Out of the past

125 Years

November 15, 1892

The Board of Improvement held a meeting last night to consider a proposition relating to the establishment of a large iron-working industry here. The visitors were satisfied with the results of the meeting and will prepare plans for a plant. These will be submitted to the board which will ask builders to estimate the cost of construction.


The ordinance regulating the market has been more or less ignored in reference to its closing, the tendency being to sell as long as there is something to sell. It is the intention of the market-master to enforce the ordinance, and for the next five months the closing hour – 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning and 8 o’clock on Saturday evening are expected to be recognized.


Democratic jollification meetings are the order of the day. One is on tap at Plattsville tonight, another at Loramie tomorrow night and still another at Botkins on Friday night.

100 Years

November 15, 1917

Harry Custenborder and George Mills of this city are among the 388 men who have volunteered for the 408th Motor Supply Train which has been organized at Camp Sherman. This unit will probably be sent overseas in the next few weeks, the first men to go from Camp Sherman to the front.


A backfire in the engine set fire to the machine of Fred Thompson, or Port Jefferson, near Poplar Knob on the Montra-Jackson Center pike last night. Thompson ran to the home of W.K. Harvey for assistance and the latter used a Clinton fire extinguisher he had to put out the blaze. The engine and entire front portion of the car were heavily damaged.


American troops are reported to have suffered casualties in the German attack on their sector in France.

75 Years

November 15, 1942

Registration for gasoline ration cards for automobiles and motorcycles will start in Shelby county on Nov. 18 and run for three days. The registration will be held in the schools of the city and county, according to the announcement by the ration board. Applicants are to report to their nearest school.


Rent registration is making considerable progress at the local rent control office, according to Ray Boller, Jr., and T.J. Kerrigan, local OPA rent officials. They reminded local landlords today that registration must be completed by Nov. 25.


The Navy announced today that Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker and all but one of his seven companions have been found alive by flying boats in the South Pacific. They had been missing since their plane went down Oct. 23. One flyer died and was buried at sea.

50 Years

November 15, 1967

Wilbur Piper of 226 East Court street, won $300 in the Lucky Barrel drawing when his name was fished out Tuesday at Bunny’s Pharmacy. Now worth $100, the barrel is at Shelby Hardware for a week.


FORT LORAMIE – The Fort Loramie American Legion will celebrate a mortgage burning with a dinner-dance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at its building on Main street. The $10,000 mortgage has been paid off in the past four years. In 1963, the Legion borrowed $10,000 to build an addition where they could accommodate more persons for the chicken dinners which they hold each month. Profits from these dinners have been used to pay for the addition.


ANNA – William Van Horn was named president of the Anna Civic Club at its annual election dinner Monday night. Other officers for 1988 are Charles Fridley, vice president; Douglas Short, secretary; Cloyd Smedley, re-elected treasurer. Homecoming chairman is Jim Harpest. Kay Billing, Paul Workman and Bob Bell were named trustees.

25 Years

November 15, 1992

The results of the state cross-country meet are in. The Anna boys had a good day, finishing fourth in Division III. The Lady Trojans, under the guidance of Coach Mielke, finished ninth. Dan Bensman was 30th overall for the Anna boys. Jamie King, the outstanding Lady Trojan, finished sixth. Her time was 19:01. That was her third best time ever.


The Baumfolder strike is ongoing. The workers walked out 13 months ago. The disagreement was between the company and the International Association of Machinists Union #2661. Dennis Baker, president of the Union appeared at city council. He urged city council to support mediation of the dispute. It looks like there is momentum toward establishing a mediation date.


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

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