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February, 1900
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in Feb., 2000

100 Year Menu High Water At Houston
One day last week E. L. Hoskins was going to Houston in a buggy. When he reached the bridge over the Loramie creek between Dawson and Houston, workmen were repairing the bridge and he had to drive through the creek. The water came up into the bottom of the buggy and he placed his feet on the dash board. Finally the water came up on the seat and to keep the buggy from floating he had to take his feet from the dash board and put them on the bottom. In this condition he reached shallow water and finally reached the shore. When he reached Houston he bought a pair of dry socks, but all the pants in the Houston stores were too short so he had to stand up before the stove and dry his pants out.   
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 2, 1900

Early Mail Carrier
T. T. Mitchell and wife, well known in this city, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their home in Lima Monday evening. At fourteen years of age Mr. Mitchell began to carry the mail on horseback from Sidney to Defiance, having many a hard ride in doing it. He was married January 29, 1850, to Nancy Stevens at St. Paris.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 2, 1900

Foreign Aid from Sidney
A phonograph social was held at the home of Mrs. Viola Cargill on Wednesday evening. The social was held for the benefit of the famine stricken district of India. The Masonic Lodge members came in and presented the ladies with five dollars for the supper.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 16, 1900

Aid to Sidney
The United Presbyterian church received a donation of a car load of coal from M. F. Scholl, of West Newton, Pennsylvania, last week.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 23, 1900

Fun in Port
A masked social was given by the Daughters of Rebecca I.O.O.F. Tuesday evening of last week in Port Jefferson. All sorts of costumes were worn and it was a lively time for the hundred and more present. During the evening a cake walk was indulged in which was won by Charles Ogden and Ed Miller. A gramophone entertainment and supper followed which was enjoyed by all.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 23, 1900

A Switch is a Hairpiece, We Think
A woman, residing near Napoleon, Ohio, in her petition for divorce, charges her husband among other things, with having thrown her false teeth into the fire and hiding her switch under the pig sty, to prevent her going to parties and other social functions.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 9, 1900

The Meat Kept Well
John Steinle received a letter from Alaska, dated January 8. The thermometer registered fifty-six below zero in Dawson City that day, meat sold for $1 a pound and wages were from $4 to $5 a day.
Shelby County Democrat, Feb. 16, 1900

It’s Valentine’s Time
The Young Ladies’ Sodality of the Holy Angels church gave a coffee social at the Catholic Knights of America hall in the Metcalf building yesterday... A valentine booth was situated to one side of the hall where valentines could be purchased and sent to each other. This created a great deal of amusement, as everybody wanted to send their friends a valentine.
Sidney Daily News, Feb. 15, 1900


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