Out of the past

125 Years

May 23, 1894

At the meeting of Neal Post of the G.A.R. last evening, final arrangements in regard to the appropriate celebration of Memorial day in Sidney were made. Dr. J.A. Throckmorton will be chief marshal. The parade to the cemetery will be held during the morning with the memorial oration to be delivered in the armory by Rev. Mitchell, of Piqua, at 2:30 p.m.


A German carp was caught near the locks at New Bremen a few days ago that weighed 19 pounds, the largest fish ever caught in the Miami and Erie canal. It measured 33 inches in length.

100 Years

May 23, 1919

Filled to its capacity with his devoted parishioners, the Knights of Columbus hall presented a brilliant scene last night when the members of the Holy Angels congregation united to honor the pastor, Rev. Father Augustus Fortman, and congratulate him on the silver Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. A certified check for $500 was presented to him on behalf of the congregation by Charles M. Wyman. A number of priests from throughout the area were present for the occasion.


The American Railway Express Co., which includes both American and Wells Fargo Express companies, has rented the room on North Main avenue which has been occupied by the Commercial club and expects to close the present offices and move into the new quarters some time in June.


It was learned in Parish today that as a precautionary measure, homeward movement of the Fourth and Fifth divisions of the American Army of Occupation has been suspended, pending decision by the Germans as to whether they will sign the peace treaty.

75 Years

May 23, 1944

John A. Sexauer was re-elected chairman of the Shelby county Republican executive committee and the central committee at the organization meeting held Saturday evening in the council chamber of the city building. Floyd Higgins was named vice chairman; W.A. McClure, secretary; and Charles L. Seving, treasurer.


A total of 56 tons of canning sugar has been issued through certificates since the first of the year to Sidney and Shelby county users, it was announced today by the local ration board. The exact figure released by the board was 112,885 pounds.

50 years

May 23, 1969

VERSAILLES – Directors of Poultry Producers Association voted to re-build the egg-processing plant but at a new location when they met Wednesday night. The new location is on Reed road, north of the present poultry processing plant.

Meantime, the building at the intersection of West Water and North Center streets is being razed and machinery that is salvageable is being removed for use later.


The “gift horses” who have been so generous to the Shelby County fair board in the past two years were given their due honors at Wednesday night’s meeting. County commissioners attended the meeting to receive thanks and discuss the commission-fair board relations.

Commissioners this year will give the board approximately $8,000 to help construct an activities building for the junior fair. Last year commissioners appropriated $20,000 to purchase new bleachers for the fairgrounds when an old grandstand was condemned. “We’ve always tried to cooperate with the fair board,” said Merton Maxwell, commission chairman. “We’re just a small county and I’d hate to see the time when we don’t have a nice, complete fair.” Fred Linker, board president, said that commissioners “have been more than fair” with the board.

25 Years

May 23, 1994

Lewis Blackford, superintendent of Sidney City Schools, was sworn in as president of the Board of Trustees for Southwestern Ohio Instructional Television Association.

SOITA provides computer and other educational technology services to school districts in 20 Ohio counties and portions of Indiana. Approximately 125 school districts are members of the organization.


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