Out of the Past


100 Years

May 12, 1916

At a meeting of the conservancy board of directors at Dayton yesterday afternoon, the official plans for the conservancy district were adopted, the final hearings having been held during the morning when minor changes were effected. The estimated cost of the program has been set at $23,500,000. The actual work of building the dam basins is expected to get under way as soon as possible.

75 Years

May 12, 1941

John McSweeney, of Wooster, a prominent Ohio Democrat, will be the principal speaker at the annual Shelby county Jeffersonian banquet it was announced today. The affair will be held May 27 in the Masonic temple. Harold Mason, Democratic floor leader of the Ohio house will also appear on the program with local candidates.

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A cast of 12 has been selected to present “Going Places,” the annual senior class play at Sidney High school. Included in the cast are Bill Milligan, Helen Kingseed, Jane Deam, George McCracken, Dorothy Binkley, Homer Schamp, Virgil Alexander, Barbara Lonsbury, John Bothel, Christine Neer, Ruth Maurer, and Jane Murray.

50 Years

May 12, 1966

Mrs. Willard C. Warner (Kathy McCasland), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCasland, 330 Grant street, has received a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Florida. She majored in elementary education and graduated with honors.

She and her husband will be in Winter Haven, Florida, for six weeks while he finishes his undergraduate work. After that they will make their home in Crescent City, Florida.

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Despite an increase in total enrollment, Shelby county’s seven rural schools will graduate fewer seniors this year than in 1965. The total for the coming commencements is 267. Last year it was near 300, with actual senior attendance in the opening six weeks of the 1964-65 school year being 302.

Graduate totals by schools this year are: Anna, 54; Botkins, 32; Fairlawn, 35; Fort Loramie, 36; Hardin-Houston, 48; Jackson Center, 42; Russia 20.

25 Years

May 12, 1991

L. Jack Van Fossen, former Sidney resident, has been named president and chief executive officer of Red Roof Inns Inc.

The naming of a new president caps a general corporate reorganization of the lodging chain. Van Fossen, 53, of Columbus has been a board member of the Red Roof Inns since its inception in 1972.

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Sidney Mayor William McMillen has been chosen the 1991 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Shelby County.

The Shelby County Coalition on Aging/Area Agency on Aging selected McMillen in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Hospice, American Association of Retired Persons Chapter of Sidney-Shelby County, the Tri-County Community Action Board, Shelby Senior Citizens, Sidney City Council, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Salvation Army Board, the Tri-County Mental Health Board, Fair Haven Shelby County Home Advisory Board, and several other boards serving the county.

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These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (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 (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org