Out of the past


125 Years

January 20, 1897

The survey and estimates for the proposed electric railway from Sidney to St. Marys and Wapakoneta have been completed by Mr. Coulson. The estimated cost of the construction of the road is about $16,000 per mile.

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The social and cake walk given by the women’s Veterans’ Relief Union at their new hall on North Ohio avenue last evening was a decided success. There was a large attendance, and the series of attractions arranged by the ladies made the evening an enjoyable one. The ladies presented company L of the national guard a beautiful flag – a product of the handwork of the ladies of the Union.

100 Years

January 20, 1922

The Kiwanis Club of Sidney celebrated the eighth anniversary of the founding of the international organization with a banquet last evening in the dining room of the Methodist church at which the wives and lady friends of the members and representatives of various civic organizations were guests. Principal speaker was the Hon. Walter H. Jackson, of Lima, lieutenant governor of Ohio Kiwanis.

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Roy L. Sarver has purchased the three-story building, now occupied by the Sarver cafeteria, from David Oldham. Mr. Sarver is not planning to make any improvements on the building at the present time and expects to make his home on the second and third floors.

75 Years

January 20, 1947

Miss Vera Ginn, a member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Delta Theta Tau sorority, was elected province officer for the Ohio-Indiana-Michigan province during the annual province convention held over the weekend in Dayton. She will take over her responsibilities following the annual convention next July.

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On the shelves of the Sidney Public Library are a total of 28,591 volumes, and during the past year the total circulation of books withdrawn by readers locally, was 104,404. These facts are revealed in the annual report released today by the library board of trustees. Urban Doorley is president of the board; Miss Helen Michael, vice president; Dr. Clayton Kiracofe, treasurer, and Miss Miriam Ginn, secretary and librarian.

50 Years

January 20, 1972

July 29 is a long way off…or is it? The Shelby County Fair Board doesn’t think so, and is working “overtime” to put together something that will be “just a little different” for 1972 fairgoers.

Board president Melvin Davis listed entertainment highlights that will be featured at the grandstand over the six-day carnival period. Included are donkey basketball, a rodeo and three nights of harness racing.

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The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA opens its 1972 membership campaign with a kickoff meeting Monday night at the Y on South West avenue.

Griffis Jenkins, a city councilman and retired assistant city postmaster, is chairman for the drive.

25 Years

January 20, 1997

Minster High School graduate Eric Belcher joined some elite company recently when he was named to the District IV Academic Team.

Belcher, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Hal Belcher (Minster’s school superintendent), was a starting defensive back for the 11-0 University of Dayton Flyers football team during the fall season. He finished the year with 56 tackles, including 15 unassisted, and one interception.

But his best work may have been in the classroom, where he majored in accounting. He was not only All-District Academic, but also made the academic team of the Pioneer Football League.

District IV included Ohio and four surrounding states, and players from Division I and I-AA schools are included. And among those named to the team with Belcher was Greg Bellisari, starting linebacker for Ohio State.

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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