Out of the past – Sidney Daily News



125 years

July 10, 1896

Eight bids were received by county commissioners at their meeting this morning for the lift bridge over the canal on North Miami Avenue in Sidney. The plan presented by Bellefontaine Bridge and Iron Co., with an offer of $ 2,890, was adopted, but the state must approve the plan before the bridge can be awarded.


Sheriff Ailes forwarded his annual report to the Secretary of State this week. It shows that during the year 78 people were incarcerated in the county jail. The total cost to keep these people was $ 1,221.32, an average cost per day for each person of just over four cents.


The dates September 22-25 have been set for the Shelby County Agricultural Institute’s 37th Annual Fair.

100 years

July 10, 1921

An ideal swimming spot for families and children has been provided by BA Mires along Mosquito Creek, just west of the Mosquito Creek Bridge, northeast of Sidney. Surrounded by luxurious shade, there is a body of water approximately 200 feet long by 70 feet wide, with a sandy bottom and a gradual increase in depth towards the center which is approximately six feet. Dressing buildings were erected to serve swimmers.


The country home of Mrs Christian Stephenson, in this town southeast of Pemberton, near the Shelby-Logan County line, was destroyed by fire last night. The house was occupied by Virgil, Mrs. Stephenson’s son and his wife who cultivated it. The house was a two-story structure with eight rooms. Household items on the ground floor were rescued.


The County Registrar’s Report for the year ending June 30, 1921 shows 843 deeds registered, covering 4,420 acres with a consideration of $ 636,033; 487 mortgages registered for a consideration of $ 1,571,786 and 436 mortgages canceled for a consideration of $ 992,135. In all cases, the total was significantly lower than last year.

75 years

July 10, 1946

Daniel Runkle has been named Grand Knight of the Sidney Council of the Knights of Columbus. With him: Ed Dooley, vice-grand knight; Ralph McLain, speaker; Arthur Carter, Chancellor; Hugh Cartwright, director; Roland Beery, lawyer; Rev. EC Lehman, chaplain.


Sidney Memorial Post 4239, Veterans of Foreign Wars, made contractual arrangements for the Shelby County-wide sale of General Marshall’s “Victory Report,” a historical handbook describing World War II victory in Europe and the Pacific . A feature added to the book will include the contributions Shelby County made to winning the war.


A new showroom has been added to the LB Ferree plumbing facility at 825 East Court Street. This is in addition to an enlarged showroom. The company has been located in Sidney for 11 years.

50 years

July 10, 1971

Sidney’s attorney, David Shuffelton, and deputy county engineer Steve Hubbell were elected to the Shelby District Scouting posts on Wednesday evening.

Shuffelton has been named district president of the Boy Scouts of America and his new role automatically makes him a member of the Miami Valley Council board.

Hubbell has been appointed district commissioner and is also a member of the council commission staff. He will be in charge of the “unit service” and according to James Risk, a district executive, this position is diverse and covers a wide range of functions.


Shelby County Election Council officials are waiting – like everyone else – to realize the full impact of Ohio’s June 30 law that will allow 18-year-olds to vote for the first time Of the history.

The offices of the Monumental Building board were re-elected at the annual meeting held on Wednesday afternoon in the office of Secretary, Harley Knoop.

The officers are: WR Anderson, president; J. Oliver Amos, Senior Vice-President; Joseph G. Monnier, vice-president; Harley Knoop, secretary-treasurer; Robert Dickas, superintendent; Fire Chief Vernon Millhoff and James Lonsway.

25 years

July 10, 1996

The new fire station in downtown Sidney is quickly taking shape. The new 6-bay station is under construction next to the health service. Chief Stan Crosley said he expects the station to be ready by the end of September. City Manager Mike Morton said the station was being built to meet “the city’s needs for the next 50 years.”


There should be a new owner of the Wagner Mfg. Company by the end of September. “There are five parties interested in buying the company and three are expected to make an offer,” said Paul Saxton, chairman of GHC, the holding company. The company is expected to post a loss of $ 1.4 million for the second quarter of this year.

This news from previous editions of the Sidney Daily News is 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


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