125 Years Ago
October 18, 1892
C.E. Betts is here today. He informs us that he has tendered his resignation as cashier of the Standard Wheel Co. at their Fort Wayne plant to take place Nov. 1, and will return to Sidney. Charley’s many friends here will gladly learn of his intention to again be one of us.
George Stoker, of Muscatine, Iowa will open a confectionery store in Johnston’s building, formerly known as the Carroll building.
The Sidney Steel Scraper company is loading a car of mining barrows today.
100 Years Ago
October 18, 1917
The statement issued by the Mayor yesterday afternoon that all persons that have been taking coal from the cars as they pass through the city and at other places will be expected to pay for it and prosecutions will be made in the matter, does not seemed to have stopped the stealing of coal. A large amount was thrown from the cars last night and people were hauling it away during the night and up to noon today. The Mayor said today that evidenced is being secured and he will order steps toward prosecution. In the meantime he reports having received a number of letters from people in need of coal. A meeting is to be held this afternoon with coal dealers and the board of control.
75 Years Ago
October 18, 1942
Harold Linker was elected president of the Sidney Kiwanis club for 1943, when the club held its annual meeting during its regular luncheon meeting yesterday at the Hotel Wagner. Arlington Wiessinger was named vice-president; George Robertson, second vice-president, and Arthur Allinger, treasurer. Named members of the board of directors were: Dr. Harry Barr, Joe Brady, Forest Christian, William Couser, C.C. Crawford, George Lohmire, and M.B. McKee.
Sidney and Shelby county were among those named in new defense rental areas announced in Washington today. The new order, effective Nov. 1, stabilizes local rents as those in effect Mar. 1.
50 Years Ago
October 18, 1967
Initial steps have been taken by the Commissioners to establish a Shelby County Board of Retardation, as provided by a state law passed last July 18. It was learned today that county commissioners have appointed five members of the projected seven-member board. Those named by the commissioners are Charles Finkenbine, of Botkins, Fred Steinke, Sidney relator, Glen Charles, principal of Sidney Senior High School; Capt. William Hood of the Sidney Salvation Army, and Mrs. Sylvia Shaw, housewife, Highland Avenue.
Dr. James Fink, local dentist, and president of the Shelby County Deer Hunters Association, and Gary Cromes took the trophies, in the October shoot of the Deer Hunters, on their premises Sunday. Cromes broke 49 out of 50 birds, while Dr. Fink was best on the trophy rifle test, with Elsner runnerup.
25 Years Ago
October 18, 1992
Susan Kennedy usually takes a long time to get into the water when she goes swimming in her family’s backyard pool at 1716 Broadway Ave. But that wasn’t the case Tuesday when she dove into the deep-end of the pool in an instant-ignoring the cold water-to rescue a 3-year old boy who had fallen in and was lying at the bottom, face down. As a result of her quick action in pulling the boy out of the pool, and the efforts of her boyfriend, Scott Owens, 17, who performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation, the boy Kyle Wilkerson, is recovering in the intensive care unit of Children’s Medical Center Hospital. Doctors say, that although he is still in critical condition, he should make a complete recovery. Sidney Fire Chief Stanley Crosley praised the actions of the teenagers, saying,” they certainly were a significant factor” in keeping the pre-schooler alive.
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