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Sidney Ohio - Monumental Building - Historic Structure - My Vintage photo

Sidney Ohio - Monumental Building - Historic Structure - My Vintage photo

As the surviving veterans returned to their families and began to piece together their lives, talk began about the manner in which to memorialize the sacrifices of those who died and survived this nation's worst war. A.J. Robertson of Sidney, Ohio was the first person in Ohio to originate the idea of constructing a building that would both honor the past and serve the community.

Sidney leaders were the first in Ohio to complete such a memorial hall. The Monumental Building was erected with lottery funds and proceeds of bond sales by residents of the village of Sidney and Clinton Township. Shelby County's many veterans were heavily involved in the planning and fundraising for the massive structure. The cornerstone of the building was laid on June 24, 1875. The veterans chose colorful former California 'Forty-Niner' William Van Fossen, First Sergeant of Company C of the 99th Ohio, to represent them at the ceremony. In dedicating the building, he intoned: "Done in the memory of the fallen heroes of Shelby County, the state of Ohio and the town of Sidney June 24th, in the year of our Lord, 1875."

The building was occupied by 1877, complete with an opera house on the third floor. ‘Sgt. Baker,' the statue facing east toward the courtsquare, was installed in December, 1900, after the veterans passed a resolution seeking a statute to "inculcate lessons of patriotism in the present and coming generations." The Monumental Building served as the center of government and cultural life in the county for three-quarters of a century.

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Photo prise @ Sidney le 1 janvier 2003 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo - 60 Million Views - Thank Yo / Flickr)

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