125 years ago
March 16, 1896
H.T. Mathers, Frank Hunter and Charles Timeus of the Sidney Electric Railway Co. visited Loramies last evening to attend a meeting of citizens in that village in the interest of the proposed road. The meeting was not as enthusiastic as the others held along the line this week. Sentiment appears to be about equally divided between the Sidney-St. Marys line and that proposed by the Lima-Piqua company. Both lines propose to run by way of Loramies.
Charles E. Perkins, of Columbus, chief engineer for the State Board of Public Works, and John O’Connor, of Piqua, connected with this division of the Miami and Erie canal, are in Sidney today, arranging for repairs on the acqueduct, northeast of town, which gave way a week ago.
100 years ago
March 16, 1921
Despite the inclement weather that kept a goodly number of Sidney shoppers indoors, Maxwell’s on North Main avenue opened its doors Saturday and throughout the afternoon and evening was thronged by the womenfolk of Sidney and surrounding territory who came to inspect the community’s newest ladies ready-to-wear store. Maxwell N. Cohen is the proprietor. He expressed himself as well satisfied with the response.
Dr. Harry Raterman has graduated from the School of Chiropractors in Fort Wayne, Ind., and he and his wife and little daughter have returned to this city.
A big crowd witnessed a fast game of basketball at the Armory court Friday evening when the Sidney Meteors defeated the Sidney Midgets by the score of 27 to 11.
75 years ago
March 16, 1946
Formation of a new construction company with headquarters in Sidney is the import of the announcement made today by partners in the concern – W.W. Lipold and Glenn Smalley. Offices of the new firm, to be known as the “B. and G. Construction Co.” will be located in the Thompson building.
“Rhapsody In Song” proved to be just that in its initial presentation last night in the auditorium of Sidney High school by the girls’ glee club, boys’ glee club and the chapel choir, all under the direction of C.A. Ricketts. Soloists included: Phyllis Bender, Dick Thoma, John Maurer, Judy Pruden, Jean Ferguson, Sara Dunson, and Bob Dormire.
50 years ago
March 16, 1971
ANNA – A veteran school teacher and principal here may be as far away as New York City when the schools open in the fall.
He is Paul Schilling, 65, of Anna, teacher for 42 years and employee of Anna schools for the past 39 years. He has also been high school principal during a part of that time.
Looking back Schilling commented that the greatest improvement in the education field was the increase in opportunities for young people to learn.
TROY – It was a tough way to go!
Decimated by serious foulouts, Sidney High’s Yellow Jackets came close again to an ever-elusive district crown, but wavered in the concluding period, to succumb before Springfield North’s Panthers in a 60-50 windup of the ‘AAA’ show before a sellout crown at Troy’s Hobart Arena on Saturday night.
25 years ago
March 16, 1996
The 35th annual yearly shareholder meeting for Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative features a report by the company general manager. Robert L. Roberts, updated those in attendance. Over $3 million in new distribution equipment as added during the calendar year 1995. It serves new homes and businesses. A new substation was built in Champaign County. Many miles of copper lines were converted to the new aluminum conductor.
Federal judge Walter Rice issued a key ruling in the ongoing lawsuit filed against the Village of Anna and Honda by William and Judy Frilling. They filed their suit last May, alleging violations of water discharge rules and statutes. The village filed its motion for summary judgment, seeking dismissal of the claims. The judge denided the motion and set the case for further proceedings.
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