Out of the past

    125 Years

    Feb. 11, 1898

    At the annual election this week, the following directors and officers were named for the Shelby County Building and Loan Association; directors, William Piper, John H. Taft, John Loughlin, C.W. Frazier, W.A. Perry, Louis Kah, Jr., and M.L. Heffelman; officers, D.R. Orbison, secretary; James O. Amos, treasurer, and D. Oldham, attorney.


    H.T. Mathers and E.D. Maxwell, of this city, have each secured a third interest in a patent street railway switch and car attachment. The patent covers an arrangement by which a car can run into a switch or around a corner onto a different track without stopping the speed of the car.


    At the meeting of the board of education last night, E.L. Steenrod was elected to a position in the Sidney public schools at a salary of $55 per month, a vacancy having been made by the resignation of G.W. Henderson.

    100 Years

    Feb. 11, 1923

    The first meeting of the recently reorganized Company I, 148th Infantry, Ohio National Guard, will be held at the armory the evening of Feb. 15. All members, officers and public-spirited citizens interested in the work of the National Guard are urged to be present. The armory will be overhauled and put in good condition. Captain of the ceremony is W.W. Masteller, with L.S. Dexter, first lieutenant and Charles M. Cowan, second lieutenant.


    Frederick Steil, who has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Harriet Hubbel in this city for the past several months, left today for San Francisco, from which city he will sail for China. He will be located in Hong Kong, where he will have charge of the offices of the Standard Oil Co.


    A series of five sermons on present day problems will be given at the 4 o’clock vesper services at the First Presbyterian Church, starting Sunday. The topic for the first sermon by Rev. Love will be; “The tendency of our times. Is the race improving or going downhill?


    The Kenton High school basketball team defeated the Sidney High team at the local gymnasium last evening by a score of 29 to 13.

    75 Years

    Feb. 11, 1948

    Formation of a junior chamber of commerce in Sidney appeared a certainty today, following a preliminary meeting last evening at which 25 young local men expressed a desire to establish a chapter here. A delegation from Lima was present and conducted the orientation meeting. Marion Russell and Don Thomas were named temporary chairman and secretary respectively. Harold Harris, Thomas Anderson, Jr., and Dr. David Siehl were appointed to draft a constitution.


    George Gagoudy, local businessman, for the 12th consecutive year has been named to head the annual Easter seal sale for crippled children in Sidney, it was announced today. The local seal drive again will be sponsored by the Sidney Rotary club.


    Three Red Cross representatives from the Shelby county chapter returned home late yesterday from a Columbus meeting attended by representatives from 190 chapters in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky. At the session Mrs. Eva Loudenback, executive secretary, Judge Huber Beery, campaign chairman, and Mrs. H.E. Scheiber heard Basil O’Connor, national president, outline details of the new $10 million national blood program.

    50 Years

    Feb. 11, 1973

    Jackson Center’s long, bleak pursuit of the basketball game has finally paid off in something else besides reverse. The Tigers’ hoop hunter was appeased when they nudged Fairlawn’s Jets, 71-96, in a Shelby County League engagement on Fairlawn’s floor Friday night.


    Named as Botkins High School’s 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow is Chandra L. Schaub. She will receive a specially designed award from General Mills, sponsor of the annual contest, and is eligible for state and National honors.


    DEGRAFF – An estimated $5,000 damage was done to the Mid-States Container Corp., 117 Boggs St., Friday at 9 a.m.

    A machine caught fire in the north end of the plant, firefighters report. No injuries were reported.

    25 Years

    Feb. 11, 1998

    A mechanical failure resulted in residents of Arrowhead Subdivision in Washington Township being without water for about five hours this morning. Some valves failed on iron filters at the treatment plant leading to the outage. There are about 150 customers on the Arrowhead water system.


    PIQUA – The JC Penny store in the Miami Valley Centre Mall will be among those to participate in the company’s “Dream Days” promotion to benefit the U.S. Olympic committee. During “Dream Days,” scheduled Sunday and Monday, customers may buy a $5 commemorative coupon and save 25 percent off regular priced merchandise, including USA Olympic brand apparel.