Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 17, 1919
Mrs. Myrtle Williams, Form-
erly of Washington Town-
ship, Married Mr. A. J.
Bluer, Sunday.
          Mrs. Myrtle Williams,  formerly a resident of Washington township, but who has been living in Indianapolis for some time, was united in marriage to  A. J. Bluer,  of Indianapolis, Saturday morning.
          Mr. [Mrs.?] Bluer has a host of friends in the southern part of Shelby county who will wish her all the happiness this old world can give.  Mr. Bluer is prominent in political circles in the Hoosier capital and has a large circle of friends.
          Mr. and Mrs. Bluer spent Sunday the guest of  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nail,  of near Lewis Creek, and were the honor guests of a most delightful dinner party.
          They will leave in a few days for Texas to make their future home, Mr. Bluer and his brother being interested in a ranch.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican

Friday Afternoon, March 31, 1916
Page 1, column 4
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          Obe Nail, head of the firm of Nail & Co., has original ideas that he is putting into his business.  Mr. Nail is a Shelby county product.  His ancestors were among the first settlers of the county.  They were honest, highly respected citizens.  Their good qualities have been handed down, Obe having a bountiful amount of their clever dispositions.
          One of the ideas that has a permanent abiding place in Mr. Nail's business brain is to create more business in this community that can be had for the asking.  He is doing his share of the asking and is profiting thereby.  Another of his ideas is that old idea that "competition is the life of trade."  He says that if all the dealers in his line were constantly at work on the local trade that between them they would practically get it all, thus keeping the money at home that is being expended away from home.  Building up, not down, is the word next to his heart.
          Mr. Nail says he can outgeneral any mail order house in the kingdom if the people will listen to him.  He says he can and every merchant can undersell any mail order house on the same class of goods.  His goods can be examined before ordered, he will make good any mistakes that might occur, he will save all freight charges and deliver goods the day ordered.  He is here at home to render entire satisfaction.
          Mr. Nail says that following the parade does not pay.  The thing to do is to lead the parade about a mile in advance; that waiting for some one else to do something is too slow in these days of telephones, autos, steam and electric cars.  Originality counts a hundred times to where copying seldom, if ever, scores.  It is his opinion that the Shelbyville merchants could double the business of Shelbyville by ceasing any jealousy that may exist and stand on a solid get-together platform -- one broad enough and stout enough to hold them all.  With twelve years experience in Indianapolis he says that the main reason the city pulls trade from the country is that the merchants are organized and never cease trying to get that business.  The same effort expended over Shelby county would conserve to Shelbyville practically all of the home trade.  As he views the local situation Mr. Nail feels that too few merchants carry on a regular publicity campaign; too many merchants fail to exert themselves to hold the trade that goes away from home.  Nothing that Mr. Nail says is in the vein of criticism.  He wants Shelbyville to prosper as it never has before and he feels to bring that condition about some strong opposition must be placed against the influences being brought to bear to induce Shelbyville people to go away from home to trade.  He is willing to enlist in a campaign of that nature.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday, January 15, 1912.
Page One
Returned  To  Indiana  School  For  Girls
At  Clermont  Saturday  Evening.
          Miss Edna Nail,  aged twenty years, was returned from this city Saturday evening to the Indiana School for Girls at Clermont.  The young woman had succeeded in evading the officials of the institution for the past five months and most of the time she had spent in this city, making her home at various places.  None of the officers here knew of her presence in the city and were not aware she was wanted at the Clermont school until two ladies who act as traveling agents for the school, came here late Saturday afternoon and asked  Chief of Police Manlove  to take her in custody for them.  The circumstances under which she was living here may make the situation rather serious for her and it is not impossible she may be transferred to the Indiana Woman's Prison.  Girls are usually released from the Clermont institution at the age of twenty-one, if their conduct has been satisfactory, but it is said the Miss Nail has been giving the school officials a great deal of trouble and that it is very likely she will be held at the prison for some time after she reaches the age of twenty-one.  
          It is said she has escaped from the school several times.  She is said to have been [I can't read the last sentence-pmf].
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Wednesday February 2, 1882
Page 4 column 2
A Double Ten-Penny Nail Affair
Elizabeth Nail VS James Nail
          The parties to this suit are a good-looking young married couple.  They were married something over twelve years ago and started out on their connubial voyage with every omen of unclouded domestic felicity, which should waft them onward to the harmonious haven of silver and golden weddings many years hence.  The wife is a comely brunette with raven locks, rosy cheeks and coal black eyes, which sparkle with anger or glow with love on the slightest provocation.  The husband is a rather good-looking young man, was a soldier in the army during "the late unpleasantness" between the North and South, the owner of ninety-three acres of choice land, as good as any crow ever flew over, situated on Brandywine Creek, five miles north-west of Shelbyville on the Fairland road.
          The husband is worth in real estate and personal property about $6,000, and whilst they are both mutually disgusted with each other, and each heartily desires a divorce, the present legal contest is for alimony, or as the Irishman aptly expressed it, all-his-money.
          The evidence taken on yesterday developed a sad state of conjugal incompatibility of temper and uncongenial disposition generally.  They have been an ill-matched couple from the start, whilst married they have not been mated.  The wife has been high-strung, quick tempered, willful and stubborn; the husband, it is alleged, has been teasing, tantalizing and provoking, lavishing his smiles on other women, and carrying on outside amours which excited the wrath and jealousy of the wife, who would indulge in remarkable Xantippean Phillipies and curtain lectures, which excited the famous  Mrs. Caudle,  to which he would retort by calling her "Jackson" singing, whistling and dancing.  The husband not receiving that wifely love and sympathetic affection which all men desire, whether they deserve it or not; he sought for sympathy elsewhere and considerable "billing and cooing" with other women, which only served to add fuel to the flame which, was consuming their marital ties, and which exasperated his wife at times to the borders of that degree of madness which touches the demarking lines of insanity.

February 7, 1882
Page 1 column 4
          Divorce was granted to Mrs. Nail and alimony to the amount of $900, but Mrs. Nail agreed to take $800 alimony if Mr. Nail would allow the record to be changed so that it would show that she had been granted a divorce instead of him.  Mr. Nail accepted the proposition, and allowed the record to be changed accordingly.  Her reason for wishing the change was probably owing to the fact that under the statute the party against whom a decree of divorce is rendered is forbidden to marry again for the space of two years.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Tuesday, January 31, 1882
Page 4   column 2
          The divorce case of  Nail vs Nail  is being tried in court this afternoon.  Our reporter visited the court room at two o'clock this afternoon, and found the room crowded with witnesses and baldheaded men.  The husband brings suits, and the wife files a cross complaint.  This morning, while trying to effect a compromise, the wife wanted fifteen hundred dollars, but the husband said  "N. G.," and the case proceeded.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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