Out of the past

125 Years

November 15, 1893

Last week a deal was made which made a change in the management of the Wagner House this morning. Mr. Steinberg, who had been landlord, retiring and Ben B. Amann taking charge of the house. The restaurant saloon, formerly run by Mr. Amann, will be taken charge of by John Steinle. It is understood that Mr. Steinberg suddenly left town early this morning, leaving a number of unpaid employees and bills.


During the five months that the Ferris wheel revolved on Midway Plaisance at the World’s Fair, 1,453,611 people paid a total of $726,805.50 to ride. The company paid off bonds amounting to $300,000 and after paying operating expenses and dividing with the exposition, over $150,000 was left for its stockholders.

100 Years

November 15, 1918

The signing of the armistice terms by Germany was fittingly celebrated in this city Monday, all day and evening. Bells were run throughout the day. Exactly at 6 o’clock, the whistles of every manufacturing plant in the city were blown. Headed by the fire department, a parade got under way shortly after seven.


Frank Gordon, in jail on a charge of stealing the automobile of Dr. A.W. Hobby, attempted to break jail yesterday afternoon. Sheriff Burns heard pounding at the rear of the jail and on investigation found Gordon attempting to loosen a large stone.

75 Years

November 15, 1943

The board of directors of Monarch Machine Tool Co. at their meeting yesterday named Jerome A. Raterman executive vice president of the firm. He had been vice president and treasurer. Martin J. Luther, Chicago branch manager, was named general sales manager, and Kermit Kuck, Newark, N.J. branch manager for the past three years, was appointed chief engineer. Both will have their headquarters in Sidney.


One of the first general meetings held in Sidney to discuss plans for peace after this world war was conducted during the Armistice Day observance here yesterday in the First Presbyterian Church. Following the worship service, talks were given by Rev. H.W. Swinehart, Rev. J.A. Long, Rev. R. Wobus, and Rev. W. Wood Duff. The latter led the forum discussion at the close of the talks.


Mrs. C.W. Pickering, of Sidney, was re-elected president of the Springfield district of the Womens Society of Christian Service when the semi-annual meeting was held yesterday in West Liberty.

50 Years

November 15, 1968

Sidney had another memento to go along with its fine 10-0 football record. The Yellow Jackets were named recipients of the Dayton Journal-Herald’s football ratings’ race, and will receive a handsome travelling trophy very shortly. It was the first time since Springfield South (10-0) took the title in 1963 that an outsider has taken the Dayton ratings, although Sidney wasn’t the only unbeaten club in the latest listings. The Yellow Jackets also finished first in the Fearsome Five of the Lima News, with Celina designated as the No. 2 Crew.


MINSTER – The local postal facility will move into its new quarters on West Fourth street Nov. 20 and be open for business at the new location Monday, Dec. 2. A formal dedication and open house will probably be held sometime in the spring, Postmaster Tom Feldman said.


Miss Cathy Comstock, 1961 Port Jefferson Road, has been named a member of the cast of the upcoming Miami University Theatre production “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” which will open on Thursday, November 14, at the Fisher Hall Theatre on Miami’s Oxford campus.

25 Years

November 15, 1993

The Versailles Village Administrator made the news, but not in a good way. James Wierwille was stopped and charged with driving under the influence, drug possession, and possession of drug instruments. He recently pled guilty to reckless operation as a reduction from DUI and drug abuse. Mr. Wierwille is now looking for a new job.


Three Sidney Police Department officers were lucky to escape with their lives. A 31-year-old Sidney resident attempted to run over all three. Sgt. Leslie Smith, Officer Clarence Stephens and Office Stephen Pfuhl were dealing with an irate citizen at the Sidney Police Department. He left the building and went outside. As the officers approached him, he backed up his vehicle in an attempt to run them over.


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

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