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July, 1899
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in July, 1999

100 Year Menu Baseball Happenings
The Sidney ball club will go to Tippecanoe to-morrow where they will play two games with the Tippecanoe club…..The Sidney base ball club went to Wapakoneta yesterday and defeated the Wapakoneta club by a score of 14 to 10. The game was stopped at the end of the eighth inning to allow the Sidney club to catch a train.    
Sidney Daily News, July 3, 1899

Mary L. Poultry Plant
Vivian Walters and wife, of Philadelphia, Penn., who are visiting at Bellefontaine, came here to-day to see the Mary L. Poultry Plant.  
Sidney Daily News, July 3, 1899

Commencing next Sunday there will be excursions run from all points on the C., H. and D. Railroad to the Mary L. Poultry Plant in this city. Next Sunday there will be two excursion trains on the C., H. and D., one will leave Cincinnati, at 7:15 a.m. and the other will leave Toledo at 7:10 a.m. and both will arrive here at 10:30 a.m. Returning they will leave Sidney at 6:20 p.m. These excursions will be increased until there will be eight a week, four on the C., H. and D. and four on the Big Four railroad. It is expected that a hundred and fifty thousand strangers will visit Sidney within the next four months.   There is no other attraction in America equal to this poultry plant, and our citizens should feel proud of it and do everything in their power to encourage it and treat all the visitors courteously. It is modestly estimated that these excursions will leave to the citizens of Sidney at least one hundred thousand dollars.
Sidney Daily News, July 11, 1899

Fourth of July
The Fourth of July in Sidney was celebrated in a general way by the displaying of flags and the shooting of fire crackers. Picnics were numerous, a number of different crowds going out to spend the day.

Some 2,500 people spent the Fourth at Riverside Park at Quincy yesterday. The Ohio Southern ran excursions from Lima and Springfield bringing in something like two thousand of the visitors. The new management has made many improvements about the place that makes it a most pleasant place for a day’s outing. In the twelve mile bicycle road race at Newport yesterday given in connection with the Fourth of July celebration, of the Newport fire company, W. O. Lane, of Troy, won the time prize, his time being 30 minutes and 5 seconds. First place prize was won by Sam Goffena, of Newport, second place by Frank Short, of Oran, third place by Frank Marshall, of this city, and fourth place by Fred McClure.  
Sidney Daily News, July 5, 1899

The County Fair
J. E. Russell, receiver of the Sidney Agricultural Institute, has completed arrangements with the business men of Sidney to hold a Shelby county fair this year beginning September 12 and lasting four days. All premiums are guaranteed to be paid in full. The merchants and manufacturers of this county have agreed to assist in making a grand display. Now let the people join and make this the largest and best fair ever held in the county. Liberal premiums are offered and there will be good races every day. If the people will take hold of this matter as the business men of Sidney there is no doubt but that the fair will not only be a success this year, but be established on a successful basis for years to come.
Sidney Daily News, July 20, 1899

Summer Garden
The vacant lot just west of the Farmer’s hotel has been recently converted into a summer garden. A large canvas has been placed overhead and the ground covered with sawdust, with tables and chairs sitting all around. The garden is in charge of John Henke.  
Shelby County Democrat, July 14, 1899


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