125 Years Ago
October 20, 1892
Hon. H.H.. Harshbarger went to Columbus yesterday, where in company with the state officers and members of the state legislature, he will leave on a special train over the B & O to attend the dedicatory exercises of the World Columbian Exposition.
Jacob Schuler has moved from Loramie to Sidney. He will take charge of the mechanical department of the Robertson marble shop.
Someone attempted to steal turkeys from John Orr in Orange township last night. In the effort they disturbed Orr, as well as the turkeys, and were driven off before they got them.
100 Years Ago
October 20, 1917
In conference with state officials in Columbus yesterday, Mayor Crozier and solicitor Doorley were advised that the whole coal situation has been taken out of the hands of the state government by federal officials. No immediate relief was promised. The two officials reported that 27 carloads of coal were needed in Sidney at present time to keep the local plants going and that eight car loads a week were needed for domestic purposes.
W.H. M cCloskey, a member of the board of elections, will leave for Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Ala., tomorrow afternoon for the purpose of securing the vote of the Shelby county soldiers now at the post. He will take the supplies and ballots necessary to handle the vote of the 91 men now at the camp. Supplies will be taken to Camp Sherman later.
75 Years Ago
October 20, 1942
Sgt. Forest Bertsch of Sidney, is back safe at his base in England, after the Flying Fortress, of which he was a member of the crew, was shot down in the English channel. The local man was a waist gunner on the plane which crashed, following the air assault on Lille, France last week . The men were picked up within 35 minutes after hitting the water, according to the report given International News Service, by Lt. Donald A. Swenson, pilot of the plane.
The Sidney High School Yellow Jackets failed to cash in on four scoring opportunities last night and were forced to settle with the Piqua Indians by a 6 to 6 score.
50 Years Ago
October 20, 1967
Activities in the Sidney Jaycee Halloween festival, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 31, will get underway at 6 p.m. with street dancing on the north side of the square. Dave Stang, chairman for the program, made this announcement today as he outlined further plans for the project designed to offer Shelby county, youths an evening of Halloween festivities. Marion Zimpher will be master of ceremonies for the street dance, to be followed by a parade to the football field where costume judging will take place. Assisting Stang in completing plans for the event are Jaycee members Ed Egbert, Carl Cartwright, Zimpher and Jerry Kaufman.
Mrs. James Stockstill is the new president of the Gardens Beautiful Club. Serving with her will be Mrs. George Harmon, vice president; Mrs.A.B. Richerson, secretary; and Mrs. Bernard Santo, treasurer. The officer’s were installed at the regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 16. Mrs.George Burry, retiring president, presented each new officer with a corsage.
25 Years Ago
October 20, 1992
Bridgeview Middle School seventh grader Cheryl Heintz, 12, test flied her “Super Swooper” paper airplane in the school cafeteria Monday as other students watched. New Horizon program students at Bridgeview learned about airplanes and tried out their models. Miss Heintz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heintz, 231 Sandpiper Place in Sidney.
Sidney High School senior Donita Harger, 17 was all smiles after being crowned SHS homecoming queen before the Yellow Jackets football game with Vandalia-Butler Friday night. Crowned homecoming king was Lon Cooper, 18, the son of Lenita Cooper, and the late Lon Cooper. Miss Harger and the late Donald Harger. Sidney won the game 52-7.
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