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The  Indianapolis  Star
July 24, 1923
Page 4
  Married  in  Shelbyville  

          SHELBYVILLE, Ind., July 23. -- Mrs. J. Russell Robertson  of Indianapolis before her marriage last week was  Miss Mildred Bailey,  daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Bailey  of this city.  She was prominent in social circles here.  Mr. Robertson is the son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Robertson of Shelbyville.  He was a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity at Purdue university and now has a position with the Big Four railway at Indianapolis.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 27, 1906
Page 4, column 5
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Robertson Will Quietly Celebrate
Anniversary Wednesday
Probably Oldest Married Couple In Shelby County
          Sixty-seven years of married life within the bounds of Shelby county, is the record of  Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Robertson, corner of Miller and Franklin streets.  On Wednesday the venerable couple will quietly celebrate the anniversary of their marriage.  Mr. Robertson was born in Madison county, Kentucky, January 27, 1821, and will soon pass the eighty-sixth milestone of his life.  His wife is also a native of Kentucky and was born June 18, 1821.
          Mr. Robertson, altho he has been disabled in his limbs since he was twenty-two years of age, is still able to move about the house and as he talked to a reporter, his face beamed with the smiles of happy remembrances.  In the days of the founding of this state, Mr. Robertson came to the county with his parents.  On the 25th of September, 1826, the family settled three miles east of Shelbyville.  In those days the public square was yet full of stumps of the forest which once was the home of the American Indians and the wild animals.
          "I remember," said Mr. Robertson, "my visits to the little village of Shelbyville.  Joe Thrasher run a store in an old log structure which stood near where the Dunn & Sayler store now is.  One side was filled with provisions of all sorts and on the other was a saloon.  Old Dr. Teal, grandfather of  Jim Teal, also run a store here when I was a boy about seven years old.  My first trading was done at this store.  In those days we made scrub brushes with which the old-time floors were cleaned.  I was a handy boy at the making of these brushes and sold my first brush to the Teal store.  I received in return for my brush a pair of red gallowses, which I prized very highly."
          Mr. Robertson tells many interesting stories of the pioneer days, and when he chanced to speak of the early Teal store it brought out the fact that he has lived to see six generations of that family.
          Mr. and Mrs. Robertson were married at the home of her father, Henry Fisher, about five miles east of Shelbyville, December 26, 1839.  Her maiden name was Nancy Fisher and her father was one of the early preachers of the Methodist church.  The trip to and from the wedding was made on horse back and the usual infair of the olden days was attended by the neighbors near and far.  Mr. Robertson was engaged in farming during his younger days and afterwards operated a general store at Waldron.  From 1855 until 1880 he was the proprietor of this store and in 1864 moved to this city.  For a number of years subsequent he was engaged in the buying and selling of live stock.  In 1897 Mr. Robertson moved with his wife and daughter, Miss Cannie Robertson, from the old family home at the corner of Pike and Mechanic streets to their present residence, where they are near their other daughter, Mrs. S. P. McCrea.
          Mr. Robertson is a grandson of  Samuel Robertson, who was a member of the colonial army in the Revolutionary war.  The military ancestor of Shelbyville's honored citizen fought in the battle of Lexington and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis.
          Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are, so far as known, the oldest married couple in Shelby county.  Together with their other friends, the Democrat wishes them all the joys of Christmas-tide and hopes that they may live to celebrate many more anniversaries.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 26, 1905
          Today  Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Robertson  are quietly celebration the anniversary of their marriage, the event having occurred sixty-six years ago.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday June 12, 1893
Page 4 column 3
          Mr. Mason Robertson was on Saturday afternoon starting to his home in Van Buren township in a spring wagon, accompanied by his son and daughter, and when near the  McDuffey  toll gate, north of Shelbyville the horse became frightened at a traction engine belonging to  George Higgins, and commenced to kick.  The dash board was kicked off and Mr. Robertson kicked on the leg, producing a compound fracture on the tibia and splintering the bone.  The injury is of such nature that it will probably leave him a cripple for life . He was removed to his home in Van Buren township on Saturday evening in  H. S. Cory & Co.ís wagon, and at last accounts was doing as well as could be expected.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
August 9, 1888
Page 4   column 2
L O C A L   N E W S.
          Harvey Robertson  returned home from Hot Springs, Ark., this morning.  Harve says he lost twenty-seven pounds while he was gone and wants no more Hot Springs in his'n.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Republican
Tuesday August 19, 1884
Page 4 column 1
          Mary J. Robertson, of Fairland, has filed a suit before Squire Ellis, in which she charges  James Fields, who resides just north of this city, with bastardy.  Mr. Fields has given bond of $500 for his appearance before Justice Ellis on the 26th of August, at which time the case will be heard.  Mary J. Robertson is no spring chicken, but is a grass widow, and Mr. Fields is a married man.  A good many people think it a blackmailing scheme, but time will tell.

Wednesday August 27, 1884
Page 4 column 1
          James Fields, who was charged with bastardy by Mary J. Robertson, of Fairland, was yesterday recognized in court by Squire Ellis in the sum of $300.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Wednesday, September 12, 1883
          S. B. Robertson  and wife left yesterday to visit friends in Kentucky.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Thursday, October 5, 1882
Mr. Will Little and Miss Josie Robertson
by Rev. W. T. Jolly Last Evening ---
A Large Number of Presents,
          The marriage of  Miss Josie Robertson  to  Mr. W. Little  was solemnized by Rev. W. T. Jolly, at the residence of the bride's mothers, on South Harrison street, at a quarter after eight o'clock last evening.  About seventy invited guests were present, and the occasion was a very pleasant one.
Was dressed in a cream-colored dress made of Nuns veiling, with cream satin basque, trimmed in satin and lace to match.  At her neck and corsage were numbers of tube roses, and she looked very charming.  The bridegroom wore light colored unmentionables, with black coat and white silk vest, and looked like he thought he was doing a good act.
were numberous, a partial list of which is as follows:

Will F. Little
Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville page 45

Josie Little Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville page 49
          Fine Brussels carpet, Mrs. F. G. Robertson.
          Handsome gilt edge, gold clasp Bible, Mrs. Mary E. Meikle.
          Dozen fine white napkins, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Fleming.
          Handsome table cloth, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Powell.
          Russia leather album, Mr. and Mrs. C. Bishop.
          Silver Castor, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Griffey.           One-half dozen elegant towels, A. P. Bone and daughter, Mrs. May Bone Parrish.
          Gold lined silver spoon, Mrs. A. V. Philips.
          Satin and ebony brush broom holder, Miss Cannie Robertson.
          Cut flowers and other presents with no names attached.
          Congratulations from friends by telegraph, several.
          Desert set, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Parrish.
          Glass tea set, Fount G. Robertson.
          Tea set, Minnie and Myrtle Parrish.
          Sugar and pickle spoon and cut glass fruit dish, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Devol.
          Set majolica ware, J. B. Griffey and wife.
          Glass jelly stand, Mrs. May Bone Parrish.
          Cut glass toilet stand, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson.
          Lace and satin pin-cushion, Mrs. J. S. Jeffers.
          Silver napkin ring, Abe Levinson.
          Silver napkin ring, Miss Sarah Levinson.
          Clock, thermometer and ink-stand combined, Dr. Fleming and wife.
          Toilet set, Mrs Mary Robertson.
          Elegant silver butter dish, Mr. and Mrs. John Michelson.
          Majolica dinner set, Dr. Slocum and wife.
          Silver butter knife, Miss Anna Michelson.
          Silver butter knife, Mrs. W. T. Jolly.
          One dozen napkins and half dozen fine towels, Mrs. Judge Sleeth.
          Fine linen table cloth, Harry Robertson.
          Silver cake basket, Miss Maggie Little.
          Cut glass fruit stand, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Carson.
          One dozen each of silver knives, forks and spoons, Mrs. F. G. Robertson.
          One dozen silver knives, one dozen silver forks and one dozen silver spoons, Charles Ross,  T. A. Swain,  Henry Gordon  and  J. G. Deprez.
          Elegant velvet rug, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Deitzer.
          Satin pincusion, Miss Callie Leech.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, July 27, 1876
Page 3   column 2
          Almost thirty members of  THE Club, of Indianapolis, came down on the 7 o'clock train on Thursday evening last, spending a pleasant evening with  Misses Cannie and  Phebe Robertson.  They returned to the Capitol on the 10:24 train.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Union  Banner
February 18, 1864
Page 3 col 1
Take Notice:
          Mrs. Harvey Robertson wishes to inform the citizens of Shelbyville and vicinity, that she is now prepared to cut and make ladies' dresses, cloaks, etc., in the very latest style, having one of the very best sewing machines, also gentlemen's coats, pants, vests and shirts. A liberal share of patronage is solicited. Stamping and braiding done to order.
          Residence on Jackson St., West of the I.& C. Rail Road.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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