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February/March, 1899
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in March, 1999

100 Year Menu Bimel Buggy Ball
The concert and ball to be given at the armory on next Monday evening under the auspices of the Bimel Mutual AidAssociation promises to be a grand event.The concert will commence at 8 o’clock and last until 10 o’clobimelbuggyadvertisement.gif (18015 bytes)ck. On the program will be selections by the Reed band, the Mandolin orchestra and a selected quartet. At the close of the concert the rubber tire Bimel Buggy will be given away to someone who holds a ticket to the entertainment. Already over four hundred tickets have been sold. The armory will be beautifully decorated for the event.
Shelby County Democrat, Mar. 31, 1899

Meat Stolen
Samuel Duncan, of Orange township, had all his meat stolen Saturday night. Gypsies who had camped in the vicinity the previous night were pursued and found south of Piqua but a search of their wagons failed to discover any trace of the meat.
Sidney Journal, Feb. 17, 1899

Canal Ice Broke
Max, the 10 year old son of Joseph Stafford, ventured on the ice on the canal just above the water works Tuesday. Two other small boys, who had gone along, were afraid to follow. The Stafford boy struck a thin spot and went down. His companions, much frightened, ran to give the alarm. He was in the water fully 20 minutes, keeping himself from drowning by holding on to the edge of the ice, when James Lucas saw him and threw a strap to him, pulling him to the shore.
Sidney Journal, Feb. 17, 1899

Good News From Dawson
The canal boats made their first appearance last week….Our place is blessed with a new blacksmith, and a Republican at that….Our maple molasses manufacturers are reaping their harvest.  
Sidney Journal, Feb. 3, 1899

Good Judge of Fine Horses
Two weeks ago G. H. Boyce, of Proctor, Vermont, came to Sidney to buy fine draft horses in Shelby and adjoining counties for the Proctor Marble Company. Thirty-six were bought, and they were shipped Wednesday, Frank Carper going along. One third of the bunch was obtained in this county and the average price paid was $100. Thomas Robbins assisted Mr. Boyce in the buying. Every year this company sends a man to buy horses in this vicinity, which speaks well for the judgment the farmers use in breeding.     
Sidney Journal, Feb. 3, 1899

On the Light Side
On the surface the letters published last week on the electric light subject would leave the impression that municipal ownership was all right. There are a great many things more important to consider than merely what it costs to run a plant. It is absurd to believe that $15,000 would construct a plant for Sidney. It would take more than twice that amount. In other cities of this size it has cost all the way from $35,000 to $40,000 to put in a plant complete. Then, again, the depreciation in property has been placed too low, 10 percent being a fair estimate.
Sidney Journal, Feb. 10, 1899

Hen Fruit Too High
It has been a long while since the price of eggs has been so high as for the last two weeks. This unusual scarcity of hen fruit can be attributed to the recent cold weather. Eggs sold as high as 30 cents a dozen in Sidney, while in cities 12 brought as much as a bushel of wheat. Restaurant men in the cities say they never experienced such a demand for eggs. Regular customers who would never look at eggs when they were down to 10 cents a dozen had them served in all styles. With the moderation of the weather eggs will fall back to their usual price.  
Sidney Journal, Mar. 10, 1899

Not the Chemical Mace Either
A tramp, giving his name as John Burke, and Cleveland as his home, was arrested near the Big Four station Monday by Policeman Cartwright for being drunk and disorderly. Burke had asked different people for money, saying he wanted to get shaved or something to eat. He was abusive when refused. The officer had to use his mace freely before Burke consented to go along with him. When arraigned before the Mayor Tuesday, Burke pleaded not guilty, and his trial was set for Wednesday, when it was thought best to allow him to shake the dust of Sidney off his feet, which was done. 
Sidney Journal, Feb. 17, 1899

Town Talk in Sidney
The hoist bridge over the canal in Water street has been completed...Joseph Altenbach has been awarded the contract of $85 for putting a steel ceiling in the Treasurer’s office...George Elliott and wife, who moved from here to Urbana several years ago, were nearly asphyxiated by gas from a coal stove Tuesday morning of last week...The caroling of birds has succeeded the merry jingle of sleigh bells, and it can now be safely said spring has arrived. 
Sidney Journal, Feb. 10, 1899


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