Out of the past

125 Years

November 17, 1892

The heavy wind last night broke the spire of the Baptist Church. It broke about five feet from the top, but did not fall and is leaning far out of perpendicular. Awning racks and high fences were also damaged by the gale which held its force all night. The tops of smokestacks at the Sidney Tanning Co. and the factory of the American Steel Scraper Co. were also blown away in the gale.


The Shelby county deer hunters who have been in the forest near Dunbar, Wis., for three weeks, reported their luck to C. Kingseed yesterday. George Linder leads and has killed six deer; James Wilson scores four; W.M. Kingseed and Louis Meyer, two each, and J.E. Bush, one.


T.F. Shaw and Brice Smith have formed a partnership in the livery business.

100 Years

November 17, 1917

Lifting of the embargo on coal for domestic use in Ohio and Michigan, effective tomorrow, will enable the county to adequately care for the immediate needs of consumers, member of the coal committee believe. By the latter part of next week, they expect to have the situation much relieved.


Ed Wolf has been elected president of the Sidney Cooperative Co. Other officers include: Joseph Bailer, vice president; Arthur Altenbach, secretary; Ben Higgins, treasurer; directions, Dan Toy, Phillip Moser, Frank Cowan, Milton Kingseed, Harry Meckstroth, Cliff Wagner, W.H. Harmony, Robert Snyder, and Robert Bertsch. The company expects to conduct a grocery in this city, with the possible expansion into other lines. Stock is offered at $10 a share.


The superintendent of schools in Bellefontaine, Urban, and Sidney have selected the subject for the triangle debate to be held after the first of the year between the schools. The subject is: Resolved, that the time has come when the United States must establish the same immigration laws for the Asiatics as for the Europeans.

75 Years

November 17, 1942

Formal opening of the new Elder Theatre in Jackson Center will be held Thursday evening, Elder Duff, builder and owner, said today. The new theatre in downtown Jackson Center will have a seating capacity of 500 and will supply a long-felt need in that community. For several years, the merchants of Jackson Center have provided free movies on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.


Members of the cast who will present the initial Sidney Theatre Guild production of the season, “Out of the Frying Pan,” were announced at the meeting of the guild last evening. They include: Homer Maurer, John Bothel, Robert Peoples, Miss Clara Kramer, William Rapp, Virginia Stump, Mrs. Huffman Dearth, Jean Gagoudy, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Emley, and John Davis, Jr.


Mrs. Eugene Bemus was elected president of the Martina Society of St. John Lutheran Church when members met yesterday. Miss Roberta Timeus was named vice president, and Mrs. Fred Kaser, secretary-treasurer.


American and British task forces today pushed farther into Tunisia for a showdown battle with Axis troops seeking to maintain a foothold in North Africa.

50 Years

November 17, 1967

WASHINGTON – President and Mrs. Johnson celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary today, their first as grandparents, closer and more devoted than in the early years of their marriage. No announcement has been made of what festivities are planned, but undoubtedly there is going to be a cake and exchange of gifts. Asked recently what he would do if he had his live to live over, the President promptly replied: “I’d marry Lady Bird again.” On this week he confided, “She gets better to live with every year.”


Possibility of a third gasoline service station at Wapakoneta avenue and Russell road was seen today in a real estate transaction. It was announced that the Standard Oil Co., of Ohio, has purchased the B. & K. Root Beer site at the northwest corner of the intersection from Larry and Beverly Goble. Plans of Sohio are indefinite, but are believed to point toward a service station at the point which is located about a mile south of the I-75 – County Road 25-A interchange. Price in the real estate deal was not disclosed.


Miss Augustine Cianciola was first place winner when scores were tallied at the 500 Club meeting. The games were enjoyed in the home of Mrs. Victor Jennings Tuesday evening, November 14. Other winners were Mrs. Sam Paimisano, second; Mrs. William Carey, third; and Mrs. Theibert Schrader, travel.

25 Years

November 17, 1992

City council is considering setting up a storm water advisory group. Council members noted the City had experienced floods in December 1990 and July 1992. City manager Bill Barlow is suggesting the formation of a storm water management task force to make recommendations to council. Volunteers will be sought for the position.


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