Out of the past

125 Years

May 31, 1897

Memorial Day was appropriately celebrated by the citizens of Sidney. The day was beautiful and all the arrangements for the celebration were carried out very nicely. Many of the business houses and residences were gaily decorated. Grand Marshal for the parade was J.A. Throckmorton, with Ben Sharp and John Perry assistant marshals. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the memorial oration was delivered at the armory by Dr. R.A. Ramsey.


The Klute band wore their new uniforms for the first time in the parade yesterday. The uniform is very nice and the band received many complimentary remarks on their neat appearance. The uniforms are of dark green cloth with magenta trimmings.

100 Years

May 31, 1922

The formal opening of the Sidney Country Club for the year 1922s was held yesterday at the club house. During the afternoon a hidden bogey golf contest was won by Mrs. Louis R. Wagner, with Miss Jessie Ayers Wilson, second. Harry Vandegrift was first among the men, with Val Lee, Arthur Graham and V.E. Chambers tied for second.


The opening for the season at the Avon Lake dancing pavilion and bathing beach greatly exceeded the fondest expectations of the management, with a large crowd on hand both afternoon and evening. Music for dancing was furnished by the Peerless orchestra composed of Howard Cleckner, Edward Rickert, Terry Wones, and John Strickler.

75 Years

May 31, 1947

Blue skies and pleasant temperatures yesterday favored this city’s 1947 Memorial Day observance and attracted hundreds for the services at the court square, the parade, and the rites at Graceland cemetery. Robert Wilt, World War II veteran, made the principal address from the court house steps.


At the meeting of the board of directors of the Sidney Machine Tool Co. Thursday afternoon, Val Lee was elected to fill the vacancy resulting with the death of Frank P. Thedieck in Florida several months ago. Mr. Lee has been serving as treasurer of the firm for several years and will continue also in that capacity.

50 Years

May 31, 1972

H-E-L-P! That’s the message Shelby County School Supt. Clifford P. Bunnell issued to officials in the proposed 10 district joint vocational school in Miami and Shelby counties Tuesday.

Bunnell, chairman of the Miami County JVS board’s “name committee,” said Tuesday that the committee is seeking help from parents, teachers and students to establish the proposed jointure’s name


A campaign to enhance the appearance of downtown Sidney through the installation of planters along the sidewalks is now complete, a spokesman for the commercial division of the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce reports.

25 Years

May 31, 1997

ANNA – His search for a second career didn’t take long, as retiring Anna School Superintendent Charlie Rhyan was recently named the new director of the West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Troy.

The rehabilitation center assists juvenile felony offenders in an effort to change their criminal behavior to become productive citizens in mainstream society.


It’s shaping up as Sidney vs. Cortland.

Instead of a conference title or bragging rights often associated with athletic contests, the stakes in the current competition for Monarch Machine Tool Co. facilities are much higher. The outcome could affect some 170 jobs here and hundreds of thousands of dollars in local tax payments.

Efforts are under way to keep Monarch in Sidney and possibly bring more jobs to the local facility. At the same time, Cortland, N.Y., officials have undertaken a similar campaign to entice Monarch to consolidate its operations in that city.

Monarch President Richard Clemens said he plans to meet next week with West Ohio Development Council Director Lewis Blackford and other area officials about possible incentives to keep the company’s headquarters here.


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