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December, 1899
Compiled by Doris Dilbone inDec., 1999

100 Year Menu Christmas Duty for Postal Workers
The post office will be closed on Christmas except from 9 to 10 o’clock in the morning. The carriers will make but one delivery and one collection in the morning.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 22, 1899

Did They Have Call Waiting?
The first instruments of the Sidney Telephone company were connected last Saturday. Misses Gertrude Bushwaw, Maud Hannaford and Mary Okenfels will be employed in the exchange office.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 22, 1899

Patriotic Poultry
George Henne received from a friend at Greenville Wednesday three chickens, each one of a different color, red, white and blue. With the chickens came a card saying that they were imported from the island of Luzon and were valued at $50.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 29, 1899

William O’Leary, of the police force, and Miss Emma Simmons, of Russia, were married at the Holy Angels church Saturday morning by Rev. F. M. Quatman in the presence of a number of the near relatives and friends, They will make their home on south Ohio avenue, where they went immediately after the ceremony was performed.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 8, 1899

Rabbit Grease
It is recommended that a good protection to fruit trees from wild rabbits is to put an old cloth mitten on one hand, and take a box of axle grease in the other hand. Then take a little grease on the mitten and rub up and down the tree.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 15, 1899

Lights on in Sidney
Louis Kah, Jr. now has his incandescent electric light plant in successful operation. The plant is located on the Maxwell mill property in East Sidney in the building formerly occupied by F. W. Bacon as a residence.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 15, 1899

Like Pachinko
John King has recently patented a toy machine. The machine is arranged that marbles placed in separate grooves in the front part of the machine will roll to the rear and by pushing levers these marbles are thrown into the upper rear part of the machine and roll around to the front through a series of nails and drop into other grooves which are numbered.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 22, 1899

Thanksgiving Fundraiser at the Church
The ladies of the First Presbyterian church served Thanksgiving supper in the new parlor. A social time was spent and a delightful informal musical program was presented. Miss Clara Amos, Mrs. C. W. Benjamin, Mrs. C. E. Tenney, Albert King and Jesse Wilson played and sang several selections. The proceeds amounted to about $94.
Sidney Daily News, Dec. 1, 1899

Six Straight Victories For The High School Boys
Forty to six was the score of the Thanksgiving day football game when the Sidney team trounced over the Greenville team. Line up for the Sidney team was Anderson, Kelly, Beebe, Herzstam, Oldham, Marshall, Milholland, Arbuckle, Pfefferle, Goode and Stockstill.
Sidney Daily News, Dec. 1, 1899

Tar and Feathers
A special Grand Jury has been called to meet at Bellefontaine Wednesday to investigate the recent tar and feathering episode at West Liberty. A large number of West Liberty people have been subpoenaed to testify.
Shelby County Democrat, Dec. 1, 1899


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