Out of the past – Sidney Daily News


125 years

June 16, 1897

The county Republican convention met this afternoon in the courthouse meeting room. There were 225 selected delegates to the convention, most of whom were in attendance. Ed Pruden called the meeting to order and on motion WE Kilborn was elected Chair and JE Russell Secretary.


The residence of Fred Kupper, who resides near the Rhine, was destroyed by fire yesterday. The content was also lost. The fire originated in the roof and is believed to have originated from a faulty flue. Mr. and Mrs. Kupper were in the house but did not detect the fire until the building was half burned down.


Oscar Stockstill resigned from his position at the New Era restaurant and traveled to Lima where he accepted a position at Charles King’s restaurant. Harry Collins has taken the vacant position at the New Era restaurant.

100 years

June 16, 1922

Joseph Cook and Ray Anderson of The Spot restaurant purchased the Amann property on the north side of the town square. The property is a three-story building, now occupied by Steinle and Steinle, the Elk Restaurant and Café. Possession must be given immediately. There will be no changes to the building at this time.


Last night, members of the senior class from Holy Angels High School performed the play ‘The Fate of the Image’ as part of the opening program at the Sydney High School auditorium. Cast members include: Florence Zimmerman, Jannette Crusey, Salome Kingseed, Catherine Kerber, Hilda Ratterman, Charles Keeler, Jesse Waggoner, Clara Kessler, Lawrence Amann, Mark Maloney, Leo Roth, Awilda Anderson, Vincent Okefels and Forrest Lee.


A car driven by Miss Gladys Crusey and a Ford coupe driven by a lady from London, Ohio met with an accident yesterday afternoon while collecting. One of the wheels of this last vehicle was torn off.

75 years old

June 16, 1947

Nearly 200 young people took part in activities on the first day of the summer recreation program which opened yesterday at four playgrounds in Sidney. Director Don Chanay and his five supervisors have been very pleased with the response and are busy finalizing plans for the season. Assisting Chanay with the program are: Patty Brown, Shirley Shively, Arlene Robinson, Bill Lonsbury and Bob Garrett.


The Ohio State Beverage company’s store in that city, located at 120 South West Avenue in the former location of Rohler’s Market, has been doing a booming business since it opened last week. Miss Rose Ordean, assisted by her father, is manager of the new store, one of 33 such transport companies in the state.


Mrs. Hugh Lehman, member of the Susan Mercer Warwick Tent, Daughters of Civil War Union Veterans, was elected as a member of the Ohio Department Council. His election took place at the Ohio Departmental Convention in Columbus this week.

50 years

June 16, 1972

Cadet David W. Easton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry I. Easton of 510 Charles Street, Sidney, was among the graduates of the United States Military Academy at ceremonies recently at West Point, NY His commission received is that of a Signal Corps under lieutenant.

A 1968 graduate of Sidney High School, he was appointed to the academy by Congressman William M. McCulloch.


BOTKINS – Botkins Village Council met Tuesday evening and gave final approval to the second Wilt Subdivision, which will be located in the southern part of town, east of County Road 25A.


Fireworks, including sparklers, fountains and similar items, are illegal and will not be permitted in the city under state law, the Sidney Fire Chief warned this morning, Vernon LR Millhoff.

Millhoff, who personally asks stockists to remove all banned items from their shelves, said two and possibly a third fire in recent weeks have been attributed to fireworks.

25 years

June 16, 1997

FORT LORAMIE — Members of the Fort Loramie Historical Association met recently to review plans for a proposed open house for local businesspeople to be held Aug. 3 at the Wilderness Trail Museum.

Businesses will be asked to prepare a written summary of their business since its inception and these articles will form the basis of a new community book.


COLUMBUS — Gov. George Voinovich and legislative leaders will soon present their plan for a school funding system that they hope will receive approval from the Ohio Supreme Court.

The plan being developed by the governor’s task force is expected to be announced by the end of the month. The court ruled in March that the current funding system was unconstitutional and gave the state a year to come up with a new system.

One plan being considered is to raise the state sales tax from 5 to 6 cents on the dollar, coupled with a business tax increase that would add an estimated $1.5 billion to the state education budget. $12 billion a year.

This news from back issues of the Sidney Daily News is 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


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