Out of the past


125 Years

March 30, 1898

Members of city council at their meeting last night approved under a suspension of the rules, an ordinance prohibiting the promiscuous distribution of patent medicines by sample or any other article that might be injurious to the health of children.


H.B. Blake, government weather observer, reports the heaviest fall of rain for any month during the past year occurred this month, when the total rainfall amount to 7.84 inches. The lightest month was September when only one-half inch of rain fell.

100 Years

March 30, 1923

At the meeting of the Kiwanis Club at the Wagner House at noon today, M.B. McKee announced that a meeting of the state executive committee held yesterday at Sandusky, the Sidney Municipal band was selected as the official band to represent the state of Ohio at the meeting of Kiwanis International in Atlanta, Georgia May 28 to June 1. The announcement was received with great cheering on the part of the local membership.


Returning home from Greenville earlier this week, William Jaffee, of this city, escaped serious injury when his Cadillac touring car was crowded off the road by another vehicle. Jaffee was preparing to pass the other car in front of him when the driver suddenly made a left turn without indicating his intention. To avoid a collision, Jaffee ran his car into a ditch and against a utility pole. It was heavily damaged.

75 Years

March 30, 1948

An application for a charter was approved today for the Sidney Junior Chamber of Commerce it was announced in Tulsa, OK by John Ben Sheppard, president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. In noting receipt of the announcement of the charter granting Don A. Thoma, president of the local chapter, said the charter night banquet will be held April 12 in the Hotel Wagner.


Building committeemen of the Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars post today reported “enthusiastic endorsement by state officials” of their project to build a roller skating rink in Sidney.


State Representative Roy Harmon, accompanied the VFW committee, of George Brown, Robert Wilt, Charles Price and William Olding to Columbus this week to confer with state government officials.

50 Years

March 30, 1973

Mrs. Dale Vesper was renamed executive director of he Shelby County Red Cross Chapter for the seventh consecutive year this week by the agency’s board of directors. Mrs. Vesper works out of the Sidney Chapter on 927 St. Marys Avenue.


Longfellow School PTO held its monthly meeting March 20 and officers were elected for the 1973-74 school year.

They are Kenneth Fulton, president; James Lockwood, vice president; Miss Cynthia Swiger, treasurer and Mrs. James Roth, secretary.

25 years

March 30, 1998

Derek Goffena of Sidney is red hot. The Sidney Yellow Jacket star is now playing for Georgia Tech. He went for 3 for 5 and scored 3 times in a win over Wake Forrest. He added 2 hits and scored twice in a win over Georgia Southern, and two days later, he had 2 hits and 3 RBIs in another win over the same team.


Expo Napo Nails is opening a facility in Sidney. Tony and Jenny Duong have rented space in the Kroger Center at 400 N. Vandemark Rd. the will offer manicures, pedicures and wax treatments. There will be at least two people on the staff.

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. Visit the Sidney Daily News website, www.sidneydailynews.com to read the rest of the week’s columns.

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