Out of the past

125 Years

November 19, 1893

The Sidney Electric Light Co., which signified its intention to put an incandescent light plant in Sidney a few months ago, is progressing rapidly in its work. All the machinery and supplies necessary for the plan have been received and will be put up at an early date. Mr. Davenport, superintendent, says he thinks all the work will be finished and the plant placed in operation within three weeks.


Oscar Aman, who was a gate keeper at the Casino pier entrance to the World’s Fair grounds during the summer, has returned home. He will take the position of clerk in the Wagner House.


The people of Bellefontaine are highly elated over the results of securing the Big Four railroad shops and the division point. After next Sunday, all passenger trains will change engines there and all freight trains will stop and change crews.

100 Years

November 19, 1918

At a meeting of the creditors of the Tucker Woodworking Co. with Judge Barnes this morning, the receivership of the firm was continued. Reports of indebtedness showed $55,000 due creditors, with $16,000 in accounts receivable. The receiver, L.M. Studevant was granted the privilege of borrowing up to $15,000 for the operation of the company.


There will be a Dry meeting Sunday evening at the First Methodist church to celebrate the Dry victory in the state at the election last week. The Hon. Frederick Vall, of Columbus, prominent in the last Dry campaign, will be the guest speaker for the occasion.


B.A. Trapp was elected worshipful master of Stokes Masonic Lodge in Port Jefferson last evening. Boston Baker was named senior warden; Charles Roberts, junior warden; M.A. Robers, senior deacon; W.E. Rike, junior deacon, and E.M. Honnell, secretary.

75 Years

November 19, 1943

Construction work was started today on the new wing of the Wilson Memorial Hospital. Kent Brothers Construction Co. has the contract for the work which is being done under funds allocated by the Federal government to relieve the crowded situation that has marked operations of the local hospital for the past year.


Charles Conly, of the Stolle Corp., was re-elected president of the Sidney Foreman’s club at the dinner meeting held last evening at the Masonic temple. Serving with Conley during the coming year will be Roscoe Stump, Liberty Folder Co., vice president; Cecil Watkins, Sidney Printing and Publishing Co., secretary, and Paul Potter, Sidney Machine Tool Co., treasurer.


With only two lettermen returning Coach John Kerekes opened basketball practice at Sidney High school yesterday. The lettermen are Richard Flanagan and Ward Beer. With reserve experience from last year and certain to see action are “Stretch” Milligan, Jacob, Lonsbury, Littlejohn and Wildermuth.

50 Years

November 19, 1968

Carl Sharp has been elected president of the Shelby County Board of Realtors for 1969 to succeed outgoing president Leo Doak. Doak become vice present of the organization, succeeding C.C. Johnston. Ruth Johnston becomes secretary-treasurer taking the office held Louis J. Bernard during 1968.


The sunny climes of Hawaii beckon Mr. and Mrs. William Amos as a result of the annual Jaycee Hawaiian banquet. Mrs. Dorothy Amos’ name remained on the board after 149 others had been removed at the 15th annual affair held Thursday evening at the Shelby House. Although Mrs. Amos was unable to be present, she will receive the trip for two to the sunny islands that make up the 50th state.


Bill Ritter ran up an appraising 255 and 656, to gain the “250 Club” in the Major Tri City League at New Bremen’s Ray Ann Lanes the other night. By his showing, Bill paced his own Ritter Electric to a 4-0 sweep of Western Ohio Hardware.

25 Years

November 19, 1993

Versailles will have a new restaurant very soon. The Inn at Versailles will open in January of 1994. In addition to the restaurant, the Inn will have 20 rooms. The general manager will be Todd Dammeyer.


Former Sidney High School runner Tony Fraj has had a stellar college career. He runs for the Rochester Institute of Technology located in Rochester, Michigan. Mr. Fraj placed second on the NCAA regional cross country competition. His team will be going to the Nationals for the first time. He covered the 8,000-meter course in 25:53. He placed second overall in the large meet.


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