125 years ago
March 18, 1896
The Democrats of Sidney will meet in their respective wards tonight to nominate councilmen and assessors and select ward committeemen. They will meet in the following places: first ward, Haller’s dye house; second ward, Main avenue hose house; third ward, G.A. Marshall’s law office; fourth ward, fire department.
Miss Nannie Robertson, who has been teaching school at Quincy, is at home, school having been dismissed on account of the lack of funds.
A.C. Seely and H.A. Davis have completed painting the scenery for the stage in the new Knights of the Golden Eagle Hall at Tawawa. It is of very artistic design.
100 years ago
March 18, 1921
The Shelby County Fair board at its meeting Saturday in the grand jury room of the court house revised the premium list for the 1921 fair and appropriated $500 for junior contest work. This department will be in charge of R.W. Munger, county agent; Charles Richards and H.E. Marshall of the fair board, and Foster Moon of the Farm Bureau. The board also appropriated $40 for a rabbit show and $4,200 for the Speed department.
The first anniversary of the cooperative department at Sidney High school will be observed with a special program Friday evening. Members of the manufacturers committee will give short talks and the state supervisor of Industrial training will tell what is being done in other cities. There will be a display of machinery made in the school machine shop on the stage.
75 years ago
March 18, 1946
Plans for making the Shelby County Fair one of the most outstanding fairs with livestock exhibitions receive new impetus today when the Ohio Shropshire Breeders Association notified Kenneth McDowell, fair secretary that the state show would be held in Sidney.
Today is a great day for the Irish, but it was a great evening for the audience last night when the Beta Dramatic club of Holy Angels High school presented the drama-musicale, “The Heart of a Shamrock.” Members of the cast included, Eugene Steinke, John Wagner, Jack Frantz, John Eshman, Kathryn Raterman, Frances Bouquot, Mary E. Klipstine, and Rita Staley. A medley of Irish airs was sung by Melvin Weigandt.
50 years ago
March 18, 1971
Among the 19 Miami University students who will be fulfilling their student teaching requirements in Athens, Greece will be one from Sidney. She is Jennifer Russell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion W. Russell, of R.R. 3, Sidney County Road 25A.
Miss Russell, a junior at Miami University, is a candidate for a bachelor of science in education degree and for teacher certification must spend one quarter of a school year as a student teacher under supervision. Student teachers in the group will be assigned to the American community school system of Athens.
For the second straight year the Shelby County League coaches have voted Fort Loramie’s Randy Schafer the most valuable player in the conference. This is the first time that any player has received the honor for two consecutive years.
Randy, a 6-3 senior, pumped in 465 points in 22 games for a 21.1 average. His high this season was a 32-point explosion against Anna, and he hit in double figures in all 22 contests. He tied the school scoring record last year when he bombed 44 points against Botkins. Playing at the forward position, he also pulled off about 10 rebounds per outing during this past campaign.
25 years ago
March 18, 1996
The scare in Britain over mad cow disease is having an effect in this country and around the world. Prices of lamb and pork rose recently, to more than ten percent over recent prices. Several other countries have banned British beef due to the problem. Those countries include New Zealand, Asia and Africa.
There will be changes at Airstream according to Airstream executive Dan Froelich. The employees of the company recently defeated a proposal to join the Teamsters Union. The vote was close. Froelich stated, “It will not be business as usual. We had a wake up call. We are going to improve communications.”
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