Out of the past – Sidney Daily News

125 years

November 18, 1897

The outlook is that the Northwest Ohio Oil Field will eventually expand into at least the northern part of Shelby County. The first producing well in this county was drilled in Van Buren Township last week and is now producing 30 barrels per day. The well at the Philip Maurer farm was a wild business, but it is a good business and the owners are very happy with it.


Philip Sheets and Sons has secured the right of way from Botkins to Geyer City and will erect a telephone line by January 1.

100 years

November 18, 1922

Hundreds of people visited the new gift shop when it opened today and found it to be one of the most attractive shops in town. Visitors praised the owners, Mrs. Mark Miller and Miss Carolyne Klipstine, for the beautiful effect they achieved in the room and praised many of the items on display. The shop is located above the Beech Tea Store on the east side of the square and at a later date the owners plan to open a tea room to the rear of the showroom.


An interesting statement on her recent trip abroad, in which she made comparisons between methods of education in Europe and America, was given by Mrs. Edith McClure Patterson of Dayton, when she spoke at of the Tourist Club meeting held yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. JC McClure on St. Marys Avenue.

75 years old

November 18, 1947

Dr. Raymond Stockstill, grandson of Dr. and Mrs. WD Stockstill, near Sidney, resigned from his veterinary practice in the Quincy community to accept a position at a veterinary hospital in Newcastle, Pennsylvania. The young man graduated from Ohio State University two years ago and had practiced with his grandfather here before moving to Quincy to establish his own practice.


Waldo A. Patton had secured one vote in the recount of ballots in the recent mayoral election, increasing his margin to eight, following the top 10 precincts recounted by the board of elections last night.

50 years

November 18, 1972

About 50,000 Christmas seal packets were sent out by volunteers in Shelby, Darke, Miami and Logan counties. Honorary Chairman, Congressman William McCulloch of Piqua is spearheading the campaign to reach out to all former contributors and newcomers in the Midwest Ohio region to reach a goal of $63,000.


Steve Liddy, a stalwart of the Lehman grid and one of Versailles’ Agne twins, was recognized today with spots on the Dayton Journal-Herald All-Area Team.

Liddy, who helped Lehman to a 6-4 record, earned a final position on the defensive unit. He is a sturdy standout with the eldest weighing 232 pounds and standing six-foot-three.

Bruce Agne is about 10 pounds heavier than his twin brother, Jeff, and stands two inches taller at six-foot-three.

25 years

November 18, 1997

Twelve years ago, Chris Barhorst played guitar in a heavy metal band, he worked at Alcoa Building Products. Little did he know that a career in ministry was in his future. He recently accepted a position as pastor of the Congregational Christian Church in Houston. He still works at Alcoa, but he now also works for the Lord.


Wright State University produced a piece called “1913: The Great Dayton Flood. It was based on the stories of 90 Flood survivors. The play was selected as the opening production at a college festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington last March. A rare film has been discovered by Frank Grube in the basement of his mother’s house in Dayton. He showed the consequences of the flood.

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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