Out of the past


125 years ago

March 31, 1896

A fair-sized crowd attend the Paul Dunbar entertainment last evening. The program was at the M.E. Church in Sidney. Mr. Dunbar, the poet form Dayton, was delayed when he missed his train. He performed a series of readings from his works.


One evening last week. Samuel Wagoner of Perry Township, was at a camp fire on his property reading about the war in Cuba. The paper caught fire. The paper was half consumed before he noticed it was on fire.

100 years ago

March 31, 1921

Last evening about 160 members of the Knight of Columbus inspected their new facility which has been purchased from the Taylor estate. Of particular interest was the former headquarters of the Masonic Lodge on the second floor. The House Committee of the K of C is in charge of taking care of the space in the new K of C building at the corner of Main Avenue and Poplar Street,


The Onward Class of the First Presbyterian Church has elected the following officers: Mrs. W.A. Graham, teacher; Mrs. Fred Schultz, president; Mrs. G.A. Lohmire, vice-president; Mrs. H.P. Daugherty, treasurer and Mrs. Steven Reeder, secretary.

75 yeas ago

March 31, 1946

Eugene Elsass of Anna won the public speaking contest sponsored by the Anna grange. In winning the gold medal over the other contestants, he will represent the district in the state contest.


The Navy officially announced today it envisions a fleet someday which will have ships powered by atomic energy along with guided missiles and pilotless planes which will sweep the skies at more than 1,000 miles an hour.

50 years ago

March 31, 1971

An estimated 700 American Cancer volunteers from across Ohio attended a convention in Columbus. From Shelby County the following persons were in attendance: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Berning, Mrs. Freida Seigel, Mrs. Virginia Becker, Joseph Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Davis Zepernick and Mrs. Elizabeth Borchers.


Two new board members were named to the Wilson Memorial Hospital Board recently. They were local attorney Gene Elsass and Dr. John O. Beigel. Re-elected to the board were James Kerg and Virgil Kattau. The elections were held at the hospital’s 4oth annual meeting.

25 years ago

March 31, 1996

There will be a renewal tax issue will be on the ballot for Sidney voters this spring. It will be a tax raising funds for Dial-A-Ride as well as many other important governmental operations. The tax will be a half percent income tax levy. It will generate about $3 million in revenue a year.


Roger Grinstead, senior vice-president for human resources of Copeland Corporation, recently recounted some of the history of Copeland. He related nearly a century ago people scoffed at the idea of a home refrigerator. The women waited for the ice wagon to deliver a large block of ice which would keep dairy and other products cold until the ice melted. Edmund Copeland of Detroit dreamed every household would some day have a refrigerator and he was right. Copeland invented the first primitive refrigerating unit in 1914. Today, Grinstead stated Copeland is recognized as the “world’s standard bearer” in the industry.


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

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