Out of the past

125 Years

July 22, 1891

George Blake and Bert Wilson, with a canvas boat well stocked with provisions, started down the Miami River yesterday and expect to reach Cincinnati tomorrow or Thursday. The boat is rigged with a single sail, and they carry a strong tent. At night, they will anchor and erect the tent on shore for sleep as well as to keep up practice as land-lubbers. For the return trip, they plan to try the canal.


The brick masons on the Church of the Holy Angels quit work this morning. The cut stone trimmings are not ready and there will be some delay on this account.

100 Years

July 22, 1916

The final meeting of the Boosters Club to complete plans for the trip to Kirkwood next Tuesday will be held tonight in the office of Bennett and Oldham.


Miss Beulah Young was hostess last evening to a group of friends, honoring her house guest, Miss Margaret Henne, of Mansfield. Following a theater party at the Mall, the guests were entertained in the Young home. The guests were Agnes Bayley, Eleanor Boyer, Jeanette Mathers, Velma Sargeant, Dorothy Loudenback, Eulalia Spillman, Lenora Flinn and Mary Ellen Rosser, of Connersville, Indiana.

75 Years

July 22, 1941

The picture of Adolf Hitler, erected at the aluminum bin on the north side of the square, was completely destroyed sometime last night. The poster had been erected at the bin to give added interest to the current aluminum collection campaign. Police are investigating the vandalism.


William Waldo Mustaine of Dayton, is in Wilson Memorial Hospital with a fractured left arm received when a team of horses bolted at his father’s farm home, five miles north of Sidney. The father, Frank Mustaine, received a broken leg 10 days ago in a similar accident with the same team of horses. The son had been here over the weekend to assist with farm chores.

50 Years

July 22, 1966

PIQUA – Rev. Robert E. Von Kaenel, pastor of St. Marys Church since 1944, has been named dean of the Sidney Deanery by Archbishop Karl J. Alter. He will continue as pastor of the Piqua parish.

Rev. Von Kaenel succeeds Msgr. Edward C. Lehman, pastor of Holy Angels Church, Sidney, until his death May 31. The deanery is composed of all Roman Catholic parishes in Shelby, Darke and Miami Counties. His duties include assisting the bishop of the diocese in administration work within the confines of the deanery.


New officers of the Sidney Knights of Columbus, Council 659 were installed Wednesday night, with District Deputy Kenneth Copella conducting the ceremonies.

Succeeding James Theis as grand knight is Herbert McVicker. Other officers installed include: John Heuker, deputy grand knight; Keith Coffman, chancellor; William Baker, warden; Leon Steinke, financial secretary; Ron Pulfer, treasurer; Bernard Carter, recording secretary; Thomas Kerrigan, advocate; James Mawhorr, inside guard; and Richard Wood, Kenneth Copella and James Theis, trustees.

25 Years

July 22, 1991

Folks at the Shelby County Fairgrounds were entertained in fine fashion yesterday. The Army’ s famed Golden Nights, a specialized parachute group, performed. Again. The team of 70 plus 7umpers has logged over 16 million jumps since 1959 with only 7 fatalities. They started their jumps at 12,000 feet. The only female member of the group is from a small town in Ohio. Ohio.


The nude sunbather case is finally over. The parties had not settled the matter, and a jury had been called and was ready to hear the evidence. At the last minute, the defendant changed his plea. One count of public indecency was dismissed, and the remaining count was amended to disorderly conduct. The defendant claimed he was merely sunbathing in the nude when noticed by the neighbors.


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

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