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100 Years Ago

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June, 1900
Compiled by Doris Dilbone in June, 2000

100 Year Menu About Town
A. W. Hall has opened an ice cream and confectionery store in the Amos building...Frank L. Eisenstein has a neat little hotel of 20 rooms, and arranged with all modern conveniences. It is called Hotel Catherine...A. G. Minnear, of Swanders, will open a grocery store in the Oldham building…Ira G. Painter has been re-elected Principal of the High School and L. E. Steenrod has been made Principal of the Second Ward school…Mrs. John Ransenberger laid her pocketbook containing $9.45 on a table in the millinery department of Thedieck’s store and it suddenly disappeared…The police request us to say that the boys will not be allowed to play ball on the streets inside the corporation. Anyone doing so will be arrested.
Shelby County Democrat, June 1 & 2

Locals Produce Memorial Song
"Sleep on, Ye Honored Dead" is a new Memorial song. The words were written by J. Wilson Conklin and the music by Jessie Ayres Wilson, both of Sidney. Miss Wilson sang it at our Memorial service at the rink with marked effect. It can not fail to become popular with Grand Army Posts and all Memorial occasions.
Sidney Journal, June 1

Camping Trip Down the Canal
George Timeus, Fred Johnston, John Murray, Wm. Kummer and Fred Conner, with Mattie Mitchell as cook, left this afternoon to spend a week’s camping at the Steinle club house. They made the trip down by boat.
Sidney Daily News
, June 11

Everything’s Up to Date in Jackson Center
Jackson Center is putting on metropolitan airs. It is putting down hard brick pavements and laying its streets with bowlder stones.
Sidney Daily News, June 7

Civil War Vets Gather
Companies C and H of the Ninety-ninth Ohio Regiment held their seventh annual reunion at the home of G. W. Wiley, in Orange Township, Tuesday. The regiment remained in active service until the close of the Rebellion. They participated in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, Nashville and many minor engagements.
Sidney Journal, June 16

First Auto in Sidney
The first automobile ever seen in Sidney made its appearance on the streets last evening and today. It is in charge of B. F. Carter, of Jackson, Michigan, who is here advertising them for a Massachusetts firm. He came to this city last night from Dayton on the machine and created considerable curiosity as he rode about on the streets. The automobile is run by the use of gasoline and is valued at $750.
Sidney Daily News, June 28

Wagner Family Opens Park to Public
Make a visit to the prospective Wagner park, a mile northwest of Sidney. It embraces an area of 20 acres of undulating ground, covered with natural forest trees which shut out the sunlight. William H. and B.P. Wagner, the proprietors of most of the old Elliott farm, are the projectors of this enterprise, and it is their design to make it a lovely spot. From the Hardin road (present day Ohio 47) they have laid off a street 99 feet wide, with a sidewalk on either side 18 feet wide, which will be embowered with two rows of shade trees each. This street is at least 100 rods long, and leads directly to the park. It has been graded, and is now being graveled. The park will have three ponds, connected with each other, and dotted with little islands for the growth of flowers. There is a large force engaged under the superintendence of Willoughby Stewart, who has been at work 50 days. All bushes and stumps are to be removed, the trees neatly trimmed, and all abrupt irregularities of surface molded into most graceful forms. Carpenters are at work on a rustic pavilion, and a well is being dug.
Sidney Journal, June 16

RFD Route Rumored
The report is that there will be rural mail delivery through Palestine. If so, the postoffice, Tawawa, in Palestine will drop out. Some on the route are feeling indignant because of the change.
Shelby County Democrat, June 8

Help at Baggage Claim
Frank Elliott’s new dray line will make all trains, hauling baggage to and from them to any part of the city. Leave orders at the Hotel Catherine or telephone to 771, his home.
Sidney Daily News, June 23

Two Bits
The barber shop opposite the Florentine hotel cuts hair for 15 cents, shave 10 cents. Hair cut and shave 25 cents.
Sidney Daily News, June 1

Owing to the wet weather, the farmers are setting out their tobacco plants by hand instead of the planter.
Sidney Daily News, June 1


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