Out of the past

125 years ago

March 3, 1896

There is much discussion in the town of Sidney that now is the time for Sidney to be advanced from a village to a city. Sidney has experienced population growth and a great increase in manufacturing activity. The time has come for Sidney to be a city.


The chances are increasing likely Sidney will have a baseball team. There was another meeting of the interested stockholders held.

100 years ago

March 3, 1921

Doctors O.O. and Vernon Lemaster will be relocating their offices. They will occupy four rooms in the newly constructed DeWeese building on West Poplar Street. The doctors were formerly located on West Avenue.


A deliberate attempt was made to burn the May’s Opera House in Piqua. Someone lit the scenery on the stage. The fire was extinguished, fortunately. The opera house is valued at $200,000.

75 years ago

March 3, 1946

Ralph Given was elected president of the newly formed Sidney Stamp Club. The charter member list stands at 21. Assisting Mr. Given will be Ernest Doak, as vice president, Mrs. L.F. Turley as secretary and Forrest Weller as treasurer.


The speaker gave a stern warning concerning a teacher shortage. Mr. Manahan, and experienced teacher and school man, addressed the meeting of the board of education and teachers in Shelby County. The state-wide elementary teacher shortage is expected to be about 1,500 teachers.

50 years ago

March 3, 1971

Harold McGee of 1026 Broadway Avenue lost $600 when he failed to register for the Lucky Barrel at Flint’s Electric yesterday. An announcement will be made shortly about the next location.


The Lehman Cavaliers had no trouble beating Southeaster in basketball tourney play, winning 69-38. Rangy John Freytag led the way with 25 points. John DeLong added 11 and Mike Jenkins contributed 10. Coach Jerry DeLong’s team is playing very well right now.

25 years ago

March 3, 1996

For the first time in about 25 years, the Anna Rocket boys basketball team will be going to the regional tournament. The Rockets drubbed Mississinawa 66-45 to claim the district title. Their opponent featured twin brothers, both 6 feet, 6n inches, but the Anna team outrebounded them by a large margin. The Rockets are now 20-4 on the season and the only county school still in the tournament hunt, Southeastern shocked Ft. Loramie, 47-45 in the other district game.


There was a terrible fire at the home of Carrie Baker in Maplewood yesterday. Mrs. Baker was out on her porch at about 9:3o in the morning when notice smoke, when the fire department arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. There were no personal injuries. A number of area fire department offered assistance. The Red Cross was also on the scene. Mrs. Baker is residing with her sister in Logan County. Baker is residing with her sister in Logan County.


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