Out of the past


125 Years

May 27, 1897

At the meeting of city council last night, Councilman Bemus asked that an investigation be made as to whether the Sidney electric Co. was living up to its contract on the amount of candle power furnished for street lights and the straightening and painting of poles as required by city ordinance. He felt that some competent individual should be employee by the city to test the lighting.

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A barn on A.P. Young’s farm, south of Maplewood, was struck by lightning during the storm last night. It caught fire, but the blaze was discovered and extinguished before it involved the entire barn. However, a horse belonging to the tenant was killed.

100 Years

May 27, 1922

Two special officers from the State Prohibition office in Columbus have been in Sidney and Shelby county during the past few days investigating complaints that have been filed with the department. Three placed in the northern part of the county were visited yesterday, but no arrests were made. One arrest was made in Sidney this morning.

75 Years

May 27, 1947

Installation services for Rev. William L. Cook, as pastor at the Spring Creek Baptist church, on the county-line road southeast of Sidney, were held Sunday morning, with Rev. R. Wobus, giving the welcome address.

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Lawrence Quesnell is the new chef at the Hotel Wagner, John M. McCarthy, manager announced today. Quesnell, who is French, has worked in New York, Maryland, Florida and Ohio. He is planning elaborate menu changes and variety, McCarthy said.

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Miss Shirley Knasel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Knasel, was one of 39 nurses graduating last evening from St Elizabeth School of Nursing at Dayton.

50 Years

May 27, 1972

The Rev. Guy McIver, First Presbyterian Church, crowned Mrs. Viola Alexander and Ray Schaub as queen and king when Shelby county senior citizens observed national senior citizens month.

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Senator Tennyson Guyer of Findlay was the speaker for the 25th anniversary observance of the Soroptimist Club. The event was held at the Holiday Inn.

Charter members present were Miss LaDonna Quinn, Mrs. Joseph Brady, Miss Betty Zorn, Mrs. Orville Eisenhut and Mrs. J.M Gillespie, all past presidents of the club.

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Frank Focht, assistant principal at Sidney High School, has resigned his position with the city school system and has accepted a job with Graham Local School District, City Supt. Roger McGee revealed this morning.

25 Years

May 27, 1997

RUSSIA – David Gudorf, a senior at Russia High School, is tuning up for the 1997 All-Ohio State Fair Band for the third straight year.

The musician plays French horn in the Russia High School band and was recommended by his instrumental music teacher, Connie Brunswick, for a slot in the prestigious All-Ohio State Fair Band.

“Only a certain number of positions are available in each section,” Blackman said. “It is a distinct honor to have been chosen as a member of the All-Ohio State Fair Band.”

Gudorf is a triple crown winner, having been selected to participate in the state fair band for the third straight year. He has been a member of his school’s band since fifth grade.

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In 15 years, local planners see the possibility of Sidney as a medium size city of 35,000 residents with two locations for shopping/dining and 2,000 acres in businesses and industry.

About 50 area residents Thursday night learned about this proposed view of future Sidney during a public forum for the development of a comprehensive plan for Sidney.

The draft view of Sidney in 2012-2015 is optimistic, said Thomas Middleton of the city’s comprehensive plan steering committee.

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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