Out of the past


125 Years

Feb. 18, 1898

Correspondents returning to Key West, Fla., from Havana say the divers who have been working about the bottom of the ill-fated battleship “Maine” have discovered an eight inch percussion hold in a plate. Secretary Long discounts any comment that the explosion was the result of a torpedo.


The plasterers of this city have formed themselves into an association to be known as the Sidney Plasterers Association for the purpose of obtaining uniform wages. Frank Dunnavant was named president; Harry Fitzgerald, secretary and John L. King, treasurer.


The members of St. Joseph’s branch of the Knights of St. John entertained their families and lady friends to a social in their hall in the Thompson building last evening. There were about 150 persons present for the enjoyable evening.


Try a Cincinnati Frankfurt and Blood Worst sandwich at Frank Eisenstein’s. – advertisement.

100 Years

Feb. 18, 1923

Herman J. and Charles C. Shie, of Sidney have purchased the Quincy Hotel which they will take over and remodel at once. The hostelry is to be called “The Quincy Inn” and a cafeteria is to be operated in connection. The building is of two stories and has some 27 rooms.


Company Commander Wallace W. Masteller was in charge of the first meeting since the reorganization of Company I held at the armory last evening. He gave an interesting talk and introduced two local men – Pete Cardone, who was instrumental in retaining Co. I in Sidney instead of letting it go to Ven Wert, and H.R. Bennett, who represented the citizens of the city.


The Hickok Candy company will ship a car of candy to Chicago, Ill., on Monday over the Big Four railroad. The shipment will be made in a refrigerator car and will consist of chocolates, peanut brittle and maple chews.

75 Years

Feb. 18, 1948

Sidney’s rapidly-developing Junior Chamber of Commerce looked to Donald Thoma today for leadership during its important formative months of organization. Thoma was elected president last night, when 63 young men of the area attended the second organization meeting at the city building. Also elected were: Marion Russell, first vice president; Thomas Anderson, Jr., second vice president; Griffis Jenkins, secretary, and Eugene Fogt, treasurer.


Addressing some 80 persons at the 10th annual parent-son banquet of the Fort Loramie Future Farmers of America last night, Louis Warbington stressed the need for food among the people of Germany. He emphasized the huge government spending and the Marshall plan “will do little to help the common people of German.”

50 Years

Feb. 18, 1973

Miss Cynthia Brown, a senior at Sidney High School has been notified that she will be featured in the seventh annual edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 1972-1973, the largest student award publication in the nation.

She is the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Howard D. Brown. Students from over 18,000 public, private and parochial high schools are recognized for their leadership in academics, athletics, activities of community service.


Beta Sigma Phil Sorority held its Feb. 14 meeting in the home of Mrs. Gary Buroker, with Mrs. Larry Hall the Co-hostess.

Named as the valentine queen candidate for the chapter was Mrs. Robert Jameson. She will represent the local chapter in the Beta Sigma Phi international contest.


VERSAILLES – Mark Slyder of Versailles won the 1,600-pound hotrod garden tractor class at the National Farm Machine Tractor Pulling Championship contest in Louisville, KY.

His award was $300 and the first-place trophy.

25 Years

Feb. 18, 1998

HOUSTON – Houston senior standout Chad Dulin had no idea what was going on when the game was stopped in the fourth quarter here Tuesday in high school boys basketball action. He thought he was coming out of the game, but instead coach John Willoughby informed him that he had just scored career point No. 1,000 in Houston’s 75-57 victory over the Bradford Railroaders.


Star Banc Corp. of Cincinnati has agreed to buy 53 branches in 47 Ohio cities from Banc One Corp. Included are Bank One offices in Botkins, Jackson Center, Russia, and Minster.

No decisions have been made on the future of the local Bank One branches, said Scott Hinsch, Jr., Star Bank regional president, but the bank is eager to serve the customers of these branches. He noted the current Star Bank branches in Shelby County have been successful.

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