125 Years

May 28, 1897

The Finance committee of city council has arranged with W.G. Munster, an expert of Cincinnati, to examine the books of Sidney corporation with a view to finding the amount of the shortage in the treasury as reported when the books were turned over with the change in administration.


The committee in charge of arrangements for Memorial Day reports that details have been completed. In the morning, following the decorating of soldiers’ graves at the Presbyterian, Starrett and Catholic cemeteries, there will be a parade that will terminate at Graceland cemetery. In the afternoon, services will be held at the armory.

100 Years

May 28, 1922

“Clarence,” written by Booth Tarkington, will be the play presented by the senior class at Sidney High school the evening of May 31. Members of the cast include: Robert Miller, Edward Flinn, Ruth Hartman, Ronald Runkle, Wilma Love, Isabel Conover, Lena Shaffer, Amelia Wagoner, Milton Carey, George Robson. This cast is being directed by Miss Ida M. Hall.


The Eighth grade this morning presented the $56 made on the play recently given, to the board of education. The presentation was made by Frederick Albers. The money is to be used in redecorating the eighth grade study hall and also to purchase an American flag.

75 Years

May 28, 1947

Rev. B. Stephen Topalian, pastor of the First Baptist Church, was elected president of the Sidney Ministerial Association at its meeting yesterday. He succeeds Rev. John W. Meister of the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Jess Bowsher, Church of the Brethren, was named vice president; Rev. Arthur T. Gerhold, St. Paul’s Evangelical, will serve as secretary-treasurer.


Paul Watson, who submitted his resignation last week as Sidney High coach, has accepted a post at Hillsboro High school as athletic director and head football and basketball coach.

50 Years

May 28, 1972

The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA formally installed William H. Crusey to succeed Thomas Watkins as president of the organization in a meeting Thursday night at the chamber of commerce.


MCCARTYVILLE – “Clarence Raterman Day” will be observed Sunday for residents of the Anna school district.

Raterman is retiring this year after 45 years of teaching in the Anna school district.

25 Years

May 28, 1997

A crowd of 35 to 40 family, friends and employers gathered Wednesday for the induction of Doris Blackston of Sidney into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in Columbus.

Blackston, 72, first woman mayor of Sidney, was among 12 Ohioans chosen for the hall of fame at the Martin Janis Senior Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The 1997 inductees were honored for lifetime achievements and outstanding social contributions.


Bel-Mar Bowling Lanes has crowned its bowlers of the year as a result of a tournament held recently at the lanes.

Champions were crowned in three different divisions, including men’s, women’s, and junior’s.

The champions were Tammy Barga in the women’s competition, Arron Helman in the men’s division, and Mindy Merricle for the junior’s division. All are from Sidney.


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