Out of the past

125 years

March 23, 1896

“The Deacon or The Villian Foiled” is the name of the play which will be presented by the Sidney I.O.O.F. Dramatic club on Thursday and Friday evening in the lodge hall. It is a five-act comedy drama and while the pathetic side of life is not forgotten it abounds in laughable incidents and ludicrous situations.


Emory C. Nutt will open a yard near his grain elevator on West Popular street.


Prof. F.W. Search will lecture in the Masonic hall Monday evening under the auspices of the Century Club. His subject will be “The Dominion of Mind and Culture of Men.” Prof. Search, now of Los Angeles, Calif., was the former superintendent of the City Schools.

100 years

March 23, 1921

Great excitement prevailed at the county jail shortly after three o’clock this afternoon when two prisoners being held on burglary charges made a dash for liberty. They knocked down Sheriff Clark’s wife and succeeded getting away. However, Ivan Helman apprehended one of the men when he fell in the alley near the Motor In garage.


The work of clearing away the debris at the Thompsons building which was gutted by fire early yesterday morning was begun this morning. The Sidney Telephone Co. installed a long distance switchboard in the Eagle Club rooms in the Eisenstein building, just north of the telephone office last night to handle long distance calls. All other telephone apparatus is practically ruined and an entirely new system will have to be installed before the local situation can be relieved.

75 years

March 23, 1946

County Auditor Arthur Billing today released figures covering the semi-annual distribution of real estate and public utility taxes for the first half. Collections for the half amounted to 58.8 percent of the total for the year, amounting to $255,415.


A total of 2,776 boys and girls have visited the Youth Center over the past four weeks, an average of 112 a day, according to the report given by Miss Margaret Ann Young, director at the meeting of the Sidney Youth Foundation last evening.


Fire from an undetermined cause in the motor of a Detroit-to-Louisville-Greyhound bus sent the fire department speeding up North Main avenue shortly after 1 o’clock this afternoon. The fire was first noticed as the bus passed Jefferson street, and it was stopped in front of the Dunson Supply Co. Damage appeared to be minor.

25 Years

March 23, 1971

OXFORD – As retiring chairman of the board of trustees of Miami University, Oxford, recognition was given to J. Oliver Amos, of Sidney, during a Friday dinner held at Hueston Woods Park by the President’s Cub of the university.

President Phillip R. Shriver paid special tribute to Amos who has been a member of the board since 1952 and chairman since 1969. The Sidney publisher was also presented with a framed certificate of service in recognition of his years on the board.


Sister Ann Richard Sherer of Sidney Lehman high school has been named “Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year” in the seven-county West District of the Ohio Junior Academy of Science.

Sister Sherer was selected from among 10 teachers nominated by their principals. The selection committee cited her for her classroom activities. Lehman principal Rev. Robert Monnin lauded Sister Sherer’s “total commitment and dedication.” She teaches chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.

25 Years

March 23, 1996

Betsey Erwin has found her position as the new administrative assistant to Main Street Sidney to her liking. She recently moved here from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She has one objection, however. “It is really cold here!” she stated. She loves the people she has met and is looking forward to warmer temperatures. Betsy Erwin is replacing Sue Storti in the part time position.


The Human Services Department needs additional space. Director Terry Pellman met with the county commissioners to discuss the problem. Commissioner Gary Van Fossen sent him out to search for suitable space. The grant the county requested recently for funds was not approved.


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