125 years

March 5, 1896

The Republican primary election will be held today for Clinton Township and the Sidney corporation. It is taking place in the assembly room of the courthouse. The election supervisor is J.E. Russell. Up to press time at 3 p.m. today, 246 votes had been cast for the corporation ticket, 203 for the township ticket and 147 for the school board ticket.


Professor P.W. Search of Los Angeles will deliver a lecture under the auspices of the Century Club of Sidney. He is the brother in law of Mrs. O.J. Taylor and more importantly, the former superintendent of schools in this city. His topic has not been announced.

100 years ago

March 5, 1921

The Jackson Center men’s basketball team had thrown out the challenge to the Sidney team. It was met and then some. The Phi Delts took the measure of the Jackson team by a score of 20-12. The game was for the county championship and was played at the armory.


A big ditch improvement project is being planned for the commissioners of Shelby, Auglaize and Logan counties. It will involve the Great Miami River and the Muchinippi creek. The cost has not yet been determined, the commissioners of the three counties met in Wapak yesterday.

75 years ago

March 5, 1946

The city planning Commission will need to be completely organized to comply with all legal regulations. The announcement was made by mayor W.W. Wheeler. The members currently on the commission will need to resign. They include Robert Bertsch, Murray Ferguson, Joseph B. Cook and William Amos. The mayor was serving as chairman.


Huffman Deatrh has been named commander of the Shelby County Memorial Post No. 4238, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other elected officers include Marion Russell, vice commander, Emerson Setsor, junior vice commander, Clifford Foster, quartermaster and Pearl Johnston, post advocate.

50 years ago

March 5, 1971

Three Houston area youths are among the 280 young people receiving the FFA State Farmer Degree. They are Keith Mohler, Bill Roeth and Alan Strayer. Their advisor is Brooks D. Ware, R.R. 2 of Sidney. The announcement was made by James Dugan, assistant director of Vocational Education.


Two of the three Sidney police sergeants have opted not to take the civil service examination in order to choose the replacement for retiring police chief John Warner. The corporals will now have the opportunity. They are Robert Baseore, Thomas Hibner, Lowell Eidemiller and Jack Wilson.

25 years ago

March 5, 1996

The retirement of some long time educators is on the Sidney Board of Education. Those finishing out their careers are Gary Elsass and Sarah Drake. Elsass was a social studies teacher at Sidney High School. He spent nearly all his 28 year career in Sidney. Drake, the principal of Northwood School, has been in education nearly 32 years. She and her husband Jim will be moving to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. “We are going to retire right on the lake and play lots of golf,” she stated.


One local electrical contractor acquired another, in recent business news. Sollmann Electric purchased the assets of Eagle Electric of Sidney. Sollmann will move its headquarters from 135 South Wilkinson Avenue to the former Eagle location at 310 East Russell Rd. Sollmann has 23 employees and works on projects within a 50 mile radius.


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