Out of the past

125 Years Ago

October 10, 1891

The enterprise gas well named in honor of the spirit that presided over gas ventures in 1885, has experienced a new birth, and if reports be true the gas well is on a tear. Yesterday it blew up the house that has sheltered it for years and set the timbers on fire. The pressure is said to have increased to a respectable force. The well is 1,276 feet deep.


The Sidney Broom Co., shipped nearly a carload of brooms to towns in the southern part of the state today.

100 Years Ago

October 10, 1916

QUICK FACT- 25 Years prior in 1891 farm land in Shelby County was $25.03 per acre. The total value of farm land in Shelby County was $6,330, 290.18.


George Level, who has been unconscious since suffering severe head injuries earlier this week was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital in Dayton this morning. He has been in the city hospital since he was found along the big four tracks.


The Boston Red Sox again won the title of baseball champions by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers yesterday afternoon 4 to 1. This gave the series to Boston with four victories and only one defeat. Immediately after the game a wild demonstration took place on the baseball field.

75 Years Ago

October 10, 1941

Members of the board of directors of the Sidney Boys Club gave approval to the final plans for the club’s financial campaign at their meeting last evening, and appointed a special committee to develop program plans for the New year. Members of the committee named by President Carl Berger are Cecil Watkins, chairman, Ferd Freytag and John Whitney.


Seven elk, three deer and five antelope were brought home by a party of local hunters when they returned yesterday from 10 days of big game hunting in the Grand Tetons area of Wyoming. Included in the party were: G.E. Strum, Dick Dormire, Thomas Studevant, and H.H. Dearth, of this city; Cleve Oakley and Ralph Zimpher of Maplewood, and Lawrence Hussey of Port Jefferson.

50 Years Ago

October 10, 1966

Mrs. Jack Rhees was named president of the Newman Fortnightly Club when the club began its sixty fourth year this week. Assisting Mrs. Rhees for the next club year will be Mrs. Harold Dunlap, vice president; Mrs. Frank Gleason, Jr.; secretary, and Mrs. Frank O’Leary, treasurer.


Probate Judge Lieudell E. Bauer announced today the appointment of Mrs. Edwin Masteller as a member of the Board of County Visitors. Mrs. Masteller was named to a term expiring April 20, 1968. She is president of Monarch Cleaners and has been active for years in welfare programs. She was a member for 10 years of the Child Welfare Board and has done volunteer nursing duty at Wilson Memorial Hospital.

25 Years Ago

October 10, 1991

Brenda Hall a second grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School, is the Sidney City Schools Teacher of the Year for 1991-92. School administrators selected Mrs. Hall for the local honor and forwarded her name to the state Teacher of the Year competition. The Emerson teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton College and a master’s degree from Wright State University is now in her 24th year as an educator. Mrs. Hall said her favorite part of the job is “the children, their complete honesty, their complete eagerness”. Everyday with them is different day”, she added. “My job is never boring.”


Mark Schemmel, the new Shelby County Sheriff, spoke to members of Sunset Sidney Kiwanis Club Wednesday night. Schemmel said a number of jobs including criminal investigations, issuing restraining orders, jail operations and law enforcement are performed by hi staff. Schemmel said the department has 36 persons on staff and eleven marked cruisers and other vehicles. He noted more computers are being added and staff is being trained in their use.


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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