The rent and furnishings of the building were made possible by the USO. Much of the work for getting the building renovated and ready was done by volunteers from Scintilla. After the club lost its USO national support in July 1945, it continued to operate as a recreational center by many members of the Sidney community.
On Monday: The many ups and downs in the history of the State Theatre in Deposit.
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