Out of the past


125 Years

November 28, 1891

Dr. H.G. Steely, of Anna, has probably the oldest horse in Shelby County. The animal was purchased in 1865, and was then over four years old, so that he is now in his 31st year. For 10 years, when mud roads were too numerous to mention, the horse was driven steadily by Dr. Steely, but after that he had it easier, and for the last two years has done nothing but eat and sleep on the farm. He has served his master faithfully and is now resting on his laurels.

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If the party who was frightened away from John Heiser’s car of coal will call at his office and identify the mitten dropped, it will be returned.

100 Years

November 28, 1916

In what was one of the fastest football games ever played in Sidney, the local high school lads avenged themselves Saturday afternoon on Lima for the 65 to 9 defeat received from their hands last year. The final count was 6 to 0, although many of the local supporters think the score should have been much larger.

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John Duncan, local agent for the gas company, advises that the gas will be shut off from 12:30 to 3 p.m. tomorrow, while repairs are being made to the main line.

75 Years

November 28, 1941

The work of removing the steel rails, used by the abandoned Western Ohio railway in Sidney, from the corner of Ohio Avenue and Court Street to Walnut Avenue to Fair Avenue to the city limits, will be started tomorrow morning. The work will be done as a part of the Shelby County WPA project and will be pushed as rapidly as possible, having been designated as a defense project.

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A new Boy Scout Troop has been organized under the sponsorship of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, with James Humphrey as scoutmaster and Jason Harger as assistant. Noble Brown is chairman of the troop committee, with other members including: Rufus Humpfrey, Dick Denmark, William Whatley, Harry Turner, Ernest Harger, Edward Lee and George Brown, Jr.

50 Years

November 28, 1966

Robert “Hod” Zimpfer, Shelby county’s only All-Ohio college football star (in the modern era), at least, is still dedicating his life to teaching.

Coming up for him next, however, will be a new role in the educational field – that of director-superintendent of the Wayne County Joint Vocational School to be built in Wooster, Ohio. The Wayne County School will be built at a cost of $2,400,000. It will serve 10 school districts in Wayne County and will offer training in 25 different skilled areas.

Zimpfer was graduated from Sidney High School in 1956 and from Bowling Green State University in 1960. He subsequently received a master’s degree from Toledo University in 1964 and is now studying at Kent State University for an advanced degree in education.

25 Years

November 28, 1991

The Anna community has a lot on the plate right now. Jon Hulsmeyer, the service director of Anna, announced there will be new projects in the village for the next five years. The Board of Public Affairs will have jurisdiction. The projects involve the installation of new water and sewer lines- all due to the expansion of the Honda of America plant south of Anna.

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There is a new mayor in Lockington. He is 36 year old Jerry Brock. Brock was a write in candidate on the ballot. However, the incumbent mayor, Raymond Gilmore, decided not to seek the office after the ballot was printed. Mayor Brock says new people are moving into the village and he wants to see the village “move forward.”

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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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