Out of the past


100 years

June 24, 1915

Clarendon Havinghurat, the first of the advanced men sent out by the Cott-Albert Chautauqua Co., of Cleveland, for the 1915 season, is in Sidney this week , meeting members of the local committee who have charge of the Sidney Chautaqua. He is also distributing advertising material for the week-long program which will open July 19th and run through July 25th.


By order of the board of education, the playground will be closed all day on Sunday and from 9 o’clock on each evening during the week. Persons found on the premises outside the regular play hours will be subject to arrest. Smoking and use of tobacco in any form on the playgrounds is strictly forbidden.

75 years

June 24, 1940

A large number of interested Minster citizens and farmers residing along the north shore of Lake Loramie met last evening with the Auglaize county commissioners and Jackson township trustees for the purpose of devising some means to halt what they believe to be the unnecessary flooding of Lake Loramie, resulting in damage to farmlands and crops as well as State Highway 119.


Seven names have been added to the DAR good citizenship roll from the senior classes of the schools this year. These include: Rita Bensman, Anna; Louise Le Master, Sidney High; Helen Helmllinger, Jackson Center; Patricia Munk, Houston; Rita Magoto, Russia; Evelyn Bird, Perry Township; Vera Kaufman, Botkins. This is the fifth year that selections have been made for the citizenship roll.

50 years

June 24, 1965

Some 50 children’s books will soon be made available to the boys and girls of Sidney and Shelby county as a result of a recent gift made to the Amos Memorial Public Library. The new books were purchased from money made available to the library by the Sidney Kawanis Club. Each book will carry a special book plate stating that it was presented by the local service club.


Cadet Terrence L. Lachey, a 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence F. Lachey Jr., has begun an intensive six-week training program at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. The program, which began June 18, is an important part of Cadet LaChey’s participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Dayton.

25 years

June 24, 1990

A Sidney native was aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Midway during a fire and explosion Wednesday but was not injured his family has learned. Chief Petty Officer James Lawson, chief radioman on the ship, is the son of Charles Lawson and Billie Jean Lawson. He has a son Jesse living in Sidney. James Lawson was not involved in the incident and was several floors above the explosion, the Navy told his stepmother when she got through on the the family emergency phone line. Lawson, 38, is a graduate of Sidney High School who lists Sidney as his home. He currently resides in Japan with his wife Gomko, where the Midway is stationed. He has been in the Navy 19 years. The incident took the lives of two crewman and seriously injured 16 others.


NEW YORK — Nelson Mandela took his message of hope and unyielding struggle to church today where the South African revolutionary thanked U.S religious leaders for their help in the fight against apartheid. “ You are our comrades in arms, you are our brothers and sisters”. We feel perfectly at home with you,” Mandella said today at Riverside Church on the second day of a three-day visit to New York City.

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