125 years ago
March 2, 1896
According to an article in the Lima Times, the Lima and Piqua Railway has announced there will be new construction activity for recreation in the Loramie area. The company will build an amusement station which will extend 50 feet out in the water. The extension will have porches on three sides about twenty wide. The same program is being pursued at St, Marys Lake as well.
The Globe Opera House idea in Sidney is moving forward. More stock is being sold.
100 years ago
March 2, 1921
A/M. Smith of Sidney had a close call yesterday. He was driving his machine from Sidney to Kettlersville when his machine stalled at the B& O crossing, he was able to escape in time before an oncoming train hit and destroyed his vehicle.
The members of the Westminster Guild of Sidney’s Presbyterian Church met and elected officers. The president will be Miss Pearl Alton. Assisting her will be Miss Irene Storey as vice president, Miss Marie McMillan as secretary and Miss Cecelia Johnstone as treasurer.
75 years ago
March 2, 1946
The city of Sidney is pursuing its betterment program. Additional committees are being established. Mayor W.W. Wheeler announced the following committees: Parks (Mrs. H.E, Schieber, Mrs. J.C, Swonger and A,C, Earl). Recreation (A.H. Henke, Carl Berger, Cecil Watkins, Walter McElroy and Wayne Bertsch), and a committee to consider the disposition of Buckeye Terrace (Harry Faulkner, B.J. Raterman, H.H. Waller and C.W. Pickering).
Dr. Brent A. Welch, formerly a practicing physician in Sidney, has been named the new health commissioner for Fayette County, Ohio. He was here for 14 years before entering the U.S. Medical Corps for four years.
50 years ago
March 2, 1971
The associate minister at the Sidney Methodist Church is leaving his position and profession. W. Glen Maucher, age 35, will be assuming the position of probation officer for Judge Paul Barret. He is the Delaware County Probate and Juvenile Judge.
The Anna Rocket basketball team is riding a Crosley, and not the car, through the sectional tournament in grand style. The Rockets beat West Liberty 75-63 behind the effort of Stan Crosley. He scored 22 points on the strength of 9 of 12 shooting from the field. He also hit four of five free throws. The team now has a record of 17-5 as it continues its tourney run.
25 years ago
March 2, 1996
The Sidney Dance Company will be performing Copella, the classical ballet, at Sidney High school on March 30. The following local residents will be involved in the production: Gary Henschen (Dr. Coppelius), Jason Henschen (Frantz), Lisa Jennings (Copella), Jenny Barber (Swanhilda), Sarah Holthaus (Theresa), Nicollette Montana (Maria), Elizabeth Fleckenstein (Rebecca) and Lisa Bodart (Helena)
The news from the state wrestling meet was very good for Sidney. Logan Fair recorded a pin in his first match. Kent Witt was on his way to a pin, when the referee told him to let his opponent up off the mat because he had cried out in pain. Joe Chandler of Massillon went on to win the match, 18-15. Coach Jim McCracken was very upset with the referee. Witt might be pulled back in if Chandler wins, as he finished fourth in the state tournament last year.
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