125 Years Ago
October 23, 1892
The town of Botkins had quite an excitement last night. Tom Lafferty, of Fort Wayne Ind., and Jim Baily, of Lima, arrived for a prize fight. About 9 o’clock the party drove to Freyburg and had a fight in Klopenstein hall. The admission was $1.50 and $300 worth of tickets were sold. Lafferty was knocked out in six rounds.
The prevalence of diphtheria in our city during the past month has been a constant source of anxiety on the part of parents. Two weeks ago, when new cases were reported at the rate of two or three a day, there really began to be a good cause for alarm. However, there has been but one new case reported in the last week and at present there are not more than four or five cases in town.
100 Years Ago
October 23, 1917
Acting upon the request of Herbert Johnson, Ohio Fuel administrator, Mayor Crozier has appointed a coal survey committee for Sidney. Members of the committee are: W.E. Kilborn, F.D. Christian, W.J. Emmons, Dr. J.W. Costolo, and P.R. Taylor.
The Wiley home on South Miami avenue was the scene of a Halloween party last evening when the Misses Mary Wiley and Clara Guy were hostesses at a dinner party for the clerks of Piper’s store and Mrs. Wilbur Piper and Mrs. John Roy.
75 Years Ago
October 23, 1942
Price ceilings was an item of discussion at the regular meeting of the Sidney Merchants association last evening, with Leo Mc Farland reporting that most local merchants were in compliance with price regulations. Milton Bennett stated that any merchant who felt certain ceilings on items were wrong should file an appeal with the local ration board.
Nine Sidney women were recognized at a special ceremony in the council chamber for their work as members of the nurses aid corps. Included in the group were: Mrs. Wayne Bell, Mrs. William Burch, Mrs. Don Middleton, Mrs. Taylor Cummins, Mrs. George Leckey, Mrs. Carl Davidson, Mrs. William Milligan, Mrs. Byron Carey, and Miss Madge McMahan.
50 Years Ago
October 23, 1967
PASCO- Two area churches Pemberton Methodist and Pasco Evangelical United Brethren, have become a yoked parish. The Pemberton congregation voted last Sunday to join with Pasco. The jointure in advance of a national merger between the EUB and Methodist denomination, details of which are being worked out now. The EUB is a merged church between the Evangelicals and United Brethren. For Shelby County it’s a first.
The 1967 Shelby County United Fund campaign stood just under the 91 per cent mark on the basis of returns compiled at headquarters Thursday evening. Reports received up to that time showed $91,651.49 pledged and contributed toward a goal of $100,578.
25 Years Ago
October 23, 1992
MONTRA – A mere eight years after the first “successful” airplane flight ever, an”aeroplane” was already in the air over Montra. Edward and Milton Korn of Snider Road, south of Montra, were making half mile hops across a Montra farm in 1911. Two other Ohio brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, had made the first flight Dec. 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. The flight was 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds, with the longest flight that day being 852 feet and lasting 59 seconds. The Korns had heard about the Wright Brothers in nearby Dayton and were reading mechanical magazines. As a result they developed an interest in flying, according to their sister, Amelia Mowry of Lake Charles, La. “One time when they were building the plane they took a goose up to the top of the windmill and released it to see how the wings worked.” The Korn brothers were truly early aeroplane pioneers.
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