Out of the past


125 Years

May 19, 1897

The 65th annual session of the Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. of Ohio held its opening meeting in the hall of the Sidney lodge this morning. The galleries of the hall were crowded to their utmost capacity by friends of the order. The members of the Grand Lodge met at the Wagner House at 8 o’clock and, escorted by the Klute band, marched to the hall.


R.G. Knox has sold the White Lilly Roller Mills, 2-1/2 miles east of Sidney, to J.F. Johnston and Son. The new firm takes full possession today.


County Auditor J.S. Loughlin was at Lima yesterday afternoon, attending a meeting of auditors along the line of the Ohio Southern railroad for the purpose of assessing the line for taxation.

100 Years

May 19, 1922

Commencement exercises for the Class of 1922 at Sidney High school will be held during the week of May 28 at the high school building. There are 68 members in the class, 39 girls and 29 boys. Dr. Minor Lee Bates, of Hiram College, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon the evening of May 28 in the school auditorium.


Ray Monnin, of Russia, has announced that he will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for county recorder at the primary in August. Employed as bookkeeper at the Russia elevator, he is presently serving as clerk of Loramie township.

75 Years

May 19, 1947

Arguments on the Sidney parking meter case were being held in common pleas court this afternoon by opposing council before Judge Jacob J. Koenig, of Auglaize county, sitting on the local bench by special appointment. Cummins and Boller represented John Sexauer with the city’s case being presented by Solicitor E.J. Garmhausen.


More than 140 Boy Scouts attended the spring camporee of the Shelby county district held over the past weekend on the farm of Fred Counts, northeast of Anna. Opening Friday afternoon, the camporee continued through Sunday afternoon. Scout officials labelled it one of the most successful camporees in local history, in spite of the rainy weather.


A grateful committee of Veterans of Foreign Wars today thanked the public for their generous support of the “Buddy Poppy” day on Saturday, when despite the rainy weather, a total of $480 was received. The thanks were extended by Jack Rhees, chairman of the committee in charge.

50 Years

May 19, 1972

Mrs. Larry McGee is the president of the Longfellow PTA for the coming year. She will be assisted by Ken Fulton, vice president; Mrs. Evelyn Sliger, treasurer; and Mrs. Paul Pepiot, secetary.

25 Years

May 19, 1997

For the first time since its inception in 1990, there was more than one winner during the Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship presentation ceremony.

Kelly Jo Gray of Sidney High School and Valerie Sprague of Fort Loramie High School were awarded $10,000 scholarships in honor of the former Sidney resident, Virginia Matz, president of the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA Foundation, announced the 1997 winners.


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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