125 years ago
March 13, 1896
The newest political party in the county had a meeting in the court house yesterday. The People’s Party had a bout 25 people in attendance. L.E. Steenord was elected chairman and A.B. Quillen was chosen as secretary. W.B. Brown was choses as the delegate to district convention and the national meeting.
The members of the Klute Band will turn out for the funeral of Judge A.J. Rebstock. He was one of the pioneer musicians in the city and for many years closely associated with most activities benefitting this town.
100 years ago
March 13, 1921
Many in this community enjoy the boxing contests, especially those involving Hope Mullins of Sidney. The Ministerial Association has met and agreed to oppose the sport and work against any future matches in Sidney.
The last basketball game of the season will be played at the armory next Thursday evening. The Phi Delts have hurled a challenge at the Jackson Center team. It will be for the county championship. Jackson has lost only one game of the 13 they have played.
75 years ago
March 13, 1946
The Children’s Home will now be under the management of a new organization. The newly formed County Child Welfare board will replace the trustees of the Children’s Home. The officers of the new group will include Harry K. Forsyth as president, Robert S, Bertsch, vice-president, and James M. Gillespie, secretary.
The Shelby County league’s basketball season officially ended today. The Anna team lost to Bradford in the Southwest District tournament in Springfield, the score was 44-31. Anna kept pace until the third quarter.
50 years ago
March 13, 1971
The 35th anniversary of the Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative was a grand affair. Over 900 people attended the annual meeting at Graham High School in St. Paris. Elected to the board of trustees were Lawrence Courter, Donald Bowers and Lee Archer. The latter is a new member from Shelby County. Officers were also elected.
The basketball tourney trail has always been rough for the Ft. Loramie Redskins. This year was no exception. John Kremer’s crew was beaten by Franklin-Monroe team in an upset. Loramie lost by a score of 55-48. The Shelby County team was second seeded, but could not open up its offense against their opponent.
25 years ago
March 13, 1996
It was a defeat for the Lady Jackets in the regional semi-final game. They lost to powerful Dayton Chaminade 53-40. The most telling statistic was Sidney was unable to even attempt a three point shot. Credit the Chaminade defense, according to coach Maggie Williams. “They played great defense,” William stated. Sidney ended the season with a sparkling 23-2 record.
During the Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative annual meeting, the members there honored Werner Bensman of Anna. He retired as president of Pioneer. He had been on the board since 1964. Bensman stated in his remarks, “Today, we buy seven times more power than we did in 1964.” He recalled the many accomplishments over the years. The board members present him with the title of “Trustee Emeritus.”
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