Out of the past


125 Years

September 7, 1891

The framework of the lofty spire of the new Holy Angels Church was put up on Wednesday. It is 165 feet high – or rather the top of the gold cross is that far above the ground. Up to the top of the brick work the distance is 96 feet. The spire is the loftiest in Sidney, that of the court house being next, 148 feet, and it is the highest in the county except that of St. Michael’s church in Berlin, which is over 190 feet.

100 Years

September 7, 1916

Members of Co. L, along with other units of the Third regiment entrained aboard the three special trains at Columbus this morning departed for the Mexican border. Previous to their departure, Corp. John Knox, of Sidney, was selected as drum major for the regimental band.

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The Fort Loramie baseball club has challenged claim of the Sidney Elcos to the title of the best amateur baseball team in Ohio. The teams have met twice and each has won a game and now Fort Loramie wants to play a third contest.

75 Years

September 7, 1941

The state highway department at noon today opened to traffic State Route 47 northeast of Sidney. The road had been closed since July 29, when one of the spans of the bridge across the Miami river collapsed with a truckload of logs on it.

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With school opening today, Mayor John Sexauer issued orders to the police department to arrest any driver caught speeding or driving recklessly in the school zones. He announced that the driver’s license will be revoked if found guilty.

50 Years

September 7, 1966

Raphael Echemann was elected 1967 president of the Sidney Kiwanis Club at a meeting held Wednesday at Johnson’s Banquet House.

Other officers elected include Don Bollinger, first vice president; John Miller, second vice president; John Klipstine, treasurer, and board members Walter Faulkner, Fred Kirk, Roger McGee and Robert Westerbeck.

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A goal of $97,672 for the 1966 Shelby County United Fund campaign was announced today by Therman Chiles, president of the fund’s board of trustees.

In announcing the goal, Chiles noted the amount is approximately $9,000 greater than last year, reflecting the addition of two new agencies this year and additional allocations for several other agencies.

William A. Ross, Jr., was named earlier in the summer to serve as general chairman for the county drive which will be held from Oct. 3 through Oct. 19.

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CLEVELAND – Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, whose 1954 conviction and life sentence in the bludgeon slaying of his pregnant wife were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, pleaded innocent in a loud voice today when he was charged with second degree murder in her death.

He posted $10,000 bond immediately after a 22-minute arraignment and was freed to await retrial.

25 Years

September 7, 1991

MOSCOW (AP) – Communist Cuba was put on notice today that its close ties with the Soviet Union are subject to major change. Boris Yeltsin said he favors the gradual removal of Soviet troops from Cuba, while Mikhail Gorbachev said relations with Cuba are “being transformed.”

Cuba’s economy has been devastated by recent cutbacks in aid and trade from the Soviet Union and other formerly Communist countries, as well as by a longstanding U.S. economic embargo after Fidel Castro took power in 1959 in the island nation 90 miles south of Florida.

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Smoke and flames engulfed a house on Michigan Street Friday night, causing extensive damage to the structure.

Gutted by fire was a double residence at 324-326 Michigan St. Neighbors said the house is owned by Jack Burdiss, who lived in one side of the residence. Living in the other side was Kevin Foy.

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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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