Out of the past

125 Years

March 17, 1892

If there is anything in a name there will be some good reasons for belonging to “The Tawawa Fishing and Boating Club, of Sidney, Ohio, Company.” That is the name under which an organization has been incorporated with a capital stock of $1,000. The organization has leased the Maxwell pond for a pleasure resort. The stock of the company is divided into 40 shares of $25 each. The group will complete its organization tomorrow evening. It is proposed to make the surroundings so beautiful that no one will want to go to Cape May of Long Beach in the heated term.


Dr. H.E. Beebe has awarded the contract for his new dwelling to Isaac Whitlock, of Piqua. It will be 45 by 70 feet and will cost about $6,000. It will probably be finished in July.


There is so much interest being manifest in the services at the M.E. Church that the church cannot contain the worshipers who go every evening.

100 Years

March 17, 1917

Officers of the Commercial Club today announced plans for an open community meeting to be held on Tuesday evening to encourage backyard and city gardening. Through the efforts of the club, the city council has turned over to the Park Commission the strip of land between the cemetery and the river to serve as a community garden.


Mrs. George Secoy, South Franklin avenue was painfully burned about the head and face this morning. She had gone to the basement to start the furnace fire and when she threw some coal oil into the furnace the flames puffed out and set fire to her clothing. She succeeded in extinguishing the flames before she was seriously burned about the body.


Preliminary training has been started by the Elco 30 baseball team, with the first gym practice being held last night in the armory. The first outdoor workout at Lakeside park is planned for Sunday if the weather is favorable.


Drastic action is to be taken to force a compromise in the impending nationwide railroad strike it was forecast in Washington this afternoon.

75 Years

March 17, 1942

William A. Trimpe, civilian defense coordinator for Shelby county, reported today that 225 persons registered last week for civilian participation in defense measures. He added that additional registrations will be handled in his office in the Ohio building.

The largest group yet – 57 men – will leave Thursday for military service, filling the local selective service board’s call for the month of March.


Some 70 Sidney High School students took part in the music festival for the west district of Ohio held Saturday in Springfield. Superior ratings were awarded the chapel choir, girls’ glee club , and the girls’ octet. Members of the latter group included: Phyllis Royon, Dorothy Dull, Charlotte Cook, Sara Lou Benjamin, Anis Garberson, Doris Jean McClure, Jane Masteller, and Jean Maurer.


Anna High’s Rockets failed to win the district class B basketball championship at Springfield Saturday, but it took a last minute spurt on the part of Tipp City to turn the trick with a one point – 34-33 – victory. The win came on a last second desperation shot by Thomas of Tipp City, following a jump ball.

50 Years

March 17, 1967

Shelby county fairground improvements this year probably will include construction of a new pole type multi-purposes building about 50 by 100 feet in size and the re-roofing of the poultry house. A motion to ask for bids on the two projects was adopted at the fair board’s monthly meeting Wednesday night at the courthouse. President Fred Linker said about $8,000 would be available for construction. This estimate was based on a $4,000 grant promised by county commissioners to match an equal amount to be spent by the board.


MINSTER – Now in the process of completion is a 30,000-square-foot addition to the assembly and inventory storage area on the south side of the Minster Machine Co. plant. John Herkenhoff, president, said the addition is being constructed to meet the demands for increased space.


John Dorsey, R.R. 1, Sidney, was elected president of the Shelby County Historical Society, when the group held its annual meeting Wednesday evening at the Amos Memorial Public Library. He succeeds John Minton. Other officers named are A.F. Moon, vice president; Ronson Robinson, secretary-treasurer; and John Minton and William Milligan, trustees.

25 Years

March 17, 1992

The Lehman high School Science Olympiad tem performed very well recently. They placed fourth out of 26 teams. The team will compete in the state finals on April 11 in Columbus. Members of the team include Vince Ermani, Nicholas Ciancioli, Brian Latham, Brie Schaefer, Martha Carr, Emily Wilco, Enrique Montana, Rob Bender, Matthew Schultz, Jason Schmitt, Maryann Lefevre, Chris Switzer, Jessica Bennett, Craig Pleiman, and Jennifer Pleiman.


The news out of Mississippi today was interesting. Melissa Bullock was looking forward to marriage, so she decided to give it her best effort. She married Truman Forroux one day, then married Michael Lowe the next day. She was investigated for bigamy. Her lawyer explained she really thought the first marriage was invalid. The judge asked her which husband she preferred, and she answered, “Neither one.”


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