Out of the past

125 Years

February 26, 1896

The meeting of the stockholders of the Sidney Electric Railway Co. and others interested in the enterprise, held at the Wagner House last evening, was one of the most enthusiastic and unanimous business meetings ever held in Sidney. An audit of the subscriptions showed 401 shares, amounting to $10,025, had been subscribed. A total of 379 shares were present at the meeting in person. The stockholders elected the following to the board of directors: I.H. Thedieck, Charles Timeus, Hugh T. Mathers, Fred Colburn, and Frank Hunter.


A blacksmith and wagon-making shop, near the residence of Ed Pruden, in orange township, four miles south of Sidney, caught fire last night and was entirely destroyed by the blaze.

100 Years

February 26, 1921

Under the emergency bill passed by the House late yesterday and which now goes to the Senate, the Old Miami and Erie canal, from Middletown to Defiance, the Sidney feeder and the Mad River feeder at Dayton, are abandoned for canal purposes, but all rights are to be maintained for the possible barge canal from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.


A large number of people called the Business Girls last evening during the open house arranged to provide the community an opportunity to view the new premises. A musical program was presented throughout the evening by Smith Forrar, accompanied by Miss Betty Bates; Miss Edna Cook, Mrs. G.R. Rhees, Mrs. Homer Crusey, and Mrs. Fred Griffis.

75 Years

February 26, 1946

The possibility of a break in the long General Motors strike loomed this afternoon.


With the local Red Cross membership drive scheduled to get underway Friday and extend through the month of March, the final pre-drive meeting was held last evening in the assembly room of the court house. Ernest R. Brett, Red Cross field representative from Washington was the principal speaker. Dr. Clayton Kiracofe is chairman for the 1946 campaign which will seek to raise $18,800.

50 Years

February 26, 1971

VERSAILLES – The No. 1 class “A” basketball team in the state added the Tri-County League championship to its list of awards here last night, as the Lehman Cavaliers downed the Versailles Tigers 68 to 59.

Versailles, fresh off last week’s victory over Fort Recovery, had previously been undefeated in the Tri-County League. The victory was Lehman’s 15th in a row, and 17th, in 18 games.


Alpha Gamma Chapter Delta Theta Tau Sorority held a social meeting in the north town branch of the First National Exchange Bank.

Mrs. Lloyd Applegate, president, conducted a pledging ceremony for Mrs. James Risk. Assisting was Mrs. Franklin Dulaney, chaplain.

25 Years

February 26, 1996

The regular meeting of the Gateway Grandmother’s Club was held recently at the Holiday Inn. Lucille Monger served as hostess, giving each member a handmade cross and a meaningful poem.

Marie McCellan presided at the meeting. Roll call revealed that 10 members were present. Long accounts of the previous month’s activities were given, dealing mainly with the inclement weather and the “joys” of being snowbound.


Sidney City Council unanimously endorsed the conception of a local senior citizens center Monday night, an action that does not commit any city funds to the project.

Council chambers were filled with about 30 senior citizens, or “seasoned” citizens as former Sidney Mayor Jim Humphrey likes to call them. Humphrey chairs a steering committee which has been meeting periodically to discuss the possibility of establishing an senior center for the Sidney/Shelby County area.


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