Out of the past

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

100 years

Dec. 30, 1913

The growth of Sidney during the past year has been almost phenomenal. Besides the construction of over 100 private residences, the public improvements of a very substantial character have amounted in the vicinity of $300,000, all of which our citizens have a right to be very proud of.


The liquor dealers of the city closed their places of business yesterday all day, following the request made by the ladies of the city in a petition presented to them late the previous afternoon. The liquor dealers say that they gladly acquiesced to the request made by women to close on New Year's and asked that if such requests are made in the future that they be given more time so that the public may be fully advised of their closing.


A reception was given by the Sidney Board of Education yesterday afternoon at the high school building for S.C. Britton, of Lebanon, Oh., who is a representative of William E. Harmon, of New York. The affair was in the interest of a playground in Sidney. It was pointed out that Mr. Harmon, who is a native of Lebanon, has offered $1,000 each to 50 small cities in Ohio who will cooperate by raising $9,000 each additional to establish playgrounds. T.M. Miller, school board president, emphasized that the Julia Lamb field represents an investment of $6,000 already.

75 years

Dec. 30, 1938

At the meeting of the Shelby County Fish and Game Association, officers for 1939 were elected. Voress Loudenback was named president for the fourth consecutive year. Other officers included: Clarence Hemmert, Botkins, vice president; William Freeman, Sidney, secretary; Ernest Young, treasurer. Named to the board of directors were: Art Davis, northeast district; Max Sarver, southeast; Jess Simon, southwest; Ed Aneshansley, northwest; Wally Sachs, Mose Bush and Charles Roberts, at large.

50 years

Dec. 30, 1963

Special reports from the Holstein-Friesian Association of America tell of production records set recently by registered area Holstein cows. A five-year-old owned by Norbert C. DeLoye, Fort Loramie, produced 18,080 pounds of milk and 705 pounds of butterfat in 305 days. Don Zegabarbara and Dixie Jo Nelson, R.R. 5, Sidney, had two cows which established good marks. One, a six-year-old, produced 16,840 pounds of milk and 708 pounds of butterfat in 305 days. Another, a seven-year-old, had a record of 16,020 pounds of milk and 852 pounds of butterfat in a similar period.

25 years

Dec. 30, 1988

Sidney Police Chief Jack Wilson extended congratulations recently to outgoing Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judge Carroll V. Lewis and presented him with a plaque of appreciation during a reception for the judge. Lewis also received plaques from the Shelby County Bar Association and from Shelby County elected officials for his work the past seven-plus years.


Paul Malone, 45, 500 Vandemark Road, purchased Meyer Motors, 2881 W. Michigan St., in June and changed the name of the vehicle dealership to Malone Motors. Malone is one of the few black business owners in the area, possibly the only major business owner. Asked about any prejudice he has encountered in the predominately white Shelby County area, Malone said: “I have moved a lot of times – close to 12 times with the Air Force and Eli Lilly – and Sidney is as open a place as I have moved to.”


Kimberly Fisher, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Fisher, holds the picture she colored to win the stuffed animal presented by Janet King, shift supervisor at Pizza Hut restaurant in Sidney. Pizza Hut and J.C. Penney Co. sponsored a coloring contest and five people who entered at the Sidney Pizza Hut were selected in the drawing to win stuffed animals. There were about 1,200 local entries and winners along with Kimberly were Kim Elson, Darla Jurosic, Justin Helman, and Buffy Quellhorst. They are eligible for the drawing for five trips to Hollywood.


These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet!