125 Years Ago
October 21, 1892
One hundred and thirty-one persons left on the C.H. & D railroad this morning to attend the ceremonies attending the laying of the cornerstone of the Masonic Home at Springfield today.
The bridge over the canal in the C.H. & D railroad, south of town, is being strengthened by adding four piles to its support.
100 Years Ago
October 21, 1917
Several articles have been appearing in this newspaper, discussing the Court street and Poplar street extensions. They have been written by prominent citizens of the city, who are familiar with the territory most benefited by the proposed improvements. The main question is the two propositions in which will be of greater benefit to the city in general and the people west of Wilkinson avenue in particular. At present these people have only indirect routes to the center of the city by way of North street and Campbell street. They are asking for a more direct route.
A machine driven by Roy Harmony was involved in an accident in Piqua last evening, when it skidded into a pole while rounding a corner. Although the occupants, all high school students, were drenched by the rain when the top was torn off, nobody was injured.
75 years Ago
October 21, 1942
British troops capture the town of Andriamanalina in the south of French Madagascar , off the east coast of Africa. In the Pacific, delays in deploying recently arrived troops on Guadacicanal force the Japanese to put off their planned attack on the U.S. Marines. Washington agrees to arm and equip 30 more Nationalist Chinese divisions.
Mrs. Bonnie Sherwood and Mrs. Raymond Harning were guests in Piqua over the weekend, when the tenth semi-annual meeting of the grand chapter of the WLW Mailbag club was held in that city.
50 Years Ago
October 21, 1967
Youths of First Christian Church in Sidney are offering an unusual form of insurance against “spooks” during the Halloween period. The policy covers windows and doors of the policy holders’ home. If the windows or doors are soaped, the church youths will clean them. Cost of the policy is $1.25. It covers the period up to Nov. 1.
Joel Gruebmeyer continued to set the indoor pace for the Valley City Junior Rifle Club, during its session at the Armory on Wednesday evening.Recording a 256 with a 96 on prone, 87 kneeling and 71 off-hand. Joel and his fellow shooters were lining up for the first indoor Western Ohio Junior League match at Xenia’s Woodrow Wilson High School on November 5.
25 Years Ago
October 21, 1992
Serenity House, a direct service care unit and one part of the recently suspended Transitions Shelby County’s alcoholism and drug treatment program, is going to a new address. In a consolidation move triggered by a lack of state funds, the facility formerly at 115 W. South street, will be at 305 S. Ohio, the former Transitions location. Darrell Henthorn, juvenile probation officer, licensed social worker and board member of Serenity House, sees a definite need to continue the direct service care. People in these recovery programs coming out of Dettmer and other such facilities, can’t just go back to where they were. They need to learn independent living, establish a reputation, gain self-confidence and outlet such as Serenity House can accomplish this.
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