the hill east of the Oldham home, it extends a half mile each way and is almost as level as a floor.
Harry Conner, Jacob Webber, Elmer Marrs, George Kay, Herman Sneely, and Mace Valentine motored to Camp Sherman over the weekend, remaining through Monday with the Shelby County boys stationed there.
75 Years Ago
October 12, 1942
The Shell service station, located on South Dixie highway at the south entrance of the city, had been opened to the public and is in operation under the managership of L.W. Sherman. He will be assisted in the operation by L.E. Vesper.
Miss Helen Hobby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Holly, Sidney has joined the ranks of the women’s auxiliary army corps and is training in Baltimore, Md., from where she will be transferred to Des Moines, Iowa.
50 years Ago
October 12, 1967
Carleton Umstead, president of the Shelby County Fish and Game Association, revealed today that the local organization will restock, the area with adult pheasants for the forthcoming hunting season.
After an absence of six weeks due to an attack of flu and complications County Commissioner John Gepfrey, of Loramie township, was back on the job today. Gepfrey was greeted warmly by his fellow commissioners, Roger Elsass, and Merton Maxwell, who said his advice and council has been missed.
25 Years Ago
October 12, 1992
COLUMBUS, Ohio- A former Playboy Playmate is demanding $70 million in a lawsuit accusing Playboy of negligence in her alleged rape and in the death of her husband. Stacy Arthur, 23, formerly of Bellefontaine and Sidney, filed the lawsuit Monday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Ms. Arthur, a former centerfold model, claims two security guards and a butler drugged then raped her Oct. 6, 1991, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. About three weeks later, her husband James, also a former Sidney resident, was killed by a Woodland, Calif., man who met Ms. Arthur while she was working on Playboy’s 900 telephone line.
The State of Ohio today notified Shelby County that a 2.4 million grant for construction of the Shelby County Jail/Sheriff’s Department will not be delivered until no threat of litigation exists. Litigation against the county is based on the collection of taxes for the new facility.
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