125 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1892
The price of hogs is higher than at any time since 1882. The best stock commands 6 ½ cents a pound. It is a remarkable condition of affairs when a good porker is worth more than 30 bushels of wheat.
The price of flour in Sidney was never so low as it is now. A barrel, 196 pounds, bring only $3.60, which is slightly less than two cents a pound. This is almost one-fifth the price of the leading staple in war times, when it brought $15 a barrel. The mills are not receiving much wheat, for at the price of 60 cents a bushel, very little is offered.
100 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1917
The post office will be open from 8 to 9 on Christmas morning and the carriers will make one delivery of mail. The rural carriers will also go out.
Police Chief O’Leary has received orders from the fuel commission spelling out provisions for “lightless nights” on Thursday and Sunday of each week. Use of electric signs and lighting of store windows, where places of business are not open to the public, is prohibited by the order. The police chief said the order will be enforced.
75 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1942
A total of 133 Shelby County men today were in various stages of induction into the armed forces, county selective service board. Fifty-two left this morning for physical examination; 39 have enlisted with the local board receiving credit, and 42 others left this afternoon for active service at the conclusion of their seven—day furlough following physicals last week.
Christmas was brought just a little closer for more than 60 underprivileged children of Sidney yesterday, when the Sidney Kiwanis Club entertained that number at their annual Christmas party at the Hotel Wagner. Arnold Henke was chairman for the affair, assisted by William Couser, Dr. Clayton Kiracofe, Arthur Amos.
50 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1967
JACKSON CENTER – Creating some noteworthy comment here is the outside lighting display at the Thurman Prince home, 211 South Linden Street. Prince said the focal point is a moraine locust tree which is strung with 2,555 miniature bulbs. Altogether, the yard has 6,200 bulbs, each of them hand painted, Prince said, adding an explanation: “You know how women are with knitting. Well I’m the same way with this display. I just keep adding and adding.”
25 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1992
Anna High School named seniors Ryan Householder and Paula Smith, both 17, homecoming king and queen Friday during halftime of the Anna-Houston game.
Photo: Dawn Davis holds Emily Melling, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Melling, one of the first enrolled in the new Infant/Toddler Care program at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. Ms. Davis is director of the program, for which an open house and ribbon-cutting is planned for noon on Dec. 29 at the YMCA.
Sketch: Santa, with cheeks like roses and his nose like a cherry, brings a Christmas message in this drawing by Lowell Elementary third grader James Belt. Including today, there are three shopping days left before Christmas.
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