Out of the past


Out of the past



100 years

March 4, 1916

That the Miami and Erie Canal will be abandoned within a few years is the opinion of State Representative Frank A. Reighard, chairman of the house finance committee, following a survey of the waterway. Speaking in Dayton yesterday, Reighard said maintenance of the canals was costing the people of Ohio $325,000 annually. The state official did suggest that the reservoirs be perpetually maintained as summer resorts and beauty spots. The chief reservoirs are Buckeye and Indian Lakes, St. Marys and Loramie reservoirs.

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Teams that will represent Sidney High School in the triangular debate with Urbana and Bellefontaine have been selected as a result of tryouts held. The affirmative team will be composed of Lawrence Souders, Martin McVay, Robert Kaser and Duane Mohr. Members of the negative team are: Rexford Smoot, Wesley Thompson, Lester Stahler and Wilson Lindsey. The debates will be held the night of March 31.

75 years

March 4, 1941

More than 200 persons, team members and captains of the annual Salvation Army drive in Sidney, were present last night at the Methodist Church for the opening of the campaign. The meeting was chairmaned by W.W. Wheeler, treasurer of the organization, with the keynote address given by Brigadier Fred Malpass, divisional commander. The drive seeks to raise $1,800.

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The sub area office of the National Youth Administration, formerly located at Troy, is being moved to Sidney, it was announced today by Mrs. Erma S. Martindale, supervisor. The move is being made to facilitate operations it was explained. The office, which will be located on the first floor of the municipal building, serves six counties: Shelby, Auglaize, Miami, Champaign, Darke and Mercer.

50 years

March 4, 1966

FORT LORAMIE — Rev. John Christian Brucker, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, took over his duties at St. Michael Church as parish priest after 22 years of Army duty including six tours overseas. He replaced Rev. Clarence Leibold, pastor here since 1950, who was transferred to Holy Trinity Church, Coldwater.

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Mrs. Virgil Becher of Botkins will be serving as president of the Sidney Deanery Council of Catholic Women for the next two years. She was elected when that group met recently in Botkins. Assisting Mrs. Becher will be Mrs. Bernard Nieberding of Versailles, vice president; Mrs. Paul Gaier, Sidney, recording secretary; Mrs. F.J. Gerlich of Botkins, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Ben Moorman of Piqua, treasurer.

25 Years

March 4, 1991

It is shaping up to be an interesting district championship on the boys’ side. It will be 18-4 Fort Loramie against an old nemesis, Cincinnati Country Day who is 20-2. In the other half of the district play it will be Houston with a record of 20-2 against Tri Village. They have a perfect record of 20-0.

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The Ohio State High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships are under way at Wright State University in Dayton. Three Sidney High wrestlers have qualified. They are Clayton Westerbeck, Brett Bender and Jack Smith. Westerbeck summed up what it meant to be there. “It felt pretty darned good!”

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Out of the past

These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org

These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet! www.shelbycountyhistory.org