125 Years Ago
October 17, 1891
The shooting match on the farm of George Blake in Perry township yesterday was well attended. W,M, Kingseed had the best luch with the gun, and Howard Emiey claims a place near the bottom of the class. A bee tree was cut, and about 30 pounds of wild honey was distributed among the marksman.
The Klute band returned from Fort Recovery. It had been there three days and furnished the music for the centennial arranged in observance of General St. Clair’s defeat.
100 Years Ago
October 17, 1916
While approaching the Western Ohio bridge just south of Lockington last night, the southbound limited struck a cow that had wandered onto the tracks. The car was derailed and several of the passengers, as well as members of the crew, received minor injuries. It was expected to be mid- afternoon today before traffic could be resumed. In the meantime, passengers are being taken by taxi to and from Piqua to the wreck scene.
C.A. Sexauer has eight acres of the finest celery ever grown in his celery patch south of the city. Mr. Sexauer began using celery from the patch this week and from now on will have fresh celery every day.
75 Years Ago
October 17, 1941
John Lewis Webster, of Sidney, is one of the members of the crew of the destroyer U.S.S. Kearney, reported by the Navy Department to have been torpedoed 350 miles southwest of Iceland sometime this morning. Early advices indicate that the destroyer was not sunk, but members of Webster’s family are anxiously awaiting further word.
The headquarters battery, composed of Sidney and Piqua men and under command of Capt. Henry J. Wallbrun, of Sidney has received a special commendation for the enviable record at Camp Shelby, Mississippi .The commendation was issued by Major General Robert S. Beighler, commanding officer of the 37th division.
50 Years Ago
October 17, 1966
Book club members opened their 1966-67 year Friday October 14, when Mrs. Urban Doorley .the president entertained in her South main avenue home. Serving with Mrs. Doorley for the new club season are Mrs. Cable Wagner, vice-president ; Mrs. Charles Manchester, secretary; and Mrs. Eva Loudenback, treasurer.
Miss Jean Gossard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gossard, Sidney has been named October’s AWS Woman of the Month at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. Miss Gossard is a senior German major at the university.
25 Years Ago
October 17, 1991
Esther Overman celebrated her 101st birthday recently at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community, where she resides in the health care unit. Mrs. Overman was born on her parent’s farm in Miami county, the youngest of 13 children. She relates that “It was great to grow up in a large family”. She enjoyed playing in the barn and on the gate swing. She also enjoyed making ice at a nearby pond. In those times social life revolved around the family. An interesting part of Mrs. Overman’s farm was the “weaning house”. It was located near the main house and as children married they would reside in the “weaning house” until they could build their own home. Mrs. Overman has always been full of fun and has a sense of humor. In years past she has enjoyed needlework.
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