Out of the past

125 Years

February 10, 1896

The population of Sidney has increased about 2,000 persons since the census of 1890. Persons who do contracting and building inform us that the outlook for building this spring is good.


At the meeting of council last evening, a petition signed by 100 citizens of Sidney was presented, asking council to take some action toward advancing Sidney from an incorporated village to a city of the second class and fourth grade. A resolution was offered by Mr. Royon that Sidney be advanced and that the mayor be instructed to give notice of a vote on the advancement at the next regular election.

100 Years

February 10, 1921

Horace Markland, of Covington, KY., formerly of this city, and Mike Pfefferle will open an office here in the near future for the Dyanshine Shoe Polish Co. They have the distributorship for 18 states and plan to maintain a headquarters in Sidney.


Miss Jessie Ayers Wilson presented some of her vocal and piano students in a musical at the Presbyterian Church. Among those participating were: Lillian Sexauer, Katherine Bixler, Myra Collier, Winifred Woodruff, Bernice Sargeant, Isabell Collier, Annalee Shinn, Dorothy Brantigam, Mildred Taylor, and Willa Crumbaugh.

75 Years

February 10, 1946

Members of city council at their meeting last night adopted a resolution authorizing the purchase of the W.S. Pryor property for garbage disposal purposes, and also approved a second resolution to exercise an option given by Leonard Solomon for 19 acres in East Sidney for a similar purpose. The city solicitor was also authorized to prepare legislation for the drilling of two additional wells to augment the city’s water supply.


Thurman Platfoot was elected president at the organization meeting of Farm Bureau Council No. 13 when members met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Clayton last evening. Roy Sherer was named vice president, and Ruth Clayton, discussion leader.

50 Years

February 10, 1971

“READY TO GO” That’s how Coach John Kremer described his Fort Loramie Redskins in advance of their important home game with Jackson center this Friday.

After 17 straight victories, the Redskins lost their first game of the season at Russia, 64-63, last weekend. The Jackson contest is a MUST for the Redskins if they are to take undisputed first place in the Shelby County League.


The new evening-meeting Kiwanis club in Sidney held its organizational meeting Wednesday evening at Burk’s Banquet House, elected Edwin Neuce as its charter president, and selected its official name – the Sunset Sidney Kiwanis club.

Other officers elected include: James Haag, first vice president; George Fernandez, second vice president, and James Cain, treasurer.

25 Years

February 10, 1996

The board of directors of Monarch Machine Tool Co. on Tuesday hired an investment banking firm as the company’s financial adviser. During an annual meeting, Monarch management also reported a switch from the negative to positive in net income from 1994 to 1995.


The students in Henry Stolley’s economics class at Lehman High School are participating in a stock market game co-sponsored locally by Smith Barney Inc., and nationally by Securities Industry Association.

The game not only teaches students about the role of the stock market in the economy of the United States, but it also places students in decision-making situations that require research, judgment and analysis.


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