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April, 1899
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in April, 1999

100 Year Menu Into Court
Saturday was the time set by the Trustees of the Monumental Building to have the partition removed between the library and Grand Army room. The army societies, firmly resolved not to vacate, applied to Probate Judge Staley for an order restraining the Trustees from carrying out their purpose. Judge Staley refused to grant the order, whereupon they went before Judge W. H. Cunningham, of Lima, where they were successful. The case will be heard by Judge Armstrong Saturday of next week.
Sidney Journal, April 7, 1899

Boxwell Examination
One hundred took the Boxwell examination Saturday. They were from the townships as follows: Clinton, seven; Cynthian, one; Dinsmore, seven; Franklin, 18; Greene, 17; Jackson, two; Loramie, two; Orange, nine; Perry, nine; Salem, nine; Turtle Creek, 10; Van Buren, four; Washington, five.
Sidney Journal, April 7, 1899

Millinery Opening
Mrs. McNutt is holding a summer millinery opening at her parlors on north Main avenue this week. Her rooms are marvels of beauty, being profusely decorated with flowers, and here and there palms are to be seen. Over the large doorway one room to the other is lattice work through which morning glories are entwined making most artistic decoration. She has a very large number of hats displayed, and as pretty ones as can be found anywhere. Her New York pattern hats are exquisite, being shown in all the latest novelties of styles and colors, and all her hats show an artistic finish and style only seen in a first class millinery store.
Shelby County Democrat, April 21, 1899

Our $5.00 Suits
Tailor-made, in a large variety of colors—latest styles—jackets lined throughout; skirts lined with rustle silk, velvet bound -– the equal of any offered at $7.50. Thedieck’s Great Department Store.—adv’t.    
Shelby County Democrat, April 7, 1899

Rodgers Won the Buggy!
The concert and ball by the Bimel Mutual Aid Association, Monday evening, was in every particular a marked success, in conception, arrangement, attendance and decorum. It surpassed anything of the kind ever attempted in Sidney. Never did the armory look so beautiful. The decorations, consisting of bunting and potted plants, were elaborate and artistic, the stage being a veritable bower of flags and flowers. Over 600 tickets were sold, and the audience was representative of the workingmen of Sidney. Charles P. Rodgers got the buggy. Nothing happened to mar the pleasures of the occasion, and the Association was congratulated on every hand for the creditable manner in which the whole affair was conducted.    
Sidney Journal, April 7, 1899

Another Mail Route
The first delivery over the new rural mail route will be made July 5. The new route takes in a farming district lying north of Sidney and will accommodate about 200 families. The following is the route: North on Murphy pike to the Swanders pike; west one mile and south to the extension of Union pike; west on Union pike three and one half miles to the St. Marys pike; northeast on St. Marys pike two and one half miles to the Cisco pike; west on the Cisco pike three and one half miles to the Turtle Creek Valley pike; south one mile to the Russell pike; east on the Russell pike to the Wapakoneta pike, thence south to the post office. Charles R. Wells has been appointed carrier.
Shelby County Democrat, April 21, 1899

Their Arrival in Alaska Announced
The Skagway, Alaska, Bulletin-Budget of April 8, says: "Early in December last the Budget published the arrival from Dawson of Dan Staley (Shelby County native), the French Hill King of Dawson, and told how he came into the Budget office and gave the entire force handsome and valuable nuggets. Dan and his companion set the pace for the winter travel, being the first to come out and the first to let the outside world know what had been going on in Dawson for some months. Mr. Staley, after spending a few days in Skagway, left for California, where he spent a delightful winter, for which he feels much improved in health. Dan is taking back to Dawson with him his brother-in-law, Joseph Ford, from Ohio, who he will let into the secret of successfully mining in the frigid north. They will take their departure in a day or two and the Budget earnestly hopes that the good fortune of the king of French Hill may continue until he becomes a millionaire."    
Shelby County Democrat, April 28, 1899


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