Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville,  Indiana,  Daily  Democrat
Monday, September 4, 1893
Page 4
          The Rileys will open their weeks engagement at the [Blessing] opera house tonight to a full house.
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The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, January 23, 1886
          Miss Gertie Blessing  went to Cambridge City yesterday to visit  Miss Maggie Bond.
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The  Daily  Republican.
Monday, July 21, 1884.
          Mr. John Blessing  and wife left this morning for Cape May, where they will remain some time enjoying the sea breezes and fine society of that popular summer resort.
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The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Friday, April 14, 1882
          The readers of the Democrat are all aware by this time that  Tank Kee, the wonderful Anglo-Chinese, is to appear in  Blessingís Hall Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of next week. If personal endorsements and press notices amount to anything, Tank Kee must be the grandest genius that ever left the Celestial Empire to gaze on the wonders of this country. It is said of him that he enraptured his audiences every place he appears by his quaint and witty sayings, and in addition to this he carried a regular museum, consisting of everything imaginable that could be picked up in China. Tank Kee will appear in full costume at each entertainment.
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The  Democrat - Volunteer
Shelbyville, Ind., Feb. 26, 1880.
Pinafore Creates a Commotion.
          The religious portion of the community here received a severe shock on Sunday night by an occurrence which was a very unusual one for this city.  Miles Juvenile Opera Company from Cincinnati, played "Pinafore" Saturday night, and met with such good success that they concluded to repeat the performance on Sunday night.  As nothing of the sort was ever before attempted here on Sunday, the church people were horrified at the daring innovation.  Accordingly, a committee representing the various churches was appointed to see if it could not be prevented.  They waited on  Mr. Blessing, owner of the hall, to see if he would not refuse its use for the opera, but he stated that he had already leased the building and would not interfere.  The committee then interviewed Mr. John Fulton, the manager in charge of the troupe of young performers, but he turned a deaf ear to all their remonstrances.  So the show went on, pursuant to the advertisement, though we are not able to state the number of the audience, not having been present.  It is said, however, to have been "fair to middling," but the presumption is that not many church members were in attendance.  However, we did hear that one or more members in good standing graced some of the outer benches.  We do not propose to moralize on the subject, but must regret that the sentiments of large portion of our citizens should have been outraged by what they sincerely regard as an occurrence liable to do serious harm to the morals of the community.

          Rev. J. Ditzler, D.D.,  who will begin a series of meetings at Blessing's Opera Hall on Sunday next, Feb 29, at 10:30 a.m., has had some twenty-five public debates, each from eight to fourteen days in duration, in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas, upon the subject of Universalism, Atheism and Baptism, several of which were published in book form.  One volume of 1200 pages has gone through some thirty editions.  He is the author of a book on the Philosophy of the History of the Church, and he has been repeatedly asked to take the professorship of languages in Vanderbilt University.  He now has an elaborate work on Baptism, ready to go to the press, as well as several others well advanced.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, January 3, 1878
          The city was quite animated Monday night.  With a ball in full operation at Blessing's Hall, a festival at Sindlinger's, and the parties remaining up to witness the death of the old year and birth of the new, matters were very lively throughout, the night, on Public Square.
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The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, January 3, 1878.
Number 45.
I.  F.     H A N K I N ' S     R E S T A U R A N T,

(Basement of  Blessing's Opera Hall, North-East corner Public Square)


Of the day or night, comprising every luxury the market affords.  A  LARGE  AND  COMMODIOUS  DINNING  ROOM   thoroughly refitted in the most improved style.  This is the place to get a good meal or lunch, everything in good order and meals served to suit the whims of the most fastidious epicuriat at very reasonable charges.
      May 31st. --- tt.                                                                                             I.  F.   HANKINS.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
February 15, 1871
Page 3
          This troope, which we notice is being so highly praised by the Press throughout the State, will exhibit at Blessing's Opera Hall on Thursday and Friday evenings of this week.  The proprietor announces that nothing obscene will be tolerated in his exhibition --- that all may go to see his Minstrel's without any fears of impropriety.  Those who love such exhibitions, will doubtless find this a rich treat of fun.
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