125 years ago
March 30, 1896
A special meeting of the stockholders of the Sidney Railway Company was held yesterday. The purpose was to announce the article of the compay were being amended to authorize construction of line s from Piqua to Sidney, Sidney to Wapak and St. Marys to Wapak. The name of the company will be changed to the Sidney, Piqua and St. Marys Railway Company.
The Sidney I.O.O.F drama club is sorry to have announced it could not admit more people to the performance last night of “The Deacon.” There was no additional room even to stand. Another show will be put on tonight.
100 years ago
March 30, 1921
The Venus Chocolate Company of Sidney is expanding. Stanley Bryant of the firm announced his company is acquiring the Victory Sweets establishment of Piqua. Improvements will be made. The store will then be reopened as the Piqua Sweet Shop.
Roy Redinbo is the latest local inventor to meet with success. He has invented an electric washing machine of his own design. He also expects to manufacture them on a large scale. It consists of a copper tub resting on an iron framework.
75 years ago
March 30, 1946
There will be an extensive street improvement program this next year. Street Director Aneshanley reported 23 streets will be affected. Most are connected to Ohio or Main Avenues.
“A Case of Springtime” will be presented by the Jackson Center High School senior class. Having significant roles will be students Max Gerber, Willa Helmlinger, Don Herndon, Annie Baker, Don Mann, Esther Swinehart, Peggy Huffer, Leroy Regula, Betty Metz, Paul Smith, Dolores Ware, Doris Newman, Ruth Jenkins, Howard Heintz and Mary Ellen Ruhle.
50 years ago
March 30, 1971
Schnippel Construction Company of Botkins was just awarded a construction contract for $103,500. It will be for the latest renovations at the Piqua Historical area. It will be the first museum and facility of its kind to be dedicated to the history of the Indian tribes in this are when missionaries arrived in the mid 1700s. a grand total of $350,000 is being spent for the entire facility.
Ohio Governor John Gilligan appointed a Sidney man to a position on the Edison State Board of Trustees. Hs is Dan Francis. The 30 year old work at Amos Publishing. He replaces Sidney man Roscoe Stump.
25 years ago
March 30, 1996
Say it isn’t so, but it is. Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, was in Baltimore yesterday. He announced the new franchise, now located in Baltimore, will use the name Baltimore Ravens. Twelve years ago to the day, the Baltimore Colts left to head for Indianapolis. Cleveland will now search for another team. All of the Browns memorabilia will be store at the Football Hall of Fame until it can be returned to Cleveland with the new team.
The Sidney YMCA had its annual meeting. Don Goettemoeller was re-elected president of the board. Serving with him will be Mick Given, vice-president and Dan Heitmeyer, treasurer. New board members include Phil Gilardi and Pam Higgins. It was announced the Y’s capital campaign was at $700,000 or 32% of the goal.
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