Out of the past


125 Years

August 3, 1891

If the walks around the public square were paved, the Valley City would have the finest promenade within a radius of 60 miles. It would be 1,400 feet long – a quarter of a mile – and shaded as it would be, few places would compare with it.

100 Years

August 3, 1916

An empty freight car ran wild on the Western Ohio tracks late yesterday afternoon. The car became uncoupled near the Jimtown power house. Rolling upgrade to the Wapakoneta hill, it picked up speed at that point traveling at a rather lively rate on Main Avenue, across the canal bridge and railroad track, through the business section. It made the turn to the west at Court and Main and was finally brought to a stop in front of the ticket office in the Monumental building, when motorman Ira McCune of a passenger car at the station, climbed aboard and set the brakes.

75 Years

August 3, 1941

The world’s largest skillet, measuring four feet in diameter and six feet in all, including the handle, is on display in the window of the Sidney Furniture Co. A reproduction of the new Wagner “pre-seasoned” cast iron ware; the skillet will be used in a display at the housewares show in Atlantic City.

50 Years

August 3, 1966

Steps toward a decision on a joint vocational high school for Shelby County and adjacent area are expected to be taken at a meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday in the speech room of Sidney High School. Only preliminary estimates are available thus far on the cost of such a school. Some figures indicate construction costs would be about $1.3 million.

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Construction of the new Northtown branch of the First National Exchange Bank will get underway by early next week, it was announced today by W. Ray Anderson, president of the financial institution. The announcement followed the signing of contracts on Wednesday for the construction of the new building to be erected at 1222 Wapakoneta Avenue.

25 Years

August 3, 1991

ANNA – Miami County resident and educator Charles “Charlie” Rhyan was hired as the new superintendent of Anna Local Schools by the Anna Board of Education. Rhyan was selected by unanimous vote at the conclusion of a special school board meeting Thursday night. He was one of two candidates interviewed during an executive session held prior to the vote. He succeeds Phillip Cornett, who left Anna after 23 years to accept a similar position with Greenfield Local Schools in Highland County.

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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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