Out of the past – Sidney Daily News

125 years

October 6, 1897

At a meeting in the courthouse meeting room last night, a football team was formed with Frank Conklin, Port Jefferson, president; A. Kauer, secretary; Frank Hussey, Treasurer; John Munford, captain and William O’Leary, manager. Nineteen players have expressed interest in forming a team.


LR Norton, Lewis Parker and Frank Grant, of Westfield, Mass., a board committee of the United States Whip Company, arrived here yesterday afternoon. They’re here to talk to the city council about getting a title deed for the Underwood Whip factory.


A new choir has been organized to provide music for services in the ME Church. It is made up of Ms. Charles Benjamin, Ms. Forest Christian, AM King and Fred Forsyth. DR Orbinson is the new organist.


Harry Oldham, of this town, entered law school in Cincinnati.

100 years

October 6, 1922

The Xenia Board of Health, which is being organised, has contacted the local council for a date when they could come to Sidney to get information on how it will operate here. They said the Sidney board’s plan had been suggested to them by the state council as worthy of adoption. They are expected to come to Sidney in the coming weeks.


The American Legion football team is quickly building to form and will be ready to show Sidney fans some high-class football when they take to the field for the season opener on October 15. The American Legion team from St. Marys was booked for the opening game.


About 30 members of the Women’s Gym class hiked in sports gear to McCloskey School last night. There they have built a huge bonfire and armed with roasting sticks and lots of sausages, bacon and apples make quick work of light refreshments.

75 years old

October 6, 1947

Lightning in the severe thunderstorm yesterday afternoon was blamed on the fire which destroyed a large barn and most of its contents on the Ray Fishbaugh farm, five miles south of Sidney on the Dixie Highway. Helped by volunteers, the family was able to remove some farming tools from the burning structure. Sidney firefighters responded to the call and stopped the flames from spreading to other nearby buildings.


The Shelby County Barn Quartet, consisting of Marvin Apple, James Chrisman, Roger Watkins and Hugh Worthington, will compete in the District Barn Quartet Competition tomorrow night in Spencerville. The band was recognized for their performances at the state fair, local county fairs, and barn meetings.


Barbara Becker, RR 1, Botkins, was selected as the Shelby County winner of the Ohio History Contest, sponsored by Ohio University among high school students in the state. She will compete with other county winners in Athens next week.

50 years

October 6, 1972

FORT LORMAIE – The Kiwanis Club of Fort Loramie held its annual leadership installation on Tuesday.

Lester J. Barlage was officially installed as club president and Paul F. Ahlers as secretary-treasurer. Other officers installed were; Melvin R. Puthoff, first vice-president and Raymond A. Fiessinger, second vice-president.


MINSTER – Dr. TH Will received an Academy of Family Physicians Fellowship at the convocation and inaugural ceremony held at Madison Square Gardens in New York City on September 26.


VERSAILLES – The McGreevy Brothers Lumber Co., established here as a partnership between John and Harry McGreevy in 1950, was sold to Versailles Builders Supply, Inc.

The partners in the new venture are Bernard Bergman, formerly from the Yorkshire area and now from St. Henry and Lester Bernholt, a local builder.

25 years

October 6, 1997

WOZONE, a new service designed to provide information about Shelby and Auglaize counties to computer users who enjoy surfing the World Wide Web, debuted today.

WOZONE is a product of the SDN Creative Communications Group which is responsible for publishing the Sidney Daily News and providing the SDN Info-Quick telephone news service.


Lehman’s talented women’s volleyball team celebrated the opening of their new gymnasium with a 15-5, 15-7 win over Jackson Center in non-championship action on Saturday night. It was Jackson’s second game of the day; the Lady Tigers having beaten Ben Logan in the morning.


There wasn’t much rain in September, with the total falling well below the 100-year average for Sidney.

There was just 1.19 inches of rain recorded in September at the Sidney Wastewater Treatment Plant. Average rainfall in September is about three inches, according to the Miami Conservancy District.

This news from back issues of the Sidney Daily News is 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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