Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, December 10, 1920
Clipping From Paper Published in 1866
Tells Of Shelbyville Bachelors
          In all probability the clipping was taken from the  Weekly Republican  along about the close of the Civil war. ...... They were designated as "bachelors" but not "old bachelors," as everyone of them was a gay young Lathario with a sweet heart and the most of them ready to get married, which they all did with the exception of  George C. Thacher,  Gus Swartz  and  James Blythe.
          Of the 19 men mentioned 15 of them are known to be dead.  Only three of them are now residents of Shelbyville, they being  Joseph and John Randall  and  Captain Tip Weakley.
          Joseph B. Randall; a bach of thirty-two; sells groceries; ex-president of the Missionary Society; very free with all strange young ladies visiting this city; steady in habits; would make a good pa'; sweet on Miss J.; supposed to be engaged; income good; fine match.
          Milton Robins; a bach of twenty-two; clerks in pa's drugstore; uses pomade on his mustache; is a neat little man; would like to marry, but afraid to say "Mollie, wilt thou be mine?" income enough for two.
          Angelo B. Springer; a bach of twenty-three; keeps books in a drug establishment; carries a nightkey; drinks nothing stronger than gin; is very partial to Miss L. to whom he talks of love, his joys, his sorrows, and the glorious future; is honest and affectionate; will be good to the children; no cards; income enough for two.
          Gus Schwartze; a lad of twenty; a merchant; doing a driving business; fond of fast horses and switzer kase; is good looking, and loves the ladies next to his lager; not engaged; income good.
          Dallas Rule; a gay lad of twenty-three has pretty, curly hair, his mustache fair; and pleasant air; is certainly rare; caught on a fly by Miss Lizzie, who no doubt will obtain his hand; fond of fun; income fair.
          John Edwards; a husband of thirty; full of business; some on a serenade; favorite song is, "Maggie's by my side," is mortgaged; very fond of children; will make a good husband; income fair.
          Tip Weakley; a bach of twenty-eight; asks nothing more in this world than to be brother-in-law to John E.; will make a kind husband; income enough for two.
          Seymour L. Pierce; a bach of thirty; splendid landlord, and a jolly good fellow; is thinking seriously of putting on airs and leaving the single state; income plenty for two.
          Hon. Geo. C. Thacher; an industrious bach of twenty-eight; very handsome; could be caught by some fair damsel who is troubled with interest on her coupons; handles a nice cue, and always says "Mine is lemonade"; has some aspiration for marriage; income good.
          Marshall Wilson; a dashing lad of twenty-one; is quite a favorite amongst the ladies; fond of baseball; a good short stop; champion round dancer, and a jolly good fellow; takes his clear; thinks water was only made for navigation; soft on a certain little Miss, but don't want to marry yet; income good.
          Joe Hilligoss; a bach of twenty-three; express messenger on the S.S.M.R. & C.C. railroads; very handsome; has bright smiles for all the ladies, but thinks owing to the present high price of waterfalls, chignons, and cotton, it is much cheaper to brush his own clothes and pay for his washing; income good.
          John Randall; a gay lad of twenty; is good looking; agent of the M.U.E. Company; has a nice little mustache; is partial to Miss B., but may not be engaged; fond of children, but rather young; income fair.
          Sam Mason; a bach of twenty-seven; a grocery and candy man; deals in everything that is sweet; has sweet prospects and very sweet on a certain little Miss, who sings "Sweet Home" to him on Sunday evenings; is very admirable; would make a good husband and kind pa'; income enough for two.
        Johnny Deprez; a bach of twenty-six; is independent, gentlemanly in his deportment, and runs a woolen factory; heavy on a billiard or dinner table; has plenty of coupons and spends them freely for his own comfort; smokes fine cigars and goes to church; not engaged; a fine catch; income good.
          J. J. Wilson; a bach of twenty-eight; a gentleman of ease and luxury; handles a nice cue; has fine social qualities; a good vocalist and often sings for the ladies, "No One To Love," and "How Can I Leave Thee?" not engaged; a good catch; income good.
          R. W. Darnell; a sportive bach of twenty-eight; a gentleman of leisure; very facinating, and a profound admirer of the fair sex; visits the city occasionally, where he is very sweet on a set of pretty curls; owns a hotel and can furnish good winter quarters on short notice; income good.
          John Reed; a bach of thirty; is city marshal; wore a blue coat for his country; is noted chiefly for his attention to Miss Ida, with whom it is said he is very sweet; supposed to be engaged; income enough for two.
          James Blythe; a bach of twenty-five; clerk in a bank; wears tight-legged pants and a neat little coat; with no one to love and none to caress; is president of a B.B.C.; rather modest; would like to marry, if he could only get the dear one of his heart; not engaged; income fair.
          Will Hacker; a tender gent of twenty; clerks in a dry goods store; has fair hair, fair eyes, and fair mustache; income rising.
          Mr. Workman; a prominent lawyer of twenty-three; a building disciple of  B.F.D., whose wondrous gifts, talents, and genius are rapidly expanding in the warm sunshine of his own golden opinion; would make a law abiding husband; income fair.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, February 12, 1912
          A. V. Randall left this morning for the north and northwestern part of the state in the interest of the Shelbyville furniture factories.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The Indianapolis Star
Jan. 13, 1911
Column 3
Attorney General Withdraws Case
Against Former Shelby Trustee.
SHELBYVILLE, Ind., Jan. 12. -- The suit for $35,000 damages brought by the state against Walter S. Randall will be dismissed, according to information sent by the defendant's attorneys by Attorney General Honan today.  The attorney general stated that it was a mistake on the part of the former attorney general, who caused the suit to be filed, and that it would be dismissed in a few days.  Randall was trustee of Addison Township, Shelby County, for four years, beginning in 1901, and the complaint filed alleged that he expended money without the approbation of the Advisory Board and that he failed to account for the funds to his successor in office.
Contributed anonymously

The  Daily  Republican
Tuesday Evening, August 14, 1888
          Mr. Will E. Blakely  has purchased the interest of  Mr. Joseph B. Randall  in the ice business and has also embarked in the coal trade.  We call especial attention to his advertisement which will be found in another column of this paper.  Mr. Blakely is an enterprising citizen and always labors to please his patrons.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, January 16, 1886
          Mrs. J. B. Randall  is expected home from Burlington, Iowa, to-day. 
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Wednesday, March 9, 1870
Independent  Candidate!
          J. B. Randall  is an independent candidate for all the Butter, Eggs, Lard and all other kinds of country Produce, paying as much as anybody.  Keep that fact before the people.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  National  Volunteer
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April 13, 1854 
          Jas. M. Randall has removed his carriage and buggy factory to the spacious rooms over H. P. Johnson's store.....{Hamilton's Building} with the entrance on Harrison Street one door north of  F. J. Faivre..
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.  Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.

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