125 Years Ago
October 14, 1892
A broken spindle , shaft and mashed down dashboard were the result of a traction engine running through the crowded streets this afternoon. The broom factory delivery wagon was standing in front of Lierman’s paint store, when the horse became frightened at the approaching engine, wheeled around and crashed into John Skillen’s buggy with horrible results.
Columbus Day will be observed by the Sidney schools on Oct 21, if the present epidemic of diphtheria permits. The official program will be given in front of each building and additional exercise will be taken in each room, marking the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
100 Years Ago
October 14, 1917
The coal famine is being felt in Sidney, with many dealers unable to get coal to deliver to their customers. Croft’s Laundry announced today that it would shut down Monday until a new supply of coal can be secured. In Bellefontaine, Mayor Kennedy has indicated he will take action to seize some coal in the yards of the Big Four railroad unless dealers are able to obtain coal to meet the emergency. Reportedly there are 100,000 tons in the railroad yards, but efforts to purchase some for local use have been unavailing.
William Orbison, who has completed his course of training at the aviation school in Atlanta, arrived in Sidney yesterday for a furlough.
75 Years Ago
October 14, 1942
A test of Sidney’s air raid warning system will be made tonight, A.N. Hemmert, commander of the civilian defense corps, said today. Hemmert requested local residents to refrain from calling the control center, the police or fire department for information.
Co. K , the local unit of the Ohio state guard, held night maneuvers and combat tactics in the vicinity of Roadside park, south of the city, last evening. Frank Marshall, captain of the company, said this morning that there are still a few openings in the unit at the present time. Co. K is now equipped with shotguns and 45 caliber Thompson sub-machine guns.
50 Years Ago
October 14, 1967
Sidney gained almost 2,000 in population since the 1960 Census, as of Jan. 1 of this year, on the basis of an estimate compiled by the Economic Research Division of the State Development Department. According to Miss Arlene Eis, chief of Population Studies of the division, Sidney’s population as of the first of this year stood at 16,612 persons. At the same time, the study showed an almost 3000 person increase in the population of Shelby county. The 36,802 estimate as of last Jan. 1 compares with 33,886 at the time of the 1960 census.
PITTSBURGH- The Pittsburgh Pirates today named Larry Shepard, a pitching coach with the Philadelphia Phillies last season, to succeed Danny Murtaugh as manager.
25 Years Ago
October 14, 1992
Television news journalist and Sidney native Rebecca “Jenny” Crimm drew upon her experiences in business when she addressed guests at the Holiday Inn sponsored by several local clubs- The Book Club, Book and Travel Club, New Century Club and The Shakespeare Club. Ms. Crimm is the daughter of Helen Crimm and the late Dr. Eugene Crimm. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in communications and broadcast journalism and has worked at WEWS-TV in Cleveland for 16 Years. Currently she serves as news analyst on the Morning Exchanged Show on WEWS, anchors the noon news program and provides news cut-ins during a two-hour morning talk show aired by the station.
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