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April, 1900
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in April, 2000

100 Year Menu Local Talent Hits Big Time
In the New York Tribune of April 8, is a well executed cut of Ida Mae Pierpoint. She has made a decidedly musical hit in the metropolis in the delightful operetta entitled, "Moss Roses." She is well known in Sidney, as her grandmother, Mrs. W. A. Skillen, lives here, and whom she frequently visits.
Sidney Journal, Apr. 13, 1900

Importing Talent
Sidney enthusiasts are making arrangements for the base ball team this summer. Among the team members are Jack Hunter, manager and captain of the Ashtabula team for 1899, William Pinder, formerly second baseman for the Urbana team and Arthur Williams, shortstop for Erie, Pennsylvania. These men together with Elliott, Searl, Knauer, Casey, Potter, Kingseed, Heiland and Jackson, of last year’s team will play in the first home game on Decoration day.
Shelby County Democrat, Apr. 13, 1900

RFD on the Way
The Turtle Creek Farmers’ Club held its April meeting at the home of J. C. McClure Thursday of last week. "Free Mail Delivery" was the topic for discussion. M. J. Russell said the system had a remarkable growth, is fully established, is no longer an experiment, and will soon be a general thing all over the country.
Sidney Journal, Apr. 20, 1900

Sidney Adds Hotel
Sidney is to have a new hotel. Frank Eisenstein who has been running the Palace dining room has decided to make it a regular hotel. The hotel of twenty five rooms will be well furnished throughout and will be open the first of May. Mr. Eisenstein has not yet decided on a name for the hotel.
Shelby County Democrat, Apr. 13, 1900

Tally Wags Have a Ball
The Easter ball given by the Tally Wag Boys was attended by about seventy couples. The grand march took place at 9 o’clock and was led by the three members of the club and their ladies, Charles Taylor and wife, Harry Collins and Miss Davis, of Hamilton, Claude Heffelman and Miss Simpkinson of Piqua. Music was furnished by the Klute orchestra and Caterer Sexauer served lunch during the intermission.
Shelby County Democrat, Apr. 20, 1900

The term of office of William O’Leary, who was elected Chief of Police, will begin next Monday and he will be sworn in by the present Chief, Mr. Stockstill … George Kraft and wife left Monday for Seattle, Washington. They will remain in Seattle until May 20 when the remainder of the Sidney people who are going to Alaska this spring will join them and they will all leave together for Cape Nome … The American School Furniture Company recently received a contract to furnish 112,000 school desks for Cuba ...Hon. R. B. Gordon in his expenses incurred for re-nomination were $45.50; listed is $20 for headquarters, $20 for hotel bill and cigars and $5.50 hotel bill.
Shelby County Democrat, April 13, 20, and 27


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