Out of the past


125 years

December 17, 1897

The post office will be closed on Christmas Day except from 9 to 10 o’clock in the morning. The carriers will make one delivery and one collection.


The superintendent of the children’s home requests us to state that any donations made by citizens or businessmen of Sidney to help make a list of Christmas presents for the children will be gratefully received.


The basketball game played at the armory last night between the seven heaviest and seven lightest young ladies at the high school resulted in a victory for the heavyweights by the score of 6 to 3. The game was featured by the play of Kate Knox and Kate Markland.

100 years

December 17, 1922

DeGraff residents were given a thrill yesterday afternoon, when a balloon passing over the community was forced to land near Greenwood cemetery because of a leak in the aerial carrier. Owned by the government, the balloon carried four passengers from Dayton who made the return trip by train. Onlookers flocked to the scene.


An invitation is being extended to the public by the Sidney Packing Company to inspect their plant and exhibit of their products on Wednesday and Thursday. Free taxi service will run every half-hour, between two an eight o’clock, from the Western Ohio traction station to the plant in East Sidney.

75 years

December 17, 1947

Miss Katie Young was elected president of the Nu Phi Mu Chapter here and she will succeed Miss Ruth Ann Berger into that office. Miss Berger becomes vice president and to serve with them will be: Miss Ruth Wiford, recording secretary; Miss Margaret Thoma, corresponding secretary and Miss Roma Blake, treasurer.


Miss Sara Lou Benjamin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Benjamin, presented her senior voice recital at Ohio Wesleyan University last evening. The program included 12 numbers. She was accompanied at the piano by Miss Dorothy Dull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dull, of this city.


Mary Jane Vogelsang, Fort Loramie, has been selected to represent Shelby County in the state Prince of Peace contest to be held next month.

50 years

December 17, 1972

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Harry S. Truman, his heart weak and his kidneys malfunctioning, slept peacefully through the night and awoke today to tell doctors that he felt “all right.” Doctors treating the former president said he was still “very serious.”


Expected completion date of a new branch office of Citizen’s Baughman National Bank is the summer or early fall of 1973, according to Donald Fogt, executive vice president. The proposed site is located on a lot near the southeast corner of Rink’s Bargain City, just off Ohio 47.

25 years

December 17, 1997

Thomas Boecker of Sidney has been named chief executive officer and president of Wilson Memorial Hospital. Boecker has been interim CEO-president since the resignation of Michael T. Moore on Nov. 20. The Wilson Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Wednesday unanimously selected Boecker, effective immediately, said Michael Puckett, chairman of the board.


BOTKINS – The theme of the 1997 Botkins High School homecoming is “How Do I Live Without You.” Candidates for queen are April Ambos, Sarah Egbert, April Kennedy, and Jessica Schaub. Vying for king honors will be Paul Hemmert, John Mauer, Aron Opperman and Garrett Serr.


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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