125 Years Ago
October 12, 1891
The Hon William McKinsley, the Republican andidate for Governor, will speak here the evening of October 30. It will probably be an indoor meeting, but the place has not been chosen.
The officers of Co. L will give a liberal award to anyone furnishing information to them regarding the party or parties who break the windows in the Armory out by throwing stones at them or any way doing the same, and they will be handled without gloves.
100 Years Ago
October 12, 1916
The question of seepage at the proposed Lockington dam was raised during the course of the hearing in conservancy court in Dayton yesterday. Chief Engineer Arthur E. Morgan, who is still on the witness stand, said that borings at the Lockington dam disclosed the earth layers there are composed of a clay material through which appreciable seepage is impossible.
The new post office is rapidly approaching completion. Workman are now engaged in inside work. It looks like a church in a wealthy country community of more than a half century ago, than a public building.
75 Years Ago
October 12, 1941
Damages from fire of an undetermined origin at the Copeland Refrigeration Corp. plant about 6 a.m. Sunday, steadily mounted into thousands of dollars today as company officials were invoicing losses which were confined to a landing platform at the rear of the plant where the fire was believed to have started.. Approximately 1500 motors were involved, according to C.L. Curtis, vice president of the firm. Fireman battled the blaze for an hour and a half to prevent its spreading to the rest of the plant.
An estimated 4,000 men from parishes in a five-county area took part in the Holy Name parade and program held here yesterday afternoon. Six bands, including one from Holy Angels, under the direction of Sr. Marie Cecile, took part in the parade from the church to Holy Angels recreation field in East Sidney.
50 Years Ago
October 12, 1966
The 1966 Christmas Seal Campaign will be headed in Shelby county by Harley Knoop, it was announced today by Don Bollinger, president of the County Tuberculosis and Health Association.
An old landmark went up in flames this morning when fire destroyed the large barn on the Richard Frantz property on Doorley road just east of Sidney. The fire in the structure, believed to be 100 years old.
25 Years Ago
October 12, 1991
Shelby County was the site this week of the District 5 Soil Judging contest, with teams from three area high schools earning the right to go on to the state competition. National Trail from Preble County took first place in both the rural and urban portions of the contest, said Wade Wilhelm, vocational agriculture teacher at Fairlawn High School, but Fairlawn and Versailles high school each won third place , respectively, in urban and rural. New Bremen took sixth places in both urban and rural. Teams placing in the first six positions proceed to the state October 19, in Columbus.
Joyce Simpson has an unusual hobby, making people smile. The Sidney woman brings smiles to the faces of young and old alike through her act as Jingles the Clown. Ms. Simpson livens up children’s parties, special company events and elderly nursing homes in her clown costume, a pink court jester suit with 45 little bells. ”They jingle when I walk”, she said. Hence, the name Jingles. “I enjoy making the kids smile”, she said. She also enjoys going to nursing homes trying to bring joy to the residents there.
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